110. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the provision of a new school (details supplied) in County Cork. (Question 20250/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I am pleased to advise that architectural planning has commenced for the school referred to by the Deputy, for delivery under the Department’s Design and Build Programme. Site surveys have commenced in advance of preparing the Planning Application which will be the next key milestone in the progression of the project. 
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172. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health to set down the number of non-disclosure agreements the HSE has entered into since 2016; the general health topic of the contract; the geographical area of the person involved; and if he was informed of each contract agreed. (Question 20286/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - State Claims Agency)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The State Claims Agency has advised that it settles very few claims on behalf of the HSE which are subject to a confidentiality agreement with the exception of cases settled through mediation. Part of the process of mediation is that parties are bound by a strict confidentiality provision contained in the mediation agreement. In the very rare case that the Agency agrees a confidentiality proviso, it is usually because of some extremely sensitive, contro...

173. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health to set down the number of managers operating in the HSE; and the geographical location, departments in charge of, general salary scales and appointment date of each. (Question 20287/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - HSE Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.
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174. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health to set out the number of children under 15 years of age awaiting medical equipment in County Cork; the length of time they are waiting; the nature of the equipment being requested; and the cost of each piece of equipment. (Question 20288/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Medical Aids and Appliances Applications Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply to the Deputy.
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181. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the Minister of State in his Department who has responsibility for the school bus transport system; and the designated orders that have been made to reflect that allocation of ministerial responsibility. (Question 20172/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - School Transport)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): John Halligan T.D. was appointed as Minister of State with responsibility for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development on the 14th June, 2017. 
A delegation order, S.I. No. 333/2017 - Education and Skills (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2017 - John Halligan, Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, was made on the 18th July 2017 and is in the following link. Minister of State Halligan’s p...

182. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a school building (details supplied) in County Kildare; if the site is now in the ownership of his Department; and when construction will commence. (Question 20173/18 asked on 08 May 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. All statutory approvals have been secured. 
My Department recently completed the review of the Stage 2b submission for this project and comments have issued. Each member of the design team has been requested to ...

218. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of a site (details supplied); the person or body that owns the site; if there have been site visits through IDA Ireland to the site; and her plans to sell the site in the future. (Question 19922/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Data)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The site in question, which comprises approximately 54 acres of land at Carrigtowhill in County Cork, is owned by IDA Ireland. The Agency continues to actively market the site to potential investors. 
IDA Ireland is engaging with Cork County Council and other key stakeholders to ensure the site is best placed to attract investment.  The site presents an attractive option to potential investors and benefits from previou...

318. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health when a new primary health centre will be constructed in Cobh (details supplied) (Question 19921/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Hospitals Building Programme)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly to the Deputy.
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346. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health if all written agreements between the HSE and an organisation (details supplied) on the provision of all services within the organisation’s remit will be made publicly available; and if all details of monetary transfers between the Exchequer and the organisation will be published. (Question 20027/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - HSE Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): As the first part of the Deputy’s question relates to a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. 
Having regard to the second part of the question, the Department of Health would not have information regarding details of monetary transfers between other Government Departments and agencies, and the organisation referred to by the Deputy.
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347. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the reason more beds have not been made available at Mallow General Hospital; and the reason there is spare capacity in the hospital in view of the fact that CUH is beyond capacity. (Question 20028/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Hospital Beds Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive (HSE) to respond to you directly as soon as possible.
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354. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health if he is satisfied there is proper democratic accountability in respect of governance and budgetary oversight of all hospitals within the South-South West hospital group. (Question 20072/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Hospitals Policy)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The HSE’s Performance and Accountability Framework (PAF) makes explicit the responsibilities of health service managers in relation to the four domains of performance, which are: Access to and Integration of services, the Quality and Safety of those services, specific Financial, Governance and Compliance requirements and effectively harnessing the efforts of the Workforce. The emphasis of the Framework is on recognising good performance, improving perf...

406. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his attention has been drawn to the fact that average broadband speeds in parts of Cobh are inadequate and that residents and businesses in so-called blue areas cannot access high-speed broadband. (Question 19923/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Broadband Service Speeds)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) aims to ensure high speed broadband access (minimum 30 megabits per second) to all premises in Ireland, regardless of location. The NBP has been a catalyst in encouraging investment by the telecoms sector. Today, almost 7 out of 10 of the 2.3 million premises in Ireland have access to high speed broadband. Since this Government came into office almost 400,000 addit...

151. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the number of HSE services that have been outsourced to private agencies; the services that have been outsourced; when the contracts for outsourcing were agreed; and the state in which each company operates. (Question 19477/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - HSE Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly
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152. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the number of managers hired by the HSE since 2016; the salary scale of each; and the departments in which they operate. (Question 19478/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - HSE Staff Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I have asked the HSE to respond to you directly on this matter.
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153. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the number of staff hired in the area of mental health since 2016; the geographical location and remit of each; and the salary scales on which they were hired. (Question 19479/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Mental Health Services Staff)

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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154. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the number of staff hired in the area of early intervention since 2016; the location and ascribed role within the early intervention scheme of each; and the general salary ranges on which they were hired. (Question 19480/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Health Services Staff Data)

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 o...

248. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the grant assistance which may be available to a person (details supplied) requiring hearing aids. (Question 19466/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Medical Aids and Appliances Applications)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Qualification for medical appliance benefit is based on satisfying certain PRSI conditions. The person concerned would need to have paid 260 PRSI contributions at either class A, E, H, P, or S, since first starting work, and also have 39 contributions paid or credited in the tax year or years on which the claim is based.
In this case, while the person concerned has 260 contributions paid she does not have the 39 contr...

24. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the engagement his Department has had with credit union representative bodies (details supplied) regarding the future of the rural post office network and the public banking investigation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18903/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Banking Sector)

Acting Chairman (Deputy Eugene Murphy): It has been agreed that Deputy Penrose will ask the questions on behalf of Deputy Sherlock. I am sure nobody has any difficulty with that.
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25. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the discussions she has had with an organisation (details supplied); if she has received the Elliott Report; and her plans to ensure good governance and probity within the organisation. (Question 19113/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Voluntary Sector Funding)

Deputy Sean Sherlock: I want to ask the Minister what was the nature of her discussions with Scouting Ireland last week. We in this House demand transparency. I believe the Minister to be transparent in her dealings with all matters under the remit of her Department. For our own part, we have yet to ascertain what is in the details of the Elliott report. I am very anxious to hear from Mr. Ian Elliott as somebody who everybody across the divide would respect in terms of previous work he has d...

32. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to restore State funding to an organisation (details supplied). (Question 18784/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Voluntary Sector Funding)

Deputy Aindrias Moynihan: My question originates from scouting at a grassroots level and the 40,000 scouts, leaders, parents and Garda vetted volunteers who want to see safe scouting in their communities. The Elliott report will form a significant part of the Minister’s decision in terms of what will happen in scouting. When will this report be available and will it be published?
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36. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of family resource centres here; and her plans to roll out more centres. (Question 18787/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Family Resource Centres)

Deputy Martin Heydon: I very much welcome the 11 new family resource centres announced recently by the Minister, two of which will be in Kildare, doubling the number in the county. Athy family and community centre and Teach Dara in Kildare town are very grateful and worthy recipients of full family resource centre status. My question is about the funding model in place for centres which predate the 11 announced recently such as Newbridge family resource centre and Curragh Pride in Kildare, and...

37. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans with regard to recruiting more social workers. (Question 18786/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Child and Family Agency Staff)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 37, 38 and 45 together.
I acknowledge that the recruitment and retention of social workers is one of the biggest challenges for Tusla with only 200-250 graduating per year in a very competitive labour market. 
Working in child protection is one of the most difficult areas, and I fully appreciate the dedication of all professionals in Tusla who undertake this extremely important task.
I am fully s...

44. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the discussions she has had with an organisation (details supplied); if she has received a copy of the Elliott report; and her plans to ensure good governance and probity within the organisation. (Question 18783/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Child Protection Guidelines)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I met with Scouting Ireland on Thursday 19 April to provide the organisation with an opportunity to clarify the revelations highlighted in the media coverage which have raises reputational questions for the organisation.
I was informed at that meeting of the organisation’s plans to reform the governance of the organisation and to put new structures in place.  Scouting Ireland also confirmed their commitment to implement the reco...

50. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on whether the State should have a representative on the board of an organisation (details supplied) to protect the interests of taxpayers. (Question 18785/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Youth Services)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I have no plans at the present time to have a representative on the board of Scouting Ireland. Scouting Ireland is one of a number of youth organisations funded by my Department and each funded organisation must comply with strict governance standards including compliance with all legislative obligations.
My Department has a duty of care with regard to public funding and to protect the interest of taxpayers.  All youth organisat...

69. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the details of Ireland’s involvement in contributing to the humanitarian effort in Syria. (Question 18643/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Syrian Conflict)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): Since 2012, Ireland has provided over €108 million in response to the Syria crisis. This represents Ireland’s largest ever engagement with a humanitarian crisis.
Our funding provides supports to those in need inside Syria as well as Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities in the region. We work with UN, Red Cross and NGO partners to ensure that our funding reaches the most vulnerable. These partne...