Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for disability issues to make a statement on the provision of speech therapy to children with Down's syndrome.

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 provide an update on discussions with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform regarding additional funding for the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme.

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 the provision of additional accommodation for the Sacred Heart secondary school in Clonakilty, County Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to provide an update on the provision of a high-speed rail network between Dublin and Belfast.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected those of Senators Conway, Boyhan and Lombard and they will be taken now. Senator Feighan has withdrawn his Commencement matter, which I had originally scheduled.