Healy Eames, Fidelma

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 12


Order of Business

Hear, hear.More Button

Yes, eventually.More Button

A bad deal for the saver.More Button

What Senator Leyden raised is interesting. If he had listened to Mr. Eddie Hobbs this morning on TV3’s “Ireland AM”, he would have heard him state clearly why the national solidarity bond is...More Button

It is a bad deal for the saver because it is not linked with inflation.More Button

Last week Senator O’Donovan lost the whip in here. Last night Deputy Mattie McGrath did. If Fianna Fáil continues to let the Greens run riot with rural pursuits, soon jockeys will lo...More Button

That is what will happen to horse racing and to point-to-point racing.More Button

My question to the Leader is fundamental. Why did Fianna Fáil allow the Greens to renegotiate this deal as part of the programme for Government that will put rural pursuits and rural Irelan...More Button

They had to give them something, that is the answer.More Button

Yes, it will be fishing and shooting next. Watch the point-to-point.More Button

On a positive note, I welcome the new lifeline thrown to mortgage holders who are in trouble today. This is something for which I, Senator MacSharry and many others have been looking for quite som...More Button

——to an expert group that says it is important to protect the householder and the mortgage holder.More Button

Now we need equally an explanation as to why Anglo Irish Bank is not paying back, and there is no long-term plan around terms and conditions, for the €22 billion lent to them——More Button

——the amount we borrow as a nation on an annual basis.More Button

Who is lobbying the Greens?More Button

A bit more than beyond the Pale.More Button

Externally, but not internally.More Button

Some 435,000 people are out of work.More Button

We were not able to colonise.More Button

What have we achieved?More Button

No real reform, though.More Button

They also have good Ministers for Finance.More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

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

To catch them anyway.More Button

Home birthing.More Button

Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire.More Button

The prescription charge in the Bill will not make the healthy choice the easier choice, particularly for vulnerable groups. We must remember it is doctors who prescribe, not patients. Perhaps the...More Button

Let us look at the facts. I am basing all my points on evidence. Thirty per cent of the population currently hold medical cards. There will be a charge of 50 cent per item prescribed and a maxim...More Button

The Minister has justified the charge on the basis of the need to raise money and to discourage over-prescribing and the overuse of medication. Although she is discouraging over-prescription and o...More Button

I am concerned about the effects on people’s health if they stop taking medication. Senator Feeney said 50 cent is very little. While I accept that, it does depend on whether one is in one ...More Button

Not in Galway. Galway is unique in not having a warfarin clinic. This is because of the glut and the need to get it into the community.More Button

The health promotion evidence is all about making the healthy choice the easier choice. Cochrane Collaboration, an international drugs review body that assesses health systems and the effectivenes...More Button

The Cochrane Collaboration report found that those with mental health conditions are more likely to stop drug use for financial reasons. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international drugs review...More Button

The Minister is imposing a charge of 50 cent in the short term but it will cost the health system more in the longer term. Six years ago she said she wanted a world-class health system. This is n...More Button

We have heard that before. I was involved in health promotion with the Midland Health Board from 1998 to 2002. I was at that point involved in a review of primary health care units. We still do ...More Button

The review also found that the failure to take prescribed medicine has a direct adverse effect on health and results in increased use of health care services and higher health care expenditure. Al...More Button

The conclusion of the Cochrane Collaboration review is that “increasing cost-sharing may present a financial barrier to poor households for patients with chronic conditions who need high volumes of...More Button

The journalist Sara Burke states: “In most European and OECD countries, there are some charges for prescriptions, but not for the poorest 30 per cent of the population. In Wales, there have been n...More Button

The British Medical Association chairman stated: “Abolishing prescription charges is the fairest and the simplest option [...] if all patients could get the treatments they needed via free prescrip...More Button

The amount expected to be raised through drug charges this year is €42 million and it is expected to be €52 next year. Medical card holders comprise the poorest 30% of the population and...More Button

The Minister says she wants to discourage over-prescribing, for which I applaud her, but I reiterate that patients do not prescribe drugs. If one wants to change prescribing and dispensing practic...More Button

I wish the Minister well but ask her to think about those with chronic illnesses and those on low incomes, whose lives she may be risking. That is what we want to prevent.More Button

Some have closed.More Button

A good idea.More Button

True.More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

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

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button

Employers’ Job Incentive Scheme: Motion

Yes IndicatorVoted Yes More Button

Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage

Hear, hear.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

That will be in the next wildlife Bill.More Button

Hear hear.More Button

I wish to share time with Senator O’Reilly, with three and a half minutes each.More Button

I have a few points to make. I was greatly taken by Senator O’Toole’s speech because he has put his finger on many key points in this regard. This is a pathetic excuse for a Bill beca...More Button

The renewed programme for Government that was agreed in October 2009 includes a commitment to end deer hunting by stag hounds. However, it appears from the renewed programme for Government that th...More Button

I thought the Senator wanted to be part of that.More Button

The Government keeps asking the reason this Bill is so important. The Government has made it important.More Button

The Government is steering through this legislation. Fine Gael is defending rural activities and rural Ireland. I heard Senator Boyle state that Ireland was 80% urban. I really question that ass...More Button

Second, does he suggest that rural Ireland is not important? Might I remind the Senator that he comes from one of the greatest point-to-point and horse breeding areas in the country and he should ...More Button

It is a cynical sop to the Green Party Members, who now are political fodder for Fianna Fáil, once again.More Button

Of this there is no doubt but the Green Party Members must wait to see this. I reiterate this is an attack on the freedom of country people to partake in rural pursuits that have been in existence...More Button

Members should think of the young people who are productively engaged in such rural pursuits. In tandem with the comments made by Senator O’Toole, I refer to the benefits derived from learni...More Button

Yes, but guess where they come to buy their horses. They come here.More Button

I will hand over to my colleague, Senator O’Reilly, but I remind Green Party Members that they are fodder for Fianna Fáil, which is using them on this issue.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Hear, hear.More Button

Allow Senator O’Reilly to continue.More Button

Blackrock.More Button

No IndicatorVoted No More Button