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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Denis Naughten: This morning, many people's hearts sank on hearing level 5 restrictions are going to continue for at least another month. Infection figures remain stubbornly high. Throughout this pandemic, hospitals have consistently been to the fore regarding new outbreak figures. Not only are hospitals reservoirs for infection of vulnerable people, but they are also sources of new infection in our...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Leo Varadkar: Obviously, the buck stops with the HSE in this regard. I do not know whether the national outbreak team has been established yet. I will find out for the Deputy. In general, we all appreciate the Covid situation is very serious. We are still seeing more than 2,000 cases per day. More than 200 people are in intensive care, and about 2,000 are in hospital. Case numbers and the number...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Denis Naughten: On 3 November I asked a parliamentary question on the need for the establishment of a co-ordinated response team to ensure a consistent approach to Covid outbreaks, but when I received a reply on 21 December in advance of the current surge in infections, the HSE was silent on its establishment. In the first week of January, there were 158 outbreaks in our hospitals. Last week, we had a...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I will check the position on the national outbreak control team. I am not sure whether it has been established yet, but it is fair to say the settings in question are healthcare settings. Many people in healthcare settings will have Covid and many will have other illnesses. They are very susceptible to Covid, and that is why infection control is so important. Hospitals, nurse managers and...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Pearse Doherty: The Tánaiste has now changed his story again. He told the Dáil that he asked his PA to request the document from the Department of Health. He now says that he asked his PA for it and she already had a copy, so he never got it from the Department of Health. Why is he changing his story? Is it because now we can prove that there is no record whatsoever of his getting the document...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Leo Varadkar: No, that is exactly what I said, or more or less what I said, back in November. Of course I got the document from the Department of Health. Where else would I have got it from? The only people who had it were the Department of Health and the IMO. I hardly got it from the IMO, so of course I got it from the Department of Health, through the Minister, Deputy Harris, and my special adviser....

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Catherine Connolly: We are over time.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Leo Varadkar: Just be to clear, on 17 April, the Minister for Health requested the current draft - so a later, more up-to-date draft, presumably - appreciating that there were ongoing tweaks.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Catherine Connolly: The Tánaiste is over time.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Leo Varadkar: There was a third draft and ongoing tweaks. He got it the day he requested it.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Pearse Doherty: His office requested it on 15 April.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Catherine Connolly: I am moving on to the next speaker.

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The daily numbers for Covid might be lower than they were a week or two week ago but they are still extremely high, as is the alarming number of reported deaths. We are in the middle of a crisis with no end in sight. The UK variant, with its increased transmissibility, resulted in flights being suspended from late December in recognition of that increased risk from the variant. Between 11...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputy for her questions. The passenger locator form has been in place for many months, as she knows. It has not worked out to be as robust a measure as was needed. That is why the Government made changes in recent weeks in response to the fact that we are now concerned about new variants entering the country from other parts of the world. Now, anybody who is entering the...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Pearse Doherty: Gabhaim buíochas a Leas-Cheann Comhairle. Ba mhaith liom ceisteanna a chur ar an Tánaiste i dtaobh an sceite eolais a rinne sé ón gconradh rúnda a bhí idir an IMO agus an Roinn Sláinte agus a thug sé dá chara. Mar gheall ar an eolas atá againn le cúpla lá anuas, tá a fhios againn anois go ndearna neamhaird ar an achainí a...

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (21 Jan 2021)

Leo Varadkar: I do not agree. These are the facts, and I am happy to restate them. It was not actually a contract; it was an agreement about a contract. I gave a copy of that agreement to Dr.Ó Tuathail, who was president of the NAGP at the time. I should not have done this. I accounted to the Dáil for it last November and I apologised for it. I acted on my own judgment and nobody is...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Frank Feighan: I agree with many Deputies here today about the criteria. We have had much discussion about carers and front-line staff. Under the national immunisation advisory committee, NIAC, and NPHET, this is a living document. It can be revised. Every Deputy has been approached by many people to ask where they stand. The Department has been in ongoing dialogue with the HSE about the additional...

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

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Covid-19 Vaccination Programme: Statements (21 Jan 2021)

Michael McNamara: I very much agree with Deputy Collins. I have raised previously with the Minister the need to prioritise both persons providing home help and those who are receiving home help. People providing home help go into multiple homes and, likewise, people who receive home help receive it from multiple carers. I want to ask a specific question. I agree very much with many of the points made...

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