FOI Log April – June 2016

Date of Request Our Ref Summary of Request Applicant Details Decision Date Decision Made
04/04/2016 90 All emails between Minister Reillys PA and Deputy Michael Martin between 1st September and 31st October 2013. Oireachtas
04/04/2016 91 Records regarding the possible introduction of the Orkambi drug in Ireland Public 06/05/2016 Withdrawn
05/04/2016 92 All correspondence regarding the development or use of the new 75-bed ward block at University Hospital Galway (UHG) between the Minister for Health, his office or representatives; and management, staff or representatives of the Saolta University Healthcare Group or Galway University Hospitals between 1st January 2015 and 1st March 2015 Darragh McDonagh 29/04/2016 Part Granted
06/04/2016 93 All direct correspondence between Minister Leo Varadkar and Kathleen Lynch in period between 1 January 2015 and the current date Ken Foxe 31/05/2016 Part Granted
06/04/2016 94 All direct correspondence between Minister Leo Varadkar and Kathleen Lynch in period between 1 January 2015 and the current date Ken Foxe 04/05/2016 Refused
04/04/2016 95 All correspondence between the Office of the Minister for Health, the Health Service Executive and its advisors, and the Midland Health Board and its successors in relation to matter affecting the court appearance of a named former resident of St Peters Centre, Castlepollard. Public 21/04/2016 Granted
08/04/2016 96 All correspondence regarding Multi-Party (Class) action held by the Department. Public 20/04/2016 Refused
11/04/2016 97 All correspondence between Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE, and the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, from February 1 to date. All correspondence between Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE, and the secretary general, assistant secretary generals in the Department of Health, from February 1 to date. Maeve Sheehan Sunday Independent 08/06/2016 Part Granted
12/04/2016 98 1. Copy of business cases submitted by HSE/Section 38 organisations to the Department of Health to continue the payment of additional or top-up payments to employees. 2. All correspondence between the HSE and the Department of Health regarding such business cases drawn up by Section 38 organisations 3. Copy of Department of Health determination of the Department of Health in relation to each of the business cases submitted by Section 38 organisations. Martin Wall Irish Times
13/04/2016 99 1. All records related to correspondence between the Department of Health and IBEC around the marketing of food at children and teenagers including any records relating to potential regulation, voluntary or otherwise, of such marketing. Claire O’Sullivan Irish Examiner 10/06/2016 Granted
14/04/2016 100 1) The number of staff sick days for the calendar years 2014, 2015 and so far for 2016.2)The cost of temporary/ substitute cover, if any, for those on sick leave during the periods specified above. Aisling Scally Irish Daily Mail 12/05/2016 Granted
15/04/2016 101 All correspondence within the following persons/sections of the Department on any issue connected with Garda vetting and police clearance of applicants for posts in the health and social care services, and employees in these services: Minister for Health, Secretary General, Chief Medical Officers, Patient Safety Unit, National HR unit, and the Assistant Secretary with jurisdiction over HR. All correspondence on the same matters between the Minister, Secretary General, National HR unit, and Assistant Secretary with jurisdiction over HR – and the following – HSE Director General, HSE National Director of HR, HSE Assistant National Directors of HR, HSE Director of Quality Improvement, HSE Director of Quality Verification, HSE Garda Vetting Liaison Unit, Minister for Justice, Secretary General at Department of Justice. The period of all the correspondence would be 1 January 2015 to today’s date of 14 April 2016. Catherine Reilly Medical Independent 13/05/2016 Granted
15/04/2016 102 “1. All records held by or for the Department of Health discussing any of the following matters in the context of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015:
a. Advertising and marketing restrictions
b. Compliance with EU Law (free movement of goods and services, impact on internal market, Charter of Fundamental Rights, notification to European Commission)
c. Compliance with Constitutional Law
d. Evidence base
e. Outdoor advertising
f. Criminal sanctions
g. Enforcement mechanisms 2. All records held by or for the Department of Health referring to Dr. Ann Hope and/or the Alcohol Literature Review prepared by Dr. Hope in June 2014. 3. All records held by or for the Department of Health regarding the Alcohol, Marketing, Communications and Sponsorship Codes of Practice for the period since 2014.”
Business
18/04/2016 103 All correspondence between the offices of Minister for Health Leo Varadkar/Minister of State for Health Kathleen Lynch and staff at Roscommon Hospital since January 1, 2016. Eoghan Murphy 13/05/2016 Refused
18/04/2016 104 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Finance and the Revenue Commission, on the issue of a sugar tax between the dates of 1 January 2016 until 15 March 2016. David Lynch Medical Independent 05/05/2016 Refused
18/04/2016 105 All correspondence between the Minister for Health/ Department of Health, and the Director General of the HSE regarding the issuing of service provider contracts between the HSE and the Galway based Child and Adolescent Sexual Assault and Treatment Service (CASATS) C54between 01.12.15 and 25.04.16. TV3 Group 26/05/2016 Part Granted
 20/04/2016 106 THE LETTER FROM THE MINISTER FOR HEALTH DR LEO VARADKAR TO THE HSE OF THE 27TH OF JANUARY 2016 AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE HSE’S RESPONSE Lloyd Mudiwa Medical Publications 19/05/2016 Part Granted
 28/04/2016 108  All letters and correspondences from (Acting) Minister Kathleen Lynch from the date of the 28 February until 10 April 2016. David Lynch Medical Independent 27/05/2016 Refused
 28/04/2016 109 Copies of all public submissions made on the recent Public Consultation Tattooing and Body Piercing Infection Control Guidance. David Lynch Medical Independent 6/05/2016 Refused
 03/05/2016 110 All records of any memos or correspondence to or from the Minister in relation to medicinal marijuana/cannabis since June 1, 2013. Pat Kenny Show 31/05/2016 Part Granted
 03/05/2016 111 All records on any memos or correspondence to or from the Minister related to the regulation of e-cigarettes. Pat Kenny Show 27/06/2016 Part Granted
 04/05/2016 112 Correspondence between Secretary Generals of Health, Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform on budget 2016 and between the Ministers of those Departments on budget 2016 in the timeframe of 1 April 2015 up and including to budget day 2016. Public 26/07/2016 Granted
 04/05/2016 113 Minutes of the Emergency Department Taskforce from January to April 2016 Paul Mulholland Medical Independent 23/05/2016 Granted
04/05/2016 114 1)   A detailed breakdown of all expenses claimed and paid to Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch from February 26th 2016 to date.  2)    Copies of all receipts and invoices submitted by Kathleen Lynch  from February 26th 2016 to date Valerie Hanley Mail on Sunday 10/06/2016 Refused
10/05/2016 115 1. All records on proposals to introduce minimum alcohol pricing between May1st 2015 and May 9th 2016. 2. All records on proposals to restrict alcohol advertising near schools. Such records to cover the period from January 1st 2015 to the current date. Morning Ireland
10/05/2016 116 All correspondence between former Minister of State Paudie Coffey and the Health Minister’s office since January 2016. I would also like copies of correspondence between Mr Coffey and the Department of Health secretary general’s office during the same period. Philip Ryan Irish Independent 29/06/2016 Partial release
12/05/2016 118 Copies of any advices or other material prepared for Minister Leo Varadkar in his discussions with Deputy John Halligan in March, April and May 2016 about the case for certain extra services at University Hospital, Waterford which were being sought by Mr Halligan. Stephen O’Brien Sunday Times 08/04/2016 Part Granted
10/05/2016 119 Briefing notes for Health Minister Simon Harris Eilish O’Regan Irish Independent 13/05/2016 Refused
12/05/2016 120 All invoices and receipts relating to any travel undertaken by an officeholder, minister, OR minister of state for St Patrick’s Day 2016, the itinerary for the above trip.  All records relating to the repayment of expenses for mileage or any other expense category by an officeholder, minister OR minister of state at your Department to cover the period 1 January 2014 to date of receipt of this request. Ken Foxe 09/06/2016 Refused
12/05/2016 121 All correspondence between former Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and former Minister of State Kathleen Lynch in relation to the re-allocation of funds to be taken from the mental health budget in 2015, and in relation to ongoing staff vacancies in community mental health nursing teams Public 10/06/2016 Refused
13/05/2016 122 Details of any purchases of computer equipment, mobile equipment, tablets, laptops, or any mobile or computer accessories on behalf of any officeholder, minister or minister of state at your Department in period between 1 November 2015 and the current date. – copies of any receipts or invoices related to the above. Ken Foxe 13/06/2016 Granted
13/05/2016 123 All correspondence between the Minister for Health, Secretary General, Chief Medical Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officers, Professional Regulation Unit, Assistant Secretary overseeing Acute Hospitals, Assistant Secretary overseeing HR, and Assistant Secretary overseeing Professional Regulation, on any matter connected with the introduction – and potential introduction – of Physician Associates/Physician Assistants into Irish healthcare.
All correspondence on the same matter between the above named parties and the following: HSE Director General, HSE Director of Acute Hospitals, HSE Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance Directors, HSE Director of National Doctors Training and Planning, HSE National Director of HR, the Medical Council, CORU, State Claims Agency, RCSI, Beaumont Hospital, IMO, IHCA and INMO.The period of the correspondence would 1 October 2015 to today’s date of 13 May 2016.
Catherine Reilly Medical Independent 09/06/2016 Refused
13/05/2016 124 Briefing given to the new minister for their portfolio, please. Juno McEnroe 20/05/2016 Refused
16/05/2016 125 All correspondence between the following persons in the Department on the enduring nature of methadone treatment for many drug addicted people, availability of detoxification and abstinence programmes for people on methadone, and suboxone provision for people currently on methadone: (then) Minister for Drugs Strategy Aodhan O’Riordain, (then) Minister for Health Leo Varadkar, current Minister for Health, Chief Medical Officer, Deputy Chief Medical Officers, Principal Officer and Assistant Principal Officers at Department of Health’s Drugs Programmes and Policy Unit.Additionally, I request all correspondence on the same matters between the above and the HSE Director General, HSE head of Addiction Services, and HSE Clinical Leads for Addiction Services.The period of the correspondence would be 16 May 2015 to 16 May 2016. Catherine Reilly Medical Independent 15/06/2016 Part Granted
19/05/2016 126 A copy of the letter sent by PJ Carroll & Company Ltd to Minister Varadkar in 2016. Colin Coyle Sunday Times 27/06/2016 Part Granted
19/05/2016 127 1. Who is the responsible legal entity for the operation of the National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme?
2. Please provide copies of any contracts relating to provision of this Programme which were in force in 2004.
3. If the provision of this screening service is contracted to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, we are seeking a copy of any such contract which was in force in 2004.
4. We would be grateful if you could set out the relationship between the HSE, The Children’s University Hospital and The National Newborn Screening Programme in provision of this national service.
5. Please confirm where funding for the National Newborn Screening Programme is obtained?
6. Please confirm whether this National Screening Process is provided by the HSE?
7. Please confirm whether this Screening Laboratory is in fact owned by the HSE?
Business 16/06/2016 Refused
20/05/2016 128 All correspondences from former Minister of State for Drugs Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and any other Minister of State, or any member of the HSE Leadership Team from the date 1 February until 10 April 2016 on the issues of Drug Policy (specifically the National Drugs Strategy and injection centres). David Lynch Medical Independent 20/06/2016 Part Granted
23/05/2016 130 All records held by the Department concerning the “First 1000 Days” iniative of Dannone Early Life Nutrition. Public 10/06/2016 Refused
23/05/2016 131 All correspondence between your Department and any other Department relating to the appointment of staff by the minister in period 1 April 2016 to the current date.
All records relating to payment of salaries in excess of agreed pay scales to any such ministerial appointments.
Ken Foxe 15/08/2016 Refused
23/05/2016 132 All records relating to the possibility of extending cardiac services at Waterford Regional Hospital held by your Department and created in period 1 January 2016 to the current date.
– copy of any cost-benefit analysis, value for money report regarding extension of cardiac services at Waterford Regional Hospital. This part of the request to cover period from 1 January 2010 to the current date
Ken Foxe
24/05/2016 133 All correspondence between the Minister for Health and the director general of the HSE between 01 March and 24 May 20162. All correspondence between the Secretary General of the Department of Health and the director general of the HSE between 01 March and 24 May 20163. All correspondence addressed to the Minister for Health  during the period following his appointment from Friday 6 May to Monday 16 May Martin Wall Irish Times 01/07/2016 Part Granted
27/05/2016 134 A breakdown of payments made to companies for translating services between 1/1/13 – 31/12/15. I only wish to receive figures relating to translations from English to Irish. Craig Hughes 27/06/2016 Granted
31/05/2016 135 The minutes of the first three meetings of the Interdepartment Working Group on the Nursing Home Support Scheme which is chaired by the DoH. David Lynch Medical Independent 20/06/2016 Part Granted
31/05/2016 136 All correspondence between the Minister for Health and his office with the HSE in regards to Ambulance waiting times. From 1/1/2015 to 1/1/2016 Public 10/06/2016 Refused
08/06/2016 137 All correspondence between chief executive of the Health Information and Quality Authority and the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and the secretary general of his Department.The timeline of my request is May 1 to date. Maeve Sheehan Sunday Independent 29/06/2016 Refused
09/06/2016 138 All letters and correspondences between the Department of Health and the following organisations – Vape Business (VBI), Irish Cancer Society, Irish Tobacco Manufacturers’ Advisory Committee, and the office of the Chief Medical Officer on the issue of vaping/e-cigarettes during the period 1 November 2015 and April 2016. David Lynch Medical Independent 07/07/2016 Part Granted
09/06/2016 139 All correspondence to and from Leo Varadkar in relation to the proposed rehabilitation unit at Roscommon Hospital since January 1, 2016. 2) All correspondence to and from the secretary-general of the Department of Health, in relation to the proposed rehabilitation unit at Roscommon Hospital since January 1, 2016. 3) All correspondence to and from Simon Harris, the Minister for Health, in relation to the proposed rehabilitation unit at Roscommon Hospital since his appointment as minister. Eoghan Murhpy 04/07/2016 Part Granted
16/06/2016 140 All correspondence to and from the Department on the subject of the Gardasil cervical
cancer vaccination dated 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Internal correspondence on the same within the same dates.
Laura Larkin Irish Independent
16/06/2016 141 All correspondence to and from Minister Harris since he was appointed as Health Minister to date on the redevelopment of the National Maternity Hospital on the St Vincent’s Hospital campus.Copies of any briefing notes prepared for the Minister on the same subject since his appointment. Laura Larkin Irish Independent
16/06/2016 142 All records held by the Department relating to the Bed Bureau for the greater Dublin area that is being established to provide information on residential care beds.
I would also like copies of all correspondence/submissions on the same subject.
Laura Larkin Irish Independent 04/07/2016 Admin Access
17/06/2016 143 A list of all former staff who retired in the period 2010 to 2015 who were entitled to a lump sum in excess of €160,000, to include the year they retired, the lump sum paid, and their annual pension entitlement. Ken Foxe
17/06/2016 144 All correspondence between Tony O’Brien/his personal office and the Secretary General/their personal office in the period between 1 January 2016 and date of receipt of this request. Ken Foxe 26/07/2016 Part Granted
17/06/2016 145 All correspondence between Minister Harris and his ministerial office and Minister McGrath and his ministerial office in period 1 April 2016 to date of receipt of this request. Ken Foxe 26/07/2016 Refused
17/06/2016 146 All representations received by your Department in relation to public comments made by Finian McGrath about relaxation of smoking laws Ken Foxe
17/06/2016 147 All records held by the Department relating to the new Citizens’ Assembly to look at Ireland’s abortion laws and the Eight Amendment dating from March 1, 2016 to June 17, 2016. Conor McMorrow RTE
20/06/2016 148 All documentation from October 1st, 2015 relating to the provision of €35 million in funding for mental health services and a later proposal to use a portion of this money for other purposes within the health budget. Paul Cullen Irish Times
21/06/2016 149 Minister Harris’s diary between May 6, 2016 and June 21, 2016. A copy of Junior Minister Finian McGrath’s Diary between May 6, 2016 and June 21, 2016. Cormac McQuinn Irish Independent 24/06/2016 Refused
27/06/2016 151 All documents prepared for release in the event that Britain voted to REMAIN in the European Union. Aaron Rogan The Times News Ireland
27/06/2016 152 All correspondence between May 7th 2015 and June 23rd 2016 and with other government departments and relevant agencies with regard to contingency plans and preparations for a decision by the voters in the United Kingdom to vote to leave the European Union. Oireachtas
16/06/2016 153 Copies of ministerial notes, memos, correspondence, emails, briefing notes, other notes and any other relevant documents, as covered by the Act, in relation to the proposed changes to the law on prostitution in Ireland. The documents should include those from 1st January 2013 to the present date.
Copies of correspondence from the Minister to the Ruhama group and from the Ruhama group to the Minister from 1st January 2013 to the present date, including correspondence in relation to the law on prostitution in Ireland. Copies of any notes taken in relation to any meetings between the Minister and/or Department of Health officials and the Ruhama group for the same period.
Public 19/07/2016 Granted
28/06/2016 154 All reports, contingency plans and risk assessments relating to the Brexit referendum compiled by the Department. Philip Ryan Sunday Independent
29/06/2016 155 All correspondence between former Fine Gael activist Tommy Morris and the Department for the period July 2011 – May 2014.
All correspondence between Tommy Morris and James Reilly during his time as Health Minister re: Paul kelly/Console.
All correspondence referring to concerns about Suicide Charity Console for the period Jan 2015 – July 2016.
Catherine Shanahan Irish Examiner