Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 16 December 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Disability Matters

Personal Transport for People with Disabilities: Office of the Ombudsman

Photo of Michael MoynihanMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

We will reflect on that and it is something we will certainly do. We are anxious to get movement on this. I wish Mr. Tyndall the very best in his onward journey. I thank him for his contribution to the Office of the Ombudsman and in the various roles he has had. No doubt, he will be an influencer in the various roles he has next because he has enormous capability and he has shown huge dedication to the job in hand up to now. I wish him the best of luck. I thank Ms Cooney for her contribution to the meeting.

As we draw to a close the 2021 season, I thank all members, both on and off the call this morning, for their contribution to the Committee on Disability Matters over the past 12 months. The strength of the committee is only the sum of its parts. All members have played an enormous role and have been extremely good at listening to very difficult evidence over the past while and in every way they can. Deputy Tully spoke earlier of the Topical Issue matter she raised on the Indecon report, and other committee members do so in the Seanad or the Dáil. That was just the most recent example and I know other members have raised issues and have been advancing what we have been discussing here at the committee. We will continue to do that in every forum we can because, collectively, I think we can make a change and, if it is just to the attitude alone, we can do that. I thank the members for their courtesy and, overall, for the work ethic they have shown over the past 12 months. We hope to start again in January 2022 and try to effect change for the people we are charged with representing.

I also thank our background team, in particular Mairead O’Donovan, who heads the team, and all of the Oireachtas team who are with us. They are excellent. I know some days they are probably tearing their hair out when I have some other hare-brained idea we might try to do, but they are very good, they have come forward with an awful lot of stuff and they work extremely diligently. It is great to have the team and the members. I wish everyone a very nice Christmas and I offer every good wish for 2022. Slán agus beannacht.


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