Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Máire Devine that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State at the Department for Health with special responsibility for disability issues to make a statement on the phasing out of the rehabilitative training allowance.

I have also received notice from Senator Ivana Bacik of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to make a statement on the safe travel from Syria of refugees under the Irish refugee protection programme and the humanitarian admission programme, particularly those who do not have access to travel documents owing to the conflict.

I have also received notice from Senator Alice-Mary Higgins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on his plans to accelerate the retrofitting of social housing and raise energy ratings in private rental accommodation while protecting existing tenancies.

I have also received notice from Senator Maria Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the building of the 120 bed replacement inpatient block at St John's Hospital, Limerick.

I have also received notice from Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the review of the inclusion of FreeStyle Libre in the reimbursement of the cost of medical devices under the community drug scheme.

I have also received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan of the following:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the eligibility criteria for the 2019-20 hardship grants scheme, particularly the rules surrounding off-farm income.

I have also received notice from Senator Catherine Noone of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to consider supporting the establishment of a maritime museum in Howth, County Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following:

An gá atá ann go ndéanfaidh an tAire Airgeadais ráiteas maidir le soláthar acmhainní breise d’Údarás na Gaeltachta i mBuiséad 2020 - the need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on the provision of additional resources for Údarás na Gaeltachta in budget 2020.

The matters raised by Senators Devine, Bacik, Higgins, Byrne, Ó Ríordáin and Boyhan are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Devine, Bacik, Higgins and Byrne and they will be taken now. Senators Ó Ríordáin and Boyhan may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise. I regret that I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Noone on the grounds that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. I regret that I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Ó Domhnaill on the grounds that it anticipates the statements on the budget which will take place in the Seanad on Tuesday, 8 October. Senator Byrne has withdrawn her Commencement matter which I had selected for discussion.