Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the proposed transfer of 3,500 local authority water services staff to Irish Water by 31 July 2021.

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to make a statement on the opportunities available to women who wish to return to work after a career break, including access to community employment schemes.

I have also received notice from Senator Ollie Crowe of the following matter:

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to make a statement on the reopening of indoor hospitality; and if he will put in place a support scheme to assist these businesses in the coming year.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to implement a review of the operation of patients' private property accounts under section 2 of the Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006; and, in particular, if he will consider extending the scheme to include patients in private care.

I have also received notice from Senator Pat Casey of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of Health to make a statement on the data presented by NPHET on the Delta variant of Covid-19 and how they can be directly attributable to indoor dining.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the review of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the status of Irish citizens living overseas who have received non-EMA approved Covid-19 vaccines and who may wish to return to Ireland.

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 outline the criteria for long-term residents of co-operative housing schemes to purchase their homes.

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 Martin Conway of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to make a statement on accessibility to the July provision programme by children with a visual impairment.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Gallagher, Currie, Crowe, Mullen, Casey and Gavan and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.