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Butler, Mary

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Disability Services: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I thank Deputies for raising these important matters and giving me the opportunity to speak on them. I would also like to congratulate my colleague, Deputy Moynihan, on his appointment as Chairman...More Button

There is no doubt that this has been an extremely difficult time for people and their families. We all share a common desire to have the best possible policies and services for all children, ado...More Button

There has been an awful lot of talk today about carers. I hosted an online round table with carers three weeks ago. It was supposed to be a much bigger event, but we had to reduce it. I heard ...More Button

In my remit as Minister of State with responsibility for mental health and older people, I met the Minister, Deputy Heather Humphreys, today to discuss carers in terms of the budget. It does not...More Button

Disability services are provided in many types of settings across many organisations throughout the country, and in the age of Covid-19 these organisations have to adapt and do their best to ensu...More Button

The Government is committed to strengthening the State's relationship with the voluntary sector and to the full implementation of its five-year strategy to support the community and voluntary secto...More Button

On Deputy Connolly’s question, the Minister of State, Deputy Rabitte, has asked me to say that she also wishes to see the disability capacity review published as soon as possible. We need reform...More Button

My colleague also spoke earlier about the resumption of day care services, in particular, and I will outline the work under way to support the resumption of other services for people with disabil...More Button

On children’s services, all CHOs are putting appropriate arrangements in place to resume assessment of need and intervention therapy services in line with public health guidance. Additional fundi...More Button

I appreciate that the reduced capacity in day services caused by Covid-19 is a considerable challenge and is far from the level of service that we would like to provide. However, services must c...More Button

Turning to the UNCRPD, we cannot allow the current situation to divert us from continuing our work in improving the lives of people with disabilities and significant cross-departmental work is un...More Button

The situation we now face is one that requires our fullest attention. I assure all that the Government will remain focused on providing the best services we can, while keeping the health and wel...More Button

Covid-19 Pandemic

We all know that community services such as day care and respite services play an important role in enabling older people to continue living in their communities and maintain their social connectio...More Button

The HSE continues to work closely with providers and community staff to identify where service is most required and has been undertaking risk assessments of local services. This is to ensure, in...More Button

Services will resume when it is safe to do so; when all infection prevention and control measures and the requirements of physical distancing can be maintained, so as to protect service users and...More Button

- Day Care Centres operated in shared public facilities where other groups are also accessing the building and the risk of infection spread.More Button

- A number of HSE Day Care Centres are attached to HSE Residential Care Units and the clients of both the Day Care Centres and the residents from the Residential Care Unit are in the same locati...More Button

- Transport of clients to the Day Care Centres where family cannot assist. More Button

- Availability of isolation areas, should a client or a member of staff become unwell.More Button

I understand the impact that the continued delay in the re-opening of day centres and the restoration of respite services is having on older people and the important role this service can play in...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 735 to 737, inclusive, together.

  As these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 738 and 739 together.

  As these are service matters, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as pos...More Button

Suicide Prevention

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Guardians Ad Litem

My Department has made enquiries with the Department of Children and Youth Affairs in relation to the first part of this question, as Guardian Ad Litems come under their remit, however, they have s...More Button

Furthermore, the Department of Justice has stated that no Minister can give the reasons behind a Judge’s decision to issue a summons and neither should they comment on such a decision. More Button

With regard to the health-related aspects of this question, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible on this ma...More Button

Home Help Service

As this is an operational matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible. More Button

Care of the Elderly

We all know that community services such as day care and respite services play an important role in enabling older people to continue living in their communities and maintain their social connectio...More Button

The HSE continues to work closely with providers and community staff to identify where service is most required and has been undertaking risk assessments of local services. This is to ensure, in...More Button

Services will resume when it is safe to do so; when all infection prevention and control measures and the requirements of physical distancing can be maintained, so as to protect service users and...More Button

- Day Care Centres operated in shared public facilities where other groups are also accessing the building and the risk of infection spread.More Button

- A number of HSE Day Care Centres are attached to HSE Residential Care Units and the clients of both the Day Care Centres and the residents from the Residential Care Unit are in the same locati...More Button

- Transport of clients to the Day Care Centres where family cannot assist. More Button

- Availability of isolation areas, should a client or a member of staff become unwell.More Button

I understand the impact that the continued delay in the re-opening of day centres and the restoration of respite services is having on older people and the important role this service can play in...More Button

We all know that community services such as day care and respite services play an important role in enabling older people to continue living in their communities and maintain their social connectio...More Button

The HSE continues to work closely with providers and community staff to identify where service is most required and has been undertaking risk assessments of local services. This is to ensure, in...More Button

Services will resume when it is safe to do so; when all infection prevention and control measures and the requirements of physical distancing can be maintained, so as to protect service users and...More Button

- Day Care Centres operated in shared public facilities where other groups are also accessing the building and the risk of infection spread.More Button

- A number of HSE Day Care Centres are attached to HSE Residential Care Units and the clients of both the Day Care Centres and the residents from the Residential Care Unit are in the same locati...More Button

- Transport of clients to the Day Care Centres where family cannot assist. More Button

- Availability of isolation areas, should a client or a member of staff become unwell.More Button

I understand the impact that the continued delay in the re-opening of day centres and the restoration of respite services is having on older people and the important role this service can play in...More Button

Nursing Home Accommodation

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible. More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible. More Button

Nursing home providers are ultimately responsible for the safe care of their residents. More Button

Under the Health Act 2007 (Care and Welfare of Residents in Designated Centres for Older People) Regulations 2013 as amended each resident must have a care plan prepared following a comprehensive...More Button

Since 2009 the Health Information and Quality Authority, HIQA, is the statutory independent regulator in place for the nursing home sector, whether a HSE managed or a private nursing home. The Au...More Button

During the response to COVID-19 nursing homes continue to be regulated by HIQA. HIQA, in discharging its duties determines, through examination of all information available to it, including site ...More Button

On 19 August 2020, both Minister Donnelly and I launched the COVID-19 Nursing Homes Expert Panel Report. This is a significant piece of work which provides a range of recommendations in line wit...More Button

Implementing the Report’s short-term recommendations will ensure the ongoing protection of nursing home residents, the preparedness of the nursing homes sector and the health system in response t...More Button

In relation to the payment aspect of the request I have asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy. More Button

Wards of Court

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button

Home Care Packages

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible. More Button

As this is an operational matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible. More Button

Respite Care Services

As this is an operational matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

As this is an operational matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly, as soon as possible.More Button

Mental Health Services

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.More Button