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

New effective but expensive cancer treatments and tax changes for revenue raising for medical treatment

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I will give some good and some bad news and in the process ask the Deputy Leader and the representatives of the Government parties to communicate to the Minister for Health and possibly to schedule a debate in this Chamber on an issue that has become a … Continue reading

Last debate on tobacco plain packaging legislation before President signs it into law

Watch video here: [Speaking in the Seanad during debate on Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014: [Seanad Bill amended by the Dáil] Report and Final Stages] The Minister deserves great credit for taking this cause on board. As we have heard repetitively, but correctly, Ireland has been a leader in this area, first … 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

Speaking during the long-awaited passing of my Bill in the Seanad

smoking in cars cartoon

[Speaking in the Seanad during Report and Final Stages of my Bill – Protection of Children’s Health from Tobacco Smoke Bill 2012 ….. ] I thank An tAire and his staff for the effort that has gone into getting these Report Stage amendments which my co-sponsors, Senators van Turnhout and Daly, and I accept. We … Continue reading

Legislation to ban smoking in cars with children

I thank the Leader for his strong support for the legislation I proposed with my colleagues Senators Daly and van Turnhout on banning smoking in cars with children. That the legislation has been unconscionably delayed is not the Leader’s fault at all. I am very grateful to him not only for his generous support of … Continue reading

Delay to health/tobacco control legislation

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] I propose an amendment to the Order of Business to request one of the health Ministers to come into the House today to comment on the discrepancy in the way health-related legislation is dealt with across the two sovereign jurisdictions on either side of the Irish Sea. … Continue reading

Health Identifiers Bill

[Speaking in the Seanad during Second Stage of the Health Identifiers Bill 2013] I am broadly in support of the idea of enhanced patient identification as a means of improving safety. There is no doubt that when one has as internally discordant set of health services as we have in this country that it is … Continue reading

Tobacco control legislation

[Speaking in the Seanad during Order of Business] We are soon to have legislation that will have the effect of introducing plain packaging and other restrictions on the tobacco industry. I hope it will be passed and put into law expeditiously. I greatly regret the fact that tobacco control legislation that I introduced, and which … Continue reading