Dáil debates

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions

 

2:10 pm

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Taoiseach, Department of An Taoiseach; Dublin West, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

There is also big investment in the provision of permanent housing and family hubs. Deputy Micheál Martin will also be aware of what we are doing in the provision of speech and language therapy. We are trying to change the model because we know that providing additional money and staff has not worked when it comes to therapies. We are trying to change the model by investing in speech and language therapy services in schools to see if it works differently and better, provides quicker access and gives children the support the need.

As I said, I have no difficulty acknowledging there are terrible situations and failings. I am also giving Deputy Martin the solutions and examples of the enormous progress that has been made in education, health and childcare in recent years. I am sorry that on International Children's Day he cannot even bring himself to acknowledge any of this.

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