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 Carol Nolan - the methods used to rural-proof the national framework plan; (2) Deputy Ruth Coppinger - the latest homeless figures, which show more than 9,100 people in emergency accommodation; (3) Deputies David Cullinane, Imelda Munster, Pat Buckley, Martin Kenny, Louise O'Reilly, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Martin Ferris and Maurice Quinlivan - practical measures taken by the Government to protect workers last week during the status red alert issued by Met Éireann; (4) Deputy Mary Butler - the unique south-eastern model in residential care homes; (5) Deputy Michael Harty - the proposed direct provision centre in Lisdoonvarna; (6) Deputy Thomas Byrne - the need the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to provide for investment to ensure a reliable and sustainable water supply in Ratoath and Ashbourne; (7) Deputy Kathleen Funchion - the availability of ASD unit spaces in Carlow-Kilkenny; (8) Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin - the need for a supplementary budget for local authorities to repair roads after Storm Emma; (9) Deputies Brendan Ryan and Clare Daly - the need to save homes from falling into the sea due to coastal erosion in Portrane; (10) Deputy Frank O'Rourke - Garda resources for Kildare North; (11) Deputies Bernard J. Durkan and Catherine Murphy - the need for the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to examine the full extent of the damage throughout County Kildare arising from the recent snowstorms and the extent to which the various emergency services have responded so dutifully and the possible need for emergency funding and the ongoing road or path network inaccessibility in the wake of Storm Emma leaving many residents unable to leave their homes; (12) Deputy Eoin Ó Broin - extra investment the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government intends to make available to address the water shortages and water restrictions in Kildare, Meath, Fingal, Dublin city and north Wicklow and additional actions the Government and Irish Water intend to take to alleviate the restrictions as a matter of urgency; (13) Deputy Billy Kelleher - the need for the Minister for Health to provide an update on the impact of recent weather conditions on the health services and to outline what action is being taken to deal with same; (14) Deputy Mick Wallace - storm damage in County Wexford; (15) Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony - the concern of residents of Kinsale and its environs about the availability of an out-of-hours medical facility specifically for the Kinsale area, in circumstances where the population is growing and the increased number of tourists to the area as a result of the Wild Atlantic Way necessitate a localised out-of-hours service; (16) Deputy John Brady - the fire at Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath in Greystones following the delay in works on fire safety issues identified by the Department of Education and Skills; (17) Deputy Gino Kenny - the continuing imprisonment of Mr. Tony Taylor; (18) Deputy Sean Sherlock - the need for the Minister for Health to say when a child of three years of age can expect to receive a wheelchair he is awaiting and why funding for special wheelchair assistance in County Cork for adults and children is grouped together and not separately as in other counties; (19) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the status of the upgrading of Clonmel Garda station; (20) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - the evidence of Sargent Maurice McCabe at the Charleton Tribunal; and (21) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline the support funds he will make available to farmers who suffered damage to farm equipment, infrastructure and produce as well as loss of livestock because of the severe weather caused by Storm Emma.

The matters raised by Deputies Carol Nolan, Ruth Coppinger, David Cullinane, Imelda Munster, Pat Buckley, Martin Kenny, Louise O'Reilly, Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Martin Ferris and Maurice Quinlivan have been selected for discussion.