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Martin, Micheál

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions

I have asked specific questions for some time about the Minister for Health's decision last April to offer a free out-of-cycle smear test to every woman in the country who wanted one and about who ...More Button

I asked the Taoiseach whether the CervicalCheck team communicated its opposition to someone at a senior level in the Department of Health in advance of the decision. Will he answer that question?More Button

The reason the new HPV test is not deliverable is the backlog created by the Minister's decision. Is the Taoiseach comfortable with the Minister's comments in that radio interview? The Taoiseac...More Button

We need to learn from the issue. The spending of €10 million of taxpayers' money, which could be used elsewhere in the health service, on a decision that has damaged the CervicalCheck programme ...More Button

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (Continued)

The Department was part of it.More Button

The chief medical officer and the Department were involved too.More Button

Did the CervicalCheck team communicate with the officials?More Button

Death of Former Member: Expressions of Sympathy (Continued)

Ba mhaith liom, ar mo shon féin agus ar son Pháirtí Fhianna Fáil, comhbhrón a dhéanamh le clann Creed as ucht bás Donal agus ár mbuíochas a ghabháil leo as ucht an méid a rinne Donal ar son mhuinti...More Button

Donal Creed had a long, productive and distinguished life as a political representative. Without question, he made a very significant contribution to political life in Ireland, building on a str...More Button

As the Taoiseach said, he was also a pioneering member of Ireland's representation in the European Parliament at the very earliest stages from 1973 to 1977. He understood early on the centrality...More Button

Donal, of course, contested a by-election in 1965 and a general election soon followed that. On a lighter note, I understand that his first parliamentary question was to ask the Minister for Pos...More Button

I know that Donal took to it with great enthusiasm. I know from my own family background that he enjoyed having many engagements with sports people and was very generous in his time with former sp...More Button

It is interesting, looking at the issues he raised early on in his political career, that some of them are as pertinent today as they were then. One of his final contributions in this House was ...More Button

He said, "We pay tribute to them but it is important that the issue of pay and conditions is resolved." More Button

Donal was an outstanding family man. He had more than two dozen grandchildren, and was clearly never happier than when playing and joining in games and exploits with them. I believe he was repr...More Button

On behalf of our party, I wish to extend our sympathies to his wife, Madeleine, his daughters, Marcella, Michelle, Madeleine, Suzanne and Louise and, of course, to our colleague, Michael. We als...More Button

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation

The programme for Government reads: "We support the expansion of Local Drug Taskforce projects". Funding was cut in the years up to 2014 and has remained at the same level since. As the Taoiseach...More Button

Departmental Operations (Continued)

Access to public services is still a major issue for many people across the country. Over half a million people are waiting for hospital appointments and there are 10,000 homeless people, but the ...More Button

Many commitments have been made with regard to the safe access Bill. This Bill would prevent any planned protests or interference with women who are trying to access termination services. Any r...More Button

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

Asked the Taoiseach: if he has met church leaders recently.More Button

During the years of progress in securing the end of the illegitimate campaign of violence in the North and the building of a new peaceful model of co-operation on this island, the churches played a...More Button

It is in this context that we must take very seriously their warning about the damage being caused by Brexit and the further damage it threatens. The political paralysis in the North is a huge c...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings

Yesterday, the Taoiseach said that Deputies should go and look at the updates on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's website if we want to know what is happening with national develop...More Button

The more serious point is that, as suspected, nothing has been done to address the significant overspend on the national children's hospital. The spreadsheet projects the overall cost of the pro...More Button

Cabinet Committee Meetings (Continued)

Yesterday the Taoiseach was adamant and certain that they were up to date.More Button

NAMA Staff Remuneration

Asked the Minister for Finance: if his attention has been drawn to the increased number of staff in NAMA that earn more than €100,000 per annum; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Brexit Issues

Asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation: if she or her officials have discussed or outlined the number of companies that have located here from the UK since Brexit was announced.More Button

Road Projects Expenditure

Asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport: if he has discussed removal of the A5 funding with his British counterpart.More Button