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Health Committee to discuss State Dental Schemes with Irish Dental Association

27 Mar 2013, 16.40

The Committee on Health and Children will discuss State Dental Schemes tomorrow, Thursday, 28th March, 2013 when it meets with Fintan Hourihan, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Dental Association; Clare Dowling, Irish Dental Association Employment and Communications Officer; Andrew Bolas, President, Irish Dental Association and HSE Deputy Principal Dental Surgeon, Sligo; and Dr Peter Gannon, Chair, General Practitioners Committee.

Committee Chairman, Jerry Buttimer TD said: “As a committee we are aware the Irish Dental Association has expressed concern over cuts in funding for State dental services and what it says is the deterioration in the country’s dental health and standards of dental hygiene.
Tomorrow, we will meet with representatives from the Irish Dental Association when they will have an opportunity to elaborate on their concerns and outline their proposed solutions to the problem.”

Before the Committee meets with the Irish Dental Association, it will carry out scrutiny of EU legislative proposals: COM(2012)541 on in vitro diagnostic medical devices and COM(2012)542. on medical devices, and amending Directive 2001/83/EC, Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 and Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009

The meeting takes place tomorrow, Thursday, 28th March, 2013 at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2, LH 2000.

Committee proceedings can be followed live at:

For further information please contact:

Ciaran Brennan,
Houses of the Oireachtas,
Communications Unit,
Leinster House,
Dublin 2

P: +3531 618 3903
M: 086-0496518
F: +3531 618 4551


Committee Membership:


Jerry Buttimer, Fine Gael
Catherine Byrne, Fine Gael
Michael Colreavy, Sinn Fein
Ciara Conway, Labour Party
Regina Doherty, Fine Gael
Robert Dowds, Labour Party
Peter Fitzpatrick, Fine Gael
Seamus Healy, Independent
Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil
Eamonn Maloney, Labour Party
Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Fine Gael
Mattie McGrath, Independent
Denis Naughten, Independent
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Sinn Fein
Robert Troy, Fianna Fáil


Colm Burke, Fine Gael
John Crown, Independent
John Gilroy, Labour Party
Imelda Henry, Fine Gael
Marc Mac Sharry, Fine Fail
Jillian Van Turnhout, Independent