Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Health to allocate funding to home care packages to assist families in keeping their loved ones in care at home.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to confirm that plans for the Cork north ring road will be included in the Cork-Limerick road development project.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the processes in place to ensure the provision of sufficient places for students with special needs.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Gallagher and Burke and they will be taken now. Senator Lombard has withdrawn his matter, which I had originally selected.