Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Colm Burke 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 provide an update on the publication of the report of the review of the system for setting nursing home prices under the nursing home support scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the measures being taken to address the shortage of general practitioners in counties Cavan and Monaghan.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to outline the role of local authorities in addressing public health and safety concerns arising from the dereliction of privately-owned buildings.

I have also received notice from Senator Maura Hopkins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the development of a primary care centre in Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to consider extending the eligibility for the special scheme for non-EEA nationals from 2005 to 2003.

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

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to make a statement on whether the public services card should be an acceptable form of identification for opening a bank account.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected those raised by Senators Colm Burke, Gallagher and Lombard and they will be taken now.

Senator Boyhan has withdrawn his Commencement matter, which I had originally selected. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.