Topical Issue Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 27A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Michael McNamara — the revenue loss to the Exchequer arising from an increase in off-licence sales and a decrease in on premises consumption; (2) Deputy Ann Phelan — to raise the issue of fuel laundering which is nurturing criminality, particularly cross-Border crime, at a time when the State is developing a more favourable international image abroad; haemorrhaging funds from the Exchequer in a difficult financial period; distorting competition against legitimate business; and seriously wasting the resource of vital State security and revenue institutions; (3) Deputy Joe Carey — the development of a service area at Moneypoint Pier, County Clare, to supply backup to companies engaged in oil exploration; (4) Deputies Peadar Tóibín, Kevin Humphreys and Willie O'Dea — the recently announced job losses at Aviva Insurance; (5) Deputy Dan Neville — the increase by 4% to 11,966 in the number of presentations to hospital due to deliberate self-harm; (6) Deputy Michael McCarthy — the need for a fairer distribution of resources to west Cork under the local and community development programme; (7) Deputy Brendan Griffin — the need for a new school building at Milltown Presentation secondary school, County Kerry; (8) Deputy John O'Mahony — the proposed closure of District Court services in County Mayo; (9) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan — to ask the Minister for Health if critical funding for St. Michael's House, Ballymun Road, Dublin 9, will be maintained in budget 2012, given the series of budget cuts the organisation has experienced in the past three years and the impressive range of services it and its dedicated staff continue to provide for citizens with an intellectual disability across the northside and beyond; and if he will make a statement on the matter; (10) Deputy Shane Ross — the proposed closure of the motor tax office in Nutgrove shopping centre, Rathfarnham; (11) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív — the need for the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works to act on the Government decision of December 2010 on the difficulties some householders are having in obtaining flood insurance for their houses following the floods of November 2009; (12) Deputy Dessie Ellis — the need for the Minister for Transport to take action to ensure the retention and improvement of essential bus services for working class and elderly communities in the Dublin area; and (13) Deputy Joe Costello — the need to provide funding for Foróige to help run its Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland programme.

The matters raised by Deputies Peadar Tóibín, Kevin Humphreys and Willie O'Dea, Joe Costello, Joe Carey and John O'Mahony have been selected for discussion.