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Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Dáil Debates, National, Oral Questions

Communications Energy and Natural Resources, Dáil Issues, Dáil Work, Oral Questions

Clare’s Oral questions to the Minister for Communications this week were on the need to examine the human health effects of fracking, and on whether the emergency services are using Eircode.

To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will consult with the Concerned Health Professionals of Ireland regarding the human health effects of the process of hydraulic fracturing. – Clare Daly.

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 14th July, 2016.

(10 Received on 8th July, 2016.) [Ref No.: 21508/16]


Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
As the Deputy will be aware, the EPA has commissioned a research programme into the potential impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction on the environment and human health. It should be noted that the draft Terms of Reference for this programme were the subject of a public consultation process which resulted in an amended and strengthened scope for the programme, including a key recommendation that the potential impacts from Unconventional Gas Exploration and Extraction on human health be considered as part of the project.
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Agriculture/Animal Welfare, Dáil Issues, Dáil Work, Oral Questions

Clare submitted questions to the Minister on his Department striking a trade deal for cattle exports with Egypt even as Ibrahim Halawa sits in an Egyptian prison, and asked him to impose a ban on the export of greyhounds to die in the Canidrome in Macau.

Parliamentary Question No. 31

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if consideration was given to or any mention made of the continuing imprisonment without trial of a person (details supplied) in an Egyptian Prison during the brokering of the Irish-Egyptian agreement to allow Ireland to begin exporting live cattle to Egypt, which concluded in February 2016; if any effort was made during negotiations to leverage the deal to secure the release of this person; and if he will now consider calling off the deal before the first live exports take place near the end of this year..

– Clare Daly.
For ORAL answer on Wednesday, 13th July, 2016.

Ref No: 21010/16 Lottery: 4 Proof: 36 Order: 26

Ibrahim Halawa


The Minister for Agriculture, Food   and the Marine : (Michael Creed)

Questions relating to the release of the person referred to by the Deputy are a matter for the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade. In t hs regard I understand that his Department, both in Dublin and cairo, is very actively engaged in seeking a resolution in this case, as is the Taoiseach himself. Minister Flanagan gave a comprehensive speech to the House last Thursday, 7 th July and I understand the Deputy also contributed to the debate that resulted in an all-party motion being agreed by this House. 
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Dáil Issues, Dáil Work, Health, Oral Questions

Critical issues which the State must address in relation to the findings in the UN Human Rights Committee that a woman who was forced to either carry on with her pregnancy or travel for a termination in a case of a fatal foetal abnormality had her human rights violated, and the chilling effect on her medical team regarding the limits on their ability to give her information.


DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Health (Marcella Corcoran Kennedy T.D.)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 12/07/2016

To ask the Minister for Health to amend the terms of the Treatment Abroad Scheme to include medical treatment in relation to termination of pregnancy, reasonable travel, accommodation and subsistence for the woman and a travel companion, particularly as the State’s forcing of a woman to rely on their own financial resources entirely outside the public healthcare system in a case (details supplied) constituted discrimination and a violation of human rights.

Clare Daly T.D.

Details Supplied: (Mellett v. Ireland)

Entitlement to travel for the purpose of receiving medical treatment in an EU/EEA Member State or Switzerland is provided for by EC Regulation 883/2004, which has as its objective the coordination of national social security systems within the EU/EEA and Switzerland. One of the conditions set out in this Regulation is that authorisation for treatment in another Member State will be allowed ” where the treatment in question is among the benefits provided for by the legislation in the Member State where the person concerned resides…”
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