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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010

Vol. 717 No. 3

Adjournment Debate Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 21 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Jimmy Deenihan — the podiatry services available to people with diabetes in County Kerry and the need to establish a local service as part of a national screening service; (2) Deputy Michael Ring — the position regarding proposed flood mitigation works in the Roundfort-Hollymount area of County Mayo; (3) Deputy James Bannon — the need for the Minister for Transport to ensure that County Longford is not excluded from plans for a 2,000 km national network of cycle paths, which will connect cities and towns across the State, and why the county, which is the heart of Ireland and could in fact be regarded as the central focal point where all routes cross, should have been the only county to be precluded in the first place from the Minister's vision of world class cycle routes, considering all County Longford has to offer in terms of amenities, sporting facilities, natural resources and scenic landscapes; and if he will make a statement on the matter; (4) Deputy Leo Varadkar — that the Minister for Health and Children report to the Dáil on the emerging crisis in hospitals in north Dublin due to the closure of more than 100 beds in the Mater, Beaumont and Connolly hospitals explaining the reason for these closures and what measures she intends to take to ensure there is not a major trolley crisis over the winter period leading to sub-optimal care and loss of life; (5) Deputy Michael McGrath — the support mechanisms available to redundant employees of GlaxoSmithKline, County Cork; (6) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan — that the Minister for Transport would make an urgent statement to the House on the ongoing crisis situation in the taxi industry given the fact that a number of taxi workers are now on hunger strike outside Dáil Éireann and if he would also outline what steps he is taking to review regulations on vehicle standards and age, SPSV licence costs and to totally reform the failing regulation of the taxi sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter; and (7) Deputy Tom Hayes — the effect of proposed cutbacks to the community employment scheme on organisations in south County Tipperary.

The matters raised by Deputies Tom Hayes, Jimmy Deenihan, Michael Ring and Michael McGrath have been selected for discussion.