Road Safety Strategy

Questions (203)

John Curran

Question:

203. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding allocated to the Road Safety Authority to carry out nationwide road safety campaigns in each of the years 2015 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the costs involved in each campaign for television and radio advertising, social media and print media; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50462/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

From 2014, the Road Safety Authority no longer receives Exchequer funding, other than a pension contribution for ex National Safety Council staff members. The Authority is now “self-funding” from the statutory charges and levies payable for services such as driver testing, licensing, and vehicle inspection.

I have referred the Deputy's Question to the Authority for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a response is not received within 10 days.

Traffic Management

Questions (204)

John Curran

Question:

204. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to introduce congestion charges in cities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50472/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Climate Action Plan commits to considering the potential roles of congestion pricing, low-emission zones and other demand management measures, which could result in restrictions to certain vehicles from entering built-up urban areas. My Department has lead responsibility for the implementation of this action. A study is being commissioned to understand what measures are available and suitable to address the impacts of growing transport levels in our major cities (Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford).

The study is to consider a range of factors in each of the cities, including congestion levels and air quality issues, and ultimately should recommend options on how we might better manage travel demand in each area. A tender process for this study is currently underway within my Department, with a view to awarding a contract before the end of 2019. I expect the findings of the study to be published by September 2020 in line with our Climate Action Plan commitment.

Traffic congestion is a growing issue in Ireland’s cities and some towns imposing economic and social costs on residents, commuters and businesses, as well as worsening emissions that impact on air quality and the environment.  In 2017, my Department estimated that congestion could have a cost of over €2 billion per annum by 2033 in the absence of appropriate intervention.  Such a cost would have a substantial impact on our competitiveness along with a social cost to our citizens.

It is, furthermore, estimated that, without intervention, by 2040 commuting trips nationally could rise by as much as 35% over current levels.  As well as associated economic costs, I am aware that road transport is a source of air pollution emissions, particularly nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). It is clear that we need to encourage a movement towards fewer and cleaner vehicles entering Irish cities. We are addressing some of these issues by:

- Encouraging a shift out of cars to public transport and active travel;

- Promoting zero-emission electric cars;

- Transitioning the urban bus fleet towards lower emitting alternatives; and

- Examining ways to green the freight sector.

As the Deputy will know, a significant investment of €8.6 billion has been earmarked under the National Development Plan to increase the capacity and attractiveness of sustainable mobility.  This notwithstanding, transport is a derived demand and as both our population and economic performance are projected to grow, I expect that Ireland will see many more journeys on our transport networks. Over time, this rising travel demand coupled with a scarcity of space to expand road supply will exacerbate the issues that we see in our cities today and require that demand management measures be considered, including the potential role of urban congestion charging.  The findings of the study we are undertaking will ultimately support the implementation of any measures necessary.

Road Improvement Schemes

Questions (205)

Eamon Scanlon

Question:

205. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the timetable for the upgrading of junctions at Cootehall and Keadue on the N4; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50474/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the operation and upgrading of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), in conjunction with the local authorities concerned.

Noting the above position, I have referred your question to TII for a direct reply. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

Bus Services

Questions (206)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

206. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of new buses on order by the NTA with a company (details supplied) that have passed the expected delivery data; the number of orders with the company expected for delivery in 2020 and 2021; the reason for the delay in delivering the new fleet; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50513/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport. The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area, including bus fleet purchase.

Noting the NTA's responsibility in the matter, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

Public Transport Expenditure

Questions (207)

Catherine Martin

Question:

207. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the planned expenditure in each of the next five years for new projects in public transport (details supplied); and the definition of new roads used in the statement, for example, if it includes the widening of existing roads. [50525/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

As the Deputy is aware Government is providing €8.6 billion funding under Project Ireland 2040 for investment in sustainable mobility.  The Exchequer investment for new projects in public transport and active travel over the coming years not only equals, but well exceeds what we will be investing in new roads;  this is a reversal of the balance of investment between these two areas in the past.

The majority of expenditure on our roads programme planned under Project Ireland 2040 relates to the steady state funding requirement of our comprehensive road network which, the Deputy will acknowledge, also has a fundamental importance in facilitating bus based public transport, particularly in rural areas.

Investment of approximately €1.6bn is planned for new road capacity in the period from 2018 to 2022. New roads comprise the construction of new road sections along a greenfield route and/or a major upgrade along an existing route (e.g. the M7 widening and new interchanges). Planned investment in public transport projects over the same timeframe will be almost €2.7bn, outstripping new roads spend considerably.

In 2019 alone, the increased funding now available to support new sustainable mobility measures has supported Government’s approval of a new National Train Control Centre and the expansion of the Greater Dublin Area commuter rail fleet, while the National Transport Authority is overseeing the continued expansion of our PSO bus fleets, the arrival of tram extensions for the Luas Green Line and increased investment in active travel projects across the major cities.

Sports Capital Programme Expenditure

Questions (208, 209)

Tom Neville

Question:

208. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of sports clubs supported and the amount allocated under the sports capital programme since it was re-established in 2011; the average grant per organisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50535/19]

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Tom Neville

Question:

209. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of sports clubs supported under the sports capital programme since it was re-established in 2011, by county in tabular form; the amount each club received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50536/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 208 and 209 together.

Details of all allocations under the Sports Capital Programme since 2000 are published on a county basis on the Department's website at

https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/471ed5-sports-capital-allocations/

Legislative Process

Questions (210)

Niall Collins

Question:

210. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of Bills in his Department awaiting Committee Stage. [50556/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

There are no Bills published by my Department that are before the Oireachtas and awaiting Committee Stage.

Sports Capital Programme Expenditure

Questions (211)

Eamon Scanlon

Question:

211. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a successful sports capital application (details supplied) has been incorrectly announced as being allocated to County Sligo; his plans to substitute an application from County Sligo in view of the error; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50557/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Details of all allocations under the Sports Capital Programme are published on the Department's website at

https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/471ed5-sports-capital-allocations/ .

I understand that while the organisation referred to by the Deputy has its headquarters outside of Sligo, the specific grant in question was for a playing pitch at Scoil Mhuire Agus Iosaf in Collooney, Co Sligo.

National Car Test Regulation

Questions (212)

Robert Troy

Question:

212. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the regulations for errors recorded on odometer readings during national car tests (details supplied); if arrangements can be made to have the reading photographed as part of the NCT in order to prevent disputes over odometer readings. [50563/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Road Traffic (National Car Test) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 415/2017) require an NCT test report to contain a vehicle’s odometer reading upon completion of the test. The recorded odometer reading is highlighted in a yellow box on the test report and a corresponding message alongside the reading requests the vehicle presenter to notify a member of staff if the vehicle’s odometer reading is incorrect before leaving the test centre.

While there are no plans to introduce photographic records of odometer readings for NCT purposes, the process by which a vehicle’s odometer reading is confirmed with the vehicle presenter is currently being reviewed.

Departmental Expenditure

Questions (213)

Niall Collins

Question:

213. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the photography costs for his Department in each of the years March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used in tabular form; if there is a policy in his Department regarding the booking of photographers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50580/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Photography costs incurred by my Department are on its website at the following link:

https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/29002e-photography-costs/

It is the policy of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport that photography costs are kept to a minimum and services are provided in-house by staff. Where services are contracted, best value is sought and a number of quotes are obtained. Services are contracted out on an exceptional basis only. No such costs have been incurred from use of the ministerial allowance.

Freedom of Information Data

Questions (214)

Barry Cowen

Question:

214. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of freedom of information requests made to his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of requests fully denied by reason; the number of requests partially denied; the number of appeals made against denials; the number of such appeals upheld; the number of such appeals rejected; the number of requests that required a fee; the amount received for freedom of information requests in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50605/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The information requested is contained in the following table.

2016

2017

2018

2019*

Total no. of FOI requests received

302

344

391

407

FOI Refused

85

93

96

96

FOI Part-granted

97

121

135

119

Total no. of Internal Reviews Received

7

11

10

15

Internal Review Decisions Upheld

5

4

5

8

Internal Review Decisions Varied

1

2

0

5

Internal Review Decisions Pending

0

0

0

1

Internal Review Decisions Annulled

1

1

3

0

Internal Reviews Applications Rejected/Not Valid

0

4

2

1

Total of S & R Fees charged

€120

€140

€240

€295

* end November

The Department does not have ready access to the information relating to the number of individual FOI requests where fees were requested. However the total amount of search and retrieval fees received for each year is set out in the table above and the total for the period 2016- 2019 to date is €795.

Similarly we do not have data readily available on the reasons each of the FOIs in the period were refused or part-granted. The Department has a list or disclosure log of all non-personal FOIs asked and the decisions taken on each on its website at: https://www.gov.ie/en/collection/c67965-foi-disclosure-logs-2016/ . My officials will be happy to provide further information relating to particular FOI requests identified by the Deputy.

Public Consultation Process

Questions (215)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

215. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the public consultations held by her Department in 2018 and to date in 2019; the date on which such consultations were held by county; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50442/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Officials in my Department are currently compiling the information as requested by the Deputy. This information will be supplied to the Deputy in no later than 10 working days.

Education Welfare Service Staff

Questions (216)

Joan Collins

Question:

216. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of educational welfare officer positions nationwide that need to be filled; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50477/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Tusla Education Support Service (TESS) has provided the table attached below identifying a number of Educational Welfare Officer Posts that are open. Tusla has advised that it continues to work towards its target of having all 98 EWO posts filled and I have secured an additional €500,000 in Budget 2019 and €400,000 in Budget 2020 to assist with TESS's work towards this goal.

Region 1 / South

Area

Vacancy Description

Current Status

Tralee

Currently vacant on maternity leave

EWO due back to work in late January

Limerick

Currently vacant on maternity leave

EWO due back to work in April

Ennis

Post accepted

Post accepted EWO in recruitment – no start date

Region 2 - Dublin / South  Leinster

No vacancies

Region 3 – Dublin City

Area

Vacancy Description

Current Status

Dublin 12

Currently vacant on maternity leave

Post accepted EWO in recruitment – no start date

Whitehall/Coolock

Vacant post

Post accepted – EWO due to start 13/01/2020

Finglas

Vacant post

Post accepted – EWO due to start 03/01/2020

Finglas/Glasnevin

Vacant post

Post accepted – EWO due to start 03/01/2020

Dublin North City

New post

Post accepted EWO in recruitment – no start date

Region 4 - West

Area

Vacancy Description

Current Status

Tuam

Vacant post

Post accepted – EWO due to start 06/01/2020

Roscommon

Vacant post

Post accepted EWO in recruitment – no start date

Sligo

Vacant post – 6 month contract

Post has not been accepted by anyone on the EWO   panel

Region 5 – Dublin / North Leinster

Area

Vacancy Description

Current Status

Balbriggan

Vacant post – 2 year contract

Post accepted EWO in recruitment – no start date

Blanchardstown

Vacant post

Post accepted EWO in recruitment – no start date

Drogheda

Vacant post

EWO on long-term sick leave

Education Welfare Service Staff

Questions (217)

Joan Collins

Question:

217. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the reason Dublin 12 has been without an educational welfare officer for the past six months; and the actions being taken to rectify the matter. [50478/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Tusla Education Support Service has advised that this post is vacant due the Educational Welfare Officer being on maternity leave. The delay in replacing her arose because two other candidates accepted the post initially but then declined it some way into the recruitment process. Another candidate has now accepted the post and is in the recruitment process to fill the vacancy.

 All the referrals for the Dublin 12 area were screened by the Senior Educational Welfare Officer for the area and priority cases were distributed between the SEWO and the EWOs in that team with capacity to deal with them.

Domestic Violence Refuges Provision

Questions (218)

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

218. Deputy Darragh O'Brien asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of emergency refuge accommodation spaces for victims of domestic violence provided in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [50515/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has responsibility for the care and protection of victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. This includes the provision of emergency refuge accommodation for individuals and families that experience domestic violence.

I have requested that Tusla respond directly to the Deputy on this matter.

Legislative Process

Questions (219)

Niall Collins

Question:

219. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of Bills in her Department awaiting Committee Stage. [50542/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

There are two Bills from my Department which are currently before the Houses of the Oireachtas. The Child Care (Amendment) Bill completed Committee Stage in the Dáil in October of this year, and the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill has commenced Committee Stage in the Seanad.

Departmental Expenditure

Questions (220)

Niall Collins

Question:

220. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the photography costs for her Department in each of the years March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used in tabular form; if there is a policy in her Department regarding the booking of photographers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50566/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Details of the costs incurred on photography by my Department since its establishment are set out in tabular form below.

Date

Photographer Used

Event/Occasion Photographer was booked for

Cost (€)

Date

Photographer Used

Event/Occasion Photographer was booked for

Cost (€)

2011

Report Ltd

Report on consultations with young people on Reform of the Junior Cycle in 2nd level schools

590.20

2011

Report Ltd

Report of consultations with children living in the care of the State.

590.20

2011

Moya Nolan Photography

Dáil na nÓg Event

820.00

2012

Report Ltd

How we see it: Report of a survey on Teenagers Body Image

436.97

2012

Report Ltd

Life as a Child and Young Person in Ireland

493.72

2012

Report Ltd

Comhairle na Óg National Showcase

828.55

2012

MKC Communications

Children’s Referendum Information

1,094.70

2012

Unavailable (sourced via D/Foreign Affairs)

Photography associated with visit of Vietnamese Delegation

1,409.22

2013

Report Ltd

Standards for Local Youth Groups

436.97

2013

Moya Nolan Photography

EU Presidency International Conference

675.00

2013

Moya Nolan Photography

Dublin Castle Networking of Four Youth Organisations

500.00

2013

Moya Nolan Photography

Launch of Board of Child and Family Agency

300.00

2013

Fennel Photography

Dáil na nÓg Event

1,094.70

2014

Lafayette Photography

Launch of Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures

189.80

2014

Maxwell Photography

CNN Showcase

522.75

2016

Maxwells Photography

Comhairle na nÓg Showcase

528.90

2017

Maxwell Photography

Launch of the Affordable Childcare Scheme

430.50

2017

Maxwell Photography

International Women’s Day Visit to Rape Crisis Centre

482.16

2017

Maxwell Photography

Childcare Billboard Launch

361.62

2017

Maxwell Photography

Launch at Kilnamanagh FRC

578.10

2017

Maxwells Photography

Dáil na nÓg Event

528.90

2018

Maxwell Photography

Launch of First 5

867.15

2018

Maxwell Photography

AIM Launch

430.50

2018

Maxwell Photography

Appointment of Gaisce Chairman

375.15

2018

Maxwell Photography

National Parents Council

116.85

2018

Maxwell Photography

Launch of LGBTI+ Strategy

430.50

2018

Maxwell Photography

Scouting Ireland Statement

430.50

2018

Lafayette Photography

First meeting of Mother and Baby Homes Collaborative Forum

120.88

2018

SON Photography

CNN Showcase

430.50

2019

Maxwell Photography

Mother & Baby Homes Collaborative Forum

430.50

2019

Maxwell Photography

Announcement of new Tusla chairperson

467.40

2019

Maxwell Photography

Dublin Port

301.35

2019

Maxwell Photography

LGBTI+ Welcome Sticker Awards Show

264.45

2019

Maxwell Photography

Launch of the National Childcare Scheme

492.50

2019

W1 Design Ltd

Launch of What Works

500.00

2019

Maxwell Photography

Photo at Children’s Commemorative Playgarden

590.4

2019

Maxwell Photography

Photography for Collaborative forum

338.25

2019

Maxwell Photography

Launch of “First 5” strategy

867.15

2019

Maxwell Photography

Launch of Childminding Action Plan

424.35

2019

Maxwell Photography

Launch of AIM Universal Design Guidelines

412.05

The Deputy might note that the Office of Government Procurement has a Multi Supplier Framework Agreement for the Provision of Professional Photography and Videography Services in place and my Department acquires photography services from this. The overall objective is to keep costs of this nature to a minimum and these services are only used when deemed necessary in the course of Departmental activity.

Freedom of Information Data

Questions (221)

Barry Cowen

Question:

221. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of freedom of information requests made to her Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of requests fully denied by reason; the number of requests partially denied; the number of appeals made against denials; the number of such appeals upheld; the number of such appeals rejected; the number of requests that required a fee; the amount received for freedom of information requests in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50591/19]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Officials in my Department are currently compiling the information as requested by the Deputy. This information will be supplied to the Deputy in no later than 10 working days.

Public Consultation Process

Questions (222)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

222. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the public consultations held by his Department in 2018 and to date in 2019; the date on which such consultations were held by county; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50454/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I have provided the information requested by the Deputy in the following table.

Name of consultation

Date in 2018

Date in 2019

County

Public Consultation on a review of measures relating to the control of dogs in Ireland

N/A

1 July 2019 to 6 September 2019

National

National Volunteering Strategy Call For Input (CFI)

Open for submissions on 7 December 2018

Closing date for submissions was 14 February 2019

National

PPN User Guide CFI

Open for submission on 11 March 2019.

Closing date 30 April 2019.

National

Consultation on the Scope of the Review of the Community Services Programme

30 October – 14 November 2018

National

Review of the Community Services Programme

13 March – December 2019

National

Draft National Social Enterprise Policy for Ireland

N/A

23 April – 14 May 2019

National

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

9 May

Cavan

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

10 May

Donegal

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

16 May

Carlow

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

17 May

Tipperary

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

28 May

Galway (Aran Island)

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

30 May

Sligo

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

20 June

Clare

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

21 June

Kerry

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

16 July

Dublin

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

30 September

Cork

Rural Policy 2020

N/A

1 October

Laois

Rural Policy 2020 Online Consultation Survey

N/A

4 September – 11 October

Nationwide

Social Enterprise Sector

Questions (223)

Dara Calleary

Question:

223. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of persons working and participating in social enterprises nationally; the number of social enterprises in existence from latest data; and the data on the economic and social value of these enterprises in tabular form. [50526/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Social enterprises are businesses which trade on an ongoing basis for a social, societal or environmental purpose. They provide vital goods and services in communities throughout the country and contribute to the delivery of many Government policy objectives in areas such as employment activation, affordable childcare, and the green economy.

However, there is limited evidence and data about the scope, prevalence and contribution of social enterprises in Ireland. A 2013 Forfás report estimated that, in 2009, social enterprises employed between 25,000 and 33,000 people with an annual income of around €1.4 billion. However, the report also noted that it was difficult to differentiate social enterprises from the wider non-profit sector at that time.

Nonetheless, there is no doubt that social enterprise is a growing part of the enterprise base in Ireland and has the potential to deliver social impact, support job creation and contribute to the national economy.

I published Ireland's first National Social Enterprise Policy last July. This Policy was developed on the basis of extensive consultation with stakeholders and background research.

The Policy includes 26 Measures to support the development of social enterprise over the four year period of the Policy, 2019-2022. These Measures include a commitment to improve data collection on the extent of social enterprises in Ireland and the areas in which they operate. The Policy also includes a commitment to develop mechanisms to measure the social and economic impact of social enterprises.

My Department is already taking steps to deliver on these commitments. In October, I announced a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellowship on Social Enterprise delivered in collaboration with the Irish Research Council. The main purpose of the Fellowship is to develop a methodology to measure the impact of social enterprise in Ireland in the context of the new Policy and international best practice. This research will enable a greater understanding of social enterprise in all of its forms in an Irish context.

Legislative Process

Questions (224)

Niall Collins

Question:

224. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of Bills in his Department awaiting Committee Stage. [50554/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department has no Bills awaiting committee stage at this time.

Departmental Expenditure

Questions (225)

Niall Collins

Question:

225. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the photography costs for his Department in each of the years March 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used in tabular form; if there is a policy in his Department regarding the booking of photographers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50578/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The details requested by the Deputy are set out in the tables below. As my Department was established on 19th July 2017, the information provided includes expenditure by my Department from the remainder of 2017, 2018 and to date in 2019.

All photography services are secured in accordance with Office of Government Procurement procedures.

2019 Photography Costs (to date)

Photographer used

Occasion

Cost

CLIVE WASSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Project Ireland 2040 event in Donegal

€393.60

MICHAEL MCLAUGHLIN STUDIOS LTD

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme launch in Turlough

€340.50

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce event

€319.80

RAFAL WEPA PHOTOGRAPHY

Departmental event and visit to GIY Garden in Ballina

€280.00

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Ministerial visit to Smart Docklands

€590.40

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Water Safety Ireland Award

€246.00

LAFAYETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Social Enterprise Policy launch

€345.08

LAFAYETTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Photography At Ploughing

€1,539.44

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

TidyTowns Awards Events

€590.40

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Rural Regeneration Development *23/11/18

€221.40

Total Photography costs for 2019 (to date)

€4,866.62

*Invoice paid in 2019

2018 Photography Costs

Photographer used

Occasion

Cost

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

LEADER Food Initiative launch

€522.75

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Southill Area Centre event

€885.60

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Greenway/Local Improvement Scheme event

€836.40

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Rural Broadband event

€559.65

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Lourdes day-care centre event

€393.60

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Public Participation Networks event

€190.65

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Men's Shed funding event

€528.90

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan event

€356.70

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

Project Ireland 2040 event

€1,180.80

MAXWELL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD

National Library Strategy launch at Tallaght Library

€492.00

PICSELL8 LTD

Project Ireland 2040 Sligo event

€283.88

OLLY GALLAGHER VIDEOS

2018 PPN Conference

€1,200.00

AOIFE HERRIOTT PHOTOGRAPHY

Ministerial event in Tullycross and Letterfrack

€250.00

Total photography costs for 2018

€7,680.93

2017 Photography Costs

Photographer used

Occasion

Cost

Maxwell Photography LTD

Tidy Towns Competition

€602.70

Maxwell Photography LTD

National Ploughing Championships

€512

Julien Behal Photography

Seniors Alert System Launch

€676.50

Total photography costs for 2017

€1,791.20

Freedom of Information Data

Questions (226)

Barry Cowen

Question:

226. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of freedom of information requests made to his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the number of requests fully denied by reason; the number of requests partially denied; the number of appeals made against denials; the number of such appeals upheld; the number of such appeals rejected; the number of requests that required a fee; the amount received for freedom of information requests in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50603/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department was established on 19 July 2017 and has received the following FOI requests since that date:

Year

2017

2018

2019 (at 02/12/2019)

Total received

14

58

76

Granted

4

14

24

Part-Granted

3

12

6

Refused

2

14

8

Withdrawn

3

6

9

Handled outside FOI

2

12

18

Transferred

0

0

1

Open requests

12

Internal Reviews

0

2

1

Decision Upheld

1

0

Decision Varied

1

1

A total of €240 was collected in fees, in respect of one request, during the period in question. Where requesters may be subject to fees, the Department is active in assisting requesters refine their requests where possible to ensure that information can be provided without a fee requirement.

Requests are refused where records are withheld under the various exemptions as set out under the Freedom of Information Act. In respect of the 24 requests where no records were released, 16 were refused under Section 15 (1)(a) of the Act, where records did not exist or could not be found. Other reasons for refusal included Section 29 (Deliberations of FOI Bodies), Section 30 (Functions and Negotiations of FOI Bodies) and Section 36 (Commercially Sensitive Information).

Local Improvement Scheme Funding

Questions (227)

Dara Calleary

Question:

227. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount of co-funding required for each project under the 2019 local improvement scheme; the projected source of co-funding as outlined in the application for project funding; and the projects that were not approved for funding that applied to the 2019 scheme by county in tabular form [50652/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

Since I reintroduced the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) in 2017, I have allocated over €48 million to improvement works on more than 2,000 non-public roads throughout rural Ireland.

The LIS is funded by my Department and administered through the Local Authorities.

Co-funding is required for each project in the form of a local contribution from householders/landowners. The contribution is set at 10% of the total cost of works for roads with up to 5 householders/landowners, and 15% for roads with 6 or more householders/landowners. The maximum amount that any individual household/landowner can be asked to contribute has been capped at €1,200 under the 2019 scheme.

Local Authorities may also include a number of amenity roads in the LIS which lead to public places such as beaches and graveyards. These roads may not exceed 25% of the total value of the overall LIS allocation to a Local Authority. The co-funding for these projects is paid by the Local Authority.

The number and location of roads to benefit from improvement works is a matter for the relevant Local Authority. My Department does not hold records of projects that have not been approved at Local Authority level.