Dáil debates

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters


4:15 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) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - to discuss the increasing incidents of worldwide human rights abuses while the global community is preoccupied with Covid-19; (2) Deputy Maurice Quinlivan - to discuss the issue of overcrowding at the University Hospital Limerick; (3) Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan - to discuss an update on plans for St. Gabriel’s Special School, Bishopstown; (4) Deputy Neasa Hourigan - to discuss steps to curb the amount of planning being allocated to build-to-rent developments; (5) Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor - to discuss when the review of income thresholds to qualify for a place on a local authority housing list will be completed; (6) Deputy Ciarán Cannon - in light of the increased numbers of cyclists on our roads, their vulnerability as road users, and their capacity to video record incidents of close passing and other dangerous manoeuvres by motorists, will the Minister for Justice consider directing An Garda Síochána to establish a dedicated portal for the submission of such video evidence, staffed by specially trained gardaí with the capacity to assess such evidence and bring forward prosecutions if necessary; (7) Deputy Jennifer Whitmore - to discuss uncertainty regarding the Arklow vaccination centre in County Wicklow; (8) Deputy David Stanton - to discuss the need to examine school transport issues emerging in east Cork; (9) Deputy Brian Stanley - to discuss the provision of dental services in Laois and Offaly; (10) Deputy Dessie Ellis - to discuss the impact of strategic housing developments in local planning in areas such as Ballymun, Finglas and Santry; (11) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh - to discuss the government decision to wind-up the Digital Hub Development Agency in the Liberties; (12) Deputy Réada Cronin - to discuss the situation of Saplings Special School in north Kildare; (13) Deputy Darren O'Rourke - to discuss challenges facing the taxi industry; (14) Deputy Pa Daly - to discuss the effect of the current health restrictions on the holding of parkruns; (15) Deputy Marian Harkin - to discuss the Government's plan for the provision of a cath lab at Sligo University Hospital; (16) Deputy Jennifer Carroll MacNeill - to discuss an update on the review of the relationships and sexuality education, RSE, curriculum in primary and secondary schools, announced in 2018; (17) Deputy Kieran O'Donnell - to discuss an up-to-date on the planned new 96-bed ward block at University Hospital Limerick; (18) Deputies Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Gino Kenny and Chris Andrews - to discuss the Government’s response to the Human Rights Watch report, A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution; (19) Deputy Neale Richmond - to discuss the extension of Erasmus+ to students in Northern Ireland; (20) Deputy Dara Calleary - to discuss the design and operation of the defective blocks (pyrite-mica) scheme; (21) Deputies Martin Browne and Violet-Anne Wynne - to discuss the inclusion of Bedrocan under the compassionate access programme; (22) Deputies Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire and Verona Murphy - to discuss the ongoing restrictions on partners attending at maternity hospitals; (23) Deputies Mattie McGrath, Danny Healy-Rae, Michael Collins and Carol Nolan - to call for a complete suspension of all State funding to An Taisce, pending a comprehensive financial review of the organisation’s use of public funds over the past decade, in light of the ongoing campaigns, legal or otherwise, by the organisation against jobs, livelihoods, investment and ordinary people in rural Ireland, most recently again highlighted by the legal appeal against the Glanbia cheese manufacturing facility in Belview, County Kilkenny; (24) Deputy Kathleen Funchion - to discuss securing stable and adequate broadband connections through National Broadband Ireland, NBI; (25) Deputy Matt Carthy - to discuss plans for ensuring the opening of the group home in Carrickmacross for people with physical and sensory disabilities; and (26) Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú - to discuss Louth-Meath mental health services, particularly provision of care for patients during and post the Covid-19 pandemic.

The matters raised by Deputies Bernard J. Durkan; Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Gino Kenny, Chris Andrews and Patrick Costello; Jennifer Murnane O'Connor; and Jennifer Whitmore have been selected for discussion.