Wednesday, 15 June 2005
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent consideration, namely the loss of the 12th classroom teacher at Scoil Mhuire, Marino, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9, against the background of rising enrolments, the school's inability to deliver a quality education, the potential for larger numbers in classes, the prospect of having at least 35 pupils in each of the six classes and the urgent need to assist this school by retaining its 12th assistant.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate a matter of major national importance, namely the continuing loss of life on our roads due to the grossly underestimated effect of road conditions and roadworks on fatal and very serious road traffic accidents and to demand that the NRA, the HSA and local authorities properly carry out their statutory responsibilities and Government carry out an audit and investigation to determine the actual number of fatal road accidents due to road conditions and roadworks.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of urgent importance, namely the fact the south-east region has consistently lagged behind, and continues to do so, in regard to investment and job creation with the result that Carrick-on-Suir has over 20% unemployment, to allow the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to make a statement on the matter and to further allow the Minister to confirm that he will agree to meet a deputation from Carrick-on-Suir on this issue, which he has refused to meet up to now.
I ask that the business of the House be suspended under Standing Order 31 to allow us debate a matter of urgent national interest, namely, the proposed closure by Iarnród Éireann of its container freight business which, following on from recent closures of other freight lines and other freight services, will further add to the pattern of increasing HGV traffic on our roads with all the environmental safety and social problems that would entail.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to address the chronic lack of adequate Garda personnel in the area covered by Balbriggan station which currently is less than the Garda strength in 1988 before the massive increase in population in the area and before gardaí were increasingly drawn away from everyday policing duties by special posts of responsibility to deal with drug offences, murder investigations, community policing and escort duties for Oberstown and Trinity House education facilities near Lusk. All the talk by the Tánaiste of 2,000 extra gardaí rings very hollow for the people I represent.