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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Authorities (28 Jun 2022)

Frank Feighan: I thank the Deputy for giving me this opportunity, on behalf of the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, to outline the funding and Government support for local authorities with particular reference to County Galway. Local property tax, LPT, was introduced to provide a stable and sustainable funding base for the local authority sector, providing greater levels of connection...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Authorities (28 Jun 2022)

Ciarán Cannon: I am not laying any blame at the Minister of State’s door for that response. He is delivering a response that was provided to him by officials within the Department. However, I am saying to those officials right now that this is totally unacceptable. I made the point in my earlier contribution that there is an ongoing review of the local property tax and then we move forward...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Authorities (28 Jun 2022)

Frank Feighan: I hear the Deputy loud and clear. I will bring his suggestions and deliberations back to the Minister. LPT allocations for 2023 have yet to be decided. We acknowledge the current funding pressures on local authorities. As such, the funding from Galway County Council and other local authorities will be kept under review as part of the normal Estimates process for 2023 in the context of the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Dental Services (28 Jun 2022)

Frank Feighan: I thank the Deputy for giving me the opportunity, on behalf of the Minister for Health, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, to address the question of waiting lists for orthodontic services. He mentioned the case of a young lady awaiting treatment and if he sends me the details, I will pass them to the Minister as well. The HSE provides orthodontic treatment to those who have the greatest level of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Dental Services (28 Jun 2022)

Martin Browne: I accept the Minister of State's comments but the response does not even mention the four-year waiting list, which is shocking. This family does not need facts and figures and the girl needs treatment instead. That is the only thing that will help her. Her father has told us that this young girl is very good at sports and is a very bright child, with a good future ahead of her in school...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Dental Services (28 Jun 2022)

Frank Feighan: I have heard the Deputy's comments from across the Chamber and I assure him that the Minister and I appreciate the difficulties experienced by young people waiting for orthodontic care. As I outlined to the House, the Department and the HSE are undertaking a number of initiatives to address the question of waiting lists for orthodontic care. The Government is committed in the coming years...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Authorities (28 Jun 2022)

Local Authorities

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Local Authorities (28 Jun 2022)

Ciarán Cannon: I am here to address the very significant and gross underfunding of Galway County Council, which has been a factor in seriously diminishing the capacity of that local authority to be able to offer the service to people that it should seek to offer. This gross underfunding has been going on for many years and the history is quite complex, so I will not go into that. It is stark in terms of...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Investigations (28 Jun 2022)

Catherine Connolly: The Deputy made serious and specific allegations regarding corruption. There is a risk of individuals being identified with those allegations. I ask that the Deputy withdraw them. I understand his passion.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Investigations (28 Jun 2022)

Richard O'Donoghue: I will withdraw the allegation of corruption, but I will not withdraw the one relating to risk. I will tell the Leas-Cheann Comhairle why.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Investigations (28 Jun 2022)

Catherine Connolly: That is okay. The Deputy will withdraw the allegation.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Investigations (28 Jun 2022)

Richard O'Donoghue: I will withdraw the allegation relating to corruption at the Leas-Cheann Comhairle's request. The question here is of how many risk assessments were reported to the national incident management system. If this risk assessment had been reported nationally, University Hospital Limerick would have been under investigation sooner. Many Deputies asked for University Hospital Limerick to be...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Investigations (28 Jun 2022)

Frank Feighan: The Deputy has raised issues with regard to risk assessment. I will bring them to the attention of the Minister. The Government and the Department of Health remain fully committed to improving services in Limerick and throughout the country. It is clear that after what has been a very difficult couple of years at University Hospital Limerick, significant efforts are now being made to...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Dental Services (28 Jun 2022)

Dental Services

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Dental Services (28 Jun 2022)

Martin Browne: I previously raised the case of a 13-year-old boy who was referred to an orthodontics department on 8 August 2019 and not offered an assessment until 3 March 2022. His family was also informed that if he needed treatment, he would have to wait five years for it. When I inquired about this, the HSE also confirmed that the consultant orthodontist for south-east community healthcare carries...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (28 Jun 2022)

Simon Coveney: We want to do more but where we can do more is where Ireland has skill sets and credibility. I referred to training programmes earlier. There has been a specific request for training on demining. This is something in which the Irish Defence Force has specific expertise. We have been involved in demining training programmes in Afghanistan and Mali. This is something we should pursue. I...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ukraine War (28 Jun 2022)

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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate (28 Jun 2022)

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Investigations (28 Jun 2022)

Hospital Investigations

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Investigations (28 Jun 2022)

Richard O'Donoghue: I want to continue to speak on the points I raised on 22 June with regard to the management of University Hospital Limerick. What is the true number of potential patient safety incidents and deaths that have occurred in the hospitals under the management of the University of Limerick Hospital Group? Serious safety incidents reported by conscientious professionals in University Hospital...

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