Topical Issues 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) Deputies Michael Harty, Joan Collins, Mary Butler and Frank O'Rourke – to discuss the issue of the management of type 1 diabetes with the Minister for Health and, in particular, the need to make available the new flash glucose technology FreeStyle Libre to all patients to allow them to manage their illness actively in a meaningful, continuous way by giving real-time information on their glucose levels; (2) Deputy Willie O'Dea – to discuss the imminent closure of a defined-benefit pension scheme at Irish Life; (3) Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony – to discuss the matter of raw sewage being pumped into the harbour at Castletownbere and Castletownshend by Irish Water; (4) Deputies Eugene Murphy and Anne Rabbitte – the external independent review of maternity services at Portiuncula University Hospital; (5) Deputy Clare Daly – the need to conduct an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Anne Lovett; (6) Deputies Mattie McGrath, Seamus Healy and Jackie Cahill – the need for additional residential psychiatric care beds in County Tipperary; (7) Deputy Brian Stanley – to discuss the progress of a facility at Kolbe Special School, Portlaoise; (8) Deputy Eamon Scanlon – whether the Minister for Finance will explain why the rules and regulations on State procurement contracts offer no protection to local subcontractors in the event of the main contractor being unable to complete the contract as agreed with the State; (9) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett – ongoing protests by film workers over conditions of employment in the film industry; (10) Deputy Niamh Smyth – the need to invest in the emergency department at Cavan General Hospital; (11) Deputy Catherine Connolly – the serious crisis that has emerged for Galway students due to the proposed 18% rise in rent in student accommodation in a city that has designated rent pressure zone, leading to real fears that the students will be homeless for the academic year; (12) Deputy Mick Wallace – to discuss the Data Protection Commissioner's ruling against NAMA regarding the O'Flynn group; and (13) Deputy Robert Troy – to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to address the recent case involving Mr. James Cawley, who was unable to access Bus Éireann services due to a lack of support to meet his accessibility needs.

The matters raised by Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony; Deputies Mattie McGrath, Seamus Healy and Jackie Cahill; Deputy Brian Stanley; and Deputy Willie O'Dea have been selected for discussion.