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McDonald, Mary Lou

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

This morning it was revealed, through the excellent work of "RTÉ Investigates", that nearly 60 families in the west have been issued apologies by the HSE as a result of failings in audiology servic...More Button

The Taoiseach may have heard the story on "Morning Ireland" this morning of 11 year old James from Mayo. His parents were entirely unaware of his hearing impairment until they received a letter ...More Button

Figures provided to my colleague, Teachta Louise O'Reilly, show the disgraceful delays for children in accessing speech and language therapy and occupational therapy. These waiting lists not onl...More Button

I could have added failures relating to autism services to the list that I presented. Cases have come before the courts because of the HSE's consistent failure to comply with the law. The Disabil...More Button

Every day, it becomes more and more apparent that the health services are in a crisis and there is a lack of leadership and direction. Deputy Micheál Martin himself spoke this morning about obfu...More Button

Who employed them?More Button

The Minister will be.More Button

The Minister employed them.More Button

Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

Ar mo shon féin agus ar son Shinn Féin ba mhaith liom comhbhrón a dhéanamh le clann agus cairde an iar-Theachta Donal Creed a fuair bás i Mí na Samhna 2017. On my behalf and on behalf of Sinn Féin...More Button

Bhí gairm fada ag Donal in oifig phoiblí agus táim cinnte go bhfuil a mhuintir an-bhródúil as sin. Donal had a very distinguished career as a public representative, serving in this House from 19...More Button

I did not know Donal and I never met him, but the mother of one of our members of staff did. He wished for me, on his behalf and on behalf of his mother and family, to let it be known that they ...More Button

I join with everybody in extending our sympathy and condolences to Madeleine, her family and friends, and of course to our colleague, Michael. I am absolutely certain that his father is immensel...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

The programme for Government commits to introducing measures to ensure the more efficient and timely recruitment of nurses. However, the HSE continues to pay hundreds of millions of euro in employ...More Button

The Minister cannot plead ignorance or shirk blame. What plan is in place to end this misuse of taxpayers' money?More Button

Departmental Operations

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will report on the work of the social policy and public service reform division of his Department.More Button

Departmental Operations (Continued)

Last year the Government spent a staggering €695 million on rent subsidies to private landlords and property owners across four schemes administered by two Departments. The Department of Employmen...More Button

While subsidies for low income households are an important part of any stable housing system, they should be short-term and declining in number and cost. Instead, the figures highlight the Gover...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has held recent meetings with representatives of churches and faith communities as part of the church-State structured dialogue process.More Button

I wish to pick up on that theme. A geophysical survey of infant burial grounds will begin today at the site of the former Sean Ross Abbey mother and baby home, near Roscrea, County Tipperary. Rec...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (Continued)

As the Taoiseach will know, statutory inspections of maternity homes began in 1934, which means the majority of the children who died in Sean Ross Abbey died on the State's watch. The Tuam Home Su...More Button

When does the Taoiseach expect to receive the report of Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, commissioned by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, to consider whether the network's request can be grante...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Asked the Taoiseach: when Cabinet committee D, infrastructure, last met; and when it is scheduled to meet again.More Button

Project Ireland 2040 recognises the importance of cross-Border co-operation and investment in developing the Border corridor, specifically the Donegal and Derry region. Derry and Strabane District...More Button

Confidence in the Minister for Health: Motion (Continued)

Our healthcare system is in crisis as every day brings new headlines which tell of the litany of failures inherent in the system. We have had a series of scandals, including that of CervicalCheck....More Button

The Minister is failing. That is very clear. Every day Deputies from across the Chamber get to their feet to set out the latest crisis. Even Fianna Fáil does it, even Deputy Micheál Martin doe...More Button

Supply and confidence has undermined and discredited the political process. The essential role of the Opposition is to hold the Government of the day to account, to advocate for those without a ...More Button

The simple fact is that the Minister is incapable of doing his job, yet he remains in office. He believes he is untouchable. The crisis and scandals mount and hardworking people pay the price, ...More Button

The leader of Fianna Fáil has listed the failings of the Minister for Health but by his actions, he will support him, he will protect him and Fianna Fáil will protect Fine Gael. The leader of Fi...More Button

The leader of Fianna Fáil tells us that this is done to avoid an election as Brexit looms. The Taoiseach has said there will be no election before Brexit. There is no threat of an election, yet...More Button

This is a coalition in all but name.More Button

The Taoiseach certainly has the measure of the leader of Fianna Fáil because he knows that Deputy Micheál Martin will fall into line once pressure is applied. This is not about Brexit. This is ...More Button

Today, supply and confidence is exposed. It is not about stability; it is about stagnation. It is a grubby deal by the political establishment to control both Government and Opposition at the s...More Button

The question to Deputy Micheál Martin is a simple one. Does he have confidence in the Minister? He either does or he does not. An abstention is a confidence vote in the Minister and a con tric...More Button

No, it is not.More Button

Every deadline has been missed.More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if extra ASD classes in the Dublin 7 area will be provided due to the shortage and high demand for such classes.More Button

Home Care Packages Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: when funding for home care packages will be made available in an area (details supplied).More Button