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 Gerry Adams — that an independent inquiry should be held into sexual abuse allegations in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, County Louth; (2) Deputy Michelle Mulherin — the need to tackle the growing waiting list for persons requiring free civil legal services from law centres and consider charging recipients of criminal legal aid; (3) Deputy Joe Costello — the need to introduce measures to prevent the exploitation and forced labour of migrant workers here; (4) Deputy James Bannon — the need to include the rural transport programme in all public transport subventions; (5) Deputy Charlie McConalogue — the future of paediatric diabetic services at Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal, and the appointment of a specialist diabetic paediatric nurse; (6) Deputies Mick Wallace and Brendan Smith — the ESRI report which states that the scaling back of guidance counselling in schools, as announced in budget 2012, will most negatively affect students from disadvantaged backgrounds; (7) Deputies Pearse Doherty and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn — the need to maintain diabetes services for children at Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal; (8) Deputy Frank Feighan — the closure of the courthouse in Boyle, County Roscommon; (9) Deputy Billy Kelleher — the difficulties at Merlin Park Hospital, Galway, due to staff shortages and budget cutbacks; (10) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan — the need to review under the Voluntary Health Insurance Acts the inclusion of services for citizens with an eating disorder in public and private hospitals and clinics; (11) Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy — the length of time it is taking to deliver court judgments; (12) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív — the need for an urgent reassessment of permitted stocking levels of sheep and cattle in the Maam Turk and Twelve Bens areas of County Galway; (13) Deputy Robert Troy — the future of the Midlands Regional Hospital, Mullingar, County Westmeath, and its auxiliary services; (14) Deputies Clare Daly, Seamus Healy, Joan Collins and Joe Higgins — the impending strike by staff of the EBS because of the withdrawal of their 13th month end of year payment; and (15) Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor — the legal responsibilities of retailers of violent video games.

The matters raised by Deputies Michelle Mulherin, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Clare Daly, Seamus Healy, Joan Collins and Joe Higgins, and Mick Wallace and Brendan Smith have been selected for discussion.