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 Paul J. Connaughton — the need to ensure charities that are VAT exempt are not charged VAT on donations made over the telephone; (2) Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor — the need to give a voice in court to children who witness domestic violence when protection, safety and barring order applications are being heard; (3) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin — the need to amend the eligibility criteria for the JobBridge scheme to cater for lone parents; (4) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh — the need to ensure services continue to be provided at the Base, Ballyfermot, Dublin; (5) Deputy James Bannon — the need to designate Longford as a sub-office of the newly amalgamated Longford-Westmeath Vocational Education Committee; (6) Deputy Terence Flanagan — the need to ensure funding is not cut for St. Michael's House and those with intellectual disabilities in budget 2012; (7) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan — insulation in local authority houses and the physical accessibility to local authority houses for people with a disability; (8) Deputy Simon Harris — the need for a guaranteed supply of drinking water to north County Wicklow; (9) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae — the way in which public contracts are tendered for; (10) Deputies Tom Hayes, Seamus Healy and Mattie McGrath — the proposed closure of Kickham Barracks, Clonmel, County Tipperary; (11) Deputy Michael McCarthy — the need to establish a bilateral agreement between Ireland and Ethiopia to facilitate inter-country adoptions from that country; (12) Deputy Eamonn Maloney — the plan to establish an Oireachtas committee to inquire into clerical sex abuse; (13) Deputy Robert Troy — the vacant Industrial Development Agency park in Mullingar, County Westmeath; (14) Deputy Joe Costello — the need to combat digital piracy in Ireland; and (15) Deputy Mick Wallace — the need to progress matters between the residents of Priory Hall and Dublin City Council.

The matters raised by Deputies Simon Harris, Robert Troy, Michael McCarthy and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin have been selected for discussion.