691. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health the cost of a long-term residential care place for a person (details supplied) in a centre in County Kildare. (Question 35094/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality o...

798. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the number of posts assigned to the Cavan Monaghan paediatric occupational therapy services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35398/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 798 and 799 together. 
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership...

799. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the number of unfilled positions in the Cavan Monaghan paediatric occupational therapy services; the length of time those positions have been unfilled; if approval to fill these posts has been provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35399/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 798 and 799 together. 
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership...

800. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Health the waiting times for children in need of a school-age team service broken down by region; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35401/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

801. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the difficulties being experienced by the family of a person (details supplied) (Question 35403/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred out to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy. 
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802. Deputy Paul Murphy asked the Minister for Health if he will report on the treatment of a person (details supplied); if the time appealing decisions will be taken into account for the school age team waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35408/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

978. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the number of additional posts by job title recruited and appointed in 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the development of the DeafHear national services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35971/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

987. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Health the amount of funding provided for service users by the Health Service Executive, HSE, for day services for persons with disabilities on a county basis, including the name of the service providers to whom the funding is being provided, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36043/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 987 and 988 together.
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership G...

988. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Health if there is means by which a person who suffers from a disability and who has been allocated funding for day services with a service provider can have the funding allocated to a separate service provider or receive a direct payment in lieu; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36044/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 987 and 988 together.
The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership G...

993. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 401 of 16 May 2017, the number of children’s disability network teams in community health care organisation, CHO, area 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36069/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

1154. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the supports which exist by county for young adults with an intellectual disability, just turned 18 years of age, for their continuing education and development; the further supports which exist or are planned; if further resources will be supplied in budget 2018 or through another mechanism to ensure SNA supports for all in this cohort that need them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36664/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): As the Deputy will be aware, the level of funding available for the HSE is being/will be considered as part of the national estimates/budgetary process for 2018, which is currently underway. Following this process, the HSE will then prepare its National Service Plan for 2018. Pending agreement of the National Service Plan, I am not in a position to comment on service levels to be provided in 2018.
As the remainder of the De...

73. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the way her Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34035/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The mission of my Department is to lead on the creation and maintenance of high quality and sustainable full employment by championing enterprise across government.  While my Department does not have a direct role on the formulation of policy on the provision of employment or other supports or services specifically for people with disabilities, it did participate in the development of the Comprehensive Employm...

161. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Finance the way his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34032/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Department is aware of it’s obligations as set out in the Disability Act of 2005. In line with the legislation a Disability Liaison Officer (DLO) and Access Officers are in place within the Department.   The contact details for these officers are available of the Department’s website. 
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The Department works closely with the National Disabi...

246. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the way his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34037/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Part 5 of the Disability Act 2005 sets out the legal obligations of public service bodies to include promoting and supporting the employment of people with disabilities and complying with any statutory Code of Practice.
The National Disability Authority (NDA) reports annually on compliance within each public service body with a target of  3% of employees with disabilities. In its latest published report for the calendar year 2...

287. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34030/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Funding for special education provision in 2017 will amount to some €1.68 billion, which is equivalent to approximately 19% of the gross overall current allocation for education and training and represents an increase in spending in this area of 12% over the last two years.
Funding in 2017 includes:
- Over 13,400 Special Education Teaching posts in mainstream primary and post primary schools for the 2017/2018 school year, to provide add...

368. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the way his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34033/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities.During 2017 a project to modify and upgrade a Departmental building to better meet the access and internal mobility requirements of all staff and visitors with a disability was initiated. The Department continues to work to improve conditions for staff with disabilities and provide appropriate support including t...

462. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the way in which her Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017 (Question 34026/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): While my Department is not directly responsible for the provision of services or supports for person with disabilities I am committed to ensuring access to arts, culture and heritage for all citizens. This commitment is reflected in the inclusive nature of the Creative Ireland Programme launched earlier this year. I would also advise the Deputy that my Department is represented on the National Disa...

544. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health if transport can be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Cork who will be attending an adult day service commencing in September 2017. (Question 33805/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality o...

715. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the way his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34034/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Programme for Government contains a number of commitments in relation to improving the lives of persons with disabilities. These commitments include supporting people with disabilities to maximise their potential, removing barriers which impact on access to services, education, work or health care and providing supports at key transition points in their lives. The Programme for Government also recognises that persons wit...

730. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the progress which has been made over the past 14 months to improve the provision of adult day services for persons with disabilities. (Question 34057/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...

945. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the way his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34025/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department is committed to providing the supports necessary to enable staff with disabilities to participate fully in the workplace.  My Department upholds the principles of the Code of Practice for the Employment of People with a Disability in the Irish Civil Service and makes key staff aware of their obligations under the Code. 
My Department’s Disability Liaison Officer (DLO) is available to assist and support staff with...

1010. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34028/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department has responsibility for a diverse range of areas including communications, energy, environment, natural resources, postal and broadcasting sectors. The Department is central to the delivery of policies and programmes  which support national economic development and improve services and supports to all citizens in the State, including persons with disabilities.  Projects funded by the Department such...

1046. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34039/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): My Department is involved in improving supports and services for persons with disabilities in the areas under its remit through a number of strategies.  Transport Access for All, my Department’s Sectoral Plan under the Disability Act 2005, guides policy in relation to access to transport services for persons with disabilities.  My Department is also involved in the Government’s broader approach to disability, the National Disability ...

1137. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the way her Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34027/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I should inform the Deputy at the outset that responsibility for disability services rests with the Minister for Health. 
The Department of Justice and Equality leads on the National Disability Inclusion Strategy (NDIS). The Deputy may be aware that the new NDIS for the period 2017-2020 is to be launched later this week and I am strongly supportive of that Strategy. Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures, the National Policy Framew...

1192. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Social Protection the way her Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34038/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government has stated its ongoing commitment to improving services and supports for people with disabilities within the Programme for a Partnership Government and through the Comprehensive Employment Strategy (CES) for people with disabilities. 
As part of delivering on this commitment, Budget 2017 provided for €5 increases in the maximum weekly rates of all social insurance and social assistance payments, incl...