448. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of new residential emergency places provided by disability services in 2017. (Question 53948/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Disability Services Data)

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...

449. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of new home support and in home respite for emergency cases provided by disability services in 2017. (Question 53949/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Disability Services Data)

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 of...

450. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of persons transferred to community living to date in 2017 under time to move on from congregated settings (Question 53950/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Community Care Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 450 and 451 together.
The HSE’s report “Time to Move on from Congregated Settings – A Strategy for Community Inclusion” (2011) proposes a new model of support in the community by moving people from institutional settings to the community. The plan is being rolled out at a regional and local level and involves full consultation with stakeholders. 
The Programme for Government contains a commit...

451. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of additional homes provided to date in 2017 under Time to Move on from Congregated Settings. (Question 53951/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Community Care Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 450 and 451 together.
The HSE’s report “Time to Move on from Congregated Settings – A Strategy for Community Inclusion” (2011) proposes a new model of support in the community by moving people from institutional settings to the community. The plan is being rolled out at a regional and local level and involves full consultation with stakeholders. 
The Programme for Government contains a commit...

452. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the status of the finalisation and implementation of the framework for neuro-rehabilitation strategy. (Question 53955/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 452 to 455, inclusive, together.
The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to publish “a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community”. The Health Service Executive (HSE) Social Care Division and the HSE Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress the implementation of the National Policy & Strategy for the provision o...

453. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the status of the establishment of an innovative pilot day service aimed at supporting persons with severe acquired brain injuries. (Question 53956/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 452 to 455, inclusive, together.
The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to publish “a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community”. The Health Service Executive (HSE) Social Care Division and the HSE Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress the implementation of the National Policy & Strategy for the provision o...

454. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health if a collaborative care pathways model for persons with complex neuro-rehabilitation care and support accommodation needs in CHO 6, 7 and 9 and involving the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Peamount Hospital and the Royal Hospital, Donnybrook, has been established; and the number of service users who have benefitted. (Question 53957/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 452 to 455, inclusive, together.
The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to publish “a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community”. The Health Service Executive (HSE) Social Care Division and the HSE Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress the implementation of the National Policy & Strategy for the provision o...

455. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health if each CHO has identified one area in which neuro-rehabilitation care services, both statutory and non-statutory, could work together to avoid hospital admission and provide a better outcome for the service user; and if so, the details of same for each CHO. (Question 53958/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Neuro-Rehabilitation Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 452 to 455, inclusive, together.
The Programme for a Partnership Government includes a commitment to publish “a plan for advancing Neuro-rehabilitation services in the community”. The Health Service Executive (HSE) Social Care Division and the HSE Clinical Programme and Strategy Division are working in tandem to progress the implementation of the National Policy & Strategy for the provision o...

456. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of day-only respite sessions accessed by persons with a disability to date in 2017. (Question 53959/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Respite Care Services Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 456 to 458, inclusive, together.
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 Pa...

457. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of overnights with or without day respite accessed by persons with a disability to date in 2017. (Question 53960/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Respite Care Services Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 456 to 458, inclusive, together.
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 Pa...

458. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of persons with a disability (details supplied) in receipt of respite services to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53961/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Respite Care Services Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 456 to 458, inclusive, together.
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 Pa...

459. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of requests for assessments under the Disability Act 2005 received to date in 2017 in each LHO area; the number assessed within the statutory timeframe; and the number overdue. (Question 53962/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Disability Services Data)

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 ...

460. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of children’s disability network teams now established; and the areas in which one has not been established, in tabular form. (Question 53963/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Disability Services Data)

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 ...

461. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of persons with a disability in receipt of rehabilitation training. (Question 53964/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Disability Services Data)

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...

462. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of persons with a disability in receipt of other day services (details supplied), not including rehabilitation training or work and work like activities. (Question 53965/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Disability Services Data)

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...

31. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on concerns being expressed that there are more special needs assistants than members of An Garda Síochána; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52199/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Special Educational Needs Staff)

Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony: Does the Minister agree with concerns being expressed that there are more special needs assistants than members of An Garda Síochána, and will he make a statement on the matter?
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46. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to implement the recommendations of the recent review of the fund for students with disabilities; and the timeframe for same. (Question 51822/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Disability Services Programme Review)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Higher Education Authority (HEA) published the report of the Review of the Fund for Students with Disabilities on 27th October. The independent review of the Fund was conducted by RSM UK Consultants as part of the implementation of the National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015-19. 
The purpose of the review was to evaluate the role of the Fund in supporting access and participation in higher education by students wi...

96. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in west Cork as of 1 November 2017; the number of community gardaí in the division; and the number of Garda Reserve and new recruits assigned to the division since recruitment resumed in 2014. (Question 51638/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Strength)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I should say at the outset that the distribution of Garda personnel is exclusively the statutory responsibility of the Garda Commissioner.
Notwithstanding the Commissioner’s responsibility for the distribution of Gardaí, I have provided for the record a breakdown, in tabular form, of the detailed information requested by the Deputy as of 31 October 2017, the latest date for which information is readily available. 
The Garda strength of...

27. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Finance the role his Department will play in the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50712/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I wish to inform the Deputy that my Department will fulfil any of its obligations under the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017 to 2021.
As the Deputy will be aware the Inclusion Strategy is the outcome of a broad and comprehensive consultation process that comprised three distinct phases. Phase one included an initial round of consultations, the aim of which was to identify the priority themes to be addressed in a new Strategy. A second pha...

102. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the extension to a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51331/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The major building project for Clonakilty Community College has reached an advanced stage of architectural planning, Stage 2B, which includes the preparation of tender documents. 
In June 2017, the Department gave approval to the school authorities to have their Design Team commence the process of Pre-Qualification of Contractors.  This process is still ongoing and my Department is awaiting the final pre-qualification submission and ass...

58. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the role her Department will play in the National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-21; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50314/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - National Disability Strategy Implementation Plan)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The National Disability Inclusion Strategy (NDIS) 2017 to 2021 was launched in July, 2017. It sets out to secure an Irish society in which people with disabilities enjoy equal rights and opportunities to participate in social and cultural life, can take up work if they want to, and have choice and control over how they live their lives. 
The Strategy sets out 114 actions under a range of cross-cutting themes and objec...

306. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of persons that have transferred from congregated settings to community living to date in 2017; and the number of additional homes provided. (Question 50896/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Disability Services Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The HSE’s report “Time to Move on from Congregated Settings – A Strategy for Community Inclusion” (2011) proposes a new model of support in the community by moving people from institutional settings to the community. The plan is being rolled out at a regional and local level and involves full consultation with stakeholders. 
The Programme for Government contains a commitment to continue to move people with disabilities out o...

307. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of additional whole time equivalent speech and language therapists newly employed by the HSE to date in 2017; and the sectors of the HSE in which they are employed. (Question 50897/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Speech and Language Therapy Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 307 and 308 together.
I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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308. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of additional whole time equivalent occupational therapists newly employed by the HSE to date in 2017; and the sectors of the HSE in which they are employed. (Question 50898/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Speech and Language Therapy Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 307 and 308 together.
I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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309. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the locations of the 185 new residential emergency places provided under disability services in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 50899/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - 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 ...