Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - 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 Seán Crowe - to discuss capacity and cross-infection risks in the haemodialysis unit in Tallaght Hospital; (2) Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice - to discuss the provision of maternity services at Galway hospital and Portiuncula Hospital; (3) Deputies Anne Rabbitte and Frank O'Rourke - to ask the Minister for Finance to come before the House and explain the proposed Revenue change to mileage relief allowances for staff who work with Waterways Ireland and to make a statement on the matter as it is impacting on staff in southern Ireland; (4) Deputy Pearse Doherty - the need for the Government to urgently extend the current DEIS scheme to allow for the addition of further schools in which children and young people enrolled are at a particular risk of or are experiencing educational disadvantage; (5) Deputy James Lawless - the overcrowding on commuter train services from Kildare; (6) Deputy Dara Calleary - to discuss coastal protection at Belmullet and along the Mullet Peninsula; (7) Deputy Robert Troy - the proposed changes by Bord na gCon which will have a detrimental effect on Mullingar greyhound stadium; (8) Deputy John Curran - the need to progress the construction works-extension at Lucan community college; (9) Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin - the issue of six students with intellectual disabilities in Newbridge still not having a place for education since 1 September despite commitments made last year; (10) Deputies Eamon Scanlon and Pat The Cope Gallagher - to discuss issues surrounding the independent review mechanism established by An Post to review the provision of post office services, and the need for the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to discuss the future of the Donegal post offices under threat of closure, as the appeals mechanism fails to reopen some post offices; (11) Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly - the need for the Minister for Health to explain the overspend in healthcare for 2018; (12) Deputies Clare Daly and Mattie McGrath - to discuss the 2017 annual report of Caranua's appeals officer; (13) Deputy Gino Kenny - the Government's proposed cannabis access programme; (14) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the crisis in Yemen; (15) Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony - to discuss the closure in November of the credit union branch in Drimoleague, west Cork, which will leave many people, particularly elderly people, without a banking service in the village and how such a decision can be justified when so many facilities have already been eroded; (16) Deputy Sean Sherlock - to discuss the provision of appropriate waste collection services for persons with disabilities; (17) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss the recommendation by the Commission on the Future of Policing in Ireland to decrease the external oversight of An Garda Síochána via the proposal of a Garda Síochána board; and (18) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need for the Minister for Finance to outline if he is planning to carry out any review of the interest rates being applied by banks in Ireland to SMEs and mortgage holders, the impact this is having on the economy’s competitiveness and domestic consumers and his view on the rates being applied by pillar banks in comparison with counterparts in other EU member states.

The matters raised by Deputies Seán Crowe, Michael Fitzmaurice, Dara Calleary and Sean Sherlock have been selected for discussion.