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 Joan Collins - the actions of Clare County Council in linking the household charge with the awarding of third level grants; (2) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh - the delay in the payment of fuel allowances due to be paid in October; (3) Deputy Brendan Griffin - the threatened loss of 30 jobs at Simpson Strongtie, Killorglin, County Kerry; (4) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the possible link between the household charge with the payment of third level grants; (5) Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - the impact of €3.5 million worth of cuts on Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal, over the next four months; (6) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the need to address conditions at Rushbrooke national school, Cobh, County Cork; (7) Deputy Brian Stanley - the decision by Clare County Council to link the awarding of third level grants with the household charge; (8) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the problems facing the farming community this winter because of the bad weather during the summer; (9) Deputy Derek Keating - the problems in receiving social welfare payments at Lucan village, Dublin; (10) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the closure of Allied Irish Banks branches and sub-offices in rural areas; (11) Deputy Pat Deering - the changes to the school transport system and the possible effects on school building projects; (12) Deputy Martin Ferris - the status of the investigation into the loss of the Père Charles trawler; (13) Deputy Pearse Doherty - the financial problems facing Letterkenny General Hospital, County Donegal and, in particular, the €3.5 million deficit in funding; (14) Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor - the need to revise the health professions admission test; (15) Deputy Derek Nolan - the report of the Irish Refugee Council which outlines the difficulties faced by children in direct provision accommodation; (16) Deputy Catherine Murphy - the delay in awarding back to education allowances; (17) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the closure of Santry post office, Dublin 9; (18) Deputy Clare Daly - the need to lift the statute bar to allow survivors of symphysiotomy to seek redress; (19) Deputy Barry Cowen - the proposed job losses at Bord na Móna; (20) Deputies Charlie McConalogue, Mary Lou McDonald and Mick Wallace - the decision to target new entrants to teaching in the review of allowances; (21) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the position of teachers employed in VECs in view of new Teaching Council of Ireland regulations; (22) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the recent agreement reached at the Labour Relations Commission with medical organisations representing hospital consultants; (23) Deputy Michael McGrath - the investigation into the purchase of a NAMA property by one of its former employees; and (24) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the difficulties being experienced by hauliers, farmers and all road users due to the rising cost of fuel.

The matters raised by Deputies Patrick O'Donovan; Derek Nolan; Pat Deering; and Charlie McConalogue, Mary Lou McDonald and Mick Wallace have been selected for discussion.