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 McNamara - the need to address the crisis in beef prices by facilitating live exports; (2) Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - the impact of the closure of the Lough Swilly bus company on jobs and on public transport provision; (3) Deputy Billy Timmins - funding for the Arklow flood relief scheme; (4) Deputy Michael Moynihan - the impact that cuts are having on Leader-funded companies, rural communities and rural development; (5) Deputies Pearse Doherty, Ciara Conway and Michael McGrath - the need to ensure the rights of policy holders at Setanta Insurance; (6) Deputy Brian Stanley - the lack of notification to householders prior to installation of water meters; (7) Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly - nightly water restrictions due to the seasonal growth of algae in the Vartry reservoir in Roundwood in north County Wicklow, affecting the areas of Greystones, Kilmolin, Kilgarron, Parknasilogue, Eagle Valley, Enniskerry, Knocksink, Ballyman Road, Monastery area, the R117 road and Millfield; (8) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the provision of access to medication for severe asthma, Xolair, to patients in Cork University Hospital; (9) Deputy Barry Cowen - the impact of the carbon tax on low-income families; (10) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - the proposed closure of the VTOS centre in Tallaght by the education and training board; (11) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the need to find a new host agency for the 42 jobs initiative workers and two supervisors currently employed by the D12 Congress centre; (12) Deputy Clare Daly - the changes in the HSE whereby it does not issue students with a written report of their resource teaching needs; (13) Deputy Joan Collins - the need to find a new host agency for the 42 jobs initiative workers and two supervisors currently employed by the D12 Congress centre; (14) Deputy Mick Wallace - the recent Department of Education and Skills circular on the allocation of special needs assistants; and (15) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the need to establish a commission of investigation into the case of a person (details supplied).

The matters raised by Deputies Michael McNamara; Billy Timmins; Pearse Doherty, Ciara Conway and Michael McGrath; and Richard Boyd Barrett have been selected for discussion.