Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.

I now propose to deal with requests to move the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31. I will call on Deputies in the order in which they submitted their notices to my office.

In accordance with Standing Order 31, I seek the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent attention, namely, the closure of St. Brendan's primary school in Blennerville, Tralee, County Kerry, due to an infestation of rats; the fact that pupils are not in a position to attend school; the need for urgent repair works at the school; the ongoing delay in providing the necessary funding in this regard; and, the need for the Minister for Education and Science to make a statement to the House about this unacceptable situation.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent consideration, namely, the promotion of housing segregation by the Government through the inclusion in the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2002 of what was, effectively, an opt-out clause from Part V of the Planning and Development Act 2000 for developers opposed to social and affordable housing; the unacceptable position whereby some developers are promoting as a positive feature the fact that housing developments have no social and affordable housing; the fact that the Government's actions have contributed to the stigmatisation of those seeking social and affordable housing; and, the need for the immediate repeal of the Planning and Development (Amendment) Act 2002.

I seek the adjournment of the House under Standing Order 31 to discuss an issue of major regional and national significance, namely, the widening of the economic gap between the BMW region and the south and east regions, as illustrated by the mid-term review of the Economic and Social Infrastructure Operational Programme, which shows that spending on roads in the BMW region was 40% behind target, while it was 46% ahead of target in the south and east regions. These statistics clearly indicate the collapse of one of the stated objectives of the national development plan and help to copper-fasten the economic partition of the country.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of urgent importance, namely, the need for the Minister for Health and Children to approve funding for the opening of acute surgical services at St. Joseph's Hospital, Clonmel, in the newly built unit costing £20 million which is lying idle.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss a matter of urgent importance, namely, the loss of 150 jobs announced yesterday in Shannon by the Schwarz Pharma group which intends to transfer part of its operations in Shannon to Germany and the need for the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to immediately seek alternative employment for the region which has lost numerous jobs recently.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent consideration, namely, the need for the Government to take responsibility for the continuing escalation of the crisis caused by the imposition of a double tax on waste removal, as a result of which 15 people remain incarcerated for their peaceful protests, 20 others face court hearings and may soon join them, one protester has been injured and the non-collection of bins from 50,000 Dublin households under this policy is causing a major health and safety hazard.

Having considered the matters raised, they are not in order under Standing Order 31.