April 9, 2014
Deputy John Deasy asked tthe Minister for Health the position regarding the proposed primary care centre for Dungarvan, County Waterford; if progress has been made in securing a PPP partner; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Reply by Minister of State Alex White: Considerable progress has been made in developing the primary care centre PPP project. The HSE lodged the planning application for the Dungarvan primary care centre in November 2013 and has been advised that planning has been approved. Details are available on the local authority website.
The National Development Finance Agency (NDFA) published a Prior Indicative Notice (PIN) / Pre-Qualification Questionnaire in the OJEU on 19 December 2013. Four submissions were received by the closing date which was 10 March 2014.
Information can be located at the following web address: http://www.ndfa.ie/TenderCompetitions/PrimaryCareCentresPPPProgramme.htm
It is expected that 10-14 sites (indicative number 12 based on affordability) will be delivered as part of a single PPP contract with the remaining centres to be delivered by the HSE using other procurement means.
April 2, 2014
Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will detail the means test carried out by the Legal Aid Board for persons who are seeking their services; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
Reply from Minister for Justice Alan Shatter: I wish to refer the Deputy to the Civil Legal Act 1995 and the Civil Legal Aid Regulations 1996-2013 which set out the basis concerning financial eligibility for civil legal aid.
Information concerning financial eligibility is also available on the Legal Aid Board's website and may be accessed via this link: http://www.legalaidboard.ie/lab/Publishing.nsf/Content/How_do_I_qualify.