Dáil debates

Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters


3:40 pm

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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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 37 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputies Sean Sherlock, Pat Buckley and Mick Barry - to discuss the retention of service levels at SouthDoc in Cork including Fermoy and Mitchelstown and the north side of Cork city; (2) Deputies Mattie McGrath, Michael Healy-Rae, Seán Canney, Peter Fitzpatrick, Noel Grealish, Carol Nolan, Richard O'Donoghue and Peadar Tóibín - to discuss concerns about provision of late-term abortions as outlined in a recent study from UCC; (3) Deputy Mark Ward - to discuss the increase in reports of domestic, sexual and gender based violence; (4) Deputy Brendan Griffin - to discuss circumstances in a Kerry nursing home (details supplied) where eight Covid deaths have now occurred; (5) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to discuss the sites of former mother and baby homes and consultation with survivors on any potential future use; (6) Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan - to discuss a review of the current criteria for school meals; (7) Deputy Chris Andrews - to discuss an urgent date for scoliosis surgery in light of Government commitments on the issue (details supplied); (8) Deputies Jim O'Callaghan and Matt Carthy - the failure of the British Government to establish a public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane; (9) Deputy Jennifer Whitmore - to discuss changes by the Archdiocese of Dublin to the sibling-first school admissions policy and the impact on families in Wicklow; (10) Deputy Neale Richmond - to discuss plans for the roll-out of a Covid-19 vaccine in Ireland; (11) Deputy Gary Gannon - to discuss the issue of food poverty among school-aged children; (12) Deputy Alan Farrell - to discuss the recent spike in air pollution in Dublin which breached WHO guidelines; (13) Deputy Dessie Ellis - to discuss concern that insurance companies are refusing mortgage protection cover for underlying conditions during the Covid-19 pandemic; (14) Deputy Louise O'Reilly - to discuss the difficulties facing the Topman-Arcadia group; (15) Deputy Kieran O'Donnell - to ask the Minister for Transport for an up-to-date progress report on the Coonagh to Knockalisheen distributor road scheme in Limerick; (16) Deputy Joan Collins - to discuss the increase in the number of homeless families and single adults and deaths among those sleeping rough; (17) Deputy Pearse Doherty - to discuss waiting times of operations for children suffering from spina bifida; (18) Deputy Michael Ring - to discuss the relocation of a school in County Mayo (details supplied); (19) Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú - to discuss Louth-Meath mental health services, and the provision made for all aspects of care during the Covid-19 pandemic; (20) Deputy Jackie Cahill - to discuss Central Bank regulations preventing credit unions from holding virtual annual general meetings before the end of the year; (21) Deputy Martin Browne - to discuss enabling digs on land around Sean Ross Abbey, given concerns that unmarked graves may remain at the site; (22) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - to discuss the provision of a waiver or credit note to the nursing profession in regard to their registration fees with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland; and (23) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the need for the Minister for Education to address immediately the scarcity of second level places in north Dublin owing to schools reducing their intake to enable social distancing.

The matters raised by Deputies Sean Sherlock, Pat Buckley and Mick Barry; Chris Andrews; Kieran O'Donnell; and Jackie Cahill have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 3.44 p.m. and resumed at 4.40 p.m.