I have notice from Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to outline what steps he intends to take to bring the level of jobs created in the western region up to and above the national average in light of the Western Development Commission, WDC, report on trends in agency-assisted employment in the western region.
I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to comment on the punitive cost to farmers in complying with the compulsory national bovine viral diarrhoea, BVD, eradication programme and, in particular, to comment on the need for monitoring for a period of three years in herds that have tested negative in previous years.
I have also received notice from Senator Tom Sheahan of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to contact the Commission for Energy Regulation to highlight the lack of a price decrease in the cost of electricity in line with the decrease in the cost of energy generally.
I have also received notice from Senator David Cullinane of the following matter:
The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on plans to construct a 100-bed geriatric care community nursing unit facility on the grounds of St. Patrick's Hospital, Waterford, the stage these plans are at, whether a design team has been appointed, when a planning application will be lodged and what capital funding has been earmarked and ring-fenced for the project.
I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion they will be taken now.