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Written answers

Thursday, 2 March 2017

  • Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
    • Office of Public Works Projects
      13. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost and works required for the Seanad Éireann move to the ceramics room in the National Museum of Ireland; the arrangements in...
    • Garda Stations
      16. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the legal negotiations on the site for the new Garda station in Bailieborough will be finalised as a priority; if there is a problem...
    • Public Sector Pensions
      17. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will ensure that as public sector pay progresses post-FEMPI that all public sector pensions will rise pro rata; and if he will make...
    • Public Sector Pay
      18. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost to revert to a single tier pay structure across the public sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10498/17]
    • Expenditure Reviews
      19. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the expenditure reviews current and capital his Department is undertaking on Government spending in the lead up to...
    • Public Procurement Regulations
      20. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the failures or non-compliance with public procurement rules identified by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
  • Department of Justice and Equality
    • Direct Provision Data
      22. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the latest data and the date it was recorded, on the number of persons currently in direct provision for one year or less, one year to two years,...
    • Garda Communications
      23. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations with no Internet access. [10794/17]
    • Garda Resources
      26. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of the Garda information services centre each year since its establishment; and the number of Garda personnel and the number of...
    • Garda Transport Data
      27. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda cars currently in operation; and the number of these cars that have satellite navigation installed. [10798/17]
    • Asylum Applications
      29. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will return the original birth certificates (details provided) submitted with asylum applications as these are now required for passport...
    • Garda Deployment
      30. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the total number of gardaí assigned to the Waterford Garda division for each of the years 2010 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will...
    • Prisoner Health
      31. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the supports being provided to a person (details supplied) who is on the waiting list for admission to the central mental hospital; when the...
    • Civil Legal Aid
      32. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the way in which a person with limited resources is able to defend themselves in civil matters against a publicly funded institution with its own...
    • Legal Services Regulation
      34. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the way in which the independence of the legal services regulator is assured; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10981/17]
    • Visa Applications
      36. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the travel visa requirements that apply to a person (details supplied). [10990/17]
    • Naturalisation Applications
      37. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a...
    • Residency Permits
      38. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 46 of 19 January 2017, when update of stamp 4 will be arranged in the case of a person (detail supplied); if...
    • Naturalisation Applications
      39. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a...
    • Family Reunification Applications
      40. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of family reunification in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on...
    • Naturalisation Applications
      41. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will facilitate naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11003/17]
    • Visa Applications
      42. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality when a joint spouse visa application will be approved in the case of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter....
    • Garda Station Closures
      43. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 29 of 15 November 2016, the status of a pilot scheme for the re-opening of Garda stations; if the six...
    • International Conventions
      44. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11098/17]
    • Legislative Process RIA
      45. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the legislative proposals published by her Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the legislative...
  • Department of Finance
    • Help-To-Buy Scheme Eligibility
      47. To ask the Minister for Finance if there are plans for separated persons who have agreed to relinquish their ownership of a family home on foot of a court order to be treated as a first-time...
    • Tax Collection
      49. To ask the Minister for Finance the anticipated timeframe for the test case and subsequent result of an issue (details supplied); if the Revenue Commissioners have taken on board concerns...
    • Fuel Rebate Scheme
      53. To ask the Minister for Finance the tax rebate to date to bus and coach operators under the fuel rebate scheme since it was extended to them by rebates to State-owned companies and private...
    • Revenue Commissioners
      54. To ask the Minister for Finance the Revenue Commissioners offices in which it is planned to end the walk-in service; the timeframe and date it is planned to end this service in each office;...
    • Revenue Commissioners Resources
      55. To ask the Minister for Finance the cost to date in 2017 and estimated cost annually of the Revenue Commissioners' use of an outsourced call centre to handle queries regarding the local...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      56. To ask the Minister for Finance the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the legislative proposals published...
  • Department of Education and Skills
    • School Patronage
      58. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the consultation with Educate Together and with persons regarding the plans to change the patronage of schools in line with...
    • State Examinations Commission
      60. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the case of a person (details supplied) who has not been provided with a reader or scribe for the 2017 junior certificate...
    • Student Grant Scheme Delays
      61. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in approving a SUSI grant in the case of a person (details supplied). [10842/17]
    • Languages Programme
      62. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a recent EUROSTAT report (details supplied) showing that Ireland has the second lowest level of foreign-language learning in schools...
    • Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools Scheme
      63. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) was not successful in its application for urban DEIS band 1 from urban DEIS band 2; the criteria and...
    • Special Educational Needs Staff
      64. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the total number of special needs assistants in each school in Waterford city and county for each of the years 2014 to 2016; and if he will make a...
    • Technological Universities
      65. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when he plans to progress legislation on technological universities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10913/17]
    • Institutes of Technology Expenditure
      66. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if Waterford Institute of Technology was running a surplus or deficit in each of the years 2008 to 2016; if so, the amount of the surplus or...
    • Technological Universities
      67. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if newly formed technological universities will have the ability to borrow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10915/17]
    • Third Level Staff Data
      73. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the difference between a teaching contract operational at institutes of technology and university contracts; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Institutes of Technology
      74. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if capital funding will be made available to progress the building of an engineering block at WIT; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Apprenticeship Programmes
      77. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of colleges providing courses for apprentice mechanics; if all colleges charge the apprentices for courses provided or if there are...
    • Pátrúnacht Scoileanna
      78. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills cén sásra a bheidh ann chun measúnú agus freastal a dhéanamh ar an éileamh ar oideachas lán-Ghaeilge faoin...
    • State Examinations Reviews
      81. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the State Examinations Commission has written to schools to advise them of the process for the classroom based assessment for the junior...
    • Special Educational Needs Service Provision
      82. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if schools will be expected to make provision for newly enrolled or newly diagnosed children with special educational needs under the current...
    • Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools Scheme
      84. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department will review the decision not to designate a school (details supplied) as a DEIS school; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Pupil-Teacher Ratio
      85. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a breakdown of the staff included in the calculation of the pupil-teacher ratio including resource teachers, learning support...
    • Third Level Fees
      87. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will oppose an end to the free fees scheme and abolish the student registration charges in view of the recent figures on the number of...
    • Third Level Funding
      88. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the checks and balances in place to ensure third level institutions are not using public funds to access legal services to defend themselves...
    • Education Policy
      89. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the European Commission’s country report on Ireland and the finding that skills shortages are increasing in certain sectors...
    • Further Education and Training Programmes
      90. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the participation rate in lifelong learning in 2014, 2015 and 2016 based on latest data at hand, in addition to the EU average rate, in tabular...
    • Skills Development
      91. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the percentage of persons in the labour force who have basic or above basic digital skills based on latest data at hand in addition to the...
    • National Educational Psychological Service Staff
      92. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the recently announced appointment of ten additional NEPS psychologists will be used to deal with staff shortages due to leave; and if he will...
    • School Services Staff
      93. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the current salary scale for primary school caretakers. [11084/17]
    • EU Bodies
      94. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department entered into discussions with the EU with regard to the relocation of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a...
    • Teacher Secondment
      95. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of secondments which have exceeded five years in the period July 2009 to October 2014, inclusive; the length of time for which the five...
    • English Language Training Organisations
      96. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the lack of regulation covering pay and conditions for teachers in the English language college sector; and his...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      97. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016, inclusive, that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the...
  • Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
    • Planning Issues
      99. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to a planning application (details supplied) currently before Cavan County Council;...
    • Local Authority Housing Funding
      100. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the extent to which his Department can offer further latitude for immediate expenditure by the various local...
    • Housing Assistance Payments Data
      101. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of persons who have been awarded an increase in rental payments uplifts by county under the housing...
    • Local Authority Housing Provision
      102. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of houses and apartments that will be built and turnkey ready in Limerick city in 2017 excluding void...
    • Local Authority Housing Data
      103. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the percentage of social housing allocations to homeless persons and families in Limerick city; and if he will make...
    • Tenant Purchase Scheme Eligibility
      105. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to improve the criteria pertaining to the tenant purchase scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a...
    • Local Authority Housing Data
      106. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of children on local authority housing lists according to the last count, by authority area; and if he...
    • Local Authority Housing Eligibility
      107. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the basis on which the qualifying income thresholds for local authorities are set; when these were last set; and if...
    • Rental Accommodation Scheme Data
      108. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of landlords who have dropped out of the rental accommodation scheme in each of the past three years, by...
    • Local Authority Housing Data
      109. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of residential units that will be commenced in 2017 by Waterford City and County Council; and if he will...
    • Local Authority Housing Applications Data
      110. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of social housing applicants currently in Waterford City and County Council and in locations (details...
    • Local Authority Housing Maintenance
      111. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the amount of voids in Waterford City and County Council that are currently under refurbishment; and if he will make...
    • Repair and Leasing Scheme
      115. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the allocation to Offaly County Council and Tipperary County Council under the repair and leasing scheme announced...
    • Commercial Rates
      116. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to reform the commercial rates system; the timeframe for any forthcoming legislation; and if he will make...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      117. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact...
  • Department of Social Protection
    • Disability Allowance Appeals
      119. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of a referral from the disability allowance section to the appeals office for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a...
    • Carer's Allowance Appeals
      120. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of a carer's allowance appeal by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10790/17]
    • Social Welfare Schemes
      121. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans for a social welfare programme for artists. [10805/17]
    • Rent Supplement Scheme Administration
      122. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when rent support will increase in line with current rent in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Disability Allowance Applications
      123. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the position in regard to disability allowance in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11001/17]
    • Disability Allowance Payments
      124. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if the information supplied by way of parliamentary question previously has been withheld from the relevant section in view of the correspondence...
    • Rent Supplement Scheme Payments
      125. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if arrears of rent will be paid in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11006/17]
    • Rent Supplement Scheme Applications
      126. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when rent support in line with current rent will be increased in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Labour Activation Projects
      128. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his views on the European Commission’s Country Report Ireland (details supplied) and the finding that it is difficult to draw conclusions on...
    • Disability Activation Projects
      129. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the total amount of funding allocated in each of the years 2014 to 2017 for pre-activation support for persons with disabilities in tabular form;...
    • Programme for Government Initiatives
      130. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when the pathways to work for jobless households strategy as committed to under the programme for Government will be published; and if he will make...
    • Jobseeker's Benefit Payments
      131. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a social welfare payment will resume in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11069/17]
    • Social Welfare Benefits Eligibility
      132. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if possible entitlement to social welfare payment, for example, illness benefit or disability allowance deriving from self employment exists in the...
    • Invalidity Pension Payments
      133. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when a decision on an invalidity pension will issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11079/17]
    • School Meals Programme
      134. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if his attention has been drawn to schools that will run out of funding for school meals in 2017; the reason for this; the number of schools...
    • Disability Allowance Applications
      135. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the steps he will take to expedite an application for disability allowance by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      136. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016 which underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the legislative proposals...
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Passport Applications
      138. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if copy birth certificates are acceptable for passport applications as the originals have not been returned from INIS which were submitted...
    • Passport Services
      139. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to launch additional promotional campaigns in respect of the timeframe for new and renewal passport applications due to the...
    • Diplomatic Representation
      140. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on a recent incident at Trinity College Dublin wherein an ambassador was denied a speaking opportunity; and if he will make a...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      141. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the legislative...
  • Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
    • EU Funding
      143. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the capital projects that have secured funding from the European Investment Bank or the Juncker investment fund during the lifetime of...
    • Public Procurement Regulations
      144. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of breaches in public procurement rules as published by the Comptroller and Auditor General in public bodies from 2011 to...
    • Government Expenditure
      147. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the total amount of goods and services bought by the State from 2008 to date in 2017, by year; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Public Expenditure Policy
      148. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is satisfied that all Government Departments and bodies under their aegis remain within the required expenditure and reform...
    • Public Sector Pay
      153. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the unions that signed up to the various agreements, including Lansdowne Road, will not be penalised as a result; and if he will make...
    • Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme
      154. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which his Department can facilitate capital expenditure under various headings with particular reference to addressing...
    • Brexit Issues
      156. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which he and his Department can take steps to minimise the impact of Brexit on the economy; and if he will make a...
    • Economic Policy
      157. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which those in the public and the private sectors can now benefit from the sacrifices they made in terms of income...
    • Public Procurement Regulations
      158. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which public procurement can be utilised to benefit the Exchequer in a meaningful way; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Public Sector Staff Recruitment
      160. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which he expects recruitment in specific vital areas of the public sector to become a policy initiative in the future; and...
    • National Archives
      161. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will consider establishing a consolidated mechanism for record keeping, in view of the fact that Government Departments, State...
    • Brexit Issues
      162. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his Department's role in providing financial assistance to any other Department's Brexit unit; his consideration of the costs associated...
    • Legislative Measures
      164. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the Public Sector Standards Bill 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11070/17]
    • Legislative Process RIA
      165. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the...
  • Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
    • Cultural Policy
      167. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to increase funding to achieve the aims of Creative Ireland. [10804/17]
    • Post Office Network
      168. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to implement the recommendations in a report (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10818/17]
    • Arts Funding
      169. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason a facility (details supplied) in County Kerry did not qualify for capital funding; and if she will make a statement on the...
    • National Parks
      170. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans for the recruitment of rangers in Killarney National Park (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the...
    • Rural Development Plan
      171. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the details of the action plan for rural development; the projects that will be eligible for the scheme; if structural refurbishment...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      172. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the legislative proposals published by her Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the...
  • Department of Health
    • Primary Medical Certificates Applications
      174. To ask the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has not been granted a primary medical certificate. [10845/17]
    • Cross-Border Health Services Provision
      175. To ask the Minister for Health the status of a refund for a person (details supplied); and when payment will issue. [10776/17]
    • Medicinal Products Availability
      176. To ask the Minister for Health his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding Respreeza; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10778/17]
    • Hospital Procedures
      177. To ask the Minister for Health if assurance will be given that an orthopaedic operation on 24 March 2017 will not be postponed in the case of a person (detail supplied); and if he will make...
    • Child Abuse
      178. To ask the Minister for Health the number of allegations of child abuse received by the Health Service Executive; the number of cases referred for prosecution; the number of cases that were...
    • Hospital Facilities
      179. To ask the Minister for Health the HSE's future plans for the laundry department at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10792/17]
    • Nursing Home Accommodation Provision
      180. To ask the Minister for Health when construction work will commence on the redeveloped St. Mary's Hospital and Boyne View House expansion project in Drogheda, County Louth; the overall cost...
    • Hospital Appointments Status
      182. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the case of a person (details supplied) and when the person can expect an appointment at St. James's Hospital, Dublin. [10801/17]
    • Home Help Service Provision
      183. To ask the Minister for Health if post-operative home help will be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10819/17]
    • Hospital Appointments Status
      184. To ask the Minister for Health the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10820/17]
    • Hospital Appointments Delays
      185. To ask the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been waiting a significant length of time to receive a hospital appointment. [10844/17]
    • Medical Card Eligibility
      186. To ask the Minister for Health when he will make medical cards available to persons in receipt of domiciliary care allowance without the requirement of a means test; and if he will make a...
    • Health Services
      187. To ask the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kerry who has been formally diagnosed here and in Germany as being a sufferer of Lyme disease has not received...
    • Mental Health Commission
      190. To ask the Minister for Health the number of visits from the Mental Health Commission to University Hospital Waterford in each year from 2010 to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will...
    • Hospital Staff Data
      191. To ask the Minister for Health the number of vacant posts at the department of psychiatry at University Hospital Waterford, by post and grade; the length of time the posts are vacant; when...
    • Hospital Services
      194. To ask the Minister for Health if University Hospital Waterford has furnished the South-South West Hospital Group with proposals to deploy a mobile catheterisation laboratory for the...
    • Home Help Service Data
      197. To ask the Minister for Health the number of home help hours provided by the HSE for each of the years from 2011 to 2016, by county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Speech and Language Therapy
      198. To ask the Minister for Health the number of filled speech and language and occupational therapist positions in place to assist children with complex needs for each of the years from 2011 to...
    • National Children's Hospital Expenditure
      201. To ask the Minister for Health the original costs approved by his Department in respect of the national children's hospital; the projected costs as they stand today; the reason for any...
    • Hospital Accommodation Provision
      202. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to open prefabs at acute hospitals to ease emergency room pressures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10888/17]
    • Hospital Beds Data
      203. To ask the Minister for Health the number of beds the HSE plans to open in prefabs at acute hospitals, by hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10889/17]
    • Hospitals Expenditure
      204. To ask the Minister for Health if the HSE has costed the provision of beds in prefab units at acute hospitals; the details of the costings; the comparison with a bed in an acute hospital...
    • Hospital Staff Recruitment
      205. To ask the Minister for Health the additional staff that will be hired to work in any additional acute hospital beds in prefabs being considered by the HSE; and if he will make a statement...
    • Hospital Accommodation Provision
      206. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to open a prefab at University Hospital Waterford, UWH, to provide additional beds at the hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Nursing Staff Data
      207. To ask the Minister for Health the number of full-time equivalent nursing positions in place in each acute hospital for each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will...
    • Hospital Staff Data
      208. To ask the Minister for Health the total number of vacant posts at acute hospitals here, by profession, grade, duration of vacancy and hospital; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Hospital Beds Data
      210. To ask the Minister for Health the total number of acute hospital beds operational from 2008 to 2017, by year and by hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10905/17]
    • Hospital Appointments Status
      212. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive appropriate inpatient treatment at a facility suitable for children. [10949/17]
    • Services for People with Disabilities
      213. To ask the Minister for Health if consideration will be given to putting in place a personalised budget plan to cover the cost of care of a person (details supplied); the actions that were...
    • Health Services Provision
      214. To ask the Minister for Health if home support and care will be provided to a person (details supplied). [10955/17]
    • Medical Aids and Appliances Provision
      215. To ask the Minister for Health if a stroller will be provided for a person (details supplied). [10957/17]
    • HSE Staff
      216. To ask the Minister for Health if he will request a report from Portlaoise hospital relative to the case of a person (details supplied); and if an external independent review will be carried...
    • Health Services Provision
      217. To ask the Minister for Health the reason for the decision to remove the public nurse from Ballymun; and the services that are now in place to carry out development examinations of toddlers...
    • Hospital Appointments Administration
      218. To ask the Minister for Health the number of inpatient and outpatient did not attends at Beaumont Hospital for the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will...
    • Hospitals Data
      219. To ask the Minister for Health the number of theatres operational at Beaumont Hospital for each of the years 2011 to 2015 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Hospitals Capital Programme
      220. To ask the Minister for Health the capital projects agreed and funded at Beaumont Hospital; the details and overview of each project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10987/17]
    • Hospitals Policy
      222. To ask the Minister for Health the number of times the full capacity protocol was initiated at Beaumont Hospital in each of the years 2011 to 2015 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a...
    • State Claims Agency
      223. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 214 and 215 of 15 February 2017, if the table supplied as part of the response to that question relates to the...
    • Community Care
      224. To ask the Minister for Health the cost per person to accommodate a person on a weekly basis in the community nursing unit in Creagh, Ballinasloe, County Galway; and if he will make a...
    • Dental Services Provision
      226. To ask the Minister for Health if dental benefit is available in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11005/17]
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      227. To ask the Minister for Health to set out the status of surgery for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11067/17]
    • National Children's Hospital Location
      228. To ask the Minister for Health if he will have the issues raised in correspondence (details supplied) and similar concerns expressed by persons regarding the provision of the new national...
    • Medical Card Applications
      229. To ask the Minister for Health further to his visit to a hostel (details supplied) when a house medical card will be issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11075/17]
    • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
      230. To ask the Minister for Health to outline the reason for the delay in responding to a person returning to County Westmeath from Australia in respect of registration (details supplied). [11077/17]
    • Home Help Service Provision
      231. To ask the Minister for Health to outline his plans to have home help hours provided on a demand led basis; if his attention has been drawn to the considerable delays that can occur in...
    • Ambulance Service Accommodation
      232. To ask the Minister for Health to outline the progress on the new Edenderry ambulance station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11083/17]
    • Medical Card Applications
      233. To ask the Minister for Health to set down the status of a medical card for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11085/17]
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      234. To ask the Minister for Health to outline the reason for the excessive delay in an operation for a person (details supplied); when the operation will be carried out; and if he will make a...
    • Occupational Therapy
      235. To ask the Minister for Health to set out the number of vacancies under each school age team in the areas of speech and language, clinical psychology and occupational therapy; the length of...
    • Speech and Language Therapy
      236. To ask the Minister for Health to outline the terms of reference of the review of speech and language therapy services; when the review is due to be completed; and if he will make a...
    • Occupational Therapy
      237. To ask the Minister for Health to set down the number of children currently waiting over six months for speech and language therapy, clinical psychologist or occupational therapy; if the...
    • Medical Card Applications
      239. To ask the Minister for Health if he will expedite an application for a medical card for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11091/17]
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      240. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive a medical appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11104/17]
    • Hospital Consultant Recruitment
      242. To ask the Minister for Health to outline his plans for the appointment of a second endocrinologist at Letterkenny General Hospital; if no changes occurred in the staffing of the...
    • Long-Term Illness Scheme Eligibility
      243. To ask the Minister for Health to outline his plans to extend the long-term illness scheme to include those persons who currently suffer from Crohn’s disease and asthma, in view of...
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      244. To ask the Minister for Health to set down the status of the case of a person (details supplied) who is awaiting an outpatient appointment in the South Infirmary Victoria University...
    • Medical Products Supply
      245. To ask the Minister for Health whether, in view of the compassionate extension by a company (details supplied) of Respreeza to persons for the next two months, the HSE will enter into...
    • Alcohol Sales Legislation
      246. To ask the Minister for Health to outline the progress of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in view of the concern from small business regarding alcohol curtains and enforcement of same; and...
    • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
      247. To ask the Minister for Health whether applications for registration to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland will be closed after a year if they have not been processed within that...
    • Mental Health Services
      249. To ask the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in admitting a person (details supplied) to the Central Mental Hospital; when they can expect to be seen and admitted; and if he will...
    • Vaccination Programme
      250. To ask the Minister for Health the role of the HSE and his Department regarding the Gardasil vaccine; if it is proactive or reactive to the claims made by persons (details supplied); and if...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      264. To ask the Minister for Health the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the legislative proposals published...
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    • Single Payment Scheme Applications
      266. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Wexford will be paid a single farm payment grant in view of the fact all documentation has...
    • GLAS Applications
      267. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the refusal of a GLAS payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10779/17]
    • Horse Sport Ireland
      268. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the role played by Horse Sport Ireland in overseeing the welfare of horses used by hunt clubs. [10783/17]
    • Laboratory Facilities
      269. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount it costs to remedy a recent design fault in the newly designed category four high containment laboratory at the Backweston...
    • Bord na gCon Expenditure
      270. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when Bord na gCon secured finance to build Limerick greyhound stadium at Greenpark in 2010; the greyhound stadia here that were used...
    • Greyhound Industry
      272. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to secure the future of Kilcohan Park greyhound stadium in Waterford city; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Rural Development Programme
      273. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide for the inclusion of a representative of an organisation (details supplied) to the EU monitoring committee for the...
    • Farmers Charter Review
      274. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide for the inclusion of a representative of an organisation (details supplied) to the charter of rights committee;...
    • Farmers Charter
      275. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will respond to correspondence from the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine regarding the addition of a...
    • Horse Racing Ireland
      276. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if consideration has been given to amendments to the legislation governing bookmakers on course to allow that all staff for the...
    • GLAS Payments
      278. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a GLAS payment for a person (details supplied) [10942/17]
    • Laboratory Facilities
      279. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount spent on a piece of equipment called maldi-TOF in the regional veterinary laboratory at Backweston facility; when this...
    • Commonage Framework Plans
      281. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal from a group (details supplied) regarding the appointment of a planner to the commonage; when he expects the...
    • GLAS Payments
      282. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal under the GLAS scheme; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Rural Environment Protection Scheme Appeals
      283. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the outcome of an appeal lodged on 23 August 2011 by a person (details supplied); if their request of 2 August 2016 to have their...
    • Farmers Charter
      284. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the support services available to persons that cannot read or write; if information on schemes and courses organised nationally or...
    • GLAS Payments
      285. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of outstanding GLAS 1 and GLAS 2 payments to be paid in County Kerry and nationally; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Organic Farming Scheme Payments
      286. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment under the organic farming scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; the reason for the delay...
    • GLAS Payments
      287. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the total number of persons in receipt of GLAS 1 and GLAS 2 that have received 85% of their total 2016 payment, by county, in tabular...
    • Agri-Environment Options Scheme
      288. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the total number of persons that applied for agri-environment options scheme, AEOS, that have received their total 2016 payment, by...
    • GLAS Data
      289. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of persons that joined the first and second tranche of the green low carbon agri environment scheme that are eligible for...
    • Agrifood Sector
      290. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he has taken with relevant US authorities since it was reported that a product (details supplied) has been withdrawn from...
    • Basic Payment Scheme
      291. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the expenditure for total payments under the 2016 basic payment scheme, including the greening payment, according to BPS payment...
    • Beef Exports
      292. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the total amount in volume and value terms of total beef exports to Saudi Arabia in 2015 and 2016, in tabular form; the specific...
    • Knowledge Transfer Programme
      294. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of persons who have applied to the knowledge transfer group scheme under the Rural Development Programme 2014 to 2020 to...
    • Live Exports
      297. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the live export fees currently in place for each livestock sector, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Brexit Issues
      298. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the way a hard Border between the North and South following Brexit could affect knackery services; and if he will make a...
    • Poultry Industry
      299. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to safeguard the free range status of poultry farmers, in terms of labelling requirements, after 17 March 2017 in view of...
    • Common Agricultural Policy Reform
      300. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on proposals at European level to allow member states to decide their own definition of an active famer; the work ongoing...
    • Alternative Farm Enterprises
      301. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the grant aid support available for producing industrial chemicals from beet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11055/17]
    • Tuberculosis Eradication Programme
      302. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on policy actions to manage the spreading of TB via deer in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on...
    • Brexit Issues
      303. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the specific Council of EU Fisheries Ministers meetings at which he made the case for protecting Irish fishing interests during the...
    • Departmental Staff
      305. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the criteria that the Public Appointments Service, PAS, implements when vacancies arise in his Department for veterinary inspectors;...
    • Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Payments
      306. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when an areas of natural constraint, ANC, payment will issue to a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay; and if he will...
    • Greyhound Industry
      307. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason the pension agreements with the Irish Greyhound Board, IGB, have not been honoured and the parameters changed for an...
    • Agriculture Scheme Payments
      308. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will arrange to have a payment issued in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [11100/17]
    • Greyhound Industry
      309. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if, before the decision was made to sell Harold’s Cross greyhound track, there was any valuation completed of the premises...
    • Brexit Issues
      310. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the additional supports that have been provided for the mushroom sector since the fall in the value of sterling following the British...
    • Greyhound Industry
      311. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the role and brief of a person (details supplied) appointed to the Irish Greyhound Board. [11107/17]
    • Brexit Issues
      312. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the measures that have been introduced to assist sectors that are heavily or totally dependent on the sterling area for their export...
    • GLAS Payments
      313. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a GLAS payment in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11109/17]
    • Greyhound Industry
      314. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if other options were explored before the Irish Greyhound Board took the decision to sell Harold’s Cross greyhound track; his...
    • Single Payment Scheme Applications
      316. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will review the case of a person (details supplied) with regard to a single farm payment; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Basic Payment Scheme Payments
      317. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payments will issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11127/17]
    • Legislative Process RIA
      318. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the...
    • Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Payments
      320. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when an areas of natural constraint, ANC, payment will issue to a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay; and if he will...
  • Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
    • Broadcasting Sector Regulation
      321. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if amateur boxing is included in any of the required free-to-air agreements regarding sports events with RTÉ. [10855/17]
    • Postal Codes
      322. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Eircode website was down for approximately 24 hours over the weekend...
    • Brexit Issues
      324. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the communications he has held with his UK counterpart with regard to the decision of the UK to withdraw from Euratom;...
    • Carbon Budget
      325. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the status of reforms to the emissions trading scheme directive post-2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Broadband Service Provision
      326. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the details of plans to upgrade the broadband telecommunications infrastructure in an area (details supplied); if the...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      327. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment;...
  • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
    • Road Improvement Schemes
      329. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he expects the Coonagh to Knockalisheen road to be operational following his allocation of funding as part of his announcement on 24...
    • Road Tolls
      332. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amounts collected per year from every tolled road here, broken down by annual toll amount collected per toll facility for the past...
    • Public Private Partnerships Cost
      333. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount paid in 2015 and 2016 in respect of public private partnership, PPP, operational payments as compensation to PPP companies in...
    • Public Private Partnerships Data
      334. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount paid to tolling companies in respect of shadow tolls per year for the past five years, broken down by company and toll...
    • Vehicle Testing
      335. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will address a matter (details supplied) with regard to the new testing of trailers being pulled behind jeeps; and if he will make...
    • Brexit Issues
      337. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on correspondence (details supplied) relating to the complexities of the Brexit decision and Irish ports; his plans with regard...
    • Road Improvement Schemes
      338. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when his Department will grant approval to Tipperary and Clare county councils to commence work on the bridge at Ballina and Killaloe in...
    • Bus Éireann
      340. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of reform plans he has received from Bus Éireann from 2013 to date in 2017; the detail of the responses from his...
    • Public Service Obligation Services
      341. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of the public service obligation subsidy paid to Bus Éireann for each of the years 2008 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in...
    • Greenways Funding
      342. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of money spent on greenway projects by his Department from 2011 to date in 2017, by project and local authority, in tabular...
    • Airport Development Projects
      343. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the precise nature of restrictions in funding capital projects at regional airports; if he will provide further details with regard to...
    • Swimming Pool Programme Funding
      345. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the total amount of funding allocated and total amount drawn down for public swimming pools for each of the years 2010 to 2016; and if he...
    • Public Transport Review
      346. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the importance of public bus transport to regional development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10908/17]
    • Departmental Submissions
      347. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of submissions his Department made to the development of regional plans or spatial planning strategies from 2014 to date in...
    • National Planning Framework
      348. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of the work his Department has completed in preparation for and in response to the development of a new national planning...
    • Driver Test Waiting Lists
      351. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the waiting times for each driver testing centre in County Donegal, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10947/17]
    • Vehicle Registration
      353. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the mechanism in place for a person (details supplied) who is trying to replace a registration book for a vintage car whereby the tax...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      354. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the legislative...
  • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
    • Research Funding
      356. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to put in place another five year cycle of the PRTLI for the period 2018 to 2022; her views on whether the €10...
    • Ministerial Responsibilities
      357. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the areas of responsibility that have been transferred to Ministers of State (details supplied) in her Department; and the dates from...
    • Jobs Data
      358. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of IDA jobs created and lost in Waterford city and county in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10927/17]
    • Low Pay Commission Report
      360. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of times the Low Pay Commission met in 2016; the actions it took; the recommendations it made to Government; and if she...
    • Living Wage
      361. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the concept of a living wage; her plans to bring forward proposals in this area; and if she will make a statement on the...
    • Legislative Measures
      362. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to introduce legislation to prevent tactical insolvencies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [10931/17]
    • Employment Rights
      363. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to introduce proposals contained in a University of Limerick study into low hours and if and when contracts; and if she will...
    • Ministerial Meetings
      364. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of meetings she held with trade unions since taking up her post; the details and date of any such meeting; and if she will...
    • Proposed Legislation
      366. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the legislation she has brought forward or plans to enhance the rights of workers; and if she will make a statement on the matter....
    • Industrial Disputes
      368. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the nature of any contact she has had with a company (details supplied) and the Mandate trade union regarding industrial action...
    • Unemployment Data
      369. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the unemployment figures for Waterford city and county, with a comparison with the figures nationally; and the steps she will take to...
    • Gender Equality
      371. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the steps she will take to address issues pertaining to the gender pay gap between men and women; and if she will make a statement on...
    • Research and Development Funding
      373. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the position of Ireland in the EU rankings on total public expenditure on research and development based on latest data at hand; and...
    • Research and Development Data
      374. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the European Commission’s country report for Ireland and the finding that public research and development...
    • Food Industry Exports
      375. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the specific actions the Government and-or its agencies have taken to support the exporting food sector industry since the UK voted to...
    • Brexit Issues
      376. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the measures that have been introduced to assist sectors that are heavily or totally dependent on the sterling area for their export...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      377. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the legislative proposals published by her Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the...
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
    • Child Abuse
      379. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of allegations of child abuse received by Tusla in each of the years 2014 to 2016; the number of cases referred for prosecution;...
    • Aftercare Services
      380. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of young persons in receipt of aftercare support who are not engaged in training or education; the number in full-time or...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      381. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the legislative proposals published by her Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the legislative...
  • Department of Defence
    • Defence Forces Retirements
      383. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel of NCO rank who have left the forces prior to their scheduled retirement dates on age grounds in each of...
    • Legislative Process RIA
      385. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the legislative proposals published by his Department between 2011 to 2016 that underwent a regulatory impact assessment; the legislative...