Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for special education and inclusion to make a statement on the number of young people with special educational needs and disabilities who are not in education due to school placement breakdowns.

I have also received notice from Senator Diarmuid Wilson of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to promote driver and road safety initiatives, including the driver theory test, in educational and work settings.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to take steps to secure an autism support unit for St. Mary's Boys' National School in Booterstown, County Dublin, either by acquisition of the adjacent parish hall or other means.

I have also received notice from Senator Shane Cassells of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the status of the national development plan review and the inclusion of phase 2 of the Navan rail line in the plan.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to introduce legislation to ban gambling advertising.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on whether planning permission has been sought by the Saolta Hospital Group for a new emergency unit at Galway University Hospital.

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

The need for the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth to ensure that section 56 workers funded by Tusla in the community and voluntary sector receive pay restoration on the same terms as section 39 workers funded through the HSE.

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 Covid-19 vaccines that are not approved by the European Medicines Agency, EMA, 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 Victor Boyhan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Defence to make a statement on the planned purchase of multirole vessels for the Naval Service.

I have also received notice from Senator Denis O’Donovan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to provide funding for the carrying out of a development options report for Keelbeg Pier, Union Hall, west Cork.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to consider incentivising the purchase of electric vehicles as a sustainable option under the primary medical certificate.

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

The need for the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment to make a statement on the need to apply a TRIPS waiver for Covid-19 vaccines.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to introduce a penalty charge for investor-held residential rental homes left vacant for more than three months in rent pressure zones.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the decision to suspend the north inner city drugs and alcohol task force.

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.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Ruane, Wilson, Ward, Cassells, Wall, Kyne, Dooley, Byrne, O’Loughlin and Boyhan and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.