Thursday, 8 July 2010
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 32
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss an issue of local and national importance; namely, the urgent need for this House to have a full and frank discussion on the farming crisis. Farm incomes have dropped by more than 40% on average, but in many difficult wetland areas that figure is much higher. Even more serious are the unworkable regulations that have been imposed, especially on intensive units such as poultry and pig farms, at variance to what is happening in other EU countries. It is unrealistic to expect farmers to farm according to fixed dates for slurry and fertiliser spreading regardless of weather conditions, and the agreements made must be renegotiated. This cannot be dealt with today but I hope it will send a message that we need an urgent debate once the Dáil resumes.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of local and national importance; namely, the shocking state of the health services. This week a 91-year-old woman was left for nine hours on a trolley at Midland Regional Hospital Mullingar, County Westmeath-----
-----and an 11-year-old boy was put in a life-threatening position by being forced to travel to Portlaoise hospital due to the lack of an anaesthetist at Mullingar hospital, with his appendix almost bursting on the journey. This is despite the Minister's claim that there have been no cutbacks in services at Mullingar hospital. Such claims are par for the course for Ministers, but no amount of spin can hide the fact that the Government has failed Longford-Westmeath again.
It is a massive body blow for the already hard-hit midlands. Shame on the Tánaiste, the Minister and the Government for the manner in which they acted in this situation and in their delivery of health services for the people of Longford and Westmeath.
I am sorry; I could not hear the Ceann Comhairle above the noise.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss an issue of national importance and concern; namely, the urgent need to support those who work in the taxi industry. I am concerned that in the legislation that created the Commission for Taxi Regulation, no facility was granted for an appeals procedure should drivers disagree with any decision taken by the commission, which since its inception has amassed €23 million in funds from the sale of licences, licence renewal fees and on-the-spot fines. I call on the Minister and the Government to support taxi drivers with common-sense policies, particularly at this difficult economic time.
Ba mhaith liom an Dáil a chur ar athló faoi réir Buan Órdú 32 chun déileáil leis an ghné rí-thábhactach seo gur cóir a phlé sa Dáil: the urgent need for the Government to use the summer months to reflect on the grave damage it has done to the country and its people, as demonstrated by the growing numbers unemployed, the mortgage arrears crisis, the hugely disproportionate cuts to the community and voluntary sector, on which more and more people now depend, the slashing cuts and restrictions imposed on some of our most basic social welfare schemes, its steadfast refusal to tax the rich, and its lack of acknowledgement that it no longer has a mandate from the people to run the country, a fact that underpins its refusal to hold three by-elections which it now knows it could never win.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent attention: the need to reopen the respite house at Clonile, Caherdavin, County Limerick, immediately in order to restore respite services to families in the mid-west who are caring for adults with intellectual disabilities and the need to resolve the issue in advance of the adjournment of the Dáil for the summer recess. I acknowledge that the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Deputy Moloney, came to the House around midnight last night and gave us the good news that the Galway services are safe until the end of this year. However, the Limerick service remains closed and we must have an announcement today that the service will reopen for those families.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to debate the following matter of urgent national importance: the fourth annual report of the independent monitoring group on A Vision for Change, the report of the expert group on mental health policy, which states that there was little substantial progress in 2009 in implementing the recommendations of the report, expresses frustration and confusion about the constantly changing management structures, and states that there is an absence of mental health leadership at a corporate level.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, to call on the Minister for Heath and Children - who is in the House - and on the Taoiseach to make an announcement before the House here today that the respite services for intellectually disabled adults at Clonisle, Caherdavin, Limerick, run by the Brothers of Charity, Bawnmore, will be reopened with immediate effect to provide the vital necessary respite services to the 63 individuals and families who have been put through three weeks of extreme hell and anxiety with the loss of this vital service, at a cost of just €150,000. I thank the Minister of State, Deputy John Moloney, for coming before the House last night. However, what we want is a commitment from the Government today that this respite service will be reopened. Elderly people came to Dublin yesterday about this issue. I would like to hear what the Minister for Health and Children has to say.
This is so important. What we want is for the Minister for Health and Children or the Minister with responsibility for disability to come before the House to say this service will be reopened. This is about real people's lives. Yesterday, the Taoiseach was here talking about 130 people as if they did not exist.