Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Topical Issue Matters.
I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 27A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the efforts being made to improve the visa situation for Irish emigrants to the United States; (2) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - waste disposal services in Dublin city; (3) Deputy Willie Penrose - the need to provide additional funding for St. Christopher's Services, Longford; (4) Deputy James Bannon - the need to ensure that the scale is balanced in favour of communities, as opposed to developers, under NAMA legislation; (5) Deputy Patrick Nulty - the decision to close 21 beds in James Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin; (6) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the need to ensure the inclusion of a new school building for Clifden community school, County Galway, in a five-year building programme; (7) Deputy Joan Collins - the provision of a new National Children's Hospital; (8) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the effect of cuts in capital funding to the Traveller community; (9) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the need for a replacement paediatric neurologist at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick; (10) Deputy Brendan Griffin - the need to safeguard the future of Valentia Community Hospital, County Kerry; (11) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett and Deputy Clare Daly - the reduction of funding in respect of running the Luas; (12) Deputy Denis Naughten - the circumstances surrounding the escape of a prisoner from Loughan House, County Cavan, on 15 March 2012; (13) Deputy Simon Harris - the need to introduce comprehensive measures to prevent on-line card fraud; (14) Deputy Mattie McGrath - funding for the independent commercial sector and the need to review the distribution of the licence fee; (15) Deputy Colm Keaveney - the need to repeal Article 475 of the penal code in Morocco; (16) Deputy Nicky McFadden - the status of Coosan national school, County Westmeath, in view of the recently announced building projects; (17) Deputy Dara Calleary - the circumstances surrounding the escape of a prisoner from Loughan House, County Cavan, on 15 March 2012; (18) Deputy Michael Lowry - the need for a paediatric neurology service at the Mid-West Regional Hospital, Limerick; (19) Deputy Regina Doherty - the problem of dog litter; (20) Deputy Tom Hayes - the future of public nursing homes in South Tipperary; (21) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the report of the Vatican on the apostolic visitation here; (22) Deputy Mick Wallace - capital funding for social housing, particularly in view of the cut in respect of funding for the regeneration of Ballymun, Dublin; and (23) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the actions being taken to tackle break-ins.
The matters raised by Deputies Michael Healy-Rae, Colm Keaveney, James Bannon and Charlie McConalogue have been selected for discussion and will be taken now. Deputy Healy-Rae will have four minutes for his initial statement.