Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Maria Byrne that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise 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's capital plan.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the timeline for ratifying the optional protocol to the UN Convention against Torture.

I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to prioritise the planned building works at St. Molaga’s senior national school, Balbriggan, County Dublin.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the provision of school places in September in the cases of four children with autism.

I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on proposed improvements to the medical care service for patients who suffer from fibromyalgia.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on the actions he is taking to counteract the property tax trap that will force pensioners and people on low and fixed incomes to pay property tax rather than defer payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

I have also received notice from Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to make a statement on Pobal’s practices of removing funding from early childcare providers in the event of a reduction in the attendance by children availing of the service.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Byrne, Ruane, Clifford-Lee and Ó Ríordáin and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.