120. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the CSO was misrecording personal details when inputting census returns, in particular surnames and personal names which contained fadas; if such practices will cease; and the steps he will take to correct the recorded data to date. (Question 15800/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Central Statistics Office Administration)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh) (Deputy Joe McHugh): CSO collects first names and surnames on census questionnaires to ensure that the full population is counted on the night of the census and to assist census enumerators in checking that all relevant questions have been answered on the census forms.
It is incorrect to assert that CSO misrecorded personal details in processing the census returns. CSO accurately records an image of every census questionnai...

121. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den Taoiseach an raibh sé ar an eolas go raibh foireann de chuid na Príomh-Oifige Staidrimh ag ionchur sonraí pearsanta sa Daonáireamh is déanaí go mícheart trí shíntí fada a fhágáil ar lár; an aontaíonn sé go bhfuil an cleachtas seo i gcoinne na Gaeilge agus teangacha eile ina n-úsáidtear síntí fada nó siombailí eile i litriú a n-ainmneacha pearsanta agus a sloinnte; an eiseoidh sé treoir go bhfuil sé seo mídhleathach agus ag teacht salach ar ról na foirne maidir le taifead beacht ar shonraí Dhaonáireamh 2016 a stóráil; agus an ndéanfaidh sé an cheist a phlé. (Question 15801/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Seirbhísí trí Ghaeilge)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): Bailíonn an Phríomh-Oifig Staidrimh túsainmneacha agus sloinnte ar cheistneoirí daonáirimh chun a chinntiú go ndéantar an daonra iomlán a chomhaireamh ar oíche an daonáirimh agus chun cabhrú le háiritheoirí daonáirimh le linn dóibh deimhin a dhéanamh de gur freagraíodh gach ceist ar na foirmeacha daonáirimh.
Tá sé mícheart a rá go ndearna an Phríomh-Oifig Staidrimh míthaifeadadh ar mhionsonraí pearsanta le linn tuairisceái...

160. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the running and maintenance costs of Columb Barracks, Mullingar, across headings (details supplied). (Question 16066/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Army Barracks Closures)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Since the closure of Columb Barracks in 2012, my Department has explored a number of avenues to try and secure its long term future for the benefit of the local community. Government Departments and other Public Bodies, including Westmeath County Council, have been invited to declare an interest in acquiring the property. However no interest has been expressed from any of these bodies.
In May 2016 officials from my Department at...

211. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Finance if VAT charges will be removed from the rental of disability aids during the interim period when the person is awaiting the delivery or installation of same; the reason that when disability aids are purchased, they are exempted from VAT but VAT is charged when hiring disability aids; and his views on whether this charge should be removed or reimbursed to persons who had to await delivery and installation of the disability aid. (Question 16067/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Tax Code)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am advised by The Revenue Commissioners that the VAT rating of goods and services is subject to EU VAT law, with which Irish VAT law must comply. In accordance with the EU VAT Directive, the supply of the rental of a disability aid is considered to be a service of hiring and is liable to VAT at the standard rate, currently 23%. The VAT Directive provides for particular categories of goods and services to which a Member State may apply a lower VA...

387. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision has been made on the future patronage and-or ethos of the proposed new secondary school for Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6W. (Question 15595/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Patronage)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy will be aware, I announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next 4 years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide, demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the 4-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure.
With regard to demand for partic...

388. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna an bhfuil aon iniúchadh déanta ag a Roinn maidir le Gaelscoil a bhunú i mBaile Átha Cliath 12; agus mura bhfuil, cad iad na céimeanna atá sé ag dul a ghlacadh chun freastal ar an éileamh ar an nGaelscolaíocht sa cheantar. (Question 15596/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Scoileanna Lán-Ghaeilge)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Tógfaidh mé Ceisteanna Uimh. 388 agus 389 le chéile.
Mar a bheidh sé ar eolas ag an Ionadaí, d’fhógair mé pleananna chun 42 scoil úr a bhunú thar na 4 bliana amach romhainn (2019 go 2022), lena n-áirítear iarbhunscoil úr a bhunófar in 2020 agus bunscoil úr a bhunófar in 2019 chun freastal ar limistéir phleanála scoile Bhaile Átha Cliath 6_Cluain Sceach & ar Bhaile Átha Cliath_6W (ina gcuimsítear cuid de cheantar poist Bhaile Átha Cliath...

389. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna an bhfuil aon iniúchadh déanta ag a Roinn maidir le Gaelcholáiste a bhunú i mBaile Átha Cliath 8, 10 nó 12; agus mura bhfuil, cad iad na céimeanna atá sé ag dul a ghlacadh chun Gaelscolaíocht ar an dara leibhéal a chur ar fáil do dhaltaí sa cheantar atá á lorg agus ar gá dóibh faoi láthair taisteal amach as an gceantar chun freastal ar Ghaelcholáiste. (Question 15597/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Scoileanna Lán-Ghaeilge)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Tógfaidh mé Ceisteanna Uimh. 388 agus 389 le chéile.
Mar a bheidh sé ar eolas ag an Ionadaí, d’fhógair mé pleananna chun 42 scoil úr a bhunú thar na 4 bliana amach romhainn (2019 go 2022), lena n-áirítear iarbhunscoil úr a bhunófar in 2020 agus bunscoil úr a bhunófar in 2019 chun freastal ar limistéir phleanála scoile Bhaile Átha Cliath 6_Cluain Sceach & ar Bhaile Átha Cliath_6W (ina gcuimsítear cuid de cheantar poist Bhaile Átha Cliath...

634. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the status of the reversal of the Haddington Road agreement under the financial emergency measures (details supplied). (Question 15658/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health Services Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 to 2020 is an extension of the Lansdowne Road Agreement and applies for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020.  Provisions of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (and earlier agreements as appropriate) continue to apply, save where varied by this agreement.  
Within this agreement, it has been provided that an opportunity shall be offered to public health service employees to permanently revert to pre-Haddin...

940. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) is waiting for surgery while receiving chemotherapy; and when this operation will be expedited. (Question 16247/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Procedures)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual. 
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managin...

98. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the Acts under which city and county sheriffs derive their powers of seizure or repossession; and his plans to codify those powers in single legislation. (Question 13440/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the Enforcement of Court Orders Act 1926 sets out the functions and powers of the Sheriff.  Section 12 of the Court Officers Act 1945 relates to the appointment of the Sheriff.
I should add that section 133 of the Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 abolished the sheriff’s powers to seize a tenancy under a writ of fieri facias or other process of execution except in relation to a tenancy of land t...

31. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the timeframe for implementation of the recent decision of the European Committee of Social Rights on the collective bargaining rights of Defence Forces personnel. (Question 10465/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: What steps does the Department intend to take following the decision in February by the European Committee of Social Rights on the granting of collective bargaining rights to members of the Defence Forces? How does the Minister of State intend to implement the decision?
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37. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on the development of a new anti-malarial drug, tafenoquine (details supplied); the measures he will take to ensure that this drug is safe; and his plans to ensure that it is not prescribed to Defence Forces personnel unless it has been established that it is appropriate for prescription. (Question 10200/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Medicinal Products)

Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh: This question is a follow up on an issue I have been raising for a number of years in this Chamber, namely, the administration of anti-malarial drugs by the Defence Forces on unsuspecting soldiers. Following on from the withdrawal of the sale of Lariam in Ireland by Roche Products (Ireland) Limited, I am seeking a commitment from the Minister of State that no new drug will not be provided to the Defence Forces unless it has been deemed safe, taking into account the exp...

49. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the procurement schedule for military hardware for the next five years; the budgetary allocation; the equipment to be purchased; and the suppliers for hardware and ammunition to the Defence Forces. (Question 10201/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My priority as Minister with Responsibility for Defence is to ensure that the operational capability of the Defence Forces is maintained to the greatest extent possible so as to enable the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service to carry out their roles as assigned by Government. 
The acquisition of new equipment and equipment upgrades for the Defence Forces remains a clear focus for me, and the White Paper on Defence recognises that ...

54. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has met or plans to meet with the whistleblower that produced the protected disclosure outlining the deaths of 56 members of the Defence Forces. (Question 10203/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I appointed an independent third party to review allegations made in a number of protected disclosures relating to health and safety issues in the Air Corps which were received in late 2015 and early 2016.
I sent the report of the independent third party to those who had made disclosures for their views.  I have also received further correspondence from one of the individuals, setting out concerns in relation to a series of deat...

58. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the implications of the decision to approve participation in the German-led EU battle group. (Question 10202/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - EU Battle Groups)

Deputy Mick Wallace: Again, we are facing the prospect of Irish troops taking part in an EU battle group. It has been reported that the Army Rangers will be taking part in their first overseas deployment since the peacekeeping mission in Chad in 2008. Will the Minister of State outline the range of military equipment that our forces will be using? How does he consider that such training and activity is compliant with Ireland’s role as a neutral country?
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69. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the allocation to his Department for the purposes of recruitment of Defence Forces personnel in 2018; and if he has requested an additional allocation to meet the costs of recruitment in the Defence Forces. (Question 10204/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 69 together.
It is anticipated that in the region of 800 personnel, comprising of General Service Recruits, Apprentices, Cadets and Direct Entry Officers will be recruited to the Permanent Defence Force in 2018. A competition for Air Corps Aircraft Technicians was launched on 2 March 2018 and plans for the initiation of further competitions are currently being finalised. 
The White Paper ...

8. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his views on whether protected disclosures in which it is alleged that health and safety inspection reports were destroyed as part of a cover-up within the Air Corps were made in good faith; his further views on whether the motivation of the persons that submitted these disclosures is for the well being of members of the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12251/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Protected Disclosures)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I treat all correspondence received in relation to the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 seriously and examine the issue based on the substance of the matter not on questions of motivation.  
In relation to allegations of destruction of reports, I requested a report from the Chief of Staff on the actions taken on foot of the allegation. He informed me that the officer named met with the General Officer Commanding the Air Corps. Th...

16. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to provide overtime payments to members of the Defence Forces that recently worked in excess of their contracted hours during Storm Emma; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12714/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): All the available resources and capabilities of the Defence Forces were at the disposal of the principal response agencies in reaction to the recent extreme weather event.  In this regard, the Defence Forces and Civil Defence made a substantial and coordinated contribution to local efforts on a national basis.
Unlike other areas of the Public Service and due to the nature of the duties performed, overtime payments are not availa...

17. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of counties in which the Civil Defence was not deployed or partially deployed during Storm Emma due to lack of training or health and safety concerns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12715/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Civil Defence Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Defence is charged with the management and development of Civil Defence at national level. The Department provides policy direction, centralised training through the Civil Defence College, administrative support and guidance and centralised procurement of major items of uniform and equipment in support of local authority Civil Defence efforts.
Civil Defence services are delivered through the Civil Defence Offi...

18. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of persons on the waiting list to join the Civil Defence by local authority; the reason for the delay in providing the training to those on the list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12716/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Civil Defence Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Defence is charged with the management and development of Civil Defence at national level. The Department provides policy direction, centralised training through the Civil Defence College, administrative support and guidance and centralised procurement of major items of uniform and equipment in support of local authority Civil Defence efforts.
Civil Defence services are delivered through the Civil Defence Offi...

19. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount allocated to each local authority over each of the past ten years for the provision of training for new Civil Defence recruits in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12717/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Civil Defence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department provides an annual operational grant to each local authority to cover 70% of the running costs for Civil Defence, up to a set limit.  The local authority must provide the remaining 30% and may provide additional funding over and above this at their own discretion.  The running costs include the Civil Defence Officer salary, accommodation running costs, vehicle upkeep and maintenance, local training etc.
Civil Defen...

20. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence when his Department will respond to correspondence (details supplied) in relation to the service record of a former soldier; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12718/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Departmental Correspondence)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department has no record of having received a letter dated 31 January 2018 in respect of the details provided. If the Deputy wishes to submit a copy of the letter to me, my Department will prepare a reply.
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247. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the agreed contracts to provide educational courses through ETBs that have been awarded to an organisation (details supplied) since its inception; the courses across each ETB area; the certification level of the courses provided; the duration of the contracts awarded; and when they are due to be re-tendered in tabular form. (Question 12466/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Education and Training Boards)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): The National Learning Network (NLN) is the largest of 17 providers of Specialist Vocational Training under the Specialist Training Provider programme.  The NLN provides approximately 80% of places under this programme in 30 different centres. The balance of the total provision is delivered by 16 other providers. The provision of the service by the NLN had been a long standing contracted arrangement with FAS and...

360. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for an entry visa; and when they can expect a decision on their case. (Question 12834/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Visa Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a visa has been issued to the individual in question.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose.  This service enables up to date information on such cases to be obtaine...

468. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if a weekly home care package will be reinstated in the case of a person (details supplied); and the reason it was not provided in view of the fact that the HSE stated that the person requires the care. (Question 12034/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Home Care Packages Provision)

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.
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