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Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (14 Apr 2021)

Mark Ward: I thank all of the witnesses. I do not think that I have done as much reading as I have done over the past while on any topic that I have been involved with since I came into public representation. It is absolutely heartbreaking, it is horrific, and it is a really dark stain on our history as a State. I commend all the witnesses who have appeared already and the ones who will appear later...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (14 Apr 2021)

Mark Ward: I thank the Chair and the witnesses. We have the opportunity to make right the wrongs of the horrors of the mother and baby homes. A key paragraph in Mr. Murphy's opening submission states: "A key task for this committee will be to deliver effective legislation that will, as far as practicable, protect and preserve mass graves, such as Tuam, and provide for the identification of, and where...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (14 Apr 2021)

Mark Ward: I thank the witnesses. We have heard again today about a lack of transparency regarding access to documents. We saw how public confidence was absolutely rocked when this came up in the recent past. As mentioned in the statement, the proposed Bill provides for the sealing of documents and records for a period of 30 years. Access to this information is of the utmost importance, as has been...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (14 Apr 2021)

Mark Ward: Any immediate development at Bessborough is wrong and should not be allowed to progress, especially as we have heard that the burial sites of almost 900 babies in the grounds of Bessborough are still unknown. I was not aware, until this meeting, that the burial sites of some 19 women in Bessborough are also unknown. We cannot allow any immediate development on that site as it is. I am...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (14 Apr 2021)

Mark Ward: The three witnesses who gave the opening statements.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (14 Apr 2021)

Mark Ward: We want to make sure that no voice is lost. We have heard many diverse opinions and many different rationales on certain aspects of the Bill, especially in this meeting. I ask the witnesses what they feel is the best process to ensure no voice is lost as we go forward with this Bill.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (14 Apr 2021)

Mark Ward: I just have three questions, the first being for Ms Corrigan. It is good to see her although it is only virtual. I hope we will get to see each other soon enough. I thank her for her patience with me in answering all the questions I have been asking her over the years on this. I know the dedication Ms Corrigan has given in her quest for truth and justice for all survivors and victims in...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (14 Apr 2021)

Mark Ward: Yes. I asked if a criminal investigation can be triggered in the Bill, particularly when Dr. McCullagh mentioned that a forensic approach will lead to the truth of these babies were, how they lived and how they died.

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Social and Affordable Housing (31 Mar 2021)

Mark Ward: 498. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the reason a social housing applicant with Dublin City Council has to remove South Dublin County Council as an area of choice once they avail of the housing assistance payment; if there is an appeal process; and if this is likely to change in the near future. [17307/21]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Carer's Allowance (31 Mar 2021)

Mark Ward: 682. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if consideration has been given to a moratorium on reviews for all carers until the Covid-19 pandemic is over; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17356/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (31 Mar 2021)

Mark Ward: 852. To ask the Minister for Health the six private providers that the HSE has engaged with to provide mental health services using surge capacity in private hospitals, in relation to correspondence (details supplied); the costs in this regard; the details of same; and the services that have been delivered to date. [16301/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Mental Health Services (31 Mar 2021)

Mark Ward: 853. To ask the Minister for Health the details of the plans for Jigsaw to provide a service in Clondalkin, Dublin 22; the location of same; the regularity with which it will be physically in Clondalkin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16302/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Hospital Charges (31 Mar 2021)

Mark Ward: 1127. To ask the Minister for Health the cost the HSE pays for debt collection services for non or late payments of hospital fees; the amount of debt collected in each of the years 2017 to 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17312/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (31 Mar 2021)

Mark Ward: 1137. To ask the Minister for Health if consideration will be given to allow persons who have a history of thrombus a choice in which Covid-19 vaccine they are offered. [17336/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Assisted Human Reproduction (31 Mar 2021)

Mark Ward: 1140. To ask the Minister for Health the financial supports or other supports available for cancer survivors to avail of IVF treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17345/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (31 Mar 2021)

Mark Ward: 1167. To ask the Minister for Health the number of vaccines that were not used and had to be disposed of; the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17408/21]

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation (25 Mar 2021)

Mark Ward: The plans have been agreed for the roll-out of a primary health care centre in Clondalkin, which is to provide speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and a dental clinic among other services. These are much-needed services for which the people of north Clondalkin have been crying out. In response to a parliamentary question I tabled I was told there is a delay in...

Ceathrú Chultúir 1916 Bill 2021: Second Stage [Private Members] (24 Mar 2021)

Mark Ward: "There should be no further commercial development work in the vicinity of this site or in the [Moore Street] area. The strongest way to secure that is to designate it as a historical quarter." These are fine words and as much as I would like to claim credit for them, I cannot. They are the words of current Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, in...

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