Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters

Before we suspend, 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 discuss ongoing issues with illness benefit payments; (2) Deputies Niall Collins and Seán Crowe - to ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to discuss the deteriorating situation in Bahrain, including concerns over human rights and if he will make a statement on the matter; to discuss the current situation in Bahrain on the eighth anniversary of the mass protests for democratic change; the occasion of the eighth anniversary of democratic movement in Bahrain and human rights issues; (3) Deputy Willie O'Dea - to discuss an industrial relations dispute at University of Limerick; (4) Deputy John Brassil - to ask the Minister for Health, given that a young adult is still at home having graduated Nano Nagle School (Listowel, County Kerry Roll No: 19509T) in June 2018 but there is no adult day service allocated as of yet to the person and as the school is still waiting for the nursing support to be extended by five hours per week to cover school hours, what provisions are in place to ensure that all of our ten graduates will start their adult day service in September 2019, will the Minister consider multi-annual investment funding being introduced for special schools and if the issue around the hours and contract for nursing support can be resolved as a matter of urgency given that the school has students with life-limiting conditions and high dependency; (5) Deputy James Browne - the need for the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation to liaise with IDA Ireland to provide additional jobs and further investment in County Wexford; (6) Deputy John Curran - delays in the delivery of much needed extension work at Lucan community college; (7) Deputy Catherine Connolly - the decision to relocate a company currently employing over 100 persons from an Údarás na Gaeltachta site in Tulach, Inverin to the east side of Galway city with the assistance of IDA Ireland; (8) Deputy Darragh O'Brien - to discuss the urgent need for increased Garda resources for Dublin metropolitan region, DMR, north division; (9) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - the need for the Minister for Health to ensure a proper supply chain for the provision of incontinence pads to adults living in the community healthcare west region in view of recent events where the supply chain failed; (10) Deputy Gino Kenny - the approval of the drug Spinraza; (11) Deputy Gerry Adams - the proposal to establish an underground nuclear waste disposal facility in the Mourne Mountains and south Armagh, the threat this poses to Border communities and the Government’s response; (12) Deputy James Lawless - chronic shortage of commuter parking in Sallins-Naas train station; (13) Deputy Dessie Ellis - the issue of infill housing particularly in Ballymun and Finglas; (14) Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin - funding for Rath school, Ballybrittas, County Laois; (15) Deputy Eamon Ryan - to discuss extending the MetroLink project to the south west of the city; (16) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss effects of the cost overrun in the national children's hospital on capital projects for mental health; (17) Deputy Noel Rock - the delay of the proposed plastic bottle deposit and return scheme; (18) Deputy Martin Ferris - to discuss the status of Russian and Icelandic factory ships fishing off the Irish coast; (19) Deputies Robert Troy and John Lahart - to address the fact that Dublin city centre is now one of the most congested in the world, and the slowest city centre in Europe in terms of traffic movement; (20) Deputy Peadar Tóibín - to discuss the fact that the insurance industry is killing Irish business; (21) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the proposed industrial action by community employment supervisors on Monday, 18 February 2019; (22) Deputies Joan Burton and Jack Chambers - to discuss additional prefab accommodation at Pelletstown Educate Together national school; (23) Deputy Jim O'Callaghan - the destructive impact that the proposed BusConnects project will have on the urban villages of Rathgar and Terenure, Dublin 6; (24) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to discuss the need for the Tánaiste to intervene in an issue (details supplied); (25) Deputy Brian Stanley - the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government and the rising costs of rents across the State; and (26) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - proposed changes to rules on allocation of social housing.

The matters raised by Deputies Eamon Scanlon, Martin Ferris, Joan Burton and Jack Chambers, and Eamon Ryan have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 2.42 p.m. and resumed at 3.44 p.m.