Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Topical Issue Matters
I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 29A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy James Browne - the need for special education facilities at schools in Wexford town and Enniscorthy; (2) Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly - the proposed length of the transition period following the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union; (3) Deputies Catherine Connolly and Éamon Ó Cuív - the imminent closure of Time 4 Us, Galway, an essential service that facilitates parental access to children in circumstances where parents would not otherwise have access to their child - Deputy Catherine Connolly; the need for issues in relation to the funding of Time for Us, an organisation based in Galway that provides services for families who have had a marriage break-up to be addressed - Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív; (4) Deputy Michael Harty - marine rescue services at Kilkee; (5) Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony - the timeframe for the opening of the extension to Bandon Community Hospital; (6) Deputies Mary Butler and Frank O'Rourke - to discuss the recent inclusion of a diabetes management device for children with type 1 diabetes only; (7) Deputies Dessie Ellis and Noel Rock - to discuss an extension of the Luas to Dublin Airport via Finglas; (8) Deputy Jim O'Callaghan - to ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to address the fatal shooting in Dublin's north inner city last night; (9) Deputy Catherine Martin - to raise with the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the urgent need for measures to assist homeowners of defective buildings to carry out remedial works, particularly in the light of the recent Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government's "Safe As Houses?" report which calls on the Government to set up a redress scheme; (10) Deputy Brian Stanley - the future of Abbeyleix hospital in County Laois; (11) Deputy Clare Daly - to discuss the decision to appoint Fingal County Council as the competent authority for EU 598/14; (12) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to address funding allocations for rural road works; (13) Deputy Robert Troy - to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to address the ongoing pensions issue involving up to 10,000 CIÉ workers, whereby punitive cuts and restructuring decisions have been imposed on pension holders without full consultation; (14) Deputy Danny Healy-Rae - to discuss the new hen harrier compensation scheme for farmers in counties Kerry and Cork; (15) Deputy Louise O'Reilly - to discuss the signing of the EU directive on basic safety and standards for protection against the dangers arising from medical exposure to ionising radiation regulations 2018; (16) Deputy John Curran - the imminent withdrawal of funding for the Money Advice and Budgeting Service, MABS, national management forum during the MABS restructuring; (17) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the ongoing issue of the attempt to sell the playing pitches at Clonkeen College; (18) Deputy Joan Burton - to discuss traffic congestion in Dublin city centre; (19) Deputy Barry Cowen - to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to address the chronic underfunding of regional and local roads in County Offaly that has been ongoing for a number of years and which has been replicated in this year's grant allocation; (20) Deputy Marc MacSharry - the proposed closure of beds in the Alzheimer unit at St. John's Hospital in Sligo; (21) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss the risk of closure of the Rosalie unit in Castlerea, County Roscommon which has 20 beds closed and had no new admissions since September 2016 without any rationale being provided for this stepping down of services; (22) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - to ask the Minister for Health the position of a school nurse for County Louth (details supplied) and if he will make a statement on the matter; and (23) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss the role of Ulster Bank Ireland in the Global Restructuring Group and the effect on Irish consumers, following the Financial Conduct Authority, FCA, report on same in the United Kingdom.
The matters raised by Deputies James Browne, Marc MacSharry, Danny Healy-Rae, Dessie Ellis and Noel Rock have been selected for discussion.