Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

Before I begin, I would like to formally and heartily welcome Minister of State, Deputy Ossian Smyth, to the House. He is a regular and welcome visitor to the House, and I see he has a major assignment today.

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for disability to make a statement on access to personal transport schemes for disabled drivers.

I have also received notice from Senator Seán Kyne on the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the requirement for acute beds in Galway University Hospitals.

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to make a statement on the waiting times for applicants to the better energy warmer homes scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to make a statement on the delivering equality in opportunity for schools, DEIS, identification model and the timeline for schools to apply for DEIS status.

I have also received notice from Senator Jerry Buttimer on the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the requirement for additional neurology nurses at Cork University Hospital.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the straw incorporation measure.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and the Cathaoirleach selected Senators Lombard, Kyne, Keogan and Dolan and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.