Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Paul Daly that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise 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.

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 Anthony Lawlor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to introduce a free contraceptive scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to consider introducing fibroscans to improve diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, NAFLD.

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 make a statement on the issue of the lack of affordable housing in urban areas and if he will provide an update on the proposals for affordable housing in Poolbeg west.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide pre-service and in-service education in the areas of movement therapy for learning readiness.

Of the matters raised by the Senators that are suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Daly, Ó Donnghaile, Lawlor and Noone and they will be taken now. I regret I 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 18 April 2018. Senator Conway may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise.