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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 25 Mar 1992

Vol. 417 No. 6

Adjournment Debate Matters.

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given to me under Standing Order 20 (3) (a) and the name of the Member in each case: Deputy Fennell — the serious matter of mental hospital reports which, despite a statutory obligation under the 1945 Mental Treatment Act that the inspector of mental hospitals should annually lay his reports before the Oireachtas, the last one available is for 1982; Deputy Durkan — the action proposed by the Minister for Energy in the event of the reported closure of the Lullymore briquette plant in County Kildare; Deputy Spring — the necessity of providing funding for the Ríocht athletic development project, Castleisland, County Kerry; Deputy Deenihan — the delay in the provision of an extension to Causeway comprehensive school, County Kerry resulting in students being forced to take classes in substandard accommodation; Deputy Owen — the imminent threat of starvation to 23 million people in the Horn of Africa due to drought and the action the Government will take to assist these people; Deputy Cotter — the inclusion of inter-regnum funding in the allocation of road grants to the Border counties, the unfairness of the practice and the lack of additionality in the application of this special funding for Border counties; Deputy Deasy — if the Minister for Health will provide direct financial aid to the Sacred Heart Day Unit in Waterford, which caters for mentally handicapped children and is grossly under-financed; Deputy Allen — the drastic cut in teamwork schemes in Cork city and county which will have a disastrous effect on the activities of voluntary groups in Cork; Deputy Lee — the plight of the care for the elderly services which are on the point of collapse in this country.

I have selected for discussion the matters raised by the following Deputies: Deputy Deenihan, Deputy Fennell and Deputy Spring.