55. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health when the national psychology placement office will be established; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17032/18 asked on 19 Apr 2018 - Psychological Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The requirements for the appointment and promotion of psychologists in the Psychological Services of the HSE have been the subject of a review. A Report of the Psychology Review Implementation Group recommended the establishment of a National Psychology Placement Office which should;
- identify appropriate health care placements
- assist with placement allocation
- maintain a single education and placement record for all trainees
- assist Garda Vetting ...

40. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of new Garda recruits assigned to each Garda station in County Clare in each of the years 2014 to 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16560/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Garda Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I should say at the outset that the distribution of Garda personnel, including the allocation of newly attested Gardaí, is exclusively the statutory responsibility of the Garda Commissioner. 
Notwithstanding the Commissioner’s responsibility, I have provided for the record, in tabular form, the detailed information requested by the Deputy.  
I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that, as of the 28 February 2018, the latest date for w...

110. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Taoiseach if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media (details supplied); and the frequency and cost of this training. (Question 15073/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 110 and 111 together.
No training has been delivered in my Department on the use of social media and no media training on the use of social media has been provided to me or officials in my Department. My Department did, however, recently run a training session on Mobile Journalism which was attended by officials from other Government Departments.
 Company Details Amount Glen Mulcahy T/A Titanium Media Mobile Journalism Training (January...

113. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Taoiseach the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each year since 2016. (Question 15080/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: My Department has not engaged any social media consultants.
A company was engaged in January of this year to provide mobile journalism training to press officers from Government Departments. This training concentrated on the effective use of mobile photo, video and audio recording equipment. 
 Company Details Amount Glen Mulcahy T/A Titanium Media Mobile Journalism Training (January 2018) €2,000.00 
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720. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) will have cataract surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15250/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Hospital Waiting Lists)

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...

845. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will have an assessment by an occupational therapist; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15720/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Occupational Therapy Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.
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71. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount that his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each year since 2016. (Question 14565/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): There has not been any expenditure in my Department in relation to social media training and consultancy as outlined in the Deputy’s question.
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72. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media (details supplied); the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14581/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): No training has been supplied in my Department in relation to social media in respect of the organisations outlined in the Deputy’s question.
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84. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount that his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each year since 2016. (Question 14569/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 84 and 85 together.
The Training needs of my Department are identified as part of the annual goal setting phase of the Performance Management Development System (PMDS). They are then analysed and necessary training is provided in a number of areas including social media. In-house expertise is used wherever possible and training on the use of social media is generally delivered by the Co...

85. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media (details supplied); the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14585/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 84 and 85 together.
The Training needs of my Department are identified as part of the annual goal setting phase of the Performance Management Development System (PMDS). They are then analysed and necessary training is provided in a number of areas including social media. In-house expertise is used wherever possible and training on the use of social media is generally delivered by the Co...

104. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Finance the amount that his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each year since 2016. (Question 14568/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I wish to advise the Deputy that during 2016 the following expenditure was incurred by the Department in relation to the following training; 
- Certificate for Press Officer - €1,560. 
- MA in Political Communication €3,600.
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105. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Finance if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media (details supplied); the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14584/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I wish to advise the Deputy that during 2016 the following expenditure was incurred by the Department in relation to the following training; 
- Certificate for Press Officer - €1,560. 
- MA in Political Communication €3,600.
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122. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Finance the estimated cost of extending the VRT rebate for electric vehicle purchase from 2021 to 2025. (Question 14893/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Electric Vehicles)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 101, 102 and 122 together.
I am advised by Revenue that the cost of the Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) rebate for electric cars in 2017 is estimated at €5.3 million. There is no basis available to Revenue on which to forecast possible future costs as this is linked to the growth in the volume of electric car sales. The higher the rate of growth in the sales of electric vehicles the higher the annual costs to the ta...

127. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount that his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each year since 2016. (Question 14573/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 and 128 together.
In response to the Deputy’s questions, training has been delivered in my department on the use of social media. The details of this training and cost are detailed in the list below.
 2016 - No Spend
2017
 Name Course Cost Certificate for Civil Service Press Officers 12 days €1,560.00 Certificate in Social Media 6 days €1,890.00 - Total: €3,450.0 

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128. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media (details supplied); the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14589/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 127 and 128 together.
In response to the Deputy’s questions, training has been delivered in my department on the use of social media. The details of this training and cost are detailed in the list below.
 2016 - No Spend
2017
 Name Course Cost Certificate for Civil Service Press Officers 12 days €1,560.00 Certificate in Social Media 6 days €1,890.00 - Total: €3,450.0 

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140. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount that his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each year since 2016. (Question 14566/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 and 141 together.
My Department has not arranged specific training in relation to the social media forums mentioned by the Deputy. However, my Department did arrange media skills training for a small number of officials in 2016 and 2017. The following tabular statement gives details of the companies and the expenditure concerned.
Expenditure on media skills training in 2016 and 2017 for officials at ...

141. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media (details supplied); the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14582/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 and 141 together.
My Department has not arranged specific training in relation to the social media forums mentioned by the Deputy. However, my Department did arrange media skills training for a small number of officials in 2016 and 2017. The following tabular statement gives details of the companies and the expenditure concerned.
Expenditure on media skills training in 2016 and 2017 for officials at ...

188. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount that his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each year since 2016. (Question 14572/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 189 together.
There has been no training delivered on the use of social media in my Department and no costs have been incurred on social media training or consultancy since 2016. One member of staff in the Department’s press office attended an event entitled “Campaigning for NGOs” hosted by a social media company in May 2017. Three members of staff in the press office attended a training session...

189. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media (details supplied); the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14588/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 189 together.
There has been no training delivered on the use of social media in my Department and no costs have been incurred on social media training or consultancy since 2016. One member of staff in the Department’s press office attended an event entitled “Campaigning for NGOs” hosted by a social media company in May 2017. Three members of staff in the press office attended a training session...

233. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the amount that her Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each year since 2016. (Question 14561/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 233 and 234 together.
Earlier this year two members of my Department’s Communications and Press Unit attended a one day training course on mobile journalism, which was run by the Department of An Taoiseach. The course covered: an overview of mobile content production; photography presentations and practical exercises; and video recording/production presentations and practical exercises....

234. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if training has been delivered in her Department on the use of social media (details supplied); the frequency and cost of this training; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14577/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 233 and 234 together.
Earlier this year two members of my Department’s Communications and Press Unit attended a one day training course on mobile journalism, which was run by the Department of An Taoiseach. The course covered: an overview of mobile content production; photography presentations and practical exercises; and video recording/production presentations and practical exercises....

268. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health the amount that his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each year since 2016. (Question 14570/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 268 and 269 together.
The Department of Health has not provided any social media training to its staff during the period 2016 to date.
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269. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media (details supplied); the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14586/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 268 and 269 together.
The Department of Health has not provided any social media training to its staff during the period 2016 to date.
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295. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount that his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each year since 2016. (Question 14560/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 295 and 296 together.
My Department’s social media presence is managed by the Press and Information Office of my Department. Since 2011, staff members from the Press and Information Office and I.T. sections have attended 3 training courses on the use of social media, at a total cost of €475. Separate to these courses, a member of my Department’s staff attended Social Media Dublin 2017, a confer...

296. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media (details supplied); the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14576/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I propose to take Questions Nos. 295 and 296 together.
My Department’s social media presence is managed by the Press and Information Office of my Department. Since 2011, staff members from the Press and Information Office and I.T. sections have attended 3 training courses on the use of social media, at a total cost of €475. Separate to these courses, a member of my Department’s staff attended Social Media Dublin 2017, a confer...