Wednesday, 15 November 2023
Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad
I have received notice from the following Senators that they propose to raise the following matters:
Senator Lisa Chambers - The need for the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media to make a statement on plans to increase the number of bed nights available for tourists across the country in light of the large numbers being contracted for housing refugees.
Senator Micheál Carrigy - The need for the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works to make a statement on the Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre, County Longford, in particular the possibility of displaying the burial stones from Inchcleraun at the centre.
Senator Erin McGreehan - The need for the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science to award honorary degrees to those who completed teacher training certificates pre-1974.
Senator Malcolm Byrne - The need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs to make a statement on the ongoing imprisonment of Jimmy Lai and the repression of journalists, students and pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.
Senator Mary Seery Kearney - The need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on progress on the drafting of the legislative amendments to provide for international surrogacy for inclusion in the Health (Assisted Human Reproduction) Bill 2022.
Senator Martin Conway - The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to review the Housing for All plan for rural communities to increase the supply of housing.
Senator Tim Lombard - The need for the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage to provide an update on the proposed affordable housing scheme for Kinsale, including timelines for completion of the scheme.
The matters raised by the Senators are suitable for discussion and I have selected those raised by Senators Lisa Chambers, Micheál Carrigy, Erin McGreehan, Malcolm Byrne, Mary Seery Kearney and Martin Conway and they will be taken now. Senator Tim Lombard may give notice on another day of the matter he wishes to raise.