87. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the process by which his Department will be developing and contributing draft actions to be considered as part of the action plan on Internet safety to be published in June 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16889/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Government will develop an Action Plan on Internet safety and my Department will work with the other Government Departments with responsibility in the area to develop those actions to be included in the new Action Plan. 
The recommendations from the recent Joint Oireachtas Committee Report on Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults are under consideration, and will underpin and inform the development of the draft actions in the ...

101. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the process by which his Department will be developing and contributing draft actions to be considered as part of the action plan on Internet safety to be published in June 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16891/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Department of Justice and Equality is primarily responsible for the criminal law aspects of online safety i.e. preparation and enforcement of the criminal law in relation to online content and behaviour that is illegal. 
In considering actions for inclusion in the action plan, the Department is considering the feedback from the Open Policy Debate hosted by my colleague Minister Naughten last month together with the recent report of...

113. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the process by which her Department will be developing and contributing draft actions to be considered as part of the action plan on Internet safety to be published in June 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16886/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Internet safety and security for children and young adults is one of the most urgent and pressing child protection concerns facing policy makers, parents and guardians, teachers and children themselves.
An Open Policy Debate on online safety took place on 8th March. It was led by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment with the support of five other Government Departments including Justice & Equ...

150. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the way in which his Department will engage with the development of the action plan on Internet safety that will be published in June 2018; if he will be engaging with stakeholders within this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16883/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 150 to 153, inclusive, together.
The Action Plan will be developed and contributed to by a number of Departments, including the Department of Health. As the Department of the Taoiseach has responsibility for the coordination of this Action Plan, the main questions posed would be better directed to that department. 
The Department of Health recognises the importance of Internet Safety, with several a...

151. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the way in which he will be engaging with Internet companies on the policy areas under his remit in the development of the action plan on Internet safety; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16884/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 150 to 153, inclusive, together.
The Action Plan will be developed and contributed to by a number of Departments, including the Department of Health. As the Department of the Taoiseach has responsibility for the coordination of this Action Plan, the main questions posed would be better directed to that department. 
The Department of Health recognises the importance of Internet Safety, with several a...

152. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the input his Department will have on the issue of advertising and marketing to children in view of the recent publication of a document (details supplied) and the strict timeframes involved in publishing the action plan on Internet safety; if the absence of a monitoring body will impede this work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16885/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): In accordance with Section 10 on governance of the Codes of Practice concerned, the Department of Health’s involvement in them will include the designation of a monitoring body and the maintenance and publication - either by the Department or the monitoring body - of a register of signatories to these codes. Section 10 also stipulates that the monitoring body shall produce an annual report for the Minister for Health.
The C...

153. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the process by which his Department will be developing and contributing draft actions to be considered as part of the action plan on Internet safety to be published in June 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16890/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 150 to 153, inclusive, together.
The Action Plan will be developed and contributed to by a number of Departments, including the Department of Health. As the Department of the Taoiseach has responsibility for the coordination of this Action Plan, the main questions posed would be better directed to that department. 
The Department of Health recognises the importance of Internet Safety, with several a...

196. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the Department that will be taking the lead role on the development and publication of the action plan on Internet safety; the timeframe for same; the processes that will be involved; if there will be a public consultation; the stakeholders that will be involved in its production; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16881/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 196 to 198, inclusive, together.
On 21 November 2017, I convened a meeting with my colleagues the Minister for Justice and Equality and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to progress the subject of digital safety for all citizens, especially children. It was agreed at that meeting that an Open Policy Debate would be the most appropriate way to progress the issue and ensu...

197. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which he will be engaging with Internet in the development of his Department’s input into the action plan on Internet safety; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16882/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 196 to 198, inclusive, together.
On 21 November 2017, I convened a meeting with my colleagues the Minister for Justice and Equality and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to progress the subject of digital safety for all citizens, especially children. It was agreed at that meeting that an Open Policy Debate would be the most appropriate way to progress the issue and ensu...

198. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the process by which his Department will be developing and contributing draft actions to be considered as part of the action plan on Internet safety to be published in June 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16888/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 196 to 198, inclusive, together.
On 21 November 2017, I convened a meeting with my colleagues the Minister for Justice and Equality and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to progress the subject of digital safety for all citizens, especially children. It was agreed at that meeting that an Open Policy Debate would be the most appropriate way to progress the issue and ensu...

222. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the process by which her Department will be developing and contributing draft actions to be considered as part of the action plan on Internet safety to be published in June 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16887/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Internet Safety)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I can confirm that the development of an Action Plan is being coordinated by the Department of the Taoiseach, that officials from my Department are participating in the process and that actions for inclusion in the Plan are being considered as part of this process. 
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237. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he has had correspondence or meetings with representative estate agents bodies on the matter of persons queueing over a number of nights to bid on houses; and his views on whether this is an acceptable practice. (Question 16880/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Housing Issues)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I have not had correspondence from, or meetings with, estate agents representative bodies on the matter of persons queuing to purchase houses. However, the delivery of more affordable homes, to buy or rent, is a major priority for Government, focusing in particular on those people on low to moderate incomes. Recognising that housing affordability is a major issue for some households, especially in areas such as Dublin, C...

386. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of legal actions currently being taken against his Department; the general nature and cause of the action; the county from which the legal action originates; and the cost of defending each categorised legal action in tabular form. (Question 15590/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Legal Cases Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available in my Department. The information is currently being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available.
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395. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a school building project (details supplied) in County Cork; and when construction will commence. (Question 15722/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware that a building project for the school to which he refers is included in my Department’s Capital Programme.
The formulation of the accommodation brief for the project is being finalised which will in due course allow my Department to liaise with the school in the context of initiating the architectural planning process for the project.
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414. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the building of a new school (details supplied); and if it will be completed on time. (Question 15988/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The main contractor for the project to which the Deputy refers has recently entered into examinership. Department Officials will be meeting with the Court appointed examiner shortly to discuss the impact of this development on the project in question.
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464. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the delivery of new schools (details supplied) in County Kildare. (Question 16469/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The major building project referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning Stage 2b (Detailed Design), which includes the application for statutory approvals and the preparation of tender documents. A decision to grant Planning Permission and Disability Access Certificate has been secured from Kildare County Council. A decision on the Fire Safety Certificate is expected shortly.
Once all Statutory Approvals ...

465. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the expected completion time for an extension for a school (details supplied) in County Kildare. (Question 16470/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The building project to which the Deputy refers is expected to be completed in time for the commencement of the 2018/19 school year.  
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488. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when it is planned to install self-scanning passport machines at the passport gate in Cork Airport to ease passenger congestion. (Question 15588/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Passport Controls)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): A national framework contract for the supply and installation of Automatic Border Control ‘eGates’ at the Irish State’s ports of entry was signed on 17 July 2017. The first phase of the project has seen the installation of 20 eGates at Dublin Airport (10 gates each in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2).
The eGates offer certain categories of arriving passengers (passport holders from the European Economic Area and Switzerland who are over 18 y...

514. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if An Garda Síochána accepts the public services card as a form of identification for forms it administers and witnesses. (Question 15169/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Public Services Card)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I must point out that I, as Minister, have no responsibility to direct Garda policies in relation to administration or identification documentation. Section 26 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 (as amended) vests full control of An Garda Síochána in the Garda Commissioner and I as Minister have no power to interfere or intervene in such matters.
However, I can advise the Deputy I have asked the Garda Commissioner to provide information o...

527. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the case of a person (details supplied) will be reviewed. (Question 15291/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Deportation Orders Re-examination)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that, in response to a notification pursuant to the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned has not submitted written representations. 
The position in the State of the person concerned will now be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and all ...

632. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the number of students in preschool facilities, primary level and second level, respectively, who are awaiting an assessment of need in each county in tabular form; the engagement he has held with other officials on reducing the backlog; and his plans to amend legislation underpinning the length of time guaranteed for an assessment of need. (Question 15589/18 asked on 17 Apr 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 ...

703. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the amount of funding per patient under the NTPF for a facility (details supplied) in County Cork; and if there will be an increase in the NTPF payment. (Question 15170/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Treatment Purchase Fund Payments)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly) (Deputy Jim Daly): The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) has been designated by the Minister for Health pursuant to Section 40 of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme Act as a body authorised to negotiate with proprietors of registered nursing homes to reach agreement in relation to the maximum price(s) that will be charged for the provision of long-term residential care services to Nursing Homes Support Scheme residents. 
As part...

980. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will be called for a medical procedure. (Question 16468/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Appointments Status)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.
The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing ...

1175. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he plans to update legislation that takes into account recyclable plastics as a usable product and not a waste product; and if he will issue orders on a case-by-case basis to acknowledge current market practices by companies seeking to reduce and adapt waste practices across the country. (Question 15655/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Waste Management Regulations)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Environmental Protection Agency already exercises an independent statutory function in relation to ‘end of waste’ in accordance with Article 28  of the European Communities (Waste Directive) Regulations 2011, S.I 126 of 2011.
Where criteria have not been set at EU level as referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 of Article 6 of the Waste Directive, the Agency may decide case by case whether certain waste, includin...

1451. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when a decision will be made on an invalidity pension claim by person (details supplied). (Question 16197/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Invalidity Pension Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath) (Deputy Finian McGrath): Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions. 
The department received a claim for IP for the gentleman referred to on 12 January 2018. He was refused IP on the grounds that the medical conditions for the scheme were...