Topical Issue Matters

Before proceeding to Other Questions, 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 David Cullinane - 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; (2) Deputy John Brassil - immediate review to increase the limit under the rent allowance scheme announced for County Kerry; (3) Deputy Seán Barrett - future development of Dún Laoghaire harbour and the recently developed plans of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company; (4) Deputy Declan Breathnach - dispute between eFlow and the Celtic Roads Group regarding the operation of eFlow barriers on the M1 near Drogheda, County Louth, the M7 and M8 south of Portlaoise, County Laois, and the N25 in County Waterford and its impact on daily users; (5) Deputy Hildegarde Naughton - recent capital projects at University Hospital Galway, County Galway, and the need for new facilities on a greenfield site; (6) Deputy John Brady - ongoing homeless situation outside the offices of Bray Municipal District in County Wicklow; (7) Deputies Mattie McGrath, Niamh Smyth, Mick Barry, James Browne, Peter Burke, Jackie Cahill, Sean Fleming, Seamus Healy, James Lawless, John McGuinness, Jonathan O'Brien, Louise O'Reilly, Anne Rabbitte, Brendan Smith and Robert Troy - future of accident and emergency departments, given reports concerning service cuts to trauma centres; (8) Deputy Alan Farrell - need to refocus Government's efforts on cutting child care costs to support families; (9) Deputies Martin Kenny and Martin Ferris - lack of formal approval by the Marine Survey Office for the National Maritime College of Ireland course in sea survival, boat handling and firefighting skills; (10) Deputy Frank O'Rourke - projected increase in funding for home care packages; (11) Deputy Mary Butler - disbandment of autism spectrum disorder team in County Waterford; (12) Deputy John Lahart - prioritising the needs of clients of the suicide charity Console with due regard to the protection of individual client confidentiality; (13) Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony - taking in charge of three residential centres for persons with autism spectrum disorders by the Health Service Executive; (14) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the implications of the Italian banking crisis for Ireland; (15) Deputies Bríd Smith and Ruth Coppinger - funding of third level education and the report by the expert group on the future funding of higher education; (16) Deputy Mick Wallace - closure of Sarshill House in Kilmore, County Wexford, which provided residential care to persons with autism spectrum disorders; (17) Deputy Gino Kenny - revelations regarding pay and pensions top-ups for senior management in St. John of God services; (18) Deputy Paul Murphy - industrial dispute at Waterford Airport; (19) Deputy Dessie Ellis - progress of discussions with the Greyhound company on the change of price plan and customers staying on the current plan; (20) Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe - reversal of the decision to close wards in St. Patrick's community hospital in Fermoy, County Cork; (21) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - transfer of commercial and business property water charges accounts from local authorities to Irish Water; (22) Deputy Clare Daly - need for diplomatic efforts to secure the release of Ms Chelsea Manning whose mental health is being impacted as a result of her incarceration; (23) Deputy Eoin Ó Broin - imminent closure of the Boot Road dental clinic in Clondalkin, Dublin 22, and the provision of funding to ensure that the service remains open; and (24) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - decline in beef prices.

The matters raised by Deputies Frank O'Rourke, Hildegarde Naughton, Gino Kenny and Seán Barrett have been selected for discussion.