Thursday, 30 September 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
An Ceann Comhairle: Before coming to the Order of Business I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 32. I will call on Deputies in the order in which they submitted their notices to my office.
Deputy John O’Mahony: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to debate the following urgent matter: the reduction of €50 million in the budget of the Health Service Executive western region for the remainder of 2010, the effect it will have on Mayo General Hospital and community services in County Mayo, as well as the devastating consequences for the people of County Mayo. Even before these cuts, the county’s mental health services had been devastated with the departure and non-replacement of 60 experienced nurses. Another attack on home help hours, or should I say home help minutes, is taking place behind closed doors. Although reassurances were given regarding the protection of front-line services, this is not happening and some answers are needed.
Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Ba mhaith liom an Dáil a chur ar athló faoi réir Buan Órdú 32 chun déileáil leis an ghné rí-thábhactach seo: the burden of the recovery that is being forced by the Government on to the shoulders of communities that is painfully disproportionate, while at the same time the high rollers and bond holders at Anglo Irish Bank are protected from their losses with the result that our vital community infrastructure has been cut to the bone with an estimated 5,000 job losses in the sector over the year and the scaling back or demise of projects and essential services for children, older people, people with disabilities, people suffering from drug addiction and one-parent families, and the need for the Government to respond to the canal communities who were outside the gates of Leinster House yesterday by recognising that it is both socially and economically wrong to cut this sector and by giving a commitment that there will be no further cuts in the upcoming budget.
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