Ring, Michael

Wednesday, 9 October 2002

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 554 No. 5

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Order of Business.

On a point of order—More Button

Does the Ceann Comhairle think it is in order that every television and local radio station can discuss this issue and we cannot in a House of Parliament?More Button

Does the Ceann Comhairle think that is acceptable? I do not think it is in order. I do not know why the Taoiseach will not answer questions.More Button

I would like to resume my seat but I have questions I want answered.More Button

Those people were right.More Button

Private Members' Business. - Public Finances: Motion.

It gives me no pleasure to speak tonight because there is great anger among the public. The Minister visited a number of colleges this week but the anger he encountered there is nothing compared to th...More Button

The middle class is being squeezed. Third level fees were increased by 70% by the Minister for Education and Science, Deputy Dempsey, who made a mess in the Department of the Environment and Local Gov...More Button

Written Answers. - Community Employment Schemes.

Asked the minister: the position regarding community employment workers who are currently in projects but who may not be ready to take up formal employment in the newly mainstreamed positions; and if voluntary organisati...More Button

Written Answers. - Insurance Costs.

Asked the minister: the action she intends to take on the escalating costs of insurance, particularly public liability insurance, as many jobs will be lost as a direct result of this; the action the Government is taking ...More Button

Asked the minister: her plans regarding the public liability insurance costs for small employers; her proposals to try and help these people; and if her Department will investigate the high costs of public liability insu...More Button

Written Answers. - FÁS Training Programmes.

Asked the minister: the number of FÁS schemes which were operational nationally for each of the past three years; the number of FÁS schemes in operation nationwide; and the number of people who have been taken off FÁS sc...More Button

Asked the minister: the number of FÁS schemes operational in County Mayo for each of the past three years; the number of FÁS schemes in operation in County Mayo; and the number of people taken off FÁS schemes in the past...More Button

Written Answers. - Export Refunds.

Asked the minister: his proposals to lift milk and cattle prices.More Button

Written Answers. - Disadvantaged Areas Scheme.

Asked the minister: if he will address the issue of farms who have lost out financially under the disadvantaged areas payments as compared to the amount which was received under the headage based scheme.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive extensification for 2001.More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive extensification for 2001 on 25 animals; and when this person will receive the top up beef premium on one animal.More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an extensification payment for 2001.More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an extensification payment for 2001.More Button

Written Answers. - Compensation Payments.

Asked the minister: the reason a person, whose sheep were depopulated prior to Christmas 2001, was given an adjustment in compensation under the scrapie depopulation scheme 2001-02 when everybody else got the lower rate ...More Button

Asked the minister: the details of the principle for an adjusted compensation payment for female lambs depopulated prior to Christmas 2001 under the scrapie depopulation scheme for 2001-02; and the details of the weights...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive the ewe premium payment for 2000.More Button

Written Answers. - Grazing Rights.

Asked the minister: if grazing rights on a folio (details supplied) in County Mayo were sold; if so, the person to whom they were sold; and when they were sold.More Button

Asked the minister: if conditions were attached to the sale of grazing rights on a folio (details supplied) in County Mayo, specifically when the land could be grazed; and the conditions, if any, attached to the grazing ...More Button

Asked the minister: if protection was given to the turbary or grazing rights of farmers in the sale of land by his Department (details supplied).More Button

Asked the minister: when land (details supplied) in County Mayo was sold by his Department; the amount it was sold for at that time; and if it was sold by public auction or by another method.More Button

Written Answers. - Agricultural Appeals.

Asked the minister: if the appeals unit will examine again an appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a 2001 suckler cow premium payment.More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a suckler cow premium 2001 payment.More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Asked the minister: the reason, almost six years later, the lands division of his Department has not replied to a query on a schedule (details supplied) in County Mayo which arose on 29 July 1996.More Button

Asked the minister: if he will instruct the Land Commission to reply to a query which issued from the Land Registry Office on a schedule on 29 July 1996 for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo to enable that perso...More Button

Asked the minister: when Land Commission documents will be supplied to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo only received a suckler cow premium for 2001 on two animals, when this person applied on 28 animals.More Button

Asked the minister: when extensification for 2001 will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Asked the minister: if he will introduce a targeted feed purchase aid scheme for farmers.More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Asked the minister: if the Land Commission has lodged a schedule for a dealing on behalf of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; if not, when it will be lodged; and the reason for the delay.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an extensification payment for 2001.More Button

Written Answers. - Dúchas Framework Document.

Asked the minister: when Dúchas will send out framework document details to all the individual herd owners affected.More Button

Asked the minister: if his Department will ascertain from Dúchas, when a person (details supplied) in County Galway will be notified of their destocking rate.More Button

Asked the minister: if his Department will ascertain from Dúchas the reason for the delay in sending out framework document details to individual herdowners in view of the fact that this information was supposed to be av...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Asked the minister: if he will bring forward direct payments to farmers due to the bad year they have had.More Button

Written Answers. - Sheep Register.

Asked the minister: if he will stop the unworkable idea of the sheep register in view of the fact that its present format is not workable or practical for farmers.More Button

Written Answers. - Common Agricultural Policy.

Asked the minister: the position in relation to the CAP Review; if he has held discussions in Europe in this regard; and if he has had discussions with other EU Ministers on this matter, particularly the Ministers who su...More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is being refused extensification for 2001 in view of the fact that at that time there were no marts open, no testing and no movement of cattle due...More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an area based payment for 2002.More Button

Written Answers. - Survey of Lands.

Asked the minister: if he will instruct the survey branch of his Department to expedite the survey of lands for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Survey Maps.

Asked the minister: when the survey branch of the Land Commission office will prepare a final survey map in order that a vesting order can be lodged for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Commonage Framework Plans.

Asked the minister: if the destocking requirement for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo could be altered in view of the effect the commonage framework plan will have on their livelihood.More Button

Written Answers. - Grant Payments.

Asked the minister: if the compensation figure paid with the area based payment for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo takes into consideration his cattle headage application for 2000; and the details of the 80% ...More Button

Written Answers. - Tax Reliefs.

Asked the minister: if he will investigate the length of time people are waiting to be assessed by the Medical Board of Appeal in relation to the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Scheme 1994; an...More Button

Asked the minister: if he will consider granting tax relief to persons studying a degree outside of the country, when they are not receiving any grant aid from the State.More Button

Written Answers. - Vehicle Registration Tax.

Asked the minister: his plans to abolish or reduce VRT applying to vehicles coming here from other EU countries; when legislation allowing for free movement of vehicles throughout Europe will be enacted; and if he will m...More Button

Asked the minister: if, following the recent court ruling in Europe, the Government are going to abolish VRT and compensate the people they took money from for years, in view of the fact that it has been proven it was il...More Button

Written Answers. - School Staffing.

Asked the minister: the reason a school (details supplied) in County Mayo is being refused a third teacher, resulting in 29 pupils being taught in a classroom which measures five meters by five meters; if his Department ...More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Asked the minister: his proposals to fund as an exceptional matter the course fees for special needs assistants attending training, including those doing a home study course due to the non-availability of places in colle...More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the funding promised by his predecessor for course fees for special needs assistants attending training offered by a private training school pending the introduction of a nation...More Button

Asked the minister: the reason he stated in a letter to Deputy Ring (details supplied) that participation by special needs assistants on courses similar in general terms to those in the teacher training colleges and offe...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Asked the minister: if a person (details supplied) in County Galway can be reassessed for the third level maintenance top-up grant 2000-01.More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Asked the minister: if a Department official will call to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo to discuss the boundary and catchment area for school transport purposes.More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Asked the minister: if he will sanction a third level grant to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo on hardship grounds.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is being refused a third level grant.More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Asked the minister: if school transport can be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo, from her home on medical grounds, based on medical evidence submitted.More Button

Written Answers. - School Accommodation.

Asked the minister: the position regarding the proposed new school at Newport, County Mayo; if a catchment area has been selected; if the school building has commenced; if a contractor has been appointed; and if not, whe...More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Asked the minister: if lease repayments can be offset on means when calculating net income for third level grant purposes, for a self-employed seasonal contractor.More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Asked the minister: if school transport could be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo, on compassionate grounds, in view of their situation.More Button

Written Answers. - Higher Education Grants.

Asked the minister: the reason it is necessary to include holiday earnings of the candidate on the form for a third level grant; if students are being penalised for working the summer; and if this can be assessed as inco...More Button

Written Answers. - School Transport.

Asked the minister: if school transport for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo could be extended 0.1 of a mile to collect this person from their home.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has to walk three quarters of a mile to a collection pick up point for school transport, when the family was promised that when Toormeen national ...More Button

Asked the minister: the reason finishing time for an amalgamated primary school for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has been changed; and if public transport will be provided for them at the earlier time of 2 ...More Button

Asked the minister: if the school transport service to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo can be restored so that this person is collected from home.More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Asked the minister: when resource teaching will be provided for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Student Support Schemes.

Asked the minister: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be assisted by the student support unit, in view of the person's circumstances.More Button

Written Answers. - Special Educational Needs.

Asked the minister: if a computer or a grant for a computer will be provided to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if there is help available for such a person to get a computer in their home.More Button

Written Answers. - Ferry Services.

Asked the minister: the stage the plans for the proposed new ferry between Blacksod and Achill in County Mayo are at; and if it will be in place for 2003.More Button

Written Answers. - Foreshore Licences.

Asked the minister: when a foreshore licence application (details supplied) for County Mayo will be approved.More Button

Written Answers. - Harbours and Piers.

Asked the minister: if the feasibility study for the marina at Westport, as announced earlier in 2002, has been carried out; if so, the results of the study; and when the results will be announced.More Button

Written Answers. - Fisheries Protection.

Asked the minister: if his Department will investigate the larger fishing vessels entering a bay (details supplied) in County Mayo and destroying the crab pots of local fishermen; the action which can be taken to safegua...More Button

Written Answers. - Fishing Industry Development.

Asked the minister: the grant assistance which is available to allow fishermen to develop their businesses.More Button

Written Answers. - Harbours and Piers.

Asked the minister: the funding which has been made available for the feasibility study taking place for the integrated development of Westport harbour in County Mayo; if the study has taken place; the cost in this regar...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Funding.

Asked the minister: if the money allocated to the Robe River catchment management plan of ?130,000 has been withdrawn or reduced; and, if so, the amount in this regard.More Button

Asked the minister: the amount of money that was announced in 2001 for the Corrib development plan; if this funding is being reduced; and if so, the amount in this regard.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Asked the minister: when he expects that the first lung transplant operation can be scheduled here.More Button

Asked the minister: the amount it will cost to establish a lung transplant unit here; the details of any feasibility reports or studies carried out on the possibility of setting up such a unit; the plans the Government h...More Button

Asked the minister: when a lung transplant unit will be established here; and the progress which has been made since the last question placed on this topic earlier in 2002.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Asked the minister: when work, carried out under the special housing aid for the elderly scheme for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be rectified.More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date he was placed on the waiting list; and the current placement number of this person on the list.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospitals Building Programme.

Asked the minister: the position regarding the public-private partnership for the community hospital-nursing unit for Ballinrobe, County Mayo; if the site purchase has been finalised; if this has been included in the Wes...More Button

Written Answers. - GMS Scheme.

Asked the minister: the payments made to each doctor under the GMS scheme for 2001; when this information will be made available; and the nature of the information not being given.More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Assessment.

Asked the minister: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was medically assessed in Galway on 11 July 2002, in view of the number of his prior appointments that were cancelled; and the reason the Western Health B...More Button

Written Answers. - Health Care Assistants.

Asked the minister: the number of health care assistants who have been trained; and the number who have trained in the GMIT, Castlebar, County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; and the position this person is placed on the list.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to the Cappagh Hospital for a hip operation.More Button

Written Answers. - Ophthalmic Service.

Asked the minister: when the fee of ?27 for new lenses of glasses for pensioners, now in operation by the Western Health Board, was first introduced; if all other health boards or regional authorities charge similar fees...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will commence treatment in St. Luke's Hospital, Dublin.More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to St. Luke's for the commencement of treatment.More Button

Asked the minister: if a person (details supplied) in County Roscommon will be called for a hip operation.More Button

Asked the minister: the length of time a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has been on a waiting list for a vascular operation; and when this person will be called for surgery at Mayo General Hospital.More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Asked the minister: the number of people currently placed on waiting lists for assessment or treatment for orthodontics in the Western Health Board area; the current length of time a person must spend on each list before...More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date they were placed on the waiting list; and the current position of this person on the list.More Button

Written Answers. - Lung Transplant Waiting List.

Asked the minister: the number of people currently waiting on lung transplants; and the number of people who died from fatal lung disease since July 1997, giving details on a yearly basis.More Button

Written Answers. - Dental Service.

Asked the minister: the reason the free dental service for children aged 12 to 16 years in the Western Health Board area has been suspended; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Asked the minister: if free dental service is still available in all health board regions and authority areas for children aged from 12 to 16 years, whose parents hold medical cards.More Button

Asked the minister: if there are dental services available for children aged between 12 and 16 years in the Western Health Board region.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Aid for the Elderly.

Asked the minister: when persons (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved for a heating grant under the special housing aid for the elderly scheme.More Button

Written Answers. - Medical Services.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be given an appointment to see a urologist.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the minister: the difference in waiting lists for Mayo General Hospital for all the procedures to be carried out; the number of people on each list; and the details of the waiting length for assessment and treatmen...More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to Mayo General Hospital for a surgical procedure.More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Asked the minister: the reason residents in long-stay institutions were not given part of the pension increase, money which other pensioners received earlier in 2002 with budget changes; if his attention has been drawn t...More Button

Written Answers. - Nursing Home Subventions.

Asked the minister: if an income on the market value of the principal home of an application should be assessed as means for subvention purposes when there is no actual income from the house.More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was refused home help.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo on the urgent waiting list for Beaumont Hospital will be admitted.More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Asked the minister: when home help hours will be restored to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Allowances.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an arrears payment of blind welfare allowance.More Button

Asked the minister: when funding will be provided to the Western Health Board to pay out arrears of the blind welfare allowance scheme.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Services.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to Beaumont Hospital for surgery.More Button

Written Answers. - Ophthalmic Service.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a refund for the cost of their glasses.More Button

Written Answers. - Cancer Screening Programme.

Asked the minister: when the national cancer screening programme, BreastCheck, will be extended nationwide to the remaining health board areas, in particular the Western Health Board region; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Asked the minister: if there is a waiting list for people seeking home help in the Western Health Board area; his views on whether this is reasonable in view of the age of almost all of those home help recipients; and wh...More Button

Written Answers. - Ophthalmic Service

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo who is the holder of a medical card, had to pay ?40 for an eye test in April 2002; if this person is entitled to get this money back; and if so, t...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Asked the minister: the reason the home help hours for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo were cut, on review, to ten hours per week given that this person needs the maximum hours of help that are available; and ...More Button

Written Answers. - Cardiac Services.

Asked the minister: the position with the cardiac unit in Galway; if the construction of the unit has commenced; when cardiac operations in Merlin Park Hospital will commence; and when the recruitment of staff for the un...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be given an appointment with a consultant surgeon regarding the trapped nerve in their hand.More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date this person was placed on the waiting list; and the position this person currently holds on that list...More Button

Written Answers. - Home Help Service.

Asked the minister: the reason home help was reduced for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo who lives alone; the hours this person had been getting prior to the reduction; the hours this person is getting now; an...More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be provided with home help.More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date this person was placed on the waiting list; and this person's current placement number on the list.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called to Galway for laser eye treatment.More Button

Written Answers. - Health Board Staff.

Asked the minister: the number employed in the office of the appeals officer of the Western Health Board; and the details of their relevant job category.More Button

Asked the minister: the name of the new appeals officer for the Western Health Board; if this job was advertised; the number of people who applied for same; if the successful applicant had any connection with the health ...More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the minister: the number of people who are awaiting cataract surgery nationally; and the numbers in each health board area.More Button

Written Answers. - Irish Wheelchair Association.

Asked the minister: if funding has been allocated to the Irish Wheelchair Association to provide respite care units on a site secured by the organisation in Belmullet, County Mayo; and if so, the amount of funding which ...More Button

Written Answers. - Orthodontic Service.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date this person was placed on the waiting list; and the person's position on the list.More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be called for orthodontic treatment; the date this person was placed on the waiting list; and the number this person is currently placed on the lis...More Button

Written Answers. - Psychology Service.

Asked the minister: if his Department will immediately restore the clerical support for the AD-HD psychology service in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - National Lottery Funding.

Asked the minister: when a group (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a decision on their application for national lottery funding submitted in February 2002.More Button

Written Answers. - Hospital Waiting Lists.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was not called to Merlin Park Regional Hospital for a bone density X-ray in August 2002 as promised; and when this person will be called for her a...More Button

Written Answers. - Rail Network.

Asked the minister: the amount of money which was spent by Iarnród Éireann on the Westport to Dublin line; the works which are taking place in 2002; the amount of money which will be spent on it in 2002; when he expects ...More Button

Written Answers. - Visa Application.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) hoping to study English in County Mayo, was refused a visa.More Button

Written Answers. - Registration of Title.

Asked the minister: if he will instruct the Land Registry Office to expedite a dealing for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo that was lodged in March 1999.More Button

Asked the minister: if he will instruct the Land Registry to expedite a section 49 application for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Asked the minister: if he will instruct the Land Registry to expedite a requisition for file plan of a folio for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo, with the commonage areas identified, as specifically requested ...More Button

Asked the minister: if he will instruct the Land Registry to issue a schedule map for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Asked the minister: if he will ascertain from the Land Registry when a map requested in February 2002 will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason for the delay; and his plans to address the probl...More Button

Asked the minister: if he will ascertain from the Land Registry when a copy folio and file plan (details supplied) will issue, as requested on 11 June 2002; the reason for the delay; and his plans to address the problem.More Button

Asked the minister: if he will instruct the Land Registry to expedite a section 49 transaction for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Asked the minister: if he will instruct the Land Registry to expedite a dealing for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Asked the minister: if he will instruct the Land Registry to expedite a dealing for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Asked the minister: if his Department will ascertain from the Land Registry Office when a schedule will be registered for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Asked the minister: if his Department will ascertain from the Land Registry Office when a section 49 application will be completed for persons (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Asked the minister: if his Department will instruct the Land Registry Office to expedite a dealing for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and when the dealing will be completed.More Button

Asked the minister: when a dealing will be completed for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason for the delay; and when it will be completed.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Asked the minister: the help which is available for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo who lives in a caravan which has no toilet facilities.More Button

Written Answers. - Fire Stations.

Asked the minister: the position regarding the Westport fire station; if it has been approved; and if not, when it is expected to be approved.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Asked the minister: the position regarding the Shrule water scheme, County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Environmental Policy.

Asked the minister: if he will renegotiate the entire procedures, basis and compensation for special areas of conservation.More Button

Asked the minister: the position regarding the nitrates directive; if he has spoken to the IFA in relation to this matter; if he has had discussions with Teagasc on this matter; and when he is bringing forward new propos...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Asked the minister: the income threshold guidelines for people to qualify for social housing; and his plans to increase the guidelines to commence at ?30,000 to be realistic due to the current cost of housing.More Button

Written Answers. - Housing Grants.

Asked the minister: if there is a grant scheme in place for lone parents to build an extension on to their family home; if so, the number of authorities which have used the scheme; and the number of applications which ha...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Housing.

Asked the minister: the number of vacant local authority houses in County Mayo; the length of time these houses have been vacant; and the reason they have not been reallocated.More Button

Written Answers. - Local Authority Staff.

Asked the minister: if it is his Department or the local authority that sets the guidelines regarding mandatory qualifications for clerical officers being recruited for local authorities.More Button

Written Answers. - Water and Sewerage Schemes.

Asked the minister: the position with the Achill Sound sewerage scheme in County Mayo.More Button

Asked the minister: if he has sanctioned the request for funding from Mayo County Council for extensions to the Westport main drainage scheme; and if not, when the request will be sanctioned.More Button

Written Answers. - Student Summer Jobs Scheme.

Asked the minister: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was approved for the student summer jobs scheme 2002.More Button

Asked the minister: the details of the means computation for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo who was refused the student summer jobs scheme.More Button

Asked the minister: when a job certificate issued for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo under the student summer jobs scheme 2002.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Asked the minister: if the funding of ?91,689 announced on 10 May 2002 for Gaeltacht roads in County Mayo is still available; if this funding has been withdrawn; the roads which were selected; when the new roads will be ...More Button

Written Answers. - Student Summer Jobs Scheme.

Asked the minister: the number of late applications received for the student summer jobs scheme 2002; if applications were accepted after the closing date; and if so, the reason they were accepted when others were not.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Projects.

Asked the minister: when work on a Gaeltacht road (details supplied) in County Mayo will commence.More Button

Written Answers. - Roads Funding.

Asked the minister: when funding will be made available for a road (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Asked the minister: when an appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be heard.More Button

Asked the minister: when an unemployment assistance appeal will be finalised for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo does not qualify for a full old age contributory pension; the number of stamps this person is short for qualification; and if this person would ha...More Button

Asked the minister: if the assessment of means for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo could be recalculated to reflect the true yearly value of their capital on a claim for an old age non-contributory pension.More Button

Asked the minister: the rate of pension for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo following their review.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Asked the minister: when an unemployment benefit appeal by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be finalised.More Button

Asked the minister: when a carer's allowance appeal will be finalised for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive child benefit, plus arrears for their son.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason persons (details supplied) in County Mayo are not receiving child benefit for their son.More Button

Asked the minister: if his Department will reassess a person (details supplied) in County Mayo for unemployment assistance; and the way in which their means are calculated.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Asked the minister: when an appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be finalised.More Button

Asked the minister: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo can be called for a medical assessment to progress an appeal for disability allowance.More Button

Asked the minister: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo can be called for a medical assessment to progress an appeal for disability allowance.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: the reason the old age non-contributory pension of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has been reduced.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason a letter which was sent to a person (details supplied) was not responded to by the end of August.More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a disability allowance.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Asked the minister: when a carer's allowance appeal will be scheduled for an oral hearing, for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is entitled to a pro rata contributory pension.More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved a pension, plus a qualified adult allowance.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Asked the minister: when a one parent family allowance appeal will be finalised for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and when a date for an oral hearing will be scheduled.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is not being paid the full entitlement to child benefit for both their children.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Asked the minister: when a carer's allowance appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be dealt with.More Button

Written Answers. - Dental Benefit Scheme.

Asked the minister: the amount of money saved to date by the Government following the dispute regarding PRSI dental treatment from the date the dispute started.More Button

Asked the minister: if the dispute with the Irish Dental Association regarding charges for people claiming dental benefit has been resolved.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: if a reassessment of the means of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo can be arranged to ascertain if this person is entitled to an old age non-contributory pension.More Button

Asked the minister: the situation regarding a pro rata retirement pension application by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is only receiving ?73.70 old age contributory pension when this person believes they are entitled to the maximum amount.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Asked the minister: when an oral hearing will be scheduled for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo to finalise a disability allowance appeal.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: when a pension application for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be finalised.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was refused unemployment benefit, based on the stamps paid from seasonal work with Bord na Móna; and when the appeal will be finalised.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefit.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Limerick is only receiving ?123 per week; the type of payment this person is receiving; and if this person is entitled to a larger payment.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Limerick is receiving ?123 per week; the payment this person is receiving; and if this person is entitled to more.More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Asked the minister: if a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be awarded a retirement old age contributory pension; if so, when; and if not, if this person is eligible for a non-contributory pension.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is being penalised given that this person submitted letters as proof of attempts to get employment and in view of the fact that there is no work a...More Button

Written Answers. - Industrial Dispute.

Asked the minister: the reason it is taking so long for queries to be answered by the child benefit section of her Department; if the dispute in that section is fully settled; and if so, the reason it is taking so long f...More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Asked the minister: the reason the old age non-contributory pension of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was reduced; and if she will provide a complete breakdown of the means assessment in this case.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: when disability benefit will be restored to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo.More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Asked the minister: the number of people refused a retirement pension or the old age contributory pension based on contributions paid when they had 156 but not 260, since 6 April; and if she will make a statement on the ...More Button

Asked the minister: the steps which were taken to make people aware of the changes in the social insurance contribution conditions, introduced on 6 April, for the retirement pension and old age contributory pension.More Button

Asked the minister: when the social insurance contribution conditions for the retirement pension and old age contributory pension were changed from 156 to 260; and his views on whether this should have started for people...More Button

Asked the minister: her plans to allow those who reached 65 or 66 years of age from 6 April to make up high rate voluntary contributions to the required number of 260 to qualify for a retirement pension and old age contr...More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Asked the minister: when a farm assist appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be heard.More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo was refused a non-contributory widows pension; and if this person qualifies for an old age contributory pension.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: if child benefit is available for children up to the age of 22 years who are completing an apprenticeship training course; and if not, her plans to extend the child benefit scheme to cover same.More Button

Asked the minister: if she will include children who are doing apprenticeship courses as dependants for the family income supplement assessment.More Button

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved and payment made of disability allowance.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo is only receiving a child dependant payment rate for two children, when they have three dependent children.More Button

Written Answers. - Pension Provisions.

Asked the minister: when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be approved a pro rata contributory pension; and when payment will be made in this regard.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Appeals.

Asked the minister: when a carer's allowance appeal for a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be finalised.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Welfare Benefits.

Asked the minister: if persons (details supplied) in County Mayo are entitled to the fuel allowance.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has not received a free travel pass.More Button

Asked the minister: the reason the free schemes have not been applied to a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and the reason his Department has not informed Eircom that this person is entitled to the free schemes.More Button


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