Adjournment Debate Matters.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle

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 Batt O'Keeffe — the need to provide funding for the replacement of the heating and electrical system at St. Mary's special School, Rochestown, Cork given that the school has been closed on a number of occasions due to the cold temperature in the classrooms; (2) Deputy Ring — the need to instruct the Western Health Board to appoint a dentist for the Belmullet area, County Mayo, either in a temporary or permanent capacity, in view of the delays in the provision of dental treatment for young people in the area; (3) Deputy Shortall — the need to put the home help service on a proper footing to ensure standardisation of service and rates of pay; (4) Deputy Seán Ryan — the effects of the phasing out of duty free sales in 1999 and the need for the Government to reactivate this issue within the EU; (5) Deputy O'Donoghue — the failure of a new sewage treatment plant in Dingle, County Kerry to treat the effluent from local fish processing factories and whether an explanation will be sought from the consultants engaged in planning the scheme; (6) Deputy Kirk — that the decision to disband the town of Drogheda Vocational Educational Committee be rescinded and the status quo retained; (7) Deputy Costello — the need to retain an effective tourist information service in O'Connell Street; (8) Deputy Martin — the urgent need for the Minister for Finance to take steps to ensure that all pre-school services are recognised as educational and exempt from VAT, thereby removing VAT from child care services; (9) Deputy O'Hanlon — the action, if any, the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Foresty has taken to protect jobs in Carton's processing plant at Shercock, County Cavan; (10) Deputy Shatter — the court rules, procedures and facilities applicable to the institution and determination of divorce cases as and from 27 February 1997; (11) Deputy O'Rourke — the ongoing diplomatic activity with regard to the case of Ms Róisín McAliskey; (12) Deputy Kathleen Lynch — the need to devise a system whereby all exclusions from school are notified immediately to the Department of Education; (13) Deputy Frances Fitzgerald — the imposition of VAT on child care services.

The matters raised by Deputies O'Rourke, Martin, O'Donoghue and O'Hanlon have been selected for discussion.