FOI Log Jan – Mar 2015

Date of Request Our Ref Summary of Request Applicant Details Decision Date Decision Made
07/012015 1 Correspondence in 2014 between the offices of Ministers Reilly and/or Varadkar and outside parties, including other politicians, in relation to lottery funding by the Department. Colin Coyne
Sunday Independent
02/02/2015  Granted
07/012015 2 All correspondence between the HSE and the Department of Health relating to a pregnant woman on life support.  In particular any briefing information which was circulated to Minister Leo Varadkar or his staff. Frank McNulty
RTE
04/02/2015
07/012015 3 All documents relating to the role of/departure of Ambrose McLoughlin as Secretary General of the Department of Health and his taking up of his new position. Daniel McConnell
Irish Independent
02/03/2015 Part Granted
05/01/2015 4  Spend on Christmas parties at the Department in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Mr Ben Haugh
Irish Mail on Sunday
02/02/2015 Granted
07/012015 5 All records re budgets for the acute hospital division between the Department of Health and Dr Tony O’Connell during his time as National Director. Caroline O‟Doherty
Irish Examiner
16/02/2015 Refused
07/012015 6 All communications between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform relating to the supplementary budget granted to the Department of Health in December 2014. Caroline O‟Doherty
Irish Examiner
05/02/2015 Refused
07/012015 7 All records and correspondence held by the Department of Health in relation to the development of a system of Individual/Unique Health Identifiers since January 1st 2009 Caroline O‟Doherty
Irish Examiner
25/03/2015 Discontinued
07/01/2015 8 Communications between the Department of Health and the HSE regarding the preparation and publication of the H.S.E.’s service plan relating to mental health and disability services in 2015. Carl O’Brien
Irish Times
04/02/2015 Part Granted
07/01/2015 9 Communications between the Department of Health and the HSE regarding the establishment of a taskforce to examine the issue of over-crowding between 1 November 2014 and 7 January 2015. Carl O’Brien                 Irish Times 26/02/15 Part Granted
08/01/2015 10 All correspondence between Minister Varadkar and Minister Lynch on the funding for mental health services. The time frame for this request is 01/08/14 to this date. Mr Niall O’Connor         Irish Independent 02/02/15 Refused
12/01/2015 11 All records which evidence consideration of the impact of standardised packaging for tobacco products on the property rights of tobacco companies and on the extent to which standardised packaging for tobacco products will expropriate the Property for 1 June 2012 to date. Matheson Solicitors 15/05/2015 Part Granted
14/01/2015 12 A breakdown of all expenses, including overnight expenses, claimed by each civilian
driver employed by the Department in 2014.
Colin Coyle              Sunday Times 10/02/2015
15/01/2015 13 All correspondence between the SG of the Department and the SG of DPER since
January 1, 2015
Individual Refused
14/01/2015 14 All correspondence between the Secretary General of the DOH, Minister for Health and the Director General of HSE since December 15, 2014. Individual 09/03/2015 Part Granted
14/01/2015 15 All electronic and written correspondence between the Department of and the Health
Service Executive between 1 September 2014 and January 2015 with regard to
overcrowding in hospital emergency departments.
Declan Ryan                Fianna Fail Research Office 11/02/2015
19/01/2015 16 Records of all correspondence between the Minister for Health and Dermot Ahern TD in relation to the Louth Hospital Dundalk or Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda
between 2000 and 2012.
Individual 13/02/2015
19/01/2015 17 Copies of all records relating to the appointment, payment and early departure of Dr Martin Connor of the Special Delivery Unit, including all payments made to his
consultancy Value Based Health Solutions.
Katie Hannon, RTE 04/03/2015 Part Granted
19/01/2015 18 I am seeking copies of all records relating to the appointment, payment and early departure of Lis Nixon as Director of Performance Improvement in Unscheduled Care, including all payments made to Lis Nixon Associates. Katie Hannon, RTE 06/03/2015 Part Granted
19/01/2015 19 All documents pertaining to overtime for nurses and implementation of new rosters,
since the Haddington Road Agreement was reached including a breakdown of the
total spent on overtime made to individual nurses, for each of the three years.
Juno McEnroe, Press Gallery, Leinster House 13/03/2015 Part Granted
20/012015 20 The total expenditure on photography by the Department of Health from January 1,
2014 to December 31, 2014. The total expenditure on professional video/film-makers by the Department from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.
Cormac McQuinn      Evening Herald 20/02/2015 Granted
22/01/2015 21 All correspondence to the Minister for Health and/or Secretary General concerning
maternity, accident and emergency and/or surgical services at the Midlands Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.  In particular, any correspondence relating to issues of clinical safety and changes to future service provision. Copies of any Clinical Reviews at MRH Portlaoise, such as the document prepared by Mr Ian Carter of the HSE in March 2014.
Midlands 103 23/03/2015 Part Granted
2301/2015 22 All correspondences between the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and the HSE Director General between 28 November 2014 and 15 January 2015 David Lynch             Medical Independent 20/02/2015
26/01/2015 23 Public Health (Sunbeds) Act 2014 -Provide details where direct causation of melanoma was isolated as attributable to a sunbed to the exclusion of sunlight? Provide information on how your department concluded that it is professional sunbeds in isolation that cause concern to adults over 18. Did any of the research papers show direct causation was isolated as attributable to a professional sunbed
exclusively? What steps has the Irish Government taken to implement the
requirements of EN 60335-2-27 as updated in 2010
Gary Lipman                  The Sunbed Association 03/02/2015 Withdrawn
27/01/2015 24 Communications to/from the Department of Health and the HSE or Portiuncula Hospital in relation to the maternity unit at the hospital and any review of care or births in the unit, from November 1st, 2014 to current date. Paul Cullen                  Irish Times 24/02/2015 Part Granted
27/01/15 25 All documents to/from the minister‟s office/and or the Secretary General‟s office between Jan 1 2014 and December 31 2014 in relation to the development of the Universal Health Insurance proposals. Daniel McConnell          Irish Independent 24/02/2015
28/01/15 28 I am seeking details of all payments made to Ministers by way of salary or expenses broken down by calendar year for 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014. Ken Foxe, RTE 25/02/2015
29/01/15 27 All records of briefings and briefing notes provided to Ministers and Ministers of
State in relationship to alcohol sponsorship of events since the current Government took office. A copy of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Sports Sponsorship by Alcohol Companies report.
Mark Coughlan           Prime Time 25/02/2015
28/01/15 28 All records between the Minister for Health and Department of Health officials from 2013-present date in relation to Public Health Alcohol Bill. Conn Corrigan               The Phoenix 25/02/2015
28/01/15 29 All records between the Department of Health and the food industry on ‘MenuCal’ and
the display of calories on food menus in 2014. All records between the Department and the Food Safety Authority in 2014. All records between the Department of Health and the Special Action Group on Obesity (SAGO) in 2014. All minutes of meetings held with SAGO in 2014.
Siobhan Maguire      Sunday Times 24/02/2015 Granted
29/01/15 30 All correspondence between the Minister for Health and his office with individuals or organisations on the issue of alcohol companies’ sponsorship of sporting events and sporting organisations from 1/8/ 2014 – 10/1/2015. David Lynch             Medical Independent 26/02/2015
30/01/15 31 Records of any payments made by the Department to the Communications Clinic Ltd for the following calendar years: 2012, 2013, 2014. Conn Corrigan               The Phoenix 06/03/2015 Granted
30/01/15 32 Copy of the report prepared by Felix McEnroy SC and sent to the Minister in mid-January 2015 on behalf of the PSI, The Pharmacy Regulator in relation to concerns raised by a number of emails that were exchanged between some Council members and members of the executive of the PSI in 2014.  I would also like to obtain a copy of the minority report by some members of the Council and the list of questions raised by them. Individual 19/03/2015 Refused
02/02/15 33 Ba mhaith liom cóip a fháil d‟aon taifead, chomhfhreagras, tuairiscí, taighde nó litreacha a d‟úsáid an Roinn Sláinte faoin Acht um Shaoráil Faisnéise le freagra a thabhairt chuig Éamon Ó Cuív TD ar cheist Dála Uimhir 513 a chuireadh ar an Aire le haghaidh freagra scríofa ar 16/12/2014. “Chun a fhiafraí den Aire Sláinte an bhfuil iniúchadh déanta fós ar na poist agus na réimsí oibre ina mbeidh státseirbhísigh atá inniúil sa Bhéarla agus sa Ghaeilge ag teastáil, de réir mar a thug an Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe treoir don Roinn a dhéanamh, má tá an t-iniúchadh déanta, cad é líon agus cad iad céimeanna na bpost atá i gceist, cén líon de na poist sin a bhfuil duine leis an gcumas cuí Gaeilge agus Béarla ann cheana féin; cén plean atá ann chun na poist eile a líonadh le daoine a bhfuil na cáilíochtaí cuí acu; cén cháilíocht Gaeilge atá riachtanach do na poist sin.” Conradh na Gaeilge 26/03/2015 Granted
02/02/15 34 Details of the number of registered doctors working in Ireland in 2014 that have had
formal complaints made against them as outlined under the Medical Practitioners
Act 2007 and that have had disciplinary action taken against them and that have
been “struck off‟.
David Kearns               Irish Independent 11/02/2015 Administrative
Access
04/02/15 35 Copies of all proposals, correspondence and submissions sent to the Department by
stakeholders relating to the drafting of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill.
Joe Leogue                  Irish Examiner 04/03/2015
05/02/15 36 Correspondence between the Minister for Health’s office or senior officials and lobby groups regarding the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill over the past 12 months. Briefing material drawn up for the Minister in relation to policy options contained in the Public Health (Alcohol) bill. Carl O‟Brien                 Irish Times 05/03/2015
05/02/15 37 All correspondences between the Minister for Health and his office with individuals or organizations on the issue of restrictions on blood donations between 1September 2014 -16 January 2015. David Lynch             Medical Independent 09/03/2015 Part Granted
05/02/15 38 All correspondence between the Department of Health at Principal Officer Level and above and to Ministerial Offices and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport between 10 March 2011 and 3 February 2015 with regard to proposals to tackle alcohol misuse. Mark Kavanagh         Fianna Fáil 05/03/2015
05/02/15 39 All correspondence from 1 October 2014 concerning the decision to make available
Eculizumab, known commercially as Soliris.
Individual 02/04/2015 Part Granted
05/02/15 40 All the submissions made to the 2008 consultation on the Health Information Bill. Individual 05/03/2015 Granted
05/02/15 41 I would like a copy of the report into the retention of the Guthrie cards as well
as any correspondence relating to them from between 2011 to present.
James Fogarty         Medical Independent 25/02/2015 Administrative
Access
06/02/15 42 Copies of representations made by members of the Oireachtas to the Department and its
Ministers regarding individuals on operation waiting lists since 1/1/2014.
Shane Phelan               Irish Independent 03/03/2015 Withdrawn
09/02/15 43 Communication with the HSE in relation to the drug Soliris (eculizumab) and its potential provision to Irish patients, from October 1st, 2014. Paul Cullen                   Irish Times 09/04/2015 Part Granted
09/02/15 44 All correspondence between the Department of Health, the HSE and Crumlin hospital regarding the National Centre for Genetics from the beginning of 2014 to present. I would further like a copy of the external review into the running of the Centre. James Fogarty         Medical Independent 10/03/2015 Part Granted
10/02/15 45 All correspondence between Department of Health Ministers and manufacturers and
sellers of tobacco and e-cigarette products and organisations that lobby on behalf of the tobacco/e-cigarette industry between October 4, 2013 and February 9, 2015.
Cormac McQuinn      Evening Herald 09/03/2015
10/02/15 47 A log of all FOI requests received by the Department of Health over the past three months. Susan Mitchell          Sunday Business Post 24/02/2015 Part Granted
10/02/2015 48 All documents used by officials and the Health Minister at the Oireachtas Health Committee meeting on Thursday February 5. Susan Mitchell
Sunday Business Post
10/03/2015 Part Granted
11/02/2015 49 All correspondence between Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar/special adviser to the Tanaiste in relation to the HSE’s 2015 service plan between October 2015 and publication of the service plan. All correspondence between the Minister for Health’s special adviser Brian Murphy and special adviser to the Tanaiste Claire Power regarding same. Carl O‟Brien
Irish Times
02/04/2015 Part Granted
11/02/2015 50 All correspondence between the Department of Health & the D/DJEI since 2011 relating to the pricing of pharmaceutical drugs. Colm Ó Mongáin
RTE
23/03/2015 Part Granted
12/02/2015 51 All documents used by officials and the Health Minister at the Oireachtas Health Committee meeting on Thursday February 12. Susan Mitchell
Sunday Business Post
12/03/2015
12/02/2015 52 Documentation related to the role and provision of chaplaincy services in Ireland. Trinity School of Nursing 19/02/2015 Administrative Access
13/02/2015 53 Copies of all correspondence between any of the individuals listed below that referenced nursing home registration and/or compliance with national standards on nursing homes since November 1, 2014. Barry Murphy (Department of Health), Phelim Quinn (HIQA), Jim Breslin (Department of Health), Minister Lynch, Minister Varadkar, Pat Healy (HSE) Susan Mitchell
Sunday Business Post
13/03/2015 Part Granted
13/02/2015 54 Copies of all invoices/statements on entertainment purposes where the costs were in excess of €500 in the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and to-date in 2015. Individual 13/03/2015
27/01/2015 55 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the President, and/or the Board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland, in relation to the protected disclosure. Individual 24/02/2015 Granted
16/02/2015 57 Documents sent to Health Minister and Sec Gen from HSE officials/DPER in relation to drug Soliris plus any responses from July 2014 to date. Ms Petrina Vousden
Irish Daily Mail
14/04/2015 Part Granted
16/02/2015 58 Correspondence to Health Minister plus responses in connection with minimum pricing of alcohol from December 2014 to date. Ms Petrina Vousden
Irish Daily Mail
16/03/2015
16/02/2015 59 Correspondence received by the Minister/Secretary General in relation to the National Centre for Medical Genetics at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Crumlin, since January 1st, 2014. Paul Cullen
Irish Times
16/03/2015 Granted
16/02/2015 60 Correspondence between the Department of Health and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform since 01 January 2015 regarding expenditure trends in the HSE. Martin Wall
Irish Times
16/03/2015 Granted
16/02/2015 61 Copy of the evaluation of cancer services in Ireland drawn up by the international expert team commissioned by the Department of Health. Martin Wall
Irish Times
16/03/2015 Refused
25/02/2015 62 All correspondence between the Health Service Executive and the Department of health which relate to the Fair Deal Scheme from 1 /1/2015 to date. Justin McCarthy
RTE
24/04/2015 Part Granted
19/02/2015 63 A copy of the report submitted to the Department of Health and Children for consideration by the Minister for Health from the Irish Blood Transfusion Service in relation to the issue of blood donations, and outlining a number of options relating to the ban on gay men donating blood. Fiona Dillon
The Herald
28/03/2015 Refused
20/02/2015 64 Copies of any records relating to the decision by University College Dublin to introduce clinical training for its students at the Beacon Hospital. Paul Farrell
The Pheonix
20/03/2015 Refused
23/02/2015 65 Information in relation to the award of contract for the Provision of Services to conduct an annual Healthy Ireland to include the tender submission of the winning tenderer, the tender submissions of the unsuccessful tenders and details of the evaluation criteria and scoring achieved by tenderers. Innovacom Consulting 23/03/2015 Part Granted
24/02/2015 66 Information in relation to the award of contract for Tender NACDA Drug Prevalence Survey 2014 to include the tender submission of the winning tenderer, the tender submissions of the unsuccessful tenderers and details of the evaluation criteria and scoring achieved by tenderers. Innovacom Consulting 23/03/2015 Part Granted
24/02/2015 67 Records relating to the number of water restriction notices issued on account of excessive fluoride concentrations including instances where the level of fluoride in drinking water in Ireland was found to be above 0.8ppm Individual 26/02/2015 Referred
25/02/2015 68 All correspondence between the Minister Leo Varadkar and CEO of the National Association of General practitioners covering the period July 2014 to date in 2015. All correspondence between HSE Director General and Minister Varadkar in the same period limited to the topic of Free GP care for children under six. All correspondence between President of the Irish Medical Organisation and Minister Varadkar re free GP care for children under six. Laura Larkin
Irish Independent
26/03/2015  Granted
25/02/2015 69 All correspondence between the Minister for Health and the HSE Director General and HSE Director of Quality and Patient Safety, and between the Chief Medical Officer and the HSE Director General and HSE Director of Quality and Patient Safety, that relates to concerns/issues pertaining to the area of notifications under the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act. Catherine Reilly
Medical Independent
23/06/2015
24/02/2015 70 Any information provided by the Department of Health to the Central Bank of Ireland to assist it in its understanding of the interaction between the private health insurance market and the health system in the period of /5/14 – 19/2/15. John Cassidy
Layla Healthcare
26/03/2015 Part Granted
27/02/2015 71 All minutes from and documents presented to meetings of the Healthy Ireland Council between 1 June 2014 and 31 January 2015 David Lynch
Medical Independent
27/03/2015 Administrative Access
04/03/2015 72 All records relating to the making of the drug Eculizumab (known as Soliris) available in Ireland. Paul Farrell
The Phoenix
28/04/2015 Part Granted
02/03/2015 73 All correspondence & records of telephone calls between Minister Varadkar and his Department in relation to the arrangements between legal company, Arthur Cox & Co., Solicitors and Tulsa (The Child & Family Agency) over the Firms involvement in threatened court action against plain tobacco packs. Similar information in relation to the Minister for Children, James Reilly. Also furnish us with the communication between Japan Tobacco and those two aforesaid Ministers. Brendan T. Muldowney & Co, Solicitors 31/03/2015
04/03/2015 74 All correspondence between the Minister and the IMO in relation to the proposed free GP care for under 6‟s scheme between 2013-2015 Individual 02/04/2015
04/03/2015 75 All correspondence sent to/originating from the CMO regarding the possible introduction of free GP care for the under 6‟s and over 70s. James Fogarty
Medical Independent
14/04/2015 Part Granted
13/02/2015 76 Minutes of the Steering Group meetings regarding the Electric Health Record (EHR) for Maternity and Neonates held during 2014, and 2015 to date. Briefing documents and records of any type relating to the projected cost of the project to include fees paid and to be paid to Cerner. Details of all costs incurred this year for meetings and workshops at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin, to include flights and expenses paid to Cerner representatives from America – to include the January, and February events. Briefing documents provided to members of the leadership programme for this project including obstetricians and hospital management staff. Niamh Griffin
Irish Mail on Sunday
24/03/2015 Refused
05/03/2015 77 All records which evidence consideration of the value attributable to any property, to include trade, copyright works, licensing which will be restricted as result of the introduction of standardised packaging for tobacco products. All records which evidence consideration of the payment or non-payment of compensation to the tobacco companies This request is confined to records after 1 June 2012. Matheson Solicitors 15/05/2015 Refused
06/03/2015 78 All correspondence between/within the Department of Health, the HSE and the NCPE regarding the reimbursement of high cost drugs such as Solaris and Kalydeco, and any reports compiled on same from December 2012 to date James Fogarty          Medical Independent 08/04/2015  Part Granted
09/03/2015 79 All correspondence to and from Roscommon Galway Mental Health Services and Minister Kathleen Lynch over the past six months. Individual 25/03/2015 Refused
09/03/2015 80 All correspondence to and from HSE National Ambulance Service and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar since his appointment in July 2014. Individual 02/04/2015 Granted
18/03/2015 81 All correspondence to and from Catherine Cunningham, the HSE area manager for Galway / Roscommon, and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar since his appointment in July 2014 Individual 25/03/2015 Refused
09/03/2015 82 All correspondence and emails to and from Roscommon Hospital and Minister for Health Leo Varadkar since his appointment in July 2014. Individual 26/03/2015 Part Granted
10/03/2015 83 Mileage and any other day to day expenses claimed by Minister Leo Varadkar, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch, Minister James Reilly and Minister Alex White since the current Government was elected on Friday, 25 February 2011 Ms Ailbhe Jordan
Irish Daily Mirror
24/04/2015 Granted
16/03/2015 84 All correspondence between Office of the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and the office of the Minister for Health on the issue of Blood Donations Policy and MSM between the dates 20 January 2015 and 6 March 2015. All correspondences between Office of the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan and the office of the Minister for Health on the issue of so called Energy Drinks from 1 November 2014 and the end of January 2015 David Lynch
Medical Independent
16/04/2015  Part Granted
18/03/2015 85 All correspondence between the Department of Health in the south of Ireland and the Department of Health in Northern Ireland, regarding the IBTS Policy. Worthingtons‟ Solicitors 29/04/2015 Refused
18/03/2015 86 How many women received abortions in Ireland for medical reasons, such as the women’s life was in danger, in 2012, 2013, and 2014? How many women died from unsafe abortions in Ireland in 2012, 2013 and 2014?
How many women died in Ireland whilst pregnant in 2012, 2013 and 2014? And what was the most common cause of death? How many women have died in Ireland as a result of being denied an abortion?
Individual 10/04/2015 Administrative Access
19/03/2015 87 All correspondence to and from Catherine Cunningham, the HSE area manager for Galway / Roscommon, and Minister Leo Varadkar since his appointment in July 2014 in relation to the Ambulance Service. Individual 10/04/2015 Refused
24/03/2015 88 The appointments diary of the Minister for 2014 Agendas and minutes for MAC and Min Mac meetings in 2014. Individual 27/04/2015 Refused
23/03/2015 89 The minutes and agendas for audit and finance committee meetings for 2014. Individual 22/04/2015 Granted
24/03/2015 90 All correspondence between the Department of Defence, the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, the Health Insurance Authority and any other public body, relating to the provisions of S.I. No 312 of 2014 and commissioned officers of the Defence Forces. RACO 09/04/2015 Granted
25/03/2015 91 All documents to and from the Department from 1 September 2014 to date regarding the fees paid to nursing homes, particularly in the context of removing delayed discharge from major hospitals. Daniel McConnell
Irish Independent
24/04/2015 Part Granted
26/03/2015 92 Copy of financial data submitted by the HSE to the Department of Health for its activities for the month of February 2015 including details of expenditure in acute hospitals. Martin Wall 28/04/2015 Granted
26/03/2015 93 Copies of all correspondence to and from Minister Leo Varadkar and the National Ambulance service since 1 January, 2015 in relation to the Emergency Aeromedical Service in County Roscommon Individual 14/04/2015 Refused
26/03/2015 94 How much has the Department spent on social media from 2010-2015, broken down by year and the cost of any software purchased in relation to social media. A copy of your social media guidelines issued to staff and details of how many people are blocked on each account. Details of spend on PR in 2014 and so far in 2015. Ben Haugh
Mail on Sunday
28/04/2015 Granted
26/03/2015 95 How much has the Department spent on social media from 2010-2015, broken down by year and the cost of any software purchased in relation to social media. A copy of your social media guidelines issued to staff and details of how many people are blocked on each account. Details of spend on PR in 2014 and so far in 2015. Ben Haugh
Mail on Sunday
15/05/2015 Granted
26/03/2015 96 Department spend on phones, laptops and tablets for employees in 2014 and so far in 2015. Ben Haugh
Mail on Sunday
22/04/2015 Granted
26/03/2015 97 Department spend on phone bills for staff in 2014 and so far in 2015. Ben Haugh
Mail on Sunday
13/05/2015 Granted
30/03/2015 98 Details of spend by former Minister of State for Primary Care, Roisin Shortall on mileage and day to day expenses each year since the current Government was elected on Friday, 25 February 2011. Ailbhe Jordan
Irish Mirror
24/04/2015 Granted
31/03/2015 99 Copies of all briefing notes prepared for the Minister for Health ahead of any meetings with health insurers since January 1, 2014. Copies of all briefing notes that the Minister brought to those meetings and also copies of any notes made by the Minister during those meetings. Emma Kennedy
Sunday Business Post
07/05/2015 Part Granted