Data Protection Commissioner

Ceisteanna (136, 137, 138, 139, 140)

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

136. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if the Data Protection Commissioner is obliged to fully explain decisions his office takes on cases of alleged data protection breaches, specifically sections 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 13, 21, 22, 29 and, consequently, section 30 in circumstances in which he decides to reclassify a complaint or recategorise sections 2, 4 and 6 only; and if she will request the Commissioner to do so in a case (details supplied). [26971/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

137. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the timeframe in which the Data Protection Commissioner will respond and act upon section 4 requests; the reason in a case (details supplied) the person initially raised the challenges in 2015 and made specific section 4 requests since April 2016 which is still ongoing; the circumstances in which an investigation under section 10 is necessary in relation to section 4 requests; and the reason section 10 was initiated to a section 4 request in the case. [26972/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

138. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if a full explanation will be forthcoming from the Data Protection Commissioner as to the reason enforcement of the Revenue Commissioners' Data Code per section 13 of the Acts has been obstructed in a case (details supplied). [26973/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

139. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation when the investigation of a case (details supplied) will commence; and the timeframe to complete an investigation whereby there are no standards set out in either the legislation or customer service standards regarding the length of time it will take to complete an investigation. [26974/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Bríd Smith

Ceist:

140. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the reason a person (details supplied) has recorded delays of 49 weeks between responses in relation to a case; and the reason no explanation has been provided by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. [26975/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 136 to 140, inclusive, together.

The Data Protection Commission was established following the enactment of the Data Protection Bill by the Minister for Justice and Equality on 25 May 2018.  The newly established Data Protection Commission succeeded the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner on this date.

The Department of Justice and Equality has advised my Department that the questions tabled by the Deputy relate to operational matters in the Data Protection Commission, which is completely independent in the exercise of its powers and performance of its functions. In the circumstances, therefore, I cannot provide any further information in this matter.

IDA Ireland Data

Ceisteanna (141)

Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

141. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of new IDA client companies that have been set up by county in each of the years 2009 to 2017 and to date in 2018, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27008/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

The Government is working hard to achieve the most even possible distribution of foreign direct investment (FDI) across the country. IDA Ireland is focused on that same goal, with the Agency targeting an increase of investment of 30% to 40% in every region as part of its 2015-2019 strategy.

The Agency's 2017 results demonstrate that significant progress is being made towards these objectives, with 45% of all new IDA client company jobs created last year being outside Dublin. There are now over 122,000 people employed across 649 firms in IDA client companies outside the capital. In total, there are currently 210,443 people employed across 1,384 IDA Ireland client companies with 279 new FDI companies establishing themselves in Ireland since 2009.  

The following table outlines the number of IDA client companies in each county from 2009 to 2017.  The figures for 2018 will not be available until my Department's Annual Employment Survey (AES) is carried out in November 2018.

Table A: Total number of IDA Client companies by County 2009-2017.

IDA County

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Carlow

9

7

7

7

7

Cavan

6

7

7

6

7

Clare

60

62

66

66

66

Cork

138

137

135

141

148

Donegal

14

12

12

13

13

Dublin

522

524

539

563

609

Galway

54

57

62

63

63

Kerry

15

16

13

14

13

Kildare

30

31

29

29

28

Kilkenny

4

4

3

5

5

Laois

4

4

2

2

3

Leitrim

6

6

5

5

5

Limerick

39

39

41

44

43

Longford

7

6

6

6

6

Louth

20

20

20

23

23

Mayo

17

17

17

18

18

Meath

17

17

16

15

15

Monaghan

6

6

6

6

6

Offaly

10

10

11

11

11

Roscommon

9

8

8

8

9

Sligo

21

21

21

21

23

Tipperary North Riding

4

3

3

3

3

Tipperary South Riding

11

11

9

8

8

Waterford

35

34

32

31

30

Westmeath

15

15

15

14

14

Wexford

13

13

14

14

14

Wicklow

19

20

18

18

18

Total

1,105

1,107

1,117

1,154

1,208

Table ctd.

IDA County

2014

2015

2016

2017

Carlow

7

7

7

7

Cavan

7

7

7

7

Clare

66

69

69

68

Cork

148

148

157

158

Donegal

13

12

12

12

Dublin

641

679

740

735

Galway

65

65

70

75

Kerry

13

13

14

14

Kildare

25

25

27

28

Kilkenny

5

5

5

6

Laois

2

2

2

2

Leitrim

5

5

5

5

Limerick

46

51

55

56

Longford

6

5

4

5

Louth

25

21

22

24

Mayo

18

18

18

16

Meath

16

16

18

17

Monaghan

6

5

5

5

Offaly

10

9

10

10

Roscommon

10

10

10

10

Sligo

22

24

23

23

Tipperary North Riding

3

3

4

4

Tipperary South Riding

8

9

8

7

Waterford

32

35

37

37

Westmeath

14

15

13

17

Wexford

15

16

17

18

Wicklow

18

17

19

18

Total

1,246

1,291

1,378

1,384 

Work Permits Eligibility

Ceisteanna (142)

Catherine Martin

Ceist:

142. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to reinstate career guidance on the list of critical skills employment permits due to the shortage of guidance counsellors and due to the upcoming restoration of 500 guidance posts in September 2018; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27035/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

At my request, my Department is currently conducting a review of economic migration policies underpinning the current employment permits system to ensure that our policies are fully supportive of Ireland’s emerging labour market needs, be they skills or labour shortages in certain sectors.  A full report on the review is due by end June.  Following on from that Report, it is expected that a review of the Lists of Occupations for Employment Permits will be conducted in the second half of this year. 

Where specific skills prove difficult to source within the State and wider EEA, an employment permit may be sought by an employer to hire a non-EEA national.  The employment permits system is managed in part through the operation of the highly skilled and ineligible lists for the purpose of grant of employment permits.  At present, ‘Career Guidance Teachers’ are listed on the Ineligible List of Occupations (ICEL) for employment permits. 

Changes to access to the Irish labour market for specific occupations via the employment permits system are made on the basis of research undertaken by the Expert Group of Future Skills Needs and, coordinated by the National Skills Council, the annual National Skills Bulletin and the annual Vacancy Overview Report in tandem with a public consultation process.  The recently published Vacancy Overview Report indicates that despite recent employment growth, vacancy notifications for this sector remain limited to a small number of roles such as lecturers, TEFL teachers and instructors/trainers.

In order to consider removing an occupation from the ICEL, organisations in the sector should engage with the relevant lead Department, the Department of Education and Skills with regard to this matter, in the preparation of a detailed business case setting out the necessary data to substantiate a case for removal from the ICEL.

Work Permits Eligibility

Ceisteanna (143)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

143. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation her plans to remove career advisers and vocational guidance specialists (details supplied) from the ineligible categories of employment for employment permits list in view of the severe shortage of guidance counsellors here and in further view of the fact that many persons that have studied for the profession here are only eligible to work here; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [27049/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Business)

At my request, my Department is currently conducting a review of economic migration policies underpinning the current employment permits system to ensure that our policies are fully supportive of Ireland’s emerging labour market needs, be they skills or labour shortages in certain sectors.  A full report on the review is due by end June.  Following on from that Report, it is expected that a review of the Lists of Occupations for Employment Permits will be conducted in the second half of this year. 

Where specific skills prove difficult to source within the State and wider EEA, an employment permit may be sought by an employer to hire a non-EEA national.  The employment permits system is managed in part through the operation of the highly skilled and ineligible lists for the purpose of grant of employment permits.  At present, ‘Career Adviser/Guidance Counsellor' are listed on the Ineligible List of Occupations (ICEL) for employment permits. 

Changes to access to the Irish labour market for specific occupations via the employment permits system are made on the basis of research undertaken by the Expert Group of Future Skills Needs and, coordinated by the National Skills Council, the annual National Skills Bulletin and the annual Vacancy Overview Report in tandem with a public consultation process.  The recently published Vacancy Overview Report indicates that despite recent employment growth, vacancy notifications for this sector remain limited to a small number of roles such as lecturers, TEFL teachers and instructors/trainers.

In order to consider removing an occupation from the ICEL, organisations in the sector should engage with the relevant lead Department, the Department of Education and Skills with regard to this matter, in the preparation of a detailed business case setting out the necessary data to substantiate a case for removal from the ICEL.

Citizens Assembly

Ceisteanna (144)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

144. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health the status of the outstanding recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly. [26883/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As the Deputy will be aware, on Friday the 25 May 2018, the people of Ireland voted overwhelmingly in favour of deleting Article 40.3.3 in its entirety, and substituting an article in the Constitution, the object and effect of which is to articulate clearly the principle that laws may be enacted by the Oireachtas to provide for the regulation of termination of pregnancy.

On the 29 May, Government approved the drafting of legislation to regulate termination of pregnancy. This legislation will be based on the General Scheme of a Bill to Regulate Termination of Pregnancy approved by Government on the 27 of March and published on my Department’s website. 

The provisions of the General Scheme are based on the recommendations of the Joint Committee on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which was established to consider the report and recommendations of the Citizens' Assembly.

HSE Reports

Ceisteanna (145)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

145. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to a report by the HSE (details supplied); and if he will request the HSE to publish the report [26940/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I am advised that the report of the Working Group on a Model of Care for Lymphoedema and Lipoedema Treatment in Ireland established by the HSE is being finalised and I expect that it will be published in the coming months.

Hospital Appointments Status

Ceisteanna (146)

Timmy Dooley

Ceist:

146. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will have a procedure carried out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26941/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

Under the Health Act 2004, the Health Service Executive (HSE) is required to manage and deliver, or arrange to be delivered on its behalf, health and personal social services. Section 6 of the HSE Governance Act 2013 bars the Minister for Health from directing the HSE to provide a treatment or a personal service to any individual or to confer eligibility on any individual.

The National Waiting List Management Policy, a standardised approach to managing scheduled care treatment for in-patient, day case and planned procedures, since January 2014, has been developed to ensure that all administrative, managerial and clinical staff follow an agreed national minimum standard for the management and administration of waiting lists for scheduled care. This policy, which has been adopted by the HSE, sets out the processes that hospitals are to implement to manage waiting lists.

In relation to the particular query raised, as this is a service matter, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.

Legislative Process

Ceisteanna (147)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

147. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Health if he expects the abortion Bill following the May referendum on the eighth amendment to go through Second Stage before the summer recess. [26880/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

The Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018 seeks to delete Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution and substitute it with wording confirming that the Oireachtas may make laws for the regulation of the termination of pregnancy. The Bill passed all stages in the Houses of the Oireachtas on 28 March 2018.

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government made a Polling Day Order for a referendum to be held on 25 May 2018 and the referendum was passed. A certificate with the provisional result of the referendum was published in Iris Oifigiuil on Tuesday, 29 May 2018.

Once the provisional result of the referendum was published, there followed a seven day period during which applications to make petitions could be received. Three applications for permission to challenge the result of the referendum have been made to the High Court under section 42 of the Referendum Act 1994. The High Court has fixed 26 June to hear the three applications. It is possible that the hearings may run over a number of days, after which a decision will be made by the Court.

The bringing of the legal challenge by way of referendum petition has meant that, on a number of occasions, the introduction of proposed legislation into the Oireachtas has been delayed pending the determination of a referendum petition. For example, following the marriage referendum, the introduction of the Marriage Bill into the Oireachtas was delayed until the 15 September 2015 when the applications for leave to bring the referendum petitions to challenge the result of the marriage referendum were finally determined on appeal and leave to bring a petition was refused on 30 July 2015.

It remains my absolute determination to have the legislation to regulate termination of pregnancy finalised by mid-July. However, it is not possible to initiate this legislation in the Oireachtas until the Court proceedings have concluded, the result of the referendum has been confirmed, and the President has signed the Thirty-sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Reports

Ceisteanna (148)

John Deasy

Ceist:

148. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health if a report on child and adolescent mental health services operated by HSE South East Community Healthcare services, including current staffing levels and vacancies at all grades and urgent recruitment efforts, will be provided. [26952/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

On Tuesday 19 June 2018 I met with national and local HSE representatives (from Waterford and Wexford) to discuss the current situation with regards to CAMHS services in the South East region.  They have provided me with a report with regard to the issues arising in that area and the steps being taken to ensure ongoing delivery of services in the South East. I have arranged a further meeting with these officials to take place in early July to report on progress.

I will also be responding to statements in the Seanad this evening on this matter to provide an outline of the situation to the members.

Mental Health Services Staff

Ceisteanna (149)

John Deasy

Ceist:

149. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health the contingency plans in place should consultant psychiatric posts in the south east not be taken up within a reasonable timeframe in view of the difficulty in filling such vacancies nationally; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26953/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Provision

Ceisteanna (150)

John Deasy

Ceist:

150. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health the waiting lists and waiting times for child and adolescent psychiatric services within the HSE’s South East Community Healthcare services; the way in which these compare with national averages and best practice indicators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26954/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Funding

Ceisteanna (151)

John Deasy

Ceist:

151. Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Health the capital and operational investment in child and adolescent psychiatric services in the south east over the past five years; the level of expenditure in this area indicated in future funding programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26955/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Orthodontic Services Provision

Ceisteanna (152)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

152. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Health the status of the case of a person (details supplied); and when an appointment for orthodontic treatment will be expedited. [26956/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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

Medical Records

Ceisteanna (153)

Eugene Murphy

Ceist:

153. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Health if medical records will be released to a person (details supplied) as a matter of urgency. [26957/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service issue, I have asked the HSE to reply to you directly.

Home Help Service Provision

Ceisteanna (154)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

154. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if home help hours will be allocated to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26965/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Home Help Service Provision

Ceisteanna (155)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

155. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Health if home help hours will be allocated to a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26966/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

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.