85. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Finance if the most recent notice of tax assessment will be sent to a person (details supplied). (Question 20752/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Tax Collection)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am advised by Revenue that the person in question is registered as an employee and pays tax through the PAYE system.
The person was issued with a PAYE Balancing Statement for 2017 on 16 March 2018. The Balancing Statement is the PAYE equivalent of a Notice of Tax Assessment, which is relevant to self employed taxpayers. 
If the person requires a copy of the Balancing Statement or requires any further assistance, they should contact Revenue at 1890...

90. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when funding will be granted to Kerry County Council to carry out repairs on flood defences on the north Kerry way at The Kerries, Tralee, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20650/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I have been advised by the Office of Public Works that an application submitted under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme by Kerry County Council for a project at the North Kerry Way is currently under consideration and the Council will be notified shortly.
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203. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health the status of the implementation of the Youth Mental Health Pathfinder initiative; and the roadmap and timeline to full implementation. (Question 20598/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Mental Health Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The development and implementation of a cross-departmental Pathfinder team on youth mental health was prioritised as an action under the Civil Service Renewal plan.  Under the sponsorship of the Civil Service Management Board an inter-departmental team was established with representatives drawn from the Department of Health, the Department of Education and Skills (DES), the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), the Depar...

204. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health the age of consent in which a young person can interact with the mental health services. (Question 20600/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Mental Health Services)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): The Expert Group Review of the Mental Health Act 2001, which was published in 2015, referred to Section 23 of the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997 which states that “The consent of a minor who has attained the age of 16 years to any surgical, medical or dental treatment which, in the absence of consent, would constitute a trespass to his or her person, shall be as effective as it would if he or she were of full age; a...

205. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health the number of persons treated in the mental health services in each of the years 2007 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20604/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Mental Health Services Data)

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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206. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health the recommended number of beds per head of population for mental health treatment; the number available here; the details of future beds which may come online; the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20608/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Mental Health Services Data)

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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243. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a 2017 GLAS payment will issue to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20651/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The above named was approved into GLAS 1 with a contract commencement date of 1st October 2015.
Administrative checks involving a number of sections within the Department take place on all GLAS claims. All cases must clear validation checks before payment can issue. Department officials are working proactively to complete the checks to minimise delays in payments. Once this case clears validations the 2017 advance payment will...

244. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a 2016 and 2017 GLAS plus payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20652/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - GLAS Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The person named was approved into GLAS 2 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016.
This applicant has yet to submit his Commonage Management Plan as required under the scheme. This plan must be submitted before any payment can issue.
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245. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the GLAS section will accept a review request in respect of a farmer (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20653/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - GLAS Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The above named was approved into GLAS 2 with a contract commencement date of 1 January 2016 and received all payments in respect of scheme year 2016. 
GLAS participants with the LESS action are required to submitted an annual return for the action. The required form was issued to the person named. Completed forms were to be returned to the Department by 27th October 2017. The Department issued a number of reminders. The requi...

264. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the list of charges approved by the regulator for broadband; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20648/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Broadband Service Charges)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The provision of electronic telecommunications services by private operators, including charges for broadband, occurs within a fully liberalised market. Decisions by those operators with regard to all matters pertaining to the delivery of the service, including charges for broadband, are a matter for the service provider concerned.
The regulation of the telecommunications market and the companies operating withi...

277. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he will request Pobal to accept a business plan requesting an increase to three FTEs in respect of a club (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20609/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Community Services Programme)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Community Services Programme (CSP) supports around 400 community organisations to provide local services through a social enterprise model with funding provided as a contribution to the cost of a manager and an agreed number of full-time equivalent positions.  Some €46m will be provided under the programme in 2018. 
The organisation in question is approved for funding under the CSP until end-December 2018.  In late April it ...

280. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a domiciliary care allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20532/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Domiciliary Care Allowance Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received from this lady on the 15th March 2018. Applications received in late February 2018 are currently being finalised. The application will be considered by a deciding officer and the decision notified to her as soon as possible.
I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.
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302. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if a decision has been made on a turnkey housing application by a person (details supplied); if a stage payment arrangement can be put in place to deliver the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20592/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Social and Affordable Housing Funding)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The local authority in this case recently sought funding approval from my Department for this social housing turnkey project, following successful negotiations with the developer, and that funding approval has been given.  As is standard with turnkey projects, the majority of the payment, apart from an initial deposit, is on completion of the housing units in a ‘turnkey’ condition.  I understand that the local authority ...

307. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if there is funding or exemptions available to convert a shop into an apartment or housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20649/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Planning Issues)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Action 5.9 of the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness and Action 6 of the Action Plan for Rural Development committed to reviewing planning legislation to allow the change of use of vacant commercial units in urban areas, including vacant or under-utilised areas over ground-floor premises, into residential units without having to go through the planning process. To give effect to this...

44. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide additional information on the provisions contained in the Investing in Our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027 plan for a regional production fund aimed at assisting with the cost of filming outside counties Dublin and Wicklow. (Question 19918/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Regional Development Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The Government’s capital investment plan Investing in our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018- 2027 provides for funding of €200m to be invested in media production and audio visual industries through the Irish Film Board over the next 10 years which will have a positive impact right across the country. 
This will assist in realising the vision under Pillar 4 of the Creative Ireland Programme to develop Ireland as a centr...

55. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the supports being provided by her Department for built heritage projects in County Limerick for 2018 and 2019. (Question 19919/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Architectural Heritage)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): My role with regard to the protection and management of our architectural heritage, is set out in the provisions of relevant legislation as are the role of local authorities and the responsibilities of owners as regards heritage assets.
Financial support for the protection of architectural heritage is provided by my Department through a number of schemes. These schemes are administered via the local authorities.
The Built...

30. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the extent to which he will provide additional funding for the provision of social housing to Limerick City and County Council in the event that the local authority exceeds the social housing delivery targets recently set for it; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19813/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Social and Affordable Housing Funding)

Deputy Tom Neville: I wish to ask the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the extent to which he will provide additional funding for the provision of social housing to Limerick City and County Council in the event that the local authority exceeds the social housing delivery targets recently set for it; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
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58. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the social housing delivery targets set for each local authority are a maximum or a minimum to achieve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19812/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Social and Affordable Housing Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): One of the key outcomes of the second Housing Summit that I held with local authority Chief Executives earlier this year was a commitment to drive greater transparency and accountability at individual local authority level on the delivery of the targets under Rebuilding Ireland. 
In this regard, I recently wrote to all local authorities setting out their individual social housing targets across build, acquisition and lea...

123. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Finance the reason an incorrect tax certificate was issued to a person (details supplied). (Question 19927/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Tax Code)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am advised by Revenue that the tax position of the person in question has been examined and is correct.
Revenue has also confirmed that it has already been in direct contact with the person in regard to the issue, which seems to relate to payroll processing by their employer.
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288. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Health the amount of funding provided by the HSE to branches of an organisation (details supplied) in County Kerry in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19772/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Disability Services Funding)

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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447. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of an application for a carer’s allowance by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19930/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Carer’s Allowance Applications)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Carer’s allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment made to a person who is habitually resident in the State and who is providing full-time care and attention to a person who has such a disability that they require that level of care.
An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 7 December 2017. 
Additional information in relation to the person’s means was requested by a deciding offi...

451. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a disability allowance application by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20019/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Disability Allowance Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): I can confirm that my department received an application for disability allowance (DA) from this gentleman on 8 February 2018. 
On 25 April 2018 the person concerned was requested to supply supporting documentation required by the deciding officer in order to make a decision on his eligibility. On receipt of this information a decision will be made on his DA application and the person conce...

474. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the amount of funding received by organisations (details supplied) from his Department and housing authorities in relation to the provision of homeless services in each of the years 2013 to 2017, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19885/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Homeless Accommodation Funding)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Statutory responsibility in relation to the provision of accommodation and related services for homeless persons rests with individual housing authorities. My Department does not fund any service directly but provides funding to housing authorities on a regional basis as a contribution towards costs incurred. The purposes for which housing authorities may incur expenditure in addressing homelessness are prescribed in Sec...

498. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if the landholding of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry is a special area of conservation; her future plans to designate this area as a special area of conservation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19669/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Special Areas of Conservation Designation)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Ireland has identified 439 sites for protection as special areas of conservation under the EU Habitats Directive. It is required, under the Directive, to formally designate its special areas of conservation and a project is in place within my Department to oversee this process. This involves the adoption of a Statutory Instrument for each site. These are not new sites – most have been legally protected for 15 years or mor...

38. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding provided to a movement (details supplied) in 2017; and the funding that will be provided in 2018. (Question 18904/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The organisation referred to by the Deputy is a member-based network with associated member bodies throughout the country.  My Department provided funding to the central organisation and its individual member bodies under a number of different funding streams in 2017. 
I provided funding of €14,900 on a once off basis, to the central organisation to purchase IT equipment to ensure better communication systems within the network....