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Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister of State for being here. Deputy O'Reilly must be pleased with the outbreak of agreement on this matter.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Louise O'Reilly: Yes, of course. I do not want to start a row with the Minister of State, but with the greatest of respect, when he says that the issue is being looked at, while I am sure this is not how he intends it, it sounds a little like it is being kept in file in a filing cabinet. I am happy that we are having the debate and that the Minister of State has had the opportunity to outline what the...

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Question put and agreed to.

Estimates for Public Services 2020: Message from Select Committee (3 Dec 2020)

Estimates for Public Services 2020: Message from Select Committee (3 Dec 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Select Committee on Agriculture and the Marine has completed its consideration of the following Supplementary Estimate for public services for the year ending 31 December 2020: Vote 30.

Estimates for Public Services 2020: Message from Select Committee (3 Dec 2020)

The Dáil adjourned at 7.47 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 8 December 2020.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Thomas Gould: I thank Deputy O'Reilly for bringing forward this Bill. Not every worker can work from home. Those in meat factories, retail, healthcare and childcare services need to go into work but, unfortunately, some of those places have seen significant clusters. We have been asking the Minister of State for far too long to take the simple step to protect workers' rights and workers. We should not...

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Would the Minister of State like to make some brief remarks by way of a response?

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Damien English: If I could have a couple of minutes, yes. Deputy Ó Ríordáin asked me what I was referring to earlier when I spoke about misinformation or the perception being given. It was repeatedly stated that Covid-19 is not notifiable, which gives the impression that nobody is told of incidences of Covid. That is not the case. The appropriate authority is our public health authorities...

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I call Deputy Cronin, who is sharing with Deputy Gould.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Réada Cronin: It is mystifying that Covid-19 has not been a notifiable disease from the outset. I commend my comrade, Deputy Louise O'Reilly, for bringing forward the Bill. Deputy O'Reilly has been on the case since early summer, when we first realised this had been overlooked by the Government. We are nine months into this pandemic, long enough to have conceived and given birth to a baby, yet testing...

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

James Lawless: I welcome the discussion on the Bill and the Minister of State's comments. I credit Deputy O'Reilly for bringing forward the legislation. I was surprised at the tone of a few of the contributions from the Sinn Féin benches on this. It is important that over the next couple of years, or however long the term runs, we in the Dáil avoid the "Government bad, Opposition good"...

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin: During debates of this kind, we often find ourselves strongly advocating for a Bill and strongly opposing the position of the Government. As the previous speaker indicated, however, thankfully we are in a position whereby the Bill tabled by Deputy O'Reilly is not being opposed by the Government and, therefore, can advance to the next stage when, hopefully, it can be improved, amended or...

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Martin Browne: I congratulate Deputy O'Reilly on bringing this Bill forward. It is hard to understand, however, why we find ourselves asking the Government to make Covid-19 a workplace illness notifiable to the HSA. Over the months we have been battling Covid-19, there have been outbreaks of the virus in various workplaces. Instances in meat processing factories spring to mind. For some reason, the...

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I call on the Minister of State, Deputy English, who is sharing time with Deputy Lawless.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Damien English: I thank Deputy O’Reilly for bringing forward this Bill. It provides me with an opportunity to update the Dáil on recent regulatory changes and to facilitate a valuable exchange of views on the matter of Covid-19 in the workplace. I am sure that I am not alone in expressing my thanks and gratitude to all those who have worked tirelessly on the front line, in our hospitals, care...

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Before we begin, I ask Deputies who wish to speak to come forward and give their name to the Clerk. We have only 75 minutes in which to transact this business and it is very much a case of first come, first served for Deputies wishing to contribute.

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Louise O'Reilly: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am sharing time with na Teachtaí Patricia Ryan and Martin Browne. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to introduce the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020. Its purpose is to protect workers in their workplaces. That is its one and only aim. The Bill proposes a straightforward amendment to the Safety,...

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (3 Dec 2020)

Patricia Ryan: I thank an Teachta O'Reilly for bringing forward this Bill. Its purpose is to amend the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 to make incidents of Covid-19 infection notifiable to the Health and Safety Authority. This is an important change which, if it had been in place before the pandemic, could have prevented many instances of infection from spreading. I am thinking, in...

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