Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for 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 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 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 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 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 building for Summercove National School, Kinsale, County Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to remove receipt of disability benefit as a disqualifying criteria for eligibility for the winter fuel allowance for those persons who meet the income means test.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Byrne, McGahon, Kyne and Ahearn and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.