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 Regina Doherty - the need to relax the liability of rates arrears in respect of businesses taking over premises that have arrears; (2) Deputy Joe McHugh - the review of the commonage framework plans; (3) Deputy Paschal Donohoe - the steps that can be taken to ensure banks pass on additional mortgage interest relief; (4) Deputy Patrick Nulty - the bombing of Gaza; (5) Deputy Ciara Conway - the need to examine RTE's guidelines in relation to children participating in programming; (6) Deputy John O'Mahony - the procedures used by North East Leader Company, County Mayo, and the effects it has on funding following the investigation by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government; (7) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the development and upgrade of Scoil Sailearna, Indreabháin, County Galway; (8) Deputy Mary Lou McDonald - the closure of the Barnardos Buckingham Street family support project; (9) Deputy James Bannon - the potential national fallout from the loss of approximately 100 jobs at Ericsson, Athlone, County Westmeath; (10) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to ensure key teacher and learning resources in DEIS schools and other schools in areas of disadvantage generally will be maintained in budget 2013 and specifically that educational resources will be protected in the parishes of Darndale, Belcamp, Priorswood and Bonnybrook in Coolock, Dublin 17; (11) Deputy Tom Fleming - the effects of the changes in the management of commonages; (12) Deputy Róisín Shortall - the need to adopt a new area-based approach to tackling child poverty commencing with the ten most disadvantaged communities; (13) Deputy Sean Fleming - the Mental Health Commission's report on St. Fintan's Hospital, Portlaoise, County Laois; (14) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the re-organisation of the Reserve Defence Force; (15) Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - the restructuring of the Reserve Defence Force; (16) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the need to discuss already imposed and threatened cuts to supports and services for people with disabilities; (17) Deputy Martin Ferris - the cuts to the Kerry Parents and Friends Association; (18) Deputy Willie O'Dea - the need to tackle waiting times for social welfare applications and appeals; (19) Deputy Barry Cowen - the ongoing problems with the mortgage to rent scheme; (20) Deputy Brendan Smith - the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip; (21) Deputy Kevin Humphreys - the need to review the cap on rent supplement and the centralisation process currently being implemented for rent supplement; (22) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the role of the public interest directors on the boards of the re-capitalised banks; (23) Deputy Dessie Ellis - care and support for sufferers of narcolepsy as a side effect of being vaccinated against swine flu; (24) Deputy Mick Wallace - the effect of insufficient guidance counselling hours at Gorey community school, County Wexford; and (25) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the establishment of an interdepartmental review group to deal with the consequences of cyberbullying, particularly in a school environment.

The matters raised by Deputies Paschal Donohoe, Barry Cowen, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Martin Ferris have been selected for discussion.