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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Garda Síochána (6 Jul 2022)

Helen McEntee: I have vivid memories of my own father covering a Topical Issue matter one night and having the same response read out but that is for another day. I thank the Deputy for raising this Topical Issue matter. As he correctly outlined, police certificates are issued for the following five purposes: the foreign consular authority and foreign visas; the establishing or registering of a...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Garda Síochána (6 Jul 2022)

David Stanton: I thank the Minister for her response. I know the Garda Commissioner, having engaged with him in a previous role, and he is very reasonable. I am sure that when the Minister and Garda Commissioner have a conversation, they will be able to find a way of resolving this issue. Other cruise liners and shipping companies across Europe also have these demands and they work with other...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Garda Síochána (6 Jul 2022)

Helen McEntee: I fully agree with Deputy Stanton. We are not talking about students going on holidays on a cruise liner. This is something different, which would benefit them for their entire lives. It is about their career and, unfortunately, through no fault of their own, they find themselves in a position where there is no police certificate or vetting procedure and nothing that would allow them to...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Garda Síochána (6 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Deputy and the Minister for raising this important matter and dealing with it so efficiently and pragmatically.

Teachtaireacht ón Seanad - Message from Seanad (6 Jul 2022)

Teachtaireacht ón Seanad - Message from Seanad (6 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Seanad Éireann has passed the Institutional Burials Bill 2022, without amendment.

Teachtaireacht ón Seanad - Message from Seanad (6 Jul 2022)

Cuireadh an Dáil ar athló ar 10.38 p.m. go dtí 9 a.m., Déardaoin, an 7 Iúil 2022. The Dáil adjourned at at 10.38 p.m. until 9 a.m. on Thursday, 7 July 2022.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Staff (6 Jul 2022)

Frank Feighan: I thank Deputy O'Sullivan for giving me the opportunity to update the House on this important matter. Recruitment and retention of health and social care workers is a top priority. As the Deputy outlined, budget 2022 provided funding for a large expansion of the health workforce, up to an additional 11,369 whole-time equivalents, reflecting the Government's ambition and desire to invest in...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Staff (6 Jul 2022)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I thank the Minister of State for the response. I have two questions on the response and then I will conclude with a few other remarks. The Minister of State said the HSE has identified a minimum recruitment target of 5,500 whole-time equivalents alongside a more challenging stretch target. What is a stretch target? What does that mean? Is the Minister of State telling me that the 5,500...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Staff (6 Jul 2022)

Frank Feighan: I understand a stretch target is a target that makes the organisation alter the process to get the result it wants to achieve.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Staff (6 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Is it not shocking that the Department did not provide for an answer for a fairly straightforward question? It is not the Minister of State's fault but whoever writes answers could maybe do a training course in basic English and communication. I recommend that to the HSE and Department officials.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Staff (6 Jul 2022)

Frank Feighan: I will bring the Ceann Comhairle's view on it back to the Department.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Staff (6 Jul 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister of State.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Staff (6 Jul 2022)

Frank Feighan: That is what I understand about stretch targets. It sets a parameter that people have to work within to try to achieve the target. "Stretch target" is a first for me too. The continued growth of the health and social care workforce is a top priority for the Department. The Deputy will appreciate that given the competitive international situation and the high demand for skilled health and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Garda Síochána (6 Jul 2022)

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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: An Garda Síochána (6 Jul 2022)

David Stanton: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for selecting this item and the Minister, Deputy McEntee, for being here to respond. I think this issue is fairly simple to rectify. It should not cost any money. I have been approached on behalf of students working on ships who are required to go to sea in a training capacity. Many of these companies operate in Europe and are not registered here, but they...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services (6 Jul 2022)

Pauline Tully: I welcome the Minister of State's response and his statement that it is a priority for the Minister for Health. He also said the National Screening Advisory Committee is considering adding a tenth condition, but he did not say if it would be SMA specifically. I ask him to clarify that. Is the tenth condition to be added to the testing SMA? SMA Ireland represents children already diagnosed...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services (6 Jul 2022)

Frank Feighan: I will get those criteria for the Deputy and I will ask the Minister's office to follow up on that. I reiterate that the expansion of the national newborn bloodspot screening programme is a priority for the Minister for Health and this work has been ongoing since the establishment of the National Screening Advisory Committee. The work in this important area is continual and is evidenced by...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Staff (6 Jul 2022)

Health Services Staff

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Health Services Staff (6 Jul 2022)

Pádraig O'Sullivan: I thank the Minister of State for coming in this evening. I also thank the Ministers of State, Deputies Rabbitte and Butler, for previously taking questions on behalf of the Minister for Health. Some day I might get lucky and he might be able to get here in person to debate these issues. Our health services are stretched. That is evident in the significant waiting lists in various...

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