Gnó an tSeanaid - 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 Education and Skills to consult Fingal County Council on acquiring a site for St. Joseph’s secondary school, Rush, County Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senator Anthony Lawlor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on objective 19 of the national planning framework.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to outline the timeframe for holding a referendum to reduce the voting age to 16 years.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to consider the provision of a Garda station for the community of Clongriffin and Belmayne in north Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senator Neale Richmond of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to provide an update on the planned nationwide roll-out of baby boxes.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to outline the national strategy for promoting viable trade routes between southern Ireland and the Continent in the light of the plans by Irish Ferries to reduce its port services from Rosslare.

I have also received notice from Senator Máire Devine of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the policy whereby patients in receipt of medical care, while in the process of applying for a medical card, are responsible for fees incurred.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide an update on the N5, Ballaghaderreen to Scramogue, project.

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for mental health services and older people to provide an update on progress in providing the new 90-bed unit planned for St. Patrick's Hospital in Carrick-on-Shannon and the new 50-bed unit at Sacred Heart Hospital in Roscommon town.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Lorraine Clifford-Lee, Anthony Lawlor, Fintan Warfield and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and they will be taken now. Senators Neale Richmond, Tim Lombard, Máire Devine, Maura Hopkins and Frank Feighan may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.