Dáil debates

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

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 Denis Naughten — the need for the Minister for Health and Children to outline her plans for the provision of acute medical and surgical care for the people of Roscommon, Galway, Westmeath, Longford, Leitrim and Offaly following the HSE decision to close the inpatient surgery and accident departments at Roscommon County Hospital and transfer them to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, on an interim basis; (2) Deputy Shane McEntee — the Government's policy in relation to incineration, the different methods by which our waste is disposed of and its possible effect on people's health; (3) Deputy John O'Mahony — the need for an immediate review of a case wherein a person in County Mayo has been refused a respite care grant despite providing full-time care and attention to his mother, aged 82, and a brother who is a cancer patient — a considerable volume of supportive medical evidence has been submitted in this case (details supplied); (4) Deputy James Bannon — the need for the Minister for Transport to provide an update on his plans regarding the re-opening of Killucan railway station, County Westmeath, and the provision of Structural Funds financing for same in light of the urgent need for easily accessible public transport due to the rapidly increasing population in the area; (5) Deputy Frank Feighan — to ask the Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Mary Harney, when radioiodine ablation treatment will be made available to a 17 year old from Glenballythomas, Tulsk, County Roscommon, who had a malignant tumour removed from her thyroid gland in July 2007. At that stage, according to staff at University College Hospital, Galway, plans were immediately put in place for her treatment. Why has she not received this treatment to date? This teenager cannot attend school due to her deteriorating health and anaemic condition. Why has she been left for ten months without treatment? Who removed her name from the waiting list in St. Luke's without her family's knowledge? (details supplied); (6) Deputies Fergus O'Dowd and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin — the need for a response to the radiology crisis in the north east; and (7) Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Catherine Byrne and Joe Costello — the need to ensure that the five urban regeneration projects in Dublin City proceed.

The matters raised by Deputies Fergus O'Dowd and Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Deputies Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Catherine Byrne and Joe Costello have been selected for discussion.