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Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Business of Special Committee (2 Jun 2020)

Fergus O'Dowd: It is very important that we bring in the private nursing home sector. I have many questions that I wish to ask them further to our earlier discussion.

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Business of Special Committee (2 Jun 2020)

Fergus O'Dowd: On a point of clarification, notwithstanding everything Deputy Boyd Barrett has said, the Taoiseach and Minister for Health offered to come before the first meeting of the committee. The total transparency of all of their actions is reflected in their willingness to come here. It was the committee which turned down the opportunity to bring in the Taoiseach and Minister. I did not get a...

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Use of Private Hospitals (Resumed) (2 Jun 2020)

Fergus O'Dowd: I extend my deepest sympathies to the families and those who have lost family members as a result of Covid-19. It is very important that we acknowledge the pain and suffering of all those people, whether they were in public or private hospitals or nursing homes. All the people working in those facilities have put their lives and health on the line. It is very sad that thousands of people...

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Use of Private Hospitals (Resumed) (2 Jun 2020)

Fergus O'Dowd: The actions the Department took were appropriate and fit for purpose if the worst that could ever happen did happen and that it was prudent and right that it did that. I want to make it exceptionally clear that I laud and support fully all the actions taken by the HSE and the Department of Health. That was acknowledged by everybody. The issue that arose here this morning was the spare...

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Use of Private Hospitals (Resumed) (2 Jun 2020)

Fergus O'Dowd: The charge made is that it was not value for money but it was there if it could be used. That is the first point. The second one is that it was a value to the lives of all those people who could be put at risk if they caught the illness. That is why the criticism is misinformed in that respect. The question I wish to ask Mr. Breslin is one which affected some of my constituents, that is,...

Special Committee on Covid-19 Response: Use of Private Hospitals (Resumed) (2 Jun 2020)

Fergus O'Dowd: The question of IT was mentioned by one of the consultants in the mental health area. They do not have computers or technology. Can Mr. Breslin make sure that issue is addressed and does not continue to be the case?

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I assume the Minister will keep those things in mind.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Regina Doherty: I wish to reassure the Deputy that when anybody's health and well-being is in danger or their safety is at risk, the departmental officials have discretionary powers to allow them to work outside the normal rules we would have. I know we said we have relaxed rules with regard to rent supplement. I reassure the Deputy that any departmental official dealing with a lady who finds herself in...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: B’shin deireadh anois lenár ndíospóireacht ar na Meastacháin thábhachtacha seo. Is é an cheist anois go n-aontófar na Meastacháin Athbhreithnithe seo i gcomhair na Seirbhísí Poiblí do Vóta 37 don bhliain dar críoch 31 Nollaig 2020, that the Revised Estimate for the Public Service, Vote 37 for the year ending 31 December...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Question put and agreed to.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

The Dáil adjourned at 5.40 p.m. until 12 noon on Wednesday, 3 June 2020.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Regina Doherty: The Deputy knows that we have had two meetings with Safe Ireland and other representative bodies in recent weeks. Matters are progressing well and I will continue to make sure that we do that. Streamlining the process is the key to making sure we are responsive to people. In the first instance, we are absolutely putting people in emergency accommodation and paying for that emergency...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Marian Harkin: I thank the Minister. This is all about flexibility. I am not sure what stage the Minister's negotiations are at, but if she tells me she is willing to show that flexibility and find solutions for people who are in different but awful situations, I am happy to take her at her word. My last point is more of a comment, since I still have two minutes left, about some issues that were...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Regina Doherty: Again, I would say, and the Deputy is probably well aware, that was the subject of many conversations during the general election campaign. It would be a matter for the programme for Government and I hope those negotiations will come to a successful conclusion and outcome in the next number of days.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I call Deputy Harkin.

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Marian Harkin: I thank the Ceann Comhairle; I am finally getting up to speak. I thank the Minister. I was pleased to hear the responses of the Minister for Finance, Deputy Donohoe, earlier today when he talked about adjusting the temporary wage subsidy for women who returned from maternity leave in March or April. That is a very important step and I am glad that while we still do not know the detail, the...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Regina Doherty: The first point the Deputy raised was on maternity leave. One would be daft not to see the merits. Of course I see the merits, and I will certainly make representations, as has been asked of me, so that is not a problem. I thought we had filled the gap with regard to those sole traders over the age of 66. The reason we could not include them in the Covid-19 payment is that the working...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Marian Harkin: I thank the Minister. I also want to bring to the Minister's attention the issue of victims of domestic violence about which we have spoken previously in the Chamber. I thank her for her good and ongoing work with Safe Ireland on streamlining the referral process. That is very important. It has been very useful, and I know the Minister's Department is liaising with Safe Ireland on an...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Regina Doherty: I thank the Deputy but, unfortunately, neither of the issues he raised relates directly to my Department. However, he made very valid points. He is not the first to raise the Safe Pass today, or perhaps he might have raised it with the Minister for Finance earlier when I was listening. I will raise it tomorrow with the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation and ensure we can find...

Estimates for Public Services 2020 (Resumed) (28 May 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: Many people who are 65 years old have jobs whose job description requires them to retire at that age. The new contracts people sign now refer to 66 years. If one is 65 years of age and has worked all one's life, one has reached retirement age. However, some people do not receive their pension until they are 66 years old. They have to sign for jobseeker's payment at 65 years of age. I do...

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