Wednesday, 11 October 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, the urgent need to assist St. Michael's House, Dublin, in providing services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, particularly the 296 on residential waiting lists, 74% of whom live on the north side of Dublin; the need for the Minister to implement urgently the recommendations of the Harmon-Wolfe report which demand action on the 59 posts outstanding; and the need to give St. Michael's House the maximum support over the next year as a matter of urgency.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of urgent national concern, namely, the serious under-funding of the disability sector and the need for the Government to signal its resolve to deliver for this sector by taking the initial step in budget 2007 of implementing its national disability strategy, Towards 2016, with action in the following areas: increasing the disability allowance by €20 per week to €185; introducing a cost of disability payment allowance of €40 per week for people currently in receipt of a means-tested social welfare payment; allocating €75 million to address residential and day-to-day support needs of adults with significant disabilities residing in appropriate accommodation; and increasing the allocation for the disabled person's grant scheme by €35 million. Access to disability services depends on the county in which one lives and there are great disparities between counties.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the need to welcome the Garda operation in Limerick last night resulting in the seizure of handguns and a quantity of ammunition; the need for the Government to channel more resources into Operation Anvil and Operation Marigold and other measures to tackle gun and drug crime; the need to recognise the young ages of those arrested in Limerick yesterday, namely, four males aged between 16 and 19 and two women in their twenties; and the urgent need for the Government to introduce measures for children and young people aimed at preventing their involvement in and diverting them away from criminal activities.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a specific matter of local and national importance requiring urgent attention, namely, the need for the Minister for Health and Children to properly fund and staff the public orthodontic service and widen substantially the orthodontic guidelines used to approve children for treatment as the current service is almost non-existent and parents are being forced to pay thousands of euro for each of their children to have private treatment. Will the Minister make a statement on the matter?
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of national and local importance, namely, why more than 300 more women from the west and south will have to die before BreastCheck is extended nationwide; to ask the Government if it cares that one in every two women in the west opts for a mastectomy for breast cancer compared to one in five in the east; whether the Government is concerned that another 300 women will die purely due to the failure to extend BreastCheck nationwide; whether the Government is aware that this screening service has cut the death rate by 20% to 30% in the United Kingdom, including Northern Ireland, and in the rest of Europe and the United States; whether the Government agrees there is cancer care apartheid in the south and west; the statement of the Minister for Health and Children on 28 September that BreastCheck would be extended nationwide early next year — BreastCheck says it will be the end of next year but it cannot be certain; and whether this is acceptable.