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Seanad: HSE Winter Plan: Statements (7 Oct 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I am sharing my time with my colleague, Senator Fiona O'Loughlin. I thank the Minister of State for her very comprehensive statement on the winter plan. It is so important this winter, more so than ever before. I am happy to see that acute beds have been more than doubled and that there is a significant increase in sub-acute beds as well. Home support packages are the most important thing...

Seanad: Gnó an tSeanaid - Business of Seanad (30 Sep 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I propose we suspend until 5.30 p.m.

Seanad: National Screening Advisory Committee Bill 2020: Second Stage (30 Sep 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I move amendment No. 1: To delete all words after “That” and substitute the following: “the Bill be read a second time this day 12 months to allow for further consideration of the Bill and to allow the National Screening Advisory Committee to continue with its work and report on progress.” I thank Senator Norris for bringing the Bill before the House and for...

Seanad: National Screening Advisory Committee Bill 2020: Second Stage (30 Sep 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: The Senator's support was very much appreciated but drawing parallels between abortion care and what is contained in this Bill is not helpful. Perhaps the Senator could bear that in mind when discussing it in future.

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Health Services Provision (25 Sep 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: The Minister of State is very welcome to the Chamber and I thank him for responding to this matter. It is fitting that we are here today to talk about access to contraception given that tomorrow, 26 September, is World Contraception Day. As the Minister is aware, a working group on access to contraception was established in April 2019 by the then Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, to...

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Health Services Provision (25 Sep 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I am very disappointed with the Minister of State's response. I understand the Covid pandemic is causing havoc, particularly for the Department. This issue existed long before Covid so I am very disappointed to hear that no progress at all has been made on it. It is a core issue in the programme for Government. I will be taking it up with the Minister, Deputy Donnelly, to determine...

Seanad: Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (18 Sep 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: Now.

Seanad: Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (18 Sep 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: Now.

Seanad: Regulated Professions (Health and Social Care) (Amendment) Bill 2019: Report and Final Stages (18 Sep 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I would like to say a couple of words. It is great that this Bill has been passed. I would like to thank Opposition Members for their contribution, their suggestions and their amendments to the Bill as it passed through these Houses. I thank the Minister of State, Deputy Mary Butler, for her attendance here today. It is a difficult time for all of us but we know that everybody in the...

Seanad: Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020: Second Stage (28 Jul 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I welcome the Minister to the House to deal with this very important legislation. As my colleagues, Senators Gallagher and Ward, outlined, it is long overdue. I worked in the legal system for a number of years and faced many of the frustrations that the Bill seeks to address. It is very welcome, although it is a pity it has taken something like a global pandemic to bring about these...

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (24 Jul 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I raise a very important issue today. It is one I raised on a number of occasions in the previous Seanad, namely, period poverty. For those who do not know what period poverty is, it is being unable to access sanitary products due to financial constraints. It is a global public health issue and vulnerable women and girls in Ireland today are suffering from period poverty. They cannot...

Seanad: Health (General Practitioner Service and Alteration of Criteria for Eligibility) Bill 2020: Second Stage (24 Jul 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I am sharing time with my colleague, Senator Fitzpatrick. I thank the Minister for bringing this welcome and progressive legislation to the House. I believe it deserves, and will have, broad support from the House. The Minister has a personal commitment to better access to public healthcare and this allows people to access healthcare at the point of entry with GPs throughout the country....

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (7 Jul 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I raise the issue of the extended maternity leave campaign. I back the very sensible proposal made by my colleague, Senator Fitzpatrick, to refer the issue from this House to the Covid committee. It is a very important issue for thousands of families right across the country. Thousands of babies were born just before or during lockdown and maternity leave is running out for their parents....

Seanad: Election of Cathaoirleach (29 Jun 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I congratulate the Cathaoirleach on his great victory here today. Many of our colleagues have made reference to his political career but I would like to stretch back to before that political career and make reference to his reality television career. Some in the House may not know that the Cathaoirleach was in Treasure Island on RTÉ, which was the far more innocent precursor to Love Island.

Seanad: Election of Cathaoirleach (29 Jun 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: The Cathaoirleach came third on Treasure Island. Thankfully, he has become better at winning elections since then and has not come third since, only first. He came first today and is now sitting in the Chair. I wish him the very best of luck. He is deeply committed to public service and I know he will do an excellent job. I am very proud that he was the Fianna Fáil nominee today. I...

Seanad: Offences against the State (Amendment) Act 1998 and Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009: Motions (29 Jun 2020)

Lorraine Clifford-Lee: I will be very brief because I know we have to get the legislation passed as urgently as possible. I welcome the Minister to the House and congratulate her on her appointment. This is very important legislation. The Minister outlined the very real threats posed by gangland activities and terrorist organisations working on this island. These are threats to our security - the security of...

Seanad: An Bille um Bearta Éigeandála ar mhaithe le Leas an Phobail (Covid-19) 2020: An Dara Céim - Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Second Stage (27 Mar 2020)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I want to make a few comments briefly because I know we have urgent and important work to do here today. As was pointed out, hundreds of thousands of people are relying on us to do our work in as expedient a manner as possible. We hope the Minister will take on board some of our suggestions and some other amendments from other Members of the House. We want to work in a collaborative...

Seanad: An Bille um Bearta Éigeandála ar mhaithe le Leas an Phobail (Covid-19) 2020: Céim an Choiste agus na Céimeanna a bheidh Fágtha - Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (27 Mar 2020)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I move amendment No. 1: In page 6, lines 24 and 25, to delete “such day as the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government may by order appoint” and substitute “the 30th day of March 2020”. I will not labour the point but this amendment seeks to give clarity that the commencement date is 30 March. I hope the Minister will accept that.

Seanad: An Bille um Bearta Éigeandála ar mhaithe le Leas an Phobail (Covid-19) 2020: Céim an Choiste agus na Céimeanna a bheidh Fágtha - Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (27 Mar 2020)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I thank the Minister for that explanation. It does bring clarity and I wanted that clarity put on the record of the House. I will not be pressing the amendment.

Seanad: An Bille um Bearta Éigeandála ar mhaithe le Leas an Phobail (Covid-19) 2020: Céim an Choiste agus na Céimeanna a bheidh Fágtha - Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Covid-19) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (27 Mar 2020)

Lorraine Clifford Lee: I move amendment No. 5: In page 7, line 32, to delete “Health, and” and substitute the following: “Health, (b) subject to a vote of approval by both Houses of the Oireachtas, and”. I am keen to put our concerns relating to flexibility on the record of the House. Perhaps the Minister will explain if he going to take this.

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