Thursday, 20 October 2005
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of national importance and concern, namely, the inadequate offers of compensation to residents affected by the Dublin Port tunnel; the urgent need to assist the 214 residents whose homes have been damaged during construction; the need to deal with cracks, flooding in the tunnel and the pollution of the River Tolka and ensure that all residents along or near the tunnel route are given the maximum support and assistance.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of national importance, namely, the recent Shape of the World survey into the correlation between waist size and heart disease, the necessity to safeguard the public from the consequences of waistline obesity and calls for the implementation of the recommendations of the national task force on obesity to ensure the banning of junk food and vending machines in primary schools, the achievement of at least 30 minutes dedicated physical activity daily and the promotion of access to healthy food.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of national importance, namely, the need for the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Deputy Noel Dempsey, to clarify his position on the proposal made by a small unrepresentative group in Erris to row back on his order to Shell to dismantle the illegally welded section of the onshore Corrib gas pipeline, given that it has already taken the company 79 days to comply with the order and the need to explain the reason he is giving credence to the Shell proposal by agreeing to meet representatives of the company on this matter later today and has not already acted to defend the integrity of his order.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate an issue of urgent national importance, namely, the alarmingly high drop-out rates among students at second level, particularly young males, the need to identify and tackle the causes of this social timebomb and the need for the Government and Minister for Education and Science to stop sticking their heads in the sand when it comes to properly resourcing the Educational Welfare Board and funding the education system in general.