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 Tony McLoughlin - the need to consider a scheme through local partnership and Leader companies to provide emergency personal alarms for people living alone; (2) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need to explain the recent criteria used to add 15 centres to the primary care list and to clarify the criteria that will be used for future primary care centres; (3) Deputy Martin Ferris - the transfer of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine veterinary office from Clonakilty to Cork city; (4) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the funding cut of € 243,000 in the block grant to Clare County Council; (5) Deputy Michael Conaghan - the threat posed by escalating gang-related violence; (6) Deputy Seán Kyne - the need to ensure advancements in the treatment of diabetics including the use of insulin pumps is extended to children of all ages across all HSE areas; (7) Deputy Thomas Pringle - the need for the inclusion of entitlement to jobseeker's benefit and disability benefit for self-employed PRSI contributors after a defined contribution period; (8) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the €7.5 million paid in unauthorised expenses to senior academics working in third level institutions from 2005–11; (9) Deputy Ann Phelan - the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria; (10) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the circumstances surrounding the representations made to Kilkenny County Council on the housing allocation for a specific family; (11) Deputy Martin Heydon - the need to include a new primary school at Crookstown, Ballitore, Athy, County Kildare on the Department of Education and Skill's five-year building programme; (12) Deputy Michael McCarthy - the need to award a disability allowance to a person (details supplied); (13) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the new qualifying conditions for the contributory State pension that came into effect in September; (14) Deputy Michelle Mulherin - the need to conduct a regulatory impact assessment before placing the burden for sick pay of employees on business; (15) Deputy Tom Barry - the need to review housing policy with particular reference to anti-social behaviour; (16) Deputy Brian Stanley - the effects of HSE cuts on respite care for young people with mental disabilities in County Laois; (17) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - cutbacks in industry pension schemes; (18) 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; (19) Deputy Derek Keating - the problems in collecting social welfare payments at Lucan village, Dublin; (20) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the closure of Santry post office, Dublin 9; (21) 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; (22) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the need for banks, credit card companies and other credit institutions to provide information to the authorities to combat the illegal importation of prescription drugs; (23) Deputy Sean Fleming - the impact that hospital budget deficits will have on services at a number of hospitals (details supplied); (24) Deputy Ciarán Lynch - the re-instituting of a rent-to-buy scheme for NAMA residential properties for first-time buyers and prospective owner-occupiers; (25) Deputy Niall Collins - the possible equality implications of the circumstances surrounding the representations made to Kilkenny County Council on the housing allocation for a specific family; (26) Deputy Clare Daly - the need to discuss the principle of the universal payment of child benefit; (27) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the position of teachers employed in VECs in view of new Teaching Council regulations; (28) Deputy Joan Collins - the need to discuss the principle of the universal payment of child benefit; (29) Deputy Willie O'Dea - the need to discuss the internal report on the creation of a two-tier child benefit system; (30) Deputy Brendan Smith - the continued imprisonment of Irish trained doctors in Bahrain; and (31) Deputy Robert Troy - the vacant position of director of the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention. The matters raised by Deputies Peader Tóibín, Seán Kyne, Ann Phelan and Tom Barry have been selected for discussion.