341. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a student (details supplied) who has provided evidence of a need for a SNA will be considered for such support while waiting for formal diagnosis in order to provide equal opportunity to fulfil their potential. (Question 15166/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) are provided to assist recognised schools to cater for pupils with disabilities, who have additional and significant care needs, in an educational context and where the nature of these care needs have been outlined in medical and other professional reports as being so significant that a pupil will require additional adult assistance in order to be able to attend school and to participate in education.  
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561. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if there are, as per the McMahon report, befriending subcommittees in each direct provision centre in County Kerry; and if so, the work they carry out in view of the fact volunteers that are involved in befriending through organisations (details supplied) were not aware of their existence and do not want to duplicate work that may already be done. (Question 16094/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Direct Provision System)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): Following on from the recommendations of the McMahon report, there are Friends of the Centre groups operating in all established RIA centres and groups are being developed as a matter of priority in the newer centres.  
The two NGOs mentioned are key partners in the Friends of the Centre groups for the Killarney and Tralee centres.  They work closely with residents and management in the centres and regularly vis...

642. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an appointment for an operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14958/18 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.
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136. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) has been instructed not to enrol new students other than in junior infants. (Question 14516/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - School Enrolments)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the school referred to applied to my Department in March 2017 seeking additional accommodation in respect of projected increases in enrolment.
Having assessed the application my Department was satisfied that there was sufficient capacity to meet the demand for school places in the catchment area within which the school referred to is located.  This may sometimes, however, lead to pupils not being offered ...

704. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) can expect to receive outstanding GLAS payments. (Question 12134/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): All GLAS payments are up to date for this applicant.
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720. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) will receive outstanding GLAS payments. (Question 12424/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1 October 2015 and has received payments in respect of 2015 and 2016 including GLAS Plus payments.
Administrative checks involving a number of sections within the Department take place on all GLAS claims. All cases must clear validation checks before payment can issue. Department officials are working proactively to complete the checks in this cas...

7. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the fact that citizens of Venezuela living here are having difficulty in renewing their passports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10843/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Diplomatic Representation)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The issuing of passports is solely a matter for the issuing country and it would not be appropriate for me to comment.
I am, however, glad of this opportunity to reiterate my deep concern at the situation in Venezuela, including the growing humanitarian crisis. The matter was discussed at the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers which I attended in Brussels last week.
It was agreed at that meeting that the EU would continue t...

85. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the report on pay inequality to be published (details supplied). (Question 11418/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 85, 98, 99 and 109 together.
Under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, the Parties acknowledged the issues of concern in relation to the increased length of the salary scale in certain instances in respect of post January 2011 entrants. 
It was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by ...

261. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a decision has been made on an application by a school (details supplied) for extra supports for a person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9854/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Special Educational Needs Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department provides an extensive range of supports for pupils with Specific Speech and Language Disorder (SSLD) including provision for the establishment of special classes for Specific Speech and Language Disorder in primary schools.  Speech and Language Therapy services are provided to these classes by the Health Service Executive (HSE). 
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE), which is an independent statutory agency, th...

449. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) who presented at accident and emergency and paid the fee and left without being treated is entitled to be reimbursed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9612/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Hospital Charges)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.
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542. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on whether fishermen benefit via financial incentives in partaking in schemes (details supplied); if not, the reason therefore; the persons who benefit; the way in which their participation contributes to their individual certification under the Bord Iascaigh Mhara responsibly sourced standard and Bord Bia’s origin green; and the way in which it benefits their fishing operations. (Question 9388/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Fishing Industry)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 542 and 551 together.
My Department’s €240 million European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme is the vehicle for financial supports to the seafood sector up to 2021.  The Programme delivers a wide range of supports for aquaculture, fisheries and seafood processing through a suite of 15 schemes, including the Sustainable Fisheries Scheme. 
Funding of €250,000 has been provided to...

341. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health the status of an operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8316/18 asked on 20 Feb 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.
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203. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will receive an operation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7874/18 asked on 15 Feb 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 ...

207. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health the number of radiologists that were on duty at University Hospital Kerry from 8 to 14 January 2018; and the number of hours worked by each. (Question 2586/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the specific issue raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly.
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124. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health if radiology and-or radiography services at University Hospital Kerry have been outsourced, either now or in the past five years; and if so, if the staff provided are also working for the HSE. (Question 2253/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In relation to the specific issues raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.
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134. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health if a hospital from which a person has chosen to disengage is entitled to request the person’s files from the hospital in which the person is now attending; if so, if the consent of the person is required; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2304/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Medical Records)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The detailed circumstances pertaining to the individual case outlined by the Deputy are unclear. Where files are requested, data controllers should have careful regard to the nature of the request and the purpose for which the files are being requested. The rights of the patient regarding their personal health data and with whom that data can be disclosed should be of paramount importance in any consideration. Current data protection legislation clearly...

406. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for a sports hall by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1160/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Schools Building Projects Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the position in relation to the application by the school referred to is that due to competing demands on my Department’s capital budget imposed by the need to prioritise the limited funding available for the provision of essential classroom accommodation it is not possible to fund the provision of a General Purpose Room at this time.
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556. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of community gardaí in the County Kerry division; and the location of each in each of the years 2011 to 2017 and to date in 2018. (Question 55241/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Garda Deployment)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): 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 as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources.
The Garda strength...

821. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health if there are pending ward or bed closures at university hospital Kerry; if so, the number of beds that will be affected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54959/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Hospital Accommodation Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.
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914. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) can expect to be called; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55254/17 asked on 16 Jan 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...

938. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) who suffered a severe stroke and is currently a patient at University Hospital Kerry and has been recommended for the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire, can expect to be transferred there; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1018/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Hospital Admissions)

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...

946. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health the status of an application for nursing support by a school (details supplied). (Question 1053/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Disability Support 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 ...

947. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health the number of radiologists in each hospital, in tabular form; and the amount of radiology scans carried out by each hospital in each of the years 2011 to 2017. (Question 1054/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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948. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health the number of consultants working at University Hospital Kerry who were not, or are not now, on the specialist register in each of the years 2011 to 2017, inclusive, by department, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1061/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Hospital Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.
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949. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health the new procedures put in place at University Hospital Kerry after a recall and review of a number of radiology scans at the hospital in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1062/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - HSE Reviews)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In early September, the HSE advised of a patient safety issue which had been identified in University Hospital Kerry (UHK) involving three cases of misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose. An extensive review is now underway, involving an audit of 46,202 images relating to 26,751 patients. The audit commenced on 23 October 2017 and is expected to be completed shortly. A South/South West Hospital Group Safety Incident Management Team (SIMT) commissioned by t...