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Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I am required to put the following question: "That in respect of each of the sections undisposed of the section is hereby agreed to in Committee, the Preamble and the Title are hereby agreed to in Committee, the Bill is accordingly reported to the House without amendment, Fourth Stage is hereby completed and the Bill is hereby passed."

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Question put: The Dáil divided: Tá, 85; Níl, 53; Staon, 0. Tellers: Tá, Deputies Brendan Griffin and Jack Chambers; Níl, Deputies Mattie McGrath and Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Tá Cathal Berry, Colm Brophy, James Browne, Richard Bruton, Colm Burke, Peter Burke, Mary Butler, Thomas Byrne, Jackie Cahill, Dara Calleary, Ciarán Cannon, Joe Carey, Jennifer Carroll MacNeill, Jack Chambers, Niall Collins, Patrick Costello, Simon Coveney, Barry Cowen, Cathal Crowe, Cormac Devlin, Alan Dillon, Stephen Donnelly, Paschal Donohoe, Francis Noel Duffy, Bernard Durkan,...

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Question declared carried.

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Helen McEntee: There are a number of points on which we can all agree. We can all agree we want to bring the virus under control, reduce the spread of Covid-19 and do so by working together. I do not just mean all of us in the House but each and every one of us in the country. I also think we can agree, particularly as we are now at level 5 and infections are increasing at the rate they are, that we...

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Peadar Tóibín: I want to pick up on something the Minister said. What has happened in nursing homes has been one of the most heartbreaking aspects of this whole crisis. The most vulnerable have been the most exposed. They make up the majority of those who have lost their lives to Covid-19. Yesterday, I raised the issue of the nursing home in Galway at which 26 of the 28 residents tested positive for...

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

John Lahart: A speech could be very brief today based on the previous contributions, which submitted that the Government is responsible for absolutely everything, even for the pandemic itself. I, along with a few others, but not everybody, attended the briefing given by the Minister's officials yesterday on what Jonathan Swift would have called modest proposals, yet we have heard today a litany of...

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Michael McNamara: I welcome the Sinn Féin amendments, which I will support. I thank Deputy Cullinane and his party for tabling them. I endorse what Deputies Howlin, Shortall and Bríd Smith have said. I hope none of them takes offence at my endorsement. I will take this opportunity to ask the Minister a specific question and I would welcome an answer to it. We are allowing the Minister to...

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I am sorry. Deputy McNamara is moving away from his microphone and we are having difficulty picking him up.

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Michael McNamara: I apologise. If I stand too close to it, I walk into it. I probably need to lose some weight. I am not the only one, but that is a different matter.

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: We do not want to lose what the Deputy is saying.

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Michael McNamara: I have no doubt that An Garda Síochána will do the job this House assigns it to do but will the Minister rule out asking gardaí to fine a parent visiting his or her child? If parents cannot pay such a fine, will the Minister have him them brought to court? If they will not go to court, a bench warrant will be issued, which An Garda Síochána will have to execute...

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Richard O'Donoghue: Previous speakers have taken a lot of time and I want to ensure I leave an opportunity for others who are waiting to speak. Several Deputies have argued that we all need to work together. We should do the same to ensure we all get a chance to say what we have to say in the time available. Several speakers made the point that NPHET's advice was ignored in advance of the current lockdown....

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Bríd Smith: Sometimes I wonder what planet I am on when I come in here. Deputy Howlin referred to very unusual legislation. Much of it is. Maybe it is because we are in unusual times. I have just thought of a name for this Bill: the Donnelly Dictatorship Bill. If we were to give the powers to the Minister that he is asking for, without any checks and balances, then our mental health would be lost....

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Róisín Shortall: I make a very strong appeal to the Minister to work with other parties in the House. We all want to work together, we recognise that we are facing a very significant threat to our lives and livelihoods. It is a national threat and there is a need for a national response. The best way of demonstrating that is for us to work on an all-party basis and to co-operate, collaborate and be very...

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Catherine Connolly: Six speakers are now offering. I call Deputy Howlin.

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Brendan Howlin: I believe Deputy Shortall's amendment is being taken in this group. I would have no difficulty if the Leas-Cheann Comhairle wishes to call her first.

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Catherine Connolly: If Deputy Howlin wishes to defer to Deputy Shortall, I will certainly let her speak.

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

Brendan Howlin: I just thought that would make sense because that amendment was in the group. I will take my slot now that I have it and I will try to be brief. During my nine terms in this House, my approach has always been that everybody is here on their own mandate and entitled to their own views. The notion that Deputies come in here to tell other people how they should think and what is right or...

Health (Amendment) Bill 2020: Committee and Remaining Stages (23 Oct 2020)

David Cullinane: I support all of the amendments in this grouping. They are variations on a theme. Essentially, the amendments propose that the regulations the Government will eventually craft will come before the Oireachtas for approval. I reiterate my earlier comments on a very important point that goes to the heart of my difficulty with the Bill. It provides for certain categories of fines and then...

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