Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (1024, 1044, 1053)

Eoin Ó Broin

Question:

1024. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the provision of an annual support towards the cost of pay by weight bin charges for households disposing of incontinence wear; and when it will be introduced. [12869/19]

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Anne Rabbitte

Question:

1044. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress made to introduce an allowance or exemption for families of children with disabilities to help reduce the cost of disposing of incontinence products; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13769/19]

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John Curran

Question:

1053. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the progress he has made with the relevant agencies and stakeholders to deliver the annual support of €75 for the disposal of medical incontinence wear for vulnerable persons to help meet the average cost of disposing of domestic waste; when the support will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14125/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 1024, 1044 and 1053 together.

My Department is continuing the work of developing a mechanism to provide a support for vulnerable persons with a condition such as lifelong or long-term medical incontinence to help meet the average annual cost of disposing of their domestic waste. I am informed that this process has taken longer than envisaged, due to a number of issues, including data protection issues that have arisen since the introduction of GDPR. However, I can assure the Deputy that I am committed to introducing an annual support as soon as practically possible in conjunction with relevant agencies and stakeholders.