163. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision will be made in relation to an application for an additional classroom by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19929/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - School Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department is in receipt of application from the school referred to for the provision of additional classroom accommodation. The application is currently under consideration and my Department will be in direct contact with the school authorities when the assessment process has concluded.
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323. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health his plans to conduct a review of the HSE following the recent CervicalCheck controversy in order to avoid the recurrence of similar incidents in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19944/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - National Cancer Strategy Implementation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I am determined that recent experiences will lead to improvements in the health services.  In that regard, today I am bringing a Memo to Government proposing mandatory open disclosure of serious events.  
Furthermore, the implementation of the National Cancer Strategy 2017-2026, which I launched last year, is progressing and this will lead to improved prevention, diagnosis and treatment measures, resulting in better outcomes for patients.
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163. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of school building projects (details supplied). (Question 18929/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The current status of the school building projects referred to by the Deputy is as follows:
Holy Family Special School, Charleville – Roll No. 19433M 
An extension to the existing school building providing 6 classrooms, GP Hall and ancillary accommodation, was handed over on 16th September 2016.
Stewards Hospital Special School – Roll No. 19032R 
Construction of a new 28 classroom school commenced on 2nd May 2017 and subject to no ...

372. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of buses in the Bus Éireann fleet in west County Cork that are wheelchair friendly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18992/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Bus Éireann Fleet)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The issue raised is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Bus Éireann and I have forwarded the Deputy’s question to the NTA for direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a response within ten working days.
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135. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health if the HSE is publishing a social care operational plan in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18352/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - HSE Planning)

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 ...

300. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda retirements from each Garda station in west County Cork in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18077/18 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, ...

446. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if root crops in addition to forage crops will be covered under the transportation scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17715/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Fodder Crisis)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In response to the problems experienced in parts of the West and North-West in the late autumn and winter I took a number of steps to address issues around the availability of fodder. I asked Teagasc from an early stage to work locally with affected farmers in areas with fodder difficulties and support them on fodder budgeting for the winter ahead. I prioritised the payment of farm supports to assist farmers with cash flow. ...

3. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health when the additional respite facilities for persons with disabilities and their families announced in the HSE service plan will be in place and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17266/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Respite Care Services Provision)

Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony: Whatever about the Wicklow presence, it is great to see a strong west Cork presence here this morning as well. When will the additional respite facilities for individuals with disabilities and their families announced in the HSE service plan be in place?
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16. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the reason the HSE fell short of its target for the establishment of children’s disability network teams in 2017. (Question 17105/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The HSE is rolling out the Progressing Disability Services for Children and Young People Programme.  This Programme entails the reconfiguration of all current HSE and HSE funded children’s disability services into geographically-based Children’s Disability Network Teams. 
The Programme aims to achieve a nationally equitable approach to service provision for all children based on their individual need and regardless of where ...

100. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the reason no provision was made in the 2018 HSE Service Plan for an increase in personal assistant hours for adults with a physical and or sensory disability; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17104/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Disability Support Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Health Service Executive (HSE) is committed to protecting the level of Personal Assistant services available to persons with disabilities.
In the 2018 National Service Plan, the HSE’s priority is to provide 1.46 million hours of personal assistance to more than 2,000 people with a disability, representing an increase of 60,000 hours over the 2017 target of 1.4 million hours. 
As the Deputy’s question related to service ma...

135. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which a child (details supplied) diagnosed with autism and currently attending an interactive early intervention class in Skibbereen could be moved to a junior ASD class in Dunmanway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17147/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

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.  
Such placements facilitate access to individualised education programmes which may draw from a range of appropriate educational interventions, delivered by fully qualified professional teache...

56. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the priority actions for persons with disabilities in the Enterprise 2025 renewed strategy. (Question 16815/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Enterprise 2025)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As an open economy, our openness to trade and investment has contributed to our success over past decades, and will continue to do so.  However, we face challenges in the form of Brexit, international tax developments, the unrelenting pace of technological advances and changes being introduced under the current US administration all of which have implications for Ireland’s economy, and will impact on businesses. 
It was...

80. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda recruits assigned to each Garda station in west County Cork in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16551/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 65, 70, 76, 79, 80, 89, 581 and 582 together. 
As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so...

691. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the person providing anaesthesiology services at Bantry General Hospital; the location at which he or she is based; the level of specialist training he or she is at; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15130/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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1158. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount allocated to Cork County Council for clean-up projects to tackle illegal dumping in each of the years from 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15260/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Illegal Dumping)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1158 to 1160, inclusive, together.
Enforcement actions against illegal waste activity are a matter for the Local Authorities and the Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE) within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and my Department does not compile statistics in relation to prosecutions taken or fines imposed. Information is available through the Local Government Manage...

1159. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of bogus waste collectors prosecuted, by local authority area, in each of the years from 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15261/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Illegal Dumping)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1158 to 1160, inclusive, together.
Enforcement actions against illegal waste activity are a matter for the Local Authorities and the Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE) within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and my Department does not compile statistics in relation to prosecutions taken or fines imposed. Information is available through the Local Government Manage...

1160. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of prosecutions and convictions, respectively, for illegal dumping and on the spot fines in County Cork since 2012, by local area district; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15262/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Illegal Dumping)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1158 to 1160, inclusive, together.
Enforcement actions against illegal waste activity are a matter for the Local Authorities and the Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE) within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and my Department does not compile statistics in relation to prosecutions taken or fines imposed. Information is available through the Local Government Manage...

1348. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of local improvement scheme applications made in 2017 that will be funded via the €1 million allocated for 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15279/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Local Improvement Scheme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1348 and 1350 together.
The Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) is a programme for improvement works on small private/non-public roads. The scheme is currently funded by my Department and administered through the Local Authorities.
Following on from the successful relaunch of the scheme in 2017, I announced details of the 2018 Local Improvement Scheme on 27th February last. A total of €10.8 million wa...

1350. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount of the €1 million being made available to County Cork under the local improvement scheme that will be made available for 2018 or new applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15306/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Local Improvement Scheme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1348 and 1350 together.
The Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) is a programme for improvement works on small private/non-public roads. The scheme is currently funded by my Department and administered through the Local Authorities.
Following on from the successful relaunch of the scheme in 2017, I announced details of the 2018 Local Improvement Scheme on 27th February last. A total of €10.8 million wa...

185. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether Project Ireland 2040 falls short in delivering a proposal to provide an alternative to the direct provision scheme for asylum seekers and refugees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14521/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Direct Provision System)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Direct Provision is the commonly used term to describe the support system in Ireland whereby State services including accommodation, food, health and education are directly provided to international protection applicants through the relevant Government Department or Agency.
We do not know who or how many people will arrive on our shores today or tomorrow seeking international protection but, because of our Direct Provision system, we k...

292. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the consequence highlighted by an organisation (details supplied) if climate action, that is, environment protection is not undertaken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14525/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): As Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, I am acutely aware of the importance of recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in relation to the challenges facing us all regarding mitigation of emissions and the need to ensure that we are resilient and can adapt to climate change. It is important that every sector plays its part given Ireland’s very challenging 2020 and, provisionally agree...

332. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to promote the inclusion of greenhouse gas emission reduction as an indicator for successful outcomes within Project Ireland 2040; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14526/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): As part of Project Ireland 2040, the National Planning Framework will guide national development and prioritised investment over the next two decades. The National Development Plan 2018-2027 is a ten year strategy for public capital investment which will support the implementation of the National Planning Framework. Both documents have a shared set of National Strategic Outcomes, including addressing Ireland’s t...

333. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which the public will be informed and engaged on climate action as required under the Aarhus Convention; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14527/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Ireland ratified the Aarhus Convention in June 2012 and it entered into force in September 2012. Article 7 of the Aarhus Convention provides for public participation concerning plans, programmes and policies relating to the environment.  This requires that each Party “make appropriate practical and/or other provisions for the public to participate during the preparation of plans and programmes relating to the en...

334. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which energy security for all will be provided into the future; the way in which this will be managed through State and citizen-owned public private partnership or through private ownership; if firm policies and statutory requirements will be developed in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14528/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Energy Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): Energy security is one of the three key pillars of our energy policy, along with sustainability and competitiveness. Ireland’s Energy Policy White Paper commits to radically reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. We have embarked on a firm course to sustainability, mindful of the need to balance competitiveness and security of supply through the period of transition, as fossil fuels will be curtailed and...

335. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on whether there should be a statutory requirement to have experts at the decision-making table at national, regional and local level to ensure Ireland meets its obligations under the Paris Agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14531/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Climate Change Policy)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): National climate policy development is supported by robust arrangements for the provision of scientific and technical advice which, in turn, supports policy implementation at national, regional and local levels   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the competent authority in Ireland for the preparation and annual publication of official inventories and projections of greenhouse gas emissions and for r...