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 Health to make a statement on the scoliosis treatment waiting lists for children.

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

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for public health, well-being and national drugs strategy to make a statement on the apportionment of funding to drugs and alcohol task forces from the drugs strategy funding announced in budget 2022.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on the continuing incarceration of Julian Assange.

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 make a statement on plans to ensure water supplies are reliable and safe, particularly in light of issues at the Ballymore Eustace plant.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to make a statement on the lack of parity between the use of traditional and simplified Chinese characters in leaving certificate Mandarin classes.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the timeline for the appointment of a design team for the west wing critical care unit of the Rotunda Hospital, Parnell Square.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the current Covid-19 vaccine uptake and whether continuing with the requirement to show a digital Covid certificate would assist in encouraging further take up of the vaccine.

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 broaden the commercial to residential planning exemption to include former pubs.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected Senators Boyhan, Seery Kearney, Gavan and O’Loughlin and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.

I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Frankie Feighan, for coming to the House.