Thursday, 23 June 2005
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of urgent public and national concern, namely, the necessity for a 14 year old autistic boy to be given an immediate placement in the Bangor Centre for Developmental Disabilities in north Wales, especially as he has been offered a 13-week assessment placement by his diagnostic and assessment team; the urgent requirement for similar facilities to be provided in Ireland so that autistic children can be placed in an environment or setting that is appropriate to their individual needs; and the need for the Minister for Education and Science to consider whether the provision of appropriate therapies and vocational training can enable such children to achieve their maximum potential and the fullest levels of independence.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the removal of the weekly service provided by the mobile day hospital in Maynooth, Carbury and other areas of north Kildare, especially as the withdrawal of the service provided by the mobile day hospital, particularly to the elderly, will result in an increase not only in demand for such services in accident and emergency units but also in avoidable bed occupancy in acute hospitals.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of urgent public concern, namely, the need for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to explain to the House the possible merits of handing State land to private developers for so-called affordable housing, given that 48,000 families are on the State's social housing waiting lists; to brief Opposition spokespersons on the plans; to debate the issue in the House; to provide a cost-benefit analysis of the proposals before proceeding further with them; and to outline whether he has sought proposals from voluntary housing associations to determine whether they can deliver social housing on State land in a manner that would offer better value for money to the State and maintain living communities within the city.