24. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the purchase of new aircraft for the Air Corps; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20292/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Air Corps 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 Defence Forces to carry out their roles as assigned by Government.
The White Paper on Defence provides for the replacement of the current Cessna fleet with three larger aircraft which will be equipped for Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acq...

28. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of the expected delivery of a fourth new ship, the LÉ George Bernard Shaw, to the Naval Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20293/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Naval Service Vessels)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The White Paper on Defence underpins the ongoing replacement of the Naval Service fleet.
The most significant investment of recent years by the Defence Organisation has been on the procurement of the new Off-Shore Patrol Vessels for the Naval Service. This programme has seen the delivery of three new Naval Service vessels in recent years. The LÉ Samuel Beckett was commissioned in May 2014, LÉ James Joyce was commissioned in Se...

111. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affair’s Report on Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults; the action his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of this report; his views on the implications of this report on his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20667/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I welcome the recently published report by the joint Oireachtas Committee on children and youth affairs regarding Cyber security and Young Adults. The recommendations from this report are under consideration, and will underpin and inform the development of the draft actions in the new Action Plan on Internet safety. My Department is working with the Department of Taoiseach and a number of other Departments in the development of the Plan....

131. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of vehicles in the Garda fleet; the number of vehicles brought into and taken out of service, respectively by vehicle type since 2011, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20660/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Government’s Capital Plan 2016 – 2021 provides €46 million for investment in the Garda fleet, to ensure that An Garda Síochána has a modern, effective and fit for purpose fleet and this is in addition to the investment of almost €30 million in the period 2013 to 2015. In total, in the period 2013 to 2017, almost €44 million has been invested in the fleet.
As the Deputy will appreciate, decisions in relation to the provision and all...

132. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda personnel; the stations to which new recruits have been posted since 2016, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20661/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner 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 the Commiss...

133. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans for the future of Swords courthouse; the projected timeline for planned developments within the building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20662/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Court Accommodation Refurbishment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.  
In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that there are no plans to carry out works to Swords Courthouse a...

134. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans for the future of Balbriggan courthouse; the projected timeline for planned developments within the building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20663/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Court Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions.  
In order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that there are no plans to carry out any works to Balbriggan Cour...

135. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the personnel stationed in the Garda Training College in Templemore by rank, including those seconded to Templemore; the field in which each operates; the number of non-sworn personnel; the fields in which each operate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20664/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and for carrying on and managing and controlling generally the administration and business of An Garda Síochána, including by arranging for the training of its members and civilian staff and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. 
The information sought by the Deputy ...

152. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on whether the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has personnel with adequate experience and skills and has the legislative backing to investigate waste collection companies operating here, particularly in relation to allegations of corporate collusion on routes and areas to be serviced; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20666/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Remit)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is the statutory independent body responsible for the enforcement of domestic and EU competition law in the State.  Section 9 (5) of the Competition and Consumer Protection Act 2014 provides that the CCPC is independent in the performance of its functions, including carrying out investigations of alleged anti-competitive practices.  As investigations and enforcem...

220. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Health the latest figures on breastfeeding rates here; the level of funding provided to support programmes; the details of such support programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20680/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - HSE Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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237. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the level of funding provided to Bord Bia over the past five years for healthy foods initiatives; the EU funding programmes which are administered by Bord Bia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20681/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Promotion)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department funds a number of healthy eating and food promotion initiatives. 
The national Food Dudes healthy eating programme is an evidence-based incentivised, behaviour changing programme. Food Dudes is overseen by my Department and implemented by Bord Bia. My Department funds this programme annually through its Vote and the EU funding is made available through my Department via the EU School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme....

265. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affair’s Report on Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults; the action his Department is taking to implement the recommendations of this report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20665/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I welcome the publication of the report to which the Deputy refers and I commend the work which the Committee on Children and Youth Affairs carried out in preparing it and considering the subject of online safety. As the Deputy is aware, I hosted an Open Policy Debate on Online Safety on 8 March 2018, which was officially opened by An Taoiseach. This event was coordinated with and supported by five other Ministe...

268. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the MetroLink project; the steps he is taking with regard to concerns in relation to the proposed route; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20656/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Light Rail Projects Status)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Development Plan (NDP), launched earlier this year by the Government as part of Project Ireland 2040, includes a clear commitment to develop Metrolink.  This brings together into one new project both the Metro North and the Metro South projects which were envisaged under the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) 2016-35.
MetroLink will provide Dublin with a high capacit...

269. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the DART extension project to serve Donabate, Rush and Lusk, Skerries and Balbriggan; the projected timeframe for each stage of the project up to completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20657/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Rail Services Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware, the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) ‘Transport Strategy for the GDA 2016-2035’ proposes implementation of the overall DART Expansion Programme.  As outlined in the recently published National Development Plan (NDP), the DART Expansion Programme is a series of projects that will create a full metropolitan area DART network for Dublin with all of the lines linked and connected.  
As well as the provision of...

270. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the expenditure on the sports campus in Abbotstown since its establishment by type of sport, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20658/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Sport Ireland Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the development of the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown, Blanchardstown. 
The total capital funding allocated by my Department between 2000 and 2017 for the development of the National Sports Campus is €180m. This includes capital funding to the former National Sports Campus Development Authority, the  body which had responsibility for ...

271. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the expenditure on the provision of sports capital programme since 2010 on a national basis by type of sport in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20659/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): The Sports Capital Programme is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. Details of all allocations under the SCP since 1998 are published on the Department’s website http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme.
The Department moved to a new IT sys...

275. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affair’s Report on Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults; the action her Department is taking to implement the recommendations of this report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20654/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I welcome the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Children and Youth Affair’s Report on Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults. Keeping children and young people safe online is a challenging issue that requires a whole of government approach and this is reflected in the Committee’s report. 
The Department of the Taoiseach is currently developing an Action Plan on online safety involving all relevant Departments, including my Dep...

276. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the status of the school completion programme; the action her Department is taking to continue to support this programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20655/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - School Completion Programme)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I am very conscious that the School Completion Programme delivers a valuable service for some of our most vulnerable young people. 
With this in mind, the Board of Tusla convened an expert panel to identify and examine a potential revised model of good practice and governance of the School Completion Programme. 
The panel comprised an external legal expert, representation of Tusla Educational Welfare Service, Finance, HR and Leg...

171. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Health to outline the action he is taking to ensure there is adequate staffing in CAMHS teams nationwide; his plans to provide additional resources for CAMHS services to ensure each person who requires support from CAHMS services receives support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20273/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Child and Adult Mental Health Services Staff)

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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229. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Health the action being taken to remove the in loco parentis clause for home-care nursing packages for sick children in view of the adverse impact it is having for families in many cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18644/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

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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72. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the benefits available to sports clubs in respect of donations made to them; his plans to expand same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17762/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Sports Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 58 and 72 together.
The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. The full terms and conditions of the SCP are available on my Department’s website.
The Revenue Commissioners operate a tax relief sc...

73. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to support cricket here. (Question 17763/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Sports Organisations)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): Cricket Ireland has received a number of important capital allocations through my Department in recent years and Sport Ireland also plays a key role in supporting Cricket Ireland on an ongoing basis. Minister Ross and I were delighted last June when the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that Ireland had achieved Test Status, a massive milestone for the sport’s development in this country.
In...

87. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Health the status of the construction programme for primary care centres through the National Development Plan 2018-2027, with specific reference to the Fingal area of Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16707/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Primary Care Centres Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I recently officially opened one of the largest primary care centres in the country at Coolock on the northside of Dublin. 
In line with health strategy a decisive shift towards primary care is required to meet growing demands for health and social care services.
The construction programme for primary care centres will continue throughout the National Development Plan 2018 – 2027. The National Development Plan will support the completion of projects cu...

98. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Health the status of the development of elective only hospitals as outlined in the National Development Plan 2018-2027; if the possibility of locating the elective only hospital for Dublin in Fingal has been considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16708/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospitals Building Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The National Development Plan provides €10.9 billion to invest in infrastructure, equipment and additional service capacity for the public health sector.
The National Development Plan is a ten year plan which will provide the capital funding to develop dedicated ambulatory elective-only hospital facilities. We must ensure that we carefully plan the use of this capital funding so as to meet the populations health needs and achieve value for money. 
As i...

59. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to introduce shared paid parental leave; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8405/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Parental Leave)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy will be aware, the Programme for Partnership Government includes a commitment to increase paid parental leave during the first year of a child’s life, as research shows that parental care is of particular importance in the first year of life. 
To further this commitment, the Government has established an interdepartmental working group to develop proposals to give effect to the programme commitments...