Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 32.

Before coming to the Order of Business I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 32. I will call on Deputies in the order in which they submitted their notices to my office. I call Deputy P. J. Sheehan.

I wish to seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, to discuss the review of emergency departments and pre-hospital emergency care in Cork and Kerry by the HSE yesterday which will downgrade Bantry Hospital to a referral unit for the Cork University Hospital. It is not uncommon for the people from the Bantry Hospital catchment area to wait 15 days to have a plaster cast applied to a broken wrist just because there are now no facilities in Bantry Hospital. Is that the treatment that will be meted out by the Government to the people of Cork South-West who fought so hard for the freedom we enjoy today?

Hear, hear. Allow that one, a Cheann Comhairle.

A Deputy

That is in order.

I now call on Deputy Ferris. Deputy Ferris without interruption, please.

Under Standing Order 32, I wish to seek the adjournment of the Dáil to debate the laying off by the BERU plant in Tralee of 80 workers and the impact that will have, particularly at this time of the year, on so many families in the Tralee area and of the need to ensure that the remaining 120 jobs at the factory are protected and that steps are taken to address the overall problem of high unemployment in the town of Tralee and the surrounding north Kerry area.

Having considered the matters raised, they are not in order under Standing Order 32.

What is in order in this House? Even the seats are breaking down now.


Is Deputy Bannon off with Deputy Kenny in Athlone?