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 Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Dessie Ellis, Seán Crowe, Denise Mitchell and Mark Ward - the need for extra Garda resources to tackle the sale, distribution and use of fireworks in Dublin; and Deputy Denise Mitchell - to ask the Minister for Justice and Equality what resources are in place for the Garda to tackle the ongoing attack on our communities through the misuse of fireworks and what legislative changes are needed to address this problem; (2) Deputy Joe Flaherty - to discuss the risk to the forestry sector; (3) Deputies Violet-Anne Wynne, Pa Daly, Louise O'Reilly, Maurice Quinlivan and Darren O'Rourke - to discuss the current crisis for Irish travel agents; (4) Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan - to discuss ongoing issues with noise and odour complaints from Carrigrennan wastewater treatment plant, Little Island, Cork Harbour; (5) Deputy John Lahart - to discuss the crisis facing businesses and traders in Dublin city; (6) Deputy Jennifer Whitmore - to discuss the accommodation crisis at Greystones community college, County Wicklow; (7) Deputy Jennifer Carroll MacNeill - to ask the Minister for Education and Skills about the need for a permanent building for the Dún Laoghaire Educate Together school; (8) Deputy Paul Murphy - to discuss the issue of downgrading of the paediatric emergency department at Tallaght Hospital; (9) Deputies Holly Cairns and Christopher O'Sullivan - to discuss the causes of and responses to recent floods in Cork South-West; (10) Deputies Carol Nolan and Barry Cowen - to discuss repeat flooding events along the River Shannon; (11) Deputy Cian O'Callaghan - to discuss conditions in emergency accommodation for homeless people; (12) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the liquidation of St. Mary’s Telford by the Sisters of Charity; (13) 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 Great Island in County Cork; (14) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss concerns over hygiene and infection control standards at Cork University Hospital geriatric unit; (15) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - to ask the Minister for Justice for an update on the proposed Garda station for Dublin 13 and 17 as announced by the assistant Garda commissioner in June 2019 and if she can make a statement on the matter; (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, and what plans he has to deal with this devastating state of affairs for businesses and the community sector; (17) Deputy Gary Gannon - to discuss the increase of youth crime over the Covid-19 period, particularly pertaining to the inner city centre; (18) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - that the Minister create a fair investigation into the false diagnosis abortion that happened in the National Maternity Hospital in March 2019; and (19) Deputy Matt Carthy - to discuss the European Commission's REACH committee’s recent adoption of a regulation which would ban the use of lead gunshot in Ireland in light of reports that Ireland voted for the amendment, having not addressed concerns acknowledged by the Minister during a previous Topical Issue debate.

The matters raised by Deputies Pádraig O'Sullivan, Cian O'Callaghan, Boyd Barrett and Buckley have been selected for discussion.