Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Cáit Keane that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to ascertain if there is an avenue the Government can explore with a view to having Mr. Ibrahim Halawa, a young Irish teenager who has spent 551 days in an Egyptian prison, released.

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to immediately increase the provision for disabled person grants in County Meath in the light of a recent report highlighting that County Meath receives the lowest funding per capita in this area.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to address the urgent need to relocate Portlaoise Courthouse from the totally unsuitable and unsafe historical building on the town's main street to a more appropriate place.

I have also received notice from Senator Terry Brennan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works to outline progress in undertaking the outstanding works at King John's Castle, Carlingford, County Louth.

I have also received notice from Senator Kathryn Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to discuss the flexibility arrangements that will be made by the Revenue Commissioners for the application of section 82 of the Finance Act.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the reason speed vans are not located in dangerous driving black spots but appear to be placed instead in areas in which speed limits increase, thus prioritising revenue collection over enabling positive driving behaviour.

I have also received notice from Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the number of people on the waiting list for orthodontic treatment in the public health service in counties Galway and Mayo, to detail the length of time people are waiting by year for the past five years and the age ranges in deciles and to clarify what plan the HSE has in place to address the backlog.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Cáit Keane, Thomas Byrne and John Whelan and they will be taken now. Senators Kathryn Reilly, Fidelma Healy Eames and Trevor Ó Clochartaigh may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise. Senator Terry Brennan has withdrawn his motion.