National maternity services in Ireland – Health Committee hearing

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I thank Dr. Fitzpatrick. That was a fantastic, passionate presentation. I have seldom been as impressed by or as proud of a professional colleague sitting in that chair as I am of him right now, calling it as it is. However, I am not overly confident that all the things he has said will actually … Continue reading

Heart (TAVI) Operations Suffering Due to a Lack of Co-ordinated Planning and Funding by the HSE

Speaking in the Seanad during Commencement Matters on “The need for the Minister for Health to address the inadequate and inefficient organisation of the TAVI (transcatheter aortic valve implant) programs across the State, causing delays and lengthy waiting lists for patients.” Watch the video of this short debate here: Senator John Crown: Cuirim fáilte roimh … Continue reading

Troubling Suspension of Cork Psychiatric Nurse

[speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I ask the Leader for clarification from the Minister for Health on the circumstances of a somewhat troubling event that occurred in Cork in the South Lee mental health services over the past several weeks. One of the nursing staff is also a member of the Psychiatric … Continue reading

Maternity Services

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I would like clarification from the Deputy Leader on a few issues. They are really the same issue, but they have different ramifications. As Members may remember, I introduced legislation earlier in this term which would have prevented Government agencies suing anybody, presumably including each other, in … Continue reading

Nurses Retention Fee: Further hospital crisis imminent if NMBI don’t respond appropriately


Speaking in the Seanad during my commencement debate on “the urgent need for the Minister for Health to outline the contingency plan to prevent an effective shutdown of hospitals in the event of mass un-registering of nurses by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) on March 2nd.” Watch video of debate here: An … Continue reading

Hospital Waiting Lists and How They Are Compiled

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I am sorry if I sound like a broken record, but we will need to have a fresh debate on the issue of hospital waiting lists in the aftermath of data and an international comparison being published, both of which emerged during the week. As the Minister … Continue reading

Introducing my new legislation to tackle the threats of defamation cases by public bodies and to allow more open and healthy criticism of public bodies

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of a Bill which I published – Defamation (Amendment) Bill 2014] In summary, the aim of my Bill is to provide for limiting the damages certain public bodies may receive in defamation actions so as to protect public discourse from public bodies using the resources of the State, … Continue reading

Increased Staff Numbers at HSE contrasting with Unacceptable Waiting Lists for Patients

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I am proposing an amendment to the Order of Business. I want him [Minister for Health] to explain how it is that two days ago we saw statistics indicating that 50,000 people, approximately 1.25% of the entire population, were on waiting lists in the health service for … Continue reading