Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

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

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 Timmy Dooley of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the additional supports being provided to Shannon Airport to compensate for reduced passenger numbers due to the pandemic.

I have also received notice from Senator Regina Doherty of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for public procurement and eGovernment to make a statement on whether EU digital Covid certificates will be updated to indicate receipt of vaccine boosters.

I have also received notice from Senator Jerry Buttimer of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the provision of additional neurology nurses for Cork University Hospital.

I have also received notice from Senators Garret Ahearn and Tim Lombard of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Agriculture to make a statement on the role of young farmers in ensuring the future viability of the agrifood sector.

I have also received notice from Senator Victor Boyhan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works to make a statement on the plans to undertake restoration on the conservatories at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin.

I have also received notice from Senator Rónán Mullen of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the findings of a study published in 2020 entitled Fetal medicine specialist experiences of providing a new service of termination of pregnancy for fatal fetal anomaly: a qualitative study.

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

The need for the Minister for Transport to make a statement on the timeframe for the implementation of the actions arising from the strategic rail review as outlined in the national development plan.

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate Action and Communications to make a statement on the Government’s offshore wind energy strategy.

I have also received notice from Senators Malcolm Byrne and Pat Casey of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice to make a statement on Garda resourcing in the Wicklow and Wexford areas.

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

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

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

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on resourcing at the adult metabolic service in the Mater hospital and the resourcing for response testing to new innovative therapies for phenylketonuria, PKU, treatment.

Of the matters raised by the Senators suitable for discussion, I have selected Senators Ruane, Fitzpatrick and Dooley and they will be taken now. Senator Doherty had to withdraw her Commencement matter, which I had originally selected. I regret that I had to rule out of order the matter jointly raised by Senators Malcolm Byrne and Pat Casey on the ground that the Minister has no official responsibility in the matter. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters that they wish to raise.