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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 26 Jan 2022

Vol. 1016 No. 7

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 Duncan Smith - to discuss the crisis in dental care for medical card holders; (2) Deputy Neale Richmond - to ask the Minister for Justice to discuss the need for body cameras for An Garda Síochána; (3) Deputy Paul Donnelly - to discuss the current issues in regard to equipment, staff and industrial action facing the Dublin fire brigade service; (4) Deputy John Lahart - to discuss recognition of the essential role of SNAs by the Department of Education initiating an immediate review of the basic qualifications required with a view to establishing a new qualifications threshold, recognising the increasing, invaluable and often complex role played by SNAs in our school communities; (5) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - to ask the Minister to outline the rationale behind the continued failure to provide a Covid-19 test centre in Drogheda, the largest town in the country with one of the largest catchment populations, in particular with consideration given to the continued high numbers of Covid-19 cases in the catchment area of more than 85,000 people and if the Minister will make a statement on the matter; (6) Deputy Marc MacSharry - that the Minister for Transport, Deputy Eamon Ryan, directs the National Transport Authority and provide the necessary funding to ensure the urgent commencement of the third Sligo town bus route known as S3 to provide essential public transportation and access to services for the population of the west ward, which includes many elderly and vulnerable people who currently have no service; (7) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan - to raise with the Ministers for Education and Housing, Local Government and Heritage pursuant to the relevant Standing Order for Topical Issue matters the urgent necessity for the co-ordination of action between the Department of Education, Kildare County Council and the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to arrange for the completion of any outstanding activities to facilitate the commencement of the three-school project in Celbridge, County Kildare, incorporating St Raphael’s Special School, St Patrick’s National School and Celbridge Community College, all of which are urgently required and if the Minister will make a statement on the matter; (8) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - to ask the Minister for State with special responsibility for disability issues to discuss the crisis in access to clinical services for children, particularly where children are aging out of early intervention waiting lists and forced to seek support privately or abroad; (9) Deputy Johnny Guirke - to discuss the need for stronger advocacy in Washington on Irish–American issues, and for Irish people in general living in the United States; (10) Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Mark Ward - the failure of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to share with the Moore Street advisory group its plan to have €1.5 million paid to the street traders; (11) Deputy John Brady - to ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs to explain his rationale for the failure to appoint an independent investigator to the inquiry into the events which took place in Iveagh House on 17 June 2020 and if he will make a statement on the matter; (12) Deputy Jennifer Murnane O'Connor - to discuss the provision of toilet facilities at Muine Bheag train station in County Carlow; (13) Deputy Brendan Griffin - the review of south Kerry CAMHS; (14) Deputy David Stanton - to ask the Minister for Transport to discuss the urgent need for the upgrade of the N25 national road between Midleton and Carrigtwohill, County Cork, following reports that funding has been withdrawn for the proposed project, and if he will make a statement on the matter; (15) Deputy Joe McHugh - to ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to acknowledge increases in construction costs, for example, of approximately 43% on steel, for public projects already awarded tenders in 2021, and to facilitate communication between design teams, contractors and relevant Departments as opposed to starting a new tender process which will delay projects and will ultimately lead to more cost, and make a statement on the matter; (16) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to discuss the need for additional Garda resources for Carrigaline; (17) Deputy Thomas Gould - to discuss the value for money of local authorities long-term leasing houses through the mortgage to rent scheme from the single provider licencsd in the scheme; and (18) Deputy Maurice Quinlivan - to discuss for an update as to what recent steps have been taken by the Minister for Health to address the continuing issue of overcrowding at University Hospital Limerick and if he will make a statement on the matter.

The matters raised by Deputies Duncan Smith, MacSharry, Guirke and Lahart have been selected for discussion.