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 Pat The Cope Gallagher - the cardiology rehabilitation and telemetry monitoring service at Letterkenny University Hospital; (2) Deputies Mattie McGrath and Jackie Cahill - the Irish Medical Organisation, IMO, data on the threatened decline in rural GP practices; (3) Deputy Mary Butler - to discuss the recommendations of Age Action on regulating nursing home charges; (4) Deputy John Brassil - to examine arrangements for licensing of mussel seed fishermen using UK registered boats in 2017; (5) Deputy Sean Fleming - the future of Portlaoise mail centre; (6) Deputy Carol Nolan - to discuss the cuts to home help hours in County Offaly; (7) Deputy Tom Neville - the need for traffic calming on the N69 at Kilcornan, County Limerick; (8) Deputy Michael McGrath - to provide an update on a permanent school building for Educate Together at Rochestown, County Cork; (9) Deputy Seán Canney - the closure of a free youth mental health service in Galway county and city; (10) Deputy Michael Harty - the impact of budget tax cuts on health reform as outlined in the Sláintecare report; (11) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - the impact of reduced nursing hours on special needs students at St. Francis special school in Beaufort, County Kerry; (12) Deputy Tony McLoughlin - to provide an update on the development of the Garda regional headquarters in Sligo; (13) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh - the findings of the well-being in the Defence Forces climate survey; (14) Deputy Thomas Byrne - to discuss upgrading of the N2 from Kilmoon to Ashbourne in County Meath; (15) Deputy John Lahart - the clarity of the planning decisions of Dublin City Council; (16) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - ambulance response times and the lack of fire service co-operation in County Meath; (17) Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy - delays in orthodontic treatment for children and adolescents in the midlands public dental service; (18) Deputy Frank O'Rourke - the national home care package services and subsequent delivery to end-users; (19) Deputy Marc MacSharry - the impact of delays in rheumatology services for vulnerable children suffering with juvenile arthritis; (20) Deputy Eoin Ó Broin - supports for people who experience sudden blindness; (21) Deputies Charlie McConalogue and Martin Ferris - compensation for farmers who had their crop destroyed by severe wet weather last year; (22) Deputy Eamon Ryan - the alarming and continued rise in new HIV infections; (23) Deputy Gino Kenny - urban equine welfare; (24) Deputy Imelda Munster - to discuss the matter of funding for housing adaptation grants for County Louth; (25) Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony - the impact on Ireland of the UK withdrawal from the London Fisheries Convention; (26) Deputy Martin Heydon - the need for a review of pension and social welfare provision for foster parents; (27) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - to discuss the development of the town centre at Naas, County Kildare; (28) Deputy Pat Buckley - the recent report of parents' views of the HSE child and adolescent mental health services; (29) Deputies Mick Barry and Ruth Coppinger - the action taken by crane operators seeking improvement in pay and conditions; (30) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to discuss recent reports of testing of products on residents at Bessborough, Cork, and whether such matters can be considered by the mother and baby homes commission; (31) Deputy Mick Wallace - the need for strengthening of the Policing Authority legislation; and (32) Deputy Pat Casey - the need for a review of income levels for the SUSI grant scheme.

The matters raised by Deputies Pat The Cope Gallagher, Mattie McGrath and Jackie Cahill, Mary Butler and Tony McLoughlin have been selected for discussion.

We will now move onto priority questions to the Minister for Defence. Is the Taoiseach taking these questions or is Deputy Paul Kehoe?

The Minister of State, Deputy Kehoe, is taking them.