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Shortall, Róisín

Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Covid-19 (Health): Statements (Continued)

How long was the slot to be?More Button

There was no clock for-----More Button

As a point of information, there was no clock on for five minutes and then a further seven minutes were given.More Button

As we all know, the situation in the hospitals is on a knife-edge. We also know that we have currently got exceptionally high daily case numbers. It is very important that there is a recognition ...More Button

We had a situation where the Government was claiming in Christmas week that the reason things were so bad was as a result of the new UK variant. That simply was not the case. NPHET, the Chief M...More Button

We were also told about a meaningful Christmas in spite of the fact that we knew that at the point of early December when level 5 restrictions were being lifted the numbers were dangerously high....More Button

I also believe a mistake was made in talking up the vaccines. It is fantastic that there are vaccines now. It is a wonderful breakthrough but the reality is that the Minister and other Governme...More Button

The figures seem to be plateauing somewhat even though they are still extremely high but we have to remember that the impact of the new variants is only starting to come through in the daily figu...More Button

I have a number of serious concerns in respect of the vaccines. We have no delivery forecast even though we were told that the EU had got a delivery forecast for the Pfizer vaccine last week. C...More Button

One of the biggest gaps in the response to Covid-19 has been in respect of international travel. At no point have we been serious about having proper monitoring and oversight of restrictions. T...More Button

Covid 19 (Health): Statements (Continued)

As the Minister has heard from all sides of the House, there is a huge gap in information on vaccines and the public is crying out for that information. The quicker we can provide that information...More Button

I want to ask the Minister if he will commit to providing a number of pieces of information on vaccines. I fully accept that it is a fluid situation but will the Minister set out the current exp...More Button

What about registration?More Button

Yes.More Button

Has the IT system been sorted out? Is that ready?More Button

I look forward to getting that information.More Button

In relation to healthcare staff, they are all under enormous pressure at present. They are doing incredible work in extraordinarily difficult circumstances. There are two particular areas where...More Button

With all due respect, there is vast amounts of money going into call centres privatising elements of this service. It is the public health doctors who are the people who know how to do the proper ...More Button

Pension Provisions

Asked the Minister for Transport: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of the Córas Iompair Éireann pension committee regarding the restructuring of pension benefits for the 1951 superannuation scheme; if legal and actua...More Button

Planning Issues

Asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage: further to Parliamentary Question No. 138 of 9 September 2020, when funding for a development (details supplied) will be approved; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

International Agreements

Asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs: the status of negotiations by Ireland to join the WHO C-TAP initiative; the number of meetings that have taken place between his Department and the WHO; the representatives from his Department who ...More Button

Treatment Benefit Scheme

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if her attention has been drawn to instances in which a company (details supplied) has been charging patients for eye tests despite these same patients qualifying for free eye tests under the treat...More Button

Citizenship Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice: the current average processing time for citizenship applications; if she will address concerns from applicants that there are currently long delays with citizenship applications being processed, wh...More Button

Medicinal Products

Asked the Minister for Health: if a decision on the reimbursement of dupilumab, a drug to treat severe atopic eczema, was reached at the December 2020 HSE drugs group meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

HSE Reports

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 200 of 5 December 2019 and No. 843 of 24 November 2020 regarding the 2015 HSE report into the orthodontic service, if he will address issues (details supplied)...More Button

Medical Cards

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will reinstate the automatic exceptional extension of all medical cards for the rest of the Covid-19 emergency period as was in place for medical cards that were due to expire between March a...More Button

Cancer Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps he is taking to improve detection, diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancer; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Speech and Language Therapy

Asked the Minister for Health: further to Parliamentary Question No. 446 of 10 December 2020, the steps being taken to address the unacceptably long waiting time for speech and language assessments in Dublin 9 and 11 given the c...More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of nasal spray child flu vaccines administered to date for each of the quantities due to expire on 13 and 14 January and 12 and 15 February 2021; the total cost of the vaccines; the numb...More Button