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Fitzgerald, Frances

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 Nbr. 3


Written Answers - Health Service Staff

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 477 of 8 November 2011, if she can specify the number [924]of posts, on a full and part-time basis, the individual whole-time equiv...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy with the most up-to-date information.More Button

Written Answers - Health Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 472 of 27 September 2011, if she can detail the amount of money budgeted for child and family services each year since 2001; the amount of money spent on child...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy with the most up-to-date information.More Button

Was asked: the way she intends maintaining the same level of vital services and employment for family resource centres in view of the cuts in their budgets for this year; and her plans for future years. More Button

The Family Support Agency, under my Department, operates the Family Resource Centre Programme. The aim of the Family Resource Centre Programme is to combat disadvantage and improve the functioning ...More Button

The centres provide a range of services for families and groups at local level. These include information, education and training opportunities, childcare, breakfast, homework and after school club...More Button

The Family Support Agency has written to the family resources centres advising them of the reduction in funding and the need to plan for change. The Agency is acutely aware of the challenges that t...More Button

The Family Support Agency has advised that family resource centres should work with the two regional support agencies that provide support and training to them and are available to provide guidance...More Button

In 2012 an allocation of €26.465m has been made available to the Family Support Agency to fund its services for families. This includes funding of over €15m for the Family Resource Centr...More Button

Written Answers - Foster Care

Was asked: the structures the Health Service Executive has in place for social worker supports for foster parents; her views that these supports are adequate in view of the significant burden assumed by foste...More Button

Under the Child Care Act, 1991(as amended) the Health Service Executive (HSE) has a statutory duty to promote the welfare of children who are not receiving adequate care and protection. If a child ...More Button

Prospective foster carers or applicants undergo an assessment and training process to establish their suitability and competence as future foster carers to prepare them for the role and what to exp...More Button

Training is compulsory for all new foster carers and access to regular support/training group meetings where topics of interest are discussed. Support is also available from Public Health Nurses, ...More Button

Was asked: the costs incurred by the State in respect of a child in its care being placed for care by a foster parent; the way these costs compare with the Health Service Executive placement of children in no...More Button

As this is a service matter, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy with the most up-to-date information.More Button

Written Answers - Homeless Persons

Was asked: the information that is available to her Department on the number of children, persons under the age of 18 years, who are currently homeless; the policy in place to tackle this issue; and if she wi...More Button

The HSE compiles monthly performance reports which provide an overall analysis of key performance data from finance, HR, hospital and primary and community services. In recognition of the need for ...More Button

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive informed the HSE that they did not find any child under 18 sleeping rough in Dublin during the “Sleeping Rough” head count in November 2011. I believe that t...More Button

The definition of youth homelessness includes children that fall into three groups; (i) children who mainly reside with their families but due to an emergency, need care and accommodation immediate...More Button

Since the National Youth Homelessness Strategy was developed in 2001, a number of different schemes have been put in place to address the different needs of these groups. (i) A standardised system...More Button

My Department met with service providers engaged in addressing the problem of youth homelessness last summer . The purpose of this workshop was to assess and review the current demand for services,...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: if she will provide a list of staff in her Department who serve as directors of companies arising from their employment; the names of the companies involved; the annual remuneration received, if an...More Button

I can confirm to the Deputy that no staff from my Department are serving as directors of companies arising from their employment.More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Expenses

Was asked: the amount of [928]expenses claimed on a monthly basis since March 2011 by all Ministers attached to her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in tabular form and primarily relate to mileage and telephone expenses:More Button

Written Answers - Children First Guidelines

Was asked: the work which had been done to put the Children First guidelines on a statutory footing in advance of her taking office; and if she will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Implementation Plan of the Report of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse 2009 (Ryan Report Implementation Plan) recommended the following action:More Button

This deadline was not met.More Button

The work which had been done to put the Children First guidelines on a statutory footing in advance of my taking office was limited to the early stages of scoping of the legislation, by way of disc...More Button

Since taking office I have overseen both the preparation of a detailed policy framework and the heads of the Bill which are currently being finalised by my Department in consultation with the Offic...More Button

With respect to the guidelines themselves, prior to my taking Office, the then Department of Health and Children had been working intensively on drafting revised Children First Guidelines and had e...More Button

Written Answers - Inter-Country Adoptions

Was asked: if she will explain the recent developments on the adoption of children from Bulgaria; the reason only one agency has been appointed to deal with Irish parents; the selection process for that agenc...More Button

Under the Adoption Act, 2010, the accreditation of agencies providing adoption services is a matter for the Adoption Authority of Ireland (AAI). Accordingly, I have asked the Chief Executive of the...More Button

Issues relating to the level of fees charged by an accredited body are also a matter for the AAI and are covered in detail by the Adoption Act 2010 (Accredited Bodies) Regulations 2010. These regul...More Button

Written Answers - Child Care Services

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Question No. 623, if a section 39 grant for 2011 will be paid to a play school (details supplied) in County Kilkenny in view of the fact that the grant had been paid in the...More Button

As this is a service matter, it was referred to the HSE for investigation and direct reply to the Deputy. My Department has contacted the HSE again and I understand that a reply will issue shortly.More Button

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Was asked: if she will confirm the amount of national lottery funds allocated to her Department; if the funds are [930]spent on specific projects; if so, the name of the project; i...More Button

My Department provides for the delivery of a range of youth work schemes, programmes and supports to the youth sector. Funding is made available to national youth organisations under the Youth Serv...More Button

Funding of some €56.806m has been allocated for current expenditure through resources made available under Subhead B5 of Vote 40 for my Department which is part-funded by the National Lottery....More Button

Special Projects for Youth — Under this Scheme, funding of €17.042 million is made available to organisations and groups for specific projects which seek to address the needs of young pe...More Button

Youth Information Centres— Youth Information Centres, since the first opened in the 1980s, have provided a free and confidential service to young people and those who work with them, i...More Button

The Deputy might also note that Subhead C.6 of Vote 40 for my Department contains a provision of €500,000 in 2012 to support groups and organisations with an involvement in the provision of su...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: if she will provide a full breakdown by gender of all appointments to State boards since February 2011; the current status of State boards in relation to the percentage of participation of women an...More Button

I would like to inform the Deputy that the position in respect of public bodies under the auspices of my Department is that there are four agencies funded by the Exchequer through my Department&rsq...More Button

In relation to the NEWB, I have made four appointments to the Board since my appointment as Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Mr. Brendan Broderick was appointed based on a nomination of th...More Button

In relation to the FSA, there have been ten members appointed to the Board since my appointment as Minister, namely Sharon Foley, Dick Hickey, Catherine Hazlett, Marie Fenlon, Yvette O’Malley...More Button

I have made one appointment to the Board of the AAI since my appointment. Imelda Ryan was appointed on 7th February, 2012. In relation to the Board of Management for the Children Detention School...More Button

In making my decisions on appointments to Boards, subject to the governing legislation, I consider the most suitable persons for the positions available with due regard to the body or agency in que...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Equipment

Was asked: the number of laptops in use in her Department; the number of tablets in use in her Department; the number of the laptops in use that are due to be upgraded this year; and if she will make a statem...More Button

My Department has ten laptops (including one netbook) and there currently are no plans to upgrade these this year. Tablets are not in use in my Department.More Button