47. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which he is satisfied that issues affecting long waiting lists in public hospitals, overcrowding at accident and emergency services and other contributory factors affecting the fast, efficient and effective delivery of public health services are fully addressed or are in the course of so being; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17024/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Action Plans)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): This Government is committed to tackling the key challenges our health system faces in relation to hospital overcrowding and long waiting times for treatment. 
Against a background of growing demand for hospital services care and high acute hospital occupancy rates, Government provided €30 million in 2017 and a further €40 million in 2018 for measures to increase acute hospital capacity and alleviate overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs). Refl...

107. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which home care packages are being made available to persons that may otherwise need hospitalisation; the number approved in each of the regions to date; the extent of the funding required or pending; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17025/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Home Care Packages)

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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131. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance if a refund of income tax is due and will be arranged in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17383/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Tax Rebates)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am advised by Revenue that it cannot determine if a refund of tax is correctly due in situations where statutory tax returns remain outstanding.
The person in question has not filed their Income Tax returns for the years 2015 and 2016. Once the returns are filed, Revenue will be in a position to quantify the person’s overall tax position and determine if any refund is due.
The Deputy will be aware that a claim for a refund of tax must be made no ...

140. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to provide an autism unit (details supplied) for the Maynooth area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17179/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for organising and planning provision for children with Special Educational Needs, including the establishment of special classes in mainstream primary and post primary schools. 
Special classes offer a supportive learning environment to students with ASD who are unable to access the curriculum in a mainstream class, even with support, for most or all of their school day. S...

185. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17362/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Residency Permits)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to a notification pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), written representations have been submitted on behalf of the person concerned.
These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act...

186. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of an application for citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17363/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Naturalisation Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy was refused for reasons provided to the person concerned in a letter issued on 26 November 2015 advising of the decision. There is no record of a new application for a certificate of naturalisation having been submitted to date. A determination on wh...

187. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if all stamp 4 residency credits have been awarded and applied in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17364/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Naturalisation Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that an application for a certificate of naturalisation was received from the person referred to by the Deputy on 18 December 2017. Processing of this application is on-going, with a view to establishing whether the conditions for naturalisation, such as good character and lawful residence, are satisfied. 
A letter issued to the person concerned on...

188. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if stamp 4 will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17365/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Immigration Status)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I refer the Deputy to my previous response to Parliamentary Question No. 120 of 22 February 2018 which, despite a variation in the last name, appears to relate to the same person. 
In my previous response to the Deputy I advised that the person concerned should engage with the immigration service. It does appear that they did attend their local immigration office on 25 March 2018 where they were granted temporary permission on Stamp 3...

189. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17366/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Immigration Status)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned applied for a residence permission and a right to work based on their parentage of an Irish citizen child. A decision letter issued to this person on 22 February 2018.
Queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to the INIS of my Department by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail faci...

190. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the residency status and eligibility for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17367/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Immigration Status)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person in question was granted a right of residency in the State in 2001 on the basis of family reunification i.e. as a family member of a recognised refugee. The person’s current residency status is under consideration and he will be contacted in due course in this regard. 
A determination on whether an applicant satisfies the statutor...

191. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress to date in the determination of an application for naturalisation in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17370/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Naturalisation Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As I informed the Deputy in PQ 16866 of 18/4/2018, I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the processing of the application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to by the Deputy is on-going. On completion of the necessary processing the application will be submitted to me for decision as expeditiously as possible.
As the Deputy will appreciate, the granting ...

192. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if an application for family reunification will be reviewed in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17372/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Family Reunification Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 503 of 17 April, 2018 copied below for ease of reference.
Reply to Parliamentary Question No. 503 on 17 April, 2018 -
I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the application referred to was refused on 20 February 2018, and the applicant was advised accordingly. The applicant was also advised that they could appeal this dec...

193. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if submissions have been received in the case of persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17373/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Immigration Status)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to a notification pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the persons concerned have not submitted written representations, as previously stated. 
The position in the State of the persons concerned will now be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1...

194. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if stamp 4 temporary residency will be granted in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17374/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Residency Permits)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that it is not possible to identify the person referred to by the Deputy due to the lack of detail provided.
From the details provided, it would appear that the person in question may never have had permission to remain in the State. If it is the case that the person in question has not engaged with the immigration service already they should do s...

195. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if stamp 4 status will be offered in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17375/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Immigration Status)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to a notification pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), written representations have been submitted on behalf of the person concerned.
These representations, together with all other information and documentation on file, will be fully considered, under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Ac...

196. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if stamp 4 residency status will be restored in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17376/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Residency Permits)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned was refused retention of a Residence Card on 15 July, 2017 as they were not in compliance with the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2015.
I also understand that INIS received a request for a review of that decision on 16 August, 2017. The Deputy will appreciate that review applications a...

197. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if stamp 4 or appropriate status will be granted in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17377/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Immigration Status)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that it is not possible to identify the person referred to by the Deputy due to the lack of detail provided.
If the Deputy can provide further details such as the person’s full name (if different from that already provided), their date of birth, their GNIB Registration Number, as well as similar details relating to the person’s father, I will have ...

198. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if an upgrade of stamp 1 to stamp 4 will be considered in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17378/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Immigration Policy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that they do not offer specific advice to individuals on immigration pathways. In this regard the person concerned should be advised to email Unit2ResidenceDivision@justice.ie or write to Unit 2, Residence Division, Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service, 13-14 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 in order to allow for a full examination of their circumstan...

199. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 144 of 15 February 2018, if the matter will be expedited (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17379/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Deportation Orders)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned is the subject of a valid Deportation Order made on 20 June 2002. 
Representations were received from the person concerned, pursuant to the provisions of Section 3(11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), requesting that the Deportation Order be revoked. Following the detailed consideration of the information submitte...

200. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the residency status in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17380/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Immigration Status)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned is the subject of a Deportation Order made on 16th December, 2010. That Order remains valid and in place. 
The person concerned made a request, pursuant to the provisions of section 3(11) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), to have that Order revoked. Following the detailed consideration of the request made, a deci...

232. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if reconsideration will be given to home help for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17146/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Home Help Service Appeals)

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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238. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health if a discretionary medical card will be facilitated in the case of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17178/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Medical Card Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy. 
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259. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the most effective and immediate action that can be taken to alleviate overcrowding in emergency departments nationally; if an analysis has been carried out with a view to identifying the capacity and demand at all accident and emergency units; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17351/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Emergency Departments)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Against a background of growing demand for unscheduled care and high acute hospital occupancy rates, Government provided €30 million in 2017 and a further €40 million in 2018 for measures to increase acute hospital capacity and alleviate overcrowding in Emergency Departments.  Almost 50% of this funding was used to deliver home support packages and transitional care beds to reduce the incidence of delayed discharges.  Furthermore, over 200 beds have bee...

260. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health the extent to which speech and language therapy and mental health support exists for children in all areas throughout the country; if particular shortfalls have been identified and are being addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17352/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Mental Health Services 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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261. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health when a restructuring of the HSE will take place with a view to greater accountability and influence at regional level including representational status for professionals and public representatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17353/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Health Services Reform)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Committee on the Future of Healthcare published its report, Sláintecare, last year. This report makes a number of recommendations in relation to improving governance and accountability in the health service, including the establishment of a governing board for the HSE and the establishment of regional bodies to support the delivery of integrated care.
As the Deputy is aware, a range of actions are already being taken in response to the Sláintecare ...