Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Martin Conway 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 unilaterally restoring the State pension guidelines which applied prior to budget 2012.

I have also received notice from Senator Robbie Gallagher of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to outline the current position regarding the proposal by EirGrid to construct the North-South interconnector.

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 the closure of the day service at the Linn Dara CAMHS, Dublin 10.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to establish a forum on long-term residential care.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to consider introducing a dedicated transport policing service across the public transport system.

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 Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide an update on the work of the Integrated Education Fund and the plans for the fund.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Martin Conway, Gallagher, Devine and Colm Burke and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.