124. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Finance the reason a person (details supplied) who is newly employed by the Education and Training Board, ETB, is deemed exempt from the universal social charge, USC, in the last quarter of the person’s first year in employment in view of the fact the Revenue Commissioners is seeking to recoup the USC from the person in the following year causing financial hardship; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20032/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Tax Code)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am advised by Revenue that the person had an underpayment of Universal Social Charge for 2016. The underpayment arose because Revenue was not informed of the change in his employment circumstances. This resulted in his tax credits for the year being applied at previous years’ rates which were below the USC threshold.
Revenue originally advised the person that the shortfall would be collected by reducing his tax credits over the course of 2018. ...

414. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to develop a bypass for Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19633/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 414 and 415 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism & 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.  
Noting the above position, I have r...

415. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to major traffic issues in Carrick-on-Shannon; his plans to develop a ring road to deal with same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19634/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 414 and 415 together.
As Minister for Transport, Tourism & 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.  
Noting the above position, I have r...

191. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda recruits assigned to each Garda station in County Galway in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18950/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Garda Recruitment)

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.
I am informed by ...

32. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of applications under the young farmers scheme in counties Roscommon and Galway in 2016 and 2017; the number of applications which still remain unpaid to date that were returned seeking further information in counties Roscommon and Galway in 2016, in tabular form; the reason for the delay in making payments for 2016 to applicants in counties Roscommon and Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18186/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Young Farmers Scheme)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Applications under the Young Farmers Scheme in Roscommon and Galway 2016 and 2017:
 - Galway Roscommon 2016 836 384 2017 866 385 

Applications not finalised:
 - Galway Roscommon 2016 0 0 2017 30 19 

Further details for 2016 applications:
 Galway Roscommon Returned seeking further information 0 0 Applications remaining unpaid 0 0 

As per records held by my Department, there ar...

81. Deputy Eugene Murphy 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; and the steps he will take to resolve the matter. (Question 18406/18 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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166. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of temporary or prefabricated class rooms and schools in use by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17399/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 166 and 167 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that the information requested is currently being compiled by my Department and will be furnished to him shortly.
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167. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost per annum of the temporary prefabricated class rooms and schools in use by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17400/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 166 and 167 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that the information requested is currently being compiled by my Department and will be furnished to him shortly.
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168. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of schools awaiting the construction of new classrooms or extensions by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17401/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that details of school projects included in the current Construction Programme, together with projects that have been approved for funding under the Additional Accommodation Scheme, are available in the format requested on my Department’s website www.education.ie – Building Works.
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169. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new school extensions carried out in the past two years by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17402/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Schools Refurbishment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the information requested is available on my Departments website www.education.ie in the format requested.
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315. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda retirements from 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 18092/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Garda Retirements)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 285, 286, and 297 to 317, inclusive, together.
This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime. To achieve this the Government has put in place a plan for an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, ...

332. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if Versatis patches will be reinstated and made available to persons with medical cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17394/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 332 to 334, inclusive, together.
Medicines play a vital role in improving the health of Irish patients. Securing access to existing and new and innovative medicines is a key objective of the health service. However, the challenge is to do this in a safe and sustainable manner. Treatment must be appropriate and proportionate and clinical decision-making, such as prescribing, should be based on both patient needs and sound...

333. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the list of ailments that can be treated with Versatis medicated patches on the medical card scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17395/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 332 to 334, inclusive, together.
Medicines play a vital role in improving the health of Irish patients. Securing access to existing and new and innovative medicines is a key objective of the health service. However, the challenge is to do this in a safe and sustainable manner. Treatment must be appropriate and proportionate and clinical decision-making, such as prescribing, should be based on both patient needs and sound...

334. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if there is an investigation into the possible extension of the ailments that Versatis medicated patches can treat; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17396/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 332 to 334, inclusive, together.
Medicines play a vital role in improving the health of Irish patients. Securing access to existing and new and innovative medicines is a key objective of the health service. However, the challenge is to do this in a safe and sustainable manner. Treatment must be appropriate and proportionate and clinical decision-making, such as prescribing, should be based on both patient needs and sound...

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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