Dáil Éireann - Volume 578 - 28 January, 2004

Requests 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 and I call first on Deputy Sargent to state his matter.

  Mr. Sargent:I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following urgent matter: the appalling failure by the Government to fulfil official responsibility for environmental and heritage law which has resulted in 12 legal actions and 80 actions of instances for failure to implement EU directives falling within the remit of the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Deputy Cullen.

  Mr. Connolly:I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following urgent matter: the severe impact the EU nitrates directive will have on farmers, together with the considerable additional expense imposed on farmers to comply with the provisions of the directive by the levying of swingeing development charges due to the provision of slurry manure storage facilities to cope with the extra storage requirements arising from the directive.

[818]   Mr. Boyle:I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following urgent matter: the contradictory and counter-productive nature of the Government's insistence on the construction of mass-burn incinerators and the use of incineration as a waste disposal method, given its commitment to reducing and controlling greenhouse gas emissions and its further commitment to prevent the creation of persistent organic pollutants.

  Mr. Gogarty:I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following urgent matter: the ongoing tensions regarding the issue of access to land for walkers and tourists, the potential damage to a large section of our tourism business should this issue not be resolved adequately and the question of what level and in what manner fair payment can be made to farmers as guardians of the countryside to ensure that properly marked routes are available without adding to landowners' public liability insurance.

  Aengus Ó Snodaigh:I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate the following urgent matter: the Amnesty International finding that 13 of the 15 EU member states, including Britain and Ireland, have perpetrated abuses of human rights within their territories, that the most frequent violations were carried out by police forces, the urgent need therefore for the Government to take up the challenge of Amnesty's “Human Rights begin at Home” campaign during the time of the Irish EU Presidency and to show leadership by proposing the introduction of an EU legal framework for reviewing the record of member states on the promotion and protection of human rights and by initiating a process of developing a human rights-proofing mechanism for all EU law and policy as proposed Sinn Féin.

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