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 Barry Cowen - the need to appeal the decision by An Bord Pleanála to reject co-firing of biomass and peat at West Offaly Power Station; (2) Deputy Willie O'Dea - the Data Protection Commissioner’s report into the public services card; (3) Deputy Michael Harty - the need for a new MRI scanner at University Hospital Limerick; (4) Deputy Mary Butler - the impact of Garda divisional changes in Waterford; (5) Deputy Niamh Smyth - Garda resources and supports in the Border region; (6) Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan - the emergence of rabbit haemorrhagic disease in the hare population and the impact on hare netting; (7) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - the construction of the €34 million Ardee bypass as originally planned; (8) Deputy Brendan Smith - the recent abduction of a businessman; (9) Deputy Thomas Byrne - the number of school buses failing roadside inspections; (10) Deputy Robert Troy - the provision of home help hours for new applicants; and (11) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - proposed industrial action by school secretaries.

The matters raised by Deputy Brendan Smith and Fergus O'Dowd have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 1.15 p.m. and resumed at 1.55 p.m.