24. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the new community policing teams will be in place in each Garda district as outlined in An Garda Síochána’s modernisation and renewal programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44073/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Community Policing)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 18 and 24 together.
Community policing is at the heart of An Garda Síochána. It provides a means of recognising that every community – both urban and rural – has its own concerns and expectations.
I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that the Garda National Model of Community Policing plays a key part in responding to crime by taking into account and responding to local conditions and needs. Clear o...

29. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will report on the operation of the speed detection vehicles of a company (details supplied) since 2011; his plans to introduce further legislation to strengthen the role of the company’s staff in court cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44082/17 asked on 19 Oct 2017 - Road Safety Strategy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): A new contract for the provision and operation of the safety camera network on Irish roads was concluded on 17 August 2016. The contract for the safety camera service, which was awarded following a public procurement competition, is with Road Safety Operations Ireland, trading as GoSafe. The new safety camera contract is an agreement between the Minister for Justice and Equality, the Commissioner of An Garda Síochána and Road Safety O...

75. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach the number of young persons aged 18 to 24 years of age signing on the live register at each of the 25 Intreo offices in the Dublin city and county area, in tabular form. (Question 44159/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Live Register Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The Live Register series provides a monthly breakdown of the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and other registrants as registered with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. 
The most recent Live Register figures available are for September 2017.
The following table shows the number of persons under 25 years of age on the Live Register in Dublin City and County Intre...

76. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Taoiseach when the vacancies on the National Economic and Social Council will be filled. (Question 44165/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - National Economic and Social Council)

The Taoiseach: I appoint members to the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) in accordance with the provisions of the National Economic and Social Development Office Act 2006. The legislation provides for nominations from five sectors - business and employer, ICTU, farming and agricultural, community and voluntary, and environmental. I also appoint up to 6 public servants and 8 independent members.
All appointments to the Council with the exception of a small number of independent memb...

81. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the State boards under the aegis of her Department which are subject to the provisions of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44166/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Agencies Data)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The following agencies under the aegis of my Department are required to implement the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies:
- Enterprise Ireland;
- National Standards Authority of Ireland;
- The Personal Injuries Assessment Board;
- Health and Safety Authority;
- IDA Ireland;
- Science Foundation Ireland;
- Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority.
The Competition and Consumer Pro...

82. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the funding provided by her Department to the European Consumer Centre, Dublin, in each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44167/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 to 84, inclusive, together.
ECC Ireland is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It is a non-profit organisation and registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority. 
Companies limited by guarantee (CLG) operate under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014. Sections 1194-1198 of the Act apply in relation to the appointment of Directors to ...

83. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the persons appointed by her Department to the board of the European Consumer Centre, Dublin; the number of male and female board members; the date of first appointment of each board member; the number of terms served by each board member; when the term of office of each current board member will expire, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44168/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 to 84, inclusive, together.
ECC Ireland is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It is a non-profit organisation and registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority. 
Companies limited by guarantee (CLG) operate under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014. Sections 1194-1198 of the Act apply in relation to the appointment of Directors to ...

84. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if appointments to the board of the European Consumer Centre, Dublin, made since November 2014 have been made in line with Government guidelines on appointments to State boards, including public advertisement of vacancies on stateboards.ie; if appointments to the board of the ECC Dublin are made in line with section 4.5 of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies on terms of appointment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44169/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 to 84, inclusive, together.
ECC Ireland is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It is a non-profit organisation and registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority. 
Companies limited by guarantee (CLG) operate under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014. Sections 1194-1198 of the Act apply in relation to the appointment of Directors to ...

101. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason junior certificate art examination papers which were released online on 2 October 2017 have not yet been received by all students; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44123/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - State Examinations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations. 
In view of this I have forwarded your query to the State Examinations Commission for direct reply to you.
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102. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the marking scheme for the new leaving certificate art course work; if it has been decided that the marking scheme would be devised with the first set of examinations; if so, the way in which teachers will be expected to prepare students for the examinations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44124/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - State Examinations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations.
In view of this I have forwarded your query to the State Examinations Commission for direct reply to you.
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103. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of teachers, parents and students about the grading process for students of the art leaving certificate examination when only 1.2% of arts students were awarded a H1 grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44125/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - State Examinations)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The State Examinations Commission has statutory responsibility for operational matters relating to the certificate examinations. 
In view of this I have forwarded your query to the State Examinations Commission for direct reply to you.
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104. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons who have commenced an apprenticeship programme in each of the years 2014 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44153/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 99, 100 and 104 to 106, inclusive, together.
The material sought by the Deputies in relation to the number of apprentices on each apprenticeship programme is set out in the tables.
Since its first call for proposals the Apprenticeship Council has been working with consortia to develop their proposals into sustainable apprenticeships that can be delivered on a nationwide basis. To...

105. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the detail of the apprenticeship programmes in operation; the number of participants on each apprenticeship programme, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44154/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 99, 100 and 104 to 106, inclusive, together.
The material sought by the Deputies in relation to the number of apprentices on each apprenticeship programme is set out in the tables.
Since its first call for proposals the Apprenticeship Council has been working with consortia to develop their proposals into sustainable apprenticeships that can be delivered on a nationwide basis. To...

106. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the detail of the ten new apprenticeship programmes announced in budget 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44155/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Apprenticeship Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 99, 100 and 104 to 106, inclusive, together.
The material sought by the Deputies in relation to the number of apprentices on each apprenticeship programme is set out in the tables.
Since its first call for proposals the Apprenticeship Council has been working with consortia to develop their proposals into sustainable apprenticeships that can be delivered on a nationwide basis. To...

107. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the detail of the proposed measures to provide enhanced postgraduate funding and bursaries to disadvantaged students announced in budget 2018; the additional funding provided; the estimated number of students who will benefit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44156/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Student Support Schemes)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Deputy will be aware of the Action Plan for Education commitment to increase financial supports for postgraduate students with a particular focus on those from low income households.
In response to this commitment, additional funding of €4 million was secured in Budget 2017, to facilitate the reinstatement of full maintenance grants, from this September, for the most disadvantaged postgraduate students. This will benefit approximate...

147. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the status of the work of the national task force on youth mental health; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44163/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The work of the Taskforce is now complete. Subject to Government approval of its recommendations, the intention is to launch and publish the Taskforce report in November. The launch will be supported with info-graphics targeted at children and young people that will reflect the themes emerging. These Info-graphics will be launched on the various task force member websites and through media messaging to ensure wide coverage.
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148. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the amount of the additional funding announced for mental health services in budget 2018 that will be allocated to the child and adolescent mental health services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44164/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Mental Health Services Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Budget 2018 provided significant additional funding for mental health, which means that HSE funding for this key care programme will increase from around €853 million in 2017 to €912 million next year. New service initiatives on Child and Adolescent Mental Health services are being progressed in the context of finalising both the overall HSE Service Plan 2018, and the more detailed regional Operational Plan for Mental Health. The...

189. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the way in which the €1.5 million in additional funding for youth work services announced in budget 2018 will be allocated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44150/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Youth Work Projects Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department administers a range of funding schemes and programmes to support the provision of youth services to young people throughout the country including those from disadvantaged communities. The funding schemes support national and local youth work involving approximately 1,400 youth work staff working in youth services and communities throughout the country. 
As the Deputy is aware, Budget 2018 has provided an addition...

190. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 1455 of 26 July 2017, if this report has been published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44151/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I announced the Youth Employability Initiative in 2016. 28 youth projects have received grants under this Initiative to support programmes that target disadvantaged young people who are most at risk of unemployment and who are not in education, employment or training. The programmes, which are funded under the Dormant Accounts scheme, assisted over 1,000 young people aged 15 to 24 years build skills that will enhance their emp...

191. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the status of the LGBTI+ youth strategy; when she expects to receive the final report on the strategy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44152/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Youth Strategy)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Programme for Government (2016) gives a commitment to develop a Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Youth Strategy. 
I established an Oversight Committee with an Independent Chair, Ms Una Mullally, to oversee the development of the Strategy on 19 December 2016. The group includes cross-sectoral representation from relevant organisations, bodies and Government Departments/Agencies. A Youth Advisory Group also supports t...

202. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of young persons under 26 years of age who are in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance, jobseeker’s benefit and signing for credits for 12 months or more; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44157/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The following table provides the number of persons under 26 years of age in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance, jobseeker’s benefit and credits with a duration greater than 1 year at end of September 2017.
 Age Jobseeker’s Allowance Jobseeker’s Benefit Credits Only 18 19 906 20 1,379 3 21 1,439 2 22 1,544 3 5 23 1,578 5 9 24 1,661 5 13 25 2,041 16 15 10,548 29 47 


Lower weekly r...

203. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of young persons aged 18 to 25 years of age who have applied for a jobseeker’s benefit or jobseeker’s allowance and were unsuccessful and-or were ineligible for a payment in each of the years 2013 to 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44158/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Social Welfare Benefits Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I regret that this information is not readily available at this time, as the requested statistics are not routinely compiled by my Department.
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204. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the actions she is taking to address the increase in consistent poverty and deprivation among young persons aged 15 to 24 years of age as detailed in the social inclusion monitor report published by her Department (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44160/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Anti-Poverty Strategy)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The effects of the economic recession were most severe during the period of time from 2009-2012. The number of young people experiencing consistent poverty rose sharply in these years – reflecting increased youth unemployment, and, more significantly, increased unemployment among the parents of young adults who were mainly still studying and living at home. Some improvement was already visible by 2015; the at-risk-o...

205. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the actions taken and progress made on each of the 14 recommendations in the Study on the Prevalence of Zero Hour Contracts since the publication of this report, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44161/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Zero-hour Contracts)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I would point out that the Deputy is referring to a report which was commissioned by the previous Government. 
In May of this year the Government approved the drafting of legislation to address the commitment in the current Programme for Government to address problems caused by the increased casualisation of work and to strengthen the regulation of precarious work. 
The proposed legislation aims to address a number of...

206. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to abolish the sub-minimum rate of the minimum wage in view of its discriminatory impact on the estimated 10,000 young persons on these reduced rates; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44162/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - National Minimum Wage)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): In October 2016 the Low Pay Commission submitted its report on the sub-minima rates of the National Minimum Wage Act 2000, which included a study by the ESRI on the usage of sub-minima rates both in Ireland and internationally. The ESRI found that sub-minima rates of a similar nature are in use in a significant number of OECD countries. The Commission concluded that incidence of usage of the sub-minima rates in Irel...