Dáil debates

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

1:20 pm

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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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) Deputies Derek Nolan, Ann Phelan and Brendan Griffin - the need to extend the 9% tourism VAT rate beyond 2013 in order to continue to boost tourism figures and create and retain jobs in the tourism sector; (2) Deputy Catherine Byrne - the need to intervene on the matter of the large number of empty housing units in Dublin City Council; (3) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - that compensation is acquired from Diageo to repay the excess costs incurred by accident and emergency units who provide cover on the National Drugs Day (Arthur's Day), 26 September 2013; (4) Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor - the proposed enactment of section 30 of the Teaching Council on 1 November 2013; (5) Deputy Joan Collins - the position on increasing the pupil-teacher ratio in primary schools; (6) Deputy Derek Keating - the value of continuing to preserve the natural amenity that is the Liffey valley; (7) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to address the financial problems being experienced by the St. Michael's House Group; (8) Deputy Michael P. Kitt - the steps to be taken to deal with an increase in homelessness in Dublin; (9) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the decision by the HSE to withdraw the service of one of the two ambulances that service the Killarney area; (10) Deputy Denis Naughten - the need to replace child benefit with a school attendance payment; (11) Deputy Thomas Pringle - the need to keep the community welfare officer clinics open in rural areas in County Donegal to allow vulnerable people to continue to access services; (12) Deputy Seán Kyne - the need to review the decision to relocate community welfare service officers from Connemara to Galway City-Clifden and that access is provided through the medium of Irish and in reasonable proximity to their community; (13) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to extend the deadline for compliance with the new registration provisions of the Non-Use of Motor Vehicle Act 2013; (14) Deputy Brendan Smith - the need to outline its plans to assist in the destruction of chemical weapons from Syria; (15) Deputy Michelle Mulherin - the need to make provision for training of chefs through the VECs; (16) Deputy Clare Daly - to discuss the night-time closure of the women's refuge in Wexford; (17) Deputy Jerry Buttimer - the need to investigate the recent ambulance breakdown on the N7; (18) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the need to protect funding in order to progress goals on ending long-term homelessness and rough sleeping; (19) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - the need to provide better funding to the ambulance service in the north east; (20) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss the downgrading of domestic violence services in Wexford; and (21) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the need to re-open the education fund for survivors of the Magdalene laundries.

The matters raised by Deputies Derek Nolan, Ann Phelan and Brendan Griffin; Catherine Byrne; Brendan Smith; and Michael Healy-Rae have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 1.30 p.m. and resumed at 2.30 p.m.