386. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funding under the voluntary homeowner relocation scheme can be accessed by flood victims in areas other than the Shannon region; his views on the case (details supplied); if they meet the qualifying criteria; and if so the application process for same . (Question 24614/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a Homeowners Voluntary Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded during December 4th 2015 to January 13th 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid at those worst affected properties, for which there are no alternative feasible measures. 
The Offi...

228. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the completion of the flood relief work on the Dodder River, Dublin; the timeframe for different phases; the details of each phase; the current projection for the completion of work. (Question 10555/17 asked on 01 Mar 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The works on the River Dodder are being undertaken in multiple phases. Significant works and investment have been undertaken to date on this scheme with works continuing in 2017. The Scheme is being undertaken with Dublin City Council acting as the Contracting Authority and the Office of Public Works acting as the funding agency and undertaking the works using its direct labour force.
All phases of works...

229. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the work will be completed on the flood prevention work on City Quay, Dublin 2. (Question 10556/17 asked on 01 Mar 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The South Campshires Flood Protection Project started construction in November, 2014. These works are ongoing on the south quays of the River Liffey and are due to be substantially completed at the end of Q3 2017. The works extend from Butt Bridge, at the upstream extent, to a point 130 metres downstream of Samuel Beckett Bridge at the downstream extent - a distance of approximately 1,050 metres. 
The sc...

926. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the list of all vacancies that existed on 26 February 2016 and all positions that have arisen since including the date it became vacant for State boards or governing bodies under his control; the names of those appointed since the Government was formed; if the position was advertised and a short-list provided to him by the Public Appointments Service; if the appointments were approved by the Cabinet; the positions under his control which are not subject to the PAS system; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26088/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Ministerial Appointments)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): With regard to the Board of PAS, there were no vacancies on or since 26 February 2016.
The board members of the IPA are appointed by way of ex-officio position (e.g. one member must be a Secretary General of a Government Department) or are membership nominees so the positions do not involve the Minister in any way and as such cannot be advertised.
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450. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he will unwind the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21043/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question Ref: 19754/16 of 6 July 2016.
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452. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans for pay restoration for members of An Garda Síochána and if he is in ongoing talks with representatives from An Garda Síochána regarding pay restoration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21108/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Garda Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Officials of my Department in association with their colleagues in the Department of Justice and Equality have had discussions with representatives of the Garda Síochána in the last number of weeks aimed at facilitating their engagement with the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA). While progress has been made in these discussions with the Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors in terms of addressing issues of mutual concern t...

104. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of the levels of pension entitlement reinstatement in the public service which came in under the Lansdowne Road agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4704/16 asked on 22 Mar 2016 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): On 16 June last year, I announced proposals to restore, on a phased basis, most of the cuts affecting public service pensions due to the Public Service Pension Reduction (PSPR). This announcement was separate to the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA), which relates to the terms and conditions of serving public servants. 
These PSPR ameliorative proposals have since been legislated for under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Pu...

369. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the proposed date for Ireland to enshrine the new European Union public procurement directives, that will require all public bodies to apply more socially and economically just criteria to all public tenders, will be in advance of the required deadline of April 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21421/15 asked on 09 Jun 2015 - EU Directives)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I intend to ensure that Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement is transposed into Irish law by the end of 2015 at the latest  and the other two Directives covering the Utilities sector (2014/25/EU) and Concession Contracts (2014/23/EU) will  be transposed by the required deadline.
The criteria for the award of contract will be based on the provisions in the Statutory Instrument that implements each Directive into national la...

240. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform details of the proposals that sports clubs will only be liable to pay commercial rates on the parts of their clubhouses which have bars or shops; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6704/15 asked on 17 Feb 2015 - Valuation Office)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 238 and 240 together.
The Valuation (Amendment)(No.2) Bill 2012 is progressing through the Oireachtas. It had its Second Stage reading in the Dáil on 12th February 2015, having been passed by the Seanad on 20th November 2014. I expect that the Bill will proceed to Dáil Committee Stage in early March.  
The Government introduced an amendment  in  the Bill to Schedule 4 of the Valuation Act 2001 ...

83. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount the State pays annually in ground rents for State owned buildings and buildings in State control; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46693/14 asked on 04 Dec 2014 - Ground Rents Payments)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 83 and 84 together.
The annual ground rent for properties under the remit of the Commissioners of Public Works is €4,147.44.
The top ten recipients of ground rent for properties in State ownership under the remit of the Commissioners of Public Works are set out as follows: 
The table shows the Landlord and the annual ground rent paid.
 Landlord Ground rent per annum...

84. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide a list of the top ten recipients of ground rent payments from the Government in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46694/14 asked on 04 Dec 2014 - Ground Rents Payments)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 83 and 84 together.
The annual ground rent for properties under the remit of the Commissioners of Public Works is €4,147.44.
The top ten recipients of ground rent for properties in State ownership under the remit of the Commissioners of Public Works are set out as follows: 
The table shows the Landlord and the annual ground rent paid.
 Landlord Ground rent per annum...

276. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to allocate further funds this year to local authorities for housing adaptation grants in order to tackle the national backlog in this area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24649/14 asked on 10 Jun 2014 - Capital Programme Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The management of housing policy and making provision for expenditure on housing  is a matter in the first instance for my colleague the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to consider. An allocation of €38.6m was made in Budget 2014 for Private Housing Grants which represented a 10% increase on the 2013 allocation. The Deputy will be aware that I recently agreed to make available an additional €50m for...

409. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of vacant Office of Public Works units and properties there are in Fingal, County Dublin; and if he will provide a list of said vacant buildings. (Question 31599/13 asked on 02 Jul 2013 - Office of Public Works Properties)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): The following State owned properties in Fingal, Co. Dublin currently vacant are: 17A/17B, Main Street, Blanchardstown, which is surplus to requirements and is on the market for sale; the former Detention Centre, Kildonan Road, Finglas, which has been allocated to other State bodies; and the former Garda Station, Rush, Co. Dublin, for which the OPW is presently reviewing expressions of interest from the co...

397. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funding will be allocated and works carried out by the Office of Public Works and or other relevant bodies, as a matter of urgency towards emergency coastal protection measures at the Burrow, Portrane, County Dublin in view of the rapid dune erosion in recent days and the imminent risk not only to family homes and business’ but to public property, namely the coastal beach walkway, public toilets, and public roads; if the concerns and worries of local residents who fear losing their homes to erosion can be sympathetically addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47563/12 asked on 06 Nov 2012 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): I propose to take Questions Nos. 396 and 397 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) administers the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme as part of its flood risk management responsibilities. This scheme provides funding to local authorities to undertake measures to alleviate localised flooding and coastal flooding or erosion problems within their administrative areas. There is ...