208. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the DART interconnector project and the commitment to deliver it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44294/15 asked on 09 Dec 2015 - Rail Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I announced on 22 September that the DART Underground project will not proceed as currently designed but will be redesigned to provide a lower cost technical solution. The position in relation to this project remains as set out in my announcement at that time, the full text of which is available on my Department’s website at the following link: http://www.dttas.ie/press-releases/2015/statement-minister-donohoe-dart-underground.
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296. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if resources will be provided for two Garda Síochána patrol bicycles at a location (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43560/15 asked on 08 Dec 2015 - Garda Resources)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have asked the Garda authorities for the information requested and I will revert to the Deputy as soon as the information is to hand.
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144. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the average time it takes to hear and decide a social protection appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42564/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Social Welfare Appeals Waiting Times)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The average appeal processing time for 2014 and to date in 2015 broken down by all social welfare scheme types as outlined in the tables.
Appeal processing times generally peaked in 2011 when the overall average time for an oral hearing was 52.5 weeks and 25.1 weeks for a summary decision. In 2014 average appeal processing times for an oral hearing had almost halved to 28.6 weeks and the average time taken to process appeals invo...

183. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection to examine the need for the provision of a comprehensive programme for jobseekers who require upskilling in numeracy and literacy following a PEX analysis at local Intreo centres; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42960/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Adult Education)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): An assessment of a jobseeker’s literacy or numeracy does not form part of the INTREO Case Management process. Where jobseekers declare a numeracy or literacy difficulty, INTREO Case Officers will guide them towards local Adult Literacy provision. Policy in relation to provision of Adult Literacy services comes under the remit of the Department of Education and Skills.
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421. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health his plans for a primary health care centre (details supplied) in County Dublin; if a site has been identified; its location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42610/15 asked on 01 Dec 2015 - Primary Care Centre Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Your question has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply as the delivery of the health care infrastructure is a service matter. 
If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office who will follow up on the matter. 
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375. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the status of the primary care centre for Balbriggan in County Dublin; when it will open; when it will hire employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41305/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Primary Care Centre Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The HSE has responsibility for the provision, maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres. Therefore, this matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy. If he has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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522. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a site has been identified for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin; and when this project will be built. (Question 41768/15 asked on 24 Nov 2015 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): I can confirm that in line with the Memorandum of Understanding, my Department is working closely with Fingal County Council in relation to identifying and acquiring a suitable site for the school referred to by the Deputy.
A potential site option for the school referred to by the Deputy has been identified and my Department is working with officials from Fingal County Council to progress the matter. Given the commercial sensitivities a...

268. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health the number of persons in the north Dublin area who suffer with autism and have not yet been allocated an adult service after moving from a service in their childhood and teenage years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35442/15 asked on 13 Oct 2015 - Autism Incidence)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy. If the Deputy has not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days, he can contact my Private Office and they will follow the matter up with the HSE.
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1390. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number and names of all operating voluntary housing bodies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30515/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Housing Provision)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Section 6(6) of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1992 makes provision to grant approved housing body (AHB) status to housing associations. AHBs consist mainly of voluntary or co-operative organisations limited by guarantee and registered under the Companies Acts; societies registered under the Industrial & Provident Societies Acts; and/or Trusts incorporated under the Charities Acts. At present, there ar...

1400. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in relation to the implementation oversight group, set up under the aegis of his Department to oversee the overall implementation of the October 2013 Priory Hall resolution framework, if he will provide an update on the work of this oversight group; if the group has been in contact with property owners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30629/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Priory Hall Development)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): An Implementation Oversight Group, chaired by Dr Martin McAleese, was established with representatives of the Priory Hall residents (both owner occupiers and buy-to-let owners), the Irish Banking Federation, Dublin City Council (DCC), my Department and the Department of the Taoiseach. The Group has met regularly and substantial progress has been made. 
Detailed legal documents have been...

314. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide details of financial savings achieved in each of the 31 local authorities in the first year after the abolition of the town councils and the amalgamation of a number of local authorities; if these details will be broken down for each individual council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29461/15 asked on 15 Jul 2015 - Local Government Reform)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The provisions of the Local Government Reform Act 2014 Act relating to the merger of local authorities in Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford, the dissolution of town councils and the establishment of municipal districts came into effect on 1 June 2014. Accordingly, 2015 will be the first full year of the operation of these and other significant changes in the local government system and, in the circumstances, it wo...

474. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Bill 2013 will be scheduled for Report Stage in Dáil Éireann; when this Bill will have completed all Stages in the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28979/15 asked on 14 Jul 2015 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): It is my plan to seek a date for Report Stage on the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Bill 2013 in September. The scheduling of Oireachtas business is of course a matter for the Oireachtas. However, the aim is that the Bill will be enacted by the end of this year.
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851. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide a list of the commercial rates charged in 2015 for wind turbines, by local authority area; if he will provide a list of the charges, by local authority, in order to illustrate any variations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28476/15 asked on 14 Jul 2015 - Local Authority Rates)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Local authorities are under a statutory obligation to levy rates on any property used for commercial purposes in accordance with the details entered in the valuation lists prepared by the independent Commissioner of Valuation under the Valuation Act 2001. The levying and collection of rates are matters for each individual local authority and all rates income accrues to the local government sector. The information...

152. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide an update on the Spent Convictions Bill; the indicative timeframe for the Bill to make its way through the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26520/15 asked on 01 Jul 2015 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Before the Spent Convictions Bill could be enacted, a 2013 UK Court of Appeal judgment necessitated a review of the disclosure provisions in both the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 and the Spent Convictions Bill. That review has been completed and amendments to the Vetting Act and consequential amendments to the Spent Convictions Bill are currently being drafted. It is expected that these amendme...

131. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs his plans for recruitment in the Oberstown Juvenile Detention Centre in north County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22785/15 asked on 11 Jun 2015 - Prison Staff)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): A campaign is ongoing to recruit over 60 new care staff for the operation of the expanded Oberstown campus and 38 staff have been recruited to date. The campaigns have consisted of 3 phases to recruit the necessary number of Residential Social Care Workers to operate the new facilities. One of these phases has been completed and 2 of these are currently ongoing. A further campaign to recruit Night Supervisor Officers was successfu...

369. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the proposed date for Ireland to enshrine the new European Union public procurement directives, that will require all public bodies to apply more socially and economically just criteria to all public tenders, will be in advance of the required deadline of April 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21421/15 asked on 09 Jun 2015 - EU Directives)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I intend to ensure that Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement is transposed into Irish law by the end of 2015 at the latest  and the other two Directives covering the Utilities sector (2014/25/EU) and Concession Contracts (2014/23/EU) will  be transposed by the required deadline.
The criteria for the award of contract will be based on the provisions in the Statutory Instrument that implements each Directive into national la...

924. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of places currently in Autism Spectrum Disorder classes in Dublin North, by school; the number of places due to come on stream in the next two years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21260/15 asked on 09 Jun 2015 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The Deputy will be aware that the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from primary and post primary schools for special educational needs supports, including the establishment of special classes in various geographical areas as required. The NCSE operates within my Department’s criteria in allocating such suppo...

250. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the Spent Convictions Bill 2012 will be brought through to completion; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17398/15 asked on 06 May 2015 - Legislative Process)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The current position is that before the Act could be commenced, a 2013 UK Court of Appeal judgment necessitated a review of the disclosure provisions in both the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 and the Spent Convictions Bill. That review has been completed and amendments to the Vetting Act and consequential amendments to the Spent Convictions Bill are currently being drafted. I intend to bring the...

196. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans to provide e-fibre broadband to the Ballyboughal/Oldtown area in County Dublin, as works have been carried out on all surrounding areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17059/15 asked on 30 Apr 2015 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): The National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every citizen and business, regardless of location, has access to a high quality, high speed broadband service. This will be achieved through a combination of commercial investments and a State led intervention in areas where commercial services will not be provided.
The commercial telecommunications sector is currently investing approximately €2.5 billion in network up...

280. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if she will examine the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; if she will request, in view of the severity of the illness, that a district nurse visit this person with a view to beginning the provision of home help hours to the person as soon as possible. (Question 16456/15 asked on 28 Apr 2015 - Home Help Service)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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288. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if he will provide an update on the provision of a primary care centre in Swords, north County Dublin; the stage the project is at; when it will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16545/15 asked on 28 Apr 2015 - Primary Care Centre Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The HSE has responsibility for the provision, maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres. Therefore, this matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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289. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Health if he will provide an update on the provision of a primary care centre in Balbriggan, north County Dublin; the stage the project is at; when it will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16546/15 asked on 28 Apr 2015 - Primary Care Centre Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The HSE has responsibility for the provision, maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres. Therefore, this matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.
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841. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the scope in legislation for persons to be exempt from the non Principal Private Residence Charge in the event that they had to vacate their home on health and safety grounds, due to the occurrence of pyrite related damage in that home, and have lived in private rental accommodation while awaiting remediation works on their home; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11471/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Non-Principal Private Residence Charge Exemptions)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, broadened the revenue base of local authorities by introducing a charge on non-principal private residences. The Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) Charge is set at €200 and liability for it falls, in the main, on owners of rental, holiday and vacant or additional properties that are not an individual’s principal private residence. The NPPR Charge, which has ...

935. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans to provide efibre broadband to an area (details supplied) in County Dublin, as works have been carried out on all surrounding estates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11281/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): The National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every citizen and business, regardless of location, has access to a high quality, high speed broadband service. This will be achieved through a combination of commercial investments and a State led intervention in areas where commercial services will not be provided.
The commercial telecommunications sector is currently investing approximately €2.5 billion in network up...

943. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources his plans to provide efibre broadband to areas (details supplied) in County Dublin, in view of the fact that works have been carried out on all surrounding estates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11396/15 asked on 24 Mar 2015 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): The National Broadband Plan aims to ensure that every citizen and business, regardless of location, has access to a high quality, high speed broadband service. This will be achieved through a combination of commercial investments and a State led intervention in areas where commercial services will not be provided.
The commercial telecommunications sector is currently investing approximately €2.5 billion in network up...