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 Clare Daly - the need for legislative reform in regard to pension benefits; (2) Deputies Sean Fleming, Fiona O'Loughlin and Brian Stanley- the future of the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise; (3) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - funding for Traveller specific issues highlighted in the Traveller community survey; (4) Deputy John Brassil - to review traffic safety at the Lewis Road and bypass road junction in Killarney; (5) Deputy Peter Burke - the absence of wind energy guidelines and the impact on planning; (6) Deputies Martin Kenny and Marc MacSharry - the need to address health and safety concerns at Sligo Garda station; (7) Deputies Niall Collins, Bobby Aylward, Charlie McConalogue, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Brendan Smith, Anne Rabbitte and Eamon Scanlon - the need for action to address the lack of fodder as a result of poor weather; (8) Deputies Seán Crowe and Aengus Ó Snodaigh - Ireland's participation in the EU co-operation on security and defence, PESCO; (9) Deputies John Curran and Willie O'Dea - to discuss proposals to address State pension anomalies; (10) Deputy Thomas Byrne - concerns over bullying allegations at the National Council for Curriculum Assessment; (11) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - advertising changes for positions in community employment schemes; (12) Deputy Joan Burton - concerns relating to the future of cultural institutions such as concert orchestras; (13) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need to discuss the provision of Respreeza; (14) Deputy Mattie McGrath - Garda numbers in County Tipperary to tackle rural crime; (15) Deputy Pat Buckley - the need to connect the R630 to the N25 Cork road at Lakeview roundabout; (16) Deputy Joan Collins - to ask the Minister to ban hare coursing; (17) Deputies Mick Wallace and Louise O'Reilly - to discuss what knowledge the former Minister for Justice and Equality, Deputy Frances Fitzgerald, had of the Garda Commissioner's legal strategy at the O'Higgins Commission and to ask the Minister for Justice and Equality when he was made aware of the contradictory statements from the Taoiseach and Tániste and those from Department of Justice and Equality officials regarding Maurice McCabe; (18) Deputy Frank O'Rourke - the need to conduct a review of the housing assistance payment, HAP, limits, taking account of geographic variations in market rents and in supply, with a view to increasing payments in high density areas like Kildare North until the housing supply issue has been addressed; (19) Deputy Declan Breathnach - the additional measures proposed and available to the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to ensure that those using disabled parking bays and those impeding footpaths and pedestrian access are better informed of their responsibilities and penalised accordingly; and (20) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - bus transport services in County Meath.

The matters raised by Deputies Clare Daly, Niall Collins, Bobby Aylward, Charlie McConalogue, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Brendan Smith, Anne Rabbitte, Eamon Scanlon, Seán Crowe and Aengus Ó Snodaigh have been selected.