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Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (22 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I have taken many notes on what Members have said. On behalf of the Minister for Health, Deputy Simon Harris, I thank Deputies for their contributions. I note that they broadly support the Bill. As the Minister indicated, its main purpose is to address the gaps identified in provisions for the appointment of professional members to the Health and Social Care Professionals Council and the...

Health and Social Care Professionals (Amendment) Bill 2017: Referral to Select Committee (22 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I move:That the Bill be referred to the Select Committee on Health pursuant to Standing Orders 84A(3)(a) and 149(1).

Written Answers — Department of Health: National Drugs Strategy (21 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I propose to take Questions Nos. 65, 69 and 138 together. The Government is committed to putting a new drugs strategy in place this year. The Strategy will be based on a health-led approach to the drug problem and build on progress achieved under previous drug strategies. A Steering Committee has been established to advise me on a new strategy with a view to developing an integrated public...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Obesity Strategy (21 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: In line with the relevant actions in the National Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016 - 2025, a Food Reformulation Working Group is being established and membership is being determined. Its focus will be to reduce the sugar, fat and salt content of foods and beverages in line with the EU Food Reformulation Project. I am not in a position to preempt the work of the group in advance of the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Promotion (21 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 to 201, inclusive, together. Some of the matters raised by the deputy are largely encompassed in the recent Health Service Executive publication entitled Breastfeeding in a Healthy Ireland: the HSE Breastfeeding Action Plan 2016 - 2021. This Action Plan sets out the priority areas to be addressed over the next 5 years to improve breastfeeding supports, to...

Written Answers — Department of Health: National Drugs Strategy Publication (20 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1036, 1210 and 1211 together. The Government is committed to putting a new drugs strategy in place this year. The Strategy will be based on a health-led approach to the drug problem and build on progress achieved under previous drug strategies. A Steering Committee has been established to advise me on a new strategy with a view to developing an...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Staff Recruitment (20 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Medicinal Products Supply (20 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Services Data (20 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: Parliamentary question number 444 was referred to the Health Service Executive, as it was a service matter, and I understand they issued a response to the Deputy on 30 May 2017. In response to the Deputy's subsequent questions on this issue, as this is a service matter, it has again been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Health: National Drugs Strategy (20 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1565 and 1566 together. Possession of a drug testing kit is not prohibited under the Misuse of Drugs Acts 1977 to 2017, so long as none of the constituent chemical components or reagents are subject to control under that legislation. However, it is important to note that the possession of a controlled drug, other than for legitimate medical or scientific...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drug and Alcohol Task Forces (20 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: Local or Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Forces are responsible for allocating money for suitable projects, based on locally identified needs and priorities. Applications for funding for organisations should be made directly to the appropriate Drug and Alcohol Task Force. Contact details for Drug and Alcohol Task Forces are available at .

Leaders' Questions (1 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: It is very hard to listen to her. She sat at the public meetings and never opened her mouth. I was present at them.

Leaders' Questions (1 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: That is a lie.

Leaders' Questions (1 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: Local people are well aware of the good being done by the Taoiseach and the Minister, Deputy Donohoe.

Leaders' Questions (1 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: She is lying.

Leaders' Questions (1 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: What have you done for them? Deputy McDonald has done nothing for them in all the years she has been here.

Leaders' Questions (1 Jun 2017)

Catherine Byrne: She is wrong.

Questions on Promised Legislation (31 May 2017)

Catherine Byrne: I thank Deputy Coppinger. I have already spoken to Deputy Joan Burton regarding this matter. We had a long conversation. We are in discussions in the Department to try to resolve it. The ADAPT programme in Coolmine is very important as, like all projects, it is based in the community. It deals on a daily basis with people with an addiction and, most of all, provides for needle exchange....

Seanad: Controlled Drugs and Harm Reduction Bill 2017: Second Stage (Resumed) (31 May 2017)

Catherine Byrne: When I was appointed as a Minister of State last year the first thing I did was to contact Senator Ruane and a number of Deputies and Senators to discuss the national drug strategy with them. I felt it was an important start for me to get the views of everyone and not just of political parties. At the time I made it my business to listen and to note, but above all to listen to things we do...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Registration of Deaths (31 May 2017)

Catherine Byrne: The administration of the registration system, including the registration of deaths, is a matter for An tÁrd-Chláraitheoir (the Registrar-General of Births, Deaths and Marriages) and for local Registrars who operate under his general direction. The details to be registered in relation to a death are set out in section 30 of the Births and Deaths Registration (Ireland) Act of 1863...

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