Thursday, 11 July 2019
Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation
Brendan Howlin (Wexford, Labour)
On my own behalf and that of the Labour Party, I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle, the Ceann Comhairle and his office, all the officers and staff of the House, ushers and everybody who contributes to make this place function. It functions reasonably well, despite everything, and I hope all of us enjoy some rest and reflective time because the next Dáil session will be challenging.
Other Deputies have talked about different aspects of the health service today. The HSE's capital plan for this year has not been published. That is surely a ludicrous situation. We are more than halfway through the year and the plan around which the organisation must build this year has not yet been published and is not yet known. I cannot imagine any organisation not knowing, halfway through the year, what it will spend money on for the year.
It is reported that the plan is to published shortly after the Dáil breaks for the summer, which is convenient as there can then be no scrutiny of it.