Tuesday, 21 May 1985
Dáil Éireann Debate
Mr. Noonan: (Limerick West): Sir, with your permission I give notice that I wish to raise on the Adjournment the dispute at present in the Department of Agriculture with the agricultural officers within the Department which at present is threatening the bovine TB eradication scheme.
Mr. D. Andrews: I would like to raise on the Order of Business Question No. 344 on the Order Paper. It is in connection with the Annie Maguire case. I have made a number of efforts to raise the matter on the Adjournment without success so in those circumstances you might give me your usual favourable consideration.
Mr. Wilson: With reference to the last remark of the previous questioner, may I raise on the Adjournment the question of security at Loughan House, County Cavan, which has been hitting the headlines over the last few days?
Mr. B. Ahern: I attempted to raise an urgent matter as a Private Notice Question. Perhaps the Taoiseach would clarify it for me, as I gather the Cabinet discussed it this morning. What is the position of the 900 staff working for The IrishPress publications who lost their jobs at three days' notice last week and are they entitled to social welfare benefits?
Mr. B. Ahern: If I seek to raise it on the Adjournment I am not sure that I have much hope with three or four other urgent questions. I am sure the Taoiseach has an answer because I know the matter was discussed——
Mr. M. Ahern: I would like to raise by way of Private Notice Question the growing concern over the lack of security at Spike Island and the danger to the inhabitants of the Island. We have been disallowed this. In view of the imminent danger not only of breakouts which are reported by the Press but also others which are not published, I would be grateful if you would allow us to raise it on the Adjournment.
Mr. Reynolds: Let me ask the Taoiseach if he will provide Government time for a short debate in order to reconcile conflicting statements over the last four or five days over the Government's decision to cut back a grant of over£1 million resulting in the loss of 800 jobs——
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