Wednesday, 29 March 2006
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I request the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a specific matter of local and national importance requiring urgent consideration, namely the need for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to abolish water charges on schools. In what can only be described as a ridiculous and outrageous situation schools are being charged for water on a commercial basis as if they were businesses, and parents and boards of management are being forced to raise funds by way of quizzes and raffles to pay for it.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate a matter of national importance, namely that the Government save 200 women from dying of breast cancer by making the facilities of the Galway Clinic available, through the National Treatment Purchase Fund, to provide a temporary breast check screening service to women living in the south and west pending the full rollout of BreastCheck to all women nationally, estimated to be 2009.
I request the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss an urgent and specific matter of public interest, namely the revelation that the company brought in to mediate in the dispute between the Cork and Dublin Airport authorities over the debt liability that Cork Airport is expected to carry into the future has still not engaged with the Cork Airport Authority in any meaningful way to resolve this matter, to further ask the Minister for Transport if he is aware that this company is already in receipt of other lucrative contracts from the Dublin Airport Authority, thereby creating what many would see as a conflict of interest; and if he will now consider the appointment of a new mediator who will have the confidence of the Cork Airport Authority and who will ensure the interests of Cork Airport will not be ignored in the mediation process.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate an issue of national importance, namely the need for the Government to immediately resource the National Education Welfare Board, which has been in the news this week. Some 500 classrooms-full of children miss more than 40 school days a year. If the National Education Welfare Board received the funding it has requested it could be dealt with.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of national importance, namely the reason why the Health Service Executive and the Department of Health and Children have taken the decision to locate the planned new ambulance base for west Roscommon in Knock, County Mayo, rather than in the community which it is supposed to serve which currently has grossly inadequate ambulance cover. The Department of Health and Children should learn the geography of counties.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the declaration of a national emergency regarding the accident and emergency crisis by the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Harney, which happened to follow a motion to the same effect at the Green Party conference last weekend, the need for the Tánaiste to explain exactly how she intends to implement the ten point plan, the progress made to date on primary care, if she recognises that the real problem relates to bed capacity and if she will make a statement on the matter.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of urgent national importance, namely, the need to hear the response of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to the views of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform that the climate change related emissions trading regimes should not put an environmentally friendly cement producer at a competitive disadvantage and the need to ensure that the "polluter pays" principle applies when the bill of more than €1 billion is charged to the State.