Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to address the following matter of national importance, namely, the appalling decision by the Minister for Health and Children and the Health Service Executive to renege on their commitment to develop the cystic fibrosis unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, to the standard required to save the lives of cystic fibrosis patients; and the immediate need for the Minister to reverse this decision to ensure the development proceeds as promised and that the unit is fully operational by 2010, especially given that these developments should have taken place long before now, that the delay has cost the lives of cystic fibrosis patients, that Ireland has the highest prevalence and most severe types of cystic fibrosis in the world and the poorest resources for patients in Europe, and that if this decision, described as “devastating and soul-destroying” by the Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland, is not reversed patients will undoubtedly die unnecessarily.
Deputy Jan O’Sullivan: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss an issue of national importance and concern, namely, the need for the Minister for Health and Children to fulfil her promise to provide facilities for cystic fibrosis patients at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, by the end of 2010.
Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss an issue of national importance and concern, namely, the need for the Minister for Transport to make an urgent statement to the House on the Goodbody report into the taxi industry, particularly in light of the current crisis in that sector and the continuing adverse impact this is having on incomes, working conditions and health and safety standards for taxi workers, on ongoing massive disruption to services for those who use taxis and on his plans to reform the dysfunctional and failing regulation system for the taxi sector.
Deputy Frank Feighan: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss an issue of national importance and concern, namely, to ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to comment on the decision by An Bord Pleanála to refuse permission for a €200 million mixed-use development in Rooskey, County Roscommon, which has the potential to create up to 1,000 jobs and to indicate what can be done to reverse this terrible blow.
An Ceann Comhairle: Tar éis breithnithe a dhéanamh ar na nithe ardaithe, níl siad in ord faoi Bhuan Ordú 32. Having considered the matters raised, I do not consider them to be in order under Standing Order 32.
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