Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I welcome the Minister, Deputy Eamon Ryan, to the House. I thank him for taking time out from his busy schedule to take two of these important Commencement matters. If the Minister will bear with me, I will, under Standing Orders, read out the Commencement matters.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the backlog in driver theory tests and whether his Department will consider the introduction of online remote access theory testing.

I have also received notice from Senator Timmy Dooley of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to allocate just transition funding to west Clare to offset the economic impact of the downsizing of Moneypoint power station.

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 indicate the timeline for the live roll-out of An Bord Pleanála’s Plean-IT project together with its linking to local planning authorities' own e-planning initiative.

I have also received notice from Senator Mary Seery Kearney of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for special education and inclusion to provide an update on the opening of Scoil Colm, Dublin 12, as an autism spectrum disorder, ASD, specific school.

I have also received notice from Senator Erin McGreehan of the following matter:

The need for Minister of State with responsibility for special education and inclusion to make a statement on the plans being put in place to enable all children with special needs to return to school on a full-time basis.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to outline the steps the Government is taking, together with the UK Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and EU institutions, to expedite a bilateral or a joint programme of regulator-to-regulator mutual recognition of professional qualifications between the North and South of Ireland and Britain.

I have also received notice from Senators Gerard Craughwell and Vincent P. Martin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Defence to make a statement on the independence of the recently appointed Jadotville independent review group.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to provide an update on the timeline for completion of the M11 motorway from Oylegate to Rosslare Europort, County Wexford.

I have also received notice from Senator Seán Kyne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide an update on the new main wastewater scheme for east Galway city, previously referred to as the east Galway main drainage project.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide funding to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for harbours that were transferred to it under the Harbours Act 2015.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the delivery of a permanent extension to the Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, County Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to provide an update on the new Garda station in Clonmel, County Tipperary.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to make a statement on issues relating to the housing assistance payment, HAP, schemes and access to the courts through the civil legal aid scheme.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Davitt, Dooley, Boyhan, Seery Kearney, McGreehan and Ó Donnghaile and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Kyne 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.