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Written answers

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

  • Department of Health
    • Hospital Beds Data
      38. To ask the Minister for Health the number of beds that have not or cannot be reopened or are experiencing a delay in being opened as a result of the absence of safe staffing levels; and if he...
    • Medicinal Products Availability
      39. To ask the Minister for Health if he or his Department has had consultation with the European Medicines Agency on the application for market authorisation in the EU for the drug nusinersen;...
    • Hospital Appointments Delays
      42. To ask the Minister for Health when he expects the 18 month target for outpatient consultations to be fully achieved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4649/17]
    • Industrial Disputes
      44. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the possibility of industrial action by nurses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4545/17]
    • State Claims Agency
      45. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the fact that the number of claims for which damages were paid in maternity services cases jumped from 15 in 2007 to 101 in 2015, an almost...
    • Accident and Emergency Departments
      46. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the emergency department of Our Lady's Hospital, Navan. [4362/17]
    • Health Services Funding
      47. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the claim by the director general of the HSE that the health services will require in the order of €9 billion in capital spend over the next...
    • Accident and Emergency Services Provision
      48. To ask the Minister for Health the action he will take to cease the downgrading of emergency services at University Hospital Waterford consequent on the lack of 24-7 emergency cath lab...
    • Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision
      49. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the lack of neuro-rehabilitation services as a critical factor in the current trolley crisis, leading to delayed discharges and unnecessary...
    • Mental Health Services Provision
      50. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the establishment of the clinical stream within the HSE tasked with the issue of interacting mental illness and addiction which leaves many...
    • Health Services Funding
      51. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 104 of 1 December 2016, the timeframe for the defined period for evaluating the pilot peer support initiative; and if he...
    • Maternity Services Provision
      52. To ask the Minister for Health when the anomaly scan will be made available on site at Cavan General Hospital. [4263/17]
    • Accident and Emergency Departments
      53. To ask the Minister for Health the reason for the 139% increase in the numbers on trolleys in Sligo University Hospital between 2013 and 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Hospitals Data
      54. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons whose elective surgery was cancelled or rescheduled more than once in 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Commencement of Legislation
      55. To ask the Minister for Health if there has been engagement with the Department of Justice and Equality regarding those issues that are delaying the commencement date of tablet legislation;...
    • Maternity Services
      56. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the regional maternal foetal medicine service for the RCSI hospital group. [4264/17]
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      57. To ask the Minister for Health if he will instigate an independent clinical review of children's scoliosis surgery services in order to develop current services to an adequate level to reduce...
    • Hospital Services
      58. To ask the Minister for Health his and the HSE's position regarding the use of Our Lady's Hospital, Cashel, County Tipperary, as part of the solution to the continuing overcrowding at South...
    • Maternity Services Provision
      59. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to instruct the HSE to draw up national guidance on the provision of routine detailed scans at 20 weeks; the progress to date on this; and if he will...
    • Medicinal Products Prices
      60. To ask the Minister for Health the status of an initiative he is taking with other countries to negotiate collectively to lower the prices of drugs; the status of meetings that both he and...
    • Hospital Services
      61. To ask the Minister for Health if his department has evaluated the cost of making diagnostics available in acute hospitals on a seven-day, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. basis; if his Department has...
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      62. To ask the Minister for Health the progress being made to date in his Department on investigations into technology being developed in respect of waiting list initiatives; the proposals he has...
    • Health Services Staff
      64. To ask the Minister for Health the various contributory factors currently making it difficult to recruit or retain staff at all levels in the health service, including consultants, doctors...
    • Mobility Allowance Review
      65. To ask the Minister for Health when the replacement scheme for the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant will be announced in view of the fact that a replacement has been...
    • National Treatment Purchase Fund Eligibility
      66. To ask the Minister for Health the mechanisms in place to ensure that consultants will not be funded by the national treatment purchase fund to privately treat patients that are on their...
    • Respite Care Services
      69. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the current absence of respite beds in the Millstreet community area. [4656/17]
    • Hospital Beds Data
      70. To ask the Minister for Health the number of beds that have been closed due to staff shortages in each of the past five years; the number of beds closed currently due to staff shortages; and...
    • Mental Health Awareness
      71. To ask the Minister for Health the status of plans to deliver a comprehensive mental health education package for schools and to work with the Minister of Education and Skills to improve...
    • Home Help Service Provision
      73. To ask the Minister for Health if there will be any increase in the number of home help hours provided in 2017 in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4694/17]
    • Hospitals Funding
      74. To ask the Minister for Health the proportion of the €9 million new funding for hospital services nationally in 2017 that will go to Tallaght hospital; and if he will make a statement...
    • Home Help Service Provision
      75. To ask the Minister for Health if there will be any increase in the number of home help hours provided in 2017 in counties Sligo and Leitrim; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Nursing Staff Provision
      76. To ask the Minister for Health his views on a matter (details supplied) concerning unsafe staffing levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4260/17]
    • Mental Health Services Staff
      77. To ask the Minister for Health the targets in place for child and adolescent mental health service teams staff levels in CHO 6 in 2017 to bring them closer to the target set in A Vision for...
    • Ambulance Service
      78. To ask the Minister for Health the action being taken to improve ambulance turnaround time at emergency departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4648/17]
    • General Practitioner Services Provision
      79. To ask the Minister for Health if he will ensure that the SouthDoc service will be maintained; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4524/17]
    • Nursing Home Accommodation Provision
      80. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated capital cost of the planned new facility at a nursing home (details supplied) using the public private partnership model; and if his Department...
    • Hospitals Data
      82. To ask the Minister for Health the number of elective surgeries cancelled in each hospital in 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4567/17]
    • Hospitals Funding
      83. To ask the Minister for Health his views on whether the €9 million additional funding for the expansion of existing services or the provision of new services in acute hospitals is...
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      84. To ask the Minister for Health the action that will be taken in 2017 to reduce waiting times for outpatient consultations in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, which increased...
    • Mental Health Services Funding
      85. To ask the Minister for Health the status of funding for vital mental health support services provided by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Disability Support Services Provision
      86. To ask the Minister for Health the reason the 2017 target for the number of personal assistant service hours to be delivered to adults with a physical and or sensory disability is less than...
    • Home Help Service Data
      88. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons currently in receipt of home help hours and home care packages in community healthcare organisation, CHO, area 9; the number on waiting...
    • Mental Health Services Provision
      89. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to enable children and young persons in counties Carlow and Kilkenny to access an out-of-hours child and adolescent mental health service team; and if...
    • General Practitioner Services Provision
      91. To ask the Minister for Health the actions he will take in 2017 to build general practitioner capacity, as promised in the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Health Services Data
      92. To ask the Minister for Health his views on data from a recent OECD report showing that Ireland has 2.8 hospital beds per 1,000 of the population compared to an OECD average of 4.8, while...
    • Medicinal Products Reimbursement
      93. To ask the Minister for Health the orphan medicines and technologies that will be considered in relation to the working group to bring forward appropriate decision criteria for the...
    • Home Help Service
      94. To ask the Minister for Health if there will be any increase in the number of home help hours provided in 2017 in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4685/17]
    • Nursing Staff Recruitment
      95. To ask the Minister for Health the status of talks on staffing, recruitment and retention in nursing and midwifery between the INMO, his department, the HSE and the Department of Public...
    • Mental Health Guidelines
      96. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to improve communication between mental health professionals and services with the families of persons under their care in order to better treat their...
    • Departmental Properties
      97. To ask the Minister for Health his plans for the sale of St. Senan’s psychiatric hospital; if the funds raised by the sale will be used for improving mental health services; and if he...
    • Primary Care Centres
      98. To ask the Minister for Health the revised date for full commissioning of all health services in a primary care centre in Summerhill, Dublin 1 that is currently under construction. [4525/17]
    • Medicinal Products
      99. To ask the Minister for Health the way in which parents of a child with a medical condition known to respond therapeutically to treatment with a cannabis based product can apply to...
    • Health Services
      101. To ask the Minister for Health the exact initial work that has taken place on the 2017 capacity review; the exact arrangements being put in place for the review to date; the timeline of the...
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      102. To ask the Minister for Health the waiting list initiatives he is progressing; the status of further work currently being done by eHealth Ireland in relation to waiting lists; the projects...
    • Health Insurance
      103. To ask the Minister for Health his views on health insurance companies not covering contraception; his further views on whether this is gender based discrimination; and if he will make a...
    • Disease Management
      104. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to improve services for persons with Lyme’s disease; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4690/17]
    • Hospital Beds Data
      107. To ask the Minister for Health the total number of acute hospital beds in each of the acute hospitals in the years 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Autism Support Services
      108. To ask the Minister for Health the number of school leaver day service places that are available for young adults over 18 years of age on the autism spectrum in September 2017; if all young...
    • Home Help Service Provision
      109. To ask the Minister for Health the reason there is no planned increase in the number of home help hours to be provided in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4660/17]
    • Rare Diseases
      110. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the development of the terms of reference, required membership and reporting relationship for the working group to bring forward appropriate...
    • Assisted Human Reproduction
      111. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 400 of 24 January 2017, the status of the review of international public funding models for fertility treatment, in view...
    • Suicide Prevention
      112. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the work of the multidisciplinary group set up in 2016 to combat the recent spate of suicides in Cork; and his plans for a statewide framework...
    • Hospital Services
      113. To ask the Minister for Health the date for the opening of a new operating theatre in Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin to deal with children waiting for operations...
    • Autism Support Services
      114. To ask the Minister for Health if his Department will review and upgrade the current model of service delivery for children with autism, in view of the fact that numbers of children are...
    • Hospital Beds Data
      115. To ask the Minister for Health to set out the level of spare capacity in terms of acute beds in the private hospital system; if he has considered taking private hospitals into public...
    • Rare Diseases Strategy
      118. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 505 of 24 January 2017 to outline the assistance his Department provides to those with rare diseases in terms of research...
    • Hospital Consultant Remuneration
      119. To ask the Minister for Health to set down his Department’s estimate of the cost of compensating hospital consultants in the wake of the HSE decision not to appeal the 2015 ruling of...
    • Health Services Provision
      121. To ask the Minister for Health to outline the reason there has been a reconfiguration of physiotherapy services in east Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4678/17]
    • Nursing Staff Recruitment
      122. To ask the Minister for Health to set down the total cost of recruitment for nurses and midwives recruited between December 2007 and December 2016; if he will provide this information in...
    • Mental Health Services Provision
      123. To ask the Minister for Health to outline his plans to enable children and young persons in counties Sligo and Leitrim to have access to an out-of-hours child and adolescent mental health...
    • National Treatment Purchase Fund
      125. To ask the Minister for Health further to the budget announcement of additional funding being made to the National Treatment Purchase Fund to outline the evaluation mechanisms in place to...
    • Accident and Emergency Departments
      126. To ask the Minister for Health the progress he has made in his analysis of the way private accident and emergency departments will be used during peaks in public accident and emergency...
    • Hospital Services
      127. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the provision of a catheterisation laboratory at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4253/17]
    • Health Insurance Community Rating
      128. To ask the Minister for Health if he will amend the lifetime community rating regulations in order that serving members of the Defence Forces do not feel obliged to buy health insurance...
    • General Practitioner Services
      131. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the general practitioner service in Waterville and Rathmore, County Kerry (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4523/17]
    • Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage
      132. To ask the Minister for Health when his Department is likely to update the list of conditions on the long-term illness scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4697/17]
    • Accident and Emergency Services Provision
      133. To ask the Minister for Health if the new emergency department in University Hospital Limerick will be funded and opened on schedule in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Hospital Services
      135. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the need for increased provision of endoscopy services at Naas General Hospital to allow for reduction in waiting lists in this area following his...
    • Accident and Emergency Departments
      137. To ask the Minister for Health his views on safety concerns expressed regarding the conditions in University Hospital Limerick's emergency department; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • EU Bodies
      138. To ask the Minister for Health if he has raised Ireland's bid to secure the European Medicines Agency with his EU counterparts in bilateral meetings. [2781/17]
    • Primary Care Strategy Roll-out
      139. To ask the Minister for Health the timeframe for the decisive shift to primary care promised in the programme for Government; the way in which this will be benchmarked in terms of health...
    • Hospitals Building Programme
      140. To ask the Minister for Health if Abbeyleix Hospital will be included in the capital programme; and the plans there are to refurbish, upgrade and extend the facility. [4267/17]
    • Mental Health Act Review
      141. To ask the Minister for Health if his Department has an official position on whether serious mental conditions are physical malfunctions in the brain or otherwise; and if he will make a...
    • Home Help Service Provision
      142. To ask the Minister for Health if there will be any increase in the number of home help hours provided in 2017 in County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4693/17]
    • Speech and Language Therapy Provision
      143. To ask the Minister for Health his views on whether the HSE's one-year target for children's speech and language therapy assessments is sufficiently ambitious; and if he will make a...
    • Mental Health Policy
      144. To ask the Minister for Health if he will reinstate a monitoring group for the implementation of A Vision for Change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4654/17]
    • Hospital Services
      145. To ask the Minister for Health the extent to which he has sought or received confirmation from the HSE in regard to the optimum in terms of resources and facilities required to prevent...
    • Maternity Services Provision
      146. To ask the Minister for Health the way in which he proposes to fully fund the national maternity strategy; and the funding spent to date in 2017. [4408/17]
    • Home Help Service Provision
      147. To ask the Minister for Health if there will be any increase in the number of home help hours provided in 2017 in counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Disability Services Provision
      149. To ask the Minister for Health if he will assure parents of children with disabilities that their assessments of needs will be completed on time, as per the Disability Act 2005; if the...
    • Accident and Emergency Departments
      150. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to improve the country's accident and emergency departments; and if he will consider opening new minor injury units and guarantee all current...
  • Department of An Taoiseach
    • Census of Population Data
      151. To ask the Taoiseach the number of households within the boundary marker of an area (details supplied). [4895/17]
    • Cabinet Committee Meetings
      152. To ask the Taoiseach if the Cabinet Committee on Arts, Irish, the Gaeltacht and the Islands has met since October 2016; and when it is planned to meet next. [4273/17]
    • Dublin-Monaghan Bombings
      154. To ask the Taoiseach if he spoke to Prime Minister May regarding the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. [4542/17]
    • European Fund for Strategic Infrastructure
      155. To ask the Taoiseach the potential investment projects his Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European Fund for Strategic Investments. [4872/17]
    • Commissions of Investigation
      156. To ask the Taoiseach the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in his Department, in addition to the estimated costs to date of...
  • Department of Justice and Equality
    • Proposed Legislation
      157. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans to implement any further amendments and-or legislation in relation to the Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011; and if she will make a...
    • Direct Provision Data
      158. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of adults and children who remain in direct provision after receiving their stamp 4 leave to remain; the number of these persons...
    • Immigrant Investor Programme Eligibility
      159. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the basis for the increase in the amount required by applicants to avail of the immigrant investor programme and which increase was announced on...
    • European Fund for Strategic Investments
      160. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the potential investment projects her Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European Fund for...
    • Military Aircraft Landings
      161. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of formal requests for the search of military planes by An Garda Síochána at Shannon Airport which have been acceded to in...
    • Naturalisation Applications
      162. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4887/17]
  • Department of Finance
    • European Fund for Strategic Investments
      163. To ask the Minister for Finance the progress being made in securing funding for potential investment projects under the European Fund for Strategic Investments; the projects that have...
    • Pension Levy
      164. To ask the Minister for Finance the measures he is taking to replenish the private pensions funds of which the Government has repeatedly accessed over the past five years; and if he will...
    • Ireland Strategic Investment Fund Investments
      165. To ask the Minister for Finance the average interest rate, that is APR, charged to residential housing developers by the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund through its investments in...
    • Renewable Energy Generation
      166. To ask the Minister for Finance his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4829/17]
    • Betting Regulations
      168. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will consider introducing a new rate of tax for high street betting shops, which have a turnover of €2 million or less and that the same would be...
    • Commissions of Investigation
      169. To ask the Minister for Finance the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in his Department in addition to the estimated costs to...
  • Department of Education and Skills
    • Education and Training Provision
      170. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of tourism and hospitality skills training positions allocated to the Limerick city constituency in 2015 and 2016; and if he will make...
    • Road Openings
      173. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the negotiations between his Department and a company (details supplied) for the taking in charge of the road from...
    • Summer Works Scheme
      174. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that safety works at a school (details supplied) committed to by his Department under the 2015 summer...
    • Weight of Schoolbags
      175. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the survey conducted by the National Parents' Council Primary regarding the implications for children's back...
    • Psychological Assessments
      176. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the names and addresses of the 57 schools in County Louth which do not currently have access to a NEPS psychologist for the purposes of carrying...
    • National Educational Psychological Service Expenditure
      177. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost to NEPS in County Louth under the scheme for commissioning psychological assessments each year for the past five years for private...
    • Psychological Assessments Waiting Times
      178. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of pupils in County Louth who are currently awaiting an educational assessment under the scheme for commissioning psychological...
    • National Educational Psychological Service Staff
      179. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of whole-time equivilent NEPS positions that will be recruited in County Louth under the recruitment competition put in place by the...
    • Schools Site Acquisitions
      183. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a request from a school (details supplied) to purchase land adjacent to the school to alleviate parking and congestion outside the...
    • School Enrolments
      184. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide information (details supplied) in tabular form. [4747/17]
    • School Accommodation
      185. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the accommodation capacity for a school (details supplied) to increase school pupil numbers beyond the overall projected figure of...
    • Schools Building Projects
      186. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will meet with the members of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4774/17]
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      192. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration has been given by his Department to using the land immediately adjacent to a school (details supplied) for a recreation area for...
    • Skills Development
      193. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4786/17]
    • Student Grant Scheme Appeals
      194. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person (details supplied) was refused a SUSI grant. [4811/17]
    • School Transport Review
      195. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the outcome of the school transport review; the measures he proposes to implement to deal with difficulties which arose for many families prior...
    • School Staff
      196. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) in County Kerry will be provided with an additional teaching post based on projected pupil numbers; and if he will...
    • Schools Property
      200. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of his Department's dealings with a club (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the need to bring these matters to a...
    • Special Educational Needs
      201. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the supports available to a person (details supplied) with special needs who will complete a three-year placement in a school in June 2017; if a...
    • School Staff
      202. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of substitutable days whereby no substitute teachers were employed in primary schools for the school years 2015-16 and 2016-17 to...
    • Youthreach Programme
      203. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a list of the new permanent premises that the Dublin Education and Training Board has selected for a programme (details...
    • Education and Training Boards Funding
      204. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the €800,000 funding required to upgrade the Galway and Roscommon Educational and Training Board sub-office in Roscommon...
    • Commissions of Investigation
      205. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in his Department in addition to the...
  • Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
    • Social and Affordable Housing
      206. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the way in which the €10 million from the proceeds of the sale of Bord Gáis Éireann made available...
    • Legislative Measures
      207. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the sections in the Planning and Development and Residential Tenancies Act 2016 yet to be commenced; and when he...
    • Housing Assistance Payments Implementation
      208. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the progress being made on the roll-out of homeless housing assistance payment, HAP, to other areas in the country;...
    • Social and Affordable Housing Data
      209. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his views on whether there is an inconsistency in social housing provision statistics published by his Department...
    • Social and Affordable Housing Funding
      210. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the advice he has received from the Department of Finance or elsewhere with regard to the likelihood that the...
    • Planning Issues
      211. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to issue more directive or prescriptive guidelines to local authorities on density levels and height...
    • Mortgage to Rent Scheme Administration
      212. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his Department's involvement in reforming or designing a successor to the mortgage to rent scheme with the...
    • Housing Data
      213. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will provide statistics on the number of pre-1963 properties in the State; and the estimated number of private...
    • Social and Affordable Housing Provision
      215. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the need for new homes each year. [4807/17]
    • Local Authority Functions
      217. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of enforcement notices issued nationwide since 1 January 2013, by year and by council, in tabular form....
    • Social and Affordable Housing Expenditure
      220. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the amount spent on rectifying defective social housing in the past ten years by South Dublin, Dún...
    • Housing Assistance Payments Data
      222. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of family units that are recipients of the housing assistance payment within each local authority area...
    • Rent Controls
      224. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will extend the designated rent pressure zones to County Louth as a matter of urgency. [4926/17]
    • Commissions of Investigation
      225. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the final cost to the Exchequer of the work of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in...
  • Department of Social Protection
    • Carer's Allowance Payments
      226. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a person (details supplied) will receive their carer's allowance payment awarded in November 2016; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Carer's Allowance Appeals
      227. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will grant an application (details supplied) for a carer's allowance that is currently under both appeal and review. [4791/17]
    • Social Welfare Benefits Eligibility
      228. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the total entitlement to a full rate of disability allowance and invalidity pension in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make...
    • Rural Social Scheme
      229. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding changes to the rural social scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4802/17]
    • Services for People with Disabilities
      230. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the supports available from his Department for new wheelchair users in rural areas who have difficulty in accessing public transport; and if he will...
    • EU Funding
      231. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the potential investment projects his Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force for the European Fund for Strategic...
    • Social Welfare Appeals
      232. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of an appeal of a decision in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4885/17]
    • Invalidity Pension Payments
      233. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of an invalidity pension for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4893/17]
    • Rent Supplement Scheme Data
      234. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of family units that are recipients of the rent allowance within each local authority area and county by location within that authority...
    • Commissions of Investigation
      235. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in his Department in addition to the estimated...
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Departmental Funding
      236. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the potential investment projects his Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European Fund for...
  • Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
    • Commissions of Investigation
      237. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in his Department; and the...
    • Public Sector Staff Grades Review
      238. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the current terms and conditions of the offer available to the CPSU relating to the merger of the staff officer grade with the executive...
    • Departmental Staff Recruitment
      241. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the Public Appointments Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4794/17]
    • Departmental Funding
      242. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the potential investment projects his Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European Fund for...
    • Pension Provisions
      243. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he will commence negotiations on a successor to the Lansdowne Road agreement; if representatives of retired public servants will be...
  • Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
    • Rural Development Plan
      244. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide a list of the 600 towns that are to receive investment and support under the action plan for rural development;...
    • Departmental Funding
      245. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the potential investment projects her Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European Fund for...
    • Shooting Rights
      246. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding shooting rights; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4890/17]
  • Department of Health
    • Hospital Services
      247. To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm that there is only one diabetic nurse and no diabetic dietician in the Regional Hospital Limerick; his views on whether this is a sufficient...
    • Schools Site Acquisitions
      249. To ask the Minister for Health the status of a request from a school (details supplied) to purchase land adjacent to the school to alleviate parking and congestion outside the school; and if...
    • Hospital Equipment
      250. To ask the Minister for Health the number of MRI, CT and ultrasound machines currently in University Hospital Limerick. [4734/17]
    • Hospitals Data
      255. To ask the Minister for Health the number of times that the full capacity protocol has been deployed at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in 2017; the process for implementing this...
    • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
      260. To ask the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has not yet received a PIN from An Bord Altranais; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4751/17]
    • Drugs Payment Scheme Coverage
      261. To ask the Minister for Health the reason medical card holders cannot avail of the drug antspain on the medical card and therefore have to bear the cost of €38 every three weeks; and...
    • National Maternity Hospital
      262. To ask the Minister for Health the provision that has been made to ensure that a Catholic ethos will not impinge on clinical care or decisions at the new national maternity hospital on the...
    • Hospital Appointments Status
      263. To ask the Minister for Health if he will expedite a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4765/17]
    • Medical Card Applications
      265. To ask the Minister for Health if he will expedite an application by a person (details supplied) for a medical card; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4782/17]
    • Medicinal Products Availability
      266. To ask the Minister for Health the timeframe for approval of the provision of Orkambi to cystic fibrosis patients in view of ongoing negotiations between a company (details supplied) and the...
    • Hospitals Car Park Charges
      268. To ask the Minister for Health the revenue generated from car parking services in each public hospital in 2016; the purposes for which this money is used; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Hospital Appointments Status
      269. To ask the Minister for Health if he will expedite an appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4796/17]
    • Addiction Treatment Services
      270. To ask the Minister for Health when a full-time co-ordinator will be allocated to the South Inner City Drugs & Alcohol Task Force (details supplied). [4797/17]
    • Disability Services Provision
      271. To ask the Minister for Health when an assessment of needs will be carried out in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4798/17]
    • Dental Services Provision
      272. To ask the Minister for Health when dental clinics for children will resume in Drogheda in view of the recent closures in the Haymarket and Ballsgrove clinics; his plans to temporarily...
    • Blood Donations
      273. To ask the Minister for Health the reasoning behind question 52 on the new IBTS questionnaire for blood donation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4803/17]
    • Disability Services Provision
      274. To ask the Minister for Health if he will consider providing an additional long-term residential care unit for intellectually challenged persons in County Wexford; and if he will make a...
    • Hospitals Data
      275. To ask the Minister for Health the average waiting time for outpatients with an address in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4808/17]
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      276. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will have a cataract operation carried out; the reason for the significant delay; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Medicinal Products Availability
      277. To ask the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in the completion of the analysis of the cancer treating drug nivolumab by the NCPE (details supplied); and if he will make a...
    • National Children's Hospital
      278. To ask the Minister for Health if he will confirm that the location of the new National Children's Hospital and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital will occur simultaneously;...
    • National Children's Hospital Location
      279. To ask the Minister for Health the details of the report which has endorsed the St James's site as the best location for the new national children's hospital; the rationale that resulted in...
    • Hospital Services
      281. To ask the Minister for Health if the new national children's hospital will treat children up to 16 years of age or up to 18 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4821/17]
    • Chronic Disease Management Programme
      282. To ask the Minister for Health the percentage of the health budget which is spent on the care of persons with chronic diseases here; and the cost of this to his Department and the economy in...
    • Health Services Expenditure
      283. To ask the Minister for Health if his Department has set aside in its annual Estimates a budget for spending on preventative health, education and promotion; and the criteria for private...
    • Hospital Staff Data
      285. To ask the Minister for Health the total number of medical consultants paid from public funds with a breakdown by contract type, and details of the salary scales within each contract; and...
    • European Fund for Strategic Infrastructure
      286. To ask the Minister for Health the potential investment projects his Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European Fund for Strategic...
    • Hospital Appointments Delays
      287. To ask the Minister for Health if he will expedite an appointment for cataract surgery for a person (details supplied). [4892/17]
    • Ambulance Service Provision
      288. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to improve the ambulance service in the north east; if his attention has been drawn to recent incidents whereby undue delays occurred and the concern...
    • Hospitals Capital Programme
      289. To ask the Minister for Health the extent to which he expects the capital programme in 2017 to meet the requirement in terms of extension of facilities including buildings at the various...
    • National Children's Hospital
      291. To ask the Minister for Health the progress in respect of the new national children's hospital project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4917/17]
    • Primary Care Centres
      292. To ask the Minister for Health the number of primary care centres which are fully staffed and operational; the extent to which evidence exists of the alleviation of overcrowding in hospital...
    • Medicinal Products Prices
      293. To ask the Minister for Health the procedures in place to encourage manufacturers of medicines to make their product available for sale to the health services at a manageable cost, with...
    • Hospital Services
      294. To ask the Minister for Health if he will ensure the retention and expansion of facilities at a hospital (details supplied) having particular regard to the need for such facilities in the...
    • Accident and Emergency Services Provision
      295. To ask the Minister for Health the extent to which his Department has been in a position to identify precisely the full extent of resources needed to meet eventualities such as flu epidemics...
    • Health Services Staff
      296. To ask the Minister for Health the extent to which plans are in preparation to ensure the retention of adequate health personnel at all levels to meet any eventualities and eliminate...
    • Health Services Provision
      298. To ask the Minister for Health the degree to which the delivery of health services here continues to be compared with such services in other jurisdictions with a view to identifying and...
    • Commissions of Investigation
      299. To ask the Minister for Health the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in his Department, in addition to the estimated costs to...
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    • Fisheries Protection
      300. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the Irish Wildlife Trust's request to ban pair trawler fishing at Kenmare Bay, County Kerry in view of legislation...
    • Basic Payment Scheme Payments
      301. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the delay in issuing the balance of a basic payment scheme payment for 2015 in respect of a person (details supplied)...
    • Nitrates Usage
      302. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding nitrates regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4801/17]
    • Bord na gCon Funding
      303. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of funding his Department gave to Bord na gCon in each year from 2005 to 2016, in tabular form. [4804/17]
    • GLAS Payments
      304. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) can expect to receive a payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4837/17]
    • European Fund for Strategic Infrastructure
      305. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the potential investment projects his Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European...
    • Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Payments
      306. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a headage payment will issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4901/17]
    • Commissions of Investigation
      307. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in his Department, in addition...
  • Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
    • Angling Sector
      308. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his views on the efficiency of the national strategy for angling development. [4753/17]
    • National Broadband Plan Implementation
      311. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources when a household (details supplied) in County Louth will have access to high speed broadband; and if he will make a...
    • Broadband Service Provision
      313. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources further to Parliamentary Question No. 161 of 19 October 2016, his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding...
    • European Fund for Strategic Investments
      314. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the potential investment projects his Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for...
    • Broadband Service Provision
      315. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the reason a company (details supplied) was allowed to roll out fibre broadband at Dundrum, County Tipperary, and not at...
    • Commissions of Investigation
      317. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in his Department,...
  • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
    • Marine Safety
      318. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to amend the regulations requiring persons to wear life jackets at all times while on board pleasure craft; his views on...
    • Bus Éireann Services
      319. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the routes that have been targeted for closure within the Expressway bus service, following the CEO of Bus Éireann confirming to the...
    • Sports Facilities Provision
      320. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 536 of 22 November 2016, the progress with regard to the building of a stadium (details supplied)...
    • Taxi Licences Renewals
      321. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to difficulties taxi drivers are experiencing in renewing their licences in certain circumstances...
    • Bus Services
      322. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the future plans for the 111A bus route from Cavan to Delvin. [4762/17]
    • Brexit Issues
      324. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding a post-Brexit environment. [4806/17]
    • Road Safety
      326. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding lorry and bus drivers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4894/17]
  • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
    • Brexit Issues
      327. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4748/17]
    • Enterprise Ireland Expenditure
      329. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount of capital investment or grant assistance towards capital works by Enterprise Ireland on a location basis in County Donegal...
    • IDA Expenditure
      330. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount of capital investment or grant assistance towards capital works by IDA Ireland on a location basis in County Donegal for...
    • Brexit Issues
      331. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her Department has conducted a scoping exercise to analyse the potential for exporters to fill the potential void left by British...
    • European Fund for Strategic Infrastructure
      332. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the potential investment projects her Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European Fund...
    • Commissions of Investigation
      333. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in her Department, in addition to...
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
    • Child Care Services
      334. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the affordable child care scheme; her proposals for including alternative forms of child...
    • European Fund for Strategic Infrastructure
      339. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the potential investment projects her Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European Fund for...
    • Commissions of Investigation
      340. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in her Department, in addition to the...
  • Department of Defence
    • Defence Forces Properties
      341. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans for investment in infrastructure on the Curragh camp for 2017; if he will provide a breakdown of this investment between projects; and...
    • European Fund for Strategic Infrastructure
      342. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the potential investment projects his Department put forward to the Department of Finance task force report for the European Fund for...
    • Defence Forces Personnel
      343. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his proposals to compensate members of the Permanent Defence Forces that have been transferred to other military installations and that incur...
    • Commissions of Investigation
      344. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the final costs to the Exchequer of each commission of investigation that has been completed to date in his Department, in addition to the...