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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Courts Service (17 May 2022)

David Stanton: The Minister of State referred to the Courts Service identifying a space in Youghal Town Council to which people can go on any Friday if they need assistance. Reference was made to court users preferring to have their issues dealt with at a main centre rather than locally. However, people are being asked to go to a very public place to deal with a most intimate matter. The woman who...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Courts Service (17 May 2022)

Seán Sherlock: I respect the Minister of State and the fact she does not have policy responsibility for this area. The response by the Government is not adequate for the purposes of ensuring the administration of justice, as articulated by the concerns outlined by the law officers in Youghal, by the users of the service and by the citizens. We are in a situation where a service is being taken away, even...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Courts Service (17 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: Thank you, Deputy. We are way over time and I have given extra time.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Courts Service (17 May 2022)

Seán Sherlock: We have to protect those women and those services.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Courts Service (17 May 2022)

Anne Rabbitte: I agree we must protect those women. Regarding Deputy Stanton's request that the Minister meet with all the local Deputies to discuss the concerns, I do not think that would breach any powers. It is about ensuring there is an informed opinion on the matter. I believe in the good work the Deputy and the previous Government did in regard to the understanding and knowledge of coercive...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Courts Service (17 May 2022)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ar 9.37 p.m. go dtí 9.12 a.m., Dé Céadaoin, an 18 Bealtaine 2022. The Dáil adjourned at at 9.37 p.m. until 9.12 a.m. on Wednesday, 18 May 2022.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disabilities Assessments (17 May 2022)

Patrick Costello: I welcome the Minister of State's response regarding the need to register psychologists with CORU. As a social worker, I spent a lot of time registering with CORU. I found the process painless. It provides reassurance and support to the families social workers engage with. CORU has said that there is no regulation of psychologists but that it will be coming soon but, as happens in this...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disabilities Assessments (17 May 2022)

Anne Rabbitte: I again thank the Deputy for his contribution on this issue. If a parent provides reports, whether diagnostic or otherwise, that have been completed by another service, the relevant HSE service will consider those reports. I have used the name Caroline Goldsmith already. It is important to say that if parents have got a diagnosis but have not been able to access services, that is, parents...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Courts Service (17 May 2022)

Courts Service

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Courts Service (17 May 2022)

David Stanton: It was a bit of a shock to learn that the Courts Service office in Youghal is to close. I was disappointed that we were not briefed on this by the service. We have had a number of items of correspondence on this matter. One has to do with women who use the Courts Service to get protection orders. I got an email from one particular lady on this recently which I would like to mention for...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Courts Service (17 May 2022)

Seán Sherlock: I am delighted to have the opportunity to raise this issue. The people of Youghal are very exercised about the decision of the Courts Service to close a service that is vital to people and to the administration of justice in Youghal, particularly as it relates to the victims of domestic violence. As my colleague, Deputy Stanton, said, this is about ensuring that we do not force women who...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Courts Service (17 May 2022)

Anne Rabbitte: I am taking this matter on behalf of the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee. I will keep to the script. I thank the Deputies for raising this important matter and for the opportunity to provide clarity on some issues. As both of them will be aware, management of the courts, operational matters and logistical functions are the responsibility of the Judiciary and Courts Service, which...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Emergency Services (17 May 2022)

Anne Rabbitte: I too acknowledge the wonderful work done by community air ambulance services, of which there is no doubt. I fully understand the challenges they have faced trying to fundraise over recent times. That is why the commission last week approved the establishment of the scheme. In line with a direction of the Department of Health, the NAS will establish and administer the scheme. I hope I...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disabilities Assessments (17 May 2022)

Disabilities Assessments

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disabilities Assessments (17 May 2022)

Patrick Costello: The Minister of State knows well the struggle experienced by many parents of children with disabilities in regard to assessment of need. We have spent a long time in the Joint Committee on Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth and in the Chamber debating what the Ombudsman for Children referred to as the "unmet needs" of these families. They are dealing with significant...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disabilities Assessments (17 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I remind the Deputy about the rules relating to naming persons in the House. He might wish to reflect on them.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disabilities Assessments (17 May 2022)

Patrick Costello: If the Leas-Cheann Comhairle had seen the look on these families' faces as they cried in front of me-----

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disabilities Assessments (17 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I am not taking issue with that-----

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disabilities Assessments (17 May 2022)

Patrick Costello: -----about their vulnerable children not receiving-----

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Disabilities Assessments (17 May 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I am just reminding the Deputy about procedure regarding naming persons.

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