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 Paschal Donohoe - the need to provide an update on the discussions regarding those persons suffering as a result of thalidomide; (2) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the problems facing the farming community this winter because of the bad weather during the summer; (3) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the urgent need for the establishment of a DNA database as an aid to fighting crime; (4) Deputy Jerry Buttimer - the need for the Commission for Energy Regulation to prioritise householders when considering requests from energy providers to increase prices; (5) Deputy Derek Keating - the problems with receiving social welfare payments at Lucan village, Dublin; (6) Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - the impact of €3.5 million worth of cuts on Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal, over the next four months; (7) Deputy Pat Deering - the changes to the school transport system and the possible effects on school building projects; (8) Deputy Brendan Griffin - the threatened loss of 30 jobs at Simpson Strong-Tie, Killorglin, County Kerry; (9) Deputy Anthony Lawlor - the provision of new school buildings in the Kildare north area; (10) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the need to discuss the Bank of Ireland postgraduate loan scheme; (11) Deputy Joe Higgins - the actions of Clare County Council in linking the household charge with the awarding of third level grants; (12) Deputy Martin Ferris - the status of the investigation into the loss of the Père Charles trawler; (13) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the recent agreement reached at the Labour Relations Commission with the medical organisations; (14) Deputy Joan Collins - the actions of Clare County Council in linking the household charge with the awarding of third level grants; (15) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the need to address conditions at Rushbrooke national school, Cobh, County Cork; (16) Deputy Kevin Humphreys - the ongoing uncertainty regarding the Poolbeg waste-to-energy incinerator, Dublin; (17) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the possible link between the household charge with the payment of third level grants; (18) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - Health Service Executive plans to cut hospital beds, reduce staff numbers and curtail services in the Louth-Meath Hospital Group; (19) Deputy Brian Stanley - the decision by Clare County Council to link the awarding of third level grants with the household charge; and (20) Deputy Mick Wallace - the completion and publication of the expert group on abortion.

The matters raised by Deputies Paschal Donohoe, Charlie McConalogue, Anthony Lawlor and Kevin Humphreys have been selected for discussion.