Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, OPW, and flood relief to provide an update on the provision of permanent flood defences for Crossmolina, County Mayo.

I have also received notice from Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the quality of water in bathing areas, particularly Galway Bay.

I have also received notice from Senator Kevin Humphreys of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on funding for dementia services.

I have also received notice from Senator Robbie Gallagher of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for disability issues to make a statement on the reopening of Annalee View Respite Care Centre, Cootehill, County Cavan.

I have also received notice from Senator Tim Lombard of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the inclusion of cattle underpasses in the targeted agriculture modernisation scheme.

I have also received notice from Senator Máire Devine of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the provision of home tutor hours for children with autism spectrum disorder.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the eligibility criteria for the 2019-2020 hardship grant, particularly the rules relating to off-farm income.

I have also received notice from Senator Frank Feighan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on the upgrade of the N16 road in Sligo.

I have also received notice from Senator Maura Hopkins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on plans for the site of the former St. Brigid's Hospital in Ballinasloe, County Galway.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the consultation process undertaken by his Department following applications for aquaculture licences in a special area of conservation.

Of the matters raised by the Senators that are suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Mulherin, Ó Céidigh, Humphreys and Gallagher and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.