O’Reilly calls on Taoiseach to correct Record of the Dáil
Sinn Féin TD and Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has this afternoon called on the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to correct the Record of the Dáil after he claimed that “planning permission has not yet been applied for” in relation to the National Maternity Hospital. This was in direct response to concerns Deputy O’Reilly had raised about future governance procedures in the maternity hospital, an issue that cuts to the core of the controversy surrounding the proposed new hospital.
The Dublin Fingal TD said:
“The Taoiseach stood up in the Dáil today and made a basic factual error in relation to the National maternity Hospital. In response to a question from myself, he stated that there was no need to be worried about governance arrangements, which must be settled before contracts are signed, as the planning permission procedure had not begun.
“Perhaps if he read the press release from Minister Simon Harris on the Department of Health website welcoming the lodging of the planning permission application, he might know that planning was lodged almost two months ago on March 10.
“This is a live issue and one which needs to be handled swiftly and decisively; two attributes which could hardly be ascribed to this Government in any of its dealings. The women of Ireland need this hospital, but equally, they need assurance that it will have complete medical independence from any non-medical body.
“I am sure that the Taoiseach would welcome the opportunity to correct Dáil Record on this matter and work quickly with his Minister for Health to alleviate these concerns.”