Deputy Broughan recently asked the Minister for Health the number of persons seen by a psychologist in CHO area 9 in the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017, the number of persons on the waiting list to see to a psychologist, the average waiting time and the longest time a person has been waiting to see a psychologist. On the 22nd of March 2017, Minister McEntee replied to say that she had referred the question to the HSE for answer. Yesterday, the 26th of April 2017, Deputy Broughan received a shocking reply.
Welcome to the website of Thomas P. (Tommy) Broughan T.D. I am an Independent Deputy for the Dublin Bay North Constituency and have represented our constituency in Dáil Éireann since 1992. The information and contacts on these pages will give you a fair idea of my work on behalf of my constituents. You may look up my information clinic times, email address and phone numbers. I always welcome support from constituents and friends in providing assistance with my political work. I will be delighted to hear from you on any matter, whether local or national
Deputy Broughan has recently asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, to report on the licencing and invigilation of the operation of drones by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) in light of recent concerns for passenger aircraft safety in the UK. On the 21st of April, Deputy Broughan received a detailed reply from the IAA stating that there are over 7,000 drones and model aircrafts registered with the IAA since the introduction of the Small Unmanned Aircraft (Drones) and Rockets Order in December 2015.
BROUGHAN CONCERNED AT STAFF SHORTAGES AT ST. JOSEPH’S INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY SERVICE, PORTRANE
20 Apr 2017
Deputy Broughan has recently been contacted by a number of constituents distressed at the staff shortages in St. Joseph’s Intellectual Disability Service at St. Ita’s Hospital, Portrane, Co. Dublin. Deputy Broughan has been making representations to support these constituents and yesterday received a reply from the HSE following a Parliamentary Question he asked to the Minister for Health. The reply confirmed the “current high levels of nursing staff shortages at St Joseph’s Intellectual Disability Services” and went on to say that a significant recruitment drive is being undertaken to try and attract nursing staff to this facility. Worryingly, the reply states that despite these efforts “the response rate to date in filling these posts has been very low”.
CONTACT DETAILS FOR STARDUST INVESTIGATION
20 Apr 2017
Deputy Broughan today received information from Minister of State, Finian McGrath on the contact details for Judge Pat McCartan for the duration of his review of evidence pertaining to the Stardust Tragedy. If you wish to contact Mr Justice McCartan the details are as follows:
I am delighted to have an opportunity to speak briefly on the motion and I thank Sinn Féin for bringing it forward. For many of our constituents’ confidence in An Garda Síochána, the revelations on the Garda MAT tests statistics prompted by the reports by David Labanyi in The Irish Times and the subsequent revelations on illegal convictions of 14,700 drivers were the last straws.
The Minister recently told me that the Passport Office processed almost 750,000 applications for renewals and new passports in 2016 and that he expected a rise of approximately 9% this year. Of course there was the Brexit spike, to which the Minister has referred in some replies. His own Department has been very efficient and kind in response to queries I have raised, and I am sure, in response to other Deputies as well. There is growing concern that, as the website of the Passport Office states, processing times are a guideline only and not a guarantee. We have case after case of families being very distressed as their time for departure for a holiday fast approaches and no passport is delivered.