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 Bernard J. Durkan - to discuss access by children from Maynooth Boys National School to Maynooth Post Primary School to access recreational facilities; (2) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss ongoing health and safety concerns at Bellbelly Bridge in Cobh, east Cork; (3) Deputy Brian Stanley - to discuss improved access for children in counties Laois and Offaly to psychological assessments, speech, language and occupational therapy; (4) Deputies Cathal Crowe and James O'Connor - to discuss an overview of plans to secure the future of Ireland’s post office network; (5) Deputies Neale Richmond and Patrick Costello - to discuss the need to retain the lactation consultant position and services in Dublin south east; (6) Deputy Mick Barry - to discuss the return of students to schools and plans for leaving certificate examinations; (7) Deputy Chris Andrews - to discuss the need for a 37A process for ASC classes for Dublin 4 and 6; (8) Deputy Paul McAuliffe - to discuss the issue of organised crime and open drug dealing; (9) Deputies Mattie McGrath and Matt Shanahan - to discuss the impact of the permanent closure of St. Brigid's District Hospital in Carrick-on-Suir; (10) Deputy Jennifer Whitmore - to discuss development in Blessington, west Wicklow, and concerns regarding the integrity of important heritage sites; (11) Deputy Gary Gannon - to discuss the stakeholder discussions around the reopening of schools for students with special educational needs; (12) Deputy Jackie Cahill - to discuss the financial impact of the decision to cancel point-to-point races on the national hunt industry; (13) Deputy Kieran O'Donnell - to discuss Bus Eireann’s plans to cease the Limerick to Dublin Expressway route from 29 January; (14) Deputy Mark Ward - to discuss governance issues in Pieta House; (15) Deputy Verona Murphy - to discuss the site location for a new secondary school in Gorey, County Wexford; (16) Deputy Carol Nolan - to discuss a derogation from Article 105 (4) of Regulation (EU) 2019/6 for prescribing certain veterinary medicinal products; (17) Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan - to discuss an update on the need for a new special school in Cork; (18) Deputy Paul Donnelly - to discuss the exclusion of certain community centres from the Covid-19 stability fund; (19) Deputy John Lahart - to discuss plans to introduce the mandatory wearing of face coverings in banks and other financial institutions; (20) Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor - to discuss a funding allocation for Carlow Women's Aid for 2021; (21) Deputy Colm Burke - to ask the Minister for Health to confirm that his Department will launch a campaign highlighting the benefits of vitamin D, particularly in the context of Covid-19, and if he will make a statement on the matter; (22) Deputy Jim O'Callaghan - the provision of childcare services during level 5 restrictions; (23) Deputy Willie O'Dea - to ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the Government will consider introducing a system of examinership that would be more suitable to SMEs, particularly in view of the fact that many of these companies are significantly impacted by Covid restrictions and the existing examinership process often makes restructuring smaller businesses an uneconomic proposition; (24) Deputy Réada Cronin - non-essential workers being forced into work by employers; (25) Deputy Emer Higgins - the failure of the health service to engage with leading academics on their proposal to reduce ICU admissions; (26) Deputy Matt Carthy - to discuss current funding plans for the opening of the group home in Carrickmacross for people with physical and sensory disabilities; (27) Deputy Bríd Smith - the ESB’s proposal for the Georgian House Museum at 29 Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2; (28) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the delays experienced by allied health care professionals in receiving their CORU registration; (29) Deputy Thomas Gould - to discuss the continued closure of SouthDoc Blackpool and the refusal of SouthDoc to reopen the facility despite HSE warnings; (30) Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú - to discuss the roll-out of the national broadband plan, particularly the acceleration of the project and the impact of Covid-19; and (31) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - to discuss the spread of Covid-19 in hospital settings.

The matters raised by Deputies Durkan, Cathal Crowe and O'Connor, Bríd Smith and Cronin have been selected for discussion.