Seanad debates

Thursday, 11 July 2019

An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business

 

10:30 am

Photo of Maire DevineMaire Devine (Sinn Fein)

I have a comment for Senator Craughwell. On my wedding night, in my wedding car with my new husband, the UDR took me out at gunpoint and went through every single present from my wedding day. The nationalist population, or whatever term the Senator wants to use, finds that the name of the UDR sticks in the craw. However, I commend the Senator and wish him the best of luck. We need to heal, not to forget.

I send condolences to the family and friends of Noel Whelan and wish them comfort and solace on their loss. It will take time, as grief does.

My union, the Psychiatric Nurses Association, PNA, has never reneged on the industrial action that started five months ago. It does not believe that the promises made by the Minister, Deputy Harris, or the HSE will come to fruition in a way that has any depth or meaning for recruitment and retention.I salute my colleagues on their work to rule and overtime ban today and for continuing their industrial action.

A Sinn Féin councillor in Waterford has found out that the autism spectrum disorder waiting list in Waterford is going to be amalgamated into a regional list including Carlow, Kilkenny, south Tipperary and Wexford. Children in Waterford are waiting 12 months to see a psychologist but the wait in Wexford is five and a half years. It seems that when one area is doing well, the rug is pulled from under it by including it in an area that is neglected and not doing so well. They are short by 15 psychologists despite the 120 who were recently recruited. I ask the Leader to talk to the Minister of State with responsibility in this area, Deputy Jim Daly, and persuade him that the amalgamation should not take place until the personnel are in situand ready to go, as otherwise it will be to the detriment of children with autism.

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