Seanad debates

Monday, 22 February 2021

Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

 

10:30 am

Photo of Joe O'ReillyJoe O'Reilly (Fine Gael)
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I have receive notice from Senator Malcolm Byrne that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to provide an update on the timeline for completion of the M11 motorway from Oylegate to Rosslare Europort, County Wexford.

I have also received notice from Senator Joe O'Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to review the prohibition, in section 14(1) of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, on the transfer of small public service vehicle licences during the lifetime of the holder of the licence.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to outline when the report on the review of the tenant purchase scheme will be published, and whether tenants who were in allocated council houses under Part V regulations can avail of the scheme.

I have also received notice from Senator Rebecca Moynihan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to address the issue of level 5 restrictions on construction activity.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to make a statement on issues relating to the housing assistance payment, HAP, scheme and access to the courts through the civil legal aid scheme.

I have also received notice from Senator John Cummins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the timelines for the capital build plans for a multidisciplinary early intervention and respite care centre for children with complex additional needs on the grounds of St. Otteran's Hospital in County Waterford.

I have also received notice from Senator Garret Ahearn of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice to provide an update on the proposed new Garda station in Clonmel, County Tipperary.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide funding to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for harbours that were transferred to it under the Harbours Act 2015.

I have also received notice from Senator Aidan Davitt of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to make a statement on the Environmental Protection Agency yearly cap on septic tank inspections per local authority, thus limiting the number of households that can avail of septic tank improvement grants of up to €5,000.

I have also received notice from Senator Marie Sherlock of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to make a statement on the supports in place for non-rateable businesses; and the reason for the exclusion of these businesses from the Covid-19 business aid scheme.

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 delivery of a permanent extension for the Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, County Cork.

I have also received notice from Senator Seán Kyne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to outline how Galway can meet its national planning framework targets on population growth without a new main wastewater scheme for east Galway city, previously referred to as the east Galway main drainage project, a Project Ireland 2040 measure.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Byrne, Joe O’Reilly, Gallagher, Moynihan, Boylan and Cummins and they will be taken now.

I regret that I had to rule out of order the matters raised by Senators Kyne and Davitt on the ground that the relevant Ministers have no official responsibility in the matters raised. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.