70. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the details of the plans contained within the Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027 plan for caring for Ireland’s national monuments, including Clonmacnoise; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19913/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - National Monuments)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Ireland has thousands of unique archaeological monuments which represent over 7,000 years of settlement on this island. They are in every locality and community and provide tangible links to our ancient past, a sense of place for communities and focal points for social enjoyment and economic regeneration. There are over 1000 national monuments in my care, as Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. In recent yea...

41. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the progress of the actions under his Department’s remit for the mobile phone and broadband task force; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18900/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Telecommunications Services Provision)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce was established in July 2016 to identify solutions to broadband and mobile phone coverage deficits and to investigate how better services could be provided to consumers prior to full roll-out of National Broadband Plan. The Taskforce published its final report in December 2016, which set out 40 actions aimed at addressing the issues it identified. 
An Implementation Group was established...

51. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the level of support his Department provides to encourage and facilitate volunteering, in particular in counties without a volunteer centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18901/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Voluntary Sector)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department’s community and voluntary supports and programmes provide a cohesive framework of support for the community and voluntary sector. €3.5m is being provided in 2018 under this programme to support 21 Volunteer Centres, 8 Volunteer Information Services and a number of volunteer-supporting organisations, such as Volunteer Ireland. 
Volunteer Information Services provide a valuable service in the promotion of volunteerin...

49. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if consideration is being given to the reintroduction of three enrolment points to the early childhood care and education scheme in order to facilitate greater flexibility and accessibility to families; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18751/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Early Childhood Care and Education Programmes)

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). The upper age ECCE requirement is that the child must not reach 5 years and 6 months before the end of the programme year.
Some children will not be able to commence their ECCE in September 2018 as they will not have reached the a...

301. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health his plans to recruit additional paediatric rheumatologists to address the number of children on the waiting list to be diagnosed and treated for juvenile arthritis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19005/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Hospital Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I am aware that there are challenges in meeting the growing demand for rheumatology services, and that the Health Service Executive is working towards improving access to such services. 
Any consideration of further funding to support rheumatology service developments has to be considered in the context of service prioritisation and with regard to competing priorities for resources available as part of the 2019 Estimates process. 
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51. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of efforts to capitalise on the exposure of Ireland following the release of the latest movie in a franchise (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17720/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Tourism Promotion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): My Department’s role in relation to tourism lies in the area of national tourism policy while the tourism agencies have operational responsibility for the implementation of this policy.   
Tourism Ireland is undertaking an extensive first-half marketing campaign to build on the success of 2017 and continue to grow overseas tourism to the island of Ireland in 2018. The Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East, and Dublin continue to ...

81. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which counties Offaly and Laois will benefit from continued development of the Hidden Heartlands and Ancient East experiences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17721/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Tourism Promotion)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): With regard to County Offaly, parts of the county close to the Shannon are included in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands - the new tourism experience brand for the Midlands region. The focus of this new brand is the Midlands’ rich natural assets, including lakes, blueways and walkways, encouraging visitors to be ‘active in nature’ and to explore the region off the beaten track through a range of outdoor acti...

544. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if a person (details supplied) can avail of the early childhood care and education scheme in September 2018; if consideration is being given to the reintroduction of three enrolment points to facilitate greater flexibility and accessibility to families; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17695/18 asked on 24 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 ...

50. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the steps being taken by the IDA to support job creation in the regions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16723/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - IDA Ireland Jobs Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Government is strongly committed to regional development and my Department and its agencies - including IDA Ireland - are working towards ambitious targets to ensure that employment and investment are as evenly distributed as possible across the country.
IDA Ireland’s primary regional development goal, as set out in its current strategy, is to increase investment by 30% to 40% in every region of Ireland. Real progre...

62. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the progress that has been made in the midlands region under the regional action plan for jobs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16722/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Regional Action Plan for Jobs)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Since becoming Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, I have made jobs and enterprise in the regions my top priority.
The Regional Action Plan for Jobs initiative 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. A key objective of each of the 8 regional plans is to have a further 10 to 15 per cent at work in each region by 2020, with ...

191. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the farm entitlements of a deceased person are paid to the deceased person’s estate or if they are paid directly to the beneficiary of the farm enterprise; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16930/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Farm Enterprises)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Inheritance Enquiry Unit in my Department provides advice and assistance and is the central point of contact for family members, legal representatives and solicitors with my Department. When a person submits a Basic Payment Scheme application to my Department for a scheme year and subsequently dies, payments due to that person are released to the representatives of the deceased. Payments are released on foot of the receipt...

677. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) who has been on the waiting list for orthodontic treatment for over three years can expect to secure treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15060/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists)

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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679. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive a date for surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15064/18 asked on 17 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...

873. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) who has been on the waiting list for orthodontic treatment for some time can expect to secure treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15862/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Orthodontic Services Waiting Lists)

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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17. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new and additional school places provided in County Offaly since 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14283/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - School Placement)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): During the period 2010-2017, the number of additional permanent school places provided in Co Offaly was 1,765 and the number of replacement places provided was 2,149, giving a total of 3,914 permanent places provided in that county.
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31. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of school places created and the capital expenditure in County Offaly on school building projects since 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14282/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Schools Building Projects Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The capital expenditure on school building projects in County Offaly for the period from 1 January 2010 to 25 March 2018 totals over €77 million.  The breakdown per year is as follows:
2010 - €9.133 million
2011 - €12.535 million
2012 - €5.659 million
2013 - €3.547 million
2014 - €11.564 million
2015 - €12.976 million
2016 - €11.760 million
2017 - €7.986 million
2018 (to 25 March) - €1.889 million
In the period 2010 to 2017, 1,765 additi...

126. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the maintenance of the River Shannon; his plans to allow for additional river maintenance works to be carried out in March and April 2018 to help alleviate the damaging effects of flooding for farmers in the river’s catchment area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14530/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group was established in early 2016 by the Government across all of the State Agencies involved with the River Shannon. The Group is building on the existing work and commitment of all the State Agencies involved in flood risk and continues to enhance the ongoing co-ordination and co-operation between members.
During 2017, targeted maintenanc...

275. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason applicants for funding of central activities spaces within new ASD units are being refused (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14000/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that in cases where an ASD unit is approved as an extension to a mainstream school the existing available school accommodation is considered in order to establish the level of additional accommodation to be provided.
It is considered that a centrally located space can be used to promote contact with mainstream students.  This space can be used by teaching staff for group class work, drama and used for play.  W...

432. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) did not continue to receive an equivalent monthly payment following the withdrawal of the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant schemes in February 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11787/18 asked on 20 Mar 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 ...

580. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) has been told that they will now have to pay for a child’s dental work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12494/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Dental Services)

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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789. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans in co-operation with the ESB through the eCars programme to increase and replace the charging points which are no longer working that were installed as part of the electric vehicle charge points pilot project here and which are no longer supported by the charge point manufacturer; his plans to ensure that there are charging points available in all towns to facilitate the number of eCars travelling on roads; the number of working public charging points in County Offaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12121/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Electric Vehicles)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 789 and 798 together.
The ESB, through its eCars programme, has rolled out both publicly accessible charging infrastructure and domestic charge points for electric vehicles.  There are approximately 900 EV charge points in Ireland of which circa 70 are rapid chargers.
The table, provided by ESB eCars, sets out in tabular form the number of current publically available standard an...

1095. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Department is responsible for the staffing arrangements at a centre (details supplied); if there are plans to open the centre full time; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12909/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised that my Department has responsibility for the staffing arrangements at the centre. It is currently staffed on a seasonal basis and is open annually from March to November.
There are currently no plans to open the centre full time, however, staffing levels across my Department are kept under review on a regular basis in line with the emerging business, while having regard to Government Policy on public sector...

237. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to mark the 100 year anniversary of female suffrage here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10268/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I marked the centenary of the passage of the Representation of the People Act 1918 on the afternoon of 6 February 2018 by launching the State programme to commemorate the introduction of voting rights for women and their right to stand in parliamentary elections.  The launch at Marlay House in Marlay Park was well attended and the programme well received.  
Later that evening I led statements in this House marking this im...

171. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Finance the steps being taken to address the exceptionally high motor insurance premiums being charged to returning emigrants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9579/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Motor Insurance Costs)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As Minister for Finance, I am responsible for the development of the legal framework governing financial regulation. Neither I nor the Central Bank of Ireland can interfere in the provision or pricing of insurance products, as these matters are of a commercial nature, and are determined by insurance companies based on an assessment of the risks they are willing to accept. This position is reinforced by the EU framework for insurance which expressl...

350. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to amend the maintenance of the bankruptcy register to allow discharged bankrupts to be removed from the register after a certain period of time; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9939/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Bankruptcy Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Bankruptcy Register is held by the Examiner’s Office, an office of the High Court. 
The question of removal from the Register is complicated by the fact that under the Bankruptcy Acts, where a person is adjudicated bankrupt his or her property will, as a general rule, automatically vest on the date of adjudication in the Official Assignee, to be realised for the benefit of creditors. 
While the bankrupt person is now, in normal cou...