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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of the Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019 (Resumed): Discussion (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: Would Dr. Rigney like to add anything further before we conclude?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: General Scheme of the Employment Permits (Consolidation and Amendment) Bill 2019 (Resumed): Discussion (26 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: I thank Dr. Rigney and Dr. Bambrick for coming and engaging with the committee.

Mental Health: Statements (Resumed) (21 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: As the Minister is well aware, the department of psychiatry at University Hospital Waterford, UHW, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past month. As a result, confidence in the unit by patients, staff and the general public is at a low ebb. The catchment area for UHW covers Waterford and Wexford. I was appalled when I read the report from the Mental Health Commission...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (21 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: Ba mhaith liom ceist a chur ar an Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna. The spiralling cost of insurance has been well discussed in this House. Today, I wish to focus on insurance costs for special schools. St. Martin's special school in Waterford is a state-of-the-art school that was opened in June 2018. It has 78 pupils with mild, severe and complex intellectual needs. The school employs two...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ports Policy (21 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: I thank the House, the Leas-Cheann Comhairle and the Minister for facilitating me in taking this question on behalf of Deputy Browne, who has been called away. We both represent the south east in Waterford and Wexford. Has the Minister discussed the ownership of Rosslare Europort with his UK counterpart? As we are all aware, Rosslare Europort's ownership status is complex.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ports Policy (21 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: I thank the Minister for his comprehensive answer. He correctly noted that Rosslare Port is unique, and outlined its history and how it was established. It is a joint venture between Iarnród Éireann, which operates Rosslare Port, and Stena Line, which operates Fishguard Port in Wales. These companies are responsible for the management of their respective ports, with the profits...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Ports Policy (21 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: I take the Minister's point that the port's structure dates back over 150 years but, unfortunately, with Brexit looming, the uncertainty around the future of the port must be addressed. I refer to another issue relating to the south east, which I also raised in the Dáil yesterday. The region has the highest unemployment rate in the country, according to the latest data from the Central...

Hospital Overcrowding: Motion [Private Members] (20 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: Emergency department and hospital overcrowding has become the norm. We hear in the news every day of trolley numbers representing the number of sick patients who cannot access a medical bed in a hospital but who may instead have to wait on a trolley, in some cases for days. They have to stay on a corridor with the lights glaring, without privacy and without bathroom facilities, other than...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (20 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: Unemployment has fallen throughout the country, which is welcome. However, the south east remains stubbornly higher than the rest of the country at 7.3% unemployment, 2.1% above the national average of 5.2%. That is 14,900 people out of work in the region up to the quarter at the end of September. There is a lot more work to be done. Waterford and the south east can act as a release valve...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Nursing Homes Support Scheme Data (20 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 210. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons awaiting placement under the fair deal scheme as of 15 November 2019 or the latest date available; the average waiting time; the number of persons awaiting placement under the scheme by local health area in tabular form; and the length of time waiting. [48220/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Home Help Service Data (20 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 211. To ask the Minister for Health the number of home support hours being provided in each LHO area as of 15 November 2019 or the latest date available; the way in which this compares to target in each LHO for the same time period; the number of persons on the waiting list for home support hours in each LHO area; and the number waiting 0 to three, three to six, six to 12 and more than 12...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (19 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: According to the INMO there are 534 patients on trolleys in hospitals throughout the county. We have learned that, up until October of this year, in excess of 13,500 people over 75 years had spent more than 24 hours waiting to access a bed. Yesterday, some of my Oireachtas colleagues and I visited the University Hospital Waterford. We were informed by the manager that the hospital has 21...

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Insurance Costs (19 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 83. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to the spiralling insurance costs for special schools (details supplied) which can cost up to 38% of the capitation grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47399/19]

Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: School Equipment (19 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 87. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to providing a grant for the servicing of equipment for special schools (details supplied) as this can result in a large financial outlay for schools from the capitation grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47400/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Special Educational Needs Staff (19 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 309. To ask the Minister for Health when the position for clinical psychologist and social worker will be filled for a special school (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47424/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Special Educational Needs Service Provision (19 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 310. To ask the Minister for Health if an organisation will continue to provide services for children at a special school (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if not, the person or body that will be providing the service if this discontinues. [47425/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Services for People with Disabilities (19 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 396. To ask the Minister for Health if consideration will be given to employing a second full-time nurse for a special school (details supplied) in County Waterford. [47426/19]

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (14 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: Ba mhaith liom ceist a chur ar an Aire Sláinte. Today is World Diabetes Day. This year's theme is diabetes and the family. Today we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Frederick Banting who developed insulin in 1921. There are 225,000 people in Ireland living with diabetes, 20,000 of whom have type 1 diabetes. The Minister introduced FreeStyle Libre for children and young adults aged...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (13 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: Every day in Ireland 11 people are diagnosed with dementia while 55,000 people are living with this condition in the country. I refer to St. Joseph's Shankill, which is an accredited Dementia Care Matters butterfly care home. There are 60 full-time residents living there and 120 day care places. Last week, news broke that this home care facility faces closure in the new year because of a...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Occupational Therapy Provision (13 Nov 2019)

Mary Butler: 166. To ask the Minister for Health the wait time for children that are waiting to receive an appointment with an occupational therapist (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46820/19]

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