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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Oireachtas Committee

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# Sorry
'It wasn’t a job offer': Coveney says Zappone should have been told role wasn't a 'done deal'
The minister said his mistakes in recent weeks had contributed to what has become a political embarrassment.
Coveney acknowledges "making mistakes in recent weeks" and that this has created "a political embarrassment for the Government"
In hindsight , Coveney says it would have been helpful for him to respond to Zappone's text to tell her that it was not a job offer, but rather a concept.
The minister called Zappone on Sunday to tell her their text messages were being released
'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation
Zapponegate: Ex-Minister texted Coveney to say thanks for 'incredible opportunity' in March
# Health Committee
People asked not to contact Digital Covid Cert helpline unless travelling within next 10 days
Over 34,000 calls were made to the new Digital Covid Certificate helpline yesterday alone.
# Oireachtas Committee
'You feel you're not welcome in Ireland': TDs told of anti-Traveller 'hate speech' during Covid-19
Representatives of Pavee Point appeared before the Oireachtas today.
# Vaccine pass
Covid tracker app will be able to store EU Digital Covid Cert
1.8 million Digital Covid Certs will be delivered by next Monday.
# Homelessness
Private emergency accommodation must be ‘quickly phased out’, Oireachtas committee hears
The report said the Housing First initiative should be “significantly expanded”.
# Military retention crisis
Representative group for Defence Forces officers set to criticise Government over 'ticking retention timebomb'
RACO will tell the Committee on Defence and Foreign Affairs that cuts to the military budget is to blame for the retention crisis.
# Investigating
Bolger to be invited before Oireachtas committee to discuss doping claims
Earlier this month Bolger outlined his concerns about the possibility of doping within Irish racing.
# Public Opinion
Ireland's Covid measures consistently less restrictive than majority wanted – ESRI
‘Overwhelming majority’ have supported public health measures and would have preferred them to be more restrictive.
Kathleen Funchion: 'I fear the Mother and Baby Home developments have only compounded an existing and deep hurt'
Funchion, who is chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Children, describes her shock over recent issues with the Mother and Baby Home Commission.
# Oireachtas Committee
Ballymurphy families press Government to oppose amnesty for UK soldiers
Family members appeared before the Good Friday Agreement Committee in Dublin today.
# Oireachtas Committee
Facebook says its content moderators are ‘not denied access’ to non-disclosure agreements
Leo Varadkar told an Oireachtas committee he felt it was odd and suspicious that people would not be able to see an agreement they had signed.
# Oireachtas Committee
Teaching union to tell TDs that staff are subjected to 'inappropriate' comments by parents on social media
The claims will be heard at the Oireachtas Education Committee this afternoon.
# Brexit
Businesses re-opening after lockdown still ‘not as prepared as they need to be' for Brexit
The remarks were made at an Oireachtas committee today.
# Oireachtas Committee
15 pharmacies to begin administering Covid vaccines 'towards the end' of this month
The HSE is set to update the Oireachtas Health Committee on the Covid-19 vaccine rollout later today.
# easing restrictions
Glynn says NPHET isn't predicting a fourth wave but is concerned about possible super-spreader events
NPHET and the Government are due to consider the further easing of restrictions again at the beginning of May.
# medical cards holders
'Use it or lose it’ vouchers should be considered for lower income groups' dental needs, says dentists
Dentists will warn TDs and senators that the State’s dental scheme for medical card holders is on the “brink of collapse”.
# reopening plans
Taoiseach fails to give clarity to publicans on whether €9 meal rule will be scrapped for Summer 2021
The LVA also wants an end to the distinction between ‘wet’ pubs and venues serving food.
# Got Mail?
Up to 200 post offices at risk of closure in next 12 months, union says
Irish Postmasters’ Union general secretary has said that as more postmasters retire, the service will lose its backbone.
# vaccine supply
HSE: Vaccine plan has already changed 15-17 times due to supply shortfalls and sequencing changes
The Health Minister said the vaccination programme “hasn’t all been flawless”, but is making an impact on infection rates among some cohorts.
# Oireachtas Committee
Covid death toll in nursing homes passes 1,500, with 369 in January alone
A total of 4,300 positive coronavirus cases were recorded in nursing homes during January, the Oireachtas Health Committee heard.
# Vaccine
A small volume of Covid-19 vaccines could be available this month, Taoiseach tells FF TDs
Up to 15 mass vaccination centres around the country are being considered, the health committee also heard today.
# stark warning
Beef and mushrooms to be worst hit as all agriculture sectors will be 'seriously affected' by Brexit
Irish Farmers Association president Tim Cullinan issued the stark warning at an Oireachtas committee hearing today.
# Mental Health
Fear and anxiety about Covid-19 is ‘overwhelming’ among the public
An Oireachtas committee has heard that fear of infection has heightened anxiety among doctors’ patients.
# Children's Rights
Children with disabilities waiting years for assessment a violation of their rights, committee to be told
Over 6,000 children are currently overdue an assessment of their needs.
# TV licence
'Broken' TV licence system costing €50 million per year, RTÉ tells Oireachtas committee
The committee also heard of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the media industry.
# Media
Independent radio group to tell committee it 'cannot wait' for Media Commission to ensure its survival
Irish Secretary of the NUJ Séamus Dooley said that local and national media organisations were “on the brink of ruin”.
Michael Healy-Rae apologises for supporting John Delaney during 2019 Oireachtas appearance
The Kerry TD said in April 2019 that he was “quite confident” that Delaney could only be accused of being “passionately committed to his job”.
Nursing homes regulator says its powers are 'not adequate' to handle the pandemic
Hiqa was criticised for its “very late” issuance of guidance to nursing homes at the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid Response today.
Separation between NPHET's guidance and government's decisions has 'become confused', TDs told
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties will be among a number of parties addressing the Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 today.
# Oireachtas Committee
Colm Henry says advice is 'clear' that you must restrict movements for 14 days when arriving from non-Green List country
The issue of Phil Hogan was raised as HSE officials addressed an Oireachtas Committee this morning.
# covid committee
'Surge in demand' for mental health services anticipated due to pandemic, committee warned
Two sittings took place today at 9am and 11.30am.
# Oireachtas Committee
Dáil hears 'institutional racism' led to data breach over meat factory workers' Covid-19 test results
The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland said there had been a ‘gross and serious breach of confidentiality’.
# Nursing Homes
Almost 1 in 5 nursing home residents diagnosed with Covid-19, Oireachtas committee hears
The Department of Health’s secretary general was speaking before an Oireachtas committee on Covid-19 earlier today.
# crisis
Staff criticise lack of information over finances as FAI confirm Oireachtas Committee appearance
Sports minister Shane Ross and Sport Ireland will not be appearing alongside the football body on Wednesday, however.
# Climate Change
Debate about what ESB and Bord na Móna workers will do next should have started 'years ago', says union boss
How Bord na Mona and ESB workers are treated is a major test for policymakers, says Ictu.
# Homelessness
Families should no longer be provided with one-night emergency accommodation, committee will recommend
Experts will instead suggest that stable placements in suitable temporary accommodation for families be provided.
# Emissions
Thousands of kilos of potent greenhouse gas leaked from an ESB station. The EPA wasn't told
SF6 is a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 23,000 times that of carbon dioxide.
'No-one has been held responsible': Case of Dara Quigley to come before Oireachtas committee
The journalist and activist died by suicide in April 2017. Weeks before, images of her had been shared widely online.
# Online abuse
Govt making 'little or no progress' against online abuse and child exploitation, committee told
The Justice Committee is examining issues such as cyberbullying, harassment, stalking and revenge porn.
# National Broadband Plan
Government keen to sign broadband contract and get 'started right away'
Government sources state that more delays will come at further extra costs.