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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
# Not Cost-effective
# Not Cost-effective

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

Jun 1st 2016, 8:33 PM 12,490 Views 66 Comments

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
# Pembro
# Pembro

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

May 30th 2016, 12:19 PM 10,158 Views 52 Comments

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
# Pembro
# Pembro

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

May 27th 2016, 10:32 AM 14,889 Views 24 Comments

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'
# Lovely E-fags
# Lovely E-fags

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

Jan 30th 2015, 5:35 PM 21,919 Views 164 Comments

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'
# To Join Or Not To Join
# To Join Or Not To Join

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

Jan 21st 2015, 10:00 AM 21,671 Views 46 Comments

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?
# Close Call
# Close Call

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

Dec 16th 2014, 4:00 PM 13,050 Views 123 Comments

“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'
# Memo
# Memo

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

Oct 6th 2014, 10:54 PM 12,742 Views 32 Comments

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
# Stubbed Out
# Stubbed Out

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

Oct 2nd 2014, 9:04 AM 5,523 Views 49 Comments

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
# Pledge
# Pledge

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

Jul 17th 2014, 6:30 PM 9,271 Views 44 Comments

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
# Coalition Headache

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

Jul 9th 2014, 6:15 PM 11,144 Views 29 Comments

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
# HSE

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

Jun 29th 2014, 1:33 PM 8,516 Views 32 Comments

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
# Your Say

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

Jun 6th 2014, 8:47 AM 13,950 Views 195 Comments

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
# Health
# Health

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

Apr 17th 2014, 3:19 PM 9,702 Views 62 Comments

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
# Down With The Kids
# Down With The Kids

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

Dec 29th 2013, 6:30 PM 12,477 Views 7 Comments

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'
# Top-ups
# Top-ups

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

Dec 25th 2013, 2:12 PM 3,967 Views 7 Comments

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
# Top-ups
# Top-ups

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

Dec 24th 2013, 1:05 PM 13,532 Views 49 Comments

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
# Fraud Claims
# Fraud Claims

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

Dec 20th 2013, 10:08 PM 16,203 Views 22 Comments

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
# Cancer Drugs
# Cancer Drugs

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

Dec 19th 2013, 10:57 PM 13,984 Views 33 Comments

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
# Oireachtas Retorts
# Oireachtas Retorts

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

Oct 6th 2013, 8:30 AM 8,830 Views 44 Comments

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
# Seanad Referendum

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

Jul 27th 2013, 7:15 AM 13,261 Views 67 Comments

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
# Seanad Reform
# Seanad Reform

Members launch plan to reform Seanad and prevent abolition

May 12th 2013, 4:11 PM 6,310 Views 45 Comments

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
# Smoking
# Smoking

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

Apr 10th 2013, 10:29 AM 7,646 Views 54 Comments

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
# Seanad Reform
# Seanad Reform

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

Mar 3rd 2013, 3:24 PM 5,731 Views 52 Comments

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
# Allowances
# Allowances

Senators received nearly €2 million in expenses in 2012

Feb 2nd 2013, 7:40 AM 5,409 Views 41 Comments

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
# Abortion
# Abortion

10 interesting moments from the Oireachtas hearings on abortion

Jan 9th 2013, 7:30 AM 8,070 Views 64 Comments

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
# Abortion
# Abortion

Psychiatrists at odds over effects of any X Case legislation

Jan 8th 2013, 5:57 PM 7,229 Views 127 Comments

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
# Childhood Obesity
# Childhood Obesity

Health Committee to resume hearings on childhood obesity

Nov 14th 2012, 8:30 PM 3,861 Views 14 Comments

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
# Mycancerstory
# Mycancerstory

Businesswoman stunned by support after sharing #mycancerstory

Sep 9th 2012, 5:55 PM 6,929 Views 1 Comment

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
# Mycancerstory

#Mycancerstory: The most powerful story on Twitter today

Sep 7th 2012, 11:04 PM 16,761 Views 32 Comments

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
# Smoking
# Smoking

Smokers' body rejects plans to ban smoking in public parks

Apr 23rd 2012, 1:36 PM 3,384 Views 53 Comments

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
# Your Say

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

Apr 10th 2012, 10:47 AM 7,294 Views 128 Comments

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
# Mahon
# Mahon

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

Mar 23rd 2012, 7:15 AM 3,217 Views 23 Comments

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.
# Opinion
# Opinion

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

Feb 26th 2012, 8:30 AM 56 Views 71 Comments

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
# Expenses
# Expenses

Government blocks Seanad move to abolish unvouched independents’ allowance

Feb 15th 2012, 3:14 PM 3,408 Views 21 Comments

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
# Lobbying
# Lobbying

Government to block "bizarre proposal" restricting lobbying of judges

Sep 21st 2011, 11:01 AM 1,042 Views 10 Comments

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?
# Race For The Áras
# Race For The Áras

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

Sep 20th 2011, 6:40 PM 2,266 Views 54 Comments

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
# Daily Fix
# Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Saturday

Sep 10th 2011, 7:55 PM 2,063 Views 9 Comments

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
# Seanad Expenses
# Seanad Expenses

Senator donating entire Seanad salary to cancer research

Sep 10th 2011, 1:12 PM 2,049 Views 28 Comments

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
# Race For The Áras
# Race For The Áras

David Norris has 13 Oireachtas signatures for presidential nomination

Jul 21st 2011, 10:09 AM 1,837 Views 31 Comments

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
# Seanad

'Father' David Norris inspires Seanad maiden speeches

May 25th 2011, 6:11 PM 1,194 Views 0 Comments

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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