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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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Economic Competitiveness

Billy Kelleher

1. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the actions being taken to reduce the costs of doing business here and reverse Irish competitiveness deficiencies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42974/18]

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Brexit Supports

Maurice Quinlivan

2. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the effectiveness of the Brexit business supports currently available such as the Be Prepared grant, the market discovery fund and the Brexit loan scheme; her further views on the low uptake of these supports; her plans to increase the uptake; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42761/18]

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Personal Injuries Commission

Billy Kelleher

3. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the timeline for the implementation of each of the 14 recommendations made by the Personal Injuries Commission regarding personal injury awards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42975/18]

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Regional Development Initiatives

Mattie McGrath

4. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the measures she is taking to address the high levels of employment deprivation in Tipperary town; the efforts being made to attract business to Tipperary town and west County Tipperary; if she will establish a task force for employment for Tipperary town and its environs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43005/18]

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Climate Change Policy

Eamon Ryan

5. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to facilitate private businesses in transitioning to a low carbon and more sustainable business model. [43004/18]

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Enterprise Support Schemes

Jan O'Sullivan

6. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the extra support available to Irish businesses to trade online; her plans to ensure this support is available to small, as well as larger, retail businesses; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42697/18]

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Job Creation

Peter Burke

7. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the steps she has taken in budget 2019 to encourage and promote job creation in counties Longford and Westmeath and across the midlands; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42694/18]

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Brexit Supports

Billy Kelleher

8. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied with the take-up rate for business Brexit supports provided by her Department and agencies to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42563/18]

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Retail Sector

Jan O'Sullivan

9. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to reports from retail businesses that banks, which would previously have extended their overdraft facilities at times of the year when such businesses need extra credit owing to cashflow patterns, are now insisting that they take out loans; if she will engage with the banking sector to represent the interests of businesses rather than the interests of banks; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42700/18]

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Job Losses

Maureen O'Sullivan

10. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her attention has been drawn to the potential loss of employment and redundancies in a company, details supplied; if her Department will engage with those involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42674/18]

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International Bodies Membership

James Lawless

11. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if a timeline for Ireland becoming a member of CERN will be committed to; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36141/18]

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National Development Plan Funding

Billy Kelleher

12. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the decision-making process for applications for funding under the new disruptive technologies innovation fund under the new National Development Plan 2018-2027. [42560/18]

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National Development Plan Funding

Jan O'Sullivan

13. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the way in which the disruptive technologies innovation fund can be applied for; when grants will be awarded under the fund; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42699/18]

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Gender Balance

Jan O'Sullivan

14. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the guidance given to agencies under her Department's remit to ensure there is more gender balance in terms of the leadership of the companies and research projects that are funded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42698/18]

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Arms Trade

Clare Daly

15. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the recently published report under the Control of Exports Act 2008 covering the period 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2017; and if a presumption of denial policy in regard to arms sales to Saudi Arabia is being considered or implemented by her Department. [42701/18]

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Brexit Supports

Billy Kelleher

16. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of small and medium enterprises that have been sanctioned for funding and have received funding under the €300 million SME working capital loan scheme. [42564/18]

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Economic Competitiveness

Billy Kelleher

17. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the actions in budget 2019 to reduce the costs of doing business here and reverse Irish competitiveness deficiencies; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42562/18]

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Proposed Legislation

Martin Heydon

18. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of the proposed legislation to tackle the issue of expiration dates on gift vouchers; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42692/18]

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Small and Medium Enterprises Supports

Martin Heydon

19. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the supports proposed to assist SMEs in County Kildare as a result of budget 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42693/18]

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Retail Sector

Maurice Quinlivan

20. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans in place to support retailers across Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42714/18]

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Brexit Supports

Charlie McConalogue

21. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the steps her Department is taking to assist companies in the Border counties to be prepared for Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42552/18]

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Local Enterprise Offices Remit

Peter Burke

22. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her views on the role the local enterprise offices can play in supporting businesses through Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42695/18]

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Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement Reports

Maurice Quinlivan

23. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when the report on the failings of the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement in the trial of a person (details supplied) will be published having been delivered to her office in July 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42712/18]

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Economic Growth Initiatives

Bernard Durkan

24. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the steps in hand or to be undertaken to ensure continued economic investment in jobs, enterprise and innovation here notwithstanding the serious impact of Brexit or other global developments; the extent to which new opportunities continue to be fostered in this context; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42740/18]

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Arms Trade

Clare Daly

25. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of licences for the export of arms or dual-use items that were denied in 2017; and if any of the licences denied were for the export of arms or dual-use items to Saudi Arabia. [42702/18]

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Competition and Consumer Protection Commission Reports

Timmy Dooley

26. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of the report of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission on the operation of the household waste collection market; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [37632/18]

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Brexit Supports

Aindrias Moynihan

27. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she will report on the uptake in the various schemes her Department offers to allow businesses to prepare for Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42548/18]

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Brexit Supports

Thomas P. Broughan

28. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the measures being taken, including under budget 2019, to promote and foster indigenous trade and productivity, especially to prepare for Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42551/18]

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Regional Development Initiatives

Robert Troy

29. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the measures she will take to support balanced regional investment; and the supports in place for businesses wishing to locate in the midlands. [42667/18]

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Skills Shortages

Billy Kelleher

30. Deputy Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if her Department has a long-term plan in place to deal with skills shortages in various sectors; and the timeframe to implement recommendations by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs. [42561/18]

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Research and Development Supports

James Lawless

31. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied that the national research prioritisation exercise allocated sufficient funding and resources to research projects in the discovery and basic oriented research areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [36140/18]

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Enterprise Support Schemes

John Curran

32. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the supports she has to prioritise entrepreneurs in view of the fact that there was a failure to make changes to entrepreneurs' CGT in budget 2019 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42566/18]

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IDA Ireland

James Browne

33. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied with the level of IDA activity in County Wexford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42555/18]

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IDA Ireland Data

Charlie McConalogue

34. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of new first time investments by new IDA client companies in County Donegal for each of the past ten years; the percentage of the national total of new client investments in each of those years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42553/18]

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Foreign Direct Investment

Bernard Durkan

35. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the extent to which she remains satisfied regarding the future of foreign direct investment and its potentially positive impact in respect of enterprise and innovation here; if she remains satisfied that indigenous and foreign direct investors will continue to invest based on the confidence generated by economic performance here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42739/18]

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Economic Policy

Maurice Quinlivan

36. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to establish a co-operative development unit in her Department to encourage the development of co-operatives here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42713/18]

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Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement Reports

Mick Wallace

37. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if consideration has been given to publishing the report produced by the ODCE on its handling of a case (details supplied); if she has considered commissioning an independent report into the ODCE's handing of the case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42716/18]

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Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement Funding

Mick Wallace

38. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the details of the funding increase to the ODCE; her plans regarding creating a statutory white collar crime agency; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42715/18]

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Skills Shortages

John Curran

39. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to address the serious skills shortages experienced by many companies across all sectors, the majority in information technology, life sciences and construction; the actions being taken to deal with severe skills shortages in the economy; the actions set out in the 2018 Action Plan for Jobs regarding skills shortages; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42567/18]

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Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

Thomas P. Broughan

40. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the status of CETA; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42550/18]

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Brexit Issues

Aindrias Moynihan

41. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she is satisfied with the level of awareness and suitability of the various schemes to prepare small and medium businesses for the effect of Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42549/18]

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Brexit Supports

Niamh Smyth

42. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of applications for the Brexit loan scheme as announced in budget 2019 from counties Cavan and Monaghan; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42557/18]

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Small and Medium Enterprises Supports

Eamon Scanlon

43. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the way in which her Department is assisting small and medium enterprises faced with escalating insurance costs and commercial rates, access to banking services and the cost of credit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42565/18]

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Work Permits Applications

Robert Troy

44. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to deal with the average 16 week wait for working permits. [42666/18]

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Site Acquisitions

Thomas Byrne

45. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the rationale for the purchase price of a stadium (details supplied); the process by which a purchase price was agreed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42509/18]

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School Transport Provision

Kathleen Funchion

46. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a number of children from County Kilkenny, specifically Paulstown, Gowran and Ballyhale, have no school transport and cannot get to school; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42127/18]

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Schools Site Acquisitions

Thomas Byrne

47. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the 42 schools which were announced in April 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42510/18]

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Schools Site Acquisitions

Joan Burton

48. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills the progress made in identifying a site for the new regionally based secondary school for Carpenterstown, Castleknock; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42126/18]

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Special Educational Needs Staff

Margaret Murphy O'Mahony

49. Deputy Margaret Murphy O'Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills the proposals he will make for improving working conditions for special needs assistants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42511/18]

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Schools Building Projects Status

Robert Troy

50. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of an application for school building works for a college (details supplied). [42073/18]

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Scoileanna Gaeilge agus Gaeltachta

Peadar Tóibín

51. D'fhiafraigh Deputy Peadar Tóibín den Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna maidir le daoine nach bhfuil Gaeilge acu a earcú i scoileanna Gaeltachta, an bhfuil tomhas déanta ag an Rialtas ar an tionchar atá ag an gcleachtas sin ar an nGaeilge i gceantair Ghaeltachta. [41828/18]

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State Examinations Appeals

Niamh Smyth

52. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of plans to reform the State examinations appeals process and point rechecking system in view of a recent court ruling; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42105/18]

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Schools Building Projects

Thomas Byrne

53. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether the capital allocation provided in 2019 will allow for the completion of all schools earmarked for completion in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42085/18]

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Schools Building Projects Status

Robert Troy

54. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the completion date for a school (details supplied). [42072/18]

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Third Level Costs

Kathleen Funchion

55. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the measures taken in 2018 to reduce high costs for students accessing further education or towards tackling the rental and living costs they are faced with. [42119/18]

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Schools Building Projects Status

Martin Heydon

56. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of progress on secondary school extensions in south County Kildare to deal with increased demand at second level in the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42106/18]

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Schools Building Projects Status

Martin Heydon

57. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the ongoing review of secondary school provision in south County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42107/18]

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School Curriculum

Richard Boyd Barrett

58. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason the circular of February 2018 from his Department to State-run non-religious schools run by local education and training boards and community schools which outlined that alternative subject choices should be offered to students who did not wish to study religion seems to have been reversed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42051/18]

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Capitation Grants

Catherine Martin

59. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to restore the schools capitation grant to 2010 levels; the timeline for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42111/18]

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Access to Higher Education

Aindrias Moynihan

60. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to ensure access to further education to leaving certificate students who are in direct provision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42042/18]

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Schools Building Projects Data

Mick Wallace

61. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of school building projects that have been affected by building contractors running into financial difficulties since January 2018; the names of the schools in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42114/18]

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Schools Site Acquisitions

Charlie McConalogue

62. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the site acquisition to accommodate a campus (details supplied) in Buncrana, County Donegal; the timeline of works to ensure that this school campus is completed as soon as possible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41968/18]

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Schools Building Projects Status

Pat the Cope Gallagher

63. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a school (details supplied); the progress made to date in delivering a new school building for the Gaelscoil; the timeline for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42108/18]

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Capitation Grants

Thomas Byrne

64. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the impact of inflation on costs for schools in the context of a 5% increase in the capitation grant will be investigated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42087/18]

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Bullying in Schools

Bernard Durkan

65. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he remains satisfied that adequate steps have been taken to prevent school bullying with particular reference to the use of social media in the classroom or outside and on or off school precincts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42101/18]

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Special Educational Needs Staff

Brian Stanley

66. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the importance of home school liaison officers in schools when children have special needs; and his plans for same. [41922/18]

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National Educational Psychological Service Data

Catherine Connolly

67. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the recruitment of additional NEPS staff in Galway city and county; the number of vacancies; when the positions will be filled; the number and location of all schools in Galway city and county affected by the lack of NEPS psychologists; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42112/18]

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School Curriculum

Mary Butler

68. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reasoning behind the subject of history not being a compulsory subject for the junior certificate; and the reason this decision was taken. [42050/18]

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Schools Building Contractors

Mick Wallace

69. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Education and Skills the due diligence carried out to assess the solvency of main contractors prior to awarding them contracts to construct school building projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42115/18]

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Special Educational Needs Staff

Kathleen Funchion

70. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason a school (details supplied) has not had a SENO in place for more than one year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41799/18]

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Irish Sign Language

Clare Daly

71. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the possibility of introducing basic ISL skills into mainstream primary schools with a view to broadening use of the language will be examined in view of the passing of the Irish Sign Language Act 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42022/18]

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School Accommodation Provision

Catherine Martin

72. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the analysis of the accommodation and condition reports regarding the school buildings element of the pilot school building inventory (details supplied) carried out in County Kildare; his plans to expand this element of the inventory for the rest of the country, particularly in the context of accurately identifying the accommodation capacity of existing schools nationwide; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42110/18]

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Capitation Grants

John Curran

73. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the difficulty smaller schools that do not charge voluntary contributions are having in running their schools on the capitation grant payment further to the increase in the capitation grant payable to schools in budget 2019; his plans to financially assist these schools especially DEIS schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42081/18]

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Schools Mental Health Strategies

Maureen O'Sullivan

74. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the details of the new wellness framework for schools, required skill sets of teachers involved and time allocated within the school timetable; and the way in which it is evaluated. [42047/18]

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Home School Community Liaison Scheme

Brian Stanley

75. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to reintroduce home school liaison officers in schools in urban and rural areas. [41921/18]

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Schools Building Projects Status

Aindrias Moynihan

76. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of proposed new development works at a school (details supplied). [42043/18]

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Schools Building Projects

Bernard Durkan

77. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which the school building programme is proceeding in line with expectations nationally and throughout County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42100/18]

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Schools Building Projects Status

Clare Daly

78. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a technical site visit by his Department to the school building project at a location (details supplied) has progressed the development of the school building works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42021/18]

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Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Joan Burton

79. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the campaign in Dublin 15 by parents of children with autism to develop a second level special school for autism; if their submission has been examined in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42117/18]

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Schools Mental Health Strategies

James Browne

80. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding increasing mental health awareness and providing information on coping skills among children, parents and teachers in primary schools here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41800/18]

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DEIS Eligibility

Gino Kenny

81. Deputy Gino Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Skills the criteria applied when designating a school for DEIS status; if he will reconsider including a school (details supplied) in the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42041/18]

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Schools Building Projects

Thomas Byrne

82. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the announcement of 13 April 2018 regarding the establishment of 42 new schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42086/18]

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Third Level Admissions Entry Requirements

Thomas Byrne

83. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention was drawn to the fact that UCD had changed its enrolment policy for the 2018-19 academic year; when his attention was further drawn to the fact that this would impact on the ability of students to commence their studies in this academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42083/18]

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National Development Plan

Kathleen Funchion

84. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has considered the use of capital investment such as funds from the National Development Plan 2018-2027 to improve school infrastructure and capacity to provide nutritious meals for children. [42118/18]

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Special Educational Needs

Niamh Smyth

85. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the delays in assessments for children attending school who have developmental issues and may require specialised support; the efforts being taken to clear this backlog; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42104/18]

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School Staff

Bobby Aylward

86. Deputy Bobby Aylward asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to introduce one release day per week for teaching principals in order to carry out administrative work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42075/18]

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School Staff

Mary Butler

87. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to support teaching principals in their roles as both teacher and administrator; his further plans to extend and increase administration leave for them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42049/18]

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Schools Site Acquisitions

Charlie McConalogue

88. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Education and Skills if clarification has been received from the landowner of a preferred site to accommodate a school (details supplied) in respect of his Department's most recent offer for the site; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41899/18]

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School Accommodation Provision

Noel Rock

89. Deputy Noel Rock asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the map of the school planning areas was last revised; and when it is next due to be revised in view of changing demographics. [42116/18]

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Residential Institutions Statutory Fund

Catherine Connolly

90. Deputy Catherine Connolly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take to appoint a second appeals officer in view of the facts as outlined in the 2017 annual report of Caranua's appeals officer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42113/18]

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Schools Building Projects Status

Pat the Cope Gallagher

91. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a progress report for a school (details supplied); the progress made to date; the timeline for the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42109/18]

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Schools Building Projects Administration

John Curran

92. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Education and Skills the issues causing a delay for a school (details supplied) to proceed to construction; the actions that can be taken to ensure this project proceeds to construction immediately and that the extension and renovation works are complete by September 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42082/18]

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School Curriculum

Richard Boyd Barrett

93. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which the needs of all children in education will be catered for if there is no requirement for schools to offer alternative subjects to students who do not wish to study religion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42052/18]

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Teacher Recruitment

Maureen O'Sullivan

94. Deputy Maureen O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which he can address the teacher shortages on offshore islands; and if a special career break, secondment scheme and incentives to teachers with families to take-up teaching positions on the islands will be considered. [42048/18]

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Schools Building Projects Status

James Lawless

95. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Education and Skills the timeline for the construction and remaining stages of a new building for a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41826/18]

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Apprenticeship Programmes

Thomas Byrne

96. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to increase women's participation in apprenticeship programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42084/18]

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Ministerial Meetings

Catherine Murphy

97. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he and-or his departmental officials have met a person (details supplied) and-or representatives of companies in the past two years; if so, if he will publish a schedule of those meetings and the associated minutes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42818/18]

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Humanitarian Aid

Niall Collins

98. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his attention has been drawn to reports that an Irish aid agency (details supplied) has been ordered to cease working in Pakistan; if he has raised this issue formally with Pakistani officials; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42795/18]

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Ministerial Meetings

Catherine Murphy

99. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he and-or his departmental officials have met a person (details supplied) and-or representatives of companies in the past two years; if so, if he will publish a schedule of those meetings and the associated minutes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42822/18]

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Passport Data

Declan Breathnach

100. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of holders of Irish passports that are residing in the United States of America and are citizens by descent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42833/18]

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