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 Michael Healy-Rae - the issue of off-licences and the sale of cheap alcohol which affects vintners and off-licence proprietors themselves; (2) Deputy Gerald Nash - the need for improved services for young people with inflammatory bowel disease, IBD, and to ensure the provision of a dedicated ward at the new national children's hospital for young people with IBD; (3) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the teacher needs of the pupils of Scoil Mhuire, Magherarney, Smithborough, County Monaghan; (4) Deputy Andrew Doyle - the need for a direct commercial air route between Ireland and Asia as part of national aviation policy; (5) Deputy Simon Harris - the filling of the posts set out in the Health Service Executive service plan 2013 for mental health services; (6) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - the filling of the posts set out in the Health Service Executive service plan 2013 for mental health services; (7) Deputy Anthony Lawlor - the reason County Kildare receives significantly less Department of Children and Youth Affairs funding than other counties; (8) Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly - the need for clarity on the Central Bank's pilot scheme for consumer multi-debt restructuring; (9) Deputy James Bannon - the need to address the unemployment crisis in Mullingar, County Westmeath; (10) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - the provision of nursing home care for the elderly; (11) Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - the recent spate of armed robberies along the Border region of Donegal; (12) Deputy Denis Naughten - the need to take immediate steps to protect the fishery assets on the River Suck; (13) Deputy Mary Lou McDonald - the refusal of the four religious congregations that ran the Magdalen laundries to make any financial contribution to the compensation fund; (14) Deputy Derek Keating - the need to introduce regulations and-or guidelines governing the supervision of pupils during school trips; (15) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the position regarding the victims of thalidomide; (16) Deputy Robert Troy - the need to expedite measures to combat rural crime; (17) Deputy Martin Ferris - special needs assistants at Coolard school, County Kerry; (18) Deputy Brendan Smith - discussions held with the Northern Ireland Executive and the British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in respect of ongoing violence in Northern Ireland; (19) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the urgent need for the Construction Contracts Bill to be enacted; (20) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the need to discuss the horse and greyhound fund in light of new published legislation for the gambling industry; (21) Deputy Seamus Kirk - the need to ensure promised mental health posts are filled; (22) Deputy Clare Daly - the High Court action taken by a person over their right to secure a home birth; (23) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the absence of a crime prevention officer for Tipperary; (24) Deputy Jack Wall - the supports and services available for children in foster care who are turning 18 and will be leaving State care; (25) Deputy David Stanton - the urgent need to open a dedicated specialist stroke unit in Cork University Hospital; (26) Deputy Colm Keaveney - the funding allocated for hiring much needed staff within the mental health services; (27) Deputy Seán Kyne - the need to safeguard the future of small quarries; (28) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the need to discuss the Pensions Board's rejection of the proposals agreed by Aer Lingus and its unions to ensure the company's pensions scheme is sustainable; (29) Deputy Áine Collins - the need to postpone the tender processing for paying social welfare payments; (30) Deputy Michael Moynihan - the position regarding patients requiring disability services who may be obliged to co-fund their care; and (31) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the need to approve funding for the long overdue refurbishment of Lower Buttercup, Darndale, Dublin 17.

The matters raised by Deputies Jack Wall, Mary Lou McDonald, Timmy Dooley and Áine Collins have been selected for discussion.