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Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (1 Dec 2022)

Seán Kyne: I wish Romania and all Romanians a happy national day also. I welcome the ambassadors who were with us earlier. I have raised inland fisheries matters on numerous occasions. I am grateful for the reply I received this morning from the Secretary General of the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, informing me that an investigation will take place on matters under the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Hospital Facilities (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I thank the Cathaoirleach's office for selecting this matter. I will say this again, as I have said numerous times. There are four Ministers in the Department of Health, senior and junior, and yet Deputy Noonan is here. I mean no disrespect to him but it is something many of us have raised in the past. For the first time since I came into these Houses in 2011, I can see a vision from the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Hospital Facilities (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I thank the Minister of State for the comprehensive reply on behalf of the Department. All of these projects are important. I do not like to make any of them more important than another but there is a clear need for all projects to be delivered in the coming years. It is incumbent on Government to prioritise them. The public spending code is obviously important and we know about the...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: The Order of Business is No. 1, motion regarding the Orders of Reference of the Joint Committee on Gender Equality extension of reporting deadline, to be taken on conclusion of the Order of Business, without debate; No. 2, motion regarding the protocol and arrangements for President von der Leyen's address to the joint sitting of both Houses of the Oireachtas to be taken on conclusion of No....

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I thank all the Senators for their contributions. Senator Malcolm Byrne raised the issue of the new national children's hospital and called for a debate on the matter. Representatives of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board, NPHDB, appeared before the Joint Committee on Health, of which I am a member, on 5 October 2022. We discussed the issues concerning this development....

Seanad: Orders of Reference of the Joint Committee on Gender Equality: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I move: That the Orders of Reference of the Joint Committee on Gender Equality, as agreed by Order of the Seanad of 7th December, 2021, be amended in paragraph (4), by the deletion of ‘within nine months of the first public meeting of the Joint Committee’ and the substitution therefor of ‘not later than 15th December, 2022’.

Seanad: Address of President von der Leyen to Joint Sitting of the Houses of the Oireachtas: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I move: That, notwithstanding anything in the Standing Orders relative to Public Business, unless otherwise ordered, the following arrangements shall apply in relation to any meeting of the Seanad on Thursday, 1st December, 2022: (a) the ordinary routine of business shall be interrupted after the Order of Business pursuant to Standing Order 16, and the sitting of the Seanad shall...

Seanad: Tailte Éireann Bill 2022: Second Stage (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I welcome the Bill and commend those involved in the work to date, including on committees. This is common-sense legislation to modernise all areas in regard to lands. I have always had a fascination with maps, particularly historical maps, and I enjoy using the satellite imagery on Google Maps, which is accessible on our phones. Such maps provide a detailed and accurate image of where we...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (29 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I ask that the Leader contact the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine regarding an issue that has been raised by former Civil Service and Coillte pensioners, many of whom are on fixed incomes and have received no pension increase since 2007. The Forestry Act 1988 established Coillte and provided for the transfer of staff from the then Department of Energy to Coillte. Sections 43...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (24 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I have raised on numerous occasions issues regarding Inland Fisheries Ireland and fisheries matters and angling over a number of months. As a former Minister of State with responsibility for natural resources, I have some insight in relation to the issues at stake there. The Minister for the Environment, Climate Action and Communications, Deputy Eamon Ryan, initiated a review into the...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Education and Training Boards (23 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I thank the Cathaoirleach's office for choosing this Commencement matter for debate this morning. I welcome the Minister, Deputy Harris, to the Chamber. As he will know, Galway Technical Institute's current provision is inadequate and would present challenges for any redevelopment it would need, including an underground car park. It has outgrown its current buildings and requires major...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Education and Training Boards (23 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I thank the Minister for those reassuring words. I compliment him on his work and his support for the very important further education sector with regard to its capital plans. It is important that we have quality learning and quality teaching, as well as quality structures for students and staff alike. I welcome the Minister's announcement of a visit to Galway next week, when we will see...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (23 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: The Order of Business is No. 1, statements on public order and safe streets, to be taken at 12.45 p.m. and to conclude at 2.15 p.m., if not previously concluded, with a time allocated to the opening remarks of the Minister not to exceed ten minutes, group spokespersons not to exceed eight minutes, all other Senators not to exceed five minutes, and time can be shared, and the Minister to be...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (23 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I thank the Senators for their contributions on a wide variety of topics. I will start with Senator Conway and his special guest, Ms Aimee Foley, who attended in the Visitors Gallery. Aimee is a very brave young woman who waived her anonymity in a case of rape and sexual assault by her father. Clearly, she is a victim who was wronged. She has suggested changes to the law that this House...

Seanad: Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad (23 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: I propose that notwithstanding the Order of the Seanad today, the Seanad do now adjourn until 10.30 a.m. tomorrow.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: General Scheme of the Health (Amendment) Bill 2022: Department of Health (23 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: Is the purpose of collecting the data to reassure family members regarding loved ones who are already in nursing homes or is it to assist them in choosing a nursing home? Is it to provide information to HIQA on whether it should conduct an inspection?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: General Scheme of the Health (Amendment) Bill 2022: Department of Health (23 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: Ms Casey mentioned national statistics relating to demand profile. On what basis will it be assessed whether a nursing home is required in an area apart, perhaps, from justifying a planning application? Would there be another reason?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: General Scheme of the Health (Amendment) Bill 2022: Department of Health (23 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: Does Ms Casey know the number of statutory instruments, SIs, currently covering this area? Is there any plan to consolidate those as part of the review in order to benefit providers?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: General Scheme of the Health (Amendment) Bill 2022: Department of Health (23 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: Enforcement is key to reassuring family members. What is the current complaints process? I imagine that the issues arising relate to the care of a patient, food quality, hygiene and the general cleanliness of the premises. When a family member is visiting a loved one in a nursing home, what is the complaints procedure if he or she sees something disturbing?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: General Scheme of the Health (Amendment) Bill 2022: Department of Health (23 Nov 2022)

Seán Kyne: If there is an issue with the way a loved one is being treated, for example, if personal care is not frequent enough, does anything in these regulations allow for a complaint to be made directly to HIQA and for HIQA to step in within 24 hours if the complaint is serious?

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