Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senators Lisa Chambers and Eugene Murphy that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, they propose to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport to make a statement on the Government’s plan to support Ireland West Airport Knock through this pandemic to ensure its survival.

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

The need for the Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport to make a statement on the problems associated with the collection and disposal of farm waste plastic; and whether the law in relation to section 60(3) of the Waste Management Act 1996 needs to be reviewed.

I have also received notice from Senator Rónán Mullen of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to make a statement on Ireland’s participation in election monitoring under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the development of a new school for St. Mary’s Special School, Navan, County Meath.

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

The need for the Minister for Rural and Community Development to make a statement on the status of the local improvement scheme.

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 policy and practice in Irish hospital regarding do not resuscitate or do not attempt resuscitation orders.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to make a statement on the recent High Court judgment in the Schrems II case and its implication on Ireland’s reputation for overseeing the regulation of European citizens' data.

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for special education and inclusion to outline her plans to carry out a review of visiting teachers services for visually impaired students at second level.

I have also received notice from Senator Joe O'Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to consider an extension of the pheasant shooting season until February 2021.

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

The need for the Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport to provide an update on the progress of the new Athy town distributor road, County Kildare.

I have also received notice from Senator Garret Ahearn of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to make a statement on the roll-out of the national smart metering programme.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to clarify whether travel agents qualify for the Covid-19 restrictions support scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to provide funding for the construction of a physical education hall as part of the school extension at Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg, Ennis, County Clare.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on his plans to reform the local property tax.

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 Fintan Warfield of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to examine contractual issues for the owners of mobile homes in holiday parks.

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

The need for Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to allocate urban regeneration funding for the Bridge Street and Linenhall Street areas in Dundalk, County Louth.

I have also received notice from Senator Micheál Carrigy of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the timeline of the change in organisation status, from section 39 to section 38, of St. Christopher's Services, Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Chambers and Murphy, who are sharing time, Burke, Mullen, Cassells, Gallagher and Kyne and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.