Callely, Ivor

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 12


Order of Business

First, along the lines referred to by Senator O’Toole, I equally warmly welcome the application for the railway order for the DART twin tunnel underground from East Wall to Inchicore. This a...More Button

If possible, I also ask the Leader to arrange for a progress report from the Minister for Finance on the NAMA process. I understand that NAMA’s aims are twofold. First, it is to reduce cons...More Button

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Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2010: Second Stage

The Bill allows for the imposition of charges on medical card holders for prescription items dispensed by community pharmacy contractors. The proposed charge will be 50 cent per item dispensed, to...More Button

I have admiration for the Minister for Health and Children in her determination to address rising health costs. Most agree that the expenditure of nearly €20 billion on health services does n...More Button

The public is aware of the state of the national finances and looks at the performance and delivery of our health services when we speak of these issues. The public has a legitimate concern that, ...More Button

For example, Senator Prendergast referred to the elderly. The Minister has been down the road that I am currently on with my mother. One asks why families are put under immense pressure where an ...More Button

One questions productivity and value for money in so many other areas. Why are patients normally given the same time to attend a hospital consultant? Some 30 patients all arrive at 10 a.m. and th...More Button

There is a major demonstration of positivity on all sides and we should tap into it. It could have enormous beneficial consequences. One simple suggestion is to increase the use of modern technol...More Button

I do not suggest I have the answers, nor do I suggest there is a magic wand with which one may resolve all the issues. However, there is waste. Senator Feeney mentioned the quantities of medicati...More Button

I do not wish Ireland to lose the aforementioned 20 pharmaceutical manufacturing companies which are creating blue chip employment and investing hugely in research and development. They are the co...More Button

While I wish the Minister well, I am unsure whether taking what could be considered as the low hanging fruit route is the answer to the problem. Moreover, I do not believe the Minister believes th...More Button

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Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill 2010: Committee and Remaining Stages

In my earlier contribution, I mentioned connectivity and modern technology. Can the Minister indicate whether the HSE, the regional offices, pharmacies and wholesalers have connectivity in respect...More Button

During my contribution, I also mentioned the safety net that might be in place, apart from the two exemptions to which the Minister referred, to ensure continuity in people’s ability to obtai...More Button

I thank the Minister for her response. My concern is that some people believe that Members do not know what happens in the real world, where people may experience rent increases, have particular d...More Button

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Employers’ Job Incentive Scheme: Motion

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Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage

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