Thursday, 9 November 2006
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 urgent public and national concern, namely, the urgent necessity for significantly increased funding for the primary education sector to help meet the spiralling cost increases in electricity, heating, water supply and waste charges; the need for additional resources to reduce class sizes which remain unacceptably high; the requirement for classroom assistants for every infant class in primary school; the establishment of a system of State-funded early education for children with intellectual disabilities and the urgency of providing significant capital investment in the form of capitation grants to schools for the purchase of modern ICT equipment.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of national importance and concern, namely, the urgent need to assist 440,000 people, or 11% of the State's population, over 65 years of age particularly in terms of the huge increases in gas and electricity prices; the need for the Government to implement the policy document and budget submission of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament, Making Life Better for Older People; and to put in place adequate resources and comprehensive infrastructure for the care of our elderly and to make this a priority issue in the budget.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of major national and local importance, namely, the worthwhile initiative announced by Shell to Sea last Monday regarding the setting up of an independent public commission of inquiry to enable investigations into the optimum development concept for the Corrib gas project and providing a reasonable and sensible approach to a resolution of the Corrib gas conflict through an open, transparent and democratic process through which community consent will be the key criterion.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of urgent national importance, namely, that this House debate the current financial stability report of the Central Bank which claims that house prices in this country are being over-valued by 14%.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a specific matter requiring urgent attention, namely, the need for the Minister for Health and Children to intervene with the Health Service Executive with a view to reversing the executive's decision not to set up a prostate cancer screening programme as requested by a leading cancer specialist and to ask that the Minister make a statement on the matter.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss an issue of urgent public importance, namely, the killing of 18 Palestinian civilians, including eight children and four women, by the Israelis yesterday in Gaza; the failure of the Minister for Foreign Affairs to unequivocally condemn this attack; and the need for the Government and the EU to use all means to ensure there is a proper peace plan for the region which addresses the continued problem of settlement expansion on the West Bank and includes the main actors in the regions, namely, Syria and Iran.