136. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the procedures adopted under the mobility policy; if it is possible for a person to move backwards on the list; the circumstances in which such could occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19904/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Phase 1A of the Civil Service Mobility scheme was launched for Clerical Officers and Executive Officers to apply for mobility in November 2017. Over 3,300 staff members have applied for mobility since its launch. As a matter of policy for the scheme, applicants are queued by date of application in the first instance, and length of service in the second instance.
It was open to applicants to enter a legacy date on their initial ...

137. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of transfers of Department of Justice and Equality staff planned in 2018 and 2019 in zone 7 under the mobility policy section; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19905/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Phase 1A of the Civil Service Mobility scheme was launched for Clerical Officers and Executive Officers to apply for mobility in November 2017. Over 3,300 staff members have applied for mobility since its launch.  
When the Mobility system becomes operational for organisations to initiate transfers, vacant posts will be filled in accordance with the following organisational sequence.
CO – 50% Mobility : 50% Open;
EO – 40% Open ...

88. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 383 of 20 June 2017 and other statements from his Department (details supplied), the position regarding persons with this legislation benefit under the Irish airlines superannuation scheme that wish to transfer from IASS to other schemes within the PSTN at full value of their benefits prior to December 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19226/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Irish Airlines Pensions has advised this Department that as a result of the deficit that exists on the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS) pension fund, it is not in a position to fully fund transfers effected through the Public Sector Transfer Network (PSTN).
The rules of the PSTN require a full transfer of pension entitlements. In the case of funded pension schemes, this means that a transfer payment must be made in r...

89. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 94 of 24 April 2018, if his attention has been drawn to issues raised (details supplied) on the windows; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that this layer is not the size that the supplier alleges is being used; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19272/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Building Regulations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The cell windows used by the Office of Public Works are a composite construction made up of three components, namely concrete, glass block and a protective covering layer. The performance of the cell windows depends on all three components working together and not just one single component of its make-up. The composite construction of the cell windows mentioned in the deputy’s PQ does not breach Safe...

94. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to the fact that windows in facilities (details supplied) have been fitted with basic glass block walling glass blocks; and the steps he will take to remedy this matter. (Question 18239/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Health and Safety Regulations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The cell windows used by the Office of Public Works are a composite construction made up of three components, namely concrete, glass block and a protective covering layer. The performance of the cell windows depends on all three components working together and not just one single component of its makeup. The composite construction of the cell windows mentioned in the deputy’s PQ does not breach Safet...

146. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 87 of 28 February 2018, his plans to provide for public oversight of the auditing of the funds of wards of court in the absence of an amendment to the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993. (Question 13634/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Wards of Court)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy will be aware, wardship funds are not public funds but rather are funds subject to the control and supervision of the High Court. Arrangements for the oversight of such funds is, therefore, a matter for the Courts themselves as supported by the Courts Service. 
The Courts Service has informed my colleague the Minister for Justice and Equality that it is standard procedure for funds of Wards of Court to be brough...

35. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the intervention which will be made to prevent further coastal damage at Portrane and to develop a long term plan to ensure the safety of the homes in the area that are currently in danger due to damage to the dunes further to the recent visit by the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works to the Burrow, Portrane; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11308/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): As you are aware I visited Portrane on 26 January of this year and met with Fingal County Council officials, including the Chief Executive, local representatives and members of the community to discuss this matter. 
I fully appreciate the serious concerns of the local people and I and the OPW are working with the Council to assist it in finding a proper long term solution to the problems at Portrane...

137. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if guidelines to be followed by State bodies in running a recruitment process for CEOs are produced by his Department; and if so, if he will provide a copy of same. (Question 12410/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Appointments Service)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 to 139, inclusive, together. 
While there are no specific guidelines issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the running of a recruitment process for CEOs of State bodies the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, 2016 provides a framework for the application of best practice in corporate governance for commercial and non-commercial State bodies...

138. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there is a requirement for State bodies to use validated assessment tools and techniques during the interview stages of a recruitment process for the position of CEO of State bodies. (Question 12411/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Appointments Service)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 to 139, inclusive, together. 
While there are no specific guidelines issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the running of a recruitment process for CEOs of State bodies the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, 2016 provides a framework for the application of best practice in corporate governance for commercial and non-commercial State bodies...

139. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if records of selection methods utilised including interview records and sufficient documentation to support each stage of a recruitment process for CEO of a State body must be maintained by the State body concerned. (Question 12412/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Appointments Service)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 to 139, inclusive, together. 
While there are no specific guidelines issued by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the running of a recruitment process for CEOs of State bodies the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, 2016 provides a framework for the application of best practice in corporate governance for commercial and non-commercial State bodies...

109. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the report on the costings of pay equality will be completed; and the timeframe to achieve same (details supplied) (Question 11681/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 85, 98, 99 and 109 together.
Under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, the Parties acknowledged the issues of concern in relation to the increased length of the salary scale in certain instances in respect of post January 2011 entrants. 
It was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by ...

111. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 87 of 28 February 2018, the reason for the contradiction between his reply and the advice received by the Public Accounts Committee in 2001 when the Attorney General stated there was no obstacle to the Comptroller and Auditor General assuming this function (details supplied). (Question 11686/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Wards of Court)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I do not accept that the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 87 of 28 February 2018 and the advice received by the Public Accounts Committee in 2001 are in conflict. My reply of 28 February is that it is constitutionally impermissible to proceed with a PAC recommendation to legislate to give the Comptroller and Auditor General oversight in respect of wardship funds, which are not public funds. The context in 2001 was the contem...

112. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of discussions of the Community High Level Forum relating to community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors who have been seeking through their union representatives the allocation of Exchequer funding to implement a Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme; and the steps he will take to ensure that the Labour Court recommendation is implemented by Departments in view of the fact that private sector employers and unions are requested to respect the labour court. (Question 11691/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question no. 54985/17 answered on 16 January 2018
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87. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to amend the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993 in order that the investment funds for wards of court can be audited by the Comptroller and Auditor General as recommended by the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice in its wards of court report. (Question 10277/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - Wards of Court)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Constitution provides that there shall be a Comptroller and Auditor General to control on behalf of the State all disbursements and to audit all accounts of moneys administered by or under the authority of the Oireachtas and that the terms and conditions of the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General shall be determined by law.
Under the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act, 1993, the Comptroller and Audito...

168. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of secondees from companies (details supplied)who are working in his Department. (Question 5839/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I wish to confirm to the Deputy that that there are no employees from the companies referred to, on secondment in my Department.
 ...

185. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he will take at the conclusion of the pay review to address the inequality in teachers pay for those entering the profession after 2011. (Question 4354/18 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.
 ...

13. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the value of the financing sanctioned by his Department for the staffing of An Garda Síochána’s liaison unit for the Charleton Tribunal. (Question 2120/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Tribunals of Inquiry Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In March 2017 the Department of Justice and Equality wrote to my Department seeking sanction for two retired members of An Garda Síochána and one civilian to support the work of the Disclosures Tribunal. It was the view of the Department of Justice and Equality that these resources were required to support the timely completion of the work of the Tribunal and also to minimise any potential negative impacts on the delivery of th...

23. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if ministerial sign off by his Department was sought and received for the financing required to rehire retired members of An Garda Síochána to staff the liaison unit for the Charleton Tribunal. (Question 2119/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Tribunals of Inquiry)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In March 2017 the Department of Justice and Equality wrote to my Department seeking sanction for two retired members of An Garda Síochána and one civilian to support the work of the Disclosures Tribunal. It was the view of the Department of Justice and Equality that these resources were required to support the timely completion of the work of the Tribunal and also to minimise any potential negative impacts on the delivery of t...

22. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to develop a coordinated national coastal plan to prioritise the most at risk inhabited and to develop a unified approach to the management of coastal erosion nationwide. (Question 53063/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The primary objective of Government policy on coastal protection is to ensure that in areas identified as being at greatest risk of damage or loss of economic assets through coastal erosion or flooding, appropriate and sustainable measures are identified by Local Authorities to protect those assets. Where such measures are economically justified on cost benefit grounds and compatible with all requir...

24. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the steps being taken to prevent further damage to dunes at Portrane, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53466/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The problem of coastal erosion at Portrane is being addressed by Fingal County Council. The Council applied for and was approved funding of €57,800 in 2012 under the Office of Public Works’ Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme to carry out a Coastal Erosion Risk Management Study of Portrane to Rush. This study was completed and the Council has been working on the basis of its ...

71. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason the OPW recently advertised in the national press for guides and sought information on age and marital status on the application form in breach of equality legislation; and the steps he has taken to ensure it does not happen again; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52460/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Departmental Staff Recruitment)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): In their standard annual application process for Seasonal Guides for Heritage visitor sites, the OPW routinely seeks key information from prospective candidates in order to progress the selection process. The online application form for the 2018 season can be viewed at https://www.opw.ie/en/seasonal-guide-recruitment-form/
Information in relation to specific date of birth is sought in order to ensur...

179. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason for the delay in publishing regulations regarding the augmentation of single scheme benefits for public servants in the post 2013 single public sector pension scheme, in view of the fact that this delay prevents public servants from making additional voluntary contributions to the single public sector pension scheme and thus prevents them from making adequate provision for their retirement.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49277/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Pension Provisions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Single Public Service Pension Scheme (Single Scheme) was introduced for new entrants to the public service from 1 January 2013. There is no specific provision in the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 which established the Single Scheme, to provide for the augmentation of pension benefits by individual members of the Single Scheme. Notwithstanding this, a commitment has been given that a...

14. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he has taken to ensure that Fingal County Council using available funds is acting to prevent further damage to dunes at Portrane, County Dublin. (Question 47150/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 26 together.
I am very aware of the problems that coastal communities face in dealing with the erosion of soft coastline particularly given the severe weather events we have experienced in this country in recent years. I am aware from my recent visit to Donegal the issues associated with erosion of soft coastal defences. I can assure the Deputy that work is b...

26. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his strategy for preventing the destruction of homes at risk due to coastal erosion, in particular, in respect of coastal damage at Portrane, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47151/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 26 together.
I am very aware of the problems that coastal communities face in dealing with the erosion of soft coastline particularly given the severe weather events we have experienced in this country in recent years. I am aware from my recent visit to Donegal the issues associated with erosion of soft coastal defences. I can assure the Deputy that work is b...

94. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the arrangements the OPW will make to facilitate an organisation (details supplied) to which it has granted a five year lease to operate in the Garda station relocating to alternative premises in the event of the station reopening. (Question 43087/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Office of Public Works Properties)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Commissioners of Public Works licensed the former Garda Station in Rush to a Community Group for a period of five years commencing on 9th February 2015. Under the terms of the licence, the Commissioners reserve the right to terminate the occupancy at any time by giving one month’s written notice to the Licensee. The Commissioners are not obliged to provide alternative accommodation for this Grou...