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: Deputy Seamus Healy — to discuss the differential rent scheme as a reserved function of elected local authority members; (2) Deputy Niamh Smyth — the need to progress the Down's syndrome centre for the north east in Carrickmacross; (3) Deputy Carol Nolan — to discuss the implications of reducing the intake of preschool children to once annually; (4) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan — to discuss safety concerns at Cromcastle Court apartment complex in Kilmore West, Dublin; (5) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd — to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to respond to representations from Flexibus-Local Link for Louth, Meath and Fingal concerning the restructuring of the Local Link transport programme (details enclosed) and if the Minister will make a statement on the matter; (6) Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy — to discuss the HSE's staffing levels at the young adult mental health service in Laois and Offaly; (7) Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Pat Buckley — to discuss the CAMH services at the Linn Dara centre in Cherry Orchard, Dublin; (8) Deputies Eoin Ó Broin, John Brady and Bríd Smith — to discuss the failure of LloydsPharmacy to adhere to a Labour Court recommendation "that the parties engage in order to seek agreement in relation to the matters raised by the Trade Union" and the company's refusal to engage with the workers and their unions; (9) Deputies John McGuinness, Marc MacSharry and Alan Kelly — the need to expedite consideration of protected disclosures relative to CIT and the Committee of Public Accounts record; (10) Deputy Frank O'Rourke — to discuss the advancement of housing development in Celbridge; (11) Deputy Brian Stanley — to discuss with the Minister the plan for St. Francis School, Portlaoise, which is to be proposed to be situated on the site of the former St. Paul's, Borris Road, Portlaoise; (12) Deputy Joe Carey — the need to move the Ennis south flood relief scheme in County Clare to construction; (13) Deputy Maurice Quinlivan — to ask the Minister for Health to discuss staffing issues at St. John's Hospital, Limerick, which caused the local injuries unit to be closed due to staffing shortages; (14) Deputies Sean Sherlock and Kevin O'Keeffe — the need for a proposal for capital works and funding for Ballyhooly, County Cork, to alleviate regular water shortages and drops in water pressure for residents; (15) Deputy Gino Kenny — the recommendation by the Health Products Regulatory Authority in January 2017 that the Government set up a cannabis access programme to meet the demands for medical use of cannabis in Ireland; (16) Deputy Mattie McGrath — the need to consider establishing a contemporary model of the Land Commission; (17) Deputy Martin Heydon — delays in the delivery of home care packages in CHO area 7, Kildare-west Wicklow; (18) Deputy Pearse Doherty — the need to approve funding for Letterkenny University Hospital to reopen the short-stay ward; (19) Deputy Kathleen Funchion — to discuss the restriction of services in the paediatric diabetic clinic, St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny; (20) Deputy Michael McGrath — to ask the Minister for Health if he will ensure, following consultation with Carrigaline Senior Citizens Association, a continuation of services at the Carrigaline Day Care Centre, Carrigaline, County Cork; (21) Deputy John Brassil — to ask the Minister for Health if he is satisfied with the response by the HSE and HPRA to the recent Valsartan product recall, and if he can give assurances that appropriate steps have been taken to ensure correct guidelines and protocols will be in place for pharmacists and GPs should there be a similar occurrence, and if he will make a statement on the matter; (22) Deputy Dessie Ellis — to raise concerns over the number off roadside drugs and alcohol tests taken at the scene of accidents or in hospitals after accidents; (23) Deputy Mick Barry — the unofficial strike action of firefighters in Cork City Council; (24) Deputies Robert Troy and Michael Moynihan — to need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to review the rolling out of the commercial broadband scheme to ensure flexibility so that pockets of areas currently excluded could be included; (25) Deputy Peadar Tóibín — to discuss the huge delay in processing travel documentation applications for people in direct provision; (26) Deputy Clare Daly — to discuss industrial unrest at Ryanair; and (27) Deputy Joan Collins — the number of companies that are refusing to engage with the industrial relations machinery of the state when it comes to collective bargaining over pay and conditions, which companies include Microsemi, AbbVie Capita giant's AMT-Sybex subsidiary, Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Extern and recently LloydsPhamacy and TK-Maxx whose workers have taken industrial action in response to this situation. This is undermining the State's industrial relations machinery.

The matters raised by Deputies Seamus Healy; John McGuinness, Mark MacSharry and Alan Kelly; Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Pat Buckley; and Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy have been selected for discussion.