175. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Health if all consultants are in line with the 80:20 ratio of public and private appointments in CUH; and the monitoring that takes place on this in the hospital (Question 53427/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Hospital Consultant Contracts)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter. 
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176. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Health if all consultants are in line with the 80:20 ratio of public and private appointments in Mercy UH; and the monitoring that takes place on this in the hospital (Question 53428/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Hospital Consultant Contracts)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter. 
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221. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of adults over 18 years of age and children under 18 years of age that are in direct provision. (Question 52960/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Direct Provision Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): All children under 18 years who live in State provided accommodation are under the care of their parent(s) or guardian(s). Any unaccompanied minors who arrive in the State are under the care of Tusla, the Child & Family Agency.
The Reception & Integration Agency (RIA) of my Department provides monthly statistics covering the Deputy’s question on the website www.ria.gov.ie. As the November figures are still bein...

222. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount provided to operators and owners of direct provision accommodation in each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017. (Question 52962/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Direct Provision Payments)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Deputy will appreciate that contract values are commercially confidential. In order to ensure the best value is achieved in the expenditure of public funds, it is not the practice to release into the public domain confidential information relating to matters which are under ongoing discussion between contractors and my Department. Notwithstanding this and in line with the Freedom of Information Acts, contra...

223. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the annual cost to the State of providing ancillary services to direct provision centres, including catering, in each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017. (Question 52963/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Direct Provision Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): Ancillary services including catering, security, light, heat, laundry facilities etc., provided in accommodation centres under contract to the Department of Justice and Equality are included in the contract price agreed following negotiations with the contractor.
The Deputy will appreciate that contract values are commercially confidential. In order to ensure the best value is achieved in the expenditure of publ...

224. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 64 of 5 December 2017, the steps he is taking to address actions 98, 112, and 117 in the Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021. (Question 52964/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Traveller Culture)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): On 13 June this year, I launched the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy 2017 – 2021. This Strategy contains 149 Actions, grouped under ten themes, which are as follows:
- Cultural Identity; 
- Education;      
- Employment and The Traveller Economy; 
- Children and Youth; 
- Health;      
- Gender Equality; 
- Anti-discrimination and Equality; 
- Accommodation;      
- Traveller and Roma Communities;...

441. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to support by way of funding, the plans for a cycle path and a footbridge over the N40 in Cork which will link the Grange area to the Tramore Valley Park. (Question 52891/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Cycling Facilities Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): 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 assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a ...

492. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the cost of providing living allowance to adults and children in direct provision by category, in tabular form. (Question 52961/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Direct Provision System)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The direct provision allowance (DPA) is a non-statutory payment paid by my Department on behalf of the Department of Justice and Equality to protection applicants living in the Direct Provision system. The weekly rate of DPA for children and adults is €21.60. There are currently some 3,430 adults and 1,420 children residing in the system of direct provision in respect of whom the direct provision allowance is being ...

39. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the appointment process for the position of Garda Commissioner; if he has considered the concerns expressed by the Commission on the Future of Policing about making such an appointment before the commission has finished its work; and his further views on whether it might be premature to make such an appointment before that process is completed. (Question 51979/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Commissioner Appointment)

Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: My question relates to the Commission on the Future of Policing. The Minister and his Government have put a great deal of store by the commission in terms of the reform of policing and justice more generally and in its ability to deliver significant change. If the commission is to deliver the kind of change hoped for by the Government, it is essential that it be given the proper space and time it deserves to finish its deliberations.
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41. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the implementation of the Toland report and the need for comprehensive reform of his Department; his further views on whether structural and cultural reform is required in his Department; and his plans for same. (Question 51980/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Reform)

Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Revelations in recent weeks have raised serious questions about the Department of Justice and Equality, its culture, its fitness for purpose and the need for a structural reform that takes in, but is not limited to, the Toland report and the reforms outlined therein. Will the Minister outline how he intends to reform the Department and implement this report?
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64. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the national Traveller and Roma inclusion strategy 2017 to 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51734/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Traveller Community)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): On 13 June this year, I launched the National Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy 2017 – 2021. This Strategy contains 149 Actions, grouped under ten themes, which are as follows:
- Cultural Identity; 
- Education; 
- Employment and The Traveller Economy; 
- Children and Youth; 
- Health; 
- Gender Equality; 
- Anti-discrimination and Equality; 
- Accommodation; 
- Traveller and Roma Communities; 
- Public Servi...

85. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there has been a recent review of direct provision as a model; his plan to review same in the near future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51736/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Direct Provision System)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): It is a common misconception the term ‘direct provision’ relates only to the Department of Justice & Equality and to the accommodation provided to protection applicants. In 1999/2000, the Government decided that protection applicants would be provided with State services, such as health and education, directly through the existing mainstream services. This also implied that the Government would not introduce separate, parallel State ...

87. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of dedicated community gardaí in the service of An Garda Síochána, in each of the past seven years; the number of dedicated community gardaí in the Cork city Garda district in each of the past seven years; if he will report on the commitment of his Department to the national model of community policing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51732/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Community Policing)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
Community policing...

88. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to introduce legislation to allow groups of persons who have been wronged to take collective action cases in the courts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51733/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Proposed Legislation)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In replying to this Question from Deputy Ó Laoghaire, account must be taken of the fact that he has, in his capacity as a Member, introduced a Private Member’s Bill in support of the introduction of group or class actions before the courts, in this House on 9 November 2017. The Bill, entitled the Multi-Party Actions Bill 2017, was taken for Second Stage in the Dáil on Tuesday 14 November 2017. On that occasion the Deputy and other Memb...

92. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there has been a recent review of the Garda youth diversion project as a model; if not, if he will examine same; if there is potential to extend it to petty offenders over 18 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51735/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Youth Diversion Projects)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I take it that the Deputy is referring to the Garda Youth Diversion Programme, the operation of which is supported by the nationwide network of Garda Youth Diversion Projects (GYDPs).
As the Deputy will be aware, the statutory framework relating to young offenders and the Garda Diversion Programme is set out in the Children Act 2001. The Act essentially provides that any young person who is responsible for committing a crime must be co...

638. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the procedures by which organisations, companies and projects which take on persons on the community employment scheme can advertise a position; the restrictions that exist on such advertisement; and her views on whether this has restricted the ability of such schemes to take on such employees. (Question 49970/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Community Employment Schemes Administration)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 638 to 640, inclusive, together.
The aim of the Community Employment (CE) programme is to enhance the employability of disadvantaged and unemployed people by providing work experience and training opportunities for them within their communities. The programme helps break the cycle of unemployment and improve a person’s chances of returning to the labour market. 
CE sponsors advertise ...

639. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the procedures by which persons seeking employment on a community employment scheme can apply for such positions; if it is possible to apply without use of the Internet; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49971/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Community Employment Schemes Administration)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 638 to 640, inclusive, together.
The aim of the Community Employment (CE) programme is to enhance the employability of disadvantaged and unemployed people by providing work experience and training opportunities for them within their communities. The programme helps break the cycle of unemployment and improve a person’s chances of returning to the labour market. 
CE sponsors advertise ...

640. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on recent changes to the recruitment and applications procedures for the community employment schemes that have made it more difficult for persons with literacy challenges and limited computer skills to apply to and access community employment schemes; her further views on the fact that giving opportunities to persons who have such skill and literacy challenges is one of the primary objectives of the community employment scheme. (Question 49972/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Community Employment Schemes Administration)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 638 to 640, inclusive, together.
The aim of the Community Employment (CE) programme is to enhance the employability of disadvantaged and unemployed people by providing work experience and training opportunities for them within their communities. The programme helps break the cycle of unemployment and improve a person’s chances of returning to the labour market. 
CE sponsors advertise ...

642. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount an organisation (details supplied) receives for each job seeker who is placed with the agency. (Question 50010/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - JobPath Programme)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): JobPath is a payment by results model and all set-up and day-to-day operational costs are borne by the companies. The companies are paid on the basis of performance and with the exception of the initial registration fee; payments are made only when a client has achieved sustained employment. The registration fee may be claimed once a jobseeker has developed a Personal Progression Plan (PPP). Job Sustainment Fees (J...

45. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on whether a complainant is left without decision, remedy or route to pursue their grievance through the industrial relations mechanism of the State despite following the industrial relations mechanisms in circumstances in which an adjudication officer of the WRC states that they do not have jurisdiction to hear a case and, following appeal to the Labour Court, that the Labour Court states that because no decision had been made by an adjudication office no appeal could therefore be brought before the court. (Question 48554/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Industrial Relations)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): I propose to take Questions Nos. 45 and 46 together.
Without specific examples of the issues involved I can only respond in general terms setting out the processes in place for dealing with grievances arising under employment and equality law and industrial relations.
Under the Workplace Relations Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) a new two-tier workplace relations structure to replace the previously existing fi...

46. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if there are potential defects in the industrial relations mechanisms of the State, including the WRC and Labour Court, by which a complainant may possibly end up without a decision made on their grievance. (Question 48555/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Industrial Relations)

Minister of State at the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Pat Breen): I propose to take Questions Nos. 45 and 46 together.
Without specific examples of the issues involved I can only respond in general terms setting out the processes in place for dealing with grievances arising under employment and equality law and industrial relations.
Under the Workplace Relations Act 2015 (the 2015 Act) a new two-tier workplace relations structure to replace the previously existing fi...

124. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of dedicated community gardaí in the service of An Garda Síochána in each of the past seven years; and the number of dedicated community gardaí in the Cork city Garda district in each of the past seven years. (Question 48473/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
Community policin...

128. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of a case (details supplied). (Question 48512/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Residency Permits)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned applied on 31 December 2012 for a residence card as a family member of an EU citizen under the provisions of Article 20 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Judgement of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Chen, C-200/02.  They stated at that time that they were the parent of a m...

241. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of persons who are paid below the national minimum wage of €9.25 due to the exceptions for an employee in the first year after the date of first employment over 18 years of age and the second year after the date of first employment over 18 years of age; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48553/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - National Minimum Wage)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): According to the latest data available from the Central Statistics Office an average of 22,500 people are paid below the National Minimum Wage. Of these, 5,800 (0.3% of all employees) report being paid below the minimum wage, due to being on an age-related rate. In terms of employees being paid less than the National Minimum Wage due to being in a first job over the age of 18 the numbers in this category returned in...

309. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Health the amount that has been spent on renovating the Passage West health centre, County Cork since 2009. (Question 47848/17 asked on 14 Nov 2017 - Primary Care Centres Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the HSE is responsible for the delivery of health care infrastructure projects, the Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in relation to the capital spend at Passage West health centre, County Cork since 2009.
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