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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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Community Pharmacy Services

Róisín Shortall

152. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the unwinding of FEMPI for community pharmacists (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52199/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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National Maternity Hospital Status

Róisín Shortall

268. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the plan to relocate the National Maternity Hospital to the grounds of St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin; the timescale for a response from the Vatican for the divesting of the site; if the site and hospital building will be publicly owned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52434/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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National Maternity Hospital Status

Róisín Shortall

269. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the proposed governance structure that will apply in the new national maternity hospital in view of his commitment that it will be a public hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52435/19]

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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

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Partial Capacity Benefit Scheme Applications

Róisín Shortall

340. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of a partial capacity benefit claim by a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [52298/19]

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019

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Public Procurement Regulations

Róisín Shortall

126. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the requirements set down by the Office of Government Procurement or other bodies for contracting parties to publish details on an annual basis or at other intervals of its activities in respect of public procurement using Article 20 of the 2014 EU public procurement directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52014/19]

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019

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Public Procurement Contracts Social Clauses

Róisín Shortall

127. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe the social considerations advisory group is working towards for completion of its work on the incorporation of social considerations into public procurement projects; the progress made by the group on social considerations in respect of employment opportunities for persons with disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52015/19]

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019

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Higher Education Institutions Staff

Róisín Shortall

140. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the staff to student ratio in publicly-funded higher education institutions here; the corresponding ratios from 2009 to 2014; the comparator figures from benchmark EU countries such as Denmark, Finland and the Netherlands; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52012/19]

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Wed, 11 Dec 2019

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HSE Reports

Róisín Shortall

178. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 350 of 15 October 2019 and 160 of 23 October 2019, if he has received a briefing from his officials on the HSE valproate response project report; if a decision has been made to publish or not publish the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51897/19]

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Tue, 10 Dec 2019

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Hospital Consultant Recruitment

Róisín Shortall

349. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his plans to ensure the ongoing provision of a position (details supplied) at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in view of the fact that the current specialist is due to leave by year end without a replacement provided for; if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of families whose children are attending Crumlin for pain management; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51265/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Budget 2020

Róisín Shortall

98. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 88 of 24 October 2019, the Department or State agency which commissioned official promotional material in respect of budget 2020 which was widely promoted on social media after the budget; the costs involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50861/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Community Employment Schemes Supervisors

Róisín Shortall

99. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans in respect of the long-promised provision of pensions for community employment supervisors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50873/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Educational Disadvantage

Róisín Shortall

112. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address educational disadvantage; if the principle of the DEIS approach to targeting resources at such schools in order to counter the impacts of poverty and social exclusion on educational attainment will receive a commitment; if so, the reason class sizes in DEIS band 1 schools have not been reduced in view of the fact other schools have benefited from such reductions; and if the issue will be addressed. [50830/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Language Schools

Róisín Shortall

113. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans in respect of the regulation of English language schools in respect of both pay and employment conditions for teachers in the schools and the setting of educational standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50832/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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School Curriculum

Róisín Shortall

118. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the circumstances in which a campaign (details supplied) is providing health messaging to school students in respect of alcohol; if he has sanctioned the activity; his views on the appropriateness of the alcohol industry being involved in educational content; the existing arrangements for health education in respect of substance misuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50860/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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School Curriculum

Róisín Shortall

119. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the extent of the provision of the SPHE programme in schools, by county and school, in which the programme is not being provided; the steps he is taking to address the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50875/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Juvenile Offenders

Róisín Shortall

138. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of minors referred to the national office on juvenile crime by Garda division in each of the past three years to date in 2019; the number referred to the youth diversion programme for prosecution or other in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50870/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Question Heading for question(s) 139

Róisín Shortall

139. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he is taking to open up the education and training for solicitors and barristers in order to achieve greater accountability, independence and competition in these sectors; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50871/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Orthodontic Services

Róisín Shortall

200. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the reason for the long delay in publishing a report (details supplied) into the orthodontic service; the action the HSE has taken in respect of the issues relating to children that were covered by the report; and if, in the interests of openness and accountability, he will undertake to publish the report without further delay. [50863/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Róisín Shortall

201. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the research which has been carried out here on the health impacts of nitrates in processed meats; the consideration which has been given to World Health Organisation research on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50865/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Hospital Waiting Lists

Róisín Shortall

202. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of child waiting lists for scoliosis treatment by hospital and length of time on the waiting list; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50869/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Hospital Services

Róisín Shortall

203. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the status of the provision of appropriate treatment for a person (details supplied); if a care plan has been agreed for them since the meeting of their family with the hospital on 4 October 2019; the timescale for the treatment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50874/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Equine Industry

Róisín Shortall

306. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the steps he is taking and the funding being provided to address the proliferation of horses being bred here especially in respect of urban horses many of which are treated cruelly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50867/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Warmer Homes Scheme Data

Róisín Shortall

312. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the funding allocations to each community-based organisation, CBO, in each of the past three years and in 2019 for the purpose of carrying out energy efficiency retrofits on the homes of persons on low incomes; the number of homes which were upgraded by each CBO; and his plans in respect the continuation of the work. [50862/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Childcare Services

Róisín Shortall

349. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the steps she will take to ensure that the national childcare scheme will not penalise certain categories of lone parents in which it will act as a disincentive to taking up training, education or employment as identified by a group (details supplied); the action she will take in relation to same in the coming years and not merely the arrangements in 2020; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50864/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Early Years Sector

Róisín Shortall

350. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her views on a proposal by an organisation (details supplied) for the establishment of an early years and school age agency to replace Departments and agencies in order to ensure a streamlined, seamless and all-encompassing system in order that early child education and welfare issues are responded to appropriately and to achieve better value for money; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50868/19]

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Thu, 5 Dec 2019

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Community Employment Schemes Supervisors

Róisín Shortall

400. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her plans to address the issue of pensions for community employment supervisors which has been promised for some time; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [50872/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Nursing Homes Support Scheme Administration

Róisín Shortall

155. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the need in the context of the housing crisis to reform the operation of the fair deal scheme in order to encourage participants in the scheme to make their homes available for letting in order to alleviate the housing shortage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50486/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Rehabilitative Training Allowance Payments

Róisín Shortall

160. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if disability organisations will be provided with funding to allow them to pay the full Christmas bonus to recipients of the rehabilitative training allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50530/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Nursing Homes Support Scheme Administration

Róisín Shortall

259. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will arrange discussions with the Minister for Health regarding the need in the context of the housing crisis to reform the operation of the fair deal scheme in order to encourage participants in the scheme to make their homes available for letting in order to alleviate the housing shortage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50487/19]

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Wed, 4 Dec 2019

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Planning Guidelines

Róisín Shortall

267. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to introduce new planning regulations to ensure that cinemas must have railings and or strip-lighting on gangways to assist those with visual impairment or other disabilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50529/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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National Drugs Strategy Implementation

Róisín Shortall

164. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his views on the recent joint statement from each previous Minister with responsibility for the drugs strategy calling on him to give greater priority to supporting drugs task forces in their work and ensuring that agencies and Departments play their part in the response to the escalating social problems associated with drug misuse; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49571/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Provision

Róisín Shortall

165. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the severe shortages of services for children with mental health problems in the north-western areas of Dublin in which there are now significant waiting lists for assessments in primary care and for therapy; and the specific steps he will take to address the matter. [49572/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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Departmental Agencies Staff Remuneration

Róisín Shortall

166. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a group (details supplied) and its campaign to eliminate deficits for section 39 organisations in the adoption of the recommendations of the independent review group in the sector and to fund the full restoration of pay for the organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49574/19]

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Thu, 28 Nov 2019

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Building Regulations

Róisín Shortall

266. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to a newly formed group (details supplied) representing home owners in many developments with serious construction defects; if the report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government, Safe as Houses, of January 2018 will be implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49573/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Fiscal Data

Róisín Shortall

93. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance the way in which the costs associated with pay restoration for section 39 workers in 2019 and 2020 were factored into the fiscal space calculations for 2019 and 2020, respectively; the way in which the costs have been factored into future fiscal space projections, that is, if the estimated costs are included in the pre-committed amounts for public pay detailed in summer economic statements in 2019 and 2020 or if they are factored in elsewhere; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49278/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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Departmental Agencies Staff Remuneration

Róisín Shortall

124. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the estimated cost in each remaining year to complete the pay restoration process for section 39 health and disability type organisations by pay costs and associated pension costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49277/19]

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019

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HSE Staff

Róisín Shortall

156. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 345 of 5 February 2019, 201 of 19 June 2019, 497 of 9 July 2019 and 344 of 24 September 2019, the position regarding the staff breastfeeding in the workplace policy for HSE staff; if the policy has been signed off on by the HSE leadership team; the reason for the time delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49276/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Healthcare Professionals

Róisín Shortall

42. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the timescale for the full reversal of financial emergency measures in the public interest, FEMPI, for GPs and the ending of the two-tier pay scales for consultants; the other steps he plans to take to address the issue in view of the severe shortage of GPs and hospital doctors and the serious impact which this is having on patient care; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49074/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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School Therapy Services

Róisín Shortall

182. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a pilot project (details supplied); his plans for the future of this intervention model; his plans to roll out the project nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48659/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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School Therapy Services

Róisín Shortall

198. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of a pilot project (details supplied); his plans for the future of this intervention model; his plans to roll out the project nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48658/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Disability Services Funding

Róisín Shortall

266. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the position regarding funding for a State supported accessible holiday resort (details supplied) in County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48577/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Early Childhood Care and Education Data

Róisín Shortall

436. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of applications for AIM payments received in each year since the scheme was introduced; the number of applications in each year that were received before the programme year commenced; the average waiting time for processing payments; the number of payments that were made for the full programme year for applications that did not require a setting visit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48656/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Early Childhood Care and Education Funding

Róisín Shortall

437. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the unacceptable delays in processing requests for AIM assessments and subsequent payment approval processes; if her attention has been further drawn to the negative impact that the delays are having on children in view of the fact that services are unable to retain AIM workers or subsidise payment delays; the reason for the refusal to backdate approved payments to the date the AIM worker commenced in the setting; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48657/19]

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Tue, 26 Nov 2019

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Local Authority Housing Data

Róisín Shortall

509. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to circular 15/2019 of 17 April 2019, the updated cost guidelines for South Dublin County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48660/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Road Traffic Legislation

Róisín Shortall

109. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he is taking to address the widespread and dangerous use of scramblers; the dates on which the inter-agency group on this issue met since the group’s inception; the outcome of its deliberations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48422/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Hospital Consultant Recruitment

Róisín Shortall

153. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the steps he is taking to address the severe shortage of hospital consultants by which there are over 500 current vacancies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48423/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Cross-Border Health Initiatives

Róisín Shortall

154. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the total expenditure on the cross-Border directive since its inception; the organisations which are participating in the operation of the directive; the role of the HSE in operating this directive; the companies with which it is operating in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48424/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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National Minimum Wage

Róisín Shortall

252. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on the payment of the national minimum wage as recommended by the low pay commission with specific reference to legislation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48425/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Planning Issues

Róisín Shortall

266. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the rights of the public in respect of access to details of new planning applications online; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Dublin City Council frequently takes up to three weeks to put documents on their website thus greatly reducing the time for members of the public to make submissions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48421/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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Social and Affordable Housing Data

Róisín Shortall

267. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the details of the affordable rental scheme which he and An Taoiseach launched in County Cork in recent days; the unit cost of developing these units with a breakdown of the site and build cost; the qualifying criteria for future tenants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48426/19]

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Thu, 21 Nov 2019

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An Bord Pleanála Appeals

Róisín Shortall

268. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 213 of 11 October 2018, when it will be possible to make online appeal submissions to An Bord Pleanála via its website as is the case with local authority planning applications; his views on whether this service will be available by the end of 2019 as he previously stated; if not, the reason for the slippage; his plans to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48427/19]

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Tue, 19 Nov 2019

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Disability Services Funding

Róisín Shortall

364. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the funding which will be supplied for day services for a child (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47276/19]

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019

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School Patronage

Róisín Shortall

75. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the safe checks in place to authenticate the votes cast in the recent secondary school patronage processes to ensure that the PPS numbers and Eircode of those that voted in the process correlate with eligible voters, that is, children in second to sixth year classes, which correlate with their home address in the eligible school planning area. [46915/19]

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019

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Compensation Schemes

Róisín Shortall

85. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of the ex gratia scheme of compensation for victims of child sexual abuse in day schools; the number of applications made; the number of awards made; the average value of amount awarded; the funding allocation made to the scheme for this purpose; if he is satisfied with the adequacy of the terms of the scheme to meet the needs of victims; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [47048/19]

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Thu, 14 Nov 2019

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Youth Services Funding

Róisín Shortall

164. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding provided to the education and training boards for youth services in each of the years 2016 to 2019 by regional ETB. [46940/19]

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Wed, 13 Nov 2019

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School Accommodation Provision

Róisín Shortall

128. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 81 of 6 February 2019, his plans to provide additional school accommodation for Meakstown, Dublin 11; if the high number of new residential units built in the area will be taken into account; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46790/19]

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Wed, 13 Nov 2019

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Health Services Provision

Róisín Shortall

148. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the contingency plan for access to milk bank supplies from the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit; the way in which supplies would be impacted under the proposed EU-UK deal; his plans to establish a milk bank here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46851/19]

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Tue, 12 Nov 2019

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International Agreements

Róisín Shortall

43. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the position of Ireland on the draft legally binding instrument to regulate in international law the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises. [46682/19]

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Tue, 12 Nov 2019

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Third Level Funding

Róisín Shortall

210. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the investment made in public and private higher education as a proportion of national income, that is GDP and GNI; the way in which this compares to key competitor countries such as the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46595/19]

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Tue, 12 Nov 2019

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General Medical Services Scheme Data

Róisín Shortall

315. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 140 of 23 October 2019, the number of persons eligible for the GMS and drugs payment scheme, respectively, by LHO area in each of the years 2008 to 2011; and the number of persons that availed of the long-term illness scheme by LHO area in each of the years 2008 to 2011 (details supplied). [46103/19]

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Thu, 7 Nov 2019

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Maternity Services

Róisín Shortall

155. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the operation of the maternity and infant care scheme in respect of postnatal general practitioner visits; if there has been a change to the schedule of permitted reasons for additional visits; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45914/19]

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Thu, 7 Nov 2019

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Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles

Róisín Shortall

196. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the way in which he plans to address the concerns of wheelchair users that the new buses being purchased to ensure that the entire public bus fleet is wheelchair accessible, notwithstanding the fact that they are compliant with UNECE regulation 107, are not sufficient for those who use a larger motorised wheelchair to accommodate their needs; the discussions he has had with the European Commission on this point and the need to change EU regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45884/19]

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Thu, 7 Nov 2019

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Local Authority Funding

Róisín Shortall

218. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 560 of 24 September 2019, the status of actions he is taking following the report of the baseline review group; and when he plans to publish the report. [45925/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Immigration Status

Róisín Shortall

292. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to address the needs of undocumented children and young persons living here; if he is considering a pathway to residency for them; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44236/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Legal Aid Service Data

Róisín Shortall

318. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the way in which funds for the free legal aid service are distributed nationally by law centre in each of the past four years; the criteria in place to determine the distribution of funding; the precise weighting given to each criteria; the plan in place to target resources at areas with the longest waiting times or other measures of need; and the waiting times and numbers for first and second consultations by each law centre. [44644/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Commencement of Legislation

Róisín Shortall

350. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the sections and subsections of the Disability Act 2005 that remain uncommenced; and the reason in each case they have not been commenced to date. [45084/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Departmental Projects

Róisín Shortall

390. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the way in which her Department is conducting its review of the right to disconnect; the stakeholders she has met as part of the process; the person or bodies she has engaged to carry out research on the project; when the report will be completed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44878/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Medical Card Eligibility

Róisín Shortall

455. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health when the new income thresholds for the over 70s medical card will come into force; the application process in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44304/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Prescriptions Charges

Róisín Shortall

501. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 205 of 4 May 2017 and 777 of 6 September 2019, the consideration being given to the issue raised (details supplied); his views on whether urgent action is required to address the issue; the timeframe for recommendations to be made in relation to the matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44505/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Dental Services

Róisín Shortall

502. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health when free dental care for children under six years of age as announced in budget 2020 will come into effect; the application process in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44506/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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General Practitioner Services

Róisín Shortall

503. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health when free general practitioner care for children under eight years of age as announced in budget 2020 will come into effect; the application process in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44507/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Brexit Preparations

Róisín Shortall

528. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his mitigation plans will be confirmed to ensure the continuity of timely supply of radioisotopes for use in diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer in the event of a no-deal Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44584/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Mobility Allowance Data

Róisín Shortall

579. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the number of new entrants to the mobility allowance scheme in each of the three years preceding its suspension; the average number of recipients in each year; the number of persons exiting the scheme in each year; the cost of the scheme in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44782/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Services for People with Disabilities

Róisín Shortall

601. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his plans to locate improved day services for children and adults with disabilities in Finglas and Ballymun, Dublin 11; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44879/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Services for People with Disabilities

Róisín Shortall

602. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the position regarding plans to provide day services for children and adults with disabilities in a location (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44880/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Driver Test Data

Róisín Shortall

933. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of driver testers in whole-time equivalent terms allocated to each driver test centre; and the basis on which these allocations are made. [44919/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Public Transport

Róisín Shortall

952. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will respond to the demands put forward by an organisation (details supplied) for inclusive public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45180/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Road Traffic Legislation

Róisín Shortall

958. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he is taking to respond to the request by the National Transport Authority that it be given power to enforce the laws in relation to bus lane usage; if new legislation is being progressed which will give the authority the power to use automatic number plate recognition to carry out enforcement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45303/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Public Transport

Róisín Shortall

959. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding commuters that wish to take their bicycles onto trains, trams and buses; his plans to ensure that greater provision can be made for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45304/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Social and Affordable Housing Data

Róisín Shortall

1151. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the net change in State-owned social housing units; if he will provide a breakdown based on new completed units, units purchased, sale of units and demolitions and voids in each of the years 1995 to 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44936/19]

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Tue, 5 Nov 2019

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Social and Affordable Housing Data

Róisín Shortall

1152. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of housing units owned by the State at the end of each of the years 1995 to 2018, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44937/19]

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Thu, 24 Oct 2019

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Budget 2020

Róisín Shortall

88. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of promotional videos on budget 2020 which were produced; the cost of producing same; the cost of promoting same on social media and other channels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44028/19]

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Thu, 24 Oct 2019

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DEIS Administration

Róisín Shortall

102. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he will take regarding the urgent need for class size reduction in DEIS band 1 schools to cater to the range and severity of the needs of children in view of the fact that DEIS schools have not benefitted from the staffing schedule for the past few years and with class sizes of up to 29 in DEIS band 1 schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43906/19]

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Thu, 24 Oct 2019

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Maternity Services

Róisín Shortall

183. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the progress made in respect of the proposed move of the National Maternity Hospital to a site on the St. Vincent’s campus and his announcement in December 2018 that agreement had been reached by which an organisation (details supplied) would transfer its shareholding in St. Vincent's Healthcare Group and withdraw from the group and that the necessary legal documents would be finalised early in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44030/19]

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Thu, 24 Oct 2019

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Legislative Programme

Róisín Shortall

355. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the timescale to which he is working for the publication of the Land Development Agency Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44029/19]

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Wed, 23 Oct 2019

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Long-Term Illness Scheme Data

Róisín Shortall

139. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the number of persons on the long-term illness scheme aged under 16 years of age by LHO in each of the years 2008 to 2016. [43690/19]

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Wed, 23 Oct 2019

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General Medical Services Scheme Data

Róisín Shortall

140. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the number of persons availing of the GMS, drugs payment scheme and the long term illness scheme, respectively by local health office area in each of the years 2008 to 2011. [43691/19]

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Wed, 23 Oct 2019

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HSE Reports

Róisín Shortall

160. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 350 of 15 October 2019, when the considerations of his Department of the HSE Valproate response project report will be completed; when the report will be published; if a copy will be made available to an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43754/19]

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Tue, 22 Oct 2019

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Adoption Legislation

Róisín Shortall

240. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to allow same-sex couples to avail of the same adoptive leave and benefit which straight couples and single-male adopters are entitled to in the context of the Parent's Leave and Benefit Bill 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42973/19]

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Thu, 17 Oct 2019

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School Transport Administration

Róisín Shortall

114. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to backdating a school transport grant in respect of a child (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42695/19]

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Thu, 17 Oct 2019

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Schools Building Projects Data

Róisín Shortall

135. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason an arrangement has been put in place for bundle five PPP schools that sets a limit of 300 hours for the availability of the school after 6 p.m. in the evening; the names and locations of schools built under PPP with such an arrangement; the extent to which these arrangements apply to the main school building; and if separate arrangements apply to playing pitches and other school facilities. [42839/19]

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Thu, 17 Oct 2019

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Respite Care Services Provision

Róisín Shortall

191. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if respite will be provided for a child (details supplied) in Dublin 11; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42694/19]

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Thu, 17 Oct 2019

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Budget 2020

Róisín Shortall

313. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the role in the pre-budget period of the social inclusion unit; if the unit is consulted as part of the budget process; if an assessment is carried out by the unit in advance of the impact of budget proposals on poverty levels; and the reason budget 2020 was not poverty proofed. [42859/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Pupil-Teacher Ratio

Róisín Shortall

218. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will respond to the campaign of an organisation (details supplied) for investment in primary education, which is calling for a reduction in class sizes to bring them in line with the European average of 20:1; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41929/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Immigration Support Services

Róisín Shortall

252. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the recent changes at the Reception and Integration Agency which have been carried out as part of his Department’s reorganisation; if he will provide an updated public representative inquiry telephone number and email; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41708/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Workplace Relations Commission

Róisín Shortall

300. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if she will confirm the Oireachtas public representative inquiry phone number and email for the Workplace Relations Commission; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41709/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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HSE Reports

Róisín Shortall

350. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the HSE's Valproate response project report; if this report has been submitted to his Department; if so, if he will now publish the report in full; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41710/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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National Transport Authority

Róisín Shortall

544. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding the National Transport Authority advisory council to be set up under section 17 of the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008; when this advisory council will be set up; the reason for the delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41707/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Labour Activation Programmes

Róisín Shortall

595. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the position regarding the Gateway local authority labour activation scheme; if an appraisal of the scheme has been carried out by her Department; if it was fair that Gateway participants came off the scheme on a lower rate of social welfare and without their fuel allowance; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41706/19]

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Tue, 15 Oct 2019

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Exceptional Needs Payment Applications

Róisín Shortall

596. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the application form for exceptional needs payments is available online on her Department’s website; if not, the reason for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41711/19]

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