Thursday, 3 March 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
An Ceann Comhairle: Before coming to the Order of Business I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 31. I will call Deputies in the order in which they submitted their notices to my office.
Mr. Connolly: I propose the adjournment of Dáil Éireann under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of urgent public and national concern, namely, the necessity for a multi-phase contingency plan for the management of an influenza pandemic said by the World Health Organisation to be inevitable, the need to prepare to mitigate the direct medical and economic effects of such a pandemic by ensuring that adequate measures are taken before a pandemic occurs so that essential services are maintained, and the provision of a surveillance network for human and animal influenza in view of the danger of their joint mutation with appalling consequences for the world’s population.
Mr. Healy: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of urgent importance, namely, the immediate necessity for the Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children to approve funding for the opening of completed medical units at Our Lady’s Hospital, Cashel, to approve the 20-bed GP assessment unit at the hospital, in addition to giving approval to fund the completion and opening of the 23-bed acute medical unit at South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel, in order to provide a quality health service for the people of south Tipperary and to implement the terms of the High Court settlement for the development of hospital services in south Tipperary, and to allow the Minister to make a statement on the matter.
Mr. Gogarty: I seek the adjournment of the House under Standing Order 31 to debate an issue of national importance, namely, the need for the Government to tackle the issue of class size in primary schools as a matter of priority, given that our class sizes are among the largest in the European Union and that international research points to smaller class sizes having a noticeable improvement on a child’s educational development.
Mr. J. Higgins: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of crucial importance in the context of the hospital construction programme, namely, the urgent need to fund the building of a new hospital in Daingean Uí Chúis in Dingle, County Kerry, while an offer of land at no cost to the State remains on the table.
Mr. Deenihan: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of national importance, namely, the apparent lack of progress in re-opening the National Aquatic Centre following storm damage to the roof on 1 January and the considerable inconvenience this is causing its 4,000 membership and other users of the centre, including many of our elite swimmers.
Mr. Gormley: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss an issue of urgent public importance, namely, the decision by the Minister of State, Deputy Parlon, to allow a mobile phone base station to be installed on Ardee House in Rathmines beside St. Mary’s College and junior school and close to St. Louis’ school, given that the Stewart report in Britain has stated categorically that such an installation should not be placed near to schools, and the need for the Minister, Deputy McDowell, whose area this is, to ensure that his Progressive Democrats colleague, Deputy Parlon, would reconsider this irresponsible decision which poses a threat to children in the Dublin South-East constituency.
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