235. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health the estimated full year cost of providing an additional emergency ambulance; and the full year cost of additional personnel required for its staffing. (Question 20790/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Ambulance Service Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.
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109. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Finance the way in which the State Claims Agency manages individual cases; the person directly responsible for the running of the State Claims Agency in relation to individual cases; if the delegated State authorities have a say when cases are being managed; if there is transparency between the State Claims Agency and the delegated State authorities regarding the way in which individual cases are being managed; if delegated State authorities are informed of the details on cases that are been taken by the agency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19908/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - State Claims Agency)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The State Claims Agency (SCA) has a statutory remit to manage personal injury claims, including claims in respect of clinical negligence, on behalf of Delegated State Authorities (DSAs) including the Health Service Executive. The SCA’s claims management objective is, while acting in the best interest of taxpayers in matters of personal injury and property damage litigation, to act fairly, ethically and compassionately in its dealings with people wh...

434. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding for the RAPID programme in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19910/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - RAPID Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The following table sets out funding provided under RAPID from 2007 to 2017. The original RAPID programme was closed to applications from 2011 onwards. Spend in the years from 2011 to 2016 reflects my Department’s contractual commitments under existing RAPID projects, mainly under the Sports Capital Scheme. 
In 2017, a recast RAPID programme was launched. The spend in 2017 includes expenditure relating to contractual commitments...

435. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding for the CLÁR programme in each of the years 2007 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19911/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - CLÁR Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation. The programme was originally launched in October 2001 and closed for applications in 2010.  
I re-opened the programme in 2016 and launched further calls for proposals in 2017 and 2018. The amounts allocated in each of the years 2016 to 2018 under the CLÁR programme are provided on Table 1.  The closing date...

436. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the total funding for the SICAP programme in each of the years 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19912/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) provides funding to tackle poverty and social exclusion through local engagement and partnerships between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations and public sector agencies. SICAP funding for the years 2015 to 2017 is set out in the following table. The 2018 full year allocation is €38.028 million.
 2015 2016 2017 2018 (paid to date) 28,038,...

78. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of implementing one point reductions in average class size at primary level; and the estimated full year cost for reducing the average class size to 23 pupils. (Question 19411/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Pupil-Teacher Ratio)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts is published annually on the Department website. The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level is the staffing schedule for the relevant school year and pupil enrolments on the previous 30 September. The staffing schedule also includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit an appeal under certain criteria to an independent App...

79. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of implementing one point reductions in the average class size at post-primary level. (Question 19412/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Pupil-Teacher Ratio)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Teacher allocations to all schools are approved annually by my Department in accordance with established rules based on recognised pupil enrolment. The criteria for the allocation of posts are communicated to school managements annually and are available on the Department website.
Each 1 point adjustment to the pupil teacher ratio at post primary level is estimated to cost in the region of €63m per annum.
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80. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of fully restoring the staffing schedule for retaining and gaining a teacher that applied for schools before 2012 for three, four and five teacher schools. (Question 19413/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Budget 2018 marked the second year of major reinvestment in the education sector, as we continue to implement the Action Plan for Education, which has the central aim to make the Irish Education and training service the best in Europe within a decade.
Budget 2018 provides for an additional 1280 teaching posts in the 2018/19 school year. This includes a one point improvement in the staffing schedule in primary schools which brings the po...

81. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of restoring pre-2010 capitation levels to primary schools; and the estimated full year cost of a 10% increase in the capitation grant to primary schools. (Question 19414/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Capitation Grants)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 81, 85 and 87 together.
The estimated cost of restoring capitation funding is provided in the following tables.

Estimated cost of restoring Capitation Funding to pre-2011 levels
 Schools Primary Schools €17.6m Post-Primary Schools €18.0m 


Estimated full year cost of % Increases in Capitation Funding
 Schools Primary Schools – 10% increase €9.9m Voluntary Secondary Schools - 2...

82. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of providing schools one administration day per week for teaching principals to cover the establishment of a permanent pool of teachers to replace teaching principals on their administration day. (Question 19415/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - School Management)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Circular 12/2016, which is available on the Department website, outlines the number of days that teaching principals may take as release time in a school year in order to assist them fulfilling their principal duties. Under these arrangements my Department pays for a substitute teacher to be employed by a school to facilitate administrative functions to be undertaken by the teaching principal. Under the current arrangements the number ...

83. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of employing an additional 100 new National Educational Psychological Service psychologists. (Question 19416/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - National Educational Psychological Service Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can inform the Deputy that my Department’s National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) provides an educational psychological service to all primary and post primary schools through an assigned NEPS psychologist and in some cases through the Scheme for Commissioning Psychological Assessments (SCPA), full details of which are on the Department’s website. 
The Programme for a Partnership Government commits that we will invest addit...

84. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of restoring temporary English posts as additional language posts to pre-2012 levels. (Question 19418/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Special Educational Needs Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that DES Circular 0013/2017 for primary schools and 0014/2017 for post primary schools were published on 7th March 2017. 
These Circulars set out the details of the new model for allocating special education teachers to schools. 
The new Special Education Teaching allocation provides a single unified allocation for special educational support teaching needs to each school, based on each school’s educational pr...

85. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of restoring capitation and related grants to primary and post-primary schools to pre-2011 levels. (Question 19419/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Capitation Grants)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 81, 85 and 87 together.
The estimated cost of restoring capitation funding is provided in the following tables.

Estimated cost of restoring Capitation Funding to pre-2011 levels
 Schools Primary Schools €17.6m Post-Primary Schools €18.0m 


Estimated full year cost of % Increases in Capitation Funding
 Schools Primary Schools – 10% increase €9.9m Voluntary Secondary Schools - 2...

86. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of restoring ex-quota guidance counsellors to all schools. (Question 19420/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - School Guidance Counsellors)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Measures announced by my Department as part of Budgets 2016, 2017 and 2018 mean that 500 of the 600 guidance posts that were withdrawn in Budget 2012, will be restored to schools from September 2018.
These 500 posts are allocated separately and transparently on each school’s staffing schedule. These posts have been ring-fenced so they can only be used for guidance activities and to meet the guidance needs of the school. 
The cost of res...

87. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of a 20% increase per annum in the per capita capitation to voluntary secondary schools; and the estimated full year cost of a 10% increase in the capitation to community and comprehensive schools. (Question 19421/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Capitation Grants)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 81, 85 and 87 together.
The estimated cost of restoring capitation funding is provided in the following tables.

Estimated cost of restoring Capitation Funding to pre-2011 levels
 Schools Primary Schools €17.6m Post-Primary Schools €18.0m 


Estimated full year cost of % Increases in Capitation Funding
 Schools Primary Schools – 10% increase €9.9m Voluntary Secondary Schools - 2...

88. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of increasing the number of places available on the Momentum Programme by 20%. (Question 19422/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Momentum Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): The Momentum programme was created in 2012 during the economic downturn to address the needs of long term unemployed and young unemployed individuals. It funded the provision of free education and training projects to support over 12,500 jobseekers (who had been unemployed for twelve months or more) to gain skills and access employment opportunities in growing sectors of the economy.
It was delivered through two ...

89. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of restoring school transport services to the criteria that existed pre-2011. (Question 19423/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - School Transport Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): School transport is a significant operation managed by Bus Éireann on behalf of the Department.
Currently over 116,000 children, including over 12,000 children with special educational needs, are being transported in over 4,500 vehicles on a daily basis to primary and post-primary schools throughout the country covering over 100 million kilometres annually.
The changes introduced in Budget 2011, derived from reco...

90. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of restoring all allowances to new entry teachers which were abolished in 2012-2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19424/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Teachers’ Remuneration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As a consequence of the economic crisis, there was a need to enact a number of measures to reduce public expenditure so as to stabilise the country’s public finances.
The Government approved a number of measures relating to public service allowances following a public service-wide review of allowances and premium payments conducted by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. As a result of the Government decision, certain allowanc...

91. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of appointing 350 assistant principal posts. (Question 19425/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Teachers’ Remuneration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The annual allowance currently payable for the post of Assistant Principal 1 is €8,520 and Assistant Principal 2 is €3,769.
The annual costs of appointing 350 posts at AP1 & AP2 level are outlined below:
Assistant Principal 1 
Annual Allowance: €8,520 
Annual Cost of 350 AP1 Posts: €2,982,000
Assistant Principal 2 
Annual Allowance: €3,769 
Annual Cost of 350 AP2 Posts: €1,319,150
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92. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of introducing a computing and coding curriculum for primary schools. (Question 19426/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - School Curriculum)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Exact expenditure figures regarding the teaching of Computing or Coding in primary schools are not available, as funding is not allocated by my Department on a subject-by-subject basis. However, work in this area is taking place at both primary and post-primary levels.
Shortly after being appointed, I asked the NCCA how coding and computational and creative thinking skills could be incorporated into the primary school curriculum.
The ne...

93. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of restoring postgraduate grants to 2011 levels. (Question 19427/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Student Grants Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware of the Programme for Government commitment to increase financial supports for post graduate students with a particular focus on those from low income households. 
In response to this commitment, additional funding of €4 million was secured in Budget 2017 and a further €3 million in Budget 2018, to facilitate the reinstatement of full maintenance grants, from September 2017, for the most disadvantaged post graduat...

94. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of linking student maintenance grants to the CPI. (Question 19428/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Student Grants Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): According to the CSO, prices on average, as measured by the CPI, were 0.2% higher in March 2018 compared with March 2017. 
In the academic year 2016/2017 the total amount spend on maintenance grants was €170.9m. 
Applying a 0.2% increase to the maintenance grant expenditure of €170.9m would increase the cost by €341k.
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95. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated full year cost of increasing the student assistance fund to peak levels in 2012-2013. (Question 19429/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Student Assistance Fund)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In December 2012, an additional €3 million was approved to supplement the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) following a survey conducted by the HEA in relation to the demand for the Fund. 
This supplementary funding was a once-off exceptional measure which was taken in the context of long grant delays/issues encountered by Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) in its initial year of operation.
An additional allocation of €1.5m was secure...

103. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated cost of establishing a stand-alone intelligence agency either within the Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána or a stand-alone agency based on current information; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19341/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Commission on the Future of Policing)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, the Commission on the Future of Policing is currently undertaking a comprehensive examination of all aspects of policing in Ireland, including the provision of security services to the State by An Garda Síochána. The Commission is due to report in September this year and I look forward to receiving the output of its extensive body of work and the recommendations that it may make in this and in other areas....

161. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health the number of staff in community neuro-rehabilitation teams in each community health care organisation in tabular form; the specific medical or health care posts in each team in each community health care organisation; and the full year cost of providing a full neuro-rehabilitation team in each CHO. (Question 19366/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...