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Kenny, Enda

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Introduction of New Member (Continued)

In the spirit of comhghairdeas, I was going to say that in this business, you win some and you lose some but------More Button

Congratulations to Bobby Aylward and the Fianna Fáil Party on winning the by-election in Carlow-Kilkenny. The Aylwards have been long-standing and outstanding representatives of the people of Carl...More Button

Comhghairdeas to Deputy Aylward and I wish him good fortune for the time that he is here. He should not put his posters up too high in the hay shed because he might have to get them out again befo...More Button

-----spring 2016. Congratulations again and good luck to the Deputy.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

I thank the Deputy for his questions. I expect the Government to make a decision this evening that will be in the best interests of the country.More Button

I expect the Government to make a decision this evening that will be in the best interests of the country. The Deputy will recall that some time ago, when an approach was made in respect of the po...More Button

I believe in making decisions in the best interests of the people and the country. As Deputy Micheál Martin is well aware from his own experience, it would be very wrong to comment here on a parti...More Button

As I pointed out, when this matter came to prominence some months ago, the Government was not in a position to state it would be supportive, nor was the Minister. The issues outlined, in my view, ...More Button

My view is that the decision we make must be in the best interests of the people and the country.More Button

I thank Deputy Barry Cowen. That is why I do not go around making comments when the Government has not signed off formally and properly on decisions.More Button

I expect the Government to conclude its deliberations on this matter this evening. As I said, any decision made will be in the best interests of the people and the country.More Button

As I said, the Government will continue to make decisions in the best interests of the country. This matter was discussed in the House on many occasions in the past few months. The issues raised ...More Button

I expect that will happen this evening. If that is so, I assume a statement will follow and that the matter will be discussed in the Dáil tomorrow, that is if the Government decides to conclude it...More Button

Aer Lingus has always made it clear that it uses direct labour where that is possible and as far as I can recall, there have been no compulsory redundancies in Aer Lingus. I pointed out that when ...More Button

I have told Deputy Adams already that if the Government signs off on this evening on this decision, whatever decision it makes, all the details will be made public and we will have a normal full-...More Button

When this process began, I made it perfectly clear on behalf of the Government that we could only consider it in the context of guarantees being given in respect of fundamentally important matters.More Button

I thank Deputy Murphy for his comments. I was very happy to see the extent of the result of the referendum on Friday in respect of the equality of marriage. This was an extraordinary result, driv...More Button

There are changes being examined and considered in respect of the equality legislation in regard to the issues mentioned. With regard to the repeal of the eighth amendment of the Constitution, I...More Button

For that reason, the excitement of change created by the vote of the people, and it was the Government that decided to put the referendum to the people by popular vote, is an entirely different mat...More Button

What Deputy Murphy forgets is that the people voted in a referendum and determined the wording in the Constitution. That wording was interpreted by the Supreme Court many years ago, and no Governm...More Button

-----fatal foetal abnormalities and other issues. However, it is not a case of simply repealing the eighth amendment and that everybody will be happy afterwards. If we were to be rational about w...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Was asked: when the Cabinet sub-committee on health last met. More Button

Was asked: when the Cabinet sub-committee on health last met. More Button

Was asked: when the Cabinet sub-committee on health last met. More Button

Was asked: when the Cabinet sub-committee on health last met. More Button

Was asked: when the Cabinet sub-committee on health last met. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1 to 5, inclusive, together.

  The Cabinet committee on health met last on 25 May. More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

The Cabinet sub-committee on health is not the Government. The opportunity presents itself during the course of Cabinet sub-committee meetings to receive updates and progress reports from the Mini...More Button

The Deputy has asked a number of relevant questions. In dealing with beds, a new modular ward is to come on stream this summer in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital which will have 20 beds. GP care s...More Button

The private sector is being employed, where possible, to reduce the very long waiting lists. I can give some details of the emergency department action plan which was published in April. It det...More Button

Some €13 million was provided to cover the cost of additional transitional care beds and home supports, both of which can provide people with viable alternatives to acute hospital care. The temp...More Button

The additional funding comes on top of measures already taken in last year's budget, when the Government provided €25 million to support services that provided alternatives to and relieved pressu...More Button

The HSE commenced work immediately on these objectives. On the direction of the Minister, it has the capacity to recruit, where necessary to deliver front-line services. Arrangements are in pla...More Button

For the Deputy's information, I will outline a number of additional measures. All hospitals open overflow areas on an ongoing basis, with up to 300 additional beds open, and such areas include d...More Button

The Minister has given the HSE a very clear understanding of the necessity to control costs and have management exert its responsibility in managing these costs in hospitals. It is not always po...More Button

The health committee met at least every month. It met on 19 January, 23 February, 30 March, 27 April and 25 May. While they were Cabinet sub-committee meetings, we seem to speak about every matte...More Button

Responsibility for the Department of Health and the HSE is divided between the Minister for Health and the Ministers of State at the Department of Health. We examined issues pertaining to the bu...More Button

The HSE has carried out a staff morale survey for the first time and it is developing a people and manpower strategy on foot of that survey.More Button

The outcome has not yet been analysed but it is an important issue. Recruitment has resumed, as the Deputy is aware, and agency costs have been reduced. The general situation is that a great deal...More Button

The Dutch model was one of the models we examined in the beginning in terms of universal health insurance.More Button

The model of universal health insurance to be introduced here will be appropriate to Ireland's needs. This is not the Netherlands.More Button

Is he listening?More Button

If the Deputy relaxed -----More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy, if he is prepared to listen, that universal health insurance will be introduced according to a model that is appropriate for Irish needs. I hope he understands that.More Button

I went over there myself to investigate the Dutch model. Certain elements of it will not be introduced here.   The system introduced here -----More Button

----- will be appropriate for Ireland's needs.More Button

Deputy Martin tends not to listen these days. Perhaps he should.More Button

The Deputy referred to the areas in which change is necessary and asked what is happening in the Department of Health and in health reform generally. I referred to the legislation providing free G...More Button

In addition to specific projects to upgrade existing facilities, substantial work is progressing on a number of key infrastructure projects. That includes work on the planning application for the ...More Button

Construction on the relocated national maternity hospital from Holles Street is expected to commence in early 2016. These are all major pieces of health infrastructure which will stand all our p...More Button

The Deputy is aware that seven hospital groups have been established as the first step towards independent hospital trusts. Each committee will develop a strategic plan by early 2016 setting out...More Button

The work of the Cabinet sub-committee on health will continue to monitor and assess progress on key reforms to be delivered as part of the future care programme and, where necessary, will revert ...More Button

I was talking to somebody yesterday whose elderly parent was given a home care package just the other day, which came from the extra allocation made. They were so happy with the extent of the se...More Button

The work of Ministers in directing where the health system wants to be in the time ahead is making substantial progress. What I have referred to is all part of the pathway to having a single-tie...More Button

The Deputy's comment in respect of an abandonment of the universal health insurance concept is simply not correct. The Minister and the Government have pointed out that the original target for the...More Button

It is important for Deputy Boyd Barrett to understand that health insurance must be affordable before it can become universal. The Government has put in place quite a number of the steps that lead...More Button

The steps in respect of those under six and over 70 are two important elements of the process leading to free access to GP services as part of the universal health insurance concept. The Deputy ...More Button

The Deputy mentioned Portlaoise and the tragic cases that occurred there. The Minister for Health went there and met the families and parents who lost their babies for many hours, empathising an...More Button

With regard to a broader patient safety response, high-quality health care means care that is evidence-based, appropriate, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient-centred. All of the...More Button

It needs to be acknowledged, however, that the delivery of health care can always carry inherent risks, as we are all aware, and the scale and complexity is without parallel in other sectors of b...More Button

These are all part of what the Minister and the HSE are now driving to bring about structural changes that will allow for the very best level of care and attention to be given, with a patient-cen...More Button

There is a shortage of nursing homes in Deputy Adams's locality in the north east. That is partly due to the collapse of the construction industry a number of years ago because of the economic sit...More Button

Deputy Adams mentioned trolleys. Yesterday, Monday, 25 May at 8 a.m., there were 292 patients waiting on trolleys. At 8 p.m. that was down to 175. Today at 8 a.m., there were 259 patients wait...More Button

I am sure the number has gone down at this stage. As of 19 May, there were 668 delayed discharges nationally of whom 381 were in the Dublin academic teaching hospitals. That compares to a high of...More Button

Deputy Martin referred to moneys for Portlaoise. The budget there is approximately €50 million for this year which is similar to other hospitals which were formerly called model 3 hospitals.More Button

The Health Service Executive signs off as the Minister does on the budget for a given year. I make the point again that this is not just about funding or a lack thereof: it is also about managemen...More Button

I went through the beds being identified as open in other places and gave Deputy Adams the trolley count. I do not have the details of the reconfiguration to which Deputy Boyd Barrett referred b...More Button

Irish Language

Was asked: when the Cabinet sub-committee on Irish and the Gaeltacht last met.More Button

Was asked: when the Cabinet sub-committee on Irish and the Gaeltacht last met.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 6 and 7 together.

  The Cabinet sub-committee on Irish and the Gaeltacht last met on 30 March 2015.More Button

Irish Language (Continued)

Tá an ceart ag an Teachta go bhfuil an Ghaeilge mar theanga labhartha faoi níos mó bhrú ná mar a bhí le fada. Is fíor a rá nach bhfuil ach 1,000 dalta ag caint Gaeilge mar ghnáth-theanga sna Gaelt...More Button

Aontaím leis an Teachta agus leis an tuarascáil a d'fhoilsigh an coimisinéir nach bhfuil cuid de na heagrais, comhairlí contae agus Ranna Stáit ag déanamh a ndíchill chun an Ghaeilge a choiméad a...More Button

Tá a fhios ag an Teachta go bhfuil airgead á chaitheamh an t-am ar fad, go bhfuil togha oibre á déanamh i gcuid de na háiteanna agus go bhfuil an-obair déanta le blianta anuas ach níl sé chomh lá...More Button

Le linn na tuarascála a d'fhoilsigh an coimisinéir, is fíor agus is léir nach bhfuil an jab á dhéanamh mar ba chóir agus go gcaithfimid déileáil leis sin as seo amach. B'fhéidir, más mian leis a...More Button

Beimid in ann é a leathnú amach.More Button

Written Answers follow Adjournment. More Button

Order of Business

It is proposed to take No. 37, Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2014, Seanad - Order for Report, Report and Final Stages; and No. 38, statements on the Fifth Report o...More Button

The Minister for Justice and Equality has confirmed on behalf of Government that the intention is that the marriage equality Bill will be enacted before the summer recess, so it will move through t...More Button

The Minister has quite some work to do in respect of the cost.More Button

Order of Business (Continued)

Let me confirm for the Deputy again, in case he cannot hear me, that the Government is not reneging on the commitment to introduce universal health insurance. It will be the universal health insur...More Button

We have the Minister working on that issue.More Button

I expect the marriage equality Bill to be enacted in the House by 16 July. I think that is the date which is perhaps the week before the House is due to rise.More Button

I am going to meet the British Prime Minister before the next European Council meeting. I mentioned this issue to him when I rang him to congratulate him on being re-elected as Prime Minister. ...More Button

The Deputy mentioned a point about Acht na Gaeilge, a Bill of Rights and so on. Obviously, the focus of the Government in Great Britain was on the election. Now that the Prime Minister leads a ...More Button

I hope discussions will take place today on the welfare issue which is of great importance. The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Deputy Charles Flanagan, has been in constant contact with...More Button

I would be delighted to do so.More Button

It was a Private Members' Bill. Clearly, the Minister is considering some changes to the regulations governing wind turbines. We have a duty as a country to meet climate change targets. They inv...More Button

I am informed by the Minister of State at the Department of Health, Deputy Kathleen Lynch, that it is to go before the committee on 17 June.More Button

I cannot give the Deputy an accurate date, but it is due for introduction here later in the year.More Button

The Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2015 is due to be taken on Report Stage tomorrow. My understanding is that about 100 general practitioners per day are signing up.More Button

 I hope the general practitioners will sign up also.More Button

It is a very good scheme for providing free access to services for under-sixes and over-70s.More Button

The energy (miscellaneous provisions) Bill is listed for later in the year. I cannot give the Deputy a date for the Red Cross (amendment) Bill, but I will revert to him on the work that is under w...More Button

Census of Population Data

Was asked: when the next collection of data for the census 2016 will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the reason the census does not ask if a person has deaf-blindness as a disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Unemployment Data

Was asked: the Central Statistics Office's estimate of the number of unemployed persons who are not on the live register.More Button

Was asked: with regard to the latest Central Statistics Office quarterly national household survey for the first quarter of 2015, the number of those counted as unemployed under Central Statistics Office figu...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Was asked: if he will report on his meeting with Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, and other Chinese officials on 17 May 2015.More Button

I held official talks with Chinese Premier, Mr Li Keqiang, during his visit to Ireland on 17 and 18 May.

  We had positive and constructive discussions on a range of topics, incl...More Button

Ministerial Travel

Was asked: if he will provide details of all official foreign trips he and Ministers of State in his Department plan to take between now and the end of 2015; if he will provide details of whom he and the Mini...More Button

The following are the details of my official travel and those of the Ministers of State in my Department, confirmed to date between now and the end of 2015.

  My EU engagements f...More Button

  Question No. 162 answered with Question No. 159.More Button

Dublin-Monaghan Bombings

Was asked: his plans to request the British Government to release the files on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I intend to raise the release of files on the Dublin Monaghan bombings by the British Government with Prime Minister Cameron when I meet with him over the coming weeks. The Minister for Foreign Af...More Button

I met with Margaret Urwin of the Justice for the Forgotten Group last Thursday 21 May where we discussed the issue. My officials remain in ongoing contact with the Justice for the Forgotten Group.More Button

Departmental Staff Recruitment

Was asked: the number of public and civil servants who were recruited under the aegis of his Department in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The following table gives details of the number of Civil Servants recruited under the aegis of my Department in 2014.

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Departmental Staff Redeployment

Was asked: the number of public and civil servants under the aegis of his Department that were seconded abroad or to another Department in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Five Civil Servants under the aegis of my Department were seconded to another Department in 2014. No Civil Servants under the aegis of my Department were seconded abroad in 2014.More Button

Departmental Staff Retirements

Was asked: the number of public servants under the aegis of his Department that retired in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Three Civil Servants retired from under the aegis of my Department in 2014.More Button

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