It is crucial that the Senate are readily able to question ministers, after all that is the purpose of checks and balances. When it comes to debating relevant issues, there is a very important procedure in the Senate which does work in terms of bringing in Ministers, namely, the Adjournment but that takes place at the end of the day when nobody notices anything happening. We need to reform our processes.
The only time pharmacists have been debated is when the Minister, Deputy Harney, came in to reply to my Adjournment matter. She gave me a ticking off for raising the pharmacy sector issue but she still came and discussed it. We have that sort of debate late at night when nobody is listening and the members of the press are not here.
It is no coincidence that some of those very relevant issues, including autism, the pharmacies and adoption of foreign children, which I have been debating in the Seannad end with the Health Service Executive.
It would be relevant if we debated not only the
treaty, which is a good point, but also the Lisbon HSE, which appears to be a blockage in the progress of so many people’s lives and on so many issues.
I asked my colleagues why some shy away from topical issues that affect a great number of the Irish people on a local level?
If we are bringing people into the House to debate the
treaty, why do we not invite the representatives of the Lisbon HSEand put them under scrutiny because it is relevant and it would make us more relevant?
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