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 27A and the name of the member in each case: (1) Deputy Catherine Connolly - to discuss the crisis in the temporary accident and emergency department at University Hospital Galway; (2) Deputy Brian Stanley - to discuss pay and conditions for school secretaries; (3) Deputy Aindrias Moynihan - to discuss flexibility for community employment scheme, CES, participants over 55 years of age; (4) Deputy Holly Cairns - to discuss the two accident black spots in west Cork, including at New Court bend on the N71 and at Baxter’s Bridge junction on the R586; (5) Deputy Jackie Cahill - to discuss numerous crises facing the pig farming industry resulting in a perfect storm for pig farmers; (6) Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan - to discuss an update on implementation and departmental oversight of the Irish Sign Language Act; (7) Deputy Mairéad Farrell - to discuss the inability of the cargo boat to land on Inis Meáin due to weather conditions and its impact on indigenous industry on the island; (8) Deputy Chris Andrews - to discuss the timeframe for roll-out of the support package for Thalidomide sufferers; (9) Deputy Christopher O'Sullivan - to discuss autism places in primary schools in west Cork; (10) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss the Mental Health Commission report into conditions at the Owenacurra mental health centre, Midleton, County Cork; (11) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - to discuss proceeding with the by-pass of Galway to remove logjams holding up this project; (12) Deputies Eoin Ó Broin, Louise O'Reilly and Aengus Ó Snodaigh - to discuss equipment and staffing shortages facing the Dublin Fire Brigade service; (13) Deputy Colm Burke - to discuss if Ireland will consider applying to join the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, due to the scientific and research benefits associated with membership; (14) Deputy Brendan Griffin - to discuss additional funding to meet unprecedented demand under the sports capital and equipment fund; (15) Deputy Darren O'Rourke - to discuss the urgent need to upgrade wastewater treatment facilities serving Kells, County Meath; (16) Deputy David Stanton - to ask the Minister for Health to discuss how young people with disabilities, in particular those with intellectual disabilities, can be further supported once they leave second level education and start attending adult disability services, with respect to transport to these services or centres, and if he will make a statement on the matter; (17) Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor - to discuss plans to achieve the target of allocating 0.7% of gross national income to overseas development assistance by 2030; (18) Deputy Marc MacSharry - to discuss understaffing and under-resourcing of the ambulance service in the north west and north midlands; (19) Deputy Thomas Pringle - to discuss the recently published report from the working group on the defective concrete blocks grant scheme; (20) Deputies Joe Carey and Mattie McGrath - to discuss a State apology to families, rescue services and residents of Whiddy Island, and a review of the Marine Casualty Investigation board; and (21) Deputy Martin Kenny - to discuss the issuing of work permits and visas for workers from outside the European Union related to the construction trade.

The matters raised by Deputies Carey and Mattie McGrath; Ó Broin, O'Reilly and Ó Snodaigh; MacSharry; and Connolly have been selected for discussion.