82. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been refused surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16237/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
 The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing...

104. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if a company (details supplied) plans to close a number of respite centres on bank holiday weekends in County Galway during 2018 due to a lack of funding and resources; if so, the alternative placements that will be provided for service users; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16918/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Respite Care Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of...

220. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if a third paediatric consultant rheumatologist has been approved for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin as part of the 2018 service plan in view of the waiting list and access issues for children with juvenile idiopathic arthritis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17010/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Hospital Consultant Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly as soon as possible.
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325. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding allocated to library services for Galway County Council in each of the years 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; the funding allocated to each branch library in County Galway for 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17163/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Library Services Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 325 and 326 together.
The delivery of public library services is generally a matter for each local authority in its capacity as a library authority under the Local Government Act 2001. Accordingly, funding for the management and development of library services in Galway City and Galway County is primarily a matter for those local authorities. Details of the funding invested in the library service...

326. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount of funding allocated for a part-time library service in Ballygar, County Galway, in each of the years 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17164/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Library Services Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 325 and 326 together.
The delivery of public library services is generally a matter for each local authority in its capacity as a library authority under the Local Government Act 2001. Accordingly, funding for the management and development of library services in Galway City and Galway County is primarily a matter for those local authorities. Details of the funding invested in the library service...

342. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the staffing request by Galway County Council to appoint a branch librarian at Ballygar Library, County Galway, will be approved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17162/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Library Services Staff)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): My Department received a staff sanction request from Galway County Council for a Branch Librarian, Ballygar, on 5 April 2018 and following consideration of the request, the post was approved on 16 April 2018.
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158. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will be called for hip replacement surgery; and the expected timeframe in this regard. (Question 16924/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing ...

65. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda recruits assigned to each Garda station in counties Longford and Roscommon in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16582/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 65, 70, 76, 79, 80, 89, 581 and 582 together. 
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...

317. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the budget for psychotherapy services for September 2018 in third level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14947/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Third Level Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department allocates recurrent funding to the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for direct disbursement to HEA designated higher education institutions. The HEA allocates this funding as a block grant to the institutions. As autonomous bodies, the internal disbursement of this funding, including the funding of student services, is a matter for the individual institution.
Details of expenditure incurred in respect of counselling service...

636. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the number of psychotherapists employed on full-time permanent contracts by the HSE nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14944/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health Services Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 636 to 638, inclusive, together.
I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on these matters.
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637. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the numbers of psychotherapists employed by the HSE on rolling or yearly contracts nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14945/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health Services Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 636 to 638, inclusive, together.
I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on these matters.
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638. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health his plans to create full-time permanent positions for the psychotherapists employed on rolling or yearly contracts; the locations in which these positions will be offered by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14946/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health Services Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 636 to 638, inclusive, together.
I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on these matters.
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651. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the number of orthopaedic procedures in the public system that were carried out by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and their team (details supplied) at University College Hospital, Galway; the number of private orthopaedic procedures carried out by the consultant and their team in the hospital in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15006/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.
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652. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the number of orthopaedic procedures that were carried out by a consultant orthopaedic surgeon and their team (details supplied) at a hospital in the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15007/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Public hospital services in Ireland are provided by the HSE and are organised into seven Hospital Groups. The services delivered include inpatient scheduled care, unscheduled/emergency care, maternity services, outpatient and diagnostic services.  A wide range of emergency, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services are provided in Ireland’s public hospitals. 
However, as the Bonsecours Hospital Galway is a private facility, the Department and the...

653. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting and the length of time they have been waiting for an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon (details supplied) at University College Hospital, Galway in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15008/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.
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702. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been refused surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15160/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Admissions)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing...

1001. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health his plans to engage with an organisation (details supplied) and the pharmaceutical industry to ensure new and effective medicines are available to persons with MS through a fair and sustainable system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16627/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 735, 780, 853, 858, 929, 935, 956, 1001, 1002 and 1038 together.
The HSE has statutory responsibility for medicine pricing and reimbursement decisions, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.   As Minister for Health, I do not have any statutory power or function in relation to the reimbursement of medicines. The Act specifies the criteria for decisions on the reimbursement of medici...

1002. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the reason the provision of new and effective medicines for MS patients undergoes such a lengthy waiting period compared to other European countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16628/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 735, 780, 853, 858, 929, 935, 956, 1001, 1002 and 1038 together.
The HSE has statutory responsibility for medicine pricing and reimbursement decisions, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.   As Minister for Health, I do not have any statutory power or function in relation to the reimbursement of medicines. The Act specifies the criteria for decisions on the reimbursement of medici...

1073. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to rollout a meal voucher scheme to enable farmers to purchase feed for their livestock; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15769/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Fodder Crisis)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1073 and 1146 together.
 In response to the problems experienced in parts of the West and North-West in the late autumn and winter I took a number of steps to address issues around the availability of fodder. 
 I asked Teagasc from an early stage to work locally with affected farmers in areas with fodder difficulties and support them on fodder budgeting for the winter ahead.
I prioritised the ...

1074. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of 2017 GLAS payments outstanding to farmers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15770/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1047 and 1074 together.
As of 12 April, 46,835 participants have received a 2017 advance payment. This represents over 98% of all eligible applicants. There will be another payment run this week also.
Of the remaining cases, the majority are the responsibility of the applicant and the payment is delayed due to the applicant not meeting his or her obligations under the scheme. I would encourage ...

1075. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on lifting the 100km restricion on the transport subsidy scheme for the collection and distribution of fodder; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15771/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Fodder Crisis)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1075, 1077, 1124, 1128 and 1137 together.
 In response to the problems experienced in parts of the West and North-West in the late autumn and winter I took a number of steps to address issues around the availability of fodder. 
 I asked Teagasc from an early stage to work locally with affected farmers in areas with fodder difficulties and support them on fodder budgeting for the winter ahead.
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1076. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on putting on hold all non-emergency farm inspections by his Department in view of the fact that the fodder crisis is putting undue pressure on farmers and a farm inspection will only add to this pressure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15772/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Fodder Crisis)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The EU regulations governing the Direct Payment Schemes and Rural Development measures require my Department to conduct inspections to ensure compliance with scheme eligibility criteria and Cross Compliance requirements. These inspections are mandatory and there are minimum numbers and types of inspections that must take place annually. In the case of scheme eligibility inspections, the inspection must be completed before paym...

1154. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the entitlement to compensation of residents affected by a development in view of reports (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15002/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Renewable Energy Projects)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1154 and 1155 together.
In relation to developing Ireland’s energy sector, the Programme for Government seeks a better balance between the concerns of local communities and the need to invest in indigenous energy projects and my Department is currently finalising the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme which is being designed to assist in Ireland meeting its renewable energy...

1155. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the entitlement to compensation of residents affected by developments (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15017/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Renewable Energy Projects)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1154 and 1155 together.
In relation to developing Ireland’s energy sector, the Programme for Government seeks a better balance between the concerns of local communities and the need to invest in indigenous energy projects and my Department is currently finalising the new Renewable Electricity Support Scheme which is being designed to assist in Ireland meeting its renewable energy...

1156. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the budget allocated to cybersafety and cyberdefence by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15020/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Cyber Security Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is located within my Department, and serves to provide a range of cyber security services to owners of Government IT infrastructure and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). While my Department does not release specific details in relation to the staff or precise funding allocated to the NCSC for operational security reasons, I can confirm that in Budget 2018 additiona...