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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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