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  • Subjects (based on headings added by the Dáil record): National Drugs Strategy, Health Services, Drugs Task Forces, Social Welfare Benefits, Schools Building Projects

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Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medicinal Products Availability (20 Jun 2019)

“We would all hope into the future that those who suffer from SMA will be able to treated, as everyone who is sick should be. I am not in a position to give Deputy Ó Caoláin an answer on this today. However, I will commit to speaking to the Minister, Deputy Harris, and to trying to influence those who need to be influenced to the effect that all people who have SMA should be...”

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Medicinal Products Availability (20 Jun 2019)

“I thank the Deputy for raising this issue which he has raised on a number of occasions. We were all delighted when it was announced in June that Spinraza would be made available to children. Spinraza is indicated for the treatment of 5q spinal muscular atrophy, SMA, which causes progressive muscle atrophy and weakness. It is a genetic condition that affects the nerves in the spinal cord....”

Saincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Debate: Hospital Waiting Lists (20 Jun 2019)

“I apologise for the Minister for Health's absence. I am not sure where he is. I did not know until two hours ago that I would take this matter. When a Topical Issue matter is submitted I suggest that the Ceann Comhairle contact the office of the relevant Minister to ask if he or she will be available to take the matter. I do not know if that is possible but it would give Deputies an...”

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  • Has spoken in 40 committee discussions and Dáil debates in the last year — well below average among TDs.
  • Has received answers to 0 written questions in the last year — Ministers do not ask written questions.
  • People have made 3 comments on this TD's speeches — above average among TDs.
  • This TD's speeches, in the printed record, are readable by an average 16–17 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
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  • Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "public-private partnership") 355 times in debates — average among TDs.
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