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 Sean Fleming - to discuss the credit policy 2018 and the Rebuilding Ireland home loans scheme; (2) Deputies Jan O'Sullivan, Michael Harty and Tom Neville - the need to increase the number of hospital beds at University Hospital Limerick; (3) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to discuss the need for a multidisciplinary team at Scoil Cara, Cork; (4) Deputy Noel Rock - to discuss the Dublin BusConnects plans for compulsory purchase orders; (5) Deputy Thomas Byrne - to discuss the waiting lists for speech and language services and occupational services for children in County Meath; (6) Deputy John Lahart - to discuss safety issues at apartments in Hunterswood, Ballycullen, Dublin; (7) Deputies Alan Farrell, Darragh O'Brien, Brendan Ryan, Louise O'Reilly and Clare Daly - to discuss the ongoing water supply issues in Skerries, County Dublin; (8) Deputy Mary Butler - the need to increase capacity at St. Declan's community college, Kilmacthomas, County Waterford; (9) Deputies Dessie Ellis and John Curran - to discuss the problem of quads and scrambler motorcycles in local communities; (10) Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher - the need to address the regional imbalance in the allocation of funding under the recent announced Ability programme; (11) Deputy Carol Nolan - to discuss the imminent deportation of a widow and her two children from County Offaly; (12) Deputy Seán Crowe - to discuss the Government's decision on whether to appeal the European Court of Human Rights' recent judgment in the hooded men case, as the deadline for appeal is 20 June 2018; (13) Deputy Maurice Quinlivan - to ask the Minister for Health to explain why Limerick early intervention service has now written to parents in the region to state that only children in extreme urgent cases can be dealt with due to a lack of psychology staff and resources and all other children are to be put on waiting lists and whether he will commit to providing additional resources immediately; (14) Deputy Michael McGrath - to ask the Minister for Finance if he will consult with the Central Bank with a view to reviewing its definition of first time buyer with specific regard to certain individuals like returning emigrants and legally separated or divorced individuals; (15) Deputy Peter Burke - that Lough Ennell in County Westmeath be included in the wild brown trout fishery designation by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment; (16) Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin - the withdrawal of operations by Coca Cola in Athy, County Kildare, and the employment supports the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation can provide; (17) Deputy Catherine Murphy - notwithstanding that there are clear procedures in place to deal with unauthorised developments, UDs, the way in which these procedures are not being complied with fully at local authority level and the issues that can arise due to the length of time it takes to enforce an unauthorised development to cease in order for planning permissions to be adhered to and to avoid instances of associated problems such as road wear or damage in the surrounding areas of the UDs, where the costs to repair these issues ultimately fall on citizens; (18) Deputy Brian Stanley - to discuss with the Minister the level of school capitation grants and the shortfall in funding; (19) Deputy Eoin Ó Broin - to ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection to amend the legislation governing one parent family payments to include foster parents; (20) Deputy Alan Kelly - to ask the Minister for Health to ensure that the Scally scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck scandal will be completed by the end of June 2018; (21) Deputy James Browne - the need for the Minister for Health to respond to the Ombudsman for Children's comments in his 2017 annual report on child and adolescent mental health services; (22) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the recent paper, "The Missing Profits of Nations", which claims that Ireland is being used by multinationals to shelter profits; (23) Deputy Robert Troy - to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to address the considerable inconvenience and disruption that has been caused by the cancellation of Irish Ferry services to France this summer; (24) Deputy Mattie McGrath - to discuss the backlog in the passport services; (25) Deputy Mick Barry - to discuss the industrial dispute at Lloyds pharmacy chain; (26) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the urgent need for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to discuss what is being done to ensure Ireland continues to attract foreign direct investment in light of increased global competition from rival countries, diminishing Irish competitiveness levels and following policy changes under the current US Administration; (27) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - to ask the Minister to address the fact that State investment per capita in Meath is far lower than in all other counties; and (28) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss the protection for subcontractors following the liquidation of the Sammon Group.

The matters raised by Deputies Sean Fleming, Alan Farrell, Darragh O'Brien, Brendan Ryan, Louise O'Reilly and Clare Daly, and Jan O'Sullivan, Michael Harty and Tom Neville have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 2.05 p.m. and resumed at 3.05 p.m.