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Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: 841. To ask the Minister for Health if his Department will issue guidance to businesses relying on international students as a matter of priority in order that they can make provisions for the summer 2021 season on the basis of either accepting or not accepting international travellers. [21137/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: 842. To ask the Minister for Health if nursing home visits will be increased in cases in which both the patient and the spouse are fully vaccinated and a specialist advises that increased visits would help the patient; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21139/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Maternity Services (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: 896. To ask the Minister for Health if a directive will be issued to all hospital groups nationwide to allow birthing partners attend maternity appointments of all kinds with a pregnant woman given the current level of vaccination against Covid-19. [21320/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: 1004. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to remove the necessity to undertake a hotel quarantine upon arrival in Ireland for Irish citizens living in the United Arab Emirates that have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine (details supplied). [21755/21]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (28 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: 916. To ask the Minister for Health the speed with which the legislative changes to exempt vaccinated persons from a mandatory hotel quarantine upon arrival in Ireland will take effect; and if an approximate date can be given for same. [21396/21]

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Increasing Wind Power on the National Grid: Discussion (27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: I confirm I am in Leinster House. I want to begin by saying that the wind energy sector has to reward best practice. New plans for offshore wind energy off Moneypoint have been announced. The sector also has to clamp down on worst practice. I want to continue where the previous speaker left off. A wind turbine in Parteen, County Clare, does not have the benefit of planning and is, in...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action: Increasing Wind Power on the National Grid: Discussion (27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: It is incumbent on EirGrid and the electricity network nationwide to scrutinise the situation to make sure that illegally generated electricity is not allowed onto the grid. In light of the Moneypoint announcement, there are plans for a sub-estuary power cable onto the national grid between Moneypoint and Foynes. In light of the announcement earlier this month, does that have enough...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (Resumed) (27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: Hello, Chairperson.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (Resumed) (27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: May I contribute now because I have to contribute to another committee in two minutes? I just had a glitch here with my headphones.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (Resumed) (27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: I am in Leinster House. Two or three committees are aligning at the same time today and I am trying to move headphones from one device to another so I thank the Chairman for letting me back in. To concur with what other speakers have said, the past number of weeks at work have involved the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation and the burials Bill. Listening to opening...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (Resumed) (27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: Yes.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (Resumed) (27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: I agree fully with Ms Coughlan. These mother and baby home sites should not be viewed as assets on which to start building bricks and mortar to make money.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affairs: General Scheme of a Certain Institutional Burials (Authorised Interventions) Bill: Discussion (Resumed) (27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: They are sacred ground. People are buried there - certainly in Tuam. We must substantiate whether it is the same in the case of Bessborough. When I started out in politics in 2004, I remember writing to An Bord Pleanála not fully understanding how it worked. I very quickly got a slap on the wrist and was told that it could not be interfered with politically, I could not write to it...

Select Committee on Health: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 38 - Health (Revised)
(27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: I thank the Minister for being at our select committee meeting, for his detailed overview, and for the material that was circulated to us yesterday, which I appreciate. In a year of negatives, as Covid has been a major negative in everyone’s life, it is good we are coming to a point where it has become more manageable. There are two trajectories almost at intersection point now,...

Select Committee on Health: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 38 - Health (Revised)
(27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: You could not believe half or probably a tenth of what you read on Twitter, but there are some in the relevant industries who are already speculating, even though the European Union is only starting to trickle out some detail, that Ireland could Ireland could be a laggard in terms of implementing this process and being able to be at the races with other European nations. When it is agreed,...

Select Committee on Health: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 38 - Health (Revised)
(27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: Good. That is welcome. If I can continue in a European vein, and I spoke on this issue in the Dáil Chamber recently, the Minister leads the Department of Health and he regularly meets his counterparts and colleagues across Europe. Ultimately, while we have own structures in Ireland, there is the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. I presume as a member state of the...

Select Committee on Health: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 38 - Health (Revised)
(27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: I will end on a note about e-health. We as a nation are going to go so far in the coming weeks. There is a bit of an unknown here but the details are starting to come from the European Commission. We are going to have an e-health system that will probably be on our phones. It might be like what we saw a few weeks ago on the "Prime Time" special. We saw a little snippet of people going...

Select Committee on Health: Estimates for Public Services 2021
Vote 38 - Health (Revised)
(27 Apr 2021)

Cathal Crowe: I thank the Minister and appreciate his time. I thank the Chairperson. I am finished my questions.

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