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Dáil Éireann debate -
Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009

Vol. 675 No. 1

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 Members in each case:(1) Deputy Noel J. Coonan — to ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Deputy Gormley, when an application for funding for a new fire station facility in Cloughjordan, County Tipperary, first made by North Tipperary County Council in May 2005, will be provided by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, taking into account the extreme deteriorating conditions at the establishment and subsequent health and safety concerns; (2) Deputy Ciarán Lynch — to ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will lay before the House the details, including financial implications, of his plans to enable local authorities to lease estates from developers as outlined by the Minister of State in recent days and if he will lay out his programme to spend €20 million in leasing currently idle properties from developers; (3) Deputy Joe Carey — the consequences of the €10 travel tax on Shannon Airport in light of the recent announcement by Ryanair that it will remove two aircraft from its fleet of six based in Shannon Airport, resulting in the reduction in flight numbers from 136 to 116 this summer and the further removal of two other aircraft from its fleet in November and a request, in the interest of Shannon Airport and the well-being of the mid-western economy in respect of jobs, business and passenger choice, not to impose the €10 travel tax; (4) Deputy Jimmy Deenihan — the threatened discontinuation of the contracts of 101 representatives planned by Teagasc resulting in job losses and a slowdown in investigating plans under the REPS 4 scheme; (5) Deputy Mary Upton — the impact that cuts in special teacher support have had on schools in Ballyfermot, Dublin; (6) Deputy James Bannon — the provision of secondary care services under phase 2B of the Longford-Westmeath hospital project in Mullingar; (7) Deputy Tom Hayes — in light of the huge number of job losses nationwide, to ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment to outline her plans to strengthen the role of the county enterprise boards, how they can expand their services to foster job creation and entrepreneurship and what is necessary to make them a key player in Ireland's economic recovery; (8) Deputy Michael Ring — the provision of funding for St. Joseph's national school, Bonniconlon, County Mayo; and (9) Deputy John Cregan — investment in agricultural colleges under the programme for Government 2007-2012.

The matters raised by Deputies James Bannon, John Cregan, Mary Upton and Michael Ring have been selected for discussion.