Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Pat Casey 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 ensure dialysis patients are given the same priority in the allocation of the Covid-19 vaccines as nursing home residents and staff.

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 Covid-19 vaccination arrangements for elderly retired members of a religious order in the care of a nursing home maintained by that order.

I have also received notice from Senator Jerry Buttimer of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to review the role of public health doctors.

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 Garret Ahearn of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to make a statement on the proposed transition funding of the ability programme over the next 18 months.

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 laws 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 Tim Lombard of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the delivery of a permanent extension for the Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, County Cork.

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for planning and local government to provide an update on the implementation of the recommendation of the Sara Moorhead report on the role and remuneration of local authority elected members.

I have also received notice from Senator Micheàl Carrigy of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications to consider the location of the proposed peatlands knowledge centre of excellence and visitor centre in County Longford.

Of the matters raised by the Senators that are suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Casey, Mullen, Buttimer, Warfield, Ahearn and O’Loughlin and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order Senator Carrigy's Commencement matter on the grounds that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.