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 chronic lack of places in autism spectrum disorder-specific special classes in post-primary schools; (2) Deputies Maureen O'Sullivan, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Joe Costello, Seán Crowe, Mary Lou McDonald and Sandra McLellan - the restoration works on the national monument at Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street in Dublin and the implication for the rest of the terrace; (3) Deputy Paul J. Connaughton - the operation of and the difficulties with the young farmer scheme; (4) Deputy Regina Doherty - the reason one person will receive a full contributory pension following ten years of work, while another person who first started work in 1968 and took a ten-year gap to raise children, working again from 1997 to 2015, will receive a reduced pension at 66 years of age; (5) Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy - the major structural deficits and disrepair in regional and local roads, particularly those negatively impacted by recent heavy rainfall; (6) Deputy Thomas Pringle - transport for patients who are referred for treatment from Letterkenny University Hospital to hospitals in Dublin; (7) Deputy Clare Daly - State of the Nation address by the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, and the global threat caused by the continuing increased militarism of the United States of America; (8) Deputy Mick Wallace - Ireland's continuing trade links with Saudi Arabia, given the Saudi Arabian bombing campaign which has killed over 2,800 civilians in Yemen to date; and (9) Deputy Barry Cowen - the condition of local roads in the Lower Ormond area of North Tipperary.

The matters raised by Deputy Barry Cowen, Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, and Deputies Maureen O'Sullivan, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Joe Costello, Seán Crowe, Mary Lou McDonald and Sandra McLellan have been selected for discussion.