Seanad debates

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad

 

2:30 pm

Photo of Paul CoghlanPaul Coghlan (Fine Gael)

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

The need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to make a statement on the cases of two Irish families who were refused work visas abroad, the first in New Zealand, on the ground that one of the family's children has Down's syndrome, and the second in Australia, on the ground that the family's son has cystic fibrosis; and to outline whether such discriminatory criteria are used in assessing visa applications of those seeking work visas in Ireland.

I have also received notice from Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to make a statement on waiving the fees for naturalisation for British citizens who have been long-term residents of Ireland.

I have also received notice from Senator Catherine Noone of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to introduce an e-scooter pilot scheme.

I have also received notice from Senator Máire Devine of the following matter:

The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for mental health and older people to provide an update on the provision of 7-7 child and adolescent mental health services.

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

The need for the Minister for Education and Skills to make a statement on the processes in place to ensure the provision of sufficient places for students with special needs.

I have also received notice from Senator Colm Burke of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to confirm that plans for the Cork North Ring Road will be included in the Cork-Limerick road development project.

I have also received notice from Senator Kieran O'Donnell of the following matter:

The need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to provide an update on the redeployment of gardaí from court security to frontline policing duties as recommended in the report of the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland.

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

The need for the Minister for Health to allocate funding to homecare packages to assist families keep their loved ones in care at home.

The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion. I have selected the matters raised by Senators Mullen, Clifford-Lee, Noone and Devine and they will be taken now. The other Senators may give notice on another day of the matters they wish to raise.

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