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 Paschal Donohoe - the effects on part-time workers of the inclusion of Sunday as a working day for persons on social protection payments; (2) Deputy Michael Creed - the need to conclude a bilateral adoption agreement with the Russian authorities; (3) Deputy Tony McLoughlin - the need to review the rules of eligibility for the rural school transport scheme, in particular, the loss of the service to Ardvarney national school, County Leitrim; (4) Deputy Patrick Nulty - the need to maintain history as a compulsory subject for the junior cycle at second level; (5) Deputy Ciara Conway - the need for a moratorium on the commercial rates revaluation process in Waterford city and county; (6) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the need to make provision for services for school leavers with a significant disability; (7) Deputy Finian McGrath - the need for a public information campaign to highlight the lack of heart donations for patients waiting for heart transplants; (8) Deputies Billy Kelleher, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Richard Boyd Barrett - the allocation of funding for autism services; (9) Deputies Brendan Griffin and Arthur Spring - the need to address the concerns regarding the newly centralised ambulance control centre; (10) Deputy Derek Keating - the arrangements in place for supervision of students during school organised Gaeltacht residential trips and classes; (11) Deputy Pearse Doherty - the impact of the HSE recruitment moratorium on community hospitals in County Donegal; (12) Deputy Michael P. Kitt - the theft of six valuable oil paintings by Evie Hone from the Church of St. Peter and Paul at Kiltullagh, Loughrea, County Galway; (13) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - the need to address the changing trends in drug use, particularly among young people, and the need for services to respond appropriately; (14) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - the need for an Oireachtas inquiry into the banks; (15) Deputy Pat Breen - the need to discuss the non-provision of a pension scheme for supervisors on community employment schemes; (16) Deputy Simon Harris - the need to review DART fares to Greystones; (17) Deputy Michael McGrath - the release of certain tape recordings of conversations involving Anglo Irish Bank executives; (18) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the future of the triple lock; (19) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to urgently fill seven medical registrar vacancies in South Tipperary General Hospital; (20) Deputies Martin Ferris and Dessie Ellis - the need for the compulsory use of location beacons on fishing vessels; (21) Deputy Mick Wallace - the need to improve the existing water infrastructure before commencing metering; (22) Deputy Seán Kyne - the need to monitor and review the procedures for the disposal of hazardous waste from both public and private hospital facilities in the State; (23) Deputy Denis Naughten - the need to withdraw threatening letters issued for the collection of the household charge to home owners in incomplete housing developments; and (24) Deputy Clare Daly - the need to discuss the possible delay in the opening of Oberstown facility for young offenders.

The matters raised by Deputies Paschal Donohoe; Martin Ferris and Dessie Ellis; Billy Kelleher, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Richard Boyd Barrett; and Brendan Griffin and Arthur Spring have been selected for discussion.