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. GivenContinue 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 nursingContinue 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 relationContinue 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.Continue Reading

Ireland declares a climate and biodiversity emergency

I welcome the declaration last week of a climate and biodiversity emergency which follows the culmination of sustained pressure from opposition parties in the Dáil since February 2016. The declaration is as a result of a range of amendments tabled by all opposition parties, which left the government with little choice but to declare anContinue Reading

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