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 Brendan Griffin - the risk of over-regulating credit unions by the signing of an upcoming statutory instrument; (2) Deputy Jim Daly - the need to control the spread of knotweed and other invasive non-native species; (3) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - the need to address the stalled works at the town centre developments in Naas, County Kildare; (4) Deputy Colm Keaveney - the need to address the standard of treatment of acute scoliosis in Galway University Hospital; (5) Deputy Shane Ross - the need for a review of the fair deal scheme where there is no distinction in certain specific circumstances between the elderly infirm and the chronic sick; (6) Deputy Joe Carey - the need to secure an alternative investor for the Roche Ireland plant in Clarecastle, County Clare; (7) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the need to address concerns about the commencement of the group home in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan; (8) Deputy Denis Naughten - the need to secure replacement jobs in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim following recent job losses; (9) Deputy John McGuinness - the need for the HSE to establish adequate supports in Carlow-Kilkenny for the Camphill and L'Arche organisations in their provision of services for people with disabilities; (10) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need to make prematurity and neonatal health a national health care policy priority and to protect and expand early intervention services; (11) Deputy Lucinda Creighton - the need to address the leaking of sensitive information on ongoing criminal investigations by An Garda Síochána to certain media outlets; (12) Deputy Dara Calleary - the need for the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to discuss the increased competitiveness of the United Kingdom as a location to establish a business compared to Ireland; (13) Deputy Paul J. Connaughton - the need to address the unacceptable delay in processing times for Garda vetting; (14) Deputy Michael McNamara - the need to address concerns about the reduction in the Shannondoc service in County Clare; (15) Deputy Joan Collins - the need to discuss the recent meeting with Respond regarding the threatened closure of Cuan Álainn women's refuge centre, Dublin 24; (16) Deputy Pat Deering - the need to support Irish upland partnerships through increased funding for the Heritage Council; (17) Deputy Andrew Doyle - the need to support Irish upland partnerships through increased funding for the Heritage Council; (18) Deputy Brian Stanley - the need to increase funding for CCTV cameras to be made available in rural areas to combat crime; (19) Deputy John Browne - the need to ensure there will be no reduction in either services or staff at the Maryville mental health centre, New Ross, County Wexford; (20) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl - the need to address issues raised in the report from the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs on the serious drought in Ethiopia; (21) Deputy Michelle Mulherin - the supports available to private community respite care homes in receipt of assistance from the HSE but which are required to undertake substantial capital works such as Marian House, Ballinadine, County Mayo; (22) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need the address the Government's abandonment of its commitments on universal health insurance; (23) 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; (24) Deputy Clare Daly - the need to review the regular and ongoing use of Shannon Airport by the US military; (25) Deputy Mick Wallace - the need to review the regular and ongoing use of Shannon Airport by the US military, especially in the light of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris; (26) Deputy Barry Cowen - the need to discuss the global valuation of public utilities recently carried out by the Commissioner of Valuation and potential implications for commercial rates for local businesses; (27) Deputy Robert Troy - the need to address the imposition of a full producer responsibility initiative on waste tyres, particularly in the context of Repak's monopoly position in the disposal area; and (28) Deputy Anthony Lawlor - the need to consider the construction of a second bridge over the River Liffey at Celbridge, County Kildare, to relieve traffic congestion.

The matters raised by Deputies Joe Carey, John Browne, Mattie McGrath and Michael McNamara have been selected for discussion.