Wednesday, 10 October 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 Ray Butler - the need to provide credit facilities to small businesses; (2) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the reason that reform of the junior certificate will take eight years and the need for a detailed implementation plan; (3) Deputy Paudie Coffey - the need to re-evaluate the financial governance processes and protocols that attain to educational schools and colleges; (4) Deputy John O'Mahony - the need to address the waiting times for applications for social protection and, in particular, carer’s allowance; (5) Deputy Áine Collins - the future of the rural post office network; (6) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - the problems with community employment schemes undergoing difficulty recruiting participants due to changes in social welfare payments and participants' fears of losing their benefits; (7) Deputy Joe McHugh - the provision of adequate support for sufferers of Huntington's disease; (8) Deputy Brendan Griffin - the need for fire services to be activated immediately when the ambulance service is called to an incident; (9) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the need to give permanent recognition to Mol an Óige Steiner national school, Ennistymon and to Raheen Wood Steiner national school, Tuamgrady, County Clare; (10) Deputy Colm Keaveney - the need for farmers to a get adequate prices for their products from supermarket groups; (11) Deputy James Bannon -the provision of additional temporary accommodation for Lanesboro College, County Longford; (12) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - the need to introduce legislation to govern trade in second-hand tyres; (13) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to provide adequate services on the northside of Dublin for sufferers of cystic fibrosis; (14) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh - to ask the Minister for Health to account for his failure to open the brand new purpose built 70-bed public nursing home in Inchicore and his plans with regard to same; (15) Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - the possible reopening of the pilot training college in Waterford by a different company; (16) Deputy Brian Stanley - the effect of HSE cuts in Laois on respite services for young people with mental health issues; (17) Deputy Mary Lou McDonald - concerns regarding the site for the new children's hospital; (18) Deputy Martin Ferris - the cuts in resource hours for children with special needs; (19) Deputies Tom Hayes, Seamus Healy - the future of manufacturing jobs at Abbot, Clonmel, County Tipperary; (20) Deputy Mick Wallace - the landing of over-quota fish in Kilmore Quay, County Wexford; (21) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the urgent need to address the delay in providing orthotics, specialised footwear and other developmental supports and appliances for children in need by the HSE; (22) Deputy Thomas Pringle - the need to address the issue of Irish fishing quotas and the discarding of over-quota fish in light of the recent protest in Kilmore Quay; (23) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the intolerable situation of ongoing cuts to home help hours and home care packages and the serious difficulties that this is causing for elderly and disabled people throughout the country; (24) Deputy Kevin Humphreys - the need for the Minister for Health to address the loss of over €70 million due to consultants not signing off on health insurance claims; (25) Deputy Seán Kyne - the need to ensure the continuation of teacher education at GMIT Letterfrack owing to the specialised courses available there; (26) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need for the Minister for Health, in view of the €374 million budget overspend to the end of September by the Health Service Executive, to inform the Dáil of the action he is taking to ensure that the HSE meets its budget for 2012; (27) Deputy Dessie Ellis - to discuss the explosion over the weekend on Gleann Riada estate in Longford, continuing risks to residents and calls for evacuation by residents due to the substandard build quality of the estate's sewerage network; (28) Deputy Michael McGrath - to ask the Minister for Finance to make a statement to the House on the ongoing investigation by the Central Bank in to the mis-selling of payment protection insurance by certain financial institutions and if he will outline the expected timeline for resolution of the issue; (29) Deputy Derek Keating - to address the fact many families who live on the outer ring road in Lucan do not have adequate noise prevention barriers. The outer ring road was widened a number of years ago and today is a very busy and major road in the Lucan area and beyond. The increased traffic volumes have been the cause of significant changes for thousands of families in Lucan. However, the absence of noise prevention measures at particular locations in the most densely populated areas in Lucan has caused major significant disruption to the lives of many families. Despite numerous efforts over the years, the local authority has not resolved this issue; (30) Deputy Clare Daly - to discuss the continued delay by the expert group into the ABC judgment to report its findings; (31) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the plight of teachers without degrees who have been working for the VEC for many years, in light of new Teaching Council regulations; and (32) Deputy Gerald Nash - the decision by the Moriarty tribunal to award costs to the estate of the late Charles Haughey.
The matters raised by Deputies Colm Keaveney, Tom Hayes, Seamus Healy, Timmy Dooley and Maureen O'Sullivan have been selected for discussion.