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Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Marc MacSharry: I am going to use my brief few minutes to make a couple of points and the Minister of State's officials might email his response to me at a later date. Considerable sacrifices have been made by local authorities all over the country. I commend all the workers in local authorities who have helped in the front-line effort throughout the Covid crisis. Recent grant schemes are very...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Niall Collins: I raise the issue of finance for small builders and contractors. A number of small builders and contractors in my Limerick constituency have raised with me the issue that Home Building Finance Ireland will provide funding only for schemes of five houses or more. We know that small builders will be the engine for the delivery of value for money housing as we try and get more housing units,...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Darragh O'Brien: I am sharing time with Deputies MacSharry, Niall Collins, Cathal Crowe and Murnane O'Connor. I would like a response from the Minister of State during my time so I will be quick. The Minister of State referred to the micro and small business restart fund. Has the Department looked at other rateable organisations such as sports clubs and other community organisations, which are paying rates...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: I will have to forward the Deputy's questions on housing to the Minister, Deputy Eoghan Murphy. We had housing questions in the House recently but today's session is not specifically about housing. However, I will get the Minister to directly answer the questions Deputy O'Brien has raised. The restart grant is being funded through the local authorities and local enterprise offices and...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Paul Phelan: I thank the members of the Business Committee for agreeing to have this discussion today. As I have not had a chance to speak yet in this Dáil, I want to place on the record of the House my own sympathies for those who have been bereaved in the current crisis, as well as my appreciation for those on the front line both in the health service and right across society, not least in the...

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

Covid-19 (Local Government): Statements (27 May 2020)

John Lahart: We move on to a statement by the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government on Covid-19, as it relates to local government, and to questions and answers on Covid-19, as they relate to local government. I call on the Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, Deputy John Paul Phelan, to make the opening statement. He has...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Catherine Connolly: It is about inequity.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: It is not.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Catherine Connolly: There is no equity in this. The Minister is talking about private patients going into the public system where the public system has significant waiting lists. If what the consultant stated on Monday is wrong, then the Minister should challenge her publicly about a three and a half year waiting list for gynaecology in the public system in Galway. I am too familiar with this. I appreciate...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: It was the right deal.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Catherine Connolly: -----with good will. Very quickly after that, however, it became apparent that it was not right and that the Minister is paying €115 million for empty hospitals. He then filled the private hospitals with public patients out of Merlin Park Hospital.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: The Deputy would be the first in this House to criticise me, rightly, if we did not have available bed capacity if a Covid surge came. We need to get the best arrangement. As the facts change, we need to alter that. We are, however, going to need to keep some of that private capacity to help public patients. Otherwise the public health service will not be able to function in a Covid...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Catherine Connolly: Up to €1.2 billion will be spent in a year on this system.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Sitting suspended at 5.25 p.m. and resumed at 5.45 p.m.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Catherine Connolly: I will ask again about private hospitals and nursing homes. Having read what I have read, I am more convinced than ever that nursing homes were not put to the top of the list. The Minister said many times in this Dáil that HIQA was the voice of the nursing homes. I looked at the minutes and I did not see HIQA as the voice of the nursing homes. HIQA had the expertise and the...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: I thank the Deputy. The up-to-date figures I have for the Bon Secours Hospital Galway are for an inpatient bed occupancy of 48% on the week of 11 May to 15 May. That dropped to 41% on 18 May to 22 May. The Galway Clinic figures show 15% for 11 May to 15 May, and this increased to 26%. I get the point that there are challenges and difficulties. However, I still believe it was absolutely...

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Bernard Durkan: We now move on to the independent Independents.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Marian Harkin: So good they named us twice.

Covid-19 (Health): Statements (27 May 2020)

Simon Harris: I have had no time to respond to the Deputy.

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