Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Anthony Lawlor that, on 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 construction of the new school building for Naas community college, County Kildare.

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 Kieran O’Donnell of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on his Department’s plans to reduce the density guidelines on housing developments outside of Dublin and city centres.

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 for St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senator Fintan Warfield of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to review the Local Government Act 2001 to provide for maternity leave for councillors.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected those of Senators Lawlor and Conway-Walsh and they will be taken now. Senators O’Donnell and Devine have withdrawn their matters, which I had originally selected. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Warfield on the ground that it is a repeat of a matter raised on 16 October last.