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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Post Office Closures (11 Oct 2018)

Marc MacSharry: I know the reply was prepared by somebody else but, quite frankly, it was shocking. It is a rigged process. The independent appeals process is totally rigged. An Post privately came up with the 500 people and 15 km criteria. I have proved to the Minister of State that Ballinfull was not remotely looked at. In fact, An Post's first response on Ocean FM, given by one of its senior...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Post Office Closures (11 Oct 2018)

Seán Kyne: That is the first time I heard it was the closure of the post offices that almost wiped out Fianna Fáil in 2011. It is an interesting twist on the history.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Post Office Closures (11 Oct 2018)

Marc MacSharry: It was in the speech of the Minister of State.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Post Office Closures (11 Oct 2018)

Seán Kyne: It is Government policy that An Post remains a strong viable company in a position to provide a high-quality nationwide postal service and that it maintains a nationwide customer-focused network of post offices in the community. The Government remains fully committed to a sustainable post office network which is a key piece of economic and social infrastructure for rural and urban areas. ...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Post Office Closures (11 Oct 2018)

The Dáil adjourned at at 6.05 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 16 October 2018.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Products Supply (11 Oct 2018)

Finian McGrath: I do not doubt Deputy Ó Caoláin's sincerity on the issue, particularly on Spinraza as a proven drug. The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Deputy Ring and I are on the same page in that regard. The HSE is the decision-making body on the reimbursement of medicines under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013. It is the HSE that will make the final...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Post Office Closures (11 Oct 2018)

Post Office Closures

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Post Office Closures (11 Oct 2018)

Marc MacSharry: I know that events earlier today have determined that the Minister of State, Deputy Kyne, is here to take this matter. For the record, his area is natural resources, community affairs and digital development. Is that correct?

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Post Office Closures (11 Oct 2018)

Seán Kyne: Yes.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Post Office Closures (11 Oct 2018)

Marc MacSharry: I thank the Minister of State for coming along. The decision to close 159 post offices was taken without consultation with this House, the people's representatives, the Seanad or even county councils throughout the country. A private trade union, the Irish Postmasters Union, IPU, and An Post, a commercial semi-State company, designed a process for the closure of post offices nationwide...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Post Office Closures (11 Oct 2018)

Seán Kyne: I thank Deputy MacSharry for raising this Topical Issue matter. I address it on behalf of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. I thank postmasters throughout the country for the dedicated service they have given to rural and urban communities over many years. As Members are aware, some postmasters have taken the difficult decision to leave the business in...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Products Supply (11 Oct 2018)

Finian McGrath: I apologise for the absence of the Minister, Deputy Harris, who is unavailable this evening. I will represent him in this debate. I wish to thank Deputy Ó Caoláin for raising this very important issue. Spinraza is indicated for the treatment of 5q spinal muscular atrophy, SMA, a disorder characterised by progressive muscle atrophy and weakness. I appreciate that this...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Products Supply (11 Oct 2018)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: The Minister of State's response rehashes much of what the Minister, Deputy Harris, put in his letter to me just a few short weeks ago. There is absolutely no question as to the clinical effectiveness of Spinraza. This is a proven medicine and one that has been granted market authorisation by the European Medicines Agency. It is outrageous that we are going through a process that is...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs Service Provision (11 Oct 2018)

Joan Burton: The Department has to take responsibility for the education of these children. The parents have no difficulty with the ASD special units. We all know they have done very good work for the children for whom they are appropriate. It must be borne in mind, and this may come as a shock to the Minister, that for the school year 2017-2018 there were, as far as we know, 56 students on the home...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs Service Provision (11 Oct 2018)

Jack Chambers: It would be worth the Minister's while meeting these parents so that they can describe to him the challenges their children face daily. As Deputy Burton has mentioned, 56 children are on a home tuition grant. Many of them have been excluded by our education system because it is not fit for purpose for them. I recognise there is a policy of inclusion in ASD units and some children thrive...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Special Educational Needs Service Provision (11 Oct 2018)

Richard Bruton: I assure Deputy Jack Chambers that we are providing a policy response all of the time. As I outlined, since 2016 we have delivered 1,800 extra resource teachers, 4,000 extra SNAs, 500 additional ASD units, and 30 additional National Educational Psychological Service, NEPS, staff. We strengthened the inclusion service of the NCSE itself to support parents, teachers and students. We have...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Products Supply (11 Oct 2018)

Medical Products Supply

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Products Supply (11 Oct 2018)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I call Deputy Ó Caoláin who wishes to discuss with the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, his continuing refusal to accept the BeNeLuxA initiative concerning nusinersen, Spinraza, now that Ireland has joined the initiative. Is the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Finian McGrath, taking this Topical Issue Matter?

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Products Supply (11 Oct 2018)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: May I ask for clarification on why the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, is not here? It is less than half an hour since he was sitting in the front row on the Government side of the House, then he left. It is the Minister, Deputy Harris, who should be taking this Topical Issue matter as the Minister for Health. I say that with no disrespect to the Minister of State, Deputy Finian McGrath.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medical Products Supply (11 Oct 2018)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: It is my understanding that when a Minister is not in a position to take a Topical Issue matter, he or she informs the Deputy and a Minister with delegated responsibility-----

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