Urgent government action needed on Shannon Airport

I, along with a group of Independent TDs from across the West of Ireland, have issued a joint statement calling on Government to ensure connectivity from North America and Heathrow to Shannon Airport, and to implement fully the recommendations of the Aviation Recovery Taskforce in support of economic recovery across the region. We are seeking a meeting with the Taoiseach and the Minister for Transport to impress upon them the urgency of the situation in the aviation sector and its effect across the entire economy. We will also seek to meet Aer Lingus, Ryanair and the Shannon Group to ascertain what Government actions are required to maintain connectivity at ShannonContinue Reading

Clarification needed on when the islands are to reopen

I have received urgent representations from residents of each of the three Aran Islands expressing their concerns at the possibility of the islands opening sooner than mid-August. From the beginning of the outbreak, the government had clearly set out that the islands would not reopen until phase 5 on the 10th of August, 2020. Given the recent changes by the government, however, there is great uncertainty as to whether the 10th of August remains the date. Urgent clarification is needed from the government and from NPHET on when the islands can be safely reopened. I raised this matter with Seán Kyne at the meeting of the Covid committee last week.Continue Reading

Dáil questions partially resume

I welcome the partial reinstatement of Dáil questions which brings back some measure of accountability and oversight of the Government, although questions are limited to those in relation to Covid-19 and its impact. In this regard I have tabled several Dáil questions, among which include payments to student nurses, student accommodation, direct provision and nursing homes. On the issue of student nurses it is imperative that the government clarifies it’s position on the financial package to be offered to those students who were recalled for placement in our hospitals. I have also asked for clarification on the steps being taken to protect the health and well-being of these students inContinue Reading

Dáil sittings in the time of Covid 19

I think that it is vital that the Dáil sits this Thursday and continues to sit during this time of crisis. Indeed it was agreed unanimously at the Business Committee of the Dáil last Thursday that the Dáil would sit this week and that TDs would be given an opportunity to raise issues in relation to health and social welfare. I am in receipt of representations on a wide range of issues which must be addressed by government and the Dáil is the most appropriate forum to raise these issues particularly in light of the fact that Parliamentary Questions have been suspended indefinitely. The comments by the Labour Party thatContinue Reading

Patient care at Galway University Hospital

On Tuesday, 22nd October I raised the disturbing experience of a 74-year-old patient while in the care of Galway University Hospital last month with the Taoiseach in the Dáil. The facts of the situation as set out in a complaint made to the hospital by a member of the family are shocking and deeply upsetting. A vulnerable woman with a number of ailments, including osteoporosis, was left on a trolley for 72 hours notwithstanding the hospital’s stated policy of not leaving any person on a trolley for more than 24 hours. Furthermore, towards the end of that period of time the patient was found on a corridor, screaming in pain.Continue Reading

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