Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Máire Devine 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 outline if the proposed new National Maternity Hospital is to become a subsidiary of the St. Vincent's Healthcare Group.

I have also received notice from Senator Fintan Warfield of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Employment and Social Protection to provide an update on the commencement of Part 9 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015.

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

The need for the Minister for Rural and Community Development to provide an update on the seniors alert scheme and to advise if funding will be made available from his Department for the nationwide roll-out of the scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to examine the possibility of purchasing McDermott’s Castle and island on Lough Key, in Boyle, County Roscommon, or entering into a suitable arrangement with the local authority or another agency to preserve this national monument in the long term.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected Senators Warfield, Devine and Boyhan and they will be taken now. Senator Feighan has withdrawn his matter, which I had also selected.