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 Joan Collins - the Private Residential Tenancy Board report on the increased cost of private rented accommodation nationally; (2) Deputy Pat Breen - the need to support the GAA in seeking UNESCO intangible cultural heritage status for hurling; (3) Deputy Robert Troy - the need to address concerns over the proposed full producer responsibility initiative for waste tyres; (4) Deputy Anthony Lawlor - the appointment of valuations arbitrators and the resulting delays to the development of Naas town centre; (5) Deputy Eamonn Maloney - the need for Central Bank flexibility in allowing credit unions to provide mortgage lending; (6) Deputy Willie Penrose - the need to restructure and expand the mortgage-to-rent scheme to include an increase in the income eligibility criteria; (7) Deputy Joe Costello - the need to ensure that insurance companies comply with the insurance and cover terms where work has been carried out under the auspices of the OPW or local authorities; (8) Deputy Clare Daly - the need to address the inability of homeowners whose dwellings have pyrite to access their local property tax exemption due to the infill testing requirement; (9) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the need to provide clarity to those organisations in receipt of bridging funding under the scheme to support national organisations; (10) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the rising costs of life assurance plans and its effects on policy holders and consumers; (11) Deputy Róisín Shortall - the reduction in the number of SICAP lots covering Dublin City Council and to restore the level of funding to services in areas of Dublin North-West; and (12) Deputy Gabrielle McFadden - the need to ensure that persons with neurological conditions will not face the loss of vital services after June 2015 and that charity funding scheme issues are resolved before then.

The matters raised by Deputies Robert Troy, Willie Penrose and Róisín Shortall, have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 1.15 p.m. and resumed at 2 p.m.