Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on the authentication and apostilling of documents by his Department.

I have also received notice from Senator Ivana Bacik of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Defence to make a statement on the use of Defence Forces playing fields by local sports clubs in the Dublin 6 and Dublin 6W areas.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to review the commercial rates model of local government funding given the increased growth of e-commerce and online retail.

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to outline the Government's position ahead of the upcoming negotiations on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty.

I have also received notice from Senator Emer Currie of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the status of negotiations for the purchase of the playing field beside St. Patrick's National School, Diswellstown, Dublin 15.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to provide an update on the backlog of people awaiting driving tests in County Tipperary.

I have also received notice from Senator Sharon Keogan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the roll-out of a minor ailment scheme through the national network of pharmacies.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on whether Irish Water has sufficient resources to upgrade ageing pipe networks to ensure continuity of supply in communities nationwide and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health make a statement on the withdrawal of dentists from the dental treatment services scheme in recent months.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Mullen, Bacik, Byrne, Boylan, Currie and Ahearn and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Dooley as the Minister has no official responsibility on the matter. The other Senators can give notice on another day of the matters which they have raised.