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 Frank O'Rourke - the need to improve mental health services, especially in psychiatry, in County Kildare; (2) Deputy David Cullinane - the need for an investigation into sexual abuse allegations (details supplied) in various State agencies; (3) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - to consider the delivery underground of the North-South interconnector; (4) Deputy Niamh Smyth - to discuss emergency service response times in Cavan-Monaghan; (5) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - to discuss concerns with charges at the M1 toll gate at Drogheda; (6) Deputy Maurice Quinlivan - to discuss how long the full capacity protocol for University Hospital Limerick will remain in place; (7) Deputy Eugene Murphy - the need to review admissions policy at the Rosalie Unit at Aras Naomh Chaolain in Castlerea; (8) Deputy Danny Healy-Rae - the need for a pilot scheme to eradicate tuberculosis in badgers in south Kerry; (9) Deputy Brian Stanley - to discuss the broadband roll-out timeframe for County Laois; (10) Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony - the status of the flood relief scheme in Bandon; (11) Deputy Eamon Scanlon - to consider the Bus Éireann service to Ballinafad, County Sligo; (12) Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Gino Kenny - to discuss the recent visit of US Vice President Pence to Shannon Airport; (13) Deputy Mattie McGrath - to discuss the Shannon to Dublin Irish Water project; (14) Deputy Bríd Smith - to discuss the facilities at Canal Way Educate Together school in Dublin 8; (15) Deputy Noel Rock - to discuss the extension of the Luas line to Finglas; (16) Deputy Jackie Cahill - to discuss the price changes for skimmed milk powder; (17) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss traffic calming measures in east Cork; (18) Deputy Clare Daly - to discuss outsourcing and job losses at Aer Lingus; (19) Deputies Mick Wallace and Richard Boyd Barrett - to discuss the new housing initiatives, including supported mortgage provisions; (20) Deputy Peter Burke - the provision of consultant orthodontic services for children in Longford and Westmeath; (21) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - to discuss the recent fox hunt incident at a housing estate in Cork; (22) Deputy Niall Collins - the urgent need for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to discuss Brexit contingency planning, awareness raising and supports for Irish small and medium enterprises, SMEs; (23) Deputy Paul Murphy - recent reports highlighting poverty levels among students; (24) Deputy James Browne - the need for the Minister for Education and Skills to prioritise development of special education schools in County Wexford, including Our Lady of Fatima national school, Wexford town, and St. Patrick’s special school, Enniscorthy; (25) Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy - to consider the deteriorating roads in County Offaly; (26) Deputy Mick Barry - the financial shortfall revealed by the Health Service Executive, HSE; and (27) Deputy Anne Rabbitte - to discuss the need for stronger online protections for children and the need to engage a broader array of stakeholders, given recent alarming cases involving online grooming and abuse of children.

The matters raised by Deputies Frank O'Rourke, Maurice Quinlivan, Margaret Murphy O'Mahony and Marcella Corcoran Kennedy have been selected for discussion.