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 Paschal Donohoe - the establishment of an information sharing system of flood alleviation and prevention works between the OPW and the Irish Insurance Federation; (2) Deputy Tom Hayes - the need to allow jobseekers who were formerly self-employed to enter the Momentum programme; (3) Deputy Regina Doherty - the need for cash for gold outlets to specify that customers bringing in second-hand gold items be requested to provide evidence of photo identification and other forms of ownership; (4) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the introduction of legislation to allow gardaí the discretion to issue permits to persons in rural areas to drive home having consumed two or three drinks; (5) Deputy Derek Keating - the need to review sentencing in view of the case earlier this week of the man who pleaded guilty to rape; (6) Deputy Denis Naughten - the need to communicate the benefits of donating newborn screening cards for clinical research; (7) Deputy Eric Byrne - the need to address the increase in crime in the south-west inner city area of Dublin; (8) Deputy James Bannon - the need to provide an update on the remedial works being carried out at Glenn Riada estate, County Longford; (9) Deputy Ciara Conway - the need for stronger sentencing in respect of convictions for rape and sexual abuse; (10) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the matter of appointing three permanent members of the Judiciary to the Court of Criminal Appeal to allow for the consistency in sentencing laws; (11) Deputies Joan Collins, Richard Boyd Barrett and Clare Daly - the need to review the policy of the HSE of withdrawing funding in respect of childminder advisers; (12) Deputy Ann Phelan - the need to devise a scheme to ensure the adequate stock of local authority housing to meet social obligations; (13) Deputy Patrick Nulty - the decision of the Health Service Executive to recruit 1,000 nursing graduates on lower terms of employment than existing staff; (14) Deputy Gerald Nash - the need to count periods spent on carer's allowance towards meeting the eligibility criteria for the Momentum scheme; (15) Deputies Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Éamon Ó Cuív - the need to fill the seven vacant positions on the board of the Food Safety Authority; (16) Deputies Robert Troy, Mattie McGrath and Mick Wallace - the need to tackle the high rate of suicide among young men; (17) Deputy Séamus Kirk - the current position regarding the Narrow Water Bridge project linking counties Louth and Down; (18) Deputy Catherine Murphy - the delays in completing school accommodation works at St. Anne's national school, Ardclough, County Kildare; (19) Deputy Dara Calleary - sentencing guidelines in light of this week's judgment of continuing bail and a suspended sentence for a convicted rapist; (20) Deputy Colm Keaveney - the need to replace the graduate placement programme for nurses and midwives; and (21) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the introduction of a healthy eating flag scheme for schools, as part of a national campaign to address childhood obesity.

The matters raised by Deputies Ann Phelan; James Bannon; Robert Troy, Mattie McGrath and Mick Wallace; and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Éamon Ó Cuív have been selected for discussion.