53. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her Department has established a working group involving the HSE, the Department of Health and Tusla to co-ordinate a focus for the State’s provision of mental health services for young persons; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43657/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Provision)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I am happy to inform the Deputy that my Department is at present advancing this matter. I and my officials have met with Minister Daly and we are both agreed to review the co-ordination and provision of psychological supports between TUSLA and the HSE, including specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provided by the HSE. 
The work of this group will focus on identifying a clearer continuum of provision f...

110. Deputy James Browne asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of LEO business expansion grants awarded to County Wexford businesses in 2016; the sum of each grant; the average sum of each grant; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44013/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Local Enterprise Offices Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 110 and 111 together.
In 2016, the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Wexford approved 28 enterprise grants – feasibility, priming and business expansion – in total for the year, to a value of €389,034.
The approvals included 11 business expansion grants totalling €187,269 for its clients. This equates to an average grant amount of €17,024.
As the first-stop-shop for the provis...

111. Deputy James Browne asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number and value of LEO grants given to County Wexford businesses in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44014/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Local Enterprise Offices Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 110 and 111 together.
In 2016, the Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Wexford approved 28 enterprise grants – feasibility, priming and business expansion – in total for the year, to a value of €389,034.
The approvals included 11 business expansion grants totalling €187,269 for its clients. This equates to an average grant amount of €17,024.
As the first-stop-shop for the provis...

127. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Finance if the recent report by the Revenue Commissioners on Brexit included an analysis on the impact of Brexit on Rosslare Europort; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43502/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Revenue Commissioners Reports)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the report is now available on its website at www.revenue.ie. 
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188. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of full-time and part-time students, respectively, attending Waterford IT and Carlow IT; the number of full-time and part-time staff employed at the colleges, respectively; the number of full-time staff employed at both colleges with masters or PhD qualifications; the number of students from County Wexford who attend Carlow IT and Waterford IT, respectively; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43682/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Institutes of Technology)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the table.
 Students/Staff Institute of Technology Carlow Waterford Institute of Technology Number of Full Time Students 4290 6313 Number of Part Time Students 2684 1237 Full Time Staff (full-time equivalent) 431.45 628 Part-Time Staff (full-time equivalent) 90.93 268.84 Number of full time academic ...

200. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the lack of modern language teachers available for employment, especially in the case of a school (details supplied) in County Wexford; if his Department has examined the reasons for a shortage of modern language teachers available for employment at second level schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44010/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Teacher Recruitment)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has been made aware that there may be difficulties for schools in recruiting teachers of certain subjects, including teachers of modern languages. My Department is not aware of the specific case of the school to which the Deputy refers.
I might draw the Deputy’s attention to the final report of the Technical Working Group on teacher supply, ‘Striking the Balance’, which was published on 9 June 2017.  The report focusses on...

270. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if funding will be provided to create a Wexford County Council heritage officer position; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44015/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Local Authority Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The County Heritage Officers Programme is a partnership between the Heritage Council, which is funded by my Department, and Local Government. 
County Heritage Officers are employed directly by local authorities with financial, technical and professional support from the Heritage Council.   The decision as to whether to appoint a Heritage Officer is a matter for each local authority. The Heritage Council is available to ...

298. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the reason the accident and emergency department of Wexford General Hospital does not have a psychiatric nurse employed there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43504/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Emergency Departments Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 298 and 299 together.
As these are service matters, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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299. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health his plans to allocate a psychiatric nursing post to the accident and emergency department of Wexford General Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43505/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Emergency Departments Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 298 and 299 together.
As these are service matters, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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300. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the accident and emergency departments of hospitals that do not have a psychiatric nurse employed; the reason these departments do not have psychiatric nurse employed there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43506/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Emergency Departments Staff)

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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301. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the number of patient on patient attacks recorded within HSE facilities in each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43507/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Patient Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly.
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302. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the number of mental health staff attacked by patients at HSE facilities in each of the years 2010 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43508/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Data)

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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303. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the number of mental health nurses employed at the end of each of the years 2010 to 2016, and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43509/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Staff)

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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349. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the projected expenditure on mental health in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43720/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The HSE Mental Health Services expect to spend their full allocation of €853 million in 2017. New developments have been initiated and will continue to be enhanced, along with existing services, in the coming years in line with the Programme for Government and recommendations from A Vision for Change.
Between 2012 and 2017 €140 million additional funding has been provided to the Mental Health Budget, with an addition of €59.1 mil...

350. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the amount of the additional €15 million for mental health in 2017 which will be spent in 2017; the specific initiatives it has funded; the number of additional positions it has provided in the mental health division; the use to which unspent funds will be diverted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43721/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The HSE Mental Health Services Division expects to spend its full allocation of €853 million in 2017. This includes the €15 million allocated to new developments, which have been initiated and will continue to be enhanced, along with existing services, in the coming years in line with the Programme for Government and recommendations from A Vision for Change. 
Among the initiatives funded by the €15 million are Forensic Community I...

351. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health if the additional €15 million for mental health projects in 2017 will have a full year value of €35 million in 2018. (Question 43722/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I can confirm the €15 million in budget 2017 combined with the continuing funding of €20 million in budget 2018 will have a full year value of €35 million in 2018. I can also confirm that a further €15 million has been included in budget 2018, and further spending of €55 million in 2019. This will bring spending on new developments in mental health to a total of €105 million over the three-year period, 2017-2019.
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352. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health with regard to the additional €35 million announced for mental health in budget 2018 the amount of this that is related to the full year value of the €15 million increase announced in 2017. (Question 43723/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Budget 2017 made allowance for an additional €35 million for services to be initiated in 2017 and continued in 2018. €15 million was provided as part of the overall 2017 Budget. This recognised the time-frame required to initiate new developments, the time lag of new staff taking up posts and the completion of preparations for the introduction and enhancement of key priorities as specified in the HSE’s 2017 Service Plan. These ...

353. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Health the way in which the mental health budget of €885 million in 2018 announced in his Department’s budget press release reflects an increase of €35 million on 2017 in view of the fact that the HSE’s 2017 mental health operational plan projected a budget of €853.7 million in 2018 (Question 43724/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Budget 2018 made allowance for an additional €59 million for Mental Health Services for 2018. €35 million is made up of the €20 million continuing cost in 2018 of developments initiated in 2017, combined with a further €15 million for further new developments. €24 million will fund pay-related costs. In addition, the Minister for Health has committed to a further €55 million to be made available for mental health services in 201...

447. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the supports and schemes available to a person setting up their own milk processing unit based on local suppliers for tillage and basing their output on nutritional value rather than yield; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44011/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Agriculture Schemes)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Under the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS II) a suite of seven measures are available. Support is available under the following measures:
- Young Farmers Capital Investment Scheme;
- Dairy Equipment Scheme;
- Organic Capital Investment Scheme;
- Animal Welfare, Safety and Nutrient Storage Scheme;
- Low Emission Slurry Spreading;
- Pig and Poultry Capital Investment Scheme;
- Tillage Capital Investment S...

448. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has examined ways to limit reliance on imported genetically modified crops to support tillage farming here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44012/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Tillage Sector)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In Ireland, up to 80% of animal feed for ruminants is provided by grass, hay and silage, complemented where appropriate, by compound feeds. In the case of pigs and poultry, virtually all their nutrition is derived from compound feeds. Ireland imports approx 2.8 million tonnes (2016 figures) of animal feed materials per annum and the total annual usage of feed materials is approx. 4.9 million tonnes. Given our dependence on ...

453. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his Department has examined the effect of six pack plastic can rings on the environment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43503/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Waste Management)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Our use of plastic has increased exponentially in recent decades. Plastics feature across a wide range of applications and products, such as packaging, construction, electrics and electronics, agriculture, medical and health. The last waste characterisation study carried out by the EPA showed that 12.4% of our household waste, by weight, was plastic.
The effects of plastic pollution, in particular, on the mari...

455. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the estimated cost of cleaning up illegal dumping in County Wexford; his plans to strengthen sanctions on illegal dumping; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43683/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Illegal Dumping)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The cost of illegal dumping is not collated by my Department as it includes local authority enforcement, disposal and legal costs and also involves costs for other State agencies such as An Garda Síochána.
Penalties for serious dumping offences provided for under the Waste Management Acts are already substantial. Persons who are found to be responsible for, or involved in, the unauthorised disposal of waste are...

475. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding upgrading the N24 Limerick to Waterford road to motorway standard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43681/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 475 and 476 together.
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 assess...

476. Deputy James Browne 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 in 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 43685/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Road Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 475 and 476 together.
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 assess...

21. Deputy James Browne asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the way her Department plans to offset the impact of Brexit in County Wexford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42758/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Regional Action Plan for Jobs imitative, launched in January 2015, is a central pillar of the Government’s ambition to create 200,000 new jobs by 2020, 135,000 of which are outside of Dublin.
Importantly, the Plans have been embraced within the regions and implementation rates for actions within the published Progress Reports are in excess of 90% for each region.
There has been a substantial improvemen...