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Feighan, Frankie, Feighan, Frankie

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Departmental Reports

I propose to take Questions Nos. 431 and 432 together.More Button

The Programme for Government commits to implementing the Health Diversion Programme as an important step in developing a public health-led approach to drug use. A review of the Programme will be ...More Button

An implementation, monitoring and evaluation group was established to implement the Health Diversion Programme in October 2019. The group is chaired by the Department of Health and membership inc...More Button

At the start of 2020, the group devised a detailed project plan setting out the actions required to introduce phased implementation in Q3 2020. Due to Covid-19, all activities required to progres...More Button

Following consultation with the Office of the Attorney General, the group is currently examining proposals to commence implementation of the Health Diversion Programme on an administrative basis ...More Button

I am committed to a health-led approach for possession of drugs for personal use. It is important that we treat drug use as a health issue and give people who use drugs the opportunity to avoid a...More Button

Addiction Treatment Services

The report of the Working Group to consider the approaches taken in other jurisdictions to the possession of small quantities of drugs for personal use was submitted to the Ministers for Health and...More Button

The Ministers, having considered the recommendations in the report, prepared a proposal which was agreed at Cabinet in July 2019 to introduce a health-led approach. This approach will connect peo...More Button

The Programme for Government commits to implementing the Health Diversion Programme as an important step in developing a public health-led approach to drug use. A review of the Programme will tak...More Button

An implementation, monitoring and evaluation group, chaired by the Department of Health, is implement the Health Diversion Programme. The Group is currently examining proposals to commence implem...More Button

I am committed to a health-led approach for possession of drugs for personal use. It is important that we treat drug use as a health issue and give people who use drugs the opportunity to avoid a...More Button

The Department of Justice and Equality has responsibility for gambling regulation. In March 2019, the Government published the Inter-Departmental Working Group Report on Future Licensing and Regula...More Button

  Question No. 467 answered with Question No. 423.More Button

Period Poverty

The National Strategy for Women and Girls (NSWG) Strategy Committee established a sub-committee on period poverty in 2019, chaired by the Department of Health.More Button

In line with Oireachtas motions passed in early 2019, its remit includes establishing the extent of period poverty and population cohorts most at risk in Ireland and making recommendations with r...More Button

A report on the findings of the sub-Committee is in the final drafting stages. This work has been somewhat delayed due to the ongoing challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The report will ...More Button

The NSWG Strategy Committee, is currently led by the Department of Justice and Equality, however, responsibility for the National Strategy for Women and Girls will shortly transfer to the Ministe...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Restrictions on social interaction, the requirement for self-isolation and the restructuring of services, are particularly difficult for those accessing drug and alcohol services and supports.
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Health Services Provision

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

Substance Misuse

Government policy in relation to drug and alcohol addiction services is set out in the national drugs strategy, Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery-a health led response to drug and alcohol use i...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Restrictions on social interaction, the requirement for self-isolation and the restructuring of services, are particularly difficult for those accessing drug and alcohol services and supports.
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As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

The Covid-19 pandemic has created a time of uncertainty and anxiety for everyone and particularly for those who are affected by drug and alcohol addiction. The restructuring of services, social dis...More Button

The Government plan for living with Covid-19 details how non-Covid health and social care services will be resumed, especially during the challenging winter months. This includes planning for the...More Button

The Department has set up a working group with drug and alcohol service providers to develop a 'Framework for the Restoration of Drug and Alcohol Services', in a planned and appropriate manner in...More Button

I recently met with representatives of drug and alcohol task forces to discuss continued support for their work in identifying and responding to local needs. I confirmed my approval of additional...More Button