Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters

Before we proceed to Oral Questions to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, 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 Jackie Cahill - to discuss forestry licensing and its impact on our climate change targets; (2) Deputy Mary Butler - to discuss the waiting lists for home care supports in Waterford; (3) Deputy Niamh Smyth - to discuss the downgrading of Monaghan as a Garda divisional headquarters; (4) Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher - to discuss the inordinate delay in inviting tenders for the new St. Mary’s national school, Stranorlar, County Donegal; (5) Deputy David Cullinane - to ask the Minister for Health to update the House on the national review of cardiac services and, if possible, to give an indication of when a report will be published, either interim or final; (6) Deputy Lisa Chambers - to discuss the waiting lists for home care supports in Mayo; (7) Deputies Denis Naughten and Brian Stanley - the need for the Minister with responsibility for energy to outline the steps which he is taking to ensure a just transition in Bord na Móna after further concerns have been expressed regarding the future of 2,000 jobs by the group of unions following a meeting with management last week and to ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to make a statement regarding the future of workers at the Bord na Móna semi-State company; (8) Deputies Michael Healy-Rae and Mattie McGrath - to discuss the emergence of rabbit haemorrhagic disease in the hare population and its impact on coursing; (9) Deputy James Browne - the need for the Minister for Health to discuss the waiting lists for home care supports and home help in Wexford; (10) Deputy James Lawless - the chronic and persistent traffic congestion in Maynooth, County Kildare; (11) Deputy John Brassil - to discuss the waiting lists for home care supports in Kerry; (12) Deputy Sean Sherlock - the need to upgrade the N73 in County Cork, especially considering a large fuel spill on the road occurred on Monday, 30 September, as the road is too narrow for trucks that travel it; (13) Deputy Stephen Donnelly - the need for the Minister for Justice and Equality to make a statement on Garda resources for the area of Bray in County Wicklow; (14) Deputies Frank O'Rourke and Fiona O'Loughlin - to discuss the long waiting times for children with disabilities-special health needs in accessing a HSE assessment of need and the subsequent delay in accessing essential services and supports such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy and psychology services; (15) Deputy Maurice Quinlivan - to discuss the overcrowding and recent record numbers on trolleys at University Hospital Limerick; (16) Deputy Anne Rabbitte - the need for the Minister for Health to address the lack of home support-personal assistance for acute patients under 65 years of age who could otherwise be discharged; (17) Deputy Declan Breathnach - to discuss the large numbers of diseased and deformed fish found in the Castletown, Boyne, Fane and Dee Rivers in County Louth; (18) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss the lack of CAMHS capacity in Wexford; (19) Deputy Thomas Byrne - the findings of the Comptroller and Auditor General regarding the purchases of school sites by the Department of Education and Skills; (20) Deputies Mick Barry and Richard Boyd Barrett - to discuss the August homelessness statistics and the latest homeless figures; (21) Deputy Alan Kelly - to ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to explain the rationale behind the decision by An Garda Síochána to move the regional headquarters of the new Tipperary-Clare division to Ennis; (22) Deputies Gino Kenny and Bríd Smith - to discuss air quality in Dublin and recent reports; and (23) Deputy Timmy Dooley - the need for the Minister for Health to address the severe overcrowding in the accident and emergency department in University Hospital Limerick.

The matters raised by Deputies Jackie Cahill, Michael Healy-Rae and Mattie McGrath, Maurice Quinlivan and Declan Breathnach have been selected for discussion.