Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Dáil Eireann Debate
Deputy Charles Flanagan: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the announcement by the Irish Prison Service on the matter of the spending of more than €40 million of taxpayers’ money on Thornton Hall super prison in north county Dublin, which is not now proceeding, and the need for the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to inform the House of the intentions of Government in the short term.
Deputy James Bannon: On the same issue, I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the continued waste of taxpayers’ money by this spendthrift Government, which now sees €40 million plus wiped out on the ill-conceived Thornton Hall project, following on the millions squandered on other white elephants such as e-voting and PPARS.
Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Ar an gceist chéanna, ba mhaith liom cead a lorg an Dáil a chur ar athló chun ceist ríthábhachtach náisiúnta práinneach a phlé, is é sin, in light of the €40 million plus of taxpayers’ money wasted by the Government on the Thornton Hall super prison folly to date, the urgent need for the Government to finally accept that public private partnerships, PPPs, are unsuitable for the delivery of social projects, be they in the field of justice, housing or health; the need to focus now on addressing the Dickensian aspects of our existing prison stock and to urgently bring forward further legislative and policy measures to remove as many non-violent offenders from the prison system as possible in order to address overcrowding and the resulting risks to the health, safety and lives of prisoners and prison staff; and, in addition, to call off the move of the Central Mental Hospital.
Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil on the following matter of national importance requiring urgent attention, namely, the need for the Minister for Education and Science, Deputy Batt O’Keeffe, to reverse his disgraceful, unilateral decision to cut promised funding for the development of the all-Ireland centre of excellence for autism at Middletown, County Armagh, a joint North-South project, which is providing vital training, research and other supports for the many children in Ireland with autism, and their families.
Deputy Seán Sherlock: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the reporting by the Irish Examiner today that Cork University Hospital is set to become the only acute hospital in Cork and Kerry, resulting in the downgrading of Mallow and Bantry general hospitals, the Mercy University Hospital, South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital in Cork city, and Kerry General Hospital, all of which currently provide acute care. I seek such a debate in the House to ask the Minister for Health and Children to explain how she proposes that Cork University Hospital will become the sole provider of acute care. I also seek an explanation as to how people’s lives in the catchment area of these hospitals will be affected as a result of this reconfiguration.
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