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 Eamon Scanlon - to support disabled people’s parking facilities for dementia and Alzheimer's disease sufferers; (2) Deputy Seamus Healy - the need for additional inpatient beds at South Tipperary General Hospital; (3) Deputy Seán Crowe - the impact of the new EU joint defence fund on Irish neutrality; (4) Deputy Willie O'Dea - the proposal by Irish Cement to burn toxic waste at its plant in Limerick; (5) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - the possible inclusion of Kells, Navan and Trim as rent pressure zones; (6) Deputy Thomas Byrne - the need for the Government, in its capital plans, to provide for an upgrading of the N2 from Kilmoon to Ashbourne in County Meath to dual carriageway standard; (7) Deputy Mary Butler - the need for the Minister for Health to make a statement on the death on Sunday of a patient from cardiac arrest while being transferred from University Hospital Waterford to Cork University Hospital; (8) Deputy Martin Ferris - home help hours at weekends; (9) Deputy Michael McGrath - to ask the Minister for Education and Skills the up-to-date position regarding the provision of a permanent school building for Rochestown Educate Together national school, County Cork, and to confirm the temporary accommodation arrangements that will be place for the school for the 2017-18 school year; (10) Deputy Jonathan O'Brien - to discuss the urgent matter of the appointment of the former Attorney General as a judge on the Court of Appeal; (11) Deputy Thomas Pringle - the urgent need to extend the deadline for GLAS hedgerow planting due to unforeseen circumstances potentially affecting farmer payments; (12) Deputy Niall Collins - to review the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations 1994; (13) Deputy Sean Fleming - the construction of an electricity sub-station at Coolnabacca, County Laois, by Eirgrid; (14) Deputy Pearse Doherty - the need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to urgently reform the aquaculture licensing process to safeguard coastal communities from poorly planned and unsustainable aquaculture developments; (15) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae - visa application processing times; (16) Deputy Carol Nolan - to discuss the cuts to home help hours in County Offaly; (17) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - the need for light rail in Cork city; (18) Deputy Mick Wallace - to discuss the appointment of Ms Justice Máire Whelan to the Court of Appeal; (19) Deputy Jackie Cahill - the impact of new application procedures in the rural development/Leader programme 2014-2020; (20) Deputy Eamon Ryan - the continued alarming increase in new HIV infections in Ireland, especially amongst men who have sex with men, and the continued delay in a decision to make pre-exposure prophylaxis available to those at risk; (21) Deputy Joan Collins – whether the Minister will make a statement on his comment yesterday that he will not be implementing the commitment that all families will be removed from hotel or B&B emergency accommodation by 1 July; (22) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on cardiac care cath lab facilities at University Hospital Waterford; (23) Deputy David Cullinane - to ask the Minister for Health to outline the plans for a second cath lab for University Hospital Waterford in light of the tragic events this week that saw a young man lose his life while in an ambulance, having been sent to Cork because the cath lab in Waterford was closed; (24) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - Ireland's being ranked fourth in the world in terms of youth suicide; (25) Deputy Clare Daly - to discuss the appointment of an individual (details supplied) to the Court of Appeal; and (26) Deputy Joan Burton - to ask the Minister responsible for housing the implications of the recent apartment fire in Dublin 15 and the recent tragedy at Grenfell tower in London and the implications for safety of apartment dwellers.

The matters raised by Deputies Eamon Scanlon, Seamus Healy, Seán Crowe and Willie O'Dea have been selected for discussion.