Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the effectiveness of his Department in applying the law on the microchipping of horses.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline the plans he has put in place to ensure the re-examination of leaving certificate examination papers will be completed prior to the final deadline date for the allocation of third level places by colleges.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the reason for the delay in the publication of the review of the Jigsaw youth mental health service.

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

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to further extend the paid maternity leave entitlement for mothers of premature babies.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to address the waiting time for cataract procedures and outline how many procedures will be funded by the National Treatment Purchase Fund in 2018.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Paul Gavan, Kieran O'Donnell, Máire Devine and Maria Byrne and they will be taken now. Senator Colm Burke may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise. Senator Maria Byrne has withdrawn her matter which I had selected for discussion.