Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have received notice from Senator Gerard Craughwell that, on the motion for the Commencement of the House today, he proposes to raise the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to provide an update on the provision of an overseas allowance for Irish citizens who represent Ireland as secondees to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE, special monitoring mission to Ukraine.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the progress of Drimnagh primary care centre, Dublin 12.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to outline the measures being put in place to support the leaving certificate class of 2022.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine to make a statement on the outcome of the Common Agricultural Policy, CAP, negotiations, in particular as they pertain to convergence, payment caps, biodiversity and environmental schemes.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide an update on the retrofitting of homes in County Kildare under the just transition programme.

I have also received notice from Senators Lisa Chambers and Pauline O’Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the new report on the western rail corridor published by Professor John Bradley entitled The Atlantic Railway Corridor - The Galway-Mayo Rail Link: An Appraisal.

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

The need for the Minister for Rural and Community Development to make a statement on her Department’s plans to increase funding for rural recreational officers to enable the administration of the rural recreation and walks scheme in west Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to review the earnings threshold for qualification for the carers allowance.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to address the recent cancellation of bus services provided by Bus Éireann in County Waterford.

I have also received notice from Senator Erin McGreehan of the following matter:

The need for the Taoiseach to engage, under the shared island unit initiative, with schools across both jurisdictions to include them in the discussion on the future plans for our country as we begin the second centenary of the current constitutional status of the two jurisdictions on this island.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to invest in cycling infrastructure along the Strawberry Beds, Dublin 15.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to outline the plans he has put in place to support the increasing number of people suffering from long Covid.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Craughwell, Seery Kearney, Malcolm Byrne, Kyne, O’Loughlin, and Chambers and O'Reilly, who will be sharing time, and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Cummins on the ground that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.