Topical Issue Matters

Before commencing Leaders' Questions, 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 Brendan Smith - the need to address the implications of the PSNI and MI5 assessment of paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland report and An Garda Síochána's assessment of Provisional IRA activity in this jurisdiction; (2) Deputy Frank Feighan - the need for an update on the opening of the endoscopy unit at Roscommon County Hospital; (3) Deputy Noel Coonan - the need to fund a closed-circuit television surveillance programme in County Tipperary to tackle high crime rates; (4) Deputy Brian Stanley - the need to increase Garda numbers to address the increase in rural crime; (5) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - the need to amend the law on bail; (6) Deputy Seamus Kirk - the need to address claims that 10,000 children were hospitalised with dental issues; (7) Deputy Michelle Mulherin - the need to amend the student grant scheme and the student support regulations to accommodate those working abroad as charitable volunteers; (8) Deputies Joan Collins and Thomas Pringle - the need for the Irish League of Credit Unions to be part of the financial solution to the housing crisis; (9) Deputy Ruth Coppinger - the need to implement building programmes for primary schools in the Dublin West area; (10) Deputy Noel Harrington - the need to consider regulations for the fitting of location tracking devices in all vehicles here to address theft; (11) Deputy Joe Costello - the need to address concerns about the future of post offices in the Cabra area, Dublin 7; (12) Deputy Tony McLoughlin - the need to clarify the proposed reduction in capital gains tax from 33% to 20% in the context of farmers set to lose land holdings under a compulsory purchase order; (13) Deputy Clare Daly - the need to address the regular movements of US military refuelling planes through Shannon in the context of the Saudi-led bombing campaign in Yemen; (14) Deputy Sean Fleming - the need for new building projects for primary and secondary schools in Monasterevin, County Kildare; (15) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to address concerns raised in the Irish College of General Practitioners' report on health inequality; (16) Deputy John Browne - the need to maintain existing services and staff numbers at the Maryville mental health centre, New Ross, County Wexford; (17) Deputy Robert Troy - the need for the Minister to Justice and Equality to discuss the issue of the increase in crimes being perpetuated against elderly people in rural areas throughout the country; (18) Deputy Mick Wallace - the need to discuss the circumstances leading to the resignation of Billy Walsh from the Irish Amateur Boxing Association; (19) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need to address concerns regarding the recall of a number of batches of chemotherapy drugs; and (20) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the urgent need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to bring forward a consolidated road traffic Act before the end of the Government’s term, given the recent revelations about the low rate of prosecutions for drink-driving offences, along with earlier information provided by the Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, relating to penalty point offences.

The matters raised by Deputies Brendan Smith; Frank Feighan; Joan Collins and Thomas Pringle; and Joe Costello have been selected for discussion.