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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Vol. 951 No. 3

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 Niamh Smyth - plans to reform the pensions system; (2) Deputy David Cullinane - development on the north quays in Waterford; (3) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - eligibility status of farmland affected by wildfires; (4) Deputy Mary Butler - the financial situation of St. Carthage's rest home, Lismore, County Waterford; (5) Deputy Bobby Aylward - the need for the Minister for Health to grant an extension on the two week HIQA closure order to allow staff of the Camphill Community, Callan, County Kilkenny sufficient time to ensure that all HIQA requirements are met; (6) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - concerns regarding the proposed new national drugs strategy; (7) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Ross, to outline the total cost to the state if the M1 slip toll in Drogheda was to be removed; to ask the Minister to meet with Transport Infrastructure Ireland, TII, to discuss the possibility of the Drogheda M1 slip tolls being removed to secure future investment in the town of Drogheda and to eliminate unnecessary and chaotic traffic build-up to both the north and south of Drogheda due to the significant number of Drogheda residents who avoid the toll booths; to ask the Minister to seriously consider proposals to remove toll charges for residents of Drogheda in light of its proximity to the Border and the significant risk to commerce due to the upcoming withdrawal of the UK from the EU; and if the Minister will make a statement on the matter; (8) Deputy Dessie Ellis - to discuss the pay-by-weight bin charges system and the increase in charges for some customers, thereby breaking the agreement between the Government and waste management companies; (9) Deputy Jackie Cahill - will the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine comment on the banks using the agriculture cash flow loan support scheme for stocking loans to farmers in 2017; (10) Deputy Dara Calleary - the urgent need for the HSE to release funding to the so-called section 39 organisations in order to fund pay increases due under the Lansdowne Road agreement given that employees in these organisations were subject to pay cuts under FEMPI provisions; (11) Deputies Fiona O'Loughlin and Martin Heydon - the shortage of second level school places for children with special needs in the Newbridge area; (12) Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Joan Collins, James Lawless, Gino Kenny, Bríd Smith, John Curran and Pat Buckley - the closure of Linn Dara child and adolescent mental health service beds at Cherry Orchard Hospital, Dublin 10; (13) Deputies Danny Healy-Rae and Mattie McGrath - delays in processing various farm payments; (14) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the security of concert arenas and stadiums in Ireland; (15) Deputies Clare Daly, Mick Wallace - US military aircraft landing at Shannon; (16) Deputy Robert Troy - the future of An Post; (17) Deputy Mick Barry - the announcement yesterday by the Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Varadkar, of his intention to curtail the right to strike for certain workers should he become Taoiseach; (18) Deputy Eamon Scanlon - redeployment of public service jobs to the north west; (19) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the sale of Clonkeen college grounds; (20) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - accommodation needs of schools in south Cork; (21) Deputy Aindrias Moynihan - the naming of the N40 in Cork; (22) Deputy Martin Ferris - the predation of fish stocks by seals; and (23) Deputies Michael Moynihan, Niall Collins and Kevin O'Keeffe - construction of the M20 motorway from Cork to Limerick.

The matters raised by Deputies Niamh Smyth, Michael Moynihan, Niall Collins and Kevin O'Keeffe, Richard Boyd Barrett and Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire have been selected for discussion.