Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to outline whether the Government remains committed to the implementation of the Manning report on Seanad reform.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the implications for the State of the recent Supreme Court decision on the right to work of asylum seekers in Ireland; and the steps the Government is considering taking to address the situation within the six months as prescribed by the court.

I have also received notice from Senator Frank Feighan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to explore all options to extend the emergency aeromedical service, based at Custume Barracks in Athlone, to a night-time service.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to introduce a specific fund for the upkeep of local improvement schemes.

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

The need for the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Marine to outline the measures his Department has in place to support the recruitment of farm labour through the farm relief services.

I have also received notice from Senator Máire Devine of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the current position regarding the cross-border health care directive with regard to the provision of psychiatric services for Irish persons outside the State; the number of Irish patients who have received psychiatric care outside the State; and the reason these services are not provided for those patients within the State.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to reform the assessment and reimbursement process which applies to orphan status medicines for patients with rare diseases in view of the fact it is taking up to two years from the date of application to have these drugs approved under the drugs reimbursement scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to have arrangements made to extend the Wild Atlantic Way to include the Seven Heads Peninsula along the west Cork coastline.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to lay out the short- and medium-term plans for Ballinteer Educate Together national school.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators McDowell, Ó Clochartaigh, Feighan and Gallagher and they will be taken now. Senators Byrne, Devine, Colm Burke, Lombard and Richmond may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.