Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the staffing resources and services at the diabetes clinic in the University Limerick Hospitals Group.

I have also received notice from Senator Aisling Dolan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the development of a national diabetes register.

I have also received notice from Senator Garret Ahearn of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for public health, well-being and the national drugs strategy to make a statement on the timeline for the proposed legislation on assisted human reproduction.

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

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to outline his proposals to engage with persons affected by illegal birth registration in Ireland.

I have also received notice from Senator Micheál Carrigy of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the supports to be provided to Longford County Council following the loss of commercial rates as a result of the closure of Lough Ree power station.

I have also received notice from Senator Róisín Garvey of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for heritage and electoral reform to make a statement on the €2,500 charge imposed by Irish Water on local authorities connecting to a water refill station, given the important role that these stations have in combating single-use plastic bottle waste.

Of the matters raised by the Senators that are suitable for discussion, I have selected the matters raised by Senators Conway, Dolan, Ahearn and Boyhan and they will be taken now. I regret I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Garvey on the grounds that the Minister of State has no official responsibility in these matters. The other Senator may give notice on another day of the matters which he wishes to raise.