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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 13 Feb 2018

Vol. 965 No. 4

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 Michael McGrath - to discuss the concerns of commuters regarding Bus Éireann services in Cork city and county; (2) Deputy Clare Daly - to discuss Fingal County Council's role in applying EU Regulation 598/14 on noise reduction; (3) Deputy James Browne - the need to discuss the shortage of respite care places in County Wexford; (4) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - to discuss the availability of tonsillectomy services in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda; (5) Deputy Michael Harty - marine rescue services at Kilkee; (6) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - restructuring the Citizens Information Service and MABS; (7) Deputy Mary Butler - to ask the Minister of State with responsibility for mental health services and older people his plans, if any, to replicate the model of care homes unique to the south east, where residential accommodation is provided for older adults who require minimal assistance and if he will make a statement on the matter; (8) Deputies Joan Burton and Robert Troy - traffic congestion in Dublin city centre; (9) Deputy Eamon Scanlon - the urgent need to upgrade Lough Talt regional water supply following the detection of cryptosporidium in water; (10) Deputies Niamh Smyth and Mattie McGrath - the urgent need to address the allocation of funding for roads; (11) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need to review the HSE decision on access to Versatis patches; (12) Deputy Bobby Aylward - the urgent need for 24-7 cardiac care services for the south east; (13) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss the restriction of pupil intake to be imposed on New Ross Educate Together national school, County Wexford, from September 2018; (14) Deputies John Lahart, John Curran, Jack Chambers, Seán Haughey, Darragh O'Brien, Jim O'Callaghan, Richard Boyd Barrett and Brian Stanley - soaring rent prices in Dublin; (15) Deputy Martin Ferris - the continuing lack of respite care beds in County Kerry; (16) Deputy Mick Barry - to discuss the EU committee on social rights' ruling on union representation rights for Defence Forces personnel; (17) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - delays in driving tests at Sarsfield Road in Cork; (18) Deputy Anne Rabbitte - the need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on maternity services in Portiuncula Hospital; (19) Deputy James Lawless - to ask the Minister for Education and Skills to give an update and a timeline for the construction on the long-awaited new school building for St. Joseph's national school in Kilcock, County Kildare, and if he agrees that the existing buildings are unsuitable for modern primary school education; (20) Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony - staff at Ballineen post office in west Cork received notice two weeks ago advising that the post office was being considered for closure; the plans the Government has in place to save post offices in circumstances where a €30 million loan was made available to An Post last October; (21) Deputy John Brassil - to ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development to immediately intervene to prevent the closure by An Post of Glencar Post Office, County Kerry, which is a crucial rural service in an already rurally isolated part of south Kerry and having been updated by local Kerry county councillor, Norma Moriarty, this service is well utilised by the community and its closure would only serve to further damage the viability of the local area; (22) Deputy Ruth Coppinger - NAMA's social responsibility to the Tyrrelstown community in the light of the decision to commercially develop land used for the Tyrrelstown GAA club's playing pitches; (23) Deputy Gino Kenny - the withdrawal of Lidocaine pain patches from the drugs payment scheme; (24) Deputies Michael Healy-Rae and Michael Collins - a recent application made by Sherkin Island Development Society, SIDS, seeking financial support to deliver the 2017-18 DIT Bachelor of Arts visual arts programme on Sherkin Island; (25) Deputy Peter Burke - the absence of a consultant orthodontist covering counties Longford and Westmeath and the hugely detrimental effect this is having on waiting lists and outcomes for children in the orthodontic system in counties Longford and Westmeath; (26) Deputy Paul Murphy - plans by Irish Water to introduce excessive use charging; and (27) Deputy Catherine Connolly - the impact of the ongoing closure, with no timeline for replacement, of two orthopaedic theatres at Merlin Park University Hospital, Galway.

The matters raised by Deputies Michael McGrath, Clare Daly, Mick Barry, Billy Kelleher and Gino Kenny have been selected for discussion.