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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.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Poultry Industry (1 Apr 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I assure the Deputy that there is a very bright and secure future for the sector. It is a really important part of the overall agrifood sector. It is one I want to support and work with. There are challenges. Poultry farmers affected by diseases that do not automatically qualify for compensation and who must cull their flocks naturally incur massive financial costs. I had a very...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Poultry Industry (1 Apr 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Leis sin, táimid tagtha go dtí deireadh gnó na seachtaine. Tá an Dáil ar athló go dtí 10 a.m., Dé Céadaoin, 21 Aibreán 2021. Idir an dá linn, guím Cásca beannaithe ar gach duine.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Poultry Industry (1 Apr 2021)

The Dáil adjourned at at 6.53 p.m. until 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 21 April 2021.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Poultry Industry (1 Apr 2021)

Poultry Industry

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Poultry Industry (1 Apr 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The fourth and final important matter selected has been raised by Deputy Niamh Smyth, who wishes to discuss the need for co-financed funding for a scheme to support the poultry sector in counties Cavan and Monaghan. The Minister might give us a few bob around the rest of the country as well, if he can.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Poultry Industry (1 Apr 2021)

Niamh Smyth: I thank the Minister for coming to the House at such a late hour to discuss this very important issue, which I appreciate. The Minister will be more than familiar with the Hennessy report. My question relates to its findings and recommendations on which the Government might act. The poultry industry is of particular importance in my constituency of Cavan-Monaghan, as it is in many places...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Poultry Industry (1 Apr 2021)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank Deputy Niamh Smyth for raising this issue, which is particularly important in her constituency of Cavan-Monaghan, which is the heartland of the poultry sector nationally. At the outset, I want to pay tribute to the sector. The poultry sector has an annual output of more than €610 million. It often does not get the recognition it deserves for the massive contribution it...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Poultry Industry (1 Apr 2021)

Niamh Smyth: I appreciate the Minister's comprehensive reply. I will get down to the nuts and bolts of the funding being sought, which is €2.5 million spread over two years. In terms of the overall 2021 agriculture budget, that might seem quite small. Therefore, I hope that when the Minister sits down with his officials, that kind of finance can be put into it. I am not overstating the matter...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Banking Sector (1 Apr 2021)

Seán Fleming: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. As she is aware, the FSU has suggested the establishment of a banking forum involving all relevant stakeholders coming together to discuss the future of banking in Ireland. When the Minister for Finance met the FSU last December, he highlighted that he did not think that our Department should participate in such a forum. His concern in this...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Banking Sector (1 Apr 2021)

Neasa Hourigan: I thank the Minister of State for his reply. Not to be coy about this but I see a banking forum as a first step to talking about public banking, something for which Green Party has pushed for a long time. It would speak to issues around regional access to banking. It is something to which 21 countries in Europe have access, but we do not. We do not have that level of competition or choice...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Banking Sector (1 Apr 2021)

Seán Fleming: Again, I thank the Deputy for raising those points, particularly in the context of her party's position on this matter. I understand from the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications that An Post is transforming its retail network by delivering new products in all formats, including loans, credit cards, more foreign exchange products, insurance products, local banking, in...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Dental Services (1 Apr 2021)

Verona Murphy: I am very disappointed that somebody at the Minister of State's level would come into this House and restate what we can read on a website. These parents want to know when their children will receive treatment. As the Minister of State knows perfectly well, waiting lists have not fallen in years, so I do not know where the expectation comes from that they will definitely come down. I have...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Dental Services (1 Apr 2021)

Frank Feighan: I am aware of the difficulties experienced by young people, especially in Wexford, as Deputy Murphy articulated, who have been waiting a long time for orthodontic treatment. As I outlined to the House, the Department and the HSE will undertake a number of initiatives to address waiting lists for orthodontic care. Work is ongoing with Sláintecare, in conjunction with the HSE and the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Banking Sector (1 Apr 2021)

Banking Sector

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Banking Sector (1 Apr 2021)

Neasa Hourigan: I thank Deputy Verona Murphy for raising the issue of orthodontics because it comes across my desk all the time. Access to training for orthodontists is an issue we must address as well. I will talk about a banking forum. A few weeks ago, the Dáil debated the current banking situation in Ireland. I think we would all agree that we are at a moment of great difficulty. We had the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (1 Apr 2021)

Bríd Smith: We appreciate the positive response from the Minister of State and look forward to the Government going back and looking again at the schemes and the benefits that may be available. We are representatives of Dublin South-Central and it is important that the Ballyfermot club remains in situ. It is an interesting club because it is lean in its staff and flexible with the community but it...

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