I propose to take Questions Nos. 130 and 145 together.
In recognition of the particular need to address access to primary care-based counselling services for under 18s, the Government has prioritised investment in this area. The HSE's National Service Plan 2016 provided an additional €5m for psychology for children with a focus on enhanced counselling interventions for children and adolescents. Recruitment of these posts, which includes a mix of psychologists and psychology assistants has commenced on a nationwide basis.
I have asked the HSE to revert to the Deputies in relation to the detailed service issues, including the number of children waiting for an appointment.