Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan 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 at the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the national peatlands strategy; and to outline whether alternatives are being pursued as a substitute for the commercial horticultural Industry, particularly in relation to the mushroom industry.

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

The need for the Minister for children, disability, equality and integration 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 Mary Seery Kearney of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State at the Department of Transport to undertake a review of the criteria for qualification for a disabled parking permit.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to consider locating Covid-19 test centres in County Louth.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on dementia supports for older people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the new 60-bed modular unit in University Hospital Limerick.

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 Niall Ó Donnghaile of the following matter:

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

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

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

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to consider reinstating the 120-day TB testing exemption for calves in herds that are clear of TB.

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works to provide an update on the Lower Lee, Cork city, flood relief scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the provision of the permanent building for Clonturk Community College, Whitehall, Dublin 11.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to provide an update on the provision of overseas allowances for Irish citizens who represent Ireland as secondees to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OCSE, special monitoring mission to the Ukraine.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline the measures to be undertaken to ensure the responsible sale of dogs in the lead-up to Christmas.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the role of the Data Protection Commissioner in community closed-circuit TV schemes and if she will review the situation that exists in Monaghan town.

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

The need for the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to make a statement on the incoming guidelines for carer's allowances.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Boyhan, Gavan, Seery Kearney, McGreehan, O'Loughlin and Conway. They will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule the matter raised by Senator Moynihan out of order on the grounds that it is a repeat of the Commencement matter on 1 October. The other Senators may give notice of the matters they wish to raise on another day.