21. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta cé mhéad airgead atá caite ar an bpleanáil teanga sa Ghaeltacht gach bliain ó 2011; cé mhéad atá caite go dáta i mbliana; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 20205/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Pleanáil Teanga)

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: In ainneoin go ndúirt an tAire liom ar an 24 Aibreán seo caite go raibh rud éigin ar nós €2.7 milliún ceadaithe don phleanáil teanga, is léir ó eolas atá curtha amach ag Údarás na Gaeltachta nár chaitheadh ach €644,000 ar an bpleanáil teanga idir 2011 agus 2017, agus go raibh an caiteachas ar fad eile ag baint le rudaí eile a bhí ann ariamh. An féidir leis an Aire Stáit a dheimhniú gurb é €644,000 a bhí i gceist sa bhliain 2017? Cé mhéad a chaithfear ar phleanáil teanga in...

27. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta cé mhéad a chaithfear ar aeriompar chuig na hoileáin i mbliana; cad iad na hoileáin atá i gceist; an dtabharfaidh sí an briseadh síos ar an gcaiteachas; an bhfuil sí sásta le caighdeán na seirbhísí atá á gcur ar fáil; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 19997/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Seirbhísí Aeir Fóirdheonaithe)

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: Tá mé ag iarraidh a fháil amach ón Aire Stáit cé mhéad atá de chaitheamh ar aeriompar chuig na hoileáin. Caithfear tabhairt san áireamh an titim ollmhór atá ar líon na bpaisinéirí atá ag úsáid na seirbhísí go háirithe mar go bhfuil an tseirbhís i bhfad níos measa agus níos teoranta ná mar a bhíodh sé. Nuair a ghlaonn daoine ag iarraidh dul ar an eitleán, deirtear go bhfuil an t-eitleán lán.
 ...

57. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the cross part advisory the decade of centenaries all party committee will be re-established; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19996/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 46, 57 and 61 together.
In the lead up to the State’s commemoration of the centenary of the events of 1916, the All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations proved very constructive. The Group’s input will also be beneficial in informing the State Commemorative Programme for the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries.
Last September, my predecessor Minister Humphreys, wrote to the Ceann ...

218. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for the delay in giving full effect to the decision of the Agriculture Appeals Office on an appeal lodged by a farmer (details supplied) in County Galway on 7 March 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20254/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Agriculture Scheme Appeals)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department notes the decision of the Agriculture Appeals Office in this case and is working now to give full effect to the appeal outcome. 
 ...

274. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the unrealistic repayment plans being forced upon HAP recipients who find themselves in arrears on their HAP rent contribution account and face having their HAP payments suspended if they cannot comply in view of the fact that HAP recipients are on this payment due to their low income; if an amendment will be made to guidelines pertaining to repayment plans in order that HAP recipients can enter a repayment plan that is within their individual financial resources; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20338/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Housing Assistance Payment)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme is a flexible and immediate housing support that is now available to all eligible households throughout the State. There are currently just over 36,000 households having their housing needs met via HAP and some 20,000 separate landlords and agents currently in receipt of HAP payments. A weekly average of 357 HAP tenancies are been set-up during 2018. 
HAP is a form of social ho...

500. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an ndéanfaidh sí pobal na Gaeilge i nGlas Naíon, Baile Átha Cliath a chosaint ó dhochar a d’fhéadfadh tógáil MetroLink a tharraingt orthu, ó tharla go bhfuil sé beartaithe suíomh mór tógála a thógáil in aice le Scoil Mobhí agus Scoil Chaitríona; an raibh comhráite aici le pobal Gaeilge na háite faoin gceist agus leis an Aire Iompair agus le BIÉ; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 20009/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Clár Bonneagair agus Infheistíochta Caipitil)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tuigfidh an Teachta nach bhfuil aon ról reachtúil agam maidir leis an gceist seo.  Tá curtha in iúl dom, áfach, go bhfuil an tÚdarás Náisiúnta Iompar, i gcomhar le Bonneagar Iompar Éireann tar éis tús a chur le próiseas comhairliúcháin phoiblí chun an bealach atá molta faoi láthair do MetroLink a phlé.
Leanfaidh an chéim seo den phróiseas comhairliúcháin go 11 Bealtaine 2018 agus táthar ag iarraidh io...

16. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans for the roll out of the RAPID programme in the coming years; the method by which he will ensure that RAPID funding is spent for the benefit of the persons living in RAPID areas; the method by which the programme will leverage actions and funding from other Departments towards the RAPID areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19154/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - RAPID Programme)

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: Contrary to a sometimes popular perception, the reality is that the most deprived communities in the State are in urban areas. Many of them are in this city, even though we are told it is a very successful one, but they are also in towns around the country. How is the Minister going to ensure that the RAPID programme helps the most disadvantaged communities and does not get spread out into more affluent areas?
 ...

18. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he is in discussions with other Departments regarding the transfer of further rural and community functions and schemes to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19155/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Departmental Functions)

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: It is a tragedy that when the Minister’s Department was established, it was given so few functions. Some 99% or 99.5% of the functions and spend in rural Ireland do not come within the Department’s remit; therefore, despite the Minister’s best efforts, his effect on the well-being of rural Ireland is, by definition, limited. Has he asked for more powers and functions? There are functions in other Departments which should rightly have been transferred to the Minister’s Dep...

21. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to expand the community services programme over the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19101/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Community Services Programme)

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: I am delighted that the Minister has got the community services programme back, although I am very disappointed to hear he did not get the staff. It often seems that Departments run their operations as if they were independent empires rather than part of a collective Government, although that is not the Minister’s fault. My question concerns the plans to expand this scheme. There are many community facilities that are not used to their potential and many tourist facilitie...

30. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans for the development of rural recreation in 2018; his plans to revamp Comhairle na Tuaithe; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19102/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Rural Recreation Scheme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department delivers a number of programmes that support the development of recreational facilities in rural areas and I will continue to deliver on these initiatives in 2018.
For example, the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme supports the development, maintenance, enhancement and promotion of recreational infrastructure, including walking trails, greenways, and blueways in rural Ireland.  This scheme plays an important...

32. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when the new Dormant Account Fund plan will be published; his plans to increase spending in the coming years under the plan in view of the accumulated funding in the Dormant Account Fund, excluding the reserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19103/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Dormant Accounts Fund Administration)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department commenced the process of preparing the 2018 Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan in February.  In order to initiate the process, I wrote to Ministers in February requesting that their Departments identify potential projects or programmes which might be included in the Action Plan.  
Following the receipt of initial proposals from other Departments and agencies, my Department has undertaken a series of bilateral meetin...

43. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when the next request for applications under the community facilities fund will be made; if eligibility for the fund is limited to certain areas; the fund available in 2018 in his Department’s estimates for the development of community facilities under the fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19100/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Communities Facilities Scheme Applications)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Communities Facilities Scheme (CFS) was launched in 2017 with a budget for that year of €2 million. An allocation of €2 million has again been made available in 2018. The scheme supports community participation and involvement nationwide by helping grassroots community projects get underway or take the next step towards completion. 
Under the scheme, community and voluntary groups across the country can apply for grants to...

50. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the latest date by which all Leader funding will be approved for projects under the Leader Programme 2014 to 2020; the amount available for projects under the programme; the percentage and amount of the project funding allocated to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19099/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Leader Programmes Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): LEADER is a multi-annual EU co-funded programme to support rural development.  Ireland has an allocation of €250 million under the programme over the period 2014-2020, including both national and EU funding. The programme is administered by Local Action Groups (LAGs) who deliver funding in accordance with Local Development Strategies that have been produced for each LAG area. Projects can continue to be approved under the prog...

139. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a payment under the 2017 GLAS scheme has not issued to a farmer (details supplied) in view of the fact that they have been informed that the GLAS claim is cleared for payment; if his attention has been drawn to the financial burden being placed on farmers as a result of the delay in issuing GLAS payments in a timely manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19188/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 3 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2017. 
This applicant has not yet submitted the required Nutrient Management Plan and the Commonage Management Plan and thus payments cannot be made. Both he and his advisor have been advised to submit both Plans immediately to ensure further payments and indeed participation in the scheme. 
 ...

108. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if consideration is being given to reducing the turnover requirements for public tenders to ensure that smaller suppliers of goods and services are not unnecessarily precluded from tendering for projects, to encourage more competition and to allow local companies bid for contracts in their own area, particularly in rural Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18670/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Public Procurement Regulations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The assessment of a tenderer’s financial and economic standing is a key part of any procurement process. Establishing the appropriate suitability criteria that are relevant and appropriate to a particular contract is, of course, a matter for the contracting authority concerned. This is because the contracting authority is in the best position to gauge the appropriate levels of financial capacity that are appropriate to the need...

109. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a date has been set for a meeting of the high-level forum on community employment supervisors pensions in view of the urgent need for a resolution of this matter in line with the recommendation of the Labour Court; if a meeting date has been set; when this matter will come to a conclusion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18671/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Community Employment Schemes Supervisors)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 103, 109 to 111, inclusive, and 120 together.
I would refer the Deputy to my response to PQ 54985/17 of 16 January 2018 and PQ 13684/18 of 27 March 2018.
 ...

116. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works will provide funds for coastal protection works in Leenane, County Galway, on foot of an application from Galway County Council for funding of such works; when a decision will be made on the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18932/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I have been advised by the Office of Public Works that the application submitted under its Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme by Galway County Council for flood relief works at Leenane Village is currently under consideration and the Council will be notified shortly.
 ...

137. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a building project to provide a permanent replacement school for a school (details supplied) will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18672/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that building projects for the two schools referred to by the Deputy are included in my Department’s 6 Year Construction Programme.
Site issues have arisen in respect of the projects in question and my Department is continuing to liaise with the school’s Patron in this regard. I understand that my Department is awaiting a suitable meeting date to be notified by the Patron to discuss the matter further.
 ...

328. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the action he plans to take on foot of a decision on an appeal lodged by a farmer (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18743/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Agriculture Scheme Appeals)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department notes the decision of the Agriculture Appeals Office in this case and is working now to give full effect to the appeal outcome.
 ...

59. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of prosecutions that have been taken against persons selling non-compliant high sulphur solid fuel in the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16266/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Fuel Sales)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Enforcement action against breaches of the Air Pollution Act (Marketing, Sale, Distribution and Burning of Specified Fuels) Regulations 2012, as amended, is a matter for Local Authorities and my Department does not compile statistics in relation to prosecutions taken or fines imposed.
These Regulations prohibit the placing on the market, sale or distribution of solid fuels for residential use within the State un...

405. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be issued with a date for a psychologist assessment; the reason for the delay in issuing a date for this appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17807/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Psychological Assessments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
 ...

425. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Health if adequate funding will be provided to an organisation (details supplied) in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17980/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
 ...

436. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a payment will issue to a farmer (details supplied) in County Galway under the 2017 GLAS scheme; the reason for the delay in issuing the payment; if his attention has been drawn to the financial burden being put on the person and others awaiting GLAS payments due to the fodder crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17572/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 3 with a contract commencement date of 1 January  2017.
In line with the requirements set out in the GLAS 3 Terms and Conditions, GLAS 3 nutrient management plans (NMP) were required to be submitted by 31 March 2018. This requirement has not been met in this case and until it is submitted, the person named is considered ineligible for a payment.  They should speak immediately to their a...

437. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment will issue to a farmer (details supplied) in County Galway under the 2017 GLAS scheme; the reason for the delay in issuing the payment in view of the fact that there is no issue with the person’s GLAS plan; if his attention has been drawn to the financial burden on the person and others awaiting GLAS payments due to the fodder crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17573/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The above named was approved into GLAS 2 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016 and has received all payments in respect of the 2016 scheme year.
Administrative checks involving a number of sections within the Department take place on all GLAS claims. All cases must clear validation checks before payment can issue. Department officials are working proactively to complete the checks in this case. Once this case cle...

578. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if there was an increase in line with the social welfare increases in budget 2018 for persons in receipt of social welfare on the job initiative scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17883/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Jobs Initiative)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): As part of Budget 2018 my Department increased the grant aid to Job Initiative participants by €10 per week, effective from 26 March 2018. This brings the participants personal payment rate to €441.00 per week. 
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.
 ...