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 Lucinda Creighton - the deteriorating tax environment for productive investment in small and medium-sized enterprises; (2) Deputy Terence Flanagan - the need for a fresh inquiry into the Stardust fire; (3) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the escalating situation in HM Prison Maghaberry and the impact on Portlaoise Prison; (4) Deputy Colm Keaveney - the need for the Minister for Education and Skills to address growing concerns that the new model for special educational needs will see many schools losing vital supports; (5) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - the action that can be taken to deal with the very serious issues raised in the RTE "Prime Time" programme on 5 February regarding a company called Home Funding Corporation Limited; (6) Deputy Sean Fleming - whether the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport will give a statement on the powers of the National Transport Authority to accept, reject and amend applications by bus companies to curtail services on bus routes throughout the country, and if he will consider giving greater powers to the National Transport Authority with respect to same; (7) Deputy Brendan Smith - the need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to provide an update on the latest developments in Ukraine and the EU's engagement on the matter; (8) Deputy Michelle Mulherin - the need for the Minister for Education and Skills to end the long-standing educational discrimination against the pupils of Inver national school, Erris, County Mayo, which has neither been afforded nor considered for DEIS status despite being located in one of the areas of highest educational disadvantage in the country, while all other schools in the Erris area have been so designated; (9) Deputy Peter Mathews - the urgent need for the Department of Education and Skills to provide additional classes for entry to primary schools in Dublin south to meet the increasing demand for school places; (10) Deputy John O'Mahony - the need for changes in the licensing of major outdoor concerts; (11) Deputy Martin Heydon - the implications of the loss of Newbridge Credit Union, locally and nationally; (12) Deputy Seán Conlan - the importance of retaining the Department of Social Protection's offices in Ballybay; (13) Deputy Michael McGrath - the need for the Minister for Finance to explain the steps the Revenue Commissioners are taking to ensure that any person with a HSBC Swiss bank account who is liable under Irish tax law is pursued for any outstanding tax liability, and to state whether he has any concerns arising from the revelations regarding any work carried out by HSBC or persons associated with it for this State in recent years; (14) Deputy Clare Daly - the policing approach to anti-water-charge protests, including the co-ordinated dawn arrests of protestors; (15) Deputy Mick Wallace - the policing approach to anti-water-charge protests, including the co-ordinated dawn arrests of protestors; (16) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the need to fully investigate all issues surrounding Irish account holders in HSBC's Swiss private bank and possible tax evasion; (17) Deputy Dessie Ellis - staffing levels at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital; (18) Deputy Barry Cowen - the need for the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government to discuss the recent media investigation into the misallocation of housing funds; (19) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on when he expects free GP care to be available at the point of use for all children aged under six years; (20) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the need for the Minister for Finance to adapt the home renovation incentive scheme so that family care givers funding adaptation renovations in the home of a person with dementia can avail of it; (21) Deputy Joan Collins - the need for the Minister of the Environment, Community and Local Government to make a statement on the fact that by 5.30 p.m. every day, dormitory beds or otherwise are all allocated and homeless people are being advised to ring back after 10.30 p.m. in case there are "no show" beds available, while more than 70 people are still sleeping rough in Dublin city; (22) Deputy Joe Higgins - the arrest of anti-water-charge activists from the Tallaght area yesterday and today; (23) Deputy Ruth Coppinger - the arrest of anti-water-charge activists from the Tallaght area yesterday and today; (24) Deputy Paul Murphy - the arrest of anti-water-charge activists from the Tallaght area yesterday and today; and (25) Deputy Brendan Griffin - the increasing difficulties and threats faced by small schools because of increased thresholds for teacher allocation.

The matters raised by Deputies Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Lucinda Creighton, Brendan Griffin and Dessie Ellis have been selected for discussion.