Tuesday, 30 May 2006
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise an important matter of public interest requiring urgent consideration, namely, the lack of investment in health services for Dublin's north city which, despite having only half the level of GP service per head as the rest of the country, having hospital waiting lists more than three times the national average and losing 48,000 bed days per year in the Mater and Beaumont hospitals because of the lack of convalescent care, receives only a tiny proportion of the Department of Health and Children's new €900 million investment programme, none of which is being invested in the critical accident and emergency units in the Mater and Beaumont hospitals.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of national importance and concern, namely, the rise in drugs related murders on the north side of Dublin and the urgent need to provide more safety and security measures for all our citizens and more community gardaí on the beat and to work closely with all the anti-drugs groups and voluntary community organisations on this priority issue.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of urgent public concern, namely, on this, the centenary of the death of Michael Davitt, a decent Mayo man, the necessity for the Taoiseach to make a statement to the House outlining the reason the scourge of landlordism has been allowed to continue to plague the Irish people in the form of ground rents; and the reason no legislation to abolish ground rents has been brought forward despite there being no apparent political opposition to abolishing them, when the cost to the Exchequer would be negligible and many people, the elderly in particular, continue to find themselves at the mercy of unscrupulous absentee landlords who are demanding huge sums on the expiration of leases.