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Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (17 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: The Taoiseach, who left a few minutes ago, had a written letter to say this would not happen.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (17 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: The Government has completely turned its back on these people.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (17 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: It is the same issue.

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (17 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: It is on the same issue and I will be very brief. This seems to be a position that the HSE is adopting all over the country. It is closing down units like this, moving people out into the private sector and leaving these units empty for years. 3 o’clock These people have lived in this facility for decades and it is their home. They are being turfed out on the street, which is...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Basic Payment Scheme Administration (17 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: 195. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers by county who will secure an increase in their basic farm payments; the number who will receive a reduced payment in the event of full internal convergence of payments as supported by the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development of the European Parliament; and if he will make a statement on the matter....

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Nursing Home Accommodation Provision (16 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: While I appreciate that some of these facilities are old and need a great deal of work, this one was built 25 years ago. It is not an old unit but is in fact quite modern. Shortly after it was built, it was recognised that there were issues regarding in particular the toilet and shower facilities, sewerage works which had not been done properly and air quality. Nevertheless, it operated...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Nursing Home Accommodation Provision (16 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: The Alzheimer's unit at St. John’s Hospital, Sligo, which has more than 30 beds, was closed down last year and all of the patients were moved out. The reasons given for the closure at the time were that the Mental Health Commission had issues with the unit and it also needed to be refurbished. No work has been done since and there is a rumour that the building is to be turned into...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (11 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: I want to raise again the issue of insurance. This week, I have had contact from businesses in my constituency, as I am sure every Deputy has had, about the escalating cost of insurance. Last week, Deputy Pearse Doherty raised this issue with the Tánaiste, who promised he would speak to the Minister for Finance to convene an emergency meeting. It is an emergency situation. What we...

Written Answers — Department of Health: General Practitioner Services (11 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: 111. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that general practitioner surgeries in counties Sligo and Leitrim have put up signs stating blood tests are taking one month to process due to staff shortages (details supplied) in Sligo University Hospital; the way in which he plans to address the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16988/19]

Written Answers — Department of Health: HSE Properties (11 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: 140. To ask the Minister for Health if a property (details supplied) has been disposed of; if so, the new owner of the property; if not, the position regarding the property; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17099/19]

Rural and Community Development: Statements (10 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: I also acknowledge the Minister's clear commitment to rural Ireland and the enthusiasm he has shown in running his Department. The small, rural parish I live in has a church and a pub. There was a post office but it closed a couple of months ago. There is a football field and a three-teacher school which, unfortunately, will soon become a two-teacher school. This is emblematic of many of...

Courts (Establishment and Constitution) (Amendment) Bill 2019: Second Stage (10 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: I am speaking on behalf of Deputy Ó Laoghaire who, unfortunately, cannot be present. I thank the Minister of State for bringing the Bill before the House. As it is quite straightforward, I will keep my comments brief. The Bill has the support of Sinn Féin. We wish to see it proceed as quickly as possible to address the volume of cases before the Court of Appeal. The...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (10 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: Today representatives of the FAI are appearing before the Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport. While I do not want to get into its deliberations, a serious issue regarding a Fine Gael Deputy has arisen and is widely reported on this morning. It concerns Deputy Noel Rock who, supposedly, sent a text message to Mr. John Delaney in November saying he was happy to push back against...

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (10 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: It is relevant because the programme for Government includes a clear commitment to political reform. Does the Tánaiste think it is appropriate for a Deputy to behave in this manner and push back against a proposal made by another Member of the House to prevent somebody from coming before a committee?

An Bille um an Ochtú Leasú is Tríocha ar an mBunreacht (Neodracht) 2018 : An Dara Céim [Comhaltaí Príobháideacha] - Thirty-Eighth Amendment of the Constitution (Neutrality) Bill 2018: Second Stage [Private Members] (9 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: The issue of neutrality could not be more pressing than it is today. Angela Merkel has publicly supported the idea of creating an army for the European Union. She said that the EU will have to create a European intervention unit with which Europe can act on the ground where necessary. This echoed similar comments by Jean-Claude Juncker who said that the common European army would show the...

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (9 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: I raise again the issue of Sligo University Hospital where 50 people are on trolleys today. There were 41 on trolleys yesterday. In the past week there have been over 30 people on trolleys. Bed capacity is central to this issue. There is a proposal from the hospital to build a new 50-bed unit. Deputy Tony McLoughlin and I met the Minister last week and while he has said he wants to...

Agrifood Market Priorities post Brexit: Statements (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: Yes, at five minutes each. I have been reading through the Minister's comments on the agrifood sector and Brexit. We are at a critical point. Many in our rural economy are waiting on a knife edge to find out what their futures will be. In the Border counties and the west in particular, where farming income levels are probably the lowest, people have been waiting a long time. There are...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services Provision (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: Will one of the pilots be based in Sligo-Leitrim?

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services Provision (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: I thank the Minister of State. I acknowledge that nobody expects there to be somebody there every minute of the day but, at the same time, the level of difficulty that people come across in these situations is acute. The Minister of State mentioned the out-of-hours service in Ballymote. Much of the time that service consists of one member of staff who is alone in the building and very...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Mental Health Services Provision (3 Apr 2019)

Martin Kenny: I raise the issue of out-of-hours mental health services in the north west, particularly Sligo. The Minister of State will read a response and tell me there are out-of-hours services in place, junior doctors on call and a junior doctor on back-up call. However, the experience of people in the region, particularly counties Sligo and Leitrim, is very different. I give the example of a...

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