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An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (Continued)

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 983 No. 1

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Deputy Eamon Scanlon: Information on Eamon Scanlon Zoom on Eamon Scanlon People in the north west depend on University Hospital Galway for certain procedures. Over the past six months in particular, people have been notified of appointments in Galway that have then been cancelled. Yesterday, a constituent informed me that his appointment for a stent replacement has been cancelled on four occasions. As a result of the fact that some patients need to be accompanied, those travelling with them to hospital book hotel rooms and then receive a phone call on the morning the procedure is due to be carried out stating that it has been cancelled. This is totally outrageous and it is not fair to people who are sick.

Deputy Heather Humphreys: Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys I thank the Deputy for raising the matter. If he passes on the specific details, I will raise it directly with the Minister for Health.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher I call Deputy Michael Collins to ask a relevant question.

Deputy Michael Collins: Information on Michael Collins Zoom on Michael Collins The charity-led air ambulance based in Cork, which has the capability to reach most parts of Ireland, in ten minutes can reach-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher A question, not a statement.

Deputy Michael Collins: Information on Michael Collins Zoom on Michael Collins I am asking a question. The air ambulance can reach the Beara, Sheep's Head and Mizen peninsulas in 15 minutes. The deployment of the charity-led air ambulance has been delayed for months. This has led to major frustration for many who know it will save lives. The charity has complied with all of the requested procedures and protocols. Will the Minister let us know when the National Ambulance Service will confirm deployment of this life-saving resource in the community?

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher Is the Minister in a position to answer the question on the National Ambulance Service?

Deputy Heather Humphreys: Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys It is not in promised legislation or the programme for Government but I will pass on the details to the relevant Minister.

Deputy Eoin Ó Broin: Information on Eoin Ó Broin Zoom on Eoin Ó Broin I raise the planning regulations on short-term letting that will come before the Oireachtas this week. Last Friday, Catherine Sanz reported in The Times, Ireland edition that Airbnb is trying to pressurise the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, to delay the introduction of the new rules. As the Minister is aware, these regulations have been a long time coming and should not be delayed any further. The deadline has already been extended by one month. Will the Minister confirm the 1 July deadline will not be changed and that these regulations will be enforced from that day forward?

Deputy Eoghan Murphy: Information on Eoghan Murphy Zoom on Eoghan Murphy I thank the Deputy for the question. There has been no pressure on me on what we need to do when it comes to short-term letting. I thank the Oireachtas committee for the support we have received. Tomorrow morning, before we have our quarterly session on Rebuilding Ireland, I will officially lay the new regulations for short-term letting before the House and they will be discussed. These have to be approved by the committee, after which they can come into force immediately. An advertising campaign will commence in the run-up to the 1 July deadline for the new regulations to come into force. Provided that the Oireachtas continues to give its full support in respect of this matter tomorrow morning, the deadline will not change.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher I call Deputy Danny Healy-Rae, who should ask a question.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: Information on Danny Healy-Rae Zoom on Danny Healy-Rae Is the Minister aware of how the reduction in the time for home helps is affecting-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher Give the Minister an indication of the promised legislation involved.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: Information on Danny Healy-Rae Zoom on Danny Healy-Rae It is in the promised legislation.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher It would be helpful if the Deputy could pinpoint the legislation in question.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: Information on Danny Healy-Rae Zoom on Danny Healy-Rae The story is that home help has been cut down to 20 minutes-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher We all know that.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: Information on Danny Healy-Rae Zoom on Danny Healy-Rae A woman phoned me to say that her home help cannot cook a dinner for her. The home help has time to give her a shower and a sandwich.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher The Deputy is being very specific.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: Information on Danny Healy-Rae Zoom on Danny Healy-Rae The sandwich is no good to the woman because she is hungry and sick of sandwiches and showers. Twenty minutes is not enough.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher I know this is important but-----

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: Information on Danny Healy-Rae Zoom on Danny Healy-Rae Another lady is paying so much money that she is left with only €57 for the week-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher That is specific.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: Information on Danny Healy-Rae Zoom on Danny Healy-Rae -----after paying for private home help.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher Table a question.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: Information on Danny Healy-Rae Zoom on Danny Healy-Rae I am asking the Minister to increase the time for home helps. It is the policy of the Government to keep people in their homes for as long as possible.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher We have the question.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: Information on Danny Healy-Rae Zoom on Danny Healy-Rae Will the Minister do something about this? A sum of €57 for an old lady to live on-----

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher The Deputy's colleagues after him want to come in.

Deputy Danny Healy-Rae: Information on Danny Healy-Rae Zoom on Danny Healy-Rae -----is not adequate.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher I called the Deputy in good faith.

Deputy Heather Humphreys: Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys I am aware of the issue with regard to home helps and the amount of time some people get and I will certainly raise it with the Minister for Health.

Deputy Martin Kenny: Information on Martin Kenny Zoom on Martin Kenny As the House is aware, the programme for Government contains a specific recommendation on supporting tourism and walking tourism in particular. Ireland's Hidden Heartlands is the newest development in this regard. One of the main tourism attractions is the Beara-Breifne Way. Many tourists use this walkway but for the past couple of weeks the Melick Weir footbridge has been closed by the OPW.

An Leas-Cheann Comhairle: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher That is specific.

Deputy Martin Kenny: Information on Martin Kenny Zoom on Martin Kenny Last weekend, 12 tourists from New Zealand got as far as the weir but could not cross it. They were extremely disappointed. People in the tourism trade in the region are very annoyed that this is the case.


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