Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Rónán Mullen 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 make a statement on the importance of reopening places of worship, on a limited basis with appropriate safety measures in place, to facilitate Holy Week and Easter ceremonies for people of all Christian denominations.

I have also received notice from Senator Seán Kyne of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Rural and Community Development to provide a support scheme to enable the development and refurbishment of community centres.

I have also received notice from Senator Pauline O'Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the preparation of individual education plans for students with special needs.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to fast track leave to remain applications by immigrant healthcare front-line workers.

I have also received notice from Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice to make a statement on the process, timeline and costs associated with applications for Irish citizenship through the naturalisation process.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to provide an update on the proposed new Garda station in Clonmel, County Tipperary.

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

The need for the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to make a statement on the future of Dundalk Institute of Technology and its pursuit of technological university status.

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to make a statement on the pension entitlements of community employment scheme supervisors.

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

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to make a statement on the relationship between his Department and Scouting Ireland; and the funding allocated to it.

I have also received notice from Senator Mark Wall of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to address the professional therapists waiting times and lists for children in south Kildare.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to allocate DEIS status to St. Joseph’s Community College, Kilkee, County Clare.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make provision for municipal and-or metropolitan districts in all local authorities to allow for streamlined decision-making in Dublin, Cork and Galway city and county councils.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to develop a successor plan to Breastfeeding in a Healthy Ireland - Health Service Executive Breastfeeding Action Plan 2016-2021.

I have also received notice from Senator Ivana Bacik of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the opening of ASD units in schools in the Dublin 2, 4 and 6 areas.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to legislate to create safe access zones for hospitals.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the issuing of travel vouchers by airlines.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to refund to families payments for school transport during the period of school closures from January to mid-March 2021.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to make a statement on the failure to waive the financial eligibility criteria when providing legal aid to the families of the Stardust fire victims in the ongoing inquest.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and An Cathaoirleach has selected the matters raised by Senators Mullen, Kyne, O’Reilly, O'Loughlin, Ó Donnghaile and Ahearn, and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.