13. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of his Department’s preparations for Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20213/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The outcome of the vote of 23 June 2016 in the UK will have implications across all aspects of the business of the European Union. While the vote does not give rise to fundamental strategic issues for Defence Forces operations or for Ireland’s continuing engagement within the EU in the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), it is expected that Brexit will have an impact on future developments in the Defence sphere. 
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69. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the recent visit of Mr. Michel Barnier here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20766/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The EU’s Chief Negotiator for the Article 50 negotiations, Michel Barnier, attended the All-Island Civic Dialogue in Dundalk on 30 April. Mr Barnier’s visit was yet another demonstration of the EU’s continued steadfast support for Ireland and commitment to addressing our specific concerns in the Brexit negotiations.
Mr Barnier delivered the keynote address to the All-Island Civic Dialogue and met with a range of individu...

70. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on recent meetings which he has had with his UK counterpart regarding Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20767/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): In November 2017, I welcomed UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson MP, for his first visit to Ireland since being appointed to the position. A number of areas of mutual foreign policy interest were discussed, including the Middle East and Africa, in addition to the strong British-Irish bilateral relationship and how this relationship can be strengthened in the future. Although the For...

71. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the Departments which have conducted and published Brexit sectoral response plans; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20768/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Brexit Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Co-ordination of the whole-of-Government response to Brexit is being taken forward through the cross-Departmental coordination structures chaired by my Department. Contingency planning for a no-deal or worst-case outcome, bringing together the detailed work being undertaken by individual Ministers and their Departments on issues within their policy remit, is now well advanced. Its focus is on the immediate regulatory and...

273. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health if there is access to general practitioner services midweek after 6 p.m. in Castlebar, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19712/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273, 274 and 276 to 278, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for them to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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274. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health if there is access to general practitioner services at the weekends after 6 p.m. in Castlebar, County Mayo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19713/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273, 274 and 276 to 278, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for them to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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275. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health if general practitioners work out of hours in the primary care centre in Castlebar, County Mayo; if not, the reason therefor; if arrangements for general practitioners to work out of hours in the centre will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19714/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - General Practitioner 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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276. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of persons that attend at Westdoc; the locality from which they come (details supplied); and the number of persons in attendance midweek and weekends by the area in which they reside in tabular form. (Question 19715/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273, 274 and 276 to 278, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for them to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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277. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the times, days and areas in which Westdoc operates by each location in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19716/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273, 274 and 276 to 278, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for them to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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278. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the locations and times Westdoc provides a service to remote rural areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19717/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - General Practitioner Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 273, 274 and 276 to 278, inclusive, together.
As these questions relate to service matters, I have arranged for them to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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289. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has been waiting for a consultation in the United Kingdom under the treatment abroad scheme; the steps being taken to resolve the matter; when the appointment will issue; the number of Irish women waiting for procedures in the United Kingdom in connection with the removal of a vaginal mesh; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19773/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Treatment Abroad Scheme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to the Deputy directly.
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340. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the status of a procedure for person (details supplied); his plans to reduce the waiting list in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19970/18 asked on 08 May 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...

143. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the reason the Alzheimer’s disease day unit in Castlebar, County Mayo, is reducing its service from five to three days; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19334/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 143 and 145 together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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144. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the reason the bus service that operates to bring patients to and from the Alzheimer’s disease day unit in Castlebar, County Mayo, is being cut and discontinued; and his plans for service users that cannot travel to and from the unit. (Question 19335/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Patient Transport 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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145. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the number of service users using the Alzheimer’s disease day unit in Castlebar, County Mayo; and if there are persons on the waiting list. (Question 19336/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Health Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 143 and 145 together.
As these are service matters I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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266. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has not received an appointment at Mayo University Hospital since being referred in 2007 for a hearing aid and further treatment; when they will receive an appointment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18840/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Appointments Administration)

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...

269. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 243 of 24 October 2017, the progress that has been made in the provision of accommodation, services and a care package for a person (details supplied) in view of the fact that accommodation offered to date is not suitable for the person’s needs; the timeframe for the provision of the care package; the details of the emergency funding planning meetings regarding this matter in the past six months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18852/18 asked on 01 May 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 ...

208. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the financial commitment the State undertook by adding a proposed new rail line from Dunboyne to Navan onto the TEN-T comprehensive map. (Question 18425/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Rail Network)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Navan Rail Link Project, part of the TEN-T comprehensive network, was originally included under the Transport 21 Initiative and was to be developed in two Phases.  Phase 1, which comprised the Dunboyne Rail Line project and involved the reopening of 7.5km of a railway line running off the Maynooth line, at Clonsilla, to the M3 interchange at Pace near Dunboyne, was opened in September 2010 with Park and Ride facilities for 1200 a...

209. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if Ireland has applied to the EU to reinstate the western arc and-or the western rail corridor onto the core TEN-T network as committed to in the programme for partnership Government. (Question 18426/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Transport Infrastructure Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 to 211, inclusive, together.
As outlined in previous responses to Parliamentary Questions, under the Programme for Partnership Government, the Government committed to applying to the European Union for the revision of the TEN-T Core Network, including in relation to the Western Arc. A submission is being prepared for the European Commission for a revision of the TEN-T Core Network, which would see...

210. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 1206, 1207 and 1208 of 17 April 2018, the criteria used in 2011 when deciding the projects that remained on the core and comprehensive maps for TEN-T funding (details supplied). (Question 18427/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Transport Infrastructure Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 to 211, inclusive, together.
As outlined in previous responses to Parliamentary Questions, under the Programme for Partnership Government, the Government committed to applying to the European Union for the revision of the TEN-T Core Network, including in relation to the Western Arc. A submission is being prepared for the European Commission for a revision of the TEN-T Core Network, which would see...

211. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on whether it was not a requirement for the State to have funding in place for a project in order to include a project on the application for core TEN-T funding (details supplied). (Question 18428/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Transport Infrastructure Provision)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 209 to 211, inclusive, together.
As outlined in previous responses to Parliamentary Questions, under the Programme for Partnership Government, the Government committed to applying to the European Union for the revision of the TEN-T Core Network, including in relation to the Western Arc. A submission is being prepared for the European Commission for a revision of the TEN-T Core Network, which would see...

101. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the fact that there is a recruitment process in place in Northern Ireland for 18 new customs officers; if he has discussed this with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland; if there are contingency plans in place to increase the recruitment of customs officers here; if so, the estimated number of custom officers required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17546/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Brexit Staff)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I am aware of the recruitment of UK Border Force officials, to which the Deputy refers.
There were specific concerns raised about the requirement for applicants to hold a British passport and whether this was in line with the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement which recognises the birthright of all the people of Northern Ireland to identify themselves or be accepted as Irish, or British, or both. These concerns were ra...

115. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Finance the preparations that have been made in the event that there is no agreement reached on Brexit and the authorised economic operator, AEO, and other authorisations for customs simplifications issued by the customs authorities of the United Kingdom are no longer valid in the customs territory of the European Union; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17393/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 114 and 115 together.
The concept of EU Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) has existed since 2008, and the legal basis for same is now reflected in the Union Customs Code (UCC) with its implementing and delegated Acts.
The AEO programme, which aims to enhance international supply chain security and to facilitate legitimate trade, is open to all supply chain actors. An AEO is an economic operator who is deemed reliabl...

306. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda retirements from each Garda station in County Mayo in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18083/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Garda Retirements)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 285, 286, and 297 to 317, inclusive, together.
This Government is committed to ensuring a strong and visible police presence throughout the country in order to maintain and strengthen community engagement, provide reassurance to citizens and to deter crime. To achieve this the Government has put in place a plan for an overall Garda workforce of 21,000 personnel by 2021 comprising 15,000 Garda members, ...

319. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the budget allocated to the Be Prepared grant for Brexit; the number of client companies that have applied for and been awarded same, respectively; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17450/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Enterprise Ireland Funding)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department, through its agency Enterprise Ireland, supports companies in urban and rural areas to start, innovate and remain competitive in international markets, now and into the future. On an annual basis Enterprise Ireland works with approximately 5,000 companies through a network of market and sector advisers based across 10 national offices and 33 international offices. These manufacturing and internationally ...