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) Deputies Lucinda Creighton and Peter Mathews - the need to ensure parental choice for secondary schools is preserved; (2) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the measures in place to tackle the misuse of small off-road vehicles in public parks and green areas; (3) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the programme and targets in relation to the future strategic infrastructure required for Dublin city and Fingal county; (4) Deputy Derek Nolan - the urgent need for a new emergency department unit at University Hospital Galway; (5) Deputy Willie Penrose - the need for legislation to facilitate the introduction of a quota for Irish music on the airwaves; (6) Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor - abolishing the 0.6% pension levy; (7) Deputy Anthony Lawlor - in light of An Bord Pleanála recently granting permission for major road works to be undertaken on the N7 which will include the Osberstown interchange, Sallins bypass and the widening of the road to three lanes, whether the estimated amount of €110 million required to complete the works be sanctioned by the Department without delay to allow the projects to commence as soon as possible; (8) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the urgent need for immediate works to be carried out on the Newcastle West Garda station to make it fit for purpose; (9) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - the need to address concerns about the emerging dealing of drugs being sold as crystal meth here and its damage on families and communities; (10) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to discuss a resolution to the Irish airlines superannuation scheme dispute; (11) Deputy Róisín Shortall - the need to urgently update regulations under the misuse of drugs legislation and to take other measures to curb the open street trading of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs; (12) Deputy Paul J. Connaughton - the need to ensure primary school teacher training is not put out of reach of low and middle income families; (13) Deputy Brendan Griffin - the importance of the retention of the 9% rate of VAT for tourism services; (14) Deputy Noel Coonan - the need for the Minister for State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Deputy Simon Harris, to provide an update on the current situation regarding Templemore flood relief scheme and to outline the reason for the delay in commencement of this scheme, which was originally scheduled to start in late summer, as there is much local concern as the scheme has been delayed on a number of occasions in past years; (15) Deputy Noel Harrington - to raise with the Minister for Health the current status of a constituent (details supplied) who had been waiting for hip replacement operation in Cork University Hospital, CUH, was referred to the Mater Private Hospital, examined for surgery, told he would be taken in for surgery in August 2014, informed on inquiring with the Mater Private Hospital at the end of July that he had been transferred back to CUH, and was informed on further inquiry that he would be seen by his original consultant in December 2014; (16) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - the need for an investigation into exploitative worker and tax practices at the publicly funded new Kishoge community college college project in Lucan, County Dublin; (17) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the European Commission's investigation into the corporate tax rate in Ireland and possible deals with certain multinational companies; (18) Deputy Clare Daly - to discuss the pressing need to address the lack of community-led midwifery services starting with the lifting of the injunction on Philomena Canning allowing her to attend the births of the 25 women for whom she is caring; (19) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the alleged manipulation of hospital waiting lists; (20) Deputy Mick Wallace - Part V of the Planning and Development Act in regard to the delivery of social housing; (21) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the appointment procedure for members of State boards; (22) Deputy Martin Ferris - to discuss issues of concern with Irish Water; (23) Deputy Martin Heydon - an update on implementation of the national broadband plan with reference to rural areas, particularly in County Kildare, and in light of the ending of the previous national broadband scheme provided by Three; and (24) Deputy Joan Collins - to raise with the Minister that national school training colleges and the Department of Education and Skills will be charging €4,000 for future teachers of Irish to learn Irish in the Gaelteacht.

The matters raised by Deputies Lucinda Creighton and Peter Mathews, Dessie Ellis, Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Willie Penrose have been selected for discussion.