91. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Taoiseach the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19616/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

The Taoiseach: There has been no expenditure by my Department in respect of attendance at social media training conferences or events. 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 2018) €2,000.00 
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348. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) has been referred for orthodontic treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20035/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Orthodontic Services Provision)

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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51. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19394/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Leo Varadkar): My Department has not incurred any cost in facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other such external events.
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56. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19398/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): As the Deputy has not specified a timeframe for this question I can confirm that during the most recent financial years 2016 and 2017 my Department has not spent any money on facilitating departmental staff attendance at social media training conferences or other social media-related external events. From time to time the Department’s eighty missions overseas may incur modest miscellaneous expenses in relation to attenda...

59. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Finance the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19397/18 asked on 03 May 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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73. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19402/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department has had no expenditure in relation to attendance by departmental staff at social media training conferences or other external events.
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77. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19395/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department has not incurred expenditure in facilitating officials to attend conferences in relation to social media training or other related events.
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105. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19401/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I will refer the Deputy to his previous questions 188 and 189 of 28 March 2018 and 106 and 107 of 25 April 2018, in which I detailed the cost  of all social media training received by staff in my Department from 2011 to date.  I can also inform the Deputy that, other than the costs detailed in those previous questions, no additional cost was incurred by my Department in facilitating staff members’ attendance at those courses.
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126. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19390/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): From 2011 to date, my Department has spent €3,180.05 on staff attendance at social media training conferences.
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170. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19399/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Department of Health spent a total of €2329.85 on social media-related training for staff during the period from 2011 to 2018, comprising attendance at relevant social media training seminars and conferences.
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213. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19389/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): 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 conference on the topic of social media, in January 2017, an...

219. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19392/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department did not incur any expenditure on staff attendance at external social media training conferences or events.
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223. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19404/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): There was no expenditure incurred on attendance by Department staff at social media training conferences or other external events.
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235. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19391/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): In relation to my Department I can confirm that the costs for the provision of social media training for each year from 2011 - 2018 are set out in the following table:

 Year Costs incurred by Department Social Media Training Delivered Number of Staff Attended Social Media training conferences or other external events 2011 Nil Nil Nil Nil 2012 Nil Nil Nil Nil 2013 Nil Nil Nil Nil 2014 Nil Nil Nil Nil 2015...

238. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19403/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department officials have not attended any social media training conferences or received any training in social media since the date the Department was established, on 19 July 2017.
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247. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19396/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): There has been one instance of spending by my Department on facilitating the attendance of two department staff members’ at a social media conference. 
Three social media training courses have been provided on-site for Department staff. Full details are provided in the following tables.

Social Media Conference
 Date Event Total Cost 26/01/18 “Social Media Dublin” Conference €553.50 



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270. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19400/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): There has been no expenditure by my Department to facilitate attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. Training courses or conferences on other topics attended by staff may, from time to time, include an item in respect of social media but my Department does not record information of this nature.
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277. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount spent on facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences or other external events. (Question 19393/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Training)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised that since the establishment of the Department in June 2011, my Department has spent €6,383 facilitating departmental members’ attendance at social media training conferences and other external events. No expenditure occurred in the years 2011 and 2015. 
A breakdown is set out in the following table:

 Year Type of Event Title Number of Staff Cost  2012 Training Course Social Media in the Publi...

262. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health if his Department has undertaken an assessment of results arising for respiratory disease sufferers that have benefitted from the warmth and well-being scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18794/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Energy Schemes Data)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.
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346. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of homes that have been upgraded under the warmth and well-being scheme; the average cost per home; and the amount spent to date under the scheme. (Question 18793/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Energy Efficiency)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Warmth and Well-being scheme is a joint pilot initiative between my Department and the Department of Health and is being delivered under the Government’s Strategy to Combat Energy Poverty and the Healthy Ireland Framework. The main aim of the scheme, which began in 2016, is to demonstrate the positive effects that making homes warmer and more energy efficient can have on the health and well-being of people i...

205. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of applications received for the 2018 anti-illegal dumping initiative; the number of successful applicants; the amount distributed by his Department to date by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18464/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Illegal Dumping)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 205 to 207, inclusive, together. 
Last year my Department developed the anti-dumping initiative to work in partnership with local authorities and community organisations in identifying high risk or problem areas, developing appropriate enforcement responses and carrying out clean-up operations. Overall, funding of €1.3 million was provided to local authorities under the 2017 anti...

206. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount spent under the 2017 anti-dumping initiative specifically on information and communication technology enforcement tools such as CCTV and drones; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18465/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Illegal Dumping)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 205 to 207, inclusive, together. 
Last year my Department developed the anti-dumping initiative to work in partnership with local authorities and community organisations in identifying high risk or problem areas, developing appropriate enforcement responses and carrying out clean-up operations. Overall, funding of €1.3 million was provided to local authorities under the 2017 anti...

207. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of applications received for the 2017 anti-illegal dumping initiative; the number of successful applicants; the amount distributed by his Department by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18466/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Illegal Dumping)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I propose to take Questions Nos. 205 to 207, inclusive, together. 
Last year my Department developed the anti-dumping initiative to work in partnership with local authorities and community organisations in identifying high risk or problem areas, developing appropriate enforcement responses and carrying out clean-up operations. Overall, funding of €1.3 million was provided to local authorities under the 2017 anti...

18. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if ongoing sustainability issues at An Post will be addressed; the reason many small communities are likely to lose post offices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18304/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Post Office Network)

Deputy Timmy Dooley: In light of An Post outlining a rationalisation programme in recent days, will the Minister, Deputy Naughten, update us on concerns that exist in rural communities where there is now a real prospect that post offices will close?
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20. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he is reviewing his Department’s protocol and internal procedures with regard to lobbyists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18305/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Protocols)

Deputy Brian Stanley: I will not be expecting any more latitude than that given to the previous speaker.
The Minister’s Department interacts with a lot of powerful and profitable commercial interests in the energy sector, including oil, gas, electricity companies, as well as in the media. There is a public service obligation, PSO, levy, for example, of €500 million to the renewable energy sector, while the national broadband plan will see the Department spending in excess of €500 million. In t...