Written Answers.

The following are questions tabled by Members for written response and the ministerial replies as received on the day from the Departments [unrevised].
Questions Nos. 1 to 10, inclusive, answered orally.

Consumer Protection.

Michael D. Higgins

Question:

11 Deputy Michael D. Higgins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the steps being taken to implement the commitment in the programme for Government that steps would be taken to ensure that consumer codes of conduct are published by businesses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41778/08]

The Consumer Protection Act 2007, which commenced in May last year, empowers the National Consumer Agency to prepare and publish Guidelines to traders in relation to matters of consumer welfare and protection and matters related to commercial practices. The Act also empowers the Agency to review or approve Codes of Practice submitted to it by traders or their trade associations where the Agency is satisfied that the Code of Practice protects consumer interests.

In October 2008, the National Consumer Agency, in accordance with its powers under the Consumer Protection Act 2007, published Guidelines for the Leisure and Fitness Sector. The Guidelines are intended to help the sector to draw up clearer and fairer terms and conditions in consumer contracts.

In tandem with the Guidelines, the Agency also published Seven Principles for the sector. These Principles, which are non-binding, are essentially a best practice guide for leisure clubs in the context of their contractual commitments to consumers.

In early September, the Agency published a consultation document on Guidelines on Advertising of Price Discounts and Related Matters. The Guidelines are intended to facilitate the retail sector in complying with the requirements of the Consumer Protection Act 2007 in relation to a variety of misleading practices. The Agency is currently assessing the various views received, with a view to publishing Guidelines for the retail sector in the New Year. The Guidelines, when finalized, will help traders to better appreciate their obligations to provide unambiguous information to consumers, give clarity on certain aspects of the Act and provide a basis for a fairer and more evenly balanced approach towards advertising throughout the sector.

I very much welcome the Agency's initiatives in these areas. I am confident that the production of Guidelines in important sectors of the economy such as the retail and leisure and fitness sectors will help in the development of a strong consumer culture in those sectors. I strongly support the Agency's strategy of engaging constructively with business through initiatives such as Agency Guidelines and Consumer Codes of Practice, which will be to the benefit of not only consumers but also the businesses themselves.

Social Partnership Agreements.

Emmet Stagg

Question:

12 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has received a request for a meeting from the Construction Industry Federation regarding the possibility of its members deferring the pay increases agreed in the recent national agreement; her views of such a proposal; her further views on the potential consequences of such a move for the draft national agreement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41757/08]

No such request from the Construction Industry Federation for a meeting has been received either by the Tánaiste or myself. I am, however, aware that CIF members will deliberate on ratification next week.

I welcome the fact that the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and IBEC have recently ratified the Towards 2016 Review and Transitional Agreement, 2008-2009. This new Agreement provides us with an important framework for addressing the economic and social challenges which the country faces in the immediate period ahead.

At the same time, I appreciate the very real difficulties being faced by a sizeable number of firms in the construction sector in the current climate.

The CIF have always been strong supporters of the national pay agreements process. I believe that they recognise the value of this approach in order to:

maintain the orderly conduct of industrial relations in the sector;

underpin the management of change within the industry, particularly in the current volatile times; and

recognise the very particular difficulties being faced by individual firms.

I firmly believe that the Agreement reached represents a sensible compromise and the best terms that could be achieved in current circumstances. Most importantly, it will serve as a welcome boost for investors and workers alike — providing certainty in pay determination, safe-guarding employment and helping to preserve the industrial peace that has been a hallmark of social partnership and which was benefited our economy significantly over the last 21 years.

I am hopeful that all concerned will recognise the clear benefits of the Agreement — for themselves, their organisation and for the country as a whole — and will proceed to ratify the Agreement.

Prompt Payment System.

John O'Mahony

Question:

13 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her plans to promote a culture of paying bills quicker in the small and medium enterprise sector, if she will take a lead on this issue; if she will ensure that her Department will commit to better the payment time of 30 days under the European Communities (Late Payment in Commercial Transactions) Regulations, 2002 to 15 days of receipt of invoice; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41944/08]

Payment terms in commercial transactions are determined by the parties concerned and the responsibility for the collection of those payments and general credit control rests with the selling enterprise.

As the Deputy has mentioned, the issue of late payments in commercial transactions is addressed by the European Communities (Late Payment in Commercial Transactions) Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 388 of 2002).

In accordance with these Regulations, it is an implied term of every commercial transaction that where a purchaser does not pay for goods or services by the relevant payment date, the supplier shall be entitled to interest ("late payment interest") on the amount outstanding. Interest shall apply until such time as payment is made by the purchaser. The current interest rate applicable is 11.00% per annum or 0.0301% per day. This rate is set as at 1st January and 1st July each year at a rate of 7 percentage points above the European Central Bank interest rate on its most recent main re-financing operation. In the absence of any agreed payment date between the parties, late payment interest falls due after 30 days has elapsed. The 2002 Regulations also provide for compensation for debt recovery costs. Greater use of these provisions would assist in achieving earlier payments.

In addition, under the Regulations the use of terms that are grossly unfair may be unenforceable and such terms may be challenged in Court on the basis of criteria specified in the Regulations. Organisations representing small and medium sized enterprises may challenge any terms that they feel breach the Regulations. It is open to any such organization to pursue this operation. However, I understand that this provision of the Regulations has not been availed of to date.

The EU Commission has indicated that it will be proposing amendments to the Late Payments Directive early in 2009. Their intention is to simplify the provisions of the original Directive and to clarify issues such as interest payments, with a view to discouraging late payers and guaranteeing that SMEs are paid within time for all commercial transactions. Ireland will work actively in negotiating amendments.

Government Departments have a role to play in leading by example. There already is transparency in Departments' paying practices with each Department required to report on late payment interest incurred by it during the year by way of a specific note to its Annual Report. I am not aware that payments by Departments, including my own, are a cause of particular concern and I would welcome specific problems relating to late payments by Departments being brought to my attention.

Questions Nos. 14 and 15 answered with Question No. 6.

EU Funding.

Andrew Doyle

Question:

16 Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if her Department collects, collates and analyses statistics on redundancies and job losses in such a way that enables it to make an application for funding from the European Globalisation Fund; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41276/08]

Employers have a statutory obligation under the Protection of Employment Acts 1977 to 2007 to inform the Redundancy Payments Division of my Department at least 30 days in advance of all proposed redundancies of 5 or more workers. Information on these collective redundancies is then collated and analysed by the Employment and Training Strategy Unit of my Department in order to establish whether the necessary eligibility criteria of the European Globalisation Fund have been triggered and whether or not the basis exists on which to make a claim on that Fund.

The European Globalisation Fund was established under Regulation (EC) No. 1927/2006 to assist workers in EU Member States made redundant as a direct consequence of major structural changes in world trade patterns. The Fund provides up to €500m annually in supports and has been in operation since January 2007. Strict eligibility criteria and conditions apply in seeking up to 50% matching financial assistance for active labour market interventions under the Fund which are complementary to existing national measures. These criteria include the requirement that at least 1,000 redundancies take place either over a period of 4 months in the case of a single enterprise, including its suppliers or downstream producers, or the same number of redundancies over a period of 9 months in the case of small or medium size enterprises in a particular sector. To date, the relevant criteria have not been met and hence no application has been made.

The President of the European Commission recently announced that the Fund may be modified in the light of the present economic situation and would form part of the programme to revitalize the European economy to be announced later this month. Ireland continues to closely monitor the level of collective redundancies nationally in the context of assessing whether the strict criteria currently applicable under the Fund, or any potential future modification thereof, would be reached enabling an application to be made.

Appointments to State Boards.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

17 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the appointments she has made to boards, agencies or other bodies operating under the aegis of her Department since 7 May 2008; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41766/08]

Enterprise Ireland

I appointed Mr Hugh Cooney as Chairperson of the Board of Enterprise Ireland with effect from 1 November 2008.

Shannon Development

Two appointments were made to the Board of Shannon Development in May 2008. Dr Roger Downer was reappointed and Dr Richard Sadlier was appointed on 7 May 2008.

Science Foundation Ireland

Three appointments were made to the Board of Science Foundation Ireland on 25th July 2008. I re-appointed Dr Pat Fottrell as Chairperson of the SFI Board and reappointed Dr Jim Mountjoy and Mr Peter Mac Donagh as members of the Board.

FÁS

I appointed Mr Dermot Nolan to the Board of FÁS on 10 October 2008

Expert Group on Future Skills Needs

I appointed Mr Tony O'Donoghue to the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs on 10 June 2008

Management Development Council

I appointed Ms Gail Warrick to the Management Development Council on 30 July 2008

Labour Court

I reappointed Mr Peter D.R. Murphy as a member of the Labour Court on 12 September 2008.

Grocery Industry.

Brian Hayes

Question:

18 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the extent to which grocery prices have fallen since she came into office; if she is satisfied with the measures taken to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41288/08]

Grocery prices and their impact on household budgets have been the subject of much debate and concern for some time not just in this country but throughout the world.

Whereas food inflation in Ireland remained relatively low throughout most of this decade, prices for a wide range of staple food items began to increase significantly from the early part of 2007. Annual food inflation continued to rise and reached a peak of 9.3% in March this year as per the published returns of the Central Statistics Office. The annual rate of food inflation at the time of my appointment as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment in May 2008 was 7.8%. The annual rate has since decreased to 4.6% as of October and indeed food prices, as measured by the Central Statistics Office, have fallen in each of the last five months.

Whilst much of the inflation experienced in the area of food prices was due to global factors including demand, economic and climatic reasons, consumers can also influence prices in the marketplace by actively seeking out the best value for money. The National Consumer Agency, through its well publicised Grocery Comparison Surveys, has provided consumers with the necessary price information to enable them to seek out best value. Research commissioned by the Agency shows that a significant number of consumers are changing their shopping habits to achieve value for money, which undoubtedly is having an effect on prices in the marketplace.

Whilst I very much welcome the recent reductions in food prices, I am conscious of the impact of grocery expenditure on the average household budget. It is important, therefore, that the importance of achieving value remains in the forefront of this debate and that through the ongoing work of the National Consumer Agency in conjunction with continued discernment by consumers themselves, recent progress in tackling food inflation can continue.

Ministerial Staff.

Mary Upton

Question:

19 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number, in respect of her and of her Ministers of State, the constituency office and the private office, of staff employed, broken down by grade and the cost of each office in terms of salaries and expenses for 2007 and the projected costs for 2008; if there will be a reduction in staffing levels in these offices, arising from the requirement to effect a 3% reduction in salary costs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41753/08]

The tables following outline the number of staff by grade in my private and constituency office and in those of each Minister of State within my Department. The cost for 2007 of each such office in terms of salary, overtime and expenses are included together with the costs for 2008 to date. It should be noted that the Office of the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation was created on 20th June 2007 and, therefore, the figures do not represent a full calendar year.

Office of the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment

Private Office

Constituency Office

2 Special Advisers 1 Press Adviser 1 Private Secretary (HEO) 2 Executive Officers 5 Clerical Officers

1 Executive Officer 2.8 Clerical Officers 1 Personal Assistant 1 Personal Secretary 1 Temp. Clerical Officer

Year

Salaries, Wages and Allowances*

Travel & Subsistence**

Ministerial Allowance

Miscellaneous

Total

2007

1,099,700.40

58,053.27

11,161.20

6,110.78

1,175,025.65

2008 to date

1,138,831.55

26,355.90

14,000.46

9,378.64

1,188,566.55

Office of the Minister for Labour Affairs

Private Office

Constituency Office

1 Private Secretary (HEO) 1 Executive Officer 3 Clerical Officers

1 Personal Assistant 1 Personal Secretary 2 Civilian Drivers

Year

Salaries, Wages and Allowances*

Travel & Subsistence**

Ministerial Allowance

Miscellaneous

Total

2007

333,209.14

81,433.54

12,001.36

846.95

427,490.99

2008 to date

324,569.54

91,379.45

10,142.20

3,633.18

429,724.37

Office of the Minister for Trade & Commerce

Private Office

Constituency Office

1 Private Secretary (HEO) 1 Staff Officer 1 Clerical Officer

1 Personal Assistant 1 Personal Secretary 2 Secretarial Assistants 1 Clerical Officer 2 Civilian Drivers

Year

Salaries, Wages and Allowances*

Travel & Subsistence**

Ministerial Allowance

Miscellaneous

Total

2007

404,894.49

114,483.63

15,213.00

2,062.22

536,653.34

2008 to date

462,390.03

169,112.24

11,156.20

2,594.35

645,252.82

Office of the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation

Private Office

Constituency Office

1 Private Secretary (AO) 1 Executive Officer 1 Clerical Officers

1 Special Adviser 1 Personal Assistant 2 Personal Secretaries (each staff member on a 0.5% worksharing basis) 1 Clerical Officer 2 Civilian Drivers

Year

Salaries, Wages and Allowances*

Travel & Subsistence**

Ministerial Allowance

Miscellaneous

Total

20th June 2007

176,870.95

46,535.60

4,056.80

790.66

228,254.01

2008 to date

481,304.52

59,964.24

11,156.20

4,766.45

557,191.41

*The totals provided for Salaries, Wages and Allowances include Overtime and Employer's PRSI.

**The totals provided for Travel and Subsistence Expenses include the cost of flights invoiced directly to the Department.

There are also two additional Ministers of State who have responsibility in this Department, however, they do not have offices in the Department. The Ministers concerned are:

Minister for Equality, Disability and Mental Health at the Department of Health and Children.

Minister for Lifelong Learning at the Department of Education and Science.

Measures to effect a 3% reduction in salary costs have been agreed as part of the estimates process and this includes the suppression of a number of posts which will be spread across the Department.

Labour Inspectorate.

Liz McManus

Question:

20 Deputy Liz McManus asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of labour inspectors employed by the National Employment Rights Authority; the number of labour inspectors available for assignment on normal duties; the number of labour inspectors in training following recruitment; the status of the recruitment campaign to increase the Labour Inspectorate to 90 inspectors; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41772/08]

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

22 Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of inspections carried out by the Labour Inspectorate to ensure that the minimum wage was being paid in 2006, 2007 and to date in 2008; the number of breaches detected; the number of prosecutions initiated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41774/08]

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

23 Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of workplace inspections carried out by the Labour Inspectorate to date in 2008; the way this compares with the same period in 2007; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41773/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 20, 22 and 23 together.

In accordance with commitments given under Towards 2016, the Social Partnership Agreement, the number of Inspectors in the National Employment Rights Authority was scheduled to increase from 31 to 90. Competitions were held in 2007 for the recruitment of the additional fifty-nine Inspectors and, fifty-nine inspectors have been assigned to NERA from these competitions.

All new inspectors have completed the NERA Inspection Services Introductory Training Programme and are currently undertaking further training, including on-the-job training with experienced inspectors. This involves working with experienced Inspectors in conducting inspections and other associated enquiries at places of work with a view to determining compliance with certain employment rights legislation.

Ten Inspectors have left NERA over the past year as a result of promotion or internal and external Departmental transfers and re-assignments. As a result, the total number of NERA Inspectors currently stands at eighty.

Competitive selection processes will take place later this month to fill existing vacancies and future vacancies as they arise.

The number of employment rights inspections/visits/calls undertaken by the Inspection Services of the National Employment Rights Authority in the year to the end of October 2008 was 25,155. During the same period in 2007 some 11,380 inspections/visits/calls were undertaken.

Of the 25,155 inspections/visits/calls to the end of October 2008, breaches were detected in 4,212 cases. In the same period in 2007, breaches were detected in 2,037 cases. To the end of October 2008, €2.05 million in underpayments of wages due to employees has been recovered by NERA Inspection Services compared to €2.25 million for the corresponding period in 2007.

The outputs and outcomes to date in 2008 reflect the focused and targeted activities being undertaken by NERA in relation to employment rights promotion and compliance and the increased number of NERA Inspectors.

The number of inspections carried out in relation to the National Minimum Wage Act, 2000 during which breaches of the Act were detected and the number of prosecutions initiated is as follows:

in 2006: 2,002 inspections were undertaken; in 104 cases breaches were detected and in one case a prosecution was initiated.

in 2007: 1,942 inspections were undertaken; in 192 cases breaches were detected and no prosecutions were initiated.

in 2008: 2,824 inspections have been undertaken to 31st October; in 248 cases breaches have been detected and in two cases prosecutions have been initiated.

In one case, at the direction of the District Judge, at the commencement of the trial, the parties entered into a compromise agreement and the prosecution was withdrawn.

NERA undertook a targeted campaign, which focused on compliance with the National Minimum Wage Act 2000, during the period 14 April to 11 May 2008. Such campaigns, accompanied by awareness and promotional activities, are a significant feature of the National Employment Rights Authority's employment rights compliance and information strategy.

The primary role of the National Employment Rights Authority, in the case of breaches of employment rights legislation, is to seek compliance and rectification of any breaches identified, including redress for the employees concerned and payment of any arrears due to those employees.

It should be noted that in the majority of cases, employers rectify breaches of employment law and pay underpayments of wages due to employees without prosecution. However, the National Employment Rights Authority reserves the right to initiate prosecutions in respect of breaches of certain employment legislation.

The Deputy should be aware that Rights Commissioners of the Labour Relations Commission also hear complaints concerning breaches of the National Minimum Wage Act 2000.

Foreign Direct Investment.

Willie Penrose

Question:

21 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her plans to make contact with the incoming administration in the United States in view of reports that proposed tax changes may impact on US investment here and the possible consequences for job creation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41750/08]

My Department and I are always mindful of potential international developments that could adversely effect foreign direct investment here. In that respect there is continuous liaison with the business community, through domestic and overseas channels, to monitor any potential changes. I am not aware of any concrete proposals to make changes to US tax legislation. While there has been some speculation in the context of the Presidential election that any new Administration could seek to make changes to the tax code, it is merely speculation. I and other Government Colleagues will be actively engaged in these matters with the new administration.

I do not need to remind the House of the importance of US investment to the Irish economy which has been valued by successive Irish Governments over the last forty years. Irish investment in the US is also of significance. In that context it would be remiss of me not to be mindful of the sensitivity of investment decisions to the overall economic environment that would prevail including the tax environment that could undermine such decisions

Questions Nos. 22 and 23 answered with Question No. 20.

Export Levels.

Martin Ferris

Question:

24 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the work being undertaken by her Department to increase the number of exports made by Irish owned companies. [41955/08]

The Irish Government is strongly supportive of Irish exporting firms working to increase their level of exports on world markets. My Department, through Enterprise Ireland, is active both nationally at the developmental local level and, through promotional activities carried out from a range of locations abroad, in assisting Irish indigenous companies to find new markets for their products and services and to increase their existing level of market share. Through its network of 32 international offices, Enterprise Ireland creates and implements successful strategies for market entry, development and growth in overseas markets. These activities include:

Arranging access to international buyers and increasing in-market trade promotion activities,

Increasing the number of overseas missions, raising the level of participation at trade shows and increasing the number and quality of incoming buyers,

Seeking to ensure increased international media coverage of the range of product and service providers in Ireland and the benefits of doing business here,

Continuing to increase the number of incubation centres in key overseas markets, thus providing a low cost market entry mechanism for company clients with strong potential.

In this work, close coordination is maintained with other agencies, such as An Bord Bia and with relevant non-governmental bodies. Enterprise Ireland is also assisted by our Irish Embassies abroad, in facilitating the development of export markets for Irish exporting companies.

Both myself and my colleague, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mary Coughlan T.D., have been active in leading trade missions organised by Enterprise Ireland. We will continue to do so, to both existing long-established markets, to the new EU Member States and also to Asia and other emerging markets, with a view to increasing the share of exports by Irish companies on the world market.

In January of this year, the then Taoiseach Mr. Bertie Ahern led a trade mission to South Africa. Last month, I accompanied Taoiseach Brian Cowen on a trade mission to China. A total of 94 companies participated in the China mission and it is estimated that new export sales of €65m were generated during that event.

Research by Forfás has established that in 2007 the value of exports by Irish owned manufacturing and internationally traded services companies, which are supported by Enterprise Ireland, was €11.8 billion, which represented an increase of 8% on the previous year.

Economic Competitiveness.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

25 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her plans to improve competitiveness in the manufacturing and service sectors here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41850/08]

Maintaining the competitiveness of the enterprise sector in Ireland is a priority issue for my Department and our development agencies. In order to sustain and grow the manufacturing sector, Irish based manufacturing enterprises will be encouraged and assisted to continue the progression to high value added sectors and activities, and continue to increase productivity through investments in human capital, technology and innovation. The productivity gains that flow from innovation are the new foundations for competitiveness. The Report of the High-Level Manufacturing Group, which was launched earlier this year, contains some 26 recommendations directed at key areas of innovation and productivity leading to transformational change, reskilling and management development which will ensure Irish manufacturers can continue to compete successfully on international markets and provide high value sustainable employment.

The Social Partners agreed, as part of the recently concluded review of Towards 2016, that a Manufacturing Forum should be established, in line with the recommendations of the High Level Group on Manufacturing. This matter will be progressed by my Department in consultation with the Dept. of the Taoiseach and the Social Partners.

We continue to be one of the world's leading service exporting countries and are currently ranked the 10th highest exporter of services in the world. In Sept 2008, I launched the report of the Services Strategy Group, "Catching the Wave: A Services Strategy for Ireland". This report sets out new policy proposals on how we can ensure the continued development and growth of Ireland's services sector and outlines how to maximise the future returns to the country from services activities in all enterprises, both current and potential. I believe that the implementation of these recommendations will enable Irish service companies to exploit new and exciting opportunities, such as eLearning, business and financial services, professional and consultancy services and others. My Department is working in conjunction with other Departments to progress the implementation of these recommendations.

We fully acknowledge the vital role that the services sector itself and the growing services element within manufacturing companies will play in Ireland's future economic performance. Yesterday I launched Enterprise Ireland's "Strategy for Internationally Traded Services" which sets out priority initiatives that Enterprise Ireland will focus on for the growth and development of the services sector with a view to increasing exports. Their Strategy will focus on maximizing the performance of companies that are already active on export markets, on encouraging companies that are currently only trading locally to expand their markets abroad, and on fostering a new breed of start-up services companies with exporting potential. Enterprise Ireland has analysed the needs of service companies and is responding by aligning its resources with these needs.

We are clearly focused on the needs of both manufacturing and the services sector and have the strategies in place to deliver growth, strengthened productivity and improved competitiveness.

Fuel Prices.

James Reilly

Question:

26 Deputy James Reilly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when she expects to receive the National Consumer Agency’s report on petrol and diesel prices; the action she is empowered to take on foot of the report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41286/08]

Emmet Stagg

Question:

30 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her views on recent EU figures which suggested that consumers are being charged up to 20% more for diesel and petrol; the steps she will take to ensure that consumers receive fair treatment in regard to petrol and diesel prices; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41758/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26 and 30 together.

I am aware of the concerns expressed by a number of commentators in relation to the retail price of fuel products, such as petrol and diesel, and particularly that prices have not fallen commensurate with reductions in the wholesale price of oil. I am also aware of the findings of the Consumer Petroleum Price Products Survey published by the Energy and Transport Directorate General of the European Commission which showed that the average retail price of petrol and diesel in Ireland was significantly greater than the weighted average price for such products throughout the Euro 15 region. I would point out that the Commission's survey related to retail prices on 20th October, and that pump prices in Ireland have dropped significantly since then.

Notwithstanding these developments, Deputies will be aware that in September this year, I requested the National Consumer Agency to undertake a survey into the underlying reasons as to why pump prices for petrol and diesel have not fallen in line with the drop in the wholesale price of oil. I understand that the Agency's work in relation to this matter is well underway. As part of its work, the Agency will seek to benchmark movements in prices in Ireland against those in other EU countries and it will also seek to examine the frequency and the timeliness in which changes in the wholesale price are being passed on to consumers. The Agency has been conducting surveys of retail prices throughout the country, and is engaging in a series of meetings with the main distributors, the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources (D/CMNR) etc. I am advised that the Agency expects to finalise its report in the coming weeks.

Another factor which must be taken into account when looking at the underlying determinants behind retail fuel prices is exchange rate fluctuations and, in particular, the relative value of the Euro against the dollar. In this regard it is worthwhile to note that the Euro was trading at a high of $1.599 on 15 July whereas it is now trading at $1.266. This loss in value against the dollar will offset to some degree any benefits accruing.

Given the significance of recent developments in the wholesale oil market and the changes in value between the Euro and the dollar, I feel it is important that there should be greater transparency between the manner in which the retail price for fuel paid by consumers follows changes in the wholesale price and I look forward to receiving the National Consumer Agency's report on this matter.

Question No. 27 answered with Question No. 10.

Redundancy Levels.

Sean Sherlock

Question:

28 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of redundancies notified to her Department during 2007; the number notified to date in 2008; the way this compares with the same period in each year from 2002 to 2007; her views on the rapid increase in the number of redundancies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41761/08]

The following table of figures shows the actual number of employees who qualified for statutory redundancy lump sum payments on a year by year basis from January 2002 to end October 2008. This does not reflect those who lost their jobs having less than two years' service in an employment as this does not qualify for payment under the Redundancy Acts.

Analysis carried out previously by my Department compared the average annual level of redundancies for the period 2002-2006 as against the level of redundancies in the period 1995-2001. It was found that the level of redundancy had almost doubled and the cause may be attributed to two factors. Firstly, there were more people at work in the 2002-2006 period which accounted for 20% of the increase in the level of redundancies. Secondly, the risk of redundancy increased significantly in the second period and this accounted for 80% of the increase in the level of redundancy.

The increase in redundancies reflected in 2007 and, more particularly in the current year to date, indicate the considerable downturn being experienced in all of the major employment sectors of the economy and, in particular, in the construction sector. This Department will continue to monitor the trends in the level of redundancies and report on any significant developments that may arise.

Actual Redundancies 2002-2008

Year

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

Actual

24,432

25,769

25,041

23,156

23,684

25,495

32,076

% Increase/Decrease on previous year

51.9%

5.5%

-2.8%

-7.5%

2.3%

7.5%

50.2%

Proposed Legislation.

Kieran O'Donnell

Question:

29 Deputy Kieran O’Donnell asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when she will conclude her review of the Competition Act 2002; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41939/08]

As part of an ongoing review of the 2002 Competition Act, submissions received on foot of a public consultation from a variety of interested parties are currently being considered by my officials. These submissions cover a range of issues, many of a technical nature.

The Deputy will also be aware that the Government recently indicated its intention to amend section 4 of the Act subject to consistency with EU competition law.

To give effect to the Government decision to merge the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority, I propose to bring forward legislation which will encompass the outcome of the review of the 2002 Act, the amendments to section 4 and the amalgamation of the two bodies.

Question No. 30 answered with Question No. 26.

Prompt Payments System.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

31 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has met with representatives of Irish small and medium enterprises to discuss the issue of the length of time small businesses are waiting to receive payments in respect of work carried out and goods delivered. [41953/08]

I have met with the Irish Small And Medium Enterprises Association (ISME) and also the Small Firms Association (SFA) as recently as last night to discuss their concerns on a range of issues impacting on small businesses as result of the current economic situation.

I am very much aware of the difficulties facing small firms in relation to access to credit finance and the impact of late payments on the sector. In this regard, I would refer the Deputy to my reply today to Question 41944/08 relating to the issue.

I am happy to continue to consult with ISME and SFA on all issues impacting on small businesses.

Decentralisation Programme.

Jack Wall

Question:

32 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the revised arrangements for decentralisation of those bodies for which her Department has responsibility, arising from the Budget 2009 announcement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41752/08]

The Minister for Finance, in his Budget 2009 address, announced that the proposed decentralisation of a number of bodies was being deferred pending a review in 2011. This impacts on five agencies under my remit viz. FÁS, Enterprise Ireland (EI), Health and Safety Authority (HSA), National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and National Consumer Agency (NCA). Decisions on the timing of further work on these programmes are being deferred pending such a review in 2011 in light of budgetary developments.

In reaching its decision the Government has also taken into account the report of the Decentralisation Implementation Group (DIG) on the State Agency aspects of the programme together with the views of the Decentralisation Sub-Group of the SMI Implementation Group of Secretaries General.

As part of the Government's decentralisation programme, advance staff moves have taken place in relation to the Health and Safety Authority to Kilkenny and FÁS to Birr and staff in such locations will remain in place.

Finally, the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA) has fully decentralised to Naas, Co Kildare.

FÁS Training Programmes.

Arthur Morgan

Question:

33 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if additional FÁS training places are to be made available in the wake of her decision to cut jobseekers benefit from 15 to 12 months. [39486/08]

Matters relating to the payment of Jobseekers Benefit are the responsibility of the Department of Social and Family Affairs.

In response to the current labour market climate FÁS has devised a number of measures that are designed to increase the availability of training courses for those who are seeking employment.

FÁS has developed a Short Course Programme, which is targeted at the needs of those who have just become unemployed. The course is designed to enable this group to re-enter the labour market in another sector or job role. Successful completion of the training leads to certification at a minor level, which through further training can be developed into a major award. It is hoped that this initiative will provide up to 6000 places during 2009.

FÁS has also established a training fund to enable it to provide a timely response to identified training/re-training needs for low skilled and redundant craft workers from the construction sector. It is intended that this will enable individuals to secure a speedy return to work, or where this cannot be secured, to provide relevant up-skilling opportunities in order that those affected can secure employment in alternative sectors. FÁS is also focusing on providing retraining opportunities for redundant construction workers in emerging areas such as the installation of energy efficient and renewable technologies, environmental activity, and compliance and regulatory work.

For those who are on the live register and/or in receipt of a Department of Social and Family Affairs (DSFA) payment, FÁS will be providing evening classes without payment of a fee. This intervention is to provide up to 16,000 additional places in 2009 aimed at meeting the needs of those who were recently active in the workforce and who now find themselves unemployed. It will give them an opportunity to add to their skills set, build on their existing level of employability and allow them to re-enter the labour market in another sector or job role. The courses will be certified at a minor level and will also, through further training, be convertible to a higher award status, which will provide further opportunities in the context of lifelong learning.

As well as the initiatives just outlined, FÁS also plans to expand its range and capacity of On-Line and Blended Learning (On-Line with workshops) in 2009 by 8,000 places.

Employment Rights.

Róisín Shortall

Question:

34 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the progress made with regard to the implementation of the temporary agency workers directive, agreed at the Council of Ministers meeting on 23 May 2008; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41759/08]

The European Parliament by way of its legislative Resolution, of 22nd October 2008, have approved the Council common position for adopting a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on temporary agency work. I welcome the fact that the Parliament, in Plenary, accepted the Council common position without amendment. This matter will now be scheduled for the next meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, on 17th. December, when consideration of this dossier will be concluded. This will conclude the final element in the process of its adoption, and publication in the Official Journal.

Under the terms of the agreement reached by EU Ministers and approved by Parliament, there will be a three year period in which Member States will be required to transpose the Directive, following its adoption, into national legislation. The Deputy will recall that following the welcome developments in the European Parliament, I invited the Social Partners to discussions with my Department. These discussions will aim at establishing a framework within which agency workers in Ireland would achieve equal treatment within an agreed timeframe. The proposed Review and Transitional Agreement 2008-2009 concluded by the Social Partners contains a commitment to developing such a framework.

Regulatory Reform.

Seymour Crawford

Question:

35 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the steps she has taken to alleviate some of the red tape and form filling related to the small business sector; her views on whether without this sector the employment situation would be worse; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41729/08]

The Small Business Forum Report, published in May 2006, outlined the contribution of the small business sector and made a range of recommendations for its support. Government has progressively implemented these recommendations to the benefit of small businesses.

The Small Business Forum Report and more recently in the EU Commission's Communication on a Small Business Act identified the need to provide a more consistent and clear regulatory environment on the basis of better regulation principles continuing to cut red tape and by better adapting administrative rules to the needs of small business.

The Government's commitment is to reduce the administrative burden on Irish business by 25% by 2012 and this demanding target is a key priority.

The High Level Group on Business Regulation is tasked with identifying where legislation has imposed an administrative burden, or "red tape", on business and with recommending ways to reduce that burden, without undermining the policy objectives behind the regulation. The work of the Group is focused on concrete measures in specific policy areas, including taxation, statistics, environment, health and safety, employment and company law. The first report of the Group sets out a number of instances where procedures have been simplified, making it easier for business to deal with Government, for example:

e-filing of annual returns to the Companies Registration Office;

on-line access to tax clearance certificates for Government contracts;

increased exemption thresholds for VAT registration; and

higher thresholds, exempting small businesses from having to conduct a statutory audit.

In its 2008 Report the Group identified over €20m in cost savings to business as a result of simplified administrative procedures such as cutting out paperwork, revising the rules for small businesses and making much better use of on-line services.

In addition, further changes to reduce the burden on business are expected in the procedures surrounding waste collection permits, road haulage permits and employment permits.

In addition to the work of the High Level Group, my Department has put in place a process across all Departments that will measure the administrative cost of red tape on business arising from domestic legislation.

As in all the other countries that have done this, it will take about a year and a half to complete the measurement process. In line with the recommendation of the Business Regulation Forum we are adopting a prioritised approach. Initially, all Government Departments are required to list the Information Obligations that their regulations impose on business. From that listing, Departments will assess, in consultation with business, which requirements are the most burdensome. They will then measure the actual cost to business of the most burdensome requirements. At that point the most appropriate approach to achieving the Government target to reduce the administrative burden of domestic regulation on business by 25% by 2012 will be determined.

With regard to future regulations, the Government has agreed that all Departments should measure the administrative cost on business and specifically examine the impact on small business.

Small businesses make a major contribution to jobs and wealth creation throughout all economies. In Ireland, 97% of all businesses are small (up to 50 employees) and employ some 800,000 people across 250,000 enterprises. At EU level, there are some 23 million Small and Medium Enterprises. These figures confirm how crucial small industry is to our employment and economic development. The Government is committed to supporting indigenous companies through maintaining a positive business environment and through particular interventions from the State development agencies such as Enterprise Ireland, FÁS and the County and City Enterprise Boards. The allocations in my Department's Estimates for 2009 will ensure that we continue to build on these supports for the future.

Equal Opportunities Employment.

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

36 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the average industrial wage earned by a male worker and female worker respectively; the average male earnings and average female earnings generally; if she plans additional measures to help bridge the male/female earnings gap; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41775/08]

Data from the CSO quarterly industrial survey shows that average industrial earnings per hour for male industrial workers on adult rates in June 2007 was €16.62. For female industrial workers the average rate was €12.73.

From the CSO National Employment Survey for October 2006, average hourly earnings were €20.50 for males and €17.67 for females. These latter figures cover the entire economy in October 2006 (excluding employees in agriculture, forestry and fishing).

Addressing the factors behind the gender pay gap is a multifaceted task involving a number of Government Departments and agencies as outlined in the National Women's Strategy, 2007-2016 launched last year by the then Taoiseach. Overall coordination of the National Women's Strategy is led by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

The introduction of the national minimum wage in 2000 has had a positive impact on women who previously were more likely to have received very low wages in sectors which were predominantly female.

My Department is responsible for chairing and providing the secretariat for the National Framework Committee on Work/life Balance Policies. This Committee, which was established under the social partnership process, comprises representatives from IBEC, ICTU, the Equality Authority and a number of Government Departments. The Committee has undertaken and continues to undertake a range of activities to raise awareness and encourage the provision of work/life balance at the level of the enterprise, including the provision of financial assistance to organisations, information dissemination activities, seminars, research etc. These activities may help encourage greater female participation in the workforce, including at senior levels which in turn can help narrow the earnings gap.

Similarly, "Expanding the Workforce", which is run by FÁS, is aimed at proactively encouraging women to return to work. The initiative facilitates women returnees by ensuring that training is provided in a flexible manner and is tailored to meet business requirements and skills needs of employers.

Job Creation.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

37 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her plans for job creation in Limerick in view of the announcement of the loss of 700 jobs at a plant (details supplied) and the loss of a further 100 jobs at another plant. [41958/08]

I am very conscious of the implications of job losses in Limerick and the entire Mid West area. In many cases such company announcements are a result of global conditions and/or global decisions, over which we have little or no influence.

While the news of job losses in both Dell and Irish Express Cargo is most disappointing, it is important to be aware of plans of many companies to reinvest in the area. As per the 2007 Employment Survey, Limerick currently has 39 IDA grant-aided companies employing approximately 8,960 employees. IDA Ireland has since September 2006 announced nine new projects for Limerick and the Mid West region with a job potential of over 1,000 people at full operation. For its part, Enterprise Ireland has a client base of 269 companies employing some 7,000 people in County Limerick. EI provides a range of supports and incentives to those companies to maintain and expand their businesses.

IDA Ireland's strategy for the Mid West Region and Limerick is to win new FDI in innovation driven, high value, high skills sectors; to work with the existing company base to expand their presence by increasing the number and scale of functions being carried out; to promote balanced regional development and to influence the provision of modern property solutions with supporting infrastructure.

The investment projects which IDA are seeking to attract to Limerick today are much different to those of the past, relying principally on the skills of its people and on a strong business and educational infrastructure to pull investment to the county. IDA's strategy is to re-position the region as a hotspot for knowledge based industry, while focusing on marketing Limerick as a key location for investment by building on the strengths already evident in the county. To support this strategy, IDA Ireland works closely with educational institutions in the region to develop the skill sets necessary to attract high value-added employment to the county. IDA is also working closely with the existing base of employers to encourage additional investment, particularly in activities such as R&D, customer support and back office functions. IDA works closely with Shannon Development in the provision of suitable property solutions for potential investors to the county.

In cases where downsizing and closures occur, the State development agencies IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, Shannon Development, FÁS and the County Enterprise Boards provide a co-ordinated and cohesive support response.

Departmental Agencies.

Jack Wall

Question:

38 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the proposals for rationalisation of State agencies for which her Department has responsibility, arising from the Budget 2009 announcement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41751/08]

As the Deputy is aware, my colleague the Minister for Finance announced during his Budget 2009 address that the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Agency would be merged.

This will bring about improved co-ordination and synergies in the interests of consumer and business alike. The merger of both bodies also coincides with the review already underway of Ireland's competition law code which will ensure that Irish competition law, in so far as is possible, continues to be applied in a pragmatic way, reflecting the realities facing both the consumer and business, while protecting competition within relevant markets.

The issue of other possible rationalisations is still under review.

Consumer Protection.

Michael D. Higgins

Question:

39 Deputy Michael D. Higgins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of on-the-spot fines for breaches of consumer law imposed to date under the terms of the Consumer Protection (Fixed Payment Notice) Regulations 2007; the type of breaches in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41777/08]

The Consumer Protection (Fixed Payment Notice) Regulations 2007 (S.I. No. 689 of 2007) came into effect on 13 October 2007. Responsibility for enforcement of these Regulations is a matter for the National Consumer Agency and I have no direct function in the matter.

I am informed that to date 40 notices have been served by Authorised Officers of the National Consumer Agency. Thirty-nine of these notices were issued in respect of alleged offences under the European Communities (Requirement to Indicate Product Prices) Regulations 2002 (S.I. No. 639 of 2002) and one was issued in respect of an alleged offence under the Retail Price (Beverages in Licensed Premises) Display Order 1999 (S.I. No. 263 of 1999).

Departmental Expenditure.

Mary Upton

Question:

40 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will make a statement on her Department’s Estimate for 2009; and the main areas where savings will be made. [41754/08]

My Department's Estimate for 2009 amounts to €1.569 billion (gross) in Exchequer funding. A further €382 million is being made available to my Department from the National Training Fund, giving me a total budget of €1.951 billion (gross) for 2009. This represents a reduction of €47.2 million, or 2%, on the 2008 allocation.

Appropriations in Aid for my Department in 2009 are estimated at just over €70 million. This represents a reduction of €25.4 million compared to the 2008 Estimate and is largely due a reduction in the level of receipts from the European Social Fund under the current Structural Fund programmes.

Within the allocation available to me for 2009, I am prioritising spending to stimulate the productive capacity of the economy, while at the same time providing supports to those who are impacted by the changing labour market conditions. Thus, my Estimate includes an increase in funding of €8.4 million, or 3%, for science, technology and innovation programmes; an increase of just under €3 million, or 9%, for small business support through the County and City Enterprise Boards; an increase of €10.5 million, or 2%, for FÁS Employment programmes; and an increase of €9.5 million, or 5%, from the National Training Fund for FÁS's training programmes for the unemployed.

For the most part, where reductions in spending were necessary to meet the Government's budgetary targets, they were made in areas where demand for services was reducing, or where there was a downward trend in expenditure in the last twelve to eighteen months.

Thus, the allocation from the National Training Fund for FÁS's training programmes for people in employment has been reduced by €35 million, or 20%, for 2009, mainly reflecting the reduced demand for new apprenticeship places. Some of this reduction in funding has been reallocated to training programmes for the unemployed, including measures to assist redundant apprentices. FÁS's Capital expenditure has been reduced by €6 million compared to the 2008 Estimate. Other Capital savings have been realised in relation to grants paid by the industrial development agencies, based on recent trends in expenditure and demand.

Reductions have also been made in the administrative costs my Department and most of its Offices and agencies. My Department's Administrative Budget has been reduced by €2.1 million, or 3%, compared to 2008. The administrative savings across the Department, its Offices and agencies include a 4% payroll cut in real terms, after taking account of the carry-over cost of Towards 2016 increases paid in 2008 and the fact that no additional funding is being provided to cover the cost of increases which will become payable from 1 September 2009. Consultancy savings will amount to at least €3.1 million in 2009, while advertising/PR savings will amount to a minimum of €5.4 million. Other savings in my Department's allocation can be identified in the 2009 Estimates published in parallel with the 2009 Budget.

National Employment Rights Authority.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

41 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when the National Employment Rights Authority will be established on a statutory basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41767/08]

Significant progress is being made on delivering the commitments agreed in Towards 2016 and, in this regard, the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) was established on an interim basis in February 2007, pending drafting and enactment of legislation, to undertake greater levels of employment law compliance activities. The Employment Law Compliance Bill was initiated in this House on 13th March 2008. Part 2 of the Bill provides for the establishment of the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA) on a statutory footing.

The Bill is a substantial and quite complex piece of legislation, and in its final form will provide for necessary amendments to over 30 separate existing enactments from 1946 onwards. Since publication of the Bill, work has been continuing including further drafting of provisions, legal clarification of certain issues and preparation of schedules of amendments to existing employment law.

In addition, and further to the Transitional Agreement under Towards 2016 concluded in September last, discussions have taken place with a number of stakeholders with a view to enforcing the provisions of the bill. Discussions are also taking place with the Office of the Attorney General on any remaining amendments and draft provisions. The intention is to have all outstanding work on the Bill completed without delay so that the Bill can proceed to Second Stage in the current Dáil term.

The National Employment Rights Authority will be established one month after the Employment Law Compliance Bill 2008 is signed into law by the President.

Grocery Industry.

Sean Sherlock

Question:

42 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has received a report from the Competition Authority following its request to the Authority to monitor the operation of the grocery trade on an ongoing basis; when she expects to receive the report; when she expects to introduce the required legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41762/08]

Following the repeal of the Restrictive Practices (Groceries) Order 1987 in March 2006, the Competition Authority was requested to review and monitor developments in the grocery sector in light of the new regulatory environment.

As I have previously indicated to the Dáil, the Competition Authority presented two reports in March this year, as part of the Grocery Monitor Project. The first report, A Description of the Structure and Operation of Grocery Retailing and Wholesaling in Ireland: 2001 to 2006 provides a description of the market structure at the wholesale and retail levels of the Irish grocery sector. The second report is entitled Price Trends in the Irish Retail Grocery Sector: A Description of the Evolution of Retail Grocery Prices between 2001 and 2007. In this report, the Competition Authority has considered the impact of the removal of the Groceries Order by examining the evolution of the aggregate retail grocery price trends since 2001 by analysis of price data published by the CSO. These reports were noted by Government in April and were published by the Authority shortly thereafter.

At that stage, the Authority indicated its intention to publish a third Report examining the retail planning system as it applies to the retail grocery sector. Following the submission of that Report to me, I brought it to Government in July and this third Report, 'Retail Planning System as applied to the Grocery Sector 2001-2007', was published by the Authority on 10 September 2008. This report identifies a number of features of the retail planning system that affect competition in the grocery sector. It contains seven recommendations aimed at promoting competition in grocery retailing in Ireland. These recommendations are addressed to my colleague the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr John Gormley, who has indicted his intention to initiate a review of the retail planning guidelines in 2009.

The Authority's Reports do not call for changes to legislation which fall within my area of responsibility and I have no plans to introduce legislation in this area.

I would like to advise the Deputy that the three Reports are available on the Authority's website www.tca.ie.

Workplace Accidents.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

43 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of workplace accidents and of workplace fatalities recorded to date in 2008; the way this compares with the same period in each year from 2002; if she is satisfied that all accidents are reported; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41770/08]

Brian O'Shea

Question:

51 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her views on the increase in the number of deaths recorded in workplace accidents in the construction sector during 2007; her proposals to ensure a reduction in the number of construction accidents and deaths; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41769/08]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

52 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her views on the 34% increase in the number of deaths recorded in workplace accidents during 2007; her proposals to ensure a reduction in the number of workplace accidents and deaths; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41768/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 43, 51 and 52 together.

The number of deaths recorded in workplace accidents during 2007 was 67 compared to 51 in 2006 with a considerable amount of this increase being accounted for by a number of fishing accidents.

Of the 67 fatalities in the year 2007, 18 occurred in the construction sector. This was an increase of five fatal accidents on the 2006 figure. The construction sector ranked third in relation to fatality rates, at 5 per 100,000 workers, in 2007. This figure is higher than the rate of 4.3 fatalities per 100,000 workers in 2006 (the lowest recorded rate for the sector) but maintains the general downward trend in the fatality rate seen since 2002.

There have been 52 workplace deaths reported to the Authority so far in 2008 (as at 17.11.08). For the first ten months of this year, there were 50 workplace deaths. For the first ten months of previous years, the figures are: 60 in 2007, 44 in 2006, 65 in 2005, 46 in 2004, 60 in 2003, 47 in 2002.

Construction and agriculture are consistently the highest risk sectors in which to work, based on the number of fatalities. Non-fatal accidents, resulting in absence of more than three days from normal work following the accident, are required to be reported to the Authority. There have been 5,895 non-fatal accidents reported to the Authority so far in 2008 (as at 17.11.08).

There were 7,757 non-fatal work related accidents reported to the Health and Safety Authority in 2007. This compares with nearly 8,000 for 2006, 8,104 for 2005, 8,453 for 2004, 6,622 for 2003, and 7,746 for 2002. I am not aware that the Authority has come across evidence which suggests under reporting of workplace accidents resulting in fatalities.

The Authority is carrying out a programme of 17,500 targeted and random workplace inspections in 2008. The inspection programme is targeted on the basis of risk, relevant accident triggers, levels of compliance and specific identified workplace trends. In relation to the construction sector, I am informed that the Authority has carried out over 6,000 construction inspections to date in 2008. Also, it continues to implement the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006 and the Safe System of Work Plan (SSWP).

Recognising the two highest risk areas, the HSA has a particular focus on the agricultural and construction sectors. Earlier this year, I formally launched the Construction Safety Partnership Plan. On the agriculture side, I attended and addressed the first All Island Farm Safety Conference in Monaghan in June of this year. This conference was co-hosted by the Health and Safety Authority along with the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI).

I have encouraged the Authority to continue and develop its partnership with Teagasc and to follow through on the development and distribution of the Farm Safety Code of Practice which was distributed to 160,000 farm households in December 2006.

Safe workplaces can ultimately only be delivered by those who work in them. Day to day responsibility for safety at work rests on the shoulders of employers and employees. The Health and Safety Authority in carrying out its inspection function spends a lot of its time advising as to safety at work and safe systems of work. In general, this advice is well received and only where there is a failure to comply with the Authority's advice or a real and immediate threat to health and safety does the Authority commence enforcement procedures.

The Authority, also in its advocacy role, publishes guidelines, codes of practice and other advice on safety on a regular basis as well as organising sectoral seminars or conferences to promote the occupational safety and health message. These activities, as well as the information on the Authority's website, should be heeded by all those in the workplace in order to improve our safety record.

Job Creation.

Denis Naughten

Question:

44 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the discussions that are taking place between Enterprise Ireland or the Industrial Development Authority and prospective employers wishing to create jobs in County Roscommon; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41740/08]

Denis Naughten

Question:

47 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the discussions that are taking place between Enterprise Ireland or the Industrial Development Authority and perspective employers wishing to create jobs in County Leitrim; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41741/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 44 and 47 together.

The marketing of the regions for job creation and investment is a day-to-day operational matter for the development agencies and while I may give general policy directives to agencies, I am precluded under the Industrial Development Acts from giving directives regarding individual undertakings or from giving preference to one area over others.

A range of strategies, programmes and financial incentives are in place to promote economic development that will give rise to sustainable employment throughout Roscommon and Leitrim. The strategies and programmes of the development agencies are very much in line with the National Development Plan and the National Spatial Strategy, which have been specifically designed to foster economic development and job creation across the country as a whole.

Both Enterprise Ireland and IDA work closely together and, through their network of regional and overseas offices, interact with existing and prospective clients in an effort to identify opportunities for investment and growth and thereby job creation.

In addition, in counties Roscommon and Leitrim, as elsewhere, the training and enterprise development agencies (FÁS, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the County Enterprise Board) are active participants in the County Development Boards and collaborate with other stakeholders in the counties to promote the infrastructure and environment for enterprise and job creation.

Proposed Legislation.

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

45 Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the legislative measures she plans to introduce arising from the new social partnership agreement; the proposed timetable for each such piece of legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41779/08]

I welcome the recent decisions by IBEC and ICTU to ratify the Towards 2016 Transitional Agreement reached between Government and the Social Partners.

The Agreement provides for a number of commitments, including some involving legislation, aimed at strengthening protections for employment standards, while also ensuring that Ireland continues to provide an excellent environment for business and job creation. Commitments that are likely to have a legislative dimension include: enactment of the Employment Law Compliance Bill; the development of a national framework on the employment and rights of temporary agency workers, while prohibiting their use in the case of official strikes or lock outs; addressing the issue of employee representation and appropriate legislative framework; prohibition of the victimisation of employees engaged in trade union activities and of the incentivisation of non-membership of trade unions; and transposition of the optional pension provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings Directive.

I look forward to working with the Social Partners and my Ministerial colleagues in making speedy progress on the commitments entered into under this Agreement, including those requiring legislative enactment. It is difficult to be specific about timetables for legislation as this is primarily a matter for the House and for the Seanad and is also influenced by the availability of legal advisory and parliamentary drafting resources which are faced with ever increasing competing demands. However, the Deputy may be assured that no effort will be spared to meet the commitments in the Transitional Agreement.

Tax Code.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

46 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her views on whether the 0.5% increase in VAT will affect consumer spending in any way in the next 12 months. [41952/08]

The increase in the standard rate of VAT from 21% to 21.5% was announced by my colleague the Minister for Finance in his recent budget statement. Responsibility in relation to taxation matters, including VAT, lies with the Minister for Finance and I have no direct function in the matter.

As the Deputy is aware, consumer price inflation is easing, which will help real disposable income. Accordingly, it is not anticipated that there will be any considerable negative impact from the increase in VAT on consumer spending.

Question No. 47 answered with Question No. 44.

Consumer Protection.

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

48 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the action being taken to implement the commitment in the Programme for Government that steps would be taken to ensure that prices of goods are labelled and transparent in order that the consumer is well informed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41776/08]

Price display law is covered by Orders made under the Prices Acts 1958 to 1972 and under the European Communities (Requirements to Indicate Product Prices) Regulations 2002, Statutory Instrument No. 639 of 2002. The various Price Display Orders made under the Prices Acts 1958 to 1972 cover Drinks Display in Licensed Premises, Hairdressing Services, Petrol and Diesel and Restaurants. The European Communities (Requirements to Indicate Product Prices) Regulations 2002 require retailers to display the selling and, where appropriate, the unit price (the price per litre or kilo) for all products covered by the scope of the Regulations. The Commission will be reviewing the Directive upon which these Regulations are based and I will support measures to enhance the information to be made available to consumers. This review is part of the general review of the Consumer Acquis.

The National Consumer Agency whose function it is to enforce consumer laws, regularly undertakes surveillance with a view to securing voluntary compliance on the part of traders.

EU Directives.

Liz McManus

Question:

49 Deputy Liz McManus asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number, in respect of EU directives for which her Department has responsibility, remaining to be implemented; the directives that are overdue; the number of reasoned opinions received from the EU Commission since 2002 to date in 2008 regarding delays or non-implementation of such directives; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41771/08]

There are currently a total of eight Directives due to be transposed by my Department up to 2012. Three of these Directives are currently overdue. The first of these, Directive 2006/46/EC on company reporting, is expected to be transposed by 28 November 2008. It is intended to transpose the second and third overdue Directives, Directive 2007/45/EC on pre-packaged goods and Directive 2006/43/EC on statutory audits of annual and consolidated accounts, by 19 December 2008 and 31 December 2008, respectively. Full details of all current and recent EU Directives are maintained on the Department's website, www.entemp.ie.

My Department has received 24 Reasoned Opinions from the European Commission relating to Directives since 2002. The outstanding issues concerning all of these Reasoned Opinions have been resolved satisfactorily.

Job Protection.

Martin Ferris

Question:

50 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the Industrial Development Authority has made contact with representatives of a company (details supplied); and if she will disclose to Dáil Éireann the company’s plans for its operations here. [41956/08]

The fact that Dell is undertaking a fundamental review of its manufacturing operations and global business model has been in the public domain for some time. It is standard IDA Ireland practice, where any of its client companies is undertaking reviews of this type, to engage with the company with a view to mitigating the impact on the company's Irish operations. I can confirm that IDA has been engaged in extensive discussions with the company concerned at the highest level. I have been fully briefed on these discussions as they have occurred and I have also met with the company. As I have said in previous replies and as has been said in recent adjournment debates, such contacts with companies always proceed on a confidential basis and it is vitally important, if the best possible outcome for the Irish operations is to be secured, that confidentiality is respected.

Questions Nos. 51 and 52 answered with Question No. 43.

Job Creation.

Seymour Crawford

Question:

53 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the efforts she has made to encourage hi-tech industry or otherwise into the Border areas particularly County Monaghan which has had an extraordinary level of redundancies in recent times; his views on whether through all the years of progress at national level no inward investment has been provided in this area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41728/08]

IDA Ireland is the agency with statutory responsibility for the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) to Ireland and its regions. The marketing of individual areas for new or expansion FDI investments and jobs is a day-to-day operational matter for the Agency. While I may give general policy directives to the Agency, I am precluded under the Industrial Development Acts from giving directives regarding individual undertakings or from giving preference to one area over others.

Through its network of overseas offices, IDA Ireland is actively marketing Monaghan for new and expansion investments across a wide range of sectors. There are five IDA supported companies in Monaghan employing 321 people.

In recent years, Ireland has undergone a transformation from a low wage/low cost economy towards a high value and knowledge-based one. Arising from this transformation, the nature of foreign direct investment (FDI) has changed and Ireland is now competing for premium mobile investments against the most advanced countries in the world. A key aspect of the high value, knowledge intensive FDI, for which Ireland now competes, is that it increasingly favours locations in or near centres of urban scale, where it has access to the concentrations of infrastructure, skills and services it needs.

Accordingly, IDA Ireland has aligned its strategy with the National Spatial Strategy (NSS). In line with the NSS, IDA is focused on delivering investments to the Gateway and Hub locations nationally. In the case of Monaghan the Agency is concentrating its efforts on the hub town of Monaghan.

The Agency is promoting its Business Park in Monaghan Town for new knowledge intensive inward investment. The completion of the new Monaghan by-pass has vastly improved access to the existing IDA Park and the ongoing work on the N2 is improving access to Dublin Airport and city. This continues to add to the attractiveness of the location for new inward investment. However, in the final analysis it is the investor who decides where to locate.

Pat Rabbitte

Question:

54 Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of new jobs she expects to be created during 2008 in regard to manufacturing and to other sectors; the way these compare to figures each year since 2002. [41763/08]

The Irish economy is now one of the most globalised in the world. As a consequence the uncertainty created by the ongoing international financial crisis and the consequent fall in demand for goods and services both domestically and worldwide has had a significant impact on our economy. Forecasting employment figures is a perilous business at any time, but is especially so in the present environment.

The latest available employment data from CSO (Quarterly National Household Survey August 2008) indicates that at Quarter Q2 2008 there were almost 7,000 additional people in employment compared with the corresponding period in 2007. This is a testament to a high degree of resilience in the economy at a time of great uncertainty in global economic conditions and the continued strength of the euro. The Government and I share the concerns of all with regard to employment, however it must be viewed in the context of historically unprecedented numbers of people in work. Since 1997, over half a million new jobs have been created in Ireland and the number in employment still exceeds 2 million. The following table shows that in the period 2002–2007 over 150,000 new full time permanent jobs were created in companies supported by the Government through the enterprise development agencies (IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and Shannon Development). Of this total, 84,619 new jobs were created in the manufacturing sector.

These figures do not take account of the new jobs created with the support of the Government through Údaras na Gaeltachta, which falls within the remit at my colleague, the Minster for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.

The economic environment is more challenging than we have seen for many years, however we have the foundations in place for long term economic growth through proactive policies such as the Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation, the National Skills Strategy and the National Development Plan. Ireland is well placed to tackle the challenges we are facing, with a strong base of modern industry, a highly skilled and flexible workforce and a pro-business culture. We continue to work to maintain and enhance our framework competitive conditions, and promote new areas of competitive advantage by developing our R&D base, investing in critical physical and communications infrastructures, in line with the NDP and the Programme for Government.

Competition for foreign direct investment (FDI) continues to be relentless but Ireland continues to punch above its weight when it comes to attracting overseas investment. While costs are higher, we have responded by positioning ourselves as a location for more advanced activities, with more qualified and better paying jobs. The pipeline of new business for which IDA Ireland is competing is as strong as at any time in recent years and we remain confident that Ireland is well placed to secure significant investment during 2008 and beyond from key target sectors such as Pharmaceuticals, Biopharma, Medical Technologies and Information and Communications Technology.

Innovation and the productivity gains that flow from it are the new foundations for competitiveness. In order to sustain and grow the manufacturing sector, Irish based manufacturing enterprises will have to continue the progression to high value added sectors and activities, and continue to increase productivity through investments in human capital, technology and innovation. The Government is fully committed to strengthening the competitiveness and productive capacity of the economy. Our priority remains the creation of high quality, sustainable employment, driven by companies with higher profitability, that are technologically advanced and prove a better fit with the competitive characteristics of our economy.

New (Full-time) Jobs Created in Enterprise Agency* assisted firms 2002-2007

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Total

All Sectors

25,301

22,481

24,208

26,238

27,560

24,339

150,127

Manufacturing

14,431

13,919

13,354

14,895

14,932

13,088

84,619

Services

10,870

8,562

10,854

11,343

12,628

11,251

65,508

*Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland and Shannon Development.

Willie Penrose

Question:

55 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her views on the findings of the recent survey carried out on behalf of the Industrial Development Authority, which found that almost half of multinationals based here would not chose to locate here again in view of high business costs and poor infrastructure; the steps she will take to deal with the concerns identified in the survey; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41749/08]

The IDA Client Survey, which has been carried out since 1992, is a key piece of research for IDA Ireland. The survey is conducted annually across a percentage of the Agency's client base across a number of sectors. The key focus of this survey is to obtain the views of IDA clients on the operating environment in Ireland and IDA's level of service and product offering. In addition, the survey provides senior company executives with an opportunity to discuss, in confidence, a wide range of items outside of their normal engagement with IDA. For IDA it is an opportunity to examine feedback on an aggregate basis from the client portfolio, to identify issues of particular importance to clients, and to formulate appropriate policy responses.

To begin with let me say that one of the key findings from this most recent survey showed that 82% of companies surveyed ranked Ireland as a Good to Excellent location for further investment. This is a strong endorsement of Ireland as a good location for foreign direct investment.

As regards the findings referred to by the Deputy, in relation to choosing to locate in Ireland again, this question is approached in terms of the existing companies' reflections on whether the parent corporation would choose Ireland again if it were making the decision to establish in Ireland today, with the same original activity. The question focuses attention on Ireland's value proposition for this original activity, at the present time, and does not take account of the fact that the decision to come was probably made at a time when Ireland's value proposition was based around lower costs. It should be pointed out that the percentage of companies who responded positively to this question was greater than those who responded negatively. Among the main reasons given by IDA clients for choosing Ireland again, are the availability of skills, business knowledge, the tax environment in Ireland our location in proximity to mainland Europe and the general work ethic.

IDA has continued to focus on seeking inward investment from top-tier corporations and companies within a number of high potential business sectors including Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Medical Technology, Financial Services, International Services, Digital Media and Information Communications Technologies. I am glad to be able to inform the House that to date in 2008 there have been 43 new investment announcements, including such major companies as Facebook, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer and IBM, with a potential to create almost 4,000 new jobs.

During my recent trip to the United States, I met with senior executives of leading companies in a broad range of sectors and given the positive views expressed to me about Ireland and the high standing in which Ireland is viewed as a business location by these leading global companies, I am confident that new investments will continue to flow into Ireland.

Work Permits.

Joanna Tuffy

Question:

56 Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she intends to retain the requirement for nationals from Bulgaria and Romania to have work permits in order to participate in the labour force here when the current arrangement expires at the end of 2008; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41756/08]

The Government decided, in October 2006, to continue to require that nationals of Romania and Bulgaria apply for work permits in order to participate in the Irish labour market, but giving those nationals preference over non-European Economic Area nationals. The Government was informed in its decision by the very significant inflow of economic migrants Ireland had experienced since May 2004, when nationals of the EU ten Member States were allowed to participate in the Irish labour market without work permits. The Government felt at the time that it was appropriate to take stock, be cautious and concentrate on the integration needs of those who had already come to live and work here.

EU countries that imposed transitional restrictions had to justify their decision to the European Commission initially, and must continue to do so at intervals thereafter. Countries were allowed an initial, so-called Phase 1, period of two years ending on 31 December 2008 during which to impose restrictions. Before the end of 2008, Member States must notify the European Commission whether they plan to continue during the Phase 2 period 2009-2011 any restrictions imposed during Phase 1, or whether they intend to remove the restrictions and accordingly the Government will be considering this matter for decision ahead of the end year deadline.

Having regard to options open to the Government, the Employment Permits Act 2006 provides the legal basis for three options in relation to access to the Irish labour market by nationals of Bulgaria and Romania: continue to have Romanian and Bulgarian nationals apply for work permits with the current conditions and requirements, but, as before, giving those nationals preference over non-European Economic Area nationals; have Romanian and Bulgarian nationals apply for work permits (mainly for monitoring purposes) and issue them on the basis of job offers, without the requirement to advertise with FÁS; or grant access to the Irish labour market without any restrictions.

In considering these options, the Government will take into account the following factors: the positions of the other Member States that also imposed restrictions; current and forecast economic and labour market conditions in Ireland; the views of the representatives of employers and trade unions, as well as the views of representatives of the Governments of the two countries concerned.

Industrial Relations.

Róisín Shortall

Question:

57 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the legislative or other measures she will take to uphold the right to collective bargaining and in particular the right of a trade union to represent its members; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41760/08]

Trade unions holding a negotiating licence are free to engage in collective bargaining on wages and conditions of employment. Ireland's system of industrial relations is based on a voluntary approach with terms and conditions of employment being determined in the main by a process of voluntary collective bargaining between the parties, without the intervention of the State. The collective bargaining process can cover the entire range of issues arising from the employment relationship.

The State has sought to facilitate the bargaining process through establishing, by legislation, a number of agencies to assist in the resolution of disputes. These agencies are: the Labour Relations Commission, the Labour Court and the Rights Commissioner Service. There are also statutory provisions designed to back up the voluntary process in areas where collective bargaining does not operate effectively. The most important provisions are those concerning Joint Labour Committees and Registered Employment Agreements. In addition, the 2004 Enhanced Code of Practice on Voluntary Dispute Resolution and the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2001, as amended by the Industrial Relations (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004, provide mechanisms for the resolution of disputes in situations where collective bargaining does not occur and where the internal dispute resolution procedures that are normally used fail to resolve the dispute.

The issue of employee representation was considered in the context of the recent Social Partnership talks. In that context, the Review and Transitional Agreement 2008-2009 provides for the establishment of a review process which will consider the legal and other steps which are required to enable the mechanisms which were established under previous Agreements to operate as they had been intended. The review is to be completed by the end of March 2009 with a view to enactment of the necessary legislation in June 2009.

In addition, the new Agreement provides for a number of legislative measures to prohibit victimisation and incentivisation (i.e. financial or other incentives to encourage persons not to join trade unions), and to provide effective protection and means of redress to employees when engaged in the exercise of their constitutional right to trade union membership or activity on behalf of a Trade Union or non-membership.

Small Business Sector.

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

58 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the progress that has been made at EU Council level towards fast-tracking the approval of the European Small Business Act (details supplied); the preparation that has been made here for the implementation of the Act; the type of benefits foreseen for small and medium enterprises; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [33990/08]

The European Commission's proposal for "A Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe" was published on 25 June 2008. Although styled an "Act", the SBA is in fact a Communication from the Commission — COM (2008) 394 final — of 25 June 2008. The SBA consists of three elements: a set of 10 principles which should guide the conception and implementation of policies both at Community and Member States level, a set of policy measures which implement each of the ten principles setting out 42 actions to be undertaken by the Commission and 51 actions which Member States are "invited" to undertake, a set of legislative proposals which are guided by the "Think Small First" principle as follows: a general Block Exemption Regulation on State Aids (adopted on 7 July 2008); a proposal for a Statute for a European Private Company (adopted on 25 June 2008); a proposal for a Directive on reduced VAT rates for locally supplied services (adopted on 7 July 2008); a proposal on VAT invoicing to simplify invoicing rules (foreseen for adoption in November 2008) and an amendment to Directive 2000/35/EC on late payments (foreseen for adoption in February/March 2009).

The French Presidency has made the SBA one of its key priorities for its term as Presidency. The Competitiveness Council of 25/26 September discussed the SBA in the context of the current economic situation. There was a strong consensus among the Ministers on three priority areas within the SBA: improving SME Access to Finance, a Regulatory Environment Supportive of SME's Needs, and enhancing SMEs Access to the Single Market

The French Presidency is currently finalising the preparation of Council Conclusions, together with an Appendix in the form of an "Action Plan" on the SBA, to be adopted in the Competitiveness Council on 1-2 December. These Conclusions and Appendix will then feed into the European Council Conclusions and will have a major role in committing Member States to implementing the SBA. The European Parliament is also preparing an Opinion on the SBA which is expected to be adopted in the plenary session in March 2009.

In terms of implementation, the SBA will be fully embedded in the Lisbon Agenda Growth and Jobs Strategy 2008-2010 to ensure its efficient implementation and to allow for a regular update on its deliverables. The European Commission will insert a first assessment on the implementation of the SBA in its December 2008 Lisbon Report. Member States are expected to report on their implementation measures in their Annual National Reform Programmes starting in 2009. Ireland is supportive of the SBA and welcomes the increased focus on the importance of SMEs and the general « Think Small First » principle. The SBA reflects many of the issues already identified and addressed by the Small Business Forum Report which are already being implemented as part of our policies in assisting SMEs.

Such measures include, for example, in the area of access to finance; the extension of the Business Expansion Scheme and Seed Capital Schemes to 2013, R&D Credits and the seeding of the Venture Capital industry in Ireland; and in the area of Better Regulation, the ongoing work of the Better Regulation Group which published its first report on 6 August 2008.

Ireland is satisfied with the structure of the proposal and with the fact that subsidiarity and proportionality principles are fully reflected in the SBA. Ireland will play an active role in progressing discussions in the relevant Council Working Groups in relation to the five legislative proposals outlined above.

I welcome efforts to identify obstacles to SME development, and policies for their resolution. I believe that a well-constituted and effective Small Business Act can play a positive role in the development of SMEs at both European and Member States levels.

Departmental Agencies.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

59 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the action she has taken to address financial misspending concerns in FÁS; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41988/08]

The Comptroller and Auditor General in his report on non-commercial Semi-State bodies, published in May 2008, reviewed the issues raised in one specific FÁS internal audit report.

I discussed this matter with the Director General of FÁS and have expressed my concerns about the issues raised by both the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Internal Audit report, and in particular, the need to secure value for money in public expenditure.

On my instruction, the Secretary General of my Department wrote to FÁS on 30 June 2008 seeking the formal assurance of the Director General of FÁS that: the practices outlined in the FÁS Internal and Comptroller and Auditor General Audit Reports had ceased; that adequate systems and controls are in place to prevent any recurrence; and requesting details of the remedial actions taken by FÁS in respect of the issues raised by the audit reports, with quarterly progress reports on the implementation of the Audit Reports recommendations.

The FÁS Director General replied on 1 July 2008 confirming that the unacceptable practices referred to in the Audit Reports had ceased. A further response was received at the end of October, which set out the progress being made on the issue of controls on procurement and the observance of the procurement policy of FÁS.

Following discussions with the Chairman and the Director General of FÁS, I decided that there should be an external investigation into the effectiveness of the financial management and control systems that are generally in place in FÁS, rather than be limited to aspects raised in the internal audit report which gave rise to the earlier Special Report. I therefore requested the Comptroller and Auditor General to consider doing such a review and he has acceded to that request. My intention in requesting this review is to ensure that appropriate public procurement procedures exist to prevent or detect irregularities or wrongdoing and to also examine and report on the activities of the FÁS Corporate Affairs area since 2000, in order to achieve reasonable assurance as to whether there were any occasions of potential fraud or irregularity in that area other than those already brought to light by FÁS Internal Audit Unit.

It is a matter for the Comptroller and Auditor General to determine the scope of his investigation. The Comptroller and Auditor General has indicated that in doing so he will take into account the deliberations of the Public Accounts Committee hearings on the FÁS element of his Special Report on Semi-State Bodies.

Credit Availability.

Damien English

Question:

60 Deputy Damien English asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the action she has taken to address concerns of small and medium sized enterprises that they cannot access the necessary levels of credit to maintain business operations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41989/08]

I refer the Deputy to my answer to Priority Question Number 41986/08 earlier in this session as the issues raised in the current Question significantly overlap.

The proper functioning of the banking system is key to our ability to address the current economic crisis and to our capacity to respond to recovery in the future. The continuing availability of credit to enterprises, especially SMEs, is a central responsibility of the banking system. Ministerial responsibility for the banking system rests with my colleague, the Minister for Finance, Mr. Brian Lenihan, T.D.

The Government's bank guarantee provided the Irish banks with the support they required to maintain their normal liquidity position in interbank lending and debt markets. This move was essential to allow banks to continue their normal ordinary business of providing credit in this country and contributing to the normal functioning of the economy.

The availability of finance is of course a critical element of our overall competitiveness and a key part of our national economic and financial infrastructure. Because the Government has given the guarantee, covered institutions in Ireland have access to the liquidity and funding necessary for this purpose.

The Government want to see the banks meeting the legitimate financial needs of consumers and business. The onus is now on the boards and senior executives of the banks to ensure they are properly positioned to meet this expectation. The banks have confirmed that notwithstanding the challenging economic and financial environment, good projects will continue to be supported by the banks. The banks' principal area of focus is on their existing customers or new business customers with good commercially sound projects. They are very conscious of what is expected of them under the guarantee insofar as business lending is concerned.

I am obviously in regular contact with my colleague, the Minister for Finance, on the issue and officials of my Department are in ongoing discussions with their counter parts in the Department of Finance concerning the impact of the lending practices of the banking sector on small businesses.

Within the area of my own responsibility, my Department's continuous support for indigenous companies arises through maintaining a positive business environment and through particular interventions from the State development agencies such as Enterprise Ireland, the City and County Enterprise Boards and FÁS. I have ensured that these agencies continue to be sufficiently resourced through the Estimates process and that key areas such as the Science and Technology allocation and micro enterprise support, through the CEBs, actually received additional funding for 2009.

The agencies are focused on helping Irish businesses through the current economic difficulties to develop and grow their exports, by continuing to prioritise investment in Science, Technology and Innovation and by providing financial and non-financial supports to small businesses. The existing range of training supports will continue and appropriate re-training and support services will be available for those who have recently lost their jobs.

Access to capital is also available to firms through BES and Seed Capital schemes and through the Venture Capital initiatives promoted through Enterprise Ireland. Including the Government's investment of €175m through EI, 7 new venture funds have raised over €500m which is available to invest in the Irish SME sector. The importance of the small business sector is obvious as is the extent of the Government's and my own ongoing commitment to the sector.

The Minister for Finance has already acted positively to support the banking system through the introduction of the State's bank guarantee scheme. Deputies will be aware that the Taoiseach has in the last number of days signalled in this House that the Government is actively considering a range of proposals in this area and is ready to take appropriate action.

Job Protection.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

61 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the Industrial Development Authority has contacted representatives of a company (details supplied); and if she will disclose to Dáil Éireann the company’s plans for operations here in view of its announcement to cut its global workforce by 1,300. [41957/08]

IDA Ireland executives are in constant contact with Nortel and had meetings with senior management of the company as recently as 13 and 14 November 2008. There are no proposed job cuts for the Irish operation as a result of the recently announced workforce reduction of 1,300 staff.

Following a rationalisation of its global R&D functions in April 2008, Nortel's Galway operation was confirmed as one of five core global R&D sites. The Galway R&D centre is currently recruiting additional researchers.

Trade Statistics.

Brian Hayes

Question:

62 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she will provide a breakdown of the number and names of Irish businesses carrying on business with any companies from Bhutan which are known to her Department; if she will provide a breakdown of Bhutanese companies trading with Ireland; the trade links that have been fostered with Bhutan; if there are plans to foster such links in the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42024/08]

The official statistics show that during last year and so far in 2008, Ireland has neither exported nor imported any goods to or from Bhutan. Therefore no companies from either country engaged in trade. Bhutan is not a priority market for Ireland at this time, and we have no plans to foster trade links there in the foreseeable future.

Community Employment Schemes.

Mary Upton

Question:

63 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of people who were employed on a community employment scheme in each of the past three years; the percentage figure of those who have progressed to full-time employment from the community employment scheme in each of the past three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42040/08]

Community Employment (CE) is an active labour market programme designed to provide eligible long term unemployed people and other disadvantaged persons with an opportunity to engage in useful work within their communities on a fixed term basis. The programme helps unemployed people to progress to the open labour market by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to work routine and assists them in enhancing/developing both their technical and personal skills.

I am advised by FÁS that the number of people employed on Community Employment for the past three years are as follows:

Year 2005: 21,210;

Year 2006: 20,872;

Year 2007: 21,562.

Finally, the percentage figure of those who have progressed to full time employment over the past three years are as follows:

Year 2005: 33.8%;

Year 2006: 35.6%;

Year 2007: 36.8%.

Work Permits.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

64 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when a work permit will issue to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 which was submitted to her office recently; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42055/08]

The Employment Permits Section informs me that an application in respect of the above named was received in their section on the 19th November 2008. Assuming the application is complete a decision will be made on the application in the next 2-3 weeks.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

65 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when a work permit will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8; if she will have the matter clarified or rectified; the process whereby the person’s work permit can be reissued urgently; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42056/08]

The application in respect of the above named was refused on the 7/2/2008 on the grounds that it is current Government policy to issue new work permits for highly skilled highly paid positions or for non-EEA nationals who are already legally resident in the State on valid employment permits or where there is an officially recognised scarcity of workers of a particular type or qualification. Furthermore, the position on offer is one of the occupational categories currently ineligible for a work permit.

The applicant was notified of this decision in writing and of their right to appeal within 21 days. An appeal must be made in writing and addressed to the Appeals Officer in the Employment Permits Section and must include any further information of relevance that the applicant wishes to submit. As no appeal was received in the Employment Permits Section within this timeframe the fees in this case were refunded to the applicant. Written correspondence was received outside of the 21 days in respect of the application. However, this related to a correction of the spelling of the applicant's name only and did not constitute an Appeal for the purposes of the Employment Permits Act 2006. In these circumstances, therefore, we cannot re-visit this application.

Consumer Protection.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

66 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she or her Department have investigated the situation whereby it appears that recent currency fluctuations likely to benefit Irish consumers do not appear to have been passed on particularly by chain stores with similar outlets here and in the UK or Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42057/08]

I am aware of the concerns that have been expressed that a number of retailers may not be passing on to consumers the benefits of the Euro's recent appreciation in value, particularly against Sterling. These concerns were heightened by a survey undertaken by the National Consumer Agency of the price of a range of branded and own-brand goods charged by a number of prominent retailers operating north and south of the Border. The survey found that customers of these retailers in the Republic were being charged up to 31% more than their customers in Northern Ireland in respect of certain branded products and up to 17% more in respect of own brand items.

Arising from these concerns, I initiated an engagement with the retail sector as to the reasons why the benefits of the Euro's appreciation were not being passed on to consumers. In the course of that engagement I met with IBEC and leading members of Retail Ireland, and also wrote to major individual retailers, to express the Government's concern on this matter. In response, retailers advised that while the retail price of goods imported from the UK had lagged exchange rate movements due to factors such as the forward purchase of goods and currency, there had already been reductions in the price of some goods and further reductions were in the pipeline. Retailers also advised that one of the main reasons for the price differential was that the cost of doing business in Ireland was significantly higher than that in the UK. To that end, in September of this year I requested Forfás to carry out an analysis of the relative cost of doing business in a number of locations in the Republic, Northern Ireland and the UK. I intend to pursue this matter with the retail sector on receipt of Forfás' analysis, which I expect to receive shortly.

It is my strong view that where there are significant differentials in consumer prices as demonstrated by the findings of the National Consumer Agency's cross border survey, retailers have a duty to their customers and to the economies in which they operate to explain why there are such differentials. It is my intention to continue to engage with the retail sector on this matter.

Economic Competitiveness.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

67 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the steps she has taken or will take to reduce manufacturing costs here with particular reference to ensuring the competitiveness of Irish goods on world markets; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42058/08]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

68 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she or her Department have carried out an assessment of the number of manufacturing jobs which have in the past five years relocated to other more cost competitive jurisdictions; her plans to avert this trend in the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42059/08]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

69 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the extent to which jobs in the services sector have relocated to other jurisdictions in each of the past five years; her plans to address these issues in the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42060/08]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

71 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the plans she has to address the issue of job relocation to lower cost economies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42062/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 67 to 69, inclusive, and 71 together.

There are many factors apart from costs that influence a firm's decision to relocate, therefore, it is not possible to determine the number of jobs which may have been lost to lower cost economies. Decisions to relocate companies or elements of their supply chain are a reality of the modern globalised economic environment. Companies adjust their plant location and utilisation strategies to address matters such as accessing new markets, moving production nearer to customers, meeting firm or market specific customer relationship issues, accessing technology, in addition to business takeovers and consolidations. Such decisions inevitably result in flows of investment and employment across borders. In the main, Ireland successfully manages this process, through our policies on enterprise and foreign direct investment. These policies, such as competitive tax rates, investment in skills, education and R&D and investing in critical physical and communications infrastructure, have positioned us to win many prestigious and high value added investments.

Ireland has not been a low cost economy for some time now, and manufacturers in particular have been facing increased competition from producers in lower cost economies. The manufacturing sector in Ireland has evolved noticeably since 2000, in terms of the composition of industry and the nature of activities, and is likely to continue to do so. The model of manufacturing in developed economies has changed and Irish enterprises are adapting to those changes and engaging in higher value added activities in order to compete in the global marketplace. Irish based manufacturing enterprises will have to continue the progression to high value added sectors and activities, and to increase productivity through investments in human capital, technology and innovation. Innovation, and the productivity gains that flow from it are the new foundations for competitiveness.

Earlier this year my predecessor in this Department launched the Report of the High-Level Manufacturing Group which contains some 26 recommendations directed at key areas of innovation and productivity leading to transformational change, reskilling and management development for the innovative firm, increasing awareness and take up of existing supports. In addition the group recommended the establishment of a Manufacturing Forum to take responsibility for progressing the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the report and to act as a strong advocate and champion for the manufacturing sector thereby ensuring that manufacturing remains central to current and future industrial policy. This matter is currently being progressed by my Department in consultation with the Department of An Taoiseach and the Social Partners.

We continue to be one of the world's leading service exporting countries and are currently ranked the 10th highest exporter of services in the world. In September, I launched the report of the Services Strategy Group, "Catching the Wave: A Services Strategy for Ireland". This report sets out new policy proposals on how we can ensure the continued development and growth of Ireland's services sector and in its recommendations outlines suggested strategies to maximise the future returns to the country from services activities in all enterprises, both current and potential. I believe that the implementation of these recommendations will enable Irish service companies to exploit new and exciting opportunities, such as eLearning, business and financial services, professional and consultancy services and others.

The level of foreign direct investment in Ireland, relative to the size of the economy, remains one of the highest in the world. While competition from emerging markets for FDI has intensified, Ireland continues to punch above its weight when it comes to attracting overseas investment. The pipeline of new business for which IDA Ireland is competing is strong. Already this year over 43 new IDA investments have been announced with the potential to create close to 4,000 jobs over the coming years, demonstrating that we remain a location of choice for mobile investment.

One of the Government's main tasks is to ensure that Ireland remains an attractive place to do business, and to support the development of economic competencies higher up the value chain. In that regard, we continue to work to maintain and enhance our framework competitive conditions, and promote new areas of competitive advantage by developing our R&D base, investing in critical physical and communications infrastructures, and promoting tertiary education, lifelong learning and upskilling to improve labour market flexibility, in line with the NDP and the Programme for Government.

Our priority remains the creation of high quality, sustainable employment, driven by companies with higher profitability, that are more technologically advanced, prove a better fit with the competitive characteristics of our economy, and consequently less likely to move on the basis of simple cost influences.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

70 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she or her Department have sought or received reasons for the relocation of a major component of the Irish insurance industry to India; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42061/08]

In June 2008, Hibernian Insurance announced a restructuring plan that involves moving 580 jobs out of Ireland over the coming three years. These job losses will come about as a result of outsourcing of work to Bangalore, India. I understand that this is part of a greater outsourcing exercise on the part of Aviva, Hibernian's parent company. While I very much regret the decision of Hibernian Insurance to move jobs from Ireland, the relocation or off-shoring of lower value-added functions, and with them a certain number of jobs, is a reality of the modern global economic environment for a highly developed economy such as Ireland. This shift in the structure of international trade poses challenges to economic policy makers in all developed countries, not just Ireland.

It must be remembered that Ireland also experiences the benefits resulting from globalisation as new markets and business opportunities open up for Irish companies. The level of foreign direct investment in Ireland, relative to the size of the economy, remains one of the highest in the world. While competition from emerging markets for FDI has intensified, Ireland continues to punch above its weight when it comes to attracting overseas investment. While our relative costs are now higher, we have responded nationally to a changing environment by positioning ourselves as the location for more advanced activities, with more qualified and better paying jobs.

The country's international financial services sector has witnessed dramatic growth and phenomenal success in recent times. The financial services sector contributes over 10% of Ireland's GDP, and employs and estimated 90,000 people. Ireland's success in developing a thriving financial services environment has been due to many factors including competitive tax rates, an efficient and responsive regulatory regime, a highly educated and English speaking workforce, and strong political support.

We will continue to pursue policies to promote lifelong learning and upskilling to improve labour market flexibility and ensure that appropriate training supports are provided for workers in sectors that are no longer competitive, should they need to find alternative employment. Investment in our people and ensuring that they have the skills required to live and work in the global knowledge economy is at the heart of the Government's strategy to continue our progress towards a knowledge economy and society.

The Government's priority remains the creation of high quality sustainable employment driven by companies with higher profitability that are more technologically advanced, and prove a better fit with the competitive characteristics of our economy.

Question No. 71 answered with Question No. 67.

FÁS Training Programmes.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

72 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if adequate funding has been or will be made available to FÁS to facilitate the provision of adequate training facilities to meet the needs of the economic recession; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42063/08]

Through a regional network of 66 offices and 20 training centres, FÁS provides a comprehensive nationwide service of training programmes as well as providing a recruitment service to jobseekers, an advisory resource for industry and support mechanisms for community-based enterprises. Over the past five years my Department has invested more than €125 million euro in capital expenditure to ensure that FÁS continues to provide high quality facilities for its customers throughout its network. This investment includes a new state-of-the-art training centre in Tallaght and a new Centre of Excellence Training Facility in Co Cork to meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the Pharmaceuticals sector. Major refurbishment projects have also been carried out on FÁS's facilities in Ballyfermot, Finglas, Cork, Sligo and Limerick. I have provided €10 million for capital expenditure in FÁS's 2009 budget.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

73 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has provided adequate funding to meet the expected requirements of FÁS in respect of job retraining in the coming year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42064/08]

In order to meet the challenges of the changing economy there will be greater policy emphasis on activation and training for the unemployed. The budget for FÁS for 2009 was agreed on the basis of detailed discussions between FÁS, my Department and the Department of Finance in the context of the annual Estimates process. A budget of €1,050,488 was allocated to FÁS for 2009.

This includes €450m in respect of Employment Programmes which includes Community Employment and Job Initiative, with a view to maintaining overall numbers on the scheme and the continuation of training for participants.

Within the FÁS budget, the allocation from the National Training Fund for training the unemployed has been increased by €9.5 million to €208.3 million. This funding will help workers who have recently lost their jobs, including redundant apprentices, by providing additional opportunities for training and re-skilling.

Economic Competitiveness.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

74 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the extent to which research has been undertaken to ascertain the most likely reason for foreign inward investment here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42065/08]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

75 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she or her Department have studied the possible reason for any slow down in foreign inward investment here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42066/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 75 together.

Forfás, the national policy and advisory body for enterprise, trade, science, technology and innovation conducts extensive research into a wide range of areas relating to the enterprise environment in Ireland from energy and human capital policy to infrastructure and tax policy.

This research and subsequent outputs are produced with a view to supporting the continued development of an environment that makes Ireland an attractive location for enterprise both for indigenous and foreign owned companies. In undertaking any research study Forfás works closely with relevant stakeholders from industry and academia as well as the development agencies to ensure that the needs and interests of different groups including foreign enterprises are fully taken into account and reflected in the research.

Ireland is still considered an attractive location as a host country for FDI. Among the main reasons for Ireland's success in this area is our stable political environment and regulatory regime. We have a reputation for flexibility, responsiveness and innovation. We have a pro business tax environment with a corporation tax rate of 12.5% and, in the recent Budget, we increased in the R&D tax credit from 20% to 25%. We have a young, highly educated, skilled workforce. In addition, we have excellent research facilities and capabilities, with highly productive alliances between industry and academia and, in the recent Budget, we allocated €335m to the continued implementation of the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation.

Traditionally one of the main factors driving FDI to Ireland was low labour costs for relatively low to unskilled work. This is no longer the case. Today, Ireland successfully competes for the highest value FDI projects in the world. Inevitably, however, in a developed economy that means the termination or transfer of certain activities, which are no longer practicable. Even in the best economic conditions there has always been a certain "churn rate" in employment in IDA client companies in any given year. This "churn-effect" is an inescapable fact of modern economic life and should not lead to lamentation about the end of our attractiveness as an investment location nor the suggestion that Ireland is no longer a viable manufacturing location. Manufacturing as a whole continues to create and sustain jobs.

There are also challenges associated with retaining investment from companies currently located in the country. What is happening in multinational companies in Ireland today is the continuation of transformations — far more often positive than not — which have been occurring for at least the past decade.

In the current global economic climate winning FDI is increasingly more challenging. However I am glad to be able to report that IDA Ireland is doing very well in this space. Last year alone IDA secured 114 new investments and created over 9,000 jobs. For 2008 the Agency set itself a target of 122 investments of which 93% have been achieved. To date in 2008, there have been 43 investment announcements with a potential to create almost 4,000 new jobs.

I am confident that the policies being pursued by Government together with the work of IDA on the ground will continue to bear fruit in terms of investment and job creation for this country in the years ahead.

Industrial Development.

Frank Feighan

Question:

76 Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the position in relation to a factory (details supplied) in County Roscommon; if these premises should be updated in view of the fact that the desired objective is to have a replacement industry placed there; the plan put in place to find a replacement industry; and the progress to date. [42087/08]

The position in relation to the factory and a replacement industry is unchanged from that in the reply given to Dail Question No 159 on 4 November, 2008. While the company that vacated the premises was a client of Enterprise Ireland, the remit of the agency does not extend to the acquisition, renovation or construction of industrial facilities.

Frank Feighan

Question:

77 Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her plans in place to attract industry and jobs to Elphin, Strokestown, Carrick-on-Shannon, Boyle, Ballaghaderreen and Castlerea in County Roscommon. [42088/08]

The Industrial Development agencies namely IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland, together with the local County Enterprise Board (CEB) are responsible for inward investment and indigenous enterprise development in County Roscommon.

In line with the National Spatial Strategy, IDA Ireland actively promotes the town of Roscommon for new investment across a broad range of sectors. In addition, the agency has invested over €2m. in the creation of a flagship Business Park in Roscommon town and has undertaken a major upgrade and enhancement of its existing Industrial Estate at Racecourse Road/Gallowstown. At present there are eight IDA Ireland supported companies in Roscommon employing approximately 885 people. The agency works closely with educational institutions in the Region and with the Industrial Training agency FÁS in developing the skill sets necessary to attract high value added employment and in upskilling those already in employment.

Enterprise Ireland is actively involved in assisting its client companies in County Roscommon to grow and develop their businesses. In 2007, the agency worked with over 70 clients in the county employing 1,880 people while funding of €1.2m has been approved so far in 2008 for its client companies. Under the agency's Community Enterprise Centre Scheme, Roscommon IT Centre was approved €300,000 in capital support in November 2007. The agency was already supporting Enterprise Centres in Arigna, Ballaghaderreen, Boyle, Castlerea and Roscommon town. In addition, Enterprise Ireland has approved eight innovation vouchers for Roscommon companies. These vouchers give companies access to the vast knowledge available in Irish Institutes of Technology, Universities and other public research bodies.

During 2007, Roscommon CEB paid out €315,710 in grant assistance to 26 clients. This intervention has assisted in the creation of 59 net jobs. A total of 463 people participated in CEB training programmes. During 2008, the CEB has continued to support enterprise development through the provision of both direct financial assistance (in the form of capital, feasibility and employment grants) and through indirect or soft support assistance such as management development, capability support and the development and delivery of activities to highlight and promote enterprise.

I am satisfied that the policies and initiatives being adopted will continue to bring industry and jobs to County Roscommon.

Job Creation.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

78 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of jobs created and the number of jobs lost in County Waterford and Waterford City in each of the past 10 years which had received financial assistance from the Industrial Development Authority or Enterprise Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42094/08]

The Forfás Annual Employment Survey reports on job gains and losses in companies that are supported by the industrial development agencies. Data are compiled on an annualised basis and are aggregated at county level. Figures for 2008 will not be available until early 2009.

The numbers of jobs created and lost by IDA and Enterprise Ireland supported companies in Co Waterford in each year of the 10 year period 1998-2007 are shown on the following tabular statements.

Number of jobs created and lost in Enterprise Ireland supported companies over the 10 year period 1998-2007

Waterford

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Jobs created

414

475

294

400

423

355

300

162

404

236

Jobs lost

420

443

324

292

461

234

510

575

214

631

The number of jobs created and lost in IDA Ireland supported companies over the 10 year period 1998–2007

Year

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Jobs Created

702

267

342

538

572

554

248

351

702

370

Jobs Lost

142

263

636

233

299

224

423

579

210

58

Tax Collection.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

79 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance when a P21 statement will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42029/08]

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that they have issued a request to the taxpayer for the necessary information to enable a review of liability to be carried out. P21 will be issued on receipt of the required information.

Tax Code.

Frank Feighan

Question:

80 Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Minister for Finance the reason a refund of VAT for an unregistered farmer was refused on a slated shed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Leitrim. [42089/08]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that while a refund of VAT may be made to a farmer who is not registered for VAT, there is a requirement that the claimant must comply with income tax legislation which includes registration for income tax and submission of annual returns.

The Commissioners received a claim for refund of VAT in this case on 6 October 2008. However, as the claimant was not registered for income tax, the claim was returned to him on that date with an application form to enable him register for income tax. It was explained that once this was done, the claim could be resubmitted.

When the requirements mentioned above are complied with and the claim resubmitted, the Commissioners will process the claim.

Frank Feighan

Question:

81 Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Minister for Finance the reason a refund of VAT for an unregistered farmer was refused on a slatted shed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon in view of the fact that they have a current tax clearance certificate; and when the original invoice will be returned to them. [42090/08]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that a claim for refund of VAT was received from the person in question on 6 October 2008. Some doubts arose in relation to the matter as the claimant was not registered for income tax in respect of his farming activities. However, subsequently, the claimant applied for and obtained a tax clearance certificate and in these circumstances the claim has been reconsidered and a cheque for the full amount will issue shortly.

I understand that the invoices, which accompanied the claim, have already been returned to the claimant.

Tax Collection.

Frank Feighan

Question:

82 Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Minister for Finance the reason a tax clearance certificate has not issued to a person (details supplied) in view of the fact that assurances were given that the certificate will issue. [42092/08]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that a Tax Clearance Certificate with expiry date of 10th October 2009 issued to the taxpayer on the 10th October 2008 following an application on Form TC1 received on the same date. Arrangements have been made for the issue of a duplicate Tax Clearance Certificate to the address supplied.

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the taxpayer was issued with a Notice of Assessment on the 22nd October 2008 in accordance with the details on the Return of Income filed on the 9th October 2008 in respect of the year 2007. A copy of that Notice of Assessment has now been re issued to the taxpayer at the address supplied.

National Monuments.

Billy Timmins

Question:

83 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Finance his plans in relation to a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42102/08]

Inspection and maintenance works are carried out at the site in question on a regular basis as part of the programme of works undertaken by the Office of Public Works National Monuments workforce.

Departmental Staff.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

84 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Finance the number of public servants other than Ministers and Department secretaries-general who have responded to his call for a voluntary pay surrender; the amount that will be saved by the Exchequer as a result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42104/08]

In the Budget speech I informed the House that members of the Government and Ministers of State would surrender 10% of their current total pay and that officers at Secretary General level in Government Departments had volunteered to make a corresponding surrender in respect of their pay.

I also stated that other public servants in leadership and senior positions may wish to consider whether it is appropriate for them to make a similar move in current circumstances. This is a matter for individuals to consider and any surrender of salary is voluntary.

A salary surrender is made by means of a gift to the Minister for Finance. In addition to Ministers, Ministers of State and Heads of Government Departments and Offices at Secretary General level, 24 persons in public service positions have to date completed declaration forms making a gift to the Minister for Finance. It remains open to others in leadership and senior positions to do this also. In this connection, some others who have not yet completed declaration forms have indicated a willingness to make a salary surrender.

The gross savings to the Exchequer from all declarations made to date are approximately €270,000 in 2008 and €1,400,000 in 2009.

Human Rights Issues.

Martin Ferris

Question:

85 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will introduce legislation to ban the practice of female genital mutilation here in view of recent reports of its prevalence. [41995/08]

Legal advice which I obtained in 2004 strongly indicated that Female Genital Mutilation would constitute an offence under the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997.

In September 2006, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child(UNCRC) in its concluding observations on Ireland's second periodic report urged Ireland to continue its efforts to end the practice of Female Genital Mutilation through, inter alia, prohibiting it by law. I am currently examining the possibility of introducing specific legislation to ban Female Genital Mutilation in the context of UNCRC's recommendations.

Health Services.

Michael Creed

Question:

86 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Health and Children the level of speech and language therapy available in the Cork area for children diagnosed with autism; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41961/08]

The Deputy's question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Olwyn Enright

Question:

87 Deputy Olwyn Enright asked the Minister for Health and Children the steps taken by her Department to replace a speech and language therapist providing services at a school (details supplied) in County Laois; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41981/08]

Almost 130,000 people work full-time or part-time in our public health services. In recent years, the Government's ongoing high level of investment in health has achieved and maintained significant increases in the numbers of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals employed in the public health services. The Government has also invested heavily in the education and training of such personnel in order to secure a good supply of graduates to provide for the healthcare needs of the population into the future.

Subject to overall parameters set by Government, the Health Service Executive has the responsibility for determining the composition of its staffing complement. In that regard, it is a matter for the Executive to manage and deploy its human resources to best meet the requirements of its Annual Service Plan for the delivery of health and personal social services to the public. The Executive is the appropriate body to consider the matters raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matters investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Medical Cards.

Enda Kenny

Question:

88 Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will approve a blue card status for a small number of applicants (details supplied), which would cover their requirements for frequent medical intervention; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41998/08]

The entitlement of an individual to services under the Health (Amendment) Act, l996 is bound by the definition of eligibility inserted in that Act by section 6 of the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal (Amendment) Act 2006. This requires a positive diagnostic test for applications received after the specified date. Under the terms of the legislation, a person is only entitled to a Health Amendment Act Card (HAA Card) if they have been diagnosed positive for Hepatitis C, either currently or at any time in the past, using internationally recognised scientific tests, such as the Elisa test, the Riba test or the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test. In addition, proof that the person displayed symptoms of acute infection with jaundice up to 16 weeks after administration of Anti-D is also accepted as a basis for eligibility.

I have given a great deal of consideration to the question of extending eligibility for services under the Health (Amendment) Act, l996 to a small number of women who have symptoms similar to those associated with Hepatitis C, but who have never tested antibody-positive for the virus. However, I must take into account the rationale which led to the clarification of eligibility requirements in 2006. In these circumstances I regret that I cannot support any dilution of the current eligibility requirements.

I should point out to the Deputy that this group of women are entitled to apply for a regular medical card. Application forms for medical cards are available from the Health Service Executive's (HSE) local health offices. The HSE has discretion to award a medical card to a person whose income exceeds the financial guidelines, where the HSE decides that the financial burden of medical or other exceptional circumstances would cause undue hardship.

Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme.

Ned O'Keeffe

Question:

89 Deputy Edward O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health and Children if an application under the health repayment scheme by a person (details supplied) in County Cork will qualify for payment. [42023/08]

The Health Service Executive has responsibility for administering the Repayment Scheme and the information sought by the Deputy relates to matters within the area of responsibility of the Executive.

My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued to the Deputy.

Departmental Facilities.

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

90 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of car park spaces available nationally to those working in her Department and in the bodies and agencies under the aegis of her Department; the annual cost of car park spaces rented by her Department and the bodies and agencies under the aegis of her Department; the reason this Deputy has not received a reply containing the requested information to date since this question was first listed for answer on 2 April 2008 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42032/08]

As explained in my response to the Deputy of 2nd April 2008, car parking spaces in Hawkins House do not involve any rental costs. Rental costs arising from other locations are paid directly by the Office of Public Works. The attached table, which is updated, lists the number of car park spaces available to my Department in Dublin, along with costs where relevant.

No. of Car Spaces

Dept HQ, Hawkins Hse, Dublin

88

No rental cost. Car park owned by OPW

Townsend St/College House, Dublin

26

97,500.00

Adoption Board, Shelbourne House, Dublin

12

38,100.00

Arran Court, Dublin

7

13,332.27

SIAC Building, Clondalkin

2

1,300.00

My Department has again contacted the agencies under its remit asking them to respond directly to the Deputy as a matter of urgency. I understand from the Health Service Executive that a letter has issued recently to the Deputy outlining the position.

Departmental Investigations.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

91 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children when the internal review into a case (details supplied) which was initiated a year and a half ago will be completed; when she expects to be able to publish the report; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42033/08]

The Deputy's question relates to the management and delivery of health and social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Hospital Services.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

92 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children her views on providing funding for a scalp cooling machine in the oncology departments of hospitals that cater for cancer patients; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42034/08]

The specific question raised by the Deputy relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the HSE under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this regard.

Health Services.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

93 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the announcement that a new bus was to be provided to service the needs of radiotherapy patients commuting between Sligo and Galway; the source of this funding; if the bus will be the responsibility of the Health Service Executive; if not, the person who will be responsible; when the bus service will be in operation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42035/08]

There is currently a bus service funded by the Health Service Executive to transport Sligo patients attending for radiotherapy treatment and other clinics at Galway University Hospital. An application was received by my Department from the Friends of Sligo Hospital for a National Lottery grant to assist with the purchase of a new bus. In September 2008 I approved a grant of €170,000 from my Department's 2008 allocation of National Lottery funds towards the cost of purchasing a new bus. I understand that Friends of Sligo Hospital are in the process of sourcing a suitable bus and that the running costs of this service will continue to be met by the HSE.

Hospital Staffing.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

94 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children when a cystic fibrosis specialist consultant will be appointed for the Mid-west Regional Hospital, Dooradoyle, Limerick to treat adult cystic fibrosis patients; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42036/08]

I have identified the need to improve services for persons with cystic fibrosis as a priority in the Estimates process over recent years. Since 2006, additional revenue funding of €6.78m has been allocated to the Health Service Executive (HSE) to develop services for patients with cystic fibrosis.

The HSE has advised that 44 additional staff dealing with cystic fibrosis have been appointed to date across a number of hospitals, including St Vincent's, Beaumont, Temple Street, Crumlin, Tallaght, Cork University Hospital, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. The necessary funding is available to facilitate the recruitment of a further 37 staff nationally.

My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy regarding the development of the service at the Mid West Regional Hospital, Limerick.

Departmental Investigations.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

95 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason the report into the misdiagnosis of X-rays and CT scans in the north east does not contain recommendations; the reason there was no patient representative on the review panel; the reason there is no explanation of the errors in diagnosis that were made; the way 29 patient X-rays or case files went missing; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42037/08]

On 4 November the Health Service Executive published a Review of Chest X rays and CT scans reported by a Locum Consultant Radiologist from August 2006 to August 2007. The review was prompted by concerns that a small number of patients in two Louth Meath Hospitals had their diagnosis delayed, due to an abnormality on their chest X-ray not being identified on initial reporting.

This review took the form of a clinical look-back. It was carried out to identify any possible ongoing patient safety issues and to provide reassurance to those patients whose chest X-rays and CT scans were assessed by the consultant whose work prompted the review. The methodology of the review was developed to identify ongoing harm or disadvantage to patients and allow for any additional care or treatment required to be delivered.

The interests of patients were represented on the Review Team by the HSE's Head of Consumer Affairs. Communications with patients were a priority for the Review Team. The families of the nine patients who were identified as having a delayed diagnosis of lung cancer each received individual reports prepared by Prof Muiris Fitzgerald. These individual reports set out the clinical significance of the delayed diagnosis. Prof Fitzgerald also met with each of the families and relayed their concerns to the HSE.

The Report noted that despite extensive searches 29 out of almost 6,000 X-rays and CT scans could not be found. These patients were followed up. In some cases a subsequent similar radiograph was examined. In the remaining cases patients were offered new examinations. One person who was not an Irish resident could not be traced from the contact details held by the hospital.

While the Report did not issue formal recommendations it set out actions to be taken by the HSE on foot of the findings of the Review. These actions include:

Improving Quality and Patient Safety in the North East Hospitals: The HSE has initiated a project to enhance clinical governance within radiology services in the North East. Work has already commenced and it is envisaged that an action plan will be completed next month.

Referral to Professional Bodies: The report has been referred to the Medical Council of Ireland and has been copied to the General Medical Council in the UK.

Recruitment of Locum Consultants: The HSE has stated that there will be full compliance with the new national guidance in relation to the level of and recruitment of locums in medical practice, which was issued in May, 2008.

It is important to note that diagnostic radiology is not a precise, error-free science. It is a multi-step process where high-tech imaging is used to assist health professionals in the diagnosis of a range of conditions. International studies suggest that the incidence of discrepancies and errors in general radiology practice lies between 2% and 20%. This range of errors is a worldwide phenomenon and includes all radiology departments. This review was designed to identify patients who may need additional care, not to assign blame or culpability to a particular physician. Clinical governance within healthcare systems reduces the likelihood of errors occurring and increases the likelihood of detecting those errors which do occur. The HSE North East Hospitals are fully committed to driving change and, in partnership with its clinical staff, doing all it can to enhance patient safety at all levels.

Vaccination Programme.

Mary Upton

Question:

96 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Health and Children the cost of the yearly flu vaccination for Health Service Executive staff; the rate of uptake for this staff vaccination; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42041/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Health Services.

Jack Wall

Question:

97 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Health and Children the position of an application for dental treatment in respect of a child (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42053/08]

The Deputy's question relates to the funding, management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Services for People with Disabilities.

David Stanton

Question:

98 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Health and Children the number, under the multi-annual funding commitments in relation to disability services, of residential places committed to that were to be provided in 2006 and in 2007 for people with physical and sensory disabilities; the number of actual places that will be provided and the location of such places in each of these two years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42098/08]

David Stanton

Question:

99 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Health and Children the number, under the multi-annual funding commitments in relation to disability services, of extra residential places for people with an intellectual disability and autism committed to be provided in 2006 and 2007 respectively; the number of actual places provided and the location of such places; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42099/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 98 and 99 together.

Under the Multi Annual Investment Programme additional funding of €75m was allocated to the Health Service Executive in both 2006 and 2007 to provide for additional disability services.

Intellectual Disability/Autism:

255 residential places,

85 respite places,

535 day places and transfers from Inappropriate Placements.

Physical and Sensory:

80 residential places, Home Supports and Personal Assistance — an additional 250,000 hours.

As the matters raised by the Deputy, including the number of actual places provided and the location of such places, is a matter for the HSE under the Health Act 2004, I have requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have these matters investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Health Services.

Billy Timmins

Question:

100 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health and Children the situation with respect to the provision of transport for patients in the north east Carlow area for medical appointments; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42100/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services, including patient transport, is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for such services is provided in the Executive's Vote. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular issue raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matters investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Billy Timmins

Question:

101 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding a matter (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42101/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall Vote. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular issue raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Departmental Agencies.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

102 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to subsume the National Council on Aging and Older People into the Office of Older People in her Department, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42106/08]

As the Deputy is aware the new Office for Older People was established on 30 January 2008. In line with recommendations of Prospectus Report 2003 the National Council on Ageing and Older People will be absorbed into the Department of Health and Children. Legislation will be required and my Department is working on the legislation at present. The National Council on Ageing and Older People is currently budgeted for €1.819m in Vote 39, the Department of Health and Children's own Vote, so there will be no additional cost to the Exchequer. It is not possible to give an accurate forecast of savings at this time.

The absorption of the National Council on Ageing and Older People will provide the new Office with a key resource necessary for it to carry out the additional duties and responsibilities placed upon it in terms of the development of an overall government Strategy for Positive Ageing and to develop the relationships and networks necessary at interdepartmental and public service level necessary to carry out this work.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

103 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to subsume the Children Acts Advisory Board into the Office of the Minister for Children in her Department, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42107/08]

It is intended that the Children Acts Advisory Board (CAAB) will be subsumed into the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affair (OMCYA) in 2009. To give effect to the proposal amendments will be required to the Child Care Act 1991 and the Children Act 2001. My Department is considering the best approach to give effect to this measure which has arisen in the context of the Government decision on the rationalisation of agencies across the public service.

The measures for the rationalisation of agencies within the health sector was taken in the light of the OECD's recommendations on the need for a more integrated public service and reflect the progress to date with agency rationalisation within the sector under the overall health reform programme. While there is clearly a need to secure efficiencies from the rationalisation programme, the primary aim is to streamline service delivery, professional registration and policy making in a number of areas in the health sector, through the integration and/or amalgamation of functions. While it is too early to project the administrative savings that will accrue to the Exchequer, efficiencies will be derived from economies of scale and the elimination of duplication in areas such as recruitment, procurement, payroll and ICT systems.

In the context of the new structures and developments which have occurred in the area of children's policy and the organisation of services over the past number of years it is an opportune time for this measure. My Department's focus is to continue and to build on the progress that has been undertaken in the area of child care and protection. This is centred on ensuring that actions are co-ordinated, that inter-agency working is fostered and efficiencies continue to be created in order to ensure the best use of resources and to attain outcomes of effective policy development and service delivery. Significant initiatives have been taken with regard to putting in place structures to co-ordinate and rationalise children's policy development. The OMCYA has provided a centralised structure which has brought together the various policy development areas dealing with child care of the Department of Health and Children, the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Department of Education and Science. Also, the advent of the HSE has allowed greater co-ordination in the delivery of child care services; in particular, the creation of the HSE's National Office for Special and High Support Care has led to a more effective and efficient approach in service provision in this area.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

104 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to subsume the Women’s Health Council into her Department, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42108/08]

My Department's measures for the rationalisation of agencies within the health sector have been prepared primarily in the context of the OECD's recommendations in relation to the need for a more integrated public service. The measures reflect and build upon the progress to date with agency rationalisation within the sector under the overall health reform programme, and take account of experience to date with the practicalities of rationalisation. In November the Government approved the drafting of the Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill which will, among other things, provide for the Women's Health Council (WHC) to be subsumed into my Department.

While there is clearly a need to secure efficiencies from the rationalisation programme, the primary aim is to streamline service delivery, professional registration and policy making in a number of areas in the health sector, through the integration and/or amalgamation of functions. Efficiencies will derive over time from economies of scale and the elimination of duplication in areas such as recruitment, procurement, payroll and ICT systems. It is too early to project what the savings expected might be.

It is expected that this rationalisation will take place during 2009. However, this is wholly dependant on the drafting, passing and enactment of the legislation.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

105 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to merge the National Cancer Screening Service into the Health Service Executive, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42109/08]

The Government has recently approved the drafting of a Bill to subsume the National Council on Ageing and Older People and the Women's Health Council into the Department of Health and Children and to subsume the Drug Treatment Centre, the Crisis Pregnancy Agency and the National Cancer Screening Service (NCSS) into the Health Service Executive. The Bill will be published as soon as possible. The Strategy for Cancer Control, published in 2006 advocates a comprehensive cancer control policy programme. Cancer control is a whole-population, integrated and cohesive approach to cancer that involves prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and supportive and palliative care. It was in this context that the HSE National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) requested that the NCSS be brought within the HSE.

The NCSS already works closely with the NCCP and discussions will take place between my Department, the HSE and the NCSS to facilitate the transfer. I expect that the NCSS will be integrated into the HSE by the end of 2009.

The exact savings that may accrue to the Exchequer will become clearer as the transfer proceeds.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

106 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to merge the National Cancer Registry Board into the Health Service Executive, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42110/08]

Primary legislation is required to subsume the National Cancer Registry into the Health Service Executive's (HSE) National Cancer Control Programme. The appropriate legislation for this purpose is the Health Information Bill, which will be progressed in 2009.

The Strategy for Cancer Control, 2006 provides for a major reform programme in cancer control and the HSE established the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) in response to the Strategy. To be successful, the programme requires accurate, timely and quality information on cancer control as an integrated element of its policy analysis, performance review and decision making. It will routinely require such data to demonstrably deliver equitable and quality services. For these reasons, the Department and the HSE agree that the data collection functions currently performed by the Registry should form an integral part of the NCCP. The Registry already works closely with the NCCP and discussions will take place between my Department, the HSE and the Registry to facilitate the transfer.

Details of savings that may accrue to the Exchequer will become clearer as the transfer proceeds.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

107 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to merge the Crisis Pregnancy Agency into the Health Service Executive, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42111/08]

My Department's measures for the rationalisation of agencies within the health sector have been prepared primarily in the context of the OECD's recommendations in relation to the need for a more integrated public service. The measures reflect and build upon the progress to date with agency rationalisation within the sector under the overall health reform programme, and take account of experience to date with the practicalities of rationalisation.

While there is clearly a need to secure efficiencies from the rationalisation programme, the primary aim is to streamline service delivery, professional registration and policy making in a number of areas in the health sector, through the integration and/or amalgamation of functions. Efficiencies will derive over time from economies of scale and the elimination of duplication in areas such as recruitment, procurement, payroll and ICT systems.

The Government has recently approved the drafting of a Bill to subsume the National Council on Ageing and Older People and the Women's Health Council into the Department of Health and Children and to subsume the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, the Drug Treatment Centre and the National Cancer Screening Service into the Health Service Executive.

I am not in a position at this point to say when exactly the Crisis Pregnancy Agency will be subsumed into the Executive. The process will be subject to the enactment of the relevant legislation and negotiations with the parties involved.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

108 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to merge the Drug Treatment Centre into the Health Service Executive, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42112/08]

My Department's measures for the rationalisation of agencies within the health sector have been prepared primarily in the context of the OECD's recommendations in relation to the need for a more integrated public service. The measures reflect and build upon the progress to date with agency rationalisation within the sector under the overall health reform programme, and take account of experience to date with the practicalities of rationalisation.

While there is clearly a need to secure efficiencies from the rationalisation programme, the primary aim is to streamline service delivery, professional registration, regulatory activity and policy making in a number of areas in the health sector, through the integration and/or amalgamation of functions. Efficiencies will derive over time from economies of scale and the elimination of duplication in areas such as recruitment, procurement, payroll and ICT systems.

The Government has recently approved the drafting of a Bill to subsume the National Council on Ageing and Older People and the Women's Health Council into the Department of Health and Children and to subsume the Crisis Pregnancy Agency, the Drug Treatment Centre and the National Cancer Screening Service into the Health Service Executive.

I am not in a position at this point to say when exactly the Drug Treatment Centre will be subsumed into the Executive. The process will be subject to the enactment of the relevant legislation and negotiations with the parties involved.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

109 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to subsume the National Social Work Qualification Board, the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council and the Opticians Board into the Health and Social Care Professional Council, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42113/08]

My Department's measures for the rationalisation of agencies within the health sector have been prepared primarily in the context of the OECD's recommendations in relation to the need for a more integrated public service. The measures reflect and build upon the progress to date with agency rationalisation within the sector under the overall health reform programme, and take account of experience to date with the practicalities of rationalisation.

The National Social Work Qualifications Board (NSWQB) was established in 1997 under the Health Corporate Bodies Act, 1961 and is the designated authority for the profession of social work in Ireland under EU Directive 2005/36/EC. The Health and Social Care Professionals Council (H&SCPC) was established in March 2007, under The Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 for the purpose of protecting the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education and competence. The Council, currently in start up mode, will initially register twelve separate professions for statutory registration including Social Workers. Part 8 of the Health & Social Care Professionals Act 2005 already provides for the dissolution of the NSWQB and its rationalisation into the H&SCPC and work has commenced on the transfer of all Board staff, functions, assets and liabilities to the Council not later than May 2009.

The Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) is also to be integrated into the H&SCPC. PHECC was established in April 2000 by SI No 109 of 2000 under the Health Corporate Bodies Act 1961, as amended. PHECC's primary function is to develop appropriate standards in pre-hospital emergency care. It concerns itself with the development of professional and performance standards for the ambulance services and for ambulance services personnel, in addition to the registration of emergency care practitioners and the accreditation of institutions providing training for them. As a registration body, PHECC has a role in protecting the public. It also fulfils this function by laying down, promoting and monitoring standards for the delivery of pre-hospital emergency care. With the establishment of the H&SCPC, and its responsibility for registration and fitness to practise arrangements in relation to twelve separate health and social care professions, it is considered appropriate that in due course the Council should assume responsibility for these functions in relation to pre-hospital emergency care practitioners also. This will put the arrangements for pre-hospital emergency care practitioners on the same footing as for other health and social care professionals and will ensure consistency and uniformity of practice in relation to the regulation of those professions. My Department is examining in detail the nature of the legislative changes required to give effect to the transfer, as appropriate, of PHECC's functions to the H&SCPC, and it is anticipated that primary legislation will be required. Having regard to the planned timescale for the registration of the twelve professions named in the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005, it is envisaged at this stage that the transfer of PHECC's functions to the H&SCPC will take place within a three-year timeframe.

The Opticians Board is also to be integrated into the H&SCPC to ensure consistency and standardisation in the regulation of health and social care professionals. The function of the Opticians Board is to provide for the registration and control of optometrists and dispensing opticians. The Opticians Board was established under the Opticians Acts 1956 and 2003. Primary legislation will be required to provide for the dissolution of the Board and for the transfer of its functions to the H&SCPC. The immediate priority for the H&SCPC is to establish statutory registration for the twelve health and social care professions designated for registration under the 2005 Act. The H&SCPC has examined which professions from within the designated twelve are most suitable for early registration and has recently decided to appoint the first two of twelve statutory Registration Boards, the Social Work Registration Board and the Physiotherapist Registration Board, to be established by end of 2008. The H&SCPC will continue to work to establish additional Registration Boards from within the designated 12 professional grades during the course of 2009, in the context of available funding and resources. While the transfer to the Council of the functions currently exercised by the Opticians Board is dependent on progress made in the initial registration of the other twelve professions, it is anticipated at this stage that this will also happen within a three-year timeframe.

While there is clearly a need to secure efficiencies from the rationalisation programme, the primary aim is to streamline service delivery, professional registration and policy making in a number of areas in the health sector, through the integration and/or amalgamation of functions. It is envisaged that efficiencies and savings will derive over time from economies of scale and the elimination of duplication in areas such as recruitment, procurement, payroll and ICT systems.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

110 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to merge the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board into the Dental Council, the Medical Council, and the Health Service Executive, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42114/08]

Arising from the Government decision of 8 July 2008 on expenditure measures, a comprehensive programme of agency rationalisation is to be implemented across the public service.

A programme of agency rationalisation in the health sector involves a total of fifteen agencies which includes the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board. It currently has a staff of 13 (whole time equivalents) and a budget of €9.862m for 2008.

The Medical Practitioners Act 2007 provides for the dissolution of the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board and the transfer of its functions to the HSE, the Medical Council and the Dental Council. The preparation of a commencement order is in train and it is planned that the transfer of functions will be effective from 1 January 2009.

While there is clearly a need to secure efficiencies from the rationalisation of the Postgraduate Medical and Dental Board and other agencies, the primary aim of the rationalisation programme is to streamline service delivery, professional registration and policy making through the integration and/or amalgamation of functions. Efficiencies will derive over time from economies of scale and the elimination of duplication in areas such as payroll, administration etc. It is too early to project at this point in time what savings the rationalisation will generate.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

111 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to merge the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery into the Health Service Executive and An Bord Altranais, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42115/08]

Arising from the Government decision of 8 July 2008 on expenditure measures, a comprehensive programme of agency rationalisation is to be implemented across the public service.

A programme of agency rationalisation in the health sector involves a total of fifteen agencies which includes the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery. It currently has a staff of 11.5 (whole time equivalents) and a budget of €4.473m for 2008.

My Department has drafted heads of a new Nurses and Midwives Bill, which has already been published as part of the public consultation process. The proposed new Bill provides for the dissolution of the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery and the transfer of its functions to the HSE and An Bord Altranais. The draft heads of Bill are currently being revised following the public consultation. The Bill is expected to be published early in 2009 and the rationalisation of the National Council will follow the enactment of the legislation.

While there is clearly a need to secure efficiencies from the rationalisation of the National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing and Midwifery and other agencies, the primary aim of the rationalisation programme is to streamline service delivery, professional registration and policy making through the integration and/or amalgamation of functions. Efficiencies will derive over time from economies of scale and the elimination of duplication in areas such as payroll, administration etc. It is too early to project at this point in time what savings the rationalisation will generate.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

112 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Health and Children the date, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to create a new body, the Public Health and Medicines Safety Authority, to replace the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Office of Tobacco Control and the Irish Medicines Board, by which this new body will be established and the other bodies abolished; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42116/08]

Arising from the Government decision of 8 July 2008 on expenditure measures, a comprehensive programme of agency rationalisation is to be implemented across the public service. As part of this programme, three agencies, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the Irish Medicines Board and the Office of Tobacco Control will be amalgamated to form a new Public Health and Medicines Safety Authority.

Primary legislation will be required to give legal effect to the creation of this Authority. It is expected that the Authority will be established by 2011.

This Department's measures for the rationalisation of agencies within the health sector have been prepared primarily in the context of the OECD's recommendations in relation to the need for a more integrated public service. The measures reflect and build upon the progress to date with agency rationalisation within the sector under the overall health reform programme, and take account of experience to date with the practicalities of rationalisation.

While there is clearly a need to secure efficiencies from the rationalisation programme, its primary aim is to streamline service delivery, professional registration and policy making in a number of areas in the health sector, through the integration and/or amalgamation of functions. Efficiencies will, however, derive over time from economies of scale and the elimination of duplication in areas such as recruitment, procurement, payroll and ICT systems.

Regional Airports.

Michael Ring

Question:

113 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Transport the grant aid allocated to a regional airport (details supplied) in each of the past five years and to date in 2008, providing details of the reason for each category of funding. [41969/08]

Grant aid paid in each of the last 5 years in respect of Ireland West Airport Knock (IWAK) is as follows:

Capital grants

Operational subvention

2003

2,030,996

400,000

2004

0

400,000

2005

321,218

400,000

2006

529,365

0

2007

699,465

0

Prior to 2006, capital grant funding at the regional airports was made available under the National Development Plan 2000 to 2006. From 2007 onwards, grant aid relates to the programme of capital grants for these airports which was approved by the Government in February 2007 providing for grants amounting to €86 million from within the Transport 21 envelope in the period up to the end of 2010. In 2008, IWAK has already received €2,422,472.

Grants in respect of operational expenditure were formerly provided under a scheme relating to marketing, safety and security at the regional airports. This was superseded in 2006 by a new Core Airport Management Operational Expenditure Subvention Scheme conforming to new EU mandatory guidelines. Based on a contract with each airport, this scheme aims to subvent operational expenditure on the provision of core airport services where this cannot be fully covered by the airport's total revenue streams. IWAK has been trading profitably in recent years, and therefore has not received payments under the scheme.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

114 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Transport, further to Parliamentary Question No. 131 of 13 November 2008, when decisions will be reached in regard to the application for funding by Waterford Regional Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42028/08]

The question of priorities for funding in respect of Waterford and the other regional airports in 2009 is under consideration at present. I would hope to be in a position to respond in the near future.

Public Transport.

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

115 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Transport further to Parliamentary Question No. 280 of 29 October 2008 the progress that has been made in his engagement with the parties concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42030/08]

The Deputy will be aware that a company that holds a bus route licence in respect of a public bus passenger service between Cork and Galway ceased to operate that service with effect from 3rd November 2008. Since it received notification of that cessation, my Department has been in regular contact with the company in question for the purpose of facilitating the possible re-instatement of the service. Resulting from those contacts the company has submitted proposals to re-introduce the service based on a revised routing and timetable. This submission is being considered as a matter of urgency by my Department with a view to giving an early decision.

Dublin Transport Authority.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

116 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Transport the date, with regard to the establishment of the Dublin Transport Authority to incorporate the Dublin Transport Office, the Commission for Taxi Regulation and the public licensing function of his Department as announced in Budget 2009, by which this body will be established; the status of the legislation required to give effect to this announcement; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42105/08]

It is my intention to establish the Dublin Transport Authority as early as possible in 2009 once I am satisfied that it has the financial and staffing resources necessary to enable it discharge effectively the functions assigned to it by the Oireachtas under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008.

Discussions are currently taking place between my Department and the Department of Finance on the financing and staffing of the Authority against the background of the difficult position faced by the Exchequer as outlined in the recent Budget.

Part 6 of the Dublin Transport Authority Act provides for the dissolution of the Dublin Transportation Office and the transfer of its employees and a small number of employees of the Railway Procurement Agency to the Dublin Transport Authority (DTA) in accordance with the detailed arrangements provided for in that Part.

The agreed programme for Government includes a commitment to improving bus services under Transport 21 by reforming the bus licensing provisions of the Road Transport Act 1932, to facilitate the optimum provision of services by providing a level playing field for all market participants, both public and private.

It is my intention that proposals for the new bus licensing regime will be contained in a Public Transport Regulation Bill which will deal with the replacement of the Road Transport Act 1932 and the provisions of the Transport Act 1958 that relate to the provision of bus services by the State bus companies. It is intended that responsibility for bus licensing and public transport service contracts nationwide will be assigned to the DTA under this Bill. It is also proposed that the Commission for Taxi Regulation will be absorbed into the DTA under this Bill.

The overall impact of these proposals is that the expanded DTA will absorb the DTO and the CTR as well as the functions envisaged in the Programme for Government for a National Transport Regulator. It is my intention to seek Government approval to a General Scheme of the Public Transport Regulation Bill before the end of the year with a view to publication in 2009.

A key objective of the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008 and the broader public transport regulatory reform programme is to ensure better value for money from the very substantial funds which are being made available by the Exchequer for investment in public transport infrastructure and to support the provision of public transport services. I am satisfied that substantial benefits will accrue as a result of the improved procurement, regulation, management and coordination of transport services. Those benefits will accrue to the travelling public, employers, taxpayers and society at large and will make an important contribution to sustaining competitiveness and addressing the increasing challenges of climate change.

Judicial Appointments.

John Deasy

Question:

117 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if an appointment of a permanent District Court judge in the Waterford district has been made; the reason for the delay in making such an assignment; if there is another city here that does not have a permanent District Court judge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41965/08]

I have nothing further to add to my reply to Question No. 157 of 23 October 2008.

Stardust Inquiry.

Finian McGrath

Question:

118 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding a matter (details supplied). [41979/08]

As the Deputy will appreciate, the management of the process to examine the case submitted by the Stardust Victims Committee is a matter for the independent person appointed to carry out that examination, Mr. Paul Coffey SC. I understand, however, that he aims to complete his work by the end of the year.

Prison Building Programme.

Joan Burton

Question:

119 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when, with respect to the dedicated road to the site of the proposed new prison at Thornton Hall, the route of the new road was decided and by whom; the person from whom the land needed for the new road was purchased; the cost of same; when the purchases were commenced and completed; the amount of land involved; if a company (details supplied) was one of the vendors; the person from whom his Department purchased the land on which it is seeking to build the new Forensic Science Laboratory, the Garda Technical Bureau and a new garda station adjacent to the proposed Thornton Hall development; the amount of land and public money that is involved in these purchases; the tendering procedures that were involved in the procurement process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42001/08]

While the existing R130 road to the Thornton Hall site was deemed to be technically adequate, the major concern expressed by local residents at meetings was the danger that would be posed to children at the local national school by both construction and operating traffic on the road to the prison site as well as the nuisance and annoyance such traffic would cause to local residents. Following meetings with the various local groups the then Tánaiste advised that while he was satisfied that the existing route was adequate, in the light of concerns expressed, he was willing to consider an alternative route provided the necessary land was offered to him at a cost less per acre than that already paid for the site at Thornton. An alternative access route required a corridor of land from the nearest main road (R135 then the N2) to the Thornton Hall site.

Towards the end of 2006 the Irish Prison Service was approached by a representative of Korado Ltd which had recently bought land in the area. A technical examination was carried out and the advice was that a corridor comprising 8.8 acres across the lands of Korado Ltd and the Pierce family (who had previously offered land for sale) would provide a cost effective dedicated access route. The exact route was determined on the basis of civil engineering requirements and the willingness of the landowners to sell the relevant portion. The necessary land (circa 3.3 acres from Korado Limited at a cost of €495,000 and circa 5.4 acres from the Pierce family at a cost of €810,000) was purchased in 2007 for a total of €1,300,000 or approximately €150,000 an acre. The acquisitions met the procurement requirements for such purchases and an independent valuation of the land was obtained prior to purchase. I am not in a position to comment on the beneficial ownership of Korado Ltd.

In relation to the other issues raised by the Deputy, the landowners adjacent to the Thornton Hall site (Pierce family) had indicated that further land might be available for sale. The Department were looking for a secure location for a number of other Justice projects and having a prison with 24 hour/seven day security immediately adjacent offered certain security advantages. A decision was made to purchase a further 6.3 acres for approximately €900,000 because of its proximity to the prison site and the new access route.

Garda Reserve.

Michael McGrath

Question:

120 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of Garda reserves who have been appointed to Cork City and county to date; the stations to which they have been allocated; and the number of reserves expected to come on stream over the period ahead in the same area. [42042/08]

At 17th November 2008, there were 36 attested Reserve Gardaí attached to the following stations in Cork City and County:

Number

Anglesea Street

11

Bandon

1

Clonakilty

1

Fermoy

2

Gurranbraher

6

Macroom

1

Mayfield

3

Midleton

4

Togher

4

Watercourse Road

3

Total

36

There are currently 7 Garda Reserve trainees in Cork City and County and it is anticipated that they will be allocated to stations in Cork following completion of their training in 2009.

The recruitment of members to the Garda Reserve is ongoing with regular intakes into the Garda College. I welcome the prospect of further assignments of Garda Reserve members to Cork as additional members from Cork become available.

Visa Applications.

Michael McGrath

Question:

121 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if a person (details supplied) in County Cork who has been allocated a class c visa can be considered for a class d visa. [42043/08]

Where the person referred to by the Deputy is outside the State, a 'D' type "Join Spouse" visa application can be made.

Comprehensive details when making such a visa application is available on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service — www.inis.gov.ie

Garda Deployment.

Pádraic McCormack

Question:

122 Deputy Pádraic McCormack asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when a resident Garda presence will be restored to Cárna Village, Connemara, County Galway following the damage to the barracks; if there are proposals to facilitate the presence of a Garda in Cárna in the Garda residence in Cárna; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42046/08]

I am advised by the Garda authorities that following an arson attack on the station on 12 October last, the Gardaí allocated to Carna are temporarily operating from Clifden Garda Station. Since the attack Garda activity in the area has been increased with additional patrols being carried out. In addition to the regular policing services provided, the area is patrolled by Galway Traffic Corps Units, District Detective Units and Crime Task Force Units and other Divisional resources will continue to be made available as required.

I am further advised that it is planned to secure an office in Carna in the near future. In addition, refurbishment work on the Garda Station commenced on the 17 November and is expected to be completed over the coming months.

The policing of Carna and its sub-district remains a priority and is kept under review by Garda management.

Garda Equipment.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

123 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he has raised with the Garda Commissioner this Deputy’s proposal, articulated during statements on the killing of a person (details supplied), that the roll-out of secure digital radio to Limerick be brought forward to at least coincide with its roll-out to Dublin; and if so the new expected date of roll-out for Limerick. [42052/08]

I refer the Deputy to my Replies to Parliamentary Questions No. 287 on 18 November and 362 and 363 of 21 October last which set out the overall approach to the implementation of the National Digital Radio Service and specifically for the Limerick Division.

There are a wide range of factors that determine the roll-out plans for the national infrastructure and there is regular communication between my Department, the Garda Síochána, the Department of Finance and other agencies on the implementation plans for the service. The plans are kept under review and Garda operational requirements continue to be taken into account in determining the overall schedule.

Residency Permits.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

124 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the progress to date in the application for residency and when a stamp will be renewed in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42067/08]

I am informed by the Immigration Division of my Department that the person in question was granted permission to remain in the State on Stamp 4 conditions on 7 November 2008. This permission is valid until 23 October 2009.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

125 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position in relation to an application for family reunification in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 7; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42068/08]

I have been informed by the Immigration Division of my Department that a decision has been reached in relation to the application for family reunification and the person in question has been informed of same.

Deportation Orders.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

126 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the current or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42069/08]

I refer the Deputy to the Reply given to his Parliamentary Question No. 536 on Wednesday 31 October 2007. The status of the person concerned remains as set out in that Reply.

The person concerned has continued to meet his presentation requirements with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). He is due to present again on Tuesday 2 December 2008.

The enforcement of the Deportation Order is an operational matter for the GNIB.

Asylum Applications.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

127 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Monaghan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42070/08]

The person concerned applied for asylum on 7 January 2005. Her application was refused following consideration of her case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Subsequently, in accordance with Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was informed, by letter dated 29 June 2006, that the Minister proposed to make a Deportation Order in respect of her. She was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a Deportation Order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why she should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State. Representations were received from the person concerned at that time.

The person concerned has also submitted an application for Subsidiary Protection in the State in accordance with the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations, 2006 (S.I. No. 518 of 2006) and this application is under consideration at present. When consideration of this application has been completed, the person concerned will be notified in writing of the outcome.

In the event that the Subsidiary Protection application is refused, the case file of the person concerned, including all representations submitted, will then be considered under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. When this latter consideration has been completed, the case file of the person concerned is passed to me for decision.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

128 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if leave to remain temporarily in the State will be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42071/08]

The person concerned applied for asylum on 31 December 2001. Two minor children of the person concerned were included in her application. Her application was refused following consideration of her case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Subsequently, in accordance with Section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was informed, by letter dated 28 February 2003, that the Minister proposed to make Deportation Orders in respect of her and her two children. She was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of Deportation Orders or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why she and her children should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State. Representations were submitted on behalf of the person concerned at that time.

Following consideration of the case of the person concerned, under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement, Deportation Orders were signed in respect of the person concerned and her two children on 22 February 2005. Notice of these Orders was served by registered letter dated 23 March 2005 requiring the person concerned and her two children to present themselves at the Offices of the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) on a specified date in order to make travel arrangements for their deportation from the State.

Judicial Review proceedings were instituted on behalf of the person concerned on 24 May 2005 challenging the decisions to make Deportation Orders in respect of the person concerned and her two children. These Proceedings were subsequently withdrawn by the person concerned who was afforded the opportunity to submit fresh representations within a period of 21 days. While no representations were received in my Department within the agreed timeframe, the person concerned, through her new legal representative, has contended that this situation arose as a result of inaction on the part of her previous legal representative rather than as a result of any act or omission on her part. The person concerned, through her new legal representative, submitted fresh representations to my Department on 9 June 2008.

In light of the status of the person concerned as a person subject to a valid Deportation Order, the representations lodged on behalf of the person concerned are being treated as an application for revocation of the existing Deportation Orders, pursuant to the provisions of Section 3(11) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended). When a decision has been made on this application, this decision, and the consequences of the decision, will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

The Deputy may be assured that the existing Deportation Orders will not be enforced pending the consideration of the Section 3(11) application referred to.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

129 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the current or expected residency status in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42072/08]

The immigration case histories and up to date positions of the three persons concerned, a husband, wife and child, are almost identical. Accordingly, for the purposes of the Deputy's Question, I will deal with the three cases as one.

The persons concerned applied for asylum on 2 February 2007. Their applications were refused following consideration of their cases by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Subsequently, in accordance with Section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended), the persons concerned were informed, by letter dated 18 February 2008 in the case of the first named person concerned and by letter dated 15 February 2008 in the cases of the second and third named persons concerned, that the Minister proposed to make Deportation Orders in respect of them. They were given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of Deportation Orders or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why they should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State. In addition, they were notified of their entitlement to apply for Subsidiary Protection in the State in accordance with the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations, 2006 (S.I. No. 518 of 2006).

The persons concerned submitted applications for Subsidiary Protection in the State in accordance with these Regulations and, following consideration of these applications, it was determined that the persons concerned were not eligible for Subsidiary Protection in the State. The persons concerned were notified of these decisions by letters dated 15 October 2008.

The case files of the persons concerned, including all representations submitted, will now be considered under Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. When these latter considerations have been completed, the case files of the persons concerned are passed to me for decision.

Residency Permits.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

130 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the current or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42073/08]

The person concerned has been granted Leave to Remain in the State for a three year period, to 28 August 2011. This decision was conveyed in writing to the person concerned by registered letter dated 28 August 2008, a copy of which was sent to her legal representative on the same date. This decision also applied to the two minor children of the person concerned. This letter was subsequently returned undelivered to my Department which would suggest that the person concerned no longer resided at the address on record in my Department. The person concerned should, without delay, notify my Department of her current address so that this decision letter can be re-issued.

The Deputy might wish to note that it is incumbent on an applicant to notify my Department when they change address, in accordance with the provisions of Articles 11 and 18 of the Aliens Order, 1946. The person concerned was notified in writing of this requirement.

Asylum Applications.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

131 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the current or anticipated residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42074/08]

I refer the Deputy to Parliamentary Question No. 853 of Tuesday, 17 June 2008, and the written Reply to that Question.

The person concerned arrived in the State on 10 September 2003 and applied for asylum. His application was refused following consideration of his case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Subsequently, in accordance with Section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was informed, by letter dated 13 February 2006, that the Minister proposed to make a Deportation Order in respect of him. He was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a Deportation Order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why he should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State.

Representations have been submitted on behalf of the person concerned and will be fully considered, under Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement, before the file is passed to me for decision.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

132 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the current or expected residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42075/08]

The person concerned applied for asylum on 21 September 2006. His application was refused following consideration of his case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and, on appeal, the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Subsequently, in accordance with Section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was informed, by letter dated 26 August 2008, that the Minister proposed to make a Deportation Order in respect of him. He was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a Deportation Order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why he should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State. In addition, he was notified of his entitlement to apply for Subsidiary Protection in the State in accordance with the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006 (S.I. No. 518 of 2006). The person concerned submitted an application for Subsidiary Protection in the State in accordance with these Regulations and this application is under consideration at present. When consideration of this application has been completed, the person concerned will be notified in writing of the outcome.

In the event that the Subsidiary Protection application is refused, the case file of the person concerned, including all representations submitted, will then be considered under Section 3 (6) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. When this latter consideration has been completed, the file is passed to me for decision.

Residency Permits.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

133 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the current or expected residency and citizenship status in the case of persons (details supplied) in Dublin 24; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42076/08]

I wish to inform the Deputy that both persons in question were granted permission to remain in the State, in May 2002, under the arrangements then in place for the non-EEA parents of Irish citizen children. I am informed that the permission granted is currently valid until 17 January, 2009, in both cases.

Asylum Applications.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

134 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the current or expected residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42077/08]

The person concerned applied for asylum on 8 May 2003. Her application was refused following consideration of her case by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner. The person concerned appealed this determination to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal.

Judicial Review Proceedings were instituted by the person concerned challenging the determination of the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner. When the Judicial Review Proceedings were finalised, the asylum application of the person concerned was remitted for further consideration by the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner. Following this further consideration of her case, her application for a declaration of refugee status was refused. The person concerned lodged a new appeal with the Refugee Appeals Tribunal. The Refugee Appeals Tribunal affirmed the Commissioner's determination.

The Deputy should note that the person concerned gave birth to a child in the State in early 2007 and this child was included on her asylum application.

Based on the recommendation of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, and in accordance with Section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was informed, by letter dated 18 June 2008, that the Minister proposed to make deportation orders in respect of her and her child. She was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of deportation orders or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why she and her child should be allowed to remain temporarily in the State. In addition, she was notified of her entitlement to apply for Subsidiary Protection in the State in accordance with the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations, 2006 (S.I. No. 518 of 2006). To date no application for subsidiary protection has been received.

Representations have been submitted on behalf of the person concerned and these representations will be fully considered, under Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act, 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act, 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement, before the file is passed to me for decision.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

135 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position in respect of a residency application in the name of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42078/08]

It is not the practice to comment in detail on individual asylum applications.

As the Deputy will be aware, applications for refugee status in the State are determined by an independent process comprising the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and the Refugee Appeals Tribunal which make recommendations to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform on whether such status should be granted.

A final decision on each application is made following receipt of the recommendation of the Refugee Applications Commissioner or the decision of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, as appropriate.

Drug Courts.

Charles Flanagan

Question:

136 Deputy Charles Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when he will publish the report on his Department’s examination of the Drug Treatment Court; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42093/08]

The Drug Treatment Court, which originally operated on a pilot basis in the North inner city of Dublin, has been placed on a permanent footing and extended to the Dublin 7 area. The Court uses a multi-disciplinary approach and involves a range of Government Departments and agencies charged with dealing with various aspects of the problem of drug misuse. The Court operates with the assistance of a team which includes the judge, a probation and welfare officer, an addiction nurse, a Garda liaison officer and education/training representative and counsellors.

My Department is currently examining the operation of the court and officials are looking at best practice elsewhere to see how the Court's rather low throughput levels might be increased. It is intended to conclude this examination as soon as possible.

Foreign Conflicts.

Michael Ring

Question:

137 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the financial aid being given to the Governments of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41971/08]

Michael Ring

Question:

138 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the action Ireland is taking to help stop the killings of civilians in the Democratic Republic of Congo. [41972/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 and 138 together.

The continued fighting in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a matter of grave concern, in terms of its implications for both the humanitarian situation and the stability of the wider Great Lakes region. I am particularly distressed by reports of targeted attacks against the civilian population, and by the plight of the estimated one million people now displaced in North Kivu.

The Government fully supports the international efforts currently underway to find a solution to the crisis in eastern DRC. UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, has been heavily engaged in discussions in an effort to stabilise the situation. The appointment of the former Nigerian President, Mr. Olusegun Obasanjo, an experienced mediator in regional disputes, as the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General is a particularly helpful development, and I welcome his visit to DRC over the past weekend. I welcome also the efforts of DRC's neighbours to come together to help solve this problem at the Nairobi Regional Conference on 7 November, and I urge them to persist in their efforts.

MONUC, the UN peacekeeping force, which at 17,000-strong is the UN's largest peacekeeping operation, is mandated to use all means necessary to protect the civilian population. Since 2001, three Irish Defence Forces officers have been deployed with MONUC as Military Liaison Officers. However, MONUC is now seriously overstretched, and UN officials are calling for extra troops and air assets. The UN Security Council is fully seized of the situation and has been discussing appropriate responses as a matter of urgency.

My EU colleagues and I discussed the crisis in DRC at the General Affairs and External Relations Council on 10 November 2008, and were briefed by French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, on his recent visit to eastern DRC with UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband. We agreed on Council Conclusions, which urged all parties to respect the ceasefire and the Goma and Nairobi peace agreements. The EU is extremely concerned by the difficulties facing MONUC, but we believe it will be more effective (in terms of alleviating the crisis in the short-term) to strengthen our cooperation with MONUC rather than to initiate steps towards an ESDP military mission. In addition, the EU will, of course, continue to contribute to diplomatic efforts.

The EU already has two ESDP missions in DRC: EUSEC, which provides assistance to the DRC authorities on security sector reform; and EUPOL RD Congo, which provides assistance to the authorities on police reform. Both missions aim to address the underlying causes of the conflict and work towards a durable peace in DRC, which can only be achieved through political progress and the consolidation of the rule of law.

Ireland does not give any financial aid directly to the governments of either DRC or Rwanda. However, Ireland is a significant humanitarian donor to both countries through NGOs and through UN and Red Cross systems. Already in 2008, Ireland has committed over €12 million in humanitarian aid funding to DRC, and our support to the country since 2006 totals over €33 million. In response to this worsening crisis, the Government has promised up to €1 million in extra funding for humanitarian relief in North Kivu. Irish Aid funding to Rwanda since 2006 amounts to more than €8 million. The European Commission has also allocated an additional €6.7 million in emergency aid to eastern DRC.

State Visits.

Finian McGrath

Question:

139 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the reason the Government protested to the Czech Government regarding the meeting of Irish dissidents when its own official policy is of wanting to meet so-called opposition figures when Irish officials visit Cuba. [41978/08]

No protest was made to the Czech Government in relation to any meetings held by the Czech President during his recent State Visit.

Departmental Agencies.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

140 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the date, in respect of the announcement in budget 2009 to combine the Irish Museum for Modern Art, the Crawford Art Gallery and the National Gallery of Ireland while retaining separate identities, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42119/08]

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 77 and 84 on 19th November 2008.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

141 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the date, regarding the announcement in budget 2009 to merge the National Archives and the Irish Manuscripts Commission into the National Library, by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42120/08]

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Questions Nos. 76, 77 and 84 on the 19th November 2008.

Social Welfare Benefits.

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

142 Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if she will ensure that the application for assistance with mortgage payment for a person (details supplied) in County Dublin is processed. [41962/08]

The supplementary welfare allowance scheme, which includes mortgage interest supplement, is administered on behalf of the Department by the community welfare division of the Health Service Executive.

Mortgage interest supplement provides short-term income support to eligible people who are unable to meet their mortgage interest repayments in respect of a house which is their sole place of residence. The supplement assists with the interest portion of the mortgage repayments only.

The Health Service Executive has advised that it has no record of an application for mortgage interest supplement from the person concerned. He should contact the community welfare service directly in order to make an application for mortgage interest supplement.

Michael Ring

Question:

143 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be awarded and granted jobseekers’ allowance. [41980/08]

The person concerned applied for jobseeker's allowance on 10 October 2008. He had been employed for a short period as a driver with a transport firm and was previously self-employed. Following an interview by a Social Welfare Inspector on 14 October, 2008, he was requested to provide documentation regarding his earnings, bank deposits and proof of address. When all of the requested information is received a decision will be made and he will be notified of the outcome.

Under Social Welfare legislation decisions in relation to claims must be made by Deciding Officers and Appeals Officers. These officers are statutorily appointed and I have no role in regard to making such decisions.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

144 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs when child benefit will be granted in the case of a person (detail supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42082/08]

In order to qualify for a range of Social Welfare payments, including Child Benefit, applicants are required to satisfy the Habitual Residence condition (HRC), which was introduced on 1st May 2004.

The HRC requires the applicant to satisfy the Deciding Officer that they meet certain conditions, including that their centre of interest is in Ireland and that their future intentions, as demonstrated, are to remain in Ireland.

The person concerned is a Moldovan national and is still awaiting a final decision from the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform on her residency application. The Child Benefit application was refused on 24th May 2008 as the Deciding Officer, having considered all the circumstances, did not consider that the person concerned satisfied the HR condition as her centre of interest and future intentions to remain here were uncertain.

The person concerned was notified of the decision in writing on 24th May 2008 and given the right of appeal. To date no appeal has been received.

Social Welfare Appeals.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

145 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if a review can or will be undertaken in the case of an application for supplementary welfare allowance or rent supplement in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if this parliamentary question can be taken as an appeal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42083/08]

All applicants regardless of nationality, from 1 May 2004, are required to be habitually resident in the State in order to qualify for supplementary welfare allowance. The person concerned was refused supplementary welfare allowance and rent supplement on the grounds that he is not habitually resident in the State. The Executive has advised that an appeal against this decision has been received from the person concerned. The appeal is being forwarded to the Executive's designated Appeals Officer who will contact him directly when a decision has been made on his appeal.

Social Welfare Benefits.

Michael Ring

Question:

146 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the outcome of an application for a State non-contributory pension for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [42095/08]

An application for State Pension (Non-Contributory) was received from the person concerned on 21 st August 2008 and was referred to the local Social Welfare Inspector for investigation. On receipt of the inspector's report a decision will be made on his claim and he will be notified of the outcome.

Departmental Agencies.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

147 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs in respect of the announcement in Budget 2009 to integrate the Combat Poverty Agency and the Office of Social Inclusion within her Department, the date by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42117/08]

The Government's decision to integrate the Combat Poverty Agency and the Office for Social Inclusion within the Department of Social and Family Affairs was informed by the findings of a review of the Combat Poverty Agency which was undertaken on foot of a Government Decision on the 6th of June 2007. The Department is working with the Board of the Agency in finalising a plan for the smooth integration of the Combat Poverty Agency and the Office for Social Inclusion. It is planned to hold meetings and workshops with the staff in both organisations before the plan is finalised.

As the Combat Poverty Agency is established under statute legislation changes will be required to alter its status. I intend bringing forward legislative provisions to effect those changes at the Committee stage of the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 2008. It is proposed that the legislative provisions will be brought into effect by way of a Commencement Order and it is envisaged that a period up to July 2009 will be required to complete the integration arrangements.

Arrangements regarding the position of the Agency staff will be finalised following discussions with the Department of Finance, the staff and their union representatives. Other work will involve winding up the business of the agency including finalising accounts and transferring assets.

The integration of the Combat Poverty Agency and the Office for Social Inclusion will mean a better use and allocation of funds in relation to supporting the Government's anti-poverty and social inclusion strategies. There will be savings resulting from the integration, for example, in terms of accommodation and support services. The extent and timing of savings will be identified and dealt with as part of the implementation process which is underway.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

148 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs, in relation to the announcement in Budget 2009 to assign the Money Advice and Budgeting Service to Citizens Information Board, the date by which this will be done; if this will require legislation; the date by which this will be published; the savings that this is expected to accrue to the Exchequer in 2008, 2009 and 2010; the basis for those savings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42118/08]

The Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) is the main Government funded service which provides assistance to people who are over-indebted and need help and advice in coping with debt problems. There are 53 independent companies with voluntary boards of management and over 240 money advice staff operating the local services throughout the country. Almost €18 million has been provided in 2008 to assist the MABS in dealing with its workload and a similar allocation will be provided for the service in 2009.

Last year, MABS provided services to over 12,400 new clients throughout the country. To date this year over 13,800 new clients have approached the service. The MABS National Telephone Helpline which was launched in October 2007 has dealt to date with approximately 10,000 calls.

The MABS provides a high quality personal service to the public and makes a difference to people's lives. However, it has been recognised for some time that the service needs a proper legislative basis and structure. The Programme for Government envisaged that such a new structure for the MABS would involve strong national leadership and would maximise the current local voluntary involvement in the service.

The Government has decided that this can best be achieved by placing the MABS with the Citizens Information Board. The MABS and Citizens Information Centres complement each other well as both are involved in providing information, advice and advocacy services to the public. In addition, the Citizens Information Board has a long association with the MABS at both national and local level and was involved in establishing some of the original MABS pilot projects.

It is not envisaged that significant savings or additional costs will arise on the assignment of the provision of the MABS to the Citizens Information Board. Rather, the intention is, in line with the Programme for Government, to provide strong management support to the local voluntary companies in the provision of a high quality service to meet the needs of people encountering debt difficulties in today's society. However, cost efficiencies will be realised in the medium to longer term through the integration of support services such as administration and IT.

The legislative provisions to give effect to the proposed changes are contained in the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2008 which is before Dáil Éireann at present. It is proposed that the legislative provisions will be brought into effect by way of a Commencement Order and that a six months period up to July 2009 will be required to complete the administrative arrangements for the transfer of responsibility for the MABS to the Citizens Information Board.

Departmental Expenditure.

David Stanton

Question:

149 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Defence the cost of the recent investigation by consultants into the possible risks posed by hazardous waste to Defence Force personnel on Haulbowline Island; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42050/08]

My Department engaged consultants to carry an Environmental Health and Safety Assessment in the Naval Base, Haulbowline earlier this year. RPS were commissioned to do the assessment. The cost of the review was €50,000 (excluding VAT). This cost includes some additional costs for sampling and testing which was commissioned as a result of the preliminary findings of the report.

Election Management System.

Frank Feighan

Question:

150 Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the ongoing cost on a monthly and yearly basis of storing and maintaining electronic voting machines. [42091/08]

Data in respect of the annual costs associated with the local storage of electronic voting machines are compiled by my Department. Based on figures received in my Department from Returning Officers, the total annual costs for storage of the electronic voting equipment (including the cost of insurance, service charges, rates and heating) for 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 were some €658,000; €696,000; €706,000; and €489,000 respectively. Provisional data from Returning Officers indicate that a total of some €139,000 was expended on storage in the first six months of 2008.

In 2007, over 60% of the electronic voting machines (some 4,762 in total) were moved to a central storage facility located at Gormanston Army Camp. Costs incurred to date in respect of the movement and storage of this equipment are some €328,000.

Local Authority Housing.

Denis Naughten

Question:

151 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his plans to review the differential rent scheme for local authority accommodation; if he will review the decision to assess payments such as carer’s allowance as means for the purpose of this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41977/08]

The making and amending of rent schemes is the responsibility of local authorities as an integral part of their housing management functions, subject to broad principles laid down by my Department in Circular letter HRT 3/2002 of 6 March 2002. Decisions on whether or not to disregard either a proportion of income or particular sources of income for the purposes of calculating rents are matters for each individual local authority.

In the context of the Government's statement on housing policy — Delivering Homes, Sustaining Communities — I will continue to keep existing rent determination systems under review to ensure that they remain equitable. In addition, it is proposed in the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2008 to provide that rent schemes are subject to general regulations that will allow for greater consistency in application across the country.

Election Management System.

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

152 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, further to Parliamentary Question No. 220 of 13 November 2008, the tendering process and the storage standards specified in respect of electronic voting machines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41996/08]

Responsibility for the security and safe storage of manual voting electoral materials (such as ballot boxes, stamping instruments and stationery) is a matter for the Returning Officers, who are statutorily responsible for conducting the polls. Accordingly, similar responsibility was assigned to Returning Officers to make the necessary arrangements in relation to the storage of the electronic voting machines and equipment. Returning Officers undertook the task of procuring suitable accommodation for the electronic voting machines and ancillary equipment, and the detailed contractual and other arrangements put in place by Returning Officers reflect the varying circumstances applying at local level. In January 2003, Returning Officers were advised by my Department to make arrangements for storage of the voting equipment in advance of delivery and, in this regard, of the need for the machines to be stored in a clean, dry atmosphere and of the space likely to be required for this purpose.

Planning Issues.

Denis Naughten

Question:

153 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, further to Parliamentary Question No. 19 of 27 February 2008, the local authorities which have implemented his request on the policy of taking in charge of estates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42021/08]

On foot of Circular Letter PD 1/08 of 26 February 2008, planning authorities were required, by the end of June 2008, to develop or update, as appropriate, their policy on taking in charge of residential developments on the basis of the framework, and wider housing and planning policy guidance, set out in the circular.

As part of the monitoring and review arrangements set out in the circular, each planning authority was advised to make available their policy on taking in charge to the public, to publish it on their website and to continue to report on it to the elected members on a regular basis and at least once annually. Planning authorities were not requested to report on their response to the policy advice to my Department; accordingly, the information requested is not available in my Department.

However, a new local government service indicator in relation to the taking in charge of estates has been introduced, and will provide benchmark data from 2009 onwards for monitoring the taking in charge process. The information to be reported will include:

the number of requests for taking in charge of estates on hands at the start of the year in question;

the number of estates that were taken in charge in the year in question;

the total number of dwellings in these estates; and

the number of estates in respect of which enforcement action was taken or remedial works were carried out in the year in question.

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

154 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will amend the Planning and Development Acts 2000 to 2006 in order to extend the period of planning for planning permission to facilitate delays due to the recession; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42038/08]

I refer to the reply to Questions Nos. 205 and 208 of 13 November 2008. The position is unchanged.

Departmental Expenditure.

David Stanton

Question:

155 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount expended to date on investigations by consultants on site conditions on Haulbowline Island; the amount expended on removing hazardous waste from the site to date; the further amounts he expects to be expended in relation to these issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42054/08]

The amount expended to date on investigations on current site conditions on Haulbowline is €308,709.15. This comprises costs associated with sampling, analysis, topographical and foreshore ecological surveys, project management and professional fees for the three distinct modules of work i.e. air, marine and site investigation and assessment. It is anticipated that an additional amount of approximately €50,000 will be expended, including the costs associated with a peer review, by the time all the current investigations and reports are finalised.

In 2008, a total of €42,008,184.26 has been expended on site surface clearance works, including disposal costs for solid and liquid hazardous waste. Further costs of approximately €1.1m will arise in 2008 in respect of ongoing management of the site, including in regard to site staff, security, utilities and small trade and service contracts. It is not possible to quantify the further amounts that may be required in respect of future works pending decision-making on the preferred future use of the site, as this will determine the level and extent of any further necessary works.

Offshore Exploration.

John O'Mahony

Question:

156 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of exploration wells drilled off the Irish coast to date in 2008; the locations of the drilling operations; the names of the exploration companies in question; if there has been any indication given to his Department of the results arising from same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42002/08]

The Department is provided with well results data on a daily real time basis as each well is being drilled and also receives a comprehensive report on the outcome of each drilling operation after drilling has been completed. This information, however, remains confidential for a period of up to five years after drilling has been completed in the case of exploration wells drilled under an exploration licence granted before 1 January 2007 and for 4 years in the case of licences granted after that date.

Details of the exploration wells drilled during 2008 are as follows:

Area

Operator

Authorisation

Rig Release Date

Rockall Basin

Shell E&P Ireland Ltd

EL2/94

28 July 2008

Erris Basin

Statoil Exploration Ireland Ltd

EL5/94

08 July 2008

North Celtic Sea Basin

Providence Resources Plc

EL2/07

01 September 2008

North Celtic Sea Basin

Providence Resources Plc

EL2/07

28 September 2008

Grant Payments.

Tom Hayes

Question:

157 Deputy Tom Hayes asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a decision will be made on a 2008 single payment scheme application on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary. [41963/08]

An application under the 2008 Single Payment Scheme was received from the person named on 29 April 2008. Initial processing of the application revealed an issue concerning forestry planting. This has now been satisfactorily resolved, allowing processing of the application to be finalised. Payment will shortly issue to the person named.

Dan Neville

Question:

158 Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will investigate the case of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41964/08]

The matter in question, the receipt by my Department of an application form under the 2008 Single Payment Scheme, is being investigated and an official of my Department has already been in direct contact with the person named. It should be noted, however, that the letter referred to, dated 28 July, which the person named has indicated was received in an envelope with a postmark of 23 October, was a copy of the initial letter which had issued to the person named on 28 July. Furthermore, this copy letter sent by my Department in October was accompanied by a covering letter, asking that the initial letter be responded to without further delay; the copy letter was included with the reminder letter for the ease of reference of the person named — this is standard procedure.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

Michael Ring

Question:

159 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be awarded the disadvantaged area scheme payment. [41970/08]

An application under the 2008 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 8 May 2008.

One of the primary provisions of the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme is that applicants must maintain a minimum stocking density on their holding of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare for at least three consecutive months. However, where the holding of an applicant is identified as potentially not meeting this minimum stocking density requirement, the applicant is invited to submit evidence of satisfactory stocking i.e. Flock Register, Horse Passports.

Alternatively, the applicant may be considered for derogation from the minimum stocking level of 0.15 livestock units per hectare where the holding in question consists of mountain-type grazings. As this case has been identified as qualifying for derogation, payment will issue shortly to the person named.

Food Labelling.

Rory O'Hanlon

Question:

160 Deputy Rory O’Hanlon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if new labelling arrangements are being introduced here or in the European Union regarding poultry meat imported from Third World countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41983/08]

The Minister for Health & Children has overall responsibility for the general food labelling legislation. Under the general labelling Directive (2000/13/EC), the place of origin of the foodstuff must be given only if its absence might mislead the consumer to a material degree. The European Commission is currently undertaking a major review of all food labelling legislation.

Regarding the labelling of poultry meat, there are EU Regulations which provide for the labelling of unprocessed poultry meat at retail level. The Regulations require such poultry meat to be labelled with the information regarding class, price, condition, registered number of slaughterhouse or cutting plant and, where imported from a Third Country, an indication of country of origin.

My Department, in conjunction with the Department of Health and Children, drafted regulations that would require the country of origin to be indicated on pigmeat, poultry and sheepmeat. This was notified to the EU Commission in December 2007 as required by legislation. The Commission was not prepared to adopt the draft regulations in their present format on the grounds that the proposed legislation is not in compliance with EU food labelling regulations. In March, the EU Commission delivered a negative opinion on the regulations but afforded Ireland an opportunity to provide further information in support of them. In the meantime, the Department provided additional details including the current misleading labelling practices and evidence of consumers' desire for country of origin labelling. The EU Commission has considered this additional information in the context of the EU Labelling Directive but considers that it does not justify the introduction of national legislation. At the relevant standing committee meeting on food law on 13th October, the EU Commission outlined its decision not to agree to Ireland's proposed regulations.

The European Commission is currently carrying out an overall review of food labelling legislation. In this context Ireland has proposed that origin labelling for meat products should be mandatory.

Rural Environment Protection Scheme.

Michael Creed

Question:

161 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of applicants approved for benefit under the REP scheme four; if his Department has a ceiling on the number of applicants that will be approved under this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42003/08]

The number of REPS 4 applications currently recorded on my Department's computer system is approximately 12,700 and my officials are currently carrying out the administrative checks which are required before these can be approved for payment.

There are still over 48,300 farmers in REPS 3, and some 2,000 in the last months of their REPS 2 contracts. I expect that the majority of those now in REPS 2 and REPS 3 will apply for REPS 4 in due course. The Programme for Government envisages a participation level of 70,000 in REPS.

Fish Quotas.

Pádraic McCormack

Question:

162 Deputy Pádraic McCormack asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the proposals he has for the allocation of the 3% increase in the mackerel quota; the way this increase in quota will be distributed; if he will ensure that at least 50% of the initial quota be allocated to a fleet (details supplied) in view of the fact that the fleet is committed to land at least 90% of their allocation here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42022/08]

The overall Total Allowable Catch for mackerel will increase by 33% in 2009. However, Ireland's mackerel quota will not be fully determined until such time as the current EU/Norway Fisheries negotiations are completed over the coming weeks.

My colleague, Minister Tony Killeen has already received a range of diverse views from industry representatives and operators regarding how any additional mackerel quota should be allocated. In that context, he is consulting with the Federation of Irish Fishermen with a view to establishing whether an agreed industry approach to this matter can be found.

Harbours and Piers.

Brian O'Shea

Question:

163 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when decisions will be reached following the cost benefit analysis of the proposed development at Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42027/08]

My Department has this year allocated funding of €470,000 towards works at Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre under the Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme for 2008. These include Repairs to the East Pier (Phase II), Safety & Maintenance, Upgrading of the slipway and access to the West Wharf.

The cost benefit analysis of the proposed development at Dunmore East is as previously advised currently under consideration. My Department is however currently in the initial stages of drafting the 2009 Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme and consideration will be given to the Dunmore East development subject to available exchequer funding and overall national priorities.

Grant Payments.

Michael Ring

Question:

164 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive their REP scheme payment. [42045/08]

Where a valid REPS 4 application has been submitted, advance payments of 75% under the EU regulations governing REPS 4 can issue only when all administrative checks on all 2008 applications for REPS 4 and the Single Payment Scheme are completed. The balancing 25% payment will follow when all 2008 REPS on-farm inspections have taken place.

Work on the administrative checks is at an advanced stage but cannot be completed until industrial action in a number of my Department's local offices is resolved. I am hopeful for an early resolution of the issues affecting the release of REPS 4 payments.

Special Educational Needs.

Brian Hayes

Question:

165 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science if the value for money audit into special needs assistants has been completed; if so, when the review will be made publicly available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41991/08]

Brian Hayes

Question:

166 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Education and Science if a policy decision has been taken on foot of a value for money audit into special needs assistants to reduce the number of special needs assistants in the system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41992/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 165 and 166 together.

The Value for Money and Policy Review of the Special Needs Assistant Scheme is currently underway and it is expected to be completed during 2009. The final report, once approved, is laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas, submitted to the appropriate Oireachtas Select Committee and published on the Department's website.

As the review is not at completion stage, it would be premature of me at this point to anticipate the conclusions that will emerge from the review. Meanwhile, the National Council for Special Education continues to allocate additional teaching and care resources for children with special educational needs in the context of the Department's criteria for allocating such support.

School Staffing.

Finian McGrath

Question:

167 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will support a matter (details supplied). [41997/08]

In line with the requirements of Sustaining Progress, agreement has been reached between the parties to the Teachers' Conciliation Council in relation to the standardisation of the breaks at Christmas, Easter and mid-term in the first and second terms for the school year.

Once schools adhere to the agreed standardisation, they have local flexibility in determining how they make up the required number of teaching days, 183 days in respect of Primary and 167 days in respect of Post Primary Schools. My Department does not centrally determine whether or not a school opts to have a closure for any particular event, once the overall number of teaching days is delivered by the school over the course of the year. This approach aims to strike a balance between allowing schools some local discretion while at the same time ensuring that pupils get their full entitlement to education. It is of course important that there be the greatest possible consultation with parents and that sufficient notice is given in relation to any school closure.

Schools Refurbishment.

Ulick Burke

Question:

168 Deputy Ulick Burke asked the Minister for Education and Science if, in the interest of the safety of students, staff and parents attending a school (details supplied) in County Galway he will provide funding for a school car park in view of the fact that a suitable site has been provided by the local dioceses. [41999/08]

The school referred to by the Deputy applied for works under the 2008 Summer Works Scheme.

Since the Summer Works Scheme was introduced in 2004, over 3,000 projects costing in excess of €300 million have been completed. With so many smaller projects having been completed over the past few years, the particular emphasis in 2008 is on providing sufficient school places in developing areas, while also showing the Government's commitment to delivering improvements in the quality of existing primary and post-primary school accommodation throughout the country. Accordingly my Department has focussed on delivering as many large projects as possible in 2008 and there is no Summer Works Scheme this year.

However, I recognise the benefits of the scheme in addressing the needs of schools and I have previously informed the house of my intention to have a Summer Works Scheme in 2009. The details of the operation of the scheme in 2009 and the level of funding to be made available under the scheme in 2009 are currently being considered.

Higher Education Strategy.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

169 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science the persons who will be members of the steering group tasked with developing a new national strategy for higher education; the reason they were chosen; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42006/08]

I intend to bring proposals to Government shortly in relation to the process to develop a new national strategy for higher education. It is envisaged that the process will be led by a high level steering group, who will be able to provide a business, wider community and international perspective. Membership of the steering group is currently under consideration.

Higher Education Budgets.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

170 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science the cases in which a university’s governing authority has informed the Higher Education Authority of expenditure in excess of their allocated budget, as in line with Section 37 of the Universities Act 1997; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42007/08]

The Higher Education Authority has advised my Department that five of the universities have notified the Authority that their expenditure will be in excess of their 2008 budget. The universities concerned are University College Dublin, University College Cork, NUI Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin and University of Limerick.

The HEA is in continuing correspondence with all the universities in relation to recurrent funding levels and is satisfied that the universities are taking action to address their budgetary deficits. The HEA will continue to monitor the levels of deficits to ensure these are addressed.

Higher Education Strategy.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

171 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science the way the doubling of the output of PhD students from the higher level sector by 2013 is, in and of itself, a quantifiable step towards the development of a knowledge economy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42008/08]

The OECD 2004 Review of Higher Education in Ireland stated that the lack of a sufficient supply of doctoral students could seriously hinder Ireland's aim to create a research intensive higher education system and to stimulate much higher levels of industrial research and development. One of its recommendations in this area was that steps should be taken to double the numbers of postgraduate students.

The Government's Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation (SSTI) is committing €8 billion to research and development and strives towards ensuring that Ireland will be internationally renowned for the excellence of its research and at the forefront in generating and using new knowledge for economic and social progress, within an innovation driven culture.

The two overarching goals of the SSTI are to build a sustainable system of world class research teams in terms of people and supporting infrastructures and to double our output of PhDs. These goals are interlinked as the quality of both research and postgraduate formation is dependent on access to world class principal investigators to lead teams of post doctoral and postgraduate researchers.

The transfer of people and knowledge from higher education institutions into the market place has been identified as a key objective in the SSTI. The outputs of the investment in research will increase the availability of highly qualified and talented people working in industry and other areas of the economy, increasing the level of innovation and productivity, and contributing towards the development of a knowledge economy.

School Placement.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

172 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science the primary schools and the number of places available in each school in the Dublin 2, Dublin 4 and Dublin 6 areas. [42009/08]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

174 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science the secondary schools and the number of places available in each school in the Dublin 2, Dublin 4 and Dublin 6 areas. [42011/08]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

175 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science the secondary schools and the number of teachers in each school in the Dublin 2, Dublin 4 and Dublin 6 areas. [42012/08]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

178 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of pupils who attend private, fee-paying primary and secondary schools and if he will provide these figures in a table which lists each school individually; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42015/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 172, 174, 175 and 178 together.

The information available to my Department in relation to the matters raised by the Deputy relates only to post primary schools. My Department publishes this information annually in ‘List of Post Primary Schools'. I have requested my officials to forward the most recent copy of this publication, relating to the school year 2007/2008, to the Deputy for his information.

Private fee paying primary schools do not hold recognition by my Department. In relation to the number of teachers in each school, my Department will be advising individual schools in the normal way in relation to their staffing allocations. The preparatory work for this has commenced with the processing of enrolment data that has been received from schools. The staffing allocation processes including notification to schools will commence early in the New Year. The allocation process includes appellate mechanisms under which schools can appeal against the allocation due to them under the staffing schedules. In addition to the mainstream classroom teachers my Department also allocates teaching resources to schools for special needs and language support.

At this time the priority for my Department within the resources available to it is to carry out those processes in a timely manner. Diverting resources in order to compile either historic information or to create staffing profiles for the individual schools requested by the Deputy could not be justified and would in fact impede the process.

School Staffing.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

173 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science the primary schools and the number of teachers in each school in the Dublin 2, Dublin 4 and Dublin 6 areas. [42010/08]

Statistics on primary schools are published annually by my Department on a county by county basis. The information is currently being collected from schools for the 2008/09 school year and this will be published when completed.

My Department interacts with over 3,200 primary schools on many day to day issues including their staffing allocation and grant payments and it is not possible to compile the information requested by the Deputy at individual school level given the inordinate amount of time it would take and balanced against the many other competing demands on my Department's resources.

Questions Nos. 174 and 175 answered with Question No. 172.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

176 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will provide a breakdown of the amount spent on paying the salaries of teachers in each individual private, fee-paying secondary and primary school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42013/08]

I am checking what information can be provided in my Department without creating an undue administrative burden and will be forward such information directly to the Deputy.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

177 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of teachers employed in each individual, private fee-paying primary and secondary school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42014/08]

My Department will be advising individual schools in the normal way in relation to their staffing allocations. The preparatory work for this has commenced with the processing of enrolment data that has been received from schools. The staffing allocation processes including notification to schools will commence early in the New Year. The allocation process includes appellate mechanisms under which schools can appeal against the allocation due to them under the staffing schedules. In addition to the mainstream classroom teachers my Department also allocates teaching resources to schools for special needs and language support.

At this time the priority for my Department within the resources available to it is to carry out those processes in a timely manner. Diverting resources in order to compile either historic information or to create staffing profiles for the individual schools requested by the Deputy could not be justified and would in fact impede the process.

Question No. 178 answered with Question No. 172.

Residential Institutions Redress Scheme.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

179 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science if the Residential Institutions Redress Board will extend its remit to those who were abused in institutions up to 21 years of age in view of the recent High Court ruling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42016/08]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

180 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will allocate additional funds to the Residential Institutions Redress Board in view of the expected increased numbers of claims, due to the recent High Court ruling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42017/08]

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

181 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science if he has plans to renegotiate the deal whereby the State would pay the costs of the claims incurred by the Residential Institutions Redress Board in return for a once-off €128 million payment by the Church in view of the recent High Court ruling and the possibility of new claims; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42018/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 179 to 181, inclusive, together.

I refer to the recent High Court judgment given in the case of JD -v- The Residential Institutions Redress Review Committee, Ireland and the Attorney General. I wish to advise the Deputy that the content of the judgment, together with its implications, is currently being considered by my Department in conjunction with its legal advisors. Consequently, it would not be appropriate for me to comment any further at this time.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

182 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science if the transfer of 64 church properties to the State, as agreed in the 2001 deal signed by the Government in return for meeting the costs of the Residential Institutions Redress Board, has been completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42019/08]

Under the terms of the Indemnity Agreement reached with the Religious Congregations on 5th June 2002, the Congregations agreed to make a contribution of €128 million towards the cost of the Redress Scheme. This sum was broken down as follows:

Property Transfers €76.86m;

Cash Contribution €41.14m;

Provision of Counselling Services €10m.

In actual terms, whilst the overall figure of €128 million has not altered, the form in which it has or is to be transferred to the State has altered somewhat in terms of the property and cash contributions. This is because the Indemnity Agreement allows for cash to be substituted for property. The composition of the €128 million has changed to the following:

Property Transfers €66m;

Cash Contribution €52m;

Provision of Counselling Services €10m.

I can confirm that the full cash contribution of €52m has been received, including that which was accepted in lieu of properties. My Department has also received confirmation that the contributing congregations have provided counselling services to the value of €10m.

As a result of the Indemnity Agreement, my Department agreed in principle with CORI that a total of 64 properties would be accepted, subject to good and marketable title and agreed valuations. Valuations of the individual properties were fully agreed and fixed at 2002 values.

Given the complex and time consuming nature of property transfers, it is difficult to state with any degree of certainly when the entire portfolio of property will be fully and finally transferred to the State. However, I am anxious to point out that whilst the legalities have not been finalised in all cases, with the exception of two, the properties are currently in use or are available for use by the transferee. Currently, properties to the value of €26.79m have been fully transferred and a further €7.475m worth of properties have been handed over where legal arrangements are almost finalised. This leaves a balance of properties valued at €31.735 where the legal transfer remains to be completed. However, in the vast majority of the properties, good and marketable title has been fully established or the properties have been physically transferred to and are in possession of the State or 3rd Parties but there are some legal formalities to be finalised. In a small number of cases, consideration may have to be given to accepting an alternative property or cash where good and marketable title cannot be established.

Every effort will continue to be made by officials of my Department, through the State's legal representatives, together with the representatives of the congregations and recipient bodies, to ensure that all outstanding matters are finalised.

School Transport.

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

183 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science if it costs more for a child to use the LUAS to travel to school than using the DART because the school transport scheme does not apply to the LUAS; if this practice is unfair at best and discriminatory at worst; when his Department will rectify this issue; if all public transport, be it LUAS, DART or bus should be available to all school-children at a subsidised rate as a matter of principle; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42020/08]

I indicated in replies to recent Parliamentary Questions from the Deputy that my Department has requested Bus Éireann, which operates the school transport scheme, to review the issues in question. My Department has no plans, however, to extend school transport services to children who are not eligible for transport and who use public scheduled bus and train services.

If the Deputy has any particular case in mind or has information regarding the extent of the demand from eligible children to use the LUAS, my Department will be glad to have their transport arrangements investigated.

DEIS Programme.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

184 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Education and Science the schools (details supplied) which are included in the DEIS programme; the benefits of participation in this programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42047/08]

Details of all schools included in the DEIS programme are below for the Deputy's information.

DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools), the action plan for educational inclusion, is being rolled out on a phased basis over the period 2005-10, and focuses on addressing the educational needs of children and young people from disadvantaged communities, from pre-school through second-level education (3 to 18 years).

The action plan provides for a standardised system for identifying levels of disadvantage and a new integrated School Support Programme (SSP). It brings together, and builds upon, a number of existing interventions in schools with a concentrated level of disadvantage. There are 876 schools in DEIS. These comprise 673 primary schools and 203 second-level schools.

DEIS provides various supports for both primary and post primary schools. In urban areas with the highest concentrations of disadvantage, know as Urban Band 1, primary schools benefit from a reduced pupil teacher ratio. Urban schools in DEIS also receive the following supports:

additional non-pay/capitation allocation based on level of disadvantage;

financial allocation under schools books grant scheme;

access to numeracy/literacy supports and programmes at primary level;

access to Home School Community Liaison services;

access to School Completion Programme;

enhanced guidance counselling provision at post-primary level;

access to the Junior Certificate Schools Programme and the Leaving Cert Applied;

provision for school library and librarian support for the post primary schools with highest concentrations of disadvantage.

Post-Primary

Roll No.

Name

Address

County

70420R

Carlow Vocational School

Kilkenny Road, Carlow

Carlow

70430U

Vocational School Muine Beag

Muine Bheag, Carlow

Carlow

70360C

St. Mogue’s College

Bawnboy, Co Cavan

Cavan

70380I

Cavan Vocational School

Cootehill Rd, Cavan

Cavan

70830N

Ennis Community College

Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

91448K

Kilrush Community School

Kilrush, Co Clare

Clare

62530F

North Monastery Secondary School

Our Lady’s Mount, North Monastery Road, Cork

Cork

62540I

Deerpark C.B.S.

St Patrick’s Road, Cork

Cork

70910L

St. Brogan’s College

Kilbrogan, Bandon, Co Cork

Cork

70970G

Cobh Community College

Carrignafoy, Cobh, Co Cork

Cork

70990M

Coláiste an Chraoibhin

Duntaheen Road, Fermoy, Co Cork

Cork

71020G

Davis College

Annabella, Mallow, Co Cork

Cork

71030J

McEgan College

Macroom, Co Cork

Cork

71040M

St Fanahan’s College

Mitchelstown, Co Cork

Cork

71050P

St Colman’s Community College

Youghal Road, Midleton, Co Cork

Cork

71080B

Mannix College

Charleville, Co Cork

Cork

71090E

Rossa College

Skibbereen, Co Cork

Cork

71123Q

Terence Mac Swiney Community College

Hollyhill, Knocknaheeny, Cork

Cork

76067L

Colaiste Pobail Naomh Mhuire

Cill na Mullach, Co Cork

Cork

91397T

Bishopstown Community School

Bishopstown, Co Cork

Cork

91400F

Mayfield Community School

Old Youghal Road, Cork

Cork

62621I

North Presentation

Farranree, Cork City

Cork City

62650P

Ursuline Secondary School

Blackrock, Cork City

Cork City

62730N

St Patricks College

Gardiner’s Hill, Cork City

Cork City

71110H

Nagle Community College

Mahon, Cork City

Cork City

62770C

Scoil Mhuire

St. Oran’s Road, Buncrana, Co Donegal

Donegal

71140Q

Crana College

Crana Road, Buncrana, Co Donegal

Donegal

71200I

Letterkenny Vocational School

Windyhall, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

71220O

Mulroy College

Milford, Co Donegal

Donegal

71230R

Deele College

Raphoe, Co Donegal

Donegal

71240U

Vocational School

Main Street, Stranorlar, Co Donegal

Donegal

71242B

Gairm Scoil Chú Uladh

Béal an Átha Móir, Co Dhun na nGall

Donegal

71244F

Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada

An Leadhbgarbh, Co Dhun na nGall

Donegal

76084L

Moville Community College

Carrownaff, Moville, Co Donegal

Donegal

81011L

The Royal and Prior School

Raphoe, Co Donegal

Donegal

91406R

Carndonagh Community School

Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Donegal

91407T

Rosses Community School

Dungloe, Co Donegal

Donegal

60440R

O’Connell School

North Richmond Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

60853T

Mount Carmel Secondary School

Kings Inn Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

76077O

Larkin Community College

1 Champions Avenue, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

60490J

C.B.S. Westland Row

Westland Row, Dublin 2

Dublin 02

60390F

St Josephs C.B.S.

Merville Ave, Fairview, Dublin 3

Dublin 03

70250S

Marino College

14-20 Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3

Dublin 03

60500J

Marian College

Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

70200D

Technical Institute

Cambridge Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

60471F

St. David’s C.B.S.

Malahide Road, Artane, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

60550B

Chanel College

Coolock, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

60871V

Mercy College Coolock

St Brendans Drive, Coolock, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

60430O

St Pauls C.B.S.

Christian Brothers, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

60843Q

St Josephs Secondary School

Stanhope St., Dublin 7

Dublin 07

70150O

Coláiste Éanna

Kilkieran Road, Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

60410I

C.B.S. James Street

James’s Street, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

60470D

Christian Brothers

Synge St, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

60792C

Presentation College

Warrenmount, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

60872A

Mercy Secondary School

Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

60400F

St Vincents C.B.S.

Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

70310K

Plunkett College

Swords Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

70321P

Margaret Aylward Community College

The Thatch Road, Whitehall, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

81017A

Trinity Comprehensive School

Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

91344V

Rosmini Community School

Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

60510M

St Johns College De La Salle

Le Fanu Rd, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

60720A

Saint Dominic’s Secondary School

Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

60732H

Caritas College

Drumfinn Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

70240P

Kylemore College

Kylemore Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

60511O

Beneavin De La Salle College

Beneavin Road, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

60571J

Patrician College

Deanstown Ave, Finglas West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

60581M

St Kevins CBS

Ballygall Road East, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

60741I

St Michaels Secondary School

Wellmount Road, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

60852R

Mater Christi

Cappagh, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

70180A

Coláiste Eoin

Cappagh Road, Fingals, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

60800V

Loreto College

Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

60841M

Rosary College

Armagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

60990G

Meanscoil Chroimghlinne

314/318 Crumlin Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

60991I

Our Lady Of Mercy Secondary School

Mourne Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

70130I

Greenhills College

Limekiln Avenue, Greenhills, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

70160R

St. Kevins College

Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

70020B

Grange Community College

Grange Road, Donaghmede, Dublin 13

Dublin 13

91318U

The Donahies Community School

Streamville Road, Dublin 13

Dublin 13

70081V

Riversdale Community College

Blanchardstown Rd North, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

91316Q

Blakestown Community School

Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

91305L

Ballinteer Community School

Ballinteer, Dublin 16

Dublin 16

91343T

St. Tiernan’s Community School

Parkvale, Balally, Dublin 16

Dublin 16

70330Q

Coláiste Dhúlaigh

Barryscourt Road, Coolock, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

60262T

St Laurence College

Loughlinstown, Dublin 18

Dublin 18

91302F

Phobailscoil Iosolde

Palmerstown, Dublin 20

Dublin 20

70040H

Deansrath Community College

New Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

70041J

Collinstown Park Community College

Neilstown Rd., Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

70042L

St. Kevin’s Community College

Fonthill Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

70141N

Jobstown Community College

Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

91335U

Tallaght Community School

Balrothery, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

91337B

Killinarden Community School

Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

91338D

St Aidan’s Community School

Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

60343T

St Joseph’s Secondary School

Convent Lane, Rush, Co Dublin

Dublin County

70010V

Balbriggan Community College

Pine Ridge, Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Dublin County

70120F

St Finians Community College

Swords, Co Dublin

Dublin County

91310E

Cabinteely Community School

Cabinteely, Co Dublin

Dublin County

91330K

Holy Child Community School

Pearse St, Sallynoggin, Co Dublin

Dublin County

62981P

Colaiste Einde

Threadneedle Rd, Galway

Galway

63000E

Presentation Secondary School

Presentation Rd, Galway

Galway

63060W

Scoil Áine

Mainistir Na Coille Moire, Kylemore, Co Galway

Galway

63140U

St Patrick’s College

Dublin Road, Tuam, Co Galway

Galway

71250A

Colaiste Cholmcille

Indreabhán, Co na Gaillimhe

Galway

71380N

Gairmscoil na bPiarsach

Ros Muc, Co na Gaillimhe

Galway

71390Q

Tuam Vocational School

Tuam, Co Galway

Galway

71400Q

Galway Community College

Wellpark, Galway

Galway

81012N

Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin

An Cheathrú Rua, Co na Gaillimhe

Galway

91411K

Scoil Phobail Mhic Dara

Carna, Co na Gaillimhe

Galway

91412M

Scoil Phobail

Clifden, Co Galway

Galway

70450D

Killarney Community College

New Road, Killarney, Co Kerry

Kerry

70460G

Community College

Killorglin, Co Kerry

Kerry

70500P

Listowel Community College

Listowel, Co Kerry

Kerry

70540E

Causeway Comprehensive School

Causeway, Co Kerry

Kerry

70550H

Tralee Community College

Clash, Tralee, Co Kerry

Kerry

61700W

St Joseph’s Acadamy

Kildare Town, Co Kildare

Kildare

61702D

St Pauls Secondary School

Monasterevin, Co Kildare

Kildare

70650L

Athy Community College

Athy, Co Kildare

Kildare

70660O

Curragh Post-Primary School

McSwiney Road, Curragh, Co Kildare

Kildare

70680U

St Conleth’s Vocational School

Station Road, Newbridge, Co Kildare

Kildare

70690A

Vocational School /

Kildare College of Further Studies, Kildare Town

Kildare

70710D

St Patrick’s Community College

Limerick Road, Naas, Co Kildare

Kildare

70720G

St Farnan’s Post Primary School

Prosperous, Naas, Co Kildare

Kildare

70730J

Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin

Rathangan, Co Kildare

Kildare

70590T

Duiske College

Graignamanagh, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

70600T

Coláiste Mhuire

Johnstown, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

70610W

City Vocational School

New Street, Kilkenny

Kilkenny

70620C

Coláiste Cois Siúire

Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

70640I

Grennan College

Ladywell St, Thomastown, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

71490U

St. Aengus Post-Primary

Limerick Road, Mountrath, Co Laois

Laois

71510A

Portlaoise Vocational School

Railway Street, Portlaoise, Co Laois

Laois

64200R

Colaiste Mhichil

Sexton Street, Limerick

Limerick

64250J

Presentation Secondary School

Sexton Street, Limerick

Limerick

64280S

Salesian Secondary School

Fernbank, Limerick

Limerick

64290V

Ardscoil Mhuire

Corbally, Limerick

Limerick

71790J

Desmond College

Gortboy, Newcastle West, Co Limerick

Limerick

71810M

Coláiste Pobail Mhichíl

Cappamore, Limerick

Limerick

71840V

Colaiste Chiarain

Croom, Co Limerick

Limerick

71870H

Abbeyfeale Vocational School

Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick

Limerick

71920T

St Nessan’s Community College

Moylish Park, Limerick

Limerick

76070A

Coláiste Ióasef

Kilmallock, Co Limerick

Limerick

91446G

St Endas Community School

Kilmallock Rd, Limerick

Limerick

71690F

Ballymahon Vocational School

Ballymahon, Co Longford

Longford

71710I

Ardscoil Phadraig

Granard, Co Longford

Longford

71720L

Lanesboro Community College

Lanesboro, Co Longford

Longford

71730O

Templemichael College

Templemichael, Longford

Longford

71750U

Bush Post Primary School

Riverstown, Co Louth

Louth

71761C

St Oliver’s Community College

Rathmullen, Co Louth

Louth

71770D

Ó Fiaich College

Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

71780G

Scoil Ui Mhuiri

Barn Road, Dunleer, Co Louth

Louth

91441T

Ardee Community School

Ardee, Co Louth

Louth

64690O

Scoil Muire Agus Padraig

Swinford, Co Mayo

Mayo

72020L

Moyne College

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

72050U

St. Brendan’s College

Belmullet, Co Mayo

Mayo

72070D

McHale College

Achill, Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

72100J

St. Tiernan’s College

Crossmolina, Co Mayo

Mayo

72140V

Colaiste Chomain

Rossport, Co Mayo

Mayo

72160E

Vocational School

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

76060U

Davitt College

Springfield, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Mayo

71970L

St. Fintinas Post Primary School

Longwood, Enfield, Co Meath

Meath

71980O

O’Carolan College

Nobber, Co Meath

Meath

72010I

Beaufort College

Trim Rd, Navan, Co Meath

Meath

91508C

Boyne Community College

Trim, Co Meath

Meath

72171J

Largy College

Clones, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

72180K

Inver College

Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

72190N

Castleblayney College

Dublin Road, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

72210Q

Beech Hill College

Monaghan, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

72530L

Ard Scoil Chiarain Naofa

Frederick St, Clara, Co Offaly

Offaly

72540O

Oaklands Community College

Sr. Senan Avenue, Edenderry, Co Offaly

Offaly

72560U

Tullamore College

Riverside, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

72290R

Roscommon Vocational School

Lisnamult, Roscommon Town

Roscommon

72300R

Corran College

Ballymote, Co Sligo

Sligo

72320A

Coláiste Iascaigh

Easkey, Co Sligo

Sligo

72340G

Gurteen Vocational School

Gurteen, Co Sligo

Sligo

72360M

Ballinode College

Ballinode, Co Sligo

Sligo

65350S

Patrician Presentation

Rocklow Rd, Fethard, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72400V

Vocational School

Carrick-On-Suir, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72420E

Clonmel Vocational School

Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72430H

Scoil Ruain

Killenaule, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72450N

St Joseph’s College

Newport, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72480W

St. Alibe’s School

Rosanna Road, Tipperary Town, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

72490C

Vocational School

Castlemeadows, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

64930I

C.B.S. Mount Sion

Barrack Street, Waterford

Waterford

64970U

Presentation Secondary School

Waterford

Waterford

72220T

Coláiste Chathail Naofa

Youghal Rd, Dungarvan, Waterford

Waterford

72241E

St Paul’s Community College

Browne’s Road, Waterford

Waterford

76066J

Meánscoil San Nioclás

Rinn O gCuanach, Co Port Lairge

Waterford

63191O

St Aloysius College

The Park, Athlone, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

71420W

Castlepollard Community College

Castlepollard, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

71430C

Columba College

Killucan, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

71450I

Mullingar Community College

Millmount Road, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

71600B

Coláiste Abbain

Adamstown, Co Wexford

Wexford

71610E

Bridgetown Vocational College

Bridgetown, Co Wexford

Wexford

71620H

Vocational College Bunclody

Bunclody, Co Wexford

Wexford

71630K

Vocational School

Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Wexford

71650Q

Kilmuckridge Vocational College

Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford

Wexford

71660T

New Ross Vocational College

New Ross, Co Wexford

Wexford

71680C

Wexford Vocational College

Westgate, Co Wexford

Wexford

91431Q

Ramsgrange Community School

Ramsgrange, Co Wexford

Wexford

70740M

Arklow Community College

Coolgreaney Rd, Arklow, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

70770V

St Thomas’ Community College

Novara Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

70800E

St Kevin’s Community College

Dunlavin, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

70810H

Avondale Community College

Rathdrum, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

70820K

Abbey Community College

Wicklow Town, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

91376L

St. Killian’s Community School

Ballywaltrim, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

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Rural

School Name

Address

County

17096K

Rural

S N Nmh Fhingin

Garryhill, Muinebheag, Co Carlow

Carlow

17127S

Rural

St Josephs NS

Hacketstown, Co Carlow

Carlow

17555Q

Rural

Scoil Naomh Abban

Crettyard, Carlow, Co Carlow

Carlow

18265M

Rural

Bhride N S

Ard Duach, Carlow, Co Carlow

Carlow

01356U

Rural

Kilnaleck Mixed N S

Kilnaleck, Co Cavan

Cavan

06998Q

Rural

S N Tulach A Mhile

Corlough, Belturbet, Co Cavan

Cavan

08143P

Rural

S N Mhuire

Muileann Iarainn, Swanlinbar, Co Cavan

Cavan

14339S

Rural

Achad An Measa

S N Achadh Easa, Achadh Easa, An Chorr Dubh, Co Cabhan

Cavan

17479D

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Lacken, Ballinagh, Co Cavan

Cavan

19363R

Rural

Mullahoran Central N S

Kilcogy, Via Longford, Co Cavan

Cavan

03928D

Rural

Mullach N S

Mullach, Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

08241P

Rural

Scropul N S

Mullagh, Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

10191P

Rural

S N Na Coradh

Mullach, Inis, Co Clare

Clare

12848G

Rural

Doonaha N S, Kilkee, Co Clare

Clare

15221A

Rural

Annagh N S

Miltown Malbay, Co Clare

Clare

15968I

Rural

Baltard N S

Baltard, Doonbeg, Kilrush, Co Clare

Clare

17020A

Rural

Quilty NS

Quilty, Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

20078C

Rural

SN Realt Na Mara

Chapel St, Kilkee, Co Clare

Clare

20245S

Rural

Ennistymon NS

Ennistymon, Co. Clare

Clare

04268P

Rural

Clochar Na Toirbhirte

Doneraile, Co Cork

Cork

07101R

Rural

Inchiclough N S

Bantry, Co Cork

Cork

09815U

Rural

Tullaslease Mixed N S

Rathluirc, Co Cork

Cork

11262R

Rural

Druimne N S

Rathluirc, Co Cork

Cork

13543M

Rural

Derrinacahara N S

Dunmanway, Co Cork

Cork

13976U

Rural

St Matthias N S

Church Road, Ballydehob, Co Cork

Cork

14065H

Rural

Sherkin Island N S

Baltimore, Co Cork

Cork

14227H

Rural

Kilcoe NS

Skibbereen, Co Cork

Cork

14303U

Rural

S N Cleire

Oilean Chleire, An Sciobairin, Co Chorcai

Cork

17011W

Rural

Mocomhog N S

Cappaboy, Kealkil, Bantry, Co Cork

Cork

17112F

Rural

Ballyhea N S

Ballyhea, Rathluirc, Co Cork

Cork

17281F

Rural

Togher N S

Dunmanway, Co Cork

Cork

19501D

Rural

Cahermore New Central S

Cahermore, Co Cork

Cork

19507P

Rural

Scoil Chaitigheirn

Na Haorai, Beanntrai, Co Chorcai

Cork

19525R

Rural

Mhichil Naofa

Ballinakilla, Bere Island, Bantry, Co Cork

Cork

19989N

Rural

Scoil Mhuire Na Trocaire

Cill Na Mullach (Buttavant), Co Chorcai

Cork

20004T

Rural

Scoil An Croi Ro Naofa

Castletownbere, Co. Cork.

Cork

20049S

Rural

Ringaskiddy Lower Harbour N S

Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.

Cork

01733B

Rural

Ardara Mixed N S

Ardara, Co Donegal

Donegal

03294L

Rural

S N Caiseal Na Gcorr

Gort A Choirce, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

04809A

Rural

Scoil An Aingil Choimheadai

An Cheididh, Burtonport, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

05164I

Rural

Scoil Naomh Cholmcille

Oilean Thorai, An Bhun Bhig, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

07143K

Rural

Monreagh N S

Monreagh, Carrigans Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

07626H

Rural

S N An Iorball Riabaigh

Baile Ui Ghormain, Lethbhearr, Tir Chonaill

Donegal

09748I

Rural

Glenmaquin No 2 N S

Knockbrack, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

10062E

Rural

Creeslough N S

Creeslough, Co Donegal

Donegal

13563S

Rural

S N Chill Coinnigh

Cill Choinnigh, Glenties, Co Donegal

Donegal

13755E

Rural

Gartan N S

Gartan, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

14194S

Rural

Scoil Cholmcille

An Tearmann, Co Dun Na Ngall

Donegal

14502D

Rural

Scoil Mhuire B&C

Doire Beaga, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

14631O

Rural

Scoil Cholmchille

Malin, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

14704P

Rural

Murroe National School

Murroe, Dunfanahy, Co Donegal

Donegal

15208I

Rural

S N Na Sraithe Moire

Min A Labain, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

15532R

Rural

Croaghross N S

Portsalon, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

15554E

Rural

Gortnacart N S

Gortnacart, Ardara, Co Donegal

Donegal

15729N

Rural

Rathmullen N S

Rathmullen, Co Donegal

Donegal

15955W

Rural

SN Arainn Mhor I

Arainn Mor, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

16138S

Rural

Raphoe Central N S

Raphoe, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

16142J

Rural

S N Min Na Manrach

An Clochan Liath, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

16279N

Rural

Scoil Choluim

Ballyheerin, Fanad, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

16349I

Rural

S N An Droim Mor

An Droim Mor, Killygordon, Co Donegal

Donegal

16375J

Rural

Frosses N S

Frosses, Inver, Co Donegal

Donegal

16384K

Rural

SN Arainn Mhor II

Arainn Mhor, Co Dhun Na Ngall, Donegal

16471F

Rural

St Davadogs N S

Tamney, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

16603T

Rural

S N An Chillin

An Cillin, Inver, Co Donegal

Donegal

16671N

Rural

S N Cnoc Na Naomh

Gort A Choirce, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

16820E

Rural

SN Baile Nua An Phobail

Newtowncunningham, Co Donegal

Donegal

16823K

Rural

Min A Ghabhann N S

Lettermacaward, Donegal

Donegal

16829W

Rural

S N Loch An Iubhair

Anagaire, Leitir Ceanainn, Tir Chonaill

Donegal

16836T

Rural

Naomh Bridhid

Glenmakee, Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Donegal

16837V

Rural

S N Duchoraidh

Duchoraidh, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

16850N

Rural

St Garvan’S N.S.

Drum Halla, Rathmaolain, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

16880W

Rural

Scoil Naomh Colmchille

Craigtown, Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Donegal

16995Q

Rural

S N Naomh Colmchille

Drumoghill NS, Manorcunningham, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

17018N

Rural

Scoil Phadraig

Dobhar, An Bun Beag, Leitirceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17130H

Rural

Scoil Naomh Dubhthach

Machaire Ui Rabhartaigh, Gort A Choirce, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17328F

Rural

Scoil Roisin

An Clochan Liath, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17447N

Rural

S N Crannaighe Buidhe

Crannog Bui, Ardara, Co Donegal

Donegal

17469A

Rural

Scoil Cuilm Cille

Ballindrait, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

17503U

Rural

S N Adhamhnain

Luinneach, Doiri Beaga, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17549V

Rural

S N Ceathru Caol

Kerrykeel, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

17552K

Rural

Scoil Bhrighde

Porthall, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

17553M

Rural

S N Taodhbhog

An Clochan, Leifearr, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17564R

Rural

S N An Choimin

Clochan, Leithbhearr, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17598L

Rural

SN An Leinbh Iosa

Coxtown, Carrigans, Co Donegal

Donegal

17704H

Rural

S N Fhionnain

Baile Chonaill, An Falcarrach, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17716O

Rural

St Riaghans NS

Drimnacrosh, Kilraine P.O., Co Donegal

Donegal

17721H

Rural

Scoil Treasa Naofa

Malainn, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

17729A

Rural

Scoil Naomh Proinnseas

Magherabeg, Manorcunningham, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Donegal

17822N

Rural

Scoil Bhrighde

Min A Chladhaigh, Gort A Choirce, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17828C

Rural

Scoil Adhamhnain

Rathbhoth, Leithbhearr, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

17837D

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Pettigo, Co Donegal

Donegal

18086M

Rural

Holy Trinity NS

Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal

Donegal

18114O

Rural

S N Naomh Eighneach

Diseart Eighnigh, Buncrannach, Co Dun Na Ngall

Donegal

18131O

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Ard Aratha, Co Dun Na Ngall

Donegal

18151U

Rural

S N Mhuire

Baile An Ngalloglach, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

18219F

Rural

SN Chonaill

Machaire Chlochair, Bun Beag, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

18241V

Rural

Scoil Naomh Cholmcille

Drumman, Ramelton, Co Donegal

Donegal

18250W

Rural

S N Baile Mor

Dunfanaghy PO, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

18286U

Rural

S N Na Hacrai

Ailt An Chorrain, Leitirceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

18295V

Rural

S N Min An Aoire

An Charraig, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

18371L

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

An Craosloch, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Donegal

18421A

Rural

SN Dun Ceannfhaolaidh

Dun Ceannfhaolaidh, Co Donegal

Donegal

18446Q

Rural

Scoil Naomh Mhuire

Ceann Mhalanna, Ballygorman Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

18517N

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Dristearnain, Gleneely Po Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

18611F

Rural

S N Na Carraige

Dun Na Ngall, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

18652T

Rural

S N An Chaiseal

Gleann Cholmcille, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

18710H

Rural

SN Na Croise Naofa

Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal

Donegal

18766L

Rural

Scoil Cholmcille

Dubhlin Riabach, Carraig Airt, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

19009W

Rural

Craanford N S

Craanford, Co Donegal

Donegal

19228L

Rural

S N Naomh Brid

Na Dunaibh, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

19252I

Rural

S N Umlach

Carrigart, Co Donegal

Donegal

19310T

Rural

Scoil Naomh Earnan

Baile An Tsratha, Co Donegal

Donegal

19343L

Rural

S N Dhubhthaigh

Anagaire, Leitir Ceanainn, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

19491D

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Rathmealltain, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

19518U

Rural

S N Naomh Baoithin

Sc Naomh Baoithin, St Johnston, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

19614Q

Rural

Naomh Bodain

Culdaff, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

19685Q

Rural

Scoil Chartha Naofa

Chill Chartha, Co Dhun Na Ngall

Donegal

19756N

Rural

St Conals

Narin, Portnoo, Co Donegal

Donegal

19912B

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Glenties, Co Donegal

Donegal

19693P

Rural

Mary Queen Of Ireland N S

Toberburr, Co Dublin

Dublin

09833W

Rural

S N Leitirgeis

Leitirgeis N S, Rinn An Mhaoil, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

10591I

Rural

S N An Ard Mhoir

Carna, Conamara, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

11261P

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

An Tuairin, Beal An Daingin, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

11290W

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Camas, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

11373D

Rural

S N Mhuire

Turlach Beag, Rosmuc, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

12502Q

Rural

S N Eanna

Roundstone, Co Galway

Galway

13174H

Rural

St Columbas N.S.

Inishturk, Co Galway

Galway

13416F

Rural

S N Leitir Meallain

Leitir Meallain, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

13528Q

Rural

SN Oilean Droim

Leitir Mor, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

13621G

Rural

S N Muire

Letterfrack, Co Galway

Galway

13699U

Rural

S N Colmcille

Lettermore, Co Galway

Galway

13821O

Rural

S N na Naomh Uile

Cleggan, Co Galway

Galway

13927H

Rural

Inishbofin N S

Inishbofin, Co Galway

Galway

13951E

Rural

S N Leitir Mucu

Camas, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

13952G

Rural

S N Bhride

Leitir Caladh, Lettermore, Co Galway

Galway

14420B

Rural

S N Naomh Padraig

Tully, Renvyle, Co Galway

Galway

14421D

Rural

S N Ard

Aird Thiar, Carna, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

14724V

Rural

Scoil Ronain

Oilean Tra Bhan, Leitir Mor, Gaillimh

Galway

16982H

Rural

S N Ath Eascrach Chuain

Beal Atha Na Sluagh, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17095I

Rural

S N Na Cealltraighe

Kinclare, Cealltrach Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Galway

17289V

Rural

S N Caomhain

Inis Oirthir, Arainn, Gaillimh

Galway

17463L

Rural

S N Briocain

An Gort Mor, Rosmuc, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17488E

Rural

SN An Aill Bhreach

Baile Conaola, Connamara, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17574U

Rural

S N Naomh Ciarain

Cill Chiarain, Conamara, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17655U

Rural

S N Caladh Na Muc

Ros Cathail, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17660N

Rural

S N Naomh Treasa

Caiseal, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17689O

Rural

S N Tir An Fhiaidh

Leitir Mor, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

17770U

Rural

S N Naomh Colmain

Carna, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

18121L

Rural

S N Mhuire

Carna, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

18211M

Rural

S N Ciarain Naofa

Cill Liathan Newbridge, Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Galway

18441G

Rural

Scoil Naomh Chuan

Cill Iomair, Beal Atha Na Sluagh, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

18514H

Rural

S N Choilm Chille

Baile Na Habhann, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

18608Q

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Cladach Dubh, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

19290Q

Rural

Ballyconeely N S

Clifden, Co Galway

Galway

19818J

Rural

Creggs Central N S

Creggs, Via Roscommon, Co Galway

Galway

19932H

Rural

SN Mhic Dara

An Ceathru Rua, Co Na Gaillimhe

Galway

19973V

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Clifden, Co Galway

Galway

20211B

Rural

Claregalway Educate Together NS

Cloonbaggen Rd., Claregalway, Co. Galway

Galway

20280U

Rural

Newtown NS

Newtown, Abbeyknockmoy, Tuam, Co. Galway

Galway

05348S

Rural

Scoil Eoin

Tahilla, Sneem, Co. Kerry

Kerry

08251S

Rural

Scoil Naomh Micheal

Sneem, Co Kerry

Kerry

08687J

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Na Corra, Cathair Saibhin, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

11419B

Rural

Scoil Bhreanainn

Portmagee, Co Kerry

Kerry

12820H

Rural

Scoil Realt Na Mara

Killorglin, Co Kerry

Kerry

12875J

Rural

Douglas National School

Killorglin, Co Kerry

Kerry

13233U

Rural

S N Naomh Ioseph

Doon Road, Ballybunion, Co Kerry

Kerry

13542K

Rural

Cahirciveen Convent

Cahirciveen, Co Kerry

Kerry

15978L

Rural

Curraheen Mxd N S

Glenbeigh, Co Kerry

Kerry

16456J

Rural

Scoil Naisiunta Eirc

Baile An Mhoraigh, Baile Na Ngall, Tra Li, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

16702V

Rural

Sc Mhuire Na Mbraithre

Caherciveen, Co Kerry

Kerry

16744O

Rural

Boheshill Mxd

Glencar, Co Kerry

Kerry

16851P

Rural

Ballybunion B N S

Ballybunion, Co Kerry

Kerry

17161S

Rural

Kiltallagh N S

Kiltallagh, Castlemaine, Co Kerry

Kerry

17915U

Rural

Freastogail Mhuire Mxd

Killahan, Abbeydorney, Co Kerry

Kerry

18283O

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Sc Mhuire BroSNach, Tra Li, Co Ciarrai

Kerry

18414D

Rural

S N Gleann Beithe

Glenbeigh, Co Kerry

Kerry

19483E

Rural

S N Dar Earca

Ballyhearney, Valentia, Co Kerry

Kerry

19805A

Rural

Ballyduff Central

Ballyduff, Tralee, Co Kerry

Kerry

13165G

Rural

Kilberry N S

Athy, Co Kildare

Kildare

18449W

Rural

St Conleths N S

Derrinturn, Carbury, Co. Kildare.

Kildare

19425N

Rural

Ballyroe Central N S

Athy, Co Kildare

Kildare

16311G

Rural

Graig Na Manach Buac

Graigenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

17224Q

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Graigenamanagh, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

17692D

Rural

Sraid Bhaile Boys N S

Sraid Bhaile, Co Laois

Laois

14898I

Rural

Drumeela N S

Carrigallen Po, Co Leitrim, Via Cavan

Leitrim

15116D

Rural

Ardvarney Mxd N S

Dromahair, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

16474L

Rural

Carrigallen N S

Carrigallen, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

16951T

Rural

S N Na Craoibheleithe

Drumkeeran, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

17125O

Rural

Differeen N S

Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

18139H

Rural

S N Naomh Padraig

Tearmon Spencer Harbour, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

18741S

Rural

Faitima N S

Cluana, Carrick On Shannon, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

19365V

Rural

Achadh Na Sileann

Achadh Na Sileann, Cora Droma Ruisc, Co Liatroma

Leitrim

20203C

Rural

S N Naomh Sheosamh

Mohill, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

14305B

Rural

Ballylanders N S

Kilmallock, Co Limerick

Limerick

16713D

Rural

Scoil Na Mbraithre

Doon, Co Limerick

Limerick

17293M

Rural

Scoil Ioseph Naofa

Ballyorgan, Kilfinane, Co Luimni

Limerick

17593B

Rural

Scoil Naomh Mhuire

Cnoc Ui Coileain, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick

Limerick

05115S

Rural

S N An Leana Mor

An Leana Mor, Co Longford

Longford

13320P

Rural

Fermoyle Mixed N S

Fermoyle, Lanesboro, Co Longford

Longford

16665S

Rural

St Marys Mixed N S

Drumlish, Longford, Co Longford

Longford

19279F

Rural

S N Naomh Treasa

Clontumpher, Ballinalee, Co Longford

Longford

20124G

Rural

St Marys N.S

Edgeworthstown, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford

Longford

20128O

Rural

St Matthews Mixed N.S

Ballymahon, Co Longford

Longford

18001B

Rural

S N Naomh Lorcan

Omeath, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

04796R

Rural

Brackloon N S

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

05120L

Rural

Lehinch N S

Hollymount, Co Mayo

Mayo

06852L

Rural

Garracloon N S

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

11582M

Rural

S N Deirble

Beal Dearg, Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

11725I

Rural

Beheymore N S

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

12373I

Rural

S N Eachleime

Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

12569C

Rural

S N Ros Dumhach

Beal Atha An Fheadha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

13222P

Rural

SN Gleann A Chaisil

Bun Na Habhna, Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

13225V

Rural

Cormaic Nfa

Garranard PO, Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

13383Q

Rural

S N An Tsraith

Bun Na Habhann, Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

13555T

Rural

S N Faitche

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

13667H

Rural

SN Muine Chonallain

Beal An Atha, Co Mayo

Mayo

13684H

Rural

Beannchor N S

Bangor, Erris, Co Mayo

Mayo

13758K

Rural

Templemary N S

Templemary NS, Killala, Co Mayo

Mayo

13781F

Rural

Breaffy N S

Castlebar, Co Mayo

Mayo

13882L

Rural

S N Gleann Na Muaidhe

Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

14064F

Rural

S N Coill An Bhaile

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

14188A

Rural

Barnatra N S

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

14193Q

Rural

S N Dubh Thuama

Gaoth Saile, Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

14258S

Rural

Cill Mhor Iorrais, Beal An Mhuirthead, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

14290O

Rural

Scoil Naomh Brid

Ballycastle, Co Mayo

Mayo

14418O

Rural

Bofield Mixed N S

Attymass, Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

14671D

Rural

S N Na Craobhaighe

Carrowmore-Lacken, Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

14863M

Rural

Achill Sound Convent NS

Achill Sound, Co Mayo

Mayo

14866S

Rural

SN Beal A Bhulain

Bun An Chorraigh, Cathair Na Mart, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

14873P

Rural

Dookinella N.S.

Keel, Achill, Co Mayo

Mayo

15014S

Rural

Corclough NS

Corchloch, Beal An Mhuirthid, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

15030Q

Rural

St Marys N S

Aghamore, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo

Mayo

15032U

Rural

S N Muire Gan Smal

Ceathru Thaidgh, Beal Atha An Fheadha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

15113U

Rural

S N Sheamais

Barnacogue, Swinford, Co Mayo

Mayo

15539I

Rural

St JohNS NS

Lugboy, Claremorris, Co Mayo

Mayo

15866A

Rural

Carrakennedy N S

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

16052I

Rural

S N Naomh Padraig Saile

Gob A Choire, Acaill, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

16113C

Rural

SN Toin Na Gaoithe

Toin Na Gaoithe, Cathair Na Mart, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

16122D

Rural

Knock N S

Claremorris, Co Mayo

Mayo

16173U

Rural

Kinaffe N S

Swinford, Co Mayo

Mayo

16283E

Rural

S N Pol A Tsomais

Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

16289Q

Rural

St Johns N S

Carrowmore, Swinford, Co Mayo

Mayo

16295L

Rural

SN An Chorrain, Gob A Choire, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

16379R

Rural

Valley N S

Dugort, Achill, Co Mayo

Mayo

16618J

Rural

Myna N S

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

16811D

Rural

Killala N S

Killala, Co Mayo

Mayo

16904K

Rural

S N Lainn Cille

Cathair Na Mart, Co Mayo

Mayo

17129W

Rural

S N Naomh Padraig

Rath Na Mbeach, Crossmolina, Co Mayo

Mayo

17176I

Rural

S N Realt Na Mara

Mulranny, Co Mayo

Mayo

17321O

Rural

S N An Coill Mhor

Newport, Co Mayo

Mayo

17483R

Rural

Carraholly N S

Cathair Na Mart, Co Mayo

Mayo

17532E

Rural

S N Druim Slaod

Baile Cruaich, Cathair Na Mart, Co Mayo

Mayo

17562N

Rural

SN Oilean Eadaigh

Caislean A Bharraigh, Co Mayo

Mayo

17727T

Rural

SN Croi Muire

Beal An Mhuirthid, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

17923T

Rural

S N Beal An Mhuirthead

Beal An Mhuirthead, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

18002D

Rural

Drumgallagh N S

Ballycroy, Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

18082E

Rural

S N Dumhach

Cathair Na Mart, Co Mayo

Mayo

18175L

Rural

S N Beannchair

Carrowmore, Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

18594I

Rural

S N Achaidh An Ghlaisin

Beal An Mhuirthead, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

18712L

Rural

S N Cnoc Ruscaighe

Westport, Co Mayo

Mayo

18754E

Rural

SN Naomh Seosamh

Bun An Chorraigh, Cathair Na Mart, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

18848N

Rural

S N Peadair Agus Pol

Straide, Foxford, Co Mayo

Mayo

19324H

Rural

S N Teaghlaigh Naofa

SN Teaghlaigh Naofa, Killeen, Louisburgh, Co Mayo

Mayo

19451O

Rural

Newport Central

Baile Ui Bhfiachain, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

19488O

Rural

Scoil Naomh Feichin

SN Ath Ti Mheasaigh, Beal Atha An Fheadha, Co Mhaigheo

Mayo

19776T

Rural

Geesala Central School

Beal An Atha, Co Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

20037L

Rural

S N Padraig Naofa

Louisburgh, Co Mayo

Mayo

20217N

Rural

Mount Palmer NS

Kincon, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Mayo

18429Q

Rural

S N Mhuire

Cul Ronain, Baile Iomhair, Co Meath

Meath

00373P

Rural

Deravoy National School

Deravoy, Emyvale, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

10429W

Rural

Scoil Mhuire

Rockcorry, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

18234B

Rural

Scoil Naomh Padraig

Eo-Dhruim, Castleblaney, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

18482U

Rural

Mhuire Gransla

Leachtgallon, Cluain Eois, Co Muineachain

Monaghan

19362P

Rural

St Patricks N S

Clara, Killybrone, Emyvale, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

20055N

Rural

Gaelscoil Eois

Eanach Cille, An Chuil Darach, Co Mhuineachain

Monaghan

05913A

Rural

Kilcormac Convent N S

Kilcormac, Co Offaly

Offaly

12343W

Rural

Shinrone Mixed N S

Shinrone, Co Offaly

Offaly

17069H

Rural

S N Muire Naofa

Pollach, Rahan, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

17359Q

Rural

St Cormacs N S

Kilcormac, Co Offaly

Offaly

20068W

Rural

St Marys National School

Cloghan, Birr, Co Offaly

Offaly

01866U

Rural

Ballyforan Mixed N S

Ballinasloe, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

02327S

Rural

Mantua N S

Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

07455G

Rural

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal

Ballygar, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

12767G

Rural

S N Ronain Naofa

Cloonloo, Boyle, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

13047A

Rural

S N Lios A Cuill M

Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

15255R

Rural

Don N S

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, Roscommon

15425Q

Rural

Fairymount N S

Fairymount NS, Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

15543W

Rural

Tibohine N S

Castlerea, Roscommon

Roscommon

15664L

Rural

Granlahan G N S

Ballinlough, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

17266J

Rural

Ballanagare N S

Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

17748E

Rural

S N Padraig Naofa

Dungar, Caisleain Riabhach, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

18165I

Rural

Tisrara National School

Tigh Srathra, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

18536R

Rural

S N Mhuire Lourdes

Loch Glinne, Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

18543O

Rural

S N Clochog

Castlebaldwin, Boyle, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

19651W

Rural

Carracastle Central NS

Carracastle, Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

19809I

Rural

Abbeycarton NS

Elphin, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

03924S

Rural

Owenbeg N S

Owenbeg P O, Ballina, Co Sligo

Sligo

12140I

Rural

Culleens N S

Culleens, Co Sligo

Sligo

13242V

Rural

Castlerock N S

Aclare, Co Sligo

Sligo

13944H

Rural

S N Naomh Atrachta

Kilmactigue, Aclare, Co Sligo

Sligo

16793E

Rural

Mary Immaculate NS

Collooney, Co Sligo

Sligo

17718S

Rural

S N Seosamh Naofa

Cul Mhaoile, Sligo

Sligo

18298E

Rural

S N Cul Fada

Cul Fada, Ballymote, Co Sligo

Sligo

19392B

Rural

Scoil Naomh Aodain

Scoil Aodain, Mainistir Readhain, Co Shligigh

Sligo

19688W

Rural

Dromore West Central

Dromore West, Sligo

Sligo

20113B

Rural

Scoil Croi Naofa

Bunninadden, Ballymote, Co. Sligo

Sligo

13210I

Rural

St Josephs National School

Ballingarry, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

14791N

Rural

Cappawhite N S

Cappawhite, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

15299O

Rural

Gaile N S

Holycross, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

15362S

Rural

S N Michil Naofa

Mullinahone, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

17498H

Rural

S N Naomh Sheosamh

Toomevara, Nenagh, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

17665A

Rural

S N Gleann Guail, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

18343G

Rural

S N Chaoimhghin

Baile Dhaith (Littleton), Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

19356U

Rural

Killenaule N S

Killenaule, Thurles, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

18077L

Rural

S N Cnoc Machan

Bun Machan, Co Waterford

Waterford

01731U

Rural

Ballynacargy Mixed N S

Ballynacargy, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

17991N

Rural

Eoin Naofa N S

Ballymore, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

18591C

Rural

Naomh Tomas N S

Rathowen, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

06959G

Rural

Clonroche N S

Clonroche, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Wexford

14668O

Rural

Ballaghkeene N S

Ballaghkeene, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Wexford

17117P

Rural

S N Cul Greine

Coolgreany, Gorey, Co Wexford

Wexford

17194K

Rural

S N Baile Ui Coileain

Ballycullane, New Ross, Co Wexford

Wexford

17443F

Rural

S N Fionntain

Taghmon, Co Wexford

Wexford

17638U

Rural

S N Nmh Seosaimh

Dunard, Poll Na Peiste, Cluain Na Roistigh, Co Loch Gorman

Wexford

17707N

Rural

S N Rath An Iubhair

Rath An Iubhair, Iniscortaigh, Co Loch Gorman

Wexford

17734Q

Rural

S N Gallbhaile

Ballyhogue, Gallbhaile, Inis Corthaidh, Co Loch Garman

Wexford

17769M

Rural

S N Mhuire

Tagoat, Co Wexford

Wexford

17841R

Rural

SN Mhuire

Ballyhogue, Bree, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Wexford

19352M

Rural

Sc Nais Realta Na Mara

An Chill Mhor, Co Loch Garman

Wexford

00984V

Rural

Glenealy 1 N S

Glenealy, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

16874E

Rural

S N Naomh Iosef G

Rathnew, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

17669I

Rural

S N Treasa Naomha

Cill Teagain, Co Cille Manntain

Wicklow

18962L

Rural

St Ernans B N S

Rathnew, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

Website Band 1 — 24 October 2008

Roll No

Urban

School Name

Address

County

08490N

Urban

St Clares Primary School

Cavan Co Cavan

Cavan

17326B

Urban

S N Naomh Feidhlim

Cavan, Co Cavan

Cavan

20277I

Urban

St. Michaels NS

Cootehill, Co. Cavan

Cavan

19559L

Urban

Chriost Ri

Cloughleigh, Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

05940D

Urban

Scoil Ursula

Blackrock, Co Cork

Cork

14198D

Urban

Naomh Eoin Easpal

Mayfield, Co Cork

Cork

16680O

Urban

Scoil Colmcille

Blarney St, Cork

Cork

17024I

Urban

Scoil Na Croise Naofa

Mahon, Cork

Cork

17045Q

Urban

St Patricks B N S

Ballyhooley Road, Cork

Cork

18153B

Urban

S N Padraig Naofa C

Dillons Cross, Cork

Cork

18154D

Urban

S N Padraig Naofa

Dillons Cross, Cork

Cork

18217B

Urban

Scoil Padre Pio N S

Churchfield, Cork City

Cork

18587L

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Banrion

Mayfield, Cork

Cork

18786R

Urban

Scoil Iosagain

Farranree, Cork

Cork

19426P

Urban

S N Mharcuis B

An Gleann, Corcaigh

Cork

19427R

Urban

S N Bhreanndain C

An Ghleann, Corcaigh

Cork

19714U

Urban

Mhuire Ar Chnoc Haoine

Knocknaheeny, Cork

Cork

19908K

Urban

Gaelscoil Mhachan

Carraig Dubh, Corcaigh

Cork

19909M

Urban

Gaelscoil Peig Sayers

C/O Na Piarsaigh C.L.G., Parklands, Corcaigh

Cork

20036J

Urban

North Presentation Primary School

Gerald Griffin Street, Cork City.

Cork

20038N

Urban

Scoil Aiseiri Chriost

Farranree, Cork.

Cork

20140E

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Fatima

North Monastery, Cork

Cork

19438W

Urban

Scoil Colmcille Senior

Wyattville, Ballybrack, Co Dublin

Dublin

19641T

Urban

St Colmcille Jun NS

Wyattville, Ballybrack, Co Dublin

Dublin

19840C

Urban

Holy Family School

Dunedin Park, Monkstown, Co. Dublin

Dublin

19979K

Urban

St Kevins N S

Sallynoggin, Co Dublin

Dublin

20202A

Urban

Balbriggan Educate Together

Hamlet Lane, Moylaragh, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

Dublin

20218P

Urban

Archbishop McQuaid NS

Loughlinstown, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Dublin

20282B

Urban

Bracken Educate Together NS

Castelands, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

Dublin

00752A

Urban

Central Senior Mxd N S

Marlboro St, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

01795A

Urban

Central Infs School

Marlboro St, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

11776C

Urban

St Laurence O Toole Junior Boys

Seville Place, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

12448N

Urban

Gardiner Street Convent

Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

15056L

Urban

S N San Vinseann Cailin

North William St, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

15816I

Urban

St Vincents Inf Boys

North William Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

17110B

Urban

Naomh Lorcan O Tuathail

Plas Seibhil, Baile Atha Cliath 1

Dublin 01

17881G

Urban

Scoil Ui Chonaill

Nth Richmond Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

19831B

Urban

Scoil Chaoimhin

Sraid Mhaoilbhride, Baile Atha Cliath 1

Dublin 01

19895E

Urban

Scoil Mhuir S Iosaf

St Marys Place, Plas Mhuire, Off Dorset Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 01

19946S

Urban

Rutland Street N S

Lower Rutland Street, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

20228S

Urban

St Laurence O Toole Girls School

49 Seville Place, Dublin 1

Dublin 01

11578V

Urban

City Quay Boys N S

City Quay, Dublin 2

Dublin 02

19896G

Urban

Scoil Caitriona Na Mbraithre

Baggot St, Dublin 2

Dublin 02

19981U

Urban

St Marys N S

Windsor Ave, Fairview, Dublin 3

Dublin 03

03917V

Urban

Naomh Padraig Boys

Cambridge Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

15253N

Urban

St Patricks Girls NS

Cambridge Road, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

17732M

Urban

Scoil Chiarain

Ascal Ui Choileain, Domhnach Cairne, Baile Atha Cliath 5

Dublin 05

18968A

Urban

St Malachys B N S

Edenmore, Raheny, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

18969C

Urban

St Eithnes Senior G N S

Edenmore, Raheny, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19037E

Urban

St Monicas N S

Edenmore, Raheny, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19297H

Urban

Cromcastle Green B N S

Kilmore Rd West, Artane, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19298J

Urban

Scoil Nais Ide Cailini

Kilmore Road West, Artane, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19935N

Urban

Scoil Eoin

Greendale Road, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

20064O

Urban

Our Lady Of Consolation NS

Collins Ave East, Donnycarney, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

20281W

Urban

St. Benedict’s & St. Mary’s NS

Grange Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

05933G

Urban

Presentation Primary School

Georges Hill, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

09932B

Urban

Stanhope St Convent

Stanhope Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

16695E

Urban

Scoil Na Mbrathar

North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

16988T

Urban

Christ The King B N S

Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

17464N

Urban

Fionnbarra Naofa

Cabra West, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

17465P

Urban

Dominican Convent Girls

Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

17466R

Urban

St Catherines Infant School

Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

20005V

Urban

Scoil Plas Mhuire

St Marys Place, Dorset Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

20035H

Urban

St Gabriels N S

Cowper Street, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

00743W

Urban

Mater Dei Primary School

Basin Lane, James Street, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

07546J

Urban

Goldenbridge Convent

Goldenbridge, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

13611D

Urban

Presentation Convent NS

Warrenmount, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

14556D

Urban

St Endas Primary School

St Endas Primary School, Whitefriar St, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

16786H

Urban

St Brigids Convent N S

The Coombe, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

18477E

Urban

Scoil Na Mbrathar

Francis Street, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

18519R

Urban

Scoil Seamus C B S

James Street, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

19933J

Urban

Scoil Treasa Naofa

Petrie Road, Donore Avenue, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

20104A

Urban

St Audoens NS

Cook Street, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

18910P

Urban

Bantiarna Na Mbuanna B

Baile Munna, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

18911R

Urban

Bantiarna Na Mbuanna G

Baile Munna, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

19242F

Urban

Our Lady Of Victories Infant N S

Ballymun Road, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

19302U

Urban

SN Na Maighdine Muire B

Ballymun, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

19303W

Urban

Na Maighdine Mhuire

Virgin Mary, Girls National School, Ballymun, Dublin 9

Dublin 09

18341C

Urban

SN Louise De Marillac C

Drumfin Rd, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

18342E

Urban

SN Louise De Marillac

Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

18585H

Urban

SN Banrion Na Naingeal1

Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

18843D

Urban

Bainrion Na N-Aingal 2

Ballyfermot Upper, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

19661C

Urban

St Gabriels NS

Dominican Campus, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

19662E

Urban

St Michaels NS

Dominican Convent, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

19663G

Urban

St Raphaels NS

Dominican Convent, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

19766Q

Urban

Scoil Iosagain/Mhuire

Mount La Salle, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

19767S

Urban

Scoil Mhuire/Seosamh

Mount La Salle, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

20092T

Urban

St. Ultans NS

Cherryorchard, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

20139T

Urban

Inchicore NS

Sarsfield Road, Inchicore, Dublin 10

Dublin 10

18137D

Urban

S N Naomh Feargal

Finglas West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19015R

Urban

St Josephs G N S

Barry Avenue, Finglas West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19197D

Urban

St Kevins B N S

Barry Avenue, Finglas North-West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19208F

Urban

Holy Spirit B N S

Silloge Rd, Baile Munna, Atha Cliath 11

Dublin 11

19209H

Urban

SN An Spioraid Naiomh C

Sillogue Rd, Ballymun, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19431I

Urban

St Josephs Jnr

Balcurris, Ballymun, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19489Q

Urban

SN Naomh Finnin

Glenties Park, Rivermount, Finglas South, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19546C

Urban

St Oliver Plunkett N S

St Oliver Plunkett NS, St Helenas Drive, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19583I

Urban

St Josephs Senior N S

St Josephs Senior NS, Balcurris, Ballymun, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19619D

Urban

St Malachys NS

Rivermount, Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

19929S

Urban

St Brigids Senior Girls

Finglas West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

20029M

Urban

St Brigids Infant N S

Wellmount Avenue, Finglas West, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

20220C

Urban

Gaelscoil Uí Earcáin

Bóthar Uí Mahoilíosa, Fionnghlas, Baile Átha Cliath 11

Dublin 11

16964F

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Ogh 1

Loreto College, Crumlin Rd, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

17603B

Urban

Scoil Iosagain

Aughavannagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

17683C

Urban

Muire Og 2 Loreto Con

Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

18386B

Urban

Marist National School

Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

19764M

Urban

Our Lady Of Wayside N S

Bluebell, Inchicore, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

19889J

Urban

Scoil Colm

Armagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

20014W

Urban

St Agnes N S

Armagh Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

19545A

Urban

Corduff N S

Corduff, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19601H

Urban

St Philip The Apostle Junior N S

Mountview, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19605P

Urban

Scoil Nais Mhuire Sois

Blakestown, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19636D

Urban

St Patricks Senior School

Corduff, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19643A

Urban

St Philips Senior N S

Mountview, Clonsilla, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19694R

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Sin

Blakestown, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19850F

Urban

Ladyswell N S

Ladyswell, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19490B

Urban

Scoil Mhuire

Ballyboden, Dublin 16

Dublin 16

17104G

Urban

St Francis Junior National School

Priorswood, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

19454U

Urban

Darndale NS Junior

Our Lady Immac Jun NS, Darndale, Malahide Road, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

19524P

Urban

Our Lady Immac Sen N S

Our Lady Immac Sen NS, Darndale, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

19668Q

Urban

St Francis Senior N S

Priorswood, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

19913D

Urban

St Josephs NS

Macroom Road, Bonnybrook, Dublin 17

Dublin 17

19509T

Urban

Scoil Nano Nagle

Bawnoge, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19510E

Urban

Talbot Senior NS

hech, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19569O

Urban

Neillstown N S

St Peter Apostle NS, Neillstown, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19575J

Urban

St Marys Junior N S

Rowlagh, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19642V

Urban

St Peter Apostle Sen NS

Neillstown, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19647I

Urban

St Marys Sen N S

Rowlagh, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19707A

Urban

St Ronans N S

Deansrath, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19743E

Urban

St Bernadettes Junior N S

Quarryvale, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19785U

Urban

St Bernadettes Senior N S

Quarryvale, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19464A

Urban

SN Naomh Colmcille

Homelawns, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19543T

Urban

Scoil N An Croi Ro Naofa

Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19577N

Urban

Scoil Iosa

Scoil Nais Iosa, Tymon North, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19613O

Urban

Scoil Cnoc Mhuire Sin

Knockmore Ave, Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19652B

Urban

An Chroi Ro Naofa Sois

Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19702N

Urban

St Thomas Junior N S

Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19765O

Urban

St Thomas Senior N S

Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19775R

Urban

Scoil Cnoc Mhuire Junior

Knockmore Ave, Killinarden, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19782O

Urban

St Brigids N S

Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19834H

Urban

St Aidans NS

Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19872P

Urban

Scoil Chaitlin Maude

Cnoc Mhuire, Tamhlacht, Baile Atha Cliath 24

Dublin 24

20173T

Urban

St Annes Primary School

Fettercairn, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

01013N

Urban

Scoil Croi Iosa

Presentation Road, Galway

Galway

04515G

Urban

Scoil An Linbh Iosa

St Francis St, Galway

Galway

12250P

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Primary Sch

Dublin Rd, Tuam, Co Galway

Galway

16943U

Urban

Niochlas N S

An Cladach, An Gaillimh

Galway

17782E

Urban

S N Bride Naofa

Sean Tallamh, Gaillimh

Galway

19225F

Urban

Scoil Michil Naofa

Baile Ban, Gaillimh

Galway

19226H

Urban

Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa

Muirbheach, Gaillimh

Galway

20042E

Urban

Scoil An Chroi Naofa

Ballinasloe, Co Galway

Galway

16635J

Urban

Curragh Camp B N S

Curragh Camp, Co Kildare

Kildare

16636L

Urban

Curragh Camp G N S

Curragh Camp, Co Kildare

Kildare

19747M

Urban

Scoil Bhride NS

Portlaoise, Co Laois

Laois

00570R

Urban

Mhuire Naofa Cailini

Mhuire Naofa, Limerick

Limerick

06936R

Urban

St Johns Convent

Cathedral Place, Limerick City

Limerick

15320C

Urban

St Michaels NS

Cbs Grounds, Sexton Street, Limerick

Limerick

16715H

Urban

St John The Baptist Boys N S

Downey Street, Pennywell, Limerick

Limerick

16910F

Urban

Scoil Iosagain

Sraid Seasnain, Limerick

Limerick

17445J

Urban

Scoil Lile Naofa

Kileely, Limerick

Limerick

17737W

Urban

Our Lady Queen Of Peace School

Janesboro, Limerick

Limerick

17941V

Urban

St Munchins G N S

Ballynanty, Limerick

Limerick

17942A

Urban

Scoil Mhainchin Buach

Bothar Siolbroin, Limerick

Limerick

18177P

Urban

Scoil Aine Naofa

Rath Caola, Co Luimni

Limerick

18653V

Urban

Scoil Naomh Iosef

Rathkeale, Co Limerick

Limerick

19372S

Urban

South Hill N S

South Hill, Limerick

Limerick

19667O

Urban

Our Lady Of Lourdes N S

Rosbrien, Limerick

Limerick

19830W

Urban

Corpus Christi N S

Moyross, Limerick

Limerick

19931F

Urban

Gaelscoil Sheoirse

Clancy, An Cnoc Theas, Luimneach

Limerick

20018H

Urban

Maria King Presentation Primary

Sexton Street, Limerick

Limerick

20184B

Urban

Galvone NS

Kennedy Park, Limerick City

Limerick

20185D

Urban

St Marys Boys NS

Island Road, Limerick

Limerick

00856M

Urban

Scoil Naomh Micheal

Longford, Co Longford

Longford

18178R

Urban

St Josephs Convent

Longford, Co Longford

Longford

20101R

Urban

The Sacred Heart Primary N.S.

Granard, Co Longford

Longford

14651U

Urban

Castletown Rd Convent

Castletown Rd, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

16469S

Urban

St Nicholas Monastery NS

Philip Street, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

19215C

Urban

S N Ard Mhuire C

Ballsgrove, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

19246N

Urban

S N An Tslanaitheora B

Ard Easmuinn, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

19247P

Urban

S N An Tslanaitheora C

Ard Easmuinn, Dun Dealgan, Co Louth

Louth

19479N

Urban

Rathmullan N S

Rathmullen, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

19673J

Urban

St Josephs N S

Avenue Road, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

19678T

Urban

St Pauls Senior NS

Rathmullen, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

20163Q

Urban

S.N Eoin Baiste

Fatima, Castletown, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

18506I

Urban

S N Naomh Padraig B

Ballina, Co Mayo

Mayo

20275E

Urban

Scoil Iosa

Convent Hill, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Mayo

19713S

Urban

Arden Boys NS

Arden View, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

19910U

Urban

Sligo Project School

Abbey Quarter, Sligo

Sligo

18345K

Urban

S N Iosef Naofa

Cor An Bhile, Roscrea, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

19645E

Urban

St Oliver Plunketts NS

Heywood Rd, Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

19511G

Urban

St Saviours NS

Ballybeg, Waterford City

Waterford

07722D

Urban

St Peters N S Snr

Athlone, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

16639R

Urban

SN Deaghan O Ceallaigh

Athlone, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

18405C

Urban

S N Phoil Naofa

Athlone, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

08221J

Urban

St Senans National Sch

Templeshannon, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford

Wexford

19739N

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Coolcotts

Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts, Co Wexford

Wexford

20003R

Urban

St Aidans Parish School

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

Wexford

07246U

Urban

Sisters Of Charity N S

Ravenswell, Bray, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

18464S

Urban

Naomh Peadar N S

Bray, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

Website Band 2 — 24 October 2008

Roll No

Urban

School Name

Address

County

19477J

Urban

Holy Family B N S

Askea, Carlow, Co Carlow

Carlow

19478L

Urban

Holy Family G N S

Askea, Carlow, Co Carlow

Carlow

07315N

Urban

Holy Family Snr

Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

17957N

Urban

Ennis Convent Inf N S

Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

20041C

Urban

Convent Of Mercy National School

Kilrush, Co Clare

Clare

20086B

Urban

Ennis Educate Together NS

Gort Road, Ennis, Co Clare

Clare

01197D

Urban

Strawberry Hill B N S

Sundays Well, Cork

Cork

02707F

Urban

Sundays Well G N S

Cork, Co Cork

Cork

12473M

Urban

Greenmount Monastery NS

Scoil Muire Na Ngras, Greenmount, Co Cork

Cork

13031I

Urban

St Josephs Convent N S

Rathluirc, Co Cork

Cork

13696O

Urban

St Vincents Convent N S

St Marys Road, Cork

Cork

14000C

Urban

Scoil Naomh Mhuire

N Mhuire An Oileain, Sharman Crawford St, Cork

Cork

17105I

Urban

Muire Gan Smal C

Glasheen, Cork

Cork

17639W

Urban

Scoil Na Mbraithre

Mitchelstown, Co Cork

Cork

17993R

Urban

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal B

Glasheen, Cork

Cork

18237H

Urban

Maria Assumpta G N S

Ballyphehane, Cork

Cork

18238J

Urban

Maria Assumpta Jnr Inft

Ballyphehane, Cork

Cork

18292P

Urban

Gaelscoil An Teaghlaigh Naofa

Baile Feithean, Co Chorcai

Cork

18377A

Urban

Iosef Naofa

Fermoy, Co Cork

Cork

18734V

Urban

Realt Na Maidine

Ballyphehane, Cork

Cork

19588S

Urban

Scoil Naomh Therese

Bishopstown, Cork

Cork

19977G

Urban

Bandon Boys NS

Bandon, Co Cork

Cork

16054M

Rural

St Patricks N S

Murlog, Lifford, Co Donegal

Donegal

16821G

Urban

Clochar Padraig Naofa

Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Donegal

17945G

Urban

Scoil Naomh Chaitriona

Ballyshannon, Co Donegal

Donegal

18076J

Urban

SN Muire Gan Smal

Leithbhearr, Co Dun Na Ngall

Donegal

18605K

Urban

Scoil Naomh Padraig Boys

Carndonagh, Co Donegal

Donegal

20054L

Urban

Scoil Eoghan

Moville, Co Donegal

Donegal

20235P

Urban

Letterkenny Educate Together NS

Ballyraine Halls, Ballyraine, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Donegal

05600C

Urban

Clochar San Dominic

Dunlaoghaire, Co Dublin

Dublin

19497P

Urban

Scoil Mhuire, Shankill, Co Dublin

Dublin

19515O

Urban

SN Naomh Treasa

Baile Brigin, Co Ath Cliath

Dublin

19960M

Urban

St Johns N S

Ballybrack, Co Dublin

Dublin

20274C

Urban

Esker Educate Together NS

c/o Adamstown Castle NS, Adamstown, Co. Dublin

Dublin

19938T

Urban

St Josephs

Tivoli Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Dublin

20186F

Urban

Castaheany Educate Together NS

C/O Griffeen Valley Educate Tog NS, Griffeen Glen Boulevard, Lucan, Co Dublin

Dublin

18726W

Urban

S N Seosamh Na Mbrathar

Fairview, Dublin 3

Dublin 03

19774P

Urban

St Josephs Mxd N S

East Wall, Dublin 3

Dublin 03

16567S

Urban

St Brigids Convent N S

Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

17279S

Urban

Scoil Muire

Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Dublin 04

18360G

Urban

Scoil Bhreandain

Coolock, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

18361I

Urban

S N Caitriona C

Coolock, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

18362K

Urban

S N Caitriona Naionain

Coolock, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19920A

Urban

St John Of God N S

Kilmore Road, Artane, Dublin 5

Dublin 05

19924I

Urban

Harolds Cross N S

Harolds Cross, Dublin 6W

Dublin 06

16989V

Urban

Christ The King G N S

Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

17459U

Urban

Christ The King I G

Cabra, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

20091R

Urban

St Peters NS

Phibsboro, Dublin 7

Dublin 07

17083B

Urban

S N Muire Gan Smal B

Inchicore, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

17893N

Urban

Sancta Maria C B S

Synge St, Dublin 8

Dublin 08

19430G

Urban

Scoil An Tseachtar Laoch

Bothar Bhaile Munna, Baile Munna, Baile Atha Cliath 9

Dublin 09

20015B

Urban

Gaelscoil Bhaile Munna

187 Bothar Choultrai, Baile Munna, Baile Atha Cliath 9

Dublin 09

18682F

Urban

St Canices B N S

Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

18683H

Urban

St Canices G N S

Finglas, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

20059V

Urban

Mother Of Divine Grace

Holy Faith NS, Ferndale Ave, Ballygall, Dublin 11

Dublin 11

16983J

Urban

S N Naomh Cillin

Bluebell, Inchicore, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

17355I

Urban

Muire Na Dea Coirle G

Mourne Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

17356K

Urban

Muire Na Dea Coirle Inf

Mourne Road, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

19669S

Urban

Lady Of Good Counsel NS

Mourne Rd, Drimnagh, Dublin 12

Dublin 12

19922E

Urban

Our Ladys N S

St Columbanus Road, Milltown, Dublin 14

Dublin 14

19939V

Urban

Scoil Naisiunta An Dea Aoire

Whitehall Road, Churchtown, Dublin 14

Dublin 14

20241K

Urban

Scoil Choilm Community NS

Porterstown Road, Porterstown, Dublin 15

Dublin 15

19723V

Urban

Queen Of Angels Primary School

Wedgewood, Dundrum, Dublin 16

Dublin 16

19566I

Urban

Our Lady Queen Of Apostles

Queen Of Apostles NS, Clonburris, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Dublin 22

19502F

Urban

Scoil Aenghusa Jun NS

Balrothery, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19576L

Urban

S N Aenghusa

Scoil N Aenghusa Sin, Balrothery, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19582G

Urban

St Maelruains N S

Kilclare Avenue, Jobstown, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19646G

Urban

Scoil Santain

Bothar Na Habhann Mor, Tamhlacht, Ath Cliath 24

Dublin 24

19878E

Urban

Ballycragh N S

Ballycragh, Firhouse, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

19950J

Urban

St Dominics N S

Tallaght, Dublin 24

Dublin 24

17221K

Urban

SN Colmcille

An Caislean An Gearr, Gaillimh

Galway

17282H

Urban

Scoil Na Mbraithre

Tuam, Co Galway

Galway

18042P

Urban

Presentation Convent

Tuam, Co Galway

Galway

19401W

Urban

S N Caitriona Sois

Renmore, Co Galway

Galway

19468I

Urban

SN Caitriona Sinsear

SN Caitriona Sinsear, Renmore, Co Galway

Galway

19795A

Urban

Tirellan Heights N S

Headford Road, Galway

Galway

13530D

Urban

Scoil Mhuire

Tobar Mui Doire, Traili, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

16703A

Urban

Scoil Na Mbraithre

An Daingean, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

16871V

Urban

S N An Chroi Naofa

Traighli, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

20013U

Urban

Gaelscoil Lios Tuathail

Lios Tuathail, Co Chiarrai

Kerry

20158A

Urban

Tralee Educate Together

Collis Sandes House, Killeen Oakpark, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Kerry

12747A

Urban

Kildare Monastery N S

Kildare, Co Kildare

Kildare

15599D

Urban

St Brigids Primary School

Kildare, Co. Kildare

Kildare

16705E

Urban

Scoil Phadraig Naofa

Lana Eoin Naofa, Ath-I, Co. Chill Dara

Kildare

18288B

Urban

Scoil Mhichil Naofa

Athy, Co Kildare

Kildare

19452Q

Urban

Scoil Mhuire

Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Kildare

19550Q

Urban

Ballymany Junior NS

Newbridge, Co Kildare

Kildare

17108O

Urban

St Johns Infants N S

Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

Kilkenny

20011Q

Urban

St JohNS Senior NS

Ballybough Street, Kilkenny.

Kilkenny

18822S

Urban

St Marys N.S.

Summerhill, Carrick-On-Shannon, Co Leitrim

Leitrim

00851C

Urban

Presentation Convent

Ballymakenny Road, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

17059E

Urban

Scoil Na Mbraithre SN

Geata An Domhnaigh, Droichead Atha, Co Lui

Louth

17949O

Urban

S N Padraig Naofa B

Bothar Brugha, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

18098T

Urban

S N Bhride C

Bothar Brugha, Drogheda, Co Louth

Louth

18347O

Urban

S N San Nioclas

Nicholas St, Dundalk, Co Louth

Louth

19892V

Urban

Gaelscoil Dhun Dealgan

Muirtheimhne Mor, Dun Dealgan, Co Lu

Louth

20084U

Urban

Gaelscoil Bheal An Atha

Corrai Mhuireann, Beal An Atha, Co. Mhaigh Eo

Mayo

17969U

Urban

S N Mhuire

An Uaimh, Co Na Mi

Meath

19476H

Urban

St Oliver Plunkett NS

Navan, Co Meath

Meath

20180Q

Urban

Scoil Naomh Eoin

Clonmagadden Valley, Windtown, Navan, Co Meath

Meath

16202B

Urban

Castleblayney Convent

Castleblayney, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

16319W

Urban

Castleblaney Con Infts

Castleblaney, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

17686I

Urban

Scoil Mhuire B

Castleblaney, Co Monaghan

Monaghan

03220F

Urban

Mercy Primary School

Birr, Co Offaly

Offaly

12370C

Urban

St Brendans Monastery

Birr, Co Offaly

Offaly

13118U

Urban

Clara Convent N S

Clara, Co Offaly

Offaly

16928B

Urban

S N Naomh Philomena

Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

18406E

Urban

S N Proinsias Naofa

Clarach, Co Ua Bhfailghe

Offaly

18524K

Urban

S N Naomh Brighde Buach

Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

18797W

Urban

S N Naomh Seosamh

Arden View, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Offaly

13198V

Urban

St Annes Con N S

Castlerea, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

19980S

Urban

St Attractas N S

Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon

Roscommon

17277O

Urban

St Edwards N S

Ballytivnan, Sligo

Sligo

19985F

Urban

Our Lady Of Mercy N S

Pearse Road, Sligo

Sligo

20019J

Urban

Holy Family School

Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo

Sligo

01594N

Urban

St Johns

Roscrea, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

16729S

Urban

St Peter And Paul

Clonmel, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

16979S

Urban

Scoil Colmcille

Templemore, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

17731K

Urban

S N Iosef Naofa

Templemore, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

18435L

Urban

Sacred Heart Primary School

Newline, Roscrea, Co Tipperary

Tipperary

15046I

Urban

St Stephens N S

Waterford, Co Waterford

Waterford

16732H

Urban

Scoil Naomh Seosamh

Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Waterford

18462O

Urban

Scoil Lorcain BNS

Ballytruckle, Waterford

Waterford

18509O

Urban

An Teaghlaigh Naofa

Clochar Na Trocaire, Port Lairge

Waterford

18689T

Urban

Our Lady Of Mercy Senior P.S.

Military Road, Waterford

Waterford

19947U

Urban

Mount Sion Cbs N S

Barrack Street, Waterford

Waterford

19953P

Urban

St Marys NS

Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Waterford

19955T

Urban

S N Na Toirbhirte

Clocar Na Toirbhirte, Waterford

Waterford

20219R

Urban

St Pauls B N S

Lisduggan, Waterford

Waterford

20073P

Urban

St Marys NS

Gracepark Rd, Athlone, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

20188J

Urban

Mullingar Educate Together

Rathgowan, Mullingar, Co Westmeath

Westmeath

03633H

Urban

S N Bun Cloidi B

Bun Cloidi, Co Loch Gorman

Wexford

11361T

Urban

Faythe Convent

St John Of Gods Convent, Wexford

Wexford

11986N

Urban

Convent Of Mercy

Pairc An Chinneideach, Loch Garman

Wexford

12372G

Urban

Michael St N S

Michael St, New Ross, Co Wexford

Wexford

16741I

Urban

Scoil Na Mbraithre

New Ross, Co Wexford

Wexford

17457Q

Urban

Nmh Ioseph N S

New Ross, Co Wexford

Wexford

02276E

Urban

An T Inbhear Mor B N S

Arklow, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

19508R

Urban

St Fergals Junior National School

Ballywaltrim, Bray, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

19654F

Urban

St Fergals Senior NS

Ballywaltrim, Bray, Co Wicklow

Wicklow

20278K

Urban

Newtownmountkennedy Primary School

Newtownmountkennedy, Co. Wicklow

Wicklow

Special Educational Needs.

Thomas Byrne

Question:

185 Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Science the decision on the allocation of a special needs assistant to a child (details supplied) in County Meath; and if this child is entitled to individual or shared access support from the National Council for Special Education. [42048/08]

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers, for allocating resource teachers and special needs assistants to schools to support children with special needs. The NCSE operates within my Department's criteria in allocating such support. I have arranged for the details supplied by the Deputy to be forwarded to the NCSE for their attention and direct reply.

All schools have the names and contact details of their local SENO. Parents may also contact their local SENO directly to discuss their child's special educational needs, using the contact details available on www.ncse.ie.

School Enrolments.

Terence Flanagan

Question:

186 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will deal with a matter in relation to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 5; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42049/08]

The question of enrolment in individual schools is the responsibility of the managerial authority of those schools and the Department does not seek to intervene in decisions made by schools in such matters. The Department's main responsibility is to ensure that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all pupils seeking places. This may result, however, in some pupils not obtaining a place in the school of their first choice.

It is the responsibility of the managerial authorities of schools to implement an enrolment policy in accordance with the Education Act. In this regard a Board of Management may find it necessary to restrict enrolment to children from a particular area or a particular age group or, occasionally, on the basis of some other criterion. This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants.

Under section 15(2)(d) of the Education Act 1998, each school is legally obliged to disclose its enrolment policy and to ensure that as regards that policy that principles of equality and the right of parents to send their children to a school of the parents choice are respected.

Section 29 of the Education Act 1998, provides parents with an appeal process where a Board of Management of a school or a person acting on behalf of the Board refuses enrolment to a student. Where a school refuses to enrol a pupil, the school is obliged to inform parents of their right under Section 29 of Education Act 1998 to appeal that decision to either the relevant Vocational Educational Committee or to the Secretary General of my Department. In the case of the latter, only where an appeal under Section 29 is upheld can the Secretary General of my Department direct a school to enrol a pupil.

The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) is the statutory agency which can assist parents who are experiencing difficulty in securing a school place for their child. The NEWB can be contacted at National Educational Welfare Board, National Headquarters, 16-22 Green Street, Dublin 7 or by telephone at 01-8738700.

Schools Building Programme.

Frank Feighan

Question:

187 Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding the Ballinamore school building programme, County Leitrim. [42085/08]

My Department is examining the feasibility of grouping a number of schools including Ballinamore Community School in the 3rd Bundle of school projects to be procured via Public Private Partnership. This examination is nearing completion and I will be making an announcement about the matter as quickly as possible.

Frank Feighan

Question:

188 Deputy Frank Feighan asked the Minister for Education and Science the progress regarding a school (details supplied) in County Roscommon. [42086/08]

The major project for the school referred to by the Deputy is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The progression of all major building projects, including this project, through to construction phase will be considered in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme.

However, in light of current competing demands on the capital budget of the Department and with the level of activity in the School Building Programme, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the further progression of the project at this time.

School Staffing.

Leo Varadkar

Question:

189 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Education and Science further to Parliamentary Question No. 489 of 4 November 2008, if the cost neutral early retirement scheme for secondary school teachers is still in place; the way a teacher may apply to take up the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42103/08]

As I stated in my reply of 4 November last, a Cost Neutral Early Retirement Scheme is currently in operation for teachers. Circular Letter PEN 07/05 sets out the full conditions of the scheme. A teacher may apply for cost neutral early retirement by completing an application form, available from my Department, and returning it, through the teacher's school, to my Department.