Request to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.

I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 31. I will call the Deputies in the order in which they submitted their notices to my office.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following matter of urgent public concern, namely, that the Minister for Health and Children move immediately to address the consequences of the barbaric symphisiotomy operations carried out on women in the State without their knowledge or consent until the early 1980s and to fulfil the commitments made by the former Minister for Health and Children to these women in October 2003.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise the following issue of national importance, namely, the ongoing Irish Ferries dispute, which is now in its second week with more than 600 employees out of work, many hundreds of them locked out of their livelihoods, and, following the collapse of the Labour Relations Commission's talks last weekend, the urgent need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to intervene in this dispute and bring the two sides together to seek to resolve the issues dividing the parties concerned.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of public concern, namely, the reform of the work permit system for non-national workers to enable the spouses of immigrant workers to be granted permits, thereby benefiting immigrant families, employers and the State.

I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following important matter of public interest, namely, the need for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources to intervene in the two week ongoing dispute at Irish Ferries to secure a resolution prior to the Christmas season due to the detrimental effect the dispute is having on Irish Ferries workers, its customers and the economy.

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