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Buckley, Pat

Thursday, 29 April 2021

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

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

I thank the Minister of State for her opening speech and for her honesty.More Button

We can sometimes have a fairly heated debate in here, but when progress of any kind is made it must be welcomed.More Button

It would be remiss of me not to congratulate the Minister without Portfolio, Deputy McEntee, on the birth of her baby boy this morning.More Button

I wish to touch on the surge capacity requirements in mental health hospitals and the €13.5 million in additional funding that will be allocated for that purpose. I welcome that funding. I also...More Button

There were WikiLeaks. Now there are "Aire-leaks" when it comes to good news on coming out of lockdown.More Button

There are still families in desperate trouble. I spoke to two yesterday and asked them for permission to use their cases to highlight the isolation caused by Covid. Families are in desperate ne...More Button

I wish to raise a specific case. Obviously, I have edited it. Mrs. X has been a carer for her 81-year-old mother for a number of years. She also has a brother in his 50s who was in appropriate...More Button

A second case involves a family of a child with severe autism. Since Covid started, the family has received no respite care, speech and language therapy or just about any other support. They ar...More Button

I welcome any progress in mental health services, but let us not forget anyone. We must remember that, when we come out of Covid, we will still have a health problem, a mental health problem, a ...More Button