Topical Issue Matters

Before we move on to Priority 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) Deputies Michael Moynihan, Niall Collins and Kevin O'Keeffe - construction of the M20 motorway from Cork to Limerick; (2) Deputy Thomas Byrne - delays in provision of occupational therapy for children in Meath; (3) Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony - the deadline imposed on applications to the knowledge transfer group scheme; (4) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - to ask the Minister if he will introduce as a matter of urgency legislation to give city status to Drogheda, the fastest growing town in Ireland with a population now in excess of 41,000 and if the Minister will make a statement on the matter; (5) Deputy Declan Breathnach - delays in processing Passport Express system applications; (6) Deputy Bobby Aylward - accommodation for pupils and staff at Scoil Phádraig, Ballyhale, County Kilkenny; (7) Deputy Sean Fleming - changes in the allocation of resources from 2016 to 2017 under the special education teaching resource model; (8) Deputy Alan Kelly - supports for the workers of Littleton Bord na Móna plant; (9) Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Jonathan O'Brien and Richard Boyd Barrett - allegations of phone tapping by An Garda Síochána; (10) Deputy David Cullinane - development on the north quays in Waterford; (11) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - modernisation of the Presentation secondary school, Listowel, County Kerry; (12) Deputy Jackie Cahill - if the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine will comment on the banks using the agri cash flow loan support scheme for stocking loans to farmers in 2017; (13) Deputy Frank O'Rourke - the need for the HSE to introduce improved or additional systems for monitoring-reviewing the provision of the home care package in order to improve the quality and integrity of the service, as there appear to be large gaps between HSE services allocation and what is being delivered by the approved service provider; (14) Deputy Louise O'Reilly - the need for primary school places in Swords, particularly at the Holy Family national school; (15) Deputy Brian Stanley - to discuss what funding is available for the completion of the Portlaoise orbital route; (16) Deputy Gino Kenny - ME diagnostic criteria; (17) Deputy Martin Ferris - delays in agriculture payments; (18) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss the recent cluster of suicides in the Cork area and the need for greater focused resources to counteract this and offer support to those affected; (19) Deputy Pat Casey - the need for the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government to address whether he believes there is an error in section 28(2) of the Planning and Development and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 which could mean that planning permission for large housing developments currently under construction cannot be extended under section 42.1(A) of the Principal Act as initially understood; (20) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the impact of the cyber attack on the HSE; (21) Deputy Lisa Chambers - the need for the Minister for Defence to make a statement on the sale of the LE Aisling; (22) Deputy Noel Rock - the Primary Care Centre in Finglas; (23) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - the need to discuss the need to provide temporary accommodation for Educate Together secondary school, Cork; and (24) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - to need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to discuss market access resources to open new markets for Irish agri produce.

The matters raised by Deputies Thomas Byrne, Alan Kelly, Louise O'Reilly and Declan Breathnach have been selected for discussion.