Speeches

Speech by Minister Simon Harris TD on Topical Issue Debate on Orkambi

Check against delivery I wish to thank the Deputies for raising this issue and allowing me the opportunity to provide an update in the Dáil. I am pleased to inform the House, but most particularly CF patients, their families and friends, that the HSE and Vertex have today confirmed that an agreement has been reached

Speech by Minister Simon Harris TD at the Launch of “Make Work Pay” Report

I am delighted to be here today at the launch of the “Make Work Pay” Report with my colleagues Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar and Minister of State Finian McGrath. I share with my Ministerial colleagues and the other members of the Government, a very strong desire to ensure that people with disabilities are

Speech by Minister Simon Harris at EMA Stakeholder Engagement Event

*check against delivery* Colleagues, I would like to thank you for attending this event at the end of your working day and I really appreciate your interest and support for our bid to make Dublin the new home of the European Medicines Agency. As you all know, the UK’s decision to leave the EU will

Speech by Minister Corcoran Kennedy at the launch of the Healthy Workplace Consultation

*check against delivery* Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen – a very good morning to you all. I am delighted to be here to launch the public consultation on the Healthy Ireland Healthy Workplace Framework with my colleague Minister Pat Breen from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. The development of the Healthy Workplace Framework is

Opening Statement by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD at the Joint Committee on Health, 22nd February 2017

**Check Against Delivery** Chairman, Committee Members I am pleased to have this opportunity to appear before you once again. I am joined today by my Ministerial colleagues: Finian McGrath, Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities,  Catherine Byrne, Minister for Communities and the National Drugs Strategy and Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, Minister for Health Promotion.

Speech by Minister of State for Health Promotion, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy – Taxation and other economic incentives as health-promoting tools: a focus on tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy diets

*check against delivery* Introduction Good morning ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you to Professor Amandine Garde and the University of Liverpool for inviting me here today.  I am delighted to open this conference examining the important role that price policies play in tackling non communicable diseases.  I look forward to hearing the impressive range of speakers,

Speech by Minister Harris at the launch of the National Patient Safety Office

**check against delivery** Introduction Good Morning, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here at this National Patient Safety Conference. Today, in a venue that has been at the heart of Irish history for over 800 years, we are marking a significant event for our patients, the public and health service providers.  Today, I

Speech by Minister Harris at the All-Ireland CNOs’ Conference in Dublin Castle – Strengthening the sustainability of the Nursing and Midwifery Workforce — Delivering Results

**check against delivery** Introduction Minister O’Neill, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to join you here today. I want to thank our two hosts, Dr Siobhan O’Halloran and Professor Charlotte McArdle for inviting me to my first All-Ireland CNOs’ Conference. Given the theme of today’s conference, I feel I have to make reference to a

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

Speech by Minister Harris at the MacGill Summer School 2016

**check against delivery** Good evening. I want to start by thanking the organisers for the invitation to speak at this, the 36th Annual MacGill Summer School and to Dr Donal de Buitleir for moderating this session. That’s the nice bit. Here’s the not-so-nice bit. The word “dysfunctional.” Now, I’m not having that. Most of the

Joint Policy Statement by the Ministers for Health, Simon Harris TD and Michelle O’Neill, MLA, on the All-island Congenital Heart Disease Network

In March 2015 our respective Departments confirmed that they would establish an All-island Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) Clinical Network from 1 April 2015. This followed the outcome of a public consultation in the North on the International Working Group’s (IWG) recommendations published by both Departments in October 2014. The Network is comprised of an All-island

Statement by the Minister for Health Simon Harris T.D. to the Dáil on Health Estimate for 2016 16th June 2016

**Check against delivery** €40m for home care services; €20m will be allocated to ensure that the 10.4 million home help hours, 15,450 home care packages, 130 intensive home care packages and 313 transitional care beds provided in 2015 are maintained; €10m will ensure that the rate of service allocation can be maintained during the summer months; and €10m has been

Seanad Commencement Debate: National Maternity Hospital

I congratulate the Cathaoirleach and all Senators on their election and appointment to this House, and I look forward to working with the Members of Seanad Éireann. I thank Senator Humphreys for raising this important issue. The proposal to redevelop the National Maternity Hospital on the St. Vincent’s University Hospital campus has been under consideration

Speech by Minister for Health Simon Harris at the Healthcare Leaders Masterclass 2016

**Check against delivery** Ladies and Gentlemen I want to start by thanking the organisers for the invitation to speak at this event this afternoon. The purpose of this two-day learning event is to bring senior managers and leaders in the Irish health service, and wider business, together to facilitate shared learning. So, it is very

Seanad Statement by Minister for Health on access to services in our hospitals

Seanad Statement by Leo Varadkar T.D., Minister for Health **Check against delivery** A chathaoirligh I welcome the opportunity to update the House on what is being done to improve access to services in our hospitals. At the outset I want to acknowledge that too many patients across Ireland are still spending far too long in

Opening Statement by Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D. – Joint Committee on Health and Children

Check against delivery Opening Statement – Minister Kathleen Lynch T.D. Joint Committee on Health and Children Meeting to discuss Disability Issues I thank Mr. Jerry Buttimer, T.D., Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health and Children for the invitation to meet with the Committee today to discuss Disability Issues.  I appreciate the Committee’s interest in

Speech by Minister Varadkar to the IHCA Annual Conference

Check against delivery President, Secretary General, office-holders, members of the Irish Hospital Consultants Association, colleagues, distinguished guests. First of all, I want to thank you for inviting me to be here at your Annual General Meeting. I want to apologise for not having made it last year. This was due to a personal commitment. I

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National Rare Disease Office Launch

Check against Delivery Minister Speech 4th of June 2015, 9am at the Mater Hospital Introduction I’m very pleased to open the National Rare Disease Office. I know it has taken a lot of work to get us to this point and I want to acknowledge that today. This is a very significant, and a very

Opening Statement – Minister Varadkar at Joint Committee on Health and Children

Check against delviery Opening Statement – Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD Joint Committee on Health and Children Quarterly meeting, 13 May 2015 Cathaoirleach, members of the Committee, Thank you for the invitation to attend. I’m joined by (insert names) You will recall that at the start of the year, Minister Lynch and I set

Seanad Statement – Alcohol Awareness and related issues

Check against delivery Introduction I would like to thank the House for raising this issue and giving me the opportunity to discuss it. Alcohol Misuse Ireland has a serious problem – we drink too much overall and binge drink a lot.  In spite of what we might like to think, alcohol is not abused by

Speech by Minister Varadkar to the Annual Conference of the Irish Association of Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioners (IAANMP)

Check against Delivery Wednesday 22nd April 2015 – Farmleigh House Introduction: Good morning. I want to thank Chairperson Karen Brennan, and Vice-Chairperson Bernadette Carpenter, for asking me to address your annual conference. I’m delighted to meet you and learn about the sort of contributions that Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioners make across a variety of

Speech by Minister Varadkar – 3rd Alcohol Forum National Alcohol Conference

3rd Alcohol Forum National Alcohol Conference “The Best Available Evidence – Supporting the Implementation of Local Solutions to Reduce Alcohol Consumption and Alcohol Harm” Check against delivery Introduction I want to thank Pat Harvey and Kieran Doherty for inviting me to formally launch this conference.  It’s great to have this opportunity, because reducing alcohol misuse

Speech Minister Varadkar at LABCON Ireland Conference

Check against delivery Speech by Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Health I’m delighted to have this opportunity to speak at LABCON Ireland 2015 which has been organised by the Academy of Clinical Science and Laboratory Medicine in partnership with the Medical Laboratory Scientists Association.  I want to give particular thanks to Irene Regan, President of

Speech by Minister Varadkar – Protection of Life during Pregnancy (Amendment) (Fatal Foetal Abnormalities) Bill 2013

Speech by Leo Varadkar T.D., Minister for Health, Dáil Eireann Ceann Comhairle, I would like to thank Deputy Daly for the work undertaken in the preparation and publication of this Amendment to the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act, which is before the House this morning. This Bill provides for lawful termination of pregnancy following

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Minister Varadkar speech to the Select Committee on Health Estimate for 2015

Address by the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar T.D. to the Select Committee on Health Estimate for 2015 Introduction Chairman, I am pleased to have the opportunity to address the Select Committee today on the Revised Estimates for 2015 for my Department (Vote 38). I very much welcome the new emphasis on performance in these

Minister Varadkar’s Speech – Seanad – HSE National Service Plan 2015

Acting Chairman (Senator Diarmuid Wilson):  Item No. 1 is statements on the HSE National Service Plan 2015.  I welcome the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, to the House and ask him to make his contribution. Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar):  I am pleased to address Members of the Seanad on the HSE’s National Service Plan 2015. 

Address by Leo Varadkar T.D. Minister for Health at the 2nd Annual NCEC Symposium

Check against delivery   Opening Comments I’m very pleased to be here with you in Dublin Castle. You’re all extremely welcome and thank you for coming. This is an important Symposium for patients and the health services. Today I am endorsing and launching three new National Clinical Guidelines which have been delivered through the national

Speech by CMO at the Launch of National Intersectoral AMR Consultative Committee

Check against delivery Speech by Chief Medical Officer on Launch of  National Intersectoral AMR Consultative Committee at European Antibiotic Awareness Day Good morning I would like to thank the RCPI and the National Clinical Programme for HCAIs for the invitation to speak to you this morning on the occasion of European Antibiotic Awareness Day, in

Opening Statement by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar to the Joint Committee on Health and Children Quarterly Meeting, Thursday 23rd October

Chairman, members of the Committee, Thank you for the invitation to attend.  I’m joined by Minister Kathleen Lynch and officials from my Department: Jim Breslin, the Secretary General and Fergal Goodman, Assistant Secretary, Primary Care.  Here as well is Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE and his colleagues. Last week, I updated the Committee

Statement by Minister Varadkar – Update on the Threat of the Ebola Virus

Statement by Minister Varadkar to Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children Update on the Threat of the Ebola Virus Mr Chairman, Deputies, Senators, I welcome the opportunity to brief you this morning on preparedness for Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Ireland. I am joined by Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer (CMO). In this

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Speech by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on Budget 2015

Dáil Eireann Wednesday 15th October Check against delivery A Chathaoirligh First of all, I want to thank you for the opportunity to address the House on the Budget and the 2015 Health Estimates. For the last 7 years we have come into the Dáil on this day to debate the latest round of tax increases,

Announcement of the appointment of the design team for the new children’s hospital

Speech by Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar at the Announcement of the appointment of the design team for the new children’s hospital Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, representatives of the media. Ten years after the 1916 Rising, in 1926, the first official life tables were compiled in this country, and the average life expectancy was

Speech by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar at the MacGill Summer School

HOW TO RESTORE TRUST BETWEEN GOVERNORS AND GOVERNED? A Republic of Conscience Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen. Before I start, I just want to thank Joe Mulholland and his team for inviting me to be here and once again, for putting together such an interesting programme. ‘At their inauguration, public leaders must swear to uphold

Speaking Note – Minister Lynch at Launch of Seminar “iFightDepression:E –Self Management of Depression in the context of Current and Future Mental Health Programmes”, UCC.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen and at the outset I wish to thank the National Suicide Research Foundation for their kind invitation to open this important seminar to discuss mental health programmes and the potential of technology in promoting awareness of and treating depression and in particular the “iFightDepression” self-management programme.   Mental health is

Health (General Practitioners Service) Bill 2014 Committee Amendments

Introductory Statement by Alex White, Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care.  I would like to thank the Chairman for allowing me to make some introductory remarks to outline the legislative proposal for the members of the committee.  I am very pleased to discuss the details of the Bill with the committee today. The

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Opening address by Minister White at the Irish Hospice Foundation Conference

Check against delivery Irish Hospice Foundation Conference on “Living and Dying Well in the Community: the Future of Primary Palliative Care in Ireland” I am delighted to be here today to open this worthwhile and thought provoking Conference. I would like to thank Sharon Foley of the Irish Hospice Foundation for her kind invitation. It

Speech by Minister White at the Irish Pharmacy Union Annual Conference

Check against delivery   Good morning Madam President (Kathy Maher) and delegates. Thank you for inviting me here today to open your annual conference. I would like, if I may, to begin by acknowledging and paying tribute to the dedication, professionalism and commitment of community pharmacists throughout the country. You are at the front line

Minister Reilly’s Speech at the INMO conference

Text of Ministers Reilly speech at the IMNO delivered on his behalf by Dr. Ambrose McLoughlin, Secretary General of the Department of Health. Theme of Conference: Safe Staffing = Safe Care =  Safe Patients All of us here today share a common goal. We want to provide the best possible care for every member of

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Opening Statement Secretary General of the Department of Health at the Joint Committee on Health and Children

Six monthly Reports for 2013 to the Oireachtas under the European Union (Scrutiny) Act 2002 Thank you, Chairman. Thank you, Committee members. I am happy to be here to discuss the two reports submitted to the Oireachtas by the Department of Health on EU developments in 2013. I am joined by Eugene Lennon and Audrey

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Speech by Minister White at the IMO Annual Conference

1. Introduction May I begin by thanking you for your invitation to address this National GP Meeting, taking place as part of the annual conference of the Irish Medical Organisation. I have met with a quite a number of individual General Practitioners in recent months, in different parts of the country, but I value enormously

Minister Reilly Speech at RCPI 10th Anniversary of the Smoking Ban

Check against delivery Speech by Minister for Health Dr James Reilly, T.D. at the RCPI 10th Anniversary of the Smoking Ban Business Breakfast & Seminar We are all here today to mark the 10th anniversary of something many people said couldn’t be done and many others felt wouldn’t be worth doing even if it could. 

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Opening Speech by Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, T.D. on the Second Stage of the Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill 2013 on 13th February 2014.

A Ceann Comhairle I am pleased to introduce the Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill 2013 to the House. The Bill provides for the disestablishment of the Vote of the Health Service Executive and the funding of the Executive through the Vote of the Office of the Minister for Health. It also provides for a

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Speech by Alex White TD Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Primary Care National Drugs Strategy Conference Dublin Castle

Good morning Ladies and Gentleman. I am very pleased so many of you have been able to join us this morning, especially people who have travelled some distance to be here. Today’s conference is designed to offer a practical opportunity for the advancement of our common goals and objectives, and I am sure it will

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Opening Statement by the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly T.D. to the Select Committee on Health and Children on the 2013 Supplementary Health Estimates

Chairman, members of the Select Committee I wish to thank the Select Committee for giving me the opportunity to bring this Supplementary Estimate for Vote 39 before it. The total additional funding being sought for the Health Service Executive is €219 million. However, I am allocating savings of €20 million which have been identified within

Alcohol Action Ireland Conference ‘Facing the Fear’ Alcohol and Mental Health in Ireland Speech by Minister of State at the Department of Health Alex White, T.D.

Introduction Good morning ladies and gentlemen, I would like to thank Suzanne Costello for inviting me to open this conference and to take the opportunity to acknowledge Alcohol Action Ireland for the work you do in raising public awareness of the harms caused by alcohol. This year’s conference is of particular interest as it brings

Address by Minister Alex White at the “Public Health Nursing Contribution to Primary Health Care” 3rd International Public Health Nursing Conference 25th -27th August 2013, NUIG

Introduction Thank you for the invitation to address the 3rd International Public Health Nursing Conference being held here in NUIG this week. I would like to take the opportunity to welcome the delegates from Ireland and from all around the globe to the wonderful city of Galway and I hope and trust that you will

Speech by Minister of State Alex White T.D. Seanad Éireann 20 August, 2013 “That Seanad Éireann resolves that Statutory Instrument No. 325 of 2012 – European Union (Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation) Regulations 2012 be annulled”

I am pleased to have the opportunity to address Seanad Éireann today to endorse Statutory Instrument No. 325 of 2012 – European Union (Quality and Safety of Human Organs Intended for Transplantation) Regulations 2012 as a comprehensive transposition of EU Directive 2010/53, which sets out a clear legal framework for the quality and safety standards

Minister Reilly’s opening statement to Oireachtas Committee on Health & Children

Opening Statement Good morning Chairman and members of the Committee, I am pleased to be here today to open these hearings on the General Scheme of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill. I look forward to the presentations of your invited guests, and I am confident that these hearings will provide very useful input

Speaking Notes – Minister Lynch at the launch of the Three National Resources – Bereavement Quality Standards, Suicide Prevention in the Community and Suicide Awareness Training Programme for Older Persons

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and at the outset let me thank Catherine Brogan for her kind invitation to be here today to launch these three very important initiatives around suicide prevention and suicide bereavement. It is a sad fact of life that each of us at some point in our lives will lose someone

Speech material for All-Island Obesity Action Forum Minister Shortall

I would like to thank Safefood for inviting me here today and for giving me the opportunity to participate in the debate on obesity. There is no need to go into prevalence statistics on overweight and obesity and the wide range of serious health and social problems they cause as you will all be familiar

Speaking points for Minister Kathleen Lynch, TD at the First National Youth Mental Health Conference on Emerging Evidence on Youth Mental Health multi-disciplinary perspectives

I am delighted to be here this morning to speak at your First National Conference on Emerging Evidence on Youth Mental Health multi-disciplinary perspectives. Your programme for the day is indeed very impressive. In recent years, we have certainly shifted our understanding of mental health significantly. I believe there is an increased awareness and understanding

Second Stage Speech The Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Bill 2011Dáil Eireann – Ms Róisín Shortall TD, Minister for State with responsibility for Primary Care’

A Ceann Chomhairle, I move that the Public Health (Tobacco) (Amendment) Bill 2011 be now read a second time. At the outset I would like to acknowledge the welcome given to this important legislation during its passage through the Seanad earlier this week and, in particular, the all party and across the board nature of

Speech by Minister Lynch on the Nursing Home Support Scheme – Seanad Statement

In Statements made to the Seanad on the Nursing Home Support Scheme , Minister for Older People, Kathleen Lynch TD outlined that she very much regretted the anxiety caused to older people and their families as a result of the uncertainty in relation to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme. However the Minister outlined that the

Speech by Ms. Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People – Open Your Eyes – Conference on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Good morning. I am delighted to be here to open this conference to mark World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and to launch “Open Your Eyes”, the HSE Elder Abuse Services report for 2010. I would like to thank Mr Frank Murphy, HSE Integrated Services Area Manager, for his invitation to be here today. I would

Speech by Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older People At the Public Health Policy Consultation Day, 13th June 2011

I want to join Minister Reilly in welcoming you all here today for what I hope will be a lively, interesting and informative discussion on the development of a comprehensive public health policy in an Ireland which faces many challenges, both within the health sector itself and obviously on the broader economic front. Given those

Minister Frances Fitzgerald Public Health Conference – 13 June 2011

Good Morning and welcome to this Public Health Policy Framework Consultation Day. I am delighted to be here today in my capacity as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, a newly-created Government Department and, a position to which I was very honoured to be appointed by an Taoiseach. As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs

Speech by James Reilly, Minister for Health at the Irish Heart Foundation

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m delighted to be here today. Delighted, first of all, because of an odd thing I noticed last year. Now, to be perfectly honest, noticing ANYTHING is difficult when you’re preparing to fight an election that could come at anytime. But one thing slid through all the static, and that was the

Address by Ms. Kathleen Lynch T.D. Minister for Disability, Equality & Mental Health at the Launch of the 39th Irish Deaf Sports Association Interprovincial Championships

Ladies, gentlemen and distinguished guests. I am delighted to be here today as Minister for Disability, Equality & Mental Health for the launch of the 39th Irish Deaf Sports Association (IDSA) Interprovincial Championships. This is one of my first official public engagements since I was appointed Minister and I would like to thank the IDSA

Speech for Minister Moloney for Official Opening of Console House, Wexford

I am delighted to be here today to officially open Console House Wexford and I wish to thank Paul Kelly and Denis O’Connor for the warm welcome and the invitation to launch this most worthwhile service. The Office here has been operating since April and I congratulate all those involved in getting it off the

Speech for Minister Brady at the Launch of the Final Reports of the Implementation of a Model of Person-Centred Practice in Older people’s Settings

Introduction I would like to thank Dr. Siobhan O’Halloran for her kind invitation to be here today and congratulate her on her continued leadership and support in driving quality improvement initiatives such as this Programme. I would also like to acknowledge the support of the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Units (NMPDU) Facilitators, Dr.

Speech by Minister Brady for the launch of the Nursing Homes Ireland Annual Survey

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today to launch Nursing Homes Ireland Annual Survey for 2009/2010. Nursing Homes Ireland Survey Information is a valuable resource in the health services. Today’s survey highlights the key indicators, trends and issues affecting nursing homes. It reflects the concerns you have today and demonstrates

Minister Moloney speaks at the Traveller Counselling Service AGM

I would like to thank Thomas McCann for inviting me to officially open the Traveller Counselling Service AGM this morning. The provision of culturally sensitive health services is essential in order to ensure that all those who are in need of help will seek help. The HSE developed the National Intercultural Health Strategy 2007 –

Minister Moloney’s Speaking Notes at the Donore Avenue Community Action on Suicide Group’s Launch of Second Annual Suicide Prevention Week

Thank: Alicia Gayson for the invitation to launch Community Action on Suicide’s second Annual Suicide Prevention Week. The presentations and discussions today will give you an increased awareness of the issue of self injury. As Minister for Disability and Mental Health, I welcome initiatives such as this which are designed to heighten awareness and increase

Speech for Minister Brady at Age Action Ireland’s Annual General Meeting

Good afternoon. I am delighted to be here today at the 17th Annual General Meeting of Age Action Ireland. I would like to thank Robin Webster, and the Board of Directors, for the kind invitation to speak with you here today. Age Action Ireland The range of projects which Age Action has initiated over the

Address by the Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, T.D. to the Adelaide Hospital Society Conference on Financing Universal Healthcare

I welcome the debate and the scrutiny that has taken place today at this conference. Considered, honest debate based on facts and detailed analysis is always welcome, for health policy, as for other areas. In particular, the documentation produced by the academic team at Trinity College, Stephen Thomas, Padhraig Ryan and Charles Normand contains some

Speech for Minister Andrews at the Launch of Palliative Care for Children with Life Limiting Conditions – A National Policy

I am delighted and honoured to be here today to launch this much-anticipated document ‘Palliative Care for Children with Life Limiting Conditions – A National Policy’. Introduction Firstly, I would like to sincerely thank and congratulate the members of the Children’s Palliative Care Working Group for their commitment, hard work and vision in progressing and

Speech for Minister Brady for the Opening of the Caring for Carer’s Respite Weekend

Introduction: Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen. I was delighted to accept Mary McMahon’s kind invitation to open your conference. This respite weekend is an opportunity for you to relax, renew friendships and share experiences. It is a privilege for me to be associated with an event which recognises the valuable work that you do. I

Speech by Minister Moloney at the launch of the Amnesty International Report, The Missing Link: Coordinated Government action on mental health

I would like to thank Colm O’Gorman and Barry Johnston for their kind invitation to me today to launch the Report ‘The Missing Link: coordinated Government action on mental health’. As Minister for State with special responsibility for Equality, Disability and Mental Health, I am committed to the implementation of ‘A Vision for Change’. At

Speaking Points for Minister Moloney at the launch of Youth Connect

I am delighted to be here this morning to launch Youth Connect and to thank Jacinta for her kind invitation to do so. I commend Bodywhys on their foresight and initiative in developing this online support group for teenagers which I believe will provide invaluable assistance to young persons with an eating disorder. Youth Connect

Speaking Notes for Minister Moloney for Launch of the “Recovery in Ireland” DVD and Poster on behalf of the Institute for the Mental Health Recovery Education Consortium ( IMHREC )

I would like to thank Margaret Webb for her kind invitation to me today to launch the Consortium’s DVD and poster. I should also acknowledge that Margaret is a member of the Independent Monitoring Group on ‘A Vision for Change’ and I would like to thank her for her very valuable contribution to the work

Speaking Notes for Minister Moloney for Launch of the Health Research Board’s ‘Reconnecting with life: Personal Experiences of Recovering from Mental Health Problems in Ireland’

I would like to thank: Mr Enda Connolly, Chief Executive, Health Research Board for the invitation to officially launch this Report – ‘Reconnecting with life: Personal Experiences of Recovering from Mental Health Problems in Ireland’. The ethos of recovery from mental health problems lie at the very heart of our mental health policy ‘A Vision

Speaking Notes for Minister Moloney for Opening of Cluain Mhuire Mental Health Service’s ‘Centre for Living’, Rose Hill, Carysfort Ave, Blackrock, Co Dublin

I am delighted to be here today to officially open the Centre for Living in these newly renovated premises at Rose Hill. I would like to thank Brother Gregory McCrory, Director of Service, Cluain Mhuire Community Mental Health Service, for inviting me here this afternoon. Of course this is your second celebration today with the

Speech by Minister Brady at the Launch of the Older Voices Kildare Project

I would like to thank Denise Croke – Project Co-ordinator for her kind invitation to be here with you today to launch the Older Voices Kildare Project. I would also like at the outset to acknowledge the dedication of the Steering Group for this project, and Kildare VEC, the HSE and Kildare Leader Partnership for

Speech by Minister Áine Brady TD to open Bealtaine 2010 Network Day

Good morning everyone. It is a great pleasure to be here with you all in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Dublin Castle. My thanks to John Hynes and Catherine Rose, and all at Age and Opportunity, for the kind invitation to open today’s proceedings. Bealtaine Festival We all know the Bealtaine Festival is about

Speech by Minister Moloney at the Opening of Clúid Housing Association

I would like thank Marian O’Keefe for the kind invitation to me to perform the official opening of this development today. I hope that Carrigabrick Lodge will serve as a model for service developments elsewhere, and I would like to congratulate everyone associated with this very worthwhile project. The ethos that guides mental health policy

Address By Mr. Trevor Sargent T.D.Minister Of State At The At The Departments’ Of Health And Children & Agriculture, Fisheries And Food At The Food Safety Authority 10th Anniversary Conference

A chairde, Is onóir mhór dom mar Aire Stáit a bhíonn ag plé le cúrsaí bia sa dá Roinn, an dara lá den chomhdháil seo a oscailt. Tá Údarás Sábháilteacha Bia na hÉireann ar an saol le deich mbliana agus is cúis cheiliúraidh í an ócáid seo. Ladies and Gentlemen, it is a great honour

Address By Mr. Trevor Sargent T.D, Minister for Food and Horticulture at the Dept of Health and Children at the opening of the FSAI seminar on Salt Reduction: Meeting Targets and Overcoming Barriers

A Chairde, It gives me great pleasure to open this seminar on salt reduction in the food chain. I am particularly pleased to see so many representatives of the food industry in the audience today which demonstrates your commitment to the overall salt reduction programme and shows your interest in the health of your customers.

Address By Mr. Trevor Sargent T.D. Minister Of State At The Department Of Health And Children At The Launch Of Rehab Group’s Report ‘A Socially Inclusive Recovery Model Of Mental Health Rehabilitation’

A Chairde, I am delighted to be here today to officially launch this Report ‘A Socially Inclusive Recovery Model of Mental Health Rehabilitation’. I would like to thank Ena Lavelle and Mary Clare Walsh for their very interesting and informative presentations. It is clear that the ‘Reach’ and ‘Delvin’ services are of great benefit to

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