Community Care Provision

Questions (165)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

165. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health when the new 20 bed unit in a facility (details supplied) will be opened and ready to take patients. [48821/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Hospital Services

Questions (166)

Kevin O'Keeffe

Question:

166. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Health if surgery will be scheduled for a person (details supplied). [48822/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Nursing Homes Support Scheme

Questions (167)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

167. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Health when the changes announced in budget 2018 with respect to the fair deal scheme and the future treatment and possible discount on chargeable assets for farms and business will be introduced in primary legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48829/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The proposed policy change to the Nursing Homes Support Scheme (NHSS), to cap contributions from farm assets at 3 years where a family successor commits to working the productive asset, has been approved by Government. My Department is working on the development of draft Heads of Bill while considering a number of complex ancillary policy and operational matters which may need to be addressed in the proposed legislation. 

It is intended that this proposed policy change, the 3 year cap, will be extended to eligible existing participants in long term residential care so that they are not disadvantaged, but that there would be no retrospective recoupment of contributions for those who have paid contributions over and above the 3 year period. Subject to legal advice, I expect to bring Heads of Bill to Government in the next session before this year end.

The changes to the Scheme will come into effect in 2019 subject to the legislative process.

Agriculture Scheme Applications

Questions (168)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

168. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will consider amending the application form for the BPS and ANC schemes for 2019 to ensure there is a place on the form for persons to put in land which is occupied long-term without registered ownership, lease or rental and which under the terms of the schemes if farmed must be declared even though not eligible for payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48676/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Basic Payment Scheme terms and conditions state that in determining the eligibility of land applied upon to draw down payment, the land declared must be managed by the farmer.  If the farmer is not the owner of the land, the farmer must be in a position to provide verifiable evidence that the land is available to them for the required period.

Farmers who enter into leases or letting agreements for any of the lands declared by them on their Basic Payment application must be in a position to provide verifiable evidence if requested that the land is available to them for the required period as set out under the “Land Availability Rule”.  Land that is declared by a farmer on the basis that it is available to them on the 31 May only on foot of an agreement with another party will only be eligible for payment if a written agreement is in place.

 As above,for all lands declared by a farmer, where the farmer is not the owner of the lands declared, the farmer  must be able to provide verifiable evidence that the land is available to them for the required period.  Only lands that meet these criteria should be declared by the farmer in their application for the basic payment scheme.

Departmental Schemes

Questions (169)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

169. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if the case of a person (details supplied) will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48803/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

My Department has responsibility for delivering a wide range of schemes and services to its many customers. Many of these schemes are, by their very nature, complex and the Department aims to ensure that the needs of all its customers, including people with learning difficulties are met and that the rights of equal treatment are upheld in the delivery of services. 

In accordance with Section 26(2) of the Disability Act 2005, I have appointed two Access Officers in my Department, who are available upon request, to provide assistance and guidance to persons with disabilities in accessing services provided by my Department.

In addition to the Access Officers, Department officials are available in all regions to provide assistance to applicants who have questions or concerns on any scheme operated by the Department.  My Officials have a detailed knowledge of the relevant schemes and services and are in a position to respond to customer queries.  

Bearing in mind the need to communicate clearly in both written and verbal communications, my Department also provides step by step guidelines, user friendly explanatory manuals, question and answer sheets and working examples for most schemes, as well as telephone help lines to deal with queries.

Officials in my Department have previously been in contact with the person concerned and have put in place several measures to meet his particular needs.

In relation to spraying, the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive requires all Professional Users (i.e. anybody who applies/sprays products authorised for professional use) to be appropriately trained.  

As part of the validation contract of every accredited training provider, there is an undertaking to make skills/competency-based courses, such as those required by the Department for the registration of professional users, accessible to all.

The person concerned was informed by the Department of a number of training providers who were willing to meet with him in order to put in place the specific support that would have been required for him to complete the necessary training.

The person concerned should contact the accredited training providers to agree what supports are required. If there is any difficulty in this regard the person concerned should either contact the relevant awarding body or officials in my Department again.

Departmental Schemes

Questions (170)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

170. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the financial allocations on an annual basis under the 2014-2020 RDP for schemes (details supplied); the annual amount expended on the listed schemes in each year since it was established; the number of active participants in the scheme; and the number of approved applicants that subsequently withdrew from each scheme in tabular form. [48824/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table:

 Table 1 – Voted Allocations for Schemes 2014-2018, Expenditure 2014- end October 2018

      

Knowledge Transfer    Scheme  

GLAS  

Beef Data and    Genomics Programme  

TAMS II  

Sheep Welfare    Scheme  

Hen Harrier    Programme  

Allocation 2014

0

0

23,000,000

0

0

0

Expenditure 2014

0

0

21,750,521

0

0

0

Allocation 2015

0

20,000,000

35,000,000

0

0

0

Expenditure 2015

0

11,452,500

34,692,000

0

0

0

Allocation 2016

0

139,500,000

52,000,000

28,000,000

0

0

Expenditure 2016

0

102,615,247

61,800,000

3,971,000

0

0

Allocation 2017

22,821,000

228,500,000

49,000,000

49,832,000

17,000,000

2,940,000

Expenditure 2017

13,784,000

195,583,187

47,137,000

31,256,000

15,851,000

717,000

Allocation 2018

23,000,000

203,000,000

49,500,000

69,943,000

20,000,000

5,200,000

Expenditure to end October 2018

14,857,927

75,262,539

13,580,218

52,843,711

2,589,822

888,943

       

The above are the total allocations and expenditure for the schemes. In a few cases, small parts of the allocation and expenditure for schemes are not co-funded.

The annual scheme allocations are determined during the annual estimates process. 2019 allocations will be published in December this year and the 2020 allocations in December 2019.  

Table 2 – No. of participants and withdrawals

      

Knowledge Transfer    Scheme  

GLAS  

Beef Data and    Genomics Programme  

TAMS II  

Sheep Welfare    Scheme  

Hen Harrier    Programme  

Number of active participants

18,868

49,149

24,572

10,142

18,969

624

Number of applicants that have withdrawn

869

2,906*

7,225**

383

1,234***

0

  

*Data includes both withdrawn and rejected applications because the system does not differentiate between those categories. Also, some double counting may occur as individuals who moved tranche could be recorded as both active in the latter tranche but withdrawn/rejected in the former tranche.

**Data includes 859 participants excluded from the scheme because of issues relating to non-completion of training and Carbon Navigator requirements.

***The number withdrawn includes total withdrawn over year 1 and 2 of the scheme.

Aquaculture Licence Data

Questions (171, 172)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

171. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of aquaculture licences sought in the 2010 to 2018 period by county, in tabular form; the number awaiting a decision in this period; the number decided in this period; the number awaiting decision to date by shell fish licences and fin fish licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48825/18]

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Charlie McConalogue

Question:

172. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of aquaculture licences sought since he came into office; the number awaiting decision when he came into office; the number decided since he came into office; the number awaiting a decision to date by shell fish licences and fin fish licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48826/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 and 172 together.

The detailed information requested by the Deputy is not readily available in full. Provision of the information sought will require an extensive examination of my Department’s records.  The information will be forwarded to the Deputy within 2 weeks.

TAMS Funding

Questions (173)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

173. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps which will be taken with regard to funding approved for works in TAMS II applications that have yet to be drawn down which will expire by the end of 2018; the number of applicants in this position; the value of moneys approved not drawn down to date; the steps which will be taken with regard to moneys approved but not drawn down; if these funds can be carried forward; and if not, if they must be returned to the Exchequer or the EU budget. [48827/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The budget for TAMS II for the duration of the Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) is €395m. Payment claims continue to be received and processed on an ongoing basis as is the case with applications for approval.

It is open to any farmer whose approval has expired to submit  a new application under the scheme .

TAMS is a demand led Scheme and expenditure is dependent on the volume and value of payment claims received. To date,  payments to the value of €92.4m have issued, €57.2m in 2018. 

Reminder messages have been sent to applicants with outstanding approvals, reminding them to check their expiry date and to submit their claims for payment as soon as they are in a position to do so. A reminder also issued to Agricultural Advisors.

- Applicants with a 12 month approval have the option of applying for a 6 months extension.The extension will only be granted  for structures and fixed investments where work has commenced.  No extension will be granted for mobile equipment. An application for an extension must be lodged, together with documentary evidence, to the online system between the start of the eight month and before the end of the eleventh month following the original date of approval.

 To date 17,344 approvals have issued with a grant value of €280.5m;  

Of this:

- 6, 351 payments have been made with a grant value of €92.4m

- 1,010 approvals have expired with an estimated grant value of €12.5m

- 9, 983 approvals have yet to be drawn down with an estimated grant value of €188m.

Payments will continue to be made from the budget for TAMS II for the duration of the Rural Development Programme (2014-2020) of €395m.

Departmental Expenditure

Questions (174)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

174. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the annual allocation and spend on the ANC programme in 2016 to 2018; and the allocation made in Budget 2019. [48828/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The annual allocations and spend for the Areas of Natural Constraints (ANC) for scheme years 2016 – 2018 are set out in the following table. 

Scheme Year

Annual   Allocation

Spend

2016

€202M

€203,788,340

2017

€202M

€204,435,403

2018

€227M

€214,882,220 to date

2019

€250M

-

Common Fisheries Policy Review

Questions (175)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

175. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a review of the Common Fisheries Policy will take place from 2019 at EU level with new changes to be implemented from 2023. [48831/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Article 49 of Regulation (EU) 1380/2013, the basic regulation of the Common Fisheries policy, states that "The Commission shall report to the European Parliament and to the Council on the functioning of the CFP by 31 December 2022."

In normal circumstances, the process for reviewing and possibly revising the CFP would probably be commencing sometime in 2019 to allow for a comprehensive examination of how the current policy has functioned and is achieving its objectives in time for the end of 2022.  It would be up to the European Commission, in accordance with the right of initiative, following such a review to propose possible changes.

When such a review does take place. Ireland will again be a central player in that process.  However, I am firmly of the view that now is not the time to commence our internal EU27 consideration of a review of the CFP.   We must instead concentrate all our efforts on the ongoing Brexit negotiations until we have clarity on the exact nature of the future relationship with the United Kingdom.

The discussion on the post Brexit CFP will undoubtedly occur in earnest once the overall future relationship and its impact for fisheries is clear. For the coming period it is important to keep the focus on Brexit.

Brexit Issues

Questions (176)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

176. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the joint communication by a number of countries (details supplied) regarding their views on EU proposals to split import quotas for agricultural and industrial goods with the UK due to Brexit. [48832/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

On the 26 June 2018, the European Council authorised the European Commission to open formal negotiations within the World Trade Organisation (WTO) on how to divide up existing EU Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs) between the EU27 Member States and the United Kingdom (UK).

On 24 July 2018, the EU’s formal notification was circulated to WTO Members in accordance with Article XXVIII of the GATT 1994 with a view to apportioning the EU's entire WTO bound Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs).

The products which have TRQs attached are primarily agricultural and fishery products (including specific beef, swine, sheep, poultry, dairy, fruit, vegetables, wheat, maize, rice and fish products), and a small number of industrial products (including specific wood, silicon, glass, flax and fructose products). The methodology applied to apportionment is based on the UK's share of total Union imports under the TRQ over a recent representative three-year period (2013-2015). This usage share is applied to the entire scheduled TRQ volume to arrive at the UK’s share of a given TRQ. The Union’s share then consists of the remainder of the TRQ in question. This means the total volume of a given TRQ is not changed. The full product list including the EU share in quota is contained in the Regulation Annex.

Ireland has actively engaged with the discussions to date at EU level.  Ireland prioritises the need to minimise disruption to trade as the UK leaves the EU and the importance of maintaining the existing levels of market access, which is also the intention of the European Commission.  Ireland was one of a number of Member States who sought to enhance the consultation requirements for the European Commission with Member States in the apportionment process and we were successful in that regard. This provides us with assurances that any unintended consequences of the proposed approach, given the fluidity of the overall Brexit process, will be discussed by Member States at the relevant Committee, in particular, the Trade Policy Committee.  

Following bilateral engagement with a number of WTO Members as well as exchanges at the Committee on Market Access on 9 October 2018, the EU submitted a revised set of data on 19 October 2018. The EU is ready to engage in negotiations as soon as possible and has invited Members to submit their claims/revised claims without further delay.

As appropriate, my Department will be liaising closely with the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, which has lead responsibility on this issue.

TAMS Eligibility

Questions (177)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

177. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if TAMS II provides grant aid to slurry spreaders (details supplied). [48833/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Slurry spreading equipment including trailing shoe, dribble bar and injection systems are grant aided under the Low Emission Slurry Spreading Equipment Scheme which is one of the suite of seven measures available under TAMS II.  Full details, including the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme are available on my Department's website.

Common Agricultural Policy

Questions (178)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

178. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on references to the Common Agricultural Policy in the European Commission's draft withdrawal agreement with the United Kingdom (details supplied). [48834/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The Articles and Annexes in the draft Withdrawal Agreement referred to by the Deputy relate to a derogation being allowed to the UK in relation to State Aid rules, in the event of an agreed extension of the transition period.

The draft Withdrawal Agreement confirms that, unless otherwise provided for, EU law shall be applicable to and in the United Kingdom during the transition period, which ends on 31 Dec 2020.  Consequently the normal EU State Aid rules will apply to the UK, including Northern Ireland during that period.

However, during any extended transition period, the United Kingdom shall be considered as a third country for the purposes of the implementation of programmes and activities under the multiannual financial framework applying as and from the year 2021. During this period, it is considered reasonable to allow the UK to continue to support farmers in Northern Ireland, but that this should be done in a way that is consistent with current arrangements under the Common Agricultural Policy and that does not disadvantage EU farmers.

The articles referred to by the Deputy outline the means by which this will be achieved, including through annual maximum levels of support and minimum percentage compliance with the WTO Agreement on Agriculture, which will be decided by the Joint Committee established under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Fishing Industry

Questions (179)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

179. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on references to arrangements relating to fishing opportunities under article 130 of the European Commission's draft withdrawal agreement with the United Kingdom and article 6 of the protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland (details supplied). [48835/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Overall, Ireland’s and the EU27’s basic position is to protect our fishing communities. While all parties would like higher quota shares, the way to achieve that is to grow the fish stocks through sustainable management for the benefit of all. Managing fisheries sustainably and fairly must be an integral and inseparable part of the overall future EU/UK relationship. 

 If this withdrawal deal goes through, from a fisheries perspective, we have clarity that there will be no changes to the status quo on fisheries for the duration of the transition period.  The transition period will last at least until the end of December 2020 but could be extended. Within this timeframe and within the context of the overall economic partnership, the EU and UK will work to establish a new fisheries agreement to be in place after transition.

As is set down in the draft Political Declaration, negotiations on fisheries will take place in the context of the overall future economic relationship between the EU and the United Kingdom.  In other words, fisheries will not be dealt with in isolation. 

 I will continue to work closely with the Tánaiste, the Commission, relevant Member States and the fishing industry to ensure the best outcome for Irelands’ fishing communities. 

Common Agricultural Policy

Questions (180)

Charlie McConalogue

Question:

180. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of the position taken by Ireland at the EU agri council ministers meeting in Vienna recently regarding policies intended to boost performance in the CAP proposals; and the role of independent national agencies of monitoring compliance and if measures designed to tackle crises are sufficient. [48836/18]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

I attended the Informal meeting of Agriculture Ministers in Schloss Hof near Vienna, Austria on 24 September 2018, where I had the opportunity to further discuss the CAP post 2020 with my colleagues.  Informal Council meetings do not reach formal agreed conclusions.

The theme of the discussion was "Shaping the future of vital rural areas and quality food production in the European Union", and focused on how the CAP could support farmers to produce high quality food in a competitive and sustainable way that generates an adequate income and how the CAP supports multifunctionality and the family farm. 

 The multi-functionality of the agriculture sector means it is contributing to a lot of different objectives and all of these are needed.   At the informal Council I highlighted that farmers need to generate adequate farm income and they must also be properly supported for the public goods they deliver on.  All of this will require a CAP Strategic Plan that is balanced and best meets local needs. 

However, none of this can be properly achieved without the adequate support.  My position on the budget remains firm and I believe that now is not the time to cut funding. 

With regard to monitoring compliance, I am supportive of the move to a performance based model and we will need time to put in place changes in systems and reporting.  This new framework must be based on system which provides simplification for all.

When it comes to tackling crises, I believe this will be one of the priority issues for consideration in the next CAP. I welcome the proposal which maintains the current suite of market interventions.  It is important to maintain a strong framework to underpin market stability and protect producers.

The negotiations on the CAP Post 2020 proposals are ongoing and I will continue to engage with all parties involved to ensure the best possible outcome for Ireland's agricultural sector as they progress.

Inland Fisheries Regulation

Questions (181)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

181. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will address a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48804/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I gave statutory notice on 14 November 2018 of the draft Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations, 2018 to provide for the management of the wild salmon and sea trout fishery by IFI from 1 January 2019. The draft regulations provide for an individual management regime for each of Ireland's 147 salmon rivers, river sections and estuaries based on the conservation imperative for their individual genetic stock in line with the requirements of the EU Habitats Directive.

The regulations are based on management advice received from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI).  This advice from IFI is supported by individual stock assessments carried out by an independent Scientific Committee comprising scientists from a range of organisations. 

A statutory 30 day public consultation period is currently underway and observations on the draft regulations may be made, via written submission, at any time during this period which concludes on 13 December 2018. 

A copy of the draft regulations, which are made every year, is available on my Department’s website, www.dccae.gov.ie, and is open for public inspection at the offices of the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department in Cavan and also at the offices of Inland Fisheries Ireland around the country.  

The person referred to by the Deputy may make a submission within the statutory consultation process.  A detailed response to all submissions received in the process will issue after the period of consultation has closed.  It is not appropriate to comment on individual cases while the public consultation process is underway.

Television Licence Fee Collection

Questions (182, 184, 185, 189, 190, 193, 194, 196)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

182. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on appointing the Revenue Commissioners as the television licence fee collection agent in order to help reduce evasion rates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48657/18]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

184. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on public service broadcasting; his further views on licence fee reform; when action plan points in these areas will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48659/18]

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Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

185. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the aspects of the television licence fee reform the interdepartmental working group is reviewing; when the report will be published; if there will be engagement by the group with stakeholders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48660/18]

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John Curran

Question:

189. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the aspects of the television licence fee reform the interdepartmental working group is reviewing; when this report will be published; if there will be an engagement by the group with stakeholders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48762/18]

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John Curran

Question:

190. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on public service broadcasting; his further views on licence fee reform; when he will publish his action plan points in these areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48763/18]

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Seán Haughey

Question:

193. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the aspects of the television licence fee reform the interdepartmental working group is reviewing; when he expects this report to published; if there will be an engagement by the group with stakeholders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48770/18]

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Seán Haughey

Question:

194. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on public service broadcasting; his further views on licence fee reform; when he will publish his action plan points in these areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48771/18]

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Seán Haughey

Question:

196. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on appointing the Revenue Commissioners as the licence fee collection agent to help reduce evasion rates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48773/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 182, 184, 185, 189, 190, 193, 194 and 196 together.

I refer the Deputies to the reply to Question No. 201 (48489/18) of 21 November 2018. The position is unchanged.

Ministerial Meetings

Questions (183, 191, 195)

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

183. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he will meet with an organisation (details supplied) to discuss the independent production sector here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48658/18]

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John Curran

Question:

191. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he will meet with an organisation (details supplied) to discuss the Irish independent production sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48764/18]

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Seán Haughey

Question:

195. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he will meet with an organisation (details supplied) to discuss with it the Irish independent production sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48772/18]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 183, 191 and 195 together.

I refer the reply to Question No. 206 (48514/18) of 21 November 2018. The position is unchanged.