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 Peter Mathews - the need to intervene to secure deferred pensions for members of the Irish airlines superannuation scheme; (2) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - an gá go dtabharfar cúnamh breise do na teaghlaigh a choinníonn Gaeilgeoirí faoi scéim na bhfoghlaimleoirí Gaeilge i 2015 de bharr an ualaigh a thitfidh orthu de bharr táillí uisce tí; (3) Deputy Brendan Griffin - concerns regarding the number of meetings held by the IDA with investors in County Kerry in 2014; (4) Deputy Lucinda Creighton - the deteriorating tax environment for productive investment in small and medium-sized enterprises; (5) Deputy Terence Flanagan - the increase in bus and rail ticket prices; (6) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - the need for community rehabilitation services for stroke victims; (7) Deputy Róisín Shortall - the need to update regulations under the misuse of drugs legislation to curb the open street trading of benzodiazepines and Z-drugs; (8) Deputy Jim Daly - the need to improve the waiting time for spinal deformity surgery at Crumlin children's hospital; (9) Deputy Michael Creed - the need to improve the waiting time for spinal deformity surgery at Crumlin children's hospital; (10) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the need for a new process of allocating resources to prioritise the construction of new Garda stations and the refurbishment of existing ones; (11) Deputies Mattie McGrath, John O'Mahony and Denis Naughten - the plans to deal with the large backlog of applications for the fair deal scheme; (12) Deputy Gabrielle McFadden - the need to ensure the BSc honours degree programme in audiology at Athlone Institute of Technology continues its student intake; (13) Deputy Pat Deering - the need for further debate on the use of pylons; (14) Deputy Sean Fleming - the funding of the school meals local project scheme at Scoil Bhríde, Portlaoise, County Laois; (15) Deputy Frank Feighan - the use of thumb-style doorknobs; (16) Deputy Dan Neville - the bypass for Adare village, County Limerick; (17) Deputy John Paul Phelan - the need for the report from the ESB into projected increases in electricity demand to be incorporated into the national energy strategy; (18) Deputy Joe Higgins - Irish Water and water charges, and the changes that the Government will introduce to the charging structure and the company following recent demonstrations; (19) Deputy Ruth Coppinger - Irish Water and water charges, and the changes that the Government will introduce to the charging structure and the company following recent demonstrations; (20) Deputy Paul Murphy - Irish Water and water charges, and the changes that the Government will introduce to the charging structure and the company following recent demonstrations; (21) Deputy Martin Heydon - the implications of ESB's submission on energy policy on the Grid Link project; (22) Deputy Michelle Mulherin - the need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to introduce and extend a housing grant scheme to be administered through local authorities to assist householders who are residing in areas identified as being at risk of flooding by the scientific mapping exercise recently conducted pursuant to the Office of Public Works catchment flood risk assessment and management programme in purchasing domestic flood barriers as a short-term measure to mitigate against the possibility of flooding this winter, bearing in mind that many of the Government flood defence projects will only be put in place in the medium to long term and many of these householders who experienced flood damage last winter will now no longer be covered by insurance for any future flood damage; (23) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need for the Minister for Health to stop proposals by the Health Service Executive to charge private patients in public hospitals at a rate of €813 a night for being accommodated in trolleys, chairs or recliners; (24) Deputy Niall Collins - the need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to discuss the appointment process of the Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality; (25) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the need for the Health Service Executive to take over home care plans for children currently supported by the Jack and Jill Foundation; (26) Deputy Michael P. Kitt - the current business plan for An Post and to inquire whether the Minister has discussed the proposed business plan for 2015 with the company with regard to how it affects County Galway; (27) Deputy Brendan Smith - the need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to discuss the need for all Oireachtas Members to support the work of the Independent Commission for the Location of Victims' Remains; (28) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the need to take the PKK, the Kurdistan Workers' Party, off the list of terrorist groups; (29) Deputy Clare Daly - the Irish airlines superannuation scheme crisis; (30) Deputy Mick Wallace - the urgent need to address the ongoing issues regarding the provision and quality of ambulance services in County Wexford; (31) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the future of the local drug task force network and the importance of the work it is doing in our communities; (32) Deputy Joan Collins - concerns regarding cuts to the budget of the social inclusion and community activation programme in the inner city; (33) Deputy Barry Cowen - the need for the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to discuss the ESB's submission on EirGrid's Grid25 proposals; (34) Deputy Colm Keaveney - the need for the Minister for Health to ensure the programme for Government commitment to remove fees for GP care is honoured.

The matters raised by Deputies Maureen O'Sullivan, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Mattie McGrath, and John O'Mahony, Denis Naughten and Dan Neville have been selected for discussion.