Written answers

Thursday, 2 June 2016

  • Department of Health
    • Departmental Management Structures
      13. To ask the Minister for Health why policy issues in respect of abortions as well as oversight of the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act is subsumed into the tobacco and alcohol control...
    • Mental Health Services Provision
      14. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to end the scandal of adolescents being placed in acute adult mental health settings due to a lack of suitable inpatient spaces for young persons;...
    • Ambulance Service
      16. To ask the Minister for Health the action he will take following the national ambulance service capacity review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13782/16]
    • Ministerial Responsibilities
      17. To ask the Minister for Health the responsibilities and reserved functions of each of the Ministers of State who are attached to his Department; why no Minister of State has special...
    • Hospital Staff Data
      18. To ask the Minister for Health the number of training positions, positions that have been filled and vacancies currently available, by hospital, in tabular form; the number of qualified...
    • Mental Health Policy
      19. To ask the Minister for Health the form and terms of reference for the review panel on A Vision for Change; the progress of same; if the review will provide recommendations; if and when it...
    • Mental Health Services Funding
      21. To ask the Minister for Health his position on the re-allocation of €12 million from the mental health budget for 2016 to other projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      22. To ask the Minister for Health the Health Service Executive's plans for clearing the scoliosis waiting lists in Crumlin children's hospital in Dublin and in Galway University Hospital,...
    • Mental Health Services Provision
      23. To ask the Minister for Health to support the provision of additional crisis houses as oulined in A Vision For Change. [13726/16]
    • Autism Support Services
      24. To ask the Minister for Health the steps he will take to prevent instances of children with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder being held in hospitals under chemical...
    • Departmental Budgets
      25. To ask the Minister for Health his estimate of the likely overrun in the health budget in 2016; the status of the financial situation of the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a...
    • National Dementia Strategy Implementation
      26. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the provision of funding for intensive dementia-specific home care packages provided through a joint Health Service Executive/Atlantic...
    • Accident and Emergency Services Provision
      27. To ask the Minister for Health his measures to immediately address the significant number of persons leaving accident and emergency departments without being treated; if he has analysed the...
    • Departmental Management Structures
      28. To ask the Minister for Health if the new policy strategy and integration unit established within his Department will support in its work the new Oireachtas committee that will be established...
    • Traveller Community
      29. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to support the extension of the Traveller primary health care teams. [13724/16]
    • Nursing Homes Support Scheme Administration
      30. To ask the Minister for Health if he will review the rules of the fair deal scheme as they apply to family farms and family businesses, given that the current rules can cause difficulties for...
    • Accident and Emergency Services Provision
      31. To ask the Minister for Health the plans he has in place to reduce emergency department services in Portlaoise hospital in County Laois; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13754/16]
    • National Treatment Purchase Fund
      32. To ask the Minister for Health if he has undertaken a cost-benefit analysis of the re-activation of the National Treatment Purchase Fund; if he will publish this; the number of patients who...
    • Mental Health Services Funding
      33. To ask the Minister for Health his position on the re-allocation of €12 million from the mental health budget and the rationale for this given the current under-funding of mental...
    • Services for People with Disabilities
      34. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to increase the number of personal assistant hours for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13824/16]
    • Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists
      35. To ask the Minister for Health why he is not providing the necessary infrastructure and staff to the orthodontic department at Letterkenny University Hospital, County Donegal, resulting in...
    • Medicinal Products Regulation
      36. To ask the Minister for Health if the eight selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, Fluoxetine, Citalopram, Paroxetine, Sertraline,...
    • National Drugs Strategy
      37. To ask the Minister for Health the timeframe for publishing the next national drugs strategy; when the Misuse of Drugs Act will be amended to facilitate substances being declared as...
    • Patient Transfers
      38. To ask the Minister for Health if he is aware of difficulties with the Health Service Executive patient transfer scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13760/16]
    • HSE Funding
      39. To ask the Minister for Health if the €8 million funding announced for therapy services for young persons in the 2016 Health Service Executive service plan has been released; and if he...
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      40. To ask the Minister for Health the reason for the 65% increase in the number of outpatients waiting more than a year for an appointment between December 2015 and April 2016; and if he will...
    • Hospital Groups
      41. To ask the Minister for Health his plans for the governance arrangements of hospital groups; if, how and when he will enact legislation to put the administrative arrangement of hospital...
    • Proposed Legislation
      42. To ask the Minister for Health when he will finalise and publish the misuse of drugs (amendment) Bill 2016; when he will establish the pilot supervised injecting facility arising from this;...
    • Nursing Staff
      43. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the task force on staffing and skill mix for nursing; the status of the pilot of the framework for safe nurse staffing and skill mix in general...
    • Mental Health Awareness
      44. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to roll out a programme of mental health awareness training for general practitioners and other general health workers so that they are better...
    • Hospital Services
      45. To ask the Minister for Health the measures he is putting in place to improve rheumatology services at Mayo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13752/16]
    • Health and Safety
      46. To ask the Minister for Health if personnel of the Health Service Executive will conduct the assessments under the proposed fit for work programme contained in the programme for Government or...
    • Nursing Staff
      47. To ask the Minister for Health how he can help to resolve the serious delays in the registration of nurses, which are preventing many qualified nurses from home and abroad from taking up...
    • Hospital Staff Recruitment
      48. To ask the Minister for Health when he will appoint a paediatric diabetes specialist at University Hospital Galway in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13763/16]
    • Hospitals Data
      49. To ask the Minister for Health the number of children on public waiting lists for extractions under general anaesthetic; the cost of sending children to private hospitals for extractions...
    • Health Services Access
      50. To ask the Minister for Health if he is aware of difficulties with many children being unable to access essential medical and dental services; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Abortion Legislation
      51. To ask the Minister for Health his views on access to abortion within this State as outlined to the United Nations Human Rights Council on 11 May 2016; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Medicinal Products Supply
      52. To ask the Minister for Health if he will consider establishing a State pharmacy to source best value pharmaceuticals for supplying hospitals, general practitioners and pharmacies, and to...
    • Hospitals Expenditure
      53. To ask the Minister for Health in respect of activity-based funding, the transition arrangements that are currently in place in the hospital system to reflect the difference between...
    • Services for People with Disabilities
      54. To ask the Minister for Health when he will provide full local day services for young school leavers on the autistim spectrum disorder who graduated in 2015 and are due to graduate in 2016 in...
    • General Practitioner Services Provision
      55. To ask the Minister for Health the reason there is no commitment on delivering an extended range of general practitioner services in the new programme for Government; and how he will develop...
    • Services for People with Disabilities
      56. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the cutting of facilities in Cheeverstown Hospital for severely disabled children; if he will restore funding to allow for a full restoration of...
    • Mental Health Services Staff
      57. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to introduce measures to allow mental health nurses who have taken early retirement to return to work for a period to address the shortage in...
    • Hospital Staff Recruitment
      58. To ask the Minister for Health for an update on the scheduled appointments of consultants at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, County Galway. [13758/16]
    • Cross-Border Health Services Provision
      59. To ask the Minister for Health the proposals he has to progress co-operation on a North-South basis with the delivery of health services, particularly for Border counties; and if he will make...
    • Health Strategies
      60. To ask the Minister for Health the measures taken to reduce the amount of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions; and if he will consider the creation of a special task force to assess and...
    • Health Services Staff Recruitment
      61. To ask the Minister for Health how he will ensure the Health Service Executive recruitment embargo does not impact detrimentally on critical services; what oversight he has on the provision...
    • Mental Health Services Staff
      62. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to support the provision of a full complement of suicide crisis assessment nurses, as recommended under A Vision for Change. [13719/16]
    • Hospital Accommodation Provision
      63. To ask the Minister for Health the progress made to date in the establishment of a bed bureau for the greater Dublin area on the availability of residential care beds; the areas being covered...
    • Medical Card Data
      64. To ask the Minister for Health his Department’s projection of the number of medical cards in 2016; the number of such cards projected to be issued on a discretionary basis this year;...
    • Mental Health Services Provision
      65. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to open a 24-hour acute mental health unit in County Wexford; if he is aware of issues arising, whereby currently persons must travel to Counties...
    • Services for People with Disabilities
      66. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the implementation of the Health Service Executive's neuro-rehabilitation policy published in 2011; if he is aware that organisations such as...
    • Health Services Staff Recruitment
      67. To ask the Minister for Health if due consideration was given to the impact on the health service and on nursing and midwifery services in particular of the Health Service Executive's...
    • Patient Safety
      68. To ask the Minister for Health the progress being made to date on a review of international advocacy models and advocacy services, with a view to developing a national advocacy service for...
    • HSE National Service Plan
      69. To ask the Minister for Health when the national service plan process for 2017 will commence; when analysis of the 2016 funding position and the 2017 costs of initiatives for pre-budget...
    • Nursing Staff Recruitment
      70. To ask the Minister for Health the extent to which the various public hospitals are allowed to recruit nursing staff in accordance with their needs; if he is aware of suggestions to the...
    • Medicinal Products Supply
      71. To ask the Minister for Health the discussions his Department has had with representative groups in relation to a new agreement for supply of drugs to the Health Service Executive; and if he...
    • Minor Ailments Scheme
      72. To ask the Minister for Health when the pilot for the minor ailments scheme will commence; the geographic spread of the pilot; the timeline for reporting and recommendations; if...
    • Traveller Community
      73. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to review the outdated Traveller health strategy and to develop a new strategy with a particular focus on mental health. [13723/16]
    • General Practitioner Contracts
      74. To ask the Minister for Health the status of negotiations on general practitioner contracts; the timeframe envisaged; and his vision for the revised general practitioner contract. [13769/16]
    • Home Help Service
      75. To ask the Minister for Health if he is aware of the huge demand for home help and home care packages and that there are waiting lists developing for these services; how many home care...
    • Accident and Emergency Departments
      76. To ask the Minister for Health the number of patients per month who register at emergency departments for treatment but who leave before being discharged; and if he will make a statement on...
    • HSE Staff
      77. To ask the Minister for Health the progress made in the preparation of the 2016 pay and numbers strategy; when the strategy will be submitted; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Health Services Staff
      78. To ask the Minister for Health the extent to which comparisons have been made with staffing levels at various grades including nurses, doctors, consultants and administrators in this...
    • Hospital Consultant Retirements
      79. To ask the Minister for Health if he is aware that the impending retirement of a consultant who specialises in a number of rare eye disorders in children is causing an extreme amount of...
    • Mental Health Services
      80. To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm that the allocation of €5 million in funding to recruit up to 100 psychologists and councillors to develop psychological services for...
    • Nursing Staff
      81. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the nurse in the diabetes clinic in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24, who specialises in assisting those with insulin pumps; if the specialist nurse...
    • General Practitioner Services Provision
      82. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to roll-out free general practitioner care for the entire population, given the success of the programme for children under six years of age and...
    • National Children's Hospital
      83. To ask the Minister for Health when the memorandum for information to Government relating to the children’s hospital capital project will be completed; the timeframe for the...
    • Human Rights Cases
      84. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the conclusions of the recent United Nations universal periodic review of human rights which criticised Ireland’s abortion laws; and if he...
    • Accident and Emergency Departments Waiting Times
      85. To ask the Minister for Health his views on new statistics which highlight that nearly 50,000 patients are leaving emergency departments annually, due to long waiting times; and his plans to...
    • Mental Health Services Provision
      86. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to support the introduction of intensive care rehabilitation units to provide appropriate care for mental health patients who present a greater...
    • Tobacco Control Measures
      87. To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm that he and his team of Ministers are fully committed to implementing the Tobacco Free Ireland policy by 2025; and if he has rejected any...
    • Patient Transfers
      88. To ask the Minister for Health the funding being provided for the Health Service Executive patient transfer scheme in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13761/16]
    • Home Care Packages Provision
      89. To ask the Minister for Health if he will ensure that there will be no reduction in home help and home care packages for elderly persons and persons with a disability in 2016; the total...
    • Hospital Facilities
      90. To ask the Minister for Health if the following issues in Naas Hospital, County Kildare, can be addressed, in view of the recent expansion of the hospital to include a second wing: the extra...
    • Mental Health Services Funding
      91. To ask the Minister for Health if he will restore urgently ring-fenced funding for mental health services in 2016; and if he will return to the model of funding that has been in place since...
    • Multi-annual Budget Plans
      92. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to implement a new multi-annual budgeting system for health; and the role in this new funding process of the proposed new cross-party committee on...
    • Health Services Charges
      93. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to refund the €100 statutory charge to patients who register at emergency departments in the hope of being treated, but leave before being...
    • Health Services Provision
      94. To ask the Minister for Health if he is aware of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 who experienced difficulties with the ambulance service and treatment in hospital following strokes;...
    • Health Services Staff Recruitment
      95. To ask the Minister for Health if the Health Service Executive has suspended recruitment of doctors, nurses and midwives in hospitals until further notice, given the significant number of...
    • Ambulance Service
      96. To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm that he has accepted all the recommendations of the recently published capacity review of the national ambulance service; when he expects...
    • Hospital Groups
      97. To ask the Minister for Health when he will publish and circulate the guidance on developing hospital group strategic plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13699/16]
    • Mental Health Services Funding
      98. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to support the provision of a full complement of child and adolescent places, and child and adolescent mental health service teams for mental health,...
    • HSE Staff Training
      99. To ask the Minister for Health the progress being made to date on the European Commission proposal to establish a common training framework for health care assistants; the input his...
    • Clinical Trials
      100. To ask the Minister for Health if any patient not involved in the ongoing clinical trial is currently receiving combined Nivolumab/Ipilimumab therapy; his plans to make combined...
    • Hospital Services
      101. To ask the Minister for Health how the emergency department escalation policy has impacted on elective surgeries, where there are empty beds in surgical wards deemed unsuitable for emergency...
    • Hospital Beds Data
      102. To ask the Minister for Health why, as of 29 April 2016, only 116 of 154 previously closed hospital beds were re-opened; the reason there has not been further re-openings; the progress made...
    • Public Sector Pensions
      103. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the closing of the defined benefit pension scheme of the Central Remedial Clinic, given that some of the persons affected were previously Health...
    • Pharmacy Services
      104. To ask the Minister for Health the potential cost savings and benefits to health of introducing a national pharmaceuticals policy, which ensures that persons receive...
    • Public Sector Pensions
      105. To ask the Minister for Health to provide an updated pension plan for staff of the Central Remedial Clinic; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12601/16]
    • Health Care Policy
      106. To ask the Minister for Health how the ongoing work being conducted by his Department and the Economic and Social Research Institute's three year programme on health reform will support in...
    • National Cancer Strategy
      108. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to ensure that the process of approving vital medication for the treatment of serious illnesses such as cancer is expedited, and that drugs such as...
    • Mental Health Services Provision
      109. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to support the implementation of a 24-7 crisis support service for mental health; and the timeline for this. [13715/16]
    • Ambulance Service
      110. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 494 of 24 May 2016, the number of new staff and level of extra funding that will be invested in the national ambulance...
    • Clinical Trials
      111. To ask the Minister for Health if he is aware of international trials which have indicated substantial results experienced by patients in receipt of combined Nivolumab, Opdivo and...
    • Hospital Groups
      112. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the hospital groups; if it is proposed to put these groups on a statutory basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13771/16]
    • Public Sector Pay
      113. To ask the Minister for Health the amount saved by having a lower level of pay for new recruits to the public service in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13012/16]
  • Department of Justice and Equality
    • UN Conventions Ratification
      114. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality when Ireland will ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities; and if she will make a statement on the matter....
    • Home Repossession Rate
      116. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to set down by the owner of the loan the number of applications for the repossession of principal dwelling houses before the courts; and if she...
    • Irish Sign Language
      117. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline her plans to officially recognise Irish Sign Language to ensure equality for deaf persons in Irish society; and if she will make a...
    • Criminal Law
      118. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the status of the Sexual Offences Bill; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14018/16]
    • Crime Prevention
      119. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she supports the potential introduction of a new date rape detector kit being available to buy in pubs throughout the country; if she will...
    • Garda Deployment
      120. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if 68 members of An Garda Síochána are attached to Dundrum Garda station; if 11 are on temporary transfer; if this is a decrease from...
    • Student Visas Data
      122. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality for a list of all student entry visas, including a brief description of their purpose, and a list of the legislation and regulations which give...
    • Garda Powers
      123. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the powers of An Garda Síochána in policing illegal camping on the Curragh in County Kildare. [14091/16]
    • Naturalisation Applications
      124. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 84 of 28 April 2016 to outline the procedure to be followed to upgrade and regularise the residency status...
    • Visa Applications
      126. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will facilitate a family reunification with a spouse for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter....
    • Naturalisation Applications
      127. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to set out the status and progress to date in the determination of eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); if...
    • Residency Permits
      129. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the status in respect of residency status and eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a...
    • Naturalisation Eligibility
      130. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the status in determining the eligibility for naturalisation of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter....
    • Insolvency Service of Ireland Data
      131. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the administrative cost of running the Insolvency Service of Ireland, ISI, in 2015; the fees received by the ISI in 2014 and 2015, the number of...
  • Department of Finance
    • Insurance Costs
      132. To ask the Minister for Finance his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding a driving licence exchange; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14015/16]
    • Mortgage Lending
      133. To ask the Minister for Finance his further contacts with the Governor of the Central Bank regarding guidelines on mortgages for first-time buyers given the onerous nature of these...
    • Insurance Costs
      134. To ask the Minister for Finance his views on the increase in motor insurance costs; his plans to assist in reducing these costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14073/16]
    • Disabled Drivers and Passengers Scheme
      135. To ask the Minister for Finance why primary medical certificate appeals for tax relief for disabled drivers are not held on a regional basis, given the unfairness of having persons with...
    • Tax Exemptions
      136. To ask the Minister for Finance if the 40% tax break on land lease applies to a lease for a renewable solar energy resource. [14087/16]
    • Insurance Coverage
      137. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will address the issue of persons visiting Ireland with Australian and international drivers' licences being unable to acquire affordable motor...
    • Mortgage Data
      138. To ask the Minister for Finance the entitlement to, and how a borrower may obtain a copy of, the full loan file documentation including the original loan application and the underwriting...
    • Loan Books Purchasers
      139. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will consider requiring the new owner of a loan to inform the borrower of the price the new owner paid for the loan and the portfolio of which the loan...
    • Mortgage Data
      141. To ask the Minister for Finance the protections available to a residential mortgage holder whose loan is owned by a regulated entity which are not available where the loan is owned by a...
    • Property Ownership
      143. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of vacant residential properties owned by private citizens, banks, non-bank lenders, the National Asset Management Agency, in receivership, and so...
    • Mortgage Resolution Processes
      144. To ask the Minister for Finance the legislative basis for the application of the code of conduct on mortgage arrears, the consumer protection code, the mortgage arrears resolution process...
    • Local Authority Expenditure
      145. To ask the Minister for Finance how he calculates spending by local authorities for the purposes of the expenditure benchmark and in the calculation of fiscal space; and if he will make a...
    • Credit Institutions Funding
      146. To ask the Minister for Finance the drawdown from the €250 million he made available through the Exchequer central fund to the credit institutions resolution fund in December 2011, by...
    • Tax Relief Data
      147. To ask the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 62 of 26 May 2016, the number of microbreweries resident outside the State which qualified for tax relief in each of the...
    • Tax Exemptions
      149. To ask the Minister for Finance if he is considering anti-avoidance measures relating to the potential misuse of the dwelling house exemption; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Tax Yield
      150. To ask the Minister for Finance the cumulative yield from the levy on private pension funds; if all outstanding levies due have now been collected; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Prize Bonds
      151. To ask the Minister for Finance the total value of prizes paid and the percentage this represents of the total prize bonds outstanding in each of the years 2011 to 2016 to date; and if he...
    • Property Tax Data
      152. To ask the Minister for Finance the rate of compliance with the local property tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14224/16]
    • Departmental Staff
      153. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of economists he employs, specifically on banking policy; his plans to increase this number; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14226/16]
    • Departmental Expenditure
      154. To ask the Minister for Finance the fees his Department has paid to third parties relating to a possible flotation of a bank (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Banking Sector
      155. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will consider increasing the bank levy on financial institutions that do not reduce standard variable mortgage rates. [14229/16]
    • Tax Compliance
      156. To ask the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 108 of 3 December 2015 if he has concluded the investigation into the tax affairs of medical consultants; the lessons...
    • Living City Initiative
      157. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of successful applications, by relevant area, under the living city initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14231/16]
    • Tax Data
      158. To ask the Minister for Finance the interest the Revenue Commissioners levied and collected from the late payment of tax liabilities, by tax category, in each of the years 2012 to 2015; and...
    • Personal Insolvency Practitioners
      160. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will advise on correspondence (details supplied) in relation to the application of value added tax on the fees of personal insolvency practitioners; and...
    • Government Deficit
      161. To ask the Minister for Finance the impact on the general government deficit of the dividend of €275 million due to be received from the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation's special...
  • Department of Education and Skills
    • Defibrillators in Schools Provision
      162. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 110 of 25 May 2016, his plans to implement defibrillator training for pupils and designated members of...
    • School Fees
      163. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of schools seeking mandatory contributions or fees from parents in non-fee paying schools; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Teachers' Panel Rights
      164. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the supplementary teaching panel, given the difficulties teachers in rural areas are having meeting the income requirements;...
    • Special Educational Needs
      166. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if children with autistic spectrum disorder have access to primary and secondary school places in County Kildare; if he will increase funding,...
    • Gaelscoil Issues
      167. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills how he will accommodate the demonstrated significant demand for a Gaelscoil in an area following a recent decision by his Department (details...
    • School Accommodation Provision
      168. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he will make a decision on an appliction by a school (details supplied) for additional accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Schools Refurbishment
      169. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will approve the replacement of windows in a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14094/16]
    • Special Educational Needs
      170. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is considering a school (details supplied) for an autism spectrum disorder unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14095/16]
    • Gaelscoileanna Il-sainchreidmheacha
      171. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills cad iad na pleananna atá aige chun gaelscoil ilchreidmheach a chur ar fáil i gceantar Dhroim Conrach i mBaile Átha Cliath le go...
    • Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools Scheme
      172. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to immediately include a school (details supplied) under the delivering equality of opportunity in schools scheme and in whatever interim...
    • Educational Disadvantage
      174. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills to publish the review of the delivering equality of opportunity in schools scheme commissioned by his predecessor; and if he will make a...
    • Teaching Council of Ireland
      175. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a number of issues (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14155/16]
    • School Transport
      177. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 102 of 26 May 2016, if he monitors payments to Bus Éireann under State aid rules; if Bus Éireann...
    • Third Level Admissions Assistance
      178. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a person who got the necessary points for a higher education place following a recheck, but got the information too late to take the place and...
    • Special Educational Needs Data
      179. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of autistic spectrum disorder units attached to primary and secondary schools in the Clonmel catchment area of County Tipperary; if...
  • Department of Environment, Community and Local Government
    • Leader Programmes Administration
      181. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government when the Leader programme will be available for applications in County Kerry; the reason for the delay in rolling it out;...
    • Local Authority Assets
      182. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the status of an application by Kerry County Council to dispose of a property it owns (details supplied) in County Kerry;...
    • Waste Management
      183. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the charge for the collection of bins; and if he will make a statement...
    • Unfinished Housing Developments
      184. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the progress in completing unfinished housing estates in County Kildare; the number of these he can hand over to the local...
    • Irish Water
      185. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the status of his commitment to retaining Irish Water in public ownership, and given this, if he will introduce...
    • Building Regulations
      186. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 29 of 24 May 2016, which cited the figure of €3,800 as the average cost for...
    • Regeneration Projects
      188. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the amount allocated to each estate regeneration project in each of the years 2007 to 2016 to date. [14135/16]
    • Regeneration Projects Funding
      190. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government his future policy on and commitment to delivering social, economic, cultural and environmental goals in regeneration areas...
    • Residential Property Data
      191. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the number of vacant residential properties owned by private citizens, banks, non-bank lenders, local authorities, in...
    • Private Rented Accommodation
      192. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if a residential tenant's rights cease if the owner of the property wishes to sell the property and seek vacant...
    • Hazardous Waste Removal
      193. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government if the remediation works carried out on the former Irish Glass Bottle site have identified all the chemicals on and being...
    • Social and Affordable Housing Provision
      194. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government the status of the requirement to provide social housing as part of the Spencer Dock development project on North Wall Quay...
    • Docklands Oversight and Consultative Forum
      195. To ask the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government when he will establish the Docklands Oversight and Consultative Forum; the members of the forum he has selected under the...
  • Department of Social Protection
    • State Pensions Reform
      196. To ask the Minister for Social Protection to consider re-instating the supplementary State transition pension payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14039/16]
    • Invalidity Pension Applications
      197. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) under the invalidity pension scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Wage Subsidy Scheme
      198. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the steps he has taken or will take to address the loss of jobs by 14 disabled workers at the Rehab Enterprises cardboard box manufacturing facility...
    • Social Welfare Benefits Applications
      199. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) under the illness benefit scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14022/16]
    • General Register Office
      200. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding a birth certificate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14023/16]
    • Back to Education Allowance Eligibility
      201. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if a master of science in psychological science degree course is an eligible course for support under the back to education scheme; and if he will...
    • Services for People with Disabilities
      202. To ask the Minister for Social Protection to provide further information on the fit for work programme referenced in the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Social Insurance Data
      203. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons paying class K pay related social insurance who have passed 66 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Carer's Allowance Delays
      204. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the length of time an applicant must wait for payment under the carer's allowance scheme; the reason for this length of time and the measures he...
    • Invalidity Pension Applications
      205. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of an application by a person (details supplied) under the invalidity pension scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Employment Support Services
      206. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if persons in receipt of a payment under the jobseeker's allowance or otherwise who are eligible for supported employment due to illness,...
    • Disability Allowance Applications
      207. To ask the Minister for Social Protection to expedite an application by a person (details supplied) under the disability allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Domiciliary Care Allowance Applications
      209. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied) under the domiciliary care allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.....
    • Disability Allowance Payments
      211. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied) under the disability allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14170/16]
    • Carer's Allowance Appeals
      212. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when he will restore a carer's allowance or an exceptional needs payment in lieu thereof and rent support to a person (details supplied); and if he...
    • Rent Supplement Scheme
      213. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when he will approve payment to a person (details supplied) under the rent support scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14193/16]
    • Carer's Allowance Applications
      214. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if and when he will approve an application by persons (details supplied) under the carer's allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Disability Allowance Payments
      215. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if and when he will pay arrears to a person (details supplied) under the disability allowance scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Carer's Allowance Applications
      216. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) is entitled to a further payment for a second child under the carer's allowance scheme; and if he will make a...
    • Exceptional Needs Payment Eligibility
      217. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) qualifies for assistance arising from storm damage to a dwelling; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Rent Supplement Scheme Applications
      218. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will offer rent support to a person (details supplied); if he will make an exceptional needs payment in the interim; and if he will make a...
    • JobPath Implementation
      219. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the checks in place to ensure that two companies (details supplied) contracted to provide JobPath services are offering suitable and appropriate...
    • Social Welfare Overpayments
      222. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding a debt; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14242/16]
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Partnership for Peace
      223. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the cost of Ireland's North Atlantic Alliance Partnership for Peace liaison office in Brussels, Belgium, in each of the years 2011 to 2014....
    • Military Aircraft Landings
      224. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade why he gave permission for an aeroplane (details supplied) to land at Shannon Airport in County Clare on 25 May 2016 given that it has a...
  • Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
    • Architectural Heritage
      225. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question No. 379 of 24 May 2016, as the reply was unclear with regard to whether there is any current...
    • Cultural Policy
      226. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she supports proposals from the National Campaign for the Arts for an all-party approach to national cultural policy similar to...
    • Vacancies on State Boards
      227. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of vacancies on the boards of the Arts Council and national cultural institutions; when she will fill them; and if she...
  • Department of Health
    • Hospital Equipment
      228. To ask the Minister for Health the number of patient hoists located at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth, and whether one is permanently located in its emergency...
    • HSE Staff
      229. To ask the Minister for Health the number of Health Service Executive staff on sick leave due to work-related stress. [14011/16]
    • Hospital Staff
      231. To ask the Minister for Health the number of Health Service Executive staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth, on sick leave due to work-related stress. [14013/16]
    • HSE Staff
      232. To ask the Minister for Health the number of Health Service Executive staff who were on sick leave due to work related stress for any period in each of the years 2013 to 2016 to date. [14014/16]
    • Nursing Staff
      233. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the personal identification number of a nurse (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14024/16]
    • Hospital Records
      234. To ask the Minister for Health the status of a person's (details supplied) hospital records; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14025/16]
    • National Cancer Strategy
      235. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to introduce a compensation scheme for persons suffering from asbestosis cancer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14030/16]
    • Health Services
      236. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the case of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14043/16]
    • Hospital Appointments Administration
      237. To ask the Minister for Health his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding hospital appointments. [14048/16]
    • National Drugs Strategy
      238. To ask the Minister for Health if the issue of alcohol misuse will form a comprehensive part of any successor to the National Drugs Strategy 2009 to 2016. [14053/16]
    • Disability Support Services Funding
      239. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the provision of funding for a disability support service (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14054/16]
    • Primary Care Centres
      240. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the new primary care centres he will establish, including when they will be completed and operational, and in particular the centre in Edenmore,...
    • Accident and Emergency Services Provision
      241. To ask the Minister for Health when he will complete the new accident and emergency department at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14069/16]
    • Electronic Cigarettes
      242. To ask the Minister for Health his views on vaping, including the measures he will bring forward to regulate it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14070/16]
    • Programme for Government Priorities
      243. To ask the Minister for Health his priorities as outlined in the programme for Government; if he requires, and the amount of, Supplementary Estimates to meet these commitments; and if he...
    • Medical Card Applications
      244. To ask the Minister for Health the status of an application by a person (details supplied) under the medical card scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14078/16]
    • Drug and Alcohol Task Forces
      246. To ask the Minister for Health the reason for cuts to the mid-west task force of 51.8% since 2009; if he will establish a drugs task force for the metropolitan area of Limerick city; and if...
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      247. To ask the Minister for Health the status of an operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14101/16]
    • Speech and Language Therapy
      248. To ask the Minister for Health the speech and language services, the waiting time for early intervention services and the waiting time from initial assessment to commencement of treatment in...
    • Medical Card Applications
      250. To ask the Minister for Health the status of an application by a person (details supplied) under the medical card scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14166/16]
    • Health Services Staff
      251. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to implement the national transfer policy for non-rostered paramedics (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14181/16]
    • Medical Card Administration
      252. To ask the Minister for Health why a person (details supplied) received a renewal under the medical card scheme which was due to expire in September 2016; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Home Care Packages Provision
      253. To ask the Minister for Health if, and when, he will approve a person (details supplied) under the home care package scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14198/16]
    • Accident and Emergency Departments Waiting Times
      254. To ask the Minister for Health if he has examined and how he will address the ongoing issue of long waiting lists at accident and emergency departments; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Health Services Expenditure
      255. To ask the Minister for Health if he is aware of reports that investment in capital and current support in the public health services appears to be greater than that in adjoining...
    • Health Services
      256. To ask the Minister for Health if a focused and strategic examination of the delivery of the public health services can identify best practice in service delivery; and if he will make a...
    • National Children's Hospital
      257. To ask the Minister for Health if the provision of the new children's hospital is progressing satisfactorily; if it will be provided on schedule; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Primary Care Centres Data
      258. To ask the Minister for Health if he has evaluated the impact of new primary care centres and in particular alleviating overcrowding at accident and emergency departments in hospitals, given...
    • Medical Card Administration
      259. To ask the Minister for Health if he can streamline the processing of applications, in particular of renewals where the applicant's financial position has not changed, under the medical card...
    • Health Services Provision
      260. To ask the Minister for Health if, and when, he will approve a post-operative procedure for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14208/16]
    • Medical Card Applications Data
      261. To ask the Minister for Health the number of applications and applications for renewal received and the number granted and refused, in each of the last 12 months, under the medical card...
    • Community Care
      263. To ask the Minister for Health if he is enhancing and improving community care facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14211/16]
    • Hospitals Building Programme
      264. To ask the Minister for Health the status of proposals to extensd Naas General Hospital, County Kildare, including when the various works will commence and conclude; and if he will make a...
    • Nursing Staff Provision
      265. To ask the Minister for Health if he can provided an adequate number of nurses to the public health sector; if the recent recruitment campaigns are on target; if competition from the private...
    • Health Services Staff
      266. To ask the Minister for Health if the number of various categories of staff in the public health sector are adequate to meet requirements; if he will examine and identify the most...
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      267. To ask the Minister for Health if hospital waiting lists indicate a requirement for specific procedures; his plans to address the causes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14215/16]
    • Hospital Consultant Contracts
      268. To ask the Minister for Health the hospitals at which consultants are in breach of their 80:20 public private mix, the maximum breach; the number of breaches, by hospital, in tabular form;...
    • Medical Card Data
      269. To ask the Minister for Health the number of medical cards which were withdrawn on income grounds from persons over 70 years of age in each of the years 2011 to 2015; and if he will make a...
    • Parliamentary Questions
      270. To ask the Minister for Health when he will issue a final reply to an interim reply (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14243/16]
    • Dental Services Waiting Lists
      271. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a dental appointment. [14244/16]
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    • Greyhound Industry
      272. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when he will issue a licence to a person (details supplied) who applied for a licence to transport and export greyhounds; the reason...
    • Basic Payment Scheme Payments
      273. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a payment is due to a person (details supplied) or if the person owes money to his Department for 2015; and if he will make a...
    • Beef Data Programme
      274. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the changes to the qualification criteria in cow numbers for a person (details supplied) under the beef data and genomics programme...
    • Proposed Legislation
      275. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to introduce legislation to amend the Sea Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction Act 2006 to allow for decriminalising of...
    • Agri-Environment Options Scheme Applications
      276. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an application by a person (details supplied) under the agri-environment options scheme; and if he will make a...
    • Basic Payment Scheme Applications
      277. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14144/16]
    • Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme Eligibility
      278. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for grant assistance; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Sheep Technology Adoption Programme Payments
      279. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of farm payments for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14161/16]
    • Departmental Schemes
      280. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the grant aid available for the deployment of solar energy panels on farm land; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14172/16]
    • Afforestation Programme
      281. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the grant aid available for forestry planting and energy purposes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14173/16]
    • Basic Payment Scheme Applications
      282. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will take steps to address and rectify the issues referred to in correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a...
    • Agriculture Scheme Payments
      283. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) will receive payments under the basic payment scheme for the past number of years; payments under...
    • Pigmeat Sector
      284. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will review the conditions of the pigmeat compensation scheme to ensure small scale producers are eligible for payment as the...
  • Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
    • Departmental Functions
      285. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will respond to issues raised by a person (details supplied) regarding the reconfiguration of the Department of the...
    • Better Energy Homes Scheme
      286. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the grant-aid available for the deployment of solar energy panels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14174/16]
    • Tax Yield
      287. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the revenue that would be raised by increasing the taxes on exploration and drilling for oil and gas by 1%, 2%, 3%, 4%,...
    • Sustainable Energy Communities Scheme
      288. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the national spend under the sustainable energy communities scheme; and if he will extend the scheme. [14178/16]
    • Electric Vehicles
      289. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the spend under the Aran Islands electric vehicle project; and if he will extend the scheme elsewhere. [14179/16]
    • Broadband Service Provision
      290. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his views on the provision of broadband in County Donegal, given correspondence from a person (details supplied) and the...
  • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
    • Road Safety
      291. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on issues (details supplied) regarding a national speed awareness course; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14157/16]
    • Departmental Properties
      292. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport for data he has relating to lands owned or held in County Dublin by Dublin Bus, CIE and Irish Rail. [14017/16]
    • Road Traffic Accidents Data
      293. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to report on the recently published report by Trinity College Dublin students, which states that serious injuries as a result of road...
    • Road Safety Data
      294. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of persons who have been seriously injured in road traffic collisions by category, for example, pedestrian, cyclist,...
    • Tourism Funding
      295. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding that has been allocated in County Louth for tourism under Fáilte Ireland's Ancient East initiative; the consultation...
    • Wild Atlantic Way Project
      296. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of an additional location (details supplied) to the Wild Atlantic Way; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14077/16]
    • Motor Insurance
      297. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to renegotiate or vary the agreement with the Motor Insurance Bureau of Ireland following the Setanta ruling; and if he will...
    • Sports Funding
      298. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide funding to a group (details supplied) in order to secure new premises; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Driver Licence Applications
      299. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of persons who are under 18 years of age when applying for driving licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Sport and Recreational Development
      300. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to consider giving recognition to the card game bridge as a sport (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter....
  • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
    • IDA Data
      301. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of Industrial Development Agency Ireland sponsored visits, by county, by month in 2016 to date, in tabular form; the...
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
    • Child and Family Agency
      302. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the justification for the removal of the line "Resource Túsla [Child and Family Agency] to ensure a comprehensive range of services...
    • Youth Services Funding
      303. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the cost of funding the Youngballymun project at current activity for 2016 and projected cost over the next six years. [14038/16]
    • Child Care Services Funding
      304. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she has reviewed funding and support for the early years sector as promised for early 2016. [14044/16]
    • Child Care Services Provision
      305. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she is aware that a childcare facility (details supplied) in Drumconrath, County Meath is to close; her views on this; and her proposals...
  • Department of Defence
    • Defence Forces Operations
      306. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence to report on a proposed hazardous waste incinerator at Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour which is close to the naval headquarters and operational base...
    • Defence Forces Medicinal Products
      308. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Irish soldiers taking Lariam as a malaria prophylactic who have contracted malaria since Irish soldiers first started taking it as...