78. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a date has been set for a meeting of the high level forum on community employment supervisor pensions; if his attention has been drawn to the anger and frustration of community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors; his views on the fact that their contribution to improving the life chances of scheme participants and to their overall local communities is not being properly recognised at the end of their careers in spite of a Labour Court ruling in their favour; his further views on whether the Government may be undermining the Labour Court by ignoring its recommendation; the steps he will take to resolve the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18403/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Community Employment Schemes Supervisors)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 70 to 88, inclusive, 90, 91, 96 and 97 together.
I would refer the Deputies to my responses to PQ 54985/17 of 16 January 2018 and PQ 13684/18 of 27 March 2018.
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209. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeframe for the eight schools at project brief stage to progress to the next stage on the school buildings programme in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17570/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy is aware, my Department’s Capital Programme (2016-2021) continues to address the challenges posed by the significant bulge in pupil enrolments going through our schools. The Capital Programme details the school projects that are being progressed through the architectural planning process, including those schools in County Wicklow.
In the context of progressing the school projects referred to, my Department is working on th...

313. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda retirements from each Garda station in County Wicklow in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18090/18 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, ...

512. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the N81 from Tallaght to Hollywood Cross, Wicklow, road improvement scheme in view of the safety and congestion issues on this road; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17820/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Road Improvement Schemes)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.  Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a m...

39. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Health the reason Wicklow LHO experienced a reduction of 33,722 home help hours in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17040/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Home Help Service)

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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45. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda recruits assigned to each Garda station in County Wicklow in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16578/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Deployment)

Deputy Charles Flanagan: I thank Deputy Casey for his question. I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that as of 28 February 2018, the latest date for which figures are available, the strength of the Wicklow division was 306. When appropriate, the work of local gardaí is supported by a number of Garda national units such as the national bureau of criminal investigation, the armed support units, the Garda national economic crime bureau and the Garda national drugs and organised crime bureau. ...

366. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Health the status of the implementation of the Jeyes report recommendations with regard to a service (details supplied); the status of all residential and day-service units, staffing ratios, and staffing pay disputes; his plans for future alignment with additional services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13768/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - 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 ...

643. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to address the anomaly whereby tenants on the RAS scheme cannot transfer to HAP even though there is a shortage of RAS units and social houses while at the same time HAP units may be available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11098/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Rental Accommodation Scheme Administration)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): There are more than 50,000 households currently having their housing needs met via the Housing Assistance Payment scheme (HAP) and the Rental Accommodation Scheme (RAS). A key principle of the HAP scheme is that eligible households source their own accommodation in the private rented sector, which best suits their needs in their area of choice. This is distinct from RAS, which is a different type of social housing suppor...

57. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Health his plans in 2018 to address the lack of dedicated community neuro-rehabilitation teams in CHO6. (Question 6414/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Neuro-Rehabilitation 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 ...

230. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Education and Skills if works at a school (details supplied) will be fully completed on time following the collapse of a company in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3324/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The school referred to by the Deputy is part of the current Schools Bundle 5 PPP programme. In respect of that programme, a contract exists between my Department and the Principal contractor, Inspiredspaces. Inspiredspaces is the name of the Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) responsible for the design, construction, finance, operation and maintenance of the programme.
The company referred to by the Deputy has been a 50% shareholder in Insp...

66. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his Department’s position on the provision of pension entitlements to employees such as community employment personnel who have their entire salary provided by the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2180/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Community Employment Schemes Supervisors)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): An issue which has been under discussion by the Community Sector High Level Forum relates to community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors who have been seeking, through their union representatives, the allocation of Exchequer funding to implement a Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme.
At the April meeting of the Forum, my Department outlined its intention to conduct a detailed...

97. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Health the status of the measures being taken by the HSE to address the issues at a service (details supplied) in particular the unit in a location identified by recent HIQA reports to ensure that all service users have appropriate care and protection and that all families are informed and satisfied with the changes proposed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2138/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - HIQA Reports)

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 ...

206. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the community employment scheme pension provision as per the Labour Court recommendation whereby community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors were deemed entitled to certain pension arrangements (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2142/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Community Employment Schemes Supervisors)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Community Employment (CE) scheme supervisors are employees of private companies in the community and voluntary sector. The State is not responsible for funding pension arrangements for such employees even where the companies in question are reliant on State funding. It is open to individuals to make provision for a pension by way of PRSA which all employers are obliged to facilitate. 
My Department was neither part...

207. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on the increases being charged to community employment schemes by insurance companies and the impact that this is having on already reduced materials budgets whereby the intention that this budget be used to support the work of the schemes is being absorbed by increases in insurance payments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2145/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Community Employment Schemes Operation)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): My Department is aware that there had been an increase in insurance premiums for Community Employment (CE) schemes over recent years. The main reason cited for this is an increase in claims frequency by such schemes. In the first instance, my Department recommends that schemes seek alternative quotes to ensure they get value for money. Also, if CE schemes are not filling their contracted number of participants, it ...

234. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the position regarding the damage to upland landscapes by the construction of onshore industrial wind turbines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2188/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Planning Issues)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Planning authorities and An Bord Pleanála are required to take account of the 2006 Wind Energy Development Guidelines for Planning Authorities, which were issued as statutory guidance by the Minister under section 28 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, when considering planning applications or appeals in respect of proposed wind energy developments.  Chapters 3 and 6 of the Guidelines provide planning g...

307. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the receipt of more than 1,000 signatures from parents regarding the proposed relocation of a school (details supplied) from both the school community in County Wicklow and the school community in Rathnew, County Wicklow, objecting to the proposed site at Merrymeeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54360/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to advise the Deputy that the major building project to provide a permanent school building for the school in question is at an advanced stage of architectural planning - Stage 2(b). All statutory approvals, which includes Planning Permission, Fire Certificate and Disability Access Certificate have been secured. Following receipt and review by the Department of the Stage 2(b) submission, the Design Team was instructed to complete ...

324. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will address a matter regarding the retaining wall of a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54486/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Schools Building Projects)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has sought an update from the Consultant Architect working on the major building project to which the Deputy refers and understands that there is a low wall retaining a planter for shrubs and plants opposite the blank gable to classrooms 5 and 13.  It ranges in height from approx. 600mm to 775mm.  It runs parallel to the existing retaining wall to the southern boundary.  The retaining wall built for the adjacent school will...

331. Deputy Pat Casey asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost in providing accommodation for a school (details supplied) from July 2005 to 2017, including land purchase, land rental, building rental, prefabricated and temporary classrooms, architectural building design services and all related surveys, reports and investigations; the person or body to which costs were paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54562/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - School Accommodation)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I wish to confirm to the Deputy that the costs associated with providing accommodation for the school in question amounts to approximately €2,969,500. This includes the purchase of the school site to facilitate the construction of two schools.
These costs were paid to the following :
Board of Management of the school 
SNC Engineering
Downes Associates
Apex Surveys Ltd
Ground Investigations Ireland Ltd
MLQ Ltd
Opperman Associates Ltd
Aust...

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...