Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Catherine Noone of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to amend section 49 of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007 to allow doctors who have graduated, or completed an internship, outside of the EU access to the trainee specialist division accredited by the Medical Council.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on parental representation on the HSE primary care steering group.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to provide an update on the delivery of 900 housing units in the Poolbeg west development, Dublin, and the steps being taken to ensure delivery of the additional 550 affordable housing and rental units.

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

The need for the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to make a statement on the management of the native red deer and sika deer population in Killarney National Park, County Kerry.

I have also received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the Government’s planned support and financial aid for the commercial horticulture sector, following losses incurred as a result of Storm Emma.

I have also received notice from Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the justification for the non-phased closure of St. Thomas’s School, Clonshaugh, County Dublin.

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

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for higher education to address the capital funding requirements for St. Angela’s College in Sligo in light of increasing student numbers and the consequential demand for additional accommodation.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Noone, Devine, Humphreys and Coghlan and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.