Thursday, 24 January 2019

Ceisteanna (35, 38, 232)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

35. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when a waiver will be issued for persons with disabilities and incontinence issues in regard to waste bills. [3375/19]

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John Brady

Ceist:

38. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the annual support of €75 for persons with long-term and lifelong medical incontinence under the new waste collection charges announced in June 2017 will be introduced; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3399/19]

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John Brady

Ceist:

232. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of plans to introduce the promised annual support of €75 for persons with long-term and lifelong medical incontinence under the new waste collection charges announced in June 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53330/18]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 35, 38 and 232 together.

My Department is continuing the work of developing a mechanism to provide a support for vulnerable persons with a condition such as lifelong or long-term medical incontinence to help meet the average annual cost of disposing of their domestic waste. I am informed that this process has taken longer than envisaged, due to a number of issues, including data protection issues that have arisen since the introduction of GDPR. However, I can assure the Deputy that I am committed to introducing an annual support as soon as practically possible in conjunction with relevant agencies and stakeholders.