36. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the public consultation into the way in which the significant events of the 1918 to 1923 period will be appropriately remembered will report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20142/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Decade of Centenaries public consultation process was launched by my predecessor, Minister Heather Humphreys T.D. in October of last year. The original closing date for receipt of submissions was 31st January 2018 and this was subsequently extended to 28th February.
The objective of this process was to give interested parties the opportunity to submit their views and ideas around how the events between 1918 and 1923 m...

71. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding that will be provided by the State to commemorate events following the public consultation into the way in which the significant events of the 1918 to 1923 period will be appropriately remembered; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20143/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Government’s approach to the remembrance of the significant historical events and themes of the period from 1918 to 1923 will continue to be informed by the guidance of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations. The Advisory Group has examined the submissions received under the public consultation process and is now considering the advice that it will provide to Government. 
In 2018 my Department is providing €850...

79. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if projects which were part of local infrastructure housing activation fund, LIHAF, 1 but which have not progressed will have to compete with other projects for funding as part of LIHAF 2; if they will be prioritised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19846/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): My Department issued the first call for proposals under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) to all local authorities in August 2016 and I have fully approved funding for 30 infrastructure projects at a cost of approximately €195 million.
As part of Budget 2018, I announced that an additional €50 million Exchequer funding will be available for a second LIHAF call. As was the case in the original LIHAF...

81. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the reason the local infrastructure housing activation fund, LIHAF, project at Ballincollig, County Cork has not advanced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19845/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): My Department will shortly issue the first call for proposals under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund (LIHAF) to all local authorities in August 2016. 34 projects received preliminary approval in March 2017. The project referred to was one of four projects that did not subsequently proceed from preliminary approval to final approval. 
Projects were given a specific period of time in which to secure requis...

9. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when legislation will be brought forward to give effect to the approach that will correct the anomalies relating to contributory pensions post 2012; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19251/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - State Pension (Contributory))

Acting Chairman (Deputy Eugene Murphy): Deputy Heydon has indicated that he wants Deputy Deering to take his question. I have no difficulty with that. I call Deputy Aindrias Moynihan to introduce his question.
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28. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the circumstances under which or the reason a person can avail of ten years credited contributions as distinct from the 20 years allowed for homemaking and caring duties regarding the forthcoming total contributions approach for the contributory pension; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19252/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - State Pension (Contributory))

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): PRSI contributions can be credited to people in a number of contexts, for example when in receipt of a Jobseekers or Illness benefit payments. Where applicable, these may be used towards PRSI-based social protection payments, including the State pension contributory (SPC). Not all classes of paid or credited contributions are reckonable for a State pension contributory, e.g., those of a civil servant who paid the re...

158. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment for an assessment of needs under the child and adolescent mental health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19361/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Psychological Assessments)

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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159. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment for an assessment of needs under the child and adolescent mental health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19362/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Psychological Assessments)

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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171. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health when a home help service granted to a person (details supplied) will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19409/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Home Help Service 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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221. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cost of issuing a motor tax disc on a quarterly, six monthly and annual basis which is paid for over the counter at a local authority office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19353/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Motor Tax)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 221 and 222 together.
The Comptroller and Auditor General published a Special Report on the administration and collection of motor tax in December 2016. The data compiled for the Report indicates that the average cost of processing a motor tax transaction in a local authority office is €10. The average cost for an online transaction is €5.
As each quarterly or half-yearly renewal of motor tax follow...

222. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the cost of issuing a motor tax disc on a quarterly, six monthly and annual basis when it is paid for online; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19354/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Motor Tax)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 221 and 222 together.
The Comptroller and Auditor General published a Special Report on the administration and collection of motor tax in December 2016. The data compiled for the Report indicates that the average cost of processing a motor tax transaction in a local authority office is €10. The average cost for an online transaction is €5.
As each quarterly or half-yearly renewal of motor tax follow...

37. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of jobs created under the Action Plan for Rural Development by constituency in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19064/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Action Plan for Rural Development)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Action Plan for Rural Development was launched in January 2017. The Plan contains 277 actions aimed at supporting the economic and social progress of rural Ireland. These actions are for delivery across Government, State agencies and other bodies, over the period 2017-2019.
One of the objectives of the Action Plan is to support enterprise growth and job creation in rural areas. The Government has set a target of supportin...

44. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when the rural walks scheme will be reopened; the progress that has been made towards reopening the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19063/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Rural Recreation Scheme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department administers the Walks Scheme which facilitates the development and maintenance of many of Ireland’s walking trails. The scheme involves landholders as key participants in the provision of high quality walking trails, by contracting them to undertake maintenance work on sections of National Way Marked Ways and other priority walks that traverse their lands. Participating landholders receive modest payments for mai...

29. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when the Elliott report into an organisation (details supplied) will be available for review. (Question 18849/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Voluntary Sector Funding)

Deputy Aindrias Moynihan: My question originates from scouting at a grassroots level and the 40,000 scouts, leaders, parents and Garda vetted volunteers who want to see safe scouting in their communities. The Elliott report will form a significant part of the Minister’s decision in terms of what will happen in scouting. When will this report be available and will it be published?
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52. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the contingency plans available to fund an organisation (details supplied) if her Department’s line of funding is not restored before 30 June 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18896/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Youth Services Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 386 together.
Scouting Ireland is partly funded by my Department under the Youth Service Grant Scheme. The funding provided under this scheme is contingent on organisations meeting a range of governance requirements. This includes its commitment to and compliance with its legal requirements in the area of child protection as set out in the Children First Act 2015 and the National Vetting...

386. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to fund an organisation (details supplied) should it be unable to address its administrative and governance issues before its funding ceases in June 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18930/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Youth Services Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 386 together.
Scouting Ireland is partly funded by my Department under the Youth Service Grant Scheme. The funding provided under this scheme is contingent on organisations meeting a range of governance requirements. This includes its commitment to and compliance with its legal requirements in the area of child protection as set out in the Children First Act 2015 and the National Vetting...

18. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if flexibility will be allowed for farmers who lack adequate broadband to file applications online to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18258/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Agriculture Scheme Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Under the EU regulations, 2018 is the first year that all applications for the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) are to be submitted online. Recent years have seen significant growth in the number of farmers applying for the BPS online, and this is reflective of the range of benefits that online application brings for farmers.
Among the benefits available to online applicants is the availability of preliminary checks for online appl...

41. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the new schemes being introduced in 2018 to develop the artisan food sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18259/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Artisan Food Sector)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Growth prospects for the artisan food sector are positive overall, driven by increased consumer interest in the provenance of food, environmental concerns, health and a desire to support the local economy. 
There is provision in the Rural Development Programme (RDP), for funding to support new and existing artisan, micro and small food producers to address emerging challenges through investment in areas such as market developm...

102. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the interdepartmental working group on student accommodation will report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18368/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Student Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The National Student Accommodation Strategy (NSAS) was published in July 2017 and the Interdepartmental Working Group on Student Accommodation issued an update on its implementation in April 2018. A further report on the NSAS is due in Q3 2018 and will cover the period to end Q2, 2018. 
Officials from the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government are in contact regarding the strategy...

130. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment to see a consultant. (Question 18341/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Hospital Appointments Status)

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 managing ...

131. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment for cataract treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18342/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

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 managing ...

57. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to increase the number of ecar public charging points across the country; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17978/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Electric Vehicles)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 35 and 57 together.
The Low Emissions Vehicle Taskforce, which is co-chaired by my Department and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, is considering the measures and options available to Government to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles. As Deputies will be aware, this has led to a range of additional supports being introduced for electric vehicles.
For in...

54. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the construction of the N22 Macroom bypass; if it will be released to tender for construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17734/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Road Projects Status)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects  is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a ma...

63. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the benefits that will arise for areas such as the Lee Valley from the plans to further develop the Wild Atlantic Way; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17733/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Wild Atlantic Way Project)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): Neither I nor my Department has any role in relation to the development, implementation or management of the tourism experience brands, such as the Wild Atlantic Way.  Matters such as that raised by the Deputy are operational matters for the board and management of Fáilte Ireland.
Notwithstanding this position, Fáilte Ireland has informed me that the Lee Valley has been designated part of the Wild Atlan...

193. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the proposed extension at a school (details supplied); the way in which a proposed new second level school in the area will affect the progress of the extension at the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17498/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the demographic exercise carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country had regard to the proposed project at the school referred to by the Deputy, a project included in my Department’s Capital Programme. 
I am pleased to advise the Deputy that my Department has set out on its website the current status of projects and information in respect of th...