Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to make a statement on the treatment and care of prisoners with a mental illness in Irish prisons.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the future of transgender healthcare in Ireland.

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 form 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 Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide an update on his Department’s plans to improve the water and wastewater infrastructure in the villages of Doolin, Broadford, Cooraclare and Carrigaholt in County Clare.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the implication of the national planning framework strategy of removing one-off local needs rural planning and rezoning-dezoning population caps.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the growing crisis in the Irish horticulture sector in relation to the provision of peat.

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 Micheál Carrigy of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on a request for funding for additional classroom space in St. Mel’s College, Longford.

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 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 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 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 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 Pat Casey of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to outline when he proposes to make waiver of rates regulations under section 15 of the Local Government Rates and other Matters Act 2019.

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 Murphy, Doherty, Mullen and Ardagh and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.