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) Deputies Ann Phelan and Thomas Pringle - the need to make provision for self-employed workers who are seeking to claim for social welfare; (2) Deputy Robert Troy - the vacant position of director of the HSE’s national office for suicide prevention; (3) Deputy Derek Keating - the problems in collecting social welfare payments at Lucan village, Dublin; (4) Deputy Martin Heydon - the need to include a new primary school at Crookstown, Ballitore, Athy, County Kildare on the Department of Education's five year building programme; (5) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the loss of jobs at the Merck Sharpe Dohme pharmacy plant, Innishannon, County Cork; (6) Deputy John O'Mahony - the need to address the waiting times for applications for social protection and in particular carer’s allowance; (7) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh - the need to open a new purpose built 70 bed public nursing home in Inchicore, Dublin; (8) Deputy Michael Conaghan - the threat posed by escalating gang-related violence; (9) Deputy John Deasy - the loss of 55 jobs at KEL-Tech Engineering, Waterford; (10) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the problems for regular taxi drivers arising from the proposed ending of the transferability of licences from January 2013; (11) Deputy Brendan Smith - the continued imprisonment of Irish trained doctors in Bahrain; (12) Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - the possible re-opening of the pilot training college in Waterford by a different company; (13) 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; (14) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to allow some leniency and discretion when considering applications for the back to education allowance and the progression through education condition; (15) Deputy Joan Collins - the need to discuss the principle of the universal payment of child benefit; (16) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the position of teachers employed in VECs in view of new Teaching Council regulations; (17) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the need to address Ireland's position in the most recent world university rankings; and (18) 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. The matters raised by Deputies Robert Troy; John Deasy; Michael Conaghan; and Ann Phelan and Thomas Pringle have been selected for discussion.