Dáil Éireann

Written answers

Some recent written answers

Department of Health: Mental Health Services Provision (21 March 2017)
Michael Healy-Rae:

883. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to increase the number of mental health teams to assist persons with Prader-Willi syndrome (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13468/17]

Department of Education and Skills: National Educational Psychological Service (21 March 2017)
Thomas Byrne:

249. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when an assessment by a child psychologist of the National Educational Psychological Service will be carried out in respect of a person (details supplied). [12874/17]

Department of Health: Nursing Homes Support Scheme Eligibility (21 March 2017)
Charlie McConalogue:

989. To ask the Minister for Health the supports, financial or otherwise, that are in place for a family to take a person (details supplied) home to Ireland from England; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14054/17]

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Broadband Service Provision (21 March 2017)
Bernard Durkan:

1154. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the progress in relation to the provision of high quality and high speed broadband in all areas throughout the country with particular reference to facilitating the increasing number of persons working from their homes and as a result eliminating road traffic congestion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14269/17]

Department of Finance: VAT Exemptions (21 March 2017)
Declan Breathnach:

225. To ask the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the measure introduced in the last budget to charge VAT on training and development activities is having the effect of actively discouraging businesses from offering training and development opportunities to their staff; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the measure has led to training courses being cancelled to the detriment of the business providing training and also the staff that would have benefitted from the training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13559/17]

Department of Justice and Equality: Courts Service Administration (21 March 2017)
John Curran:

155. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she has commissioned an annual study of court efficiency and sitting times, benchmarked against international standards, to provide accurate measurements for improving access to justice; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [13862/17]

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation: Foreign Direct Investment (23 March 2017)
Bernard Durkan:

204. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the extent to which she and her Department continue to compete for foreign direct investment with particular reference to job relocation arising from Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14673/17]

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Facilities Provision (21 March 2017)
Kevin Moran:

1184. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to calls for a nationwide audit of sports facilities and the benefits of providing same in terms of more efficient use of resources and targeting of facilities in areas of real demand; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that some local authorities have already made efforts to obtain such information in their own areas; if such information could be obtained and made publicly available in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13019/17]

Department of Health: Services for People with Disabilities (21 March 2017)
Michael Fitzmaurice:

879. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of providing a single property to accommodate a children's health facility, at which a school age team would deliver services, at the HSE's preferred location in Roscommon town; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13457/17]

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government: Local Authority Boundaries (21 March 2017)
Danny Healy-Rae:

428. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the status of the boundary extension from County Waterford into south Kilkenny (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13260/17]

Department of Health: Home Help Service (21 March 2017)
Brian Stanley:

1007. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons on waiting lists for home help in counties Laois and Kildare; and the length of time they are on those lists. [14157/17]

Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government: Local Authority Members' Remit (21 March 2017)
Lisa Chambers:

447. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the level of funding provided by his Department or agencies under its remit to individual local authorities for the provision of life saving equipment such as lifebuoys, defibrillators and safety signage, in tabular form for each of the past six years; the level of funding sought by local authorities over the corresponding period; his plans in relation to this area of safety; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13580/17]

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Relief Schemes Status (21 March 2017)
Joan Burton:

629. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason for the delay in the OPW formally approving the lower Morell River flood relief scheme and the funding of same in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13116/17]

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Waste Disposal Charges (21 March 2017)
Billy Kelleher:

1108. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources when a final agreement will be reached in relation to bin charges; the measures that will be put in place for families throughout the country with sanitary waste that are being penalised with the pay by weight system through no fault of their own; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12978/17]

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Public Transport Provision (21 March 2017)
Kevin Moran:

1183. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the Government policy regarding the provision of public transport infrastructure along existing transport corridors designated as strategic for the development of future housing (details supplied), in order that these lands can be sustainably developed and public transport solutions put in place alongside the first housing provision; if this policy has been clearly communicated to the semi-autonomous agencies and State companies charged with ensuring the deliverability of such a network; if these agencies will provide a timeline for same as part of any public consultation process for such developments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13018/17]

Department of Social Protection: Departmental Staff Data (21 March 2017)
Richard Boyd Barrett:

579. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 260 of 23 February 2017, if he will provide details with regard to the five members of staff currently suspended in his Department, in tabular form (details supplied). [14057/17]

Department of Health: Parking Charges (21 March 2017)
Fiona O'Loughlin:

862. To ask the Minister for Health if the policy of charging cancer patients car parking fees in Naas Hospital will be abolished; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13409/17]

Department of Children and Youth Affairs: Departmental Staff Data (21 March 2017)
Richard Boyd Barrett:

1312. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 463 of 23 February 2017, if she will provide details with regard to the seven members of staff currently suspended in Tusla, in tabular form (details supplied). [14061/17]

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Renewable Energy Generation Targets (21 March 2017)
Eamon Ryan:

81. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will report on the forecast level for renewable energy generation in the heat, transport and power sectors by 2020; and the additional measures he is introducing to prevent future fines for failure to comply with the EU Renewable Energy Directive. [13938/17]

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Departmental Staff Data (21 March 2017)
Peadar Tóibín:

675. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide details of employment within her Department including the number of persons that are employed in each office or sector in tabular form. [13674/17]