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) Deputies Louise O'Reilly and Pat Buckley - the closure of St. Vincent's Hospital in Athlone, County Westmeath by the Health Information and Quality Authority, to ask when it will be reopened and to highlight the concerns of patients and their families; (2) Deputies Martin Kenny, Martin Ferris, Clare Daly and Niamh Smyth - the shooting of cattle by the Defence Forces on a farm in Carrickmacross, County Monaghan on 5 July 2016 as part of a debt collection exercise; (3) Deputy David Cullinane - the insulin pump therapy services available to patients with a type 1 diabetes, the number of vacant endocrinologist posts, the average waiting time to see an endocrinologist or diabetes consultant and the number of cardiac patients who are also diabetics at Waterford University Hospital; (4) Deputy John Brassil - an immediate review to increase the limit under the rent allowance scheme announced for County Kerry; (5) Deputy John Curran - the provision of additional home care packages to allow patients who have been deemed medically fit for discharge from Tallaght hospital in Dublin 24 to be discharged; (6) Deputy Jackie Cahill - the closure of the medical assessment unit and critically ill patients being turned away without assessment at Limerick Regional Hospital on 6 July 2016 due to no doctor being available; (7) Deputy Eugene Murphy - the excessive cost of insurance for new entrants into the wheelchair accessible taxi industry, given that no insurance companies will provide a quote, and the ongoing issues with wheelchair users being able to access Bus Éireann coaches in rural Ireland due to a lack of wheelchair accessible bus stops; (8) Deputy Peter Burke - the supports being provided to workers who have lost their jobs at Imperial Tobacco in Mullingar, County Westmeath, including if the Industrial Development Agency Ireland will actively source an alternative industry for the area; (9) Deputy Frank O'Rourke - the projected increase in funding for home care packages; (10) Deputy Catherine Connolly - the urgent need for a public information meeting by Foras na Mara within the extension time given for submissions in relation to its application for a foreshore lease in An Spidéal and Na Forbacha, Contae na Gaillimhe; (11) Deputy Anne Rabbitte - the lowering of the level of the River Shannon from September 2016 so as to prevent winter flooding; (12) Deputy John Brady - the ongoing homeless situation outside the offices of Bray municipal district in County Wicklow; (13) Deputies Paul Murphy, Mick Barry, Ruth Coppinger and Mick Wallace - the publication in the United Kingdom of the Chilcot inquiry report into the circumstances of the Iraq war; (14) Deputy Joan Collins - an emergency meeting of Console staff that has been organised today by the interim CEO with a potential view to winding up the services and what the Minister of Health plans to do to intervene with immediate effect; and (15) Deputy James Browne - the need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on undisclosed payments to executives at St. John of Gods. The matters raised by Deputies Martin Kenny, Martin Ferris, Clare Daly and Niamh Smyth; Eugene Murphy; and Catherine Connolly have been selected for discussion.