Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Lynn Ruane that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to implement measures to address current structural barriers to educational progression beyond national framework of qualifications, NFQ, level 9 for older lone parents.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to amend the age eligibility criteria for the part-time green cert course for young farmers.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the gynaecology waiting lists in Cork University Maternity Hospital.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to consider an overhaul of the register of electors.

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

The need for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to introduce a pilot quota of employment permits for the nursing home sector.

I have also received notice from Senator Fintan Warfield of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to consider developing an online voter registration system.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the medical rehabilitation project planned for Roscommon University Hospital.

I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the steps being taken to alleviate significant rental increases in purpose-built student accommodation.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected those raised by Senators Ruane, Paul Daly and Lombard and they will be taken now. Senator Richmond has withdrawn his matter, which I had selected. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.