Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the eligibility criteria for the 2019-20 hardship grant, particularly the rules surrounding off-farm income.

I have also received notice from Senator Paul Coghlan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to provide an update on the provision of a new pier and access road at Cromane, County Kerry.

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

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to make a statement on the engagement between the Irish and British Governments on the launch of a fresh inquiry into the death of Micheal Leonard in the light of new evidence in British Ministry of Defence records.

I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to prioritise the planned building works at St. Finian's community college in Swords, County Dublin.

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 in counties Sligo and Leitrim.

I have also received notice from Senator Kieran O'Donnell of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to provide an update on his Department's plans for the regulation of heavy industries such as the Irish Cement site located in Mungret, County Limerick.

The matters raised by Senators Boyhan, Coghlan, Ó Domhnaill, Clifford-Lee and Feighan are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Boyhan, Coghlan, Ó Domhnaill and Clifford-Lee and they will be taken now. Senator Feighan may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise. I regret that I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Kieran O'Donnell on the grounds that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter.