Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Eugene Murphy 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 resourcing of neurology nurse specialists, particularly in the catchment area of University Hospital Galway.

I have also received notice from Senator Rónán Mullen of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the proposed review of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on the application of VAT liabilities on dental practitioners and, in particular, the impact of this on dental practices in the Border region.

I have also received notice from Senators Garret Ahearn and Tim Lombard of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the role of young farmers in ensuring the future viability of the agrifood sector.

I have also received notice from Senator John McGahon of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate Action and Communications to make a statement on the Government’s offshore wind energy strategy.

I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on resourcing at the adult metabolic service in the Mater hospital and resourcing for response testing to new innovative therapies for phenylketonuria, PKU, treatment.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the timeframe for the implementation of actions arising from the strategic rail review as outlined in the national development plan.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to provide an update on plans to restructure and additionally resource the Data Protection Commission.

I have also received notice from Senator Fiona O’Loughlin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the policy of ambulances bringing patients to the nearest hospital.

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

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

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Murphy; Mullen; Gallagher; Ahearn and Lombard, who are sharing their time; and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.