Dáil debates

Thursday, 28 June 2007

4:00 pm

Photo of John O'DonoghueJohn O'Donoghue (Ceann Comhairle; Kerry South, Ceann Comhairle)
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I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 21 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Bernard Durkan — the extraordinary situation whereby primary medical certificates are being refused on the ground of persons' alleged failure to qualify on medical grounds, despite each having proven their degree of disability in line with the regulations; and the urgent need for the Minister for Health and Children to intercede in these and related matters; (2) Deputy Finian McGrath — the urgent need to improve health and disability services on the north side of Dublin; (3) Deputy Tony Gregory — the decision of the Railway Procurement Agency to change the metro north route from the original publicised route which had maximised the use of open space to a route through a largely residential area; and (4) Deputy Thomas Broughan — the need to change the density guidelines and reform planning legislation to ensure that the development of areas like the north fringe of Dublin city will cease to be developer-driven and are instead planned in a sustainable and democratic way with all the necessary public and social infrastructure provided on a timely statutory basis; and if the Minister will make a statement on the matter.

The matters raised by the Deputies have been selected for discussion and will be taken now.