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Remedial action from the PAC is looming

Rumours were rumbling around Leinster House late on Friday: the old board of the CRC is about to give the two fingers to the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC). The departed directors know that they will be invited before the PAC this week.
Let us presume that the former governors/directors are not following the road of Rehab’s Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery. If they refuse to appear, another confrontation is looming.

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Noble Vision Hijacked by FF Cronies

Did Charlie Haughey save the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC)? In 1987 Lady Valerie Goulding, CRC’s great founder, declared that “but for Charlie, we’d have no centre today”.

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Seanad Should Debate Relevant Issues Like Auctioneering, Autism, and Broadband

It is remarkable that the Seanad is talking itself into a situation where it never debates anything relevant. Time is not allocated to topical items, and we seem to debate subjects that are at times utterly irrelevant. It is not that we do not have major issues to discuss which demand time – the Broadband Bill; legislation to regulate the scoundrels in the auctioneering industry; the issue of autism. This is what I told the House during the Order of Business:

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Nurses Claim Exposes a Major Flaw in Social Partnership

I cannot understand the reluctance in both Houses of the Oireachtas to discuss the very delicate and sensitive nurses’ pay claim. The nurses should be conceded this claim, 10% or not, because they deserve it for good and humane reasons and because the market will demand the claim be conceded sooner or later.
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Sean Quinn: We Salute You!

State monopolies are on the run.

It is here, in the new Ireland, that we have bred fresh business heroes such as Sean Quinn.
Last week, Sean Quinn bought Bupa in a lightning deal. He thus dealt the would-be state monopoly VHI a series of blows:
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For a Hospital to be Located in Accordance with Political Convenience is Unacceptable

I congratulate the Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, Deputy Brian Lenihan, on his decision to review the location of the planned children’s hospital especially since the location proposed is the Mater Hospital, which is in the Taoiseach’s constituency

Some reports suggested that it was predestined to do so, which is quite alarming for others involved in the controversy.
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Threats to Standards and Ethos at Tallaght Hospital

While the Tallaght may be losing its children’s hospital, for some time there has been a certain amount of disillusionment in the hospital at the Government’s commitment to the agreements made in 1996.The main issue is that of tertiary paediatric care in the hospital and its removal.

There is a deep feeling in Tallaght that this will dismember the hospital. The Minister of State will not need any introduction to the fact that Tallaght has the largest growing child population in the country. It also has the highest number of women of child-bearing age. The threats to the child and maternity care in Tallaght are not just serious for the hospital and its prevalent ethos but also to the are. (more…)

Tallaght Hospital: A Critical Situation

The Tallaght hospital is in danger of being run down as plans for a new National Children’s hospital are finalised. The Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Children should come to the Seanad to discuss a variety of issues. I particularly seek a debate on the Adelaide Hospital. The leaders of the Adelaide Hospital are meeting the Taoiseach today about what they regard as a highly critical situation for the hospital. (more…)

What Plans are there to Prevent Deaths from TB?

Following reports of an outbreak of TB in Dublin, the time has come to pose this difficult question. As a child, I had TB and was in hospital for quite a long time. It was a depressing time and a lot of people died in beds around me. I would hate to see that sort of situation arise again, particularly concerning children. It was a real epidemic. [TB] is an extraordinarily infectious disease. I would like the Tánaiste and Minister for Health to attend the House to state how she intends to prevent an outbreak of TB, which could be very serious and totally unnecessary.