Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Questions (327, 357)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

327. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Health his plans to reopen the health services of the Askeaton protocol (details supplied); if the Askeaton protocol is still used for investigations of potential emissions from industrial facilities that can cause damage to human health; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51626/18]

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Willie O'Dea

Question:

357. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Minister for Health his plans to reopen the health services of the Askeaton protocol, which was a major part of the Askeaton investigation in the late 1990s, following the dossier he received from a person, which was complied by a person (details supplied) into their family in Askeaton; if the Askeaton protocol is still being used for investigations of potential emissions from industrial facilities that can cause damage to human health; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51769/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 327 and 357 together.

It is understood that the Askeaton Protocol to which the Deputy refers is the 'Disease Cluster Investigation Protocol'. I am informed by the HSE that the protocol is still in use in relation to investigations of potential emissions from industrial facilities that can cause damage to human health.

The correspondence to which the Deputy refers in relation to this matter is being examined by my Department.