Tuesday, 11 June 2019
An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business
Catherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
I return to the issue of CervicalCheck and the ex gratiapayment scheme announced earlier this year, applications for which opened in May. I am hearing from some members of the 221+ group that they are being met with a wall of silence in terms of how this will play out. They have been told that it could be the end of the year before they find out the amount of the payment but also that there could be a further delay before that payment is made. What is needed is information to be given to the 221+ group. Some of its members are sick people. Some of the women have died and it relates to their families. There will be a tribunal and we await the legislation for that but can the Taoiseach clear the air in terms of how exactly the ex gratiascheme will work because I am being told there is a wall of silence around it?