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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 258-281
 Header Item Scéimeanna Tacaíochta
 Header Item Irish Language
 Header Item Irish Language
 Header Item Irish Language
 Header Item Departmental Staff Remuneration
 Header Item Departmental Staff Remuneration
 Header Item Hare Coursing
 Header Item Lobbying Data
 Header Item Arts Funding
 Header Item Public Sector Staff Recruitment
 Header Item Health Services Staff
 Header Item Health Services Staff
 Header Item Health Services Staff Data
 Header Item Alcohol Advertising
 Header Item Services for People with Disabilities
 Header Item Medicinal Products Reimbursement
 Header Item Home Help Service
 Header Item Stroke Care
 Header Item Mental Health Services Data
 Header Item Hospital Appointments Status
 Header Item Health Services Provision

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 960 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 258-281

Scéimeanna Tacaíochta

 258. D'fhiafraigh Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív Information on Éamon Ó Cuív Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív den Aire Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys cad iad na tograí atá ceadaithe aici nó ag an Aire Stáit ina Roinn do thionscadail chaipitil faoi fhomhíreanna C3 agus C9 (Scéimeanna Tacaíochta Gaeltachta agus Oileáin faoi seach) ón 1 Iúil 2017, briste síos de réir an chontae ina bhfuil na tograí agus luach gach togra luaite leis [42967/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Information on Joe McHugh Zoom on Joe McHugh Níorbh fhéidir, san am a bhí ar fáil, na sonraí uile a thabhairt le chéile. Cuirfear freagra ar fáil don Teachta chomh luath agus is féidir.

Irish Language

 259. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys her views on developing a facility for those who wish to learn Irish at their own level, independently of a class; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42970/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Information on Joe McHugh Zoom on Joe McHugh My Department provides funding towards the following initiatives which are aimed at learning the Irish language:

  Abair.ie

  The ABAIR project, based in Trinity College, Dublin, is developing linguistic and speech technology resources for the Irish language. It has produced an online Irish language text-to-speech synthesiser which is freely available at: www.abair.ie and which can be used in a learning setting.

  VIFAX don Ghaeilge

  VIFAX is an Irish language audiovisual learning resource based on TG4 news bulletins and produced weekly throughout the academic year by the Language Centre, Maynooth University. These exercises are based on sport, politics, language, community, technology, business and environment, among other topics. While these exercises are suitable for the classroom at secondary and higher levels, self-directed learners will also find VIFAX useful.

  On-line Course in the Irish Language and Irish Traditional Culture

Under development by Dublin City University, this Massive Open Online Course, MOOC, is an online degree programme that will focus on the learning of the Irish language ab initio and on Irish traditional culture. It is expected to launch this programme early in 2018.

  In addition, Foras na Gaeilge, an agency of the North/South Language Body, which is co-funded by my Department and the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland, promotes the Irish language on an all-island basis. In carrying out its legislative mandate, Foras na Gaeilge provides support, advice and financial assistance to many groups who promote the language, including for the provision of courses and activities to help people improve or learn the language. For example, Foras na Gaeilge funds Scéim Pobal Gaeilge 2016-2020, which comprises a network of community-based Irish language development officers who engage directly with communities in order to develop the language at local level. Further information about the work of Foras na Gaeilge is available on its website: www.forasnagaeilge.ie.

Irish Language

 260. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys her views on allocating funds for scholarships for young persons to support the learning of Irish in their communities; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42971/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Information on Joe McHugh Zoom on Joe McHugh Foras na Gaeilge, in carrying out its legislative mandate both north and south of the border, provides support, advice and financial assistance to groups who promote the language, including for the provision of courses and activities to help people of all ages to improve or learn the language in their own communities.

  Some schemes such as the Youth Events Scheme, the Summer Camp Scheme and the Gaelbhratach Scheme are specifically directed at promoting the language among young people in their communities.

  I understand that An Foras also currently funds the allocation of a limited number of Gaeltacht scholarships to young people north of the border.

  Further information about the work of Foras na Gaeilge is available on its website: www.forasnagaeilge.ie.

Irish Language

 261. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys her views on establishing an annual fund that various communities can draw upon to set up Irish language communities that would especially benefit the south; and if she will make a statement on the matter.  [42972/17]

 262. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys her views on increasing the number of Irish language community schemes available to local community committees in order to develop Irish in their own local areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42973/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Joe McHugh): Information on Joe McHugh Zoom on Joe McHugh I propose to take Questions Nos. 261 and 262 together.

  The Deputy may be aware that the language planning process, as set out in Acht na Gaeltachta 2012, has, at its heart, the key principle of affording communities in Gaeltacht areas, Gaeltacht Service Towns and in Irish language networks, the opportunity to develop and implement language plans at local level which seek to underpin the development of the language as a community and household language within such communities. In order to underpin the successful implementation of the process which began in 2014, ongoing financial and technical support is being provided by my Department, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge where applicable, to assist communities to develop and implement agreed plans at community level within the process.

  In order to further support the process and advance the overall implementation of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030, my Department, Údarás na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge also administer a wide range of supports, schemes, initiatives and measures which seek to further support the development of the language at community level and advance the overall objectives of the strategy.

  My Department's Irish Language Support Schemes have as their objective the provision of financial assistance to a range of organisations and activities that support the promotion of the Irish language outside the Gaeltacht. Organisations that receive annual funding include Taibhdhearc na Gaillimhe, Gaillimh le Gaeilge, Gnó Mhaigh Eo and Gael Taca, Cork. These schemes also provide funding for small-scale capital projects, associated with the promotion of the Irish language outside the Gaeltacht. Most recently, funding was provided to Gaelphobal Thamhlachta for the development of an Irish Language and Cultural Centre in Tallaght, County Dublin.

  Under its legislative mandate to promote the Irish language on an all-island basis, Foras na Gaeilge also funds the Irish Language Community Scheme, Scéim Pobal Gaeilge 2016-2020. This four-year scheme, with a total budget of c. €4 million, comprises a network of community-based Irish language development officers with facilitation and networking duties in order to empower communities and lead to sustainable language development within the communities themselves.

  Support for the Irish language and the Gaeltacht will remain as key priorities in 2018. In that regard, additional funding of €2.5 million that was announced in Budget 2018 will focus on further assisting the delivery of the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language 2010-2030.

Departmental Staff Remuneration

 263. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys the number of staff in her Department and agencies under her aegis who were paid salaries between €80,000 and €100,000 in 2015, 2016 and 2017, by job title, amount, name of organisation or institution, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.  [42997/17]

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys I am advised that that the tables below indicate the numbers of staff that were on salaries between €80,000 and €100,000 during the years concerned. It should be noted that this takes account of the reconfiguration of the Department from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2015 to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional and Rural Affairs in 2016 and more recently to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2017.

  2015 - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Institution Grade No of Staff Salary Scale
Department Principal Officer Higher 3 €81,080 - €98,995
Department Principal Officer 9 €75,647 - €92,550
Department Assistant Principal Officer Higher 2 €67,434 - €83,510
Arts Council Director 1 €79,401- €97,194
Arts Council Assistant Principal Officer Higher 1 €67,434-€83,510
Irish Film Board Director 1 €85,127- €103,976
Irish Film Board Engineer Grade I 1 €65,000 - €80,140
Chester Beatty Library Director - Fixed Point 1 €90,591
Irish Museum of Modern Art Director - Fixed Point 1 €85,720
National Concert Hall Director - Fixed Point 1 €91,041
National Gallery of Ireland Director - Fixed Point 1 €93,297
National Gallery of Ireland Principal Officer 2 €75,459 - €97,092
National Library of Ireland Director 1 €75,647 - €92,550
National Museum of Ireland Director 1 €81,080 - €98,995
National Museum of Ireland Principal Officer 2 €79,401- €97,194
National Museum of Ireland Keeper 2 €65,000 - €80,140
Foras na Gaeilge (An Foras Teanga) Principal Officer 2 €75,647 - €92,550
Údarás na Gaeltachta Principal Officer 1 €79,401 - €97,194
Waterways Ireland Principal Officer 1 €75,647 - €92,550*


  2016 - Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Institution Grade No of Staff Salary Scale
Department Principal Officer Higher 5 €81080 - €98,995
Department Principal Officer 10 €75,647- €92,550
Department Assistant Principal Officer Higher 2 €67434 - €83,510
Arts Council Director 1 €79,401- €97,194
Arts Council Assistant Principal Officer Higher 1 €67,434-€83,510
Irish Film Board Engineer Grade I 1 €65,000-€80,140
Chester Beatty Library Director 1 €81,080-€96,995
Irish Museum of Modern Art Director - Fixed point 1 €85,720
National Concert Hall Director 1 €81,080 -€98,995
National Gallery of Ireland Principal Officer 2 €79,401-€97,194
National Gallery of Ireland Director - fixed point 1 €93,297
National Library of Ireland Director 1 €96,726-€109,580
National Museum of Ireland Principal Officer 2 €79,401-€97,194
National Museum of Ireland Keeper 2 €65,000-€80,140
Foras na Gaeilge (An Foras Teanga) Principal Officer 2 €75,647-€92,550
Údarás na Gaeltachta Principal Officer 1 €79,401-€97,194
Waterways Ireland Principal Officer 1 €75,647-€92,550*


  2017 - Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Institution Grade No of Staff Salary Scale
Department Principal Officer Higher 3 €83,519 - 102,212
Department Principal Officer 11 €77,849 - 95,487
Department Assistant Principal Officer 2 €67,434 - 83,510
Arts Council Principal Officer 1 €81,767-€100,333
Arts Council Assistant Principal Officer Higher 1 €69,397-€86,054
Irish Film Board Engineer Grade I 1 €66,777-82,538
Chester Beatty Library Director 1 €83,519-€102,212
Irish Museum of Modern Art Director - Fixed point scale 1 €88,360
National Gallery of Ireland Principal Officer 2 €81,767-€100,333
National Gallery of Ireland Director 1 €95,018-€113,711
National Museum of Ireland Principal Officer 2 €77,849 - €95,487
National Museum of Ireland Keeper 2 €66,777-€82,538
Foras na Gaeilge (An Foras Teanga) Principal Officer 3 €77,849-€95,487/ €81,767-€100,333
Údarás na Gaeltachta Principal Officer 1 €81,767-€100,333
Waterways Ireland Director 1 €98,554*
Waterways Ireland Principal Officer 2 €77,849-€95,487*


  *Waterways Ireland is a North/South body and, depending on their location, some employees are paid in sterling. Sterling earnings are converted at average exchange rate for each year.

Departmental Staff Remuneration

 264. Deputy Catherine Murphy Information on Catherine Murphy Zoom on Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys the number of staff in her Department and agencies under her aegis who were paid salaries over €100,000 in 2015, 2016 and 2017, by job title, amount, name of organisation or institution, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.  [42998/17]

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys I am advised that that the tables below indicate the numbers of staff that were on salaries above €100,000 during the years concerned. It should be noted that this takes account of the reconfiguration of the Department from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2015 to the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional and Rural Affairs in 2016 and more recently to the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in 2017.

  2015 - Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Institution Grade No of Staff Salary Scale
Department Secretary General 1 €175,126
Department Assistant Secretary 4 €119,572 - €136,496
Department Director 1 €109,580
Heritage Council Director 1 €109,451.00
Foras na Gaeilge (An Foras Teanga) Director - Fixed Point 1 €113,429.00
Údarás na Gaeltachta Director - Fixed Point 1 €126,200.00
Údarás na Gaeltachta PO Higher 4 €93,119-€103,391
Waterways Ireland Director - Fixed Point 1 €106,940.00 *


  2016 - Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
Institution Grade No of Staff Salary Scale
Department Secretary General 1 €175,126
Department Assistant Secretary 5 €119,572 - €136,496
Irish Film Board Director 1 €85,127 - €103,976
Heritage Council Director 1 €109,451.00
Foras na Gaeilge (An Foras Teanga) Director - Fixed Point 1 €113,429.00
Údarás na Gaeltachta Director - Fixed Point 1 €126,200.00
Údarás na Gaeltachta PO Higher 3 €85,127-€103,976
Waterways Ireland Director 1 €103,528 *


  2017 - Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Institution Grade No of Staff Salary Scale
Department Secretary General 1 €171,533
Department Assistant Secretary 4 €122,313 - €139,728
Irish Film Board Director 1 €87,741 - €107,410
National Library of Ireland Director 1 €96,726 - €109,580
National Museum of Ireland Director 1 €83,519-€102,212
Heritage Council Director 1 €113,123.00
Foras na Gaeilge (An Foras Teanga) Director - Fixed Point 1 €115,992.00
Údarás na Gaeltachta Director - Fixed Point 1 €128,682
Údarás na Gaeltachta Principal Officer Higher 4 €87,741-€107,410
Údarás na Gaeltachta Principal Officer 3 €81,767-€100,333


  * Waterways Ireland is a North/South body and, depending on their location, some employees are paid in sterling. Sterling earnings are converted at average exchange rate for each year.

Hare Coursing

 265. Deputy Clare Daly Information on Clare Daly Zoom on Clare Daly asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys if a NPWS ranger was present at the hare coursing meeting at Kilflynn, County Kerry, on the weekend of 30 September 2017; and the timeframe for a report to be available regarding the welfare and release of the hares that were used as live targets at this event.  [42251/17]

: Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys The National Parks and Wildlife Service of my Department was present at each day of the recent coursing meeting at Kilflynn, County Kerry. A report on that meeting will be prepared and published as soon as possible..

Lobbying Data

 266. Deputy Róisín Shortall Information on Róisín Shortall Zoom on Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys the number of occasions on which she has been lobbied in respect of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill since March 2016; the persons she has met with; the dates of these meetings; the details of the basis of the lobbying; her views on the issues raised; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [42287/17]

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys Since March 2016, I have received representations in relation to the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland, the Galway Healthy Cities Alcohol Forum and the Alcohol Health Alliance. I have not, however, met with representatives of these or any other organisations in relation to this matter..

Arts Funding

 267. Deputy Sean Sherlock Information on Seán Sherlock Zoom on Seán Sherlock asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys the representations she has received from business organisations in regard to the funding of an event centre in Cork city; and when they were received. [42372/17]

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys I can confirm that I received a representation on Cork Event Centre from a business organisation in August 2017. As Cork Event Centre is a project that is being developed and managed by Cork City Council, the correspondence was passed to the Council for consideration and direct response.

Public Sector Staff Recruitment

 268. Deputy Peadar Tóibín Information on Peadar Tóibín Zoom on Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys the positions requested and sanctioned by her Department over the past three years in relation to a library (details supplied). [42380/17]

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Information on Heather Humphreys Zoom on Heather Humphreys From 1 January 2014 to 11 June 2015, the following posts were requested and approved for the National Cultural Institution referred to by the Deputy:

  Senior Security Attendant, Attendant, Conservator, Human Resources Manager, Curator, Digitisation Assistant and a Head of Development.

  These posts required and received sanction from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

  Delegated sanction arrangements for bodies under the aegis of my Department came into effect on 11 June 2015. Since 11 June 2015, the following posts have been requested and approved for the same body under this procedure:

  Director, two Attendants, Facilities & Security Manager, Administration Assistant, Education Officer, Curator, Conservator, Executive Assistant, Head of Digital Services, Educational Assistant, Event Co-coordinator, Registrar, Digital Curator, Assistant Librarian, Head Attendant, ICT Manager, two Digitisation Assistants and a Shop Assistant.

Health Services Staff

 269. Deputy Pearse Doherty Information on Pearse Doherty Zoom on Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the cost of restoring all section 39 employees to pre-FEMPI levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42581/17]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris Under section 39 of the Health Act 2004, the HSE has in place Service Level Agreements with voluntary providers which set out the level of service to be provided for the grant to the individual organisation. Employees of Section 39 organisations are not public servants and are therefore not encompassed by the Public Service Stability Agreements. This means that they were not subject to the FEMPI legislation which imposed pay reductions. Section 39 organisations are not obliged to pass on any pay reductions to their staff members or to provide for any pay restoration that may be negotiated as part of these public service agreements.

Any individuals employed by these Section 39 organisations are not HSE employees and therefore, the HSE has no role in determining the salaries or other terms and conditions applying to these staff. It is a matter for Section 39 organisations to negotiate salaries with their staff as part of their employment relationship and within the overall funding available for the delivery of agreed services..

Health Services Staff

 270. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the conversations his Department has had with representatives of personal assistants or the persons whom they care for regarding the implications of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 on them; and if the making of this category of workers exempt, similar to health care professionals, will be examined.  [42623/17]

: Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris My Department has not had any direct conversations with representatives of service users with personal assistants or of personal assistants in relation to the implications of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997. However, it is my understanding that the HSE have been engaging with representatives of service users who use personal care services on these issues. On that basis, I have asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy..

Health Services Staff Data

 271. Deputy Robert Troy Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of personal assistant hours in County Westmeath in the past five years, in tabular form. [42624/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath 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.

Alcohol Advertising

 272. Deputy Jackie Cahill Information on Jackie Cahill Zoom on Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the reason the experience of a group (details supplied) and its submission on the subject are not included in the Bill which plans to regulate the display of alcohol in supermarkets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42793/17]

 273. Deputy Jackie Cahill Information on Jackie Cahill Zoom on Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if a group (details supplied) is included in all discussions regarding the regulation of the display of alcohol in supermarkets; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42794/17]

 274. Deputy Jackie Cahill Information on Jackie Cahill Zoom on Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if the regulations that are implemented in the regulation of display of alcohol in supermarkets reflect the difference between the multiple sector and the smaller retailer (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42795/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Catherine Byrne): Information on Catherine Byrne Zoom on Catherine Byrne I propose to take Questions Nos. 272 to 274, inclusive, together.

  The Public Health Alcohol Bill is in the Programme for a Partnership Government and is a priority. It is intended that it pass through both the Seanad and Dáil in this session of the Oireachtas.

  The Minister for Health has listened to the concerns raised around a possible financial burden on small shops arising from the requirement in the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill in relation to the separation of alcohol products in mixed retail outlets, and he has made clear his intention to reflect those concerns in amendments that he will bring forward to the Bill.

Services for People with Disabilities

 275. Deputy Mattie McGrath Information on Mattie McGrath Zoom on Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris his plans to address the funding concerns of a society (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42917/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality of opportunity; and improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive, HSE, for direct reply to the Deputy..

Medicinal Products Reimbursement

 276. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if the budget necessary to enable the HSE reimburse the drug Translarna will be provided.  [42963/17]

 327. Deputy James Browne Information on James Browne Zoom on James Browne asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the reason the HSE did not approve the drug Translarna, which would benefit seven children here.  [42634/17]

 328. Deputy James Browne Information on James Browne Zoom on James Browne asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if he will engage with the pharmaceutical company that wishes to provide Translarna to those suffering from muscular dystrophy.  [42635/17]

 361. Deputy John Brassil Information on John Brassil Zoom on John Brassil asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if the HSE will re-enter negotiations with a company (details supplied) with a view to finding an acceptable outcome for the provision of Translarna for the two persons here with an immediate need; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [42817/17]

 397. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris if he has sought an increased budget for the HSE drug group in 2018 to provide for the reimbursement of the drug Translarna; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [42964/17]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I propose to take Questions Nos. 276, 327, 328, 361 and 397 together.

  The Health Service Executive has statutory responsibility for decisions on pricing and reimbursement of medicines under the community drug schemes, in accordance with the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013.

  The HSE informed my Department of its decision not to reimburse Ataluren (Translarna) in July 2017. The HSE decided not to reimburse Translarna, citing uncertainty around clinical evidence but advised the company that it would be open to reviewing any additional clinical evidence if any should become available. The HSE informed the manufacturer of this decision, in keeping with the requirements of the 2013 Act. The manufacturer has appealed the HSE’s decision to the High Court under Section 27 of the 2013 Act.

  As proceedings have now issued against the HSE, this is now subject to the Courts process.   

  It would be inappropriate for me to comment on a matter currently before the Courts.

Home Help Service

 277. Deputy John McGuinness Information on John McGuinness Zoom on John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the level of consultation with home helps in County Kilkenny, which is being or has been undertaken by the HSE relative to establishing a new roster system; if a pilot project is being put in place in certain parts of County Kilkenny; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [42461/17]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly on this matter.

Stroke Care

 278. Deputy Tony McLoughlin Information on Tony McLoughlin Zoom on Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the facilities available in the CHO 1 region for persons who suffer from a stroke, in relation to acute hospitals and primary care centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42467/17]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris As this question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive, HSE, for direct reply.

Mental Health Services Data

 279. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the number of young persons in each catchment area of each Jigsaw youth mental health service respectively, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42468/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Jim Daly): Information on Jim Daly Zoom on Jim Daly As this is a service matter I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Hospital Appointments Status

 280. Deputy Mary Butler Information on Mary Butler Zoom on Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris the status of an operation for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42479/17]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris 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 scheduling of appointments for patients is a matter for the hospital to which the patient has been referred. Should a patient's general practitioner consider that the patient's condition warrants an earlier appointment, he or she should take the matter up with the consultant and the hospital involved. In relation to the specific case raised, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly..

Health Services Provision

 281. Deputy David Cullinane Information on David Cullinane Zoom on David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris his plans to reopen the Clashmore health centre, County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [42482/17]

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris As the HSE has responsibility for the provision, along with the maintenance and operation of Primary Care Centres and other Primary Care facilities, the Executive has been asked to reply directly to the Deputy.


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