Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to make a statement on the planned closure of ParentStop support services in County Donegal.

I have also received notice from Senator Jerry Buttimer of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for financial services and insurance to make a statement on his engagement with Insurance Ireland in relation to the traders affected by the recent fire in Douglas Village Shopping Centre, Cork.

I have also received notice from Senator Jennifer Murnane O’Connor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to make a statement on use of the free travel scheme by people with disabilities accessing disability services in rural areas.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the establishment of a dedicated Irish wool forum to address the continuous decline in the industry.

I have also received notice from Senator Máire Devine of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the appointment of a sarcoma specialist for St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senator Rose Conway-Walsh of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to provide an update on the engagement between community employment supervisors and her Department on the provision of pension entitlements.

I have also received notice from Senator Tim Lombard of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the acquisition of a new site for Gaelscoil Chionn tSáile, Kinsale, County Cork.

I have also received notice from Senator Aidan Davitt of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the location of a regional sludge hub centre for the east midlands in Mullingar wastewater treatment plant, County Westmeath.

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 independent review of University Hospital Limerick by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National Health Service.

I have also received notice from Senator Kevin Humphreys of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to direct the four Dublin local authorities to prepare an action plan on air quality in Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senator Robbie Gallagher of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to provide an update on the progress of the working group established to review sustainable rural housing guidelines following the Flemish Decree and to publish all reports prepared by it.

I have also received notice from Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to make a statement on the current payment methods available to people resident in the North of Ireland who are applying for Irish citizenship and if he plans to make changes to streamline the current process.

Of the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Mac Lochlainn, Buttimer, Murnane O’Connor and Boyhan and they will be taken now.

I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Davitt on the ground that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Gallagher on the ground that it is a repeat of a Commencement matter raised on 20 June 2019. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.