Calling for improved community rehabilitation services for stroke patients and for an implementation plan for the ‘National Policy and Strategy for the Provision of Neuro-Rehabilitation Services in Ireland 2011-2015′

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Speaking in the Seanad during Matters on the Adjournment. Text of my adjournment request: “Recognising both the personal, social and economic impact of stroke and the cost of stroke to the State, the urgent need for the Minister for Health to prioritise the development of community rehabilitation services (for example the Early Supported Discharge programme … Continue reading

Plain Packaging for Cigarettes

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill] I welcome the Minister. This is a very good day for him. I laud his efforts in public health and I think he will be remembered for the good work he has done on these two Bills, among other … Continue reading

Regulation for the use of tanning sunbeds

[Speaking in the Seanad during Committee Stage of the Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill] Ba mhaith liom comhghairdeas a dhéanamh leis an Aire ar an Bhille. It is great news that the Bill has passed. In addition to the practical implications of protecting young people against the harmful effects of unnecessary ultraviolet radiation, it gives us … Continue reading

Absence of dermatologists; Cancellation of Obesity Surgery; Banking Inquiry Committee

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order Of Business] I apologise if I sound like a broken record but this is yet another day without a dermatologist in the part of the country with the highest incidence of skin cancer, despite months of advance notice. I hope this issue is being addressed as a matter of … Continue reading

Directive for the immediate suspension of all obesity surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital

[Speaking in the Seanad] An Cathaoirleach: I have notice from Senator Crown regarding a motion he wishes to raise under Standing Order 30. I call Senator Crown to give notice of the motion before I give my ruling. Senator John Crown: I am sorry to interrupt the Minister. I call for an urgent debate, on … Continue reading

Regulation of Sunbeds Usage

[Speaking in the Seanad during Committee Stage of the Public Health (Sunbeds) Bill 2013] There were 400 newly diagnosed cases of malignant melanoma in Ireland in 1998. That number had increased dramatically to 800 by 2008 and to 1,100 by 2010. Other kinds of skin cancer which are less life-threatening, but are still life-threatening and … Continue reading

Nomination of Senator Barrett to Banking Inquiry; Support for Minister Reilly

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[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] Link to video clip of this debate: I would like to raise three issues, which are interrelated, although at first glance they may not appear to be. We all understand what is going on here. Senator Barrett is the only qualified person in either House to … Continue reading

Children’s Hospital; Energy; Obesity and; Banking Inquiry

[Speaking during Order of Business in the Seanad] Link to video: In the context of news reports earlier today, will the Leader seek clarification from the Minister for Health and his Department on whether the discovery of a hitherto unsuspected complex and fairly ancient sewer system under the site for the proposed national children’s … Continue reading

Vasculitis: the need for centres of excellence and increased awareness


[Speaking in Seanad Éireann during Adjournment Matters] Link to video of this debate: Senator John Crown :The topic before us may seem arcane but it is actually very important. Vasculitis is an overall term for a group of life threatening diseases characterised by widespread inflammation of blood vessels, often throughout the body. Inflammation of … Continue reading

HSE – wasteful expenditure and silencing of medical journalists

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I request the Deputy Leader to get a commitment from the Department of Health that a report card will be submitted to us on the results of this very expensive – and I believe utterly wasteful – management consultancy exercise that Professor Robert S. Kaplan conducted on … Continue reading