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.

Community Development

Pádraic McCormack

Question:

11 Deputy Pádraic McCormack asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he is satisfied that it was not necessary to undertake a competitive tendering process in the context of the review of the community development programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28703/10]

I take it that the Deputy is referring to the review of the design of the Community Development Programme (CDP) and Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP).

Against the background of reforms underway by my Department, ongoing concerns to strengthen programme delivery and evaluation, and issues confirmed by a VFM Policy Review of the LDSIP, my Department was eager to access independent international expertise. It was in this context that, in consultation with the Office of the Minister of Children & Youth Affairs (OMCYA), my Department considered the Centre for Effective Service (CES) as offering a particular opportunity to support programme redesign, while overcoming the usual constraints of local interests and difficulty in accessing international expertise.

The CES also offered capability to set out tangible, deliverable, qualitative outcomes for the LDSIP/CDP and wider programmes. In addition, my Department's view was that the CES would be in a position to provide ongoing mentoring on programme efficiency and evaluation over a number of years. The concept for the CES grew from an idea formulated initially by the Atlantic Philanthropies in the context of the provision of children's services — most notably the early childhood intervention project in Tallaght, Dublin. The CES was subsequently established as a joint venture between Government and the Atlantic Philanthropies.

Consequently, in 2008 my Department engaged the CES to assist with the redesign of its community development/social inclusion programmes, particularly the LDSIP and CDP. Key outputs agreed with the CES were the review of the design of both programmes, which, informed by good international practice, would specify outcomes at the outset and provide effective evaluation mechanisms. It was also agreed that any proposals put forward should facilitate effective evaluation of the performance of local delivery structures and allow for either the re-alignment or merger of the two programmes.

Under an agreement signed in October 2008 between my Department and the OMCYA with the CES, each will provide c€500,000 per annum to the Centre for 5 years. This amount will be matched by a contribution from the Atlantic Philanthropies of c€5m over the period. The agreement, which ends in 2012, sets out in detail deliverables to be provided over this period to each public body, as well as timelines for progress. Given—

the unique nature of this project as a joint approach between Government and the Atlantic Philanthropies, particularly in the context of Government initiatives on children's services;

the not-for-profit remit of the CES;

the unparalleled access which CES has to international expertise on the design, delivery and evaluation of social programmes; and—

the significant support available from the Atlantic Philanthropies; my Department did not consider that a competitive tendering arrangement was appropriate in this case.

Departmental Contracts

Noel Coonan

Question:

12 Deputy Noel J. Coonan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the details of the contract awarded in respect of an Irish paper (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28722/10]

Michael Ring

Question:

194 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will provide the details of the contract awarded in respect of an Irish paper (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29076/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 12 and 194 together.

I can confirm that neither my Department nor the relevant agency under my Department's aegis have a contract with the newspaper referred to by the Deputies.

Departmental Staff

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

13 Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of staff who have been transferred to his Department in the context of the transfer of new functions for his Department; the location at which transferred staff are based; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28715/10]

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

17 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the organisational changes that have been made to transfer the equality brief to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28752/10]

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

19 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if all Departmental changes involving his Department have now taken place as a result of the recent reconfiguration of ministerial responsibilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28759/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 13, 17 and 19 together.

As the Deputies will be aware, as part of the restructuring of Departments and agencies recently announced by the Taoiseach in Dáil Éireann to ensure greater coherence and produce more efficient delivery, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs became the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, incorporating responsibility for social inclusion policy and family policy from the former Department of Social and Family Affairs and for equality, disability, integration and human rights from the former Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

I can confirm to the Deputies that the transfer of responsibility for each of these functions to the newly established Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, is now complete and Orders have been made by Government in this regard.

As the transfer of functions process is concluded, it is now my intention to delegate the functions in respect of equality, human rights and integration to Minister of State White and to delegate functions transferred to my Department in relation to disability to Mr. John Moloney, TD, who will, of course, continue as Minister of State with special responsibility for Disability Issues and Mental Health at the Department of Health and Children, as well as the renamed Departments of Education and Skills, and Enterprise, Trade and Innovation. My Department is currently liaising with the Office of the Attorney General in relation to progressing this matter.

In relation to the number of staff who have been transferred to my Department in the context of the transfer of new functions and the location at which transferred staff are based, the following is the position:

20 staff have transferred to my Department from the Department of Social Protection with social inclusion and family policy functions. These staff are in the process of being relocated to my Department's offices in Mespil Rd, Dublin 4.

63 staff transferred to my Department from the Department of Justice and Law Reform with the equality, disability, integration and human rights functions. 33 of these staff are being accommodated in my Department's offices in Mespil Rd, Dublin 4, while the remaining 30 staff will remain in Bishop Square, Dublin 8 due to spatial constraints in the Mespil Road accommodation

A further 69 staff also transferred to my Department from the Department of Justice and Law Reform, who are on secondment to the Equality Authority and the Equality Tribunal. Of these, 16 staff of the Equality Authority are located in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary while 10 Equality Tribunal staff are located in Portlaoise, Co. Laois. The remaining 43 staff are located in accommodation in Clonmel Street, Dublin 2.

For the sake of completeness, responsibility for the National Disability Authority, Irish Human Rights Commission and the Family Support Agency also transferred to my Department, with a total of 86 public servants working in these bodies.

Dormant Accounts Fund

Seymour Crawford

Question:

14 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the amount of funds, if any, that are available from the dormant accounts structures; if some of this funds will be used for cross-Border communities and the encouragement of peace building in the border areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28661/10]

The Dormant Accounts Acts provide for an annual transfer by credit institutions and insurance undertakings of monies in accounts determined to be dormant into the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF). Since its establishment in April 2003 to the end of May 2010, the transfers to the DAF have totalled some €587.5m, which includes interest earned of some €34.4m. Funds reclaimed in that period total approx. €93.54m.

The value of the DAF at the end of May 2010, net of liabilities, was some €67.9m. This figure excludes €53.96m maintained in a Reserve Account to meet future reclaims by account holders and to cover expenses associated with the operation of the DAF.

Allocations from the DAF — in accordance with Part 6 of the 2005 Act — are focussed on programmes or projects to assist:

1. the personal and social development of persons who are economically or socially disadvantaged;

2. the educational development of persons who are educationally disadvantaged or

3. persons with a disability.

The Deputy will appreciate, therefore, that the funding of projects in cross-border areas and the encouragement of peace building in the border areas is not explicitly provided for in the Dormant Account Acts.

The Dormant Accounts Board recently prepared a revised Disbursement Plan, as required by legislation. This plan provides the overall framework within which decisions on disbursements are made and funding allocated. I anticipate that I will bring the Board's new Disbursement Plan to Government for approval in the coming weeks.

Further details of projects to which funding has been allocated to date and a summary of the status of the DAF are available on my Department's website www.pobail.ie/en/ DormantAccounts. For the Deputy's convenience, I am arranging to have a copy of the summary table forwarded directly to him.

Question No. 15 answered with Question No. 10.

State Bodies

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

16 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will provide an update on the tendering process for the review of the Equality Authority, Equality Tribunal and Human Rights Commission and to detail members or make-up of the working group. [28746/10]

Tenders were sought on 11 June for the production of three background papers on the better integration of equality, human rights and social inclusion policy formulation and implementation, to identify issues that will need to be addressed in the review. Tenders are to be submitted by 5 July on the public procurement portal, eTenders. This scoping exercise is the first step in the review. No working group has been established at this stage.

Question No. 17 answered with Question No. 13.

Straitéis Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge

Brian O'Shea

Question:

18 D’fhiafraigh Deputy Brian O’Shea den Aire Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta cén clár ama atá aige i leith na Straitéise Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. [28734/10]

Faoi mar is eol don Teachta, tá an dréacht-Straitéis foilsithe ag an Rialtas agus bhí sí os comhair an Chomhchoiste Oireachtais do Ghnóthaí Ealaín, Spóirt, Turasóireachta, Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta le tamall anuas le breithniú. Tuigtear dom go mbeidh tuairisc an Chomhchoiste ar fáil go luath agus tá súil agam go mbeidh ar mo chumas brú ar aghaidh ansin le cead an Rialtais a lorg chun an Straitéis a fhoilsiú. Mar a thuigfidh an Teachta, go dtí go mbeidh an próiseas sin críochnaithe, tá sé deacair amscála cinnte a lua ach bheinn dóchasach go mbeidh dul chun cinn suntasach bainte amach faoi Mheán Fómhair seo chugainn.

Question No. 19 answered with Question No. 13.

Drugs Report

Catherine Byrne

Question:

20 Deputy Catherine Byrne asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs his views on the world drug report 2010 which was recently published by the UN office on drugs and crime; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28803/10]

I am aware of the 2010 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) which was published on 23rd June 2010.

In compiling this report, the UNODC relies on Member States providing data primarily through the Annual Reports Questionnaire (ARQ). In the case of Ireland, the Statistical Returns on Drug Control Progress, including the Annual Reports Questionnaire, are compiled by the Department of Health and Children. Accordingly, the report of the UNODC does not contain any surprises in relation the figures for prevalence here.

In relation to cocaine, the Report's findings reflect the outcome of the All-Island Drug Prevalence Survey 2006/07, which provides the best estimate of the drug prevalence in this country. One of the findings of the 2006/07 survey was the emergence of cocaine as a threat, particularly among younger adults.

The Report gives an overview of the changes in the world drug markets and indicates that:

drug use worldwide is shifting towards new drugs and new markets;

there are signs of an increase in drug use in developing countries;

there are signs of a growing abuse of amphetamine-type stimulants and prescription drugs around the world;

the world's supply of the two main problem drugs — opiates and cocaine — continues to decline;

cocaine use in Western Europe appears to be concentrated in a few countries, notably in Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland and Denmark, where high cocaine prevalence rates are observed;

in 2008, only around one fifth of problem drug users worldwide had received treatment in the previous year;

cannabis use is declining in some of its highest value markets, namely North America and parts of Europe;

the number of clandestine laboratories involved in the manufacture of amphetamine-type stimulants is reported to have increased by 20 per cent in 2008, including in countries where such laboratories had never been detected before;

manufacture of ecstasy has increased in North America (notably in Canada) and in several parts of Asia, and use seems to be increasing in Asia; and

ecstasy use in Europe has plummeted since 2006.

Many of these points are broadly in line with our experiences in Ireland. Accordingly, the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 has an appropriate balance between supply reduction and demand reduction measures. In the area of supply reduction, the focus is on reducing the volume of illicit drugs reaching Ireland and the disruption of the activities of organised criminal networks. In regard to demand reduction, there will be a significant emphasis on prevention measures, with some such measures focusing on the broad population, while others will target specific groups that are deemed to be most at risk. I am sure the Deputy will agree that we must endeavour to equip young people, in particular, with the skills and knowledge necessary to make informed choices about their health and future that will include a rejection of drug use. There will also be a major focus on developing a national integrated treatment and rehabilitation service to aid those already involved with drugs.

The difficulties facing our society as a consequence of problem drug use are significant, and addressing all the factors involved will not be easy. However, I am determined that real progress will be made across the period of the Drugs Strategy, with all sectors working in a co-ordinated and targeted way, to achieve the implementation of the agreed actions.

International Agreements

David Stanton

Question:

21 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the legislative, administrative and other measures that need to be put in place to enable the State to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28744/10]

David Stanton

Question:

29 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if his Department has now assumed the chairmanship of the inter-departmental committee on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; the number of times this group has met to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28745/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 21 and 29 together.

It is the Government's intention to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure that all necessary legislative and administrative requirements under the Convention are being met.

The National Disability Strategy in many respects comprehends many of the provisions of the UNCRPD. In addition, the Inter-Departmental Committee on the UNCRPD monitors the legislative and administrative actions required to enable the State to ratify the Convention. The Committee has developed a programme on which work is progressing, to address the matters that need to be aligned with the UNCRPD. One such requirement is to bring forward the Mental Capacity Bill, which is the responsibility of the Department of Justice and Law Reform. As indicated in the Government Legislation Programme, it is intended that the Bill will be published in this parliamentary session. The passage of the Bill will add substantially to the overall progress on implementation of the requirements under the Convention.

The Inter-Departmental Committee, which is chaired by the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs since 1st June, has met on six occasions to date and its next meeting is scheduled for the Autumn.

Departmental Funding

Mary Upton

Question:

22 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the role that he has taken as a significant funder of an organisation (details supplied) to intervene in an ongoing dispute; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20693/10]

I refer the Deputy to my reply to her Questions Nos. 197 and 198 of 12 May 2010. My Department's involvement in discussions with those involved in this issue is to explore the scope for engagement by them, under the auspices of an agreed independent person, in relation to the matters involved, with a view to resolution of the dispute. These discussions continue but they remain at a sensitive stage.

Question No. 23 answered with Question No. 10.

Community Development

Pádraic McCormack

Question:

24 Deputy Pádraic McCormack asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he has considered a proposal put forward by the national community development forum regarding an alternative proposal for the structure of the sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28697/10]

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

40 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the position regarding the proposed new programme for community development programmes; if a national agreement has been reached within any group of community groups; if so, if such agreements have been provided to other groups seeking such an agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28755/10]

Brian O'Shea

Question:

196 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs his views on the national community development forum proposed alternative model of engagement (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28937/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 24, 40 and 196 together.

As the Deputies are aware, the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme and the Community Development Programme were my Department's two main social inclusion/community development programmes. These came to an end on 31 December last and have been superseded by a new integrated programme, the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP).

All community development projects (CDPs) and local development companies (LDCs) that are currently in receipt of funding through the LCDP have signed up

to implement the new programme in the context of my Department's integration strategy; and

to meet specified deadline dates (submission of workplan by 26 March 2010 and of integration plan by 30 June 2010).

The position is that, unless a project has received provisional approval from my Department for an alternative LCDP integration model, groups were still required to submit their plans for full integration by 30 June. There are no plans to effect any general extension to that deadline.

My Department has set out a national model involving full integration of CDPs with LDCs, but has made it clear that other options can be considered and that it is not a question of ‘one size fits all'. Alternative models will, however, be required to meet a range of criteria, including a reduction in the number of structures, promoting the potential for integrated delivery of services to the public, supporting efficiencies and reducing the burden of company law compliance for CDPs. The only option not acceptable is one that seeks to preserve the status quo: some models proposed by CDPs and other parties in the period since the launch of the LCDP have had to be rejected on that basis.

In recent weeks, I have been able to respond positively to possible alternative models put forward by the Paul Partnership and Limerick City CDPs, and by HSE South and a number of CDPs in the Cork/Kerry area. While agreement has not yet been fully finalised in these cases, I am confident that the real possibility for agreement exists.

Additional proposals from other CDPs and LDCs, including Northside Partnership, the National Community Development Forum and others, have also been under consideration. However, a model that does not entail significant change is unlikely to meet the specified criteria. It is anticipated that any alternative models of the nature proposed, if agreed, could be for use in a small number of specific areas only. However, I can assure the Deputies that my Department will continue to respond positively to all constructive proposals that it receives, based on the specified criteria, and that my officials will continue to be available to meet with the boards of projects.

It is important to note that, despite what is stated by some commentators, full integration does not mean closure of a CDP or the cessation of CDP activities in any given area. As has been stated previously, any worthwhile community development activity or service delivered under a CDP can continue to be delivered under the proposed new LCDP structure and by the same staff who currently do this work. Of course, CDPs may opt out of the LCDP integration process and decide to go it alone. In such cases, my Department will be supportive in relation to the retention of any assets acquired with programme funding and may also be in a position to provide for some limited funding for a transition period, subject to certain conditions.

A number of CDPs have raised concerns about the treatment of assets (particularly buildings) in a full integration situation, where all assets and net liabilities would usually transfer by agreement. However, I want to emphasise that other arrangements are possible — for example, the ownership of buildings need not transfer to an LDC. This was also made clear in the context of the information event for CDPs and LDCs, held by Pobal on my Department's behalf, on 10 June last.

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

25 Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the assistance available to rural communities to provide a playground within their community in view of the fact that they have appropriate land for same. [28768/10]

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) 2007-2013 has funding of €425m available to be allocated to qualifying projects up to the end of 2013. One of the objectives of the RDP is to identify and provide appropriate cultural and leisure facilities to local communities not otherwise available to them and, in principle, it is possible that playgrounds could be eligible under the RDP. There are 36 Local Action Groups contracted, on my Department's behalf, to deliver the RDP throughout the country and these Groups are the principal decision-makers in relation to the allocation of project funding. Such decisions are made in the context of the individual Group's local development strategy and in line with my Department's operating rules and EU regulations.

Under the Primary School Outdoor Play Facilities Enhancement Scheme, which operates under the CLÁR Programme, assistance may be available, subject to resources, towards improving outdoor play facilities in small rural primary schools in CLÁR areas. The type of projects funded include the grassing/tarmacadam of play areas, the supply of goal posts, nets, basketball hoops, etc. and other recreational facilities for these outdoor play areas. CLÁR may fund 75% of the cost, up to a maximum of €7,500, with the balance provided from local sources. The total funding approved under this Scheme since 2002 is over €5.7m, with 867 schools benefiting.

Migrant Integration

Denis Naughten

Question:

26 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will outline the role of his Department in migrant integration issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28659/10]

The Equality, Integration, Disability and Human Rights (Transfer of Departmental Administration and Ministerial Functions) Order 2010 (S.I. No. 217 of 2010) provides that the functions vested in the Minister for Justice and Law Reform in relation to the promotion of the integration of persons (other than protection applicants) who are not, or who previously were not, Irish citizens, and their families, who are lawfully resident in the State, are transferred to the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs (now the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs).

Departmental Agencies

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

27 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if, since his appointment, he has made any appointments to any State boards within his ministry; if there are vacancies on any of the boards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28756/10]

Since my appointment as Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, I have made three appointments to the Western Development Commission. There are currently two vacancies on the board of the Equality Authority and five vacancies on the board of the Family Support Agency.

With regard to the North-South Implementation Bodies coming within the ambit of my Department, I have nominated one member to the board of the Ulster-Scots Agency/Tha Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch, who was subsequently appointed by the North South Ministerial Council. A second member nominated to that board by the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure in Northern Ireland was due to be appointed yesterday by the North South Ministerial Council. Finally, there is one vacancy on the board of Foras na Gaeilge, which falls to be nominated in due course by the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Community Development

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

28 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the steps he has taken to broaden the scope and scale of activities under the RAPID programme in view of the ongoing economic problems since taking up his portfolio; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28743/10]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

200 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the extent to which he has already undertaken or proposes to undertake changes in the operation of the RAPID programme with a view to improving community access and benefit to the programme in view of the ongoing economic situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29022/10]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

201 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the extent to which he expects to be in a position to respond to the various community groups applying for assistance under the RAPID programme, with particular reference to the need to respond to the effects of the economic downturn; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29023/10]

I propose to take Questions 28, 200 and 201 together.

Through its focus on deprivation and social exclusion, the RAPID Programme will continue to address the impact of the economic downturn on vulnerable communities and to provide opportunities for social and economic recovery.

In order to ensure the continued relevance of the Programme, a review of RAPID area boundaries has been undertaken, based on an analysis of data from the most recent Census across a range of socio-economic and deprivation indicators. This was done to ensure that areas are appropriately targeting the most disadvantaged communities.

Following the review, the Government approved the inclusion of five new towns in the RAPID Programme in 2009 — Ballina, Dungarvan, Enniscorthy, Mullingar and Rathkeale. The review also proposed changes to the boundaries of some of the other 46 RAPID areas and I expect to bring proposals to Government in this regard shortly.

In 2010, funding of €5m has been allocated for the RAPID leverage schemes, whereby my Department co-funds with other Departments and agencies a range of small-scale local projects, such as playgrounds, traffic measures, health facilities, CCTV and sports facilities. In this regard, I can assure the Deputy that my primary focus will continue to be to ensure that the front-line services provided by, or supported through, my Department, and especially those focused on the needs of the most socially deprived communities, are protected.

Finally, the Deputy will be aware that it is a matter for individual Departments to report on the provision of funding and the progress on delivery with respect to projects under their areas of responsibility in the RAPID areas.

Question No. 29 answered with Question No. 21.

Údarás na Gaeilge

Michael D. Higgins

Question:

30 D’fhiafraigh Deputy Michael D. Higgins den Aire Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta cathain a bheidh an reachtaíocht maidir le hÚdarás na Gaeilge ar fáil; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. [28736/10]

Déanfar aon athruithe a bheidh le déanamh ar chumhachtaí agus ar fheidhmeanna Údarás na Gaeltachta a mheas i gcomhthéacs an dréacht-Stráitéis 20-bliain don Ghaeilge a foilsíodh le déanaí.

Faoi mar is eol don Teachta, tá an dréacht-Straitéis foilsithe ag an Rialtas agus bhí sí os comhair an Chomhchoiste Oireachtais do Ghnóthaí Ealaín, Spóirt, Turasóireachta, Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta le tamall anuas le breithniú. Tuigtear dom go mbeidh tuairisc an Chomhchoiste ar fáil go luath agus tá súil agam go mbeidh ar mo chumas brú ar aghaidh ansin le cead an Rialtais a lorg chun an Straitéis a fhoilsiú. Mar a thuigfidh an Teachta, go dtí go mbeidh an próiseas sin críochnaithe, ní féidir liom ag an bpointe seo amscála cruinn a thabhairt maidir le Bille nua a thabhairt os chomhair an Tí.

Ach an Straitéis a bheith foilsithe, beifear ábalta ina dhiaidh sin díriú isteach ar an bpróiseas maidir le reachtaíocht an Údaráis a leasú.

Care of the Elderly

Willie Penrose

Question:

31 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the position regarding the grant for community support for older people; when the new scheme will come into place; and if there are any additions in relation to the type of grant available. [28769/10]

The Seniors Alert Scheme replaced the Scheme of Community Support for Older People (CSOP) on 24th May 2010. To date, some 150 groups have applied to register with my Department and operate the new Scheme.

The Seniors Alert Scheme does not differ substantially from the CSOP and will continue to operate by means of community-based grants to local community and voluntary groups. While the eligibility criteria remain broadly the same, new application and assessment procedures have been introduced to improve the management and administration of the Scheme and to reduce the administrative burden on groups.

The range of equipment eligible for support has also been modified. Equipment grant-aided under the Scheme now includes interior emergency lighting, which was previously only available to older people living on offshore islands. The range of equipment eligible for grant support is subject to ongoing review by my Department and may be extended, as appropriate, to meet the objectives of the Scheme, subject to resources.

My Department will continue to process applications received under the CSOP prior to its closure in May. To date in 2010, some €1.2m in grant support has been provided to 298 community groups for the provision of items of safety and security equipment to almost 3,700 older people. Details of grant support paid to community groups are published monthly on my Department's website at www.pobail.ie.

Inland Waterways

Denis Naughten

Question:

32 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs when he last held a meeting with the chief executive of Waterways Ireland; the agenda for the meeting; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28660/10]

My most recent meeting with the Chief Executive of Waterways Ireland was at the North South Ministerial Council meeting in inland waterways sectoral format, which was held in Armagh on 26th May last. This was the eleventh meeting in inland waterways sectoral format. The agenda for the meeting comprised the following principal items:

1. Waterways Ireland Progress Report;

2. Waterways Ireland Business Plan and Budget 2010;

3. Restoration of the Clones-Upper Lough Erne Section of the Ulster Canal — Progress Report;

4. Shannon/Erne Waterway — presentation by Waterways Ireland;

5. Waterways Ireland Annual Report and Draft Accounts 2009 6. Compulsory Purchase Order;

7. Date of Next Meeting I am satisfied that Waterways Ireland continues to make satisfactory progress on the objectives in its Strategic and Annual Business Plans.

Community Development

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

33 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if his attention has been drawn the report commissioned by IMPACT on the implications of the 2010 budget for the community and voluntary sector which warns that 5,000 jobs could be lost and the sectors capacity to represent and advocate for disadvantaged groups emasculated as a result of cuts; if he accepts the findings of the report; and if he will take steps to secure additional funding for the community and voluntary sector via his Department. [28748/10]

I have seen a copy of the report in question and am aware of its findings. As the report, by its own admission, deals with the "likely consequences" of the 2010 Budget, it is by its nature speculative, as is its projection of 5,000 job losses in the community and voluntary sector.

In relation to the provision of supports to the community and voluntary sector by my Department, I can assure the Deputy of the Government's commitment to the development of our communities and our belief that the area of community development is central to the social and economic well-being of the country. Unfortunately, however, in the current economic climate, this sector, like all sectors of the Irish economy, has to operate within reduced budgets, and to rationalise and provide more effective services to the public, wherever possible.

As the Deputy will be aware, the future funding of the community and voluntary sector will be a matter for consideration by Government in the context of the 2011 Estimates process and funding allocations will not be confirmed until the 2011 Budget is announced.

I should add that the report in question refers to matters relating to a number of other Departments and agencies and it is, of course, for those bodies to respond, as appropriate, on areas relevant to them.

Job Creation

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

34 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of jobs created and the number of jobs lost that were provided with the assistance of Údarás na Gaeltachta; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28738/10]

The information requested by the Deputy in respect of the years up to and including 2008 is available in the Annual Reports and Accounts of Údarás na Gaeltachta which are laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas annually and published on An tÚdarás' website www.udaras.ie. Information in respect of 2009 will be included in the 2009 Údarás na Gaeltachta Annual Report and Accounts, which will be published shortly. For the convenience of the Deputy, relevant details in relation to the number of jobs created/lost in the period since 1997 are set out in the table.

Year

No. of jobs created

No. of job losses

1997

1,073

658

1998

1,296

976

1999

1,042

1,033

2000

1,000

932

2001

1,123

1,281

2002

910

1,432

2003

1,052

1,277

2004

1,071

910

2005

993

842

2006

1,186

891

2007

1,038

965

2008

1,269

1,102

2009*

710

1,431

*As per draft Annual Accounts.

Departmental Staff

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

35 Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if his newly reconfigured Department has more personnel and expertise at its disposal, thus possibly increasing its capacity for analytical strategy development and programme design and in view of the fact that the community sector is willing to engage with his Department in policy and programme development and has proven that they have the capacity to do so; if he will provide for such engagement for beneficial development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28761/10]

The Deputy will be aware that as part of the restructuring of Departments and agencies recently announced by the Taoiseach in Dáil Éireann, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs was established, incorporating responsibility for social inclusion policy and family policy from the former Department of Social and Family Affairs and for equality, disability, integration and human rights from the former Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.

The transfer of these functions has indeed resulted in more personnel, expertise and enhanced capacity in my Department in terms of analytical strategy development, with particular analytical expertise transferring into my Department with the social inclusion and family policy functions. My Department's responsibilities now include the analysis of the impact and effectiveness of public policy on poverty and social inclusion, and responsibility for promoting the development of data strategies and research to inform anti-poverty and social inclusion policies and practice and facilitating improved monitoring of outcomes.

In relation to the issue of programme design, programme development and the role of the community sector in this process, the Deputy will be aware that, against a background of reforms underway by my Department, ongoing concerns to strengthen programme delivery and evaluation, and issues confirmed by a VFM Policy Review of the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP), my Department engaged the Centre for Effective Services (CES) in 2008 to provide objective and independent advice and assistance with the redesign of community development/social inclusion programmes, particularly the LDSIP and the Community Development Programme.

I am advised that, during this redesign process, the CES consulted with all relevant stakeholders, including the community sector, on matters relating to the programmes and their redesign. The independent role of the CES provided for objective and critical debate on the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the programmes, as opposed to their delivery.

On 1 January 2010, the redesigned Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP) was rolled out across communities and the CES continues to work with my Department in relation to the LCDP and the programme design agenda across my Department's range of functions.

Consultation with the key social inclusion stakeholders has always been an integral part of my Department's operational agenda and will continue to be so through our ongoing work on policy development and programme delivery.

Active Citizenship

Enda Kenny

Question:

36 Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will report on the recent work of the task force on active citizenship; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4600/10]

Eamon Gilmore

Question:

50 Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will make a statement on the recent work of the task force on active citizenship. [6734/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 36 and 50 together.

Responsibility for progressing the active citizenship agenda was transferred from the Department of the Taoiseach to my Department in May 2010. My Department will be supported in its role by the Steering Group on Active Citizenship, chaired by Ms Mary Davis, which is working to develop community engagement and encourage greater levels of civic-minded activities by citizens who are committed to making a positive difference within their communities.

Overall, I welcome the integration of this work into my Department, which will complement our ongoing efforts to encourage voluntary activity and community development. I met with Ms Davis last week to discuss how we can quickly progress the agenda, and I am looking forward to a productive engagement with the Steering Group into the future.

I understand that the Steering Group — in consultation with a range of Government Departments — has progressed a number of public policy recommendations of the Taskforce on Active Citizenship. These include the following:

An audit of community, sports and arts facilities, which was initiated through the local authorities in 2008. Thirty-two of the thirty-four local authorities have completed their audits, with the remaining two in progress. This work will help to inform Government on the provision of facilities and identify opportunities for getting the best use of recreational facilities around the country.

In relation to the Taskforce's recommendations for strengthening local civic participation, the views of the Taskforce were taken into account in drafting the Green Paper on Local Government, Stronger Local Democracy: Options for Change. Work on the White Paper on Local Government Reform is at an advanced stage, with publication by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government expected following consideration of local government financing in light of the Report of the Commission on Taxation.

The Department of Education and Skills has encouraged schools to make their premises available for the use of community and other groups. The pilot programme to expand the use of school facilities is operated from a fund administered by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. In addition, in May 2008, the then Minister for Education announced details of a scheme under the Dormant Accounts Fund to enable DEIS schools in Limerick city to open after school hours, including weekends and holiday periods, provide after school programmes and to maximise community use of school premises and facilities.

At second level senior cycle, the National Council for Curriculum Assessment has developed a syllabus for a full optional exam subject called ‘Politics and Society' as an extension of the current Civic, Social and Political Education (CSPE) subject in Junior Cycle, which currently gives students practical experience of active citizenship. In relation to the adult education sector, the range of Further and Adult Education Programmes are geared towards enabling participants to contribute more fully to the social, cultural and economic life of this country, through education and information courses.

Active Citizenship will be the main theme of the planned Social Inclusion Week to be held in October next as part of the Irish National Programme of activities supporting the EU Year for Combatting Poverty and Social Exclusion 2010. The Steering Group has been liaising with my Department to advise on active citizenship awareness and practical activities which could be undertaken by communities, working with the local authorities around the country during that week.

An Independent Electoral Commission is to be established and, in line with the revised Programme for Government 2009, is to be mandated with a number of responsibilities including administering the voter registration process, running voter education programmes and advising on mechanisms to increase the participation of women in political life. It is intended that the new Commission will also take over the functions of the Standards in Public Office Commission relating to election spending, and examine the issue of financing the political system.

Community Development

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

37 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs his plans for the Centre for Effective Services; if he is satisfied with the mechanism that established the organisation; the cost to the Exchequer for each year since the centre was established; the number of personnel involved in the centre; the contacts or meetings that the centre has had with the community and voluntary sector for each year since the centre commenced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28760/10]

The Centre for Effective Services (CES) was developed in recognition of the fact that:

high quality research and data informs good social policy; and

the application of evidence-based policy making can make a real difference in the quality of services delivered, and, ultimately, in the quality of beneficiaries' lives.

At its most basic, the approach is to seek to provide a means to enable projects to access the expertise that they need in a timely and supportive basis, to be focussed on tangible outcomes, and to lend themselves to robust objective evaluation. The underlying aim is to develop a process whereby programmes and projects can be designed, developed and evaluated on the basis of a ‘what works' pragmatic approach.

Against a background of reforms underway by my Department, ongoing concerns to strengthen programme delivery and evaluation, and issues confirmed by a VFM Policy Review of the Local Development Social Inclusion Programme (LDSIP), my Department was eager to access independent international expertise. Separately, one of the issues with the local/community development programmes operated by my Department had been the difficulty in objectively demonstrating whether our programmes are actually working or not.

It was in this context that my Department, in consultation with the Office of the Minister of Children & Youth Affairs (OMCYA), considered the CES as offering a particular opportunity to support programme redesign, while overcoming the usual constraints of local interests and difficulty in accessing international expertise.

The CES also offered capability to set out tangible, deliverable, qualitative outcomes for the LDSIP/Community Development Programme (CDP) and wider programmes. In addition, my Department's view was that the CES would be in a position to provide ongoing mentoring on programme efficiency and evaluation over a number of years. The concept for the CES grew from an idea formulated initially by the Atlantic Philanthropies in the context of the provision of children's services — most notably the early childhood intervention project in Tallaght, Dublin. The CES was subsequently established as a joint venture between Government and the Atlantic Philanthropies.

Consequently, in 2008, my Department engaged the CES to assist with the re-design of its community development/social inclusion programmes, particularly the LDSIP and CDP. Key outputs agreed with the CES were the review of the design of both programmes, which, informed by good international practice, would specify outcomes at the outset and provide effective evaluation mechanisms. It was also agreed that any proposals put forward should facilitate effective evaluation of the performance of individual local delivery structures and allow for either the re-alignment or merger of the two programmes.

Under the agreement signed in October 2008 between my Department and the OMCYA with the CES, each will provide c€500,000 per annum to the Centre for 5 years. This amount will be matched by a contribution from the Atlantic Philanthropies of c€5m over the period. The agreement, which ends in 2012, sets out detailed deliverables to be provided over this period to each public body, as well as timelines for progress.

Given

the unique nature of this project as a joint approach between Government and the Atlantic Philanthropies, particularly in the context of Government initiatives on children's services;

the not-for-profit remit of the CES;

the unparalleled access which CES has to international expertise on the design, delivery and evaluation of social programmes; and

the significant support available from the Atlantic Philanthropies; my Department did not consider that a competitive tendering arrangement was appropriate in this case.

I am advised that ten staff are currently employed by the CES. In addition, three persons are engaged on a temporary/freelance basis for specific duties and there is one person on secondment to the Centre from the OMCYA. A staff member from the HSE is also expected to join the CES later in the year and my Department will also be releasing a member of staff to the Centre on a part-time basis.

Finally, I understand that since the establishment of CES in late 2008, there have been numerous meetings and contacts with the voluntary and community sector. This would include several hundred contacts and meetings, ranging in nature from telephone conversations and face-to-face meetings to intensive consultations and collaborations. I am advised that the profile of organisations, projects, initiatives and persons in the sector who have been contacted and who have met with CES staff has been very diverse. They would include very large organisations, as well as small local projects within the child, family and community fields.

Inland Waterways

Jack Wall

Question:

38 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if a decision has been made regarding the destination and use of a facility (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28758/10]

As the Deputy is aware, control of the facility referred to reverted to Waterways Ireland in March 2007 following the decision by the community council concerned that it was no longer feasible to operate. The facility is currently under way to the Royal Canal for use by Waterways Ireland in the commissioning works in advance of the proposed official opening of the Canal later this year. On completion, the facility will be used for operational maintenance on both the Royal and Grand Canals.

Community Development

Willie Penrose

Question:

39 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he or his Department will provide funding for communities to upgrade their community halls. [28772/10]

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department has responsibility for a wide range of programmes and schemes that support the sustainable and inclusive development of both urban and rural communities. It is possible that elements of the programmes and schemes listed below may provide financial support to community groups to upgrade their community hall facilities:

Axis 3 and 4 (LEADER) of the Rural Development Programme 2007-2013;

Gaeltacht Improvement Schemes; and

Capital grants for economic and social development on offshore islands.

Details of these and of other programmes and schemes operated by my Department can be accessed on the Department's website at www.pobail.ie.

Question No. 40 answered with Question No. 24.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

41 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs his plans if any to expand and broaden the CLÁR programme in view of the ongoing economic problems since taking up his present office; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28742/10]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

205 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the extent to which he has improved the CLÁR programme to better meet community needs in the current economic climate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29027/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 41 and 205 together.

In 2010, funding of €8m is being provided for the CLÁR Programme by my Department. However, as CLÁR leverages funding through other Departments and agencies, the value of the investment in rural areas that is being supported through the Programme will be considerably higher.

I have no immediate plans to further expand the Programme. However, in the context of the current economic climate, a particular focus of my Department has been on ensuring that projects are completed in a timely manner. To this end, my officials have been working closely with the other Government Departments and agencies with which a number of measures under the Programme are co-funded. Arising from this work, I am pleased to say that a significant number of projects have been completed over the last year, while the completion of others is being continuously monitored with my Department's co-funding partners.

Martin Ferris

Question:

42 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will make a commitment that any future funding programme resulting from the review of the scheme to support national organisations in the community and voluntary sector will prioritise a focus on combatting poverty, exclusion and inequality by supporting organisations that represent, empower and respond to the needs of disadvantaged groups and communities. [28751/10]

Funding contracts under the Scheme referred to by the Deputy are due to expire on 31st December 2010. Officials in my Department are currently carrying out a review to evaluate the Scheme and to make recommendations for its future. All organisations involved in the Scheme are being consulted as part of the review process.

On the basis of the findings of the review, I will consider the options available to me at the appropriate time.

Irish Language

Joe Costello

Question:

43 Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will give details of the grant aid being provided by his Department to third level institutions abroad relating to the Irish language; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28740/10]

In 2006 my Department established a dedicated fund to support the development and teaching of Irish language courses in third-level institutions overseas. Prior to the establishment of this fund, my Department had provided funding to a number of individual universities for this purpose.

This funding initiative has proved extremely successful in raising the profile and perceived status of the Irish language at home and abroad, and in opening up opportunities for personal and career development for young Irish language teachers and other professionals. It also develops positive links at Governmental and university level between Ireland and other participating countries, as well as the interpersonal contacts that are so important in the long-term in ensuring a positive awareness of Ireland among our EU partners and further afield.

At present around thirty third-level colleges and universities in the USA, in European countries and further afield, are providing Irish language and Celtic Studies programmes within their own institutions with the assistance of funding from my Department. I believe that the demand for funding from this scheme from universities worldwide is a clear indicator, not only of the interest within the academic community in Irish as one of the world's oldest vernacular languages, but also as proof of the opportunities available to Irish speakers globally.

I would mention in particular the two-way exchanges promoted via our participation in the Fulbright Commission's programme and in partnership with the Ireland-Canada University Foundation. Aside from the value in terms of promotion of the language, there is a direct economic return in cultural tourism terms, as many of the international students who study Irish in their home institutions will continue their studies in Ireland.

The funding provided under this heading to universities and organisations in 2009 and to date in 2010 is set out in tabular form.

University/Organisation

Grants Paid 2009

Grants Authorised 2010

Fulbright Commission

231,000

231,000

Ireland Canada University Foundation

200,000

200,000

Coláiste na nGael, Paris, France

16,748

16,748

Daltaí na Gaeilge, New Jersey, USA

19,000

Glucksman College, New York

17,000

17,000

Institiúd na hÉireann, Pittsburgh, USA

25,000

Lehman College, NYU, New York, USA

10,000

10,000

University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales

30,000

30,000

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

18,468

16,500

University of Brest, France

24,084

24,084

Cambridge University, England

23,392

25,198

Cardiff University, Wales

24,569

19,753

Edinburgh University, Scotland

18,250

18,800

Freiburg University, Frieburg, Germany

18,100

18,100

Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany

3,000

Karlova University, Prague, Czech Republic

10,964

11,000

Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany

4,200

Mannheim University, Germany

61,000

61,000

Marburg University, Germany

2,800

5,400

University of Montana, USA

60,000

30,000

Oslo University, Norway

7,639

Uppsala University, Sweden

13,377

13,778

University of the Ruhr, Germany

15,472

15,472

Sheffield University, England

28,183

29,963

Sydney University, Sydney, Australia

8,530

SKSK University, Germany

6,000

6,000

St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, England

3,746

University of St. Thomas, Minnesota

14,778

9,332

University of St. Thomas, Texas, USA

35,574

57,993

University of St. Thomas, Texas, Gaeltacht course

7,500

Vienna University, Austria

20,000

20,000

Universiteit Utrecht, Netherlands

30,000

30,000

Volkshochshule Buxtehude, Germany

760

760

University of Beijing, China

8,300

Totals

992,658

942,657

Eagraíochtaí Bunmhaoinithe Ghaeilge

Jack Wall

Question:

44 D’fhiafraigh Deputy Jack Wall den Aire Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta an mbeidh maoiniú ar fáil do na heagraíochtaí bunmhaoinithe Ghaeilge ón 30ú lá de Mheitheamh 2010; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. [28735/10]

Is mian liom a chur in iúl don Teachta go bhfuil oifigigh de chuid mo Roinne i dteagmháil rialta le Foras na Gaeilge maidir leis an bpróiseas tábhachtach ata idir lámha chun athchumrú a dhéanamh ar bhunmhaoiniú na hearnála deonaí Gaeilge d'fhonn sochair shuntasacha a bhaint amach i dtaca le seachadadh seirbhísí agus luach ar airgead.

Tuigim go bhfuil dul chun cinn fiúntach déanta maidir le comhaontú ar an gcur chuige nua faoi réir chinntí na Comhairle Aireachta Thuaidh Theas i mí na Nollag 2009 agus i mBealtaine 2010. Sa chomhthéacs sin — cé go bhfuil tuilleadh obair shonraithe le déanamh idir na Ranna, Thuaidh agus Theas, agus Foras na Gaeilge, chomh maith leis an bpróiseas leanúnach comhairliúcháin agus feidhmiúcháin atá riachtanach leis an earnáil féin — tá sé socraithe go gcuirfear maoiniú eatramhach ar fáil do na heagrais bhunmhaoinithe reatha go dtí deireadh Nollag 2010. Tógfar cinneadh úr roimh an dáta sin, más gá, maidir le tuilleadh maoinithe eatramhaigh i bhfianaise an dul chun cinn idir seo agus sin.

Departmental Funding

Jan O'Sullivan

Question:

45 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he intends going ahead this year with the Christmas lights as Gaeilge initiative of his predecessor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28739/10]

At the outset, I wish to inform the Deputy that in 2006 and 2007 funding was provided by my Department under the Fo-Chiste Gnó of its Scéimeanna Tacaíochta Gaeilge (formerly Ciste na Gaeilge) to a number of voluntary and business groups for the provision of Christmas lights in the Irish language. The purpose of the funding was to assist in promoting the Irish language among the local business community. In order to qualify for funding, a group was required to provide a business plan to include specific targets relating to the promotion of Irish and a clear exposition as to how these targets would be met. Funding from my Department was provided on the basis that matching funding (a minimum of 25%) was secured by the applicant from the local authority or from the local business community.

No funding was approved under this fund in 2008 or 2009 for the provision of Christmas lights in the Irish language and it is not proposed to make funding available this year, having regard to the current economic climate.

Question No. 46 answered with Question No. 10.

Lárionad Náisiúnta Gaeilge

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

47 D’fhiafraigh Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin den Aire Gnóthaí Pobail, Comhionannais agus Gaeltachta an aontaíonn sé gur fiú d’Éirinn Lárionad Náisiúnta Gaeilge a bhunú i gcroílár na príomhchathrach mar cheiliúradh, ní hamháin ar chéad bliain ón Éirí Amach, ach i gcomhthéacs Straitéis 20 Bliain don Ghaeilge an Rialtais agus ról lárnach bhaill Chonradh na Gaeilge in Éirí Amach 1916; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. [20433/10]

Tá tagairt ar leith déanta sa dréacht-Straitéis 20-bliain don Ghaeilge maidir le forbairt a dhéanamh ar ionad nó spás Gaeilge i mBaile Átha Cliath. Faoi mar is eol don Teachta, tá an dréacht-Straitéis foilsithe ag an Rialtas agus bhí sí os comhair an Chomhchoiste Oireachtais do Ghnóthaí Ealaín, Spóirt, Turasóireachta, Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta le tamall anuas le breithniú. Tuigtear dom go mbeidh tuairisc an Chomhchoiste ar fáil go luath agus tá súil agam go mbeidh ar mo chumas brú ar aghaidh ansin le cead an Rialtais a lorg chun an Straitéis a fhoilsiú. Mar a thuigfidh an Teachta, go dtí go mbeidh an próiseas sin críochnaithe, tá sé deacair amscála cinnte a lua ach bheinn dóchasach go mbeidh dul chun cinn suntasach bainte amach faoi Mheán Fómhair seo chugainn.

Equality Issues

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

48 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs his priorities for the equality brief in the coming year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28753/10]

My priorities for my Department's equality brief over the coming year include the following:

Carry out a review of the legislation, structures and arrangements involving the Equality Authority, the Equality Tribunal and the Irish Human Rights Commission in order to enhance equality in an effective way;

Oversee implementation of the National Women's Strategy 2007-2016, including:

the completion of a review of the Strategy;

reviewing the impact of the economic downturn on gender equality issues in order to ensure that Ireland continues to work towardsde facto gender equality; and

encouraging the greater participation of women in decision-making including political life and women's representation on State Boards;

Support positive actions to fosterde facto gender equality through the ESF-supported Equality for Women Measure;

Review the need to hold a Referendum to consider amending Article 41.2 of Constitution, broadening the reference to the role of women in the home to one which recognises the role of the parent in the home;

Continue to focus at national and local level on co-ordinated delivery of services and supports to improve outcomes for the Traveller community;

Continue to support enhanced Traveller-related measures under broader mainstream programmes;

Provide funding through Pobal to promote high quality support projects at local level under the structures of the City and County Development Boards;

Continue to support information sharing on interagency service delivery;

Fund project work to promote positive communication between Traveller and settled communities, including mediation and conflict resolution;

Continue to engage at EU level on Commission proposals for legislative change in relation to equality matters, including the areas of anti-discrimination and work-life balance; and continue to engage in all appropriate international fora on equality issues.

Question No. 49 answered with Question No. 10.
Question No. 50 answered with Question No. 36.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

51 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the reason that on the 25 June 2010 there is no obvious equality section on his Department’s website despite the reconfiguration of responsibilities announced by the Taoiseach three months ago and the formal inclusion of equality in the title of his Department almost one month ago. [28747/10]

As the Deputy will be aware, responsibility for equality, human rights, integration and disability matters formally transferred from the Department of Justice and Law Reform to my Department on 1 June 2010. As the equality function was a matter for the Department of Justice and Law Reform up to that date, material and information in that regard could be accessed on that Department's site.

Following on from the formal transfer of the equality functions to my Department on 1 June, officers at my Department have been reviewing and updating the content of my Department's website and I can confirm that material in relation to equality matters is now accessible on my Department's website at www.pobail.ie. I anticipate that further expansion and consolidation work will be carried out on the website over the coming period.

Foreign Direct Investment

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

52 Deputy Brendan Kenneally asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the position regarding the Horizon 2020 report; the action that has been taken since it was launched; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28853/10]

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has been, and will continue to be, a key element in the export led recovery of this economy.

In March 2010, IDA Ireland published ‘Horizon 2020’, a document which sets out the Agency’s strategy for attracting FDI into Ireland in the coming decade. The targets for this strategy include the creation of 105,000 new jobs in Ireland in the period 2010-2014. Fifty per cent of these investments are to be based in locations outside of Dublin and Cork. The Strategy is being implemented over the five year period 2010-2014. I am glad to report that IDA has made good progress since the strategy was launched.

There have been 48 IDA investment announcements to date in 2010, an average of 2 per week. The new strategy also places a strong emphasis on transformation of existing industrial operations and IDA has developed a suite of support mechanisms to assist its client companies along this transformation agenda. Within the organisation, IDA has established a new High Growth Markets Team to achieve 20% of Greenfield investments into Ireland by 2014 originating from these markets. In addition, a second specialised team has also been established to target new High Growth FDI companies, which are the seeds of tomorrow's multinationals.

Progress is also being made on delivering the regional target element of the strategy with some significant project announcements including EA Games in Galway (200 jobs), Warner Chilcott in Dundalk a life sciences company (200 jobs), Mirror Controls International in Leitrim (50 jobs), Enercon in Tralee (30 jobs), and Mfg.com in Drogheda (50 jobs). IDA is continuing its efforts to win investments for Ireland and then to encourage, where appropriate, investments to locate in regional locations in line with the National Spatial Strategy (NSS). There have also been job investments in the Dublin and Cork regions including Dun and Bradstreet (100 jobs), IBM Smarter Cities Technology Centre (200 jobs), Telefonica (100 jobs) and United Technologies Corporation (37 jobs).

IDA has also developed a new marketing campaign, which was launched in North America, our biggest market for FDI. The PR campaign is aimed at highlighting the many positive characteristics of Ireland and is resulting in some recent positive media coverage of Ireland's attractiveness as an industrial development location.

While recognising that we are still in the early stages of a 5 year plan, I consider that IDA has made a good start on achieving the targets which it has set for itself and I am confident of continued success.

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

53 Deputy Brendan Kenneally asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the implications of the Horizon 2020 report for County Waterford; if any action has been taken to promote jobs in County Waterford since it was launched; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28855/10]

An indication of IDA's commitment to balanced regional development is that one of the high levels goals in the Agency's new strategy, "Horizon 2020” is a commitment, that by 2014, 50% of all FDI investments will be located outside of Dublin and Cork. The challenge in achieving an even spread of investment is intensified as the sophistication of investments increase. Competition for Foreign Direct Investment comes not just from other countries, but from city regions with populations in excess of one million people. Dublin is the only recognised city region in Ireland that meets this criterion.

In line with the National Spatial Strategy, IDA's new strategy places renewed emphasis on the "Gateway" regions. The "gateways" in Ireland are going to be critical growth areas in the future. Successful enterprise development and the creation of an attractive location is interdependent. Regions/Gateways that support strong and dynamic enterprise are crucial to Ireland's return to balanced economic growth and IDA will continue to focus on balanced development through these regional gateways.

In the case of Waterford, IDA is concentrating on the gateway City of Waterford and on the town of Dungarvan. In addition to marketing the area for new inward investment, IDA Ireland is also actively engaged with the existing IDA client base in Waterford City and County, to encourage their transition to higher value activities and to promote further investment in Ireland. Clear evidence of a transition to more knowledge based and higher value activity is seen in the resilience of companies such as Bausch & Lomb, Honeywell and GlaxoSmithKline, as well as newer additions to the county's portfolio, such as Citi Hedge Funds, Genzyme and Sun Life Financial. In marketing County Waterford for new foreign direct investment (FDI), IDA Ireland is focused on attracting overseas companies in the services and knowledge-based industries (including advanced manufacturing). Sectors of focus in the medium term will be Life Sciences, ICT, International Services and High Technology Engineering.

To date in 2010, there have been 4 site visits by potential investors to Waterford City and County. While IDA seeks to influence the selection of locations for new investment, the final decision on where to visit and where to invest lies with the investor.

Job Creation

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

54 Deputy Brendan Kenneally asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the number of jobs created by Enterprise Ireland in County Waterford during 2010; the level of funding provided for job creation in County Waterford; the other actions Enterprise Ireland will take to promote jobs in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28856/10]

Employment data in respect of companies supported by Enterprise Ireland is collated by Forfás on an annual basis and accordingly data is not yet available for 2010. To date in 2010 total funding of €2.78m has been provided by Enterprise Ireland to companies in County Waterford, to support enterprise, thus enabling job creation. This figure includes payments under the employment subsidy scheme, which is supporting the maintenance of vulnerable jobs. At a micro enterprise level €594,374 has been allocated for the provision of direct financial and other soft supports to companies through the Waterford County and City Enterprise Boards. Grants paid to IDA Ireland supported companies in County Waterford total almost €1 million to date in 2010.

The wider supports targeted at County Waterford include the South-East Enterprise Platform Programme which is underway at the Waterford Institute of Technology as part of Enterprise Ireland's South East Regional Strategy. The 2009/2010 programme has had 20 participants to date in the County. As part of the ongoing drive to promote entrepreneurship in the region, Enterprise Ireland has also rolled out a series of Enterprise START workshops to encourage potential entrepreneurs to explore their business ideas. During 2009, 49 participants took part in this initiative in Waterford and the most recent workshop held in March 2010, had 18 participants.

Furthermore, the South East Enterprise Week, which takes place annually, showcases successful entrepreneurs and encourages and assists current and potential entrepreneurs. Throughout the South East, events take place to promote and encourage entrepreneurship. Local Enterprise Ireland staff are closely involved in the initiative through the Spirit of Enterprise Regional Forum.

On a national basis, Enterprise Ireland continues to support the growth of new and existing internationally trading Irish enterprises. A Fund for Job Expansion has been launched by Enterprise Ireland, which will provide support of up to €150,000 to eligible clients taking on a development plan which will increase employment. The first call for this competitive Fund closed in May with a further two calls scheduled for later this year. The Fund will assist companies in areas such as capital, technology acquisition, training, the recruitment of key managers and consultancy.

Redundancy Payments

Brendan Howlin

Question:

55 Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation when his Department received an application for redundancy payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wexford; when this application is likely to be processed to completion and any entitlement awarded; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28901/10]

My Department administers the Social Insurance Fund (SIF) in relation to redundancy matters on behalf of the Department of Social and Family Affairs. There are two types of payment made from the SIF — rebates to those employers who have paid statutory redundancy to eligible employees, and statutory lump sums to employees whose employers are insolvent and/or in receivership/liquidation.

I can confirm that my Department received a statutory redundancy lump sum claim on 10 May, 2010 in respect of the above individual. This claim awaits processing. In respect of redundancy lump sum payments paid directly to employees, such as in this instance, the Section is, in general, processing claims dating from November 2009.

In relation to Redundancy claims, the scale of the challenge is evident from the statistics that show incoming redundancy claims in 2009 amounted to 77,001 which represents a threefold increase over the level of claims lodged in 2007 and earlier years. In 2007, claims received were of the order of 25,000. Efforts continue to be made by my Department to deliver more acceptable turnaround processing times for Redundancy payments given the difficulties that this gives rise to for both individual employees and the business community. Measures already taken in the Department in 2009 to alleviate the pressures on the Payments area include: almost doubling the number of staff through reassignment to a current level of 52 full time equivalents; prioritisation of the Department's overtime budget towards staff in the Section to tackle the backlog outside normal hours; establishment of a special call handling facility in NERA to deal with the huge volume of telephone calls from people and businesses concerned about their payments; better quality information relating to current processing times on the Department's website; engagement with the Revenue Commissioners to facilitate the offset of redundancy rebate payments by employers against existing outstanding tax liabilities which those employers owe to the Revenue Commissioners.

The backlog and waiting times remain at unacceptable levels. However, improvements are evident. I should point out that my Department has, in 2009, processed 50,664 claims, up 70% on 2008. In the period 1 January 2010 to 31 May 2010 new claims amounted to 28,587 — a fall off of almost 20% on the corresponding 5 month period in 2009 when 35,559 new claims were lodged. The reduction in incoming claims is most welcome. Inroads are being made in the backlog of claims reducing from 42,591 in December 2009 to a level of 34,881 at end May 2010. In the first five months of 2010, 34,036 claims were processed, up 130% on the same period last year.

Responsibility for the payment functions arising under the Redundancy and Insolvency payment schemes is due to be transferred to the Department of Social Protection with effect from 1 January 2011. In transferring the functions between Departments, it is the intention that this will operate seamlessly and without any adverse impact on the service levels being experienced by individuals or the business community awaiting payment of redundancy claims.

Job Creation

Enda Kenny

Question:

56 Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the number of jobs created in County Mayo with the assistance of the Industrial Development Authority; the level of activity or interest that has been expressed in County Mayo by clients of the authority; if he will provide these results for the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28908/10]

The Forfás Annual Employment Survey shows that in the 3 year period 2007 to 2009, inclusive, a total of 343 new jobs were created in IDA supported companies in County Mayo. Details of the number of new jobs created in each of those years is set out in the statement.

IDA Ireland recognises the need to provide high value employment opportunities in county Mayo, which provide sustainable long-term jobs. IDA Ireland's strategies have proved successful, despite the difficult and ever changing global economy and at present there are 19 IDA supported companies in Mayo employing 2,992 people in permanent employment and a further 498 in temporary and contract employment, across a range of sectors.

In addition to marketing the county for new inward investment through its network of overseas offices, IDA also works with the existing client base in the county, encouraging them to grow and expand their operations there. As part of its strategy to attract inward investment, IDA Ireland introduces a prospective client company to 3 or 4 selected locations, which can meet the company's requirements for skills, labour, site and/or buildings, and infrastructure. In selecting locations to show companies, IDA Ireland seeks to include locations which have been affected by closures and job losses and also gives priority to the Border, Midlands and West regions.

In the three-year period 2007 to 2009, there have been a total of 8 such site visits, by potential investors, to County Mayo. While IDA seeks to influence the selection of locations for new investment, the final decision as to where to visit and where to locate lies with the investor.

Table showing the number of new jobs created in IDA supported companies in County Mayo in each of the years 2007 to 2009 inclusive

Year

2007

2008

2009

Number of new jobs created

114

132

97

Ned O'Keeffe

Question:

57 Deputy Edward O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the position regarding a specific payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [28932/10]

My Department administers the Social Insurance Fund (SIF) in relation to redundancy matters on behalf of the Department of Social and Family Affairs. There are two types of payment made from the SIF — rebates to those employers who have paid statutory redundancy to eligible employees, and statutory lump sums to employees whose employers are insolvent and/or in receivership/liquidation.

I can confirm that my Department received a lump sum claim for the individual concerned on 11 September, 2009. In the course of processing the claim, queries were raised with the employer and I understand that a response on one outstanding aspect is awaited. As soon as this issue is resolved the claim can be processed for payment without further delay.

In general, the documentation required in support of lump sum claims is evidence of the employer's inability to pay the redundancy entitlements to the employees. This involves a statement from the company's Accountant or Solicitor confirming the inability of the company to pay the redundancy entitlements as well as requesting the latest set of financial accounts for the company. The employer is also asked to admit liability for the 40% liability attaching to the company arising from the redundancy payments.

If the required information is provided to the Department, the employees will be paid their redundancy entitlement from the Social Insurance Fund. Upon payment, the Department pursues the company for the 40% share that the company would ordinarily have been expected to pay to the employees.

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

58 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary ofthe tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28976/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

60 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29004/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 58 and 60 together.

My Department has no record of any voluntary disclosures having been made to the Revenue Commissioners from 2005 to date. No tax audits have been carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on my Department in that period.

Joan Burton

Question:

59 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28990/10]

I am advised that Section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997, provides that the Revenue Commissioners may make arrangements with employers whereby the employers will themselves pay to the Revenue Commissioners the tax payable in respect of certain benefits provided to employees which are minor and irregular, rather than deducting the tax from the earnings of the employees and accounting for it through the PAYE system. My Department has not entered into any such arrangements with the Revenue Commissioners since 2005.

Question No. 60 answered with Question No. 58.

Redundancy Payments

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

61 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation when a State redundancy payment will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin. [29053/10]

My Department administers the Social Insurance Fund (SIF) in relation to redundancy matters on behalf of the Department of Social and Family Affairs. There are two types of payment made from the SIF — rebates to those employers who have paid statutory redundancy to eligible employees, and statutory lump sums to employees whose employers are insolvent and/or in receivership/liquidation.

I can confirm that my Department received a statutory redundancy lump sum claim in respect of the above individual on 14 April, 2010. This claim awaits processing. In respect of redundancy lump sum payments paid directly to employees, such as in this instance, the Section is, in general, processing claims dating from November 2009.

In relation to Redundancy claims, the scale of the challenge is evident from the statistics that show incoming redundancy claims in 2009 amounted to 77,001 which represents a threefold increase over the level of claims lodged in 2007 and earlier years. In 2007, claims received were of the order of 25,000.

Efforts continue to be made by my Department to deliver more acceptable turnaround processing times for Redundancy payments given the difficulties that this gives rise to for both individual employees and the business community. Measures already taken in the Department in 2009 to alleviate the pressures on the Payments area include: almost doubling the number of staff through reassignment to a current level of 52 full time equivalents; prioritisation of the Department's overtime budget towards staff in the Section to tackle the backlog outside normal hours; establishment of a special call handling facility in NERA to deal with the huge volume of telephone calls from people and businesses concerned about their payments; better quality information relating to current processing times on the Department's website; engagement with the Revenue Commissioners to facilitate the offset of redundancy rebate payments by employers against existing outstanding tax liabilities which those employers owe to the Revenue Commissioners.

The backlog and waiting times remain at unacceptable levels. However, improvements are evident. I should point out that my Department has, in 2009, processed 50,664 claims, up 70% on 2008. In the period 1 January 2010 to 31 May 2010 new claims amounted to 28,587 — a fall off of almost 20% on the corresponding 5 month period in 2009 when 35,559 new claims were lodged. The reduction in incoming claims is most welcome. Inroads are being made in the backlog of claims reducing from 42,591 in December 2009 to a level of 34,881 at end May 2010. In the first five months of 2010, 34,036 claims were processed, up 130% on the same period last year.

Responsibility for the payment functions arising under the Redundancy and Insolvency payment schemes is due to be transferred to the Department of Social Protection with effect from 1 January 2011. In transferring the functions between Departments, it is the intention that this will operate seamlessly and without any adverse impact on the service levels being experienced by individuals or the business community awaiting payment of redundancy claims.

Job Creation

Noel Ahern

Question:

62 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation further to his recent announcement regarding an organisation (details supplied) and the creation of 71 jobs in Dublin, if he will provide contact details for this organisation in view of the fact that persons who were made redundant (details supplied) have been unable to make contact. [29060/10]

I understand that the address for job applications to be sent to is as follows:

Mr. Gary O'Reilly

Eirtech Aviation Ltd

Shannon Airport

County Clare GOReilly@myjet.ie

Redundancy Payments

Finian McGrath

Question:

63 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation if he will support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 9. [29088/10]

My Department administers the Social Insurance Fund (SIF) in relation to redundancy matters on behalf of the Department of Social and Family Affairs. There are two types of payment made from the SIF — rebates to those employers who have paid statutory redundancy to eligible employees, and statutory lump sums to employees whose employers are insolvent and/or in receivership/liquidation.

As advised in response to the Parliamentary Question number 25240 answered on 15 June, 2010, it is still the case that, on the basis of valid claims entered in the Redundancy Payments System in my Department, there is no record of a redundancy claim having been received in respect of the individual in question. My Department has however received a number of claims for the company for which the individual previously worked which are currently being processed. In these circumstances, and on the basis that the individual believes he is eligible for redundancy, it would be advisable for the individual to contact his former employer who could, in turn, submit (or resubmit if that is the case) a claim to my Department.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

64 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29114/10]

My Department did not receive any funding from the National Lottery in 2007, 2008 or 2009 and does not expect to receive any such funding in 2010 either.

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

65 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29128/10]

In the time available since this Question was tabled, my Department has not been able to collate all the information, covering the period from 2000 to 25th June 2010, requested by the Deputy. I will forward the information to the Deputy as soon as all the data has been compiled.

Water and Sewerage Schemes

Paul Kehoe

Question:

66 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Finance if it is possible for a water supply required for a graveyard (details supplied) to be connected from the Garda station in the village; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29170/10]

The Commissioners of Public Works will consider this matter if a written request detailing the requirements is submitted.

National Asset Management Agency

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

67 Deputy Brendan Kenneally asked the Minister for Finance the estimated cost to the Exchequer if a National Asset Management Agency type scheme were to be brought in for mortgage holders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28848/10]

I have informed this House on many occasions that NAMA is not a form of bailout for developers whose loans are in default. A borrower whose loan is transferred to NAMA will continue to owe the full amount borrowed and the conditions of the loan will generally remain the same. NAMA will manage these loans in the best interest of taxpayers and where necessary will seize property or other assets which are the security to a loan which is not being repaid. A NAMA type scheme for mortgage holders would operate on the same basis and would not be in the best interest of mortgage holders. I have not costed such an option.

The Government is aware of the difficulties being experienced by mortgage holders. As the Deputy is aware, last February I announced the establishment of an Expert Group on Mortgage Arrears and Personal Debt, under the Chairmanship of Mr. Hugh Cooney. The Group, which has initially explored the feasibility of a range of possible options for improving the level of mortgage support to homeowners in difficulty, will report to me with its initial recommendations very shortly.

I understand that the Group will then examine further options, including the costing of such options and report to me with its final report on mortgage issues in early autumn.

Tax Code

Jack Wall

Question:

68 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Finance if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare has received all of their allowances for the past four years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28868/10]

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the taxpayer is not entitled to a tax credit in respect of his children. As the taxpayer is cohabiting he is not entitled to claim the One Parent Family Tax Credit. The Home Carers Tax Credit is only available to married couples who fulfil certain criteria. The taxpayer has not claimed a tax credit for Service Charges or for Union Subscriptions to which he may be entitled.

Financial Services Regulation

Joan Burton

Question:

69 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance the annual cost of financial regulation for each of the past five years; the proportion of the cost of financial regulation borne by regulated entities for each of the past five years; if he will provide a breakdown of the cost and cost coverage of financial regulation by sector for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28957/10]

The Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland (CBFSAI) is governed by the Central Bank Act 1942 (as amended), the Statute of the European System of Central Banks and the Treaty of Rome and is not directly responsible to me for the cost of financial regulation. However, the Central Bank Act 1942 requires my approval for an annual statement by the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority (IFSRA) of proposed income and expenditure specifying the amounts to be raised by levies in respect of financial regulation. Once I have approved it, the statement is laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas. In addition, the annual report of the IFSRA which shows the outcome of income and expenditure in the previous year is laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas each year.

The CBFSAI has advised me that over the last five years some 50 per cent of the total costs of the Financial Regulator have been met by the imposition of levies on the industry. The balance of the total annual costs is provided by the CBFSAI in accordance with Section 33(L) of the Central Bank Act 1942. In 2009, the CBFSAI bore the full cost of certain securities market supervision activities carried out within the Financial Regulator.

The tables set out the total cost of regulation, the total contribution from industry and the contribution from each industry category for each of the last five years.

Year

Financial Regulator Total Expenses

Subvention from CBFSAI

Actual Funding Requirements from Industry*

€m

€m

€m

2005

41.3

20.4

20.4

2006

48.7

24.4

21.2

2007

52.6

25.4

23.4

2008

59.9

29.1

25.0

2009

61.1

27.3

34.9**

*This figure takes account of a surplus or deficit in the previous years funding requirement. Any surplus is offset against the next year's figures.

**This figure includes the 100 percent funding levy on the credit institutions for the cost of the government guarantee.

2005

Industry Category

Net 2004 Surplus/ Deficit

2005 Budget Funding Requirement

2005 AFR

€ 000

€ 000

€ 000

A: Credit Institutions

674

7,561

6,887

B: Insurance Undertakings

92

4,452

4,360

C: Intermediaries

414

2,868

2,454

D: Securities and Investment Firms

168

1,626

1,458

E: CIS and other Service Providers

116

3,950

3,834

F: Credit Unions

0

1,140

1,140

G: Moneylenders

1

137

136

H: Approved Professional Bodies

23

61

38

I: Exchanges

24

117

93

J: Bureau de Change/Money Transmitters

1

31

30

K: E-Money Providers

0

0

0

L: Default Assessment

n/a

n/a

n/a

M: Home Reversion/Retail Credit Firms

n/a

n/a

n/a

Total

1,513

21,943

20,430

2006

Industry Category

Net 2005 Surplus/ Deficit

2006 Budget Funding Requirement

2006 AFR

€ 000

€ 000

€ 000

A: Credit Institutions

685

8,074

7,389

B: Insurance Undertakings

351

5,176

4,825

C: Intermediaries

530

2,905

2,375

D: Securities and Investment Firms

163

1,649

1,486

E: CIS and other Service Providers

355

3,917

3,562

F: Credit Unions

0

1,294

1,294

G: Moneylenders

-13

144

157

H: Approved Professional Bodies

8

27

19

I: Exchanges

31

132

101

J: Bureau de Change/Money Transmitters

0

36

36

K: E-Money Providers

0

0

0

L: Default Assessment

n/a

n/a

n/a

M: Home Reversion/Retail Credit Firms

n/a

n/a

n/a

Total

2,110

23,354

21,244

2007

Industry Category

Net 2006 Surplus/ Deficit

2007 Budget Funding Requirement

2007 AFR

€ 000

€ 000

€ 000

A: Credit Institutions

832

9,006

8,174

B: Insurance Undertakings

172

5,008

4,836

C: Intermediaries

586

2,359

1,773

D: Securities and Investment Firms

112

1,812

1,700

E: CIS and other Service Providers

-272

4,249

4,521

F: Credit Unions

0

1,959

1412

G: Moneylenders

15

200

185

H: Approved Professional Bodies

4

26

22

I: Exchanges

-46

122

168

J: Bureau de Change/Money Transmitters

11

53

42

K: E-Money Providers

0

0

0

L: Default Assessment

n/a

n/a

n/a

M: Home Reversion/Retail Credit Firms

n/a

n/a

n/a

Total

1,414

24,794

22,833

2008

Industry Category

Net 2007 Surplus/ Deficit

2008 Budget Funding Requirement

2008 AFR

€ 000

€ 000

€ 000

A: Credit Institutions

448

9,330

8,882

B: Insurance Undertakings

34

5,836

5,802

C: Intermediaries

257

2,445

2,188

D: Securities and Investment Firms

42

2,005

1,963

E: CIS and other Service Providers

19

4,396

4,377

F: Credit Unions

0

1,862

1,430

G: Moneylenders

27

185

158

H: Approved Professional Bodies

2

13

11

I: Exchanges

21

169

148

J: Bureau de Change/Money Transmitters

-8

63

71

K: E-Money Providers

0

0

0

L: Default Assessment

n/a

n/a

n/a

M: Home Reversion/Retail Credit Firms

n/a

n/a

n/a

Total

842

26,304

25,462

2009

Industry Category

Net 2008 Surplus/ Deficit

2009 Budget Funding Requirement

2009 AFR

€ 000

€ 000

€ 000

A: Credit Institutions

-470

18,108

18,578

B: Insurance Undertakings

253

5,549

5,296

C: Intermediaries

-40

2,200

2,240

D: Securities and Investment Firms

-38

2,022

2,060

E: CIS and other Service Providers

-99

4,099

4,198

F: Credit Unions

0

1,769

1,394

G: Moneylenders

11

271

260

H: Approved Professional Bodies

0

5

5

I: Exchanges

9

158

149

J: Bureau de Change/Money Transmitters

-27

91

118

K: E-Money Providers

0

0

0

L: Default Assessment

n/a

n/a

n/a

M: Home Reversion/Retail Credit Firms

0

251

251

Total

-401

34,523

34,924

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

70 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28978/10]

In 2006 my Department made a voluntary disclosure to the Revenue Commissioners concerning the purchase of services from a company which was within the scope of Schedule 4 VAT (the obligation to account for VAT in respect of services supplied from another country). The amount of VAT underpaid was €37,609.62. No interest or penalties were applied. The services concerned had been invoiced from Ireland and payment made to an Irish bank account, but had been supplied from the UK.

Joan Burton

Question:

71 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28992/10]

My Department had no such settlements in the years in question.

Joan Burton

Question:

72 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29006/10]

The Revenue Commissioners did not carry out any tax audits in my Department during the years in question.

State Banking Sector

Paul Kehoe

Question:

73 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Finance if he will confirm the period of time it takes for a genuine loan proposal to be processed from the time it is sent into the headquarters of Anglo Irish Bank to the issue of the letter of offer; if he will further confirm the number of persons working in the Department who are processing such loans in view of the fact that it appears that from the time genuine customers send in a request for a drawdown of previously approved funds it can take in excess of two weeks; the reason for this delay; his proposals to improve the efficiency of Anglo Irish Bank when dealing with customers who are legitimate and who are endeavouring to sell houses in order to repay their debts; if priority is being given to these persons in order to expedite loan applications and loan requests; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29055/10]

Anglo Irish Bank is run on an arms length commercial basis by the Board of Anglo. Consequently, matters which relate to the normal commercial business of the bank, including the processing of loan applications and other business services by the bank, are a matter for the Board of Anglo.

As the Deputy will be aware the bank is restricted under the terms of the Subscription Agreement from issuing new loans to new or existing clients save where the lending is necessary to protect the bank's asset quality, to ensure losses are kept to a minimum in its Loan Book or pursuant to legally binding commitments.

I am informed by the bank that for existing committed facilities where the loan/legal documentation is confirmed to be in place, payments are typically made within a minimum of 2 working days. Delays to payments being released may arise for a number of reasons e.g. incomplete loan/legal documentation or facility balance being in excess of limit and in such cases it is necessary to refer the case to Credit Committee for approval.

With regard to customers who require release of security resulting from the sale of an asset it is important that the bank ensures a true market value is being realised for the asset. Once this requirement has been satisfied and the arrangements are within the terms of the Credit Committee approval, the request will typically be approved in a timely manner.

My Department has no role or involvement in processing loan applications.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

74 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Finance the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29116/10]

The surplus from the National Lottery is transferred to the Exchequer on a regular basis and is applied each year to part-fund the Exchequer allocations to a specified range of expenditure subheads across various Votes. Each year, the amount transferred to the Exchequer from the National Lottery surplus, together with details of the total Exchequer allocations to the relevant subheads are set out in Appendix 1 of the annual "Revised Estimates for Public Services".

Since 2005, the expenditure allocations for the relevant subheads exceed the amount available from the National Lottery surplus. Therefore, these subheads are now described as being "part-funded by the National Lottery", and the balance of the expenditure allocation for the subheads comes from normal Exchequer sources.

The following is a summary of the information contained at Appendix 1 of the "Revised Estimates for Public Services" for the last few years:

2007

2008

2009

Total Exchequer allocation to the Subheads part-funded by the National Lottery

€444m

€472m

€435m

Of which: transferred to the Exchequer from the surplus of the National Lottery

€230m

€265m

€275m

The details in Appendix 1 of the Revised Estimates for Public Services show that within my own Department's Vote, there is one Subhead that is part-funded by the National Lottery proceeds: this is the Subhead for the Charitable Lotteries Scheme. The following table shows the amounts awarded to Charitable organisations under that Scheme in each of the last three years:

Charity

2007

2008

2009

REHAB Lotteries

5,504,073.16

5,185,163.72

5,644,928.91

Gael Linn

541,587.06

610,413.50

564,034.40

Irish Cancer Society

413,738.27

429,746.96

358,849.12

Polio Fellowship

413,738.27

429,746.96

358,849.12

Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

316,656.75

232,048.76

127,748.48

Asthma Society of Ireland

557,013.55

643,315.93

543,565.91

Irish Lung Foundation Limited

205,152.00

172,890.95

145,088.24

The Hanly Centre

168,343.93

166,103.69

196,021.81

Irish M.E. Trust

98,105.07

96,853.98

90,839.28

Drogheda Community Services Trust

100,742.84

105,947.06

101,390.74

West of Ireland Alzheimer Foundation

104,943.51

121,469.12

115,123.81

Longford Cathedral Circle

62,209.77

61,162.26

54,504.19

Associated Charities Trust

42,214.67

39,113.35

34,294.10

Irish Wheelchair Association

7,615.56

5,417.42

5,660.13

Mulranny Day Centre Housing Co. Ltd.

17,004.60

14,200.02

13,856.88

Cappoquin Community Development Co. Ltd

16,049.06

16,896.90

16,619.56

Lyreacrompane Community Development Ltd

27,938.48

26,776.64

23,845.06

Friedreich’s Ataxia Society Ireland

0.00

198,949.67

156,163.01

St Kieran’s Community Centre

0.00

39,074.86

48,490.80

Sliabh-Ardagh Rural Development

20,873.44

22,708.23

18,126.45

Totals:

8,618,000.00

8,618,000.00

8,618,000.00

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

75 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Finance the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29130/10]

In general, my department uses the services of the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Chief State Solicitor, and seeks outside legal advisors in circumstances requiring legal services of a specific nature. The costs associated with the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Chief State Solicitor are borne by the respective Votes.

The following table sets out the legal fee expenditure paid by my Department and by the Offices under its aegis, to other Solicitors and Barristers, in the years 2000 to date in 2010. Due to systems changes and archiving, the figures for my Department in respect of the earlier years (2000-2003) are not readily available and the information is not being provided as the cost of producing such material would not be justified due to the inordinate amount of time it would take to retrieve. Accordingly, the table is only populated from 2004-2010 in respect of my Department.

Name of Office

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

€’000

€’000

€’000

€’000

€’000

€’000

€’000

€’000

€’000

€’000

€’000

Office of the Minister for Finance

N/a

N/a

N/a

N/a

241

1,155

662

393

1,873

5,876

349

Office of Public Works

0

0

0

0

0

0

1,224

1,214

621

473

181

State Laboratory

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

103

86

1

Valuation Office

82

73

70

65

296

26

125

20

139

257

191

Public Appointments Service†

N/a

N/a

N/a

N/a

N/a

0

0

0

17

0

0

Office of the Commission for Public Service Appointments†

N/a

N/a

N/a

N/a

N/a

66

63

130

115

109

7

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

377

615

579

539

1,226

1,138

1,351

1,315

1,922

1,700

429

Office of the Appeals Commissioners

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

†Came into being in 2005 (Public Appointments use the services of the CSSO and the AG's office in the significant majority of cases).

Freedom of Information

Róisín Shortall

Question:

76 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance, further to a freedom of information request (details supplied), if it is standard practice not to retain documentation and early drafts of replies to parliamentary questions within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29145/10]

It is the policy of my Department to retain early drafts of documents where changes to subsequent drafts of the document result in the substantial modification or removal of text from an earlier complete version, or where substantive annotations and comments are written on a copy of a complete or final draft. Early drafts are not retained where the only difference between drafts is in presentation (i.e. layout, grammar, stylistic changes, etc.).

State Banking Sector

Brian Hayes

Question:

77 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Finance the amount and the individual amounts paid by those banks in State ownership in salary and management contracts terms to each developer to date; the incentive plans granted to them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29161/10]

Anglo Irish Bank is run on an arm's length commercial basis by the Board of Anglo. Consequently, matters which relate to the normal commercial business of the bank, including the detailed arrangements with individual customers and other business services are a matter for the Board of the bank.

Information on the bank's contracts and loan conditions are commercially sensitive and it would therefore not be appropriate to release such information. In order to provide insight into how such matters are managed the bank has informed me that where payments are being made to cover salary obligations of borrowers they are typically approved as part of a working capital/cash facility. It is important to note that the bank does not, in the normal course of business, employ or pay developers. However, approved working capital/cash facilities provided under specific loan arrangements will typically comprise a number of payment requests such as individual creditor payments and salaries.

Flood Relief

Michael Ring

Question:

78 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Finance if he will ascertain from the Office of Public Works when works (details supplied) in County Mayo will commence. [29171/10]

The Office of Public Works, in consultation with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), is continuing to develop proposals for mitigation works that would provide an appropriate level of flood protection for the Roundfort-Hollymount area while taking account of its environmental sensitivity and status.

Subject to agreement of the proposals with the NPWS, it is hoped that mitigation work will commence in late Summer.

Departmental Reviews

Pat Rabbitte

Question:

79 Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Health and Children when the Drogheda review will report; if she has decided to have an inquiry into the issues involved; if the inquiry so recommends; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28927/10]

In October 2009, following consultations with my Government colleagues, I announced the establishment of an independent review, the "Drogheda Review", to advise on whether any additional information or insights, which would be of significant public benefit, are likely to be achieved from a further investigation in relation to the case of Mr. Michael Shine.

I appointed retired High Court Judge Mr. T.C. Smyth to chair the Review and emphasised that the examination should have regard to the views of groups or individuals representing complainants. The Review is due to be completed in the near future and consideration of the review report will clearly inform any future decisions on the issues involved.

National Drugs Strategy

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

80 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the extent to which she or her Department have assisted in drug rehabilitation programmes throughout the country in each of the past three years and to date in 2010; her future plans for these programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29029/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

81 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children her plans to increase the availability of placements on drug rehabilitation programmes throughout the country; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29030/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

82 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the total moneys allocated and drawn down in respect of community based or other drug rehabilitation programmes throughout County Kildare in each of the past three years and to date in 2010; her plans regarding same for the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29031/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

83 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of drug rehabilitation programme placements available throughout County Kildare in each of the past three years and to date in 2010; her plans regarding same in the future; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29032/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

84 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the extent to which the drug rehabilitation programme currently in operation falls short of the resources needed to meet its requirements with particular reference to the ability to provide adequate rehabilitation places and programmes as required in various locations throughout the country; the areas currently showing the greatest need in this regard; her proposals to respond; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29033/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Adoption Services

Simon Coveney

Question:

85 Deputy Simon Coveney asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason for the decline in issuing original birth certificates to adopted persons when requested from 97% in 2005 to 37% in 2009 from the independent Adoption Board; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28840/10]

Registration of domestic adoptions is governed by Section 22 of the Adoption Act 1952. Under that provision, an tArd Chlaraitheoir (Registrar General) is required to maintain a register of domestic adoptions (i.e. adoptions effected in Ireland, regardless of where the adopted person was born). The register is called the Adopted Children Register. An index to the register is maintained and can be searched by any person. Any person may obtain a copy of any entry in the register. The legislation also provides for an index linking the birth entry in the register of births (in the case of an Irish-born adopted person) with the entry in the Adopted Children Register. Information from this index may not be given to any person except by order of a court or the Adoption Board. It is a matter for the Adoption Board, which is an independent quasi judicial body, to treat each application it receives in this regard on its individual merits. I am aware that the treatment of adopted persons in this regard differs from the rest of the population but consideration of this issue must take place in the context of the complex legal, ethical and constitutional issues arising from the need to fairly balance the rights of all parties to the adoption process.

Since 2003, when an adoption legislation consultation paper was published by the then Minister for Children, two pieces of legislation were envisaged. The first to provide for the ratification of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption and to make changes to the role and structure of the Adoption Board and the second to provide for a structured and regulated way of providing access to information and contact for those affected by adoption. I indicated during the Committee Stage of the Adoption Bill, 2009, at the Select Committee on Health and Children my intention to bring forward legislation specifically on the issue of information and tracing. In this regard, the policy position is currently being assessed by my Office. Once this process is complete Government approval will be sought to commence the process of preparing legislation.

Care of the Elderly

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

86 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the policy and procedures in place to ensure that Health Service Executive facilities for older people are upgraded when so required by the Health Information and Quality Authority in such a manner as to cause minimum disruption to residents; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28854/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Health Services

Finian McGrath

Question:

87 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. [28864/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Hospital Procedures

Michael Ring

Question:

88 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be admitted to the Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, for a biopsy procedure. [28865/10]

However, I would like to advise the Deputy that the scheduling of patients for hospital treatment is a matter for the hospital in each case and is determined on the basis of clinical need. Should the patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warrants an earlier appointment, he/she would be in the best position to take the matter up with the hospital.

Health Services

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

89 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health and Children if a long-term residential placement will be provided in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28880/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

90 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health and Children when surgery will be carried out on a person (details supplied) in County Kildare at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24; if arrangements will be made for the release of this person’s file to the National Treatment Purchase Fund in order that the necessary intervention will be expedited; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28881/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Medical Cards

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

91 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health and Children when a medical card will issue in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28882/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Services

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

92 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health and Children if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare, who is over 70 years of age, who recently had dental procedure carried out by the Health Service Executive dental service, may now have their treatment completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28883/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

93 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health and Children when surgery will be arranged for a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28884/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

94 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health and Children if the Health Service Executive has made arrangements for the referral of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; when this person can expect to have an assessment carried out; the other life saving initiatives being taken by the Health Service Executive in respect of this person; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28885/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Hospitals Building Programme

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

95 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the cost of building the new Health Service Executive community nursing hospital in Ballincollig, County Cork, including the purchase of the site; when she expects it to be fully equipped; and the anticipated cost of the equipment. [28886/10]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

96 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children if the new Health Service Executive community nursing hospital in Ballincollig, County Cork which was built with public funds, is to be put out to tender to be run by a private operator as a profit making business; and if so, when she anticipates that this will happen. [28887/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 95 and 96 together.

As these are service matters they has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Adoption Services

Joe Carey

Question:

97 Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 54 of 6 May 2010 if she will outline the progress made to date on the mechanism he referred to; when he expects an outcome for the people involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28892/10]

The position remains unchanged from that of my reply of 6 May 2010.

Nursing Home Subventions

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

98 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children when nursing home subvention will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28917/10]

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme commenced in October 2009. This replaced the Nursing Home Subvention Scheme which had been in operation since 1993. As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Medical Cards

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

99 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children if a medical card will be reviewed in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28918/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

100 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 6. [28924/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Services

James Reilly

Question:

101 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Dublin will receive an assessment of needs; the reason for the delay; the reason a special needs assistant will no longer be provided to this person; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28929/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Medical Cards

Ned O'Keeffe

Question:

102 Deputy Edward O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health and Children if a medical card will be approved in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [28930/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Medical Aids and Appliances

Damien English

Question:

103 Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Health and Children when a decision will issue on an application for a medical device in respect of a person (details supplied); the reason for the delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28931/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Damien English

Question:

104 Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason an appointment is not available until 5 March 2012 in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; the reason for the delay; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28933/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Health Service Staff

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

105 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 125 of 24 June 2010, the options available to a female resident in a direct provision centre to which a male general practitioner has been assigned by the Health Service Executive if they do not wish to visit a male GP for personal, cultural or religious reasons; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28943/10]

The general rules underpinning eligibility for general practitioner services were outlined in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 125 of 24 June 2010. As the issue raised in this PQ is an operational matter, I will forward to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply to the Deputy.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

106 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the special training available for general practitioners assigned by the Health Service Executive to direct provision centres regarding cultural issues and the physical and psychological traumas many of the residents have endured. [28944/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Interpretation Services

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

107 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the interpretation services available to general practitioners assigned by the Health Service Executive to direct provision centres. [28945/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Child Care Services

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

108 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children if she is satisfied that children in direct provision centres are sufficiently protected in view of the fact that these centres are not subject to the same inspection regime as ordinary child care facilities and that, due to the lack of an independent complaints mechanism, there is no outside recording or monitoring of any complaints that children or their parents may be making about the level of child protection in these centres; if she has discussed the matter with the Department of Justice and Law Reform; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28946/10]

Under the provisions of the Childcare Act, 1991, childrens's services are inspected as follows: The HSE registers and inspects all voluntary and privately run residential services for children, and hostels. The Social Services Inspectorate (SSI) of the HIQA inspects HSE residential services, including special care units and foster care services. They also inspect children detention schools.

In total there are 164 children's residential centres, including hostels and high support units. 75 of these are run by the HSE and inspected by the SSI/HIQA. These inspection reports are available to view online. In addition, there are 89 non-statutory, or private and voluntary facilities, registered and inspected by the HSE.

The accommodation for separated children seeking asylum is under the remit of HSE inspectors. Four children's residential centres for separated children seeking asylum have been inspected and registered by the HSE. The four remaining hostels, due to close in the course of 2010, have been audited for safeguarding purposes.

Dormant Accounts Fund

Martin Ferris

Question:

109 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding an application for funding under strand 2 of the Dormant Accounts Fund 2010 to an organisation (details supplied) to provide a specialised mobile youth cafe; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28947/10]

Martin Ferris

Question:

110 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding an application by an organisation (details supplied) for funding under Strand 1 of the Dormant Accounts Fund 2010 to refurbish existing youth cafe facilities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28948/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 109 and 110 together.

The youth café funding scheme is being administered by POBAL on behalf of my office. Applications for the scheme are now closed and a short-list of applicants has been prepared for further detailed consideration by POBAL. The short-listing of applications was carried out by local city and county development boards, in accordance with the terms of the scheme. The boards made their decisions based on the official criteria and appraisal of application guidelines. A copy of these guidelines was supplied to all applicants. In arriving at their final decisions in relation to the short-listing of applications, the boards also based their decisions on local knowledge and expertise.

At the preselection stage, applicants can approach their local city or county development board to find out whether they have been short listed for the next stage of the scheme.

Announcements in relation to the next stage of the scheme will be made later in the year once the short-listed applications have been examined.

Inter-Country Adoptions

Andrew Doyle

Question:

111 Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of applications for inter-country adoption currently with the Health Service Executive for adoption from Russia and Vietnam. [28953/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Andrew Doyle

Question:

112 Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Health and Children if the Health Service Executive has reduced waiting lists (details supplied) under its nationwide system of application introduced in counties Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare in 2008 by 35 in the 12 months from September, 2008; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28954/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. In relation to specific data on waiting times that may periodically be available to my Office, I regret that due to the recent industrial action it is not possible to provide any up to date information as part of this reply.

James Reilly

Question:

113 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Dublin will receive a date to undergo surgery; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28958/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Health Services

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

114 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Health and Children the action taken following an assessment by the Health Service Executive through an agency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; if she will provide the necessary support; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28964/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Vaccination Programme

Denis Naughten

Question:

115 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will make a decision on the recommendations of the vaccine damage steering group which she received more than 15 months ago; her views on whether it is acceptable that the elderly parents of profoundly disabled children should have to wait so long for the report and for her Department’s decision on its recommendations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28969/10]

The report of the Vaccine Damage Steering Group is available to everyone on my Department's website (www.dohc.ie). My Department is currently examining the report in detail and expects to have proposals for my consideration later this year.

Revenue Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

116 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by her Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, she will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28980/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

117 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health and Children if she has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28994/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

118 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on her Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, she will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29008/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 116 to 118, inclusive, together.

The Revenue Commissioners did not conduct tax audits of my Department in the years from 2005 to 2010 to date. Also, no voluntary disclosures were made or settlements paid to the Revenue Commissioners by my Department during that period.

Nursing Home Subventions

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

119 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the level of assistance that will be offered in addition to the fair deal package to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if she will make specific approval in this case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29018/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Ambulance Service

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

120 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of ambulances currently required throughout the Heath Service Executive on a region basis; the number of older or obsolete vehicles; the number of old vehicles decommissioned; the number of new vehicles purchased but not operational; the length of time such vehicles have been in storage; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29019/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Departmental Funding

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

121 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the circumstances whereby a fund of €2.5 million provided by her Department to the Health Service Executive ostensibly for training purposes was used for travel; the heading under which such funding was drawn town; the person who authorised same; whether she and or the HSE received correspondence requesting the provision of such funds in the first instance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29020/10]

The information sought by the Deputy relates to the provision of funding in respect of human resource/personnel development schemes and the development of management/union partnerships of best practices in health enterprises. The Secretary General of my Department has initiated a review of the Department's involvement in these matters. The Comptroller and Auditor General is also examining the matter and has sought information from both my Department and the HSE in this regard. Further details will be available on the completion of these enquiries.

Medical Cards

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

122 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will arrange for the reissue of a medical card in the correct name of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29021/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Nursing Home Subventions

Noel Ahern

Question:

123 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will refer to previous communication in relation to a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11 who has been in hospital for months but needs high category long term nursing home care; and if she can make a direction on this case in view of the fact that the Health Service Executive, fair deal section and disability services seem unable to make a decision on this case. [29056/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Child Abuse

Noel Ahern

Question:

124 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will refer to the Saving Childhood Ryan campaign and if she will indicate the progress that has been made in the commitments as laid down in the Ryan report implementation plan; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29061/10]

As I indicated on the 9th of June 2010 during statements on theReport of the Commission to Inquire in to Child Abuse, 2009 Implementation Plan in order to ensure the momentum of progress, I chair a high level group consisting of senior representatives from the relevant Departments and agencies to monitor the implementation of the actions specified in the Plan. This group has met twice to date and is currently finalising its first report on progress as required under the Plan. Once finalised, I intend to lay this progress report before both Houses. I will do this annually over the lifetime of the Plan.

Medical Cards

Noel Ahern

Question:

125 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Health and Children if he will examine and report on the situation of the backlog that exists in the appeals offices for medical cards and other services in the Health Service Executive offices in Walkinstown, Dublin and Kells County Meath; the actions that will be taken to bring matters up to date in view of the fact that there are persons waiting nine months for appeals to be heard and letters are not being dealt with due to illness, vacancies and so on; if this matter can be dealt with; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29072/10]

As these are service matters they have been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Service Staff

Michael Creed

Question:

126 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Health and Children when an operator will be appointed to a new community hospital facility (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29093/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Medical Cards

Jack Wall

Question:

127 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the renewal of a medical card in respect of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29095/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

128 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Health and Children the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if she will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29118/10]

The funding made available through Vote 39 from the National Lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 is set out in the table. The table details the amount of funding by programme, the organisation to whom the grant was paid, the amount of the grant and the project for which the grant was provided, both revenue and capital. The 2008 and 2009 tables also outline the amount sought by each organisation and the amount subsequently approved by me. In general lottery funding is used as a contribution towards the cost of a project although in some instances, for example the purchase of a mini bus for an organisation, the lottery grant would comprise the full cost of the purchase.

In addition, the Health Service Executive funds a wide range of voluntary bodies to provide services on its behalf or which are similar or ancillary to the services it provides.This funding includes the allocation of funds from the National Lottery Fund under its Vote. Therefore, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to provide details of the funding provided and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Grant in aid funding for services to youth organisations and other youth activities is also part funded by the National Lottery and administered by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. The information requested by the Deputy is being compiled by that Office and will be forwarded as soon as possible.

Programme

Organisation

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Acute Hospitals

Children in Hospital Ireland, Carmichael Centre, Coleraine House, Coleraine St., Dublin 7

50,000.00

towards the cost of expanding the Playwell and JustAsk services, publications, research and evaluation.

Acute Hospitals

Europa Donna Ireland, The Irish Breast Cancer Campaign, P O Box 6602, Dublin 8

173,800.00

towards the cost of commitments relating to on going activities.

Acute Hospitals

Irish Kidney Association, Head Office, Donor House, Block 43A Park West, Dublin 12

600,000.00

towards the Organ Donor public awareness campaign including printing and distribution of organ donor cards with fact file.

Acute Hospitals

Irish Kidney Association, Head Office, Donor House, Block 43A Park West, Dublin 12

65,000.00

towards the cost of supporting athletes who are representing Ireland at the 16th World Transplant Games 2007 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Acute Hospitals

Order of Malta Ambulance Corps, St. John’s House, 32 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Co. Dublin

140,000.00

towards the cost of replacing the ambulance fleet.

Acute Hospitals

St. John Ambulance Brigade — Southern Command, 49 Sarsfield Terrace, Richmond Hill, Cork

130,000.00

towards the cost of upgrading the ambulance fleet.

C.M.O.

Irish Patient’s Association Ltd., 24 Church Road, Ballybrack, Co Dublin

27,000.00

towards the cost of the 2007 Annual Clean Hospital Conference.

Health Promotion Policy

CanTeen Ireland, North Brunswick St, Dublin 7

6,000.00

towards the cost of updating an information booklet for teenagers with cancer.

Health Promotion Policy

Gorey Heartsafe Project Group, 132 Hazelwod, Gorey, Co Wexford

20,000.00

towards the cost of providing 8 static and 2 mobile defibrillators and to train volunteers in their use.

Health Promotion Policy

The Coelic Society of Ireland, Carmichael Centre, 4 North Brunswick St, Dublin 7

10,000.00

towards the cost of producing a list of gluten free products.

Health Promotion Policy

The Music Network Ltd, The Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

9,000.00

towards the cost of the “Continuing Professional Development” programme which supports musicians working in healthcare setttings.

Services for Older People

Active Retirement Ireland, 1-2 Eustace Street, Dublin 2

10,000.00

towards the cost of moving and fitting out a new head office premesis.

Services for Older People

Age & Opportunity, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9

35,000.00

towards the cost of the Ageing with Confidence Group programme

Services for Older People

Ballyduff Community Centre, Ballyduff, Co Kerry

20,000.00

towards the cost of refurbishing the roof, ceiling, lighting and heating system at your Centre.

Services for Older People

Caring for Carers Ireland, 2 Carmody Street Business Park, Ennis, Co Clare

54,100.00

towards the cost of the 16th Annual Respite Weekend and Conference

Services for Older People

Castlebridge Community Centre, The Avenue, Castlebridge, Co. Wexford

45,000.00

towards the cost of refurbishing the community centre.

Services for Older People

Comhlacht, Tithe Soisialta agus Forbairt an tSulain Teoranta, Doirinchullin, Cuil Aodha, Maighcromtha, Co. Chorchai

40,000.00

towards the cost of purchasing a mini-bus.

Services for Older People

Drombana Day-Care Centre, Bohercoyle, Ballysimon, Co. Limerick

17,500.00

towards the cost of purchasing a new mini-bus.

Programme

Organisation

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Services for Older People

Fermoy Geriatrics Association, Cluain Dara, Duntahane, Fermoy, Co. Cork

75,000.00

towards the cost of providing a staff room, dining room and storage facility.

Services for Older People

Finglas Senior Help Line, Co-Ordinator 817 Ratoath Road, Finglas West, Dublin

5,000.00

towards the cost of the Help Line.

Services for Older People

Limerick Senior Citizens Club, Vokes Villas, Ballinacurra, Limerick

10,000.00

towards the cost of providing meals and social events for the elderly of Limerick city and county.

Services for Older People

Longford Active Retirement Association, ‘Lucanto’, 35 Templemichael Glebe, Longford, Co. Longford

2,000.00

towards the cost of educational, cultural and sporting activities.

Services for Older People

Mater University Hospital, Postgraduate Medical Centre, 48 Eccles Street, Dublin 7

8,470.00

towards the cost of hosting a Conference on Rehabilitation Medicine and Long Term Care.

Services for Older People

Meelin Community Hall, Knockskely, Tullylease, Charleville, Co. Cork

40,000.00

towards the cost of renovations to Meelin Community Hall.

Services for Older People

Nazareth House Management Ltd, Church Hill, Sligo

200,000.00

towards the cost of commissioning a new nursing home.

Services for Older People

Nazareth House Nursing Home, Malahide Road, Dublin 3

100,390.00

towards the cost of upgrading the electrical systems in the main kitchen and associated areas to comply with current health and safety standards.

Services for Older People

Newtown — Donadea Senior Citizens, Ballycannon, Kilcock, Co. Kildare

6,000.00

towards the cost of providing transport to the community hall for senior citizens.

Services for Older People

Southill Family Resource Centre, 267/268 Avondale Court, O’Malley Park, Southill, Limerick

3,525.00

towards the cost of funding a respite trip for 15 senior citizens from the Southill area to take part in a 3 day active retirement programme in Galway from 27th to 30th May 2007.

Services for Older People

St Vincent’s Day Care Centre for the Elderly, St Vincent’s Health Centre, Station Road, Tipperary

8,550.00

towards the cost of providing day outings and annual holidays to those who need them.

Services for Older People

St. Senan’s Social Services, Robertstown, Foynes, Co. Limerick

1,500.00

towards the cost of audiovisual equipment.

Services for Older People

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, 43 Northumberland Avenue Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin

60,000.00

towards the “Safe Return Programme” which offers a nationwide identification and support programme to assist people with dementia who wander

Services for Older People

The Carer’s Support Group, 621 Riverforest Leixlip Co. Kildare

2,000.00

towards the cost of providing guest speakers and refreshments at monthly meetings.

Services for Older People

Westgate Foundation, Westgate, West Village, Ballincollig, Co. Cork

5,000.00

towards the cost of a range of projects and services for older people.

Social Inclusion

Cuan Mhuire Teo, Bruree Co Limerick

100,000.00

towards upgrading of Sewerage Scheme and connecting to Bruree village Sewerage Scheme.

Social Inclusion

Southill Family Resource Centre, 267-268 Avondale Court, O’Malley Park, Southill, Limerick

18,000.00

towards the cost of funding complimentary health treatments thereby helping people to live a full and healthy life.

Programme

Organisation

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Social Inclusion

Urban Outreach Ltd, 1 Boyneview, Slane, Co Meath

100,000.00

towards the cost of transport for children to an Afterschool Homework Club, Re-fitting of 4 Children’s Classrooms, and refitting of Homework Club Kitchen

Social Inclusion

CAIRDE, 19 Belvedere Place, Dublin 1

1,500.00

towards the cost of supporting a community member to access training in health promotion and leadership.

Social Inclusion

Le Cheile Family Resource Centre (Mallow) Ltd, 33 Fair St., Mallow, Co. Cork

100,000.00

towards the cost of building a family centre.

Social Inclusion

Open Heart House, 2 St. Mary’s Place, Dublin 7

15,000.00

towards the cost of providing a range of holistic therapies for people living with HIV.

Social Inclusion

Raising Issues Drama Group, 19 Grey St., Off Meath St., Dublin 8

5,000.00

towards the cost of performing a play for communities around the country.

Social Inclusion

Family Life Centre, St. Brigids, Cabinteely, Dublin 18

25,000.00

towards the cost of programmes targeting mothers and toddlers, the elderly and children with special needs.

Social Inclusion

St Vincent de Paul, c/o Sea Road, Bundoran, Co Donegal

5,000.00

towards the cost of providing new seating, bed linen and replacement beds for residents.

Childcare

Clondalkin Junior Montessori School A.M.I., 10 Newlands Drive Clondalkin Dublin 22

15,000.00

towards the cost of purchasing specialised Montessori materials, furniture for the environment, equipment for the play area etc.

Childcare

Clondalkin Partnership, Unit D, Nangor Road Business Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

130,000.00

towards the cost of providing support and training for adolescents who are experiencing emotional or behavioural difficulties and their families.

Childcare

Cobh Youth Services Ltd., “Glencree”, 89 Norwood Park, Cobh, Co. Cork

40,000.00

towards the cost of providing activities for young people and towards the cost of providing a youth cafe.

Childcare

Don Bosco Teenage Care Housing Association, Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick St, Dublin 7

5,000.00

towards the cost of refurbishment work.

Childcare

First Step Child Care Centre, Listry Community Council Ltd., Faha, Killarney, Co Kerry

5,000.00

towards the cost constructing a safe outdoor play area.

Childcare

Helping Hands Adoption Mediation Agency Ltd., Forge Lodge, Forge Hill, Cork

300,000.00

towards the cost of starting-up and development costs to build up an infrastructure to enable meeting the Adoption Board’s requirements for Inter-Country Adoptions and to develop information and client support services.

Childcare

Home — Start Lucan, Ballyowen Castle Community Centre, Ballyowen Lane, Lucan, Co. Dublin

45,000.00

towards the cost of providing support to families in Lucan.

Childcare

Muckross Community Play-School, Faughbawn, Muckross, Killarney, Co. Kerry

5,000.00

towards the cost of developing an outdoor play activity centre.

Childcare

New Ross Community Pre-school, 12 Longstone Drive, Irishtown, New Ross, Co. Wexford

15,000.00

towards the cost of developing and maintaining existing services.

Childcare

Parent Network for the Institutionalised Child, 53 Castlelands, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin

6,000.00

towards the cost of office equipment and the ongoing cost of running the helpline.

Programme

Organisation

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Childcare

Sligo Social Services Council Ltd, Charles St., Sligo

2,500.00

towards the cost of a programme for children affected by domestic abuse.

Childcare

Teach Oscail FRC Project, Tullachmongan Resource Centre, Killymooney Drive, Cavan

3,000.00

towards the cost of delivering a positive emotional health programme for teenagers.

Childcare

The Open Door Network, Ist Floor CDP, Rock Business Park, Rock St., Tralee, Co. Kerry

15,000.00

towards the cost of developing a programme whereby puppets and play are used as a therapeutic medium when working with children who have been affected by domestic violence or bullying.

Disability Services

Artane/Beaumont Family Recreation Centre Limited, Kilmore Road, Artane, Dublin 5

30,000.00

towards the cost of the installation of a wheelchair lift and the resurfacing of the multi purpose Sports Hall.

Disability Services

Bord Bainistíochta Scoil Chrónáin, “Tir an Fhia” Newtown Upper Rathcoole Co Dublin

40,000.00

towards the cost of a pedestrian ramp at the front gate of the school and a rain shelter in the play yard.

Disability Services

Cashel na Cor Learning Disability Association Ltd, Umrican, Buncrana, Co. Donegal

15,000.00

towards the cost of developing toilets, an entrance barrier, roadworks, speed ramps at the organisation’s garden centre.

Disability Services

Clare Federation for People with Special Needs, Fergus View, Cusack Road, Ennis, Co. Clare

8,479.00

towards the cost of building a sensory garden and play area with walkway for wheelchair users on a site adjacent to St. Clare’s Special School.

Disability Services

Duhallow Carers Network, Knocknacurra, Boherbue, Mallow, Co. Cork

1,500.00

towards the cost of providing funding for speakers and towards the cost of providing pampering days for carers.

Disability Services

Dyslexia Association of Ireland — Wexford Branch, Mulrankin, Bridgetown, Co. Wexford

2,000.00

towards the cost of improving library resources and software.

Disability Services

EMBRACE, 4 Fairyville Lawn, The Lough, Cork

35,000.00

towards the cost of a Summer Camp for children with severe or profound disabilities who are pupils of the Special Classes in St. Paul’s School, COPE Foundation, Montenotte, Cork.

Disability Services

Friends of Ballyboden, 16 Leopardstown Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin

5,000.00

towards the cost of purchasing a multi purpose vehicle for use by the residents

Disability Services

Friends of Ballyowen Meadows, Beechpark Stillorgan Co Dublin

3,000.00

towards the cost of providing a summer programme for children, giving respite to families and implementing a social skills programme.

Disability Services

Killahan National School — Autism Unit, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry

8,000.00

towards the cost of finalising a project for young people in the autism spectrum.

Disability Services

Marino School, Church Road, Bray, Co Wicklow

15,000.00

towards the cost of outfitting a Home Economics Room with a height adjustable sink and worktops along with wheelchair accessible hobs and storage units

Disability Services

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, 71-72 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

6,000.00

towards the MDI Mid-West Adult Social Club

Disability Services

National Association for Deaf People, 35 North Fredrick St., Dublin 1

10,000.00

towards the cost of residential family weekends for families of children who have recently been diagnosed as being deaf.

Disability Services

National Parents and Siblings Alliance (NPSA), 31 Magenta Hall, Santry, Dublin 9

10,000.00

towards the cost of the organisation’s ongoing projects.

Programme

Organisation

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Disability Services

North End United AFC, Lyndale, Coolcotts, Wexford

10,000.00

towards the cost of a installing a lift in the newly constructed clubhouse.

Disability Services

Parents and Friends of St. Anthonys, Millview, Tomnalosset, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

30,000.00

towards the cost of purchasing a bus.

Disability Services

Sisters of Charity of Jesus and Mary, St Mary’s, Delvin, Co Westmeath

12,736.00

towards the cost of a Parker Bath for an adult community residence.

Disability Services

Special Olympics Ireland, 4th Floor, Park House, North Circular Road, Dublin 7

45,000.00

towards the cost of delivering a vaccination programme to the Special Olympics Ireland team members participating at the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai, China

Mental Health Services

Family Ministry, 34 Paul Street Cork

10,000.00

towards the project “Seasons for Growth” which is a bereavement support programme for children under age 12 years.

Mental Health Services

3Ts Turn The Tide of Suicide, 3 Arkle Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18

200,000.00

towards the cost of carrying out a survey on suicide in Ireland.

Mental Health Services

Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide, Pieta House, Old Lucan Road, Lucan, Co. Dublin

100,000.00

towards the cost of providing treatment for people in distress, training for therapists and agencies and towards the cost of providing education and support for families who have a member in crisis.

Mental Health Services

Console, All Hallows College Drumcondra Dublin 10

25,000.00

towards the development of the Console Child Psychotherapy Service for children and young adults affected or bereaved through suicide.

Mental Health Services

Cork Counselling Services, 7 Fr. Mathew Street, Cork

90,000.00

towards the cost of carrying out once-off extensive crisis intervention work with new clients who are presenting themselves and who you are currently unable to work with due to lack of resources.

Mental Health Services

Mayo Mental Health Association, Ballyglass P.O. Claremorris Co. Mayo

50,000.00

towards the cost of refurbishing the organisation’s headquarters.

Mental Health Services

Mental Health Ireland, Mensana House, 6 Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

170,000.00

towards the cost of developing a number of your Organisation’s core activities and to support the development of information resources.

Mental Health Services

Post Natal Distress Support Group, Beal Inse, Upper Riverstown, Glanmire, Cork

12,000.00

towards the cost of providing an Irish book on post natal depression.

Mental Health Services

St Vincent’s Hospital, Convent Ave., Richmond Road, Fairview, Dublin 3, Newsroom, RTE, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

10,000.00

towards the cost of creating a sensory garden at St Vincent’s Hospital, Convent Avenue, Richmond Road, Fairview, Dublin 3

Mental Health Services

The Irish Association of Suicidology, 16, New Antrim Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo

10,000.00

towards the cost of producing a quarterly newsletter.

Primary Care 1 (Fergal Goodman)

Irish Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Society, 17 Dundela Park, Sandycove, Co. Dublin

3,450.00

towards the cost of purchasing office equipment.

Overall amount paid

3,903,000.00

Number of organisations

84

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Child Care

Doneyloop Youth Club, Doneyloop Community Centre, Doneyloop, Castlefin, Co Donegal

77,200.00

77,200.00

towards the cost of completing an extension at your Youth Club which includes providing disabled toilets, lift installation, fitting out, safety measures etc.

Childcare

Home-Start Lucan, Ballyowen Castle Community Centre, Ballyowen Lane, Lucan, Co Dublin

80,000.00

80,000.00

To provide support to mothers of children under 5 years old who are experiencing depression, illness, parenting children with disability

Childcare

Leitrim Lifestart,The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim

56,600.00

56,600.00

towards the employment of 2 new Family Visitors.

Childcare

Childminding Ireland, 9 Bulford Campus, Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow

145,000.00

30,000.00

towards the cost of hosting the International Family Day Care Organisation Conference.

Childcare

Ballinagh Playground Association, Drumlion, Ballinagh, Co. Cavan

5,000.00

3,000.00

towards the cost of a developing a community playground.

Childcare

Irish Foster Care Association, The Pharmacy Corner, Mayfield Terrace, Ballinteer Road, Dublin 16

150,000.00

50,000.00

towards the cost of purchasing a permanent office for the association.

Childcare

Irish Chinese Contact Group, 49 East Avenue, Parkgate, Frankfield, Cork

24,000.00

10,000.00

towards the cost of a range of services for adopted children.

Childcare

Mountain Neighbourhood Youth Family Project, c/o Holy Family School, Dunedin Park, Monkstown Farm, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

78,800.00

78,800.00

towards the cost of providing services for young people requiring extra support in schools.

Childcare

Treoir, 14 Gandon House, IFSC, Dublin 2

46,000.00

25,000.00

towards the cost of analysing data which has been collected.

Childcare

Tullaghan Community Playgroup Ltd., Tullaghan, Co. Leitrim

3,900.00

3,900.00

towards the cost of replacement furniture and the installation of safety equipment.

Childcare

Ballymachugh Childcare Group Ltd., House No. 2, Realtog Centre, Kilnaleck, Co. Cavan

7,000.00

5,000.00

towards the cost of purchasing equipment for the childcare facility.

Childcare

Christ The King Girls Primary School, Turner’s Cross, Cork

47,000.00

10,000.00

towards the development and furnishing of a playground.

Childcare

Liscarroll Community Council, c/o Ted Burke, Knockbarry, Liscarroll, Mallow, Co Cork

20,000.00

10,000.00

towards the construction of a Playground in the Village Green.

Childcare

Teen Parents Support Programme, 24 Dunbar Street, Cork

10,000.00

10,000.00

towards the provision of financial support to the young parent to assist towards the cost of childcare so they can continue or commence education or non funded training.

Childcare

Lixnaw Playground Group, Lixnaw, Co Kerry

30,000.00

10,000.00

towards the cost of building a public outdoor playground.

Childcare

Ballymun Network for Assisting Children and Young People, Axis Centre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9

15,000.00

5,000.00

An evaluation of the work to date to test work more rigorously and to identify lessons and learning opportunities

Childcare

Ballyhass Community Childcare Facility Ltd. Ballyhass Cecilstown Macroom Co Cork

61,845.00

10,000.00

towards the cost overruns of the Community Childcare Project.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Childcare

The Holiday Home Project, 19 Manor Street, Dublin 7

10,000.00

10,000.00

towards the provision of a holiday support for vulnerable adults and children.

Childcare

Sophia Housing Association, 25 Cork Street, Dublin 8

80,000.00

20,000.00

towards the provision of play areas for children and a teenage shelter area for the residents in your Association’s 50 units in Cork Street.

Childcare

COPE Waterside House Childcare Unit

5,460.00

5,000.00

To purchase night clothes, underwear, clothes, toys and essential supplies for children to be provided in case of emergency admissions.

Childcare

Moylough Community Playschool Ltd

21,258.00

10,000.00

The playschool has been allocated outside space which at present does not comply with Health and Safety (tarmac), money would be used to provide a safe surface and equipment for the playschools long term needs.

Childcare

Lifestart National Office, Church St., Sligo

27,000.00

4,000.00

towards the cost of promoting quality assurance within the Lifestart National Office and towards ongoing operational costs.

Childcare

Aoibhneas Women and Children’s Refuge, PO Box 5504, Coolock, Dublin 17

23,000.00

20,000.00

towards the cost of a feasibility study on the development of a “childrens’ centre”.

Childcare

Clondalkin Community Montessori School Ltd, 31 St Brigids Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

25,000.00

25,000.00

towards the upgrading of classroom furniture, light fittings and purchase of new montessori teaching equipment.

Childcare

Ballyglass Community Council Ltd

50,000.00

50,000.00

to purchase a mini-bus.

Childcare

Castlebridge Community Development Co-Operative Society Ltd., Castlebridge Community Centre, Castlebridge, Co Wexford

9,000.00

5,000.00

towards the cost of providing an “Extra Time” club and additional activities.

Disability Services

Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, 71/72 North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

9,300.00

9,300.00

towards the cost of an Information Day — “Advances in Care of Muscular Dystrophy”.

Disability Services

EMBRACE, 4 Fairyville Lawn, The Lough, Cork

115,000.00

35,000.00

towards the cost of a Summer Camp for children with severe or profound disabilities who are pupils of the Special Classes in St. Paul’s School, COPE Foundation, Montenotte, Cork.

Disability Services

Ballyowen Meadows School, Beechpark, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin (cheque requested)

6,000.00

5,000.00

towards the cost of providing a summer programme for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, giving respite to families and implementing a social skills programme.

Disability Services

Down Syndrome Ireland,Citylink Business Park, Old Naas Road , Dublin 12

54,150.00

54,150.00

The hosting of the International Synod of people with down syndrome and related reception

Disability Services

Freastogail Mhuire MXD National School Autism Unit, Killahan National School, Abbeydorney, Tralee, Co. Kerry

40,000.00

4,000.00

towards the cost of the final phase of snooze room.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Disability Services

St. Paul’s Special School, Beaumont Woods, Beaumont, Dublin 9

34,700.00

33,000.00

towards the cost of purchasing a people carrier to facilitate travel to activity centres and shops as part of “Social Independence” training programmes.

Disability Services

Irish Deaf Youth Association, 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 8

7,700.00

5,000.00

towards the cost of producing educational DVDs in ISL format.

Disability Services

Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 8

200,000.00

150,000.00

towards the cost of purchasing specialised medical aids for people with motor neurone disease.

Disability Services

Suntower Gardens, c/o Scoil Mochua, Old Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

20,000.00

20,000.00

towards the cost of a specially designed playground and sports facility and to rejuvinate the multi-disability gardens.

Disability Services

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, National Headquarters & Training Centre, Model Farm Road, Cork

1,000,000.00

100,000.00

towards the cost of constructing two kennel blocks and client training and accommodation facilities.

Disability Services

Deaf Community Centre Ltd., 96A O’Connell Street, Limerick

8,090.00

8,090.00

towards the cost of redecorating the Reception area at your Centre.

Disability Services

Headway Ireland, 1/3 Manor Street, Business Park, Manor Street, Dublin 8

5,000.00

5,000.00

towards the cost of hosting a Conference of European Organisations providing services to people with acquired brain injury.

Disability Services

Riding for the Disabled Association, Raphoe & East Donegal, Alt Upper, Castlefin, Lifford, Co Donegal

15,000.00

15,000.00

towards the day-to-day running of your group.

Disability Services

Setanta Special School, Beechpark, Stillorgan, Co Dublin

30,000.00

10,000.00

towards the cost of funding a fitness programme.

Disability Services

Scoil Aonghusa Special School, Cahir Road, Cashel, Co Tipperary

61,942.00

50,000.00

towards the purchase of a wheelchair accessible bus.

Disability Services

Intro Art, Room 1, 4th Floor, 121-122 Capel Street, Dublin 1

19,000.00

3,000.00

towards assisting 5 youth clubs in making their activities fully accessible to youth with disabilities through disability awareness training and integration.

Disability Services

Hope Project, St Joseph, Ballinabearna, Ballinhassig, Co Cork

2,500.00

2,500.00

towards the cost of a rapid response and simulation scheme for the safety of persons with a disability.

Disability Services

Irish Progressive Association for Autism

99,000.00

15,000.00

towards equipping a speech & language room and sensory room

Disability Services

St Aidans Day Care Centre

52,000.00

52,000.00

to furnish, refurbish and equip a building to a standard that will accomodate a stand alone centre for older people will an intellectual disability.

Disability Services

Tithe Cois Tra, Rathlackan, Carrowmorelacken, Ballina, Co Mayo

6,960.00

6,960.00

To provide footpaths at shed onsite and to paint buliding on exterior on site and powerhose it. Footpaths to suit disabled speicifications

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Disability Services

Nuerofibromatosis Association of Ireland, 5 St Laurence Grove , Chapelizod, Dublin 20

40,000.00

2,000.00

The European NF conference in Killarney

Disability Services

West Donegal Parents and Friends Assoc of the Mentally Handicapped, Lower Keadue, Burtonport, Co Donegal

33,595.00

30,678.00

To purchase new people carrier

Disability Services

Neurological Alliance of Ireland, Coleraine House, Coleraine Street, Dublin 7

1,500.00

1,500.00

A national conference to examine the issues and pool expertise on the rehabilitation and long term management of neurlogical conditions in Ireland.

Disability Services

The Children’s Sunshine Home (C.S.H)

128,000.00

128,000.00

to build 8 highly specified children’s bedrooms to include bespoke mattresses, oxygen facilities, hoists etc to a high standard and specification.

Acute Hospitals

Irish Kidney Association, Donor House, Block 43A, Park West, Dublin 12

600,000.00

500,000.00

towards the cost of the Organ Donor public awareness campaign including printing and distribution of organ donor cards with fact file.

Acute Hospitals

Irish Red Cross — Roscrea Branch, 4 John’s Court, Birr, Co. Offaly

7,500.00

7,500.00

towards the cost of purchasing a new ambulance.

Acute Hospitals

Cystinosis Foundation Ireland, 1 Terenure Place, Dublin 6W

45,000.00

15,000.00

towards the hosting of the 5th International Cystinosis Conference in Dublin in June.

Services for Older People

Mallow Day Care Centre, Courtview, New Road, Mallow, Co Cork

25,000.00

15,000.00

towards the purchase of a new wheelchair accessible bus and refurbishment of the Day Care Centre.

Services for Older People

St Vincents Day Care Centre, Station Road, Tipperary

10,000.00

10,000.00

towards the provision of outings and an annual holiday for older people who would otherwise not be able to avail of due to poor mobility and financial constraints.

Services for Older People

Dungloe Hospital Golden Jubilee, Dungloe Community Hospital, Dungloe, Co Donegal

16,060.00

15,000.00

To purchase oxygen concentrators and air mattresses

Services for Older People

Serenity Active Retirement, Dunmore, Culdaff, Co. Donegal

10,000.00

10,000.00

towards the cost of I.T. training and equipment for older people.

Services for Older People

Rialto Day Care Centre, 468 South Circular Road, Rialto, Dublin 8

35,700.00

35,700.00

towards the cost of purchasing a new ambulance.

Services for Older People

Friends of St Ita’s Community Hospital, c/o Fergus Scanlan, Killoughteen, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick

100,000.00

80,000.00

towards the provision of services, equipment, and aids for the elderly.

Services for Older People

Coiste Seanoiri Ceann Trá Club Na Sinsear Teo, Ventry Community Hall, Ventry, Dingle, Co Kerry

126,037.00

46,000.00

towards the cost of building a Centre to facilitate social centre activities for older people.

Services for Older People

Ballina Senior Citizens Urban Transport Initiative, Church Road, Ballina, Co Mayo

30,000.00

30,000.00

Purchase of a wheelchair accessible bus

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Services for Older People

St Lukes Social Service Centre, 77 Kilbarron Park, Kilmore West, Coolock, Dublin 5

10,000.00

10,000.00

To provide a mini bus (old one burned out) bus used to deliver meals on wheels — to collect the clients for the centre and to bring them home/small group outings

Services for Older People

Pallasgreen Active Ireland,Brackile, Pallasgreen, Co Limerick

2,500.00

2,500.00

For an afternoon once a week of art appreciation, keep fit, yoga, thai chi, visiting museums and art exhibitions

Services for Older People

Coiste Ionad Na Seandaoine,Meenaniller, Derrybeg, Co Donegal

7,490.00

7,490.00

To update the furniture in the centre

Services for Older People

Dromcollogher & District Respite Care Centre, Ross, Dromcollogher, Co Limerick

50,000.00

45,000.00

towards the upgrading of facilities at the Centre.

Services for Older People

Nazareth Social Club, Church Hill, Sligo

25,152.00

25,152.00

towards the provision of transport for frail/elderly people for outings and other trips associated with improving quality of life for residents.

Services for Older People

St. Gabriels’ Nursing Home, Glenayle Road, Edenmore, Dublin 6

66,380.00

66,380.00

towards the cost of replacing the beds at your Nursing Home with electrically operated beds.

Services for Older People

Clarecastle and District Daycare Ltd, 1 St Flannans Avenue, Clarecastle, Co Clare

50,000.00

50,000.00

To change the bus used to collect and trasport clients

Services for Older People

Ballybunion Active Retirement Association, 22 Glor na dTonn, Ballybunion, Co Kerry

2,000.00

2,000.00

For Bealtine 09, BARC hope to publish an anthology of the writers work-stories, poems, memoirs etc illustrated by the artists in the group and regular newsletters.

Services for Older People

Finglas Senior Citizens Help Line, 817 Ratoath Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

5,000.00

4,000.00

towards the continuing service of the helpline.

Services for Older People

Drogheda Senior Citizens Interest Group, 8 Workspace Mayoralty Street, Drogheda, Co Louth

6,000.00

6,000.00

Personally monitred alarm systems. There is a waiting list of people who require alarms, shortfall in funding.

Services for Older People

Order of Malta Care Project

65,000.00

65,000.00

to purchase a wheelchair accessible minibus.

Services for Older People

Tithe Cois Tra Daycare for Elderly and Disabled,Rathlackan, Carrowmorelacken, Ballina, Co Mayo

3,400.00

2,000.00

computer and office equipment to be able to access internet and set up a database of members to send them newsletters on upcoming activities

Services for Older People

Lucan Active Retirement Association, 97 Dara Court, Celbridge, Co Kildare

2,000.00

2,000.00

towards the cost of the rent of St Andrew’s Parish Hall.

Services for Older People

Raheen Hospital Support Group

70,000.00

70,000.00

to purchase a new mini bus

Services for Older People

Limerick Senior Citizens Club

22,000.00

10,000.00

towards catering for the elderly of Limerick City and suburbs, particularly from the poorer areas.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Primary Care / GMS

Irish Raynaud’s and Scleroderma Society, P.O. Box 2958, Foxrock, Dublin 18

10,000.00

10,000.00

towards the cost of awareness raising projects including information packs for GPs.

Mental Health

CONSOLE, All Hallows College, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

100,000.00

100,000.00

towards the cost of establishing a Child Psychotherapy Service for young people affected by or bereaved through suicide.

Mental Health

Samaritans Ireland, P.O. Box 11218, Blackrock, Co Dublin

200,000.00

200,000.00

towards the technical upgrade of the national telephone helpline system to facilitate improved call distribution, capacity and response time.

Mental Health

Tallaght Travellers Youth Service (TTYS), Unit 5 Brookfield Enterprise Centre, Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin 24

20,000.00

20,000.00

towards a suicide awareness programme with the aim of dealing with mental health issues.

Mental Health

CARP Killinarden, Killinarden Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24

9,600.00

9,600.00

towards the cost of furnishing and equiping a family therapy room.

Mental Health

Mental Health Ireland, Mensana House, 6 Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

225,000.00

80,000.00

towards the cost funding 6 Projects which will promote the general welfare of people with mental illness.

Mental Health

Irish Associaton of Suicidology, 16 New Antrim Street, Castlebar, Co Mayo

12,000.00

12,000.00

Towards the cost of producing quarterly newsletter to allow those with an interest in suicide prevent to share information

Mental Health

Beacon of Light Counselling Centre, 4 Collinstown Grove, Neilstown, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

20,000.00

20,000.00

towards the cost of funding additional sessional counselling for children.

Mental Health

St. Michael’s Family Life Centre, Church Hill, Sligo

60,000.00

20,000.00

towards the cost of programmes addressing mental health issues in vulnerable groups.

Mental Health

Teen-Line Ireland

61,000.00

26,000.00

for property rental and for a high profile advertising campaign which would publicise the Helpline number and increase awareness of the services provided.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Mental Health

Cork Counselling Services,7 Fr Matthew Street, Co Cork

150,000.00

105,000.00

Costs incurred by providing counselling services to medical card holders

Mental Health

Free Mental Health Campaign trading as FREE

15,000.00

6,000.00

to lower the stigma of mental health and asking for halp among Irish students.

Cancer and Blood Policy

Irish College of General Practitioners, 4-5 Lincoln Place, Dublin 2

15,000.00

15,000.00

towards the development and dissemination of an impact document on diagnosis and management of Haemochromatosis in Irish General Practice.

Cancer and Blood Policy

ARC Cancer Support Centre, ARC House, 65 Eccles St., Dublin 7

32,000.00

32,000.00

towards the cost of a new Cancer Support Centre for people living on the south side of Dublin city.

Cancer and Blood Policy

CD’s Helping Hands, Knockdoemore, Claregalway, Co Galway

78,000.00

78,000.00

towards the cost of setting up an office.

Cancer and Blood Policy

Friends of Sligo General Hospital,Sligo General Hospital , Co Sligo

200,000.00

170,000.00

Purchase of a bus once off will be required to travel daily between Sligo and Galway.

Cancer and Blood Policy

Little Way Cancer Support Centre, 4 Woods Way, College Road,Clane, Co Kildare

70,000.00

70,000.00

towards the provision of a service for people with cancer i.e. holistic therapies, counselling, support groups, education awareness.

Health Promotion Unit

Cuidiú — Irish Childbirth Trust, Carmichael House, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7

5,500.00

5,500.00

towards the cost of training an Ante-natal Educator/Instructor in the Dublin South West branch.

Health Promotion Unit

North Kerry Together Ltd., 58 Church Street, Listowel, Co Kerry

20,000.00

20,000.00

towards a Youth Cafe — a Drug and Alcohol free space for teenagers.

Health Promotion Unit

COPE Waterside House, Courthouse Square, Galway City

1,000.00

1,000.00

Extending the library to keep up to date with books and publications relating to work in Waterside House

Health Promotion Unit

The Bridge Recovery Group Ltd, 7 O’Connell Avenue , Turners Cross, Co Cork

30,000.00

30,000.00

Alcohol and Drug abuse education programme and Rebuilding Relationships programme

Health Promotion Unit

Irish Countrywomen’s Association, 58 Merrion Road, Dublin 4

100,000.00

100,000.00

to extend the current counselling service which is presently only 2 days per week — and would like to have a 5 day service.

Health Promotion

Alpha One Foundation

20,000.00

20,000.00

compiling, designing, printing and publishing a report of work and achievements and also it’s distribution.

Health Promotion

Southill Family Resource Centre

23,500.00

15,000.00

for the Health Matters Naturally Project, remedies reiki and bio resonance testing, also reiki training for local people.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Adoption Board

International Adoption Association, Terenure Enterprise Centre, Terenure, Dublin 6W

12,000.00

12,000.00

Special Conference ( Annual but once off request ) bringing speaker from Vietnam to give unique presentation on “Sending” country experience in 21st Century

Adoption Board

Barnardos Post Adoption Service, Christchurch Square, Dublin 8

63,203.00

30,000.00

A support service for adopted people and birth relatives

Blood Policy

Irish Haemochromatosis Association,2 Annahagh Close, Latlurcan, Co Monaghan

110,000.00

110,000.00

preparing publication, printing and distribution of leaflets to 2,200 GP’s annually. Advertising on RTE tv and radio and a full page on national Sunday newspapers.

Adoption Board

Helping Hand’s Adoption Facilitation Board,Forge Lodge, Forge Hill, Co Cork

357,000.00

100,000.00

Charges due to new restrictions facing applications for adoption

Social Inclusion

Sharing Point, 114 Castle Farm, Shankill, Dublin 18

40,000.00

40,000.00

towards the cost of expanding the current service.

Social Inclusion

Open Heart House Ltd

75,000.00

27,500.00

to provide a meal service to members

Overall amount paid

6,624,522.00

3,985,000.00

Number of organisations

106

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Childcare

Aghamore Community Childcare

10,000

10,000

to develop a outdoor community playarea and sensory garden.

Childcare

CARI Foundation

20,000

15,000

20th Anniversary Conference to raise awareness of the possible role of Restorative Justice in cases of Child Sexual Abuse.

Childcare

Carrakennedy Community Childcare

5,000

5,000

structural renovation work in order to make the building HSE compliant.

Childcare

Donegal Youth Information Centre — Foroige

92,500

27,500

to provide a youth drop-in facility and to develop an extend the range of services on offer.

Childcare

Dun Laoghaire VEC Alternative Learning Pathway Project

97,155

75,000

to give individual and group suport to young people experiencing problems in engaging and functioning in a group setting.

Childcare

Inishowen Youth Fitness Association

4,000

4,000

to compete in Scotland at the UK Dance festival.

Childcare

Lifestart Mulhuddart

5,000

5,000

for a Parents Support Group

Childcare

Little Acorns

42,000

42,000

extend parking spaces and improve access point for road safety, paint the building and wall and to install a security system.

Childcare

Little Acorns Montessori Preschool

10,000

6,000

to fund the set up of the pre-school with equipment and play area.

Childcare

Mountwood Fitzgerald Park CDP

53,165

20,000

to build and outdoor recreational space around the perimeter of the new resource centre with a playground for children

Childcare

Moylough Community Playschool Ltd

37,000

37,000

funding to carry out internal structural and cosmetic work to the playschool.

Childcare

Children in Hospital Ireland

50,000

50,000

towards the cost of hosting the European Association for Children in Hospital Conference.

Childcare

Roundwood Community Pre-School

20,000

20,000

a purpose built outdoor facility.

Childcare

St. Matthews Community Playgroup

2,750

2,750

towards the cost of replacing existing tables and chairs in the playroom.

Childcare

Home Start Lucan

55,000

40,000

to recruit/train Dads that are struggling to cope after being made redundant and lone parenting to develop support network.

Childcare

Barnardos Teen Parent Support Programme

47,624

41,729

towards the cost of a support programme for young traveller parents and grandparents.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Childcare

Archways

150,000

75,000

to introduce the incredible years infant and mother programme.

Youth Affairs

Children’s Hope

10,000

10,000

towards the cost of providing science and engineering projects for children in disadvantaged areas.

Youth Affairs

No Name (Kiltimagh)

3,000

1,500

to redecorate, paint, furnish and equip the youth centre.

Services for Older People

Conna Community Council Housing for the Elderly Association Ltd.

18,000

18,000

to purchase a car to transport people with disabilities and elderly clients.

Services for Older People

Ballycastle & District Voluntary Housing Association Ltd

70,000

70,000

to equip a day-care centre for the residents of the Social Housing Project and the general community of elderly people.

Services for Older People

Care Alliance Ireland

10,000

8,000

a research project: The Post-Caring Experience: An Assessment of the Needs of former Family Carers.

Services for Older People

Care Alliance Ireland

14,555

14,555

towards a research project

Services for Older People

Donabate Portrane Senior Citizens

5,500

4,000

to help fund the running of the organisation

Services for older people

Drumcollogher & District Respite Care Centre

40,519

40,519

extension of sitting and dining room and replacement and upgrade of washing machine.

Services for Older People

Darver Activity Centre

100,000

100,000

development of an activity centre for the active retired and the immobile.

Services for Older People

Fermoy Geriatrics Association

56,000

10,000

to bring people to and from th centre on a daily basis from different locations within a 20 mile radius.

Services for Older People

Friends of New Ross Day Care Centre

60,000

60,000

fundraising for a new bus.

Services for Older People

Kildysart Community Focus

60,212

60,212

to enable the completion of construction of the elderly day-care centre

Disabilities

Brothers of Charity

4,353

3,500

for group members with disabilities to produce a film to create social awareness and inclusion within the community.

Disabilities

Cashel na Cor Learning Disability Association Ltd.

460

300

Music Therapy for clients.

Disabilities

Central Remedial Clinic

8,000

8,000

towards translation services at European Seating Symposium 14th-17th September 2009

Disabilities

Introart

19,000

19,000

project to give young people with disabilities access to art workshops.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Disabilities

Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE)

17,000

5,000

to provide a National Information/Training Seminar to members of IASE, employers, people with disabilities and their families to promote supported employment.

Disabilities

Disabled People of Clare Ltd

38,000

8,000

towards a replacement vehicle to continue door to door transport service.

Disabilities

Irish Progressive Association for Autism Company Ltd

24,800

20,000

to secure existing groups and to expand the programmes currently running.

Disabilities

Irish Thalidomide Assocation (ITA)

2,000

2,000

towards the ongoing administration of the ITA

Disabilities

Irish Wheelchair Association

500,000

50,000

for a new purpose built facility.

Disabilities

North Fingal Rural Transport Company Ltd

85,000

40,000

to purchase a new 24 seater coach with provision for at least 4 wheel chair positions.

Disabilities

Our Lady of Good Counsel Special School

10,000

8,000

to provide a therapeutic/development area within the school to cater for pupils with the autistim.

Disabilities

St Joseph’s Association For The Mentally Handicapped Portrane

38,000

30,000

purchase of minibus for the use by residents of St Joseph’s.

Disabilities

St Joseph’s Centre for the Visually Impaired

100,000

12,000

towards the ICEVI 7th European Conference, Dublin 2009 — “Living in a Changing Europe”

Disabilities

Myasthenia Gravis Association

20,000

10,000

hosting 2 regional MG conventions in Cork and Donegal.

Disabilities

The WOW Group — Winners on Wheels

5,000

4,000

towards a wheelchair accessible swing and roundabout in the local playground.

Disabilities

L’Arche Ireland

20,000

10,000

to start a L’Arche Sligo project.

Disabilities

Irish Dogs for the Disabled

150,000

75,000

towards the cost of providing ten qualified assistance dogs.

Disabilities

Co. Wexford Community Workshop (Enniscorthy) Limited

46,598

25,000

to purchase specialist equipment for a respite house for people with intellectual disabilities.

Mental Health

Bodywhys

31,310

31,310

funding sought for an Awareness Campaign

Mental Health

CONSOLE

100,000

100,000

to establish a comprehensive Counselling and Support Service for Children and Adolescents affected or Bereaved through suicide.

Mental Health

Cork Counselling Services

97,700

70,000

towards Emergency Counselling for Survivors of Institutional Abuse.

Mental Health

Kells Mental Health Day Services

2,644

2,644

to purchase a garden polytunnel.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Mental Health

Crosscare Teen Counselling

5,500

5,500

towards a 1 day seminar for professionals and practitioners working with teens.

Mental Health

Pieta House-The Centre for the Prevention of Self-Harm or Suicide

49,267

49,267

to refrubish the ground floor of Canon Troy House in Ballyfermot to extend the level of service.

Mental Health

Limerick Mental Health Associaton

100,000

40,000

towards the costs of renovation to the premises in Sexton Street.

mental Health

Mad Pride Ireland Ltd

25,000

25,000

a family fun day event in Portlaoise

Mental Health

Samaritans of Kilkenny & Carlow

265,000

100,000

purchase and renovation of premises at Abbey View, Dean Street, Kilkenny

Mental Health

SpunOut.ie

20,000

20,000

towards the “Take Control” Social Marketing Initiative

Mental Health

Moville and District Mental Health Association

5,000

5,000

towards the cost of arts and crafts classes for participants from the secure residential unit.

Mental Health

SHINE

160,000

75,000

towards the cost of the National Stigma Reduction Programme.

Blood & Cancer Policy

Europa Donna Ireland Ltd

172,500

105,000

towards an awareness raising initiative to get key messages about Breast Cancer to women.

Blood & Cancer Policy

Irish Kidney Association

500,000

200,000

Organ Donor public awareness campaign including printing and distribution of organ donor cards with fact file.

Blood & Cancer Policy

Leukaemia Trust / Cancer Care West Ltd

50,000

50,000

to the new purpose built support centre which offers support, counselling and a range of complementary therapies.

Health Promotion

Meningitis Trust

123,700

24,000

to offer support to more families and to raise awareness of the disease.

Health Promotion

Galway Volunteer Centre

10,000

10,000

promoting well-being through Volunteering.

Health Prom

Asthma Society of Ireland

20,000

20,000

patient awareness campaign on inhaler technique

Health Prom

National Adult Literacy Agency

45,294

45,294

so Ireland may participate as a full partner in the 2009 European Health Literacy Survey

Health Prom

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

240,000

50,000

towards the Healthy Nation Public Meeting series in 2009 and 2010.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Health Promotion

Cuan Mhuire

50,000

50,000

to install a electronic database/records system to enable the organisation to achieve accreditation.

CMO’s Office

Irish Patients Association — Trinity College

3,000

3,000

a meeting for clinicians and patient advocacy group representative to explain stem cell therapy.

CMO’s Office

The Irish Society for Mucopolysaccharide Diseases

30,000

20,000

towards the cost of hosting an all-Ireland conference.

CMO

Irish Raynaud’s & Scleroderma Society

50,000

35,000

to support a research nurse

Services for Older People

Longford Active Retirement Association

2,000

2,000

to subsidise outings to places of cultural and hisorical interest.

Services for Older People

Mitchelstown Senior Citizens Project

49,000

49,000

replacement of Day Care Centre bus

Services for Older People

Newport Social Services Day Care Centre

55,000

55,000

to purchase a wheel-chair accessible mini-bus

Services for Older People

Portumna Social Services

83,406

83,406

provision of an extension to the day room in the day care centre.

Services for Older People

Ramelton Community Centre for the elderly and disbabled

57,838

57,838

to upgrade the community centre to a centre for the elderly and disabled.

Services for Older People

Sisters of Nazareth

46,268

46,268

to replace a 40 year old heating boiler, the hot water boiler and associated controls and distribution valves.

Services for Older People

St Mary’s Day Care Centre

5,000

5,000

to upgrade the premises with special regard to safety aspects.

Services for Older People

St Vincents Day Care Centre

10,000

10,000

to provide outings and a four day holiday to Tralee for older people who would otherwise not be able to avail of some, due to poor health and financial constriants.

Services for Older People

South Westmeath Hospice Foundation Ltd

100,000

100,000

Building 8,400 sqft, 4 bed hospice together with daycare facility and a base for the homecare team.

Services for Older People

Third Age Foundation

15,000

15,000

to develop new services, facilities and opportunities based on local needs of older people.

Services for older people

Walkinstown Social Service Centre

12,000

12,000

replace old gas heating system and replace old damaged gas pipes with new gas pipes.

Services for Older People

Senior Citizens Senior Helpline Finglas

5,000

2,000

towards the Helpline which provides an essential service within the Finglas community.

Services for older people

Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital

70,000

70,000

resource room for social activities and lobby area.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Services for Older People

Mervue Senior Citizens Club

8,000

2,000

Christmas party and summer outing.

Services for Older People

Friends of St Ita’s Community Hospital

35,000

35,000

provision of a patient mini-bus.

Services for Older People

Westgate Foundation

50,000

10,000

towards social services and community care projects

Services for Older People

St Conleths Day Care Centre, St Vincent De Paul

48,011

48,000

towards builidng an office and replacement of doors and windows.

Services for Older People

Alzheimer Society of Ireland — Tralee Branch

30,000

30,000

to purchase a replacement vehicle.

Services for older people

Castlebar Voluntary Social Services Ltd

40,000

36,000

towards the cost of emergency refurbishment work at the social services centre.

Services for Older People

Irish Hospice Foundation

30,000

15,000

to develop an action research project to identify, implement and evaluate palliative interventions within COPD, Dementia and Heart Failure. (30,000 to cover 2 years)

Services for older people

Kiskeam GAA Club and Development Association

6,000

5,000

towards the cost of replacing windows in a community centre.

Services for older people

Ard na Ri Day Centre

5,000

5,000

to provide optical services for our clients and to purchase much needed equipment.

Social Inclusion

Open Heart House

32,500

32,500

to provide therapies as a compliment to combination therapy.

Social Inclusion

Open Heart House

75,000

37,500

towards the provision of meals to members living with HIV

Social Inclusion

Croi Nua

20,800

20,800

towards an Education Officer to provide families with an understanding of chemical misuse and the effects.

Social Inclusion

Temporary Emergency Accomodation Mullingar

65,648

65,648

towards Teach Failte providing accomodation to women 365 of the year.

Social Inclusion

The Bridge Recovery Group Ltd

30,000

10,000

towards the cost of counselling classes for those with alcohol and drug addiction.

Social Inclusion — CMO

The Open Door Network

13,120

10,000

towards the cost of delivering the Puppet Programme.

Social Inclusion

Blackpool Community Co-operative Service Centre

25,000

20,000

repairing and refurbishing the centre due to water damage.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Social Inclusion

Cuidiu — Irish Childbirth Trust

6,500

6,500

Diploma in Higher Education, Ante Natal Teaching.

Social Inclusion

Treo Nua

20,000

15,000

to extend the activities of the course to include knitting, pottery making and activities that result in positive constructive use of the hands.

Social Inclusion

Turas Counselling Services Ltd

50,000

50,000

to fund additional counselling staff to help people with substance mis-use

Social Inclusion — CMO

Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre Ltd

8,200

6,000

towards the cost of delivering the Safety Awareness Youth Information Training programme.

Social Inclusion

Saoirse Women’s Refuge

2,760

2,760

to run personal development programmes to help build confidence.

Social Inclusion

Arts Committee, Brothers of Charity Services

2,100

1,500

to foster the building and strengthening of social networks and social capital within local communities.

Blood & Cancer Policy

The Cuisle Centre

35,000

35,000

funding towards an oncology specialist nurse.

Blood & Cancer Policy

Tuam Cancer Care Centre

100,000

60,000

relocation of Care Centre from rented property to a new permanent home.

Blood & Cancer Policy

Biobank Ireland Trust

45,000

31,000

to continue to develop the Cancer Biobank Network in St James’, Beaumont and Cork University Hospital.

Acute Hospitals

Friends of Regional Hospital

24,700

24,700

towards a healing garden and a hydrotherapy pool.

Acute Hospitals

Order of Malta — Ambulance Corps

140,000

100,000

replacement of ambulances and provision of ambulances to newly established units and the provision of mini-buses for community care projects.

Acute Hospitals

TLC4CF (Tipperary, Limerick, Clare for Cystic Fibrosis)

150,000

150,000

towards the cost of improving services for cystic fibrosis patients at the Mid West Regional Hospital.

Acute Hospitals

Cork Kidney & Co Ltd

30,000

5,000

towards the cost of compiling a cookery book for use by the renal community and healthcare professionals.

Programme

Organisation

Amount sought

Amount Paid

Project for which funding is required

Acute Hospitals

Friends of CF

100,000

100,000

to build a state of the art Cystic Fibrosis Clinic on the grounds of Mayo General Hospital.

Families, Fathers and Friends

50,000

8,000

towards the cost of new equipment for office expansion and classroom facilities.

Nursing

Irish Association of Directors of Nursing and Midwifery (IADNAM)

10,000

6,000

to visit the Scottish services to inform the associations members regarding the transformation of the HSE.

Suicide or Survive

9,095

5,000

towards World Suicide Prevention Day event.

Patient Safety

International Society of Quality in Health Care (ISQua)

150,000

150,000

Annual International Conference being held in 2009 on Dublin over 4 days

Overall amount paid

6,351,051

3,985,000

Number of organisations

118

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

129 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Health and Children the amount paid by her Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29132/10]

The information requested in respect of legal fees paid by my Department is being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible. In relation to agencies and bodies under the aegis of my Department, the information sought by the Deputy is not collected by my Department.

Medicinal Products

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

130 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health and Children the actions being taken by her and the Irish Medicines Board to routinely ensure that psychoactive products, the sale of which requires a licence, are not being sold by head shops and websites. [29137/10]

Psychoactive substances that are intended for inclusion in medicinal products must undergo extensive research and controlled trials in advance of being submitted for assessment of their safety, quality and efficacy by the Irish Medicines Board, the European Medicines Agency or similar agencies in other countries. Only if these criteria are satisfied will an authorisation be issued to permit a medicinal product to be legally placed on the Irish market. I am advised that the psychoactive substances that were available in head shops would not meet the criteria necessary to be considered for authorisation as medicinal products.

In recent times, certain products available in head shops have been reported to have anaesthetic effects and therefore fall within the scope of the medicinal products legislation. Any such product is considered to be an unauthorised medicinal product and, accordingly, the IMB has been taking action to have these products removed from the market. The IMB can apply various sanctions in accordance with the Irish Medicines Board Act 1995, as amended.

The supply of prescription only medicinal products by mail order, including via the Internet, is prohibited in Ireland. The IMB and the Revenue Customs Service work together closely in order to detect and detain such illegal supplies. These may include medicinal products with psychoactive properties. The IMB works with counterpart agencies in other countries to stop, wherever possible, the activities of websites and those who operate them. The IMB is active at both European and global level in maximising co-operation between agencies responsible for enforcement of medicinal products legislation.

My Department is working closely with the Department of Justice and Law Reform, the Gardaí, the Customs Service, the Forensic Science Laboratory, the IMB and others to monitor closely the emergence of new psychoactive substances with a view to bringing these substances under control. I will not hesitate to seek Government approval to ban additional substances if any of them pose a risk to public health.

My colleague the Minister for Justice and Law Reform is currently progressing the Criminal Justice (Psychoactive Substances) Bill 2010 through the Dáil. This Bill will make it a criminal offence to sell or supply substances which may not be specifically controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Acts but which have psychoactive effects.

Media Campaigns

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

131 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 44 of 1 April 2010, the additional moneys that will be made available for the national awareness campaign regarding the dangers of legal highs; if this campaign will involve television, radio and billboards; and her views on whether the delay in formulating and launching such a campaign has been unacceptably long. [29138/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Health Service Staff

Joe McHugh

Question:

132 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Health and Children her plan to stop all hospice out of hours cover by specialist junior doctors in County Donegal; the reason this plan does not contravene the development of specialist palliative care here as set out in the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care report; if that report is still her blueprint for the future of Irish palliative care; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29144/10]

Joe McHugh

Question:

134 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Health and Children her view on her plan to stop all hospice out of hours cover by specialist junior doctors in County Donegal; the reason this plan does not contravene the development of specialist palliative care here as set out in the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care report; if that report is still her blueprint for the future of Irish palliative care; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29160/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 132 and 134 together.

Government policy in relation to Palliative Care is based on the Report of the National Advisory Committee on Palliative Care (2001). In line with the Report, a ‘Palliative Care Services Medium Term Development Framework' was published by the HSE in July 2009. This Framework sets national priorities which have been agreed by all stakeholders based on solid needs analysis. The national priorities reflect the gaps that currently exist in particular areas and services, and the prioritisation reflects the largest gaps. The national priorities selected are aligned to national healthcare policy and the HSE's Transformation Programme and Corporate Plan. However, all developments are subject to current budget and economic considerations.

As the specific issue raised by the Deputy is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Hospital Accommodation

James Bannon

Question:

133 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) will be transferred from Cavan Regional Hospital to the Mater Hospital, Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29153/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Question No. 134 answered with Question No. 132.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

135 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon will receive surgery; and if the matter can be expedited. [29163/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

However, I would like to advise the Deputy that the scheduling of patients for hospital treatment is a matter for the hospital in each case and is determined on the basis of clinical need. Should the patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warrants an earlier appointment, he/she would be in the best position to take the matter up with the hospital.

Health Services

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

136 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding respite care at the Cottage Hospital, Drogheda, County Louth; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29167/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Children in Care

Róisín Shortall

Question:

137 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health and Children the protocol, if any, which exists between her Department, the Health Service Executive and the Department of Education and Skills in relation to education for children in care. [29169/10]

The provision of educational services for children in the care of the HSE is planned and delivered on an individual case basis subject to the care planning process. Educational services are provided at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels with the cooperation of the Department of Education and Skills and with the Vocational Education Committees. Schools are also established at a number of residential facilities across the country.

The Government's Implementation Plan for the recommendations of the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse provided that the Department of Education and Skills will continue to provide for education services to children in the high support, special care and children detention facilities.

Health Services

Joe Carey

Question:

138 Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will receive speech therapy sessions from the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29172/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Parking Regulations

Michael Ring

Question:

139 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Transport his plans to publish the document on designated parking badges and bays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28921/10]

A review of the Disabled Parking Scheme has been carried out by my Department. I have considered this review and approved its recommendations. Work on implementing these recommendations is under way in my Department. The report will be published in the near future.

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

140 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Transport the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28983/10]

There have been no unprompted voluntary disclosures made by the Department of Transport to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax.

Joan Burton

Question:

141 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Transport if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28997/10]

The Department of Transport has made one settlement with the Revenue Commissioners under Section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. A payment was made in 2006 for €55,762.58 in relation to a settlement for VAT which had not been applied to a number of transactions in the period from 2004 to 2005. Subsequently, adequate systems were put in place to capture all transactions for VAT purposes.

Joan Burton

Question:

142 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Transport if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29011/10]

A tax audit was carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on the Department of Transport in 2005 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax. The audit of PAYE, PRSI, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax found that matters were in order.

As a result of this audit liability in respect of some VAT payments was identified. The details of the liability payments made on foot of the audit findings in respect of VAT are as follows:

Amount of tax

44,899.76

Amount of Interest

4,096.22

Amount of Penalties

6,766.60

Total Liability paid

55,762.58

The area of VAT was the only element of the audit in which a discrepancy was identified.

Road Network

Michael McGrath

Question:

143 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Transport the position regarding a local authority project (details supplied) in County Cork. [29081/10]

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities own resources and are supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.

Officials from my Department recently met with the County Manager from Cork County Council to discuss options for progressing this project. Cork County Council subsequently submitted a proposal to my Department. I have now responded positively to the Council's proposal on this matter.

Departmental Expenditure

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

144 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport the amount of the estimated €34 billion cost of Transport 21 that has already been spent each year since 2006; the amount of the estimated €34 billion of Transport 21 that has been spent on public private partnership payments since 2006 and to date in 2010 and has been earmarked for future public private partnership payments over the next five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29101/10]

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

145 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport if the estimated cost of Transport 21 is still €34 billion over the life time of the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29102/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 144 and 145 together.

Under Transport 21 Exchequer funding for transport infrastructure amounting to almost €9 billion has been provided as follows over the last four years:

€ billion

Expenditure in 2006

1.937

Expenditure in 2007

2.357

Expenditure in 2008

2.504

Expenditure in 2009

2.124

In addition to this, in excess of €2 billion of private investment in national roads has been secured. The Department's capital allocation for 2010 is €2,081 billion.

In respect of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), since 2008 funding has been provided from my Departments current budget to cover operational payments for the NRA's first roads programme as follows:

2008 €7,936 million

2009 €7,936 million

2010 €51 million (allocation)

To date this year just over €5 million has been provided to the NRA for PPP operational payments. I am advised by the NRA that in 2007 they made operational payments of €4.6 million in respect of one project.

The management of PPP contracts for roads projects is a matter for the NRA having regard to Government guidelines and oversight by my Department. Provision for PPP payments will be made each year in the annual estimates exercise in line with amounts notified by the NRA arising from the respective contracts.

The Transport 21 investment framework runs until 2015. However, because of the changed economic circumstances, it is now likely that not all of the projects originally identified in Transport 21 will be completed by 2015. Therefore transport investment priorities have been reviewed. These priorities, which are set out in the Renewed programme for Government, are as follows: Future national road priorities—

the progression of the Atlantic Road Corridor, and

the improvement of other key strategic routes.

Public transport priority—

increased long term capacity, particularly through

the construction of Metro North

the construction of DART Underground and the implementation of the associated electrification, signalling and rolling stock investments. It is also a priority to continue planning other projects for earliest possible delivery when the economic situation improves. No projects have been cancelled and Transport 21 continues to provide the strategic framework for capital spending on transport infrastructure into the future.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

146 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Transport the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29121/10]

My Department has not received any funding from the National Lottery in the years mentioned.

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

147 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Transport the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29135/10]

The Department of Transport was formed in 2002. The following table sets out the amount spent by this Department on legal fees for the years 2002-2009 and to date in 2010.

Year

Amount Paid

2002

713,073

2003

21,296

2004

940,752

2005

177,436

2006

187,297

2007

1,315,809

2008

859,513

2009

246,400

To date in 2010

221,353

Garda Deployment

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

148 Deputy Brendan Kenneally asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the number of joint policing committees established on a county-by-county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28847/10]

Joint Policing Committees are provided for in the Garda Síochána Act 2005. Their purpose is to provide a forum where An Garda Síochána and the local authority — the two organisations which make the most significant contribution to preventing and tackling crime in a specific area — can come together, with the participation of members of the Oireachtas and community and voluntary interests, on matters affecting their area.

On 24 September, 2008, I launched, with my colleague the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, guidelines for the Committees, which took into account the experience gained during a pilot phase and provided for the establishment of Committees in all 114 local authority areas by the relevant local authorities and the Garda Commissioner. I am informed that 109 Committees have been established.

The following table shows the number of joint policing committees established in each county.

County

Number of Joint Policing Committees established

Carlow

3

Cavan

4

Clare

5

Cork

10

Donegal

5

Dublin

5

Galway

5

Kerry

3

Kildare

5

Kilkenny

2

Laois

3

Leitrim

1

Limerick

2

Longford

3

Louth

4

Mayo

4

Meath

4

Monaghan

6

Offaly

4

Roscommon

2

Sligo

2

Tipperary

9

Waterford

5

Westmeath

3

Wexford

5

Wicklow

5

Total

109

Asylum Applications

Michael Noonan

Question:

149 Deputy Michael Noonan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform when a decision will issue on an application for asylum status and leave to remain in the State in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28860/10]

The person referred to by the Deputy applied for Asylum on 11 November 2008. The claim was assessed by the Refugee Applications Commissioner who concluded that the person concerned did not meet the criteria for recognition as a refugee. The Commissioner's recommendation was communicated to him by letter dated 11 June 2009. This communication advised the person of his entitlement to appeal the Commissioner's recommendation to the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, which he duly did. The Refugee Appeals Tribunal considered the person's appeal, following which the Tribunal affirmed the Commissioner's earlier recommendation to reject his claim. The outcome of the appeal was made known to the applicant by letter dated 26 May 2010.

In accordance with normal procedures, the applicant's file has been forwarded to my Department's Ministerial Decisions Unit for final processing of the Asylum claim. A letter will issue to him from my Department advising him formally that his asylum claim has been rejected and affording him three options as follows:

1. Return home voluntarily

2. Consent to the making of a deportation order, or

3. Make written representations to me within 15 working days under Section 3 of the Immigration Act, 1999 and/or make an application for subsidiary protection under the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006 (SI No. 518 of 2006).

Residency Permits

Willie Penrose

Question:

150 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will expedite a decision on an application for a permanent residence card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28870/10]

I am informed by the Immigration Division of my Department that the person concerned made an application for a permanent residence card as the non EU family member of an EU citizen on 29 January, 2010. The application is currently being processed and it is expected that a decision will be made within the next few weeks. The legal representative for the person in question will be contacted as soon as a decision is reached.

Citizenship Applications

Brian O'Shea

Question:

151 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will grant leave to persons (details supplied) in County Waterford to remain here during the processing of their naturalisation application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28896/10]

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service that a letter regarding the renewal of permission to remain in the State will issue this week to the persons referred to by the Deputy.

Garda Vetting

Enda Kenny

Question:

152 Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the number of applications from addresses in County Mayo waiting to be processed at the Garda central vetting unit; if not available, the number of applications relating to County Mayo; the average waiting time for vetting applications to be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28903/10]

The Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) provides employment vetting for a large number of organisations in Ireland registered with the Gardaí for this purpose and which employ persons in a full-time, part-time, voluntary or training capacity to positions where they would have substantial, unsupervised access to children and/or vulnerable adults. I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the applications for Garda vetting received from registered organisations are recorded by name and date of birth of the person for whom a vetting request is being made rather than by reference to geographical origin. Accordingly, it is not possible to provide the information sought by the Deputy.

The GCVU has managed a substantial increase over recent years in the numbers of vetting applications it receives — 187,864 in 2007; 218,404 in 2008 and 246,194 in 2009. The processing time for vetting applications fluctuates during the year due to seasonal demands when the volume of applications received from certain sectors can increase. Additional time may be required to process an individual vetting application in cases where clarification is required as to the details provided or where other enquiries need to be made, for example, when the person in question has lived and worked abroad. There will always be a reasonably significant time period required to process a vetting application. However, the Gardaí make every effort to reduce this to the minimum possible consistent with carrying out the necessary checks. I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the current average processing time for vetting applications received at the GCVU is in the region of 10 to 12 weeks given that demand is particularly high at present.

Garda Deployment

Enda Kenny

Question:

153 Deputy Enda Kenny asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the number of staff employed at the Garda information services centre in County Mayo over the past three years; the key performance indicators being used to assess the level of service provision at this centre; his plans to expand this service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28904/10]

The information provided to me by the Garda authorities on the number of staff employed at the GISC in County Mayo as at the 31st May 2007 to the 31st May 2010 is set out in the following table.

Garda Personnel

Civilian Personnel (WTE)

2007

4

155

2008

4

170

2009

4

198

2010

3

191

Performance indicators for the GISC include:

80% of calls answered within 20 seconds

Average call length of less than 7 minutes

Less than 5% of calls abandoned

Capture 90% of incidents nationally

A review is currently being undertaken with a view to identifying the potential for the further extension of the remit of GISC.

Residency Permits

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

154 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding an application for family reunification in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28919/10]

I am informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) that a letter issued to the legal representative of the person referred to by the Deputy on the 14th June 2010. I am further informed by INIS that on receipt of a response from the legal representative of the person referred to by the Deputy his Family Reunification application will be further processed.

Deportation Orders

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

155 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding an application for residency and family reunification in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28920/10]

Arising from the refusal of her asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 11 October 2005, 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 Deportation Orders should not be made against her and her two children. Representations have been submitted by and on behalf of the person concerned.

The position in the State of the person concerned will now be decided by reference to the provisions of 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. All representations submitted will be considered before the file is passed to me for decision. Once a decision has been made, this decision and the consequences of the decision will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

James Reilly

Question:

156 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the reason a person who provided medical evidence of having been tortured has been refused refugee status and served with a deportation order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28926/10]

The person concerned was not declared to be a refugee because the facts established in his case did not reveal that he had a well founded fear of persecution in his country of origin, for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, as defined in Section 2 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended).

The person concerned is the subject of a Deportation Order following a comprehensive and thorough examination of his asylum claim, and a detailed examination of the representations he submitted for consideration under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). The effect of the Deportation Order is that the person concerned must leave the State and remain thereafter out of the State. The enforcement of the Deportation Order is an operational matter for the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

157 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will review the case of a person (details supplied) in County Meath in view of an incident; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28949/10]

The person concerned is the subject of a Deportation Order following a comprehensive and thorough examination of his asylum claim, and a comprehensive and thorough examination of the representations he submitted for consideration under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). The effect of the Deportation Order is that the person concerned must leave the State and remain thereafter out of the State.

However, if new information or circumstances have come to light, which has a direct bearing on his case and which have arisen since the original decision to sign the Deportation Order was made, there remains the option of applying to me for revocation of the Deportation Order pursuant to the provisions of Section 3(11) of the Immigration Act, 1999, as amended. However I wish to make clear that such an application would require substantial grounds to be successful.

The enforcement of the Deportation Order is an operational matter for the Garda National Immigration Bureau.

Crime Prevention

Denis Naughten

Question:

158 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the steps he will take to address the advertising of Irish based prostitution services on the internet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28968/10]

I am informed by the Garda authorities that they monitor websites of the kind referred to by the Deputy, particularly as part of Operation Quest, which is aimed particularly at the involvement of organised crime in prostitution.

Section 23 of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994 created the offence of publishing or distributing an advertisement for a brothel or the services of a prostitute in the State, in terms, circumstances or manner which gives rise to the reasonable inference that the premises is a brothel or the service is one of prostitution. "Advertisement" in this context is defined as including every form of advertising or promotion, including by way of computer monitor, telephone, photography or other like means of communication.

However, I understand that difficulties arise in practice because the websites in question are hosted abroad.

When I launched the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking in June 2009, I emphasised the Government's commitment to protect vulnerable people who may become victims of traffickers and to tackle the crime of human trafficking. The Government has taken strong legislative, administrative and operational measures to combat and prevent trafficking in persons for both sexual and labour exploitation purposes. The Criminal Law (Human Trafficking) Act 2008 has greatly strengthened the law in this area. A dedicated Anti-Human Trafficking Unit was established in my Department in February, 2008 with the purpose of ensuring that the State's response to human trafficking is co-ordinated and comprehensive. This has led to the production of the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.

In addition, An Garda Síochána has established a Human Trafficking Investigation and Co-ordination Unit. I am confident that the Force is vigorously pursuing enforcement of the law in this area. The Garda authorities have conducted a number of operations to combat brothel keeping, prostitution and human trafficking and will continue to do so in line with the intelligence available to them.

The law in relation to prostitution is kept under continuing review in my Department.

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

159 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28981/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

160 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28995/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

161 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29009/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 159 to 161, inclusive, together.

I wish to inform the Deputy that there have been no tax audits carried out, voluntary disclosures or settlements under Section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in relation to my Department during the years 2005 to date.

Residency Permits

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

162 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if the state of health of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 8 will be taken into consideration in the determination of residency in their case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29034/10]

All aspects of this person's case have been fully considered, including her state of health. I refer the Deputy to my reply to Dáil Question number 90 of 3rd June, 2010 and Dail Question number 175 of 24th June 2010. The position remains unchanged. The person is recorded as having evaded her Transfer Order and is currently being sought by the Garda National Immigration Bureau. She should make herself known to them without further delay so that arrangements can be made for her transfer to Belgium.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

163 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Limerick; when the process is likely to be concluded; the extent of the procedures to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29035/10]

There is currently no application pending in my Department for residency in the case of the person whose details were supplied. If an application for asylum has been made by the person concerned the Deputy will of course be aware that it is not the practice to comment on asylum applications that are pending.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

164 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the procedures to date and the likelihood of favourable consideration in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 1; the options available to a person in such circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29036/10]

An application for Long Term Residency was received from the person in question on 16 February 2010.

I understand that the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service are currently processing such applications received in June 2009. It is likely, therefore, this application will be finalised in the early part of 2011. It is not possible to state if the application will be favourably considered until all necessary processing has been completed.

On 28 August 2009, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, in consultation with the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment announced changes in the way the State's immigration system deals with non-EEA migrant workers.

From that date, all non-EEA persons who have held employment permits for 5 years of more consecutively and have been working lawfully during that time, will be exempted, provided they meet certain conditions, from the requirement to hold a work permit and will no longer be limited to one employer. Such persons will be issued with a Stamp 4 permission signifying the right to be present in the State and to be employed without an employment permit. Persons seeking such permission should contact their local Immigration office. The eligibility rules are clearly laid out on the website of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Office www.inis.gov.ie.

This permission will normally be granted for one year and can be renewed annually subject to certain conditions, including that the person is continuing to be in employment or if redundant, he/she is making efforts to seek employment and has not become a burden on the State. The person mentioned will be contacted in due course regarding their application.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

165 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will facilitate early issue of travel documents in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; if he will set out in chronological order the history of this family’s application for residency status; when this process is likely to be finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29037/10]

The Travel Document Unit of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) informs me that the person referred to in the Deputy's question and her son were refused Travel Documents on the 18 June 2010 as they held a current national passport in respect of their own country.

It is a matter for the persons concerned to contact their own national authorities in order to procure replacement passports in light of their reported loss. I am informed that the DR Congo Embassy in London is the appropriate office to contact in relation to this.

The person in question currently has permission to reside in the State based on the parentage of an Irish born child.

A valid application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy's Question was received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in March 2008.

All valid applications are dealt with in chronological order as this is deemed to be the fairest to all applicants. The average processing time from application to decision is now at 26 months. More complicated cases can at times take more than the current average, while an element of straightforward cases can be dealt with in less than that timescale. Officials in the Citizenship Division inform me that further processing of the application is ongoing and the file will be submitted to me for a decision in due course.

The length of time taken to process each application should not be classified as a delay, as the length of time taken for any application to be decided is purely a function of the time taken to carry out necessary checks. There is a limit to the reduction in the processing time that can be achieved as applications for naturalisation must be processed in a way which preserves the necessary checks and balances to ensure that it is not undervalued and is only given to persons who genuinely satisfy the necessary qualifying criteria.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

166 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the stages in the application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; if the procedures to date are in accordance with EU and international criteria; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29038/10]

Arising from the refusal of her asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 5 March 2010, 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 a Deportation Order should not be made against her. In addition, she was notified of her entitlement to apply for Subsidiary Protection in accordance with the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006.

The person concerned submitted an application for Subsidiary Protection and this application will be considered first. When consideration of this application has been completed, the person concerned will be notified in writing of the outcome.

In the event that the application for Subsidiary Protection is refused, the position in the State of the person concerned will then be decided by reference to the provisions of 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. All representations submitted will be considered before the file is passed to me for decision. Once a decision has been made, this decision and the consequences of the decision will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

The Deputy can be assured that the procedures followed and to be followed in the case of the person concerned are as set out in the relevant national asylum and immigration legislation and take account of the State's international obligations in this area.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

167 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding an application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29039/10]

There is currently no application pending in my Department for residency in the case of the person whose details were supplied.

If an application for asylum has been made by the person concerned the Deputy will of course be aware that it is not the practice to comment on asylum applications that are pending.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

168 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the procedure followed to date in the process of determination of residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29040/10]

I am informed by the Immigration Division of my Department that the person concerned made an application for a permanent residence card as the non-EU family member of an EU citizen on 23 February, 2010.

All applications are dealt with in chronological order of date of receipt. The application is currently being processed and the representative for the person in question will be contacted as soon as a decision is reached.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

169 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the current, expected or intended residency status in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 24; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29041/10]

I wish to inform the Deputy that the parents of the person to whom he refers were granted permission to remain in the State in 1999 under the arrangements then in place for the non-EEA parents of Irish citizen children. This permission to remain is currently valid until 5 February, 2011. I am further informed that there is no record of the person in question having registered with the Garda National Immigration Bureau. In the circumstances I would advise her to write to my Department at INIS, PO Box 10003, Dublin 2, outlining her circumstances.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

170 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the procedures to date in the application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if their case was at any time considered by a person or persons not known to have ever granted residency status to anyone; if their circumstances were adequately and properly assessed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29042/10]

Arising from the refusal of his asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 30 April 2007, 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 a Deportation Order should not be made against him. In addition, he was notified of his entitlement to apply for Subsidiary Protection in accordance with the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006.

On 20 June 2008 the person concerned submitted representations to my Department seeking permission to remain in the State on the basis of his parentage of Irish citizen children. Given that the closing date for the receipt of applications under the IBC/05 Scheme was 31 March 2005, the application of the person concerned was received too late for consideration and the person concerned was informed of this by letter dated 18 March 2009.

In relation to the procedures invoked to date in the case of the person concerned, the position is that the asylum application he submitted was examined by the two statutory independent refugee status determination bodies, namely the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner and the Refugee Appeals Tribunal, both of whom concluded that the person concerned did not meet the criteria for recognition as a refugee. In assessing each individual asylum application or appeal, the bodies referred to must, in accordance with their statutory remit, have regard for the specific claims made by an applicant as measured against objective, reputable, up to date information relating to the applicant's country of origin and, where doubts exist, the benefit of the doubt is applied in favour of the applicant. I understand that copies of the determinations made by the two bodies were sent to the person concerned and to his then legal representatives so the person concerned will be able to see from those documents the basis for the conclusions reached in his particular case.

Overall, I am satisfied that the State has a very fair and comprehensive mechanism in place for the consideration of all asylum applications and, as such, I am satisfied that the asylum application made by the person concerned was properly considered before a final decision to refuse it was taken.

The position in the State of the person concerned will now be decided by reference to the provisions of 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. All representations submitted will be considered before the file is passed to me for decision. Once a decision has been made, this decision and the consequences of the decision will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

171 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the process followed to date in the determination or lack of residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29043/10]

I wish to inform the Deputy that the person to whom he refers was granted permission to remain in the State in October of 2005 under the revised arrangements for the non-EEA parents of children born in Ireland prior to 1 January, 2005, known as the IBC/05 Scheme. This permission to remain is currently valid until 21 October, 2010. The person in question is advised to attend his local Immigration Office two weeks prior to the expiry of this permission with a view to having it renewed.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

172 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the procedure to be followed to achieve residency or citizenship in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 12; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29044/10]

The person concerned has been granted temporary permission to remain in the State for a three year period to 23 July 2011 in line with the permission granted to her mother. This decision was conveyed to the mother of the person concerned by letter dated 24 July 2008. This letter was re-issued on 7 July 2009. This position still obtains.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

173 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the procedure followed in the determination of residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; the procedures to be followed to achieve a satisfactory conclusion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29045/10]

The person concerned was granted permission to remain in the State, initially for a one year period to 26 January 2006, following the consideration of his case under Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended). This permission was renewed on a number of subsequent occasions, most recently on 24 June 2008 when the person concerned was granted permission to remain for a further three year period to 24 June 2011. This position still obtains.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

174 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform when a student visa and residency determination will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29046/10]

I have been informed by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service that the person referred to by the Deputy is currently in the State and has contacted my Department in relation to her residency in the State. This application is currently receiving attention.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

175 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the progress made in the determination of residency in the case of persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29047/10]

The persons concerned, a husband and wife, have no permission to remain in the State. As a result, they were informed, by separate letters dated 18 August 2009, 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 Deportation Orders should not be made against them. Representations have been submitted on behalf of the persons concerned. The position in the State of the persons concerned will now be decided by reference to the provisions of 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. All representations submitted will be considered before their file is passed to me for decision. Once decisions have been made, these decisions and the consequences of the decisions will be conveyed in writing to the persons concerned.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

176 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the progress and procedure undertaken to date in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare. [29048/10]

I refer the Deputy to my Reply to his recent Parliamentary Question, No. 186 of Thursday, 29 April, 2010. The position in the State of the person concerned is as set out in that Reply.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

177 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the progress to date including the initial application for residency in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; when matters will be regularised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29049/10]

I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 146 of 20 May, 2010. The position remains unchanged.

Identity Cards

Noel Ahern

Question:

178 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will clarify the issue of national identity cards; if, since 1973, EU nationals are free to travel here on their national identity card; if Switzerland and other countries also have this facility; his plans to have a national identity card, including the examination of this issue that has been made and the reason Ireland has not proceeded with the implementation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29064/10]

For the purposes of this question a national identity card is a document issued by the authorities of a state so as to establish the nationality and identity of the person concerned. In many countries in the EU possession of the Identity card is compulsory for all nationals of that state. This sort of document should not however be confused with cards of a more limited function, e.g. public service cards. In addition to its application within the borders of the issuing state, the national identity card has a further travel related function for nationals of EU member countries and also those from Switzerland and the EEA countries of Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland. For the purposes of entry to Ireland, national identity cards of Member States, and those other countries referred to above to whom the same rules apply, are acceptable under EU free movement rules essentially on the same basis as passports. I have no plans at this time to introduce a national identity card system. Any final judgement as to the necessity or desirability of such a system would have to include a full assessment of the implications of the introduction of identity cards in the UK as well as developments in the rest of the EU.

Residency Permits

John McGuinness

Question:

179 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will respond to correspondence sent to his office by a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny in view of the fact that it is now a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29089/10]

I wish to inform the Deputy that my Department has no record of having received any correspondence from the person to whom he refers. The person in question was granted permission to remain in the State in February of 2005, under the revised arrangements for the non-EEA parents of children born in Ireland prior to 1 January, 2005, known as the IBC/05 Scheme. This permission expired on 10 February, 2010. I am informed that the person in question attended his local Immigration Officer in February of this year and was refused further renewal of his permission to remain in the State as he had come to the adverse attention of An Garda Síochána. The person concerned is therefore advised to write to my Department at INIS, PO Box 10003, Dublin 2, outlining his circumstances. Upon receipt of such correspondence the person's case will be assessed by the relevant officials and he will be contacted directly and informed of any decisions made regarding his status in the State.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

180 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29119/10]

I can inform the Deputy that my Department received no funding from the National Lottery in the years in question.

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

181 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29133/10]

I wish to inform the Deputy that, given the type, nature and time period of the data sought, it could only be compiled by a disproportionate expenditure of staff resources and I do not believe that this can be justified at the present time given the many other compelling and competing demands on my Department's resources.

Asylum Applications

Brian O'Shea

Question:

182 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding an application for leave to remain on humanitarian grounds and the application for subsidiary protection in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29165/10]

Arising from the refusal of her asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 28 December 2007, 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 a Deportation Order should not be made against her. In addition, she was notified of her entitlement to apply for Subsidiary Protection in accordance with the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006.

The person concerned submitted an application for Subsidiary Protection and this application will be considered first. When consideration of this application has been completed, the person concerned will be notified in writing of the outcome. In the event that the application for Subsidiary Protection is refused, the position in the State of the person concerned will then be decided by reference to the provisions of 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. All representations submitted will be considered before the file is passed to me for decision. Once a decision has been made, this decision and the consequences of the decision will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

Court Procedures

Deirdre Clune

Question:

183 Deputy Deirdre Clune asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will clarify if the Enforcement of Court Orders Amendment Act 2009 applies to persons who have been brought before the courts for refusing to pay agreed maintenance payments; the way the Act applies in these cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29166/10]

As I have previously informed the Deputy, a High Court judgment last year had implications for sections 6 (imprisonment in the case of non-payment of debt) and 8 (imprisonment relating to non-payment of maintenance) of the Enforcement of Court Orders Act 1940. The Enforcement of Court Orders (Amendment) Act 2009 made changes to both sections consequent on that judgment in accordance with legal advice. Section 8 of the 1940 Act, as amended by the 2009 Act, sets out the current procedures for the enforcement of maintenance orders. While the law generally operates successfully in this area my attention has been drawn to the fact that difficulties have arisen in some cases. Consequently, I am currently in consultation with the Attorney General with a view to developing early proposals for amendments in respect of maintenance enforcement which may be included in the forthcoming Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill.

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

184 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in regard to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28979/10]

My Department has made no unprompted voluntary disclosures to the Revenue Commissioners under the headings of employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax or relevant contracts tax during the period in question.

Joan Burton

Question:

185 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28993/10]

My Department has made no settlements with regard to Section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 during the period in question.

Joan Burton

Question:

186 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29007/10]

There have been no tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners in my Department during the period in question.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

187 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29117/10]

My Department has received no funding from the National Lottery during the period in question.

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

188 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29131/10]

As the Deputy will be aware, Government Departments do not directly pay for the legal services provided by the Office of the Attorney General and the Chief State Solicitor's Office or for advice from Counsel briefed by them. My Department has a Legal Division, staffed by qualified legal professionals who provide legal advice on a wide range of international legal issues. Having such in-house legal experts reduces the costs which would be incurred if the Department was to engage externally for similar services. Nevertheless, there are from time to time occasions where a need to engage external legal services arises, where the necessary specialised expertise is not available within my Department and cannot be accessed from the AG or CSSO, for example in regard to advice relating to the lease or purchase of Embassy properties abroad. I have provided details in the following table on the costs for external legal services in respect of general and property related legal fees in Ireland and overseas. It has not been possible to provide information prior to 2004 in the time available. There are no state agencies operating under the remit of my Department.

Year

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010 (to date)

Cost of External Legal services

219,525

251,394

319,110

299,830

217,443

168,674

108,834

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

189 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by her Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, she will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28984/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

190 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport if she has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28998/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

191 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport if she will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on her Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, she will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order. [29012/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 189 to 191, inclusive, together.

As far as my Department is concerned there have been no tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners, and no unprompted voluntary disclosures or settlements have been made under Section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 for the years 2005 to date.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

192 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if she will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29109/10]

The proceeds from the National Lottery form part of the General Exchequer managed by the Department of Finance.

The elements of my Department's Vote which are part-funded by proceeds of the National Lottery are as follows:

Subhead C.1 — Grants for sporting bodies and for the provision of sports and recreational facilities under the Sports Capital Programme;

Subhead C.3 — Grant-in-Aid provided to the Irish Sports Council in respect of general assistance to sports organisations and expenditure in relation to sports activities; and

Subhead D.7 — Grant-in-Aid allocation provided to the Arts Council.

Details of the allocations for these subheads for the each of the past three years and for 2010 are outlined in the Revised Books of Estimates.

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

193 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport the amount paid by her Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29123/10]

In general, whenever the Department requires legal services, it obtains these from the Office of the Attorney General and/or the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. Any associated fee costs are borne directly by those two Offices.

However, on occasion and in exceptional circumstances, the Department, including the National Archives, may obtain legal services from other sources. In each of the years since 2002 (the year in which the predecessor Department of my current Department was established), the fee costs associated with such other legal services are as set out in tabular form.

The expenditure in 2008 and later relates primarily to legal fee costs associated with the specialised and complex Public Private Partnership processes to redevelop both the National Concert Hall and the National Theatre. In the case of the agencies under the aegis of the Department, the securing of external legal services and the associated fee costs are a matter for the agencies themselves however I have requested the relevant information from the Agencies and will forward it to the Deputy.

Year

20021

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

20102

Legal Fees

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

€3,031

Nil

€250,802

€401,284

€21,568

1From June 2002.

2To date in 2010.

Question No. 194 answered with Question No. 12.

Rural Transport Services

Jack Wall

Question:

195 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the research that he has carried out as to the effectiveness of the rural night time transport scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29078/10]

Within the overall Governmental approach to meeting rural transport needs, my Department provided funding, on a pilot basis, between 2007 and 2009 for an evening/night-time rural transport service in seven selected areas. This pilot scheme was in addition to the rural transport services already provided in the seven areas under the Department of Transport's ‘Rural Transport Programme', which operates nationally.

The pilot arrangement was intended to give the rural transport groups involved the opportunity to consider evening/night-time services for inclusion in their main transport services.

My Department reviewed the pilot initiative and found that it had brought benefits to the areas covered and its alignment in due course with the mainstream Rural Transport Programme was desirable.

Subsequently, at my Department's request, Pobal worked with the rural transport providers to assess how the evening services that they operated might be incorporated into the Rural Transport Programme. In general, it was found that the groups involved had made good use of the pilot initiative to test various services and, where appropriate, were including evening services within their rosters.

Question No. 196 answered with Question No. 24.

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

197 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28973/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

198 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28987/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

199 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29001/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 to 199, inclusive, together.

My Department has made no voluntary disclosures or settlements with the Revenue Commissioners of the nature referred to by the Deputy, nor did the Revenue Commissioners carry out any tax audits of my Department in the period referred to by the Deputy.

Questions Nos. 200 and 201 answered with Question No. 28.

Departmental Programmes

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

202 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs his plans, if any, to develop the community related programmes operated by his Department to meet the needs emerging in the current economic climate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29024/10]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

203 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the initiatives he has taken to date in response to the ongoing economic downturn; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29025/10]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

204 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs his proposals, if any, to date to broaden the various schemes operated by his Department to meet the needs of the current economic situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29026/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 202 to 204, inclusive, together.

As part of the restructuring of Departments and agencies announced in March by the Taoiseach to ensure greater coherence and produce more efficient delivery, my Department incorporated responsibility for social inclusion policy and family policy from the Department of Social Protection and for equality, disability, integration and human rights from the Department of Justice and Law Reform. As stated by the Taoiseach in this context, it is important, while addressing the priority issues in responding to unemployment and driving economic recovery, that we do not lose sight of the importance of social development, the targeting of the most vulnerable and support for those working to make a difference right across our communities.

My Department still has a wide agenda of reform to advance. The next phase, which is under way, concerns improving and joining up the outputs of programmes, as well as further consolidating structures. The Local Development Social Inclusion Programme and the Community Development Programme (LDSIP and CDP) were my Department's two main social inclusion and community development programmes and were delivered through separate local delivery structures. These programmes came to an end on 31 December 2009 and were superseded by a new programme, the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP).

As the Deputy is aware, an implementation strategy involving the stakeholders is underway for LCDP roll-out over the course of 2010. Integrated workplans have now been developed by the local development companies and the CDPs covering all local development company areas. The next phase to the end of June covers the development of local integration plans for reduced structures from January 2011. The new programme will enable groups to more objectively demonstrate the positive impacts and outcomes they are securing to meet the needs of local communities.

As the Deputy is aware, gross savings of some €57 million, or almost 12%, were achieved in the 2010 Revised Estimates Volume (REV) for the then Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Vote relative to the 2009 REV. While the allocations in most expenditure programmes were reduced, the primary concern was to make every effort to ensure that the daily front-line services provided with funding from my Department were protected, especially those focused on the needs of the most socially deprived communities.

The Government's moratorium on staff recruitment and promotion and other associated measures, including the incentivised early retirement scheme, have achieved, and continue to achieve, reductions in staff numbers across my Department and relevant agencies.

As I have previously indicated, my primary concern is to make every effort to ensure that the front-line services provided by, or supported through, my Department — especially those providing tangible benefits for the most disadvantaged communities — are protected.

Question No. 205 answered with Question No. 41.

Community Development

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

206 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of applications for grant aid from community groups received in his Department in each of the past three years and to date in 2010; the degree to which he has responded over that period; his plans for the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29028/10]

As the Deputy will be aware from a number of previous replies, my Department operates a wide range of grant programmes and schemes and details of these are available on my Department's website at www.pobail.ie.

The Deputy will also be aware that information in relation to funding/expenditure by my Department in each of the past five years is available in the published Annual Estimates Volumes and Appropriation Accounts. In addition, details of payments made from subheads part-funded from the National Lottery are listed on my Department's website.

Against this background, the Deputy will appreciate that funding is provided each year to a very large number of individuals, groups, bodies and agencies. I do not consider that the allocation of staff resources that would be required to fully list and detail all of the applications and allocations, as requested, could be justified, particularly in the context where a significant amount of the relevant information is already available on my Department's website or in the annual Appropriation Accounts that are laid before the Oireachtas. If the Deputy has a particular query regarding specific groups, bodies or agencies, I will, of course, be happy to provide the relevant information to the extent feasible.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

207 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29111/10]

Details of payments in excess of €6,350 made under those subheads of my Department's Vote that are part-funded by the National Lottery are included as part of the annual Appropriation Accounts for my Department. The subheads in question relate to:

Ciste na Gaeilge;

Grants for Community and Voluntary Services; and

Local and Community Development.

The published Appropriation Accounts for the years 2007 and 2008 are available in the Dáil Library and also on the website of the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (www.audgen.gov.ie). Payments made in 2009 are available on my Department's website at www.pobail.ie.

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

208 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29125/10]

The details requested by the Deputy in relation to my Department, including fees paid to legal professionals for advice and research, are reflected in the table. Also reflected in the table are the details, as advised to my Department, in respect of agencies/bodies funded from my Department's Vote Group.

Department / Body / Agency

2002 (from June)

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010 to date

Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

Nil

€65,000

€56,500

Nil

€3,043

Nil

€6,050

Nil

Nil

Office of the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests

Information unavailable

€2,904

Nil

Nil

€6,352

€4,931

€90.00

Nil

€34,442

Dormant Accounts Board

Nil

Nil

€11,666

Nil

€1,537

€3,116

€5,118

Nil

Nil

Western Development Commission

€10,229

€29,404

€28,961

€16,176

€22,927

€31,490

€36,578

€63,324

€11,660

Údarás na Gaeltachta

€15,602

€10,513

€5,329

€13,836

€18,399

€12,342

€34,130

€6,142

€10,513

An Coimisinéir Teanga

Nil

Nil

€11,545

€13,613

€6,885

€12,959

€8,583

€9,336

€2,866

National Advisory Committee on Drugs

€23,909

€15,800

€4,905

€15,636

€11,920

€14,632

€9,969

€2,178

€1,402

Waterways Ireland

€121,230

€192,397

€205,809

€229,412

€189,262

€326,609

€264,182

€348,651

€49,611

Equality Authority

Nil

Nil

€139,666

€210,144

€238,386

€294,638

€211,562

€320,532

€11,992

Equality Tribunal

€2,994

€11,287

€4,416

€8,739

€34,579

€10,496

€48,961

€155,833

€4,051

Human Rights Commission

Nil

€70,896

€1,966

€13,582

€61,042

€240,485

€148,638

€363

€138

National Disability Authority

€3,660

€7,475

€2,045

€49,253

€62,449

€84,254

€50,252

€10,318

Nil

Family Support Agency

Nil

€10,000

€4,410

€22,300

€91,000

€20,907

€39,217

€16,644

€17,497

Ulster-Scots Agency

Information unavailable

STG£622

Nil

Nil

STG£619

Nil

STG£24,192

STG£7,645

Nil

Foras na Gaeilge

€12,640

€9,193

€18,413

€6,235

€20,135

€59,250

€28,187

€121,352

€29,535

Social Welfare Benefits

Terence Flanagan

Question:

209 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Social Protection his plans regarding cuts in the contributory old age pension in the forthcoming budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29146/10]

Social welfare changes for 2011, including any changes to State pensions, will be considered later this year in the context of next year's Budget preparations, having regard both to needs and to the resources available to meet those needs.

The current Government policy in relation to pensions is laid out in the National Pensions Framework which was launched in March of this year. The Government is committed to seeking to maintain the State pension at 33% of average earnings. The framework includes a number of changes to the State pension in order to make it more transparent, simple and equitable for those who reach pension age.

Recognising that people are living longer and healthier lives, the Government has decided to amend State pension age in three separate stages:

In 2014, the State pension (transition) will be abolished. The effect of this will be to standardise State pension age at 66;

In 2021, the State pension age will be set at 67; and

Finally, in 2028, State pension age will be set at 68.

For those people who wish to postpone drawing down their State pension, arrangements will be put in place to enable them to receive an actuarially increased benefit when they decide to retire.

In addition, for those with contribution shortfalls at pension age, arrangements will be put in place to allow them to receive additional benefit at a later date if they continue to make paid contributions for pension purposes while remaining in work or self-employment.

From 2012 social insurance credits will be introduced for people who take time out of the workforce for caring duties. This will replace the current homemaker's disregard and will assist people — particularly women — to qualify for a contributory pension or a higher level of payment.

In addition, from 6 April 2012, and as provided for in legislation since 1997, the minimum number of paid contributions required for State pension (contributory) will increase from 260 to 520.

From 2020, the way in which eligibility for State pension is calculated will be simplified. Specifically, there will be a switch from the way in which pensions are currently calculated over the average working life. Under the new system, the level of pension paid will be based on the total number of social insurance contributions made by a person over his or her working life.

A person will need to make contributions for 30 years to qualify for a maximum pension. Once a person has the minimum number of paid contributions required, he or she will accumulate 1/30th of a pension for each year of contributions up to a maximum 30 years. Upon introduction of the total contributions approach, the maximum number of credits that can be used for pension purposes will be set at 520.

An implementation group for the National Pensions Framework has been established by my Department and this group will work through the relevant issues in implementing the measures contained in the framework.

Jack Wall

Question:

210 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for rent allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28832/10]

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has advised that the person concerned has made an application for rent supplement but that no decision has been made on his application to date. The Executive has further advised that there are a number of outstanding issues in relation to this application that require clarification and they will be in contact with the person shortly.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

211 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare, who was in PAYE employment for 22 years, is now entitled to income support; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28877/10]

Disability Allowance is a weekly allowance paid to people with a specified disability who are aged over 16 and under 66. The disability must be expected to last for at least one year and the allowance is subject to a medical assessment, a statutory means test and a habitual residency test.

The application for disability allowance, by the person concerned, was disallowed by a Deciding Officer of the Department on the grounds that he did not satisfy the statutory means test.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal was opened on 6 May 2010 and following receipt of the relevant Departmental papers including comments on the grounds of appeal, the appeal from the person concerned will be referred to an Appeals Officer for consideration.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Social Welfare Code

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

212 Deputy Brendan Kenneally asked the Minister for Social Protection if any proposals to have people receiving unemployment assistance undertake limited community service have been examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28888/10]

My Department encourages people to engage in voluntary work within the State. Any person who engages in voluntary work may continue to be entitled to jobseeker's benefit or allowance provided that, in engaging in the voluntary work, the customer continues to satisfy the statutory conditions of being available for and genuinely seeking work.

Examples of voluntary work in which jobseeker's may engage include:

helping the sick, elderly or persons with a disability;

assisting youth clubs, church groups, sports groups, cultural organisations, local resident associations.

The groups involved may be nationally organised groups or local voluntary or community groups.

The aim of the Voluntary Work Option is twofold, namely — to encourage voluntary organisations to involve jobseeker's to the greatest extent possible in their existing activities by creating new opportunities for voluntary work and to inform jobseeker's of their freedom to involve themselves in voluntary work and to encourage them to do so. In addition, the existing Community Employment Scheme, operated by FÁS, offers the opportunity to unemployed persons to participate in paid employment in the social economy.

The announcement by the Taoiseach of changes in Ministerial responsibility were made with a view towards achieving a better alignment of functions within and between Departments in order to deliver a better outcome for users of services and for the taxpayer. With regard to the functions being transferred to my Department, there will be an emphasis on reducing poverty, particularly by reducing dependency on social welfare payments among people of working age by promoting greater activation and participation. Bringing the various relevant programmes together within the remit of my Department will assist us in achieving these objectives.

The transfer of functions and the associated development of services will take time to achieve. However, I am in ongoing consultation with community stakeholders and will be pushing ahead with a range of policy initiatives aimed at delivering opportunities for activation to those who are out of work.

Social Welfare Appeals

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

213 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a domiciliary care appeal will be heard in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28910/10]

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer, having fully considered all the evidence, disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of summary decision. The person concerned has been notified of the decision.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Social Welfare Benefits

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

214 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when jobseeker’s allowance will be awarded in the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 22; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28911/10]

The person concerned claimed jobseeker's benefit from 15th June 2010. On the 24th June 2010 a form was issued to her requesting details of her holiday pay entitlements. A decision will be made on her claim when the details requested have been received.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

215 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when child benefit will be awarded in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28912/10]

A claim for Child Benefit was received from the person concerned in June 2008, in respect of three children, and a further claim from his partner in September 2008. Further information was requested in relation to the Habitual Residency Condition. The requested information was not supplied and the claim consequently lapsed. A new application form was issued automatically on 9th November 2009, following the birth of a fourth child, but this has not been returned to date.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

216 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the weekly amount payable to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; if he will provide a statement from December 2008 to date in 2010 in respect of this person; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28913/10]

The person concerned has been furnished with a copy of their full social insurance contribution record. This is a full representation of customer social insurance contribution record as held by the Department. If the person concerned feels there are gaps or omission in his record he should contact the Department's Records section.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

217 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if a person (details supplied) in County Kildare qualifies for back to education allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28915/10]

Under the back to education allowance scheme a person eligible for the scheme can transfer entitlement to his or her qualified adult. As the person concerned is a qualified adult on her spouse's jobseeker's allowance claim she may be entitled to avail of this provision.

An application form for the back to education allowance was sent to the person concerned on 29 th June 2010 which she should complete and return to her local social welfare office so that her eligibility can be established.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

218 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when child benefit will be restored in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28916/10]

The payment of child benefit was suspended in this case because the person concerned was absent from the State with her children. Child benefit forms have issued to the person concerned today on foot of the enquiry from the Deputy.

Michael Creed

Question:

219 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) in County Cork has had their mortgage supplement reduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28928/10]

The supplementary welfare allowance scheme provides for a weekly or monthly supplement to be paid in respect of mortgage interest to any person in the State whose means are insufficient to meet their needs. The scheme is administered by the community welfare service of the Health Service Executive on behalf of the Department.

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 the person concerned has mortgage interest repayments of €48 per week but has no entitlement under the mortgage interest supplement scheme as their income exceeds the limits. This decision was upheld on 9th April, 2010 by the HSE's designated Appeals Officer It is open to the person concerned to appeal this decision to the Social Welfare, Chief Appeals Office.

The HSE has further advised that as an exceptional measure the person in question was awarded a supplement of €20 per week.

Question No. 220 withdrawn.

Social Welfare Code

Róisín Shortall

Question:

221 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social Protection the daily disregards of additional income from employment applying to jobseeker allowance claimants in each of the past ten years. [28951/10]

The current arrangements for assessing the income from employment of a claimant for jobseeker's allowance have applied since the end of September 2007. The first €20 of earnings for each day worked, up to a maximum of €60 per week, is disregarded from the average net weekly earnings, and 60% of the balance assessed. Net earnings are gross earnings less deductions for PRSI, superannuation/PRSA contributions and union dues.

Prior to September 2007, earnings from employment were assessed as follows:

Where a person had one or more qualified children, 60% of the average net weekly earnings were assessed as means;

Where a person had no qualified children, the first €12.70 of earnings for each day worked was disregarded from the average net weekly earnings, and 60% of the balance was assessed as means.

Net earnings were gross earnings less deductions for PRSI, income tax, health insurance premiums, superannuation/PRSA contributions and union dues. The pre-September 2007 arrangements were unchanged since the mid 1990s.

Joan Burton

Question:

222 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Social Protection the basis on which he is implementing revised rent support rates; if he will publish this research; when he next intends to review these rates; the amount of money that will be saved on an annual basis as a result of the implementation of these revised rent support rates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28959/10]

There are currently almost 95,700 tenants benefiting from a rent supplement payment — an increase of over 58 per cent since the end of 2005. The total cost of the rent supplement scheme for 2009 was €511m. Rent supplements are subject to a limit on the amount of rent that an applicant for rent supplement may incur. Rent limits are set at levels that enable different types of eligible households to secure and retain basic suitable rented accommodation, having regard to different rental market conditions that prevail in various parts of the State. The objective is to ensure that rent supplement is not paid in respect of overly expensive accommodation having regard to the size of the household and market conditions. Furthermore, it is essential that State support for tenants does not give rise to inflated rental prices and overcharging by landlords.

Setting or retaining maximum rent limits at a higher level than are justified by the open market can have a distorting effect on the rental market, leading to a more general rise in rent levels. This in turn may worsen the affordability of rental accommodation unnecessarily, with particular negative impact for those tenants on lower incomes who are trying to support themselves without State aid.

The recent changes to maximum rent limits were based on a review by my Department of nationwide rental prices in the private rental sector. The Department will publish the main findings shortly. The objective of this review was to ensure that value for money is achieved whilst at the same time ensuring that people on rent supplement are not priced out of the market for private rented accommodation.

The review was based on analysis on data on private rental prices supplied by the Central Statistics Office, the Private Residential Tenancies Board and publicly available data sources to determine market trends and current asking prices for one, two and three bedroom properties throughout Ireland on a county by county basis. The only exception to this was Dublin, in which it was decided to isolate Fingal as a separate entity.

The Department also received submissions from various stakeholders within the private rented sector. Discussions in relation to rent limits were also held with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and key local authority representatives in the context of the transfer of rent supplement tenants to local authority provided accommodation.

It is expected that the reduction in rent limits should yield up to €20m in savings. As the market adjusts to the new rates it is expected that further savings will arise, though this cannot be quantified.

The maximum rent limits which were introduced recently are valid until December 2011. The Department will continue to closely monitor the rent levels in the private rental sector during the intervening period. It is expected that the Department will commence a full review of rent levels within the third quarter of 2011 or earlier if required.

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

223 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28982/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

224 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Social Protection if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28996/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

225 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29010/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 223 to 225, inclusive, together.

As part of its ongoing working relationship with the Revenue Commissioners, the Department is occasionally asked to respond to requests for clarification on the returns it makes to that office. The Department is not aware of and has no record of any audit by the Revenue Commissioners of this Department for the period in question. The Department has not made any unprompted voluntary disclosures or settlements under Section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act in the years from 2005 to date.

Social Welfare Benefits

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

226 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if the contributions record furnished to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare constitutes their full social insurance record for contributory pension entitlement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29013/10]

The person concerned has been furnished with a copy of their full social insurance contribution record. This is a full representation of customer social insurance contribution record as held by the Department. If the person concerned feels there are gaps or omission in his record he should contact the Departments Records section.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

227 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when child benefit will be paid in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29015/10]

As advised in the response to PQ 26247/10, a claim in respect of Child Benefit was received from the person concerned in February 2009. Further information was requested in relation to this claim including the completion of a Habitual Residence questionnaire. This information has now been received and the claim has been disallowed as the person concerned is not considered to satisfy the Habitual Residence Condition. He has been notified of the decision in writing and advised of his right of appeal.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

228 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will indicate the entitlement of social welfare payment in the case of a person (details supplied); if steps will be taken to ensure that basic social welfare payment is restored; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29016/10]

The person concerned made his original application for Jobseeker's Allowance on 23/9/2009. He indicated that he arrived in Ireland on 27/6/2005. His application was disallowed by a Deciding Officer in October 2009 as he was not considered to be habitually resident within the state. A subsequent appeal was made by him and the decision of the Deciding Officer was upheld by an Appeals Officer in May 2010.

He had been in receipt of Supplementary Welfare Allowance and was paid to 23/6/10 while his appeal for Jobseeker's Allowance was pending. However as he was deemed not to be habitually resident within the state, this payment was terminated.

The Community Welfare Officer in the Health Service Executive advised the person concerned of this and granted him an additional three weeks payment on compassionate grounds. The Community Welfare Officer further advised him that the Community Welfare Service were not in a position to make any further payments to him as he was deemed not to be habitually resident within the state.

The person concerned does not have a work permit to engage in insurable employment and he cannot be treated as an EEA worker for the purpose of entitlement to Supplementary Welfare Allowance. He should contact the Department of Justice, Equality, and Law Reform in order that issues regarding his status can be resolved.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

229 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection when supplementary rent allowance will be restored in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare. [29051/10]

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has advised that rent supplement was refused on the 9th June 2010 as the person in question did not satisfy the habitual residency condition. If the person concerned is not satisfied with the decision of the Executive then they can appeal the decision to the HSE Appeals Office. The Executive further advised that no appeal has been received to date.

Social Welfare Code

Kathleen Lynch

Question:

230 Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason an unmarried couple, one of whom is working and paying social insurance, live together and raise a child together and one of the couple then dies, the widow or widower’s contributory pension is not payable to the survivor and no claim can be made in respect of the qualified child of the relationship; if the refusal to make a payment in such circumstances amounts to discrimination against a child on the basis of the marital status of its parents; if such a form of discrimination is in keeping with public policy generally; his plans for change in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29106/10]

Widow's or widower's contributory pension is paid to the husband or wife of a deceased person and is available to those who satisfy the necessary PRSI contribution conditions, either on their own record or on that of the deceased spouse, provided the applicant is not cohabiting. A means-tested widow's or widower's non-contributory pension may be payable to those who are under 66 and who do not satisfy the social insurance conditions. State pension (non-contributory) is available to those aged 66 or over. If the person has qualified children, they may instead qualify for the means-tested one-parent family payment.

A key condition for receipt of the widow's or widower's pension is that the person is the surviving partner of a married couple and thus the scheme differentiates as against the survivor of a cohabiting couple. Confining the widow/ers contributory pension to married persons is not incompatible with the Equal Status Acts as married couples and cohabiting couples are not in an analogous position.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

231 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Social Protection the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29120/10]

The Department of Social Protection has not received any funding from the National Lottery for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

232 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Social Protection the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29134/10]

The Department incurs expenditure on legal and compensation costs/fees from Vote 38 Department of Social Protection and the Social Insurance Fund. The elements of these payments relating solely to legal fees are not recorded separately. The following table sets out expenditure on legal and compensation costs/fees for the period from 2000 to date in 2010.

Legal and compensation costs / fees

Year

Vote 38 Department of Social Protection

Social Insurance Fund

2000

64,959

25,482

2001

85,368

173,642

2002

113,817

158,533

2003

161,447

22,855

2004

458,611

49,142

2005

122,339

153,512

2006

91,692

149,763

2007

300,814

97,670

2008

204,964

20,797

2009

281,483

96,028

2010-to date

173,000

Nil

Costs relating to prosecutions arising from fraudulent claims made to the Department are borne by the Chief State Solicitor's Office.

Details for the bodies under the aegis of my Department are set out in the following table.

Name of Statutory Body

Total Annual Expenditure on Legal Fees

Office of the Pensions Ombudsman

2000: Nil

2001: Nil

2002: Nil

2003: Nil

2004: 4,235

2005: 22,436

2006: 7,877

2007: 71,661

2008: - 2,572.27*

2009: 18,427

2010: 10,430 (to date)

The Pensions Board

2000: 71,093

2001: 85,207

2002: 115,223

2003: 151,938

2004: 210,494

2005: 264,400

2006: 281,676

2007: 357,913

2008: 404,794

2009: 256,897

2010: 97,000 (to date)

Comhairle

(Comhairle combined the functions of the former National Social Services Board with certain functions of the former National Rehabilitation Board)

2000: Nil (established in June 2000)

2001: 18,468

2002: 9,991

2003: 30,410

2004: 21,256

2005: 30,606

Citizens Information Board

(The Comhairle name was changed to Citizens Information Board in February 2007 under the Citizens Information Act 2007)

2006: 15,926

2007: 75,043

2008: 20,365

2009: 15,060

2010: 5,493 (to date)

Combat Poverty Agency

2000: 5,768

2001: 11,167

2002: 7,875

2003: 3,074

2004: 15,684

2005: 20,980

2006: 10,080

2007: 3,214

2008: 20,053

2009: 11,748**

2010: —

Social Welfare Tribunal

2000: Nil

2001: Nil

2002: Nil

2003: Nil

2004: Nil

2005: Nil

2006: Nil

2007: Nil

2008: Nil

2009: Nil

2010 (to date):Nil

*High Court cases in 2007: — In one appeal that went to hearing in 2007, the Pensions Ombudsman's determination was upheld in part. The second part was not tested, as the appeal fell on the first issue, and costs of the appeal (€26,969.79) were awarded to the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman. The refund to the Office of the Pensions Ombudsman which was made in February 2008 exceeded the combined legal costs in 2008 resulting in a saving of €2,572.27.

**The Combat Poverty Agency integrated with the Office for Social Inclusion to form a new division within the Department of Social and Family Affairs, on 1 July 2009 in accordance with a Government Decision announced as part of Budget 2009. The functions in relation to social inclusion were transferred to the Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs with effect from 1 May 2010.

Social Welfare Code

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

233 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Social Protection the regulations governing assessment of contribution of maintenance payments in respect of one-parent family payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29141/10]

In every case where a one-parent family payment is awarded, the Department seeks to trace the other parent (liable relative) in order to ascertain whether he or she is in a financial position to contribute towards the cost of the one-parent family payment.

Part 12 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005, as amended, sets out the legislative basis for the implementation of the Liability to Maintain Family Provisions. The methods of assessment of the liable relative's ability to pay are specified in detail in Regulations (S.I. 571 of 2006 and S.I. 142 of 2007). The financial and new dependency situation of each liable relative is assessed in detail. The assessment is based on the net weekly income (i.e. income from all sources less income tax and PRSI) with deductions for a personal allowance in respect of personal needs, a child dependant allowance in respect of each child living with the liable relative, and an allowance may also be granted in respect of the liable relative's accommodation costs. Any maintenance currently being paid to the one parent family recipient is also taken into account.

Social Welfare Benefits

James Bannon

Question:

234 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29152/10]

On 15 June 2010, the person concerned was refused Carer's Allowance on the grounds that the persons being cared for do not require full time care and attention. He was notified of this decision, the reasons for it and of his right of review or appeal to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.

The spouse of the person concerned was in receipt of Carer's Benefit in respect of the same care recipients for the period 11/9/08 to 21/4/10. A decision on the medical eligibility of the care recipients was made based on the medical evidence supplied at the time of her application for Carer's Benefit.

Employment Support Services

Róisín Shortall

Question:

235 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons referred to FÁS under the national employment action plan in each of the years since 2007 and to date in 2010; if he will provide a breakdown of the outcome in terms of job placement, training, signing off, continuing on a jobseeker’s payment and so on. [29155/10]

The National Employment Action Plan, operated jointly with FÁS, is the main activation measure for jobseeker's. It has been in operation since 1998 and provides for a systematic engagement of the employment services with unemployed people.

Under the Plan, all persons between the ages of 18 and 65 years who are approaching 3 months on the Live Register, are identified by the Department of Social Protection and referred to FÁS for interview with the aim of enhancing their employability and assisting them to enter/re-enter the labour market.

The information requested is set out in tabular form based on data supplied by FÁS.

Year

2007

2008

2009

2010 Jan-Mar

No. Referred

51,452

60,260

86,782

22,765

Left Live Register

32,359

33,919

53,638

8,088

Placed in Jobs

7,459

7,012

8,012

1,052

Placed in FÁS Programme

2,763

3,207

9,058

1,756

Other Education/Training

866

897

1,603

240

On Live Register

19,093

26,341

33,144

14,677

Social Welfare Benefits

Pat Breen

Question:

236 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason payment has not issued to a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29159/10]

Domiciliary Care Allowance (DCA) is no longer payable in this case as the child in question reached sixteen years of age in May 2010 and DCA is not paid beyond this age. However the child may have an entitlement to other benefits in their own right or the mother could have an entitlement to a payment based on the care that she continues to provide for the child.

The person in question should contact the information officer in Ennis Social Welfare Local Office who will review her circumstances and advise on what entitlement she and her child may have.

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

237 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Defence the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, regarding these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28974/10]

It is the aim of the Department of Defence to be fully tax-compliant and to meet all of its obligations under tax law. The Department did not make any unprompted voluntary disclosures to the Revenue Commissioners in any of the years in question.

Joan Burton

Question:

238 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Defence if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28988/10]

It is the aim of the Department of Defence to be fully tax-compliant and to meet all of its obligations under tax law. The Department did not make any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners in any of the years in question.

Joan Burton

Question:

239 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Defence if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, regarding the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29002/10]

It is the aim of the Department of Defence to be fully tax-compliant and to meet all of its obligations under tax law. A revenue audit of the Department was conducted by the Revenue Commissioners in 2007. Apart from one issue relating to the status of an allowance payable to certain members of the PDF, the Revenue Commissioners informed the Department that the audit was satisfactory in all other respects. No other revenue audit of the Department was conducted in the years in question.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

240 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Defence the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29112/10]

Coiste an Asgard is part-funded by the National Lottery. The amount received for each of the years in question is outlined in the following table:

YEAR

AMOUNT

2007

879,000

2008

803,000

2009

800,000

The above amounts partially funded the annual operation of the National Sail Training Scheme. The balance of the annual costs were met by income from cruise fees. There were no capital costs involved.

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

241 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Defence the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29126/10]

The main requirement for legal services in the Department is in the context of litigation, usually in the form of judicial review and personal injury proceedings.

The Chief State Solicitor's Office is responsible for the costs of the State's legal teams in cases that it manages on behalf of the Department. External legal costs incurred by the State Claims Agency arising from the defence of any claims managed by the Agency for the Department are refunded to the Agency by the Department. In addition the Department may pay plaintiffs' legal costs as part of awards/settlements. Details of the foregoing costs are being compiled and I will write to the Deputy with the information as soon as possible.

Departmental Agencies

Terence Flanagan

Question:

242 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the classification of debt being transferred from local authorities to the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency; the status of the agency; if debt transferred to the agency is considered as public national debt; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28961/10]

Under the land aggregation scheme developed by my Department housing authorities may transfer residential lands on which there are outstanding loans from the Housing Finance Agency to a central agency when the loans fall due for redemption and on the basis that there are no short to medium term plans for the development of the land. In such cases it is not proposed to transfer debt from the local authorities as it is intended that the local authority will redeem the loan from the Housing Finance Agency in advance of transferring the land. Funding will be made available by my Department for this purpose.

The Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency is currently established on an administrative basis. The corporate status of the Agency will be established by legislation as soon as possible. In the interim functions in relation to the transfer of land will be undertaken by a special body set up for this purpose to be called Housing and Sustainable Communities Ltd.

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

243 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28977/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

244 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28991/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

245 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29005/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 243 to 245, inclusive, together.

There were no unprompted voluntary disclosures to, or settlements with, the Revenue Commissioners by my Department in the years from 2005 to date in 2010. In this period, an audit of my Department's PAYE, PRSI, VAT, Withholding Tax and Relevant Contracts Tax records dating from 1 January 2008 to 31 May 2009 was conducted by the Revenue Commissioners in 2009 without any issues or additional tax liabilities arising.

Noise Pollution

Noel Ahern

Question:

246 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will outline the action residents can take regarding neighbours with barking dogs; if he will specify special provisions for District Court actions; if local authorities can take additional action against tenants whose dogs create complaints; and if it is a standard condition of tenancy not to have barking dogs. [29063/10]

Under Section 25 of the Control of Dogs Act 1986, where, on a complaint being made to the District Court by any person, it appears that a nuisance has been created as a result of excessive barking by a dog, the court may order the occupier of the premises in which the dog is kept to abate the nuisance by exercising due control over the dog; make an order limiting for such period as may be specified in the order the number of dogs to be kept by the respondent on his premises; or direct that the dog be delivered to a dog warden to be dealt with by him in accordance with the provisions of the Act as if the dog were an unwanted dog.

Before any person makes a complaint to the District Court in relation to a nuisance caused by the excessive barking of a dog, that person must serve notice of their intention to make such a complaint on the occupier of the premises in which the dog is kept. Addressing the issue of barking dogs in a tenancy agreement would be a matter for the relevant local authority to consider.

Local Authority Housing

Noel Ahern

Question:

247 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will list the local authorities or summarise the percentage of local authorities which include family income supplement payments in their rent assessment scheme; if he can bring standardisation to this process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29067/10]

My Department does not hold information on the number of housing authorities which include or disregard family income supplement payments in their differential rent schemes.

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. It is a matter for local authorities, when assessing individual households, to consider whether rents payable are in accordance with the authority's rent scheme. Therefore, 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 to consider in accordance with their own rent scheme.

Notwithstanding this, in the context of new provisions provided for by the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009, I intend to make regulations later this year which will more clearly set out the matters that may be included in a local rents scheme.

Noel Ahern

Question:

248 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will refer to the special central heating grant scheme which was operated via Dublin City Council and approved by the housing section of his Department a few years ago; if he will confirm if the evaluation of the previous scheme has been completed; if it proved cost effective and met the target group of the elderly; the current position with this scheme; and if further pilots or a national scheme will be introduced. [29069/10]

At my Department's request, the Centre for Housing Research carried out an evaluation of the pilot central heating and insulation scheme for older people which was approved by my Department in May 2007. The scheme was targeted at 150 privately owned homes occupied by people aged sixty five and over, with annual incomes of €30,000 or less, in the Ballyfermot, Whitehall and Crumlin areas of Dublin. The evaluation report is currently under examination in my Department. Any decision on an extension of the pilot scheme must await the outcome of this examination.

Tax Collection

Noel Ahern

Question:

249 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government his views on the advertising campaign regarding the payment of second home tax currently taking place; the cost of same; if he will outline the other measures being taken to collect the taxes due; his further views on the fact that local authorities have not sent reminders for 2010 to those who paid in 2009, and if a more payment friendly policy will be introduced and forms and payment facilities introduced for those who do not want to do business on-line; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29070/10]

The Local Government (Charges) Act 2009, which introduced the non-principal private residence charge, places the onus on individual property owners to assess their liability for the charge in the first instance and there is no obligation on local authorities to issue reminders or demands. However, anybody who paid the charge last year and provided an e-mail address has been sent an e-mail reminder in respect of possible liability in 2010.

In addition, a number of local authorities have separately sent reminders to property owners registered with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB). Local authorities have also undertaken advertising campaigns this year, both locally and nationally. As this is a matter for the local authorities themselves, I do not have information on the costs of such advertising. Payment of the charge may be made through the dedicated website www.nppr.ie as well as by post or over the counter at a local authority office.

Foreshore Licences

Jimmy Deenihan

Question:

250 Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government when a foreshore licence will be cleared through the Office of the Attorney General for an organisation (details supplied) in County Kerry to enable it to commence work on the proposed terminal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29085/10]

I refer to the reply to the Dáil adjournment debate on this issue taken on 29 June 2010 which outlines the current position.

Environmental Policy

Brendan Howlin

Question:

251 Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he has prepared regulations to ensure that central and local government purchases of wood products are both certified and sustainable in view of the revised programme for Government commitment to green public procurement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29087/10]

Directives 2004/17/EC and 2004/18/EC, which were transposed into Irish law by regulations made by the Minister for Finance, allow for environmental and social criteria and conditions to be integrated into public procurement procedures. Such criteria and conditions may, therefore, be included in the selection of technical specifications and award criteria, and in contract performance clauses.

Accordingly, my Department's publication Quality Housing for Sustainable Communitiesthe best practice guidelines document for the Government’s Housing Policy, Delivering Homes, Sustaining Communities — state that: “Materials such as timber used in construction should be obtained from sustainably managed sources”.

At EU level, the current emphasis is on ensuring that all timber entering the EU comes from legal sources. To this end, a new EU Regulation will require timber traders operating in the EU for the first time to operate "due diligence" systems as a further barrier to trade in illegal timber. The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, who has responsibility in this area, is negotiating this Regulation on behalf of Ireland. The provisions of this Regulation, when adopted, will be reflected in the Green Public Procurement National Action Plan being prepared by my Department in co-operation with the National Procurement Service in the Office of Public Works.

The draft Green Public Procurement National Action Plan proposes to commit public authorities to verify that the timber they procure is both legal and sustainable. This may be demonstrated through any of the widely-recognised existing commercial certification systems, such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes (PEFC). Under the above-cited EU public procurement directives, any other appropriate form of proof and verification that timber is legal and sustainable must also be accepted.

Homeless Persons

Michael D. Higgins

Question:

252 Deputy Michael D. Higgins asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to reports of extreme difficulties being experienced by those persons who have become homeless; the proposals he has to combat this problem. [29105/10]

I am deeply conscious of the difficulties experienced by people who are homeless and I have given very high priority to addressing the issue. Statutory responsibility in relation to the provision of accommodation for homeless persons rests with the housing authorities and the HSE has responsibility in relation to health and care services for homeless persons. My Department's role in relation to homelessness involves the provision of a national framework of policy, legislation and funding to underpin action to address homelessness at local or regional level. Substantial work has been carried out in this regard during the past 2 years and a comprehensive range of measures has been put in place to support the role of housing authorities and other agencies in addressing homelessness.

The overall national policy framework to address homelessness is set out in the Government's homelessness strategy, The Way Home, which was published in August 2008 and the National Implementation Plan for the strategy, which was published in April 2009. Implementation of the homelessness strategy at local and regional level will be carried out through the framework of statutory homelessness action plans adopted by housing authorities under the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009.

Total funding for homeless accommodation and related services was increased in 2009 by 5% and in monetary terms to €62m, which represented a higher increase in real terms. Notwithstanding unavoidable retrenchment in State funding generally, this higher level of funding is being maintained in 2010, which is indicative of the priority that I and the Government attach to addressing homelessness.

The process of implementing the provisions relating to homelessness in the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 is well advanced, with the establishment of regional homelessness consultative fora and the development of the statutory homelessness action plans. These provisions further reinforce the role of the housing authorities, working with relevant statutory and non-statutory agencies, in the planning, implementation and oversight of homeless services and action to address homelessness as effectively as possible at local and regional level, in accordance with the objectives of the homelessness strategy.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

253 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29115/10]

The following expenditure subheads in my Department's Vote are part funded by the National Lottery:

B.1.11 Communal Facilities in Housing Projects;

B.3.1 Private Housing Grants (Special Aid for the Elderly);

G.1 Heritage Council.

Details of Lottery funded expenditure elements in each programme in the period 2007-2009 are set out in the following table:

Subhead

2007

2008

2009

€m

€m

€m

Communal Facilities in Housing Projects

1.922

2.998

2.500

Private Housing Grants — Special Aid for the Elderly

15.232

14.700

3.500

Heritage Council

8.138

9.529

8.282

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

254 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29129/10]

The information requested relating to my Department is being compiled and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Register of Elections

James Bannon

Question:

255 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will provide a breakdown of the accuracy of the electoral register on a county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29149/10]

James Bannon

Question:

256 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the steps he will take to ensure the accuracy of the electoral register in all counties; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29150/10]

James Bannon

Question:

257 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the reason the accuracy of the electoral register, which appears to be approximately 70% in most counties cannot be ensured; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29151/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 255 to 257, inclusive, together.

In law, the preparation of the Register of Electors is a matter for each local registration authority. It is their duty to ensure, as far as possible and with the cooperation of the public, the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the Register.

In working to compile the Register for 2007/08, local authorities undertook and completed, with assistance from my Department, the most extensive registration campaign in decades. On the basis of the work undertaken, I am satisfied that local authorities achieved a significant improvement in the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the Register compared with previous years. The task for local authorities, in relation to the preparation of the Register of Electors in subsequent years was to maintain and build on the progress made.

Authorities were required to publish the final Register for 2010/11 by 1 February 2010. Individuals not on the Register can avail of the supplement to the Register up until 15 days before the next polling day. Looking to the future, the Programme for Government, agreed in 2007, contains a commitment to establish an independent Electoral Commission. The renewed Programme for Government, agreed in October 2009, reaffirms this commitment and identifies a range of responsibilities which the Commission will be mandated to fulfil. The Commission's responsibilities will include taking charge of the compilation of a new national rolling electoral register.

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

258 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28972/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

259 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28986/10]

Joan Burton

Question:

260 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29000/10]

I propose to take Question Nos. 258 to 260, inclusive, together. Since the establishment of my Department in 2007 there have been no:

settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under Section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997,

unprompted voluntary tax disclosures, or

tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

261 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29110/10]

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has not received any National Lottery funding in the years 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

262 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29124/10]

The identification of records prior to January 2007 cannot be facilitated without undue commitment of staff resources and administrative cost. However, if the Deputy has a question in relation to a specific item I will make appropriate enquiries. The table contains details of legal costs incurred by my Department from January 2007 to date.

Any such expenditure by the bodies under the aegis of the Department is a day to day operational matter for those bodies.

Year

Cost

2007

702,065.00

2008

2,157,817.94

2009

467,316.92

2010 to date

84,296.13

Offshore Exploration

Alan Shatter

Question:

263 Deputy Alan Shatter asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the estimates made as to the extent of the gas field off the shores of County Mayo that a company (details supplied) is licensed to exploit; the studies undertaken regarding same; the number of years supply of gas estimated to be contained in the field and if he will give details of the financial arrangements with the company regarding the bringing ashore and exploitation of this gas field. [29136/10]

The Corrib gas field is estimated to contain approximately 1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas reserves. Actual reserves, which are not expected to vary greatly from this figure, will not be known precisely until late in the field's lifetime after a considerable amount of historical production data has been collected. The initial volumetric studies to determine the reserves of gas in the field were carried out by the former operator, Enterprise Energy Ireland Limited and have since been updated by the current operator. These studies have been audited by the Department.

Based on the estimated reserves, total production of gas over the life of the Corrib gas field, would equate to approximately five years annual consumption of gas at Ireland's current level of consumption. Production of gas will peak in the early years, where it is estimated by the Commission for Energy Regulation that the Corrib gas field would meet in the region of 60% of Ireland's annual demand for natural gas.

The principal financial return to the State from the Corrib gas field will be through the tax system. A special rate of corporation tax applies to profits from the production of oil and gas and in the case of the Corrib gas field profits will be liable to tax at a rate of 25%.

Health and Safety Regulation

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

264 Deputy Brendan Kenneally asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of farm based accidents to have occurred in the last year on a county basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28849/10]

I am deeply concerned with the level of safety on our farms and I fully support the work of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA), which is the national body in Ireland with responsibility for securing health and safety at work. The HSA is also responsible for the collecting and recording of workplace accident data.

The most recent CSO estimate for accidents in the agricultural, forestry and fishing sectors is for 2008. For that year the CSO estimate that there were approximately 1,900 accidents in these sectors. These figures are not broken down on a per county basis.

Provisional figures for 2010 indicate that this year 14 people have already died as a result of accidents on Irish farms. Half of these fatalities occurred in the Cork, Kerry and Clare region with the remainder mainly in Midland counties and counties on the East Coast.

I strongly support the HSA and Farm Safety Partnership's Farm Safety Action Plan 2009 — 2012. The Farm Safety Action Plan identifies 7 goals to prevent farm accidents and fatalities. It also contains the commitments given to farm health and safety by different organisations including the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

Grant Payments

Michael Ring

Question:

265 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will reintroduce the disadvantaged area scheme rates paid prior to the budget cuts of December 2008 in view of the drop in farming incomes since 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28866/10]

Against the background of the deterioration in public finances, my approach in preparing the 2009 Estimates for my Department was to protect expenditure for major developmental measures in the agri-food sector. To achieve this objective, savings had to be found in other areas and I decided, reluctantly, to reduce expenditure under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme for 2009 by reducing the maximum area limit to 34 hectares. While overall expenditure on the Scheme has fallen, almost 67,000 farmers have not suffered any reduction in their payments as a result of the introduction of the 34-hectare limit. The rates of payment, which were increased by 8% in 2007, remained unchanged for the 2009 Scheme.

Notwithstanding the reduction in funding, the total amount available under the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme in 2009 was €220 million. This represented a substantial injection of funds to underpin incomes for farmers situated in these areas and the Scheme continues to be one of the best-funded Disadvantaged Areas Schemes in the European Union.

The rates of aid for the 2010 Scheme have already been set and are as follows:

Less Severely Handicapped Lowland and Coastal Areas with Specific Handicap: €82.27 per forage hectare;

More Severely Handicapped Lowland: €95.99 per forage hectare;

Mountain Type Grazing: €109.71 per forage hectare on first 10 hectares, or part thereof, and €95.99 per hectare on remaining forage hectares.

The application period for the 2011 Scheme will open in early 2011 and no decisions have yet been taken at this stage on this Scheme.

Denis Naughten

Question:

266 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the reason for the delay in issuing payment to a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon under the 2009 suckler cow welfare scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28967/10]

The person named has 13 animals for consideration under the 2009 Suckler Welfare Scheme. It is a condition of this Scheme that for herds of more than 10 cows the calves must be weaned in at least two separate groups with each group being removed at a minimum interval of five days. The person named weaned all animals on 14/11/09 and consequently did not comply with this condition. Therefore, the person named is not eligible for payment, as per the Terms and Conditions governing the Scheme.

In addition, several other errors have been identified with a number of the animals following the validation process initiated by my Department. Officials from my Department have been in contact with the person named on 11 May 2010. The applicant was requested to submit written clarification regarding the overall position but no letter has been received to date.

Tax Audits

Joan Burton

Question:

267 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of unprompted voluntary disclosures made by his Department to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to these unprompted voluntary disclosures, he will provide a summary of the tax, interest and penalties collected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28971/10]

No circumstances arose in my Department that required an unprompted voluntary disclosure to be made to the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005-2010.

Joan Burton

Question:

268 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he has made any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners under section 985B of the Taxes Consolidation Act, 1997 in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28985/10]

My Department did not make any settlements with the Revenue Commissioners in the years 2005-2009.

Joan Burton

Question:

269 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will provide details of tax audits carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on his Department in the years 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 under the headings employer issues PAYE and PRSI, value added tax, public service withholding tax and relevant contracts tax; if, in relation to the audits, he will provide an analysis of the results, including the amount of tax, interest and penalties assessed and collected; the number of audits in which incorrect operation was discovered but no assessment was entered; the number of audits in which operation was found in order; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28999/10]

The following tax audits were carried out by the Revenue Commissioners on my Department in the period 2005- 2010:

A Value Added Tax audit took place in February 2005 and the Department's operations were found to be in order.

A Relevant Contracts Tax audit took place in November 2005. The audit found that the Department was a principal contractor when it engaged hauliers to bring animals to a factory for slaughter under the various disease eradication schemes and should have operated the relevant contracts tax system on payments to the hauliers. An incorrect operation was discovered which was corrected when brought to attention and no assessment was entered.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme

Dinny McGinley

Question:

270 Deputy Dinny McGinley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the position regarding an application for a disadvantaged area scheme grant in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal. [29094/10]

An application under the 2009 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 10 April 2009.

The Terms and Conditions governing the Scheme require, inter alia, that applicants maintain a minimum stocking density on their holding of 0.15 livestock units per forage hectare declared, for at least three consecutive months, during the calendar year of application. However, where the holding of an applicant is identified as not meeting this minimum requirement, the person in question is invited to submit evidence of satisfactory stocking i.e. Flock Register, Horse Passports or details of a REPS or Commonage Framework Plan, which provides for a lower stocking level.

The person named was written to by my Department on 23 July 2009 and again on 21 January 2010 and invited to submit appropriate evidence of the numbers of livestock maintained on his farm, as Department records currently do not show the person named as having yet achieved the minimum stocking density. To date, no reply has been received from the person named; however, on receipt of a satisfactory response, the application will be further processed with a view to payment at an early date.

Grant Payments

Paul Connaughton

Question:

271 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will address the problem of ewe hoggets who are in lamb being granted the €10 grant per ewe which he announced; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the ewe hogget market is important to the sheep industry and that farmers with such animals should be grant aided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29098/10]

The new Grassland Sheep Scheme, which has a total budget of €54 million, will operate for three years: 2010, 2011 and 2012. This funding, which comes from the unused Single Payment funds, will provide a very important and timely boost to support incomes in the sheep sector over the next three years.

The Scheme has been kept administratively simple, which will facilitate the Department in making payments very shortly after the commencement date of 1 December 2010 (the commencement date for making payments under this Scheme in accordance with the provisions of the relevant EU Regulations). Farmers will find participating in the Scheme relatively easy, the three requirements being to:

maintain ewes;

complete the Sheep Census return and submit it by the deadline set by my Department; and

submit the SPS application form by the closing date of 17th May 2010.

I can confirm that all breeding ewes over twelve months of age, including ewe hoggets at the time of the December 2009 Census and returned as breeding ewes in the Census Form will be eligible for use in the calculation of the area of grassland benefitting from payment. Any female hoggets that were not eligible for inclusion as breeding ewes in the December 2009 Census will be eligible for inclusion in the 2011 Scheme provided that they are included in the December 2010 Census Form.

Paul Connaughton

Question:

272 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food when payment under the 2009 cow welfare scheme will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29099/10]

The person named has 25 animals for consideration under the 2009 Suckler Welfare Scheme. It is a condition of this Scheme that for herds of more than 10 cows the calves must be weaned in at least two separate groups with each group being removed at a minimum interval of five days. The person named submitted an explanation regarding this issue but his comments did not warrant any deviation from the rules governing the Scheme. He was informed of this decision in a letter from the Unit dated 2nd June 2010. However, the person named has the right to appeal this decision as outlined in the above letter.

National Lottery Funding

Noel Ahern

Question:

273 Deputy Noel Ahern asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the amount of funding received from the national lottery in each of the years 2007, 2008 and 2009; if he will give details of the programmes, services and capital developments for which this funding was used, quoting the amount so used in each case and whether the lottery funding fully or partially funded the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29108/10]

No funding was received by my Department from the National Lottery in the period in question.

Departmental Expenditure

P. J. Sheehan

Question:

274 Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the amount paid by his Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010; the amount paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29122/10]

Details of the amounts paid by my Department in legal fees for each of the years from 2000 to date in 2010 are being compiled at present and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

The amounts paid in legal fees by each of the agencies and bodies under the aegis of my Department are a matter for the agencies/bodies themselves.

Community Employment Schemes

Brendan Kenneally

Question:

275 Deputy Brendan Kenneally asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if she will consider extending the time limits for employment under the community employment scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28852/10]

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. CE helps unemployed people to re-enter the active workforce by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to a work routine and to assist them to enhance and develop both their technical and personal skills.

The criteria for participating on the Community Employment programme are based on age and length of time in receipt of various social welfare payments.

In managing the programme consideration is given to the availability of resources and the needs of participants and the community. However, it should be remembered that, in so far as participants remain on CE, they are precluding someone else from benefiting from the programme. FÁS makes every effort to ensure that differing levels of demand between neighbouring schemes are equalised. FÁS also operates the programme flexibly as far as possible to ensure the continuation of community projects.

This Government will continue to support the positive role of CE in meeting the needs of long-term unemployed persons while at the same time providing essential services to communities. I am keeping the operation of the Scheme under constant review in the context of the current difficult unemployment situation.

FÁS Training Programmes

Róisín Shortall

Question:

276 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the number of persons currently on a FÁS course; and the number of courses involved. [29104/10]

The information requested is being collated. I will reply to the Deputy substantively as soon as possible.

Schools Building Projects

Simon Coveney

Question:

277 Deputy Simon Coveney asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the funding allocated to a project (details supplied) in County Cork; the timescale to complete this project. [28833/10]

As the Deputy may be aware, planning permission was recently granted for the new school building to which the Deputy refers.

A letter of intent issued to the preferred bidder recently. Once the preferred bidder has satisfied the required terms and conditions and submitted the necessary documentation to the Department, assuming no issues arise, the contracts will be signed and the project can progress to construction.

Due to commercial sensitivities, it is not possible to give details of costs at this stage.

Simon Coveney

Question:

278 Deputy Simon Coveney asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the funding allocated to a project (details supplied) in County Cork; the timescale to complete this project. [28834/10]

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that the project to which he refers is currently out to tender. Due to commercial sensitivities it is not possible to give details of costs at this stage.

The closing date for receipt of tenders is 16th July. When the tenders are returned, the Design Team will be required to prepare a tender report and submit a copy to my Department for approval.

Following completion of the tender phase, assuming no issues arise, the contract will be awarded and the project will progress to construction.

Departmental Funding

Simon Coveney

Question:

279 Deputy Simon Coveney asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the funding allocated to each school in Cork city and county from her Department in the years 2000 to date in 2010 in tabular form. [28835/10]

The information requested by the Deputy is not readily available and would involve a very significant amount of administrative time to compile.

My Department is working to develop systems to make funding information available in a wider variety of formats than at present. In the meantime, if there are individual schools in respect of which the Deputy seeks details of funding, my Department will seek to provide that information.

School Enrolments

Simon Coveney

Question:

280 Deputy Simon Coveney asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the number of pupils enrolled into each school in Cork City and county for the years 2000 to date in 2010 in tabular form. [28836/10]

The data requested by the Deputy are provided in the tables. The data on post-primary students in Cork City and County are extracted from the returns made by schools to my Department each year as at 30th September. The enrolment figures provided exclude Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) and CoreVTOS students.

The data on primary students in Cork City and County are extracted from the primary census returns made by schools to my Department each year. The enrolment figures include students in special classes. The primary census returns for 2009/10 are still being processed and data in respect of 2009/10 will not be available until later this year.

Enrolments (Excluding Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) And Corevtos) By Post-Primary Schools In Cork County 1999/00 To 2009/2010

School No.

School Name

School Address

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

62520C

Christian Brothers College

Sidney Hill

876

934

935

929

923

885

840

804

791

792

794

62530F

North Monastery Secondary School

Our Lady’s Mount

680

571

515

447

436

429

419

421

380

350

317

62531H

Gaelcholáiste Mhuire

An Mhainistir Thuaidh

174

170

187

212

226

251

289

309

312

314

354

62540I

Deerpark C.B.S.

St Patrick’s Road

297

265

246

224

217

199

231

233

254

256

266

62560O

Coláiste Chríost Rí

Capwell Road

809

772

748

764

746

707

684

659

631

626

615

62570R

Presentation Brothers College

The Mardyke

666

663

653

670

674

671

666

663

674

660

667

62580U

Coláiste An Spioraid Naoimh

Bishopstown

638

636

640

646

642

652

666

683

675

672

655

62590A

St Vincent’s Secondary School

St Mary’s Road

614

590

572

543

538

520

460

416

381

351

316

62600A

St. Finbarr’s Seminary

Farranferris

321

299

279

277

254

192

71

62621I

North Presentation Secondary School

Farranree

464

415

394

358

361

339

361

331

321

308

282

62630J

St Aloysius School

Sharman Crawford Street, Cork,

743

647

558

462

416

347

330

297

291

298

290

62640M

St. Angela’s College

St. Patrick’s Hill

500

509

501

524

522

520

520

521

524

520

534

62650P

Ursuline Secondary School

Blackrock

447

382

339

327

317

329

349

336

322

301

275

62661U

Mount Mercy College

Model Farm Road

540

583

571

634

653

666

693

682

681

674

714

62690E

Scoil Mhuire

2 Sidney Place

424

406

379

394

412

62691G

Regina Mundi College

Douglas Road

489

415

368

334

295

253

231

263

296

322

372

62692I

Christ King Girls’ Secondary School

South Douglas Road

913

924

935

939

953

1001

1001

1009

965

1006

1033

62693K

Presentation Secondary School

Ballyphehane

405

398

410

417

429

426

451

431

413

384

362

62730N

St Patricks College

Gardiner’s Hill

259

229

211

188

184

173

198

211

285

319

339

71110H

Nagle Community College

Mahon

330

309

299

273

251

225

200

190

176

159

166

71120K

Cork College Of Commerce

Morrison’s Island

258

215

294

283

223

203

193

187

195

209

283

71121M

St John’s Central College (PLC only)

Sawmill Street

0

71122O

Colaiste Stiofán Naofa

Tramore Road

80

52

46

44

38

31

33

19

30

28

30

Enrolments (Excluding Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) And Corevtos) By Post-Primary Schools In Cork County 1999/00 To 2009/2010— continued

School No.

School Name

School Address

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

71123Q

Terence Mac Swiney Community College

Hollyhill

434

395

347

308

279

263

234

208

214

193

184

71124S

Coláiste Daibhéid

An t-Ardán Theas

103

114

137

140

144

137

134

143

145

156

172

81008W

Ashton School

Blackrock Road

519

511

522

510

520

518

523

511

507

502

506

91396R

Douglas Community School

Clermont Avenue

667

622

607

611

622

611

601

600

600

567

573

91397T

Bishopstown Community School

Bishopstown

414

327

283

267

261

229

211

194

204

165

147

91400F

Mayfield Community School

Old Youghal Road

565

547

505

473

472

441

397

330

323

311

318

Please note St. John's Central College only has PLC students enrolled

Please note that some new schools may have opended over the period, some schools amalgamated and other closed.

Data provided by Department of Education and Skills, Database Section as at 30th June, 2010.

Enrolments (Excluding Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) And Corevtos) By Post-Primary Schools In Cork County 1999/00 To 2009/2010

School No.

School Name

School Address

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

62050O

Árdscoil Uí Urmoltaigh

Droichead Na Bandan, Co Chorcaí,

328

290

253

222

225

212

220

227

252

282

298

62060R

Bandon Grammar School

Bandon, Co Cork,

374

399

404

425

439

450

457

462

488

486

518

62061T

Coláiste Na Toirbhirte

Árd Aoibhinn, Bandon, Co Cork,

705

675

602

591

617

609

578

584

577

576

566

62080A

Árdscoil Phobal Bheanntrai

Bantry, Co Cork,

232

225

223

228

211

192

186

209

217

246

258

62090D

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal

Blarney, Co Cork,

500

505

479

484

458

457

430

417

393

373

392

62130M

Coláiste An Chroí Naofa

Carraig Na Bhfear, Co Chorcaí,

328

324

316

339

342

394

431

469

478

476

468

62140P

St Aloysius College

Carrigtwohill, Co Cork,

571

553

516

533

588

659

667

695

684

674

683

62170B

Sacred Heart Secondary School

Convent Of Mercy, Clonakilty, Co. Cork,

565

539

501

462

440

438

440

440

449

467

480

62180E

Coláiste Muire

Bishop’s St, Cobh, Co Cork,

646

618

570

561

597

546

508

518

536

522

563

62200H

Colaiste Muire

Crosshaven, Co Cork

312

314

359

355

347

370

359

350

353

360

365

62210K

Nagle Rice Secondary School

Doneraile

413

397

382

379

400

383

373

326

296

252

219

62240T

Dunmanway Secondary School,

Dunmanway

349

318

294

62260C

Coláiste Cholmáin

Mainistir Fhearmuí

531

502

451

420

368

357

361

380

372

380

399

Enrolments (Excluding Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) And Corevtos) By Post-Primary Schools In Cork County 1999/00 To 2009/2010— continued

School No.

School Name

School Address

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

62270F

Loreto Secondary School

Fermoy

698

677

661

653

653

625

611

613

612

629

635

62290L

Scoil Mhuire

Kanturk

320

321

266

258

267

267

250

263

279

276

282

62301N

Colaiste An Phiarsaigh

Gleann Maghair

475

435

392

405

438

475

500

529

557

555

550

62310O

De La Salle College

Macroom

301

301

295

284

288

284

290

285

287

285

311

62320R

St Mary’S Secondary School

Convent Of Mercy, Macroom, Co. Cork,

389

382

347

339

333

327

319

324

337

339

365

62330U

Patrician Academy

Mallow

362

341

311

323

341

356

381

388

410

422

399

62350D

St Mary’S Secondary School

Convent Of Mercy, Mallow, Co Cork,

560

540

510

508

505

519

521

520

529

584

599

62360G

Christian Brothers Secondary School

Castleredmond, Midleton

492

511

459

442

426

398

430

456

473

504

538

62370J

Midleton College

Midleton

256

273

275

273

271

279

298

300

300

306

320

62380M

St Mary’s High School

Midleton

621

633

620

585

585

530

536

498

540

567

592

62420V

Christian Brothers Secondary School

Mitchelstown

320

310

298

296

271

274

272

279

276

303

315

62421A

Presentation Secondary School

Mitchelstown

325

315

301

281

285

275

274

277

295

304

320

62440E

Scoil Na Mbráithre Chríostaí

Bakers Road, Charleville

282

270

248

226

220

213

203

205

207

227

238

62450H

St. Mary’s Secondary School

Convent Of Mercy, Charleville

416

397

378

378

369

381

378

379

374

370

374

62460K

St Francis Capuchin College

Rochestown

185

166

138

168

175

196

241

298

382

454

527

62470N

Mount St Michael

Rosscarbery

402

414

418

402

425

437

430

405

416

413

404

62480Q

St Fachtna’s - De La Salle College

Skibbereen

350

326

307

296

317

305

291

281

253

240

260

62490T

Mercy Heights Secondary School

Skibbereen

442

427

425

425

431

427

431

439

445

422

427

62500T

Christian Brothers

Golf Links Road, Youghal

303

290

274

265

270

229

229

62510W

Loreto Secondary School

Youghal

362

351

326

329

294

288

265

70910L

St. Brogan’s College, Bandon

Kilbrogan, Bandon

498

492

508

500

475

467

439

430

422

420

442

70920O

Colaiste Ghobnatan

Baile Mhic Ire

207

205

187

173

184

196

177

188

180

190

200

70930R

St Goban’s College

Sheskin, Bantry

366

339

352

350

361

386

431

422

411

401

411

70931T

Scoil Mhuire

Béal Atha An Ghaorthaidh

97

90

78

89

87

82

77

80

74

86

91

70950A

Clonakilty Community College

Clonakilty

485

493

505

500

532

528

522

545

554

571

546

Enrolments (Excluding Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) And Corevtos) By Post-Primary Schools In Cork County 1999/00 To 2009/2010— continued

School No.

School Name

School Address

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

70960D

Coachford College

Coachford

534

520

563

589

605

600

601

603

593

580

568

70970G

Cobh Community College

Carrignafoy

279

276

277

236

227

236

240

248

231

237

229

70980J

Dunmanway Community College

Cork

273

269

327

70990M

Coláiste An Chraoibhin

Duntaheen Road, Fermoy

423

349

356

381

405

401

400

424

417

438

457

71000A

Colaiste Treasa

Kanturk

413

392

402

395

427

435

419

432

420

421

437

71020G

Davis College

Mallow

402

382

383

385

376

361

339

322

304

299

319

71030J

Mcegan College

Macroom

210

184

184

165

141

134

123

122

128

142

155

71040M

St Fanahan’s College

Mitchelstown

244

229

226

211

201

179

154

152

144

128

111

71050P

St Colman’s Community College

Youghal Road

540

502

479

468

467

454

452

484

461

477

514

71080B

Mannix College

Charleville

277

259

247

209

187

134

112

108

105

95

87

71090E

Rossa College

Skibbereen

101

115

120

116

102

100

84

85

110

135

135

71100E

Colaiste Eoin

Golf Links Road, Youghal

293

320

314

336

350

380

360

71101G

St Aidan’s Community College

Ballincolly

649

581

533

511

469

452

505

550

609

659

700

71102I

Schull Community College

Colla Road

401

446

427

448

442

432

417

398

406

406

420

71103K

Coláiste Choilm

Ballincollig

1267

1256

1254

1281

1221

1199

1169

1169

1211

1245

1275

76064F

Glanmire Community College

Riverstown, Glanmire, Co Cork,

448

580

716

785

787

748

736

727

678

662

699

76067L

Colaiste Pobail Naomh Mhuire

Cill Na Mullach

163

180

192

183

189

166

182

186

192

206

203

76086P

Maria Immaculata Community College

Dunmanway

585

621

615

580

554

536

519

510

81009B

Boherbue Comprehensive School

Boherbue, Mallow

531

486

460

455

434

414

381

350

319

316

314

91386O

Ballincollig Community School

Innishmore

648

639

600

578

580

588

613

610

628

669

715

91387Q

Beara Community School

Castletownbere

392

370

355

363

345

337

335

326

302

288

294

91388S

Carrigaline Community School

Waterpark Road, Carrigaline, Co Cork,

868

870

874

884

916

912

921

927

933

952

946

91390F

Millstreet Community School

Millstreet Town

455

414

369

353

338

314

290

294

287

264

235

91391H

St Peter’s Community School

Passage West

385

389

367

376

375

370

365

360

362

356

332

91499E

Kinsale Community School

Kinsale

474

487

487

517

519

539

556

618

647

675

728

91513S

Youghal Community School

Youghal

883

890

900

905

Please Note that Some New Schools may have opened over the period, some schools amalgamated and others closed.

Data Provided By Department Of Education And Skills, Database Section as at 30th June, 2010.

This List Includes Special Class Pupils 2000/2001 School Year

County

Roll No.

School

Address 1

Address 2

Girls

Boys

Total

Cork City

01197D

Strawberry Hill B N S

Sundays Well

Cork

0

172

172

Cork City

02707F

Sundays Well G N S

Cork

Co Cork

170

0

170

Cork City

05940D

Scoil Ursula

Blackrock

Co Cork

279

0

279

Cork City

06153I

St Finbars G And Inft B

Douglas Street

Cork

54

19

73

Cork City

12203G

S N Naomh Antaine

Ballinlough

Cork

0

806

806

Cork City

12473M

Greenmount Monastery Ns

Scoil Muire Na nGras

Greenmount

80

190

270

Cork City

13648D

St Lukes Mxd N S

Mahonys Ave

Cork

37

54

91

Cork City

13696O

St Vincents Convent N S

St Marys Road

Cork

486

120

606

Cork City

13980L

S N B Togher Cork

Togher

Cork

0

342

342

Cork City

14000C

Scoil Naomh Mhuire

N Mhuire An Oileain

Bishop Street

133

17

150

Cork City

14198D

Naomh Eoin Easpal

Mayfield

Co Cork

0

280

280

Cork City

15781P

Ballintemple N S

Ballintemple N S

Crab Lane

73

88

161

Cork City

16339F

S N Iosef Naofa

Mardyke

Cork

0

236

236

Cork City

16680O

Scoil Colmcille

Blarney St

Cork

0

103

103

Cork City

16996S

Scoil Neasain Naofa

Sullivans Quay

Cork

0

57

57

Cork City

17024I

Scoil Na Croise Naofa

Mahon

Cork

0

273

273

Cork City

17045Q

St Patricks B N S

Ballyhooley Road

Cork

0

280

280

Cork City

17066B

Christ King Mon

Turners Cross

Cork

0

730

730

Cork City

17067D

Christ King Girls Primary School

Turner’s Cross

Cork

358

0

358

Cork City

17105I

Muire Gan Smal C

Glasheen

Cork

211

0

211

Cork City

17313P

Our Lady Of Lourdes

Ballinlough

Cork

235

37

272

Cork City

17778N

Scoil Mhuire Fatima B Primary Sch

North Monastery

Cork.

0

266

266

Cork City

17918D

Scoil Mhuire Fatima A Primary Sch

North Monastery,

Cork.

0

122

122

Cork City

17993R

Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal B

Glasheen

Cork

0

249

249

Cork City

18153B

S N Padraig Naofa C

Dillons Cross

Cork

245

0

245

Cork City

18154D

S N Padraig Naofa

Dillons Cross

Cork

85

98

183

Cork City

18217B

Scoil Padre Pio N S

Churchfield

Cork City

83

72

155

Cork City

18237H

Maria Assumpta G N S

Ballyphehane

Cork

193

0

193

Cork City

18238J

Maria Assumpta Jnr Inft

Ballyphehane

Cork

100

0

100

Cork City

18253F

Scoil Naomh Caitriona

Model Farm Road

Corcaigh

442

32

474

Cork City

18292P

Gaelscoil An Teaghlaigh Naofa

Baile Feithean

Co Chorcai

120

129

249

Cork City

18356P

S N Barra Naofa

Scoil Bharra

Sraid Gillabbey

25

47

72

Cork City

18388F

Scoil Naomh Micheal

Church Road

Blackrock

12

29

41

Cork City

18458A

St Bernadettes Spec Sch

Bonnington

Montenotte

36

65

101

Cork City

18483W

School Of The Divine Child (Scoil A)

Ballintemple

Co Cork

20

30

50

Cork City

18563U

Scoil Naomh Brid C

Eglantine House

Ballinlough

743

0

743

Cork City

18566D

S N Athair Maitiu C

An Tochair

Corcaigh

264

0

264

Cork City

18586J

Scoil Eanna

Montenotte

Cork

16

53

69

Cork City

18587L

Scoil Mhuire Banrion

Mayfield

Cork

327

0

327

Cork City

18734V

Realt Na Maidine

Ballyphehane

Cork

0

178

178

Cork City

18786R

Scoil Iosagain

Farranree

Cork

0

470

470

Cork City

19000E

S N An Spioraid Naomh C

Curraheen Rd

Bishopstown

242

0

242

Cork City

19203S

Nmh Pol Special School

Montenotte

Cork

50

57

107

Cork City

19231A

S N Barra Naofa Bhuach

Beaumount

Cork

0

252

252

Cork City

19232C

S N Barra Naofa Cailini

Beaumont

Cork

333

0

333

Cork City

19410A

St Killians Spec Sch

Adj To: Bishopstown Comm Sch

Westgate Road

11

41

52

Cork City

19426P

S N Mharcuis B

An Gleann

Corcaigh

0

79

79

Cork City

19427R

S N Bhreanndain C

An Ghleann

Corcaigh

104

0

104

Cork City

19588S

Scoil Naomh Therese

Bishopstown

Cork

37

0

37

Cork City

19714U

Mhuire Ar Chnoc Haoine

Knocknaheeny

Cork

217

266

483

Cork City

19730S

Scoil Oilibheir

Ballincollie Road

Ballyvolane

350

428

778

Cork City

19788D

St Kevins School

The Rectory

Infirmary Road

2

19

21

Cork City

19852J

Gaelscoil Ui Riada

Baile An Easpaig

Co Chorcai

121

175

296

Cork City

19882S

Scoil An Athair Tadhg O Murchu

Duglas

Corcaigh

118

167

285

Cork City

19906G

Cork N School Project

Grattan Street

Cork

123

125

248

Cork City

19908K

Gaelscoil Mhachan

Carraig Dubh

Corcaigh

121

89

210

Cork City

19909M

Gaelscoil Peig Sayers

Unit 42 North Point Business Park

New Mallow Road

38

26

64

Cork City

19993E

Gaelscoil An Ghoirt Alainn

Aibhinne Murmont

Gort Alainn

110

103

213

Cork City

20036J

North Presentation Primary School

Gerald Griffin Street

Cork City.

204

64

268

Cork City

20038N

Scoil Aiseiri Chriost

Farranree,

Cork.

416

0

416

Cork City

20074R

St Gabriels Special School

Curraheen Road

Cork

9

22

31

Cork City

20077A

Scoil An Spioraid Naomh (Boys)

Bishopstown

Cork

0

450

450

Cork City

20106E

Scoil Nioclais

Frankfield

Grange

11

19

30

Cork City

20119N

Cork University Hos School

Childrens Ward

Wilton

4

10

14

Sum: 15,484

Cork County

00467B

Ballinspittle N S

Kinsale

Co Cork

65

63

128

Cork County

00512D

Midleton Convent N S

Midleton

Co Cork

383

97

480

Cork County

01132V

S N Baile Guairne

Cloyne

Co Cork

12

19

31

Cork County

01272O

S N Chuan Doir

Chuan Doir

Co Cork

18

21

39

Cork County

01687U

Dromleigh N S

Macroom

Co Cork

35

43

78

Cork County

01692N

Firmount Mixed N S

Donoughmore

Co Cork

63

72

135

Cork County

01867W

Castlelyons B N S

Fermoy

Co Cork

67

73

140

Cork County

01874T

St. Martins Senior N.S.

Kilworth

Co Cork

51

42

93

Cork County

02114B

S N Baile Ui Ghiblin

Mitchelstown

Co Cork

53

69

122

Cork County

02278I

Millstreet Convent N S

Millstreet

Co Cork

111

53

164

Cork County

02452V

Cloyne B N S

Cloyne

Co Cork

56

59

115

Cork County

02803B

Banteer N S

Banteer

Co Cork

77

62

139

Cork County

03704E

S N Sean Baile Mor

Mallow

Co Cork

32

45

77

Cork County

03993O

S N Breac Maigh

Castlelyons

Co Cork

11

18

29

Cork County

04054T

Ballindangan Mixed N S

Mitchelstown

Co Cork

28

40

68

Cork County

04118T

Leamlara Mixed N S

Leamlara

Co Cork

25

30

55

Cork County

04152T

S N Cnoc An Bhile

Upton

Co Cork

30

31

61

Cork County

04186N

S N Bhiorainn

Berrings

Co Cork

65

65

130

Cork County

04230N

Scoil Naomh Eoin

Ballincurrig

Leamlara

50

43

93

Cork County

04268P

Clochar Na Toirbhirte

Doneraile

Co Cork

110

26

136

Cork County

04442F

Kyle N S

Youghal

Co Cork

21

19

40

Cork County

04572S

St Josephs N.S.

Kinsale

Co Cork

120

17

137

Cork County

04578H

Ballyvongane Mixed N S

Aghina

Co Cork

18

18

36

Cork County

04953H

Ballyhass Mixed N S

Cecilstown

Mallow

49

45

94

Cork County

05257P

Presentation Convent

Bandon

Co Cork

213

4

217

Cork County

05477G

Laragh N S

Bandon

Co Cork

38

41

79

Cork County

05508O

St Columbas N.S

With Facility For Deaf Children

Dughlas

678

3

681

Cork County

05565D

Trafrask Mixed N S

Bantry

Co Cork

14

20

34

Cork County

05636A

Dunmanway Model N S

Dunmanway

Co Cork

27

31

58

Cork County

05656G

S N An Ghoilin

Sciobairin

Co Cork

20

19

39

Cork County

06295F

Freemount Mixed N S

Rathluirc

Co Cork

29

37

66

Cork County

06342L

Vicarstown Mixed N S

Vicarstown

Co Cork

14

20

34

Cork County

06824G

S N Cuil Aodha

Cuil Aodha

Maigh Chromtha

11

6

17

Cork County

07006A

Ballyclough Mixed N S

Mallow

Co Cork

35

52

87

Cork County

07101R

Inchiclough N S

Bantry

Co Cork

7

15

22

Cork County

07