46. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when his Department will publish the new guidelines for dog breeding establishments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19073/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Dog Breeding Industry)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 55 together.
My Department has overall policy responsibility for the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010. Under the Act, Guidelines are in place for Dog Breeding Establishments and these are currently being revised by my Department. A draft was published as part of a public consultation process which ended in February 2017. The Department has completed its review of the submissions rece...

55. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the measures his Department is considering as a result of the public consultation process that will tighten up enforcement of regulations and licence conditions for dog breeding. (Question 19072/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Dog Breeding Industry)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 55 together.
My Department has overall policy responsibility for the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010. Under the Act, Guidelines are in place for Dog Breeding Establishments and these are currently being revised by my Department. A draft was published as part of a public consultation process which ended in February 2017. The Department has completed its review of the submissions rece...

51. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his Department will liaise with local authorities and An Garda Síochána to ensure that the living conditions of dogs and pups on puppy farms is within the regulations and to enforce sanction or close down farms that are operating outside of the terms of their licence. (Question 8723/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Dog Breeding Industry)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 51 and 67 together.
Under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010, local authorities are responsible for the registration, inspection and regulation of dog breeding establishments within their functional areas. Furthermore, the enforcement of welfare standards regarding all animals, including dogs, is a matter for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the Animal Health and Welf...

67. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when his Department will publish the final report on the review of dog breeding establishment guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8724/18 asked on 21 Feb 2018 - Dog Breeding Industry)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 51 and 67 together.
Under the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010, local authorities are responsible for the registration, inspection and regulation of dog breeding establishments within their functional areas. Furthermore, the enforcement of welfare standards regarding all animals, including dogs, is a matter for the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine under the Animal Health and Welf...

527. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his attention has been drawn to the conditions at a pound (details supplied) which is the subject of a social media video displaying appalling living conditions for animals; and if his Department will correspond with local government authorities and animal welfare inspectors to ensure a full inspection is carried out. (Question 8746/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): Under the Control of Dogs Acts, local authorities have responsibility for operating and managing dog control and licensing services in their administrative areas, including the management of dog pounds and shelters and my Department has no involvement in this process.
Furthermore, the enforcement of welfare standards regarding all animals, including dogs seized, accepted or detained under the Control of Dogs Acts, is a matter fo...

566. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of secondees from companies (details supplied) who are working in his Department. (Question 5840/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Department of Rural and Community Development was established in July 2017 following the appointment by the Taoiseach of a new Minister with responsibility for Rural and Community Development. Its goal is to facilitate the advancement of sustainable economic and social progress in rural Ireland and to foster sustainable community development throughout Ireland.
I can confirm that my Department has no persons seconded from t...

58. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if his Department will review dog licensing and breeding legislation in view of a similar review now under way in the UK to provide tighter restrictions for breeding, living conditions and the sale of pups. (Question 1677/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Dog Breeding Industry)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): Responsibility for the Control of Dogs Acts 1986 to 2014, including the Dog Breeding Establishments Act 2010, transferred to the Department of Rural and Community Development in July 2017. 
Under the Control of Dogs Acts, local authorities are responsible for operating and managing dog control and licensing services in their administrative areas. The Control of Dogs Act 1986 outlines requirements regarding the need to hold dog l...

1524. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if the Charities Regulator is empowered to enforce sanctions against charities operating in contravention of the Charities Act, such as in the case of an organisation (details supplied). (Question 1206/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Charities Regulation)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): Under the Charities Act, 2009, the Charities Regulatory Authority is fully independent in the performance of its statutory functions. The general function of the Regulatory Authority is to regulate charitable organisations operating in Ireland, in order to increase public trust and confidence in their management and administration. 
Under Section 41 of the 2009 Act, it is an offence for any person to advertise on behalf of, to i...

204. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he will review the SICAP funding to deal with the shortcomings in the present system regarding the way in which funds are allocated (details supplied). (Question 40044/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 204 and 206 together.
Within the constraints of the prevailing budgetary situation, I am particularly conscious of the need to prioritise funding for the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), and for its successor, SICAP 2018-2022, from January next. 
In 2017, the SICAP programme has a budget of €37.5m,  distributed across Ireland’s 51 geographic SICAP Lots. My aim is to en...

205. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if the index traditionally being used to allocate SICAP funding remains weighted by the presence of local authority housing in view of the fact that since the early 1990s housing for persons in need has generally been provided through the private sector creating a deep anomaly for areas for example which have seen large population growth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40045/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I assume the Deputy is referring to the Pobal HP Deprivation index employed for the allocation of funding to areas, through my Department’s Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP). 
In 2017, the SICAP programme has a budget of €37.5m, to be distributed across Ireland’s 51 geographic SICAP Lots. The geographic distribution and allocation of resources for the SICAP programme uses the Pobal HP Deprivation index ...

206. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to increase the amount of funding available to Fingal to reflect population growth. (Question 40046/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 204 and 206 together.
Within the constraints of the prevailing budgetary situation, I am particularly conscious of the need to prioritise funding for the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), and for its successor, SICAP 2018-2022, from January next. 
In 2017, the SICAP programme has a budget of €37.5m,  distributed across Ireland’s 51 geographic SICAP Lots. My aim is to en...

207. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he has given consideration to a system whereby if the contract for delivery of SICAP funding is again assigned to the Blanchardstown area partnership, that the Fingal leader partnership would work as a subcontractor (details supplied). (Question 40047/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Administration)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is the largest social inclusion intervention of its kind in the State. The Programme was rolled out in April 2015, and will run until 31 December 2017. Its aim is to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged individuals, community organisations, public sector agencies and other stakehol...