Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to consider allocating additional funding under the local infrastructure housing activation fund scheme, LIHAF, directly to local authorities which have identified key sites capable of delivering significant housing projects.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline how the specific needs of LGBT+ individuals who are currently living within direct provision are being met.

I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to consider allocating additional public health nurses to the Dublin north area of the HSE.

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 unit project at Roscommon University Hospital.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to consider the need for dedicated transport police on the DART service.

I have also received notice from Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to provide an update on preparations for a referendum on voting rights in presidential elections for Irish citizens outside the State.

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

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to consider automatically extending free travel to all individuals who travel significant distances for hospital treatment for cancer, dialysis and other illnesses.

Of the matters raised by the Senators which are suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Boyhan, Devine, Clifford-Lee and Feighan and they will be taken now. I regret that I have had to rule out of order the matter submitted by Senator Humphreys on the ground that it is a repeat of a Commencement matter raised on 19 June 2018. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.