Topical issues provide TDs with the opportunity to raise issues of concern to them. To do this, they must give notice to the Ceann Comhairle of the issues they want to raise. The Ceann Comhairle then selects four issues for debate on a single day. In each case the TD concerned makes a 4-minute initial statement and the Minister has a right to make a 4-minute statement in reply. The TD then has 2-minutes for a supplementary statement and the Minister has 2-minutes for a concluding statement.