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 Willie Penrose - the need to review leases made by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and agencies under its remit; (2) Deputy Michael McCarthy - the need for enhanced promotion of various forms of biomass available here in order to provide clean renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; (3) Deputy Michael Moynihan - the progress being made in the new primary school amalgamation in Kanturk, County Cork; (4) Deputy Ann Phelan - the need to ensure, by way of additional legislation, if necessary, adequate quality of windscreens in vehicles; (5) Deputy Jim Daly - the need to provide emergency funding to Cork County Council to deal with the crumbling road network in west Cork; (6) 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; (7) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the need to instruct ComReg not to sanction a lower rent for landline telephone connections in towns and cities as compared with rural areas and to take legislative action, if necessary, to protect the flat-rate charge; (8) Deputy Regina Doherty - the need for cash-for-gold outlets to specify that customers bringing in second-hand gold items must provide evidence of photo identification and other forms of ownership; (9) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the need to exempt from the property charge houses affected by radon gas; (10) Deputies Catherine Murphy, Barry Cowen, Dessie Ellis and Brian Stanley - the need for local authorities to collect development contributions from the developers of estates rather than from residents; (11) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the need to clarify reports that a number of universities are using debt-collecting agencies to pursue students for unpaid student fees; (12) Deputy Michael McNamara - the need for constitutional change on upward-only rent reviews; (13) Deputy Robert Dowds - the need to use the local property tax as a planning tool to encourage good development; (14) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to extend the fuel rebate announced in budget 2013 to agricultural contractors; (15) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - the need to resolve the dispute between firefighters and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government over the Keeping Communities Safe policy; (16) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the need for the inclusion of motor neuron disease as one of the medical conditions that qualifies under the long-term illness scheme; (17) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the introduction of measures to ensure the robustness of the system to endorse the licences of motorists who have incurred penalty points for driving offences; (18) Deputy Seán Kyne - the need to ensure the speedy implementation of the recommendations of Delivering a Connected Society: A National Broadband Plan for Ireland; (19) Deputy Seamus Kirk - the need for the Minister for Health to resolve the issue of the 35 women excluded from the Lourdes redress scheme; (20) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the need to publish the Ernst & Young report into Irish Nationwide Building Society and to establish a banking inquiry; (21) Deputy Mick Wallace - Ireland's role in the practice of extraordinary rendition, as outlined in the report published last week entitled Globalising Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition; (22) Deputy Arthur Spring - the terms of redundancy offered to the staff of IBRC; (23) Deputy Joan Collins - the levels of dampness and condensation in local authorities' and voluntary housing agencies' housing stocks; (24) Deputy Michael McGrath - the legacy issues at the former Irish Nationwide Building Society and the need to publish the reports by McCann Fitzgerald and Ernst & Young concerning corporate governance issues at the society; and (25) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - chemotherapy charges for cancer patients.

The matters raised by Deputies Regina Doherty; Catherine Murphy, Barry Cowen, Dessie Ellis and Brian Stanley; and Seamus Kirk have been selected for discussion.