Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Adjournment Debate Matters
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 Leo Varadkar — that the Minister for Transport report to this House in respect of barrier free tolling on the M50; the basis on which he informed the Dáil on 28 June 2007 that as an incentive to use electronic tagging "registered users will be offered a discount on the standard toll rate"; and on whether he made any representations to the NRA in respect of the barrier-free tolling scheme being introduced on the M50; when those representations were made; the nature of those representations; and what response he received from the NRA; (2) Deputy Michael D. Higgins — to proceed with the development of Clifden community school, Scoil Phobail Clifden, in County Galway, in view of the fact that the school has been approved for progress and in the light of the increased local school going population, together with cramped and outdated working conditions and facilities in the school, in particular with regard to the united community voice calling for this development to proceed, and unanimity, too, among elected representatives as well as parents, pupils and voluntary groups in the area; (3) Deputy John O'Mahony — the need to review the case of a person in County Mayo who has been refused a respite care grant; (4) Deputy Frank Feighan — to ask the Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Mary Harney, when radio iodine ablasion 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 which stage, according to staff in University College Hospital, Galway, UCHG, plans were immediately put in place for her treatment; the reason she has not received this treatment to date; the reason this teenager, who cannot attend school due to her deteriorating health and anaemic condition, has been left ten months without treatment; and the person who removed her name from the waiting list in St. Luke's without her family's knowledge (details supplied); (5) Deputy James Bannon — the need for the Minister for Transport to provide an update on his plans regarding the reopening of Killucan railway station in County Westmeath and the provision of Structural Funds financing for same in the light of the urgent need for easily accessible public transport due to the rapidly increasing population in the area; (6) Deputy Ulick Burke — the need for the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Deputy Dermot Ahern, to include in the proposed new intoxicating liquor Bill a section that will ban the sale in Ireland of the highly potent and exclusively designed shot packs originating in Mexico which are packaged and designed for concealment in night clubs, concerts, sporting venues and are aimed at the teenage market; (7) Deputy Olwyn Enright — to ask the Minister for Education and Science how his Department can assist an eight year old autistic child who has been expelled from school to find a school place, following the failure of his appeal against expulsion and following unsuccessful attempts to have any other school in the area to take him as a pupil, and following attempts to get assistance from all relevant agencies to no avail. (details supplied); (8) Deputy Tom Hayes — to ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage, and Local Government to discuss the approval and release of funds for a water investment programme in order to meet the critical shortage of infrastructure in south Tipperary; to particularly comment on the lack of service entirely, poor water pressure, poor quality, and dirty water received by many people across south Tipperary; to clarify how much has been allocated in south Tipperary water infrastructure this year, as well as nationally; to clarify how much has been spent on the Fethard scheme, the Tipperary scheme, the Clonmel scheme, the Cashel scheme, the Cahir scheme and the Carrick-on-Suir scheme; to outline the delays in the system nationally and explain why these still exist; and to make a statement on the matter; (9) Deputy Brian O'Shea — the need to reconsider the decision not to underwrite the €39 million loan for Waterford Wedgewood; (10) Deputy Dan Neville — Kilmallock sewerage scheme; (11) Deputy Michael Creed — the need to make provisions for late applications for the single farm payment; (12) Deputy Tom Sheahan — the decision to stop fishing around Cromane Bay; and (13) Deputy Mary Alexandra White — the need to reform the requirement of people aged 70 and over for full medical examinations when applying for new driving licences, the cost of which does not come within the remit of the GP medical card contract.
The matters raised by Deputies Brian O'Shea, John O'Mahony, Michael Creed and Tom Sheahan have been selected for discussion.