Dáil debates

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

4:00 pm

Photo of Séamus KirkSéamus Kirk (Ceann Comhairle; Louth, Ceann Comhairle)
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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 Joe Carey - the need to suspend the forthcoming introduction of the carbon levy on agricultural diesel; (2) Deputy Ulick Burke - the humanitarian support provided to date three months after the major flooding of 2009; (3) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need for the Minister of Transport to report urgently to Dáil Eireann on the steps he is taking to respond to the stranding of tens of thousands of air passengers in Ireland and abroad; if he will also outline what other forms of connectivity, in particular marine connectivity, are being enhanced to deal with the current crisis given the tens of thousands of travellers as well as the high value exports that depend on this connectivity; while acknowledging the safety critical nature of air travel and the paramount importance of protecting air passengers and aviation staff if he will report on when he believes that air travel will fully resume, what information he has reviewed in terms of the operation of aircraft and the opening of airspace given these extreme conditions and how he has liaised with EU Transport Ministers to facilitate the earliest safe resumption of aviation; (4) Deputy Fergus O'Dowd - the need for the Minister for Transport to outline the assistance the Government is providing to stranded passengers and to enterprises dependent on aviation and tourism generally in order to alleviate the effects of the present crisis in aviation and for the Minister to make a statement on the matter; (5) Deputy Kieran O'Donnell - the implementation of the first phase of the Limerick Regeneration Plan; (6) Deputy Joe Costello - the need to tackle the problem of head shops; (7) Deputy James Bannon - the need to provide funding to Melview national school, Melview, County Longford, to undertake building works; (8) Deputy Deirdre Clune - the restoration of teaching posts to Togher girls' national school and Togher boys' national school, Cork; and (9) Deputy Tom Sheahan - the measures the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Deputy Martin, has put in place to get Irish holiday makers who are stranded abroad back to Ireland.

The matters raised by Deputies Costello, Burke, Bannon and Clune have been selected for discussion.