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Durkan, Bernard J.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Leaders' Questions (Continued)

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Order of Business

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Order of Business (Continued)

I join the Tánaiste in expressing concern at the failure of the Opposition to raise the pertinent issue of storm damage all over the country, which is in the hearts and minds of everyone.More Button

I strongly support the Tánaiste.

  With regard to promised legislation, what is the current position in regard to the employment permits Bill? I also refer to the heritage (amen...More Button

Have the heads been approved by Government yet? When will they come before the House? Can we help the Opposition to focus its attention on important issues in the future?More Button

Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill 2013: Second Stage (Resumed) (Continued)

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I am pleased to have an opportunity to speak on Second Stage of this important legislation. As can be seen, I am not a regular patron of sunbed salons. However, the danger of over-exposure to ult...More Button

We must be responsive to concerns about health. Members of the public have concerns and they need to be reassured in particular with regard to carcinogens. It may be necessary to expand this le...More Button

I believe the use from an early age of sunbeds or over-exposure to direct sunlight will have serious consequences for the children at the time but also further down the line as they grow older. ...More Button

On a related issue, irradiation of food products is commonly accepted. Food products will not last on a shelf for three weeks without some treatment and this is irradiation. This treatment has ...More Button

Many years ago I promoted the establishment of the national cancer register and I have tabled many parliamentary questions to the relevant Ministers in an effort to identify the causes, the incid...More Button

This legislation is timely although it may be too narrow in its scope in that it only deals with the use of sunbeds. The time has come to examine the menu of substances that are alleged to be ca...More Button

Deputy Bannon referred to people with fairer skin. My skin was not always the same colour as it is now. A large number of people are very sensitive to ultraviolet rays which can be very damagin...More Button

Any discussion of radiation should include electronic pulse radiation and electromagnetic radiation. We should become more conversant with the full extent to which these issues affect our daily ...More Button

We need to be forewarned. We live in a world that readily accuses institutions, governments and communities of failure to warn people in advance. It is one thing to fail to warn people when the...More Button

That is something which perhaps should be considered in the context of this legislation.More Button

We need to educate our children through the education system. It is of critical importance that children get the message about the negatives of having a nice colour if it is achieved through exp...More Button

The Bill is important and the Minister should look at extending this kind of legislation to a wider number of services and products which may have a detrimental effect on the lives of our childre...More Button

HSE National Service Plan

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the ability of the Health Service Executive to deliver the full range of health services as set out in the national service plan for 2014; if part...More Button

Hospital Consultants Recruitment

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which the number of hospital consultants available here compares to that in other jurisdictions; the degree to which it is anticipated to improve this situation; and if he will make a...More Button

Health Insurance Prices

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which he and his Department continue to monitor and address the issues which appear continually to drive private health insurance premiums upward; the extent to which such premiums ar...More Button

State Pension (Non-Contributory) Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the progress made to date in respect of an appeal for a State pension in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Rent Supplement Scheme Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason rent support has not been paid for four months resulting in severe hardship and imminent eviction in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if she will make a statemen...More Button

Disability Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the reason for disallowance of appeal in respect of disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

One-Parent Family Payments

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the current weekly amount payable in respect of one-parent family allowance and the total receipts in respect of same year for the year ending 2013 in the case of a person (details supplied) in Cou...More Button

Asylum Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will review an application for asylum in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Deportation Orders Re-examination

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will review the proposal in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12 who has a spouse and three children, the latter having received a full education here, the family having integr...More Button

Deportation Orders

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current and-or expected residency status and-or eligibility to seek naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current residency status and-or eligibility to apply for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current and-or expected residency status and-or eligibility for long-term residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 2; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Residency Permits

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current and-or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Naturalisation Applications

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the progress made to date in determination of application of naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedure to be followed to facilitate validation of an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedure to be followed to facilitate validation of an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current residency status and-or progress in respect of determination of residency or naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the current status in regard to the determination of eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Leave to Remain

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: the procedure to be followed in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare in order to update their stamp 3 status, the person having arrived in this jurisdiction accompanied by thei...More Button

Health Insurance Cover

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which private health insurance increases continue to be monitored by his Department with a view to ensuring that all insurers carry a fair and equitable share of the demographic profi...More Button

Health Services Funding

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which he expects to be in a position to meet in full the total cost of providing the health services as outlined within budget 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Orthodontic Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which orthodontic treatment remains available to meet requirements detected during school medical examinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Nursing Staff Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of fully qualified nurses currently employed on a permanent part-time or full-time basis throughout the health service; the number of assistants similarly employed at present; the extent...More Button

Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors Recruitment

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which junior hospital doctors, on graduation, are likely to become available throughout the health service in the coming year; the extent, if any, to which this will differ from previ...More Button

National Children's Hospital Status

Asked the Minister for Health: the position regarding preliminary planning and preparation in respect of the proposed new children's hospital; when it is expected the project will start; if the current project is likely to benef...More Button

Nursing Home Beds

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which adequate provision remains to maintain the maximum number of nursing home beds at Maynooth Community Hospital, Maynooth, County Kildare; if, having regard to the competence, rel...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which adequate provision remains to maintain the maximum number of nursing home beds at St. Brigid’s nursing home, Crooksling; if, having regard to the competence, reliability and sup...More Button

HSE Properties

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which title has been clarified in respect of buildings and land at St. Brigid's Hospital, Crooksling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Health Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which parents of children suffering with narcolepsy continue to receive adequate back-up support and services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

EU Directives

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which the various public hospitals throughout the country continue to be affected by the working time directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Waiting Lists

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of patients recorded as awaiting various procedures at public hospitals throughout the country; the degree to which these waiting times have fluctuated to date; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Accident and Emergency Department Waiting Times

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which overcrowding at accident and emergency departments throughout the public hospital sector has fluctuated in each of the past six years to date; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which the number of persons occupying hospital trolleys in respect of each of the public hospitals has fluctuated in the course of the past five years to date; and if he will make a s...More Button

Hospital Trusts

Asked the Minister for Health: notwithstanding his reply to previous Parliamentary Question in the matter of the next development phase of the Naas Hospital Development Plan, if he is satisfied in view of the pivotal geographic ...More Button

Medical Card Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the total number of full medical cards currently in circulation; the extent to which this figure has fluctuated in each of the past five years to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Acquired Infections

Asked the Minister for Health: the extent to which the incidence of MRSA or other similar hospital infections continues to be monitored; the extent to which improvement has taken place in each of the past five years to date; and...More Button

Medical Card Appeals

Asked the Minister for Health: if a review of refusal of medical card in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare can be undertaken, with particular reference to the medical needs of his spouse for whom a medica...More Button