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400. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014 provides for health services to be made available without charge to women in their current country of residence, or if the provision is only applicable to health services delivered here. [49574/14]

401. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014 excludes top-up pension payments made to women from any financial assessment of means under the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act 2009. [49575/14]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 400 and 401 together.
The Redress for Women Resident in Certain Institutions Bill 2014 provides that the HSE will make available, without charge, specified health services in the State to participants of the ex-gratia scheme. Access to equivalent health services to participants living abroad will be dealt with on an administrative basis by the HSE. In regard to the Nursing Home Support Scheme Act 2009, the Bill provides that for the purposes of carrying out a financial assessment of means under the Act "relevant payments" are not included in this assessment. "Relevant payments" includes any payments made under the ex-gratia scheme. This will include any top-up pension payments under the ex-gratia scheme.