6. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the progress of flood defences in an area (details supplied); the next step in the works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53473/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Deputy Aindrias Moynihan: I have raised this issue of concern for Baile Bhuirne residents time and again in the House. They are concerned about flooding from the Sullane river anytime there is heavy rain. Residents need to see some progress. The issue has been ongoing since 2011, when we saw the initial designs, yet six years on, no works are in place. We need to see a plan of the works. The issue with the pearl mussel has already been set aside and resolved. There needs to be work and act...

28. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when flood defence construction works will advance in the upper Lee for areas (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53474/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme, which is being undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, involves the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the ...

318. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if a discretionary medical card will be provided to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53513/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Medical Card Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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.
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93. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the planned parking works at Farnanes Garda station, County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53499/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 93 and 97 together.
I can confirm that the Office of Public Works (OPW) received an enquiry from local Gardaí about developing the parking facilities at the Garda Station in question. 
All requests for capital works at Garda Stations must be approved by Garda Estate Management (GEM) of An Garda Síochána and funding confirmed before they can be scheduled by OPW for de...

97. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the planned parking works at a Garda station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53451/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 93 and 97 together.
I can confirm that the Office of Public Works (OPW) received an enquiry from local Gardaí about developing the parking facilities at the Garda Station in question. 
All requests for capital works at Garda Stations must be approved by Garda Estate Management (GEM) of An Garda Síochána and funding confirmed before they can be scheduled by OPW for de...

139. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in the Cork west, Cork city and Cork north divisions; and the number of gardaí in each of those three divisions. (Question 53454/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources. 
I am informed by...

177. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health the extra funding that will be provided to the ambulance service in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53436/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Ambulance Service Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I am happy to confirm that increased funding will be made available for the continued development of the National Ambulance Service in 2018, the detail of which will be set out in the National Service Plan, 2018. The allocation of this additional funding to service developments by the HSE must await the finalisation of the National Service Plan which is currently under way.
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178. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health the funding he will provide to the air ambulance service in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53437/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Air Ambulance Service Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I am happy to confirm that increased funding will be made available for the continued development of the National Ambulance Service in 2018, some of which has been earmarked for the development of aeromedical services. The allocation, by the HSE, of this additional funding to specific service developments, must await the finalisation of the National Service Plan which is currently underway.
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179. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health when the HealthStat programme within the HSE commenced; if the programme is still active; if not, when it was terminated; the person or body that was responsible for the development of healthstat; the overall cost of the HealthStat programme; the annual cost of the HealthStat programme for each year of its existence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53438/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - HSE Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.
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180. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health the cost of the hospital inpatient enquiry scheme in each of the years 2006 to 2016 and to date in 2017; the annual cost in each of the years 2006 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53439/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Hospitals Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have referred this to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy
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181. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if access to the long-term illness scheme for persons affected by hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53440/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 181 and 186 together.
The LTI Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act 1970 (as amended). The conditions covered by the LTI are: acute leukaemia; mental handicap; cerebral palsy; mental illness (in a person under 16); cystic fibrosis; multiple sclerosis; diabetes insipidus; muscular dystrophies; diabetes mellitus; parkinsonism; epilepsy; phenylketonuria; haemophilia; spina bifida; hydrocephalus; and ...

185. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be called for a cataract operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53500/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Hospital Appointments Administration)

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 scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to whic...

186. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if discretionary access to the long-term illness scheme will be provided for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53501/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 181 and 186 together.
The LTI Scheme was established under Section 59(3) of the Health Act 1970 (as amended). The conditions covered by the LTI are: acute leukaemia; mental handicap; cerebral palsy; mental illness (in a person under 16); cystic fibrosis; multiple sclerosis; diabetes insipidus; muscular dystrophies; diabetes mellitus; parkinsonism; epilepsy; phenylketonuria; haemophilia; spina bifida; hydrocephalus; and ...

187. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if a discretionary medical card will be provided for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53502/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Medical Card Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have referred this query to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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195. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason persons (details supplied) have had their basic payment reduced; the grounds on which it was challenged; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53453/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Basic Payment Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): An application in respect of the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 19 April 2017. During processing of this application an over claim was identified on one of the parcels declared. A letter issued on 30 June 2017 advising the person named of the over claim and of their right to seek a review. 
A request for a review has not been received. An official from my Department will be in direct contact...

205. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out in a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53441/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 214, inclusive, together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and...

206. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out in a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53442/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 214, inclusive, together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and...

207. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out in a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53443/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 214, inclusive, together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and...

208. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out in a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53444/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 214, inclusive, together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and...

209. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out in a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53445/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 214, inclusive, together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and...

210. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out in a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53446/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 214, inclusive, together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and...

211. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out in a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53447/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 214, inclusive, together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and...

212. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out in a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53448/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 214, inclusive, together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and...

213. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out in a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53449/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 214, inclusive, together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and...

214. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when fibre broadband will be rolled out in a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53450/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - National Broadband Plan Implementation)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 206 to 214, inclusive, together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and...