1. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Taoiseach further to Regulation EC No 138/2004 of 5 December 2003, on the economic accounts for agriculture in the Community EEA, the EEA figures supplied by Ireland to the EU since the introduction of the regulation by the different agri sectors; and the details of the calculations in tabular form. (Question 35047/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Economic Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The agricultural accounts compiled by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) meet national and EU requirements and are part of the Economic Accounts of Agriculture (EAA) framework. The estimates are prepared under Regulation (EC) No 138/2004 of 5 December 2003, which sets the scope and main methodological approaches. They provide detailed estimates of major accounting items, such as output, input costs, gross and net value ad...

2. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of imports from Britain by standard international trade classification, SITC, revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35552/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table A: Imports from Great Britain by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €m
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 1,871.5 2,072.8 2,162.2 2,037.8 2,076.9 Beverages and tobacco 195.9 216.5 180.5 163.3 158.1 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 209.5 211.6 182.3 125.2 154.8 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 2,612.5 3,...

3. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of exports to Britain by SITC revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35553/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table B: Exports to Great Britain by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €million
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 2,824.7 3,028.3 3,065.1 2,720.9 2,840.5 Beverages and tobacco 560.4 492.8 422.9 413.6 373.9 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 307.7 347.8 337.1 223.5 362.6 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 317.7 ...

4. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of imports from Northern Ireland by SITC revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35554/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table C: Imports from Northern Ireland by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €million
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 285.1 302.1 302.3 264.1 302.1 Beverages and tobacco 118.0 129.1 165.3 157.6 154.0 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 113.5 115.9 82.2 55.2 61.6 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 55.6 56.4 56.7...

5. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the value of exports to Northern Ireland by SITC revision 4 category in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35555/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table.
Table D: Exports to Northern Ireland by SITC, 2006 - 2016 - €million
 SITC 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 Food and live animals 433.6 444.5 415.5 330.2 356.0 Beverages and tobacco 126.3 120.5 124.5 92.2 109.6 Crude materials, inedible, except fuels 59.5 88.0 51.5 43.8 50.9 Mineral fuels, lubricants and related materials 34.7 18.4 14.5 12.4...

6. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county origin of goods exported to Britain by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35556/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county of origin of goods exported is not collected on the Intrastat Survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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7. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county destination of goods imported from Britain by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35557/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county destination of goods imported is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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8. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county origin of goods exported to Northern Ireland by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35558/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county of origin of goods exported is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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9. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the county destination of goods imported from Northern Ireland by SITC revision 4 in 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35559/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the county destination of goods imported is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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10. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Britain through each port by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35560/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of exit of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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11. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Britain through each port by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35561/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of entry of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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12. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Britain through each airport by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35581/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of exit of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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13. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Britain through each airport by SITC revision 4 for each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35582/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The data requested by the Deputy is not available as the port of entry of goods is not collected on the Intrastat survey of intra-EU trade in goods.
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14. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Northern Ireland by rail by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35584/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

15. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Northern Ireland by rail by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35585/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

16. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Northern Ireland by road haulage by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35586/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

17. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Northern Ireland by road haulage by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35587/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

18. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of exports to Northern Ireland by sea by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35588/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

19. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the tonnage of imports from Northern Ireland by sea by SITC revision 4 in each of the years 2006 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 35589/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Imports and Exports Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 to 19, inclusive, together.
The full detail requested by the Deputy is not available. The data shown here is tonnage of goods transported to and from Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2016 based on Intrastat survey data on Intra-EU Trade in Goods.
It does not cover small traders who are below the threshold for completing the Intrastat survey.
Table: Tonnage of Exports and Imports to and fro...

21. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he or his officials have met church leaders. (Question 34892/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 22 together.
Like public representatives generally, I meet with church leaders from all faiths informally from time to time in the course of attending official or public events.
Since I took office as Taoiseach, neither myself nor my officials have had any formal meetings with any church leaders, including Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. I intend to have meetings under the Structured Dialogue Process soon.
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22. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he or his officials have met with a person (details supplied). (Question 34930/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Taoiseach’s Meetings and Engagements)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 22 together.
Like public representatives generally, I meet with church leaders from all faiths informally from time to time in the course of attending official or public events.
Since I took office as Taoiseach, neither myself nor my officials have had any formal meetings with any church leaders, including Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. I intend to have meetings under the Structured Dialogue Process soon.
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23. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Taoiseach the rate of unemployment for those not at work due to an illness or a disability; and the way this compares with the European and OECD averages. (Question 34635/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Unemployment Data)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Joe McHugh): The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.
The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment (ILO) in the State. 
Respondents to the QNHS are asked whether they have at least one long-lasting condition or difficulty and the most recent figures available are for Q1 2017.
Table 1 shows the number of persons aged 15 years and over classified by their ILO ec...

24. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Taoiseach if his Department is improving services and increasing supports for persons with disabilities during 2017. (Question 34986/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Disability Support Services Provision)

The Taoiseach: My Department supports the implementation of national policies and strategies designed to advance the lives of people with disabilities including the recently published National Disability Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021.
As Taoiseach and Head of Government, I encourage and endorse every effort to improve the services and supports for people with disabilities. 
I want everyone to reach their full potential by ensuring that everyone gets a fair chance.
The Government has already take...

25. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Taoiseach the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath. (Question 34987/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Funding)

The Taoiseach: The funding provided to County Louth and County Meath by my Department since March 2016 is set out in the following table.
 Organisation County Programme Amount Drogheda & District Chamber of Commerce Louth Local Diaspora Engagement Fund €5,000 Gleeson Clan Gathering 2016 Organising Committee Meath Local Diaspora Engagement Fund €3,000 Louth County Council Louth Local Diaspora Strategy Development Fund €10,000 

In 2016 a total of 106 local and community projec...

26. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Taoiseach if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; and if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015. (Question 35234/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

The Taoiseach: My Department and the National Economic and Social Development Office adhere to the procedures set out by the Office of Government Procurement and EU Procurement rules in relation to the procurement of all goods and services. 
The standard terms and conditions of tenders conducted by the Office of Government Procurement state that the contractor shall provide the services in accordance with good industry practice and comply with all applicable laws including, but not limited to, ...