Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister with responsibility for mental health and older people to make a statement on the development of later life psychiatry services at the former Rosalie Unit in Castlerea, County Roscommon.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on increased uptake of the Covid-19 vaccine since the Government announcement on 19 October of the continuation with the requirement to show the EU digital Covid certificate.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the disposal of baby organs by incineration at Cork University Maternity Hospital.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on plans to ensure the viability of the sheep sector, including the status of the wool feasibility study.

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

The need for the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to make a statement on the introduction of a universal basic income for artists and art workers.

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 Chinese.

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

The need for the Minister for Justice to make a statement on her Department’s plans to address the growing issue of antisocial behaviour in Eyre Square, Galway city.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected those raised by Senators Murphy, Ahearn, Lombard and McGreehan and they will be taken now. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter raised by Senator Crowe on the ground that the Minister has no direct responsibility in this area. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.