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National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Question put and agreed to.

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ag 9.05 p.m. go dtí 2 p.m., Dé Máirt, an 25 Eanáir 2022. The Dáil adjourned at at 9.05 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 January 2022.

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Joan Collins: It looks like we have been deserted tonight in regard to this debate. I want to concur with Deputy Connolly in terms of the response from the Minister of State. It is an insult, not just to me but to women in this country. In setting up the legal entity and framework, the Mulvey agreement has spurred the Religious Sisters of Charity to continue on in the same vein. The project was...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Mick Barry: Ten years ago Savita Halappanavar died in an Irish hospital. Four years ago, the Irish people voted overwhelmingly for change. The Government, however, seems to be very slow to get the message. Half of Ireland's maternity hospitals still do not provide abortion services and just one in ten GPs provide abortion services, but the situation with this proposed new national maternity hospital...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Frank Feighan: In closing, I thank the Deputies for tabling their motion. I fully recognise the importance of Government and the Opposition thoroughly scrutinising the issues under consideration. The level of interest in the development of the new national maternity hospital is a clear reflection that everyone, right across politics and across our health service, shares the same goal when it comes to the...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Duncan Smith: I commend Deputies Joan Collins and Pringle and the Independent Group on moving this motion. I will start by saying the practice of the Government not opposing motions is starting to wear a little thin. The motion is not being opposed but that is not because the Government agrees with it. Sometimes a motion comes to the House and the Government, understandably, does not oppose it because...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Róisín Shortall: At the outset I commend Deputies Joan Collins and Pringle on bringing forward this motion. It is a very good and timely motion because we have been waiting many years for movement on a new national maternity hospital. This was first announced in 2013 and there have been three Ministers for Health since. Issues started to arise in 2016 and I have lost count of the number of parliamentary...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Louise O'Reilly: There are two reasons I wished to make a small contribution to this debate. One is to state that I absolutely accept that we need a new maternity hospital. We needed one in 1995 when my daughter was born in Holles Street. Indeed, I well recall being wheeled back from the labour ward and the bed being still warm because the woman ahead of me had just vacated it. My grandson was also born...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Patricia Ryan: It is difficult to follow Deputy O'Reilly talking about somebody who died in that way. However, I thank Deputies Joan Collins and Pringle for bringing this motion forward. It is not the first time we have debated this topic but I hope it will be the last. I am aware that the Minister of State is taking this debate instead of the Minister, Deputy Stephen Donnelly. The new national...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Dessie Ellis: There appears to be an endless saga with the new national maternity hospital as it continues its long, involved journey to completion. It has been beset by a series of incidents from its conception almost ten years ago, when it was planned to relocate the hospital from its current location on the Holles Street campus to a new site. The story of the National Maternity Hospital is one of a...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Chris Andrews: I commend the Independent Group on tabling this motion. The ownership and governance of the new national maternity hospital are issues of national importance. They are also of great local interest to the community in Dublin Bay South. For decades the National Maternity Hospital has been based in Holles Street, in the heart of inner city Dublin. The local community has an enormous sense of...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

David Cullinane: I commend the proposers of the motion and thank them for giving us the opportunity, for a third time, to discuss and debate this important issue in the Chamber. I have debated and discussed this issue with the Minister for Health at the Joint Committee on Health a number of times. I have had private conversations with him by telephone and we have had discussions and debates in the Dáil...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Catherine Connolly: There comes a point where words fail me. The Minister of State is in an extremely difficult position. Let me say openly that it is totally unacceptable that the Minister, Deputy Donnelly, is not here and that she has had to read out this speech, which is an insult to the women of Ireland. I will speak strongly on what I have heard, and that somebody would write a speech for the Minister of...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Anne Rabbitte: I wish to thank the Deputies for raising this important issue regarding the national maternity hospital. It is important to put on the record that I am speaking on behalf of the Minister for Health, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, who, I am told, is currently meeting with NPHET. The Government will not be opposing the motion. I think it is fair to say that every Member of this House shares...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Marian Harkin: Tonight the House is saying for the third time that the new national maternity hospital must be fully owned and controlled by the State and that it rejects any agreement with St. Vincent's Healthcare Group, St. Vincent's Holdings or the Religious Sisters of Charity, RSC, which does not achieve such State ownership and control of the facility. Deputy Joan Collins has said the Government will...

National Maternity Hospital: Motion [Private Members] (20 Jan 2022)

Thomas Pringle: I thank my colleague, Deputy Joan Collins, for bringing forward this very important motion on the ownership of the proposed new national maternity hospital. I welcome the fact that the Government will not oppose this motion calling for the compulsory purchase of the site. I take this opportunity, however, to strongly urge the Government to change its position and to acquire the national...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (20 Jan 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Deputy mentioned that the Minister of State had hit the nail on the head. She is always very accurate with her hammer.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (20 Jan 2022)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank the Ceann Comhairle. The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in the closure of some residential disability services in line with public health advice. The Deputy knows how many there are in Cork. He is representing them, as is his colleague, Deputy Pádraig O'Sullivan. They are doing a phenomenal job in bringing this matter to my attention and working with Ms Majella Daly, the local...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (20 Jan 2022)

Christopher O'Sullivan: Castletownbere.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disability Services (20 Jan 2022)

Anne Rabbitte: I get them all mixed up. If we could find a person to act as the whole-time equivalent, it would mean that all the other care assistants could come in and the three or four residents could return to their home. That would be a welcome development on the part of the HSE in ensuring the reopening of all services.

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