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 Moynihan - the need to compensate farmers whose lands have been rendered worthless by EU regulations to conserve the hen harrier in special conservation areas; (2) Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice - the need to review the downgrading of the district veterinary office in Galway; (3) Deputy Brian Stanley - the need to support autism services in County Laois; (4) Deputy Regina Doherty - the new wind energy planning guidelines; (5) Deputy Sean Fleming - the funding of the school meals local project scheme at Scoil Bhríde, Portlaoise, County Laois; (6) Deputy Niall Collins - the appointment process for the Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality; (7) Deputies John Paul Phelan and Martin Heydon - the ESB's report into projected electricity demand increases and implications for energy policy and the Grid Link project; (8) Deputy Lucinda Creighton - the deteriorating tax environment for productive investment in small and medium-sized enterprises; (9) Deputies Terence Flanagan and Dessie Ellis - the increase in bus and rail ticket prices; (10) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - the school building project at Kishogue Community College; (11) Deputy Ruth Coppinger - the withholding of payments in respect of the building works at Kishogue Community College, Lucan, County Dublin, pending an investigation; (12) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - the withholding of payments in respect of the building works at Kishogue Community College, Lucan, County Dublin, pending an investigation; (13) Deputy Joe Higgins - the withholding of payments in respect of the building works at Kishogue Community College, Lucan, County Dublin, pending an investigation; (14) Deputy Michelle Mulherin - the need to introduce a housing grant scheme to assist householders who are residing in areas identified as being at risk of flooding; (15) Deputy Seán Kyne - the plans for the Garda presence in Galway and the western division arising from reports concerning the future of Salthill Garda station; (16) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the need to review the plans to downgrade and close the district veterinary office in County Galway; (17) Deputy Clare Daly - the position regarding the ambulance service in County Wexford; (18) Deputy Mary Lou McDonald - the withholding of payments in respect of the building works at Kishogue Community College, Lucan, County Dublin, pending an investigation; (19) Deputy Peter Mathews - the need to intervene to secure deferred pensions for members of the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme; (20) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the withholding of payments in respect of the building works at Kishogue Community College, Lucan, County Dublin, pending an investigation; (21) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the sit-in at the Texaco station, North Ring Road, Ballyvolane, County Cork; (22) Deputy Paul Murphy - protests against water charges in Northwood, Coolock, Dublin, and the Garda presence and actions yesterday; (23) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the withholding of payments in respect of the building works at Kishogue Community College, Lucan, County Dublin, pending an investigation; (24) Deputy Robert Troy - the closure of the office of registration in Mullingar, County Westmeath; and (25) Deputy Mick Wallace - the impact on citizens of operational problems in the ambulance service in Wexford.

The matters raised by Deputies Regina Doherty, Michael Moynihan, John Paul Phelan, Martin Heydon, Terence Flanagan and Dessie Ellis have been selected for discussion.