Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from the Senator Garret Ahearn that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise 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 McGahon of the following matter:

The need for the 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 Moynihan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the recent number of homeless deaths.

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

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to make a statement on the impact of Covid-19 lockdowns on the social life and mental health of secondary school students.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the current practice of industrial sprat fishing in Galway Bay and other coastal areas.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to put a plan in place for consultation between the Department of Health and NPHET to ensure the safe reopening of retail establishments in December 2020.

I have also received notice from Senator Seery Kearney of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Climate Action, Communications Networks and Transport to make a statement on the terms of reference for the feasibility study into the MetroLink to Knocklyon, Dublin 16.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the continuing Covid-19 restrictions on religious worship in Ireland and the constitutionality of these restrictions.

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

The need for the Department of Finance to clarify whether travel agents qualify for the Covid restrictions support scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on and to provide a timeline for when community social day care facilities for older persons are expected to reopen; and when respite care facilities will open their doors for older persons and their families.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to consider purchasing the land adjacent to St. Patrick’s National School in Diswellstown, Dublin 15 to facilitate the expansion of the school.

I have also received notice from Senator Róisín Garvey of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to make a statement on the provision of autism spectrum disorder, ASD, places in second level schools in County Clare.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected Senators Ahearn, McGahon, Moynihan, Keogan and O’Reilly and they will be taken now. Senator Gallagher has withdrawn his Commencement matter, which I had originally selected. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.