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...

359. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there is a scheme in place which a PLC student can access to assist in meeting accommodation costs while studying. (Question 15419/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Student Grant Scheme Eligibility)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): PLC learners are entitled to apply for student grant funding under the same terms, conditions and rates as third level students, details of which are available on the SUSI website at www.susi.ie.
 Under the terms of the scheme, grant assistance is awarded to Post Leaving Certificate students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those which relate to nationality, residency, approved course, prev...

893. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if the provision of funding in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be expedited. (Question 15992/18 asked on 17 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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894. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that persons in north County Cork who avail of respite care have been advised that their respite care is being reduced per annum as a result of difficulties in another community hospital (details supplied); and if the matter will be investigated. (Question 15993/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Respite Care Services Availability)

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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895. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if an allowance can be made available to a person (details supplied) for respite care. (Question 15994/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Respite Care Grant Eligibility)

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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896. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health further to Question No. 417 of 3 October 2017, if all persons with type 1 diabetes irrespective of age will be able to avail of the FreeStyle Libre glucose monitor thus removing the age barrier put in place by the HSE; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15997/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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897. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health the efforts that have been made by the HSE to fill the medical officer position at St. Patrick’s Community Hospital, Fermoy, County Cork. (Question 16001/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Staff Recruitment)

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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898. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a specific HSE service (details supplied) is being withdrawn from north County Cork; and his plans to ensure that the position is filled in a temporary capacity to ensure the provision of a vital service to families. (Question 16004/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health 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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903. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be called for surgery as soon as possible. (Question 16016/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Appointments Status)

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 ...

916. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health the status of his Department’s discussions with an association (details supplied) regarding the approval of amendments with respect to the implementation of the EU Directive 2013/59/EURATOM protection against ionising radiation. (Question 16103/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - EU Directives)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Officials from my Department met with representatives of this association on 1 February this year to discuss the transposition of the medical provisions of the Basic Safety Standards Directive (BSSD) by my Department and whether chiropractors will be designated as referrers and practitioners in the transposing regulations.   The previous regulations did not designate chiropractors as referrers or practitioners.   
The statutory instrument transposin...

925. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be placed in adult services. (Question 16154/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

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 ...

927. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if home help will be provided for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16161/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Home Help Service Provision)

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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931. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if home help hours which have been allocated but have not been filled will be filled in the case of a person (details supplied). (Question 16196/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Home Help Service Provision)

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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943. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health the status of a hospital appointment for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16261/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Appointments Status)

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 managin...

957. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if he will address a series of issues in regard to a service (details supplied) in County Cork. (Question 16373/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health Services)

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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1080. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the amounts payable to individual farmers following the 2017 judgment of the European Court of Justice on the excess levies paid in respect of sugar beet has been finalised. (Question 15831/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - European Court of Justice Rulings)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): On 9 February 2017, the European Court of Justice delivered a judgment declaring invalid the EU Commission Regulations fixing the production levies and the coefficient for calculating the additional levy in the sugar sector for the marketing year 1999/2000 and for the marketing year 2000/2001. The Court ruled that the EU Commission was incorrect in calculating the annual levies set for the period in question. The Court also fo...

1081. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will request a company (details supplied) to consider foregoing the compensation payment due to it under the 2017 judgment of the European Court of Justice on the excess levies paid by sugar processors and in turn pass on this compensation payment to the sugar beet growers. (Question 15833/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - European Court of Justice Rulings)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I know the Deputy will already be aware that the repayment of sugar levies fall due to be repaid to Greencore and the former beet growers as a result of a court case brought to the European Court of Justice however and for the Deputy’s information I wish to restate the current position. 
On 9 February 2017, the European Court of Justice delivered a judgment declaring invalid the EU Commission Regulations fixing the production ...

1341. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if a person (details supplied) in County Cork can avail of a specific allowance when it is required. (Question 15884/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Early Childhood Care and Education)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): From September 2018, all children meeting the minimum age requirement of 2 years and 8 months will be eligible for a full two programme years on the Early Childhood Care and Education programme (ECCE). This measure refines the development introduced last year, whereby three intake dates were adopted, and will increase the duration of each registered child on ECCE from a current average of 61 weeks, to a potential duration of 76 ...

186. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if sufficient funding will be provided to a service (details supplied); if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the reduction or change in the provision of funding will have a serious impact on the persons to whom the service is provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14529/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Garda Youth Diversion Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy may be aware, my Department is obliged to carry out a Call for Proposals process during 2018 in relation to the provision of Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP) services, to fully comply with requirements related to the co-funding of projects by the European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
To ensure State-wide coverage of GYDP services for young people, (w...

340. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on the decision by a company (details supplied) to locate a new plastics recycling facility in the UK instead of here; the measures he plans to take to alleviate the regulatory challenges which the company cited as causing difficulties in locating here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14607/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Waste Management Regulations)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): A specific investment decision by a private company providing services in both Ireland and the United Kingdom is a matter for that company and its board. In my role as Minister, the company, which has grown its operations in Ireland over many years, has not made me aware of regulatory challenges to its further development in Ireland. The Waste Management Act 1996 and the Waste Management (Licensing) Regulation...

167. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a school (details supplied) will be accepted into the DEIS programme. (Question 14470/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - DEIS Eligibility)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): We have, for the first time, introduced an objective, statistics based model for deciding which schools merit inclusion in the DEIS Programme, so that all stakeholders can have confidence that we are targeting extra resources at those schools with the highest concentrated levels of disadvantage. The methodology adopted to assess levels of disadvantage in schools is based on centrally held data with a uniform application across the entire...

243. Deputy Kevin O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) will be facilitated at a community hospital. (Question 13040/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Hospital Admissions)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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