Thursday, 7 February 2008
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 32
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the unacceptable decision of the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to merge REPS 2 and REPS 3 payments with REPS 4 and pay these at the end of the year with the single farm payments which will impact adversely on the farming industry to the detriment of the livelihoods of individual farmers who signed a contract with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for specific payments at specific times.
In accordance with the terms of Standing Order 32 I seek the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the following specific and important matter of public interest, namely, the need for the Minister for Foreign Affairs to take appropriate steps to ensure the safe passage out of Gaza, where they were distributing medical supplies and other forms of humanitarian assistance to orphanages and hospitals, of two Irish citizens, Treasa Ní Cheannabháin and her daughter, Naisrin el-Safty, and their niece, Sehan, who is an Egyptian citizen. In view of the importance of this issue I hope you will agree to this request.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to debate the following matter of public interest requiring urgent consideration, namely, that falling house prices are putting more and more people at risk of negative equity, the likelihood of house prices continuing to fall and repossessions being on the increase and the need for the Minister of State with responsibility for housing to come up with innovative solutions to support those facing negative equity and the loss of their homes, particularly young families.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss an issue of urgent national importance, namely, the continuing bed crisis at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where some patients on trolleys, awaiting admission, were asked to vacate them for others more seriously ill and the fact that a leading surgeon has recently warned the HSE that the acute hospital situation in the north east was very unsafe.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss the failure of IDA Ireland to attract new investment to Kerry and, in particular, north Kerry, at a time of an alarming increase in the level of unemployment in the wake of job losses at Tillotson and Denny's in Tralee and elsewhere, leading to the return of emigration as young people find it impossible to get jobs at home.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss an urgent matter, namely, the reneging by the HSE to pay St. John's Hospital, Limerick, €645,000 owing for medical services facilitating sessional commitments for a consultant-nephrologist and a consultant breast surgeon agreed to and provided up to 31 December 2007, and call on the Minister for Health and Children to ensure it is paid immediately. I ask also that the Minister for Health and Children give a commitment to retain the accident and emergency services at this hospital into the future as it provides a service for 20,000 patients annually and is the only Limerick city centre based accident and emergency service since the closure of Barringtons Hospital in 1988.