Highest number from Independent TD Seamus Healy who has made 1,323 since 2011
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and former Minister for Health James Reilly have made more than 300 representations each on behalf of constituents in relation to medical cards since 2011, according to new from the Department of Health.
Mr Kenny has made 330 representations over the past 4½ years, while Dr Reilly, who was Minister at the Department for over three years until July 2014, has made 315.
They are both among the top 40 TDs who have made most representations.
Current Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is at number 100 of the 220 parliamentarians, having made 126 representations to the National Medical Card Unit dedicated contact channel.
The disclosure that both Mr Kenny and Mr Reilly made a higher than average number of representations may draw criticism from the Opposition, given that thousands of patients lost their right to discretionary medical cards during 2013 and 2014. The Government reversed the decision following its poor performance in the local elections in the summer of 2014.
The TD who has made the highest number of representations is the Tipperary Independent Seamus Healy who made 1,323, almost double the number of representations made by the second-placed TD, another Tipperary Independent Mattie McGrath, who made 741.
In third place is another Independent Michael Healy-Rae from Kerry, who made 670 representations.
The information was obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs Sean Sherlock. The Cork East Labour Party TD is the fourth in the list with 664. He made the highest number of representations in his own party, one ahead of his Labour Party colleague and Minister for Environment Alan Kelly who made 646 representations.
Longford-Westmeath TD Robert Troy is the highest-ranked Fianna Fáil member on the list, with 622 representations, while Martin Heydon of Fine Gael, with 599, made more representations than any other Deputy in his party. Other Ministers who made a high number of representations include Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan (436); Minister of State for Sport Michael Ring (398) and Minister of State for Europe Dara Murphy (367).
The table is broken down between calls, emails and letters. Mr Healy made more than 650 calls and sent more than 650 emails but sent no letters. The most frequent letter writers were Barry Cowen of Fianna Fáil (44), Jack Wall of Labour (43) and Mr Sherlock (38).
Seamus Healy T.D. and members of the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children presenting the Pre-Legislative Scrutiny Report on the Heads of the Adoption (Information and Tracing ) Bill to Minister James Reilly T.D.
Deputy Seamus Healy, Chairperson of the Save Our Acute Hospital Service Committee has welcomed the build at the Accident and Emergency Department at South Tipperary General Hospital which will provide 4 additional treatment cubicles and also the appointment of 5 additional Nurses.
Our Committee has been seeking these measures for some time and they will certainly go some way to address the unacceptable levels of overcrowding that takes place in the Accident and Emergency
Department on a regular basis. However, the Committee believes that additional measures are required to fully address the difficulties.
1. The opening of additional beds at South Tipperary General Hospital.
2. The opening of 12 step down beds to provide for early discharge of patients.
3. The appointment of Community Intervention Teams which would allow for patients to be treated in their own homes and therefore not require hospital admission. Such Teams have been appointed in other area throughout the country.
4. The appointment of additional nursing and support staff at the Accident and Emergency Department.
The Committee will be pursing these proposals with Hospital Management and with the Health Service Executive.
Seamus Healy T.D. 20/11/2015
Save Our Acute Hospital Committee
Tel 087 2802199
We have been advised that the leak (the 5th successive problem in the Clonmel area since last weekend) in the Marlfield area has now been located but unfortunately it is appears to be under a layer of mass concrete.
This will take some time to get through and accordingly the council have extended the end time for this work into tomorrow on the Irish water system. In the meanwhile they have arranged for a tanker to be in the Inislounaght area tonight at about 9 pm.
Focus Ireland Spokesperson said:This is far from rent certainty.
However, we are highly concerned it will fail to stem the constant rising flow of 70 to 80 families becoming homeless in Dublin alone very month. —–The measures are far from a convincing response to the scale of the problems we are facing.
Kelly sought that rent increases be pegged to the cost of living. But Minister Noonan(FG) backed by 25 FG Landlord TDs, and American developers Kennedy Wilson forced him to bend the knee and retreat.
Landlords can only increase the rent every two years now rather than every year as before. Landlords must get three local examples of rents to justify an increase.!!! This will make almost no difference. In a situation where there is no competition between landlords due to shortage of accomodation, landlords can simply raise the rent by double the yearly increase every two years! OR, WORSE STILL, RAISE THE RENT BY A LARGE AMOUNT BEFORE THE LAW COMES IS PASED. The Dáil sat all night to bail out the Banks. But there is no urgency about protecting tenants!
Thanks to all who came and supported our Election Launch in Dalys last night. Brilliant music and craic with The Galtee Mountain Boys and friends. Special mention to two of our legends Tom Stafford and Pauline Burke who played and sang like young ones. Great to see all the old faces and a lot of new ones as well.