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14/10/2014WRA00050Written Answers Nos. 1-20The following are questions tabled by Members for written response and
the ministerial replies as received on the day from the Departments [unrevised].14/10/2014WRA00200Unemployment
Data14/10/2014WRA003001. Deputy amon Cuv asked the Taoiseach the numbers on the live register and the percentage
of the workforce unemployed for each quarter since the beginning of 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38351/14]14/10/2014WRA00400Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Live
Register series gives a monthly breakdown of the number of people claiming Jobseekers Benefit, Jobseekers Allowance and
other registrants as registered with the Department of Social Protection. Table 1 shows the number of persons on the Live
Register over the period January 2010 to September 2014. It should be noted that the Live Register is not a definitive measure
of unemployment as it includes part-time workers, and seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseekers Benefit or
Allowance. The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of employment and
unemployment in the State. The Q2 2014 estimates are the most recent QNHS figures available. Table 2 shows the number of
persons unemployed and the unemployment rates from Quarter 1 2010 to Quarter 2 2014.Table 1 The number of persons on
the Live Register from January 2010 to September 2014 2010 - January 436,936 February 436,956 March 435,121 April
432,657 May 437,922 June 452,882 July 466,824 August 466,923 September 442,417 October 429,553 November 425,002
December 437,079 2011 - January 442,677 February 444,299 March 441,193 April 439,571 May 440,947 June 457,948 July
470,284 August 469,713 September 437,441 October 430,432 November 429,567 December 434,784 2012 - January 439,589
February 439,422 March 434,054 April 430,001 May 432,907 June 451,974 July 460,323 August 456,256 September 429,335
October 420,172 November 417,277 December 423,733 2013 - January 429,396 February 428,876 March 425,088 April
417,593 May 421,737 June 435,357 July 441,976 August 435,280 September 408,670 October 396,512 November 391,507
December 395,411 2014 - January 399,630 February 398,069 March 391,232 April 388,559 May 388,764 June 398,813 July
404,515 August 398,325 September 370,050 Source: CSO Live RegisterTable 2 Persons aged 15 years and over classified as
unemployed (ILO) and unemployment rates from Q1 2010 to Q2 2014 Quarter Unemployed (000) Unemployment rate % Q1
10 284.1 13.1 Q2 10 305.1 13.9 Q3 10 310.6 14.1 Q4 10 310.9 14.3 Q1 11 307.6 14.3 Q2 11 317.4 14.6 Q3 11 328.1 15.1 Q4
11 313.9 14.5 Q1 12 321.9 15.0 Q2 12 323.0 15.0 Q3 12 324.5 15.0 Q4 12 294.6 13.7 Q1 13 292.0 13.7 Q2 13 300.7 13.9 Q3
13 282.9 13.0 Q413 253.2 11.7 Q1 14 258.1 12.0 Q2 14 254.5 11.8 Source: Quarterly National Household Survey, Central
Statistics Office.;Reference period: q1=Jan-Mar, q2=Apr-Jun, q3=Jul-Sep, q4=Oct-Dec.14/10/2014WRA00500Departmental
Staff Data14/10/2014WRA006002. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Taoiseach the number of contracts of indefinite duration
that have been sought and the number granted in the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014 in
the public sector under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38951/14]14/10/2014WRA007003. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Taoiseach the number of temporary contracts in place for
the public sector as a whole, including State agencies and other bodies under the remit of his Department; and if he will make
a statement on the matter. [38952/14]14/10/2014WRA00800The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 2 and 3
together.In 2009 one contract of indefinite duration was offered by my Department for the post of Librarian with the approval
of the Department of Finance. No other contracts of indefinite duration were sought or granted from 2007 to date in my
Department. The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) is the body corporate for the National
Economic and Social Council (NESC). In 2014 NESDO offered 3 contracts of indefinite duration with the approval of the
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. There are currently five temporary contracts in place in respect of my
Department or bodies under the remit of my Department.14/10/2014WRA00900Pharmaceutical
Sector14/10/2014WRA010004. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Taoiseach the contribution of and the value of the
pharmaceutical sector to the economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38953/14]14/10/2014WRA01100Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The following
table illustrates the trend in real growth in Pharmaceutical sector. Total real value added increased from 10.45 bn. in 2008 to
16.75 bn. in 2013 an increase of over 60%. The plateau in Total Pharmaceutical Sector value added in 2011 - 2012 and the
decline in 2013 reflect the impact of the so called pharma cliff where a large number of patents for block buster drugs
produced in Ireland expired. Nevertheless the significance of the sector remains at 10.6% of total GVA for the economy in
2013 and the latest data for the first two quarters of 2014 indicate a return to growth. As the vast majority of this sector is
foreign owned the main impact of GVA produced is the employment effect, this is illustrated in the table on employment in
this sector set out below. Despite the impact of the patent cliff employment in the sector continued to grow in 2013 to 35,390
from 32,644 in 2012. Table 1: Pharmaceutical Sector Gross Value Added (GVA) in millions at Constant Basic Prices (chain
linked annually and referenced to year 2012) NACE REV.2section NACE REV.2division Description 2008 2009 2010 2011
2012 2013 CD-CF 19 - 21 Total pharmaceutical Sector GVA 10,450 12,842 16,158 17,488 17,599 16,749 - - Pharmaceutical
sector contribution to Total Economy GVA. 6.6% 8.5% 10.7% 11.2% 11.2% 10.6% Table 2: Pharmaceutical Sector
Employment - Full Time Equivalents (FTE) (all in employment) - annual average over four calendar quarters NACE
REV.2section NACE REV.2division Description 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 CD-CF 19 - 21 Total pharmaceutical
Sector Employment (FTE) 31,982 30,541 34,659 33,441 32,644 35,390 Pharmaceutical sector contribution to Total
Employment. 1.6% 1.7% 2.1% 2.0% 2.0% 2.1% 14/10/2014WRA01200Ministerial Responsibilities14/10/2014WRA013005.
Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Taoiseach his views on making a junior Minister responsible for drugs, considering the
seriousness of the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38954/14]14/10/2014WRA01400The Taoiseach: The
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Drugs, which is responsible for the high-level monitoring of progress being achieved under the Strategy. Any questions on
progress with the Strategy and related issues are a matter for the Minister.14/10/2014WRA01500Departmental
Investigations14/10/2014WRA016006. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Taoiseach if he will provide a list of the
commissions of investigation, inquiries and similar investigations established under his Department during the past 12
months, or being considered for establishment during the next 12 months; in each case, the persons conducting the inquiry;
and the timeframe envisaged, including start and end dates. [39260/14]14/10/2014WRA01700The Taoiseach: On 21 February
2014, the Government appointed John Cooke, a retired judge of the High Court, to conduct an independent inquiry into
reports of unlawful surveillance of the Garda Sochna Ombudsman Commission. The inquiry was completed on 4 June 2014.
On 27 February 2014, the Government appointed Sean Guerin, Senior Counsel, to conduct an independent inquiry into
allegations made by Garda Sergeant Maurice McCabe and related matters. The inquiry was completed on 6 May 2014. On 30
April 2014 the Government made an order establishing a Commission of Investigation to investigate certain matters relative
to An Garda Sochna and other persons. Mr. Justice Nial Fennelly, a retired Judge of the Supreme Court, is the sole member
of the Commission of Investigation, which, under its terms of reference is to report no later than 31st December 2014, subject
to section 6(6) of the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004.14/10/2014WRA01800Appointments to State
Boards14/10/2014WRA019007. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Taoiseach if he will provide a list of all State board
appointments since general election 2011; the person who recommended each appointment; the credentials of those
appointed; if the vacancy was publicly advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39288/14]14/10/2014WRA02000The Taoiseach: The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) is the
body corporate for the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), the only State Agency under the aegis of my
Department. The board of NESDO is currently comprised of the Chair and Deputy Chair of the NESC, both of whom are civil
servants from my Department and serve in an ex-officio capacity.Section 18 of the Statistics Act 1993 sets out the
composition and procedures for appointing the National Statistics Board. It states that the National Statistics Board shall
consist of eight members comprising the following seven persons who shall be appointed by the Taoiseach: - five persons of
proven ability and experience in relevant fields - two of whom shall be nominated by the Taoiseach and three of whom shall
be nominated by such organisation or organisations as the Taoiseach considers to be representative of the users of official
statistics and providers of information under this Act- Assistant Secretary or equivalent or higher grade in the Department of
the Taoiseach- Assistant Secretary or equivalent or higher grade in the Department of Finance together with the Director
General of the Central Statistics Office, ex officio.Since 2011 there have been 10 appointments to the NSB as set out below. A
vacancy was filled by an Assistant Secretary in the Department of the Taoiseach in 2012.The term of appointment of the
Board expired in 2013. The Chairperson, and the three Civil Servants serving in an ex-officio capacity were re-appointed. The
remaining positions were advertised on the Department of the Taoiseach and NSB websites, and the vacancies were filled in
March 2014. Name Organisation Date of Appointment Mr. John Callinan Assistant Secretary, Department of the Taoiseach
September 2012Reappointed in October 2013 Dr. Patricia OHara NSB Chairperson, Adjunct Professor at the National
Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, NUI Maynooth October 2013 Mr. Michael McGrath Assistant Secretary,
Department of Finance October 2013to March 2014 Mr. Padraig Dalton Director General of CSO (ex-officio) October 2013
Mr. John McCarthy Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance[replaced Mr. Michael McGrath] March 2014 Ms. Rowena
Dwyer Chief Economist - Irish Farmers Association March 2014 Mr. Tom Geraghty General Secretary, Public Service
Executive Union March 2014 Dr. Helen Johnston Senior Social Policy Analyst, National Economic and Social Council March
2014 Mr. Gerard ONeill Chairman, Amrach Research March 2014 14/10/2014WRA02100Departmental Staff
Rehiring14/10/2014WRA022008. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach the number of persons who are on public or
Civil Service pensions and have been recruited for work on any basis, either permanent or temporary, under the remit of his
Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39553/14]14/10/2014WRA02300The Taoiseach: In 2013 I appointed a person who was in receipt of a public service pension,
as Deputy Government Press Secretary and Head of the Government Information Service for 7 months, during which time his
pension was abated in accordance with the Provisions of the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and other Provisions)
Act 2012. One person who previously retired from the public service, and who is in receipt of a public service pension, is
employed in an unestablished position by my Department. The person concerned is the Government Press Secretary and I
selected him for this position in 2011, in accordance with the usual procedure for appointments to this
post.14/10/2014WRA02400Rent Supplement Scheme Eligibility14/10/2014WRA025009. Deputy Ciarn Lynch asked the
Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection her plans to alter the system of providing rent allowance to introduce more
flexibility; her views on the issues raised by a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[39007/14]14/10/2014WRA0260030. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will
provide an update on rent allowance in private dwellings for persons on the housing list; and if she will make a statement on
the matter. [39107/14]14/10/2014WRA02700Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to
take Questions Nos. 9 and 30 together.The purpose of the rent supplement scheme is to provide short-term income support to
assist with reasonable accommodation costs of eligible people living in private rented accommodation who are unable to
provide for their accommodation costs from their own resources. The overall aim is to provide short term assistance, and not
to act as an alternative to the other social housing schemes operated by the Exchequer. There are currently approximately
73,500 rent supplement recipients for which the Government has provided over 344 million for 2014. Despite pressures on

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the social protection budget, the last review of maximum rent limits in mid-2013 saw rent limits increase in line with market
rents in some areas, including Dublin and Galway, with Dublin limits increasing by a weighted average of 9%. The
Department is currently reviewing maximum rent limits. However, the current difficulties in the rental market and the
difficulties faced by prospective tenants, including those seeking access to rent supplement, is a shortage of supply of suitable
properties in areas of high demand. I would be concerned that raising rent limits is not the solution to the problem as it is
likely to add to further rental inflation and impact, not alone on rent supplement recipients, but also on many lower income
workers and students. The Government has recently launched its Construction Strategy with the aim of increasing housing
supply generally. I can assure the Deputies that officers administering rent supplement throughout the country have
considerable experience in dealing with customers and make every effort to ensure that their accommodation needs are met.
Discretionary powers are available to staff to award a supplement for rental purposes in exceptional cases where it appears
that the circumstances of the case so warrant. A notice reminding staff of their statutory discretionary power to award a
supplement for rental purposes in exceptional cases, for example, when dealing with applicants who are at risk of losing their
tenancy was circulated in July 2014. In view of the current supply difficulties, the Department has agreed a tenancy
sustainment protocol with the Dublin local authorities and voluntary organisations so that families on rent supplement who are
at risk of losing their accommodation can have more timely and appropriate interventions made on their behalf. Since the
launch of this initiative in mid-June 2014, almost 140 families have had their rent supplement claims revised by the
Department.The Departments strategic policy direction is to transfer responsibility for recipients of rent supplement with a
long-term housing need to local authorities under the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP). HAP is being introduced to
provide a more integrated system of housing supports and has been designed to allow any households that find full-time
employment to remain in the scheme.HAP was introduced in Cork County Council, Limerick City and County Council and
Waterford City and County Council on 15th September, 2014 and in South Dublin County Council, Kilkenny County Council,
Monaghan County Council and Louth County Council on 1st October, 2014. Department of Social Protection officials are
working closely with those in the lead Department of Environment, Community and Local Government to support the
implementation of HAP within the selected local authorities. In areas where HAP is in operation, rent supplement will
continue to be paid to new clients who are already in the private rented sector but who, generally because of a loss of income
through unemployment, require short term income support in order to pay their rent. Arrangements are also being made with
the relevant local authorities to transfer existing customers, in receipt of rent supplement for periods of 18 months or more, to
HAP. These measures will return rent supplement to fulfilling its original intention of being a short term
support.14/10/2014WRA02800Gender Recognition14/10/2014WRA0290010. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Tnaiste and
Minister for Social Protection when the legislation dealing with gender recognition legislation is expected to be finalised in
the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39132/14]14/10/2014WRA03000Tnaiste and
Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Revised General Scheme of the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 was
published on 17 June 2014. This is important legislation which will deliver on the commitment contained in the Programme
for Government to provide transgender persons with legal recognition.Drafting of the detail of the legislation is now being
pursued as a priority within the Department in conjunction with the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel. The Bill is on the A
list of legislation in the Governments Autumn 2014 Legislative Programme.In light of the priority accorded to this legislation
it is envisaged that the Gender Recognition Bill 2014 will be published by the end of the current Oireachtas session in 2014
and that it will be introduced in the Oireachtas at the earliest opportunity in 2015.14/10/2014WRA03100Invalidity Pension
Applications14/10/2014WRA0320011. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection the
position regarding an invalidity pension in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a
statement on the matter. [38851/14]14/10/2014WRA03300Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton):
I confirm that the Department is in receipt of an application for disability allowance from the above named person on 18
September 2014. The application will be processed as quickly as possible and the person in question will be notified directly
of the outcome. The processing time for individual disability allowance claims may vary in accordance with their relative
complexity, the persons circumstances and the information they provide in support of their claim. Any person who is
awaiting a decision on their disability allowance application may apply for means-tested supplementary welfare allowance
from their local community welfare officer.14/10/2014WRA03400Exceptional Needs Payment
Eligibility14/10/2014WRA0350012. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection if
exceptional needs payments are granted to persons to assist with setting up home when allocated local authority houses; and if
she will make a statement on the matter. [38875/14]14/10/2014WRA0360013. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Tnaiste
and Minister for Social Protection if she will provide guidelines in relation to exceptional needs payments; and if she will
make a statement on the matter. [38876/14]14/10/2014WRA03700Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan
Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 12 and 13 together.Under the supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) scheme, the
Department of Social Protection may make a single exceptional needs payment (ENP) to help meet essential, once-off and
unforeseen expenditure which a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income. The
Government has provided 31.3 million for the ENP scheme in 2014. A review of the guidelines on exceptional needs
payments was carried out during 2012 by a working group of staff from the Departments community welfare service. One of
the recommendations emanating from this review was to address the different approaches taken, in different areas, to the
payment of ENPs. This review has been used as a basis for revised guidelines that issued to staff in 2012 and 2013,

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recommending maximum amounts payable under the scheme for a variety of household and personal items, to ensure
consistency with regard to payment levels on a national basis including assistance in setting up home in local authority
allocated housing. A copy of these guidelines has been provided to the Deputy. Traditionally local authorities have provided
social housing to tenants on an unfurnished basis and it was the responsibility of the tenant to furnish the property. These units
were by and large units either built or purchased by local authorities. Where a tenant cannot furnish such a property from
within his/her own resources he/she can apply for an exceptional needs payment to assist them in furnishing the property. The
provision of local authority housing has been refocused toward providing accommodation by way of leasing. It is not
considered appropriate that ENPs would be provided for furnishing local authority leased accommodation. There is no
automatic entitlement to a payment or pre-determined amounts under the scheme. ENPs are payable at the discretion of the
officers administering the scheme taking into account the requirements of the legislation and all the relevant circumstances of
the case in order to ensure that the payments target those most in need of assistance. The guidelines assist Departmental staff
and do not limit the discretionary powers available to officers administering the scheme to assist an individual or household in
any particular hardship situation which may arise. Officials in the Department continue to review the issue of payments under
the ENP scheme to ensure consistency and fairness.14/10/2014WRA03800Supplementary Welfare Allowance
Appeals14/10/2014WRA0390014. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection when a decision
on a supplementary welfare allowance will issue in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will
make a statement on the matter. [38906/14]14/10/2014WRA04000Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan
Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was referred to an
Appeals Officer on 24th September 2014, who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary
evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the
Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation
to social welfare entitlements.Questions Nos. 15 and 16 withdrawn.14/10/2014WRA04200Social Welfare
Offices14/10/2014WRA0430017. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection when she
expects the planned Intreo office to open in a town (details supplied) in County Cork; if it is planned to move the current
social welfare office to the location of the Intreo service; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38920/14]14/10/2014WRA04400Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The roll-out of Intreo
services in the town in question is targeted for Q1 2015 and will operate from two locations, with the Local Office remaining
in its current location. The Office of Public Works has reached agreement with the HSE on a suitable property in the town for
the second location required to accommodate the employment activation element and some other services. A planning
application has been made to Cork County Council, and subject to no appeals and subsequent delays, it is expected that works
will commence at this property in late 2014 for completion in early 2015.14/10/2014WRA04500Invalidity Pension
Appeals14/10/2014WRA0460018. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will
expedite a decision on an invalidity pension appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will
make a statement on the matter. [38929/14]14/10/2014WRA04700Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan
Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that
office on 5th August 2014. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and
comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the
Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal
based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral appeal hearing.The Social Welfare Appeals Office
functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining
appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.14/10/2014WRA04800Invalidity Pension
Appeals14/10/2014WRA0490019. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection if a decision
has been made on an invalidity pension appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make
a statement on the matter. [38957/14]14/10/2014WRA05000Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan
Burton): I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all of the
available evidence including that adduced at the oral hearing, has decided to allow the appeal of the person concerned. The
person concerned has been notified of the Appeals Officers decision The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions
independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against
decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.14/10/2014WRA05100Community Welfare
Services14/10/2014WRA0520020. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection when the new
community welfare office will be in place to service the Crumlin-Drimnagh-Walkinstown area (details supplied) in Dublin 12;
and the location of same. [38990/14]14/10/2014WRA0530022. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Tnaiste and Minister for
Social Protection the staffing levels that will be in place if and when a new community welfare office opens in Crumlin,
Dublin 12 (details supplied). [39002/14]14/10/2014WRA05400Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan
Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 20 and 22 together.The Department continues to examine ways to make the
delivery of welfare services as efficient as possible having regard to the resources available. The consolidation of smaller
offices with limited opening times into a central unit that has an expanded range of availability is a model that has been
successful in other areas. In this context, Community Welfare services for Dublin 12 are now being delivered through a hub in
Charlemont Street with a team-based approach to case management. The Charlemont Street Clinic delivers the full range of

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Community Welfare Services supplemented by a Community Welfare Service provided by Bishop Square Local Office for
those clients applying for jobseekers allowance, jobseekers benefit and one parent family payment who require an interim
payment.The service offered from Charlemont Street provide for public opening hours of 10.00am to 12.30pm on Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This hub service is supplemented by home visits and by a phone and postal service. The staff
and service is operated in a flexible manner to accommodate the needs of people experiencing difficulties in accessing
Charlemont Street for mobility or other reasons.As the Intreo model of integrated services is rolled out in this area the
allocation of available resources to customer demand will be kept under review.14/10/2014WRB00050Written Answers Nos.
21-3914/10/2014WRB00100Budget 201514/10/2014WRB0020021. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Tnaiste and Minister for
Social Protection if she will reinstate the widows pension to the original payment in budget 2015.
[38991/14]14/10/2014WRB00300Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The allocation for the
Department of Social Protection in 2015, including the allocations for the Widow/ers or Surviving Civil Partners Pension
(contributory and non-contributory), will be announced on Budget Day, October 14.Question No. 22 answered with Question
No. 20.14/10/2014WRB00500Family Income Supplement Application Numbers14/10/2014WRB0060023. Deputy Peadar
Tibn asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will provide the number of civil and public servants in
receipt of a family income support payment. [39008/14]14/10/2014WRB0070024. Deputy Peadar Tibn asked the Tnaiste
and Minister for Social Protection the percentage of working households in receipt of a family income support payment.
[39009/14]14/10/2014WRB00800Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take
Questions Nos. 23 and 24 together.The family income supplement (FIS) is designed to provide support for employees, with
families, who have low earnings. FIS recipients at end September 2014: Number in receipt Sept 2014 Number of Children
being claimed for Sept 2014 Number of Public Servants end Sept 2014 % of FIS recipients who are Public Servants % of
working households in receipt of FIS 48,493 107,695 3,816 7.9% 8% There has been a steady growth both in the number of
families supported by FIS over recent years and associated expenditure with numbers in receipt of FIS rising from 26,000
families in 2009 to some 48,000 by the end of September 2014. Expenditure on the FIS scheme is estimated to be 281.7
million in 2014, an increase of 20 million over 2013 figures. A Department of Social Protection estimate, based on the
Quarterly National Household Survey conducted by the Central Statistics Office, gave the number of households with
children present and at least one adult working as 585,000 for quarter 2, 2014. At end the end of quarter 2 there were 46,267
people in receipt of FIS. This gives the percentage of working households in receipt of FIS as almost 8%. At the end of
September 2014 there were 48,493 people in receipt of FIS of which 3,816 were public servants. The number of children for
which FIS is being claimed for is 107,695 at the end of September 2014.It should be noted that the number of civil servants
who are receiving FIS is included in the figure for public servants. A separate breakdown for civil servants is not currently
available, due to the way that data is captured on the departments computer data base for FIS
applicants.14/10/2014WRB00900One-Parent Family Payment Appeals14/10/2014WRB0100025. Deputy Aengus
Snodaigh asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an appeal for a one-parent family
payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10; and when they may expect a decision on their case.
[39023/14]14/10/2014WRB01100Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare
Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned together with the relevant Departmental papers were
received by that office on 08th August 2014 and that the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary
decision on the appeal based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing. The Social Welfare
Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for
determining appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.14/10/2014WRB01200Appointments to State
Boards14/10/2014WRB0130026. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will
outline to Dil ireann the names and addresses of all those she appointed to State boards, committees, commissions and
inquiries, and all other appointments within her remit, since she was appointed to her current Ministry; and if she will make a
statement on the matter. [39039/14]14/10/2014WRB01400Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton):
The statutory bodies operating under the aegis of the Department of Social Protection are the Citizens Information Board, the
Pensions Authority, the Pensions Ombudsman (which does not have a Board) and the Social Welfare Tribunal.Details of
appointments to the boards/committees/commissions/inquiries made since March 2011 are set out in the following table.
Board Name of Person Citizens Information Board Mr. Eugene McErleanMr. David Stratton (CIB Staff representative)Ms
Fiona Ward (Tnaistes representative, senior official, Department of Social Protection -resigned)Ms. Simonetta Ryan
(Tnaistes representative, senior official Department of Social Protection -replacement) Pensions Authority-established
March 2014 (formerly the Pensions Board) Ms. Jane Williams, ChairpersonDr. Orlaigh Quinn (Tnaistes representative,
senior official, Department of Social Protection -resigned)Ms. Anne Vaughan (Tnaistes representative, senior official,
Department of Social Protection - replacement)Ms. Ann Nolan (Minister of Finance representative, senior official,
Department of Finance) Pensions Board (up to March 2014) Nil Social Welfare Tribunal Mr. Colin WalkerMs. Chris
RowlandMr. Don OHigginsMr. Michael CarrMr. Fergus Whelan Other appointmentsDetails of other appointments with the
remit of the Minister for Social Protection since March 2011: NAME POSITION STATUS Mr. Edward Brophy Special
Adviser (has since been appointed to new role) Ms. Kathleen Barrington Press Adviser (resigned) Mr. Paul O Brien Press
Adviser (has since been appointed to new role) Ms. Karen OConnell Personal Assistant (has since been appointed to new
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(temporary appointment) Ms. Elaine Dooley Personal Secretary Mr. Gerard Mc Carrick Civilian Driver (resigned) Mr.
Vincent Cahill Civilian Driver (made redundant) Ms. Irene Martin Civilian Driver (made redundant) Ms Irene Shelley
Civilian Driver (temporary appointment) As Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection from 4 July 2014 to date the
following were appointed: NAME POSITION Mr. Edward Brophy Chief of Staff Mr. Terry Quinn Economic Adviser Ms.
Karen OConnell Special Adviser Ms. Claire Power Special Adviser Ms Laura Bambrick Personal Assistant Note 1: It is not
possible to release the addresses of appointees as they are considered to be personal information under the Data Protection
legislation.Note 2: Appointments of civil servants to posts reserved by legislation for civil servants are excluded from this
reply.14/10/2014WRB01500Exceptional Needs Payment Eligibility14/10/2014WRB0160027. Deputy Arthur Spring asked
the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection the means by which funding for assistance with funeral expenses may be
issued; the amount the applicant may have in savings and the way an applicants means is assessed.
[39041/14]14/10/2014WRB01700Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Under the
supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) scheme, the Department of Social Protection may make a single exceptional needs
payment (ENP) to help meet essential, once-off and unforeseen expenditure which a person could not reasonably be expected
to meet out of their weekly income. The Government has provided 31.3 million for the ENP scheme in 2014. An application
can be made under the ENP scheme for assistance with funeral and burial expenses. In 2014, the Department has supported
over 2,000 applicants with financial assistance towards these costs, at a cost of 3.4 million. An ENP is a means tested
payment payable at the discretion of the officers administering the scheme taking into account the requirements of the
legislation and all the relevant circumstances of the applicant and that of the deceased person including any savings, property,
insurance policies, etc. The Department official will also consider if a bereavement payment is available from any other
source including former employer, credit union or trade union. Any persons who consider that they have an entitlement to an
ENP under the SWA scheme should contact the Department.Question No. 28 withdrawn.14/10/2014WRB01900Domiciliary
Care Allowance Applications14/10/2014WRB0200029. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social
Protection when a decision will issue on a domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County
Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39098/14]14/10/2014WRB02100Tnaiste and Minister for Social
Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The person concerned was notified on the 10th October 2014 that her domiciliary care
allowance application was successful and that the allowance has been awarded from 1st August 2014. Payment of the
allowance, along with arrears due, will be available in the nominated bank account on the 21st October 2014 and on the third
Tuesday of each month thereafter.Question No. 30 answered with Question No. 9.14/10/2014WRB02300National Internship
Scheme Funding14/10/2014WRB0240031. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection if a
person (details supplied) in County Laois who is on JobBridge and living away from home may receive expenses to cover
accommodation or travel costs associated with getting to and from their work in view of the extra costs that will be involved
in taking up this position; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39130/14]14/10/2014WRB02500Tnaiste and
Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): JobBridge interns receive a 50 weekly top-up in addition to their
Social Welfare payment. This acknowledges additional expenses that may be incurred in pursing an internship over and above
those normally incurred in the course of a jobseekers job search. The JobBridge General Guidelines state: There is nothing
to prevent a Host Organisation reimbursing an Intern for expenses incurred as part of the internship. However, expenses
should not be provided for normal activities such as travel to and from the main location of the
internship.14/10/2014WRB02600Carers Allowance Appeals14/10/2014WRB0270032. Deputy John OMahony asked the
Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their
appeal for carers allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39146/14]14/10/2014WRB02800Tnaiste and
Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the
person concerned was registered in that office on 01st August 2014. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that
the relevant papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought from the
Department of Social Protection. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 24th September 2014
and the case will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on documentary
evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral hearing.The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the
Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in relation
to social welfare entitlements.14/10/2014WRB02900Defined Benefit Pension Schemes14/10/2014WRB0300033. Deputy
Timmy Dooley asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she is considering introducing new pensions
legislation to protect former employees who deferred their pensions; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[39158/14]14/10/2014WRB03100Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Pensions Act
provides for the preservation of benefits for members of occupational pension schemes who leave employment before their
normal pensionable age for any reason, other than death, provided they satisfy certain qualifying conditions. The preserved
benefit is a proportion of the long service benefit to which the member would have been entitled if he or she had remained in
employment until normal pensionable age.If a members long service benefit is provided for under the rules of the scheme on a
defined contribution basis, then the value of the preserved benefit at the date on which it becomes payable is equal to the
accumulated value of the appropriate contributions.The preserved benefit which is payable from a defined benefit pension
scheme will normally be revalued annually by the lower of 4% or the rate of change in the Consumer Price Index.Section 50
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scheme does not satisfy the scheme funding requirement as set out in the Pension Act. In the event that the trustees of a
scheme are considering a restructure of scheme benefits under this provision, they can consider adjusting the benefits of both
active and deferred scheme members. The Social Welfare and Pensions (No. 2) Act 2013 extended the provisions in section
50 to include a portion of benefits payable to pensioners. Under this change, the pensioner benefits are protected up to
12,000 per annum, benefits over 12,000 and less than 60,000 can be reduced by up to 10% while benefits over 60,000
can be reduced by up to 20%.These provisions in section 50 of the Act essentially provide for the sharing of the risk of
scheme underfunding across all scheme members. The issue of how these changes might be applied is a matter for the trustees
of a scheme who are required under trust law to act in the best interests of all scheme beneficiaries. There are no plans at this
stage to bring forward amending legislation to enhance the present provisions in the Act in relation to deferred scheme
members.14/10/2014WRB03200Respite Care Grant Eligibility14/10/2014WRB0330034. Deputy Clare Daly asked the
Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will revise the criteria of the respite care grant in order to enable those who
work more that 15 hours a week to be able to avail of the payment, as in many instances these persons do provide full-time
care. [39214/14]14/10/2014WRB03400Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Respite Care
Grant (RCG) is an annual payment of 1,375 for carers who look after certain people in need of full-time care and attention.
The full-time care provision is moderated by permitting the carer to work or engage in education or training for a maximum of
15 hours per week. This moderation of the full time care provision represents a reasonable balance between meeting the
requirement for providing full-time care for the care recipient and the needs of the carer to engage in employment or
education. It also serves the additional purpose of reducing the social alienation experienced by many carers.I have no plans to
change the conditionality around the maximum hours at this time.14/10/2014WRB03500Carers Allowance
Appeals14/10/2014WRB0360035. Deputy Brian Walsh asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection when a decision
will be made on a carers allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if she will make a
statement on the matter. [39220/14]14/10/2014WRB03700Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton):
The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 01st
October 2014. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the
Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the Department, the case in
question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal based on the documentary
evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral appeal hearing.The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of
the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions in
relation to social welfare entitlements.14/10/2014WRB03800Disability Allowance Renewals14/10/2014WRB0390036.
Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection when a decision will be made on a disability
allowance review in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [39221/14]14/10/2014WRB04000Tnaiste and
Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The application, based upon the evidence submitted, was refused on
medical grounds and the person concerned was notified in writing of this decision on 7 July 2014.Further medical evidence
has been received in this case and the application is under review. The person concerned can expect a decision on the review
of her disability allowance application within five working days.14/10/2014WRB04100Carers Allowance
Appeals14/10/2014WRB0420037. Deputy Patrick ODonovan asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection the
position regarding a carers allowance appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if she will
make a statement on the matter. [39272/14]14/10/2014WRB04300Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan
Burton): The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that
office on 27th August 2014. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and
comments by the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. When these papers have been received from the
Department, the case in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer who will make a summary decision on the appeal
based on the documentary evidence presented or, if required, hold an oral appeal hearing.The Social Welfare Appeals Office
functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining
appeals against decisions in relation to social welfare entitlements.14/10/2014WRB04400Appointments to State
Boards14/10/2014WRB0450038. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection if she will
provide a list of all State board appointments since general election 2011; the person who recommended each appointment;
the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was publicly advertised; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[39287/14]14/10/2014WRB04600Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The statutory bodies
operating under the aegis of the Department of Social Protection are the Citizens Information Board, the Pensions Authority
(formerly the Pensions Board), the Pensions Ombudsman (which does not have a Board) and the Social Welfare
Tribunal.Details of appointments to the Boards made since March 2011 are set out in the following tables. There were no
appointments to the Pensions Board in the period from March 2011 to March 2014. The Board is known as the Pensions
Authority since 7 March 2014. Citizens Information Board (CIB) State Board/Agency Appointment Person who
recommended Appointment Credentials of those appointed Was the vacancy publicly advertised Eugene McErlean Appointed
by Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, TD Solicitor by profession, having banking and legal experience. Yes, on both
the Departments website and on the Public Appointments Service website. Fiona Ward Appointed by Minister for Social
Protection, Joan Burton, TD Department of Social Protection Senior Official No, did not require public advertisement - a
representative of Department of Social Protection David Stratton Appointed by Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton,

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TD Citizens Information Board Staff Member No, did not require public advertisement -elected representative of Citizens
Information Board staff Simonetta Ryan Appointed by Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, TD Department of Social
Protection Senior Official No, did not require advertisement - a representative of the Department of Social Protection
Pensions Authority- established 7 March 2014 (formerly the Pensions Board) State Board/Agency Appointment Person who
recommended Appointment Credentials of those appointed Was the vacancy publicly advertised Ms. Jane Williams
(Chairperson) Appointed by Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, TD. Previous Chairperson of the Pensions Board No
Ms. Anne Vaughan Appointed by Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, TD Deputy Secretary in the Department of
Social Protection No Ms. Ann Nolan Appointed by Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton T.D. on recommendation of
Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, TD. Second Secretary in the Department of Finance No Social Welfare Tribunal State
Board/Agency Appointment Person who recommended Appointment Credentials of those appointed Was the vacancy
publicly advertised Ms. Chris Rowland Irish Congress of Trade Unions See note below. No Mr. Colin Walker (Chairperson)
Labour Court Chairperson is recommended to Minister by Labour Court based on their suitability for the role as Chairperson.
No Mr. Don OHiggins Irish Business and Employers Confederation See note below. No Mr. Fergus Whelan Irish Congress of
Trade Unions See note below. No Mr. Michael Carr Irish Business and Employers Confederation See note below. No Note:
Under section 333 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 the Social Welfare Tribunal shall consist of a chairperson
and four ordinary members. Two of the ordinary members shall be persons representative of workers and nominated for
appointment by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. The two other ordinary members shall be persons representative of
employers and nominated for appointment by an organisation representative of employers. These members are nominated by
the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC).14/10/2014WRB04700Departmental Staff
Rehiring14/10/2014WRB0480039. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection the number of
persons who are on public or Civil Service pensions and have been recruited for work on any basis, either permanent or
temporary, under the remit of her Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if she will make a statement on the
matter. [39552/14]14/10/2014WRB04900Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The information
requested by the Deputy is outlined as follows.The Departments Chief Medical Advisor was retained beyond his retirement
date of 29th February 2012. The decision to re-employ the Chief Medical Advisor was taken due to his specific skills and his
involvement in the policy reform of the illness related schemes, the difficulty and long lead-in time for replacing his skills,
and the critical importance of ensuring continuity and a high level of service to customers of the Department. The Department
held a competition to replace the Chief Medical Adviser in late 2013, however, no candidate was deemed suitable at
interview. The position is being re-advertised again this week.As an exception to the current moratorium on recruitment, the
Department has limited sanction to recruit temporary clerical officers to cover critical staff absences and to assist with the roll-
out of the new Public Service Card. There are currently two temporary staff members who are retired civil servants occupying
these posts. The Pensions Authority and the Citizens Information Board come under the remit of the Department. Two retired
public servants were re-hired by the Pensions Authority in 2011; one at Higher Executive Officer level and one at Assistant
Principal Officer level. Both individuals were recruited directly by the Pensions Authority, on three year fixed-term temporary
contracts. The Citizens Information Board had one former staff member hired on a contract for service basis from October to
December 2013. In all of these cases the rules governing abatement of pensions are applied.14/10/2014WRC00100Written
Answers Nos. 40-5414/10/2014WRC00150Environmental Policy14/10/2014WRC0020040. Deputy Joan Collins asked the
Minister for Finance the tonnage of toxic chemical marker that has been added to the fuel supply which, when burned, can be
released into the environment. [39020/14]14/10/2014WRC00300Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I am
advised by the Revenue Commissioners, who are responsible for the collection of mineral oil tax, that a chemical marker
prescribed under the EU law must be added to diesel and kerosene taxed at a lower rate of mineral oil tax. Not more than 4.5
kilograms of the chemical marker are added to every half million litres of gas oil or kerosene.Prior to the selection of the
chemical marker, a study conducted by the EU found that the inclusion of the marker caused no variation in the pollutant
emissions that were measured in the exhaust gases of a diesel engine.14/10/2014WRC00350Tax Reliefs
Application14/10/2014WRC0040041. Deputy Mary Mitchell OConnor asked the Minister for Finance the reason no tax
relief is in place for donations in support of sports development projects aimed at increasing participation or for the support of
high-performance or developing athletes, when there is a relief in place in respect of sports facilities capital projects and sport
is the only area of the not for profit sector not to benefit from such a relief; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39029/14]14/10/2014WRC00500Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): As the Deputy will appreciate, in general,
any new tax relief should only be considered if there is a clear evidence of market failure and if there are compelling reasons
why an intervention through the tax system would be more effective than a direct exchequer grant or subsidy.Any new
proposal for a potentially significant tax expenditure should be subject to an ex-ante cost benefit analysis and evaluation
process.It is important that evaluations endeavour, where possible, to take account of the following effects:- Deadweight (or
additionality);- Displacement; and,- Opportunity costs.Deadweight is an economic concept that attempts to capture the
amount of activity that would have taken place anyway in the absence of the incentive or scheme.Displacement refers to a
situation where some of the benefits associated with the scheme occur at the expense of other, non-beneficiaries.A
fundamental principle of economics is that all resources (capital, labour, public funds) have an opportunity cost reflecting
their value in an alternative use. These costs must be taken into account in evaluations. In particular, for tax expenditure
evaluations two types of opportunity costs should be considered:- The opportunity cost of labour; and,- The opportunity (or

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marginal) cost of public funds.In relation to the specific proposal, I would point out that there are a number of other reliefs
available for sports, including the capital projects you mention in your question and retirement relief for certain sportspersons
which was introduced in Finance Act 2002. The categories of sportspersons that can avail of tax relief are listed in Schedule
23A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, (TCA). These categories originally included athletes, badminton players, boxers,
cyclists, footballers, golfers, jockeys, motor racing drivers, rugby players, squash players, swimmers and tennis players.There
is scope for me, as Minister for Finance, to add to this list by regulation after consultation with the Minister for Transport,
Tourism and Sport if a justifiable case is made on behalf of categories of sportspersons with direct earnings that are excluded.I
have no plans to introduce tax relief for donations to sports development projects at this time.14/10/2014WRC00550Tax
Code14/10/2014WRC0060042. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Finance his views on scrapping the legal
framework of relevant contracts tax agreements in the construction sector in view of the manner in which workers may be left
open to exploitation by being forced to enter such agreements to secure employment rather than be employed as PAYE
workers with the accompanying employment protections involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39117/14]14/10/2014WRC00700Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): It is not the function of the Tax Code or the
Oireachtas to determine the employment relationship between parties. If the true relationship between parties is that of an
employer/employee then the employer is required, under the Tax Code, to operate PAYE on payments made to the employee.
If, however, the true relationship is not that of an employer/employee then, where the relationship relates to construction
operations, as defined within the Tax Code, there is a requirement to operate the relevant RCT provisions. These provisions
were placed on an electronic platform with effect from 1 January 2012. I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that
the eRCT system is working efficiently and that it has removed substantially the vulnerabilities for fraud, mainly from bogus
documentation, that attached to the previous paper based relevant contracts tax system. It is not proposed to abolish Relevant
Contracts Tax.I wish to advise the Deputies that the Code of Practice for Determining Employment or Self-Employment
Status of Individuals, which is available of my Departments website, was created to assist both parties to an engagement
including an engagement in the construction sector - in determining if a contract of engagement is, by its nature, either a
contract of service (that is, an employer and employee arrangement) or a contract for service (that is, not an employer and
employee arrangement). The Code of Practice for Determining Employment or Self-Employment Status of Individuals is not
a Revenue Code but rather was compiled with the assistance of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions / Department of Jobs,
Enterprise and Innovation / National Employment Rights Authority / Department of Social Protection / Department of
Finance / Small Firms Association / Irish Business and Employers Confederation / Construction Industry Federation /
Revenue Commissioners.I am further informed by the Revenue Commissioners that they are committed to tackling all forms
of shadow economy activity including that which is described as bogus self-employment status. Their staff carry-out visits
to a wide range of businesses, including temporary places of business such as building sites, as part of their on-going
compliance operations. In some instances, such visits are undertaken jointly with other State agencies such as the Department
of Social Protection and the National Employment Rights Authority.14/10/2014WRC00750Banking
Sector14/10/2014WRC0080043. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Finance his views on the Bank of Irelands
closure of the bank account of the Cuba Support Group due to a business relationship with a US bank; his further views on
whether this is an appropriate action; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[37743/14]14/10/2014WRC00900Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The Deputy might be aware that I have
responded to a number of recent Parliamentary Questions on this same topic and, for the benefit of the Deputy I repeat my
answer as follows:I have no direct function in the relationship between banks and their customers. Neither do I have a
statutory function in relation to banking decisions made by individual lending institutions at any particular time as these
decisions are taken by the Board and Management of the relevant institution. A Relationship Framework has been specified
that defines the nature of the relation ship between the Minister for Finance and each bank. These Frameworks were published
on 30 March 2012 and can be found at: http://banking.finance.gov.ie/presentations-and-latest-documents/.Notwithstanding
this, officials in my Department have referred the issue to Bank of Ireland and have received the following comment in this
regard:The US Government has a restrictive trade embargo against Cuba. The US legislative and regulatory measures
include an embargo on making or receiving payments from Cuba and/or facilitating the making or receiving of payments from
Cuba.Bank of Ireland depends on correspondent banks for the processing of our national, European and international
transactions, including our SEPA (Single European Payment Area) transactions. We are reliant on our correspondent banks
because they process and facilitate all such transactions on our behalf. The current issue has arisen as a result of the transition
to SEPA. As it happens, our principal correspondent bank for SEPA transactions is a leading US bank who must comply with
its own regulatory requirements and obligations to avoid a possible exposure to regulatory sanctions and penalties.As a result,
we are not in a position to process such transactions. This affects all international payments to or from Cuba and also any
related SEPA payments.I have also been asked previously if I, as Minister for Finance, would challenge relevant U.S. policy.
My response, which has not changed, is to highlight that US policy in this regard is not restricted to Ireland and extends
worldwide and accordingly I do not intend to challenge this policy as I would not expect a positive outcome to such an
action.14/10/2014WRC00950Tax Code14/10/2014WRC0100044. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Finance
the steps he will take to diffuse ongoing international concern over profit shifting among multinational companies based here
and the use of the so-called double Irish tax regime; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
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the amount of corporation tax they pay world-wide using international structures is an issue that has attracted a lot of public
and media attention over the past 24 months.The G20 have acknowledged that this is a global challenge that requires global
action, and this is happening through the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) project. Ireland is actively
engaged in this process and it is anticipated that BEPS will result in changes being made to the international taxation rulebook
which countries rely on for international trade.At the same time, countries are increasingly competing for mobile foreign
direct investment (FDI). The competitiveness of Irelands overall corporate tax regime is important in that regard, and as I
said in my Budget speech last October, Ireland will play fair, as we have always done, but play to win.Last year I published a
new International Tax Strategy statement in the Budget which sets out Irelands objectives and commitments in relation to
these issues. In it, I was clear that the best way to address the issue of aggressive tax planning across borders is for countries
to work together at an international level. This is particularly important as we need to ensure a level playing field among
countries, in order for Ireland to compete fairly.Earlier this year my Department launched a public consultation to identify the
risks and opportunities for Ireland from the BEPS project, and to get views on how Ireland should respond to the changing
international tax environment. This process has fed into my decisions on corporation tax policy which will be announced as
part of Budget 2015.As I said in the Dil last month, I remain firmly of the view that the changes that are coming
internationally present many opportunities for Ireland as a competitive location for FDI.For example, one of the key concepts
of BEPS is the better alignment of substance with taxing rights. The alignment of substance with a competitive rate of tax has
been the cornerstone of our corporation tax policy since the 1950s so I believe that any change that may result from the BEPS
process will lead to additional opportunities for Ireland. Ireland has not been and will never will be a brass-plate location.
We only have and want real substantive FDI, the kind that brings real jobs and investment into Ireland. That policy will
continue to bring success in the post-BEPS environment.At 12.5%, Ireland has the most competitive headline corporate tax
rate in the OECD, which is applied to a broad base. Corporate tax rates are a matter of national sovereignty. This Government
is committed to maintaining it.Irelands offering of a competitive corporate tax rate, the availability of skills, and a reputation
for being business friendly is a huge advantage that other countries will struggle to match. As international tax loopholes
progressively get closed down, our low general corporation tax rate will become even more attractive.Indeed as we continue
to improve our offering for knowledge based investment, R&D and intellectual property, I believe over the coming years we
can continue to grow our share of FDI-related investment.14/10/2014WRC01150Property Taxation
Data14/10/2014WRC0120045. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide an assessment of
the property tax system to date; the amount of tax that has been raised in each county; a breakdown of property tax revenue by
postcode in Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38865/14]14/10/2014WRC01300Minister for Finance
(Deputy Michael Noonan): I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that compliance data in relation to the Local
Property Tax (LPT) is available broken down by city and county councils nationally and the most up to date figures for LPT
collected in 2013 and 2014 were published on 10 October 2014 on the Commissioners website at: Local Property Tax
Statistics October 2014. I am also advised that the Commissioners do not break the LPT statistics down to post code level.
The Commissioners have confirmed that by the end of December 2013, 318m had been transferred by Revenue to the
Exchequer in respect of LPT and the 2014 LPT Exchequer receipts to 30 September 2014 are 385m. Exchequer receipts for
LPT also include payments of Household Charge.The introduction of Local Property Tax, amounting, as it did, to the largest
extension of the self-assessment system in the history of the State, represented a very significant administrative challenge for
Revenue and it has handled this challenge extremely well. LPT has now achieved a compliance rate of 95% in respect of
2013 and 94% in respect of 2014. The Commissioners have also successfully implemented the collection of Household
Charge arrears which, to date, has yielded about 33m in respect of 181,000 properties. I am also advised that Revenues
work on ensuring that the highest possible levels of LPT compliance for 2013 and 2014 and for the Household Charge is
ongoing.I want to again commend Revenue for the excellent work it has done in taking LPT from concept to a fully
functioning tax in such a short period of time. The work involved included the enacting of legislation, the building of a
completely new residential property Register, the development of a secure online system for filing and paying LPT via the
Revenue website, the provision of customer service to such a large volume of taxpayers and critically the lodgement of in
excess of 700m to date to the Exchequer.The Deputy may also be aware that the Commissioners launched their pay and file
campaign for 2015 last Friday 10 October, which will be supported by a public communications campaign. Letters will issue
between 20 October and 31 October to around 1 million property owners who paid their 2014 LPT charge in full, in a single
payment or who made regular cash payments, requesting them to make arrangements for paying their 2015 LPT charge. As
with 2014, no letters will issue to property owners who paid their 2014 LPT charge by direct debit or by deduction at source
from their salary, occupational pension or from payments received from certain Government Departments, as these payment
methods will automatically carry over into 2015.The Commissioners will also be implementing a range of reductions in the
rate of LPT (known as the local adjustment factor) that were agreed by fourteen different local authorities during September.
This work will ensure that property owners pay the correct amount of LPT for 2015.Further details about LPT liabilities,
payment options and dates for 2015 are available on the Revenue website at: What do I need to do for 2015? and I am advised
that briefing material was provided by Revenue directly to all members of the Oireachtas.14/10/2014WRC01350Tax
Code14/10/2014WRC0140046. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Finance his plans to change the restrictions on
interest relief for residential property whereby, since 2009, only 75% of the interest paid can be offset against rental income;
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once the landlords primary residence; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38869/14]14/10/2014WRC01500Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): This question relates to the interest
restriction applying to residential lettings, whereby the deductibility of interest in computing taxable rental income from
residential property (insofar as it would otherwise be allowable) is limited to 75% of such interest.Rental income for tax
purposes from such property is the gross rental income less allowable expenses incurred in earning that rent, as specified in
section 97(2) of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997. The main deductible expenses are:- any rent payable by the landlord in the
case of a sub-lease;- the cost to the landlord of any goods provided or services rendered to a tenant;- the cost of maintenance,
repairs, insurance and management of the property;- the interest paid on borrowed money used to purchase, improve or repair
the property (which, in the case of residential property, is restricted to 75% of the interest and is subject to compliance with
PRTB registration requirements for all tenancies that existed in relation to the property in the relevant year); and- payment of
local authority rates.In addition, wear and tear capital allowances are available in respect of the capital expenditure incurred
on fixtures and fittings provided by a landlord for the purposes of furnishing rented residential accommodation. These
allowances are granted at the rate of 12.5% per annum of the actual cost of the fixtures and fittings over a period of 8
years.Where the aggregate of deductible expenses in any year exceed the gross rental income, the amount of the deficit is set
against rental profits of the same year from other property. Where there are no other rental profits in the same year, the deficit
is carried forward as a rental loss for offset against rental profits in future years.The 75% restriction on interest on borrowed
money used to purchase, improve or repair residential property was introduced in the April 2009 supplementary budget as part
of an urgent revenue-raising package aimed at stabilising the public finances and I have no plans at this stage to amend
it.14/10/2014WRC01550Vehicle Registration14/10/2014WRC0160047. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Finance if
a daycare centre with charitable status may import a minibus from the United Kingdom without paying the full commercial
rate of vehicle registration tax. [38870/14]14/10/2014WRC01700Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I am
informed by the Revenue Commissions that a minibus with a minimum of 10 seats is liable to Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT)
at a flat rate of 200 at registration.There is no specific provision in the legislation for a relief from VRT for an organisation
with charitable status. However, in respect of disabled passengers, Statutory Instrument No. 353 of 1994 provides for relief
for organisations that are primarily involved in the care and transport of disabled persons and not funded primarily by the
State. Further details of this scheme are available on the Revenue website at the following link:
http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/vrt/faqs-vrt.html#section10.14/10/2014WRC01750VAT Exemptions14/10/2014WRC0180048.
Deputy Patrick ODonovan asked the Minister for Finance his views on the eligibility of health supplements that enhance,
maintain and protect a persons health to a 0% VAT rate; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38899/14]14/10/2014WRC01900Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The EU VAT Directive generally provides
that supplies of goods and services are chargeable to VAT at the standard rate but that lower rates are permitted in very limited
circumstances. Food products can only benefit from the zero rating in accordance with Article 110 of the VAT Directive
which permits the retention of the zero rate where the products were liable to VAT at the zero rate on and from 1 January
1991.A range of food supplements and vitamins that encourage the maintenance of health, through the sustenance derived
from a normal, healthy diet, benefit from the zero rate. However, a food supplement taken for the purposes of muscle growth
or body mass increase, or for the purposes of weight reduction or bodily sculpture, cannot benefit from the zero rate. I would
draw the Deputys attention to Revenue eBrief 70/2011 which contains additional detail in relation to the VAT rates of
vitamins and food supplements.14/10/2014WRC01950Motor Fuels Issues14/10/2014WRC0200049. Deputy Michelle
Mulherin asked the Minister for Finance the checks in place to ensure the petrol purchased by consumers in filling station
forecourts is fit for purpose and has not been contaminated; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38922/14]14/10/2014WRC0210050. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Finance if he will put adequate
checks in place to ensure that the petrol consumers are purchasing at filling station forecourts is fit for purpose and has not
been contaminated so as to avoid loss to motorists through damage to their vehicles from such petrol and to the Exchequer on
account of excise duty fraud and to protect legitimate businesses in the oil and motor trade; and if he will make a statement on
the matter. [38941/14]14/10/2014WRC02200Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I propose to take Questions
Nos. 49 and 50 together.I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners, who are responsible for tackling fuel fraud, that they
are aware of the risks posed to consumers vehicles, legitimate businesses and the exchequer by all forms of such fraud.
Revenue had made great progress in tackling the problem of diesel laundering over the last three years, and reports now
indicate the emergence of another form of fuel fraud, commonly known as petrol stretching. This involves the illegal addition
of a low cost commodity to petrol to defraud the exchequer and the motorist.I am advised by Revenue that they are
investigating the recent reports concerning petrol stretching and that they have been in contact with the motor and oil trades. I
understand also that they have taken samples from a number of filling stations that it has been claimed may have been sources
of adulterated fuel, and that they will undertake any further enquiries and sampling that are required as a result of reports or
information that they receive. These enquiries will seek to establish if there is evidence that petrol stretching has occurred, and
whether there is evidence to support a prosecution. The analysis of petrol samples is time-consuming and results in respect of
the samples recently taken are awaited.Revenue and the oil sector have cooperated very successfully to tackle diesel
laundering and I am confident that, with this cooperation, and with the supply chain information available to Revenue, any
problems of petrol stretching can also be tackled successfully. It is essential that petrol distributors report any reduction in the
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sourcing to laundered or stretched fuel.Motorists themselves should take care about where they source their petrol and
report to Revenue any suspicions concerning the source of adulterated petrol that may have damaged their engines. Revenue
will investigate such reports and pursue prosecutions where possible. In that regard, Revenue has recently launched a
dedicated section of its website specifically on the shadow economy and this includes an electronic reporting facility for
anyone who has information about shadow economy practices including petrol stretching.14/10/2014WRC02250Banking
Sector14/10/2014WRC0230051. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Finance if he will report on discussions he and
his officials have had with senior executives of Allied Irish Banks regarding the outsourcing of security, cleaning, buildings
and other services and customer and staff support official roles to a company (details supplied); and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [38942/14]14/10/2014WRC0240052. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Finance if he will
report on discussions he and his officials have had with senior executives of Allied Irish Banks regarding talks with SIPTU on
the outsourcing of work to a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38943/14]14/10/2014WRC0250053. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Finance his views on the terms and
conditions of employment and pensions continuing without detriment for staff transferred from Allied Irish Banks to a
company (details supplied). [38944/14]14/10/2014WRC0260054. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Finance his
views on the possible increased security risks associated with outsourcing security services from direct employment by banks
to indirectly employed staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38945/14]14/10/2014WRC02700Minister for
Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 51 to 54, inclusive, together.As the Deputy will be aware
under the Relationship Frameworks the State does not intervene in the day to day operations of the banks or their management
decisions regarding commercial matters.In the case of AIB, the bank has previously indicated that as part of its restructuring
plan to reduce costs and increase efficiencies, outsourcing of certain functions would be considered in consultation with
unions and affected staff. I have also been informed by the bank that there have been no compulsory redundancies as a result
of its recent outsourcing activities.14/10/2014WRD00100Written Answers Nos. 55-6514/10/2014WRD00200Pensions
Levy14/10/2014WRD0030055. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide an update on the
pension levy; when this temporary measure will terminate; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38968/14]14/10/2014WRD00400Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The position in this matter is that I
announced in my Budget 2014 speech that the 0.6% Pension Fund Levy introduced to fund the Jobs Initiative in 2011 would
be abolished after this year. I did, however, introduce an additional levy on pension fund assets at a rate of 0.15% for 2014
and 2015. I did this to continue to help fund the Jobs Initiative and also to help make provision for potential State liabilities
which may emerge from difficulties facing pension funds.The abolition of the 0.6% levy after this year and the application of
the 0.15% levy for this year and next are reflected in the Finance (No 2) Act 2013 legislation which gave legal effect to these
Budget 2014 announcements.14/10/2014WRD00500Fuel Laundering14/10/2014WRD0060056. Deputy Michelle Mulherin
asked the Minister for Finance further to the Topical Issue on the problem of the considerable volume of cases of petrol
stretching in the County Mayo area in the past couple of months of 18 September 2014, if he will confirm that he has taken up
the issue of financial redress for victims whose car engines have been destroyed on account of contaminated fuel with the
motor insurance industry with a view to setting up a compensation fund and also to ensure insurance companies are not slow
in honouring their commitments in motor insurance policies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38981/14]14/10/2014WRD00700Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I am advised by the Revenue
Commissioners, who are responsible for tackling fuel fraud, that they are very aware of the risks posed to consumers
vehicles, legitimate businesses and the exchequer by all forms of such fraud. Revenue has made great progress in tackling the
problem of diesel laundering over the past three years, and reports now indicate the emergence of another form of fuel fraud,
commonly referred to as petrol stretching. This involves the illegal addition of a low tax commodity to petrol to defraud the
exchequer and the motorist.Petrol stretching is an offence under section 102 (IA) of the Finance Act 1999. It carries a penalty
on summary conviction of a fine of 5,000 or a term of imprisonment not exceeding 12 months, or both a fine and
imprisonment. Where conviction occurs on indictment, a fine of up to 126,970, or a term of imprisonment of up to 5 years,
or both a fine and imprisonment, may be imposed. Revenue will investigate any reports of illegal activity in this area and
pursue prosecutions where possible.I would like to advise the Deputy that the first point of contact for motorists whose
vehicles have been affected by petrol stretching should be the insurance companies they hold their policies with. Further to
that, those affected should also contact the point of purchase and seek redress through them. If they remain unsatisfied they
may have recourse to civil remedies and as such could seek legal advice.14/10/2014WRD00800Tax Reliefs
Application14/10/2014WRD0090057. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the position regarding the
issues raised (details supplied) in relation to the graduate entry medicine loan relief; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [39013/14]14/10/2014WRD01000Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I have considered the proposed
introduction of a tax relief for Graduate Entry Medicine loans and I do not consider that the tax system is the appropriate way
to address the affordability of the GEM programme.The affordability and funding of undergraduate medical education is in
the first instance a matter for the Department of Education and Skills, having due regard to the needs and requirements of the
health system for medical practitioners.The Department of Healths current focus in relation to the recruitment and retention
of medical practitioners is on implementation of the recommendations of the Strategic Review of Medical Training and
Career Structure, completed earlier this year. The Strategic Review reports address a range of barriers and issues relating to
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enable the State to build a sustainable medical workforce for the future.14/10/2014WRD01100Banking Sector
Remuneration14/10/2014WRD0120058. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Finance if he will itemise bonuses and
their amounts awarded to bank staff working in the nationalised banks for the year 2014; and if he will make a statement on
the matter. [39037/14]14/10/2014WRD01300Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): As the Deputy will be
aware, this Governments policy with respect to banking remuneration has been in place since mid-2011. In summary,
remuneration is capped at 500,000 (excluding normal pension entitlements) and the payment of bonuses is not permitted. As
a result, there have been no bonuses paid to banking staff in the nationalised banks this year.14/10/2014WRD01400Financial
Services Ombudsman Data14/10/2014WRD0150059. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Finance if he will itemise
the number of complaints the Financial Services Ombudsman dealt with in 2013; the number that were resolved successfully;
the number of complaints that were found to be of no merit; the number of decisions that were appealed to the courts; and if
he will make a statement on the matter. [39046/14]14/10/2014WRD01600Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan):
Firstly, I must point out that the Financial Services Ombudsman is independent in the carrying out of his duties. I have no
role in the day to day workings of the office.However, the Financial Services Ombudsman has informed me that the
information requested by the Deputy is as follows: Total Number of New Complaints Received 2013 Number of Complaints
Resolved/Findings issued Complaints concluded during 2013 Number of Complaints Appealed to the High Court 7,722 4,093
Upheld 202Partly Upheld 472Not Upheld 2,309Settled prior to findings issued 1110 8,641Resolved/Findings issued
4,093Complaints closed by mediation 6Complaints closed due to - no further contact/referral to advisory/outside jurisdiction
4,542 30 I have been further advised by the Financial Services Ombudsman Bureau that it does not categorise complaints
under the heading of no merit.14/10/2014WRD01700Tax Compliance14/10/2014WRD0180060. Deputy Terence Flanagan
asked the Minister for Finance his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding tax compliance; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [39143/14]14/10/2014WRD01900Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I am advised by
Revenue that it monitors the tax compliance status of both resident and non-resident contractors through a number of different
programmes including the administration of tax clearance and the operation of electronic Relevant Contracts Tax
(eRCT).Revenue administers the general scheme of tax clearance certification in accordance with Section 1095 of the Taxes
Consolidation Act 1997. Section 1095 (3) provides that Revenue will issue a tax clearance certificate where a person or
business is in compliance with all obligations to pay taxes, interest and penalties that are due to the State under the Acts and to
file any tax returns that are required to be made.The purpose of the tax clearance scheme is to ensure that businesses (residents
and non-residents) that derive an economic benefit from the State are in compliance with their tax obligations to the State.
Such tax clearance certification is required for Public Sector Contracts, Grant Payments and certain Licence Applications
(Section 1094 of the Act).While the awarding of a State contract is a matter for the relevant State authority, a condition is that
the tenderer must have a current tax clearance certificate in respect of Irish tax. Where Revenue issues such a tax clearance
certificate it is in respect of Irish tax rather than the tax status of the applicant in its country of residence. However, as part of
the validation process for non-resident applicants (including those from Northern Ireland), routine checks are carried out to
authenticate the identity of the business/person.In regard to eRCT, Revenue has advised me that the system operates on a
deduction at source basis and applies to payments made under contracts in the construction, meat processing and forestry
sectors (including Public Sector construction contracts). The system was introduced in 2012 (replacing the previous paper
based system) to bring more control and oversight to construction sector contracts. As part of the process, businesses in
receipt of payments made under a contract are, depending on their tax compliance record, assigned a tax deduction rate of 0%,
20% or 35%. For non-resident contractors to qualify for the 0% rate the business must have complied with all of the
comparable obligations imposed by the laws of the tax jurisdiction in which the business is tax resident as apply to Irish
resident contractors. Where proof of compliance is not received then the business may be assigned to the higher 20% or 35%
automatic deduction rates (normally 35% in such circumstances).I am satisfied that between the administration of tax
clearance certification and the operation of eRCT, Revenue has good systems in place to mitigate the potential for tax non-
compliance among non-resident businesses operating in the State. However, if the Deputy or the person in question has any
knowledge in regard to non-compliance by individual non-resident contractors then that information should be immediately
made available to Revenue. 14/10/2014WRD02000Revenue Commissioners Audits14/10/2014WRD0210061. Deputy Brian
Walsh asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide a breakdown of the penalties, interest and surcharges imposed by the
Revenue Commissioners in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Galway.
[39149/14]14/10/2014WRD02200Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I am advised by the Revenue
Commissioners that Income Tax returns for the person (details supplied) for the years 2007, 2008 and 2010 were submitted
together on 15th November 2012. Accordingly, all three returns were substantially late (for example, the 2007 return was
submitted more than four years after the due date). Consequently, surcharges totalling 7,072.82 were applied in accordance
with S.1084 of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997.The surcharge for the year 2007 is 10% of the gross tax of 32,380.11 and
amounts to 3,238.01. The surcharge for the year 2008 is 10% of the gross tax of 27,509.06 and amounts to 2,750.90.For
the year 2010, the surcharge is computed on the gross tax and additional levies. The surcharge applicable to tax is 10% of the
gross tax of 10,426.80 and amounts to 1,042.68. The surcharge in relation to the additional levies is computed on a net
basis after deduction of levies paid through the payroll. This surcharge is 10% of the net levies of 412.30 and amounts to
41.23. The total surcharge for the year 2010 is therefore 1,083.91.In addition to the surcharges, interest in the amount of
2923.53 is also due.14/10/2014WRD02300Mortgage Interest Rates14/10/2014WRD0240062. Deputy Noel Grealish asked

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the Minister for Finance in view of the fact that he cannot comment on or become involved in the detailed mortgage position
of mortgage holders, his views on regulated banks ignoring the European Central Bank base rate for borrowers, except when
it is increased; his further views on whether it is in the national interest for him to continue to be at arms length under the
relationship framework, particularly at a time of continuing mortgage distress; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39199/14]14/10/2014WRD02500Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The Government is acutely aware of the
increasing financial stress that some households are facing in the current environment and has numerous policies designed to
tackle and alleviate these difficulties. However neither the Central Bank nor the Department of Finance has a statutory
function in relation to interest rate decisions made by individual lending institutions at any particular time. Moreover
ultimately the pricing of financial products, including mortgage interest rates, is a commercial matter for the management and
the Boards of the banks. The Relationship Frameworks will remain in place as it would be inappropriate for the State, or
politicians for that matter, to intervene directly in the day to day running of these institutions while we retain significant
positions of ownership.I should also point out that while the cost of funds for the Irish banks has come down significantly in
the past couple of years, which has been a key objective for my Department, it is still much higher than the ECB base rate. At
a system level, the amount of ECB funding has also reduced significantly and is a fraction of where it was at the peak of the
crisis so the ECB base rate is not the best approximation of the average rate that banks pay for their funding. Finally the banks
must ensure that the rate they lend at is economically sustainable and provides a return for the bank and ultimately the State
as a shareholder. Without a positive return on their lending, banks would not be capable of maintaining and growing their
capital base and thus be in a position to support the economy.14/10/2014WRD02600Property Taxation
Deferrals14/10/2014WRD0270063. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No.
156 of 7 October 2014, the reason persons (details supplied) in County Leitrim whose sole income is disability allowance and
whose sole property is vacant, with no rental income and in negative equity, were not granted a deferral of the property tax.
[39235/14]14/10/2014WRD02800Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I previously set out the criterion required
to qualify for deferral of Local Property Tax (LPT) for the Deputy in my reply to Question 37827/14.By way of reminder to
the Deputy, Sections 132 and 133 of the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act 2012 (as amended) provides for a system of
deferral arrangements for residential property owners/occupiers based on certain income thresholds. Normally, a couple
whose only income source is a Department of Social Protection (DSP) payment would qualify for such a deferral providing
they are occupying the property in question. The Act is very specific in this regard and Revenue has no discretion in the
application of the law as set down.The Deputy will also be aware from my reply to Question 37827/14 that I included a
provision in the Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Act 2013 that allows a deferral of the Local Property Tax (LPT)
charge that is not restricted to owner-occupiers. This deferral option applies where a property owner suffers an unexpected
and unavoidable significant financial loss or expense as a result of which they are unable to pay their LPT, or maintain phased
payment arrangements, without causing excessive financial hardship. Claims for this type of deferral require full disclosure to
Revenue of the particular loss or expense that resulted in the financial hardship. The submission, which should be completed
on the Form LPT 2 must also include details of the persons overall financial circumstances. Full information on the
conditions and the application process in respect of deferral of LPT on hardship grounds is available on the Revenue website
at http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/lpt/deferring-payment.html.In regard to the specific case to which the Deputy now refers, the
persons concerned do not meet the qualifying criteria for the income based deferral as they do not reside in the property in
question. However from the information provided by the Deputy they may qualify for a deferral on hardship grounds.
Revenue has advised me that the persons in question recently wrote to LPT Branch in regard to possible deferral of their
liabilities. LPT Branch replied confirming non-entitlement to deferral based on income but indicating the possibility of
deferral based on hardship. LPT Branch also set out the application process including the requirement to file the 2013 LPT
Return.Revenue has confirmed to me that the persons in question have not yet responded to the reply that issued to them in
respect of their letter. I would urge the Deputy to advise the persons to engage with LPT Branch as soon as possible, using the
direct contact name provided to them, to bring matters to a conclusion and avoid any unnecessary enforcement action that
might occur on foot of continued non-engagement.14/10/2014WRD02900Tax Reliefs Availability14/10/2014WRD0300064.
Deputy Risn Shortall asked the Minister for Finance his views on the introduction of tax relief for home owners who are
liable for both the local property tax and private management fees; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39242/14]14/10/2014WRD03100Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The Government decided that a liability to
the Local Property Tax (LPT) should apply to all owners of residential property with a limited number of exemptions.
Limiting the exemptions available allows the rate to be kept low for those liable persons who do not qualify for an exemption.
A requirement to pay management fees is not relevant in determining liability to the LPT.Generally, properties in managed
estates, to which such fees apply, would have been purchased by their owners in the knowledge that they would be taking on
commitments to partake in and to fund the management of the estate, and that it was the intention that many such estates
would not be taken in charge by local authorities, nor would it be appropriate for local authorities to do so. Management fees
in these estates generally relate to the maintenance, upkeep and insurance of private property and may, in some instances,
include services such as refuse collection and a sinking fund for certain repairs to the buildings which most residential
property owners, who dont pay management fees, also have to meet. The provision of a relief for those who pay management
fees without regard to the vast bulk of homeowners who have to meet the cost of similar necessities in respect of their own
properties would be inequitable.Revenue from the LPT accrues to local authorities, and supports the provision of local

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services. Local authorities provide a broad range of services in the public realm which benefit the wider community, the
proper functioning of which are important for the wellbeing of every community and household. These include fire and
emergency services; road maintenance and cleaning; street lighting; spatial and development planning and other similar
services; regulatory and inspection functions and business support services, as well as libraries, parks, and other recreation
and cultural public amenities.I have no plans to introduce a tax relief for homeowners who are liable for both the local
property tax and private management fees.14/10/2014WRD03200Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WRD0330065.
Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide a list of all State board appointments since the
2011 general election; the person who recommended each appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was
publicly advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39281/14]14/10/2014WRD03400Minister for Finance
(Deputy Michael Noonan): The information requested is set out in the following table. Name Date Appointed Recommended
Credentials Publicly Advertised Comments Credit Union Restructuring Board (ReBo) - - - - - Mr Robert (Bobby) McVeigh
Chairman All members appointed to the board of ReBo with effect from 31 August 2012. Appointed by the Minister for
Finance following advertisement on www.publicjobs.ie Interviewed for the position of Chairman and appointment approved
by the Minister Former Chair of the World Council of Credit Unions (WOCCU). Mr McVeigh has 40 years experience in the
international credit union system. He has hands-on experience in the restructuring of the credit union sector in Canada where
he chaired a 2-year process associated with restructuring a provincial credit union system. He has a deep understanding of the
history of the credit union sector in Ireland and the challenges to be addressed going forward. All Board posts (13) were
advertised on Publicjobs.ie. 6 appointments were made as a result of applications made through the Publicjobs.ie website.
Mr Eoin McGettigan Appointed by the Minister for Finance following advertisement on www.publicjobs.ie Mr McGettigan of
McGettigan and Associates is a consultant providing strategic advice and practical support to Irish retailers, assisting them in
overcoming major business challenges. He has 30 years experience in retail and wholesale businesses both in Ireland and the
UK. Mr Tom Kavanagh(Resigned on 30 June 2014) Appointed by the Minister for Finance following advertisement on
www.publicjobs.ie Mr Kavanagh is a founding partner of kavanaghfennell and one of Irelands leading insolvency and
forensic accounting experts. He has over 20 years experience in corporate recovery / insolvency and has extensive experience
of business analysis. He has been involved in a number of corporate restructuring projects. Mr Brendan Burke Appointed by
the Minister for Finance following advertisement on www.publicjobs.ie Mr Burke was Chief Operations Officer with
Rabobank in Ireland and in the Netherlands and worked as Chief Operations Officer with Mediobanca in the UK. He has
significant experience of business transformation, process re-engineering, start-ups, program management, systems
implementation, outsourcing and service centre activities. He is a qualified accountant with many years financial services
experience, including cooperative banking in Ireland and abroad. His experience includes retail, corporate and investment
banking and fund management. Ms Kathleen Prendergast Appointed by the Minister for Finance following advertisement on
www.publicjobs.ie Ms Prendergast has been actively involved for over 20 years as a volunteer in Tipperary Credit Union,
serving as its first female President. She has experience in local, national and international credit union business. She is a
member of the Board of Social Finance Foundation which is a wholesale provider of repayable loan finance at affordable rates
to community-based projects and local development initiatives. Mr Stephen ODonovan Appointed by the Minister for
Finance following advertisement on www.publicjobs.ie Mr ODonovan is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has worked
for over 20 years in senior advisory, finance and general management roles, in public practice, SMEs and multinational plc
environments. He has advised and worked with organisations on business planning, restructuring, corporate governance and
change management, and has had significant mergers and acquisitions experience, both in public practice and with a world
leading food and ingredients plc. Mr Joe OToole Appointed by the Minister for Finance as an independent member of the
Commission on Credit Unions Mr OToole is a founder member and Director of Comhar Linn, the INTO Credit Union. He
spent many years as an independent Senator during which time he introduced credit union reform legislation in the Seanad.
He was also a member of the Commission on Credit Unions. Mr Pat Fay Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) Nominated by
ILCU at the request of the Minister for Finance Mr Fay is a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of
the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU). He also holds the positions of Director and Chair of the ILCU International
Development Foundation Company Limited. He was Chief Operations Officer and head of monitoring of the ILCU where he
was responsible for the operational aspects of the League activities and safety and soundness of affiliated credit unions. He
has extensive knowledge of international credit union systems and evolution, including UK, USA, Canada and Africa. Mr
Jimmy Johnstone Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) Nominated by ILCU at the request of the Minister for Finance Mr
Johnstone has vast credit union experience being a volunteer Director, Supervisor of ASTI Credit Union since 1989. He has
served as Credit Union Treasurer and Chairman and as Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) Treasure, Vice-President and
President. Mr Tim Molan Credit Union Managers Association (CUMA) Nominated by CUMA at the request of the Minister
for Finance Mr Molan has worked in the credit union sector since 1982. He is a professional credit union manager and has
been manager of Cashel Credit Union since 1998. He is a member of the National Executive of the Credit Union Managers
Association (CUMA) since 2002. He is also a former member of the Credit Union Advisory Committee (CUAC) and the
Commission on Credit Unions. Mr Kevin Johnson Credit Union Development Association (CUDA) Nominated by CUDA at
the request of the Minister for Finance Mr Johnson has been CEO of Credit Union Development Association (CUDA) since
2008. In his time with CUDA he has evolved its business model to now include Representation Services, Strategic
Development - to support credit unions effectiveness and efficiency, and Competency Development to enhance the skills of all

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credit union personnel both volunteers and employees. He contributed to CUDAs input to the Commission on Credit Unions,
including representation and participation. Mr Neil Ryan Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance Department of Finance
representative Mr Ryan is Assistant Secretary, Department of Finance. He joined the Department in July 2011. Ms Elaine
Byrne Deputy Head, Registrar of Credit Unions Nominated by the Central Bank at the request of the Minister for Finance Ms
Byrne is Deputy Head, Registrar of Credit Unions at the Central Bank of Ireland and is a non-voting member on the Board of
ReBo. Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal (IFSAT) - - - - - Name Date Appointed Recommended Credentials Publicly
Advertised Comments Francis D. Murphy(Chairperson) 2013 Mr Murphy was originally appointed by the previous
administration. He was re-appointed in 2013 following a submission by the Department of Finance outlining the appointment
options available. Mr Murphy is a former Supreme Court Judge. Seven vacancies arose in 2013 as a result of all Tribunal
members coming to the end of their term of appointment as set out in legislation. The vacancies were advertised on the
Publicjobs.ie website. Three members were re-appointed. A further three appointments were made as result of applications
made through the publically advertised process. The Irish Financial Services Appeals Tribunal (IFSAT) members are
appointed by the President on the nomination of the Government. Section 57E of the Central Bank Act 1942 (as amended)
outlines the credentials that an individual must have before being appointed as a member of the (IFSAT). A person is eligible
to be appointed as the Chairperson or Deputy Chairperson only if the person is a former judge of the Supreme Court or the
High Court, or a barrister or solicitor of not less than 7 years standing.A person is eligible to be appointed as a lay
member only if the President is satisfied that the person has special knowledge or skill in relation to the provision of financial
services. Inge Clissmann(Deputy Chairperson) 2013 Ms Clissmann was originally appointed by the previous administration.
She was re-appointed in 2013 following a submission by the Department of Finance outlining the appointment options
available. Ms Clissmann SC was called to the Irish Bar in 1978 and took silk in 1994. She was called to the Bar of Northern
Ireland in 1996. Geraldine Clarke 2013 Ms Clarke was originally appointed by the previous administration. She was re-
appointed in 2013 following a submission by the Department of Finance outlining the appointment options available. Ms
Clarke is a qualified solicitor specialising in commercial law and a former President of the Law Society of Ireland. Paul
Brennan 2013 Mr Brennan applied to become a member of IFSAT through the publically advertised expressions of interest
process. Following this process, the Department of Finance compiled a list of potential candidates. Mr Brennan is a qualified
solicitor with considerable experience of the tribunal process and court procedures, both as a practising solicitor and a
chairperson of the Mental Health Tribunals. Helen Collins 2013 Ms Collins applied to become a member of IFSAT through
the publically advertised expressions of interest process. Following this process, the Department of Finance compiled a list of
potential candidates. Ms Collins is a former partner and Head of Litigation in McCann FitzGerald, with extensive experience
in commercial litigation and is currently Deputy Chair of the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Teresa Pilkington 2013 Ms
Pilkington applied to become a member of IFSAT through the publically advertised expressions of interest process. Following
this process, the Department of Finance compiled a list of potential candidates. Ms Teresa Pilkington SC is a practising
barrister with almost 20 years experience in the chancery areas of probate and succession, trusts and estates, land law and
conveyancing as well as extensive commercial litigation experience. Conor Power 2013 Following consultation with the
Office of the Tnaiste, Mr Power was recommended as a candidate. Mr Conor Power BL is a practising barrister in
general civil litigation with a specialty in the areas of human rights, constitutional law, public law, employment law and
childrens law. Central Bank Commission - - - - - Name Date Appointed Recommended Credentials Publicly Advertised
Comments Michael Soden 2014 Mr Soden was originally appointed in 2010 by the former Minister for Finance. He was re-
appointed in 2014 following a submission by the Department of Finance outlining the appointment options available. Mr
Soden was CEO of Bank of Ireland from 2001 to 2004. Prior to returning to Ireland to take up this post he spent more than 30
years with several major international financial institutions, primarily involved in all aspects of capital markets. In that time he
served on the Executive Committee of National Australia Bank with responsibility for Global Wholesale Banking and latterly
for Global Retail Banking. He also was responsible for the development of Security Pacific Banks international capital
markets activities. He spent the early part of his career with Citibank/Citicorp Investment Bank, Canada. Mr Soden was re-
appointed in October 2014. The position was not publicly advertised. Section 24 of the Central Bank Act 1942 (as amended)
outlines the credentials that an individual must have before being appointed to the Central Bank Commission. As Minister for
Finance, I may appoint a person as a member of the Commission if and only if I am of the opinion that the person has relevant
knowledge of: accountancy, actuarial science, banking, consumer interests, corporate governance, economics, financial
control, financial regulation, financial services, insurance, law, social policy, or systems control. Des Geraghty 2014 Mr
Geraghty was originally appointed in 2010 by the former Minister for Finance. He was re-appointed in 2014 following a
submission by the Department of Finance outlining the appointment options available. Mr Geraghty is a former politician and
trade union leader. He was president of SIPTU from 1999 to 2004. He was appointed to the European Parliament in 1992 for
the Dublin constituency. He was a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy in the
European Parliament. He is a former member of the RT Authority, the Board of FS, the National Competitiveness
Council, the Affordable Homes Partnership and the National Economic and Social Council and a former Chair of Poetry
Ireland. Mr Geraghty was re-appointed in October 2014. The position was not publicly advertised. Blanaid Clarke 2014 Ms
Clarke was originally appointed in 2010 by the former Minister for Finance. Following an approach by the Governor of the
Central Bank and consultation with the Department of an Taoiseach and an Tnaiste, she was re-appointed in 2013. Ms Clarke
holds the McCann Fitzgerald Chair in Corporate Law at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include corporate

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governance, financial services law, securities law and takeover law and she has published extensively in these areas. She
works with the Irish Takeover Panel and is a member of the European Securities and Markets Authority Takeover Bids
Network. She was a founding member of the Institute of Directors Centre for Corporate Governance at University College
Dublin and a member of the European Commissions Reflection Group on the Future of EU Company Law. Ms Clarke was
re-appointed in October 2013. The position was not publicly advertised. Patricia Byron 2014 The Central Bank Commission
identified the need for a new member to have an insurance background. The Department of Finance compiled a list of
potential candidates and Ms Byron emerged from that list. Ms Byron is the Chief Executive Officer of the Injuries Board, an
independent State body established in 2004 to reform a costly personal injuries claims model. Over recent years she has also
been involved in a number of efficiency initiatives in support of public sector reform. Ms Byron previously worked in the
insurance sector for the major part of her career, leaving the executive team in Aviva directly before taking up her current role.
She is a graduate of University College Dublin, a Chartered Insurer, a former Chairperson of the Motor Insurers Bureau of
Ireland and was the first female president of the Insurance Institute of Dublin. She has served on the Board of the Institute of
Public Administration and is a past Chairperson of the Association of Chief Executives of State Agencies. Expressions of
interest were sought for positions on the Central Bank Commission in 2012. Financial Services Ombudsman Council - - - - -
Name Date Appointed Recommended Credentials Publicly Advertised Comments Mr Dermott Jewell Chairperson 29th
October 2013 CEO - Consumers Association of Ireland The FSOC was re-appointment in October 2013 having expressed
their willingness to serve. The Council is structured to broadly represent a balance of consumer, financial services and public
interest.Financial Services Ombudsman Council was reappointed for a 2 year term up to 28th October 2015 or until the
merger of the Financial Services Ombudsman with the Pension Ombudsman has been completed.In view of the short term of
the Council and the amalgamation of the Offices of the Pension Ombudsman and the Financial Services Ombudsman which
will require the experience of the existing Council to effect, these positions were not advertised. The appointment of an
additional person with specific legal qualifications and experience was also required. Mr Paddy Leydon 29th
October 2013 Regional Business Manager Bank of Ireland Mr Frank Wynn 29th October 2013 Director of Group
Compliance & Operational Risk - Irish Life Group Ms Caitriona Ni Charra 29th October 2013 19 years experience
with MABS (with particular interest with debt and poverty issues) Mr Tony Kerr 29th October 2013
2013 Senior Lecturer, College of Business & Law, UCD Mr Michael Connolly 29th October 2013 Consultant
Ms Elizabeth Walsh 29th October 2013 Solicitor Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) - - - - - Name Date
Appointed Recommended Credentials Publicly Advertised Comments John Corrigan Chairperson 10th September 2014
Department of Finance and the National Pension Reserve Fund Chief Executive NTMA The appointments to the board were
not publically advertised These appointments to the first Board of the SBCI were not publically advertised. Their credentials
satisfy the criteria for membership of the Board of the SBCI as they have senior expertise and experience of the spheres laid
out in section 15 (e) of the SBCIs Articles of Association. These appointments to the first board of the SBCI were
recommended by the Department of Finance and the National Pension Reserve Fund. Ann Nolan 10th September 2014
Department of Finance and the National Pension Reserve Fund Second Secretary General Department of Finance Nick
Ashmore 10th September 2014 Department of Finance and the National Pension Reserve Fund Project Director of SBCI Irish
Fiscal Advisory Council - - - - - Name Date Appointed Recommended Credentials Publicly Advertised Comments John
McHale (Chair) 7th July 2011 Ph.D and A.M degrees from Harvard, and first-class M.Econ.Sc. and B.Comm. degrees from
the National University of Ireland These posts were not publicly advertised. The composition of a body such as a Fiscal
Council is critical to its independence and credibility. In following the Common Principles set by the European Commission
under the Fiscal Compact, candidates were sought who hold valuable experience and demonstrate competence in their fields
of expertise. A significant number of potential candidates were considered against a range of criteria. The criteria included the
desire of having a mix of appropriate backgrounds, namely academia, the financial sector/financial markets and public
finance; expertise in macroeconomic/microeconomic and a strong international dimension, in addition to the need to take
gender considerations into account. As would be normal practice, the process by which potential nominees were identified,
considered and selected involved officials from my Department. The final decisions regarding the appointments were made by
me following consultations with Cabinet colleagues and others. Mr Sebastian Barnes 7th July 2011 MSc in Economics
from the London School of Economics, a masters degree in European Political Economy from the College of Europe
(Bruges), and a bachelors degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. Professor Alan
Barrett 7th July 2011 Ph.D. and M.A from Michigan State University, and a B.A from Trinity College Dublin. Dr Donal
Donovan 7th July 2011 Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia and a bachelors degree from Trinity College Dublin.
Dr Roisin OSullivan 7th July 2011 Ph.D. in economics from the Ohio State University, and masters and bachelors degrees
from the National University of Ireland, Galway. National Treasury Management Agency Advisory Committee - - - - - Name
Date Appointed Recommended Credentials Publicly Advertised Comments Mr Derek Moran 3 September 2014 Secretary
General of the Department of Finance No It has been the practice since the establishment of the National Treasury
Management Agency to appoint the Secretary General of the Department of Finance to the Advisory Committee. Mr John
Moran 6 March 2012 July 2014 6 March 2012 July 2014 Secretary General of the Department of Finance No It has been
the practice since the establishment of the National Treasury Management Agency to appoint the Secretary General of the
Department of Finance to the Advisory Committee. Mr Willie Walsh 11 November 2013 Minister Noonan Chief Executive of
International Airlines Group (IAG), the parent company of British Airways. Previously he was Chief Executive at British

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Airways and Aer Lingus. No Mr Don Roth 1 January 2014 Former Managing Partner of EMP Global LLC and former vice-
president and Treasurer of the World Bank. No This post was a reappointment National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission -
- - - - Name Date Appointed Recommended Credentials Publicly Advertised Comments Dr Frances Ruane 1 July 2014
Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). No Post was not advertised as it was a re-appointment Mr
Maurice Keane 5 February 2012 Company Director and Retired Group Chief Executive of Bank of Ireland No Post was not
advertised as it was a re-appointment State Claims Agency Policy Committee - - - - - Name Date Appointed Recommended
Credentials Publicly Advertised Comments Dr Noel Whelan (Chairman) 1 July 2012 Vice President and Dean Emeritus,
University of Limerick No Post was not advertised as it was a re-appointment. Mr Fachtna Murphy 27 June 2012 Minister
Howlin Former Garda Commissioner Advertised on the websites of the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure and
Reform. Mr Murphy was selected on the basis of his application Ms Wendy Thompson 27 June 2012 Minister Howlin
Insurance & Litigation Manager, Railway Procurement Agency Advertised on the websites of the Departments of Finance and
Public Expenditure and Reform.Ms Thompson was selected on the basis of her application. Mr Charlie Hardy 27 June 2012
18 November 2013. Minister Howlin Principal Officer, Department of Health representative No Department nominee (A
Department of Health representative has, by convention, been appointed to the SCA Policy Committee). Ms Mary Jackson 4
December 2013 N/a Principal Officer, Department of Health representative No Department nominee (A Department of Health
representative has, by convention, been appointed to the SCA Policy Committee). National Development Finance Agency
Board - - - - - Name Date Appointed Recommended Credentials Publicly Advertised Comments Mr Brian Murphy Re-
appointed 1 January 2013 Mr John Corrigan Chief Executive NTMA Chief Executive NDFA No Re-appointment of CEO to
the Board by the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. Mr Robert Watt 18 July 2012
Minister Howlin Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Vacancy was advertised on Department of
Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform websites. The Secretary General of the Department of Public
Expenditure and Reform was appointed to the Board Mr Gerry Murray 18 July 2012 Minister Howlin Chief Executive,
Institutes of Technology Ireland Vacancy was advertised on Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure
and Reform websites. Mr Murray was selected on the basis of his application Ms Petrina Smyth 18 July 2012 Minister
Howlin Partner and head of Irish Tax Group Walkers Vacancy was advertised on Department of Finance and Department of
Public Expenditure and Reform websites. Ms Smyth was selected on the basis of her application. National Asset
Management Agency - - - - - Name Date Appointed Recommended Credentials Publicly Advertised Comments John Mulcahy
March 2012 NAMA - Ex Officio appointment - Head of Portfolio Management Mr Mulcahy is a chartered surveyor and has
worked in all aspects of the property industry for over 40 years, most recently concentrating on property investment and asset
management. No Oliver Ellingham 10 April 2013 NAMA Board following the IBRC Liquidation Chairperson of the Risk
Management Committee and Member of the Audit Committee. He is a chartered accountant and a former Head of Corporate
Finance (Europe) at BNP Paribas and a senior executive within BNP Paribas UK. He currently holds non-executive
directorships in a number of companies and is Chairman and owner of Woking Storage Solutions. He previously also held
senior management roles within Charterhouse Bank (now part of the HSBC Group) and Robert Fleming (now J P Morgan)
and served as a member of the Board of IBRC between October 2011 and February 2013. No Brian McEnery Reappointed to
the board in 2013. Chairperson of the Audit Committee and Member of the Northern Ireland Advisory Committee. He
specializes in corporate rescue and insolvency and is a partner in a leading firm of accountants and business advisors and
practices in Limerick and Dublin. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a council
member of ACCA. In 2010 he was the President of ACCA Ireland. He is a director of the Consultative Committee of
Accounting Bodies (CCAB) and serves on its insolvency committee in Ireland. No Willie Soffe Reappointed to the board in
2013 Chairperson of the Planning Advisory Committee and Member of the Finance and Operating Committee. He has over
45 years service in Local Government in the Dublin area, during which time he has held the positions of Assistant City
Manager, Dublin Corporation (now Dublin City Council) and County Manager, Fingal County Council. Since retiring in
2004, Mr. Soffe has carried out a number of public service assignments including Chairman of the Dublin Transport Office, a
member of the Commission on Taxation and a member of the Steering Group on the Review of Area-Based Tax Incentive
Renewal Schemes. No Mari Hurley 8 April 2014 Ministerial Nomination Chairperson of the Planning Advisory Committee
and Member of the Finance and Operating Committee. He has over 45 years service in Local Government in the Dublin area,
during which time he has held the positions of Assistant City Manager, Dublin Corporation (now Dublin City Council) and
County Manager, Fingal County Council. Since retiring in 2004, Mr. Soffe has carried out a number of public service
assignments including Chairman of the Dublin Transport Office, a member of the Commission on Taxation and a member of
the Steering Group on the Review of Area-Based Tax Incentive Renewal Schemes. No 14/10/2014WRE00100Written
Answers Nos. 66-7214/10/2014WRE00200Departmental Staff Rehiring14/10/2014WRE0030066. Deputy Dara Calleary
asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of persons who are on public or Civil Service pensions
who have been recruited for work on any basis, permanent or temporary, under the remit of his Department in 2012, 2013 and
to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39177/14]14/10/2014WRE00400Minister for Public
Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In response to the Deputys question I can confirm that in 2012 and 2013,
no public or civil servant in my Department in receipt of a pension had been recruited on a temporary or permanent basis. To
date in 2014, two retired public servants were awarded temporary contracts through open competition with the Public
Appointment Services.The Audit Committee for the Office of the Ombudsman must include external members. It is also

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highly desirable that members have experience of corporate governance and have some knowledge of the Public Service. The
Chairperson of the Ombudsmans Audit Committee and one external member of the Audit Committee are former Public
Servants. The Audit Committee meets four times per annum.In the course of running recruitment competitions to fill
vacancies arising between 2012 and 2014, the Office of the Ombudsman engaged 4 trained and experienced former public
servants to chair the interview panels for a total of seven days. The chairpersons of these selection boards had not worked in
the Office and as such were well placed to ensure that the selection processes were conducted in an impartial and objective
manner. Following the retirement of 8 senior and experienced staff in summer 2014 and pending the completion of
appointment processes for their successors, the Office was challenged to avoid backlogs developing, to keep up to date with
routine work and to continue with some complex investigations. The office engaged one retired member of staff to support the
Office with one high profile investigation. It is anticipated that this person will have worked for between 20 and 25 days
between August and the completion of this investigation in December 2014. Finally, the Office of the Ombudsman has
engaged one retired public servant to support the work of the Commission for Public Service Appointments in examining two
separate complaints. Again this person was engaged on foot of the retirement of experienced staff from the broader Office and
pending appointment of their successors. For this work, retired members are paid on a fee-per-day basis and are subject to tax
and other relevant deductions. The fees are linked to pre-retirement grades and take account of the principal of pension
abatement.While the Public Appointments Service (PAS) does not generally recruit former civil/public servants, in the
course of running recruitment competitions for the public service it avails, inter alia, of trained and experienced retired public
servants as interviewers, assessors and as decisions arbitrators. These engagements would typically be of short duration (a
matter of days) and no individual has any expectation of continuing engagement. For this work, retired members are paid on a
fee-per-day basis and are subject to tax and other relevant deductions. The fees are linked to pre-retirement grades and take
account of the principle of pension abatement. The total number of former public servants employed in 2012, 2013 and 2014
are 91, 76 and 73 respectively.PAS would also source interviewers and assessors from among serving public servants (who
would be paid no fee) as well as retired and working individuals from the private sector. The former Chairman of the Public
Appointments Service Board is also a former Civil Servant; he served on the PAS Board in 2012, 2013 and up to 31st August
2014. The Chairperson of the PAS Internal Audit Committee is also a former Public Servant; she served in this role in 2012,
2013 and to date in 2014.The Valuation Office engaged the services of one former member of staff in 2012 as an external
member of an Audit Committee. In addition to this another former staff member was employed as a consultant on valuation
matters in 2013. Both staff members are still currently employed.In the period 2012 to date, the number of staff recruited by
the Office of Public Works who were already in receipt of a public or civil service pension is 10, nine of whom are seasonal
guides, recruited following a public recruitment process which was advertised nationally.14/10/2014WRE00500Public Sector
Staff Remuneration14/10/2014WRE0060067. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and
Reform his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding financial emergency measures in the public interest; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [39208/14]14/10/2014WRE00700Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy
Brendan Howlin): I refer the Deputy to my reply to PQs 38320/14 and 38321/14 of the 9th October 2014. The
position remains unchanged.14/10/2014WRE00800Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WRE0090068. Deputy Terence
Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide a list of all State board appointments since
general election 2011; the person who recommended each appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was
publicly advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39286/14]14/10/2014WRE01000Minister for Public
Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In response to the Deputys question, the tables outline the number of
appointments to State Boards under my remit, including recommendations, credentials and if vacancies were advertised, since
the formation of my Department in 2011.An Post National Lottery Board Member Date Appointed Recommended By
Credentials If vacancy advertised Mr. Donal Connell(Chairman) Re-appointed 29/02/2012, 01/07/2013 An Post Chief
Executive of An Post No Mr. Peter Quinn Re-appointed 16/02/2012,01/07/2013 An Post Chartered Accountant. No Mr.
Dermot Griffin Re-appointed 06/11/2012, 01/07/2013 An Post Chartered Accountant. No Mr. Michel Muircheartaigh Re-
appointed 06/11/2012, 01/07/2013, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Broadcaster. No1 Ms. Caroline Murphy Re-
appointed 06/11/2013 An Post Organisational psychologist. No Mr. Oliver Wilkinson Re-appointed 06/11/2013 Minister for
Public Expenditure and Reform Farmer No1 1 The board vacancies filled on my recommendation were not advertised in light
of the imminent disposal of the National Lottery license.Public Appointments Service Board (2011-2014) Member Date
Appointed Recommended By Credentials If vacancy advertised Mr. Eddie Sullivan, Chairman 01/09/2011 Minister for Public
Expenditure & Reform Former Secretary General, Public Service Management and Development, Department of Finance No;
previous Chairman was reappointed Mr. Des Dowling 01/09/2011 Minister for Environment, Community & Local
Government Assistant Secretary, Department of Environment, Community & Local Government No * Mr. Dave Walsh
01/7/13 Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government Assistant Secretary, Department of Environment,
Community & Local Government No; Replacement for Mr. Dowling who transferred to another Department Mr. John
McCarthy 1/9/2013 Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government Assistant Secretary, Department of
Environment, Community & Local Government No; Replacement for Mr. Walsh who transferred internally Dr. Deirdre
OKeeffe 1/9/2011 Minister for Justice and Equality Assistant Secretary, Department of Justice and Equality No * Ms.
Patricia Coleman 1/9/2011 Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Director Department of Public Expenditure & Reform
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Expenditure & Reform No; Replacement for Ms. Coleman who transferred internally within the Department Ms Judith Eve
1/9/2011 Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Former Chairperson the Civil Service Commissioners, Northern Ireland
(Expertise in public service recruitment) No * Dr. Eddie Molloy 1/9/2011 Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform
Management Consultant (Expertise in strategic change) No * Mr. Dan Murphy, former General Secretary of the PSEU
1/9/2011 ICTU No; previous Member was reappointed Mr. Bryan Andrews as CEO of the PAS holding office on an ex
officio basis. 1/9/2011 Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Held office on an ex officio basis Held office on an ex
officio basis Ms. Fiona Tierney as CEO of the PAS holding office on an ex officio basis. 20/3/12 Minister for Public
Expenditure & Reform Holds office on an ex officio basis Holds office on an ex officio basis; appointed to Board as replaced
previous CEO of PAS Mr. Sean McGrath 01/09/2011 Minister for Health & Children National Director of HR, Health Service
Executive No * Mr. Barry O Brien 01/09/2012 Minister for Health & Children National Director of HR, Health Service
Executive No; Replacement for Mr McGrath who resigned from his post *The Public Service Management (Recruitment and
Appointments) Act, 2004 states that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (in consultation with Minister for the
Environment, the Minister for Health and the Minister for Justice) should appoint members of the Board of the Public
Appointments Service. The Board is meant to be representative of our client base. The Act also specifies that in appointing
persons as members of the Board the Minister shall ensure that:- at least 2 of them have either or both civil service and other
public service experience and knowledge which the Minister considers relevant, and- at least 2 of them have expertise in
human resource management, customer service and recruitment outside the public service which the Minister considers
relevant,Public Appointments Service Board (2014-2017) Member Date Appointed Recommended By Credentials If vacancy
advertised Ms. Judith Eve, Chairman 9/10/14 Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Former Chairperson the Civil
Service Commissioners, Northern Ireland (Expertise in public service recruitment) Previous Board Member was appointed
Chairperson Mr. Paul Lemass 9/10/14 Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government Assistant Secretary,
Department of Environment, Community & Local Government * Dr. Deirdre OKeeffe 9/10/14 Minister for Justice &
Equality Assistant Secretary, Department of Justice & Equality Previous Board Member was reappointed Dr. Eddie Molloy
9/10/14 Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Management Consultant (Expertise in strategic change) Previous Board
Member was reappointed Ms. Anne Marie Taylor 9/10/14 Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform from advertised process
HR Consultant Yes; Selected on the basis of the stateboards.ie process as most closely meeting the requirements set out in the
Act Ms. Eimear Kenny 9/10/14 Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform from advertised process Senior HR Executive
Yes; Selected on the basis of the stateboards.ie process as most closely meeting the requirements set out in the Act Ms. Fiona
Tierney as CEO of the PAS holding office on an ex officio basis. 9/10/14 Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Holds
office on an ex officio basis Holds office on an ex officio basis Mr. Barry O Brien 9/10/14 Minister for Health & Children
National Director of HR, Health Service Executive Previous Board Member was reappointed Mr. William Beausang
15/07/2013 Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Assistant Secretary, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform As
above re appointment to 2011-2014 Board *The Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act, 2004
states that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (in consultation with Minister for the Environment, the Minister
for Health and the Minister for Justice) should appoint members of the Board of the Public Appointments Service. The Board
is meant to be representative of our client base. The Act also specifies that in appointing persons as members of the Board
the Minister shall ensure that:- at least 2 of them have either or both civil service and other public service experience and
knowledge which the Minister considers relevant, and- at least 2 of them have expertise in human resource management,
customer service and recruitment outside the public service which the Minister considers
relevant.14/10/2014WRE01100Departmental Communications14/10/2014WRE0120069. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he will take to cut down on departmental bureaucracy; if he will ensure
that information is more freely communicated and shared across Departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39306/14]14/10/2014WRE01300Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Sustainable and far
reaching Public Service Reform has been a key element of the Governments strategy to meet the challenges that have faced
the country in recent years. Public Service Reform will also continue to play a key role in our recovery. We published
our first Public Service Reform Plan in November 2011. A Progress Report on the Reform Plan was published in September
2012 and a second Progress Report was published in January this year (available at www.reformplan.per.gov.ie). These
reports set out the significant progress that has been made on reform to date. In January this year, I published the
Governments second Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2016 (also available at www.reformplan.per.gov.ie). We will also
shortly publish a Civil Service Renewal Plan setting out a new vision and strategy for the Civil Service.Significant progress
has been made on Public Service Reform in terms of reducing costs, improving productivity, new working
arrangements, more online delivery of services, information sharing and development of shared services, to name just some
areas. We have placed particular emphasis on eliminating duplication, improving business processes and using more plain
language to improve customer service. For example, in recent years the Revenue Commissioners have reduced the
administrative burden on businesses by 25%, saving over 85 million per year. We have also created the Ireland Stat website
which aims to provide greater performance information and increased accountability in the delivery of public services.The
Government is committed to improving data-sharing between public service bodies to improve services, increase
efficiency, and reduce bureaucracy and the administrative burden on services users. Following a recent public consultation
process, my Department is currently preparing the General Scheme of a Data-Sharing and Governance Bill to streamline the

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legislative arrangements for data sharing between public service bodies.In addition, Open Data forms a core element of the
Irelands first Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan which was published in July. An Open Data Portal
was also launched by my Department in July (www.data.gov.ie) and currently contains 418 datasets from 45 public
bodies.14/10/2014WRE01400Public Sector Reform Implementation14/10/2014WRE0150070. Deputy Terence Flanagan
asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to have for citizens a one-stop-shop for public services; and if
he will make a statement on the matter. [39307/14]14/10/2014WRE01600Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
(Deputy Brendan Howlin): The Deputy will be aware that delivery of better outcomes for citizens and businesses through
innovation, flexibility and the delivery of streamlined services are important elements of the Public Service Reform Plan. A
number of initiatives have taken place to improve the provision of public services to citizens depending on the particular
service. My own Department provides the website www.gov.ie, which gives access in one location online to more than 400
informational and transactional public services. The Citizens Information Board (CIB) provides the website,
www.citizensinformation.ie, which has comprehensive information on public services and on the entitlements of citizens in
Ireland. CIB provides a range of services through its cross-country network of Citizens Information Centres and it supports
the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS).In addition, a number of initiatives provide focused information and
services tailored for particular sectors. These include for example- the Department of Social Protections network of Intreo
Centres, which, in line with the commitment in the Programme for Government, provide practical, tailored employment
services and supports for jobseekers and employers alike; and- online services such as www.businessregulation.ie, which
provides, in one place, details of the main regulations which affect businesses.Improvements in the provision of public
services is kept under continuing review as part of our ongoing commitment to the Governments reform
agenda.14/10/2014WRE01700Trade Agreements14/10/2014WRE0180071. Deputy Michel Martin asked the Minister for
Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will provide an update on the EU-USA trade agreement talks; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [35665/14]14/10/2014WRE01900Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard
Bruton): Since the formal negotiations between the European Union and the United States on a Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership (TTIP) began in July 2013, seven negotiating rounds have taken place. The most recent (7th) Round
took place in the US from 29 September to 3 October 2014. The EU Chief negotiators press statement following the end of
the 7th Round is available at http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1158Reports of previous Rounds, together
with background documents, are available on the European Commissions TTIP website at http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/in-
focus/ttip/ I am also happy to report that the scope of the EU Commissions mandate to negotiate with the US on TTIP is
publicly available since 9 October 2014, and can be found on the EU Councils website at
http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/EN/foraff/145014.pdf14/10/2014WRE02000Appointments
to State Boards14/10/2014WRE0210072. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if
he will provide a list of all State board appointments since general election 2011; the person who recommended each
appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was publicly advertised; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [39284/14]14/10/2014WRE02200Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Since
coming to Office in March 2011, I have made 44 appointments within my discretion to the Boards of Agencies under my
Departments remit. A further 25 appointments were made that were reappointments and a further 45 were allocated under
legislation to Department Representatives, social partners, nominees of other Ministers, nominees of prescribed bodies and
appointments on an Ex Officio basis and were not appropriate, therefore, for public advertisement. In respect of appointments
that are wholly within my discretion, my overriding priority is to appoint the best people available for particular board
positions. To assist me in doing so, I have used the services of the Public Appointments Service (PAS) on several occasions,
with approximately 70% of appointments made within my discretion being filled through this route. Towards the end of 2013,
I requested that the Public Appointments Service administer a single Expressions of Interest process in respect for vacancies
arising in 2014 on the Boards of all Agencies under the Departments remit. The credentials of the appointees vary depending
on the requirements of the individual posts. I am satisfied however that in all cases, they have the skills and expertise to allow
them to contribute positively to the functions of their individual board.All appointments made since March 2011 to date are as
follows.Labour Relations Commission Membership Method of Appointment Date of First appointment Re-appointment
Expiry of contract Breege ODonoghue, Chairperson Ministerial- Nominated by the Government 01/04/2003 Yes 7/7/2013
06/07/2014 Brendan McGinty Ministerial -Nominated by IBEC 06/11/2000 Yes 7/7/2013 06/07/2014 Fergus Whelan
Ministerial Nominated by ICTU 05/07/2009 Yes 7/7/2013 06/07/2014 Gerard Barry Ministerial 01/04/2006 Yes 7/7/2012
Expired Iarla Duffy Ministerial 05/07/2009 Yes 7/7/2012 Expired John Hennessy Ministerial -Nominated by IBEC
05/07/2009 Yes 7/7/2013 06/07/2014 Peter McCloone Ministerial Nominated by ICTU 29/03/2000 Yes 7/7/2013 06/07/2014
*These positions are currently vacant with no fees attached to the positions. Forfs Membership Method of Appointment Date
of First appointment Re-appointment Expiry of contract Professor Mark Ferguson Ex Officio (DG of SFI) 18/01/2012 No
06/01/2017 John Murphy Ministerial -Dept Rep (Sec Gen) 18/01/2012 No * Eoin ODriscollChair Ministerial. Original app.
13/07/2014 Yes 1/1/2013 * Julie Sinnamon Ex Officio (New CEO) 03/11/2013 No * * In 2012, following the decision to
integrate Forfas into the Department, the Minister reduced the numbers serving on the Forfas Board from 13 to 6. Forfas was
dissolved on 1st August 2014 Enterprise Ireland Membership Method of Appointment Date of First appointment Re-
appointment Expiry of contract Terence O RourkeChairman of EI Board Ministerial on Application 01/08/02013 No
31/07/2018 Amanda Pratt Ministerial 10/10/2012 No *see note below Clare Dunne Ministerial -Dept Rep (Asst Sec)

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10/10/2012 No *see note below Colum Horgan Ministerial on Application 15/10/2012 No *see note below Geoff Meagher
Ministerial on Application 15/10/2012 No *see note below Helen Ryan Ministerial 26/03/2014 No *see note below John
McMahon Ministerial on Application 26/03/2014 No *see note below Elaine Coughlan Ministerial 12/05/2014 No *see note
below Patrick Flynn Ministerial 08/07/2014 No *see note below *In accordance with Section 9 of the Industrial Development
Act, (Enterprise Ireland) 1998, on each anniversary of the establishment day (23rd July, 1998), two members of the Board
(other than the chairperson and the chief executive officer) shall retire from office. The members to retire in any year shall be
those who have been longest in office since their appointment. InterTradeIreland Membership Method of Appointment Date
of First appointment Re-appointment Expiry of contract Thomas Hunter McGowan (CEO) Nominated by Ministers North and
South and approved by NSMC on Application 23/07/2013 No 22/07/2017 Martin Cronin (Chair) Nominated by Minister and
approved by NSMC on Application 13/12/2011 No 12/12/2015 Brendan Butler Nominated by Minister and approved by
NSMC 12/12/2007 Yes 13/12/2011 12/12/2015 Patricia McKeown Nominated by Minister and approved by NSMC
12/12/2007 Yes 13/12/2011 12/12/2015 Kevin Norton Nominated by Minister and approved by NSMC 13/12/2011 No
12/12/2015 Mairead Sorensen Nominated by Minister and approved by NSMC 13/12/2011 No 12/12/2015 John Corbett
Nominated by Minister and approved by NSMC 13/12/2011 No 12/12/2015 Prof. Terri Scott Nominated by Minister and
approved by NSMC 06/12/2013 No 05/12/2017 Rosemary Delaney Nominated by Minister and approved by NSMC
06/12/2013 No 05/12/2017 Personal Injuries Assessment Board Membership Method of Appointment Date of First
appointment Re-appointment Expiry of contract Breda Power Ministerial -Dept Rep (Asst Sec) 26/10/2011 No 25/10/2016
Ann Fitzgerald Ministerial 12/09/2006 Yes 08/09/2011 17/10/2012 Sean Murphy Ex Officio 20/12/2012 No - Martin
Naughton Statutory nomination by ICTU 05/04/2012 No 04/04/2017 Dr. Fionnuala OLoughlin Ministerial on Application
01/08/2012 No 31/07/2015 John Lynch Ministerial on Application 01/08/2012 No 31/07/2015 Karen OLeary Ex Officio
19/03/2013 No - Mick Stewart Designated member- Central Bank Nominee 01/01/2014 No 31/12/2016 Margot Slattery
Designated member IBEC nominee 30 /04/2014 No 29 /04/2016 Walter Cullen Designated member ICTU nominee 30
/04/2014 No 29 /04/ 2016 Dermot Divilly (Chairperson) Ministerial on Application 16 /07/2014 No 15 /07/2018 Dermot
Gorman Designated Member Insurance Industry Nominee 26 /09/2014 No 25/09/2017 Health and Safety Authority
Membership Method of Appointment Date of First appointment Re-appointment Expiry of contract John Newham
Ministerial- Dept Rep (Principal Officer) 10/04/12 No 09/07/13** Official resigned as DJEI representative on the Board as he
transferred to another post. Michael Horgan (chair)* Ministerial 20/12/13 Yes 19/12/16 Michael Gillen, IBEC Ministerial -
Nominated by IBEC 20/12/13 No 19/12/16 George Brett, Ministerial -Nominated by IBEC 20/12/13 Yes 19/12/16 Robert
Butler, CIF Ministerial -Nominated by IBEC 20/12/13 No 19/12/16 Christine Rowland, SIPTU Ministerial -Nominated by
ICTU 20/12/13 No 19/12/16 Pat Kenny, CWU(Deputy Chair since 14.05.2014) Ministerial -Nominated by ICTU 20/12/13 No
19/12/16 Frank Vaughan, ICTU Ministerial -Nominated by ICTU 20/12/13 No 19/12/16 Paul Cullen, Ministerial -Dept Rep
20/12/13 No 19/12/16 Ms Carol Bolger Ministerial on Application 26.02.14 No 25.02.17 Dr John McCartney Ministerial on
Application 26.02.14 No 25.02.17 Ms Vicki OReilly Ministerial on Application 26.02.14 No 25.02.17 Professor James
Phelan Ministerial on Application 26.02.14 No 25.02.17 *The Chairperson was re-appointed to that position by the Minister,
having appeared before the JEI Joint Oireachtas Committee. National Standards Authority of Ireland Membership Method of
Appointment Date of First appointment Re-appointment Expiry of contract Terry Landers Ministerial on Application
06/03/2012 28 March 2014 *see note below Barbara OLeary Ministerial on Application 06/03/2012 No *see note below
Anne Clarke Ministerial -Staff Rep by election 14/04/2012 No *see note below Kieran Cox Ministerial -Staff Rep by election
14/04/2012 No *see note below Deirdre OHara Ministerial on Application 31/01/2013 No *see note below Aedin Goggin
Ministerial on Application 31/01/2013 No *see note below Kieran Ryan Ministerial 27/06/2013 Yes *see note below Peter
Oates Ministerial -Staff Rep by election 27/06/2013 No *see note below Julie ONeill Ministerial on Application 16/07/2013
No *see note below Eugene Forde Ministerial Dept Rep 24/10/2013 No Dr Aidan OBoyle Ministerial nomination 12 May
2014 No *see note below Valerie Bowens Ministerial on Application 12 May 2014 No *see note below Deirdre Smith
Ministerial on Application 12 May 2014 No *see note below Maurice Buckley Chief Executive Ex-officio N/A term
contract of employment *Three longest serving members resign each year on April 14Irish Auditing and Accounting
Supervisory Authority (IAASA) Membership Method of Appointment Date of first appointment Re-appointment Expiry of
contract Mr Brendan Walsh Chairperson Ministerial on Application 21/12/12 No 20/12/15 Deirdre Behan Ministerial -
Nominated by the Revenue Commissioners in accordance with the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 03/01/12
No 02/01/15 Marie Daly Ministerial - Nominated by IBEC in accordance with the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act
2003 03/01/06 Yes 3/1/2012 02/01/15 Mairead Devine Ministerial - Nominated by the Central Bank in accordance with the
Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 03/01/12 No 02/01/15 Sean Hawkshaw Ministerial - Nominated by the Irish
Association of Investment Managers in accordance with the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 03/01/06 Yes
03/01/2012 02/01/15 David Martin Ministerial - Nominated by the Prescribed Accountancy Bodies in accordance with the
Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 03/01/06 Yes 03/01/2012 29/05/14 Sylvia McNeece Ministerial - Nominated
by the Pensions Board in accordance with the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 03/01/12 No 02/01/15 Kevin
ODonovan Ministerial - Nominated by the Prescribed Accountancy Bodies in accordance with the Companies (Auditing and
Accounting) Act 2003 30/05/11 No 29/05/14 Conor OMahony Ministerial - Nominated by the Director of Corporate
Enforcement in accordance with the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 01/03/12 No 20/01/14 Ms Bernadette
McGrory-Farrell Ministerial - Nominated by the Prescribed Accountancy Bodies in accordance with the Companies (Auditing

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and Accounting) Act 2003 03/01/13 No 02/01/2016 Mr Paddy Keating Ministerial - Nominated by ICTU in accordance with
the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 03/01/13 No 02/01/2016 Ms Helen Hall Ex-OfficioMember 18/12/12 No
N/A Ms Muireann ONeill Ministerial on Application 01/09/12 No 02/09/2015 Etain Doyle Prescribed Accountancy Body
30/05/2014 N/A 29/05/2014 David Devlin Prescribed Accountancy Body 30/05/2014 N/A 29/05/2014 Shannon Development
Membership Method of Appointment Date of Firstappointment Re-appointment Expiry of contract Stephen Curran
Ministerial- Dept Rep (Principal Officer) 23/02/2012 No April 2016 Rose Hynes Ministerial Appointment 12/02/2013 No
April 2017 Pat Dalton Ministerial Appointment 22/02/2013 No April 2017 Tony Brazil Ministerial Appointment 13/05/2013
No April 2017 Following the transfer of shares under The State Airports (Shannon Group) Act, 2014, Shannon Development
became a subsidiary of Shannon Group PLC on 5th September 2014 and the Board of Shannon Development was dissolved.
National Consumer Agency Membership Date of appointment Re-appointment Expiry of contract StephenCostello Ministerial
01/05/2007 Yes 01/05/2012 30/04/2017 Sean Murphy Appointed by the Board (CEO of NCA) 18/10/2012 No 19/03/2013
Karen OLeary Appointed by the Board (CEO of NCA) 19/03/2013 No *see note below Isolde Goggin Ministerial
Competition Authority Rep (Chair of Competition Authority) 30/11/2011 No *see note below Robin OSullivan Ministerial
01/05/2007 Yes 06/05/2012 *see note below Colleen Savage Ministerial on Application 06/05/2012 No *see note below
Eugene Gallagher Ministerial on Application 06/05/2012 No *see note below Tina Leonard Ministerial on Application
31/01/2013 No *see note below Fergus J. Gallagher Ministerial 23 March 2010 1 May 2014 *see note below David Pierce
Ministerial 23 March 2010 1 May 2014 *see note below * Section 10 of the Consumer Protection Act provides that on the
anniversary of the establishment day of the Agency and on each subsequent anniversary of that day, two members of the
Agency (other than the chairperson and the CEO) shall retire from office. The section further provides that a member of the
Agency (other than the CEO) shall serve for not more than 10 consecutive years. The NCA will be merged with the
Competition Authority to form the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission with effect from the 1st November
2014. The Board of the NCA will cease from that date.IDA Ireland Membership Method of Appointment Date of
appointment Re-appointment Expiry of contract Lionel Alexander Ministerial 19/03/08 4//02/13 *see note below Dermot
Curran Ministerial- Dept Rep (Asst Sec) 09/07/2012 No *see note below Alan W. Gray Ministerial 25/01/2012 No *see note
below Mary Campbell Ministerial 23/05/2012 No *see note below Peter Cassels Ministerial 23/05/2012 No *see note below
Frank Ryan (Chairperson) Ministerial 01/01/2014 No *see note below Dr Geraldine Mc Ginty Ministerial 08/08/14 no *see
note below Martin D Shanahan CEO of IDAEx Officio 01/09/14 *While the normal term of office is for a 5 year period,
legislation provides that at the end of each year the two longest serving members step down from the Board. Science
Foundation Ireland Membership Method of Appointment Date of appointment Re-appointment Expiry of contract Professor
Mark Ferguson Ex Officio (DG of SFI) 16/01/2012 No *see note below Dermot Curran Ministerial- Dept Rep (Asst Sec)
01/09/2012 No *see note below Mary Doyle Ministerial Nominated by Minister for Education 05/12/2012 No *see note
below Dr. Rita Colwell Ministerial 31/03/2008 Yes 26 July 2011 *see note below Prof. Martina Newell -McGloughlin
Ministerial 25/07/2003 Yes 26 July 2011 July 2013 Liam Madden Ministerial on Application 31/01/2013 No *see note below
Ann Riordan (Chair) Ministerial on Application 05/12/2013 No *see note below Aidan Donnelly Ministerial on Application
05/12/2013 No *see note below Geraldine Ruane Ministerial on Application 05/12/2013 No *see note below *Section 9.3 of
the 2003 Industrial Development (Science Foundation Ireland) Act 2003 determines that each year (on anniversary of formal
establishment of SFI 25th July 2003) that the two longest serving members of the Board shall retire from the Board with
effect from July 24th each year. However, there is also a stipulation in the legislation that a member cannot serve more than
ten years in succession.14/10/2014WRF00050Written Answers Nos. 73-7914/10/2014WRF00100Departmental Staff
Rehiring14/10/2014WRF0020073. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number
of persons who are on public or Civil Service pensions and who have been recruited for work on any basis, either permanent
or temporary, under the remit of his Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [39550/14]14/10/2014WRF00300Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): The details
requested by the Deputy are set out in tabular format. In the period ten retired public servants were engaged on temporary
contracts by my Department including two civilian drivers engaged by me and one civilian driver engaged by one of the
Ministers of State. I have asked all Agencies under the aegis of my Department to advise me of the information as relevant to
each Agency, and I will communicate that information to the Deputy as soon as it is available. Grade Reason for Temporary
Hire Former public servant, employed as Civilian Driver Appointment co-terminous with Ministers appointment Former
public servant, employed as Civilian Driver Appointment co-terminous with Ministers appointment Former public servant,
employed as Civilian Driver Appointment co-terminous with Minister of States appointment (March 2011 July 2014).
Accountant Grade 1 (Assistant Principal equivalent) Retirement date 12/11/13. Retained to 20/12/13 to complete outstanding
work. Pension deferred for the period of the appointment. Former Assistant Principal at DJEI, temporary rehire at AP grade
01/10/12 - 31/07/13 (EU Presidency 2013).Pension deferred for the period of the appointment. Former Principal Officer at
DJEI Irish Government representative and Deputy Chair of the Board of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) based in
Helsinki, Finland. Ended 30/6/2014.Paid on a fee per day basis in respect of each Board meeting that he attended and also for
attending meetings of the Board Sub-Committee which he chaired. (All monies including expenses are claimed by way of
invoice). Former Principal Officer at DJEI From 1 March 2012 to completion of Interdepartmental Committee Report in
February 2013 to establish facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries.Pension abatement not applicable.
Payment was below the rate of pay the pensioner would have received if he had continued to serve in the former post. Former

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Director of Corporate Enforcement 29/02/12 - 27/08/12Acting Director of Corporate Enforcement.His pension was abated for
the period that he remained on in his post in an acting capacity. Former Secretary General, Department of Transport 16/6/2010
- Quarter 2 2014.Chair of DJEI Audit Committee.In line with centrally agreed procedures for external audit committee
members in the Civil Service, a fee of 450 per meeting was paid, subject to a max. of 1,800 per annum. Pension abatement
not applicable (i.e. fee plus pension did not exceed the rate of pay the pensioner would have received if he or she had
continued to serve in the former post). Ended Q2 2014. Former Assistant Secretary DJEI Retired 2007. Appointed to NERA
Advisory Board 2008.Pension abatement not applicable. The only payments made for participation on the Advisory Board are
Travel and Subsistence payments in accordance with the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform rates for civil servants.
14/10/2014WRF00400Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRF0050074. Deputy Noel Coonan asked the
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding a disadvantaged area payment in respect of a person
(details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38912/14]14/10/2014WRF00600Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Payments under
the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme began issuing, on target, on 24 September. Processing of the application of the persons
named has recently been finalised, with payment due to issue shortly, directly to the nominated bank account of the applicants.
14/10/2014WRF00700Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRF0080075. Deputy Michael Ring asked the
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their
disadvantaged area scheme payment for 2014; the reason for the delay in payment; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [38857/14]14/10/2014WRF00900Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Payments
under the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme began issuing, on target, on 24 September. Payment has not yet issued to the
person named as, at this stage, the holding concerned has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density
requirements. Immediately the holding concerned is confirmed as having met these requirements, the case will be further
processed with a view to payment issuing to the person named at the earliest possible date thereafter, provided all other
Scheme requirements have been satisfied. 14/10/2014WRF01000Agriculture Schemes Data14/10/2014WRF0110076. Deputy
Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of European agricultural farm scheme
funding that Ireland has returned unallocated over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38868/14]14/10/2014WRF01200Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): One of the main
EU funded Schemes is the Single Farm Payment (SFP) under Pillar One of the Common Agricultural Policy. Since 2009, my
Department has paid in excess of 6.2 billion to some 125,000 farmers under the SFP. Essentially, all of the EU funding
available was drawn and paid to farmers during that period. In 2009, following the CAP Health Check agreement, provisions
were adopted for the use of unused SFP funds. This was based on a proposal from Ireland and a number of other Member
States. Since that time, over 107 million was paid to Irish farmers from unused SFP funds under the Upland Sheep Scheme,
Grassland Sheep Scheme, Dairy Efficiency Programme, Beef Data Programme and the Burren Farming for Conservation
Programme. Under Pillar Two of the Common Agricultural Policy, Member States develop multi-annual Rural Development
Programmes (RDP), which are co-financed by EU and national exchequer funding. Irelands overall European Agricultural
Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) allocation from the EU for the 2007-2013 period is some 2.5 billion. The 2007-2013
RDP is nearing the end of its cycle, as under the N+2 rule expenditure may continue until the end of 2015. Expenditure will
continue up to until the end of 2015 with the aim of maximising the drawdown of available EU funds. To date Ireland has one
of the highest rates of drawdown amongst the EU Member States. In addition, Ireland submitted its draft Rural Development
Programme for the 2014-2020 period earlier this year. There is 2.19bn EAFRD funding available for the new programming
period. 14/10/2014WRF01300Agriculture Schemes Payments14/10/2014WRF0140077. Deputy amon Cuv asked the
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if approval has been given to an application under the single payment scheme
2014 and disadvantaged area-based payment scheme 2014 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; if a
disadvantaged area scheme, DAS, payment for 2014 has issued; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38884/14]14/10/2014WRF01500Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Payments under
the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme began issuing, on target, on 24 September. Processing of the application of the person
named has recently been finalised, with payment issuing directly to the nominated bank account of the person named on 8
October 2014. I can confirm that 50% advance payments under the 2014 Single Payment Scheme will commence on 16
October 2014 as is provided for in the relevant EU Regulations. The application of the person named has been finalised and I
expect that payment will issue shortly to the nominated bank account of the person named.
14/10/2014WRF01600Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRF0170078. Deputy amon Cuv asked the
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment under the 2014 disadvantaged area-based scheme will issue to a
person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay in issuing this payment; and if he will make a statement
on the matter. [38885/14]14/10/2014WRF01800Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney):
Processing of the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas application of the person named has recently been finalised by my Department,
with payment due to issue shortly, directly to the nominated bank account of the person named.
14/10/2014WRF01900Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRF0200079. Deputy amon Cuv asked the
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment under the 2014 disadvantaged area-based scheme will issue to a
person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay in issuing this payment; and if he will make a statement
on the matter. [38886/14]14/10/2014WRF02100Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney):

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Payments under the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme began issuing, on target, on 24 September. Payment has not yet issued
to the person named as, at this stage, the holding concerned has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density
requirements. Immediately the holding concerned is confirmed as having met these requirements, the case will be further
processed with a view to payment issuing to the person named at the earliest possible date thereafter, provided all other
Scheme requirements have been satisfied.14/10/2014WRG00100Written Answers Nos. 80-
9214/10/2014WRG00150Agriculture Schemes Payments14/10/2014WRG0020080. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when payment will issue in respect of a persons (details supplied) in County
Leitrim; the reason for the delay in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38900/14]14/10/2014WRG00300Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The person
named submitted a 2014 Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas scheme application on 28 March 2014. EU Regulations
governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some
cases Remote Sensing (i.e. satellite) inspections, be completed before any payments issue.The application of the person
named was selected for a Remote Sensing eligibility inspection. This inspection is currently being finalised with the intention
of issuing any payment-s due as soon as possible. In the event that any queries arise officials in my Department will be in
contact with the person named.14/10/2014WRG00350Grazing Rights14/10/2014WRG0040081. Deputy amon Cuv asked
the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a decision will be made in respect of grazing rights on Glenahiry
commonage in Clonmel (details supplied), that is the subject of a review by the legal unit of his Department; if the legal unit
of his Department has provided an opinion on this matter to date; the reason for the delay in deciding this review; and if he
will make a statement on the matter. [38908/14]14/10/2014WRG00500Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy
Simon Coveney): It is important to point out that one of the primary provisions of the EU regulations governing payments
under the Single Payment Scheme, the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and other area-based schemes is that the area of land
declared by individual applicants must not exceed the total eligible area, as defined in the Regulations. Commission
Regulation (EC) No 1122/2009 (which replaced Commission Regulation (EC) No 796/2004) provides that where there is an
over-declaration, applicants are not entitled to benefit from payment until the over-claim is resolved. This provision has been
implemented in Ireland since the introduction of the Single Payment Scheme, in 2005. In practice where any land parcel is
claimed beyond its confirmed size in hectares an over-claim is flagged and payment is withheld pending resolution of that
over-claim. In the case of Glenahiry commonage, more land than is contained in the entire commonage has been claimed by
applicants, since 2005. All applicants have confirmed their rights to claim certain shares of the Glenahiry commonage.
Consequently, this is a legal dispute over rights to the commonage.Furthermore, my Department has no jurisdiction in relation
to disputes over Title, Ownership or grazing claims to land. All parties to this dispute have been made aware of this. The law
on incorporeal hereditaments is very complex. The establishment and loss of same is governed by the prescription acts and
common law. In this case Legal Title is based on a Land Commission Vesting Order dated 30th June 1950. Some parties may
have established grazing rights on the mountain and other parties may have lost same. This is obviously a matter of evidence
and the Circuit or High Court has jurisdiction in the matter. The area is further complicated in that grazing rights invariably
attach to appurtenant lowland and from our experience the court orders obtained by claimants are based on the common law
principles of Levancy and Couchancy. In simple terms this means that the right to graze is based upon the ability of a
persons lowland to sustain the sheep for the winter period.I would also like to bring to the attention of the Deputy the efforts
made by my Department to find a resolution to this dispute. In particular, I wish to refer to the number of meetings organised
by my Department at which efforts were made to resolve the dispute and allow payments to issue. In addition, officers of my
Department have spent much time over many years in discussions with the parties involved. However, no resolution could be
achieved despite the efforts made by my Department to secure a settlement. I acknowledge that this is a complex legal dispute
that has proved impossible to resolve since the introduction of the Single Payment Scheme and has clearly evoked strong
feelings amongst those involved.I would strongly urge all of the parties directly involved with this commonage and their
representatives to come together and seek a resolution to this matter. Their cooperation and agreement is the only way in
which this matter can be resolved. My Department continues to be available to facilitate the reaching of such an agreement. It
will, in the context of the end of the Single Payment Scheme this year and its replacement by the Basic Payment Scheme in
2015, re-examine all the issues involved.14/10/2014WRG00550ocaochta Deontas14/10/2014WRG0060082. Dfhiafraigh
Deputy amon Cuv den an Aire Talmhaochta, Bia agus Mara cn uair a ocfar le feirmeoir i gContae na Gaillimhe (sonra
leis seo) fulleach deontas at fs gan oc faoin Scim ocaochta Aonair, faoi Scim na Limistar faoi Mhbhuntiste agus
faoin Scim um Chosaint na Timpeallachta Tuaithe; c mhad deontas at fs gan oc leis; cad iad na scimeanna de rir
bhliain na scime at i gceist; agus an ndanfaidh s riteas ina thaobh. [38909/14]14/10/2014WRG00700Minister for
Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): N raibh aon mhoill ar ocaocht a eisiint leis an duine
ainmnithe. Tosaodh ocaochta faoi Scim na Limistar faoi Mhbhuntiste 2014 a eisiint go nisinta de rir na sprice, an
24 Men Fmhair. Eisodh ocaocht chuig cuntas bainc ainmnithe an duine ainmnithe an 24 Men Fmhair 2014. Nor
eisodh ocaochta faoi Scim na Limistar faoi Mhbhuntiste 2012 agus 2013 fs, mar gheall ar cheisteanna nach bhfuil
ritithe fs maidir le eastt an duine agtha. T oifigeach mo Roinn i dteagmhil dhreach leis na daoine ainmnithe le sil
agus na ceisteanna sin a riteach agus ocaocht a dhanamh go luath ina dhiaidh sin. Nl aon ocaochta amuigh le heisiint
chuig an duine ainmnithe faoin Scim um Chosaint an Chomhshaoil Tuaithe. Maidir le Scim na hAonocaochta, fuair mo
Roinn iarratas ar Aistri Teidlochta an 15 Bealtaine 2014, chun 7.21 teidlocht caighdenacha a aistri chuig na daoine

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ainmnithe. De bharr nach raibh an t-iarratas sin comhlnaithe go hiomln, bigean dinn scrobh chuig na hiarratasir chun
an fhianaise dhoicimadach nach raibh faighte fs a fhil. T roinnt doicimadchin faighte anois agus t teagmhil danta
ag mo Roinn leis na hiarratasir chun aon cheist eile a riteach agus chun ocaocht a eisiint sa chs
seo.14/10/2014WRG00750Climate Change Policy14/10/2014WRG0080083. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister
for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when publication of the sectoral adaptation plan for agriculture envisaged under the
national policy position for tackling climate change will be; the preparations and progress his Department has made towards
the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38932/14]14/10/2014WRG00900Minister for Agriculture, Food and
the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department actively participates in the climate adaptation process through the
steering committee for sectoral adaptation plans, which is under the Chairmanship of the Department of Environment,
Community and Local Government. A key factor in the timing and progress of sectoral adaptation planning to date was the
publication, in April 2013, of an EU Strategy on adaptation. Action 1 of that Strategy outlines, amongst other things, that by
2014, the European Commission will develop an adaptation preparedness scoreboard. The scoreboard is directly relevant to
sectoral adaptation planning in Ireland. Discussions which involve the European Commission and all Member States are on-
going. An update on progress will be provided at the next steering committee meeting in November.In addition, I have formed
a high level Climate Change Group to advise me on important issues in the development of national and EU policy on
agriculture and climate change. This group comprises of officials from my Department, Teagasc, the EPA, Bord Bia and is
chaired by my Department. This group will oversee the preparation of the draft climate adaptation plan for the agriculture and
forestry sectors.14/10/2014WRG00950Grassland Sheep Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRG0100084. Deputy Patrick
ODonovan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason a persons (details supplied) in County
Wexford grassland and sheep scheme payment was reduced significantly from 2012 to 2013; and if he will make a statement
on the matter. [38959/14]14/10/2014WRG01100Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney):
The budget under 2013 Grassland Sheep Scheme was reduced by 4 million from the previous years budget of 18 million.
This resulted in an available budget under the 2013 Grassland Sheep Scheme of 14 million. Payment in respect of the
application of the person named under the 2013 Grassland Sheep Scheme issued in respect of 33.96 eligible hectares. The
balancing payment issuing directly to the nominated bank account of the person named on 7 October 2014. Payment under the
2012 Grassland Sheep Scheme application was issued in respect of 36.62 eligible hectares.It should be noted that the
Grassland Sheep Scheme has been increased by 1 million in 2014. In addition the 15 million Grassland Scheme is being
integrated into the Basic Payment Scheme for 2015, which will benefit all sheep farmers in their current schemes by
increasing their individual payments from next year.14/10/2014WRG01150Forestry Grants14/10/2014WRG0120085. Deputy
Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine with regard to the new forestry programme, if the
level of grant aid for planting forestry will be maintained at 100%, as is at present; the amount of premium paid will be
maintained at the same level as present for farmers who plant their land; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38970/14]14/10/2014WRG01300Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The public
consultation process for the new forestry programme ended yesterday and officials at my Department are currently examining
submissions received. It is not possible at this stage to say what the precise level of forestry grants and premiums will be for
the period 2015 2020. Our intention is to finalise the details of the new forestry programme over the coming weeks and
make the final document available to stakeholders and the public in general as soon as possible thereafter.I can say however
that in relation to forestry grants, my intention is to continue with the policy of funding up to 100% of eligible costs of
establishing and maintaining new forests. In relation to premiums, EU State aid rules only allow for 12 annual premiums and
through de minimis my Department has been able to increase this to 15.14/10/2014WRG01350Beef Data
Programme14/10/2014WRG0140086. Deputy amon Cuv asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine in
view of the difficulties that arose due to change of address, if payment under the beef data programme will be approved in
respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary on the basis of force majeure; and if he will make a statement on
the matter. [38984/14]14/10/2014WRG01500Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The
person named registered fifty animals under the 2013 Beef Data Programme. Under the Terms and Conditions of this
Programme, applicants were obliged to submit the required data within the prescribed time frames. The person named was
issued with four forms for completion on 27 September 2013, 19 March 2014, 25 May 2014 and 8 June 2014 but none of the
forms were returned to my Department within the required deadlines. Therefore, the person named was not eligible for
payment under the Programme. My Department has been in direct contact with the person named. The person named has
indicated that he will submit an appeal. Upon receipt of the appeal a review will be carried out on the case and the applicant
will be informed in writing of the outcome.14/10/2014WRG01550Disadvantaged Areas Scheme
Payments14/10/2014WRG0160087. Deputy amon Cuv asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the
reason an outstanding debt under the 2013 disadvantaged area scheme has been assessed against a person (details supplied) in
County Tipperary; the way this debt was calculated; if maps and details of this debt were provided to the person; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [39000/14]14/10/2014WRG01700Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy
Simon Coveney): As you may be aware my Department is currently examining land parcels declared under the Single
Payment Scheme and other area-based Direct Payment Schemes. As part of this review an ineligible area was identified and
removed from a number of parcels declared by the person named. The person named was notified of this decision and of their
right of appeal, to which no appeal has been received to date. The removal of this ineligible feature resulted in an over-

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declaration penalty of 8.71% being applied to the Disadvantaged Areas application of the person
named.14/10/2014WRG01750Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRG0180088. Deputy amon Cuv
asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason an outstanding debt under the 2013 disadvantaged area
scheme has been assessed against a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the way this debt was calculated; if maps and
details of this debt were provided to the person; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39003/14]14/10/2014WRG01900Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): A review of the
land parcels declared by the person named under the 2013 Single Payment Scheme revealed that a number of the land parcels
declared by the person named contained ineligible features. Following an appeal from the person named, a visit by a
Department official to verify the position was necessary to progress the matter. The person named was supplied with new
maps when notified of the outcome of the inspection in a letter dated 18th July 2014 and advised of the right of appeal to the
independently-chaired LPIS Appeals Committee. To date no such appeal has been lodged.14/10/2014WRG01950Single
Payment Scheme Transfers14/10/2014WRG0200089. Deputy amon Cuv asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the
Marine when an application submitted for a transfer of single payment entitlements under the 2014 scheme by a person
(details supplied) in County Galway will be processed; the reason for the delay in this process; if the herd number in this case
has been transferred; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39004/14]14/10/2014WRG02100Minister for
Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The herd number in the name of the first named person was
transferred into the name of the second named person on 11th October 2013. My Department received a Transfer of
Entitlements application on 27th February 2014 to transfer 6.45 standard entitlements from the first named person to the
second named person by way of gift. Some essential documentation which was required to process the transfer was omitted
when the original application form was submitted. My Department contacted both persons named above, requesting that the
details omitted on the original application be submitted to the Transfer of Entitlements Section in order to enable the transfer
to be processed.The fully completed application form has now been received in my Department, and the transfer of
entitlements has been processed. Acceptance letters were issued to both persons named on 9th October
2014.14/10/2014WRG02150Rural Development Policy14/10/2014WRG0220090. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister
for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the proposed eligibility criteria, as of 7 October 2014, for commonage farmers taking
part in GLAS; if this criteria is the same as was announced on 17 September 2014; if the 50% collective agreement is or is not
of the eligibility criteria; if commonage farmers will be permitted to apply for inclusion in the scheme as individuals; and if he
will make a statement on the matter. [39017/14]14/10/2014WRG02300Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy
Simon Coveney): Over the course of the consultation process on the new Rural Development Programme, which extended for
a year and half, we have adapted and rebalanced our proposals for commonages quite significantly in the light of the various
concerns highlighted by farmers and their representatives. The original requirement was for 80% participation at commonage
level, but this was subsequently reduced to 50%, with a further stipulation that this need only be calculated on the basis of the
number of active shareholders on the commonage, i.e. those actually grazing the land. To give an example, if there are 20
shareholders on a commonage, and 15 are claiming shares under the Single Payment Scheme, but only 10 of those are
actively grazing the land at present, the 50% requirement to trigger priority access to GLAS is just 5 farmers. Both steps have
significantly reduced the challenge of securing the required level of agreement. That said, 50% participation remains the target
and in fact I hope and believe that a significantly higher percentage will ultimately join the new scheme. However, it is
important to note that farmers are free to signal their interest individually to their own adviser, or to the co-ordinating adviser
for the commonage, without a requirement to first come together as a group. Once sufficient numbers have indicated their
interest, the plan for the commonage can be drawn up using the online systems and databases that are currently being built by
my Department. That plan must be submitted by a single adviser for the whole commonage, and there can only be one plan
for each commonage. Where it proves impossible to reach the required 50%, I have already indicated that the farmers
concerned or indeed an individual farmer, should the situation arise may bring the case before the Commonage
Implementation Committee for consideration and recommendation. I have already made it clear that no farmer will be locked-
out of GLAS if, through no fault of his or her own, it has proved impossible to reach the required 50% on the commonage
concerned. In addition, I have also clarified that on small commonages, i.e. those of 10 hectares or less, the 50% rule does not
apply at all, and in those instances farmers are free to join GLAS on an individual basis, in the same way as they would on
their privately owned land.Over the last few weeks, I arranged for a series of public meetings to be held at key locations
nationwide to give hill farmers an opportunity to talk to officials from my Department for themselves and raise the issues that
continue to give them concern. I am glad to say these meetings were well attended and I believe we have brought a good deal
of clarity to the situation and the level of interest, in what is essentially a voluntary scheme, is very
encouraging.14/10/2014WRG02350Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRG0240091. Deputy Brendan
Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a disadvantage area scheme payment will issue in
respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39026/14]14/10/2014WRG02500Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Payments under
the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme began issuing, on target, on 24 September. Processing of the application of the person
named has recently been finalised, with payment issuing directly to the nominated bank account of the person named on 8
October 2014.14/10/2014WRG02550Rights of Way Provision14/10/2014WRG0260092. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the
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Cork will be reviewed in view of the fact that part of the access route granted is through private property; his views on
whether this road is fit for purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39028/14]14/10/2014WRG02700Minister
for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Coillte Teoranta was established as a private commercial
company under the Forestry Act 1988 and day-to-day operational matters, such as the management of the forestry estate and
access issues, are the responsibility of the company. Coillte has, however, advised that the access in question is a legal Right
of Way. I understand that Coillte has been in contact with the landowners concerned in recent days. The Deputy may wish to
contact the Corporate Affairs Division of Coillte directly and they will facilitate contact with the appropriate people in Coillte
dealing with this issue.14/10/2014WRH00100Written Answers Nos. 93-10414/10/2014WRH00150Agriculture Schemes
Payments14/10/2014WRH0020093. Deputy John OMahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a
person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their single farm payment and their disadvantaged area payment; the
reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39032/14]14/10/2014WRH00300Minister for
Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The person named submitted a 2014 Single Farm
Payment/Disadvantaged Areas scheme application on 25 April 2014. EU Regulations governing the administration of these
schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases Remote Sensing (i.e. satellite)
inspections, be completed before any payments issue. The application of the person named was selected for a Remote Sensing
eligibility inspection. Initial processing of this inspection identified a requirement to verify the eligibility of a number of
parcels by means of a field inspection. On completion of this inspection the results will be processed with the intention of
issuing any payment due as soon as possible. In the event that any queries arise officials in my Department will be in contact
with the person named.14/10/2014WRH00350Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRH0040094. Deputy
Patrick ODonovan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding a disadvantaged area
scheme payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; when payment will issue; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [39044/14]14/10/2014WRH00500Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon
Coveney): The person named submitted a 2014 Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas scheme application on 29 April
2014. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative
checks, including in some cases Remote Sensing (i.e. satellite) inspections, be completed before any payments issue. The
application of the person named was selected for a Remote Sensing eligibility inspection. This inspection has been completed.
Processing will now be finalised and I expect that payment will issue shortly to the nominated bank account of the person
named.14/10/2014WRH00550Agriculture Schemes Payments14/10/2014WRH0060095. Deputy James Bannon asked the
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide an update on a single farm payment and disadvantaged area
scheme payment in respect of person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39144/14]14/10/2014WRH00700Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The person
named submitted a 2014 Single Farm Payment /Disadvantaged Areas scheme application on 12 May 2014. EU Regulations
governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some
cases on-farm inspections, be completed before any payments issue. The application of the person named was selected for a
ground eligibility inspection. This inspection has been completed and the results are now being finalised with the intention of
issuing any payment due as soon as possible. In the event that any queries arise officials in my Department will be in contact
with the person named.14/10/2014WRH00750Control of Horses Act14/10/2014WRH0080096. Deputy Robert Dowds asked
the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he has a fund of money to finance urban horse projects; and the way such
funds may be accessed. [39145/14]14/10/2014WRH00900Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon
Coveney): Under the Control of Horses Act, 1996 my Department assists in the funding of local authorities in the seizure of
straying horses. Currently my Department is exploring the possibility of providing funding for horse projects in conjunction
with Local Authorities throughout the country. It is anticipated that such projects will have an educational element and also
address issues related to compliance with equine related legislation including identification, premises registration and control
of horses. I will be glad to keep the Deputy informed of further developments as they
arise.14/10/2014WRH00950Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Eligibility14/10/2014WRH0100097. Deputy Denis Naughten
asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a person (details supplied) will receive their area-based
compensation payment; the reason for the delay in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39166/14]14/10/2014WRH01100Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Payments under
the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme began issuing, on target, on 24 September. Payment has not yet issued to the person
named as, at this stage, the holding concerned has not yet satisfied the Scheme minimum stocking density requirements.
Immediately the holding concerned is confirmed as having met these requirements, the case will be further processed with a
view to payment issuing to the person named at the earliest possible date thereafter, provided all other Scheme requirements
have been satisfied.14/10/2014WRH01150Rural Environment Protection Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRH0120098. Deputy
Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on correspondence (details supplied)
regarding a debt; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39181/14]14/10/2014WRH01300Minister for Agriculture,
Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The person named planted lands in 2009 but did not record this until 2012 on
his Area Aid Application. As a consequence, not only was he overpaid on Area Aid, he also received payment on this land
under both FEPS and REPS for 2009, 2010, and 2011. In accordance with the EU rules governing the Rural Environment
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recoupment of REPS monies received in respect of the land in question must be sought. The Area Aid correction was
processed first, while recoupment of the REPS monies received is now part of an end-of-contract review
process.14/10/2014WRH01350Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRH0140099. Deputy Dinny McGinley
asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reasons for the delay in paying a disadvantaged areas payment in
respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; the steps he will take to expedite the payment; when it is expected
the actual payment will be made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39188/14]14/10/2014WRH01500102.
Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason an application in respect of a
person (details supplied) in County Donegal has not been fully processed; when it will be processed and payment made; and if
he will make a statement on the matter. [39198/14]14/10/2014WRH01600Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 99 and 102 together. The person named submitted a 2014 Single
Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas scheme application on 21 April 2014. EU Regulations governing the administration of
these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases Remote Sensing (i.e.
satellite) inspections, be completed before any payments issue. The application of the person named was selected for a
Remote Sensing eligibility inspection. This inspection is currently being finalised with the intention of issuing any payments
due as soon as possible. In the event that any queries arise officials in my Department will be in contact with the person
named.14/10/2014WRH01650Agriculture Schemes Payments14/10/2014WRH01700100. Deputy Michael Creed asked the
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if all outstanding payments under herd number (details supplied) have been
paid to the estate of the now deceased herd owner; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39191/14]14/10/2014WRH01800Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): All payments
under both the Single Farm Payment and Disadvantaged Areas Schemes due have issued to the estate of the deceased.
14/10/2014WRH01850Afforestation Programme14/10/2014WRH01900101. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister
for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding an application to plant land in respect of a person (details
supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39197/14]14/10/2014WRH02000Minister for
Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The application by the person named was refused on 8
November 2011 because the site proposed for afforestation was considered likely to have an adverse impact on existing
landscape values. The person named submitted a further application which has since been approved, subject to conditions, on
a reduced area. This site is within an area of high archaeological and landscape significance. In considering applications to
afforest in such areas, the Department must have regard to the impact of the scale of the proposed planting on, inter alia, the
landscape, the archaeological features on site, and to the observations of the relevant statutory authorities including Inland
Fisheries Ireland, National Monuments Service and the local authority. Having completed this analysis the Department
decided to approve, subject to conditions, the second application for a reduced area having taken account of the views of the
statutory bodies and the likely impact that the scale of the proposed planting would have on the environment. Question No.
102 answered with Question No. 99.14/10/2014WRH02150Food Safety Authority Reports14/10/2014WRH02200103.
Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when he will publish the raw milk study,
which was carried out by his Department in conjunction with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland in 2013.
[39202/14]14/10/2014WRH02300Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): I understand that
the report of the study on raw milk is being prepared by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and will be published when
finalised, later this year. The findings are expected to confirm that raw milk contains traces of pathogens at comparable levels
to those found in previous studies and in other countries. For this reason, the Scientific Committee of the Food Safety
Authority recommends that consumers should only drink pasteurised milk, as pasteurisation continues to be an effective
measure to ensure the safety of milk.14/10/2014WRH02350Departmental Expenditure14/10/2014WRH02400104. Deputy
Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount his Department expended on testing
a food producer (details supplied) in County Clare in 2013. [39203/14]14/10/2014WRH02500Minister for Agriculture, Food
and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): At the request of my Department, a number of tests were carried out during 2013
by the Public Health Laboratory (PHL) in Limerick on samples of product manufactured by this food business operator.
Where positives were identified, cultures were sent by the PHL Limerick to PHL Cherry Orchard and Colindale in England
for further typing. Costs associated with these tests were borne by the HSE. My Department did not incur any expenditure in
this regard.14/10/2014WRJ00100Written Answers Nos. 105 -11114/10/2014WRJ00150Single Payment Scheme
Payments14/10/2014WRJ00200105. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a
single farm payment will be processed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; if he will expedite the
payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39205/14]14/10/2014WRJ00300Minister for Agriculture, Food and
the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The person named submitted a 2014 Single Farm Payment /Disadvantaged Areas
scheme application on 8 May 2014. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and
comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases on-farm inspections, be completed before any payments issue.
The application of the person named was selected for a ground eligibility inspection. This inspection has been completed and
the results are now being finalised with the intention of issuing any payment due as soon as possible. In the event that any
queries arise officials in my Department will be in contact with the person named.14/10/2014WRJ00350Single Payment
Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRJ00400106. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
when a single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the

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matter. [39219/14]14/10/2014WRJ00500Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The person
named submitted a 2014 Single Farm Payment application on 14 April 2014. I can confirm that 50% advance payments will
commence on 16 October 2014 as is provided for in the relevant EU Regulations. The application of the person named has
been finalised and I expect that payment will issue shortly to the nominated bank account of the person
named.14/10/2014WRJ00550Food Safety Standards Regulation14/10/2014WRJ00600107. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the
Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a companys (details supplied) application for registration as a food
business operator under European Communities (Food and Feed Hygiene) Regulation 2009 (SI No. 432 of 2009) on 4 August
2014 will be decided. [39237/14]14/10/2014WRJ00700Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon
Coveney): All slaughter plants whose meat is destined for human consumption must meet the requirements set out in detailed
EU food safety regulations, generally referred to as the Hygiene Package. These regulations are implemented in Ireland
under the European Communities (Food and Feed Hygiene) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 432 of 2009). Large scale slaughter
plants and all plants involved in equine slaughter operate under the supervision of my Department. An application from the
company concerned for approval as a food business operator is under active consideration by my Department and an initial
inspection visit to the proposed premises by officials from the Veterinary Public Health Inspection Service is scheduled to take
place within the next two weeks. The granting of approval to operate will depend on the outcome of the inspection process
and the completion of any upgrading that may be required by the applicant to meet the regulatory
standards.14/10/2014WRJ00750Rural Development Programme Funding14/10/2014WRJ00800108. Deputy Michael Healy-
Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the position regarding access to grants in respect of persons
(details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39251/14]14/10/2014WRJ00900Minister
for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Rural Development Programme for the period 2014-
2020, which will be co-funded by the European Union and the national exchequer, was submitted to the EU Commission for
approval in July 2014. Under the Programme, it is proposed to introduce an on farm capital investment scheme, the Targeted
Agricultural Modernisation Scheme II. This new scheme will involve a standard grant rate of 40 per cent in general and a
specific grant rate of 60 per cent for the young farmer capital investment scheme. The approval of the EU Commission will be
required before any new measures can be introduced under the new Rural Development Programme.As regards credit
availability for farmers, I have regular meetings with the CEOs of the three main banks, and all have emphasised that the
banks are willing and anxious to lend to farmers seeking to expand. If a farmer has had an application for credit refused or
reduced and feels that the banks decision is unjustified, s/he can seek to have the issue reviewed by the Credit Review
Office.A number of initiatives have been taken by the Government to improve access to non-bank sources of finance. My
Department is actively engaged in the State Bodies Group on Access to Finance, chaired by the Department of Finance, which
monitors progress on these initiatives.14/10/2014WRJ00950Single Payment Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRJ01000109.
Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the average single farm payments value for herd
owners in County Cork. [39253/14]14/10/2014WRJ01100Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon
Coveney): Under the 2013 Single Payment Scheme, which is the most recent data available, the average payment to herd
owners in County Cork is 12,818.32.14/10/2014WRJ01150Agriculture Schemes Payments14/10/2014WRJ01200110.
Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide an update on a single farm
payment and disadvantaged area scheme payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [39255/14]14/10/2014WRJ01300Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy
Simon Coveney): Payments under the 2014 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme began issuing, on target, on 24 September.
Processing of the application of the person named has recently been finalised, with payment due to issue shortly, directly to
the nominated bank account of the person named. In relation to the Single Farm Payment, I can confirm that 50% advance
payments will commence on 16 October 2014 as is provided for in the relevant EU Regulations.
14/10/2014WRJ01350Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WRJ01400111. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister
for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will provide a list of all State board appointments since general election 2011; the
person who recommended each appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was publicly advertised; and if
he will make a statement on the matter. [39274/14]14/10/2014WRJ01375Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(Deputy Simon Coveney) (Deputy Simon Coveney): Since May 2011, a notification has been placed on my Departments
website inviting expressions of interest from persons interested in being appointed to the boards of State Bodies under the
aegis of my Department. The list of board vacancies is updated on a regular basis.In making any board appointments, I am not
necessarily confined to those who make such expressions of interest but ensure that all of those appointed have the relevant
mix of knowledge and expertise to contribute to the relevant board.In the case of the Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board,
Bord Bia, Teagasc, National Milk Agency, Veterinary Council of Ireland and Horse Racing Ireland board appointments, while
made by me, are not at my sole discretion in that individuals are nominated for appointment by me as specified in the relevant
statute.The information sought by the Deputy is outlined in the following table as at 14 October 2014:Non-Commercial
Bodies Name of State Body/Agency Names Appointment/ Nomination Credentials of appointee Person who recommended
appointee Aquaculture Licensing Appeals Board (ALAB) No specific qualifications required by legislation Imelda Reynolds
Appointment by the Government under Section 23 of the Fisheries (Amendment) Act, 1997 Chair and former Managing
Partner of Beauchamp Solicitors Expression of Interest Brendan Brice Nomination from prescribed organisation Engineers
Ireland Nomination from prescribed organisation Sean Murphy Nomination from prescribed organisation IFA Aquaculture

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Nomination from prescribed organisation Michael Sweeney Nomination from prescribed organisation Muintir na Tire
Nomination from prescribed organisation Dr. Owen McIntyre Nomination from prescribed organisation An Taisce
Nomination from prescribed organisation Jim Power Nomination from prescribed organisation Irish Business & Employers
Confederation Limited Nomination from prescribed organisation Lorcan O Cinneide Nomination from prescribed
organisation Federation of Irish Fishermen Nomination from prescribed organisation Camilla Keane Nomination from
prescribed organisation An Taisce Nomination from prescribed organisation Name of State Body/Agency Names
Appointment/ Nomination Credentials of appointee Person who recommended appointee Bord Bia Michael Carey Ministers
Discretion Executive Chairman, The Company of Food Ministerial appointment (within confines of Bord Bia Acts) Eddie
Downey Ministers Discretion President of Irish Farmers Association (IFA) Ministerial appointment (within confines of Bord
Bia Acts) John Horgan Ministers Discretion Managing Director, Kepak Group Ministerial appointment (within confines of
Bord Bia Acts) Mary J. Byrne Ministers Appointment Bord Bia Act 1994 requires appointment of a DAFM official Ex
officio member/Officer of the Minister Ministerial appointment (within confines of Bord Bia Acts) John Comer Ministers
Discretion President of Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) Ministerial appointment (within confines of
Bord Bia Acts) Frank Hayes Ministers Discretion Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group Ministerial appointment
(within confines of Bord Bia Acts) Caroline Keeling Ministers Discretion Chief Executive Officer Keeling Group Ministerial
appointment (within confines of Bord Bia Acts) Prof. Fergal OGara Ministers Consent Nominee of the Min for JEI
Appointed by the Minister on the nomination of the Minister for Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Minister for Enterprise, Jobs
and Innovation Gary Brown Ministers Discretion Chief Executive, Below the Line Marketing Ministerial appointment
(within confines of Bord Bia Acts) Michael Cronin Ministers Discretion Former Chairman of Irish Dairy Board, Chairman of
Agrifood Business Partners Ministerial appointment (within confines of Bord Bia Acts) Rhona Holland Ministers Discretion
Marketing Director Global Intelligence Pepsi Co. Ministerial appointment (within confines of Bord Bia Acts) John Kingston
Ministers Discretion Beef Farmer Ministerial appointment (within confines of Bord Bia Acts) Brody Sweeney Ministers
Discretion Business Entrepreneur, Founder of Camile Thai Kitchen Ministerial appointment (within confines of Bord Bia
Acts) Name of State Body/Agency Names Appointment/ Nomination Credentials of appointee Person who recommended
appointee Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) No specific qualifications required by legislation Kieran Calnan Ministers Discretion
President of South Western Services (SWS) Limited Ministerial appointment Padraig O Ceidigh Ministers Discretion Former
chairman and director of Aer Arann Regional Expression of Interest Sean O Donoghue Ministers Discretion CEO of
Killybegs Fishermens Organisation Re-Appointed Prof Damien McLoughlin Ministers Discretion Professor of Marketing
and Associate Dean Internationalisation and Distance Learning at UCD Smurfit School Expression of Interest Bill Deasy
Ministers Discretion Retired Fisherman Expression of Interest Raymond J Harty Ministers Discretion Director of a shellfish
company Expression of Interest Name of State Body/Agency Names Appointment/ Nomination Credentials of appointee
Person who recommended appointee Marine Institute No specific qualifications required by legislation Dr. John Killeen
Ministers Discretion Civil Engineer and former CEO of French Multi-national Group Expression of Interest David Owens
Ministers Discretion Vice President, Finance and Operations for SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI). Expression of Interest Prof
Patricia C. Barker Ministers Discretion A member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ministerial
Appointment Donal Kelly Ministers Discretion Managing Director of Fast Fish Ltd Expression of Interest Paul Hyde
Ministers Discretion Managing partner in the Hyde Partnership Architects. Expression of Interest Name of State
Body/Agency Names Appointment/ Nomination Credentials of appointee Person who recommended appointee National Milk
Agency Nominations are sought from the various representative groups every three years in respect of the nominated
members The five producer members are appointed following an election process. The last. Denis Murphy Ministers
Discretion Deputy chief executive of Dairygold Co-operative Society and extensive experience in the Dairy industry
Ministerial appointment Timothy Cashman Elected to position Producer Representative Elected by members Jerome Crowley
Elected to position Producer Representative Elected by members Denis Fagan Elected to position Producer Representative
Elected by members Eamonn McEnteggart Elected to position Producer Representative Elected by members Padraig
Mullligan Elected to position Producer Representative Elected by members George Kearns Processor Representative National
Dairies Association Nomination from prescribed organisation Eoghan McSweeney Processor Representative National Dairies
Association Nomination from prescribed organisation Tony O Driscoll Processor Representative National Dairies Association
Nomination from prescribed organisation Frank Tobin Processor Representative National Dairies Association Nomination
from prescribed organisation Walter Maloney Distributor Representative Milkmen Dairies Distribution Ltd. Nomination from
prescribed organisation John Foster Retailer Representative RGDATA Nomination from prescribed organisation Richard
Donohue Consumer Representative Consumer Association of Ireland Nomination from prescribed organisation Michael
Kilcoyne Consumer Representative Consumer Association of Ireland Nomination from prescribed organisation Name of
State Body/Agency Names Appointment/ Nomination Credentials of appointee Person who recommended appointee Sea
Fisheries Protection Authority Dr. Susan Steele Public Service Full Time Position Recruitment by public competition As set
out by Public Appointment Service (PAS) Public Appointment Service Michael OMahony Public Service Full Time Position
Recruitment by public competition Re-Appointed by the Minister As set out by PAS Public Appointment Service The Sea
Fisheries Protection Authority consists of three full-time members, including the Chairperson. The Minister for Agriculture,
Food and the Marine appoints Members of the Authority to hold office for a period of not less than three years and not more
than seven years. Such appointments are made following a public competition. Minister appoints the Chair from among the

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three Board members Name of State Body/Agency Names Appointment/ Nomination Credentials of appointee Person who
recommended appointee Teagasc Dr Noel Cawley Ministers Discretion Chair, former MD Irish Dairy Board Ministerial
appointment Alan Jagoe Macra na Feirme Former president of Macra na Feirme. Macra na Feirme Dr. Karina Pierce
Ministers Discretion Lecturer University College Dublin (UCD) Expression of Interest. Tom Tynan Ministers Discretion
Chief Operations Officer, Welcon AS Expression of Interest. Brendan Gleeson Ministers Discretion Assistant Secretary
General, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) Ministerial appointment, DAFM representative on
Authority. Tim OLeary IFA Deputy President Irish Farmers Association (IFA) Irish Farmers Association.(IFA) Padraig
Gibbons ICOS Member of Irish Co-op Organisation society Ltd. (ICOS) Irish Co-op Organisation Society Ltd. (ICOS)
Professor Gerald Fitzgerald Ministers Discretion Deputy Director, Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre University College Cork
(UCC) Ministerial appointment. Marie Christie Staff Representative Teagasc employee SIPTU Thomas Cooke ICMSA
Member of Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) Name
of State Body/Agency Names Appointment/ Nomination Credentials of appointee Person who recommended appointee
Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) William Cashman VCI Veterinary Practitioner as prescribed under Section 16(1)(h) of the
VPA Act 2005 VCI, following elections among registered veterinary practitioners as prescribed by Act Martin Blake CVO
Ministerial Appointment with specific criteria for member set out in Veterinary Practice Act 2005 (16.b) Veterinary
Practitioner as prescribed under Section 16(1)(a) of the VPA Act 2005 Ministers discretion Kevin Twomey Ministerial
Appointment with specific criteria for member set out in Veterinary Practice Act 2005 (16.b) Farmer who avails of
veterinary services as prescribed under Section 16(1)(b) of the VPA 2005 Ministers discretion Barbara Bent Ministerial
Appointment with specific criteria for member set out in Veterinary Practice Act 2005 (16.c) Person who performs functions
relation to animal welfare as prescribed under Section 16(1)(c) of the VPA Act 2005 Ministers discretion Dr. Bridget Younge
Minister for Education and Skills appointment Person engaged in the provision of higher skills as prescribed under Section
16(1)(d) of the VPA Act 2005 Minister for Education and Skills Professor Grace Mulcahy National University of Ireland
(NUI) Veterinary Practitioner as prescribed under Section 16(1)(e)(i) of the VPA Act 2005 National University of Ireland
Professor Stephen Gordon NUI Associate Professor at UCD School of medicine National University of Ireland as prescribed
under Section 16(1)(e)(ii) of the VPA Act 2005 Dr Margaret OSullivan Food Safety Authority of Ireland Consultant in Public
Health Medicine Food Safety Authority of Ireland as prescribed under Section 16 (1)(f) Morgan G Lyons VCI Veterinary
Practitioner as prescribed under Section 16(1)(h) of the VPA Act 2005 VCI, following elections among registered veterinary
practitioners Michael Sheahan VCI Veterinary Practitioner as prescribed under Section 16(1)(h) of the VPA Act 2005 VCI,
following elections among registered veterinary practitioners Peadar OScanaill VCI Veterinary Practitioner as prescribed
under Section 16(1)(h) of the VPA Act 2005 VCI, following elections among registered veterinary practitioners Micheal
Sadlier VCI Veterinary Practitioner as prescribed under Section 16(1)(h) of the VPA Act 2005 VCI, following elections
among registered veterinary practitioners Deirdre Campion VCI Veterinary Practitioner as prescribed under Section 16(1)(h)
of the VPA Act 2005 VCI, following elections among registered veterinary practitioners Fergus Smith VCI Veterinary
Practitioner as prescribed under Section 16(1)(h) of the VPA Act 2005 VCI, following elections among registered veterinary
practitioners John B Magee VCI Veterinary Practitioner as prescribed under Section 16(1)(h) of the VPA Act 2005 VCI,
following elections among registered veterinary practitioners Raymond Finn VCI Veterinary Practitioner as prescribed under
Section 16(1)(h) of the VPA Act 2005 VCI, following elections among registered veterinary practitioners Susie Walton VCI
Veterinary nurse as prescribed under Section 16(1)(i) of the VPA Act 2005 VCI, following elections among registered
veterinary nurses Crionna Creagh # Ministerial Appointment Qualified in professional ethics and has legal expertise The
Veterinary Council of Ireland # Appointment made by the Minister in the absence of a nomination from the National
Consumer Agency as provided under Section 17(2) of the VPA Act 2005. Commercial State Bodies Name of State
Body/Agency Names Appointment/ Nomination under Act Credentials of appointee Person who recommended appointee
Bord na gCon All appointments to the Bord na gCon Board require the prior consent of Department of Public Expenditure
and Reform (DPER) & Department of Finance Phil Meaney Ministers Discretion(Appointment of Chair has to be approved
by Taoiseachs Office) Former Director of Stone Developments Ltd, a subsidiary of SISK. Former Chair of Kilkenny
Greyhound Company Limited Ministerial appointment Matt Murphy Ministers Discretion Retired Primary school principal
with extensive experience of Greyhound Industry Expression of Interest Riona Heffernan Ministers Discretion Chartered
Accountant Expression of Interest Timothy Gilbert Ministers Discretion Formerly held a management position in the ESB
with extensive experience in Greyhound Industry Was a serving Director of Bord na gCon prior to his re-appointment
02/12/2011. Subsequently lodged an Expression of Interest Tony McNamee Ministers Discretion Former County Council
Official and Past President of the Irish Coursing Club with extensive experience in coursing Expression of Interest William
ODwyer Ministers Discretion Farmer, Auctioneer and Former joint Managing Director of Thurles greyhound track. Mr
ODwyer was serving as a Director of Bord na gCon and was re-appointed 12/06/2012 Colm Gaynor Ministers Discretion
Veterinary Surgeon and barrister. Former Chief Veterinary Officer, DAFM; Adjunct Professor UCD School of Veterinary
Medicine; Former Director Food and Veterinary Office Expression of Interest When a Board Members term of office has
expired, the member remains in situ until the Minister decides to re-appoint or replace the member. Name of State
Body/Agency Names Appointment/ Nomination Credentials of appointee Person who recommended appointee Coillte All
appointments to the Coillte Board require the prior consent of Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan McKenna
Ministers Discretion Former Chief Executive Officer of Abbott Ireland Manufacturing Operations Ministers discretion -

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reappointment (previously served from 26/06/02 to 25/06/07 & 9/10/2007 to 8/10/2012) John Moloney Ministers Discretion
Former Group Managing Director of Glanbia Expression of interest Oliver McCabe Ministers Discretion Employee of
Coillte; nominated by Union as staff representative SIPTU - Ministers discretion as Coillte not subject to the Worker
Participation (State Enterprises) Acts, 1977 to 2001 David Gunning Ministers Discretion CEO of Coillte (to March 2013)
Ministers Discretion - Reappointment (previously served from 25/7/2006 to 24/07/2011) Julie Murphy O Connor Ministers
Discretion Partner in Mathesons Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, specialising in corporate
restructuring and insolvency law Expression of interest Jerry Houlihan Ministers Discretion Former Executive with the Kerry
Group Expression of interest Roisin Brennan Ministers Discretion Chartered accountant; former Chief Executive of IBI
Corporate Finance; Member of the Board at DCC Expression of interest Dermot Mulvihill Ministers Discretion Chartered
Accountant; former Group Finance Director of Kingspan Group plc Expression of interest Thomas OMalley Employee of
Coillte; nominated by Union as staff representative SIPTU - Ministers discretion as Coillte not subject to the Worker
Participation (State Enterprises) Acts, 1977 to 2001 The position of Chairman has been vacant since 27 November 2013
upon the retirement of Mr. Brendan McKenna. Mr. John Moloney (one of the current Directors) has been nominated by the
Minister to become Chairman and met with the Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine on the 3 April
2014; the remaining steps in the process for the appointment of a Chairman are underway. Name of State Body/Agency
Names Appointment/ Nomination Credentials of appointee Person who recommended appointee Horse Racing Ireland (HRI)
Joe Keeling Ministers Discretion(Appointment of Chair has to be approved by Taoiseachs Office also) Founder, current
Chairman and former CEO of the Keeling Group of companies, with a strong interest in and knowledge of the Horseracing
Industry Ministerial appointment Neville OByrne Racing Regulatory Body (Turf Club) Racing Regulatory Body (Turf Club)
Nomination by a prescribed Body Noel Meade Racehorse Trainers Racehorse Trainers Nomination by a prescribed Body
Mary OConnor Racing Regulatory Body (Turf Club) Racing Regulatory Body (Turf Club) Nomination by a prescribed Body
Eimear Mulhearn Racehorse Breeders Racehorse Breeders Nomination by a prescribed Body Meta Osborne Racing
Regulatory Body (Turf Club) Racing Regulatory Body (Turf Club) Nomination by a prescribed Body A member of the Board
of HRI shall not serve for more than two consecutive terms. Name of State Body/Agency Names Appointment/ Nomination
Credentials of appointee Person who recommended appointee Irish National Stud All appointments to the INS Board require
the prior consent of DPER Matt Dempsey Ministers Discretion(Appointment of Chair has to be approved by Taoiseachs
Office also) Former editor of Irish Farmers Journal. Ministerial appointment John Tuite Ministers Discretion County Council
employee with a lifelong interest and knowledge of the bloodstock industry Expression of Interest Seamus Boyle Ministers
Discretion Solicitor &qualified mediator Expression of Interest Mark Weld Ministers Discretion Closely involved in the Weld
family stud and racing stables Expression of Interest Kate Horgan Ministers Discretion Irish National Stud director from
1993 to 2000, member of Turf Club (National Hunt Committee). Former board member of Irish Horse Board. Expression of
Interest The Articles of the INS envisage the two longest serving Directors retiring at each AGM. The Minister may decide to
re-appoint or replace the retiring Directors. Retiring Directors remain in situ until they are re-appointed or replaced. Statutory
Committees operating under the remit of Horse Racing Ireland Name of Organisation Names Appointment/ Nomination
Credentials of appointee Person who recommended appointee Bookmakers Appeal Committee Peter Allen Ministers
Discretion S 56 of the Irish Horse Racing Industry Act 1994 stipulates that the Chairman of the Bookmakers Appeal
Committee must be a judge or a practising barrister or solicitor of at least 7 years standing.Mr Allen meets this criteria.
Vacancy was on advertised on DAFM website.Representation received from Mr Brian Walsh, TD, recommending Mr Allen
for the position. 14/10/2014WRK00100Written Answers Nos. 112-12414/10/2014WRK00200Agri-Environment Options
Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRK00300112. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine
the reason for the delay in issuing payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork in respect of their
2012/2013 agri-environment option scheme payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39295/14]14/10/2014WRK00400Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The person
named commenced in AEOS 2 on 1 September 2011 and has received his payment in respect of 2011. However, in processing
the 2012 payment, issues arose regarding the relevant LPIS parcels which required digitising. The necessary digitisation of
parcels was completed on 18 September 2014 and processing of 2012 payment has re-commenced. Once the payment in
respect of 2012 issues the 2013 payment will be processed without delay. 14/10/2014WRK00500Disadvantaged Areas
Scheme Payments14/10/2014WRK00600113. Deputy John OMahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the
Marine when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their disadvantaged area aid payment; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [39297/14]14/10/2014WRK00700Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy
Simon Coveney): The person named submitted a 2014 Single Farm Payment-Disadvantaged Areas scheme application on 3
April 2014. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative
checks, including in some cases Remote Sensing (i.e. satellite) inspections, be completed before any payments issue.The
application of the person named was selected for a Remote Sensing eligibility inspection. This inspection is currently being
finalised with the intention of issuing any payment due as soon as possible. In the event that any queries arise officials in my
Department will be in contact with the person named. 14/10/2014WRK00800Departmental Staff
Rehiring14/10/2014WRK00900114. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the
number of persons who are on public or Civil Service pensions who have been recruited for work on any basis, either
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on the matter. [39542/14]14/10/2014WRK01000Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney):
One Assistant Secretary was re-engaged by my Department on a part-time contract basis in 2012 which expired at the end of
the EU Presidency on the 28th June 2013. A Principal Officer was re-engaged on a part-time contract from October 2012 to
June 2013 to work on specific matters related to the Irish EU Presidency of the EU.A total of sixteen persons have also been
engaged on a contract for services basis for limited periods from 2012 to date as contractors to carry out important
management functions within my Departments laboratory and veterinary network.Normal pension abatement rules have been
applied in all these cases. 14/10/2014WRK01100Ministerial Transport14/10/2014WRK01200115. Deputy Terence Flanagan
asked the Minister for Defence his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding Government transportation; and if he
will make a statement on the matter. [39102/14]14/10/2014WRK01300Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The
Ministerial Air Transport Service (MATS) is provided by the Gulfstream IV and Learjet 45 aircraft which were specifically
acquired for that purpose. The Gulfstream IV has a capacity to carry 14 passengers and can be tasked with long haul missions
whilst the Learjet 45 has a capacity to carry 7 passengers and is tasked with short and medium haul missions. The Service
provides the Government and the President with an independent, flexible, and effective air transport service to assist in
meeting national and international obligations. This flexibility was particularly valuable during Irelands Presidency of the
European Union last year. Both aircraft have also performed a range of non-MATS taskings, such as humanitarian and air
ambulance missions. On the 27th of July last, the Gulfstream IV aircraft, which has been in service for 23 years, travelled to
the Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation facility in Georgia, USA, for its annual maintenance inspection. During the inspection,
issues were discovered with the aircrafts undercarriage. My Department is currently in consultation with Gulfstream in
relation to this situation. Meanwhile, the MATS is being provided by the Learjet 45 aircraft.I will bring a memorandum to
Cabinet on this matter in due course.14/10/2014WRK01400Defence Forces Personnel Data14/10/2014WRK01500116.
Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Defence if he will consider increasing the term of a full career in the Defence
Forces to 30 years service or 50 years of age, for all members not just sergeants and NCOs.
[39111/14]14/10/2014WRK01600117. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Defence the amount per soldier, in pension
and gratuity entitlements, for the nine years after retirement; and the way this compares to salary and associated costs if their
contract was extended form the current 21 years to 30 years [39112/14]14/10/2014WRK01700118. Deputy Pat Deering asked
the Minister for Defence his views at the loss of skill and experience when soldiers are obliged to retire at such a young age;
and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39113/14]14/10/2014WRK01800Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon
Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 116 to 118, inclusive, together.The unsatisfactory age and fitness profile of the
Permanent Defence Force (PDF) was an issue of serious concern during the 1990s and was the subject of severe criticism by
a series of external reports, mainly Price Waterhouse Consultants and the Efficiency Audit Group (EAG). One of the key areas
identified for urgent action by the EAG was the development of a manpower policy with an emphasis on lowering the age
profile of PDF personnel. The EAGs report was accepted by Government in 1995. In an effort to alleviate the situation, the
Government had already decided in 1993 to enlist personnel on a five year contract basis, following consultation with
Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association (PDFORRA). In 1997 agreement was reached with
PDFORRA on a new manpower policy for the Defence Forces. This policy, applying to personnel enlisted after 1 January
1994, provided that service for Private Soldiers would initially be for five years with the option to be extended to a maximum
of twelve years, subject to meeting standards of medical and physical fitness and conduct. Longer periods of service were
envisaged for Non Commissioned Officers. In 2004 PDFORRA submitted a claim under the Conciliation and Arbitration
Scheme for a further review of the terms of service applying to personnel enlisting in the PDF after 1 January, 1994. A set of
criteria was agreed with PDFORRA to provide longer careers for those who enlisted post 1 January 1994 while continuing to
address the Governments objective of having an appropriate age profile to meet the challenges of a modern Defence
Forces.The criteria require that any person re-engaging after 12 years service must be able to continue to operate at their
current level both at home and overseas on an ongoing basis. Re-engagement is subject to the individual soldier meeting
specified criteria in regard to physical fitness, medical category, successful completion of military courses of instruction,
service overseas and conduct ratings. The maximum service period for these personnel is as follows: - Enlisted Personnel, up
to and including the rank of Corporal (and equivalent Naval Service rank), may not serve beyond 21 years service. - Enlisted
Personnel, in the rank of Sergeant (and equivalent Naval Service rank), may be permitted to continue in service up to the age
of fifty years.- Enlisted Personnel in all higher ranks may serve to the age of fifty-six. With the approach of 2015 the first
effects of the agreement, whereby Privates and Corporals may not serve beyond 21 years, will be felt by Permanent Defence
Force members in those ranks. A claim has been received from PDFORRA for a further review in relation to this matter. In
accordance with normal procedures the Associations claim is being dealt with under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme
for members of the Permanent Defence Force. I can assure the Deputy that in examining this claim from PDFORRA, all
pertinent facts including cost to the Exchequer and benefit to the Defence Forces have been considered. As discussions under
the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme are confidential to the parties involved it would not be appropriate for me to
comment on the specifics of any matter in respect of this claim. However, I can advise that, while there was significant
progress made in these discussions, it was not possible to reach full agreement and, as a result, the issue is being referred to
third party adjudication.14/10/2014WRK01900Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WRK02000119. Deputy Terence
Flanagan asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide a list of all State board appointments since general election 2011;
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and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39278/14]14/10/2014WRK02100Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon
Coveney): The State Boards under the aegis of the Department of Defence at the time of the General Election 2011 were the
Civil Defence Board, the Board of Coiste an Asgard and the Army Pensions Board. The Civil Defence Board was identified in
the Public Service Reform Plan as a body to be abolished. The then Minister for Defence appointed a 14 person interim Board
as a temporary measure in 2011 and in this context none of the positions were advertised. Legislation to dissolve the Board
was passed by the Oireachtas in December 2012. Its functions have now transferred back to the Department of Defence. The
membership of the interim Board appointed in 2011 is set out in the table. Name Nominating Bodies Civil Defence Board
Chairperson - Mr. Brian Spain Director, Department of Defence Nominated by Minister for Defence Civil Defence Board
Members - Mr. Cathal Duffy Principal Officer, Department of Defence Nominated by the Minister for Defence Ms. Clare
Tiernan Principal Officer, Department of Defence Nominated by the Minister for Defence Mr. Robert Mooney Principal
Officer, Department of Defence Nominated by the Minister for Defence Mr. Bill Smith Director General, Civil Defence Board
Appointed as Director General, Civil Defence Board Mr. Ned Gleeson County Manager, Limerick County Council Nominated
by City & County Managers Association Mr. Keith Leonard Assistant Fire Advisor, Department Environment, Community
and Local Government Nominated by the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Dr. Barbara Rafferty
Nominated by Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland Ms. Becci Cantrell Nominated by the Environmental Protection
Agency Ms. Veronica Forde Assistant Civil Defence Officer Nominated by the Civil Defence Officers Association Lt. Col.
Tony Kelly SSO, Defence Forces Nominated by the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces Chief Superintendent Orla Mc
Partlin An Garda Sochna Nominated by the Commissioner of An Garda Sochna Mr. Fergal Conroy Elected volunteer
member of Civil Defence Ms. Eileen Joyce Elected staff member of the Civil Defence Board There were no appointments to
the Board of Coiste an Asgard from 2009. In the context of settling the Estimates for the Department of Defence for 2010, the
Government decided that the national sail training scheme operated by Coiste an Asgard would be discontinued as
recommended in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure. The formal wind up of the
Company including voluntary strike off with the Companies Registration Office was completed in early 2013. The only body
currently under the aegis of the Department of Defence is the Army Pensions Board. The Army Pensions Board is an
independent statutory body established under the Army Pensions Act, 1927. The Act specifies that the Board shall consist of a
chairman and two ordinary members. The two ordinary members must be qualified medical practitioners of whom one must
be an officer of the Army Medical Corps. The chairman and the non military ordinary member are appointed by the Minister
for Defence with the concurrence of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. The Army Medical Corps ordinary
member is appointed by the Minister for Defence on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces. There
have been two appointments to the Army Pensions Board since the General Election of 2011. A serving military officer was
appointed to the position of Army Medical Corps member of the Board in December 2011, and a civilian doctor was
appointed as non military ordinary member in November 2013. The position of Army Medical Corps ordinary member
became vacant due to retirement in 2011. The then Minister for Defence appointed Commandant Adam Lagun to the Board
on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff. As the Army Pensions Act, 1927 specifies that one of the ordinary members
must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps, this position was not publicly advertised. Details of Commandant Laguns
appointment to the Army Pensions Board were published in the Iris Oifigiil on 13 January 2012.The civilian doctor vacancy
was advertised on the Department of Defence website and the Public Appointments Service website. A number of expressions
of interest in the position were received and Dr. Loretta Nolan was appointed to the Board on foot of this public advertisement
process. Details of Dr. Nolans appointment to the Army Pensions Board were published in the Iris Oifigiil on 10 December
2013.14/10/2014WRK02200Departmental Staff Rehiring14/10/2014WRK02300120. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the
Minister for Defence the number of persons who are on public or Civil Service pensions who have been recruited for work on
any basis, either permanent or temporary, under the remit of his Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [39546/14]14/10/2014WRK02350Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The
Defence Organisation includes civil servants, military personnel and civilian employees attached to military installations.In
2012, my Department engaged 1 retired public servant as civilian driver to the Minister of State, Mr. Paul Kehoe T.D. This
appointment is to a temporary unestablished position in the Civil Service on a fixed term contract basis. No further retired
public servants have been recruited to Civil Service posts in my Department since 2012.My Department has also employed 7
retired public servants as civilian employees attached to military installations: 3 were recruited in 2012, 1 in 2013 and 3 in
2014. These positions were filled following a competitive open recruitment process through FS.In 2012 a retired public
servant was appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Government to the office of Ombudsman for the
Defence Forces on a part time three day week basis. This appointment was made following a competitive open recruitment
process through the Public Appointments Service. The Defence Organisation engages the services of retired public servants
from time to time for interview boards, and such engagements are normally remunerated on a fee basis. In the period 2012 to
date in 2014, a total of 69 retired public servants were engaged to serve on interview boards, primarily by the Defence Forces.
These services were engaged on a board by board basis.14/10/2014WRK02400Foreign Conflicts14/10/2014WRK02500121.
Deputy Ciarn Lynch asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the measures being taken to counter the recruitment of
people here to the Islamic State and to inhibit the return of those already indoctrinated; if she will consider the points raised in
correspondence (details supplied) [39206/14]14/10/2014WRK02600Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances
Fitzgerald): There is considerable concern across Europe and elsewhere at the phenomenon of individuals travelling to

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conflict areas in the Middle East and the consequential threat posed to national security. While the number of Irish citizens
who are believed to have travelled to the conflict zones is estimated at between 25 and 30, within that number are individuals
who would have travelled to Libya and other Arab States to take part in the popular uprisings known as the Arab Spring
which began in December 2010. Some of these individuals are known to have returned and three have died in the conflicts.
This phenomenon is one to which Ireland gave priority during the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in
2013. In that connection Ireland was successful in gaining the agreement of the Member States to carry out a review of the EU
Strategy for Countering Radicalisation and Recruitment to Terrorism. A primary point of focus in this review is the foreign
fighter issue. A number of initiatives at EU level have been developed to combat this phenomenon including community
relations initiatives, media campaigns, enhanced tracking of movements, engagement with third countries (notably Turkey)
and engagement with internet service providers to curb radical online content. In Ireland, An Garda Sochna monitors the
movements of those suspected of involvement in extremist behaviour and in line with best practice internationally has
engaged with returnees from the conflict areas. In tandem with that, the Garda operate a progressive community relations
programme through its Racial Inter-Cultural and Diversity Office. That office is in regular contact with our minority
communities and recently received favourable comment on its operation from the UN Counter Terrorism Committee. It is of
course essential that at times like this entire communities do not get stigmatised because of the actions of a few. It has to be
recognised that the vast majority of people in our communities wish only to go about their daily lives in peace.Finally, I wish
to advise the Deputy that I recently published new legislation in the form of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences)
(Amendment) Bill 2014. The Bill will transpose into Irish law an EU Council Framework Decision on combating terrorism
(2008/919/JHA). In particular, the Bill, when enacted will amend the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act 2005 to create
the three new offences of, public provocation to commit a terrorist offence, recruitment for terrorism and training for
terrorism. These offences will carry sentences of up to 10 years imprisonment on conviction on indictment.
14/10/2014WRK02700Garda Reserve14/10/2014WRK02800122. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Justice
and Equality if she will provide an assessment of the performance of the Garda Reserve; the number of active members of the
Garda Reserve that are contributing to police in the State; the duties carried out by members of the Garda Reserve; her plans
to enhance the role of the Garda Reserve; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38858/14]14/10/2014WRK02900Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will
appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of all resources, including personnel, among the Garda
Regions, Divisions and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime
trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources. The Commissioner has
advised that the Garda Reserve continue to be a significant additional resource available to the Force in terms of
supplementing its policing and other functions. I am also a supporter of the Garda Reserve and would like to place on record
my appreciation of their work in supporting the Force in its duties to the Community.The personnel strength of the Garda
Reserve on 31 August 2014, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was 1,143 with a further 84 in training.The
range of powers and duties of Reserve Garda is a matter for the Garda Commissioner to determine under section 15 (5) of the
Garda Sochna Act 2005. The duties of a Garda reserve member include the following:- Station duty, other than the care and
custody of prisoners.- Assistant to the station orderly.- Communications room duty, to include monitoring CCTV.- Foot patrol,
accompanied by a member of the full-time Garda service.- Static security duty.- Road Traffic checkpoint duties, accompanied
by a full time member.- Duty at the outer cordon of major events such as festivals and major sporting events.- Assisting in the
event of accidents, fires and major emergencies.- Giving evidence in court. - Community / Neighbourhood Policing.The
Garda Commissioner has also determined that the powers of reserve members will be confined to the enforcement of certain
legislation including aspects of the Road Traffic Acts and the Public Order Acts. Reserve members also have the power of
arrest under the Criminal Law Act 1997, which provides powers of arrest for both members of the Garda Sochna and
civilians.The Commissioner, following an internal review of the Reserve, decided to extend their powers to include powers
under the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Acts 1994 to 2011, and Section 41 of the Road Traffic Act 1961 as amended, in
relation to the seizure of vehicles and the power to issue Fixed Charge Penalty Notices (FCPN) and serve summons.I am
informed by the Commissioner that the training of all the Garda Reserve in the new powers will be completed shortly.
14/10/2014WRK03000Garda Reserve14/10/2014WRK03100123. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Justice
and Equality if she will provide in tabular form, the number of members of the Garda Reserve that are active in County
Dublin; the stations they are attached to; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38859/14]14/10/2014WRK03200Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will
appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel, including the Garda Reserve, among the
Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of
crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.I have been informed
that the number of Garda Reserves and the stations to which they are assigned to are set out in the table.I would like to assure
the House that the Government are fully committed to the continued development of the Garda Reserve. I would also like to
put on record my appreciation to the members of the Garda Reserve for their spirit of volunteerism and the services they
provide to communities everywhere.Reserve Garda @ 31/08/2014 Reserve Garda @ 31/08/2014 Station Total Station Total
DMR South Central DMR East Kevin Street 14 Dun Laoghaire 7 Kilmainham 9 Cabinteely 0 Pearse St 37 Shankill 2
Donnybrook 9 Blackrock 5 Irishtown 9 Dundrum 5 Total 78 Total 19 DMR North Central DMR South Store Street 31

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Crumlin 7 Bridewell 23 Sundrive Road 8 Fitzgibbon Street 0 Tallaght 13 Mountjoy 21 Rathfarnham 6 Total 75 Rathmines 9
DMR North Terenure 7 Santry 10 Total 50 Ballymun 10 DMR West Raheny 8 Cabra 2 Clontarf 4 Finglas 8 Howth 3
Blanchardstown 19 Coolock 8 Lucan 13 Swords 10 Ronanstown 7 Malahide 2 Ballyfermot 3 Balbriggan 5 Clondalkin 8 Total
60 Rathcoole 0 Total 60 DMR TOTAL 342 14/10/2014WRK03300Garda Deployment14/10/2014WRK03400124. Deputy
Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide in tabular form the number of community
liaison officers there were in each Garda station in south Dublin in the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and to
date in 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38860/14]14/10/2014WRK03500Minister for Justice and
Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the
distribution of all resources, including personnel, among the Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts. Garda management keep
this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best
possible use is made of these resources. The Deputy will be aware that all Garda have responsibility, inter alia, to deal with
community policing issues as and when they arise. Community policing is the underpinning philosophy and ethos through
which An Garda Sochna delivers a service across the country. In that context, I have been informed by the Garda
Commissioner that the number of personnel specifically assigned to community policing duties in the DMR South and DMR
South Central Division on 31 December 2007 to 2013 and on 31 August 2014, the latest date for which figures are readily
available are set out in the tables. Juvenile Liaison Officers (JLO) are assigned on a Divisional basis. The personnel strength
of Juvenile Liaison Officers attached to the DMR South and South Central Garda Divisions on the same dates are also set out
in the tables.DMR South Division - Community Garda Station 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 Crumlin 5 6 6 6 7 6 5 3
Sundrive Rd. 6 6 7 7 6 5 4 3 Rathfarnham 4 7 6 6 7 9 10 9 Tallaght 24 27 28 20 24 31 25 26 Rathmines 3 3 6 3 3 3 3 3
Terenure 6 5 3 6 5 5 6 5 DMR South Central Division - Community Garda Donnybrook 5 4 7 10 8 0 0 1 Irishtown 2 4 6 6 6
0 0 2 Kevin St. 18 31 26 33 39 37 25 11 Kilmainham 9 13 17 18 20 23 20 12 Pearse St. 33 19 16 19 18 24 13 18 Harcourt
Tce. 3 4 10 10 8 N/A N/A N/A N/A - Harcourt Tce closed in 2012. DMR South and South Central - JLOs Division 07 08
09 10 11 12 13 14 South 7 10 10 10 10 8 10 10 South Central 5 5 6 5 5 5 6 5 14/10/2014WRL00100Written Answers
Nos. 125-13814/10/2014WRL00150Peace Commissioners Appointments14/10/2014WRL00200125. Deputy Barry Cowen
asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of peace commissioners appointed on a county basis per annum in
2011,2012,2013 and to date in 2014. [38894/14]14/10/2014WRL00300Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances
Fitzgerald): Peace Commissioners are appointed by the Minister for Justice and Equality under Section 88 of the Courts of
Justice Act, 1924. There were 116 Peace Commissioners appointed in 2011, 91 in 2012, 73 in 2013, and 47 have been
appointed to date in 2014. The table below illustrates the distribution of appointments by county for each of these years.An
application for appointment may be submitted by a person who is interested in obtaining an appointment or a third party may
submit a nomination in respect of a person considered suitable for appointment. Nominations are generally received from
public representatives. A local Garda Superintendent can also request an appointment in a particular area in the public
interest.The distribution of appointments by county is as follows: County 2011 2012 2013 2014 Carlow 3 2 1 0 Cavan 9 4 1 2
Clare 2 4 3 1 Cork 16 9 9 5 Donegal 4 3 2 0 Dublin 23 14 13 7 Galway 5 6 0 0 Kerry 4 2 3 2 Kildare 4 4 6 2 Kilkenny 1 0 2 1
Laois 1 6 1 7 Leitrim 3 2 1 0 Limerick 4 6 7 0 Longford 1 0 0 0 Louth 1 0 0 0 Mayo 1 0 1 6 Meath 4 6 1 2 Monaghan 2 1 3 1
Offaly 0 1 2 0 Roscommon 0 3 2 3 Sligo 3 0 1 0 Tipperary 12 7 3 4 Waterford 0 2 1 2 Westmeath 3 2 3 0 Wexford 6 4 3 0
Wicklow 4 3 4 2 14/10/2014WRL00350Proposed Legislation14/10/2014WRL00400126. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the
Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding the children and family relationships Bill (details supplied); and if she
will make a statement on the matter. [38901/14]14/10/2014WRL00500Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances
Fitzgerald): The General Scheme of the Children and Family Relationships Bill is a set of proposals to reform and modernise
family law. It is intended to give children legal certainty and security in their family structures, and to ensure that childrens
rights are vindicated in areas concerning parentage, guardianship, custody and access.The General Scheme proposes, in
summary, to:- modernise the law regarding the parental rights of children living in diverse family forms;- establish that the
best interests of the child are paramount in decisions on custody, guardianship and access;- set out how parentage is to be
assigned in cases of assisted reproduction;- extend automatic guardianship to non-marital fathers who have lived with the
childs mother for at least 12 months, including 3 months following the childs birth;- enable civil partnered or cohabiting
couples to be eligible jointly to adopt a child;- allow civil partners, step-parents, those cohabiting with the biological parent
and those acting in loco parentis for a specified period to apply for guardianship and custody; - enable members of the wider
family to apply for access to the child;- put in place a series of provisions on making parenting work.There were, according to
Census 2011, 49,005 households of cohabiting couples with children under 15 in 2011 and I am of the view that our laws
must be modernised to reflect the realities of modern family diversity. I understand that people will have different personal
views and concerns regarding the proposed legislation. However, it is important that childrens rights should be safeguarded
regardless of the family type in which they are living. This is what this legislation is seeking to
achieve.14/10/2014WRL00550Garda Deployment14/10/2014WRL00600127. Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for
Justice and Equality her views that the resident garda in a rural Garda station (details supplied) in County Cork will be
replaced when they retire in the near future. [38903/14]14/10/2014WRL00700Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy
Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel
among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the
context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.I have been

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informed by the Garda Commissioner that Durras Garda Station forms part of the Bantry Garda District in the Cork West
Garda Division. The personnel strength of Bantry Garda District and Cork West Garda Division at the end of August 2014,
was 47 and 274 respectively. There are also five Garda Reserves and three civilians attached to Bantry Garda District and 28
Garda Reserves and 22 Civilians attached to Cork West Garda Division. Resources are further augmented, where necessary,
by a number of Garda National Units such as the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU), the National Bureau of Criminal
Investigation (NBCI), the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and other specialised units. The member of An Garda Sochna
stationed at Durras Garda Station recently retired. The Divisional Officer for the Cork West Garda Division is currently
reviewing the overall deployment of resources in the Division and will consider the vacancy in this review.
14/10/2014WRL00750Road Traffic Accidents Data14/10/2014WRL00800128. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for
Justice and Equality the number of road traffic accidents reported to garda at Listry Bridge on the R563 in Kerry in recent
years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38934/14]14/10/2014WRL00900Minister for Justice and Equality
(Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The area referred to by the Deputy is in the Killarney district of the Kerry division. I am
informed by the Garda Authorities that there has been one material damage traffic collision recorded with Listry Bridge as its
location on the R563 between the 1st January 2010 to the 30th September 2014. I also understand that there have been 11
other collisions recorded with other Listry addresses during the period in question.14/10/2014WRL00950Crime
Data14/10/2014WRL01000129. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality in view of the volume
of complaints from victims of petrol stretching received by Mayo garda in the past couple of months, if the need for
additional police resources has been assessed in order to allow investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators in a timely
manner; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38939/14]14/10/2014WRL01100Minister for Justice and Equality
(Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Further to my reply to Parliamentary Question number 115 of 2 October 2014, I can advise the
Deputy that An Garda Sochna are continuing to investigate the recent complaints received from victims of petrol stretching
in the Mayo area. As a part of these investigations An Garda Sochna continue to liaise closely with the injured parties, the
effected garages and with Revenues Customs Service who take the enforcement lead nationally in relation to this issue.In
relation to the issue of resources the Garda authorities have informed me that they are satisfied that adequate resources are in
place in An Garda Sochnas Mayo Division to fully investigate this matter. 14/10/2014WRL01150Peace Commissioners
Data14/10/2014WRL01200130. Deputy Risn Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide the
names and contact details of all peace commissioners, in the Finglas, Ballymun, Glasnevin and Drumcondra areas of Dublin.
[38947/14]14/10/2014WRL01300Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My officials are collating the
information which will be forwarded to the Deputy in the coming days. 14/10/2014WRL01350Closed Circuit Television
Systems14/10/2014WRL01400131. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality in the context of
the forthcoming budget 2015, if she will put in place a national scheme for the provision and upgrading of a modern CCTV
system with dedicated staff for monitoring same to assist with policing for towns and villages throughout the country which
have experienced a reduction in Garda numbers and-or where Garda stations have closed; and if she will make a statement on
the matter. [39006/14]14/10/2014WRL01500Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): CCTV systems
installed for the purposes of crime prevention and as aids to policing in areas to which the general public routinely have
access, such as town centres, fall into two distinct categories: Garda CCTV systems and community-based CCTV systems.
Garda CCTV systems are planned and implemented on the basis of An Garda Sochnas identified operational needs and
priorities. Accordingly, decisions in relation to the introduction or extension of such systems are a matter for the Garda
Commissioner. I am advised by the Garda authorities that current Garda CCTV arrangements are kept under ongoing review
in the context of An Garda Sochnas operational requirements. I am further informed that there are currently no plans to
extend existing Garda CCTV systems.A community-based CCTV Scheme was launched in 2005. This scheme provided
financial assistance to qualifying local organisations towards meeting the capital costs associated with the establishment of a
local community CCTV system. Two major rounds of funding were advertised under that scheme.The current position is that
all available funding provided under the previous two rounds has been fully allocated and there are currently no plans to
further extend the Scheme. However, the matter will continue to be kept under ongoing review in the context of overall policy
considerations and the availability of funding. 14/10/2014WRL01550Garda Misconduct
Allegations14/10/2014WRL01600132. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will review
the claim of further evidence available in an assault case (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[39012/14]14/10/2014WRL01700Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The case to which the
Deputy refers is amongst those being considered under the mechanism established for the independent review of certain
allegations of Garda misconduct, or inadequacies in the investigation of certain allegations, which have been made to me as
Minister for Justice and Equality, or the Taoiseach, with a view to determining to what extent and in what manner further
action may be required in each case. A panel consisting of two Senior and five Junior Counsel was established for the
purpose. The counsel appointed to the panel were all selected on the basis of their experience of the criminal justice system.
The review of each complaint will consist of an examination of the papers in the complaint by a counsel from the panel.
Following the review of each complaint a recommendation will be made to me as Minister as to what action, if any, is
required. I can confirm that the documentation referred to has been forwarded to the panel for inclusion in the papers already
submitted in the complaint.14/10/2014WRL01750Garda Operations14/10/2014WRL01800133. Deputy Terence Flanagan
asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the position regarding Garda patrols (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if she will

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make a statement on the matter. [39049/14]14/10/2014WRL01900Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances
Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will be aware, one of the primary functions of the Garda Commissioner under the Garda Sochna
Acts, is to direct and control An Garda Sochna. In this regard, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of
all resources, including personnel, among the Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts. Garda management keep this
distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible
use is made of these resources. I have been advised by the Garda Commissioner that the area concerned is patrolled by Gardai
assigned to the Coolock and Raheny Garda Stations. The strength of each of those stations, on the 31 August 2014, the latest
date for which figures are readily available was 110 and 61 respectively.14/10/2014WRL01950Crime
Data14/10/2014WRL02000134. Deputy Peadar Tibn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the detailed crime statistics
for County Meath for each of the past four years. [39059/14]14/10/2014WRL02100Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy
Frances Fitzgerald): The Garda Sochna 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.14/10/2014WRL02150Road
Safety14/10/2014WRL02200135. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if her Department
has asked An Garda Sochna to carry out a cost-benefit evaluation of its performance in promoting road safety in 2013 and to
date in 2014 in view of the serious rise in casualties on roads in 2013 and the fact that deaths from road collisions are only
marginally decreased to date in 2014 compared to the level in 2013. [39063/14]14/10/2014WRL02300Minister for Justice and
Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The Policing Priorities for 2014 include an emphasis on reducing the number of deaths
and serious injuries on our roads and An Garda Sochna has my full support in this regard. Similarly, An Garda Sochnas
Strategy Statement for 2013-2015 incorporates road safety as one of its key objectives through the use of targeted hi-visibility
enforcement measures, as well as education and prevention programmes. Performance against these objectives, as for other
areas of police activity, is managed and assessed on an ongoing basis by the Garda authorities and publicly reported on in the
Garda Sochna Annual Report. The 2013 Reports sets out the extent of Garda enforcement and prevention operations for the
year and in this context I have no plans to commission a separate assessment of the type referred to by the Deputy. While the
increase in the number of road deaths in 2013 over 2012 is worrying, fatalities remain far lower than they were just a few
years ago. I am in ongoing contact with the Garda authorities in relation to enforcement activity and can assure him that is
remains determined and focused on the areas of greatest risk. I am also continuing to work closely with my colleague the
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and other relevant agencies and institutions to advance road safety generally as part
of the Governments overall Road Safety Strategy.14/10/2014WRL02350Garda Deployment14/10/2014WRL02400136.
Deputy Peadar Tibn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda hours that are assigned to the Navan
area, County Meath, for the past four years; the number of Garda cars that are in use in the Navan area for each of the past
four years; the number of community Garda hours that are assigned to the Navan area for each of the past four years; the
number of crimes in County Meath that ended with a detention sentence for each of the past four years.
[39135/14]14/10/2014WRL02500137. Deputy Peadar Tibn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of Garda
hours that are assigned to the Trim area, County Meath, for the past four years; the number of Garda cars that are in use in the
Trim area for each of the past four years; the number of community Garda hours that are assigned to the Trim area for each of
the past four years. [39136/14]14/10/2014WRL02600138. Deputy Peadar Tibn asked the Minister for Justice and Equality
the number of Garda hours that are assigned to the Kells area, County Meath, for the past four years; the number of Garda
cars that are in use in the Kells area for each of the past four years; the number of community Garda hours that are assigned to
the Kells area for each of the past four years. [39137/14]14/10/2014WRL02700Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy
Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 136 to 138, inclusive, together.As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda
Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of all resources, including personnel, among the Garda Regions, Divisions
and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in the context of crime trends and policing
priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources. It is not possible to compile the information
sought by the Deputy because the examination of hours would require a disproportionate amount of staff time. I have however
been informed by the Garda Commissioner that Trim, Kells and Navan Garda Stations form part of the Meath Garda Division.
The personnel strength of each Garda Station in the Meath Garda Division on 31 December 2011 to 2013 and on 31 August
2014, the latest date for which figures are readily available, was as set out in the following table. Resources are further
augmented, where necessary, by a number of Garda National Units such as the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU), the
National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and other specialised units. The Garda
Sochna 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. In relation to Garda cars, I have requested the information sought by the
Deputy and when it is to hand I will write directly to him. 2014 - - - - Station / District Garda Reserve Civilian Community
Garda Ashbourne - - - - Ashbourne 44 10 4 1 Duleek 4 - - - Dunboyne 16 - - 1 Dunshaughlin 19 - 1 1 Laytown 23 3 1 - Kells
- - - - Baile tha Bu 4 - - - Kells 43 7 4 1 Oldcastle 2 - - - Navan - - - - Navan 75 16 6 4 Nobber 4 - - - Slane 4 - - - Trim - - - -
Ballivor 2 - - - Enfield 4 - 1 - Longwood 1 - - - Summerhill 3 - - - Trim 34 8 5 1 2013 - - - - Station / District Garda Reserve
Civilian Community Garda Ashbourne - - - - Ashbourne 43 9 4 1 Duleek 5 - - - Dunboyne 15 - - 1 Dunshaughlin 20 - 1 1
Laytown 22 3 1 - Kells - - - - Baile tha Bu 4 - - - Kells 43 7 4 1 Oldcastle 3 - - - Navan - - - - Navan 78 17 6 6 Nobber 4 - - -

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Slane 4 - - - Trim - - - - Ballivor 3 - - - Enfield 5 - 1 - Longwood 1 - - - Summerhill 3 - - - Trim 34 8 5 2 2012 - - - - Station /


District Garda Reserve Civilian Community Garda Ashbourne - - - - Ashbourne 46 6 4 3 Duleek 5 - - - Dunboyne 15 - - 1
Dunshaughlin 21 - 1 1 Laytown 23 3 1 - Kells - - - - Baile tha Bu 3 - - - Kells 47 6 4 1 Oldcastle 4 - - - Navan - - - - Navan
76 12 6 6 Nobber 4 - - - Slane 4 - - - Trim - - - - Ballivor 3 - - - Enfield 7 - 1 - Kilmessan 1 - - - Longwood 2 - - - Summerhill 3
- - - Trim 32 6 5 2 2011 - - - - Station / District Garda Reserve Civilian Community Garda Ashbourne - - - - Ashbourne 47 5
3 5 Dunboyne 13 - 1 1 Dunshauglin 21 - - 1 Kells - - - - Baile tha Bu 3 - - - Crossakeel 1 - - - Kells 54 2 4 1 Oldcastle 3 - - -
Navan - - - - Navan 76 12 6 6 Nobber 4 - - - Slane 4 - - - Trim - - - - Ballivor 3 - - - Enfield 7 - 1 - Kilmessan 1 - - - Longwood
2 - - - Summerhill 3 - - - Trim 31 7 5 2 Laytown - - - - Duleek 4 - - - Laytown 25 2 3 - 14/10/2014WRM00100Written
Answers Nos. 139-15014/10/2014WRM00150Direct Provision Expenditure14/10/2014WRM00200139. Deputy Brian Walsh
asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amounts paid to companies or persons running direct provision centres each
year since the system was introduced in 1999, with a breakdown of the figures to identify the recipient; the direct provision
centre, and the amount they received in each year. [39139/14]14/10/2014WRM00300Minister for Justice and Equality
(Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The direct provision system is managed by the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) of my
Department. For the most part, this represents a cashless system with the State assuming responsibility for providing suitable
accommodation for asylum seekers on a full board basis. Currently, there are 4,323 residents in 34 centres across the State
under contract to RIA.The following is a list showing RIAs expenditure outturn for each of the years 2005 to 2013 inclusive:
2013 - 55.228 million2012 - 62.329 million2011 - 69.459 million2010 - 79.073 million2009 - 86.509 million2008 -
91.472 million2007 - 83.262 million2006 - 78.728 million2005 - 84.382 millionRIAs annual reports further break
down yearly expenditure into the broad headings of Commercial, State-owned, Self-catering, Additional Costs,
Transport and Miscellaneous. These Annual Reports for the period 2007 to 2013 inclusive are published on www.ria.gov.ie
I will forward a more detailed table showing expenditure details on all RIA contracts for accommodation for the period 2000
to the end of 2011 to the Deputy under separate cover. I should also say in order to give the fullest picture as possible, an
independent value for money review (VFM) of the direct provision system in 2010 concluded that any alternative system
(which would require payment of rent allowances, welfare and related payments, etc.) would cost the State twice the amount
of the direct provision system. Moreover, this cost would not have included the potential additional expenditure that would
arise from the strong likelihood of the significant pull factor that would emerge from a cash-based system.
14/10/2014WRM00350Garda Deployment14/10/2014WRM00400140. Deputy Michael Conaghan asked the Minister for
Justice and Equality the numbers of Garda personnel stationed at Garda stations (details supplied) for each of the past six
years. [39154/14]14/10/2014WRM00500141. Deputy Michael Conaghan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she
will augment the numbers of Garda personnel available to serve Drimnagh, Dublin 12, in order to more effectively combat
crime and anti-social behaviour and thereby enhance personal safety and community well-being.
[39155/14]14/10/2014WRM00600Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions
Nos. 140 and 141 together.As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of
personnel among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing
review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these
resources.I have been informed by the Garda Commissioner that the Drimnagh area is covered by members attached to
Sundrive Garda Station. Sundrive Garda Station forms part of the Crumlin Garda District which consists of Sundrive and
Crumlin Garda Stations. The personnel strength of both stations on 31 December 2009 to 2013 and on 31 August 2014, the
latest date for which figures are readily available, is set out in the following table. Resources are further augmented, where
necessary, by a number of Garda National Units such as the Garda National Drugs Unit (GNDU), the National Bureau of
Criminal Investigation (NBCI), the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) and other specialised units. Sundrive Garda Reserve
Civilian Community Garda 2009 79 2 2 7 2010 77 7 2 7 2011 71 6 2 6 2012 67 6 3 5 2013 66 8 3 4 2014 65 8 3 3 Crumlin
2009 105 5 10 6 2010 107 6 9 6 2011 102 6 9 7 2012 98 7 8 6 2013 97 7 8 5 2014 95 7 8 3
14/10/2014WRM00650Registration of Title14/10/2014WRM00700142. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for
Justice and Equality her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding land registering; and if she will make a
statement on the matter. [39176/14]14/10/2014WRM00800Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I
can inform the Deputy that under the Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006, the Property Registration Authority (PRA)
was established as and from 4 November 2006. The PRA replaces the Registrar of Deeds and Titles as the registering
authority in relation to property registration in Ireland and, subject to the above Act, is independent in the performance of its
functions.The Deputy will be aware of the service to TDs and Senators which provides information on the current status of
applications, such as the subject of this question, which was introduced in May 2006. The service provides a speedier, more
efficient and more cost effective alternative to submitting Parliamentary Questions. It is operated by the PRA and is available
all year round. I can further inform the Deputy that his query has been forwarded to the PRA for attention and direct reply via
the above mentioned service.14/10/2014WRM00850Garda Deployment14/10/2014WRM00900143. Deputy Terence
Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding excessive
administrative duties of An Garda Sochna and its impact on community policing; and if she will make a statement on the
matter. [39224/14]14/10/2014WRM01000Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will
appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of all resources, including Gardai and civilian support
staff, among the Garda Regions, Divisions and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continuing review in

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the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of these resources.The
Deputy will be aware that all Garda have responsibility, inter alia, to deal with community policing issues as and when they
arise. Community policing is the underpinning philosophy and ethos through which An Garda Sochna delivers a service
across the country. The key objective of the station closures in 2012 and 2013 was to promote the more efficient and effective
deployment of resources. In this context the Commissioner concluded that Garda resources could be better deployed and more
effectively used on the frontline if these particular stations no longer had to be staffed and maintained. The Commissioner
estimated that there are 61,000 more man hours available for frontline services following the station closures.There are
currently over 2,000 full-time-equivalent civilian support staff in the Garda Sochna. Civilian staff provide vital support
services in a wide range of areas, such as human resources, training & development, IT and telecommunications, finance and
procurement, internal audit, research and analysis, accommodation and fleet management, scene-of-crime support and medical
services. In doing so, they release highly trained Garda from administrative tasks to operational policing.The Haddington
Road Agreement provides that a review of An Garda Sochna will be undertaken to review and make recommendations on
the use by An Garda Sochna of the resources available to it, with the objective of achieving and maintaining the highest
levels of efficiency and effectiveness in its operation and administration. The review which is underway will provide an
opportunity to consider the scope for further civilianisation in An Garda Sochna. It is expected that the review will be
completed at an early date.14/10/2014WRM01050Personal Injury Claims14/10/2014WRM01100144. Deputy James Bannon
asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of personal injury claims that were issued to residents of County
Longford in the past 12 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39254/14]14/10/2014WRM01200Minister
for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The information sought by the Deputy is not available to my
Department.14/10/2014WRM01250Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WRM01300145. Deputy Terence Flanagan
asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if she will provide a list of all State board appointments made by her Department
since the general election of 2011; the person who recommended each appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the
vacancy was publicly advertised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39285/14]14/10/2014WRM01400Minister
for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The information sought by the Deputy is set out in this reply in so far as
it is available. However, I wish to advise the Deputy that it is not feasible to provide all the information sought by him in
relation to appointments since March 2011 to State Boards under my remit.In relation to the public advertising of vacancies
and the credentials of those appointed, the Deputy will be aware that there are many constraining factors which impact on the
filling of vacancies to State Boards. Board vacancies are not always advertised on PAS. Many are advertised on the
Departments website or the websites of the organisations concerned. The Deputy will also be aware that there are many cases
where legislation requires that a vacancy must be filled by candidates holding certain qualifications or must be nominated by
certain prescribed bodies and in such instances public advertisement of the vacancy is usually not necessary. In relation to the
person who recommended each appointment I wish to advise the Deputy that where vacancies were advertised the
appointment was based on applications received and in instances where nominations were required the appointment was
based on the nominations received from bodies set out in the relevant legislation. Other than that I am not in a position to
provide further information as in order to do so it would be necessary to disaggregate every single appointment made since
2011 and that the resources are simply not available to undertake this task. However, to the extent possible I have provided
below a narrative account of the vacancies filled since 2011 and the manner in which they were filled.The Deputy may wish to
note that the term State Boards is somewhat imprecise as it includes bodies with a wide and diverse range of functions many
of which would not fall into the more commonly understood definition of Board which is a body with a governance oversight
of an organisation. To be of assistance to the Deputy I have interpreted his question as embracing all bodies called Boards,
irrespective of their functions, as well as other bodies with a governance remit whose title does not include the term
Board.Charities Regulatory Authority BoardExpressions of interest for appointment to the Board of the Charities
Regulatory Authority were sought through the Public Appointments Service. Sixteen appointments were subsequently made
to the Board of the Authority; thirteen of those appointed applied through the Public Appointments Service.Children
Detention Schools Board of ManagementOne appointment was made to the Children Detention Schools Board of
Management. The position was not advertised as the appointment was made under Section 167(4)(a) of the Children Act 2001
as amended, which requires at least one officer of the Minister. The person appointed was a civil servant.The Deputy should
note that responsibility for the Children Detention Schools Board of Management moved to the Department for Children and
Youth Affairs on 1 January 2012.Classification of Films Appeal BoardThere are currently nine vacancies on the Classification
of Films Appeal Board. Following an invitation to the public to submit expressions of interest, a total of forty-four
applications were received. I expect to make appointments to these positions in the near future.Courts Service BoardThe
Courts Service Board has seventeen members, it is chaired by the Chief Justice and includes eight other judges, the CEO of
the Courts Service, persons nominated by the Law Society, Bar Council and ICTU, an elected staff representative and three
persons nominated by the Minister for Justice. There have been twenty appointments, three of which were individuals
nominated by my predecessor Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D. including a civil servant from my Department.Garda Sochna
Arbitration BoardThe Garda Sochna Arbitration Board is appointed by the Government and consists of a Chairperson, a
member nominated by the representatives associations and a member nominated by the Government. The Chairperson is
appointed on the nomination of the Ministers for Justice & Equality and Public Expenditure & Reform in agreement with the
representative association. The Garda Sochna Arbitration Board was reappointed on the 30 September, 2014, for the

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duration of period ending 30 June, 2017. Seven appointments were made to the board since March 2011.Garda Sochna
Complaints BoardNine appointments were made to board on 10 April 2012. These positions were not advertised. Eight of the
outgoing members were re-appointed as the Board, which has been replaced by the Garda Sochna Ombudsman
Commission, only had a few outstanding cases on hands at that time. The outstanding cases have now been finalised and the
necessary steps to close the Board are now being put in place. The 9th appointee is a civil servant.Garda Sochna
Ombudsman CommissionThe Commission consists of three members, a Chairman and two members. These positions were
advertised through the Public Appointments Service following which 40 applications were received. Three candidates were
selected by my predecessor Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D. and approved by Government as having the appropriate experience,
qualifications, training and expertise for the relevant roles.Irish Human Rights and Equality CommissionOn 8 September
2011, the Government decided to merge the Human Rights Commission and the Equality Authority to establish a new Irish
Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) to promote human rights and equality issues in a more efficient, effective
and coherent way. The 14 outgoing members of the Equality Authority accepted reappointment in September 2011 for a
further term which concluded at the end of July 2012.In the case of the Human Rights Commission three Commissioners were
appointed by a Government Decision on the 20 December 2011 and their term expired on 31 May 2012. In November 2012,
advertisements inviting expressions of interest for the position of Chief Commissioner and of ordinary members appeared
in the media. The fourteen Members Designate of the new Commission were selected in April 2013 in a process independent
of Government and appointed initially to the Equality Authority and the Human Rights Commission on an interim basis so
that the two organisations could begin to operate as a cohesive whole. Following this experience, it was decided that the
Public Appointments Service (PAS) should be responsible henceforth for selection of Commissioners, including Chief
Commissioner post.The Government appointed the fourteen individuals as Members Designate of the Human Rights
Commission in advance of the enactment and commencement of the required legislation. On 31 May 2013 the then Minister
for Justice and Equality Mr Alan Shatter T.D. appointed twelve of their number to the Board of the Equality Authority, under
the Employment Equality Act 1998, as amended.Emily Logan was recently nominated by PAS as Chief Commissioner of the
IHREC and at a Government meeting of the 23 July 2014 Ms Logan was appointed on an interim basis as President of the
Human Rights Commission pursuant to section 5 of the Human Rights Commission Act 2000. She was also appointed as
Chair of the Equality Authority pursuant to section 41 and 42 of the Employment Equality Act 1998.The Irish Human Rights
and Equality Commission Act 2014 passed both Houses of the Oireachtas and was signed by the President on the 27 July
2014. It is expected that Ms. Logans formal appointment and the formal appointment of the other fourteen members
designate of the new IHREC will then be made by the President following the passing of motions in both Houses of the
Oireachtas.Judicial Appointments Advisory BoardTwelve appointments were made to the Judicial Appointments Advisory
Board. The Board consists of ten members, it is chaired by the Chief Justice and includes three other judges, the Attorney
General, persons nominated by the Law Society and Bar Council and three persons nominated by the Minister for Justice and
Equality. Five of the appointments were individuals nominated by myself or my predecessor Deputy Shatter.Legal Aid
BoardFifteen appointments were made to this Board, nine of which were civil or public servants.Mental Health (Criminal
Law) Review BoardFive appointments were made to the Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board. The Chairperson
should have at least 10 years experience as a practising barrister/solicitor ending immediately before his/her appointment or
shall be a judge or former judge of the Circuit Court, High Court or Supreme Court. The Board should consist of one ordinary
member and at least one approved medical officer. Individuals are appointed by the Minister on foot of their experience and
expertise which is invaluable to the work of the Board.National Disability Authority (NDA)Fourteen appointments were made
to the National Disability Authority (NDA). Appointments to the Board were made from nominations of relevant Ministers,
as prescribed in the National Disability Authority Act 1999 (the Act), an elected member of the staff of the NDA (also a
requirement of the Act) and respondents to publicly advertised calls for expressions of interest (in line with Government
Decision S180/20/10/1424 of April 2011). The Act also stipulates that in making appointments the Minister shall have regard
to the objective that a majority of the Authority would be persons with disabilities, their representatives, families or carers,
and, in the case of each member of the Authority, that he or she would have knowledge or experience, either directly or
indirectly, of matters pertaining to disability or of any other subject which in the opinion of the Minister would be of
assistance to the Authority in the performance of its functions. The Act also makes reference to the objective that not less
than 5 women and 5 men be appointed to the Board; and to the desirability that its members would include persons from both
rural and urban areas.Parole BoardEleven appointments made to the Parole Board. Individuals are appointed by the Minister
on foot of their experience and expertise which is invaluable to the work of the Board.Private Security Appeal BoardThe
Government appointed four people on 3 April 2012. The proposed Chairperson appeared before the Joint Committee on
Justice, Equality and Defence. The Board may consist of as many members as are necessary for the expeditious discharge of
its functions. The Chairman must be a practising barrister or solicitor of at least seven years standing.Private Security
Authority (PSA)Eleven appointments were made to the Board, out of which seven positions were publicly advertised on the
Public Appointments Service and Department of Justice and Equality websites. The remaining four positions in accordance
with Section 7 of the Private Security Services Act 2004 (as amended) were nominated representatives from my own
Department, the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, An Garda Sochna and the PSA itself. Of the positions
publicly advertised the legislation specifies that two members should be representatives of employers in the private security
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should be a practising barrister or solicitor of not less than five years standing. Following the public advertisement process,
six members, including the Chairman were appointed and one discretionary appointment was made by the then
Minister.Property Registration AuthorityEight appointments were made to the Property Registration Authority. Following an
invitation to the public to submit expressions of interest, a total of 84 applications were received. Four of the eight
appointments were public applicants. Of the remaining four appointments made, in accordance with the relevant legislation,
one is a nominee of the Law Society, one is a nominee of the Bar Council, one is the elected Property Registration Authority
staff representative, and one is an Officer of the Minister.Property Services Appeal BoardThe Government made six
appointments after seeking expressions of interest of which my Department received 41 applications. Those appointed were
public applicants. The proposed Chairperson appeared before the Joint Committee on Justice, Equality and Defence.Property
Services Regulatory AuthorityEleven appointments were made to the Property Services Regulatory Authority (PSRA). My
Department received 114 applications after seeking expressions of interest from members of the public. Nine of those
appointed were public applicants, one is a civil servant and the Chairperson, who was a member of the Property Services
Regulatory Authority Implementation Team, was appointed in order to provide continuity to the Authority which had operated
on a non-statutory basis for a number of years. The proposed Chairperson appeared before the Joint Committee on Justice,
Equality and Defence.14/10/2014WRM01450Departmental Staff Rehiring14/10/2014WRM01500146. Deputy Dara Calleary
asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of persons who are on public or Civil Service pensions who have been
recruited for work on any basis, permanent or temporary, under the remit of her Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in
2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39551/14]14/10/2014WRM01600Minister for Justice and Equality
(Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I can inform the Deputy that there has been no recruitment, either permanent or temporary, into
my Department of individuals on public or civil service pensions for the years 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014.A limited
number of former public or civil servants are re-engaged from time to time on a short term basis because of their knowledge
and expertise in a particular area, for example to serve on interview boards, audit committees or investigations.It should also
be noted that a small number of Temporary Clerical Officers have been recruited for the years specified above to provide
cover for priority vacancies, or, additional resources for priority short term projects that could not be managed within existing
resources. Only one of those appointed in 2013 was in receipt of a Civil/Public Service pension while two others had
preserved pensions in respect of previous service. Of the cohort of temporary clerical officers engaged in 2014 and based on
the information available none are retired civil or public servants. 14/10/2014WRM01650Child and Family Agency
Investigations14/10/2014WRM01700147. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the
number of children and young persons, by county, who have been assessed as requiring the intervention and support of a
social worker but are still waiting to be allocated a social worker; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38923/14]14/10/2014WRM01800Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): A report prepared by the
Child and Family Agency Measuring the Pressure - indicates that at the end of June 2014, the Agency was providing
19,766 children with a social work service. A total of 9,548 cases were awaiting allocation to a social worker and this figure is
broken down by area in the following table.Approximately one third of these cases (3,240) were deemed to be high priority
and this figure is also broken down by area in the table attached. These cases represent a mix of new referrals that need further
assessment and social work input, as well as children known to the Agency who need a continuing social work service. I am
assured by the Agency that emergency cases are dealt with immediately and that high priority cases are kept under review.
The data and analysis contained in Measuring the Pressure provides critical management information to assist the Agency
in service planning and resource allocation. Children awaiting allocation to a social worker by Region and Area including
breakdown of High Priority cases by Region and Area Total By Area High Priority by Region High Priority By Area Dublin
North East 2,375 1,289 Dublin North City 28 4 Dublin North 1,078 473 Louth/Meath 1,039 691 Cavan/Monaghan 230 121
Dublin Mid Leinster 3,974 1,062 Dublin South East/Dublin South/Wicklow 85 33 Kildare/West Wicklow/Dublin South West
1,714 629 Dublin South City/Dublin West 1,101 150 Midlands 1,074 250 West 1,038 330 Donegal 221 20 Sligo/Leitrim/West
Cavan 173 76 Mayo 0 0 Galway/Roscommon 420 141 Limerick/Clare/North Tipperary 224 93 South 2,161 559 Kerry 0 0
Cork 1,196 221 Carlow/Kilkenny/South Tipperary 236 155 Waterford/Wexford 729 183 Total 9,548 3,240
14/10/2014WRM01850Early Child Care Education14/10/2014WRM01900148. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for
Children and Youth Affairs the total spend to date on the following two DCYA training funds for early childhood services,
that is, the support and training fund in 2013 totalling 900,000 and the learner fund in 2014-15 totalling 3 million; and if
he will provide a breakdown of funding allocated by county by county in a tabular form in respect of funding uptake.
[38995/14]14/10/2014WRM02000Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): As part of the ongoing
progression of the Early Years Quality Agenda, it was announced last year that by September 2015 all staff working directly
with children in the 0-6 years age category in early years services would have to have a minimum Level 5 qualification on the
National Qualifications Framework in early years care and education, or an equivalent qualification. This requirement will
apply to new services from September 2014.In addition to the general requirement for a Level 5 qualification, pre-school
leaders delivering the free pre-school provision to children in the age category 3 years 2 months to 4 years 7 months under the
Early Childhood Care and Education programme, who are currently required to hold a Level 5 qualification, will have to have
a minimum Level 6 qualification, or equivalent, by September 2015. In 2013, 0.9 million was made available to my
Department to support existing staff working in the childcare sector to meet the new requirements. As a result, my
Department agreed to increase the annual grant funding provided in 2013 to Early Childhood Ireland, a national voluntary

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organisation that promotes quality care and education for young children, in return for the provision of additional accredited
training for existing childcare staff. The objective of the funding is to ensure that all existing staff are in a position to meet the
minimum Level 5 qualification requirement to enable them to continue to work in the childcare sector and that staff seeking to
fill the role of Pre-school Leader under the Early Childhood Care and Education programme are assisted to obtain the required
Level 6 qualification. To further support childcare staff, the Learner Fund was launched in March this year. The Fund, which
is being administered by Pobal with the help of local City and County Childcare Committees, has a total allocation of 3
million for the years 2014 and 2015 and is being targeted to subsidise the cost for childcare staff who are required to
undertake accredited Level 5 and Level 6 courses. The funding provided under both initiatives will be drawn down in 2014
and 2015 to support staff seeking to meet the new qualification requirements. Figures provided by Pobal and shown in the
following tables outline the overall funding provided to date to Early Childhood Ireland and also the funding allocated and
paid to date to support training under the Learner Fund in each county.Support Training Fund Beneficiary Paid Amount Early
Childhood Ireland 06/03/2014 516,000.00 Early Childhood Ireland 01/05/2014 196,000.00 Early Childhood Ireland
05/06/2014 76,200.00 Total 788,200.00 Childcare Training and Learner Fund County Allocated Paid to Date Carlow
14,160.00 3,540.00 Cavan 17,550.00 4,388.00 Clare 96,247.00 24,062.00 Cork City 52,080.00 13,020.00 Cork County
158,160.00 39,540.00 Donegal 16,530.00 4,133.00 Dublin County Borough 310,320.00 77,580.00 Dublin Fingal 112,200.00
28,050.00 Dublin South County 100,570.00 25,143.00 Dun Laoghaire Rathdown 70,020.00 17,505.00 Galway City & County
59,313.00 14,828.00 Kerry 47,520.00 11,880.00 Kildare 109,050.00 27,263.00 Kilkenny 22,765.00 5,691.00 Laois 75,300.00
18,825.00 Leitrim 11,914.00 2,978.00 Limerick City & County 56,280.00 14,070.00 Longford 6,530.00 1,633.00 Louth
48,256.00 12,064.00 Mayo 28,380.00 7,095.00 Meath 166,697.00 41,674.00 Monaghan 14,520.00 3,630.00 Offaly 25,440.00
6,360.00 Roscommon 20,780.00 5,195.00 Sligo 23,610.00 5,903.00 Tipperary North 18,572.00 4,643.00 Tipperary South
42,480.00 10,620.00 Waterford City County 15,418.00 3,854.00 Westmeath 29,070.00 7,268.00 Wexford 24,570.00 6,143.00
Wicklow 87,760.00 21,940.00 Total 1,882,062.00 470,518.00 14/10/2014WRM02050Magdalen
Laundries14/10/2014WRM02100149. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if his
attention has been drawn to the fact that leaving the Magdalene laundries out of the inquiry being established into the mother
and baby homes would leave Ireland in continued breach of international law as an effective investigation into the Magdalene
laundries which would discharge Irelands international human rights obligations to properly investigate allegations of human
rights abuses has not taken place (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39195/14]14/10/2014WRM02200Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): The Government has
undertaken to establish a Commission of Investigation into the concerns relating to Mother and Baby Homes. While I have
confirmed that the intended scope of this investigation will go beyond the home operated by the Sisters of Bon Secours in
Tuam, Co. Galway the process to develop specific terms of reference continues to be advanced in collaboration with relevant
colleagues across Government. Significant progress is being made in this task and I intend to return to the Houses with a draft
resolution seeking to establish the Commission as soon as possible. Since the decision to establish this investigation was
announced, there have been calls for the inclusion of a range of other institutions, including the Magdalen Laundries and these
are being considered as part of the deliberative process. With regard to the allegations by the Deputy that the State is in breach
of international law as regards the Magdalen Laundries, I wish to reiterate the Governments rejection of these allegations. As
previously outlined by my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality and her predecessor in response to such allegations,
if the Deputy has any evidence of human rights abuses constituting criminal offences having been committed in the Magdalen
laundries, he should report it to the Garda Sochna for criminal investigation.In addition, I am advised by the Department of
Justice and Equality that no individuals claiming to be victims of criminal abuse in Magdalen laundries have made any
complaints or requests to that Department seeking further inquiries or criminal investigations.The Report of the Inter-
Departmental Committee to establish the facts of State involvement with the Magdalen Laundries the McAleese Report was
published on 5 February 2013. The contents of the report have been fully accepted by the Irish Government as a
comprehensive and objective report of the factual position prepared under the supervision of an independent chairperson.
14/10/2014WRM02250Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WRM02300150. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if he will provide a list of all State board appointments since the general election of
2011; the person who recommended each appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was publicly
advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39276/14]14/10/2014WRM02400Minister for Children and Youth
Affairs (Deputy James Reilly): I am responsible for appointments to the Boards of the Adoption Authority of Ireland, the
Child and Family Agency and the Board of Management for the Children Detention Schools in Oberstown, Co. Dublin.From
the establishment of my Department in June 2011 until 31st December 2013 the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs was
responsible for appointments to the Boards of the Family Support Agency (FSA) and the National Educational Welfare Board
(NEWB). With the establishment of the Child and Family Agency on 1st January 2014, the FSA and the NEWB ceased to
exist and their roles were subsumed into the Agency.As the Deputy may be aware, in line with the Government decision of
April 2011, new arrangements were put in place for the making of appointments to State Boards and bodies. Following this
Government Decision, a notice was placed on my Departments website inviting expressions of interest from persons
interested in being appointed to the boards of State Bodies and Agencies operating under the Departments aegis. The notice
indicates the vacancies in the boards of the respective bodies. My officials acknowledge all expressions of interest received
and maintain a database of those expressions. My Departments website is monitored and updated on a regular basis to reflect

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the number of vacancies as they arise. In making decisions on appointments to boards, subject to the governing legislation, the
most suitable persons are considered for positions with due regard to the body or agency in question and its particular
responsibilities. An appropriate mix of skills and experience is an important element of the selection process. The following
tables set out the appointments to the respective boards since 2011.Adoption Authority of IrelandThe credentials of the
persons appointed were in accordance with Section 98 of the Adoption Act 2010. Board Member Term Credentials Dr. Imelda
Ryan 02/02/12 2/02/17 Doctor Ms. Anne OFlaherty 11/09/13- 11/09/18 Psychologist Family Support Agency and the Child
and Family Agency In May, 2013 the Public Appointments Service advertised seeking Expressions of Interest from those
interested in being appointed to the Board of the Family Support Agency having regard to both its existing statutory functions
and its planned role in facilitating the establishment of the Child and Family Agency. The membership of the board of the
Family Support Agency was appointed to the board of the new Child and Family Agency on its establishment on 1st January
2014. Board Member Term Credentials Sharon Foley (Chair) 30/01/12 26/03/13 (Ordinary Board member) & 26/03/12
31/05/13 (Chair) CEO Irish Hospice Foundation Caroline Murphy 20/10/11 31/03/1216/04/12 31/05/13 Organisational
Psychologist and Broadcaster Dick Hickey 02/06/11 01/12/1102/12/11 31/03/1216/04/12 31/05/13 Executive Director,
St. Brigids Family resource Centre Dr. John Griffin 30/04/12 31/05/13 Consultant Psychiatrist Marie Fenlon 01/09/11
31/03/1216/04/12 31/05/13 Nominee of the Family Resource Centre National Forum Liz Chaloner 30/01/12 31/05/13
Independent Researcher, Facilitator, Consultant Nuala Ryan 30/01/12 31/05/13 President UCD Women Graduates
Association Catherine Downey Murphy 11/07/12 31/05/13 Management positions in Health Service, Southern Health Board
Catherine Hazlett(Resigned on 16/05/12 due to restructuring of Department) 26/07/11 31/03/1216/04/12 16/05/12 Civil
Servant Department of Children and Youth Affairs Rep Yvette OMalley(Resigned on 10/11/11) 01/09/11 10/11/11 Family
Support Agency Staff Rep, Mediator Marie Dullea 11/07/12 31/05/13 Civil Servant - Department of Children and Youth
Affairs Rep Imelda Martin 28/11/11 31/03/1216/04/12 31/05/13 Family Support Agency Staff Rep Lorraine Mulligan
12/12/12 31/03/13 Experienced Researcher, financial analysis, advocacy Dr. Nollaig Byrne 08/02/12 31/05/13 Consultant
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Norah Gibbons (Chair) 01/06/13 up to 3 years or establishment of Child and Family
Agency (CFA) Former member of Taskforce on the establishment of Child and Family Agency Sylda Langford 17/09/13 up
to 3 years or establishment of CFA Retired former Director General of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth
Affairs PJ Fitzpatrick 17/09/13 up to 3 years or establishment of CFA Former Independent Chair of the Implementation
Body for the Public Service Pay and Modernisation (Croke Park) Agreement 2010-2013. Now partner with Praesta Ltd.
Noelle Spring 17/09/13 up to 3 years or establishment of CFA Development Director with Katharine Howard Foundation
Rory OFerrall 17/09/13 up to 3 years or establishment of CFA Former President of National Youth Council. Currently
member of Governing Authority of Dublin City University Gary Joyce 17/09/13 up to 3 years or establishment of CFA
Managing partner of Genesis Irish management consultancy Ita Mangan 17/09/13 up to 3 years or establishment of CFA
Chair of the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare Noel Kelly 17/09/13 up to 3 years or establishment of CFA Former
teacher and Home School Liaison Officer. Currently CEO of Preparing for Life in Darndale Belcamp Gary Donnchadha
02/12/13 - up to 3 years or establishment of CFA Civil Servant - Deputy Chief Inspector in Department of Education and
Skills National Educational Welfare BoardThe following table includes details of the nominating person or body for each
appointee in accordance with the Education (Welfare) Act 2000: Board Member Appointed Nominated by / under
Professional title Nuala Doherty (Chair) 30/07/12 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Chief Executive Centre for
Effective Services Brendan Broderick(Resigned 31/12/12) 15/09/11 Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland President
Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland Catherine Connery 28/05/12 Minister for Environment, Community and Local
Government Member and former chair Kilkenny County Council Marian Jennings 28/05/12 Minister for Children and Youth
Affairs Solicitor / Law lecturer Eamonn Flynn 15/09/11 Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Educational Welfare Officer
Bob Dowling 02/03/12 Minister for Health Teacher Ruair Gogan 02/03/12 Minister for Justice and Equality Principal Officer
Deirdre Matthews 14/01/13 Minister for Education and Skills Assistant Chief Inspector, Department of Education and Skills
Mary Donnelly 23/04/12 22/04/15 Minister for Social Protection Principal Officer Sally Maguire 03/11/13 03/03/14
Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland President Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland Childrens Detention
SchoolsThe following table sets out the nominating person/body in accordance with Section 167 of the Children Act 2001.
Name Nominated By Credentials Mr. Joe Horan Minister nominee 2012 Chairman Former County Manager of the South
Dublin County Council - retired Professor Ursula Kilkelly Minister nominee 2012 Head of the College of Business and Law
in University College Cork and Director of the Child Law Clinic Mr. Diego Gallagher Minister nominee 2012 Partner in
Health and Regulatory Law Department at Byrne Wallace solicitors Ms. Sylda Langford Minister nominee 2012 Former
Director General of Office of Minister for Children retired Mr. Colin Fetherston Staff representative 2012 Elected as staff
representative via local elections Mr. Pat Rooney Community representative - Was also on previous board Nominated by local
community council Ms. Elizabeth Howard Community representative - Was also on previous board Nominated by local
community council Mr. Barry Rooney Staff representative 2012 Elected as staff representative via local elections Mr. Dan
Kelleher Minister nominee - Officer of the Minister 2011 Principal Officer of Irish Youth Justice Services/ Children Detention
School Ms. Deirdre Keyes Minister for Education nominee 2012 Education Officer in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education
and Training Board Mr. Gerard McKiernan Minister for Health nominee 2012 - Was also on previous board Director of
Change and Special Projects in Tusla, the Child and Family Agency Ms. Rachel Grimes Minister nominee 2012 Home-maker
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16314/10/2014WRW00150Departmental Staff Rehiring14/10/2014WRW00200151. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister


for Children and Youth Affairs the number of persons who are on public or Civil Service pensions who have been recruited
for work on any basis, either permanent or temporary, under the remit of his Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014;
and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39544/14]14/10/2014WRW00300Minister for Children and Youth Affairs
(Deputy James Reilly): The detailed information sought by the Deputy covering the years 2012 to 2014 is not readily
available within my Department. The information is being compiled at present and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as
possible.I have asked the agencies under the auspices of my Department to supply the requested information, in so far as it
applies to those bodies, directly to the Deputy.14/10/2014WRW00350Disability Support Services
Provision14/10/2014WRW00400152. Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for Health if it is his Department or the
Health Service Executive who will carry forward planned proposals to reduce, through mergers, the number of disability
service providers; and if he will report on the progress. [38849/14]14/10/2014WRW00500Minister of State at the Department
of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive (HSE) provides annual funding of approximately 1.2
billion to over 230 voluntary agencies in the disability sector. Given the scale of funding provided to this sector, it is critical
that the HSE ensures that it delivers measurable value for this funding. Recommendations on the restructuring of service
delivery and the implementation of a more effective method of assessing need, allocating resources and monitoring resource
use are set out in the Value for Money (VFM) and Policy Review of Disability Services in Ireland. Responsibility for the
implementation of these recommendations lies with the HSE in the first instance. The VFM Review noted that it was difficult
to make any conclusive recommendations on mergers and that savings may vary on a case by case basis. The Review did
however identify significant opportunities to achieve savings in agencies unit cost base and to reduce average costs across the
sector. Savings in management/administration costs would be a component in this overall cost reduction. A Steering Group
has been established to oversee the process of implementing the Reviews recommendations and a number of Working Groups
are also in place to support VFM implementation, one of which is focusing on Governance and Service Arrangements. This
groups terms of reference include:- Streamline governance arrangements and maximise optimum efficiency by implementing
a reconfigured governance and accountability framework for the disability service programme including revised Service
Arrangements / Grant Agreements; and- Put in place the necessary systems and protocols to ensure full accountability and
transparency for all funding allocated from the health vote to the disability services programme.These new arrangements are
helping to shape and drive the disability services programme and will ultimately lead to achieving optimal efficiency in the
delivery of the programme.14/10/2014WRW00550Disability Support Services Provision14/10/2014WRW00600153. Deputy
Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the position regarding a support service in respect of a person (details
supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38873/14]14/10/2014WRW00700Minister of State
at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As the Deputys 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.14/10/2014WRW00725Registration
of Nurses14/10/2014WRW00800154. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health if he will reverse the increase in
annual fees nurses are required to pay to An Bord Altranais agus Cnimhseachais to remain registered; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [38878/14]14/10/2014WRW00900160. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health if his
attention has been drawn to the fact that the Irish Nursing Board plans to increase its annual retention fee by 50% to 150
from January 2015; if this decision will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38928/14]14/10/2014WRW01000165. Deputy Seamus Kirk asked the Minister for Health if he will consider reducing the
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration fees for nurses and midwives; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [38964/14]14/10/2014WRW01100Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 154,
160 and 165 together.A new Nurses and Midwives Act was passed into legislation in 2011. The Act provides, inter alia, for
the protection of the public in its dealings with nurses and midwives and the enhancement of their high standards of
professional education and competencies. The Department of Health is responsible for oversight of the governance of the
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). The Department has no role in setting or approving registration fees.The
Board is an independent body, answerable to the Oireachtas, with the responsibility to ensure that it has the financial capacity
to undertake all its legal obligations. The cost of enacting the additional requirements under the Nurses and Midwives Act
2014 was set out in the Regulatory Impact Analysis that was carried out prior to the enactment of the legislation. These costs
include an enhanced regulatory process with supporting systems for continued professional development and certain
education and training requirements for the professions.It was also made clear at the time of the legislation that the Board
would continue to be self-funding and needed to plan and cost how it would fulfil its legal obligations. Following detailed
negotiations with the Executive and Board members in 2013 it was agreed in October 2013 that an initial once-off sum of
1.6 m would be granted by the Department to the Board to cover 2013/2014 costs, but that the Board would have to increase
its income in 2015 to undertake its commitments in the legislation. The Board of the NMBI made the decision to increase the
annual registration fee at its meeting on 17th September, 2014. A helpline, email address and website information page have
been made available by the NMBI to provide clarification for registrants who may have queries on this
matter.14/10/2014WRW01150Obesity Strategy14/10/2014WRW01200155. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for
Health his views on the recommendations of the new Royal College of Physicians of Ireland policy statement on obesity here;
the measures he will implement on the matter of obesity (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.
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Physicians of Ireland for their policy statement and for the important contribution they have made in tackling the obesity
challenge.Tackling overweight and obesity remains a public health priority for my Department. It is recognised that alone no
single initiative will reverse the growing obesity trend, but a combination of measures should make a difference. The Special
Action Group on Obesity (SAGO) is concentrating on a range of measures such as calorie posting in restaurants, a choice of
healthy foods and drinks in vending machines in post-primary schools; food labelling options; Treatment Algorithms for
adults and children and opportunistic screening and monitoring for earlier detection of overweight and obesity in children.
The Department of Health has worked with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, with regard to the marketing of food and
drink to children for the revised Childrens Code to restrict marketing of high fat, high salt and high sugar foods and drinks.
The current Food Pyramid guidelines on carbohydrates and fat are being reviewed by the Health Research Board and results
will be presented to the Special Action Group on Obesity later this month for comment and modification, if necessary.An EU-
wide Joint Action to facilitate implementation of The EU Action Plan on Childhood Obesity will commence in March 2015
and end in early 2017. Ireland will lead on a Work Package which focuses on The cost of Childhood Obesity in Europe and
forecasting the increase in the burden of disease arising from childhood obesity in the EU by 2020. A Report and
Recommendations of the Special Action Group on Obesity Working Group to reduce consumption of high fat, salt and sugar
foods and drinks from the Top Shelf of the Food Pyramid has been prepared and is being considered under the Healthy Ireland
framework. Work is now ongoing on progressing the Recommendations. A new Obesity Policy in now under development
and will be finalised in 2015.14/10/2014WRW01350Medical Card Applications14/10/2014WRW01400156. Deputy Michael
Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the position regarding a medical card application in respect of a person (details
supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38882/14]14/10/2014WRW01500Minister of State
at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter
and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme,
which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated
contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the
Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information has issued to Oireachtas
members.14/10/2014WRW01550Long-Term Illness Scheme Coverage14/10/2014WRW01600157. Deputy Caoimhghn
Caolin asked the Minister for Health if paediatric inflammatory bowel disease might be recognised by the Health Service
Executive as a long-term illness; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38883/14]14/10/2014WRW01700Minister of
State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Long Term Illness (LTI) Scheme was established under
Section 59(3) of the Health Act, 1970 (as amended). Regulations were made in 1971, 1973 and 1975 specifying the conditions
covered by the LTI Scheme, which are as follows: Acute Leukaemia; Mental handicap; Cerebral Palsy; Mental Illness (in a
person under 16); Cystic Fibrosis; Multiple Sclerosis; Diabetes Insipidus; Muscular Dystrophies; Diabetes Mellitus;
Parkinsonism; Epilepsy; Phenylketonuria; Haemophilia; Spina Bifida; Hydrocephalus; and conditions arising from the use of
Thalidomide. There are no plans to extend the list of conditions covered by the LTI Scheme.Under the Drug Payment Scheme,
no individual or family pays more than 144 per calendar month towards the cost of approved prescribed medicines. The
scheme significantly reduces the cost burden for families and individuals incurring ongoing expenditure on medicines.Under
the provisions of the Health Acts, medical cards are provided to persons who are, in the opinion of the Health Service
Executive (HSE), unable without undue hardship to arrange GP services for themselves and their dependants. In the
assessment process, the HSE can take into account medical costs incurred by an individual or a
family.14/10/2014WRW01750Departmental Funding14/10/2014WRW01800158. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the
Minister for Health when a reply will issue to correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [38898/14]14/10/2014WRW01900Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I am advised by the Health Research
Board (the health research agency of my Department) that it funded a project on Vertigo (related to vestibular rehabilitation)
in the Royal College of Surgeons in 2010. I am also advised that it has not received any other applications for funding on this
topic since the establishment of its database in 2000. Health research projects in Ireland, including those related to vertigo,
can take place in many settings including universities, hospitals, etc. and be funded from many sources. Information on these
research projects, other than those supported by the HRB, are not available in my Department.
14/10/2014WRW01950Hospital Procedures14/10/2014WRW02000159. Deputy Ciarn Lynch asked the Minister for Health
when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will be provided with a required procedure; and if he will make a statement
on the matter. [38925/14]14/10/2014WRW02100Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): In relation to the particular
patient query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him
directly.Question No. 160 answered with Question No. 154.14/10/2014WRW02250General Medical Services Scheme
Administration14/10/2014WRW02300161. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health if he will address an issue
raised in correspondence in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [38933/14]14/10/2014WRW02400Minister
of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The decisions made on which medicines are reimbursed by the
taxpayer, are not political or ministerial decisions. These are made on objective, scientific and economic grounds by the
Health Service Executive (HSE) on the advice of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics (NCPE). The HSE has
statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicinal products under the community drug schemes
in accordance with the provisions of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013. The HSE received an
application for the inclusion of Fampridine (Fampyra) in the GMS and community drugs schemes. The application was

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considered in line with the procedures and timescales agreed by the Department of Health and the HSE with the Irish
Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association for the assessment of new medicines. In accordance with these procedures, the NCPE
conducted a pharmacoeconomic evaluation of Fampridine and concluded that, as the manufacturer was unable to demonstrate
sufficient effectiveness and a fair price for Fampridine in the Irish healthcare setting, it was unable to recommend the
reimbursement of the product. The report is available on the NCPEs website (www.ncpe.ie). On foot of this, the HSE decided
that it was not in a position to add the drug to the List of Reimbursable Items supplied under the GMS and other community
drug schemes. It is open to the supplier, at any time, to submit a new application to the HSE for the inclusion of Fampridine
on the community drugs schemes incorporating new evidence which demonstrates the cost-effectiveness of the drug, by
offering a reduced price or both. A revised application was received by the HSE on 25th July 2014 and is currently being
considered in line with the agreed procedures and timescales. No further comment is possible at this time as the HSE decision
making process is ongoing.14/10/2014WRW02450Health Services14/10/2014WRW02500162. Deputy John Deasy asked the
Minister for Health if the wig allowance administered by the Health Service Executive is a different amount in each HSE
region; if this is the case, the reason for the varying rates and if he will provide the rates in each region.
[38937/14]14/10/2014WRW02600Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The information
requested by the Deputy is not routinely available in the Department, therefore I have asked the Health Service Executive to
reply directly to the Deputy.14/10/2014WRW02650Nursing Homes Support Scheme
Administration14/10/2014WRW02700163. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the steps he will take to deal
with the massive waiting lists for approval under the fair deal scheme and his views regarding the reversal of cuts in this area.;
and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38940/14]14/10/2014WRW02800Minister of State at the Department of Health
(Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The HSE operates a national placement list for the Nursing Homes Support Scheme to enable it to
operate within budget. All applicants who are approved for funding are put on the placement list in chronological order by the
date of determination of their application, and funding issues to applicants in this chronological order to ensure equity
nationally. Funding is released by the HSE on a weekly basis to balance the position across the full year. On the 9th October
2014 (latest figures available), there were 2,114 people on the national placement list for funding, with average waiting times
of approximately 15 weeks. The Deputy will appreciate that significant funding pressures exist in the health services
generally, and that the Nursing Homes Support Scheme must operate within the funding available to it and must manage this
in the most effective possible way. The position for 2015 will be considered in the context of the Estimates Process for that
year, which is currently under way.14/10/2014WRO00100Written Answers Nos. 164-17614/10/2014WRO00200Health
Insurance Cover14/10/2014WRO00300164. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Health his views on a proposal
regarding private health insurance (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38958/14]14/10/2014WRO00400Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The maximum waiting periods for eligibility
for payment under a health insurance contract are set out in the Health Insurance Act, 2001 (Open Enrolment) Regulations
2005 and vary by age, whether medical conditions existed before the contract commenced and where the level of cover is
upgraded. Age on joining Illnesses that commence after joining Illnesses that commenced before joining Accident and injuries
Maternity related claims Under 55 26 weeks 5 years None 52 weeks 55 59 52 weeks 7 years None 52 weeks 60 64 52
weeks 10 years None 52 weeks 65 and over 104 weeks 10 years None 52 weeks Waiting periods are applied so as to help
avoid any incentive to take out health insurance immediately before treatment and to cancel it shortly afterwards. In the
current system, all persons aged under 55 are covered after 26 weeks of joining for illnesses that commence after taking out
health insurance. Those aged over 55 have longer waiting periods. The provisions on waiting periods help to support
community rating. Under community rating, everybody is charged the same premium for a particular health insurance plan,
irrespective of age, gender and the current or likely future state of their health. This system requires intergenerational
solidarity, where younger people pay more for health insurance than the level of risk they present would demand, while older
people pay less as a direct consequence.The provision of waiting periods helps to encourage individuals to take out health
insurance earlier in life, thus minimising the strain placed on the community rating system and ultimately benefitting the
entire pool of insured persons in the community. Question No. 165 answered with Question No.
154.14/10/2014WRO00600Medical Card Administration14/10/2014WRO00700166. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the
Minister for Health if he will provide an update on medical cards (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [38965/14]14/10/2014WRO00800Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): General
Practitioners (GPs) are reimbursed by the HSEs Primary Care Reimbursement Service for a range of services they provide to
medical card and GP visit card holders. Under the General Medical Services (GMS) contract GPs receive a range of fees and
allowances in respect of each medical card and GP visit card patient on their GMS list, including an annual capitation
payment in respect of each such patient, irrespective of how many times they visit their doctor during the year. The capitation
payment is based on the age and gender of the patient and if the patient is aged 70 years or more, whether they are residing in
the community or in residential care.There are also a number of additional payments, e.g. in respect of out-of-hours
consultations, temporary residents, special items of services (including suturing of cuts and lacerations, recognised vein
treatment, etc.), practice support allowances and payments in respect of locum expenses. The current fee and allowance rates
payable to GPs under the GMS scheme are set out in S.I. 277/2013 - Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to General
Practitioners) Regulations 2013, which are available on line at: http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2013/en/si/0277.html.Medical
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into a superannuation scheme a sum equivalent to 10% of total capitation fees payable to contracted GPs. Payments to GPs
under the National Immunisation Programmes are set out in S.I. 278/2013 - Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to
General Practitioners) (National Immunisation Programmes) Regulations 2013, which are available on line
at:http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/2013/en/si/0278.html (schedule 2 - paragraphs 3, 4, 5 and 6 refer to payments to GPs for
vaccinations under the GMS scheme).14/10/2014WRO00900Medical Card Applications14/10/2014WRO01000167. Deputy
Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health the position regarding a medical card application in respect of persons (details
supplied) in Dublin 13; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38966/14]14/10/2014WRO01100Minister of State at
the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and
to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme,
which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated
contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the
Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information has issued to Oireachtas
members.14/10/2014WRO01200Speech and Language Therapy14/10/2014WRO01300168. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the
Minister for Health if he will provide, in tabular form, for each local health office; the number of children currently awaiting
an initial assessment for speech and language therapy for the following waiting times, birth to four months, four to eight
months, eight to 12 months, 12 to 18 months, 18 to 24 months, more than 24 months; and the same details for the open
waiting list. [38978/14]14/10/2014WRO01400Minister 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 to the
Deputy.14/10/2014WRO01500Hospital Staff Data14/10/2014WRO01600169. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for
Health if he will provide in tabular form the most up to date figures for the number of positions in each public/voluntary
hospital in the following categories; consultants, non-consultant hospital doctors, nursing positions, other health and social
care professionals, management-administration, general support staff; and the number of vacant positions in each public-
voluntary hospital for the same positions. [38979/14]14/10/2014WRO01700Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As I
have no direct role in this matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.14/10/2014WRO01800Medical Card
Data14/10/2014WRO01900170. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if he will provide in tabular form for
September 2013 and September 2014 for each local health area the number of medical cards in circulation; the number of
which are issued on the basis of the exercise of discretion; and the number of which are allocated to over 70s.
[38980/14]14/10/2014WRO02000Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The following
table sets out the information requested by the Deputy. Numbers at 1 Sept 2013 Numbers at 1 Sept 2014 Local Health Office
Medical Cards Of which Discretionary Over 70s Medical Cards Of which Discretionary Medical Cards Of which
Discretionary Over 70s Medical Cards Of which Discretionary Carlow/ Kilkenny 61,405 1,494 10,636 131 59,510 2,015
10,130 148 Cavan/ Monaghan 59,943 1,048 10,472 51 57,809 1,554 10,152 82 Clare 49,923 2,054 9,414 341 46,777 2,377
9,009 300 Cork - North Lee 81,753 4,015 13,617 308 78,876 4,595 13,320 335 Cork - South Lee 63,063 2,353 14,710 251
61,039 2,872 13,669 256 Donegal 91,013 1,836 14,257 84 88,141 2,601 14,186 158 Dublin North Central 53,136 959 11,891
111 54,552 1,327 10,981 137 Dublin South City 38,355 645 8,876 62 37,273 844 7,901 86 Dublin South East 24,330 507
9,026 59 23,348 668 7,684 95 Dublin South West 68,199 1,782 11,908 111 66,560 2,020 11,348 150 Dublin West 62,150
1,193 7,595 36 60,740 1,577 7,311 63 Dun Laoghaire 25,121 566 10,471 85 22,572 687 8,506 103 Galway 104,354 2,566
19,037 75 99,423 3,368 18,274 124 Kerry 61,303 2,164 13,219 193 59,949 2,737 12,749 214 Kildare/ West Wicklow 76,794
2,694 11,701 160 74,433 3,252 11,334 209 Laois/ Offaly 70,609 2,825 11,407 223 68,896 3,372 11,073 233 Limerick 80,895
2,882 15,403 494 78,286 3,385 14,627 457 Longford/ Westmeath 57,292 1,392 9,695 91 56,453 1,932 9,294 124 Louth
61,894 729 9,759 41 60,494 1,191 9,462 66 Mayo 67,218 1,439 13,151 46 64,123 2,008 12,842 68 Meath 68,441 908 10,543
41 66,246 1,540 10,311 61 North Cork 36,741 2,289 7,629 103 34,262 2,517 7,302 133 North Dublin 81,503 2,518 17,332
301 77,379 3,242 16,224 370 North Tipp./ East Limerick 30,973 1,755 6,431 197 29,701 1,868 6,236 197 North West Dublin
70,587 1,222 11,198 90 66,333 1,714 10,309 121 Roscommon 30,695 988 6,403 58 29,377 1,200 6,228 81 Sligo/ Leitrim
43,384 1,651 9,080 72 41,899 1,960 8,738 116 South Tipperary 42,762 1,770 8,298 192 41,429 2,012 7,953 160 Waterford
58,531 2,019 10,695 200 55,805 2,440 10,131 162 West Cork 22,110 1,008 5,755 73 21,058 1,202 5,493 86 Wexford 71,817
1,428 12,327 67 69,831 2,043 11,970 97 Wicklow 46,768 1,189 8,479 68 45,237 1,452 8,125 86 Total National 1,863,062
53,888 350,415 4,415 1,797,811 67,572 332,872 5,078 14/10/2014WRO02100Medical Card Data14/10/2014WRO02200171.
Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health the percentage of medical cards that are processed within 15 days, 30
days, 45 days, 60 days and in excess of 60 days; the corresponding figures for discretionary medical cards and over 70s cards;
the average processing time for each category of card; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39001/14]14/10/2014WRO02300Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health
Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible. The Health Service
Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health
Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries
relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information
has issued to Oireachtas members.14/10/2014WRO02400Medical Card Eligibility14/10/2014WRO02500172. Deputy Derek
Nolan asked the Minister for Health the reason the decision to return discretionary medical cards to those who had them
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and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39010/14]14/10/2014WRO02600Minister of State at the Department of Health
(Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as
soon as possible. The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards
and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the
Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an
earlier response. Contact information has issued to Oireachtas members.14/10/2014WRO02700Medical Indemnity
Cover14/10/2014WRO02800173. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the removal of
indemnity cover in respect of a person (details supplied); the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39014/14]14/10/2014WRO02850177. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health his views on correspondence
(details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39042/14]14/10/2014WRO02875188. Deputy Thomas
Pringle asked the Minister for Health if a persons (details supplied) indemnity, which was removed by the Health Service
Executive, will be reinstated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39126/14]14/10/2014WRO02900Minister for
Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 173, 177 and 188 together.This matter is sub-judice and I am
therefore restricted in the response I can give to your question.My role as Minister for health primarily relates to national
policy decisions, legislation, implementing the programme for government and securing an overall budget for health and
accounting for it to the Oireachtas. I am in no way personally involved in decisions about individual patients, members of
staff or contractors. I have had no role in this matter which is one for the HSE and it would be inappropriate for me to
intervene regardless of political pressure or lobbying. I hope you can understand and respect why that is.With regard to this
case, I understand from the HSE that her indemnity has been suspended temporarily due to specific and serious concerns
expressed by other clinical staff about patient safety. When the HSE suspends an individual as precautionary measure subject
to a review/investigation, it does not do so lightly. An overall competence and performance review is planned. I hope this be
done as expediently as possible.On the broader issue, pregnancy is not a disease but a physiological condition and there is no
reason why women with a normal pregnancy, should not have their baby delivered at home by a community midwife or in a
midwife-led unit. It should be a mothers choice within safe guidelines. This will form part of the general review of maternity
services being carried out over the course of the next twelve months.14/10/2014WRO03000Hospital Waiting
Lists14/10/2014WRO03100174. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Health if he will expedite an appointment in
respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39022/14]14/10/2014WRO03200Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The National Waiting List Management Policy,
A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014,
has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum
standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by
the Health Service Executive, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.In relation to the
particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to him on this
matter.14/10/2014WRO03300Tobacco Control Measures14/10/2014WRO03400175. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the
Minister for Health in view of the differentiation within the EU tobacco products directive between cigars and cigarettes, the
fact that the cigar smoking rate is 0.9%, the proposals of the UK Department of Health to exclude specialist tobacco products
from its packaging legislation, his views on exempting cigar packaging from the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of
Tobacco) Bill 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39025/14]14/10/2014WRO03500Minister for Health
(Deputy Leo Varadkar): As the Deputy will be aware, the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Bill 2014
covers all tobacco products legally available for retail sale in Ireland. All tobacco products have been shown to negatively
affect health and as such it was considered appropriate that all tobacco products should be treated equally under the Bill.The
preamble to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), which Ireland has
signed and ratified, states that there is no distinction made between tobacco products and the harm that they cause. Article 11
of the FCTC concerns the packaging and labelling of tobacco products, and the guidelines issued by the WHO for its
implementation request that Parties to the Treaty consider adopting standardised packaging for all tobacco products: Parties
should ensure that the packaging and labelling provisions related to Article 11 of the Convention apply equally to all tobacco
products sold within the jurisdiction.There is a wealth of experience internationally that shows the necessity for a
comprehensive approach in tobacco control. The evidence base shows that standardised packaging will impact on the
consumption of tobacco products, including cigars, in that it will reduce the appeal of tobacco products and will encourage
cessation, whilst at the same time reducing the ability of the packaging of each of these products to mislead consumers about
the harmful effects of smoking.As Deputy has pointed out, the UK has not included cigars and pipe tobacco in their draft
standardised packaging regulations. If the UK decides to go ahead with this initiative the resulting regulations will be made
under their Children and Families Act 2014. The proposed Irish legislation is not confined to any specific age group. From a
public health perspective, Ireland has taken the decision to reduce smoking of all tobacco products, and not just cigarettes, to a
prevalence rate of less than 5% by 2025. All smokers, irrespective of the type of product they consume deserve the same level
of protection as do those who consume cigarettes. The standardised or plain packaging legislation already introduced in
Australia covers all tobacco products, including cigars.14/10/2014WRO03600Mental Health Services
Funding14/10/2014WRO03700176. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health the position regarding mental
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the matter. [39034/14]14/10/2014WRO03800Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Dealing
with the current high levels of suicide and deliberate self-harm and the reform of our mental health services are two priority
areas for the Government. In line with Programme for Government commitments, 90 million and some 1,100 additional
posts have been provided since 2012, to develop Community Mental Health Teams and Suicide Prevention resources. In
addition, the budget for the National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) has more than doubled, from 4 million in 2011
to 8.8 million in 2014.The NOSP has primary responsibility for the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Reach
Out our suicide prevention strategy and has been tasked with coordinating suicide prevention efforts around the country as
well as supporting agencies and individuals interested and active in suicide prevention. The NOSP funds over thirty non-
governmental organisations to carry out an array of work in communities that promote positive mental health and work to
reduce the incidence of suicide and self-harm. In 2014, the NOSP will continue to work in partnership to deliver local and
community based supports as well as frontline services. The NOSP is also working to improve access to information and
supports for anyone experiencing mental health difficulties with the development of the free to call Samaritans 116 123
helpline number which was launched earlier this year, and a new on-line portal, which will be launched shortly, that will
provide easily accessible and accurate information. These new initiatives will simplify the signposting to services for people
who may be going through tough times.In recognition of the need to further improve the response of the Mental Health
Service to people following an episode of deliberate self harm, the HSE, in conjunction with the Irish College of Psychiatrists,
has developed a Clinical Programme. An important aspect of the Programme is to ensure each person is linked in to the
follow up recommended by the nurse. Thirty five posts have been allocated on the basis of the number of self harm
presentations to the various Emergency Departments; twenty two of these posts are currently filled and training has been
initiated. In addition, the Suicide Crisis Assessment Nurse (SCAN) initiative is being extended to eight new sites across the
country and will be operational by the end of the year. This service provides active liaison between primary care and the
mental health services and enables and assists GPs in carrying out speedy clinical assessments of patients presenting with
deliberate self harm/suicide crisis.Mindful that schools are one of the key settings for the promotion of mental health and
well-being of young people and that they are also in the position to identify young people experiencing emotional difficulties,
the NOSP worked closely with the Department of Education and Skills to develop Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion
and Suicide Prevention in post-primary schools.The Department of Health and the NOSP are continuing to work very closely
on suicide prevention issues and on the finalisation of a new Strategic Framework which is expected to be completed by the
end of the year.The Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy (2006), A Vision for Change, provides a framework
for action to develop a modern high quality mental health service over a 7 to 10 year period. Implementation of Vision has
included positive mental health promotion, accelerated closure of the old psychiatric hospitals, the development of community
based adult and child and adolescent services and bespoke new facilities to support the recommended community-based,
recovery-focussed model of care resulting in shorter episodes of in-patient care and the adoption of a recovery approach in the
delivery of services.The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service is a key Service Improvement Project for the HSE. The
project aims to improve access to and use of CAMHS in-patient, day hospital and community based services, particularly in
the context of agreed protocols governing the area of 16-17 year olds. As part of the development funding prioritised by this
Government since 2012 for mental health overall, upwards of 230 new posts have been allocated to Child and Adolescent
Community Mental Health Teams. This additional investment is intended to enable CAMHS teams to cater for all age ranges
up to 18 years. Area Mental Health Management Teams are now also in place across the country, to ensure a more seamless
service between CAMHS and Adult Mental Health services.14/10/2014WRP00100Written Answers Nos. 177-189Question
No. 177 answered with Question No. 173.14/10/2014WRP00250Medical Card Applications14/10/2014WRP00300178.
Deputy Patrick ODonovan asked the Minister for Health when a medical card will be reinstated in respect of a person (details
supplied) in County Limerick as they were previously the holder of a medical card on a discretionary basis; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [39045/14]14/10/2014WRP00400Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy
Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as
possible.The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP
visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the
Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an
earlier response. Contact information has issued to Oireachtas members.14/10/2014WRP00450General Medical Services
Scheme Administration14/10/2014WRP00500179. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health the position
regarding medical card holders being charged for routine blood tests by either the general practitioner or the practice health
nurse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39053/14]14/10/2014WRP00600Minister of State at the Department of
Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): No person covered by the GMS Scheme should be charged for routine phlebotomy services
provided by their GP or the Practice Nurse on behalf of their GP which are required to either assist in the diagnosis of a
patient or to monitor a diagnosed condition. For patients who have been charged in such circumstances, the HSE has put in
place the following procedure:The patient should forward his or her receipt for the charge to the HSEs local Primary Care
Unit. The HSE will, in turn, inform the GP that where he/she inappropriately charges GMS patients for phlebotomy services,
he/she is in breach of their contract. The HSE will also deduct an equivalent amount from its routine payments to the GP and
will make a refund to the patient.14/10/2014WRP00650Water Fluoridation14/10/2014WRP00700180. Deputy Terence
Flanagan asked the Minister for Health the position regarding health concerns associated with water fluoridation (details

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supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39056/14]14/10/2014WRP00800Minister of State at the Department
of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The level of fluoride in drinking water in Ireland has been set at between 0.6-0.8 parts per
million. This level of fluoride is deemed optimal for protecting the oral health of all age groups. European Council Directive
98/83 allows for a maximum permitted concentration of fluoride in drinking water up to 1.5mg/litre (or parts per million),
almost twice the maximum level permitted in Ireland. In 2011 a review by the European Union Scientific Committee on
Health and Environmental Risk (SCHER) concluded that there are no known negative health implications from fluoridating
water at levels used in the EU. The balance of scientific evidence worldwide confirms that water fluoridation, i.e. the
adjustment of the natural concentration of fluoride in drinking water to the optimal recommended level for the prevention of
dental caries, does not cause any ill effects and protects the oral health of the population. The Department of Health keeps the
policy of water fluoridation under constant review. As part of this ongoing work, a review of evidence on the impact of water
fluoridation at its current level on the health of the population and on the environment is being conducted by the Health
Research Board on behalf of the Department. This review is due to be completed by the end of this
year.14/10/2014WRP00850Water Fluoridation14/10/2014WRP00900181. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for
Health where the fluoride used in the Irish water supply comes from (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [39057/14]14/10/2014WRP01000Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): In 2013 the
cost of supply and delivery of hydrofluorosilicic acid (HFSA), the chemical used for fluoridating water, was 1.7 million. The
HFSA is sourced from Derivados del Fluor (DDF) in Spain and supplied and delivered by Chemifloc, a company based in
Shannon, Co Clare.14/10/2014WRP01050Water Fluoridation14/10/2014WRP01100182. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the
Minister for Health if he will provide an update regarding the review of the Health Research Board into international evidence
on water fluoridation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39058/14]14/10/2014WRP01200Minister of State at the
Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Department of Health keeps the policy of water fluoridation under
constant review. As part of this ongoing work, a review of evidence on the impact of water fluoridation at its current level on
the health of the population and on the environment is being conducted by the Health Research Board on behalf of the
Department. The report is due to be completed by the end of this year.14/10/2014WRP01250Drug Treatment Programmes
Policy14/10/2014WRP01300183. Deputy Peadar Tibn asked the Minister for Health the services used by the State to
prevent the use of illegal drugs and treat those addicted to drugs in County Meath for each of the past four years.
[39065/14]14/10/2014WRP01400Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): In line with the National Drugs Strategy, the
Health Service Executive has developed a national treatment and rehabilitation service which provides drug free and harm
reduction approaches and is capable of dealing with all substances. In addition, Drug and Alcohol Task Forces play a key role
in assessing the extent and nature of the drug problem in their areas and coordinating action at local level so that there is a
targeted response to the drug problem in local communities. The North East Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force
(NERDATF) covers counties Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan.Details of the funding allocated to the NERDATF from the
Drugs Initiative of my Department from 2011 to 2013 are set out in the following table. In relation to 2014, operational and
financial responsibility for all NERDATF projects was transferred to the HSE on 1st January 2014. 2011 2012 2013
1,010,546.00 986,091.00 956,508.00 I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy in relation to the services it
provides in County Meath in each of the past four years.14/10/2014WRP01450Prescription
Charges14/10/2014WRP01500184. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if the Government levy on chemists for
prescription tuberculosis medication was correct or incorrect. [39099/14]14/10/2014WRP01600Minister of State at the
Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): Prescription charges are part of a set of measures introduced by Government
in recent years to reduce pharmaceutical drugs expenditure. Medical card holders are required to pay a 2.50 charge per item
for medicines and other prescription items supplied to them by community pharmacists, subject to a cap of 25 per month for
each person or family.I understand however that the case in question refers to a private transaction. Neither the Minister for
Health nor the Health Service Executive has any power to set the prices of drugs and medicines purchased by private patients.
The HSE advises the public that if they are being charged prices which exceed the reimbursement price listed on the HSE
website (http://www.pcrs.ie/), plus a dispensing fee of between 3.50 and 5, then they should discuss the differential with
their pharmacist to ensure they get the best possible price for the medicine concerned.14/10/2014WRP01650Health
Services14/10/2014WRP01700185. Deputy Anthony Lawlor asked the Minister for Health when the community medical
consulting and community health meeting rooms will open for public use at Beech House, Naas Business Park, Maudlings,
Naas, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39105/14]14/10/2014WRP01800Minister for Health
(Deputy Leo Varadkar): The allocation of HSE accommodation for public use is a service matter. Therefore your question has
been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.14/10/2014WRP01850Health Services
Provision14/10/2014WRP01900186. Deputy Ciara Conway asked the Minister for Health if he will provide an update on the
reinstatement of orthopist services in Dungarvan Hospital, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39123/14]14/10/2014WRP02000Minister 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 to the Deputy.14/10/2014WRP02050Medical Aids
and Appliances Provision14/10/2014WRP02100187. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health the position
regarding a new wheelchair in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [39125/14]14/10/2014WRP02200Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As the
Deputys question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for

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direct reply to the Deputy.Question No. 188 answered with Question No. 173.14/10/2014WRP02350Departmental
Investigations14/10/2014WRP02400189. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the outcome of the investigations
by his Department and-or the Health Service Executive into financial irregularities at a company (details supplied), with
particular reference to the cost to public funds of inappropriate expenditure by, or on behalf of, this company and-or its
directors. [39128/14]14/10/2014WRP02500Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The HSE Internal Audit Division has
undertaken an audit of the company concerned and it is currently finalising the audit report. The HSE discontinued funding to
the company concerned in March 2014 because of its lack of confidence in the overall corporate governance of the
organisation and its ability to manage public funding responsibly.The HSE continues to provide every Health (Amendment)
Act cardholder with the best possible support and assistance in accessing their healthcare services to ensure that the needs of
the patients infected with hepatitis C are met in an appropriate way.14/10/2014WRQ00100Written Answers Nos. 190-
20314/10/2014WRQ00150HSE Funding14/10/2014WRQ00200190. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the
outcome of the review by his Department of compliance with Government and departmental policies on the part of a company
(details supplied), an entity that is in receipt of public funds under sections 38 or 39 or both of the Health Act 2004; if this
review identified inappropriate expenditure in respect of salaries of the chief executive officer, CEO, or equivalent and staff of
the company; contributions towards pensions for the CEO or equivalent or other staff or both; contributions towards the
expenses of a private company that are not separately identified in the accounts of the company; whether the sections 38 and
39 review indicated the company has been and is compliant with the provisions of the Companies Acts; and if his Department
plans to suspend this company. [39129/14]14/10/2014WRQ00300Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The agency the
Deputy refers to received Section 39 funding of 200,000 (approximately) from the HSE in 2013. The verification and
validation exercise carried out in respect of senior managersremuneration was targeted at the larger Section 39 Agencies who
received in excess of 5million in funding, therefore the agency was not included in the review exercise. Staff in
organisations funded under Section 39 are not classified as public servants, not counted in public service numbers, do not have
public service pensions and are not bound by the Department of Health Consolidated Salary Scales. The HSE funds more than
2,600 agencies through 4,100 individual service level arrangements under Section 39 of the Health Act 2004. At the request
of my predecessor and colleague Dr. James Reilly T.D., the HSE wrote to the CEOs of all Section 39 agencies outlining health
sector pay policy and requesting each to have due regard to public pay policy, in particular in respect of senior management.
Since 2013, in accordance with service level arrangements, the HSE requires all funded agencies to disclose senior manager
remuneration. My Department has no role in relation to reviews carried out under the Companies
Acts.14/10/2014WRQ00350Emergency Planning14/10/2014WRQ00400191. Deputy Eric Byrne asked the Minister for
Health the emergency response plan in place in the event of an outbreak of Ebola in this country; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [39138/14]14/10/2014WRQ00500Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): On 8 August 2014,
WHO declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)
because,- the Ebola outbreak in West Africa constitutes an extraordinary event and a public health risk to other States; - the
possible consequences of further international spread are particularly serious in view of the virulence of the virus, the
intensive community and health facility transmission patterns, and the weak health systems in the currently affected and most
at-risk countries.- a coordinated international response is deemed essential to stop and reverse the international spread of
Ebola.The WHO encouraged all countries to ensure that:- There should be no general ban on international travel or trade;
restrictions outlined in these recommendations regarding the travel of EVD cases and contacts should be implemented. -
States should provide travellers to Ebola affected and at-risk areas with relevant information on risks, measures to minimize
those risks, and advice for managing a potential exposure.- States should be prepared to detect, investigate, and manage Ebola
cases; this should include assured access to a qualified diagnostic laboratory for EVD and, where appropriate, the capacity to
manage travellers originating from known Ebola-infected areas who arrive at international airports or major land crossing
points with unexplained febrile illness. - The general public should be provided with accurate and relevant information on the
Ebola outbreak and measures to reduce the risk of exposure. - States should be prepared to facilitate the evacuation and
repatriation of nationals (e.g. health workers) who have been exposed to Ebola.My Department continues to work closely with
the HSE, the WHO, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the EU Commission, Member States
and other partners.The Management of Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers in Ireland is the national guidelines for the management of
any case of VHF, including Ebola, in Ireland. They were published by the Health protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) in
2012. Parts of this guidance have been updated in light of the recent EVD outbreak in West Africa. The key elements of the
guidelines include: - the need for vigilance in considering the possibility of VHF in a person with a fever who has recently
returned (within 21 days) from travel to an endemic area, - the institution of appropriate infection control measures if a case is
suspected, - rapid testing and diagnosis of the case, and- the management of his/her contacts.Given appropriate infection
control measures, onward transmission to others is extremely unlikely. On 29 May 2013 a VHF education day was held for
relevant professionals to launch guidance on Management of VHF produced by the Scientific Advisory Committee of the
HPSC. This education day concentrated particularly on providing a practical guide to the management of an imported VHF
case, including ambulance transfer.Following the announcement on 8 August 2014 a number of additional actions in relation
to guidance, communications and transport were put in place, beyond those already in existence. An urgent teleconference
was convened between the Department of Health, the HPSC, HSE-Public Health, HSE-Emergency Preparedness and HSE-
Communications to review the following areas:- Travel advice advice would issue from DOH advising against non-essential

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travel- Posters in airports- Repatriation of Irish citizens In addition, the HSEs Port Health Group a group tasked with
providing guidance and advice in relation to measures in ports and airports.On the day of the announcement, advice for
travellers, including features of the disease, modes of transmission, and methods to prevention were posted on the HPSC
website. An extensive Ebola virus disease travel section was developed as a portal for those who would travel between West
Africa and Ireland. The advice document Advice for healthcare workers, including humanitarian aid workers, returning to or
coming to Ireland following travel from an area affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak (most recent version 5
September 2014) was produced and posted on the HPSCs website. Advice for airport and port managers that had been
developed was circulated to all relevant stakeholders. This information has been posted on the website for the HPSC. The
guidance document, Update for Airport Managers and Airlines on Ebola Virus Disease was posted on 22 August 2014 and the
guidance document Update for Port Managers and Ferry Companies on Ebola Virus Disease was posted on 5 September 2014.
Posters (in English, French and Irish) - Returning from West Africa? Important information about Ebola were printed and
distributed to all Airports and the main designated Seaports. They have been placed in prominent positions in full line of sight
of all arriving passengers/crews in the arrivals areas of these locations. Following the declaration of PHEIC, a modified EVD
Risk Assessment for use by Ambulance Personnel was developed from an existing document to ensure that transport of
suspected EVD patients was placed on a clear and systematic footing. This document provides highly specific guidance for
ambulance personnel on the transfer of patients suspected as having EVD. This algorithm allows for remote risk assessment
of a patient suspected as having EVD arriving at one of the countrys airports, by an expert physician from the National
Isolation Unit in the Mater Hospital. This guidance document lays out clear procedures whereby ambulance personnel would
protect themselves and others from possible infection. It stipulates the necessary isolation of a potentially infected person,
personal protective equipment to be deployed by ambulance crews and the necessary urgent communication pathways
required. Beyond this initial contact, extensive guidance is also available for hospital clinicians, general practitioners and
other healthcare workers, to enable rapid identification of suspected Ebola patients, in other settings, and their urgent
management. There is also extensive guidance on the necessary steps that staff must take to ensure that they protect
themselves and other patients.Healthcare staff in the NIU and hospitals around the country have received information and
advice on identification and management of EVD. In addition, staff in the National Isolation Unit (NIU) have received
specific training in the use of the appropriate PPE to be used in the management of a suspected EVD patient. There is ongoing
contact between my Department and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and updated travel advice is available on
the Foreign Affairs website. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade strongly advises against all non-essential travel to
Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. In conclusion, considerable public health planning is underway with a range of bodies and
professionals in relation to the Ebola emergency in West Africa. 14/10/2014WRQ00550Medical Card
Applications14/10/2014WRQ00600192. Deputy John OMahony asked the Minister for Health when a decision will be made
on a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason for the delay in making the
decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39140/14]14/10/2014WRQ00700Minister of State at the Department
of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the
Deputy as soon as possible.The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes
medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for
members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to
use for an earlier response. Contact information has issued to Oireachtas members.14/10/2014WRQ00750Disabilities
Services Funding14/10/2014WRQ00800193. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health if he will direct the
Health Service Executive to withdraw a retrospective cut to sections 38 and 39 voluntary bodies in view of the impact this
will have on front-line services for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39150/14]14/10/2014WRQ00900Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Value for
Money (VFM) and Policy Review of Disability Services, in addition to making recommendations on the model of services
and supports, also highlighted the need for greater efficiencies in the use of resource usage and monitoring. VFM efficiency
targets of 5million were identified this year in the HSEs National Service Plan. In order to arrive at a fair and equitable
allocation of these efficiency targets, the Social Care Division of the HSE assessed the capability of the voluntary disability
providers to implement the necessary measures. In recognition of the time required to complete this work only 50% of the
2014 savings requirement, i.e. 2.5 million, is being assigned to agencies this year. The HSE will continue to work with
disability agencies to ensure that efficiencies are achieved without impacting on service
provision.14/10/2014WRQ00950Hospitals Building Programme14/10/2014WRQ01000194. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the
Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the proposed upgrade of the outpatients department at Our
Ladys Childrens Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12, has been hit by a funding shortfall; his views on whether the outpatients
department in its present guise is not fit for purpose; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the outpatients
department sees 1,500 children every week and its waiting area is cramped and unsuitable for wheelchairs; if he will provide
the hospital with the necessary funding to upgrade this facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39153/14]14/10/2014WRQ01100Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): It is acknowledged that the infrastructure
currently in place for the delivery of paediatric acute services in Dublin is inadequate, and that new facilities are required. The
new childrens hospital is therefore a priority in the Programme for Government. Services which are currently provided at
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campus in Dublin 8. Two satellite centres, which will operate under the same governance and management as the childrens
hospital, are planned for the campuses of Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals. In October 2013, the Minister for Public
Expenditure & Reform announced that up to 200m would be made available for the hospital from the sale of the National
Lottery, adding to the existing 450m Exchequer funding indented for this project and underlining the Governments
commitment to it. A design team has been appointed and is working on design development, with the aim of submitting a
planning application in June 2015. It is expected that the project will be on site at the St Jamess campus and at the two
satellite centre locations, on the campuses of Connolly and Tallaght Hospitals, in January 2016. The new hospital will have
384 in-patient beds and a further 85 daycare beds, as well as 111 outpatient consulting examination rooms across both the
main hospital and satellite centres.The HSEs National Capital & Property Steering Committee appraises all projects to be
included in the Capital Plan. The current Capital Plan, which outlines the health services construction priorities for 2014 and
the multi-annual period 20142018, does not include the project referred to by the Deputy but does include other paediatric
projects at Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin, specifically an Acute Child Sexual Assault Assessment & Treatment Unit
and a new Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory. Infrastructural and clinical risks are being actively managed from an
operational perspective at the childrens hospitals and funding has been made available to address such issues. The
requirement for capital investment in the existing childrens hospitals to sustain and improve patient services in advance of the
move to the new childrens hospital will continue to be considered in the context of the priorities in the capital programme.
14/10/2014WRQ01150Medical Card Applications14/10/2014WRQ01200195. Deputy Sen Conlan asked the Minister for
Health the reason a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan has had his medical card application refused.
[39159/14]14/10/2014WRQ01300Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health
Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.The Health Service
Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health
Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries
relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information
has issued to Oireachtas members.14/10/2014WRQ01350Medical Card Applications14/10/2014WRQ01400196. Deputy Pat
Breen asked the Minister for Health when a decision on a medical card application will issue in respect of persons (details
supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39169/14]14/10/2014WRQ01500Minister of State
at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter
and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.The Health Service Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme,
which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated
contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the
Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information has issued to Oireachtas
members.14/10/2014WRQ01550Hospital Waiting Lists14/10/2014WRQ01600197. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister
for Health the position regarding a hip replacement operation in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12.
[39193/14]14/10/2014WRQ01700Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The National Waiting List Management Policy,
A standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, January 2014,
has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum
standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by
the Health Service Executive, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists. In relation to the
particular query raised by the Deputy, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to her on this
matter.14/10/2014WRQ01750Hospital Services14/10/2014WRQ01800198. Deputy Willie ODea asked the Minister for
Health when the licence for disposing of hospital waste came up for renewal; if there will be a public tendering process for the
licence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39194/14]14/10/2014WRQ01900Minister for Health (Deputy Leo
Varadkar): Disposal of hospital waste is a service matter. Therefore your question has been referred to the Health Service
Executive for direct reply.14/10/2014WRQ01950Midwifery Services14/10/2014WRQ02000199. Deputy Joan Collins asked
the Minister for Health the position regarding resources to set up a direct helpline to assist women accessing a midwife
(details supplied). [39200/14]14/10/2014WRQ02100Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As this is a service matter
this has been referred to the HSE for a direct reply to the Deputy.14/10/2014WRQ02150Medical Card
Applications14/10/2014WRQ02200200. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Health the position regarding
discretionary medical cards in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39201/14]14/10/2014WRQ02300Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The Health
Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.The Health Service
Executive operates the General Medical Services scheme, which includes medical cards and GP visit cards, under the Health
Act 1970, as amended. It has established a dedicated contact service for members of the Oireachtas specifically for queries
relating to medical cards and GP visit cards, which the Deputy may wish to use for an earlier response. Contact information
has issued to Oireachtas members.14/10/2014WRQ02350Orthodontic Service Waiting Lists14/10/2014WRQ02400201.
Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 576 of 26 March 2013 and the
recommendations of the Health Service Executive report commissioned to establish the changes that are necessary to improve
orthodontic treatment nationally, if he will review the reasons a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary has to wait
another year before an orthodontic appointment arises; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

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[39209/14]14/10/2014WRQ02500Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): PA Consulting


Group was commissioned by the HSE to undertake a review of Orthodontic Services. The terms of reference were to:- assess
the current delivery system and- make recommendations for the future organisation and management.The review commenced
in November 2012 and was completed in late 2013. The key issue highlighted by the review is that the Orthodontic Service
should be fully integrated within the Primary Care Service. This will be implemented as part of the HSEs reform programme.
The HSE has also recently established a pilot scheme which will involve the use of orthodontic therapists. In addition, over
the next three years orthodontic treatment for certain categories of misalignment will be provided by a panel of independent
practitioners under contract to the HSE. A tender process is currently underway and is due to be ready for commencement in
January 2015. It is expected that these changes will have a positive impact on waiting times.The HSE has been asked to
examine the query raised by the Deputy concerning the patient on the waiting list and to reply to him as soon as
possible.14/10/2014WRQ02550HSE Investigations14/10/2014WRQ02600202. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister
for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 931 of 17 September 2014, the role of the person within the hospital group
concerned; if that person is employed on a full-time basis; if the person was disciplined on foot of the discovery of the
practice of recycling braces contrary to stated policy in 2009; if an attempt has been made to trace or recover the State
property; if an internal hygiene and decontamination audit was performed in 2009 and the dates in question; the dates of any
subsequent hygiene and decontamination audits; if an external Health Service Executive inspection was undertaken in 2009
and the dates on which such an inspection was performed; if such audits have taken place in the facility receiving the recycled
braces; the recommendations made further to all audits and inspections referred to above; and if he will make a statement on
the matter. [39227/14]14/10/2014WRQ02700203. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health further to
Parliamentary Question No. 931 of 17 September 2014, if he will confirm that procedures are now in place to protect public
and private patients from the unauthorised use of recycled braces; if he will confirm that the practice discovered in Galway in
2009 will no longer take place in that facility or any other publically-funded orthodontic facility; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [39228/14]14/10/2014WRQ02800Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen
Lynch): I propose to take Questions Nos. 202 and 203 together.The detailed information sought by the Deputy is not available
in the Department. I have asked the HSE to examine the queries raised and reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.
14/10/2014WRR00100Written Answers Nos. 204-21714/10/2014WRR00200Drugs Payment Scheme
Coverage14/10/2014WRR00300204. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Health if he will provide the medication
Eculizumab to the six persons who have been diagnosed with paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria (details supplied); and if
he will make a statement on the matter. [39229/14]14/10/2014WRR00400Minister of State at the Department of Health
(Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The decisions made on which medicines are reimbursed by the taxpayer, are not political or
ministerial decisions. These are made on objective, scientific and economic grounds by the Health Service Executive (HSE)
and often on the advice of the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics. With regard to the drug Eculizumab, in 2010
following prolonged discussions and in the absence of sufficient information to make a long term permanent decision around
this agent, the HSE entered into an access with evidence development agreement with Alexion Pharma and St Jamess
Hospital, Dublin whereby the HSE provided a fund (almost 10m, inclusive of VAT) for three years (2010-2012) sufficient to
treat 10 patients (the expected number of patients to be identified for treatment over that time period). At the end of this
period, Alexion was expected to have developed additional evidence to allow the HSE to make a long term decision in
relation to the funding of this incredibly costly agent. The HSE honoured the terms of that agreement.The agreement lapsed
and a formal re-assessment process was triggered as was agreed with Alexion / St Jamess in 2010. Pending consideration of
the outcome of the assessment, the HSE continued the funding commitments entered into with Alexion on behalf of the
original 10 patients identified by the National Centre i.e. St Jamess. The HSE has released funding of 1.9m in the first 8
months of 2014 to fund treatment for the 10 existing patients. Many countries have struggled to accept the pricing point put
forward by Alexion. The medicine in question requires 355,000 per annum plus 23% VAT (multi-year commitment) to be
found for each additional patient treated.The HSE continues to try to engage with the pharmaceutical company to arrive at a
pricing point that would assist it in its efforts to fund this medicine for as many patients as possible. The HSE has sought to
meet the company again in October but Alexion are unavailable to meet this month. The current Irish list price of 4,557.50
per vial substantially exceeds the list price in the UK (3,150 sterling).I would like to assure the Deputy that the Department,
and the HSE, fully understand the concerns of patients regarding the availability of this drug. While I appreciate that some
may take the view that the taxpayer should reimburse every licensed medicine for whatever the price the drug company
demands, I hope the Deputy will appreciate that the better interests of the health service require that we reimburse only the
most effective medicines and only at a fair price.In relation to the administration of the Treatment Abroad Scheme, the Health
Service Executive has been asked to examine this matter and to reply to the Deputy as soon as possible.
14/10/2014WRR00500Legislative Programme14/10/2014WRR00600205. Deputy Sen Kyne asked the Minister for Health
the policy proposals in place for the drafting of primary legislation to give effect to a successor to the mobility allowance and
motorised grant scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39233/14]14/10/2014WRR00700Minister of State at
the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The policy proposals to be brought for Governments consideration of
the drafting of primary legislation for a new travel subsidy scheme for people with severe disabilities are currently under
consideration in the Department of Health.14/10/2014WRR00800Nursing Homes Support Scheme
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for funding approval under the fair deal nursing home scheme which currently stands at approximately four months; if he will
allocate further funding under the fair deal scheme across the regions to address the current backlog in the system; the action
he will take in his Departments budget for 2015 to address and reduce this; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39243/14]14/10/2014WRR01000Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): The HSE controls
the release of funding for the Nursing Homes Support Scheme in order to stay within budget and to balance activity over the
full course of the year. All applicants for participation in the Scheme are, when approved, put on a national placement list in
strict order of their approval date. The funding issues to applicants in this chronological order so as to ensure equity
nationally.At present, significant funding pressures exist in the health services generally, and the Nursing Homes Support
Scheme must operate within the funding available to it and must manage this in the most effective possible way. The position
for 2015 will be considered in the context of the Estimates Process for that year, which is currently
underway.14/10/2014WRR01100Nursing Homes Support Scheme Applications14/10/2014WRR01200207. Deputy Brendan
Griffin asked the Minister for Health his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the fair deal scheme; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [39256/14]14/10/2014WRR01300Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy
Kathleen Lynch): The HSE operates a national placement list for the Nursing Homes Support Scheme to enable it to operate
within budget. All applicants who are approved for funding are put on the placement list in chronological order by the date of
determination of their application, and funding issues to applicants in this chronological order to ensure equity nationally.
Funding is released by the HSE on a weekly basis to balance the position across the full year.At present significant funding
pressures exist in the health services generally, the Nursing Homes Support Scheme must operate within the funding available
to it and must manage this in the most effective possible way. The position for 2015 will be considered in the context of the
Estimates Process for that year, which is currently underway. A review of the Nursing Homes Support Scheme is currently
being undertaken by my Department. This review will consider the long-term sustainability of the Nursing Homes Support
Scheme as well as looking at the current operation and management of the Scheme.14/10/2014WRR01400Counselling
Services14/10/2014WRR01500208. Deputy Caoimhghn Caolin asked the Minister for Health if he will provide an update
on the counselling in the primary care service, including any information on numbers referred to date in 2014; the waiting lists
to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39257/14]14/10/2014WRR01600Minister of State at the Department
of Health (Deputy Kathleen Lynch): As this is a service matter this question has been referred to the HSE for direct
reply.14/10/2014WRR01700HSE Staffing14/10/2014WRR01800209. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health
the number of specialist health economists employed by the Health Service Executive; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [39258/14]14/10/2014WRR01900Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): As I have no direct role in the matter, I
have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.14/10/2014WRR02000Cancer Screening
Programmes14/10/2014WRR02100210. Deputy Peadar Tibn asked the Minister for Health the annual cost of extending the
national BreastCheck programme to women aged between 65 and 69. [39261/14]14/10/2014WRR02200Minister for Health
(Deputy Leo Varadkar): The BreastCheck Programme provides free mammograms to all women aged 50-64. A priority of the
BreastCheck Programme at present is to maximise national uptake in the 50-64 year age cohort. It is my intention to extend
the upper age range to include the 65-69 age cohort as soon as possible in line with available resources.
14/10/2014WRR02300Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WRR02400211. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister
for Health if he will provide a list of all State board appointments since general election 2011; the person who recommended
each appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was publicly advertised; and if he will make a statement
on the matter. [39283/14]14/10/2014WRR02500Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): There have been 494
appointments to Boards under the aegis of the Department of Health since March 2011 to date. Of these, 159 appointments
have been made on the nomination of bodies specified in legislation. The Minister for Health has no function in these
nominations other than the actual appointments.335 appointments have been made where the Minister for Health has
nominating rights, and 116 of these have been appointed following public advertising campaigns.The competencies and skills
required for individual Boards, where the Minister for Health has nominating rights, are agreed between the relevant Line
Units in my Department and the Agency itself. These competencies and skills can vary greatly between Boards and within
individual Boards. I am confident that the appointments made to agencies under the aegis of this Department have the
requisite skills and expertise to contribute in a meaningful way to the important work undertaken by the Agencies.
Information on the individual names of appointments to Boards (where the Minister for Health has nominating rights) and
whether they were appointed following an advertising process is being collated and will be sent directly to the Deputy when
finalised.14/10/2014WRR02600Departmental Offices14/10/2014WRR02700212. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for
Health if he will confirm the quality authority that monitors the quality and ingredients used in cigarettes that are sold legally
on the market here; if new chemicals or substances used in the manufacture of these cigarettes in recent years are cleared by a
regulating authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39298/14]14/10/2014WRR02800Minister for Health
(Deputy Leo Varadkar): The ingredients contained in cigarettes are reported to the Health Service Executives National
Tobacco Control Office on an annual basis in accordance with the obligations set out as follows.Under current Irish legislation
the yields of tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide in cigarettes are regulated as set out in SI No 425/2003 European
Communities (Manufacture, Presentation and Sale of Tobacco Products) Regulations 2003.In addition under these regulations
manufacturers are obliged as follows: 6. (1) Any person manufacturing tobacco products in the State or importing tobacco
products into the State, shall submit the following to the Office - (a) a list of all ingredients, and quantities thereof, used in the

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manufacture of those tobacco products by brand name and type, and (b) a statement setting out the reasons for the inclusion of
such ingredients in those tobacco products, indicating their function and category, and (c) the toxicological data available to
such person regarding such ingredients in burnt or unburnt form as appropriate, referring in particular to their effects on health
and taking into account, inter alia any addictive effects. Under the new EU Tobacco Products Directive adopted this year
mandatory reporting on ingredients is foreseen for all tobacco products through a standardised electronic format. Enhanced
reporting obligations will be in place for certain frequently used substances found in cigarettes and roll your own tobacco.
This will enable regulators to gain more information on the ingredients contained in tobacco products and their effects on
health and addiction. Member States have until May 2016 to transpose this Directive.14/10/2014WRR02900Hospital Waiting
Lists14/10/2014WRR03000213. Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Health if he will provide a date for a medical
operation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39302/14]14/10/2014WRR03100Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): In relation to the particular patient query raised
by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond to him
directly.14/10/2014WRR03200Hospital Waiting Lists14/10/2014WRR03300214. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister
for Health the actions being taken regarding the alleged manipulation of waiting list data by Health Service Executive
officials; his views on the issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39308/14]14/10/2014WRR03400215. Deputy
Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if it is the case that at any stage since March 2011 the Health Service Executive
has directed or authorised that surgical patients who need further tests before surgery be removed from waiting lists.
[39309/14]14/10/2014WRR03500216. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if it is the case that at any stage
since March 2011 the Health Service Executive directed or authorised that patients be removed from hospital waiting lists and
be sent to private doctors, who sometimes work in different specialties and cannot do the required interventions; and if those
patients are then referred back to the public hospital consultant, to the bottom of the queue.
[39310/14]14/10/2014WRR03600217. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Health if it is the case that at any stage
since March 2011 the Health Service Executive directed or authorised that patients be asked by letter to confirm, within just
two weeks, that they still need a hospital outpatient appointment and that if they do not respond, they are removed from the
waiting list. [39311/14]14/10/2014WRR03700Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos.
214 to 217, inclusive, together.My Department has raised these issues with the Health Service Executive. The policy of the
HSE on the matter of waiting lists is clear. All hospital managers are expected to efficiently manage waiting lists in
chronological order, except where clinical need dictates that a patient needs to be prioritised. The HSE does not condone the
manipulation of waiting lists and will take appropriate disciplinary action if this can be proved.In late 2013, a number of
patients waiting for a first outpatient appointment were outsourced to the private sector for assessment and were then referred
back to the public system for surgical procedures. The HSE has advised that this practice has now ceased. Patients can be
removed from waiting lists as part of the HSE waiting lists validation protocol but GPs and consultants concerned are told if a
patient is being removed from the list and if the GP or consultant considers the patient should be reinstated on the list, this is
done as part of the protocol.A recent media article alleged that patients who needed further tests were suspended from waiting
lists. In some instances, it is appropriate to defer formally placing a patient on an inpatient or day-case waiting list after they
have been seen for the first time as out-patients until all investigations confirm that a surgical procedure is actually necessary.
This may require sending the patient for further tests as outpatients. The HSE continues to implement further measures to
tackle waiting lists. These include: increasing the throughput of patients in public outpatient clinic, reducing the number of
patients who do not turn up for their appointment, and increasing the number of new patients in the clinic rather than just
reviewing previous patients who are often better returned to their GP. It is important for the Deputy to note that there is no
policy to manipulate waiting lists. The only waiting lists that Im interested in are accurate ones. Accurate waiting lists allow
us to plan services. When it comes to negotiating a good budget for health, waiting list figures that make the situation look
better than it really is are no benefit to me. I will continue to work with the HSE to ensure that the issues relating to hospital
waiting lists are resolved.14/10/2014WRS00100Written Answers Nos. 218-22814/10/2014WRS00150Diplomatic
Representation14/10/2014WRS00200218. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if employee
protections are in place for persons working in the foreign missions here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39040/14]14/10/2014WRS00300Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Under the Vienna
Convention on Diplomatic Relations, it is the duty of all persons enjoying diplomatic privileges and immunities to respect the
laws and regulations of the host State. Consistent with its obligations under the Vienna Convention, my Department works to
ensure that the law is upheld and my Department will assist, as appropriate, in any investigation being undertaken by the
relevant Irish authorities.On 12 September, I introduced new guidelines for diplomatic staff who intend to employ private
domestic workers. This is a specific category of worker, who is employed by an individual member of a mission rather than
by the sending State. While I believe that the majority of diplomatic staff in Ireland already follows good practice, it is best
practice internationally to provide clear employment guidelines and a framework for their implementation.These new
guidelines were developed following a consultative process involving other Departments and State agencies, including the
Departments of Justice and Equality and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation; the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA)
and An Garda Sochna. I welcome also the contribution of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland to the process. I believe that the
adoption of these guidelines is consistent with Irelands ratification in July of the International Labour Organisation (ILO)
Convention on Decent Work for Domestic Workers, of 2011.14/10/2014WRS00350Foreign

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Conflicts14/10/2014WRS00400219. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to
provide full diplomatic recognition to Palestine following Swedens decision on the matter; and if he will make a statement on
the matter. [38848/14]14/10/2014WRS00500223. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
if he will follow the example of the Government of Sweden and offer full recognition to Palestine as a sovereign and equal
nation state; his response to the change in policy by Sweden with regard to the impact it will have on efforts towards a two-
state solution in the Israel-Palestine conflict; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38867/14]14/10/2014WRS00600224. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on
the full recognition of the state of Palestine; and the steps he will take on this matter following the recognition of the state of
Palestine by the Kingdom of Sweden. [38881/14]14/10/2014WRS00700225. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for
Foreign Affairs and Trade his views on giving formal recognition to Palestine as a state.
[39011/14]14/10/2014WRS00800Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take
Questions Nos. 219 and 223 to 225, inclusive, together.Ireland supports the full achievement of a Palestinian state. We believe
this should happen soon. Our policies are designed to be supportive of the negotiated comprehensive peace agreement which
we believe is fundamental to the achievement of this objective. I believe substantive political talks on a peace settlement must
take place as a matter of urgency and I reiterated that view recently at the Gaza Reconstruction Conference hosted by the
Governments of Norway and Egypt on 12 October in Cairo.I am conscious of Swedens new approach and Irelands position
will continue to be evaluated in light of our own assessment and that of all our EU Partners.14/10/2014WRS00850Foreign
Conflicts14/10/2014WRS00900220. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his response
to the ongoing slaughter of innocent journalists and aid workers by Islamic State, IS; the steps he will take in conjunction with
our international partners to tackle the rise of IS; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38861/14]14/10/2014WRS01000Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I have been appalled by
the atrocities perpetrated by ISIS, including the murders of journalists and aid workers. As I have stated previously, there
needs to be accountability for all such actions, including through referral to the International Criminal Court. The international
community is responding to the very considerable threat which ISIS poses, not just to the Middle East but to us all. In
Irelands case, we are working closely with our partners in the EU and through the United Nations to coordinate our efforts
and to strengthen the tools at our disposal. A special meeting of the European Council on 30 August 2014 called for
accelerated implementation of a package of measures agreed in June 2013 concerning four priority areas: prevention of
radicalisation, detection of suspicious travel, investigation and prosecution and cooperation with third countries. The
European Council will review this issue in December 2014.The approach being taken by the European Council is consistent
with the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 2178 (2014) on foreign terrorist fighters which was adopted
unanimously on 24 September 2014. Ireland co-sponsored the Resolution along with 103 other States, including all other EU
member states.The Resolution takes a comprehensive, human rights compliant approach to tackling the foreign fighters
problem in accordance with international law. It highlights the need to tackle the underlying causes of radicalisation through
community outreach initiatives, while at the same time focusing on strengthening legal and security measures. This
comprehensive strategy in the Resolution is very much in line with Irelands approach to the issue.Our approach nationally
combines preventive measures and capacity to prosecute terrorist-related behaviour. In terms of preventive measures, An
Garda Sochna monitors the movements of those suspected of involvement in extremist behaviour. In tandem with that the
Garda operate a progressive community relations programme through the Racial Inter-Cultural and Diversity Office.As
regards capacity to prosecute, existing 2005 legislation already provides for the offences of terrorist bombing and terrorist
financing. My colleague, the Minister for Justice and Equality, has published new legislation; the Criminal (Terrorist
Offences) (Amendment) Bill 2014, which when enacted will create three new offences: public provocation to commit a
terrorist offence, recruitment for terrorism and training for terrorism.A comprehensive solution to the challenge posed by ISIS
must also embrace efforts to promote a political settlement in Syria, based on the Geneva principles, as well as international
support for the new unity Government in Iraq, encouraging it to pursue inclusivity and reconciliation.We recognise also the
immense humanitarian impact of the current conflict and to date we have disbursed over 28 million to humanitarian relief
since the beginning of the Syrian conflict.14/10/2014WRS01050EU Enlargement14/10/2014WRS01100221. Deputy Lucinda
Creighton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to review Irelands role in an expanding European
Union; if he will set out the strategic foreign policy goals of Irelands relationship with our EU partners; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [38862/14]14/10/2014WRS01200Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan):
Irelands engagement with the European Union is reviewed regularly to take account of evolving priorities and policy
challenges, as well as the wider EU and international context. The Cabinet Committee on European Affairs, of which I am a
member, plays a key role in overseeing our strategic approach and agreeing priorities for the period ahead. The Review of
Irelands Foreign Policy and External Relations which I am currently undertaking is giving specific consideration to our
foreign policy, and to how the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade across Government, can best contribute
both to promoting Irelands interests within the European Union, and to ensuring that Europes voice is stronger at a global
level. Irelands Permanent Representation in Brussels and our diplomatic missions in EU capitals play a key role in
representing Irelands position in Europe, as well as understanding the perspectives of other Member States on issues of
importance to us. Ireland recently opened an Embassy in Croatia, the newest member of the Union.Among the issues which
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unemployment; access to financing, including for small and medium enterprises (SMEs); securing progress on EU trade
agreements; negotiations on the 2030 climate and energy framework and the digital agenda. Irelands foreign policy goals are
also clearly advanced through our EU membership, including on issues such as international development, human rights and
the Middle East Peace Process.In relation to any future enlargement of the EU, we will continue to work intensively, in
cooperation with our EU partners, to advance the accession process with the current candidates and potential candidates, and
to overcome the legacy of recent conflicts in the Western Balkans.14/10/2014WRS01250Trade
Strategy14/10/2014WRS01300222. Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the material
changes that have occurred in his Department since responsibility for trade shifted from the Department of Jobs, Enterprise
and Innovation to his Department; the nature of his responsibility for the relevant trade agencies, Enterprise Ireland and
Industrial Development Agency Ireland; his trade objectives; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38863/14]14/10/2014WRS01400Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Economic diplomacy,
including trade promotion, is a central part of the work of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and of Irelands
network of Embassies and Consulates abroad. My Department is committed to using its full resources, at headquarters and
through the Embassy network, to promote Irelands economic and trading interests, cultural profile and reputation
internationally, thereby contributing to the continued recovery and development of the domestic economy. The transfer of
certain trade promotion functions from the then Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation to the then Department of
Foreign Affairs in June 2011 gave my Department an enhanced role in trade promotion. The responsibilities transferred
included chairmanship and management of the Export Trade Council (ETC), the handling of Joint Economic Commissions
(JECs) and coordination with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (DJEI) and Enterprise Ireland (EI) on the
annual programme of EI ministerial led trade missions.The ETC has met twice annually since it was established in late 2011
and I will be chairing the 7 meeting on 4 November 2014. Overall, the ETC aims to strengthen cooperation and coordination
across all Government Departments and State agencies involved in the promotion and development of trade, tourism,
investment and education, as well as overseeing the implementation of the Government Trade, Tourism and Investment
Strategy. A Review of the Strategy was published by my Department in February of this year.My Department coordinates
Irelands participation in JECs with China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Libya (currently in abeyance). As a formal
bilateral intergovernmental body, dealing with trade development in all its aspects, the JEC format provides a forum for
discussing issues that relate to trade development between the two countries involved, serving to further the development of
economic and business relations, as well as scientific and technological cooperation. So far this year, Ireland has held JECs
with Saudi Arabia (February) and Russia (April). My Department is currently preparing for the forthcoming JEC with South
Korea on 4 December 2014.The transfer of certain trade promotion functions has resulted in an even closer working
relationship with the State agencies. At the beginning of each year, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade coordinate the annual EI programme of ministerial-led trade missions. Trade missions
to Mexico and Australia will take place in this quarter and I will also address the EI-arranged Financial Services and BPO
(Business Process Outsourcing) dinner in London on 13 November.DJEI retains lead responsibility for trade policy, which
includes representing Irelands trade interests in the context of the EU Common Commercial Policy and at the World Trade
Organisation. In addition, DJEI is the parent Department for Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Industrial Development Agency
(IDA).The work of the Embassy network, being uniquely placed to influence key decision makers and opinion formers around
the world, is essential to efforts to enhance Irelands international reputation and to drive economic recovery through the
promotion of trade, tourism, investment and education. In 2013, the Embassy network supported a total of 136 high-level
visits with a significant economic or promotional dimension across 52 countries. The Embassy network also undertook more
than 730 engagements to facilitate trade and investment supporting jobs in Ireland, as well as more than 660 specific
engagements to promote Irelands economic position to office-holders worldwide. Ambassadors and Embassy staff engaged
with over 1,150 representatives of the international media to promote Irelands profile and global reputation, and key
messages on Irelands economic recovery and its strengths as a location for foreign investment were promoted in opinion
articles and interviews in the international media reaching more than 53 million people. Speeches and public presentations by
Embassy staff promoted Irelands interests directly to audiences of over 778,000 around the world.Further recent examples of
the contribution the Embassy network makes overseas in support of Irish trade, in cooperation with the relevant Departments
and State agencies, include the lifting of a ban on Irish beef exports to Japan, opening up a market potentially worth 15
million annually; the lifting of a longstanding region-wide ban on imports of Irish beef and sheep meat to Saudi Arabia, UAE,
Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain; and the securing of full market access to China for salmon exports. Questions Nos. 223 to
225, inclusive, answered with Question No. 219.14/10/2014WRS01550Foreign Policy14/10/2014WRS01600226. Deputy
Sen Crowe asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to the murder of the youngest
MP (details supplied) in Venezuela; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that the reports emerging suggest that
they were tortured and assassinated in a premeditated attack; his views on the increase in violent attacks on left-wing
politicians and Government officials in Venezuela; and his further views that they are part of violent and orchestrated attacks
to destabilise the Venezuelan Government. [39121/14]14/10/2014WRS01700Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy
Charles Flanagan): I am aware of the tragic deaths in question. I extend my deepest sympathy to the bereaved families and,
indeed, to the families of all the victims of the violence that is, sadly, so widespread in Venezuela. I am deeply concerned at
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the apparently high level of impunity in the case of serious crimes. I urge the full, impartial investigation of all incidents in
accordance with due legal process. I support the statements by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton welcoming the
meetings that took place earlier this year between the government and the opposition. I urge all sides to resume these talks and
I continue to hope that all parties, including government, opposition, students and civil society can work together to find a
consensus for overcoming the current situation.Together with our EU partners, we support the regional efforts underway to
encourage dialogue and an immediate end to violence and unrest.14/10/2014WRS01750Shannon Airport
Facilities14/10/2014WRS01800227. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to
Parliamentary Question No. 426 of 7 October 2014, if he will answer the question with regard to the Hercules C130
registration number 16/8074 which landed at Shannon Airport on 30 September 2014, but was at Shannon on 1 October 2014,
in relation to his views that it was not involved in any military operations or exercise, in view of the fact that it was operated
by a reserve marine corps squadron called the Rangers who have been involved in many operations in Libya and Iraq; and if
he will make a statement on the matter. [39184/14]14/10/2014WRS01900Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy
Charles Flanagan): The Shannon Airport Authority has confirmed that no aircraft with the registration number 168074 was at
the Airport on the dates in question. Arrangements under which permission is granted for US military aircraft to land at Irish
airports are governed by strict conditions. These include stipulations that the aircraft must be unarmed, carry no arms,
ammunition or explosives and must not engage in intelligence gathering, and that the flights in question must not form part of
military exercises or operations. Requests to permit the landing of military aircraft are considered by my Department on the
basis of the conditions outlined above.14/10/2014WRS01950Foreign Policy14/10/2014WRS02000228. Deputy Robert
Dowds asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will instruct Irelands ambassador to Pakistan to raise the
concerns of the Irish Government about sexual abuse of boys as reported in a documentary (details supplied); if he will
request the Government of Pakistan to take action to end this abuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39196/14]14/10/2014WRS02100Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Irelands diplomatic
relations with Pakistan are maintained by secondary accreditation via our Embassy in Ankara and I have requested the
Embassy in Ankara to contact colleagues from the EU in Islamabad for further information regarding this report. I would
further add that we continue to work through the mechanisms of the EU and the UN to ensure that human rights are respected
in Pakistan and elsewhere. The EU adopted a 5 year engagement plan with Pakistan in 2012. This plan aims to build a
strategic EU-Pakistan relationship by forging a partnership for peace and development rooted in shared values, principles and
commitments. The EU engages in regular dialogue with Pakistan on human rights and democratic principles, and has called
on the Pakistani authorities, at the highest level, to adopt measures to protect individual and minority rights in line with its
Constitution and with international human rights standards and conventions.At the UN level, Ireland was elected to the UN
Human Rights Council (HRC) for the period 2013-2015 in late 2012. During our term at the HRC, Ireland is working with
partners on a range of issues, including Pakistan, which has also been elected to the HRC for the term 2013-2015. The issue
of the sexual exploitation of children arose during the Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan at the UN Human Rights
Council in 2012. One of the recommendations arising from the Review was that Pakistan should develop a comprehensive
strategy to prevent sexual exploitation of children and their cruel treatment, and that Pakistan should increase criminal
liability for these crimes.Ireland attaches great importance to the fundamental human rights of the child, which was reaffirmed
last month by our ratification of the 3rd Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. At the 27th session of
the Human Rights Council in Geneva last month, Ireland called on all States to ensure that children are protected and are not
subjected to violence or abuse.I was delighted that the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded last week to Malala Yousafzai of
Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India. Both have been exceptional global campaigners for childrens rights and have shown
great courage and commitment in working to ensure that no child should be left behind.I will continue to work with my
international colleagues through the mechanisms of the EU and the UN to ensure that these rights are protected. In addition,
officials in my Department and the Embassy in Ankara will continue to monitor and report on the ongoing situation in
Pakistan.14/10/2014WRT00100Written Answers Nos. 229-24114/10/2014WRT00200Appointments to State
Boards14/10/2014WRT00300229. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will
provide a list of all State board appointments since the 2011 general election; the person who recommended each
appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was publicly advertised; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [39282/14]14/10/2014WRT00400Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): There are no
State Boards operating under the aegis of my Department.14/10/2014WRT00500Northern Ireland Marching
Season14/10/2014WRT00600230. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has raised
concerns to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland regarding her decision to establish a panel relating to parade disputes;
his views that such reviews will undermine the Parades Commission and its remit to make independent determinations; and if
he will make a statement on the matter. [39290/14]14/10/2014WRT00700Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy
Charles Flanagan): Secretary of State Villiers and I met on 7 October to review progress in preparations for all-party talks.
Minister of State Sen Sherlock TD also participated in the meeting. We discussed the key areas for resolution in the
forthcoming talks process and the Secretary of States proposals for a mediation panel on the parade situation in North
Belfast, which had been published earlier that day.I had previously advised the Secretary of State that, to succeed, any
mediation initiative in North Belfast must not undermine the authority of the Parades Commission as the body that makes
lawful determinations in respect of individual parades; must not impede the commencement of wider talks amongst the

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Northern Ireland parties that will address, inter alia, the overall issue of parades; and must secure cross community support,
particularly in the local community directly impacted by the parade in North Belfast. In my discussions with the Secretary of
State on 7 October, I raised in particular her statement regarding the establishment of a mediation process in relation to the
parading situation in North Belfast. I urged the Secretary of State to ensure that, in taking this initiative forward, she now does
everything possible to secure cross-community support, and particularly that it earns the confidence of those directly affected
on the ground by the parading situation at Woodvale and Ardoyne.Successive Governments have emphasised the importance
of dialogue between Parade organisers and local residents. We have also emphasised the need for an independent body, such
as the Parades Commission, making determinations on Parades, the vast majority of which pass off peacefully. The Parades
Commission, as the lawful designated authority, has a very important role in creating a stable framework for the handful of
contentious Parades that remain. The forthcoming Political Talks offer an opportunity for the Northern Ireland Executive
Parties to address the overall Parades situation and other outstanding issues that are preventing Northern Ireland from making
further progress on its journey to a peaceful, prosperous and reconciled society. I look forward to participating in these talks
and the Government stands ready to work with our partners in the British government, and with the active support of the US
Administration, to assist in whatever way we can.14/10/2014WRT00800Northern Ireland Issues14/10/2014WRT00900231.
Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has discussed with members of the Northern
Ireland Executive the violence (details supplied) that erupted in Belfast on 6 and 7 October 2014; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [39291/14]14/10/2014WRT01000Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan):
A pipe bomb device was thrown at a police patrol on the Crumlin Road, North Belfast, early in the morning of 6 October. The
PSNI stated their belief that the pipe bomb, later found outside the front gates of Holy Cross Church in Ardoyne, was
intended to kill police officers. Eight nearby homes were evacuated while Army bomb experts made the device safe.I have
been undertaking intensive consultations with Northern Ireland Party Leaders and with Secretary of State Theresa Villiers MP
in the run up to the forthcoming Political Talks. They all share my abhorrence of such attacks on the police and the wider
community.I visited Holy Cross Church in July and am well aware of the good work carried out there. This helped inform my
immediate public condemnation of this attack. The disruption and trauma which the recent attack imposed on church goers
and others going about their daily business, was an attack on the entire community. My officials remain in contact with the
community affected, including local clergy.I wish to reiterate my support for the Police Service of Northern Ireland, whose
continuing professionalism in the face of many challenges is recognized by all sides of the community. I have urged anyone
with information on this attack to pass it directly to the PSNI.14/10/2014WRT01100Departmental Staff
Rehiring14/10/2014WRT01200232. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of
persons who are on public or Civil Service pensions who have been recruited for work on any basis, permanent or temporary,
under the remit of his Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39549/14]14/10/2014WRT01300Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Details are set out in the
following table of the retired officials of my Department who were re-hired temporarily during the period in question:2012
Grade Position Held Duration Assistant Secretary Passport Appeals Officer Three-year contract from 20 January 2012 to deal
with appeals as and when they arise (resigned from the position on 25 April 2014) Deputy Secretary Tnaistes Special
Representative in connection with Irelands Chairmanship of the OSCE, 2012 Contract for a maximum of 30 weeks spread
over the twelve months of 2012 Assistant Secretary To assist in the preparation of files for the National Archives Contract for
a maximum of 10 weeks spread over the twelve months of 2012 Counsellor To assist in preparations for the Irish Presidency
of the European Union in January June 2013 Contract from 1 May 2012 to 30 June 2013 First Secretary Embassy Canberra
(temporarily filling vacant post) Contract from December 2012 to March 2013 2013 Grade Position Held Duration Assistant
Secretary To assist in the preparation of files for the National Archives Contract for a maximum of 10 weeks spread over the
twelve months of 2013 2014 Grade Position Held Duration Assistant Secretary To assist in the preparation of files for the
National Archives Contract for a maximum of 10 weeks spread over the twelve months of 2014 Counsellor Passport Appeals
Officer Three-year contract from 4 April 2014 to deal with appeals as and when they arise Senior Development Specialist To
assist with a Consular Services project Contract for an initial 3 month period in 2014 Two retired civil servants, with previous
service in other Departments, were given short-term Temporary Clerical Officer contracts in the Passport Office during 2012
and 2013.From time to time, a number of retired Public Sector officials and retired Civil Servants from other Departments are
engaged to assist on interview boards in my Department.My Departments Development Cooperation Division also
occasionally engages a small number of retired staff for short-duration specialist consultancy projects connected with the
activities of Irish Aid.The policy of my Department regarding the re-engagement of retired officials is to do so to the
minimum extent possible. However, for certain once-off or short-duration projects, it is more productive and cost-effective to
re-engage retired staff who already have the relevant expertise and experience than to go through a time-consuming and
relatively expensive recruitment, induction and training process. Where it occurs, retired staff are usually re-engaged on a
pension abatement basis, which means in effect that they continue to receive their pensions and are paid correspondingly
reduced salaries by the Department. 14/10/2014WRT01400Student Support Schemes14/10/2014WRT01500233. Deputy
Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will reverse the cut in the grant in respect of students
(details supplied) who must spend a period of time in a Gaeltacht; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38897/14]14/10/2014WRT01600281. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills her views on a
matter (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39273/14]14/10/2014WRT01700Minister for

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Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 233 and 281 together.The decision to abolish
the Gaeltacht Placement grants, from September 2012, has to be viewed in the context of the prevailing requirement to reduce
costs and achieve efficiencies where possible. Priority was given to protecting resources for front line education services as far
as possible in the coming years, which is especially challenging with rising numbers of school-going children.The decision to
abolish the grants was not taken lightly, and it has to be viewed in the context of the prevailing requirement to reduce costs
and achieve efficiencies where possible. The changes to the gaeltacht placement grant were publicised in advance of
implementation so that students would be aware of the new arrangements before embarking on Initial Teacher Education
programmes.To assist with the costs of the Gaeltacht placement, students who are in receipt of a student grant which includes
a 100% fee grant, or who would have qualified for a full fee grant but for the Free Fees Schemes, can apply for funding
towards travel and accommodation costs under the field trip element of a fee grant, subject to the normal terms and conditions
of the scheme. Apart from the student grant system, in circumstances of particular need students may apply for support under
the Student Assistance Fund. Information in relation to this fund is available through the Access Officer in the third level
institution attended.I can appreciate that supporting a student through third level education can be challenging. However, I am
not in a position to reinstate funding to this area.14/10/2014WRT01800School Transport
Eligibility14/10/2014WRT01900234. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position
regarding transport needs in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry [38930/14]14/10/2014WRT02000Minister
of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Damien English): Since the introduction of the incidental transport
facility for Youthreach learners in 1997, significant changes have occurred with regard to both the cost and scope of the
School Transport Scheme itself, and in general with regard to child protection requirements / guidelines.Given the age of the
individual at the date of the commencement of his Youthreach course, the individual does not meet the criteria for availing of
transport on a concessionary basis.The terms of the scheme are being applied equitably on a national basis.
14/10/2014WRT02100Minor Works Scheme Expenditure14/10/2014WRT02200235. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the
Minister for Education and Skills her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the minor works grant; and if she will
make a statement on the matter. [38874/14]14/10/2014WRT02300Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan):
Circular Letter 0062/2013 which was published as the Minor Works Grant for the school year 2013/2014 issued last
November states the grant will only be paid in future years as funding permits. The focus under the Infrastructure and
Capital Investment Programme 2012-2016 is on meeting the demand for additional school places. Consequently, there is no
funding provided at this time in the 2014 capital allocation for the payment of a Minor Works Grant.I am aware that whenever
my Department is in a position to issue a Minor Works Grant (to all primary schools with permanent recognition) that it is
welcomed by school communities and management bodies including the school in question as a valuable contribution towards
the cost of maintaining school infrastructure.14/10/2014WRT02400Childhood Obesity14/10/2014WRT02500236. Deputy
Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the recommendations for actions in the education
system contained in the new Royal College of Physicians of Ireland policy statement on obesity here; the measures she will
implement on the matter of obesity (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38880/14]14/10/2014WRT02600Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): The policy statement by the
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland contains a number of recommendations relevant to the education sector. I welcome the
fact that a number of these recommendations relate to initiatives that are already being supported by my Department.These
include the continued support for the expansion of the Active Schools Flag initiative, which is funded by my Department with
support from the Health Service Executive. At present, there are 1,343 schools registered for the programme. Some 422
schools (391 primary and 31 post primary) have already been awarded their flags.The report also recommends the expansion
of the Health Promoting Schools Initiative to include more primary and post-primary schools. The results of the last Lifeskills
survey, published by my Department in January 2014, indicated that 40% of primary and 37% of post primary schools are
participating in this initiative. My Department will be cooperating with the Department of Health and the HSE to encourage
more schools to participate in the future.A further recommendation relates to the promotion of healthier food options in post
primary schools. My Department is currently developing guidance for schools on this issue in conjunction with the
Department of Health and the HSE.My Department is also involved in a number of other initiatives to improve physical
activity and thereby contribute to tackling obesity. These include the development of the National Physical Activity Plan
which is being led by the Departments of Health and Children, a Get Active pilot initiative in schools in Galway, Mayo and
Dublin, and the Points for Life initiative which aims to promote physical literacy and motor skills in children from a young
age so as to help tackle childhood obesity and promote participation in sport. These initiatives complement the continued
focus on the implementation of Physical Education in all schools, as well as the provision of appropriate information to
students, through the Social Personal and Health Education programme in particular, to enable them to make healthy food and
lifestyle choices.The policy statement by the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland recognises that obesity is a societal
problem and that it needs a society wide response. My Department is committed to ensuring that the education system
promotes healthy living and overall well-being among the student population. However, these efforts must be complemented
and supported by other major stakeholders such as parents, the media and the wider community.
14/10/2014WRT02700Student Assistance Fund14/10/2014WRT02800237. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for
Education and Skills the reason the student assistance fund is not available in certain third level institutes (details supplied) in
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caused to students as a result; if she will extend the student assistance scheme to cover all third level institutions; and if she
will make a statement on the matter. [38890/14]14/10/2014WRT02900Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): The Student Assistance Fund is allocated annually to the universities, the institutes of technology, the colleges of
education and a number of other recurrently-funded higher education institutions. The objective of the Fund is to provide
financial assistance to full-time undergraduate or postgraduate students in need of such support. The Fund is intended to
support students whose participation in higher education would otherwise be at risk as a direct result of financial difficulties.
The Student Assistance Fund, which co-financed by the European Social Fund under Irelands Human Capital Investment
Operational Programme is allocated to higher education institutions that are recurrently funded by the HEA or my
Department. As St. Patricks College Thurles is not recurrently funded, it is not eligible for an allocation under the Fund.
Financial support for students is delivered in a number of guises, not least through the Free Fees Scheme and the Student
Grant. Four undergraduate courses in St. Patricks College Thurles are approved for both Free Fees and the Student Grant.
These are: BA (Hons) in Education, Business Studies & Religious Studies Programme [4 years] BA (Hons) in Education,
Irish & Religious Studies [4 years] BA (Hons) in Education, Business Studies and Accounting [4 years] BA (Hons) in
Education, Irish and Business Studies [4 years]It is considered good practice that institutions not in receipt of the Student
Assistance Fund would, nevertheless, operate a hardship Fund to enable financial support to be provided to students in limited
circumstances. 14/10/2014WRT03000Departmental Funding14/10/2014WRT03100238. Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the
Minister for Education and Skills if she will review the funding of a centre (details supplied) in County Cork; if she will put in
place a funding structure that will ensure the long-term viability of the centre in order that it may continue to deliver
educational opportunities for teenagers outside of a formal school setting; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38904/14]14/10/2014WRT03200Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): I am aware of the difficult
situation in which the centre in question finds itself in which arises from the decision of its main funder to withdrawal
financial support.In 2014 my Department will provide 968 teacher co-operation hours, under the Co-operation Hours Scheme
operated by the local Education and Training Board (ETB), and non-pay funding of 47,500, to the centre.This Government
is committed to addressing educational disadvantage and while services such as this centre meet a particular demand, it is also
important to reflect on the significant additional targeted resources which are deployed for the purpose of combating
educational disadvantage and early school leaving. These include intensive literacy and numeracy programmes, out-of-school,
after school and holiday time supports as well as special needs supports provided to assist young people at risk. It should be
noted that there has been a substantial expansion of these initiatives since the establishment of this facility in 1996.The major
budgetary pressures within my Department place significant constraints on its capacity to support existing programmes and,
consequently, given the significant range of educational disadvantage interventions already supported by my Department,
there is no scope to meet a request for additional funding for this organisation beyond the level of support currently
allocated.The Educational Welfare Services of the Child and Family Agency, TUSLA, which has a statutory remit in relation
to school attendance, can provide assistance to parents or guardians in finding appropriate educational placements for all
children including those currently in the centre which is the subject of this question.14/10/2014WRT03300Work Placement
Programmes14/10/2014WRT03400239. Deputy Jonathan OBrien asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to
Parliamentary Question No. 88 of 7 May 2014, if this information was ever received by her Department from the Department
of Social Protection; and if she will provide this information. [38926/14]14/10/2014WRT03500Minister for Education and
Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): Information in regard to WPP numbers was received from the Department of Social
Protection and forwarded to the Deputy on 24 June 2014. I have asked my Department to forward a copy of the letter to the
Deputy. 14/10/2014WRT03600Site Acquisitions14/10/2014WRT03700240. Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for
Education and Skills if there has been further progress in securing a site for a school (details supplied) in County Cork; if the
project is still on target to go to construction in 2015/2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38935/14]14/10/2014WRT03800Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): The conveyancing process for
the site intended to provide for the new school building referred to by the Deputy is currently underway and my officials are
working to ensure that the process is completed as soon as possible.Once the site acquisition is completed, my Department
will be in contact with the relevant school authorities in relation to the progression of the school building project.
14/10/2014WRT03900Teaching Qualifications14/10/2014WRT04000241. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Education
and Skills if her attention has been drawn to the refusal by her Department to facilitate a diploma in education in Sherkin
Island national school; if this has been the case in the past; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38936/14]14/10/2014WRT04100Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): The Teaching Council is the
body with statutory authority, under the Teaching Council Act 2001, for establishing procedures and criteria for the probation
of teachers. All primary teachers must complete their probation successfully before they can achieve full registration with the
Teaching Council. As part of the probationary process, at the request of the Teaching Council, the Inspectorate of my
Department evaluates the professional competence of primary teachers. The conditions under which teachers are eligible for
probation are outlined by the Teaching Council.Newly qualified teachers, including those who are availing of JobBridge in
order to complete probation, are expected to teach a mainstream class usually consisting of a minimum of 10 pupils. This
class size will enable inspectors to evaluate the teachers ability to manage a mainstream class. It was brought to the attention
of the Inspectorate in August 2014, that teachers availing of JobBridge who had applied for inspection visits for the purpose
of probation were in some instances given responsibility for a very small number of pupils. The Inspectorate consulted with

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the Teaching Council and it was agreed that teachers availing of JobBridge should have full responsibility for the minimum of
10 pupils in order to ensure that inspectors could evaluate their ability to manage a full mainstream class.This information was
placed on the website of Limerick Education Centre, which administers details of probationary teachers, following the
consultation. Any teacher availing of JobBridge, who applied to Limerick Education Centre for inspection visits for the
purpose of probation after the information was placed on the website, was subject to the condition that they were responsible
for a minimum of 10 pupils. Therefore, not all schools or teaching assignments provide a suitable setting for probation
evaluation to take place in line with the Teaching Councils current requirements.14/10/2014WRU00100Written Answers
Nos. 242-25414/10/2014WRU00200Student Grant Scheme Eligibility14/10/2014WRU00300242. Deputy Pat Breen asked
the Minister for Education and Skills if she will review the eligibility for qualification for a special rate-third level grant to
facilitate couples (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38946/14]14/10/2014WRU00400Minister
for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): To qualify for the special rate of grant an applicant must meet the following
conditions:a. Reckonable income must not exceed 22,703. b. On the 31st December of the relevant period the reckonable
income must include an eligible long-term social welfare payment prescribed under the scheme. In the case of a student
whose parents are divorced, legally separated or it is established to the satisfaction of the awarding authority that they are
separated, the reckonable income shall be that of the applicant and the parent with whom the applicant resides. The income of
a parents partner who is not a legal guardian is not included in determining reckonable income. Where the reckonable income
does not include a long-term social welfare payment, as listed in the Student Grant Scheme, the special rate of grant is not
payable. I have no plans at present to change the criteria in relation to persons whose income is considered in determining
reckonable income for student grant purposes.14/10/2014WRU00500Minor Works Scheme
Restoration14/10/2014WRU00600243. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Education and Skills if it is her intention
to have a minor works scheme available to all primary schools in 2015; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38960/14]14/10/2014WRU00700Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): Circular Letter 0062/2013
which was published as the Minor Works Grant for the school year 2013/2014 issued last November states the grant will
only be paid in future years as funding permits. The focus under the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Programme 2012-
2016 is on meeting the demand for additional school places. Consequently, there is no funding provided at this time in the
2014 capital allocation for the payment of a Minor Works Grant in respect of the 2014/2015 school
year.14/10/2014WRU00800Cirocht Scoile14/10/2014WRU00900244. Dfhiafraigh Deputy Pearse Doherty den an Aire
Oideachais agus Scileanna an bhfuil s ar an eolas faoin drochstaid ina bhfuil scoil i gContae Dhn na nGall (sonra curtha ar
fil) faoi lthair agus faoin drochbhail at ar an mhrchuid den trealamh, rud at ag cruth deacrachta mra dfhoireann agus
do dhalta na scoile; an mbeidh an Roinn ag cur aon tacaocht airgeadais bhreise ar fil chun dul i ngleic leis na deacrachta;
agus an ndanfaidh s riteas ina thaobh. [38972/14]14/10/2014WRU01000Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): Mar is eol don Teachta, is is cuspir thar gach n eile ag mo Roinnse n a chinnti go mbonn rochtain ag gach
piste ar ionad fisiciil scoile agus go mbonn ar chumas r gcras scoile fnamh ar lonta madaitheacha dalta. D bhr sin, i
bhfianaise na sriantachta airgeadais a thagann n riachtanas seo, mar at leagtha amach sa Phlean Chig Bliana, t s
riachtanach tosaocht a thabhairt, agus an maoini at ar fil scaipeadh, dionaid bhunriachtanacha breise scoile a sholthar
chun freastal ar an ileamh dimeagrafach. Nl an scoil i gceist i gceantar ina bhfuil fs dimeagrafach sainaitheanta. In
ainneoin a bhfuil thuas, is fidir liom a dheimhni go bhfuair an scoil d dtagraonn an Teachta maoini suntasach faoi Scim
Oibreacha igeandla agus Scim Oibreacha Samhraidh mo Roinne le blianta beaga anuas, agus gur leithdhileadh breis is
87,000 ar an scoil i gcomhair oibreacha ar a n-irodh don nua a chur in it chuid den don a bh uirthi agus oibreacha eile a
dhanamh ar an don, coire nua a chur in it an choire a bh inti, fuinneoga agus doirse nua a chur inti, cairpid agus dallga a
sholthar agus oibreacha a dhanamh ar chls na scoile. Nos dana ars, chomh maith, tar is do phost breise promhshrutha
rangsheomra bheith ceadaithe, leithdhil mo Roinn maoini ar an scoil i gceist i gcomhair posa scaoilte troscin. Is ceadaithe
ddaris na scoile iarratas i gcomhair Oibreacha igeandla a chur faoi bhrid ms rud go measann siad go dteastaonn aon
oibreacha eile gur den phrinn ar fad iad. Maidir le breithni a dhanamh ar iarratas i gcomhair Oibreacha igeandla, n mr
a chur in il ddaris na scoile gurb promhchuspir na Scime Oibreacha igeandla n a chinnti go mbonn maoini ar
fil doibreacha prinneacha ag na scoileanna is m a dteastaonn acmhainn uathu de bharr cid igeandla. Is ard is
igeandil ann n cs ina bhfuil baol lithreach ann don tslinte, don bheatha, dairnis n don chomhshaol, at tobann, gan
choinne agus a mbeadh beart ag teastil lithreach d bharr, n cs, thaobh scoile de, a bheadh ina chis leis an scoil n cuid
di gan a bheith ar oscailt mura gcuirf i gceart . Is fidir teacht ar shonra faoin Scim, mar aon le foirm iarratais ar chabhair
dheontais, ar shuomh grasin mo Roinne ag www.education.ie. Is ceadaithe ddaris na scoile chomh maith iarratas a chur
isteach ar mhaoini chun troscn agus trealamh breise a sholthar ar bhonn leannach de rir mar is g leo
iad.14/10/2014WRU01100School Uniforms14/10/2014WRU01200245. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for
Education and Skills the follow-up regarding her Departments reducing costs to parents of school uniforms under Circular
No. 63/2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38985/14]14/10/2014WRU01300246. Deputy Michael
McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the findings of her Departments reducing costs to parents of schools
uniforms Circular No. 63/2013; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [38986/14]14/10/2014WRU01400247. Deputy
Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an update on action taken by her
Department to address school uniform costs; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
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Nos. 245 to 247, inclusive, together.I wish to advise the Deputy that the school uniform policy is a matter for each individual
school and not my Department. The initiative late last year was aimed at strengthening the role of parents in how schools
decide their policies on uniforms. As part of the initiative in question, schools were requested to ballot parents on school
uniform policy. This move was aimed at giving parents a much greater say on what if any uniforms a school should have and
in turn to tackle the high costs of some uniforms.The Deputy will be aware that I intend to bring forward proposals for a
Parent and Student Charter.This issue may need to be considered in the context of developing the Charter that each will be
obliged to have. An important aspect of the Charter will be how parents receive information and feedback on the operation of
school policies and how parents concerns are addressed.14/10/2014WRU01600School Funding14/10/2014WRU01700248.
Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the strategy to address the issue of voluntary
contributions in primary and secondary schools here; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38988/14]14/10/2014WRU01800Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): Apart from those recognised
fee-charging second level schools, recognised primary and post primary schools are precluded from charging school fees.
Voluntary contributions by parents are permissible provided it is made absolutely clear to parents that there is no question of
compulsion to pay and that, in making a contribution, they are doing so of their own volition.It is not my Departments policy
to prohibit the practice of schools seeking contributions from parents so long as it is made absolutely clear that the
contributions concerned are voluntary. I have no plans to alter this position provided schools ensure that the contributions are
sought in a manner that makes this clear to all concerned. It is also important that schools are cognisant of the financial
pressures being experienced by many parents and that such fund-raising is carried out in a manner that is sensitive to these
difficulties. The Deputy will be aware that the Government gave approval in March of this year for drafting the Education
(Admissions to Schools) Bill 2014 and the General Scheme has since been referred to the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel
to the Government for drafting. The aim in bringing forward legislative proposals in relation to school admission is to
improve the admissions process and to ensure that the way schools decide on applications is structured, fair and transparent.
The legislative proposals will, inter alia, prohibit the charging of any fees or contributions as part of the school admission
process.I also believe that schools need to be accountable to parents and we need greater levels of communication,
engagement and transparency in how schools serve their communities. Better information for parents, including information
in relation to the collection and use of voluntary contributions, is an issue that I will be looking at in the context of my
Departments work on developing plans for a Parents and Students Charter.14/10/2014WRU01900Student Grant Scheme
Eligibility14/10/2014WRU02000249. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the financial
supports available for a mature student working full time; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38989/14]14/10/2014WRU02100Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): Under the terms of the student
grant scheme, grant assistance is awarded to students who meet the prescribed conditions of funding including those which
relate to nationality, residency, approved course, previous academic attainment and means. Under my Departments student
grant scheme, eligible candidates may receive funding provided they are attending an approved course at an approved
institution, an approved course is defined as a full-time undergraduate course of at least two years duration or a full-time
postgraduate course of not less than one year duration pursued in an approved institution.Students in third-level institutions
experiencing exceptional financial need can apply for support under the Student Assistance Fund. This Fund assists students,
in a sensitive and compassionate manner, who might otherwise be unable to continue their third level studies due to their
financial circumstancesInformation on the fund is available through the Access Officer in the third level institution attended.
The fund is administered on a confidential, discretionary basis. In addition to the student grant, tax relief at the standard rate
of tax may be claimed in respect of tuition fees paid for approved courses at approved colleges of higher education. Further
information on this tax relief is available from the Revenue Commissioners on www.revenue.ie 14/10/2014WRU02200Fee
Paying Schools14/10/2014WRU02300250. Deputy Ciarn Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will
respond to the concerns raised by a person (details supplied) in County Cork regarding the fee-charging schools; and if she
will make a statement on the matter. [38993/14]14/10/2014WRU02400Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): I wish to inform the Deputy that I have been in discussions with all the education partners, which included Pre-
Budget matters.I met with the Joint Managerial Body which represents all voluntary secondary schools, including fee
charging schools.I received their Pre-Budget 2015 submissions, which covered the matters raised by the Deputy. The Deputy
will appreciate that I cannot at this stage anticipate any specific decisions the Government may take in the next
Budget.14/10/2014WRU02500School Staffing14/10/2014WRU02600251. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister
for Education and Skills her plans to reinstate the third teacher in a school (details supplied) in County Roscommon, in view
of the fact that they currently have an enrolment of 56 pupils the number needed for a three teacher school and in view of the
fact that they were only one pupil short, based on last years enrolment; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38994/14]14/10/2014WRU02700Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): The key factor for determining
the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level is the staffing schedule for the relevant school year and pupil
enrolments on the previous 30th September. The staffing process also includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit an
appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board. Circular 0007/2014, which is available on the Department
website, sets out the staffing and appeals process for the 2014/15 school year.The school referred to by the Deputy has
submitted an appeal to the Primary Staffing Appeals Board. The Appeals Board will meet later this month and the school will
be notified of the Boards decision in due course. The Appeals Board operates independently of the Minister and the

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Department and its decision is final.14/10/2014WRU02800Access to Higher Education14/10/2014WRU02900252. Deputy


Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the criteria that allow for the provision of an access officer in a third
level institution or college; the reasons an access officer is not available in all colleges including smaller colleges, bearing in
mind the crucial financial assistance provided by an access officer to students; if she will provide a list of the colleges that
have an access officer and those that do not; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38997/14]14/10/2014WRU03000Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): Each institution in receipt of
exchequer funding, whether through the HEA or through the higher education grants scheme, is required to develop and
implement a plan to support access by economically or socially disadvantaged people, people with disabilities and people
from sections of society significantly under-represented in the student body. This has been a requirement under legislation for
the universities and constituent colleges since the Universities Act 1997, for the Institutes of Technology since 2006 and for
other institutions approved under the higher education grants scheme since the Student Support Act 2011. In addition, the
Disability Act 2005 (section 26), requires the head of each public body, including education institutions, to authorise at least
one member of staff to co-ordinate the provision of assistance and guidance to persons with disabilities in accessing the
services provided by that body. An access element of the HEA funding allocation model recognises performance by each
institution in relation to access and supports those institutions in developing an appropriate infrastructure to support
participation by students from target groups in the national access plan. These groups include students from socio-
economically disadvantaged backgrounds, those with disabilities and mature new entrants to higher education. Each of the 26
HEA funded institutions has at least one access officer or another designated person with responsibility for this area of policy
and practice. Student Assistance Funding is managed on behalf of the Department by the Higher Education Authority. This
fund is administered on a local basis by thirty-one participating higher education institutions to those students who are most in
need. Each participating institution is advised of its individual allocation in advance of the academic year in order to facilitate
timely planning and disbursement to students. The HEA approved an allocation for the Student Assistance Fund for the
2014/15 academic year of 6.6m.The table details the Higher Education Authority (HEA) designated institutions with access
officers. Higher Education Institution Universities Dublin City University National University of Ireland, Galway National
University of Ireland, Maynooth Trinity College Dublin University College Cork University College Dublin University of
Limerick Institutes of Technology Athlone IT Cork IT Dublin Institute of Technology Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design
and Technology (IADT) Dundalk IT Galway-Mayo IT IT Blanchardstown IT Carlow IT Sligo IT Tallaght IT Tralee
Letterkenny IT Limerick IT Waterford IT Other HEA colleges of higher education Mary Immaculate College Mater Dei
Institute National College of Art and Design St. Patricks College Drumcondra RSCI St Angelas College
14/10/2014WRU03100Special Educational Needs Service Provision14/10/2014WRU03200253. Deputy Brian Stanley asked
the Minister for Education and Skills if every child with Downs syndrome who started school in September 2014 will receive
full resource hours and access to a full-time or part-time special needs assistant. [39016/14]14/10/2014WRU03300Minister
for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): I wish to advise the Deputy that all children with Down syndrome will
have access to resource teaching support for the coming year, either through a schools General Allocation Model, if the child
has Mild General Learning Difficulties, or via an allocation made to schools by the National Council for Special Education
(NCSE), if the child is in the low incidence special educational needs range, as defined by my Departments Circular
02/05.The NCSE report on Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs in Schools has now been published and is
available on the NCSE website www.ncse.ie. The report recommends that under a new resource allocation model proposed by
the NCSE, children should be allocated additional resources in line with their level of need, rather than by disability category.
The NCSE report states that the NCSE is confident that the introduction of a new allocation model will overcome the
difficulty posed by all children with Mild General Learning Disabilities, including children with Down syndrome, who have
additional difficulties and who can be supported according to their level of need and in line with their learning plan process. In
the meantime, schools are reminded that they can differentiate the level of learning support granted to ensure that available
resources are used to support children in line with their needs. I wish to advise the Deputy also that schools may apply to the
NCSE for Special Needs Assistant (SNA) support for children with special educational needs who have care needs in schools,
in accordance with the criteria set out in my Departments Circular 0030/2014 on the SNA scheme. Many children with Down
syndrome receive access to SNA support in schools. I must advise, however, that SNA support is provided on the basis of the
assessed care needs of individual children as opposed to being allocated automatically on the basis of a particular disability
diagnosis. Schools who wish to make applications for SNA support to the NCSE for children with special educational needs
for the current school year may continue to make such applications to the NCSE. 14/10/2014WRU03400Bullying in
Schools14/10/2014WRU03500254. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if anti-bullying and
suicide prevention numbers were published on post-primary school homework journals in 2014; and if she will make a
statement on the matter. [39050/14]14/10/2014WRU03600Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan):
Homework journals are generally used by pupils every day and can therefore be a useful mechanism for schools to
communicate important information to pupils in relation in relation to matters such as anti-bullying, mental health and suicide
prevention. However, my Department has not prescribed that schools must use such journals or that they should contain
specific information. The Deputy may be aware that my Department, along with the Department of Health and the HSE,
jointly published Well-Being in Post- Primary Schools: Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention in
2013. The guidelines provide practical advice to post-primary schools on how they can promote mental health and well-being

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in an integrated manner within the school environment. The Guidelines build on the significant work already taking place in
schools, including through the Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE) curriculum, the whole-school guidance plan,
the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) continuum of support model and the HSE Health Promoting Schools
Process. Information is also provided on how to access support from the SPHE Support Service and other external agencies
and support services.The Deputy will also be aware that new anti-bullying procedures for all primary and post primary
schools were published at the beginning of the 2013/14 school year. The purpose of these procedures is to give direction and
guidance to school authorities and school personnel in preventing and tackling school-based bullying behaviour amongst its
pupils. In that regard, the procedures recognise that a positive school culture and climate is the cornerstone for preventing
bullying and the procedures contain provide practical tips for building such a positive culture and climate. Under the
procedures, the Board of Management must also ensure that the schools anti-bullying policy is regularly highlighted and
promoted on a school-wide basis with particular attention being given to incoming pupils and their parents. The procedures
are not prescriptive in relation to how this should be done and it is open to schools to do so in the manner that best suits their
individual circumstances.14/10/2014WRV00100Written Answers Nos. 255-26614/10/2014WRV00150School
Curriculum14/10/2014WRV00200255. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position
regarding the teaching of maths in Irish schools (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[39060/14]14/10/2014WRV00300Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): At both primary and post
primary, literacy and numeracy have been prioritised as key skills for all students. Complementing the Literacy and Numeracy
Strategy (2011) has been the recent implementation of new specifications in mathematics at junior and senior cycle - known
locally as Project Maths.The reform of post primary Mathematics began in 24 schools in September 2008 and was rolled
out, on a phased basis, to all mainstream second level schools from September 2010.This reform was accompanied by an
intensive programme of continuous professional development for teachers, provided by the Project Maths Development
Team. The team was established in 2008 and has since then provided professional development supports to approximately
6,000 Post-Primary teachers of mathematics. Supports include the facilitation of workshops, a national conference, the
development of resources to support both teachers and students, the provision of modular courses in ICT and content, and the
creation and maintenance of web-based support.In addition, a two year part-time Professional Diploma in Mathematics for
Teaching (Level 8) is being run by the NCE-MSTL consortium. Some 280 teachers completed the programme and are
expected to graduate in 2014. A second cohort of 270 teachers are participating on the programme which began in September
2013, and 240 teachers are participating in the 3rd round of the course from September 2014.These two major commitments
were prioritised so as to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in post-primary mathematics. The new Junior Cycle and
Leaving Certificate specifications for mathematics are now being implemented in all post-primary schools. In line with a
commitment in the national literacy and numeracy strategy, the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) has
initiated a review of the primary maths curriculum. The revision of the curriculum will be on a phased basis, with the initial
focus being on the development of a revised mathematics curriculum for children in the first four years of primary school,
from junior infants to second class inclusive. In order to inform the revision of the Maths curriculum, two research reports on
childrens mathematics learning and development in primary school have been commissioned by the NCCA. These reports
will be launched on 24 November at a conference entitled Developing Mathematical ideas with children aged 3-8.
14/10/2014WRV00350State Examinations Reviews14/10/2014WRV00400256. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister
for Education and Skills if she will provide an update regarding plans to abolish the junior certificate; and if she will make a
statement on the matter. [39061/14]14/10/2014WRV00500Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): As the
deputy will be aware, the reformed Junior Cycle is being introduced on a phased basis beginning with English this year. Just
under 90% of English teachers have attended the first day of CPD. A further 172 English teachers have attended elective
workshops in their own time. By any standards this is a very high level of take-up and is amongst the highest rate of
attendance at Departmental provided CPD.Since I have come into office I have met with parent, teacher and school
management representatives and discussed Junior Cycle reform with all these groups. At my invitation, the teacher unions
have outlined to me their concerns in relation to aspects of the proposed reforms. In doing so, the unions underlined teacher
support for the reforms that will lead to better quality teaching and learning experiences and thence outcomes for students I
am currently considering the concerns which were raised by teacher representatives, and what different forms of engagement
might be considered to facilitate an overall agreement. I look forward to meeting with the teaching unions again later this
month, to further progress these discussions. 14/10/2014WRV00550Schools Inspections14/10/2014WRV00600257. Deputy
Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding school inspections (details supplied); and
if she will make a statement on the matter. [39064/14]14/10/2014WRV00700Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): The Inspectorate of my Department uses a range of inspection models in primary and post-primary schools and
centres for education including short unannounced inspections, inspections of the provision for specific subjects and the work
of subject departments, and a number of whole-school type evaluations. This ensures that inspection may be tailored to suit
the particular circumstances and needs of the school and its learners, that broad coverage of the school system is achieved,
and that inspection resources may be effectively deployed. Some inspections may be relatively short and focused exclusively
on classroom practice, while at other times it may be appropriate to spend a longer time in the school to examine additional
aspects of the work of the school, including its leadership and management. In 2013, the Inspectorate conducted over 700
unannounced inspections in primary and post-primary schools and over 950 announced inspections. In addition, inspectors

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conducted unannounced visits to almost 2,000 teachers on probation. Notification periods for the announced inspections
ranged in length from 2 days to 3 weeks depending on the inspection model. It is necessary to give advance notice to schools
where whole-school type inspections and subject inspections are being carried out in order to allow for the scheduling of
meetings between the inspectors and important groups in the school such as the parents association, the members of the board
of management, the in-school management teams and specific groups of teachers such as those with dedicated responsibility
for special educational needs and subject department personnel. Some advance notice is also necessary when inspectors
require schools to make available certain records and other information about the school during subject, programme and
whole-school type inspections. The Inspectorate is engaging in a continuing programme of reform and development of the
range of inspection models that it employs, in fulfilment of its role under section 13 of the Education Act 1998. In 2013, for
example, it introduced a new model of unannounced inspections of High Support Units and Children Detention Centres and in
recent years it has reduced the notice period for some other types of inspections. It will continue to review the types of
inspection models it deploys and the notification period for each model on a regular basis. 14/10/2014WRV00750Residential
Institutions Statutory Fund Board14/10/2014WRV00800258. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Education and
Skills if she will provide a TD representative contact line for Caranua; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[39114/14]14/10/2014WRV00900Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): Caranua, the Residential
Institutions Statutory Fund Board, is an independent statutory body established pursuant to the Residential Institutions
Statutory Fund Act 2012. The processing of individual applications and related administrative issues are matters for Caranua
itself and I have no role in the process. I understand from enquiries made of Caranua that it receives only a small number of
queries from TDs and that this volume of queries does not at the moment justify incurring the additional costs that would be
associated with putting in place a dedicated contact line for TDs.14/10/2014WRV00950Residential Institutions Statutory
Fund Board14/10/2014WRV01000259. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if Caranua will
provide home help and fuel for a person in County Cork who will gain nothing from the other services that they offer; and if
she will make a statement on the matter. [39116/14]14/10/2014WRV01100Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): Caranua published its criteria and guidelines and commenced accepting applications in January of this year. Its
guidelines are set out in the booklet Applying for Services from Ireland Information and guidelines for making an
application which is available to download from www.caranua.ie. Caranua has advised that all applications are considered in
the context of the legislation and the published guidelines and that individuals who have queries and concerns over what they
can apply for should contact Caranua using the Freephone number 1800 212 477 and speak with an Application
Advisor.14/10/2014WRV01150Schools Building Contractors14/10/2014WRV01200260. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the
Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an update on the work of the departmental body established to investigate
the work practices of contractors who are building schools and other departmental projects; and if she will make a statement
on the matter. [39118/14]14/10/2014WRV01300Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): My Department
has not established a Departmental body to investigate the work practices of contractors who are building schools and other
Departmental projects. I assume the Deputy is referring to my Departments appointment of Contractors Administration
Services (CAS) in April 2013 following a tender competition to conduct random audits on school building projects in order to
verify compliance with the relevant Pay and Conditions clauses in the Public Works Contracts. To date CAS has completed 16
audits on school/college construction sites with 1 audit on-going. As a result of these audits, information in relation to 5
projects have been referred to the Revenue Commissioners, 1 to the Department of Social and Family Affairs and 1 to
National Employment Rights Authority (NERA). The remaining audits required no further action.CAS are continuing to
conduct audits on school and college building projects and should irregularities be uncovered in terms of non-compliance
with employment law, enforcement and prosecution falls under the remit of NERA. If an audit uncovers any other matters of
concern regarding tax compliance or social welfare fraud, such matters will be referred to either the Revenue Commissioners
and/or the Department of Social Protection as appropriate.14/10/2014WRV01350Industrial
Disputes14/10/2014WRV01400261. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an
update on the actions her Department has taken to help resolve the industrial dispute on the construction site of a college
(details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[39119/14]14/10/2014WRV01500Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): School building projects which
are funded from public monies, including the school project in question, are required to use the forms of contract provided
under the Capital Works Management Framework which includes a suite of public works contracts, standard conditions of
engagement, model forms, suitability assessment questionnaires and guidance notes published by the Office of Government
Procurement (OGP). The OGP is an office within the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform which has been tasked
with centralising public sector procurement arrangements for common goods and services.A building project is a complex
arrangement of contractual relationships between the client, the main contractor, specialist sub-contractors, domestic sub-
contractors, suppliers of materials, suppliers of plant etc. In general all sub-contractors employed on education sector building
projects are employed directly by the Main Contractor or indirectly by the Main Contractor through other sub-contractors. It is
a matter for all sub-contractors to agree terms and conditions and a schedule of payments with the Main Contractor as their
direct employer.Dublin and Dn Laoghaire Education and Training Board is the Client/Employer under the Contract for the
particular project to which the Deputy refers. While my Department is the funding authority for the project, it is not a party to
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however I would encourage all parties involved in the dispute, to use the appropriate industrial relations channels to resolve
this current matter. 14/10/2014WRV01550School Transport Provision14/10/2014WRV01600262. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae
asked the Minister for Education and Skills her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding childrens transport needs to a
school in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39120/14]14/10/2014WRV01700Minister of State at
the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy Damien English): The Deputy will be aware that Bus ireann is responsible
for the planning and timetabling of school transport routes. Bus ireann endeavours, within available resources, to ensure that
each eligible child has a reasonable level of school transport service in the context of the Scheme nationally.Bus ireann has
advised that the set down point at Fair Field is the only suitable turning point for buses serving the school in
question.14/10/2014WRV01750School Accommodation14/10/2014WRV01800263. Deputy Brian Walsh asked the Minister
for Education and Skills if she will provide an update in relation to an application by a school (details supplied) in County
Galway for the replacement of prefabs with a permanent building. [39152/14]14/10/2014WRV01900Minister for Education
and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): I can confirm to the Deputy that the schools in question submitted major capital
applications for extension/refurbishment to my Department.My Department has been liaising with the school authorities
regarding the schools long term projected enrolments (LTPE) and a revised LTPE for each school has recently been agreed.
The Schedules of Accommodation have also recently been finalised.This will shortly be followed up with a site visit to the
schools in question. Once the site visit has been completed the projects concerned will be considered for progression into the
architectural planning process.As the Deputy will understand, due to the competing demands on my Departments capital
budget imposed by the need to prioritise the limited funding available for the provision of essential additional school
accommodation to meet increasing demographic requirements, it is not possible at this point to provide an indicative
timeframe for the provision of an extension to the schools in question.14/10/2014WRV01950Schools Building Projects
Status14/10/2014WRV02000264. Deputy Derek Keating asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an
up-to-date report on the proposed new buildings for a school (details supplied) in County Dublin in view of the fact that the
school will soon be submitting stage 2B to her Department; if the school will be passed to go to tender stage soon; and if she
will make a statement on the matter. [39170/14]14/10/2014WRV02100Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): The major building project for the school referred to by the Deputy is currently at an advanced stage of
architectural planning, Stage 2b - Detailed Design. All statutory approvals have been secured and the Design Team are
currently working on completing the Stage 2b Submission. The school referred to by the Deputy was included as part of the
Governments Investing in Infrastructure & Jobs Package which was announced in 2013. On satisfactory completion of
stage 2 (b) and assuming no issues arise the project will then be authorised to commence the tender
process.14/10/2014WRV02150School Staffing14/10/2014WRV02200265. Deputy Dinny McGinley asked the Minister for
Education and Skills the position regarding the case of a school (details supplied) in County Donegal in view of the fact that it
is a DEIS school and the fact that the enrolment will significantly increase in 2015-16; and her views on leaving the number
of teaching staff at present there the same. [39187/14]14/10/2014WRV02300Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): The key factor for determining the level of staffing resources provided at individual school level is the staffing
schedule for the relevant school year and pupil enrolments on the previous 30th September. The school referred to by the
Deputy had an enrolment of 58 on 30th September 2013 which allows an allocation of 3 classroom teachers to the school for
the current 2014/15 school year.The Staffing Schedule includes the provision where schools experiencing rapid increases in
enrolment can apply for additional permanent mainstream posts on developing grounds. The staffing process also includes an
appeals mechanism for schools to submit an appeal under certain criteria to an independent Appeals Board. No such
application for the 2014/15 school year has been received from the school.The staffing arrangements for the 2015/16 school
year will be published early in 2015 and this will enable schools to determine their staffing levels for that school
year.14/10/2014WRV02350School Accommodation14/10/2014WRV02400266. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for
Education and Skills the procedure for a school (details supplied) in County Clare to progress a project to construct a GP and
physical education facility; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39189/14]14/10/2014WRV02500Minister for
Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): As the Deputy will be aware, last year this school made an application to my
Department for devolved funding for a GP room.Given the current financial constraints within which my Department is
operating, the position is that priority is being given to school applications for essential mainstream classroom and special
education accommodation. In that context, my Department has advised the school concerned that it is not in a position to
provide funding for a GP room at this time.In view of the financial constraints imposed by the need, as outlined in the Five
Year Plan, to prioritise available funding for the provision of essential additional school places to meet demographic demand,
the Deputy will appreciate that it is not possible to indicate at this point when a major project for the school in question will
be progressed.14/10/2014WRWW00100Written Answers Nos. 267-27914/10/2014WRWW00150School
Staffing14/10/2014WRWW00200267. Deputy Ciarn Lynch asked the Minister for Education and Skills her plans to address
the question of overly large class sizes and other concerns raised by a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will
make a statement on the matter. [39190/14]14/10/2014WRWW00300Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): At primary level the staffing schedule operates in a clear and transparent manner and treats all similar types of
schools equally irrespective of location. The configuration of classes and the deployment of classroom teachers are done at
local school level. The primary staffing schedule currently operates on the basis of a general average of 1 classroom teacher
for every 28 pupils, with lower thresholds for DEIS Band 1 schools. My Departments guidance to schools is that the number

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of pupils in any class is kept as low as possible taking all relevant contextual factors into account (e.g. classroom
accommodation, fluctuating enrolment etc.). School authorities are also requested, where possible, to use their autonomy
under the staffing schedule to implement smaller class sizes for junior classes. The Staffing Schedule includes the provision
where schools experiencing rapid increases in enrolment can apply for additional permanent mainstream posts on developing
grounds. The staffing process includes an appeals mechanism for schools to submit an appeal under certain criteria to an
independent Appeals Board. The Appeals Board operates independently of the Department and its decision is final. In
addition, the staffing appeals process at primary level was extended for the current school year to allow schools that are not
gaining an additional teaching post under the developing schools criterion to submit an appeal to the Primary Staffing Appeals
Board. This appeal criterion is targeted at those schools that make a significant contribution to the provision of school places
and so assist the response to demographic growth within their area and, as a result, are under significant pressure on their class
sizes at infants level. Circular 0007/2014 provides details for schools wishing to make an appeal. The context for any
discussion about class sizes is that my Department, like all other Government Departments, is operating within a budgetary
programme that is designed to return the Government finances to a sustainable basis. This budgetary programme has helped
Ireland to return to a position where we are seeing some economic growth. It is a continuing improvement in our economic
growth that will enable us to move to a point in future budgets where we can look again at providing for additional teacher
resources in schools which could bring about an improvement in PTR and class size. In the meantime, my Departments focus
is on targeting any available resources to cater for the continued increase in student numbers across primary, post-primary and
third level. 14/10/2014WRWW00350School Accommodation14/10/2014WRWW00400268. Deputy Niall Collins asked the
Minister for Education and Skills the contacts made by her officials in respect of the need to identify suitable sites, acceptable
to the local community, for the two new schools in an area (details supplied) in Dublin 24 currently being housed in
temporary accommodation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39207/14]14/10/2014WRWW00500Minister for
Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): My Department is working closely with the relevant Local Authority in
relation to acquiring suitable lands for the provision of permanent accommodation for the schools referred to by the Deputy.
The Department has also been in contact with the relevant school authorities. 14/10/2014WRWW00575Special Educational
Needs Data14/10/2014WRWW00600269. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number
of children with assessed and or diagnosed special needs at second level that are being taught by subject teachers with no
specialist training in special needs; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[39211/14]14/10/2014WRWW00700Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): The Deputy will be aware of
this Governments ongoing commitment to ensuring that all children with special educational needs can have access to an
education appropriate to their needs. My Department allocates significant resources to ensure that pupils with special
educational needs can participate fully in education. Supports are provided for schools in order to ensure that, wherever a
child is enrolled, s/he will have access to individualised education programmes, fully-qualified professional teachers, Special
Needs Assistant (SNA) support where required, the appropriate school curriculum with the option, where possible and
appropriate, of full or partial integration and interaction with other pupils. I wish to advise the Deputy that the National
Council for Special Education has advised that for the 2014/15 school year, 12,891 pupils to date have qualified for low
incidence resource teaching assistance at post primary school level in accordance with criteria set out in my Departments
Circular 02/05. Additionally, many pupils with learning support needs or mild general learning difficulties receive additional
teaching support in post primary schools from the schools general allocation of resource teaching support.In relation to initial
teacher education, while special education has long been a feature of initial teacher education (ITE) programmes, the
Teaching Council, the body with statutory authority and responsibility for the registration of teachers, requires the
reconceptualised and extended programmes, which commenced in 2012, to address a number of specific elements including
differentiation, inclusive education including special education and literacy and numeracy. The learning outcomes of these
programmes indicate that the graduate teacher should be able to conduct a systematic, holistic assessment of learner needs, to
apply knowledge of the individual potential of students, their disposition towards learning and their backgrounds, identities
and learning styles to their teaching, to set clear, challenging and achievable expectations for pupils, to evaluate learner
progress, to act as an advocate for students, referring students for educational support as required and participating in the
provision of that support, amongst other relevant outcomes. Student teachers may also have access to additional elective
courses with content focussing on special education.Teachers have access, through the Special Education Support Service, to
continuing professional development. My Department also funds a number of Post-Graduate Programmes for teachers
involved in Learning Support and Special Education. These programmes are specifically designed to assist all schools and
educational services in meeting the needs of students requiring learning support and the teaching of students with special
educational needs. Since 2007, some 2,000 teachers have completed these programmes. I am satisfied that current
arrangements are adequate to ensure that teachers receive the necessary initial education and have access to quality continuing
professional development programmes during their career so that they are in a position to meet the needs of students.
14/10/2014WRWW00750Third Level Facilities14/10/2014WRWW00800270. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for
Education and Skills if her attention has been drawn to the lack of third level opportunities to access third level education in
Tipperary town; if her attention has been further drawn to plans to extend the LIT campus to Tipperary town; and if she will
make a statement on the matter. [39222/14]14/10/2014WRWW00900Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): The National Strategy for Higher Education sets out a comprehensive roadmap for reform of the higher

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education system, with the aim that the system becomes more performance-oriented and more flexible and responsive, while
the diversity of mission is retained and enhanced. A key recommendation of the strategy is the provision of greater flexibility
in the delivery of courses in particular the use of e-learning which allows students access third level opportunities regardless
of where they live. Limerick Institute of Technology has two campuses in Co. Tipperary at Thurles and Clonmel, offering
full-time and part-time higher education programmes. I am not aware of any plans to extend the LIT campus to Tipperary
town and my Department has not received any funding applications in that respect. 14/10/2014WRWW00950Pension
Provisions14/10/2014WRWW01000271. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide
details regarding a retirement pension and lump sum in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Laois; and if she will
make a statement on the matter. [39223/14]14/10/2014WRWW01100Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Pension Unit of my Department is obliged to ensure that priority is given to
processing retirement pension benefits for pension scheme members. The next priority is accorded to applications for pension
benefit statements from members who express an intention to retire in the current school year and so on, and within each
priority rating, applications are addressed in date order. The communication, in September, 2014, from the person to whom
the Deputy refers, will be dealt with in accordance with this priority system. The person was informed of the availability of
detailed information on the web in the acknowledgement which issued on receipt of the
communication.14/10/2014WRWW01150Schools Building Projects Status14/10/2014WRWW01200272. Deputy Charlie
McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide the details of the school building projects which
have not been included in her Departments five-year construction programme, but which were announced for initial inclusion
in the building programme and are ready to progress to the final planning stages once funding becomes available; and if she
will make a statement on the matter. [39230/14]14/10/2014WRWW01300Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): Due to competing demands on my Departments capital budget imposed by the need to prioritise the limited
funding available for the provision of additional school accommodation to meet increasing demographic requirements it was
not possible to include all school building projects in the 5 year construction programme announced in March 2012.School
building projects which have been initiated but not included in the current five year construction programme continue to be
progressed to final planning stages in anticipation of the possibility of further funds being available to my Department in the
future. The regularly updated status of major school building projects, including those projects which were not included on
the 5 year construction programme, may be viewed on my Departments website at www.education.ie. For ease of reference,
the following table outlines the most recent update on the projects to which the Deputy refers. 2013 Projects in Architectural
Planning - not on the 5 Year Programme or Investing In Infrastructure & Jobs Package 2013 - Updated Sept 2014 Roll No
School Name Town / Area County Brief Level Stage 17450C SN Mhaodhoig Poulfur Wexford Extension / Refurbishment
Primary Stage 2b Approved 18681D Christ Church National School Lower Newtown Waterford City Extension /
Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Approved 19885B SN Lan Gealach An Tra Mhr Waterford County New School Primary
Stage 2b Approved 20230F Scoil Phadraig Westport Mayo New School Primary Stage 2b Approved 60660I St Patricks
Cathedral Grammar School St Patricks Close, D8 Dublin City Extension / Refurbishment Post Primary Stage 2b Approved
07546J Goldenbridge Convent Inchicore, Dublin 8 Dublin City Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design
08221J St Senans National School Enniscorthy Wexford Special Needs Facility Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 12954F
SN Bhride Turloughmore Galway County Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 13815T Howth Road
Mixed National School Clontarf Road, Clontarf D3 Dublin City Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design
14069P Dun Dealgan National School Dundalk Louth New School Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 14386E Stonepark
National School Stonepark Longford Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 14839P Clondrohid
National School Macroom Cork County Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 15040T Mercy
Convent Primary School Naas Kildare Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 16208N Termonfeckin
Mixed National School Termonfeckin Louth Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 16276H Carrig
National School Nenagh Tipperary N.R. Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 17472M Baile Falbach
Hedgestown, Lusk Co Dublin Dublin Fingal New School Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 17807R SN Cathair Geal
Cahergal Galway County New School Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 17949O SN Padraig Naofa B Drogheda Louth
Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 18057F Scoil Mhuire Tullamore Offaly Extension /
Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 18106P SN Na Trionoide Naofa Lismullen Meath Extension /
Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 18395C SN Cluain Na Cille Clonakilla, Athlone Roscommon Extension /
Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 18435L Air Hill Convent Roscrea Tipperary N.R. Extension /
Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 18547W Faolan Naofa National School Ballyroan Laois New School
Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 18635T SN Tigh An Iubhair Tenure, Dunleer, Louth New School Primary Stage 2b
Detailed Design 19336O Scoil Phoil Naofa Dooradoyle Limerick County Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2b
Detailed Design 19415K Scoil An Athar Tadhg Carrignavar Cork County New School Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design
19545A Corduff National School Blanchardstown, D 15 Dublin Fingal New School Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design
19608V Mullagh Central National School Mullagh Cavan New School Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 19813W Kildalkey
Central National School Kildalkey Meath New School Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 20042E Scoil An Chroi Naofa
Ballinasloe Galway County New School Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 64660F Sancta Maria College Louisburgh Mayo
Extension / Refurbishment Post Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 91461C Ballyhaunis Community School Ballyhaunis

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Mayo Extension / Refurbishment Post Primary Stage 2b Detailed Design 01554B Baile an Phusta National School Ardee
Louth Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2a Developed Design 08490N St Clares Primary School Cavan Cavan
Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2a Developed Design 16908S Six MileBridge NS Sixmilebridge Clare New School
Primary Stage 2a Developed Design 17444H SN Seosamh Naofa Carrabane Galway County New School Primary Stage 2a
Developed Design 18505G Naomh Clar NS Tobberclair Co Westmeath Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2a
Developed Design 18625Q Scoil Choilmcille Letterkenny Donegal Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2a Developed
Design 18778S SN Naomh Mochta Clonsilla Dublin Fingal Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2a Developed Design
19032R Stewarts Hospital Special School Palmerstown Dublin Belgard New School Primary Stage 2a Developed Design
19215C SN Ard Mhuire C Marymount, Drogheda Louth New School Primary Stage 2a Developed Design 19313C
Glenswilly National School Glenswilly Donegal Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2a Developed Design 19439B
Holy Family Special School Cootehill Cavan Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2a Developed Design 19542R Esker
National School Lucan Dublin Belgard Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2a Developed Design 19660A Rush
National School Rush Co Dublin Dublin Fingal Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 2a Developed Design 19927O Scoil
Mhuire Stranorlar Donegal New School Primary Stage 2a Developed Design 76085N Colaiste Reachrann Donaghmede
Donaghmede Dublin City New School Post Primary Stage 2a Developed Design 12077E Illistrin No 1 National School
Illistrim, Letterkenny Donegal Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design 15769C Monasterevan
Convent Monasterevan Kildare New School Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design 15781P Ballintemple National School
Ballintemple Cork City New School Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design 16100Q Mercy Convent National School Navan
Meath Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design 18671A St Michaels House Special School Rathgar
Dublin City New School Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design 18746F SN Muine Mhea Athenry Galway County Extension /
Refurbishment Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design 19535U Brackenstown Senior National School Swords Co dublin Dublin
Fingal Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design 19967D Scoil Iosagain Buncrana Donegal New School
Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design 20032B Dunboyne Junior National School Dunboyne Meath Extension / Refurbishment
Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design 20033D Dunboyne Senior National School Dunboyne Meath New School Primary Stage
1 Preliminary Design 20045K Gaelscoil Chill Mhantain Wicklow Wicklow New School Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design
20116H Glor na Mara Convent Hill, Tramore Waterford County Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 1 Preliminary
Design 20170N Kilmacthomas Kilmacthomas Waterford County Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 1 Preliminary
Design 20187H Divine Mercy Senior NS Lucan Dublin Belgard Extension / Refurbishment Primary Stage 1 Preliminary
Design 71980O OCarolan College Nobber Meath Extension / Refurbishment Post Primary Stage 1 Preliminary Design
81002K Mount Temple Comprehensive Clontarf Road, Clontarf D3 Dublin Fingal Extension / Refurbishment Post Primary
Stage 1 Preliminary Design 14/10/2014WRWW01350Educational Disadvantage14/10/2014WRWW01400273. Deputy
Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will take new applications from schools seeking DEIS
status, in view of the economic changes that have occurred in recent years and the understaffing facing some schools; and if
she will make a statement on the matter. [39264/14]14/10/2014WRWW01500Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): The process of identifying primary and post-primary schools for participation in the DEIS Programme was
managed by the Educational Research Centre (ERC) on behalf of the Department and supported by quality assurance work
co-ordinated through the Departments regional offices and the Inspectorate in 2005.The DEIS programme is the subject of
ongoing evaluation by both the Educational Research Centre and my Departments Inspectorate who have produced a series
of evaluation reports to date, copies of which are available on my Departments website.This research was also the subject of
a recent research seminar entitled Learning from DEIS at which my predecessor Minister Ruairi Quinn announced plans to
commission a further overall report in relation to DEIS to provide recommendations for a renewal of the Governments policy
in relation to educational disadvantage, including DEIS. Commissioning of this report is currently underway.A key priority is
to continue to prioritise and target resources at schools with the most concentrated levels of disadvantage and given the
current economic climate and the ongoing challenge to meet significant targets on reducing public expenditure, there is no
capacity to provide for additionality schools in the DEIS programme at this time.14/10/2014WRWW01550English Language
Training Organisations14/10/2014WRWW01600274. Deputy Jonathan OBrien asked the Minister for Education and Skills
the position regarding applications within the Accreditation and Co-ordination of English Language Services, ACELS,
Quality and Qualifications Ireland, QQI, or Marketing English in Ireland, MEI, recognition system at the moment; the reason
for excessive delays; when this will be resolved. [39265/14]14/10/2014WRWW01700275. Deputy Jonathan OBrien asked
the Minister for Education and Skills the number of English language schools which have closed and which were registered
with ACELS or QQI at their time of closing. [39266/14]14/10/2014WRWW01800276. Deputy Jonathan OBrien asked the
Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding MEI being viewed as a quality assurance organisation for language
providers; if she acknowledges MEI would have a vested interest in assuring the number of language providers in the State be
reduced. [39267/14]14/10/2014WRWW01900277. Deputy Jonathan OBrien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if
her attention has been drawn to the fact that many English language schools and education providers have a number of
concerns regarding the new regulations; and her views on same. [39268/14]14/10/2014WRWW02000278. Deputy Jonathan
OBrien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will clarify the role of ACELS in quality assurance for bodies
outside of the State for the purposes of facilitating the recognition in the State of awards of those bodies.
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organisations outside of the State were not recognised as awarding bodies for the purposes of awarding English language
qualifications within the State. [39270/14]14/10/2014WRWW02200Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 274 to 279, inclusive, together.ACELS (Accreditation and Co-ordination of
English Language Services) is a voluntary scheme operated by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) which grants
recognition to English Language Teaching Organisations (ELTOs) annually. The length of time taken to process an
application for ACELS-recognition is very much dependent on the preparedness and responsiveness of the applying ELTO,
with delays arising where ELTOs fail to respond in a timely manner. ELTOs which apply for ACELS-recognition are assessed
for their compliance with the relevant minimum requirements, in two distinct stages.Stage 1 involves the submission of
relevant documentation by the provider concerned and its assessment for compliance with ACELS standards. Where
applications are complete and accurate this stage is completed in a maximum of 10 weeks. However, the provider may be
asked for additional information and is given a period of 30 working days to respond. This can happen twice. Therefore,
where a provider is asked for additional information on two occasions, and on both occasions takes the full 30 working days,
the process can be lengthened considerably. Stage 2 involves a site visit and inspection report. The date of the inspection is
agreed with the provider within 10 days of the completion of Stage 1 and, once completed, the provider has 10 working days
to comment on the factual accuracy of the report.QQI re-opened access to ACELS recognition for a temporary period from 17
October 2013 to 31 January 2014. The purpose of this period was to enable those English Language Training Organisations
(ELTOs) which were ready to apply, and which had expressed a strong interest in gaining recognition for 2014, to do so
through a revised and strengthened process. During that period, QQI/ACELS received a total of 35 applications for
recognition. As of 25 September, 5 of those applications had been successful, 1 application had been refused and 10
applications ceased due to closure, suspension or a change of circumstances post-application. On that date, the remaining 19
applications were still in process, with 14 of those applications being close to completion.With regard to the closure of
ELTOs, the Department is not aware of any ELTOs which have closed while holding ACELS-recognition.With regard to
Marketing English in Ireland (MEI), the Department does not view MEI as a quality assurance organisation for language
providers. Rather MEI is a private membership organisation of ELTOs which hold ACELS-recognition and which extend
protection for enrolled learners (PEL) arrangements to each other. The regulatory reform of the international education sector,
announced on 2 September, was entirely a matter for the Departments of Education and Skills and Justice and Equality. I am
aware that certain providers operating in this sector have concerns regarding the scope of those reforms. However, the
Minister for Justice and Equality and I have both indicated that the reforms are urgently required to protect the consumer and
educational interests of genuine international students, to tackle abuse of the labour market and the immigration regime, and
to safeguard the strong international reputation of high-quality Irish education providers. While this may cause some short-
term disruption to certain providers, it is in the long-term interest of the sector as a whole.It is important to be clear that these
reforms pertain solely to the immigration status of non-EEA nationals. No change has been made which will restrict the
ability of institutions to educate Irish citizens or to attract international students from within the European market of over half
a billion people. With regard to the role of ACELS in facilitating the recognition of awards of bodies from outside the State,
ACELS does not have such a role. Finally, the regulatory reform of the international education, which I recently announced
with the Minister for Justice and Equality, requires that the programmes concerned lead to awards made by Irish awarding
bodies, such as the universities or QQI. Therefore providers will not be permitted to recruit non-EEA students to programmes
leading to the awards of awarding bodies from outside the State. The rationale for this decision is set out in the policy
statement Regulatory Reform of the International Education Sector and the Student Immigration Regime. A number of
characteristics common to the colleges of concern are identified, including that they cater mainly to non-EEA students, tend to
charge unsustainably low fees, do not have in place arrangements for the protection of learners and typically offer language
programmes accredited by international bodies, vocational/management programmes whose awards are by overseas bodies or
degree programmes that are franchised by UK universities. The level of oversight exercised by such awarding bodies in
relation to provision in Ireland has, in many cases, been found to be extremely low. Therefore, the decision to restrict
enrolment of non-EEA students to programmes leading to quality-assured, Irish awards will serve to ensure that providers are
required to have in place the necessary arrangements for quality assurance and to improve the overall quality of the offering
for international learners.14/10/2014WRX00100Written Answers Nos. 280-29214/10/2014WRX00150Education
Policy14/10/2014WRX00200280. Deputy Jonathan OBrien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide an
update on her Departments work on developing plans for a parents and students charter; the date on which they expect a
consultation process to begin; the date on which the charter will be in force. [39271/14]14/10/2014WRX00300Minister for
Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): The Deputy will be aware from my recent reply that a set of principles will be
required to act as a charter to strengthen the relationship between parents, students and schools, and the position of parents
and students generally within the school system.The Deputy will also be aware that my Department is currently examining the
legislative changes to Section 28 of the Education Act, 1998 that will be necessary to provide for and support the introduction
of such a Charter, and after which consultation with the education partners will take place. It remains my intention to publish
my plans during the remainder of this school year. Question No. 281 answered with Question No.
233.14/10/2014WRX00450Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WRX00500282. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the
Minister for Education and Skills if she will provide a list of all State board appointments since general election 2011; the
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she will make a statement on the matter. [39279/14]14/10/2014WRX00600Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan
OSullivan): For the Deputys information, comprehensive information on all appointments to the Boards of non-commercial
bodies under the aegis of my Department can be viewed on the Departments website at http://www.education.ie/en/The-
Department/Agencies/Details-of-Membership-of-State-Boards/. In accordance with Government policy, expressions of
interest are sought through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) from suitably qualified and experienced personnel for
consideration when making appointments to the Boards of bodies operating under the aegis of my Department.It should be
noted that Board appointments are not in all cases made at the sole discretion of the Minister. Individuals may be nominated
for appointment by various organisations as specified in the relevant statute of the body concerned.Since 2011, 77 positions
have been advertised on the PAS for which direct Ministerial appointments could be made.14/10/2014WRX00650School
Accommodation14/10/2014WRX00700283. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills when a
school (details supplied) in County Kildare will have its deteriorating accommodation situation addressed; the applications in
process in relation to same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39301/14]14/10/2014WRX00800Minister for
Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): As the Deputy is aware, my Departments over-riding objective is to ensure
that every child has access to a physical school place and that our school system is in a position to cope with increasing pupil
numbers. This can sometimes necessitate the use of temporary accommodation, as in the case of this school, until my
Department is in a position to provide a permanent building. My Department will continue to liaise with the school authorities
regarding their long term accommodation needs. The school opened in 2010 and is currently accommodated in temporary
accommodation which is relatively new. It would be expected that with standard maintenance, the accommodation would
remain in good condition for a considerable period of time. Following an application from the school management, my
Department, under its Emergency Works Scheme, recently approved funding for repairs to the temporary accommodation
some of which was damaged during the storms earlier this year. It is expected that this funding will address the matters raised
by the school management in its application. The School Authority was also sanctioned funding for two additional
prefabricated units to cater for increased enrolments. 14/10/2014WRX00850School Enrolments14/10/2014WRX00900284.
Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way the expected surge in numbers of children
seeking admittance to schools in the Leixlip area of County Kildare due to ongoing recruitment by large employers in the area
will be accommodated; if her Department maintains links with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation to better
anticipate where and when spikes in numbers seeking school admittance will occur; and if she will make a statement on the
matter. [39303/14]14/10/2014WRX01000Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): My Department is
currently liaising directly with the largest employer in the Leixlip area in relation to its plans for additions to its workforce
over the coming months and the potential impact that this might have for school places.While my Department does not
directly link with the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in relation to this matter, it does link with the Department
of Social Protection to obtain child benefit data. Child benefit data provides a great degree of certainty as to the numbers and
location of children living in an area at any given time and for whom school accommodation will be
required.14/10/2014WRX01050Education Policy14/10/2014WRX01100285. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister
for Education and Skills the exact process by which population and changing demographics are factored into her
Departments forward planning in respect of achieving an even standard in all areas of school buildings and teacher numbers;
if she will concede that measures now have fallen short of achieving this even spread; and if she will make a statement on the
matter. [39304/14]14/10/2014WRX01200Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): The Forward Planning
Section of my Department uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to analyse demographic data in order to determine
the areas where additional school accommodation may be required. A variety of data sources are used in this analysis,
including census data, school enrolment data, and child benefit data obtained from the Department of Social Protection. The
delivery of major school projects to meet significant demographic demands nationally will be the main focus for capital
investment in schools in the coming years. The Five Year Plan is focused on meeting those demographic needs and sets out
the school projects that are planned to proceed to construction over the duration of the Plan. My Department will also consider
applications from schools for funding for additional classrooms where an immediate enrolment need is arising.My
Department continues to analyse demographic trends and to monitor enrolments in all areas to determine the level of
additional school provision which will be required into the future and to ensure that this is provided in a timely manner. An
analysis of the relevant data is currently ongoing on a nationwide basis. Teacher allocations are approved annually in
accordance with established rules based on recognised pupil enrolment. The criteria for the allocation of posts are
communicated to school managements annually and are available on the Department website. The staffing schedule at
primary level operates on the basis of 1 classroom teacher for an average of every 28 pupils. Teachers are allocated at post-
primary level on the basis of 1 teacher for every 19 pupils (23 pupils in the case of fee-charging schools). More favourable
ratios operate in DEIS schools.Normally, the staffing of schools is determined by the enrolments of the previous September.
However, the staffing arrangements also include provision for schools that are projecting significant increases in their
enrolments for the start of the school year to be allocated additional posts. At post primary level, where a school management
authority is unable to meet its curricular commitments within its approved allocation, my Department considers applications
for additional short term support i.e., curricular concession. The allocation processes at both primary and post primary level
also include an appeals mechanism under which schools can appeal against the allocation due to them under the staffing
schedules. The Appeal Boards operate independently of the Department and their decisions are final.I have already stated

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publicly that because of increasing demographics my Department requires additional resources to simply maintain existing
levels of service. Between this year and last year this has involved an increase of around 2,300 teachers in our primary and
post-primary schools. This is a very significant investment at a time of scarce resources.The main priority for any additional
resources for the foreseeable future will be to cater for the continuing increase in demographics at all levels in the education
system.14/10/2014WRX01250Pupil-Teacher Ratio14/10/2014WRX01300286. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister
for Education and Skills the average class size in each local authority area at present and in each year for the past ten years;
and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39305/14]14/10/2014WRX01400Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy
Jan OSullivan): Statistics in relation to teacher numbers and pupil enrolment are published annually by my Department on its
website. The most recent published statistics relate to the 2013/2014 school year. 14/10/2014WRX01450Departmental Staff
Rehiring14/10/2014WRX01500287. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons
who are on public or Civil Service pensions who have been recruited for work on any basis, permanent or temporary, under
the remit of her Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[39547/14]14/10/2014WRX01600Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Jan OSullivan): My Department collates
information in relation to individuals who retired from the civil service and are re-engaged to undertake specific tasks. It also
collates information in relation to retired teachers who are re-engaged by schools. It does not collate information in relation to
individuals engaged who retired from positions in the wider public service. My Department engages the services of retired
civil servants from time to time to perform various defined tasks that require their particular expertise and experience.
Payments made to retired civil servants in respect of such work are determined in accordance with the abatement principle
whereby total earnings in any year, inclusive of pension, cannot exceed the retirement salary of the retired individual. The
number of civil servants re-engaged in the year 2012 was twenty four and in the year 2013 was thirty one. As data in relation
to the re-engagement of retired civil servants is compiled retrospectively at the commencement of each new year, details in
relation to 2014 will not be available until early 2015.In relation to teachers, retired teachers are employed in a substitute
capacity for casual/non casual absences in primary and post primary schools. Because of the casual nature of the employment
figures are compiled for specific periods. In December 2012 there were 174 primary and 91 post primary retired teachers who
had worked for some period of time in the 2012/13 school year and in December 2013, 113 primary and 82 post primary
retired teachers had been employed in the 2013/2014 school year. Figures for 14/15 school year are not available at this
time.Circular 31/2011 issued in May of 2011 and set out a cascading set of measures for appointment of teachers with effect
from September 2011. These required that schools prioritise unemployed teachers over those in receipt of a pension where
possible. Only where a school cannot source an appropriately qualified and registered teacher may they move to the
recruitment of a retired appropriately qualified teacher. 14/10/2014WRX01650Motor Tax Rates14/10/2014WRX01700288.
Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on the rate of road
tax for pre-2008 motor cars; his further views that it is fair and reasonable that identical family cars with same engine size and
emission rating are rated up to 500% more if registered in 2007 as opposed to 2008; his views on allowing owners of vehicles
of all ages the opportunity to tax their car based on a recognised certificate of emissions, national car test standard or similar;
and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38902/14]14/10/2014WRX01800Minister for the Environment, Community
and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I have no plans to change the basis of charging motor tax from engine capacity
to carbon emissions (CO2) for cars registered prior to 2008. The question of applying the CO2 based system to all cars was
the subject of detailed discussion at the time of introduction of the new basis of taxation in 2008. Any retrospective
application would not have been possible as the CO2 data available for the existing fleet had not been authenticated for this
purpose. For cars registered since 2008, tax is based on the CO2 emissions level as provided on the Certificate of Conformity
for the vehicle. The level of CO2 is determined at manufacturing stage as part of the type approval process for the vehicle. It
is the level emitted in terms of grams per kilometre driven and is also affected by factors such as engine size, body type and
weight, aerodynamics, type of transmission, etc. I understand that determining the level of CO2 emitted by a vehicle is
expensive and that it is generally only carried out in respect of new vehicles at manufacturing stage. Further, it is my
understanding that a test for CO2 does not form part of the NCT test. In recognition of the lower average motor tax paid in
respect of vehicles taxed on the basis of CO2 emissions compared to pre-2008 vehicles, differential increases have been
applied in recent Budgets with a view to re-balancing the tax base while retaining the environmental incentive to purchase
more environmentally friendly vehicles. The percentage increase in motor tax for passenger vehicles taxed on engine capacity
was 7.5% in Budgets 2012 and 2013, compared with increases averaging 25.5% in Budget 2012 and 19.8% in Budget 2013
for vehicles taxed on CO2.14/10/2014WRX01850Irish Water Funding14/10/2014WRX01900289. Deputy Caoimhghn
Caolin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the source of State funding for Irish
Water; if he will confirm that 5% of car tax and 2% of VAT now goes towards water production via Irish Water; if he will
further confirm the amount of local property tax that has gone to Irish Water; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39021/14]14/10/2014WRX02000Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
Irish Waters costs in the coming years will be funded through a mix of revenue from the domestic and non-domestic sector,
third party finance (including bank lending and capital markets facilities) and State support which may be in the form of both
equity and subvention. In order to provide for free allowances and give greater visibility on the expected level of water
charges, the Government have decided to provide the following subvention to Irish Water in 2015 and 2016: - An average
subvention of 537m in each of the two years, and - Provision of just over 400m in 2015 and 2016 to support increased

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investment in public water services, including the provision of a first fix scheme by Irish Water. This funding package for
2015 and 2016 builds on the Exchequer funding being provided to Irish Water in 2014, which includes 239m that will be
used to primarily fund the core capital expenditure programme of Irish Water. In addition, Irish Water will receive a
subvention of some 440 million from the Local Government Fund in 2014, which will fund water- related expenditures
incurred heretofore by local authorities and which would, historically, have been met by local authorities from their own
resources, non-domestic water charge revenues and general purpose grants from the Fund. It is anticipated that Irish Water
will finance other costs from non-domestic water charge revenues of some 190m and from borrowing, which will be the
subject of appropriate Ministerial consents in due course. The local government funding model has changed considerably in
2014 and, in particular, the establishment of Irish Water and its financial relationship with the local government sector has a
considerable impact on local authority financing. The Revised Estimates Volume for Public Services 2014 estimates total
expenditure from the Local Government Fund of 1.779 billion in 2014, with income from, primarily, estimated Local
Property Tax proceeds of 550m and revenue from motor tax of 1.16 billion. 14/10/2014WRX02050Water
Quality14/10/2014WRX02100290. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government if he will advise the Health Service Executive to carry out tests on the lead content in the water supply in an area
(details supplied) in County Kerry, in view of the fact that independent tests carried out in another area of County Kerry
produced results in which the lead content was well above the EU safe limit of 10 micrograms per litre as advised in the HSE-
EPA link. [39110/14]14/10/2014WRX02200291. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for the Environment,
Community and Local Government the position regarding the water quality in an area (details supplied) in County Kerry; and
if he will make a statement on the matter. [39127/14]14/10/2014WRX02300292. Deputy Arthur Spring asked the Minister for
the Environment, Community and Local Government if the results of water testing by an independent company for lead
content in the water of houses in an area (details supplied) in County Kerry, constitute that the water is unsafe to drink as
advised in the Environmental Protection Agency and the Health Service Executive pamphlet and in view of the fact that the
tests produced results in which the lead content was well above the EU safe limit of ten micrograms per litre; if the HSE will
declare the water unfit for drinking purposes in the area and notify the energy regulator of such a decision in order that the
regulator may declare that the residents of the area are not liable for water charges until the issue is resolved.
[39142/14]14/10/2014WRX02400Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I
propose to take Questions Nos. 290 to 292, inclusive, together. With effect from 1st January 2014, Irish Water is responsible
for public water services. Under the European Communities (Drinking Water) Regulations 2014, a copy of which is available
in the Oireachtas library, suppliers of drinking water, including Irish Water, are required to ensure that the water supplied
complies with the chemical and microbiological parameters set out in the Regulations. Under the Regulations, the maximum
allowable value for lead is 10 micrograms per litre. At this concentration, there is a risk of exceeding the limits where lead
piping is in use for water supply and in particular where the water has been sitting in the pipe overnight. The Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) is the supervisory authority with responsibility for monitoring Irish Waters compliance with these
Regulations. In the event of non-compliance with the quality standards set out in the Regulations, the water supplier is
required to investigate the cause in consultation with the EPA and, if a potential risk to human health exists, with the Health
Service Executive (HSE), to ensure that the appropriate remedial action is taken. This may include the prohibition or the
restriction of the supply by the water supplier. The procedures to be followed where there is non-compliance with the
parameter values set out in the Drinking Water Regulations are clearly laid out in the Regulations. In a joint position paper on
lead published by the EPA and HSE in 2013, it is recommended that all lead pipes and plumbing in public and private
ownership should be replaced over time. The EPA and HSE also recommend that persons in premises that have lead piping
should flush the supply at the kitchen tap first thing in the morning, before using for drinking. Irish Water has informed my
Department that of its estimated 58,000 kilometres of distribution system, there is a very small proportion of lead piping,
consisting of approximately 190 short lengths across 14 local authorities. Irish Water is working to achieve the replacement of
these pipes as quickly as possible. However, there are a significant number of lead public service pipes between the water
mains and the customer stopcock or water meter. Irish Water is identifying the location of such lead service connections
during the meter installation programme. The numbers currently being identified represent about 5% of houses, but this is
expected to be higher in town centre areas. Irish Water also estimates that there may be a further 30,000 to 40,000 houses with
shared backyard lead service connections. Irish Water has informed my Department that it intends to invest in public lead pipe
replacement schemes, primarily communications pipes, with a view to eliminating lead mains, including shared backyard
service connections over the next ten years. Irish Water is also reviewing its water treatment processes to ensure that they can
mitigate the risk in the short term. The Water Services Act 2007 provides that the owner of a premises is responsible for the
maintenance of the internal water distribution system and should ensure that it is kept in good order and repair, so as to
prevent a risk to human health or the environment and that the water meets prescribed quality standards. The Water Services
(No. 2) Act 2013 provides that Irish Water can collect charges from its customers in receipt of water services provided by it.
The Act also provides that responsibility for the independent economic regulation of the water sector is assigned to the
Commission for Energy Regulation (CER). The CER recently published its determination on the water charges plan submitted
to it by Irish Water. In its determination the CER has decided that where a water restriction is in place for more than 24 hours,
domestic customers should receive a 100% discount on the water supply charge. The EPA publishes an annual report on the
quality of drinking water supplies in Ireland, which sets out details on the numbers of water restrictions that are in place.

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Copies of these reports are available in the Oireachtas library or from the EPA website (http://www.epa.ie). Irish Water also
publishes the results of drinking water quality sampling on its website (www.water.ie).Irish Water has established a dedicated
team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. They may be contacted via email at
oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278.14/10/2014WRY00100Written Answers Nos. 293-
30214/10/2014WRY00200Irish Water Administration14/10/2014WRY00300293. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the average processing times for Irish Water to deal with
queries from citizens. [39460/14]14/10/2014WRY00400339. Deputy amon Cuv asked the Minister for the Environment,
Community and Local Government the arrangements being made to ensure prompt replies from Uisce ireann to queries
raised by the public and public representatives; his views that it is satisfactory that no detailed replies have been received to
queries raised by this Deputy dated 5 September 2014 and 17 of September 2014 despite reminders and also in view of the
fact that the deadline for submitting Irish Water applications is approaching; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39213/14]14/10/2014WRY00500Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I
propose to take Questions Nos. 293 and 339 together.Since 1 January 2014 Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of water
services and is responsible for dealing with queries.I understand from Irish Water that queries from the general public to Irish
Water are received in the form of phone calls, post, email or other online media format (twitter etc.).Since the start of the year
Irish Water has responded to 314,559 calls; the average answering time is 48 seconds and average length of calls is 7.2
minutes.The target turnaround times for the other channels are 24 hours for email, 2 hours for tweets and 4 days for post. Irish
Waters actual turnaround for each channel at present is same day for tweets, 5 days for emails, and 4 days for post. This
current performance reflects the volume of contacts currently being handled since the recent publication of the first Water
Charges Plan, the commencement of charges liability on October 1st and the ongoing application campaign with substantial
daily responses and enquiries arising from the circa 2 million packs and correspondence mail-out.Earlier in 2014 my
Department asked Irish Water to put in place specific arrangements to address the queries which public representatives may
have in relation to matters pertaining to the operation of water services under the new utility. Irish Water launched the Elected
Representative Support Desk in January, and the dedicated email service OireachtasMembers@water.ie in late February. Irish
Water has responded to 4,700 individual queries from elected representatives on a range of issues. Irish Water will contact the
Deputy directly in relation to any outstanding queries.14/10/2014WRY00600Irish Water
Administration14/10/2014WRY00700294. Deputy Willie ODea asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and
Local Government the purpose of having to provide personal public service numbers when completing the Irish Water
application form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38846/14]14/10/2014WRY00800313. Deputy Catherine
Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the jurisdictions to date to which Irish
Water has transmitted information it has gathered from customers for secure storage or any other purpose; if he will provide a
list in tabular form of the kinds of data which have been transmitted and the purpose in each case; if he will provide a list of
the names of companies, either domestically or abroad, which Irish Water has entered into a contract with to store, manage or
otherwise utilise data Irish Water has gathered from customers; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38982/14]14/10/2014WRY00900331. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government if the requirement for personal public service data by Irish Water is following the USA model of private utilities
requiring social security details in order to run credit checks on customers and potential customers to ensure bill payment and
collection of delinquent accounts and to ascertain level of deposit required in absence of a good credit rating.
[39172/14]14/10/2014WRY01000Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I
propose to take Questions Nos. 294, 313 and 331 together.I refer to the reply to Question Nos. 2 07, 215, 208, 209, 210 and
211 of 8 October 2014. The position is unchanged.Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations
and queries from public representatives. They may be contacted via email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on
1890 278 278.14/10/2014WRY01100Water Meters Installation14/10/2014WRY01200295. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked
the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide in tabular form the number of water
meters that have been installed by Irish Water each month to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38847/14]14/10/2014WRY01300Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
The following table sets out the cumulative number of water meters installed under the National Metering Programme at each
month end to the end September 2014. Month Cumulative Number of water meters installed Aug-13 1,273 Sep-13 6,055 Oct-
13 18,111 Nov-13 55,233 Dec-13 78,981 Jan-14 107,052 Feb-14 135,372 Mar-14 170,120 Apr-14 205,496 May-14 248,113
Jun-14 291,195 Jul-14 336,779 Aug-14 381,690 Sep-14 430,426 14/10/2014WRY01400Environmental
Policy14/10/2014WRY01500296. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government if he will provide an update on communications between his Department and the Department of Justice and
Equality in relation to the issue of right to light as it pertains to overhanging trees; his plans to update legislation or other
forms of civil remedy with regards to this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38850/14]14/10/2014WRY01600Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
There is currently a civil remedy available concerning branches or roots of neighbouring trees encroaching on a persons
property.The previous Minister of State for Housing and Planning wrote to the Minister for Justice in June 2012 to explore the
possibility of providing a broader civil law remedy for affected parties in situations such as that outlined. In this regard,
advice was sought on the possibility of legislative provision being made whereby a person substantially deprived of the

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enjoyment of their property due to the deprivation of light caused by high trees on a neighbouring property could apply to the
Courts for an order, and that the Courts could make an order as they see fit, e.g. to cut the trees back to an appropriate height.
The Minister for Justice responded in July 2012 suggesting that disputes of this nature between neighbours could perhaps be
more appropriately dealt with through mediation rather than through the Courts. I understand that the Department of Justice
proposes to publish a Mediation Bill during 2015.14/10/2014WRY01700Irish Water Remit14/10/2014WRY01800297.
Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the precise charging
formula which will apply in cases where water leaks are discovered inside a customers property; if he will clarify that, once
the capped rate no longer applies, the amount of water wasted from when a leak develops to when it is discovered will be a
chargeable amount either under the fix first policy or subsequently; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38852/14]14/10/2014WRY01900300. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and
Local Government if the first fix free policy will apply to all leaks in cases where there are multiple leaks discovered; if the
full policy will apply if multiple leaks are discovered at intermittent stages but all arise from the same event for example an
extreme weather occurrence such as heavy rain or severe frost; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38855/14]14/10/2014WRY02000Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I
propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 300 together.With effect from 1 January 2014, Irish Water is responsible for public
water services. The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that responsibility for the independent economic regulation of
the water sector is assigned to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) and that the water charges plan prepared by Irish
Water is subject to the approval of the CER.Under the Water Services Act 2007, responsibility for repair and maintenance of
the internal water distribution system from the main stopcock to the house and within the house rests with the homeowner.
However, the Government has agreed to provide additional funding to Irish Water for their capital investment to include a free
first fix scheme.The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has decided that where a customer leak has been identified
under the first fix policy, the customers charges will be capped at the assessed level until the leak is fixed by Irish Water.
Irish Water has made a proposal to the CER regarding a first fix policy and it is understood that the CER intend to hold a
public consultation in advance of a decision and implementation of the scheme in January 2015.Irish Water has established a
dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. They may be contacted via email to
oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278.14/10/2014WRY02100Irish Water
Remit14/10/2014WRY02200298. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government under which legal provision does the responsibility and authority for maintenance of water infrastructure
installed under a footpath outside a private dwelling place fall to the dwelling owner; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [38853/14]14/10/2014WRY02300Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan
Kelly): With effect from 1 January 2014, Irish Water is responsible for public water services. Irish Water is responsible for
water services infrastructure including water supply pipes or drainage pipes extending from a waterworks or waste water
works to the curtilage of a private dwelling. Under section 54 of the Water Services Act 2007, responsibility for maintenance
of the water distribution system internal to the boundary of a property rests with the owner.14/10/2014WRY02400Water
Quality14/10/2014WRY02500299. Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government if he will alleviate fears for residents in Castlerea, County Roscommon and surrounding areas who have
concerns about the high levels of chlorine that will be added to water in the area following water upgrade.
[38854/14]14/10/2014WRY02600Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
Since 1 January 2014 Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation
at national, regional and local levels. I have no responsibility for, or role in relation to, the management, operation or
maintenance of water services infrastructure. Under the European Communities (Drinking Water) Regulations 2014, a copy of
which is available in the Oireachtas Library, suppliers of drinking water are required to ensure that the water supplied is
wholesome and clean. Water which is wholesome and clean is defined as water which is free from any micro-organisms and
parasites and from any substances which in numbers or concentrations constitute a potential danger to human health, and
which meets the quality standards specified in the Schedule to the Regulations.The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
is the supervisory authority with responsibility for monitoring Irish Waters compliance with these Regulations. In the event
of non-compliance with the quality standards set out in the Regulations, the water supplier will investigate the cause in
consultation with the EPA and, if a potential risk to human health exists, with the Health Service Executive, to ensure that the
appropriate remedial action is taken. This may include the prohibition or the restriction (e.g. a boil water notice) of the supply
by the water supplier. The EPA publishes an annual report on the quality of drinking water supplies in Ireland, which sets out
details on the numbers of water restrictions and boil water notices. Copies of these reports are available in the Oireachtas
library or from the EPA website, www.epa.ie.Irish Water has confirmed to my Department that it has established a dedicated
team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. The team can be contacted via an email to
oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278. Question No. 300 answered with Question No.
297.14/10/2014WRY02800Water Meters Installation14/10/2014WRY02900301. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide, in tabular form, records of all instances
in Irish Water of when their agents encountered ransom strips when seeking to install water meters; the way each was
resolved; if any money has been paid in respect of these; and if so, the amount in each case; and if he will make a statement
on the matter. [38856/14]14/10/2014WRY03000Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy

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Alan Kelly): Under this current phase of the National Metering Programme, water meters are being installed outside domestic
residences on publically-accessible land, at the location of the existing Outside Stop Valve. These meters are being installed in
line with the survey results as carried out by each local authority in advance of the Metering Programme commencing, and as
legislated for under the Water Services Acts. I understand from Irish Water that, for this reason, there have been no instances
of installers encountering ransom strips when installing water meters.14/10/2014WRY03100Electoral
Reform14/10/2014WRY03200302. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government his plans for a change in electoral law to allow persons resident in the State that are not citizens or United
Kingdom citizens a right to vote in elections to Dil ireann; his views on such a change; and if he will make a statement on
the matter. [38877/14]14/10/2014WRY03300Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan
Kelly): Subject to age and residency requirements, a registered electors citizenship determines the polls at which he or she is
entitled to vote. Irish citizens alone are entitled to vote at all elections and referendums. EU citizens may vote at European
Parliament and local elections; non-EU citizens may vote at local elections. In addition, British citizens are also eligible to
vote at Dil elections. Under section 8 of the Electoral Act 1992, the Minister may by order provide for citizens of another EU
Member State who are ordinarily resident in Ireland to be registered as Dil electors on a reciprocal basis, where the Minister
is satisfied that the Member State involved grants Irish citizens resident in that country the right to vote at parliamentary
elections there on an equal basis with its own nationals. No such order has been made and I am not aware of any proposals to
extend voting rights at parliamentary elections to Irish citizens resident in any other EU Member State. I have no proposals at
present to change the existing arrangements.14/10/2014WRZ00100Written Answers Nos. 303-
31414/10/2014WRZ00150Departmental Programmes14/10/2014WRZ00200303. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for
the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide an update on the realignment process of local
development programmes under the Putting People First programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38893/14]14/10/2014WRZ00300Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
The Local Government Reform Act 2014 provides, inter alia, a statutory framework for the closer alignment of the local
government and local development sectors. A key element of the framework is the establishment of Local Community
Development Committees (LCDCs) in local authorities for the purpose of achieving a more joined-up approach to local and
community development programming. LCDCs have now been established in all local authority areas. Their primary role will
involve the development of the community elements of Local Economic Community Plans. Work on the Plans has
commenced in most local authority areas and it is anticipated that the Plans will be approved in all areas by Autumn 2015.
LCDCs will also oversee and manage a range of local and community development programmes, including my Departments
Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and the LEADER Programme. The SICAP procurement
process is currently underway. Stage one (Expression of Interest) has been completed and stage two (Invitation to Tender),
which will be managed by the LCDCs, will commence before the end of October. It is expected that LCDCs will award
contracts to successful tenderers in early 2015, with the programme commencing under LCDC management and oversight in
April 2015.Consideration of the new LEADER implementation arrangements is continuing and discussions are progressing at
local level between the key stake holders to agree a single, integrated approach to LEADER strategy development and
implementation. At national level, an Inter-Departmental Group on Local and Community Development (IDG) has been
established to bring a cross-government approach to the planning, management and delivery of local and community
development programmes. The IDG has met five times since its establishment in mid - 2013. It is overseeing the development
of a national Framework Policy for Local and Community Development, as well as a common impact measurement and
assessment framework for local and community programmes. The IDG has also commenced work on identifying a more cost
effective approach to the allocation of administration funding to local and community development programmes and
actions.14/10/2014WRZ00350Library Services Staff14/10/2014WRZ00400304. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for
the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of librarians in each local authority, by grade, from 2011 to
date in 2014, inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38895/14]14/10/2014WRZ00500Minister for the
Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Under section 159 of the Local Government Act
2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the
functions of the local authorities for which he or she is responsible. Information regarding the number of librarians in each
local authority is not collated by my Department.14/10/2014WRZ00550Library Services
Provision14/10/2014WRZ00600305. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government his plans for mergers of local authority library services; the local authorities that will share services; and if he
will make a statement on the matter. [38896/14]14/10/2014WRZ00700Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Opportunities for All, a Strategy for Public Libraries 2013-2017, recommends a review of
existing organisation structures - to establish stronger, more effective and efficient public libraries in the context of local
government reform and shared services and new opportunities afforded by the strategy outcomes. A working group was
established to examine the potential for shared services in the public library service. The working group determined that the
current structures in terms of organisation, workforce and service delivery are in need of reform in order for the public library
service to be in a position to maximise service delivery opportunities and achieve best outcomes in terms of effectiveness,
efficiency and customer service. The key challenge in the present structure is the need for the creation of scale for existing
library authorities. In order to achieve this, the Working Group determined that a new shared services structure for library

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authorities should be established, with a minimum population target of 100,000 as an appropriate basis for determining a
libraries shared services structure. A shared services structure for affiliated cities and counties should also be established,
delivering a single management structure with consequent resource efficiencies. The library service in each local authority
will retain its own branding, logo etc., and the elected members in each authority will remain responsible for reserved
functions in respect of the library service in their own area, including annual budgets and library development programmes.
The local authorities that are to share library services are Carlow/Kilkenny; Cavan/Monaghan; Laois/Offaly;
Leitrim/Roscommon/Sligo; and Longford/Westmeath.Cork City/Cork County, currently with affiliated services, would also
become a shared service.14/10/2014WRZ00750Building Regulations Compliance14/10/2014WRZ00800306. Deputy Jim
Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he is satisfied with the level of
enforcement of regulations when installing certified septic tanks; if his attention has been drawn to rogue traders installing
non-compliant tanks; the measures he has taken to address this issue if it exists; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38918/14]14/10/2014WRZ00900Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
The Building Regulations set out the legal requirements for the design and construction of buildings, including dwellings.
Compliance with the Regulations is the responsibility of the owner or builder of a building or works. Part H of the Second
Schedule to the Building Regulations 1997 to 2014 sets out the requirements for the disposal of foul and surface water. The
related Technical Guidance Document (TGD H 2010) provides guidance on how these requirements can be achieved in
practice. In relation to the use of septic tanks, in particular, TGD H states that Septic Tanks must conform to I.S. EN 12566
Part 1 or 4 including their national annexes and comply with the EPA Code of Practice - Section 7. The relevant national
annexes are published by the National Standards Authority of Ireland and set out clearly the performance requirements for
septic tanks when used in Ireland. TGD H also states that the design, installation and commissioning of wastewater treatment
systems should be carried out and/or supervised by a suitably qualified person. Under Regulation (EU) No. 305/2011 of the
European Parliament and of the Council laying down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products and
repealing Council Directive 89/106/EEC (known as the Construction Products Regulation), any product tested to a
harmonised standard can be put on the market in a Member State, including Ireland. Any concerns in relation to the use of a
septic tank that does not conform to the requirements outlined above should be brought to the attention of the local building
control authority in whose functional area the dwelling concerned exists. Building control authorities are the designated
authorities under the Building Control Act and under the Construction Products Regulations to consider such matters and I am
satisfied that they have been given the appropriate powers to take whatever action they may deem to be reasonable and
appropriate to enforce compliance by the responsible parties with their statutory obligations. Any person in possession of
evidence in relation to forged or fraudulent certificates for septic tanks should be advised to bring this to the attention of An
Garda Sochna which is the appropriate authority in relation to this aspect of the matter.14/10/2014WRZ00950Climate
Change Policy14/10/2014WRZ01000307. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for the Environment, Community
and Local Government when publication of the four key sectorial adaptation plans envisaged under the national policy
position for tackling climate change will be; when the national adaptation plan will be published; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [38931/14]14/10/2014WRZ01100Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
(Deputy Alan Kelly): The National Climate Change Adaptation Framework was published in December 2012. In relation to
sectorial adaptation plans under the Framework, my Department chairs an inter-departmental steering committee to assist the
relevant sectors in the work on developing their plans, which is on-going.A key factor in the timing and progress of sectorial
adaptation planning to date was the publication, in April 2013, of an EU Strategy on adaptation. A key part of this Strategy is
the development of an adaptation preparedness scoreboard which is directly relevant to sectorial adaptation planning in
Ireland, as it will identify key indicators for measuring Member States level of readiness. Discussions are on-going with the
European Commission and Member States, and it is expected that the scoreboard will be finalised in due course. Once
published, the intention would be to have the various sectorial adaptation plans adopted as soon as possible thereafter. In
parallel with the climate adaptation agenda, the National Policy Position on Climate Action and Low-Carbon Development
provides for the development of a National Low-Carbon Roadmap to 2050 which is now being developed and it is within this
context that Departments, with responsibility for the four key sectors, will be preparing the sectorial elements for
incorporation into the national roadmap. The key sectors are electricity generation, the built environment, transport and
agriculture. It is intended that a draft National Low-Carbon Roadmap, incorporating these four sectorial elements, will be
made available for public consultation. In making the draft roadmap available, it will be important to also consider the
outcome of negotiations on the EUs 2030 policy framework for climate and energy and relevant advices available to
Government and to the key sectors.14/10/2014WRZ01150Leader Programmes Applications14/10/2014WRZ01200308.
Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding
an application to the Mayo north-east Leader partnership (details supplied) in County Mayo; if it will be expedited due to the
length of time since the original application was made; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38938/14]14/10/2014WRZ01300Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): In
line with the bottom-up approach to rural development, there are 35 Local Action Groups (LAGs) contracted, on my
Departments behalf, to deliver the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (RDP) throughout
the country. The relevant LAG in respect of the projects referred to is Mayo North East LEADER Partnership (MNELP),
which is the principal decision-maker in relation to the allocation of project funding in that area of Mayo. I understand that

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MNELP has received an application from the promoter in question. Decisions regarding which projects to fund will be made
by the Board of MNELP in line with Programme Operating Rules and EU regulations and in the context of the local
development strategy. Decisions are also dependent on the availability of funding. I understand that a final decision regarding
this application is due to be made shortly.14/10/2014WRZ01350Waste Disposal14/10/2014WRZ01400309. Deputy Michael
McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will address a matter raised in
correspondence in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [38955/14]14/10/2014WRZ01500Minister for the
Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Under the European Union (Household Food Waste
and Bio-waste) Regulations 2013, household waste collectors are required to provide, or arrange for the provision of, a
separate collection service for food waste from households, and householders are required to ensure that they either source
segregate their food waste, keeping it separate from non-biodegradable materials, other waste and contaminants and make it
available for collection by an authorised waste collector; or subject the food waste to a home composting process; or bring the
food waste to an authorised facility with a view to its composting or anaerobic digestion or treatment in a way which fulfils a
high level of environmental protection.Enforcement of the Regulations is a matter for the local authorities and in cases where
a collector has failed to provide an appropriate food waste collection service in a designated brown bin area, affected
householders should contact the local authority concerned who have significant enforcement powers under the Regulations to
secure compliance by both waste collectors and householders.The successful roll-out of the brown bin is dependent on
appropriate education and awareness measures being introduced to support households in using the brown bin correctly. In
this regard my Department has worked with the Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Association of Ireland to develop a
website; www.brownbin.ie, to provide the public with the information required to use the brown bin appropriately, including
advice on the optimal methods for effective collection and storage of food waste. I am confident that initiatives such as this
can assist the public in the diversion of their food waste towards more beneficial uses and ensuring that full value can be
derived from this resource.14/10/2014WRZ01550Water Charges Exemptions14/10/2014WRZ01600310. Deputy Finian
McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will clarify the water charges for
different persons (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38967/14]14/10/2014WRZ01700314.
Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding
water charges for a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38996/14]14/10/2014WRZ01800346. Deputy Michel Martin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and
Local Government if persons in nursing homes are obliged to pay a vacant house water charge; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [39249/14]14/10/2014WRZ01900Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
(Deputy Alan Kelly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 310, 314 and 346 together.With effect from 1 January 2014, Irish
Water is responsible for public water services. The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that Irish Water can collect
charges from its customers in receipt of water services provided by it. The Act also provides that responsibility for the
independent economic regulation of the water sector is assigned to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) and the
CER has been given statutory responsibility for protecting the interests of customers. The CER has now issued a
determination on the water charges plan submitted to it by Irish Water. Full details and associated documentation are available
on the CER website at www.cer.ie/document-detail/CER-Water-Charges-Plan-Consultation/979.In making its determination
on the water charges plan, the CER had to take account of the decisions made by the Government on the funding model for
Irish Water and a direction made under Section 42 of the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 in July 2014. This policy direction
addressed a number of matters relating to domestic water charges including the provision of a free allowance of 30,000 litres
of water supplied and waste water treated per annum for a primary residence on a public supply and a free allowance to cover
the normal usage of water services by every child in their primary residence based on the same qualifying conditions as for
child benefit, while customers with specific medical conditions which require increased water consumption will have their
charges capped. Irish Water has submitted analysis of water consumption patterns in Ireland to the CER and details of this are
available on the CER website. The analysis is based on actual metered data and follow-on surveys with over 3,000 houses and
it confirms that average consumption for a household is 66,000 litres per year for the first occupant and an average further
21,000 litres for each additional occupant. Data on consumption patterns will continue to be provided by Irish Water to the
CER on a regular basis. In its determination, the CER has decided that all customers will have their total water charges capped
at the unmetered assessed charge for 9 months. The cap will apply from the start date of the next billing period after
installation of the meter or 1 October 2014, whichever is the later. In addition to the above, the Government has agreed to put
in place further affordability measures to assist pensioners, persons with disabilities, and carers who receive the Household
Benefits Package. The conditions and administrative approach to this additional measure are being developed by the
Department of Social Protection. Section 21 of the 2013 Act requires Irish Water to charge each customer for the provision by
it of water services and therefore there are no exemptions from water charges for local authority tenants. For a domestic
property that is not permanently occupied, the owner of the premises will be required to pay a minimum charge for water
supply and for wastewater per service.Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries
from public representatives. They may be contacted via email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278
278.14/10/2014WRZ01950Housing Management Companies14/10/2014WRZ02000311. Deputy Clare Daly asked the
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he is satisfied that Rural Resettlement Ireland Limited
has operated within its objectives as a non-profit making charity and that the rents it has accrued are in accordance with this

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objective. [38971/14]14/10/2014WRZ02100Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan
Kelly): Rural Resettlement Ireland Limited is a housing body approved under Section 6 of the Housing (Miscellaneous
Provisions) Act 1992 for the purpose of the provision of housing relief. Approved Housing Bodies (AHBs) consist mainly of
voluntary or co-operative organisations registered under the Companies Acts, societies registered under the Industrial &
Provident Societies Acts and/or Trusts incorporated under the Charities Acts. Compliance with the overall objectives of a
body is a matter, in the just instance, for the bodys Board and Management. Rural Resettlement Ireland Limited has, in the
past, received funding under both the Capital Assistance and Capital Loan and Subsidy Schemes. My Departments role in
relation to capital funding schemes for AHBs relates primarily to the provision of funds to support the annual construction
and housing acquisitions programmes by the AHB concerned. It is a matter for the relevant housing authority to ensure
compliance with the terms and conditions of the schemes and to have appropriate oversight and liaison arrangements in place
for the effective administration of the schemes and for ensuring that the investment in voluntary housing is safeguarded. This
Government is committed to better regulation of the AHB sector. In July 2013, Building for the Future a voluntary regulation
code for the approved housing body (AHB) sector was published. In February 2014 an interim Regulatory Committee was
established to oversee the implementation of the code and to advise on the development of statutory regulation. A Regulation
Office has also been established within the Housing Agency to manage the day to day functions of implementing the
voluntary code. To date, just over 160 AHBs have signed up to the code and further details are available on the Agencys
website at http://www.housing.ie/Regulation.aspx.In July 2014, the Government approved the preparation of the Heads of a
Bill to provide for the statutory regulation and governance of AHBs. I expect that the finalised Heads of the Bill will be ready
for submission to Government early in 2015. The interim period of voluntary regulation will be a valuable source of
information as to the scope and final content of the Bill.14/10/2014WRZ02150Planning Issues14/10/2014WRZ02200312.
Deputy Jonathan OBrien asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the proposed changes
designed to speed up the planning process and the way this will aid schools in the planning system.
[38975/14]14/10/2014WRZ02300Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
My Department initiated a public consultation process on 31 January 2014 for the purpose of reviewing and updating the
Development Management Guidelines for Planning Authorities 2007. As part of that process, it was indicated that
consideration would be given to any changes to improve the efficiency of the planning application process while continuing to
provide for appropriate and necessary public participation and environmental assessment. In addition, the High Level Group
on Business Regulation - which comes under the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation -
recently established a Planning Sub-Group, representative of both Government Departments, business interests and
professional planning agents/planners to make recommendations for any appropriate amendments to improve the planning
process generally, including improving its impacts on business.The submissions received during the public consultation
process on the review of the Development Management Guidelines are currently being examined by my Department. It is
proposed to bring forward any necessary revisions to further streamline the planning process which may also impact
positively on school building projects - as soon as possible, following the receipt of the input from the Planning Sub-Group of
the High Level Group on Business Regulation. Further reforms relating to the streamlining of the planning system, including
in relation to e-planning i.e. the online submission of planning applications, will also be considered in the context of the
forthcoming Planning and Development Bill. Question No. 313 answered with Question No. 294. Question No. 314 answered
with Question No. 310.14/10/2014WRAA00100Written Answers Nos. 315-32614/10/2014WRAA00150Water Services
Provision14/10/2014WRAA00200315. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government the number of estates still being supplied water through lead piping; if he will provide a breakdown by town
within each county; when it is proposed that all lead piping will be replaced. [39015/14]14/10/2014WRAA00300Minister for
the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Since 1 January 2014 Irish Water has statutory
responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels. I have no
responsibility for, or role in relation to, the management, operation or maintenance of water services infrastructure. Irish
Water has informed my Department that of its estimated 58,000 kilometres of distribution system, there is a very small
proportion of lead piping, consisting of approximately 190 short lengths across 14 local authorities. Irish Water is working to
achieve the replacement of these pipes as quickly as possible. However, there are a significant number of lead public service
pipes between the water mains and the customer stopcock or water meter. Irish Water is identifying the location of such lead
service connections during the meter installation programme. The numbers currently being identified represent about 5% of
houses, but this is expected to be higher in town centre areas. Irish Water also estimates that there may be a further 30,000 to
40,000 houses with shared backyard lead service connections. Irish Water has informed my Department that it intends to
invest in public lead pipe replacement schemes, primarily communications pipes, with a view to eliminating lead mains,
including shared backyard service connections, over the next ten years. Irish Water is also reviewing its water treatment
processes to ensure that they can mitigate the risk in the short term. The Water Services Act 2007 provides that the owner of a
premises is responsible for the maintenance of the internal water distribution system and should ensure that it is kept in good
order and repair, so as to prevent a risk to human health or the environment and that the water meets prescribed quality
standards. Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives.
The team can be contacted via an email to oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278.
14/10/2014WRAA00350Local Authority Finances14/10/2014WRAA00400316. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for

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the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount each local authority owes in land loans.
[39019/14]14/10/2014WRAA00500Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
A total value of some 507 million loans is currently outstanding to the Housing Finance Agency for the purchase of land by
local authorities. The following table sets out the outstanding balance for each local authority. Local Authority Land
Acquisition Loans Outstanding Carlow County Council 7,521,435.80 Clare County Council 6,828,212.10 Cork City
Council 37,458,684.19 Cork County Council 53,961,986.43 Donegal County Council 4,674,521.60 Dublin City Council
40,314,299.62 Dunlaoghaire/Rathdown County Council 36,380,739.78 Fingal County Council 8,535,424.20 Galway
City Council 32,030,327.17 Galway County Council 2,936,728.07 Kerry County Council 36,309,938.74 Kildare County
Council 5,285,429.31 Laois County Council 8,889,739.33 Leitrim County Council 1,639,355.48 Limerick City &
County Council 1,251,982.69 Longford County Council 2,878,291.65 Louth County Council 68,461,406.38 Mayo
County Council 9,465,144.90 Meath County Council 30,647,080.20 Offaly County Council 7,925,483.09 Sligo County
Council 38,354,642.46 Tipperary County Council 10,299,631.50 Waterford City & County Council 7,397,977.21
Westmeath County Council 3,010,984.78 Wexford County Council 9,787,486.52 Wicklow County Council
35,278,137.41 14/10/2014WRAA00550Planning Issues14/10/2014WRAA00600317. Deputy Derek Nolan asked the
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of inurement clauses that were removed in each
local authority; the grounds for quashing them; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39048/14]14/10/2014WRAA00700Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I
understand that the Question relates to a form of condition which is sometimes attached to a planning permission - also known
as a sterilisation agreement - under section 47 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, as amended, between a planning
authority and a person with a legal interest in land for the purpose of restricting or regulating the further development or use
of land, permanently or for a specific period. The decision as to whether to grant a planning application, with or without
conditions, is a matter for the relevant planning authority or An Bord Pleanla as appropriate and I have no role in relation to
the matter. Any decision to remove an inurement clause attached to a grant of permission is similarly a matter for the relevant
planning authority. Data on section 47 agreements (agreements regulating or restricting the development or use of land)
entered into are available on my Departments website
at:http://www.environ.ie/en/Publications/StatisticsandRegularPublications/PlanningStatistics/FileDownLoad,34296,en.xls.The
information requested in relation to the number of inurement clauses removed in each local authority area, and the grounds for
removing them, is not available in my Department.14/10/2014WRAA00750Pyrite Issues14/10/2014WRAA00800318.
Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the procedure for
amending the scheme under the Pyrite Resolution Act to include home owners living in the council area of Dn Laoghaire-
Rathdown, which is not included in the eligibility criteria but where category 2 damage consistent with pyrite heave has been
identified; and if he will advise on the way concerned homeowners should proceed.
[39103/14]14/10/2014WRAA00900Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
Neither the Pyrite Resolution Board nor my Department have been made aware of any dwellings affected by significant
damage caused by pyritic heave in the functional area of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. Building defects are, in
general, matters for resolution between the contracting parties and/or their insurers and the builder/developer of an estate is
responsible for remediating any defects that may exist in dwellings in their estates. Accordingly the residents should approach
the developer of the estate or their agent in this regard in the first instance. While section 13(5) of the Pyrite Resolution Act
2013 does provide that the pyrite remediation scheme may, subject to my approval, be amended, replaced or revoked by the
Pyrite Resolution Board, the position as matters currently stand is that the scheme is based on the information available to the
Board at the time of its adoption in February of this year and having regard to the detail set out in the Report of the Pyrite
Panel (July 2012). Any proposal to amend the scheme is, in the first instance, a matter for the Pyrite Resolution Board and any
such proposal would require detailed consideration of the evidence deemed necessary to support the case for an amendment to
the scheme. The recommendations of the Pyrite Panel to establish a pyrite remediation scheme to include dwellings in the
functional areas of Dublin city, Fingal, Kildare, Meath and Offaly was premised on a number of pertinent factors and I would
support the view that similar factors would need to be examined in advance of extending the scheme to other areas given the
scheme is ultimately one of last resort. As a minimum, in order to consider the appropriateness or otherwise of amending the
scheme, I understand that the Board would require a report providing the following information:- the extent and severity of
damage to dwellings in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area caused by pyritic heave in the subfloor hardcore; verification, if
available, that the damage has been caused by pyrite; the background to the occurrence of the damage; details of any
structural warranty policies for the dwellings; the history of the estates construction, numbers, type of dwellings etc.; the
source of the hardcore supplied to dwellings in the estate; and - any supporting geological assessments. In addition to the
above, the Board may also make such further enquiries as it considers necessary to assist it in considering the matter.
14/10/2014WRAA00950Community Development Initiatives14/10/2014WRAA01000319. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide an update on the social inclusion
community activity programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39108/14]14/10/2014WRAA01100Minister
for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): My Departments Local and Community
Development Programme (LCDP) is the largest social inclusion intervention of its kind in the State. The current Programme
officially ended at the end of 2013 having operated for four years with funding of 281m over that period. It is being

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implemented on a transitional basis for 2014 with a budget of 47m pending the roll out of the new Social Inclusion and
Community Activation Programme (SICAP) in April 2015. The SICAP is one of my key priorities and its budget for next
year will be decided in the 2015 Estimates process.The Programmes target groups are: - Children and Families from
Disadvantaged Areas - Lone Parents - New Communities (including Refugees/Asylum Seekers) - People living in
Disadvantaged Communities - People with Disabilities - Roma - The Unemployed (including those not on the Live Register)
- Travellers - Young Unemployed People from Disadvantaged areas. In accordance with the Public Spending Code, legal
advice, good practice internationally and in order to ensure the optimum delivery of the services to clients, the Programme is
subject to a public procurement process, which is currently underway. Stage one (Expression of Interest) has been completed.
Stage two (Invitation to Tender), will get underway later this month and will involve the successful applicants from Stage one
being invited to apply to one or more Local Community Development Committees, in Local Authority areas, to deliver the
programme. Contracts for SICAP will be determined following the outcome of the procurement process. The public
procurement process is a competitive process that is open to Local Development Companies, other not-for-profit community
groups, commercial firms and national organisations that can provide the services to be tendered for to deliver the new
Programme. In Stage one, joint applications were encouraged and organisations of varying sizes (for example smaller
organisations working in consortia with larger organisations) were invited to submit joint applications. The results of Stage
one were released on 24 September. I am satisfied that the procurement process underway is in line with good practice and
that the procurement documentation on e-Tenders contains all the relevant information on the process. I look forward to the
outcome of the procurement process and the roll out of SICAP in April 2015.14/10/2014WRAA01150Traveller Projects
Funding14/10/2014WRAA01200320. Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government if he will maintain funding and if possible increase funding for all Traveller projects in an area (details supplied)
in Dublin 22. [39109/14]14/10/2014WRAA01300Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy
Alan Kelly): My Departments Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) is the largest social inclusion
intervention of its kind in the State. The current Programme officially ended at the end of 2013 having operated for four years
with funding of 281m over that period. It is being implemented on a transitional basis for 2014 with a budget of 47m
pending the roll out of the new Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) in April 2015. The SICAP is
one of my key priorities and its budget for next year will be decided in the 2015 Estimates process. The Programmes target
groups are: - Children and Families from Disadvantaged Areas - Lone Parents - New Communities (including
Refugees/Asylum Seekers) - People living in Disadvantaged Communities - People with Disabilities - Roma - The
Unemployed (including those not on the Live Register) - Travellers - Young Unemployed People from Disadvantaged areas.
The SICAP aim is to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion and equality through local, regional and national
engagement and collaboration. I am confident that supports for the most disadvantaged in our society, such as Travellers, will
continue under SICAP. The LCDP currently provides funding of some 1.17m to 14 Traveller specific projects through the
country. My Department also supports a number of Traveller projects under the Scheme to Support National Organisations
(SSNO). This funding scheme, which supports national organisations in the community and voluntary sector, aims to provide
multi-annual funding to national organisations towards core costs associated with the provision of services. A new round of
funding was advertised for applications earlier this year. Following Pobals assessment of applications on behalf of my
Department, 55 applications for funding were approved under the scheme for the two-year period from 1 July 2014 to 30 June
2016. A number of Traveller community groups were successful in applying for funding under the scheme, including Pavee
Point, the National Traveller Womens Forum and the Irish Traveller Movement. In accordance with the Public Spending
Code, legal advice, good practice internationally and in order to ensure the optimum delivery of the services to clients, SICAP
is subject to a public procurement process, which is currently underway. Stage one (Expression of Interest) has been
completed. Stage two (Invitation to Tender), will get underway later this month and will involve the successful applicants
from Stage one being invited to apply to one or more Local Community Development Committees, in Local Authority areas,
to deliver the programme. Contracts for SICAP will be determined following the outcome of the procurement process.
14/10/2014WRAA01350Planning Issues14/10/2014WRAA01400321. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for the
Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the purchasing of land (details supplied) in Dublin 5;
and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39141/14]14/10/2014WRAA01500Minister for the Environment, Community
and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): It is a matter for each planning authority, in this case Fingal County Council, or
An Bord Pleanla on appeal, to determine any planning application in accordance with the Planning and Development Act
2000 (as amended), the Planning and Development Regulations 2001 (as amended) and the planning policy framework
currently in place including the appropriateness of developing lands that an applicant may have purchased. Furthermore, any
person who has an interest in land and who intends to make an application may, with the agreement of the planning authority
concerned, enter into consultation in order to discuss any proposed development. Under section 30 of the Planning and
Development Act 2000, I am specifically precluded from exercising any power or control in relation to any particular case
with which a planning authority or An Bord Pleanla is or may be concerned. 14/10/2014WRAA01550Compulsory Purchase
Orders14/10/2014WRAA01600322. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government if he will empower local authorities to take action to obtain lands adjoining regional and local roads by
compulsory order at accident locations where there is a risk to public safety; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
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The powers of local authorities to acquire lands by means of compulsory purchase order, including for the construction and
maintenance of public roads, are derived from Section 213 of the Planning and Development Acts 2000-2014. I am satisfied
that local authorities have sufficient compulsory purchase powers under the current legislation and I have no plans to amend it
at this time.14/10/2014WRAA01750Consultancy Contracts Expenditure14/10/2014WRAA01800323. Deputy Barry Cowen
asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide, in tabular form, the names of
outside companies hired by Irish Water since its establishment; the duration of contract; the costs per company; and overall
total costs to date on outside consultants. [39160/14]14/10/2014WRAA01900Minister for the Environment, Community and
Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water
services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local levels. I have asked Irish Water to compile the
information requested and to forward it to the Deputy as soon as possible. 14/10/2014WRAA01950Irish Water
Establishment14/10/2014WRAA02000324. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and
Local Government the total set-up costs of Irish Water to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39161/14]14/10/2014WRAA02100Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
The budget as proposed by Brd Gis ireann for the Irish Water Programme which was established to set up Irish Water was
180m. The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has approved an amount of 172.8m in respect of Irish Waters
establishment costs following a detailed review. The total spend on the Programme to end of August 2014 is 148.7m. Irish
Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. They may be
contacted via email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278. 14/10/2014WRAA02150Irish Water
Staff14/10/2014WRAA02200325. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government the total number of staff currently employed by Irish Water; the estimated increase in staff in 2015; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [39162/14]14/10/2014WRAA02300327. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the
Environment, Community and Local Government the criteria used by Irish Water in awarding bonuses; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [39164/14]14/10/2014WRAA02400Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 325 and 327 together.Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water
has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and operation at national, regional and local
levels. I understand from data supplied to my Department by Irish Water that 519 staff have been recruited up to 2 October
2014. Of these, 153 have been recruited from local authorities, 88 from Brd Gis ireann (BGE) and 5 from my Department.
Irish Water estimate that by the end of 2015 this figure will have risen to 693 staff, which is the final target staffing figure for
the enduring Irish Water organisation. The employment terms and conditions for Irish Water staff are a matter for the
company and I understand that these are in line with the arrangements applying within Brd Gis ireann. Brd Gis ireann
has in place a competitive market based pay model, which offers market based pay ranges for all employees, including a pay
at risk element called Performance Related Award (PRA). A pay freeze will remain in place until 2016 as this is a key element
of reducing overall payroll costs within the Group. As such, Irish Water does not pay increments or any form of automatic
pay award; the pay model applied allows for part of salaries to be placed at risk and this element of pay is only earned subject
to performance. Every individual in Irish Water has a clear set of objectives set for the year and a set of metrics against which
performance is measured. Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public
representatives. They may be contacted via email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278.
14/10/2014WRAA02450Irish Water Staff14/10/2014WRAA02500326. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the
Environment, Community and Local Government the number of staff employed by sub-contractors hired by Irish Water for
customer services; the length of the contract; the total cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39163/14]14/10/2014WRAA02600Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
Since 1 January 2014, Irish Water has statutory responsibility for all aspects of water services planning, delivery and
operation at national, regional and local levels. The procurement by Irish Water of external resources is a matter for the
company and I have no role in the matter. Irish Water has advised that it appointed Abtran Ltd, Cork, to operate all customer
contact channels and associated general administration. The contract is for a five year period (2013-2018) and was awarded
following a competitive tender process. As such the financial value of the contract is commercially sensitive. There are
currently just under 500 staff engaged on the contract. This contract covers the provision of customer care to approximately
1.6 million domestic and business public water service users. Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with
representations and queries from public representatives. They may be contacted via email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or
by telephone on 1890 278 278.14/10/2014WRBB00100Written Answers Nos. 327-338Question No. 327 answered with
Question No. 325.14/10/2014WRBB00250Water Charges Introduction14/10/2014WRBB00300328. Deputy Barry Cowen
asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will publish the water poverty analysis
undertaken by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39165/14]14/10/2014WRBB00400Minister for
the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): In January 2013, the Economic and Social
Research Institute (ESRI) was commissioned by my Department to undertake a study into water affordability and the
provision of water services in Ireland. Subsequently, an Inter-Departmental Working Group was established in October 2013
to advise the Government on the appropriate method for addressing affordability issues which might arise with the
introduction of domestic water charges. The Group considered the ESRI study as part of their examination of the issues. The
report of the Inter-Departmental Working Group, which includes the study carried out by the ESRI, has been published on my

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Departments website and is available at the following link;


http://www.environ.ie/en/Publications/Environment/Water/FileDownLoad,38146,en.pdf.14/10/2014WRBB00450Water
Charges Introduction14/10/2014WRBB00500329. Deputy Risn Shortall asked the Minister for the Environment,
Community and Local Government the database upon which Irish Water is basing its assessed charge for households where
there are several adults resident; and the database or other sources of information upon which Irish Water may verify the
number of adults present is equal to the number declared on the application form. [39167/14]14/10/2014WRBB00600330.
Deputy Risn Shortall asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the way it is proposed to
charge for water where persons are charged on an assessed basis but where household composition changes during the
assessed charge period. [39168/14]14/10/2014WRBB00700344. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for the
Environment, Community and Local Government his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding water charges; and if he
will make a statement on the matter. [39234/14]14/10/2014WRBB00800Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 329, 330 and 344 together.With effect from 1 January
2014, Irish Water is responsible for public water services. The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that Irish Water shall
collect charges from its customers in receipt of water services provided by it. The Act defines a customer as the occupier of
the premises in receipt of water services. The Act also provides that responsibility for the independent economic regulation of
the water sector is assigned to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) and the CER has been given statutory
responsibility for protecting the interests of customers. The approach to charging was outlined by Irish Water in a water
charges plan which it submitted to the CER in line with the provisions of the Act. The CER has now issued a determination
on the water charges plan. Full details and associated documentation are available on the CER website at.
www.cer.ie/document-detail/CER-Water-Charges-Plan-Consultation/979. In making its determination on the water charges
plan, the CER had to take account of the decisions made by the Government on the funding model for Irish Water and a
direction made under Section 42 of the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 in July 2014. This policy direction addressed a
number of matters relating to domestic water charges including the billing of properties not connected to a meter on the basis
of a scheme of assessed charges based on occupancy. The policy direction also requires the CER to review assessed charges in
the light of emerging data on metered consumption to ensure that the assessed charges remain as close a proxy for actual
usage as possible. With charges effective from 1 October 2014 Irish Water is in the process of compiling the relevant data to
ensure that customers can be billed accurately based on the tariff structure approved by the CER. Throughout the last number
of weeks, Irish Water has been sending application packs to approximately 2 million households, which refer to the effective
charging date and the fact that billing for domestic customers in receipt of public water services will start in January 2015.
The application process will enable customers to confirm their details for billing and, by providing the relevant PPS numbers,
claim the allowances that they are eligible for. This process involves customers informing Irish Water of the number of
people living in a property, which is made on the basis of self-declaration. The 2013 Act defines the customer as the occupier
of the premises in respect of which the water services are provided. It also provides, unless the contrary is proved, that the
owner of a premises is also the occupier of the premises. The application process gives tenants the opportunity to apply and
avail of their relevant allowances and this will continue until the deadline date for applications of 31 October 2014. After this
date Irish Water has advised my Department that it intends to initiate a further campaign to allow landlords provide proof that
their property is occupied by a tenant and that they are not the occupant. This will remove liability from the landlord in
compliance with Section 21(5) of the Act. Irish Water has an ongoing engagement with the Office of the Data Protection
Commissioner and will ensure compliance with data protection legislation. As outlined in the water charges plan, customers
may request Irish Water to change their occupancy status at any time. Irish Water will facilitate that request subject to the
change in occupancy being for a period greater than 90 days. In its determination on the water charges plan, the CER has
decided that all customers will have their total water charges capped at the unmetered assessed charge for 9 months. The
cap will apply from the start date of the next billing period after installation of the meter or 1 October 2014, whichever is the
later. Up to 300,000 households may not be metered in the initial domestic water metering programme due to either the high
cost or the technical difficulty of doing so. Irish Water has commissioned a study on possible approaches to metering
properties that are not part of the current metering programme, including apartments and properties with shared service
connections. On the basis of this report, it has been agreed to incorporate 48,000 apartments, identified by the report as being
easily metered, into the current metering programme. The advancement of any further phase of metering will be a matter for
consideration by the CER based on proposals from Irish Water. The same regime of assessed charges, based on occupancy,
will apply to apartments which are not metered, as other unmetered dwellings. Irish Water has established a dedicated team to
deal with representations and queries from public representatives. They may be contacted via email at
oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278. Question No. 331 answered with Question No.
294.14/10/2014WRBB00950Water Charges Administration14/10/2014WRBB01000332. Deputy Aengus Snodaigh asked
the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if provision will be made for social welfare recipients
to pay their water charges through the household budget scheme with An Post. [39179/14]14/10/2014WRBB01100333.
Deputy Aengus Snodaigh asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if an easy-pay card
will be available to customers of Irish Water to allow them to pay their water charges over time.
[39180/14]14/10/2014WRBB01200Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): I
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water services. The Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that Irish Water shall collect charges from its customers in
receipt of water services provided by it. The Act also provides that responsibility for the independent economic regulation of
the water sector is assigned to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) and the CER has been given statutory
responsibility for protecting the interests of customers. In its water charges plan, Irish Water has outlined a range of payment
options for its customers. The company has confirmed to my Department that it will be introducing an easy pay card in due
course. In the meantime, customers will be able to present their bill repeatedly to make regular payments at paypoint or
payzone outlets or at any post office. Irish Water has also advised my Department that it is examining the possibility of using
the Household Budget Scheme, in relation to the payment of water charges, in consultation with the Department of Social
Protection. Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives.
They may be contacted via email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278.
14/10/2014WRBB01250Water Charges Introduction14/10/2014WRBB01300334. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for
the Environment, Community and Local Government the measures that were taken by the Government and Irish Water to
ensure compliance with the Irish States obligations under the Aarhaus Convention in relation to access to information, public
participation and decision making and access to justice in environmental matters. [39182/14]14/10/2014WRBB01400Minister
for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The Aarhus Convention lays down a set of
basic rules to promote citizens involvement in environmental matters and to improve enforcement of environmental law. The
rules are broken down into three Pillars as follows: - Access to information on the environment, which allows members of the
public access to a wide range of information on the environment, including information on the state of the environment,
associated policies and measures, and on the state of human health and safety, where this can be affected by the state of the
environment; - Public participation which requires that parties to the Convention facilitate public participation in decisions
about the environment; public authorities must have mechanisms in place to enable the public affected and environmental
NGOs to comment on, for example, proposals for projects affecting the environment, or plans and programmes relating to the
environment; and - Access to justice which provides that the public have access to independent review procedures that are
timely, equitable and not prohibitively expensive, to challenge decisions relating to the environment. Prior to formal
ratification of the Convention, Ireland was required to implement each provision in national law, and over 60 pieces of
legislation have been used to implement the Aarhus Convention in Ireland. As with all statutory bodies, Irish Water is
required to comply with all requisite legislation pertaining to implementation of the Aarhus Convention. Irish Water has
established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public representatives. They may be contacted via
email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278. 14/10/2014WRBB01450Environmental Impact
Statements14/10/2014WRBB01500335. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government if he will provide full and specific details and results of all its environmental impact surveys conducted prior to
commencing work including but not limited to the installation to the electromagnetic frequency omitting devices smart meters
across the country. [39183/14]14/10/2014WRBB01600Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government
(Deputy Alan Kelly): In scoping the Water Metering Programme, the need to conduct an Environmental Impact Study (EIS)
was investigated. It was determined that the metering installation programme does not come under any category specified in
the EIA Directive or its Irish implementing legislation and therefore an EIS was not required. Each water meter has a low
power radio unit fixed to the top which enables it to be read periodically from a passing van. This is known as Automatic
Meter Reading (AMR). The AMR is dormant until the meter is read when it is activated only for the purpose of taking the
meter read. This should not be confused with smart metering technology, although Irish Water is not aware of any health risks
associated with smart meters. Irish Water have procured meters and radio units that comply with all relevant European and
International Standards designed to protect the health and safety of customers and the general public. The electromagnetic
radiation emitted from the individual AMR meters installed or from a cluster of such meters is a minute fraction of that
emitted from common household devices such as microwave ovens, Wi-fi routers, cordless phones or baby monitors. Further
information is available in Irish Waters information booklet entitled Irish Water Meters and AMR Technology, which is
available at www.water.ie/billing-and-metering/metering-explained/. Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with
representations and queries from public representatives. They may be contacted via email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or
by telephone on 1890 278 278. 14/10/2014WRBB01650Local Authority Charges Yield14/10/2014WRBB01700336. Deputy
Mary Mitchell OConnor asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been
drawn to a statement on 13 December 2013 that local authorities would receive a boost of 98 million in 2014 as receipts
from local property tax and other direct allocations contributed to the funding model; in view of the fact that the local
authorities are in the process of adopting budgets for 2015 and are making decisions on adjusting local property tax rates, if he
will confirm that it is his plan to continue to support the local authorities by maintaining the current level of central
Government support thereby enabling local authorities to retain the 80% local property tax to improve local services; and if he
will make a statement on the matter. [39192/14]14/10/2014WRBB01800Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The local government sector receives funding from a number of different sources,
including central Government (from a number of different Departments) and the Local Government Fund. The issue of grant
allocations from Central Government is a matter for finalisation in the context of the Estimates pro cess, as is normally the
case. In relation to Local Property Tax (LPT), the Government has decided that 80% of LPT will be retained locally from
2015 to fund vital public services. The remaining 20% will be re-distributed to provide top-up funding to certain local

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authorities that have lower property tax bases due to the variance in property values across the State, in such a way as to
ensure that no local authority is worse off in 2015 compared to General Purpose Grant allocations in 2014. Every local
authority has the power, from 1 July 2014, to vary the basic rate of LPT by up to 15%. In the event that a local authority
decides to increase LPT rates, they will retain 100% of the additional LPT collected. Where a local authority decides to reduce
LPT rates, the full cost of that reduction will be reflected in a reduced LPT allocation to that local authority. Local authorities
are required to notify the Revenue Commissioners by 30 September each year where they have, by resolution, decided to vary
LPT rates; for 2015, 14 local authorities availed of the opportunity to vary the rate of LPT, further details of which are
available on the Revenue Commissioners website at http://www.revenue.ie/en/tax/lpt/index.html. The amount of LPT
receipts to be retained locally in 2015 for 12 local authorities will be greater than the level of funding those individual local
authorities received from General Purpose Grants in 2014. The local authorities concerned are Clare, Cork County, Cork City,
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Dublin City, Fingal, Galway City, Kerry, Kildare, Meath, South Dublin and Wicklow. The
Government has decided that these 12 authorities will be entitled to use a certain portion of that additional funding for their
own discretionary purposes as part of the normal budgetary process. That portion will be an amount equal to 20% of the total
expected LPT receipts for their respective local authority areas (before any decision to vary rates) or alternatively the full
amount of the additional funding where that is less than the value of 20% of LPT receipts. It will be a matter for the individual
local authorities to decide how to spend that discretionary funding. My Department has already advised local authorities of
their provisional Local Property Tax allocations from the Local Government Fund for 2015. 14/10/2014WRBB01850Local
Authority Charges Application14/10/2014WRBB01900337. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for the
Environment, Community and Local Government in the context of the right of residency exemption under the non-principal
private residence charge, if a provision in the property owners will to give a right of residency to a tenant is sufficient to
qualify for the exemption; the degree of discretion a local authority has in applying this exemption; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [39204/14]14/10/2014WRBB02000Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, as amended, provides the legislative basis for
the Non Principal Private Residence (NPPR) Charge. The NPPR Charge of 200 per annum, which has since been
discontinued, applied in the years 2009 to 2013 to any residential property in which the owner did not reside as their normal
place of residence. It is a matter for an owner to determine if he or she has a liability and, if so, to declare that liability and pay
the charge. A certificate of exemption from the NPPR Charge can only be issued for the reasons specified in Section 4 of the
2009 Act. A provision in the property owners will to give a right of residency to a tenant is not one of the specific exemptions
listed in that section. Under the Act, it is a function of a local authority to collect NPPR charges and late payment fees due to
it, and all charges and late payment fees imposed and payable to a local authority are under the care and management of the
local authority concerned. In this regard, application of the legislation in particular circumstances is a matter for the relevant
local authority. 14/10/2014WRBB02050Water Charges Administration14/10/2014WRBB02100338. Deputy Billy Kelleher
asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on correspondence (details supplied)
regarding water charges. [39210/14]14/10/2014WRBB02200Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): With effect from 1 January 2014, Irish Water is responsible for public water services. The
Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that Irish Water shall collect charges from its customers in receipt of water services
provided by it. The Act also provides that responsibility for the independent economic regulation of the water sector is
assigned to the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) and the CER has been given statutory responsibility for protecting
the interests of customers. The CER has now issued a determination on the water charges plan submitted to it by Irish Water.
Full details and associated documentation are available on the CER website at www.cer.ie/document-detail/CER-Water-
Charges-Plan-Consultation/979. Section 22 of the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013 provides that for the purposes of
calculation, the amount of wastewater discharged for a premises is deemed to be equal to the amount of water supplied, unless
Irish Water and the customer agree otherwise. This is the standard approach for charging for water supply and waste water
treatment services internationally. There will be customers who receive only one service from Irish Water; for example, they
may have a private well or have an on-site waste water treatment system, and such customers will only be charged for the
service they receive. Irish Water has established a dedicated team to deal with representations and queries from public
representatives. They may be contacted via email at oireachtasmembers@water.ie or by telephone on 1890 278 278.
14/10/2014WRCC00100Written Answers Nos. 339-350 Question No. 339 answered with Question No.
293.14/10/2014WRCC00250Housing Adaptation Grant Funding14/10/2014WRCC00300340. Deputy Brian Walsh asked the
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a local
authority (details supplied) has a policy of not providing financial assistance under the housing aid for older people scheme to
applicants wishing to have windows replaced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39215/14]14/10/2014WRCC00400Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
My Department provides funding to local authorities to implement the Housing Aid for Older People Scheme. However, the
detailed administration of the scheme, including prioritisation of the works to be funded, is a matter for individual local
authorities.14/10/2014WRCC00450Environmental Protection Agency Remit14/10/2014WRCC00500341. Deputy Regina
Doherty asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if a company (details supplied) which is
licensed by the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, has contravened its industrial emissions licence; if so, the action that
has been taken by the EPA as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

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[39225/14]14/10/2014WRCC00600Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
The facility in question operates under an Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) licence granted by the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA). The monitoring and enforcement of conditions attaching to IPC licences are a matter for the EPA. All
documents relating to individual IPC licences, including inspection information, are available to view on the EPAs website at
www.epa.ie. Under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992, as amended, I am precluded from exercising any power
or control in relation to the performance by the EPA of its licensing functions in specific cases.14/10/2014WRCC00650Leader
Programmes Administration14/10/2014WRCC00700342. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for the Environment,
Community and Local Government the managerial structure of the Leader programmes and if he will indicate to whom the
south Tipperary development company chief executive officer is answerable; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39231/14]14/10/2014WRCC00800Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
My Department is the delegated Paying Agency responsible for the implementation of the LEADER elements of the Rural
Development Programme 2007-2013. In line with the bottom up approach to rural development the implementation of the
Programme at local level is carried out by 35 Local Development Companies of which South Tipperary Local Development
Company is one. These companies operate under contract with my Department and the employees, including the chief
executive officers, are answerable to their boards of directors. 14/10/2014WRCC00850Tree
Remediation14/10/2014WRCC00900343. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and
Local Government whether a local authority may force a land owner to cut a large tree that is hanging over a private house
(details supplied); the legislation that exists in this area; his plans for legislation in this area; and if he will make a statement
on the matter. [39232/14]14/10/2014WRCC01000Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy
Alan Kelly): There is currently a civil remedy available concerning branches or roots of neighbouring trees encroaching on a
persons property.I will, however, give consideration to the issue of trees acutely impacting on neighbouring properties in the
context of the forthcoming review of legislation in this area. My Department is examining a number of legislative options in
this regard which will be taken into account in that context.In relation to dangerous trees, I understand that Section 70 of the
Roads Act, 1993 which is under the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport - obliges the
owner or occupier of land to take all reasonable steps to ensure that trees on and are not a hazard or potential hazard to road
users and that they do not obstruct or interfere with the safe use of, or maintenance of, a public road. The relevant road
authority may serve a notice on the owner or occupier of the land requiring the preservation, felling, cutting, lopping,
trimming or removal within a specified time period of any tree which is a hazard or potential hazard to road users and road
safety.I also understand that under Section 58 of the Communications Regulation Act 2002 which is under the remit of my
colleague, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources - a network operator or any person authorised by
the operator may lop or cut any tree, shrub or hedge which obstructs or interferes with any physical infrastructure of the
network operator. Question No. 344 answered with Question No. 329.14/10/2014WRCC01150Water Services
Provision14/10/2014WRCC01200345. Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local
Government the amount of money spent each year for the past 15 years on improving the treated water infrastructure in
Dublin; the percentage loss in volume of treated water through faculty infrastructure in Dublin in each of the past 15 years;
and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39247/14]14/10/2014WRCC01300Minister for the Environment, Community
and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): The primary objective of my Departments National Water Conservation
Programme was to reduce water loss and leakage in the distribution networks to an economic level and to address high levels
of unaccounted for water. My Departments Water Services Investment Programme 2010 2013 (WSIP) placed a high
priority on water conservation. Nationally, some 290 million has been spent on water conservation projects since 2003.
Details in respect of expenditure on water conservation since 2003 nationally and in the Dublin area are set out in the
following table. Expenditure on water conservation prior to 2003 was not separately recorded. Year Total expenditure on
water conservation million Expenditure on water conservation in the Dublin area million 2003 11.3 5.4 2004 11.8 2.2
2005 11.8 0.7 2006 16.8 2.1 2007 20.8 2.5 2008 30.7 8.9 2009 27.2 5 2010 37.7 15.9 2011 39.9 14.5 2012 39.3 11.1 2013
43.5 10.4 Statistics relating to Unaccounted for Water in each local authority are recorded each year in the annual Local
Government Management Agency (LGMA) Service Indicators reports. Service indicator reports from 2004 to 2012 are
available on the LGMA website at http://www.lgcsb.ie/en/Publications.Irish Water has an overall remit to promote water
conservation in relation to public water services and I understand that a comprehensive water conservation programme will be
undertaken by the company and will cover the full spectrum of measures including customer awareness and education
campaigns about water conservation. Question No. 346 answered with Question No. 310.14/10/2014WRCC01450Third Level
Qualifications Recognition14/10/2014WRCC01500347. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment,
Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 965 of 18 September 2013, when progress will be
made on an issue (details supplied) regarding graduate recognition [39250/14]14/10/2014WRCC01600Minister for the
Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Section 14 of the Building Control Act 2007 includes
provision for the prescription of educational bodies or qualifications whose graduates may be recognised, subject to certain
other requirements being fulfilled, as eligible for inclusion on the register of architects as established under the Act. My
Department is satisfied that all the necessary procedural requirements are in place to allow the Master of Architecture Degree
programme awarded jointly by University College Cork and the Cork Institute of Technology, through the Cork Centre for
Architectural Education, to become a prescribed course for the purposes of the Act. The necessary regulations prescribing the

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course are currently being prepared by my Department and will be finalised shortly.The recognition of this, and other
prescribed courses, including that provided by ARAE Limited, a private company operating from the campus of University
College Dublin, within the EU/EEA is a matter for the European Commission. The Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, as
the competent national authority in respect of the profession of Architecture, has indicated that it is willing to assist, where
possible, course providers in preparing their applications to the European Commission for recognition of the qualifications
concerned.14/10/2014WRCC01650Homelessness Strategy14/10/2014WRCC01700348. Deputy Clare Daly asked the
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views regarding State property which has been made
available for housing purposes or to assist in dealing with the homelessness crisis; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [38168/14]14/10/2014WRCC01800Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan
Kelly): On 20 May 2014, the Implementation Plan on the States Response to Homelessness was published in which the
Governments approach to delivery on its objective of ending involuntary long-term homelessness by the end of 2016 was
outlined. A copy of this plan is available on my Departments website at,
http://www.environ.ie/en/DevelopmentHousing/Housing/SpecialNeeds/HomelessPeople/.This plan sets out a range of
measures to secure a ring-fenced supply of accommodation to house homeless households within the next three years and
mobilise the necessary supports. Progress in implementing the plan is reported quarterly through the Cabinet Committee on
Social Policy and a copy of the Quarter 2 2014 Progress Report is also available on my Departments website at the link
provided.Bringing vacant local authority properties back into productive use as quickly as possible is one of the critical
actions in the implementation plan and steps are being taken across the country to bring 1,800 such units into use before year
end.Other suitable vacant residential properties in State ownership are also being considered to be brought into productive use
as quickly as possible and my Department has been engaging with key State property stakeholders for this purpose. As part of
this initiative, arrangements are underway to complete remedial works on a property previously managed by OPW and which
will be leased to an Approved Housing Body for the purposes of providing accommodation for homeless households in the
Dublin region. Some large sites in Dublin City have been identified by key State stakeholders including OPW, the Department
of Defence, and the HSE and these are being considered by Dublin City Council. Other potential housing solutions are also
being considered in this context.14/10/2014WRCC01850Leader Programmes Applications14/10/2014WRCC01900349.
Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding
an application to Mayo North East Leader Partnership Company by an organisation (details supplied) in County Mayo; if it
will be expedited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39263/14]14/10/2014WRCC02000Minister for the
Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): In line with the bottom-up approach to rural
development under the LEADER elements of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013, the Local Action Groups
(LAGs) are the principal decision-makers in relation to the allocation of project funding. Such decisions are made in the
context of the local development strategy of the individual groups and in line with the Programmes Operating Rules and EU
regulations. The LAG for the area referred to in the Question is Mayo North East LEADER Partnership (MNELP). The
project file concerned was submitted to my Department by MNELP for a review which was completed and returned to
MNELP on 8 October 2014.14/10/2014WRCC02050Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WRCC02100350. Deputy
Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will provide a list of all
State board appointments made since the general election in 2011; the person who recommended each appointee; the
credentials of those appointed; if vacancies were publicly advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39280/14]14/10/2014WRCC02200Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly):
Since July 2011, my Departments website has been used as the primary mechanism for seeking expressions of interest from
suitably qualified and experienced persons, for consideration as members or chairpersons of the boards of State bodies under
my Departments aegis.It should be noted that in the case of certain appointments, statutory selection procedures must be
followed or nominations must be sought from independent nominating panels before appointments are made by the Minister
or the Government, as appropriate. In addition, in the case of a number of Boards, not all of the appointments to the body
concerned are made by the Minister, and in some situations appointments are made with the consent of another
Minister.Details in relation to appointments made since 2011 are being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon
as possible.In line with a recent Government Decision, a Revised Model for Ministerial Appointments to State Boards,
brought forward by my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, is being put in place, operating through
the Public Appointments Service, and will govern relevant future appointments.14/10/2014WRDD00100Written Answers
Nos. 351-36214/10/2014WRDD00150Leader Programmes Funding14/10/2014WRDD00200351. Deputy Willie Penrose
asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to outline the grants available to a community
organisation to construct a childrens playground and community centre for the local area; and if he will make a statement on
the matter. [39312/14]14/10/2014WRDD00300Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy
Alan Kelly): The only possible funding available from my Department for this type of infrastructure is under the LEADER
programme. However, funding under the LEADER element of the 2007-2013 Rural Development Programme is now fully
committed. I expect however that the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme will commence during 2015 and there is
potential under this Programme to fund playgrounds if it is identified as a priority in the Local Development Strategy for the
area.14/10/2014WRDD00350Departmental Staff Rehiring14/10/2014WRDD00400352. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the
Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to set out the number of persons who are on public or Civil

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Service pensions who have been recruited for work on any basis, permanent or temporary, under the remit of his Department
in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39548/14]14/10/2014WRDD00500Minister
for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): Retired public and civil servants are engaged
from time to time by my Department in areas where specific expertise is required for a short fixed period and these people
provide a level of knowledge, experience and background compatible with such temporary and periodic requirements. The
abatement principle, which ensures that the fee or salary paid plus pension does not exceed the rate of pay the pensioner
would receive if he/she had continued service in their former post, applies to payments where appropriate.The information
requested in respect of persons on public service pensions who have been recruited for work in my Department since January
2012 is set out in the following tables: Year Role No 2012 Internal Audit Committee Member 2 - Chair Management Board
Meetings of the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management 1 - Process Auditor on Waterford Grouped Towns
& Villages Sewerage Scheme 1 - Service Indicators Independent Assessment Panel 1 - Chair for the National Traveller
Accommodation Consultative Committee 1 - Examination of Final Accounts of Water Services Capital Projects 2 - 27th
Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum of the United Nations Environment Programme
Nairobi (3 months contract over 2012/2013) 1 Year Role No 2013 Internal Audit Committee Member 2 - Chair Management
Board Meetings of the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management 1 - Process Auditor on Waterford Grouped
Towns & Villages Sewerage Scheme 1 - Service Indicators Independent Assessment Panel 1 - Chair for the National Traveller
Accommodation consultative Committee 1 - Examination of Final Accounts of Water Services Capital Projects 2 -
Parliamentary Drafting Expertise for Departments Legislative Programme (temporary contract) 1 - 24th General Council
Meeting of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme Nairobi (2 months) 1 - 24th General Council Meeting of the
United Nations Human Settlements Programme Nairobi (15 days) 1 - Preparation of EIA Guidelines. 1 Year Role No 2014
Internal Audit Committee Member 2 - Chair Management Board Meetings of the National Directorate for Fire and
Emergency Management 1 - Service Indicators Independent Assessment Panel 1 - Parliamentary Drafting Expertise for
Departments Legislative Programme (temporary contract) 1 - Independent Review of Draft Directions under section 31 of the
Planning and Development Act 2000 in relation to Westmeath 1 - National Oversight and Audit Commission 3 My
Department occasionally avails of the services of a number of retired public and civil servants for limited adjudication
purposes. In addition to the above, a number of retired public and civil servants carry out work for my Department from time
to time on a pro bono basis.In respect of the Agencies/Bodies under the aegis of my Department, An Bord Pleanla has
engaged four retired individuals, the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency engaged two such persons, the Local
Government Management Agency has engaged one person, as has the Pyrite Resolution Board. The Private Residential
Tenancies Board has engaged the services of 4, 4 and 6 persons in 2012, 2013 and 2014,
respectively.14/10/2014WRDD00550Inland Fisheries Regulation14/10/2014WRDD00600353. Deputy Martin Ferris asked
the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if an Inland Fisheries Ireland operational manager has a
trout fishing lodge on Lough Corrib, while, at the same time, using gillnets to fish for pike on SAC 297, Lough Corrib.
[39173/14]14/10/2014WRDD00700354. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural
Resources if gillnets are allowed to be used during pike spawning season on all west of Ireland lakes.
[39174/14]14/10/2014WRDD00800355. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural
Resources if Inland Fisheries Ireland allows Waterways Ireland to cut and remove weed from canals during pike spawning
season. [39175/14]14/10/2014WRDD00900Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural
Resources (Deputy Joe McHugh): I propose to take Questions Nos. 353 to 355, inclusive, together.I am advised that Inland
Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has recently launched detailed policy documents in respect of Pike and Brown Trout. During the
preparation of these policies IFI liaised with relevant angling federations and reviewed the scientific advice on the two
species. The management requirement for predator control measures and their efficiency is based on data from scientific fish
surveys. However, work has commenced on examining the feasibility of managing juvenile populations as against gill netting
for adults.IFI was established following the amalgamation of the Central & Regional Fisheries Board on July 1st 2010. In that
regard the new agency adopted many of the policies and procedures in place by the various fisheries Boards prior to its
establishment.The Head of Operations in IFI is involved in all aspects of these programmes. Lough Corrib and a number of
other lakes in the western region have been managed as wild brown trout fisheries since the establishment of the Inland
Fisheries Trust (IFT) in the 1950s, and the Trusts development in to the Regional Fisheries Boards in the 1980s. It is in this
context that predator management programmes have been carried out in line with scientific advice. The western lakes are
unique in Europe in being the only large lakes with underlying limestone geology which supports and promotes a unique
habitat for the production and development of brown trout.While IFI liaise closely with Waterways Ireland on fisheries and
environmental matters, statutory responsibility in respect of canals lies with Waterways Ireland and the cutting and removal of
weed is a day to day matter for that organisation.14/10/2014WRDD00950National Broadband Plan
Implementation14/10/2014WRDD01000356. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and
Natural Resources if he will expedite the national broadband plan in view of the financial hardship being caused to families in
rural areas as a result of the drastic hike in broadband prices and further to the abolition of funding under the national
broadband scheme by the Government earlier this year (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38871/14]14/10/2014WRDD01100Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): The
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service providers operating in a liberalised market, regulated by the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg).
The State can only intervene to ensure access to broadband services in areas in cases of clear market failure, as was the case
with the National Broadband Scheme, which commenced in 2008. Through this scheme my Department, with the support of
the European Union, invested significantly to ensure that infrastructure and services were made available to redress the deficit
in basic broadband connectivity which existed at the time in certain designated rural areas. Under EU rules, the Scheme was
required to be limited in its duration and therefore it expired on 25th August following a 68 month operational period.3, the
NBS service provider, has confirmed that, following the expiry of the Scheme, they will continue to provide coverage
throughout NBS areas on a commercial basis, offering consumers the same choice of broadband plans and tariffs as those
offered to consumers outside of the NBS areas. Furthermore, they plan to extend 4G coverage across all of the NBS areas,
offering significantly enhanced mobile broadband speeds within the next 3 years. This rollout is already underway, with a
number of NBS sites now 4G enabled.The details provided in the Question refer to customers previously served by the NBS
satellite service, which was utilised in a small number of cases for technical reasons associated with the location of the
premises. Digiweb, which provided the NBS satellite service on behalf of 3, continue to offer broadband services on a
commercial basis to these customers. I understand that Digiweb have recently contacted customers regarding an increase in
tariff to rates similar to those charged by the company outside of NBS areas. For this increase the majority of customers will
receive increased download and upload speeds and a 37% increase in data allowance. A very limited number of customers
affected by this tariff increase cannot receive the upgrade in speeds and data allowance as the technology deployed does not
allow for an upgrade to their service. Digiweb have advised my Department that they are investigating a plan to transfer these
customers to the newer technology.With basic broadband services now available throughout Ireland, the next phase of
Irelands broadband evolution is focused on the delivery of high speed broadband under the Governments National
Broadband Plan.The Governments Statement of Priorities for the period 2014 to 2016 reaffirms our commitment to
delivering a State-led broadband intervention in rural areas. Through the National Broadband Plan (NBP) the Government
aims to ensure that high speed broadband is available to all citizens and businesses in Ireland. This is being achieved through
measures designed to accelerate commercial investment and the development of a State-led intervention for non-commercial
areas.Under EU State Aid Guidelines, Member States cannot intervene where commercial investors have plans to roll out
services. A comprehensive mapping exercise is underway in my Department to identify those areas that require a State
intervention. An initial list of areas has already been identified and includes 78 areas in County Tipperary, including
Upperchurch. I am also aware of extensive rollout of high speed broadband services in County Tipperary by at least one
commercial operator.As part of the mapping process, an initial stakeholder consultation on certain technical aspects of the
proposed Plan was launched in June with a deadline of 15th September. 31 submissions were received as part of this process
and non-commercially sensitive versions of these responses will be published over the coming weeks.I expect to publish the
maps for public consultation later this year. These will include details of the areas requiring State intervention. The maps will
be dynamic and will be subject to change if new commercial investments are announced in the future.A further public
consultation on a detailed intervention strategy will be launched in mid-2015.EU State Aid clearance will be required for the
State intervention. My Department will be working closely with the European Commission on this important aspect of the
programme.Finally, a detailed procurement process will have to be undertaken in order to select a potential preferred bidder(s)
prior to commencing the roll out of high speed broadband services.This complex and ambitious project is a key priority for
Government and for my Department. It aims to conclusively address current connectivity challenges in a sustainable and
meaningful way. Our goal is to ensure that quality broadband services are available to all citizens regardless of where they are
located.14/10/2014WRDD01150Renewable Energy Generation Targets14/10/2014WRDD01200357. Deputy Michelle
Mulherin asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if Ireland is on target to meet its EU
renewable targets by 2020; the obstacles to achieving same; the implications of failing to do so; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [38924/14]14/10/2014WRDD01300Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
(Deputy Alex White): The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive set Ireland a target of meeting 16% of total energy demand from
renewable sources by 2020. To meet this obligation Ireland is committed to meeting 40% of electricity demand, 12% of heat
and 10% of transport from renewables. Provisional figures indicate that, at the end of 2013, 7.7% of Irelands energy came
from renewable sources. There is currently over 2,400 MW of renewable generation connected to the Irish grid, with an
estimated total required by 2020 of between 3,500 and 4,000 MW. Over 3,000 MW of new generation, mainly renewable, has
accepted grid connection offers, reflecting the abundance of Irelands renewable energy resources. However, to achieve 40%
renewable electricity by 2020, we must increase the rate of build of both renewable generation and the electricity transmission
network. Comprehensive engagement with local communities, and communicating the benefits for citizens of realising the
potential of our indigenous renewable electricity resources, will be essential in the rollout of renewable energy and grid
infrastructure.Progress towards the renewable heat target is proving challenging. Estimates by the Sustainable Energy
Authority of Ireland (SEAI) show that current policies will not deliver fully on our target of 12% renewable energy in the heat
sector by 2020. In this regard, the analysis underpinning the draft Bioenergy Plan, published last week, sets out how an
additional bioenergy focussed measure in the heat sector would be a cost effective means of meeting Irelands renewable
energy targets. The Plan, therefore, recommends, subject to State Aid clearance and further Government approval, that a
scheme would be introduced that would incentivise larger heat users to convert to biomass heating solutions.Though the
increased deployment of electric vehicles will contribute towards the target of 10% of the energy in transport from

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renewables, the deployment of sustainable biofuels through the Biofuels Obligation Scheme will be the main mechanism
through which Ireland will aim to support renewable energy in transport.Although biofuels from waste accounted for over
62% of the biofuel placed on the Irish market in 2013, a proposed amendment by the European Commission to the Renewable
Energy Directive would require that, in addition to the current requirement that biofuels must meet certain sustainability
criteria, a limit would apply to the contribution that certain crop-based biofuels could make towards renewable energy targets.
This would result in Ireland and other Member States encountering challenges with regard to the availability of sufficient
quantities of sustainable biofuel.Irelands 16% renewables target for 2020 is a legally binding obligation, as is the case for all
Member States. While the EU Renewables Directive makes provision for the purchase of compliance with targets, the costs
associated with this are not yet known. In any event, it is critical that we maintain our focus on taking the range of actions
available to us to overcome the challenges we face in meeting our 2020 target, and to making our energy system more
sustainable, and more secure, for the future.14/10/2014WRDD01350Climate Change Policy14/10/2014WRDD01400358.
Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources when publication of the
sectoral adaptation plan for energy envisaged under the national policy position for tackling climate change will take place; to
set out the preparations and progress his Department has made towards the plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[38950/14]14/10/2014WRDD01500Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): My
Department participates in the climate adaptation process through the steering committee for sectoral adaptation plans, which
is chaired by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government. A key factor in the timing and progress of
sectoral adaptation planning was the publication in April 2013 of an EU Strategy on adaptation. Action 1 of that Strategy
states that by 2014, the European Commission will develop an adaptation preparedness scoreboard. The scoreboard is directly
relevant to sectoral adaptation planning in Ireland. Discussions which involve the European Commission and all Member
States are ongoing. An update on progress will be provided at the next steering committee meeting in November.In parallel
with these discussions I have formed a steering group to look specifically at the challenges facing the energy sector in dealing
with climate change. This group comprises officials from my Department, the Commission for Energy Regulation, the
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and EirGird, along with representatives from the electricity and gas network
operators.I anticipate receiving a draft climate adaptation plan for the energy sector by the end of this year and publishing it
soon thereafter.14/10/2014WRDD01550Bioenergy Strategy Implementation14/10/2014WRDD01600359. Deputy Brendan
Griffin asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources to set out his views on a matter (details
supplied) regarding renewable energy; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39106/14]14/10/2014WRDD01700Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): Last
week I published a Draft Bioenergy Plan which is available on my Departments website (www.dcenr.gov.ie). The draft Plan
is to be subject to Strategic Environmental and Appropriate Assessment, including public consultation, which will inform the
shape of the finalised Plan. These assessment processes will commence shortly. The draft Plan sets out the broader context for
the development of Irelands bioenergy sector, and the current status with regard to the range of policy areas that must be
coordinated in order to create the conditions necessary to support the development of this sector. The Plan recognises that
improved coordination will allow the sector to contribute to a number of policy objectives in the areas of renewable energy,
waste management, sustainable agriculture and forestry, and economic activity. The Plan also identifies the next steps that
must be taken to support the sustainable development of the sector.In terms of bioenergys role in meeting Irelands renewable
energy targets, the draft Plan recommends the continuation of the REFIT schemes and the Biofuels Obligation Scheme.
Furthermore, the analysis underpinning the Plan is that an additional bioenergy-focused measure in the heat sector represents
the most cost effective means of meeting a number of different policy goals. Therefore, the Plan also recommends the
introduction of a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for larger heat users to change to heating solutions that produce heat from
renewable sources. The RHI scheme, once designed, will require State Aid approval from the European Commission and
further Government approval. It is proposed to have the scheme in place in 2016.14/10/2014WRDD01750National
Broadband Plan Implementation14/10/2014WRDD01800360. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will directly intervene to ensure that a company (details supplied) will
continue to provide national broadband scheme customers with the same coverage and broadband plans; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [39115/14]14/10/2014WRDD01900Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
(Deputy Alex White): The provision of telecommunications services, including broadband services, is a matter, in the first
instance, for private sector service providers operating in a liberalised market, regulated by the Commission for
Communications Regulation (ComReg). The State can only intervene to ensure access to broadband services in areas in cases
of clear market failure, as was the case with the National Broadband Scheme, which commenced in 2008. Through this
scheme my Department, with the support of the European Union, invested significantly to ensure that infrastructure and
services were made available to redress the deficit in basic broadband connectivity which existed at the time in certain
designated rural areas. Under EU State Aid approval for the Scheme, it was required to be limited in its duration. As a
consequence, following a 68 month operational period, the Scheme expired on 25th August 2014.3, the NBS service
provider, has confirmed that, following the expiry of the Scheme, they will continue to provide coverage throughout NBS
areas on a commercial basis, offering consumers the same choice of broadband plans and tariffs as those offered to consumers
outside of the NBS areas. Furthermore, they plan to extend 4G coverage across all of the NBS areas, offering significantly
enhanced mobile broadband speeds within the next 3 years. This rollout is already underway, with a number of NBS sites now

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4G enabled.The NBS, combined with private sector investment in the broadband market over recent years, means that there is
now a choice of commercial operators offering basic broadband services over a diverse range of technology platforms
throughout rural Ireland. Accordingly, continued State intervention in the provision of basic broadband where such
commercial services already exist, is precluded under State Aid rules.The Governments Statement of Priorities for the period
2014 to 2016 reaffirms our commitment to delivering a State-led broadband intervention in rural areas. Through the National
Broadband Plan, the Government aims to ensure that high speed broadband is available to all citizens and businesses in
Ireland. This is being achieved through measures designed to accelerate commercial investment and the development of a
State-led intervention for non-commercial areas.As part of the mapping process, an initial stakeholder consultation on certain
technical aspects of the proposed Plan was launched in June with a deadline of 15th September last. 31 submissions were
received as part of this process and non-commercially sensitive versions of these responses will be published by my
Department over the coming weeks.I expect to publish the maps for public consultation later this year. These will include
details of the areas requiring State intervention. The maps will be dynamic and will be subject to change if new commercial
investments are announced in the future.A further public consultation on a detailed intervention strategy will be launched in
mid-2015.EU State Aid clearance will be required for the State intervention. My Department will be working closely with the
European Commission on this important aspect of the programme.Finally, a detailed procurement process will have to be
undertaken in order to select a potential preferred bidder(s) prior to commencing the roll out of high speed broadband
services.This complex and ambitious project is a key priority for Government and for my Department. It aims to conclusively
address current connectivity challenges in a sustainable and meaningful way. Our goal is to ensure that quality broadband
services are available to all citizens regardless of where they are located.14/10/2014WRDD01950Broadband Service
Provision14/10/2014WRDD02000361. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural
Resources to detail his plans to improve the broadband telecommunications infrastructure throughout parts of County Cavan,
where such infrastructure is inadequate; if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of households, schools and business in
general in respect of the standard of service available; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39217/14]14/10/2014WRDD02100362. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural
Resources to detail his plans to improve the broadband telecommunications infrastructure in areas (details supplied) in County
Leitrim; if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of households, schools and business in respect of the inadequate
service provided at present in those areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39218/14]14/10/2014WRDD02200Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): I
propose to take Questions Nos. 361 and 362 together.The Governments Statement of Priorities for the period 2014 to 2016
reaffirms our commitment to delivering a State-led broadband intervention in rural areas. Through the National Broadband
Plan (NBP) the Government aims to ensure that high speed broadband is available to all citizens and businesses in Ireland.
This is being achieved through measures designed to accelerate commercial investment and the development of a State-led
intervention for non-commercial areas.Under EU State Aid Guidelines Member States cannot intervene where commercial
investors have plans to roll out services. A comprehensive mapping exercise is underway in my Department to identify those
areas that require a State intervention. An initial list of areas has already identified and includes 37 areas in County Cavan and
33 areas in County Leitrim including Aughavas. I am also aware of extensive rollout of high speed broadband services in
Counties Cavan and Leitrim, including Cloone, by at least one commercial operator.As part of the mapping process, an initial
stakeholder consultation on certain technical aspects of the proposed Plan was launched in June with a deadline of 15th
September last. 31 submissions were received as part of this process and non-commercially sensitive versions of these
responses will be published by my Department over the coming weeks.I expect to publish a map later this year which will
allow members of the public to see the precise areas of the country where, based on current information provided by the
various commercial operators, it is intended that the proposed Government intervention will cover. Those accessing this map
will be able to identify their own house or premises and see whether or not it is in the proposed national intervention footprint.
Where a house or premise is excluded from the proposed intervention it means it either currently, or will in the near future,
have access to commercial NGA services. The map will be dynamic and will be subject to change if new commercial
investments are announced in the future.A further public consultation on a detailed intervention strategy will be launched in
mid-2015.EU State Aid clearance will be required for the State intervention. My Department will be working closely with the
European Commission on this important aspect of the programme.Finally, a detailed procurement process will have to be
undertaken in order to select a potential preferred bidder(s) prior to commencing the roll out of high speed broadband
services.This complex and ambitious project is a key priority for Government and for my Department. It aims to conclusively
address current connectivity challenges in a sustainable and meaningful way. Our goal is to ensure that quality broadband
services are available to all citizens regardless of where they are located.14/10/2014WREE00100Written Answers Nos. 363-
37414/10/2014WREE00150Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WREE00200363. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the
Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide a list of all State board appointments since the
general election in 2011; the person who recommended each appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy
was publicly advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39277/14]14/10/2014WREE00300Minister for
Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Deputy Alex White): This Government, almost immediately on
establishment, made important changes in relation to appointments to State Boards with new arrangements widening the
opportunity to participate on such Boards by extending a wide invitation for people to submit expressions of interest to serve

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on the boards of public bodies. In accordance with the Government Decision of 12 April 2011, my predecessor commenced a
process of seeking, on the Departments website, expressions of Interest from persons wishing to be considered for
appointment to vacancies on State Boards under the aegis of this Department. This information has been used to inform
decisions for such appointments, but I would stress that such invitations are designed to extend the range of suitable persons
from which a Minister might make appointments, not to constrain it. While appointments are made by the relevant Minister, I
would add that appointments to Boards also include nominations, provided for by statute, by Committees of the Oireachtas,
worker directors and ex-officio positions. While the precise structure varies from body to body, in total this can amount to a
significant proportion of the Board in certain instances.All appointments are made in light of the applicable legislative
requirements, objectives of the organisation and on the basis of appointees having the necessary competencies, expertise and
experience to contribute effectively to the work of the particular boards.In 2011 there were 31 applications received following
the advertisement for Expressions of Interest from which 3 appointments were made. In 2012 there were 37 applications
received following the advertisement for Expressions of Interest from which 5 appointments were made. In the current
2013/2014 call for Expressions of Interest there have been 120 applications received to date following the advertisement for
Expressions of Interest from which 9 appointments were made.There have been 114 appointments made to State Boards under
the aegis of my Department in the period March 2011 to date. The percentage of these appointments filled from the
Expressions of Interest received amounts to 15%. It should be noted that about 30% of the appointments made were either ex-
officio appointments, reappointments, the appointment of worker directors chosen by election, or appointments made from
nominations made by an Oireachtas Committee. On 30 September, the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform announced
further steps to strengthen the process of Board appointments and my Department will be liaising with the Department of
Public Expenditure and Reform to ensure that procedures are in line with the new measures proposed. The table lists all
appointments to State Boards under the aegis of this Department since 9 March 2011. Body Appointee An Post Mr Donal
Connell CEO (ex officio) reappointedMr Christoph Mueller (Chairperson)Mr James WrynnMr Paul HenryMr Noel Adamson
(worker director)Mr Patrick Compton (worker director reappointed)Mr Thomas Devlin (worker director reappointed)Mr
William Mooney (worker director)Ms Martina OConnell (worker director)Mr William ScallyMs Lorraine Tormey*Mr Tom
OBrienMs. Jennifer LoftusMr Ed Murray Bord na Mna Ms Denise Cronin*Mr. John Horgan (appointed as member and
later appointed as Chairperson) Mr Gerard ODonoghueMs Elaine TreacyMr Barry WalshMr Gabriel DArcy (Director ex
officio) reappointedMr John V Farrrelly*Mr Denis LeonardMr Paschal Maher (elected employee member) Ervia (formerly
Bord Gais Eireann) Mr Finbarr KennellyMr Michael McNicholas (CEO ex officio)Ms Rose Hynes Chairperson
(reappointed)Ms Mari HurleyMr Joe OFlynn (SIPTU union representative)Ms Jacqueline HallMr Laurence Crowley
(reappointed) Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Mr Seamus Martin RTE Mr Noel Curran (Director General) (reappointed)
EirGrid Dr Gary Healy*Ms Regina Moran*Mr Liam OHalloranMs Bride RosneyMs Doireann Barry (staff representative)Mr
Fintan Slye (CEO ex officio)Dr Joan Smyth (reappointed)Mr Richard Sterling (reappointed)Mr John OConnor (Chairperson)
ESB Mr Lochlann Quinn (Chairman reappointed)Mr Pat ODoherty (CEO ex officio)Ms Noreen WrightMr Seamus Mallon
(reappointed)Ms Anne Butler*Ms Noreen OKelly Irish National Petroleum Corporation (INPC) Mr Sean Fitzgerald
(reappointed)Mr Vincent Caffrey (reappointed)Ms Aoife MacEvilly **(2 reappointments)Mr Aidan DonnellyChairperson (2
reappointments)Mr Pat Meehan CEO (ex officio) National Oil Reserves Agency (NORA) Ms Aoife MacEvilly **Mr Pat
Meehan CEO (ex officio) (reappointed)Mr Aidan Donnelly Chairperson (reappointed)Mr Oliver Whelan (reappointed)*Mr
Terry NolanMr Hugh ODonnell TG4 Mr. Michel SeoigheMs. Mairad N Cheoinn*Mr. Joe Connolly*Mr. Des GeraghtyMs.
Andra N alaitheMs Mairead Nic SuibhneMs. Michelle N ChrinnSin N Raghallaigh (Chairperson) Sustainable Energy
Authority of Ireland (SEAI) *Ms Julie ONeill (appointed and then reappointed)Dr. Edgar Morgenroth (appointed and then
reappointed)Mr. Michael ConlonMs. Anne Farrell (appointed and then reappointed)Mr. Declan WaughMs. Michelle Green
(appointed and then reappointed)Mr. Brian Carroll ** (reappointed)Mr. Brendan Halligan (re-appointed) (Chairperson) Dr
Brian Motherway CEO (ex officio) Mr Pat GilroyMr Michael McGarryMs Anne Connolly Digital Hub Development Agency
(DHDA) * Mr. Paul Holden (appointed as member and then as Chairperson)Mr. Seamus RatiganMr Leonard Donnelly
(Chairperson - reappointed)Mr Brendan McDonagh (appointed and then reappointed)Ms Alice Davis (reappointed)Mr Philip
Maguire (DCC Member)Mr Owen Keegan (DCC Member)*Ms Claire DuignanMs Katherine Licken** (reappointed)Ms Edel
Flynn (CEO ex officio) Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) Mr. Ronan OReilly (Chairperson) Ms. Anne Butler Mr. Robin
SimpsonDr. Enda HowleyDr. Denis KelliherMs. Marion CoyMr. Justin GleesonMs Sandra Ryan *Mr. Padraic JordanMr.
Oliver Hickey Mr Noel Ward Inland Fisheries Ireland *Mr Fintan Gorman****Mr Peter J Nally*Mr Martin McEnroe*Mr
Niall Greene The Mining Board Mr Michael Neary (reappointed)Mr Michael MacGrath S.C. (Chairperson) reappointed
*Expression of Interest received**DCENR staff representative*** This appointment was made by the Minister of State on the
nomination of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government14/10/2014WREE00350Departmental
Staff Rehiring14/10/2014WREE00400364. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and
Natural Resources the number of persons who are on public or Civil Service pensions who have been recruited for work on
any basis, permanent or temporary, under the remit of his Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if he will make a
statement on the matter. [39545/14]14/10/2014WREE00500Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
(Deputy Alex White): I can confirm that four persons in receipt of civil or public service pensions were employed in my
Department during 2012; five during 2013 and five during 2014. The abatement principle was applied in all cases and all were
employed in a temporary capacity.14/10/2014WREE00550Road Safety14/10/2014WREE00600365. Deputy Brendan Griffin

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asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a local authority may force a land owner to cut a large tree that is
hanging over a public roadway (details supplied); the legislation that exists in this area; his plans for legislation in this area;
and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39232/14]14/10/2014WREE00700Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
(Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Section 70(2) of the Roads Act 1993 provides that landowners and occupiers of land must take all
reasonable steps to ensure that a tree, hedge and other vegetation growing on their land is not, or could not become, a danger
to people using a public road and that it does not obstruct or interfere with the safe use of a public road or the maintenance of
a public road.Section 70(2) further provides that if a tree, hedge or other vegetation is, or could become, a danger to those
using or working on a public road, or obstructs or interferes with the safe use or maintenance of a public road, the road
authority may serve a written notice on the owner or occupier of the land requiring action to be taken in order to remove the
danger or potential danger within the period stated in the notice.Section 70(7) provides that an owner or occupier who fails to
comply with such a notice served by a road authority is guilty of an offence. A person guilty of an offence under section
70(7) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 5,000.Section 70(8) provides that the road authority can take
the action specified in the notice itself or such other action as it thinks fit where the person on whom the notice was served
fails to comply with it.14/10/2014WREE00750Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WREE00800366. Deputy Ruth
Coppinger asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the appointment of a person (details
supplied) to the board of the Irish Aviation Authority; and the qualifications and other credentials of the nominee.
[38888/14]14/10/2014WREE00900Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In accordance with
Section 17 of the Irish Aviation Authority Act, 1993, I recently appointed Mr. Pascal Fitzgerald to the Board of the Irish
Aviation Authority (IAA) for a four year period. Mr. Fitzgerald has been active in promoting Shannon Airport and tourism in
the Shannon and Mid-West area over the last decade. I am satisfied that this background, combined with his general business
credentials, will enable him to make an important contribution to the continued development of the IAA in accordance with its
commercial mandate.14/10/2014WREE00950Airport Security14/10/2014WREE01000367. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the statutory powers of the airport police; and the statutory basis for such powers.
[38889/14]14/10/2014WREE01100Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Under the Airports
Acts, authorised officers are members of the Garda Sochna and persons appointed by the airport authority - the airport
police.The powers of authorised officers relate generally to the interest of the proper operation, security or safety of the
airport, including the security or safety of persons, aircraft or other property at the airport. The specific provisions are set out
in several different Acts dating from 1973 to 2014 as listed below.- Section 2A of the Air Navigation and Transport Act 1973
(as inserted by section 65 of Air Navigation and Transport (Amendment) Act 1998- Sections 18, 19, 41 and 43 of the Air
Transport and Navigation Act 1988- Sections 47, 48, 49, 50 and 51 of the Air Navigation and Transport (Amendment) Act
1998- Section 15 of the State Airports Act 2004- Sections 45, 47, 48 and 50 of the State Airports (Shannon Group) Act
2014.14/10/2014WREE01150Road Projects14/10/2014WREE01200368. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for
Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the condition of a road in County Kerry; and
if he will make a statement on the matter. [38892/14]14/10/2014WREE01300Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
(Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I note the Deputys question refers to the condition of a road at Barraduff, Co. Kerry but the
attached Representation refers to the road on both sides of the village. It is unclear therefore, whether this PQ refers to the
N72 which runs through the centre of the village, or to the R570 which is at both sides. As Minister for Transport, Tourism
& Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The planning,
design and implementation of individual road projects, such as the N72 is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA)
under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.Within its capital budget, the
assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a matter in the first instance for the NRA in accordance with Section 19
of the Roads Act.Noting the above position, I have referred the Deputys question to the NRA for direct reply. Please advise
my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.The improvement and maintenance of regional and
local roads (such as the R570) is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in this case Kerry County Council in
accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities
own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a
matter for the local authority and I have no function in the matter.14/10/2014WREE01350Irish Airlines Superannuation
Scheme14/10/2014WREE01400369. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to
Parliamentary Question No. 38 of 1 October 2014, if he will acknowledge that the deferred members and existing pensioners
in the Irish aviation superannuation scheme were not involved in the consultation process, had none of their concerns
addressed and in the context of the massive reduction in their living standards that they are expected to endure, to reconsider
his statement in relation to signing the ministerial orders to allow the scheme trustees to amend it.
[38921/14]14/10/2014WREE01500370. Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he
will consider the plight of members of the Irish airlines superannuation scheme and if he will refuse to sign the ministerial
orders which have been recently enacted in the State Airports (Shannon Airport) Act 2014, in view of the financial hardship
being caused; his views that the decimation of pension entitlements for these persons is fair and reasonable; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [38973/14]14/10/2014WREE01600378. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for
Transport, Tourism and Sport the actions he will take to protect the pensions of former workers in the Dublin Airport
Authority and Aer Lingus who have deferred their pensions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

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[39157/14]14/10/2014WREE01700Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take
Questions Nos. 369, 370 and 378 together.Resolution of the funding difficulties of the IASS is primarily a matter for the
Trustee, the companies participating in the scheme, the schemes members and the Pensions Authority. The process currently
underway involves all of these stakeholders, including the deferred members.I can assure you that I do understand
the concerns of the deferred members in relation to the funding of the scheme. However, such matters are governed by the
Pensions Acts, which fall under the responsibility of my colleague, the Tnaiste and Minister for Social Protection. Pension
schemes are closely regulated under Irish and European pension law and the Pensions Authority is the national statutory
regulatory authority in Ireland. There are prescribed procedures and limitations in place governing any reductions in pension
rights introduced to address funding difficulties in a scheme such as the IASS.It has been clear for a long time that any
solution to the complex problems of the IASS requires significant contributions from both employers and members of the
scheme. The Expert Panel established earlier this year was tasked with finding the fairest way to distribute the burden, while
addressing a range of other impediments. As a result of that Report, there was an uplift in the monies to be provided by the
employers outside of the IASS, a significant proportion of which is intended for the deferred members.The IASS Trustee and
the principal employers have recently issued documents in respect of the proposed changes in pension arrangements. These
communications mark the commencement of the formal consultation process which the Trustee is required by the Pensions
Act 1990 to undertake in respect of the reductions in benefits that it is proposing. Each member will also shortly receive a
personalised illustration of future pension benefits. All members have been invited to send their views on the proposals to the
IASS Trustee by 27 October 2014. The target date for implementation of the proposals remains 31 December 2014.As I have
repeatedly stated huge efforts have been put in by all concerned over many years in an attempt to resolve the schemes
funding problems. A set of clear proposals has now been put forward which offer the best chance to resolve the long-standing
problems of the scheme and resolve members uncertainties about their future pension entitlements. I would once again urge
all parties to accept them.On the basis that the Trustee decides to proceed with changes to the IAS scheme following the
consultation process which is underway, I will sign the Ministerial Orders enabling the IAS scheme trustees to amend the
scheme.14/10/2014WREE01750Road Safety14/10/2014WREE01800371. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for
Transport, Tourism and Sport his views that driver fatigue is the cause of one in five road accidents here; if his attention has
been drawn to the fact that Dublin Bus currently have scheduled driving rotas whereby bus drivers on route number 7 from
Donnybrook and on route number 27 from Ringsend are driving for over five hours, and in some cases for over six hours,
without a break, bearing in mind that a driver who transports live animals must take a break after 4.5 hours of driving under
the Road Traffic Acts, yet Dublin Bus drivers are fatigued from driving for over 5.5 hours and up to six hours in some cases.
[38974/14]14/10/2014WREE01900Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): This subject of
driver fatigue was addressed at the annual Road Safety Authority (RSA) lecture on the 6th of October. Driver fatigue is
one the main causes of road crashes, along with distraction, excessive and inappropriate speed, and intoxication. My
Department, along with the RSA and An Garda Sochna, are examining these areas on an on-going basis to identify measures
that can be taken to address and bring about future reductions in fatalities and serious injuries due to these causes.Rotas and
scheduled driving arrangements at Dublin Bus are part of the day to day operational matters for the company and are not ones
in which I or my Department have a role. Nonetheless, I have referred the matter to Dublin Bus for direct reply. Please contact
my Private Office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.The National Employment Rights Authority
(NERA), which falls under the remit of my colleague, Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and
who have responsibility for enforcing the Organisation of Working Time legislation, can advise further regarding the
requirements of that legislation.14/10/2014WREE01950Cycling Facilities Provision14/10/2014WREE02000372. Deputy
Maureen OSullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will report on the identities of the public bodies
concerned with developing cycling facilities and dedicated cycleways along the Royal Canal towpath in the Dublin city area;
if he will liaise with those interests to improve cycling facilities from Ashtown village to Spencer Dock; if he will initiate a
process with a view to linking the publicly-lit towpath from Ashtown village to Reillys bridge with the publicly-lit towpath
Spencer Dock to Coke Oven Cottages, that is, to provide public lighting from Coke Oven Cottages to Reillys bridge,
particularly where the towpath passes the under the Connolly-to-Maynooth railway line at the seventh lock; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [38983/14]14/10/2014WREE02100Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy
Paschal Donohoe): The National Transport Authority (NTA) in conjunction with Dublin City Council is responsible for the
development of all cycling and walking infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA). Accordingly, I have forwarded your
request to the NTA and have asked them to reply to you directly. Please advise my private office is you do not receive a reply
within 10 days.14/10/2014WREE02150Road Safety Authority Campaigns14/10/2014WREE02200373. Deputy Thomas P.
Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of high-visibility jackets and other high-visibility
clothing items which have been distributed by the Road Safety Authority on an annual basis since 2006; and if he will report
on the cost to the Exchequer of these items for each of the years in question. [39055/14]14/10/2014WREE02300Minister for
Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Under the Road Safety Authority Act 2006 (Conferral of
Functions) Order 2006 (S.I. No. 477 of 2006), the promotion of public awareness of road safety and measures including the
advancement of education, relating to the promotion of the safe use of roads, is statutory responsibility of the RSA. The
distribution of high visibility vests is a part of the Authoritys activities under its responsibility for promoting road safety.I
have therefore referred the question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a

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response has not been received within ten days.14/10/2014WREE02350Road Safety Authority
Campaigns14/10/2014WREE02400374. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if
his Department has asked the Road Safety Authority to carry out a cost-benefit evaluation of its performance in promoting
road safety in 2013 and to date in 2014 in view of the serious rise in casualties on Irish roads in 2013 and the fact that deaths
from road collisions are only marginally decreased to date in 2014 compared to the level in 2013.
[39062/14]14/10/2014WREE02500Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The rise in road
deaths in 2013, after several years of steady decline, is a source of serious concern to us all. The Road Safety Authority
(RSA) played a major role in helping to reduce deaths on our roads in recent years, and has a like role in helping to keep up
the downward pressure on road deaths now.The causes of road traffic collisions are many, and a range of measures is needed
to address them. The Road Safety Strategy 2013-2020 contains 144 measures which, taken together, will have a
significant cumulative effect on road safety generally in Ireland.As part of the Strategy, there is regular monitoring, based on
the principle that there is a need to be flexible in responding to changing circumstances and new international research which
may emerge.I am satisfied that the Strategy and its monitoring mechanisms already provide sufficient scope for addressing
and responding to the current situation.14/10/2014WRFF00100Written Answers Nos. 375-
38614/10/2014WRFF00150Tourism Capital Investment Programme14/10/2014WRFF00200375. Deputy Ciara Conway asked
the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the Filte Ireland tourism capital investment programme will be open to
new applications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39100/14]14/10/2014WRFF00300Minister for Transport,
Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): While the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport provides funding for
capital investment in tourism, the allocation of these funds is a matter for the board and management of Filte Ireland. The
Departments role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national policy and it is not engaged in the administration
of tourismrelated grant programmes. In this regard, Filte Ireland administer the Tourism Capital Investment Programme
(TCIP). The funds available under that the programme are fully committed to the end of 2016. Accordingly, Filte Ireland is
unable to accept new applications for funding. Furthermore, the authority has worked most recently to actively identify
specific opportunities for investment which align with strategic objectives rather than passively awaiting applications. Such a
strategic approach is, I believe, a more effective way of deploying public resources to support the growth of tourism,
especially from overseas.The point at which Filte Ireland will be in a position to consider new proposals for capital
funding is dependent on the annual estimates and budgetary process but I am hopeful that we will be in a position to progress
a range of developments as funding becomes available in coming years.14/10/2014WRFF00350Local Improvement
Scheme14/10/2014WRFF00400376. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will
explore ways of reducing local improvement scheme waiting lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39104/14]14/10/2014WRFF00500Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Local
Improvement Scheme (LIS) provides funding for roads and laneways that Councils have not taken in charge. However, the
maintenance and improvement of these is, in the first instance, a matter for the relevant landowner. There is no separate
allocation for the LIS. Instead, local authorities may use up to 15% (up from 7% in 2013) of their initial Discretionary Grant
towards local improvement schemes should they wish to do so. The local contribution for these schemes remains at 20% of
the total cost of the project. Details of the 2014 regional and local roads grants were communicated to local authorities on 24
January this year. Furthermore, it is open to local authorities to supplement the percentage of their Discretionary Grant that
they can use for the LIS with their own resources. The current position is likely to extend into 2015. Some local authorities
want the LIS while others prefer to put the funding into public roads. I think this decision is best made at a local
level.14/10/2014WRFF00550Motor Tax Rates14/10/2014WRFF00600377. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for
Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he will take to address the problems facing road hauliers regarding the high cost of
road tax and test fees, which are creating circumstances in which some contractors are relocating in Britain.
[39124/14]14/10/2014WRFF00700Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to
concerns raised by hauliers about the cost of running a haulage operation in Ireland, an interdepartmental group chaired by my
Department was established in February of this year to assess the implications of introducing a pay-as-you-go road tax system
for HGVs. The group is made up of representatives from the Departments of Transport, Tourism and Sport; Environment,
Community and Local Government; and Finance; the National Roads Authority; the Road Safety Authority; An Garda
Sochna; and Forfs. The remit of the group is to examine the technical, regulatory and economic dimensions of any pay-as-
you-go charging system for HGVs in Ireland. The group had expected to finalise its recommendations in the summer of this
year, as previously reported by my predecessor as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. The initial work carried out by
the group has raised additional issues for their consideration, leading to a deferral in the finalisation of their report. I have
given the group additional time to complete their work to ensure that the report is as comprehensive as possible and it is
expected before the end of this year.In the meantime, any reform of the motor tax system is a matter for the Minister for the
Environment, Community and Local Government. The obligation to carry out roadworthiness testing of vehicles is common
across the EU and the cost of the tests in Ireland compare favourably to those in other Member States. Question No. 378
answered with Question No. 369.14/10/2014WRFF00850Tourist Accommodation14/10/2014WRFF00900379. Deputy
Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to expand the traditional remit for a tourist
enterprise, as set down in the Fgra Filte Ireland Act 1955, so as to ensure that tourist attractions such as one (details
supplied) in County Cork, which currently does not fit the template for approval, receives the appropriate support and

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promotion it requires; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39171/14]14/10/2014WRFF01000Minister for
Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Under the Tourist Traffic Acts, 1939-2011, Filte Ireland has
specific functions in relation to the mandatory registration and grading of certain types of tourist accommodation and may
also publish lists of unregistered tourist accommodation premises. Filte Ireland is currently reviewing its national quality
assurance framework for accommodation to take account of changes in accommodation provision and it plans to introduce
new standards next year. In this regard, I have no plans to amend the Tourist Traffic Acts 1939-2011 as this is not required in
order for Filte Ireland to support and promote the tourist accommodation providers to which the Deputy refers. As this
review and any new standards arising are operational matters for Board and management of Filte Ireland, I have referred the
Deputys question to the agency for further information and direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive
a reply within ten working days.14/10/2014WRFF01050Shannon Airport Facilities14/10/2014WRFF01100380. Deputy Clare
Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 610 of 7 October 2014, if he
will list the aircraft from the five companies that were granted permits to carry munitions; and the dates on which those
permits were granted. [39185/14]14/10/2014WRFF01200Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal
Donohoe): Munition permits under the Air Navigation (Carriage of Munitions of War, Weapons and Dangerous Goods) Order,
1973, as amended, are granted for a particular aircraft operation. Airlines applying for such permits are required to submit
the flight number, origin and destination of the flight, details of whether the flight will land in Ireland, and, most importantly,
full details of the nature of the munitions on board. The registration details of the particular aircraft carrying out the operation
are not included in the application form so the information sought by the Deputy is not available to my Department.
However, outlined in the table are details of the number and dates of flights by the five airlines that were granted munitions
permits over the last year for flights landing at Shannon Airport. North American Airlines 04 March 2014 and 05 March
2014 Delta Airlines 15 June 2014 Atlas Air Inc 06 July 2014 National Airlines 14 August 2014, 2 flights Omni Airlines
2013October - 42 flightsNovember - 29 flightsDecember - 31 flights 2014January - 31 flightsFebruary - 19 flightsMarch - 14
flightsApril - 29 flightsMay - 16 flightsJune - 14 flightsJuly - 28 flightsAugust - 22 flightsSeptember - 20 flights
14/10/2014WRFF01250Freedom of Information Remit14/10/2014WRFF01300381. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for
Transport, Tourism and Sport the reason the Irish Aviation Authority does not fall under the Freedom of Information Act.
[39244/14]14/10/2014WRFF01400Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The principal
reason is related to important regulatory functions undertaken by the IAA under which it operates an extensive confidential,
non-punitive and mandatory safety incident and occurrence reporting system. The guarantee of confidentiality is an essential
prerequisite for this system, which is mandated under EU law, to operate effectively and it is considered that the application of
FOI provisions would be inconsistent with this prerequisite. There are also certain relevant commercial factors to be
considered in this context. The Single European Sky Initiative aims to integrate European airspace management through, inter
alia, a reduction in the number of Air Navigation Services Providers across Member States. This process will increasingly
involve international competition between operators and the IAA, as a service provider, could clearly be placed at a serious
competitive disadvantage if it had to operate disclosure requirements which would not be applicable to competitor providers
in other Member States.14/10/2014WRFF01450Aviation Issues14/10/2014WRFF01500382. Deputy Clare Daly asked the
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he is satisfied with the relationship between the Irish Aviation Authority, as the
aviation regulator, and the companies it regulates; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that allegations were made about
confidential communications being passed from the IAA to some of these companies; his plans to deal with this issue; and if
he will make a statement on the matter. [39245/14]14/10/2014WRFF01600Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy
Paschal Donohoe): The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has statutory responsibility for regulating aviation safety in the State in
accordance with standards laid down in European law and by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). Like all
other national aviation regulatory authorities, the IAA is subject to regular review at international level by ICAO and by the
European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to ensure that it is appropriately regulating the various entities involved in aviation
in Ireland in accordance with these standards. The outcome of the audits of the IAA by these international organisations
indicate that IAA is performing its safety regulation activities to a very high standard. The audits have never raised any
concerns about the relationship between the IAA and the entities that it regulates. I intend to have an examination of the
IAAs performance of its functions carried out in accordance with Section 32 of the Irish Aviation Authority Act 1993 in the
near future. The last such examination was carried out in 2004 and concluded that there is a general, positive and proactive
attitude and competence vis--vis safety and the maintenance of a high safety level in the Authority. In the intervening
period, the IAA has been subject to numerous audits by EASA and ICAO as described above.I am aware of the allegations
that the Deputy refers to and these have been addressed by the IAA. My predecessor met with representatives of the Irish
Airline Pilots Association in relation to this matter in July this year and I have recently accepted an invitation to meet with the
Association to discuss this and other matters.14/10/2014WRFF01650Aviation Policy14/10/2014WRFF01700383. Deputy
Sen Kyne asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport regarding the draft national policy for aviation in Ireland, if
his attention has been drawn to concerns that the proposed provision to enable non-EU or US airlines collect passengers at
airports here for onward travel to the US will have negative consequences for EU airlines which have, in many cases, better
working terms and conditions for staff and which respect employment and equality legislation; the rationale underpinning the
proposal; and if there are sufficient safeguards to ensure that airlines will operate and compete on a fair basis.
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Aviation Policy was published in May 2014 following an extensive public consultation process in 2013. The consultation
process covered all elements of aviation policy and the draft policy takes account of the submissions received. On the issue of
fifth freedom traffic rights for airlines, the majority of submissions received favoured the adoption of a liberal approach, in the
interests of connectivity and competition. The draft policy proposes that a liberal approach should be taken by my
Department to any requests from non-EU and non-US airlines to serve routes to/from Ireland where there is a clear benefit for
Ireland and the travelling public. The proposal also refers to the need to take account of EU criteria on fair competition. It
should be pointed out that any service between Ireland and the US by a third country airline would also require the approval
of the US authorities. The US has traditionally had a liberal policy on such matters and has open skies agreements with over
100 countries worldwide, most of which provide for fifth freedom rights.Submissions in response to the draft policy were
invited up to the end of July and over 70 were received. Many of the submissions outline views on the issue of fifth freedom
rights, both for and against, and these will be fully considered in finalising the Policy. The intention is that the National
Aviation Policy will be finalised and adopted before the end of the year. 14/10/2014WRFF01850National Transport
Authority14/10/2014WRFF01900384. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will request
a response from the National Transport Authority to correspondence (details supplied) furnished to its office; and if he will
make a statement on the matter. [39252/14]14/10/2014WRFF02000Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy
Paschal Donohoe): The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for the regulation of the small public service
(SPSV) industry under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, including responsibility for administering the SPSV
Entry Test which includes the Area Knowledge test.I have referred your question to the NTA for direct reply. If you do not
receive a reply within ten working days please notify my private office.14/10/2014WRFF02050Appointments to State
Boards14/10/2014WRFF02100385. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will
provide a list of all State board appointments since the general election of 2011; the person who recommended each
appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was publicly advertised; and if he will make a statement on the
matter. [39289/14]14/10/2014WRFF02200Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The
information requested by the Deputy regarding State board appointments made since March 2011 is included in the table. At
present, my Department maintains its own database of applicants compiled from expressions of interest as advertised on our
website. In making any Board appointments, I am not confined to those who make such expressions of interest but I do ensure
that all of those appointed have the relevant qualifications for the positions. In that respect, I have regard to the body or
agency in question and the appropriate mix of skills and experience required on the Board. I may, from time to time, also
decide not to fill all existing vacancies. Regarding the credentials of those appointed, these are already available on most of
the websites of the Agencies themselves. In the interest of transparency, my Department will be writing to all the agencies
under the Departments remit to request they all provide a synopsis of each Board members credentials on their websites.The
Deputy will be aware that a new model for appointments to State Boards, making use of the Public Appointment Service, will
come into effect later this year. This will complement the current system with a more structured approach to ensure that
vacancies on State Boards are populated in a transparent way by the high-calibre personnel required to successfully perform
their mandates. My Departments current procedures will be superseded by the new model when it is in place.My Department
publishes details of all State Board appointments and vacancies on its website - dttas.ie - and on current processes for
appointment. Title Board Member Role State Board Date of Appointment Date of Reappointment Date of Expiry Mr Des
Whelan Chairperson Port of Waterford Company 06/10/2014 06/10/2019 Mr Ultan Courtney Chairperson Bus tha Cliath
(BC) 23/09/2014 23/09/2017 Mr Ultan Courtney Board Member Cras Iompair ireann (CI) 10/09/2014 10/09/2017 Ms
Rose Hynes Chairperson Shannon Group 29/08/2014 29/08/2019 Mr Neil Pakey Ex-Officio Shannon Group 29/08/2014 Mr
Pat Dalton Board Member Shannon Group 29/08/2014 29/08/2019 Mr Liam O Shea Board Member Shannon Group
29/08/2014 29/08/2019 Ms Kathryn O Leary Higgins Board Member Shannon Group 29/08/2014 29/08/2017 Mr Tom
Coughlan Board Member Shannon Group 29/08/2014 29/08/2018 Mr Tony Brazil Board Member Shannon Group 29/08/2014
29/08/2017 Mr Joe Buckley Employee Representative Shannon Group 29/08/2014 29/08/2018 Mr Kevin McCarthy
Employee Representative Shannon Group 29/08/2014 29/08/2018 Mr Michael Leydon Board Member Shannon Group
29/08/2014 29/08/2017 Mr Pascal Fitzgerald Board Member Irish Aviation Authority 01/08/2014 01/08/2018 Mr Geoffrey
Darling Board Member Dublin Port Company 17/07/2014 17/07/2018 Ms Deirdre Ashe Board Member Bus ireann (B)
10/07/2014 10/07/2017 Mr Denis Macken Board Member Bus ireann (B) 10/07/2014 10/07/2017 Mr Martin Storey Board
Member Irish Sports Council (ISC) 10/07/2014 09/10/2014 16/09/2015 Mr Aidan Murphy Chairperson Bus ireann (B)
09/07/2014 09/07/2017 Mr Aidan Murphy Board Member Cras Iompair ireann (CI) 09/07/2014 09/07/2017 Ms Christine
Ourmieres Board Member Irish Sports Council (ISC) 08/07/2014 09/10/2014 16/09/2015 Ms Virginia O Dowd Board
Member National Roads Authority 08/07/2014 31/12/2015 Mr Gerard Barron Board Member National Tourism Development
Authority (Filte Ireland) 08/07/2014 27/05/2018 Mr Francis Brennan Board Member National Tourism Development
Authority (Filte Ireland) 04/07/2014 27/05/2018 Mr Don McManus Board Member Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company
02/07/2014 01/07/2018 Mr Joe O Mahony Board Member National Roads Authority 01/07/2014 31/12/2015 Mr Joe O
Mahony Board Member Railway Procurement Agency (RPA ) 01/07/2014 31/12/2015 Mr Joe Dreelan Board Member Port of
Waterford Company 25/06/2014 24/06/2019 Ms Louise Grubb Board Member Port of Waterford Company 25/06/2014
24/06/2019 Ms Mary Mosse Board Member Port of Waterford Company 25/06/2014 24/06/2019 Mr Jack Walsh Board
Member Port of Waterford Company 25/06/2014 25/06/2018 Ms Marie Bradley Board Member Irish Aviation Authority

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13/06/2014 12/06/2018 Mr Michael Cawley Chairperson National Tourism Development Authority (Filte Ireland)
19/05/2014 19/05/2019 Ms Nicola Hayes Board Member Medical Bureau of Road Safety 20/04/2014 31/03/2015 Title
Board Member Role State Board Date of Appointment Date of Reappointment Date of Expiry Mr Patrick OConnor Board
Member Irish Sports Council (ISC) 02/04/2014 09/10/2014 16/09/2015 Mr James Jordan Board Member Dun Laoghaire
Harbour Company 12/02/2014 11/02/2019 Mr Mark Finan Board Member Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company 12/02/2014
11/02/2019 Mr Justin McKenna Board Member Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company 12/02/2014 11/02/2018 Mr Denis Smyth
Employee Representative Dublin Airport Authority plc 09/01/2014 Mr Barry Nevin Employee Representative Dublin Airport
Authority plc 09/01/2014 Mr Des Mulllally Employee Representative Dublin Airport Authority plc 09/01/2014 Mr Eric
Nolan Employee Representative Dublin Airport Authority plc 09/01/2014 Mr Bill McCamley Employee Representative Bus
tha Cliath (BC) 01/12/2013 30/11/2016 Mr Thomas oConnor Employee Representative Bus tha Cliath (BC)
01/12/2013 30/11/2016 Mr Bill McCamley Employee Representative Bus ireann (B) 01/12/2013 30/11/2016 Mr John
Moloney Employee Representative Bus ireann (B) 01/12/2013 30/11/2016 Mr John Moloney Employee Representative
Cras Iompair ireann (CI) 01/12/2013 30/11/2017 Mr Bill McCamley Employee Representative Cras Iompair ireann
(CI) 01/12/2013 30/11/2017 Mr Thomas Wynne Employee Representative Cras Iompair ireann (CI) 01/12/2013
30/11/2017 Mr Thomas OConnor Employee Representative Cras Iompair ireann (CI) 01/12/2013 30/11/2017 Mr John
Moloney Employee Representative Iarnrd ireann (I) 01/12/2013 30/11/2016 Mr Thomas Wynne Employee Representative
Iarnrd ireann (I) 01/12/2013 30/11/2016 Mr John Mulvihill Board Member Road Safety Authority 14/10/2013 13/10/2017
Ms Leigh Gath Board Member Railway Safety Advisory Council 01/10/2013 30/09/2016 Mr Paul Cullen Board Member
Railway Safety Advisory Council 01/10/2013 30/09/2016 Mr Redmond Morley Board Member Railway Safety Advisory
Council 01/10/2013 30/09/2016 Mrs Dervla Brophy Board Member Railway Safety Advisory Council 01/10/2013 30/09/2016
Mr Clifton Flewitt Board Member Railway Safety Advisory Council 01/10/2013 30/09/2016 Mr Brendan Smith Board
Member Railway Safety Advisory Council 01/10/2013 30/09/2016 Ms Tracey McGee Board Member Iarnrd ireann (I)
27/09/2013 26/09/2016 Mr Senan Turnbull Board Member National Roads Authority 26/09/2013 31/12/2015 Mrs Eithne
Scott Lennon Chairperson Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company 24/09/2013 23/09/2018 Mr Paul Bates Board Member Dublin
Port Company 19/09/2013 18/09/2018 Mr Stephen Cluskey Board Member Taxi Advisory Committee to the NTA 19/09/2013
31/07/2015 Mr Kevin ODriscoll Board Member Irish Aviation Authority 16/09/2013 15/09/2017 Ms Kathleen Barrington
Board Member Bus tha Cliath (BC) 09/09/2013 08/09/2016 Mr Flor OMahony Board Member Iarnrd ireann (I)
09/09/2013 08/09/2016 Ms Margaret Ryan Board Member National Tourism Development Authority (Filte Ireland)
09/09/2013 27/05/2017 Ms Aideen Carberry Board Member Road Safety Authority 09/09/2013 08/09/2017 Mr Owen Keegan
Ex-Officio National Transport Authority 03/09/2013 Mr Padraic MCCormack Board Member Galway Harbour Company
20/08/2013 20/08/2018 Mr Michel Frain Board Member Marine Casualty Investigation Board 31/07/2013 28/02/2017 Ms
Marion OBrien Board Member Cork Airport Authority plc 26/07/2013 01/01/2014 31/12/2014 Prof Jim Deegan Board
Member National Tourism Development Authority (Filte Ireland) 12/07/2013 27/05/2017 Ms Mary Rose Stafford Board
Member National Tourism Development Authority (Filte Ireland) 12/07/2013 27/05/2017 Ms Bridget Halligan-Neville
Board Member National Tourism Development Authority (Filte Ireland) 12/07/2013 27/05/2017 Ms Deirdre Moran Board
Member Drogheda Port Company 09/07/2013 08/07/2017 Ms Mary Dorgan Board Member Irish Sports Council (ISC)
08/07/2013 07/07/2018 Ms Sandra Murphy Board Member National Roads Authority 07/06/2013 31/12/2015 Ms Sandra
Murphy Board Member Railway Procurement Agency (RPA ) 07/06/2013 31/12/2015 Title Board Member Role State Board
Date of Appointment Date of Reappointment Date of Expiry Mr Basil Geoghegan Board Member Irish Aviation Authority
20/05/2013 19/05/2017 Ms Ann-Marie OSullivan Board Member Dublin Airport Authority plc 14/05/2013 13/05/2016 Mr
John Maughan Board Member Irish Sports Council (ISC) 08/05/2013 07/05/2018 Ms Claire Gibbons McCarthy Board
Member National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) 20/03/2013 19/03/2017 Mr Joseph Hiney Board Member
Drogheda Port Company 01/03/2013 28/02/2018 Mr John Mullins Chairperson;#Board Member Port of Cork Company
27/02/2013 26/02/2018 Mr Donal Og Cusack Board Member National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA)
25/02/2013 24/02/2018 Mr Declan Lyons Board Member National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA)
25/02/2013 24/02/2017 Mr Martin Coughlan Board Member National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA)
25/02/2013 24/02/2016 Mr Frank Allen Board Member Iarnrd ireann (I) 20/02/2013 19/02/2016 Prof Patricia Barker
Board Member Bus tha Cliath (BC) 11/02/2013 10/02/2016 Mr Brian Keane Board Member Marine Casualty
Investigation Board 07/02/2013 06/02/2017 Mr Liam Sheedy Board Member Irish Sports Council (ISC) 06/02/2013
04/02/2018 Ms Cliona Cassidy Chairperson Marine Casualty Investigation Board 29/01/2013 28/01/2018 Mr Gerard Macken
Board Member Taxi Advisory Committee to the NTA 24/01/2013 31/07/2015 Dr Kevin Rafter Board Member Bus tha
Cliath (BC) 23/01/2013 22/01/2016 Mr John Ussher Board Member Taxi Advisory Committee to the NTA 11/01/2013
31/07/2015 Mr Kevin Toland Ex-Officio Dublin Airport Authority plc 01/01/2013 Mr Cormac ORourke Chairperson
National Roads Authority 01/01/2013 31/12/2018 Mr Cormac ORourke Chairperson Railway Procurement Agency (RPA )
01/01/2013 31/12/2017 Mr Sean Finnegan Board Member Drogheda Port Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2016 Ms Pam Kearney
Board Member Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2017 Dr Peter Brennan Board Member Dun Laoghaire
Harbour Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2016 Mr Kevin Carey Board Member Galway Harbour Company 05/12/2012
04/12/2016 Mr Brian Cantwell Board Member Port of Cork Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2016 Mr Dominic McEvoy Board
Member Port of Cork Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2017 Ms Helen Boyle Board Member Port of Cork Company 05/12/2012

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04/12/2017 Mr Paul Mulvihill Board Member Port of Cork Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2016 Mr Padraig Cleary Board
Member Shannon Foynes Port Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2016 Ms Martina Robinson Board Member Wicklow Port
Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2016 Mr Brendan Newsome Chairperson;#Employee Representative Wicklow Port Company
05/12/2012 04/12/2017 Mr Dimitris Karagiorgis Board Member Wicklow Port Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2016 Mr Thomas
Tyrrell Board Member Wicklow Port Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2015 Mr John Curley Board Member Wicklow Port
Company 05/12/2012 04/12/2015 Mr Declan Wallace Local Authority Nominee Taxi Advisory Committee to the NTA
20/11/2012 31/07/2015 Mr James Doorley Board Member Taxi Advisory Committee to the NTA 14/11/2012 31/07/2015 Ms
Mairead Hayes Board Member Taxi Advisory Committee to the NTA 14/11/2012 31/07/2015 Mr Niall Mc Carthy Board
Member Cork Airport Authority plc 18/10/2012 01/01/2014 31/12/2014 Mr Paul Carey Chairperson;#Employee
Representative Galway Harbour Company 02/10/2012 01/10/2017 Mr Ray Lawlor Chairperson;#Employee Representative
New Ross Port Company 02/10/2012 01/10/2017 Mr David Doolan Board Member;#Employee Representative Port of Cork
Company 02/10/2012 01/10/2017 Mr Edward Crean Board Member Taxi Advisory Committee to the NTA 10/09/2012
31/07/2015 Mr Gary Comiskey Board Member National Roads Authority 07/09/2012 31/12/2015 Mr Jerry Brennan Board
Member Taxi Advisory Committee to the NTA 09/08/2012 31/07/2015 Ms Gary Joyce Board Member Bus tha Cliath
(BC) 30/07/2012 29/07/2015 Mr Gerard Ryan Board Member Bus ireann (B) 30/07/2012 29/07/2015 Ms Patricia Golden
Board Member Iarnrd ireann (I) 30/07/2012 29/07/2015 Mr James Nix Board Member Iarnrd ireann (I) 30/07/2012
29/07/2015 Ms Helen Collins Board Member Dublin Port Company 27/07/2012 26/07/2015 Ms Helen Noble Board Member
Port of Waterford Company 25/07/2012 24/07/2017 Prof P J Drudy Board Member;#Government Appointee Cras Iompair
ireann (CI) 24/07/2012 23/07/2015 Ms Frances Meenan Board Member Cras Iompair ireann (CI) 24/07/2012
23/07/2015 Mr Seamus Matthews Board Member Drogheda Port Company 24/07/2012 23/07/2015 Ms Claudia Carr Board
Member Drogheda Port Company 24/07/2012 23/07/2017 Mr Frank Greene Board Member Galway Harbour Company
24/07/2012 23/07/2016 Mr John Mulholland Board Member Galway Harbour Company 24/07/2012 23/07/2016 Dr Natasha
Evers Board Member Galway Harbour Company 24/07/2012 23/07/2015 Mr Brian Rice Board Member New Ross Port
Company 24/07/2012 23/07/2016 Title Board Member Role State Board Date of Appointment Date of Reappointment Date
of Expiry Mr Alex Kelly Board Member New Ross Port Company 24/07/2012 23/07/2015 Mr Noel Cregan Board Member
Port of Cork Company 24/07/2012 23/07/2015 Mr Paul Schtz Board Member Dublin Airport Authority plc 02/07/2012
01/07/2015 Ms Patricia King Board Member Dublin Airport Authority plc 02/07/2012 01/07/2015 Mr Niall Greene Board
Member Dublin Airport Authority plc 02/07/2012 01/07/2015 Mr Ernie Donnelly Board Member Irish Aviation Authority
24/05/2012 23/05/2016 Mr Conal Henry Board Member Shannon Foynes Port Company 05/04/2012 04/04/2017 Mr Michael
Finucane Board Member Shannon Foynes Port Company 05/04/2012 04/04/2017 Mr Michael Greene Board Member
National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) 14/03/2012 13/03/2015 Ms Nollaig Crowley Board Member
National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) 14/03/2012 13/03/2015 Ms Sarah OConnor Board Member
National Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) 14/03/2012 13/03/2016 Mr Roy Dooney Board Member National
Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) 14/03/2012 13/03/2017 Ms Maeve Buckley Board Member National
Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) 14/03/2012 13/03/2016 Mr Kingsley Aikins Board Member National
Sports Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) 14/03/2012 13/03/2017 Mr John Tierney Board Member National Sports
Campus Development Authority (NSCDA) 14/03/2012 13/03/2017 Mr Sean Benton Chairperson National Sports Campus
Development Authority (NSCDA) 14/02/2012 13/02/2017 Mr John Lynch Board Member Dublin Airport Authority plc
03/02/2012 02/02/2015 Mr Colm McCarthy Board Member Dublin Airport Authority plc 03/02/2012 02/02/2015 Mr Pdraig
Rordin Chairperson Dublin Airport Authority plc 19/01/2012 18/01/2015 Mr Denis Moynihan Chairperson Drogheda
Port Company 22/12/2011 21/12/2016 Mr Michael Collins Chairperson Shannon Foynes Port Company 22/12/2011
21/12/2016 Mr Derek Reaney Board Member Tourism Ireland Limited 19/12/2011 18/12/2016 Mr David Rodway Board
Member Tourism Ireland Limited 19/12/2011 18/12/2016 Mr John Healy Board Member Tourism Ireland Limited 19/12/2011
18/12/2016 Mr Christoph Mueller Board Member Tourism Ireland Limited 19/12/2011 18/12/2016 Ms Elaine Murphy Board
Member Tourism Ireland Limited 19/12/2011 18/12/2016 Mr Denis Cregan Board Member Tourism Ireland Limited
19/12/2011 18/12/2016 Mr Kieran Fay Board Member Bus ireann (B) 07/11/2011 06/11/2014 Mr Bernard Allen Board
Member Irish Sports Council (ISC) 12/10/2011 09/10/2014 16/09/2015 Mr Michael A Norton Board Member Irish Aviation
Authority 06/10/2011 05/10/2015 Mr Edward Rock Board Member Road Safety Authority 14/09/2011 13/09/2016 Mr Sean
Finan Board Member Road Safety Authority 14/09/2011 13/09/2016 Dr Aine Carroll Board Member Road Safety Authority
14/09/2011 13/09/2016 Mr Ronan Melvin Board Member Road Safety Authority 14/09/2011 13/09/2016 Mr Ciarn Aylward
Board Member Taxi Advisory Committee to the NTA 05/09/2011 09/08/2012 31/07/2015 Mr Jim Flannery (Vice-
Chairperson) Board Member Tourism Ireland Limited 25/07/2011 19/12/2011 18/12/2016 Ms Gina Murphy Board Member
National Tourism Development Authority (Filte Ireland) 18/07/2011 27/05/2015 Mr Noel Kavanagh Board Member
National Tourism Development Authority (Filte Ireland) 18/07/2011 27/05/2015 Ms Susan Bergin Board Member National
Tourism Development Authority (Filte Ireland) 18/07/2011 04/07/2014 27/05/2018 Mr Frankie Sheahon Board Member
National Tourism Development Authority (Filte Ireland) 18/07/2011 27/05/2015 Mr Ciaran OGaora Board Member
National Tourism Development Authority (Filte Ireland) 18/07/2011 27/05/2015 Ms Vivienne Jupp Chairperson Cras
Iompair ireann (CI) 29/06/2011 09/07/2014 09/07/2017 Mr Phil Gaffney Chairperson Iarnrd ireann (I) 29/06/2011
09/07/2014 08/07/2017 Mr David OConnor Board Member National Roads Authority 27/06/2011 27/06/2013 31/12/2015 Mr

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Phil Gaffney Board Member Cras Iompair ireann (CI) 20/06/2011 09/07/2014 09/07/2017 14/10/2014WRFF02250Public
Service Obligation Services14/10/2014WRFF02300386. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism
and Sport with regard to the awarding of the public service obligations air service scheme for the Donegal-Dublin route from
2015, his plans to introduce price cap regulation on air fares which would set a limit on the maximum price by which the
successful service provider would be allowed to charge passengers for using these services; and if he will make a statement on
the matter. [39293/14]14/10/2014WRFF02400Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In
preparing for the public tender process for PSO air services on the Donegal/Dublin and Kerry/Dublin routes post 2014, the
current specifications for both routes were reviewed in consultation with all of the key stakeholders, including the airports and
incumbent airlines. On the basis of that review, it was decided to reduce the maximum fare of 100 to a more realistic 80
for future contracts. While this will set the maximum fares that can be charged under such contracts, the actual fares charged
on PSO air services to date are considerably lower and are dictated, in the main, by the market rather than any maximum
provided under such contracts.14/10/2014WRGG00100Written Answers Nos. 387-39814/10/2014WRGG00200Departmental
Staff Rehiring14/10/2014WRGG00300387. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the
number of persons who are on public or Civil Service pensions who have been recruited for work on any basis, permanent or
temporary, under the remit of his Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
[39554/14]14/10/2014WRGG00400Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The number of
persons who are on civil service pensions who have been recruited for work on a temporary basis in my Department are
outlined in the following table: Table 1: Year 2012 2013 2014 Number of rehires 5 5 5 No retired staff member has been
reinstated permanently. Retired staff members were rehired in the past three years on a temporary, contractual basis to
undertake specific tasks. Among the staff rehired were radio officers to fill essential vacancies in the Irish Coast Guard, an
aeronautical engineer for the Air Accident Investigation Unit and an individual engaged in connection with the preparation
and attendance at the States defence of High Court proceedings due to their specialised knowledge of the legislation
concerned. There are currently two public servants on specific, temporary rehire contracts in my Department.I have asked the
State Agencies under the aegis of my Department to provide the Deputy with the information requested regarding public
service pension holders. If you do not receive a reply from the agencies within 10 working days, please advise my private
office.14/10/2014WRGG00500Hare Coursing14/10/2014WRGG00600388. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts;
Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of hare coursing meetings the National Parks and Wildlife Service intends to monitor
in 2014. [38948/14]14/10/2014WRGG00700389. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Arts; Heritage and the Gaeltacht
the reason no post-mortem evidence has been supplied to the National Parks and Wildlife Service to confirm the number of
hares cited as dying from natural causes at coursing meetings. [38949/14]14/10/2014WRGG00800Minister for Arts, Heritage
and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 388 and 389 together. Licences were issued
by my Department in August under the Wildlife Acts to the Irish Coursing Club on behalf of their affiliated clubs to facilitate
the tagging and capturing of hares for the purpose of hare coursing for the 2014/15 coursing season. The control of live hare
coursing, including the operation of individual coursing meetings and managing the use of hares for that activity, is carried out
under the Greyhound Industry Act 1958, which is the responsibility of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
Hare coursing is administered by the Irish Coursing Club, which is a body set up under the Greyhound Industry Act 1958.
Where resources allow, officials of the National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department attend coursing meetings, on a
spot-check basis, to monitor compliance with conditions on the licences granted by my Department. Veterinary officials from
the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine also attend some meetings on an annual basis. To assist my officials in
the monitoring of these events, my Department also receives reports from the Irish Coursing Club Control Stewards and
Veterinary Surgeons in attendance on the day of hare coursing meetings.It is a licence condition that a qualified veterinary
surgeon should be in attendance during all coursing meetings and that a signed report on the general health of the hares and on
any injuries or deaths of hares that occur during the meeting should be submitted to my Department. While I understand that
post-mortem examinations are carried out at coursing meetings in certain circumstances, it is not a licence condition that
reports on these examinations are submitted to the Department. I have asked my officials to consider the issue of obtaining
post mortem reports in advance of the 2015/2016 season.14/10/2014WRGG00900Ministerial
Appointments14/10/2014WRGG01000390. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the
reason she decided to increase the number of board members on the Irish Museum of Modern Art from nine to 11 breaching
the Governments promise to reduce the size of each board to a maximum of nine members; when she decided to do this; if
she was instructed or contacted by persons requesting her to increase the numbers from nine to 11; if so by whom; her plans to
increase the numbers of other boards under her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[38956/14]14/10/2014WRGG01100Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): According to
the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), the current limit in respect of the
board is 15 members. I appointed two people to the Board of Directors of the IMMA on the 12th of September last to allow
for better regional representation on the Board having regard to IMMAs national remit and with a view to enhancing the
business skills and acumen of the Board in terms of the commercial dimension of IMMAs roles and responsibilities.The
Government, as part of a critical examination of the structure and operation of a number of institutions included in the Public
Service Reform Plan, accepted a recommendation to scale back the membership of a number of Boards of institutions,
including IMMA, to a maximum of nine members, including the Chair. Whilst my Department continues to work towards the

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implementation of this and other recommendations on an administrative basis, the legislation required to give legal effect to
this decision has yet to be enacted. It is expected that this legislation will be published in late 2015.The heads of Bills are
currently with the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment, Culture and the Gaeltacht for consideration. Regarding any
future board appointments, I have indicated my intention to work closely with the Chairs of the cultural institutions to identify
the skills needs of the boards. This will be done as part of the Governments new appointments procedures.
14/10/2014WRGG01200Heritage Sites14/10/2014WRGG01300391. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Arts,
Heritage and the Gaeltacht her plans to protect the heritage of a site (details supplied) in County Cork and develop it as a
cultural site, in view of the fact that it has significant heritage tourism potential for the locality; and if she will make a
statement on the matter. [38998/14]14/10/2014WRGG01400Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather
Humphreys): Details of all identified monuments relating to the area referred to in the Deputys Question are available on my
Departments National Monuments Service website at www.archaeology.ie. These monuments are also included in the Record
of Monuments and Places compiled under the National Monuments Acts 1930 to 2004, which provides them with the
protections and safeguards set out in those Acts.The site referred to is also included in a focused study undertaken by my
Department, that is now nearing completion. The individual reports produced as part of the study are currently being reviewed
by an expert advisory panel appointed to oversee the project and will be available for wider consultation after the panel has
concluded its deliberations. There are no proposals before me at this time for the development of this area as a cultural
site.14/10/2014WRGG01500National Museum14/10/2014WRGG01600392. Deputy Eric Byrne asked the Minister for Arts,
Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the upper two levels of the National Museum will be reopened; and if she will make a
statement on the matter. [39033/14]14/10/2014WRGG01700Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather
Humphreys): Whilst my Department provides funding to National Museum of Ireland, the board of that institution is
responsible for all operational matters and I have no direct function in that regard.A programme of capital refurbishment
works was completed in 2010 to facilitate the reopening of the Natural History Museum. There is currently a management
system in place to facilitate controlled supervised access to the historic balconies and the Museum, my Department and the
OPW continue to explore the potential of providing further enhanced access to the upper levels in the Natural History
Museum at a reasonable cost.14/10/2014WRGG01800Film Industry Promotion14/10/2014WRGG01900393. Deputy Sen
Fearghal asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the percentage of funds loaned to production companies by
the Irish Film Board in each of the years 2011, 2012 and 2013 that were returned; and if she will make a statement on the
matter. [39047/14]14/10/2014WRGG02000Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The
Irish Film Board (IFB) is the statutorily independent agency responsible for the development and promotion of the culture of
Irish filmmaking together with the development of the Irish film industry, taking into account both indigenous filmmaking and
major international film and television productions. I have no responsibility in relation to its day-to-day operational matters,
including policies and the allocation of resources to different support programmes including development loans and
production loans.The IFB allocation of development and production loans provides cultural funding to the production of films
involving Irish creative talent, including Irish screenplay writers, directors, actors, designers and animators. The IFB shares in
and recoups profits from revenues generated from sales for cinema, television, DVD, etc. It has to be borne in mind that this
recoupment can occur over a number of years, for example, a film project that receives funding support in 2011 can recoup
money for a number of years beyond 2011 or 2012. Likewise, the recoupment figure for a particular year will include monies
from projects that historically received funding support in earlier years.The 2013 accounts for the IFB are still being examined
by the Comptroller and Auditor General, so I am not in a position to release those at this time. In 2011 the IFB advanced a
total of 14,375,889 in feature development and production loans and recouped 1,179,854. In 2012 the IFB advanced a
total of 12,698,869 in feature development and production loans and recouped 1,531,833. These figures bring to 10% the
recoupment rate on production feature loans advanced since the re-incorporation of the IFB in 1993. The cumulative
percentage rate is given from 1993 which, as mentioned above, makes more sense than giving percentages for individual
years as the films can earn revenues over a number of years. Internationally, this is seen as a reasonable return rate.
14/10/2014WRGG02100Foras na Gaeilge14/10/2014WRGG02200394. Deputy Dominic Hannigan asked the Minister for
Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will ensure there are no cuts to the Foras na Gaeilge budget for 2015; and if she will
make a statement on the matter. [39051/14]14/10/2014WRGG02300Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and
the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): As I explained in my response to Question No. 435 from the Deputy on 8 July 2014, the
allocation for Foras na Gaeilge in 2015 will be informed by the outcome of the comprehensive reviews of both current and
capital expenditure announced as part of Budget 2014 and within the framework of the Budgetary and Estimates processes
generally. In addition, as Foras na Gaeilge is part of the North South Language Body, a further impact will arise from the
agreement of the Finance Departments in both jurisdictions on minimum efficiency savings of 4% per annum cumulatively to
be achieved by all North South Implementation Bodies over the period 2014-2016.The Deputy will appreciate that pending
announcement of the 2015 budget today, I am not in a position to comment more specifically at this
time.14/10/2014WRGG02400dars na Gaeltachta14/10/2014WRGG02500395. Deputy Dominic Hannigan asked the
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will consider allocating 12 million as a capital budget for dars na
Gaeltachta; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39052/14]14/10/2014WRGG02600Minister of State at the
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): I wish to refer the Deputy to my reply to
Parliamentary Question No. 1746 of 17 September 2014 in relation to this matter. As I stated in that reply, funding for the

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various Departments, including my own, are decided through the Budgetary and Estimates process annually. With regard to
the capital budget for dars na Gaeltachta, I wish to again reiterate that, as Minister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, I very
much appreciate the importance of job creation in helping to retain sustainable communities in Gaeltacht areas. In that
context, I wish to again acknowledge the very important enterprise and employment function of dars na Gaeltachta as the
regional economic agency for the Gaeltacht. I am fully informed of dars na Gaeltachtas strategic proposal to increase its
capital budget over time from the present level of 5.687m to 12m per annum. I am very aware and supportive of the case
advanced by the organisation that such an increase in funding would enable it to create an additional 300 jobs per annum. As
the Deputy is aware, it was announced as part of Budget 2014 that comprehensive reviews of both current and capital
expenditure would be undertaken by all Departments during 2014. These reviews underpin the Governments multi-annual
budgetary framework and are conducted periodically to re-set Departmental expenditure ceilings in line with emerging
Government priorities. Clearly, the capital allocation for dars na Gaeltachta for 2015 will be informed by the outcome of
those reviews and within the framework of Budget 2015, which is being announced
today.14/10/2014WRGG02700Appointments to State Boards14/10/2014WRGG02800396. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked
the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she will provide a list of all State board appointments since general
election 2011; the person who recommended each appointment; the credentials of those appointed; if the vacancy was
publicly advertised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [39275/14]14/10/2014WRGG02900Minister for Arts,
Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): As my Department was established on 2nd June 2011, the
information sought is being provided in respect of the period since then. Details concerning the appointments of board
members to bodies and agencies funded from my Departments Vote Group since 2nd June 2011, (both currently serving
members and those no longer serving), and their qualifications or experience are set out in the following table. The table also
indicates the number of board vacancies that were publicly advertised and the number of appointments made following from
the publicly advertised process. My Department seeks expressions of interest from the public by advertising on my
Departments website. Candidates may also be approached who, in the view of the Minister of the day, have a contribution to
make and who may be willing to serve. In the case of certain bodies, board appointments may also be made by the bodies
themselves or on an ex officio basis. It may be noted that appointments to the boards of Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots
Agency, being agencies of the North South Implementation Body - An Foras Teanga, are made by the North South Ministerial
Council, arising from nominations on a 50:50 basis from each jurisdiction.The Government has recently agreed on a Revised
Model for Ministerial Appointments to State Boards which complements the current system with a more structured approach
to ensure that vacancies on State Boards are populated in a transparent way by the high-calibre personnel required to
successfully perform their mandates. I am now working to implement this revised model and look forward to the guidelines
which Minister Howlin will present in the coming weeks in that regard.National Gallery of Ireland Board Appointments since
2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies Advertised Appointments made following from a publicly
advertised process. - - 3 3 Suzanne McDougald Gallerist and Art Collector - - Mary Keane Deputy Director General of the
Law Society of Ireland, responsible for the Societys Policy and Public Affairs function. - - Margaret Glynn M.A. History of
Art and Design U. L. 2003. - - Mary Daly President of the Royal Irish Academy - - Bernie Brennan Vice President of the
Royal Dublin Society - - Fred Krehbiel International Business representative - - John OBrien International Business
representative - - National Concert Hall Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies
Advertised Appointments made following from a publicly advertised process. - - 12 12 Gerry Kearney (Chair) Former
Secretary General of the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. - - Dearbhla Collins Pianist - - Laurie Cearr
General Manager, Music in Great Irish Houses. - - Gina Menzies Lecturer in Medical Ethics, Royal College of Surgeons. - -
Alma Hynes Head of Volunteer Department for the Wexford Opera Festival. - - Deborah Kelleher Director, Royal Irish
Academy of Music. - - Rachel Holstead Music consultant and freelance composer. - - Maura McGrath Senior management
and executive experience across the private and public sectors and also not for profit organisations in Ireland and abroad. - -
Rebecca Gageby Head of Programmes and Administration at the Royal Irish Academy. - - Kieran Tobin Retired
Communications and Corporate Affairs Director, Irish Distillers. - - John McGrane Retired Ulster Bank Director - - Ray Bates
Former Director, National Lottery. - - Peter McEvoy Project management consultant. - - Barney Whelan Director of
Communications and Corporate Affairs at An Post. - - Mchel Silleabhin Pianist, composer, recording artist and
academic, who holds the Professorship of Music at the Irish World Music Academy of Music and Dance based at the
University of Limerick. Former Chair of Culture Ireland. - - Bruce Arnold Journalist - - Margaret Ryan Marketing Practitioner
- - Artemis Kent Director, Greystones Youth Orchestra and Head of Music at the Bray Institute of Further Education. - - Pat
Heneghan PR Consultant - - Patricia Slavin Primary School Principal and qualified ballet teacher from the Royal Academy,
London. - - Irish Museum of Modern Art Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies
Advertised Appointments made following from a publicly advertised process. - - 1 1 Emma Goltz A patron of the Arts and
company director. - - Jane Dillon Byrne A former member of the Arts Council; she currently serves on the board of the
Pavilion Theatre - - Sheila ORegan A museum curator, radio producer and presenter and historian. - - John McNulty
Businessman active in local cultural, sporting and language initiatives. - - Arts Council Appointments since 2 June 2011
Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies Advertised Appointments made following from a publicly advertised
process. - - 11 8 (and also one reappointment) Sheila Pratschke (Chair) Studied fine art and arts management, worked in many
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- - Joan Sheehy Actress with extensive experience in professional theatre for over three decades. - - Miriam Dunne Has 25
years experience as a professional arts manager and producer in arts organisations, festivals, venues and events. - - Monica
Spencer A freelance producer, festival organiser and performance related facilitator with extensive experience of arts
management and delivery. - - imear OConnor An art historian specialising in Irish art who was elected an Honorary Royal
Hibernian Academician in 2010 for her contribution to the Arts in Ireland. - - Brian Maguire A visual artist. - - John
McAuliffe A writer and academic, currently chief poetry critic for the Irish Times and co-editor of The Manchester Review. -
- Ciarn Walsh A graduate of communications studies from Dublin City University who has been involved in the performing
arts for almost 20 years. - - Mark ORegan A professional actor with a long association with the Abbey and Gate Theatres in
Dublin. - - John Fanning A specialist in advertising, branding, marketing and communication who has a long standing
commitment to the Arts. - - Censorship of Publications Board Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of
Appointees Vacancies Advertised Appointments made following from a publicly advertised process. - - 5 4 Shane McCarthy
(Chair) Solicitor - - Noelle OConnor Senior lecturer in tourism and hospitality studies - - Sinad Prunty Barrister - - Georgina
Byrne Librarian who holds qualifications in English literature, information studies and management. - - Philip Moynihan
Retired Chief Superintendent, An Garda Siochna. - - Irish Film Board Appointments since 2 June 2011
Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies Advertised Appointments made following from a publicly advertised
process. - - 7 5 Bill OHerlihy (Chair) Television broadcaster and businessman - - Annie Doona President of the Institute of
Art, Design and Technology - - Katie Holly Managing Director of Blinder Films - - Kate OToole Actress and Chairwoman of
the Galway Film Fleadh - - Seamus Deasy Director of Photography - - John Rice BAFTA and IFTA winning producer, co-
founder and CEO of JAM Media - - Maurice Sweeney Documentary film maker. - - The Heritage Council Appointments since
2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies Advertised Appointments made following from a publicly
advertised process. Conor Newman (Chair) University lecturer 7 3 Fidelma Mullane Specialist in vernacular architecture - -
Catherine Heaney Communications consultant - - Ciara Breathnach University lecturer - - Michael Parsons Former school
principal - - Kieran OConor University lecturer - - Ted Creedon Broadcaster and journalist - - National Archives Advisory
Council Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies Advertised Appointments made
following from a publicly advertised process. - - 6 0 (no expressions of interest received) Joanne Rothwell Archivist,
Waterford County Archives - - Deirdre McMahon Senior lecturer and Head of Department, Mary Immaculate College and
member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission - - Mire Mac Conghail Professional genealogist and member of the Irish
Manuscripts Commission - - Mary McAuliffe Historian, lecturer in the School of Social Justice, UCD - - Raymond Refauss
Librarian and archivist, Church of Ireland Library - - Paul Rouse Historian and lecturer in the School of History of Art and
Archives, UCD - - Crawford Art Gallery Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies
Advertised Appointments made following from a publicly advertised process. - - 1 1 (there were also 7 re-appointments and 1
ex-officio) John Bowen (Chair) CEO of Bowen Construction - - Una Feely Arts management and co-founder of the IndieCork
Festival - - Sheila Maguire Hospital administrator in Cork University Hospital and former VEC member - - Tim Brosnan
Cork City Councillor - - Jim Corr Former Cork City Councillor and former Cork City VEC Chairman - - Declan Moylan
International Chairman of Mason, Hayes and Curran - - Noel OKeeffe Former Cork County Engineer - - Kevin Lonergan
Principal Officer, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - - Anne Doherty Cork City Manager - - Chester Beatty
Library Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies Advertised Appointments made
following from a publicly advertised process. - - 3 31 appointment was an ex-officio appointment and 1 was a nominee of the
Taoiseach. Patricia Donlon Former Curator of the Chester Beatty Library and former Director of the National Library. - -
Eamonn Ceannt Artist, sculptor and Former Bursar, UCD - - Declan Downey Professor of History of Art and Archives, UCD
- - Brian McGing Regius Chair, School of Classics, TCD - - Catherine Fahy Acting Director, NLI - - dars na Gaeltachta
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies Advertised Appointments made
following from a publicly advertised process. - - 7 4 (there were also 5 appointments by County Councils with Gaeltacht areas
within their jurisdictions) Anna N Ghallachair (Chair) Director of the Languages Centre, National University of Ireland,
Maynooth - - Dairona Nic Con Iomaire Primary school principal - - Fiachra Cilleachair Health Service Executive
employee - - Pdraig hAinifn Health Service Executive employee - - Eunan Mac Cuinneagin Regional manager of
WESTBIC in Cill Charthaigh - - Michel Scanaill Businessman and former teacher - - Samus Cosa Mac Gearailt
Nominated by Kerry County Council - - Sen Cuiren Solicitor and manager of Donegal Volunteer Centre - - Seosamh
Laoi Nominated by Galway County Council - - Ian Mac Aindri Nominated by Mayo County Council - - Cathal Seoighe
Nominated by Meath County Council. - - Daith Alcorn Nominated by Donegal County Council 7 - Foras na Gaeilge
Appointments since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies Advertised Appointments made
following from a publicly advertised process. - - N/A N/AAppointments to the boards of Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-
Scots Agency are made by the NSMC arising from nominations on a 50:50 basis from each jurisdiction and therefore they are
not open to public competitions. Liam Maolmhichl (Chair) Former Director General of the GAA, primary school teacher
and school inspector. - - Eoghan Mac Cormaic (Vice Chair) Member of Conradh na Gaeilge and employee of Glr na nGael
with an interest in education. - - ine N Chiarin Journalist and former civil servant with an interest in local history. - - Brd
N Chonghile Senior Executive of Gaillimh le Gaeilge, former board member of Galway City VEC and member of Galway
City Public Forum. - - Therese Ruane Teacher, former board member of County Mayo VEC, member of Galway and
Roscommon Education and Training Board and Director of Gn Mhaigh Eo. - - Caitrona N Shilleabhin Teacher - - Pl

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Callaghan Head of Information and Policy with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Northern Ireland and former MLA. - - Colm
Cavanagh Former Business Development Manager with the North West Regional College, President of the NI Council for
Integrated Education, Chair of London-Derry Connections and Vice President of the Alliance Party. - - Seosamh Mac
Donnchadha Former teacher, Irish Language Organiser with Galway CCVC, CEO of Foras na Gaeilge,President of the GAA
and Chairperson of TG4, CEO of Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board. - - Toms Mac Eochagin Director
with Griffith College Dublin - - Marcus Mac Ruair Journalist and writer and Development Officer for Glr na nGael. - - Sen
Mchel Dmhnaill Former school principal and greatly involved in community development and in his local GAA club. - -
Dnal hAinifin School Principal of GS Mhchl Chosig. - - amonn Gribn Retired, member of the SDLP and
Conradh na Gaeilge, among other memberships. - - Donnchadh Laoghaire Member of Cork County Council and
Chairperson of the Councils Arts, Culture and Language Committee. - - Liam Kennedy Lecturer at Queens University,
Belfast. - - Thomas Sharkey Local Councillor and Secondary School teacher of Irish - - Ulster-Scots Agency Appointments
since 2 June 2011 Qualifications/Experience of Appointees Vacancies Advertised Appointments made following from a
publicly advertised process. Tom Scott (Chair) Board member of a local enterprise agency and involved with several private
and public sector bodies with a strong interest in the Ulster-Scots heritage and culture. N/A N/AAppointments to the boards of
Foras na Gaeilge and the Ulster-Scots Agency are made by the NSMC arising from nominations on a 50:50 basis from each
jurisdiction and therefore they are not open to public competitions. Tony Crooks (Vice-Chair) Numerous academic
qualifications and a strong interest in the Ulster-Scots language, culture and heritage. - - Hilary Singleton Founding member
of an Ulster-Scots group with vast experience and knowledge of the Ulster-Scots heritage and culture. - - Ida Fisher Extensive
experience in local government in County Donegal with an interest in Ulster-Scots heritage and culture. - - Val OKelly
Worked in a professional and voluntary capacity with many local and national voluntary groups and has an interest in Ulster-
Scots heritage and culture. - - Sharon Treacy-Dunne Has a special interest in the promotion of Ulster-Scots music and culture
and has commissioned several works in the Ulster-Scots genre. - - William Leathem Current Chairman of an Ulster-Scots
group with a long standing interest in the Ulster-Scots history and culture, particularly in the promotion of the Ulster-Scots
music. - - Trevor Wilson Vice President of an Ulster-Scots group with a long standing interest in the Ulster-Scots heritage and
culture. - - 14/10/2014WRGG03000Special Areas of Conservation Appeals14/10/2014WRGG03100397. Deputy Brian
Stanley asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has considered the submission from turf cutters (details
supplied) to have SAC lifted, and if this has been put to the EU Commission for an exemption under Article 6(4) of the
habitats directive. [39294/14]14/10/2014WRGG03200Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather
Humphreys): The draft National Peatlands Strategy, draft National Raised Bog SAC Management Plan and the Review of the
Raised Bog Natural Heritage Area Network were published in January of this year. In the subsequent public consultation
process, almost 1500 submissions were received and are currently under examination. This includes a submission received on
behalf of the Committee representing turf cutters on the bog referred to. In general, turf cutting and its associated drainage is
damaging to the ecology and functioning of raised bogs and is incompatible with their conservation. For raised bog SACs, it
will in most cases not be possible for the State to consent to further turf cutting, as the State is legally obliged to prevent such
damage to these sites. There are, however, two sets of circumstances in which turf cutting could be consented to. These can be
referred to as Article 6(3) consents (where it can be shown that cutting will not have an adverse effect on the SAC) and
Article 6(4) consents (for imperative reasons of overriding public interest), under the EU Habitats Directive. The draft
National Plan sets out the demanding tests which must be met before flexibility under the Directive could be sought. The final
Plan will clarify these issues and whether the provisions of Article 6(4) could be applicable for any particular SAC within the
broader context of the Plan, and seek to establish whether sufficient consensus can be achieved at a national level to make a
successful case to the European Commission for flexibility on this basis. It should be noted that there have been 60
applications to my Department under the Cessation of Turf Cutting Compensation Scheme in relation to the bog in question.
11 applicants have expressed an interest in relocation. The assessment of potential relocation sites for these turf cutters is
ongoing. A total of 130 annual payments have been made, along with 51 deliveries of turf, since cessation came into force. 35
legal agreements have also been signed.14/10/2014WRGG03300Departmental Staff Rehiring14/10/2014WRGG03400398.
Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of persons who are on public or
Civil Service pensions who have been recruited for work on any basis, permanent or temporary, under the remit of her
Department in 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if she will make a statement on the matter.
[39543/14]14/10/2014WRGG03500Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The number
of persons who are on public or civil service pensions employed on permanent or temporary fixed term contracts in my
Department and the bodies funded from its Vote Group in the years in question is summarised in the following table: Year
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Public Bodies 2012 2* 5 2013 2* 3 2014 2* 7 *Includes a former special
adviser in receipt of a teachers pension.

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