2. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of imports from Britain by standard international trade classification, SITC, revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35552/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table A: Imports from Great Britain by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €m
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 1,871.5 2,072.8 2,162.2 2,037.8 2,076.9 Beverages and tobacco 195.9 216.5 180.5 163.3 158.1 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 209.5 211.6 182.3 125.2 154.8 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 2,612.5 3,...

3. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of exports to Britain by SITC revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35553/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table B: Exports to Great Britain by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €million
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 2,824.7 3,028.3 3,065.1 2,720.9 2,840.5 Beverages and tobacco 560.4 492.8 422.9 413.6 373.9 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 307.7 347.8 337.1 223.5 362.6 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 317.7 ...

4. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of imports from Northern Ireland by SITC revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35554/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table C: Imports from Northern Ireland by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €million
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 285.1 302.1 302.3 264.1 302.1 Beverages and tobacco 118.0 129.1 165.3 157.6 154.0 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 113.5 115.9 82.2 55.2 61.6 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 55.6 56.4 56.7...

5. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of exports to Northern Ireland by SITC revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35555/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table D: Exports to Northern Ireland by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €million
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 433.6 444.5 415.5 330.2 356.0 Beverages and tobacco 126.3 120.5 124.5 92.2 109.6 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 59.5 88.0 51.5 43.8 50.9 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 34.7 18.4 14.5 12.4...

6. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county origin of goods exported to Britain by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35556/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county of origin of goods exported is not collected on the Intrastat Survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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7. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county destination of goods imported from Britain by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35557/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county destination of goods imported is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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8. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county origin of goods exported to Northern Ireland by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35558/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county of origin of goods exported is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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9. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county destination of goods imported from Northern Ireland by SITC revision 4 in 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35559/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county destination of goods imported is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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10. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Britain through each port by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35560/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of exit of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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11. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Britain through each port by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35561/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of entry of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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12. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Britain through each airport by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35581/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of exit of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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13. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Britain through each airport by SITC revision 4 for each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35582/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of entry of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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14. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Northern Ireland by rail by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35584/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

15. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Northern Ireland by rail by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35585/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

16. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Northern Ireland by road haulage by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35586/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

17. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Northern Ireland by road haulage by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35587/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

18. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Northern Ireland by sea by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35588/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

19. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Northern Ireland by sea by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35589/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

100. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Finance the purpose of the Government levy on car insurance; when it commenced; when it will cease; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34956/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Insurance Compensation Fund)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Insurance Compensation Fund (ICF) was established under the Insurance Act 1964, as amended, in order to provide a certain minimum level of protection for policyholders particularly where an insurer goes into liquidation. In essence the ICF is a consumer protection mechanism which is also found in Member States across the EU and elsewhere. The ICF is currently maintained and administered under the control of the President of the High Court acti...

288. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the application by a school (details supplied) for a special education teacher allowance. (Question 35340/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Special Educational Needs Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that DES Circular 0013/2017 for primary schools and 0014/2017 for post primary schools were published on 7th March 2017.
These Circulars set out the details of the new model for allocating special education teachers to schools.
The revised allocation process replaces the generalised allocation process at primary and post primary school level for learning support and high incidence special educational needs, an...

411. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the meetings he has had with his British counterparts regarding the objective of maintaining the common travel area after Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36244/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 411 and 413 together. 
The maintenance of the Common Travel Area following the UK withdrawal from the EU is a priority for both the Irish and UK Governments. The Common Travel Area pre-dates Irish and UK membership of the EU and is not dependent on EU membership. The Common Travel Area is particularly important in underpinning the Northern Ireland peace process and relations on the island of Irelan...

412. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the meetings he has had with his British counterparts regarding the objective of protecting the Good Friday Agreement after Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36245/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 412 and 417 together.
As Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for Brexit, I lead on coordinating the whole-of-Government approach to the EU-UK negotiations and to our preparations for Brexit, with a view to mitigating the impacts to the maximum extent possible and securing the best possible outcome for Ireland.
In this role, I intend to build further on the excellent work...

413. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the meetings he has had with the EU Commission regarding the objective of maintaining the common travel area after Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36246/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 411 and 413 together. 
The maintenance of the Common Travel Area following the UK withdrawal from the EU is a priority for both the Irish and UK Governments. The Common Travel Area pre-dates Irish and UK membership of the EU and is not dependent on EU membership. The Common Travel Area is particularly important in underpinning the Northern Ireland peace process and relations on the island of Irelan...

414. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the meetings he has had with the EU Commission regarding the objective of protecting the Good Friday Agreement after Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36247/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Brexit Negotiations)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I attended the General Affairs Council (Art. 50) on Tuesday 20 June. At this meeting, Michel Barnier, the EU’s Chief Negotiator, informed Ministers of the outcome of the first round of the negotiations with the UK on its withdrawal from the EU.
I also met with Mr Barnier for a bilateral exchange on Brexit and on the EU’s position on the issues specific Ireland as set out in the European Council Guidelines of 29 April and the negotia...

41. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the reason for the 21% drop in local authority employment levels in each of the years 2008 to 2013 as highlighted by the recent report of the Public Sector Pay Commission; the extent to which the drop in staff has been compensated through the use of agency recruitment and outsourcing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26057/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Local Authority Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The moratorium on recruitment and promotion in the public service was introduced in March 2009 following a Government decision to implement savings measures across the wider public service, as a response to the financial crisis facing the State.
The terms of the moratorium were explicit and provided that no public service post, however arising, was to be filled by recruitment or promotion. When vacancies arose...