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 David Stanton - to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to discuss progress in sanctioning the R624 Cobh Road project which involves the construction of a new road and bridge to replace the current Fota Road, the only vehicle access route to Great Island from the mainland; (2) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the need to provide direct funding to various voluntary groups such as Muintir na Tíre, Traveller groups and the national women's community network; (3) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the wrong done to the women victims of symphysiotomy, the need for full acknowledgement and an apology and the right of the survivors to be heard and appropriately compensated; (4) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - to discuss badger culling in light of Russia banning Irish beef due to suspected bovine tuberculosis; (5) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the diplomatic initiatives to facilitate a resolution of the case involving the murder of Privates Derek Smallhorne and Thomas Barrett in Lebanon; (6) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the need to provide funding for flood damage repairs in County Clare; (7) Deputy Sean Fleming - the need for funding for the school meals local projects scheme for Scoil Bhríde, Portlaoise, County Laois; (8) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - to discuss the urgent matter of older people being unable to remain in the senior alert scheme due to the recent introduction of VAT on alarms and the prohibitive cost of doing so; (9) Deputy Michael McNamara - the need to increase live cattle exports to improve beef prices; (10) Deputy Terence Flanagan - the need for Irish Water to ensure water meters are fully accessible to those with disabilities; (11) Deputy Willie Penrose - the need to amend the Protection of Employees (Employers' Insolvency) Acts 1984 to 2006; (12) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to provide immediate emergency funding for Muintir na Tíre; (13) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the shortage of social housing provision; (14) Deputy Robert Troy - the need for the Minister for Health to direct the Health Service Executive to introduce an early access programme to new direct acting antiviral drugs which provide effective curative therapies for patients with hepatitis C; (15) Deputy Clare Daly - to discuss the controversial decision of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to offer a two-year contract to cull more than 12,000 badgers; (16) Deputy Joan Collins - to raise the matter of student service charges on apprentices; (17) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss the controversial decision by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to offer a two-year contract to cull more than 12,000 badgers; (18) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the need to maintain a motor tax office in the Ballymun area; (19) Deputy Catherine Murphy - further revelations which emerged today regarding the mismanagement of Anglo Irish Bank; (20) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the State's failure to uphold human rights for children in terms of the severe shortage of inpatient child mental health facilities; (21) Deputy Ruth Coppinger - the killing of children in Gaza; (22) and Deputy Catherine Byrne - the high cost of telephone rental and standing charges for senior citizens.

The matters raised by Deputies Willie Penrose, Catherine Byrne, Seán Ó Fearghaíl and Thomas P. Broughan have been selected for discussion.