Request to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.

Before coming to the Order of Business, I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 31 dealing with three different issues. I propose to deal with these topics separately and call on the Deputies in the order in which they submitted their notices.

I have received notice from Deputy Owen and I call on her to state the matter.

I propose that the Dáil be suspended under Standing Order 31, first, to discuss an urgent matter of public concern, namely, the future of our national airline, Aer Lingus, and the totally inadequate redundancy package on offer, particularly concerning people who have more than 36 years' service but are not being offered their pensions early and, second, to receive a report from the Minister for Public Enterprise as to what further action she proposes to take to ensure the viability of the company.

Having considered the matter fully, the Ceann Comhairle does not consider it to be in order in accordance with Standing Order 31.

With regard to the second topic, I have received notice from Deputy Browne (Carlow-Kilkenny), and I call on Deputy Browne to state the matter.

(Carlow-Kilkenny): Is mian liom a iarraidh go gcuirfear an Dáil ar athló, faoi Bhuan Ordú 31, chun fhadhb a bhfuil tábhacht náisiúnta leis a ardú, sé sin, the serious situation that has arisen in the State sugar processing industry in Carlow, in view of the stand-off between the company and farmers and the threatened loss of income to the farmers and the workers in the company.

Having considered the matter fully, the Ceann Comhairle does not consider it to be in order in accordance with Standing Order 31. The matter will be dealt with by way of Private Notice Question later today.

In regard to the third topic, I have received notice from Deputy Joe Higgins. I call on Deputy Higgins to state the matter.

(Dublin West): I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss an issue of great importance, namely, the intention of the British Government to immediately introduce internment of foreign nationals without trial; the implications for the civil rights of Irish citizens living in Britain; the implications for Northern Ireland and the experience of internment previously there; and the need for the Government to strongly oppose this proposal.

Having considered the matter fully the Ceann Comhairle does not consider it to be one contemplated by Standing Order 31 and, therefore, I cannot allow the matter.