1. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if the 2012 restructuring of the Defence Forces will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20687/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Reorganisation)

Deputy Jack Chambers: I echo the Leas-Cheann Comhairle’s welcome to the delegation.
My question is to ask the Minister of State at the Department of Defence if he will review the 2012 restructuring of the Defence Forces and if he will make a statement on the matter. As the Minister of State knows, we had the first southern brigade headquarters in Cork, the second eastern headquarters in Dublin and the fourth western headquarters in Athlone. That consolidation was done on the basis of claimed e...

3. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the reason the personnel strength of the Defence Forces was lower at the end of February 2018 than at the end of February 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20688/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Strength)

Deputy Jack Chambers: What are the reasons the personnel strength of the Defence Forces was lower at the end of February 2018 than at the end of February 2017? Will the Minister of State make a statement on the matter? As he knows, the Defence Forces face a full-blown retention crisis. Despite attempts to enhance recruitment we are haemorrhaging massive numbers. Why does the Minister of State believe that despite the recruitment campaign he is trying to promote, almost the same number of peo...

14. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Finance the status of the implementation of the recommendations made in the report by his Department’s working group on reducing the cost of motor insurance; the number of recommendations that have not been implemented to date; the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50834/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Motor Insurance Regulation)

Deputy John Curran: It is almost a year since the working group on motor insurance published its report containing 33 recommendations and 71 specific actions. Will the Minister update the House on the implementation of the report and, more importantly, the effect it has had on motor insurance premiums?
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12. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on waiting lists who were due to receive scheduled treatment during October, November and December 2017 and who have been notified that their procedures have been postponed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40956/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Hospital Waiting Lists Data)

Deputy Jack Chambers: I want to ask the Minister for Health the number of persons on waiting lists who were due to receive their scheduled treatment during October, November and December 2017 and who have been notified that their procedures have been postponed or cancelled.
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51. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the reason behind the 19% reduction in the number of home help hours in Dublin West in the period January to April 2017 relative to the same period in 2016. (Question 29085/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Home Help Service Provision)

Deputy Jack Chambers: What is the reason behind the 19% reduction in the number of home help hours in Dublin West in the period between January and April 2017 relative to the same period in 2016? The Minister referred to trends, demographics and ad hoc planning. In the past 12 months the increase in the number last year has been reversed. There has been a significant decrease this year. That contradicts Government policy which is that the threshold should remain the same or increase. It des...

7. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the reason the HSE has ceased counting the number of private beds in public hospitals; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20457/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Hospital Beds Data)

Deputy Jack Chambers: What is the reason the HSE has ceased counting the number of private beds in public hospitals and will the Minister make a statement on the matter? We know that since the Health (Amendment) Act 2013 the Government has brought forward a policy of quasi-private hospitals within our public hospital system, which is regressive and has contributed to the significant waiting times. Why has the HSE, as a matter of governance, stopped counting the number of beds? We deserve a fu...

8. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the drug squad numbers in each Garda division for each of the past five years and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15750/17 asked on 30 Mar 2017 - Garda Strength)

Deputy Jack Chambers: I want to ask the Tánaiste about the drugs squad numbers in each division, for each of the past five years and to date in 2017, and if she will make a statement on the matter. We have seen how drugs squad personnel numbers have haemorrhaged in recent years with certain districts such as Cavan and Monaghan without any drugs unit at all. Given the massive amount of gangland activity in Dublin and elsewhere, perhaps the Tánaiste will explain what is being done at a divisiona...

9. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the status of new roadside drug testing on motorists, including the number of tests that have been carried out; the number of tests that have resulted in positive detection of drugs; the number of prosecutions; the number of convictions that have resulted from roadside drug testing to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7623/17 asked on 16 Feb 2017 - Road Safety)

Deputy Jack Chambers: I ask for an update on the roadside drug testing on motorists, including the number of tests that have been carried out, the number of tests that have resulted in positive detection of drugs, the number of prosecutions, the number of convictions that have resulted from roadside drug testing to date, and if she will make a statement on the practical implementation of a welcome Bill that progressed through the House last year.
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39. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if recorded crime statistics for the Dublin western metropolitan region are an accurate reflection of the reality of crime in the area; if all Garda stations in the Dublin western metropolitan region have access to the PULSE system; if not, the details of the stations without access; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34735/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Crime Levels)

Deputy Frances Fitzgerald: As I said, the availability of PULSE is not a prerequisite for the recording of Garda crime statistics. Some 92% to 93% will go through the GISC in Castlebar, and this applies to the Deputy’s area as well as others. I have given the breakdown in the Deputy’s area. Regarding the point he made about crime statistics, the Garda Inspectorate noted the CSO’s report on the review of the quality of crime statistics. The report reiterated issues that were found in the repo...

23. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the role her Department is playing in the north-east inner city initiative. (Question 27422/16 asked on 28 Sep 2016 - Inner City Initiatives)

Deputy Jack Chambers: I ask the Minister about the exact role her Department has played in what was a welcome announcement of a north-east inner city initiative, which is something with which we all have sympathy. Any community that has been ravaged by the murderous feud we have seen over the past number of months would need the support of this House. What exactly has her Department done in the past number of months?
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5. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the criteria for appointment to senior hospital management positions and for board appointments in each of the hospital groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21105/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Hospital Groups)

Deputy Jack Chambers: My question is about the criteria for appointment to senior hospital management positions and for board appointments in each of the hospital groups. What is the process? Are all of the senior executive positions within the groups publicly advertised, with interviews? Are all board appointments in the hospital groups publicly advertised?
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