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Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Michael Kitt Zoom on Michael Kitt I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 27A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Patrick Nulty — cuts to community-based family therapy services in mental health; (2) Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan — the need to ensure that Gaelscoil Bharra, Cabra, Dublin 7, will be included in the soon to be published five-year building plan; (3) Deputy Anne Ferris — the problem of mortgage holders who are unable to avail of mortgage interest relief; (4) Deputy Joe McHugh — the accountability of the Teaching Council; (5) Deputy Jonathan O’Brien — the recent bed closures at the Mercy Hospital, Cork; (6) Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy — the progress made in assessing the potential of Bord na Móna to manage Irish Water; (7) Deputy Dan Neville — a national survey of public attitudes to disability in Ireland; (8) Deputy Ciara Conway — the need for schools to have supports in place to assist students with special educational needs for pre-leaving and pre-junior certificate exams; (9) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin — the need to issue pardons to personnel who deserted the Irish Defence Forces during the Second World War in order to fight for the British army; (10) Deputy Alan Farrell — the decision of FÁS to discontinue all training courses in Balbriggan, County Dublin; (11) Deputy Kevin Humphreys — the delays in processing applications for carer’s allowance; (12) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan — the need for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to develop in conjunction with the local authorities a new series of anti-graffiti measures, given the upsurge in this anti-social scourge in communities across the country, and to introduce measures to address the problems of [303]residents in new estates whose developers are claiming inability to pay to finish the estates, particularly with regard to public street lighting, and to request the Minister to make a statement on the matter; (13) Deputy Tony McLoughlin — the need to increase the number of IDA-supported jobs in the Sligo-Leitrim region; (14) Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl — the need to review the decision to close the Irish Embassy in the Vatican; (15) Deputy Joan Collins — the need to reverse the cuts in funding to Cherryfield Resource Centre, Dublin 12; (16) Deputy Brendan Smith — the number of teachers who are due to retire at the end of February and the number who will be re-employed until the State examinations; (17) Deputy Michael McCarthy — the need to connect metropolitan area networks, MANs, that are currently dormant in the west Cork area; (18) Deputy Michael Healy-Rae — the Cork-Swansea ferry; (19) Deputy Mattie McGrath — the way in which NAMA is operating and the failure of banks to lend to businesses; (20) Deputy Noel Harrington — the need to maintain the district social welfare office in Castletownbere, County Cork; (21) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett — the need for a public inquiry about the Providence Resources application to drill for oil and gas on the foreshore in Dublin Bay; (22) Deputy Michael McNamara — the northern distributor road in Limerick; (23) Deputy Charlie McConalogue — the need to publish a plan for dealing with midwifery services, particularly at Holles Street hospital, Dublin, in view of impending retirements; (24) Deputy Mick Wallace — the reduction in the provision of guidance counselling at Gorey community school, County Wexford; (25) Deputy Derek Keating — the need to maintain adequate funding for drugs task forces; (26) Deputy Clare Daly — western and potential UN intervention in Syria; (27) Deputy Joe Higgins — the repeated involvement by western governments in the Syrian revolution; and (28) Deputy Michael McGrath — the need to ensure that the former employees of Bowen Construction Limited will receive the full amount of outstanding moneys owing to them.

The matters raised by Deputies Anne Ferris, Joe McHugh, Patrick Nulty and Charlie McConalogue have been selected for discussion.

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