Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator James Carroll that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to introduce a scheme, whereby self-employed persons could apply for jobseeker's benefit.

I have also received notice from Senator Paschal Donohoe of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation to clarify the steps that will be taken to further develop and support local venture capital industry.

I have also received notice from Senator David Norris of the following matter:

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills to intervene in a school (details supplied) in which contracts for teachers are being revoked with a three week deadline ending on 17 December.

I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to ensure island residents will be allowed to cast their votes on the same day as other citizens of the State in all future elections.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Carroll, Donohoe and Norris and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. Senator Ó Domhnaill may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise.