227. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health the status of the provision of a catheterisation laboratory at Sligo University Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20708/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly. 
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147. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application by a school (details supplied) for funding under the summer works scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19655/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Summer Works Scheme Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that the school in question applied for funding under the Summer Works Scheme, under Category 9 - Curricular Requirement Works. The Summer Works Scheme (SWS) is designed to allow schools to carry out small and medium sized building works that will improve and upgrade existing school buildings.
The Summer Works Scheme (SWS) is a multi-annual Scheme. Over 1,650 schools, nearly 50% of schools, applied for inclus...

439. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of an application for CLÁR funding submitted by an association (details supplied) in County Cork; when final decisions on 2018 applications will be made public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20033/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - CLÁR Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation. 
I launched the 2018 CLÁR programme on 15th March last, with an indicative allocation of €5 million for qualifying projects under the following measures:
Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures 
Measure 2: Play Areas/Multi-Use Games Areas 
Measure 3: First Response Support Measure 
The cl...

440. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of an application for CLÁR funding submitted by an association (details supplied) in County Cork; when final decisions on 2018 applications will be made public; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20034/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - CLÁR Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): CLÁR is a targeted capital investment programme for rural areas which have experienced significant levels of depopulation.
I launched the 2018 CLÁR programme on 15th March last, with an indicative allocation of €5 million for qualifying projects under the following measures:
Measure 1: Support for Schools/Community Safety Measures
Measure 2: Play Areas/Multi-Use Games Areas 
Measure 3: First Response Support Measure 
The c...

494. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the position regarding the situation whereby pensioners cannot purchase their homes under the tenant purchase scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20171/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Tenant Purchase Scheme)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 462 and 494 together.
The Tenant (Incremental) Purchase Scheme came into operation on 1 January 2016. The Scheme is open to eligible tenants, including joint tenants, of local authority houses that are available for sale under the Scheme. To be eligible, tenants must meet certain criteria, including having a minimum reckonable income of €15,000 per annum and having been in receipt of soc...

111. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the supports available for expanding existing businesses; the further grant aid which is available for a project (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19205/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Enterprise Support Schemes)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The agencies under my Department primarily Enterprise Ireland and the Local Enterprise Office, have a range of supports available and provide advice and guidance, financial assistance and other supports for anyone who intends to start or grow their own business. 
In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, my department has made enquiries and the firm in question is a client of LEO Leitrim. The LEOs can offe...

141. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when the organic farming scheme will reopen for applications; his plans to reopen the scheme in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19241/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Organic Farming Scheme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The current Organic Scheme in the Rural Development Programme is fully subscribed and has used all available funding. It was therefore closed and I currently have no plans to reopen it on the basis that overall funding for the RDP is fully committed. 
A new Organic Sector Strategy Group was established in March this year by my Department. This new Group is tasked with developing a strategy for the development of the Organic Se...

331. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a TAMS review for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18778/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - TAMS Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named submitted an application for grant aid under the Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme on 8 January 2018.
The application was rejected on 23 February 2018 as the applicant did not meet the requirements of set-up for the first time in farming within five years of the date of receipt of an application under this scheme. The Department records indicate that the applicant was set up on 17 April 2012 which means...

381. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding set aside in each of the past five years for vulnerable and disadvantaged young persons between 16 and 24 years of age in County Sligo that are not in regular education or training; her views on whether there is a particular problem in the north west; her further views on the reasons for same; if her Department or agencies under its remit plan to improve the situation for young persons in County Sligo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18816/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Children and Young People’s Policy Framework)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Children and Young People’s Services Committees (CYPSC) are a key structure identified by Government to plan and co-ordinate services for children and young people in every county in Ireland including County Sligo . The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children and young people by enhancing interagency co-operation at a local and national level having regard to issues including children and young people not in educatio...

13. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if additional staff will be allocated to supplement existing staffing numbers in the context of the workload in the Agriculture Appeals Office and in view of the fact that in 2016 and 2017 there was an increase in the volume of requests for reviews; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16269/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Agriculture Scheme Appeals)

Deputy Eamon Scanlon: I wish to ask the Minister whether additional staff will be allocated to the Agricultural Appeals Office given the workload of that office and the fact that in 2016 and 2017 there was an increase in the volume of requests for reviews.
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73. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a date has been set for a meeting of the high level forum on community employment supervisor pensions; if his attention has been drawn to the anger and frustration of community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors; his views on the fact that their contribution to improving the life chances of scheme participants and to their overall local communities is not being properly recognised at the end of their careers in spite of a Labour Court ruling in their favour; his further views on whether the Government may be undermining the Labour Court by ignoring its recommendation; the steps he will take to resolve the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18398/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Community Employment Schemes Supervisors)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 70 to 88, inclusive, 90, 91, 96 and 97 together.
I would refer the Deputies to my responses to PQ 54985/17 of 16 January 2018 and PQ 13684/18 of 27 March 2018.
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125. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health the dates the health protection surveillance centre has designated Lyme disease awareness week 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18334/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Infectious Diseases)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy
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128. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health if measures to automatically grant medical cards to persons diagnosed with cancer will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18133/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Medical Card Eligibility)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE’s Expert Group on Medical Need and Medical Card Eligibility examined the issue of awarding medical cards on the basis of illness and concluded that it was not feasible, desirable, nor ethically justifiable to list medical conditions in priority order for medical card eligibility. The Expert Group also concluded that a person’s means should remain the main qualifier for a medical card.  This position remains unchanged.
Medical card provision is ...

172. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the members of the forestry appeals committee; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18132/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Forestry Sector)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Forestry Appeals Committee (FAC) was established, under the Agriculture Appeals Act, 2001, as amended, to hear appeals against decisions on forestry licences. It is based in the Agriculture Appeals Office in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. In February, I appointed Mr. Bart Brady as Chairperson of the FAC.  Mr. Brady is a former Assistant Secretary General in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
In addition to Mr. Br...

173. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a 2017 GLAS payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18136/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): This person is fully up to date with their GLAS payments.
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174. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a TAMS payment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18137/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - TAMS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named submitted an application for grant-aid under the Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme of TAMS II.  Payment in respect of the investments issued on the 19th April 2018.
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178. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of organic farming payments for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18174/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Organic Farming Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named is a participant in the Organic Farming Scheme.  The checks and validations in respect of their 2017 advance payment have now been completed and payment in respect of their 2017 claim will issue shortly.
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43. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health the reason for excluding persons over 21 years of age with type 1 diabetes from accessing the FreeStyle Libre glucose monitor available to all persons with diabetes based on clinical need; his plans to remove the age barrier recently set by the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16240/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Medical Aids and Appliances Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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106. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health his plans to implement a similar practice to that in Germany for the detection and treatment of Lyme disease; his plans to improve follow-up care for persons following diagnosis; his views on whether current training for medical professionals is adequate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16502/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Disease Management)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 49 and 106 together.
Lyme disease (also known as Lyme borreliosis) is an infection caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to humans by bites from ticks infected with the bacteria. The infection is generally mild affecting only the skin but can occasionally be more severe and highly debilitating. Lyme disease is diagnosed by medical history and physical examination. The infe...

223. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health the reason Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan LHO experienced a reduction of 26,713 home help hours in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17073/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Home Help Service)

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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968. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health his plans to increase staff numbers in the cross-border directive office in view of the volume of applications it is receiving; if applications can be processed more promptly and efficiently; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16400/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Redeployment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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1003. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health when the Lyme disease subcommittee of the scientific advisory committee of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, HPSC, will publish its report on the possible ways of raising awareness regarding the disease; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16634/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Disease Awareness)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this Question refers to a Lyme disease subcommittee of the HPSC scientific advisory committee, I have referred it to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy. 
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257. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health the plans in place to introduce an independent appeals mechanism within nursing homes support scheme to provide third party recourse for nursing home providers that cannot agree a fee with the National Treatment Purchase Fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14514/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 257 and 258 together.
The Report of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) Review published in 2015 identified a number of issues for more detailed consideration, including a review of pricing mechanism by the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), with a view to:
- Ensuring value for money and economy, with the lowest possible administrative costs for clients and the State and administrative bur...

258. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Health when the review of pricing system for long-term residential care facilities will be published as recommended within the review of the fair deal scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14515/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 257 and 258 together.
The Report of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS) Review published in 2015 identified a number of issues for more detailed consideration, including a review of pricing mechanism by the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF), with a view to:
- Ensuring value for money and economy, with the lowest possible administrative costs for clients and the State and administrative bur...

294. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of a young farmer capital investment scheme application by persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14553/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Young Farmer Capital Investment Scheme Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The above named applied for grant aid under the Young Farmer’s Capital Investment Scheme of TAMS II on 22 February 2018. This application was rejected on 26 March 2018 as applications from Joint Ventures are not allowed under the Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme (except in the case where ALL members of venture are qualifying young farmers). In order for other joint ventures to be eligible for Young Farmers Capital Inves...