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) Deputies Mary Butler, David Cullinane, and James Browne - to discuss overcrowding at the psychiatric unit at University Hospital Waterford; (2) Deputy Pat Deering - to discuss the matter of whole of life insurance whereby policies are reviewed twice per year and each time the payments go up and policyholders are being penalised for living too long; (3) Deputy Martin Ferris - to ask the Minister how a situation was allowed to arise whereby, on Friday, 25 October 2019, University Hospital Kerry at one stage had seven ambulances waiting to offload patients and which were unable to do so due to overcapacity in the emergency department, to further ask the Minister what ambulance cover the rest of County Kerry had while these ambulances were idling, and if he will make a statement on the matter; (4) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss the very poor broadband services in Cobh, County Cork; (5) Deputy Sean Sherlock - to discuss the need to improve broadband speed for 5,506 school children and their schools in the Cork East constituency; (6) Deputy Eamon Scanlon - to discuss the provision of speech and language therapy in counties Sligo and Leitrim and the latest lack of services due to vacant posts; (7) Deputies Eugene Murphy, Denis Naughten, and Michael Fitzmaurice - to discuss the proposed closure by the Irish Wheelchair Association of the Cuisle centre in Donamon, County Roscommon; (8) Deputies Declan Breathnach and Jim O'Callaghan - to discuss whether we are meeting international standards in tackling human trafficking; (9) Deputy Michael Moynihan - to discuss the delays in issuing licences for forestry felling, thinning and roadways; (10) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - to discuss the number of trees being planted in Ireland; (11) 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; (12) Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony - to discuss recruitment and retention in rural practices which is putting GPs under tremendous pressure; (13) Deputy Paul Murphy - to address the climate action report over the weekend; (14) Deputy Joe Carey - to discuss the need to provide an additional bus to resolve a school transport issue which is negatively impacting upon 17 pupils attending St. John Bosco’s secondary school, Kildysart, County Clare; (15) Deputy Mattie McGrath - to discuss the need to increase resources and staff to the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau; (16) Deputy Thomas Byrne - to discuss the plans for provision of additional social housing in County Meath; (17) Deputy John Brady - to discuss the delays in developing the Arklow primary healthcare centre; (18) Deputy Brendan Smith - to discuss the need for additional Garda resources for the Border region following the recent Independent Reporting Commission report and recent incidents of cross-Border criminality; (19) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - to discuss the legal cost of the Apple tax; (20) Deputy Bríd Smith - to discuss the proposed development at O'Devaney Gardens; (21) Deputy Joan Collins - to discuss the sale of public lands by Dublin City Council to Bartra Capital; (22) Deputy John McGuinness - to discuss the urgent need to finalise the terms of reference relative to the death of Shane O’Farrell and all relevant events associated with his death before and after; and (23) Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin - to discuss the lack of progress on a new transport or mobility allowance.

The matters raised by Deputies Breathnach and O'Callaghan, Kelly, and Brendan Smith have been selected for discussion.