25. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Taoiseach the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath. (Question 34987/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Funding)

The Taoiseach: The funding provided to County Louth and County Meath by my Department since March 2016 is set out in the following table.
 Organisation County Programme Amount Drogheda & District Chamber of Commerce Louth Local Diaspora Engagement Fund €5,000 Gleeson Clan Gathering 2016 Organising Committee Meath Local Diaspora Engagement Fund €3,000 Louth County Council Louth Local Diaspora Strategy Development Fund €10,000 

In 2016 a total of 106 local and community projec...

906. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health the status of a dental clinic (details supplied); the estimated opening date for the clinic; the services that will be available in the clinic; the cost to date of renovation and the projected completion costs; the projected number of staff that will be employed in the clinic; if this number has increased from before the closure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35698/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Dental Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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1066. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health his plans to provide a designated area or facility within the HSE’s portfolio or otherwise in Drogheda, County Louth, to allow for meetings to take place for the carers of persons with mental health issues; if so, the facilities available in Drogheda that would be suitable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36371/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Mental Health Services Provision)

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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74. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the investment by her Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34070/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Job Creation)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, I am fully committed to the creation of high-quality and sustainable employment across Ireland, including in Counties Louth and Meath. 
With regard to Louth, IDA supported jobs in the County grew by 11% in 2016, reaching a total of 3,574. The Agency continues to work hard to add to the 21 multinational companies currently based in the County. Enterprise Ireland client...

162. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Finance the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34067/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department does not make investments from its Vote other than the routine acquisition of IT equipment and systems and certain premises expenses relating to the buildings it occupies. 
Therefore, there were no investments by my Department during the period in question in County Louth and parts of east County Meath.
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240. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Finance his plans to review the scheme for primary medical certificates and expand the scheme for persons that have been diagnosed with severe autism; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34706/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Disabled Drivers and Passengers Scheme)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme provides relief from VAT and VRT, up to a certain limit, on the purchase of an adapted car for transport of a person with specific severe and permanent physical disabilities, payment of a fuel grant, and an exemption from Motor Tax.
To qualify for the Scheme an applicant must be in possession of a Primary Medical Certificate. To qualify for a Primary Medical Certificate, an appli...

247. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34072/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy will be aware, the Government’s Capital Plan was announced in September 2015 and outlined exchequer capital spending of €27 billion over the next six years. In the 2016 Summer Economic Statement, the Government committed to additional capital investment of €5.14 billion over the period of the Plan. Subsequently, in this week’s 2017 Summer Economic Statement, an additional capital investment of €1.5 billion was c...

249. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flood relief works including detailed expenditure and plans in the County Louth and east County Meath areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34164/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): In relation to the current position on flood relief works in counties Louth and Meath, I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works as follows:
Meath: Construction commenced on the Northlands Estate, Bettystown Flood Relief works in late October 2016 with an estimated project budget of €2.5m. It is anticipated that the works will take approximately 52 weeks to complete. €850,000 has been expen...

290. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Education and Skills the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34065/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Total capital funding expended in the period 1st April 2016 to 10th July 2017 in County Meath amounts to €52,132,672 and in County Louth amounts to €30,259,029.
Details of expenditure on a constituency basis are only available on receipt of school names and roll numbers.
Details of all school capital works that have been funded by my Department may be viewed on my Department’s website at www.education.ie and this is updated regularly. 
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369. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34068/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department has not made any investments since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath.
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397. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34071/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Details of funding provided through various schemes administered by the Department of Justice and Equality to projects in County Louth and County Meath in the timeframe specified by the Deputy can be found in the following table.
The Victims of Crime Office fund registered charities, voluntary/community groups and other bodies which provide assistance to victims of crime. The table gives details of organisations located in Louth/Meath...

463. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the investment by her Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34061/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The information requested by the Deputy in respect of investment my Department in County Louth and County Meath during the period in question is set out in the following tables.
Co. Louth
 Investment Project Amount Louth County Council to fund implementation of the Council’s 2016 Plan. €30,000 Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland for ‘Peace Proms 2016’ €42,737 County Museum Dundalk - Local...

722. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health the status of the proposed new primary health care centre for Drogheda, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34049/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Primary Care Centres Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 722 and 723 together.
As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly to the Deputy.
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723. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health the status of the proposed new primary health care centre for Bettystown and Laytown, County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34050/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Primary Care Centres Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 722 and 723 together.
As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly to the Deputy.
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733. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34069/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the delivery of health care infrastructure projects, the Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in relation to investment since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath.
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874. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the proposed 100-bed unit for St Mary’s Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34499/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Hospitals Capital Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Capital Programme announced in January 2016 provides for the replacement and refurbishment of 90 public nursing homes across the country over the next five years including St. Mary’s Hospital, Drogheda. Under this Programme it is proposed to deliver a new build community nursing home by 2020. This will replace existing beds where the physical environment requires substantial improvement. 
Significant work has been undertaken by the HSE in determinin...

929. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health the properties in Louth and east Meath, which includes a portion of Meath East, which are leased or occupied or rented or owned by the HSE and are vacant; the reason for such continuing vacancy; the cost of same in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34761/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - HSE Properties)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Your question has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply as the management of the healthcare property estate is a service matter.
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946. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34060/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the following table:
 County Louth/ County Meath/East Co Meath Title of Investment Initiative Investment€ Louth Afforestation Grants 182,636 Afforestation Premiums 377,868 Reconstitution Grant 5,629 Mart modernisation Scheme 1,644 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector 135,081 Fishery Harbour and Coasta...

1011. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath. (Question 34063/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible. 
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1045. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the reopening of the Dunleer railway station in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34002/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Railway Stations)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding of public transport. The operation of the rail network and stations on the network are a matter for Iarnród Éireann in the first instance.
Iarnród Éireann remains in a challenging position financially and has limited resources of its own available to fund new projects.  The company has not made any proposal to my Department regarding ...

1047. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34074/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Meath Co Council were awarded funding of €1,971,000 in July, 2016 to construct a greenway along the section of the Royal Canal within Meath.
Details of the regional and local road grant allocations and payments to Louth County Council and Meath County Council are outlined in the regional and local road grant allocation and payment booklets which are available in the Dáil Library.  Details of the 2017 regional and local road grant all...

1108. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide funding for the provision of a Drogheda driver test centre in view of the recent CSO publication which shows that Drogheda is the largest town here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34790/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Driver Test Centres)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The operation of the driver testing service is the statutory responsibility of the Road Safety Authority.  I have therefore referred the Question to the Authority for direct reply.  I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response has not been received within ten days.
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1138. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the investment by her Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34062/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I can inform the Deputy that my Department has significant investment across a range of the functions for which I have responsibility, all to improve outcomes for children and families in line with our National Policy Framework for Children and Young People, Better Outcomes Brighter Futures. This includes investment in childcare, family supports, youth programmes and investment in services for children and families by Tusla whi...

1193. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Social Protection the investment by her Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34073/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Projects)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Department in conjunction with the OPW has made the following Intreo project capital investments in County Louth and parts of east County Meath from April 2016 to June 2017. 
The capital expenditure details are as follows: 
 Location Capital Costs* Navan Intreo, Kennedy House, Kennedy Rd, Navan, Co Meath €808,939 Abbey Buildings, Abbey Mall, Navan, Co. Meath €326,770 

* Capital costs excludes signage and furniture cost...

1302. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34066/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): My Department provides funding for a wide range of capital programmes, including local authority housing, voluntary housing, estate regeneration, energy efficiency retrofitting, rural water schemes, the RAPID programme, INTERREG, fire services and library development. The information sought in relation to expenditure under these specific programmes in respect of County Louth will be compiled and forwarded to ...