Dáil Éireann - Volume 553 - 26 June, 2002

Request to move Adjournment of Dáil under Standing Order 31.

  An Ceann Comhairle: Before coming to the Order of Business, I propose to deal with a number of notices under Standing Order 31 dealing with two different topics. I propose to deal with these topics separately and will call on Deputies in the order in which they submitted their notices to my office. In regard to the first topic, I received notice from Deputies Joe Higgins and Boyle and ask them to state the matter.

  Mr. J. Higgins: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss the following matter of crucial public importance, namely, the report in The Irish Times today that a Forfás study has found this State to be the second most expensive in the European Union, the need for this report to be published in full forthwith, the implications of its findings for the living standards of working people and employment in tourism and related sectors and to allow a full debate on the matter.

  Mr. Boyle: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to discuss an issue of national importance, namely, to allow for a debate and discussion on the Forfás report highlighting the unacceptably high cost of living to be found in this country in the aftermath of the changeover to the euro currency.

  An Ceann Comhairle: Having considered the matter fully, I do not consider it to be in order in accordance with Standing Order 31. In regard to the second topic, I have received notice from Deputy Sargent. I call on him to state the matter.

  Mr. Sargent: Under Standing Order 31, I request the adjournment of the Dáil to ensure the Government clarifies the mixed messages coming from Government sources about its intentions to address the uncertainties on neutrality in the form of a constitutional referendum.

[1266]   An Ceann Comhairle: Having considered the matter fully, I do not consider it to be in order in accordance with Standing Order 31.