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O'Reilly, Louise

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

When the Taoiseach spoke at last night's press conference, he showed leadership and spoke for all of us who want to see the eighth amendment repealed. I thank the Taoiseach most sincerely for that.More Button

Today is a momentous day for Irish women and society. The insertion of the eighth amendment into the Constitution was a grave wrong perpetrated on women. My colleague, Deputy McDonald, said it ...More Button

There are those who have never stopped campaigning against the eighth amendment. They have been campaigning since 1983. Some, like my parents and people in this Chamber, were campaigning before...More Button

I must also offer thanks again to the work of the Citizens' Assembly and my Oireachtas colleagues on the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution. The findings, as expressed b...More Button

I welcome the confirmation that the Taoiseach and the Minister for Health will campaign for repeal. Likewise, Sinn Féin and I will be on that campaign trail. It behoves those of us politicians ...More Button

I would like to ask the Taoiseach to commit to publishing in full the advice of the Attorney General. The decision to repeal and have an enabling clause in the Constitution for the Oireachtas to...More Button

I assure the Taoiseach that Sinn Féin will co-operate fully with the Department of Health to ensure the legislation is processed as soon as possible. I reiterate my call to publish the full advice...More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

According to media reports, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Shane Ross, brought a memorandum to the Cabinet meeting today proposing primary legislation to replace existing law...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (Continued)

I join the Taoiseach in commending the Irish peacekeeping troops based in Lebanon who are contributing to UN efforts to maintain peace in that dangerous region. I acknowledge his concern about the...More Button

Currently, 350 children are held in Israeli prisons. Among them is 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi who faces up to ten years in prison for slapping an Israeli soldier. Tomorrow will be her 17th birthda...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Will the Taoiseach comment on reports that the Dublin Region Homeless Executive, DRHE, proposed restrictions on the right of charities dealing with homeless citizens to speak to the media? Can the...More Button

Second, the Oireachtas housing committee published a report authored by my colleague, Teachta Ó Broin, last week entitled Safe as Houses which received cross-party support. It makes 26 recommend...More Button

Finally, President Trump last week at Davos again denied the existence of climate change and global warming. Last November Professor John FitzGerald of the Climate Change Advisory Council warned...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

That could cost the State hundreds of millions of euro in fines. When published, the national mitigation plan was widely criticised for its lack of ambition. The national adaptation framework was...More Button

Affordable Housing: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

There is a whole swathe of people out there, particularly young people, whose dream of owning a house has been quite literally taken off them. I have a 22-year-old daughter. She told me recently ...More Button

The neoliberal policies of this and successive Governments have meant a continuation of cries in our essential services, including housing. The ongoing issues around the availability of affordab...More Button

School Enrolments

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the options available for the family of a person (details supplied) that wishes to study the leaving certificate applied; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Cannabis for Medicinal Use

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of persons who have availed of the licence to use medicinal cannabis since the scheme was established; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of the compassionate access programme for access to medicinal cannabis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if there are means by which a person undergoing chemotherapy can access medicinal cannabis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Medicinal Products Reimbursement

Asked the Minister for Health: the reasons persons with type 1 diabetes are being excluded from the reimbursement of the FreeStyle Libre electronic diabetes blood monitor under the long-term illness reimbursement scheme. More Button

Child Care Services Staff

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if pay restoration which may apply in future for workers in section 39 agencies will apply to those workers that were previously employed in section 39 agencies when their pay was cut and that are ...More Button