Business of Seanad

I have notice from Senator Rose Conway-Walsh that on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the implementation of recommendations contained in the report on sodium valproate.

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 outline the cross-Border measures that are undertaken when implementing emergency co-ordination preparations for, and responses to, adverse weather conditions in Ireland.

I have also received notice from Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the methodology used in a recent childcare survey in County Carlow.

I have also received notice from Senator Kieran O'Donnell of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the next steps in respect of the construction of a new school building at Mungret Community College, Mungret, Limerick.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to outline the plans, if any, he has to increase the €37,500 threshold for businesses to register for VAT.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to introduce hate crime legislation.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to establish with Irish Water when funding will be made available to upgrade the water treatment plant in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Conway-Walsh, Ó Donnghaile and Murnane O'Connor and they will be taken now. Senator Kieran O'Donnell has withdrawn his Commencement matter, which I had selected. I regret I had to rule out of order the matter submitted by Senator Feighan on the ground that the Minister has no official responsibility for the matter. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.