Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to investigate a recent issue which has arisen with regard to performing rights for amateur drama groups in Ireland whereby applications for performing rights for certain plays have been transferred from the Drama League of Ireland to an agency in London.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on the issue of drugs being smuggled into the south west coast of Ireland, including Kerry, by sea and to outline how many personnel are specifically dedicated to this issue in these areas.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide the necessary funding to Leitrim County Council to carry out improvement works on the access road to the home of Seán Mac Diarmada in advance of the 1916 commemorations.

I have also received notice from Senator Pat O'Neill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline whether any provision has been made to provide grants in respect of forestry plantations that were severely affected following the storms of January 2014 for those not covered by insurance.

I have also received notice from Senator Catherine Noone of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to outline the current position regarding the home carer tax credit, how many people are in receipt of same and if there are plans to reform it.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Comiskey, Daly and Mooney and they will be taken now. Senator O'Neill has withdrawn his Commencement matter which I had selected. Senator Noone may give notice on another day of the matter she wishes to raise.