Tuesday, 18 May 2004
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of national importance: in the week that marks the 30th anniversary of the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, which killed 34 people and which were carried out by agents of the British Government, the need for the Government to act without further delay on foot of the report of the sub-committee of the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality, Defence and Women's Rights on the Barron report, including the consideration of the sub-committee's report by the Dáil; the need for the Government to press the British Government for an international public inquiry covering both jurisdictions on this island; and given the intransigence of the British Government on this just demand, the need to mobilise international opinion in support of such an inquiry.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of significant regional importance: the refusal by Teagasc to negotiate with local farmers on the future of the Ballinamore research centre; the abandonment by Teagasc of research that will be of benefit to the more disadvantaged parts of Ireland; and its deliberate decision to significantly diminish the value of its herd at Ballinamore, thereby wasting valuable state resources.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of major importance: the continuing failure of the Government to provide a dedicated helicopter emergency medical service, HEMS, for our people, at a capital cost of €12 million, despite the recommendation for such a service in the recently published HEMS study; and the continuing failure of Government to provide a helipad at Beamont Hospital, our national neurosurgical centre, while young and old people continue needlessly to die or be disabled for life due to the lack of this essential service.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of public interest: the urgent need for the EU Presidency to ensure the immediate suspension of EU preferential trade with Israel, in view of that country's latest attacks on civilians in Gaza using helicopter gunships, tanks, bulldozers and other armoured vehicles as well as the destruction of water and electricity networks, in gross violation of international law. This is another example of Israel's extensive record of violations during the course of its occupation of Palestine.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the continuing decline in the income of draft and drift salmon fisherman off the Irish coast, due to the reduction in the fishing season from 100 days to 36 days; the need to extend the season into the second week of August; the need for an extension of the quota; and the need for non-specified safety days to be increased from four to nine.