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Kelleher, Billy

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

What about the Minister, Deputy Quinn?More Button

Estimates for Public Services 2012: Leave to Introduce

Is this the motion to refer the Supplementary Estimate for the Health Service Executive to the select sub-committee?More Button

We object to this in the strongest possible manner. We believe this is sweeping ministerial incompetence under the committee room carpet. We oppose this motion.More Button

We are opposing the motion on the grounds that we feel there should be a full debate in plenary session on this very important issue with regard to a Supplementary Estimate of €360 million in the D...More Button

Funding of Disability Services: Motion [Private Members]

I move:More Button

The reason we tabled this motion is that there are great difficulties in the area of intellectual and physical disability. There are major concerns among service providers and users of those servi...More Button

I attended a meeting on Saturday in Our Lady of Good Counsel national school in Ballincollig. It is very concerned because of the reconfiguration being proposed by the Government in terms of map...More Button

We are talking about the service providers being asked to find further efficiencies. Everybody accepts that efficiencies should be to the fore in ensuring there is a quality service and that it ...More Button

We were at the meeting to which I referred and one thing we heard continually from parents of children with physical and intellectual disabilities was that they were tired and burnt out. They we...More Button

I want the Minister of State to put a strong emphasis on services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, provide a clear pathway of funding and ensure service providers do not in...More Button

Our motion is very simple and straightforward. It asks that the Government lives up to its commitments as outlined in the programme for Government - nothing more, nothing less. It is simply wha...More Button

We are not even asking the Government to live up to the commitments it made before the election given the wild abandoning of such promises made prior to the election. We are asking just for what i...More Button

There has been a rowing back and almost an attack on people who are vulnerable and need State services. Examples include the issue of domiciliary care allowance and the placement of people leavi...More Button

They cannot be guaranteed a place. The reason prior to this was that funding took account of the number of people who were going to leave and funding was provided accordingly. Regardless of wheth...More Button

The critical issue is that the resources were not allocated. The savings and income streams identified in the budget this time last year could not be achieved from the word go. We have highligh...More Button

We have a situation where the HSE is writing to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The State is asking voluntary charitable groups to assist families who are under financial pressure. It is un...More Button

Funding of Disability Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

Thanks.More Button

What about the people Sinn Féin has disabled?More Button

What about the 3,000 deaths?More Button

Sinn Féin does not want to hear a few things either.More Button

We increased them, too.More Button

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2012: Report and Final Stages

I move amendment No. 1:More Button

Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2012: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

I have been around the House long enough to know that, even if I had impressed on the Minister the need to accept the amendment through the force of argument, it would not have happened. The Minis...More Button

The other reason for the decline in the number of young people taking private health cover is that they are unsure of what universal health insurance means. The Minister says he has a target of pr...More Button

I ask the Minister to look on this amendment favourably, even at this late hour. I accept that he cannot accept the amendment but can he give a commitment, at policy level, to ensure that young ...More Button

There is no point in my saying much more. Other Members want to discuss their amendments.

  I cannot accept the Minister's argument although I know it is put in good faith. We ...More Button

Local Authority Funding

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the total amount of money reduced from local government fund payments per local authority area due to their payment rates of the household charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Student Grant Scheme Applications

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the position regarding the Student Universal Support Ireland application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Staff Issues

Asked the Minister for Health: if his attention has been drawn to the practice of hospitals bringing in staff on overtime during closure days on wards in an effort to prevent penalties being imposed by his Department for failing...More Button

Sick Pay Scheme Reform

Asked the Minister for Health: the rate of absenteeism for year to date by region; the cost of absenteeism by region broken down by staffing categories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: in relation to the proposed roll-out of the Health Service Executive programme for the restructuring of children's therapy services, if the Health Service Executive has a cohesive plan in relation ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: in relation to the proposed roll-out of the Health Service Executive programme for the restructuring of children's therapy services, the role that will be undertaken by parents as reps and if expen...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: in relation to the proposed roll-out of the Health Service Executive programme for the restructuring of children's therapy services, the primary motivation for the radical changes; where the fundin...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: in relation to the proposed roll-out of the Health Service Executive programme for the restructuring of children's therapy services, the country that has an equivalent model on which this project i...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: in relation to the proposed roll-out of the Health Service Executive programme for the restructuring of children's therapy services, the way the reconfiguration will impact on services as they curr...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: in relation to the proposed roll-out of the Health Service Executive programme for the restructuring of children's therapy service, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that parents only bec...More Button

Proposed Legislation

Asked the Minister for Health: if the commitment in the Programme for Government to establish a patient safety authority still stands; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Drugs Payment Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on reintroducing the indicative drugs target saving scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Reports

Asked the Minister for Health: when he will publish the report on health spending commissioned from the World Health Organisation and the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies; the conclusions of the report; his vi...More Button