Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Maria Byrne that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to extend the child allowance payment to children over the age of 18 in full-time education.

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 industrial relations dispute between the Psychiatric Nurses Association, the National Ambulance Service Representative Association and the HSE.

I have also received notice from Senator Tim Lombard of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to extend to a full year basis the services of the regional respite centre in Garrettstown, County Cork.

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for mental health and older people to provide an update on the introduction of legislation relating to the fair deal scheme, particularly with regard to the three year cap on payments based on farm and business assets and how this will be applied.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to review circular 22/2012 where persons who take a leave of absence to undertake further studies are prevented from working part-time.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide an update on the M20 Limerick to Cork motorway project.

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