FOI Log July – Sept 2016

Date of  Request Our Ref 2016 Summary of Request Name of Requester Decision Date Decision Made
30/09/2016 223 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the National Maternity Hospital, Holles St  Dublin for the past six months to include any reports and or presentations referred to in the correspondence where possible. June Shannon, Irish Medical Times 31/10/2016
28/09/2016 221 A list of the names of each Bulk Personal Dataset held or controlled by the Department, and, for each dataset:
a) the purposes for which the dataset is held,
b) the size of the dataset.
c) how many copies of the dataset are in existence in the department, and the source of that figure
“bulk personal dataset” described as any collection containing personal data related to  (one hundred or more), and “personal data”  meaning as in section 1 of the Data Protection Acts.
David O’Callaghan 27/10/2016
28/09/2016 220  In relation to the recently launched plan, A Healthy Weight for Ireland: Obesity Policy and Action Plan 2016 – 2025.
1. Any third-party correspondence/recommendations in relation to this plan received in the course of drafting it, e.g. from industry, medical experts, other government departments.
Based on lobbying register returns this is likely to include correspondence from Royal College of Physicians, Irish Medical Organisation and IBEC.
2. Earlier drafts of the plan.
3. Records of any meetings held by officials/ministers in your department with third parties in relation to the formulation of this plan (records would be agendas, minutes, briefing notes etc.)
Valerie Flynn, Sunday Times 27/10/2016
26/09/2016 219 All correspondence between the Minister and Niall Herity and any other department/individual (including but not limited to the HSE) in relation to plans for, discussion of, submissions, and the eventual publication of  the Independent Clinical Review of Provision  of a Second Catheterisation Laboratory at University Hospital Waterford  report. The timeline is from 1 May 2016 to 15 July 2016. This should include but not be limited to copies of all submissions/correspondence received by the Minister or the Minister’s representatives in relation to this topic; all submissions/correspondence sent by the Minister, or the Minister’s representatives; all submissions/correspondence received by Niall Herity in relation to this topic; and all submissions/correspondence sent by  Niall Herity in relation to this topic. This should include but not be limited to copies of: memos, letters, text messages, phone calls, emails, or any other form of communication. David Cullinane TD 08/12/2016
26/09/2016 218 * Details of the number of absences among Dublin-based Departmental personnel on each day of the following months:
– September 2015
– September 1 to 26, 2016
Cormac McQuinn, Irish Independent 25/10/2016 Granted
26/09/2016 217 The report to the Cabinet Committee on Health that was to be presented in June 2016 by the working group overseeing the implementation of the recommendations of the review of the Nursing Home Support Scheme. All minutes of the working group’s meetings to date. NHI Communications & Research Office 25/10/2016 Part Granted
26/09/2016 216 Copies of all records held by your Department relating to the “winter initiative” – to include emails, memos, letters, and so on – generated in the period of time between 29 August 2016 and 11 September 2016. Ken Foxe 25/10/2016
24/09/2016 215 Any records held by the Department relating to mileage payments made to Simon Harris in calendar year 2016.
– copies of any records held by the Department relating to the “fresh start” for the purposes of mileage payments available to ministers in calendar year 2016.
Ken Foxe 21/10/2016 Granted
24/09/2016 214  Any records relating to the appointment of Damien O’Farrell as special adviser regarding his dual employment as a city councillor and adviser. Ken Foxe 21/10/2016
20/09/2016 211 All correspondence between Minister Harris and the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland during 2016. Colin Coyle,  Sunday Times 18/10/2016
20/09/2016 210 Copies of all correspondence between the Minister for Health Mr Simon Harris and the CEO of the HSE Mr Tony O Brien for the past four months. June Shannon, Irish Medical Times 18/10/2016 Part Granted
16/09/2016 209  All correspondence between the VHI and Minister Harris in relation to risk equalisation during 2016 as outlined in the following lobbying return: Colin Coyle, Sunday Times 14/10/2016 Part Granted
16/09/2016 208 Details regarding the use of External Advisory Consulting Companies by the Minister of Health’s Office during the period 1 January 2014 through to 31 December 2015. Can you furnish the following in relation to each firm;
a)       The Name and Address
b)      The nature of the work carried  for the Minister’s Office
c)       The monetary amount paid out in fees during this period
d)      Was this work subject to a Public Competitive Tender Process, if yes, please provide relevant record number.
Gavin O’Brien 14/10/2016 Refused
14/09/2016 206 Minutes of the Early Warning Emerging Trends Sub-committee of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol from 9 September 2015 to today’s date of 9 September 2016, including any copies of papers produced by the subcommittee and papers circulated at said subcommittee meetings.
I additionally request any correspondence sent on behalf of the subcommittee and the return correspondence, during the referenced period above.
Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent 28/10/2016
14/09/2016 205 Copies of all documents, records, briefings, emails etc in any and all formats, circulated, sent or distributed to or made available to or within the Department of Health and Children relating to decision by the Minister (as reported below) not to issue replacement iodine tablets in 2008. Gerard Cunningham 12/10/2016
14/09/2016 204 Any correspondence between DoH secretary general or his office and TD John Halligan during the period January to December 2013 Paul Cullen, Irish Times 12/10/2016 Admin Access
12/09/2016 202 Re: Emergency Department Consultant Tallaght Hospital.
All correspondence from Dr Jean O Sullivan to current and previous Ministers for Health (Mr Simon Harris and Mr Leo Varadkar) and a copy of all responses from the Ministers.
A copy of all correspondence from Mr Michael Scanlon, Chairman Tallaght Hospital and David Slevin CEO Tallaght Hospital to the above Ministers and a copy of all replies from the Ministers.
John O’Connell 10/10/2016 Part Granted
12/09/2016 201 All correspondence between the Department of Health and the following individuals/bodies on the issue of the clinical review into cardiac services in Waterford.
– The HSE
– Dr Niall Herity (review author)
The timeframe for my request is 01/04/16-today’s date.
Niall O’Connor, Independent News and Media 08/11/2016
12/09/2016 200 Correspondence and records between the following parties in the Department on any matter related to the departure of Beaumont Hospital CEO Mr Liam Duffy and appointment of Mr Ian Carter as interim CEO of Beaumont Hospital.
Minister for Health,  Secretary General, Assistant Secretary (Acute Care),  Assistant Secretary (National HR), Chief Medical Officer and  Deputy Secretary (Governance and Performance).
I also request all correspondence/records between the above parties and the following on the same matter:
HSE Director General, HSE Director of Acute Hospitals, HSE Director of Quality Improvement, HSE Director of Quality Assurance, HSE Director of HR, Board Chairperson of Beaumont Hospital and Mr Ian Carter.
The period of the correspondence/records would be 1 April 2016 to today’s date of 9 September 2016.
Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent 01/11/2016
08/09/2016 199 Copies of all correspondence to and from the Minister for Health and the Minister for Health’s staff in relation to: a second cath lab for the University Hospital in Waterford.
It should include but not be limited to: memos, notes of phone calls, emails, letters, text messages, notes, any formal or informal correspondence.
Jennifer Bray, Irish Daily Mail 04/11/2016
02/09/2016 198 A copy of all reports/reviews carried out by Pavilion Health on activity based funding that the Department has received – either directly from Pavilion or via the HSE – over the past two years. Susan Mitchell, Sunday Business post 30/09/2016 Refused
01/09/2016 197 All correspondence between Simon Harris TD and the then Ministers for Health between the start of February 2011 and May 5, 2016. Colin Coyle, Sunday Times 28/10/2016
01/09/2016 196 All correspondence between Minister Harris and the IRFU. Please include the correspondence referred to in the following lobbying return.
https://www.lobbying.ie/return/6532/irish-rugby-football-union
Colin Coyle, Sunday Times 29/09/2016 Part Granted
29/08/2015 195 Any correspondences between the Minister for Health, or Minister of State at the Department of Health, with the MInister for Justice and Equality, or any Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality on issues dealing with immigration, asylum and ‘direct provision and dispersal’ from the 1 November 2015 until the 1 July 2016. David Lynch, Medical Independent 26/09/2016 Refused
29/08/2016 194 The minutes from the last four meetings of the Health Threats Coordination Group.
The minutes of the last meeting of the Zika Transport Subgroup, and the last two meetings of the Zika Communications Subgroup.
David Lynch, Medical Independent 26/09/2016 Granted
26/08/2016 193 1. The number of former private secretaries (appointed before 1 February 2012) in your department currently receiving the 50% allowance including a breakdown of the number of former private secretaries to ministers, ministers of state or heads of department; the cost of allowances to these in 2015.
2. The number appointed after 1 February 2012 and at what percentage level they are receiving an allowance (under the terms of last year’s civil service arbitration board decision), and which type of private secretary they were; the cost of allowances to these in 2015.
3. The number of active private secretaries in your department in 2015 broken down by what kind of private secretary they were.
4. The number of private secretaries in your department at present broken down by what kind of private secretary they are.
Valerie Flynn, Sunday Times 23/09/2016  Granted
22/08/2016 191  All correspondence (including letters, emails and any other form of communication) between the Minister for Health/Department of Health and the Irish Blood Transfusion Service on the issue of the permanent deferral on blood donations from men who have sex with men (MSM) from 1st March 2015 to the present date. Tomás Heneghan 13/10/2016
17/08/2016 188 Any reports (including drafts), memos or meeting minutes concerning a departmental strategy to deal with Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs) use in Ireland? See attached documents for a sample list of drugs listed as IPEDs
If such a strategy does not exist, are there plans to develop a strategy?
A copy of any reports  (including drafts), memos or meeting minutes concerning IPEDs and sports (including sports facilities such as gyms) in Ireland?
Niall Sargent 14/09/2016 Part Granted
15/08/2016 187 I wish to request information  in relation to the Oversight Forum on Drugs, chaired by the Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, and the issue of healthcare for prisoners during the period between 2010 and 2016:
All minutes of quarterly meetings of the Oversight Forum on Drugs since 2010
All correspondence between the Minister for Health and/or Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy and the Minister for Justice in relation to the provision of drug treatment services and supports in Irish prisons since 2010
All  correspondence between the Minister for Health and/or Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy and the Irish Prison Service in relation to drug treatment services and supports in prisons since 2010
All correspondence between the Minister for Health and/or Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy and the Inspector of Prisons in relation to drug treatment services and supports in prisons since 2010All documentation and correspondence between the Minister for Health and/or Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy and Prison Visiting Committees in relation to drug treatment services and supports in prisons since 2010All documentation and correspondence between the Minister for Health and/or Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy and the Irish Penal Reform Trust in relation to drug treatment services and supports in prisons since 2010All documentation and correspondence between the Minister for Health and/or Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy and Merchants Quay Ireland in relation to drug treatment services and supports in prisons since 2010
 Maresa Fagan 18/10/2016
15/08/2016 185 All correspondence to/from third parties, other government departments and state agencies, EU authorities; meeting records; briefing notes dating from 2015 and 2016 relating to:
the policy and EU regulatory status of sports foods and young child formula, and the entry into force and implementation of the 2013 EU  regulation on food for specific groups (“FSG Regulation”) specifically in relation to these products.
Records from other Member States are not required.
2. Any other Department of Health records including correspondence to/from third parties and other government departments and state agencies from 2015 and 2016 relating to policy on the marketing of infant and young child formulae, and sports foods and drinks either in Ireland or for export.
Valerie Hanley, Irish Mail on Sunday 10/10/2016 Part Granted
11/08/2016 184  All internal Department of Health correspondence regarding the Conor Dignam report into alleged foster home abuse in the south east since Jan 1, 2016.
– All internal Department of Health correspondence regarding the planned but yet to be initiated commission of investigation into alleged foster home abuse in the south east since Jan 1, 2016.
– All correspondence between the Department of Health and HSE regarding the Conor Dignam report into alleged foster home abuse in the south east since Jan 1, 2016.
– All correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE regarding the planned but yet to be initiated commission of investigation into alleged foster home abuse in the south east since Jan 1, 2016.
– All correspondence between the Department of Health and senior counsel Conor Dignam on both of the above issues.
– A copy of the Conor Dignam report into the alleged foster home abuse in the south east.
Fiachra O’Cionnaith, Irish Examiner 18/10/2016
11/08/2016 183 All correspondence between the Department of Health and HSE regarding health service budgets since May 1, 2016.
– All internal Department of Health correspondence regarding health service budgets since May 1, 2016.
Fiachra O’Cionnaith, Irish Examiner 08/09/2016 Granted
11/08/2016 182 All correspondence between the HSE and the Department of Health regarding hospital waiting lists since May 1, 2016 and
regarding Health Minister Simon Harris’s five-point health plan since May 1, 2016.
All internal correspondence regarding hospital waiting lists since May 1, 2016 and regarding Health Minister Simon Harris’s five-point health plan since May 1, 2016.
 Fiachra Ó Cionnaith 06/10/2016
08/08/2016 181 All correspondence with the Minister’s office, including  with political representatives, since the start of 2016 about the provision of an angioplasty unit at University Hospital Waterford. Colin Coyle, Sunday Times 03/10/2016
04/08/2016 180 All records held by the Department of Health in relation to the compilation of the Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes.  Records in relation to the Report of the Inter-Departmental Group on Mother and Baby Homes. This request covers the period from 1st June 2014 to 31st July 2014.
The requests are for records that include but are not limited to:
Internal correspondence (including with other government departments)
External correspondence
Minutes of meetings
Notes or memos in relation to discussions or telephone calls
Draft documents
Draft correspondence
Draft speeches
Claire McGettrick 06/10/2016
03/08/2016 179 Copies of all correspondence (including emails) between (to and from) Simon Harris, the Minister for Health, and all parties in relation to the centres listed below since his appointment as Minister for Health:
iv) Roscommon University Hospital.
Eoghan Murphy 31/08/2016 Part Granted
03/08/2016 178 All correspondence (including emails) between (to and from) Simon Harris, the Minister for Health, and all parties in relation to the centres listed below since his appointment as Minister for Health:
i)   St Joseph’s Care Centre, Longford
ii)  St Patrick’s Hospital, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim
iii) Sacred Heart Hospital, Roscommon
Eoghan Murphy 31/08/2016 Part Granted
02/08/2016 177 All correspondence between the Minister for Health and the director general of the HSE, including material copied to them, between 24 May 2016 and 29 July 2016.
2.  all correspondence between the secretary general of the Department of Health and the director general of the HSE, including material copies to them, between 24 May 2016 and 29 July 2016.
3. all correspondence between the secretary general of the Department of Health and the secretary general of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, including material copied to them, between 24 May and 29 July 2016.
4. all correspondence between the Minister for Health and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform between 24 May and 29 July 2016.
Martin Wall, Irish Times 30/08/2016 Part Granted
27/07/2016 176 All records (including notes, memoranda, correspondence, emails, of contacts, diaries, briefing material, background papers, letters) dating from 01/02/2015 to 26/07/2016 and held by the Department relating to the appointment of Rebecca Moynihan to the Board of St James’ Hospital Conor McMorrow, RTE 25/08/2016 Part Granted
27/07/2016 174 I would like copies of all correspondence between former Minister Kathleen Lynch and the IMO the NAGP, or the ICGP on the issue of the GMS contract (the negotiation about the contract themselves or any correspondences about details off the contract)between the dates 1 December 2015 and 1 March 2016.  And any correspondences between Minister for Health Simon Harris and the IMO the NAGP, or the ICGP on the issue of the GMS contract (the negotiation about the contract themselves or any correspondences about details of the contract) between the dates 15 March 2016 and 1 July 2016 David Lynch, Medical Independent 25/08/2016 Granted
26/07/2016 173 All correspondence between former junior minister Lynch and the department [officials and minister] regarding home help hours for the last 3 years please. Ellen Coyne, Irish Times 24/08/2016 Refused
25/07/2016 172 A detailed breakdown of payments made to companies for translating services between 1/1/10-31/12/12. I wish for the breakdown to include the name of the company in receipt of payment as well as a description of work carried out.
I am only interested in translations from English to Irish.
Craig Hughes 23/08/2016 Granted
25/07/2016 171 Copies of any correspondence between your Department and the Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform with regard to the appointment of special advisers.
– copies of any correspondence between your Department and the Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform seeking salaries in excess of agreed pay caps.
This request to cover the period 1 April 2016 until the current date.
Ken Foxe 23/08/2016 Granted
14/07/2016 169  – A list of all FOIs (non-personal) requests submitted by your department since February 2016. Martin Grant, Irish Independent 12/08/2016 Refused
14/07/2016 168 All FOI requests (non-personal) submitted by journalist Mr Ken Foxe since 2014.
All FOI (non-personal) requests submitted by journalist Gavin Sheridan since 2014.
Martin Grant, Irish Independent 12/08/2016 Part Granted
13/07/2016 167 A list of all FOI requests / FOI logs – received in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Craig Hughes 11/08/2016 Part Granted
13/07/2016 166  All correspondence related to contact to and from then-parliamentary assistant Mr Tommy Morris with the Department of Health from 2011 to date, regarding Mr Paul Kelly, Console, and the subsequent questioning of Mr Kelly by the Department, including all correspondence with Mr Kelly and any memoranda or documents created arising from this process, over matters raised by Mr Morris; and all material related to media queries regarding the same, all to date, including any correspondence between the Department’s press office and the Deptartmental staff who dealt with this issue in 2011 John Burke, RTE News and Current Affairs 11/08/2016 Granted
13/07/2016 165 Copies of all internal audit reports carried out by or for your department, and any related correspondence to/from the relevant line Minister regarding this audit if such exists from January 2016 to date. John Burke, RTE News and Current Affairs 11/08/2016 Granted
13/07/2016 164 1) All correspondence  between Independent TD Michael Lowry and officials in the Department of Health in relation to the provision of extra beds at South Tippeary General Hospital (including a proposed modular unit) from March 1 2016 to date.  2) All correspondence between Independent TD Michael Lowry and the Minister for Health in relation to the provision of extra beds at South Tippeary  General Hospital (including a proposed modular unit) from March 1 2016  to date.  2) All correspondence between the Department of Health and the HSE  in relation to the provision of extra beds at South Tippeary General Hospital (including a proposed modular unit), from March 1 2016 to date. Michael Brennan, Sunday Business Post 11/08/2016 Part Granted
13/07/2016 163 I wish to apply for documents held by the Department and/or the Minister on the impact of Brexit, including risk assessments conducted by or for the Department, and memos or briefing documents for the Minister.  (I don’t wish to provide a timeline for this part of my request).  Secondly, could I also request any correspondence on impact/risks of Brexit received by or issued by the Department and/or the Minister from January 1, 2016. Maeve Sheehan, Sunday Independent 11/08/2016 Part Granted
13/07/2016 162 All correspondence including emails between David Hall and officials and/or Ministers at the Department from June 24 to date Maeve Sheehan, Sunday Independent 11/08/2016 Granted
12/07/2016 161 Copies of minutes of all meetings of the Cross Sectoral Steering Group re the Connecting for Life strategy from February 23 2015 (first meeting) to date. Laura Larkin 10/08/2016 Part Granted
07/07/2016 160 Copies of all mileage claims (to include the amount paid on dealing with the claim) made by any minister or minister of state at your Department relating to travel undertaken in 2016 only. Ken Foxe 05/08/2016 Granted
27/06/2016 159 In an Irish Times article on 13 January 2003 Dr Muiris Houston reported that ‘A spokesperson for the Western Health Board says it submitted a detailed proposal to the Department of Health for a full hyperbaric medicine service early last year. Following a visit from department officials to the current chamber in autumn 2002, the board was asked to submit a trimmed-down proposal which would essentially replace the current chamber and allow the continued treatment of divers on a voluntary basis.’ See link to the Irish Times. http://www.irishtimes.com/news/health/safety-fears-over-diver-units-1.345231 Part 1. Please give me a copy of the WHB’s detailed proposal to the Minister for Health referred to in the Irish Times. Part 2 Please give me a copy of the ‘trimmed-down proposal. Part 3 Please give me a copy of the Department’s file giving sanction to the purchase of the new hyperbaric chamber. Brian Lynch 25/07/2016 Part Granted
06/07/2016 157 All correspondence both to and from then Health Minister James Reilly, his officials and advisers, with the mention of suicide prevention charity Console.  These to be limited to a 12-month period between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. Michael Sheils McNamee, The Journal 04/08/2016  Granted