Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to extend the free travel scheme to include people diagnosed with epilepsy.

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to review the telephone and living alone allowances for citizens over the age of 70 years.

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 provide an update on the supports being considered through the CAP negotiations for farmers in Ireland who out-winter their cattle, who are not overstocked and do not use slurry or chemical fertiliser.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to consider allowing persons who provide professional services to the State to opt to pay professional withholding tax at 40% instead of 20%.

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

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to make a statement on his future plans for the temporary direct provision centre at Courtown Hotel, Courtown, County Wexford.

I have also received notice from Senator Michael McDowell of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to allocate space at the former Technological University of Dublin campus in Rathmines to the Rathmines College of Further Education to help alleviate long-term shortage of classroom space, as well as to allocate temporary facilities on the campus to the Harcourt Terrace Educate Together National School.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the provision of advanced paramedic motorcycles for Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the construction of Coláiste Mhuire School building, Parnell Square, Dublin 1.

I have also received notice from Senator Rebecca Moynihan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on counselling and mental health services for young people in Dublin city, in particular the future funding of these services in a post-pandemic environment.

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 make a statement on his engagement with the Climate Change Advisory Council on the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the N24 motorway project and the need to include a bypass of Tipperary Town.

I have also received notice from Senator Sharon Keogan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the roll-out of a minor ailment scheme through the national network of pharmacies.

I have also received notice from Senator Tim Lombard of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the current allocation of funding to Cork County Council for its roads maintenance programme.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to undertake a review of the Teaching Council.

I have also received notice from Senator Rónán Mullen of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to review the Personal Injuries Assessment Board Act 2003, to legislate for those who knowingly or recklessly make false or misleading statements in an application or claim to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to extend the EU digital Covid certificate to include people in Northern Ireland.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators McGreehan, Maria Byrne, Boyhan, Ward, Malcolm Byrne and McDowell, and they will be taken now. The matters concerning HSE matters cannot be taken because of ongoing issues regarding the cyberattack on the HSE. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.