Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to consider the introduction of breastfeeding breaks for SNAs working in recognised primary and post-primary schools.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on school transport services at Minane Bridge school, Cork.

I have also received notice from Senator Gabrielle McFadden of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on how the Irish language is taught in our schools.

I have also received notice from Senator Mark Daly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to allow code 115 information on driver licences to be shared with the national transplant unit and the HSE for the purpose of organ donation.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senator Humphreys and his will be taken now. Senators Lombard, McFadden and Daly have withdrawn their Commencement matters which I had originally selected.

I wish to advise Senator Humphreys that I have just been informed, for Brexit reasons or whatever, that the Minister of State is running about 20 minutes late but he will take it. As far as I know only two Commencement matters have been submitted for tomorrow. If the Senator wants to put his matter back in for tomorrow and it is a matter for himself.

I am happy with whichever way the Cathaoirleach wants to do this. If the Minister of State is committed to arriving, then I will come back into the House in 20 minutes.

The Leader will have to propose that so we might come back at 12.30 p.m. Only one matter is being taken today.

The Leader is here.

I apologise to the House. A Chathaoirligh, there seems to be some breach in communications but the Minister is running late so I propose that we suspend until 12.30 p.m.

Yes, so we take it back. I understand at this time there are some difficult decisions and travel decisions to be made on Brexit so it is an uncertain time. My apologies to Senator Humphreys, it is beyond my control.

I apologise to Senator Humphreys as well.

I suggest that we return at 12.30 p.m. to deal with the matter. Is that agreed? Agreed.

Sitting suspended at 12.07 p.m. and resumed at 12.30 p.m.