26. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the Government has a guarantee that Northern Ireland will stay in the customs union and Single Market; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53242/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Deputy David Cullinane: I commend the Minister on his appointment as Tánaiste. It is very important we get clarity and certainty for businesses, farmers and citizens across the island of Ireland with respect to what will happen in Brexit negotiations. The only way we can provide certainty to businesses, farmers and others that there will be no hardening of the Border is if the North stays in the customs union and Single Market. My party leader put this question to the Taoiseach last week but ...

99. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the areas of North-South co-operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52685/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - North-South Implementation Bodies)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The main forum for advancing North South co-operation is the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC), which was established under Strand Two of the Good Friday Agreement. In the Council, the Government works with the Northern Ireland Executive to advance areas of practical co-operation which are to our mutual benefit, and the Council oversees co-operation in the agreed twelve Areas or Sectors.
In six of these Sectors, co...

104. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the definition of the all-Ireland economy as used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52684/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - North-South Implementation Bodies)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The term “all-island economy” stems from a Comprehensive Study on the All-Island Economy, which was launched by the British-Irish Inter-Governmental Conference in October 2006. This Study set out an ambitious range of strategies and collaborative actions aimed at maximising the competitive advantages of the island of Ireland, developing initiatives designed to boost economic activity on the island, and eliminating market...

233. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the trade matters contained within the Good Friday Agreement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52686/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Good Friday Agreement)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Good Friday Agreement of 1998 provided for the establishment of several implementation bodies, including a ‘Trade and Business Body’.  The British Irish Agreement Act 1999 and the equivalent UK legislation provided the statutory basis for the establishment of this body, known as InterTrade Ireland. 
Since its establishment, InterTrade Ireland - which is co-funded by my Department and the Northern Ireland Department ...

249. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a project (details supplied) in County Waterford and the fact that the project offers support to older persons in their own homes through providing volunteers as home visitors; the status of the project’s HSE section 39 funding for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52612/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Home Help Service Provision)

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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174. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to issue permits for the harvesting of cockles on the Backstrand in Tramore, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52400/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Fishing Licences)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Cockle (Fisheries Management and Conservation) (Tramore Bay) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 533 of 2007) prohibit commercial harvesting of cockles within the area. The area of Tramore Bay and the backstrand area have been designated for protection as both a Special Area of Conservation and a Special Protection Area for birds as part of Ireland’s Natura 2000 network. Therefore, any proposal to introduce commercial cockle fish...

60. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he expects the process surrounding the application made by a school (details supplied) for a proposed building project to be complete; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51815/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

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. It is acknowledged that this project will involve complex and careful planning of the site. In this regard, my Department will be engaging further with the school authority shortly.
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209. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the lack of fibre broadband connection for a school (details supplied); when he expects the school to be connected to the fibre broadband system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52107/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 and 214 together. 
The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location.  The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector so that today over 67% of the 2.3m premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband and this is se...

222. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade to set out the 142 areas of North-South co-operation that his Department is working on in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49866/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): North South cooperation brings very tangible benefits to the daily lives of people and, in particular, to those living in the border regions where it contributes to improving economic opportunity and development. It is also a very practical outworking of the peace process which allows for the normalisation of relationships between people across the island, to our mutual benefit. North South cooperation between Ireland and Northern I...

702. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the schemes available to assist households in relocating from urban to rural areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50139/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Rural Resettlement Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development: Realising our Potential has a clear objective of working across Government Departments to deliver a co-ordinated group of strategies to ensure the success of vibrant rural communities across Ireland. 
My Department works closely with the Department of Rural and Community Development on rural housing issues. In relation to social housing, it is possible already for peopl...

115. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to the fact that around 40% of the clients of a company (details supplied) here are in the public sector and that the value of the company’s contracts with Government Departments is approximately €139 million; if he will consider reviewing the company’s public sector contracts in view of same; and his plans to revise public procurement regulations to ensure that companies in receipt of public contracts conform to best practice with regard to labour rights and respect for the State’s industrial relations mechanisms. (Question 49531/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Public Procurement Regulations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Public Procurement is governed by EU and National rules. The aim of these rules is to promote an open, competitive and non-discriminatory public procurement regime which delivers transparency and value for money outcomes. 
In addition, public procurement regulations require applicants to meet certain standards when applying for public contracts.  The criterion upon which contracting authorities may exclude applicants from the ...

328. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the number of times primary percutaneous coronary intervention emergency procedures were carried out at University Hospital Waterford outside the normal hours of 9 to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 207, by month and year, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48792/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Hospital Procedures)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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610. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when the national rent scheme will be introduced to County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48739/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Local Authority Housing Rents)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): As the Deputy will be aware, the setting of social housing rents is a matter for each individual local authority.
Section 31 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009, as amended, provided for the introduction of a national framework for social housing rents. Considerable work has been carried out by my Department in developing a draft framework for a harmonisation of the approach to be taken by local authoritie...

614. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government to outline the purpose of bodies (details supplied); the reason each local authority is required to pay funds to these organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48761/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Local Authority Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy John Paul Phelan): The Association of Irish Local Government (AILG) is a networking, policy development and training resource for the elected members of Ireland’s local authorities. The Local Authority Members Association (LAMA) acts as a body for the representation of the interests of elected members of local authorities.
Section 225 of the Local Government Act 2001, as amended, provides that a loca...

2. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the meaning of the phrase sufficient progress in relation to phase one of the Brexit talks and Ireland; if progress has been met in the current round of talks; if Brexit talks will move to phase two in December 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48487/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Deputy David Cullinane: We are still in phase 1 of the talks on Britain leaving the European Union. Three issues are currently being addressed in those negotiations. One is Ireland and what will happen in Ireland in a post-Brexit situation. The European Union says that we cannot move on to phase 1 unless sufficient progress has been made on all three areas and we support that. What does sufficient progress mean for the Government in respect of the Border? What is the bottom line and when wi...

201. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the estimated length of time it would take for a four year driving licence ban that has been reduced to 18 months by the courts to be taken into consideration by An Garda Síochána for vetting purposes for job applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47743/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Garda Vetting)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): At the outset I would clarify that it is the role of the Garda National Vetting Bureau to issue Garda vetting disclosures to relevant organisations which facilitates the relevant organisations in their assessment of the suitability of applicants for employment in certain circumstances.
In accordance with the provisions of the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016 a vetting disclosure will include p...

210. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason for placing wards of court under a general solicitor; if families were consulted before this took place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47880/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Wards of Court)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, the High Court has jurisdiction in wards of court matters and management of the courts is the responsibility of the Courts Service, which is independent in exercising its functions under the Courts Service Act 1998. 
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me that when a person is taken into wardship, the President of the High Court appoi...

226. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the volume of activity at Waterford Port in terms of goods in and out for each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by year, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47415/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Ports Traffic)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Central Statistics Office publish Statistics of Port Traffic on their website cso.ie. http://www.cso.ie/en/statistics/transport/. Figures for 2017 will not be available on this website until the 2nd Quarter of 2018.
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227. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the volume of activity at Rosslare Europort in terms of goods in and out for each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017, by year, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47416/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Ports Traffic)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Deputy is aware that Rosslare Europort is unique among the State owned ports as it is not a company operating under the Harbours Acts, but is instead operated as a division of Iarnród Éireann.
I have therefore forwarded the Deputy’s questions to Iarnród Éireann for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.
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228. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to deepen the ports of Waterford or Rosslare; if a feasibility study has been done regarding costs and benefits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47417/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Ports Development)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Port of Waterford operates as an independent commercial company under the Harbours Acts and the planning of infrastructural requirements is an operational matter for the port.
I am aware that Waterford Port is in the process of developing a Masterplan to meet the future trading needs of the Port. That plan will inform whether there will be a requirement for deepening the channel or otherwise. As the Port of Waterford does not r...

229. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans for the ports of Rosslare and Waterford in the context of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47418/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Irish ports operate as independent commercial companies and planning and preparations in the context of Brexit are operational matters for the ports. I have therefore forwarded the question to the Port of Waterford Company and, with regard to Rosslare Europort, to Iarnród Éireann for direct reply. 
The impact of Brexit on shipping and on Irish ports will be dependent on the outcome of EU-UK negotiations. Ports are aware of the poss...

119. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the contracts his Department or bodies under the aegis of his #Department have with a company (details supplied) or its subsidiaries; the value of the contracts; the year in which the contracts were concluded; and when the contracts will be up for renewal. (Question 46380/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

The Taoiseach: My Department does not have contracts with the company in question, nor does the only body under the aegis of my Department, namely the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO).
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159. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the contracts her Department or bodies under the aegis of her Department have with a company (details supplied) or its subsidiaries; the value of the contracts; the year in which the contracts were concluded; when the contracts will be up for renewal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46366/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My Department does not have any contracts with the company in question.
The following are details of contracts that bodies under the aegis of my Department have with the company:
The Personal Injuries Assessment Board established a Framework Agreement for provision of Business Process Support Services (BPSS) in 2014 from which they awarded a call-off contract for Service Centre Solutions. The  contract was...

160. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the Labour Court recommendation that a company (details supplied) pay enhanced redundancy to seven Dublin-based workers; if her attention has been further drawn to the fact that the company has refused to implement the Labour Court recommendation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46382/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Labour Court Recommendations)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): Ireland’s system of industrial relations is essentially voluntary in nature and responsibility for the resolution of industrial disputes between employers and workers, rests primarily with the employer, the workers and their representatives.  As Minister, I encourage full participation by all parties involved in an industrial dispute to come to the best possible accommodation and to seek a resolution o...

221. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Finance the contracts his Department or bodies under the aegis of his Department have with a company (details supplied) or its subsidiaries; the value of the contracts; the year in which the contracts were concluded; when the contracts will be up for renewal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46373/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I can inform the Deputy that my Department does not currently have any contracts with a company named ‘Capita’. 
In relation to the eighteen Bodies under the Aegis of my Department, I am informed that three have contracts with companies named CAPITA.
The National Asset Management Agency has two ongoing contracts with Capita Asset Service (Ireland) Ltd relating to loan administration. The National Treasury Management Agency has entered into six contr...