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Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Alan Farrell: They would never do such a thing.

Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: No, they would not. I could not believe it myself. I call Deputy Ryan to give us the view from Monasterevin.

Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Patricia Ryan: I welcome the opportunity to speak on the Bill. It is long overdue that we are making provision for maternity leave and maternity benefits for county councillors. The Bill also provides for the possibility of the co-option of a temporary substitute for an elected member who takes maternity leave or is absent due to illness. The Moorhead report looked at this issue and arising out of the...

Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Holly Cairns: It is quite shocking that we are only introducing maternity leave for politicians in 2022 and it is only at local level. We still need to address Senators and Deputies. Earlier today, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, commended this country on our progress in facilitating women to advance in employment. Unfortunately, looking around the room, she could not the...

Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Emer Higgins: I love my job because being a Deputy can have an impact. I am particularly excited to talk about legislation that will have a serious impact. Put simply, the Bill will allow for councillors in local government to take maternity leave for the very first time but the added benefit of it is that it will encourage more women into politics. I am a member of the Joint Committee on Housing,...

Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Ivana Bacik: On behalf of the Labour Party, I welcome the Bill. I commend the Minister of State on all the work that has been done on its provisions and on the engagement and consultation with the different groups involved. In my role as vice chair of the women's caucus, I am appreciative of the consultation with our members. We had long expressed a desire to see provision made for maternity protection...

Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Réada Cronin: I am glad to speak on this Bill, which gives maternity leave and maternity benefit to elected councillors in line with the Maternity Protection Act 1994. I thank the Minister of State and his Department for their work in getting the legislation to this point. I am glad that the Bill provides for the co-option of temporary substitutes for women when they are absent as a result of giving...

Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Denise Mitchell: I welcome this legislation. It is a really progressive step. I thank the Minister of State and his officials. I take the opportunity to commend both the Association of Irish Local Government, AILG, and the Local Authority Members Association, LAMA, on all the work they have done as representatives of the voice of councillors. They have kept this issue on the Minister of State's agenda for...

Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Louise O'Reilly: I thank the Acting Chair for the opportunity to speak on this very important legislation. It drives me mad sometimes, and it is very often the case, that we sit in the Chamber late on a Thursday afternoon to discuss what is very much a woman's issue. I understand that the Minister of State is not responsible for scheduling this debate. I intend no criticism of him, but it always seems like...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (1 Dec 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Perhaps the Minister of State, Deputy Noonan, will work on it. If the Deputy wants to table it for Tuesday, we will do that. I call the Minister of State to respond to the debate.

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (1 Dec 2022)

Malcolm Noonan: Before I reflect on the contributions of Deputies, I give my commitment to Deputy Lowry that if he passes on the details, I will do all I can. It is a heartbreaking story and my thoughts are with that young boy's family and with him. It is a traumatic time. For end-of-life care, it is critical there is coverage throughout the country. The manner in which the family’s wishes are...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (1 Dec 2022)

Question put and agreed to.

Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022: Second Stage (1 Dec 2022)

Peter Burke: I move: “That the Bill be now read a Second Time.” I am delighted to bring before the House today the Local Government (Maternity Protection and Other Measures for Members of Local Authorities) Bill 2022. The Bill represents an important legislative change which primarily will give elected members of local authorities a statutory entitlement to maternity leave. The Bill is...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (1 Dec 2022)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl: That is a heart-rending story. If the Deputy wishes to table that for a Topical Issue matter on Tuesday, I guarantee I will select it. We will do our best to ensure that some of the Ministers from the Department of Health will be here to deal with it. That is not something that should have to be brought up to the floor. I appreciate the fact that the Deputy saw no other alternative. It...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (1 Dec 2022)

Michael Lowry: Thank you, a Cheann Comhairle. I appreciate that. I appreciate that the Minister of State will do his best. The reason I raised it is because of the urgency of the situation. If it has to go through officials without encouragement from the Minister, I do not think we will get a result in time.

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (1 Dec 2022)

Gino Kenny: I am disappointed that there is not a Minister with responsibility for the health portfolio here. It is not acceptable. We should have been notified before the debate. I am not blaming the Minister of State as I do not think he should be in this position, but we should have been told in advance that there would not be a Minister present. It makes a bit of a mockery of the debate really....

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (1 Dec 2022)

Michael Lowry: Paying for health insurance is an expense that increasing numbers of Irish people now equate to the importance of paying their mortgage or rent. In excess of 2.3 million people now have some form of health insurance. Between April 2020 and March 2021 at the height of the pandemic, private health insurance companies gained almost 38,000 new customers. Ironically, also due to Covid-19,...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (1 Dec 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: The only reason we need this legislation is because of the shameful fact that we have a two-tier health system. Consequently, huge numbers of people, nearly half the people in this country, are so frightened of what will happen to them when they get sick, given the state of the public health system, that they feel it necessary to pay out large sums of money every year in order to have...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (Resumed) (1 Dec 2022)

Jennifer Murnane O'Connor: This annual legislation is necessary to support the community-rated health insurance market in Ireland. The risk equalisation credit and stamp duty levies are critical to the sustainability of our health insurance market, which is designed to be equitable and fair by spreading the cost of health insurance across the entire insured population. This ensures everyone pays the same price for...

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