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Written answers

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

  • Department of Social Protection
    • Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance Scheme Payments
      38. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to increase the back to school clothing and footwear allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25709/17]
    • Social Welfare Fraud
      39. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the details of research carried out by his Department into the savings expected to be made as a result of the current welfare fraud campaign; if, in...
    • Labour Activation Programmes
      41. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to allow the Tús scheme and the community employment schemes to retain current participants even if their term is complete (details...
    • Community Employment Schemes Administration
      42. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to make changes to community employment schemes; the expected start date for these changes to come into operation; and if he will make a...
    • Departmental Information
      43. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to launch information campaigns advising persons of payment pending wages or the fast tracking system for persons that sign off to take up...
    • Social Welfare Overpayments
      44. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will review the circumstances in which persons are deemed to have inadvertently received a payment to which they may not have an entitlement...
    • Community Employment Schemes Administration
      45. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to centralise the provision of insurance for community employment schemes within his Department to reduce the costs for sponsors and...
    • Social Welfare Code
      47. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he was referring to persons that rely on social transfers from his Department to keep them out of poverty when he stated those that contribute...
    • JobPath Implementation
      48. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he has satisfied himself with the operation of the JobPath scheme, including the costs involved in the operation of the scheme; and if he will...
    • Domiciliary Care Allowance Applications
      49. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the steps he is taking to improve the processing time of applications for domiciliary care allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Jobseeker's Allowance Payments
      50. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will reverse the lower rate of jobseeker's payments for young persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25951/17]
    • Social Welfare Fraud
      52. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will report on the cost of the welfare fraud campaign his Department is engaged in; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25950/17]
    • Social Insurance Fund Data
      53. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the amount owed to the social insurance fund; the efforts made by his Department to collect moneys owed; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Maternity Benefit Administration
      54. To ask the Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 161 and 162 of 17 May 2017, if he will report on the status of maternity benefit applications and the delays...
    • Social Insurance Fund Deficit
      55. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his views on the decision by his Department to write off moneys owed by employers under the insolvency and redundancy scheme; and if he will make a...
    • State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility
      56. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will reverse the changes to the eligibility criteria to the State (contributory) pension which was introduced in 2012, which is extremely...
    • State Bodies Mergers
      57. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the actions his Department has taken in response to concerns raised by MABS and CIS regarding restructuring plans; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Carer's Allowance Appeals
      58. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the average time it takes for a file to be sent from the carer's allowance section in Sligo to the social welfare appeals office in Dublin once the...
    • Rent Supplement Scheme Data
      61. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of recipients of rent supplement that are aged 18 to 24 years of age, by county, in each of the years 2014 to 2016, and to date in 2017;...
    • Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme
      62. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the reason his Department is encouraging recipients of social welfare payments to become self-employed through the back to work enterprise allowance...
    • Widow's Pension Eligibility
      63. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to extend the widow’s pension to unmarried couples in certain circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25934/17]
    • Community Employment Schemes Administration
      64. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to improve awareness of community employment schemes for those on the live register and other eligible schemes; his further plans for a...
    • Construction Industry
      65. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the estimated loss in employers' PRSI payments to his Department for the year ending 31 December 2015 in view of the amount of bogus self-employment...
    • Employment Support Services
      66. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to assist those that are long-term unemployed back into the workforce; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25711/17]
    • School Meals Programme
      67. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the funding provided to schools in County Tipperary for the school meals scheme; if he will expand the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Drug Treatment Programmes
      69. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status for the specific community employment drug rehabilitation programmes in view of recent changes to community employment eligibility and so...
    • Child Benefit Eligibility
      70. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to extend child benefit entitlement to parents of full-time students in second level education that are over 18 years of age; and if he...
    • State Pensions Reform
      73. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if, in view of his interest in those who get up early in the morning, he will give a commitment to ending the pension inequality that has emerged due...
    • Social Welfare Appeals Waiting Times
      74. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he has satisfied himself that adequate resources are in place to ensure minimum waiting times in respect of decisions on appeal in respect of...
    • Pension Provisions
      75. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will review the pension provisions for foster parents that have to be in the home when carrying out this vital role but are only entitled to...
    • Social Welfare Benefits Waiting Times
      77. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the average waiting time for decisions on carer's allowance and domiciliary care allowance applications; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Departmental Reports
      81. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the status of the report into the effects of the cuts to jobseekers' payments on those aged under 26 years of age; when he expects the report to be...
    • Pensions Reform
      85. To ask the Minister for Social Protection when he proposes to publish his plans and costings for a universal pension for all persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25715/17]
    • State Pension (Contributory)
      86. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to amend the legislation and regulations for eligibility for the State (contributory) pension (details supplied); if his attention has been...
    • Disability Allowance
      87. To ask the Minister for Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 195 of 3 May 2017, his views on whether it would be more beneficial to categorise various groupings of persons...
    • Garda Vetting of Personnel
      88. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to introduce a centralised Garda vetting system for community employment schemes similar to that operated by an organisation (details...
    • State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility
      90. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his plans to implement changes to the State (contributory) pension criteria to ensure that persons that had a break in their insurance contribution...
    • Job Creation
      91. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the steps he is taking to provide jobs for unemployed young persons, which totalled 12.9% in April 2017, almost double the youth unemployment rate in...
    • Labour Activation Programmes
      96. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he is considering providing replacement schemes for JobBridge and Gateway; if so, the detail of such schemes; and if he will make a statement on...
  • Department of An Taoiseach
    • Brexit Documents
      100. To ask the Taoiseach if he will provide an update on proposals to be published by his Department to address the economic and trade implications of Brexit. [25625/17]
    • Departmental Strategy Statements
      101. To ask the Taoiseach the way in which his Department is delivering on its own strategy statement on planning for the future particularly on delivery of key infrastructure. [25947/17]
    • Brexit Negotiations
      102. To ask the Taoiseach if he will report on the engagements between officials in his Department and sherpas in the governments of other EU member states on Brexit. [25624/17]
  • Department of Justice and Equality
    • Bankruptcy Data
      104. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons each year since 2012 petitioned into bankruptcy by a fund on debt purchased by the fund from a bank; the...
    • Office for Internet Safety
      105. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons that work in the Office for Internet Safety; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26170/17]
    • Coroners Service
      106. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality her views on the retirement age of coroners (details supplied) and the time persons have to wait for an inquest; and if she...
    • International Terrorism
      107. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the steps being taken to increase security in the wake of the terrorist attack in Manchester; and if she will make a statement...
    • Courts Service Data
      109. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of court cases per year in which it has been shown that a person has made a fraudulent claim in each of the years...
    • Garda Data
      110. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda stations and the number of gardaí in each in County Meath as of 30 April 2016. [26122/17]
    • Immigration Status
      111. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when a decision on an application for a permission to remain in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be...
    • Missing Children
      112. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a company (details supplied) has not being granted the approval to issue an online social media amber text alert...
    • Independent Review Mechanism
      113. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when her attention was drawn to a matter (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26212/17]
  • Department of Finance
    • VAT Registration
      116. To ask the Minister for Finance the policy and practical issues that would arise if the VAT registration threshold was to be increased; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26094/17]
    • Revenue Commissioners Data
      117. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of times since 2012 the Revenue Commissioners was deemed to be an excludable creditor in a personal insolvency arrangement or a debt settlement...
    • Liquor Licence Data
      118. To ask the Minister for Finance the current cost of a wine, beer and spirit licence for retailers in the off-trade, publicans, on-trade and a special restaurants licence in tabular form; and...
    • Liquor Licence Fees
      123. To ask the Minister for Finance if he will bring the liquor licence fees for the off-trade in line with the on-trade which is graduated and based on annual turnover; and if he will make a...
  • Department of Education and Skills
    • Special Educational Needs Staff
      124. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) in County Kerry is losing a teaching post under the new special education teaching allocation; if this...
    • Psychological Assessments
      125. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of children a primary school can refer for a NEPS assessment in a given school year; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Site Acquisitions
      127. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the site acquisition process in respect of a national school (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Teachers' Remuneration
      128. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the Government's timeframe to end the pay inequality for teachers in view of the impending publication of the Public Service Pay Commission; and...
    • School Transport Eligibility
      129. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26115/17]
    • Appointments to State Boards
      130. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the name of each person that sat on the panel to select the new board of Caranua; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26120/17]
    • Teaching Council of Ireland
      132. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the current salary of the CEO of the Teaching Council of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26128/17]
    • Junior Cycle Reform
      134. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the roll-out of the well-being programme for junior cycle; if the programme will be in place for all students for...
    • DEIS Scheme
      135. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the progress on expanding the incredible years programme to all DEIS primary schools; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Schools Mental Health Strategies
      136. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has completed the assessment of supports to schools in the areas of mental health and social and emotional competence as...
    • Physical Education
      137. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the development of the senior cycle physical education framework; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26133/17]
    • Residential Institutions Statutory Fund
      138. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details of the use of funding by Caranua since it was established; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26134/17]
    • School Curriculum
      139. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the consultation process for the development of the primary curriculum; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26135/17]
    • Literacy Programmes
      140. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has undertaken an interim review of the literacy and numeracy strategy; if the review has been published; and if he will make a...
    • School Curriculum
      141. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the development of the curriculum programme in respect of ethics and beliefs; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Junior Cycle Reform
      142. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the development of short courses for the junior cycle; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26138/17]
    • School Curriculum
      143. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has undertaken a review of the senior cycle programmes, including vocational pathways; the status of the review; and if he will...
    • Departmental Reports
      144. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the STEM education policy statement has been completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26140/17]
    • School Curriculum
      145. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of schools that offer the politics and society course; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26141/17]
    • Digital Strategy for Schools
      147. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the action taken to date in implementing the digital strategy for schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26143/17]
    • Departmental Reports
      148. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the report on teaching supply will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26144/17]
    • Schools Refurbishment
      149. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding school renovations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26154/17]
    • Teacher Training Provision
      150. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of training CPD days both primary and secondary school teachers receive each year; the cost for those days; and his Department's total...
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      151. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 269 of 11 April 2017, if a building project at a school (details supplied) will proceed to construction...
    • Apprenticeship Programmes
      152. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a person (details supplied) can resit an exam in a college in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26216/17]
    • School Guidance Counsellors
      153. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the commitment in the programme for Government to enhance guidance counselling in secondary schools; and if he will make a...
  • Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
    • Building Regulations
      154. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that standards in buildings for disabled access toilets are currently...
    • Housing Policy
      155. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he has sought approval for the land bank plan from the European Commission under state aid rules; and his views...
    • Local Authority Housing Provision
      156. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government when he plans to introduce the roll-out of choice-based letting in Galway county council; and if he will make a...
    • Local Authority Staff Data
      157. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of permanent employees that ceased working with Galway county council in each of the years 2011 to 2016...
  • Department of Social Protection
    • Departmental Contingency Planning
      165. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he has implemented procedural changes in the workings of his Department to mitigate the chances that the issue of reported delays in maternity...
    • Social Welfare Benefits
      166. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the entitlements available to persons returning to education other than the back to education allowance; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility
      167. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will address an anomaly whereby a person (details supplied) who is living alone can be denied a living alone allowance in view of the fact...
    • Social Welfare Code Reform
      168. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he has considered introducing a basic income along the lines of pilot schemes in the Netherlands, Italy and Finland; and if he will make a...
    • Employment Support Services
      169. To ask the Minister for Social Protection his views on the outsourcing of particular aspects of unemployment services here to private companies, for example, through the JobPath scheme; if...
    • Industrial Relations
      170. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will address his recent comments regarding restricting the right to strike in essential services; his views on whether such a restriction...
    • Departmental Staff Redeployment
      171. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which staff can be redeployed within his Department to deal expeditiously with the appeals backlog; and if he will make a statement on...
    • State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility
      172. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which he may review the current system used in the calculation to entitlement to a contributory old age pension to address the...
    • Social Welfare Schemes Data
      173. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of women throughout the country that do not qualify for a contributory pension due to the marriage ban which forced them to retire from...
    • Rent Supplement Scheme Administration
      174. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which his Department can assist those in danger of becoming homeless with particular reference to situations whereby a primary payment...
    • Social Welfare Benefits Data
      175. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of applications received for contributory old age pension, jobseeker's allowance, non-contributory old age pension, disability allowance,...
    • Social Welfare Appeals Waiting Times
      176. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he will ensure that appeals in respect of various decisions in regard to payments made by his Department are dealt with expeditiously or that...
    • Exceptional Needs Payments
      177. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the extent to which community welfare services are readily available to meet the needs of those in society that may ordinarily have had no reason to...
    • Youth Unemployment Data
      179. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the extent of youth unemployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26249/17]
    • Unemployment Data
      180. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the extent of long-term unemployment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26250/17]
    • Social Welfare Benefits
      181. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if he can ensure the availability of replacement income for those in receipt of one-parent family allowance whose allowance may have been reduced or...
    • State Pension (Contributory) Eligibility
      182. To ask the Minister for Social Protection if gaps in a person's contribution record in the assessment of entitlement to contributory old age pension, which now may entitle them to a lower...
    • Social Welfare Benefits Data
      183. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of young persons under 26 years of age that are in receipt of jobseeker's allowance, jobseeker's benefit and signing for credits for 12...
    • Jobseeker's Allowance Data
      185. To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of young persons under 26 years of age that are in receipt of the €102.70, €147.80 and €193 rate, respectively, of...
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Visa Agreements
      186. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has had discussions with his Australian counterpart or Australian officials regarding the changes to the 457 visa; the implications...
  • Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
    • Public Sector Staff Remuneration
      187. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the role his officials and, in particular, the economic unit have in the upcoming talks with the public sector unions. [20406/17]
    • Labour Employer Economic Forum
      188. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of times the Labour Employer Economic Forum has met; and the issues discussed. [24675/17]
    • Garda Station Refurbishment
      190. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 182 of 17 May 2017, the timeframe for works to be carried out; and when a design team will be...
    • Question Heading for question(s) 191
      191. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding the OPW; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26233/17]
  • Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
    • Heritage Projects
      192. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Department has given assistance to communities or groups in the past to restore derelict mill sites to running order; and if...
    • Town and Village Renewal Scheme
      194. To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a scheme of financial assistance and tax incentives will be introduced to assist in the upgrading of single rural houses; and if...
  • Department of Health
    • Public Sector Staff Remuneration
      195. To ask the Minister for Health when staff in section 38 organisations will receive pay restoration under the Lansdowne Road Agreement and specifically the €1,000 annual increase which...
    • HSE Expenditure
      196. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of a 2% increase in the HSE IT budget to bring it to the EU average; and the overall new total cost including the 2% increase [26062/17]
    • Electronic Health Records
      197. To ask the Minister for Health the cost of rolling out the eHealth electronic health record over the periods of two months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months and 36 months, respectively [26063/17]
    • Question Heading for question(s) 198
      198. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of funding and implementing the national maternity strategy; and if he will provide a breakdown of the spending costs [26064/17]
    • Dental Services
      199. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of increasing funding to the public dental service to bring it to a position to which it can deliver its remit in full. [26065/17]
    • General Practitioner Data
      201. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of the roll-out of free general practitioner care for all children under 12 years of age. [26067/17]
    • Medical Card Expenditure
      204. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of awarding medical cards for all adults with disabilities. [26070/17]
    • Ambulance Service Data
      205. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated cost of the retention of the delivery of Dublin’s ambulance service with the Dublin Fire Brigade. [26071/17]
    • Health Services Provision
      206. To ask the Minister for Health if the HSE has plans to extend and improve the services available at a facility (details supplied) in County Cork; if his attention has been drawn to the fact...
    • General Practitioner Contracts
      207. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 136 of 13 October 2016 and 159 of 18 May 2016, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the HSE has stated after...
    • Medical Aids and Appliances Provision
      208. To ask the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) from County Louth whose consultant has requested that they be provided with a...
    • Disability Services Provision
      209. To ask the Minister for Health if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding the closure of a care home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26107/17]
    • Vaccination Programme
      210. To ask the Minister for Health his views on reports that some persons that receive the HPV Gardasil vaccine are reporting serious side effects; his further views on the number of girls...
    • Hospital Appointments Status
      211. 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. [26112/17]
    • Commencement of Legislation
      212. To ask the Minister for Health the provisions of the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 that have not yet been commenced; and the date on which he expects them to be commenced. [26113/17]
    • Nursing Staff Recruitment
      213. To ask the Minister for Health the way in which hospitals in the Cork city area are addressing the nursing recruitment shortages; the countries they have recruited nurses from; the way in...
    • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
      215. To ask the Minister for Health if he or his Department receive regular updates from the Nursing and Midwifery Board regarding the number of nurses that apply to go abroad to work each year;...
    • Hospitals Car Park Charges
      216. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to provide free parking for patients and close family of patients that are suffering with a prolonged or serious illness which requires regular...
    • Mental Health Services Provision
      217. To ask the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive psychological cognitive behaviour therapy. [26126/17]
    • Ambulance Service
      218. To ask the Minister for Health the terms of reference for the review of ambulance services; the timeframe for the completion of the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Health Services Provision
      219. To ask the Minister for Health when requested supports for a person (details supplied) will be issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26146/17]
    • Home Help Service Data
      220. To ask the Minister for Health the number of home help hours by local health area provided in March and April 2017 in tabular form. [26148/17]
    • Disability Services Provision
      221. To ask the Minister for Health if funding has been secured to initiate the moving of residents into a newly constructed group home due for completion in May 2017 for persons with physical...
    • Medical Card Applications
      222. To ask the Minister for Health if a full medical card will issue in the case of a person (details supplied); when same will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26155/17]
    • Patient Data
      223. To ask the Minister for Health if the national patient experience survey includes patients in accident and emergency departments. [26157/17]
    • Hospital Appointments Status
      224. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 561 of 4 April 2017, the position regarding this matter; if the person (details supplied) is on a waiting list; if so,...
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      226. To ask the Minister for Health the number of children waiting to see a rheumatology consultant; and the average timeframe for waiting, by county, in each of the years 2014 to 2016 in tabular...
    • HSE Staff Data
      227. To ask the Minister for Health the number of consultant rheumatologists, clinical nurse specialists, advanced nurse practitioners, physiotherapists and occupational therapists that...
    • HSE Staff
      228. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 238 of 25 January 2017 and 59 of 3 May 2017 (details supplied), the reason for the delay in granting approval for such...
    • Registration of Deaths
      229. To ask the Minister for Health if, in the recording of deaths in which synthetic opiates are used and in which sudden encephalopathy occurs, that is recorded as the cause of death or if the...
    • Service Level Agreements
      230. To ask the Minister for Health if an equality of service consideration is made when service level agreements are entered into in the context of allocation of funds to organisations...
    • Medicinal Products Availability
      231. To ask the Minister for Health if he will direct the HSE to provide lifesaving medication to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26192/17]
    • Hospitals Expenditure
      232. To ask the Minister for Health when his attention was drawn to the fact that Tallaght hospital had cut its cleaning budget in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26217/17]
    • Occupational Therapy
      238. To ask the Minister for Health the estimated waiting time for a person (details supplied) to seek an appointment with an occupational therapist in a health centre; his views on whether this...
    • Hospital Services
      239. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding a service (details supplied) in a hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26229/17]
    • Hospital Appointments Status
      240. To ask the Minister for Health the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26232/17]
    • Dental Services Provision
      241. To ask the Minister for Health when an appointment will be made for the provision of a dental surgeon to the health centre in Bagenalstown to provide services to persons in the vicinity...
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    • Brexit Issues
      242. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he or his officials have met with the IFA or exporters associations to discuss the serious concerns they have regarding Brexit....
    • Bioenergy Willow Scheme
      243. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applications that have been made to the bioenergy willow scheme 2005; the number of persons that received funding; and...
    • Basic Payment Scheme
      244. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the discussions which have taken place between his Department and the EU authorities regarding the arrangements for the basic payment...
    • GLAS Payments
      245. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a person (details supplied) has not received a 2016 GLAS payment; when payment will be received; and if he will make a...
  • Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
    • National Broadband Plan Implementation
      246. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the details of the plans for a broadband service upgrade at Ballinamuck, County Longford; and if he will make a statement...
    • Better Energy Homes Scheme Expenditure
      247. To ask the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the cost to the State to extend the warmer home scheme to include the upgrade of windows and doors over five years; and...
  • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
    • Driver Licences Applications
      249. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that persons in County Cork are waiting seven weeks to be issued their driving licence from...
    • Question Heading for question(s) 250
      250. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when he will announce the recipients of the sports capital grant scheme programme 2017; the funding he has at his disposal for 2017...
    • Ports Development
      251. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will carry out a feasibility study of the possible development of a deep sea port at Arklow; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Road Projects Status
      252. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if applications have been made to his Department for the construction of a port access road in Arklow; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Traffic Calming Measures
      254. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a safety audit has been carried out on the N83 at Dunmore town; if not, when it will occur; the reason it has not occurred; the safety...
    • Driver Test Regulations
      256. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if young persons aged 16 and 17 years of age will continue to be able to undertake a driver theory test in view of the new policy...
  • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
    • Trade Agreements
      257. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the details of discussions she has had with the Minister for Social Protection regarding the potential impact of international trade...
    • National Minimum Wage
      258. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to raise the minimum wage to meet the living wage; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26196/17]
    • Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement
      259. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to immediately increase staff or funding in the interim to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement. [26090/17]
    • Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement Legal Cases
      262. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the engagement her Department had with the ODCE in advance of a case (details supplied); if resources were discussed in the context of...
    • National Minimum Wage
      263. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to abolish the sub-minima rates of the minimum wage for trainees and youth workers; and if she will make a statement on the...
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
    • HIQA Reports
      264. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she has received a report on Tusla by HIQA in the past month; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26150/17]
    • Child Care Services Funding
      266. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the allocated funding for city and county child care facilities, by county, in each of the years 2012 to 2016 in tabular form. [26167/17]
    • Child and Family Agency Staff
      267. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if the office for historical cases has been set up in Tusla; the number of persons working in that department; and if she will make a...
    • Child and Family Agency Expenditure
      268. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the percentage of the Tusla budget which has been used on addressing historical cases from 2011 to 2016, by county, in tabular form; and if...
    • Youth Work Projects Funding
      269. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the current and capital expenditure allocations for youth work from her Department in each of the years 2014 to 2016, and to date in 2017,...
  • Department of Defence
    • White Paper on Defence
      273. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the measures that have taken place to increase the operational capacity and numbers in the Army ranger wing as per the recommendations in the...