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# billy-kelleher - Saturday 19 April, 2014

€532 million hole proves that health budget is "not fit for purpose" says Fianna Fáil

Billy Kelleher says the HSE’s budget is based on “flaky assumptions”.

# billy-kelleher - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

'More people and more vehicles': Fianna Fáil's solution to the 'crisis' in the ambulance service

The party has tabled a motion on the ambulance service for debate in the Dáil tonight and tomorrow and reckons that the service needs 400 extra staff.

# billy-kelleher - Wednesday 12 February, 2014

Children making their communion being 'paraded into tanning shops to perk up their tans'

The Dáil debated legislation to ban sunbed use among under 18s this morning.

# billy-kelleher - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

'In my 21 years in Leinster House I cannot remember anything like this happening before'

Six hours of debate on the controversial HSE Service Plan have been reduced to three, prompting outrage from Fianna Fáil.

# billy-kelleher - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Reilly 'acknowledges discomfort and distress' of patients on trolleys

Reilly was challenged by Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher in the Dáil today after it emerged almost 400 people were on trolleys across the country in one day this week.

# billy-kelleher - Sunday 22 December, 2013

Opposition parties slam government over 'last-minute changes' to HSE Service Plan

A spokesperson for Health Minister James Reilly has confirmed that the language of the HSE Service Plan was changed after Cabinet approved extra funding for the Department of Health.

# billy-kelleher - Wednesday 18 December, 2013

'That's not what I do': Kathleen Lynch says she never threatened to resign

“Fantasy” is how the Minister of State described claims she threatened to resign over mental health funding.

# billy-kelleher - Monday 4 November, 2013

Billy Kelleher: 'Intervention of An Taisce on Children’s Hospital location is significant'

Fianna Fáil’s health spokesperson called on the Minister for Health to address the concerns raised by Ireland’s National Trust.

# billy-kelleher - Saturday 2 November, 2013

Reilly: Everyone will have free GP care by 2016, IMO: There’s no hope of that

Reilly also said that he will legislate in the new year to crackdown on private health insurance providers offering plans which exclude treatment at certain hospitals.

# billy-kelleher - Tuesday 15 October, 2013

'It's going to be a very unfair Budget': Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil are already unhappy

And Michael Noonan isn’t even on his feet yet…

# billy-kelleher - Saturday 12 October, 2013

'The most vulnerable people in our society': Dáil hears medical card horror stories

Problems facing some chronically ill people who cannot access discretionary medical cards were raised in the Dáil this week. Here are just some of the stories placed on the Dáil record.

# billy-kelleher - Thursday 10 October, 2013

"He's a fine deputy!": Row over Labour's belated expulsion of Keaveney from committee

Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher stuck-up for former Labour chairman Colm Keaveney in the Dáil this morning.

# billy-kelleher - Saturday 10 August, 2013

Kelleher: Leaked HSE patient safety risk report ‘frightening but not surprising’

The details of the leaked report reveal fears about risks to patient safety caused by understaffing and spending cuts.

# billy-kelleher - 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.

# billy-kelleher - Saturday 8 June, 2013

Revealed: At least 6 Fianna Fáil TDs and most senators to oppose abortion bill

With a free vote, at least a dozen TDs and senators from the main opposition party are likely to oppose the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill, according to a survey carried out by

# billy-kelleher - Wednesday 27 March, 2013

Junior Minister admits banks have 'hoodwinked' the government

The Dáil debated a Fianna Fáil-proposed private members’ motion on the mortgage arrears crisis tonight but it was easily defeated by the government’s majority.

# billy-kelleher - Thursday 14 March, 2013

Reilly: "Priority" to offer children bilateral cochlear implants in 2014

Parents are calling on the Government to fit children with two cochlear implants as standard, instead of the current one.

# billy-kelleher - Sunday 3 February, 2013

Reilly called on to make 'immediate statement' on hospital upgrade

Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Health says Reilly needed to make an “immediate statement to clarify why Wexford General Hospital was fast-tracked for upgrade”.

# billy-kelleher - Tuesday 22 January, 2013

Fiona Doyle case has 'filled the nation with revulsion' - Taoiseach

The release on bail, pending an appeal, of an elderly man who repeatedly raped his daughter when she was younger was raised at Leaders’ Questions.

# billy-kelleher - Friday 11 January, 2013

Criticism for HSE's 2013 service plan as health unions to be briefed

Unions representing health service workers will be briefed on the HSE’s national service plan announced yesterday as political reaction was less than positive towards the plan.

# billy-kelleher - Sunday 6 January, 2013

Former junior ministers share €64,000 severance payout for 2012

Former Labour minister Willie Penrose, and Fianna Fáil duo Dara Calleary and Billy Kelleher, received severance last year.

# billy-kelleher - Saturday 5 January, 2013

Fitzgerald concerned about difficulty of regulating cyberbullying sites

The Minister for Children admits that given the “global and open nature of the internet”, it may be difficult to regulate the likes of

# billy-kelleher - Thursday 22 November, 2012

Opposition calls for Taoiseach to meet with Savita's husband

The death of Savita Halappanavar was raised again at Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil this morning.

# billy-kelleher - Saturday 17 November, 2012

From The Daily Edge Here is the week's news... skewed Not The News

Here is the week's news... skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Irish all to live to 100; John Waters outraged for men (again); Ireland’s election to Human Rights Council ‘not a joke’.

# billy-kelleher - Friday 19 October, 2012

Deputy accuses Department of failing to give straight answer on primary care centres

Deputy Billy Kelleher sent a Freedom of Information request to the department of health, who said they regret the need to extend the time to deal with the request.

# billy-kelleher - Friday 5 October, 2012

450,000 home help hours could go as HSE plans €8 million cut

The changes would equate to about 450,000 hours being lost – but the HSE says direct patient care services will stay.

# billy-kelleher - Wednesday 3 October, 2012

Reilly to give Dáil explanation over primary care centres today

The Ceann Comhairle has permitted a ‘private notice question’ to be tabled by Sinn Féin for discussion later this afternoon.

# billy-kelleher - 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.

# billy-kelleher - Thursday 27 September, 2012

James Reilly stands over Primary Care centre decision-making processes

Explaining the three-part criteria for prioritising locations, Reilly called the process “transparent”.

# billy-kelleher - Friday 21 September, 2012

Reilly defends decision to consider constituency towns for new health units

James Reilly added Swords and Balbriggan – both in his constituency – to a list of venues being considered for primary care centres.

# billy-kelleher - Thursday 20 September, 2012

VIDEO: Róisín Shortall's not-so-ringing endorsement of James Reilly Health This post contains videos

VIDEO: Róisín Shortall's not-so-ringing endorsement of James Reilly

The junior health minister voted in favour of James Reilly last night – but only after a four-minute critique of his performance.

# billy-kelleher - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Reilly wins confidence vote as Taoiseach and Tánaiste state their support No Confidence This post contains videos

Reilly wins confidence vote as Taoiseach and Tánaiste state their support

The Fianna Fáil proposed motion of no confidence in the Health Minister was defeated but junior health minister Róisín Shortall did not mention or refer to James Reilly once during her statement.

# billy-kelleher - Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Rabbitte rallies to support of Reilly during debate on no confidence motion

Fianna Fáil’s decision to table a motion of no confidence in Health Minister James Reilly tonight drew criticism from the government benches during a heated debate.

# billy-kelleher - Monday 3 September, 2012

Opposition parties to force Dáil vote of no confidence in James Reilly

Both Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin hope to force the hands of Labour backbenchers who are frustrated at the latest round of health cuts.

# billy-kelleher - Saturday 11 August, 2012

Medical card holders urged to seek refunds for blood tests

The HSE has written to all GPs in the medical card scheme reminding them of their obligations, after reports of charging for tests.

# billy-kelleher - Saturday 14 July, 2012

TGIF: How have the Dáil’s Friday sittings worked out?

As we approach the end of another Dáil term, we’ve been asking the government and the opposition how the much-vaunted sittings of the Dáil on the first Friday of every month have been working out.