Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee 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 consider including the chickenpox vaccine, VARIVAX, in the national childhood immunisation programme.

I have also received notice from Senator David Norris of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to ensure the retention of a teacher in Scoil Chaoimhín, a DEIS school in Dublin 1.

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 progress of the M20, Limerick to Cork, motorway project.

I have also received notice from Senator Ivana Bacik of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to outline the numbers, by gender breakdown, of those employed in small, medium and large businesses.

I have also received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to provide an update on the current status of the projects selected under the urban regeneration and development fund; the funding allocated to each project; and the timelines involved.

I have also received notice from Senator Paul Gavan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on Ennis Educate Together national school in light of protected disclosures and whole school evaluation reports.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline whether the atypical worker permissions granted by his Department for the fishing industry may be extended for a longer period.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to consider the provision of funding under the urban regeneration and development fund 2018 for the development of a digital hub and innovation quarter in the military barracks, Ballina, County Mayo.

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 the opening of Teach Mhuire, also known as Abbeymount House, Western Road, Cork.

I have also received notice from Senator Robbie Gallagher 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 of Ireland, the National Ambulance Service Representative Association and the HSE.

I have also received notice from Senator Maura Hopkins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the provision of a thrombectomy machine for Beaumont Hospital, which would deliver life-saving treatment for stroke patients.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on plans for a fixed cath lab at Sligo University Hospital.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Clifford-Lee, Norris and O’Donnell and they will be taken now. Senator Bacik has had to withdraw her matter. I regret I had to rule out of order the matter submitted by Senator Gallagher on the ground that it is a repeat of a Commencement matter raised on 7 November 2018. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.