Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I welcome the students and staff of Castlepollard Community College to the Gallery. The former Leader, Donie Cassidy, is a proud Castlepollard man. He would be delighted to see the college's students and staff here today. I hope they enjoy their visit to Leinster House.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the proposal by fee-paying schools to waive their fees for students wishing to attend State-funded autism spectrum disorder units within these schools.

I have also received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the current status of the final accounts for Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company and the potential financial exposure to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council as a result of the transfer of the company to the council.

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 the FreeStyle Libre in the reimbursement of medical devices under the community drug scheme.

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, Carrickmacross, County Monaghan.

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 applications for aquaculture licences in a special area of conservation.

I have also received notice from Senator Rose Conway-Walsh of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the delays in the administration of Spinraza to eligible children since its approval in June 2019.

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 Ireland and the National Health Service.

I have also received notice from Senator Alice-Mary Higgins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to seek the removal of the Shannon liquefied natural gas terminal from the list of European projects of common interest before 23 October 2019.

The matters raised by the Senators are deemed by the Cathaoirleach as suitable for discussion and he has selected Senators Lombard, Boyhan, Ó Ríordáin and Gallagher and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.