Thursday, 13 January 2011
Requests to Move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 32
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss the proposed closure in June 2012 of the three private agricultural colleges at Mountbellew in County Galway, Gurteen in County Tipperary and Pallaskenry in County Limerick, particularly given that more than one third of all agriculture students now attend private colleges; to ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food whether he is aware of the huge increase in the numbers attending agricultural colleges; to ask if it is acknowledged that the ambitious targets set out for the agriculture industry by 2020 cannot be achieved without a conveyer belt of trained young farmers coming on stream every year; and to state in the House that if the Mountbellew college is closed, there will be no agricultural college in the west of Ireland, which is a matter of grave concern to everybody in the region.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss a matter of national and local importance, namely, the danger of fatalities across the country due to the Government's mismanagement of the health sector and the unacceptable number of patients on trolleys in accident and emergency departments, with yesterday's countrywide figure of 492 patients rising towards last week's high of 569 and, locally, a total of 21 patients waiting on trolleys at the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar, which is heading towards last week's figure of 29.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss a matter of national importance, namely, the Department of Transport's value for money report on regional airports which issued yesterday. The Minister for Transport, Deputy Dempsey, immediately acted on the report by announcing cutbacks to public service obligation routes to Ireland West Airport Knock, Sligo Airport and Galway Airport. The report also recommended investment in regional airports, particularly Ireland West Airport Knock, but the Minister has ignored that section and is instead using the report as a blunt instrument to cut without consultation or balance.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss the statement by the Minister for Finance that the privatisation of State assets has been discussed with the IMF and the European Commission as part of the measures required to be implemented for the State to comply with the conditions attached to the programme of financial assistance; and to consider the serious implications this would have for existing State companies and the services they provide to the public.