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McGrath, Finian

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


European Stability Programmes (Continued)

Deputy Barry will be in government soon.More Button

Implications of Brexit for Irish Ports: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

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Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second and Subsequent Stages

I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."

  It is my great pleasure to introduce the Bill. I was pleased last December when the Government announced that elig...More Button

Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second and Subsequent Stages (Continued)

General practitioners, GPs, provide support and assistance to carers in managing and maintaining their health and well-being. We are all too aware of the various health impacts suffered by carers,...More Button

Carers often have to reduce their hours of work or even give up work entirely but, although this is often done unselfishly, it does place a financial burden on their shoulders. Removal of this b...More Button

This measure is just one of a series of measures introduced in recent times to aid carers. As Members are aware, there were successive €5 increases in social welfare payments for carers in budge...More Button

I will now outline in general terms the main provisions of the Bill. Section 1 provides the relevant definitions to the Health Act 1970 and the Health (General Practitioner Service) Act 2014. More Button

Section 2 provides for an amendment to section 47 of the Health Act 1970 in order that the HSE's appeals process can be extended to encompass this service. More Button

Section 3 provides for an amendment to section 47A of the Health Act 1970 in order that the HSE's current "ordinarily resident" framework is extended to cover the provision of a general practitio...More Button

Section 4 provides for a new section 58D in the Health Act 1970 to provide in law for this new service. Section 4 of the Bill contains the text of the new section 58D, which has five subsections...More Button

Section 5 provides for the Long Title and Short Title of the Act and relevant commencement provisions.More Button

All of us will be touched by caring at some point in our lives, whether we take on a caring role or need care ourselves. For me, this Bill is about looking out for people who spend their time lo...More Button

I am sharing time with Deputy Michael Moynihan and Deputy Brassil.More Button

Fianna Fáil supports the extension of GP cards to all carers and will be supporting this Bill. The Bill proposes a modest extension of the GP card to an additional 14,000 carers and this will be...More Button

We are all aware of the sacrifices families make while caring for their loved ones. This Bill goes some way towards recognising those sacrifices and supporting the individuals. We need to go fu...More Button

We need to ensure that all carers receive a GP card. Family Carers Ireland has pointed out that even with tonight's measure, there are still carers who can be identified by the State as carers w...More Button

Those in receipt of the carer's support grant, formerly known as the respite care grant, and who are not in receipt of the other payments will not receive the GP card based on this Bill. The goo...More Button

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What am I doing today if not delivering?More Button

First, I thank all the Deputies for their contributions. I also thank them for their positive ideas and constructive comments. This is an important Bill and it is a step in the right direction. ...More Button

He has been a champion of carers. I commend his work and I wish him well in retirement. Of course, I accept the valid criticism that we need to do more, but I emphasise this is a step in the righ...More Button

Deputy Paul Murphy supported the Bill but, like many speakers, he felt it should be broadened. He also paid tribute to the home helps and pointed out housing issues with regard to residential ce...More Button

Deputy Broughan mentioned the carer's half rate. I can confirm the GP-visit card will be there. He also mentioned those aged over 70. I welcome the support of Deputy Michael Collins. As he sa...More Button

It is a pity Deputy Mattie McGrath is not in the Chamber because I want to remind him my job is to deal with disability and carers as Minister of State and I am here. I try to push the agenda ve...More Button

Deputy Róisín Shortall raised a number of important points and I welcome her comments. I did state the Bill is a small measure and a step in the right direction. I recognise the point she made ...More Button

To go back to the point made by Deputy Ó Caoláin and others: Sláintecare is a new model of care. There is a new emphasis on more services in the community, but we also have to face the reality t...More Button

I welcome the support of Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick. He spoke about the bureaucracy of the application forms and the fact that Deputies spend a lot of time on them. It is something about which we...More Button

Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice spoke about the rural issue and farmers who are carers. It is an important aspect of the debate. Another part of debate about which I feel very strongly, and on which...More Button

The final point was raised by Deputy Michael Healy Rae who strongly supports the carers, which I acknowledge. I know from meeting the Deputy in Kerry he is very involved in disability issues. H...More Button

Other things are also happening, which are often not recognised. The carer's grant was restored to €1,700 per family and 101,000 families got it. The other issue was the medical card extension ...More Button

There are supports. Do we need to do more? Absolutely. Am I listening to the suggestion put forward by colleagues? Absolutely, but I ask everybody one favour. When it comes to the crunch ove...More Button

I want to make a final contribution.More Button

I thank Deputy Ó Caoláin.More Button

Perhaps we can-----More Button

I ask that we include Deputy Donnelly in this.More Button

Is Deputy Donnelly sure?More Button

I thank Deputies for their valuable contributions to the debate, and I really mean that. I very much welcome that we were able to bring the legislation through all Stages in the Dáil today. I exp...More Button

One of the many challenges for the health and social care system is to do everything possible to support the most vulnerable in society. This includes supporting carers to ensure they are able t...More Button

 Bill reported without amendment, received for final consideration and passed.More Button

Disability Support Services

The Deputy will be familiar with the background to the closure of both the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant schemes in February 2013.  More Button

Since the closure of the Mobility Allowance, the Government has directed that the Health Service Executive should continue to pay an equivalent monthly payment of up to €208.50 per month to the 4...More Button

With regard to the Motorised Transport Grant, this scheme operated as a means-tested grant to assist person with severe disabilities with the purchase or adaptation of a car, where that car was e...More Button

The Government decided that the detailed preparatory work required for a new Transport Support Scheme and associated statutory provisions should be progressed by the Minister for Health.  The Pro...More Button

My colleague, the Minister for Health and I recently brought a Memorandum to Government for proposals for a new Transport Support Payment Scheme.  Following consideration of the matter, it was de...More Button

While I cannot comment on the specific proposals under consideration, I can confirm that the proposals seek to ensure that:More Button

- There is a firm statutory basis to the Scheme's operation;More Button

- There is transparency and equity in the eligibility criteria attaching to the Scheme;More Button

- Resources are targeted at those with the greatest needs; andMore Button

- The Scheme is capable of being costed and is affordable on its introduction and on an ongoing basis.More Button

It is important to note that the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers scheme, operated by the Revenue Commissioners, remains in place.  This scheme provides VRT and VAT relief, an exemption f...More Button

There are improvements in access to a range of transport support schemes available to persons with disabilities in the State and ongoing work is being carried out by Departments, agencies and tra...More Button

Blind Welfare Allowance Eligibility

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Health Services Staff Data

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services...More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the DeputyMore Button

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services...More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the DeputyMore Button

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services...More Button

As the Deputy's Question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the correspondence to be referred to the HSE for consideration and direct reply to the Deputy.More Button

Health Services Funding

The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services...More Button

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.More Button