21. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he is satisfied that the public and the Houses of the Oireachtas were sufficiently informed in regard to overseas missions (details supplied) as to the make-up of the Defence Forces contingents serving on those missions in view of the fact that in cases in which motions pursuant to section 2 of the Defence (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1960 were passed approving the despatch of Defence Forces members on overseas missions did not refer to Army Ranger Wing involvement. (Question 20412/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Overseas Missions)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 42 together.
The Army Ranger Wing (ARW) are the Special Operations Forces of the Defence Forces.
Defence Forces personnel, including ARW personnel, are deployed to United Nations peacekeeping missions in accordance with the provisions of the Defence Acts.
The statutory authority for the despatch of contingents of the Permanent Defence Force for service overseas is set out in Section 2 of t...

45. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of Defence Forces personnel who have left in each of the years 2000 to 2017 and to date 2018; the average length of the service; if an analysis has taken place to address the problems of retention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20413/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 33, 37 and 44 to 46, inclusive, together.
The Defence Forces have a higher level of turnover than other areas of the public service and this is a feature of military organisations internationally.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Permanent Defence Force have traditionally been set by, amongst other things, reference to levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public s...

100. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 233 of 27 March 2018, if the tender for appointment of a replacement architect for a building project (details supplied) has been made. (Question 20531/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Tender documents for a replacement architect for the major building project at the school referred to by the Deputy are currently being prepared by my Department.
It is expected that the Invitation to Tender for this appointment will issue week ending 18 May 2018.
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126. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 156 of 8 February 2018, the way in which the Circular OPS 12/2011, Consolidated Guidelines for Prisoners Released on Temporary Release, contain a reference to recommendations from a report (details supplied); and if he will make the report available to persons that had cooperated with previous enquiries into the matter. (Question 20602/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Prison Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Prison Service that the Director General commissioned an external operational report into the circumstances surrounding the removal of a person from the Dochas Centre. A review of the draft report highlighted legal and procedural flaws in the way the enquiry was conducted and a second external investigator was appointed in an attempt to bring the enquiry to a satisfactory conclusion. Unfortunately, as was outl...

127. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will clarify his reply to Parliamentary Question Nos. 509 and 573 of 16 January 2018 (details supplied), in view of press reports stating that the Legal Services Regulatory Authority has not yet got a permanent premises and will not be taking complaints until the summer of 2019. (Question 20603/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Legal Services Regulation)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Legal Services Regulatory Authority has been established on a firm statutory basis under the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 its establishment day for that purpose having been 1 October 2016. The Authority, which is independent in the performance of its functions under the 2015 Act, has convened regularly since its inaugural meeting on 26 October 2016 and completed a whole series of statutory public consultations and reports tha...

168. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason the National Cancer Screening Service awarded a contract to a company (details supplied) in 2010 that obliged or enabled the company to establish a laboratory here to read NCSS slides; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20519/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.
This question relates to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry. I announced the terms of reference of this Inquiry, following agreement by Government, on 8th May 2018. 
The Inquiry, led by Dr Gabriel Scally, will examine the facts, including details of the non-disclosure to patients relating to CervicalCheck clinical audits and the management and level of knowledge of var...

169. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason the National Cancer Screening Service awarded a second contract to a company (details supplied) in 2010 regarding a laboratory that did not as yet exist and which was unaccredited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20520/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.
This question relates to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry. I announced the terms of reference of this Inquiry, following agreement by Government, on 8th May 2018. 
The Inquiry, led by Dr Gabriel Scally, will examine the facts, including details of the non-disclosure to patients relating to CervicalCheck clinical audits and the management and level of knowledge of var...

170. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a company (details supplied) was allowed to test National Cancer Screening Service smears for over 18 months in the absence of accreditation contrary to recent assurances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20521/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.
This question relates to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry. I announced the terms of reference of this Inquiry, following agreement by Government, on 8th May 2018. 
The Inquiry, led by Dr Gabriel Scally, will examine the facts, including details of the non-disclosure to patients relating to CervicalCheck clinical audits and the management and level of knowledge of var...

173. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if the urgent introduction of a no-fault vaccine payment scheme for persons debilitated by narcolepsy as a result of being vaccinated with the drug Pandemrix will be considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20525/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Vaccination Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to “… put in place a scheme, on a no-fault basis, that will respond to the needs of people with disability arising from vaccination.” The policy objectives in putting in place a scheme to meet the needs of people with disability arising from vaccination are to provide fair and just compensation for those who may have been injured by a vaccine, to reduce the costs to the State by providing ...

236. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps his Department takes to monitor breaches in the codes of practice regarding the selling and supply of goods through published advertisements, online or printed, regarding the sale of dogs and-or puppies that have been bred illegally or are being sold to take part in illegal hunting activities. (Question 20593/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Irish Pet Advertising Advisory Group (IPAAG) Minimum Standards, for online classified advertising websites, was launched in 2015. IPAAG is an advisory group of Irish animal welfare organisations, representatives from the veterinary profession and online websites. I fully endorse these Minimum Standards and would strongly encourage websites that advertise animals for sale to comply with them.
The Dog Breeding Establishments...

139. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there has been a recent audit of Garda property seized in the course of arrests or investigation; his views on the security of such seizures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20275/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will appreciate that the manner in which property is seized by Members of An Garda Síochána during the course of their official duties is an operational issue for the Commissioner, and his management team, and I have no role in such matters. 
This notwithstanding I have requested a report from the Garda authorities on this issue and I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.
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140. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the protocol regarding the way in which money and drugs seized in investigations are handled, stored and returned to the person from whom they were seized in the event of an unsuccessful prosecution. (Question 20276/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Garda Operations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have raised the matter referred to by the Deputy with the Garda Authorities and requested a report on the issue. I will reply to the Deputy when the report is to hand. 
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161. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been waiting since January 2018 for results of eye tests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20209/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing...

136. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the procedures adopted under the mobility policy; if it is possible for a person to move backwards on the list; the circumstances in which such could occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19904/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Phase 1A of the Civil Service Mobility scheme was launched for Clerical Officers and Executive Officers to apply for mobility in November 2017. Over 3,300 staff members have applied for mobility since its launch. As a matter of policy for the scheme, applicants are queued by date of application in the first instance, and length of service in the second instance.
It was open to applicants to enter a legacy date on their initial ...

137. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of transfers of Department of Justice and Equality staff planned in 2018 and 2019 in zone 7 under the mobility policy section; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19905/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Phase 1A of the Civil Service Mobility scheme was launched for Clerical Officers and Executive Officers to apply for mobility in November 2017. Over 3,300 staff members have applied for mobility since its launch.  
When the Mobility system becomes operational for organisations to initiate transfers, vacant posts will be filled in accordance with the following organisational sequence.
CO – 50% Mobility : 50% Open;
EO – 40% Open ...

198. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if it is envisaged that transfers from the Irish Prison Service to other areas of his Department will cease upon the new reorganisation of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19903/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Prison Service Staff)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Plans to establish the Irish Prison Service (IPS) as a scheduled office that will also incorporate administrative staff currently employed in my Department are well advanced. Under these arrangements departmental staff in Longford will transfer to the IPS under a transfer of function while staff undertaking IPS duties in Dublin will have the option of being reassigned to other divisions of my Department based in Dublin.
Thereafter, any...

254. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason that no annual report has been published by CAMHS since 2013. (Question 19661/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Child and Adult Mental Health Services Reports)

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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489. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the legal advice he has received in relation to the basis of the Pyrite board’s narrow interpretation of section 15(3) of the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 (details supplied). (Question 20123/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 489 and 490 together.
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” and is limited in its application and scope. ...

490. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to improve the pyrite remediation scheme in view of documented shortcomings. (Question 20124/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 489 and 490 together.
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” and is limited in its application and scope. ...

30. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if failure to sign a personal progression plan with Seetec is used by deciding officers as a sole reason to penalise a participant’s social protection payment. (Question 19301/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Social Welfare Benefits Eligibility)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Penalty rates are a legal provision within the Jobseeker schemes to ensure that the Department can achieve compliance with Government Activation Policy as stated in Pathways to Work. Legislation provides that sanctions / penalties in the form of reduced payments may be imposed by the Department’s Deciding Officers where recipients of jobseeker payments fail, without good cause, to comply with activation measures. Act...

45. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of face biometric data records collected through the administration of the public services card that are held by her Department; and the security protocols and policies in place to prevent a leak or breach of data records, including biometric data records collected by her Department through the public services card system. (Question 19302/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Public Services Card Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Biometric information is information about the measurements of human body characteristics, such as fingerprints, eye retinas and irises, voice patterns, facial patterns and hand measurements and it is typically used for authentication purposes. The Public Services Card (PSC) 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 arit...

140. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health when he will bring legislation forward to provide for mandatory open disclosure (details supplied). (Question 19323/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Medical Disclosure Code)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I am, and have always have been, fully committed to open disclosure. It is a patient’s right to be provided with honest, open and prompt communication about adverse events that may have caused them harm. This is underpinned in the Medical Practitioners Code of Conduct. 
I have been progressing for some time a number of policy and legislative provisions to ensure full implementation of open disclosure. Specifically, legislation, that is, the Civil Liab...

155. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health his views on the delays for persons with multiple sclerosis to access life-changing medication; and if he will engage with an organisation (details supplied) to discuss the matter. (Question 19481/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE has statutory responsibility for medicine pricing and reimbursement decisions, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013. The Act sets out criteria for decisions on reimbursement. As Minister for Health, I do not have any statutory power or function in relation to the reimbursement of medicines. 
In line with the 2013 Act, if a company would like a medicine to be reimbursed through the community drug schemes, i...

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...