Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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 special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and flood relief to provide an update on the reopening of Ballinspittle Garda station, County Cork.

I have also received notice from Senator Keith Swanick of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the reduction in services at New Houghton Hospital, New Ross, County Wexford, and his plans to use the district hospital network to address trolley waiting times in the acute hospital sector.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the supports in place for children affected by the failings in the audiology service in Roscommon and Mayo.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the health projects planned by the HSE in County Monaghan and if they have been impacted on by the cost overruns at the national children's hospital.

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

The need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to make a statement on the postal plans for Cork in light of the decision to close the Little Island postal depot.

I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and flood relief to provide an update on the funding for the Glashaboy flood relief scheme, County Cork.

I have also received notice from Senator Michelle Mulherin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to consider the expansion of the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme to include owners of properties who lost their home during the financial crisis but have now settled their mortgage debt and are in a financial position to buy a new home and service a loan, but to whom the banks will not lend.

I have also received notice from Senator Frank Feighan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on major road schemes for the N4 between Sligo and Mullingar.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Lombard, Swanick, Hopkins and Gallagher and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Buttimer on the grounds that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.