I wish to advise the House that 13 Deputies have submitted matters under Standing Order 21: (1) Deputy Michael Ring — to ask the Minister for Education and Science to make a full statement on the up-to-date position regarding the construction of a new school building for a gaelscoil in County Mayo; (2) Deputy James Bannon — the need for the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism to explain why application forms for funding under the national lottery sports grants for 2009 are not yet available and when he envisages such grants will be paid; (3) Deputy Tom Sheahan — the ongoing provision of funds for An Moncaí Ocrach in Dingle; (4) Deputy Mary Alexandra White — the need, in light of a recent report in the Kilkenny People about alleged toxic heavy metals, including cadmium, on a farm in north County Kilkenny, for the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to publish immediately the pending report of his Department’s investigation into the farm; (5) Deputy Pat Rabbitte — the need to provide corrective surgery at Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin, for two leaving certificate students who suffer from scoliosis; (6) Deputy Kathleen Lynch — the need to discuss the paediatric diabetes services at Cork University Hospital and in particular the decision not to appoint a replacement for the paediatric dietitian who is due to go on maternity leave shortly; (7) Deputy Catherine Byrne — the withdrawal of funding by Pobal to the KWCDT partnership, Dublin 12; (8) Deputy David Stanton — the need for the provision of support services to school leavers suffering from autism, special educational needs or other disabilities; (9) Deputy Thomas McEllistrim — the need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to move quickly to ensure that jobs lost due to the closure of the Amann plant are replaced quickly and that every opportunity for retraining and upskilling be afforded to those affected so that they may re-enter the workforce as soon as possible; (10) Deputy Paul Kehoe — the need to discuss the fact that the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, is not in a position to sanction the recruitment by county councils of lifeguards for beaches on coastal counties around the country. If funding is not made available through the Department of Finance for these temporary positions, the inability of county councils to recruit lifeguards will have a detrimental effect on our tourism industry, at a time when the industry can least afford it; (11) Deputy John Perry — the need for the Minister for Health and Children to address the serious concern of citizens. The World Health Organisation has said the outbreak of a new multi-strain swine flu in Mexico and the US is a public health emergency of international concern. As part of the world-wide mobilisation of resources to fight the threatened epidemic, the Irish Government must support the immediate granting by the World Health Assembly of observer status to Taiwan; (12) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh — the need to provide an effective regeneration strategy for Dolphin’s Barn, Dublin; and (13) Deputy Joe McHugh — the need for the Minister for Health and Children to deliver the BreastCheck programme to Letterkenny General Hospital and to Donegal, 13 years after it was first rolled out in other parts of the country, on foot of this week’s announcement by the chief executive officer of BreastCheck that the programme will not be rolled out in Donegal in 2009 because of the public sector recruitment freeze.
The matters raised by Deputies Pat Rabbitte, David Stanton, Catherine Byrne and Aengus Ó Snodaigh have been selected for discussion.