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 Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - the contact centre at Togher family centre; (2) Deputy Michael McGrath - the current position in relation to the outstanding claims associated with the collapse of Setanta insurance in 2014; (3) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - plans for the building of a school for Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire, Baile Átha Cliath 1; (4) Deputy Maurice Quinlivan - to ask the Minister for Health if he is aware of the ongoing crisis in the emergency department at University Hospital Limerick, where the new emergency department was opened in May 2017, given the number of people waiting on trolleys in University Hospital Limerick in September was a staggering 902, which was by far the highest in the State, while trolley numbers so far in October are still extremely high, and whether the Minister will intervene to ensure these trolley numbers, which are not acceptable, are not continued; (5) Deputy Thomas Byrne - the need for the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to deal with the ongoing disruption to Bus Éireann services in the eastern region; (6) Deputy Jackie Cahill - whether the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine will address immediately the need for a crisis fund for the horticulture industry for the significant financial loss and threat to jobs due to Hurricane Ophelia; (7) Deputy Willie O'Dea - to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to discuss problems that have arisen in relation to CIÉ's defined benefit pension scheme and if he will make a statement on the matter; (8) Deputy John Brassil - to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to immediately address the funding issue regarding the provision of another ferry for Valentia Island and explain why it does not meet the current funding criteria as it is an integral part of the Wild Atlantic Way route in south Kerry, and if he will make a statement on the matter; (9) Deputies James Lawless, Richard Boyd Barrett and Gino Kenny - the ongoing industrial relations disputes at Irish Rail and Bus Éireann and the impact upon the commuting public; (10) Deputy Niamh Smyth - the need to urgently address the delay in ambulance response times in Cavan-Monaghan; (11) Deputies Joan Burton and Billy Kelleher - to ask the Minister for Health about the urgent need for him to review the country's readiness for a serious influenza outbreak in view of the reported ineffectiveness of the current anti-flu vaccines in use, and if he will make a statement on the matter; (12) Deputy John Lahart - to ask the Minister for Education and Skills to give an update and a timeline for the construction on the long-awaited Gaelscoil Chnoc Liamhna, Knocklyon, Dublin 16 and if he agrees that the existing buildings are unsuitable for modern primary school education; (13) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - the need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to address crime and anti-social behaviour in County Meath and the lack of Garda resources; (14) Deputy Tom Neville - to ask the Minister when the construction of Croom school, Croom, County Limerick will commence given that all information has been submitted by Limerick and Clare ETB; (15) Deputies Éamon Ó Cuív and Catherine Connolly - an gá atá ann go gcuirfear airgead práinneach ar fáil le caoi a chur ar Bhóthar Dhoire Fhearta, An Cheathrú Rua, Contae na Gaillimhe, áit a bhfuil contúirt ann go dtitfidh leataobh an bhóthair isteach i gclaise, rud a bhféadfadh lucht úsáidte an bhóthair a chur i mbaol; (16) Deputy Carol Nolan - to discuss the recent proposals to downgrade the accident and emergency services in Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise, and the impact on other hospitals in the region, including Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore; (17) Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin - the status of the day care centre in Monasterevin, County Kildare; (18) Deputies Dara Calleary, Mary Butler, David Cullinane, John Curran, Sean Fleming, Mattie McGrath, Willie Penrose, Róisín Shortall and Bríd Smith - the issue of pension rights for community employment, CE, scheme supervisors as per the Labour Court recommendation; (19) Deputy Frank O'Rourke - the lack of progress with regard to the school building programme in Kildare North and the need for commencement of construction within set targets; (20) Deputy Aindrias Moynihan - the need to advance a new secondary school for De La Salle College, Macroom, County Cork; (21) Deputy Louise O'Reilly - the need to discuss the preparedness of the health service for winter; (22) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss Cerberus's illegal purchase of NAMA's Project Eagle and the implications of same for the Irish people; (23) Deputy Clare Daly - to discuss the need to overhaul the pyrite remediation scheme; (24) Deputy Alan Kelly - to ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she believes that the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has enough powers, capacity and resources to carry out its work effectively; (25) Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher - the proposal to introduce penalty points for fishery offences under Council Regulation (EC) No. 1224/2009; (26) Deputy Dessie Ellis - to discuss the urgent need for a primary care centre to be delivered in the north Finglas area; (27) Deputy Noel Rock - the shortage of supply of substitute teachers in primary level education; and (28) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss the need for age-appropriate mental well-being education for all school levels. The matters raised by Deputies Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, John Lahart, and Dara Calleary, Mary Butler, David Cullinane, John Curran, Sean Fleming, Mattie McGrath, Willie Penrose, Róisín Shortall and Bríd Smith have been selected for discussion.