Topical Issue Matters

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 743 No. 3

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An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett  Zoom on Seán Barrett  I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 27A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick — safety concerns regarding delivery of bottom ash to a landfill site in Phillipstown, County Louth; (2) Deputy Derek Keating — Exchequer funding for the National Transport Authority, in particular the provision of bus services to west and south west Dublin; (3) Deputy Noel Harrington — the construction of the Bantry town bypass on the N71, in respect of which planning and design are complete; the land acquisition process is practically complete and for which funding has yet to be announced; the bypass is critical for Bantry owing to construction of a new secondary school due to be opened later this year and allied significant congestion; the project has been on the table since I was a member of Cork County Council in 1999 and for a long time before that and I understand it qualifies as a shovel ready project having completed the planning and land acquisition process; (4) Deputy Dessie Ellis — the need to address housing conditions at Balgaddy estate, Lucan, County Dublin; (5) Deputy Brendan Griffin — the need for a new school building at Milltown Presentation secondary school, Milltown, County Kerry; (6) Deputy Patrick O’Donovan — the need for the Government to prioritise a national dental campaign that involves the appointment of a chief dental officer; (7) Deputy Paschal Donohoe — the regulation of the mortgage broker sector; (8) Deputy Michael McNamara — revenue loss to the Exchequer arising from increases in off-licence sales and decrease in on-premise consumption; (9) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan — to ask the Minister for Health if critical funding for St. Michael’s House, Ballymun Road, Dublin 9 will be maintained under budget 2012 given the series of budget cuts the organisation has already experienced over the past three years and the impressive range of services that it and its dedicated staff continue to provide for citizens with an intellectual disability across the northside and beyond; and if he will make a statement on the matter; (10) Deputy Dan Neville — the increase by 4% to 11,966 in presentations to hospital nationally due to deliberate self harm; (11) Deputy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin — the imminent construction of flood defences on the Clontarf promenade, Dublin; (12) Deputy Michael Colreavy — concern regarding the future viability of Galway Airport; (13) Deputy Billy Kelleher — to ask the Minister for Health, given the number of patients waiting on trolleys is set to reach 500, to outline his plans to deal with overcrowding in accident and emergency departments during the winter months and if he will [681]make a statement on the matter; and (14) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett — the escalating crisis in hospital accident and emergency departments and local hospital downgrades.

The matters raised by Deputies Paschal Donohoe, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Dessie Ellis and Derek Keating have been selected for discussion.


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