Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to make a statement on the status of the review being conducted by the Company Law Review Group of the recommendations of the Cahill Duffy report on collective redundancies; and his plans to legislate for the employment law recommendations as contained in that report.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to confirm the number of new school buildings which are at or have completed design stage with the planning and building unit of the Department; and whether these new builds have been designed with whole-school ventilation, fossil fuel free heating systems, sufficient outdoor multiuse games areas and safe active travel infrastructure.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the progress of the Narrow Water bridge project.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the legislative basis for the removal of abandoned vessels in Irish waters.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the progress that has been made on engagements with Aer Lingus in a bid to reverse the decision to close the airline's base at Shannon Airport.

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 make a statement on the programme for Government commitment to examine the Scottish experience of reducing the voting age; and if the Government will commit to reducing the voting age to 16 years for the 2024 local and European elections.

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 make a statement on the adequacy of the funding provided to Galway County Council.

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 Garret Ahearn of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the negotiations of the new EU Common Agricultural Policy and the opportunities this could bring for farmers and food producers in County Tipperary.

I have also received notice from Senator Denis O'Donovan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for disability to make a statement to mark national epilepsy week, recognising the fact that there are 40,000 persons diagnosed with epilepsy in Ireland.

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for special education and inclusion to make a statement on the withdrawal of sanctions by the National Council for Special Education for a reading class at St. Francis Xavier National School, Dublin 15.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make provision for cycle lanes alongside the Luas tracks, to create uninterrupted and safe routes for commuter cycling along existing corridors.

I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to extend the GP visit card to children under the age of 12 years.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected Senators Sherlock, Garvey, McGreehan and McGahon, who will be sharing time, Lombard, Conway and Byrne and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.