Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the changes being made to the mica redress scheme affecting homeowners in Donegal, Mayo and other counties.

I have also received notice from Senator John Cummins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide specific guidance to local authorities on density requirements on zoned residential land to facilitate purpose-built housing for older persons.

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 make a statement on greenwashing in the electricity market.

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

The need for the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to provide an update on the implementation of the Cassells report on higher education funding.

I have also received noticed from Senator Maria Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to make a statement on the eligibility criteria for grants from local enterprise offices and Enterprise Ireland for businesses with ten to 29 employees.

I have also received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on ash dieback disease, in particular with regard to roadside trees and hedgerows.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on plans for new school buildings at Scoil Mhuire, Moycullen, and Scoil Chaitríona Senior and Scoil Chaitríona Junior, Renmore, County Galway.

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 timelines associated with the design and planning for the proposed new build for Summercove National School, Kinsale, County Cork.

I have also received from Senator John McGahon of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to provide an update on the development of greenways and blueways in County Louth.

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 the provision of grant aid for wastewater infrastructure group sewerage schemes for communities with population bases under 10,000.

I have also received notice from Senator Aisling Dolan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on current connections to Portiuncula University Hospital, the train stations in Ballinasloe and Athlone and the new Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest in Athlone for people who hold travel passes and students in light of the loss of the Bus Éireann 20/X20 regional service.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the role of carers in the healthcare system and to commit to annual support for the carers' guarantee proposal.

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to extend the hot school meals programme to all DEIS schools.

Of the matters raised suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Blaney, Cummins, Boylan and Malcolm Byrne and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Dolan 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.