Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on the extension of the qualifying criteria for a primary medical certificate for the disabled drivers and passengers scheme to individuals with severe cases of autism spectrum disorder and severe sensory disabilities.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the consultation process undertaken by his Department following applications for aquaculture licences in a special area of conservation.

I have also received notice from Senator Ged Nash of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the strike action planned by members of the Teachers Union of Ireland at the Dundalk Institute of Technology on Tuesday, 19 November.

I have also received notice from Senator Michelle Mulherin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the provision of a new fire station in Crossmolina, County Mayo.

I have also received notice from Senator Paddy Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the Letterbrick water scheme, County Mayo.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the availability of drug and alcohol detoxification treatment in Cork.

I have also received notice from Senator Mark Daly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on staffing levels and bed capacity in Kenmare Community Hospital, County Kerry.

I have also received notice from Senator Maura Hopkins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on Cuisle accessible holiday centre, County Roscommon.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on passenger conditions on Irish Rail's Waterford to Dublin line.

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 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.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Swanick, Ó Domhnaill, Nash and Mulherin and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Murnane O'Connor on the ground that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.