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 Joe McHugh - Irish culture and bullying in Irish society; (2) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the impact on services of the reduction in Garda numbers from offering gardaí a three year career break; (3) Deputy Paudie Coffey - the development of a technological university for the south-east region; (4) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - the recent issuing of protective redundancy notices to workers in Tara Mines; (5) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the ongoing hardship being experienced by students arising from the failure of Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, to process outstanding third level grant applications; (6) Deputies Éamon Ó Cuív, Martin Ferris, Kevin Humphreys and Denis Naughten - the response to yesterday's report by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland that found significant traces of equine meat in burgers; (7) Deputy Robert Dowds - the need for Ireland to lead European efforts to halt the melting of the Arctic ice cap as part of our Presidency of the European Council; (8) Deputy Seán Kenny - the steps that will be taken to prevent accidents between Luas trains and other vehicles occurring on the Luas red line, particularly on the Abbey Street sections of the line; (9) Deputy Catherine Murphy - the ongoing delays in appointing a contractor to carry out finishing works on a new school building at Ardclough, County Kildare; (10) Deputy Finian McGrath - the new drug, kalydeco, for cystic fibrosis patients; (11) Deputy Paschal Donohoe - the need to finalise student grant applications; (12) Deputy Alan Farrell - the criteria that will be applied by the Revenue Commissioners to determine the value of properties for the local property tax; (13) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh - the making redundant of 83 staff at Johnson Brothers, Ballymount, Dublin; (14) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the restriction of speech and language therapy services provided by Beechpark Services owing to the HSE recruitment embargo, affecting students attending Scoil Chiaráin CBS Donnycarney, Dublin; (15) Deputy Joan Collins - the centralisation of community welfare offices in Drimnagh, Crumlin and Walkinstown to Parnell Road and Bishop Square, Dublin; (16) Deputy Thomas Pringle - the need to address the spate of robberies on the elderly in County Donegal; (17) Deputy Derek Keating - the impact on jobs of the decision of HMV to cease trading; (18) Deputy Gerald Nash - the lack of protection for consumers who buy gift vouchers which companies may then refuse to honour owing to trading difficulties or arbitrary deadlines; (19) Deputy Emmet Stagg - the need to maintain a 24 hour, 365 days a year ambulance service in the north Leinster area, particularly in the stations located in Maynooth, Baltinglass, Athy, Swords and Arklow; (20) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - HMV and the threat to jobs; (21) Deputy James Bannon - the need to provide an update on the remedial works being carried out at Glenn Riada estate, County Longford; (22) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to reverse the proposals to reduce the salary of graduate nurses; (23) Deputy Robert Troy - the need to address the problems in the youth mental health services in view of the waiting lists for appointments; (24) Deputy Ciara Conway - the need to clarify if HSE support is being withdrawn for childminder advisory officers, CMAOs, within city and county child care committees; (25) Deputies Seán Crowe and Micheál Martin - the need for an all-party, cross-community response to the recent flags protests in the North and the violence which has accompanied them; (26) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need to amend the terms of the new nurse and midwife graduate programme; (27) Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - the need to deploy adequate Garda resources to County Donegal to deal with burglaries against elderly citizens; (28) Deputy Dara Calleary - the need, in the wake of HMV going into administration, to amend consumer legislation to ensure gift vouchers will always be redeemed by retailers; (29) Deputy Clare Daly - the recent deaths from hypothermia in a Dublin City Council dwelling; (30) Deputy Barry Cowen - the plans for the future of urban renewal housing projects in O'Devaney Gardens, Dublin; (31) Deputy Mick Wallace - the deaths of a couple in their 60s in a flat in a complex run by Dublin City Council; (32) Deputy John Deasy - the formulation of the investment aid guidelines post-2013; (33) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the future of the family resource centres in the light of the new arrangements to apply with the advent of the child and family support agency; (34) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the rise in the daily charge for public patients undergoing chemotherapy; and (35) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the risk posed to senior citizens from hypothermia in the current cold conditions.

The matters raised by Deputies Alan Farrell; Seán Crowe and Micheál Martin; Éamon Ó Cuív, Martin Ferris, Kevin Humphreys and Denis Naughten; and Emmet Stagg have been selected for discussion.