Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senators Fitzpatrick and McGreehan, who are sharing time, that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, they propose to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to make a statement on the process by which survivors of mother and babies homes will apply for and receive unredacted copies of their personal records and documents in advance of the publication of the report from the commission of investigation into mother and baby homes.

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 implications of the national planning framework strategy of removing one-off local needs rural planning and rezoning-de-zoning population caps.

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 Jerry Buttimer of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the implementation and roll-out of the national AIDS strategy to coincide with Worlds AIDS Day today, 1 December, 2020.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide remuneration for student nurses working on placement in the Irish healthcare system.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the re-opening of the gay men's health service post Covid-19 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 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 Mark Wall of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to update the planning guidelines to ensure that changing place toilet facilities are available in all public buildings.

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection 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 and those in receipt of the pandemic unemployment payment.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the proposal for a new building structure on the existing school site of Scoil Chaitríona Senior and Scoil Chaitríona Junior, Renmore, County Galway.

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 Paul Gavan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to make a statement on the difficulties being faced by persons working as content moderators.

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 Lynn Boylan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to outline his plans to address the recent spate of landslides in Irish bogs.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected those of Senators Fitzpatrick and McGreehan, who are sharing their time, and of Senators Davitt, Higgins, Buttimer, Doherty and Warfield and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.