Healy Eames, Fidelma

Friday, 2 July 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 14


Order of Business

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The joke is that while the recession might be technically over people are still hurting financially and personally. There are two examples that should be addressed. First is the high cost of food...More Button

The second issue is the scandalous and scathing report of the Ombudsman, Ms Emily O’Reilly, on the HSE. The rotten culture of secrecy still continues, as does the need for private payments t...More Button

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Adoption Bill 2009 [Seanad Bill Amended by the Dáil]: Report and Final Stages

I welcome the Minister of State. Can the Minister of State tell us where are the files on the 20 couples in abeyance for more than one year? Those dossiers were in Vietnam before 1 May 2009 when ...More Button

I received a letter from Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency, stating it is completely vindicated after being silenced for ages. What will be the status of Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Age...More Button

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What timeline does the Minister of State envisage in respect of the aforementioned 20 couples?More Button

Does the Minister of State perceive this to be dependent on——More Button

I will take the opportunity to raise with the Minister of State the issue of the files that continue to be held up with regard to Russian adoptions. I ask him to address the failure of the HSE to ...More Button

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What can be done to force individual couples who may be holding up the process to comply?More Button

Can we not appeal to them on moral grounds?More Button

They are preventing other Irish couples from adopting.More Button

Are such couples written to?More Button

The legislative process has continued for a year and three or four months. We have soldiered into the Chamber at various Stages of the Bill. I am delighted this country will be formally compliant...More Button

I urge the Minister of State to use the highest levels of diplomacy to ensure that Irish families can continue to adopt from Russia. It might be necessary to force couples here to become compliant...More Button

My main disappointment is that there is no grandfather clause in the Bill, regardless of the recommendations of the Law Reform Commission. Without that clause children will be denied the opportuni...More Button

Given the Minister of State’s overall brief of child protection, he could have spent all of his time on the Adoption Bill which was so chaotic especially given the situation in Vietnam and Ru...More Button

Health (Amendment) Bill 2010: Committee and Remaining Stages

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Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Committee Stage

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Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Report and Final Stages

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