Topical Issue Matters

Before I call Deputy Fleming 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 Éamon Ó Cuív - the need to conduct an inquiry into the slaughter and export of horsemeat, the controls on imports of meat, and the labelling and processing of meat products; (3) Deputy John Halligan - the need to raise the matter of the South East Hospital Networks - the Higgins report; (4) Deputy Michael McNamara - the need to protect rural transport in any reorganisation of services; (5) Deputy Pat Deering - the need to extend the hedge cutting season; (6) Deputy Colm Keaveney - the need to ensure the continuance of the State's only child and adolescent sexual assault treatment service; (7) Deputy John O'Mahony - the need to address the criminal legal aid system as currently in place; (8) Deputy Brian Walsh - the possible implications of a ban on alcohol sponsorship on the horse racing industry here; (9) Deputy Seán Crowe - the impact of upward-only rent reviews on businesses and jobs in town shopping centres such as the Mill Shopping Centre, Clondalkin and the need for landlords to adopt a more proactive approach to making commercial rents sustainable; (10) 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; (11) Deputy Robert Troy - the need for the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to make a statement on the report card of the Children's Rights Alliance; (12) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the reconfiguration of hospitals in the south east; (13) Deputy Dan Neville - the need to raise the matter of children's mental health services; (14) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the need for the introduction of changes to the social welfare code that will allow for provision of social insurance cover for self-employed persons; (15) Deputy Clare Daly - the role of HomeBond in relation to the Pyrite Resolution Board and remediation scheme; (16) Deputy Derek Keating - the need to ensure a safe Garda fleet particularly in view of the situation at Clondalkin Garda station, Dublin; (17) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need for clarification on the alignment of local development companies and local authorities; (18) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the need to conduct an audit of all of those in State care, particularly children, who may be housed in prisons, mental hospitals and direct provisions centres for refugees and asylum seekers to ensure that best practices for safety and child protection are being followed; (19) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the effects of the reduced opening hours of St. Michael's House swimming pool, Belcamp, Dublin; (20) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the issue of front-line workers opposing cuts to pay and core allowances; (21) Deputy Niall Collins - the need to review mandatory sentencing in drink driving accidents causing death and the need to make leaving the scene of an accident an indictable offence; (22) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the need to discuss the case of a person, details supplied in County Monaghan, diagnosed with autism; and (23) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - the need for a resolution to the dispute between firefighters and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government over the Keeping Communities Safe policy.

The matters raised by the Deputies John O'Mahony, Niall Collins, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Eamonn Maloney have been selected for discussion.