Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senators Maria Byrne and Kieran O'Donnell that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, they propose to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the bed management plan in the UL Hospital Group to alleviate the overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the provision of additional supports and benefits for carers in the home and the community.

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

The need for the Minister for Rural and Community Development to make a statement on the application for funding under the outdoor recreation infrastructure scheme, measure 3, by Rossmore Forest Park, County Monaghan.

I have also received notice from Senator Paddy Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to provide an update on the issuing of forestry licences for felling, afforestation and road construction.

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

The need for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to provide an update on the effectiveness of farm safety initiatives.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Byrne and Kieran O'Donnell, who are sharing time, and Senators Boyhan, Gallagher and Burke and they will be taken now. Senator Lombard may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise. If it is agreeable with Senators Boyhan and Kieran O'Donnell I might reverse the order of Commencement matters 1 and 2. I ask because I got a phone call from Senator Byrne just before I came to the House to say that the roads are closed but she is trying to get here and the same Minister of State will reply to both matters?