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Kelleher, Billy

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Order of Business (Continued)

That is why the Minister for Justice and Equality vilified them. Their characters were assassinated.More Button

That is the problem.More Button

Ambulance Service Provision (Continued)

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this issue.More Button

When one looks at the leaked report that broke over the weekend before St. Patrick's Day regarding the HSE's plans to take control of Dublin's ambulance service from the fire brigade, it prompts ...More Button

According to the report, the HSE is seeking to remove the emergency ambulance provision from the Dublin Fire Brigade because of two key points - a lack of HIQA oversight, and cost. The difficult...More Button

As Deputy Lyons pointed out, nobody complains to us - and I am quite sure nobody complains to the Minister - about the ambulance service being provided through the Dublin Fire Brigade. It is one...More Button

I am concerned that a service that is working reasonably well is being taken over by an organisation whose ambulance service nationally is not working well. There have been the most catastrophic...More Button

There are inherent difficulties. I note the Minister has acknowledged that and requested that HIQA carry out a full audit, but in the meantime the least the Dublin Fire Brigade deserves is an in...More Button

Regarding oversight, I am quite definite that this could be addressed with regard to HIQA through legislation or even a statutory instrument.More Button

I did.More Button

I note that.More Button

I concur with Deputy Lyons.More Button

I accept the veracity of the Minister's statement that the review is not a criticism of the service provided by Dublin Fire Brigade. I also note that it is the Dublin city manager, in conjunctio...More Button

The cost breakdown suggests that the Dublin Fire Brigade provides an exceptionally efficient service. When one looks at the difficulties and the complaints nationally, one can see that most of t...More Button

The issue of HIQA oversight is a red herring. The Dublin Fire Brigade already subscribes to that in its commitment to providing a service.More Button

With a tweaking of legislative proposals or statutory instruments, Dublin Fire Brigade could be brought within HIQA oversight in meeting HIQA guidelines.More Button

Restorative Justice (Reparation of Victims) Bill 2013: Second Stage [Private Members] (Continued)

Deputy Niall Collins sends his apologies for not being able to be here. He would have welcomed the opportunity to speak on this issue.More Button

Debates on crime may not always be based on rational thinking; sometimes they are emotive and try to stoke up fear. I welcome this debate for a number of reasons. For many years we have sometime...More Button

When we speak about justice, very often we examine the issue in very simplistic terms of An Garda Síochána, the courts, jails, criminals and victims. There is a broader issue at stake which we n...More Button

Groups of youths gather and, by and large, most of them behave themselves, but there is an intimidatory aspect to some of the congregations in certain areas. One knows there is always peer press...More Button

We need an assistant Commissioner with responsibility for community policing. Involvement in community policing should not be seen as a dead end, somewhere to park a member of An Garda Síochána,...More Button

I believe that at times, we do not value appropriately the work of those members of An Garda Síochána who call to a house to discuss a problem with a young person. Such gardaí know their community...More Button

On restorative justice, I compliment Deputy Halligan on raising this issue and publishing the Restorative Justice (Reparation of Victims) Bill 2013. I believe it is on foot of substantial work t...More Button

Equally, however, one must be conscious that in the case of a person who commits a serious offence, there at least must be a genuine perception, in the context of both the criminal and the commun...More Button

In the few minutes remaining to me, I wish to discuss restorative justice itself with particular emphasis on low-level crime. Deputy Stanton has referred to the projects under way in Nenagh and ...More Button

Critically, central to all this is the issue of the victim. Some victims may not seek restorative justice. They may want a person to serve the sentence they consider to be appropriate and may n...More Button

On the other end of the scale, victims of crime sometimes feel very isolated and vulnerable because they do not believe the system looks after their interests. They do not believe the system loo...More Button

Departmental Reports

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will provide in tabular form the reports-reviews-studies commissioned by him or his Department or agencies under the aegis of his Department since 9 March 2011; the date on which they were co...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: further to Parliamentary Question No.139 of 12 March 2014, the reason he has not referred the question asked to the agencies under the aegis of his Department as is done by other Ministers in recei...More Button

Programme for Government Implementation

Asked the Taoiseach: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the Programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: if she will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to her Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each com...More Button

Asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Justice and Equality: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Defence: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: if she will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to her Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each com...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each comm...More Button

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he will provide an update in tabular form of the commitments in the programme for Government that relate to his Department; and the progress that has been made in the implementation of each.More Button

State Banking Sector

Asked the Minister for Finance: the reasons for the appointment of KPMG to liquidate Anglo Irish Bank in view of its prior role with Irish Nationwide Building Society; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Quinn Insurance Limited

Asked the Minister for Finance: if he will publish the fees and costs of the administrators of Quinn Insurance following a recent media report stating that four partners of a company (details supplied) involved in the work attend...More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: the supports that are being put in place to assist children who due to the changes in the July provision will not be able to secure a teacher this year due to the shortage of qualified teachers in ...More Button

Departmental Contracts Data

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: further to Parliamentary Question No. 304 of 11 February 2014, in relation to amounts and other details to do with external contracts and procurement and further to the answer she provided to Parli...More Button

Drugs Payment Scheme Coverage

Asked the Minister for Health: if Fampyra will be included on the drug payment scheme or other schemes such as GMS, DPS or LTI; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Health Insurance Claims

Asked the Minister for Health: if the Health Service Executive is implementing the recommendation in the recent report by a person (details supplied) that patients sign claim forms on discharge from hospital; and if he will make...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if the Health Service Executive refused to implement a common waiver form agreed by all health insurers for patients in public hospitals; if so the reason for the HSE’s objections; and if he will m...More Button

Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: his response to the new survey by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland which indicates major reductions in access to vital community services and benefits for persons with neurological conditions; ...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on the findings of survey by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland that found that of those surveyed in 2011, 9% could not access physiotherapy services; in 2014, 14% could not; that in 20...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the progress that has been made in implementing the 2011 neuro-rehabilitation strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Medical Card Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Health: his response to the new survey by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland which indicates that 42% of respondents with neurological problems have had their medical card withdrawn; and if he will make ...More Button

Health Insurance Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the total volume of premium income in the private health insurance market in 2011, 2012 and 2013; the way that premium income was split between each insurer in each of the years; and if he will mak...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if the market figures published last month by the Health Insurance Authority for the number of persons with inpatient health insurance plans at the end of December 2013 were accurate or if there wa...More Button

Hospital Services

Asked the Minister for Health: if any wards or beds at Waterford Regional Hospital are currently only available for use by private patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Services for People with Disabilities

Asked the Minister for Health: when an assessment will be carried out on a person (details supplied) in County Meath who is displaying many of the signs of Asperger's syndrome and is currently at high risk due to their behaviour...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: when an assessment will be carried out on a client on a person (details supplied) in County Meath who is displaying the majority of the signs for ADHD; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if legislation allows for those over five years of age to be eligible for three month waiting time for assessment for disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if he will provide, in tabular form, the length of waiting times for assessment for children by disability services by county and by the different age profiles, that is those under and over five ye...More Button

Health Services Staff Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the number of staff in the disability services who directly carry out assessments on children currently out on sick leave; if he will provide in tabular form a breakdown on a county basis; the meas...More Button

Vaccination Programme

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason for the lengthy delay in NIAC coming to a decision on whether to recommend the vaccine for Meningitis B for a national programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the acceptable length of time for the NIAC to make a decision; the circumstances would he consider bypassing the NIAC process; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason, in view of recent cases of Meningitis B in counties Cavan and Westmeath he will consider making a direct decision regarding the introduction of the Meningitis B vaccine as he did with t...More Button

Medical Card Data

Asked the Minister for Health: the total number of medical cards as of 1 March 2014; the total number of GP cards on the same date; and the total number for each type of card issued on a discretionary basis on that date. More Button

European Council Meetings

Asked the Minister for Health: when the next meeting of EU Health Ministers will take place; his agenda and priorities for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

General Medical Services Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Health: if it is a contractual obligation for a GMS GP contract holder to be a registered medical practitioner; if the employment of a locum by a registered medical practitioner would obviate such an oblig...More Button

Ambulance Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Health: the ambulance coverage that is currently being provided for Millstreet, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the distribution of the number of ambulance services between Cork University Hospital and the Mercy University Hospital, Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Hospital Trusts

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on a report (details supplied) regarding the establishment of hospital groups as a transition to independent hospitals trusts, presented to him in February 2013; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Treatment Abroad Scheme

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry who suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is not allowed to qualify for the treatment abroad scheme even though there is no specialist here to p...More Button

Accident and Emergency Department Closures

Asked the Minister for Health: if the accident and emergency department at the Mercy University Hospital, Cork has been closed at any stage in the past 12 weeks; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: the criteria that resulted in the accident and emergency department at the Mercy University Hospital, Cork, being closed; the person charged with making this decision; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: in the event of the Mercy University Hospital accident and emergency department being closed, if he will confirm if members of the public are directed to the accident and emergency at Cork Universi...More Button

Health Services Staff Recruitment

Asked the Minister for Health: his views on the combination of interview panels for jobs pertaining to the Health Service Executive, in particular hospital consultant posts, and the equity of stakeholders and in particular the o...More Button