O'Reilly, Louise

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
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Leaders' Questions (Continued)

At the end of September the European Medicines Agency in London held a public hearing on the epilepsy drug sodium valproate, better known in Ireland as Epilim. The purpose of the hearing was to co...More Button

Last week I met Karen, Wendy and Susan, all of whom had been prescribed sodium valproate while pregnant and all of whom have children with foetal valproate syndrome. They are not looking for muc...More Button

I thank the Tánaiste for her response. The families affected believe they have been ignored, sidelined and let down by the State. I am giving the Tánaiste an opportunity to make a statement on be...More Button

Questions on Promised Legislation

Section 5 of A Programme for a Partnership Government reads: "Resources will be set aside each year to reduce waiting lists with the funding targeted, in particular, at those most urgent cases and ...More Button

Sinn Féin has a plan for a single integrated waiting list management system called "Comhliosta". I have offered the Minister the name. In any event, will consideration be given to replicating n...More Button

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Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 Report: Motion [Private Members]

Níl cead ag an Teachta. Suí síos.More Button

Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016 Report: Motion [Private Members] (Continued)

I welcome our visitors in the Gallery. This is a very serious and emotive issue, on which there is a wide range of views and opinions that the House should acknowledge. Previous speakers referred...More Button

At all times I approach my work with the committee in the same way I approach my work in here, which is with an open mind. However, I also come in here as a Sinn Féin Deputy and I represent my par...More Button

It is our policy that we look at the issue of medicinal cannabis from a medical and a health perspective, and that we should in all instances defer to the medical experts and the patient advocacy...More Button

On Second Stage, I outlined the many concerns that I and my party have about the Bill and the possible unintended consequences. At that point, I stated that we would reserve the right to scrutin...More Button

I still hold some of those concerns, but I believe that the process of legislating and scrutinising should continue so long as there is an acceptance that the Bill is flawed in many ways but that...More Button

I have spoken with the drafters. They have accepted the concerns that we had raised around the complexities and the unintended consequences. They have liaised with myself and some of my colleag...More Button

Sinn Féin supports the legalisation of medicinal cannabis where it has been deemed medically necessary for a patient by his or her clinician, in consultation with the patient and-or parents or gu...More Button

Today cannot pass without me saying that there are parts of the legislation which we believe to be flawed and to hold it up as the final and complete answer to patients is unfair. There was a gr...More Button

In the meantime, we await the launch of the medicinal cannabis compassionate access programme. I ask that the Minister consider placing the statutory instruments before the Joint Committee on He...More Button

Having met the drafters and having been assured that they understand that there are elements which are problematic for my party, they are willing to work with others who support these objectives....More Button

We will oppose the motion as outlined by the Joint Committee on Health. We will give conditional support to the medicinal cannabis Bill provided it is sufficiently amended, in line with our part...More Button

That is not true.More Button

Deputy Barry should speak to his colleague.More Button

Medicinal Products Data

Asked the Minister for Health: if a registry of the children affected by foetal anticonvulsant syndrome, also known as foetal valproate syndrome, during pregnancy will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if a registry of the women affected by taking sodium valproate during pregnancy will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if additional services for children affected by foetal anticonvulsant syndrome during pregnancy will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the Minister for Health: if a six-monthly screening process for a person exposed to sodium valproate during pregnancy will be provided in order that problems are recognised immediately and supports put in place; and if he ...More Button

Medicinal Products Regulation

Asked the Minister for Health: the views of the HSE and his Department when their attention was drawn to the fact that pregnant women were being prescribed sodium valproate without proper provision of information on the side eff...More Button