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Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Minister of State very much for her kind words and for that very positive response. That concludes our discussion on Covid-19 for this day and this term.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate (16 Dec 2021)

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Zone Management (16 Dec 2021)

Coastal Zone Management

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Coastal Zone Management (16 Dec 2021)

Pat Buckley: As the Minister will be aware, the MV Altaran aground in Ballycotten last February and unfortunately, it is still there. It has not been moved. It is a massive blight on the area of Ballycotten. We pride ourselves on the coastal area. It is also a health and safety issue that has been ongoing since last February and has not been addressed. I spoke to the landowner and contacted the...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Marian Harkin: I wish the Ceann Comhairle, all the staff and all my colleagues here in Leinster House a good Christmas. I hope 2022 will bring better times for all of us. Today we are speaking of Covid-19 and its impact. Every person I speak to is concerned about the impact on our hospitals and our ICUs. People are concerned that our health services will become overwhelmed with Covid patients. While...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Joan Collins: I take exception to some of the comments that have been made to the effect that there has been no difference between where we were 22 months ago and where we are now. We now have a vaccine that has worked quite effectively. It is stopping infection and death in the country. No one ever said it was going to stop infection, and that should be clearly pointed out. We also have a Covid savvy...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: I join other Deputies in extending my best Christmas wishes to people. Across society, we are exhausted. We have learned more about the Greek alphabet than any of us cared to learn and the sooner we forget it the better. People in the healthcare system are exhausted, as are those in the education system. I will stick to the education system, which is what I know best. That is not to...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Peter Fitzpatrick: I very much welcome the opportunity to contribute. As we all know, we had our first official case of Covid-19 in Ireland in February 2020, almost 22 months ago. It is fair to say that, since that date, we in this country and everyone throughout the world have endured a very difficult period. So many people have suffered and continue to suffer. The many thousands of people who have...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Deputy O'Donnell has six minutes.

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Kieran O'Donnell: I thank the Ceann Comhairle and all his staff in Leinster House, at every level, for their great help and support throughout the year. I wish them all, and their families, a happy and peaceful Christmas. I will concentrate on this afternoon's announcement by the Minister for Health that we will expedite the roll-out of the vaccine by opening vaccination centres for longer hours, from 8...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thought the Deputy might invite some of us to come down and spend some time in County Carlow over the Christmas period.

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: The Ceann Comhairle knows he is always welcome. I would love to have as many Members down as possible.

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I thank the Deputy.

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Cormac Devlin: I often invite Deputy Murnane O'Connor to Dún Laoghaire but I think this is the only place in Dublin and outside County Carlow she actually attends. I too join other Deputies in wishing the Ceann Comhairle and all the staff of the Houses of the Oireachtas a very happy, peaceful and indeed healthy Christmas. It has been a very challenging year for the House and its Members. I thank all...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Go raibh míle maith agat, a Theachta.

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: I suppose everyone is entitled to a break but it is so important the Department of Education takes time over the Christmas period to ensure we get schools right and ensure they are safe. Keeping schools open and functioning well is so vital. The latter aspect is important; it is not just about them being open but that they are functioning well. Now, over the Christmas period, is our chance...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Gino Kenny: I wish the Minister of State happy Christmas. I will start on a positive note because we have to be positive during the ongoing pandemic. Hospitalisations and ICU admissions have plateaued or fallen. That is a good indication of the direction of things. So far, so good. However, there are dark clouds on the horizon. You only have to look at Britain where the cases are going through the...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Mick Barry: What will happen in our hospitals in January? On Tuesday Dr. Mike Ryan of the World Health Organization said that the sheer weight of numbers with the Omicron cases will put hospitals under pressure internationally. This morning Dr. Susan Hopkins, the UK Health Security Agency's chief medical advisor, told the House of Commons health committee that the R value of the Omicron variant could...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: If what is happening in the UK is repeated here, as expected, there will be an Omicron surge. That is clear. It will probably be when schools return in January. Last night, the Minister, Deputy Donnelly warned that it was entirely possible that the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variants meant that the number of Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations could exceed the spike of...

Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (16 Dec 2021)

Martin Browne: I concur with Deputy Gannon that it is unacceptable that the Minister has not stayed in the Chamber to listen to the statements. It would be remiss of me not to welcome some of the Government Deputies but they have gone again. Last week when we were in committee they did not stay in the Chamber for their slots and we missed ours. In the new year, it would be good if Government Deputies...

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