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O'Reilly, Louise

Thursday, 3 December 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Parental Leave

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the reason the extension to maternity leave is not being introduced until April 2021 as opposed to immediate introduction after budget 2021 or January 2021.More Button

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members]

I move: "That the Bill be now read a Second Time."More Button

I am sharing time with na Teachtaí Patricia Ryan and Martin Browne. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to introduce the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020. Its pur...More Button

Some people might be shocked to learn that workplace outbreaks of Covid-19 are not currently notifiable to the HSA as an occupational illness due to a lacuna in the 2005 Act. We are outliers in ...More Button

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions, ICTU, has been to the fore in campaigning for this simple change and has written to the relevant Ministers on a number of occasions requesting that it be done....More Button

This is the latest of many failures by the Government in a short period of time when it comes to workers' rights. The Debenhams situation is another example. The situation of those workers need...More Button

As so many people have said, Debenhams could be just the tip of the iceberg. During Questions on Promised Legislation earlier today, the situation facing Topman and Topshop workers was raised by...More Button

I will return now to the Bill. We have only to look at the rise in the rates of infection among healthcare workers and meat and food-processing workers the last time we eased restrictions to kno...More Button

As I said at the outset, this Bill has only one aim, namely, to protect workers in all workplaces, including meat plants, care homes, building sites and office blocks in the IFSC. It could have ...More Button

Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Amendment) Bill 2020: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

Yes, of course. I do not want to start a row with the Minister of State, but with the greatest of respect, when he says that the issue is being looked at, while I am sure this is not how he intend...More Button

The debate is necessary and welcome. This issue is now more than six months old. It is more than six months since the Irish Congress of Trade Unions wrote to the then Minister, Deputy Humphreys...More Button

While I have the floor, I ask the Minister of State to ask the Tánaiste and others in government, when they say to workers to stay at home where possible, to also say the same to employers. I ha...More Button

Another group of workers simply cannot work from home. A bus driver or a cleaner cannot work from home. Large portions of our economy, not just nurses and doctors, but porters, cleaners and peo...More Button

As someone who has a keen and long-standing interest in workers' rights, an interesting thing about this pandemic is that it has caused us to re-evaluate what is and what is not a front-line or e...More Button

There are diseases which are already notifiable. It is not the case that it is not necessary or that we would be doing something radical or strange, because we would not be. This is done in oth...More Button

I respect that it is of course a public health issue, but it is also a workplace issue for doctors, nurses and people in meat factories. It is not just a public health issue, although that is im...More Button

With peace having broken out at the end of this week, I conclude by thanking the Minister of State for not opposing this legislation. I look forward to having engagement on Committee Stage at th...More Button

Asylum Seekers

Asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: the steps he is taking to ensure that vulnerable refugees receive the necessary medical care if they experience psychological difficulties in view of the situation which occurred at a reception cen...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

Asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: if art galleries will be allowed open with health and safety precautions in place when the public health restrictions change.More Button

Asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media: the reason the performing arts industry has been forgotten about as Ireland regresses the level 5 public health restrictions; and the reason socially distanced children’s drama dance classes are no...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason workers on the pandemic unemployment payment cannot receive the fuel allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Community Care

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of the HSE’s enhanced community care plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

HSE Reviews

Asked the Minister for Health: the status of the national review of specialist cardiac services; the workplan for the remainder of 2020 and 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button