241. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to review the national secondary classification of a road (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20253/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for the classification of roads as either National or Regional under the Roads Act, 1993.  I am empowered under Section 10 of the 1993 Act to classify any public road as a national or regional road and periodic reviews are undertaken in that regard. A public road, other than one classified by me as a national road or a regional road, is a local road. Road classific...

75. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding DEIS status for a school (details supplied) in County Mayo. (Question 19365/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - DEIS Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 75 and 98 together.
Schools are not required to make an application for inclusion in the DEIS programme, as all schools are assessed using a new uniform identification model.
We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at thos...

97. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision has been made in respect of a DEIS status application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason the school has been excluded from the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19464/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - DEIS Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Schools are not required to make an application for inclusion in the DEIS programme, as all schools are assessed using a new uniform identification model.
We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at those schools with the highest concentrated levels of dis...

98. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision has been made in respect of a DEIS status application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason the school has been excluded from the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19465/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - DEIS Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 75 and 98 together.
Schools are not required to make an application for inclusion in the DEIS programme, as all schools are assessed using a new uniform identification model.
We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at thos...

100. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he is in receipt of correspondence from a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; if the correspondence is being acted upon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19329/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Correspondence)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I can inform the Deputy that my Department has been in ongoing contact with the person in question since 2015 in relation to their concerns. My Department has written to this person to outline the current position and also suggested possible options should they wish to pursue the matter further.
In relation to the most recent correspondence, I can advise the Deputy that it has been received by my Department and is currently receiving a...

239. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the impending threatened closure of a general practitioner practice (details supplied) in County Mayo; if his attention has been further drawn to the vast geographical area covered by this practice; if his Department has advertised for the vacancy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18701/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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449. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the details of the strategic development zone around lands at Ireland West Airport, Knock; if development is restricted to the aviation industry only; if so, the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18762/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Planning Issues)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): On 30 May 2017, the Government designated 284 hectares lands at Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK) as a Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) under Section 166 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).
As outlined in the SDZ Designation Order, the Planning and Development Act 2000 (Designation of Strategic Development Zone: Ireland West Airport Knock) Order 2017, developments within the SDZ may include:
(a) commer...

182. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the grant support available to a board of management of a secondary school in need of substantial refurbishment and housed in a protected structure of historical value; if there is a new scheme available for such schools; the process by which they apply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17465/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Schools Refurbishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that applications for major capital projects, including applications from schools with protected structures, will be considered on receipt of an application for Major Capital Works (form SLE). The application form is available on my Departments website on www.education.ie 
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416. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health when the HSE will make a decision on the reimbursement for a second line lung cancer drug (details supplied); his views on the delays in the drug reimbursement process and the stress this places on persons with serious illnesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17895/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Drugs Payment Scheme)

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.  As Minister for Health, I do not have any statutory power or function in relation to the reimbursement of medicines. The Act specifies the criteria for decisions on the reimbursement of medicines.
In line with the 2013 Act, if a company would like a medicine to be reimbursed by the HSE pur...

8. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the status of the extension of the emergency department in Mayo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17028/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Emergency Departments)

Deputy Dara Calleary: Mayo University Hospital’s emergency department was designed for 20,000 patients. In 2016 it catered for 40,000 patients. This is placing the fantastic staff and patients under intolerable stress. The Saolta University Health Care Group has made a number of funding applications with regard to transforming the emergency department, but those applications are delayed at either HSE or Department level. There must be action on this and there must be progress on building a m...

116. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance his plans to reintroduce the vehicle scrappage scheme. (Question 17169/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Departmental Schemes)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Deputy will be aware that a vehicle scrappage scheme was previously in place from January 2010 to June 2011. From January 2010 and December 2010, Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) relief of up to €1,500 was provided where a car of 10 years or older was scrapped and a new car in CO2 emissions bands A or B was purchased. A reduced VRT relief of €1,250 was in place between January 2011 and June 2011. 
I have no plans to reintroduce such a vehicle sc...

162. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a school (details supplied) in County Mayo has had its application for additional accommodation declined; if he is satisfied with the reasons provided for the refusal; the way in which the conclusion was reached regarding future enrolment trends; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17333/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the school referred to applied to my Department in February seeking additional accommodation in respect of the appointment of an additional mainstream teacher.
Based on the projected enrolments in the area concerned and the anticipated future enrolment trends, it is envisaged that enrolments in the school planning area have peaked and are expected to decline in the short term. In that context, my Departm...

309. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of applications that have been made under the flood relocation scheme by county; the number that have been successful and refused respectively, by county; and his plans to make changes to the scheme. (Question 16159/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a Once-Off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded during December 4th 2015 to January 13th 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid at those worst affected properties, for which there are no alternative feasible measures. 
The Government ...

468. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his Department has received a capital funding application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the project involves the inclusion of accommodation and facilities for children with additional needs; the timeframe for the processing of the application and commencement of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16635/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that an application for additional accommodation was submitted by the school referred to by the Deputy to provide accommodation to facilitate children with special educational needs.
Approval in principle has been sanctioned for a devolved grant under the Additional School Accommodation Scheme.  The site development is complex and, in that regard, a project brief is nearing completion. Once completed, my Department will mak...

1048. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to review rules setting the minimum and maximum agricultural activity for commonage in view of these rules impacting on the most economically challenged families; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15138/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Commonage Division)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The legal requirements on agricultural activity with regard to eligibility of land, including commonage, are established in EU Regulation 1307/2013.  My Department issued written guidelines concerning land eligibility in the booklet ‘A guide to Land Eligibility Direct Payment Schemes’, which was circulated to farmers in 2015. This booklet is also available on my Department’s website: www.agriculture.gov.ie.  The Basic Payment ...

1102. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of outstanding GLAS payments by county; the period of time that each application is delayed; the steps his Department has taken to alleviate the issues surrounding delayed GLAS payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15903/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The information requested is provided below in tabular form.  As of 12 April, 46,835 participants have received a 2017 advance payment. This represents over 98% of all eligible applicants. There will be another payment run this week also.
The majority of the remaining cases are the responsibility of the applicant and the payment is delayed due to the applicant failing to meet his or her obligations under the scheme. I would...

132. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the date on which it was decided to publish the capital plan and the National Development Plan 2018-2027 in the same document; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14892/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Project Ireland 2040)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I presume the Deputy is referring to the National Development Plan (NDP) and the National Planning Framework (NPF) which, following a special Cabinet meeting at the Institute of Technology in Sligo, were launched as Project Ireland 2040 on 16 February 2018. The Government decided on 6 September 2017 that the NDP would be published in conjunction with the NPF.
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297. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a repayment to farmers (details supplied) in County Mayo will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14611/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The persons named were approved into GLAS 2 with a contract commencement date of January 1st 2016 and have received all payments in respect of 2016 and the 2017 advance payment.
Administrative checks involving a number of sections within the Department take place on all GLAS claims. An over-declaration was identified in this case which resulted in a penalty being applied. The persons named were notified by letter and provided ...

298. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a GLAS payment for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. (Question 14612/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 3 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2017.
Administrative checks involving a number of sections within the Department take place on all GLAS claims. All cases must clear validation checks before payment can issue. Department officials are working proactively to complete the checks in this case and once this case clears validations the 2017 advance payment will be made. GLAS p...

175. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the person or body his Department consulted with during the preparation of SI No. 646 of 2017 Firearms (Storage of Firearms and Ammunition by Firearms Dealers) Regulations 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14366/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Firearms and Ammunition Security)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 to 178, inclusive, together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that Statutory Instrument 646 of 2017, entitled Firearms (Storage of Firearms and Ammunition by Firearms Dealers) Regulations 2017, was signed into law by me and circulated to firearms dealers.
These Regulations give effect to minimum standards for the safe and secure storage of firearms and ammunition in the premises of...

176. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department considered the risks associated with time lock mechanisms before including such mechanisms as a requirement for strong rooms in the context of SI No. 646 of 2017 Firearms (Storage of Firearms and Ammunition by Firearms Dealers) Regulations 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14367/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Firearms and Ammunition Security)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 to 178, inclusive, together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that Statutory Instrument 646 of 2017, entitled Firearms (Storage of Firearms and Ammunition by Firearms Dealers) Regulations 2017, was signed into law by me and circulated to firearms dealers.
These Regulations give effect to minimum standards for the safe and secure storage of firearms and ammunition in the premises of...

177. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if alternatives to time lock mechanisms for strong rooms were considered, such as distress codes in alarm systems, in the context of SI No. 646 of 2017 Firearms (Storage of Firearms and Ammunition by Firearms Dealers) Regulations 2017; if so, the reason these alternatives were discounted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14368/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Firearms and Ammunition Security)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 to 178, inclusive, together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that Statutory Instrument 646 of 2017, entitled Firearms (Storage of Firearms and Ammunition by Firearms Dealers) Regulations 2017, was signed into law by me and circulated to firearms dealers.
These Regulations give effect to minimum standards for the safe and secure storage of firearms and ammunition in the premises of...

178. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department considered the impact of the requirements contained in SI No. 646 of 2017 Firearms (Storage of Firearms and Ammunition by Firearms Dealers) Regulations 2017 on small businesses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14369/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Firearms and Ammunition Security)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 to 178, inclusive, together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that Statutory Instrument 646 of 2017, entitled Firearms (Storage of Firearms and Ammunition by Firearms Dealers) Regulations 2017, was signed into law by me and circulated to firearms dealers.
These Regulations give effect to minimum standards for the safe and secure storage of firearms and ammunition in the premises of...

73. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance the fiscal rules surrounding the expected surplus from NAMA; if it will be considered a financial transaction; if it will be possible to utilise the proceeds for expenditure without impact on the expenditure benchmark; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13128/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - NAMA Portfolio Value)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): NAMA was established in December 2009 and its debts of nearly €32 billion represented a substantial contingent liability to the State.
The State recapitalised the domestic banking system at a gross cost of €64 billion, adding around 40 per cent of GDP to national debt. As a result of this, as well as the mismanagement of the public finances, total government debt now stands at over €200 billion; this is the equivalent of over €40,000 for every man,...

495. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a farmer (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a GLAS payment; the reason the processing of the farmer’s application has been delayed; if the application will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14110/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The above named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1st October 2015 and has received all payments in respect of the 2015 and 2016 scheme year.
The Department is aware of an issue with this case that resulted in the 2017 advance payment not being made. A solution has been identified and is scheduled for implementation shortly. It is expected that the payment will then issue. GLAS 2017 payments are ...