125. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 119 of 16 May 2017 and 505 of 16 January 2018, the number of persons arrested for drink driving by An Garda Síochána by age, gender, county and Garda district in each of the years 2007 to 2017. (Question 20587/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Road Traffic Offences Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have requested a report from An Garda Síochána in relation to the statistics sought by the Deputy and I will be in contact with the Deputy directly on receipt of this report.
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20. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if preservation orders will be issued for 1916 buildings (details supplied). (Question 20438/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - National Monuments)

Deputy Peadar Tóibín: According to the national monuments legislation, a national monument is a national monument regardless of whether a Minister states it to be so. Therefore, the GPO is a national monument. It has never been officially declared one but, if it came under threat, it would be the moral and legal duty of the Minister to issue a preservation order to protect it. Her Department has stated clearly and officially that the Moore Street battlefield site is a national monument, yet s...

31. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Peadar Tóibín den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta ós rud é go bhfuil an tAire ag cur an locht ar gach Roinn eile faoin moill ar chur i bhfeidhm straitéis agus titim úsáid na Gaeilge i gcoitinne, an mbunódh sí coiste tras-rannach a bheadh faoina stiúir chun na fadhbanna seo a réiteach. (Question 20138/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge)

Deputy Peadar Tóibín: Le fada an lá táim ag teacht isteach anseo agus ag taispeáint fianaise don Aire maidir leis an drochstaid ina bhfuil an Ghaeilge ag an mbomaite seo. Tá cainteoirí laethúla tar éis titim sa daonáireamh agus tá an tóin tite amach as an mbuiséad ag Údarás na Gaeltachta, ag Foras na Gaeilge agus ag gach ceann de na heagraíochtaí eile freisin. Tá an Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge caite isteach sa bhosca bruscair ag an bpointe seo. Tá an Plean Gníomhaíochta 2017 le spriocdhá...

53. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the funding allocation for the National Museum of Ireland will be accounted for in view of the lack of a financial controller on its staff. (Question 20135/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - National Museum)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): As the National Museum of Ireland is a statutory body under the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997, I have no responsibility for the day to day operations of the Museum. It is a matter for the Museum itself to decide on the optimum staffing arrangements. I am informed that the finance department in the Museum is currently staffed by: 
• 1 Accountant on a contract basis
• 1 Finance Officer at HEO level 
• 1 C...

61. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the first meeting of the decade of centenaries all-party committee will take place. (Question 20137/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 46, 57 and 61 together.
In the lead up to the State’s commemoration of the centenary of the events of 1916, the All-Party Consultation Group on Commemorations proved very constructive. The Group’s input will also be beneficial in informing the State Commemorative Programme for the remainder of the Decade of Centenaries.
Last September, my predecessor Minister Humphreys, wrote to the Ceann ...

67. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Peadar Tóibín den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta conas a chinnteoidh an tAire go bhfuil an t-airgead atá curtha ar fáil do phleanáil teanga caite ar phleanáil teanga agus é tagtha chun solais nach raibh ach 11% de mhaoiniú do phleanáil teanga caite uirthi. (Question 20139/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Limistéir Pleanála Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Ar mhaithe le cabhrú tuilleadh le feidhmiú na Straitéise 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge 2010-2030, a bhfuil an próiseas pleanála teanga mar chuid lárnach de, bunaíodh ciste faoi leith in 2014. Baineadh leas as an gciste seo ó 2014 i leith chun cúram a dhéanamh d’fheidhmiú an phróisis pleanála teanga, ar cuireadh tús lena fheidhmiú ar an talamh an bhliain sin, chomh maith le maoiniú a dhéanamh ar raon de thog...

68. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the steps she has taken to resolve the emerging difficulties within the film industry. (Question 20136/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Film Industry)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Irish film, television and animation industry is experiencing a period of sustained success and critical acclaim. Over the last number of years, Irish talent has been a consistent presence at the Academy Awards, with Nora Twomey’s debut animated feature, The Breadwinner, leading the Irish charge at this year’s ceremony alongside other nominations for Irish talent including Saoirse Ronan, Consolata Boyle, Martin McDona...

155. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the commercial rationale for the sale and sale price of a studio (details supplied); and her views on whether the State’s financial interests were protected. (Question 20346/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Film Industry)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Ardmore Studios Limited has been sold to Olcott Entertainment Limited. The Ardmore site is currently zoned for Film Industry use only, and this protection is due to run for at least 5 more years under the Bray Municipal District Local Area plan. The site cannot be used for non-Film Industry development without the agreement of Wicklow County Council to alter the current zoning restriction. 
In relation to the sale pri...

313. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health when he or the CEO of the HSE first learnt of the CervicalCheck scandal; the reason he and the CEO did not know of the scandal earlier; and the systems in place in the HSE to communicate information of this importance to him and the CEO (Question 19889/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - HSE Governance)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I received a briefing note in relation to a legal case which had been taken against MedLab/Clinical Pathology Laboratories Ltd, a company providing cytopathology for CervicalCheck, and the HSE on 16 April 2018.
I received further information on issues related to the communication of the outcome of the CervicalCheck clinical audit process to women in the period after the legal case became public.
I have published that briefing note and set out the inform...

431. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the SICAP funding received by an organisation (details supplied) in 2016 and 2017. (Question 19750/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 431 and 432 together.
SICAP funding is allocated to the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) via the Local Authorities. The Local Authorities, on behalf of the LCDCs, issue the funding to the contracted SICAP Programme Implementers.
No SICAP funding was provided to the organisations in question in 2016 and 2017.  Supports to the groups referenced transferred in 2015 from the then Depart...

432. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the SICAP funding received by an organisation (details supplied) in 2016 and 2017. (Question 19751/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I propose to take Questions Nos. 431 and 432 together.
SICAP funding is allocated to the Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) via the Local Authorities. The Local Authorities, on behalf of the LCDCs, issue the funding to the contracted SICAP Programme Implementers.
No SICAP funding was provided to the organisations in question in 2016 and 2017.  Supports to the groups referenced transferred in 2015 from the then Depart...

433. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding issued to each county via the community development programmes LDSIP, LCDP and SICAP on a yearly basis since 2008, in tabular form. (Question 19890/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Community Development Initiatives)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I would like to refer the Deputy to the replies to PQ17873/18 (Question No 554) of 24 April 2018, which sets out the LDSIP and CDP funding for the period 2008 and 2009, PQ11821/18 (Question No 907) of 20 March 2018, which sets out the LCDP funding for the period 2010 - 2017 and PQ13350/18 (Question No 274) of 22 March 2018, which sets out SICAP funding for the period 2015 to 2018 in the requested format.
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168. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health the date on which his attention was drawn to the cervical cancer scandal; when he was informed of the false negative tests; when he was informed of the fact that a decision was made not to tell the women concerned; and when he was informed of the High Court case taken by a person (details supplied). (Question 19386/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I received a briefing note in relation to a legal case which had been taken against MedLab/Clinical Pathology Laboratories Ltd, a company providing cytopathology for CervicalCheck, and the HSE on 16 April 2018.
I received further information on issues related to the communication of the outcome of the CervicalCheck clinical audit process to women in the period since that date.
I have published that briefing note and set out the information available to ...

85. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Finance his plans to address the crisis in the business insurance sector (details supplied). (Question 19247/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Insurance Industry)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Both I and the Government are very conscious of the difficulties that increased insurance costs are having on the business sector. 
Consequently, following the publication of its Report on the Cost of Motor Insurance in January 2017, the Cost of Insurance Working Group undertook an examination of the Employer Liability and Public Liability insurance sectors in its second phase of work. While a number of the recommendations in the Motor Report are re...

474. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the budget line and estimate under which the latest tranche of funding for a centre (details supplied) arose. (Question 19024/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Arts Centres)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Government is very supportive of the redevelopment of the centre referred to in the question. It will provide a sustainable and modern flagship venue aimed at promoting Irish culture in a key global city, engaging our large diaspora in America and in turn further deepening the strong bilateral relationship with the US, which are key strategic priorities for Ireland. 
The most recent capital grant support for the cen...

477. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Peadar Tóibín den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta cathain a fhoilseofar an t-athbhreithniú ar scéim na gcúntóirí teanga. (Question 18688/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tá tús curtha anois ag an Roinn leis an athbhreithniú ar Scéim na gCúntóirí Teanga i gcomhar le Lárionad Taighde agus Foghlama Ollscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath. 
Foilseofar an tathbhreithniú in am trátha agus táthar ag súil leis na moltaí a eascraíonn as a chur i bhfeidhm do scoilbhliain 2018/19.
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479. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will address a matter (details supplied) regarding national monument legislation. (Question 19032/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Architectural Heritage)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 10092/18 on 28 February 2018. I would again encourage the Deputy to continue to engage with this process which I believe is best placed to deliver a satisfactory outcome for all stakeholders.
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480. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of vacancies on the board of the National Museum of Ireland; and the persons who left the board in each of the past five years. (Question 19034/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - National Museum)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Section 19(1) of the National Cultural Institutions Act, 1997 (the 1997 Act) provides that the Board of the National Museum of Ireland shall consist of a chairperson and not less than 13 or more than 15 ordinary members. 
In 2013 and 2014 there was one vacancy on the Board of the Museum. In 2015, the terms of office of 8 Board members expired and a further 7 expired in 2016.
In July 2016 my predecessor appointed a new ...

481. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the 2016 accounts of the National Museum of Ireland will be laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. (Question 19035/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - National Museum)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The National Museum of Ireland’s Financial Statements for the year ended 31st December 2016 were laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas on 19 April 2018.
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398. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Health his plans for improvements in the diagnostic testing and treatment for Lyme disease here; and his further plans to meet with representatives of the organisation that represents persons with the condition here. (Question 17792/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Infectious Diseases)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Lyme disease (also known as Lyme borreliosis) is an infection caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi.  It is transmitted to humans by bites from ticks infected with the bacteria.  The infection is generally mild affecting only the skin but can occasionally be more severe and highly debilitating.  Lyme disease is diagnosed by medical history and physical examination.  The infection is confirmed by blood tests which look for antib...

471. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the contents of a report were communicated to a company (details supplied) or its representatives before the report was officially published; and the communications he has had with the company and its representatives since becoming Minister. (Question 17951/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Media Mergers)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): In early September 2016 INM announced that it had agreed a deal to purchase the portfolio of regional newspapers owned by the Celtic Media Group, or CMNL.
This proposed acquisition was subject to a competition review by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, which cleared the case on 10 November 2016. Subsequently, formal notification of the proposed acquisition was received by my Department on 21 ...

480. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the profitability of the Navan to Dublin Bus Éireann NX route in comparison with other routes. (Question 17407/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Bus Éireann Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. Expressway services are operated by Bus Éireann on a commercial basis in a similar fashion to any other commercial licensed bus service. Commercial licensed bus services do not receive any taxpayer funding, in contrast to those socially necessary but financially unviable services which make up the Public ...

481. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which the proposed price increases on the Navan to Dublin Bus Éireann NX route can be justified in the absence of a rail track in the future for commuters in Navan which unfairly penalises commuters who do not have use for a Leap card. (Question 17408/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Bus Éireann Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.  However, I am not involved in the day to day operations of public transport or decisions on bus fares in any part of the country or the operation of the Leap card.  Following the establishment of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in December 2009, the NTA is the statutory body with responsibility fo...

554. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount spent on the local development social inclusion programme and the local and community development programme by county in each of the years 2008 to 2010, in tabular form. (Question 17873/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Local and Community Development Programme Expenditure)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Local Development Social Inclusion Programme and the Community Development Programme were superseded by the Local Community Development Programme (LCDP) on 1 January 2010. The following table sets out the funding allocated to each County for the period 2008 to 2009. 
I would like to refer the Deputy to the reply to PQ11821/18 (Question No 907) of 20 March 2018, which sets out the 2010 LCDP Funding in the requested format. ...

621. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Peadar Tóibín den an Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta cá mhéad comhairle contae agus cathrach a bhfuil oifigeach Gaeilge lánaimseartha acu; cá mhéad acu a bhfuil oifigeach Gaeilge páirtaimseartha acu; cá mhéad acu nach bhfuil aon oifigeach Gaeilge acu ar chor ar bith; cén fáth nach bhfuil oifigeach lánaimseartha ag gach comhairle contae agus cathrach; cén plean atá aici chun a chinntiú go mbeidh oifigeach Gaeilge lánaimseartha ag gach comhairle contae agus cathrach; cathain a chuirfidh sí an plean sin i bhfeidhm; agus an ndéanfaidh sí ráiteas ina thaobh. (Question 17597/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Seirbhísí agus Tacaíochtaí Gaeilge)

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Tá mo comhghleacaí, an tAire Tithíochta, Pleanála agus Rialtais Áitiúil, freagrach as an bplean fórsa oibre mar a bhaineann sé leis na húdaráis áitiúla, lena n-áirítear monatóireacht a dhéanamh ar an leibhéal fostaíochta sna húdaráis áitiúla. De bharr seo, bailíonn a Roinn eolas gach ráithe ar líon na bhfostaithe san earnáil sin. Ní thugann an t-eolas sin aon léargas ar líon na n-oifigeach Gaeilge a...