197. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the case of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43970/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm that my Department has received correspondence from the school in question relating to a proposed building project at the school. The correspondence is being considered and my Department will be in further contact with the school authority when this process has been completed.
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26. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Finance if a person that purchases a new build with a local authority mortgage is eligible for the help-to-buy scheme if that new build matches all the criteria for the help-to-buy scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42501/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Help-To-Buy Scheme Eligibility)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In order to be successful, claims under the Help to Buy incentive must satisfy a range of criteria, including that the qualifying loan is secured by the mortgage of a freehold or leasehold estate or interest in, or a charge on, a qualifying residence or a self-build qualifying residence and that the loan is provided by a qualifying lender. In accordance with sections 477C and 244A(3)(e) of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, local authorities are qual...

232. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to introduce legislation to remove the ban on the right to work of asylum seekers in view of the recent Supreme Court ruling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42382/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Immigration Policy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Section 16(3)(b) of the International Protection Act 2015 provides that applicants for international protection shall not seek, enter or be in employment or engage for gain in any business, trade or profession during the period before the final determination of their application.
The Supreme Court judgement in the case of N.V.H. v. The Minister for Justice and Equality found, on 30 May last, that in an international protection system w...

281. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health his plans to reopen Clashmore health centre, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42482/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Health Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly to the Deputy.
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2. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the status of Article 50 negotiations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39914/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Deputy David Cullinane: I ask the Minister of State to update the House on the status of the Article 50 negotiations which are ongoing. What progress has been made and in what areas? What challenges still present in terms of issues that relate to Ireland?
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26. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans in place to tackle the challenges many economic sectors and regions face with Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39769/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, Minister Coveney is involved in coordinating the whole-of-Government response to the significant challenges that arise for Ireland within the context of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, including for many of our economic sectors and regions. In this capacity, he is working closely with his colleagues across Government who have policy respon...

46. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the way in which he expects the Good Friday Agreement will be protected as a result of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39768/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 29 and 46 together.
The Good Friday Agreement is the overarching framework for deepening peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland and has also contributed to increased economic prosperity on the island as a whole. As co-guarantor of the Good Friday Agreement, the Government is determined to ensure that all aspects of the Agreement are fully respected throughout the process of the UK’s withdr...

136. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the investigations undertaken and disciplinary measures imposed by the HAS against construction companies where those companies have been reported to be in breach of CSCS regulations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39393/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Workplace Safety)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Deputy has clarified that the  information requested relates to the years 2014 to present.
In responding to the Deputy’s question the Health and Safety Authority will need to review a large number of construction-related complaint cases referred to the Authority to determine the number of complaints directly relating to the Construction Skills Certification Scheme. It is not possible to obtain the inf...

137. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the Labour Court recommendation not to include travel time in the upcoming construction SEO amounts to a 11% pay cut for persons; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39394/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Industrial Relations)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): The Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act of 2015 provides for a new statutory framework – Sectoral Employment Orders - for establishing minimum rates of remuneration and other terms and conditions of employment for a specified type, class or group of workers.  This is in effect a framework to replace the former sectoral Registered Employment Agreement (REA) system which was found to be unconstitutional...

418. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied) who was not paid their salary at the end of August 2017 as scheduled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39345/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Health Services Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly. 
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447. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on trollies in Wexford General Hospital in 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017, by month, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39479/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Patient Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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448. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the number of staff employed at Wexford General Hospital in each of the years from 2008 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by profession, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39480/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 to 452, inclusive and 490 to 496, inclusive, together.
In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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449. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the services available at Wexford general hospital; the additional services planned as part of the HSE service plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39481/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 to 452, inclusive and 490 to 496, inclusive, together.
In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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450. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the number of nurses employed at Wexford General Hospital in each of the years from 2008 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39482/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 to 452, inclusive and 490 to 496, inclusive, together.
In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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451. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the details of all inpatient and outpatient appointments and procedures at Wexford General Hospital, by speciality and by bands (details supplied), in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39483/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 to 452, inclusive and 490 to 496, inclusive, together.
In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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452. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the capital and operational funding provided to Wexford General Hospital in each of the years from 2008 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by funding stream, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39484/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 to 452, inclusive and 490 to 496, inclusive, together.
In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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453. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the mental health services available in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39485/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Mental Health Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service issue, this question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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454. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the number of primary care centres in operation here, by county and by year they were established, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39486/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Primary Care Centres Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly to the Deputy.
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455. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the number of primary health care centres in County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39487/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Primary Care Centres Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly to the Deputy.
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456. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the number of home help hours provided in County Wexford in each of the years 2008 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39488/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Home Help Service Data)

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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490. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the number of inpatient and outpatient hospital cancellations at Wexford General Hospital in each of the years from 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39602/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 to 452, inclusive and 490 to 496, inclusive, together.
In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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491. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the number of patients from Wexford General Hospital outsourced to other hospitals in each of the years from 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39603/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 to 452, inclusive and 490 to 496, inclusive, together.
In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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492. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the agency spend by Wexford General Hospital in each of the years from 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39604/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 to 452, inclusive and 490 to 496, inclusive, together.
In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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493. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the total non-attendance rate for Wexford General Hospital in each of the years from 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39605/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 to 452, inclusive and 490 to 496, inclusive, together.
In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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494. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the number of consultants employed at Wexford General Hospital in each of the years from 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39606/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 448 to 452, inclusive and 490 to 496, inclusive, together.
In relation to the queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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