Dáil Éireann - Volume 626 - 25 October, 2006

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.

  Mr. Sherlock: In accordance with the terms of Standing Order 31, I seek to move the adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent attention, namely, the measures the Government plans to take to ensure Greencore workers’ rights to redundancy terms based on a full unadjusted salary applicable at the date of the redundancy plus 20%, as provided by the company-union agreement, are upheld in view of the repeated refusal by the company to honour the agreement, particularly in light of the letter sent by the Labour Court to the company on 17 October restating its original finding in this matter. Given the importance of this issue, I hope the Ceann Comhairle will agree to the adjournment of the House.

  Aengus Ó Snodaigh: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to raise the following specific and important matter of public interest requiring urgent consideration, namely, to welcome yesterday’s Garda operation resulting in the seizure of up to 30 kg of heroin, 25 kg of herbal cannabis, a machine gun and ammunition in west Dublin and, given the internationally recognised guideline that drugs seized by law enforcement agencies amount to a mere 10% of the illegal drugs available, the urgent need for the Government to commit the necessary resources and the prioritisation of these to ensure that arrests and prosecutions follow from yesterday’s seizure; the need to allow Operation Marigold and Operation Anvil to become effective in their stated objectives of tackling drug and gun crime; and the urgent need for complementary measures, including increased funding to drug [525] treatment services and drug awareness and education programmes.

  An Ceann Comhairle: I call Deputy Ferris.

  Aengus Ó Snodaigh: Tá sé as láthair.

  Dr. Cowley: I seek the adjournment of the Dáil under Standing Order 31 to debate a matter of major national and local importance, namely, the failure of Shell to even vacate the compulsory acquisition orders for the existing Corrib gas route granted and facilitated by the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources, Deputy Noel Dempsey, and his predecessors in the Fianna Fáil Party, despite assurances given by Shell that the pipeline route was being altered and whether the Government will direct the company to cease construction of the Corrib gas refinery at Bellanaboy, which would result in an end to the Corrib gas protest and prepare the way for talks where other options to bring the gas to shore would be seriously considered and to ask the Minister, who has never visited Bellanaboy, to do so as soon as possible.

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