Anois, iarratais chun tairisceana a dhéanamh an Dáil a chur ar athló faoi Bhuan Ordú 32. Before coming to the Order of Business, I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 32. I propose to deal with these topics separately and I will call on Deputies in the order in which they submitted their notices to my office.
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 32.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the recent decision by Pobal to withdraw funding from the KWCDT partnerships in Dublin 12. The local community will suffer greatly as a result of this decision to cease funding and effectively close down the partnership, where more than 50 jobs will be lost through local community employment schemes, local action groups, women's groups and crèches in the area. I want the Minister to intervene in this decision by Pobal and to ensure that these vital services will continue to operate and serve those most in need in the Kimmage, Walkinstown, Crumlin, Drimnagh and Terenure areas.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the need for an emergency response to the siege of Dolphin's Barn by criminals, culminating in the appalling events of the last two nights, which included the targeted vandalism of up to 30 cars, the planting of a suspect device in an attempt to subvert the community meeting and riots into the early hours of the morning. This is on top of the escalation of open drug dealing and the recent targeting of community activists.
There is a need to recognise that this is a direct challenge by drug dealers to the role of the law, to which An Garda Síochána must respond effectively. It must be recognised that this situation is the product of years of neglect of the area by successive Governments and of the collapse of regeneration prospects. There is a need for a meeting to be convened before the situation further escalates involving the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the Garda, Dublin City Council and the community to agree a solution to the current crisis and for all available powers to be employed to restore normality to this community and protect those individuals, in particular, who have been targeted. Such an initiative must include the seeking of emergency exclusion orders against the dealers involved and swift enforcement against any subsequent breach of same.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the danger posed to rural communities by the Government's reduction of Garda numbers in order to centralise personnel to fight urban gangland crime rather than providing the promised extra gardaí. This is now particularly relevant, given the recessionary influence on criminal activity. The shortage of personnel is leading to increased violence, crime and vandalism in country areas, as evidenced by the theft of a car transporter last weekend in County Westmeath and the wanton destruction of nine top of the range cars, which highlights the invitation to crime from reducing visible Garda numbers in rural areas.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of urgent national importance, namely, the recent third annual report of the independent monitoring group on the progress of the implementation of the recommendations contained in A Vision for Change, the report of the expert group on mental health; and in particular the concerns contained in the report to the effect that after three years a comprehensive implementation plan is still not in place. The group is very disappointed at the slow rate of progress and there is a need for the Minister for Health and Children to respond to its strong recommendation that the HSE should immediately appoint a leader of a national health service directorate to drive the implementation of the recommendations contained in A Vision for Change.
I have tried to raise this on the Adjournment Debate but, in any event, I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to ask that the Minister for Transport urgently report to Dáil Éireann on what steps he is taking to effect the immediate resolution of the current industrial relations dispute which is causing chaos for commuters across Dublin, especially on the north and west sides of the city where there is a great dearth of public transport. I call on him to outline what initiatives he is taking to utilise all of the industrial relations machinery of the State to bring about an urgent end to the dispute, given that the current deplorable bus crisis ultimately resulted from the savage cutback in services, including the loss of almost 300 buses and 600 jobs, imposed on Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann by the Minister for Transport, Deputy Noel Dempsey.
Tar éis breithnithe a dhéanamh ar na nithe ardaithe, níl siad in ord faoi Bhuan Ordú 32. Having considered the matters raised, they are not in order under Standing Order 32.