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 Mick Wallace - the decision-making process behind the allocation of national lottery funding to sports clubs; (2) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to address the growing housing waiting lists on Dublin's north side and particularly in the Dublin City Council administrative area; (3) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh - the impact of the changes to the PLC pupil-teacher ratio; (4) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the effects of the Health Service Executive’s plans to reconfigure therapy resources such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy into geographically-based teams; (5) Deputy Shane Ross - the proposed closure of Stepaside Garda station, County Dublin; (6) Deputy Ann Phelan - the need to lower the rate of VAT on nicotine replacement patches; (7) Deputy Michael McNamara - the need to give courts discretion not to allow banks that have refused offers of restructuring to repossess family homes; (8) Deputy Joan Collins - the demand in the most recent troika review for legislation to enable banks to more easily repossess properties through the courts; (9) Deputy Clare Daly - the privatisation of 10% of Dublin Bus routes; (10) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to debate the McCrystal judgment recently handed down by the Supreme Court; (11) Deputy Seamus Kirk - the need to reverse the cuts to home help services that have been implemented during 2012; (12) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the impact of the increase in the pupil-teacher ratio in PLC schools and the number of posts that will be lost in 2013; and (13) Deputy Robert Troy - the provision of broadband in rural areas.

The matters raised by Deputies Jonathan O'Brien, Seamus Kirk, Ann Phelan and Thomas P. Broughan have been selected for discussion.