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 Pádraig O'Sullivan - to discuss the challenges facing business owners to access funding from banks and Microfinance Ireland as part of the credit guarantee scheme; (2) Deputy Brendan Smith - to discuss the need to appoint more paediatric rheumatologists and eliminate the unacceptable delays in appointments for children; (3) Deputy Chris Andrews - to discuss the decision to allow the FAI underage national leagues for under-17 girls, under-17 boys and under-19 boys to recommence and whether this will be extended to equivalent levels in other sports; (4) Deputies Bernard Durkan, Réada Cronin and James Lawless - to discuss alternative or extra special needs accommodation for children with special needs at St. Raphael’s Special School, Celbridge, County Kildare; (5) Deputy Matt Carthy - to discuss current funding plans for the opening of the group home in Carrickmacross for people with physical and sensory disabilities; (6) Deputy Dara Calleary - to discuss the plans for the Ireland's greenest town competition as per the commitment in the programme for Government; (7) Deputy Maurice Quinlivan - to discuss any plans to address the delay in court sittings for criminal cases involving drug seizures in Limerick; (8) Deputy Gary Gannon - to discuss the option of remote learning after Christmas for schoolchildren who are living with persons in the very high risk category for Covid-19; (9) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to discuss the need for a new school building for St. Gabriel’s Special School, Cork; and (10) Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú - to discuss Louth and Meath mental health services, particularly the provision and maintenance of all aspects of care for patients during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The matters raised by Deputies Brendan Smith; Durkan, Cronin and Lawless; and Calleary have been selected for discussion.