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# alex-white - Tuesday 20 August, 2013

"Recall makes Seanad survival a reality" - O'Sullivan

The recall to debate transplant legislation shows the role that a reformed Seanad could have says a Fianna Fáil senator.

Senator accused of ‘talking through his derriere’ and ‘invoking memory of Bobby Ewing’ Seanad Recall This post contains videos

Senator accused of ‘talking through his derriere’ and ‘invoking memory of Bobby Ewing’

The Seanad is debating an emergency motion to annul legislation on organ transplantation.

Seanad to debate annulling organ transplant law that cannot be annulled

The State’s first organ transplant legislation was signed into law a year ago but a Fianna Fáíl senator says it is flawed and “people will die” because the proper systems are not in place.

# alex-white - Thursday 15 August, 2013

Minister: There is no reason to annul the organ transplant legislation

Minister of State Alex White has hit back at calls for the organ transplant legislation to be annulled ahead of a Seanad debate on the matter next week.

# alex-white - Tuesday 6 August, 2013

Health Ministers to bring free GP plans to Government

Both Ministers for Health are working on plans to bring free GP care to Ireland, but have not decided on an age-range.

# alex-white - Wednesday 3 July, 2013

Most cannabis users say they obtained the drug 'at a friend's house' - report

And women are twice as likely as men to order it over the phone.

# alex-white - Monday 1 July, 2013

Six deaths linked to oral contraceptive pill in Ireland

Last year, there were 273 seizures of Yasmin and similar contraceptive pills in Ireland.

# alex-white - Monday 22 April, 2013

New lab that deals with cervical and bowel screening results officially opens today

MedLab Pathology, based in Sandyford, has been awarded 50 per cent of the contract for the CervicalCheck programme and will also work with the State’s BowelScreen programme.

# alex-white - Thursday 21 March, 2013

20,000 people over 70 to lose medical cards under new legislation

However Minister of State Alex White said that medical card coverage of the over 70s population stands at 97 per cent.

# alex-white - Tuesday 19 March, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Generic drugs and insurance for flood victims

It’s a light day in the Oireachtas today, with only two committee meetings being held.

# alex-white - Monday 4 March, 2013

Head of HSE drug-buying programme: 'It's difficult to defend current prices'

Michael Barry of the National Medicines Management Programme says draft laws will make generic drugs cheaper.

# alex-white - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

Charity launches Ireland's first Alcohol Awareness Week

The Alcohol Forum said there is evidence that communities have a major role to play in starting a process of mindset and culture change.

# alex-white - Saturday 9 February, 2013

EC says Ireland is free to give grants for defibrillators

An enquiry by MEP Liam Aylward confirms that Government is forbidden under EU law to lift VAT rate on defibrillators – but that the EC says all states could give financial support to offset cost.

# alex-white - Saturday 26 January, 2013

Government says it can't remove VAT on defibrillators

“Taxing defibrillators is like putting a tax on saving lives”: the 23 per cent VAT rate which Government says can’t be lifted because of an EU directive.

# alex-white - Sunday 13 January, 2013

Updated: Taoiseach has confidence in Reilly and in securing promissory note deal

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny also said that government would not allow for abortion on demand in Ireland.

# alex-white - Saturday 22 December, 2012

Politicians pay back €16,000 after expenses' audit

€16,079 worth of expenses were deemed to be ‘ineligible’.

# alex-white - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

Alex White announces reforms to drugs task forces

More than €28 million will be made available to the task forces next year to support community based initiatives.

# alex-white - Saturday 1 December, 2012

Shortall gives up €33,100 payoff after quitting ministerial job

The former junior minister says she had instructed officials not to pay her any severance she may be entitled to.

# alex-white - Monday 19 November, 2012

Legislation to address street trading of benzodiazepines 'due in early 2013'

Deputy Roisín Shorthall had approved the move to amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations earlier this year. It has been confirmed that it will be 2013 before it is introduced.

# alex-white - Friday 16 November, 2012

Government plans free GP care by 2015, universal insurance by 2016

James Reilly unveils a programme of ambitious reform in the health sector – saying he’ll need two terms to totally finish it up.

# alex-white - Tuesday 6 November, 2012

Children's Hospital to be built on St James's site by end of 2017, early 2018

The decision was made at a Cabinet meeting earlier today and has been announced by the government this afternoon.

# alex-white - Wednesday 24 October, 2012

Report shows increase in use of sedatives and anti-depressants

Women and older adults are more likely to use these substances, the latest National Drug Prevalence Survey revealed.

# alex-white - Saturday 20 October, 2012

Varadkar remains uneasy about banning alcohol sponsorship of sport

The cabinet minister responsible for sport says sponsorship – through whatever means – is vital for grassroots sport.

# alex-white - Wednesday 10 October, 2012

New chairman of Finance Committee 'determined to get stuck in from day one'

The position had been held by Alex White TD, who has taken up the junior ministerial position vacated by Róisín Shortall.

# alex-white - Saturday 29 September, 2012

Shortall, security and kicks in the bum: the week in numbers

Exactly HOW many people would be better off on the Dole? And just how many people emigrate from Ireland every day?

Shortall won't get ministerial pension - but can receive €33,100 severance

Ministers aren’t allowed to receive both – but Róisín Shortall isn’t entitled to one, so she is entitled to the other.

# alex-white - Friday 28 September, 2012

VIDEO: James Reilly explains his decision on primary care centres

The Minister for Health seeks to turn the tables – suggesting Róisín Shortall had used strange criteria to rank potential venues.

# alex-white - Thursday 27 September, 2012

The Evening Fix...now with added 'Wake the F**K up'

Things we learned, loved and shared today.

Reilly welcomes Alex White appointment, thanks Shortall for 'hard work'

The Health Minister has commented on the news that Alex White will replace the departed Róisín Shortall who Reilly thanked for her ‘hard work’.

Alex White to replace Shortall as junior health minister

The Dublin South TD will be nominated to fill the vacant junior ministerial position at the Department of Health next week.

# alex-white - Monday 16 July, 2012

Legislation may have to be put in place before banking inquiry

Legislation is a bigger question than whether the Public Accounts Committee or Finance Committee will hold the inquiry, said Deputy Alex White.

# alex-white - Sunday 8 July, 2012

The banking inquiry... who's going to carry it out?

Is there a turf war between the Public Accounts Committee and the Finance Committee on who’s going to do the digging? And what about revisiting the Oireachtas inquiries referendum?

# alex-white - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

Some Ulster Bank customers' bills not paid for last fortnight

The delay to payments enters its third week today, as the bank insisted no customer data had been lost.

# alex-white - Sunday 13 May, 2012

Arousal and muzzled: The week in quotes Said And Done This post contains images

Arousal and muzzled: The week in quotes

“It is important for me personally to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

# alex-white - Wednesday 9 May, 2012

'What are we at?' - Labour TD criticises number of election posters Posters This post contains a poll

'What are we at?' - Labour TD criticises number of election posters

Alex White said he wasn’t against the posters themselves, but asked why they needed to be ‘festooned’ on every lamppost.

# alex-white - Friday 27 April, 2012

7 barristers paid over €200,000 each for work for Chief State Solicitor

The barristers carried out work for the Office of the Chief State Solicitor, who represents the State in various courts.

# alex-white - Saturday 7 April, 2012

11 things we learned from the new Registers of Members’ Interests

The new registers of members’ interests have been published. Here’s some random things we learned from reading them.

# alex-white - Tuesday 3 April, 2012

Ireland's politicians disclose €378,920 in donations for 2011

TDs, Senators and MEPs who served in roles in 2011 are required to disclose donations above €634.87 from one person.

# alex-white - Wednesday 8 February, 2012

Central Banker to present personal debt stats to Oireachtas committee

Statistician Joe McNeill is due to give the Committee on Finance an overview of non-mortgage personal debt in Ireland later today.

# alex-white - Tuesday 24 January, 2012

TDs off to Berlin to discuss 2012 Budget leaks

The Oireachtas Finance committee is heading to meet its German counterpart – the one that got our Budget in November.