I have notice from Senator Geraldine Feeney that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to clarify the reason an expectant mother with private health insurance can only access a private room in a private hospital and not a private room in a public hospital.
I have also received notice from Senator Nicky McFadden of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health and Children to outline the position in regard to accident and emergency and acute services at Mullingar General Hospital.
I have also received notice from Senator Maurice Cummins of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Science to ensure Mount Sion primary school, Waterford, retains its current teaching complement given the circumstances outlined in the school's appeal to the Department.
I have also received notice from Senator Paudie Coffey of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Education and Science to outline the implications of recent budget cuts on staffing levels in primary schools with specific reference to Mount Sion primary school, Waterford city, which is an inner-city school serving large disadvantaged areas in the city, and the way in which he proposes to assist this school in maintaining adequate staffing resources to meet the needs of its pupils.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion on the Adjournment and they will be taken at the conclusion of business. As Senators Cummins's and Coffey's matters are similar, I suggest they share time.