Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I wish everybody a happy International Women's Day. Lá fhéile na mban sona daoibh.

I have received notice from Senators Aisling Dolan and Sharon Keogan that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, they propose to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Higher Education, Innovation and Science to make a statement on the measures proposed to incentivise gender-balanced representation within academia and research posts at third level institutions.

I have also received notice from Senator Lynn Boylan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on the reduction of the VAT rate on sustainable period products.

I have also received notice from Senator Alice-Mary Higgins of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the new National Maternity Hospital; and the steps being taken to ensure full public ownership and accountability.

I have also received notice from Senators Lisa Chambers and Erin McGreehan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the steps he is taking to improve the diagnosis time and care pathway for women and girls with endometriosis.

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

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to make a statement on the proposed timeline for the introduction of gender pay gap legislation.

I have also received notice from Senators Mary Seery Kearney and Pauline O'Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to make a statement on the measures being proposed to address domestic violence in Ireland.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the timeframe for the establishment of the office of food ombudsman as set out in the programme for Government.

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 conditions applied by his Department and by the Health Service Executive on the provision of funding to charitable, voluntary and community organisations, whether such conditions include compliance with company law requirements, including the filing of audited accounts, with reference to the case of a particular organisation (details supplied) that has continued to receive funding despite allegedly not being in compliance with company law filing requirements.

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

The need for the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to make a statement on the full economic cost of a higher education student in full-time education; and if he will provide an update on the implementation of the Cassells report on higher education funding.

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 need to reintegrate Shannon Airport into a new national airport authority as proposed by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications Networks.

I have also received notice from Senator Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the status of the public health consultants' contract and his plans to resource regional public health services into the future.

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 Emer Currie of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to develop a remote-first communications campaign to prepare businesses and workers for a new work culture post Covid-19.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. The Cathaoirleach has selected Senators Dolan and Keogan, who are sharing time, Boylan, Higgins, and Chambers and McGreehan, who are sharing time, Bacik and Sherlock, who are sharing time, and Seery Kearney and O’Reilly, who are sharing time, and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.