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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Róisín Shortall

148. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the steps he will take to address the reported backlog of cases at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal, with reports of persons waiting many years for decisions on their claims; the number of cases awaiting decision submitted in each year for the past ten years and which remain unresolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42842/18]

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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Competition Law

Róisín Shortall

178. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the extent to which administrative or civil fines for breaches of competition law are available to enforcement bodies here; and her plans to improve enforcement options in this regard. [42858/18]

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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Budget 2019

Róisín Shortall

232. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if the €25 reduction in income limits for general practitioner visit cards announced in budget 2019 will apply across all relevant age brackets and categories, for example, single person living alone, single person living with family and so on; when the changes to the income limits will take effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43063/18]

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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Medical Card Eligibility

Róisín Shortall

233. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if work was carried out by his Department or the HSE to assess the impact that recently announced welfare rate increases would have on the ability of persons to obtain and retain medical cards due to the small increase in income; his views on whether some persons will lose their medical cards or no longer qualify as a result of these increases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43064/18]

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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Education Welfare Service Provision

Róisín Shortall

303. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the number of whole-time equivalent education welfare officers employed by the education welfare office in the north and south Dublin regions; the location and catchment area that each officer within these regions covers; the child population served in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42837/18]

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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Affordable Housing Scheme

Róisín Shortall

343. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the details of the recently announced affordable housing scheme that was included in budget 2019; the expected timeline for the commencement of the scheme; the application procedures; the details of the institutions that will manage and operate the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43065/18]

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Thu, 18 Oct 2018

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An Bord Pleanála Data

Róisín Shortall

344. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of cases and appeals with An Bord Pleanála that have been awaiting decision for more than six but less than 12, more than 12 but less than 18, more than 18 but less than 24 and more than 24 months, respectively. [43066/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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State Properties

Róisín Shortall

193. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 91 of 23 November 2017, 68 of 17 January 2018 and 187 of 21 March 2018, the status of lands at a location (details supplied) for which Fingal County Council has sought a deed of waiver to transfer the land to its ownership; the timeframe for his Department to make a decision and respond to the council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42347/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Departmental Funding

Róisín Shortall

205. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding his Department contributes to medicines research and development annually; the budget holders, for example, the Irish Research Council, responsible to his Department; the extent of its funding allocations for medicines research and development; the principles which guide this funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41884/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Post-Leaving Certificate Courses Fees

Róisín Shortall

208. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason charges of over €3,000 have recently been imposed on asylum seekers residing in direct provision centres by the Cork Education and Training Board in respect of PLC courses; the basis for applying such charges in view of the fact that no charges were previously applied; if other further education institutes have applied the charges; the details of those that have; the number of students from whom the charges have been sought; and if the decision will be reviewed in view of the exceptionally limited income profile of this cohort of students. [41920/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Community Policing

Róisín Shortall

312. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of community gardaí in each division and district of the Dublin metropolitan region of An Garda Síochána; the population served in each area; and the comparable figures for each year of each of the past ten years. [42289/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Assisted Decision Making

Róisín Shortall

313. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the financial allocation from his budget for 2019 for the decision support service; when he expects the service to be fully operational; the envisaged timescale for the full commencement of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42346/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Departmental Funding

Róisín Shortall

321. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the amount of funding her Department contributes to medicines research and development annually; the budget holders, for example, Science Foundation Ireland or Enterprise Ireland, responsible to her Department; the extent of their funding allocations for medicines research and development; the principles which guide this funding; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41883/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Infectious Diseases

Róisín Shortall

350. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the development of a new sepsis screening tool (details supplied); if consideration is being given to utilise this new technology in the health service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41758/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Healthcare Policy

Róisín Shortall

369. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 740 of 17 November 2017, the principles which guide this funding with specific reference to intellectual property rights and return on public investment; the mechanisms of oversight, transparency and accountability in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41878/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Healthcare Policy

Róisín Shortall

370. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a recently published document (details supplied); the extent to which public funding is contingent on these principles or ambitious to be contingent on these principles; his views on a move towards greater return for public investment in health research and investment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41880/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Healthcare Policy

Róisín Shortall

371. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the international call for a new requirement to be introduced according to which all beneficiaries of public funding for biomedical research and innovation for treatment, prevention or diagnosis of seriously debilitating or life-threatening diseases shall commit to access, effectiveness, affordability and availability principles; if consideration has been given to the ways in which such a requirement might be implemented here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41882/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Substance Misuse

Róisín Shortall

389. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health his plans to make naloxone available as an over the counter medicine to those properly trained in its administration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41955/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Estimates Process

Róisín Shortall

423. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the reason for the large increase in funding under section H of the health Estimates for 2019 from €96 million in 2018 to €491 million in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42056/18]

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Tue, 16 Oct 2018

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Medical Aids and Appliances Provision

Róisín Shortall

437. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health the prosthetic services provided to the health service by a contractor (details supplied); the value of the contract paid to this contractor for each year for the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42140/18]

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