6. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to stop the purchase of Israeli-made drones by the Defence Forces. (Question 20430/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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8. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of contracts with Israel for the purchase of arms to be used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20432/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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35. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will report on the contracts for purchase of arms by his Department, whether one-off or continual, to be used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20434/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Contracts)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The primary focus for the procurement of defensive equipment, including weaponry and ammunition by the Department of Defence is to maintain the capability of the Defence Forces to fulfil the roles as assigned by Government. This includes undertaking overseas Peace Support Operations, and in this regard to afford the greatest possible force protection to Irish troops whilst on all missions. Equipment priorities for the Army, Nava...

36. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of purchase of Israeli-made drones to be used by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20431/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Equipment)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I would like the Minister of State to comment on the continuing purchase of Israeli drones by the Irish Defence Forces.
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12. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he will take to oversee the regulation of sulky racing in view of its significance in Traveller and working class culture; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10101/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Harness Racing)

Deputy Gino Kenny: I ask the Minister to make a statement on the sulky racing and horse ownership traditions in Traveller and working class communities.
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389. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if his Department will consider replicating the FDA black box warning regarding cautionary use by persons under 18 years of age on antidepressants such as Prozac in the USA on the packaging of similar drugs here (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17660/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Medicinal Products Regulation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The legal framework for provision of detailed warnings for medicines across the EU is through the product information, which specifically provides for the format and content of these documents. The summary of product characteristics (SmPC) for the healthcare professional and the package leaflet (PL) for patients are reviewed and approved as an intrinsic part of the licensing of a medicine, and continuously updated to reflect the current state of kno...

62. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health when parent representatives will be included in the primary care steering group in view of a motion agreed by Seanad Éireann; his views on whether parents of sick children should be represented on the steering group in view of the fact that the policies being discussed and decided will directly affect their children and that they have a unique insight and experience being full-time carers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16895/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Primary Care Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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91. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health his plans to use a drug approval and reimbursement system for MS drugs similar to that in Germany (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16408/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Medicinal Products Reimbursement)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): 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 medicines.
In line with the 2013 Act, if a company would like a medicine to be reimbursed by the HSE pur...

225. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the distress that delaying Parts 2 and 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 has had on families in view of assurances that they would be commenced in the last quarter of 2017; if Parts 2 and 3 will be commenced as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8828/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Commencement of Legislation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): A number of technical drafting issues have come to light in relation to Parts 2 & 3 of the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015. The implications of these issues are being explored by officials in my Department and the Office of the Attorney General and clarification on whether primary legislation is required to resolve these issues is being sought. In the event that primary legislation is required I would seek to deal with it as a matter of urg...

135. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health the rights a person has when a general practitioner patient dispute occurs; if there are procedures in place to resolve these disputes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16833/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 139, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to operational matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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136. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if a general practitioner can unilaterally decide to remove medical card patients that they deem difficult without a patient’s ability to challenge this decision or have access to a process that will adjudicate the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16834/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 139, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to operational matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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137. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if the process of general practitioner removal of medical card patients from their list will be examined; if there are policies, structures and patient representation in place in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16835/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 139, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to operational matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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138. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if there are statistics available regarding the number of medical card and private patients removed from general practitioner lists and the reasons for removal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16836/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 139, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to operational matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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139. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health his plans to ensure that general practitioner patients have full rights and protection in patient general practitioner disputes including a right to challenge a general practitioner decision and to protect their good name, especially in relation to sourcing another general practitioner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16837/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 135 to 139, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to operational matters, I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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157. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health if the abolition of the loco parentis clause in paediatric homecare packages will be reconsidered (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16922/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Home Care Packages Administration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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46. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to renew funding to a cultural centre (details supplied); his views on the evidence that shows that persons that have deeper levels of integration within communities are significantly less likely to experience crime and anti-social behaviour; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15256/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration (OPMI), an Office of my Department, allocates public funding for migrant integration projects on the basis of competitive selection processes carried out in a fair, open and transparent way.  This gives a wide range of community and voluntary organisations the opportunity to bid for government funding for projects to support the integration of migrants in our co...

81. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether it is insufficient to rely on digital consent as a means to protect children’s data in view of the fact it places an excessive burden on parents to be active in the digital world; his further views on whether restrictions should be imposed on the data controllers forbidding them to use children’s data for marketing or commercial purposes; his plans to ensure that data controllers take responsibility in data breaches or undue commercial targeting of children’s data while using their platform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9023/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Data Protection)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The position is that while the data protection rights and protections that generally apply to adults under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) also apply to children, the GDPR acknowledges that the personal data of children merit specific protection and it includes a number of specific measures for the protection of children in addition to the “digital age of consent”. 
For example, Article 6.1(f), which generally permits pro...

11. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the immense work carried out by resource teachers with special needs children at a school (details supplied) under very difficult conditions; if following his sanctioning of a grant to build two new resource rooms, consideration will be given to covering the shortfall in actual costs in order that the staff and students can secure the learning environment that they need and deserve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14260/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Special Educational Needs Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers was approved a devolved grant under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2016 to provide 2 Resource Rooms.   This project was devolved to the School Authority for delivery.  
The School Authority recently submitted a request for additional funding based on the tender report and supporting documentation which was assessed by my Department.
I am pleased to inform the Deputy that a decision t...

50. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on the Israeli ill-treatment of Palestinian children in military detention, highlighted by UNICEF as being widespread, systematic and institutionalised; if he will raise the case of a person (details supplied) with his Israeli counterpart; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14133/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Human Rights)

Deputy Gino Kenny: What is the Tánaiste view on the detention of Palestinian children in apartheid Israeli jails?
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85. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has received the humanitarian letter signed by over 100 organisations pleading with all parliamentary institutions throughout the world to stop the genocide, siege and forced displacement happening in eastern Ghouta in Syria; his plans to work urgently with his European counterparts to stop the genocide against civilians and condemn the Syrian regime and its allies’ refusal to abide by the Security Council Resolution 2401; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14134/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Syrian Conflict)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 63, 68, 85 and 97 together.
I am aware of the letter to which Deputy Kenny refers. The situation in Syria is indeed unconscionable, and I take this opportunity to reiterate my unreserved condemnation of the barbarous violence against civilians that has been the hallmark of this conflict to date. The brutal repression of dissent by the Assad regime, which has included use of chemical weapo...

378. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Health when the result of the assessment of the PKU treatment drug Kuvan will be made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13807/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drug schemes, in accordance with the provisions of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for reply to the Deputy.
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1061. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his views on a matter (details supplied); his further views on the fact that those in receipt of the housing assistance payment for homeless households in the building are continuing to receive the payment and have their rent paid leading to a discrepancy between those on the normal payment and those on the homeless payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12808/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Housing Assistance Payment)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Any household assessed as eligible for social housing is immediately eligible for housing support through the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme. Once a household has been deemed eligible for social housing support, it is a matter for the local authority to examine the suite of social housing supports available, including the HAP scheme, to determine the most appropriate form of social housing support for that hous...

20. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to acquire a site (details supplied) in view of its cultural and historic importance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10193/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Heritage Sites)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: I thank the office of the Ceann Comhairle for what it described as the procedural fluidity for allowing me to take Deputy Gino Kenny’s question this morning.
The Luggala House and estate are a jewel in a truly breath-taking location in the spectacular setting of the Wicklow mountains. The thought that this location, which should be enjoyed by walkers, tourists, locals and others, might be bought by some international property investor sends shivers down my spine. M...

24. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the steps she will take to highlight Traveller culture in a positive and meaningful way in view of the fact that Travellers are a distinct ethnic minority; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10100/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Traveller Culture)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: On March 1 last year there was an historic, if belated, acknowledgement of Traveller ethnicity and culture. Beyond the symbolic importance of the recognition of Traveller ethnicity and culture, what practical steps and policies is the Minister with responsibility in the area of culture going to take to practically celebrate, acknowledge and promote Traveller culture as a crucial part of Ireland’s historic identity and culture?
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32. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on the issue of sexual abuse and harassment exposed by women in the arts world both at home and abroad via movements (details supplied); the steps she is taking to address the gender inequality and systems of power that exist in the arts; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10099/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Gender Equality)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I have repeatedly stated that everyone, regardless of their job, is entitled to work in an atmosphere in which respect, dignity, fairness and equality are very much the norm. I have also reaffirmed my continued commitment to measures aimed at eliminating workplace harassment in the arts and culture sector
Last November, my predecessor met with leaders of Irish theatre organisations who had co-signed a statement condemnin...