Dáil Éireann - Volume 678 - 12 March, 2009

Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 32.

  An Ceann Comhairle: Anois, iarratais chun tairisceana a dhéanamh an Dáil a chur ar athló faoi Bhuan Ordú 32.

  Deputy Finian McGrath: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32 to discuss an issue of national importance and concern; namely, the urgent need to support all cystic fibrosis patients in the State. I welcome the opening of the nine en-suite beds at St. Vincent’s University Hospital and the recent granting of planning permission for a cystic fibrosis unit at Beaumont Hospital. I call on the Minister for Health and Children, the Minister for Finance and the Tánaiste to ensure finance is made available to complete the national centre, which includes 34 en-suite rooms for cystic fibrosis patients at St. Vincent’s hospital.

  Deputies: Hear, hear.

  Deputy Emmet Stagg: The Deputy can give them the €45,000 he did not mention on the radio.

  Deputy Finian McGrath: Deputy Stagg has not taken a cut yet, and he also passed the pickets.

  Deputy Emmet Stagg: I do not get €45,000.

(Interruptions).

[2]   Deputy Paul Kehoe: Forty-five thousand.

  Deputy Finian McGrath: When will Deputy Stagg pass the pickets again?

  Deputy Paul Kehoe: What about the €45,000?

  Deputy Emmet Stagg: The Deputy should give up the €45,000.

  Deputy Timmy Dooley: Quid pro quo.

  An Ceann Comhairle: If Deputies Stagg and McGrath want to have a row they can have it outside.

  Deputy Finian McGrath: The Deputies cannot take a bit of honesty.

  Deputy Paul Kehoe: What about the €45,000?

  An Ceann Comhairle: Deputy Ferris.

  Deputy Martin Ferris: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle.

  Deputy Finian McGrath: Supporting public sector workers, a Cheann Comhairle. That is the hypocrisy.

(Interruptions).

  Deputy Emmet Stagg: The Deputy should give up the €45,000.

  Deputy Finian McGrath: Look who is talking. He has a brass neck.

  Deputy Emmet Stagg: Deputy McGrath has a rubber neck.

  Deputy Paul Kehoe: What about the €45,000?

  An Ceann Comhairle: Deputy Kehoe is not helping.

  A Deputy: Deputy McGrath votes with them every time.

  Deputy Finian McGrath: I do not do hypocrisy.

  An Ceann Comhairle: Hold on a second, for goodness sake.

  A Deputy: The Deputy should take it back.

  Deputy Dermot Ahern: Glasshouses and stones come to mind.

  An Ceann Comhairle: Deputy Ahern, you must stop.

  Deputy Martin Ferris: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 32——

(Interruptions).

  An Ceann Comhairle: For goodness sake. Deputy Ferris.

  Deputy Martin Ferris: I seek the adjournment of the House under Standing Order 32 to discuss a matter of local and national importance; namely, the inability of Iarnród Éireann to [3] provide transport for six MS sufferers travelling by wheelchair who had previously booked their passage from Tralee station to Heuston Station in order to receive respite care at Bushy Park for one week. This disgraceful situation demands ministerial intervention to ensure the six MS sufferers have the same rights of transport as everyone else. There can be no excuse for Iarnród Éireann’s claim that it can provide facilities for only one wheelchair user on the Tralee to Dublin train.

  Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil to address the following matter of urgent national importance, namely, the need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in conjunction with IDA Ireland and other relevant State agencies, to act with greater urgency to save the 1,100 jobs that will be lost if the closure of SR Technics at Dublin Airport is allowed to go ahead. There is a need for expressions of interest in the operation to be dealt with directly by IDA Ireland and for the survival plan put forward by the workforce to be fully supported by Government.

  An Ceann Comhairle: Tar éis breithnithe a dhéanamh ar na nithe ardaithe, níl siad in ord faoi Bhuan Ordú 32. Having considered the matters raised, I do not consider them to be in order under Standing Order 32.