Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have notice from Senators Buttimer and Dooley, that on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, they propose to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the future of our State airports.

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 Marie Sherlock of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to outline the eligibility criteria for Covid-19 illness benefit; and to make a statement on the matter.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the application for an extension by Ballybay Community College, Ballybay, County Monaghan.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to outline the progress made by the Government in regard to its commitments under Annex B of the New Decade, New Approach deal.

I have also received notice from Senator Barry Ward of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to provide an update on the Government’s response to the crisis in Belarus.

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.

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 make a statement on the supports to be put in place to address the rent arrears difficulties being experienced by local authority tenants and local authorities.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to outline whether the Government will cover the costs of citizens in the North of Ireland to ensure they retain their right to hold a European health insurance card post-Brexit.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the Government’s languages strategy, and to outline the plans in place to increase the number of second-level foreign language teachers.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the delivery of the winter flu vaccine to all GPs throughout the country.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on the decision to change the employment wage subsidy scheme from weekly to monthly payments.

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 St. Mary’s Centre, Telford, nursing home, Dublin 4.

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

The need for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to examine contractual issues for mobile home owners in holiday parks.

I have also received notice from Senator Lynn Boylan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to outline the measures to be undertaken to ensure the responsible sale of dogs in the lead-up to Christmas.

Of the matters raised by the Senators that are suitable for discussion, I have selected those of Senators Buttimer and Dooley, who are sharing time, O’Loughlin, Sherlock, Gallagher, McCallion and Ward, and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.