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Written Answers — Department of Education and Skills: Schools Building Projects Status (8 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 75. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a major school building project (details supplied) is stuck at stage 2b detailed design since December 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40611/19]

Written Answers — Department of Defence: Defence Forces Recruitment (1 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 118. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence further to Parliamentary Question No. 125 of 26 March 2019, the remit of the working group; the membership of the group; the number of times the working group has met in each quarter since its establishment; when the group will report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39335/19]

Written Answers — Department of Defence: Defence Forces Operations (1 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 119. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the progress made on the gap analysis of skills sets in the Permanent Defence Forceto identify potential roles for members of the Defence Forces Reserve with specialist skills; the efforts he has made to date in 2019 to progress the initiative; when the gap analysis will report its findings; and if he will make a statement on the matter....

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Brexit Issues (1 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 134. To ask the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the fact that due to differences in tax policies on both sides of the Border, a truckload of coal is €2,217 more expensive here than in Northern Ireland; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that this price differential will increase further post-Brexit; the actions being taken to prevent smuggling...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Customs and Excise Controls (1 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 135. To ask the Minister for Finance the measures being taken to monitor goods entering the State across the Border after the UK leaves the EU; if extra customs staff are being deployed for this purpose; if new offices of the Revenue Commissioners are being established along the Border; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39417/19]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Disabled Drivers and Passengers Scheme (1 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 136. To ask the Minister for Finance his plans to amend the criteria under the disabled drivers and disabled passengers scheme to qualify for a primary medical certificate; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a large number of disabled drivers are at a severe disadvantage by not meeting the strict criteria as currently set out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39476/19]

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Budget 2020 (1 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 146. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will consider reliefs for the haulage industry in budget 2020 by not increasing carbon tax for licensed hauliers; if he will introduce measures to reduce fuel costs for licensed hauliers by doubling the rebate level allowed under the diesel rebate scheme from 7.5c to 15c and reducing the floor at which the rebate starts from €1.00 to 85c; and...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Budget 2020 (1 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 147. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will consider no increase in motor tax, VRT or other taxes on the licensed haulage sector in budget 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39815/19]

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (1 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 492. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the €34 million in funding promised for the Ardee bypass can be ring-fenced in order that the project will not lose out if funding is needed elsewhere in the interim period in view of the fact that there is a proposal for a review of the scheme design for the Ardee bypass in advance of progressing to construction; and if he...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Driver Licences (1 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 493. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to extend the deadline for persons here driving with UK licences in order to swap their licence for an Irish licence in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39399/19]

Written Answers — Department of Rural and Community Development: Men's Sheds (1 Oct 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 574. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he will consider providing funding of €1,000,000 over a three year period to an association (details supplied); if he will consider a multi-departmental approach to the awarding of such funding; if his attention has been drawn to the benefits that would accrue from this small investment; and if he will make a statement on...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Forestry Grants (18 Sep 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 169. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the length of time to process forestry applications within the Forest Service; the longest, shortest and average processing times for the past five years in tabular form; his plans to speed up the process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37814/19]

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Procurement Regulations (6 Sep 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 179. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to amend the public sector procurement system in order that organisations can procure supplies locally; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that while in theory local suppliers can tender for procurement business, in practice the system favours larger companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36553/19]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Building Energy Rating Compliance (6 Sep 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 1504. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which he plans to achieve the goals as set out in the Climate Action Plan 2019 particularly in relation to the stated aim of upgrading half a million homes to B2 BER in view of the lack of funding of the SEAI for the full deep retrofit scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35532/19]

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Energy Conservation (6 Sep 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 1503. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of applications received by the SEAI for the full deep retrofit grant not proceeding due to lack of funding; if additional funding will be provided to the scheme for 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35531/19]

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Contributory) (6 Sep 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 1827. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if persons born before 1 September 1946 will be considered in the review of contributory pensions under the new aggregated contributions method of pension calculation; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that there are persons born before that date who took time out of the workplace to care for family and view it...

Written Answers — Department of Justice and Equality: Crime Investigation (11 Jul 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 323. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if a historical investigations unit, similar to such a unit in Northern Ireland, will be created; if not, if a committee, body or independent person will be put in place to monitor the progress of State institutions here in investigating legacy issues as recommended in a report (details supplied); and if he will make a...

Written Answers — Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility (9 Jul 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 758. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if self-employed persons such as farmers will be entitled to the maximum pension rate under the changes in the new total contributions approach, TCS, planned for post-2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29261/19]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Social and Affordable Housing Eligibility (9 Jul 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 844. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the reason maintenance payments in divorce settlements are classed as disposable income (details supplied). [29418/19]

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Social and Affordable Housing Eligibility (9 Jul 2019)

Declan Breathnach: 845. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the reason social housing assessment regulations place County Louth in band 2 of the maximum net income threshold at €30,000 (details supplied); the reason counties Meath, Kildare and Wicklow are placed with the Dublin local authorities in band 1 while County Louth is in band 2; and if he will make a statement on the...

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