242. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the reason an application (details supplied) was not successful; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7892/18 asked on 15 Feb 2018 - Angling Sector)

Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Seán Kyne): The consideration of project applications under the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) is a day to day operational matter for Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI).
However, I am advised by IFI that all applications under NSAD are evaluated rigorously, as follows. A quality check is performed to ensure all required support documentation is in place. An environmental check is carried...

168. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on proposals (details supplied). (Question 7380/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Civil Service Reform)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Report of the Independent Panel on Strengthening Civil Service Accountability and Performance was published in June 2014 and its recommendations were considered by the then Minister and Government in the context of determining actions for a programme of civil service renewal. The Panel made 10 key recommendations all of which have been included in the Civil Service Renewal Plan, except for the Head of Civil Service structur...

173. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a person (details supplied) did not received a SUSI grant. (Question 6729/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Student Grant Scheme Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As part of a comprehensive customer service and communications strategy provided by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), to ensure that all necessary avenues are open to applicants to receive the information they need, a dedicated email and phone line service is provided by SUSI for Oireachtas members. This was established to meet an identified need for applicants who choose to engage the assistance of their public representatives i...

311. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on correspondence (details supplied) and proposals for start-up funding for the organisation in question. (Question 7379/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Enterprise Ireland Funding)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am working closely with Enterprise Ireland to ensure that there is a strong focus on boosting regional growth potential to secure sustainable quality employment.  The eight Regional Action Plans for Jobs are now embedded across the country and are good examples of local authorities, Enterprise Ireland, the Local Enterprise Offices and businesses working together to tackle regional issues. To support the eight Regiona...

453. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health his plans to regulate the piercing and tattoo sector; the status of guidelines on the sector; the age of consent for such procedures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7491/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Health and Safety Regulations)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): There is no specific legislation in Ireland in relation to the regulation of tattooing and body piercing businesses. However, they are required to comply with public health, and health and safety legislation in the same way as any other business. In the absence of sector specific regulation, my Department and the Health Service Executive are finalising guidelines on infection control for use by the tattooing and body piercing industry. The purpose of...

15. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the improvement in waiting times expected during 2018 for the 15,000 plus children waiting over a year for an outpatient appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6419/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Appointments Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The most recent NTPF figures published for December 2017 show that there was a total of 41,678 people on the Outpatient waiting list for hospitals in the Children’s Hospital Group. 65% of these children (26,958) are waiting up to 12 months and 35% (14,720) are waiting over 12 months for a first Outpatient appointment. 
The HSE has confirmed there have been challenges in addressing the OPD waiting times due to consultant resourcing issues, arising from ...

141. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that the future proofing of a school (details supplied) is protected and assistance is given to the board of management, principal and staff in securing additional outdoor space opportunities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6578/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department has received correspondence in respect of the school referred to in regard to a proposal to enhance the school’s facilities.
The proposal, which includes an application for addition accommodation together with a request to extend the school site, is being considered and my Department will be in further contact with the school authorities in the matter as soon as possible.
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205. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) who is in receipt of an invalidity pension is not eligible for Versatis patches under the reimbursement support through the special drug request section. (Question 6554/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Medicinal Products Reimbursement)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Medicines play a vital role in improving the health of Irish patients. Securing access to existing and new and innovative medicines is a key objective of the health service. However, the challenge is to do this in an affordable and sustainable manner. The medicines bill for the community drugs schemes – primarily the GMS, Long Term Illness and Drugs Payment schemes and the High Tech Arrangement – was approximately €1.8 billion in 2017. 
To ensure pa...

214. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) that is deemed a priority case will be seen by an orthopaedic consultant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6581/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Hospital Appointments Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The National Waiting List Management Policy, A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follows an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospital...

258. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a reply will issue from Bus Éireann in relation to a bus stop (details supplied). (Question 6577/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Bus Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for securing or providing public transport infrastructure, including bus stops, bus shelters, bus stations and bus stands.
In light of the NTA’s responsibilities for the issue raised, I have referred your question to them for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you don’t receive a response within 10 working days.
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280. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to expand the arrangements of persons on community employment schemes of the older age bracket which is capped at 7%; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6580/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Community Employment Schemes Eligibility)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Currently there is a provision which allows Community Employment (CE) participants aged 62 or over to apply to extend their participation on CE beyond the standard lifetime participation limits, providing the eligibility conditions of CE are met. Participants, aged 62 or over, are allowed to participate on a continuous basis up to the State Pension age, subject to satisfactory performance on the scheme and to annual ...

235. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of court hearings that took place on a monthly basis throughout each Circuit Court regarding house repossessions in 2016, 2017, and to date in 2018, in tabular form. (Question 5400/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Courts Service Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions, which include the provision of information on the courts system. 
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has provided the following table with details of County Registrar court si...

584. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) did not qualify for the back-to-work enterprise allowance. (Question 5547/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The person in question was awarded Jobseeker’s Allowance (JA) from 12 September, 2017 and is currently in receipt of this payment. The person in question was in receipt of Carer’s Benefit immediately prior to JA. To qualify for Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) a client is required to have 9 months’ continuous entitlement to a primary eligible payment. Time spent on Carer’s Benefit does not count towards th...

585. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to reduce the qualifying waiting criteria from nine to six months in the case of a person (details supplied) in view of previous contributions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5548/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Back to Work Enterprise Allowance Scheme)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) is designed to provide a monetary incentive for people who are on social welfare payments to develop a business while allowing them to retain a reducing proportion of their qualifying social welfare payment over two years: 100% in year 1 and 75% in year 2.
In 2016 a review of the BTWEA scheme was conducted. Overall, the review found that the scheme offers effective suppor...

152. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a person (details supplied) does not have an automatic entitlement to citizenship. (Question 5064/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Citizenship Status)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, entitlement to Irish citizenship is governed by the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended. The Act provides that if either of a child’s parents was, at the time of that child’s birth, an Irish citizen, that child is an Irish citizen irrespective of the place of birth. In this particular case as neither parent was an Irish citizen at the time of the child’s birth, the child does not have an...

300. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the steps she is taking to ensure that persons on zero and variable hour contracts are eligible for subsidies under the single affordable child care scheme. (Question 5073/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Affordable Childcare Scheme)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Affordable Childcare Scheme will provide childcare subsidies for both full-time and part-time childcare. For the universal element of the Scheme, up to 40 hours of support per week will be available, regardless of whether parents are working or not. For the targeted element of the Scheme, the number of hours of childcare subsidised per week will be capped at a maximum of 40 hours for families where both parents (or one par...

310. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to have the Hymany Way section from Portumna to Aughrim and from Aughrim to Ballygar included as part of the walk scheme (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5069/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Walks 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. The landholders receive modest payments for maintenance w...

414. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the reason for the delay in releasing a death certificate from Ballinasloe hospital (details supplied.). (Question 4226/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Death Certificates)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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467. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the number of adult, child and adolescent patients per annum that require mental health external placements; the locations of these placements; the services they provide, by each CHO, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4528/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Mental Health Services Data)

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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468. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health if there is a staffing recruitment and retention plan for mental health services in CHO2, in view of the significant whole time equivalent gaps for community general adult services, community child and adolescent mental health services and psychiatry of old age services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4529/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - 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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559. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if under the affordable childcare scheme low-income parents that are not working or in training will be eligible for a maximum 15 hours child care per week. (Question 4133/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Affordable Childcare Scheme Eligibility)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Affordable Childcare Scheme will address a number of issues relating not only to the affordability of childcare but to achieving better outcomes for children and families. Families will qualify for an income-based subsidy based on parental income and, parents’ who are in work or training will be approved for the maximum number of hours of subsidy available. Some families will qualify for the scheme for other reasons and mo...

566. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding each CCC has received in each of the years 2008 to 2017, inclusive, and to date in 2018, inclusive of the administration of the child minding development grant, the access and inclusion model and the parent and toddler initiative, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4530/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Child Care Services Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Officials in my Department are currently compiling the information as requested by the Deputy. This information will be supplied to the Deputy in no later than 10 working days. I have asked my officials follow up on this to ensure delivery as a matter of urgency.
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110. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the number of whole time equivalent general practitioners per CHO area; and the number registered to provide free care to children under 6 years of age per CHO, in tabular form. (Question 3523/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - General Practitioner Data)

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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111. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health the number of whole time equivalent public health nurses per CHO, in tabular form. (Question 3524/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Health Services Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter. 
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149. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the budget allocated to the access and inclusion model of early education and childcare provision under each of the levels four to seven of this scheme for 2017; the amounts drawn down for 2017 in respect of each of the four levels, in tabular form; the number of children in each county that have benefitted from funding under each of these four levels in 2017; the areas of support in which this funding under each of the four headings have been applied; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3540/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Preschool Services)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): AIM supports children with disabilities to reap the full benefits of free pre-school education. Its goal is to support pre-school providers to deliver an inclusive pre-school experience. AIM is a child-centred and evidence-based model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal to the targeted, based on the needs and strengths of the child and the pre-school setting. Where a pre-school provider, ...