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...

555. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the name of all internal reports and research studies conducted or commissioned by his Department and the agencies under his aegis since June 2016 on Brexit regarding agrifood and fisheries, in tabular form; the publication date of all such studies; the reports and research studies that remain uncompleted; the date they are expected to be completed; and if each publication will be published. (Question 53658/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department has conducted a range of analysis and research activities in relation to Brexit. This work is ongoing, and is primarily concerned with the implications of Brexit for agri-food trade with the UK across different sectors. 
For example, both internally and in consultation with the relevant stakeholders through the Brexit Stakeholder Consultative Committee and the All-Island Civic Dialogue process, my Department has ...

606. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the external consultant reports commissioned by his Department since March 2011; the costs per report; the company involved; the title of the report; and the publication date, in tabular form. (Question 54255/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department administers a very diverse, complex and technical brief across critical and strategic sectors of the Irish economy. While it has a total complement of around 388 full time equivalent staff of whom a number are technical personnel, the technical, commercial, legal complexity and evolving nature of sectors with which the Department deals requires access to external professional expertise to assist in...

61. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if his attention has been drawn to the chemical exposure report 1994 to 2005 produced in 2014 by a person (details supplied); if a copy of that report was made available to the independent reviewer to allow them carry out a full assessment of the way in which the Air Corps dealt with recent whistleblowers’ statements; if not, the reason therefor; and if its publication will be authorised. (Question 52875/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I can confirm to the Deputy that my attention has been drawn to the Chemical Exposure Report 1994 to 2005. As I outlined to the Deputy in my reply to Parliamentary Question number 547 of 26 September 2017, the report was undertaken in the context of ongoing legal proceedings. As the report is subject to legal privilege, it was not appropriate to make it available to the independent reviewer. The material used for the purpose ...

528. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the date on which Ireland’s 15th report on the implementation of the European Social Charter for the period 2013 to 2016 was submitted to the European Committee of Social Rights; and if she will publish that report on her Department’s website. (Question 53203/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Ireland’s fifteenth report on the implementation of the European Social Charter was submitted to the European Committee of Social Rights on 31 October 2017.
National reports under the European Social Charter, including those from Ireland, are published on the Council of Europe’s website and are available to view and download at the following link: https://www.coe.int/en/web/turin-european-social-charter/national-repor...

67. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her role and involvement in the work leading from the Mulvey report on Dublin’s north inner city in the area of child care; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50195/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department is very actively involved in the North East Inner City Initiative which is progressing apace on foot of the Mulvey Report. Officials from my Department are represented on the Senior Officials Oversight Group and the Programme Implementation Board. The Department of Children and Youth Affairs is also Chairing the Integrating Social Services subgroup under this initiative.
My Department is working to enhance alignmen...

70. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the titles of reports that her Department received in 2016 that have yet to be made public; and the reason each has not been published, in tabular form. (Question 49836/17 asked on 23 Nov 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Details of the reports received by my Department in 2016, that were not made public, are set out in the table.
 Report Title    Reason for not Publishing Health check on email archive system   Internal ICT assessment – not for publication   ICT Security Reviews   Internal ICT security   assessments – not for publication   Patents Office ICT System Architecture Review    Internal ICT...

146. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Finance when the report of the working group on the tax and fiscal treatment of rental accommodation providers, expected to be submitted to him in July 2017, will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48924/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Strategy for the Rental Sector, published in December 2016, contained a commitment to establish a Working Group to examine and report on the tax treatment of landlords (or rental accommodation providers), and to put forward, where appropriate, options for amendments to such treatment. The Working Group was chaired by the Department of Finance and its membership included officials from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (DH...

171. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the reports that her Department has received in 2017 that have yet to be made public by title in tabular form; and the reason each report has not been published. (Question 46904/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The following table sets out the reports that my Department has received in 2017, and which have not yet been made public:
 Name of Report Reason why the Report has not been Published  Report from the Director of Corporate Enforcement under section 955(1)(a) of the Companies Act 2014. The Report has been the subject of detailed consultation with the Office of the Attorney General.  I received ...

606. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when annual derogation reports for the years post-2012 as required under article 9(3) of the birds directive will be submitted to the European Commission; and when the reports will be publically available. (Question 46783/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 606 and 607 together.
Ireland submitted its last annual report to the European Commission under the EU Birds Directive in 2014 and arrangements are underway to submit all outstanding reports which will be filed over the coming months.
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607. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the reason Ireland has not complied with its annual reporting requirements under the birds directive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46784/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 606 and 607 together.
Ireland submitted its last annual report to the European Commission under the EU Birds Directive in 2014 and arrangements are underway to submit all outstanding reports which will be filed over the coming months.
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608. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the derogations for public health and safety issues that have been granted under article 9 of the birds directive post-2012. (Question 46785/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Birds Directive is implemented in Ireland under the Wildlife Acts and the European Communities (Birds and Natural Habitats) Regulations 2011.  Under the terms of the Directive, all Member States of the EU are bound to take measures to protect all wild birds and their habitats.  Under Article 9(a) Member States may derogate in the interests of public health and safety; air safety; and to prevent serious damage to cro...

1088. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her Department will contribute to the funding of a second sexual abuse and violence study here, SAVI 2; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45630/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The proposal to conduct a second Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland (SAVI 2) research project has been raised for several years. The Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland (SAVI 1) study was funded by Atlantic Philanthropies with additional funding from the Department of Health and Children and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. It was published in 2002.
As the Deputy will be aware, the Department of Justice a...

1350. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the reports commissioned by his Department or its predecessor from the Housing Agency or other bodies in each of the years 2011 to 2016 and to date in 2017 that have not yet been published; the reason each report has not been published; and the timeframe for the publication of these reports. (Question 46794/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Reports)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The information requested is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy in accordance with Standing Orders.
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