Adjournment Debate Matters.

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 Perry – the urgent need for the immediate appointment of a teacher in Achonry national school, County Sligo, due to the phenomenal increase in the numbers in the school catchment area; (2) Deputy McGinley – the urgent need to complete reconstruction works on Portnablagh pier, County Donegal; (3) Deputy Gay Mitchell – the delays of up to three years in having the occupational therapy unit of the Eastern Regional Health Authority assess to the needs of disabled and elderly people; (4) Deputy Breeda Moynihan-Cronin – the circumstances whereby a grant was reissued to a private concern in relation to the Caragh river despite the fact that guarantees given by the Minister's predecessor were not fulfilled to the satisfaction of the local community; (5) Deputy Finucane – the need to provide funding to Limerick County Council for the replacement of the roofs on 43 houses at Clenma Estate in Croom, County Limerick; (6) Deputy Owen – the delays in the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment in the issuing of work permits to non-EEA citizens and the consequent difficulties being caused to many businesses; (7) Deputy Seán Ryan – the need for additional staff in the work permit section of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment; (8) Deputy Ulick Burke – the urgent need for the Minister of Education and Science to sanction and approve a school transport service for girls attending Seamount College, Kinvara, County Galway, from the surrounding catchment area prior to the end of the current school term; (9) Deputy Gilmore – the implications for Government waste management policy of the reported US study showing that the level of health hazards from dioxins may be ten times greater than previously realised; (10) Deputy Gregory – the threatened loss of a teacher in St. Joseph's co-educational primary school, East Wall, Dublin 3; (11) Deputy Gormley – that the Minister for the Environment and Local Government, as a matter of urgency – in light of the latest report for the EPA in the United States linking carcinogenic dioxins with incineration – reconsider the Government's national waste strategy which has an emphasis on incineration; (12) Deputy Theresa Ahearn – the need to investigate the cause of flash flooding in the Burncourt area of south Tipperary, which destroyed buildings, crops and livestock, and to provide compensation for the families affected; (13) Deputy Wall – further to Parliamentary Question No. 89, the urgent need for the Minister for Defence to provide clarification on the long-term status of Magee Barracks, bearing in mind the commitments given to the local community when the decision to close the barracks was made in July 1998; (14) Deputy McManus – the need for the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation to consider favourably the application by Loreto Bray community sports project for a grant under the sports programme; (15) Deputy Upton – the need for the Minister of State with responsibility for labour and consumer affairs to order the Director of Consumer Affairs to investigate the source of increasing food prices which have been highlighted by the Central Statistics Office in its bulletin on the consumer price index for April; (16) Deputy Kirk – the need for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Rural Development to discuss with the Guinness Group the threat of brewery closures (details supplied) in Dundalk.

The matters raised by Deputies McGinley, Kirk, Gilmore and McManus have been selected for discussion.