Thursday, 19 October 2006
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31
I seek leave to move a motion for the Adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of national importance and concern, namely, the urgent need to support Dublin Bay Watch Limited, Clontarf, in its efforts to stop the 52-acre infill of Dublin Bay, to prevent Dublin Port's efficiency from being endangered by the encroaching city, the congestion that it brings, and the resulting capacity constraints, and to guard Dublin's wonderfully unique and historic bay and protect and preserve something that belongs to the Irish people.
I wish to propose the Adjournment of Dáil Éireann under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of urgent public concern, namely, the future funding of Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre in County Monaghan, which is operated by County Monaghan VEC. The centre has acquired a tremendous reputation for the provision of services to over 10,000 customers from north and south of the Border. They are currently mainly primary and second level students, and their numbers have increased over the past two years by 43% and 11% respectively. There is a proven need for new premises to enhance existing services and provide new activities at the centre. A five-acre site in nearby Dartrey Wood is available at a most attractive price agreed with Coillte and I call on the Minister for Education and Science to provide the sanction required to purchase that property, together with the modest sum of €160,000 needed to secure the centre's future.
I draw the attention of Deputy Connolly and others to the length of submissions. If they read Standing Order 31, they will see that they are supposed to be brief. While I do not wish to enforce the rule, I request that Members shorten contributions under Standing Order 31.
I request the Adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of urgent national and local importance, namely, the need to address contradictions between information supplied by the Department of Health and Children, regarding the employment of speech therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, and the HSE, whereby the latter has claimed that services cannot be provided because of a lack of such staff, something borne out by lengthy queues. The Department insists that there is no embargo on recruiting such personnel, but the effects are leaving vulnerable children without essential services at a critical time in their lives.
I wish to request the Adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a specific matter of local and national importance, namely, the need for the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources to introduce legislation immediately to empower ComReg to take urgent and effective action against disastrous telecommunications operators such as Smart and Perlico, which have made, and continue to make, life hell for their customers; and to ask the Minister to make a statement on the matter.
I wish to have the business of the House suspended under Standing Order 31 to discuss an issue of urgent public importance, namely, the revelation by RTE news that between 70 and 100 families whose children were given blood products not properly screened for the hepatitis C virus are to be contacted; and the need for the Minister for Health and Children to determine exactly how the situation arose.
I ask that the business of the House be suspended under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of urgent national interest, namely, the increasing energy, insurance and wage costs that are resulting in the loss of manufacturing jobs in this country, as evidenced by yesterday's announcement by Cadbury's of 450 job losses in Coolock.
I seek that Dáil Éireann be adjourned under Standing Order 31 to deal with a matter of urgent importance, namely, to have a full debate on the serious questions regarding failures in Government policy raised by the Leas Cross nursing home report and the need for reforms to ensure that all nursing homes are fully accountable and properly resourced and that elderly people are properly cared for in future.
I wish to seek the Adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of national importance, namely, the urgent need for the Government to outline what further action it intends to take to ensure the continued future of Aer Lingus as an independent airline and to block the proposed takeover by Ryanair, especially having regard to the consequences of such a move for the travelling public.
I thank the Ceann Comhairle for permitting an Adjournment debate on the matter yesterday evening. It was much appreciated.