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Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: Over the recent period, the number of patients on trolleys in our accident and emergency departments has broken all records and fairly and objectively represents a damning indictment of the Government's lack of planning in respect of this crisis, its lack of urgency, its lack of prioritisation of a phenomenon that has caused significant distress to many patients and families throughout the...

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: On a point of order, I would like an opportunity on the Order of Business to pay tribute to Dolores O'Riordan. I thought that was the opportunity we were going to be afforded.

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: I was Minister for Health from 2000 to 2004. Some 1,600 extra beds were provided between 2000 and 2005. That occurred under my watch. Contrary to what the Minister, Deputy Harris, has been saying on the radio, there was massive investment in acute hospitals at that time. I will leave that to one side because people are interested in the issues we are facing here and now. I will...

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: I am talking about capital provision for beds.

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: That is not the issue.

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: That is not true.

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: No. The Taoiseach is wrong.

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: That is factually incorrect.

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: I have the figures.

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: Good long-term strategies.

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: The Taoiseach should go before and beyond that year.

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: The Taoiseach is incredible.

Leaders' Questions (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: This is a disgrace.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: Déanaim mo chomhbhrón le clanna Dolores O'Riordan faoina bás. Ceoltóir agus amhránaí den scoth ab ea í. Bhí tionchar faoi leith aici ar chúrsaí ceoil agus clú agus cáil uirthi ar fud an domhain. I want to send my personal sympathies to the children and the family of Dolores O'Riordan, a world-class musician and singer, a great...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: I did not realise there would be expressions of sympathy at the beginning.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: We were told it was arranged for the Order of Business. That is why I was waiting. Obviously, there has been a miscommunication somewhere. Deputy Lowry raised the difficult plight of Scoil Aonghusa in Tipperary which I visited with Deputy Jackie Cahill. I must comment on the wonderful telepathy between the Taoiseach and Deputy Lowry on the needs of Scoil Aonghusa, needs which I support...

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: I did not ask about that.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: We cannot commence our own Act while fighting about the UN convention. This is dreadful hypocrisy.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: The Taoiseach will bring it up.

Order of Business (16 Jan 2018)

Micheál Martin: That about sums it up, Taoiseach.

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