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Written answers

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

  • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
    • Capital Expenditure Programme
      26. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the Capital Plan 2016-2021, specifically with regard to metro north, the DART extension and DART underground; and if he will...
    • Light Rail Projects Status
      27. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of metro north and the projected timeline for delivery of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13996/17]
    • Rail Network Safety
      32. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the rolling out of staffless train stations in towns such as Portarlington and Portlaoise on the grounds of safety and...
    • Transport Policy
      33. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which a comprehensive, integrated road passenger transport plan is being developed, with particular reference to the need to...
    • Road Safety Authority Reports
      34. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the Road Safety Authority, RSA, survey which showed that 7,651 drivers have multiple concurrent disqualifications on...
    • Traffic Management
      35. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to alleviate congestion by examining possible solutions such as an outer ring-road motorway to stop reliance on the M50 and...
    • Harbours and Piers
      36. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the discussions or communications he has had with Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company or Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council with...
    • Tourism Promotion
      37. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to allocate a specific marketing budget to Fáilte Ireland to promote County Donegal specifically, further to the county...
    • Industrial Disputes
      38. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the collapse of the talks between management and unions at Bus Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Military Aircraft Landings
      39. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 593 of 21 February 2017, notwithstanding the fact that call signs are a matter for the airline...
    • Cycling Policy
      40. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps taken by his Department or agencies under its aegis to provide safe cycling routes to all primary and secondary schools and...
    • Industrial Disputes
      41. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the measures he has taken to resolve the Bus Éireann dispute; the number of times and when he has met Bus Éireann management;...
    • EU Regulations
      42. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the timeframe for the delivery of primary legislation and a statutory instrument in respect of EU Regulation No. 598/2014. [14253/17]
    • Transport Infrastructure Provision
      43. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the specific transport projects and infrastructure he will seek to have added to the capital plan to help alleviate a worsening traffic...
    • Road Network
      44. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to upgrade the main Bailieborough to Virginia road in County Cavan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14003/17]
    • Road Improvement Schemes
      45. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if plans are being made to reopen the local improvement scheme in places such as County Longford due to the huge demands; and if he will...
    • Cross-Border Co-operation
      46. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his Department's main initiatives relating to cross-Border co-operation with Northern Ireland with regard to issues pertaining to...
    • Road Projects Status
      47. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the M7 widening project in County Kildare; the funding and timeline for this project; and if he will make a...
    • Greenhouse Gas Emissions
      48. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the increase in greenhouse gas emissions from transport compared to current levels that is anticipated to result from the implementation...
    • Taxi Regulations
      49. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his Department's rationale, implemented by the NTA on behalf of the Department, for not issuing licences to taxis that are over ten years...
    • European Fund for Strategic Investments
      50. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the options he is exploring for availing of the opportunities provided under the European Fund for Strategic Investments, EFSI, to boost...
    • Bus Éireann
      51. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the contingency plans he has organised in the event of a national bus strike at Bus Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Tourism Promotion
      52. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will liaise with Fáilte Ireland to ensure that there is a marketing budget put in place to promote County Donegal, further to...
    • Motor Insurance
      53. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the problem for road haulage companies whereby no insurance company here will insure a HGV driver under...
    • Sports Events
      54. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the role his Department is playing in Ireland's bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup; the number of other Departments that are involved; the...
    • Road Projects
      55. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will ensure that the N20 motorway upgrade between Limerick and Cork will be included in the Government’s forthcoming capital...
    • Bus Éireann Services
      56. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his position regarding the continuation of Bus Éireann services on the N78 route from Athy to Kilkenny and the N7 route from...
    • Tourism Promotion
      57. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the Lakelands tourism brand, as promised in the programme for Government; the reason there is a delay in the development of...
    • Health and Safety
      58. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of the instructions issued by his Department regarding the regular testing and safety checks to be performed on helicopters...
    • Road Projects
      59. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to fund the construction of the remaining section of the Portlaoise orbital route. [14001/17]
    • Roads Maintenance Funding
      60. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his contingency plan to ensure that regional and secondary roads are properly maintained in view of State under-funding of roads for the...
    • Public Transport
      61. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to plans by the National Transport Authority, NTA or his Department to increase funding to Bus...
    • Taxi Data
      62. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of wheelchair accessible taxis that operate here; if this is sufficient to ensure a reliable supply for passengers at all...
    • Roadworthiness Testing
      63. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will desist from bringing in NCT testing for tractors capable of doing 40 kilometres an hour and less (details supplied); and if he...
    • Road Projects Status
      64. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of a review process concerning a submission by Kildare County Council in relation to the southern distributor route Athy,...
    • Road Network
      65. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide an update on the recent delegation from Donegal County Council in relation to Fintra and Tyrconnell bridges; and if he...
    • Greenways Development
      66. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress that has been made in the planning of a greenway pedestrian and cycling route between Athlone and Galway; and when he expects...
    • Ministerial Functions
      67. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the discussions he or his officials have had with the Minister of State in his Department regarding a sharing of duties and or portfolios;...
    • Road Network
      68. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to improve the road network in County Meath. [14215/17]
    • Rail Services Provision
      71. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the suggestions in the NTA's rail review to discontinue certain rail services south of Gorey, which could leave Wexford town...
    • Brexit Issues
      72. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which he is engaging with the tourism sector with a view to identifying and offsetting the negative impact of Brexit; and if...
    • Road Projects Status
      73. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the capital plan and his plans regarding the Collooney to Castlebaldwin N4 upgrade in 2017; and if he will make a statement...
    • Local Improvement Scheme
      74. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will re-introduce the local improvement scheme; his views on the need for the scheme to repair and maintain private roads and...
    • Light Rail Projects Status
      76. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress that has been made on the new metro north project since March 2016; the preparatory works that are taking place; the...
    • Public Transport Provision
      77. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether the public bus service is a vital piece of infrastructure in rural communities; his plans to support such services...
    • Rail Network Expansion
      78. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the action he is taking to promote and advance the Navan rail line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14216/17]
    • Diaspora Centre Establishment
      79. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if has reconsidered the decision by his predecessor to cancel the plans for a national diaspora centre; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Bus Éireann
      80. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide a detailed report with regard to the Bus Éireann dispute; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14070/17]
    • Harbours and Piers
      81. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the progress of the transfer of ownership of the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company from his Department to Dún Laoghaire Rathdown...
    • Brexit Issues
      83. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the additional measures, especially additional financial and other resources, that have been made available to his Department in an effort...
    • Airport Security
      85. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the person or body that will undertake the review of the pre-clearance arrangements in Shannon and Dublin airports; and when he expects it...
    • Road Traffic Legislation
      86. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to begin regulating the rickshaw industry; and his timeframe for commencing regulation. [14237/17]
    • Aviation Industry Regulations
      87. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he will finalise the statutory instrument giving authority to the Irish Aviation Authority for the control of noise levels at Dublin...
    • Sports Capital Programme Data
      88. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the level of applications received for the 2017 sports capital programme; the process that will now take place to assess these...
    • Olympic Games Ticketing Arrangements
      90. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has received a draft of the report (details supplied) regarding the Olympic Council of Ireland, OCI, ticketing arrangements for the...
    • Córas Iompair Éireann
      91. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention or that of his predecessors has been drawn to a decision in 2015 of Córas Iompair Éireann, CIE, to extend for...
    • Military Aircraft Landings
      92. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on his Department's role in the granting of permission for civilian aircraft to land or overfly Ireland carrying munitions; if...
    • Capital Expenditure Programme
      93. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport to outline the plans his Department has in place with respect to Brexit for increasing investment by allocating extra funds to roads,...
    • Transport Infrastructure Ireland Projects
      94. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the results of the review of the Tower Road and Piltown junction on the N24 conducted by Transport Infrastructure Ireland will be...
    • Dublin Airport Authority
      95. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the serious dissatisfaction of homeowners whose properties are subject to a buy-out to facilitate the...
  • Department of An Taoiseach
    • Undocumented Irish in the USA
      96. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting in Boston with the city mayor and, in particular, his comments regarding the Irish undocumented; and the other issues that were...
    • Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements
      97. To ask the Taoiseach to outline the matters he discussed with and what he said to President Trump regarding immigration when he met him on 16 March 2017; and if the US President had any...
    • Central Statistics Office Reports
      98. To ask the Taoiseach to outline the detail of and his views on the latest Central Statistics Office report on Ireland being one of the most expensive countries in the EU. [14481/17]
    • Good Friday Agreement
      99. To ask the Taoiseach if a referendum on Irish unity will be planned in the near future. [14483/17]
  • Department of Justice and Equality
    • Disability Services Provision
      100. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if consideration will be given to the creation of an ombudsman with sole responsibility for overseeing the disability sector; and if she will...
    • Crime Prevention
      101. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline the funding mechanisms in place for the installation of closed circuit television cameras for security reasons in rural areas; and if...
    • Personal Insolvency Arrangements
      102. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will consider reducing the personal insolvency arrangement time period from six to three years for persons and families; and if she will...
    • Insolvency Payments Scheme Payments
      103. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will consider increasing the amount of the reasonable living expenses, in particular for rural families for whom costs are higher; if she...
    • Probate Applications
      104. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 17 of 11 October 2016, the status of the appointing of a probate officer for County Westmeath. [14559/17]
    • Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission
      106. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she or her Department have received any information on the GSOC report on the death of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a...
    • Garda Deployment
      107. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if all Garda divisional areas have a full time crime prevention officer; and if not, the divisions currently without a crime prevention officer....
    • Ministerial Responsibilities
      108. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will clarify the legislation governing the release of results from a Director of Public Prosecutions investigation to a person (details...
    • Commencement of Legislation
      109. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the details of all provisions of the Assisted Decision Making Capacity Act 2015 which still require a commencement order; if a timeline has been...
    • Human Rights
      110. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality the State recognition there is for religious congregations here; if there are any benefits or schemes for members of religious congregations, for...
    • Rialáil Eagraíochtaí Carthanúla
      111. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality cén líon iarratas atá ag an Údarás Rialála Carthanas faoi láthair nach bhfuil próiseáil déanta...
    • Courts Service
      114. To ask the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 124 of 24 January 2017, the number of the 22 permanent District Court judges that are permanently assigned...
  • Department of Finance
    • Special Educational Needs Staff Remuneration
      115. To ask the Minister for Finance if special needs assistants qualify for flat rate expenses as per other educational staff; if not, the reason for this; and if he will include special needs...
    • Betting Regulations
      116. To ask the Minister for Finance the estimated amount of additional revenue that would be generated if the betting tax was increased from 1% to 2%; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Tax Code
      117. To ask the Minister for Finance the existing social welfare payments which are exempt from income tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14376/17]
    • Financial Services Ombudsman
      118. To ask the Minister for Finance the reason financial institutions are able to legally appoint receivers to properties in dispute while such properties are being investigated by the Financial...
    • Student Data
      119. To ask the Minister for Finance the number, value and cost of transfer of all student loans that have been transferred by a bank to third parties, including a company (details supplied) for...
    • Financial Services Ombudsman
      121. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of complaints currently with the Financial Services Ombudsman regarding a bank (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Financial Services Ombudsman Staff
      123. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of staff employed at the Financial Services Ombudsman; the vacancies there are; the qualifications of the staff; and if he will make a statement on...
  • Department of Education and Skills
    • School Enrolments
      124. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide information on the enrolment and waiting list levels for each primary level school in Swords, County Dublin; the details of...
    • Residential Institutions Redress Scheme
      125. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the progress of any measures taken by Caranua to reduce the lengthy waiting times associated with the decision making process as highlighted by...
    • Residential Institutions Redress Scheme Eligibility
      128. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the likely timeframe for the review of eligibility to the Caranua scheme; the number of personnel that are involved in the review; and the...
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      129. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if there is a delay in the building project for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14290/17]
    • Special Educational Needs Service Provision
      130. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide assistance to a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14292/17]
    • Schools Establishment
      132. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for a new secondary school in Edgeworthstown, County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14299/17]
    • Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools Scheme
      133. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details in relation to a proposed DEIS review scheme; the way in which schools can apply to review; when is the closing date for applying to...
    • School Funding
      134. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of funding for a new school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14316/17]
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      135. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the extension and refurbishment project for a school (details supplied); the reason the initial target date of September 2018 for...
    • Summer Works Scheme
      136. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the summer works scheme 2017 applications will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14320/17]
    • Schools Building Projects Applications
      137. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to an application by a school (details supplied) in Cork city for phase 2 of a building project; and if he will...
    • School Transport
      138. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the detail of the school transport rate payable to a provider, per kilometre, per child; and the way this compares with the grant payable to...
    • School Management
      139. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he has taken to restore the cutbacks to posts of responsibility in primary and second level education. [14364/17]
    • Schools Building Projects Data
      140. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of schools that are included in the six-year construction programme 2016 to 2021 in the Dublin Bay north area, in tabular form; and...
    • Third Level Courses Availability
      141. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of PhD clinical psychology places available annually in universities for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement...
    • Schools Recognition
      142. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) has secured recognition from his Department; the location of the school; and the proposed enrolment levels and the...
    • Schools Amalgamation
      143. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the communications issued by his Department to the trustees of the three amalgamating schools (details supplied) at the time this...
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      144. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for an extension to the school building; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Summer Works Scheme
      145. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the supports that are available to install 3 phase electricity to a secondary school (details supplied). [14491/17]
    • Special Educational Needs
      146. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied); his plans going forward; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14498/17]
    • Education Policy
      147. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consultations will be carried out with children and young persons, parents and the wider community with regard to the new plan for...
    • School Accommodation Provision
      150. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status in relation to a school (details supplied) which has applied for additional accommodation; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Skills Shortages
      151. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures being implemented to address a skills shortage in construction employment opportunities; and if he will make a statement on the...
  • Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
    • Local Authority Funding
      152. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if funding will be made available to a group (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Presidential Elections
      153. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the detail of the announcement on allowing the Irish diaspora to vote for the presidential election by 2025; and his...
    • Planning Issues
      154. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if local authorities are obliged to purchase houses constructed in new housing developments which are set aside for...
    • Water Charges
      155. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the position regarding water connection charges; and his views on whether these fees are excessive. [14297/17]
    • Dog Licences
      157. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will consider reviewing the legislation surrounding dog licensing with a view to exempting assistance and...
    • Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme
      158. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the reason the age profile of an area is not factored into SICAP provision; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Housing Issues
      159. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of improvement and prohibition notices served by each local authority over the past five years; and if he...
  • Department of Social Protection
    • Money Advice and Budgeting Service Remit
      160. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he is considering reconfiguring the Money Advice and Budgeting Service; if so, the details of these changes, including the number and location of...
    • Carer's Allowance Delays
      161. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the reason it has taken 14 weeks for the carer's allowance file of a person (details supplied) to be sent from the carer's allowance section in...
    • Household Benefits Scheme
      162. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to restore the telephone allowance as part of the household benefits package. [14396/17]
    • Carer's Allowance Appeals
      163. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will pay a full rate carer's allowance to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5 backdated to 10 November 2013; and if he will make a...
    • Fuel Allowance Eligibility
      164. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) who is in receipt of illness benefit is entitled to have their fuel allowance restored from the date they were moved...
    • Carer's Allowance Eligibility
      165. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if a person that is in receipt of jobseeker's allowance and wishes to apply for carer’s allowance can receive 50% carer's allowance whilst...
    • Carer's Benefit Eligibility
      166. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to improve the carer's benefit scheme, with particular reference to the need to extend the time period of 104 weeks, in view of the fact...
    • Pension Provisions
      167. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the reason the date of entry into social insurance is used in the assessment of State pension eligibility for women who left the Civil Service when...
    • Carer's Allowance Waiting Times
      168. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the average waiting time for a decision on a carer's allowance application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14558/17]
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Foreign Conflicts
      169. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 137 of 14 December 2016, the status of his Department's efforts and contribution to seek a solution to...
    • Good Friday Agreement
      170. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of the setting up of and operation of the proposed civic advisory panel, as mooted in the Fresh Start Agreement; if he is...
    • Consular Services Provision
      174. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if assistance will be provided to a person (details supplied) in Australia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14540/17]
    • Passport Services
      175. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to put additional staff in place in the Passport Office to deal with the large number of applications which are currently being...
    • Northern Ireland
      176. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the outcome of his discussions to date with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and with the political parties represented in the...
  • Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
    • Coastal Protection
      179. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the action he will take to tackle coastal erosion at The Burrow, Portrane; the way in which his Department's approach to the situation...
    • Flood Prevention Measures
      180. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on a matter (details supplied) with regard to water pumps in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
  • Department of Health
    • Mental Health Services
      182. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to increase bed capacity at the Central Mental Hospital; the number of beds available from 2009 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if...
    • Services for People with Disabilities
      183. To ask the Minister for Health the details of his Department's approach regarding recent issues at a disability service (details supplied) in Portrane, with particular regard to the poor...
    • HIQA Inspections
      184. To ask the Minister for Health the action that was taken by HIQA following receipt of a letter by a person (details supplied) which contained allegations of theft and malpractice at a...
    • Hospital Appointments Status
      185. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be issued with a date for an orthopaedic operation; the reason for the delay in issuing a date for surgery in view of the...
    • Hospitals Car Park Charges
      187. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to extend an initiative (details suppled) to all public hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14326/17]
    • Speech and Language Therapy Provision
      189. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to extend the level of speech and language services in the Dublin 24 area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14328/17]
    • Hospitals Data
      190. To ask the Minister for Health the number of patients outsourced at St. James's Hospital, Dublin, for the years 2013, 2014, 2015 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a...
    • Hospitals Capital Programme
      196. To ask the Minister for Health the capital budget or total capital spend at St. James's Hospital for each of the years 2009 to 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Legislative Programme
      207. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to bring forward legislation regarding commercial surrogacy in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14350/17]
    • Medicinal Products Reimbursement
      208. To ask the Minister for Health if he will reconsider the decision not to cover the costs of the Respreeza drug taken by sufferers of alpha-1 (details supplied); and if he will make a...
    • Medical Aids and Appliances Provision
      209. To ask the Minister for Health if he will provide a specialised wheelchair to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14359/17]
    • Hospital Procedures
      210. To ask the Minister for Health the number of surgeries that have been cancelled at Mayo University Hospital over the past six months, by month, in tabular form; and the type of surgery...
    • Psychological Services
      211. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons seen by a psychologist in CHO area 9 in the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017; the number of persons on the waiting list to see...
    • Mental Health Services Staff
      212. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons, by job title, that were recruited by child and adolescent mental health services, CAMHS, in CHO area 9 in the years 2015, 2016 and to...
    • Hospital Staff Recruitment
      213. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to appoint a full-time consultant endocrinologist at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9. [14369/17]
    • Health Services Staff Data
      214. To ask the Minister for Health the number of ultra-sonographers recruited by the Health Service Executive in the years 2014, 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017. [14370/17]
    • Health Services Staff Recruitment
      215. To ask the Minister for Health if funding will be made available for the appointment of two outreach nurses to be based in both Crumlin and St. James's hospitals to care for epidermolysis...
    • Departmental Funding
      216. To ask the Minister for Health if he will sanction the co-funding of the DEBRA-funded outreach nurse according to a sliding scale; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14374/17]
    • Speech and Language Therapy Provision
      217. To ask the Minister for Health the number of speech therapists employed in full-time, part-time and on contract by the Health Service Executive by county; the number of persons, both...
    • Services for People with Disabilities
      218. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to restore funding for the provision of bus services for children with special needs to access early intervention services. [14399/17]
    • Disabilities Assessments
      219. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will have an assessment of need done under the Disability Act 2005; the number they are currently on the...
    • Medical Card Applications
      220. To ask the Minister for Health when a decision will be made on a medical card application for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Mental Health Services Provision
      222. To ask the Minister for Health the current waiting lists and waiting times for CAMHS in the Cork area; the consultant complement for this area; if staff are currently on extended leave; and...
    • Proposed Legislation
      223. To ask the Minister for Health for his views on a matter (details provided); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14505/17]
    • Departmental Funding
      224. To ask the Minister for Health the capital funding that is available from his Department for community groups and voluntary organisations, in view of the fact the national lottery grant...
    • Medical Card Applications
      226. To ask the Minister for Health if, following his visit to a centre (details supplied), he will advance an application for a community based medical card. [14531/17]
    • Health Services Data
      227. To ask the Minister for Health the number of neurological specialists there are covering counties Longford and Westmeath to address the needs of Parkinson's patients; the number of nurses...
    • Speech and Language Therapy
      228. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the speech therapy service in Athlone, County Westmeath; and the timeframe for the appointment of a replacement speech therapist in this area....
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      229. To ask the Minister for Health if he will expedite a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied) at South Infirmary Victoria, University Hospital Cork; and if he will make a...
    • Medical Card Applications
      231. To ask the Minister for Health the reason persons (details supplied) were refused medical cards and informed that if they were not married and instead cohabiting, they would have received...
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    • Basic Payment Scheme
      232. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the percentage he imposed on transfers of entitlements without land as in compliance with Ireland's commitment to do so; the amount...
    • Transfer of Entitlements
      233. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason his Department broke an agreement that the Government and eight other countries (details supplied) decided to apply, that...
    • Basic Payment Scheme
      238. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to keep the national reserve refunded in the future to cover all areas currently requiring funding, such as new entrants,...
    • Direct Payment Scheme
      240. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if an organisation (details supplied) has been invited to join the direct payment advisory committee; and if he will make a statement...
    • Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland Funding
      241. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a specific scheme has been over-subscribed (details supplied); and if so, if additional funding will be put in place to meet the...
    • Basic Payment Scheme Applications
      242. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 232 of 14 December 2016, in which it is stated that a review of documentation is occurring, if...
    • Agriculture Scheme Appeals
      243. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on whether it is fair and just that a person (details supplied) who won a case in the appeals office, a decision appealed...
    • GLAS Applications
      244. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a decision will be made on an application under the GLAS 3 scheme submitted by a person (details supplied) in County Galway; if...
    • TAMS Applications
      245. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a TAMS grant payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme
      246. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding the review of the disadvantaged area scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14393/17]
    • GLAS Applications
      247. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a decision will be made on a GLAS application by a farmer (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • TAMS Applications
      248. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a TAMS grant payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • GLAS Payments
      249. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of GLAS payments (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14471/17]
    • Laboratory Facilities
      250. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to close regional veterinary laboratories; the basis on which decisions have been taken and the laboratories selected for...
    • Single Payment Scheme Payments
      251. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a single farm payment will be issued to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14499/17]
    • Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme Payments
      252. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he will take to have an areas of natural constraint scheme payment due to a person (details supplied) immediately paid out...
    • Fishing Vessel Licences
      253. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of Irish vessels that have been fishing within the voisinage area of the coast of Northern Ireland since the Supreme...
  • Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
    • Litter Pollution Fines
      255. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of fines issued for each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017 for breach of dog fouling legislation...
    • Post Office Network
      256. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the steps he intends to take to ensure that rural post offices remain open and functioning, in view of the difficult...
    • National Broadband Plan Implementation
      257. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources when the national broadband plan will be fully rolled out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14462/17]
    • Broadband Service Provision
      258. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his views on a matter (details supplied) with regard to fibre optic services; and if he will make a statement on the...
  • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
    • Ports Facilities
      259. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number and location of deep sea and deep water ports; the tonnage coming through each port for the past five years; and if he will...
    • Sports Capital Programme
      260. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the action his Department will take in assisting the community in Lusk and its environs in achieving their goals following an analysis of...
    • Health Promotion
      261. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the national physical activity plan; his views on whether it has been effective; and the further actions and initiatives...
    • Motor Insurance
      262. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14361/17]
    • National Cycle Network
      263. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to fully implement the national cycle policy framework; and the status of the review of the policy framework promised for 2017....
    • Bus Éireann Services
      264. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he intends to take to ensure all rural bus services operated by Bus Éireann are maintained in view of the current...
    • Rail Services Provision
      265. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if there will be any change in Irish Rail pricing on commuter lines as census 2016 produces more detailed statistics; and if he will make...
    • Tourism Data
      266. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of tourists visiting County Wicklow on an annual basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14500/17]
    • Tourism Funding
      267. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the percentage of his Department's budget spent on tourism, including a breakdown of these costs; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Public Transport Provision
      269. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to develop public transport links in County Wicklow, particularly in south-east Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Road Safety
      270. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if plans exist for the installation of a pedestrian bridge at a location (details supplied), in view of the ongoing danger to...
    • Road Traffic Accidents Data
      271. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of fatal and serious road traffic collisions that have been reported over the past ten years in which a tractor was involved;...
    • Rail Services
      274. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans for investment in the rail services over the next five years, including any extension to services; and if he will make a...
    • Sports Events
      275. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which he continues to have discussions with the major sporting organisations with a view to encourage the use of this...
    • Tourism Promotion
      276. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which potential growth opportunities for business tourism in this country continue to be identified; and if he will make a...
    • Tourism Industry
      277. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which any particular sectors of the tourism sector to date in 2017 have shown particular potential for growth with...
    • Public Transport Review
      278. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which a study has been carried out of the public transport sector in County Kildare with particular reference to the need...
    • Tourism Promotion
      279. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which he continues to promote Ireland as a conference venue in view of the likely economic benefit, including job creation...
    • Transport Infrastructure Provision
      280. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which road, rail, air and sea transport facilities continue to be measured in the context of overall integration with...
    • Regional Airports
      281. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he is satisfied that adequate focus remains on the need to ensure the future of regional airports in the context of a modern economy;...
    • Road Safety
      282. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which well known and identifiable accident black spots remain an issue throughout the country; the extent to which efforts...
    • Road Network
      285. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which plans are in hand to extend motorway services to other regions throughout the country with a view to ensuring that...
    • Road Projects Status
      286. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the extent to which the upgrading of over trafficked sections of motorway such as the M50 continue to be a priority both from a health...
    • Bus Éireann
      287. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will liaise with the Minister for Social Protection to provide an increase to Bus Éireann in the reimbursement it receives for...
  • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
    • IDA Data
      288. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of IDA jobs created and lost in County Wexford in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14355/17]
    • Living Wage
      291. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to progress legislation to introduce a universal living wage; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14358/17]
    • Workplace Relations Commission
      292. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation further to Parliamentary Question No. 308 of 8 March 2017, the number of workplace inspections and total amount of wages recovered in...
    • Youth Unemployment
      293. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when youth unemployment was last discussed at an EU Council meeting. [7358/17]
    • Economic Competitiveness
      294. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if she will report on the research to benchmark Ireland's competitiveness against the UK in the post-Brexit environment, as mentioned...
    • Departmental Strategies
      295. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the way her Department's officials are co-ordinating and targeting access to more EU markets following the Brexit referendum result,...
    • Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement
      296. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the passing of the CETA trade deal by the EU and its implications for trade here; and if she will make a statement on the...
    • Commercial Property
      297. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to tackle commercial vacancy rates, particularly in the north west and County Sligo, which has the highest rate of vacant...
    • Departmental Strategies
      298. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the targeted strategies the IDA and Enterprise Ireland are developing and implementing in counties Sligo, Leitrim, Donegal and Cavan...
    • IDA Portfolio
      299. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her Department and the IDA have identified a client to invest in the new facility at the Finisklin industrial estate in County...
    • Job Initiatives
      300. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the solutions the Government and its agencies have in place to tackle unemployment in rural Ireland in view of the delay in awarding...
    • Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities
      302. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the way she plans to increase the number of persons with a disability at work, after an ESRI report showed that only 31% of persons...
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
    • School Discipline
      303. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the names of the agencies or departmental sections that she has charged with making investigations and inquiries further to information...
    • Child Care Services Funding
      310. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the new affordable child care scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter....
    • Child Care Services Provision
      311. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to improve the community child care subvention programme, particularly for children whose parents are in band A, have benefitted...
  • Department of Defence
    • Road Signage
      312. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to upgrade the signage for the closure of the Hollow Road on the Curragh; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14291/17]