State Must Ratify UN Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities

I have called on the Minister for Health to ratify the UN Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities. Currently Ireland is the only European country to have not ratified the convention.

I had the pleasure of meeting a most amazing, passionate and articulate young woman last week, Niamh Herbert from Sallins, who attended the House with me to request Members of the House to advance the passing of this Bill as expeditiously as possible and, indeed, to ratify the convention. Niamh is a student in Trinity College Dublin and she represents herself, the students’ union in the college and a group called Disability and I”. Continue Reading →

Staff Shortages Ensuring Disability Complaints Not Being Dealt With

Waiting_TimesUnless there is an urgent intervention by the Minister for Disability, with additional resources, complaints relating to Assessment of Needs applications will continue to put on the long finger. The HSE informed Fianna Fáil that there are currently 445 complaints currently outstanding as of February 2nd. Continue Reading →

Relief all round as new Doctor Appointed to Johnstownbridge Health Centre

With Niamh Souhan at submission clinic in the Hamlet Court Hotel.

With Niamh Souhan at submission clinic in the Hamlet Court Hotel.

I am delighted to confirm a new GP has been appointed to Johnstownbridge Health Centre. This is a credit to all involved with the Save Our Surgery Committee, the 1000’s who gave their signatures and testimonials to the HSE, and David Walsh of the HSE.

I had raised this matter in the Dáil chamber just last week and have been in constant talks with the HSE. This and the lobbying from Save Our Surgery Committee has clearly delivered results. Continue Reading →

Johnstownbridge GP Services

With Niamh Souhan at submission clinic in the Hamlet Court Hotel.

With Niamh Souhan at submission clinic in the Hamlet Court Hotel.

I was pleased to lead a delegation of dedicated volunteers on the Save Our Surgrey Committee to meet with David Walsh, Head of the HSE, in Kildare. In our meeting we discussed the recuirtment process for Johnstownbridge Health Centre, clearly outlined the demand for the centre remaining open, and got reassurances it would remain open once a new full time GP has been hired, and any new GP who be provided with the Rural General Practitioners Allowance. Continue Reading →