Request 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 to move the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss an issue of national importance and concern, namely, the urgent need to support St. Patrick's Hospital, which is the only hospital serving Waterford city and county and Kilkenny that cares for the elderly. I deplore the reduction of the services for 26 highly dependent patients who were being cared for in St. Brigid's. I also reject the HSE national service plan which saw a reduction of 26 beds in Waterford while other areas benefitted. I call on the Government and the Minister for Health and Children to support St. Patrick's Hospital and the people of Waterford in this matter of priority. When will the new 50-bed unit as promised——

The Deputy is raising a matter under Standing Order 32.

——by the HSE in Waterford be delivered? The people of Waterford richly deserve it.

This is not a question.

Care for the elderly services are badly needed in Waterford city.

I request the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss a matter of urgent importance, namely, the need for the Government to intervene with the National Asset Management Agency to save 128 jobs under threat in two viable retail businesses in counties Tipperary and Kilkenny due to NAMA's dismissive attitude to workers, job protection and job retention. I call on the Government to make a statement on the matter.

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