75. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the status of the report regarding the establishment of a redress scheme for those homeowners whose homes were built using defective blocks; when such a scheme might be operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19792/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Expert Panel on concrete blocks was established by my Department in 2016, to investigate problems that have emerged in the concrete blockwork of certain dwellings in Counties Donegal and Mayo.
The panel had the following terms of reference:
(i) To identify, insofar as it is possible, the numbers of private dwellings which appear to be affected by defects in the blockwork in the Counties of ...

504. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when a report (details supplied) into the audio visual sector will be published; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20163/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I propose to publish this report within the coming weeks.
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517. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the progress that has been made with regard to releasing the Crowley report into the death of a person (details supplied); if the process of proactively engaging with those that participated to waive the confidentiality agreement which allegedly exists as the basis upon which they took part in the report; the advice he has received regarding the publication of the report with the names redacted; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15216/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The fatal shooting of Aidan McAnespie in February 1988 was a devastating tragedy for Aidan McAnespie’s family and for the people of Aughnacloy. Given the public disquiet following the shooting, the then Government commissioned a report into the circumstances that was carried out by then Garda Deputy Commissioner Crowley.
Given the circumstances in which the Crowley report was carried out and the commitments given to many local people ...

601. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the status of the scoping exercise regarding a SAVI II report; the findings of the scoping group report which was due before Cabinet committee C on social policy and public services on 5 April 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16713/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): A scoping group was established to consider the availability of data and make recommendations on a study to identify the prevalence of sexual abuse and violence in Ireland today, and emerging trends. The agreed terms of reference for the scoping group are available on my Department’s website. They provide that the group will report to the Cabinet Committee on Social Policy within 3 months of the first meeting of the group. The group...

70. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on the publication of the North East Inner City 2017 Progress Report. (Question 12792/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Departmental Reports)

The Taoiseach: I recently launched the North East Inner City 2017 Progress Report when I visited the area with Minister Donohoe on Monday, 26 February.
The Report sets out the work of the Programme Implementation Board since it was established last June and outlines the progress made under the four priority areas of crime and drugs; education, training and employment opportunities; services for families and young people; and physical improvements.
The Report also sets out details of the spendin...

148. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he plans to publish reports (details supplied). (Question 12472/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The OGP is a division of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and, as such, contributes to its Annual Report. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is finalising its Annual Report at present and subject to the agreement of the Government expects it to be published by end April. 
In line with the publication of the Public Service Spend and Tendering Analysis Reports for 2014 and 2015, it is planned to publi...

390. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she has engaged or had correspondence with a person (details supplied) in her preparation of her report into the investigative failures in relation to an investigation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12046/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): An account of the investigative failures identified by Judge Aylmer is currently being finalised. The purpose of publishing this account is to understand the factors that led to such mistakes being made and to take appropriate steps to address these shortcomings. 
Earlier this month, Judge Aylmer granted approval to publish some of the transcripts of the trial, limited to the rulings of the Court concerning investiga...

225. Deputy Jim O’Callaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if the report by a person (details supplied) regarding an inquiry pursuant to section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 will be published; if so, when it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11655/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): In June 2015 my predecessor initiated an inquiry in accordance with Section 109 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005. The decision arose following public concern after the tragic death of Sergeant Michael Galvin. Sergeant Galvin had been the subject of a GSOC investigation into Garda interaction with a member of the public who died after a road traffic incident on 1 January 2015. The inquiry was conducted by Mr Justice Frank Clarke of the Su...

540. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when the next progress report will be published on the Realising our Rural Potential – Action Plan for Rural Ireland in view of the fact that these were promised on a six monthly basis and the last report was published in August 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11527/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department is currently finalising the second six-monthly Progress Report on the implementation of the Action Plan for Rural Development.  The report will be published shortly.
The Action Plan for Rural Development provides a framework for a coordinated approach across Government to improving the quality of life of people who live in rural Ireland through economic and social progress.  The recently published National Developm...

10. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the status of her Department’s implementation of the recommendations of a person’s (details supplied) audit of the use of section 12; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8996/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Deputy Anne Rabbitte: I ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to provide an update on her Department’s implementation of the recommendations of Dr. Geoffrey Shannon’s audit of the use of section 12; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
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67. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the implementation of the making work pay recommendations. (Question 8442/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 and 77 together.
The Make Work Pay (MWP) report was published on 6th April 2017, following the deliberations of an interdepartmental group established under the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities. The interdepartmental group considered a range of approaches across relevant Departments to deliver on this commitment and made 24 recommendations under the br...

77. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the implementation of the making work pay recommendations. (Question 8443/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 and 77 together.
The Make Work Pay (MWP) report was published on 6th April 2017, following the deliberations of an interdepartmental group established under the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities. The interdepartmental group considered a range of approaches across relevant Departments to deliver on this commitment and made 24 recommendations under the br...

543. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the progress made on each of the recommendations contained in the Make Work Pay report published by her Department in 2017, in tabular form. (Question 8313/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Make Work Pay (MWP) report was published on 6th April 2017, following the deliberations of an interdepartmental group established under the Comprehensive Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities. The interdepartmental group considered a range of approaches across relevant Departments to deliver on this commitment and made 24 recommendations under the broad headings of: reconfiguring the system of supports...

672. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if a report (details supplied) will be removed from his Department’s website. (Question 7103/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 672 to 674, inclusive, together.
The conclusions and recommendations of the report referred to by the Deputy are the opinions of a specialist senior counsel who was commissioned by the then Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to undertake an independent review on a non-statutory basis of the acquisition of land at Charlesland, Co. Wicklow by Wicklow County Council...

673. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if, following a High Court judgement (details supplied), he will revoke his predecessor’s public statement of 24 April 2013, which included a quoted excerpt from a report. (Question 7104/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 672 to 674, inclusive, together.
The conclusions and recommendations of the report referred to by the Deputy are the opinions of a specialist senior counsel who was commissioned by the then Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to undertake an independent review on a non-statutory basis of the acquisition of land at Charlesland, Co. Wicklow by Wicklow County Council...

674. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to rescind a report (details supplied); and his plans to establish a new independent investigation regarding the compulsory acquisition of land at Charlesland, County Wicklow, by Wicklow County Council in 2004. (Question 7105/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 672 to 674, inclusive, together.
The conclusions and recommendations of the report referred to by the Deputy are the opinions of a specialist senior counsel who was commissioned by the then Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to undertake an independent review on a non-statutory basis of the acquisition of land at Charlesland, Co. Wicklow by Wicklow County Council...

22. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health when the proposed trauma strategy will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6396/18 asked on 08 Feb 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Trauma Steering Group was established by Government to bring about better outcomes for the 1,600 patients who suffer a major trauma in Ireland every year. The Steering Group was clinically led, chaired by Professor Eilis McGovern, and with key input from patients, and its recommendations are evidence based. The vision for a national trauma system set out in this major report is to prevent unnecessary deaths, to reduce disabilities and to significa...

220. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on each recommendation (details supplied) as contained in the National Competitiveness Council report, Ireland’s Competitiveness Challenge 2017; his plans to implement the policy recommendations which he has statutory remit for; and the timeframe for implementation. (Question 4054/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): The issues and recommendations highlighted in the National Competitiveness Council report are being considered by my Department. There is already work underway on all these issues. 
 National Training Fund Review
As part of budget 2018 I announced major reforms to the National Training Fund (NTF), which will address the recommendations outlined in National Competitiveness Council report. There will be additiona...

451. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the timeframe for the publication of the lymphoedema working group report; his plans for the implementation of the report’s recommendations; and if funding will be made available for implementation (Question 4459/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I understand that a report on lymphoedema services is being developed by the HSE and accordingly I have asked the organisation to respond directly to you on this matter.
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198. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the person or body that researched and composed the report by her Department, chronic fatigue syndrome version 5; the costs involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3752/18 asked on 25 Jan 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Fifteen clinical protocols for use by Medical Assessors (MAs) of the Medical Review and Assessment Service (MRAS) were developed as part of the Medical Review and Case Management (MRCM) Project, 2010. This was part of the requirement to redefine the clinical work processes of the MAs and develop medical protocols taking into account evidence-based best practice in order to increase the consistency in conducting asses...

133. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the implementation of each of the 40 actions in the mobile phone and broadband taskforce report. (Question 3545/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Taskforce worked with key stakeholders to produce the December 2016 report available on my Department’s website, which contains 40 actions to alleviate some of the deficits. The Implementation Group I co-chair with Minister Kyne is overseeing implementation of the actions and comprises all key stakeholders responsible for delivery. This includes ComReg, who attend as both an action owner, and in an observe...

168. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the report into bogus self employment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3522/18 asked on 24 Jan 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The classification of a worker for PRSI purposes is increasingly complicated by ‘disguised –employment’, such as intermediary employment structures and certain self-employment arrangements. These mechanisms can be used to reduce the amount of PRSI and tax being paid, with a subsequent loss to the exchequer and the social insurance fund. 
An interdepartmental working group, comprising officials from the Department of...

292. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on the report Roma in Ireland: a needs assessment (details supplied); and the action he will take following the publication of this research. (Question 3460/18 asked on 23 Jan 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton) (Deputy David Stanton): I welcome the report, Roma in Ireland - A National Needs Assessment, which provides very useful information and enhances our understanding of the experiences of some members of the Roma community. The Department of Justice and Equality funded this research following a recommendation made by Ms Emily Logan, the then Ombudsman for Children in her Report of the Special Inquiry (the “Logan Rep...

210. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the number of reports and reviews that have been commissioned since 14 June 2017; the publication date or expected publication date of each; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2215/18 asked on 17 Jan 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The information requested is currently being compiled by my Department and will be provided to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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1677. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection when she will publish the report into access to social welfare payments by seasonal workers in County Donegal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1942/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): My Department’s main social welfare schemes for unemployed persons are the jobseeker’s allowance and the jobseekers benefit schemes. Both schemes provide significant support to individuals so that they can work up to 3 days a week and still retain access to a reduced jobseeker’s payment. The 2018 Estimates for my Department provide for expenditure this year on the jobseeker’s schemes of €2.17 billion.
At present an i...