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 Jonathan O'Brien - the relocation of Blackpool Post Office, Cork city; (2) Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor - the need to revise policy regarding the provision of cochlear implants; (3) Deputy Mary Lou McDonald - the need for the State to provide an apology and other assistance including a transparent redress scheme for the surviving women in the Magdalen laundries; (4) Deputy Catherine Murphy - the findings of the interdepartmental report of the State's involvement in the Magdalen laundries during the 20th century; (5) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the need to introduce changes to the social welfare code that will allow for provision of social insurance to cover self-employed persons; (6) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the need to extend the fuel rebate announced in budget 2013 to bus and coach operators; (7) Deputy Paschal Donohoe - the establishment of an information sharing system between the Irish Insurance Federation and the OPW in respect of flood alleviation and prevention works; (8) Deputy Joe McHugh - the need to speed up the revaluation programme; (9) Deputies Gerald Nash and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - the need for additional funding to be provided to UNWRA in order to support Palestinian refugees in Lebanon in view of the Syrian crisis; (10) Deputy Dan Neville - the relationship between alcohol, suicide and self-harming; (11) Deputy Derek Keating - the need to provide adequate facilities for those in receipt of social welfare payments in the Lucan area of Dublin; (12) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the hospital funding details revealed this week; (13) Deputy Derek Nolan - the consequences of the judgment of the High Court of 23 January 2013 in respect of those seeking refuge here under the subsidiary protection procedure; (14) Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy - the introduction of an Irish equine identification scheme similar to that of the Irish beef identification scheme; (15) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the need to ensure that proposed changes to the means test of student grants does not unfairly target farming families; (16) Deputy Clare Daly - the State's responsibility towards the victims of the Magdalen laundries; (17) Deputy Liam Twomey - the need for a dialysis unit at Wexford Hospital; (18) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to clarify the alignment between local development companies and local authorities; (19) Deputy Mick Wallace - the McAleese report on State involvement with the Magdalen laundries; (20) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the effects of the reduced opening hours of St. Michael's House swimming pool, Belcamp, Dublin; (21) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the cuts to the budgets of Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin and the Children's University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin; (22) Deputy Joan Collins - the report into the Magdalen laundries and the Government's response; (23) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the need to discuss the case of a person (details supplied in County Monaghan) diagnosed with autism; and (24) Deputy Robert Troy - the rationale for the 2.5% cut in the allocation to Mullingar Hospital, County Westmeath, in view of the increased activity of 4% in 2012.

The matters raised by Deputies Joe McHugh, Derek Nolan, Charlie McConalogue and Liam Twomey have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 1.30 p.m. and resumed at 2.30 p.m.