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 Neale Richmond - to discuss the status of hate crime legislation as committed to in the programme for Government; (2) Deputy John McGuinness - to discuss the status of ongoing investigations and tribunals, particularly those involving individual citizens of the State, for the information of the new Dáil; (3) Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Dessie Ellis and Seán Crowe - to discuss the need for extra Garda resources to tackle the sale, distribution and use of fireworks in Dublin; (4) Deputies Ged Nash and Imelda Munster - to discuss the ongoing industrial dispute at the RHI Magnesita plant, Drogheda; (5) Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn - to discuss the penalty points system on the fishing industry; (6) Deputy Ciarán Cannon - to discuss investment in double-tracking the rail line between Athenry and Galway city; (7) Deputy Michael McNamara - to discuss the lack of placement for concessionary ticket holders on school buses; (8) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the immediate need for remedial works to be carried out by the OPW in Clifden following recent flooding, taking into account the severity of the damage caused and the need for humanitarian aid to be made available to those householders and businesses whose properties were damaged by the storm; (9) Deputy Paul Murphy - to address the downgrading of the paediatric emergency department at Tallaght Hospital; (10) Deputy Carol Nolan - to urgently address repeat flooding events along the River Shannon; (11) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - to discuss the redistribution of moneys collected under the Proceeds of Crime Acts to affected communities such as Drogheda; (12) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the liquidation of St. Mary’s Telford nursing home and supported housing and St. Monica’s nursing home by companies owned by Sisters of Charity; (13) Deputies Jim O'Callaghan, Ruairí Ó Murchú and John Brady - to discuss reports that the United Kingdom Government plans legislation that will undermine key elements of the EU-UK withdrawal agreement; (14) Deputy Willie O'Dea - to discuss the delay with the State redress scheme for survivors of abuse in primary schools; (15) Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan - to discuss Carrigrenna wastewater treatment plant, Little Island, Cork; (16) Deputy Chris Andrews - to discuss the regeneration of public housing in inner city Dublin; (17) Deputies Pa Daly, Thomas Gould and Paul Donnelly - to discuss plans for reopening of sports events to the general public with increased attendances; (18) Deputies Danny Healy-Rae and Mattie McGrath - to discuss recent flood damage to roads and infrastructure; (19) Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor - to discuss the review of income thresholds for local authority housing; (20) Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh - to discuss steps to protect the 20,000 students who sat their leaving certificate in prior years against grade inflation; (21) Deputy John Brady - to discuss the implications for Ireland of Britain’s threatened reneging on the Brexit withdrawal agreement and Irish protocol; (22) Deputy Paul McAuliffe - to discuss the lack of autism spectrum conditions, ASC, places in Dublin North-West; (23) Deputy Réada Cronin - to discuss the issue of access for partners at hospital visits and births; (24) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to discuss the need for additional Garda resources in the Cork city division; (25) Deputy Matt Carthy - to discuss the European Commission's REACH committee's adoption of a regulation to ban the use of lead gunshot in Ireland; (26) Deputies Christopher O'Sullivan and Holly Cairns - to discuss the recent severe flooding in Cork South-West; (27) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss concerns over hygiene and infection control standards at Cork University Hospital geriatric unit; (28) Deputy Jackie Cahill - to discuss building works at Ballydrehid national school, Cahir, County Tipperary; (29) Deputy Darren O'Rourke - to discuss the urgent need to provide school bus transport for those without a service due to Covid-19 restrictions including in County Meath; (30) Deputy Sean Sherlock - the need for a capital investment programme for schools in north and east Cork; (31) Deputy David Stanton - to ask the Minister with responsibility for climate action, communication networks and transport to discuss the urgent need to upgrade the R624 access road to Cobh and the Great Island in County Cork; (32) Deputy Cormac Devlin - to ask the Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science what process is in place to adequately and fairly deal with Leaving Certificate students that deferred their CAO application until this September; (33) Deputy Alan Farrell - to ensure that employees working under the EWSS payment scheme will be eligible to avail of the short-time work support scheme, concurrently; (34) Deputy Martin Browne - to discuss the approach that has and will be taken if the UK undermines the withdrawal agreement in the Brexit process, given the concerns that will arise for the business and agricultural communities; and (35) Deputy Gino Kenny - the impact of Covid-19 restrictions on youth services and the consequences. The matters raised by Deputies Neale Richmond; Jim O'Callaghan, Ruairí Ó Murchú and John Brady; Pádraig Mac Lochlainn; and Michael McNamara have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 5.53 p.m. and resumed at 6.13 p.m.