Opening Statement by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD to the Joint Committee on Health

**check against delivery** Introduction Chairman, Committee Members I am pleased to have this opportunity to appear before you. I am joined today by my Ministerial colleagues; Finian McGrath Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Helen McEntee Minister for Mental Health and Older People and Catherine Byrne, Minster for Communities and the National Drugs

Speech by Minister for Health Simon Harris, TD

**CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY** Introduction Ceann Comhairle, I move: That Dáil Éireann declines to give the Bill a second reading in order that the Citizens’ Assembly, established by Resolutions of Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann, can conclude its deliberations on the 8th amendment which is the subject matter of this Bill, and report to the Oireachtas

Opening Statement by Minister Simon Harris TD – Joint Committee on Health

**check against delivery** Introduction Chairman, I am pleased to have this opportunity to address the Joint Committee on a number of important initiatives undertaken by my Department and the Health Service Executive in 2016 and, more generally, to provide an update on the mid-year review of my Department’s Estimate for 2016 (Vote 38), and a

Speech by Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health on Private Members’ Business

**check against delivery** A Cheann Comhairle, I wish to address the motion. I thank the Deputies for raising this very serious issue and I wish to set out the position in relation to it. This issue before us highlights the challenges that the HSE and all public bodies face in the procurement of services from

Speech by Minister Harris to the BioPharma Ambition conference, Dublin Castle

**check against delivery** Introduction & IPHA Agreement Good afternoon. I want to begin by thanking the joint organisers – the Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association (IPHA), BioPharmaChem Ireland, and the National Institute for BioProcessing Research and Training (NIBRT)  –  for inviting me to speak at this event. It’s a source of real pride to myself and

Speech by Minister Harris at the launch of the Obesity Policy and Action Plan

**Check against delivery** I am delighted that so many of you could come along today to share in the launch of “A Healthy Weight for Ireland 2016 – 2025” our new national Obesity Policy and Action Plan.  I know many of you will have given generously of your time, experience and wisdom in the wide

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