Health – Transplant Services; Waiting Lists; Breast Cancer Drugs; Vaccination Rates

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I also request that the Minister come in and update us on the transplant situation. Over the past few years, those in charge of transplant policy in the country have felt it has been very unco-ordinated. We have seen other examples of problems in the health service … Continue reading

Social and Educational Factors of Obesity

[Speaking in the Seanad during Statements on Tackling Obesity in Ireland] I welcome the Minister and I am sorry I was not in the House for his opening address. I welcome the priority he and the Government will give to this problem. Many of his medical school classmates, younger women and men than me, will … Continue reading

We need an appropriately resourced national Genetic Centre

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] Several articles in the newspapers today refer to the issue of clinical genetics, an issue I have previously highlighted in the House. I ask the Deputy Leader to request the Minister for Health or one of the Ministers of State at the Department of Health to give … Continue reading

Inhumane Waiting Lists and Cancer Care Levels

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I ask the Leader to bring to the attention of the Minister for Health, and to consider having a debate on, the promised reform of our health system. It was one of the key planks of Fine Gael and the Labour Party before the last general election … Continue reading

Calling on the Minister to expand access to the anti-hepatitis-C drug, Sovaldi

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[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business to ask the Minister for Health to come to the House to deal with a very urgent matter which I do not believe will wait for two weeks until we are back – namely, the exact timeline for … Continue reading

Plain Packaging of Cigarettes

murder for the lungs

[Speaking in the Seanad on my Committee Stage amendments on the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014] We live in a technological age and marketing strategies are growing ever more sophisticated, including the use of electronically taggable devices. Amendment No. 6 would prevent tobacco companies from introducing any non-visible element of packaging which … 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 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

Seanad comments today 20th of December

Protection of the Public Interest from Tobacco Lobbying Bill

[Speaking during Second Stage of my Private Member’s Bill – Protection of the Public Interest from Tobacco Lobbying Bill 2013] Cuirim fáilte roimh an Aire. I am delighted to have an opportunity to present this Bill this evening. I am honoured that the Minister has come to the House to deal with this legislation. I … Continue reading