57. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if a request from a group (details supplied) that a separate sub-group for addiction be established to address the issue beyond a criminal and legal approach will be supported. (Question 16982/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Addiction Treatment Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): The group referred to by the Deputy does not come under the remit of the Minister.
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58. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the services that will be provided in the primary care centre, Summerhill, Dublin 1; and his plans for the health centres that will be made vacant by this new facility (Question 16983/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Primary Care Centres Administration)

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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224. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the way in which he plans to alleviate the waiting list for child psychologists, particularly amongst persons under 15 years of age who make up 80% of the waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8872/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Psychological Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): In recognition of the particular need to address access to primary care-based counselling services for under 18s, the Government has prioritised investment in this area. The HSE’s National Service Plan 2016 provided an additional €5 million for psychology for children with a focus on enhanced counselling interventions for children and adolescents. Recruitment of these posts, which includes a mix of psychologists and psychology assistants has commenced...

118. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation further to Parliamentary Question No. 98 of 14 November 2017, if the request from a society (details supplied) to have the first aid at work UK qualification recognised has received a response; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16988/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Qualifications Recognition)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations (S.I. No. 299 of 2007) concerning first aid at work employers have a duty to provide first-aid materials/equipment at all places of work where working conditions require it. Depending on the size and/or specific hazards of the workplace, trained occupational first aiders must also be provided.
An “occupational first aider” is defined in the ...

173. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the HSE’s policy in relation to Suboxone take-away doses; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16989/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Medicinal Products)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy. 
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174. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if he will engage with an organisation (details supplied) and the pharmaceutical industry to ensure new medicines are available to persons with MS. (Question 16990/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Medicinal Products Availability)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 162 and 174 together.
The HSE has statutory responsibility for medicine pricing and reimbursement decisions, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013. As Minister for Health, I do not have any statutory power or function in relation to the reimbursement of medicines. The Act specifies the criteria for decisions on the reimbursement of medicines.
In line with the 2013 Act, if a compan...

175. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if evidence which shows that millions of smokers have successfully quit smoking by switching to e-cigarettes has been examined; the action his Department is taking to support the transition to e-cigarettes as a means of quitting smoking; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16991/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Electronic Cigarettes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Smoking is the greatest single cause of preventable illness and premature death in Ireland, killing almost 6,000 people a year. 
The primary objectives set out in the Tobacco Free Ireland (2013) policy document are to denormalise smoking and to protect children from the dangers of tobacco consumption.  Tobacco Free Ireland sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free (i.e. with a prevalence rate of less than 5%) by 2025.  
Tobacco Free Ireland contains ...

176. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if the commitment in the programme for Government to introduce cystic fibrosis beds for Beaumont Hospital will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16993/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Hospital Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Programme for Partnership Government contains a Government commitment regarding the development of a dedicated Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Unit in Beaumont Hospital, to be progressed in the context of a CF Model of Care.
This CF Unit capital project will thus be underpinned by the “Model of Care for People with Cystic Fibrosis in Ireland” which is being developed by the National Clinical Programme for Cystic Fibrosis (NCPCF). The Model of Care will set out...

177. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the status of plans to bring forward a soft opt-out organ donation system; and when legislation will be introduced in this regard (Question 16994/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Organ Donation)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Government approved the preparation of a General Scheme and Heads of a Human Tissue Bill last year.  The proposed legislation will include provisions for a soft opt-out organ donation system.
Work on drafting the General Scheme is progressing and it is proposed to seek Government approval to publish the General Scheme shortly. 
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62. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the difficulties many unmarried fathers are facing with the in camera rule and the need to resolve these issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16443/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Family Law Cases)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The purpose of the in camera rule in family law and child care proceedings is to protect the identity of the parties and any child to whom the proceedings relate. While the general principle as set out in Bunreacht na hÉireann is that justice be administered in public, the underlying concern is that family law proceedings relate to matters which are sensitive and private to the parties and there is no public interest in requiring that ...

63. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status on the working group examining the gambling control Bill; his plans to bring this legislation forward in a timely manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16444/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Gambling Legislation)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The Government, on 10 January, 2018, approved the updating of the 2013 General Scheme of the Gambling Control Bill. The proposed updating follows on from the review work undertaken in the Department of Justice and Equality over the past year and consultations with interested stakeholders. Changes to the Scheme will be subject to further consultations with the Office of the Attorney General and other relevant De...

191. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if support will be given to an application for United Nations ECOSOC consultative status by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15902/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Human Rights)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 175 and 191 together.
The consultative relationship between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) is governed by ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, which outlines the eligibility requirements for consultative status; rights and obligations of NGOs in consultative status; procedures for withdrawal or suspension of consultative stat...

339. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the construction of the new building for a school (details supplied); and when students will occupy same. (Question 15137/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school to which the Deputy refers is currently scheduled for completion in May 2018.  Therefore, subject to no issues arising, the building will be ready for occupation in May 2018.
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575. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if a visa for a person (details supplied) will be extended. (Question 16449/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Visa Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that they do not offer specific advice to individuals on immigration pathways. The person concerned might in the first instance consider consulting with the INIS website www.inis.gov.ie as it contains information on all matters relating to immigration and specifically the section relating to Non EEA persons wishing to study in the State.
Queries in...

576. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline his plans to implement community courts as an alternative to formal legal proceedings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16450/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Community Courts)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy is aware, my Department led a Working Group of Justice Sector officials to consider options for moving forward on the proposal to establish a Community Court. Building on the recommendations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality, the Working Group considered proposals to enhance the approach to tackling low level offenders and effectively addressing their offending behaviour through a Communit...

579. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to set down the number of days in the past academic year since September 2017 on which education and training workshops in the Irish Prison Service were closed due to the unavailability of prison service staff other than teaching staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16516/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Prison Education Service)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to advise the Deputy that the Irish Prison Service provides a wide range of rehabilitative programmes to those in custody that include education, vocational training, healthcare, psychiatric, psychological, counselling, welfare and spiritual services. These programmes can offer purposeful activity to those in custody while serving their sentences and encouraging them to lead law abiding lives on release. These programmes are av...

580. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to outline his plans to increase funding to the Garda youth diversion programme in the north inner city in view of the particular difficulties faced by the area with the recent spate of gang murders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8870/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Youth Diversion Projects)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, Gardaí are providing a robust response to the threat of organised crime, particularly in Dublin’s North Inner-City. Operation Hybrid, which includes significant support from Armed Support Units, has been established to coordinate the response to violent crime in Dublin and address public safety concerns about community safety, particularly in the North Inner City area.
The statutory framework relating to yo...

694. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the delays in developmental appointments for babies in the Ballymun health care facility; and the detail of the nurse shortage there at present. (Question 15135/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Health 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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877. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health if the provision of continuous glucose monitoring for all type 1 diabetics and not just persons under 18 years of age will be considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15905/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Community Pharmacy Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013, the HSE has statutory responsibility for the administration of the community drug schemes; therefore, the matter has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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1216. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that two worker directors at Dublin Port and Shannon Foynes Port were discriminated against as a result of the insertion by the 2015 amendment to the Harbours Act 1997 of a clause which limits their term of office to ten years when no such limit applies in other commercial State companies, for example, ESB, DAA, Bord na Móna, An Post and CIÉ; the reason this discrimination exists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15139/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1216 to 1218, inclusive, together.
The Harbours Act 2015 introduced changes in legislation in line with Government policy and to strengthen and improve corporate governance arrangements for port company boards, including the introduction of a 10-year limit on the period served by a director of a port company. 
Section 30(6) of the Harbours Act 1996, as substituted by section 39 of the Harbours Act 201...

1217. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the 2015 amendment to the Harbours Act 1997 which was signed on 25 December 2015 provides for retrospective application in that it covers the period from 1997, that is, when the port companies were corporatised; the reason this retrospective application was included in the 2015 amendment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15140/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1216 to 1218, inclusive, together.
The Harbours Act 2015 introduced changes in legislation in line with Government policy and to strengthen and improve corporate governance arrangements for port company boards, including the introduction of a 10-year limit on the period served by a director of a port company. 
Section 30(6) of the Harbours Act 1996, as substituted by section 39 of the Harbours Act 201...

1218. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a current worker director based in a port here was re-elected as a worker director to the board of that port in July 2017; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that their re-election was in accordance with the regulations; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the election result was validated by the returning officer that was also the company secretary; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the person has been refused a mandate; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the person has been refused a letter of appointment as a director of the port company; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15141/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Appointments to State Boards Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1216 to 1218, inclusive, together.
The Harbours Act 2015 introduced changes in legislation in line with Government policy and to strengthen and improve corporate governance arrangements for port company boards, including the introduction of a 10-year limit on the period served by a director of a port company. 
Section 30(6) of the Harbours Act 1996, as substituted by section 39 of the Harbours Act 201...

1288. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a company (details supplied) is compelled in line with the Government ports policy to take on overall responsibility for Dún Laoghaire Harbour; and if funding will be provided to create a reserve to assist Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in outstanding liabilities as part of a final agreement of transfer. (Question 15737/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Harbour Authorities)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company (DLHC), as a Port of Regional Significance, is designated under National Ports Policy 2013 to transfer to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. The Harbours Act 2015 provides the necessary legal framework for the transfer to take place.
In preparation for the transfer of the port, the Chief Executive (CE) undertook both a due diligence and a risk assessment.  At a special meeting of Dun Laoghaire Rathd...

1525. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to extend the postal vote system for persons who are out of the country further than the persons currently provided for, such as consular staff and families, Defence Forces and so on, on polling days for referendums and elections; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15321/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Postal Voting)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy John Paul Phelan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1497, 1525, 1537, 1552 and 1569 together.
Postal voting is provided for in electoral law in respect of a number of categories of electors - whole-time members of the Defence Forces, members of An Garda Síochána, Irish diplomats serving abroad and their spouses/civil partners, electors living at home who are unable to vote because of a physical illness or a phy...

1649. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to designate a building (details supplied) as a national monument; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15904/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Monuments)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1635, 1636 and 1649 together.
The importance of Emmet Hall stems from its role as the home of 1916 leader Michael Mallin who was one of the major figures of the 1916 Rising. His part n the insurrection and in the republican movement at the time is undoubtedly more than worthy of remembrance and commemoration.  The immensely successful 1916 Commemorations that took place nationwide in the c...