Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to make a statement on rising energy prices, increased demand on the electricity grid and the potential for power outages during winter.

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 progress on reducing energy poverty.

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

The need for the Minister of Health to provide an update on the human papillomavirus, HPV, schools vaccination programme.

I have also received notice from Senator Aidan Davitt of the following matter:

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to make a statement on the operation of the critical skills and ineligible occupations lists for work permits and visa applications.

I have also received notice from Senator Micheál Carrigy of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to make a statement on the extension of the natural gas pipeline to Longford town.

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

The need for the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to provide an update on the implementation of the Cassells report on higher education funding.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on driver test delays for persons requiring special car adaptation.

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 timeline and funding for the proposed phase 2 works on the Bandon southern relief road.

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

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

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to maintain the current levels of tax relief on electric vehicles in advance of budget 2022.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide specific guidance to local authorities on density requirements on zoned residential land to facilitate purpose-built housing for older persons.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the financial supports available for the development of allotments in urban areas; the value of those supports over the past five years; and future departmental plans to increase this support.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on maternity leave terms and conditions for elected representatives under the Local Government Act 2001.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Ahearn, Boylan, Conway and Davitt and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator McGahon on the ground that it anticipates the statements on the budget which are scheduled to take place in the Seanad on 12 October 2021. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Sherlock on the ground that the Minister has no official responsibility in that matter. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.