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Ó Caoláin, Caoimhghín

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Fibromyalgia: Statements (Continued)

I express my thanks to Deputy Gino Kenny for bringing forward this issue for address today. I was pleased to sign Deputy Kenny's motion on fibromyalgia on behalf of Sinn Féin.More Button

Ms Rachel Lynch from FibroIreland and Ms Joan Byrne from ME Advocates Ireland have reached out to me personally and to my party over a long number of years and we have always been more than willi...More Button

On the HSE website, fibromyalgia is described as a long-term condition that causes pain throughout the body. In 2008, a declaration was passed in the European Parliament that recognised fibromya...More Button

Fibromyalgia is an invisible condition. It does not show up in scans or blood tests, yet clinicians recognise that it is chronic, leading to muscle and joint pain, sleep disorder, mobility and l...More Button

Without proper recognition of fibromyalgia, many patients remain locked out of the social welfare system. On top of this, even after accessing basic social welfare provision, many remain out of ...More Button

As Deputy Gino Kenny's motion states, it is estimated that between 90,000 and 180,000 people suffer from fibromyalgia in Ireland. Despite this significant number, there are no nationwide or spec...More Button

To try to address this situation, it is essential that the Health Service Executive and other State agencies sit down together and decide, once and for all, on the basis of the clinical evidence ...More Button

One of the asks in the motion prepared by Deputy Gino Kenny and colleagues is that patients be facilitated in accessing medicinal cannabis as a treatment for this condition. Sinn Féin is certain...More Button

I thank Deputy Gino Kenny for bringing this issue forward. I also thank all those who are advocating for recognition of fibromyalgia and the changes in prescription practices that must come abou...More Button

Nursing Home Services (Continued)

Or the seriousness of the matter to be addressed.More Button

This is very unsatisfactory. I responded to the opportunity. In respect of the Minister of State, Deputy Byrne, who has not even had sight of the reply and has just been handed it-----More Button

No, I acknowledge that absolutely.More Button

"Priority" is the key word. I accept the suggestion of the Ceann Comhairle. I hope the Minister for Justice and Equality will present himself to address the issue involved.More Button

It would be appropriate to engage directly with the Minister for Justice and Equality.More Button

I do not think either of us hold the Minister of State in any fault.More Button