Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 37 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív - to discuss the commencement of sections of the Public Health (Alcohol) Act dealing with the minimum unit pricing of alcohol; (2) Deputy Neale Richmond - to ask the Minister for Transport for an update on the numbers of people resident in Ireland who hold UK driving licences who have yet to exchange them for the Irish version ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period, and if he will make a statement on the matter; (3) Deputy Denis Naughten - to discuss the need to redeploy speech and language therapists from Covid-19 contact tracing work to provide support to children; (4) Deputy Kieran O'Donnell - to discuss the pyrite remediation process for houses in the Limerick area; (5) Deputy Niamh Smyth - to discuss capital investment for a women's refuge in the Cavan-Monaghan area; (6) Deputy Gary Gannon - to discuss the release of the class ranking information from the Department of Education and Skills; (7) Deputy Marian Harkin - to discuss the continuation of court services in Sligo; (8) Deputy Dessie Ellis - to discuss the expansion of the retrofitting energy efficiency programme for older houses; (9) Deputy David Stanton - to discuss the urgent need to upgrade the R624 access road to Cobh and Great Island in County Cork; (10) Deputy Louise O'Reilly - the need for additional autism spectrum disorder places in north county Dublin; (11) Deputies Ruairí Ó Murchú, Richard Boyd Barrett and Mattie McGrath - to discuss the expiration of mortgage breaks and the impact on borrowers; (12) Deputy Dara Calleary - to discuss funding for Ireland West Airport Knock to sustain it through the Covid-19 pandemic; (13) Deputy Brendan Griffin - to discuss concerns regarding full capacity school bus services, mask enforcement on school buses and access to services; (14) Deputies Pádraig O'Sullivan, Christopher O'Sullivan and James O'Connor - to discuss support for the continued viability of Cork Airport due to Covid-19; (15) Deputy Chris Andrews - to discuss the regeneration of social and flat complexes in inner-city Dublin, including Pearse House; (16) Deputy Michael Moynihan - to discuss an update on progress of the new primary school in Kanturk, County Cork; (17) Deputies Sean Sherlock, Duncan Smith, Mick Barry, Gino Kenny, Paul Murphy and Darren O'Rourke - to discuss the need to protect Bus Éireann Expressway services, including the Cork-Dublin route; (18) Deputy Steven Matthews - to discuss proposals set out by the "changing places" campaign to require the provision of changing places in public buildings; (19) Deputy Jennifer Whitmore - to discuss the funding deficit in Wicklow County Council following delays in reform of the local property tax; (20) Deputy Pauline Tully - to discuss the development of the North-South interconnector; (21) Deputy Paul McAuliffe - to discuss the need for exemptions to allow drug and alcohol support groups to be able to meet under Covid-19 restrictions; (22) Deputy Holly Cairns - to discuss the ongoing clusters of Covid-19 in meat plants; (23) Deputy Pat Buckley - to discuss ongoing traffic congestion in Castlemartyr, County Cork; (24) Deputy Catherine Connolly - to discuss the closure of the public swimming pool and gym at Leisureland, Galway; (25) Deputy Marc Ó Cathasaigh - to discuss a decision by the National Transport Authority to maintain the Barrow Bridge in the open position; (26) Deputies Matt Carthy and Sorca Clarke - to discuss the European Commission's REACH committee's recent adoption of a regulation on the use of lead gunshot; (27) Deputy Alan Farrell - to discuss the need for increased funding for the National Youth Council of Ireland in light of the mental health impacts of Covid-19; (28) Deputy Martin Kenny - to discuss the issue of unaccompanied minors following the fire in Lesbos; (29) Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire - to discuss the need to deliver fair and equal pay and conditions for school secretaries; and (30) Deputy Joan Collins - to raise the issue of the board of the Spike Island Development Company, a State body, and its questionable dismissal of workers who work at the kiosk on Kennedy Pier for Spike Island tours.

The matters raised by Deputies Ó Cuív, Naughten, Stanton and Andrews have been selected for discussion.

Sitting suspended at 8.22 p.m. and resumed at 8.42 p.m.