140. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a speech and language appointment; the reason that most recent appointments have been cancelled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49491/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Speech and Language Therapy)

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 (HSE) for direct reply.
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121. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the estimated value of the augmented reality and virtual reality industries here; the estimated levels of employment involved in these sectors; the number of companies based in this country operating in these sectors; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49208/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Employment Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My Department in its work on new and emerging sectors is constantly striving to identify areas of opportunity for Irish-based enterprise. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality is seen as a significant growing global market with worldwide revenues for the Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) market set to jump 100 per cent or more over each of the next four years. According to a new forecast by...

292. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has received a grant application in relation to a project (details supplied); the amount sought; the timeframe for assessing the application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48692/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The project referred to in the question is being developed and managed by Cork City Council and the Council is responsible for the delivery of the project. 
On 27 September 2017, Cork City Council made an application to my Department for a further grant of €10 million to assist in the development of the project. My Department is now assessing this application.  
There are complex legal, state aid and match funding issu...

332. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the range of services provided at primary care centres (details supplied) in County Mayo; if physiotherapy services will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48826/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Primary Care Centres)

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 (HSE) for direct reply. 
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382. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to proposals to name the new national children’s hospital in honour of Dr. Kathleen Lynn (details supplied); and his views on whether this would be an excellent choice of name for the new hospital. (Question 49202/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - National Children’s Hospital)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): A comprehensive and inclusive process involving parents, children, staff and youth organisations was organised by the Children’s Hospital Group to choose a name for the new entity to run the new children’s hospital and associated outpatient and urgent care centres. I understand that hundreds of names were proposed and submitted for consideration through this process. The name selected for the new entity, Phoenix Children’s Health, was announced on 23 ...

429. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if his attention has been drawn to the shortage of fodder in western counties including in County Mayo; the steps he is taking to deal with same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48689/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Fodder Crisis)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): It is clear that Weather conditions over much of this Autumn have been challenging for farmers and created difficulties for farmers particularly in the Western regions and on heavier land types. 
Grass growth rates this year have been ahead of last year. However the poor weather resulted in cattle being housed earlier than normal in places, particularly on the heavier soils; it also affected late cut silage making operations....

521. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the ownership of the line and land surrounding the proposed western rail corridor is fully within one of the CIÉ holding companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49203/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Rail Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to CIÉ for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
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522. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the expenditure under the regional roads programme in 2016 and to date in 2017; the expenditure of each project in terms of actual expenditure on road, planning or design costs and administration or other costs; the specific nature of each of these costs by local authority, in tabular form; if an assessment of local authority costs on all road projects was completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49204/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Roads Maintenance)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each Local Authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities’ own resources supplemented by State road grants The initial selection, prioritisation and timeline for commencement and completion of construction of works to be funded is also a matter for t...

554. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the surcharge applied by each local authority in respect of the LIS scheme, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49205/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Local Improvement Scheme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) provides funding for works to improve private/non-public roads, many of which are in rural areas. In September this year I allocated €10 million to Local Authorities to deliver the scheme, following consultation with the Authorities on the level of demand for such a scheme.    
The 2017 scheme required a contribution from local residents/landholders of 10% of the total cost of works for eligib...

592. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason that clerical officers within her Department have had to take on extra responsibilities in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49242/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Staff)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Clerical Officers in my Department are liable for any duties appropriate to their grade. Subject to this, and given the ongoing changes in the delivery of services by the Department, staff members at all grades may be required to undertake different work, either in their original business unit or in another business unit on reassignment.
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593. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on whether the business object model implementation, BOMi, system within her Department is sufficiently accurate in its calculations; the procedures in place to assess the information inputted into BOMi; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49243/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Social Welfare Payments Administration)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Business Object Model Implementation (BOMi) system is my Departments primary modern technology platform for processing claims and payments across all schemes. The BOMi system has issued payments to customers of my Department from 2013 to date.
Accuracy of BOMi system calculations is achieved through the adoption of key measures that are built into every part of the system.
A comprehensive quality assurance proces...

594. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of complaints made about participation in or interaction with the JobPath programme, by county, in tabular form; her plans to review the operation of this programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49244/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - JobPath Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): To date 131,986 Jobseekers have been referred to the service, with 421 complaints received in total – 0.32 per cent. 305 of these were related to Customer Service, 61 involved policy issues, 40 related to client not wishing to engage, 8 Data Protection queries and 7 related to Legislation.
As of 10 November, 366 of these complaints have been resolved to a satisfactory level; the remainder (55) are being investigated ...

646. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the circumstances in which a non-Defence Forces organisation can record a film or video, etc., on a property or asset belonging to the Defence Forces; the procedure for seeking permission to do so; the process of assessment for such requests; the fees that may be charged; the number of such requests received in 2016 and to date in 2017, by month; the name of each requesting organisation; the location or asset requested for such purposes; and the amount paid in each case, in tabular form. (Question 48690/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Defence Forces Properties)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): With the exception of press invitations to military events, companies who wish to film on a property or asset belonging to the Department of Defence apply to the relevant branch of my Department. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the relevant Defence Forces authority.
A number of factors are assessed in reaching a decision, including, but not limited to, the impact on Defence Forces operations,...

95. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a capital project application by a school (details supplied) in County Mayo; if all documentation requested by his Department has been received; the timeframe for processing of the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48579/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Schools Refurbishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers was approved a devolved grant under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2012 to provide 5 general classrooms, to relocate existing ball courts and to provide a set down and bus drop off area for pupils.  This project was devolved to the local Education and Training Board for delivery.  
Following the tendering process, a number of issues were identified by my Department and the ETB was in...

145. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health if he has made representations to have Ireland adopt the United Nations Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48488/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): This is a matter in the first instance for my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality who has lead responsibility for progressing Ireland’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on Rights of People with Disabilities.
As the Deputy may be aware, Ireland signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007 and since then, successive Governments have emphasised Ireland’s strong commitment to proceed to ratification as qu...

41. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health when he expects the number of community CAMHS posts in CHO 2 to reach the level recommended under A Vision for Change. (Question 48219/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Mental Health Services Staff)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The Government is committed to increasing the Mental Health budget annually, as shown by the substantial additional funding of some €200m provided for mental health from 2012 to 2018. The implementation of ‘A Vision for Change’ has been given specific priority in recent years with the additional ring-fenced funding, specifically aimed at modernising mental health services in line with the Programme for Government commitments. A ...

170. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills when schools can expect to have their minor works scheme applications processed and payments issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47993/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Minor Works Scheme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The normal practice is for the Minor Works Grant to be announced towards the end of the year if funding permits. 
Over the next number of weeks the issue of the Minor Works Grant 2017/2018 will be considered in the context of my Department’s overall capital position.
Subject to funding, the Minor Works Grant issues to primary schools without the need for schools to submit applications.
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247. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question No. 576 of 7 November 2017, the projects and organisations that were funded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47949/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Údarás na Gaeltachta Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the table.
 CAPITAL GRANTS PAID
 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 (to date) Turasóireacht Acla Teo. €0 €8,045 €4,545 €9,003 €0 €0 €0 Sciana Mara Teo. €0 €0 €0 €0 €32,532 €0 €0 Muintir a’ Chorrain Teo €0 €0 €1,000 €0 €0 €0 €0 Tumadóirí Chósta an Iarthair Teo €64,104 €0 €0 €0 €0 €0 €0 Feirm Mara Oileán Acla Teo €8,000...

381. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans for a review of the beef genomics scheme in view of the fact that it has been in operation for two years; if so, the details of the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48056/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Beef Data and Genomics Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The suckler sector is a vital component of Ireland’s rural economy and the provision of support for the suckler sector is critically important. The Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) is the current primary support for the Irish suckler sector and makes provision for some €300 million of funding over the next six years to beef farmers. 
I have already in 2017, reopened the BDGP to beef suckler farmers who were not previous...

382. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount spent on the beef genomics scheme since its inception; the amount paid directly to participating farmers by county; the amount spent on administration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48057/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Beef Data and Genomics Programme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The suckler sector is a vital component of Ireland’s rural economy and the provision of support for the suckler sector is critically important. The Beef Data and Genomics Programme (BDGP) is the current primary support for the Irish suckler sector and makes provision for some €300 million of funding over the next six years to beef farmers. 
The Beef Data and Genomics Programme provides for six years of payments to farmers for ...

1. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the capital review; if the ten-year plan will outline funding beyond the timeline of 2021; the way in which it will co-ordinate with the national development plan; if it will incorporate findings from the IMF’s PIMA report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47437/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Deputy Dara Calleary: Will the Minister update the House on the progress of the review of the capital plan? Tomorrow is the closing date for the receipt of submissions on the review of the national planning framework. What alignment will there be between the two documents when the review is published?
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3. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to deal with pension restoration for retired public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47438/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Deputy Dara Calleary: While there has been an understandable focus on public service pay and I acknowledge the publication this week of the FEMPI legislation, this question focuses on public service pensioners, particularly those on lower pensions, and the timeline for recovery of their incomes in the course of the agreement and the legislation that we will discuss in the coming weeks.
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7. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress on his discussions with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in relation to the implementation of Labour Court recommendation, LRC 19293, concerning the rights of community employment scheme supervisors in view of commitments made by his predecessor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47265/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Deputy Dara Calleary: Just before the Halloween recess there was an all-party gathering on a Topical Issue concerning the issue I am raising in relation to community employment scheme supervisors. That was held in advance of what was a planned meeting of the forum that was established in the Department to address the pension issue. That meeting was postponed and I gather it will now happen later in November. I want to understand the reasons for the postponement and I would like to tease out w...

8. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has been consulted or if he has been involved in the rollout of the new communication strategy across government; if the Office of Government Procurement has been involved with the procurement of outside communication services; the amount spent on outside communication services through the Office of Government Procurement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47261/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Government Communications)

Deputy Dara Calleary: Communications and the communications strategy of the Government is a topic of much interest at the moment. The Minister made an allocation to the Department of the Taoiseach during the budget process which we understand will be used to reform communications within Government. The previous Government made significant investment in film production and that ethos seems to have extended into the Taoiseach’s office in recent weeks as there are more videos from within Governme...

10. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to address pay equalisation across the public sector; if his Department will take a leading role in determining the way in which pay equalisation will be rolled out across Departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47264/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Deputy Dara Calleary: In the context of forthcoming legislation to unwind the financial emergency measures in the public interest, pay equalisation is to be dealt with by the Public Service Pay Commission. Will the Minister provide a timeline for addressing this issue? When does he expect to be in a position to receive a report or recommendations from the commission?
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