Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Terry Leyden that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he intends to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to discuss the Government’s proposal to partition County Roscommon and dispose of the boundary review commission.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to outline his plans to provide sufficient staffing and resources for the safe and effective operation of the National Ambulance Service, with particular reference to the ambulance base at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.

I have also received notice from Senator Jim Walsh of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to make a statement on the reasons the judicial council has not yet been established and, in the absence of the judicial council, to outline the safeguards she has put in place to avoid bank creditors being brought to court where the Bangalore Principles may not have been complied with.

I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Higgins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to intervene with Fáilte Ireland to ensure Woodford, County Galway is reinstated on the signage for the Lough Derg lakelands drive.

I regard the matters raised by Senators Terry Leyden, John Whelan and Jim Walsh as suitable for discussion and they will be taken now. I regret that I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Lorraine Higgins on the grounds that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter.