Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for mental health and older people to outline the plans for an increase in dementia advisers under the HSE service plan for 2019.

I have also received notice from Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the measures being taken to increase access to early intervention for children with autism in north Dublin; and to reduce the waiting times for children who require psychological assessments.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government to outline his plans to introduce amendments to the tenant purchase scheme; whether tenants who were allocated council houses under Part V regulations can avail of this scheme; and when he intends to publish the tenant purchase scheme review report.

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 Maria Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to consider introducing an eyesight-testing scheme for children in primary school.

I have also received notice from Senator Keith Swanick of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide access to the drug, Translarna, for the five young children in Ireland who suffer from Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Kelleher, Ó Ríordáin and Gallagher and they will be taken now.

I regret I had to rule out of order the matter submitted by Senator Swanick on the ground that it is a repeat of a matter raised on 12 July 2018.

Senator Colm Burke has withdrawn his matter which I had selected.

Senator Byrne may give notice on another day of the matter that she wishes to raise.