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National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Paul Murphy: Breathtaking cynicism has characterised the Government's ramming through of this proposal. The height of that breathtaking cynicism will be seen this evening when the Government votes in favour of a motion that calls on it to secure full public ownership of the site and new building on the very same day that it has done the very opposite. It is a disgusting level of cynicism. Government...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Mick Barry: The chair of the St. Vincent's Hospital Group, Mr. James Menton, told the Joint Committee on Health yesterday that the St. Vincent's Hospital Group is a secular organisation. This is the St. Vincent's Hospital Group still has St. Vincent in its name. Does it not still have religious statues and icons in its grounds and in its hospital? At the same time as that contribution was being made,...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: The Minister of State is a member of Fine Gael.

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Mick Barry: Ah yes, the Minister of State, Deputy Feighan. Abraham Lincoln once said: "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” I hope I have that right but the Deputy knows the quote to which I refer. Fine Gael jumped on the Repeal bandwagon very late in the day but it will be lot clearer to the people...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Peadar Tóibín: From the outset I want to reiterate that the Aontú policy is to build public hospitals on public land. We believe that both the children's hospital and the maternity hospital should have been tri-located with a hospital on the periphery of the M50. It is a big mistake for both of these hospitals to be located on the sites chosen. We also believe that these hospitals should be run by...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

David Cullinane: Hear, hear.

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Holly Cairns: Hear, hear.

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Róisín Shortall: Is the Government not ashamed of that? What have matters come to that the Government is behaving in such an utterly disrespectful way? I wish the Minister was here. I do not where he is. He is probably doing more media appearances. He is completing undermining this Parliament and our democracy. We were told two weeks ago that there was going to be a pause and an opportunity to...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Bríd Smith: It is hard to know what is left to be said about this debacle, other than for me to be very critical of how the Government has behaved over the past two weeks. The Government brought us into this Chamber, into repeated committee meetings and into media debates under a pretence. That pretence was that it was willing to engage and listen to the concerns of the Opposition, the women of Ireland...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

David Cullinane: Hear, hear.

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Bríd Smith: -----and we attempt to form a left Government. That Government, because of this document, will never be ale to take full control and ownership of a hospital that was built with public money. It will never happen because one of the clauses accompanying the reduced level of rent states that St. Vincent's Holdings will never be challenged by the State and taken off the pitch. I ask the...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Gino Kenny: To say the past two weeks have been a sorry saga is an underestimation. In the past nine years, successive Governments have had a chance to get this right but have got it very wrong. We all agree that maternity services in the places where women have children are antiquated. We all agree with that. Those services need to be modernised. The heart of the debate, and not only in the past...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: I call Deputy Cairns who is sharing time with Deputy Shortall.

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Holly Cairns: We have had incarceration, mass graves, forced family separation, physical, psychological and sexual abuse. The history of partnerships between church and State concerning maternity and women's healthcare represents some of the darkest parts of our past. It is a tragically recurring pattern when men in positions of power collaborate to make decisions about women's bodies. This oppressive...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Róisín Shortall: I welcome this Sinn Féin motion. The Government is displaying incredible disrespect for this Parliament and for democracy by its actions. We have already had three Private Members' motions calling for full public ownership of the new national maternity hospital. The Government has voted in favour of those motions. Today's is the latest. The Government is faced with a motion which...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Mark Ward: I want to start off by talking about the legacy of mistrust in respect of religious orders having any connection with women's healthcare. I want to talk about the historical abuse suffered by women at the hands of religious orders. I also want to talk about the connection between church and State that led to this abuse of power. I am a member of the Committee on Children, Equality,...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Duncan Smith: At some indeterminate point last week it became clear that the Government was spinning its wheels on what was supposed to be an open and inclusive consultation on the various documents. For me it was clear during a meeting of the Committee on Health last week that the Government was just stalling for time and playing us out. It was like the end of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" with the...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Ivana Bacik: Earlier today, on behalf of the Labour Party, I expressed our strong disappointment to the Taoiseach at the decision that has been taken by Cabinet. As I have said and as my colleague, Deputy Duncan Smith, has said, in Labour we continue to stand firm in expressing our strong concerns about ongoing issues with the control, ownership and governance of the new national maternity hospital. We...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Mary Butler: I begin by echoing the Minister’s comments regarding the Government’s commitment to the development and improvement of women’s health services. We know the infrastructure of our maternity hospitals leaves much to be desired and that there are deficits in women’s health services, in the choice of experience available to pregnant women, in the availability of mental...

National Maternity Services: Motion [Private Members] (17 May 2022)

Mairead Farrell: Twelve years ago, the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General identified some of the key risks posed by this deal. A chapter of its report was called “Protecting the State's property interest” and identified several alarming details These included the existence of "a fixed charge over the entire St Vincent's Hospital site" and "a floating charge over all of the...

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