Before coming to the Order of Business, I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 31. I will call on the Deputies in the order in which they submitted the notices to my office.
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I appreciate the opportunity given by raising this matter on the Adjournment tonight but that does not allow for questions. I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following urgent matter: the ongoing difficulties of the Cavan-Monaghan hospital group and in particular the need to discuss the serious report of Dr. Finbarr Lennon on mismanagement of the surgery section of Cavan General Hospital. The Minister for Health and Children stated clearly here last week that he was the one who provided the additional millions of euro for a decent accident and emergency service in Roscommon. If he could see fit to deal with Roscommon personally there is no reason he cannot take the same hands-on approach in Cavan-Monaghan.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following urgent matter: the attempt by Dublin City Council to suppress political protest and discussion by banning the display of posters, including those advertising political meetings and protests in Dublin city. This censoring act is designed to suppress non-establishment political movements and is totally unnecessary in light of the existing provisions requiring such posters to be removed no later than seven days after the event they are advertising. This attempt, along with the attempt to remove the homeless who are sleeping rough from city streets, represents a scandalous effort by the council to sanitise the capital city so as not to offend the sensibilities of the corporate sector and visiting Heads of State during Ireland's Presidency of the European Union.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the following urgent matter: the report of the recent review of certain cases in Cavan General Hospital by the North Eastern Health Board's medical adviser and the need for an urgent and comprehensive response to those recommendations.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following urgent matter: the gender pay gap, as yesterday was International Women's Day, and the endemic discrimination against women whereby women workers earn 15% less than men, despite the fact that equal pay was introduced in 1973; the lack of an adequate child care infrastructure; the ongoing ambivalence regarding women in the workforce; and the development of a positive strategy to address the gender imbalance in pay.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following urgent matter: the four murders in the Dublin south-central area which took place in the last month, the most recent of which occurred over the weekend, which indicate the urgent need for the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to set up a task force to deal specifically with the high incidence of drug-related killings within the Dublin south-central area, which has the highest murder rate in the State.
Having considered the matters raised, I find they are not in accordance with Standing Order 31.