Before coming to the Order of Business, I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 31. I will call on the Deputies 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 discuss the following matter of urgent public and national concern, namely, the fourth interim report of the Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning Matters and Payments under the chairmanship of Mr. Justice Alan Mahon, originally established by the Oireachtas, which reported, inter alia that the tribunal’s final report would not be issued until 2015 at the earliest, by which time many of the tribunal witnesses may be infirm or deceased, the extent to which the statute of limitations may apply to the tribunal’s findings, the enormous ongoing cost to the taxpayer, the fact that matters under consideration by the tribunal cannot be swiftly dealt with, amounting to a denial of justice and the feasibility of devising an alternative mechanism to expedite and streamline the tribunal’s deliberations.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise a matter of national importance and public interest requiring urgent consideration, namely the necessity for the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to make a commitment to provide funding to keep the Carmichael Centre open and running at its current level of professionalism. This centre currently hosts 45 volunteer groups including the Coeliac Society of Ireland which serves 7,500 coeliac patients.
I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the effects which changes to the taxation system are having on lower paid employees, namely those in Dunnes Store who have been informed that they are no longer entitled to staff discounts due to new regulations.
Having considered the matters raised, I do not consider them to be in order under Standing Order 31.