Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Defence to make a statement on the future status of the emergency aeromedical service based in Custume Barracks, Athlone, County Westmeath.

I have also received notice from Senator Mark Daly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on staffing levels and bed capacity in Kenmare Community Hospital, County Kerry.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the education supports in place for children affected by the failings in the audiology service in Roscommon and Mayo.

I have also received notice from Senator Kevin Humphreys of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to direct the four Dublin local authorities to prepare an action plan on air quality in Dublin.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to make a statement on the assistance available for properties built by the State in the 1960s now affected by subsidence.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide appropriate funding for residential care for a person who is currently in Temple Street Children's University Hospital.

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 Hospital, Dublin.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to confirm that the Irish Sign Language Act 2017 will come into operation not later than December 2020 and that adequate funding is in place for the Sign Language Interpreting Service, SLIS.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on plans for a new 12-bed hospice inpatient unit on the current north-west hospice site in Sligo.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators McFadden, Mark Daly, Hopkins and Humphreys and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.

Before I call Senator McFadden, I welcome former Senator Eamonn Coghlan, who is in the Public Gallery.