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 P. Kitt - the position regarding Kiltormer sewerage scheme, Ballinasloe, County Galway; (2) Deputy Robert Dowds - the high cost of burials in Dublin and the inadequacy of legislation for local authorities to regulate graveyards; (3) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to provide adequate resources to the Garda to deal with crime in rural areas; (4) Deputy Willie Penrose - the need to address, through the social welfare system, the plight of self-employed persons who find themselves unemployed; (5) Deputy Simon Harris - the ongoing situation in Syria; (6) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the need to control the seal population; (7) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the effect the cut in materials and training allowances will have on the community employment schemes run by the Galway Centre for Independent Living and the need to ensure these services are available; (8) Deputy Michael McNamara - phase 2 of the Limerick northern distributor road; (9) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to resolve the problems of residents of Priory Hall, Dublin; (10) Deputy Alan Farrell - the decision by FÁS to discontinue training courses in Balbriggan, County Dublin; (11) Deputy Sean Fleming - the position of staff of the Equality Authority based in Roscrea, County Tipperary; (12) Deputy Robert Troy - issues arising from the closure of Columb Barracks, Mullingar, County Westmeath; (13) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the process to expunge the criminal records of all persons convicted and detained as minors within residential institutions; (14) Deputy Seamus Kirk - the degree to which patient safety and front-line services will suffer following publication of the HSE Dublin north-east service plan; (15) Deputy Dara Calleary - the need to allow the Finance Services Ombudsman to provide comprehensive details in cases in which he has upheld complaints against financial institutions; (16) Deputy Derek Keating - the need for a co-ordinated transport policy to address issues such as overhead costs, tolls, fuel costs and truck insurance policies for those in the haulage industry; (17) Deputy Brian Stanley - the failure of almost half of the State's sewage treatment plants to meet EU standards; (18) Deputy Mick Wallace - the loss of guidance counsellors from Gorey community school, County Wexford; (19) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the disbandment of the Dublin Fire Brigade panel; and (20) Deputy Anne Ferris - the need to advertise that people can continue to use their medical cards with GPs and pharmacists while waiting for new cards to be issued.

The matters raised by Deputies Dara Calleary, Willie Penrose, Alan Farrell and Michael P. Kitt have been selected for discussion.