Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Mary Seery Kearney that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, she proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to make a statement on the commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015.

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 the Department and by the HSE 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 of which have been supplied, which has continued to receive funding despite allegedly not being in compliance with company law filing requirements.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the implementation of the recommendations of the report of the national advisory group on specialist supports for deaf children to national progressing disability services which was published by the HSE in 2017.

I have also received notice from Senator Timmy Dooley of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to include family carers as a priority group in the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

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 Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the new Educate Together school in Ennis, County Clare.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the potential impact on road budgets, future funding and completion of roads projects for 2021.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to make a statement on the Living City initiative in Cork city with the impact on the use of office and retail spaces as a result of Covid-19 in particular.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on the re-establishment of an Irish diplomatic presence in Iran.

I have also received notice from Senator Aidan Davitt of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to extend the expiry date of all extended planning permissions for a period of two years.

I have also received notice from Senator Garret Ahearn of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the progress of St. Anthony’s nursing home, Clonmel, County Tipperary.

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 provision of a permanent extension for the Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, County Cork.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Seery Kearney, Mullen, Sherlock, Dooley, Byrne and Conway and they will be taken now.

The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.