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Seanad: Commencement Matters: Hospital Services (15 Nov 2018)

Frank Feighan: I welcome the Minister of State to the House again today. It is always nice to see him. He has had a great interest in health over a number of years. My Commencement matter is the need for the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, to provide an update on plans for a fixed catheterisation laboratory, cath lab, at Sligo University Hospital. For many years, my colleague, Deputy McLoughlin, has...

Seanad: Commencement Matters: Hospital Services (15 Nov 2018)

Frank Feighan: I thank the Minister of State for his reply. This review is rigorous with evidence and data. I know there are stakeholder consultations but the review started on 31 January and will not be complete until June 2019, which means it will have taken a year and half. I am not familiar with the complexities but that seems like a long time to have a review. I look forward, however, to seeing the...

Seanad: Order of Business (15 Nov 2018)

Frank Feighan: I am pleased that agreement has been reached between the EU and UK negotiators. We sought to protect the peace process and Good Friday Agreement and maintain the common travel area and related benefits for Irish and British citizens. We have to ensure that we are at the place in Europe where we can protect jobs and the economy. The Republic of Ireland did not vote for or want Brexit. In...

Seanad: Order of Business (14 Nov 2018)

Frank Feighan: I also attended the Ballymurphy inquest yesterday. I hope that the people will get justice and that the good names of their families will be finally vindicated. I heard the personal testimony of the relations of Fr. Hugh Mullan and Frank Quinn. I heard Frank Quinn's daughter, Angela Sloan, say that her mother cried herself to sleep every night in memory. She loved her husband so much. It...

Seanad: Order of Business (8 Nov 2018)

Frank Feighan: We have seen again today that the issue of health is very emotive and complex and sometimes very political. In Roscommon today, the plans for the Mayo Roscommon Hospice are being launched. This is the final piece in a jigsaw that has been a success story. People talk about Roscommon and what happened but anybody who wants to go to Roscommon University Hospital sees the strategic moves that...

Seanad: Address to Seanad Éireann by Ms Deirdre Hargey, Lord Mayor of Belfast (8 Nov 2018)

Frank Feighan: The Lord Mayor is very welcome to the Seanad today. As she rightly said, it is an historic and symbolic occasion. The Seanad is much richer for having the Lord Mayor here and we need more of these new engagements and relationships. I was thinking about Belfast and Dublin 100 years ago. One hundred years ago, Belfast was a larger city than Dublin but Dublin now has three times the...

Seanad: Address to Seanad Éireann by Ms Deirdre Hargey, Lord Mayor of Belfast (8 Nov 2018)

Frank Feighan: I could not say. In any case, it is a new relationship. The Seanad is much richer because of the experience and the views of the two Northern Senators, Niall Ó Donnghaile, who brings a nationalist perspective, and Ian Marshall, who brings a unionist perspective. This is very significant and symbolic, and they are very valued Members of the Seanad. Brexit brings its challenges but I...

Seanad: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union: Statements (6 Nov 2018)

Frank Feighan: I welcome the Tánaiste and I thank him and his officials for all the work they have done in the past few years. It has been a very difficult time. I compliment the Government, the Taoiseach, the Minister of State, Deputy McEntee, the Tánaiste and our spokesman in the Seanad, Senator Richmond. Over time, it has been a very difficult few years but the Government's message has been...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement: North-South Implementation Bodies: safefood Ireland (25 Oct 2018)

Frank Feighan: The witnesses are very welcome. I see they are one of the six implementation bodies under the Good Friday Agreement. I know first-hand the partnership and collaboration. Dr. Kearney rightly referred to the relationships. One can never put a value on these things. Those relationships have built up in the past 30 years and we see it in politics where relationships cross borders, including...

Seanad: Order of Business (24 Oct 2018)

Frank Feighan: I also want to remember the late former Deputy Seymour Crawford. I served with Seymour from 2002 and 2011. He was, as Senator Gallagher stated, a gentle giant and an honourable, decent and respectful man. He will be much missed by his colleagues in Leinster House and his constituents. As Senator Leyden said, Seymour did more for North-South relations on the island of Ireland than most,...

Seanad: Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy (24 Oct 2018)

Frank Feighan: I came into this House in 2002. I grew up in a newsagent shop so we did not have to pay for our newspapers and I was able to read all of them. I was always intrigued about the life of Maurice Hayes and I met the great man when I came into the House for the first time. He was a man of dignity and respect and had a huge intellect, with a Rolls Royce of a mind. He knew that my grandfather...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Safety of School Transport Bus Fleet: Road Safety Authority (24 Oct 2018)

Frank Feighan: Deputy Troy wants to go first.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Safety of School Transport Bus Fleet: Road Safety Authority (24 Oct 2018)

Frank Feighan: I thank the witnesses very much for a very detailed submission. I had many questions but they have been asked so I will not keep the witnesses too long. I want to raise a few issues. What is the rate of provision of school transport as between public and private operators? When I come down the road I see the new Bus Éireann school buses, which are great, but has the rate increased or...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Safety of School Transport Bus Fleet: Road Safety Authority (24 Oct 2018)

Frank Feighan: I refer to the provision of school transport-----

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Safety of School Transport Bus Fleet: Road Safety Authority (24 Oct 2018)

Frank Feighan: It probably has 35%.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Safety of School Transport Bus Fleet: Road Safety Authority (24 Oct 2018)

Frank Feighan: Is it the case that the ratio of public to private buses is diminishing?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Safety of School Transport Bus Fleet: Road Safety Authority (24 Oct 2018)

Frank Feighan: The average compliance rate was 68%. This means that 268 buses, or 30%, had a major defect, and 37, or 4.3%, were deemed to be dangerously defective. The witnesses have told us we are moving in the right direction, but how does this compare with other European countries? Are we moving up the ladder? Do the witnesses have that information? We were quite loose with our public and school...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport: Safety of School Transport Bus Fleet: Road Safety Authority (24 Oct 2018)

Frank Feighan: Is a member of An Garda Síochána brought to every inspection?

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