Brexit Issues

Ceisteanna (311)

Lisa Chambers

Ceist:

311. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he has met with the insurance industry to discuss the issue of the green card; the steps he has taken to ensure persons have access to a green card in a timely manner should they require it as a result of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12706/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The green card system is overseen in Ireland by the Motor Insurers Bureau of Ireland, MIBI. As part of contingency preparations for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit, my Department has maintained frequent contact with the MIBI over the past few months.

A green card is a document which acts as proof of motor insurance when travelling internationally. The system predates the European Union, and covers 48 states, including all EU Member States. Under the EU Motor Insurance Directive, green cards are not required for travel within the EU. However, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal in place the default position is that green cards will be required for EU-registered vehicles entering the UK and for UK-registered vehicles entering the EU.

The EU Commission has to power to set a date from which green cards for vehicles entering the EU from any particular third country will not be required, if so requested by the National Motor Insurers Bureaux of all the member states. Such as request has been with the Commission in respect of the UK since November 2018, but the Commission has yet to issue a decision. My Department has engaged with the Commission asking them to reach a decision, and will continue to do so.

The MIBI has now issued approximately 1 million Green Cards to insurance companies and brokers. The MIBI has also engaged extensively in public information campaigns about this matter.

While we would all prefer a negotiated departure of the UK from the EU, it is prudent to plan for the alternative. The MIBI deserves to be commended for the way in which it has been engaging for months in advance to prepare for the contingency that green cards may be needed.

Child and Family Agency Funding

Ceisteanna (312)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

312. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 508 of 5 November 2019, if private providers are paid €6,000 per placement per week. [12444/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The purchase of placements from private providers is an operational matter for Tusla, the Child and Family Agency. I am referring the Deputy's question to Tusla for direct reply.

Childcare Services Funding

Ceisteanna (313)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

313. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if a childcare centre (details supplied) in County Kerry will be permitted to apply for strand A capital funding; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12462/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Each year the Department reviews the capital programmes as a whole and determines the priorities for Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital grants.

The capital strands have been made available to achieve the strategic priorities for 2019 as determined by the Department, having regard to the funding available, developed using analysis of the current state of the childcare sector, learnings from previous capital programmes and feedback and input from stakeholders, including childcare providers and Pobal.

The capital programmes have been significantly oversubscribed in recent years, with demand for funding far outstripping the available budget. Unfortunately, this means that many services that submit high quality applications ultimately do not receive an offer of funding because the budget is not there to facilitate this.

As a means to address this, the 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital applicant guidelines, released on 31 January 2019, introduced a rule that clearly states that early learning and care services who have received funding under the equivalent strand of EY Capital (i.e. Creation of New EY Places) between 2016 and 2018, are not eligible to apply under Strand A (Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds) in 2019.

One of the benefits of the introduction of this rule is that capital funding can be distributed around as wide a range of services as possible over a four-year cycle.

In the interest of fairness and equity, this rule must apply to all services without exception.

It is noted that the service in question received a capital grant under Strand 1 in 2016. This funding was made available to providers in order to facilitate an increase in childcare places from September 2016. In the case of the service in question, this funding resulted in an increase of 11 ECCE places, as stated by them in their application at the time.

However, there is no rule precluding this service from applying under Strands B and C in 2019. Despite their disappointment at their ineligibility for Strand A this year, I hope they are satisfied that the two other streams of funding under the 2019 Capital schemes are still open to them.

Departmental Funding

Ceisteanna (314, 315)

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

314. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding her Department or agencies under the remit of her Department have provided to projects in County Galway in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, respectively; if the funding has been allocated; if it has been drawn down in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12504/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Denis Naughten

Ceist:

315. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding that her Department or agencies under the remit of her Department have provided to projects in County Roscommon in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, respectively; if the funding has been allocated; if it has been drawn down in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12521/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 314 and 315 together.

Details of the funds provided by my Department to projects in Galway and Roscommon since 2016 are set out in the following tables.

2016

Project

Location

Allocation

Amount Drawndown

AIM Level 5 Alterations 2016

Galway

€910

€819

Childminding Development Grant 2016

Galway

€17,838.95

€17,839

Early Years Capital 2015 - Strand 1

Galway

€0

€109,778

Early Years Capital 2015 - Strand 2

Galway

€0

€9,663

Early Years Capital 2015 - Strand 3

Galway

€0

€1,107.70

Early Years Capital 2015 - Strand 4

Galway

€0.

€7,277

Early Years Capital 2016

Galway

€495,743

€467,300

Parent & Toddler Initiative

Galway

€17,442

€17,442

Play Day

Galway

€650

€650

Recreation Week

Galway

€1,700

€1,700

Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund

Galway

€20,000

€20,000

Seed funding for CYPSC projects (Children and Young People’s Services Committees)

Galway

€25,000

€25,000

Ballinfoyle Youth Project (Foroige)

Galway

€88,927

€88,927

Ballybane Social & Education Project

Galway

€11,817

€11,817

Bohermore Youth Development Project

Galway

€33,960

€33,960

Eastside Youth Service incl Ballybane Traveller Youth Project & Adventure

Galway

€104,811

€104,811

Galway City Youth Café

Galway

€87,847

€87,847

Galway Youth Theatre Project

Galway

€61,423

€61,423

Knocknacarra Youth Development Project (Foroige)

Galway

€97,512

€97,512

Long-standing Projects

Galway

€20,994

€20,994

Rahoon Family Centre

Galway

€40,992

€40,992

Tagaste House Project

Galway

€109,672

€109,672

Youth Work Ireland Galway Westside

Galway

€81,463

€81,463

Youth In Action Project, Connemara FORUM Adolescent Support Project

Galway

€38,159

€38,159

Youth Work Ireland Galway - East Galway

Galway

€44,210

€44,210

Youth Work Ireland Galway - LOUGHREA

Galway

€39,321

€39,321

Youth Work Ireland Galway - TUAM

Galway

€44,210

€44,210

Involve Youth Project, Ballinasloe

Galway

€39,378

€39,378

Involve Salthill

Galway

€19,120

€19,120

Involve Youth Project, Loughrea

Galway

€21,239

€21,239

Bru Bride

Galway

€31,965

€31,965

Eastside Youth Services

Galway

€47,308

€47,308

Bohermore Youth Development Programme

Galway

€41,496

€41,496

Circles & Peer Education Project CAPE (Foroige)

Galway

€41,496

€41,496

Youth Work Ireland Galway Westside

Galway

€39,839

€39,839

Eastside Youth Services

Galway

€44,415

€44,415

Bohermore Youth Development

Galway

€22,416

€22,416

Circles & Peer Education Programme CAPE (Foroige)

Galway

€44,415

€44,415

Youth Work Ireland Galway Westside

Galway

€44,415

€44,415

Galway City YIC- amalgamated into Tagaste House

Galway

€56,320

€56,320

Ballinasloe YIC

Galway

€48,342

€48,342

LYCGS

Galway and Roscommon

€83,681

€83,681

YWF Galway Roscommon ETB

Galway and Roscommon

€150,155

€150,155

Galway Diocesan Youth Service

Galway

€25,258

€25,258

GRETB Projects Development

Galway

€19,463

€19,463

Involve Youth Service, Balinasloe Youth Project

Galway

€12,954

€12,954

Foroige City Youth Café, St Augustine Street, Galway

Galway

€20,000

€20,000

Bohermore Youth Development Project Teen and After School

Galway

€5,738

€5,738

GDYS Tagasta House

Galway

€21,863

€21,863

Westtrav Bru Bhride Youth Project, Tuam

Galway

€28,480

€28,480

Youth Employability Initiative

Galway and Roscommon

€25,258

€25,258

Involve Youth Service Capital

Galway

€12,953

€12,953

Foroige Galway Capital

Galway

€20,000

€20,000

Bohermore Youth Development Capital

Galway

€5,738

€5,738

Ballygar Youth Project, East Galway/Roscommon, Ballygar Outreach/Castlerea Project

Roscommon

€19,944

€19,944

Ballaghaderreen Youth Project, Co. Roscommon

Roscommon

€79,076

€79,076

Roscommon YIC

Roscommon

€43,193

€43,193

LYCGS

Galway and Roscommon

€83,683

€83,683

YWF Galway Roscommon ETB

Galway and Roscommon

€34,561

€34,561

AIM Level 5 Alterations 2016

Roscommon

€1,626.37

€0

Childminding Development Grant 2016

Roscommon

€2,000

€2,000

Early Years Capital 2015 - Strand 2

Roscommon

€0.

€1,466

Early Years Capital 2015 - Strand 3

Roscommon

€0

€1,128

Early Years Capital 2015 - Strand 4

Roscommon

€0

€6,272

Early Years Capital 2016

Roscommon

€156,592

€146,798

Parent & Toddler Initiative (2016)

Roscommon

€3,515

€4,360

Capital Grant Funding for Play and Recreation

Roscommon

€20,000

€20,000

Play Day

Roscommon

€650

€650

Recreation Week

Roscommon

€1,700

€1,700

Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund

Roscommon

€20,000

€20,000

Seed funding for CYPSC projects (Children and Young People’s Services Committees)

Roscommon

€25,000

€25,000

2017

Project

Location

Allocation

Amount Drawndown

AIM Level 5 Alterations 2017

Galway

€631

€631

Childminding Development Grant 2017

Galway

€4,915

€2,580

Early Years Capital 2016

Galway

€0

€23,480

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 1

Galway

€176,838.59

€166,855

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 2

Galway

€126,408

€115,387

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 3

Galway

€163,464

€156,532

Parent & Toddler Initiative 2017

Galway

€18,653

€18,653

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand A

Galway

€167,866

€157,456

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand B

Galway

€137,580

€132,686

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand C

Galway

€79,670

€75,162

Capital Grant Funding for Play and Recreation

Galway

€11,000

€11,000

Play Day

Galway

€650

€650

Recreation Week

Galway

€1,700

€1,700

Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund

Galway

€20,000

€20,000

Programme administration funding for CYPSC (Children and Young People’s Services Committees)

Galway

€3,700

€3,700

Healthy Ireland Funding (with Depts of Health and Rural) through a lead organisation or through a joint application between Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and CYPSC approved by Pobal.

Galway

€37,000

€37,000

Expert Technical Group-Technical Report on the Tuam Site

Galway

€0

€133,928

Ballinfoyle Youth Project (Foroige)

Galway

€93,373

€93,373

Ballybane Social & Education Project

Galway

€12,408

€12,408

Bohermore Youth Development Project

Galway

€35,658

€35,658

Eastside Youth Service incl Ballybane Traveller Youth Project & Adventure

Galway

€110,052

€110,052

Galway City Youth Café

Galway

€92,239

€92,239

Galway Youth Theatre Project

Galway

€64,494

€64,494

Knocknacarra Youth Development Project (Foroige)

Galway

€102,388

€102,388

Long-standing Projects

Galway

€22,043

€22,043

Rahoon Family Centre

Galway

€43,041

€43,041

Tagaste House Project

Galway

€115,156

€115,156

Youth Work Ireland Galway Westside

Galway

€85,537

€85,537

Youth In Action Project, Connemara FORUM Adolescent Support Project

Galway

€40,067

€40,067

Youth Work Ireland Galway - East Galway

Galway

€46,421

€46,421

Youth Work Ireland Galway - LOUGHREA

Galway

€41,287

€41,287

Youth Work Ireland Galway - TUAM

Galway

€46,421

€46,421

Involve Youth Project, Ballinasloe

Galway

€41,347

€41,347

Involve Salthill

Galway

€20,076

€20,076

Involve Youth Project, Loughrea

Galway

€22,301

€22,301

Bru Bride

Galway

€33,563

€33,563

Eastside Youth Services

Galway

€49,673

€49,673

Bohermore Youth Development Programme

Galway

€43,571

€43,571

Circles & Peer Education Project CAPE (Foroige)

Galway

€43,571

€43,571

Youth Work Ireland Galway Westside

Galway

€41,831

€41,831

Eastside Youth Services

Galway

€46,636

€46,636

Bohermore Youth Development

Galway

€23,536

€23,536

Circles & Peer Education Programme CAPE (Foroige)

Galway

€46,636

€46,636

Youth Work Ireland Galway Westside

Galway

€46,636

€46,636

Galway City YIC- amalgamated into Tagaste House

Galway

€59,136

€59,136

Ballinasloe YIC

Galway

€50,759

€50,759

Galway Diocesan Youth Service Capital

Galway

€21,863

€21,863

Western Travellers Association Capital

Galway

€38,760

€38,760

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme

Galway and Roscommon

€92,050

€92,050

YWF Technical Assistance - SPY

Galway and Roscommon

€19,463

€19,463

Youth Work Function Act (Equip) GR ETB

Galway and Roscommon

€19,924

€19,924

Youth Work Function

Galway and Roscommon

€168,421

€168,421

Local Youth Club Equipment Scheme Capital

Galway and Roscommon

€398,474

€398,474

Ballaghadereen

Roscommon

€94,020

€94,020

Ballygar

Roscommon

€73,659

€73,659

YIC Roscommon

Roscommon

€65,343

€65,343

Roscommon RYFS

Roscommon

€229,462

€229,462

AIM Level 5 Alterations 2016

Roscommon

€0

€1,463

AIM Level 5 Alterations 2017

Roscommon

€615

€0

Childminding Development Grant 2017

Roscommon

€2,792

€2,792

Early Years Capital 2016

Roscommon

€0

€8,311

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 1

Roscommon

€150,000

€140,000

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 2

Roscommon

€86,480.

€82,778

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 3

Roscommon

€59,747

€58,145

Parent & Toddler Initiative (2016)

Roscommon

€0

-(€1,844.77) Refund from unspent funding in 2016

Parent & Toddler Initiative 2017

Roscommon

€4,360

€4,360

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand A

Roscommon

€20,000

€18,000

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand B

Roscommon

€29,548

€27,519

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand C

Roscommon

€48,655

€47,228

Capital Grant Funding for Play and Recreation

Roscommon

€14,000

€14,000

Play Day

Roscommon

€650

€650

Recreation Week

Roscommon

€1,700

€1,700

Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund

Roscommon

€20,000

€20,000

Programme administration funding for CYPSC (Children and Young People’s Services Committees)

Roscommon

€3,700

€3,700

Healthy Ireland Funding (with Depts of Health and Rural) through a lead organisation or through a joint application between Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and CYPSC approved by Pobal.

Roscommon

€37,000

€37,000

2018

Project

Location

Allocation

Amount Drawndown

AIM Level 5 Alterations 2016

Galway

€0

€91

AIM Level 5 Alterations 2018

Galway

€3648

€3,330

Childminding Development Grant 2018

Galway

€15,594

€15,594

Early Years Capital 2016

Galway

€8968

€0.00

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 1

Galway

€0.00

€9,982.90

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 2

Galway

€0.00

€4,275.45

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 3

Galway

€0.00

€3,306.21

Early Years Capital 2018 Strand 1 Expansion/New Service

Galway

€195,893.00

€191,297.70

Early Years Capital 2018 Strand 2 Essential Building Maintenance

Galway

€48,678.00

€43,810.20

Early Years Capital 2018 Strand 3 Natural Outdoor Play Area

Galway

€44,763

€41,994

Parent & Toddler Initiative 2018

Galway

€18,191

€18,191

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand A

Galway

€0

€1,080

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand B

Galway

€0

€4,362

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand C

Galway

€0

€1,740

School Aged Capital Strand 1 Expansion/New Service

Galway

€58,307

€57,922

School Aged Capital Strand 2 Essential Building Maintenance & Quality

Galway

€20,800

€19,220

Capital Grant Funding for Play and Recreation

Galway

€6,000

€6,000

Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund

Galway

€20,000

€20,000

2018 What Works (formerly known as the Quality and Capacity Building Initiative [QCBI] ) Innovation Fund – Galway Childcare Committee

Galway

€ 32,758

€ 32,758

Programme funding for CYPSC projects (Children and Young People’s Services Committees)

Galway

€20,000

€20,000

Healthy Ireland Funding (with Depts of Health and Rural) through a lead organisation or through a joint application between Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and CYPSC approved by Pobal.

Galway

€37,000

€37,000

Expert Technical Group-Technical Report on the Tuam Site

Galway

€0

€11,160

Public consultations held in Tuam and ensuing report (this project was run by Galway County Council who were then reimbursed by DCYA)/Support from Expert Technical Group

Galway

€0

€49,999

Ballinfoyle Youth Project (Foroige)

Galway

€95,773

€95,773

Ballybane Social & Education Project

Galway

€12,904

€12,904

Bohermore Youth Development Project

Galway

€37,084

€37,084

Eastside Youth Service incl Ballybane Traveller Youth Project & Adventure

Galway

€112,452

€112,452

Galway City Youth Café

Galway

€94,639

€94,639

Galway Youth Theatre Project

Galway

€66,894

€66,894

Knocknacarra Youth Development Project (Foroige)

Galway

€104,788

€104,788

Long-standing Projects

Galway

€22,925

€22,925

Rahoon Family Centre

Galway

€44,763

€44,763

Tagaste House Project

Galway

€117,556

€117,556

Youth Work Ireland Galway Westside

Galway

€87,937

€87,937

Youth In Action Project, Connemara FORUM Adolescent Support Project

Galway

€41,670

€41,670

Tionscadal Mhuintearas na nOilean

Galway

€59,946

€59,946

Galway City YIC - amalgamated into Tagasta House

Galway

€59,136

€59,136

Ballybane Youth Development Programme (Foroige)

Galway

€51,660

€51,660

Bohermore Youth Development Programme

Galway

€45,314

€45,314

Circles & Peer Education Project CAPE (Foroige)

Galway

€45,314

€45,314

Le Cheile & Rahoon

Galway

€43,504

€43,504

Ballybane Adventure Programme (Foroige)

Galway

€48,501

€48,501

Bohermore Teenage Development Project

Galway

€24,477

€24,477

Rahoon Youth Project

Galway

€48,501

€48,501

Galway and Roscommon ETB Gort

Galway

€75,180

37,590

Galway and Roscommon ETB RYFS Roscommon

Roscommon

€229,462

€221,648

Galway and Roscommon ETB Capital

Galway and Roscommon

€92,006

€92,006

Youth Work Function

Galway and Roscommon

€180,155

€180,155

Youth Work Function Technical Assistance

Galway and Roscommon

€56,069

€56,069

Local Youth Club Grant Scheme

Galway and Roscommon

€108,725

€108,725

LGBTI+ Initiatives

Galway and Roscommon

€7,000

€7,000

AIM Level 5 Alterations 2016

Roscommon

€0

€116

AIM Level 5 Alterations 2017

Roscommon

€0

€554

Childminding Development Grant 2018

Roscommon

€3,000

€3,000

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 1

Roscommon

€0

€10,000

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 2

Roscommon

€0

€4,398

Early Years Capital 2017 Strand 3

Roscommon

€0

€1,491

Early Years Capital 2018 Strand 1 Expansion/New Service

Roscommon

€33,216

€33,216

Early Years Capital 2018 Strand 2 Essential Building Maintenance

Roscommon

€51,055

€51,055

Early Years Capital 2018 Strand 3 Natural Outdoor Play Area

Roscommon

€23,406

€22,484

Parent & Toddler Initiative 2018

Roscommon

€5,457

€5,457

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand A

Roscommon

€0

€2,000

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand B

Roscommon

€0

€1,940

School Aged Capital 2017 Strand C

Roscommon

€0

€1,426

School Aged Capital Strand 1 Expansion/New Service (2018)

Roscommon

€16,200

€15,750

School Aged Capital Strand 2 Essential Building Maintenance & Quality (2018)

Roscommon

€19,471

€14,474

Capital Grant Funding for Play and Recreation

Roscommon

€9,000

€9,000

Play Day

Roscommon

€650

€650

Recreation Week

Roscommon

€1,700

€1,700

Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund

Roscommon

€20,000

€20,000

2019

Project

Location

Allocation

Amount drawn-down to date

AIM Level 5 Alterations 2018

Galway

€0

€318

Early Years Capital 2018 Strand 2 Essential Building Maintenance

Galway

€0

€3,850

Early Years Capital 2018 Strand 3 Natural Outdoor Play Area

Galway

€0

€1,374

School Aged Capital Strand 2 Essential Building Maintenance & Quality 2018

Galway

€0

€1,260

Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund

Galway

€20,000

€10,000

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures funding for CYPSC projects (Children and Young People’s Services Committees)

Galway

€28,000

€0

Healthy Ireland Funding (with Depts of Health and Rural) through a lead organisation or through a joint application between Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and CYPSC approved by Pobal.

Galway

€48,000

€0

Early Years Capital 2018 Strand 3 Natural Outdoor Play Area

Roscommon

€0

€580

School Aged Capital Strand 2 Essential Building Maintenance & Quality (2018)

Roscommon

€0

€497

Comhairle na nÓg Development Fund

Roscommon

€20,000

€10,000

Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures funding for CYPSC projects (Children and Young People’s Services Committees)

Roscommon

€28,000

€0

Healthy Ireland Funding (with Depts of Health and Rural) through a lead organisation or through a joint application between Local Community Development Committee (LCDC) and CYPSC approved by Pobal.

Roscommon

€48,000

€0

As regards the agencies under the remit of my Department, the Adoption Authority of Ireland, Oberstown Children Detention Campus, the Office of the Ombudsman for Children and the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes have indicated that they did not incur any costs. I have requested Tusla, the Child and Family Agency to contact the Deputy directly in the matter.

Childcare Services Funding

Ceisteanna (316)

Brendan Griffin

Ceist:

316. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if a childcare facility (details supplied) in County Kerry will qualify for funding under strand A for a Pobal capital grant in 2019; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12580/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The 2019 Early Learning and Care and School Age Capital applicant guidelines, released on 31 January 2019, clearly state that early learning and care services who have received funding under the equivalent strand of EY Capital (i.e. Creation of New EY Places) between 2016 and 2018, are not eligible to apply under Strand A (Creation of new places for 0-3 year olds) in 2019.

The capital programmes have been significantly oversubscribed in recent years, with demand for funding far outstripping the available budget. Unfortunately, this means that many services that submit high quality applications ultimately do not receive an offer of funding because the budget is not there to facilitate this. One of the benefits of the introduction of this rule is that capital funding can be distributed around as wide a range of services as possible over a four-year cycle.

In the interest of fairness and equity, this rule must apply to all services without exception.

It is noted that the service in question received a capital grant under Strand 1 in 2016. This funding was made available to providers in order to facilitate an increase in childcare places from September 2016. In the case of the service in question, this funding resulted in an increase of 22 ECCE places, as stated by them in their application at the time.

However, there is no rule precluding this service from applying under Strands B and C in 2019. Despite their disappointment at their ineligibility for Strand A this year, I hope they are satisfied that the two other streams of funding under the 2019 Capital schemes are still open to them.

Child Care Law Reporting Project

Ceisteanna (317)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

317. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs her plans to extend the childcare law reporting project beyond its finishing date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12594/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

As the Deputy will know, the work of the Child Care Law Reporting Project (CCLRP) over the last number of years has been invaluable in the provision of empirical evidence regarding the many factors in play in child care proceedings before our courts system. I am pleased to be able to confirm that the CCLRP was in 2018 awarded additional grant funding by my Department to enable it to carry out a further project of research into child care proceeding, which will continue until 2021. This award was made following a competitive process.

As this three-year project is still in its opening phases, I have not yet given consideration to any possible extensions beyond the 2021 finishing date set out in the grant agreement.

Child Detention Centres

Ceisteanna (318)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

318. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 251 of 14 February 2019, the reason the Oberstown Children Detention Campus assault and injuries policy does not define assault and does not offer guidelines for leave allowances depending on severity of assault. [12598/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I have been advised by Oberstown Children Detention Campus that there is an assault and injury scheme in operation on the campus.

A staff member who experiences a physical injury resulting in absence from work is eligible to be considered for the scheme. The scheme states that, in general terms, injuries can occur during the restraint of a young person or during approved recreational activities.

The scheme is to support staff through specific payments for a determined period should they be injured in specific circumstances in the performance of their duties. In exceptional circumstances where a staff member has exhausted the scheme, an application can be submitted to the director for consideration to be given to the extension of the scheme for a limited period.

Adoption Legislation

Ceisteanna (319)

Carol Nolan

Ceist:

319. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs when the wording of the amendments to the Bill she has put forward in respect of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 will be made available to the Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas, stakeholders and lobby groups for consideration. [12633/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Government approval was received for the drafting of the revised privacy provisions on 26 February 2019 and my officials are working with the Office of the Attorney General on the draft of the necessary amendments to the Bill. The amendments, when finalised, will, in accordance with the Standing Orders of Seanad Éireann, be submitted to that House for publication.

Once these amendments are finalised, it is my intention to progress to Committee Stage of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 in Seanad Éireann as soon as possible.

Ministerial Communications

Ceisteanna (320, 321)

Carol Nolan

Ceist:

320. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the specific stakeholders and lobby groups which she met with and listened to in respect of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 and the associated amendments. [12635/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Carol Nolan

Ceist:

321. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she met with the stakeholders and lobby groups to listen to their concerns in respect of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 or if it was officials from her Department who met with these groups. [12636/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 320 and 321 together.

As I am sure the Deputy is aware, the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 seeks to respect the rights to identity and privacy, which sometimes conflict with one another. Given the constitutional context, striking the balance between these rights is proving challenging. It should be noted that the Bill operates on the basis of a presumption in favour of disclosing as much information as is legally and constitutionally possible.

I have received submissions from a range of diverse stakeholders and lobby groups regarding the Bill and both myself and my officials have met with many of these groups and individuals both specifically in relation to the Bill and on the sidelines of other fora. In recent months, in the course of deliberations over revisiting the provisions relating to privacy in the Bill, I have considered the views expressed in relevant reports and debates on this matter by advocacy groups and by members of the Oireachtas. I have also considered the many representations made to me by members of the public and by stakeholders generally.

Some of these groups and individuals have expressed concerns about specific aspects of the Bill, and in particular, the requirement for adopted people to sign an undertaking declaring that they would not contact their birth parent and the absence of a provision for the release of birth certificates.

Having listened to these concerns, I engaged again with the Office of the Attorney General seeking to revisit the privacy provisions and strengthen the right to identity. As the Deputy will be aware, I recently secured Government approval to draft amendments to revise these provisions in the Bill.

Once these amendments are finalised, it is my intention to progress to Committee Stage of the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016 in Seanad Éireann as soon as possible.