Dáil Éireann

Written answers

Some recent written answers

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Road Projects (17 June 2021)
Maurice Quinlivan:

89. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the Limerick northern distributor road continues to be considered a key infrastructure project that will be progressed as a priority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32424/21]

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Departmental Schemes (22 June 2021)
Michael Healy-Rae:

647. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the refusal of a REAP scheme for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33355/21]

Department of Health: Health Service Executive (22 June 2021)
David Cullinane:

544. To ask the Minister for Health the number of assistant psychologists that are currently working on a voluntary capacity within the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25622/21]

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Civil Service (16 June 2021)
Gerald Nash:

95. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on a recent remote working report (details supplied) in which 88% of civil servants surveyed indicated that they feel as effective when working remotely as they are during normal working arrangements and that three-quarters of staff surveyed indicated that they would like to continue to access remote working in the future if given the choice; his plans to provide such choice for flexible and remote working for civil servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32295/21]

Department of Justice and Equality: Departmental Expenditure (22 June 2021)
Pa Daly:

503. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the breakdown of all Garda Síochána and Justice related Vote groups with headings and subheadings for 2021, in tabular form. [33269/21]

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Veterinary Services (16 June 2021)
Éamon Ó Cuív:

243. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the progress made in ensuring that various animal remedies that were available up to now without a prescription from a veterinary surgeon will still be available at competitive prices after the EU regulation requiring them to be prescribed by a veterinary surgeon comes into force here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32319/21]

Department of Health: Covid-19 Pandemic (22 June 2021)
Cathal Crowe:

534. To ask the Minister for Health if provisions will be made for those who have received the first shot of a Covid-19 vaccination (details supplied) prior to their 70th birthday but are due the second dose after their birthday given that the vaccine is not recommended for persons over 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25583/21]

Department of Finance: Tax Code (17 June 2021)
Éamon Ó Cuív:

233. To ask the Minister for Finance the reason persons in receipt of the carer's tax credit who have a small income, including the carer's allowance are not allowed the extra €26,300 income at 20% which is normally allowed for two married persons or persons in a civil partnership who have two incomes thus diluting the benefit of the carer's tax credit considerably; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32672/21]

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Policies (17 June 2021)
Bríd Smith:

116. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he plans to engage with trade union representatives advocating a four-day working week; if he will consider such a proposal for the civil and public sectors; if he has examined similar proposals in other jurisdictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32214/21]

Department of Education and Skills: Science Foundation Ireland (22 June 2021)
Rose Conway-Walsh:

462. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of contracts that have not been honoured by industry partners in Science Foundation Ireland research centres; the value of unhonoured contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33108/21]

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Homeless Persons Supports (22 June 2021)
Cian O'Callaghan:

318. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the estimated cost of expanding the housing element of the Housing First programme to fully meet existing need; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33374/21]

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: Work Permits (22 June 2021)
Paul Kehoe:

147. To ask the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if consideration is being given to adding international heavy goods vehicle drivers to the skills shortage list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33104/21]

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Sector Staff (17 June 2021)
Mick Barry:

156. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on additional holiday entitlements for workers in the public sector who were frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32463/21]

Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Departmental Schemes (22 June 2021)
Paul Kehoe:

625. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the number of farmers that afforested a part of their farm declined by 88% during the duration of GLAS, commencing in 2015 up to and including 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32999/21]

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: National Broadband Plan (16 June 2021)
Catherine Connolly:

49. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated cost of missing the target for the roll-out of high speed rural broadband in 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32366/21]

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: School Meals Programme (22 June 2021)
Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire:

418. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount of funding allocated to provide lunch to children attending DEIS primary schools. [33367/21]

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: United Nations (22 June 2021)
Bríd Smith:

336. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if Ireland will propose a call for a global ban on fracking at the United Nations General Assembly on climate mitigation, public health, environmental protection and human rights grounds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33125/21]

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Departmental Policies (17 June 2021)
Christopher O'Sullivan:

188. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will outline his key policy achievements in his Department since 27 June 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32716/21]

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth: Childcare Services (16 June 2021)
Holly Cairns:

190. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth his response to an organisation (details supplied) withdrawing from the process to create recommendations for the childminding role profile, features of fountain training and childminding network leader; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32481/21]

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Equality Issues (17 June 2021)
Holly Cairns:

190. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which his Department and agencies under his remit are working towards enabling access to employment for persons from minority and or disadvantaged communities, including, but not limited to, persons with disabilities, persons from ethnic minorities, Travellers, Mincéirí; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32738/21]