Thursday, 24 February 2005
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I seek the adjournment of Dáil Éireann under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of urgent local and national concern, namely, that in terms of expenditure on information technology on hospital services, Ireland's hospitals lag behind the rest of Europe, spending just 2% to 3% of their budgets on IT equipment, compared with over 5% in the majority of other European countries, and to call on the Government to provide additional funding to hospitals for IT and computer-based technology to enable them to function more effectively and provide better value for money.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate a matter of major national importance, namely, that the Government save 200 women from dying from breast cancer by making the national treatment purchase fund available to provide a temporary breast screening service to women living in the south and west of Ireland pending the full national roll-out of BreastCheck, which it is estimated will not happen until 2007 at the earliest.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to hear the details of the Government's stated commitment to provide a metro via Dublin Airport between Dublin city and Swords and the cost benefit analysis for linking the mainline services on the Dublin-Belfast line with an extended metro line to Donabate given the current opportunity for making a land reservation that may be lost in future as other development pressures increase in the area.