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 Martin Ferris - the proposed closure of the salmon draft fishery on the River Feale in Kerry; (2) Deputy Michael Moynihan - the status of urgent safety works to the junction of the N72 and R579 at Ballymaquirke, County Cork; (3) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the funding deficit for drugs and alcohol task forces and the pay structures of staff; (4) Deputy Willie O'Dea - the reinstatement of two staff at University of Limerick; (5) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - Garda resources in Drogheda; (6) Deputy James Browne - the need for the Minister for Health to acknowledge that the Christmas period can have a detrimental effect on a person's mental health and to ensure adequate services are in place in hospitals to address any mental health crisis which may arise over the Christmas period; (7) Deputy Pearse Doherty - to ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the appropriate consultation with all relevant staff and personnel of the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, was undertaken prior to the formal introduction of the most recent revision to the policy and procedures on firearms and ammunition in the NPWS standard operating procedures; (8) Deputies Brendan Smith and Declan Breathnach - the allocation of special funding for the cross-Border region; (9) Deputy Clare Daly - the urgent need for the Minister for Health to clarify understanding of the operation of a three-day waiting period for women who will seek abortion services in light of advice from the Chief Medical Officer; (10) Deputy Pat Buckley - the decision by Psychiatric Nurses Association members to support industrial action; (11) Deputy Michael McGrath - the impact of the failure of Qudos Insurance; (12) Deputies Mattie McGrath and Stephen S. Donnelly - the escalating construction costs of the national children's hospital; (13) Deputy Joan Collins - the need for an update on the report brought to the Cabinet this morning on the national maternity hospital; (14) Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe - that an agreed framework be put in place between Cork County Council and Irish Water to advance the immediate construction of residential units in the north Cork communities of Mitchelstown and Glanworth; (15) Deputy Mick Wallace - the recent appointment of Mr. Christopher McGarry to the board of An Bord Pleanála; (16) Deputy Brian Stanley - the funding needed for a new building for Kolbe Special School, Portlaoise, County Laois; (17) Deputies Eugene Murphy, David Cullinane, Kathleen Funchion and Martin Kenny - the repossession order by KBC Bank on a property in Strokestown, County Roscommon, the eviction of farmers from their house and lands in County Roscommon and related matters; (18) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the survey on income and living conditions for 2017; (19) Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin - the funding required for a second bridge in Newbridge, County Kildare; and (20) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - the discontinuation of the Ballyna group water scheme, Ballyna, County Kildare.

The matters raised by Deputies Ferris, Michael Moynihan, Brendan Smith and Breathnach, and O'Dowd have been selected for discussion.