Afforestation Programme

Ceisteanna (190)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

190. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if a matter will be addressed regarding forestry replanting (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11445/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Agriculture)

It is Government policy to prevent deforestation, which is the permanent removal of forests.  Reforestation after felling is essential to prevent deforestation, which would otherwise counteract the social, environmental and economic benefits of Ireland's afforestation programme and devalue the associated public expenditure on afforestation.

The Forestry Act 2014 sets out the legislation governing the felling of trees, the licences required, offences and penalties for breaches of the legislation. Where a forest owner wishes to remove trees, a felling licence is required and a condition of this felling licence is that the site must be replanted.

In May 2017 my Department published its “Felling and Reforestation Policy” document which aims to provide a consolidated source of information on the legal and regulatory framework relating to tree felling.  Information on the felling licence application process is also described. This document also describes those limited scenarios where the permanent removal of trees is envisaged, for example, for the protection of certain natural habitats and species.

National Broadband Plan

Ceisteanna (191)

Anne Rabbitte

Ceist:

191. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if residences (details supplied) will be connected to the fibre optic roll-out plan in County Galway; the expected date of delivery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11300/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

All premises referenced by the Deputy are in the AMBER area on the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map, which is available on my Department's website at www.broadband.gov.ie. The AMBER areas represent the target areas for the proposed State led Intervention under the NBP. This intervention is the subject of an ongoing procurement process. The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage. I will bring a recommendation to Government in relation to the NBP in the coming weeks.

For those premises currently awaiting access to high speed broadband, practical initiatives will continue to be addressed through the work of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce to address obstacles and improve connectivity in respect of existing and future mobile phone and broadband services.

Under this Taskforce, engagement between telecommunications operators and local authorities through the Broadband Officers is continuing. These Broadband Officers are acting as single points of contact in local authorities for their communities. The appointment of these officers is already reaping rewards in terms of ensuring a much greater degree of consistency in engagements.

Bituminous Fuel Ban

Ceisteanna (192, 193, 194)

Alan Kelly

Ceist:

192. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when the smoky coal ban will be enacted; the reason for its delay in view of the fact that the enactment of the ban had previously been confirmed for September 2018 by his predecessor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11329/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Alan Kelly

Ceist:

193. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the status of the clean air strategy; when it will be published; the reason he plans to include the enactment of the ban as a measure within the package in view of the fact that European Commission clearance has already been provided; if this delay will lead to a further 1,150 premature deaths due to air quality (details supplied) in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11330/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Alan Kelly

Ceist:

194. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the arrangements that will apply in respect of the nationwide ban on smoky coal; when the ban will come into effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11331/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 192 to 194, inclusive, together.

As the Deputy will be aware, recent scientific evidence indicates that air pollution is more damaging at lower concentrations than was previously understood. With this in mind, I am committed to publishing the National Clean Air Strategy this year, which will provide the policy framework necessary to identify and promote integrated measures across Government that are required to reduce air pollution and promote cleaner air, while delivering on wider national objectives.

Given the wide range of pollutant sources, it is important that action is coordinated across various sectors. There are a number of plans under development, including the National Air Pollution Control Programme, and the National Energy and Climate Plan, which are relevant to the clean air agenda. I am keen to ensure that synergies are maximised between these plans and the National Clean Air Strategy, with a view to achieving lasting reductions in the health and environmental impacts of air pollution.

In relation to the number of deaths the Deputy quotes, I note that this figure is the global figure for early mortalities attributable to air pollution in Ireland. While domestic solid fuel burning is the primary source of particulate matter, it is not the only source, and a ban on smoky coal is not the only policy option available to reduce the amount of solid fuel burned for domestic heating within the State. For example, my Department is funding, a range of schemes, operated through the SEAI, to support households in retrofitting their homes to make them more energy efficient and reduce the use of fossil fuels in domestic heating. In addition, the National Development Plan includes a range of projects in the transport sector, which is also a source of particulate matter pollution, including: massively increasing the numbers of electric vehicles on the road by 2030 with additional charging infrastructure to cater for planned growth; transitioning to a low emission urban public bus fleet with no diesel-only buses purchased from 1 July 2019; and investing in sustainable travel measures, including improved cycling and walking networks for metropolitan areas.

My Department is also funding the Environmental Protection Agency’s roll-out of the Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme (AAMP), which will greatly improve the data available on air pollution in Ireland, facilitating the design and targeting of policy measures to tackle it.

Broadband Service Provision

Ceisteanna (195)

Brendan Smith

Ceist:

195. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to improve broadband telecommunications in an area (details supplied) in view of the concerns of householders and local business regarding the poor quality of broadband to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11393/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

In April 2017 my Department published an updated version of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) High Speed Broadband Map. This is available at www.broadband.gov.ie. The map shows the areas targeted by commercial operators to provide high speed broadband services and the areas that will be included in the State Intervention Area under the National Broadband Plan. The Map is colour coded and searchable by address/Eircode: - The AMBER area represents the parts of the country where commercial operators have no plans to build high speed broadband networks. Premises in the AMBER area will be provided with high Speed Broadband through a State Intervention.

- The BLUE area represents those areas where commercial providers are either currently delivering or have plans to deliver high speed broadband services.

- The LIGHT BLUE area represents eir's commercial rural deployment plans to roll-out high speed broadband to 300,000 premises as part of a Commitment Agreement signed with my Department in April 2017.

There are 24 premises in the townland of Ballyhugh. 54% (13) fall within the AMBER area and will be served under the State led Intervention, while 46% (11) of premises are in a BLUE area and are, or will be, served by commercial providers. Information on categories of specific premises can be accessed on my Department’s website, www.broadband.gov.ie, by entering the relevant Eircode into the High Speed Broadband Map.

The procurement process to appoint a bidder for the State intervention network is now at the final stage. I will bring a recommendation to Government in relation to the NBP in the coming weeks.

Where people living within the Blue area in Ballyhugh are unable to obtain a high speed broadband service, I would encourage them to email my Department at broadband@dccae.gov.ie with their Eircode and details of the service providers they have contacted and the issues encountered in respect of accessing high speed broadband.

For those premises currently awaiting access to high speed broadband, practical initiatives will continue to be addressed through the work of the Mobile Phone and Broadband Taskforce to address obstacles and improve connectivity in respect of existing and future mobile phone and broadband services.

Under this Taskforce, engagement between telecommunications operators and local authorities through the Broadband Officers is continuing. These Broadband Officers are acting as single points of contact in local authorities for their communities. The appointment of these officers is already reaping rewards in terms of ensuring a much greater degree of consistency in engagements.

Litter Pollution Fines

Ceisteanna (196)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

196. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will provide the updated data for 2017 and 2018 regarding a table (details supplied). [11422/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The data requested by the Deputy for 2017 is now available on my Department's website at www.dccae.gov.ie. The equivalent data for 2018 is currently being gathered from Local Authorities and will be published when all returns have been received and collated.

National Broadband Plan Expenditure

Ceisteanna (197, 198, 199)

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

197. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he was informed regarding the escalating costs of the national broadband plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11448/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

198. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment when he informed the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform regarding the increasing costs of the national broadband plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11449/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Barry Cowen

Ceist:

199. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if the national broadband plan will be many multiples of the original budget as confirmed recently; the basis of this confirmation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11451/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 197 to 199, inclusive, together.

Due to the unique nature of the National Broadband Plan, which involves the deployment of a modern future proofed high speed broadband network to an area involving approximately 96% of Ireland's landmass, the nature and cost of the solution required to deliver the State intervention network could only become known through extensive engagement with bidders during the procurement process. I have been clear that the level of State subsidy for the National Broadband Plan State intervention would be determined through the NBP procurement process.

Prior to the launch of the procurement process for the National Broadband Plan State intervention my Department undertook a public consultation on the NBP State Intervention Strategy. A preliminary cost benefit analysis (CBA) was also completed prior to the launch of the procurement, in line with the Public Spending Code. This CBA has been updated at key points during procurement.

I am regularly briefed by my officials on the NBP. I understand that the cost of the solution proposed by the bidder is significantly higher than that anticipated prior to the extensive engagement with bidders that has occurred in developing the necessary solution. The NBP procurement process has determined what the cost of delivering high speed broadband to every premises in the Intervention Area would be. This will in form the recommendation to the government before it makes a decision to appoint a preferred bidder.

There has been ongoing engagement with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the final bid. This has included a consideration of costs.

The outcome of the ongoing due diligence in relation to the final bid will inform Government’s decision on the NBP procurement.

Road Projects Expenditure

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (200)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

200. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the final cost of the Tralee bypass constructed by Kerry County Council and the National Roads Authority. [11380/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. 

Noting the above position, I have referred the question to TII for a direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Road Traffic Legislation

Ceisteanna (201)

Dessie Ellis

Ceist:

201. Deputy Dessie Ellis asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position of existing legislation in which a person using a motorised scooter uses it on a footpath; if this is not permissible under current legislation, the penalties in place for a person using the motorised scooter in such a manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11011/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As a mechanically propelled vehicle, a motorised scooter should not be used on a footpath.  Person who drives a mechanically propelled vehicle on a footpath will receive a fixed charge of €60 and 1 penalty point.  If convicted in court they may receive a fine of up to €1,000 for a first offence, up to €2,000 for a second or subsequent offence, and up to €2,000 and/or up to 3 months in prison for a third or subsequent offence within a twelve-month period.  On conviction in court they will also receive 3 penalty points.   

My Department is aware of the increasing use of eScooters, electrically/powered skateboards etc. on our roads.  I have requested the Road Safety Authority to research how such vehicles (classified as mechanically propelled vehicles in the Road Traffic Acts) are dealt with (i.e. regulated) in other countries, particularly other Member States. I am keen to understand the road safety implications of the use of such vehicles on public roads, especially when interacting with other vehicles. Any decision to be taken on whether or not to amend existing legislation will depend on the outcome of the Authority’s research.

Roads Maintenance

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (202)

Kevin O'Keeffe

Ceist:

202. Deputy Kevin O'Keeffe asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if specific works will be carried out in an area (details supplied). [11306/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme.  Under the Roads Acts 1993-2015, the planning, design and construction, including maintenance works, of individual national roads is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. 

Noting the above position, I have referred the  question to TII for a direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 working days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Sports Capital Programme Administration

Ceisteanna (203)

Seán Sherlock

Ceist:

203. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport when the sports capital funds will be announced. [11343/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme opened for applications on Friday 7 September and the application period closed on Friday 19th October.  By that deadline, a record 2,337 applications were submitted seeking a total of €162m in funding. 

186 of these applications were for projects that were deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme that subsequently submitted corrected documents.  These applications were assessed first and €7m in allocations to 170 projects were announced in January. 

For the first time, applicants who have submitted incorrect documentation under this round will be given the opportunity to correct their application during the assessment period. While there will be no undue delay in completing the assessment process, in view of the opportunity to correct documentation, the record number of applications received and the detailed information contained in each application, it is likely to take a number of months to have all applications assessed. Accordingly, I expect that it may well be the third quarter of this year before the full set of allocations under this current round of the programme are announced.

Road Signage

Ceisteanna (204)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

204. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to publish the updated traffic signs manual that was promised before the end of 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11360/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

My Department is currently working on an update of the Traffic Signs Manual (TSM) which is expected to be completed shortly.  When issued, key stakeholders such as Local Authorities and An Garda Síochána will be notified.  The Manual will then be available on the Department’s website at www.dttas.gov.ie and www.trafficsigns.ie

Rail Network Expansion

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Ceisteanna (205)

Catherine Murphy

Ceist:

205. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the date on which electrification of the Maynooth train will commence; his plans to extend the scheme to Kilcock; the ancillary works that will be undertaken in and around Maynooth station in order to accommodate electrification of the line; his further plans to extend the station and its facilities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11375/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for policy and overall funding in relation to public transport.  The National Transport Authority (NTA) has statutory responsibility for the planning and development of public transport infrastructure in the Greater Dublin Area (GDA), including the upgrade and electrification of lines under the DART Expansion Programme.

Noting the NTA's responsibility for implementation of public transport in the GDA, I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for a more detailed reply.  Please contact my private office if you do not receive a reply within 10 days.

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42A

Child and Family Agency Staff

Ceisteanna (206)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

206. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if the human resources section of Tusla has received a grievance submitted in November 2015 by an employee of Tusla which includes a complaint in regard to the performance of a person (details supplied) among other named national managers or former national managers in Tusla. [11376/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

It would not be appropriate for me to comment on an operational matter relating to any individual. This is an operational matter for Tusla under its Dignity at Work Policy and its Grievance Procedure. I have referred the Deputy's question to Tusla for direct reply.

Child and Family Agency Staff

Ceisteanna (207)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

207. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her Department has received a grievance submitted in November 2016 by an employee of Tusla which includes a complaint in regard to the performance of a person (details supplied) amongst other national managers or former national managers in Tusla. [11402/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The Deputy will be aware that I have received correspondence from an employee of Tusla in December 2016 that includes a reference to complaints against other members of that organisation but it would not be appropriate for me to comment on a matter relating to any individual.

Grant Payments

Ceisteanna (208)

Peter Burke

Ceist:

208. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her Department administers grant funding to families who need significant upgrades to their homes to accommodate children with profound physical disabilities that would not pass a means test; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [11420/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

My Department does not administer grant funding for the purposes described.  The granting of such funds is more appropriate to the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Control of Dogs

Ceisteanna (209)

Róisín Shortall

Ceist:

209. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of dogs destroyed in each of the past three years for which figures are available by local authority and pound. [11332/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

My Department publishes statistics in respect of a range of dog control responsibilities of local authorities, including the number of dogs euthanised in local authority pounds.  Information up to and including 2017 is available on my Department’s website at the following link:

https://drcd.gov.ie/dog-control/view-our-dog-control-statistics/

The specific information requested is also outlined in the below table.

I am pleased to note that the total number of dogs euthanised in 2017 in local authority pounds reduced relative to the previous year by over 40% (to 996), continuing the trend in the decline in the number of dogs being euthanised – down from a high of just over 21,000 in 2002. 

The statistics for 2018 are currently being collated and when checked and verified will be published on my Department's website.

Local Authority

Dogs Euthanized in 2015

Dogs Euthanized in 2016

Dogs Euthanized in 2017

Carlow

2

5

2

Cavan

7

14

0

Clare

183

129

19

Cork City

47

50

43

Cork County

212

92

87

Donegal

184

103

21

Dublin City

22

17

14

Dún Laoghaire/ Rathdown

5

4

20

Fingal 

32

14

17

Galway City

72

16

7

Galway County

26

19

22

Kerry

127

187

157

Kildare

15

23

11

Kilkenny   

10

6

6

Laois

16

10

0

Leitrim

2

1

6

Limerick City & County

249

274

84

Longford

21

21

6

Louth

55

48

40

Mayo

15

17

25

Meath

15

4

4

Monaghan

14

8

9

Offaly

38

31

12

Roscommon

51

27

5

Sligo

22

5

3

South Dublin 

81

74

61

Tipperary

130

195

143

Waterford City & County

80

32

9

Westmeath

51

54

35

Wexford

232

171

121

Wicklow

11

23

7

TOTALS

2,027

1,674

996

Local Improvement Scheme Funding

Ceisteanna (210)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

210. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development when local authorities will be formally notified of the allocations, relevant rules and regulations of the local improvement schemes 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11358/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

The Local Improvement Scheme, or LIS, is a programme for improvement works on small private or non-public roads in rural areas. The scheme is funded by my Department and is administered through the Local Authorities. 

On 7 February last, I announced a sum of €10 million for this year's round of LIS.  The allocations for each county were published on my Department's website, www.drcd.gov.ie.

A communication was issued to relevant  Local Authorities on 1st March, confirming their indicative allocations, and providing them with the terms and conditions applicable to the scheme this year.

Since I reintroduced the scheme in September 2017, €48 million has been allocated for LIS roads around the country and improvement works have been carried out on more than 1,100 roads to date.  The 2019 allocation will further increase the number of roads benefitting under the scheme.

CLÁR Programme

Ceisteanna (211)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

211. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount allocated to each local authority under the CLÁR programme in each year since 2016; the amount expended by each local authority at the end of each year to date in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11458/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Rural)

CLÁR is a programme that provides funding for small scale projects in rural areas that have experienced significant levels of depopulation.  The programme is part of the Government’s Project Ireland 2040 Rural Regeneration Programme.

Following a number of years when the programme was closed for new applications, I reintroduced it in 2016.  Since then, CLÁR has supported over 1,200 projects across a range of measures.  Local Authorities were eligible to make applications for funding for safety measures around schools and community facilities, and for the provision of play areas.

The following table details the amounts allocated to each Local Authority under the CLÁR programme from 2016 to 2018 inclusive, and the amounts paid to each Authority in the relevant calendar year.  Payments made in 2018 may, in some cases, relate to draw-downs in respect of the previous year's allocation.

I announced the 2019 CLÁR programme on 28 February last and further details of this year's scheme can be found on my Department's website, www.drcd.gov.ie.  The closing date for this year's applications is 25th April 2019. 

County 

Total Allocation 2016

Total Paid in 2016

Total Allocation 2017

Total Paid in 2017

Total Allocation 2018

Total Paid in 2018

Carlow

€80,000.00

€80,000.00

€110,000.00

€44,836.70

€337,706.69

€58,579.89

Cavan

€498,184.00

€498,184.00

€288,731.00

€273,579.10

€551,488.65

€296,353.51

Clare

€284,000.00

€284,000.00

€323,132.00

€160,469.76

€371,598.50

€314,742.17

Cork 

€562,222.40

€562,222.00

€195,600.00

€0.00

€611,191.25

€474,776.75

Donegal

€878,632.54

€878,632.00

€48,480.00

€37,440.00

€461,841.00

€230,100.00

Galway

€392,000.00

€392,000.00

€514,223.16

€513,923.00

€603,615.00

€291,487.00

Kerry

€744,964.00

€744,964.00

€134,188.00

€17,094.00

€431,677.00

€100,000.00

Kilkenny

€223,000.00

€223,000.00

€115,160.00

€83,644.00

€303,464.00

€212,465.00

Laois

€148,900.00

€148,900.00

€27,021.00

€27,021.00

€508,313.00

€0.00

Leitrim

€274,800.00

€274,800.00

€374,372.59

€335,820.50

€380,236.00

€187,949.54

Limerick

€235,000.00

€235,000.00

€161,730.00

€160,924.77

€343,840.00

€137,660.00

Longford

€237,560.00

€237,560.00

€155,588.06

€97,000.93

€414,180.50

€102,676.00

Louth

€173,520.00

€173,520.00

€245,869.00

€31,379.00

€266,206.61

€188,481.96

Mayo

€976,869.60

€976,869.00

€459,700.00

€303,107.33

€624,166.30

€371,274.86

Meath

€127,600.00

€127,600.00

€104,000.00

€104,000.00

€226,440.00

€81,069.00

Monaghan

€356,440.00

€356,440.00

€424,734.21

€224,896.30

€503,164.27

€285,412.20

Offaly

€123,398.00

€123,398.00

€148,720.00

€147,430.80

€259,638.53

€259,638.23

Roscommon

€406,497.40

€406,497.00

€289,555.00

€199,346.00

€312,464.60

€319,711.11

Sligo

€598,400.00

€598,400.00

€274,650.00

€223,146.60

€376,895.00

€173,488.00

Tipperary 

€371,000.00

€371,000.00

€110,790.00

€57,159.00

€361,355.00

€112,702.00

Waterford

€261,600.00

€261,600.00

€313,365.00

€313,365.00

€528,840.00

€286,925.00

Westmeath

€214,280.00

€214,280.00

€77,096.00

€53,548.00

€324,867.03

€203,089.30

Wicklow

€70,000.00

€70,000.00

€33,300.00

€0.00

€130,590.00

€28,395.00

Total

€8,238,867.94

€8,238,866.00

€4,930,005.02

€3,409,131.79

€9,233,778.93

€4,716,976.52 

Carer's Allowance Applications

Ceisteanna (212)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

212. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if a carer's allowance will be awarded to a person (details supplied). [11299/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

Carer's allowance (CA) is a means-tested social assistance payment made to a person who is habitually resident in the State and who is providing full-time care and attention to a child or an adult who has such a disability that as a result they require that level of care.

An application for CA was received from the person concerned on 10 December 2018. The application is currently being processed and once completed, the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

I hope this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.

Disability Allowance Payments

Ceisteanna (213)

Robert Troy

Ceist:

213. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the date on which a disability allowance will be backdated from for a person (details supplied). [11305/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Employment)

The person concerned has been awarded disability allowance on appeal with effect from 14 February 2018. This was the first Wednesday after the date of receipt of his original application. The first payment will be made by his chosen payment method on 6 March 2019.

Arrears of payment due will issue as soon as possible once any necessary adjustment is calculated and applied in respect of any overlapping payments.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.