Business of Seanad

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

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

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 James Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to outline his plans to address the rising cost of insurance in Ireland and, in particular, the issue of fraudulent claims.

I have also received notice from Senator Diarmuid Wilson of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline whether he will approve the drug Translarna for boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy; and whether he will direct the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics, NCPE, to treat the new application made by PTC Therapeutics with priority, given the progressive nature of the disease.

I have also received notice from Senator Maria Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline whether a site has been identified for Limerick Educate Together second level school, Castletroy.

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, to increase the €37,500 threshold for businesses to register for VAT.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on access to consultant psychiatrists for those under 18 years of age in the north Lee area of Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to outline, in the context of the ongoing negotiations on Brexit, the Government's position on a recent answer given by President Jean-Claude Juncker on behalf of the European Commission to Martina Anderson, MEP, wherein he stated that "Irish citizens in Northern Ireland will no longer benefit from United Kingdom’s participation in Union programmes, policies and activities when this participation ends following the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the Union".

I have also received notice from Senator Michelle Mulherin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, in the case of infrastructure development at or near special areas of conservation and special protection areas, to outline the surveys and studies that have been undertaken to establish the impact post-development on these designated sites; and whether protected species, habitats and birds have re-established themselves on the sites.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Warfield, Humphreys, Reilly and Wilson and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.