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 Patrick Nulty - the need to maintain history as a compulsory subject for the junior cycle at second level; (2) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - the refusal to allow Leixlip Town Council carry out expenditure to be funded from savings achieved over a number of years; (3) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the need for the Construction Contracts Bill to be enacted; (4) Deputy Eoghan Murphy - the implementation of the Smarter Transport Bill 2011; (5) Deputy David Stanton - the need to open the stroke unit in Cork University Hospital; (6) Deputy Jim Daly - the need for the Government to provide financial assistance to job action groups; (7) 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; (8) Deputy Brendan Smith - the need to discuss the ejection of the first democratically elected President of Egypt by military coup and the continuing unrest in the region; (9) Deputy Clare Daly - banning alcohol sponsorship in sport; (10) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss alcohol advertising in sport; (11) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the absence of a crime prevention officer for Tipperary for the last two years; (12) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the urgent need to investigate corporate tax avoidance by multinationals based in Ireland; and (13) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the criteria for the granting of medical cards on discretionary grounds and their application in practice.

The matters raised by Deputies Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Patrick Nulty, Seán Kyne and Eoghan Murphy have been selected for discussion.