Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to allow the spouses and partners of returning Irish emigrants access to the employment market.

I have also received notice from Senator Paul Coghlan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to make a statement on the deer management plan in Killarney National Park and its environs.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on his Department's plans to work collaboratively with the Teaching Council to deliver additional training for trainee teachers who will be providing an education in mainstream classes for children with additional needs.

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

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to outline the expected timeframe for the restoration of State pension rate bands to pre-budget 2012 levels.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to outline whether the 120-bed replacement inpatient block at St. John's Hospital, Limerick will be included in the HSE capital plan.

I have also received notice from Senator Kevin Humphreys of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the plans he has to reintroduce the community graffiti reduction programme.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Lawless, Coghlan, Devine and Gallagher and they will be taken now. Senators Byrne and Humphreys may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.