Dáil debates

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

3:00 pm

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
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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 Joe Costello — to take adequate measures to curtail the supply of illegal fireworks at Halloween; (2) Deputy Mary Alexandra White — the results of an EU committee on the problem of ill thrift, stunted growth and low milk yields on a farm in north Kilkenny. This case has come to national prominence and it has repercussions for Irish Agriculture; (3) Deputy Margaret Conlon — the murder of a person in County Monaghan; (4) Deputy Leo Varadkar — that the Minister for Education and Science report to the Dáil on her Department's response to the recent announcement by Fingal County Council that 13 sites will be acquired in Fingal for the provision of new schools under the accelerated school building programme to allow these schools to be up and running by September 2008; (5) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan — to address the decision of the HSE on 3 October to withdraw funding for new bed facilities at the Hamilton Park Nursing Home in Balrothery, Balbriggan when citizens, including a senior constituent who is a stroke patient and currently in the National Rehabilitation Hospital, were arbitrarily deprived of much needed care and treatment at the Balrothery nursing home, and if the Minister will make a statement on this and other arbitrary health cuts by HSE senior management; (6) Deputy Michael Finneran — that the Minister might address the need for the complete roll-out of broadband in Roscommon-South Leitrim; (7) Deputy Bernard J. Durkan — the need for the immediate intervention of the Minister for Social and Family Affairs to alleviate the hardship and distress caused to recipients of rent support throughout north Kildare whose rent has been increased by an average of €200 per month but who have been refused any increase in rent allowance and if the Minister will make a statement on the matter; (8) Deputy John Perry — the plans to transfer oncology services from Sligo Hospital; (9) Deputy Tom Hayes — to confirm when the Abbey school will receive its long awaited funding for a PE hall; (10) Deputy Michael D. Higgins — the failure of the Government to comply with European Union Regulation No. 95/93 of May 2002; (11) Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh — An gá don Aire Oideachais agus Eolaíochta ciorclán 0044/2007, lena gcuirtear cosc ar scoileanna lán-Ghaeilge an luath-thumoideachais a chur i bhfeidhm, a tharraingt siar agus glacadh go hiomlán le moltaí na Comhairle Náisiúnta Curaclaim agus Méasúnachta clár cuimsitheach taighde dhúchasaigh a chur i gcrích ar na saincheisteanna uile i gcomhthéacs teanga agus litearthachta sna bunscoileanna lán-Ghaeilge; (12) Deputy Brian Hayes — the need to provide interpreters or appropriate funding to schools for assistance to deaf parents; and (13) Deputy Jimmy Deenihan — the delay by the Department of Education and Science in sending a technical team to commence planning for an eight classroom school to replace the existing defective building (details supplied), which was approved in January 2006 and highlighted by the commission on school accommodation in November 2006.

The matters raised by Deputies John Perry, Michael D. Higgins, Brian Hayes and Margaret Conlon have been selected for discussion.