Adjournment Debate Matters.

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 20 and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Batt O'Keeffe — the need to provide additional places on the business studies degree course at Cork Regional Technical College; (2) Deputy Shortall — the need to tackle illegal drug dealers by establishing a special unit involving the Garda Síochána, the Revenue Commissioners and the Department of Social Welfare; (3) Deputy Deasy — the need to progress the permanent extension which has been approved for St. Declan's Community College, Kilmacthomas, County Waterford, in view of the anticipated major additional intake of students in September 1996; (4) Deputy Eric Byrne — the urgent need to establish a special Garda task force to co-ordinate the investigations into the recent gangland killings in Dublin; (5) Deputy Lynch — the need to ensure that history remains compulsory for junior certificate students; (6) Deputy Brendan Smith — the need to approve the proposal by Cavan County Council to provide a new branch library at Cootehill; (7) Deputy Broughan — the need to re-examine the provision of resources for orthodontic dental care on the north side of Dublin; (8) Deputy Kirk — the need to ensure that the six counties south of the Border be considered for the proposed special tax status for American companies investing in Northern Ireland; (9) Deputy Hughes — the question of ongoing funding for the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre, in view of the threat to the level of service provided due to inadequate funding; (10) Deputy Keaveney — the need to categorise fishing co-operatives as small and medium enterprises for the purpose of soft loan finance; (11) Deputies O'Rourke and Flood — the steps, if any, which the Minister for Enterprise and Employment will take following the announcement of the proposed closure of the Packard Electric plant at Tallaght, County Dublin; the Minister's views, if any, on the way in which staff were notified of the closure by Packard management and the Government; whether there has been a lack of disclosure over many months by the Government and Packard management as to the true facts of the situation; and the reason the Government did not press for the implementation of the reports of the Government-appointed technical advisory group set up to ensure plant viability at Packard; (12) Deputy Michael Ahern — the inadequacy of the water reservoir facilities at Cobh, County Cork; (13) Deputy O'Dea — the urgent need for an adequate Garda response following the recent spate of contract killings; (14) Deputy O'Donnell — the need to ensure that children are protected from prostitution and other sexual exploitation and to prosecute adults involved in such criminal activity.

The matters raised by Deputies Michael Ahern, O'Dea, O'Donnell and Keaveney have been selected for discussion.