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Joint Committee on Health and Children

The timely provision of timely and high quality healthcare is a key priority for everyone. 

This Committee plays an important role in scrutinising the work of the Department of Health and its agencies, as well as examining current health policy, assessing the future planning of health services and scrutinising any proposed changes to the way healthcare is delivered in this country.

This Committee's remit also extends to scrutinising the work of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and key stakeholders in promoting the interests of children and young people in Ireland.

The Committee examines issues of current interest within its remit and will usually produce a report setting out its findings and making recommendations to the Government.


Read the Committee's EU Matters.

What's on this week

Week commencing Monday 25th of May 2015

The Joint Committee on Health and Children will meet on Thursday 28th May at 9.30 a.m. in Committee Room 2, LH2000

Session A: 9.30 a.m. The current work and future plans for the Office of the Ombudsman for Children, with the recently appointed, Dr. Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, presenting to the Committee; and

Session B: 11.15 a.m. The recognition of Deafblindness as a distinct disability, with Ms. Laura English, Ann Sullivan Centre; Dr. Sandra Cummings, Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists; and Ms. Carol Brill, Advocate, presenting to the Committee.

Note: Committee meetings are webcast and often televised live on the Oireachtas TV channel, which is available on UPC 207 and Sky 574. To view all broadcasting options click on the following link.

News from the Committee

18 May 15
Portlaoise Bereaved Parents to appear before Health Committee

13 May 15
Minister Varadkar before Health Committee for quarterly update

12 May 15
Dáil Health sub-Committee to consider Health (General Practitioner Service) Bill 2015


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Joint Committee on Health and Children, and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar TD, prior to meeting with 2015 BT Young Scientist Winners on their research on alcohol consumption. Ian O'Sullivan and Eimear Murphy, both transition year students from Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk, County Cork, outlined their winning project “Alcohol consumption: Does the apple fall far from the tree?”

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