Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Health to discuss what actions he is taking to address the serious and ongoing decline of health services in County Clare, with particular reference to the drastic curtailment of Shannondoc services throughout the county.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to introduce new wind energy development guidelines in relation to noise, proximity and shadow flicker as a matter of urgency.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to give details of the plan for the imminent closure of the training unit prison; to confirm where the current training unit prisoners are to be moved, including the prisoners serving life sentences; to confirm that the rehabilitation regimes of existing prisoners will not be adversely affected by the closure; to explain why it is proposed to house older prisoners all together in one place once the training unit is re-opened; and to confirm that the closure is in line with the overall penal policy aim of rehabilitation as articulated by the penal policy review group.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to address concerns from the hospitality industry regarding the shortage of qualified chefs and other associated skills in the hospitality sector.

I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to consider a swimming pool for the town of Balbriggan in County Dublin.

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

The need for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to amend the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 so as to ensure full compliance of the Act by bodies and individuals based or working outside the State.

I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to undertake a comprehensive countryside review of the damage wild ivy is causing to trees and to instigate remediation and management measures to protect Ireland’s tree population.

I have also received notice from Senator Paudie Coffey of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline when he intends to appoint the board for the South-South West Hospital Group and to discuss the HSE capital plans for University Hospital Waterford.

I have also received notice from Senator Maura Hopkins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, to provide an update on the N5 Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue project and to confirm whether the necessary capital funding has been allocated to the project.

I have also received notice from Senator Tim Lombard of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline if there is a current proposal for a primary care centre in Bandon, County Cork and, if so, the proposed timeline and budget for this project.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to put in place a system which would enable parents access to respite care for a son or daughter who is residing with them but who is now over 18 years of age.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected Senators Gavan, Leyden, Bacik and Byrne and they will be taken now. Senators Clifford-Lee, Richmond, Ó Domhnaill, Coffey, Hopkins, Lombard and Colm Burke may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.

I take this opportunity to welcome two very popular Bandonians that are involved in community work to the Chamber today. They are the great Dan Joe Quill and his wife, Maureen. I hope they enjoy their visit to Leinster House.