Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan that, on the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the number of new agricultural attachés posted to the Irish embassy network overseas, and to confirm whether their roles will be primarily related to market access and trade in response to the challenges posed by Brexit.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the inclusion of cattle underpasses in the targeted agriculture modernisation scheme.

I have also received notice from Senator Jerry Buttimer of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for mental health and older people to make a statement on mental health training for employees in the workplace.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the provision of appropriate learning environments for children with autistic spectrum disorder and special educational needs.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform to make a statement on changes to the VAT rate on food supplements in budget 2020.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the employment starting date of a sarcoma specialist for St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senator Maura Hopkins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on plans for the site of the former St. Brigid’s Hospital in Ballinasloe, County Galway.

Of the matters raised that are suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Boyhan, Lombard, Buttimer and Gavan and they will be taken now. I regret I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Byrne on the ground that it anticipates the statements on the budget, which will take place in the House on Tuesday, 8 October 2019. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.