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 Jim Daly - the need to introduce new schemes in respect of employment assistance; (2) Deputy Paschal Donohoe - the effects on part-time workers of the inclusion of Sunday as a working day for persons on social protection payments; (3) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to provide additional resources to An Garda Síochána and to review legislation on the sale of alcohol in seaside resorts including Portmarnock and Howth, County Dublin; (4) Deputy Seamus Kirk - income guideline thresholds for medical cards in respect of a married couple, both of whom are suffering from cancer-related illnesses; (5) Deputy Brendan Griffin - the need for additional beds at West Kerry Community Hospital, Dingle; (6) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the terms of the HSE redundancy scheme for home help workers; (7) Deputy Patrick Nulty - the need to maintain history as a compulsory subject for the junior cycle at second level; (8) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the need to support the plight of Palestinian Arabs who hold Israeli citizenship; (9) Deputy Brian Stanley - the impact of the proposed new threshold for the rent supplement; (10) Deputy Simon Harris - the need to review DART fares to Greystones; (11) Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly - the increase in bank charges being introduced by Bank of Ireland; (12) Deputy Michael McNamara - using the Finance Act as a blue print for the regeneration of small towns and villages; (13) Deputy John Deasy - the need for additional capital funding in respect of a runway extension at Waterford Regional Airport; (14) Deputy Regina Doherty - alcohol-related tweets surrounding the recent visit of Canadian Prime Minister, Mr. Stephen Harper; (15) Deputy Alan Farrell - the need to increase the limit of credit that the Credit Review Office can process for appeals by small and medium enterprises; (16) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - the need to ensure that motor insurance premiums do not increase as a result of the proposed changes to the monetary limits for court cases; (17) Deputy Derek Keating - the impact of the policy of the Minister for Education and Skills on Catholic and Church of Ireland schools; (18) Deputy Michael McGrath - the need for a progress report on the work of the special liquidator appointed to IBRC; (19) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need to provide additional staff for the Garda vetting unit; (20) Deputy Mary Lou McDonald - the need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to address the serious concerns raised, in this morning's report, by the Irish Human Rights Commission, Follow-up Report on State Involvement with Magdalen Laundries; (21) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the need to discuss a definite timetable for the ending of the practice of slopping out at Mountjoy Prison, Dublin; (22) Deputy Joan Collins - funding in respect of adult day services at Stewart's Hospital, Palmerstown, Dublin; (23) Deputy Clare Daly - plans to increase the minimum wage; (24) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the current status of plans to align the Leader programme under local authorities; (25) Deputy Niall Collins - the future of Abbeyfeale Courthouse, County Limerick; (26) Deputy Barry Cowen - the need for enhanced water safety awareness following recent drowning incidents; (27) Deputy Dessie Ellis - funding in respect of energy efficiency grants and the way in which it can be best used to alleviate fuel poverty; (28) Deputies Seán Kyne, Jonathan O'Brien and Seán Crowe - the need for additional funding to ensure the availability of services for persons with learning disabilities upon graduation from school this month; (29) Deputy Mattie McGrath - conditions in the accident and emergency department of South Tipperary General Hospital; and (30) Deputy Mick Wallace - the need to increase the minimum wage.

The matters raised by Deputies Seán Kyne, Jonathan O'Brien and Seán Crowe; Seamus Kirk; Jim Daly; and Michael McNamara have been selected for discussion.