152. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the length of time a person (details supplied) will be waiting on an orthopaedic procedure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53275/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Hospital Appointments Status)

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 managin...

151. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 103 of 30 November 2017, the validity of a decision by the board of management of a primary school to remove a member of the board of management (details supplied) and to replace that member with a new one; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52628/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - School Management)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Section 14 of the Education Act 1998, provides that the appointment of a Board of Management of a school is solely a matter for the relevant school patron. 
Section 16 of the Education Act 1998 provides that the patron may, either dissolve a Board if they are dissatisfied that the functions of a Board are not being effectively discharged or in the case of an individual member of the a Board, the Patron with the consent of the Minister, f...

43. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in counties Longford and Roscommon as of 1 November 2017; the number of community gardaí in the division; and the number of Garda Reserve and new recruits assigned to the division since recruitment resumed in 2014. (Question 51668/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Deputy Eugene Murphy: I ask the Minister the number of gardaí in each Garda station in the Longford-Roscommon division on 1 November 2017-----
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156. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will publish the full surveys that have been carried out on ongoing flooding issues in Castleplunket, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51448/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

157. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will publish the full surveys that have been carried out on the ongoing flooding issues in Lough Funshinagh, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51449/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

158. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to provide each local authority with extra finances to deal with specific drainage and maintenance issues that continue to add to the flooding problems on rural roads; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51450/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

159. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the planned flood defences for Roscommon town, County Roscommon, are likely to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51451/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

160. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the planned flood defences for Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, are likely to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51452/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

161. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to remove silt and vegetation that is built up at the Lanesborough Bridge, County Longford, in order to ensure the free movement of water; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51454/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

532. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to ensure that the structure that remains in the River Shannon in Tarmonbarry, County Roscommon, which inhibits the flow of water, is removed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51453/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Waterways Issues)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am informed by Waterways Ireland that it will progress works to assess options for reinstatement and repair requirements to Tarmonbarry weir, including the removal of the temporary structure to which the Deputy refers.
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98. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of times he has been requested to act in accordance with the provisions of section 16 of the Education Act 1998 at the request of a patron from December 2015 to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51298/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Ministerial Functions)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the appointment of a Board of Management of a school is a matter for the relevant school patron. 
Section 16 of the Education Act provides that where a patron is satisfied that the functions of a Board are not being effectively discharged, the patron may, subject to the consent of the Minister and following issuing a notice of the proposed dissolution to board members and consi...

99. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the procedures that must be followed when a complaint is made in relation to an individual board member by a school board of management to a school patron; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51299/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - School Management)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Under Section 15 of the Education Act it is the duty of a board of management of a school to manage the school on behalf of the patron. 
It is a matter for the patron of a school to determine how they address any complaints that may be brought to their attention.
Section 16 of the Education Act provides that the patron may, with the consent of the Minister, for good and valid reasons stated in writing to a member of a board of management...

103. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if another mechanism exists for the removal of an individual member of a board of management of a primary school aside from the provisions set forth in section 16 of the Education Act 1998 and as enumerated in the governance manual for primary schools 2015 to 2019 in section 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51377/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - School Management)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In accordance with the provisions of the Education Act 1998, the appointment of a Board of Management of a school is a matter for the relevant school patron. 
The mechanisms under which a Board of Management member may be removed are as follows:
Section 16 of the Education Act provides that a patron may, with the consent of the Minister, for good and valid reasons stated in writing to a member of a board of management remove that member ...

287. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) can secure an urgent sleep study appointment in Merlin Park University Hospital, Galway in view of serious health concerns and retention of employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50783/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - 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...

100. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the reason counties Roscommon, Leitrim and Meath were not allocated funds from of the €93 million in funding for grant aid that was distributed by the Industrial Development Authority to help develop and support foreign direct investment in these counties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50670/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Foreign Direct Investment)

Taoiseach and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Regional development remains a key priority of mine and I am determined to help drive job creation all over Ireland, including in counties Roscommon, Leitrim and Meath. Increasing and sustaining foreign direct investment (FDI) outside of our main urban areas represents an important part of this wider approach.
IDA Ireland’s strategy for 2015-2019 includes a commitment to increase FDI in every region outside Dub...

494. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of remote sensing eligibility satellite inspections that were carried out in counties Roscommon and Galway to date in 2017, in tabular form; the number of inspections in which results are still outstanding; the number of cases in which payments under the basic payment or areas of natural constraint schemes are still outstanding due to a delay in results of these satellite inspections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50358/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Agriculture Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): EU regulations governing the Basic Payment Scheme, the Areas of Natural Constraints Scheme and other area-based schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including Ground or Remote Sensing inspections where completed, are fully completed before any payments are issued. My Department is required to undertake inspections on at least 5% of applicants and cases can be selected for inspection under more th...

503. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the fee paid by his Department to contract companies to carry out remote sensing eligibility satellite inspections, by county, in tabular form in 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50517/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Remote Sensing (Satellite) inspection process involves the processing of a large range of satellite imagery received at various stages throughout the year. Each case selected for inspection is then comprehensively reviewed using this imagery to ensure that the claimed area in the application form corresponds to the area farmed by the applicant, that the different crop types are as claimed and that eligible land or feature...

93. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he will take to examine road connectivity between Rosslare Europort and the west of the country; his plans to link the M11, N24, M3, M4 and M7 in view of the importance of increasing direct accessibility between the west and continental Europe, avoiding likely UK customs delays post-Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49134/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): 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.  Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a ma...

130. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of an application by a person (details supplied) for naturalisation; when a decision will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49475/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Naturalisation Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the application for naturalisation referred to by the Deputy was refused for reasons provided to the person concerned and their legal representative in a letter issued on 23 March 2017 advising of the decision. 
A new application for naturalisation was received in May 2017 from the person concerned. Processing of this application is on-going ...

171. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the OPW will fully fund the upgrading project for Ballinasloe Garda station; if so, the amount of funding being committed to this project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48715/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran) (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.
It is expected that tender evaluation for the works for Ballinasloe Garda Station will be completed in the near future, following which a contract should be placed by the end of the year. Once the contract is placed, details in relation to the contract amount and start date will be available.
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172. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the start date for the upgrading project for the Ballinasloe Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48716/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Garda Station Refurbishment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran) (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.
It is expected that tender evaluation for the works for Ballinasloe Garda Station will be completed in the near future, following which a contract should be placed by the end of the year. Once the contract is placed, details in relation to the contract amount and start date will be available.
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430. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a person (details supplied) has not received a herd number after they lodged the relevant application and documentation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48712/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Herd Number Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): An application for a herd number was received from the person named in the Regional Veterinary Office on 15 March 2017. Contact could not be made at the time with the applicant to arrange a farm inspection to check compliance with the requirements for the granting of a herd number. This inspection has recently been carried out and the facilities on the farm currently do not meet the requirements. My Department has been in c...

151. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) can be advised of the date of a hip replacement operation in Merlin Park hospital, Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48509/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

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 you directly.
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153. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the number of funeral removals that took place from the mortuary facilities at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe in 2015 and 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48334/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Hospital Facilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to contact you with regard to the project.
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154. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost of the refurbishment programme of the mortuary facilities at Portiuncula Hospital, including refurbishment of the viewing and reposing area and clinical pathology area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48335/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Hospital Facilities)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to contact you with regard to the project.
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