Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to make a statement on the establishment of a digital legal deposit for Irish web archiving.

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

The need for the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to make a statement on the actions taken by his Department to address student housing poverty and the delivery of affordable student accommodation.

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

The need for the Minister for Social Protection to make a statement on the steps being taken to reduce the backlog in birth registration and birth certificate services.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to make a statement on the assessments that have taken place into the fire that occurred in November at a halting site in Bantry, County Cork.

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 cyberattack on the health service in May 2021, including estimated costs and the impact on hospital procedures.

I have also received notice from Senator Fiona O’Loughlin of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on plans for the development of a hospice in the midlands.

I have also received notice from Senator Aisling Dolan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education to make a statement on the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools, DEIS, identification model and the timeline for schools to apply for DEIS status.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the straw incorporation measure.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to permit category B licence holders to drive category AM vehicles.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Warfield, Fitzpatrick, Sherlock and Lombard and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.