131. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status and plans for future use for the vacant courthouses in Bray, Wicklow and Baltinglass in view of the fact that a project (details supplied) is awaiting a premises in Bray to carry out vital mental health services for young persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53365/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Courts Service Properties)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will be aware, under the provisions of the Courts Service Act 1998, management of the courts, including the provision of accommodation for court sittings, is the responsibility of the Courts Service which is independent in exercising its functions. 
However, in order to be of assistance to the Deputy, I have had enquiries made and the Courts Service has informed me, as follows, in relation to the vacant courthouses in Bra...

147. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Health his plans to establish a mental health service (details supplied) in County Wicklow in particular its search for a premises in Bray; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53261/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Mental Health Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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431. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a fishing vessel other than a vessel (detail supplied) has been required to be lengthened due to stability failings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52803/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Fishing Vessel Safety)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Marine Survey Office (MSO) of my Department does not require Irish Fishing Vessel owners to lengthen their vessels. However they do carry out surveys on the Irish Fishing Vessels to ensure they are complying with the relevant regulations. Any decision to lengthen fishing vessels is a matter for each owner. 
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432. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of times fishing vessels over 15 m have been stability tested or witnessed for same by the Marine Survey Office in each of the years 2009 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52804/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Fishing Vessel Safety)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Marine Survey Office (MSO) of my Department does not collate data on fishing vessel surveys based on stability testing so unfortunately the data requested is not available.  The table below however provides a breakdown of fishing vessel surveys carried out from 2009 – 2017 based on general headings to cover all Fishing Vessel survey and certification activities which may help.
 Dates Fishing Vessels >24m Fishing Vesse...

558. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the consultations and correspondence between her Department, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and Enterprise Ireland from 2015 to date on he proposed sale of the State’s 33% shareholding in studios (details supplied) in view of the stated commitment by the Government to support the film industry in the mid-east region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53048/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Film Industry)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The facility to which the Deputy refers is owned by Enterprise Ireland in conjunction with other private entities. My colleague the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation has responsibility for Enterprise Ireland. 
I am aware of the issue and my Department has been in contact with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in relation to the matter. That Department has indicated that, at the appropr...

47. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in County Wicklow as of 1 November 2017; the number of community gardaí in the division; and the number of Garda reserves and new recruits assigned to the division since recruitment resumed in 2014. (Question 51663/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Strength)

Deputy Pat Casey: My question is to ask the number of gardaí in each Garda station in County Wicklow as of 1 November 2017; the number of community gardaí in the division; and the number of Garda reserves and new recruits assigned to the division since recruitment resumed in 2014.
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532. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of fines and or prosecutions levied against building owners under section 65 of the Housing Act 1966; the number of unsuccessful prosecutions under this section, by year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50735/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Building Regulations)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The information requested by the Deputy is not collected by my Department.
The issue of overcrowded dwellings is dealt with in Part IV of the Housing Act 1966. Under that Act, a housing authority may request information from the owner or occupier of a house such as will allow that authority to determine if a house can be deemed to be overcrowded, having regard to section 63 of the Act. 
The housing authority may serve no...

535. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of enforcement orders that have been lodged against apartment owners for using their home for home sharing by local authorities to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50734/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Planning Issues)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 535 and 539 together.
Planning statistics are compiled by each planning authority on an annual basis for collation and publication on my Department’s website. The statistics collected relate to the total numbers of:
- Invalid applications received,
- Applications received for outline permission and full permission,
- Decisions to grant/refuse permission,
- Decisions issued within the ...

539. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of applications for change of use by apartment dwellers for the purposes of home sharing that have been lodged in local authorities to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50822/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Planning Issues)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 535 and 539 together.
Planning statistics are compiled by each planning authority on an annual basis for collation and publication on my Department’s website. The statistics collected relate to the total numbers of:
- Invalid applications received,
- Applications received for outline permission and full permission,
- Decisions to grant/refuse permission,
- Decisions issued within the ...

208. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the expenditure in relation to the Rugby World Cup bid in each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49587/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - Rugby World Cup 2023)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 and 208 together.
The  Department contributed €1.22m to support the bid for the RWC 2023 bid over three years.  The funds were paid through Fáilte Ireland.  The contributions in respect of each of the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 are set out below:
€200,000 - 2015 
€600,000 - 2016 
€420,000 - 2017
No further funding was sought by, or paid to, the IRFU or any other body.
In addition, and on behalf of ...

168. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of fishing boats that transferred tonnage to other boats in each of the years 2007 to 2014 while they were out of commission due to essential maintenance and repairs or due to illness of persons; the length of time each boat was out of commission; the reason the boat was out of commission; the fishing sector tonnage that was transferred in, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48464/17 asked on 16 Nov 2017 - Fishing Industry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Registrar General of Fishing Boats, who is an official of my Department, is legally charged with maintaining a Fishing Boat Register and with the proper management of the capacity (i.e. gross tonnes and kilowatts) of Irish sea-fishing boats. He is empowered to enter a sea-fishing boat in the Register or remove it from the Register 
Capacity is not an asset owned by the Department or by the Licensing Authority for Sea Fish...

31. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Health the proposals in place to expand the ambulance service in south and west Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48197/17 asked on 15 Nov 2017 - Ambulance Service Provision)

Deputy Pat Casey: Is there a proposal in place to expand the ambulance services in south and east Wicklow because, as the Minister is aware, both areas suffered a reduction in service in 2012?
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312. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the construction of a new school (details supplied); the progression of this project since its inception; the proposed completion date of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45820/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): A building project for the school to which the Deputy refers is included on my Department’s 6 Year Capital Programme. This school will be co-located with a primary school on a green field site.  The building projects for both schools are in the process of being devolved for delivery to the local Education and Training Board (ETB).  The first step in this process is the execution of a Service Level Agreement between my Department and the...

301. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of fishing boats decommissioned from 2008 to 2014; the reasons for the decommissioning; the length and tonnage of each fishing boat; the sectors they fished; the cost per boat to decommission; the amount of money given to each owner to decommission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44973/17 asked on 24 Oct 2017 - Fishing Industry Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I have asked my Department to compile the information requested by the Deputy and this will be forwarded to the Deputy at the earliest possible date.
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235. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the communication procedures for the opening and closing of crèches, child care and Montessori facilities in extreme weather situations whereby schools were closed by Government announcement but no information was provided regarding child care facilities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44532/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Child Care Services Administration)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Information and advice was provided to childcare providers both on Sunday 15th and Monday 16th October. On Sunday the 15th of October at 19.41, an announcement regarding the closure of childcare facilities was released on the PIP Portal. The PIP Portal is an IT system that enables communication with all 4500 services funded by DCYA. Operated by Pobal, DCYAs funding and administration intermediary, PIP is used for all important c...

533. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the criteria, selection processes and scoring mechanisms used to decide awards under the 2017 town and village grants by application, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43402/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Town and Village Renewal Scheme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The 2017 Town and Village Renewal Scheme was launched on 13 April last, with a focus on improving the economic development of our rural towns and villages. The scheme forms an important part of the Action Plan for Rural Development.
When the scheme was launched, Local Authorities were given full particulars of how the scheme would operate, including the scheme outline and detailed information regarding the qualifying conditions...

129. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a school (details supplied) will have access to high-speed broadband as identified as one of the ten key indicators in the digital strategy for schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42863/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Broadband Service Provision)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Through the Schools Broadband Access Programme the Department provides for the supply of internet connectivity for recognised primary and post primary schools. All post-primary schools and some special schools are now included in the 100Mbps programme.
Under the current programme the Department continually reviews the availability of services and upgrades schools where the opportunity arises, in line with contractual and budgetary requir...

22. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Health the way in which it is proposed to reduce the long waiting times being experienced by children in County Wicklow that are in need of an assessment for occupational therapy. (Question 40995/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Occupational Therapy Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Government is committed to the provision and development of services for children including early intervention services, and to improving access by these children to therapy services insofar as possible within available resources.
Improving access to therapy services for children in primary care and in disability services is a particular priority for the Government. Within this context, €8 million in additional funding was provided in 2016 to expan...

706. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if consultation has taken place with her Department regarding the proposed sale of a film studio (details supplied); if so, the dates of such consultations; the outcome of such consultations in view of the strategic importance of the studio in the future development of the film industry both nationally and for the mid-east region; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37872/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Film Industry Development)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The facility to which the Deputy refers is owned jointly by Enterprise Ireland in conjunction with other private entities. My colleague the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation has responsibility for Enterprise Ireland. However, I am aware of the issue and my Department has been in contact with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation in relation to the matter.
That Department has...

34. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of gardaí in each Garda station in County Wicklow as of 30 June 2017; and the number of new recruits assigned to the division since recruitment resumed in 2014. (Question 32876/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Garda Deployment)

Deputy Pat Casey: This is to ask the Minister the number of gardaí in each Garda station in County Wicklow as at 30 June 2017, and the number of new recruits assigned to the division since recruitment resumed in 2014.
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139. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the status of the proposed sale of the State’s 32% shareholding in a studio (details supplied); if she will consider cancelling the sale, transferring the shareholding to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and investing in the growth of the film industry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29746/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - State Assets)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Ardmore Studios is a commercial entity, owned 68.33% by private interests and 31.67% by the State. The State’s shareholding is managed by Enterprise Ireland. As a passive investor, EI has no enterprise development role in Ardmore or any involvement in its day-to-day operations.
The sale of the Ardmore Studios is a commercial decision by the owners of the Studios.  Ardmore Studios is being placed on the marke...

586. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will review the onshore wind farm policies in terms of minimum distances, in view of the planning applications of large industrial wind farms in south County Wicklow and the large opposition to these developments by local residents and communities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29725/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Wind Energy Guidelines)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 586 and 587 together.
My predecessor as Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, in conjunction with my colleague, the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment recently announced a “preferred draft approach” to the review of the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines. A copy of the announcement is available on my Department’s website ...

70. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Health the reason behind the 11% reduction in home help hours in County Wicklow for January to April 2017 relative to the same period in 2016. (Question 29087/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Home Help Service Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Helen McEntee): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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274. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Finance if he will report on the Revenue Commissioners deducting household charge arrears from local property tax payments without providing invoices and receipts of such payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27626/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Household Charge Administration)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Revenue discontinued issuing paper receipts in respect of tax payments in July 2011 in accordance with Section 960E of the Taxes Consolidation Act (as amended). The paper receipts were replaced by an online facility, which is fully secure and available on a twenty four hour basis. The online facility has been available in respect of Local Property Tax since its commencement in 2013.
In regard to arrears of Household Charge (HHC), Section 156 of the ...

885. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of newly attested Garda assigned to the Wicklow Division in 2017 in view of the need for increased gardaí in the county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28910/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - 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 Units and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. I am informed by the Commissioner that in regard to the deployment of Garda personnel, a distribution model is used which takes into account all relevant factors including population, crime trends and the ...