22. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the measures he will take to assist the hotel industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57201/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Tourist Accommodation)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Michael Ring) (Deputy Michael Ring): I refer the Deputy to my answer on this topic to Priority Question 4 of today.
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10. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health the actions taken to date and his future plans to tackle counterfeit medicine; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54535/12 asked on 19 Dec 2012 - Medicinal Products Licensing)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Alex White): I propose to take Questions Nos. 10 and 17 together.
The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) is responsible for the regulation of medicines in Ireland. It works with all stakeholders, including the industry and law enforcement agencies, to ensure as far as possible that counterfeit or falsified medicines do not reach the public. 
IMB enforcement officers work in cooperation with An Garda Síochána and the Revenue Customs Service throughou...

141. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will confirm that the necessary funding is being provided for the retention of the estate management projects in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 24; if he will appreciate the importance of these two projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57341/12 asked on 19 Dec 2012 - National Drugs Strategy Budget)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The projects in question no longer operate as mainstreamed drugs projects under my Department’s Housing programme. 
However, I understand that my colleague, the Minister of State with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, announced on 11 December 2012 that funding of €50,000 has been allocated to the Tallaght Local Drugs Task Force to support the projects in question during 2...

76. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to develop a Scandinavian model of childcare here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 56688/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Child Care Services Provision)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 76 and 92 together.
As part of Budget 2013, together with my colleague, the Minister for Social Protection, I was pleased to announce a new After-School Childcare initiative which will be targeted at low-income families and supporting parents availing of employment opportunities.
The initiative is expected to receive full year funding of €14 million to provide over 6,000 quality after-school pla...

33. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount allocated to the TAMs scheme in 2012 by his Department; the amount that has been spent to date in 2012 on the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55987/12 asked on 13 Dec 2012 - Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme Payments)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Total funding of €20 million was provided in the Department’s Vote this year for the Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Schemes which provide support for investment in the Poultry, Sow, Dairy and Sheep sectors. To date in 2012, €12.84 million has been paid out under the schemes and I expect that total expenditure will reach €15.1 million by the end of the year. Some of the expected savings have already been transferred to oth...

35. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his response to the outbreak of the ash dieback disease here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55960/12 asked on 13 Dec 2012 - Ash Dieback Threat)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department yesterday announced a significant stepping up of its eradication measures based on the results of its ongoing Chalara survey. The interim results from the major winter survey currently being undertaken has confirmed further positive samples for the presence of Chalara. This brings the number of positive cases to 22, including 15 in young plantations, 6 in horticultural nurseries and 1 planted ornamentally in a ...

127. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the measures he is putting in place to ensure transparency and fairness in the application process for citizenship following the recent Supreme Court decision (details supplied) quashing a decision to refuse citizenship on the grounds that he had failed to give reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 56027/12 asked on 13 Dec 2012 - Citizenship Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 127, 128, 135 and 136 together.
The implications of the judgement of the Supreme Court referred to by the Deputies are being considered in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General and any revised procedures arising will be implemented without delay. The Deputies should note that although the Supreme Court in its judgement quashed the Minister’s decision to refuse the application in this particul...

128. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the citizenship applications that have been rejected by him without explanations being given; if these cases are under review in view of the recent Supreme Court decision (details supplied) quashing a decision to refuse citizenship on the grounds that he had failed to give reasons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 56028/12 asked on 13 Dec 2012 - Citizenship Applications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 127, 128, 135 and 136 together.
The implications of the judgement of the Supreme Court referred to by the Deputies are being considered in consultation with the Office of the Attorney General and any revised procedures arising will be implemented without delay. The Deputies should note that although the Supreme Court in its judgement quashed the Minister’s decision to refuse the application in this particul...

51. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans for the closure of Garda stations in 2013; his plans for Garda recruitment; his plans for the total number of Gardaí in 2013, 2014 and 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55542/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Garda Stations)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): The policing plan for 2013, which I laid before the House last week, outlines the Garda Commissioner’s proposals for the continued reorganisation and consolidation of the Garda station and district network. Until this year, the Garda station network was essentially the same as the RIC network which obtained in 1922. Such a large-scale static deployment of resources is no longer appropriate, particularly as the transport and communication...

54. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps being taken to address the increase in gangland crime and murders over the past number of months; if his attention has been drawn to a recent United States Congressional Research Service report entitled Terrorism and Transnational Crime: Foreign Policy Issues for Congress, in which it cited US Department of Homeland Security authorities which found that the production, smuggling and sale of tobacco products, including genuine and counterfeit cigarettes, is a lucrative form of financing for organised crime as well as terrorist groups (details supplied): if he is satisfied that Garda resources are being adequately deployed to tackle this source of income for dissident republicans as part of their efforts to tackle gangland crime; if he has discussed the issue with the Revenue Commissioners and the Department of Finance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55543/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Gangland Killings)

(Deputy Alan Shatter): I remain in ongoing contact with the Garda Commissioner about all aspects of serious crime and I can assure the House that the Garda authorities will continue to bear down heavily on the activities of those involved in gangland crime, including criminal terrorists.
I am aware of the US report to which the Deputy refers, and it confirms our long-standing knowledge of the involvement of terrorist groups in organised crime. It is clear that the paramilitary groups that wish ...

166. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the delay in locating a new site for the provision of a new school building (details supplied) in County Cork, a site that funding was ring fenced for in early 2012 and to date no progress has been made. (Question 55184/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Schools Building Projects Status)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): My Department is working with the relevant Local Authority in relation to identifying and acquiring a suitable site for the provision of permanent accommodation for the school referred to by the Deputy and options are currently being explored in that regard. However, given the sensitivities associated with land acquisitions generally, I am not in a position to comment further at this point in time.
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319. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he has taken to tackle the increase in gangland murders over the past number of months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55544/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Gangland Killings)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I share the widespread outrage at the type of criminality to which the Deputy refers. The brutal nature of these crimes is a stark reminder to us of the mentality of those involved in organised criminality and the danger which they pose to our society.
I am in ongoing contact with the Garda Commissioner about all aspects of serious crime and the Gardaí will continue to bear down heavily on the activities of those involved in gangland crim...

413. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide in tabular form a breakdown on a county basis of the number of farmers who received single payment in 2011 in each of the categories €100,00 or more, €75,000 and less than €100,000, €50,000 and less than €75,000, €25,000 and less than €50,000, €10,000 and less than €25,000, €5,000 and less than €10,000, €2,000 and less than €5,000, less than €2,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55510/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Single Payment Scheme Application Numbers)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The data sought by the Deputy are as follows:
 COUNTY Less than €2,000 €2,000-€,5000 €5,000-€10,000 €10,000-€25,000 €25,000-€50,000 €50,000-€75,000 €75,000-€100,000 Greater than €100,000 CARLOW 168 268 370 545 217 47 12 11 CAVAN 956 1,322 1,273 1,045 126 21 5 2 CLARE 919 1,601 1,914 1,395 179 22 9 2 CORK 1,494 2,109 3,142 4,417 1,364 232 59 30 DONEGAL 2,564 2,633 1,532 980 203 37 12 13 DUBLIN 9...

414. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide in tabular form on a county basis a breakdown of the number of farmers who have single farm payment entitlements in excess of €1,000 per hectare; the number of farmers with entitlements of between €500 per hectare and less than €1,000 per hectare; the number that have entitlements of between €250 per hectare and less than €500 per hectare; the number with entitlements of less than €100 per hectare and €250 per hectare; the number with entitlements of less than €100; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55511/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Single Payment Scheme Application Numbers)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The 2010 SPS payment database, which my Department has used to model various CAP reform proposals, shows the following distribution of SPS by county and by payment per hectare category:

Breakdown of 2010 SPS payment recipients by county

 Payment per hectare category Less than €100/ha €100-€250/ha €250-€500/ha €500-€1000/ha Over €1,000/ha Total CARLOW 98 382 986 157 4 1627 CAVAN 906 1700 2198 209 4 5017 ...

82. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the decisions taken by the previous Government in relation to private waste water systems on foot of the judgement in the European Court of Justice in October 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54197/12 asked on 04 Dec 2012 - Water Quality)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Following the European Court of Justice judgment against Ireland in October 2009, my Department commenced the preparation of legislation to ensure compliance with the Court’s ruling; this included extensive stakeholder consultations between October and November 2010. On taking office in March, 2011, I prioritised the finalisation of the legislation and this culminated with the publication of the Water Services (Ame...

98. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the reason that North East Mayo Integrated Development Company has not being approving LEADER projects in recent months; the date from which this occurred; the steps taken by him to resolve the issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54198/12 asked on 04 Dec 2012 - Leader Programmes)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): Mayo North East Leader Partnership (MNELP) is the Local Action Group contracted by my Department to deliver both the Rural Development Programme (RDP) and the Local Community Development Programme (LCDP) to the North Mayo area. On foot of correspondence I received in 2011 regarding a possible governance issue at Mayo North East LEADER Partnership Company, I directed my Department to investigate the matter. This in...

460. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide the figures for burglaries in each Garda district for 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and the year on year percentage change in each district and the total national figures. (Question 54168/12 asked on 04 Dec 2012 - Crime Statistics)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 460 and 461 together.
The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose. I have requested the CSO to provide statistics directly to the Deputy. 
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461. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will provide the figures for burglary detection rates in each Garda district for 2010, 2011 and to date in 2012; and the year on year percentage change in each district and the total national figures. (Question 54169/12 asked on 04 Dec 2012 - Crime Statistics)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 460 and 461 together.
The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose. I have requested the CSO to provide statistics directly to the Deputy. 
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586. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health if specific services will be made available to a child (details supplied) in County Cork at the earliest date possible in view of the necessity and substantial benefit of early intervention. (Question 53869/12 asked on 04 Dec 2012 - Health Services)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): As the Deputy’s question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.
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31. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the reason the ESB is planning to lay a fibre optic cable between Ireland and Wales; his view on whether such a project is necessary or appropriate for the ESB; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53249/12 asked on 29 Nov 2012 - Energy Schemes Issues)

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Pat Rabbitte): This is an operational matter for the ESB, which is a commercial State company and I have no role or function in this regard. 
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12. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the current timeframe for his decision on the future development of the Moore Street National monument, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53007/12 asked on 28 Nov 2012 - National Monuments)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Dinny McGinley) (Deputy Dinny McGinley): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12, 14 and 17 together. 
Nos. 14 to 17 Moore Street are the subject of a Preservation Order under the National Monuments Acts. The effect of the Preservation Order is that any works affecting these properties require the consent of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, under section 14 of the National Monuments Act 1930, as amende...

628. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health if a long term stay bed will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork (Question 52266/12 asked on 27 Nov 2012 - Nursing Home Accommodation)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.
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629. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health if he will ensure that a specific area (details supplied) will continue to receive maximum assistance and that there will be no further cutbacks in this area (Question 52267/12 asked on 27 Nov 2012 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Pending completion of the national estimates, budgetary and service planning process for 2013 it is not possible to predict the service levels to be provided next year. In relation to the specific queries raised by the Deputy, as these are service issues they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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9. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his plans to develop Ireland’s manufacturing capacity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51840/12 asked on 22 Nov 2012 - Enterprise Support Services)

Deputy Richard Bruton: I propose to take Questions Nos. 9 and 15 together.
To some extent, I dealt with a good deal of this answer in the earlier reply where I outlined the establishment of a manufacturing development forum and its ongoing work to produce a strategic plan in the new year. Rather than repeat that, I suppose it is worth saying-----
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155. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the consultation that took place with migrant representatives on the impact of the 100% increase in registration fees for non-EEA nationals to €300; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51992/12 asked on 22 Nov 2012 - Immigration Policy)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter) (Deputy Alan Shatter): I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 and 155 to 157, inclusive, together.
Section 9 of the Immigration Act, 2004 provides that a non-national is required to pay a fee to the registration officer for the issue of a registration certificate. This fee is set by regulations made by the Minister for Justice and Equality with the consent of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. There is no requirement to consult ...