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 Robert Troy - to discuss the impact of the Bord na gCon proposal and Mullingar greyhound stadium; (2) Deputy Eamon Scanlon - to discuss discrimination in the domiciliary care allowance scheme in cases with court-enforced or encouraged joint custody; (3) Deputy John Curran - the need to progress the construction works and extension at Lucan community college; (4) Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin - the issue of six students with intellectual disabilities in Newbridge still not having an education place since 1 September despite commitments made last year; (5) Deputies Éamon Ó Cuív and Catherine Connolly - the need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to visit Galway city and see for himself the crisis housing situation there and to take steps to deal with it; following the death of a man in Galway city, the urgent need for the Minister of Housing, Planning and Local Government to visit Galway city and see for himself the crisis housing situation there and to take steps to deal with it; (6) Deputy Pearse Doherty - to discuss the need to extend the DEIS scheme to allow for additional schools; (7) Deputy Sean Fleming - the appointment of a design team for a new school for Kolbe Special School, Port Laoise, County Laois; (8) Deputies Frank O'Rourke and Anne Rabbitte - to discuss with the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform the proposed revenue changes to mileage and relief allowances of employees of Waterways Ireland; (9) Deputy James Browne - the need for the Minister for Health to address the delays facing County Wexford children awaiting orthodontic treatment; (10) Deputy Michael Moynihan - that the Minister for Education and Skills provide an update on the progress of the new amalgamated primary school in Kanturk, County Cork; (11) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need for the Minister for Finance to outline whether he is planning to carry out any review of the interest rates being applied by banks in Ireland to SMEs and on 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; (12) Deputies Clare Daly and Mattie McGrath - to discuss the 2017 annual report of Caranua's appeals officer; (13) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - to discuss the ongoing crisis in Yemen; (14) Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher - 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; (15) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - to discuss the crisis in the GP system; and (16) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss reports of an increase in attacks on sex workers.

The matters raised by Deputies Robert Troy, Pearse Doherty and Eamon Scanlon have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 1.15 p.m. and resumed at 2.15 p.m.