Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Martin Conway that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality to advise the House on when she plans to initiate a new coroners Bill.

I have also received notice from Senator Paul Gavan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to explain why his Department is still outstanding in honouring Labour Court recommendations LCR 21162 to LCR 21181, inclusive, and LCR 21185 which refer to former workers of Tipperary Hostel.

I have also received notice from Senator Robbie Gallagher of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on current ambulance response times in County Monaghan and confirm if there are enough resources now in place to prevent further delays.

I have also received notice from Senator Keith Swanick of the following matter:

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality to engage directly with the Courts Service and the Common Investment Fund, with a view to divesting from tobacco-related stocks, and the need for clear guidelines within her Department on such investments, given that tobacco-related illness is the leading cause of preventable deaths in Ireland.

I have also received notice from Senator Neale Richmond of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to extend the consultation period on the role of denominational religion in the school admissions process and possible approaches to making changes.

I have also received notice from Senator Denis Landy of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to explain how he arrived at the decision to exclude councillors in Dublin, Cork and Galway from the proposed increase in councillors' representational allowances, in so doing discriminating against those in the areas listed.

I have also received notice from Senator Michael McDowell of the following matter:

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality to discuss the proposal to have a lay chairperson and a lay majority on the proposed judicial appointments advisory commission.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Martin Conway, Paul Gavan, Robbie Gallagher and Keith Swanick and they will be taken now. Senators Neale Richmond, Denis Landy and Michael McDowell may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise. Senator Keith Swanick has withdrawn his Commencement matter which I had selected for discussion.