64. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the per-client fee that Seetec or Turas Nua will receive at the different stages. (Question 46030/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Kevin Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 64 and 65 together. 
JobPath is a new approach to employment activation that will support people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. Following the completion of a public procurement process, two companies were selected to provide the JobPath service - Turas Nua and Seetec.
It is not intended to...

65. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the per-client fee for the harder-to-place category and for the easier-to-place category. (Question 46031/15 asked on 17 Dec 2015 - JobPath Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Kevin Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 64 and 65 together. 
JobPath is a new approach to employment activation that will support people who are long-term unemployed and those most at risk of becoming long-term unemployed to secure and sustain paid employment. Following the completion of a public procurement process, two companies were selected to provide the JobPath service - Turas Nua and Seetec.
It is not intended to...

653. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of the expenditure on making public transport wheelchair accessible in each of the past five years (Question 45174/15 asked on 15 Dec 2015 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department provides funding to the National Transport Authority (NTA) for the development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) which includes a rolling programme of bus replacement and refurbishment of the Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann PSO fleets both in the GDA and nationally.
Wheelchair Accessibility is built into all new public transport infrastructure projects and vehicles from the design stage...

139. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health the expected cost in 2015 of purchasing medical procedures, consultations, operations and after care from private hospital facilities and of addressing the various lengthening waiting lists in adult and children’s hospitals, the type and number of these, and the equivalent spend in 2014. (Question 44446/15 asked on 10 Dec 2015 - Hospitals Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and my officials will follow the matter up.
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55. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an gcuirfidh sí an t-eolas is deireanaí maidir leis an Straitéis 20 Bliain ar fáil agus cathain a bheidh sé ar fáil; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 43463/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Mar is eol don Teachta, is ar mo Roinnse atá an fhreagracht uileghabhálach an Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge 2010-2030 a chomhordú i gcomhar le páirtithe leasmhara éagsúla. Cuirtear é seo i gcrích tríd na struchtúir éagsúla, lena n-áirítear an Coiste Rialtais don Ghaeilge agus don Ghaeltacht, an Coiste Comhairleach, an Grúpa Idir-Rannach agus na grúpaí ardleibhéil éagsúla. Beidh an Straitéis 20 Bliain...

132. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the social protection payments a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 who has been unemployed for the past two years is eligible to receive. (Question 43988/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Social Welfare Benefits Eligibility)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all of the available evidence, has decided to allow the disability allowance appeal of the person concerned by way of a summary decision. The person concerned has been notified of the Appeals Officer’s decision. 
The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department a...

141. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of Intreo case workers employed to deal with customers between 16 and 25 years of age; the cost to the State of every case worker; the number of cases each case worker is assigned; if all offices have been converted to Intreo offices; and if not, which offices are remaining. (Question 44231/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Intreo Case Officers)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): At the end of October 2015, the total number of Case Officers (whole-time equivalents), including vacancies, stood at 554. The number of Case Officers assigned to a given area is kept under review in the context of local demand for services.
Case Officers provide activation and case management services to a range of clients, including jobseekers under 25 years of age. The number of clients assigned to an individual Case Officer ...

416. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if he will provide transport for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8. (Question 43951/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Disability Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Each Local Health Office area in the Health Service Executive (HSE) has a dedicated Disability Manager to coordinate the delivery of services to people with disabilities. It is open to the individual and their family to pursue this matter with the Disability Manager for their area who can be contacted at The Bungalow, Bru Chaoimhin, Cork Street, Dublin 8, telephone 01-4156564.
As the Deputy’s question relates to service matt...

282. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Chun a fhiafraí den Aire Gaeltachta cad é an líon post i Roinn na Gaeltachta atá folamh, cad iad na poist atá i gceist, cé chomh fada is atá siad folamh agus cad iad na céimeanna atá á nglacadh aige chun na folúntais a líonadh. (Question 43350/15 asked on 03 Dec 2015 - Folúntais Foirne Rannacha)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Tá curtha in iúl dom nach bhfuil líon áirithe post ag mo Roinn. Déantar bearna a mheas, de réir mar a thagann siad chun cinn ar fud na Roinne, trí phróiseas pleanála don fhórsa oibre, ag féachaint go cuí do threoracha, treoirlínte agus ciorcláin ar sholáthar foirne ón Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe. Faoi láthair tá 50 ball foirne sannta do Rannán na Gaeltachta i mo Roinn. Tá soláthar foirne an rannáin faoi réi...

283. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta Chun a fhiafraí den Aire Gaeltachta cad é an líon post i bhForas na Gaeilge atá folamh, cad iad na poist atá i gceist, cé chomh fada is atá siad folamh agus cad iad na céimeanna atá á nglacadh aige chun na folúntais a líonadh. (Question 43351/15 asked on 03 Dec 2015 - Foras na Gaeilge)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): I dtosach báire, ba chóir dom a mheabhrú don Teachta go bhfuil Foras na Gaeilge mar áisíneacht den fhoras forfheidhmithe trasteorann, An Foras Teanga. Dá réir sin, tá na socruithe foirne cuí leagtha amach san Acht um Chomhaontú na Breataine-na hÉireann 1999. Go hachomair, tá Foras na Gaeilge freagrach as an gcúram earcaíochta faoi réir an líon agus struchtúr foirne atá ceadaithe ag na hAirí Airgeadais ...

284. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta Chun a fhiafraí den Aire Gaeltachta cad é an líon post in Údarás na Gaeltachta atá folamh, cad iad na poist atá i gceist, cé chomh fada is atá siad folamh agus cad iad na céimeanna atá á nglacadh aige chun na folúntais a líonadh. (Question 43352/15 asked on 03 Dec 2015 - Údarás na Gaeltachta)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh) (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tuigim ó Údarás na Gaeltachta go bhfuil líon iomlán foirne na heagraíochta ag an leibhéal atá údaraithe dóibh faoin gCreat um Rialú Fostaíochta agus dá réir sin níl aon fholúntas inlíonta san eagraíocht faoi láthair.
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175. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government while respecting the need to protect confidentiality, if he will provide a full report, without names or contact details and so on, on the tendering process for the modular housing in Poppintree in Ballymun, Dublin 11; the criteria agreed to assess applications; the number of applications expressing interest; the number of companies that made full applications; the comparative cost analysis of the different applications; who oversaw the process; the reason for choosing the successful tender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43166/15 asked on 02 Dec 2015 - Social and Affordable Housing Provision)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): My Department’s role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin the role of housing authorities in addressing homelessness at local level.  Statutory responsibility in relation to the provision of accommodation for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities and, in that context, the procurement matters raised in the Quest...

152. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the status of an application for a domiciliary care allowance by a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; when a decision will issue. (Question 42603/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Domiciliary Care Allowance Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): An application for domiciliary care allowance was received from the person concerned on the 11th December 2013. This application was not allowed as the child was not considered to satisfy the qualifying conditions for the allowance. A letter issued on the 18th February 2014 outlining the decision of the deciding officer to refuse the allowance.
A review of this decision was requested on 29th June 2015 and additional information o...

445. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if Crosscare has indicated to the Health Service Executive that it requires another agency to take over the delivery of the meals-on-wheels services in Dublin south inner city on its behalf, as a permanent measure. (Question 42785/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Meals-on-Wheels Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): I propose to take Questions Nos. 445 and 446 together.
As these are service matters they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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446. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if he has an alternative to the current temporary providers of meals-on-wheels in Dublin south inner city; when the Health Service Executive is going to establish a permanent provider of meals-on-wheels in this area. (Question 42786/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Meals-on-Wheels Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): I propose to take Questions Nos. 445 and 446 together.
As these are service matters they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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448. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health if a medical card will be re-instated for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 16. (Question 42812/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Medical Card Reviews)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, w...

534. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Skills the impact of the introduction of Quality and Qualifications Ireland fees on community-based education centres; if she has or if she will commission a regulatory impact assessment report. (Question 42810/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Quality and Qualifications Ireland Administration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): Re-engagement, or the formal agreement of quality assurance with Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), is a requirement for legacy providers under the 2012 Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act. The fees to be applied to legacy providers seeking to re-engage with QQI, such as the organisations referred to by the Deputy, have yet to be determined. The charging of fees to providers is integrally linked wit...

551. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government why there is such a delay in an application by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 4 for a home care grant. (Question 42787/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Housing Adaptation Grant Applications)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The Housing Adaptation Grant Schemes for Older People and People with a Disability are administered by local authorities, in this case Dublin City Council, with funding from my Department. There is no difficulty with funding availability under the schemes from my Department and I understand that Dublin City Council is in contact with the applicant in the matter. 
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571. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if a review (details supplied) on planning matters has been completed; when it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42636/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Planning Issues)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 571 and 583 together.
MacCabe Durney Barnes Consultants were appointed in February 2014 to carry out an independent planning review on the performance of planning functions having regard to specific planning issues in respect of six planning authorities (Carlow, Cork, Galway and Meath County Councils and Cork and Dublin City Councils) in accordance with section 255 of the Planning a...

583. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if a consultancy company (details supplied) was appointed in February 2014 to carry out an independent planning review on the performance of planning functions of the six selected planning authorities in Carlow, Cork, Galway and Meath County Councils, and in Cork and Dublin City Councils; if the review has been completed and when will it be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42811/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Planning Issues)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 571 and 583 together.
MacCabe Durney Barnes Consultants were appointed in February 2014 to carry out an independent planning review on the performance of planning functions having regard to specific planning issues in respect of six planning authorities (Carlow, Cork, Galway and Meath County Councils and Cork and Dublin City Councils) in accordance with section 255 of the Planning a...

638. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta cén fáth nach bhfuil scéim teanga i bhfeidhm ach ag 115 chomhlacht phoiblí as 400. (Question 42819/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Scéimeanna Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht(Deputy Joe McHugh): Tógfaidh mé ceisteanna 638, 639 agus 640 le chéile. 
Mar a thug mé le fios don Teachta i mo fhreagra ar Cheisteanna Dála 604 agus 608 ar an 24 Samhain 2015, tá 107 scéim teanga reatha i bhfeidhm agus tá 115 comhlacht poiblí clúdaithe faoi na scéimeanna sin. Clúdaíonn na scéimeanna teanga sin mórchuid na gcomhlachtaí poiblí a mbíonn plé idirghníomhach ag an phobal leo ar bhonn rialta, lena n-áirítear ranna...

639. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta an í an tAire féin atá freagrach as a chinntiú go bhfuil scéim aontaithe le gach comhlacht poiblí, de réir Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003. (Question 42820/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Scéimeanna Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht(Deputy Joe McHugh): Tógfaidh mé ceisteanna 638, 639 agus 640 le chéile. 
Mar a thug mé le fios don Teachta i mo fhreagra ar Cheisteanna Dála 604 agus 608 ar an 24 Samhain 2015, tá 107 scéim teanga reatha i bhfeidhm agus tá 115 comhlacht poiblí clúdaithe faoi na scéimeanna sin. Clúdaíonn na scéimeanna teanga sin mórchuid na gcomhlachtaí poiblí a mbíonn plé idirghníomhach ag an phobal leo ar bhonn rialta, lena n-áirítear ranna...

640. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta cad atá an tAire chun a dhéanamh chun a chinntiú go bhfuil scéim aontaithe le gach comhlacht poiblí agus cén dáta a bheidh seo déanta. (Question 42821/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Scéimeanna Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht(Deputy Joe McHugh): Tógfaidh mé ceisteanna 638, 639 agus 640 le chéile. 
Mar a thug mé le fios don Teachta i mo fhreagra ar Cheisteanna Dála 604 agus 608 ar an 24 Samhain 2015, tá 107 scéim teanga reatha i bhfeidhm agus tá 115 comhlacht poiblí clúdaithe faoi na scéimeanna sin. Clúdaíonn na scéimeanna teanga sin mórchuid na gcomhlachtaí poiblí a mbíonn plé idirghníomhach ag an phobal leo ar bhonn rialta, lena n-áirítear ranna...

390. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health why a medical card for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6W was revoked; and if it will be re-instated. (Question 41474/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Medical Card Eligibility)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, wh...

537. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when he will release the funding for the redevelopment of a park (details supplied) in Dublin 10; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41346/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Local Authority Functions)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): My Department issued approval to Dublin City Council on 13 August 2015 to proceed to tender stage for phase 1 of Labre Park Redevelopment, involving the reconstruction of three Traveller-Specific houses in Kylemore Grove, Labre Park. Funding in the amount of €499,400 in respect of the work has been approved. I understand from the Council that the closing date for receipt of tenders was...