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 Header Item Written Answers Nos 235-253
 Header Item Hospital Services
 Header Item Hospital Services
 Header Item National Lottery Funding Disbursement
 Header Item Departmental Banking
 Header Item Hospital Waiting Lists
 Header Item EU Funding
 Header Item Upward Only Rent Reviews
 Header Item Roads Maintenance Funding
 Header Item Departmental Staff Rehiring
 Header Item Anti-Social Behaviour
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme Eligibility
 Header Item Departmental Banking

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 791 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos 235-253

Hospital Services

 235. Deputy Derek Keating Information on Derek Keating Zoom on Derek Keating asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide, in detail and tabular form, the number of cases for the Rathcoole and Saggart areas, which incorporates Brittas, Blessington Road and City West, that Tallaght Hospital has provided a service for in the past ten years up until December 2012 which involved home care, and end-of-life care, who died at home and, separately, who died under its care in Tallaght Hospital; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [6307/13]

 236. Deputy Derek Keating Information on Derek Keating Zoom on Derek Keating asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide, in detail and tabulated format, the number of cases for the Newcastle area, which incorporates all of Newcastle, Brownstown, Aylesbury, up to Hazelhatch and the borders of Kildare and Wicklow, that Tallaght Hospital has provided a service for in the past ten years up until December 2012 which involved home care, and end-of-life care, who died at home and, separately, who died under its care in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [6308/13]

 237. Deputy Derek Keating Information on Derek Keating Zoom on Derek Keating asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will provide in detail and tabulated format the number of cases for the Lucan area, which incorporates all of Lucan, Adamstown, Strawberry Beds and Foxdene, that Tallaght Hospital has provided a service for in the past ten years up until December 2012 which involved home care, end of life care, who died at home, who died at home and who died under their care in Tallaght Hospital, Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6309/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly I propose to take Questions Nos. 235 to 237, inclusive, together.

  In relation to the particular queries raised by the Deputy, as this information is not readily available within my Department, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in these matters.

Hospital Services

 238. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if there are plans for a new cardiovascular Department at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6315/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy in this matter.

National Lottery Funding Disbursement

 239. Deputy Martin Ferris Information on Martin Ferris Zoom on Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the funding available to support the Kerry Cancer Support Group bus which brings patients from County Kerry to Cork University Hospital free of charge; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6324/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly My Department administers a National Lottery Discretionary Fund from which once-off grants are paid to community and voluntary organisations, providing a range of health related services. If an organisation wishes to make an application for National Lottery Funding they should send in a formal application. Detailed procedures, along with the application form are set out on the Department's website - www.doh.ie

Departmental Banking

 240. Deputy Simon Harris Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly the amount of money held on deposit or in short-term bank investments by each Government or State agency or body under his Department's remit; the rate of interest at which the deposits are held; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [6337/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly The information requested by the Deputy is not routinely collected by my Department.

Responsibility for the day to day administration of Non Commercial State Agencies under my Department's remit lies with their governing Boards. These agencies publish an annual report and financial statements, which in general, are made available on each agency's website. All agencies under the aegis of my Department must operate within the parameters of Public Financial Procedures. In addition, they are audited annually by the Comptroller and Auditor General, details of which are available on its website.The Health Service Executive operates a number of commercial bank accounts which it uses to expend its annual budget, with responsibility for its internal financial control lying with the Board of the HSE.Section 36 (2) of the Health Act, 2004 requires the Executive to prepare Annual Financial Statements. In addition, as a Vote holder, the HSE is required to prepare an Appropriation Account annually in accordance with the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act, 1866 (as amended by the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993). Details of bank balances at the end of the financial year will be set out in these accounts, which are published following audit by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

  Question No. 241 answered with Question No. 219.

Hospital Waiting Lists

 242. Deputy John Browne Information on John Browne Zoom on John Browne asked the Minister for Health Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly if he will arrange a hospital appointment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Waterford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6349/13]

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Information on Dr. James Reilly Zoom on Dr. James Reilly In relation to the specific query raised by the Deputy, as this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

  Question No. 243 answered with Question No. 219.

EU Funding

 244. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the proposals that he has put forward under the Trans-European Transport Network multi-annual programme 2007 – 2013.  [6143/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar A number of state agencies have sought and been approved funding under the current TENT Programme (2007-2013). The largest TENT project is the DART Underground / Dublin Interconnector which was identified as part of one of the 30 Priority Projects agreed across the EU at the outset of the current TENT programme.  A list of other TENT projects with Irish consortia members / participants is set out hereunder.  More details on the individual projects is available on the Ten-t agency website (web address: http://tentea.ec.europa.eu/en/ten-t_projects/ten-t_projects_by_country/ireland/ ).

Year Project Project participant / promoter in Ireland
2011 International Green Electric Highways - Study to assess fast charging infrastructure to enable deployment of electric vehicles in Ireland and Northern Ireland Electricity Supply Board ESB Department of Regional Development Northern Ireland
2010 UK-Ireland FAB . Development of High Level Sectors Irish Aviation Authority -IAA
2009 Easywayz Phase 2 National Roads Authority -NRA
2009 Airbourne Datalink Equipment IAA
2009 Green and Predictable flights- North European Air Navigation Service Providers IAA
2008 Netlipse – Air Navigation IAA
2007 Easywayz NRA
2007 SESAR  (Single European Sky ATM Research)-Development Phase IAA
2007 The design and development process, geotechnical investigations and various surveys and studies that include topographical surveys, condition surveys, archaeological surveys and utility surveys of DART Underground/ Dublin Interconnector Irish Rail / National Transport Authority

Upward Only Rent Reviews

 245. Deputy Peadar Tóibín Information on Peadar Tóibín Zoom on Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the number of leases with upward only rent clauses, that were in place by agencies under his Department at the start of 2011; and the number of such leases currently in operation. [6170/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The information requested by the Deputy is a matter for the Agencies themselves. However, I have forwarded your request to all agencies under the remit of my Department for direct reply to you. If you do not receive an answer back within ten working days please contact my private office.

Roads Maintenance Funding

 246. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will provide a breakdown by county of the National Roads Authority allocations for 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [6240/13]

 248. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will provide, in tabular form, the original allocation to each local authority in respect of local road maintenance in 2011 and the amount spent in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [6273/13]

 249. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will supply, in tabular format, the original allocation to each local authority for local road maintenance in 2012 and the amount spent in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [6274/13]

 250. Deputy Timmy Dooley Information on Timmy Dooley Zoom on Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will provide in tabular form the allocation to each local authority for local road maintenance in 2013; the amount of that allocation that consists of funding carried over from 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6275/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar I propose to take Questions Nos. 246 and 248 to 250, inclusive, together.

  Copies of booklets detailing the road allocations in respect of national, regional and local roads for 2011, 2012 and 2013 to each Local Authority are available to Deputies in the Dail Library. Booklets detailing the actual outturn figures for each local authority in respect of regional and local roads are also available in the Dail Library.

Departmental Staff Rehiring

 247. Deputy Eoghan Murphy Information on Eoghan Murphy Zoom on Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if there are any retired public sector workers from his Department, or any other part of the public sector, currently on his Department's payroll, for example, for sitting on a committee or preparing a report, but not exclusively these two areas; the number on the payroll; the cost to his Department; the services being delivered for this money; and the way the positions were originally advertised.  [6272/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar There is one retired civil servant on the payroll of my Department. The Department has reengaged a former Principal Officer of this Department in connection with the preparation and attendance at the State’s defence of High Court proceedings that are due to come to court hearing in 2013.  The individual is being paid a 'per diem' rate of €260 under the pension abatement principle.  The position was not advertised as the officer was appointed specifically for his extensive knowledge and involvement in the development of the legislative regime relating to the regulation of the area subject to challenge in the case.

  Questions Nos. 248 to 250, inclusive, answered with Question No. 246.

Anti-Social Behaviour

 251. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar his views that the contact number to report anti-social behaviour in unmanned DART and rail stations (details supplied) in Dublin 13 is an 1850 high cost number which acts as a disincentive for commuters to report graffiti, anti-social and other criminal activity; his views that there should be a less costly service, perhaps developed with the support of ComReg, to allow commuters to report anti-social behaviour; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [6294/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar This is an operational matter for Irish Rail and I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the company for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Sports Capital Programme Eligibility

 252. Deputy Billy Timmins Information on Billy Timmins Zoom on Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the position regarding Wicklow County GAA Board whose application for a sports capital grant was deemed invalid; the reason it was deemed invalid; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [6325/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Michael Ring): Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring  The organisation referred to by the Deputy applied for a grant under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme. When the 2012 Programme was advertised my Department issued a guide to filling out the application form which clearly set out the Department’s minimum requirements that applicants had to meet to be considered for funding.  This application was deemed invalid as the applicant did not provide a letter from their solicitor in relation to title. A letter setting out the reasons why the application was deemed invalid has already been sent to the designated contact for the organisation.  If the organisation requires any more information or clarification they should contact the Sports Capital Programme Unit of my Department in Killarney.

Departmental Banking

 253. Deputy Simon Harris Information on Simon Harris Zoom on Simon Harris asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the amount of money held on deposit or in short-term bank investments by each Government or State agency or body under his Department's remit; the rate of interest at which the deposits are held; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [6342/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The information requested in relation to State Agencies or bodies under the remit of my Department is an operational matter for the Agencies and bodies themselves.  I have referred the Deputy's question to them for direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.


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