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Kelly, Alan

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The Labour Party wishes the Government well in the strategy the Taoiseach announced yesterday. The country needs it to deliver and we will play a constructive role in whatever way we can. We will...More Button

Everything that has been done and announced yesterday is based on underlining data relating to vaccines. The Government has put all its eggs in the vaccine basket. I just want to dig into the det...More Button

The statistics we have been given to date are that approximately 800,000 vaccines have been administered, with approximately 578,000 first doses and 225,000 second doses. We have also been told ...More Button

We have now been told that, by the end of June, 80%, approximately 3.8 million of the population over the age of 16, will be "offered" their first vaccine. How many of them will actually get it?...More Button

Having said that, in all seriousness, I want to ask the Taoiseach about the word "offered". By the end of June, will 80% of the population have received a dose of vaccine? Will they, at least, be...More Button

I was thrilled and delighted to hear the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Deputy Darragh O'Brien, say earlier on Today with Claire Byrne that in April a portal will be offered...More Button

Considering that everything depends on the volume of vaccines and that we are getting 1 million doses in April, May and June, will the Taoiseach tell us how many vaccines will be given to Ireland...More Button

I thank the Taoiseach for answering one of the three questions. I am delighted to hear that 80% of the population over 16 will be vaccinated by the end of June. That will be an incredible achieve...More Button

Yes, but it will be a vaccination received.

  Will the Taoiseach confirm that the portal will be in place in April? Will he confirm that everybody will be able to apply for it? ...More Button

I know the hospital did it for free. Considering it had the privilege of doing this and the way in which it administered State product, who made that decision? We need to know.More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

The news that 14 days after people are fully vaccinated they can meet indoors is both great and to be welcomed. I have seen directly the impact this news has had on elderly people. It does, howev...More Button

Cabinet Committees

Asked the Taoiseach: when the Cabinet committee on education last met; and when it will next meet.More Button

When it comes to special education, the decision by the Department of Education to freeze current special education teacher levels at this year's level will mean that education in developing school...More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: when the Cabinet committee on Covid-19 last met; and when it next plans to meet. More Button

Will the Taoiseach confirm to the House that children's shoes will be added to the essential retail list? Given the time period of lockdown and retail being closed, everybody knows that this issue...More Button

Antigen testing is finally being rolled out and I very much welcome it.More Button

Asked the Taoiseach: when the Cabinet committee on health last met; and when it next plans to meet.More Button

I will raise only one issue and that is human papillomavirus, HPV, vaccination. We all know through the questions I asked a week and a half ago that it has dropped from 80% to 53.6%, which is deep...More Button

I suggest we put it for the period of the catch-up to pharmacies, free of charge. I have been inundated with people who want to get their children vaccinated but cannot. As it looks like there...More Button

Cabinet Committees (Continued)

Was the decision to restrict supports for this cohort of vulnerable school children discussed at the Cabinet committee? What will be done to address it?More Button

Furthermore, the issues that have been raised in relation to the Beacon Hospital and the vaccination of private school staff has brought to the fore once again the two-tier system that is perceiv...More Button

The Taoiseach knows I was the first to raise the question of those tests in the House well over six months ago. I do them regularly when going to and from Dublin. Why is the process taking so lon...More Button

Why has the Government now decided to do PCR tests on arrival from airports? My colleague, Deputy Duncan Smith, has been raising this for six or seven months, so what has changed? Will the Taoi...More Button

What about pharmacists?More Button

Road Safety

Asked the Minister for Transport: the number of HGVs inspected by county based on the press release of 3 March 2021 from the RSA; and the number inspected with minor, major and dangerous defects in each of the years 2018 to 2020, b...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: the number of roadside inspection checkpoints attended by RSA vehicle inspectors in each of the years 2018 to 2020, by county based on the press release of 3 March 2021 from the RSA.More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport: the number of minibuses, buses and coaches inspected by county in each of the years 2018 to 2020 based on the press release of 3 March 2021 from the RSA; and the number of minibuses, buses and coac...More Button

Airport Policy

Asked the Minister for Transport: when the new chairperson of Shannon Airport will be appointed.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the level at which he deems it acceptable for staff to return to the office given persons are only due to return to their offices under level 1 or 2 restrictions (details supplied).More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of members of An Garda Síochána who have been infected with Covid-19 by month from March 2020 to 22 March 2021, in tabular form.More Button

Departmental Staff

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason civil service staff in her Department in non-public facing units are refused the option to work from home or have been brought back to work despite the country still being in lockdown.More Button

Judicial Appointments

Asked the Minister for Justice: if her office has received a request from the President of the High Court for provision to be made for the appointment of additional judges to the High Court; if so, when she plans to take action o...More Button

Hospital Data

Asked the Minister for Health: if a list will be provided of all inpatient and outpatient treatments and medical procedures for which there are waiting lists at Nenagh hospital; the number of persons on each of the waiting lists...More Button

Hospital Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of vacant consultant posts that exist at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda and Louth County Hospital; and his plans to fill these vacancies.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of posts in the bariatric care team at University Hospital Galway that are currently vacant; and when these posts will be filled.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of full-time paediatric endocrinologists at Cork University Hospital; and if this number will be further increased.More Button

Ambulance Service

Asked the Minister for Health: the average ambulance wait across County Kerry in 2019, 2020 and to date in 2021, in tabular form.More Button

Health Services Staff

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of medical graduates from medical schools; the number of such graduates who commenced an internship here; and the number of those graduates who completed internship in each of the years ...More Button

Hospital Facilities

Asked the Minister for Health: if all theatres at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9 are opened on a full-time basis.More Button

Health Services Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Health: the capital expenditure spend to date in 2021 on the second cardiac catheterisation laboratory at University Hospital Waterford; and the expected full-year cost.More Button

Dental Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the dental services available at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway; and the number of staff employed in dental services.More Button

Hospital Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the cardiology services available at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway. More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will consider including spina bifida and hydrocephalus in category 4 on the vaccine priority list given that it is associated with kidney disease, neurological complications, respiratory comp...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the person or body responsible for determining eligibility on category 4 of the vaccine list given that there currently is no clear database, for example, on obesity, respiratory complications and ...More Button

Healthcare Policy

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of Sláintecare workstream 1 in relation to providing co-ordinated care, in the right place and at the right time, with a specific emphasis on prevention of health deterioration for indiv...More Button

Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will take measures to ensure that all adults have access to a multidisciplinary team in the treatment of spina bifida and hydrocephalus; if he will remedy the lack of co-ordinated care for pe...More Button

Disability Support Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which his Department plans to meet the needs of persons with spina bifida and hydrocephalus in order that they can live independently with access to adequate supports, for example, occup...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if a needs-based approach in allocating personal assistant hours to support persons with spina bifida and hydrocephalus will be made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of the disability services for children and young persons in relation to children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus on accessing health services within their local area and equity of s...More Button

Mental Health Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide mental health services with a specific focus on understanding that hydrocephalus is akin to acquired brain injury and needs special support; and if he will make a statement on th...More Button

Paediatric Services

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of the national model of care for paediatric services in relation to transitioning plans for adolescents with spina bifida and hydrocephalus; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: the way in which he plans to tackle the current waiting list of children awaiting surgery for scoliosis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button