Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have notice from Senator Lisa Chambers 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 accede positively to the request from the EU to assist migrants from the Moria refugee camp on the island of Lesbos, Greece, following the fire that destroyed a large part of the camp.

I have also received notice from Senator Shane Cassells of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to make a statement on proposals for the closing of county childcare committees.

I have also received notice from Senator Michael McDowell of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on all the route options under consideration for the southern part of the MetroLink project, and when the route will be finalised.

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 Mary Fitzpatrick of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to provide an update on the redevelopment of Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin 7, following the approval of funding for it.

I have also received notice from Senator Gerard Craughwell of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the steps being taken to allow partners to attend pre- and post-natal hospital appointments.

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 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 Jerry Buttimer of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to make a statement on the recommendations of the aviation recovery task force report and the future of State airports.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to outline the progress being made on the reduction of lead, pesticides, aluminium, trihalomethanes and cryptosporidium in Irish drinking water.

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 Elisha McCallion of the following matter:

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

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.

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, Condae Chorcaí.

I have also received notice from Senator Rebecca Moynihan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the roll-out of the flu vaccine programme for winter 2020-2021.

I have also received notice from Senator Paul Gavan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to make a statement on the need to provide a living wage and sick pay for early years professionals working in early childhood education.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Chambers, Cassells and McDowell and they will be taken now. I regret that I have had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Boyhan on the ground that the relevant Minister has no official responsibility in the matter raised.

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