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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 7th July 2015

The Joint Committee on Health and Children will meet in Public Session on Thursday 9th July at 9.30 a.m. in Committee Room 2, Leinster House 2000, and will hold two separate sessions.

Session A - 9.30 a.m. The case for the banning of so-called ‘legal highs’ drug stimulants with Mr. Packie Kelly, Project Co-ordinator, Teach na Daoine, Family Resource Centre, Monaghan Town; and Ms. Sharon McQuaid, bereaved parent, presenting to the Committee.

Session B - 11.15 a.m. The National Drugs Strategy with Mr. Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD, Minister of State for New Communities,  Culture, Equality and Drugs Strategy, at the Department of Justice and Equality, 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

24 June 15
Health Committee to consider importance of pre-pregnancy folic acid supplementation

22 June 15
New alcohol legislation must include provision for robust labelling and code of conduct: Health Committee

17 June 15
Committee on Children to continue discussions on developing quality and affordable childcare


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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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