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Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (23 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: I wish to raise the issue of the long-awaited of the new national children's hospital, which cannot open soon enough. The understanding all along has been that there will be 380 beds in the facility. This week, Children's Health Ireland, CHI, released an update video about the hospital that in which reference was made to 300 beds. Can the Minister clarify if that was an error on the part...

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (23 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: I thank the Minister.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (23 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: I said the Minister is commentating. He is in government.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (22 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: I will ask the Taoiseach about the provision of autism spectrum disorder, ASD, classrooms. Two years ago, the NCSE recommended two new ASD classrooms for a school in Glasnevin in my constituency. However, the planning and building unit is not responding to any of its calls and has not responded for more than a year now. Is there an unwritten policy that only reconfigured classrooms, where...

Dentistry Services: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (22 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: I thank everybody who contributed to the debate. I had hoped that the Minister would come in today and outline a clear plan to reform of public dentistry. However, all we got was talk. The scripts that were read out by the two Ministers of State were an absolute disgrace. The Ministers of State are either delusional or blatantly disingenuous. They displayed a complete disconnect from...

Dentistry Services: Motion (22 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: I move: That Dáil Éireann: acknowledges that access to dental care is in crisis and that urgent action is required by Government to address the many aspects of this crisis; notes that: — there are an estimated 104,000 children on a waiting list for the school screening dental service, out of an eligible 208,000 children; — in the past five years there has been a...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Special Educational Needs (22 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: 84. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the location of each of the 400 new special classes sanctioned for September 2024 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [23131/24]

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: It is not.

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Approved Housing Bodies (21 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: 351. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if it is acceptable for an approved housing body (details supplied) to ask one of its tenants to cover the cost of an attic conversion in a situation in which there is additional housing need due to overcrowding; if this is Department policy; whether it applies to all approved housing bodies; and if he will make a statement...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Staff (21 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: 593. To ask the Minister for Health if a report has been published (details supplied); if not, if he will provide a copy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22599/24]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services (21 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: 617. To ask the Minister for Health if he has received the advice from the Office of the Attorney General in relation to the extension of the free contraception scheme to 16-year-olds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22831/24]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Abortion Services (21 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: 618. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the options paper developed by his Department in response to the report of the Oireachtas Health Committee on the Independent Review of the Health (Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy) Act 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22832/24]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Cancer Services (21 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: 619. To ask the Minister for Health to provide a breakdown of the total number of BowelScreen invitations issued, by county, in each of the years from 2021 to 2024, in tabular form; the corresponding number of people, per county, who returned a completed FIT test in these same years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22834/24]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Cancer Services (21 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: 620. To ask the Minister for Health to confirm the total number of eligible men and women who are not on the existing BowelScreen register or list which is informed by information supplied by the Department of Social Protection; to outline efforts to target this group with a view to encouraging greater uptake in the screening programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22835/24]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Cancer Services (21 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: 621. To ask the Minister for Health to provide details of the overall numbers of people aged 59 to 69 who are eligible for participation in the BowelScreen programme and who, as of the end of April 2024, have not been issued with a FIT test in the last two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22836/24]

Delivering Universal Healthcare: Statements (15 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: The previous Chair told us that because we were running behind schedule, there would be a little flexibility with the time.

Delivering Universal Healthcare: Statements (15 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: There is a dire shortage of dentists and we were told the Minister's response was to put work out to the private sector. That is okay for a short-term stopgap measure. It does not work in the longer term. Will the Minister please try to concentrate on public employees in the public health service? In budget 2022, 21 neurological nursing posts were approved and 13 of those still have...

Delivering Universal Healthcare: Statements (15 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: I have a response to a parliamentary question that tells me the recruitment embargo is preventing them being filled. I got it last week.

Delivering Universal Healthcare: Statements (15 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: Okay, I will give the reply to the Minister. This is a no-brainer. There are 860,000 people with neurological conditions.

Delivering Universal Healthcare: Statements (15 May 2024)

Róisín Shortall: They need adequate community services. They deserve them, but it is also having a huge impact on the health service, with beds being taken up over a long period and people not being able to rehabilitate, get back to work and so on. These are the priority areas. I hope the Minister will give them attention.

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