Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to make a statement on the impact of energy consumption by data centres.

I have also received notice from Senator Eugene Murphy of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to make a statement on the future of Lanesborough and Shannonbridge power stations.

I have also received notice from Senator Regina Doherty of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for special education and inclusion to provide an update on the building of a permanent school for St. Michael’s House Special School, Skerries, County Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senators Lisa Chambers and Fiona O’Loughlin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Defence to include the Department of Defence in the terms of reference of the Commission on the Defence Forces.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the proposal for a deposit protection scheme for tenants.

I have also received notice from Senator Lynn Ruane of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment to make it a mandatory requirement for companies to make annual public disclosures of the greenhouse gas emissions arising from their activities in the State.

I have also received notice from Senator Barry Ward of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to set out the provisions that will be available to local authorities for the management of harbours within their functional areas.

I have also received notice from Senator Gerard Craughwell of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to provide an update on the provision of overseas allowances for Irish citizens who represent Ireland as secondees in the OCSE special monitoring mission in the Ukraine.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the supports available to those affected by the avian flu.

I have also received notice from Senator Garret Ahearn of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on plans to improve Ardfinnan Bridge, Cahir, County Tipperary.

I have also received notice from Senator Róisín Garvey of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to make a statement on autism spectrum disorder, ASD, class provisions at primary and secondary level nationally.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Boylan, Murphy, Doherty and Chambers and O’Loughlin, who are sharing their time, and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Garvey on the ground that it is a repeat of a Commencement matter raised on 18 November 2020. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.