Written answers

Thursday, 1 February 2018

  • Department of Education and Skills
    • Apprenticeship Programmes
      10. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the failure to increase the number of apprenticeships required in construction and related trades; and if he will make a...
    • Schools Building Projects Administration
      16. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review the practice of tendering school build projects in view of the collapse of a company (details supplied) resulting in the...
    • Apprenticeship Programmes
      17. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to boost the number of apprenticeships and traineeships in County Sligo and nationally in 2018 with reference to the action plan to...
    • Schools Building Projects Data
      18. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of schools being built through the private finance initiative and European Investment Bank packages; the names, location and value by...
    • Teacher Recruitment
      19. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures he will take to overcome teacher shortages; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4901/18]
    • Departmental Contracts
      20. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the contracts between his Department and a company (details supplied); if the contracts are insured; the consequences for the delivery of the...
    • Teacher Recruitment
      21. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the measures he will take to attract new persons to a career in teaching second level, in particular maths and science; and if he will make a...
    • Special Educational Needs Service Provision
      22. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of special needs places for persons at secondary level in the Newbridge, County Kildare, area when they graduate from...
    • Legal Proceedings
      23. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of the court case scheduled to begin on 15 March 2018 between a school (details supplied) and a trust with regard to whether the sale of...
    • Schools Site Acquisitions
      24. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when a site is expected to be purchased to accommodate the three school campus in Buncrana, County Donegal; the timeframe of works to ensure that...
    • School Accommodation Provision
      25. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if an application for additional school accommodation for a primary school (details supplied) in County Kildare will be approved; and if he will...
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      26. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the work within his Department on the demographic review for south County Kildare to determine if a new secondary school is...
    • Teachers' Remuneration
      27. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe to end pay inequality in all teaching grades and to deal with the crisis in the shortage of teachers; and if he will make a...
    • Schools Building Contractors
      28. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the consequences of the collapse of a company (details supplied) on six school build projects here; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Capitation Grants
      30. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the capitation grant will be restored; if his attention has been drawn to the persistent funding challenges facing schools across County...
    • Third Level Funding
      31. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce an income contingent student loan system for third level education; when he plans to carry out funding reforms in this...
    • Teachers' Remuneration
      33. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which he will address the situation of unequal pay in the teaching profession for new entrants; when the Public Sector Pay Commission...
    • School Transport Eligibility
      34. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to improve the criteria for school transport eligibility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4887/18]
    • Post-Leaving Certificate Courses Availability
      36. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the plans in place to improve the regional distribution of PLC, post-leaving certificate, courses; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Post-Leaving Certificate Courses
      37. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the evaluation of PLC, post-leaving certificate, programme provision published by the ESRI in January 2018; and...
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      38. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the project brief for the building works at a school (details supplied) has been finalised; the commencement date of same; and if he will make...
    • Education and Training Boards Funding
      40. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 103 of 18 January 2018, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that other education and training boards...
    • Capital Expenditure Programme
      41. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied that schools infrastructure planning is keeping pace with demographic changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      42. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the delivery of a school (details supplied); and the timeframe for same. [4643/18]
    • Teachers' Remuneration
      43. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reintroducing the island and Gaeltacht allowances for primary and post-primary teachers on payrolls operated by his Department and...
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      44. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the provision of school buildings and facilities in Dublin 15 and the Pelletstown, Navan Road and Ashtown areas of Dublin 7;...
    • Schools Building Projects
      45. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which a company’s (details supplied) collapse might affect the school building programme here in the short, medium or long...
    • Irish Language
      47. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to meet the shortage of second level teachers with Irish, particularly those teaching languages and science subjects in the...
    • Schools Building Projects
      48. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to address the shortage of primary school places in the catchment area of south-west Swords with a view to the 2018...
    • State Examinations Commission
      49. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the State Examinations Commission annual deficit tripling during 2017 to more than €2.2 million; and if he will make a...
    • Teachers' Remuneration
      50. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of reinstating pay equality for teachers within the public sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53244/17]
    • Schools Building Projects
      51. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the action being taken to ensure adequate educational capacity exists to cater for future demand in view of the planned population and housing...
    • Island Communities
      52. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the ongoing challenges facing island schools in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4819/18]
    • Regional Development Initiatives
      53. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which his Department can help drive regional development nationally and in the north-west area through the regional skills forum. [4816/18]
    • Teacher Recruitment
      54. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps being taken to address the acute lack of availability of substitute teachers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4647/18]
    • Third Level Fees
      55. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the appeal options available to students who are not satisfied with a third level college's decision to charge them international student fees....
    • Further Education and Training Programmes Provision
      57. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to include as part of lifelong learning proposals, the development of a nationwide learner centred flexible and affordable high level...
    • Schools Building Contractors
      58. 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. [4909/18]
    • School Guidelines on Mental Health
      59. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views regarding claims from primary school principals that increasing anxiety among school children in primary schools has emerged as one of...
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      60. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position with regard to the building of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4664/18]
    • DEIS Administration
      61. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the transparency of the school selection process for the DEIS scheme will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4688/18]
    • Schools Building Contractors
      62. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will report on the position of those working on projects that were being undertaken with the involvement of a company (details supplied);...
    • School Accommodation
      63. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to deal with the crisis facing persons at a school (details supplied) in Dublin 8 in view of the fact that in September 2018 there will...
    • Broadband Service Provision
      64. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to bring forward new proposals to ensure greater access to broadband in schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4687/18]
    • Legislative Process
      65. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills when the Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2016 will resume Fourth Stage in Dáil Éireann; if the promised amendment to remove...
  • Department of Defence
    • Defence Forces Medical Services
      66. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the general medical qualifications held by each of the Defence Forces medical officers involved in malaria chemoprophylaxis. [4988/18]
    • Internal Audits
      67. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute of Internal...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      68. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit, by gender, in tabular form; and if he...
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Internal Audits
      69. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute of...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      70. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit, by gender, in tabular form; and if he...
  • Department of Finance
    • Stock Markets Regulation
      71. To ask the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the fact that when a company bought shares in a bank (details supplied) in 2013 it had access to loan-loss data that was not...
    • Tracker Mortgage Examination
      72. To ask the Minister for Finance the reason persons with a bank (details supplied) who have been informed they have been impacted by the tracker mortgage scandal have not had their rate...
    • Repatriation of Money
      73. To ask the Minister for Finance the implications the recent repatriation of a company's (details supplied) $38 billion tax bill to the US will have for the company's potential tax liability...
    • Internal Audits
      75. To ask the Minister for Finance if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute of Internal Audit...
    • Tax Code
      76. To ask the Minister for Finance if DIRT is being applied and charged in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5182/18]
    • Knowledge Development Box
      77. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of firms by size (details supplied) that have applied for the knowledge development box scheme for SMEs since being established, in tabular form....
    • Tax Credits
      78. To ask the Minister for Finance the position regarding the establishment by the Revenue Commissioners of a research and development discussion group to consider the administrative burdens...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      79. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit by gender in tabular form; and if he will list each such...
    • Tax Yield
      80. To ask the Minister for Finance the amount of corporation tax revenue received in 2017 from the aircraft leasing and finance industry; the number of aircraft leasing and finance companies in...
    • Banking Sector
      82. To ask the Minister for Finance the progress State-supported banks have made on Payment Services Directive II, PSD2; the potential implications for not implementing the directive; the...
    • Mortgage Data
      84. To ask the Minister for Finance the value of warehoused debt for the 27,376 PDH split mortgages; the value of warehoused debt for the 2,048 BTL split mortgages; the amount of the warehoused...
    • Tax Appeals Commission
      85. To ask the Minister for Finance the number of tax appeals before the Tax Appeals Commission; the value of tax these disputes amount to; the appeals by ranges (details supplied) respectively,...
    • Tax Collection
      92. To ask the Minister for Finance the status of a query by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5290/18]
  • Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
    • Public Sector Pensions Data
      93. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the arrangements to ensure that retired civil servants on pensions receive pro-rata payment restoration with serving civil servants; and...
    • Public Sector Staff Retirements
      94. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the legislation to extend the mandatory retirement age in the public sector to 70 years of age; and if he will make a...
    • EU Funding
      95. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has raised the issue of cross-Border funding at recent engagements with European Union representatives. [4279/18]
    • Internal Audits
      96. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute of...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      97. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit by gender in tabular form; and if...
  • Department of Education and Skills
    • Training Support Grant
      98. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person (details supplied) has not received the full payment for their training course; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Student Grant Scheme Eligibility
      99. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the distances for SUSI adjacent and non-adjacent grants are defined. [4857/18]
    • DEIS Eligibility
      100. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if the assessment methodology for DEIS application has been revised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5088/18]
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      101. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a new school building project for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4982/18]
    • School Accommodation Provision
      103. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if funding for additional school accommodation for a school (details supplied) will be reconsidered; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • DEIS Applications
      104. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a DEIS application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5003/18]
    • Departmental Agencies Staff Remuneration
      105. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a higher pay scale to LTI co-ordinators will be set (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5007/18]
    • Remote Area Boarding Grant
      106. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if an application by a person (details supplied) for a remote area boarding grant will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      107. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the action he will take to ensure work is resumed at a club (details supplied) in Dublin 7 following the financial collapse of a company. [5020/18]
    • Defibrillators in Schools Provision
      108. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if funding will be made available to provide defibrillators in each school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5025/18]
    • Remote Area Boarding Grant
      109. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a grant application by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5029/18]
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      110. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a building project at a school (details supplied); and if the matter will be expedited. [5076/18]
    • Internal Audits
      111. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute of Internal...
    • Teacher Recruitment
      112. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he expects to be in a position to address the issue of the shortage of teachers at all levels throughout the country; if the...
    • Schools Building Projects
      113. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains satisfied that the school building programme here will not be detrimentally affected by the collapse of a group...
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      114. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the state of development in each case with particular reference to commencing and or completion dates in respect of the school building programme...
    • Pupil-Teacher Ratio
      128. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which class sizes and pupil-teacher ratios continue to improve arising from the steps taken over the past five years; and if he...
    • Schools Building Projects Status
      129. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which the school building programme at primary and second level in County Kildare continues to proceed as planned having particular...
    • Special Educational Needs Data
      130. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which facilities for children with autism or Asperger's syndrome continue to remain available and accessible at primary and second...
    • Special Educational Needs Service Provision
      131. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which adequate school places exist or are being provided for children with autism or other special needs at primary and second...
    • Gaelcholáistí Issues
      133. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position in regard to the provision of a gaelcholáiste in north County Kildare; the extent to which plans are proceeding as expected;...
    • Education Policy
      135. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains confident that Ireland's education system at pre-school, primary, second, third and fourth levels remain poised to...
    • Education Funding
      136. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he remains confident that investment in education and the sciences at all levels will continue to be available in the future...
    • School Accommodation Provision
      137. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the degree to which he expects to be in a position to replace unfit classroom accommodation at primary and second level here; and if he will make...
    • School Guidelines on Mental Health
      139. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains satisfied regarding the level of assessment and support for children and adolescents suffering from mental stress...
    • Health Services
      140. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which comprehensive school medical examinations remain in place with a view to ensuring early diagnosis and treatment in respect of...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      141. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit by gender in tabular form; and the detail...
    • School Enrolments
      142. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the serious concerns of the local community in respect of the enrolment policy of a college (details...
    • Student Universal Support Ireland Administration
      143. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the rationale for assessing a carer's respite grant as a source of income for a carer in respect of an income assessment for a SUSI grant...
    • Teacher Recruitment
      144. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe for the establishment of a steering group to examine teacher supply shortages as reported in the media (details supplied); the...
    • Creative Ireland Programme
      145. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans for a theatre in education organisation; his further plans to design a programme for bringing professional theatre makers into the...
  • Department of Justice and Equality
    • Legal Services Regulation
      146. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the establishment of the Legal Services Regulatory Authority; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Departmental Operations
      148. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if legal privilege may attach to information regarding the names of persons sitting on a working group convened by a...
    • Censorship of Publications
      149. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of publications referred to the Censorship of Publications Board per annum since 2000; the number of publications...
    • Citizenship Status
      152. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a person (details supplied) does not have an automatic entitlement to citizenship. [5064/18]
    • Legal Services Regulation
      153. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 495 of 16 January 2018, his plans to establish the review committee under section 62 of...
    • Refugee Data
      154. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of refugee women and children coming to County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5074/18]
    • Internal Audits
      155. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the...
    • Garda Data
      156. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the actions that have been taken by An Garda Síochána to put in place a director of data quality as recommended by...
    • Crime Data
      157. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when the report on the review of possible misclassification of homicide cases will be published; if he has received a version...
    • Courts Service
      159. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of staff per district probate office and general probate office in each of he years 2011 to 2017 and to date in...
    • Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission Remit
      161. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the request from the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission in regard to new legislation to give it...
    • Departmental Bodies Reports
      162. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the recommended legislative changes in the Policing Authority's latest report in accordance with section 62O(2) of...
    • Garda Recruitment
      163. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if all the persons who sat the entrance examinations for An Garda Síochána since recruitment was re-introduced have...
    • Residency Permits
      164. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality when an updated stamp 4 will be arranged in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Naturalisation Applications
      168. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the determination in respect of an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details...
    • Deportation Orders Re-examination
      169. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if a proposal to deport can be deferred in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Courts Service
      170. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 96 of 24 January 2018, if he will provide a copy of the minutes or report of the meeting...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      171. To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit, by gender, in tabular...
  • Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation
    • Enterprise Support Services Expenditure
      172. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the grant aid or funding available to assist a person (details supplied) to develop a business and bring a facility to County Cavan....
    • Industrial Property Portfolio
      173. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when decisions are due to be made on the identification of suitable sites as locations for the establishment of data centres; and if...
    • Internal Audits
      175. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if her Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute...
    • Job Creation
      176. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation her plans and the plans of the State's industrial promotion agencies to assist in 2018 in the maintenance of existing employment and...
    • Trade Agreements
      178. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his views on the reports that the European Commission is to propose a yearly tariff rate quota of 90,000 tonnes of beef, 20,000 tonnes...
    • Job Creation Data
      179. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of jobs created by local enterprise office, LEO, companies in 2017; the net number of jobs created by LEO companies in...
    • Insurance Costs
      181. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the timeframe to implement the recommendations in the cost of business insurance report for which her Department has lead...
    • Brexit Issues
      182. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when the research study commissioned by her department, Sectoral Implications Arising from Brexit: Most Exposed Sectors, is due to be...
    • Work Permits Data
      184. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of employment permits granted for non-EEA workers by her Department by occupation in each of the years 2014 to 2017, in...
    • Consumer Protection
      185. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the sectors that are under investigation by the CCPC for suspected anti-competitive or cartel activity. [5248/18]
    • Apprenticeship Data
      186. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in her Department and State agencies under her remit by gender in tabular form; and...
    • IDA Ireland Jobs Data
      187. To ask the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the target number of jobs created in 2017 in the financial services sector by IDA Ireland; the number actually created; the target...
  • Department of Health
    • Eating Disorders
      188. To ask the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 653 of 16 January 2018, the number of young children and teenagers ruled to have died in the past five years as a result...
    • National Maternity Strategy Implementation
      189. To ask the Minister for Health when the national maternity strategy and national maternity standards will be implemented by the Saolta hospital group; if home birthing will be available in...
    • Health Services Access
      190. To ask the Minister for Health if a referral to another health facility is possible for a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Health Services Staff
      191. To ask the Minister for Health the options available to a person (details supplied) who is unable to secure employment in the health sector here having previously worked outside of the State...
    • Medical Card Eligibility
      192. To ask the Minister for Health the status of a medical card for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5019/18]
    • Medical Aids and Appliances Provision
      193. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to make AEDs available in public areas here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5024/18]
    • Services for People with Disabilities
      194. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to raise medical card income disregard for persons with disabilities entering the workforce; when he plans to make these changes; the amount he will...
    • Legislative Programme
      195. To ask the Minister for Health the timeframe for progressing the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015 through Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5027/18]
    • Hospital Beds Data
      196. To ask the Minister for Health the bed capacity at the Sacred Heart Hospital, Castlebar, County Mayo; the number of beds that are vacant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5028/18]
    • Health Services Staff Data
      197. To ask the Minister for Health the staffing levels at a facility (details supplied) in County Donegal; the various positions held including all clinical and all non-clinical roles as at 1...
    • Hospital Staff Recruitment
      198. To ask the Minister for Health if additional resources have been allocated to support a second consultant led adult diabetes team at Letterkenny university hospital; and if he will make a...
    • Hospital Waiting Lists
      199. To ask the Minister for Health the waiting times in respect of review appointments as part of adult diabetes services at Letterkenny University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on...
    • Drugs Payment Scheme Coverage
      203. To ask the Minister for Health the position regarding the review of the decision not to reimburse and provide access to Translarna; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5058/18]
    • Medical Products
      204. To ask the Minister for Health his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding Freestyle Libre for diabetics; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5077/18]
    • Medical Aids and Appliances Provision
      205. To ask the Minister for Health the rationale for the decision to make Freestyle Libre available on the long term illness scheme for children and young persons only; when this will be...
    • Hospital Appointments Status
      206. To ask the Minister for Health if a person's (details supplied) need for an ear, nose and throat, ENT, consultation will be considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5102/18]
    • Internal Audits
      207. To ask the Minister for Health if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute of Internal Auditors'...
    • Hospital Consultant Recruitment
      208. To ask the Minister for Health the efforts being made to secure a second permanent consultant to fill a recently vacated second post in relation to dermatology services at Sligo University...
    • Health Services Staff
      209. To ask the Minister for Health if a dedicated attendant will be provided to accompany persons on a bus service which operates and transports service users to and from a day care centre...
    • Hospital Deaths
      210. To ask the Minister for Health the status of the review by the HSE national women and infants health programme and quality assurance and verification division of the National Maternity...
    • EU Directives
      211. To ask the Minister for Health the reason chiropractors here will be excluded from conducting or referring diagnostic exposure within the European Union (Basic Safety Standards for...
    • Home Care Packages Funding
      212. To ask the Minister for Health when funding will be provided to the HSE to provide assistance towards a home care package (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Medical Card Applications
      213. To ask the Minister for Health when a medical card will issue in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5181/18]
    • Primary Care Centres Provision
      214. To ask the Minister for Health the number of primary care centres already built, operational and pending throughout County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5183/18]
    • Medical Card Applications
      215. To ask the Minister for Health when a medical card will issue in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5184/18]
    • Health Services Data
      217. To ask the Minister for Health the status of diagnosis or the determination of treatment in case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5189/18]
    • Home Care Packages Provision
      219. To ask the Minister for Health if home care hours will be provided to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5233/18]
    • Apprenticeship Data
      220. To ask the Minister for Health the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit by gender in tabular form; and if he will list each such...
    • EU Directives
      221. To ask the Minister for Health when he will sign a statutory instrument to give effect to the European Union (Basic Safety Standards for Protection against Dangers arising from Medical...
    • Medical Aids and Appliances Provision
      222. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to extend the FreeStyle Libre blood glucose monitor to persons with diabetes under the long-term illness scheme (details supplied); and if he will...
  • Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
    • Greyhound Industry Data
      223. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he is satisfied with the statistics produced in relation to greyhound injury and deaths by the Irish Greyhound Board, IGB, for...
    • Tax Code
      225. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to introduce a scheme for persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5080/18]
    • Agriculture Scheme Data
      226. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the cost of increasing the grant rate available for low emissions slurry spreading equipment to 60%. [5173/18]
    • GLAS Payments
      227. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a GLAS 2016 payment will issue to a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay in rectifying the issue with regard to...
    • Agriculture Scheme Payments
      229. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if payments to a person (details supplied) will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5010/18]
    • Knowledge Transfer Programme
      230. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to problems with issued knowledge transfer payments particularly for partnership farms; the steps he...
    • GLAS Payments
      231. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a Green, Low-Carbon, Agri-Environment Scheme, GLAS, payment for a person (details supplied); when the payment will...
    • Flood Relief Schemes Payments
      232. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal under the Inishowen flood relief measure 2017; and if he...
    • Internal Audits
      233. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute...
    • Agrifood Sector
      234. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline the outcome of recent discussions he had with the European Agriculture and Trade Commissioners on the need to protect the...
    • Information and Communications Technology
      235. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out in tabular form the amount expended by his Department on information technology infrastructure by hardware and software in...
    • Live Exports
      236. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out the number of live cattle exports per head to each country in 2016 and 2017; the WTO tariff that would apply for live...
    • Brexit Issues
      237. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out the WTO tariff that would apply to seafood exports to the UK in the absence of a trade agreement being formalised between...
    • Beef Data and Genomics Programme
      238. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out the number of herdowners who have outstanding genomic samples to submit under the beef data and genomics scheme. [5155/18]
    • TAMS Expenditure
      239. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline the outcome for the Exchequer and European funds committed to the TAMS 2 scheme, whereby approved applications that have...
    • TAMS Administration
      240. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline his views on the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's spending review of the TAMS 2 scheme (details supplied)...
    • GLAS Expenditure
      241. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline the budget allocation for GLAS in 2017; the amount of funding expended; and the budget allocation for 2018. [5158/18]
    • Knowledge Transfer Programme
      242. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding a farm scheme. [5159/18]
    • EU Directives
      243. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline his views on the conditions and criteria associated with the renewal of Ireland's nitrates derogation 2018 to 2021; and...
    • Agriculture Schemes
      244. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to outline his views on having a yellow card approach for cross-compliance inspections as pertains with land eligibility checks. [5161/18]
    • Forestry Data
      245. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine to set out in tabular form the percentage of agricultural land in each county that has been planted with forestry to date. [5162/18]
    • Herd Data
      246. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of suckler herd numbers per county in each of the years 2010 to 2017, in tabular form; and the number of suckler farmers...
    • Forestry Data
      247. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the planting targets in hectares in each of the years 2010 to 2017, in tabular form; the number of hectares planted in each year; and...
    • Forestry Sector
      248. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to concerns expressed by farming groups regarding the decision taken by the Forest Service to...
    • Trade Agreements
      249. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the reports that the European Commission is to propose a yearly tariff rate quota of 90,000 tonnes of beef, 20,000...
    • Animal Slaughtering Standards
      250. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the sentiments expressed by persons (details supplied) with the policy of some meat factories and his Department to...
    • Fur Farming
      251. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if there have been new applications for fur farming licences in the past 12 months. [5219/18]
    • Road Safety
      253. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the details of the regulation on sulky racing. [5238/18]
    • Apprenticeship Data
      254. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit by gender in tabular form; and...
  • Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
    • Litter Pollution
      255. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the measures his Department has in place to address roadside littering; and if he will make a statement on the matter....
    • Postal Codes
      257. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of a new Eircode (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5033/18]
    • Professional Qualifications
      258. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on an organisation's (details supplied) endeavours to be included in updated regulations in view of the...
    • Radioactive Waste
      259. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the contact that has been made with the British Government and his views on a recent consultation in Britain with...
    • Internal Audits
      260. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by...
    • Broadband Service Provision
      261. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Communications Market Regulation
      265. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on providing the Commission for Communications Regulation with enhanced powers to address compliance issues...
    • Energy Prices
      267. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the action he is taking to address the problem of higher utility charges for persons with pre-pay meters and the lack...
    • Waste Management Regulations
      268. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the position regarding the establishment of a regulator for the waste industry. [5231/18]
    • Apprenticeship Data
      269. To ask the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit, by gender, in...
  • Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
    • Coast Guard Services
      270. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he is satisfied that the Coast Guard is not defined as a principal response agency in view of it being the body with the apparent...
    • Rail Services Provision
      271. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the overcrowding issues on peak rail services on the Docklands M3 Parkway route will be addressed; if more carriages will be added to...
    • Pension Provisions
      272. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to ensure that CIÉ makes funding available to the 10,000 active members of its two pension schemes for independent legal...
    • Taxi Regulations
      282. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which taxi drivers were informed of the need to recalibrate and seal their meters for the new fare regime which will come into...
    • Córas Iompair Éireann
      283. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if correspondence (details supplied) will be examined regarding the CIÉ pension scheme; and if he will make a statement on the...
    • Dublin Airport Authority
      284. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the income and profit on parking at Dublin Airport for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5085/18]
    • Internal Audits
      288. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute of...
    • Driver Licences
      292. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a replacement French driver’s licence or international version thereof can be provided in case of a person (details supplied);...
    • Road Projects Status
      295. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the planning permission for the proposed Narrow Water bridge is still valid and effective; the communication he has had with the...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      296. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit, by gender, in tabular form; and...
  • Department of Children and Youth Affairs
    • Education Welfare Service
      297. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the provisions being put in place in terms of access to schools (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if she will make a statement on...
    • Child and Family Agency Investigations
      298. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if all private providers of community based residential services operated by or on behalf of Tusla are inspected annually by Tusla...
    • Child and Family Agency Funding
      299. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 1505 of 16 January 2018 and the answer thereto provided by Tusla, the way in which the more than...
    • Affordable Childcare Scheme
      300. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the steps she is taking to ensure that persons on zero and variable hour contracts are eligible for subsidies under the single affordable...
    • Internal Audits
      301. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute of...
    • Child Care Law Reporting Project
      302. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the latest report of the Child Care Law Reporting Project; her views on its content; the steps she plans...
    • Child and Family Agency Services
      303. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the timeframe for the implementation of a secure, encrypted, online submission facility for Tusla referrals in view of the fact that at...
    • Child and Family Agency Staff
      306. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of Tusla staff who have been provided with formal training in their rights and obligations under data protection legislation...
    • Data Protection
      307. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of the third party organisations contracted by Tusla to provide services that have a formal data processor contract in place...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      308. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in her Department and State agencies under her remit by gender in tabular form; and if...
  • Department of Rural and Community Development
    • Charities Regulation
      309. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if a reply will issue to a query from a person (details supplied) relating to the income threshold for voluntary organisations and...
    • Walks Scheme
      310. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to have the Hymany Way section from Portumna to Aughrim and from Aughrim to Ballygar included as part of the walk scheme...
    • Internal Audits
      311. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the Institute...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      312. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit by gender in tabular form; and...
    • Dog Breeding Industry
      313. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the way in which is it possible for an unregistered dog breeding enterprise (details supplied) to operate without planning permission...
  • Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection
    • Civil Registration Service
      314. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to amend the Civil Registration Act 2004 to enable notaries public to solemnise marriages in civil wedding...
    • Working Family Payment Data
      315. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of Army personnel who received family income supplement in 2017 and to date in 2018. [4991/18]
    • Housing Assistance Payment Administration
      317. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if rent supplement will continue to be paid to those persons whose landlords refuse to enter the housing assistance payment...
    • Maternity Leave
      318. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if during maternity leave, there are protections for self-employed women; and the mechanisms in place for them to make...
    • JobPath Programme
      319. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on issues raised by a person (details supplied) regarding JobPath; and if she will make a statement on the matter....
    • State Pension (Contributory)
      320. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to the fact that under the proposed total contributions approach to pensions, persons who...
    • Córas Iompair Éireann
      323. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to problems with the Córas Iompair Éireann, CIÉ, pension schemes; and the...
    • State Pension (Contributory)
      324. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the pension entitlements of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed; the entitlement of the person; and if she will...
    • Social Insurance Payments
      325. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding PRSI contributions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5083/18]
    • Disability Allowance Applications
      326. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made in respect of a disability allowance application by a person (details supplied) in County...
    • Invalidity Pension Applications
      327. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if an invalidity pension will be approved in the case of a person (details supplied). [5086/18]
    • Córas Iompair Éireann
      328. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her attention has been drawn to the fact that Córas Iompair Éireann submitted severely flawed funding...
    • Internal Audits
      330. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if her Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the...
    • Carer's Benefit Applications
      331. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the waiting time to process a carer's benefit application; and if she is satisfied with the level of staffing in the carer's...
    • Money Advice and Budgeting Service
      332. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on the latest developments regarding the restructuring of the existing 51 local MABS companies into eight regional...
    • Pension Provisions
      333. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the entitlements of State contributory pension recipients who were self-employed and in receipt of farm assist payments...
    • Household Benefits Scheme
      335. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the steps she is taking to ensure that more companies other than just a company (details supplied) are allowed to deduct the...
    • Social Welfare Benefits Data
      336. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of recipients of family income support by county in each of the years 2011 to 2017 in tabular form. [5245/18]
    • Apprenticeship Data
      337. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in her Department and State agencies under her remit by gender in tabular...
  • Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
    • Fire Service Staff
      338. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the mandatory retirement age for firefighters; and if he will make a...
    • Mortgage Lending
      339. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the position regarding the application of the Central Bank's loan-to-income rules in the new Rebuilding Ireland home loan...
    • Local Authority Assets
      340. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he has engaged with Dublin City Council regarding the best use of the lands at a location (details supplied). [4987/18]
    • Home Loan Scheme
      341. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the amount of funding being made available to Donegal County Council for the home loan scheme; the estimated number of persons...
    • Irish Water Administration
      342. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when the legislation or regulation needed to make Irish Water accountable to the Comptroller and Auditor General will be put...
    • Internal Audits
      343. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the...
    • Fire Stations Provision
      344. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government when funding will be provided to Monaghan County Council for the provision of a new fire station in Ballybay, County Monaghan....
    • Credit Union Services
      345. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the timeframe for the establishment of a new financial vehicle to allow credit unions invest in the provision of social...
    • Approved Housing Bodies
      346. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government his views on the re-classification of approved housing bodies as part of general government expenditure; the impact on the...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      348. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in his Department and State agencies under his remit, by gender, in tabular...
    • Voluntary Sector
      349. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he or officials in his Department have played a part or have attempted to interfere, limit or prevent voluntary sector...
    • Housing Assistance Payment Eligibility
      350. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he will address an anomaly in the housing assistance payment, HAP, whereby properties which were provided under the former...
  • Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
    • Shooting Rights
      351. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason for the delay in processing applications for shooting deer; the reason they are issued for a short length of time...
    • Internal Audits
      352. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Department has completed an external quality assurance assessment of its internal audit function as required by the...
    • National Raised Bog Management Plan
      353. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of Moanveanlagh bog (details supplied) County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [5138/18]
    • EU Directives
      354. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on proposals by an organisation (details supplied) regarding the implementation of the EU birds and habitats directive....
    • National Parks and Wildlife Service
      355. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the cost of restoring the National Parks and Wildlife Service, NPWS, farm plan scheme to the scale that operated in funding and...
    • Apprenticeship Data
      356. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of persons enrolled in apprenticeships in her Department and State agencies under her remit, by gender, in tabular...