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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (23 Oct 2020)

Anne Rabbitte: Perhaps we can discuss this issue with the Minister for Health. The introduction of pods and bubbles this week was very welcome. Maybe we can discuss with the hospitals if they are open to the idea of having bubbles or pods. It is important, however, that my message is clear tonight and I do not want to confuse it. These decisions are not taken lightly and hospital front-line staff and...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic (23 Oct 2020)

Covid-19 Pandemic

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic (23 Oct 2020)

Michael Collins: I thank the Ceann Comhairle for allowing Deputy Mattie McGrath and me to raise this important issue. The Government is seeking to coerce people and now issue fines to anyone who attends mass or prayers in their church. When the Republic of Ireland originally went into lockdown in March, public worship was suspended. From the beginning, church authorities have worked with the Government...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic (23 Oct 2020)

Mattie McGrath: Under the new Covid restrictions, a priest can be fined, imprisoned or both for saying a mass in public. The same applies to any minister of any religion who holds a public ceremony or act of worship. This is drastic, draconian and unacceptable and raises questions about the constitutionality of the measures taken today. It is totally disproportionate. The regulations state that no person...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Covid-19 Pandemic (23 Oct 2020)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank the Deputies for raising this important matter as the conversation is very welcome. Earlier this week, the Government took the decision to move the country to level 5 of the framework for living with Covid-19, as outlined in the resilience and recovery plan. This decision took account of a variety of factors, including the views of the National Public Health Emergency Team on the...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Michael Fitzmaurice: We had understood the Minister, Deputy McConalogue, was coming in to address the situation that has developed with the sanitisers. Would it be fair to ask you that the Minister would come back and address those, either in written form or otherwise? They need to be addressed because I asked serious questions in my contribution.

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: There really is no provision. I call Deputy Michael Collins for 30 seconds.

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Michael Collins: I concur with Deputy Fitzmaurice that the Minister might come back and give us clarity on the important issue of the marts, unless the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, can do so. On the confusion the Minister of State mentioned about students coming back from college, the Minister, Deputy Stephen Donnelly, was on the radio yesterday evening and caused that confusion.

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Deputy is wandering away from where we are. We are not getting back into the debate. The time allocated is over. Deputy Carthy asked for the script. The script was not immediately available. The Government Whip is arranging for the script to be had. I am sure if there are questions-----

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Mattie McGrath: On a point of order, a few times this week senior Ministers came in. We had known for some hours that those Ministers were coming in and there were only a handful of us here. Have they no paper? Have they no printers? This is scandalous. This is not fair. He said so many things and he read out regulations. No one could follow them, in fairness. They should have the script. It is an...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Ministers have a variety of responsibilities inside and outside the House and it is not normal-----

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Mattie McGrath: He was coming in to make that statement.

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: -----for any of us to be here. Members who have questions should either pose them directly to the Minister or I would be happy to receive the questions in my office and we will process them with the Minister as the case may be.

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate (23 Oct 2020)

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (23 Oct 2020)

Maternity Services

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (23 Oct 2020)

Neale Richmond: I greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak on this matter this evening. I also greatly appreciate the Minister of State, Deputy Rabbitte, being present for this debate. This is an issue that she and I have discussed at various fora in the past few extremely difficult weeks and months. I know this has been a particularly difficult week for the entire country as we deal with this rising...

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Maternity Services (23 Oct 2020)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank the Deputy for raising this matter. I congratulate him and his wife on the birth of their second child, a daughter. Having been through maternity three times, I fully endorse what he has said. It is not just for the arrival of the baby. From a female perspective, of course the mothers want their partner, husband or wife with them at that time. They need that support because they...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Anne Rabbitte: I thank all the Deputies who contributed. I have taken note of the points they raised and, as is my practice when wrapping up, I will address the concerns raised by Deputies who are still in the Chamber as best I can. Deputy Michael Collins has spoken twice this evening, which is unusual, but, needless to say, I welcome his contributions. On education, he raised the same issue with me...

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: That concludes statements on the level 5 response to Covid-19. Just to let the Minister of State know, Deputy Michael Collins only spoke once on this matter, although he has spoken on many occasions during the day and he is not finished yet.

Level 5 Response to Covid-19: Statements (Resumed) (23 Oct 2020)

Michael Fitzmaurice: It is a pity that the Minister left because many Deputies ran to the Chamber to get answers. I compliment Deputy Carthy on raising the issue of Virapro. My understanding is that it has been known about for a while. I will let Deputy Carthy talk about that. I would also like to refer to the issue of PCS numbers. We raised this at the Joint Committee on Agriculture and the Marine....

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