Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to review the grant payable to improve water quality treatment for private water supplies and to extend the deadline for claims under the previous scheme beyond 30 March 2021.

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

The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide funding to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council for harbours that were transferred to it under the Harbours Act 2015.

I have also received notice from Senator Aidan Davitt of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on the closure of passport services under level 5 restrictions.

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 funding of the national eating disorder plan.

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

The need for the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to make a statement on the distribution of the €50 million live entertainment fund announced in budget 2021.

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

The need for the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications to make a statement on the introduction of a deposit return scheme.

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

The need for the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to make a statement on the full economic cost of a higher education student in full-time education and if he will provide an update on the implementation of the Cassells report on higher education funding.

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

The need for the Minister for Education to provide an update on the delivery of a permanent extension for Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, County Cork.

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 conditions applied by his Department by the Health Service Executive to the provision of funding to charitable, voluntary and community organisations and whether such conditions include compliance with company law requirements, including the filing of audited accounts, with reference to the case of a particular organisation (details supplied) which has continued to receive funding despite allegedly not being in compliance with company law filing requirements.

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

The need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to make a statement on the timeframe for the establishment of the office of food ombudsman as set out in the programme for Government.

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 St. Anthony’s Nursing Home, Clonmel, County Tipperary.

I have also received notice from Senator Emer Currie of the following matter:

The need for the Minster for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to develop a remote first communications campaign to prepare businesses and workers for a new work culture post Covid-19.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected those raised by Senators Cummins, Ward, Davitt, O’Loughlin, Sherlock and Gavan and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise. Beidh lá eile acu.