Tuesday, 17 December 2013
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 centralisation of emergency call centres; (2) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - the need to introduce a commitment that 50% of foreign investment in this State be located outside Dublin and Cork; (3) Deputy Martin Ferris - the judicial review decision regarding the Shannon LNG project; (4) Deputy Patrick Nulty - the need to restore the Christmas bonus for carers, pensioners and those on long-term social welfare payments; (5) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the urgent need to ensure that the Maritime Area Foreshore (Amendment) Bill is passed by the Oireachtas expeditiously and that full discussion takes place in the Oireachtas about the offshore renewable energy development plan, OREDP, due to be published early next year so that the benefits and drawbacks, including to the landscape and the environment, of expanding Ireland's offshore wind energy capacity can be considered, and the need for the Minister to have the legislation and energy plan in place before the Dublin Array and other similar projects are advanced; (6) Deputy John O'Mahony - waiting times for the issuing of driving licences; (7) Deputy Brendan Griffin - job losses at Shannon LNG; (8) Deputy Tom Fleming - the need to take decisive action to ensure delivery of the Shannon LNG project in Tarbert, Count Kerry; (9) Deputies Michael P. Kitt and Charlie McConalogue - the schoolbook rental scheme; (10) Deputy Charles Flanagan - the need to empower courts to make provision for structured settlements in circumstances in which lump-sum payments are currently awarded as a consequence of serious injury to individuals arising out of the negligence of others; (11) Deputy Michael McCarthy - the need to provide clarity with regard to Leader funding; (12) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the transfer of files for 1983 to the National Archives; (13) Deputy Michael Lowry - the difficulties facing parents of children with special needs in south Tipperary in securing school transport; (14) Deputy Joe Higgins - the sale of Bord Gáis Energy; (15) Deputy Paudie Coffey - the need to address the issue of new rates to be imposed on businesses in Waterford contained in the Valuation (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2012; (16) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the need for the epilepsy monitoring unit at Cork University Hospital and Beaumont Hospital to open, and the risk to patients if it is left closed; (17) Deputy Michael Colreavy - the impact of the new guidelines on wind farms; (18) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the non-engagement of insurance companies with Dublin City Council regarding flooding in the north Dublin area; (20) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need to adequately staff the new epilepsy monitoring unit at Cork University Hospital; (21) Deputy Niall Collins - the proposal to re-designate solicitors of the legal aid board from public servants to civil servants; (22) Deputy Brendan Smith - the recent publication covering acts of collusion between the British state and loyalist paramilitaries; (23) Deputy Ciara Conway - the need to fill vacancies in the speech and language therapy services at the rehabilitation centre at St. Patrick's Hospital and community care in Waterford city; (24) Deputy Paul J. Connaughton - the need for a new primary care centre in Gort, County Galway; (25) Deputy Derek Keating - the report of Home and Community Care Ireland, HCCI, that more than 600 patients in hospitals who have already been cleared to leave hospital for Christmas, thereby saving the HSE more than €0.5 million per night, cannot do so as alternative arrangements have not yet been made; (26) Deputy Denis Naughten - the steps taken to investigate the possible sale and reuse of HSE braces; (27) Deputy Mick Wallace - the impact of the new building regulations to be introduced; (28) Deputy Pearse Doherty - the need to make funding available for the repair of the Mullantyboyle bridge in Glenties, County Donegal; (29) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the need to ensure that EU cabotage rules are enforced here; (30) Deputy Clare Daly - the introduction of new building control regulations; and (31) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the latest figures on food poverty in Ireland.
The matters raised by Deputies John O'Mahony, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Michael Colreavy and Michael P. Kitt and Charlie McConalogue have been selected for discussion.