86. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health when the proposed new cystic fibrosis unit in Beaumont Hospital will be operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17107/18 asked on 19 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...

93. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health the reason 519 persons over 75 years of age waited more than 24 hours in the emergency departments of Beaumont and the Mater Hospitals during the first two months of 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17106/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Emergency Departments Waiting Times)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Against a background of growing demand for unscheduled care and high acute hospital occupancy rates, Government provided €30 million in 2017 and a further €40 million in 2018 for measures to increase acute hospital capacity and alleviate overcrowding in Emergency Departments (EDs). Almost 50% of this funding was used to deliver home support packages and transitional care beds to reduce the incidence of delayed discharges. Furthermore, over 200 beds ha...

194. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is satisfied that local authorities are proactive and have adequate powers regarding the removal of abandoned vehicles on suburban roads and streets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16951/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Waste Management)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): In accordance with section 59(1) of the Waste Management Act, 1996, each local authority is responsible generally for the supervision and the enforcement of the relevant provisions of the Waste Management Act in relation to the holding, recovery and disposal of waste within its functional area. Local authorities have specific powers under sections 55 and 56 of the Act to require measures to be taken, or to take ...

10. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on 20 March 2018 in Berlin; and if he discussed corporate tax rates and the European Commission proposal for a digital tax with the chancellor. (Question 13797/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 to 17, inclusive, together.
I travelled to Berlin on 20 March for a bilateral meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel as part of my strategic engagement with our European partners. We discussed preparations for the March European Council, including Brexit, trade, Economic and Monetary Union, EMU, and the tax challenges of digitalisation. I also took the opportunity to congratulate the Chancellor on her recent re-election for the fourth time. 
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192. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the action he plans to take regarding a complaint this Deputy made to him on behalf a person (details supplied) who was prevented from travelling from one EU state to another EU state; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15908/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Correspondence)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department has been in direct contact with the family of the individual involved and has advised that he should make direct contact with the US authorities and with the airline in order to ascertain the reasons he was prevented from travelling. 
I note from correspondence received by my office that the Deputy has also raised the matter directly with the US authorities. 
I will be responding directly to the Deputy’s l...

193. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the action he plans to take regarding the suppression by Israel of the recent peaceful protest by Palestinians in Gaza; if he will condemn these actions by Israel; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15909/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Middle East Issues)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 179, 182, 183, 185, 190, 193 and 194 together.
I have been greatly concerned by the events in Gaza over recent weeks, and especially by the appalling number of serious injuries and deaths to people engaged in demonstrations.
Every country is entitled to defend its border, but the use of force, and particularly deadly force, must only be used as a last resort and should be proportionate to...

254. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Finance if he will intervene with the Central Bank to ensure that the bank’s print works in Sandyford, County Dublin, are retained; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15906/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Central Bank of Ireland)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 217, 229, 239 and 254 together.
Firstly, I wish to make clear that decisions on the Central Bank’s print works and the fulfilment of its Eurosystem obligations for provision of its quota of banknotes are a matter for the Central Bank, which is statutorily independent under national legislation and EU treaties.
I am advised by the Central Bank that the Commission has accepted a management recommendation that, in the a...

736. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many general practitioners’ practices particularly in the north County Dublin area are charging persons with medical cards or doctor visit cards for routine blood tests deemed clinically necessary by their general practitioners; the steps he will take to prevent this practice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15332/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - General Medical Services Scheme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the terms of the current GMS contract, GPs are required to provide eligible patients with  ‘’all proper and necessary treatment of a kind usually undertaken by a general practitioner and not requiring special skill or experience of a degree or kind which general practitioners cannot reasonably be expected to possess.” There is no provision under the GMS GP contract for persons who hold a medical card or GP visit card to be charged for routine phle...

878. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health if cannabis based medicines will be made available to terminal lung cancer patients; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15907/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Cannabis for Medicinal Use)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Misuse of Drugs Act an Irish-registered doctor may apply to me for a licence for access to Tetrahydrocannabinol-based (THC) products for medical purposes, for named patients, where this course of treatment has been endorsed by the patient’s consultant who is responsible for the management of the patient and who is prepared to monitor the effects of the treatment over time. 
The main elements of an application submitted under the Misuse of Drug...

1568. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will extend voting rights to Irish citizens living abroad; the consideration given to this matter to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15874/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Electoral Reform)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy John Paul Phelan): In response to the evolving needs of Irish society and its relationship with the wider Irish diaspora, the Government agreed in March 2017 to accept in principle the main recommendation in the Fifth Report of the Convention on the Constitution that Irish citizens resident outside the State, including citizens resident in Northern Ireland, should have the right to vote at presidential election...

1648. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will implement measures to control the seagull population in Howth, County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15875/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Wildlife Control)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): My Department has no statutory function in actually controlling seagull numbers.
The EU Birds Directive allows Member States to make derogations from its protective measures in respect of certain wild bird species in certain circumstances – for example, where they are causing damage to crops, livestock and fauna or represent a threat to public health or safety or to air safety. The Declarations to implement these derogat...

58. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if the basis of an agreement in Northern Ireland was nearly finalised when he visited on 12 February 2018; the areas in which the progress stumbled; the reason for the breakdown; and the efforts being made to allow all of the parties in Northern Ireland to allow the Assembly to be reconvened. (Question 8700/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Northern Ireland)

Deputy Michael Moynihan: Appointing an independent chair could allow the talks and, consequently, the Assembly to get back up and running.
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156. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 206 of 13 February 2018 and 259 of 27 February 2018, if he will provide a reply to the issue raised; if his office has been contacted by the Ceann Comhairle regarding the question; if he has consulted with the Secretary General of his Department on this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14346/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Question Heading for question(s) 156)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): A response in this regard has issued to the Deputy.
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164. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the Student Grant Appeals Board has examined an application for a SUSI grant by a person (details supplied); the outcome of this appeal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14403/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Student Grant Scheme Appeals)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Under Section 21(2) of the Student Support Act 2011 an applicant has 30 days, from the date of the Appeals Officer’s decision in the awarding authority, to submit their appeal to the Student Grants Appeals Board. 
Under Section 21(3) of the Act, the Appeals Board may extend this period by a further 30 days, if it is satisfied that the applicant has given reasonable cause to so extend.
As the student to whom the Deputy refers did not subm...

174. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans for Garda youth diversion projects; if his attention has been drawn to plans by the Irish Youth Justice Service to examine the funding and service delivery model for these projects; his views on whether proposed new arrangements will result in the closure of youth diversion projects administered by independent youth services; if these projects are funded through the European Social Fund; if legal advice has been provided to put new arrangements in place for the funding of Garda youth diversion projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14342/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Garda Youth Diversion Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): As the Deputy may be aware, my Department is obliged to carry out a Call for proposals process during 2018 in relation to the provision of Garda Youth Diversion Project (GYDP) services, to fully comply with requirements related to the co-funding of projects by the European Social Fund Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.
To ensure State-wide coverage of GYDP services for young people, (w...

8. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the President of the European Council, Mr. Donald Tusk, on 8 March 2018. (Question 12784/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 8 to 13, inclusive, together.
I was very pleased to welcome the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to Dublin on 8 March. Our discussions, which took place ahead of the March European Council, covered the Brexit negotiations, EU trade policy, economic and monetary union, taxation challenges posed in the digital era and a number of foreign policy matters.
On Brexit, we discussed progress in relation to the draft withdrawal agreement, in...

14. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his meeting with the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Mr. Xavier Bettel on 5 March 2018. (Question 12785/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 17, inclusive, together.
I welcomed the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel, to Dublin on Monday 5 March. Our meeting was part of my programme of strategic engagement with other EU leaders, which is strengthening our relationships with key partners across the full range of issues on the EU’s agenda.
Xavier Bettel knows Dublin very well from his time as a teenager studying English in Malahide and he was very pleased to be back here, t...

146. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he will amend existing protocols in order that medals of the Defence Forces awarded for service during the period 1916 to 1921 can be worn by family members in cases in which the recipient is deceased; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13610/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Military Medals)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The existing protocol recognises that medals are decorations awarded to individuals in recognition of specific acts and service and as such the approach is that they should only be worn by the individuals to whom they were awarded. While I understand the family pride and history attached to medals relating to the period in question, the current guidance, which is not statutory in nature, appears appropriate in the circumstances...

75. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he is satisfied that there is enough primary school capacity in Clontarf, Dublin 3; the details of this planning area; the procedures in place for demographic planning; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13419/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Schools Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): As the Deputy may be aware, in order to plan for school provision and analyse the relevant demographic data, my Department divides the country into 314 school planning areas. My Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify where the pressure for school places across the country will arise. The GIS uses data from a range of sources, including the Central Statistics Office, Ordnance Survey Ireland, the Department o...

161. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works plans to upgrade the monument building and surrounding grounds at the Casino in Marino, Dublin 9; if Dublin City Council owns the green space immediately opposite Casino Park in view of the fact that this area is not part of the fenced off demesne; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12782/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Casino Marino is closed for an extensive programme of safety upgrade works which is underway at present.
There is an area of land to the North West of the Casino Park which is in the ownership of Dublin City Council. I presume that this is the area referred to by the Deputy.
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216. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Education and Skills if SUSI grants will be paid to all full-time students attending private colleges (details supplied); the estimated amount it would cost to extend the SUSI grant scheme to these colleges; if the recommendation of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills on this issue will be accepted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12112/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Student Grant Scheme Eligibility)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Under my Department’s student grant scheme, eligible candidates may receive funding provided they are attending an approved course at an approved institution, as defined in the scheme. The definition of an approved institution is set out in Section 7 of the Student Support Act 2011 and Regulation 3 of the Student Support Regulations 2017. 
The recommendations of the Joint Oireachtas Committee report will have to be considered in the con...

659. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Health his plans to increase investment in neurology services in order to tackle staffing deficits, deal with waiting lists and develop specialist services for specific neurological conditions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12840/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Health Services Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 517, 546, 548, 583, 584 and 659 together.
The Model of Care for Neurology was launched by the Director General of the HSE in late 2016. This was developed by the HSE’s National Clinical Programme for Neurology in collaboration with consultants, nurses, health and social care professionals and patient support groups. It aims to address the need for strategic development of neurology services in the provision of better c...

678. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has satisfied himself that there is adequate legislation in place to protect the welfare of exotic animals and pets; if a robust regulatory framework for the licensing, monitoring and inspection of such animals will be ensured; his plans for new legislation in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12236/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Animal Welfare)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Animal Health and Welfare Act 2013 provides for the welfare, including during a sale, of all animals.  The Act says anyone who owns or controls an animal for sale or supply must ensure that the animal is kept in suitable accommodation; is provided with adequate food and water; the sale or supply of the animals does not cause it avoidable or unnecessary suffering; that precautions are taken to prevent the spread of disease ...

1024. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he has satisfied himself that Dublin City Council has the necessary resources to advance plans for the construction of 640 housing units on its site at Oscar Traynor Road, Santry, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12113/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Housing Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The active management of the publicly-owned housing land bank is part of a range of complementary actions being progressed under the Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness, designed to accelerate and increase housing output. 
The Oscar Traynor Road site referred to is one of three significant sites being brought forward by Dublin City Council under its Housing Land Initiative (HLI), the aim of which ...

1025. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if funding from the local infrastructure housing activation fund for the construction of pathways and a new school entrance for a school (details supplied) in Dublin 9 will be allocated to facilitate the construction of 640 housing units; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12114/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Housing Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The process of allocating funding under the Local Infrastructure Housing Activation Fund began in August 2016 when Local Authorities were invited to submit proposals which were subsequently assessed and 34 of those proposals received preliminary approval in March 2017. The fund was fully allocated at that time. However, as part of Budget 2018, I announced an additional €50 million funding which will be available for a s...