223. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health when funding submissions (details supplied) made to the HSE will be answered; the position of the HSE regarding same; the reason for the delay in responding to the submissions to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20696/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Health Service Capacity Review)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In the light of the conclusions of the Health Service Capacity Review that the system will need nearly 2,600 additional acute hospital beds by 2031, I have asked my Department to work with the HSE to identify the location and mix of beds across the hospital system which can be opened and staffed this year and into 2019 in order to improve preparedness for Winter 2018/2019. 
This work is on-going and a priority for my Department. Notwithstanding the out...

238. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20511/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): An application under the 2017 Flood Damage Relief Measure was received in this office on 28/09/2017 from the representative of the estate of the above named herd.
An official from my department has been in direct contact with the representative and requested further documentation pertaining to the administration of the estate.  Upon receipt of this documentation the case will be reviewed further and a decision made.
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247. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason for introducing electronic identification for sheep alter in 2018; and the level of consultation he had with famer organisations on this matter to proceed with this measure. (Question 20774/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Animal Identification Schemes)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The current National Sheep Identification system (NSIS) has been in place since 2010. It is widely accepted that the system is overly complicated, relying too heavily on the manual transcription of lengthy identification numbers of sheep at various stages of production.
My Department commenced a review of the current NSIS in 2015 when my officials met with the stakeholder representative and outlined the preferred option to imp...

248. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of anaerobic digesters producing biogas in operation nationally by county, in tabular form; his plans to increase the uptake of farm waste to convert into biogas; and the steps he is taking to increase the production of biogas from farm waste. (Question 20775/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Farm Waste Management)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 248 and 249 together.
The agriculture and forest sector has a critical role to play in contributing to our national climate change ambitions, and bioenergy represents a key component of that contribution.
The EU report entitled the ‘Optimal use of biogas from waste streams’ indicated 31 AD biogas plants for Ireland in 2014. There were 3 agricultural, 14 sewage plant facilities and 7 industrial ...

249. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his officials have examined the 2017 SEAI report, Assessment of Costs and Benefits of Biogas and Biomethane in Ireland. (Question 20776/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Farm Waste Management)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 248 and 249 together.
The agriculture and forest sector has a critical role to play in contributing to our national climate change ambitions, and bioenergy represents a key component of that contribution.
The EU report entitled the ‘Optimal use of biogas from waste streams’ indicated 31 AD biogas plants for Ireland in 2014. There were 3 agricultural, 14 sewage plant facilities and 7 industrial ...

250. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applicants to date for 2018 basic payment scheme, BPS; and if the extension of the current deadline will be examined in view of recent pressures on farmers caused by the fodder shortages. (Question 20777/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Basic Payment Scheme Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Following recent discussion at EU level, the EU Commission undertook to draft legislation in relation to an extension to the deadline for the submission of BPS applications.  Any such extension would be voluntary for Member States.  Ireland has not requested a deadline extension in respect of BPS applications.
2018 is the first year that all BPS applications are to be made online, and in 2017 114,000 BPS applications were made...

251. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount allocated separately to the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development at EU level for the MFF programmes 2007-2013 and 2014-2020, in tabular form. (Question 20778/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - EU Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 251 and 252 together.
The information sought by the deputy is set out in the following table:
  - EU Total Allocation (€Millions) Ireland (€Millions) EAFRD   2007-2013 96,244 2,495 EAFRD   2014-2020 99,586 2,191 EAGF   Direct Payments (2007-2013) 283,369 9,384 EAGF   Direct Payments (2014-2020) 263,048 8,615 
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252. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount allocated separately to the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development to Ireland for the MFF programmes 2007-2013 and 2014-2020, in tabular form. (Question 20779/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - EU Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 251 and 252 together.
The information sought by the deputy is set out in the following table:
  - EU Total Allocation (€Millions) Ireland (€Millions) EAFRD   2007-2013 96,244 2,495 EAFRD   2014-2020 99,586 2,191 EAGF   Direct Payments (2007-2013) 283,369 9,384 EAGF   Direct Payments (2014-2020) 263,048 8,615 
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253. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the strategy being deployed at EU institutional level and with his European counterparts to resist cuts to Pillar 1 and 2 of CAP as proposed under the MFF 2021-2027. (Question 20780/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Multi Annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 proposals which were published on 2 May 2018 are detailed and complex and will require careful study in preparation for the detailed discussions that will begin shortly. The proposals will be under-pinned by even more detailed legislative proposals in each of the sectoral areas. 
The CAP is and will continue to be a key policy of strategic national interest for Ireland. It...

254. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount the CAP budget has been reduced in the MFF 2021-2027 proposals in absolute terms and when inflation is considered over the 2021-2027 period. (Question 20781/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 254, 255, 257 and 258 together.
The European Commission published its proposal for the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 on 2 May last.  It proposes a total CAP budget ceiling (EAGF and EAFRD) of just over €365 billion in commitment appropriations at current prices for the EU 27.  
This compares to a ceiling of approximately €408 billion for the EU 28 in the MFF period 2014-202...

255. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the deficit in the EU CAP budget following the UK intention to leave the Union as reflected in the MFF proposals for the 2021-2027 period; and the annual amount and total deficit over the same period. (Question 20782/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 254, 255, 257 and 258 together.
The European Commission published its proposal for the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 on 2 May last.  It proposes a total CAP budget ceiling (EAGF and EAFRD) of just over €365 billion in commitment appropriations at current prices for the EU 27.  
This compares to a ceiling of approximately €408 billion for the EU 28 in the MFF period 2014-202...

256. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the proposed MFF allocation over the 2021-2027 period for the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund compared to the 2014-2020 allocation. (Question 20783/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - European Maritime and Fisheries Fund)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): On 2 May 2018, the European Commission published its proposals on the post-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, marking the start of an important debate on the future of the EU Budget. The Commission is proposing an allocation to the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund for 2021-27 of €6.14 billion (current prices).  This compares to €6.5 billion allocated to the EMFF for the 2014-20 period, a reduction of 5.54%.  I am extrem...

257. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reduction in direct payments under pillar 1 as proposed under the MFF 2021-2027 for Ireland in monetary terms and the percentage reduction. (Question 20784/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 254, 255, 257 and 258 together.
The European Commission published its proposal for the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 on 2 May last.  It proposes a total CAP budget ceiling (EAGF and EAFRD) of just over €365 billion in commitment appropriations at current prices for the EU 27.  
This compares to a ceiling of approximately €408 billion for the EU 28 in the MFF period 2014-202...

258. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the MFF 2021-2027 and the reduction in the co-financing support in the rural development programme by ten points; the impact this will have on Irish pillar 2 funding; and the steps being taken to resist this. (Question 20785/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Common Agricultural Policy Negotiations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 254, 255, 257 and 258 together.
The European Commission published its proposal for the Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021 - 2027 on 2 May last.  It proposes a total CAP budget ceiling (EAGF and EAFRD) of just over €365 billion in commitment appropriations at current prices for the EU 27.  
This compares to a ceiling of approximately €408 billion for the EU 28 in the MFF period 2014-202...

259. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the project team for the new Freshwater Pearl Mussel Programme. (Question 20786/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Wildlife Conservation)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I am pleased to say that a team to administer the Freshwater Pearl Mussel Programme has been selected following a detailed competitive procurement process.  
The new programme is a locally-led project, funded under the European Innovation Partnership measure which forms part of the Irish Rural Development Programme. Its design and management will be the responsibility of the project team who will liaise closely with officials ...

260. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on a matter (details supplied) in respect of rule changes to an EU measure. (Question 20787/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - EU Regulations)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): EU Regulation 2017/2393 came into effect on 1st January 2018.  This Regulation included an amendment to EU Regulation 1307/2013 regarding the number of years a successful applicant under the Young Farmers Scheme (YFS) can receive payment.  The relevant amendment is in two parts.  The first part of the regulatory amendment provides that YFS applicants may receive payment for five years starting from the first submission of an a...

215. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a representative of an organisation (details supplied) will be included on the EU monitoring committee for the Rural Development Programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20229/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Rural Development Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Monitoring Committee for Ireland’s Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2014–2020 was set up in accordance with Article 47 of (EU) Regulation 1303/2015, which requires that it be in place within three months of the Commission decision to adopt the new RDP.  The Monitoring Committee was therefore formed in July 2015, following a comprehensive selection process. The aim of that process was to ensure that the relevant public au...

216. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a representative of an organisation (details supplied) will be included on the charter of rights committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20230/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Farmers Charter Review)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The current Farmers’ Charter of Rights has been in place since 2015.  The Farmers’ Charter of Rights Monitoring Committee monitors agreed targets and standards. This Monitoring Committee is comprised of representatives of farming organisations, staff of my Department and an independent chair. While my Department is satisfied that the committee is successfully carrying out its function with the present composition of the Comm...

289. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the stakeholders with whom he has met with a view to gathering a fund to establish a redress scheme for homeowners affected by defective mica concrete blocks in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20393/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Compensation Schemes)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Expert Panel on concrete blocks was established by my Department in 2016, to investigate problems that have emerged in the concrete blockwork of certain dwellings in Counties Donegal and Mayo.
The panel had the following terms of reference:
(i) To identify, insofar as it is possible, the numbers of private dwellings which appear to be affected by defects in the blockwork in the Counties of ...

75. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the report regarding the establishment of a redress scheme for those homeowners whose homes were built using defective blocks; when such a scheme might be operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19792/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Expert Panel on concrete blocks was established by my Department in 2016, to investigate problems that have emerged in the concrete blockwork of certain dwellings in Counties Donegal and Mayo.
The panel had the following terms of reference:
(i) To identify, insofar as it is possible, the numbers of private dwellings which appear to be affected by defects in the blockwork in the Counties of ...

116. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Finance if a person who is taking part in a community employment scheme has to pay the universal social charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19670/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Community Employment Schemes Administration)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Payments made to participants in Community Employment Schemes are not liable to the Universal Social Charge.  These payments are treated as social welfare payments and are therefore exempt from the Universal Social Charge under section 531 AM of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997.
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261. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health if the post of diabetes clinical nurse specialist has been filled in Letterkenny University Hospital following a recent retirement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19674/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Hospital Staff Recruitment)

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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262. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health if additional resources (details supplied) to support a second adult consultant endocrinologist-led diabetes team for adult services has been confirmed for Letterkenny University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19675/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Hospital Staff Recruitment)

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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266. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health the access persons with type 1 diabetes attending Letterkenny University Hospital have to psychology services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19689/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Psychological Services)

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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267. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health the progress that has been made to ensure that each child in County Donegal diagnosed with type 1 diabetes under five years of age will have access to start pump therapy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19690/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Medical Aids and Appliances Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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