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 Ray Butler - the need to provide credit facilities to small businesses; (2) Deputy Tony McLoughlin - the need to acquire adjoining land from the HSE to enable the Holy Family national school, Tubbercurry, County Sligo, to provide for an additional set-down area to ensure the safety of the pupils; (3) Deputies Brendan Smith, Denis Naughten and John O'Mahony - bus services in rural areas; (4) Deputy Jim Daly - the need to establish a national policy framework to deal with the safety risk posed to rural road users by unmaintained roadside verges; (5) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - cutbacks in industry pension schemes; (6) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the funding cut of €243,000 in the block grant to Clare County Council; (7) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the plans to transfer staff from the district veterinary office at Darrara, Clonakilty, County Cork; (8) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the need for the religious congregations to meet their share of the costs of the compensation bill for victims of institutional residential abuse; (9) Deputy Seán Kyne - the need to ensure advancements in the treatment of diabetics, including the use of insulin pumps, are extended to children of all ages across all HSE areas; (10) Deputy Michael McCarthy - the need to award a disability allowance to a person (details supplied); (11) Deputy Gerald Nash - staffing arrangements for polling stations and count centres in the upcoming referendum; (12) Deputy Michael Conaghan - the threat posed by escalating gang-related violence; (13) Deputy Brian Stanley - the effects of HSE cuts on respite service for young people with mental disabilities in County Laois; (14) Deputy Martin Ferris - the transfer of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine veterinary office from Clonakilty to Cork city; (15) Deputy Paul J. Connaughton - the reason families whose homes were flooded in 2009 have yet to receive compensation; (16) Deputy Michelle Mulherin - the need to conduct a regulatory impact assessment before placing the burden for sick pay of employees on business; (17) Deputy Martin Heydon - the need to include a new primary school at Crookstown, Ballitore, Athy, County Kildare, on the five-year building programme of the Department of Education and Skills; (18) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the requirement by the HSE for home help workers who are family carers to carry out manual handling training; (19) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the position of teachers employed in VECs in view of new Teaching Council regulations; (20) Deputy Gerry Adams - the future of public nursing home services at the Cottage Hospital, Drogheda, County Louth; (21) Deputies Clare Daly and Dessie Ellis - the need to achieve a solution to the pyrite problem; (22) Deputy Willie O'Dea - the possible creation of a two-tier child benefit system; (23) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the circumstances surrounding the representations made to Kilkenny County Council on the housing allocation for a specific family; (24) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the criteria which were used to identify the 35 priority primary care centres announced as part of the Government stimulus package on 17 July 2012; and (25) Deputy Mick Wallace - the raid by the Revenue's customs service on two illegal diesel laundries and the effect this illegal activity has on jobs.

The matters raised by Deputies Brendan Smith, Denis Naughten and John O'Mahony; Gerald Nash; Jim Daly; and Clare Daly and Dessie Ellis have been selected for discussion.