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Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Kathleen Funchion: I thank the Minister. I appreciate her comments regarding how the mother and baby home issue was handled. There is some possibility. I take on board what the Minister said regarding setting out a statement. I have to say, and the Minister will not be surprised, that just because of the level of work, particularly with the involvement of the Office of Parliamentary Legal Advisers, OPLA, I...

Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Question put.

Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Cathal Berry: In accordance with Standing Order 80(2), the division is postponed until the weekly division time next week.

Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ar 4.41 p.m. go dtí 2 p.m., Dé Máirt, an 20 Feabhra 2024. The Dáil adjourned at at 4.41 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, 20 February 2024.

Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Martin Kenny: The commission of investigation process has huge merit and can deliver. Everyone hoped it would deliver. From previous forms of investigations and tribunals that cost a lot of money, ran on for years and so on, we know that this was an alternative way of doing it that would be more succinct, that would hopefully get to the point more quickly and that would cost less. It held all that...

Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Martin Browne: I thank and commend Deputy Kathleen Funchion for bringing forward this Bill. Like the speakers before me, I hope the Government will support it. The Bill is important because it seeks to ensure that certain members of any future commission of investigation, into whatever issue it is established to explore, cannot simply discharge their duties upon submission of its final report without a...

Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Helen McEntee: I thank Deputies, in particular Deputy Funchion, for tabling this legislation and allowing us to have this debate. The Bill, as was said, proposes to amend the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 to require former members of a commission of investigation, upon written request, to appear before the relevant Oireachtas joint committee within six months of the presentation of the commission's...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service (15 Feb 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: I thank Deputy Kerrane. I will take back the points she raised to the Minister. In my opening statement I concentrated for the most part on ambulance resourcing and some recent alternative care paths in County Roscommon. I will now focus on the service nationally and touch on the investment in our National Ambulance Service and its future plans. This Government has invested very...

Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Kathleen Funchion: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time".

Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister, Deputy McEntee, for being here to deal with this.

Commissions of Investigation (Amendment) Bill 2023: Second Stage [Private Members] (15 Feb 2024)

Kathleen Funchion: I am delighted we are finally getting the opportunity to discuss this Bill as for us it has been a long time in the making. It was prompted by the mother and baby homes report that was published on 12 January 2021, having started up in 2015. It was a huge amount of time for people to have to wait. Over the days, weeks and months that followed, we all expressed our absolute shock at its...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service (15 Feb 2024)

Ambulance Service

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service (15 Feb 2024)

Claire Kerrane: For the past 12 years in Roscommon there has been an advanced paramedic on the rapid response vehicle on a 24-7 basis. This was committed to by both the HSE and Fine Gael after the accident and emergency unit in Roscommon was closed in 2011. It was specifically to ensure there would be advanced life support always provided, given the accident and emergency unit was no longer there. At that...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service (15 Feb 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: I am taking this Topical Issue on behalf of the Minister for Health. I thank Deputy Kerrane for the opportunity to update the House on delivery of ambulance services in Roscommon, including the important emergency response role carried out by the rapid resource vehicle, RRV. I am informed that in the context of the National Ambulance Service emergency response operations across the...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Ambulance Service (15 Feb 2024)

Claire Kerrane: Gabhaim buíochas leis an Aire Stáit. I thank him for taking this matter on behalf of the Minister, Deputy Donnelly. I have two points to counter the one that keeps being thrown back that RRVs everywhere are routinely crewed by either a paramedic or an advanced paramedic. That is well and good but the point is the commitment was made that an advanced paramedic would be there 24-7...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Overcrowding (15 Feb 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: I am taking this matter on behalf of the Minister for Health, Deputy Stephen Donnelly. I thank Deputy Paul Donnelly for raising the question of overcrowding at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, is a major teaching academic hospital within the RCSI Hospitals Group. It has a catchment population of upwards of 331,000 people and serves a mixed urban and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Overcrowding (15 Feb 2024)

Paul Donnelly: I thank the Minister of State for his answer. I expected statistics, including the extra 78 beds, to be mentioned. It is completely understandable that there will be emergencies and pressures at times. There will be times when the hospital is overcrowded due to certain circumstances, whether it be a flu epidemic or respiratory issues. However, this is not something that happened in...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Overcrowding (15 Feb 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: I appreciate the Deputy’s contribution and his genuine sentiments on the surge in attendance at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. I also thank him for raising this important topic and acknowledge that he has raised other issues. The Government understands how important it is to make quality patient services available to people in Blanchardstown and everyone across the country....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Antisocial Behaviour (15 Feb 2024)

Kieran O'Donnell: I am taking this matter on behalf of the Minister for Justice, Deputy McEntee. I thank Deputy Gannon for raising it. In fairness to the Deputy, he has raised it on many occasions. As the Deputy may be aware, the Government's approach to the misuse of drugs is set out in Ireland's national drug strategy, Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery. This is a health-led approach to drug and...

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