Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Education to allocate funding for the construction of an AstroTurf playing pitch at Harold’s Cross Educate Together Secondary School.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to outline whether school attendance patterns are taken into consideration when developing the school planning areas that inform the location of new schools, with particular reference to Moycullen, County Galway.

I have also received notice from Senator Ollie Crowe of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the plans being put in place for the redevelopment of Ceannt and Oranmore stations, County Galway.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the level of funding allocated for pony racing.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to make a statement on the recently published scoping report into community safety and well-being in Drogheda, County Louth.

I have also received notice from Senator Micheál Carrigy of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to make a statement on whether all validated sports capital programme applications could secure funding over a maximum three-year period to allow clubs to plan and fundraise.

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 operation 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 Maria Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the number of patients waiting on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on the interception of a Ryanair flight by the Belarusian authorities.

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.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to engage with local authority members in respect of difficulties which have arisen for councillors in the management of representations from elected representatives and the form of such representations having regard to section 40 of the Data Protection Act 2018.

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 current allocation of funding to Cork County Council for its roads maintenance programme.

I have also received notice from Senator Marie Sherlock of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the construction of the Coláiste Mhuire school building, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on his plans to amend the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 in respect of the registering of rights of way.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to undertake a review of the Teaching Council.

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

The need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to support the roll-out of co-working hubs in suburban and urban villages.

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 outline his plans to amend the Local Government Reform Act 2014 to allow elected councillors initiate a variation of county or city development plans.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on Ireland’s application of the lower VAT rate of 5% applicable to period products post 1991.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Bacik, Kyne, Crowe, Murphy, Craughwell and Carrigy and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.