Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator David Cullinane 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, Tourism and Sport to state if he is aware that the airline carrier Flybe is withdrawing from Waterford Airport, to outline the Government’s commitment to the regional airport and to detail all past and planned State funding for the airport, including to extend the runway to accommodate larger aircraft.

I have also received notice from Senator Thomas Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health and the HSE to fund the provision of eculizumab or Soliris medication for patients urgently in need of it.

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

The need for the Minister for Health, to best address a patient's extremely rare PNH blood condition, to instruct the HSE to provide for her the necessary eculizumab medication treatment (details supplied), similar to that being made available to others affected by this blood disorder and as prescribed by her medical team at St. James's Hospital.

I have also received notice from Senator Fidelma Healy Eames of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the plans, proposed facilities and rationale for the site choice for the new school arising from the amalgamation of Mercy secondary school and Presentation secondary school in Galway city.

I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to review the current procedure for providing medical cards for those with Huntington's disease in view of the fact that only 700 people in the country suffer from this medical condition.

I have also received notice from Senator Ivana Bacik of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to inform the House whether maternity, adoptive and parental leave are available for members of the Judiciary.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators David Cullinane, Thomas Byrne, John Whelan, Colm Burke and Ivana Bacik and they will be taken now. I suggest Senators Thomas Byrne and John Whelan share time as their matters are on the same topic. Senator Fidelma Healy Eames may give notice on another day of the matter she wishes to raise.