172. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if he will intervene with the HSE regarding a medical card renewal application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; if his attention has been drawn to the tedious process the person has been put through to have their medical card reinstated fully; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the HSE medical card section was advised on 2 May 2018 of this person’s misdiagnosis; and if the matter will be expedited. (Question 20523/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Medical Card Applications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services.
Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.  However, I can confirm that in relation to the case raised by the Deputy, the HS...

219. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if an appeal submitted to his Department by a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be reconsidered. (Question 20260/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Basic Payment Scheme Appeals)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was allocated 28.63 entitlements under the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme.  For the 2016 Scheme Year, the person named submitted two Transfer of Entitlements applications to my Department to transfer 21.98 entitlements by way of gift to a third party and to lease 6.25 entitlements to a third party for a seven year period.
As the person named did not submit a 2016 or 2017 Basic Payment application to utilise the rem...

250. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that patients (details supplied) cannot avail of a specific HSE service; and if the matter will be examined. (Question 19635/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly. 
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324. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if he will assist in having a person (details supplied) placed back on a waiting list. (Question 19948/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Health Service Capacity Review)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the particular issue raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly. 
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120. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of fines or fixed penalty notices that were issued to motorists (details supplied) in each of the years 2012 to 2017, in tabular form. (Question 19532/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Road Traffic Offences Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120 to 122, inclusive, together.
I have requested a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to the statistics sought by the Deputy and I will be in contact with the Deputy directly on receipt of these reports.
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121. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of fines and fixed penalty notices (details supplied) that were issued to motorists in each of the years 2012 to 2017, in tabular form. (Question 19533/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Road Traffic Offences Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120 to 122, inclusive, together.
I have requested a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to the statistics sought by the Deputy and I will be in contact with the Deputy directly on receipt of these reports.
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122. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of fines or fixed penalty notices (details supplied) that were issued to motorists in each of the years 2012 to 2017, in tabular form. (Question 19534/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Road Traffic Offences Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120 to 122, inclusive, together.
I have requested a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to the statistics sought by the Deputy and I will be in contact with the Deputy directly on receipt of these reports.
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217. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an application by a person (details supplied); and if the difficult circumstances this person found themselves in during the period in question is being taken into consideration. (Question 19460/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 3 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2017 and has received the advance payment in respect of the 2017 scheme year. GLAS payments are currently up to date in this case. 
However, the Department’s records indicate that the nutrient management plan (NMP) remains outstanding. This plan must be submitted to allow for the issuing of further payments, including the 2017 balancing ...

258. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health the status of the fair deal nursing home scheme (details supplied) which is due to be amended. (Question 18774/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme Review)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): My Department has been advancing work on this matter and having regard for this complex issue and for the sensitivities of the scheme I requested legal advice from the office of the Attorney General regarding potential changes to the legislation that will address this matter. 
The Department has received this advice and is exploring the policy and legislative changes necessary and any potential impacts as a result of amending the s...

299. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health the status of an application by persons (details supplied) under the fair deal nursing home scheme. (Question 18999/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications)

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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325. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if additional resources have been provided to assist farmers whose herds are restricted and suffering from the fodder crisis. (Question 18613/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Fodder Crisis)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department operates a Hardship Grant scheme as part of the TB Eradication Programme. The scheme operates from 1 November to 30 April 2018 and is aimed at assisting eligible herdowners who retain and feed animals during prolonged periods of restriction as a result of a TB breakdown. Herdowners meeting the eligibility criteria can apply through their local RVO. 
Separately, the Department operates an Early Warning/Interven...

361. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of the M20 Cork to Limerick motorway project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18819/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Road Projects Status)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and 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.
Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputy’s question to TII for direct reply. ...

80. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a date has been set for a meeting of the high level forum on community employment supervisor pensions; if his attention has been drawn to the anger and frustration of community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors; his views on the fact that their contribution to improving the life chances of scheme participants and to their overall local communities is not being properly recognised at the end of their careers in spite of a Labour Court ruling in their favour; his further views on whether the Government may be undermining the Labour Court by ignoring its recommendation; and the steps he will take to resolve the matter. (Question 18405/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Community Employment Schemes Supervisors)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 70 to 88, inclusive, 90, 91, 96 and 97 together.
I would refer the Deputies to my responses to PQ 54985/17 of 16 January 2018 and PQ 13684/18 of 27 March 2018.
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103. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure that works recommence to complete an extension to a school (details supplied) in County Cork in order to provide critically needed additional accommodation for staff and pupils; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the contractor has been placed in examinership; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18370/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am aware that the contractor for the project in question has entered into Examinership.
The project has been devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board (ETB).  
Officials in my Department are working with the ETB and the contractor to ensure that the project is completed as quickly as possible.
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234. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if works to replace a central heating boiler in the housing aid for older people scheme will be included in view of the fact that the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland no longer provides grant aid for this work since January 2018 and the current housing aid for older people scheme only grant aids the installation of central heating in circumstances in which no form of heating exists. (Question 18421/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Housing Adaptation Grant)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Housing Aid for Older People Scheme provides grants of up to €8,000 to assist older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvement works carried out. The grant eligible works include the provision of heating and any repair or improvement works which are considered reasonably necessary.  
The detailed administration of these grants, including the assessmen...

30. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if there is a strategy in place or planned to provide incentives to establish a plastics recycling unit here. (Question 16262/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Recycling Policy)

Deputy Brian Stanley: My question relates to the major problem with plastic packaging. The Minister knows that the Sick of Plastic campaign day last Saturday by Friends of the Earth and others was a big success. There is a significant public appetite for change and the public is switched on to this issue. Young people specifically are tuned into what we need to do. We need to step up to the plate in this House, turn industry in a different direction and reduce the massive and completely unne...

138. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be assisted in transferring to a specific unit which would be more suitable for the person. (Question 18189/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Disability Services Provision)

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 o...

157. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if a day procedure appointment will issue to a person (details supplied). (Question 18257/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing ...

183. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for funding in respect of a school (details supplied) in County Cork. (Question 17468/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Emergency Works Scheme Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers submitted an application for funding under my Department’s Emergency Works Scheme to construct a school carpark.  The application and subsequent appeal were refused as the works sought are outside the scope of the scheme.  The provision of a carpark is more appropriate to a future Summer Works Scheme.
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213. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a child (details supplied) will be placed in school from September 2018; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that home tuition will not help the child progress; and if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the child has been on a placement waiting list for three years. (Question 17603/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Special Educational Needs)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department provides for a range of placement options and supports for schools, which have enrolled students with special educational needs, in order to ensure that wherever a child is enrolled, s/he will have access to an appropriate education.  
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) which is a separate independent statutory body, plans and co-ordinates the provision of education and support services to children with speci...

387. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if an item of equipment will be provided to a child (details supplied) in County Cork. (Question 17651/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Medical Aids and Appliances Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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31. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health the reason Cork city and county accounts for 40% of overdue HSE assessments of need under the Disability Act 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17083/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Psychological Services)

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 ...

308. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will liaise with the National Transport Authority to put a commuter daily rate ticket scheme in place for persons that avail of the rail network to get to work on a daily basis (details supplied). (Question 17205/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Rail Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.  However, I am not involved in the day to day operations of public transport, nor decisions on the issue of rail fares in any part of the country.  
Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in December 2009, the NTA is the statutory body with responsibility for the regulation ...

251. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Finance when he plans to introduce the sugar tax as agreed in Budget 2018; his views on the fact that this delay is now causing administrative and logistical problems for many companies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15829/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Tax Code)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 240 and 251 together.
Ireland has engaged in extensive and constructive discussions with the European Commission to ensure that once commenced, the Sugar Sweetened Drinks Tax does not infringe EU State aid law. Following these constructive discussions with, and a formal notification to, the European Commission, a positive decision is expected very soon to allow for the commencement of the tax on 1 May 2018. 
While a...

358. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding two projects at a primary school (details supplied) in County Cork. (Question 15392/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): It is planned to carry out one project at the school to which the Deputy refers which would encapsulate traffic management issues as necessary and if possible.
Funding was originally allocated to the school under my Department’s Additional Accommodation Scheme 2014 to provide 4 mainstream classrooms, 2 SET rooms and a WC for assisted users.
The school subsequently sought an increase in funding to address traffic management issues. The d...