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Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017: Order for Second Stage (23 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I move: "That Second Stage be taken now."

Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017: Second Stage (23 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am pleased to introduce the Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017 to the House. This is an issue that is very close to my heart. Like many Deputies, I have worked tirelessly for many years in my local community. I have seen at first hand the destructive power of drugs and drug addiction. I have seen what it...

Topical Issue Debate: Psychological Services (22 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I will request that. Unfortunately, the circumstances that arose last night were not foreseen.

Topical Issue Debate: Psychological Services (22 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: Unfortunately, I will not be able to answer some of the specific questions that have been asked. I was just asked to take the Topical Issue. I know this is not helpful to all the Deputies here. I do, however, want to make a few points. I have not spoken with the Minister of State, Deputy McEntee, or the HSE on this matter but I will ensure that if the service has to close, everything...

Topical Issue Debate: Psychological Services (22 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: It is unfortunate the Minister of State, Deputy Helen McEntee, cannot be here but she was taken ill suddenly last night. She has been released from hospital and is at home. The Government has been strongly committed to improving all aspects of mental health services since 2012. 4 o’clock Approximately €140 million has been added to the HSE mental health budget, which now...

Topical Issue Debate: Criminal Prosecutions (22 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: On behalf of the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, who, unfortunately, cannot be here, I thank the Deputies for raising this important matter. The Tánaiste is aware of the reports surrounding this tragic case and sympathises greatly with the family and friends of Kieran Monahan. I am sure everyone in this House is conscious of the very serious impact of violent crime...

Topical Issue Debate: Criminal Prosecutions (22 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I assure the Deputies I have taken notes on the remarks they have made and I will certainly bring them to the Tánaiste's notice. She apologises for not being here and would like to thank the Deputies for raising the issue. The Tánaiste is aware of the report to the effect that a decision not to prosecute in the case may have been taken in light of the provisions of the Criminal...

Topical Issue Debate: Psychological Services (22 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: Yes.

Topical Issue Debate: Psychological Services (22 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I can explain. The Minister of State, Deputy McEntee, was admitted to hospital suddenly last night and cannot be here today.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Gambling Sector (21 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: The regulation of persons or groups that offer advice on responsible gambling does not come within the remit of the Department of Health. The Department of Justice and Equality is responsible for the regulation of the gambling industry. The General Scheme of the Gambling Control Bill was published in July 2013 following approval by the Government and is currently in drafting by the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Injecting Facilities (21 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: On 7 February 2017, the Government approved the publication of the Misuse of Drugs (Supervised Injecting Facilities) Bill 2017. The Bill and the subsequent Ministerial regulations made thereunder, will allow for the licensing, provision and operation of supervised injecting facilities under specific circumstances, whilst protecting the public health and ensuring that the prohibition on...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drug Treatment Programmes Funding (16 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: In line with the National Drugs Strategy, the Government is committed to continuing support for initiatives to tackle the drug problem. Reflecting this commitment, an additional €3 million in funding has been allocated to the HSE this year to improve addiction services. The increased budget includes provision of €0.75m to enable the establishment of a pilot Supervised...

Confidence in Government: Motion (15 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: There is only one Army and one An Garda Síochána in this country. I am very proud, as a mother of a serving member of An Garda Síochána. On a daily basis my son wears his uniform with pride and works to keep communities safe. That is why we must all protect those who serve our communities with dignity. In 2011, Fine Gael and the Labour Party took on an unbelievable...

Confidence in Government: Motion (15 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: We would be back to the old games again, of judge, jury and executioner.

Written Answers — Department of Health: National Drugs Strategy (15 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: Government policy on tackling the drug problem is set out in the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016. The Strategy is a cross cutting area of public policy and service delivery, which requires a coordinated response to tackling the drug problem, involving the statutory, community and voluntary sectors. The Government is committed to putting a new drugs strategy in place this year. A...

Clarification of Statements made by the Taoiseach and Ministers: Statements (Resumed) (14 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I am sorry, but I had raised my hand.

Clarification of Statements made by the Taoiseach and Ministers: Statements (Resumed) (14 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: No, it was not a mistake.

Clarification of Statements made by the Taoiseach and Ministers: Statements (Resumed) (14 Feb 2017)

Catherine Byrne: That is fine.

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