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 Andrew Doyle - the impact of proposed legislation in the US on the availability of J1 visas to Irish students; (2) Deputy Michael Creed - the need to conclude a bilateral adoption agreement with the Russian authorities; (3) Deputy Derek Keating - the need for the Minister to bring a report to the House on the Private Residential Tenancies Board, including what responsibilities and powers the PRTB has, and where, for example, a tenant may vacate a previously rented accommodation and where the refundable deposit may not have been returned to the tenant by the landlord; (4) Deputy Patrick Nulty - the need to maintain history as a compulsory subject for the junior cycle at second level; (5) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the need to make provision for services for those school-leavers with a significant disability; (6) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh - the urgent need for additional funding for housing adaption grants; (7) Deputy Tony McLoughlin - the need to review the rules of eligibility for the rural school transport scheme and in particular the loss of the service to Ardvarney national school, County Leitrim; (8) Deputy Brian Stanley - the primary school building programme for Portlaoise and Ballyroan; (9) Deputy Brendan Griffin - the need for more beds to be opened at the new West Kerry Community Hospital; (10) Deputy Pat Deering - the progress made with the redeployment of 25 staff from the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to the Garda central vetting unit; (11) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - the compensation scheme to victims of the Magdalen laundries; (12) Deputy Seán Crowe - the crisis facing families of seriously ill or impaired individuals who are having to wait years for a housing adaption grant, housing aid for older person's grant, or mobility aid grant; (13) Deputy Joe Higgins - the news given to workers in the ESB regarding the deficit in their pension fund; (14) Deputy Mick Wallace - the ongoing protests in Brazil; (15) Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly - the Central Bank’s updated code of conduct on mortgage arrears; (16) Deputy Niall Collins - the future of Abbeyfeale Courthouse, County Limerick; and (17) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the new European banking insolvency regime and implications for Ireland.

The matters raised by Deputies Éamon Ó Cuív, Pat Deering, Eamonn Maloney and Michael Creed have been selected for discussion.