Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator 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 Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to make a statement on the measures in place to address waiting lists for counselling services for victims of rape and sexual abuse and the supports in place to retain psychotherapists within section 56 organisations.

I have also received notice from Senator Lynn Ruane of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to provide an update on the conduct of a longitudinal study of children in care and children leaving care, as recommended in the 2009 Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, also known as the Ryan report.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the process for making additions to or deletions from the record of protected structures in a draft development plan vis-à-vis the process for making a material alteration to the draft development plan.

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 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 of less than 10,000 people.

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 disablement benefit as a disqualifying criterion for eligibility for the winter fuel allowance for those persons who meet the income means test.

I have also received notice from Senator Lynn Boylan of the following matter:

The need for Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on blockages in the planning system associated with solar panel installation and micro-generation.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the provision of 24-hour bus services in Dublin, including the 46A bus route.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Sherlock, Ruane, Boyhan and Lombard and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Ward 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.