Dáil Issues

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Dáil Issues, Health, Oral Questions

To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide the detail of the information held by his department after November 2009 regarding the safety profile of the pandemrix vaccine compared to other vaccines for swine flu; and if his department was briefed by the Irish Medicines Board as to the heightened risk of serious adverse drug reactions associated with the drug.

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Dáil Issues, Parliamentary Questions, Social Welfare

Minister Varadkar avoids a direct answer and instead indicates that over an undefined period only 21 cases can be identified as alleged identity fraud. There is no indication in this answer that anybody whatsoever engaged in dressing up in fake beards to make fraudulent social welfare claims. The Minister engaged in a childish, right wing, stunt to demean and undermine people who claim welfare, in his attempt to appear more right wing than his rival in a FG leadership farce.  It is truly pathetic.

 

To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons reported and charged with making fraudulent claims for social protection payments by disguising their identity with beards or makeup; and the number of these alleged frauds that were reported to An Garda Síochána for each of the years 2014 to 2016.
– Clare Daly
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Animal Welfare, Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht

To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of National Parks and Wildlife Service officers currently monitoring the illegal snaring of badgers around the country..
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Health, Human Rights, National, Women's Rights

Press Statement from Coalition to Repeal the Eight Amendment

The Citizens’ Assembly have made clear that the Oireachtas must assume responsibility for legislating for abortion.  That’s according to the Coalition to Repeal the Eighth Amendment.

Commenting today (23.04.17), Ailbhe Smyth, Convenor of the Coalition, said: “The Assembly members have recommended this matter be put fairly and squarely in the hands of the legislators – where it should always have been.

“Our politicians know it is their duty, as members of the Oireachtas, to make laws.  When circumstances and public opinion are clearly demonstrating an urgent need for new legislation, they cannot shirk their responsibility.

“The Government cynically established the Citizens’ Assembly to avoid making difficult decisions themselves.  Through their hard work and dedication, the Assembly members concluded what the Government should have known all along: that is the role of the legislature to legislate.

“This puts it up to our politicians now.  There’s nothing left for them to hide behind; they need to get on with addressing this issue once and for all.”

‘Real Step Towards Ending Abortion Ban’

Ms. Smyth said that, overall, the recommendations from the Citizens’ Assembly represent a “real step towards ending Ireland’s abortion ban”.

“An overwhelming majority of Assembly members – 87 per cent – voted for reform of abortion law,” she said.  “It’s evident they want women to be able to access abortion here.

“Overall, this is a real step towards ending the abortion ban and ensuring our health services provide the full spectrum of care that women need, and that women’s rights are honoured and respected.

“The final round of voting this afternoon demonstrated that a caring understanding of women’s needs prevailed amongst Assembly members.  This is a strong mandate for providing access to abortion in this country.”