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#John Crown

# john-crown - Wednesday 1 June, 2016

"A travesty" - Cystic fibrosis sufferers angry over lack of funding for potentially life-changing drug

Meanwhile, the cancer drug Pembrolizumab has been approved for reimbursement by the HSE.

# john-crown - Monday 30 May, 2016

Calls for a new emergency health fund to pay for expensive cancer drugs

The Minister of State for Health Finian McGrath wants a fund of €80 million to be set up.

# john-crown - Friday 27 May, 2016

'Time is running out': John Crown says cancer patients could die over delay in accessing drug

The former senator said the situation could be partly due to the delay in forming a government.

# john-crown - Friday 30 January, 2015

'I've seen children using e-cigs and that is terrifying'

If passed, a new bill will mean ‘vaping’ becomes subject to the same regulation as ordinary cigarettes

# john-crown - Wednesday 21 January, 2015

'Lucinda or Shane never knocked at my door ... they probably knew better'

So, are any Senators going to join the new alliance or party?

# john-crown - Tuesday 16 December, 2014

'Sickened by the threats': Will Senators reject water charges?

“If the Seanad wants to be taken seriously it must do the right thing and not be merely a rubber stamp for the Government’s brutal austerity policies.”

# john-crown - Monday 6 October, 2014

John Crown: 'It's quite plausible that the HSE would try to minimise the appearance of waiting lists'

The HSE has denied that staff are being encouraged to manipulate waiting lists.

# john-crown - Thursday 2 October, 2014

Ireland is one step closer to a ban on smoking near children in cars

A bill will go to the Dáil next week, and has government support.

# john-crown - Thursday 17 July, 2014

The government says children under six will have free GP care later this year

Legislation passed today includes an amendment to ban gagging orders on doctors that was put forward by Senator John Crown.

# john-crown - Wednesday 9 July, 2014

The government has lost another Seanad vote - and it could delay free GP care for children Coalition Headache This post contains videos

The government has lost another Seanad vote - and it could delay free GP care for children

Senator John Crown’s amendment to free GP care legislation has been passed – against the government’s wishes.

# john-crown - Sunday 29 June, 2014

'I hope he survives': Senator Crown doesn't think Reilly has been given the chance he needs in health HSE

'I hope he survives': Senator Crown doesn't think Reilly has been given the chance he needs in health

Earlier this week Reilly said the health budget had run over by €158 million.

# john-crown - Friday 6 June, 2014

Poll: Should smoking in cars when children are present be banned? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should smoking in cars when children are present be banned?

Going too far? Or should it have been done years ago?

# john-crown - Thursday 17 April, 2014

Senators pass law banning smoking in cars with children - and the government's backing it

The bill now moves to the Dáil where it will have government support.

# john-crown - Sunday 29 December, 2013

‘The Bart Simpson defence’: Surprising pop culture references in the Dáil and Seanad

Everything from Miley Cyrus to Downton Abbey has been raised in the Dáil and Seanad chambers down the years…

# john-crown - Wednesday 25 December, 2013

McGuinness: HSE and Dept of Health have more questions to answer on 'top-ups'

The Public Accounts Committee chairman’s comments come in the wake of this week’s revelations regarding the salary of the St Vincent’s CEO.

# john-crown - Tuesday 24 December, 2013

McGuinness: We have to dig much deeper in relation to St Vincent’s

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee said he found the manner in which the information was released into the public domain by the hospital “shocking”.

# john-crown - Friday 20 December, 2013

Video: Crown doubles down on St Vincent’s claims in the Seanad

St Vincents are calling on Senator Crown to pass on whatever information he has relating to alleged fraud at the institution.

# john-crown - Thursday 19 December, 2013

St Vincent's Hospital denies fraud claims by Senator John Crown

The chairman of St Vincent’s Healthcare Group has written to Senator John Crown and asked him to send on all information he has in relation to the matter.

# john-crown - Sunday 6 October, 2013

‘Fannies’, ‘prats’ and ‘clowns’: 10 bizarre moments from the 24th Seanad

From the Justice Minister’s laughing fit, to Jim Walsh’s controversial comments on abortion. Say what you like about the chamber’s effectiveness; so far the current crop of senators have been anything but boring.

# john-crown - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Brian Hayes on why he told John Crown: 'You lick yourself every night' Seanad Referendum This post contains videos

Brian Hayes on why he told John Crown: 'You lick yourself every night'

The junior minister got into a heated argument with senator John Crown during a recent debate on the Seanad abolition.

# john-crown - Sunday 12 May, 2013

Members launch plan to reform Seanad and prevent abolition

Feargal Quinn and Katherine Zappone will call a vote this Wednesday on plans to overhaul how the chamber is elected.

# john-crown - Wednesday 10 April, 2013

Smokers' group welcomes study showing low level of smoking in cars

Forest Éireann, a representative group for Irish smokers, says a ban on smoking in cars would have little positive effect.

# john-crown - Sunday 3 March, 2013

New Bill would give Seanad vote to all citizens - including emigrants

Professor John Crown’s Seanad Electoral Reform Bill will be debated by Senators this Wednesday evening.

# john-crown - Saturday 2 February, 2013

Senators received nearly €2 million in expenses in 2012

The average senator received €32,695 in allowances last year – equal to nearly half of their basic salary.

# john-crown - Wednesday 9 January, 2013

10 interesting moments from the Oireachtas hearings on abortion

Tuesday was one of the more interesting days in the world of Oireachtas committees. Here’s what’s happened in 10 quick points.

# john-crown - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

Psychiatrists at odds over effects of any X Case legislation

TDs and Senators have heard from a number of psychiatrists who spoke at length about the issue of suicide in any legislation for the X Case.

# john-crown - Wednesday 14 November, 2012

Health Committee to resume hearings on childhood obesity

Committee Chairman, Jerry Buttimer TD said childhood obesity is a “very important and serious health issue which needs to be tackled urgently”.

# john-crown - Sunday 9 September, 2012

Businesswoman stunned by support after sharing #mycancerstory

Aileen O’Toole generated a huge reaction on social media when she shared her story of her cancer battle on Twitter last Friday.

# john-crown - Friday 7 September, 2012

#Mycancerstory: The most powerful story on Twitter today Mycancerstory This post contains images

#Mycancerstory: The most powerful story on Twitter today

Aileen O’Toole co-founded the Sunday Business Post and is MD of Amas internet consultancy. Today, she shared the biggest challenge of her life so far.

# john-crown - Monday 23 April, 2012

Smokers' body rejects plans to ban smoking in public parks

Forest Éireann, which claims to represent smokers in Ireland, describes James Reilly’s plans as “a heavy-handed intrusion”.

# john-crown - Tuesday 10 April, 2012

Poll: Should smoking in cars when children are present be banned? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should smoking in cars when children are present be banned?

Three senators are hoping to introduce legislation that would ban smoking while driving in cars but critics would argue people should be allowed the choice or that such laws would be hard to enforce. What do you think?

# john-crown - Friday 23 March, 2012

‘I feel betrayed’: Political figures respond to Mahon Tribunal findings

As the major parties digest the implications of the Mahon report, here’s what their members (and others) have been saying on the side…

# john-crown - Sunday 26 February, 2012

Column: The war on drugs isn't working. We need to medicalise heroin.

Heroin addiction is behind much of the criminality in this country – and failing to do something about it will not make the problem go away, writes Senator John Crown.

# john-crown - Wednesday 15 February, 2012

Government blocks Seanad move to abolish unvouched independents’ allowance

An amendment moved by independent Senators making the ‘leaders’ allowance’ vouched has been defeated by the government.

# john-crown - Wednesday 21 September, 2011

Government to block "bizarre proposal" restricting lobbying of judges

The government is to vote against John Crown’s bill which would require TDs and Senators to declare any contact with judges.

# john-crown - Tuesday 20 September, 2011

As Dana and Norris’s presidential hopes fade, who’s supporting who?

David Norris would appear to have the best chance of being on the ballot paper but he faces an uphill task. We crunch the numbers to find out who independent TDs and Senators are supporting.

# john-crown - Saturday 10 September, 2011

The Daily Fix: Saturday

All of the day’s main news, plus the little bits and pieces you may have missed…

Senator donating entire Seanad salary to cancer research

Prof John Crown is also putting his parliamentary expenses towards the employment of a political policy researcher.

# john-crown - Thursday 21 July, 2011

David Norris has 13 Oireachtas signatures for presidential nomination

The independent senator has the support of independent representatives from both houses of the Oireachtas. He needs seven more.

# john-crown - Wednesday 25 May, 2011

'Father' David Norris inspires Seanad maiden speeches Seanad This post contains images

'Father' David Norris inspires Seanad maiden speeches

Veteran senator warns that current crop of colleagues have to prove their worth ahead of next year’s proposed referendum on keeping the Seanad Éireann.

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