Houses of the Oireachtas

All parliamentary debates are now being published on our new website. The publication of debates on this website will cease in December 2018.

Go to oireachtas.ie

Wolfe, George, O'Brien, Joe, Byrne, Malcolm, Ward, Mark, O'Sullivan, Pádraig

Thursday, 25 February 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Covid-19 Tests

I thank the Minister of State for attending to address this important issue. I am glad that this has been selected as a Topical Issue matter and thank the Minister of State for taking the time to ...More Button

The WHO and the European Commission recommend rapid antigen testing that meets the minimum performance requirements of greater than 80% sensitivity and 97% specificity. A number of rapid antigen...More Button

Rapid antigen testing can complement the PCR testing in use. It is not intended to replace PCR testing but can play a pivotal role in screening and detecting Covid positive cases. It can also g...More Button

I welcome the fact that Professor Mark Ferguson has been asked to keep this under review. However, we need to have a bit of ambition. The two tests I mentioned from Roche and Abbott meet the mini...More Button

I draw the Minister of State's attention to the example of Liverpool, where daily rapid antigen testing was carried out in the city recently.More Button

Covid-19 Tests (Continued)

More than 200,000 people in the city were tested out of a population of 500,000. Of those 200,000 rapid tests conducted, some 4,000 people were found to be asymptomatic and carrying the virus unbe...More Button

I reiterate that the intention is not to use antigen testing to replace the system we have. As the Minister of State said, PCR testing is the gold standard. I believe there is a place for rapid...More Button

Health Services Access

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps being taken to reduce waiting times for primary care ophthalmology appointments in the north Lee local health area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Disabilities Assessments

Asked the Minister for Health: the steps being taken to reduce the waiting times for assessments of need under the Disability Act 2005 in the north Lee local health area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Home Care Packages

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of home care packages being provided in each local health office, LHO, area; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of children on the child and adolescent mental health service, CAMHS, waiting lists by age and gender in the Cork north Lee area in tabular form.More Button