Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

It is nice to be back in our own home. I have received notice from Senator Malcolm Byrne that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to make a statement on the level of staffing expertise in the Office of the Data Protection Commission; and the policies in place to raise public awareness around data privacy and algorithmic decision-making.

I have also received notice from Senator Regina Doherty of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to review the operation of the temporary wage subsidy scheme at Aer Lingus.

I have also received notice from Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile of the following matter:

The need for the Taoiseach to make a statement on the establishment of the shared island unit and outline its terms of reference.

I have also received notice from Senator Ivana Bacik of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the provision of nursing care plans for children with complex needs to enable their participation in education; and whether nursing care will be provided to a child (details supplied) to attend primary school.

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

The need for the Minister of State with special responsibility for land use and biodiversity at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline proposals for the development of a portal to enhance public participation in forestry decision-making in Ireland; and to make a statement on the appointment of an independent chair to implement the Mackinnon report.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the implementation of the new medical card income limits for those aged 70 years or over.

I have also received notice from Senator Lisa Chambers of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to the request from the EU to assist migrants from the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos in Greece, following the fire that destroyed a large part of the camp.

I have also received notice from Senator Elisha McCallion of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to make a statement on the progress on commitments made under Annex B of the New Decade, New Approach deal.

I have also received notice from Senator Erin McGreehan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the current restrictions on partners attending pre-natal appointments at maternity hospitals.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on the introduction of a three-day Taxsaver ticket for commuters.

I have also received notice from Senator Mary Fitzpatrick of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to provide funding for the creation of a national monument museum on Moore Street, Dublin 1, and the regeneration of trading on that street.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the expansion and resourcing of Westdoc.

I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the development of a State-funded contraception scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the acquisition of a permanent site for Gaelscoil Chionn tSáile, An Ceapach, Cionn tSáile, gContae Chorcaí, roll number 20265B.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to consider opening a branch of the mental health organisation, Jigsaw, in Newbridge, County Kildare.

I have also received notice from Senator Timmy Dooley of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to outline his plans to support air routes at State airports to ensure economic recovery.

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 opening of the HSE-Respond group home facility in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Byrne, Doherty, Ó Donnghaile and Bacik and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Boyhan on the ground that it anticipates the Second Stage debate of the Forestry (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020, which is scheduled to take place in the Seanad today. I also regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator McGahon on the ground that the relevant Minister has no official responsibility in the matter raised. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.