Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Catherine Noone that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for local government and electoral reform to provide an update on the review of the role and remuneration of local authority elected members.

I have also received notice from Senator Aidan Davitt of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the provision of maternity leave for local authority elected members.

I have also received notice from Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile of the following matter:

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to make a statement on the recent Upper Tribunal ruling in the Emma DeSouza case on the citizenship of persons born in Northern Ireland and to outline the measures he intends to take to ensure the citizenship provisions of the Good Friday Agreement will be fully implemented.

I have also received notice from Senator Gerald Nash of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to make a statement on whether she plans to defer the recommended increase in the national minimum wage which due to come into effect on 1 January 2020.

I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the timeline for completion of the new community school in Ennistymon, County Clare.

I have also received notice from Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the consultation process undertaken by his Department following the receipt of applications for aquaculture licences in a special area of conservation.

I have also received notice from Senator Anthony Lawlor of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the funding to be allocated for the development of the endoscopic unit in Naas General Hospital, County Kildare.

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 acquisition of a new site for Gaelscoil Chionn tSáile in Kinsale, County Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the availability of drug and alcohol detox treatment in Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the independent review of University Hospital Limerick by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National Health Service.

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 appointment of a sarcoma specialist at St. Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the status of the HSE Respond group home in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to provide an update on the planned upgrade of Tubbercurry Garda station.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on St. Joseph's secondary school in Rush, County Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senator Gabrielle McFadden of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for higher education to make a statement on the future of third level colleges such as Athlone Institute of Technology that have not yet been constituted as technological universities.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the review of the inclusion of FreeStyle Libre in the reimbursement of medical devices under the community drug scheme.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Noone, Davitt, Ó Donnghaile and Nash and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.