Topical Issue Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 29A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Frank O'Rourke - transport in Kildare North; (2) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - amending regulations to facilitate senior citizens in Border counties in accessing long-term nursing home care in nearby facilities north of the Border with a full entitlement under the fair deal scheme; (3) Deputies Fergus O'Dowd and Declan Breathnach - the funding of spinal cord injury services to reduce patient waiting times for operations, such as spinal cord stimulation implant surgery, and the designation of this type of injury as a long-term illness for medical care access; (4) Deputies Niamh Smyth and Brendan Smith - the announcement of 70 job losses at Liberty Insurance in counties Cavan and Dublin on 22 June 2016, whether these jobs can be protected, and whether there are plans for job creation in counties Cavan and Monaghan; (5) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need for specialist oncologist support for patients with sarcoma to be retained at St. Vincent's hospital in Dublin 4; (6) Deputy David Cullinane - the services provided by University Hospital Waterford to patients with type 1 diabetes such as insulin pump therapy, the number of vacant endocrinologist posts, the average waiting time to see an endocrinologist or a diabetes consultant at the hospital and the number of cardiac patients at the hospital who are also diabetics; (7) Deputy Jim Daly - the need for legislation to rebalance liability between parties to an action concerning a personal injury, notwithstanding the separation of the Judiciary and the State; (8) Deputy Dessie Ellis - plans to substitute methadone with suboxone; (9) Deputy Alan Farrell - the prioritisation of the delivery of the metro north project in line with the previous Government's commitment; (10) Deputy Clare Daly - the spike in the use of Shannon Airport in County Clare by the military of the United States of America and whether this is connected to the military exercises of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in Poland; (11) Deputy Bríd Smith - the commitment of some large waste management firms to the proposed freeze in any increase in charges for their service; and (12) Deputy Anne Rabbitte - deficiencies in paediatric diabetes services in County Galway.

The matters raised by Deputies Billy Kelleher, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Anne Rabbitte have been selected for discussion.