201. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is awaiting the conclusion of the pay review; and the timeframe to act on the issue of pay inequality. (Question 4332/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Teachers’ Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 185, 186, 201 to 204, inclusive, and 209 together.
I refer the Deputy to my answer to PQ Ref: 2339/18 on 18 December 2018.
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202. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if no plan to resolve the issue of pay inequality exists, the way in which he can justify a position that is contrary to the principle of equal pay for equal work. (Question 4333/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Teachers’ Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 185, 186, 201 to 204, inclusive, and 209 together.
I refer the Deputy to my answer to PQ Ref: 2339/18 on 18 December 2018.
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621. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the Public Service Pay Commission report will be published; and when a decision will be made to reverse the cuts in pay and allowances to PDFORRA members of the Defence Forces. (Question 13049/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Service Pay Commission Reports)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Service Pay Commission has been tasked with providing an initial report to Government on public service remuneration in the context of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts 2009 2015. The findings of the Commission will contribute to and inform Government’s considerations in relation to Public Service remuneration and will inform Public Service employers in negotiations with staff interests on...

715. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if direct consultation will be carried out with the residents of the affected area on the Eastern CFRAM Study, River Liffey from city boundary at Knockmaroon Hill to the Liffey Valley Park, Chapelizod, Dublin 20, prior to the adoption or imposition of any measures in the area to allow them to make an informed decision with regard to the proposals; and if further details will be provided to outline in greater detail the measures being considered and proposed, and their extent. (Question 1165/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Deputy Seán Canney: The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding, is the Office of Public Works Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. It is the principal vehicle for implementing the EU Floods Directive and national flood policy. The Programme, which is being undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the Office of Public Works working in partnership ...

259. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46750/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In response to the Deputy’s question the table below outlines the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies in my Department for 2015.  
 Description Number of subscriptions Annual cost Association of Chartered Certified Accountants 5 €1,002.39 Chartered Accountants Ireland 1 €565.00 Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors 2 €1,602.61 Chartered Institute of Management Accountants 3 €1,022.53...

260. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines his Department has including the cost and details. (Question 46751/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In response to the Deputy’s question the cost to my Department of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines during 2015 was €22,379.  The publications received were: The Irish Times; Irish Independent; Financial Times; Irish Examiner; The Guardian; The Farmers Journal; Business and Finance.
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261. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the annual cost to his Department of advertisements placed on its behalf in newspapers, magazines, television and radio, and social media. (Question 46752/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Advertising Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In response to the Deputy’s question the table below outlines the annual cost of advertising in my Department during 2015.

 Type of media used Description Amount Newspaper advertising  Advertisements for  expressions of interest for appointments to a panel of appeal officers to review certain decisions made by the Standards in Public Office Commission in relation to the Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015. Appeals to be ...

262. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of annual subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups in the Office of Public Works including the cost and details. (Question 46765/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The total paid by the Office of Public Works in respect of subscriptions to external membership bodies and groups in 2015 was €111,820.51. Details of payments made in 2015 are on the table below.
TABLE OF MEMBERSHIP BODIES/GROUPS TO WHICH SUBSCRIPTIONS WERE MADE DURING 2015
 EXTERNAL MEMBERSHIP BODY/GROUP TOTAL PAID € ACCA 278.58 ACCOUNTING TECHNICIANS OF IRELAND 160.00 ALL KE...

263. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of annual subscriptions to newspapers or magazines in the Office of Public Works including the cost and details. (Question 46766/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The Office of Public Works currently subscribes to 110 serial publications. The cost of these in 2015 was €47,868.
The relevant titles are listed as follows:
 Relevant Titles Irish Times Irish Independent Examiner Sunday Times Sunday Independent Sunday Business Post Daily Mail Meath ChronicleDrogheda Independent Farmers Journal Financial Times Herald Wicklow PeoplePhoenix A...

264. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the annual cost in the Office of Public Works of advertisements placed on its behalf in newspapers, magazines, television and radio, and social media. (Question 46767/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): Expenditure incurred on the OPW Vote in 2015 in relation to advertising was €360,935.98. A further €45,077.29 was incurred on advertisements where the costs were borne elsewhere.
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260. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on the proposal to require all public sector workers under the aegis of his Department who interface with service users to wear a name badge. (Question 7961/15 asked on 24 Feb 2015 - Departmental Staff)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In response to the Deputy’s question I can confirm that my Department, and the Offices under my aegis, have little or no direct contact with members of the public. Despite this, it is a well-established policy of my Department that all officers supply their names in any dealings with the public. I would have no objection to this idea but consultations with my colleagues, staff and trade unions would have to take place before con...

146. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when EU Directive 2014/24/EU, which is to replace Directive 2004/18/EC regarding public procurements, will be transposed into law, in view of the fact that the transposition date is supposed to be before the end of April 2015. (Question 5214/15 asked on 05 Feb 2015 - EU Directives)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): On 28 March, 2014, the European Commission published three new Directives as a collective reform of the existing EU regime for public procurement under the existing provisions of Directive 2004/17/EU - coordinating the procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal services sectors and Directive 2004/18/EU - on the coordination of procedures for the award of public works contracts, public...

240. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the delay in enacting legislation on including social clauses in major State-local authority construction contracts. (Question 47888/14 asked on 16 Dec 2014 - Local Authority Housing Provision)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): As the Deputy is aware, on 17 October 2014, the Government supported in principle the Second Stage of the Private Member’s Social Clauses in Public Procurement Bill 2013, which was put forward by Deputy Mary Lou McDonald, and sees significant merit in developing a social clause framework where such clauses are applied in a targeted manner.  The Government did not oppose the Bill.
Whilst Government sees the merit in using social ...

359. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the moneys raised to date from the pensions related deductions since it was introduced in 2009; the percentage rate at which it was recovered; the number of public servants affected; and the way that money was utilised. (Question 41973/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The public service Pension-related Deduction (PRD), was introduced in March 2009 under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009. The PRD has raised an estimated €5.5 billion since it was introduced.
 Year Euro Amount (Millions) 2009 837 2010 949 2011 960 2012 935 2013 923 2014 883 Total 5,487 

PRD reduced the cost of the public service pay bill by an estimated 6.1% in 2014. It i...

360. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there is an end date for the emergency financial measure introduced in 2009 on members of public service pension schemes, the pensions related deductions tax; and if the percentage charged on under €60,000 will be lowered and the exempted income be increased to reduce the burden on the lower paid public servants. (Question 41974/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Public Sector Pensions Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The powers granted by the Oireachtas under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) Acts are temporary in nature and are predicated on the existence of a financial emergency in the State. In the course of my 2014 annual review, submitted to the Oireachtas, of the FEMPI measures impacting on public service pay and pensions, I concluded in June this year that it was necessary to continue to apply those measu...

254. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans for the Office of Public Works site at a location (details supplied) in Dublin 8. (Question 39779/14 asked on 21 Oct 2014 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The Office of Public Works (OPW) will be continuing and improving its present activities at this site to effect greater efficiencies for the long term.
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135. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on the breakdown of the €261 million identified by his Department in the Ireland’s Stability Programme April 2014 Update, as the amount by which net voted expenditure at the end of March was below the estimated profile; and if he will clarify any moneys that have been returned to the Exchequer from the Department of Social Protection to date this year. (Question 30240/14 asked on 09 Jul 2014 - Stability Programme Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The Stability Programme Update, published by the Department of Finance in April 2014, showed an amount of €261 million as being the level by which, at the end of March this year, the total net voted expenditure for the year to date was lower than the level of expenditure that had been profiled by Departments;  the variance against profile arose €184 million on current expenditure and €77 million on capital expenditure. By that ...

266. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there are licence or lease agreements in place in respect of the rental of portions of the Four Courts building in Dublin; when the licences or leases were signed; the rent paid in respect of these agreements; if there are any arrears in this respect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24223/14 asked on 10 Jun 2014 - State Properties)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that there are a number of licence agreements in place in the Four Courts. There are two licence agreements relating to telecommunications masts on a building in the Four Courts complex along the same terms as similar arrangements on other State properties. Both of these licence agreements commenced in 2004. 
There are two other licence arrangements in place in the Four Courts. ...

321. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of moneys reallocated from the Department of Social Protection to other Departments in 2013 and 2014 including the size of the moneys; if the moneys arose from an underspend or from an increase in PRSI income; and when the reallocation was made and to which Department. (Question 22474/14 asked on 27 May 2014 - Departmental Budgets)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): All moneys allocated to Government Departments are voted upon by Dáil Éireann. If there is an underspend it reverts to the Exchequer. Where a deficit arises there is a requirement for a supplementary estimate voted upon by Dáil Éireann. My Department cannot reallocate money between Departments; the only mechanism through which money can be reallocated is through a vote in the Dáil.
In 2013 expenditure by the Department of Soc...

222. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to the fact that one of the projects he is funding under the auspices of the decade of commemorations programme has stalled, namely, the restoration of Kilmainham Courthouse; and his views on whether the indicative timeframe for the completion of the project so that the building can form part of the Kilmainham Gaol experience for the centenary commemorations and celebrations in 1916 can be met. (Question 19244/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Architectural Heritage)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 and 235 together.
In line with the approach to heritage buildings under Government Contract procedures for works to Protected Structures, a number of investigative contracts have already been executed at the former Kilmainham Courthouse which have addressed fabric issues including works of structural consolidation internally and extensive external maintenance work to th...

235. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason works on the restoration of Kilmainham Courthouse has stalled; the timeframe for the works; and if the building will form part of the Kilmainham Gaol experience before the centenary commemorations and celebrations in 1916. (Question 19243/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Architectural Heritage)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): I propose to take Questions Nos. 222 and 235 together.
In line with the approach to heritage buildings under Government Contract procedures for works to Protected Structures, a number of investigative contracts have already been executed at the former Kilmainham Courthouse which have addressed fabric issues including works of structural consolidation internally and extensive external maintenance work to th...

112. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh den an Aire Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe cén bunús taighde nó sochtheangeolaíoch atá leis an gcinneadh atá glactha ag an Rialtas maidir le cumas na Gaeilge ó thaobh earcaíocht sa Státseirbhís a athrú; cén chaoi a dtacaíonn sé seo leis an Straitéis Fiche Bliain don Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn. (Question 47434/13 asked on 07 Nov 2013 - Polasaí don Ghaeilge)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In developing a new policy approach to the Irish language proficiency aspect for recruitment to the civil service my Department - working collaboratively in particular with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht - was strongly guided by the evidence that the pre-existing approach of providing for bonus marks in all competitions for Irish language ability was clearly not achieving its objective. In particular the upt...

453. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of premises his Department currently rents; the locations of each of these premises; and the costs of the rent. (Question 33246/13 asked on 18 Sep 2013 - Departmental Properties)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes) (Deputy Brian Hayes): I understand that the Deputy’s question relates to properties leased on behalf of the Department of Social Protection. 
The Commissioners of Public Works currently lease 150 properties that are occupied solely by the Department of Social Protection. A further 13 leased properties are shared by the Department of Social Protection and other Departments or State Agencies. 
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394. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the barriers to micro and small and medium-sized enterprises in tendering for public contracts. (Question 35286/13 asked on 16 Jul 2013 - Public Procurement Regulations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In relation to improving access for small and medium-sized enterprises my Department has issued guidelines (Circular 10/10) that require public bodies to promote participation of such enterprises in the award of public contracts. The guidance does not distinguish between micro-enterprises and other SMEs, and the approach set out is intended to be applicable to them all. These guidelines set out positive measures that contracti...

35. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the engagement he has had, or overseen, with citizens on the Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) 2012 legislation. (Question 29563/13 asked on 20 Jun 2013 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): As the Deputy will be aware, the model of parliamentary inquiries adopted in the Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries Privileges and Procedures) Bill 2013 fully reflects and respects the views of the electorate on the appropriate scope of Oireachtas inquiries, as evidenced by the outcome of the referendum on the powers of Oireachtas inquiries October 2011.
The Bill also takes account of the report pre-legislative scrutiny process...