Dáil debates

Wednesday, 7 November 2007

3:00 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 Tom Hayes — in light of the recent lack of confidence in the health system, the fact that it is of urgent public importance that the Minister for Health and Children confirms when the extra hospice ward for South Tipperary General Hospital will be approved, as patients in distress are currently in a highly unsuitable ward; (2) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd — to discuss an issue of national importance, namely, the refusal of the Taoiseach to answer a Dáil question as to when his Department's media monitoring unit, which costs the taxpayer over €373,000 annually and is staffed 18 hours a day, first became aware of press reports relating to the Aer Lingus Belfast-Heathrow proposals and the action taken by that unit as a result; (3) Deputy James Bannon — to outline what if, any, plans are in place for a cohesive policy to expedite the development of slurry-generated electricity; (4) Deputy Ulick Burke — to indicate the reasons for the delay in publishing the conditions and guidelines for the implementation of the mid-Shannon tax incentive scheme which was announced in the budget of 2006; (5) Deputy Joe Costello — to outline Government proposals for communicating the contents of the reform treaty to the people of Ireland; (6) Deputy Eamon Scanlon — the dissolution of joint ownerships of land and the resulting difficulties for farmers; (7) Deputy Deirdre Clune — the need to ensure the regeneration of the Cork docklands area is facilitated through tax incentives; (8) Deputy Martin Ferris — the closing of the farm improvement scheme; (9) Deputy Simon Coveney — the Cork Airport debt issue; (10) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan — the need to change the guidelines on the governance of integrated local development companies and urban-based partnerships to ensure that the social partners and local and regional community leadership are fully represented on the boards of those companies and partnerships and to ensure that successful corporate governance models used in the past by companies such as the Northside Partnership are maintained and allowed to flourish; and if the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs will make a statement on the matter; (11) Deputy Jack Wall — the procedures that will be put in place by local authorities in respect of the changes from the care of elderly grant scheme to the new grant scheme for older persons and whether the local authorities will now put in place a number of units that will carry out the work previously carried out by units in the Health Service Executive, namely, house repairs; (12) Deputy Pat Breen — a matter of extreme importance, namely, this morning's fire in a commercial business in Ennis, County Clare and the reported lack of water pressure in the town restricting the valiant efforts of fire fighters to bring the fire under control — thankfully, there was no loss of lives but families were evacuated from their houses — and the need for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to immediately fast track the Ennis water augmentation scheme to address this problem; (13) Deputy Dan Neville — the construction of a new primary school at Kilfinane, County Limerick; (14) Deputy Seán Fleming — the question of why people who are over 80 years of age in respect of whom the qualified adult allowance is being paid do not receive the addition of €10 per week as is payable to claimants over 80 years of age on the State pension; (15) Deputy P. J. Sheehan — the suspension of the farm improvement scheme; (16) Deputy Rory O'Hanlon — the need to discuss the infrastructure, including pylons, for the cross-Border interconnector; and (17) Deputy Jan O'Sullivan — the need to launch a public service obligation application on the basis of regional policy and sustainability for the Shannon region and the west of Ireland.

The matters raised by Deputies Eamon Scanlon, Simon Coveney, Jan O'Sullivan and P. J. Sheehan have been selected for discussion.