25 Beal 2020, 14.53

The Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid 19 Response will discuss nursing homes and direct provision centres with witnesses tomorrow, Tuesday, 26 May, in Leinster House.

Deputies will hold three separate sessions in the Dáil Chamber throughout the day with witnesses giving evidence from the Dáil Chamber and via video screen from Committee Room 1.

  • Nursing Homes Ireland, Chief Executive Officer, Tadhg Daly and Sage Advocacy, Executive Director Mervyn Taylor will appear before the Committee to discuss nursing homes at 11.10am.
  • The discussion will resume when Health Information Quality Authority (HIQA), Chief Executive Officer, Phelim Quinn and HSE representatives appear before the Committee at 2pm.
  • The Committee will discuss direct provision centres with officials from the Department of Justice and Equality and from the HSE at 4.30pm.

Speaking before the meeting, Committee Chairman, Michael McNamara TD said: “More than half of the people who died from Covid 19 were living in nursing homes. Hundreds of healthcare workers in nursing homes have been infected with the virus and a significant number of clusters of infection have been reported in nursing homes where more than 31,000 people in Ireland live.

“We welcome Nursing Homes Ireland, the national representative body of the private and voluntary nursing home sector and HIQA, the body responsible for the monitoring and inspection of nursing homes, before the Committee to hear how they responded to the pandemic from the outset and how they are responding now to ensure the safety of nursing home residents and staff.”

Deputy McNamara added: “The Committee will also discuss conditions and infection control in direct provision centres across the country with officials from the Department of Justice and Equality and HSE.”

Watch the Committee live here.

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Committee membership

Teachtaí

Fine Gael

Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil

Sinn Féin

Independent

Sinn Féin

Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil

Fianna Fáil

Michael McNamara - Cathaoirleach

Independent

Fine Gael

Independent

Social Democrats

Solidarity - People Before Profit

Labour Party

Green Party