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Dáil Éireann debate -
Wednesday, 7 Feb 2001

Vol. 530 No. 1

Adjournment Debate Matters.

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 21 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Gay Mitchell – the need for the Minister for Arts Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands to enter into discussions with Dublin Corporation regarding the possible acquisition of the old Roundtree-Mackintosh site in Dublin 8; (2) Deputy Clune – the need to ensure the Irish Blood Transfusion Service is not reduced to a single site testing facility; (3) Deputy Breeda Moynihan-Cronin – the need for the Minister to clarify the status of the ewe cull scheme payments to a number of farmers in Kerry; (4) Deputy Connaughton – the need for a community hospital at the now closed Bon Secours Hospital in Tuam, County Galway; (5) Deputy Healy – the need to extend the flood compensation scheme, as operated by the Red Cross, to cover farmers in the Burncourt-Skeheenarinky area of south Tipperary arising from severe flood damage caused on 16 May 2000; (6) Deputy Sargent – the need for a statement from the Minister for the Environment and Local Government on the way he intends to deal with the waste crisis; (7) Deputy McGinley – the urgent need to provide extra accommodation at Holy Cross national school, Dunfanaghy, County Donegal; (8) Deputy Upton – the need for a substantial increase in funding for the vocational training opportunities scheme; (9) Deputies Penrose and McGrath – noting the impending loss of 62 jobs in Moate, County Westmeath with the closure of Dawn Dairies, and the consequent effect of these job losses in the area, the urgent need to establish a jobs task force to find a replacement industry and alternative employment for the workers; (10) Deputy Broughan – the urgent need to implement a strategic housing plan for Dublin, given the latest figures for homelessness in the city; (11) Deputy Allen – the situation whereby 10,000 children are awaiting orthodontic treatment in the Southern Health Board area; (12) Deputy Enright – the need to establish a special Garda response unit to investigate all persons reported missing; and (13) Deputy Richard Bruton – the major unmet needs in the hospital services system on the north side of Dublin that is leading to growing problems in casualty departments and for patients seeking access to elective surgery.

The matters raised by Deputies Healy, Connaughton, Gay Mitchell and Breeda Moynihan-Cronin have been selected for discussion.