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 6, inclusive, answered orally.
Questions Nos. 7 to 37, inclusive, resubmitted.
Questions Nos. 38 to 45, inclusive, answered orally.

Small School Closures.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

46 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Education and Science if it is his intention to conduct a review into the viability of small rural schools. [44148/09]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

50 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will confirm that there will be no closures of small rural schools with fewer than 100 pupils. [44147/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 46 and 50 together.

As the Deputy will be aware, the Special Group on Public Services and Expenditure was established to examine current expenditure programmes in each Government Department and to make recommendations to Government for ensuring a return to sustainable public finances.

The report outlined that of the 3,200 primary schools in the State, approximately 47% had five teachers or fewer. The report also identified significant cost savings that could be achieved by reducing the overall number of schools through amalgamations and mergers.

The proposals in the report are being considered in the context of the current financial climate. Decisions on all of the issues arising will be a matter for the Government. While I will have to await the outcome of these deliberative processes, I can confirm that there are no plans to undertake an immediate large-scale programme of small school closures at this time. The exception to this is small schools where the question of closure would arise in the normal course under the current sustainability limits. These will continue to be dealt with in the same way and such schools may be closed if the numbers reduce over time to an unsustainable level.

However, I am of the view that my Department will have to examine the implementation of more strict guidelines in relation to the number of pupils required for both the commencement and the sustainability of schools.

It is within this context that my Department will be examining discreet groups or clusters of small schools and perhaps some individual small schools to see how we might achieve more value for money and a more efficient use of the resources that are currently allocated to these schools.

However, in considering any policy changes relating to small schools, my Department is conscious that there is a wider dimension in addition to the cost of maintaining small schools to be considered. Among the issues that will need to be taken into account are the impact of school closures on dispersed rural communities, parental choice, the availability of diversity of school provision and the additional cost of school transport.

All Patron bodies and the Education Partners will be consulted as part of any initiative undertaken by my Department in the future.

Multi-Denominational Schools.

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

47 Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Education and Science if he has come to an arrangement with the Protestant school community to reverse the cutbacks made to the fee paying Protestant schools in Budget 2009; his views on the long-standing tradition in which the State recognised the geographically dispersed nature of the Protestant community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44090/09]

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

389 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the views expressed by the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin and the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin regarding specific funding for Protestant schools; the degree to which he will continue this provision; if his attention has been drawn to the widespread concern arising from earlier indications in this regard and the need to provide reassurances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44480/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 47 and 389 together.

As I stated in my reply to Deputy Hayes today, I have had several meetings with Protestant representatives, most recently on 21 October, when I met with the Committee on Management for Protestant Schools. At that meeting, I invited the committee to join a working group with my officials to explore future measures to support their schools. While I regret that the Committee has declined the invitation, I retain the belief that engagement between them and my officials is the best way to resolve the issues that are of concern.

I have repeatedly stated my, and the Government's, commitment to supporting Protestant education. Indeed, it is in order to deal with the concerns expressed by Archbishop Neill of the effect of the budgetary changes on Protestant schools that I have sought to ensure the direct involvement of those involved in Protestant education in identifying and resolving issues collaboratively. I wish also to confirm that I fully concur with Archbishop Martin's views on the contribution of Protestant schools to fostering pluralism in Irish education.

I would like to emphasise that the Government continues to provide the Block Grant, which was increased this year and amounted to €6.5 million. It is targeted as a support to individual pupils to enable them to attend Protestant schools. I would urge the Deputies to take note that it is this grant, and this grant only, which defrays fees for pupils in need, enabling them to attend day or boarding schools as required, in recognition of the dispersed nature of the Protestant community.

However, I am obliged, at all times, to act in accordance with the Constitution. The Constitution, in article 44, permits state aid to denominational schools, but only on the basis that there be no discrimination between schools under different religious management. The advice of the Attorney General has been provided on the interpretation of this provision, and I am satisfied that the budget changes are consistent with the Constitution.

It is clear, therefore, that a return to the status quo ante is not legally possible.

However, I would like to restate my commitment to working with the Protestant community to identify and resolve issues that may affect some of their schools, particularly those in rural areas, and to examine how these might be examined in a manner consistent with the Constitution.

Higher Education Grants.

Sean Sherlock

Ceist:

48 Deputy Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Science his views on allowing unemployed persons who already have a degree avail of the back to education allowance, free third level fees and the higher education maintenance grants, in view of the fact that many unemployed persons with third level qualifications or higher will need to receive new skills and degrees in completely different fields if they are to rejoin the labour market; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that persons on the labour market activation scheme are forbidden from availing of these grants; if his further attention has been drawn to the rigid requirements of most grant schemes which reject applicants who already have a qualification; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44067/09]

Under the terms of my Department's student grant and free fees schemes, students who are entering approved courses for the first time are eligible for grants and free tuition fees where they satisfy the prescribed conditions of the individual schemes, including those relating to progression.

In general, students who previously pursued a course of study are not eligible for grant assistance or free tuition fees in respect of a second period of study at the same level, irrespective of whether or not a grant or tuition fees were paid previously. The main objective of this policy is to assist as many students as possible in obtaining one undergraduate degree and in progressing, where appropriate, to a postgraduate course of study. Subject to the conditions of the individual schemes, free tuition and grants are available where students are progressing to a course at a higher level.

While I have no plans at present to change the current progression requirements of the existing schemes, my Department has been working closely with the Departments of Enterprise, Trade and Employment and Social and Family Affairs to develop appropriate responses to meet the upskilling needs of those who are losing their jobs or facing uncertain employment prospects.

Under the labour market activation scheme, 2,500 part-time undergraduate and postgraduate places have been made available for unemployed people. Although the Maintenance Grant and Free Fees schemes do not cover part-time courses, students on the scheme are not charged tuition fees and are not required to pay the €1,500 registration fee. Postgraduate students may be required to pay a small charge.

Participants are also entitled to retain social welfare payments to which they have an underlying entitlement. The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a second chance education opportunities scheme designed to encourage and facilitate people on certain social welfare payments to improve their skills and qualifications and therefore, their prospects of returning to the workforce. Eligibility for the Back to Education Allowance and associated payments is determined and administered by the Department of Social and Family Affairs and is primarily a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Social and Family Affairs.

The Government is anxious to continue to ensure a co-ordinated approach to optimise the opportunities for both school leavers and mature students to engage in education and training and will keep the existing arrangements under review. The scope to develop further responses is being considered in the context of ongoing discussions with other Government Departments on developing appropriate upskilling, training and education responses for unemployed people.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

49 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Science the action he will take on the current crisis within county councils and vocational education committees in the administering of student grants; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many students will have to wait until January 2010 to receive the first instalment of their grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44149/09]

My Department acknowledges that some students are experiencing delays in the processing of their grant applications. It is understood that both local authorities and VECs, the awarding bodies for student grants, received an unprecedented number of student grant applications this year with increases in applications up by 30% in some areas. In some instances, late applications are still being received.

Both VECs and local authorities are experiencing pressures due to the increased workload associated with the increased demand for the schemes, particularly in the context of the recruitment moratorium in the public sector which, in some instances, is affecting the processing of grants. However, every effort is being made by these bodies to ensure that students get decisions on their grant applications and are paid as soon as possible.

The current difficult economic circumstances have necessitated tough choices to control public expenditure and to ensure sustainability in the long run. This includes the need to implement a recruitment and promotion moratorium in the public sector. It is inevitable that staffing constraints on public bodies will lead to certain pressures on services. However, these bodies, even in these challenging circumstances, are endeavouring to ensure that the work associated with the processing of grants is prioritised.

Apart from the pressures associated with the volume of applications, a significant number of outstanding grant applications have not been processed in full because the applications were incomplete. I would remind students and their parents to return all necessary supporting documentation as early as possible to help the awarding bodies make prompt decisions on entitlement. I have asked the Higher Education Authority to request institutions to be flexible in respect of the payment of the student services charge for those still awaiting a decision on their grant application.

I am assessing organisational options for the processing of grant applications in the longer run with a view to streamlining operations and achieving more effective administrative efficiencies. Possible options for a more significant aggregation of functions are now being explored in the context of budgetary considerations and the Government's overall programme of public service reform.

In the interim, my Department is working closely with local authorities and VECs on a number of initiatives, some of which are already leading to administrative efficiencies and alleviating some of the pressures on awarding authorities. These initiatives, which will also enhance the level of service to students, include the provision of advance payments for student grants to all awarding authorities, migration of grant payments directly to students on a phased basis by way of electronic funds transfer and improvements to the grant application process.

Question No. 50 answered with Question No. 46.

School Management.

Joe Costello

Ceist:

51 Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Education and Science if he has completed his review of the legal and related issues surrounding the application by Educate Together to be recognised as a patron for a post-primary school; the reason his officials raised concerns recently at a meeting (details supplied) regarding Educate Together’s proposal not to stream students at second level; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44084/09]

My Department is considering a number of broad policy issues relating to the recognition process for second level schools and the application from Educate Together to be recognised as a patron body at second level is being fully examined within the context of the relevant legal, financial and other factors.

In recent talks between officials from my Department and representatives from Educate Together, there was a wide-ranging and constructive discussion about the issues associated with Educate Together's application to become a patron at second level. The discussion also focussed on the blueprint for post-primary education published by Educate Together in June of this year. This blueprint outlines the approach by Educate Together to providing an inclusive education where all young people, whatever their ability, will be provided with learning opportunities and classroom practices that explicitly take account of the different ways students learn.

Educate Together's proposal not to stream students at second level was one of a wide range of issues discussed at the meeting with them. The main focus of the discussion related to the potential enrolments in any school given recognition by the Department, the necessity to cater for as wide a range as possible of the community served by the school and the extent of curricular range that would be available in an Educate Together school. My Department does not oppose the principle of mixed ability classes. The purpose of raising the issue was to seek clarification on how a policy of not streaming pupils would be implemented in practice.

In view of the range of issues involved, it has not been possible to bring this matter to a conclusion as quickly as I would have liked. However, it is my intention to finalise this matter and convey a decision to Educate Together at the earliest date possible.

Flood Damage.

Jim O'Keeffe

Ceist:

52 Deputy Jim O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the damage arising from the recent flooding at University College Cork; if he has proposals to deal with same. [44143/09]

Jim O'Keeffe

Ceist:

60 Deputy Jim O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the loss, damage and disruption caused to students at University College Cork arising from the recent flooding which affected student accommodation and led to damage and loss of books, laptops and personal belongings; if he has proposals to assist them in their difficulties. [44144/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 52 and 60 together.

I am very conscious of the hardship being experienced by many people across the country due to the recent unprecedented flooding. In regard to University College Cork specifically, I visited the University yesterday to view the position at first hand. My Department has also received an initial report from the University Authorities detailing the extensive flood damage caused to educational facilities and student residences. I understand that 29 of the University's individual buildings were flooded including the recently constructed IT Building. I further understand that approximately 30 acres of the University's 80 acres land bank were submerged in flood water.

Apart from damage to buildings and facilities, at the human level I understand that close to 2,000 students were forced to evacuate their student residences. A significant recovery effort involving well over 150 people has been undertaken with an emphasis on addressing emergency and safety issues. I congratulate all involved in working speedily to minimise risks and restore as best as possible normal activities at the University.

I have been advised by the Higher Education Authority that the University has in place adequate and appropriate levels of insurance. Loss assessors acting on behalf of the insurers have already visited the University to examine at first hand the extent of damage caused. It is not possible at this early stage to quantify the full extent of the damage until further surveys and assessments are complete.

Finally, the Deputy may recall that earlier this year I extended a scheme of minor works funding that existed within the institute of technology sector to the country's 7 universities. Under the scheme, UCC derived funding of €3.6m in the current year. This funding will enable the college to address urgent small-scale capital issues on a priority basis.

Loss of personal property would also fall to be dealt with by individuals' insurers.

Schools Building Projects.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

53 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding the review of the school building capital programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44127/09]

As I have indicated previously to the House, I am currently in the process of reviewing my Department's school building and modernisation programme with my officials in the context of the Estimates for 2010. I intend making a further announcement on the school building programme when that review has been completed.

Decisions in respect of the expenditure of the annual allocation are made on the basis of the elements of the school building and modernisation programme that are most pressing in terms of need.

The Forward Planning Section of my Department has carried out a study of the country to identify the areas where, due to demographic changes, there may be a requirement for significant additional school provision at primary and post-primary levels over the coming years. The study indicates that the requirement for additional primary provision in 2010, 2011 and 2012 is likely to be greatest in 42 selected locations across the country, based on significant changes to the demographic profile of those areas.

This information has been circulated to all existing school Patrons who have been invited to bring forward proposals for the expansion of existing schools or indeed to put themselves forward as Patron for any new primary school, should it be required. The requirement for the establishment of new schools will of course be lessened where it is possible to expand and extend existing schools in those areas.

In addition, this Government has shown a consistent determination to improve the condition of our existing school buildings and to ensure that the appropriate facilities are in place to enable the implementation of a broad and balanced curriculum in those schools.

The principal component of the school building and modernisation programme is, and will remain, the delivery of large scale projects which consist of either new schools or major extensions or refurbishments of existing schools. However, the level of demand on the school building programme is such that all projects cannot be carried out together. They will have to be carried out over time in a structured and coherent manner and that is the reasoning behind the Department's published prioritisation criteria.

Other factors which have to be taken into consideration include contractual commitments which will be carried into 2010 from this years programme and the procurement of sites where this is necessary.

I should add that in addition to the major projects, there are a number of other schemes in operation, such as the Summer Works Scheme, the Energy Efficiency Scheme, the Permanent Accommodation Scheme and the Emergency Works Scheme.

All of these factors will inform the Departments Building Programme for 2010 and subsequent years.

School Accommodation.

David Stanton

Ceist:

54 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Education and Science further to Parliamentary Question No. 522 of 23 of June 2009, if the review of his Department’s policies and procedures for the provision of temporary classroom accommodation has been completed; if he has received a report regarding same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44146/09]

The review of policies and procedures for the provision of temporary classroom accommodation is well underway.

One change in policy that has been implemented is to grant aid the purchase (rather than rental) of temporary accommodation where the need for such accommodation is likely to exist for more than 3 years. Furthermore, since July 2008, it is my policy to offer schools being approved for grant aid for temporary accommodation the option to use their capital grant aid to build a permanent classroom(s) rather than purchase a prefab. As at the end of October 2009, 210 schools have been approved funding for the purchase of prefabricated classroom(s) with the option of building a permanent room(s). 61 of the approved schools have indicated to my Department that they intend purchasing prefabs and 60 intend to use the grant-aid to build a permanent room. The remaining schools have not yet indicated their preference.

These policies will reduce the usage of temporary accommodation and, particularly, the incidence of long term rental of prefabs and have already contributed to emerging savings of approximately €14m on annual expenditure on rental of temporary accommodation in 2009 as compared to 2008.

In addition, my Department has engaged a specialist firm to develop new procedures and systems for the provision of temporary accommodation with a view to achieving best value for money. Work is well underway and the firm of specialists is working closely with officials in the Planning and Building Unit of my Department. The review incorporates the development of standard specifications for temporary accommodation, the development of new contractual terms to incorporate buy-out and relocation options to cater for individual local circumstances and appropriately protect the interests of the Department and school authorities. My Department has received a draft of a new contract for the provision of temporary accommodation which is currently under consideration. The work on the development of standard specifications is also well advanced.

Another strand of the review is negotiations with prefab suppliers to buy out existing rental contracts or reductions in annual rent, as appropriate. An initial group of 46 schools with rented prefabricated accommodation has been identified for priority negotiations with suppliers to buy out existing rental contracts.

I expect that I will be in a position to approve a number of these purchases of prefabricated accommodation in the coming weeks.

The focus of this review is the development and adoption of practical measures and policies to achieve best value for money in the area of temporary accommodation in schools and not on the production of a written report. The target outputs of the review include a set of standardised specifications for prefabricated accommodation, a suitable generic contract for the rental of prefabricated accommodation and recommendations for the buy-out of certain prefab rental contracts. My officials will continue to evaluate the progress and outcomes of the review and report to me in this regard.

Third Level Charges.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

55 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will respond to claims that moneys collected from the student registration fee are not used to fund student services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44152/09]

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

61 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Education and Science if he will confirm that there will be no further increases in the student registration fee. [44151/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 55 and 61 together.

As the Deputy will be aware the student services charge is levied by third level institutions to defray the costs of examinations, registration and students services. These services may include on-campus medical and counselling facilities for students, access and disability services, careers office, student facilities, student clubs and societies etc. Currently, the student services charge is decided annually by third-level institutions in consultation with the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and my Department. Any change in the level of this charge would only be considered where the increase is intended to bring the amount contributed by students into line with the costs of the range of students services provided.

As already announced, the Government indicated that it was prepared to accept increases in the level of this charge for the academic year 2009/10 to bring it to a limit of €1,500 in individual higher education institutions. In the previous academic year, 2008/2009, the charge stood at €900. The increase in the charge for the 2009/2010 academic year enabled individual institutions to bring the amount contributed by students more into line with the real cost of providing student services in those institutions. This was agreed on the understanding that the revenue generated by the increase adopted by each institution would reflect their requirements in defraying the full cost of items that fall to be funded by the charge. Where income from the charge did not previously meet the full cost of these services, this required an effective cross subsidisation by institutions from their general block grant funding.

Systems of local accountability to students are in place across higher education institutions in respect of the use of resources generated by the charge. The Higher Education Authority has issued a Framework of Good Practice for the Provision of Student Services to the publicly funded higher education institutions. The Framework consists of guidelines to establish an appropriate system of consultation with students in the allocation of funding from the charge and in the determination of student services to be funded from this source with particular emphasis on principles of transparency and accountability. The HEA has written to all institutions on a number of occasions to ensure that correct procedures are in place, and to remind them of their function in relation to the student services charge, in accordance with the Framework of Good Practice.

I have asked the HEA to ensure that all institutions are using the full income from the charge for the purpose which it is intended relating to student services.

Higher Education Grants.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

56 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Education and Science if his attention has been drawn to the fact that 50 students are dropping out each week due to delays in grant payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44150/09]

It is not possible to assess the scale of drop out in the current year on the basis of data currently available to my Department and the Higher Education Authority. However, the issue of student retention is a priority issue for me and it is an issue that will increase in importance in light of the recent increases in student enrolments in the last two years.

In light of my prioritisation of retention, the Higher Education Authority are currently researching this issue. Improvements in the quality of administrative data due to the development of the Student Record System since 2004 are underpinning this new analysis of retention, progression and completion, which will be available early in 2010.

The process of assessing eligibility for third level grants and the organisation, management and payment of student grants are matters for the relevant local authority or VEC. These bodies seek to ensure students get decisions on their grant applications and are paid as soon as possible.

The terms of the Higher Education Grants Scheme and the Vocational Education Committees' Scholarship Scheme for the 2009/10 academic year provide for the payment by the Local Authorities/VEC's of each maintenance grant in three equal instalments as early as possible in each term.

Students and parents should ensure that all necessary supporting documentation is provided at the earliest date to assist the awarding bodies to make prompt decisions on entitlement.

The Higher Education Authority on my behalf have requested institutions to be flexible in respect of the payment of the student services charge for those still awaiting a decision on their grant application.

Schools Building Projects.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

57 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of school building projects before his Department; the number that have been on the waiting list for less than five years; the number on such lists for more than five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44202/09]

My Department currently has 226 major capital projects for school buildings at various stages of architectural planning. These range from projects where a design team is to be appointed to those currently at tender stage.

Applications for 34 of these projects were received since January 2005.

Applications for the remainder of these major capital projects would have been received in my Department prior to January 2005.

Educational Projects.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

58 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Education and Science the position regarding the project maths programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44126/09]

The Project Maths initiative is designed to encourage better understanding of Maths, to reinforce the practical relevance of maths to everyday life, and to ensure better continuity between primary and second level, and junior and senior cycle. It is being led by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, working in collaboration with my Department and the State Examinations Commission. The initiative started in 2008 and is being piloted in 24 schools. The curriculum changes will be phased in over three years and mainstreaming will begin in 2010/11 in all schools, prefaced by a national programme of professional development for teachers which began in October and which will continue to at least 2013.

Students in the 24 schools involved in the initial implementation from September 2008 are experiencing mathematics in a new way. Teachers are being provided with classroom materials to enable them to adopt the new approaches and will be supported professionally in embracing change. These materials and supports will include lesson plans, with teacher guides and student worksheets, online exemplars and a range of assessment materials.

Project Maths is being supported by intensive investment in professional development for teachers. A Maths Support Team has been appointed and some €3m has been provided for the programme in 2009 alone. Investment in professional development for teachers will continue in a rolling programme of reform.

Project Maths is being implemented on a phased basis covering the following five strands of mathematics:

Phase 1 Strand 1 statistics and probability;

Strand 2 geometry and trigonometry

Phase 2 Strand 3 number; Strand 4 algebra

Phase 3 functions

Phase 3 will have begun in all schools in 2012, and will be fully implemented in all class groups by 2015.

The NCCA website www.ncca.ie. sets out the draft syllabus for Strands 1 to 4 at junior and senior cycle, a draft common Mathematics course for the first year in junior cycle, and a Geometry course. The website www.ProjectMaths.ie sets out additional supports in the form of teaching and learning plans, a forum for teachers, and additional resources. These resources will expand over time.

Pupil-Teacher Ratio.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

59 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Education and Science the extent to which class sizes and pupil teacher ratios have varied in the past three years to date in 2009; the action he will take to bring about a restoration to the best practice over this period; the degree to which it is intended to address these issues in the short to medium term; if he has received requests from the various school authorities here seeking such improvements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44203/09]

At primary level the average class size for each of the years 2006/07, 07/08 and 08/09 was 24.09, 23.9 and 23.8 respectively.

The pupil teacher ratio varied from 16.41:1 in 2006/07, 16:1 in 2007/08 to 15.9:1 in 2008/09.

At post-primary level the PTR in 2006/07, 07/08 and 08/09 was 24.09, 23.9 and 23.8 respectively.

Data in relation to the 2009/10 school year is currently being collected from schools and will be made available when processed.

The Revised Programme for Government commits the Government to no further increase in the pupil teacher ratio in primary and second level schools for the lifetime of this Government. Under the revised programme there is a commitment to provide 500 teaching posts between primary and second levels over the next three years. These posts will be allocated to the schools that are most seriously affected by the recent increase in the PTR, using objective criteria.

A consultation process in relation to the allocation of these additional posts is currently underway between officials of my Department and the education partners.

Question No. 60 answered with Question No. 52.
Question No. 61 answered with Question No. 55.

Schools Building Projects.

David Stanton

Ceist:

62 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Education and Science the research or investigations conducted into the need to provide additional schools and classrooms in the Midleton and east Cork area at both primary and second level in the coming years; the action he has taken or plans to take in this regard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44145/09]

The Forward Planning Section of my Department utilises the latest in GIS technology to assist in planning school requirements in the future. The Geographical Information System contains information on all schools in the country, primary and post primary level, geo-coded to their location. The information is then linked to the relevant demographic information for those areas — typically the demographic information will be from the Central Statistic's Office Census data, the General Registrar of Births, the Department of Social and Family Affairs, An Post's Geo-directory and information supplied by Local Authorities through Development Plans.

Growth projection figures are applied to the existing population with a view to assessing future requirements and areas of highest growth at primary and post-primary level.

The Forward Planning Section of my Department has carried out a study of the country to identify the areas where, due to demographic changes, there may be a requirement for significant additional school provision at both primary and post-primary levels over the coming years.

The study indicates that the requirement for additional primary provision in years 2010, 2011 and 2012 is likely to be greatest in a total of over 40 locations across the country based on significant changes to the demographics of those areas. Midleton/Carrigtwohill is one of those locations.

Following this analysis, decisions will be taken on the means by which emerging needs will be met within the area.

Any proposed building projects will be considered in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme for 2010 and subsequent years. However, in light of current competing demands on the capital budget of my Department, it is not possible to give a more indicative timeframe for the delivery of the projects at this time.

Employment Statistics.

George Lee

Ceist:

63 Deputy George Lee asked the Taoiseach the number of persons aged under 25 years who were unemployed each month from January 2008 to November 2008 by gender and by county; and the number in each social welfare office in Dublin by gender for each of these time periods; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43924/09]

George Lee

Ceist:

64 Deputy George Lee asked the Taoiseach the number of persons aged under 25 years who were unemployed on 31 December 2007, 31 December 2008 and each month to date in 2009 in each social welfare office in Dublin by gender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43925/09]

George Lee

Ceist:

65 Deputy George Lee asked the Taoiseach the number of persons who were unemployed on 31 December 2007, 31 December 2008 and each month to date in 2009 by gender and by county; the number in each social welfare office in Dublin by gender for each of these time periods; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43926/09]

George Lee

Ceist:

66 Deputy George Lee asked the Taoiseach the number of persons who were unemployed each month from January 2008 to November 2008 by gender and by county; the number in each social welfare office in Dublin by gender for each of these periods; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43927/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 63 to 66, inclusive, together.

The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of data on employment and unemployment. It provides estimates at State and regional levels but does not provide data for counties or smaller areas. However, the Live Register does provide information at county and local office level. Table 1 contains live register information for each county while Table 2 gives corresponding information for each local social welfare office in Dublin, for each month from December 2007 to October 2009 inclusive. The two tables contain a breakdown by gender and by age group. The Live Register is not designed to measure unemployment according to international ILO definitions.

Table 1: Persons on the Live Register (Number) by County, Month, Age and Sex, December 2007-October 2009

Month1

Male Under 25 years

Male 25 years and over

Male All ages

Female Under 25 years

Female 25 years and over

Female All ages

Both sexes Under 25 years

Both sexes 25 years and over

Both sexes All ages

Cavan County

Dec-07

329

1,267

1,596

212

820

1,032

541

2,087

2,628

Jan-08

364

1,374

1,738

226

842

1,068

590

2,216

2,806

Feb-08

386

1,491

1,877

237

836

1,073

623

2,327

2,950

Mar-08

403

1,585

1,988

253

921

1,174

656

2,506

3,162

Apr-08

438

1,633

2,071

259

884

1,143

697

2,517

3,214

May-08

452

1,711

2,163

284

896

1,180

736

2,607

3,343

Jun-08

493

1,854

2,347

359

1,065

1,424

852

2,919

3,771

Jul-08

531

1,934

2,465

406

1,193

1,599

937

3,127

4,064

Aug-08

573

2,030

2,603

409

1,160

1,569

982

3,190

4,172

Sep-08

583

2,108

2,691

382

1,068

1,450

965

3,176

4,141

Oct-08

614

2,302

2,916

386

1,129

1,515

1,000

3,431

4,431

Nov-08

647

2,497

3,144

389

1,173

1,562

1,036

3,670

4,706

Dec-08

694

2,715

3,409

404

1,260

1,664

1,098

3,975

5,073

Jan-09

797

3,163

3,960

463

1,379

1,842

1,260

4,542

5,802

Feb-09

904

3,447

4,351

515

1,482

1,997

1,419

4,929

6,348

Mar-09

954

3,563

4,517

527

1,510

2,037

1,481

5,073

6,554

Apr-09

970

3,738

4,708

524

1,577

2,101

1,494

5,315

6,809

May-09

971

3,729

4,700

557

1,556

2,113

1,528

5,285

6,813

Jun-09

1,039

3,825

4,864

645

1,671

2,316

1,684

5,496

7,180

Jul-09

1,054

3,823

4,877

697

1,802

2,499

1,751

5,625

7,376

Aug-09

1,056

3,878

4,934

696

1,787

2,483

1,752

5,665

7,417

Sep-09

1,002

3,871

4,873

651

1,667

2,318

1,653

5,538

7,191

Oct-09

920

3,799

4,719

585

1,717

2,302

1,505

5,516

7,021

Donegal County

Dec-07

1,161

4,353

5,514

788

2,805

3,593

1,949

7,158

9,107

Jan-08

1,296

4,731

6,027

816

2,808

3,624

2,112

7,539

9,651

Feb-08

1,408

4,873

6,281

836

2,840

3,676

2,244

7,713

9,957

Mar-08

1,484

4,995

6,479

817

3,056

3,873

2,301

8,051

10,352

Apr-08

1,497

5,062

6,559

823

2,897

3,720

2,320

7,959

10,279

May-08

1,511

5,197

6,708

888

2,981

3,869

2,399

8,178

10,577

Jun-08

1,714

5,455

7,169

1,083

3,293

4,376

2,797

8,748

11,545

Jul-08

1,858

5,786

7,644

1,222

3,609

4,831

3,080

9,395

12,475

Aug-08

1,991

6,067

8,058

1,295

3,602

4,897

3,286

9,669

12,955

Sep-08

1,975

6,123

8,098

1,168

3,284

4,452

3,143

9,407

12,550

Oct-08

2,106

6,454

8,560

1,136

3,449

4,585

3,242

9,903

13,145

Nov-08

2,289

6,982

9,271

1,202

3,617

4,819

3,491

10,599

14,090

Dec-08

2,537

7,570

10,107

1,259

3,898

5,157

3,796

11,468

15,264

Jan-09

2,775

8,420

11,195

1,396

4,181

5,577

4,171

12,601

16,772

Feb-09

2,889

8,844

11,733

1,449

4,377

5,826

4,338

13,221

17,559

Mar-09

2,944

9,111

12,055

1,469

4,470

5,939

4,413

13,581

17,994

Apr-09

2,960

9,343

12,303

1,502

4,578

6,080

4,462

13,921

18,383

May-09

3,109

9,681

12,790

1,602

4,669

6,271

4,711

14,350

19,061

Jun-09

3,218

9,931

13,149

1,773

4,973

6,746

4,991

14,904

19,895

Jul-09

3,359

10,173

13,532

1,948

5,411

7,359

5,307

15,584

20,891

Aug-09

3,354

10,292

13,646

1,995

5,424

7,419

5,349

15,716

21,065

Sep-09

3,194

10,104

13,298

1,796

4,973

6,769

4,990

15,077

20,067

Oct-09

3,042

10,055

13,097

1,634

5,083

6,717

4,676

15,138

19,814

Leitrim County

Dec-07

148

723

871

91

480

571

239

1,203

1,442

Jan-08

156

777

933

91

490

581

247

1,267

1,514

Feb-08

173

820

993

90

492

582

263

1,312

1,575

Mar-08

193

889

1,082

95

519

614

288

1,408

1,696

Apr-08

192

882

1,074

94

500

594

286

1,382

1,668

May-08

193

866

1,059

110

512

622

303

1,378

1,681

Jun-08

213

928

1,141

128

562

690

341

1,490

1,831

Jul-08

239

981

1,220

148

632

780

387

1,613

2,000

Aug-08

250

1,051

1,301

154

649

803

404

1,700

2,104

Sep-08

252

1,058

1,310

136

613

749

388

1,671

2,059

Oct-08

249

1,166

1,415

124

651

775

373

1,817

2,190

Nov-08

265

1,242

1,507

126

659

785

391

1,901

2,292

Dec-08

316

1,365

1,681

129

691

820

445

2,056

2,501

Jan-09

367

1,566

1,933

144

759

903

511

2,325

2,836

Feb-09

394

1,674

2,068

158

788

946

552

2,462

3,014

Mar-09

411

1,721

2,132

177

820

997

588

2,541

3,129

Apr-09

421

1,751

2,172

177

839

1,016

598

2,590

3,188

May-09

428

1,882

2,310

198

886

1,084

626

2,768

3,394

Jun-09

472

1,912

2,384

257

926

1,183

729

2,838

3,567

Jul-09

484

1,961

2,445

304

1,003

1,307

788

2,964

3,752

Aug-09

491

1,974

2,465

303

1,023

1,326

794

2,997

3,791

Sep-09

457

1,929

2,386

252

952

1,204

709

2,881

3,590

Oct-09

434

1,901

2,335

225

922

1,147

659

2,823

3,482

Louth County

Dec-07

891

3,491

4,382

468

2,042

2,510

1,359

5,533

6,892

Jan-08

1,010

3,746

4,756

534

2,100

2,634

1,544

5,846

7,390

Feb-08

1,089

4,061

5,150

554

2,237

2,791

1,643

6,298

7,941

Mar-08

1,106

4,121

5,227

582

2,351

2,933

1,688

6,472

8,160

Apr-08

1,106

4,157

5,263

591

2,250

2,841

1,697

6,407

8,104

May-08

1,109

4,083

5,192

615

2,253

2,868

1,724

6,336

8,060

Jun-08

1,214

4,280

5,494

683

2,440

3,123

1,897

6,720

8,617

Jul-08

1,305

4,557

5,862

762

2,700

3,462

2,067

7,257

9,324

Aug-08

1,398

4,799

6,197

803

2,741

3,544

2,201

7,540

9,741

Sep-08

1,400

4,871

6,271

792

2,496

3,288

2,192

7,367

9,559

Oct-08

1,477

5,237

6,714

771

2,661

3,432

2,248

7,898

10,146

Nov-08

1,578

5,651

7,229

785

2,732

3,517

2,363

8,383

10,746

Dec-08

1,664

6,088

7,752

822

2,883

3,705

2,486

8,971

11,457

Jan-09

1,912

7,129

9,041

988

3,234

4,222

2,900

10,363

13,263

Feb-09

2,049

7,824

9,873

1,118

3,537

4,655

3,167

11,361

14,528

Mar-09

2,141

8,151

10,292

1,116

3,653

4,769

3,257

11,804

15,061

Apr-09

2,138

8,351

10,489

1,136

3,811

4,947

3,274

12,162

15,436

May-09

2,178

8,557

10,735

1,222

3,913

5,135

3,400

12,470

15,870

Jun-09

2,367

8,857

11,224

1,391

4,165

5,556

3,758

13,022

16,780

Jul-09

2,390

8,955

11,345

1,470

4,482

5,952

3,860

13,437

17,297

Aug-09

2,383

8,966

11,349

1,445

4,529

5,974

3,828

13,495

17,323

Sep-09

2,275

8,801

11,076

1,340

4,146

5,486

3,615

12,947

16,562

Oct-09

2,195

8,746

10,941

1,241

4,087

5,328

3,436

12,833

16,269

Monaghan County

Dec-07

230

1,133

1,363

155

739

894

385

1,872

2,257

Jan-08

266

1,211

1,477

170

761

931

436

1,972

2,408

Feb-08

304

1,311

1,615

186

799

985

490

2,110

2,600

Mar-08

310

1,385

1,695

196

883

1,079

506

2,268

2,774

Apr-08

328

1,433

1,761

218

848

1,066

546

2,281

2,827

May-08

349

1,486

1,835

231

886

1,117

580

2,372

2,952

Jun-08

398

1,517

1,915

294

994

1,288

692

2,511

3,203

Jul-08

430

1,656

2,086

357

1,125

1,482

787

2,781

3,568

Aug-08

456

1,716

2,172

356

1,119

1,475

812

2,835

3,647

Sep-08

443

1,779

2,222

321

1,054

1,375

764

2,833

3,597

Oct-08

482

1,992

2,474

276

1,067

1,343

758

3,059

3,817

Nov-08

539

2,104

2,643

276

1,088

1,364

815

3,192

4,007

Dec-08

560

2,282

2,842

286

1,170

1,456

846

3,452

4,298

Jan-09

662

2,735

3,397

334

1,280

1,614

996

4,015

5,011

Feb-09

726

2,985

3,711

349

1,362

1,711

1,075

4,347

5,422

Mar-09

759

3,030

3,789

365

1,387

1,752

1,124

4,417

5,541

Apr-09

780

3,182

3,962

375

1,449

1,824

1,155

4,631

5,786

May-09

820

3,208

4,028

410

1,458

1,868

1,230

4,666

5,896

Jun-09

884

3,268

4,152

518

1,554

2,072

1,402

4,822

6,224

Jul-09

922

3,335

4,257

565

1,668

2,233

1,487

5,003

6,490

Aug-09

929

3,387

4,316

562

1,673

2,235

1,491

5,060

6,551

Sep-09

831

3,291

4,122

482

1,506

1,988

1,313

4,797

6,110

Oct-09

766

3,348

4,114

436

1,557

1,993

1,202

4,905

6,107

Sligo County

Dec-07

287

1,121

1,408

145

583

728

432

1,704

2,136

Jan-08

330

1,231

1,561

177

623

800

507

1,854

2,361

Feb-08

326

1,269

1,595

201

614

815

527

1,883

2,410

Mar-08

334

1,321

1,655

211

643

854

545

1,964

2,509

Apr-08

340

1,353

1,693

214

614

828

554

1,967

2,521

May-08

343

1,378

1,721

234

630

864

577

2,008

2,585

Jun-08

409

1,443

1,852

264

718

982

673

2,161

2,834

Jul-08

434

1,505

1,939

282

814

1,096

716

2,319

3,035

Aug-08

453

1,616

2,069

301

861

1,162

754

2,477

3,231

Sep-08

452

1,559

2,011

260

734

994

712

2,293

3,005

Oct-08

462

1,649

2,111

258

757

1,015

720

2,406

3,126

Nov-08

501

1,784

2,285

260

797

1,057

761

2,581

3,342

Dec-08

531

1,893

2,424

271

835

1,106

802

2,728

3,530

Jan-09

612

2,200

2,812

327

952

1,279

939

3,152

4,091

Feb-09

686

2,333

3,019

374

1,013

1,387

1,060

3,346

4,406

Mar-09

732

2,406

3,138

390

1,069

1,459

1,122

3,475

4,597

Apr-09

720

2,478

3,198

389

1,120

1,509

1,109

3,598

4,707

May-09

738

2,582

3,320

443

1,201

1,644

1,181

3,783

4,964

Jun-09

766

2,634

3,400

519

1,278

1,797

1,285

3,912

5,197

Jul-09

806

2,698

3,504

553

1,395

1,948

1,359

4,093

5,452

Aug-09

827

2,771

3,598

551

1,381

1,932

1,378

4,152

5,530

Sep-09

757

2,624

3,381

527

1,293

1,820

1,284

3,917

5,201

Oct-09

700

2,540

3,240

458

1,267

1,725

1,158

3,807

4,965

Laoighis County

Dec-07

400

1,320

1,720

236

831

1,067

636

2,151

2,787

Jan-08

458

1,462

1,920

258

852

1,110

716

2,314

3,030

Feb-08

507

1,584

2,091

279

879

1,158

786

2,463

3,249

Mar-08

534

1,624

2,158

300

916

1,216

834

2,540

3,374

Apr-08

557

1,701

2,258

300

921

1,221

857

2,622

3,479

May-08

561

1,770

2,331

335

907

1,242

896

2,677

3,573

Jun-08

609

1,871

2,480

394

1,020

1,414

1,003

2,891

3,894

Jul-08

659

2,005

2,664

430

1,157

1,587

1,089

3,162

4,251

Aug-08

692

2,111

2,803

455

1,179

1,634

1,147

3,290

4,437

Sep-08

673

2,187

2,860

418

1,107

1,525

1,091

3,294

4,385

Oct-08

715

2,397

3,112

400

1,159

1,559

1,115

3,556

4,671

Nov-08

762

2,613

3,375

420

1,170

1,590

1,182

3,783

4,965

Dec-08

845

2,846

3,691

428

1,259

1,687

1,273

4,105

5,378

Jan-09

971

3,310

4,281

482

1,379

1,861

1,453

4,689

6,142

Feb-09

1,035

3,559

4,594

513

1,462

1,975

1,548

5,021

6,569

Mar-09

1,084

3,643

4,727

522

1,501

2,023

1,606

5,144

6,750

Apr-09

1,094

3,754

4,848

554

1,598

2,152

1,648

5,352

7,000

May-09

1,107

3,819

4,926

603

1,652

2,255

1,710

5,471

7,181

Jun-09

1,114

3,890

5,004

663

1,792

2,455

1,777

5,682

7,459

Jul-09

1,136

3,930

5,066

688

1,935

2,623

1,824

5,865

7,689

Aug-09

1,120

3,965

5,085

688

1,968

2,656

1,808

5,933

7,741

Sep-09

1,080

3,968

5,048

670

1,844

2,514

1,750

5,812

7,562

Oct-09

1,068

3,959

5,027

603

1,825

2,428

1,671

5,784

7,455

Month1

Male Under 25 years

Male 25 years and over

Male All ages

Female Under 25 years

Female 25 years and over

Female All ages

Both sexes Under 25 years

Both sexes 25 years and over

Both sexes All ages

Longford County

Dec-07

328

1,228

1,556

173

649

822

501

1,877

2,378

Jan-08

367

1,326

1,693

196

671

867

563

1,997

2,560

Feb-08

389

1,409

1,798

206

661

867

595

2,070

2,665

Mar-08

394

1,434

1,828

207

675

882

601

2,109

2,710

Apr-08

409

1,439

1,848

209

688

897

618

2,127

2,745

May-08

405

1,424

1,829

222

718

940

627

2,142

2,769

Jun-08

425

1,515

1,940

256

765

1,021

681

2,280

2,961

Jul-08

456

1,611

2,067

286

856

1,142

742

2,467

3,209

Aug-08

476

1,648

2,124

291

871

1,162

767

2,519

3,286

Sep-08

474

1,695

2,169

279

830

1,109

753

2,525

3,278

Oct-08

478

1,792

2,270

284

869

1,153

762

2,661

3,423

Nov-08

514

1,916

2,430

282

888

1,170

796

2,804

3,600

Dec-08

529

2,095

2,624

286

930

1,216

815

3,025

3,840

Jan-09

583

2,409

2,992

318

1,010

1,328

901

3,419

4,320

Feb-09

622

2,627

3,249

348

1,068

1,416

970

3,695

4,665

Mar-09

653

2,733

3,386

360

1,105

1,465

1,013

3,838

4,851

Apr-09

672

2,847

3,519

379

1,193

1,572

1,051

4,040

5,091

May-09

700

2,885

3,585

414

1,218

1,632

1,114

4,103

5,217

Jun-09

749

2,980

3,729

476

1,295

1,771

1,225

4,275

5,500

Jul-09

764

2,988

3,752

506

1,384

1,890

1,270

4,372

5,642

Aug-09

768

3,012

3,780

495

1,394

1,889

1,263

4,406

5,669

Sep-09

734

3,019

3,753

443

1,334

1,777

1,177

4,353

5,530

Oct-09

664

2,946

3,610

414

1,313

1,727

1,078

4,259

5,337

Offaly County

Dec-07

430

1,608

2,038

288

956

1,244

718

2,564

3,282

Jan-08

507

1,742

2,249

299

981

1,280

806

2,723

3,529

Feb-08

554

1,838

2,392

319

1,016

1,335

873

2,854

3,727

Mar-08

582

1,898

2,480

318

1,069

1,387

900

2,967

3,867

Apr-08

580

1,849

2,429

330

1,008

1,338

910

2,857

3,767

May-08

578

1,845

2,423

348

1,023

1,371

926

2,868

3,794

Jun-08

617

2,013

2,630

428

1,148

1,576

1,045

3,161

4,206

Jul-08

653

2,128

2,781

470

1,246

1,716

1,123

3,374

4,497

Aug-08

678

2,254

2,932

482

1,291

1,773

1,160

3,545

4,705

Sep-08

680

2,286

2,966

450

1,182

1,632

1,130

3,468

4,598

Oct-08

703

2,498

3,201

439

1,222

1,661

1,142

3,720

4,862

Nov-08

760

2,695

3,455

457

1,252

1,709

1,217

3,947

5,164

Dec-08

855

2,997

3,852

477

1,288

1,765

1,332

4,285

5,617

Jan-09

949

3,389

4,338

528

1,413

1,941

1,477

4,802

6,279

Feb-09

1,011

3,674

4,685

580

1,493

2,073

1,591

5,167

6,758

Mar-09

1,108

3,903

5,011

615

1,570

2,185

1,723

5,473

7,196

Apr-09

1,109

4,009

5,118

632

1,680

2,312

1,741

5,689

7,430

May-09

1,163

4,054

5,217

655

1,707

2,362

1,818

5,761

7,579

Jun-09

1,204

4,152

5,356

730

1,804

2,534

1,934

5,956

7,890

Jul-09

1,244

4,273

5,517

779

1,975

2,754

2,023

6,248

8,271

Aug-09

1,242

4,309

5,551

765

1,996

2,761

2,007

6,305

8,312

Sep-09

1,175

4,285

5,460

677

1,904

2,581

1,852

6,189

8,041

Oct-09

1,135

4,265

5,400

630

1,921

2,551

1,765

6,186

7,951

Westmeath County

Dec-07

529

1,899

2,428

334

1,340

1,674

863

3,239

4,102

Jan-08

618

2,029

2,647

357

1,297

1,654

975

3,326

4,301

Feb-08

700

2,186

2,886

373

1,315

1,688

1,073

3,501

4,574

Mar-08

737

2,283

3,020

399

1,446

1,845

1,136

3,729

4,865

Apr-08

745

2,264

3,009

392

1,369

1,761

1,137

3,633

4,770

May-08

767

2,322

3,089

431

1,453

1,884

1,198

3,775

4,973

Jun-08

826

2,492

3,318

506

1,660

2,166

1,332

4,152

5,484

Jul-08

863

2,572

3,435

561

1,803

2,364

1,424

4,375

5,799

Aug-08

918

2,739

3,657

572

1,835

2,407

1,490

4,574

6,064

Sep-08

873

2,784

3,657

537

1,623

2,160

1,410

4,407

5,817

Oct-08

912

3,031

3,943

560

1,710

2,270

1,472

4,741

6,213

Nov-08

971

3,244

4,215

614

1,736

2,350

1,585

4,980

6,565

Dec-08

1,029

3,623

4,652

631

2,001

2,632

1,660

5,624

7,284

Jan-09

1,174

4,086

5,260

718

2,064

2,782

1,892

6,150

8,042

Feb-09

1,252

4,426

5,678

770

2,172

2,942

2,022

6,598

8,620

Mar-09

1,327

4,586

5,913

772

2,231

3,003

2,099

6,817

8,916

Apr-09

1,336

4,690

6,026

787

2,405

3,192

2,123

7,095

9,218

May-09

1,372

4,835

6,207

840

2,450

3,290

2,212

7,285

9,497

Jun-09

1,427

4,922

6,349

938

2,610

3,548

2,365

7,532

9,897

Jul-09

1,473

5,051

6,524

988

2,892

3,880

2,461

7,943

10,404

Aug-09

1,464

5,089

6,553

971

2,934

3,905

2,435

8,023

10,458

Sep-09

1,386

5,026

6,412

921

2,682

3,603

2,307

7,708

10,015

Oct-09

1,281

4,894

6,175

843

2,674

3,517

2,124

7,568

9,692

Galway County

Dec-07

1,182

4,792

5,974

741

3,040

3,781

1,923

7,832

9,755

Jan-08

1,310

5,235

6,545

803

3,227

4,030

2,113

8,462

10,575

Feb-08

1,418

5,451

6,869

849

3,220

4,069

2,267

8,671

10,938

Mar-08

1,442

5,595

7,037

886

3,266

4,152

2,328

8,861

11,189

Apr-08

1,487

5,669

7,156

880

3,159

4,039

2,367

8,828

11,195

May-08

1,553

5,741

7,294

996

3,394

4,390

2,549

9,135

11,684

Jun-08

1,715

6,216

7,931

1,170

3,839

5,009

2,885

10,055

12,940

Jul-08

1,821

6,563

8,384

1,268

4,282

5,550

3,089

10,845

13,934

Aug-08

1,866

6,864

8,730

1,309

4,421

5,730

3,175

11,285

14,460

Sep-08

1,870

6,762

8,632

1,208

3,876

5,084

3,078

10,638

13,716

Oct-08

1,941

7,230

9,171

1,131

3,911

5,042

3,072

11,141

14,213

Nov-08

2,099

8,032

10,131

1,156

4,124

5,280

3,255

12,156

15,411

Dec-08

2,303

8,626

10,929

1,205

4,345

5,550

3,508

12,971

16,479

Jan-09

2,555

9,620

12,175

1,399

4,858

6,257

3,954

14,478

18,432

Feb-09

2,766

10,553

13,319

1,510

5,127

6,637

4,276

15,680

19,956

Mar-09

2,873

11,017

13,890

1,530

5,404

6,934

4,403

16,421

20,824

Apr-09

2,912

11,307

14,219

1,527

5,677

7,204

4,439

16,984

21,423

May-09

3,027

11,478

14,505

1,651

5,826

7,477

4,678

17,304

21,982

Jun-09

3,273

11,818

15,091

1,908

6,411

8,319

5,181

18,229

23,410

Jul-09

3,335

12,091

15,426

2,065

6,987

9,052

5,400

19,078

24,478

Aug-09

3,361

12,326

15,687

2,109

7,128

9,237

5,470

19,454

24,924

Sep-09

3,240

12,237

15,477

1,992

6,737

8,729

5,232

18,974

24,206

Oct-09

2,964

11,667

14,631

1,712

6,266

7,978

4,676

17,933

22,609

Mayo County

Dec-07

589

2,569

3,158

340

1,591

1,931

929

4,160

5,089

Jan-08

659

2,766

3,425

362

1,592

1,954

1,021

4,358

5,379

Feb-08

727

2,884

3,611

383

1,653

2,036

1,110

4,537

5,647

Mar-08

770

2,979

3,749

389

1,755

2,144

1,159

4,734

5,893

Apr-08

772

2,963

3,735

385

1,675

2,060

1,157

4,638

5,795

May-08

799

3,022

3,821

436

1,741

2,177

1,235

4,763

5,998

Jun-08

876

3,187

4,063

533

1,980

2,513

1,409

5,167

6,576

Jul-08

977

3,369

4,346

596

2,195

2,791

1,573

5,564

7,137

Aug-08

1,045

3,568

4,613

607

2,227

2,834

1,652

5,795

7,447

Sep-08

1,001

3,563

4,564

534

2,003

2,537

1,535

5,566

7,101

Oct-08

1,033

3,915

4,948

546

2,121

2,667

1,579

6,036

7,615

Nov-08

1,120

4,239

5,359

578

2,143

2,721

1,698

6,382

8,080

Dec-08

1,228

4,626

5,854

608

2,330

2,938

1,836

6,956

8,792

Jan-09

1,405

5,329

6,734

705

2,507

3,212

2,110

7,836

9,946

Feb-09

1,487

5,654

7,141

732

2,616

3,348

2,219

8,270

10,489

Mar-09

1,571

5,849

7,420

751

2,665

3,416

2,322

8,514

10,836

Apr-09

1,567

5,981

7,548

774

2,727

3,501

2,341

8,708

11,049

May-09

1,644

6,137

7,781

817

2,822

3,639

2,461

8,959

11,420

Jun-09

1,799

6,350

8,149

1,018

3,105

4,123

2,817

9,455

12,272

Jul-09

1,850

6,552

8,402

1,089

3,387

4,476

2,939

9,939

12,878

Aug-09

1,860

6,656

8,516

1,075

3,422

4,497

2,935

10,078

13,013

Sep-09

1,729

6,377

8,106

956

3,052

4,008

2,685

9,429

12,114

Oct-09

1,660

6,435

8,095

890

3,143

4,033

2,550

9,578

12,128

Roscommon County

Dec-07

199

746

945

94

473

567

293

1,219

1,512

Jan-08

213

801

1,014

104

466

570

317

1,267

1,584

Feb-08

227

869

1,096

122

495

617

349

1,364

1,713

Mar-08

252

970

1,222

122

538

660

374

1,508

1,882

Apr-08

255

909

1,164

117

496

613

372

1,405

1,777

May-08

231

917

1,148

131

504

635

362

1,421

1,783

Jun-08

277

977

1,254

154

573

727

431

1,550

1,981

Jul-08

301

1,063

1,364

170

648

818

471

1,711

2,182

Aug-08

314

1,103

1,417

180

660

840

494

1,763

2,257

Sep-08

310

1,122

1,432

173

568

741

483

1,690

2,173

Oct-08

331

1,213

1,544

170

581

751

501

1,794

2,295

Nov-08

373

1,326

1,699

176

599

775

549

1,925

2,474

Dec-08

417

1,454

1,871

178

645

823

595

2,099

2,694

Jan-09

500

1,683

2,183

203

708

911

703

2,391

3,094

Feb-09

535

1,817

2,352

224

762

986

759

2,579

3,338

Mar-09

549

1,865

2,414

233

794

1,027

782

2,659

3,441

Apr-09

543

1,903

2,446

225

811

1,036

768

2,714

3,482

May-09

553

1,942

2,495

248

816

1,064

801

2,758

3,559

Jun-09

601

1,975

2,576

282

898

1,180

883

2,873

3,756

Jul-09

603

1,961

2,564

320

1,002

1,322

923

2,963

3,886

Aug-09

614

2,017

2,631

322

1,025

1,347

936

3,042

3,978

Sep-09

568

1,969

2,537

301

920

1,221

869

2,889

3,758

Oct-09

546

2,038

2,584

283

914

1,197

829

2,952

3,781

Dublin County

Dec-07

5,326

21,578

26,904

2,685

11,243

13,928

8,011

32,821

40,832

Jan-08

5,904

22,882

28,786

2,952

11,194

14,146

8,856

34,076

42,932

Feb-08

6,250

23,786

30,036

3,132

11,449

14,581

9,382

35,235

44,617

Mar-08

6,495

24,409

30,904

3,196

12,405

15,601

9,691

36,814

46,505

Apr-08

6,501

24,832

31,333

3,268

11,746

15,014

9,769

36,578

46,347

May-08

6,660

25,571

32,231

3,432

12,196

15,628

10,092

37,767

47,859

Jun-08

7,302

27,090

34,392

3,926

13,954

17,880

11,228

41,044

52,272

Jul-08

7,790

28,299

36,089

4,261

15,759

20,020

12,051

44,058

56,109

Aug-08

8,216

29,422

37,638

4,490

16,000

20,490

12,706

45,422

58,128

Sep-08

8,126

29,617

37,743

4,430

14,600

19,030

12,556

44,217

56,773

Oct-08

8,335

31,077

39,412

4,410

15,139

19,549

12,745

46,216

58,961

Nov-08

8,838

33,534

42,372

4,567

15,380

19,947

13,405

48,914

62,319

Dec-08

9,712

36,299

46,011

4,794

16,700

21,494

14,506

52,999

67,505

Jan-09

10,815

40,585

51,400

5,492

18,353

23,845

16,307

58,938

75,245

Feb-09

11,766

44,352

56,118

6,040

20,412

26,452

17,806

64,764

82,570

Mar-09

12,504

47,445

59,949

6,334

21,531

27,865

18,838

68,976

87,814

Apr-09

12,696

49,932

62,628

6,601

23,285

29,886

19,297

73,217

92,514

May-09

12,932

51,478

64,410

7,015

23,759

30,774

19,947

75,237

95,184

Jun-09

13,795

53,416

67,211

7,722

25,599

33,321

21,517

79,015

100,532

Jul-09

14,152

54,429

68,581

8,112

27,697

35,809

22,264

82,126

104,390

Aug-09

14,236

55,400

69,636

8,313

28,208

36,521

22,549

83,608

106,157

Sep-09

13,709

54,824

68,533

7,950

26,596

34,546

21,659

81,420

103,079

Oct-09

13,071

53,635

66,706

7,292

25,942

33,234

20,363

79,577

99,940

Kildare County

Dec-07

724

2,894

3,618

411

2,032

2,443

1,135

4,926

6,061

Jan-08

809

3,242

4,051

448

2,107

2,555

1,257

5,349

6,606

Feb-08

910

3,502

4,412

493

2,205

2,698

1,403

5,707

7,110

Mar-08

985

3,604

4,589

490

2,248

2,738

1,475

5,852

7,327

Apr-08

1,001

3,660

4,661

504

2,165

2,669

1,505

5,825

7,330

May-08

1,044

3,812

4,856

529

2,229

2,758

1,573

6,041

7,614

Jun-08

1,120

4,009

5,129

649

2,546

3,195

1,769

6,555

8,324

Jul-08

1,223

4,292

5,515

746

2,835

3,581

1,969

7,127

9,096

Aug-08

1,290

4,570

5,860

764

2,914

3,678

2,054

7,484

9,538

Sep-08

1,328

4,766

6,094

734

2,728

3,462

2,062

7,494

9,556

Oct-08

1,390

4,980

6,370

704

2,777

3,481

2,094

7,757

9,851

Nov-08

1,511

5,555

7,066

773

2,879

3,652

2,284

8,434

10,718

Dec-08

1,635

6,076

7,711

792

3,030

3,822

2,427

9,106

11,533

Jan-09

1,827

7,048

8,875

950

3,454

4,404

2,777

10,502

13,279

Feb-09

1,972

7,649

9,621

1,025

3,782

4,807

2,997

11,431

14,428

Mar-09

2,095

7,998

10,093

1,072

3,892

4,964

3,167

11,890

15,057

Apr-09

2,170

8,485

10,655

1,153

4,238

5,391

3,323

12,723

16,046

May-09

2,195

8,737

10,932

1,255

4,366

5,621

3,450

13,103

16,553

Jun-09

2,309

8,893

11,202

1,459

4,650

6,109

3,768

13,543

17,311

Jul-09

2,366

9,012

11,378

1,557

4,904

6,461

3,923

13,916

17,839

Aug-09

2,384

9,108

11,492

1,565

4,942

6,507

3,949

14,050

17,999

Sep-09

2,326

8,852

11,178

1,474

4,612

6,086

3,800

13,464

17,264

Oct-09

2,123

8,594

10,717

1,345

4,517

5,862

3,468

13,111

16,579

Meath County

Dec-07

380

1,698

2,078

225

1,254

1,479

605

2,952

3,557

Jan-08

462

1,915

2,377

243

1,228

1,471

705

3,143

3,848

Feb-08

528

2,082

2,610

278

1,233

1,511

806

3,315

4,121

Mar-08

548

2,213

2,761

299

1,412

1,711

847

3,625

4,472

Apr-08

531

2,233

2,764

318

1,429

1,747

849

3,662

4,511

May-08

563

2,230

2,793

328

1,379

1,707

891

3,609

4,500

Jun-08

580

2,366

2,946

373

1,582

1,955

953

3,948

4,901

Jul-08

627

2,506

3,133

409

1,778

2,187

1,036

4,284

5,320

Aug-08

703

2,783

3,486

446

1,845

2,291

1,149

4,628

5,777

Sep-08

701

2,846

3,547

421

1,630

2,051

1,122

4,476

5,598

Oct-08

725

3,076

3,801

412

1,749

2,161

1,137

4,825

5,962

Nov-08

815

3,354

4,169

427

1,696

2,123

1,242

5,050

6,292

Dec-08

911

3,714

4,625

442

1,910

2,352

1,353

5,624

6,977

Jan-09

1,070

4,479

5,549

528

2,142

2,670

1,598

6,621

8,219

Feb-09

1,153

4,933

6,086

590

2,221

2,811

1,743

7,154

8,897

Mar-09

1,228

5,250

6,478

623

2,363

2,986

1,851

7,613

9,464

Apr-09

1,219

5,509

6,728

647

2,596

3,243

1,866

8,105

9,971

May-09

1,265

5,712

6,977

727

2,664

3,391

1,992

8,376

10,368

Jun-09

1,341

5,857

7,198

800

2,873

3,673

2,141

8,730

10,871

Jul-09

1,392

6,056

7,448

873

3,177

4,050

2,265

9,233

11,498

Aug-09

1,378

5,889

7,267

872

3,118

3,990

2,250

9,007

11,257

Sep-09

1,329

5,780

7,109

804

2,858

3,662

2,133

8,638

10,771

Oct-09

1,251

5,790

7,041

802

2,950

3,752

2,053

8,740

10,793

Month1

Male Under 25 years

Male 25 years and over

Male All ages

Female Under 25 years

Female 25 years and over

Female All ages

Both sexes Under 25 years

Both sexes 25 years and over

Both sexes All ages

Wicklow County

Dec-07

572

2,356

2,928

276

1,407

1,683

848

3,763

4,611

Jan-08

657

2,574

3,231

301

1,453

1,754

958

4,027

4,985

Feb-08

684

2,621

3,305

307

1,437

1,744

991

4,058

5,049

Mar-08

719

2,678

3,397

321

1,493

1,814

1,040

4,171

5,211

Apr-08

729

2,739

3,468

309

1,438

1,747

1,038

4,177

5,215

May-08

744

2,810

3,554

333

1,522

1,855

1,077

4,332

5,409

Jun-08

812

2,979

3,791

356

1,787

2,143

1,168

4,766

5,934

Jul-08

849

3,224

4,073

417

2,074

2,491

1,266

5,298

6,564

Aug-08

906

3,448

4,354

448

2,106

2,554

1,354

5,554

6,908

Sep-08

904

3,475

4,379

424

1,840

2,264

1,328

5,315

6,643

Oct-08

939

3,647

4,586

426

1,873

2,299

1,365

5,520

6,885

Nov-08

1,010

3,977

4,987

440

1,952

2,392

1,450

5,929

7,379

Dec-08

1,095

4,379

5,474

449

2,159

2,608

1,544

6,538

8,082

Jan-09

1,247

5,008

6,255

555

2,418

2,973

1,802

7,426

9,228

Feb-09

1,331

5,399

6,730

623

2,622

3,245

1,954

8,021

9,975

Mar-09

1,413

5,647

7,060

634

2,784

3,418

2,047

8,431

10,478

Apr-09

1,416

5,790

7,206

637

2,957

3,594

2,053

8,747

10,800

May-09

1,460

6,028

7,488

698

3,027

3,725

2,158

9,055

11,213

Jun-09

1,511

6,228

7,739

781

3,273

4,054

2,292

9,501

11,793

Jul-09

1,543

6,400

7,943

831

3,629

4,460

2,374

10,029

12,403

Aug-09

1,526

6,512

8,038

856

3,676

4,532

2,382

10,188

12,570

Sep-09

1,428

6,316

7,744

787

3,337

4,124

2,215

9,653

11,868

Oct-09

1,375

6,259

7,634

722

3,312

4,034

2,097

9,571

11,668

Clare County

Dec-07

523

2,186

2,709

313

1,674

1,987

836

3,860

4,696

Jan-08

543

2,345

2,888

343

1,646

1,989

886

3,991

4,877

Feb-08

578

2,469

3,047

345

1,680

2,025

923

4,149

5,072

Mar-08

598

2,463

3,061

323

1,742

2,065

921

4,205

5,126

Apr-08

583

2,393

2,976

313

1,600

1,913

896

3,993

4,889

May-08

613

2,441

3,054

340

1,642

1,982

953

4,083

5,036

Jun-08

702

2,584

3,286

411

1,808

2,219

1,113

4,392

5,505

Jul-08

777

2,753

3,530

473

2,020

2,493

1,250

4,773

6,023

Aug-08

808

2,950

3,758

486

2,039

2,525

1,294

4,989

6,283

Sep-08

821

2,898

3,719

437

1,858

2,295

1,258

4,756

6,014

Oct-08

863

3,148

4,011

427

1,990

2,417

1,290

5,138

6,428

Nov-08

927

3,474

4,401

465

2,078

2,543

1,392

5,552

6,944

Dec-08

1,009

3,775

4,784

482

2,237

2,719

1,491

6,012

7,503

Jan-09

1,132

4,294

5,426

575

2,488

3,063

1,707

6,782

8,489

Feb-09

1,193

4,552

5,745

598

2,589

3,187

1,791

7,141

8,932

Mar-09

1,251

4,848

6,099

628

2,637

3,265

1,879

7,485

9,364

Apr-09

1,246

4,991

6,237

638

2,743

3,381

1,884

7,734

9,618

May-09

1,283

5,019

6,302

654

2,732

3,386

1,937

7,751

9,688

Jun-09

1,352

5,205

6,557

744

2,868

3,612

2,096

8,073

10,169

Jul-09

1,347

5,315

6,662

806

3,045

3,851

2,153

8,360

10,513

Aug-09

1,383

5,352

6,735

823

3,070

3,893

2,206

8,422

10,628

Sep-09

1,330

5,259

6,589

757

2,870

3,627

2,087

8,129

10,216

Oct-09

1,270

5,055

6,325

732

2,762

3,494

2,002

7,817

9,819

Limerick County

Dec-07

1,060

4,238

5,298

680

2,258

2,938

1,740

6,496

8,236

Jan-08

1,169

4,541

5,710

716

2,119

2,835

1,885

6,660

8,545

Feb-08

1,272

4,812

6,084

728

2,192

2,920

2,000

7,004

9,004

Mar-08

1,348

5,000

6,348

763

2,472

3,235

2,111

7,472

9,583

Apr-08

1,342

5,027

6,369

736

2,268

3,004

2,078

7,295

9,373

May-08

1,423

5,198

6,621

815

2,475

3,290

2,238

7,673

9,911

Jun-08

1,573

5,368

6,941

935

2,834

3,769

2,508

8,202

10,710

Jul-08

1,600

5,612

7,212

1,010

3,226

4,236

2,610

8,838

11,448

Aug-08

1,737

5,969

7,706

1,091

3,251

4,342

2,828

9,220

12,048

Sep-08

1,718

5,908

7,626

1,045

2,786

3,831

2,763

8,694

11,457

Oct-08

1,753

6,233

7,986

1,014

2,880

3,894

2,767

9,113

11,880

Nov-08

1,905

6,903

8,808

1,074

3,004

4,078

2,979

9,907

12,886

Dec-08

2,082

7,449

9,531

1,147

3,352

4,499

3,229

10,801

14,030

Jan-09

2,338

8,536

10,874

1,294

3,618

4,912

3,632

12,154

15,786

Feb-09

2,539

9,311

11,850

1,371

4,002

5,373

3,910

13,313

17,223

Mar-09

2,678

9,781

12,459

1,398

4,186

5,584

4,076

13,967

18,043

Apr-09

2,653

9,996

12,649

1,419

4,436

5,855

4,072

14,432

18,504

May-09

2,773

10,691

13,464

1,571

4,775

6,346

4,344

15,466

19,810

Jun-09

3,002

11,067

14,069

1,736

5,195

6,931

4,738

16,262

21,000

Jul-09

3,069

11,260

14,329

1,787

5,675

7,462

4,856

16,935

21,791

Aug-09

3,097

11,498

14,595

1,827

5,737

7,564

4,924

17,235

22,159

Sep-09

2,930

11,317

14,247

1,686

5,255

6,941

4,616

16,572

21,188

Oct-09

2,759

10,867

13,626

1,590

5,110

6,700

4,349

15,977

20,326

North Tipperary

Dec-07

282

1,121

1,403

186

879

1,065

468

2,000

2,468

Jan-08

322

1,235

1,557

191

845

1,036

513

2,080

2,593

Feb-08

336

1,278

1,614

207

851

1,058

543

2,129

2,672

Mar-08

355

1,305

1,660

217

952

1,169

572

2,257

2,829

Apr-08

346

1,296

1,642

210

878

1,088

556

2,174

2,730

May-08

362

1,360

1,722

222

978

1,200

584

2,338

2,922

Jun-08

408

1,489

1,897

286

1,139

1,425

694

2,628

3,322

Jul-08

452

1,573

2,025

320

1,251

1,571

772

2,824

3,596

Aug-08

491

1,663

2,154

348

1,260

1,608

839

2,923

3,762

Sep-08

467

1,572

2,039

319

1,100

1,419

786

2,672

3,458

Oct-08

503

1,695

2,198

304

1,123

1,427

807

2,818

3,625

Nov-08

544

1,871

2,415

303

1,153

1,456

847

3,024

3,871

Dec-08

628

2,169

2,797

326

1,259

1,585

954

3,428

4,382

Jan-09

727

2,532

3,259

350

1,319

1,669

1,077

3,851

4,928

Feb-09

766

2,652

3,418

377

1,415

1,792

1,143

4,067

5,210

Mar-09

830

2,819

3,649

397

1,446

1,843

1,227

4,265

5,492

Apr-09

830

2,903

3,733

405

1,567

1,972

1,235

4,470

5,705

May-09

870

3,039

3,909

473

1,642

2,115

1,343

4,681

6,024

Jun-09

934

3,188

4,122

541

1,850

2,391

1,475

5,038

6,513

Jul-09

960

3,289

4,249

590

2,030

2,620

1,550

5,319

6,869

Aug-09

951

3,360

4,311

593

2,081

2,674

1,544

5,441

6,985

Sep-09

868

3,227

4,095

554

1,862

2,416

1,422

5,089

6,511

Oct-09

817

3,206

4,023

508

1,863

2,371

1,325

5,069

6,394

Carlow County

Dec-07

330

1,203

1,533

177

738

915

507

1,941

2,448

Jan-08

384

1,322

1,706

201

707

908

585

2,029

2,614

Feb-08

419

1,388

1,807

213

727

940

632

2,115

2,747

Mar-08

431

1,467

1,898

236

826

1,062

667

2,293

2,960

Apr-08

446

1,486

1,932

245

762

1,007

691

2,248

2,939

May-08

477

1,588

2,065

266

839

1,105

743

2,427

3,170

Jun-08

494

1,669

2,163

321

911

1,232

815

2,580

3,395

Jul-08

550

1,781

2,331

352

1,066

1,418

902

2,847

3,749

Aug-08

577

1,849

2,426

372

1,019

1,391

949

2,868

3,817

Sep-08

565

1,826

2,391

346

900

1,246

911

2,726

3,637

Oct-08

572

1,977

2,549

313

942

1,255

885

2,919

3,804

Nov-08

598

2,164

2,762

314

951

1,265

912

3,115

4,027

Dec-08

661

2,397

3,058

306

1,031

1,337

967

3,428

4,395

Jan-09

748

2,670

3,418

336

1,099

1,435

1,084

3,769

4,853

Feb-09

822

2,978

3,800

376

1,187

1,563

1,198

4,165

5,363

Mar-09

852

3,074

3,926

401

1,228

1,629

1,253

4,302

5,555

Apr-09

858

3,195

4,053

407

1,326

1,733

1,265

4,521

5,786

May-09

882

3,392

4,274

463

1,403

1,866

1,345

4,795

6,140

Jun-09

965

3,474

4,439

537

1,536

2,073

1,502

5,010

6,512

Jul-09

990

3,555

4,545

582

1,679

2,261

1,572

5,234

6,806

Aug-09

979

3,573

4,552

575

1,665

2,240

1,554

5,238

6,792

Sep-09

908

3,450

4,358

531

1,492

2,023

1,439

4,942

6,381

Oct-09

860

3,366

4,226

493

1,404

1,897

1,353

4,770

6,123

Kilkenny County

Dec-07

332

1,402

1,734

189

769

958

521

2,171

2,692

Jan-08

374

1,615

1,989

216

801

1,017

590

2,416

3,006

Feb-08

418

1,702

2,120

230

817

1,047

648

2,519

3,167

Mar-08

453

1,740

2,193

242

877

1,119

695

2,617

3,312

Apr-08

452

1,760

2,212

230

829

1,059

682

2,589

3,271

May-08

485

1,839

2,324

270

882

1,152

755

2,721

3,476

Jun-08

491

1,912

2,403

296

944

1,240

787

2,856

3,643

Jul-08

529

2,023

2,552

335

1,067

1,402

864

3,090

3,954

Aug-08

563

2,125

2,688

354

1,091

1,445

917

3,216

4,133

Sep-08

580

2,106

2,686

348

1,043

1,391

928

3,149

4,077

Oct-08

598

2,242

2,840

344

1,079

1,423

942

3,321

4,263

Nov-08

629

2,403

3,032

349

1,120

1,469

978

3,523

4,501

Dec-08

709

2,718

3,427

363

1,183

1,546

1,072

3,901

4,973

Jan-09

743

3,131

3,874

404

1,335

1,739

1,147

4,466

5,613

Feb-09

793

3,349

4,142

420

1,424

1,844

1,213

4,773

5,986

Mar-09

844

3,426

4,270

432

1,452

1,884

1,276

4,878

6,154

Apr-09

837

3,531

4,368

444

1,454

1,898

1,281

4,985

6,266

May-09

893

3,596

4,489

480

1,465

1,945

1,373

5,061

6,434

Jun-09

943

3,706

4,649

541

1,591

2,132

1,484

5,297

6,781

Jul-09

979

3,782

4,761

566

1,744

2,310

1,545

5,526

7,071

Aug-09

967

3,825

4,792

567

1,735

2,302

1,534

5,560

7,094

Sep-09

944

3,749

4,693

522

1,617

2,139

1,466

5,366

6,832

Oct-09

914

3,777

4,691

518

1,625

2,143

1,432

5,402

6,834

South Tipperary

Dec-07

505

1,619

2,124

275

889

1,164

780

2,508

3,288

Jan-08

570

1,786

2,356

291

877

1,168

861

2,663

3,524

Feb-08

591

1,857

2,448

323

882

1,205

914

2,739

3,653

Mar-08

610

1,945

2,555

320

942

1,262

930

2,887

3,817

Apr-08

602

1,954

2,556

299

879

1,178

901

2,833

3,734

May-08

603

2,061

2,664

327

899

1,226

930

2,960

3,890

Jun-08

695

2,190

2,885

365

1,044

1,409

1,060

3,234

4,294

Jul-08

726

2,269

2,995

394

1,183

1,577

1,120

3,452

4,572

Aug-08

786

2,424

3,210

402

1,198

1,600

1,188

3,622

4,810

Sep-08

770

2,426

3,196

378

1,051

1,429

1,148

3,477

4,625

Oct-08

775

2,570

3,345

386

1,117

1,503

1,161

3,687

4,848

Nov-08

876

2,876

3,752

377

1,170

1,547

1,253

4,046

5,299

Dec-08

985

3,204

4,189

400

1,290

1,690

1,385

4,494

5,879

Jan-09

1,110

3,607

4,717

467

1,363

1,830

1,577

4,970

6,547

Feb-09

1,167

3,802

4,969

508

1,454

1,962

1,675

5,256

6,931

Mar-09

1,242

3,958

5,200

522

1,494

2,016

1,764

5,452

7,216

Apr-09

1,240

4,162

5,402

531

1,573

2,104

1,771

5,735

7,506

May-09

1,245

4,206

5,451

601

1,647

2,248

1,846

5,853

7,699

Jun-09

1,332

4,270

5,602

663

1,809

2,472

1,995

6,079

8,074

Jul-09

1,363

4,384

5,747

747

1,951

2,698

2,110

6,335

8,445

Aug-09

1,361

4,454

5,815

749

2,000

2,749

2,110

6,454

8,564

Sep-09

1,310

4,462

5,772

696

1,871

2,567

2,006

6,333

8,339

Oct-09

1,243

4,573

5,816

645

1,862

2,507

1,888

6,435

8,323

Waterford County

Dec-07

860

3,269

4,129

488

2,008

2,496

1,348

5,277

6,625

Jan-08

935

3,583

4,518

504

2,070

2,574

1,439

5,653

7,092

Feb-08

1,004

3,794

4,798

531

2,072

2,603

1,535

5,866

7,401

Mar-08

1,049

4,439

5,488

539

2,374

2,913

1,588

6,813

8,401

Apr-08

1,022

3,982

5,004

544

2,128

2,672

1,566

6,110

7,676

May-08

1,075

4,022

5,097

604

2,278

2,882

1,679

6,300

7,979

Jun-08

1,198

4,673

5,871

696

2,615

3,311

1,894

7,288

9,182

Jul-08

1,272

4,834

6,106

752

2,880

3,632

2,024

7,714

9,738

Aug-08

1,308

4,570

5,878

759

2,760

3,519

2,067

7,330

9,397

Sep-08

1,273

4,612

5,885

730

2,481

3,211

2,003

7,093

9,096

Oct-08

1,320

4,843

6,163

719

2,555

3,274

2,039

7,398

9,437

Nov-08

1,344

5,175

6,519

736

2,531

3,267

2,080

7,706

9,786

Dec-08

1,482

5,538

7,020

732

2,739

3,471

2,214

8,277

10,491

Jan-09

1,602

6,148

7,750

838

2,870

3,708

2,440

9,018

11,458

Feb-09

1,682

6,706

8,388

882

3,232

4,114

2,564

9,938

12,502

Mar-09

1,748

6,835

8,583

911

3,234

4,145

2,659

10,069

12,728

Apr-09

1,742

7,019

8,761

918

3,346

4,264

2,660

10,365

13,025

May-09

1,833

7,214

9,047

1,048

3,566

4,614

2,881

10,780

13,661

Jun-09

1,957

7,525

9,482

1,141

3,836

4,977

3,098

11,361

14,459

Jul-09

1,987

7,712

9,699

1,215

4,176

5,391

3,202

11,888

15,090

Aug-09

1,972

7,807

9,779

1,210

4,129

5,339

3,182

11,936

15,118

Sep-09

1,909

7,772

9,681

1,167

3,767

4,934

3,076

11,539

14,615

Oct-09

1,811

7,609

9,420

1,114

3,624

4,738

2,925

11,233

14,158

Wexford County

Dec-07

948

3,467

4,415

638

2,458

3,096

1,586

5,925

7,511

Jan-08

1,099

3,813

4,912

707

2,520

3,227

1,806

6,333

8,139

Feb-08

1,149

3,985

5,134

751

2,574

3,325

1,900

6,559

8,459

Mar-08

1,198

4,088

5,286

746

2,732

3,478

1,944

6,820

8,764

Apr-08

1,190

4,131

5,321

724

2,616

3,340

1,914

6,747

8,661

May-08

1,273

4,326

5,599

747

2,677

3,424

2,020

7,003

9,023

Jun-08

1,403

4,472

5,875

823

2,847

3,670

2,226

7,319

9,545

Jul-08

1,448

4,732

6,180

916

3,125

4,041

2,364

7,857

10,221

Aug-08

1,490

4,989

6,479

948

3,140

4,088

2,438

8,129

10,567

Sep-08

1,484

5,152

6,636

906

2,924

3,830

2,390

8,076

10,466

Oct-08

1,563

5,708

7,271

950

3,170

4,120

2,513

8,878

11,391

Nov-08

1,707

6,141

7,848

994

3,227

4,221

2,701

9,368

12,069

Dec-08

1,854

6,597

8,451

1,005

3,522

4,527

2,859

10,119

12,978

Jan-09

2,063

7,374

9,437

1,179

3,895

5,074

3,242

11,269

14,511

Feb-09

2,219

7,836

10,055

1,220

4,018

5,238

3,439

11,854

15,293

Mar-09

2,305

8,085

10,390

1,271

4,129

5,400

3,576

12,214

15,790

Apr-09

2,288

8,288

10,576

1,269

4,164

5,433

3,557

12,452

16,009

May-09

2,380

8,476

10,856

1,407

4,256

5,663

3,787

12,732

16,519

Jun-09

2,547

8,740

11,287

1,571

4,552

6,123

4,118

13,292

17,410

Jul-09

2,517

8,815

11,332

1,604

4,881

6,485

4,121

13,696

17,817

Aug-09

2,531

8,940

11,471

1,586

4,894

6,480

4,117

13,834

17,951

Sep-09

2,457

8,884

11,341

1,498

4,626

6,124

3,955

13,510

17,465

Oct-09

2,359

8,931

11,290

1,391

4,750

6,141

3,750

13,681

17,431

Cork County

Dec-07

1,911

8,698

10,609

1,037

5,050

6,087

2,948

13,748

16,696

Jan-08

2,141

9,295

11,436

1,136

5,098

6,234

3,277

14,393

17,670

Feb-08

2,321

9,741

12,062

1,188

5,128

6,316

3,509

14,869

18,378

Mar-08

2,393

10,033

12,426

1,205

5,546

6,751

3,598

15,579

19,177

Apr-08

2,405

10,088

12,493

1,196

5,262

6,458

3,601

15,350

18,951

May-08

2,424

10,343

12,767

1,266

5,519

6,785

3,690

15,862

19,552

Jun-08

2,760

11,045

13,805

1,573

6,384

7,957

4,333

17,429

21,762

Jul-08

3,006

11,587

14,593

1,796

7,192

8,988

4,802

18,779

23,581

Aug-08

3,143

12,162

15,305

1,912

7,247

9,159

5,055

19,409

24,464

Sep-08

3,114

12,333

15,447

1,803

6,503

8,306

4,917

18,836

23,753

Oct-08

3,121

12,784

15,905

1,710

6,595

8,305

4,831

19,379

24,210

Nov-08

3,363

13,813

17,176

1,747

6,761

8,508

5,110

20,574

25,684

Dec-08

3,705

15,095

18,800

1,828

7,436

9,264

5,533

22,531

28,064

Jan-09

4,176

17,273

21,449

2,141

8,428

10,569

6,317

25,701

32,018

Feb-09

4,394

18,829

23,223

2,347

9,087

11,434

6,741

27,916

34,657

Mar-09

4,704

20,162

24,866

2,455

9,546

12,001

7,159

29,708

36,867

Apr-09

4,831

20,999

25,830

2,523

9,942

12,465

7,354

30,941

38,295

May-09

4,985

21,963

26,948

2,648

10,345

12,993

7,633

32,308

39,941

Jun-09

5,306

22,902

28,208

2,980

11,223

14,203

8,286

34,125

42,411

Jul-09

5,536

23,547

29,083

3,232

12,183

15,415

8,768

35,730

44,498

Aug-09

5,496

23,697

29,193

3,192

12,358

15,550

8,688

36,055

44,743

Sep-09

5,350

23,553

28,903

2,974

11,686

14,660

8,324

35,239

43,563

Oct-09

5,063

23,274

28,337

2,693

11,272

13,965

7,756

34,546

42,302

Kerry County

Dec-07

712

3,551

4,263

476

2,549

3,025

1,188

6,100

7,288

Jan-08

827

3,831

4,658

553

2,719

3,272

1,380

6,550

7,930

Feb-08

880

3,909

4,789

582

2,718

3,300

1,462

6,627

8,089

Mar-08

867

3,967

4,834

561

2,680

3,241

1,428

6,647

8,075

Apr-08

871

3,929

4,800

545

2,485

3,030

1,416

6,414

7,830

May-08

839

3,875

4,714

554

2,375

2,929

1,393

6,250

7,643

Jun-08

962

4,056

5,018

643

2,518

3,161

1,605

6,574

8,179

Jul-08

1,059

4,304

5,363

734

2,697

3,431

1,793

7,001

8,794

Aug-08

1,134

4,567

5,701

740

2,805

3,545

1,874

7,372

9,246

Sep-08

1,147

4,637

5,784

703

2,598

3,301

1,850

7,235

9,085

Oct-08

1,253

5,269

6,522

724

3,013

3,737

1,977

8,282

10,259

Nov-08

1,380

5,759

7,139

783

3,447

4,230

2,163

9,206

11,369

Dec-08

1,462

6,303

7,765

823

3,776

4,599

2,285

10,079

12,364

Jan-09

1,676

7,045

8,721

937

3,999

4,936

2,613

11,044

13,657

Feb-09

1,777

7,614

9,391

1,040

4,367

5,407

2,817

11,981

14,798

Mar-09

1,900

8,053

9,953

1,072

4,534

5,606

2,972

12,587

15,559

Apr-09

1,882

8,027

9,909

1,060

4,432

5,492

2,942

12,459

15,401

May-09

1,889

8,030

9,919

1,053

4,232

5,285

2,942

12,262

15,204

Jun-09

2,038

8,137

10,175

1,176

4,378

5,554

3,214

12,515

15,729

Jul-09

2,098

8,304

10,402

1,219

4,578

5,797

3,317

12,882

16,199

Aug-09

2,096

8,392

10,488

1,214

4,565

5,779

3,310

12,957

16,267

Sep-09

1,984

8,228

10,212

1,107

4,281

5,388

3,091

12,509

15,600

Oct-09

1,815

7,960

9,775

1,043

4,288

5,331

2,858

12,248

15,106

1October 2009 contains revisions which have not been applied to County and Local Office data from October 2008 to September 2009.

Table 2: Persons on the Live Register (Number) by Dublin Local Office, Month, Age and Sex, December 2007-October 2009

Month1

Male Under 25 years

Male 25 years and over

Male All ages

Female Under 25 years

Female 25 years and over

Female All ages

Both sexes Under 25 years

Both sexes 25 years and over

Both sexes All ages

Nth Cumberland Street2

Dec-07

613

2,620

3,233

336

1,460

1,796

949

4,080

5,029

Jan-08

657

2,765

3,422

365

1,438

1,803

1,022

4,203

5,225

Feb-08

709

2,885

3,594

378

1,461

1,839

1,087

4,346

5,433

Mar-08

709

2,950

3,659

369

1,552

1,921

1,078

4,502

5,580

Apr-08

709

2,997

3,706

376

1,505

1,881

1,085

4,502

5,587

May-08

714

3,095

3,809

410

1,512

1,922

1,124

4,607

5,731

Jun-08

775

3,190

3,965

460

1,681

2,141

1,235

4,871

6,106

Jul-08

827

3,356

4,183

480

1,873

2,353

1,307

5,229

6,536

Aug-08

908

3,428

4,336

505

1,896

2,401

1,413

5,324

6,737

Sep-08

898

3,471

4,369

497

1,752

2,249

1,395

5,223

6,618

Oct-08

842

3,506

4,348

471

1,735

2,206

1,313

5,241

6,554

Nov-08

877

3,737

4,614

501

1,765

2,266

1,378

5,502

6,880

Dec-08

999

4,193

5,192

561

1,932

2,493

1,560

6,125

7,685

Jan-09

1,030

4,494

5,524

607

2,101

2,708

1,637

6,595

8,232

Feb-09

1,154

4,958

6,112

683

2,338

3,021

1,837

7,296

9,133

Mar-09

1,271

5,562

6,833

774

2,579

3,353

2,045

8,141

10,186

Apr-09

1,310

5,995

7,305

812

2,834

3,646

2,122

8,829

10,951

May-09

1,358

6,169

7,527

863

2,907

3,770

2,221

9,076

11,297

Jun-09

1,420

6,341

7,761

935

3,090

4,025

2,355

9,431

11,786

Jul-09

1,507

6,482

7,989

988

3,368

4,356

2,495

9,850

12,345

Aug-09

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Sep-09

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Oct-09

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Navan Road

Dec-07

323

1,486

1,809

177

630

807

500

2,116

2,616

Jan-08

338

1,527

1,865

188

612

800

526

2,139

2,665

Feb-08

352

1,573

1,925

192

643

835

544

2,216

2,760

Mar-08

395

1,632

2,027

204

696

900

599

2,328

2,927

Apr-08

385

1,642

2,027

207

664

871

592

2,306

2,898

May-08

419

1,692

2,111

217

695

912

636

2,387

3,023

Jun-08

434

1,791

2,225

256

770

1,026

690

2,561

3,251

Jul-08

467

1,863

2,330

268

867

1,135

735

2,730

3,465

Aug-08

489

1,914

2,403

285

903

1,188

774

2,817

3,591

Sep-08

462

1,904

2,366

278

859

1,137

740

2,763

3,503

Oct-08

473

1,970

2,443

290

862

1,152

763

2,832

3,595

Nov-08

504

2,136

2,640

290

875

1,165

794

3,011

3,805

Dec-08

526

2,240

2,766

277

956

1,233

803

3,196

3,999

Jan-09

584

2,566

3,150

323

1,102

1,425

907

3,668

4,575

Feb-09

653

2,837

3,490

355

1,253

1,608

1,008

4,090

5,098

Mar-09

673

3,028

3,701

375

1,330

1,705

1,048

4,358

5,406

Apr-09

656

3,189

3,845

397

1,415

1,812

1,053

4,604

5,657

May-09

697

3,305

4,002

444

1,487

1,931

1,141

4,792

5,933

Jun-09

748

3,462

4,210

489

1,630

2,119

1,237

5,092

6,329

Jul-09

753

3,543

4,296

503

1,741

2,244

1,256

5,284

6,540

Aug-09

766

3,614

4,380

511

1,771

2,282

1,277

5,385

6,662

Sep-09

761

3,564

4,325

502

1,707

2,209

1,263

5,271

6,534

Oct-09

721

3,443

4,164

462

1,585

2,047

1,183

5,028

6,211

Thomas Street

Dec-07

233

1,238

1,471

137

417

554

370

1,655

2,025

Jan-08

255

1,303

1,558

140

428

568

395

1,731

2,126

Feb-08

254

1,320

1,574

150

438

588

404

1,758

2,162

Mar-08

259

1,363

1,622

155

465

620

414

1,828

2,242

Apr-08

259

1,374

1,633

160

436

596

419

1,810

2,229

May-08

278

1,444

1,722

167

476

643

445

1,920

2,365

Jun-08

304

1,538

1,842

187

550

737

491

2,088

2,579

Jul-08

321

1,593

1,914

209

592

801

530

2,185

2,715

Aug-08

331

1,652

1,983

208

620

828

539

2,272

2,811

Sep-08

319

1,564

1,883

212

593

805

531

2,157

2,688

Oct-08

322

1,680

2,002

210

608

818

532

2,288

2,820

Nov-08

335

1,721

2,056

209

624

833

544

2,345

2,889

Dec-08

374

1,816

2,190

218

681

899

592

2,497

3,089

Jan-09

410

1,972

2,382

260

783

1,043

670

2,755

3,425

Feb-09

423

2,114

2,537

273

845

1,118

696

2,959

3,655

Mar-09

455

2,230

2,685

273

896

1,169

728

3,126

3,854

Apr-09

465

2,293

2,758

276

941

1,217

741

3,234

3,975

May-09

495

2,400

2,895

296

978

1,274

791

3,378

4,169

Jun-09

544

2,572

3,116

333

1,065

1,398

877

3,637

4,514

Jul-09

532

2,612

3,144

322

1,118

1,440

854

3,730

4,584

Aug-09

568

2,655

3,223

321

1,123

1,444

889

3,778

4,667

Sep-09

508

2,514

3,022

299

1,026

1,325

807

3,540

4,347

Oct-09

478

2,439

2,917

276

971

1,247

754

3,410

4,164

Apollo House (Tara Street)

Dec-07

104

637

741

44

294

338

148

931

1,079

Jan-08

123

669

792

43

302

345

166

971

1,137

Feb-08

117

683

800

50

322

372

167

1,005

1,172

Mar-08

124

693

817

54

347

401

178

1,040

1,218

Apr-08

132

681

813

60

325

385

192

1,006

1,198

May-08

132

682

814

60

353

413

192

1,035

1,227

Jun-08

142

755

897

67

413

480

209

1,168

1,377

Jul-08

165

804

969

81

479

560

246

1,283

1,529

Aug-08

172

853

1,025

107

508

615

279

1,361

1,640

Sep-08

172

855

1,027

98

490

588

270

1,345

1,615

Oct-08

183

917

1,100

99

511

610

282

1,428

1,710

Nov-08

185

968

1,153

89

526

615

274

1,494

1,768

Dec-08

198

995

1,193

88

556

644

286

1,551

1,837

Jan-09

215

1,069

1,284

98

617

715

313

1,686

1,999

Feb-09

219

1,151

1,370

112

678

790

331

1,829

2,160

Mar-09

232

1,251

1,483

120

712

832

352

1,963

2,315

Apr-09

261

1,309

1,570

123

801

924

384

2,110

2,494

May-09

256

1,360

1,616

129

818

947

385

2,178

2,563

Jun-09

263

1,369

1,632

133

851

984

396

2,220

2,616

Jul-09

278

1,410

1,688

156

846

1,002

434

2,256

2,690

Aug-09

303

1,471

1,774

178

900

1,078

481

2,371

2,852

Sep-09

298

1,482

1,780

165

910

1,075

463

2,392

2,855

Oct-09

287

1,459

1,746

156

852

1,008

443

2,311

2,754

Ballymun

Dec-07

276

743

1,019

142

305

447

418

1,048

1,466

Jan-08

286

751

1,037

149

315

464

435

1,066

1,501

Feb-08

302

776

1,078

152

316

468

454

1,092

1,546

Mar-08

302

788

1,090

154

326

480

456

1,114

1,570

Apr-08

308

806

1,114

156

327

483

464

1,133

1,597

May-08

327

820

1,147

168

344

512

495

1,164

1,659

Jun-08

342

853

1,195

172

354

526

514

1,207

1,721

Jul-08

359

884

1,243

177

371

548

536

1,255

1,791

Aug-08

368

905

1,273

175

367

542

543

1,272

1,815

Sep-08

358

920

1,278

182

353

535

540

1,273

1,813

Oct-08

370

945

1,315

191

372

563

561

1,317

1,878

Nov-08

389

1,029

1,418

210

389

599

599

1,418

2,017

Dec-08

404

1,063

1,467

206

398

604

610

1,461

2,071

Jan-09

430

1,133

1,563

220

436

656

650

1,569

2,219

Feb-09

459

1,202

1,661

242

456

698

701

1,658

2,359

Mar-09

505

1,330

1,835

261

504

765

766

1,834

2,600

Apr-09

515

1,381

1,896

272

553

825

787

1,934

2,721

May-09

515

1,390

1,905

290

536

826

805

1,926

2,731

Jun-09

556

1,440

1,996

302

565

867

858

2,005

2,863

Jul-09

544

1,426

1,970

298

564

862

842

1,990

2,832

Aug-09

538

1,447

1,985

308

560

868

846

2,007

2,853

Sep-09

524

1,425

1,949

297

559

856

821

1,984

2,805

Oct-09

537

1,419

1,956

296

546

842

833

1,965

2,798

Kilbarrack

Dec-07

254

1,170

1,424

85

639

724

339

1,809

2,148

Jan-08

264

1,217

1,481

96

628

724

360

1,845

2,205

Feb-08

269

1,239

1,508

113

645

758

382

1,884

2,266

Mar-08

295

1,280

1,575

124

746

870

419

2,026

2,445

Apr-08

286

1,264

1,550

120

671

791

406

1,935

2,341

May-08

306

1,311

1,617

127

699

826

433

2,010

2,443

Jun-08

367

1,398

1,765

150

818

968

517

2,216

2,733

Jul-08

381

1,460

1,841

165

958

1,123

546

2,418

2,964

Aug-08

407

1,518

1,925

168

960

1,128

575

2,478

3,053

Sep-08

410

1,513

1,923

162

792

954

572

2,305

2,877

Oct-08

415

1,610

2,025

159

813

972

574

2,423

2,997

Nov-08

449

1,750

2,199

181

842

1,023

630

2,592

3,222

Dec-08

499

1,923

2,422

196

915

1,111

695

2,838

3,533

Jan-09

563

2,090

2,653

222

972

1,194

785

3,062

3,847

Feb-09

612

2,237

2,849

257

1,049

1,306

869

3,286

4,155

Mar-09

672

2,398

3,070

264

1,160

1,424

936

3,558

4,494

Apr-09

682

2,551

3,233

293

1,275

1,568

975

3,826

4,801

May-09

695

2,694

3,389

307

1,260

1,567

1,002

3,954

4,956

Jun-09

755

2,800

3,555

350

1,384

1,734

1,105

4,184

5,289

Jul-09

784

2,808

3,592

370

1,554

1,924

1,154

4,362

5,516

Aug-09

780

2,863

3,643

379

1,535

1,914

1,159

4,398

5,557

Sep-09

726

2,794

3,520

340

1,380

1,720

1,066

4,174

5,240

Oct-09

716

2,728

3,444

307

1,372

1,679

1,023

4,100

5,123

Ballyfermot

Dec-07

258

703

961

119

242

361

377

945

1,322

Jan-08

311

753

1,064

140

249

389

451

1,002

1,453

Feb-08

321

796

1,117

152

255

407

473

1,051

1,524

Mar-08

325

823

1,148

146

268

414

471

1,091

1,562

Apr-08

325

849

1,174

140

247

387

465

1,096

1,561

May-08

326

853

1,179

143

257

400

469

1,110

1,579

Jun-08

361

908

1,269

156

294

450

517

1,202

1,719

Jul-08

378

920

1,298

175

331

506

553

1,251

1,804

Aug-08

391

962

1,353

173

331

504

564

1,293

1,857

Sep-08

385

973

1,358

163

305

468

548

1,278

1,826

Oct-08

405

1,043

1,448

174

325

499

579

1,368

1,947

Nov-08

449

1,119

1,568

187

338

525

636

1,457

2,093

Dec-08

492

1,229

1,721

194

365

559

686

1,594

2,280

Jan-09

534

1,369

1,903

225

396

621

759

1,765

2,524

Feb-09

586

1,449

2,035

248

445

693

834

1,894

2,728

Mar-09

625

1,492

2,117

256

461

717

881

1,953

2,834

Apr-09

639

1,586

2,225

267

498

765

906

2,084

2,990

May-09

653

1,668

2,321

282

525

807

935

2,193

3,128

Jun-09

682

1,674

2,356

313

551

864

995

2,225

3,220

Jul-09

693

1,661

2,354

332

585

917

1,025

2,246

3,271

Aug-09

660

1,670

2,330

331

575

906

991

2,245

3,236

Sep-09

651

1,646

2,297

321

533

854

972

2,179

3,151

Oct-09

639

1,626

2,265

279

535

814

918

2,161

3,079

Finglas

Dec-07

387

1,282

1,669

180

599

779

567

1,881

2,448

Jan-08

430

1,395

1,825

197

598

795

627

1,993

2,620

Feb-08

464

1,453

1,917

204

615

819

668

2,068

2,736

Mar-08

478

1,470

1,948

196

635

831

674

2,105

2,779

Apr-08

489

1,521

2,010

213

639

852

702

2,160

2,862

May-08

503

1,573

2,076

235

650

885

738

2,223

2,961

Jun-08

529

1,639

2,168

276

724

1,000

805

2,363

3,168

Jul-08

554

1,718

2,272

296

807

1,103

850

2,525

3,375

Aug-08

565

1,767

2,332

327

825

1,152

892

2,592

3,484

Sep-08

544

1,794

2,338

311

760

1,071

855

2,554

3,409

Oct-08

560

1,892

2,452

298

784

1,082

858

2,676

3,534

Nov-08

618

2,017

2,635

315

795

1,110

933

2,812

3,745

Dec-08

672

2,160

2,832

328

835

1,163

1,000

2,995

3,995

Jan-09

764

2,494

3,258

374

948

1,322

1,138

3,442

4,580

Feb-09

820

2,731

3,551

409

1,080

1,489

1,229

3,811

5,040

Mar-09

817

2,823

3,640

401

1,100

1,501

1,218

3,923

5,141

Apr-09

830

3,006

3,836

409

1,170

1,579

1,239

4,176

5,415

May-09

822

3,046

3,868

430

1,189

1,619

1,252

4,235

5,487

Jun-09

894

3,132

4,026

478

1,266

1,744

1,372

4,398

5,770

Jul-09

918

3,199

4,117

498

1,394

1,892

1,416

4,593

6,009

Aug-09

944

3,245

4,189

523

1,413

1,936

1,467

4,658

6,125

Sep-09

921

3,216

4,137

493

1,354

1,847

1,414

4,570

5,984

Oct-09

854

3,180

4,034

431

1,327

1,758

1,285

4,507

5,792

Bishop Square

Dec-07

360

1,884

2,244

170

921

1,091

530

2,805

3,335

Jan-08

413

1,994

2,407

194

901

1,095

607

2,895

3,502

Feb-08

433

2,054

2,487

188

911

1,099

621

2,965

3,586

Mar-08

454

2,152

2,606

191

987

1,178

645

3,139

3,784

Apr-08

454

2,184

2,638

203

926

1,129

657

3,110

3,767

May-08

460

2,288

2,748

220

967

1,187

680

3,255

3,935

Jun-08

528

2,412

2,940

267

1,160

1,427

795

3,572

4,367

Jul-08

559

2,479

3,038

308

1,338

1,646

867

3,817

4,684

Aug-08

611

2,588

3,199

322

1,352

1,674

933

3,940

4,873

Sep-08

598

2,613

3,211

333

1,219

1,552

931

3,832

4,763

Oct-08

629

2,718

3,347

325

1,298

1,623

954

4,016

4,970

Nov-08

638

2,953

3,591

339

1,293

1,632

977

4,246

5,223

Dec-08

699

3,162

3,861

360

1,431

1,791

1,059

4,593

5,652

Jan-09

782

3,572

4,354

411

1,577

1,988

1,193

5,149

6,342

Feb-09

864

3,847

4,711

445

1,760

2,205

1,309

5,607

6,916

Mar-09

919

4,158

5,077

452

1,865

2,317

1,371

6,023

7,394

Apr-09

897

4,161

5,058

434

1,848

2,282

1,331

6,009

7,340

May-09

925

4,262

5,187

469

1,953

2,422

1,394

6,215

7,609

Jun-09

938

4,430

5,368

530

2,119

2,649

1,468

6,549

8,017

Jul-09

976

4,503

5,479

581

2,231

2,812

1,557

6,734

8,291

Aug-09

1,035

4,770

5,805

650

2,459

3,109

1,685

7,229

8,914

Sep-09

1,032

4,826

5,858

659

2,354

3,013

1,691

7,180

8,871

Oct-09

988

4,645

5,633

624

2,275

2,899

1,612

6,920

8,532

Month1

Male Under 25 years

Male 25 years and over

Male All ages

Female Under 25 years

Female 25 years and over

Female All ages

Both sexes Under 25 years

Both sexes 25 years and over

Both sexes All ages

Blanchardstown

Dec-07

437

1,731

2,168

259

1,009

1,268

696

2,740

3,436

Jan-08

483

1,886

2,369

289

1,078

1,367

772

2,964

3,736

Feb-08

529

2,000

2,529

314

1,101

1,415

843

3,101

3,944

Mar-08

530

2,017

2,547

321

1,117

1,438

851

3,134

3,985

Apr-08

546

2,106

2,652

327

1,174

1,501

873

3,280

4,153

May-08

545

2,156

2,701

346

1,177

1,523

891

3,333

4,224

Jun-08

621

2,313

2,934

398

1,319

1,717

1,019

3,632

4,651

Jul-08

681

2,412

3,093

435

1,536

1,971

1,116

3,948

5,064

Aug-08

688

2,491

3,179

455

1,584

2,039

1,143

4,075

5,218

Sep-08

687

2,555

3,242

469

1,485

1,954

1,156

4,040

5,196

Oct-08

701

2,737

3,438

437

1,554

1,991

1,138

4,291

5,429

Nov-08

748

2,976

3,724

442

1,549

1,991

1,190

4,525

5,715

Dec-08

828

3,231

4,059

458

1,611

2,069

1,286

4,842

6,128

Jan-09

928

3,555

4,483

511

1,701

2,212

1,439

5,256

6,695

Feb-09

1,004

3,854

4,858

590

1,859

2,449

1,594

5,713

7,307

Mar-09

1,073

4,080

5,153

596

1,886

2,482

1,669

5,966

7,635

Apr-09

1,096

4,291

5,387

633

2,096

2,729

1,729

6,387

8,116

May-09

1,094

4,412

5,506

629

2,062

2,691

1,723

6,474

8,197

Jun-09

1,141

4,539

5,680

668

2,202

2,870

1,809

6,741

8,550

Jul-09

1,157

4,571

5,728

698

2,363

3,061

1,855

6,934

8,789

Aug-09

1,140

4,569

5,709

703

2,414

3,117

1,843

6,983

8,826

Sep-09

1,115

4,546

5,661

677

2,346

3,023

1,792

6,892

8,684

Oct-09

1,037

4,358

5,395

645

2,165

2,810

1,682

6,523

8,205

Coolock

Dec-07

323

1,176

1,499

178

611

789

501

1,787

2,288

Jan-08

380

1,222

1,602

191

605

796

571

1,827

2,398

Feb-08

406

1,279

1,685

197

624

821

603

1,903

2,506

Mar-08

416

1,302

1,718

217

653

870

633

1,955

2,588

Apr-08

422

1,323

1,745

219

631

850

641

1,954

2,595

May-08

426

1,370

1,796

225

619

844

651

1,989

2,640

Jun-08

465

1,433

1,898

245

693

938

710

2,126

2,836

Jul-08

484

1,450

1,934

252

770

1,022

736

2,220

2,956

Aug-08

528

1,491

2,019

260

771

1,031

788

2,262

3,050

Sep-08

515

1,459

1,974

254

694

948

769

2,153

2,922

Oct-08

555

1,536

2,091

245

722

967

800

2,258

3,058

Nov-08

572

1,626

2,198

273

756

1,029

845

2,382

3,227

Dec-08

647

1,779

2,426

295

863

1,158

942

2,642

3,584

Jan-09

723

2,031

2,754

368

897

1,265

1,091

2,928

4,019

Feb-09

756

2,242

2,998

396

972

1,368

1,152

3,214

4,366

Mar-09

797

2,283

3,080

415

1,012

1,427

1,212

3,295

4,507

Apr-09

798

2,449

3,247

412

1,178

1,590

1,210

3,627

4,837

May-09

815

2,624

3,439

426

1,185

1,611

1,241

3,809

5,050

Jun-09

853

2,684

3,537

455

1,202

1,657

1,308

3,886

5,194

Jul-09

871

2,690

3,561

463

1,303

1,766

1,334

3,993

5,327

Aug-09

865

2,763

3,628

472

1,349

1,821

1,337

4,112

5,449

Sep-09

850

2,767

3,617

444

1,263

1,707

1,294

4,030

5,324

Oct-09

821

2,721

3,542

403

1,236

1,639

1,224

3,957

5,181

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Oct-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Nov-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Dec-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Jan-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Feb-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Mar-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Apr-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

May-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Jun-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Jul-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Aug-09

981

4,339

5,320

653

1,986

2,639

1,634

6,325

7,959

Sep-09

905

4,231

5,136

591

1,901

2,492

1,496

6,132

7,628

Oct-09

871

4,168

5,039

556

1,848

2,404

1,427

6,016

7,443

Tallaght

Dec-07

644

2,012

2,656

309

938

1,247

953

2,950

3,903

Jan-08

706

2,161

2,867

341

915

1,256

1,047

3,076

4,123

Feb-08

739

2,270

3,009

354

928

1,282

1,093

3,198

4,291

Mar-08

753

2,318

3,071

357

1,028

1,385

1,110

3,346

4,456

Apr-08

730

2,391

3,121

359

970

1,329

1,089

3,361

4,450

May-08

740

2,446

3,186

378

1,001

1,379

1,118

3,447

4,565

Jun-08

808

2,611

3,419

431

1,177

1,608

1,239

3,788

5,027

Jul-08

888

2,740

3,628

468

1,283

1,751

1,356

4,023

5,379

Aug-08

897

2,798

3,695

491

1,216

1,707

1,388

4,014

5,402

Sep-08

879

2,831

3,710

467

1,126

1,593

1,346

3,957

5,303

Oct-08

875

2,992

3,867

477

1,182

1,659

1,352

4,174

5,526

Nov-08

953

3,325

4,278

483

1,194

1,677

1,436

4,519

5,955

Dec-08

1,080

3,606

4,686

516

1,314

1,830

1,596

4,920

6,516

Jan-09

1,190

4,046

5,236

577

1,448

2,025

1,767

5,494

7,261

Feb-09

1,326

4,363

5,689

648

1,637

2,285

1,974

6,000

7,974

Mar-09

1,384

4,534

5,918

673

1,642

2,315

2,057

6,176

8,233

Apr-09

1,440

4,814

6,254

713

1,820

2,533

2,153

6,634

8,787

May-09

1,459

4,943

6,402

791

1,832

2,623

2,250

6,775

9,025

Jun-09

1,579

5,130

6,709

875

1,971

2,846

2,454

7,101

9,555

Jul-09

1,641

5,275

6,916

918

2,212

3,130

2,559

7,487

10,046

Aug-09

1,637

5,337

6,974

926

2,221

3,147

2,563

7,558

10,121

Sep-09

1,554

5,232

6,786

886

2,000

2,886

2,440

7,232

9,672

Oct-09

1,543

5,279

6,822

854

2,053

2,907

2,397

7,332

9,729

Clondalkin

Dec-07

597

1,838

2,435

320

920

1,240

917

2,758

3,675

Jan-08

674

2,010

2,684

366

941

1,307

1,040

2,951

3,991

Feb-08

736

2,108

2,844

397

996

1,393

1,133

3,104

4,237

Mar-08

789

2,182

2,971

405

1,062

1,467

1,194

3,244

4,438

Apr-08

779

2,234

3,013

414

1,015

1,429

1,193

3,249

4,442

May-08

761

2,264

3,025

404

1,076

1,480

1,165

3,340

4,505

Jun-08

791

2,429

3,220

437

1,206

1,643

1,228

3,635

4,863

Jul-08

843

2,536

3,379

478

1,315

1,793

1,321

3,851

5,172

Aug-08

881

2,692

3,573

520

1,374

1,894

1,401

4,066

5,467

Sep-08

880

2,763

3,643

532

1,337

1,869

1,412

4,100

5,512

Oct-08

925

2,876

3,801

534

1,376

1,910

1,459

4,252

5,711

Nov-08

999

3,135

4,134

541

1,390

1,931

1,540

4,525

6,065

Dec-08

1,083

3,409

4,492

561

1,505

2,066

1,644

4,914

6,558

Jan-09

1,243

3,921

5,164

631

1,756

2,387

1,874

5,677

7,551

Feb-09

1,313

4,397

5,710

674

1,932

2,606

1,987

6,329

8,316

Mar-09

1,386

4,738

6,124

696

2,037

2,733

2,082

6,775

8,857

Apr-09

1,423

4,964

6,387

725

2,140

2,865

2,148

7,104

9,252

May-09

1,410

5,024

6,434

770

2,158

2,928

2,180

7,182

9,362

Jun-09

1,494

5,234

6,728

816

2,290

3,106

2,310

7,524

9,834

Jul-09

1,518

5,287

6,805

863

2,452

3,315

2,381

7,739

10,120

Aug-09

1,487

5,310

6,797

868

2,452

3,320

2,355

7,762

10,117

Sep-09

1,411

5,242

6,653

854

2,266

3,120

2,265

7,508

9,773

Oct-09

1,318

5,062

6,380

796

2,222

3,018

2,114

7,284

9,398

Nutgrove (Rathfarnham)

Dec-07

163

918

1,081

77

850

927

240

1,768

2,008

Jan-08

172

958

1,130

80

738

818

252

1,696

1,948

Feb-08

194

1,014

1,208

96

744

840

290

1,758

2,048

Mar-08

210

1,024

1,234

100

862

962

310

1,886

2,196

Apr-08

224

1,045

1,269

98

746

844

322

1,791

2,113

May-08

228

1,071

1,299

112

806

918

340

1,877

2,217

Jun-08

294

1,170

1,464

146

981

1,127

440

2,151

2,591

Jul-08

299

1,248

1,547

165

1,131

1,296

464

2,379

2,843

Aug-08

332

1,315

1,647

163

1,138

1,301

495

2,453

2,948

Sep-08

341

1,307

1,648

159

966

1,125

500

2,273

2,773

Oct-08

353

1,375

1,728

157

1,022

1,179

510

2,397

2,907

Nov-08

363

1,458

1,821

162

1,009

1,171

525

2,467

2,992

Dec-08

396

1,601

1,997

171

1,103

1,274

567

2,704

3,271

Jan-09

450

1,780

2,230

212

1,161

1,373

662

2,941

3,603

Feb-09

499

1,982

2,481

221

1,252

1,473

720

3,234

3,954

Mar-09

528

2,100

2,628

241

1,313

1,554

769

3,413

4,182

Apr-09

505

2,250

2,755

248

1,404

1,652

753

3,654

4,407

May-09

529

2,349

2,878

254

1,521

1,775

783

3,870

4,653

Jun-09

601

2,512

3,113

318

1,740

2,058

919

4,252

5,171

Jul-09

612

2,582

3,194

338

1,925

2,263

950

4,507

5,457

Aug-09

611

2,647

3,258

341

1,913

2,254

952

4,560

5,512

Sep-09

582

2,655

3,237

302

1,703

2,005

884

4,358

5,242

Oct-09

511

2,531

3,042

237

1,700

1,937

748

4,231

4,979

Balbriggan

Dec-07

143

778

921

80

520

600

223

1,298

1,521

Jan-08

163

827

990

94

511

605

257

1,338

1,595

Feb-08

182

862

1,044

107

514

621

289

1,376

1,665

Mar-08

182

877

1,059

111

565

676

293

1,442

1,735

Apr-08

189

883

1,072

122

518

640

311

1,401

1,712

May-08

202

910

1,112

115

542

657

317

1,452

1,769

Jun-08

212

960

1,172

136

615

751

348

1,575

1,923

Jul-08

235

1,030

1,265

132

693

825

367

1,723

2,090

Aug-08

252

1,104

1,356

141

705

846

393

1,809

2,202

Sep-08

265

1,125

1,390

134

645

779

399

1,770

2,169

Oct-08

291

1,209

1,500

141

704

845

432

1,913

2,345

Nov-08

307

1,352

1,659

153

733

886

460

2,085

2,545

Dec-08

339

1,464

1,803

176

781

957

515

2,245

2,760

Jan-09

397

1,706

2,103

204

879

1,083

601

2,585

3,186

Feb-09

446

1,914

2,360

219

975

1,194

665

2,889

3,554

Mar-09

494

2,100

2,594

234

1,059

1,293

728

3,159

3,887

Apr-09

498

2,222

2,720

238

1,132

1,370

736

3,354

4,090

May-09

511

2,267

2,778

244

1,158

1,402

755

3,425

4,180

Jun-09

550

2,388

2,938

280

1,247

1,527

830

3,635

4,465

Jul-09

557

2,475

3,032

304

1,374

1,678

861

3,849

4,710

Aug-09

567

2,508

3,075

329

1,401

1,730

896

3,909

4,805

Sep-09

562

2,486

3,048

329

1,363

1,692

891

3,849

4,740

Oct-09

545

2,471

3,016

304

1,351

1,655

849

3,822

4,671

Swords2

Dec-07

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Jan-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Feb-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Mar-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Apr-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

May-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Jun-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Jul-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Aug-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Sep-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Oct-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Nov-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Dec-08

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Jan-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Feb-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Mar-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Apr-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

May-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Jun-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Jul-09

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

..

Aug-09

533

2,243

2,776

341

1,403

1,744

874

3,646

4,520

Sep-09

485

2,194

2,679

321

1,317

1,638

806

3,511

4,317

Oct-09

474

2,201

2,675

285

1,324

1,609

759

3,525

4,284

Dun Laoghaire

Dec-07

211

1,362

1,573

72

888

960

283

2,250

2,533

Jan-08

249

1,444

1,693

79

935

1,014

328

2,379

2,707

Feb-08

243

1,474

1,717

88

936

1,024

331

2,410

2,741

Mar-08

274

1,538

1,812

92

1,096

1,188

366

2,634

3,000

Apr-08

264

1,532

1,796

94

952

1,046

358

2,484

2,842

May-08

293

1,596

1,889

105

1,022

1,127

398

2,618

3,016

Jun-08

329

1,690

2,019

142

1,199

1,341

471

2,889

3,360

Jul-08

349

1,806

2,155

172

1,415

1,587

521

3,221

3,742

Aug-08

396

1,944

2,340

190

1,450

1,640

586

3,394

3,980

Sep-08

413

1,970

2,383

179

1,224

1,403

592

3,194

3,786

Oct-08

436

2,071

2,507

202

1,271

1,473

638

3,342

3,980

Nov-08

452

2,232

2,684

192

1,302

1,494

644

3,534

4,178

Dec-08

476

2,428

2,904

189

1,454

1,643

665

3,882

4,547

Jan-09

572

2,787

3,359

249

1,579

1,828

821

4,366

5,187

Feb-09

632

3,074

3,706

268

1,881

2,149

900

4,955

5,855

Mar-09

673

3,338

4,011

303

1,975

2,278

976

5,313

6,289

Apr-09

681

3,471

4,152

349

2,180

2,529

1,030

5,651

6,681

May-09

698

3,565

4,263

391

2,190

2,581

1,089

5,755

6,844

Jun-09

777

3,709

4,486

447

2,426

2,873

1,224

6,135

7,359

Jul-09

811

3,905

4,716

480

2,667

3,147

1,291

6,572

7,863

Aug-09

821

3,949

4,770

479

2,733

3,212

1,300

6,682

7,982

Sep-09

824

4,004

4,828

470

2,614

3,084

1,294

6,618

7,912

Oct-09

731

3,905

4,636

381

2,580

2,961

1,112

6,485

7,597

1October 2009 contains revisions which have not been applied to County and Local Office data from October 2008 to September 2009.

2Nth Cumberland Street Local Office has closed with effect from July 2009.

Figures previously provided for the Cumberland Street Local Office are now presented in two Local Offices: King's Inns Street and Swords with effect from July 2009.

Cumberland Street figures from April 2006 to July 2009 included those persons that had been transferred to the Swords Local Office.

Departmental Staff.

George Lee

Ceist:

67 Deputy George Lee asked the Taoiseach the average wage and number of staff employed by his Department each year from 1997 to 2008 broken down by job title and grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43939/09]

It is not possible to provide the information requested by the Deputy in the time available. However, I will be in contact with the Deputy shortly to provide the information available.

Electric Vehicles.

Ciarán Cuffe

Ceist:

68 Deputy Ciarán Cuffe asked the Taoiseach if he has entered into an arrangement for the purchase of electric vehicles in 2009 to 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44025/09]

My Department has not entered into an arrangement for the purchase of electric vehicles in 2009 to 2010.

Departmental Expenditure.

David Stanton

Ceist:

69 Deputy David Stanton asked the Taoiseach the cost in 2008 of heating all buildings owned or rented from which his Department or bodies under the aegis of his Department operate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44429/09]

The cost of heating my Department's offices in 2008 was €40,803.

It is not possible to provide details of the heating costs for the National Economic and Social Development Office as it is included in the cost of the rent paid to the Office for Public Works and not billed separately.

Arts Funding.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

70 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the amount of funding made available over the past five years to support and promote artists in the fields of ceramics, jewellery and blacksmithing in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44326/09]

My Department does not make specific funds available to promote artists. An annual grant is provided by Enterprise Ireland to the Crafts Council of Ireland to enable it to carry out its functions in promoting the crafts. The Crafts Council is a company limited by guarantee. It is not regulated or controlled by my Department by virtue of any statutory provision and I have no function in its operational activities. I have requested the Crafts Council, through Enterprise Ireland, to provide the material sought direct to the deputy at its earliest convenience.

Work Permits.

Finian McGrath

Ceist:

71 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the reason for the refusal of a work permit in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin; and the criteria needed to qualify for a work permit. [44388/09]

The Employment Permits Section informs me that it has no record of an application in this case.

Full information, application forms and specific conditions for new permits are available on the Departments website at www.entemp.ie.

Departmental Staff.

George Lee

Ceist:

72 Deputy George Lee asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the average wage and number of staff employed by her Department each year from 1997 to 2008 broken down by job title and grade; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43933/09]

My Department does not retain, in a readily accessible format, the information requested by the Deputy. The Department has, for instance, a significant number of staff who have irregular work patterns. In addition, over the past 11 years, a large number of staff availed of various forms of special leave, e.g. term time, career breaks and carer's leave. These variables would make the calculation of averages very difficult and potentially misleading.

With regard to pay rates, increases over the period 1997 to 2008 were in accordance with the terms of successive partnership agreements. The salary scales provided by the Department of Finance outline the salary range for each grade within the Civil Service.

FÁS Training Programmes.

Phil Hogan

Ceist:

73 Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if there has been a reduction in the fourth year electrical apprentice training rate from €647.01 to €528.37; the reason FÁS payslips do not show PRSI contributions; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43962/09]

The weekly training allowance paid to an apprentice who is attending off-the-job training in a FÁS Training Centre, Institute of Technology or College of Further Education is established by reference to the industry sector net pay norm.

To establish the net pay norm for a particular sector, FÁS use the following methodology: The gross wage norm notified by the sector in question is reduced by the amount of normal PAYE, PRSI and income levy deductions that ordinarily apply to the gross wage norm in the sector. The amount then remaining is the net pay norm for the sector.

In the electrical sector, the gross wage norm for a fourth year apprentice is €647.01 and the combined equivalent PAYE, PRSI and income levy deduction is computed as €118.64.

The training allowance, based on the net wage norm for the sector, paid to fourth year electrical apprentices while attending off-the-job training is therefore €528.37 per week.

As the weekly training allowance is not treated as pay under the PAYE and PRSI regulations, FÁS pay slips do not show deductions under these categories. Deductions made by FÁS from the gross wage norm are not for the purposes of PAYE and PRSI but rather to ensure that the training allowances are equivalent to the net rather than the gross industry wage in the sector.

Electric Vehicles.

Ciarán Cuffe

Ceist:

74 Deputy Ciarán Cuffe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has entered into an arrangement for the purchase of electric vehicles in 2009 to 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44018/09]

My Department has not entered into an arrangement for the purchase of electric vehicles in 2009 or 2010. My Department has only one small 1.5 cc diesel van which is used for the collection and delivery of documents etc for the Department in Dublin. The van was purchased in June 2008 and is not due for replacement for some years. All options, including the purchase of an electric vehicle, will be considered when the van is due for replacement.

Redundancy Payments.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

75 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the time delay in processing employee applications under the redundancy payment scheme when the company has gone into receivership; the steps she is taking to address this situation; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44187/09]

My Department administers the Social Insurance Fund (SIF) in relation to redundancy matters on behalf of the Department of Social and Family Affairs. There are two types of payment made from the SIF — rebates to those employers who have paid statutory redundancy to eligible employees, and statutory lump sums to employees whose employers are insolvent and/or in receivership/liquidation.

The Redundancy Payments Section of my Department is currently processing rebate applications submitted by post from March 2009 and those filed online from April 2009. In respect of lump sum payments paid directly to employees in instances where employers are unable to pay the statutory redundancy entitlements or in instances where a Receiver or Liquidator has been appointed, the Section is, in general, processing claims dating from June 2009.

Given the unprecedented increase in Redundancy Payment claims lodged with my Department since late 2008 it has proved impossible to maintain the customer service targets that previously obtained. The scale of the challenge is evident from the statistics that show incoming redundancy claims with a cumulative figure for the first ten months of 2009 at 67,207. This figure exceeds the claims lodged for the full year 2008 (40,607) and 2008 was, of itself, an exceptional year as compared with earlier years when claims received were of the order of 25,000.

Efforts continue to be made by my Department to deliver more acceptable turnaround processing times for redundancy payments given the difficulties that this gives rise to for both individual employees and the business community. Measures already taken include:

the reassignment of 26.7 additional staff (full time equivalents) from other areas of the Department to the Redundancy Payments area since early 2009 with ongoing review of trends and demands. The current number of staff serving in the Redundancy Payments Section in terms of full time equivalents is 51.5 although the Section is currently carrying two vacant positions which are due to be filled;

the prioritisation of the Department's overtime budget towards staff in the Redundancy Payments Section to tackle the backlog outside normal hours;

the establishment of a special call handling facility to deal with the huge volume of telephone calls from people and businesses who are naturally concerned about their payments, using the facilities and cooperation of the National Employment Rights Authority (NERA). This centre has received an average of 12,500 calls per month this year with an estimated 60% relating to redundancy payments;

The provision of better quality information relating to current processing times on the Department's website;

Engagement with the Revenue Commissioners to facilitate the offset of redundancy rebate payments by employers against outstanding tax liabilities with the Revenue Commissioners.

The Tánaiste and I continue to monitor closely the impact of these changes against the continuing influx of redundancy claims and will consider further measures to deal with the situation should current measures prove to be inadequate.

Craft Industry.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

76 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the reason a meeting with the Crafts Council of Ireland will not include all levels of representation (details supplied). [44321/09]

This is a day-to-day matter for the Crafts Council of Ireland which is a company limited by guarantee. The Council is not regulated or controlled by my Department by virtue of any statutory provision and I have no function in its operational activities.

Redundancy Payments.

Brendan Howlin

Ceist:

77 Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if her attention has been drawn to the fact that a person (details supplied) in County Wexford did not receive a redundancy payment cheque issued by her Department; if this cheque was sent to an incorrect address; if her further attention has been drawn to the fact that the cheque was cashed but not by the addressee; the steps she will take to ensure that this claimant receives their entitlement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44327/09]

I can confirm to the Deputy that my Department issued a cheque in respect of a lumpsum redundancy claim for the individual concerned to the address provided to the Department on the RP 50 claim form submitted. I note from the information provided by the Deputy that in fact the incorrect address was provided to the Department by the individual's former employer.

I understand that the cheque in this instance has been cashed other than by the addressee and that the individual has been in contact with the Gardai in the matter which is the appropriate course of action. Pending the outcome of the Garda investigation, my Department is not in a position to take any further action at this point.

Economic Competitiveness.

John Deasy

Ceist:

78 Deputy John Deasy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment her plans to introduce export support measures to assist companies that have been adversely affected by the change over the past three years of the value of the euro in respect of sterling and the US dollar; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44393/09]

My Department, through Enterprise Ireland, is active both in assisting Irish indigenous companies to find new markets for their products and services and to increase their existing level of market share. Encouraging companies to re-orientate towards the Eurozone in the first instance and, for those which are most capable, into areas such as the Gulf, Brazil, India and China, where economies are still growing is a priority. I have been active in leading trade missions to develop new opportunities for Irish exporters and will continue to do so, to both existing long-established markets, to the new EU Member States and also to other emerging high-growth markets, with a view to increasing the share of exports by Irish companies worldwide.

Continuous productivity improvements are essential if Irish companies are to increase their export potential and reach the world-class standards necessary to meet the challenges of the international market place. Sustainable economic recovery will be driven by enterprises focused on increasing their exports of innovative products and services in global markets. To support this, I launched the Enterprise Stabilisation Fund earlier this year, which enables internationally trading companies survive the current global downturn by supporting their drive to reduce costs and, through increased competitiveness, gain sales in overseas markets.

This month I announced that 7,478 jobs are to receive direct support under the first round of the Employment Subsidy Scheme (ESS). A total of 453 companies engaged in manufacturing and/or internationally traded services are being informed of their successful applications. The Scheme provides a subsidy of €9,100 over fifteen months per qualifying employee in vulnerable but viable firms. Due to a lower than anticipated take-up, I will shortly be announcing details of a second broader call for ESS applications with extended eligibility criteria open to both exporting and non-exporting firms.

EU Funding.

John Deasy

Ceist:

79 Deputy John Deasy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if she has prepared a plan for submission to the European Commission for funding under the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund to provide assistance to persons affected by redundancies, past and present, from a company (details supplied) in County Waterford; when the plan will be submitted to the EC; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44394/09]

An application for co-funded assistance from the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) towards the costs of a personalized package of occupational guidance, training, employment, entrepreneurship and educational measures for workers made redundant at the Waterford Crystal plant in Kilbarry, Waterford and at ancillary enterprises, was submitted by my Department to the European Commission on 25 September 2009.

The EGF application is currently being processed by the European Commission. As all such applications must be approved through the co-decision procedures that involves consultations between the European Commission, Parliament and Council, a decision is not expected until sometime in the New Year.

In the interim, FÁS and other relevant bodies such as Enterprise Ireland, City and County Enterprise Boards and the local Vocational Education Committees continue to make their full range of employment, training, guidance and advisory services available to the redundant workers concerned.

Community Employment Schemes.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

80 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment if programmes have been developed to assist persons who have previously been in prison to access employment opportunities; the number of participants; and the success rate in progressive and placement in employment. [44413/09]

The Community Employment Programme has provision for persons who have previously been in prison. The eligibility criteria for these clients is as follows:

Ex-offenders aged 18 years or over and referred by the Probation Service.

Ex-offenders aged 18 and over, not referred by the Probation Service and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit for a period of one year or more. Time spent as a prisoner is regarded as reckonable when considering duration unemployed.

It is not possible to provide the total number of "ex-offender" participants as those who have eligibility gained under the second option above will not be flagged as ex-offenders but rather as those in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit.

Departmental Expenditure.

David Stanton

Ceist:

81 Deputy David Stanton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the cost in 2008 of heating all buildings owned or rented from which her Department or bodies under the aegis of her Department operate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44422/09]

The cost of heating the buildings occupied by my Department and 7 of the Offices of my Department was approximately €126,525 in 2008. Another Office of my Department occupies a building where the cost of heating that building is borne by the landlord and I have no information about the 2008 heating costs of that building.

I am not in a position to provide the information sought by the Deputy in relation to the State Agencies under the control of my Department as such information falls under the day-to-day administration of the State Agencies concerned.

FÁS Training Programmes.

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

82 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the number of FÁS course providers or subcontracted FÁS course providers when evidence has been found that the exam results they have supplied to FÁS have been manipulated by such providers; the location at which such courses have been provided; the cost of providing same including training fees and trainees allowances; the amount paid by FÁS to these companies for training fees and trainees allowances by location for each of the past five years; the action taken by FÁS regarding same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44620/09]

In the time available it has not been possible to collate the data requested. I will contact the Deputy at a later date with the relevant information.

Departmental Agencies.

George Lee

Ceist:

83 Deputy George Lee asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 121 to 124, inclusive, of 24 November 2009, if she will provide further details of the 75% increase in FÁS management grades that occurred due to a one step increase from a senior staff grade to assistant manager as part of restructuring; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44621/09]

In the time available it has not been possible to provide the data requested. I will revert to the Deputy with the relevant information at a later date.

Community Employment Schemes.

George Lee

Ceist:

84 Deputy George Lee asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the breakdown of community employment schemes according to the duration of employment involved in each programme each year from 1997 to 2008; the number of persons who participated in each programme in each of these years by duration of these programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44625/09]

I am advised that the information sought by the Deputy is only available for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The data for the previous years will take some time to collate and will be furnished as soon as it is available.

The following table shows the number of completed years for CE participants only (Supervisors excluded).

Completed Years

2008

2007

2006

00

6,524

7,927

8,078

01

5,078

5,283

5,745

02

4,108

3,903

4,642

03

2,411

2,385

1,271

04

1,469

709

654

05

857

428

385

06

638

209

79

07

300

45

17

08

68

12

09

13

Grand Total

21,466

20,901

20,871

FÁS Training Programmes.

George Lee

Ceist:

85 Deputy George Lee asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the names, addresses and capacity of all FÁS training centres; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44634/09]

The table below sets out the name and address of each FÁS training centre together with the estimated number of persons who will receive a training intervention in 2009. The capacity of each training centre is very much dependent on both the type and duration of training course taking place at any given time.

FÁS Training Centre

Estimated Number of Persons to receive a training intervention in 2009

FÁS Training Centre, Garrycastle, Athlone, Westmeath

6,286

FÁS Training Centre, Baldoyle Industrial Centre, Dublin

6,726

FÁS Training Centre, Ballyfermot Hill, Dublin 10

3,827

FÁS Training Centre, Bannow Road, Cabra, Dublin 7

2,502

FÁS Training Centre, 57-60 Jervis Street, Dublin 1 (Closed 31st July 2009)

206

FÁS Training Centre, Rossa Avenue, Bishopstown, Cork

6,474

FÁS Training Centre, Coes Road Industrial Estate, Dundalk, Co Louth

5,932

FÁS Training Centre, Poppintree Industrial Estate, Finglas, Dublin 11

3,324

FÁS Training Centre, Mervue Business Park, Monivea Road, Galway, incorporating Riverside, Church Road, Ballina, Co Mayo

4,733

FÁS Training Centre, Ballyraine Industrial Estate, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, incorporating FÁS Training Centre, Gweedore, NA Doire Beaga, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

3,159

FÁS Training Centre, Raheen Industrial Estate, Limerick

3,970

FÁS Training Centre, Wyattville Road Loughlinstown, Co Dublin

4,121

FÁS Training Centre, Shannon Industrial Estate, Shannon, Co Clare

2,834

FÁS Training Centre, Ballytivnan, Co Sligo

2,347

FÁS Training Centre, Cookstown Industrial Estate, Tallaght, Dublin 24

4,286

FÁS Training Centre Industrial Estate, Monavilly, Tralee, Co Kerry

3,614

FÁS Training Centre, IDA Industrial Park, Cork Road, Waterford, incorporating FÁS Training Centre, Whitemills North Industrial Estate, Wexford

7,706

Total

72,047

Community Employment Schemes.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Ceist:

86 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the steps she will take to increase the number of community employment places available to drugs projects in 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [41672/09]

I am advised that there are currently 1,000 places ring fenced for the CE Drugs Task Force. At present 947 of these places are filled.

The number of places on the Drugs Task Force is kept under constant review.

EU Directives.

Joe Costello

Ceist:

87 Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Finance the reason he has failed to implement the EU flood risk directive, the deadline for which expired on 26 November 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43961/09]

Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Assessment and Management of Flood Risk is primarily concerned with the assessment and management of flood risks, with the aim of reducing adverse consequences for human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity associated with floods in the European Community.

There is a strong degree of alignment between the recommendations of the Report of the Flood Policy Review Group of 2004 and the requirements of the EU Floods Directive. The outputs from the flood mapping and Flood Risk Assessment and Management studies programme, which commenced on foot of the national flood policy, adopted by Government in 2004, will also satisfy the requirements of the Floods Directive. Accordingly, the process of implementing the flood risk assessment programmes under national policy is taking place in conjunction with the transposition of the Floods Directive into Irish law.

It is expected that the transposition of the Floods Directive will be completed in the very near future and it is understood that this timing is in concert with many of the other member states.

Budget Submissions.

Mary Upton

Ceist:

88 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Finance if he has received the pre-budget submission by an organisation (details supplied); his views on implementing any of the issues raised in this document; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44031/09]

I have received a pre Budget submission from the organisation in question. It is policy to review all pre Budget submissions as part of the budgetary process. I would draw to the Deputy's attention that it is the usual practice for the Minister for Finance not to speculate or comment in advance of the Budget on what it will contain and I do not propose to deviate from that practice.

Flood Relief.

Mary Upton

Ceist:

89 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Finance his views on whether the dredging of rivers would have prevented the severity of flooding which has struck here in November 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44039/09]

Available information indicates that the widespread flooding that occurred in recent weeks was caused mainly by unusually prolonged heavy rainfall, which exceeded the conveyance capacity of rivers and drainage infrastructure.

The OPW implements a maintenance programme in respect of the channels for which the Office has a statutory maintenance responsibility. It is the opinion of the OPW that, in respect of these channels, while this programme of maintenance contributes to the moderation of flooding, the contribution would not have had a significant impact on the recent unprecedented level of flooding. Local and other authorities have responsibility for maintaining other channels, as do private landowners.

Tax Code.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

90 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Finance if he has analysed the volumes of solid fuels consumed here which are sourced in Northern Ireland; and his assessment of the estimated future switches to northern sources as a result of the imposition of a carbon tax. [44414/09]

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

125 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Finance if he has considered measures that could promote the use of solid fuels on which carbon tax has been awarded such as introducing a bonded warehouse system for collecting the tax and the printing of a duty paid sticker to be placed on the product; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44415/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 90 and 125 together.

On considering the introduction of a new tax or indeed an increase in current taxes a wide variety of factors are taken into consideration including the impact on cross-border trade.

The EU law for the control of excisable products, including the provisions for bonded warehouses and documented delivery between Member States, is set down in Directive 92/12/EEC. However, coal is not covered by this EU Directive, hence the requirements for warehousing and controlled delivery do not apply in the case of coal.

When new taxes are being introduced there are always practical issues in relation to implementation that require consideration. In that regard, as is normal practice, my officials in conjunction with the Office of Revenue Commissioners and other relevant Departments will engage with those sectors involved in the implementation of the carbon tax to minimise, in so far as it is reasonably possible, practical difficulties.

Flood Relief.

Joe Carey

Ceist:

91 Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Finance if he will commit to a re-evaluation of the Ennis flood relief scheme in view of the recent flooding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44645/09]

The flood relief scheme designed for Ennis comprises of three phases. The Ennis Upper Scheme and the Ennis Lower Scheme are being funded and built by the Office of Public Works, while works at Aughanteeroe, in Ennis, are being funded by OPW and carried out by Ennis Town Council. It is understood that these latter works are about to proceed.

In relation to the Ennis Upper Scheme, works are nearing completion in the town and works carried out to date held up under the recent flooding and saved much of the town centre in Ennis. OPW is preparing to go to tender for a Civil Engineering Contractor in order to carry out the Ennis Lower Scheme. A review of this phase has already taken place and the lower scheme will be subject to minor alterations arising from information gleaned during the current flood event.

Flood Relief works at St. Flannan's College are being incorporated by Clare County Council and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government into the proposed Ennis Main Drainage Scheme. The flood relief element of these works will be funded by OPW.

Certain other areas in Ennis, outside of those area benefitting from the phases outlined above, did suffer flooding recently, and these areas have been identified and will be considered for further flood relief works to be carried out, either by OPW or by the local authority, with funding provided by OPW.

Departmental Staff.

Joanna Tuffy

Ceist:

92 Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Finance if non-industrialised civil servants have applied for incentivised early retirement; if so, the breakdown of the grade or office or the persons who have applied under this scheme; the percentage that are in the relevant grades and officer positions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43920/09]

Non-Industrial Civil Servants have applied for the Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement. In summary, the information reported to my Department by the end of November indicates that some 1,023 civil servants had applied (this includes 4 industrial Civil Servants) for the Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER) and that 861 of these had been approved. These Civil Service numbers are based on returns from all Departments and Offices. (The Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism provided an overall number).

The more detailed information requested by the Deputy is set out in tabular form below.

INCENTIVISED SCHEME FOR EARLY RETIREMENT — CIVIL SERVANTS

S/Gen

D/Gen

A/Sec

PO

AP

AO

HEO

EO

SO

CO

HSO

SVO

SA

Ind

Other

Total

Department of Agriculture, Food & Fisheries

Department

Applications

1

3

5

16

10

5

21

21

82

Approved

0

3

2

10

6

4

12

14

51

Department of Arts, Sports & Tourism

Department

Applications

4

4

Approved

2

2

Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources

Department

Applications

1

4

1

3

9

Approved

1

4

1

1

7

Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs

Department

Applications

1

1

6

2

1

1

12

Approved

1

1

6

2

1

1

12

Department of Defence

Department

Applications

2

2

1

6

3

1

15

Approved

2

2

1

6

3

1

15

INCENTIVISED SCHEME FOR EARLY RETIREMENT — CIVIL SERVANTS— continued

S/Gen

D/Gen

A/Sec

PO

AP

AO

HEO

EO

SO

CO

HSO

SVO

SA

Ind

Other

Total

Department of Education & Science

Department

Applications

1

4

3

5

7

2

11

33

Approved

0

3

2

0

4

1

2

12

State Examinations Commission

Applications

1

1

2

4

Approved

1

1

1

3

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Applications

1

1

Approved

1

1

National Council for Special Education

Applications

1

1

Approved

1

1

Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment

Department

Applications

2

6

11

13

9

1

1

43

Approved

2

6

11

13

9

1

1

43

INCENTIVISED SCHEME FOR EARLY RETIREMENT — CIVIL SERVANTS— continued

S/Gen

D/Gen

A/Sec

PO

AP

AO

HEO

EO

SO

CO

HSO

SVO

SA

Ind

Other

Total

Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government

Department

Applications

1

7

12

5

4

2

4

18

53

Approved

1

6

12

5

3

2

3

13

45

Department of Finance

Department

Applications

1

6

14

7

2

1

31

Approved

1

5

12

6

2

0

26

OPW

Applications

11

5

1

1

1

4

5

28

Approved

10

5

1

1

1

4

4

26

Valuation Office

Applications

1

1

Approved

1

1

Office of the Ombudsman

Applications

0

Approved

0

CPSA

Applications

2

2

Approved

2

2

PAS

Applications

1

1

2

Approved

1

1

2

INCENTIVISED SCHEME FOR EARLY RETIREMENT — CIVIL SERVANTS— continued

S/Gen

D/Gen

A/Sec

PO

AP

AO

HEO

EO

SO

CO

HSO

SVO

SA

Ind

Other

Total

Revenue

Applications

16

73

110

82

9

26

6

322

Approved

16

73

110

82

9

26

6

322

State Laboratory

Applications

1

1

Approved

1

1

C&AG

Applications

9

9

Approved

9

9

Department of Foreign Affairs

Department

Applications

2

3

1

3

3

1

3

16

Approved

2

3

1

3

3

1

3

16

Department of Health & Children

Department

Applications

7

10

2

2

1

3

25

Approved

7

10

2

2

1

3

25

Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform

Department

Applications

6

11

7

6

3

18

51

Approved

6

11

7

6

2

18

50

Irish Prison Service

Applications

2

1

3

Approved

2

1

3

INCENTIVISED SCHEME FOR EARLY RETIREMENT — CIVIL SERVANTS— continued

S/Gen

D/Gen

A/Sec

PO

AP

AO

HEO

EO

SO

CO

HSO

SVO

SA

Ind

Other

Total

Courts Service

Applications

5

10

12

5

1

2

35

Approved

4

6

7

2

1

1

21

Property Registration Authority

Applications

2

3

3

1

14

23

Approved

2

3

3

1

14

23

Garda Civilians

Applications

4

5

1

7

10

27

Approved

2

3

0

3

5

13

Legal Aid Board

Applications

1

1

Approved

1

1

Department of Social & Family Affairs

Department

Applications

8

20

46

26

18

9

127

Approved

2

14

27

13

13

6

75

Department of the Taoiseach

Department

Applications

1

1

1

3

Approved

0

1

0

1

INCENTIVISED SCHEME FOR EARLY RETIREMENT — CIVIL SERVANTS— continued

S/Gen

D/Gen

A/Sec

PO

AP

AO

HEO

EO

SO

CO

HSO

SVO

SA

Ind

Other

Total

CSSO

Applications

2

3

5

Approved

2

2

4

OAG

Applications

1

1

2

Approved

1

1

2

DPP

Applications

4

4

Approved

3

3

CSO

Applications

1

2

2

1

2

4

12

Approved

0

2

2

1

2

3

10

Department of Transport

Department

Applications

2

8

9

8

5

1

1

2

36

Approved

2

7

8

8

5

1

1

1

33

Total by Grade

Total

Applications

0

0

12

88

213

0

258

174

55

88

0

1

0

124

1023

Approved

0

0

10

75

193

0

219

149

44

67

0

1

0

94

861

Numbers Serving (w.t.e.) at End March 2009

17

2

151

788

2,172

243

3,453

5,220

1,525

10,948

714

1,856

12,040

39,131

Applications Approved as % of Total Number per Grade

0

0

8

11

10

0

7

3

4

1

0

0

0

0

1

3

George Lee

Ceist:

93 Deputy George Lee asked the Minister for Finance the average wage and number of staff employed by his Department each year from 1997 to 2008 broken down by job title and grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43935/09]

Due to the nature and extent of the information sought my officials will supply the data electronically directly to the Deputy shortly. Any assistance the Deputy requires in relation to the data will be afforded by my officials.

Tax Collection.

Bernard Allen

Ceist:

94 Deputy Bernard Allen asked the Minister for Finance the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork. [43948/09]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the employer taxed the person in question on the Emergency Basis. No contact appears to have been made by the employer or employee with the Revenue Commissioners when the employment commenced.

To update her tax affairs and make a claim for any refund of tax due the person should forward the details of her employment on a Form 12A along with the P45 which was received on cessation of her previous employment to: Office of the Revenue Commissioners, PAYE Mail Centre, PO Box 63, Ennis, Co Clare. A Form 12A can be printed off or ordered from the Revenue website at www.revenue.ie under Forms and Leaflets.

Budget Submissions.

Finian McGrath

Ceist:

95 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if he will support a matter (details supplied) in Dublin 3. [43963/09]

I have received a pre-Budget submission from the association mentioned. Its contents will be considered in the context of the forthcoming Budget and Finance Bill. As Deputies are aware it would not be appropriate for me to comment in advance of the Budget on possible Budget decisions.

Flood Relief.

Tom Hayes

Ceist:

96 Deputy Tom Hayes asked the Minister for Finance if phase two of the Clonmel flood relief scheme will assist householders and businesses to receive house insurance covering flooding once more; the discussion he has had with insurance providers to assure those persons affected by the floods provide this cover; if there is an Exchequer funded scheme of insurance which will cover persons in this situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43976/09]

At the outset the Deputy should note that the decision to provide any specific form of insurance cover and the price at which it is offered is a commercial matter based on the assessment an insurer will make of the risks involved. Therefore, neither I nor the Financial Regulator has any direct influence over the decision by the insurance industry to provide flood insurance cover in the Clonmel region again. That said however the Office of Public Works has informed me that the enhanced level of protection from flooding which will be provided by the Clonmel flood relief scheme, once completed, is something which they presume will be taken account of by the insurance industry. Therefore I would not be satisfied if the insurance industry failed to factor this development into any future risk based assessment on providing insurance cover in this area at the appropriate time.

It should also be noted that my Department is in regular contact with the insurance industry about a range of issues including the recent flooding. In this regard I am actively encouraging the industry to respond to the payment of claims as quickly as possible, and I understand that everything is being done to facilitate such a process.

Finally, while there is no Government insurance scheme in place for those affected by the recent flooding, the Minister for Social and Family Affairs has announced the setting up of a 10 million euro fund to assist flooding victims. The purpose of this fund is to help alleviate hardship and support people who have suffered damage to their homes including the provision of temporary accommodation. Further details can be obtained on the Department of Social and Family Affairs website.

Tom Hayes

Ceist:

97 Deputy Tom Hayes asked the Minister for Finance the reason the flooding section of the Office of Public Works’ website cannot be used to collate all flood warnings and information in order that persons have one central place to check on the danger of flooding in their area; and the further reason that section of the website has not been updated and therefore cannot provide assistance to persons in south Tipperary. [43977/09]

The primary purpose of theflooding.ie website, established by the OPW, is to provide general information to the public on awareness and preparedness in advance of flood events occurring. It is designed to enhance citizens’ ability to be prepared, at an individual level, for dealing with flooding events in their locality, homes or businesses.

It is not designed, nor does it operate, as a method of disseminating flood warnings. It is a matter for each local authority to provide information on the preparation and coordination of responses to emergencies, resulting from events, including severe weather events, such as flooding.

In the light of weather-related events over the last number of days, theflooding.ie website has incorporated links to relevant local authority websites, including the South Tipperary County Council website, where updates on flooding information can be obtained for those localities.

Tom Hayes

Ceist:

98 Deputy Tom Hayes asked the Minister for Finance if he will confirm that phase two of the Clonmel flood relief scheme will proceed; if this funding has been sanctioned and ring-fenced for this work; and when it will begin. [43978/09]

I would refer the Deputy to my reply on 26 November to his PQ No. 94. OPW is making provision within its budget for the construction of the North and East phases of the Clonmel Flood Relief Scheme (which will be carried out simultaneously). The scheme will be submitted to the Minister for Finance for confirmation when the tenders have been received back and actual tender prices are available. My officials are preparing to issue tender documents before Christmas, and these will be assessed with a view to submitting these phases to the Minister for Finance for confirmation early in 2010. The expectation is that the Scheme will be confirmed at that stage, and the necessary funding to proceed with it will be made available.

Tax Code.

John Deasy

Ceist:

99 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Finance his views on the importance of tax reliefs that persons receive on paying for the care of an incapacitated person in their home is ensuring that older people remain in their home; if his attention has been drawn to the savings to the Exchequer that have resulted from this relief; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43983/09]

Section 467 of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, provides for a tax deduction at an individual's marginal rate of tax in respect of the costs incurred by that individual of employing another person (including a person whose services are provided by or through an agency) to take care of him/herself, a spouse or a relative who is totally incapacitated by reason of physical or mental infirmity. The maximum amount allowable for tax relief is €50,000. The scheme cost approximately €2.8 million in 2006, the latest year for which statistics are available. However, it is an important measure in allowing incapacitated individuals to be cared for in the home environment.

This cost recognises the contribution being made by private individuals — of the order of €4 million per annum, assuming the 41% rate of relief in all cases — in relation to their own care or the care of others, which otherwise might have to be borne by the State.

Finally, as the Deputy will be aware, tax relief is also available at an individual's marginal rate of tax for health expenses incurred in respect of nursing home fees.

Electric Vehicles.

Ciarán Cuffe

Ceist:

100 Deputy Ciarán Cuffe asked the Minister for Finance if he has entered into an arrangement for the purchase of electric vehicles in 2009 to 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44020/09]

The Office of Public Works has recently ordered a 7.5 tonne electric van for use by the Furniture Division of the Office in Dublin and surrounding counties in a Research and Demonstration Programme. Apart from this, the Office has not entered into any arrangements for the purchase of electric vehicles.

The National Public Procurement Operations Unit has not awarded any contracts, or instigated any procurement process, for the purchase of electric vehicles for State use. The Unit has not been made aware of any requirement for such vehicles by any Government service.

Debt Servicing Costs.

Ciarán Cuffe

Ceist:

101 Deputy Ciarán Cuffe asked the Minister for Finance the difference, in relation to Government borrowing on international bond markets, in cost to the Exchequer for debt servicing on an annual basis resulting from differing bond interest rates between borrowing based on his current plan to get budget deficit to 3% of GDP by 2014 and borrowing based on a ten year time frame to achieve this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44028/09]

The table below sets out the projections for debt servicing costs for the period 2009-2013 as contained in the Supplementary Budget. On the basis of the Supplementary Budget estimates, it is forecast that about one-fifth of our tax revenue would be required to service the national debt by 2013. In this context, it is important to note that debt servicing costs have a first call on resources; therefore an increase in these costs would have a significant impact on the level of resources that would be available to meet other needs.

Supplementary Budget forecast Debt Servicing Costs 2009-2013

Forecast 2009

Forecast 2010

Forecast 2011

Forecast 2012

Forecast 2013

€bn

€bn

€bn

€bn

€bn

Interest

3.2

5.0

6.4

7.5

8.2

Sinking Fund* and other debt management expenses

0.7

0.8

0.8

0.9

0.9

Total Debt Service Cost

3.9

5.8

7.3

8.4

9.1

Rounding may affect totals.

*The sinking fund provision is a transfer from the current account of the Exchequer to the capital account of the Exchequer — it has no impact on the overall Exchequer balance — and represents an element of paying off the principal.

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) have advised that, as is usual, the above estimates for debt servicing costs were prepared on the basis of the prevailing market conditions for Irish Government bonds at the time of the Supplementary Budget. As with other budgetary estimates, these forecasts are being reviewed as part of the preparatory process in respect of Budget 2010 and the revised estimates will be published on Budget day, 9 December.

At end-2008 the national debt was some €50 billion and, by end-2009 is estimated to stand at approximately €76 billion. If no action was taken to stabilise the public finances it is forecast that this would result in Exchequer deficits of approximately €25 billion a year and the national debt level would rise to about €175 billion by end-2013.

In the absence of corrective adjustments, and based on technical estimates taking into account current debt dynamics it is considered likely that debt servicing costs could be in the region of 25% to 30% of tax revenue by 2013. If less benign assumptions were made concerning the market reaction to not addressing our mounting debt, or delaying correction over a ten year period, it is reasonable that the proportion of resources going on servicing the debt would rise further, thus leaving less for vital services. Bridging the gap between income and expenditure through ongoing increased borrowing is not a viable solution in the medium to long-term. We must make the necessary adjustments now to stabilise the deficit and Budget 2010 is being framed in this context.

Fiscal Policy.

Ciarán Cuffe

Ceist:

102 Deputy Ciarán Cuffe asked the Minister for Finance the amount of money borrowed each week to pay for the current spending in pay and services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44029/09]

The Pre-Budget Outlook, published on 12 November last, sets out the technical budgetary projections for 2009 and 2010 on a pre-Budget basis. Based on these projections, the Current Budget deficit for 2009 is estimated to be in the region of €12.5 billion, the equivalent of some €240 million per week. As with all other budgetary estimates, a revised forecast for the Current Budget deficit for 2009 will be published on Budget day, 9 December.

As set out in the Pre-Budget Outlook, my Department expects the overall General Government deficit to be in the region of 12 per cent of GDP at end 2009. The Government is determined to make the necessary adjustments to stabilise the deficit in 2010 and Budget 2010 is being framed in that context.

EU Funding.

Seymour Crawford

Ceist:

103 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Minister for Finance when the administrative funding will be made available to cross-Border partnerships to run the INTERREG IVA programme; when this issue will be confirmed; when the partnerships will be advised of the result in view of the fact that many of them may lose top quality personnel which will affect the running of the schemes in the future; his views on the fact that both the administrators and council staff have put enormous work and time into these projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44043/09]

Seymour Crawford

Ceist:

104 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide a timetable of when projects will be delivered by the joint cross-Border partnerships; if same will be approved in 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44044/09]

Seymour Crawford

Ceist:

105 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Minister for Finance if the matching funding is available for the INTERREG IVA programme; his views on whether this programme could give much needed economic and employment benefits to the Border area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44045/09]

Seymour Crawford

Ceist:

106 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Minister for Finance if the €60 million committed to the five cross-Border partnerships is, and will still be, available to the partnerships and will not be lost because of the delays by the authorities responsible; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44046/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 103 to 106, inclusive, together.

North-South remains a high political priority for the Government. In particular, the Government is committed to realising the full potential for the development of all-island co-operation through the North South Bodies established under the Good Friday Agreement. The Government is also committed to maximising the drawdown of EU Structural Funds allocated to Ireland including the funds allocated under the INTERREG IVA Programme (Ireland-Northern Ireland-Scotland).

The INTERREG IVA Programme aims to support strategic cross-border co-operation and economic development. The Programme (2007-2013) is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The Cross Border Local Authority Groups were established as a network of councillors from the Ireland/Northern Ireland border and offer the opportunity for a co-ordinated and strategic cross border response to local issues. The Groups, based on their experience of managing EU funding on a cross border basis in the previous round of funding, have been identified as a key implementation partner for the INTERREG IVA programme.

The Monitoring Committee which oversees the implementation of the programme met on 28th October 2009. It was reported at the meeting that 94 applications had been received by the INTERREG IVA Programme by September 2009 and 34 of these had been recommended for approval at a total value of €152.6m. It should be noted that proposed projects are subject to approved selection and assessment criteria under an agreed process and therefore individual projects must complete the process before spending can commence. The Monitoring Committee was informed that for some projects this is expected to be completed very shortly. The SEUPB also advised at the meeting that the key 2009 N+2 EU expenditure target will be achieved. The INTERREG IVA Steering Committee, on which my Department is represented, will be considering the administration costs in implementing the INTERREG IVA programme for these bodies.

My Department, as co-sponsor of the SEUPB with the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland, continues to monitor the performance of the programme and is working with its counterparts to ensure full implementation of the programme and full drawdown of the EU funds available.

Departmental Equipment.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

107 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Finance if he maintains a log of audio visual equipment which it is procuring and which is in storage in the different Office of Public Works locations across the country; if he has a policy regarding the useful life of such equipment; the way equipment which is passed its useful life disposed of or released for community use; the estimated volumes and values involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44056/09]

OPW maintains a log of audio-visual equipment, which is located in different OPW locations across the country. The useful life of audio-visual equipment is five years. Where possible, OPW would seek to extend the useful life of such equipment beyond this period. After this period, while equipment is disposed of in a manner determined by local management, this usually involves recycling.

Flood Relief.

Dan Neville

Ceist:

108 Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Finance the minor works which have commenced in Newcastle West in County Limerick after the floods in August 2008. [44063/09]

Following an assessment by Office of Public Works Engineers, it was decided to construct a wall on the south bank of the River Arra, from the Bridge of Tears to Courtney Bridge, and for a short stretch on the north bank downstream of Courtney Bridge in order to enhance the level of protection from flooding in the Rahina area. These works have been underway since April 2009.

Tax Code.

John Deasy

Ceist:

109 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Finance the number of persons in receipt of home carer’s tax credit; the number of persons in Waterford city and county in receipt of home carer’s tax credit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44118/09]

The most recent year for which final information is available on the numbers of taxpayers availing of the home carer tax credit for the whole country and for Waterford city and county is for the income tax year 2006 and are included in the table below. Provisional estimates available on a preliminary basis for the 2007 income tax year, together with the projected numbers availing in the whole country for 2008 and 2009 are also given.

Home Carer Tax Credit

Estimated Numbers

Year

The Whole Country

Waterford City and County

2006

85,000

1,800

2007

85,600

1,700

2008

81,500

Not Available

2009

73,700

Not Available

An estimated breakdown of the figures on a geographical basis is available on the basis of "bailiwick", meaning, in this case, the jurisdiction or boundaries within which Revenue Sheriffs, County Registrars or their officers operate for the purposes of enforcement of tax debt. It equates geographically with "county" while also providing separate breakdowns for "city" and "county" in the case of counties Dublin and Cork.

The data relating to the allocation by city or county of PAYE employees should be treated with caution. This is because it has been the practice to associate each employee with the city or county in which his or her employer is registered for PAYE purposes, regardless of the address of the actual workplace or of the individual's home address.

Self-employed persons are associated on the tax record with the address at which the business is located, which may be in a different city or county to the home address. Similarly, companies are associated on the tax record with the county address of the head-office or branch with which contact is established for tax purposes, which may be different to the city or county addresses of other branches.

The figures for 2008 to 2009 are estimates from the Revenue tax forecasting model using actual data for the year 2007, adjusted as necessary to take account of the most recent data available for income and employment trends for the year in question, and are therefore provisional and subject to revision.

The numbers availing represent income earners who were in a position to absorb at least some of the home carer tax credit and thereby give rise to an Exchequer cost. They do not include the numbers of potential claimants whose entitlements to other tax credits were sufficient to reduce their liability to tax to nil without reference to the home carer credit. The numbers availing are rounded to the nearest hundred as appropriate.

A married couple who has elected or has been deemed to have elected for joint assessment is counted as one tax unit.

EU Funding.

Pat Breen

Ceist:

110 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Finance if he has sought emergency funding from the EU to help alleviate the hardship which is being experienced by householders and businesses as a result of the flooding crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44139/09]

A number of Government departments and agencies have responsibilities for specific emergency planning functions. In the event of a major emergency, the most appropriate Department or agency is designated as the lead agency to co-ordinate the response to it. In relation to flooding, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government is chairing the Emergency Response Coordination Committee which meets on a daily basis to handle the current emergency situation. When reports are received from local authorities and other relevant agencies on the extent of the flooding and urgent remedial works required, the question of seeking EU funding having regard to the limited eligibility criteria for such funding will be undertaken.

Tax Yield.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

111 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Finance the amount of additional income tax revenue generated by the restrictions on high earners; the amount of income tax revenue contributed by these high earners in the last year for which data is available; the estimated amount of additional income tax revenue generated by the restrictions on high earners; the estimated total amount of income tax revenue to be contributed by these high earners for 2010; if the amount of additional income tax revenue that would be generated by extending in 2010 the restrictions on high earners to those earning more than €250,000, and on a graduated basis to those earning between €200,000 and €250,000; the estimated amount of income tax revenue to be contributed by this group of high earners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44142/09]

The report on the Analysis of High Income Individuals' Restriction 2007 is published on my Department's website at:

http://www.finance.gov.ie/documents/publications/reports/2009/analytaxrestrict09.pdf.

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the latest relevant information available is derived from income tax returns filed for the income tax year 2007. These returns indicated that total income tax payable for 2007 by high income earners affected by this restriction was €73 million, which includes €40 million collected as a result of the restriction of tax reliefs.

Estimates of the prospective yield to the Exchequer in 2010 on a similar basis are not available but can be assumed to be of the same order of magnitude.

In relation to extending the restriction on high earners, it is assumed the Deputy is referring to the recommendation by the Commission on Taxation to have the restriction applying fully at an adjusted income level of €250,000 with a graduated introduction of the restriction at adjusted income levels between €200,000 and €250,000. While the precise yield would depend on how the graduated introduction between €200,000 and €250,000 would be implemented, it is estimated that the additional full year yield to the Exchequer from this change, based on the available data for 2007, would be of the order of €6 million.

Departmental Properties.

Alan Shatter

Ceist:

112 Deputy Alan Shatter asked the Minister for Finance the reason for the continuing delay in receiving a reply to Parliamentary Question No. 350 of 3 November 2009; and when a detailed reply to the question raised may be expected by this Deputy. [44171/09]

The previous Parliamentary Question referred to by the Deputy required a significant collation of information by the Office of Public Works. Detailed information on elements of the question have already issued to the Deputy. The remaining details require surveying occupying departments to obtain certain information and this is being finalised.

Tax Yield.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

113 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Finance the amount of taxable income of non-resident Irish citizens; the tax yield generated from this income for the latest year available as well as estimates for 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44172/09]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the only data available in relation to the taxable income of non-residents comes from income tax returns filed in Ireland by those non-resident individuals who have Irish-source income or income derived from working in Ireland. The available data does not distinguish between citizens and non-citizens.

For the 2007 tax year, the latest year for which data is available, aggregate Irish-taxable income shown on returns filed by non-resident individuals (of all nationalities) amounted to approximately €150 million and the related tax liability amounted to approximately €43 million. Revenue is not in a position to predict with any accuracy the equivalent figures for 2010.

Budget Submissions.

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

114 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Finance his views on the recent submission from an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44176/09]

I have received a pre Budget submission from the organisation in question. It is policy to review all pre Budget submissions as part of the budgetary process. I would draw to the Deputy's attention that it is the usual practice for the Minister for Finance not to speculate or comment in advance of the Budget on what it will contain and I do not propose to deviate from that practice.

Departmental Reports.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

115 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Finance when a report from ecologists (details supplied) will be finalised. [44185/09]

The ecological report commissioned by the Office of Public Works in relation to proposed mitigation works to address the flooding problem at Roundfort-Hollymount was completed in October.

The report has been submitted by the OPW to the National Parks and Wildlife Service of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for consent to the proposed works. If approval is granted, the works will be included in the 2010 programme.

Pension Provisions.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

116 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Finance the present value of pension assets, liabilities and deficits of the covered pension funds listed in Schedule 1 of the Financial Measures (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44186/09]

The tabular statement below, based on returns from the relevant Bodies, shows the assets and liabilities at 31 December 2008 of the covered pension funds listed in Schedule 1 of the Financial Measures (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009. This is the latest date for which the information requested is available. The Deputy may wish to note that asset values for pension funds in general have improved in the interim and are subject to market fluctuations.

2008 Assets

2008 Liabilities

Arts Council

2,424,539

6,950,047

Bord Bia

12,800,00

20,000,000

CERT (Fáilte Ireland)

10,455,000

18,693,000

FAS

328,193,000

631,428,000

IDA (Forfás)

182,800,000

209,340,000

Irish Goods Council (Forfas)

2,081,000

3,529,000

Regional Tourism

16,000,000

31,000,000

SFADCO

48,000,000

64,900,000

IPA

20,700,000

40,800,000

ESRI

13,372,000

25,257,000

NUIG

176,995,701

249,000,000

NUIM

47,372,000

114,000,000

TCD

245,910,831

554,644,927

UCC

267,495,000

385,579,000

UCD

403,400,000

712,000,000

National University of Ireland

6,133,000

13,104,00

Court Accommodation.

Brian O'Shea

Ceist:

117 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 254 of 6 October 2009, if plans for the proposed extension to Waterford Courthouse will be expedited in view of the problems regarding sittings of the High Court in Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44200/09]

The provision of Court accommodation is, in the first instance, a matter for the Courts Service.

The Commissioners of Public Works, acting on behalf of the Courts Service, have appointed an Architect to this project. Consultations have already taken place with local Court users, and it is expected that plans will be prepared by the end of this year. This will enable further consultations to take place with the Courts staff, Judiciary and local Court users, with a view to finalising a brief of requirements. Tender documentation will then be prepared.

The Courts Service and the Commissioners of Public Works aim to complete this process as quickly as possible, having regard to the availability of resources.

Security Systems.

Joan Burton

Ceist:

118 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance if any public buildings or premises have fitted the mosquito device, an ultrasonic security system which is marketed as a teen deterrent relating to young persons congregating outside buildings or premises; his views regarding the potential use of such a device on public buildings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44325/09]

There are a range of technologies in use in buildings to improve security. The device referred to by the Deputy is just one of those. It is up to individual building managers, in consultation with the Garda Authorities, to consider the circumstance of their building. It is not possible, without surveying all occupiers, to given an indication as to whether such technology has been used.

Financial Institutions Support Scheme.

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

119 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance the position regarding the bank guarantee; if Irish deposit accounts will be guaranteed beyond the two years originally announced by him; if the establishment of the National Asset Management Agency is intended to allow the cessation of the bank guarantee in September 2010; and if there will be a continuation of this guarantee beyond this date. [44329/09]

As the Deputy is aware, yesterday I published the draft Credit Institutions (Eligible Liabilities Guarantee) Scheme or ELG Scheme, and I intend to bring this Scheme, which has received EU State aid approval, before the Houses of the Oireachtas on 3 December next.

Term deposits with a term of up to five years will be covered by the ELG Scheme, regardless of the nature of the depositor or the nature of the deposit, provided that they are incurred between the period from the commencement date of the ELG Scheme up to and including 29 September 2010, subject to the approval of the EU Commission at six monthly intervals.

The ELG Scheme is intended to facilitate the ability of credit institutions in Ireland to issue debt securities and take term deposits with a maturity post-September 2010 of up to five years, on either a guaranteed or unguaranteed basis. No provision has been made to allow the participating institutions to incur guaranteed liabilities or to accept guaranteed deposits after 29 September 2010. Demand deposits will remain guaranteed until 29 September 2010 subject to the approval of the EU Commission at six-monthly intervals.

As the Deputy may be aware, the €100,000 limit under the existing Deposit Protection Scheme still applies. It is important to note that the €100,000 deposit guarantee is not subject to review and does not expire on 29 September 2010. All deposits of less than €100,000 are fully guaranteed under the Deposit Protection Scheme and are not impacted in any way by the CIFS Scheme or the ELG Scheme.

In relation to any link between the establishment of the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and the bank guarantee, these are among the suite of measures which have been introduced to stabilise the financial system and in their totality will result in a reformed, reinvigorated and stable banking system which can meet the needs of the economy.

Job Creation.

Billy Timmins

Ceist:

120 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 249 of 3 November 2009, the position regarding the recent proposal to create 1,000 posts in Government Departments for third level graduates; his views on correspondence (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44340/09]

The Renewed Programme for Government provides for the taking on of 1,000 Third and Fourth level graduates to provide additional capacity and skills across the Public Service and in Government Departments and to provide valuable work experience. These would be work placements as distinct from additional posts in the Public Service.

As indicated in my reply of 3 November my Department is currently examining the options in relation to how this proposal can best be implemented to facilitate a targeted intake of graduates to meet particular skills or capacity shortages in the Public Service.

I have noted the suggestions in the correspondence supplied by the Deputy and have asked that they be considered in my Department's examination of the proposal.

Tax Collection.

Joan Burton

Ceist:

121 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 354 of 3 November 2009, the income of each category and cohort. [44359/09]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the latest relevant sector-based information available is derived from income tax returns filed for the income tax year 2007 and is set out in the tables below.

Private Sector Employees

Range of Gross Income

Number of Cases

Amount of Income

Amount of Tax

0 – 10,000

364,551

1,706,897,395

672,651

10,001 – 20,000

328,581

4,976,194,648

21,546,692

20,001 – 30,000

309,414

7,647,975,645

311,580,709

30,001 – 40,000

193,622

6,689,209,577

513,203,695

40,001 – 50,000

112,318

5,006,325,083

578,814,545

50,001 – 60,000

68,711

3,754,001,076

532,300,354

60,001 – 70,000

45,221

2,924,061,734

466,681,589

70,001 – 80,000

29,602

2,210,463,260

398,576,812

80,001 – 90,000

19,289

1,632,267,370

327,792,207

90,001- 100,000

12,823

1,213,764,933

263,781,090

Over 100,000

31,516

4,539,036,742

1,266,711,256

1,515,648

42,300,197,463

4,681,661,600

Public Sector Employees

Range of Gross Income

Number of Cases

Amount of Income

Amount of Tax

0 – 10,000

49,747

234,502,948

89,522

10,001 – 20,000

64,116

960,219,828

2,742,617

20,001 – 30,000

69,766

1,749,122,498

59,425,420

30,001 – 40,000

69,954

2,456,795,705

193,330,953

40,001 – 50,000

55,586

2,478,337,073

318,793,585

50,001 – 60,000

34,562

1,887,419,592

302,479,138

60,001 – 70,000

22,555

1,458,393,698

256,634,470

70,001 – 80,000

15,635

1,168,118,077

218,447,610

80,001 – 90,000

10,379

878,466,618

171,747,083

90,001- 100,000

7,045

667,256,112

137,722,555

Over 100,000

15,278

1,933,176,366

479,356,598

414,623

15,871,808,515

2,140,769,551

Non-PAYE

Range of Gross Income

Number of Cases

Amount of Income

Amount of Tax

0 – 10,000

26,589

152,741,596

1,838,156

10,001 – 20,000

51,268

780,917,761

16,828,248

20,001 – 30,000

58,225

1,454,561,059

54,736,846

30,001 – 40,000

56,906

1,986,143,546

117,561,704

40,001 – 50,000

46,205

2,071,570,215

174,966,322

50,001 – 60,000

37,452

2,053,983,050

222,385,707

60,001 – 70,000

31,874

2,070,237,461

262,988,627

70,001 – 80,000

24,705

1,847,196,906

266,430,992

80,001 – 90,000

19,165

1,625,101,172

263,330,323

90,001- 100,000

14,396

1,365,041,524

240,758,319

Over 100,000

70,800

16,304,147,045

4,012,210,167

437,585

31,711,641,335

5,634,035,409

The sector identifier used on the tax records is based on the 4-digit NACE code (Rev. 1), which is an internationally recognised economic activity code system. The information provided in relation to Public Sector employees is based on activities which are classified in the NACE code system as Public Administration and Defence; compulsory Social Security, Education and Health and Social work but excluding the categories of Driving School Activities, Dental Practice Activities and Veterinary Activities as being more appropriate to the Private Sector.

A married couple, which has elected or has been deemed to have elected for joint assessment, is counted as one tax unit.

The source of the information provided in relation to numbers and tax for both the Public and Private Sectors is the P35 end year returns filed by employers in respect of their employees but does not include the corresponding figures relating to PAYE taxpayers who are required to return an income tax return form 11 where non-PAYE income is greater than €3,174. The relevant information on these income earners is included in the figures provided for Non-PAYE.

Departmental Properties.

Joanna Tuffy

Ceist:

122 Deputy Joanna Tuffy asked the Minister for Finance if the Office of Public Works has plans to renovate the building that currently houses a Garda station (details supplied) in County Cork; or if the OPW intends locating the Garda station in an alternative premises in the village; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44380/09]

Works to Drimoleague Garda Station have not been prioritised by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform or Garda Management. The Office of Public Works has no plans to relocate the existing Garda Station.

Flood Relief.

Joan Burton

Ceist:

123 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance his plans to undertake work to address ongoing flooding from the River Boyne at Ship Street, Drogheda, County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44384/09]

During the Summer, the OPW invited Local Authorities to apply for funding in respect of minor flood mitigation works that would be carried out by the Authorities in 2009, subject to specific criteria. No application was received from Louth County Council. The OPW will shortly seek applications in relation to works to be undertaken in 2010. It will be open to Louth County Council to apply for funding under this programme.

Building Projects.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

124 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Finance the number of approved building projects planned by the Office of Public Works that are waiting on funding; the value of those projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44391/09]

In the time available to answer the question, it has not been possible to compile the information sought by the Deputy. However, the information will be compiled shortly and forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Question No. 125 answered with Question No. 90.

Departmental Expenditure.

David Stanton

Ceist:

126 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Finance the cost in 2008 of heating all buildings owned or rented from which his Department or bodies under the aegis of his Department operate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44424/09]

The heating costs for the buildings from which my Department operates amounted to €124,360 in 2008. The table below sets out the costs for heating the buildings occupied by the various bodies which come under the aegis of my Department. Some heating costs are included in the service charge paid to landlords and are not therefore identifiable as a separate cost. In addition, electricity contributes to the heating of certain buildings but it is not possible to estimate the portion of the total electricity costs which relate solely to heating.

Name of Body

Heating Cost 2008

Office of Public Works

*1,023,118

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

900,868

Office of the Ombudsman

10,000

State Laboratory

260,542

Valuation Office

15,274

Public Appointments Service

**

National Treasury Management Agency & Associated Bodies

15,345

Special EU Programmes Body

***6,632

*This figure includes, in addition to the office premises occupied by the Office of Public Works, heating costs for State owned properties such as Dublin Castle, Farmleigh House, Áras an Uachtarán (€276,349), other historic properties, (€400,137) and national monuments (€89,713).

**Public Appointments Service electricity bill covers both heating and lighting and they are unable to provide individual costs for each. This also applies to the heating for the Commission for Public Service Appointments, who share the same building.

***The table shows heating costs for Belfast and Omagh sites only. The cost of heating for the Monaghan site is included within an overall service charge and is considered to be minimal.

Tax Collection.

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

127 Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Finance, further to Parliamentary Question No. 354 of 3 November 2009, the median and mean incomes and the income at each quartile in the bracket over €100,000 for each of the sector categories. [44442/09]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the most recently completed historical data available on incomes is in respect of the income tax year 2007. On this basis the information requested in relation to income earners earning over €100,000 by reference to income quartiles is set out in the tables below. To assemble the figures by income quartile, the total number of income earners with earnings over €100,000 on the income tax record for 2007 was broken down into 4 equal groups in each sector and distributed over 4 income ranges in ascending order of income. The figures for gross income and the mean and median incomes were then established for each quartile group as appropriate.

Income Tax Distribution by Quartile for Income Earners earning over €100,000

Private Sector Employees

Numbers

Gross Income

Mean

Median

Quartile 1

7,879

821,860,258

104,310

104,190

Quartile 2

7,878

908,567,350

115,330

115,032

Quartile 3

7,880

1,060,928,927

134,636

133,684

Quartile 4

7,879

1,747,680,210

221,815

183,218

31,516

4,539,036,745

144,023

122,804

Public Sector Employees

Numbers

Gross Income

Mean

Median

Quartile 1

3,819

396,277,508

103,765

103,691

Quartile 2

3,820

430,695,888

112,748

112,504

Quartile 3

3,820

482,481,473

126,304

126,134

Quartile 4

3,819

623,721,496

163,321

151,826

15,278

1,933,176,365

126,533

118,470

Non-PAYE

Numbers

Gross Income

Mean

Median

Quartile 1

17,700

1,914,428,519

108,160

107,864

Quartile 2

17,700

2,322,209,246

131,198

130,430

Quartile 3

17,701

3,166,440,671

178,885

175,355

Quartile 4

17,699

8,901,068,609

502,914

334,072

70,800

16,304,147,045

230,285

148,090

It should be noted that the figures for income shown in the table relate to gross income as defined in the Revenue Statistical Report, 2008. They do not include incomes such as income from patent royalties, profits from commercial forestry, income before pension contributions and income from earnings of writers, composers and artists. It should also be noted that gross income is different to taxable income, also defined in the Revenue Statistical Report 2008, which relates to income after personal reliefs and deductions (including deductions for capital allowances) but prior to the application of tax credits and reliefs at the standard rate.

A married couple that has elected or has been deemed to have elected for joint assessment is counted as one tax unit.

Tax Code.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

128 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Finance if he has received correspondence from a business (details supplied) regarding the impact on the business of the proposed windfall tax; and if he has considered any modification in the tax proposed to deal with this problem. [44453/09]

Correspondence has been received from the business in question.

The windfall tax rate of 80%, which was introduced under the National Asset Management Agency Act, will apply to the portion of any profit or gain made on the disposal of land which is attributable to a rezoning, where both the rezoning and the disposal of land giving rise to the windfall occur after 30 October 2009. The rationale for taxing this part of the profit or gain at a higher rate is because it is attributable to an administrative decision — that is, to rezone the land — rather than to anything done by the landowner.

A rezoning for windfall tax purposes is defined as a change from a non-development land use to a development land use or a mixture of such uses, or a change of development land use. If no change of zoning is required, or if the land was rezoned before 30 October 2009, the windfall rate will not apply.

For the purpose of the windfall tax, "non-development land use" means agricultural, amenity, open space or recreational use, and "development land use" means residential, commercial or industrial use.

The 80% rate only applies to the portion of the profit or gain on the disposal of the land which is attributable to a rezoning. The balance of the gain is taxable at the normal capital gains tax rate, if the disposal is treated as a chargeable gain, or at the appropriate income tax or corporation tax rate, if the disposal is as part of a trade of dealing in or developing land.

It would not be appropriate for me to discuss the specific business. However, as the Deputy is aware, all taxes and potential taxation measures are constantly reviewed in the context of the Budget and Finance Bill.

Tax Collection.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

129 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance when a tax refund will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has submitted all requested information to the Revenue Commissioners; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44663/09]

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that they last wrote to the person concerned on 21 October 2009 and are awaiting a full reply to that letter.

Food Labelling.

Niall Collins

Ceist:

130 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health and Children the level of enforcement measures taken, and the number of prosecutions taken, in 2009 to curb foreign origin meat products being labelled and sold in the domestic market as product with an Irish origin; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44010/09]

Responsibility for the enforcement of labelling legislation rests with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and its official agents, which include the Health Service Executive (HSE), the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Local Authorities.

44,000 HSE inspections are planned for 2009. Inspection and food surveillance reports are submitted to the FSAI every six months. For the first six months of 2009, there were 4,092 inspections where compliance with country of origin of beef regulations was assessed and of these, 1,108 were found to be non-compliant. In these cases, Environmental Health Officers took follow-up action, such as return visits and letters of warning, to ensure compliance. No prosecutions took place during this period.

Local Authority Veterinary Inspectors carry out inspections in 451 small meat plants, slaughterhouses and coldstores. From January to September 2009 a total of 10,261 hygiene inspections have been carried out by the Local Authority Veterinary Inspectors. Labelling inspections are carried out as part of the hygiene inspections of food businesses. There have been 9 cases of non-compliance under hygiene regulations so far this year and no cases of non-compliance under country of origin legislation.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food conducts labelling checks as part of the routine official checks at meat plants where there is a permanent presence of DAFF Veterinary or technical staff. Checks are conducted on a random, risk based frequency and cover labelling, traceability/origin, identification of cattle, labelling of carcasses, meat, mince meat, meat products. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food does not compile separate statistics for labelling checks.

Medical Cards.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

131 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Health and Children the status of a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied). [44316/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

132 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be informed regarding their application for a medical card. [44627/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Hospital Services.

John McGuinness

Ceist:

133 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children if an operation will be arranged for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny at Waterford Regional Hospital where they are on a waiting list to enable them to return to full employment; if she will specify the timeframe for such operations; and the reason to date for the delay. [43917/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply. As the Deputy may be aware, the National Treatment Purchase Fund arranges treatment for patients who have been on a surgical waiting list for more than three months. It is open to the person in question or anyone acting on their behalf to contact the Fund directly in relation to their case.

Bernard Allen

Ceist:

134 Deputy Bernard Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) cannot receive an out patient’s appointment with the Cork University Hospital in view of the fact that they have been waiting since March 2008. [43945/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Child Care Services.

Bernard Allen

Ceist:

135 Deputy Bernard Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will make a statement on the situation whereby funding which had been granted for three years to a play-school (details supplied) in County Cork is being sidelined for another purpose; and if she will review the situation in view of the quality of service which the play-school has provided for almost 25 years in the Cork community. [43949/09]

I have responsibility for the implementation of the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme which is being introduced in January 2010 and also for the Community Childcare Subvention Scheme (CCSS) which was introduced in 2008.

Many community-based childcare services were, immediately prior to the introduction of the CCSS, supported under the staffing grant scheme implemented under the Equal Opportunities Childcare Programme (EOCP). To assist services to adapt to the new funding arrangements provided for under the CCSS transitional funding measures were introduced under which participating services are guaranteed minimum funding levels based on their EOCP grant amount in 2007. As a result, services were guaranteed at least 95% of their 2007 funding level in 2008, at least 85% of the 2007 funding in 2009, and are guaranteed at least 75% of the 2007 funding in 2010. Under this arrangement community childcare services participating in the CCSS are being funded based on the level of service they provide and the profile of the parents benefiting from the service, plus in some cases a top up amount to ensure they receive the guaranteed funding provided for under the transitional measures.

In most cases, the level of funding paid to community services in the CCSS has increased and, in the absence of the ECCE scheme in 2010, not more than 25% of services would have been expected to qualify for the transitional rate. Community-based services may choose to participate in either or both schemes from January, however this will not increase the 75% funding guaranteed in 2010. Where a service participates in both schemes, the parent will choose the scheme that is most beneficial for their child. No child may be funded under both schemes as this would be double-funding.

The following is an example of how funding will be generally applied to a service which chooses to participate in both schemes. A service which received €80,000 funding in 2007 and which would have qualified in 2010 for subvention amounting to €50,000 (in the absence of ECCE funding), would receive €10,000 in transitional funding, bringing its total funding to €60,000. If the service qualifies for €19,600 in ECCE funding and their subventions are €10,000 lower (as a result of ECCE supported children choosing that scheme over the CCSS) it will receive €59,600 in total capitation and subvention in 2010 resulting in €400 of transitional funding to bring it to €60,000. This funding arrangement is being implemented to ensure that childcare services participating in both childcare programmes are not double-funded.

In relation to the childcare service referred to by the Deputy, I understand that the service has made an initial application to the ECCE scheme and is currently considering whether to go to contract. The service has been funded under the EOCP and currently under the CCSS programme and will be guaranteed in 2010 at least 75% of the funding provided to them in 2007. However, the total funding which childcare services participating in both the CCSS and the ECCE programmes will qualify for in 2010, and which will be based on the example above, cannot be determined until early next year when the parental returns in relation to both schemes are submitted.

Hospital Staff.

Brian O'Shea

Ceist:

136 Deputy Brian O’Shea asked the Minister for Health and Children her proposals to ensure that additional staff are appointed to Waterford Regional Hospital to deal with the situation (details supplied) regarding the delays for children awaiting orthodontic treatment there; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43964/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Health Services.

Finian McGrath

Ceist:

137 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will support a matter (details supplied). [43974/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Hospital Services.

Pat Breen

Ceist:

138 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of emergency cases from County Clare which have presented at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick between the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. as a result of the accident and emergency department being closed during these hours at Ennis General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43984/09]

Pat Breen

Ceist:

139 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of minor injury cases from County Clare which have presented at the Mid Western Regional Hospital in Limerick between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. as a result of the accident and emergency department being closed during these hours at Ennis General Hospital; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43985/09]

Pat Breen

Ceist:

151 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of appointments cancelled at the Mid West Regional Hospital in Ennis, County Clare as a result of the one day stoppage on 24 November 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44109/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 138, 139 and 151 together.

As these are service matters, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Care of the Elderly.

John Deasy

Ceist:

140 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health and Children if she has engaged in discussions with officials in the Department of Finance regarding the recommendation from the Commission on Taxation to reduce the tax relief that persons receive on paying for the care of an incapacitated person in their home; if she will highlight the importance of this relief in ensuring that older people remain in their home and the savings to the Exchequer that results from this relief avoiding the additional cost of residential care; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [43997/09]

Implementation of the recommendations of the Commission on Taxation is being considered at present by the Department of Finance. The recommendation referred to by the Deputy will be considered by that Department, in consultation as appropriate with this or other relevant Departments, in the context of the Report overall.

Inter-Country Adoptions.

George Lee

Ceist:

141 Deputy George Lee asked the Minister for Health and Children the legal status of independent adoptions after the Adoption Bill 2009 is passed; if distinction will be made between couples who have clearance from the Health Service Executive for an independent adoption and those who do not; if there will be interim measures included in the Bill to allow those who have begun the process of an independent adoption to conclude it; if the Bill will require adoption processes from the point of declaration to receiving the child to be processed here by an agency which would be an accredited body; the way couples who wish to adopt ensure that they do not violate Part 1, section 4 of the Bill; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44011/09]

The Adoption Bill, 2009, is designed to give force of law to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. The new legislation, which incorporates the provisions of the Hague Convention, is designed to provide a framework to ensure that appropriate procedures have been followed and that all adoptions are effected in the best interests of the child.

With regard to the issue of 'independent' adoptions, I would draw the Deputy's attention to the provisions set out in Part 13 of the Adoption Bill which identify the restrictions on a person in seeking to make arrangements for adoptions. It also identifies the particular role of accredited authorities in this regard.

The current policy position, as set out in the Adoption Bill 2009, is that for an Adoption to be registered under the Bill it must be effected in a country with which Ireland has a bilateral agreement or have been effected prior to the new law.

The issue of transitional measures for prospective parents who are at a definable stage in the adoption process when the Bill is enacted and who wish to continue to adopt a child from non Hague, non bilateral country, is being examined. Prospective adoptive parents have waited a long time and it is my intention to be as flexible as possible in relation to applicants.

Electric Vehicles.

Ciarán Cuffe

Ceist:

142 Deputy Ciarán Cuffe asked the Minister for Health and Children if she has entered into an arrangement for the purchase of electric vehicles in 2009 to 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44022/09]

My Department has no commercial arrangement in place to purchase zero emission vehicles for 2009/2010.

The Government has set a target of 10% of all vehicles to be powered by electricity by 2020. An Inter-Departmental/Inter-Agency Taskforce on electric vehicles is chaired by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and comprises the Departments of Transport, Finance, Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Enterprise, Trade and Employment, SEI, ESB, the IDA and Enterprise Ireland. The Commission for Energy Regulation is also joining the Taskforce in light of its statutory responsibilities for the regulated networks.

The Task force will advise on the options and timeframes for putting in place the necessary infrastructure and other arrangements for the national roll-out of electric vehicles in a cost effective manner. Initial estimates for the roll out of infrastructure are between 6 and 18 months depending on the scale of initial deployment. Global developments will be factored in as the technologies mature. The Taskforce will very shortly report its initial findings and advise on next steps. The report will also advise on overall costs and financial implications.

Inter-Country Adoptions.

Mary Upton

Ceist:

143 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Health and Children the way inter-country adoption with countries such as Mexico which operate on a system of independent and private adoptions will be affected by the Adoption Bill 2009; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44036/09]

The Adoption Bill, 2009, is designed to give force of law to the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-country Adoption. The new legislation, which incorporates the provisions of the Hague Convention, is designed to provide a framework to ensure that appropriate procedures have been followed and that all adoptions are effected in the best interests of the child. Future intercountry adoption arrangements will be governed by the terms of the Adoption Bill 2009 when enacted.

With regard to the issue of "independent" adoptions, I would draw the Deputy's attention to the provisions set out in Part 13 of the Adoption Bill which identify the restrictions on a person in seeking to make arrangements for adoptions. It also identifies the particular role of accredited authorities in this regard.

Medical Cards.

John McGuinness

Ceist:

144 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children if a medical card will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if she will expedite the matter. [44050/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Vaccination Programme.

Maureen O'Sullivan

Ceist:

145 Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will comment on reported unusual adverse reactions in Canada to swine flu vaccinations; the withdrawal of doses produced by a company (details supplied); the reported deaths of two persons in Canada from the vaccination; and if she is satisfied with the use of a company in view of its involvement in the two scandals. [44051/09]

The adverse reactions in Canada occurred following vaccination with Arepanrix. Arepanrix is an H1N1 vaccine which is not used in Ireland and is currently only available in Canada, where a single batch of vaccine has been quarantined, due to a suspected but unconfirmed increase in reporting of cases of anaphylaxis.

Anaphylaxis is an acute, allergic type response which can involve multiple body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, skin and mucosal) and may rapidly progress to a severe, life-threatening reaction. It may occur following exposure to allergens from a variety of sources including food, insect bites/stings, as well as medicines and vaccine. The risk of vaccine-induced anaphylaxis is thought to occur at a frequency of between one and ten cases per million doses of vaccine given.

The prescribing information for the H1N1 vaccines warn of this possible risk and the need to ensure that appropriate medical treatment and supervision should always be readily available in case of a rare anaphylactic event. The Irish Medicines Board continues to advise healthcare professionals to be prepared to treat allergic reactions, including rare cases of anaphylaxis appropriately, when administering any vaccine including both of the H1N1 vaccines in use in Ireland (Celvapan and Pandemrix). For both of these vaccines, the number of reports of anaphylaxis received throughout the EU remains in line with the broadly accepted frequency estimates of vaccine induced anaphylaxis.

Health Service Allowances.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

146 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a back to school clothing and footwear allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) was refused; the further reason the appeal was refused; the way the Health Service Executive assessed the income figures; if this application will be reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44059/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Medical Cards.

Paul Kehoe

Ceist:

147 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding a medical card application in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44060/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Venesection Services.

James Reilly

Ceist:

148 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children her best estimate or that of the Health Service Executive of the percentage of the population who have hereditary haemochromatosis; the number of persons diagnosed with this condition; the number of persons who needed a liver transplant as a result of the condition; the number of persons who have had severe kidney and pancreas damage as a result of the condition; the estimated cost of the condition to the public health services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44102/09]

My Department published a Report of a Working Group, which I set up in 2006 to examine the nature and extent of haemochromatosis in Ireland and to advise me on the action necessary to address the problems caused by haemochromatosis.

That report noted that, in the absence of a national register, estimating the numbers of persons with known disease is difficult and we must rely on secondary sources. The report identified a number of prevalences for haemochromotosis in populations, ranging from 0.2% to 1% of the population. Based on a prevalence of 1 in 100, the report estimated that 40,000 individuals carry the gene mutation causing hereditary haemochromotosis. The report also estimated that 1,500 hospital admissions included a diagnosis of haemochromotosis in 2002.

Treatment for haemochromotosis and related complications are provided as part of hospital services as well as through the primary care system, and are not provided for out of an individual budget. As a result, the report did not estimate the cost of these treatments for the public health services and this data is not compiled by my Department. Similarly, data on liver transplants and kidney and pancreas damage as a result of the condition are not held by my Department.

The IBTS is considering the options for an expansion of its service for haemochromatosis patients, and is exploring this position with stakeholders at present. I have been in contact with the Health Service Executive to ensure that there is a consistent policy in relation to the provision of venesection services throughout the country.

Private Health Insurance.

Ruairí Quinn

Ceist:

149 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Health and Children if there is a €128 levy charged on all private health insurance policies; the reason this levy is charged; if there are circumstances in which persons are exempted from paying the levy; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44103/09]

The Irish private health insurance market operates on the principle of community rating, where all persons pay the same amount for the same health insurance contract, irrespective of age, health status, gender or other issues. In order for community rating to work a system of risk equalisation is required, where insurers with a younger cohort of customers compensate those with an older cohort of customers. Following the decision of the Supreme Court in 2008 that the Irish risk equalisation scheme wasultra vires, measures needed to be put in place to ensure that private health insurance remained affordable for older people. The interim scheme provided for in the Health Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 consists of an age-related tax relief which is funded by a levy placed on the private health insurance companies.

The scheme operates by giving tax relief to private health insurance companies applied in respect of each insured person over the age of 50 as below:

50-59: €200;

60-69: €500;

70-79: €950;

80+: €1,175.

The scheme will have the effect of ensuring premia prices are community rated at net cost to the consumer, and that each person will pay the same amount, net of tax reliefs, for the same policy. The additional tax relief under the scheme is being granted at source to the insurer. It is granted on the basis that the insurer must charge the same net premium to all persons covered by a plan.

In order for the scheme to remain cost-neutral to the Exchequer, the age-related tax credit is funded by placing a levy on private health insurance companies for each insured person. For 2009, this levy is set at €160 per person, and €53 per child insured. It is important to stress that the levy is applied to the private health insurer, not to the individual customer. It is a commercial matter for each individual company to decide whether or how much of the levy they pass this on to their customers. In those circumstances, and in a community rated market where all insured people pay the same price for the same contract, it would not be possible to allow for any exemption from the levy for individuals.

Hospital Services.

Joe Carey

Ceist:

150 Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason for the delay to see an ear, nose and throat specialist at Ennis General Hospital, County Clare, in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44104/09]

The management of out-patient waiting lists is a matter for the HSE and the individual hospitals concerned. I have, therefore, referred the Deputy's question to the Executive for direct reply.

Question No. 151 answered with Question No. 138.

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

152 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health and Children if a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath will be admitted to Cappagh Hospital, Dublin 11, for a procedure; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44119/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Hospital Waiting Lists.

Seán Barrett

Ceist:

153 Deputy Seán Barrett asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will provide funding for the intensive care unit and for another theatre day at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin, Dublin 12 where children are awaiting surgery on an indefinite waiting list, while their health deteriorates further; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44173/09]

The HSE has committed to replacing 13 of the hospital's existing ICU beds and to introducing 4 new ICU beds, within 18 months. This will bring the total number of ICU beds at the hospital to 25. The design allows for the provision of a further additional 5 ICU beds, subject to approval. A tender for design consultancy services relating to this project has recently been approved. The Minister understands that the project team has already met the design team to advance the project in as short a time frame as possible.

The HSE and the hospital are actively examining options to address the current cardiac waiting list service need in advance of the new ICU project being completed.

Pharmacy Services.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

154 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 506 of 16 September 2009, the meetings held since in relation to the pharmacy dispute; the outcome of these meetings; the progress made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44183/09]

I met the Irish Pharmacy Union (IPU) on 8 October 2009. At this meeting a number of issues were raised by the IPU including the development of pharmacy services in the future, the role of the pharmacist, unlicensed medicines, competition law in respect of negotiations on fees and payments and the impact of the restructured payments to pharmacists under the.Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to Community Pharmacy Contractors) Regulations 2009. All of these matters are the subject of ongoing engagement between my Department and the IPU.

Health Services.

Tom Sheahan

Ceist:

155 Deputy Tom Sheahan asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will issue national recognition to the BRÍ identity card for persons with acquired brain injuries; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44204/09]

The issue raised by the Deputy was the subject of a Parliamentary Question earlier this year. As indicated in my reply at that time, I have no funds at my disposal to provide for BRI's proposal.

I will ask the Health Service Executive to give further consideration to the matter in the context of current priorities and financial constraints and to provide a direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Service Executive Reports.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

156 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive to Parliamentary Question No. 202 of 7 July 2009, which was to issue shortly according to her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 189 of 21 October 2009. [44206/09]

As I indicated to the Deputy in my reply of 21 October 2009, it has proven difficult to obtain all of the information sought in the Deputy's original question. I have now made further enquiries in this matter and I understand that a reply will issue to the Deputy today outlining the progress made to date regarding the information sought.

Hospital Staff.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

157 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive to Parliamentary Question No. 383 of 16 September 2009, a reply to which was being finalised according to her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 191 of 21 October 2009. [44207/09]

The Health Service Executive has informed my Department that it has written to every hospital in the public health service seeking the details necessary to enable the issue of a full and accurate reply to the Deputy. The Executive has advised that it will have the material collated by Friday 4 December and the reply will issue to the Deputy during the following week.

Departmental Reports.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

158 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 357 of 16 September 2009, if the meeting referred to between officials of her Department and the Health Service Executive has taken place; the outcome of the discussions regarding the non-implementation of the recommendations of the 2004 Equality Authority Access to Health Services for Transsexual People; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44208/09]

A meeting has been scheduled to take place between officials from my Department and officials from the HSE on the 14th December. This matter will be on the agenda and I will advise the Deputy of the outcome.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

159 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children when a reply will issue from the Health Service Executive to Parliamentary Question No. 358 of 16 September 2009, a reply to which was to issue shortly according to her reply to Parliamentary Question No. 190 of 21 October 2009. [44209/09]

Due to pressure of other work it has not yet been possible to finalise this matter. I will be in touch with the Deputy as soon as possible.

Nursing Homes.

Brendan Kenneally

Ceist:

160 Deputy Brendan Kenneally asked the Minister for Health and Children the supports available for the development of nursing homes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44312/09]

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department does not provide financial assistance for the development of private nursing homes. I understand the Deputy is referring to tax incentives for the development of a private nursing home. This is a matter for the Department of Finance.

Medical Aids and Appliances.

Dan Neville

Ceist:

161 Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Health and Children if a community group in County Limerick that is purchasing two defibrillators will qualify for grant assistance; the grant assistance it may apply for. [44318/09]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

General Medical Services Scheme.

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

162 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if a product (details supplied) is provided under the general medical services scheme; if there is a limit to the amount of the product which can be dispensed under the scheme. [44323/09]

The product the Deputy refers to in his question is reimbursable under the GMS and community drugs schemes. It is a matter for the General Practitioner, in consultation with the patient, to determine the amount and the length of time each product is prescribed for. Good practice guidelines for GPs on the prescribing of the benzodiazepines class of drugs, which includes the product mentioned by the Deputy, have been circulated. GPs can monitor on-line their own prescription of benzodiazepines against prescription by their peers. In addition, the Irish College of General Practitioners has a training module on the prescribing of benzodiazepines in place.

Medical Cards.

Michael Ring

Ceist:

163 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a medical card has not been renewed in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and the reason a response has not been forthcoming from the Health Service Executive. [44330/09]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Services.

Niall Collins

Ceist:

164 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health and Children if an event (details supplied) will receive financial assistance as it seeks to promote health and well-being; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44350/09]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Hospital Waiting Lists.

Jimmy Devins

Ceist:

165 Deputy Jimmy Devins asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Sligo will be called for an operation to St. James’s Hospital, Dublin 8. [44352/09]

The management of outpatient waiting lists is a matter for the HSE and the individual hospitals concerned. I have, therefore, referred the Deputy's question to the Executive for direct reply.

Hospital Services.

Jimmy Devins

Ceist:

166 Deputy Jimmy Devins asked the Minister for Health and Children if follow-up mammograms for patients who have had surgery for breast cancer have ceased in Sligo General Hospital; and if so, the reason for same in view of the fact that assurances were given that follow-up mammograms would continue in Sligo General Hospital, given that the machines and qualified staff are in situ in the hospital. [44353/09]

The matter raised by the Deputy relates to the provision of healthcare services and accordingly, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.

Health Services.

Maureen O'Sullivan

Ceist:

167 Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason the Health Information and Quality Authority mechanism was used inappropriately by staff at a unit (details supplied) to deal with industrial relations issues; the further reason those issues were not addressed through proper channels; if she is satisfied that following the closure there will be sufficient secure places; if she or her Department officials dealt with former residents of the unit to hear their positive accounts and experiences of their time there and their anger at the proposed closure; and if her attention has been drawn to the fact that since 2005 reports on care practices at the unit have been positive. [44360/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Brendan Howlin

Ceist:

168 Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Health and Children if funds are available to enable persons in straitened circumstances to access private drug treatment or counselling; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44378/09]

As the Deputy's question relates to a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Pension Provisions.

Olivia Mitchell

Ceist:

169 Deputy Olivia Mitchell asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) in County Dublin is not entitled to compensation resulting from the prohibition on them to pay any superannuation during their employment period from September 1954 to January 1960 and January 1971 to September 1991; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44392/09]

I understand this lady worked in a full time post with St Vincent's Hospital from September 1954 to January 1960 and on a part time basis from then until August 1991. The Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme was introduced in 1969 for permanent Wholetime Employees only. Access to the scheme was extended to all part-time employees who were in a public sector post on or after 20 Decemer 2001 (Department of Health and Children Circular 23/2005 refers). Provisions were included for the reckoning of prior part-time service.

The Voluntary Hospital Superannuation Scheme provides a non-pensionable gratuity to full time and part time employees who have reached normal retirement age but who were not eligible to become members of the employee superannaution scheme. My Department has been informed that this employee resigned her post in 1991 at age 55. As she had not reached normal retirement age, under the scheme rules, no gratuity is payable.

Hospital Services.

George Lee

Ceist:

170 Deputy George Lee asked the Minister for Health and Children if a child (details supplied) whose MRI scan was cancelled will be provided with a date for a new appointment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44401/09]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Children in Care.

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

171 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of separated migrant children who have disappeared from Health Service Executive accommodation in the month of September 2009; the number of children who have been recovered; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44405/09]

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

172 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of separated migrant children who have disappeared from Health Service Executive accommodation in the month of November 2009; the number of children who have been recovered; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44406/09]

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

173 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of separated migrant children who have disappeared from foster care in each of the years since 1999 and to date in 2009; the corresponding number of children who have been recovered; if these figures have been included in the previous figures released on missing children; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44407/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 171 to 173, inclusive, together.

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Medical Cards.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

174 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Health and Children if she has received a report from the Health Service Executive on turnaround times on fresh applications for the medical card, renewal of medical card cover where there has been a change of circumstances, and on-line renewal of medical cards where there has been no change in circumstances in respect of the new centralised processing facility for the Dublin area; and if she will issue a directive that, where any application for renewal is waiting over eight weeks, an extension of cover of three months would be automatically granted to prevent gaps in cover and anxiety about being without cover. [44410/09]

Up to the start of this year, medical card and GP visit card applications were processed in the Health Service Executive's (HSE's) 32 local health areas.

Under the HSE's 2009 Service Plan, the processing of all medical card and GP visit card applications will transfer to the HSE's Primary Care Reimbursement Service (PCRS) in Dublin. The initial phase of the centralisation process commenced in January 2009 with the PCRS processing all medical card applications for persons aged 70 or over. The second phase commenced in September 2009 with the transfer of the case load from two local health offices in Dublin City to the PCRS. The phased implementation will allow the situation to be continuously monitored and, if required, modified to address any issues arising. The PCRS has processed over 55,000 medical card applications since the start of 2009.

The HSE has informed my Department that the transfer of the case load from the two local health offices included a backlog of some 6,500 open cases which are being dealt with as a matter of urgency by the PCRS, and as a result, resources which would have been deployed in customer relations and phone answering have been assigned to deal with this backlog. The HSE is arranging that additional resources are deployed to respond to phone queries, the majority of which relate to the outstanding applications.

The Executive has advised my Department that there are no plans to close any of the local health offices and these offices will continue to deal with queries of a general nature about the medical card scheme and will provide any assistance needed with the application process. The HSE has recently put in place a national on-line system to allow local health offices track the current status of applications in the PCRS.

The centralising of the medical card application process is facilitating a number of enhancements to the level of customer service associated with these applications. The HSE has indicated that a facility will shortly be available where a person can view the status of their medical card application on-line and if a mobile phone number is supplied with an application, updates by text message will be delivered to the applicant's phone.

I fully support the HSE's decision to centralise the medical card and GP visit card application and review process to one location. The HSE has advised that when fully implemented, this measure will ensure:

Improved turnaround time for the processing of applications (Under the new arrangements, the Executive will be aiming for a turnaround time of 15 days or less for all medical card applications. Emergency applications will be dealt with immediately with a card issuing within 24 hours);

Equitable application of eligibility across the country;

Consistency of service provision to customers;

Clearer lines of governance and accountability; and

Improved unified data.

My Department is currently in discussion with the HSE about putting in place a dedicated telephone number for Oireachtas members for enquiries about applications being processed by the PCRS.

The HSE has also indicated that this project, while realising health sector efficiencies and savings, will not have an adverse affect on patient care or the quality of service provided. Applications from people whose income exceeds the income guidelines but have a case to be considered on medical or hardship grounds will also be processed by the PCRS.

This project is an example of the type of innovation signalled in the Transforming Public Services Programme announced by the Taoiseach in November 2008. It demonstrates how improved services can be delivered within the more limited resources available in a way which meets the needs of citizens in a modern society.

Departmental Expenditure.

David Stanton

Ceist:

175 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Health and Children the cost in 2008 of heating all buildings owned or rented from which her Department or bodies under the aegis of her Department operate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44426/09]

The cost of heating accommodation occupied by my Department (which includes Hawkins House, and parts of Shelbourne House, Joyce House and Irish Life Mall) was €95,000 for 2008. The cost of heating for agencies under the aegis of my Department is not routinely reported to my Department by the agencies concerned.

Hospital Waiting Lists.

John McGuinness

Ceist:

176 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny has been informed that he must wait two years for a video EEG having waited two years for an appointment; if she will have the matter investigated and expedite the operation required; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44450/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Hospital Services.

John McGuinness

Ceist:

177 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children if a surgery will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Carlow; if she will expedite a response. [44451/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Nursing Homes Repayment Scheme.

Michael Moynihan

Ceist:

178 Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Health and Children when a decision will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Cork on an application submitted following the launch of the Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006. [44452/09]

The Health Repayment Scheme Appeals Office is an independent office established to provide an appeals service to those who wish to appeal the decision of the Scheme Administrator under the Health (Repayment Scheme) Act 2006. The claimant lodged an Appeal Form with the Health Repayment Scheme Appeals Office on 4 June 2009 and the appeal continues to be investigated by the Appeals Officer. As part of his investigation the Appeals Officer is awaiting a response from the Scheme Administrator concerning a review of records. When the Appeals Officer has made a determination on this appeal he will write to the claimant and will provide the claimant with the reasons for the decision.

Health Services.

Jack Wall

Ceist:

179 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Carlow will receive orthodontic treatment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44454/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Medical Aids and Appliances.

Kathleen Lynch

Ceist:

180 Deputy Kathleen Lynch asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Cork, who applied for a hearing aid in May 2009, will be tested and have the aid fitted; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44622/09]

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Service Allowances.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

181 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health and Children if a decision has been made on an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) regarding domiciliary care allowance. [44630/09]

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Medical Cards.

Martin Ferris

Ceist:

182 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health and Children if a decision has been made regarding an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied). [44631/09]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Hospital Services.

Willie Penrose

Ceist:

183 Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health and Children the steps she will take to have a person (details supplied) in County Westmeath admitted to Tullamore orthopaedic unit, County Offaly; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44637/09]

As this is a service issue, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Bernard J. Durkan

Ceist:

184 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Kildare will receive psychological assessment and an EEG at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44664/09]

As these are service issues, they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Departmental Staff.

George Lee

Ceist:

185 Deputy George Lee asked the Minister for Transport the average wage and number of staff employed by his Department each year from 1997 to 2008 broken down by job title and grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43940/09]

Pay scales are laid down in Department of Finance Circulars.

My Department makes monthly returns to the Department of Finance of the number of officers serving in each grade.

I will arrange to have copies of the Department of Finance Pay scales and the end of year return for each of the years specified, sent on to the Deputy.

Disabled Drivers.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

186 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Transport if his Department has ordered the national mobility centre to issue disabled person’s parking permits only to persons with lower leg disabilities; if so, the reason for this decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43942/09]

I have not issued any such order. Under the Road Traffic Acts and the Road Traffic (Traffic and Parking) Regulations, 1997, the granting of a disabled person's parking permit is a matter for the issuing authorities, the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Disabled Drivers Association. For the purposes of the Disabled Parking Scheme, the Regulations define a disabled person as a "person who is suffering from a disability that prevents that person from walking or causes undue hardship to the person in walking".

Appointments to State Boards.

Phil Hogan

Ceist:

187 Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Minister for Transport when he will appoint a chairman to Dublin Port Company; his views on whether it is inconsistent for the State to be insisting on certain appointments to the boards of financial institutions in the interests of proper corporate governance, when a company in his remit has been without a chairman for nearly 12 months; the reason for the delay in filling the role; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43953/09]

As provided for under Section 30 of the Harbours Act 1996, I have sought nominations for the current vacancy on the board of Dublin Port from a number of stakeholders.

The Chambers of Commerce of Ireland, IBEC, ICTU and a number of representative bodies from the shipping sector were included in the consultation and I received a number of nominations.

The Ports Policy Statement gives a number of indications with regard to port company board appointments.

It points out that an appropriate balance of skills, competencies and experience is required at board level. It is also important that board members cultivate a commercial ethos and display a genuine dedication to the welfare of the port and all its stakeholders.

I will consider these points and the nominations received when making my decision. In the meantime the board has selected an acting chairperson, as provided for in its Articles of Association.

Public Transport.

Leo Varadkar

Ceist:

188 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Transport if the Public Transport Regulation Bill 2009 will permit his Department to reconsider his decision to refuse an extension of the 37 bus terminus to the Blanchardstown Centre; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43992/09]

The Public Transport Regulation Act 2009 incorporates provision for a new licensing system that will be implemented by the National Transport Authority and will be applied in respect of all commercial public bus passenger services. A feature of that system is that its implementation is dependent on the production by the Authority of guidelines under section 23 of the Act. Drafts of guidelines will be subject to a broadly based consultation process, which will include a requirement that the Authority must seek and consider the views of the Competition Authority, in relation to competition issues, and the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport. Pending the completion of that process and the publication of the resultant guidelines, the current arrangements under the Road Transport Act 1932 and the Transport Act 1958 in relation to the licensing and authorisation of public bus services will continue to apply.

Accordingly, the determination of submissions from Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann in respect of the introduction of new services or the alteration of existing services will continue to be considered with reference to section 25 of the Transport Act 1958.

The position in relation to the proposal by Dublin Bus to alter the terminal point of its 37 Service is that the Company notified my Department in May 2008 and again in July 2008 of its intention to alter the terminus of route 37 from Diswellstown Road in Carpenterstown. These notifications were not refused, but on each occasion my Department deemed that the proposed amendment to the route would result in competition with an existing licensed passenger service.

Accordingly, Dublin Bus was advised that an application in accordance with Section 25 of the Transport Act, 1958 was required. No such application has been received from the Company.

A further notification received from the Company in relation to route 37, is currently under consideration by my Department.

Electric Vehicles.

Ciarán Cuffe

Ceist:

189 Deputy Ciarán Cuffe asked the Minister for Transport if he has entered into an arrangement for the purchase of electric vehicles in 2009 to 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44026/09]

As the Deputy is aware I fully support the Government's commitment to switch to electric vehicle technology with the aim of achieving market penetration of 10% by 2020.

Alternative technologies for transport form an important element of Smarter Travel, which I launched earlier this year and my colleague, the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources is providing leadership in this area.

Although my Department has a very small fleet of vehicles under its control, funding was provided to Dublin Bus in 2008 to trial Ireland's first hybrid electric double-deck bus. It is possible that further support for electric vehicle technology may emerge in the context of the Sustainable Demonstration Projects Fund, which I established this year. Some 122 projects were submitted for consideration under this Fund and I hope that a shortlist of potentially successful schemes can be announced in the near future.

Road Network.

Phil Hogan

Ceist:

190 Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Minister for Transport when approval will be given to the construction of a road bypass at Thomastown, County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44132/09]

The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads, in its area, is a statutory function of each road authority in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act, 1993. Works on such roads are a matter for the relevant local authority to be funded from its own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial selection and prioritisation of projects to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.

Regional and local road grant allocations for 2009 were announced in April this year. In the case of Kilkenny County Council, the total grant allocation from my Department in 2009 is €11,373,699. From this allocation Kilkenny County Council is being provided with €900,000 for the R700 Thomastown Relief Road. Progress with the scheme is a matter for Kilkenny County Council.

Public Transport.

Olwyn Enright

Ceist:

191 Deputy Olwyn Enright asked the Minister for Transport if he has received an application for an extension to a route from a private bus company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44137/09]

My Department has no record of the receipt of an application in respect of an extension to the route referred to in the question.

Haulage Industry.

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

192 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport his views on a recent submission from an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44175/09]

I thank the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) for their submission and welcome its positive contribution to the debate on how a reduction in carbon emissions in the haulage sector might be achieved.

I have referred this matter, including the IRHA proposal on how the tax might be collected, to my colleague the Minister for Finance for his consideration.

Sustainable Transport.

Fergus O'Dowd

Ceist:

193 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport if he has received a submission from Dundalk Town Council regarding the national competition for smarter travel areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44182/09]

I set up a competition for Smarter Travel Areas to help deliver integrated sustainable transport systems in towns and rural areas across Ireland. Smarter Travel Areas will represent a radical and innovative approach to managing mobility in Ireland, ensuring people can access the services they need to while ensuring environmental, economic sustainability and delivering healthy, active lifestyles. My intention is that there will be funding support of up to €50 million over 5 years for this.

The closing date for Stage 1 of the competition was 30 October. In all, my Department received 39 applications, one of which was from Dundalk. I expect to announce the short-listed applications in the near future.

Departmental Expenditure.

David Stanton

Ceist:

194 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Transport the cost in 2008 of heating all buildings, owned or rented, from which his Department or bodies under the aegis of his Department operate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44430/09]

The Department of Transport's expenditure on heating oil and gas in 2008 was €88,718.48. The cost of electricity to the Department in 2008 was €419,781.07, which would also be used to a small extent for heating purposes in some offices and buildings.

Insofar as the agencies under the aegis of the Department are concerned, the arrangements for managing their properties are matters to be dealt with directly by the agencies concerned.

International Agreements.

Dan Neville

Ceist:

195 Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will publish the capacity legislation; and when the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will be published. [43957/09]

Dan Neville

Ceist:

196 Deputy Dan Neville asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when he will ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its optional protocol in order to display his commitment to quality and human rights for all persons here. [43958/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 195 and 196 together.

It is the Government's intention to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as quickly as possible, taking into account the need to ensure that all necessary requirements under the Convention are being met.

The Government Legislation Programme, published on 16 September, indicates that the Mental Capacity Bill, that is in the course of being drafted by Parliamentary Counsel, is expected to be published in early 2010. Work on what is involved by way of implementation of the various other provisions in the Convention, which are extensive, continues in the relevant Departments.

Departmental Bodies.

David Stanton

Ceist:

197 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the membership of the senior group on disability which is chaired by his Department; the number of times the group has met; the decisions taken; the work produced by this group since it was established; the responsibilities of his Department in chairing the group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44065/09]

David Stanton

Ceist:

198 Deputy David Stanton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the membership of the national disability stakeholder monitoring group which is chaired by his Department; the number of times the group has met; the decisions taken; the work produced by this group since it was established; the responsibilities of his Department in chairing the group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44066/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 and 198 together.

The membership of the Senior Officials Group on Disability comprises the Departments of the Taoiseach; Enterprise, Trade and Employment; Finance; Health and Children; Transport; Justice, Equality and Law Reform; Social and Family Affairs; Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Communications, Energy and Natural Resources; and Education and Science. This group has met 14 times and the most recent meeting was held on 29 September 2009.

The membership of the National Disability Strategy Stakeholder Monitoring Group comprises the Senior Officials Group on Disability, a number of stakeholder groups (Disability Federation of Ireland, People with Disabilities in Ireland, Irish Mental Health Coalition, The Not for Profit Business Association and National Federation of Voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disability), the National Disability Authority, ICTU and IBEC. This group has met 6 times and the most recent meeting was held on 5 October 2009.

The Department of the Taoiseach has responsibility for chairing the meetings of the two groups and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform provides the secretariat.

Both groups are responsible for monitoring the implementation of the National Disability Strategy. Reports, based on updates from the relevant Government Departments, are prepared by the Senior Officials Group twice a year and these are presented at the National Disability Strategy Stakeholder Monitoring Group meetings. Both groups adopted theTowards 2016 Strategic Document outlining the vision, mission and strategic objectives of the National Disability Strategy which was published, in accordance with the commitment in Towards 2016,on 27 May 2009.

Legislative Programme.

Phil Hogan

Ceist:

199 Deputy Phil Hogan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the reason the Multi-Unit Developments Bill has not progressed in the Oireachtas since May 2009; if he is planning amendments to the Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44153/09]

The Multi-Unit Developments Bill 2009 is currently awaiting Committee Stage in the Seanad. The position is that amendments are currently being drafted to respond to issues raised during Second Stage discussions and in submissions subsequently received by my Department from relevant stakeholders.

Departmental Expenditure.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Ceist:

200 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the further transfer of a €3.5 million budget from his Department to the Health Service Executive for funding of the accommodation element of separated children seeking asylum; the basis on which that figure was drawn; if it was decided by his Department or the HSE; the role of actuaries or accountants in selecting that figure; and the breakdown of projected costings. [44195/09]

The transfer of the sum referred to in the question is essentially an issue of accounting rather than funding. It concerns the Health Services Executive (HSE) and the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA), a functional unit of my Department's Immigration Division responsible for the accommodation of asylum seekers through the policy of direct provision. Underlying the explanation below is the fact that responsibility for the provision of accommodation for separated children seeking asylum (SCSAs) falls to the Health Services Executive (HSE) under section 8(5)(a) of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended).

In the period between 2002 and 2008 inclusive, an accounting arrangement had existed whereby RIA refunded the HSE, from the Vote of the Office of the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, the cost of accommodating SCSAs. Such children were accommodated in centres run by the HSE and reimbursement of these costs was made by RIA on foot of vouched documents submitted on a regular basis over the course of the year by the HSE.

It should be explained that these financial arrangements had been problematical because RIA (whose finances are covered in Subhead D4 of the Vote of the Office of the Minister for Justice and Equality) had financial but not operational responsibility for the accommodation of SCSAs. It was, from an accounting perspective, an undesirable practice for an organisation that contracts and uses resources to be different from the one that pays for them. RIA had no operational control over the centres engaged by the HSE for the accommodation of SCSAs and had no involvement in the negotiation of the relevant contracts.

The process was therefore changed by agreement between RIA, the Department of Health and the Department of Finance when the sum of €3.5 million was transferred from the Justice Vote to the relevant Vote covering the HSE, effective in 2009. The sum was calculated simply by reference to what had been reimbursed by RIA to the HSE over the preceding couple of years: for example, the amounts recouped by RIA totalled €3.17 million in 2007 and €3.47 million in 2008. After 2009, the estimates process — through which monies are allocated to Votes — will take place in the normal way having regard to the fact that refunds of the cost of accommodating SCSAs will no longer take place between the Justice and HSE Votes.

Departmental Staff.

George Lee

Ceist:

201 Deputy George Lee asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the average wage and number of staff employed by his Department each year from 1997 to 2008, inclusive, broken down by job title and grade; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43937/09]

My Department does not retain, in a readily-accessible format, the information requested by the Deputy. The Department has, for instance, a significant number of staff who have irregular work patterns which would make the calculation of averages difficult and potentially misleading. Furthermore, as well as the usual mix of administrative grades found across the Civil Service, my Department has a range of professional and technical grades. In addition, the structure of my Department has changed and evolved over the years, reflecting an expansion in the Department's responsibilities within the Justice Sector. With regard to pay rates, increases over the period 1997 to 2008 were in accordance with the terms of successive partnership agreements.

Residency Permits.

Damien English

Ceist:

202 Deputy Damien English asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform when an application for a stamp four by a person (details supplied) in County Meath will be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43973/09]

An application for long term residency was received in my Department from the person in question on 28 November 2007.

Officials in that section inform me that processing of this application has commenced and a decision is expected in the coming months.

Electric Vehicles.

Ciarán Cuffe

Ceist:

203 Deputy Ciarán Cuffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he has entered into an arrangement for the purchase of electric vehicles in 2009 to 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44023/09]

I can inform the Deputy that my Department has not entered into any arrangement for the purchase of electric vehicles in 2009 or 2010.

Proposed Legislation.

Mary Upton

Ceist:

204 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the progress to date on publishing legislation to regulate the gaming sector; when this legislation will be brought before the Houses of the Oireachtas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44033/09]

Mary Upton

Ceist:

205 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if the forthcoming legislation in the area of gaming will address the issues of problem gambling and the services which are provided to problem users; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44034/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 204 and 205 together.

The wide-ranging review of gambling currently underway in my Department has the objective of providing Government with options for a new and comprehensive legal and organisational framework governing the gambling architecture in the State.

The initial consultation phase of the review process is now almost completed and since 1 May last the gambling material on my Department's website was viewed over 3,800 times; over 170 people / organisations have responded to the invitation to register on the website in order to obtain e-mail updates on the review process; over 60 submissions have been received from interested organisations and individuals (with a number of interested parties seeking a time extension in order to contribute to the review) and in the region of 50 meetings have been held with interested parties.

My Department will, with the benefit of the consultation process and an examination of the submissions received, develop legislative proposals based on three important considerations which are the hallmark of most well-regulated gambling codes. These are:

that young people and the vulnerable are protected;

that gambling should in all respects be fairly and openly conducted, and

that gambling is kept free of crime

The proposed new gambling code will recognise the fact that people gamble and enjoy gambling and at the same time acknowledge that there are inherent dangers involved that need to be addressed, not least in terms of problem gambling. I wish to assure the Deputy that the protection of young people and the vulnerable is foremost in my mind. For the first time, therefore, our legislation governing gambling, including gambling by remote means such as the internet, will include measures aimed at mitigating the effects of problem gambling. All organisations licensed by the new legislation to sell or otherwise provide gambling products to the population generally will be obliged to adopt mandatory codes of practice and procedures addressing this issue. I am certain of one thing, it is only through strict regulation that the downsides of gambling will be addressed.

The Deputy will appreciate that developing a revised gambling code that is capable of generating broad public support is a complex task. Notwithstanding that, I have instructed the Casino Gaming Control Section to make every effort to provide me with policy options for a new gambling architecture with all possible expedition. The policy options will lead to the publication of a draft Bill on the subject. Ultimately, of course, it will be for Government to agree the policy approach to be legislated for in this area.

Proceeds of Crime.

Mary Upton

Ceist:

206 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the potential of the method used by criminals to launder money (details supplied); if the Criminal Assets Bureau has investigated this area; the plans both he and the Garda have to ensure no illegal use of this method is taking place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44035/09]

Currently the Criminal Justice Act, 1994, as amended, is the primary legislation in dealing with money laundering the proceeds of criminal activity.

I am advised by the Garda authorities that the Criminal Assets Bureau in cooperation with the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation Money Laundering Investigation Unit and the appointed Gardaí for money laundering reporting in the Garda Divisions, proactively investigate all forms of potential money laundering in pursuit of their statutory remit.

Furthermore my Department is currently undertaking a review of gambling. While betting is currently the legislative responsibility of my colleague the Minister for Finance, the review is examining this sector as well.

In that context the possibilities and opportunities as well as threats posed by remote gambling (i.e gambling through the internet, mobile phone and interactive tv) will be examined.

Citizenship Applications.

Jack Wall

Ceist:

207 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding an application for naturalisation in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44122/09]

A valid application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy's Question was received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in July 2006.

All valid applications are dealt with in chronological order as this is deemed to be the fairest to all applicants.The average processing time from application to decision is now at 24 months. More complicated cases can at times take more than the current average, while an element of straight forward cases can be dealt with in less than that timescale. Officials in the Citizenship Division inform me that processing of the application is in the final stages and the file will be submitted to me for a decision in due course.

The length of time taken to process each application should not be classified as a delay, as the length of time taken for any application to be decided is purely a function of the time taken to carry out necessary checks. There is a limit to the reduction in the processing time that can be achieved as applications for naturalisation must be processed in a way which preserves the necessary checks and balances to ensure that it is not undervalued and is only given to persons who genuinely satisfy the necessary qualifying criteria.

Guardianship Register.

Alan Shatter

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208 Deputy Alan Shatter asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Law Reform Commission in its consultation paper Legal Aspects of Family Relationships has provisionally recommended the establishment of a guardianship register; his views on whether the establishment of such a register is in the public interest and in the context of the recommendation made to not seek an order for costs against the plaintiff in a High Court case (details supplied). [44196/09]

I am aware of the provisional recommendation made by the Law Reform Commission in its September 2009 Consultation Paper on the Legal Aspects of Family Relationships. The Commission has invited submissions on its provisional recommendations as part of the consultation process and I look forward to examining its final report in due course.

It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the State's position in relation to costs arising out of particular proceedings.

Prison Staff.

John McGuinness

Ceist:

209 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he or the Prison Service have plans to recruit staff for the prisons; the way jobs might be advertised; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44210/09]

There are currently no plans to initiate a recruitment campaign for prison officers. In accordance with Government Decision S180/20/10/0964C of 3 February and 24 March 2009 on the implementation of savings measures on public service numbers, more generally referred to as the moratorium on public sector recruitment, filling of vacancies in the Irish Prison Service is subject to the approval of the Minister for Finance.

Previous recruitment campaigns took place in March 2007 and October 2008; if and when vacancies are to be filled, the Public Appointments Service will notify candidates who are currently on Recruit Prison Officer selection panels.

Firearms Licences.

Michael McGrath

Ceist:

210 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the increase in the cost of a shotgun licence. [44331/09]

Following consideration of the matter within my Department, including discussions at the Firearms Consultative Panel, it was agreed that the fee for a firearms certificate should be the same irrespective of the type of firearm, to reflect the cost of processing the application and to simplify the system.

The new firearms certificate will last for three years and the fee was calculated with a view to maintaining existing revenue flows and with this in mind, after consultation with the Minister for Finance, it was set at €80. I should point out that, as part of the transition phase of the introduction of the three year licence, existing licence holders received extensions to their old licences on an uncharged for basis for an average period of six months.

The new system is more modern, more thorough and more efficient and, as the Deputy may be aware, the fee had not been increased since 1992.

Garda Stations.

Jimmy Deenihan

Ceist:

211 Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the provision of a new Garda station at Castleisland, County Kerry. [44351/09]

I am advised by the Office of Public Works that tenders for the provision of a new Garda station at Castleisland are currently being sought. Upon completion of this process a contract will be put in place and works will commence thereafter.

Citizenship Applications.

Billy Timmins

Ceist:

212 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44370/09]

An application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy's Question was received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in March 2009.

On examination of the application submitted it was determined that the application in its entirety be returned to the person concerned for further attention on 10 March, 2009. In order to be fair to all applicants, only valid applications can be considered.

It is open to the person in question to re-submit the application to the Citizenship Division of my Department at any time.

Courts Procedure.

Niall Collins

Ceist:

213 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the process in law available to a legally separated person to seek full recovery of maintenance payments and arrears due by virtue of a court order; if this process is subject to review or proposed change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44373/09]

I am not in a position to provide legal advice in response to Parliamentary Questions. However, I can say in general that a person who is the subject of a separation agreement or a judicial separation may have options under the Family Law (Maintenance of Spouses and Children) Act 1976 and the Enforcement of Court Orders Act 1940 for enforcement of maintenance.

Following a judgment of the High Court earlier this year, the Enforcement of Court Orders (Amendment Act) 2009 amended the law contained in the Enforcement of Court Orders Act 1940 as it applies to money orders, including orders to pay maintenance. Operation of the new legislation is being monitored by my Department.

Proposed Legislation.

Jim O'Keeffe

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214 Deputy Jim O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the extent of begging here; his views on the legality following the 2007 High Court decision (details supplied); if he has proposals for new laws; and the proposed timetable for legislation. [44385/09]

In the case ofNiall Dillon -v- The Director of Public Prosecutions, the High Court found that the statutory provision under which prosecutions for begging were brought, namely Section 3 of the Vagrancy (Ireland) Act 1847, was unconstitutional. Arising from that judgement, new legislation is being prepared. I hope to be in a position to bring the Bill to Government shortly, for its approval to publish.

As regards the extent of begging, the Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office, as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose. I have requested the CSO to provide relevant statistics directly to the Deputy.

Criminal Prosecutions.

Jim O'Keeffe

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215 Deputy Jim O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of prosecutions and convictions for begging from 2000 to date in 2009. [44386/09]

The Garda Síochána Act 2005 makes provision for the compilation and publication of crime statistics by the Central Statistics Office, as the national statistical agency, and the CSO has established a dedicated unit for this purpose.

I have requested the CSO to provide relevant statistics directly to the Deputy.

Garda Strength.

John Deasy

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216 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of retirements from the Garda Síochána notified since the beginning of 2009; the number of new Garda recruits commencing training since the beginning of 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44395/09]

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the number of Gardaí who have retired or have indicated their intention to retire from the Force, both voluntarily and on age grounds, in 2009 is 759.

200 trainees have been recruited to the Garda Training College since the start of 2009 and the moratorium on recruitment in the public service currently applies to An Garda Síochána.

I intend to review the position during the course of 2010 in consultation with the Garda Commissioner and my colleague the Minister for Finance.

John Deasy

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217 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of the Garda Síochána stationed in the Dungarvan district at the beginning of 2009; the number currently stationed in the Dungarvan district; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44396/09]

John Deasy

Ceist:

218 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of the Garda Síochána stationed in the Tramore district at the beginning of 2009; the number currently stationed in the Tramore district; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44397/09]

John Deasy

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219 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the number of the Garda Síochána stationed in the Waterford city district at the beginning of 2009; the number currently stationed in the Waterford city district; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44398/09]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 217 to 219, inclusive, together.

I am informed by the Garda Authorities that the strengths of the Districts, as requested by the Deputy, is as set out below.

District

31/12/2008

31/10/2009

Dungarvan

59

66

Tramore

50

53

Waterford

183

191

Employment Support Services.

Richard Bruton

Ceist:

220 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if programmes have been developed to assist persons who have previously been in prison to access employment opportunities; the number of participants; and the success rate in progressing to placement in employment. [44412/09]

I can advise the Deputy that there are three programmes which have been developed to assist persons to access employment who have previously been in prison. These programmes are run in partnership between Business in the Community Ireland (BITC) and the Probation Service or the Irish Prison Service. They are:

The Linkage Programme;

The Prison Project and

The Mentoring Service.

The Linkage Programme

The Linkage Programme prepares, plans, and implements training and/or employment placement for ex-offenders referred to the programme by the Probation Service.

Since its inception in February 2000 and up to October 2009, the Probation Service made a total of 9,204 client referrals to the Linkage Programme. Of that number, 5,755 or 74% engaged with the programme. Of those who engaged, 3,988 or 69% were placed in employment settings. Furthermore, Linkage Training & Employment Officers (TEOs) made a total of 6,429 or 112% placements, meaning that some clients, because of progression routes etc, were placed twice. It should be noted that, as well as community based referrals, these figures include referrals made through Linkage's inreach service to prisons in Ireland. In the current year, the Linkage Programme has been approved for and received €1.47m in funding from my Department.

The Prison project

The Prison Project is an employment gateway project which grew out of the success of the Linkage Service. It has been in operation since 2007 and is funded by the Irish Prison Service. The Prison Linkage Service employs three TEOs operating in Mountjoy (The Dochas Centre; St. Patrick Institution; The Training Unit; ), the Midlands Prison and Portlaoise Prison. The service is based on ‘guidance' and ‘placement' in, or towards, employment but has the added dimension of ‘resettlement' as prisoners are released to the community.

A key component of the Prison Linkage Service is that TEOs continue the service into the community, thereby offering throughcare in guidance and placement services to clients who become ex-prisoners. As such, the Prison Project is a natural complement to the Integrated Sentence Management (ISM) initiative currently being implemented by the Irish Prison Service. It is planned to develop the Prison Project in line with needs and as the resources become available.

To date, the Prisons project has received a total of 850 referrals from the various prison sources. Of those who engaged (670 or 79%), 150 (22%) were placed in training, education or employment while in custody, with a further 222 (33%) placed following release — a total of 55% placement rate, with the remaining numbers continuing to successfully engage with the Training & Employment Officers.

The Mentoring Service

The Mentoring Service is the newest of BITC's programmes. It is co-funded under Dormant Accounts Funding and by the Irish Prison Service and is a partnership between BITC and the Irish Prison Service that is still in its pilot phase. It has been operational for just over 6 months. The objective is to provide intensive support to prisoners on release from prison to enable them to access services that promote stability and desistance. Supported access to employment related services, e.g. training and education, is part of this process and in this sense the programme has an ‘employability' remit. Currently the Mentoring Service operates in Castlerea and Cork Prisons with plans to extend it. The intensive nature of the service means caseloads are smaller than they are for other services but this is in line with the needs of many criminal justice clients.

Other Initiatives

In addition to the above BITC has also designed and delivered, in