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Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (30 Nov 2022)

Catherine Connolly: The debate will continue. There are eleven and a half minutes left in the slot.

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (30 Nov 2022)

Duncan Smith: I thank the Leas-Cheann Comhairle. We have the same debate annually in which we amend the Health Insurance Act to modify the regulations governing the private health insurance sector. The whole goal of health policy at this time is the delivery of Sláintecare, that is, the delivery of a universal, single-tier healthcare system, with access for all and service free at the point of use....

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (30 Nov 2022)

Martin Kenny: Of course we support the legislation before us, recognising there has to be a system in place to ensure equalisation for people with health insurance. Very many have health insurance because they feel they have no choice, their incomes being above the threshold under which they would be eligible for a medical card. It is not that a medical card is wonderful in many cases because patients...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (30 Nov 2022)

Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: The previous speakers have outlined clearly that Sinn Féin supports the legislation, although we will be tabling amendments because we recognise the reality that many families rely on health insurance because they feel they have no choice. That is not a reality that we savour or are heartened by. In truth, we have a very poor model, a model that is expensive and ineffective because of...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (30 Nov 2022)

David Cullinane: Sinn Féin will support this Bill, as we always do. It is an annual Bill to review the risk equalisation mechanism that supports the community-based health insurance market. It revises the stamp duty levy on policies and the risk equalisation credits payable to insurers for 2023. It is a self-funded system. Risk equalisation as a principle ensures that costs are constant across the...

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (30 Nov 2022)

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022: Second Stage (30 Nov 2022)

Frank Feighan: I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time." I am pleased to address the House on Second Stage of the Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2022. This is an annual technical Bill comprising eight sections, all focused on the specific area of health insurance. This legislation is required each year to revise the amounts of credits and levies, ensuring not only that the risk...

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Richard O'Donoghue: I also support the greyhound and horse racing industry. I come from a greyhound family and I grew up with greyhounds. In our house we had up to 26 greyhounds and they were better treated than I was myself, because if they were not walked and fed then I did not get fed. That was how much passion my father and family had for the greyhound industry. I was disappointed to see that the last...

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I thank all Deputies for their contributions today. It is important that the issue is fully considered, that the funding is fully considered, and that there is very strong oversight of it. Certainly in relation to the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund, that is very much the case. Unlike many other funding streams, this funding comes before the Oireachtas committee every year for a full...

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Matt Carthy: Vote for my amendment.

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: I am aware that the Deputy has an amendment-----

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Matt Carthy: If the Minister votes for my amendment I will vote for his.

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: -----and I am clear that we will oppose that. I presume the Deputy will, like he did last year, probably vote against the funding.

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Matt Carthy: There is no transparency.

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: Despite saying he is in favour of it, the Deputy will be against it. The Deputy has a very confused position on it.

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Matt Carthy: It is as clear as day. I cannot be clearer than that.

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: While he calls for transparency on the way funding is dealt with, the fact that it comes before the Dáil and Seanad for a week every year puts Deputy Carthy in an awful bind because he does not know whether he is coming or going. The Deputy is trying to ride two horses at the one time, or as Deputy Cairns has said, to run with the hare and hunt with the hound. That is a difficult thing...

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Matt Carthy: The Minister spent two and a half minutes of his speech speaking about Sinn Féin. Deal with the amendment. Why is the Minister rejecting our amendment?

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Charlie McConalogue: -----and particularly when a lot of the left-leaning politicians, with whom Sinn Féin wants to and was seeking to go into Government with, are so adamant that it should be opposed and should be done away with. If those sectors are depending on Deputy Carthy and Sinn Féin to actually keep the sectors alive, I believe they would be very concerned indeed.

Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund Regulations 2022: Motion (30 Nov 2022)

Matt Carthy: Why will the Minister not speak to the amendment?

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