McFadden, Nicky

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Seanad Éireann Debate
Vol. 203 Nbr. 12


Order of Business

I refer to the serious rise in the incidence of suicide, as documented in the report yesterday, and ask the Leader for a debate on the matter. Perhaps we could include it in a debate when the Mini...More Button

——and how people are able to conduct and manage their lives due to not having a job and job insecurity. I urge Members to participate in the suicide ASIST programme which is useful. I...More Button

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

I welcome the Minister and thank her for her attendance. I compliment her on the legislation dealing with sunbeds, which is very worthwhile.More Button

More preventive measures such as this might save massive amounts of money.More Button

The number of items dispensed under the GMS and long-term illness schemes increased from 35 million in 2004 to 48.2 million in 2008, a very significant number. Like other Members, I accept that we...More Button

One parent families are seriously threatened in this regard. I refer to the intention in the budget to cut the single parent family allowance when the child concerned reaches the age of 14 years. ...More Button

I accept there is huge waste and that methods must be figured out to avoid costing the Exchequer lots of money. However, I note that in other jurisdictions the prescription levy has been abolished...More Button

As I stated, I accept savings must be made. However, the assessment of Cochrane Collaboration, a United Kingdom-based organisation, is that charges do not reduce the cost of the drugs bill in the ...More Button

Section 1 of the Bill contains room for exemptions. In common with other Members, I ask whether the Minister intends to exempt patients with cancer or pregnant women. Alternatively, a patient who...More Button

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Has the Minister considered any of their proposals?More Button

The other question relates to pharmacies having to collect the money. What will happen where a patient refuses to pay? Has the Minister considered this possibility? If patients exceed the figure...More Button

Senator Fitzgerald referred to reference pricing and the cost of generic drugs. Senator Feeney made a good point about GPs being mandated to prescribe a generic drug alternative, as should pharmac...More Button

That would be a little difficult.More Button

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

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Employers’ Job Incentive Scheme: Motion

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Wildlife (Amendment) Bill 2010: Second Stage

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Social Welfare Benefits

I wish Senator Ellis luck. If I were him, I would not hold my breath if the Athlone experience is any guide.More Button

The Senator is in Government, I suppose.More Button

I thank the Minister for attending. This issue relates to the provision of a travel pass for a 19 year old insulin dependent diabetic. This young man is attending a course in Dún Laoghaire...More Button

He has now finished his course and is living at home in Athlone. He does not have a job and, as a result, is experiencing severe financial difficulties. His parents are also compromised financial...More Button

I have got nowhere with the Department. Could this young man have the travel pass instead of his mother? It is a very logical request. The young man has overcome huge adversity in his life and m...More Button

This anomaly must be addressed. The family never used the travel pass when the young man was younger but now he needs it. Can the Minister get it for him?More Button

I am disappointed with the reply. As the Minister of State said, the idea is to keep people mobile and independent. This is, therefore, a reasonable request. I understand the Minister cannot mak...More Button

He will still not have a travel pass. She will but he will not.More Button

The Seanad adjourned at 10.40 p.m. until 10.30 a.m. on Thursday, 1 July 2010.More Button