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...

68. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason his Department failed to consider propositions supporting a supplementary pension or to conduct a stand-alone review of compulsory retirement ages to facilitate progressing a solution for new Defence Forces commissioned officers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19274/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Retirements)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 68 to 71, inclusive, together.
A claim in relation to Conciliation Council Report 421 and claims to review the Mandatory Retirement ages for Commissioned Ranks have been received from the Representative Association for Commissioned Officers (RACO) under the Conciliation and Arbitration (C&A;) scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force. The Deputy will appreciate that as discussions under t...

69. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a reply will issue to an organisation (details supplied) on the issues relating to the discriminatory nature of superannuation anomalies while factoring in the unique military service conditions of mandatory early retirement. (Question 19275/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Retirements)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 68 to 71, inclusive, together.
A claim in relation to Conciliation Council Report 421 and claims to review the Mandatory Retirement ages for Commissioned Ranks have been received from the Representative Association for Commissioned Officers (RACO) under the Conciliation and Arbitration (C&A;) scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force. The Deputy will appreciate that as discussions under t...

70. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to engage with the Ministers for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform and Employment Affairs and Social Protection and all parties to the CCR 421 agreement in order to ameliorate the superannuation entitlements that target the economic well-being of a particular cohort of Defence Forces commissioned officers. (Question 19276/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Retirements)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 68 to 71, inclusive, together.
A claim in relation to Conciliation Council Report 421 and claims to review the Mandatory Retirement ages for Commissioned Ranks have been received from the Representative Association for Commissioned Officers (RACO) under the Conciliation and Arbitration (C&A;) scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force. The Deputy will appreciate that as discussions under t...

71. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to initiate and conclude in a timely manner the review of the mandatory retirement ages in order to allow progress to be made in the provision of a suitable solution to the anomalies identified in the superannuation scheme. (Question 19277/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Defence Forces Retirements)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 68 to 71, inclusive, together.
A claim in relation to Conciliation Council Report 421 and claims to review the Mandatory Retirement ages for Commissioned Ranks have been received from the Representative Association for Commissioned Officers (RACO) under the Conciliation and Arbitration (C&A;) scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force. The Deputy will appreciate that as discussions under t...

81. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the way in which his response to Parliamentary Question No. 110 of 24 April 2018, stating that the OPCW investigation had no role in attributing the origin or ascertaining blame for the poisoning in Salisbury had a bearing on the State’s decision to expel a Russian diplomat as stated in his reply to Parliamentary Question No. 188 of 17 April 2018. (Question 19208/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Diplomatic Representation)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The OPCW was requested by the UK to independently verify the toxic chemical used in the Salisbury attack. The OPCW was not investigating the circumstances of the poisoning or responsibility for it.
Following on from extensive briefings by the United Kingdom at senior official level and to EU Foreign Ministers, UK Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the European Council on 22 March 2018. She made a compelling case in sup...

88. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 383 of 20 June 2017 and other statements from his Department (details supplied), the position regarding persons with this legislation benefit under the Irish airlines superannuation scheme that wish to transfer from IASS to other schemes within the PSTN at full value of their benefits prior to December 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19226/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Irish Airlines Pensions has advised this Department that as a result of the deficit that exists on the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS) pension fund, it is not in a position to fully fund transfers effected through the Public Sector Transfer Network (PSTN).
The rules of the PSTN require a full transfer of pension entitlements. In the case of funded pension schemes, this means that a transfer payment must be made in r...

89. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 94 of 24 April 2018, if his attention has been drawn to issues raised (details supplied) on the windows; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that this layer is not the size that the supplier alleges is being used; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19272/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Building Regulations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The cell windows used by the Office of Public Works are a composite construction made up of three components, namely concrete, glass block and a protective covering layer. The performance of the cell windows depends on all three components working together and not just one single component of its make-up. The composite construction of the cell windows mentioned in the deputy’s PQ does not breach Safe...

103. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 105 of 25 April 2018, if the complication with the roll of barristers is beyond that which was anticipated; the details of the delay; and his views on whether a principal objective of this reform in respect of restoring public trust is at risk. (Question 19145/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Legal Services Regulation)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Roll of Practising Barristers is a new framework being set up and maintained for the first time by the Legal Services Regulatory Authority under Part 9 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015. As I have previously conveyed, the Regulatory Authority, which is independent in the performance of its functions, has stated that it is making the necessary detailed preparations and developing the necessary staffing and other resources r...

109. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason it is taking 19 months for asylum seekers to receive an interview with the International Protection Office as highlighted by the UNHCR; the steps he will take to address the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19308/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Asylum Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): On 31 December 2016, the International Protection Act 2015 was commenced, providing for the introduction of a single application procedure for people seeking international protection in the State. The 2015 Act replaces the previous sequential application system with a single application process, for asylum, subsidiary protection and permission to remain in the State, bringing Ireland into line with the processing arrangements applicabl...

110. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the implementation of McMahon report recommendations 4.75 and 4.87 in view of the capacity concerns in the direct provision system and pressure on asylum seeker accommodation; the number and percentage of families residing in centres with access to their own private living space; and the number and percentage of single residents with their own room and or sharing with one, two or three or more persons, respectively. (Question 19310/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Direct Provision System)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Third and Final Progress Report on the Implementation of the Report of the Working Group to Report to Government on Improvements to the Protection Process, including Direct Provision and Supports for Asylum Seekers, which was chaired by Dr. Bryan McMahon was published in June 2017. The Report showed that 133 of the recommendations contained in the McMahon Report were fully implemented with a further 36 recomm...

138. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the work of the Farrelly commission with particular reference to the progress and expenditure to date; if interim reports will be published; the timeframe for completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19309/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Commissions of Investigation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Commission of Investigation (certain matters relative to a disability service in the South East and related matters) (the Farrelly Commission) is an independent statutory Commission of Investigation. It commenced its investigations in May 2017 and its work is ongoing. The first phase of the Commission’s work is to investigate the role of public authorities in the care and protection of Grace, who resided with a former foster family in the South Ea...

51. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the steps she is taking to protect the children of illegally adopted persons who are unaware of their status from receiving false medical records in view of the delay in progressing the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016; and the way in which these persons are being protected from receiving incorrect medical family histories. (Question 18814/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Adoption Records Provision)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 provides for the first time a statutory entitlement to identity information for adopted persons. 
The legislation provides for structured and regulated access to information and tracing services for those affected by adoption. It sets out the information that can be provided, which includes early life information and medical information, and the circumstances in which it can be pr...

53. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the actions being taken to investigate serious issues and allegations regarding risk to children awaiting a service and the neglect of those children already in care contained in a protected disclosure by a person (details supplied); and the actions being taken to hold to account the persons responsible in the case of a child. (Question 18815/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Child Protection)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The issues referred to by the Deputy have been, and continue to be, the subject of investigation. I do not propose to comment on the specific matters raised at this stage. 
I can, however, assure the Deputy that I have attached particular importance to allegations made regarding possible risk to children and I have sought, through a series of actions, to be assured that services provided to children in the area in question are s...

128. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress that has been made to organise meetings for groups of survivors of residential institutional abuse. (Question 18603/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Residential Institutions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Following a meeting with survivors, I expressed a willingness to have a series of consultation meetings around the country, led by and for survivors of institutional abuse. The purpose of these meetings will be to enable survivors to reflect on their experiences, the State’s response to the issue of institutional abuse and to make any recommendations they wish to make. The detail of how this can happen is being worked out and Departmen...

187. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if section 44.(1) of the Prison Rules 2007 SI 252 of 2007 will be amended to include the phrase “(k) Members of the Oireachtas” in order to ensure that correspondence from Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas to and from prisoners is dealt with securely and promptly. (Question 18713/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Prison Regulations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to thank the Deputy for her proposal to amend Rule 44 (1) of the Prison Rules 2007, to include members of the Oireachtas. This proposal merits further consideration and I have asked my officials to liaise with officials in the Irish Prison Service to explore it in more detail. I will respond directly to the Deputy when this review is finalised.
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305. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 785 of 17 April 2018, the number of the 44 approved neurologist posts that have been filled. (Question 19036/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Consultant Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 305 and 306 together.
As the Deputy is aware, the Model of Care for Neurology was launched by the Director General of the HSE in late 2016. This was developed by the HSE’s National Clinical Programme for Neurology in collaboration with consultants, nurses, health and social care professionals and patient support groups. It aims to address the need for strategic development of neurology services in the provision of bett...

306. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 785 of 17 April 2018, the investment committed for the diagnosis and treatment of neurology related conditions; and the percentage increase or decrease on investment this represents when compared to 2017. (Question 19037/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Consultant Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 305 and 306 together.
As the Deputy is aware, the Model of Care for Neurology was launched by the Director General of the HSE in late 2016. This was developed by the HSE’s National Clinical Programme for Neurology in collaboration with consultants, nurses, health and social care professionals and patient support groups. It aims to address the need for strategic development of neurology services in the provision of bett...

336. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 1121 of 17 April 2018, if the figures provided by Bord na gCon (details supplied) are for unregistered greyhounds re-homed by the Irish Greyhound Board in each of the years 2010 to 2017. (Question 18967/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Greyhound Industry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Bord na gCon is a commercial State Body, established under the Greyhound Industry Act, 1958 chiefly to control greyhound racing and to improve and develop the greyhound industry.
Bord na gCon is a body corporate and a separate entity to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. 
The question raised by the Deputy is an operational matter for Bord na gCon.
I will request officials in my Department to refer the question...

410. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection further to Parliamentary Question No. 939 of 20 March 2018 if her Department holds biometric data on individuals in possession of a public services card in view of the fact that a recent e-tender (details supplied) for the provision of facial recognition software for the public services card explicitly states that the supplier must provide the tools and processes to migrate up to 4 million biographic and face biometric records from the legacy system database to the new system; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18565/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Public Services Card Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The use of facial matching technology has been successfully employed by the Department for a number of years. What is proposed, in the context of this competitive tender process, is a continuation and upgrade of this existing technology.
The Public Services Card does not store biometrics. While the card does store the person’s photograph and it appears on the card, it does not store the biometric or arithmetic templ...

35. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the implications for live cattle exports in view of the announcement of the opening of the beef market with China. (Question 18261/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Live Exports)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Last week I announced that my Department has secured the opening of the Chinese beef market for Irish beef. This is very good news for our agri-food sector and indeed for the country. The ongoing search for new third-country markets is a priority for my Department, particularly in the context of the challenges posed for our livestock products by the upcoming UK exit from the EU.
But while China will be an important future mark...

39. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 1069 of 17 April 2018, when the consultation document regarding inshore waters will be published and available publicly. (Question 18260/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Inshore Fisheries)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The issue of limiting access to different categories of vessels in inshore waters and within 6 nautical miles has been raised by a number of stakeholders. My department is currently in the final stages of preparing a formal paper to include possible measures. I hope to be in a position to present this paper for a full public consultation in the coming days. Let me provide some background on this matter.
This Government has com...

127. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason the national ambulance service is not implementing the recommendations of the national ambulance service capacity review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18337/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Ambulance Service)

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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236. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of applications under the pyrite remediation scheme which have been accepted for inclusion under section 17 of the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013. (Question 18429/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board and for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme to be implemented by the Board with support from the Housing Agency. The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” for affected homeowners who have no other practical option to obtain redress and is limited in its app...