282. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the status of an application for home support by a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43457/17 asked on 17 Oct 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 ...

348. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the alarm among disabled persons and their families and carers in County Donegal, caused by the closure of the swimming pool at a location (details supplied); if the swimming pool will be reopened; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43713/17 asked on 17 Oct 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 ...

107. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if an assessment with the early intervention services in Tuam, County Galway for a person (details supplied) will be expedited; the reason for the ongoing delay; the reason a seamless transfer of former services from the early intervention services in County Sligo could not have been facilitated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43237/17 asked on 12 Oct 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 ...

275. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health his plans to address the funding concerns of a society (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42917/17 asked on 10 Oct 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 ...

412. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health when a case (details supplied) will be fully assessed in view of the fact it has been awaiting assessment since 8 September 2017. (Question 42220/17 asked on 10 Oct 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 ...

445. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Health when the new legislation to provide for transport supports for persons with disabilities will be brought before Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42330/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Conscious of the reports of the Ombudsman in 2011 and 2012 regarding the legal status of both the Mobility Allowance and Motorised Transport Grant Scheme in the context of the Equal Status Acts, the Government decided to close both schemes in February 2013.
The Government is aware of the continuing needs of people with a disability who rely on individual payments that support choice and independence. In this regard, monthly ...

137. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health the number of business cases in County Clare being held for persons with intellectual disabilities that require emergency residential placement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42056/17 asked on 04 Oct 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 of...

363. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if a permanent residential place can be provided for a person (details supplied). (Question 41470/17 asked on 03 Oct 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 ...

371. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health the number of centre-based respite nights provided to persons with disabilities to date in 2017; the way in which this compares against target; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41488/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The provision of respite services has come under additional pressure in the past number of years. More children and adults are now seeking access to respite and the “changing needs” of people with a disability are also having an impact, as they, along with the rest of the population, live longer lives. The Programme for Partnership Government recognises the need for respite services to be developed further and I am committe...

378. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Health his plans to increase funding in budget 2018 for a facility (details supplied) to ensure it can open on a full-time basis from spring 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41523/17 asked on 03 Oct 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...

387. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if the outcomes and recommendations of a quality assurance review of in-home care packages and respite care for children with complex needs and life-limiting conditions residing within CHO area 1 has now been completed; if so, the findings contained therein; if copies of the report have been furnished to the families interviewed as part of this review process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41555/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 387 to 390, inclusive, together.
As these are a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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388. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the progress which has been made by the national palliative care office and representatives from CHO area 1 to explore the various options available with regard to the provision of respite services for children with complex needs and life-limiting conditions, including the possibility of providing services on a cross-Border basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41556/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 387 to 390, inclusive, together.
As these are a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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389. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if a business operational appraisal case into respite care services has been prepared for the Ballyshannon complex in County Donegal; if so, the findings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41557/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 387 to 390, inclusive, together.
As these are a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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390. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the progress which has been made to advance the case for hospice respite services provided at a facility (details supplied) to be made available to children with complex needs and life-limiting conditions who reside in CHO area 1 and its hinterland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41558/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 387 to 390, inclusive, together.
As these are a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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393. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if home tuition funding will be provided for early intervention for a person (details supplied) to assist their parents in making this person’s life easier; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the person’s parents cannot not afford this support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41570/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Department of Education and Skills is responsible for the education of all children, including children with a disability. The compulsory school starting age in a National School is 6 years of age, as defined in the Education (Welfare) Act, 2000, while the Rules and Programme for National Schools provide that a child must be at least 4 years of age before she/he may be enrolled in a National School.
As the Deputy is also...

422. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Health the long term policy and funding strategy for the care of adults with intellectual disabilities particularly in scenarios in which close relatives are no longer able to provide care. (Question 41767/17 asked on 03 Oct 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 ...

171. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the status of a home care package for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41076/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 to 174, inclusive, 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 Pa...

172. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if the HSE has acquiesced to the requests of the parents of a person (details supplied) to receive direct funding and responsibility for a staffing home care package; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41077/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 to 174, inclusive, 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 Pa...

173. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if full home care cover is or ever has been provided for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41078/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 to 174, inclusive, 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 Pa...

174. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health if full home care cover, night and day, will be provided to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41079/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 to 174, inclusive, 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 Pa...

272. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health his plans regarding a project (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; if the recent meeting in Kilkenny with the Minister of State for disability has brought a solution to the various issues including funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40183/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The safety and protection of vulnerable people in the care of the State is paramount. This Government’s primary concern is that the needs of the residents are being prioritised and addressed. 
As the particular issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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273. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health if an appointment will be expedited with an organisation (details supplied) for a person that has been on the waiting list for two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40188/17 asked on 26 Sep 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 ...

281. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health if an organisation (details supplied) is in receipt of Government funding; the financial support received by the organisation in 2015, 2016 and to date in 2017; the funding granted to persons by the organisation; the assistance that is given to persons who have poor or no sight to assist them to read; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40206/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): This 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 ...

289. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health if funding will be provided for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40257/17 asked on 26 Sep 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 ...

297. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the supports that exist in County Mayo for young persons with an intellectual disability who have just turned 18 years of age for their continuing education and development; the further supports which exist or are planned; the number of applications that have been made in County Mayo for day services for young persons with an intellectual disability; the number of those that have secured a place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40280/17 asked on 26 Sep 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 ...