183. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the religious volunteer visa programme; the changes that may have been made to the programme; the changes that may be made to the programme in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19887/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Visa Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that Religious bodies may participate in the Volunteering in Ireland scheme which is open to all non-EEA nationals. The scheme was temporarily suspended at the end of 2017, pending the introduction of a new preclearance procedure. The new scheme, Volunteering in Ireland, became operational on the 30 April 2018. 
The new preclearance procedure app...

369. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to develop the harbour at Dunmore East, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19932/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Harbours and Piers Development)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 369 and 372 together.
Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre is one of the six designated Fishery Harbour Centres which are owned, managed and maintained by my Department under Statute. It is first and foremost a busy working fishery harbour which also provides for other complementary ancillary activities, seafood processing enterprises, cruise liner visits and other marine leisure enterprises. 
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370. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the supports available to deepen the harbour at Dunmore East to facilitate visits from cruise ships; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19933/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Harbours and Piers Development)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre is one of the six designated Fishery Harbour Centres which are owned, managed and maintained by my Department under Statute. It is first and foremost a busy working fishery harbour which also provides for other complementary ancilliary activities, seafood processing enterprises, cruise liner visits and other marine leisure enterprises. 
The development of the defining infrastructure in Dunm...

371. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to support the repair of a pontoon recently damaged and used by the RNLI at Dunmore East; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19934/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Harbours and Piers Maintenance)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre is one of the six designated Fishery Harbour Centres which are owned, managed and maintained by my Department under Statute.
The pontoon the Deputy refers to is the property and responsibility of the the RNLI. The RNLI does have a conveyancing arrangement with my Department. 
Unfortunately, the pontoon in question recently sustained some damage. I am aware that the RNLI has removed the pon...

372. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the development of Dunmore East harbour to facilitate a shared use of the harbour by fishermen, visiting cruise ships, the RNLI and the Coast Guard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19935/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Harbours and Piers Development)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 369 and 372 together.
Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre is one of the six designated Fishery Harbour Centres which are owned, managed and maintained by my Department under Statute. It is first and foremost a busy working fishery harbour which also provides for other complementary ancillary activities, seafood processing enterprises, cruise liner visits and other marine leisure enterprises. 
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52. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the case of a person (details supplied); if a public services card is a requirement in order to make an application for a renewal passport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19339/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Passport Applications Administration)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Since 29 March 2016, the Passport Service has required all first time passport applicants, aged 18 and above, who are resident in Ireland to hold a valid Public Services Card (PSC). This requirement also applies to the small number of adult passport applicants, whose passport was issued before 1 January 2005 and has been reported as lost, stolen or damaged and those whose passport expired more than five years ago. If a...

54. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the commitment in paragraph 52 of the EU-UK phase 1 agreement refers to all EU rights and opportunities normally associated with residency in a member state including the right to vote and stand in EU elections. (Question 18353/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 58, inclusive, together.
In the context of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the Government is determined to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts is fully protected, including the provisions relating to citizenship. 
The Government appreciates the solidarity and support which has been shown by all of our EU partners in respect of Ireland’s unique issues and concerns,...

55. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the rights that will be included in the commitment in paragraph 52 of the EU-UK phase 1 agreement. (Question 18354/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 58, inclusive, together.
In the context of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the Government is determined to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts is fully protected, including the provisions relating to citizenship. 
The Government appreciates the solidarity and support which has been shown by all of our EU partners in respect of Ireland’s unique issues and concerns,...

56. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the progress to date for the arrangements required to give effect to the commitment in paragraph 52 of the EU-UK phase 1 agreement. (Question 18355/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 58, inclusive, together.
In the context of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the Government is determined to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts is fully protected, including the provisions relating to citizenship. 
The Government appreciates the solidarity and support which has been shown by all of our EU partners in respect of Ireland’s unique issues and concerns,...

57. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the commitment in paragraph 52 of the EU-UK phase 1 agreement will extend to both Irish and British nationals born in Northern Ireland. (Question 18356/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 58, inclusive, together.
In the context of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the Government is determined to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts is fully protected, including the provisions relating to citizenship. 
The Government appreciates the solidarity and support which has been shown by all of our EU partners in respect of Ireland’s unique issues and concerns,...

58. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to ensure equivalency of rights as per the Good Friday Agreement for both Irish and British nationals born in Northern Ireland when paragraph 52 of the EU-UK phase 1 agreement is enacted to avoid a violation of the Good Friday Agreement. (Question 18357/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Brexit Negotiations)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 to 58, inclusive, together.
In the context of the UK withdrawal from the EU, the Government is determined to ensure that the Good Friday Agreement in all its parts is fully protected, including the provisions relating to citizenship. 
The Government appreciates the solidarity and support which has been shown by all of our EU partners in respect of Ireland’s unique issues and concerns,...

59. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the work carried out to date with regard to the common travel area post Brexit (details supplied). (Question 18358/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Common Travel Area)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Maintaining the Common Travel Area has been a Government priority in the context of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. The Common Travel Area is an important feature of the close relationship Ireland enjoys with the UK, with long-established bilateral benefits.
It means Irish citizens can move freely North and South, East and West, and live, work, study and access social benefits in the UK on the same basis as UK citizens....

96. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to split a school (details supplied) over two sites instead of relocating the whole school temporarily until permanent accommodation has been secured; the reason for the decision; the plans that were drawn up to keep the school as a single unit during its temporary relocation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18114/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school referred to by the Deputy was established in September 2014.  In order to facilitate the opening of the school, its initial establishment, as with most new schools, has been in interim start-up accommodation, pending a permanent school building being made available.  
In order to cater for the school’s growing enrolment numbers, additional interim accommodation is required for the coming school year.  The delivery of the schoo...

143. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the capital funding that has been signed off by him, his Department or bodies under its aegis for projects in Waterford City and County Council for 2018, 2019 and 2020, by project and amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17638/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): While my role involves the allocation of capital funding to Departments within which their capital investment programmes are funded, I have no direct role in signing off on individual projects in Waterford City or County Council and so would not have access to the information requested by the Deputy. 
The OPW may have a number of capital projects underway in Waterford and will reply directly to the Deputy with details of these....

164. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills if funding has been approved for the construction of an engineering building at Waterford Institute of Technology, WIT; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17639/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Institutes of Technology Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): An Engineering, Computing, and General Teaching Building in WIT is included in the Higher Education PPP Programme announced on 16th October last. Technical, legal and other advisors for this programme will be appointed shortly and an announcement in this respect can be expected in the coming weeks. 
In parallel, officials from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the NDFA and my Department have engaged with the Higher Education Institut...

214. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the application from Waterford Institute of Technology and Carlow IT to become a technological university; the stage the process is at; the next stages in this regard; if there is a timeframe for designation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17640/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Technological Universities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): It is a matter for the relevant Institutes of Technology in a consortium to lead on the progression of their plans to seek designation as a technological university. Currently, four such consortia are at different stages of development, dependent on their particular circumstances. 
In this context, it is my understanding that the Technological University for the South East (TUSE) consortium of the Waterford Institute of Technology and t...

386. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide a modular laboratory at UHW; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17649/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Following an independent review of the need for a second cath lab in University Hospital Waterford (UHW), the Herity report concluded that the needs of the effective catchment population for Waterford University Hospital could be accommodated within a single cath lab. Funding has been provided to support extension of the existing cath lab operating hours to 12 weekly sessions per week, or by 20%, as recommended in the Herity Report. Recruitment effort...

498. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to develop the Waterford to Limerick road; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17641/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 498 and 499 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects  is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Within its capital budget, the ass...

499. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to develop the Waterford to Cork road; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17642/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 498 and 499 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects  is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Within its capital budget, the ass...

500. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the capital funding that has been approved and secured for the development of the north quays in Waterford city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17643/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - National Development Plan Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy may be aware, the recently published National Development Plan (NDP) establishes 4 new funds, one of which is the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund. This envisages €2 billion, under the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government that will support the co-development of the National Planning Framework’s (NPF) growth enablers for the five cities and other large urban centres. Examples of projects that have ...

501. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation of road funding to projects in Waterford city and county in each of the years 2008 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17644/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Regional Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Details of the regional and local road grant payments to local authorities from 2008 to 2017 are outlined in the regional and local road grant payment booklets which are available in the Dáil Library. 
Waterford City and County Council has drawn down €741,887.80 so far this year on regional and local road programmes, from an allocation of €11,930,944.
In relation to the national road projects mentioned by the Deputy, as Minister for ...

502. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of funding being made available to extend the runway at Waterford Airport. (Question 17645/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Airport Development Projects)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy will be aware, capital supports under my Department’s Regional Airports Programme are targeted at grant-aiding investments in the areas of safety and security and to assist the smaller airports in ensuring compliance with international regulatory requirements in these areas. Waterford Airport has received substantial Exchequer support in the past under the Programme - €20 million over the past 10 years - to assist it wi...

503. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the tonnage handled in each port in each of the years 2000, 2010, 2016 and 2017, by port in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17646/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Ports Traffic)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 503 to 505, inclusive, together.
Figures for the total tonnage handled by each port annually are available on the website of the Central Statistics Office, www.cso.ie. Statistics of port traffic are published annually on the CSO’s website.
Details of the turnover and employee numbers for each State port company are contained in their Annual Reports which are laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas ea...

504. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the tonnage, turnover and the number of employees in each of the State’s ports in each of the years 2000, 2010, 2016 and 2017, by funding category, amount and port in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17647/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Ports Traffic)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 503 to 505, inclusive, together.
Figures for the total tonnage handled by each port annually are available on the website of the Central Statistics Office, www.cso.ie. Statistics of port traffic are published annually on the CSO’s website.
Details of the turnover and employee numbers for each State port company are contained in their Annual Reports which are laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas ea...

505. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the tonnage handled at the Port of Waterford in each of the years 2010 to 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17648/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Ports Traffic)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 503 to 505, inclusive, together.
Figures for the total tonnage handled by each port annually are available on the website of the Central Statistics Office, www.cso.ie. Statistics of port traffic are published annually on the CSO’s website.
Details of the turnover and employee numbers for each State port company are contained in their Annual Reports which are laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas ea...