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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Hospital Overcrowding (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I am acutely aware of the scale of the challenge facing our emergency departments across the country this winter and the extra demands Covid is placing on them. Our front-line staff are exhausted from 20 months of dealing with Covid yet continue to deliver a high standard of care to all. I wish to thank them and acknowledge the distress that overcrowded emergency departments cause to...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: Why did the Deputy not do it then instead of shouting down others now?

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Marc Ó Cathasaigh: The Minister of State, Deputy Butler, is on her feet and I would be glad to hear her answer.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Mary Butler: Could I request, when I am on my feet, that the Deputy's microphone might be turned off so I can get the opportunity to reply? The report of the working group on alternative approaches to the possession of drugs for personal use published in 2019 noted difficulties with decriminalisation in the Irish legal context. In Portugal, personal possession of drugs carries an administrative...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Misuse of Drugs (3 Dec 2021)

Question No. 97 replied to with Written Answers.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Covid-19 Pandemic

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Catherine Connolly: 98. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to extend the validity of the digital Covid-19 certificate to nine months for persons who have recovered from Covid-19 infection, particularly in view of HIQA's recommendation that the period of presumptive protective immunity following infection with Covid-19 should remain at nine months post infection; and if he will make a statement on the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Catherine Connolly: My question is very specific. I ask the Minister about plans to extend the validity of the digital Covid-19 certificate to nine months for persons who have recovered from Covid-19 infection, particularly in view of HIQA's recommendation that the period of presumptive protective immunity following infection with Covid-19 should remain at nine months post infection.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I thank the Deputy for the question. Many people look at this and wonder if it is consistent. With the EU Covid-19 certificate we have a recognised recovery period of six months and as the Deputy has said, we have recent advice from HIQA that has been endorsed by National Public Health Emergency Team, NPHET, that the presumptive period is nine months. It is a reasonable question as to why...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Catherine Connolly: We put down questions to be answered and this question is very specific. It is whether the Minister plans to extend the period. I had to ask this way because I failed to get an answer up to now. I know the Minister is extremely busy but this is a very specific matter. We have seen HIQA's report and a letter to the Minister from Dr. Tony Holohan in November, and I believe there was one...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: I am telling the Deputy the standard is set at an EU level. HIQA has made its recommendations and they have been endorsed by NPHET but the EU regulation sets the six-month period. I am advised the EU is not actively considering reviewing that six-month period at this time.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Catherine Connolly: Will the Minister direct me to the regulation because I have not seen it? That is my own fault, I suppose, if the regulation is there. If he has it to hand, he might just quote the regulation and indicate when it was introduced and effected? Who has the Minister been advised by that the regulation will stand and not be changed? Who is making that advice? All the time we have endorsed...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: To be clear, the Deputy's question is "to ask the Minister for Health his plans to extend the validity of the digital Covid-19 certificate to nine months" and I am answering that directly. I am saying the digital Covid-19 certificate is based on an EU-set regulation.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I heard that. The Minister's plan is not to extend that period.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: That is right. It is not being considered at an EU level at this point. Of course I will ask the Department to provide the Deputy with a detailed briefing on the EU regulation concerned.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I would also like to see the advice the Minister referred to. He said he has been advised the period will not be changed. I am sorry because I am breaking the rules.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: It is no problem at all. The advice I have is from the Department, which engages with the EU.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Catherine Connolly: The Minister might get back to me with that.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Stephen Donnelly: Sure.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Covid-19 Pandemic (3 Dec 2021)

Question No. 99 replied to with Written Answers.

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