Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Frank Feighan 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 outline the plans under way to progress the new 90-bed unit at St. Patrick's Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, and the new 50-bed unit at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon town, following the announcement of capital funding for both projects in January 2016.

I have also received notice from Senator Michelle Mulherin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to address the problem of the number of oncology patients in Saolta hospitals in counties Mayo, Sligo, Donegal and Roscommon awaiting transfer to the designated centre of excellence at University Hospital Galway for urgently needed cancer treatment, diagnostic procedures and access to the urology specialists.

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

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to outline his plans to examine a range of additional services which could be delivered through the existing post office network.

I have also received notice from Senator Alice-Mary Higgins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to outline her intentions regarding the implementation of the recommendations of the social protection committee report on the position of lone parents in Ireland.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion and they will be taken now.