Statements on the current state for our health system, to Minister Varadkar

Health Care Reform

[Speaking in the Seanad during ‘Statements on Health Services’ debate] I welcome the Minister. I wish him the best in his efforts to try to reform the health service. The Minister does not need my advice in this regard but I urge him to remain firm and steadfast in respect of the national children’s hospital. … Continue reading

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

[Speaking during Order of Business in the Seanad] Link to video: http://media.heanet.ie/oireachtas/asx.php?Channel=Seanad&Date=20140604&StartTime=06:25:38.000&Duration=00:02:36.000 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

National Children’s Hospital to be located at St. James’s Hospital

I begin by saying, unambiguously, well done and congratulations to the Minister. It was a good decision. In a country with six medical schools for 4.5 million people – twice the European average and three times the North American average – it was pretty obvious that people were going to be unhappy no matter which … Continue reading

Crisis in Paediatric Care and the Location of New Children’s Hospital

There is an ….. unfolding crisis in paediatric medical care, specifically with respect to the disclosures made that the two leading largest children’s hospital — real hospitals, not some fantasy on some architect’s drawing board — have been confronted with catastrophic cutbacks and crises. These crises were precipitated by a strategic decision that all short … Continue reading

Decision to reject Mater displays a total lack of vision

New children’s hospital was rejected in same week the existing one cancelled eye surgery “There are none as blind as they who will not see”. — John Heywood The unintentional irony of the fact that one arm of the State — An Bord Pleanala — acted to preserve the panoramic vista of Temple St and … Continue reading

Farcical saga of children’s hospital has to end now

Our Banana-Pleanala Republic is failing to put the needs of sick children first. The saga of our severely botched attempt to develop a national children’s hospital has now ascended from mere vaudevillian farce to an infernally authored metaphorical mini-series depicting all that is wrong in Irish public governance. An Bord Pleanala’s rejection of the Mater … Continue reading

The National Children’s Hospital must be built

People from UCD favoured the Mater site, people from Trinity and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, RCSI, favoured the Crumlin site, people from the north side favoured the Mater, people affiliated with Temple Street favoured the Mater and people affiliated with Crumlin opposed the Mater. This was the way it shook down. Everyone … Continue reading

An Bord Pleanála’s Rejection of National Children’s Hospital Application

I must admit that I am incandescent with rage to discover that we live in a “banana-pleanála republic”, which is what we now have as a result of the catastrophic decision about the national children’s hospital. I know others have raised the matter but a couple of facts must go onto the public record. There … Continue reading

National Children’s Hospital

I ask the Leader to ensure that the House is granted an opportunity to engage in a degree of debate and, hopefully, parliamentary oversight in respect of the development of the planned national children’s hospital. Everyone in the House and people throughout the country will be aware of the greater than usual level of national … Continue reading