Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Neale Richmond that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to provide an update on the planned baby box scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to make a statement on the efforts of the IDA to deliver foreign direct investment and jobs to north and east Mayo, including the construction of an advanced technology building in Ballina.

I have also received notice from Senator Lynn Ruane of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the progress of the working group examining alternative approaches for personal possession of illegal drugs.

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

The need for the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to provide funding for the restoration of the Market House, Castleblayney, County Monaghan.

I have also received notice from Senator Maria Byrne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to consider the introduction of social media education for primary school students.

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 development of a primary care centre in Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon.

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

The need for the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to make a statement on the need for a helicopter pad on Inishturk Island, County Mayo.

I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on the decision to put 23% VAT on food supplements and vitamins.

I have also received notice from Senator Joan Freeman of the following matter:

The need for the Taoiseach to provide an update on the re-establishment of the Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Healthcare.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to provide funding for the building of sewerage systems in Broadford and Cooraclare, County Clare.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Richmond, Mulherin, Ruane and Gallagher and they will be taken now.

I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Ó Domhnaill on the ground that it is a repeat of a Commencement matter raised on 30 January 2019. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Freeman on the ground that the Taoiseach has no official responsibility in the matter. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Conway on the ground that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.