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Kelly, Alan

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Covid-19, Mental Health and Older People: Statements (Continued)

I am happy we are dealing with this issue today. It is quite timely, on the day that is in it and also because of the volume of older people who have been vaccinated. I will run through a few iss...More Button

I had the misfortune to lose my mother-in-law suddenly a few months ago - not from Covid but suddenly. I always remember what she said to me. We were messing with her about her 80th birthday ap...More Button

We talk an awful lot in this country about catch-up programmes for this, that and the other. We need some such programme for the elderly towards the end of this year to reignite social interacti...More Button

Communities have helped. I come from the little village of Portroe, where the local shop and the Gleeson family have been amazing. The shop has been almost a social outlet, delivering food to p...More Button

I raise the issue of those who are over the age of 60, in the context of the vaccine roll-out. I am concerned that 220,000 people in the 60 to 69 age group, who are not old but are going in that...More Button

Over-70s are getting the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with the second jabs in four weeks, while over-50s are going to get the Janssen vaccine, so they will be vaccinated. In between, the 60 to 6...More Button

Other conditions may be introduced as this is rolled out. It may not be anyone's fault but it is an issue. It is discriminatory. How are we going to deal with that and ensure that this cohort is...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

I raised with the Taoiseach yesterday the issue of access to maternity services for the partners of those giving birth. The Tánaiste might confirm whether we will be getting news on this today bec...More Button

Another issue I have been raising here for seven months - we were sitting in Leinster House when I first raised it, in October - is that of antigen testing. It is connected with access to matern...More Button

I would appreciate a positive response to both issues.More Button

National Autism Empowerment Strategy: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

This is one of the most important issues we could be dealing with. I am delighted, and also shocked, that the Government has actually accepted our motion. It is incredibly important and something...More Button

Do not let them down. They have been let down for too long.More Button

We take from the Government's agreement to the motion that it is committing to establishing an Irish autism advisory council. I want the Minister of State to confirm this in her response. If th...More Button

By accepting the motion, the Government is finally admitting that it has failed autistic families through long waiting lists and that the internal Department of Health report on the compilation o...More Button

I acknowledge that we have serious problems not only with assessments of need, but also with the way in which the roll-out of autism spectrum disorder, ASD, units happens. There are many gaps. ...More Button

I acknowledge the work of AsIAm, Mr. Adam Harris and his team. I acknowledge the work that has been done to make Clonakilty Ireland's first autism-friendly town. Approximately a year and a half...More Button

I will end by acknowledging the incredible work done by Mr. Ryan-Purcell. His film, "This is Nicholas - Living With Autism", which was released in February 2019, has had a significant impact for...More Button

I welcome that the Minister of State will accept our important motion, but we will follow up on it and we will know by July if she means what she says.More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of persons whose origin country of travel was India that arrived into Ireland in January, February, March and to 25 March 2021, in tabular form.More Button