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Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Order of Business (Continued)

The Dáil recently unanimously facilitated the passage through Second Stage of the Statute of Limitations (Amendment) Bill 2013. It is designed to facilitate access to the courts for all victims of...More Button

Housing (Amendment) Bill 2013: Report and Final Stages (Continued)

The Minister of State has wide skills.More Button

Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report Stage

I move amendment No. 1:More Button

Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Continued)

The Minister of State has referred to seeing it from both sides, but the lessons from this side should be brought into the Government experience and they have not been. The lead Minister has total...More Button

What are we asking? We are trying to improve the workings of this institution and its various component parts and the Government suggests it is also seeking to improve them. The committee syste...More Button

In amendment No. 21, as in the case of amendment No. 1, we are seeking a role for the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children.More Button

There is no question that the HSE service plan requires serious scrutiny; of course, it does. The 2013 service plan was short on detail - I have never seen anything like it - compared to the plans...More Button

The 2013 service plan was a plan to slash services. That is what it has been. The health committee could have offered better advice, guidance and steering and such efforts can always be rejected....More Button

I welcome the Minister of State's acknowledgment of our persistent-----More Button

I will restore order. I acknowledge the Minister of State's recognition of the important contributions made by Opposition Deputies on a variety of issues, including the cochlear implant issue. We...More Button

I move amendment No. 2:More Button

In any other situation, I would accept the view that one would not be making a special case, but I make no apology at all for being that particular in regard to mental health. It requires every su...More Button

There was a vote earlier on the housing legislation. I was 16 years in the House last week and I can remember when I first came in. It was wildly difficult to follow how this House worked when ...More Button

This is where the language becomes incredible. With respect to what the Minister of State has just said, she tried to tell us that the Bill does not seek to limit those who will be appointed to ...More Button

Perhaps the Minister of State will acknowledge that the Bill is quite specific in regard to what it requires.More Button

Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage

The focus of this amendment is the designation of the role of director of mental health. I know an appointment has taken place since the amendments were tabled and wish the appointee good luck in ...More Button

Health Service Executive (Governance) Bill 2012: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (Continued)

I ask if the Minister could clarify something that is not a small matter. I pointed out the difficulty at times in understanding - perhaps the use of language is part of the problem. In my view, ...More Button

I made reference to page six of the Bill, subsection (3), lines 31 to 36, which are the subject of amendment No. 4 in which I seek their deletion. My understanding of this in the context of amen...More Button

We will deal with amendment No. 4 presently. In subsection (3) on the same page there is a very defined limitation of access to compete for such appointments. I believe it should be open to the...More Button

I would be disappointed that we are not able to make progress with some of these amendments for the very good reasons that we have argued. I think that the effort we have employed both on Commit...More Button

I will not persist in addressing the matter. Certainly, I will have an opportunity to address some of the salient points in the next grouping, which includes amendments Nos. 3 and 4. I am not hap...More Button

I record my support for amendment No. 3.More Button

We get off to a positive start on the grouping, at least. The words used in the amendment are "not greater than" which means the Minister is not locked into making eight appointments. He is not l...More Button

Amendment No. 4 is not about demanding that the membership of the directorate is made up of people outside the Health Service Executive. It is about having the option of appointing - I repeat - ...More Button

Removing the restrictive language of subsection 3 on page 6 allows flexibility. That is all it does. It does not lock in the Minister to anything. It is worthy of support for that reason. It is...More Button

I appeal to the Minister to reconsider his position on amendment No. 4. It is not at variance with the Minister's amendment, No. 3, and the two can work well in tandem. I am supporting No. 3 an...More Button

It looks as though we do not have a deal. There is no point in dragging this out unnecessarily. I have not heard an explanation of why the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, suggested earl...More Button

Amendment No. 4 is very reasonable and does not take from the legislation. Many people have director roles in different aspects of our public service and the different agencies of government and...More Button

I move amendment No. 4:More Button

  Question, "That the words proposed to be deleted stand", put and declared carried.More Button

  Amendment declared lost.More Button

I move amendment No. 5:More Button

The Minister used the phrase "commensurate with the responsibilities" of the job. As a Deputy, I know the extent of the reductions we have taken over recent years, in terms of both salar...More Button

We are in times of great economic strain and in those circumstances, an argument still stands for further reductions in pay at the highest levels, rather than continuing with the burdening of those...More Button

I ask for a little elaboration on this. The amendment states that a person shall be considered as holding the grade of national director or other grade which is not less than that, where that pers...More Button

Would the Minister like to elaborate on that? I do not think it is as simple as he suggests. In the context of the questions I posed regarding the earlier exchange with the Minister of State, Dep...More Button

In my earlier comments I had the same gentleman in my mind, among others. I recognise that. The Minister will recall I talked about appointments from outside the jurisdiction in regard to other a...More Button

This issue is complex and its outworking is difficult to envisage. Things seem to be pulling in two different directions, one of which is locking us in. Deputy Kelleher and I have argued agains...More Button

I do not want to be so bold as to suggest that it almost confirms the points Deputy Kelleher and I argued heretofore. At this point in time we have had limited sight of the amendment. To my knowl...More Button

In a spirit of flexibility, I am inclined to say "Okay." However, the Minister should appreciate that it is not appropriate that we have not had prior sight of the amendment nor an opportunity t...More Button

I join Deputy Kelleher in his comments. We addressed this issue in regard to pharmacists. There was acceptance across the board that in the circumstances it was an inappropriate penalty to apply ...More Button

I move amendment No. 12:More Button

I welcome the Minister's commentary following on from Committee Stage. I note that in the addendum amendments to amendment No. 19 he has twice changed the word "delegation" in sub-section (4) to "...More Button

  Amendment agreed to.More Button

I move amendment No. 21:More Button

I have no problem with speaking first but Deputy Kelleher has precedence because of his party's numerical strength. It is only a temporary matter but we will let it be.More Button

I would not expect many to lament the passing of the HSE board which is long overdue. I do not oppose this development, but section 12 gives the Minister of the day significant and increased power...More Button

All along the way with the Minister of State, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, earlier, and the Minister there has been solid opposition to engaging with Opposition Members on their carefully worded amendm...More Button

It causes me considerable disappointment that this has not been facilitated in the amendments we have brought forward, amendments which would not take from or emaciate the Bill. I am not happy t...More Button

They certainly did not vote for the policies the Minister is now pursuing.More Button

Local Authority Housing Provision

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: the number of vacant local authority homes here on average at any one time; the current average turn around time for vacant local authority homes including the fastest and slowest figure; and the s...More Button