Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - 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 John Brady - to discuss potential job losses at Rondo Foods in Arklow, County Wicklow; (2) Deputy Thomas P. Brougham - to discuss support with staffing levels and upgrade works at schools in Dublin 13 and Dublin 17; (3) Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív - to discuss implementation of the recommendations made in the MABS report which address energy poverty in the Traveller community; (4) Deputy Thomas Pringle - to discuss the dispute over CE supervisor-assistant supervisors pension claims; (5) Deputy Dessie Ellis - to discuss reports of increased cocaine use across all sections of society; (6) Deputy Jackie Cahill - to discuss UK-held procurement contracts here and the potential opportunities for Irish companies post Brexit; (7) Deputy Catherine Murphy - to discuss the precarious employment position of highly qualified medical professionals who meet a critical skills threshold that requires permission from the Minister for Justice and Equality to become self-employed in order to fill locum positions within the general practitioner sector, in view of the fact that these positions are generally granted to persons who can work on a self-employed basis; (8) Deputy Marc MacSharry - to discuss the difficulties for Irish Rail in securing additional rail capacity and service expansion; (9) Deputy Stephen Donnelly - the need for the Minister for Health to discuss the waiting list for a needs assessment for children with disabilities in County Wicklow; (10) Deputies Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Carol Nolan, Barry Cowen, Eugene Murphy, Denis Naughten, Brian Stanley and Robert Troy - to discuss the closure of two power stations in the midlands and the impact on Bord na Móna workers and midlands communities; (11) Deputy Mattie McGrath - overcrowding at South Tipperary General Hospital emergency department - the INMO has today confirmed that South Tipperary General General Hospital is among the top five hospitals – at No. 4 - most acutely affected by patients waiting without a bed and that the national number for those waiting without a bed now exceeds 100,000 for the second consecutive year; (12) Deputy Gino Kenny - to discuss the strike at Delfin English Language School; (13) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the future of forestry in Ireland as the subject of a Topical Issue debate, something that is very important as the sector is facing a crisis; (14) Deputies Louise O'Reilly and Brendan Ryan - to discuss additional school places in north County Dublin, including Skerries community college; (15) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to discuss Garda resources in Cork city centre; (16) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - to discuss recent comments on funding for local government; (17) Deputy Catherine Connolly - the underspend of approximately €12 million by mental health services in 2019 and the proposal to return it to the general fund; (18) Deputy James Lawless - the lack of secondary school places and adequate accommodation in Kildare North; and (19) Deputy John Brassil - to ask the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his view on the latest daft.iereport which shows that average rental prices increased across every county from 2018 to 2019, the plans he has to address this issue, with particular emphasis on those counties where year on year the increase was greater than 10% - Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry, and Waterford - and if will he make a statement on the matter.
The matters raised by Deputies Broughan; Corcoran Kennedy, Nolan, Cowen, Eugene Murphy, Naughten, Stanley and Troy; and MacSharry have been selected for discussion.