Topical Issue Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 29A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Peter Burke - the future sustainable use for the former Columb Barracks site in Mullingar, County Westmeath; (2) Deputy Jackie Cahill - the continuing crisis in the beef industry which will worsen following the decision of the United Kingdom to exit the European Union; (3) Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin - the shortage of primary school places for children diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorders; (4) Deputy Eugene Murphy - the reasoning behind the threat to Monksland primary care services in County Roscommon; (5) Deputy Darragh O'Brien - the decision of the Egyptian authorities to delay for the 14th time the trial of Irish citizen, Mr. Ibrahim Halawa, who has been detained without trial in prison since August 2013; (6) Deputy Colm Brophy - establishing a fixed date in the calendar for the national day of Famine commemoration; (7) Deputy Jim Daly - confirmation of the opening of applications under the sports capital grant scheme in 2016 and thereafter; (8) Deputy Alan Kelly - Fáilte Ireland's Lough Derg strategy, including how successful it has been, the funding allocated to date and when the remaining required funds will be allocated; (9) Deputy Louise O'Reilly - the commencement and completion of the extension to a secondary school in Lusk, County Dublin; (10) Deputy Frank O'Rourke - public transport and park-and-ride facilities in north County Kildare, including bus services to Dublin city, connection services within the area and to Blanchardstown hospital in Dublin, and rail fares and services from Kilcock to Dublin city; (11) Deputy John Lahart - the plans for refurbishing existing flats on Dominick Street, Dublin 1, to help alleviate the housing crisis, given the announcement on 29 June 2016 that 72 new units are to be built on Dominick Street Lower; (12) Deputy John McGuinness - the action to support the 14 people with disabilities who have lost their jobs as a result of the closure of Rehab Enterprises in County Kilkenny; (13) Deputies Clare Daly and Mick Wallace - the spike in usage of Shannon Airport in County Clare by the military of the United States of America, including whether this is connected to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's military exercises in Poland; (14) Deputy Mattie McGrath - infrastructure investment for South Tipperary General Hospital; (15) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the plans to substitute methadone with suboxone; (16) Deputy Robert Troy - greater provision of hours under the home help scheme in County Longford and County Westmeath; (17) Deputies Mick Barry, Ruth Coppinger and Gino Kenny - the renewal of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation and the imminent imposition of sanctions on members of the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland arising from this legislation and from not complying with the provisions of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2013-2018, the Lansdowne Road agreement; and (18) Deputy Paul Murphy - the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and its commemoration.

The matters raised by Deputies Fiona O'Loughlin, Louise O'Reilly, Jim Daly and Alan Kelly have been selected for discussion.