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 Luke 'Ming' Flanagan - the fluoridation of water supplies; (2) Deputy Shane Ross - the fluoridation of water supplies; (3) Deputies Timmy Dooley, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Pat Deering and Michael McNamara - the future of the rural transport programme; (4) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the further restrictions announced by the HSE Beechpark Services for autistic children in north Dublin; (5) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the impact of the removal of the gateway designation for Letterkenny-Derry as a result of the decision to abandon the national spatial strategy; (6) Deputy Seamus Kirk - the need to meet the language skills gap for recently announced enterprise projects for Dundalk, County Louth, and to discuss the merits of setting up language intensive courses in order that jobs created can go to local people; (7) Deputy Robert Dowds - the need to use the local property tax as a planning tool to encourage good development; (8) Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly - the potential instruction from the Central Bank of Ireland to credit unions not to lend to those in mortgage arrears; (9) Deputy Simon Harris - the anomaly in the DART fare to Greystones; (10) Deputy Denis Naughten - the future of Harristown House, Castlerea, County Roscommon; (11) Deputy Martin Ferris - funding for Coláiste Chiarraí; (12) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - the hunting of deer by the Ward Union Hunt; (13) Deputy Thomas Pringle - the need for officials from the Parks and Wildlife Service to meet landowners in the Falcarragh-Meenlaragh area of County Donegal regarding plans for the designation of areas; (14) Deputy Pearse Doherty - the impact of the Irish Banking Federation's protocol on the credit union movement; (15) Deputy Seán Kyne - the need to publish the scientific research, as well as responses by BIM to queries regarding the EIS, on the environmental impact of the proposed salmon fish farm in Galway Bay off the coast of Aran and to address all concerns; (16) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to approve funding for the Howth-Sutton community council drugs and alcohol prevention and education project, Dublin; (17) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the need for the introduction of changes to the social welfare code to allow for provision of social insurance cover for self-employed persons; (18) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the underspend by local authorities, particularly Dublin City Council, on housing for the Traveller community; (19) Deputy Brian Walsh - the importance of commercial sponsorship to the Irish horse racing industry; (20) Deputy Clare Daly - the health and safety issues relating to the electricians' dispute at St James' Hospital, Dublin; (21) Deputy Joe Higgins - the health and safety issues relating to the electricians' dispute at St James's Hospital, Dublin; (22) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need to reduce the cost of health insurance; (23) Deputy Mick Wallace - the impact of the downgrading of Gorey Garda station, County Wexford; (24) Deputy Joan Collins - the underspend of more than €50 million on Traveller accommodation and the need to consider the Labre Park housing development, Ballyfermot, Dublin; (25) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the proposed qualification system for the water metering subcontractor panel; (26) Deputy Michael Moynihan - the need to ensure funding is restored to the Irish Patients Association; (27) Deputy Paudie Coffey - the need to introduce an awareness campaign and safety regulations to reduce the risk to children from blind cord accidents; (28) Deputy Róisín Shortall - the need to ensure fostering services in Dublin north west will be implemented promptly and in full; and (29) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the status of an independent investigation into the ongoing equine DNA meat controversy.

The matters raised by Deputies Timmy Dooley, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Pat Deering and Michael McNamara, Martin Ferris and Paudie Coffey have been selected for discussion.