Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Monday, 8 March 2021

Seanad Committee on the Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

Cross-Border Healthcare Directive: Discussion

Photo of Joe O'ReillyJoe O'Reilly (Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

The Chairman's point that the scheme, while wonderful, indicates shortcomings and inadequacies in our health service that need addressing is a given. I congratulate PDFORRA. The scheme is a wonderful bit of self-help and a wonderful initiative. Like Senator Gallagher, I come from an area with a large PDFORRA presence. There is a large PDFORRA membership living in Cavan town and beyond. It is a very good initiative. The witnesses from the earlier session would suggest that there will be a continuation of the cross-border directive. I hope that the PDFORRA scheme will continue and that it will be extended to family members. I cannot see why that would not be possible.

As somebody who has many PDFORRA members as neighbours and friends and who knows many of its members throughout Cavan and Monaghan, I congratulate it on the initiative. It is great to take the initiative on one's own to deal with a problem. The association has done something about feeding the pig, rather than just weighing it.


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