Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the inclusion of registered agricultural contractors, who do not own a farm, in the targeted agricultural modernisation scheme, TAMS, and the low emission slurry spreading equipment scheme, LESS.

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 Keith Swanick of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the adequacy of the ambulance service for north County Louth.

I have also received notice from Senator Frank Feighan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on plans for a new 12-bed hospice inpatient unit on the current north-west hospice site in Sligo.

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

The need for the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to make a statement on whether the commercial aquaculture activities proposed for Ballyness Bay, County Donegal, require her prior consent pursuant to the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the application by St. Aidan’s comprehensive school, Cootehill, County Cavan, for departmental assistance.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the assistance available for properties built by the State in the 1960s now affected by subsidence.

I have also received notice from Senator Kieran O’Donnell of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide an update on progress of the M20 Limerick to Cork motorway project.

I have also received notice from Senator Anthony Lawlor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to review the proposed junior certificate honours Irish paper.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Boyhan, Lombard, Swanick and Feighan and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.