Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to review the Education Support Centres (Appointment and Secondment of Directors) Regulations 2017, SI 394 of 2017, to allow the holder of the position of education centre director, after secondment of an initial period of five years, to be given the right to reapply for a consecutive five years.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to outline how many children in Limerick, Clare and north Tipperary were referred for an assessment of need and how many of these children were assessed within the required timeframe committed to by the HSE.

I have also received notice from Senator Jerry Buttimer of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the negative impact of the Education Support Centre (Appointment and Secondment of Directors) Regulation 2017, SI 394 of 2017, on the continuing professional development of teachers and school personnel.

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

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to outline the steps being taken by her Department to implement a Labour Court recommendation to introduce a pension scheme for supervisors and assistant supervisors on community employment schemes.

I have also received notice from Senator Kevin Humphreys of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the development of Roslyn Park and Harold's Cross stadium as educational facilities.

I regard the matters raised by the Senators as suitable for discussion. However, as Leinster House and Government Departments were closed yesterday as a result of the assessment of the national emergency co-ordination centre in respect of yesterday's storm, I decided, on advice, not to select Commencement matters for discussion today. I will facilitate those Senators who had submitted matters for today as soon as possible. The House now stands suspended until the Order of Business and I apologise for any inconvenience.

Sitting suspended at 2.35 p.m. and resumed at 3.30 p.m.