Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Robbie Gallagher 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 provide an update on the nursing homes support scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to make a statement on the matter of Sky Sports having exclusive rights to coverage of inter-county GAA championship games.

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to consider extending to retirement age the number of years a person may be on a community employment scheme for those over 62 years of age.

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 Garret Ahearn of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to provide an update on the current number of forestry licence applications that remain outstanding.

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 site of Scoil Chaitríona Senior and Scoil Chaitríona Junior, Renmore, County Galway.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the supports to be given to Dublin City Council to deliver social and affordable housing and community facilities on public land at Oscar Traynor Road, Dublin 5.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the Drimnagh Primary Health Care Centre, Dublin 12.

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

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

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the roll-out of IVF treatment in public hospitals.

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 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 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 Lynn Boylan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to make a statement on energy poverty.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected those of Senators Gallagher, Crowe, Craughwell, Sherlock, Ahearn 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.