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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 5th October 2015

The Joint Committee on Health and Children will be holding two meetings this week. On Tuesday 6th October at 4.30 p.m. in Committee Room 2, LH2000, the Committee will receive its Quarterly update on health issues from Leo Varadkar T.D., Minister for Health; Kathleen Lynch T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Primary Care, Social Care (Disabilities and Older People) and Mental Health; and Mr. Tony O' Brien, Director General, Health Service Executive, appearing before the Committee.

And on Thursday 8th October at 9.30 a.m. in Committee Room 2, LH2000, the Committee will hold the following two sessions;

Session A: 9.30 a.m.
The current work and challenges facing the Dental Council of Ireland, with Dr. Eamon Croke, President, Dental Council of Ireland, along with representatives from the Council, presenting to the Committee.

Session B: 11.15 a.m.
An introductory session on the pre-Legislative Scrutiny of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2015 with officials from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, 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. Meetings are also broadcast on the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App which is available free of charge from the App stores on iTunes and Android.

News from the Committee

22 July 15
HSE Officials to appear before Health Committee to discuss procurement practices

17 July 15
Health Committee to follow up on RTÉ Prime Time procurement exposé

16 July 15
Children’s Committee to meet with Tusla Chief Executive


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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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