Wednesday, 15 December 2021
Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions
It must be the spirit of Christmas but that was a very good response. Could the Minister confirm that HIQA has now agreed not to do what was proposed on 1 January? I presume it will communicate the decision to the Dean Maxwell through the HSE and to other homes similarly affected across the country. The Minister might confirm whether it is just the Dean Maxwell.
I very much welcome the Minister’s statement that funding will not be an issue. That is very good news given the journey we have all been on in this regard. Let me assure him that this is the biggest issue for the people of Roscrea. They want to see a long-stay, fully funded, fully functioning home in the town, similar to those in the other two major towns in the area, namely Thurles and Nenagh. That is what they want and deserve. There will be a comprehensive plan supported by all public representatives, the local parish and the local authority. We will bring that plan to the Minister. I would appreciate it if he could confirm that he will consider and support it. Will he also confirm the position on the HIQA standards, about which I asked a question? Do they apply only to the Dean Maxwell or to all homes that are similarly affected?