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 Jonathan O'Brien - the need to discuss the proposed single application procedure; (2) Deputy Noel Harrington - the need to address difficulties experienced by fishermen in the polyvalent sector regarding the imposition of landing obligations; (3) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the need to expedite direct farm payments to farmers in view of delays in making these payments this year; (4) Deputy Ciara Conway - the need to clarify when former Waterford Crystal workers will begin to receive their pension payments; (5) Deputy Paul J. Connaughton - the need to promote economic recovery in towns throughout the country, including Athenry, County Galway, and to prevent overly restrictive interpretation of planning regulations from impeding this aim; (6) Deputy Denis Naughten - the need to secure replacement jobs in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, following recent job losses; (7) Deputies Brian Stanley and Sean Fleming - the decision by HIQA to stop the HSE from admitting new patients to St. Vincent's Hospital, Mountmellick, County Laois; (8) Deputy Jim Daly - the need to control the spread of knotweed and other invasive non-native species; (9) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need to commission an updated sexual abuse and violence in Ireland report; (10) Deputy Martin Ferris - the recent HIQA report on Kerry General Hospital; (11) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - the stalled works on the town centre development in Naas, County Kildare; (12) Deputy Joan Collins - the recent meeting with Respond regarding the threatened closure of Cuan Álainn women's refuge centre, Dublin 24; (13) Deputy Clare Daly - the implications of the lack of female voices in broadcasting and ways to address this; (14) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to postpone the introduction of the producer responsibility initiative for the tyre wholesaler and retail sector; (15) Deputy John Browne - the need to ensure that there is no reduction in either services or staff at the Maryville mental health centre, New Ross, County Wexford; (16) Deputy Mick Wallace - the new housing and rent proposals; (17) Deputy Tom Fleming - plans to postpone the signing of the remaining sections of the commencement order of the Credit Union and Co-operation with Overseas Regulators Act 2012 in order to allow further discussions on Regulation CP88; (18) Deputy Colm Keaveney - the need to address the lengthy delays for young children in accessing speech and language therapy in County Galway; (19) Deputy Helen McEntee - the need for funding for six children in County Meath who are unable to avail of additional preschool support; (20) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the report from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the serious drought situation in Ethiopia; (21) Deputy Thomas Pringle - the need to adequately fund provision of special need assistants in preschool; and (22) Deputy Barry Cowen - the plans for new legislative measures for the private rental housing market.

The matters raised by Deputies Bernard J. Durkan, Ciara Conway, Brian Stanley and Sean Fleming, and Noel Harrington have been selected for discussion.