112. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of schools in County Louth which have prefabs on site. (Question 20277/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 112 to 114, inclusive, together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department does not hold details relating to the information requested.
As the Deputy will be aware, it is my intention to replace all purchased temporary accommodation with permanent accommodation, where the need is established, over the lifetime of my Department’s Capital Programme (2016 to 2021). To enable this development, my Departm...

113. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of schools in County Louth which have more than one prefab. (Question 20278/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 112 to 114, inclusive, together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department does not hold details relating to the information requested.
As the Deputy will be aware, it is my intention to replace all purchased temporary accommodation with permanent accommodation, where the need is established, over the lifetime of my Department’s Capital Programme (2016 to 2021). To enable this development, my Departm...

114. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the location of schools in County Louth which utilise prefabs on their site. (Question 20279/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 112 to 114, inclusive, together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department does not hold details relating to the information requested.
As the Deputy will be aware, it is my intention to replace all purchased temporary accommodation with permanent accommodation, where the need is established, over the lifetime of my Department’s Capital Programme (2016 to 2021). To enable this development, my Departm...

115. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the supports available to national schools to purchase essential equipment such as dining tables and chairs. (Question 20280/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - School Furniture Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Primary schools do not have canteen facilities so the issue of providing dining tables and chairs does not arise. Otherwise, my Department’s Loose Furniture & Equipment Scheme is the mechanism for all schools - primary and post-primary - to apply for replacement furniture for teaching spaces and other spaces and to fund the purchase of individual items of furniture and equipment for special needs pupils. Funding for furniture for new s...

166. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost to provide annual rheumatology assessment for children with Down’s syndrome. (Question 20244/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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325. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of persons in County Louth that have been assigned a general practitioner by the HSE. (Question 19954/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - General Practitioner Contracts)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 325 and 326 together.
As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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326. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of general practitioners registered in County Louth in each of the past five years. (Question 19955/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - General Practitioner Contracts)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 325 and 326 together.
As this question relates to a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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342. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of women in County Louth who were misinformed that their cervical smear tests were normal. (Question 20015/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The deputy’s question relates to service delivery matters and accordingly I have referred his question to the HSE for direct reply.
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343. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health if the 2014 audit of cervical smear tests contained tests of women in County Louth. (Question 20016/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The deputy’s question relates to service delivery matters and accordingly I have referred his question to the HSE for direct reply.
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242. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Louth will receive a transfer from Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda to the National Rehabilitation Hospital. (Question 18704/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Transfers)

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 ...

243. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of beds in the National Rehabilitation Hospital. (Question 18705/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Beds Data)

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 ...

244. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of persons waiting for a bed in the National Rehabilitation Hospital. (Question 18706/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

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 ...

245. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of persons in County Louth waiting for a bed in the National Rehabilitation Hospital. (Question 18707/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

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 ...

246. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the capacity in the redeveloped National Rehabilitation Hospital; and when this facility will become operational. (Question 18708/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Facilities)

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 ...

250. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of beds allocated in the National Rehabilitation Hospital for persons with an acquired brain injury for the past five years, in tabular form. (Question 18720/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Beds Data)

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 ...

123. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of children on the waiting list for assessment for juvenile arthritis; and the number of children in County Louth awaiting for such an assessment. (Question 18124/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 123 and 124 together.
I am aware that there are challenges in meeting the growing demand for rheumatology services, and that the Health Service Executive is working towards improving access to such services. In relation to rheumatology service provision, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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124. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the number of children diagnosed with juvenile arthritis who are awaiting treatment; the number of children in County Louth diagnosed with juvenile arthritis who are awaiting treatment; and the length of time they have been waiting. (Question 18125/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 123 and 124 together.
I am aware that there are challenges in meeting the growing demand for rheumatology services, and that the Health Service Executive is working towards improving access to such services. In relation to rheumatology service provision, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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125. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health if the routine screening of children with Down syndrome for arthritis has been considered. (Question 18126/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Health Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I am aware that there are challenges in meeting the growing demand for rheumatology related services, and that the Health Service Executive is working towards improving access to such services. 
In relation to your query, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible. 
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126. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the steps he is taking in order to meet the WHO recommendation that there should be a minimum of six paediatric rheumatologists in the State. (Question 18127/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Health Services Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I am aware that there are challenges in meeting the growing demand for rheumatology services, and that the Health Service Executive is working towards improving access to such services. 
In relation to rheumatology service provision, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible. 
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404. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the reason for the closure of the Dundalk civil registration office; the length of time the office has been closed; the steps he is taking to reopen the office; when it will reopen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17806/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Civil Registration Service)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The civil registration service is operated by the Health Service Executive on behalf of the General Register Office under the aegis of the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.  I have referred your question to the Health Service Executive to address the specific issue raised and for direct reply to the Deputy.
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86. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the report of An Garda Síochána into the fatal shooting of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16532/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Reports)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Garda Tony Golden lost his life in October 2015 serving his community. His death on that day has robbed the Golden family of a dearly loved husband, father, brother and son. A young woman suffered serious injuries as a result of the events of that day and she has also endured a great deal. 
It is important, of course, that we are sensitive to those who suffered so greatly as a result of the dreadful events in Omeath. 
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131. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of an application to install an automatic external defibrillator at a location (details supplied) in County Louth. (Question 15701/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 131 and 132 together.
My officials have advised that a request has been received to install a Civilian Defibrillator on the external wall of Aiken Barracks, Dundalk, Co. Louth. 
Following consultations with the Defence Forces regarding this proposal a number of issues have arisen which need to be clarified in advance of any decision being taken on this proposal. These relate, in the main, to the...

132. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if permission has been granted to install an automatic external defibrillator at defence sites; and if so, the location of same. (Question 15702/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 131 and 132 together.
My officials have advised that a request has been received to install a Civilian Defibrillator on the external wall of Aiken Barracks, Dundalk, Co. Louth. 
Following consultations with the Defence Forces regarding this proposal a number of issues have arisen which need to be clarified in advance of any decision being taken on this proposal. These relate, in the main, to the...

606. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of applications for employment permits by persons at a centre (details supplied) made since the Supreme Court ruling granting asylum seekers the right to work; and the number of these applications that have been successful. (Question 14998/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Work Permits Applications Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): From February 9th 2018, when section 16(3)(b) International Protection Act 2015 was struck down by the Supreme Court, until the date of entry into force of the EU (recast) Reception Conditions Directive, any eligible international protection applicants can access the employment permit system on the same basis as other non-EEA nationals. The opt-in process, involving formal discussions with the European Commission to ens...

661. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Health the status of reforms to the general practitioner contract in view of his recent public statement committing to same. (Question 15030/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Contracts)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 661 and 662 together.
The Government is committed to delivering more non-acute care within the primary care sector, so that better care close to home can be provided for communities around the country.
General Practitioners play an important role in the primary care system. It is generally accepted that there is a need to modernise the current GMS contract and ensure that general practice is a viable and rewarding career...