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 David Cullinane - to discuss the national review of cardiac services and whether an interim or final report will be published; (2) Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher - to discuss delays in provision of pre-approved home help services in County Donegal; (3) Deputy Joan Burton - to discuss the future of Huntstown community centre, Dublin 15, which is in need of essential fire safety and structural remedial works; (4) Deputy James Lawless - to discuss traffic congestion in Maynooth, County Kildare; (5) Deputy Sean Sherlock - to discuss an upgrade to the N73 in County Cork; (6) Deputy Alan Kelly - to discuss the decision to move the new Tipperary-Clare regional Garda headquarters to Ennis; (7) Deputies Denis Naughten and Brian Stanley - to discuss the future of the 2,000 Bord na Móna jobs following the group of unions meeting with management last week; (8) Deputy Mary Butler - to discuss the waiting lists for home care supports in Waterford; (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 John Brassil - to discuss the waiting lists for home care supports in Kerry; (11) Deputies Frank O'Rourke and Fiona O'Loughlin - to discuss the HSE waiting times for children's assessment of need and delays in support services; (12) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the need to reconsider changes made to the planning application process which were designed to fast-track the process but which in practice have proved to be unworkable; (13) Deputies Pat Buckley, Louise O'Reilly and Mick Barry - to discuss the Government's plans to develop terminals for fracked gas importation in Ireland; to discuss the importation of fracked gas; plans to import fracked gas from the United States of America and the need to move to renewable energy; the background - this issue arises on foot of concerns that the Government will support a proposal at European level later this week to provide for the importation of fracked gas via interconnectors off the west coast; (14) Deputy Seamus Healy - the urgent need to approve the appointment of additional special needs assistants for Scoil Aonghusa, a special national school in Cashel, County Tipperary, as children with special needs are still awaiting places in the school for this year; (15) Deputy Stephen Donnelly - the need for the Minister for Education and Skills to discuss a permanent home for North Wicklow Educate Together secondary school; (16) Deputy Paul Murphy - the loss of jobs at Wrightbus in Ballymena; (17) Deputies Eamon Ryan, Bríd Smith, Richard Boyd Barrett, Joan Collins, Eamon Scanlon and Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if it is the Government's intention to continue to designate the Shannon liquefied natural gas, LNG, terminal project as a European Union project of common interest, and why the Government is taking this approach, given the absence of a strategic environmental assessment for the project; the Government decision on the inclusion of the Shannon LNG on the EU's projects of common interest, PCIs; to discuss the issue of the PCI list for which the Government is seeking approval at the high-level regional meeting of the Directorate-General for Energy, DG Ener, at the European Commission this Friday, 4 October; the huge concern that this list includes the proposed Shannon LNG plant, a project which will involve the importation of fracked gas; to discuss proposed plans to build a fracked gas terminal in Shannon; to discuss the Government's plans to grant the Shannon LNG terminal special status, which would facilitate the importation of fracked gas from the US; the proposed Shannon LNG terminal and projects of common interest; (18) Deputy Eugene Murphy - to discuss the impact of rising floodwaters throughout the country, particularly along the River Shannon basin; and (19) Deputy Niamh Smyth - to urgently address funding for cancer supports in Cavan town.

The matters raised by Deputies David Cullinane; Frank O'Rourke and Fiona O'Loughlin; Denis Naughten and Brian Stanley; and Alan Kelly have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 1.55 p.m. and resumed at 2.55 p.m.