Dáil debates

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

3:00 pm

Photo of Brendan HowlinBrendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
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I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 21 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Michael D. Higgins — the urgent need to resolve the contradiction which has emerged between the Department of Education and Science and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform regarding the rights of children whose parents are on student visas to avail of primary education in their locality; (2) Deputy James Bannon — the need for the Minister to provide urgent core funding for the continuation and expansion of osteoporosis services, which are currently provided by the Irish Osteoporosis Society, a charitable organisation surviving with a skeleton staff of two and which will be forced to close without such funding, leaving the public and health professionals without a point of contact; (3) Deputy Michael Creed — the issue of the forthcoming closure of a company in County Cork (details provided) with the loss of 120 jobs and to highlight the need for replacement industry; (4) Deputy Paul Connaughton — redundancies in the FÁS community employment schemes; (5) Deputy Joe Costello — the need to put an effective inspection regime in place to prevent extraordinary rendition flights passing through Irish territory; (6) Deputy Tom Sheahan — the need for the Minister to put funding in place (details supplied) to hold the invaluable services provided by a counselling service in County Kerry as a matter of urgency and to make a statement on the matter; (7) Deputy Martin Ferris — the failure to prevent illegal fishing by non-Irish vessels in Irish waters; and (8) Deputy Kieran O'Donnell — the need to promote the provision of IDA supported jobs in Limerick and the mid-west.

The matters raised by Deputies Paul Connaughton, Kieran O'Donnell, and Joe Costello have been selected for discussion.