Seanad debates

Thursday, 13 July 2017

10:30 am

Photo of Denis O'DonovanDenis O'Donovan (Fianna Fail)
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I have received notice from Senator Jennifer Murnane O'Connor that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to provide an update on the single affordable child care scheme.

I have also received notice from Senator Fintan Warfield of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to outline his Department's policy on the teaching of the LGBT+ aspects of the social, personal and health education, SPHE, and relationships and sex education, RSE, curriculums in schools.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to reform the assessment and reimbursement process which applies to orphan status medicines for patients with rare diseases in view of the fact that it is taking up to two years from the date of application to have the drugs approved under the drugs reimbursement scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to give consideration to providing medical cards for people aged over 66 years who are caring for loved ones at home.

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

To ask the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, in the light of the report on the cost of motor insurance, to initiate a review of the increasingly high cost of insurance for the agriculture and business sectors to ensure insurance premiums will remain affordable.

I have also received notice from Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide an update on the progress being made on plans to hold a referendum to allow Irish citizens living abroad the right to vote in Irish Presidential elections.

I have also received notice from Senator Mark Daly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to provide an update on the ongoing situation in relation to local authority members' terms and conditions.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to outline when the terms and conditions of councillors will be improved and if he intends to address the current situation where city councillors receive less remuneration than their county counterparts.

I regard the matters raised by Senators Jennifer Murnane O'Connor, Fintan Warfield, Colm Burke, Maria Byrne, Tim Lombard and Trevor Ó Clochartaigh as suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Jennifer Murnane O'Connor, Fintan Warfield, Colm Burke and Maria Byrne and they will be taken now. Senators Tim Lombard and Trevor Ó Clochartaigh may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.

I regret that I have had to rule out of order the matters raised by Senators Mark Daly and Robbie Gallagher on the grounds that they are a repeat of similar Commencement matters raised on 12 April.