Before coming to the Order of Business, I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 31 and I will call Members in the order in which they submitted their notices to my office.
Requests to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent attention: the urgent need for the Tánaiste and the Minister for Agriculture and Food to intervene regarding the proposed job losses in Dairygold where the company is seeking an additional 500 redundancies in addition to the 500 already agreed. Having regard to the concerns that the company is not adhering to agreed procedures for dealing with such circumstances and the economic and social impact of 1,000 job losses in the Mallow and Mitchelstown areas, I understand that the Labour Court has agreed——
It is not appropriate to go beyond the notice submitted to the office.
I wanted to make the comment that in view of the importance of the issue I hope the Chair will agree to my request.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following matter of urgent importance, namely, the situation which has developed at Galway Hospice where it is alleged there were 17 life-threatening errors in the administration of drugs, where there is alleged careless practice regarding nursing leadership, where referrals to the hospice have ceased, where one patient is now being served by the full staff and where €2.3 million has been allocated in 2004; and the need to publish in full the independent report into the difficulties experienced in the hospice.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following matter of urgent importance, namely, the closure of the Teagasc farm in Ballinamore, County Leitrim, despite the opposition of the community as shown by the confrontation which ensued yesterday when cattle were removed from the farm and members of the local farming community protested; and the need to revisit the decision to close this facility and to enhance rural development in the marginalised county of Leitrim.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the closure of the Teagasc research centre in Ballinamore, County Leitrim, and the serious implications this will have for the immediate locality and for the future of Irish agricultural research.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate a matter of extreme regional importance, namely, the final attempt to close the Teagasc research centre in Ballinamore, County Leitrim. This attempt is not just about the closure of Ballinamore, it is about a State agency, Teagasc, turning its back on research activity that is critical to grass growth in particular in seven western and midland counties, thereby abandoning the dairy farmers in the west and north-west.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to allow for a focus on the need for Government to hear the concerns of many parents and children at the lack of opportunities for parents to spend time with their children; the huge problems of under-resourcing which was revealed in newspapers today when they reported that 400,000 calls, especially from children at risk, to Childline are not being answered; and the general lack of child facilities such as playgrounds in the many new housing estates now being built.
I have considered the matters raised and they are not in accordance with Standing Order 31. We will proceed to the Order of Business.