A HSE report has pointed out that because Ireland is such a rural country, it is accepted that ambulances will not get there on time. This is ‘death by geography’.
I called on the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar in a Seanad debate not to turn a blind eye to urgent HSE resource shortages.
“We are asking Deputy Varadkar to be the Minister for Health. We are not saying that what he is doing in his capacity is good enough and we think he should do more and do better”.
I have been calling on the Taoiseach to become more involved rather than just wait around on a response from the Egyptian government. He should be pushing for an immediate release for young Halawa who has spent more than 800 days in prison who faces trial on the 15th of December. Halawa’s lawyers have even sought help elsewhere as a result of our government’s inaction.
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly has called for the electronic tagging of disqualified drivers on Irish roads following an announcement that 521 collisions causing serious injury or death involve banned motorists. Daly promotes that judges should have the discretion to insist that disqualified drivers that are seen as likely to re-offend be fitted with tracking tags so they can be quickly located by Gardaí.
Within the Seanad, Senator Daly has highlighted that legislation allowing for this already exists, but has never come into force.
This push for enforcement comes following a study by the Road Safety Authority that revealed 521 drivers were disqualified at the time they received convictions for causing death or serious injury. Senator Daly suggests that these incidents could have been prevented if a tagging system was in place.
“If there was a disqualified driver driving a car, a garda with a smartphone would pick it up automatically. He would detect that the person was wearing a tag and know he was disqualified.”
Furthermore, Senator Dale mentioned electronic tags could also be used in the case of gangs “terrorizing the community while on bail”. Laws allowing for the electronic tagging of offenders were contained in the Criminal Justice Act 2006.