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Dáil Éireann

Written answers

Some recent written answers

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Airlines Regulations (18 October 2017)
Clare Daly:

182. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he is satisfied with the performance of Irish aviation regulatory authorities in view of the approach taken by the UK Civil Aviation Authority. [44092/17]

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Housing Data (17 October 2017)
Eoin Ó Broin:

614. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of Part V units purchased with funding from his Department in the past 12 months by local authority area; the average price paid for these units in each local authority area; the maximum price paid for any Part V unit in each local authority area; and the number of properties purchased in each local authority area at a price above the average for that local authority area in the past 12 months, in tabular form. [43840/17]

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Welfare Overpayments (17 October 2017)
Aengus Ó Snodaigh:

572. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will provide a detailed breakdown of a debt her Department is seeking a person (details supplied) to repay. [43597/17]

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Humanitarian Assistance Scheme (17 October 2017)
John Brady:

582. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if she will amend the humanitarian assistance scheme in County Donegal to ensure that affected families who lost items such as children's toys, play and entertainment items and garden equipment are adequately compensated for their loss. [43870/17]

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection: Social Insurance Fund (17 October 2017)
Seán Fleming:

589. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the level of contact between her Department, in respect of trading businesses in which employers owe a debt to the Social Insurance Fund, and the Revenue Commissioners to establish if they are continuing to actively trade; if she will provide a copy of the memorandum of understanding between the two organisations with regard to following up debts by these employers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43959/17]

Department of Defence: Defence Forces Strength (18 October 2017)
Bernard Durkan:

215. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the strength of the Defence Forces including Reserve, Army, Naval Service and Air Corps; the number of women in each branch of the services; the likelihood of recruitment or replacements following retirements in 2017 and over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44248/17]

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment: Environmental Protection Agency Funding (19 October 2017)
Timmy Dooley:

186. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount of additional funding that has been provided to the EPA in budget 2018; and the breakdown of this funding between air quality monitoring, noise monitoring and climate change research. [44326/17]

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government: Homeless Persons Data (17 October 2017)
Eoin Ó Broin:

598. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the move-ons by tenure type (details supplied) in view of his Department's press statement accompanying the August 2017 homeless figures stating that 134 families moved on from homelessness in that month. [43373/17]

Department of Health: Services for People with Disabilities (17 October 2017)
Michael Healy-Rae:

282. To ask the Minister for Health the status of an application for home support by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43457/17]

Department of Defence: Naval Service Promotions (17 October 2017)
Lisa Chambers:

627. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the case made by an organisation (details supplied) to have a suitably qualified member of the Naval Service Reserve commissioned to the rank of ensign has not been resolved in view of the fact that the matter was initially raised in June 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43567/17]

Department of Education and Skills: Residential Institutions Statutory Fund (17 October 2017)
Catherine Connolly:

193. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the refusal by Caranua to provide funeral expenses for a person (details supplied) who was a survivor of a residential institution and following five days' testimony at the commission received a payment from the redress board in view of the fact that Caranua has amended its criteria to include funeral expenses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43868/17]

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Brexit Issues (12 October 2017)
Niamh Smyth:

31. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to protect SMEs along the Border region which are most exposed to the impact of Brexit. [42754/17]

Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Child Safety (17 October 2017)
Bernard Durkan:

522. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of complaints in respect of children at risk received in the relevant sections of her Department in the past 12 months; the degree to which all have been investigated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44000/17]

Department of Defence: Defence Forces Retirements (18 October 2017)
Catherine Connolly:

64. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on recent reports that, due primarily to poor pay and conditions, almost 3,000 members of the Defence Forces have taken early retirement in the past five years; the implications for staffing levels in the Defence Forces; his plans to improve conditions for those serving; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44050/17]

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Vehicle Clamping (17 October 2017)
James Lawless:

468. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the regulations being introduced under the Vehicle Clamping Act 2015; the degree to which these regulations differ from existing custom and practice; if the regulations cover the need to clear and prominent signage; if the appeals process has been improved; if the maximum clamp release fee has been reduced; if a copy of the regulations can be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43491/17]

Department of Health: Hospital Appointments Status (17 October 2017)
Pearse Doherty:

402. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Donegal will receive a new appointment from the Mater hospital for surgery; the reason the original appointment was cancelled by the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43980/17]

Department of Education and Skills: Schools Refurbishment (18 October 2017)
Róisín Shortall:

97. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the fire safety works required at a school (details supplied) to bring it up to fire safety standards; the status of the work; the completion date for each work item; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44097/17]

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Arts Funding (17 October 2017)
Niamh Smyth:

247. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if there is designated funding made available to Youthreach services for the provision of arts subjects. [43396/17]

Department of Health: Medical Products (18 October 2017)
Louise O'Reilly:

154. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons who have received a transvaginal mesh implant procedure through the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44268/17]

Department of Education and Skills: Junior Cycle Reform (19 October 2017)
Denise Mitchell:

90. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of art teachers who have attended meetings and training for the new junior cycle visual art course; the number of teachers still in need of the training; and his plans to ensure all teachers have completed this training. [44350/17]