Speeches

Reflections on a Referendum – Kennedy Summer School

Speech by Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD ‘Reflections on a Referendum’ Kennedy Summer School Introduction I am very appreciative of the opportunity to be with you today to share my reflections on the referendum to repeal the 8th Amendment, especially as its result is now moving firmly into the implementation phase and will be

Dáil Statements on the Result of the Referendum – Speech for Minister Harris

Ceann Comhairle, In January, when I addressed this House on the report of Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment, I spoke of some of the dark moments in our country’s history and in particular our treatment of women. Today, I address this House in what promises to be a brighter Ireland. The people have spoken

Opening Statements to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

Statement to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health by Jim Breslin, Secretary General, Department of Health 16 May 2017 I would like to thank the Committee for the opportunity for myself and Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Health to meet with you this morning and to share some opening remarks.

Address by Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health to the Oireachtas Health Committee on issues surrounding the CervicalCheck Programme

Check against delivery Thank you Chair for the invitation here today. I would like to start my opening statement by acknowledging the important role Ms Vicky Phelan has played in highlighting a number of major weaknesses in relation to how people have experienced our national cervical screening programme, CervicalCheck. The Minister has publicly committed to

Speech by Minister for Health, Simon Harris at the IMO Conference, 7th April 2018

Speech by Minister for Health, Simon Harris IMO Conference, 7th April 2018 **Check Against Delivery** President, Vice-President, office holders, members, staff of the IMO, and guests, I want to thank you for again inviting me to attend your AGM.  I congratulate Dr Ann Hogan on the completion of her successful term as President; I also want to congratulate the incoming President, Dr Peadar Gilligan. I

Opening Statement by Minister Harris at the Joint Committee on Health

**Check Against Delivery** Introduction I am delighted to come before the Committee today. I am joined by Jim Breslin, Secretary General of the Department.I am very grateful to have the opportunity today to discuss the Sláintecare report with the Committee. I will set out the process that we are engaged in to act on the

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

**Check Against Delivery** Introduction          Chairman, Committee Members I am very pleased to have this opportunity to appear before you once again today. I will make a brief opening statement and then take questions from the Committee Members. Firstly today I want to thank all health service staff who worked yesterday during what was a

Speech by Minister Harris at the Health Management Institute Annual Conference

**check against delivery** Introduction I am delighted to be here this afternoon to address your annual conference. The theme you have chosen for your conference: “Innovative Disruption, changes that will make a difference”. could not be more apt given the challenges which all health providers are facing. Let me begin by thanking HMI for organising

Launch of Male Health Website for the Irish Men’s Sheds Association

*check against delivery* Speech by Minister Finian McGrath Thursday 20th July at 10.30 am City Hall Dublin Ladies and Gentlemen – a very good morning to you all. I am delighted to be here to launch the Male Health Website for the Irish Men’s Sheds Association. Ireland was the first country to adopt a Men’s

Speech by Simon Harris TD, Minister for Health, at the Launch of “Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery – a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland”

Good afternoon, I want to thank you, Taoiseach, for launching Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery here today.  Your presence clearly illustrates the importance that you and the Government attach to countering the issue of problem drug and alcohol use in our society and your recognition of the need for a whole-of-Government approach to tackling this problem.

Launch of the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026

*check against delivery* Simon Harris, T.D., Minister for Health Launch of the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026 Iveagh House Wednesday 5th July 2017 Good morning. I am delighted to see you all here today to mark the launch of the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026. I know that many of you have contributed to the development of

Opening Statement by Minister for Health Simon Harris TD at the Joint Committee on Health, 28th June 2017

Check Against Delivery Introduction Chairman, Committee Members, I am very 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 responsibility for Disabilities; Catherine Byrne, Minister of State with special responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy and Health Promotion; and

Minister Harris’s address at the INMO’s Annual Delegate Conference

*check against delivery* President, Vice-Presidents, office-holders, members of staff of the INMO, members, colleagues, distinguished guests. First of all, I want to thank you for inviting me to speak at your 98th Annual Delegate Conference here in the Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford.  I know that the theme of this year’s conference is “Nurses and Midwives

Address by Minister for Health Simon Harris at IMO AGM

**Check against Delivery** President, Vice-President, members of the executive, staff of the IMO, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for inviting me to address you at your AGM today. I’m delighted to be here. I hope you have had productive meetings and that you have also had time to catch up with colleagues and friends. And

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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Seanad speech by Minister Varadkar on pancreatic transplants Wednesday 8 July 2015

Check Against Delivery I want to thank Senator Burke for raising this issue . The consultant who undertook pancreas transplants at Beaumont Hospital took early retirement at the end of 2014.  Given the limited number of surgeons who specialise in transplantation, the filling of such vacancies poses a challenge. While Beaumont Hospital is making every

Minister Varadkar – Seanad Statement Obesity

Seanad Statement Obesity  Minister for Health – Leo Varadkar, T.D.                                                              Check Against Delivery Introduction A Chathaoirleach agus a Sheanadoirí Thank you for inviting me to speak to you about obesity and the measures being adopted by my Department to prevent its spread and reduce the size of this problem. Before I start I wish

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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

Topical Issues Debate – Current developments in pre-hospital services

Check against delivery Speech by Minister for Health Dr. Leo Varadkar in a Topical Issue Debate  – Current developments in pre-hospital services, both nationally and in Roscommon. I want to thank the Deputy for raising this issue today. I am pleased to  outline to the House current developments in pre-hospital services, both nationally and in

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Private Members’ Motion – Speech by Minister Varadkar on Maternity and Other Services in Portlaoise Hospital

Speech by Minister for Health Leo Varadkar on the Private Members’ Motion on Maternity and Other Services in Portlaoise Hospital, in Dail Eireann Check against delivery Introduction A Cathaoirligh, First of all, I want to thank Deputies Kelleher, Browne, Calleary, Collins, Cowen, Dooley, Fleming, Keaveney, Kirk, Kitt, Martin, Moynihan, McConalogue, McGrath, McGuinness, Ó Cuív, O’Dea,

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Topical Issues Debate – “Cuts in Funding to Ait Linn in Ballymun and Barrmore House, North Circular Road and the impact said cuts will have on people suffering with alcoholism”

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY “Cuts in Funding to Ait Linn in Ballymun and Barrmore House, North Circular Road and the impact said cuts will have on people suffering with alcoholism” Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan Thank you Deputy O’Sullivan for raising this matter. This Government is committed to tackling alcohol misuse in Ireland and the widespread harm and

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

General Practitioner Services – Topical Issues

Check against delivery Speech by Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Health.  I wish to thank Deputy Fleming for raising this issue.  It provides me with an opportunity to update the House on this matter. The HSE is committed to the provision of quality General Practitioner Services through the General Medical Service (GMS) GP Contract.  GMS

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Respite care – Topical Issues

Check against delivery Speech by Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Health. Thank you Deputies Flanagan and Creighton for raising this issue today, and for allowing me to address the House. I am taking this debate on behalf of Minister Lynch. A key objective of this Government’s health policy is to support people to live in

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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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Preparedness for Ebola Virus in Ireland – Joint Committee on Health and Children

Joint Committee on Health and Children Debate Preparedness for Ebola Virus in Ireland: Discussion Chairman: I remind members, witnesses and those in the public gallery to ensure their mobile telephones are switched off or in flight mode as they interfere with the broadcasting of this meeting and are unfair to members of staff. I welcome

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,

Hepatitis C – Topical Issues Debate

Check against delivery Speech by Minister of State Kathleen Lynch, T.D.   I would like to thank the Deputy for raising this important issue.  Hepatitis C is recognised as a significant public health problem with its associated burden on individuals, families, health services, communities and society. The development of new and innovative medicines for the treatment

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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

BreastCheck programme – Seanad Speech

Check against delivery Speech by Leo Varadkar T.D., Minister for Health, on the Adjournment of the Seanad.  I welcome the opportunity today to speak about the proposed age extension of the BreastCheck programme to include women aged from 65 to 69 years. Breast Screening BreastCheck, the National Breast Screening Programme, currently offers a free mammogram

Minister for Health statement at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children

 Check against delivery Opening Statement by the Minister for Health at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children.  Thank you Chairman, members of the Committee.    I am accompanied today by Minister White, Dr Siobhan O Halloran, Chief Nursing Officer, Matthew Collins, Eligibility Unit and Fiona Prendergast Finance Unit. Unfortunately Minister Lynch cannot be here

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Mental Health Services – Topical Issue

Check against delivery Speech by Minister James Reilly TD.    I wish to thank the Deputy for raising this important issue, and giving me the opportunity to give an update on the matter. The HSE is proceeding to modernise and reform mental health services across HSE West, including the Galway/Roscommon area. A key factor in this

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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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Emergency Department in Drogheda – Topical Issue

Check against delivery Speech by Minister James Reilly TD In common with many hospitals, the Emergency Department (ED) in Drogheda has experienced an increase year-to-date in ED attendances.  For hospitals such as Drogheda, which serve populations with  significant numbers of high acuity elderly patients presenting with complex co-morbidities, the requirement to admit patients is similarly

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Fampridine – Topical Issue

 Check against delivery Speech by Minister for Health Dr James Reilly TD I wish to thank the Deputy for raising this issue.   I understand that the manufacturer of Fampridine (Fampyra®) has indicated to the HSE that it intends to submit a revised application to include Fampridine under the community drug schemes. The HSE will consider

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Emergency Departments – Topical Issue

  Check against delivery   Speech by Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly T.D. I would like to thank Deputy Kelleher for raising this issue today. This House is very aware that I regard trolley waits and other delays in the treatment of patients in ED to be unacceptable.   The Special Delivery Unit, which I

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HIQA report on the review of governance at the ULH Group – Topical Issue

Check against delivery Speech by Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly T.D. I would like to thank the Deputies for raising this matter and for affording me the opportunity to welcome the publication of the HIQA report on the review of governance at the University of Limerick Hospitals Group.   ULH Group is the first hospital

MS treatment drug Fampyra – Topical Issue Debate

Check against delivery Speech by Minister of State Alex White TD I wish to thank the Deputy for raising this issue.   First of all I want to clarify that Fampridine (Fampyra®) was never available to Multiple Sclerosis patients under the Long Term Illness Scheme. However, I understand that the manufacturer of Fampyra supplied the drug

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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

e-cigarettes – Topical Issues Debate

Check against delivery Speech by Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly T.D. Thank you, Deputy O’Connor for raising such an important issue. As the Deputy is aware I have been very public regarding my aims and objectives regarding smoking in Ireland. With regard to e-cigarettes the current position is as follows: – if these products

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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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Medical Cards – Topical Issues Debate

Check against delivery Speech by Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Health. I wish to thank the Deputy for raising this issue.  Under the Health Act 1970, persons who are unable, without undue hardship, to arrange GP services for themselves and their family can qualify for a medical card, having regard to their overall financial

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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

The Path to Universal Healthcare: White Paper on Universal Health Insurance – Statement by Dr James Reilly, TD, Minister for Health to the Dáil

Introduction The current health system is both unaffordable and unfair – and it is therefore unsustainable. This government has embarked on an ambitious programme of health service reform – and we are already seeing positive impacts from those reforms. But deputies should be clear – there are limits to what reform of a fundamentally flawed

Suicide Prevention – Topical Issue Debate

Check against delivery Speech by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government  Mr Phil Hogan, T.D I would like to thank the Deputy for raising this issue for discussion today.  I welcome the National Action to Address Child Intentional Injury 2014 Report of the European Child Safety Alliance which was published in late March.

Cystic Fibrosis – Topical Issues Debate

Check against delivery Speech by James Reilly T.D., Minister for Health. I would like to thank Deputy Flanagan for raising this issue.   This Government is acutely aware of the challenges that people with cystic fibrosis, and their families, face in managing their condition. It is always the aim of healthcare professionals  to avoid hospital admissions

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Opening Statement by Minister Reilly at the Joint Committee on Health and Children

Check against delivery Thank you Chairman, and thank you to the members of the Committee for the invitation to meet you today.  I am accompanied by Minister White.  Minister Lynch could not attend because of a personal bereavement, which the committee is aware of.  I’m sure you’ll join with me in sending our condolences to

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 Minister Reilly – Second Stage of the Health Service Executive (Financial Matters) Bill 2013

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

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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

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