27. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health in view of the age profile and growing stress of the women involved, the reason for the delay in delivering on the commitment for redress of the victims of Dr. Michael Neary, and when the promised redress may be expected (Question 56892/12 asked on 19 Dec 2012 - Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme Eligibility)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): This Government has given a commitment in the Programme for Government to seek a mechanism to compensate those women who were excluded on age grounds alone from the Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme. I understand that approximately 35 women who suffered an unnecessary bilateral oophorectomy were excluded from the Redress Scheme on the basis of age alone. The Scheme of Redress approved by Government in 2007 was a non-statutory, ex-gratia scheme. Awards we...

72. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason the National Purchase Treatment Fund scheme to remove faulty PIP implants has not been implemented; the reason the Harley Medical Group has not fulfilled their obligations to provide an appropriate care package to the women affected therefore increasing the threat of cancer and serious health problems (Question 56893/12 asked on 19 Dec 2012 - National Treatment Purchase Fund)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Discussions and planning between the Department of Health, Health Service Executive (HSE) and the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) are ongoing concerning PIP breast implants and in particular those patients treated through the Harley Medical Group. The aim is to ensure that anyone with a concern about their breast implants will have the option of discussing those matters in the first instance with their general practitioner or surgeon. If the o...

142. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on the way the safety of residents will be protected in Temple Court, Santry, Dublin, in view of the fact that serious fire safety concerns were made to Fingal County Council in early October, which were passed on to Fire Prevention Services, however, no investigation has taken place due to insufficient staff resources. (Question 57357/12 asked on 19 Dec 2012 - Building Regulations Compliance)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Primary responsibility for compliance with the requirements of the Building Regulations rests with the designers, builders and owners of buildings. Implementation and enforcement of the building control system is a matter for the relevant building control authority. 
Under section 18 of the Fire Services Act 1981 and 2003 it is the duty of every person having control over premises, such as apartment complexes, to ...

97. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if, in relation to the promised Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill and access to records by adult victims of illegal adoptions, she will ensure that the rights of the person, against whom a crime has been committed, to establish their identity shall supersede any claimed constitutional right to privacy of any other person. (Question 56669/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Adoption Legislation)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 97 and 98 together.
I refer to my Department’s response to the Deputy’s question No. 18 (Ref. 46753/12) of 25th October last which answers the questions raised here.
As stated, it is then intended that the Heads of Bill will provide that the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) is to have responsibility for ensuring that access to those records is provided to an adopted person or to a birth paren...

98. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she will publish a list of the known location of adoption records and ensure that these records are immediately protected and secured. (Question 56668/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Adoption Legislation)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 97 and 98 together.
I refer to my Department’s response to the Deputy’s question No. 18 (Ref. 46753/12) of 25th October last which answers the questions raised here.
As stated, it is then intended that the Heads of Bill will provide that the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI) is to have responsibility for ensuring that access to those records is provided to an adopted person or to a birth paren...

214. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills with regard to the change over to Student Universal Support Ireland, the amount by which the costs will exceed the savings for year one and two. (Question 56475/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Student Grant Scheme Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): During the transition period which migrates the administration from the local authorities and VECs to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI), staff resources and associated staffing costs will continue to be incurred by both the local authorities and VECs, as well as SUSI. Staffing resources and staffing costs associated with the processing of grant applications for students renewing their grants are met by local authorities and vocation...

215. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills in comparison to last year’s figures the number of new or first time grant applications have been received this year. (Question 56476/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Student Grant Scheme Application Numbers)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn)(Deputy Ruairí Quinn): I understand from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI) that, as at the close of business on the 16th December, it has received 67,029 student grant applications for this academic year.
A survey completed by the grant awarding authorities in January each year provides details in relation to processing of grant applications as at the third week in January. The processing position as at the 21 January 2012 in rel...

216. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills in future years will there be an overall reduction in the moneys allocated for student grants and the proposed figures for same. (Question 56477/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Student Grant Scheme Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn)(Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The funding allocation for student grants for future years will be determined in the context of the overall Estimates and Budgetary process undertaken by all Government Departments. It is not, therefore, possible at this stage to predict what the allocation for student grants, will be in the future.
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421. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government noting that the Kyoto extension negotiated in Doha will only cover 15% of the world’s greenhouse emissions, the current expected compensation costs from 2020 that Ireland has signed up to. (Question 56284/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): At the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Parties agreed to adopt a second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol from 2013 to 2020 as part of an overall balanced package of measures to progress negotiations towards a single, global, legally binding climate agreement for all Parties by 2015. Apart from EU Member States, the other Parties who have indicated that they will join the second commitment period (CP2) ...

651. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health in relation to recent statements he has made in the press about Ireland having one of the lowest rates of maternal mortality in the world, if he will confirm that the recently published first Confidential Maternal Death Enquiry in Ireland Report for the Triennium 2009 – 2011 records that the maternal death rate in Ireland is at best average in comparison with other EU countries and that data on maternal mortality figures are incomplete due to ongoing deficiencies in data collection systems. (Question 56899/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Maternal Mortality)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Ireland had the 13th lowest rate of maternal mortality out of 178 countries reporting data. Maternal mortality is a rare occurrence in Ireland. It must be understood that since there are usually fewer than 5 such deaths per year, rates can appear to fluctuate significantly from year to year. For example, an increase in deaths from 2 to 4 in a given year would lead to an apparent 100% increase in the maternal mortality rate. Because of this, reports ...

652. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if he will confirm that the Health Service Executive commissioned KPMG Independent Review of Maternity and Gynaecology Services in the greater Dublin area, published in 2008, found a 30% shortfall in necessary obstetric, midwifery, neonatal and theatre staff to meet international standards for safe care; and if in view of recorded recent maternal deaths in hospitals in the greater Dublin area, those staff shortages have been dealt with in full (Question 56900/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): A comprehensive review of maternity and gynaecology services in the greater Dublin area was completed in 2008. The KPMG Independent Review of Maternity and Gynaecology Services in the Greater Dublin area identified the need to increase consultant and midwife staffing levels and recommended the recruitment of additional staff across the three Dublin sites. The staff numbers required, as outlined in the KPMG report, were based on the current model of ...

120. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to deal with the fact that almost two thirds of the raw sewerage pumped into the sea 50 yards from the coast at Rush, County Dublin, is untreated in view of the fact that this is in breach of EU and Environmental Protection Agency regulations. (Question 56092/12 asked on 13 Dec 2012 - Water and Sewerage Schemes Provision)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan)(Deputy Phil Hogan): The operation, maintenance and management of existing sewerage infrastructure is a matter for the relevant water services authority, in this case Fingal County Council. 
The Portrane/Donabate/Rush/Lusk Sewerage Scheme is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013, with some elements to advance to construction and others to advance through planning during the lif...

135. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to review cases similar to Mallak v. the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, following the decision of the Supreme Court in relation to the lack of transparency and fairness in the process of applying for Irish citizenship. (Question 56090/12 asked on 13 Dec 2012 - Citizenship Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 127, 128, 135 and 136 together.
The implications of the judgement of the Supreme Court referred to by the Deputies are being considered in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General and any revised procedures arising will be implemented without delay. The Deputies should note that although the Supreme Court in its judgement quashed the Minister’s decision to refuse the application in this particul...

136. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to progress with the introduction of an independent review mechanism for those whose applications for Irish citizenship were turned down, following the highlighting of the lack of transparency and fairness in the process by the Supreme Court Mallak v. the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. (Question 56091/12 asked on 13 Dec 2012 - Citizenship Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 127, 128, 135 and 136 together.
The implications of the judgement of the Supreme Court referred to by the Deputies are being considered in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General and any revised procedures arising will be implemented without delay. The Deputies should note that although the Supreme Court in its judgement quashed the Minister’s decision to refuse the application in this particul...

33. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Defence the cost of Ireland’s participation in the German led EU battlegroup. (Question 54756/12 asked on 12 Dec 2012 - EU Battlegroups)

(Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 6, 29 and 33 together. 
Ireland is participating in the Austro-German-led battle group which will be on standby until 31 December. In 2010 the then Government approved Ireland’s participation in this battle group. The other members of the Austro-German battle group are Austria, Germany, the Czech Republic, Croatia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. A battle group is a standard technical military term and consists of about 1,5...

68. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he has received information regarding the write off of a number of motoring offences for a person (details supplied). (Question 54508/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Penalty Points System)

Deputy Alan Shatter: I propose to take Questions Nos. 58, 68, 96 and 104 together. 
The allegations referred to by the Deputies are not that some people have had penalty points written off, but that in a number of cases members of the Garda Síochána have inappropriately cancelled fixed charge notices, mainly for speeding. The allegations appear to be made on the basis of records of cancellation on the Garda PULSE system.
Fixed charge notices are an alternative to prosecution and give a motoris...

104. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the date on which he received information regarding the write off of substantial numbers of motoring offences by some Gardaí. (Question 54507/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Penalty Points System)

Deputy Alan Shatter: I propose to take Questions Nos. 58, 68, 96 and 104 together. 
The allegations referred to by the Deputies are not that some people have had penalty points written off, but that in a number of cases members of the Garda Síochána have inappropriately cancelled fixed charge notices, mainly for speeding. The allegations appear to be made on the basis of records of cancellation on the Garda PULSE system.
Fixed charge notices are an alternative to prosecution and give a motoris...

170. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the EAL teacher granted in April this year to a school (details supplied) in County Dublin on an appeal was removed in October without any warning or input from the school. (Question 55228/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - School Staffing)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The criteria used for the allocation of teaching posts for the current school year is set out in Primary Circular 0007/2012 which is available on the Department website. In addition, the staffing appeal process at primary level includes the provision whereby schools with high concentration of pupils requiring English as an additional language (EAL) can apply for additional temporary language support posts. These EAL allocations are made on...

176. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to deal with the fact that Prefab 15 in a school (details supplied) has again, despite repairs, been leaking to the extent that the children have had to be moved to the PE hall, denying that facility to the entire school. (Question 55286/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn) (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): The matter referred to by the Deputy has been notified to my Department by the school in question. The school have advised that an architect’s report on the roof is awaited which they will forward to the Department. Upon receipt of this report, the Department will liaise with the school directly.
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177. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the decision not to award a permanent building to Rush and Lusk Educate Together was made, in contradiction to previous commitments; by whom was the decision made; and the reason for same. (Question 55297/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): A rapid construction building similar to permanent school buildings supplied elsewhere was provided in 2008 on the site that is currently occupied by the school, referred to by the Deputy.
As the Deputy is aware, the building project for this school was included in the 5 Year Construction programme announced earlier this year. In the context of prioritising projects for inclusion in the Plan, the Planning and Building Unit in my Department...

217. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of funding applied for by Fingal County Council in relation to coastal protection works in its administrative area, broken down by geographical location; and amount sought and awarded per annum since 2000. (Question 55291/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): Responsibility for coastal protection was transferred to the Office of Public Works in 2009. Prior to that date responsibility for coastal protection resided with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and before that again with the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources. Information in relation to the funding applications to those Departments is not readily available to the OPW.
The M...

226. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation further to Parliamentary Question No. 345 of 27 November 2012, the reason he believes that the National Standards Authority of Ireland has no role in the ongoing monitoring of the unit (details supplied); and the remedy available to those who purchased and installed the units. (Question 55292/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Building Regulations Application)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government use NSAI Agrément as a mechanism to show compliance with the Building Regulations. 
NSAI Agrément Certification is designed specifically for new building materials, products and processes that do not yet have a long history of use and for which published national standards do not yet exist. The Certification confirms that new building products, materials, techn...

242. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will explain the way an organisation (details supplied) was able to employ a number of jobbridge workers while at the same time moving to dismiss nine full time workers; and the action she will take regarding same. (Question 55238/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - National Internship Scheme Numbers)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton)(Deputy Joan Burton): The National Internship Scheme was launched on 1st July 2011. It provides internship opportunities of either 6 or 9 months for unemployed individuals on the Live Register, in organisations in the private, public and community voluntary sectors.
Its aim is to assist in breaking the cycle where jobseekers are unable to get a job without experience and provide the opportunity to gain valuable experience, relevant knowledge and...

274. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht while protecting funding to the arts in general, if he will ensure that no taxpayers’ money is made available to circuses which use animals. (Question 55289/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Arts Funding)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): Government policy is to promote and strengthen the arts in all its forms, increase access to and participation in the arts, to make the arts an integral and valued part of our national life, and maximise the potential for cultural tourism. Primary responsibility for the promotion of the arts at all levels throughout the country is devolved to the Arts Council, which, under the Arts Acts, is independent in its funding decisio...

280. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the reason his Department has assumed responsibility for a non-ionising radiation monitoring programme in relation to the monitoring programme for the east west interconnector magnetic field (Question 55293/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Electricity Transmission Network)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): I propose to take Questions Nos. 280 and 281 together. 
Responsibility for non-ionising radiation lies with the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government. However, I and the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, TD, agreed to the appointment of an independent expert panel to consider and comment on data and report on Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) emissions in relation to the East West Interconnector ...