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Shortall, Róisín

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business

Tuesday’s business shall be No. 6, motion re appointment of member to GSOC; and No. 23, Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 - Report and Final Stages (resumed). Private Members’ business shall be N...More Button

Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission: Motion (Continued)

I join with other Members in endorsing this proposed appointment of Mr. Sullivan as a commissioner to GSOC. He seems a very fine person. He seems to be very well qualified and has a long history ...More Button

We are very good in this country at setting up oversight and watchdog bodies but we are very poor at resourcing them properly, so they are hamstrung in doing the job. Unless those bodies are equip...More Button

GSOC acknowledged it is an organisation with serious issues. It has stated that it does not believe that complainants' issues are best addressed by the current system. That is a shocking admiss...More Button

It was not until last January that GSOC felt that it had no choice but to go public about its concerns. Increasingly, it was being criticised for its failure to deal expeditiously with complaint...More Button

After ten years in operation and having handled more than 23,000 complaints from the public, GSOC is in a very strong position and understands what its own shortcomings are. It has called for ra...More Button

We continue to tie the hands of GSOC because of the Government's failure to tackle this. There are endless delays giving it the necessary powers and resources and we are paying a big price for t...More Button

Defence Forces Allowances

Asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence: the reason for the delayed Air Corps members' duty and ration payment issuing on time for the past three months; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Maternity Benefit

Asked the Minister for Finance: the rationale for the taxation of maternity benefit; his views on whether the taxation creates an unfair burden on single income households in which a new mother has ceased working in order to spen...More Button

Work Permits Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if the case of a person (details supplied) who was refused leave to remain here will be re-examined in view of the shortage of guidance counsellors and the fact that careers advisers and vocational...More Button

Equality Legislation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the penalties applying to the refusal of an establishment to allow entry to a customer or to ask a customer to leave on the basis of a mother breast-feeding; and his plans to update legislation in ...More Button

Commencement of Legislation

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the position regarding the sections of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 which have not yet been commenced further to concerns raised by an organisation (details supplied) on behalf of...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding the sections of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 which have not yet been commenced further to concerns raised by an organisation (details supplied) on behalf of...More Button

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: when section 22(3C) of Civil Registration Act 2004 as inserted by section 6(e) of the Civil Registration Act 2014 and-or other relevant legislation will be commenced to empower civil registrars to ...More Button

Health Care Policy

Asked the Minister for Health: the policy direction being pursued in regard to a matter (details supplied); if his officials will be directed to support the pursuit and scope of this new work on alcohol beverage labelling; and i...More Button

Autism Support Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the waiting times for children to access speech and language therapy, psychological therapy and occupational therapy at Beechpark Services for children with autism spectrum disorder in north-west a...More Button

Medicinal Products Regulation

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 771 of 7 November 2017, the status of the PRAC's review of valproate; the response of the HPRA to the outcome of this review; the steps it will take to increas...More Button

Disabilities Assessments

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns being raised by parents, schools and representative bodies of relevant allied professionals regarding the new HSE model for assessments of need which...More Button

Health Services Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of full and partial lower limb amputations were carried out in 2017; the number of these patients with diabetes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of patients treated for foot ulcerations which do not require a full or partial limb amputation in 2017, by county; the number of those patients with diabetes; and if he will make a stat...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of patients under 65 years of age treated for foot ulcerations which did not require a full or partial limb amputation in 2017, by county; the number of these patients with diabetes; and...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of full and partial lower limb amputations that were carried out in 2017, by county on persons under 65 years of age; the number of these patients with diabetes; and if he will make a st...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of bed days required by patients treated for foot ulcerations which did not require a full or partial limb amputation in each of the years 2015 to 2017; the number of those patients with...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of hospital bed days required by patients treated for foot ulcerations which did not require a full or partial limb amputation in each of the years 2015 to 2017; the number of those pati...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of hospital bed days required by patients undergoing full and partial lower limb amputation procedures in each the years 2015 to 2017, by county on persons under 65 years of age in tabul...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of hospital bed days required by patients on persons under 65 years of age by county treated for foot ulcerations which did not require a full or partial limb amputation in each the year...More Button

Cancer Screening Programmes

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on the discrepancy between the evidence provided by CervicalCheck and the records of the State Claims Agency in regard to women being informed of the results of the CervicalCheck audit; i...More Button

Health Promotion

Asked the Minister for Health: the penalties applying to breaches of the codes of practice for non-broadcast media advertising and marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages, including sponsorship and retail product placement...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the codes of practice in place specifically to ensure that foods high in fat, sugar and salt are marketed and advertised in a responsible way in broadcast media; and if he will make a statement on ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the companies that have signed up to the codes of practice for non-broadcast media advertising and marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages, including sponsorship and retail product placement;...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the position of Ireland on the World Health Organization's international code of marketing of breast milk substitutes or later updates of this code; and the way in which Ireland endeavours to meet ...More Button

Abortion Legislation

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to include a protest exclusion zone as part of the legislation to be enacted following the recent referendum in the interests of the mental health and personal safety of both patients and...More Button

Legislative Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: his plans to introduce legislation to comply with recommendation 2.2 of the ESRI’s Delivery of Pharmaceuticals in Ireland (details supplied). More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the detail of the recent changes to children's eye care services for children aged 12 to 16 years of age; the impact these changes have had on the provision of care for this cohort; his views on wh...More Button

Freedom of Information Requests

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of FOI requests for medical files that have been made from women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy or the families of such women; the number of requests approved; the number of r...More Button

Medical Card Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: the details of the discretionary medical cards granted to women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy; if the medical cards are only granted to women; if their spouses and children are also eli...More Button

Open Disclosures Policy

Asked the Minister for Health: the timeline for the introduction of mandatory open disclosure; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medical Products Supply

Asked the Minister for Health: to outline the position regarding the free supply of medicines by pharmaceutical companies to public hospitals; the extent to which this is happening; the guidelines which exist in respect of same;...More Button

Hospital Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: to set out the status of the actions which have been taken following the serious issues raised in the media (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Animal Welfare

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 432 and 433 of 23 January 2018, the powers that are available to ensure the enforcement of welfare standards of horses in the ownership and or care of individ...More Button

Fur Farming

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: further to Parliamentary Question No. 494 of 30 January 2018, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the United Kingdom, Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Norway and the Neth...More Button

Waste Disposal Charges

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: the usage element contained in the new waste collection charges; if steps will be taken to protect older and disadvantaged householders who may only put their black bin out every four to five weeks...More Button

Departmental Funding

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: the number of requests for additional funding, staff resources or expertise that have been made by Tusla since January 2014, in tabular form; the purpose of the requested additional funding, staff ...More Button

School Meals Programme

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: further to Parliamentary Question No. 1830 of 16 January 2018, the reason funding from the schools meals programme has not been provided to a school (details supplied); and if she will ensure that ...More Button

Carer's Allowance Applications

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: the position regarding an application for a carer’s payment by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; when a decision will be issued; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Labour Activation Programmes Data

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if her attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9 and the unsatisfactory manner in which he or she was treated by Seetec; if she has received correspondence fro...More Button

Local Authority Rates

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: the steps he is taking to help reduce the cost of local authority rates on businesses.More Button

Commercial Rates

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: further to Parliamentary question No. 2074 of 11 September 2017, if his attention has been drawn to the wide variation in the capacity of local authorities to collect commercial rates; if his Depar...More Button