Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

I have notice from Senator Aisling Dolan 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 funding commitments for Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on St. John of God Community Services following notice of termination of its service agreement held with the HSE.

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 the redeployment of 3.5 clinicians to address backlogs in assessments of need, leading to a shortage of occupational, speech and physio therapists for children with disabilities in County Kildare.

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

To need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on recent demolitions in the West Bank, particularly of facilities funded by the European Union.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide an update on the Government’s languages strategy; and to outline the plans in place to increase the number of second-level foreign language teachers.

I have also received notice from Senator Lynn Ruane of the following matter:

The need for the Minister with responsibility for children, equality, disability, integration and youth to authorise a scoping inquiry into allegations of historic child sexual abuse in St. John Ambulance Ireland.

I have also received notice from Senator Mark Wall of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to consider the provision of additional funding for Older Voices Kildare.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to outline the plans to improve the water-wastewater infrastructure in the villages of Doolin, Broadford, Cooraclare and Carrigaholt in County Clare.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to allocate urban regeneration funding for the Bridge Street and Linenhall Street areas in Dundalk, County Louth.

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

The need for the Minister for Finance to clarify whether travel agents qualify for the Covid-19 restrictions support scheme.

I have also received notice from Senator Lynn Boylan of the following matter:

The need for the Minister with responsibility for climate action, communication networks and transport to outline the Government’s ambition for the EU climate law 2030 target.

I have also received notice from Senator Joe O’Reilly of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the development of a new accident and emergency unit at Cavan General Hospital.

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

The need for the Minister with responsibility for climate action, communication networks and transport to make a statement on the terms of reference for the feasibility study into the Metrolink to Knocklyon.

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on Ireland’s participation in election monitoring under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, OSCE, at the present time.

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

The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to make a statement on the restart grants for business.

I have also received notice from Senator Timmy Dooley of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to provide funding for the construction of a physical education hall as part of the school extension at Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Cíosóg, Ennis, County Clare.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. The Cathaoirleach has selected the matters raised by Senators Dolan, Boyhan, O’Loughlin, Ward, Byrne and Ruane and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.