Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senators Ollie Crowe and Eugene Murphy that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, they propose to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the future of Galway city and county councils.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the implications of the Flemish decree judgment on the national planning framework and county development plans.

I have also received notice from Senators Marie Sherlock and Ivana Bacik of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to implement a ban on the development of co-living schemes where construction has not yet commenced.

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 redeployment of staff in primary care centres as a result of Covid-19, and to outline the measures in place to mitigate the reduction of services.

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

The need for the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to provide an update on the further capital development of the campus of Waterford Institute of Technology in the context of the proposal for a new technological university for the south east.

I have also received notice from Senator Sharon Keogan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to establish a scheme of funded apprenticeships through local authorities.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to designate the Curragh, County Kildare, as a national heritage site.

I have also received notice from Senators Malcolm Byrne and Barry Ward of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on the detention of pro-democracy and human rights activists in Hong Kong and on the operation of the national security law by the Chinese Government in Hong Kong.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide an update on the roll-out of An Bord Pleanála's e-planning system.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the sign-off of the tender process for the completion of the Coonagh to Knockalisheen road which would be of benefit to the communities in Moyross and the wider north Limerick and Clare areas.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to provide an update on the provision of an overseas allowance for Irish citizens who represent Ireland as secondees on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OCSE, special monitoring mission to Ukraine.

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

The need for the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht to introduce a policy on the repatriation of cultural objects.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to provide an update on the development of an N3 to N4 link road.

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 plans to ban the importation of fracked gas.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected those raised by Senators Crowe and Murphy, who are sharing their time, Gallagher, Moynihan and Bacik, who are also sharing their time, Seery Kearney, Cummins and Keogan and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.