615. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the position regarding the filling of the vacant preschool inspector’s post in County Louth. (Question 49109/13 asked on 19 Nov 2013 - Child Care Services Inspections)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Under the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No.2) Regulations 2006, the HSE has responsibility for pre-school inspections. There are areas throughout the country where gaps in the inspection services have been identified and the HSE is currently at an advanced stage of recruiting additional inspectors to address this deficit. These recruitments will strengthen the pre-school inspections system in a number of areas including c...

199. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to shorten the completion of the vetting process (details supplied). (Question 19295/13 asked on 24 Apr 2013 - Garda Vetting of Personnel)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): The Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) provides employment vetting for approximately 20,000 organisations in Ireland, registered with the Unit for this purpose, which employ personnel to work in a full-time, part time, voluntary or student capacity with children and / or vulnerable adults. The Unit processed approximately 328,000 vetting applications on behalf of these organisations in 2012.
The current average processing time for applicati...

41. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will confirm that some services provided by Louth Linx who are funded by his Department under the National Development Plan 2007 - 2013 are to be suspended, specifically the Carlingford to Dundalk bus; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15240/13 asked on 27 Mar 2013 - Rural Transport Services Provision)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly): Since 1st April 2012 responsibility for managing the Rural Transport Programme has been assigned to the National Transport Authority (NTA) as part of new arrangements for integrated local and rural transport approved by Government in January 2012. Currently, the Programme is administered by Pobal in conjunction with the NTA as part of the Programme transition. Thirty-five groups covering thirty-six geographi...

29. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the measures that have been taken to tackle in-patient and day case waiting lists in Louth County Hospital, the impact of these measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14275/13 asked on 20 Mar 2013 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 17, 22, 29, 52, 53, 59, 74, 89, 97, 106, 112, 113, 116, 126, 132, 135, 138, 142, 147, 154 and 156 together.
In 2011, I established the Special Delivery Unit in my Department as set out in the Programme for Government. The aim of the SDU is to unblock access to acute services by improving the flow of patients through the system. The SDU’s Scheduled Care Team focused initially on waiting times for in-patient and daycase e...

139. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the measures that have been taken to tackle in-patient and day case waiting lists in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, County Louth; the measures that have been taken to tackle the number of patients on trolleys in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital; the impact of these measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14293/13 asked on 20 Mar 2013 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 139 together.
In 2011, I established the Special Delivery Unit in my Department as set out in the Programme for Government. The aim of the SDU is to unblock access to acute services by improving the flow of patients through the system. The SDU’s Scheduled Care Team focused initially on waiting times for in-patient and daycase elective surgery. For 2012, a target was set that no adult should wait longer than 9 mo...

70. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health the actions taken to tackle overcrowding and the use of trolleys in the accident and emergency department in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, County Louth; and the impact of these measures (Question 7565/13 asked on 14 Feb 2013 - Accident and Emergency Departments Waiting Times)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 26, 30, 40, 44 to 47, inclusive, 58, 66, 70, 75, 77, 86, 89, 93, 94, 96, 99, 104 and 112 together.
Immediately following my appointment, I set out to address the issues which have been causing unacceptable delays in patients being treated in our hospitals. I established the Special Delivery Unit (SDU), as set out in the Programme for Government. The SDU is working to unblock access to acute services by improving the flow...