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 Member in each case: (1) Deputy O'Mahony — the provision of a waste water treatment plant for Kiltimagh sewerage scheme, County Mayo; (2) Deputy Michael Higgins — the urgent need for the Minister for Education and Science to revisit and reverse the recent decision to suppress the special class in Scoil Bhríde, Shantalla, Galway; (3) Deputy O'Sullivan — the need for the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with responsibility for children and youth affairs to clarify the current position on inter-country adoptions between Ireland and (a) Vietnam and (b) Russia and to intensify efforts to reach agreement on this issue as a matter of urgency; (4) Deputy Costello — the need for the Minister for Health and Children to renew the bilateral inter-country agreement with Vietnam urgently so that there is a legal framework for Irish couples to adopt Vietnamese children, and further, the need for the Minister to ensure that there is an appropriate legal framework available with other countries; (5) Deputy Bannon — the reason that application forms in respect of funding under the lottery sports grants for 2009 are not yet available; (6) Deputy Breen — the implications for US multinational investment here in view of the proposal to introduce a new tax code in the US; (7) Deputy Thomas Byrne — the need to increase the level of fines in respect of illegal dumping; (8) Deputy Penrose — the closure of Army barracks including Columb Barracks, Mullingar, County Westmeath; (9) Deputy O'Donnell — the provision of adult day services for six young adults who attend the Daughters of Charity services for the intellectually disabled, St Vincent's, Lisnagry, County Limerick, and who are now leaving primary school and rehabilitative training; (10) Deputy Cuffe — that the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children with responsibility for children and youth affairs provide an update with a view to expediting current negotiations with Vietnam on the bilateral international adoption agreement, and that he would also detail any communication between his Department and authorities in Russia regarding future bilateral adoption agreement between the two countries; (11) Deputy Deenihan — the withdrawal of funding by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for the replacement of Ballinaghar Bridge, Lixnaw, County Kerry, and the resulting hardship for its many users; and (12) Deputy Sheahan — the Minister's plans for forestry.

The matters raised by Deputies Breen, Penrose, O'Mahony and Sheahan have been selected for discussion.