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) Deputy Noel Harrington - compensation measures for the inshore fishing fleet due to prolonged adverse weather conditions; (3) Deputy Gabrielle McFadden - the need for the Minister for Defence to review the protocols for deploying defence personnel to assist local authorities in the event of extreme weather, such as the recent flooding in Athlone and in other areas around the country; (4) Deputy Gerry Adams - the ongoing eviction of up to 70 people from a halting site at Woodland Park in Dundalk in County Louth; (5) Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice - protocols for the deployment of defence personnel to aid the local authorities in the case of an extreme weather events; (6) Deputy Denis Naughten - protocols for the deployment of defence personnel to aid the local authorities in the case of extreme weather events; (7) Deputy Paul J. Connaughton - the operation of and the difficulties with the young farmer scheme; (8) Deputy Dara Calleary - the restoration of Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools status to Coláiste Pobal Acla and the review of the scheme; (9) Deputy Derek Keating - funding for St. Mary's girls' national school in Lucan, County Dublin, under the school capital building programme; (10) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the number of people in emergency accommodation and recent allegations of under-reporting; (11) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the prioritisation of funding for the north ring road in Cork City; (12) Deputy Colm Keaveney - open disclosure in the medical profession; (13) Deputies Clare Daly and Mick Wallace - the ability of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission and An Garda Síochána to access the phone records of citizens including journalists; (14) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the rising costs of motor insurance and its unaffordability for many individuals; and (15) Deputy Barry Cowen - the spiralling increase in homelessness among families with children.

The matters raised by Deputies Derek Keating, Jonathan O'Brien, Billy Kelleher and Clare Daly and Mick Wallace have been selected for discussion.