Before coming to the Order of Business I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 32.
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 32.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss a matter of urgent national and regional importance, namely, in the light of the disclosure earlier this week that Elan Corporation is planning to transfer its new biological processing plant, with 500 potential jobs, from Athlone to Dublin, there is an urgent need for the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to directly intervene to secure the jobs at the Athlone site, not only to support the local economy — and this flagship regional employer — but to protect the long-term industrial policy of consecutive Governments, and the national and spatial strategy by bringing foreign direct investment to the regions.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national and local importance, namely, the urgent need to discuss the serious crisis in the HSE as regards subvention payments, where clients or patients have been asked to pay the increased charges being imposed by nursing homes, some of them since 1 January 2008. In one situation, a person aged 100 may have to return home where there is no individual to care for him, apart from his son. In another case, a couple with Alzheimer's disease were assessed for their further increase of €300 per week, while the HSE had been allocated €110 million towards the fair deal project, which was never implemented.
I wish to move the adjournment of Dáil Éireann under Standing Order 32 to table the following motion of urgent national importance, namely, the need for the Minister for Health and Children to initiate discussions to end the dispute between the HSE, the PNA and SIPTU, which has serious implications for psychiatric hospital inpatients and community psychiatric services, and in particular, the consideration that the Army and Garda will perform nursing duties for the most vulnerable of patients.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to address the following matter of national importance requiring urgent consideration, namely, the need for the Minister for Health and Children to intervene immediately in the escalating dispute between the HSE and psychiatric nurses, and to provide a fair scheme of compensation for nurses injured in the course of their work, to guarantee proper levels of staffing in the psychiatric services and to ensure that no further services are curtailed or patients adversely affected as a result of the dispute.
Having considered the matters raised, they are not in order under Standing Order 32.