Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline the steps being taking to ensure farm safety and farmer well-being are included in the next Common Agricultural Policy, CAP.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the provision of cancer screening services for cervical, breast and bowel cancers and the measures being taken to address the backlog in waiting times for screening services caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the HSE supports available to women going through menopause.

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

The need for the Minister the Health to provide an update on the proposed primary care centre for Fethard, County Tipperary.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to provide an update on discussions with the British Government on the implementation of the all-party motion on the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings adopted in May 2016.

I have also received notice from Senator Frances Black of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on the specific actions Ireland will take at national, EU and UN levels in response to the human rights violations and the military assaults on civilian targets currently being conducted by the Israeli Government.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to review the commercial rates model of local government funding given the increased growth of e-commerce and online retail.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to ensure that Irish Water has adequate resources to replace the outdated asbestos pipe network in the west Clare area, particularly the portion of the network between the villages of Cree and Cooraclare where substantial disruption has taken place in recent weeks.

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 outline the Government’s position ahead of the upcoming negotiations on the modernisation of the Energy Charter Treaty.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the status of negotiations for the purchase of a field beside St. Patrick’s National School, Diswellstown, Dublin 15.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Byrne, Boyhan, O’Loughlin, Ahearn, Gallagher and Black and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Dooley on the grounds that the Minister has no official responsibility in that area. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.