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 Ann Phelan - representational rights of Oireachtas Members to the Irish Nationalisation and Immigration Service; (2) Deputy Jim Daly - the need to address the accumulation of penalties for people who cannot afford to pay the non-principal private residence charge by the imposed deadlines; (3) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to address the problems in the medical card office; (4) Deputy Patrick Nulty - the cuts to community-based family therapy services in mental health; (5) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to solve the problems faced by residents of the Priory Hall complex, Dublin; (6) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the front-line services that are due to be cut following the publication of the service plan of the Health Service Executive; (7) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the need to consider seeking out a well known personality to head up a campaign to tackle obesity in Ireland; (8) Deputy Timmy Dooley -the need to declare Ireland a fracking free zone; (9) Deputy Simon Harris - the need to re-examine the system of issuing prescriptions; (10) Deputy Paschal Donohoe - the need to review payment methods for the household services charge; (11) Deputy Catherine Murphy - events relating to a recent gas explosion in Leixlip, County Kildare; (12) Deputy Nicky McFadden - the 4th Western Brigade, Athlone, County Westmeath and the new structure of the Defence Forces; (13) Deputy Gerald Nash - ambulance response times for accident cases in the Drogheda area, County Louth; (14) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - the current and future status of community employment drugs rehabilitation places; (15) Deputy Michelle Mulherin - the need to include Inver national school, County Mayo, in the current review of DEIS schools being undertaken by the Minister for Education and Skills; (16) Deputy Derek Keating - the problems of receiving State payments at Lucan post office, Dublin; (17) Deputy Pat Breen - adoption agreements with Vietnam, Ethiopia and Mexico; (18) Deputy Seamus Healy - the need to reverse the decision to defer screening for colon cancer; (19) Deputy Joan Collins - the changes to waste collection that are taking place in the Dublin City Council area; (20) Deputy Gerry Adams - the plans by Diageo to lay off up to 250 workers in Dundalk and Kilkenny; (21) Deputy James Bannon - the provision of funding to Granard community child care facility, County Longford; (22) Deputy Joe McHugh - telecommunications infrastructure in Border regions; (23) Deputy Pearse Doherty - the difference in interest payments for variable rate mortgages, particularly those provided by Permanenttsb; (24) Deputy Mick Wallace - the need to resolve the problems faced by residents of the Priory Hall complex, Dublin; (25) Deputy Eoghan Murphy - the implications of the contract agreed by Dublin City Council with Greyhound Recycling and Recovery; (26) Deputy Luke ‘Ming' Flanagan - the further development of the western rail corridor to Sligo; (27) Deputy Michael McGrath - the future solvency and viability of the credit union sector; (28) Deputy Peter Mathews - the need to postpone the redemption of the €1.25 billion Anglo-Irish bond due on 25 January 2012; (29) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the cuts to rent allowances and the thresholds involved; (30) Deputy Brendan Smith - the measures to be taken to ensure that all academic staff remain within the pay cap of €200,000 for senior public servants; (31) Deputy Barry Cowen - the changes in rent supplement announced recently; (32) Deputy Clare Daly - the need to resolve the problems faced by residents of the Priory Hall complex, Dublin; and (33) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the barring of persons from the social housing list who have voluntarily surrendered their homes due to inability to pay their mortgage.

The matters raised by Deputies Michael McGrath, Pat Breen, Maureen O'Sullivan and Anne Phelan have been selected for discussion.