Dáil debates

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters

 

1:55 pm

Photo of Seán Ó FearghaílSeán Ó Fearghaíl (Ceann Comhairle; Kildare South, Ceann Comhairle)
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Two groups of Topical Issue Matters will be taken because the issues from yesterday were deferred.

Regarding the deferred Topical Issue Matters from yesterday, 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 Eoin Ó Broin - to discuss an update on the working group on defective buildings; (2) Deputy John McGuinness - to discuss services for children with autism in Carlow and Kilkenny; (3) Deputy Richard Bruton - to discuss whether now is the time to accelerate the reform of the Leaving Certificate; (4) Deputy Mairéad Farrell - to discuss the estimated increased cost of €2.5 billion for the National Children’s Hospital; (5) Deputy Jennifer Carroll MacNeill - to ask the Minister for Education for an update on the review of the RSE curriculum in primary and secondary schools, announced in 2018; (6) Deputy Brendan Griffin - to discuss the need for a landing facility for the local fishing industry at Cromane, County Kerry; (7) Deputy Verona Murphy - to discuss the three year wait time for disability dental services in County Wexford alongside many difficulties family carers experience in securing essential medical appointments; (8) Deputies Michael McNamara and Marian Harkin - to discuss the extension of the pyrite scheme to counties Clare and Sligo; (9) Deputy Michael Moynihan - to discuss the availability of dental treatment to medical card holders under the dental treatment services scheme; (10) Deputy Matt Carthy - to discuss the challenges for businesses unable to secure affordable insurance cover; (11) Deputy Thomas Gould - to discuss the lack of greenways, cycle ways and parks on the northside of Cork City; (12) Deputy Kieran O'Donnell - to ask the Minister for Finance for an update on plans to review and expand the Living City Initiative scheme; (13) Deputy Joe Carey - to discuss funding the engineering solution identified in a report on flooding at Ballycar, Newmarket On Fergus, County Clare; (14) Deputies Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny and Bríd Smith - to discuss the planned work placement experience programme; and (15) Deputy Sorca Clarke - to ask the Minister regarding the provision of hospice and palliative care in Longford-Westmeath.

Regarding today's Topical Issue Matters, 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 John Brady - to discuss the US sanctioned economic blockade of Cuba, which has repressed Cuba’s economy and society for over 60 years; (2) Deputies Mattie McGrath, Michael Collins, Michael Healy-Rae and Danny Healy Rae - to discuss a full financial review into the use of taxpayers’ funding provided through various Departments and agencies to An Taisce; (3) Deputy Carol Nolan - to discuss the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine report on the proposed regulation of veterinary medicines in Ireland; (4) Deputy Michael McNamara - to discuss the extension of the pyrite scheme to counties Clare and Sligo; (5) Deputy Kieran O'Donnell - to discuss the need to streamline the Garda vetting process; (6) Deputy Marian Harkin - to discuss the issue of support for the taxi industry; and (7) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - to discuss the practice of discharging patients from hospitals into nursing homes during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in the State.

The matters raised by Deputies Eoin Ó Broin, John McGuinness, Verona Murphy, Brendan Griffin, Carol Nolan, John Brady, Peadar Tóibín and Deputies Mattie McGrath, Michael Collins, Danny Healy-Rae and Michael Healy-Rae have been selected for discussion.