Adjournment Debate Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 21 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Terence Flanagan — the need to continue to provide funding to parents of children who attend Achieve ABA, Kilbarrack, Dublin 13; (2) Deputy Pat Deering — the renting of premises by the Health Service Executive at Shamrock Square, Carlow; (3) Deputy Nicky McFadden — the provision of an extension to Baylin national school, Athlone, County Westmeath; (4) Deputy Noel Harrington — the need to ensure that a fair balance is struck between the interests of the electricity supply companies and consumers in the wind REFIT scheme; (5) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan — the need to approve an application by Nicker national school, Pallasgreen, County Limerick for improvement works; (6) Deputy Paudie Coffey — the establishment of a university in the south east; (7) Deputy Timmy Dooley — the proposed closure of the Teagasc office at Scariff, County Clare; (8) Deputy Charles Flanagan — the need to introduce new measures to tackle cigarette smoking; (9) Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn — the need to address the problems caused by the non-completion of an extension at Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal; (10) Deputy Pearse Doherty — the need to issue an apology to the families of the people killed in the Ballymanus mine disaster in 1943 in County Donegal; (11) Deputy Gerald Nash — the need to review and improve ambulance services in Drogheda, and in Louth and Meath in general in light of the death of a man (details supplied) in Drogheda, County Louth on Thursday, 26 May 2011; (12) Deputies Éamon Ó Cuív and Noel Grealish — the need to provide OPEX funding to Galway Airport for the next three years; (13) Deputy Dominic Hannigan — the need for St. Ciarán's community school, Kells, County Meath, to have work on the roof undertaken under the emergency works scheme; (14) Deputy Paschal Donohoe — the plans that the Government has to sell Coillte; (15) Deputy Mattie McGrath — to ask the Minister for Education and Skills the rationale for the excessive increase in mileage requirements, from 24 km to 45 km, for the non-adjacent higher education grant rates given that this will see grants cut by one third, which could be detrimental to the education prospects for the young people involved; (16) Deputy John Paul Phelan — to ask the Minister for Health and Children to ask the HSE to provide additional physiotherapy staff in the south-east region as currently the physiotherapist assigned to dealing with patients recovering from orthopaedic and joint replacement surgery is out on sick leave; (17) Deputy James Bannon — the need to review the by-law which has banned eel fishing here; (18) Deputy Simon Harris — the need to develop an opt-out system on the storage of Guthrie cards in order to ensure the protection of a valuable resource in preventing cases of sudden adult death syndrome; (19) Deputy Brian Stanley — the need for details of the impact of the reconfiguration of services at the three midlands hospitals, namely, Tullamore, Portlaoise and Mullingar and any proposed curtailment in services; (20) Deputy David Stanton — the need to develop a policy to promote higher level mathematics at second level in order to increase the uptake of higher level mathematics for the leaving certificate; (21) Deputies Peter Fitzpatrick and Gerry Adams — the need to counter the decision of Vodafone to outsource jobs from Dundalk and Leopardstown to locations in India and Egypt; (22) Deputy Martin Ferris — the fair deal scheme; (23) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae — the cost of school books; (24) Deputy Brendan Griffin — the need for a new community hospital in Kenmare, County Kerry; (25) Deputy Derek Nolan — the need for the Minister to outline measures to address the anomaly in rates legislation which obliges Galway City Council and Waterford City Council to provide 100% refund of rates in respect of vacant properties, as opposed to 50% for other urban authorities; (26) Deputy Robert Dowds — the need to examine and revise the system of taxation of off-road vehicles; and (27) Deputy Noel Coonan — the need for the Minister of State with responsibility for housing to outline his policy on retrofitting of new houses that have been taken over by the council; these same new house have oil-fired central heating and need to allow for the provision of solid-fuel stoves owing to the rising cost of home heating oil, the fact that many couples are financially strained and cannot afford oil fills, the cost involved to the council when going out to deal with air locks and the fact that people can buy bales of briquettes at any time.

The matters raised by Deputies David Stanton, Robert Dowds, Timmy Dooley, Peter Fitzpatrick and Gerry Adams have been selected for discussion.