Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to provide an update on the payment of annual dividends by credit unions to their members.

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

The need for the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to address the removal of Higher Education Authority funding from students who withdraw from academic study due to dissatisfaction with online learning during Covid-19, and their subsequent eligibility for future funding under free fees and SUSI grants.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the level of State support available for the purchase of prosthetic limbs.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the requirement for capital investment in a new critical care wing at the Rotunda Hospital.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the plans in place for the protection of the Iveagh Markets building, Francis Street, Dublin 8.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the planned strategy for the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to ensure that the drug, Patisiran, is made available to those suffering from hereditary amyloidosis.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to make a statement on the site acquisition for Summercove National School, Kinsale, 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 Sharon Keogan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the current restrictions on the maximum number of new housing units that may be built in each county prior to 2026 as set out in the guidelines of the Office of the Planning Regulator.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the supports available to those affected by the avian flu.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out the provisions that will be available to local authorities for the management of harbours within their functional areas.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Buttimer, Hoey, Byrne and Fitzpatrick and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.