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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Tuesday, 16 Oct 2007

Vol. 639 No. 4

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 seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss the urgent matter of the undesirability of Brazilian beef being allowed enter the food chain within the European Union, particularly in Ireland, given that standards and compliance rules governing Irish farmers are higher and more transparent than those to which their counterparts in Brazil are subject. Is the Government aware that the Food Safety Authority is not fully implementing the legislation which demands that country of origin labelling is brought to the notice of all patrons in hotels and restaurants? Is the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food aware that Irish weanling producers are losing more than €100 per head compared with this time last year as a result of Brazilian beef imports into the European Union?

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the Minister's plans to increase the number of places in primary schools, as it is shameful to see young children who should be starting school denied access. Junior infants places in the midlands are at a worryingly low level. Numerous parents in Longford-Westmeath are being denied places for their children.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss the need to provide extra accommodation and an additional consultant in the maternity unit of Kerry General Hospital to cope with the greatly increased demand which has seen the number of deliveries increase by almost 20% to 1,800 in the past year. Funding must be made available to ensure this is possible.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss an issue of national importance, namely, the tragic death of Ms Katie Moyles, the young mother who lost her life in the multiple car pile-up that occurred in terrible driving conditions on the M7 motorway last March, and the urgent need for permanent overhead signs on all major roads to warn motorists of serious accidents or dangerous conditions ahead.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the following matter requiring urgent consideration, namely, the urgent need for the Government to intervene in the pharmacy services crisis which has seen the treatment of approximately 3,000 methadone patients in the greater Dublin area disrupted on foot of pharmacists' decision to withdraw from dispensing this essential service, by entering into talks with pharmacists to find a solution. The contingency plan in place is no substitute for the pre-existing dispensing arrangement, in that it does not best accommodate the stabilisation requirements of addicts on the road to recovery, many of whom have returned to education and employment which may now be jeopardised.

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