347. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the estimated number of units to be delivered in each of the pilot projects for a new cost rental scheme; the timeframe for their delivery; the criteria for their allocation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17297/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Rental Sector)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Against the background of the affordability pressures which currently exist in the rental market in certain areas, the Government is determined to make cost rental a major part of the Irish housing system, similar to the role it plays in many European countries. Under this approach, rents are set at levels to recover the construction costs and to facilitate the management and administration of developments, but with onl...

348. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of affordable purchase scheme units provided to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17298/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Social and Affordable Housing Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The delivery of more affordable homes, to buy or rent, is a major priority for Government, focusing in particular on the cities of Dublin, Galway and Cork, where people are facing the greatest affordability challenge. Following the economic downturn, with housing construction output dropping by 90%, the Government has taken remedial action to get Ireland building new homes again, culminating in the comprehensive Rebuildi...

169. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he or his officials have considered transposing the Magnitsky Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15024/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - International Sanctions Application)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 169 to 171, inclusive, together.
The circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 remain deeply disturbing. From the outset, the EU called on the Russian authorities to conduct a comprehensive and independent investigation, and criticised their failure to clarify the circumstances surrounding Mr. Magnitsky’s death.
A number of countries, including some EU Member St...

170. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he or his officials have discussed the Magnitsky Act with the American ambassador or with officials in the USA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15025/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - International Sanctions Application)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 169 to 171, inclusive, together.
The circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 remain deeply disturbing. From the outset, the EU called on the Russian authorities to conduct a comprehensive and independent investigation, and criticised their failure to clarify the circumstances surrounding Mr. Magnitsky’s death.
A number of countries, including some EU Member St...

171. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the Magnitsky Act was discussed at the Foreign Affairs Council recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15026/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - International Sanctions Application)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 169 to 171, inclusive, together.
The circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Sergei Magnitsky in 2009 remain deeply disturbing. From the outset, the EU called on the Russian authorities to conduct a comprehensive and independent investigation, and criticised their failure to clarify the circumstances surrounding Mr. Magnitsky’s death.
A number of countries, including some EU Member St...

172. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the financial and technical support his Department is providing either directly or through the EU in the run-up to the presidential elections in Colombia in 2018; his views on violence in the run-up to the election; the safeguards in place to protect candidates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15128/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - International Election Monitoring)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 172 and 173 together.
The first round of presidential elections are due to take place in Colombia on 27 May 2018, following national legislative elections which took place on 11 March 2018, the first since the country’s historic peace accord was approved in November 2016.
I am aware of the reports of violence in Colombia in the electoral season to which the Deputy refers. The security si...

173. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the financial and technical support his Department is providing either directly or through the EU in the run-up to the presidential elections in Colombia in 2018 to ensure a transparent and peaceful process and to encourage the protection of the spirit and promises of the peace agreement. (Question 15129/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - International Election Monitoring)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 172 and 173 together.
The first round of presidential elections are due to take place in Colombia on 27 May 2018, following national legislative elections which took place on 11 March 2018, the first since the country’s historic peace accord was approved in November 2016.
I am aware of the reports of violence in Colombia in the electoral season to which the Deputy refers. The security si...

398. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new secondary school for the Swords area of County Dublin as announced in November 2015; if locations for the proposed school have been identified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15758/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Establishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, the proposed location for the new post-primary school referred to by the Deputy is in Mooretown, Swords. 
This school building project is on my Department’s Rapid Design & Build Programme and the project is currently at architectural planning stage.
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399. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new secondary school for the Malahide and Portmarnock areas of County Dublin as announced in November 2015; if locations for these proposed schools have been identified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15759/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, a project to deliver permanent accommodation for the new post primary school to serve Malahide/Portmarnock, as announced in November 2015, is included on my Department’s capital plan.
Officials in my Department are continuing to liaise with officials in Fingal County Council under the Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of school sites in order to secure a suitable site to facilitate this project.  A s...

400. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a permanent site for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15760/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, the project to provide permanent accommodation for the school in question is included on my Department’s Capital Programme.
Officials in my Department continue to liaise with officials in the relevant local authority in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the identification and acquisition of a suitable site for this school and the process is ongoing.  
My Department is in contact with t...

401. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new site for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15761/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The lands at the school referred to by the Deputy, were purchased by the St Laurence O’Toole Diocesan Trust, on behalf of the Board of Management.
 An initial site adjacent to the school, was procured from Fingal County Council and transferred ownership on 1st June 2017. 
The second site was purchased from a private vendor and ownership transferred on 18th October 2017. 
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402. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding progress on a new school building project for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15762/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware the building project for the school in question is included on my Department’s capital programme.
A new school site is required to accommodate this project and officials in my Department have been in contact with the school patron and trustees in relation to the site acquisition.
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403. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the next phase of the school building for a school (details supplied) will commence; the status of this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15763/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers commenced construction on 3rd January 2018.  Works are progressing well on site, subject to no issues arising it is envisaged that the school will be ready for occupation in the 4th quarter of 2019.
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404. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new site for a school (details supplied) as announced in November 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15764/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Site Acquisitions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, a project to provide permanent accommodation for the school in question is included on my Department’s Capital Programme.
Officials in my Department continue to liaise with officials in the relevant local authority in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding in relation to the acquisition of a suitable site for this school.  Discussions with relevant parties regarding the potential acquisition of a preferre...

452. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of delivery of new school buildings under the ADAPT 18 programme; the number of new schools that have been delivered; the status of all projects under the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16361/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): ADAPT stands for Accelerated Delivery of Architectural Planning and Tendering. 
 It is a pilot programme of 20 major projects which uses a professional external Project Manager (PM) to coordinate and drive the respective design teams on each project. The intention of ADAPT is to provide an improved, accelerated delivery timeframe for each of those projects.
The Project Manager was appointed in mid 2015 and the design teams for each of t...

484. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the details of the statute to prevent persons that have abused international human rights to enter Ireland or from doing business here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15023/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Immigration Policy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): It is not clear from the Deputy’s question as to which statute he has in mind. In the context of entry to the State, an immigration officer, acting on behalf of the Minister for Justice and Equality may refuse entry to the State to a person where he or her entry or presence in the State could pose a threat to national security or public policy.
In addition, Section 10(2) and 10(3) of the International Protection Act, 2015 set out the g...

532. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for permission to remain in the State by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15425/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Leave to Remain)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a request for permission to remain in the State was received from the person concerned on 15 December 2017. INIS has recently issued a letter to the person concerned, through their legal representative, requesting further information and documentation.  The case will be examined further when the information is received.
Queries in relation to ...

533. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for a visa by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15426/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Visa Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised that the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department has received a request for permission to remain in the State in respect of the person referred to by the Deputy. This case is among a number of such cases which are currently being held by my Department pending the outcome of the appeal to the Supreme Court of the Court of Appeal judgment in Luximon v. Minister for Justice and Equality which was ...

534. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application for permission to remain in the State by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15427/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Leave to Remain)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that a request for permission to remain in the State was received from the person on 15 December 2017. INIS has recently issued a letter to the person concerned, through their legal representative, requesting further information and documentation.  The case will be examined further when the information is received.
Queries in relation to the status...

904. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Health the reason for excluding persons over 21 years of age with type 1 diabetes from accessing the FreeStyle Libre flash glucose monitoring systems for diabetics; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16018/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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1522. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if a review of the pyrite remediation scheme will be carried out with a view to including all homes with a category one rating in the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15288/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1522 and 1523 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” for affected homeowners who have no other pra...

1523. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the definition of his Department’s view of the exceptional circumstances clause when accessing appeals of refusals for applications to the pyrite remediation scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15289/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1522 and 1523 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” for affected homeowners who have no other pra...

1621. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to enable existing local authority mortgage holders to avail of new interest rates in the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16629/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Mortgage Interest Rates)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1530 and 1621 together.
Following a review of the two existing local authority home loan schemes, the House Purchase Loan and the Home Choice Loan, a new loan offering known as the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan was introduced, with effect from 1 February 2018. The new loan enables credit-worthy first-time buyers to access sustainable mortgage lending to purchase new or second-hand properti...

1622. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to reform the repair and leasing scheme; the annual target for units; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16630/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Repair and Leasing Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Repair and Leasing Scheme (RLS) was initially piloted in Carlow and Waterford and the pilot has been rolled out nationally since 23 February 2017. The scheme is one of a suite of measures available to local authorities to bring vacant properties back into use. 
Since the national roll out, my Department has been working intensively with local authorities and Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) to implement the scheme. The...

1623. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to set out the number of applicants for the Rebuilding Ireland home loan scheme; the number of successful applicants; the value of loans distributed to date for the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16631/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Social and Affordable Housing Data)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1603, 1604 and 1623 together.
Following a review of the two existing local authority home loan schemes, the House Purchase Loan and the Home Choice Loan, a new loan offering, known as the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan, was introduced on 1 February 2018.
As with the previous local authority home loan offerings, the Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan is a local authority product and loan applicati...