On Monday morning I attended the Joint Policing Committee and later in the week I submitted my report to the Garda Policing Plan. Later on Monday I was delighted to attend the Mansion House and to take part in the centenary celebrations of the first Dáil which sat in that location on the 21st of January 1919. It was a wonderful afternoon and evening. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan spoke on behalf of the technical group of Independents of which I am a member.
Deputy Thomas P. Broughan: Why has the Taoiseach’s Ministers, Deputies Paschal Donohoe and Simon Harris, refused to provide the funding necessary for the restoration of staff salaries in section 39 health sector organisations? Unlike colleagues often doing the very same job in section 38 agencies and in the HSE, health workers in the 1,800 section 39 organisations have been discriminated against and denied pay restoration under the Lansdowne Road agreement.
Three weeks ago I hosted a Dáil briefing that was addressed by chief executive officers of the two largest section 39 organisations in the country, the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Rehab. The briefing was well attended by colleagues from all sides of the House and the Seanad and was addressed by the two chief executive officers, Ms Rosemary Keogh of the Irish Wheelchair Association and Ms Mo Flynn of Rehab.