Written Answers.

The following are questions tabled by Members for written response and the ministerial replies as received on the day from the Departments [unrevised].
Questions Nos. 1 to 11, inclusive, answered orally.

Decentralisation Programme.

Pat Rabbitte

Ceist:

12 Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the position regarding the decentralisation of his Department; the number of officials that have decentralised to date; the cost to date of the provision of new facilities or the provision of rented accommodation and so on that has been necessary to deal with the decentralisation programme of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12474/08]

To date, 79 of the 140 staff of my Department originally due to relocate to Co Mayo have transferred to an interim location in Tubbercurry, Co Sligo, pending the building of a new headquarters building at Charlestown, Co Mayo. It is planned to increase the number at the interim location to just over 100 from mid-May 2008. My Department has already fulfilled its commitment to relocate 10 posts to Na Forbacha, Galway.

Non-property costs incurred by my Department to end-2007 amounted to some €1m. In the same period, the Office of Public Works incurred costs of some €650,000 in relation to accommodation for my Department's decentralisation programme.

National Drugs Strategy.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

13 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the process through which the next national drugs strategy is to be developed; and if he is confident that the new strategy will be delivered upon by all the Departments and agencies with relevant responsibilities in view of the failures that are evident in the implementation of the current strategy which concludes in 2008. [12266/08]

I would not accept that there have been failures in the implementation of the current Strategy. While there have been difficulties in progressing some of the actions at the rate envisaged, my view is that the Strategy has had significant successes, be it in the areas of treatment and rehabilitation, supply reduction, prevention or research. Some of the main achievements to date include:

the level of drugs seizures by the Gardaí and the Customs Service have been well in excess of the targets set out in the Strategy and they include a number of significant operations;

under the prevention pillar, the SPHE and Walk Tall programmes have been rolled out to all schools; awareness campaigns have been organised and tremendous achievements have been made under the Young Peoples Facilities and Services Fund;

treatment facilities have increased significantly, with approximately 8,600 clients now receiving methadone, and a range of services are being provided across the statutory, voluntary and community sectors for various types of problem drug use; and

research in areas such as drugs prevalence, the outcomes of treatment, families and drugs, the effect of drugs on communities and cocaine issues have all helped to inform our progress under the Strategy.

With regard to the new Strategy, two meetings of the Steering Group established to develop proposals for the period 2009 – 2016 have already been held, and the Group will continue to meet regularly in the coming months.

As part of their work, the Group will be examining the progress and impact of the current National Drugs Strategy, the degree to which it continues to be relevant and the operational effectiveness of the structures involved. They will also be looking at developments in regard to drug policies at EU and international levels.

In addition, the Group are currently finalising details of the comprehensive public consultation process that will be undertaken over the coming 2-3 months as part of their work in developing the new Strategy. Indeed, the Deputy should note that I intend to be directly involved in many of the consultation meetings that are being planned at present. It is envisaged that the Steering Group will meet with the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Sports, Tourism, Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs to hear their views on the new strategy.

Overall, I am confident that the new Strategy will be finalised by the end of this year. In addition, I believe that the new Strategy will have the full co-operation and buy-in from all relevant Government Departments and Agencies involved.

Community Development.

Liz McManus

Ceist:

14 Deputy Liz McManus asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the progress made with regard to the commitment contained in the programme for Government to double funding for the CLÁR programme to enable rural infrastructure deficits to be tackled; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12482/08]

As the Deputy is aware, the CLÁR Programme is a targeted investment programme for rural areas, which was launched in October 2001. The aim of the programme is to provide funding to enable rural infrastructure deficits to be tackled. I am satisfied that the commitment in the Programme for Government will, over the lifetime of the Government, be honoured in full.

Kathleen Lynch

Ceist:

15 Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the meetings he or his officials have had or are proposing to have with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to discuss and agree a common platform for the inclusion in county or town or area development plans, guidelines, that effect community development , regional drug task forces, national walk schemes, CLÁR or RAPID programmes and so on that are part of his brief; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12470/08]

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department has responsibility for the promotion and support of the sustainable and inclusive development of communities, both urban and rural, including Gaeltacht and island communities. Against this background, my Department liaises and meets regularly with other Government Departments, including the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, in relation to issues of common interest.

In the specific context of the Deputy's Question, my Department has had, and continues to have, meetings and discussions with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the Local Authorities on a range of issues relating to such areas as the development and progressing of the rural recreation agenda, the cohesion process, community development, regional drugs task forces, national walk schemes, and CLÁR and RAPID Programmes.

Questions Nos. 16 and 17 answered with Question No. 9.
Question No. 18 answered with Question No. 7.

Programme for Government.

Mary Upton

Ceist:

19 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the progress made with regard to the commitment contained in the Programme for Government to implement a major programme to promote rural countryside recreation to be implemented by a dedicated unit or division of staff in consultation with stakeholders; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12485/08]

Joan Burton

Ceist:

34 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the progress made with regard to the commitment contained in the Programme for Government to set up an all-Ireland walkways development plan, mapping out infrastructure needs and routes and maximising their routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12484/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 19 and 34 together.

Progress in this area includes:

identification and review of a set of access parameters in the country side and agreement on the key features necessary for countryside code development by Comhairle na Tuaithe, which I established in 2004 and is supported by my Department,

publication of a National Countryside Recreation Strategy in September 2006 by Comhairle na Tuaithe,

development and launch of the Walks Scheme by my Department, which is currently being piloted on four routes and it is anticipated that when the Scheme is bedded down it will be rolled out to a further eight routes this year, with others coming on stream in 2009,

agreement with Fáilte Ireland regarding the employment of 11 Rural Recreation Officers (RRO). Their role will be to promote walking tourism in areas where there are clusters of suitable, accessible walks. The RRO will act as a contact person for walking tourists and will provide a wide range of support and advice. I understand that recruitment of these Rural Recreation Officers is now well underway,

have made over €1.3million in capital funding available to Fáilte Ireland to assist in the development of the national network of looped walks to a total of 50 trailheads and 75 Loops,

I have allocated €90,000 (€30,000 per annum from 2006-2008) to Wicklow Uplands Council and Wicklow Rural Partnership to provide a network of access routes over private lands in areas of high scenic and amenity value in County Wicklow,

In addition, my Department is actively pursuing the possibility of using former railway infrastructure as recreational trails — for activities such as walking and cycling — with the Department of Transport and Iarnród Éireann. I have provided funding to Great Southern Trail to upgrade to cycling standard a section of the existing walking trail on the abandoned Limerick to Tralee railway line.

Separately, discussions are continuing with Coillte and Bord na Móna to discuss the possibility of expanding the use of their lands for recreational purposes and I will continue to progress this matter as I believe that there is considerable potential here to make significant contributions to rural recreation.

Community Development.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

20 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the supports that will be available to the volunteer management committees of 180 local community development projects after the contracts of the six regional support agencies are terminated by his Department on 31 May 2008. [12264/08]

Jack Wall

Ceist:

27 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs his plans for the continued provision of support services to the various community development projects, in view of the fact that the contract with Framework will end in May 2008; if his Department has identified the support structures needed by the various community development projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12465/08]

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

41 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will make a statement providing a clear explanation of the reason the Government are abandoning the existing regional support structure for the volunteer management committees of 180 local community development projects. [12263/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 20, 27 and 41 together.

I would like to refer the Deputies to my previous response to Question No. 433 of 19th February 2008. My Department cannot extend these publicly procured contracts on an indefinite basis and tenders for support services will be advertised publicly in the very near future as part of the development of future support services for the Programme. A key objective of my Department is to ensure that the skills and talents of the volunteers and staff of Projects are recognised and developed to enable the objectives of the Programme to be realised. To this end, Projects have recently been afforded the opportunity and resources to determine their own particular support requirements in addition to those supports provided and funded centrally by the Department.

Údarás Elections.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

21 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs his plans to reduce or increase the number of sets for the Údarás elections; and when the Údarás election will be held. [12367/08]

The report of the Linguistic Study of the Use of Irish in the Gaeltacht contains recommendations in regard to the board structure of Údarás na Gaeltachta. I anticipate that the matter raised by the Deputy will be examined by the Cabinet Committee that has been set up to consider the recommendations of the report.

Under section 28(1) of the Údarás na Gaeltachta Act 1979 (as amended by section 1 of the Údarás na Gaeltachta (Amendment) Act 1999), elections to Údarás na Gaeltachta are held at intervals which are of neither less than four years nor more than five years and six months duration. The last elections to an tÚdarás were held on 2 April 2005. I have made no decision yet on the date of the next elections.

State Agencies.

Eamon Gilmore

Ceist:

22 Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the progress made in his work with State agencies to try to reduce the impact of the loss of 104 jobs (details supplied). [12490/08]

I understand from Údarás na Gaeltachta that it is actively seeking to minimise the impact of the recent job losses referred to by the Deputy.

The appointment by an tÚdarás on 11 March 2008 of a Receiver/Manager to the relevant companies involved has secured the premises, which were leased to these companies, as well as their assets.

An tÚdarás, in co-operation with the Receiver/Manager, is actively marketing these facilities to a number of interested parties, both directly and through the offices of the Industrial Development Authority, Ireland.

The Deputy will appreciate that it would not be appropriate to reveal specific details of any discussions taking place at this point in time.

Official Languages Act.

Brian O'Shea

Ceist:

23 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the proposals he has to comprehensively review the operation of the Official Languages Act 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12491/08]

As I have previously outlined to the House, considerable progress has been made to date in the implementation, on a phased basis, of the provisions of the Official Languages Act 2003.

The main achievements to date include the following:

All provisions of the Act have been in operation since July 2006, while the office of An Coimisinéir Teanga has been in existence since February 2004.

A total of 75 schemes, which cover a total of 132 public bodies, including my own Department, have been confirmed and published. All 75 schemes are available on the website of An Coimisinéir Teanga at www.coimisineir.ie In addition, 41 draft schemes covering a total of 78 public bodies are currently in the course of preparation and my Department is in discussion with the bodies concerned in relation to the completion of the drafting process.

In April 2006, I made Regulations that updated the list of public bodies covered under the Act and I intend to make further such Regulations during 2008.

I have made 10 Placenames Orders to date, including An tOrdú Logainmneacha (Ceantair Ghaeltachta) 2004.

At my request, Foras na Gaeilge has developed an accreditation system for Irish language translators. To date 98 translators have achieved the required standard.

Finally, the Deputy may be aware that I have issued a notice under section 15 of the Act to 19 public bodies, whose first language schemes under the Act came into effect in 2005, requesting them to conduct a review of the operation of their schemes, and to prepare and present new draft schemes for confirmation. In this context, my Department has commenced a consultation process with the public bodies concerned, as well as a number of other interested parties, with the aim of establishing priorities for the second round of schemes.

In general terms, while my Department keeps the work of implementing the Official Languages Act 2003 under continuing review, I am satisfied that considerable progress has been achieved to date in the implementation, on a phased basis, of the provisions of the Act. As I have stated from the beginning, while it will not be possible to achieve everything in the short-term, the main objective is that improvements in the range and quality of services available through Irish will be achieved over the lifetime of a number of schemes, subject to demand.

National Drugs Strategy.

Arthur Morgan

Ceist:

24 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the steps he is taking, on top of and in addition to awareness campaigns, to address the cocaine problem here specifically. [12265/08]

The National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) and the National Drugs Strategy Team (NDST) reported to the Interdepartmental Group on Drugs (IDG) in September 2006 setting out a series of recommendations on how to best tackle the emerging cocaine problem. This paper formed the basis for their joint report "An Overview of Cocaine Use in Ireland II", which was published in March 2007. I am pursuing the implementation of the recommendations of the report with the HSE, the Gardaí, Drugs Task Forces and others through the Inter-Departmental Group (IDG), which I chair.

The recommendations principally relate to treatment but also cover supply, prevention, and research. A key conclusion of the report is that available evidence indicated that many approaches already in use in the general addiction services, particularly counselling, work well with cocaine users. The broad approach being pursued is that drug services should be capable of catering for the individual problem drug user, regardless of the drugs they use. At the recent IDG meeting in March, the HSE provided an up-date on the progress being made in regard to adapting existing services to meet emerging needs, in particular cocaine.

Another key recommendation relates to the training of frontline personnel to deal with cocaine issues. In this regard, a training initiative has already been funded by my Department, as well as four pilot cocaine treatment projects to examine different methods of treatment for cocaine use. Currently the HSE is rolling out further training for both its own staff and those in the community and voluntary sectors who are dealing with the issue.

Under the Emerging Needs Fund, six cocaine specific projects in Local Drugs Task Force areas have been funded by my Department and support for a further nine projects — aimed at polydrug/cocaine use — has also been provided under that Fund.

Last year, my Department also sponsored a highly successful conference organised by the SAOL project and the NDST on the response to cocaine through shared good practice. A very useful resource pack for workers in the field was launched at that event.

To build on these measures, last week I announced a €2m funding package to develop initiatives aimed at tackling cocaine use and raising awareness about cocaine in local communities, as well as supporting the rehabilitation of drug users.

With regard to supply reduction, there has been a significant increase in the volume of drugs seized, and the number of seizures, by both the Gardaí and the Custom Service over the past number of years. Much of this is down to a successful intelligence led approach pursued both nationally and internationally. I am also assured that the recent establishment, on a permanent basis, of an Organised Crime Unit focusing on gangland related criminal activity by the Gardaí, will assist both national and local Drugs Units in relation to drug trafficking and distribution.

The challenges posed by cocaine use are significant, but I am confident that we can meet these challenges through a co-ordinated approach utilising the structures of the National Drugs Strategy.

Sean Sherlock

Ceist:

25 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of meetings he or his officials have had or are proposing to have with the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Garda Commissioner to discuss the National Drugs Strategy; the results or action taken as a result of such meetings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12475/08]

Both the Gardaí and the D/JE&LR are represented on the National Drugs Strategy Team (NDST), which is, in fact, currently chaired by the Garda representative on the Team. The NDST meets regularly to discuss the implementation of the relevant actions in the Strategy. In addition, the Gardaí and the Probation Services are represented on the Drugs Task Forces and this ensures that issues can be addressed as they arise at local or regional levels.

At the Inter-Departmental Group on Drugs (IDG), which I chair, the Gardaí, the D/JE&LR and the Prison Service are represented and provide regular reports at the quarterly meetings.

With regard to the new National Drugs Strategy, the Deputy should note that the Gardaí have two representatives and the D/JE&LR has one representative on the Steering Group established to oversee the development of the new Strategy. The representatives – along with the others on the Group — will be playing a significant role in the development of the new Strategy over the coming months.

Finally, it is also envisaged that meetings with both organisations will be held as part of the consultation process being undertaken for the new Strategy.

EU Directives.

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

26 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the meetings he or his Department have had or propose to have with the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government in relation to the guidelines or protocol of implementing the waste electrical and electronic equipment programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12477/08]

My Department is meeting its requirements in relation to the implementation of the waste electrical and electronic equipment directive. In common with other stakeholders, my Department has been in discussions with Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, which is preparing a draft protocol aimed at promoting greater re-use of collected waste electrical and electronic equipment. I understand that it hopes to finalise the protocol in 2008.

Question No. 27 answered with Question No. 20.

Departmental Funding.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

28 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will specifically target areas or regions suffering particularly from the social or economic deprivation for the allocation of major funding through the various schemes operated by his Department with the objective of assisting local community based groups involved in combating such issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12441/08]

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department operates a number of programmes and schemes, which specifically support and target areas and regions suffering from social or economic deprivation. These include the CLÁR and RAPID Programmes.

Funding is also available from my Department under the Grants for Locally Based Community and Voluntary Organisations, Community Services Programme, Local Development Social Inclusion Programme, the Rural Social Scheme, Young Peoples Facilities and Services Fund, National Drugs Strategy, Community Development Programme and LEADER Programme to assist and support local community based groups combat social or economic issues.

Details of all the programmes and schemes operated by my Department, including eligibility criteria can be accessed on the Department's website at www.pobail.ie

It should be noted, however, that each of the schemes and programmes operated by my Department are governed by rules and regulations, which projects must meet in order to qualify for funding.

Rural Enterprise Development.

Liz McManus

Ceist:

29 Deputy Liz McManus asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the progress made with regard to the new programme for rural enterprise development promised in the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12481/08]

I refer the Deputy to my reply to previous oral questions on this subject earlier today. As I indicated in that reply, I hope to be in a position to commence the process of selecting the Local Action Groups to deliver the LEADER element of the Rural Development Programme for Ireland 2007-2013 in the near future. The funding available for the delivery of LEADER-type activities under the Rural Development Programme for Ireland 2007–13 will amount to €425.4 million — almost treble the €150 million available for the 2000–06 period. The new Programme will complement the other funding for rural development measures by my Department.

Departmental Services.

Eamon Gilmore

Ceist:

30 Deputy Eamon Gilmore asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he envisages cutbacks in services provided by or through his Department in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12489/08]

My Department's estimate for gross expenditure for 2008 is €557.1m, an increase of €34.4m on its allocation for 2007. This figure was agreed as part of the normal estimates process and was published in the Revised Estimates Volume in February 2008.

The Deputy may be aware that, on foot of an announcement in the 2008 Budget of an efficiency review of administrative spending across the public service, each Department is required to examine such spending, both within its own ambit and of bodies under its aegis, and to provide proposals for administrative savings to the Department of Finance.

Any proposals for changes to existing schemes or services that may emerge from that process will be fully considered by my Department and discussed, as appropriate, with the Department of Finance.

Irish Language.

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

31 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the amount of money that the consultants with international expertise who are to be employed regarding the 20 year Irish language strategy will be paid. [12493/08]

My Department has engaged consultants, led by Fiontar DCU, to advise it in relation to the 20 year Irish Language Strategy. The estimated cost of the contract is €299,281, which includes the cost (some €48,000) of the international expertise being provided as part of the overall contract price.

Commemorative Events.

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

32 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the way his Department will assist groups to develop the Gordon Bennett Car Rally theme in the towns and villages that facilitated the race at the start of the last century; the finance that will be provided to ensure that the route is clearly defined and protected and that each town and village and settlement has its own unique attraction and history in relation to their connection with the race in view of its importance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12478/08]

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department operates a number of grant schemes and programmes and some funding may be available to assist groups to develop the Gordon Bennett Car Rally theme.

Details of all the programmes and schemes operated by my Department, including eligibility criteria can be accessed on the Department's website atwww.pobail.ie

It should be noted, however, that each of the schemes and programmes operated by my Department is governed by rules and regulations, which projects must meet in order to qualify for funding.

Departmental Reports.

Pat Rabbitte

Ceist:

33 Deputy Pat Rabbitte asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of reports he has commissioned since he became Minister; the cost of each report; the action taken as a result of each report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12473/08]

The following table sets out details of reports commissioned since my appointment as Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs in June 2007.

Title of the Report

Cost of each Report

Action arising from each Report

Overview of Philanthropy in Ireland

€12,402.50 covers these 2 reports

Issues identified in relation to development of philanthropy in Ireland.

Endowments in Ireland

Options and issues identified for co-operation between state and philanthropy in relation to endowments in Ireland

Question No. 34 answered with Question No. 19.

Dormant Accounts Fund.

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

35 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the number of applications his Department has received or is processing in relation to the distribution of any of the available funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund or any other such funding from his Department to assist the integration of non-Irish national groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12472/08]

In 2006, under the Dormant Accounts Fund, an indicative amount of €500,000 was earmarked for programmes and projects targeted at vulnerable immigrant families. Pobal carried out the appraisal process for this funding measure on behalf of the Departments of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs and Justice Equality & Law Reform.

For the purposes of this measure, the target groups were defined as former asylum seekers who:

Have been granted refugee status; or

Have been granted leave to remain in the State; or

Have been granted leave to remain in the State on the basis of having an Irish born child.

Applications were requested from Area Based Partnership Companies and Community Partnerships actively working with immigrant families. Six projects were subsequently approved for funding, totalling €574,989, as set out in the following schedule.

In addition, the Deputy should note that new communities are supported under the Local Development and Social Inclusion and the Community Development Programmes, operated by my Department. Other programmes and schemes administered by, or on behalf of, my Department are also open to community groups, regardless of their ethnicity or nationality. Information on the various schemes is available on the Department's website atwww.pobail.ie.

Name of Group

Amount

Purpose of Funding

Cork City Partnership Ltd

Co Cork

99,000

Developing a project to assist immigrant families who have been granted refugee status or who have been granted leave to remain in the State in finding meaningful employment.

Partnership Trá Lí

Co Kerry

47,440

Providing supports for vulnerable immigrant families who have been granted refugee status or who have been granted leave to remain in the State to progress to employment.

Drogheda Partnership Group

Co Louth

113,000

Developing a job-seeking programme for immigrant families who have been granted refugee status or who have been granted leave to remain in the State.

Meitheal Mhaigheo Teo

Co Mayo

117,983

Promoting access to employment for immigrant families who have been granted refugee status or who have been granted leave to remain in the State.

Waterford Area Partnership Ltd

Co Waterford

127,666

Implementing a pre-employment strategy for immigrant families who have been granted refugee status or who have been granted leave to remain in the State.

Blanchardstown Area Partnership

Dublin 15

69,900

Developing a pre-employment training programme for immigrant families who have been granted refugee status or who have been granted leave to remain in the State.

FÁS Training Programmes.

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

36 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the proposals he has to financially assist apprentices from Gaeltacht areas when they are on the block release phase of their apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12494/08]

I understand from Údarás na Gaeltachta that it offers apprenticeship scholarships to eligible candidates in the Gaeltacht. In addition to weekly allowances paid by FÁS, the rate of payment for 2008 by an tÚdarás in respect of block release is €700 to the employer at the start of each release period and €700 to the apprentice on the successful completion of examinations and return to work at the end of each period.

Additional information pertaining to apprenticeships can be obtained from an tÚdarás' website atwww.udaras.ie.

Departmental Schemes.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

37 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the progress made to date with regard to implementation of the national walks scheme announced on 4 March 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12487/08]

The National Walks Scheme which I launched in early March will initially be piloted in the following four areas:

Sheep's Head Way in West Cork

Bluestack Way in Donegal

Suck Valley Way in Roscommon and

Éamonn a' Chnoic Loop Walk in Tipperary

It is anticipated that when the Scheme is bedded down in these 4 areas it will be rolled out to a further 8 routes this year.

The National Trails Office is in the process of completing workplans for the maintenance of the initial four trails. Once these have been agreed with landholders, the scheme will be implemented. It is expected that the first scheme payments to landowners on the 4 pilot areas will be made in early summer.

In tandem with the development of the Walks Scheme, my Department has also reached agreement with Fáilte Ireland regarding the employment of 11 Rural Recreation Officers (RRO). Their role will be to promote walking tourism in areas where there are clusters of suitable, accessible walks. The RRO will act as a contact person for walking tourists and will provide a wide range of support and advice. Recruitment of these RROs is well underway, including those in the Walks Scheme pilot areas, and they should be appointed in the coming weeks. The Rural Recreation Officer will provide vital support in rolling out the Walks Scheme.

Question No. 38 answered with Question No. 9

Irish Language.

Dinny McGinley

Ceist:

39 D’fhiafraigh Deputy Dinny McGinley den Aire Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta cad atá á dhéanamh chun a chumasú do phobal na Gaeilge an teanga sin a úsáid nuair a bhíonn siad ag plé leis an státchóras; cad atá á dhéanamh le pobal na Gaeilge a chur ar an eolas faoi na seirbhísí a thairgtear trí Ghaeilge mar thoradh ar scéimeanna faoi Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. [12322/08]

Mar is eol don Teachta, is é príomh-chuspóir Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003 ná soláthar níos mó de sheirbhísí poiblí i nGaeilge a chur ar fáil ar chaighdeán níos airde. Bainfear é seo amach go príomha trí na scéimeanna teanga atá mar chroílár an Achta. Tá feidhm ag na scéimeanna ar feadh tréimhse 3 bliana agus ina dhiaidh sin caithfear iad a athnuachan. Úsáidfear an próiseas seo chun feabhas suntasach chéimiúil a bhaint amach, thar thréimhse, ar leibhéal na seirbhísí trí Ghaeilge a chuirfear ar fáil don phobal.

Go dáta, tá 75 scéim teanga, a chlúdaíonn 132 comhlacht poiblí, daingnithe agam agus foilsithe. Anuas ar sin, tá 41 scéim teanga eile, a chlúdaíonn 78 comhlacht poiblí, á n-ullmhú. Tá mo Roinn i mbun plé leis na comhlachtaí sin d'fhonn an próiseas a bhaineann le hullmhú na scéimeanna sin a chur i gcrích. Chomh maith leis sin, seoladh fógra faoi alt 15 den Acht chuig 19 gcomhlacht poiblí eile roimh Nollaig ag iarraidh orthu athbhreithniú a dhéanamh ar a gcuid scéimeanna, a bhí aontaithe leo i 2005, agus dréacht-scéimeanna nua a ullmhú. Fágann sé seo go bhfuil 60 dréacht-scéim teanga san iomlán á ullmhú faoi láthair.

Sna scéimeanna teanga atá aontaithe go dáta, leagtar amach na céimeanna a thógfaidh an comhlacht poiblí i gceist chun a chustaiméirí agus a fhoireann a chur ar an eolas faoi na seirbhísí a bheidh á gcur ar fáil i nGaeilge faoin scéim.

Ba mhaith liom a mhíniú don Teachta chomh maith go bhfuil próiseas comhairliúcháin ar bun ag mo Roinn faoi láthair leis na comhlachtaí poiblí a bhfuil a dara scéimeanna teanga á dhréachtú acu agus le páirtithe leasmhara eile maidir leis na tosaíochtaí do na scéimeanna sin. Tá poibliú seirbhísí a chuirtear ar fáil faoi na scéimeanna ar cheann de na nithe atá curtha san áireamh mar chuid den phróiseas comhairliúcháin seo.

Dormant Accounts Fund.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

40 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the expected expenditure by his Department in 2008 from the proceeds of the Dormant Accounts Fund; the figures for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12442/08]

Since the Dormant Accounts Fund (DAF) became operational in 2003, approximately €145m has been approved to support over 5,163 groups and organisations involved in tackling disadvantage and assisting persons with a disability.

Initially, decisions on the disbursements of funds from dormant accounts were a matter for the Dormant Accounts Fund Disbursements Board, an independent body established under the Dormant Accounts Acts. Under the initial round of funding in 2003 and 2004, the Board approved 521 projects for funding totalling approximately €63m. Details of these individual grants and organisations are available on my Department's website atwww.pobail.ie.

Following the enactment of the Dormant Accounts (Amendment) Act 2005, decisions on disbursements since 2006 have been made by Government, following a transparent process. The following table summarises the €82.16m in allocations approved by Government since the beginning of 2006. Details of the individual grants and organisations are available on my Department's website, as outlined above.

Further allocations can be anticipated over the coming months, in respect of applications currently being processed, under the educational disadvantage and economic and social disadvantage categories. Details will be announced as soon as the allocations have been approved by Government.

In addition to the grants detailed above, €52.4m has been allocated to date from the DAF to part-finance the Rural Social Scheme and a further €10m has been approved for allocation to support a Fund for an Early Intervention Programme for Children. These allocations were approved by Government, following consultation with the Dormant Accounts Board. The Dormant Accounts Programme for 2008 was approved by Government on 11th March and details of the relevant measures that will be eligible for funding this year — and the overall level of funding to be allocated — will shortly be made available on my Department's website.

Finally, the Deputy should note that the value of the Fund at end of January 2008, net of liabilities, was €102.869m and that information on transfers into and allocations and actual disbursements from the fund are posted on my Departments web site and regularly updated.

Funding Measure

Category

Applications Approved

Value of Approvals

(€m)

Priority Projects in 46 RAPID Areas

Economic & Social Disadvantage

198

11.665

Supports for Vulnerable Immigrants

Economic & Social Disadvantage

6

0.574

Supports for Suicide Prevention

Economic & Social Disadvantage

20

1.000

Supports for Offenders / Ex-offenders

Economic & Social Disadvantage

6

0.502

Older People Initiatives

Economic & Social Disadvantage

127

4.263

Sub-Total of Government Approvals in 2006

357

18.004

ICT Initiatives for Disadvantaged Youth

Economic & Social Disadvantage

40

2.502

Projects addressing Alcohol Misuse

Economic & Social Disadvantage

18

1.062

Small scale Equipment Grants for Youth Groups

Economic & Social Disadvantage

1,446

2.025

Recreational and Personal Development Opportunities for Disadvantaged Young People

Economic & Social Disadvantage

51

1.123

Sports Initiatives for Disadvantaged Young People

Economic & Social Disadvantage

781

1.990

Flagship Projects

All categories

14

15.005

Support for outdoor play facilities for schools in or serving disadvantaged areas

Educational Disadvantage

448

4.979

Projects aimed at providing access to education/recreation for the broader community

Educational Disadvantage

6

2.100

Small scale Building / Building enhancements in Residential Care Units.

People with Disabilities

28

3.704

Transition from Residential Care Settings to Community Care Housing.

People with Disabilities

15

7.151

Aids and Appliances for People with physical and sensory Disabilities.

People with Disabilities

15

2.266

Grants to provide accessible transport for people with disabilities

People with Disabilities

37

1.841

Grants to enable people with profound disabilities attend special sporting events

People with Disabilities

8

0.232

Grants to support persons with a disability who present with severe challenging behaviour

People with Disabilities

17

0.712

Grants to provide opportunities for people with a disability to participate in sport through the appointment of Sports Development Officers

People with Disabilities

20

2.5

ICT Equipment for DEIS Schools

Educational Disadvantage

819

3.328

Support to enhance library facilities for schools in or serving disadvantaged areas

Educational Disadvantage

147

3.142

Short term Continuation funding

Economic & Social Disadvantage

44

1.344

Sub-Total of Government Approvals in 2007

3,954

57.00

2007 Rapid Additionality

Economic & Social Disadvantage

347

7.152

Total Government Approvals

4,658

82.16

Question No. 41 answered with Question No. 20.

National Drugs Strategy.

Mary Upton

Ceist:

42 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the progress made with regard to the commitment contained in the programme for Government to develop and strengthen the range of projects being undertaken through the local and regional drug task forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12486/08]

Tackling the problem of drugs misuse is a key priority for the Government and will continue to be so. This commitment is evidenced by the allocation of over €64m in my Department's Vote for Drugs Initiatives and the Young People's Facilities and Services Fund in 2008. This, the Deputy should note, represents an increase of nearly 29% on the original 2007 allocation.

The funding will facilitate the progress towards the fulfilment of commitments in the Programme for Government, including developing and strengthening the range of projects being undertaken through the Local and Regional Drugs Task Forces.

The additional funding will allow for further progress towards the full implementation of the agreed work programmes of the Regional Drugs Task Forces (RDTFs). Expenditure in 2007 on the ten RDTF plans came to over €7m and the increased provision in 2008 will allow for the full year cost of the approx. 150 community projects already in progress and the start of roughly another 40 projects in 2008.

In addition, a further €2m has been allocated in 2008 to develop and strengthen the work of the Local Drugs Task Forces (LDTFs) and to facilitate the implementation of projects under the Emerging Needs Fund. Over 440 LDTF projects, including those under the Emerging Needs Fund, are receiving funding from my Department. The 2008 allocation of €22m for such projects shows an increase of 9.5% over the amount spent in 2007.

Finally, with regard to capital funding, Drugs Task Forces can continue to apply for capital funding under the Premises Initiative Fund which addresses the accommodation needs of community based projects in their areas.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

43 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs his proposals for the public consultation process on the national drugs strategy 2009 to 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12488/08]

The Steering Group for the new National Drugs Strategy, which is being chaired by my Department, is currently finalising details of a comprehensive public consultation process, which will be undertaken over the coming months. Consultants — to assist the Group in its ongoing work — are also expected to be on board by next week.

A broad consultation process is envisaged that will include the following elements:

Written submissions to be submitted by 4 April 2008;

A series of 15 public consultation meetings around the country to be undertaken in late April to early June;

Meetings with the relevant Government Department and Agencies – to be completed by early June;

Meetings with key sectoral representatives and organisations, including the community & voluntary sectors; and community groups.

A series of meetings with appropriate focus groups, including for example, problem drug users, young people at risk, and new community groups.

The times and locations of the public consultation meetings will be advertised the national and local press in the coming weeks when the details have been finalised.

In all, I expect the consultation process to be completed by the end of June/early July.

Irish Language.

Dinny McGinley

Ceist:

44 D’fhiafraigh Deputy Dinny McGinley den Aire Gnóthaí Pobail, Tuaithe agus Gaeltachta cén uair a bheidh an chéad chruinniú eile ag Fóram na Gaeilge; cén chomhairle atá faighte aige ón bhFóram go dtí seo; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. [12323/08]

Tá ról leanúnach ag Fóram na Gaeilge chun comhairle a chuir orm maidir le réimsí éagsúla i leith na Gaeilge. Bhí an cruinniú deiridh den Fhóram ar 13 Feabhra 2008 agus níl dáta socraithe don chéad chruinniú eile go fóill.

Ag cruinniú a bhí agam le Fóram na Gaeilge ar 5 Márta 2007, aontaíodh go mbunófaí fo-choiste den bhFóram a d'fheidhmeodh mar nasc le mo Roinnse agus í ag gabháil leis an Straitéis 20 bliain don Ghaeilge a ullmhú. Bhí cruinnithe ag an bhfo-coiste i mí na Bealtaine 2007, Samhain 2007 agus Márta 2008. Beidh an chéad chruinniú eile acu ar 14 Aibreán 2008. I measc nithe eile, rinneadh plé ag na cruinnithe seo maidir le ceapachán comhairleoirí, cinn-teidil na straitéise agus an próiseas comh-chomhairleachta.

Departmental Properties.

Jack Wall

Ceist:

45 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if a Garda station (details supplied) in County Kildare is still under the directive of his Department; if so the plans he has in relation to the development of the building; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12609/08]

Jack Wall

Ceist:

46 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance his views on a proposal by a club (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12610/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 45 and 46 together.

Application has been made to the Property Registration Authority for first registration of the above property in favour of the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland. When registration is received, the property will be sold on the open market.

Appointments to State Boards.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

47 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since 3 July 2007 to date in 2008; the names of the persons so appointed; the dates on which the names of those persons were published in Iris Oifigiúil; the State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies currently exist; the number of vacancies in each case; the State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case. [12529/08]

The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in following table:

Name of Body

Names of persons appointed in the period 3 July 2007 to date in 2008

Number of current vacancies

Number of Anticipated vacancies due to arise up to and including 1 October 2008

National Treasury Management Agency Advisory Committee

Mr David Byrne Mr Hugh Cooney

None

None

Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland

None

None

6

Financial Services Consultative Industry Panel

None

1

20

Financial Services Consultative Consumer Panel

None

4

20

Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority

None

None

1

Financial Services Ombudsman Council

None

None

9

Value for Money and Policy Review Central Steering Committee

Mr Michael Scanlan Mr Pat Kenny

None

None

Board of the National Development Finance Agency

Mr Adrian Kearns Ms Ann Fitzgerald Mr Anthony Jones Mr Peter McManamon

None

None

Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal

Dr Angela McNamara Dr. Manus McCaughey

None

None

State Claims Agency Policy Committee

None

2

None

An Post National Lottery Company

Ms Niamh McGowan reappointed

1

None

Public Appointments Service

Mr Eddie Sullivan Mr Michael Errity Ms Breda Power Mr Des Dowling Mr Bernard Carey Mr Dan Murphy Ms Bernie Gray Ms Michelle Shannon Mr Bryan Andrews

None

None

Decentralisation Implementation Group

Mr. Ultan Herr

None

None

Commission on Taxation

Mr Frank Daly Mr Tom Arnold Ms Julie Burke Mr Micheál Collins Mr Frank Convery Mr Tom Donohoe Mr Eoin Fahy Mr Brendan Hayes Ms Sinead Leech Mt Con Lucey Mr Colin Hunt Mr Danny McCoy

None

None

The appointments have not been published inIris Oifigiúil, but in the majority of cases they can be accessed on the various websites associated with these bodies.

Gaming Legislation.

Niall Collins

Ceist:

48 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if gaming machines or slot machines are permitted on the premises of a licensed bookmaker; if change in the regulations is proposed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12546/08]

Gaming machines or slot machines, which are normally referred to as fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), are not permitted on the premises of a licensed bookmaker. The issue of FOBTs is one of the matters considered by the Casino Committee on regulating gaming in Ireland which has reported to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. It is expected that the Report of the Casino Committee will be published shortly and the Government plans to establish an All-Party Committee to consider its content.

Decentralisation Programme.

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

49 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if the Office of Public Works is seeking accommodation or development land at or near Drogheda for proposed decentralisation offices for REACH, Department of the Marine and local Government Computer Services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12595/08]

Under the Government's Decentralisation Programme it has been decided to relocate approximately 700 Civil Service posts to Drogheda, County Louth.

In the first instance, the programme involves the provision of a new Headquarters for the Department of Social and Family Affairs in the town. To this end the Office of Public Works has already acquired a number of sites in the centre of the town and the procurement of the required accommodation is now being addressed by way of a Public Private Partnership.

The Office of Public Works is currently assessing a number of options in light of the requirements of REACH, the Department of the Marine and the Local Government Computer Services Board.

Tax Collection.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

50 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the fines and penalties open to the Revenue Commissioners; if he is satisfied that the Revenue Commissioners are making full use of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12616/08]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that there are provisions for a wide range of fines and penalties which can be imposed in particular situations for failure to comply with Revenue law and that they pursue penalties/fines in appropriate cases either through court proceedings or as part of a settlement. The circumstances in which these can be applied are set down in various legislative provisions. The recovery of fines and penalties is an integral part of the overall enforcement process by Revenue. The level and range of fines and penalties is reviewed in the context of the annual Budget and Finance Bill process and I am satisfied that the Revenue Commissioners are making full use of the deterrents at their disposal to enable them to carry out all of their functions effectively.

A complete inventory of all of the fines and penalties available to the Revenue Commissioners could not be compiled within the timeframe for issue of a reply to the Deputy's question. However the main fines and penalties applied are listed in the Appendix attached.

Penalty

Legislation

General

Revenue Offences — various

On summary conviction, a fine of €3,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months/ both On conviction on indictment, a fine not exceeding €126,970, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years/both

S 1078 TCA1997

Income Tax, Corporation Tax & Capital Gains Tax

Penalties for failure to make certain returns, etc

€950/€1,520 if failure continues after the end of the year of assessment

S 1052 TCA1997

Penalty for fraudulently or negligently making incorrect returns, etc

€125 plus the difference between the tax paid and the tax payable if the submission/return furnished had been correct

S 1053 TCA1997

Increased penalties in case of body of persons

€950/€1,520 if failure continues after the end of the year of assessment. Secretary of Company — a separate penalty of €125/250

S 1054 TCA1997

Penalty for assisting in making incorrect returns, etc

€630

S 1055 TCA1997

Penalty for false statement made to obtain allowance

On summary conviction, €1,520 plus 25% of the difference between the tax paid and the tax payable if the submission/return furnished had been correct

S 1056 TCA1997

Fine for obstruction of officers in execution of duties

€125

S 1057 TCA1997

Penalties for failure to make certain returns (Corporation Tax)

€630 / €1,265 if failure continues after the end of the year of assessment. Secretary of Company — a separate penalty of €125/250

S 1071 TCA1997

Penalties for fraudulently or negligently making incorrect returns, etc

€630 / in case of fraud €1,265 plus twice the amount of the difference between the tax paid and the tax payable if the submission/return furnished had been correct

S 1072 TCA1997

Penalties for failure to furnish particulars required to be supplied by new companies

€630

S1073 TCA1997

Penalties for failure to give notice of liability to corporation tax

€630 Secretary of Company — a separate penalty of €125

S 1074 TCA1997

Penalties for failure to furnish certain information and for incorrect information

€125 In the case of a company, €630. Secretary of Company — a separate penalty of €125

S 1075 TCA1997

Penalties for failure to make returns, etc and for fraudulently or negligently making incorrect returns, etc

As for Income Tax, Corporation Tax and Capital Gains Tax above

S 1077 TCA1997(S 1052, S 1053 and S 1054)

Surcharge for late returns

5% of the tax due, subject to a max. amount €12,695, if return furnished within 2 months of due date. 10% of tax due, subject to max. €63,485, if return not furnished within 2 months of due date.

S 1084 TCA1997

Corporation tax — late returns: restriction of certain claims for relief

Restriction: 50% of reliefs & losses claimed, subject to max. restriction/reduction €158,715 75% of reliefs and 25% of losses claimed, if return furnished within 2 months of due date

S 1085 TCA1997

Penalty

Legislation

Relevant Contracts Tax

Makes a false statement or furnishes any documents that are false in order to obtain a certificate of authorisation or a relevant payments cars Disposes of a certificate of authorisation otherwise than by return of same to the Revenue Commissioners Fails to return a certificate of authorisation to the Revenue Commissioners when required to do so Is in possession of a certificate of authorisation that was not issued to such person by the Revenue Commissioners Produces to a principal a certificate of authorisation having been notified by the Revenue Commissioners to return such certificate to them

On summary conviction — a fine of €1,265/ imprisonment not exceeding 6 months/both

S 531(14)(a) TCA1997

Aids, abets, counsels or procures the obtaining of a certificate of authorisation by means of false statement the use by any person, other than the person to whom it was issued by the Revenue Commissioners, of a certificate of authorisation the production to a principal of a document that is not a certificate of authorisation, but purports to be such a certificate

On summary conviction — a fine of €1,265/ imprisonment not exceeding 6 months/both

S 531(14)(b) TCA1997

Failures in relation to relevant payments cards, deduction of tax, making declarations, keeping/producing records/documents, delivering declarations to the Revenue Commissioners Failure to give a subcontractor from whom tax has been deducted, a certificate of deduction in the prescribed form Being a company to which a certificate of authorisation has been issued, fails to notify the Revenue Commissioners of a change of control

On summary conviction — a fine of €1,265

S 531(14)(c) TCA1997

Penalty for fraudulently or negligently making incorrect returns, etc

€125 plus the difference between the tax paid and the tax payable if the submission/return furnished had been correct

S 531(16) TCA1997 applies S1052 TCA1997– see above

Fails to deduct tax required to be deducted by the person under S531 TCA1997 Fails to pay the sum deducted to the Collector General within the time specified

On summary conviction, a fine of €3,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months/ both On conviction on indictment, a fine not exceeding €126,970, imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years/ both

S 1078(2)(hh)(i) & (ii)S 1078(3) TCA1997

Penalty

Legislation

VAT

Failure to register

€5,000

Section 26 (1) VAT Act 1972

Non compliance with flat-rate farmers provisions

€5,000

Section 26 (1) VAT Act 1972

Failure to keep proper records

€5,000

Section 26 (1) VAT Act 1972

Non compliance with Invoicing provisions

€5,000

Section 26 (1) VAT Act 1972

Non compliance with Section 19 (Tax due and payable) provisions

€5,000

Section 26 (1) VAT Act 1972

Non compliance with Section 19A (Statement of intra-Community supplies) provisions

€5,000

Section 26 (1) VAT Act 1972

Failure to comply with regulations in regard to any of the above

€5,000

Section 26 (1) VAT Act 1972

Issue of an invoice showing tax by an unregistered person

€5,000

Section 26 (2) VAT Act 1972

Issue of a flat-rate invoice by a person other than a flat-rate farmer

€5,000

Section 26 (2A) VAT Act 1972

The secretary of a company or society where that company or society incurs a penalty under any of the above is liable for a separate penalty

€5,000

Section 26 (3) VAT Act 1972

Wilful obstruction of an authorised officer of Revenue in exercising his/her function in regard to VAT

€5,000

Section 26 (3A) VAT Act 1972

Obstruction of an authorised officer of Revenue to value or inspect a property

€5,000

Section 26 (3AA) VAT Act 1972

Contravention of the security requirement specified in Section 23A

€5,000 in respect of each supply

Section 26 (3B) VAT Act 1972

Furnish an incorrect return fraudulently or negligently or use of incorrect invoices, credit notes or other documents in connection with the tax

€125 plus the amount of the tax avoided

Section 27 (1) VAT Act 1972

Failure to submit a return as a result of fraud or negligence

€125 plus the amount of the tax due

Section 27 (1A) VAT Act 1972

If the person guilty of fraud is a body of persons eg a company or society Secretary of the body — separate penalty

€1,265 €250

Section 27 (2) VAT Act 1972

If the person guilty of negligence is a body of persons eg a company or society Secretary of the body — separate penalty

€630 €125

Section 27 (2) VAT Act 1972

Penalty

Legislation

Where a person improperly procures the importation of goods without payment of tax

€630 plus the amount of tax that should have been paid

Section 27 (4) VAT Act 1972

Use of cancelled registration number to acquire goods from another MS at the zero rate

€630 plus an amount equal to the VAT which would have been payable if the supply had been subject to Irish VAT

Section 27 (4A) VAT Act 1972

Excess of tax shown on an invoice

€125 plus the amount of the excess tax

Section 27 (5) VAT Act 1972

Assisting in making incorrect returns

€5,000

Section 28 VAT Act 1972

Capital Acquisitions Tax

Fails to comply/contravenes any requirement of S 46 of the CAT Consolidated Act 2003 — Delivery of Returns

€2,535 Fails to comply by reason of fraud — €2,535 plus the difference between the tax paid and the tax payable if the submission/return furnished had been correct. Fraudulently/ negligently delivers an incorrect return — €6,345 plus the difference between the tax paid and the tax payable if the submission/return furnished had been correct.

S 58 CAT Consolidation Act 2003S1078 TCA 1997

Aiding and abetting delivery of an incorrect return

€1,265

S 58 CAT Consolidation Act 2003

Discretionary Trusts Failure to deliver a Return

€1,265 or twice the tax payable, whichever is the lesser

S 58 CAT Consolidation Act 2003

Stamp Duty

Fraud/neglect in the execution of an instrument

€1,265 plus the amount of the difference between the correct and incorrect duty

S 8 Stamps Acts

Late stamping

€25 Where ‘stamped’: within 6 months of execution €25 plus 10% of the unpaid duty. between 6 and 12 months of execution — €25 plus 20% of the unpaid duty more than 12 months of the date of execution — €25 plus 30% of the unpaid duty

S14 Stamps Acts

VRT Summary Offences

S 139 FA 92

False declaration

€5,000

Possession of a vehicle not displaying an identification mark as prescribed

€5,000

Use of an unregistered vehicle in a public place

€5,000

Mutilation or defacing a Registration Certificate

€5,000

Failure to make a declaration in the prescribed manner

€5,000

Failure to comply with Regulations made under Section 141 of the Finance Act 1992

€5,000

Penalty

Legislation

Possession of an unregistered vehicle by an unauthorised person

€5,000

Possession of a vehicle outside the conditions laid out in Section 134 of the Finance Act 1992 (Permanent Reliefs)

€5,000

To issue or be in a possession of a false registration certificate

€5,000

Failure to pay VRT due on an unregistered vehicle

€5,000

Failure to pay VRT due on a converted vehicle

€5,000

Possession of a converted vehicle where additional VRT due has not been paid

€5,000

VRT Summary/Indictable Offences

Evasion or taking of steps for the purposes of the evasion of vehicle registration tax shall be guilty of an offence and be liable on summary conviction of a penalty of €1,265 and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months.

€5,000 and/or max 6 months imprisonment

S 139 FA 92

On conviction on indictment under the above offence — 3 times the VRT concerned or €12,695, whichever is the greater and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years.

€12,695 and/or max 5 years imprisonment

S 139 FA 92

VRT Compromise Penalties

VRT Instruction Manual 6.5.4

Vehicles in the State more than 10 days, but not more than 30 days

Category A vehicles

5% of OMSP — min €63 (£50)

Category B vehicles

2.5% of OMSP — min €63 (£50)

Category C vehicles

20% of VRT due

Vehicles in the State more than 30 days, but not more than 6 months

Category A vehicles

10% of OMSP — min €63 (£50)

Category B vehicles

5% of OMSP — min €63 (£50)

Category C vehicles

file required for prosecution

Vehicles in the State over 6 months

Penalty For Category A, B & M vehicles — increase the previous penalty at the rate of 5% of the penalty per month or part of a month of the period that has elapsed since registration was due

For Category C vehicles — file required for prosecution.

Penalty

Legislation

General Excise Law

In addition to the offences and penalties listed below, under excise law, the products concerned in excise offences, and the vehicles used to transport them, may be liable to forfeiture. A person who commits an excise offence may be liable under several excise offence provisions. Proceedings are, for example, often taken under section 119 of the Finance Act 2001 (evasion of excise duty) where the person is also liable under a specific provision of Mineral Oil Tax, Tobacco Products Tax, or Alcohol Products Tax Law.

Evasion, and attempted evasion, of excise duty.

Summary: €5,000 fine, and/or prison term of up to 12 months. On indictment: €12,695 fine, or three times the value of the products concerned, and/or prison term of up to 5 years.

S 119 FA 2001

General offences relating to breaches of requirements of General Excise Law.

Summary: €5,000 fine.

S 121 FA 2001

To make incorrect returns etc. in relation to excise matters.

Summary: €5,000 fine.

S 122 FA 2001

To resist, obstruct, or give false information to an excise authority.

Summary: €5,000 fine.

S 123 FA 2001

Tobacco Products Tax

General offences of failure to comply with requirements of TPT law.

Summary: €5,000 fine.

S 78(1) FA 2005

Offences relating to tax stamps for tobacco products.

Summary: €5,000 fine and/or prison term of up to 12 months. On indictment: A fine not exceeding €12,695, and/or prison term of up to 5 years.

S 78(3) and (4) FA 2005

Selling at price higher than recommended retail selling price.

Summary: €60 fine

S 79 (1) FA 2005

Mineral Oil Tax (MOT)

General offences of contravention of requirements of MOT law. Using marked gas oil as a propellant. Obtaining auto fuel from an unlicensed source. Producing or dealing with auto fuels without a licence. Breaches of a mineral oils temporary prohibition of trade order. Failure to display MOT licence on premises.

Summary: €5,000 fine.

S 102(1) FA 1999

Penalty

Legislation

Offences relating to dealing in marked gas oil.

Summary: €5,000 fine and/or prison term of up to 12 months. On indictment: €12,695 fine, and/ or prison term of up to 5 years.

S 102(1A) FA 1999

Oil laundering offences.

Summary: €5,000 fine and/or prison term of up to 12 months. On indictment: €12,695 fine, and/ or prison term of up to 5 years.

S 102(3) FA 1999

Alcohol Products Tax (APT)

General offences of failure to comply with requirements of APT law.

Summary: €5,000 fine.

S 79(1) FA 2003

Offences relating to the sale or delivery of untaxed alcohol products.

S 79(2) FA 2003

Making incorrect returns etc. in relation to APT.

S 79(3) FA 2003

Offences relating to the illicit production of alcohol products.

Summary: €5,000 fine and/or prison term of up to 12 months. On indictment: €12,695 fine, and/or prison term of up to 5 years.

S 79(5) FA 2003

Other Enactments Relating to Excise

The statutes relating to betting, liquor licensing, the licensing of gaming and amusement machines and the regulation of auctioneers and house agents also provide for various fines, ranging up to €5,000, in respect of offences specified in those Acts.

Customs

Fines of €1,265 and/or 12 months imprisonment for summary offences, and €12,695 or treble the value of the goods (whichever is the greater) and/or 5 years imprisonment for indictable offences covered by the section.

S 186 Customs Consolidation Act, 1876

Forfeiture of goods attempted to be smuggled.

S 177 Customs Consolidation Act, 1876

Forfeiture of any ships, boats or other conveyances used in smuggling.

S 202 Customs Consolidation Act, 1876

Fines of €127 or treble the value of the goods, whichever is the greater, for illegally exporting goods

S 3 Customs Act, 1956

Forfeiture of goods and of any ships, boats or other conveyances used in illegal exportation or conveyance of those goods

S 5 Customs Act, 1956

A variety of fines and/or imprisonment for both summary and indictable offences apply to the Customs offences as they do to the other Revenue offences covered by the sections.

S 12 to 16 Criminal Assets Bureau Act, 1996

Fines of €5,000 for summary offences and €126,970 for indictable offences apply to the Customs offences as they do to the other Revenue offences covered by the section.

Section 1078 TCA1997

Tax Code.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

51 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if he will extend the research and development tax credit beyond its current limit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12618/08]

I understand that the Deputy, in referring to a "current limit", believes that there is a termination date for the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit scheme. At the outset, I should make it clear that there is no termination date for this scheme. As with all taxation expenditure, the scheme is subject to ongoing review and changes have been made to the scheme for this purpose over recent Finance Acts, including the 2008 Finance Act. This process of review will continue in order to ensure that the scheme continues to make a strong contribution to the Government's strategy to encourage the undertaking of more research and development activity in this country.

Under the scheme introduced in 2004, a tax credit of 20% of the incremental or additional spend on qualifying R&D as compared to R&D expenditure in a base year can be offset against a company's corporation tax liability. As originally envisaged, the base year for expenditure used to calculate the qualifying incremental expenditure on R&D was to be 2003 for the first 3 years of the scheme to 2006. In Finance Act 2007, the use of 2003 as the base year was extended for another 3 years of claim up to and including 2009. Budget and Finance Act 2008 extended this by a further 4 years to 2013. In addition, changes were made in Finance Act 2008 to provide that when the base year rolls forward for accounting periods after 2013, there will be a 10 year gap on a "look-back" basis between the year in which the tax credit is claimed and the base year expenditure for calculating the credit. For example, this means that for claims made under the scheme in respect of 2014, the base year expenditure will move forward to 2004 and so on.

These changes were made to provide an additional incentive for increased expenditure on R&D in future years and to offer more certainty to industry in relation to the tax credit scheme.

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

52 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance if he will take steps to ensure that value added tax which is levied upon defibrillators is removed in the context of the importance of same and in particular in the further context where communities are making valiant efforts to ensure that a number of defibrillators are available throughout the community and whereby volunteers are undertaking training in the operation of same and whereby the imposition of VAT is an unnecessary charge levied upon this very worthwhile service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12678/08]

The position is that in matters relating to the VAT rating of goods and services, I am constrained by the requirements of EU VAT law with which Irish VAT law must comply. In this regard, I would point out that the rate of VAT that applies to a particular good or service depends on the nature of the good or service and not on the status of the consumer. In this case, there is no provision in EU law that would permit the removal or reduction of VAT based on the social or economic status of the consumer.

In relation to the VAT rate that applies to defibrillators, the position is that under the VAT Directive, Member States may retain the zero rates on goods and services which were in place on 1 January 1991, but cannot extend the zero rate to new goods and services. The zero VAT rate cannot therefore be applied to defibrillators which are subject to the standard rate.

In addition, Member States may only apply the reduced VAT rate to those goods and services which are listed under Annex III of the VAT Directive. While Annex III does include the supply of medical equipment for the exclusive personal use of a disabled person, it does not include defibrillators for general use. The reduced rate cannot be applied to the supply of defibrillators.

Therefore the only rate of VAT that can apply to the supply of defibrillators is the standard VAT rate which in Ireland is 21%.

Departmental Expenditure.

Mary White

Ceist:

53 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2007. [12696/08]

Mary White

Ceist:

54 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2006. [12708/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 53 and 54 together.

My Department's expenditure on recruitment advertising, excluding that conducted by the Public Appointments Service, was nil in 2006 and €27,101.14 in 2007.

Departmental Properties.

Joanna Tuffy

Ceist:

55 Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the breakdown of all buildings and offices under the responsibility of the Office of Public Works that are lit up at night; if there has been an audit carried out by the OPW to assess if any of these lights could be switched off in efforts to conserve energy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12714/08]

The breakdown of all buildings under the responsibility of the Office of Public Works, that are lit up at night, as in dedicated facade lighting, is not readily available and would require a survey. However, generally buildings of significant historical or architectural importance have such lighting. In some instances this type of lighting also provides a security function. It is policy that buildings of such note are lit continuously in the hours of darkness for both aesthetic and functional reasons. The type of lighting used for this purpose is very energy efficient.

Joanna Tuffy

Ceist:

56 Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Finance the details and breakdown of any audit that has been carried out in relation to public buildings that are the responsibility of the Office of Public Works regarding use of energy outside of office hours including in relation to heating, lighting and machinery left on stand-by; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12715/08]

The Office of Public Works is currently engaged in an energy awareness programme in all large buildings in its portfolio. As part of this campaign an audit of both electrical and thermal energy consumption will be conducted. Exceptional and excessive consumption outside normal office hours will be identified and targeted for reduction. This is expected to be a key contributor to the expected savings. A pilot programme carried out in advance of the main campaign demonstrated that there was potential for savings in this area.

The first phase of the awareness programme is due for completion in July this year and it is expected that a large part of the audit work will be completed at this stage. Details of the audit for individual buildings will be available following completion of this phase of the work.

Vaccination Programme.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

57 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children when she expects to receive the final report of the Vaccine Damage Compensation Group; the funding provided in Budget 2008 to implement the recommendations of the group; her views on whether it is unacceptable that families have been waiting six years for this commitment to be fulfilled; the steps she is taking to expedite the issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12511/08]

The Group is continuing with its consideration of this matter, and is consulting with a number of representative bodies and individuals. I look forward to receiving its final recommendations shortly.

Damien English

Ceist:

58 Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of BCG vaccinations that have been administered to babies in County Meath from October 2007 to date in 2008; if this figure is consistent with the number of births during the same period in Meath; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12512/08]

The Deputy's question relates to the funding, management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Damien English

Ceist:

59 Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the problems with the BCG vaccination regime for new born babies in the Health Service Executive north east region; if the HSE has been in contact with her office on this matter; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12513/08]

I understand from the Health Service Executive (HSE), that owing to regulatory difficulties being experienced by the manufacturer of the BCG vaccine, there was a shortage of the vaccine throughout the country from late 2007. This was a Europe wide problem as the manufacturer in question is the only company which supplies the vaccine to the European Market. Unfortunately, it is not possible to stockpile the vaccine in advance as it has a very short shelf life. These difficulties have now been resolved and new stocks of licensed vaccine are now available.

BCG vaccine has arrived in the country and is currently being delivered to all sites. Parents of any baby who has not received BCG vaccine will be contacted by their local Health Office with an appointment to receive the vaccine. I understand from the HSE that clinics have now resumed.

Health Services.

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

60 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 264 of 4 March 2008, the reason a formal reply has not been issued by the Health Service Executive; and if she will furnish a reply to the question. [12516/08]

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has responsibility for administering the health repayment scheme in conjunction with the appointed scheme administrator KPMG/McCann Fitzgerald.

The HSE has informed my Department that a reply issued to the Deputy on 12th March 2008.

Pharmacy Regulations.

James Reilly

Ceist:

61 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the pharmacists contract and the uncertainty regarding the future trading arrangements with community pharmacists; when the person appointed to examine proposed fees paid to pharmacists is expected to report and make recommendations; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12517/08]

John O'Mahony

Ceist:

70 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 322 of 4 March 2008, the number of pharmacists who have withdrawn their services in County Mayo under the GMS and community drugs scheme; the steps the Health Service Executive takes to allay the fears of patients who are being told by pharmacists they are no longer providing the service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12582/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61 and 70 together.

The reduction in the wholesale mark-up paid on the price of drugs and medicines under the GMS and community drugs schemes is part of a process aimed at reforming all aspects of the drugs supply chain from the manufacturer to the patient. The existing wholesale mark-up in the range of 15% to 17.6% is neither reasonable nor sustainable. The Government supports the HSE's decision to pay an 8% mark-up from 1 March, and 7% from 1 January 2009 which will be applied by reducing the reimbursement price paid to community pharmacy contractors from those dates.

In response to demands from community pharmacists to address the alleged impact of the new wholesale pricing arrangements on GMS dependent pharmacies in particular, the HSE has offered a voluntary interim contract with a flat rate dispensing fee of not less than €5 for all dispensing made on the GMS and community drug schemes.

I have established an Independent Body to assess an interim, fair community pharmacy dispensing fee of at least €5 to be paid for the medical card scheme, the DPS and other community drug schemes. This Body is being chaired by Seán Dorgan, former Head of IDA Ireland. It has been asked to make its recommendations by the end of May 2008. Based on its consideration of submissions received and its own independent evaluation, the Body will recommend an appropriate dispensing fee that would, in its view, represent a fair and reasonable price to be paid for the pharmaceutical service currently being provided by community pharmacists to the HSE under the GMS and community drug schemes. If approved by Government, it will be backdated to the date from which any individual community pharmacist may choose to avail of the HSE's offer.

Accordingly, each community pharmacist will have three options: to avail of the interim contract as recently offered by the HSE; to accept the interim contract upon the report of the Independent Body; or to stay with the existing retail fee structure until the agreement of a substantive new contract. I believe this provides all concerned with a reasonable way to make the transition to a fair and transparent method of payment for present services and, I hope, greatly developed pharmacy services in the near future. While a number of community pharmacies have indicated their intention to withdraw services under their contracts with the HSE, I understand that no contractor has formally withdrawn their services at this point. There are no changes planned to the operation of the GMS and community drugs schemes and all patients continue to receive their entitlements in the usual way.

Appointments to State Boards.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

62 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Health and Children the appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since 3 July 2007 to date in 2008; the names of the persons so appointed; the dates on which the names of those persons were published in Iris Oifigiúil; the State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies currently exist; the number of vacancies in each case; the State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case. [12531/08]

The information requested by the Deputy in respect of appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since July 2007, along with the requested information on current and future vacancies, is set out in the following tables.

Information is respect of the publication of names inIris Oifigiúil has been requested from the relevant areas of my Department and will be forwarded directly to the Deputy once compiled.

The information requested by the Deputy is outlined in the following table:

Name of Body

Names of persons appointed in the period 3 July 2007 to date in 2008

Number of current vacancies

Number of Anticipated vacancies due to arise up to and including 1 October 2008

National Treasury Management Agency Advisory Committee

Mr David Byrne Mr Hugh Cooney

None

None

Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland

None

None

6

Financial Services Consultative Industry Panel

None

1

20

Financial Services Consultative Consumer Panel

None

4

20

Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority

None

None

1

Financial Services Ombudsman Council

None

None

9

Value for Money and Policy Review Central Steering Committee

Mr Michael Scanlan Mr Pat Kenny

None

None

Board of the National Development Finance Agency

Mr Adrian Kearns Ms Ann Fitzgerald Mr Anthony Jones Mr Peter McManamon

None

None

Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal

Dr Angela McNamara Dr. Manus McCaughey

None

None

State Claims Agency Policy Committee

None

2

None

An Post National Lottery Company

Ms Niamh McGowan reappointed

1

None

Public Appointments Service

Mr Eddie Sullivan Mr Michael Errity Ms Breda Power Mr Des DowlingMr Bernard Carey Mr Dan Murphy Ms Bernie Gray Ms Michelle Shannon Mr Bryan Andrews

None

None

Decentralisation Implementation Group

Mr. Ultan Herr

None

None

Commission on Taxation

Mr Frank Daly Mr Tom Arnold Ms Julie Burke Mr Micheál Collins Mr Frank Convery Mr Tom Donohoe Mr Eoin Fahy Mr Brendan Hayes Ms Sinead Leech Mt Con LuceyMr Colin Hunt Mr Danny McCoy Mr Fergal O’Rourke Ms Mary O’Sullivan Mr Mark Redmond Mr Willie Soffe Ms Deirdre Somers Ms Mary Walshe

None

None

The appointments have not been published in Iris Oifigiúil, but in the majority of cases they can be accessed on the various websites associated with these bodies.

Health Service Staff.

Shane McEntee

Ceist:

63 Deputy Shane McEntee asked the Minister for Health and Children if the requirements that public health nurses be qualified midwives has changed; the current qualification requirements to be a public health nurse; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12535/08]

Regulation of the nursing and midwifery professions, including the setting of requirements and standards in relation to the education programmes for registration, is the statutory responsibility of An Bord Altranais. The Board is a broadly representative body. The twenty nine members include seventeen elected by nurses who are representative of all the divisions of the register. In November 2004 the Board approved a number of changes to the Nurses Rules including the following amended rule in relation to admission requirements for nurses wishing to train in public health nursing.

Before admission to the programme for education and training leading to registration in the Public Health Nurses Division of the Register, the name of the candidate for the registration must already be entered in the Register of Nurses and the candidate must have two years clinical experience in nursing. Unless the candidate's name is entered in the Midwives Division of the Register, the candidate must complete an An Bord Altranais approved module or unit of study on Maternal and Child Health as part of the programme'.

I understand that in framing this rule change the Board was mindful of recommendation 8.30 of the Report of the Commission on Nursing which recommended dropping the mandatory requirement for a midwifery qualification for those wishing to train as public health nurses. My approval is required under Section 26 of the Nurses Act 1985 and these rules were formally approved by me in December 2004 as soon as they were submitted by the Board.

Hospital Services.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

64 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason the winter initiative scheme has been withdrawn from Roscommon County Hospital; the further reason an enhanced scheme was available to patients being discharged from University College Hospital Galway when compared with Roscommon County Hospital and that there was no additional allocation of resources during the winter period for home help or primary care packages in County Roscommon; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12540/08]

The HSE's Winter Initiative is specifically aimed at addressing the particular challenges to the Health System during the Winter Months and a range of initiatives developed across the system is focusing on internal processes within hospitals and the ability of both hospitals and community to provide integrated services to enable appropriate placing of patients in hospitals and community settings.

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall vote. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular issue raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Health Services.

Finian McGrath

Ceist:

65 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 17. [12542/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall vote. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular case raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Mental Health Services.

Michael Noonan

Ceist:

66 Deputy Michael Noonan asked the Minister for Health and Children if psychiatric services in the mid-west region will be re-organised in order that persons in need of the services who reside in County Clare in the environs of Limerick City will be enabled to access their services at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital rather then in Ennis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12544/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall vote. The Executive, therefore, is the appropriate body to consider the particular matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Nursing Home Subventions.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

67 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding the proposed fair deal scheme for subvention of care for older people in nursing homes, including the status of associated legislation and other measures; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12570/08]

The Bill providing for the Fair Deal Scheme is at an advanced stage and being finalised by the Office of the Attorney General at present. The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney, T.D. proposes to publish the Bill as soon as possible following Government approval.

Health Services.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

68 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children the progress to date in delivery of the promised network of primary care centres as set out in the Government Health Strategy Quality and Fairness - A Health System for You in 2001; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12571/08]

The Primary Care Strategy aims to develop services in the community to give people direct access to integrated multi-disciplinary teams of general practitioners, nurses, home helps, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and others.

It has been estimated that up to 95% of people's health and social services needs can be properly met within a primary care setting and the establishment of new Primary Care Teams can contribute greatly to enhancing community based health services.

The HSE received additional funding of €40m in the period 2006 to 2008 for the establishment of some 200 primary care teams involving some 600 additional front line professionals.

The Government has committed under the Towards 2016 agreement to the establishment of 300 Primary Care teams by 2008; 400 by 2009 and 500 by 2011. A review of these targets is due to be undertaken in 2008.

The provision of the appropriate infrastructure to facilitate the delivery of primary care services is being considered by the HSE, having regard to a number of factors. These include the type and configuration of the services involved, the mixed public/private nature of our health system, the suitability of existing infrastructure and the capital requirements of the health services generally over the coming years.

As the Health Service Executive has the operational and funding responsibility for Primary Care services, it is the appropriate body to consider the particular matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Ambulance Service.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

69 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children if it is the case that the national ambulance service in the midland region is, for cost reasons, to discontinue seeking assistance from the fire and rescue services for response to cardiac arrests, assistance with patient moving and handling and assistance en route to hospitals; if this applies in other regions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12572/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services, including ambulance services, is a matter for the Health Service Executive and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall Vote. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular issue raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Question No. 70 answered with Question No. 61.
Question No. 71 withdrawn.

Health Services.

Pat Breen

Ceist:

72 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be assessed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12621/08]

The Deputy's question relates to the management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this case investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Departmental Programmes.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

73 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children if she and the Department of Finance have approved the Health Service Executive capital programme for 2008; and the details of same. [12647/08]

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

74 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children the changes she has made in relation to the draft Health Service Executive capital plan for 2008. [12648/08]

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

75 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will ensure that phase 3C of Naas General Hospital is included as a project in the Health Service Executive’s capital plan for 2008. [12649/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 to 75, inclusive, together.

The Government's sustained high level of investment in health care has enabled the completion and commissioning of numerous new facilities in both the acute and the non-acute sectors. This year, overall capital funding of approximately €594m has been provided to the Health Service Executive.

In drawing up its Capital Plan the Health Service Executive is required to prioritise the capital infrastructure projects to be progressed within its overall capital funding allocation under the National Development Plan 2007-2013, taking account of the NDP targets for division of capital investment between the Acute and Primary, Community & Continuing Care pillars. The HSE has submitted a draft Capital Plan to my Department for consideration and approval in the normal way which sets out the HSE's proposed short and longer term priorities and commitments. Consultation on this draft Capital Plan is ongoing between the HSE, the Department of Finance and my Department. The HSE has undertaken to provide additional clarification on its proposed capital developments and is currently engaged in this process. Details on individual projects will not be known until such time as the capital plan for 2008 is approved.

Health Services.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

76 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children if the promised additional audiologist has been hired for children in Kildare-west Wicklow; and if agreement has been reached in relation to the provision of additional clinics to reduce the waiting times at Newbridge and Tallaght Health Centres. [12654/08]

The Deputy's question relates to the funding, management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

77 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children if local health managers in Kildare have been approached with a view to expanding the number of centres for the audiology service in Kildare; and the outcome of same. [12655/08]

The Deputy's question relates to the funding, management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

78 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children if additional public nursing homes will be provided in County Kildare in 2008. [12656/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

79 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of people awaiting admission to a long-term care bed in public nursing homes in County Kildare; and the circumstances of the individuals. [12657/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

80 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children the precise amount of funding available for the home help service in Kildare-west Wicklow for 2008. [12661/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

81 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of children awaiting orthodontic treatment in County Kildare; and the number of children awaiting assessment for orthodontic treatment in County Kildare. [12662/08]

The Deputy's question relates to the funding, management and delivery of health and personal social services, which are the responsibility of the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Accordingly, my Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have this matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

82 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Health and Children if the three additional speech and language therapists in the Kildare service who were on temporary contracts have been made permanent; if the post vacant for a basic grade post on 19 February 2008 has been filled; and if the senior replacement post which was also vacant on 19 February 2008 has been filled. [12664/08]

Almost 130,000 people work full-time or part-time in our public health services. In recent years, the Government's ongoing high level of investment in health has achieved and maintained significant increases in the numbers of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals employed in the public health services. The Government has also invested heavily in the education and training of such personnel in order to secure a good supply of graduates to provide for the healthcare needs of the population into the future.

Subject to overall parameters set by Government, the Health Service Executive has the responsibility for determining the composition of its staffing complement. In that regard, it is a matter for the Executive to manage and deploy its human resources to best meet the requirements of its Annual Service Plan for the delivery of health and personal social services to the public. The Executive is the appropriate body to consider the matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Departmental Expenditure.

Mary White

Ceist:

83 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Health and Children the amount her Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2007. [12698/08]

Mary White

Ceist:

84 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Health and Children the amount her Department spent on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2006. [12710/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 83 and 84 together.

The information requested by the Deputy is being compiled by my Department and will be forwarded as soon as possible.

Health Services.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

85 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the financial requirements of the proposed suicide prevention and counselling service (details supplied) in County Kildare; if she or her Department have fully evaluated the requirements of the project with a view to making specific funding available in the short, medium and long term; if she is prepared to enter into negotiations with a view to setting out long-term goals and funding projections; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12728/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004 and funding for all health services has been provided as part of its overall vote. The Executive, therefore, is the appropriate body to consider the particular matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Joanna Tuffy

Ceist:

86 Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Health and Children if her attention has been drawn to the situation where persons have been informed by Health Service Executive, Cherry Orchard Hospital that, due to lack of funding, respite care services will not be available from May 2008; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12769/08]

Operational responsibility for the management and delivery of health and personal social services was assigned to the Health Service Executive under the Health Act 2004. Therefore, the Executive is the appropriate body to consider the particular matter raised by the Deputy. My Department has requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Executive to arrange to have the matter investigated and to have a reply issued directly to the Deputy.

Appointments to State Boards.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

87 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Transport the appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since 3 July 2007 to date in 2008; the names of the persons so appointed; the dates on which the names of those persons were published in Iris Oifigiúil; the State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies currently exist; the number of vacancies in each case; the State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case. [12534/08]

The information requested is contained in the following table:

Body

Appointments since 3 July 2007

Name(s)

Publication (Iris Oifigiúil)

CurrentVacancies

Anticipated Vacancies up to 1 October 2008

Railway Procurement Agency

1

Mr Ciaran Mac Samhrain

Will be shortly

1

None

Cork Port Company

2

Paul Millard David Doolan

Will be shortly

None

None

Dublin Port Company

3

Pat Magner Charles Rochfort John Moore

Will be shortly

None

None

Galway Port Company

1

Bobby Molloy

Will be shortly

None

None

Dún Laoghaire Port Company

1

Seighin Lennon

Will be shortly

None

None

Shannon Foynes Port Company

2

Gerard Reidy Joe Treacy

Will be shortly

None

6 vacancies

Dundalk Port Company

2

Noel Lennon Seamus Keelan

Will be shortly

None

None

Wicklow Port Company

1

Denis Teevan

Will be shortly

None

None

Drogheda Port Company

None

2

None

Commission for Taxi Regulation Advisory Council

1

Mr Brian Killeen

Not required under Taxi regulation Act 2003

2

None

Dublin Airport Authority

1

Ian McDonnell

Will be Shortly

None

None

Shannon Airport Authority

2

Audrey Costello Linda Keane

Will be Shortly

None

None

Cork Airport Authority

None

1

None

Irish Aviation Authority

2

Eamonn Brennan Claire O’Donnell

11/09/07 18/03/08

None

1 vacancy

Dublin Transport Office

15 (Reappointments)

Frank Allen Fred Barry John Henry Michael Reidy Tim Hayes Joe Meagher Joe Horan Eddie Sheehy David O’Connor Owen Keegan Michael Phillips David Walsh Andrew Cullen Pat Mangan Tony Kelly

N/A

2

None

Marine Awards Committee

1

Dr. Marion Broderick

N/A

None

None

Road Network.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

88 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Transport the number of observations, representations and objections received by his Department regarding the redesignation of the Kinnegad to Athlone inter-urban route; when he will publish an order designating the road as a motorway; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12574/08]

Under Section 8 of the Roads Act 1993 the National Roads Authority (NRA) may apply to the Minster for Transport to redesignate a road to be a motorway subject to certain conditions being met. This includes a requirement for a public consultation process.

That process has been undertaken in connection with an application by the National Roads Authority for redesignation of elements of the N6, N7, N8 and N9 as motorways. The consultation process expired on Friday 28th March 2008.

Two written submissions were received in relation to the Kinnegad Athlone section of the N6.

I will now consider all of the submissions received and I will make a decision on whether to grant the application from the NRA as soon as possible thereafter.

Light Rail Project.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

89 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Transport the status of plans to link the Luas lines in Dublin city centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12620/08]

My Department engaged independent consultants Booz, Allen and Hamilton to review the proposal from Iarnród Éireann that the Broadstone alignment be used for suburban rail services. I received the report of the independent consultants some weeks ago.

Having considered the report I wrote to the Dublin City Manager, the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) and CIE on the 4th of February indicating that I was minded to mandate the RPA to proceed with planning the delivery of a Luas Line from St. Stephen's Green to Liffey Junction and using the old Broadstone Railway alignment. I gave the agencies an opportunity to make written submissions to me before I finalising my decision. I recently received the written submissions of the agencies and I will communicate my final decision to them shortly.

Rail Network.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

90 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Transport further to Parliamentary Question No. 98 of 13 March 2008, if there has been further progress. [12653/08]

The planning and design of railway upgrade works is a matter for Iarnród Éireann. I am informed by Iarnród Éireann that the current position regarding the removal of level crossings on the Maynooth line is that a study has been completed to the investigate the feasibility of closures of the level crossings. Iarnród Éireann is now in discussion with the local authorities with a view to formulating joint proposals to facilitate the closures including the necessary road and bridge works.

The timescales for these works will be dependant on local authority road schemes. Iarnród Éireann has also advised that the resignalling of the Maynooth line, which will be completed by the end of 2011, may precede some of the crossing closures.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

91 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Transport the amount of capital funding allocated to the Kildare route project in 2008. [12660/08]

A total of €90m has been allocated to Iarnród Éireann for expenditure arising in 2008 on this project.

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

92 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Transport if he will ascertain from Iarnród Éireann, the position in respect of proposals to reopen the railway station at Thomastown, Killucan, County Westmeath, particularly in view of the very strong positive feasibility report which has recently been completed and in the context of a significant local campaign which is afoot to ensure that it is reopened and whereby there is a strong commitment from people from Killucan and the hinterland of Delvin, Kinnegad, Rochfortbridge, Coralstown, Raharney and so on, to utilise same if Iarnród Éireann positively consider the reopening of this station without further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12679/08]

The location of stations on the rail network is an operational matter for Iarnród Éireann. I understand from the company that Westmeath and Meath County Councils have submitted to them the results of a feasibility study on the re-opening of a station at Killucan or Hill of the Down. I understand that Iarnród Éireann are currently considering this report and will respond in due course to the Councils.

Departmental Expenditure.

Mary White

Ceist:

93 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Transport the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service, in 2007. [12701/08]

In 2007, no amount was spent by my Department on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service.

Mary White

Ceist:

94 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Transport the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service, in 2006. [12713/08]

In 2006, no amount was spent by my Department on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service.

Appointments to State Boards.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

95 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since 3 July 2007 to date in 2008; the names of the persons so appointed; the dates on which the names of those persons were published in Iris Oifigiúil; the State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies currently exist; the number of vacancies in each case; the State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case. [12530/08]

There are no State boards or bodies operating under the responsibility of my Department. There are currently four advisory committees and one educational commission which operate under the aegis of my Department. Appointments to these committees are not published inIris Oifigiúil.

The Development Education Advisory Committee was established in 2003 following the recommendations of the Ireland Aid Review Committee. Its purpose is to advise the Minister, Minister of State and Irish Aid on policy regarding development education. The current committee of eleven members was appointed in November 2007 for a term of two years. The members are:

Peadar Cremin, (Chair) President Mary Immaculate College Limerick

Maria Barry, Director of Education, Trócaire

Sheelagh Drudy, Professor of Education, University College Dublin

Sarah Kelleher, Director, Lourdes Youth and Community Services

Su-Ming Khoo, Lecturer, National University of Ireland Galway

Eamon Kinch, Chairman, Léargas

Stephen McCloskey, Director, Centre for Global Education Belfast

Colm Regan, Director, 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World

Patsy Toland, Convenor, Irish Development Education Association

Peter Johnson — nominee of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Robert Kirkpatrick — nominee of the Department of Education and Science

There are currently no vacancies on the Committee and none are expected until its term ends on 31 October 2009.

The Advisory Board for Irish Aid was established in August 2002 to provide general oversight and advice to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister of State for Overseas Development on the strategic direction of the Government's programme of assistance to developing countries. The Board was reconstituted in November 2005 with a membership of sixteen. Members were appointed for a three year term. There have been no new appointments to the Board from July 2007 to date. As there are currently no vacancies on the Board, it is not envisaged that there will be any new appointments to the Board before the end of October 2008, when the mandate of the current Board expires.

The Hunger Task Force was established in September 2007, in line with the recommendation of the White Paper on Irish Aid, to identify the contributions that Ireland can make to international efforts to reduce hunger. There are 15 members of the Task force and no vacancies are expected to arise before the Task Force completes its final report, which is expected in the summer of this year. The members of the Task Force are:

Mr Joe Walsh TD (Chair — Former Minister for Agriculture)

Nancy Aburi, Independent consultant, formerly of Self Help International

Dr Pamela K Anderson, Director General, International Potato Centre, Lima, Peru

Tom Arnold, CEO, Concern

Paul Hewson (Bono)

Kevin Farrell, Head of WFP, Zimbabwe

Professor Michael Gibney, UCD

Professor Lawrence Haddad, IDS, UK

Justin Kilcullen, CEO, Trócaire

Aidan O'Driscoll, Assistant Secretary, Department of Agriculture

Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, New York

Professor Lucy, UCC

Josette Sheeran, Executive Director WFP

Sheila Sisulu, Deputy Executive Director WFP

Secretary: Brendan McMahon, Director, Emergency and Recovery Section, Irish Aid.

The Fulbright Commission (The Board of the Ireland — United States Commission for Educational Exchange) finances study, research, teaching and other educational activities between Ireland and the United States of America. I am responsible for the appointment of four members of the eight-member Commission. The most recent appointment was made in May 2007. No vacancies are expected to arise in the period up to 1 October 2008.

The Díon Committee (Government Emigrant Services Advisory Committee for Britain), which advises on support for our emigrant communities in Britain. I recently approved the restructuring of this Advisory Committee to expand the membership from eight to twelve in order to ensure the Committee is more regionally reflective of the Irish community in Britain. The term of office of the outgoing Committee ended last year and the appointment of twelve new members is imminent.

Overseas Development Aid.

Billy Timmins

Ceist:

96 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 148 of 11 March 2008, the findings and recommendations of the Moores Rowland report; and the way he will implement their recommendations. [12588/08]

The Moores Rowland audit report for the Zambia Programme Office for the year ended 31 December 2006 delivered an unqualified audit opinion. The internal control/ management letter report was very positive with regard to the operation of Irish Aid's financial procedures at the Mission.

A number of recommendations, aimed at strengthening minor system weaknesses in the Mission, have been accepted and will be implemented by Management. Implementation of these recommendations will be followed up by the Internal Auditor at the Mission.

International Agreements.

Jack Wall

Ceist:

97 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs his views on correspondence (details supplied); if he is in agreement with the thrust of the submission; if so, the action he will take to ensure that the sentiments of the submission are upheld and supported; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12589/08]

The Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are trade agreements currently being negotiated between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group of states.

The mandate for the negotiation of EPAs comes from the legally-binding Cotonou Agreement, the central objective of which is that of "reducing and eventually eradicating poverty, consistent with the objectives of sustainable development and the gradual integration of the ACP countries into the world economy".

Negotiations began in September 2002. The original intention was for the European Union to conclude comprehensive EPAs with six regional groupings of the ACP States. Following protracted and difficult negotiations, only one of the regional groupings, CARIFORUM (the Caribbean Forum of ACP States) representing the 15 countries of the Caribbean, signed a full EPA with the European Commission.

Twenty other ACP countries have so far initialled interim agreements in smaller sub-groups of the original regional groupings. All the agreements have full duty and quota free market access on the EU side and a flexible and asymmetric liberalisation schedule on the ACP side. It is envisaged that the interim agreements, which already define much of the framework for negotiations, will act as building blocks to full EPAs. This has to be done by agreement on both sides. Increased EU market access and support for regional integration through the EPAs is intended to bring real trade growth and broad based economic development in the ACP countries.

The Government have consistently maintained that the EPA negotiations should result in agreements that are supportive of ACP countries' development needs and their poverty reduction efforts. The Taoiseach made the point at the EU-Africa summit in Lisbon last December that the EU approach should be one of goodwill, flexibility and partnership.

I believe that it should be a matter for the ACP countries themselves to decide whether or not to sign comprehensive EPAs with the European Union in the future. I will continue to monitor developments with a view to supporting a partnership approach between the European Commission and ACP countries in further negotiations. It is vitally important that whatever arrangements are put in place do not disadvantage the developing countries. That will continue to be the core of our approach.

Departmental Offices.

Charlie O'Connor

Ceist:

98 Deputy Charlie O’Connor asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the renewed calls in the Tallaght region for the establishment of a passport office based in Tallaght; his views on the merits of such a proposal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12599/08]

The Passport Office provides a comprehensive range of options for citizens to apply for passports. Applications may be made by express post through some 1,000 post offices across the state and some 70 post offices in Northern Ireland. A guaranteed 10 working day service is available for such applications which are complete and in order. Less urgent applications can also be made by ordinary post.

Applicants can also apply in person at the public offices in Dublin and Cork. Very positive comments are frequently made about the quality of service available at the public offices and I know also that the availability of a local office in Cork (which deals with applications across Munster) is greatly appreciated.

The issue of renewed calls for the establishment of a passport office in Tallaght has not been brought to my attention in recent months. Against the above background, the issue of opening additional offices in other locations, including in Tallaght, will be kept under ongoing active review.

Human Rights Issues.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

99 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he will issue a circular to Irish athletes attending the Olympic Games to advise them of the human rights situation in the People’s Republic of China; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12604/08]

My Department, and our Embassy in Beijing, are in close touch with the Olympic Council of Ireland in regard to preparations for the Olympic Games. The Department would be happy to respond to any queries the Council, or individual athletes, may have about human rights in China, or indeed other concerns, including the issue of Tibet.

The Government concerns in regard to human rights in China are raised on a regular basis in bilateral contacts with the Government of China. Discussions in this regard take place at official level in Dublin and in Beijing. We continue to stress the value that Ireland attaches to human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. We have also raised our concerns about the practice of religion and the preservation of cultural identity in Tibet. In particular, we have stressed the importance of the Chinese authorities making every effort possible to facilitate freedom of movement and expression, including the right to peaceful protest, in the run-up to — and during — the Olympic Games in Beijing later this year.

Voting Rights.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

100 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if there has been communication with the British Government with regard to proposed changes to the right of Irish citizens to vote in local and general elections in the United Kingdom; if such a change would have an impact on the provision of the Good Friday Agreement; his views on making a similar change here with regard to the voting rights of British subjects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12623/08]

The British Government commissioned an independent review of citizenship carried out by former British Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, who issued his report on 11 March. The report, which I would point out is a consultative document, refers to the voting rights of Irish citizens in Britain. The British Government have indicated that it is considering the report in the context of its ongoing constitutional review and stressed that no decisions have yet been taken.

My officials were briefed on the contents of the report by British officials upon publication and agreed there would be further discussion between the two Governments.

The Government is carefully examining the report, including any implications for Good Friday Agreement commitments. A particular priority for the Government in ongoing contacts with the British Government will be to ensure that any proposals that may emerge would be consistent with the principles of the Good Friday Agreement.

The provision of reciprocal voting rights for Irish and British citizens reflects our historic relations and is a valuable expression of the special ties between the two countries to the mutual benefit of our citizens. We will maintain ongoing contact with the British Government on this issue and have already conveyed these initial views to the British authorities.

Diplomatic Representation.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

101 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs if he has discouraged any country from establishing an embassy here; the countries concerned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12628/08]

Article 2 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, incorporated in the Diplomatic Relations and Immunities Act 1967, states that "The establishment of diplomatic relations between States, and of permanent diplomatic missions, takes place by mutual consent". Ireland currently has diplomatic relations with 115 countries of which 55 have resident missions in Dublin, with the remainder accredited on a non-resident basis, mostly from London.

The normal practice is for the Government to accede to requests to accredit an Ambassador on either a resident or non-resident basis where diplomatic relations exist. However, in the case of Burma, the Government has made it clear to the Burmese authorities that no steps will be taken to advance diplomatic relations, including the accreditation of their Ambassador in London on a non-residential basis, until a number of developments in that country have taken place, in particular the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Overseas Development Aid.

John Deasy

Ceist:

102 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the details of the eight audit reports covering Irish Aid spending, produced as a result of the audit visits carried out by the evaluation and audit unit in 2006 and 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12633/08]

Irish Aid has in place rigorous accounting and audit controls. Audits of the Irish Aid programme are undertaken on the basis of a three-year rolling work plan, managed by the Evaluation and Audit Unit, with clear priority being given to the audit of expenditure in programme countries. During 2006 and 2007 eight visits took place to programme countries covering a range of aspects of the audit process.

The countries and number of times visited were: Mozambique (2), Zambia (2), Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa and Uganda. The purpose of the visits varied from recruitment and induction of newly recruited internal auditors, presentations and updates on audit to Heads of Missions, attendance at training courses on Public Financial Management in Africa, visit by a member of the independent audit committee and audits on Irish Aid programme expenditure.

The reports and information prepared include details of recruitment and induction carried out, minutes of meetings held, documentation on training courses and reports on findings and recommendations made.

The findings and recommendations arising from these visits are geared towards strengthening the existing systems to cater for the expanding budget of Irish Aid. Examples include:

A recommendation to strengthen Irish Aid's approach to assessing partners' governance and financial systems prior to funding being committed. This has been implemented.

A recommendation that Embassies should introduce a uniform checklist for use prior to payments of grants to partners. This recommendation has been implemented, and the checklist ensures that all necessary approvals and documentation are in order when payment is being made.

The need to strengthen partners' reporting on the use of Irish Aid funds and ensure that the Embassies have a formal system to review these reports. This recommendation has been implemented.

A recommendation that Irish Aid should host Public Financial Management training courses for Embassy-based staff to enhance their capacity to work with government partners to strengthen their systems of financial control. This recommendation has been implemented.

John Deasy

Ceist:

103 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the changes to the oversight and control of Irish Aid spending in recipient countries that have been recommended as a result of the audit visits carried out by the evaluation and audit unit in 2006 and 2007; the recommended changes that have been implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12634/08]

John Deasy

Ceist:

105 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the changes to the oversight and control of Irish Aid spending in recipient countries that were recommended in 2006 and 2007 by Irish Aid internal auditors based on location at Irish Aid missions; the recommended changes that have been implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12636/08]

John Deasy

Ceist:

106 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the changes to the oversight and control of Irish Aid spending in recipient countries recommended in 2006 and 2007 by joint donor funded audits; the recommended changes that have been implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12637/08]

John Deasy

Ceist:

107 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the changes to the oversight and control of Irish Aid spending in recipient countries recommended in 2006 and 2007 by audit reports obtained from partner organisations; the recommended changes that have been implemented; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12638/08]

John Deasy

Ceist:

108 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the concerns regarding oversight and control of Irish Aid spending in recipient countries that were brought to the attention of senior management in 2006 and 2007; the changes that were implemented as a result of these concerns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12639/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 103 and 105 to 108, inclusive, together.

The work programme of the Evaluation and Audit Unit is primarily focused on providing assurance with regard to monies already spent by Irish Aid in recipient countries. I would emphasise also that Irish Aid has in place robust systems for oversight and control of spending that commence before funding is even committed. In this regard, major programme expenditure to recipient countries (and large Irish NGOs) is subject to a comprehensive approval process by a Project Approval and Evaluation Group (PAEG). The group is chaired by the Director or Deputy Director General of Irish Aid. Its members include independent external consultants who review all expenditure proposals. The approval process includes a risk assessment, which aims to ensure that risks are considered at the commencement of Irish Aid's support for a programme, and that appropriate mitigation strategies are embedded in the programme.

A key element of oversight and control is the Irish Aid financial procedures manual which contains clear, centralised rules against which all the programme country missions are audited. This manual is regularly reviewed. In addition each of the missions has suitably skilled finance and audit personnel whose job is to assist and advise management on the implementation of these procedures.

The Evaluation and Audit Unit's audit process is an important oversight mechanism for Irish Aid programme country expenditure and is organised as follows:

(a) Work carried out directly by Irish Aid's Evaluation and Audit Unit, and by internal auditors based at Missions in programme countries;

(b) Work carried out by internationally reputable audit firms commissioned by Irish Aid;

(c) Joint donor funded audits of specific programmes (e.g. of the health sector in Mozambique, where Ireland jointly funds an audit with Canada, Denmark and Switzerland), and

(d) Audit reports obtained from partner organisations (e.g. those carried out by National Audit Offices and by non-governmental Organisations).

The day to day work of the Internal Auditors in programme countries, which is overseen by the Evaluation and Audit Unit at Headquarters, focuses on issues arising in all audit reports received. Based on the audit work described above, issues can arise at the Missions, but more generally in partner organisations (both Governments and NGOs). The Internal Auditors, together with Embassy-based Programme Development Staff, work together with these partner organisations to assist with the implementation of audit recommendations. In some cases this means assisting with strengthening the capacity and systems of these partners.

Some examples of changes to oversight and control on Irish Aid spending, introduced as a result of audit work, are as follows:

The implementation by Irish Aid of an agreed approach to assessing partners' governance and financial systems prior to funding being committed.

The introduction of a uniform checklist for use in all Embassies prior to payments of grants to partners. This will ensure that all necessary approvals and documentation are in order when payment is being made.

Strengthening of partners' reporting on the use of Irish Aid funds and ensuring that the Embassies have a formal system to review these reports.

Hosting Public Financial Management training courses for Embassy-based staff to enhance their capacity to work with government partners to strengthen their systems of financial control.

The Department's Audit Committee provides an independent appraisal of Irish Aid's audit and evaluation arrangements through regular interaction and follow-up with the Evaluation and Audit Unit and with Senior Management. The Committee meets regularly with the Secretary General and, annually, with the Comptroller and Auditor General. It also publishes an annual report on its work. The Audit Committee actively monitors implementation of the recommendations of their reports.

John Deasy

Ceist:

104 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of Irish Aid internal auditors based on location at Irish Aid missions; and the location of each of these auditors. [12635/08]

Irish Aid has seven internal auditors based at its missions abroad. The locations in question are Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia (Lusaka), Zambia (Northern Province) and Lesotho.

Questions Nos. 105 to 108, inclusive, answered with Question No. 103.

Human Rights Issues.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

109 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the reason a Minister of the State at his Department failed to make representations to the Chinese Government in relation to the ongoing repression in Tibet during the course of their recent visit to China; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12683/08]

The Minister for European Affairs, Mr. Dick Roche TD, visited three cities in China, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, to represent the Government in the context of the recent annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations.

As is the norm for such St. Patrick's Day visits, the visit was not an official one but rather the primary focus was on reaching out to the growing Irish Diaspora in China, and the promotion of the objectives of the Government's Asia Strategy across a broad range of activities and sectors, including trade, investment, educational cooperation, culture, Irish food products and tourism. The visit was highly successful.

No official consultations with the Chinese Government took place during the visit. Minister of State Roche was guest of honour at the Embassy of Ireland's St. Patrick's Day reception on 14th March. The Minister had a courtesy meeting at the Embassy of Ireland, in the margins of the reception, with Chinese Assistant Minister Wu Hongbo. At that stage, the unfolding events in Tibet were unclear and reports were scarce and unreliable. In the absence of clear information, given the informal nature of the encounter, the issue of Tibet was not discussed on that occasion.

On my instructions, senior officials of my Department since 17 March have been in regular touch with the Chinese Embassy in Dublin to seek information about developments in Tibet and to convey my deep concern at the situation there. On Tuesday 1 April, I was happy to meet with representatives of the Tibet Support Group-Ireland and to discuss with them their concerns regarding the current situation, and how these might be addressed.

Departmental Expenditure.

Mary White

Ceist:

110 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2007. [12697/08]

Mary White

Ceist:

111 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2006. [12709/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 110 and 111 together.

In 2006, my Department spent a total of €23,458.24 on recruitment advertising in Ireland and in Missions abroad. The corresponding figure in 2007 was € 79,583.80.

Expenditure was significantly higher in 2007 due to competitions being held, for the first time under my Department's own recruitment licence, for the positions of Field Information Officer, Senior Development Specialist (Audit) and interns in Irish Aid. Costs also arose from advertising Temporary Clerical Officer positions in the Passport Office.

Departmental Agencies.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

112 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if shops (details supplied) are fully-owned by the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12617/08]

Kilkenny Design Workshop Limited was a state body operating under the aegis of my Department. It was dissolved in 2002. Prior to its dissolution it arranged to transfer its premises in the Castle Yard, Kilkenny to the Kilkenny Civic Trust.

It is my understanding that the companies presently trading under the Kilkenny name are privately owned commercial entities.

Appointments to State Boards.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

113 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since 3 July 2007 to date in 2008; the names of the persons so appointed; the dates on which the names of those persons were published in Iris Oifigiúil; the State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies currently exist; the number of vacancies in each case; the State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case. [12527/08]

Science Foundation Ireland.

Mr. John Travers and Professor Martina Newell McGloughlin were appointed as members of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland on 25 July 2007. These appointments were published in Irish Oifigiúil on the 14 of September 2007. Professor Rita Colwell and Mr. Tom Boland were appointed as members of the Board of Science Foundation Ireland on 31 of March 2008 and 1 of April 2008 respectively. These appointments will be published in Iris Oifigiúil shortly. There are no current vacancies on the Board of Science Foundation Ireland. It is anticipated that two members of the Board will retire from office on the 25 of July 2008.

IDA Ireland

Mr. Barry O'Leary, CEO, was appointed on 19 December 2007. The notice of his appointment was published in the Iris Oifigiúil on 4 January 2008.

Ms. Loretta Brennan Glucksman was re-appointed on 19 December 2007. The notice of her appointment was published in the Iris Oifigiúil on 4 January 2008.

Mr. Lionel Alexander was appointed on 19 March 2008. The notice of his appointment was sent to Iris Oifigiúil on 27 March 2008 and has yet to be published. This should be published in the near future.

There are currently no vacancies on the Board of IDA Ireland.

Enterprise Ireland

Mr. Liam Meaney, and Mr. Gearoid Doyle were appointed to the Board of Enterprise Ireland on 17 January 2008.

Ms Helen Nugent was appointed to the Board of Enterprise Ireland on 18 March, 2008.

None of the above appointments have yet been published in Iris Oifigiúil. However, they will be published in the near future.

There are no vacancies on the Enterprise Ireland Board at present, however, from July of this year, three members of the Board will retire.

Forfás

Dr. Frank Gannon, Director General, Science Foundation Ireland, was appointed to the board of Forfás on 2 July 2007. The notice of his appointment was published in the Iris Oifigiúil on 20 July 2007.

Mr. Sean Gorman and Mr. Eoin O'Driscoll were re-appointed to the board of Forfás on 1 January 2008.

Mr. Barry O'Leary, Chief Executive Officer, IDA Ireland, was appointed to the board of Forfás on 1 January 2008.

Details of all three appointments were published in Iris Oifigiúil on 18 March 2008.

There are no existing vacancies on the Forfás Board and none are anticipated up to 1 October 2008.

Shannon Development

No appointments were made to the Board of Shannon Development from 3 July 2007 to date and no vacancies exist at present. The two longest serving Board members retire at the Company's AGM which normally coincides with the April Board meeting. No other vacancies are anticipated between now and 1 October 2008. Appointments to the Shannon Development Board are published in Iris Oifigiúil.

National Standards Authority of Ireland

Ms Helen Curley was appointed to the Board of the National Standards Authority of Ireland on 21 January 2008. Her appointment was published in Iris Oifigiúil on 8 February 2008.

Three vacancies will arise on the Board of the National Standards Authority of Ireland on 14 April 2008.

Crafts Council of Ireland

Mr. Jim Dunne, Ms. Jean Byrne and Ms Anna Foy were appointed to the Board of the Crafts Council of Ireland on 13 September 2007

None of these appointments have yet been published in Iris Oifigúil. However, they will be published in the coming weeks.

There will be no Ministerial Board vacancies between now and the end of October 2008 on the Crafts Council of Ireland's (CCOI) Board. There will be four other vacancies on the Board and these will be filled at the Council's AGM on June 12 2008.

County and City Enterprise Boards (CEBs)

The 35 CEBs are individual companies limited by guarantee and appointment to their Boards is effected by ordinary Resolution of the Board of Directors, as set out in the Articles of Association of each Board. My Department does not have a role in such appointments.

The Health and Safety Authority

The Board of the Health and Safety Authority was appointed for a 3-year term on 20 December 2007. Details of these appointments were published in Iris Oifigiúil on 4 January 2008.

Chairperson:

Mr. Jim. Lyons

Representing employers

Ms Marian Byron

Mr. Sean Corrigan

Mr. Dermot Carey

Representing Employees

Mr. Eamon Devoy

Dessie Robinson

Ms Esther Lynch

Ministerial appointments

Ms Christina McEleney

Ms Rosy Sheerin

Mr. Pat Kearney

Ms Anne Marie Hayes

There is one current vacancy under the heading of Ministerial appointments and this appointment is likely to be made in the near future. There are no further anticipated appointments expected before 1st October 2008.

The Labour Court

Ms Paidrigín Ní Mhurchú was reappointed as a Member of the Labour Court on 3 September 2007. Her appointment was published in Iris Oifigiúil on 17 August 2008.

Mr. Jack Nash was reappointed as a Member of the Labour Court on 3 November 2007. His appointment was published in Iris Oifigiúil on 30 October 2008.

There are no vacancies expected in the Labour Court before 1 October 2007.

The Labour Relations Commission

Ms Joan Carmichael was reappointed as a Rights Commissioner on 26 July 2007, notice of her appointment was published in Iris Oifigiúl on 31 July 2007.

Mr. Jim O'Connell; Mr. Seán Reilly; Mr. John Walsh; Mr. Eugene Hanly and Ms Rosaleen Glackin were appointed as Rights Commissioners on 1 November 2007. Notice of these appointments was published in Iris Oifigiúl on 30 October 2007 except in the case of Ms Glackin, whose notice was published on 11 November 2007.

Ms Emer O'Shea and Ms Gaye Cunningham were appointed as Rights Commissioners on 1 January 2008. Notice of these appointments was published in Iris Oifigiúl on 11 January 2008.

There is one vacancy expected in the Rights Commissioner service on 22 September 2008.

Employment Appeals Tribunal

Aidan O'Mara was appointed to on 17 August 2007. Notice of his appointment was published in Iris Oifigiúl on 17 August 2007.

Ms Kate O'Mahony was reappointed as chairman of the Tribunal on 22 January 2008, notice of her appointment was published in Iris Oifigiúl on 25 January 2008.

Mr Paul Clarke and Mr Liam Tobin were appointed on 30 January 2008, notice of their appointments was published in Iris Oifigiúl on 1 February 2008.

Expert Group on Future Skills Needs

Ms Una Halligan was appointed to the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs on 18 March 2008. This appointment has not been published in Iris Oifigúil

Redundancy Panel

The Redundancy Panel may be set up under the Protection of Employment (Exceptional Collective Redundancies and Other Related Matters) Act 2007, and only comes into existence on receipt of a request for adjudication to the Secretary General from the employer or employees involved in a collective redundancy situation which is regarded by them as exceptional. The Minister also may initiate a request to the Redundancy Panel if he feels it is so warranted. The Panel, which has nominated members from ICTU and IBEC and is chaired by NIB has not yet been invoked.

Appointments to Joint Labour Committees of

1. Chairman and

2. Independent member and chairman in the absence of the Chairman

Committee

Appointment

Name

Date of appointment

Published in Iris Oifigiuil

Handkerchief and Household Piece Goods JLC

Chairman

Sheamus Sweeney

30-1-2008

No

Contract Cleaning JLC

Chairman

Brian McGinn

13-11- 2007

No

Contract Cleaning JLC

Independent member and chairman in the absence of the Chairman

Damien Cannon

13-11-2007

No

Current Vacancies in Joint Labour Committees

Body

Current Vacancy

Aerated Waters and Wholesale Bottling Joint Labour Committee

Independent Member

Agricultural Workers Joint Labour Committee

Chairman

Catering (Dublin and Dun Laoghaire) Joint Labour Committee

2 Independent Members

Hairdressing (Dublin) Joint Labour Committee

Independent Member

Handkerchief and Household Piece Goods Joint Labour Committee

Independent Member

Hotels (Dublin) Joint Labour Committee

Independent Member

Hotels (Other than Dublin, Dunlaoghaire and Cork) JLC

Independent Member

Security Industry Joint Labour Committee

Independent Member

Shirtmaking Joint Labour Committee

2 Independent Members

Tailoring Joint Labour Committee

Independent Member

Women’s Clothing and Millinery Joint Labour Committee

Independent Member

Note: Appointments of employers and workers representative members of the JLCs and vacancies for these positions are not shown as these are appointed by the Labour Court and not by the Minister.

InterTradeIreland

In accordance with the British-Irish Agreement Act 1999, the North/South Ministerial Council appoints the members of the Board of InterTradeIreland. The North/South Ministerial Council meeting in Institutional Format on the 17 December 2007 appointed the following to the Board:

Dr. David Dobbin (Chair)

Mr. John Fitzgerald (Vice Chair)

Ms. Rosaleen Doherty

Mr. Jack Gilmour

Mr. Padraig Mac Lochlainn

Dr. Gerard O'Hare

Mr. Tom Scott

Mr. Brendan Butler

Ms Patricia McKeown

Mr. Hugh Logue

Mr. Sean Gallagher

Mr. Ray Doherty

The issue of publication in Iris Oifigiúil is not applicable. These appointments are made by the North/South Ministerial Council.

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA)

Mr. Gerard Scully was appointed to the Board of IAASA on 12 July 2007. Under Section 11 of the Companies Act, 2003, there is no requirement to publish in Irish Oifiguil. There are no vacancies on the Board of IASSA and none are anticipated before 1st October 2008.

National Consumer Agency

In accordance with Section 10(7) of the Consumer Protection Act, two vacancies will arise on the Board of the NCA on the anniversary of the establishment day, i.e. 1 May 2008.

High Level Group on Business Regulation

On the 6th March 2007 the Government agreed to the establishment of a new structure to facilitate the direct engagement of business with Government in tackling administrative burdens. The High Level Group had its first meeting in July 2007. Members of the Group were appointed on various dates prior to the first meeting.

Sean Gorman (Chairman)

Liam Berney

Patricia Callan

Marie Daly

Pat Delaney

Gearoid Doyle

Pat Farrell

Mark Fielding

Liam Irwin

Philip Kelly

Irene Lynch Fannon

Steve MacFeely

Ann Nolan

Tom O'Mahony

Breda Power

Advisory Group on Media Mergers

The following persons have agreed to sit on the Advisory Group:

Mr. Paul Sreenan, Senior Counsel (Chairperson)

Professor Colum Kenny, Dublin City University

Ms Olive Braiden, Arts Council

Mr. Michael O'Keeffe, The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland

Mr. Peter Cassells, National Centre for Partnership & Performance

Mr. Marc Coleman, Author, Broadcaster and Writer.

Mr. John Herlihy, Chief Executive, Google Ireland

Employment Support Services.

Bernard Allen

Ceist:

114 Deputy Bernard Allen asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will examine a situation where FÁS in the south west region are stating that the programme for long-term unemployed people who are over 55 years of age, which was introduced in November 2004 and which would allow people to stay on community employment schemes for up to six years and which was subsequently increased by a further year for those in receipt of disability payments, is over-subscribed in that age category at present and they can not facilitate applications which has been the case for quite some time; and when places in that particular category will be available again. [12543/08]

Community Employment (CE) is an active labour market programme designed to provide eligible long term unemployed people and other disadvantaged persons with an opportunity to engage in useful work within their communities on a fixed term basis. The programme helps unemployed people to progress to the open labour market by breaking their experience of unemployment through a return to work routine and assists them in enhancing/developing both their technical and personal skills.

To cater for older workers in particular, in November 2004 I revised the 3 year CE capping to allow those of 55 years of age and over to avail of a 6-year period on CE (based on participation since 3rd April, 2000). Subsequently, the participation limit for persons eligible for CE based on a Social Welfare disability linked payment was increased by 1 year. These measures were introduced in recognition of the fact that older participants and people with disabilities may find it more difficult to progress into the open labour market.

The aim of CE still remains as an active labour market programme with the emphasis on progression into employment. The programme is managed within this context, with consideration to the availability of resources and the needs of participants and the community. However, it should be remembered that, in so far as participants remain on CE, they are precluding someone else from benefiting from the programme. FÁS makes every effort to ensure that differing levels of demand between neighbouring schemes are equalised. FÁS also operates the programme flexibly as far as possible to ensure the continuation of community projects.

In conclusion then, I would say that this Government will continue to support the positive role of CE in meeting the needs of long-term unemployed persons while at the same time providing essential services to communities. In this regard, we are keeping the operation of the Scheme under constant review.

Work Permits.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

115 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will address the points raised in correspondence (details supplied); if he will flexibly review the current conditions of the work permit scheme to facilitate this small business; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12598/08]

The Employment Permits Section of my Department informs me that the Appeals Officer has requested some additional information from the employer in relation to this case. On receipt of that information a decision will be made on this appeal.

Departmental Bodies.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

116 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he will explain the terms of reference, mandate, reporting deadline and purpose of the advisory group on media ownership; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12611/08]

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

117 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the membership and qualifications of each of the members of the advisory group on media ownership; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12612/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 116 and 117 together.

As the Deputy is aware, a review of the operation and implementation of the Competition Act 2002 is underway. In the context of this review, I have established an Advisory Group to review the current legislative framework relating to the public interest aspects of media mergers in Ireland.

My role under the media provisions in the Act involves considering media mergers in the context of the relevant criteria set out in Section 23(10) of the Competition Act. These criteria essentially relate to diversity/plurality, the strength and competitiveness of media businesses indigenous to the State and the dispersion of media ownership amongst individuals and other undertakings. In the context of the ongoing review, I believe it is appropriate to examine the criteria and arrangements for considering and assessing how a proposed merger might affect the diversity of views and the concentration of ownership within and across media businesses.

The Terms of Reference for the Group are: To review and consider the current levels of plurality and diversity in the media sector in Ireland; To examine and review the relevant criteria as currently defined in the Act; To examine and consider how the application of the relevant criteria should be given effect and by whom; To examine the role of the Minister in assessing the relevant criteria from a public interest perspective and the best mechanism to do so; To examine international best practice including the applicability of models from others countries; and to make recommendations, as appropriate, on the above.

The members of the Advisory Group on Media Mergers are as follows:

Mr. Paul Sreenan, Senior Counsel (Chair)

Professor Colum Kenny, Dublin City University (DCU)

Ms Olive Braiden, Arts Council

Mr. Michael O'Keeffe, Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI)

Mr. Peter Cassells, National Centre for Partnership and Performance (NCPP)

Mr. Marc Coleman, Author, Broadcaster and Writer

Mr. John Herlihy, Chief Executive, Google Ireland

I have asked the Group to report to me within three months.

Economic Competitiveness.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

118 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when he will set a national target for the reduction of the administrative cost of regulation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12613/08]

In March 2008, the Government agreed to set a target of 25% for the reduction in administrative burdens on business arising from domestic regulations.

Employment Rights.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

119 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the implications of the recent court decision with respect to a group (details supplied) challenge to the registered employment agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12614/08]

I have noted the decision reached in the High Court on 7 February to quash the Employment Regulation Order, relating to minimum remuneration of workers, made by the Labour Court on foot of proposals from the Hotel Joint Labour Committee on 5 November 2007, and to remit the matter back to the Joint Labour Committee.

The implications of the issues raised during the course of the action requires further reflection by the Hotels Joint Labour Committee, the Labour Court and by my Department. Active consideration is being given to the matter and I understand that a meeting of the Committee took place earlier this week. Consideration of any legislative changes that may be necessary to protect the integrity of the JLC system is also under way in my Department.

I would like to assure Deputies of the Government's ongoing commitment to ensuring that there are adequate systems and processes in place to underpin employment standards.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

120 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if the registered employment agreement pertaining to construction workers applies to workers taken on as undertaking contractors rather than direct employees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12615/08]

Section 33 of the Industrial Relations Acts 1946 to 2004 provides that the Labour Court may at any time, on the application of any person, give its decision on any question as to the interpretation of a registered employment agreement or its application to a particular person. Therefore, it is open to any person to clarify the applicability of these Agreements.

The Deputy may be interested to note that a definition of "worker" is provided in Section 23 of the Industrial Relations Acts 1946 as follows:

"worker" means any person aged 15 years or more who has entered into or works under a contract with an employer, whether the contract be for manual labour, clerical work or otherwise, whether it be expressed or implied, oral or in writing, and whether it be a contract of service or of apprenticeship or a contract personally to execute any work or labour.

The meaning of the terms "worker" was considered by the High Court in Building and Allied Trades Union and Valentine Scott v The Labour Court and the Construction Industry Federation and Gerry Fleming. In that case, which related to the Registered Employment Agreement for the Construction Industry, the Court interpreted the term "worker" as including a subcontractor providing services personally under a contract of service.

In this context, the Labour Court has found in a number of cases that self-employed subcontractors in the construction sector are covered by the terms of the Registered Employment Agreements for the Construction Industry.

Ministerial Regulations.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

121 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment when the public lending remuneration scheme will become operable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12625/08]

The "Copyright and Related Rights (Amendment) Act, 2007" was enacted in December 2007 with the objective, inter alia, of facilitating the introduction of a Public Lending remuneration scheme. During the passage of the legislation in the Houses of the Oireachtas, it was pointed out that responsibility for the introduction of an operational lending scheme resides with my colleague, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage, and Local Government. The scheme will be introduced by way of Ministerial Regulations under the 2007 Act. I understand from my Ministerial colleague that Regulations to introduce an operational lending scheme are at an advanced stage of preparation and that the scheme is expected to be operational from 1 January 2009.

Consumer Protection.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

122 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if he has requested the National Consumer Agency to investigate the failure of retailers to pass on savings on imported goods from the UK and the USA due to the strengthening of the euro against the pound and dollar; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12626/08]

The Consumer Protection Act 2007 specifically provides that the National Consumer Agency shall be independent in the performance of its functions and in this regard I, as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment have no direct responsibility in relation to the manner in which the Agency exercises its statutory functions.

I am aware of the concerns expressed by some commentators that the benefits of recent movements in exchange rates between the Euro and Sterling and the Euro and the Dollar may not be passed on to consumers. In this regard I am advised that the National Consumer Agency has raised these concerns in bilateral discussions with retailers. In the course of those discussions, retailers have advised that the benefits of recent exchange rate movements may not be fully reflected in their prices as in many instances they are tied into long term hedging arrangements, which do not make it possible for them to respond to short-term exchange rate fluctuations. As such, it may take some time for exchange rate movements to be reflected in pricing. This is also likely to be the case for goods that are pre-labelled, often far in advance of hitting the shops.

Notwithstanding such considerations, I understand that the National Consumer Agency remains concerned that in some instances the price charged by retailers reflects a price level that the retailer anticipates the Irish market will bear, and this may or may not take into account movements in exchange rates. The Deputy will be aware of the various initiatives undertaken by the National Consumer Agency to raise awareness among consumers in relation to the price they pay for goods and services and particularly in relation to the importance of consumers achieving the best value for money when purchasing such goods and services. In this regard the Deputy will be aware of the specific surveys carried out by the Agency in relation to food prices, the most recent of which was published last month. I very much welcome the Agency's activities in this area which clearly provide consumers with necessary information regarding the prices charged by different retailers. In this regard, I note the recent statement by the Chief Executive of the Agency that following the publication of its Grocery Price Comparison Survey a significant number of consumers have already changed their shopping behaviour based on the Survey's results. I would urge all consumers to consult the Agency's surveys in order that they can make informed decisions in relation to those retailers from whom they wish to purchase goods and services.

I am confident the work of the National Consumer Agency, together with the awareness of consumers themselves, will help to ensure that consumers are sufficiently informed to direct their business to those retailers offering them the best value for money and a fair deal.

Employment Rights.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

123 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment his plans to review the legislation regarding sick leave whereby a medical certificate is required to cover a weekend where an employee is on sick leave on a Friday, despite the fact that they are not paid for the weekend; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12684/08]

Administrative issues in relation to sick leave schemes and arrangements, including practice and procedures regarding the requirement for a medical certificate, are matters for consideration and agreement between employers and employees. The question of a review of legislation does not arise in this context as sick leave schemes and arrangements are not the subject of employment rights legislation.

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

124 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if his attention has been drawn to correspondence of 24 March 2008 regarding an employment appeals tribunal case (details supplied); if he will establish the reason for an 11 week delay in the tribunal reaching a decision in this case; if he will request the Employment Appeals Tribunal to expedite this matter; and if he will respond to the issues raised in the said correspondence. [12688/08]

The Employment Appeals Tribunal is an independent body under the aegis of the Department. As an independent body, I have no role in relation to the day-to-day operation of the Tribunal.

I have however, made enquiries in the matter, and I understand that this case was heard over a four day period in January 2008. The members of the Tribunal who heard the case have been considering the oral evidence given by both parties together with submissions received and I understand their determination will issue to both parties shortly. The Chairman of the Tribunal has responded to the correspondence of 24 March 2008.

Departmental Expenditure.

Mary White

Ceist:

125 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2007; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12695/08]

My Department did not spend any money on external recruitment advertising in 2007. The Public Appointments Service undertakes all recruitment to posts in my Department, with the exception of cleaning staff, who are recruited through FÁS.

Mary White

Ceist:

126 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2006. [12707/08]

My Department did not spend any money on external recruitment advertising in 2006. The Public Appointments Service undertakes all recruitment to posts in my Department, with the exception of cleaning staff, who are recruited through FÁS.

Appointments to State Boards.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

127 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since 3 July 2007 to date in 2008; the names of the persons so appointed; the dates on which the names of those persons were published in Iris Oifigiúil; the State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies currently exist; the number of vacancies in each case; the State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case. [12522/08]

The information requested by the Deputy is set out as follows.

Name of Body/ State Board

Appointments from 03/07/07 to date and date names appeared in Iris Oifigiúil;

Current Number of Vacancies

Number of further vacancies anticipated to arise up to and incl. 01/10/2008

Arts Council

0

1

6

Abbey Theatre Advisory Council

0

0

0

Bord Scannán na hEireann

0

0

0

National Museum of Ireland

0

2

0

Irish Museum of Modern Art

0

1

0

National Concert Hall

0

0

0

National Library of Ireland

Mr Gerard Long (to be published)

0

0

Governors and Guardians of Marsh’s Library

0

2

0

Chester Beatty Library

0

0

1

National Archives Advisory Council

0

12

0

National Gallery of Ireland Board of Governors and Guardians

Mr. Lochlann Quinn (to be published)

3

0

Irish Manuscripts Commission

0

0

0

Irish Sports Council

Mr Brian Mullins 19/02/08

3

2

Horse Racing Ireland

Mr Noel Meade Mr John McStay Ms Mary O’Connor 18/03/08

0

0

Bord na gCon

0

3

0

National Sports Campus Development Authority

0

2

0

Fáilte Ireland (National Tourism Development Authority)

Mr Brian Hughes (To be published)

0

5

Culture Ireland

0

1

0

Crawford Gallery

0

1

0

In addition I also re-appointed Dr. Brendan Buckley as Chair of the Irish Sports Council Anti Doping Committee on 15 November 2007. I also appointed David Harvey as Chairman of Féilte Dhuibh Linne Teoranta — the St. Patrick's Festival Company — on 15th January 2008.

Swimming Pool Projects.

Emmet Stagg

Ceist:

128 Deputy Emmet Stagg asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism when he will announce a new round of grants under the local authority swimming pool programme. [12658/08]

A provision of €184m is in the National Development Plan 2007 — 2013 for supporting existing projects in the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme and for new projects to be selected following the launch of a new round of the Programme later this year. The terms and conditions of the new round will be devised taking into account the recommendation of the Value for Money and Policy Review report on the existing Programme which has been completed by my Department.

Departmental Expenditure.

Mary White

Ceist:

129 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2007. [12691/08]

Mary White

Ceist:

130 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2006. [12703/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 129 and 130 together.

There were no expenses incurred by my Department on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2006. Costs amounting to over €23,900 were incurred in this regard in 2007.

Social Welfare Benefits.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

131 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the PRSI benefits available to employees which are not available to the self-employed; the reasons for this anomaly; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12607/08]

Workers are insured under the Social Welfare Acts as either employed or self-employed contributors. All workers, both employed and self-employed, are obliged to pay PRSI contributions as a percentage of their personal reckonable income. These contributions provide entitlement to a range of contingency-based payments under various social insurance schemes — including pensions.

Self-employed workers aged between 16 and 66 years and with reckonable income that exceeds the current insurable limit of €3,174 per annum pay social insurance contributions at PRSI Class S. These contributions are due at 3% of reckonable income, or €253, whichever is the greater.

PRSI Class S contributors are entitled to the following payments: the Widow's or Widower's (Contributory) Pension; the Guardian's Payment (Contributory); the State Pension (Contributory); Maternity Benefit; Adoptive Benefit, and; the Bereavement Grant.

The range of benefits and pensions to which different groups of workers may establish entitlement reflects the risks associated with the nature of their work. This in turn reflects the rate of contribution payable. Self-employed persons are liable for PRSI at the Class S rate of 3% and are consequently eligible for a narrower range of benefits than general employees who, together with their employers, pay a total social insurance contribution of 14.05%, excluding levies, under the full-rate PRSI Class A.

Self-employed workers are not insured against short-term benefits such as illness and jobseeker's payments — these are only available to persons covered by PRSI Classes A, E, H and P. This reflects the need for coverage for various contingencies, the rate of contributions that self-employed persons pay, the practicalities of administering and controlling access to short-term payments and the annualised system of contributions that these same persons enjoy. A system of separate arrangements for employed and self-employed workers within a social insurance context is common in other European social protection systems.

There are no immediate plans to extend cover for short-term benefits to this group of insured workers. Any such measure would have significant financial implications and would have to be considered within a budgetary context. Consideration would also have to be given to an appropriate increase in the rate of the PRSI Class S contribution. Class S contributors who do not qualify for an insurance-based benefit may establish entitlement to assistance-based payments by satisfying certain conditions — including a means test.

Tax Code.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

132 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the number of tax-payers who pay the 0.9% PRSI rate; the basis for this lower rate; if the benefits differ from those paying the standard rate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12608/08]

Permanent and pensionable employees in the public and civil service (including registered doctors and dentists, Gardaí, commissioned army officers and members of the Army Nursing Service) who were recruited prior to 6 April, 1995 are liable for a 0.9% modified social insurance contribution on their pay under PRSI Classes B, C or D. This entitles them to the following payments — subject to them having the required number of PRSI contributions: the Widow's or Widower's (Contributory) Pension; the Guardian's Payment (Contributory); Occupational Injuries Benefits (PRSI Classes B and D only); the Bereavement Grant, and; Carer's Benefit.

According to the most recently published estimates, from 2005, of the number of persons in each social insurance class, a total of 119,997 contributors are liable for a 0.9% modified social insurance contribution on their pay under PRSI Classes B, C or D.

The range of benefits and pensions to which different groups of workers may establish entitlement reflects the risks associated with the nature of their work. This in turn determines the rate of contribution payable. Persons with earnings from Classes B, C or D employments are liable for PRSI at the lower modified insurance rate of 2.35% by the employer on top of the 0.9% payable by the employee — a total of 3.25% excluding levies. They are potentially eligible to a narrower range of benefits than general employees who, together with their employers, pay a total social insurance contribution of 14.05%, excluding levies, under the full-rate PRSI Class A. This reduced rate of contribution reflects the fact that employments covered at the modified rate offer permanent and pensionable positions to their staff members. As such, these workers are covered by their employer for both sick-pay during illness and occupational pensions. Social insurance protection for these payments is therefore not required.

The issue of social insurance coverage for public and civil servants was examined by the Commission on Social Welfare in 1986. While recommending that these workers be liable for full social insurance contributions and entitled to benefits, it acknowledged that this would be a matter for discussion through normal employer/labour channels. In 1994, the Government announced that full-rate PRSI would be extended to employees in the public sector generally and that staff interests would be fully consulted. Following extensive negotiation, the revised system of coverage that was brought in with effect from April, 1995, was applicable to new recruits only. There are no plans at present for a further review of the PRSI position of public and civil servants.

Appointments to State Boards.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

133 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since 3 July 2007 to date in 2008; the names of the persons so appointed; the dates on which the names of those persons were published in Iris Oifigiúil; the State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies currently exist; the number of vacancies in each case; the State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case. [12533/08]

The information requested is currently being compiled within the Department and will be made available to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Social Welfare Benefits.

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

134 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the average processing times for applications for jobseeker’s allowances and benefits by social welfare office; the efforts being made to improve same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12537/08]

My Department is committed to providing a quality customer service to all its customers. This includes ensuring that applications are processed and that decisions on entitlement are issued as expeditiously as possible having regard to the eligibility conditions which apply. These conditions vary between the two jobseeker schemes and involve, among other things, the need to establish the customer's social insurance record, establish the customer's identity or their place of habitual residence and to assess means where appropriate. In some cases delays arise where customers fail to supply all pertinent information in support of their application.

The processes and procedures surrounding the authorisation of claims are kept under review and where efficiencies are identified they are implemented across the network of local offices. There is also a continued emphasis on providing staff with the necessary training and development to ensure they have the requisite knowledge and skills to carry out their work.

The overall performance in any individual office in processing claims can be adversely affected by a wide variety of factors; including staff vacancies and the duration of such vacancies, the turnover of staff in the office, the levels of absenteeism, maternity leave, parental level and increased inflow of claims.

Details of the average processing times for applications for jobseekers benefit and jobseekers allowance at local and branch offices in respect of the full year 2007 and separately, the month of January 2008, are set out in the tabular statement.

Average processing times for jobseeker's allowance and jobseeker's benefit.

Branch Office

01/01/07 - 31/12/07 Weeks

01/01/08 - 31/01/08 Weeks

JB

JA

JB

JA

Ardee

2.10

6.15

2.77

5.09

Athy

2.55

3.03

1.95

3.48

Balbriggan

1.86

3.79

2.31

4.39

Ballinasloe

1.72

4.80

1.29

3.98

Ballinrobe

3.38

6.70

3.80

6.48

Ballybofey

0.91

2.48

1.05

1.88

Ballyconnell

2.62

8.31

3.53

6.22

Ballyshannon

1.43

4.38

1.32

1.95

Baltinglass

2.04

3.52

1.86

4.07

Bandon

3.51

6.43

3.53

5.91

Bantry

3.63

5.00

3.26

6.68

Birr

1.19

3.85

1.53

2.83

Boyle

2.97

9.01

3.47

7.27

Cahir

1.19

1.65

1.30

2.00

Carrickmacross

2.38

4.49

2.38

3.71

Carrick-On-Suir

1.69

4.70

2.18

3.77

Cashel

1.37

2.31

1.46

2.32

Castleblayney

2.57

5.72

2.43

4.62

Castlepollard

2.26

5.46

3.10

6.52

Castlerea

3.46

8.97

3.52

6.11

Claremorris

3.19

8.73

3.65

4.90

Clonakilty

2.75

4.97

3.37

4.94

Clones

1.66

2.30

1.81

3.39

Dingle

1.66

5.57

2.04

3.09

Donegal

1.65

1.63

1.30

2.08

Dungarvan

3.19

5.98

2.27

4.11

Dunmanway

N/A

N/A

3.35

4.98

Edenderry

1.58

5.52

2.45

5.43

Enniscorthy

1.47

3.98

1.54

2.93

Ennistymon

1.67

2.31

1.69

2.57

Fermoy

3.63

4.19

3.60

5.44

Gorey

1.26

3.45

1.83

3.13

Gort

1.50

3.21

2.03

4.17

Kells

3.62

6.35

3.39

6.21

Killarney

1.43

2.21

1.48

2.32

Killorglin

1.62

3.54

1.65

4.09

Killybegs

0.67

1.75

0.98

2.11

Kilmallock

2.03

2.86

1.63

2.14

Kilrush

1.41

2.51

1.42

1.94

Kinsale

3.53

6.07

3.00

8.09

Loughrea

3.41

8.25

3.50

7.33

Macroom

2.80

4.45

3.44

5.01

Mallow

4.78

7.16

3.24

5.43

Maynooth

2.60

5.59

2.91

6.98

Midleton

3.84

7.20

4.67

6.21

Monaghan

2.31

3.49

2.64

3.86

Muine Bheag

2.45

6.31

2.41

3.98

Nenagh

1.30

2.47

1.50

2.09

Newmarket

4.99

3.60

4.62

4.74

New Ross

2.59

4.66

2.01

3.57

Portarlington

2.33

6.81

2.06

5.30

Portlaoise

3.27

7.91

2.84

5.68

Rathdowney

3.41

7.49

2.97

5.65

Roscommon

3.18

10.60

2.46

6.24

Roscrea

0.88

1.66

0.84

1.24

Skibbereen

2.86

5.01

3.19

5.01

Swinford

2.92

7.45

2.31

4.94

Thomastown

2.64

6.81

3.32

5.85

Tipperary

1.43

2.73

1.60

2.30

Trim

3.63

7.97

3.25

6.53

Tuam

1.76

8.61

1.85

7.07

Tubbercurry

1.11

3.09

1.44

1.96

Tulla

1.31

3.63

1.51

3.23

Tullow

3.43

5.88

2.97

5.49

Wicklow

1.91

6.12

2.55

4.25

Youghal

3.64

5.81

3.07

4.52

Michael Ring

Ceist:

135 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is entitled to the widows non-contributory pension; and when they will be approved and awarded this pension. [12554/08]

A Widow/er's Non Contributory Pension is a means tested payment payable to a widow or widower whose income falls below a certain limit and who does not satisfy the contribution conditions for Widow/er's Contributory Payment.

This customer applied for Widows Non Contributory Pension on the 15th of December 2007. Following an assessment of her means by a Social Welfare Inspector she has been awarded a reduced rate Widows Non Contributory Pension of E20.30 per week from the 4th January 2008. Arrears of pension will issue to her shortly. If the customer is dissatisfied with the decision she has the right to appeal to the Social Welfare Appeals Office.

Social Welfare Benefits.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

136 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if he will verify what happened to the farm assist application form, completed by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo during an assessment visit by his Department official to their house; the location of the form at present; and the decision that has been made on the claim. [12555/08]

A Social Welfare Inspector visited the person concerned in February, 2008, to establish her circumstances in the context of her application for a non-contributory widow's pension. Given that she has a farm, the Inspector suggested that she also complete an application for farm assist, as her entitlement under that scheme might be greater than under the widow's scheme. The Inspector assisted her in completing the application. The Inspector is currently investigating her entitlements under both schemes. However, the claim for farm assist has not yet been formally registered. When the Inspector's enquiries are completed, a decision will be made on both claims, with effect from the date of application for the widow's pension and the person concerned will be notified of the outcome.

Pension Provisions.

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

137 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the rationale for applying the current formula used to assess entitlement to a pre-1953 State pension where credits from a country with which Ireland has a bilateral agreement are used to satisfy the minimum number of contributions required; if his attention has been drawn to the anomalous position whereby once this minimum is reached, every extra non-Irish contribution results in a smaller payment for the applicant; the rationale for not basing the formula on the number of Irish credits as a proportion of total credits up to 260 credits; if his attention has further been drawn to the way in which the formula differs from the full State pension; if the effect of this formula is in keeping with Ireland’s bilateral agreements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12560/08]

Where a person has social insurance contributions from another EEA country, or a country with which Ireland has a bi-lateral agreement, these can be used to qualify a person for a pension. The manner in which contributions from EEA countries are to be used is laid down in Regulation (EEC) No 1408/71 and the same general principles are applied in the reciprocal agreements Ireland has with a number of other countries. These Regulations provide that where the conditions required by the legislation of a country for entitlement to old age benefits are satisfied only after counting the contributions made in another country, the first country shall calculate the amount of pension the person would be entitled to if s/he had completed his/her full career of periods of insurance under the legislation of that country. Then the proportional pension is calculated by multiplying the theoretical amount of pension by the ratio of periods of insurance in that State to the person's full career.

The pre-53 pension is a special measure designed to provide a pension to people who would not otherwise qualify for any payment. A number of such pensions are being paid in accordance with the arrangements outlined above and I am satisfied that such payments are calculated in accordance with the relevant EU regulations and the reciprocal agreements entered into by Ireland with other States.

Social Welfare Benefits.

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

138 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the average letting duration for rent supplement claims in each of the past five years; and the average claim duration in each of these years. [12561/08]

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

139 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the procedures followed when a local authority inspector declares a rental accommodation to be unfit for habitation and where the rent for that accommodation was being supported by rent supplement; the policy of his Department in reviewing other rent supplement payments to properties owned or administered by the same landlord or agent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12562/08]

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

140 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the breakdown of the number of rent supplement recipients by rental type; and the expenditure on each category in 2006 and 2007 and the estimate for 2008. [12563/08]

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

141 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the rationale for imposing a flat rate contribution to rent for rent supplement recipients as opposed to a fixed percentage. [12564/08]

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

142 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the respective penalties applying to landlords and tenants for falsely declaring the amount of rent on the rent supplement application form; and the specific offence committed. [12566/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 138 to 142, inclusive, together.

The supplementary welfare allowance scheme, which includes rent supplement, is administered on my behalf by the Community Welfare division of the Health Service Executive (HSE). The purpose of rent supplement is to provide short-term income support to eligible tenants living in private rented accommodation whose means are insufficient to meet their accommodation costs and who do not have accommodation available to them from any other source. The tenant makes the application for rent supplement and the Department's relationship is with the tenant in all cases. Payment is made to the tenant, is the property of the tenant and is specifically for the benefit of the tenant to assist them with their accommodation needs.

Rent supplement has over the years developed beyond the original objective of providing short-term assistance with accommodation costs. A significant number of people have now come to rely on rent supplement for extended periods, including people on local authority housing lists. The following table shows the average claim duration, in days, of rent supplement claims from 2003 to 2007. This represents unbroken continuous claims only. Where a rent supplement recipient changes address, a new tenancy is created the claim at the new address is recorded as a new claim and the duration spent at the previous address is not taken into account in these statistics. Statistics maintained quarterly for the Rental Accommodation Scheme show that at the end of 2007 there were over 32,000 people are on rent supplement for 18 months or more at one or more addresses. This is just over half of all rent supplement recipients.

Responsibility for setting and enforcing housing standards rests with the local authorities. However, under legislation introduced in October 2006 the HSE who administer the supplementary welfare allowance scheme on the department's behalf may refuse rent supplement where it has been notified by a housing authority that the accommodation concerned does not comply with standards. Where a notification is received from a housing authority in respect of an existing tenant the Community Welfare Officer would discuss the situation with the tenant and take whatever action it decides is necessary in the best interests of the tenant.

If the landlord of that tenancy has other rented properties then it would be a matter for the housing authority to decide if an inspection of the property is required and decide whether the landlord is in compliance with housing standards. The Community Welfare Service of the HSE is not qualified to undertake this work. The most recent information available from the HSE is that any notifications of substandard accommodation received from local authorities have resulted in rent supplement being terminated or the refusal of rent supplement where it was not already in payment.

The following table shows the total expenditure on rent supplement in 2006 and 2007 and the estimate for 2008. I also attach a table showing the number of recipients of rent supplement at 2006, 2007 and 28 March 2008. Almost all of these are in private landlord type accommodation. The numbers in the voluntary housing sector are minimal as those tenancies have been transferred from rent supplement to the Local Authorities under the rental accommodation scheme.

Rent supplement is calculated to ensure that the person, after payment of rent, has an income equal to the basic SWA rate, less a specified minimum contribution, currently €13, which recipients are required to pay from their own resources. This minimum contribution gives clarity to the applicant as to his or her contribution to their rent and has not been increased since January 2004, despite significant increases in basic social welfare payments. Those who have income in addition to the basic supplementary welfare allowance rate may be required to contribute more than the minimum contribution but only after significant income disregards have been allowed in respect of that additional income i.e. disregard the first €75 of such additional income together with 25% of any additional income above €75 is disregarded for means assessment purposes. This ensures that those who have no additional income only pay €13 while those who have additional income may be required to contribute some of that additional income towards their rent.

Section 251(1) of Chapter 4 of Part 9 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 states that where a person for the purpose of obtaining or establishing entitlement to payment of any benefit for himself or herself or for any other person, is guilty of an offence where the person knowingly makes any statement or representation (whether written or verbal) which is to his or her knowledge false or misleading in any material respect, or knowingly conceals any material fact, or produces or furnishes, or causes or knowingly allows to be produced or furnished, any document or information which he or she knows to be false in material particular.

Section 257 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act states that a person who is found guilty of an offence under the Act is liable on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding €1,500 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months, or to both, oron conviction of an indictment, to a fine not exceeding €13,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 3 years, or to both.

Average Rent Supplement Claim Duration in Days, 2003 to 2007

Year

No of Recipients

Average No of Days

2003

59,976

528

2004

57,874

598

2005

60,176

625

2006

59,861

648

2007

59,726

659

Rent Supplement Expenditure & Recipient Numbers: 2006 to 2008

Year

Expenditure

No. of Recipients

€000

2006

388,339

59,861

2007

*391,465

59,726

2008

**392,100

***61,158

*Provisional.

**As per Revised Estimates Volume.

***On 28th March 2008.

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

143 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the amount of supplementary welfare allowance recouped in the years 2006 and 2007 under section 204 and Section 205 respectively of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005. [12567/08]

Recoupment of supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) arises where, in respect of the same period, a customer has been paid SWA and is subsequently found to be entitled to another social welfare payment. As SWA is the temporary payment, all SWA paid, which would not have been paid had the social welfare payment been in existence at the time, is recoverable under Section 204 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005. All SWA paid to a customer subsequently found to be entitled to another EU Member State payment is recoverable under Section 205.

This recovery is arranged by the Department at the weekly rate of the social welfare payment or the weekly rate of SWA paid whichever is the lesser. In the case of another EU Member State the recovery is arranged between the Health Service Executive and the Member State involved. €62.37million was recovered in 2006 under Section 204 of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act and €65.19 million was recovered in 2007. Recoupments under Section 205 of the Act from other individual EU Member States are paid to the HSE and are lodged to the Department's account. As these are recorded under general receipts, no specific statistics are available.

Pension Provisions.

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

144 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the fact that in the context of the appreciation of the Euro against sterling whereby people who are in receipt of their pensions here from the UK are suffering a significant drop in income due to the said appreciation; if there is a way for the recipient receiving additional income to compensate for the said loss in view of the fact that they are on fixed incomes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12668/08]

My Department is aware of the appreciation in the exchange rate of the Euro against Sterling and uses the conversion mechanism provided for under Article 107 of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 574/72 on Social Security for Migrant Workers when assessing means deriving from payments received from EU Member States (including U.K.) which do not form part of the EMU currencies. The exchange rates for converting Sterling and other non-EMU currencies are published quarterly in the Official Journal of the European Union. Under this mechanism the conversion rate used for means testing purposes is derived from the average of the daily exchange rates in the first month of a quarter. This rate is then used in all conversions during the course of the succeeding quarter. Alternatively the conversion rate applicable to the next succeeding quarter is used if it is more beneficial to the customer.

Currently there are approximately 8,900 customers of the State Pension (Non Contributory) scheme who are also in receipt of a British Retirement Pension. My Department does not generally review these pensioners specifically because of movements in the exchange rate. However it is open to any pensioner who believes they may be entitled to an increase in the rate of their State Pension (Non Contributory) payment to seek to have their means reviewed. It should be noted that changes to the value of a British pension due to currency fluctuation may well be offset by annual increases to the rate of British pension that have yet to be included in the assessment and consequently the customer's State Pension (Non Contributory) payment may be unchanged or reduced as a result of a review.

Departmental Expenditure.

Mary White

Ceist:

145 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2007. [12700/08]

Mary White

Ceist:

146 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2006. [12712/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 145 and 146 together.

The Department incurred expenditure of some €43,000 on recruitment advertising in 2006 and some 62,000 in 2007. This covered advertisements for Branch Managers who are employed on contract to operate Branch Offices in locations throughout the country; temporary clerical staff; Services Officers and medical assessors.

Social Welfare Benefits.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

147 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs the reason a person (details supplied) in Dublin 15 who has stamp four status, is experiencing difficulty in obtaining rent support in view of the fact that in accordance with advice from the Citizens Information Service they are compliant with the qualification regulations; if their rent support is expected to be delayed or suspended again. [12747/08]

The Health Service Executive has advised that the person concerned has been requested to provide documentation in relation to her means and that this has not been provided to date. The Executive has further advised that a decision will be made in relation to her claim for rent supplement when the requested documentation has been provided.

Question No. 148 answered with Question No. 9.

Drugs Awareness.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

149 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the policy initiatives or campaigns that have recently been introduced to raise awareness of the dangers of drug use; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12387/08]

Last February, I launched the National Awareness Campaign on Drugs, "The Party's Over". This campaign was developed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) in consultation with many of the key Departments and Agencies involved in tackling problem drug use, including my own Department. The campaign was developed with the intention that it will be sustainable over the next three years. In the first phase, the primary aim is to communicate the dangers of cocaine use, with a particular focus on so called "recreational cocaine users" in the 15-34 age group.

The campaign is utilising appropriate media, such as social network websites, billboard and bus advertising as well as radio advertising to target this age group, and this approach will be continued. The Health Promotion Unit of the HSE has also published two leaflets "Know The Facts About Drugs" and "Cocaine: The Facts" to accompany the campaign. A drugs information website www.drugs.ie has also been developed and launched in conjunction with the campaign. In this context, it is worth noting that many of the Local and Regional Drugs Task Forces already have in place a number of valuable initiatives, including events such as Awareness Weeks. Such initiatives have proven to be effective as many of them focus on issues that are particular to their localities.

In addition, it should be noted that I have secured funding this year for initiatives to tackle the cocaine problem. As part of this, cocaine awareness campaigns at a more local and regional level — to dovetail with this national campaign — will be developed over the coming months by the Drugs Task Forces.

Appointments to State Boards.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

150 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since 3 July 2007 to date in 2008; the names of the persons so appointed; the dates on which the names of those persons were published in Iris Oifigiúil; the State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies currently exist; the number of vacancies in each case; the State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case. [12524/08]

Details in relation to appointments made since 3 July 2007 to State boards, bodies or committees that come within the ambit of my Department, including anticipated vacancies as requested by the Deputy are outlined in the following table. As the Deputy will be aware, appointments to the North South Language Body are made by the North South Ministerial Council.

Board

Appointment from 1/7/2007 to 31/12/2007

Names of persons so appointed

Appointment from 1/1/2008 to date

Names of Persons so Appointed

Vacancies at 1/4/2008

Anticipated vacancies to 1/10/2008

Date of Iris Oifigiúil

An Coimisiún Logainmneacha

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

0

Foras na Gaeilge

16

Liam Ó Maoilmhichíl, Eoghan Mac Cormaic, Lucilita Breathnach, Seanna Breathnach, Máire Gallagher, Norman Henry, Professor Liam Kennedy, Marcas Mac Ruairí, Áine Andrews, Máiréad Nic Giolla, Mhichíl, Pádhraic Ó Biadha, Diarmuid Ó Murchú, Éamonn Kinch, Caoilfhionn Nic Pháidín, Adelaide Nic Cárthaigh, Dónal Ó Bearra

0

n/a

0

0

Pobal

0

N/a

1

Kathleen Fitzgerald

0

4

Advertisement being prepared

Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge

0

N/a

Bord na Leabhar Gaeilge was dissolved and their functions transferred to Foras na Gaeilge on 31/12/2007

n/a

0

0

Board of the Commissioners of Charitable Donations and Bequests

1

Hon Ms Justice Mary Irvine

0

n/a

0

0

11/12/2007

Dormant Accounts Board

3

Aine Hyland, Pat Farrell, Colm Wilson

1

Des Gunning

0

0

Advertisement being prepared

Údarás na Gaeltachta *

0

N/a

0

n/a

0

0

Western Development Commission

0

n/a

12

Mr Michael Farrell, Cllr Mary Bohan, Dr Katie Sweeney, Cllr Mary Hoade, Mr Billy Grimes, Mr Ray O’Donoghue, Ms Mary Devine O’Callaghan, Mr Des Mahon, Mr Greg Jackson, Mr Pat Gilmore, Ms Martina Minogue, Mr Pádraig O Caomhánaigh.

0

0

22/02/2008

Ulster Scots Agency

8

Mark Thompson, Ian Adamson, Dr. Aileen Douglas, Angela Graham, William Leathem, William Humphrey, Jacqui Reed, William Roulston

0

n/a

0

1

Departmental Expenditure.

Mary White

Ceist:

151 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2007. [12692/08]

Mary White

Ceist:

152 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the amount his Department spent on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2006. [12704/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 151 and 152 together.

My Department spent €2,400 on recruitment advertising (excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service) in 2006 and 2007 as follows:

Year

Amount

2006

559

2007

1,841

Community Development.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

153 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the extent to which he proposes to address the issues of rural isolation; if it is intended to focus on groups dealing with this issue to a greater extent in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12717/08]

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

155 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the extent to which he expects to address rural urban isolation or deprivation in the greater Dublin area in the context of the CLÁR programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12719/08]

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

156 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the extent to which he expects to address rural and urban isolation or deprivation in the greater Dublin area in the context of the RAPID programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12720/08]

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

160 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the extent to which he and his Department propose to address the issue of rural depopulation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12726/08]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 153, 155, 156 and 160 together.

The Deputy will be aware that the mission of my Department is to promote and support the sustainable, inclusive development of vibrant urban and rural communities. In addition to the support provided by the CLÁR and RAPID Programmes to tackle deprivation and isolation, the National Development Plan (NDP) 2007-2013 contains a range of other programmes and schemes implemented by my Department to address these concerns in rural and urban settings.

In relation to rural matters, I would draw the attention of the Deputy to the Rural Social Scheme, the CLÁR Programme, the Rural Development Programme and schemes in support of Gaeltacht areas and Islands, in addition to evolving schemes for countryside recreation and pursuits, all operated by my Department and detailed on the websitewww.pobail.ie in addition to a number of new initiatives such as the night-time rural transport scheme.

A number of programmes have both an urban and rural remit to deal with a broad range of issues affecting people, be they caused by economic or social deprivation or isolation. I would draw the Deputy's attention to my Department's website where details of the Local Development Social Inclusion, the Community Development, the Community Services, and the RAPID Programmes are set out.

Anti-Social Behaviour.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

154 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the extent to which he proposes to address issues such as anti-social behaviour by way of funding through the various schemes operated by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12718/08]

As the Deputy will be aware, addressing anti social behaviour is primarily a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform. My Department does, however, operate a number of grant schemes and programmes, such as the RAPID Programme and the Young People's Facilities and Services Fund, which specifically support local communities address social and economic disadvantage, including the issue of anti-social behaviour.

Details of all the programmes and schemes operated by my Department, including eligibility criteria can be accessed on the Department's website atwww.pobail.ie It should be noted, however, that each of the schemes and programmes operated by my Department are governed by rules and regulations, which projects must meet in order to qualify for funding.

Questions Nos. 155 and 156 answered with Question No. 153.

Rural Transport.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

157 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the extent to which he has provided funding to groups involved in providing rural transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12721/08]

I refer the Deputy to my reply to question 232 of 20th February 2008.

As the Deputy is aware, in many rural areas, there are no public transport services at night. While there are, in the more developed rural areas, either hackney or taxi services, these are at the discretion of the providers of these services and do not provide a guaranteed service to rural people.

It was against this background, therefore, that in May 2007 I introduced a new evening transport service, on a pilot basis, to allow rural people to fully participate in the various activities — community, sporting and social — that take place in their areas. Funding of €500,000 was pledged for the one-year pilot, and to date €125,000 has been expended by my Department on this particular project. Thirty-four groups currently deliver the Rural Transport Programme, which is operated by the Department of Transport.

My intention is that the pilot Scheme will be reviewed after a year and decisions in relation to its future will be informed by the outcome of the evaluation. Assistance is also available, through this Department, for the purchase of vehicles to provide a mini bus service on the Islands, for the purposes of providing community transport.

Drugs Task Forces.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

158 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the extent to which he proposes to financially assist voluntary groups in County Kildare involving a campaign to combat drugs in County Kildare in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12722/08]

To dovetail with the HSE's National Drugs Awareness Campaign "The Party's Over", I recently announced funding for cocaine awareness campaigns at a local and regional level. These campaigns will be delivered through the Local and Regional Drugs Task Forces who, through their interaction with communities and groups on the ground, are I believe, best placed to deliver meaningful, appropriate and focussed campaigns.

In addition, many of the Local and Regional Drugs Task Forces already have in place a number of valuable initiatives, including events such as "Awareness Weeks". Such initiatives have proven to be effective as many of them focus on the issues particular to their localities. It is open to community and voluntary groups to approach the Drugs Task Force for their area with regard to particular funding proposals they might have. The South Western Regional Drugs Task Force covers Co. Kildare and their offices are located in Block A, Maudlins Hall, Dublin Road, Naas, Co. Kildare.

Departmental Expenditure.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

159 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the expenditure in County Kildare in the past 12 months under the various schemes operated by his Department; the proposals to enhance this expenditure in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12723/08]

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department funds a wide range of schemes and programmes, and details of expenditure incurred under these schemes and programmes in 2007, in Co. Kildare is reflected in the tables below.

In relation to proposed expenditure for Co. Kildare in 2008, my Department will continue to promote and support the sustainable and inclusive development of that county, through its various measures, schemes and programmes and within the context of budgetary allocations.

Community Development Projects

2007

Athy CDP

98,321

The Bridge CDP

153,889

N.W. Kildare Community Development

107,978

Total

360,188

Support For Volunteering

2007

Total

€112,150

Community Services Programme

2007

Total

€873,672

White Paper Programme to support Federations & Networks in the Community

2007

Accord

50,920

Breaking Through

38,500

National Association of Boards of Management in Special Education

36,500

Total

125,920

RAPID

2007

Athy Rapid Area

€96,750

LEADER Programme

2007

Kildare European Leader II Teoranta (KELT)

€358,333

Area Based Rural Development Programme

2007

Kildare European Leader II Teoranta (KELT)

€680,029

Rural Social Scheme

2007

Kildare European Leader II Teoranta (KELT)

€403,404*

Local Development Social Inclusion Scheme (LDSIP)

2007

Oak Partnership

762,241

Kildare Community Partnership

€842,652

Total

1,604,893

Community Support for Older People

2007

Total Spend

€119,315

Programme of Grants for Locally Based Community and Voluntary Organisations

2007

Total Spend

€199,122

Funding through various drugs initiatives**

2007

Community Drug Team for Kildare and West Wicklow

203,000

Teen Challenge, rehabilitation centre in Shechem House, Richardstown, Co. Kildare

170,000

Newbridge Family Resource Centre (capital funding)

22,354

Total spend

395,354

*Rural Social Scheme county data in earlier PQs may have referred to administration, non-pay costs only.

**County Kildare will also benefit from funding provided to the South West Area Regional Drugs Task Force.

Question No. 160 answered with Question No. 153.

Foreshore Licences.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

161 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if her Department is inspecting the fill being used on a foreshore for a project (details supplied) in County Mayo; if this fill has been approved by her Department; if a licence has been given for same; the action that will be taken in relation to the concerns of local residents regarding the fill being used and its impact on the water quality and aquaculture; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12547/08]

Mayo County Council applied for a licence under the Foreshore Acts to construct a temporary bridge at Achill Sound in March 06. A licence to facilitate the construction of the temporary bridge was granted to the Council in October 2006. The licence included specific conditions relating to the methodology to be employed in the construction of the bridge.

My Department has recently received complaints in relation to the construction of the bridge and these complaints have been referred to our Engineering Division for investigation. The complaints have also been referred to the Council. The Council has indicated that the fill being used in the construction works is from a local source and is fit for purpose. A foreshore lease to facilitate construction of the permanent bridge is also being processed by my Department. This lease will also contain specific conditions regarding construction methodology and environmental protection

My Department is in close contact with the Council to ensure that all the conditions of the foreshore licence issued are being complied with. My Department would regard with utmost seriousness any breaches of the conditions of the foreshore licence issued.

Coastal Protection.

Tom Sheahan

Ceist:

162 Deputy Tom Sheahan asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will make funding available to reinstate and strengthen the sea bank at Cromane Lower, County Kerry in view of the fact that the Office of Public Works is responsible for this arterial drainage (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12568/08]

The Glasha embankments near Cromane Lower were the responsibility of The Land Commissioners until the implementation of the Irish Land Commission (Dissolution) Act, 1992. My Department has, however, agreed to provide funding for the development of the pier at Cromane and agreement was reached between Kerry County Council and my Department's Engineering Division that should the dredging section of the Cromane Main Development Project proceed in 2007, my Departments Engineering Division would consider using the waste material from the dredging to secure the embankments.

Kerry County Council are involved in the securing of a compulsory purchase order in order to progress the project, but unfortunately were unable to secure the necessary compulsory purchase order in 2007 and the Cromane project failed to progress in that year. €750,000 has been allocated by my Department to this project in 2008 and Kerry County Council are hopeful of securing the necessary compulsory purchase order this year which will enable works to proceed. Subject to satisfactory progress being made by Kerry County Council, consideration can be then given to stabilising the embankments in 2008.

Alternative Energy Projects.

Seán Barrett

Ceist:

163 Deputy Seán Barrett asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she has proposals to amend the Foreshore Act 1933 in relation to the development of offshore wind farms; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12586/08]

Regulation of developments and activities on the foreshore, which is defined as the area of seabed between the mean high watermark and the 12 nautical mile limit (22.2 km) is subject to the Foreshore Act 1933. The development of an offshore windfarm on the foreshore requires a consent under this Act. The Government decided on 2 October 2007 that responsibility for foreshore licensing functions under the Foreshore Act 1933 for all energy developments on the foreshore would transfer to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.My Department is currently putting in place the necessary arrangements to ensure the efficient and effective transfer of the appropriate legislation and associated functions.

My Department will continue to work closely with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the context of progressing the various elements required to develop the appropriate coastal zone legislative framework for all activities on the foreshore, including offshore wind farms.

Dairy Sector.

Dan Neville

Ceist:

164 Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the number of active dairy milk producers in County Limerick; the breakdown of the different quota sizes in County Limerick; and the average quota size in County Limerick. [12514/08]

The information sought by the Deputy is not available from my Department in the format requested. Data regarding milk producers and quota sizes is collected and compiled annually in the Department but on a Milk Purchaser (Co-operative/Dairy) basis rather than geographical basis.

Grant Payments.

Dan Neville

Ceist:

165 Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if all moneys due to a person (details supplied) in County Limerick will be awarded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12520/08]

Three applications were received in May 2007 requesting the transfer of entitlements from the person named to three other farmers by way of sale under the 2007 Single Payment Scheme year.

Since no relevant supporting documentation was received with the original applications and as two of the requested transfers involved sales with land, it was necessary for my Department to request copies of Sale Agreements. In addition, as one of the transferees was claiming New Entrant status, supporting documentation in relation to this claim was also requested. This documentation was duly received.

An issue relating to the Single Payment entitlement account of one of the proposed transferees has delayed the processing of these transfers. This issue has since been resolved and the requested transfers will be processed as soon as possible. Once the requested transfers have been completed, the person named will have 39.40 entitlements remaining in his account. As he has declared 36.38 hectares on his 2007 Single Payment application, he will receive payment on 36.38 entitlements.

Appointments to State Boards.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

166 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since 3 July 2007 to date in 2008; the names of the persons so appointed; the dates on which the names of those persons were published in Iris Oifigúil; the State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies exist; the number of vacancies in each case; the State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case. [12521/08]

In reply to the Deputy the following table shows the position for my Department.

State Boards, Bodies Or Committee

Names of Ministerial Appointees since 3/07/07

Date Appointed

Date in Iris Oifigiúil

Current vacancies

Vacancies anticipated before 1/10/08

Teagasc

Derek Deane Martin Heraghty Prof Patrick Fottrell

24 Sept 07 26 Sept 07 28 Sept 07

09 Nov 07 09 Nov 07 09 Nov 07

Nil

3

Irish National Stud Company Ltd

Chryss Lady O’Reilly, Dermot Weld

18 Oct 07

14 Nov 07

Nil

2

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Ivan Coulter Michael Dempsey

31 Oct 07 21 Feb 08

16 Nov 07 18 Mar 08

Nil

Nil

Marine Institute

None

Nil

1

Veterinary Council of Ireland

Daniel J Connolly Patrick J Talty William Cashman Joseph P Cassidy Deirdre Campion

1 Feb 08 1 Feb 08 1 Feb 08 1 Feb 08 1 Feb 08

N/A

Nil

None anticipated

Aquaculture Licences Appeals Board

Lorcan O’Cinneide Sean Murphy Mario J. Minehane Deirdre MacGabhann

1 Jan 08 1 Jan 08 1 Jan 08 1 Jan 08

22 Jan 08 22 Jan 08 22 Jan 08 22 Jan 08

Nil

1

Irish Horse Board

Helen Troughton

9 Jul 07

N/A

Nil

None anticipated

Coillte Teoranta

Brendan McKenna Yvonne Scannell Breffni Byrne

9 Oct 07 27 Nov 07 27 Nov 07

N/A

Nil

2

COFORD

Michael Lynn Pat Hennessy John Joe O’Boyle Michael Glennon Willie Fitzgerald John McCarthy Donal Whelan Tim Crowley Pierce Buckley Nuala Ni Fhlatharta Diarmuid McAree Dympna Furlong

26 Sept 07 26 Feb 08 26 Feb 08 26 Feb 08 26 Feb 08 26 Feb 08 26 Feb 08 26 Feb 08 26 Feb 08 26 Feb 08 26 Feb 08 26 Feb 08

N/A

Nil

Nil

An Bord Bia

Katherine O’Leary Kieran Dunne

18 Sept 07 29 Nov 07

9 Nov 07 4 Dec 07

Four

None

Audit Committee of the Dept of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Seamus Healy Paddy O’Shaughnessy

20 Sept 07 3 Mar 08

N/A

Nil

Nil

Farm Waste Management.

Billy Timmins

Ceist:

167 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the situation with respect to an applicant, who has obtained sanction for the farmyard pollution grant, and whose planning permission grant has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála by a third party, thus delaying the construction work. [12594/08]

As an appeal has been made in this case to An Bord Pleanála, the applicant is not in a position to proceed with the investment works concerned until the outcome of the appeal is known and subject to the conditions of that decision.

No extension to the deadline of 31 December 2008 for completion of work under the Farm Waste Management Scheme is permissible in such cases.

Milk Quota.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

168 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if she will advise persons (details supplied) as to the best way to proceed with making changes to their farm structure; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12689/08]

The persons named may establish a Milk Production Partnership on the basis that the period remaining on the lease appears to extend beyond the five-year term that a participant in partnership must commit to. If they wish to further explore this option they should contact the Dairy Partnership Registration Office in Teagasc, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, for advice.

Legislation facilitating, inter alia, the transfer of quota to limited companies is currently being finalised by my Department, and in this regard the persons named should contact the Milk Quota Section of the Department for further advice.

Departmental Expenditure.

Mary White

Ceist:

169 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the amount her Department spent on recruitment advertising, excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2007. [12690/08]

No expenditure on recruitment advertising was incurred in 2007.

Mary White

Ceist:

170 Deputy Mary Alexandra White asked the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food the amount her Department spent on recruitment advertising excluding advertising conducted by the Public Appointments Service in 2006. [12702/08]

My Department spent €2,290.19 on recruitment advertising in 2006.

Schools Building Projects.

Olwyn Enright

Ceist:

171 Deputy Olwyn Enright asked the Minister for Education and Science when a final contract for a school (details supplied) in County Laois will be signed and planning permission sought on the project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12518/08]

The schools referred to by the Deputy are two of four schools that make up the First Bundle of the Department's current Public Private Partnership Programme.

This bundle consists of two new schools in Portlaoise, Co. Laois and two new schools in Co. Offaly. The two schools in Portlaoise will be built on the one site — St. Mary's CBS, and Scoil Chríost Rí and the two schools in Co. Offaly comprise a new community school and a new community college.

Macquarie Partnership for Ireland (MPFI) were selected as the preferred tenderer for the provision of this Bundle in October 2007. Negotiations between the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA), who are responsible for the procurement of the schools, and MPFI have been ongoing since that date are now well advanced. Until these negotiations are complete and the formal contract signed it will not be possible to provide a final date for the completion of construction for these schools.

At this point in the negotiations I can inform the Deputy that assuming a successful conclusion to these negotiations MPFI will be in a position to submit planning applications for all four schools to the relevant local authorities, and the contract will be ready for signing on receipt of planning permission. Subject to the outcome of the planning process with the relevant authorities, construction of the four schools is expected to start in the summer and it is anticipated that they will be available before the end of 2009.

Appointments to State Boards.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

172 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Education and Science the appointments to State boards, bodies or committees made since 3 July 2007 to date in 2008; the names of the persons so appointed; the dates on which the names of those persons were published in Iris Oifigúil; the State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies currently exist; the number of vacancies in each case; the State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case. [12526/08]

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following tables.

Board

No. of Appointments

Name

Date of Appointment

Date published in Iris Oifigiúil

The Redress Board

1

Judge Esmond Smyth

January 2008

N/A

The Teaching Council

1

Dr Anne O’Gara

November 2007

N/A

Higher Education Authority

1

Mr. Hamidreza Khodabakhshi (Student Rep.)

12/11/2007

N/A

University CollegeCork

1

Ms. Mary Hopkins

18/10/2007

26/10/2007

National College of Art and Design

1

Mr. Francis Wasser (Student Rep.)

02/11/2007

N/A

Athlone Institute of Technology

2

Mr. Kevin O’Brien Ms. Brigid Delamere

24/10/2007 24/10/2007

N/A

Cork Institute of Technology

3

Ms. Catriona Foley Mr. Brian O’Sullivan Ms. Maire Roycroft

01/10/2007 01/10/2007 21/12/2007

N/A

Dublin Institute of Technology

1

Professor Jürgen Barkhoff

16/10/2007

N/A

Dundalk Institute of Technology

2

Ms. April Woods Ms. Denise Quigley

18/10/2007 12/11/2007

N/A

Galway Mayo Institute of Technology

2

Mr. Padraic Flesk Ms. Nicola Murphy

09/01/2008 09/01/2008

N/A

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

2

Ms. Mary McLaughlin Mr. David Leonard

05/12/2007 05/12/2007

N/A

Limerick Institute of Technology

2

Ms. Emma Donnelly Mr. Declan McNally

01/09/2007 01/09/2007

N/A

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

1

Mr. Paddy Bowler

07/03/2008

N/A

Institute of Technology Sligo

2

Ms. Oonagh Hague Mr. Daniel McGarrigle

01/09/2007 01/09/2007

N/A

Institute of Technology Tallaght

5

Ms. Angela Feeney Ms. Susan Sweeney Mr. Ronan O’Sullivan Mr. Kevin Moriarty Ms. Kirsty Maher

16/08/2007 16/08/2007 01/09/2007 06/12/2007 21/12/2007

N/A

Institute of Technology Tralee

2

Cllr. Pat Loughnane Ms. Christina Caffrey

07/09/2007 24/10/2007

N/A

Waterford Institute of Technology

3

Ms. Cathy Pembroke Mr. Shane Kelly Dr. Margery Godinho

01/09/2007 01/09/2007 02/11/2007

N/A

TRBDI Tipperary Rural And Business Development Institute Ltd.

2

Ms. Lisa Ryan Ms. Carrie Acheson

01/12/2007 20/03/2008

N/A

Senate of the NUI

4

Ms. Cathy Honan Mr. Benedict Reid Mr. Philip Kearney Ms. Siobhan Corry

12/02/2008 12/02/2008 12/02/2008 12/02/2008

15/02/2008 15/02/2008 15/02/2008 15/02/2008

University of Limerick

3

Mr. Joe O’Connell Dr. John Hillary Ms. Anne Gleeson

28/02/2008 28/02/2008 28/02/2008

N/A

The New Schools Advisory Appeals Committee

3

Mr. Seán Nolan Mr. Seán Condon Ms. Mairead McGowan

N/A

The Grangegorman Development Agency

1

Mr. Chris Wall

September 2007

N/A

National Educational Welfare Board

1

Mr Pat McSitric (Departmental Representative)

1st October 2007

N/A

National Qualifications Authority of Ireland

1

Mr Hamidreza Khodabakhshi, President, Union of Students in Ireland

N/A

Higher Education and Training Awards Council

1

Mr Peter Mannion, Education Officer, Union of Students in Ireland

N/A

An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta

1

Bláthnaid Ní Ghréacháin, Gaelscoileanna Ardfheidhmeannach, Gaelscoileanna teo

N/A

The State boards, bodies or committees on which vacancies currently exist; the number of vacancies in each case

Board

No. of Current Vacancies

Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

1 Chairperson

Limerick Institute of Technology

1 Chairperson

Dundalk Institute of Technology

1 Ordinary Member

TRBDI (Tipperary Rural and Business Development Institute Ltd.)

1 Member

IRCHSS (Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences)

5 (Including Chairperson)

IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology)

1 Member

HEA Higher Education Authority

1 Member

ACELS (Advisory Council for English Language Schools)

3

NEWB (National Educational Welfare Board)

8

Further Education and Training Awards Council

1

National Centre for Guidance in Education

Number to be confirmed. The Department is currently reviewing the composition of the Management Committee and it is expected that a reconfigured Committee will be appointed shortly. In the interim the NCGE is reporting directly to the Minister.

Léargas

1

The State boards, bodies or committees in which vacancies are anticipated to arise up to and including 1 October 2008; and the number of vacancies in each case.

Board

No. of Anticipated Vacancies up to 1 Oct 2008

HEA Higher Education Authority

1 Member (Student rep) — 01/07/08

The New Schools Advisory Appeals Committee

3

The New Schools Advisory Committee

5

Education Ireland*

12

Gaisce — The President’s Award

15

Léargas

3

*Which is to be established shortly as a limited company (pending legislation), will subsume both ACELS and the International Education Board Ireland, (IEBI) and a new board will be established for this body.

Site Acquisitions.

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

173 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Education and Science further to Parliamentary Question No. 1039 of 30 January 2008 regarding the provision of a new school at the Aston Village area, Drogheda, County Louth, the progress to date regarding the patronage; the number of applications received; if an application has been received from Educate Together; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12536/08]

As already stated in my reply dated 30th January, 2008 the Department plans to provide a new primary school for the Aston Village area of Drogheda next September. An application in respect of this new school has been made to the New Schools Advisory Committee (NSAC) by a recognised Patron. The New Schools Advisory Committee is an independent body and therefore I am not in a position to comment on their deliberations. I expect to be in a position to make an announcement when the NSAC makes recommendations to me later this month.

Schools Refurbishment.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

174 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science further to Parliamentary Question No. 964 of 30 January 2008 and in view of the fact that the board of management submitted an application for the funding of emergency works to address serious health and safety issues, if she will approve funding; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12541/08]

The Modernisation and Policy Unit of my Department received an application for emergency funding from the school in question on 28th March, 2008. This application will be assessed and the school authorities notified of the outcome without delay.

School Transport.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

175 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Education and Science if transport will be provided to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. [12548/08]

The Deputy will be aware, from my previous reply to Parliamentary Question Number 428 on 11th March 2008, that the person referred to, in the details supplied, is not attending a recognised school and, accordingly, does not meet the eligibility criteria for receipt of a school transport service.

Higher Education Grants.

Terence Flanagan

Ceist:

176 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Science if she will respond to a query from a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12577/08]

The Higher Education Grants Schemes operate under the Local Authorities (Higher Education Grants) Acts, 1968 to 1992. Under the Higher Education Grants Scheme an approved course is defined as a full-time undergraduate course of at least two years duration or a full-time postgraduate course of not less than one year duration pursued in an approved institution.

An approved institution is defined to mean a university, college or other institution of higher education in so far as it provides a course or courses of not less than two years duration, being a course, or courses, which the Minister for Education and Science approves for the time being for the purposes of the Acts.

Each year, the Higher Education Grants Scheme specifies a list of approved institutions for the purposes of the Schemes. The approved institutions mainly comprise public funded third level institutions.

I understand the course referred to by the Deputy is provided by a private college. There are no plans at present to extend the scope of the student support schemes to private colleges.

Schools Building Projects.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

177 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding a school (details supplied); and when she expects the school to receive funding for the building project. [12580/08]

The proposed project for the schools in question is at an advanced stage of architectural planning. The further progression of the project will be considered on an ongoing basis in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme.

Student Support Schemes.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

178 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Education and Science if her Department keeps a record of the number of children who require language support for each primary school; if she will provide a list of the same giving the total number of pupils enrolled for each school, the number of whom require language support and the overall percentage thereof; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12605/08]

The specific information sought by the Deputy is not readily available within my Department and would involve an inordinate amount of administrative time to compile. My Department has recently published a Data Strategy covering the period 2008 to 2010. The Strategy outlines a number of goals and actions to improve the quality and supply of data over the coming three-year period within the resources available to the Department and associated agencies. Included among these will be the development of a Learner Database to encompass all pupils at primary level.

My Department estimates that there are in the region of 21,000 pupils in our primary schools whose first language is not English or Irish. The language support needs of these children are being met by over 1,500 language support teachers.

In order to meet their language needs, my Department in May 2007 issued a circular, reference 0053/2007, to the managerial authorities of all schools — both primary and post primary — to assist them in providing an inclusive school environment to meet the needs of pupils for whom English is a second language. The circular outlines the resources that are available to assist schools in this task. The circular is accessible on the website of my Department.

The level of extra financial or teaching support provided to any school is determined by the numbers of eligible non-English speaking students enrolled. An individual school may be allocated up to six language support posts under the arrangements now in place.

Schools Building Projects.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

179 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Education and Science the status of the proposed extensions for schools (details supplied) in Dublin 15 which will accommodate an increase in the student population as requested by her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12606/08]

As you may be aware, a recently established Developing Areas Unit, within the School Planning and Building Unit of my Department is working on providing educational facilities in rapidly developing areas, including Dublin 15.

The projects to which the Deputy refers are at various stages of early architectural planning and submissions made to the Department are awaiting approval by the Department's technical staff. All of these projects are being considered in the context of the work of the Developing Areas Unit and will be progressed in the context of the multi-annual School Building and Modernisation programme.

As the various submissions are cleared by the technical staff of the Department the Developing Areas Unit will correspond directly with the school authorities as to further progression.

I will forward details on the specific status of each project directly to the Deputy's office.

Third Level Qualifications.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

180 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Education and Science the breakdown for each university of all degrees awarded for each of the past five years by degree class; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12624/08]

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the following tables. There is an issue with reporting and calendar years. The 2002 tables are from the old paper returns, and relate to the 2002 calendar year only. Subsequent years moved to academic calendar years when counting graduates so the 2003 file refers to the 03/04 academic year. The latest data is for 05/06, since graduates are counted one year in arrears in March of each year; the 06/07 data won't be available until June at the earliest.

For degree graduates, tables breaking down awards by discipline, university, and class of award are as follows. Each sheet within each file presents data on full- and part-time graduates separately. Also following is data on masters graduates and PhD graduates. These are broken down by institution and discipline only, with mode of study combined into one table.

Masters Degrees obtained in the calendar year 2002 by field of study: all students

Field of Study

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUI M

DCU

SPD

UL

MIC

NCAD

RCSI

Total

Grand

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Total

Arts

104

173

51

118

28

91

39

86

65

60

27

18

4

3

41

113

3

7

0

0

0

0

362

669

1031

Education

7

15

27

38

0

0

14

38

10

15

11

18

5

22

24

23

5

20

1

2

0

0

104

191

295

Art & Design

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

13

0

0

9

13

22

Business, Economic & Social Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

72

66

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

72

66

138

Equestrian

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

European Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Social Science

18

64

9

37

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27

101

128

Communications & Information Studies

4

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

46

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

55

76

Commerce

32

31

41

33

45

54

0

0

0

0

119

85

0

0

36

43

0

0

0

0

0

0

273

246

519

Law

19

34

16

25

70

110

11

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

120

197

317

Science

20

24

38

27

18

49

36

46

5

4

9

21

0

0

5

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

131

174

305

Engineering

31

10

22

4

16

0

39

11

0

0

39

8

0

0

19

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

166

35

201

Architecture

27

27

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27

27

54

Medicine & Nursing

22

54

3

8

11

0

33

63

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

15

73

140

213

Dentistry

0

0

3

3

0

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

4

10

Veterinary Medicine

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

Agricultural Science & Forestry

51

44

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

51

44

95

Food Science & Technology

0

0

9

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

13

22

Computing & IT

14

7

41

34

21

13

49

42

7

2

45

44

0

0

37

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

214

163

377

Combined Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

Total

351

492

260

340

209

317

296

374

87

81

267

240

9

25

166

214

8

27

10

15

4

15

1667

2140

3807

Source: HEA Annual Report, 2002/03, Table 50A. Available online at http://www.hea.ie/

Ph. D. Degrees obtained in the calendar year 2002 by field of study: all students

Field of Study

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUI M

DCU

SPD

UL

MIC

NCAD

RCSI

Total

Grand

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Total

Arts

8

16

8

14

10

5

20

29

5

5

0

0

0

0

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

54

71

125

Education

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

6

0

6

Art & Design

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

Business, Economic & Social Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

7

12

Equestrian

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

European Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Social Science

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Communications & Information Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

3

Commerce

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

4

11

Law

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

Science

35

37

26

22

21

10

35

36

4

3

13

4

0

0

6

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

140

120

260

Engineering

12

6

1

0

3

0

12

2

2

0

11

2

0

0

12

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

53

11

64

Architecture

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Medicine & Nursing

13

13

0

0

7

6

7

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

2

33

35

68

Dentistry

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Veterinary Medicine

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

Agricultural Science & Forestry

8

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

2

10

Food Science & Technology

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

4

Computing & IT

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

0

0

0

5

1

0

0

14

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

25

3

28

Combined Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

1

4

Total

79

77

38

38

41

22

89

88

13

8

35

9

0

0

39

15

0

1

1

1

6

2

341

261

602

Source: HEA Annual Report, 2002/03, Table 50B. Available online at http://www.hea.ie/

UCD: Primary degrees obtained by full-time students in the calendar year 2002 by field of study and class of award

Field of Study

1st Class Honours

2nd Class Honours (Upper Division)

2nd Class Honours (Lower Division)

2nd Class Honours Undivided

Other Honours

Pass or Ordinary

Total

Grand Total

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Arts

368

701

368

701

1069

Social Science

12

124

12

124

136

Communications & Information Studies

0

0

0

Commerce

55

55

143

149

94

53

0

0

5

2

19

7

316

266

582

Law

2

6

22

49

10

15

0

0

0

0

1

0

35

70

105

Science

24

31

54

127

35

33

14

4

1

2

40

44

168

241

409

Engineering

37

15

63

29

43

9

0

0

0

0

30

11

173

64

237

Architecture

1

3

8

16

12

13

0

0

0

0

21

14

42

46

88

Medicine & Nursing

0

3

3

17

6

9

20

43

0

0

67

49

96

121

217

Veterinary Medicine

2

4

8

6

13

7

0

0

0

0

15

14

38

31

69

Agricultural Science & Forestry

12

6

43

20

45

20

0

0

0

0

42

14

142

60

202

Total

133

123

344

413

258

159

34

47

386

829

235

153

1390

1724

3114

Source: HEA Annual Report, 2002/03, Table 51. Available online at http://www.hea.ie/

UCD: Primary degrees obtained by part-time students in the calendar year 2002 by field of study and class of award

Field of Study

1st Class Honours

2nd Class Honours (Upper Division)

2nd Class Honours (Lower Division)

2nd Class Honours Undivided

Other Honours

Pass or Ordinary

Total

Grand Total

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Arts

21

45

21

45

66

Commerce

0

0

3

5

7

6

0

0

0

0

2

2

12

13

25

Science

5

5

7

0

7

0

7

Medicine & Nursing

1

0

2

7

8

38

0

0

0

0

6

58

17

103

120

Total

1

0

5

12

15

44

0

0

5

5

36

105

57

161

218

Source: HEA Annual Report, 2002/03, Table 52. Available online at http://www.hea.ie/

Primary Degrees obtained in the calendar year 2003 by field of study: full-time students

Field of Study

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUI M

DCU

SPD

UL

MIC

NCAD

RCSI

Total

Grand

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Total

Arts

342

692

234

573

248

564

357

398

240

564

0

0

24

98

41

117

34

99

0

0

0

0

1520

3105

4625

Education

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

199

0

0

5

11

29

354

71

54

41

351

5

18

0

0

166

987

1153

Art & Design

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

35

101

0

0

35

101

136

Business, Economic & Social Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

138

162

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

138

162

300

Equestrian

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

19

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

19

23

European Studies

0

0

2

25

0

0

9

27

0

0

0

0

0

0

33

80

0

0

0

0

0

0

44

132

176

Social Science

13

116

17

105

0

0

2

22

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

32

243

275

Communications & Information Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

49

136

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

49

136

185

Commerce

263

272

180

230

155

205

0

0

0

0

229

235

0

0

178

261

0

0

0

0

0

0

1005

1203

2208

Law

45

88

41

97

35

73

27

73

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

151

334

485

Science

186

251

70

177

144

238

111

134

75

101

50

71

0

0

73

52

0

0

0

0

0

0

709

1024

1733

Engineering

165

53

110

37

176

40

149

38

52

13

212

52

0

0

241

32

0

0

0

0

0

0

1105

265

1370

Architecture

56

47

0

0

0

0

13

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

69

60

129

Medicine & Nursing

81

109

45

73

43

179

92

216

0

0

6

12

0

0

1

22

0

0

0

0

87

108

355

719

1074

Dentistry

0

0

21

21

0

0

21

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

42

33

75

Veterinary Medicine

31

45

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

31

45

76

Agricultural Science & Forestry

102

55

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

111

55

166

Food Science & Technology

2

7

15

29

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

45

63

Computing & IT

14

11

72

32

35

42

126

39

0

0

63

45

0

0

186

75

0

0

0

0

0

0

496

244

740

Combined Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total

1300

1746

807

1399

836

1341

1060

1333

367

678

614

562

53

452

841

724

75

450

40

119

87

108

6080

8912

14992

Note: TCD's full-time awards data includes the following award recipients from the Dublin Institute of Technology:

Field of Study

M

F

Total

Business, Economic & Social Studies

2

3

5

Engineering

19

2

21

Science

7

3

10

Architecture

13

13

26

Total

41

21

62

Source: HEA Annual Report, 2003/04, Table 49A. Available online at http://www.hea.ie/

Masters Degrees obtained in the calendar year 2003 by field of study: full-time and part-time students

Field of Study

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUI M

DCU

SPD

UL

MIC

NCAD

RCSI

Total

Grand

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

M

F

Total

Arts

154

274

41

59

27

70

58

88

23

38

18

28

19

27

37

98

16

26

0

0

0

0

393

708

1101

Education

16

32

0

0

60

76

19

44

10

29

10

17

8

29

19

30

6

29

1

2

0

0

149

288

437

Art & Design

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

27

0

0

12

27

39

Business, Economic & Social Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

70

67

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

70

67

137

Equestrian

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

European Studies

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Social Science

42

111

30

94

30

42

0

0

11

34

1

17

0

0

14

38

0

0

0

0

0

0

138

336

474

Communications & Information Studies

1

2

0

0

6

14

0

0

0

0

30

28

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

37

44

81

Commerce

355

262

98

72

48

43

0

0

28

6

112

118

0

0

44

35

0

0

0

0

0

0

685

536

1221

Law

25

47

15

16

44

111

24

32

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

111

214

325

Science

25

19

18

15

19

31

35

37

5

1

20

20

0

0

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

123

126

249

Engineering

51

11

28

11

15

19

35

16

1

0

67

11

0

0

26

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

223

76

299

Architecture

24

44

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

44

68

Medicine & Nursing

27

68

26

17

14

34

37

79

0

0

16

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

19

133

218

351

Dentistry

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

Veterinary Medicine

4

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

3

7

Agricultural Science & Forestry

52

46

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

53

50

103

Food Science & Technology

2

3

11

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

13

19

32

Computing & IT

58

35

35

4

8

11

55

24

18

8

48

37

0

0

54

17

0

0

0

0

0

0

276

136

412

Combined Studies

0

0

0

0

3

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

15

18

Total

836

957

303

308

274

466

334

389

96

116

332

277

27

56

198

237

22

55

13

29

13

19

2448

2909

5357

Source: HEA Annual Report, 2003/04, Table 50A. Available online at http://www.hea.ie/

Masters Degrees obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

General Programmes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Basic / broad general programmes*(010)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Literacy and numeracy(080)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Personal skills(090)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Education Sciences

12

52

64

16

35

51

1

4

5

1

7

8

12

17

29

13

22

35

17

60

77

3

20

23

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

75

218

293

Education science(142)

12

46

58

16

35

51

1

4

5

0

1

1

12

17

29

13

22

35

2

4

6

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

56

130

186

Training for pre-school teachers(143)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Training for teachers at basic levels(144)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Training for teachers with subject specialisation(145)

0

6

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

6

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

44

55

3

20

23

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

15

76

91

Training for teachers of vocational subjects(146)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

12

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

12

16

Humanities and Arts

147

222

369

40

82

122

38

89

127

52

71

123

51

68

119

11

24

35

84

132

216

1

1

2

16

24

40

0

0

0

3

6

9

443

719

1162

Combined Arts & Humanities(200)

5

11

16

0

0

0

2

2

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

12

15

27

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

20

29

49

Combined Arts(210)

2

17

19

0

0

0

8

28

36

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

5

9

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

50

64

Fine arts(211)

1

11

12

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

5

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

5

8

0

0

0

11

9

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

31

48

Music and performing arts(212)

21

27

48

2

10

12

6

8

14

3

10

13

7

4

11

0

0

0

24

45

69

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

63

104

167

Audio-visual techniques and media production(213)

4

2

6

0

0

0

5

4

9

25

17

42

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

2

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

45

25

70

Design(214)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

15

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

15

20

Craft skills(215)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Humanities(220)

13

32

45

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

6

8

14

15

37

52

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

6

9

38

86

124

Religion(221)

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

5

9

Foreign languages(222)

24

39

63

2

11

13

3

17

20

2

2

4

3

10

13

4

16

20

0

8

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

38

103

141

Mother tongue(223)

23

38

61

10

28

38

7

24

31

13

26

39

19

37

56

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

72

153

225

History and archaeology(225)

51

43

94

22

28

50

7

5

12

5

7

12

21

16

37

0

0

0

14

10

24

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

120

109

229

Philosophy and ethics(226)

2

2

4

4

5

9

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

9

16

Masters Degrees obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students — continued

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

Social Science, Business and Law

609

566

1175

93

165

258

193

344

537

114

118

232

15

31

46

210

164

374

68

63

131

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1302

1451

2753

Combined Social Science, Business and Law(300)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

47

49

96

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

47

49

96

Combined Social and behavioural science(310)

11

20

31

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

20

32

Psychology(311)

18

34

52

7

23

30

0

11

11

3

9

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

8

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

31

85

116

Sociology and cultural studies(312)

51

121

172

17

38

55

11

10

21

15

20

35

3

14

17

0

0

0

2

10

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

99

213

312

Political Science and civics(313)

0

1

1

3

1

4

11

33

44

3

4

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

39

56

Economics(314)

29

21

50

30

21

51

16

10

26

3

0

3

11

17

28

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

89

69

158

Combined Journalism and Information(320)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

Journalism and reporting(321)

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

17

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

38

36

74

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

41

53

94

Library, information, archive(322)

5

23

28

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

23

28

Combined Business and Administration(340)

36

23

59

2

14

16

17

35

52

0

2

2

0

0

0

93

43

136

3

5

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

151

122

273

Wholesale and retail sales(341)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Marketing and advertising(342)

33

54

87

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

14

20

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

39

68

107

Finance, banking, insurance(343)

39

14

53

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

13

12

25

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

53

26

79

Accounting and taxation(344)

55

64

119

0

0

0

10

14

24

0

0

0

0

0

0

22

13

35

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

87

91

178

Management and administration(345)

297

155

452

13

27

40

36

32

68

74

57

131

0

0

0

2

7

9

44

25

69

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

466

303

769

Secretarial and office work(346)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Working life(347)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Law(380)

35

36

71

21

41

62

89

182

271

16

26

42

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

164

288

452

Masters Degrees obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students — continued

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

Science

69

45

114

99

70

169

56

42

98

57

44

101

27

15

42

115

44

159

45

4

49

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

468

264

732

Combined Science, Mathematics and Computing(400)

4

6

10

0

0

0

5

2

7

10

1

11

0

0

0

21

8

29

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

41

17

58

Combined Life Science(420)

1

3

4

0

0

0

9

14

23

5

18

23

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

36

52

Biology and biochemistry(421)

2

1

3

4

12

16

0

0

0

6

3

9

1

2

3

19

8

27

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

32

27

59

Environmental Science(422)

8

4

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

4

12

Combined Physical Science(440)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Physics(441)

2

2

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

3

8

Chemistry(442)

3

5

8

7

5

12

2

4

6

0

1

1

0

1

1

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

14

16

30

Earth Science(443)

6

8

14

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

1

3

8

5

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

15

31

Combined Maths and Statistics(460)

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

Mathematics(461)

7

6

13

2

2

4

3

3

6

2

0

2

4

3

7

12

5

17

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

30

19

49

Statistics(462)

5

5

10

0

5

5

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

11

16

Computer Science(481)

30

4

34

85

45

130

37

19

56

31

19

50

14

3

17

59

22

81

41

2

43

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

297

114

411

Computer Use(482)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

Masters Degrees obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students — continued

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction

157

115

272

35

29

64

21

18

39

6

5

11

1

0

1

36

3

39

44

10

54

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

300

180

480

Combined Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction(500)

0

0

0

8

2

10

0

0

0

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

3

14

Combined Engineering & Engineering Trades(520)

10

7

17

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

11

0

11

7

1

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

28

9

37

Mechanics and metal work(521)

10

2

12

0

0

0

2

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

4

20

Electricity and energy(522)

2

0

2

9

2

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

11

2

13

Electronics and automation(523)

6

0

6

0

0

0

9

3

12

0

0

0

1

0

1

21

3

24

14

3

17

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

51

9

60

Chemical and process(524)

1

0

1

3

4

7

3

3

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

2

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

9

26

Motor vehicles, ships and aircraft(525)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Manufacturing and Processing(540)

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

6

11

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

4

16

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

10

27

Food processing(541)

9

12

21

8

17

25

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

17

29

46

Textiles, clothes, footwear, leather(542)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Materials (wood, paper, plastic, glass) (543)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mining and extraction(544)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Architecture and building(580)

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

4

6

Architecture and town planning(581)

90

87

177

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

90

87

177

Building and civil engineering(582)

29

7

36

7

4

11

0

0

0

4

3

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

40

14

54

Masters Degrees obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students — continued

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

Agriculture and Veterinary

43

38

81

2

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

45

41

86

Combined Agriculture & Veterinary(600)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Argiculture, forestry and fishery(620)

21

25

46

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

21

25

46

Crop and livestock production(621)

12

9

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

9

21

Horticulture(622)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Forestry(623)

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

Fisheries(624)

0

0

0

2

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

5

Veterinary(641)

8

4

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

4

12

Health and Welfare

40

128

168

10

84

94

28

39

67

30

77

107

1

18

19

2

0

2

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

32

50

10

34

44

139

414

553

Combined Health and Welfare(700)

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

5

4

0

4

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

4

6

8

14

Combined Health(720)

2

10

12

1

10

11

3

27

30

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

49

55

Medicine(721)

16

10

26

0

1

1

24

8

32

7

12

19

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

21

31

0

0

0

57

52

109

Nursing and caring(723)

10

23

33

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

25

27

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

11

19

0

0

0

21

60

81

Dental Studies(724)

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

4

Medical diagnostic and treatment technology(725)

3

11

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

11

14

Therapy and Rehabilitation(726)

4

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

5

10

Pharmacy(727)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

7

12

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

7

12

Combined Social Services(760)

0

0

0

2

5

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

14

15

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

19

22

Child Care and youth services(761)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Social work and counselling(762)

5

73

78

6

65

71

0

0

0

10

29

39

0

4

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

10

30

40

31

201

232

Masters Degrees obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students — continued

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

Services

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

10

14

0

0

0

23

0

23

12

5

17

5

19

24

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

44

34

78

Combined Services(800)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Personal Services(810)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hotel, restaurant and catering(811)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Travel, tourism and leisure(812)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

15

18

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

15

18

Sports(813)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Domestic services(814)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hair and beauty services(815)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Transport services(840)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Environmental Protection(850)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

5

Environmental protection technology(851)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Natural environments and wildlife(852)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Community sanitation services(853)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Security Services(860)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Protection of persons and property(861)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Occupational health and safety(862)

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

10

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

5

17

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

16

32

Military and defence(863)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

0

23

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

23

0

23

Combined

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

5

Balanced Combination across difference Fields of Education(900)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

5

Balanced Combination of ‘Humanities/Arts’ and ‘Social Sciences Business/Law’(910)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

1077

1166

2243

295

468

763

341

546

887

260

322

582

130

149

279

403

263

666

263

290

553

4

21

25

16

25

41

18

32

50

13

40

53

2820

3322

6142

Notes

1Please note that a number of additional broad fields have been added to the ISCED classification to cater for students taking courses with balanced combinations of subjects. These are described at http://www.hea.ie/index.cfm/page/sub/id/976 For an explanation of the ISCED subject classification system, please see the ISCED Manual at http://www.hea.ie/uploads/pdf/EurostatISCED.pdf

2Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is a constituent college of the University of Limerick (UL). Separate statistics for MIC are not available for the 2004/05 academic year.

Source: HEA 2004/05 Annual Statistics, available online at http://www.hea.ie

Ph. D. Degrees obtained obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

General Programmes

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Basic / broad general programmes*(010)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Literacy and numeracy(080)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Personal skills(090)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Education Sciences

0

0

0

0

4

4

0

0

0

1

3

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

7

11

Education science(142)

0

0

0

0

4

4

0

0

0

1

3

4

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

7

9

Training for pre-school teachers(143)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Training for teachers at basic levels(144)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Training for teachers with subject specialisation(145)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

Training for teachers of vocational subjects(146)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Humanities and Arts

5

12

17

6

4

10

7

7

14

21

18

39

6

7

13

1

4

5

5

3

8

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

53

55

108

Combined Arts & Humanities(200)

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Combined Arts(210)

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

7

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

5

3

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

13

25

Fine arts(211)

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

5

Music and performing arts(212)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

0

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

0

6

Audio-visual techniques and media production(213)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Design(214)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

Craft skills(215)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Humanities(220)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

Religion(221)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Foreign languages(222)

0

3

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

4

7

11

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

12

17

Mother tongue(223)

1

1

2

4

2

6

0

0

0

3

7

10

4

3

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

13

25

History and archaeology(225)

3

4

7

1

1

2

0

0

0

6

1

7

2

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

8

20

Philosophy and ethics(226)

1

1

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

Ph. D. Degrees obtained obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students — continued

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

Social Science, Business and Law

8

9

17

6

3

9

2

0

2

5

8

13

3

2

5

0

1

1

3

4

7

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

27

27

54

Combined Social Science, Business and Law(300)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Social and behavioural science(310)

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

Psychology(311)

1

1

2

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

3

3

2

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

6

6

12

Sociology and cultural studies(312)

2

3

5

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

1

3

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

5

10

Political Science and civics(313)

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

Economics(314)

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

4

5

Combined Journalism and Information(320)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Journalism and reporting(321)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Library, information, archive(322)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Business and Administration(340)

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

3

7

Wholesale and retail sales(341)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Marketing and advertising(342)

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Finance, banking, insurance(343)

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Accounting and taxation(344)

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Management and administration(345)

1

1

2

2

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

5

9

Secretarial and office work(346)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Working life(347)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Law(380)

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

3

Ph. D. Degrees obtained obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students — continued

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

Science

48

39

87

23

21

44

23

24

47

33

38

71

16

13

29

13

6

19

8

6

14

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

164

147

311

Combined Science, Mathematics and Computing(400)

0

0

0

1

0

1

23

24

47

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

25

49

Combined Life Science(420)

7

6

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

6

13

Biology and biochemistry(421)

13

15

28

9

18

27

0

0

0

10

20

30

6

6

12

4

2

6

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

43

62

105

Environmental Science(422)

0

0

0

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

3

Combined Physical Science(440)

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

1

6

Physics(441)

2

4

6

5

0

5

0

0

0

4

3

7

1

1

2

0

0

0

4

1

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

9

25

Chemistry(442)

10

5

15

2

2

4

0

0

0

3

8

11

5

2

7

4

4

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

24

21

45

Earth Science(443)

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

7

9

1

3

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

11

15

Combined Maths and Statistics(460)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mathematics(461)

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

1

6

Statistics(462)

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

5

Computer Science(481)

12

8

20

3

0

3

0

0

0

12

0

12

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

29

10

39

Computer Use(482)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Ph. D. Degrees obtained obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students — continued

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction

12

2

14

14

5

19

7

2

9

8

3

11

1

0

1

4

3

7

27

8

35

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

73

23

96

Combined Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction(500)

0

0

0

7

2

9

7

2

9

4

2

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

18

6

24

Combined Engineering & Engineering Trades(520)

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

1

13

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

16

1

17

Mechanics and metal work(521)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

Electricity and energy(522)

1

0

1

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

Electronics and automation(523)

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

2

2

4

15

7

22

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

19

10

29

Chemical and process(524)

3

0

3

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

0

5

Motor vehicles, ships and aircraft(525)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Manufacturing and Processing(540)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Food processing(541)

2

0

2

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

1

5

Textiles, clothes, footwear, leather(542)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Materials (wood, paper, plastic, glass) (543)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mining and extraction(544)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Architecture and building(580)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Architecture and town planning(581)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Building and civil engineering(582)

3

1

4

2

1

3

0

0

0

2

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

7

3

10

Ph. D. Degrees obtained obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students — continued

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

Agriculture and Veterinary

12

9

21

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

12

9

21

Combined Agriculture & Veterinary(600)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Argiculture, forestry and fishery(620)

1

5

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

5

6

Crop and livestock production(621)

4

2

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

2

6

Horticulture(622)

3

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

3

Forestry(623)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fisheries(624)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Veterinary(641)

4

2

6

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

2

6

Health and Welfare

22

14

36

8

3

11

0

3

3

13

30

43

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

7

16

0

0

0

54

57

111

Combined Health and Welfare(700)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

2

5

Combined Health(720)

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

Medicine(721)

21

10

31

7

2

9

0

3

3

9

21

30

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

9

7

16

0

0

0

46

43

89

Nursing and caring(723)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Dental Studies(724)

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

Medical diagnostic and treatment technology(725)

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

Therapy and Rehabilitation(726)

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

4

Pharmacy(727)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

Combined Social Services(760)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

2

Child Care and youth services(761)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Social work and counselling(762)

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

Ph. D. Degrees obtained obtained in the calendar year 2003/04 by field of study (ISCED)1: full-time and part-time students — continued

Field of Study (ISCED)1

UCD

UCC

NUIG

TCD

NUIM

DCU

UL & MIC2

SPD

NCAD

RCSI

Mater Dei

TOTAL

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

M

F

T

Services

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

3

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

3

8

Combined Services(800)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Personal Services(810)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hotel, restaurant and catering(811)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Travel, tourism and leisure(812)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sports(813)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Domestic services(814)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Hair and beauty services(815)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Transport services(840)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Environmental Protection(850)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

3

8

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

5

3

8

Environmental protection technology(851)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Natural environments and wildlife(852)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Community sanitation services(853)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Combined Security Services(860)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Protection of persons and property(861)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Occupational health and safety(862)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Military and defence(863)

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0