Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Ned O'Sullivan that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the outbreak of Covid-19 at Oaklands Nursing Home, Listowel, County Kerry.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to provide an update on the programme for Government commitment to hold a referendum to extend presidential voting rights to Irish citizens resident outside the State.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on a proposal by the antiparasitic resistance stakeholder group to conduct an economic impact assessment of EU Regulation 2019/6; and whether he intends to seek a derogation from this regulation.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the position of non-EU medical students wishing to pursue a career in the Defence Forces and who may lose out on intern posts as a result of increased pressure for places by Irish and EU citizens.

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 restrictions support scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to allocate urban regeneration and development funding for Clonmel, County Tipperary.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to provide an update on the project appraisal plan for phase 2 of the Bandon southern relief road in County Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to provide an update on waiting lists for driving tests.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to sanction the provision of an autism spectrum disorder, ASD, specific school in Dublin 12.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to outline the transitional arrangements in place to deal with applications outstanding on the closure of Caranua at the end of this year.

I have also received notice from Senator Alice-Mary Higgins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice to make a statement on the recent and ongoing issuing of deportation notices to asylum seekers from Ireland during the global Covid-19 pandemic.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to consider the introduction of legislation to address the problem of image-based sexual abuse, commonly known as "revenge porn".

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection and for Rural and Community Development to make a statement on the incentives available to individuals experiencing unemployment to undertake training courses, and the reason for the disparity between the rate paid to individuals participating in the vocational training opportunities scheme, VTOS, and those in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment, PUP.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on plans for Scoil Colm, Crumlin, Dublin 12.

I have also received notice from Senator Vincent P. Martin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on Ireland's response to the ongoing military conflict between the Ethiopian Government and the regional state of Tigray.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the nursing homes support scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to ensure that all social housing tenants have access to all facilities in housing developments.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators O'Sullivan, Ó Donnghaile and Boyhan and they will be taken now. Senator Currie has withdrawn her Commencement matter, which I had originally selected. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.