Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have notice from Senators Fiona O'Loughlin and Mark Wall that, on the motion for the Adjournment of the House today, they propose to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to make a statement on school place shortages in south County Kildare.

I have also received notice from Senator Lynn Ruane of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to ensure that the National Asset Management Agency is fulfilling its mandate to contribute to both the economic and social development of the State.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to ensure the provision of Saturday morning medical cover in Clonakilty, Skibbereen, Rosscarbery, Enniskeane and Kinsale, County Cork, during the current dispute between GPs and the HSE.

I have also received notice from Senator Sharon Keogan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to make a statement on the proposed inclusion of gender identity as a protected ground under the review of the Equality Acts.

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

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage with responsibility for heritage and electoral reform to make a statement on the current charge of €2,500 imposed by Irish Water on local authorities connecting to a water refill station.

I have also received notice from Senator Marie Sherlock of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to make a statement on the steps being taken to reduce the backlog in birth registration and birth certificate services.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators O’Loughlin and Wall, who are sharing their time, Ruane, Lombard and Keogan and they will be taken now. I regret I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Garvey on the ground that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. Senator Sherlock may give notice on another day of the matter she wishes to raise.