159. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health the regulation in place in terms of public service employees, in particular in terms of external applicants for senior roles such as the CEO of the Health Service Executive and other senior officials in the HSE with regard to compliance with SIPO behaviour standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20588/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): State Bodies, including the HSE, which come under the aegis of the Department of Health must comply with the requirements in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s (DPER) Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.  The provisions in the Code include the requirements for compliance with relevant legislation and governance obligations. They include compliance with the Ethics in Public Office Acts. The Standards in Public Office (SIPO...

160. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health the regulations in respect of public servants, in particular the HSE, including the CEO and senior officials, taking up paid work in addition to their public service employment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20589/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - HSE Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): State Bodies, including the HSE, are required to have regard to, and to implement Government policy on pay and related matters.
In accordance with the One Person One Salary (OPOS) principle, serving public servants require the consent of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in order to undertake other forms of paid remuneration in any part of the public service. In this context it should also be noted that public servants and public sector e...

201. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health when his attention was first drawn to the request by the CEO of the Health Service Executive to seek permission to serve on the board of a company (details supplied); when he granted permission for the CEO of the HSE to take up this board position; the assessment procedures he undertook before he decided to grant permission; if public service conduct rules and or public interest conduct rules apply in respect of this case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20590/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - HSE Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In May 2017, Mr Tony O’Brien sought my consent within the terms of his contract of employment as Director General of the HSE to accept an appointment as a non-Executive Director of a commercial business. The Director General advised that the business was based outside the State, concerned with research and development and was not engaged in business with the HSE.  He advised that the functions would be performed in his own time without detriment to his...

4. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach the number of staff employed in his Department in the past 12 months. (Question 20061/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 to 4, inclusive, together.
There are currently 207.5 whole-time equivalent staff working in my Department. This compares with 203.5 whole-time equivalent staff on 31 December 2017.
My Department is structured around seven main work areas. The breakdown of posts currently in each of these areas is as follows: 29 posts in the international, EU and Northern Ireland division; 25 posts in the economic division; 27 posts in the Government secretariat...

11. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his visit to Northern Ireland on 30 April 2018. (Question 20057/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 5 to 11, inclusive, together.
On the afternoon of 30 April, I travelled to Northern Ireland following my attendance at the fourth plenary meeting of the all-island civic dialogue in Dundalk.
I had a number of different engagements during my visit, which was part of my efforts and those of the Government to stay engaged with all parts of society in Northern Ireland.
My first engagement was a visit to New-Bridge integrated college in Loughbrickland. ...

38. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of vacancies on the board of the National Museum; when she plans to fill these vacancies; the process by which the vacancies will be filled; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19978/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - National Museum)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Section 19(1) of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (the 1997 Act) provides that the Board of the National Museum of Ireland shall consist of a chairperson and not less than 13 or more than 15 ordinary members. 
There are currently three vacancies, one of which is to be filled by a staff representative, on the Board of the National Museum of Ireland.
Officials in my Department are working with the National Muse...

40. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to the concerns in the Irish audiovisual industry regarding the need for certainty surrounding the extension of the section 481 tax incentive in its current form beyond 2020; the danger such projects and jobs could be lost to competing locations in view of the lengthy planning horizons for film and television productions; the engagement her Department has had with the Department of Finance regarding this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19982/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Film Industry Tax Reliefs)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 40 and 56 together.
The Government supports the Irish film industry through the twin approach of direct funding through the Irish Film Board and the film tax credit scheme - Section 481 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997. 
Section 481 is provides a critical support for the Irish production sector, generating thousands of jobs, and providing a strong value proposition for the public purse...

46. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the all-party consultation group on commemorations will next meet; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19980/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 46, 57 and 61 together.
In the lead up to the State’s commemoration of the centenary of the events of 1916, the All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations proved very constructive. The Group’s input will also be beneficial in informing the State Commemorative Programme for the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries.
Last September, my predecessor Minister Humphreys, wrote to the Ceann ...

60. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to the concerns of an organisation (details supplied) in respect of the Heritage Bill for the breeding of birds and bees during the month of March; the engagement her Department has had with concerned NGOs such as the organisation and An Taisce regarding the draft legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19981/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Wildlife Protection)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976, as amended, prohibits the cutting, grubbing, burning or destruction of vegetation, with certain strict exemptions, from 1 March to 31 August.
Following a review of Section 40, which involved, inter alia, consideration of submissions from interested parties including from An Taisce and the organisation in question, proposals were announced in December 2015 to introduce legislation to a...

66. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her attention has been drawn to the Boaden report in respect of the future of the National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and the report’s recommendation that the NSO become a national cultural institution; the action she plans to take on foot of this report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19979/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - National Orchestras)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 54 and 66 together.
I refer the Deputies to my reply to Priority Question No 1 earlier today.
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5. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his visit to Leuven, Belgium. (Question 20060/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 4 to 6, inclusive, together.
I delivered an address on the future of Europe at the Catholic University of Leuven as part of its Wilfried Martens series of lectures. This is an annual event, with previous speakers including Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, and former German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.
The event was live-streamed and the text of my speech is available online. My speech covered the many achievements of the Europea...

9. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach his most recent contact with Prime Minister Theresa May. (Question 20062/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 to 10, inclusive, together.
I had a short meeting with Prime Minister May in the margins of the European Council on 23 March during which we discussed the latest developments in relation to Brexit, Northern Ireland and Russia.
On Brexit, I welcomed her Government’s commitment to ensuring the backstop forms part of the withdrawal agreement, and looked forward to progress on this and on the other options before the European Council in June. I expe...

132. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the budget that has been allocated for the enhancement and refurbishment of the Phoenix Park in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19765/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Public Parks)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Commissioners of Public Works have allocated €550,000 for the enhancement and refurbishment of the Phoenix Park in 2018.
The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public city park in a major capital in Europe. Capital works are undertaken as needs arise and are funded separately from within the OPW Vote. Staffing and general maintenance costs are also funded separately from within the OPW Vote.
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133. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the budget that has been allocated for the visit of Pope Francis to the Phoenix Park in August 2018; the number of persons expected to visit the park; the preparatory work to be carried out to cater for the large crowds; the budget for restoring the park after the Pope’s visit has ended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19766/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Public Parks)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): It is not possible to provide a fully costed estimate for the visit of Pope Francis to the Phoenix Park in August this year as arrangements for the event have yet to be finalised.
It is expected that the number of people visiting the park that day will not exceed 600,000.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is undertaking preparatory works that will cater for the health, safety and welfare of those atte...

134. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department has examined the impact of the Papal visit to Ireland in 1979 on the Phoenix Park; the lessons learned by the OPW from restoration works that were carried out in the park; if it is planned to temporarily remove gates to the park; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19767/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Public Parks)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Commissioners of Public Works have considerable experience in management of large-scale events in the Phoenix Park. The OPW team is closely working with organisers, contractors and World Meeting of Families to ensure that the event is managed safely and that the park is restored to pristine condition as soon as possible after the event.
Given the scale of the event, it will be necessary to remov...

138. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the phase 2 restoration works to a site (details supplied) will be considered as part of the recently announced Investing in our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027 under the historic environment or built heritage investment programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20148/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Built Heritage Investment Scheme)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The proposed Phase 2 of work at Maynooth Castle would, in the first instance, fall to be considered in the context of the funds recently announced in respect of Built Heritage. 
The Office of Public Works (OPW) are currently working with the funding Department (DCHG) to identify where these recently announced additional resources will be allocated.
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139. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated revenue in respect of events (details supplied); the arrangements to be made to reimburse the Phoenix Park to undertake reinstatement works following large crowd events; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20162/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Office of Public Works)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Bloom Garden event and the proposed Papal Mass are Government- supported events and thus a facility fee is not charged in either case.
With regard to the “Ed Sheeran” concerts, the fees charged are commercially sensitive but are in line with fees charged at other similar venues. As is normal practice for such events, OPW has sought a substantial bond from the event promoter to fund any reinstate...

154. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) will be inaugurated; the process for the selection of a school patron and a permanent site for the school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19762/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022), including a new 800 pupil post-primary school to be established in 2020 to serve the Blanchardstown_West_D15 & BlanchardstownVge_D15 school planning areas as a regional solution. This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary ...

155. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the proposed new schools in west County Dublin in the new school building programme; the rationale underlining his plan in respect of demographic projections, future population growth and patronage mix; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19763/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I recently announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022), including the following schools for the West County Dublin area:
- 8 classroom primary school to be established in 2020 to serve the Newcastle_Rathcoole school planning area
- 8 classroom primary school to be established in 2021 to serve the Clondalkin_D22 school planning area
- 1,000 pupil post-primary scho...

156. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new schools at primary and second level to be established in respect of the Cabra and Phibsborough Dublin 7 school planning areas; the number of proposed school refurbishments; the number of proposed school amalgamations in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19764/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, I announced plans for the establishment of 42 new schools over the next four years (2019 to 2022). This announcement follows nationwide demographic exercises carried out by my Department into the future need for primary and post-primary schools across the country and the 4-year horizon will enable increased lead-in times for planning and delivery of the necessary infrastructure.
While the announcement did not inc...

176. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of contractors which have expressed an interest in the construction of a school (details supplied) by the closing date of 3 May 2018; when tenders will be invited for the project; the length of time the tender process will take; when construction will commence on the new school as indicated in the departmental letter to the school in March 2018, which set out the timeframe for the progression of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20144/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The major building project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning Stage 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. All statutory approvals have been secured. 
The Stage 2(b) submission has been reviewed by my Department and a letter  issued to the school and its Design Team advising them of a timeframe for the progression of ...

177. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 86 of 22 March 2018, if the project brief is finalised in respect of the school; if so, the details of same; when a design team will be appointed for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20145/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the project brief for the school in question has been finalised and the schedules of accommodation have been issued to the Patron.  My Department will be in further contact with the school authority in due course relating to the appointment of a Design Team.
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178. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the process will commence for the appointment of a principal for a school (details supplied) in view of the need to appoint the principal by 1 September 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20147/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - School Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As part of the Major School Building Projects announcement in November 2015 by my Department and in view of the continued support for an independent Gaelcholáiste, it was confirmed that a Gaelcholáiste to serve the North Kildare area will open in 2019.
Department approval is given for the appointment of a school Principal from 1 September of the school year prior to the opening of a new school. 
The recruitment and appointment of teacher...

180. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the provision that has been made to budget for new applications to the school summer works scheme during 2018; if his attention has been drawn to concerns that there are no funds allocated for new applications for summer works; the number of applications for refurbishment that are outstanding by school; the cost of these works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20161/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Summer Works Scheme Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Summer Works Scheme is designed to allow schools to carry out small and medium scale building works that will improve and upgrade existing school buildings. This scheme is additional to other capital funding schemes that are operated by the Department such as the additional accommodation scheme, Emergency Works scheme i.e. for projects of such urgency that they would prevent some or all of the school from opening, and Minor Works sch...

202. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a person (details supplied) is still waiting for a decision on their application for leave to remain; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20115/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Deportation Orders)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the person concerned is the subject of a deportation order, made on 10 April 2015, following a comprehensive and thorough examination of their asylum claim and a detailed examination of the representations they submitted for consideration under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). 
The person concerned, through their legal repre...