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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children: Quarterly Update on Health Issues: Minister for Health (3 Apr 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I thank everybody for their contributions this morning, and some were very interesting. I will stick to three questions and perhaps I might be able to get some more information. I was disappointed with the response to Question No. 25 as it did not constitute a reply. I asked if the Minister had considered the cost for the introduction of a nicotine replacement programme for pregnant women....

Social Housing and Homelessness Policy: Statements (Resumed) (3 Apr 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I am glad to come back in on this issue. In recent weeks the Government launched a €68 million local authority home building initiative. I welcome this, but as I said previously, this needs to be looked at again because there is a serious housing crisis, particularly in terms of social housing. Other new schemes under way with the support of the Department of the Environment,...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children: Suicide in Ireland: Discussion (13 Mar 2014)

Dr. Myra Cullinane: I thank the Chairman and members for inviting coroners to make a contribution to this discussion. In my short submission, I will confine my remarks to the coronial aspects of suicide deaths as they pertain to the subject matter of the draft report on suicide prevention produced by the committee rapporteur, Senator John Conroy, whom I compliment on his work. To provide...

Gateway Scheme: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (12 Mar 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I commend the Minister for Social Protection on introducing a raft of new measures and schemes to encourage young people and those of all ages to go back to work. Gateway is a scheme which aims to bridge the gap between unemployment and re-entering the workforce. I grew up in an area where the community employment scheme was part of what was happening in the community. People who went on...

Social Housing and Homelessness Policy: Statements (12 Mar 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the important issue of social housing and homelessness. Social housing in this country is at crisis levels. Every day of the week, I receive queries from people seeking short-term, long-term and emergency housing but sadly there is very little out there for them at present. The demand for social housing has always been high but in recent years with...

Social Housing and Homelessness Policy: Statements (12 Mar 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I have spoken to him a number of times.

Social Housing and Homelessness Policy: Statements (12 Mar 2014)

Catherine Byrne: The Minister of State should consider transforming properties for use by the many people with disabilities who cannot cope otherwise. That situation needs to be examined. Another scheme under way involves a €30 million investment to improve the energy efficiency of local authority housing.

Social Housing and Homelessness Policy: Statements (12 Mar 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I so move.

Written Answers — Department of Environment, Community and Local Government: Local Authority Functions (11 Mar 2014)

Catherine Byrne: 379. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if he will indicate the local authority that has responsibility for a stretch of road (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12048/14]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Issues (11 Mar 2014)

Catherine Byrne: 528. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment to be assessed for a specially adapted pram that is urgently needed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11714/14]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children: Early Years Strategy: Discussion (6 Mar 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I apologise for being late but I heard some of the presentations in my office. I am probably old-fashioned in that I believe the longer one spends at home with one's children the better chance one has of connecting with them, but sadly, that it is not possible for many young people, particularly when they have mortgages and have found themselves in negative equity. I would agree with the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children: Report on Perinatal Deaths at Midland Regional Hospital: Discussion (6 Mar 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I thank the Minister, Dr. Holohan and Ms McGuinness for providing the report. The very basic rights of care - compassion and respect - are very important, whether one is going to a GP or a hospital and whether one is pregnant or going for any other reason. There seemed to a be a failure in this case. The report made me very angry, sad and, above all, made me believe something broke down in...

Health Identifiers Bill 2013 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (27 Feb 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I wish to share time with Deputy Olivia Mitchell.

Health Identifiers Bill 2013 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed) (27 Feb 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I welcome this Bill and thank the Minister of State for attending. The Bill introduces a very practical system of a unique health identifier, which is essentially an ID number for each and every person in the country who accesses health care. This is a welcome step in the Government's reform programme, moving towards a modern, integrated health service which focuses on patient care and...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Accommodation (25 Feb 2014)

Catherine Byrne: 307. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department will re-examine the suitability of the proposed temporary location of a new all-Irish secondary school (details supplied); if his Department will consider locating this school closer to the catchment area to facilitate the pupils and their parents; when a decision on the permanent location of the school will be made; and if...

Organ Donation: Motion (21 Feb 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I welcome the opportunity to speak in this debate. This issue is all about making choices. Following consultation with the relevant stakeholders and a series of in-depth meetings last year, the health committee, of which I am a member, compiled its report on organ donation and recommended changing the current opt-in organ donor system to an opt-outsystem. The committee members believe...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children: Child Care in Ireland: Discussion (20 Feb 2014)

Catherine Byrne: What kind of funding will be available for that training?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children: Child Care in Ireland: Discussion (20 Feb 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I am delighted to hear about the early years arrangements and the analysis of shared leave and maternity leave. The Minister is very much correct about breast-feeding. The facilities in town are a problem. There is one shop in town to which every mother goes – I will not mention its name because it would be advertising – and the rest are appalling. I would not encourage any...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children: Child Care in Ireland: Discussion (20 Feb 2014)

Catherine Byrne: Marks & Spencer. It has an excellent facility and any young mother who goes into town makes a beeline for it. It is a credit to the store. It should be seen as the crème de la crème by those who want to change a baby's nappy and breast-feed. Deputy Doherty referred to community crèches. I am a lover of them and they are all around my constituency. Nobody should...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children: Child Care in Ireland: Discussion (20 Feb 2014)

Catherine Byrne: I wish to repeat what Senator Jillian van Turnhout said. The report outlines for us what the issue of child care should be all about. Like Deputy Sandra McLellan I do not know why the Department or the Minister does not issue us with a copy of the report the day before. It would be helpful if we could have a copy of the report the day before as it would give us an opportunity to read it...

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