Topical Issue Matters

The following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 27A were received by the Ceann Comhairle and this is a list of the names of the members in each case: (1) Deputy Joanna Tuffy - the need to make further representations to the Pakistan Government regarding the plight of Asia Bibi who has been sentenced to death for blasphemy and has been suffering ill health after spending five years in prison; (2) Deputy Catherine Byrne - the need for increased home help provision in the community; (3) Deputy Dan Neville - the need to include Ballyhoura Fáilte Country in the Ireland Ancient East project; (4) Deputy Michael Lowry - the progress being made in the construction works at Cormac’s Chapel on the Rock of Cashel monument site in Cashel, County Tipperary; (5) Deputy Martin Heydon - the need for increased adult education training opportunities and a training centre for the Kildare south region; (6) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the need to address issues surrounding allegations of sexual abuse against a child and subsequent criminal proceedings against the accused person; (7) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh - the need to address the record number of persons in Dublin city who are in an urgent need of housing; (8) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - the need to address the stalled development of the town centre in Naas, County Kildare; (9) Deputy Terence Flanagan - the need for extra measures to be taken to reduce the misuse of drugs; (10) Deputy Willie Penrose - the need to expedite the motion of high speed broadband services in rural areas, especially in counties Longford and Westmeath, where the survival and growth of industries are being threatened by the lack of broadband connectivity; (11) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the urgent need to provide homes for the 21,592 persons on Dublin City Council's housing waiting list in view of the large discrepancy between this figure and the target of 3,347 new housing units planned for by the end of 2017; (12) Deputy Clare Daly - the need to address the situation where a garda (details supplied) has returned to duty in Roxboro Garda station, County Limerick, despite the person still facing outstanding allegations of misconduct; (13) Deputy Joe Costello - the need to review the travel advice previously given to avoid non-essential travel to Nepal, which will facilitate the recovery of the Nepalese tourism industry which was devastated in the aftermath of the recent earthquake; (14) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - an gá atá ann a chinntiú go bhfuil cothrom na féinne tugtha don Ghaeilge, mar an teanga náisiúnta, i riaradh an chóras nua chód poist, Eircode agus go dtabharfar ard ar an méid a bhí le rá ag Conradh na Gaeilge i dtaobh na ceiste seo i rith na seachtaine; (15) Deputy Shane Ross - the need to ensure NAMA provides for full co-operation with the Northern Ireland investigation into Project Eagle and end its boycott of same; (16) Deputy David Stanton - the need to debate the future of Ireland's only oil refinery following recent media reports on same and given its strategic importance to national energy security and the price competitiveness of its refined product; (17) Deputy Ruth Coppinger - the need to discuss the level of payment of water charges; (18) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the record number of people in housing need in Dublin city; (19) Deputy Dara Calleary - the need to ensure the Irish Association of Supported Employment receives financial support in its support of people with disabilities at work; (20) Deputy Paul Murphy - the need to discuss the current level of payment of water charge bills; (21) Deputy Mick Wallace - the need to address the situation where a garda (details supplied) has returned to duty in Roxboro Garda station, County Limerick, despite the person still facing outstanding allegations of misconduct; (22) Deputy Robert Troy - the need to address the low number of IDA Ireland visits to Mullingar and surrounding areas in County Westmeath; and (23) Deputy Tom Fleming - bed closures at Kerry General Hospital and the need to expedite the provision of an upgraded oncology unit.

The matters raised by Deputies Joanna Tuffy, Bernard J. Durkan, Catherine Byrne and Michael Lowry have been selected for discussion.