Before coming to the Order of Business, I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 31.
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
In accordance with the terms of Standing Order 31, I seek to move the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent attention: the pressing need for the Minister for Education and Science to take such measures as will immediately lead to our meeting the needs of hearing-impaired children in the Galway area, including the restoration of the service which has been suspended for almost five years and the appointment of two visiting teachers, which should be notified to schools and parents before the end of the current school year. There is a further need for the Minister of State with responsibility for children to secure the rights of hearing-impaired children through instructing the HSE to recruit an audiological scientist immediately, if necessary filling such a position following an immediate appropriate advertisement in Ireland, Britain and other countries. In view of the importance of the issue, I hope the Ceann Comhairle will agree to the request.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of urgent local and national interest, namely, the need for the Minister for Education and Science to outline her plans to appoint two full-time visiting teachers for the deaf to schools in Galway and allow the Minister for Health and Children to outline to the House the measures she proposes to ensure that an audiologist be appointed to cover the Galway region, thus filling a post left vacant for the past five years.
In accordance with the terms of Standing Order 31, I wish to move the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent attention: the need for the Minister for Health and Children to outline the steps she intends to take to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the deaths of four members of the Dunne family, which has caused shock to their relatives and the general community in Monagear, County Wexford; and the further need to conduct a review into the adequacy of services offered by the HSE to families of individuals under stress, particularly at weekends. In view of the unique circumstances of this awful tragedy, I hope the Ceann Comhairle will agree to this proposal.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 on a matter of extreme importance, the ongoing substandard water quality in Ennis, whether the Minister will provide funding for Ennis Town Council so that bottled water might be subsidised for young children and the elderly for as long as the "boil water" notice remains in force; and the Ennis main drainage preliminary report, which is now out of date, having been with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government since 2002, a further major cause of crisis in the county town.
I wish to adjourn the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following issue of urgent national importance: the lack of adequate forward or contingency planning to meet the pressing need for school places at Laytown national school in September 2007. Some 103 children have been told that they will have a place and as yet there is no contingency plan.
I seek to adjourn the business of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 on an issue of urgent public importance, that the Minister for Health and Children state whether she believes that policies adopted on detection, public information and support regarding tuberculosis are adequate, in view of concerns expressed by parents affected by a recent outbreak in the Cork area.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of local and national importance, the ongoing health risks affecting the people of Ennis, County Clare, owing to the contamination of the town's water supply, which has been substandard for some years. It is the subject of constant "boil water" notices, but no action has been taken. Furthermore, the water system is operating at maximum capacity and there has been a failure to upgrade it, including a lack of action on the waste-water consultants' report commissioned by Ennis Town Council and forwarded to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in 2002. The content of that report is out of date, further compromising the quality of the water and sewerage system and increasing the health risk to the public. It is envisaged that planning permission for housing developments will not be granted for the foreseeable future, with a serious impact on the labour market and causing prices in an already inflated property market to rise yet further. That is what the Taoiseach thinks of the people of Clare.
I call Deputy Morgan.
He sits giggling and talking while the people of Clare are left——
It is not appropriate to expand on the motion submitted to the Office of the Ceann Comhairle.
Is the Taoiseach operating a double standard for the people of Galway and those of Clare?
I ask Deputy Breen to allow Deputy Morgan to speak.
Is the Taoiseach accountable for the actions of his Ministers? I urge him to stop his giggling and talking. He got a shock in Clare at the last election and he is in for a bigger one the next time.
I ask Deputy Breen to allow Deputy Morgan to speak without interruption.
It is hard to beat the shock treatment, James.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of urgent public concern, namely, the unacceptable delay by the Minister for Health and Children and her Department in resolving outstanding issues with victims of symphysiotomy and the urgent need to honour the promise made in 2003 to carry out an investigation into the barbaric practice which was performed in some hospitals until 1982, long after it had ceased even in developing nations, and for these courageous survivors to be treated like those involved in the Michael Neary case.
I seek the adjournment of Dáil Éireann under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of urgent public and national concern, namely, the external remedial works scheme at Mullaghmatt housing estate, Monaghan town, whereby residents of Mullaghmatt are being required to finance external painting and other remedial works within the front curtilage of privately-owned houses in the estate in contrast to the local authority-owned houses, the external works of which are 100% funded; the wide variations that exist with other local authorities, in particular, St. Finian's estate in Drogheda, where such Department-approved work is carried out at no cost to the private residents; and the need for the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to ensure the private residents of Mullaghmatt receive parity of treatment in the housing remedial works scheme with residents of other such schemes throughout the country.
Having considered the matters raised, they are not in order under Standing Order 31.