Tuesday, 3 February 2004
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I seek the adjournment of the DÃ¡il under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following urgent matter: the need for the Minister for Education and Science to set out the action he intends to take arising from the publication of the third interim report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse and to outline in particular the steps he intends to take to address the issue of resources for the commission and within his Department, so the commission can discharge the mandate given to it by the Oireachtas in the most prompt and efficient manner possible, and, in view of the dissatisfaction expressed by Ms Justice Laffoy and her colleagues with the level of co-operation received from the Department of Education and Science, the urgent requirement now to transfer to the Taoiseach the powers, duties and functions vested in the Minister by order of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Act 2000. In view of the importance of this issue I hope the Chair agree to this request.
I seek the adjournment of the DÃ¡il under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following urgent matter: the severe disruption and inconvenience caused by an accident involving a crane at a building site close to Barrow Street, Ringsend, the need to ensure that those responsible for the site are liable for all the costs caused by this disruption, including the closure of the DART line, and the need for the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to ensure the Garda and the Health and Safety Authority carry out a full and thorough investigation of this incident.
I seek the adjournment of the DÃ¡il under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following urgent matter: the deteriorating delivery of health care at Cavan General Hospital; the fact that at least 14 serious complaints are being investigated regarding Cavan General Hospital's declining quality of services; the unusually high volume of accident and emergency cases presenting at the hospital, which certainly does not constitute best practice but rather unsafe practice; the unnecessarily high levels of pressure and stress staff at the hospital are being subjected to; the fact that elective surgery has all but ceased at the hospital; to call for the immediate restoration of on-call status at Monaghan General Hospital to relieve the intolerable pressure on services and staff at Cavan General Hospital; and the immediate appointment by the Minister for Health and Children of a committee of inquiry to deal with the outstanding case of two consultants at Cavan General Hospital who were suspended indefinitely without pay on 18 August 2003.
I seek the adjournment of the DÃ¡il under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following urgent matter: the damage to public confidence in the health service provided to residents in the North Eastern Health Board area due to the cumulative effects of unresolved incidents, scandals and underfunding, and to determine the extent to which the most recent incident investigations in Cavan General Hospital are symptoms of a more general malaise pervading the entire board area, reflecting service and management deficiencies which have been ignored for far too long by the Minister and the Government.
I seek the adjournment of the DÃ¡il under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following urgent matter: the need for the Minister for Health and Children to urgently address serious public concerns about the current situation at Cavan General Hospital and to ensure that the inquiry he initiated nearly six months ago, following the suspension of two consultants, is commenced and concluded without further delay.
I seek the adjournment of the DÃ¡il under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following urgent matter: in light of last week's High Court decision on Carrickmines Castle in Dublin, the need for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to clarify whether he is still the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and to state whether he intends to alter the route of the south-eastern motorway so as to minimise the damage to Carrickmines Castle or whether he intends to alter the legislation so as to allow the road to proceed along its current route.