Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Kieran O'Donnell that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise 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 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 Abbeypoint House, Western Road, Cork.

I have also received notice from Senator Rose Conway-Walsh of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to consider opening an autistic spectrum disorder unit in Castlebar, County Mayo.

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 make a statement on the concerns of unions representing local authority workers who may be required to transfer employment to Irish Water without their express consent.

I have also received notice from Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer on the clinical and technical issues associated with transvaginal mesh surgical procedures.

I have also received notice from Senator Aidan Davitt of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to outline whether he has made financial provision for an increase in remuneration for local authority elected members following the submission by the Association of Irish Local Government, AILG, to Ms Sara Moorhead as part of the review of the role and remuneration of local authority elected members.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the need for a permanent building for Dún Laoghaire Educate Together primary school.

I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline when construction work will begin on the new community school in Ennistymon, County Clare, and the anticipated date of completion.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators O'Donnell, Burke, Conway-Walsh and Boyhan and they will be taken now. I regret I had to rule out of order the matter submitted by Senator Davitt on the ground that it is a repeat of a Commencement matter raised on 16 October 2018. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.