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 Michael Healy-Rae - the decision by the HSE to withdraw the service of one of the two ambulances that service the Killarney area; (2) Deputy Patrick O'Donovan - the need to engage with the local community and employee representatives of Andersen Ireland to explore all options of saving the jobs in Rathkeale, County Limerick; (3) Deputy Joan Collins - the need to discuss the application of prescription charges; (4) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to address the financial problems being experienced by the St. Michael's House Group; (5) Deputy Brendan Griffin - the economic benefits and importance of the 9% VAT rate for tourism-related businesses; (6) Deputy Heather Humphreys - the need to extend the deadline of 1 October 2013 for the introduction of new regulations for the declaration of non-use of motor vehicles; (7) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin - the need to discuss the difficulties surrounding newly qualified teachers being unable to access teaching hours and complete their statutory probation periods post qualification; (8) Deputy Kevin Humphreys - the need to make Flexiseq gel, a treatment for osteoarthritis, available to those on the medical card scheme; (9) Deputy Jerry Buttimer - the need to investigate the recent ambulance breakdown on the N7; (10) Deputies Brian Stanley and Michael Colreavy - the need for regulations to govern the construction of wind farms; (11) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the need to discuss the decision by the ASTI to reject the Haddington Road agreement; (12) Deputy Derek Keating - the need to address the increasing problem of bullying in national schools; (13) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the rising numbers of people seeking help from homeless services; (14) Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin - the need to reverse the HSE-imposed cuts to funding to St. Michael's House; (15) Deputy Finian McGrath - cuts to disability services at St. Michael’s House; (16) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss the downgrading of domestic violence services in Wexford; (17) Deputy Clare Daly - to discuss the night-time closure of the women's refuge in Wexford; (18) Deputy Joe McHugh - the role of Greencastle post office, County Donegal; (19) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the need to re-open the education fund for survivors of the Magdalen laundries; and (20) Deputy Robert Troy - the need to take action to help Irish couples whose prospective adoptions have been jeopardised by a change in Russian adoption law.

The matters raised by Deputies Aodhán Ó Ríordáin; Charlie McConalogue; Joe McHugh; and Brian Stanley and Michael Colreavy have been selected for discussion.