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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Update on the Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic: National Public Health Emergency Team (13 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: I thank Dr. Glynn for his presentation. May I go back to the AstraZeneca issue? I know many people have raised it. It is about getting information out there. We are now talking about the over-60s and saying the focus will be on AstraZeneca, but we have a huge problem now in that they are not convinced. I wonder if a lot more could be done to get information out there to show why this...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Update on the Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic: National Public Health Emergency Team (13 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: I will move on to another issue, and I know one or two Deputies have already raised it. It is about the use of antigen, in particular as it relates to, for argument's sake, attending maternity wards, and that issue was raised. We are now talking about doing a pilot project on this, but is there not enough research done on this already? We fully accept that it is not comprehensive or...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Update on the Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic: National Public Health Emergency Team (13 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: I have a question on the quarantine of people flying in from abroad. In the US people are being allowed in from abroad provided they can show they have had the required vaccination. Why can we not apply the same rule here? We could introduce antibody testing, whereby when people arrive a test can be done to see whether people have antibodies. Can this be considered rather than going down...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Update on the Response to the Covid-19 Pandemic: National Public Health Emergency Team (13 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: The US has decided to go down this route and it is a far bigger jurisdiction. It is prepared to take that risk and is satisfied it can do so with the bigger numbers it has to deal with.

Vaccination Programme and Covid-19: Statements (1 Apr 2021)

Colm Burke: Last week, I raised the issue of long Covid and did not receive a written response. Could I have a written response on the plan the Department and HSE intend to put in place to deal with this issue? I refer to the Sláintecare report on elective hospitals for Cork, Galway and Dublin. The plan has been totally and utterly watered down. Covid has clearly illustrated that there are...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Insurance Industry (31 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: 136. To ask the Minister for Finance the progress made by the new office to promote competition in the insurance market to date; the level of engagement that has occurred; when a reduction in the cost of insurance is expected to take effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17082/21]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Tax Reliefs (31 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: 132. To ask the Minister for Finance the current tax reliefs available for carers; if additional relief may be made available for them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17081/21]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (31 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: 426. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason for the delay in the transfer of lands at Castlefreke, Rosscarbery, County Cork from Coillte to the OPW which are required for the erection of facilities subject to planning for use by the Irish Coast Guard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17488/21]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (31 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: 427. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funds have been set aside by the OPW to enable the purchase of lands from Coillte at Castlefreke, Rosscarbery, County Cork which are required for the erection of facilities subject to planning for use by the Irish Coast Guard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17489/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medical Aids and Appliances (31 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: 858. To ask the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will receive a wheelchair as soon as possible as a matter of priority due to their age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16314/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Provision (31 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: 888. To ask the Minister for Health the current position in respect of the five-year delay for orthodontic treatment in Cork city and county; if some of the work will be transferred out to private practitioners in order to reduce waiting times for this treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16430/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Provision (31 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: 889. To ask the Minister for Health the reason there is a different approach in the Cork region compared to the Kerry region in respect of orthodontic treatment (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16431/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Provision (31 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: 890. To ask the Minister for Health if persons waiting for over two years for orthodontic treatment as is the case in Cork city and county can apply for this treatment under the Treatment Purchase Fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16432/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Felling Licences (31 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: 1261. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of tree felling licence applications for County Cork which were pending as of 1 September 2020; the number that have been granted since that date; the number in which an objection has been lodged and in which his Department has not granted the aforementioned licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16706/21]

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Felling Licences (31 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: 1262. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of tree felling licence in County Cork in each of the years 2017 to 2020, the number that were granted in each year; the number of applications which are still awaiting a decision by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16707/21]

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: I thank Mr. McMahon for his presentation. I would like some clarification. When Mr. McMahon says that the Department is using test cases and a decision is made on a test case, how many people could that test case affect? If it is a substantial number, is it available to that group for one person to go forward to the court, for instance? On test cases, there was recently a case in the High...

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: Would Mr. McMahon not accept what I am saying? If there is a group of 100 people, I accept fully what Mr. McMahon is saying that they cannot take a class action, but there is nothing preventing all 100 from filing a High Court writ. It is not the way I would like to go if there was a better appeals process, which obviously needs to be done by way of legislation. There is nothing preventing...

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: I fully accept that one cannot take a class action. I gave the example of the leaving certificate grading system where quite a number of people issued High Court writs but only one case went forward. In the scenario that Mr. McMahon is talking about, there is nothing preventing a group from issuing individual High Court appeals itself and for one person to then go forward to court with the...

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: I have been involved where that has arisen. In one case, more than €400 million had to be refunded to people. There was a large group of people involved in that. It works.

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Colm Burke: What appeals process does Mr. McMahon suggest should be put in place to deal with this issue?

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