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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.


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What's on this week

Week commencing Monday 4th of May 2015

The Joint Committee on Health and Children will be meeting in Public Session this week.

The Meeting will take place on Thursday 7th of May, at 9.30 a.m. in Committee Room 2, LH2000. 

Session A: 9.30 a.m. The development of quality and affordable childcare, with Ms. Ciairín de Buis, Director, Start Strong; Ms. Teresa Heeney, Chief Executive Officer, Early Childhood Ireland; Ms. Orla O’Connor, Director, National Women’s Council of Ireland; and Ms.Maria Corbett, Deputy Chief Executive, Children's Rights Alliance, presenting to the Committee. 

The Committee is planning to hold a number of meetings on this topic and will prepare a Report for presentation to government, to assist in the development of policy.

Session B: 11.30 a.m. Update on Child Protection Issues in the Midlands, with Mr. Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive, Tusla - Child and Family Agency, 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

29 April 15
Sub-Committee on Children and Youth Affairs to debate Children First Bill

22 April 15
Minister Varadkar to appear before Health Committee on draft alcohol Bill

16 April 15
Health Committee welcomes progress on palliative care


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Joint Committee on Health and Children meeting with the Project Team responsible for delivery of the National Children’s Hospital

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