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 37 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Seán Crowe - the closure and sale of St. Brigid’s nursing home, Crooksling, Brittas, by the HSE; (2) Deputy Niamh Smyth - to ask the Minister for Justice and Equality about the need to address the increased dangers arising from cross-Border travel to public houses in Northern Ireland; (3) Deputy Verona Murphy - to discuss the need for Government investment in Rosslare Europort in preparation for Brexit; (4) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - to discuss the need to commence sections of the public health alcohol legislation dealing with minimum unit pricing of alcohol in the context of similar effective measures in Scotland; (5) Deputy Kathleen Funchion - to discuss the ongoing closure of day services for children and adults with special needs, and the need for a reopening plan to ensure service-users can return as soon as possible; (6) Deputies Denis Naughten and Paul McAuliffe - to discuss the need to revisit the decision of the Department of Education and Skills to refuse to facilitate the establishment of an ASD class at St. Teresa's school, Ballinasloe; (7) Deputies Claire Kerrane and Michael Fitzmaurice - to discuss the closure of Castlerea fire station; (8) Deputy Neale Richmond - to discuss an update on the campaign to open a park in the surrounds of the upgraded Stillorgan reservoir; (9) Deputy Holly Cairns - the need for an urgent reduction to the student contribution charge for further and higher education in light of the economic difficulties facing students, or potential students, who lost have jobs, had summer work hours reduced, and were placed on a lower pandemic unemployment payment because they were only working part-time during the academic year; (10) Deputy Michael McNamara - to discuss the cancellation of all surgeries at Ennis General Hospital; (11) Deputy David Cullinane - to discuss funding for the iconic North Quays project in Waterford through the urban regeneration and development fund; (12) Deputy Patrick Costello - to discuss the recent statement by An Tánaiste that airlines provide passenger information to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection; (13) Deputy Barry Cowen - to discuss concerns in relation to the adjudication process for the immigrant investor programme; (14) Deputy Darren O'Rourke - to raise with the Minister the urgent need to address the backlog of driver licence renewals in light of the fact that many full licences have lapsed since 1 July but licence holders are unable to secure a timely appointment for renewal; (15) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss the concerns surroundings plans for a large residential development in Waterrock, east Cork due to a history of flooding; (16) Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú - to ask the Minister for Finance to discuss the level of dysfunction in the insurance industry and particularly the case of the leisure industry, community groups and community facilities which are being charged extortionate rates or cannot access public liability insurance. What plans does he have to deal with this devastating state of affairs for businesses and the community sector; (17) Deputy Jackie Cahill - PSO levy postponement; (18) Deputy Mairéad Farrell – to discuss the issue of the appointment of special advisers to the new Government; and Deputy Louise O'Reilly – to discuss the issue of the appointment of special advisers to the new Government; (19) Deputy Pa Daly - to discuss the crisis in Cahersiveen direct provision centre; (20) Deputy Thomas Gould - to discuss the closure of Mount Cara Hospital on Redemption Road, Blackpool, County Cork; (21) Deputy Maurice Quinlivan - to have an urgent discussion on the future of Shannon Airport and Shannon Heritage both of which are in immediate crisis; Deputy Martin Browne - to have an urgent discussion on the future of Shannon Airport and Shannon Heritage both of which are in immediate crisis; and Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne - to discuss the issues around Shannon Heritage and tourism in the mid-west; (22) Deputy Thomas Pringle - the resumption of day services in the HSE run facility of the Cleary centre, Donegal town; (23) Deputy Paul Murphy - to address the issue of the pandemic unemployment payment and-or other welfare payments being suspended from recipients who travel abroad; (24) Deputy Kieran O'Donnell - to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to outline the steps he is taking to address the current oversight for driver licences that have expired but fall outside the four month extension period – March to June; if he will consider an extension for those licences that expired in July but cannot renew online nor obtain a timely appointment at an NDLS centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter; (25) Deputy Marian Harkin - to ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the specific supports available to the coach, bus, mini-bus and chauffeur sector particularly in the tourism area; and (26) Deputy Matt Carthy - to discuss the need for an expansion of bus services to meet minimal capacity requirements, which have been impacted by social distancing measures.

The matters raised by Deputies Kathleen Funchion, Barry Cowen, Kieran O'Donnell and Verona Murphy Deputies have been selected for discussion.