Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Seán Kyne that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise 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 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 sanction by the National Council for Special Education for a reading class at St. Francis Xavier National School in Dublin 15.

I have also received notice from Senator Fiona O’Loughlin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to ensure that appropriate supports are given to special needs assistants.

I have also received notice from Senator Mark Wall of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to increase the number of secondary school places for south Kildare.

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 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, CAP, and the opportunities this brings for farmers and food producers in County Tipperary.

I have also received notice from Senator Rónán Mullen of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to implement a review of the operations of patient’s private property accounts under section 2 of the Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006 and, in particular, if he will consider extending the scheme to include patients in private care.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to extend the pyrite remediation scheme to include County Clare.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Kyne, Currie, O’Loughlin, Wall, Ward and Ahearn and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.