15. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence his plans to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Defence Forces involvement in peacekeeping missions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20290/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Commemorative Events)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): This year marks significant anniversaries in relation to Ireland’s United Nations peacekeeping role. It will be the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s first participation in a United Nations peacekeeping mission and it is the 40th anniversary of our first deployment to Lebanon as part of the UNIFIL mission.
Commemorative events are being planned to mark this year’s important milestones in the history of Ireland’s participation in Un...

32. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the status of plans to increase the pay of low ranking soldiers of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20291/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 25, 32 and 34 together.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Defence Forces have traditionally been set by reference to, inter alia, relative levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public service. Defence Forces pay is increasing in line with recent public sector pay agreements. The focus of these increases is weighted in favour of those on lower pay. 
Members of the De...

84. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the way in which an Irish citizen can apply to the Irish Embassy in the United States of America for a guided tour of the White House, Washington DC in September 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20251/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Consular Services Provision)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Irish citizens who are visiting Washington, D.C., and who would like to visit the White House should contact the Embassy of Ireland in Washington, D.C., at least 21 days before the date of their arrival, supplying their full names (as they appear on their passports) and country of citizenship for each person requesting a tour. The maximum number of visitors that can be accommodated in a visit application is 5.
Please no...

131. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if an application for an upgrade to a home economics room by a school (details supplied) has been approved in view of the condition of its current room; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20418/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Summer Works Scheme Applications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I can confirm to the Deputy that the school in question applied for funding under the Summer Works Scheme, under Category 9 - Curricular Requirement Works. The Summer Works Scheme (SWS) is designed to allow schools to carry out small and medium sized building works that will improve and upgrade existing school buildings.
The Summer Works Scheme (SWS) is a multi-annual Scheme.  Over 1,650 schools, nearly 50% of schools, applied for inclu...

240. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will investigate with the Marine Survey Office, MSO, if a legal disclaimer system would suffice until such a time as funding can be identified to provide improved landing facilities at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20224/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Ferry Services)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy is aware from my replies to recent parliamentary questions and the topical issue debate last week, the Marine Survey Office carried out an assessment of the landing point at Inishmurray Island in 2008.  The “recognised landing point” on the island was deemed wholly unsuitable for landing passengers safely. As a consequence, no passenger licences have been issued which include Inishmurray on their plying limits. 
The MS...

443. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a living alone allowance allocation being provided to a person (details supplied) is correct; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19662/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Living Alone Allowance)

Minister of State at the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): Invalidity pension (IP) is a payment for people who are permanently incapable of work because of illness or incapacity and who satisfy the pay related social insurance (PRSI) contribution conditions. 
The gentleman concerned is in receipt of IP at the maximum weekly personal rate awarded with effect from 13 July 2017. In addition, he was awarded a living alone allowance payable at the weekly...

211. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when an appeal by a person (details supplied) will be decided upon by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19320/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Basic Payment Scheme Appeals)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): An application in respect of the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 7 November 2017 thus incurring a 100% late penalty.
Following review of the appeal submitted it has been decided to waive the late penalty in this case and payment in respect of the 2017 application will issue in the coming days.
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237. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the way in which his Department allocates funding to counties under the local improvement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19322/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Local Improvement Scheme Administration)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I reintroduced dedicated funding for the Local Improvement Scheme in September 2017 after a gap of 8 years. This scheme is a lifeline for people living in rural areas because it directly improves their access to and from their family homes and farms, and has made a huge difference for rural communities around the country. 
I launched the 2018 Local Improvement Scheme in February of this year, with an indicative allocation of €1...

27. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the allocation, both nationally and to counties Sligo and Leitrim, under the local improvement scheme since its reintroduction in 2017; and if there will be a second round of the scheme in 2018. (Question 18945/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Local Improvement Scheme Funding)

Deputy Tony McLoughlin: I want to ask the Minister about the allocations, both nationally and in the constituency of Sligo-Leitrim and south Donegal, under the local improvement scheme since its reintroduction in 2017. Will there be another allocation this year? I congratulate the Minister because for roughly ten years no money was spent on local improvement schemes-----
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29. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of persons who signed up for the seniors alert scheme in counties Sligo and Leitrim in 2017; and his plans for the scheme in 2018. (Question 18946/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Seniors Alert Scheme)

Deputy Michael Ring: The number of approved participants in the seniors alert scheme in 2017 in the areas in question were 276 in Sligo and 182 in Leitrim. Following the launch of a new scheme which took effect on 1 November 2017, my Department conducted a very successful nationwide public awareness campaign aimed at older people, their extended families and friends who may not have been aware of the scheme. The key features of the new scheme include a self-declaration of limited means for eli...

143. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if farming payments were allocated to a farmer (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19284/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Agriculture Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In the interest of confidentiality and data security, my Department’s policy is to not release such third party information to, in this case, the new owner of the land parcels mentioned. I have, however, requested an official from my Department to contact the landowner to discuss the matter directly, and an official will be in contact with the Deputy’s office in relation to contact details.
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156. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he will report on the progress of the Atlantic Economic Corridor, the work of the task force and the support his Department is providing for this initiative; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18943/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Regional Development Initiatives)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Programme for Partnership Government and the Action Plan for Rural Development both contain a commitment to progress the concept of an Atlantic Economic Corridor.
The overarching objective of the Atlantic Economic Corridor proposal is to maximise the assets along the western seaboard and connect the economic hubs, clusters and catchments of the region to attract investment, support job creation and contribute to an improved ...

157. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the status of the work to address mobile phone coverage blackspots which is a measure of the action plan of the mobile phone and broadband task force; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18944/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Telecommunications Services Provision)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): The Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce was established in July 2016 to examine broadband and mobile phone coverage deficits in Ireland and identify tangible actions to improve the quality of these services.
The Taskforce Report was published in December 2016, and included 40 actions to alleviate barriers to mobile phone reception and broadband access. An Implementation Group was established in 2017 to oversee the delivery of a...

76. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Finance the reason officials from the Revenue Commissioners have not been attending county council joint policing committee, JPC, meetings in the north-west region despite assurances to Deputies in a meeting in October 2017 that they would do so in order to address concerns about the importation of narcotics in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18555/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Revenue Commissioners Staff)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am advised by Revenue that it is available to attend meetings of Joint Policing Committees (JPC) to address concerns regarding the importation of narcotics and has already attended a meeting of the Mayo JPC following an invitation from Mayo County Council.
Revenue has not been invited to, or notified of, any other such meetings in the North West area. Revenue has confirmed that it will participate in any future JPC meetings if invited to do so by...

157. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of new and additional places created and the capital expenditure including summer works, minor works, emergency works and other capital expenditure on school building in each year since 2010, by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18867/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Schools Building Projects Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The following table outlines, each year from 2010 to 2017 on a county basis, the capital expenditure incurred under Subhead D.3 - the building, equipment and furnishing of primary and post-primary schools. In addition, the table includes, on a county basis, the number of new and replacement school places provided by the completion of large scale projects over the same period.
Building unit capital spend:

 Year 2010 201...

212. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 930 of 17 April 2018, the number of bids submitted; if there is a time limit on the sale of the property; when it first was put up for sale; the active seller; if it is unsold, if this building can be offered to the community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18554/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - HSE Properties)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): As the Health Service Executive is responsible for the management of the health care infrastructure estate, the Executive has been requested to reply directly to you in relation to the sale of Keadue Health Centre, County Roscommon.
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339. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 422 and 430 of 5 December 2017, the position regarding the proposed roll out of a scheme to assist households with paying for large amounts of waste due to medical conditions. (Question 18875/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Waste Disposal Charges)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): In line with the commitments set out in A Resource Opportunity - Waste Management Policy in Ireland, published in 2012, and in the interest of encouraging further waste prevention and greater recycling, flat-rate fees for kerbside household waste collection are being phased out over the period autumn 2017 to autumn 2018, as customers contracts come up for renewal. The necessary regulatory steps have been put in ...

362. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the allocation of 2017 sports capital programme funding by county; the allocation by county compared to the distribution on a per capita basis in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18820/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 to 364, inclusive, 367, 369 and 370 together.
All of the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the 2017 Sports Capital Programme is published on my Department’s website at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme
In relation to this published data, the following should be noted:
1. Under the 2017 SCP, all valid local applications received...

363. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of applications received for the 2017 sports capital programme by county; the number of valid and invalid applications respectively, by county in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18821/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 to 364, inclusive, 367, 369 and 370 together.
All of the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the 2017 Sports Capital Programme is published on my Department’s website at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme
In relation to this published data, the following should be noted:
1. Under the 2017 SCP, all valid local applications received...

364. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of 2017 sports capital grants awarded compared to the valid applications by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18822/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 to 364, inclusive, 367, 369 and 370 together.
All of the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the 2017 Sports Capital Programme is published on my Department’s website at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme
In relation to this published data, the following should be noted:
1. Under the 2017 SCP, all valid local applications received...

367. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of maximum 2017 sports capital grant awards, that is, €150,000, by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18959/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 to 364, inclusive, 367, 369 and 370 together.
All of the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the 2017 Sports Capital Programme is published on my Department’s website at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme
In relation to this published data, the following should be noted:
1. Under the 2017 SCP, all valid local applications received...

368. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the appeals mechanism which was available for unsuccessful applications for the 2017 sports capital grant; the way in which unsuccessful applicants were informed of the appeal process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18960/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport(Deputy Brendan Griffin): On 6 December, 2017 organisations that submitted an invalid or partially invalid local application under the 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) were contacted by email offering them the opportunity to submit an appeal. This email invited clubs to appeal if they believed that the Department had made an error in deeming their application invalid, based on the documentation submitted by the d...

369. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of 2017 sports capital grant appeals received by county; the number which were successful; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18961/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 to 364, inclusive, 367, 369 and 370 together.
All of the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the 2017 Sports Capital Programme is published on my Department’s website at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme
In relation to this published data, the following should be noted:
1. Under the 2017 SCP, all valid local applications received...

370. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount sought by applicants under the 2017 sports capital programme in comparison to the amount that has been allocated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18962/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 362 to 364, inclusive, 367, 369 and 370 together.
All of the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the 2017 Sports Capital Programme is published on my Department’s website at http://www.dttas.ie/sport/english/sports-capital-programme
In relation to this published data, the following should be noted:
1. Under the 2017 SCP, all valid local applications received...

371. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if an applicant was not awarded the full amount sought under the 2017 sports capital programme and their application was deemed to be valid, the mechanism by which a lesser amount was awarded; if the same formula is used for all allocations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18963/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Sports Capital Programme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport(Deputy Brendan Griffin): A review of the 2017 Sports Capital Programme is now complete and has been published on my Department’s website at: http://www.dttas.ie/sites/default/files/publications/sport/english/sports-capital-programme-2017-review/review-2017-sports-capital-programme.pdf. 
All valid local applications received a grant offer determined by the following formula:
- The Maximum Grant for each valid application was mult...