Thursday, 8 June 2006
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, that the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government make a statement in this House on the statistics revealed in the publication of the annual report of the Cork Simon Community, which show a 12% increase in the number of people availing of emergency accommodation from the organisation, accompanied by a 50% increase in the use of its daytime services.
I seek the adjournment of Dáil Éireann under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of urgent public and national concern, namely, the report of the National Physical and Sensory Disability Database published by the Health Research Board which found that 58% of Irish people registered with physical and sensory disabilities are awaiting assessment for therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation services, while 8% have been assessed and require such services, the fact that over 30% require assessment for personal assistance and support services, while 2.4% have been assessed under this heading and require such services, and the urgent need to tackle the disparity between assessment and service provision in several service areas.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of urgent national and local importance, namely, the lack of a strategic approach by Government towards the spending of national funds on sports and arts facilities. The recently announced capital allocations for sports and arts facilities show a clear leaning towards the county from which the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism comes and at the same time counties such as Kildare, Meath and west Dublin are failing to provide facilities for their rapidly expanding population. There is a clear need to audit sports and arts facilities nationally and to respond to deficiencies in a transparent manner rather than the current position which has much to do with who is representing one's area.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to have an urgent debate on renewed pressure by Limerick County Council on the communities of Pallaskenry and Kildimo to accept water from an often polluted source, the River Deel, instead of their current adequate supply exclusively from Bleach Lough, a spring water lake, and the need to get Limerick County Council to withdraw its injunctions and threats of jailings, including of young mothers, and to respect the democratic wish of the community to keep the environmentally sound source of water which they currently enjoy.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent attention, namely, the need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children to consider the concerns expressed by two Dublin hospitals, Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, and St. James's Hospital, about the process that led to the recommendation concerning the new national children's tertiary hospital and to ensure that a review is carried out.
I concur with Deputy Catherine Murphy's point on funding and, in that respect, I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate a related matter of specific and national importance, namely, the growing problem of obesity among our young people and the related personal and health problems associated with it such as bone fractures, muscle pain, diabetes and heart failure and the need for the Departments of Education and Science, Health and Children and Arts, Sport and Tourism to take a co-ordinated approach, with targeted funding to be provided, where appropriate, on an equal geographical basis.
I seek the adjournment of Dáil Éireann under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of national importance, namely, the report from the Irish Cancer Society which predicts a doubling of the numbers of those suffering from cancer by 2020 and the current woefully inadequate cancer service available to those living in the north west and now threatened in the north east with no radiotherapy centre promised north of a line from Dublin to Galway, with the women of the north west still waiting for the roll-out of BreastCheck and no indication of a national programme to screen cervical cancer.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate an urgent matter of critical importance, namely, how the Government will cope with the impending crisis of an explosion in cancer cases, the number of which is estimated to double by 2020, considering its failure to adequately fund basic oncology and palliative care services at present and failure to address the hundreds who will die due to a lack of BreastCheck and other preventative services in the west, north west and north east.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss an issue of urgent public importance, namely, the report of the National Cancer Registry indicating that the number of cancer cases in this country is likely to double in the next 15 years and the need for the Minister for Health and Children to state how she will deal with this problem given that our health services are already over-stretched.