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Browne, John

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Order of Business (Continued)

Why does the Deputy not speak to the Ministers responsible? They are in his party.More Button

I am surprised the Deputy did not know that.More Button

Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

I welcome the Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill 2013, which probably should have been implemented many moons ago. I certainly hope the Minister accepts amendments on Committee Stage to strengthen the B...More Button

This Bill stems from the growing evidence that the use of sunbeds, especially by children, should be restricted because of the associated increased risk of skin cancer and other health problems. ...More Button

The Bill proposes an enforcement regime to enable inspections to be carried out by the HSE and to impose penalties for non-compliance, including fixed payment notice. Perhaps the Minister might ...More Button

All sunbed operators will be obliged to provide protective eye wear and ensure sunbeds are maintained in a clean and hygienic condition. Many operators run their premises to a high standard but ...More Button

The Irish Cancer Society sent us a briefing document which spells out starkly the implications for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. It is also traumatic for the families, where an ind...More Button

There were 158 deaths from skin cancer in 2011. The incidence of melanoma in Ireland is increasing dramatically. For example, it increased by 137% between 1994 and 2010. Up to nine out of ten ca...More Button

There is clear evidence of a link between sunbeds and skin cancer. In July 2009, the International Agency for Research on Cancer placed sunbeds in the highest cancer risk category and rated sunb...More Button

Research commissioned by the Irish Cancer Society and published in June 2010 shows that 140,000 people in Ireland use sunbeds. That number has probably increased substantially since 2010. Some ...More Button

The problem, as I see it, is that any individual can set up a tanning salon. There are no regulatory restrictions on the type of equipment that can be purchased. There has certainly been a dram...More Button

Young people are particularly at risk when they use sunbeds. People who start using sunbeds before the age of 30 have a 75% increased risk of malignant melanoma, which is the most serious form o...More Button

As previous speakers have said, when the Irish Cancer Society carried out a secret shopper survey, it found that seven out of ten tanning shops would allow a fair-skinned child to use a sunbed wi...More Button

In parts of Australia, tanning shops must carry out a skin type assessment before allowing a person to use a sunbed. As we all know, the Fitzpatrick scale outlines clearly the implications, in t...More Button

The Bill before the House is certainly welcome. The authorities across the water in England and Wales have introduced similar regulations and legislation. I understand it started off as a Priva...More Button

This legislation includes provisions restricting the use, sale or hire of sunbeds, requiring information to be provided to sunbed users and requiring protective eyewear to be supplied. When the ...More Button

It is important to ensure young people get the message that sunbeds are not the be-all and end-all. They need to appreciate that sunbeds can be dangerous, particularly for fair-skinned people. ...More Button

Overall, I welcome that the Bill is before the House. It has been a long time coming, but it is here now and it is welcome. In addition to banning the use of sunbeds by young people, it is impo...More Button

I am not sure the HSE will have the manpower to investigate this activity by carrying out sporadic visits to ensure sunbed salons are operating properly. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to ...More Button

I welcome this Bill. I hope it will pass all Stages as soon as possible because the summer period is approaching and, as we all know, people like to prepare for that by visiting sunbed salons I...More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: if the reduction in staff levels in the health services mean that, with regard to disability services, the capacity does not exist to implement Government policy; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Disability Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: his response to the recent statement by the Disability Federation of Ireland that health service funding for disabilities should be organised on a multi-annual basis to improve and facilitate prope...More Button