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 Terence Flanagan - the measures to be taken to reduce the misuse of drugs; (2) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - unresolved issues surrounding medical issues for survivors of the Magdalen laundries, particularly those living outside Ireland; (3) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - implications of the closure of the swimming pool at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth; (4) Deputy Lucinda Creighton - the need to examine capital acquisitions tax and the issues surrounding the inheritance tax trap; (5) Deputy Brendan Smith - the Report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict; (6) Deputy Dara Calleary - the delays in processing registration applications from private nursing homes to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and the impact of these delays; (7) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to provide support and funding to St. Michael’s House for appropriate premises; (8) Deputy Mick Wallace - the need for an independent inquiry into the US military use of Shannon since 2001 and the need for senior politicians to be held to account; (9) Deputy Clare Daly - the report of the UN Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights relating to Ireland; (10) Deputy Colm Keaveney - the closure of the orthopaedic unit of Merlin Park Hospital, County Galway; and (11) Deputy Robert Troy - concerns regarding significant variance in the performance of child and family agencies in different service areas as highlighted by the HIQA inspection review.

The matters raised by Deputies Creighton, Troy, O'Sullivan and Broughan have been selected for discussion.