105. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach if a ministerial allowance is claimed in respect of his ministerial role at the Department of Defence. (Question 15443/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Allowances)

The Taoiseach: I do not receive an allowance in respect of my role as Minister for Defence. I am in receipt of one office holder allowance - in respect of my role as Taoiseach.
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111. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the number of secondees from companies (details supplied) that are working in his Department. (Question 5841/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

The Taoiseach: There is one secondee from PwC working in my Department. My Department does not have any secondees from the other organisations detailed by the Deputy.
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116. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the full costs of the Citizens’ Assembly. (Question 26514/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Citizens Assembly)

The Taoiseach: As the Assembly has not yet completed its work, it is not possible at this stage to indicate the total cost of its operation. A budget of €1.906 million has been set aside for 2017 for the Assembly.
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89. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the details of payments made by his Department or a public body under the aegis of his Department to a person (details supplied) in the past 36 months. (Question 21393/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: I can confirm that no payments have been made by my Department to Kieran Mulvey over the past 36 months to date.
Sanction was obtained from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for work to be carried out during 2016 by Mr Mulvey on the independent report on the North East Inner City based on standard approved rates for the sum of €11,800, but this amount has not been drawn down.
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86. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the amount of money his Department spent on purchasing copies of the Public Sector Times magazine in 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15423/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: My Department had no spend on the Public Sector Times Magazine in 2015.
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87. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the amount of money spent on daily newspapers in 2015; if this is an appropriate expenditure given the available and far cheaper online alternatives; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15439/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: My Department spent €72,827.21 on print newspapers (including daily, Sunday and weekly papers) in 2015. This compares to a spend of €109,330.76 in 2008 when my Department undertook a review of its expenditure on print media. On foot of this review, my Department rationalised its subscriptions and availed of a number of online subscriptions which resulted in expenditure savings. 
My Department liaises closely with the Office of Government Procurement on all matters related to pub...

88. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the number of staff working in his Department’s human resources section. (Question 15455/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Staff Data)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 88 and 90 together.
In 2011, when my Department began engaging with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the PeoplePoint Project, there were 11.58 whole time equivalent staff members working in Human Resources (HR) in my Department. My Department moved to streamline and optimise its HR function ahead of the transfer of responsibility for its transactional HR activities to PeoplePoint and there are now 7.85 whole time equivalent staff...

89. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the number of staff who work exclusively on constituency matters for him. (Question 15471/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Ministerial Staff)

The Taoiseach: There are six staff members working in my Constituency Office.
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90. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the changes in the numbers employed in his Department’s human resources section following the introduction of PeoplePoint. (Question 15487/16 asked on 14 Jun 2016 - Departmental Staff Data)

The Taoiseach: I propose to take Questions Nos. 88 and 90 together.
In 2011, when my Department began engaging with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on the PeoplePoint Project, there were 11.58 whole time equivalent staff members working in Human Resources (HR) in my Department. My Department moved to streamline and optimise its HR function ahead of the transfer of responsibility for its transactional HR activities to PeoplePoint and there are now 7.85 whole time equivalent staff...

61. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach to bring all environmental functions including nature, wildlife, water protection, waste and pollution control together under one Department of the environment, climate and natural heritage. (Question 11583/16 asked on 24 May 2016 - Departmental Administrative Arrangements)

The Taoiseach: I would like to reassure the Deputy that this Government is committed to protecting our environment and natural heritage. The Programme for Government identifies climate change as the global challenge of our generation which requires radical and ambitious thinking. Tackling climate change and promoting sustainability across all sectors is essential to improving and protecting our environment. 
The Government’s decision to move environment related policy into a single department ...

68. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the Minister responsible for setting up the citizens’ assembly relating to the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution; how representatives and members of the assembly will be selected; when this process will begin, if it will be given a definitive time frame to conclude its deliberations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10164/16 asked on 17 May 2016 - Constitutional Amendments)

The Taoiseach: As the Deputy is aware, in the Programme for a Partnership Government the Government has committed to establishing a Citizens’ Assembly, within six months and without participation by politicians, with a mandate to look at a limited number of key issues over an extended time period. These issues will not be limited to those directly pertaining to the Constitution and may include issues such as, for example how we, as a nation, best respond to the challenges and opportunities of an...

1. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach why a company (details supplied) was awarded the contract for census printing and data capture services for Census 2016, given that the company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of an American owned contractor associated with human rights abuses in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq; and if any other companies tendered for this contract. (Question 9174/16 asked on 04 May 2016 - Census of Population Publication)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Census 2016 is being organised and carried out by the Central Statistics Office. Both the fieldwork and the processing of the collected forms are undertaken by CSO employees.
The census is a major undertaking for the CSO and contractors have been appointed to assist with specialised parts of the work. An outside contractor, CACI (UK) Ltd, was awarded the contract following a public procurement process...

170. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the number of times the Cabinet committee on justice reform has met. (Question 34224/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Cabinet Committee Meetings)

The Taoiseach: The Cabinet Committee on Justice Reform has met on nine occasions to date. 
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171. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach if he will lay the reports received under section 100 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 before the Houses of the Oireachtas since he took office, as required by the legislation. (Question 34225/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Departmental Reports)

The Taoiseach: Since I took office I have not received any reports under section 100 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005.
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225. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach his views on the provision for citizen initiated referendums to empower persons, and the separation of the Government and Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14270/15 asked on 21 Apr 2015 - Constitutional Convention Recommendations)

The Taoiseach: I take it that this question concerns the Fourth Report of the Convention on the Constitution. 
The subject of the Fourth Report was the Dáil electoral system and the Convention made various recommendations in that regard. It also made three other recommendations, detailed below, to which I assume the Deputy is referring. The Fourth Report was debated in Dáil Éireann on 18 December 2014 and the script circulated in the Dáil that day by the Minister of State with special responsi...

138. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach in view of the fact the Central Statistics Office falls under the remit of his Department, the fact approximately 5,000 persons of Roma origin live here and the Pavee Point report, Roma Communities in Ireland and Child Protection Considerations, which states the lack of information on Roma communities makes it difficult to develop effective and appropriate policies and to provide appropriate services, his plans to include Roma ethnicity under the ethnic and cultural background question in the upcoming 2016 census. (Question 41997/14 asked on 04 Nov 2014 - Census of Population Statistics)

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The CSO works hard to ensure that the information collected and provided from the census remains current, relevant and of maximum use to the public. While it has been common practice for past censuses to conduct a public consultation on possible new questions and changes to existing questions, given the very tight constraints on resources in recent years it was not possible to pursue this route for Census 2016. Accordingly...

180. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach the amount his Department spends on an annual basis in payments to consultancy firms (details supplied). (Question 2484/14 asked on 21 Jan 2014 - Consultancy Contracts Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: My Department has made no payments to Accenture or Oracle in 2013 or to date in 2014.
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96. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach if he will list the cost of each Ombudsman under his remit in the years from 2000 to 2012, within the on-going economic difficulties which challenge us all to work differently. (Question 26642/13 asked on 11 Jun 2013 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: There is no Ombudsman under the remit of my Department.
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129. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach if he will outline the numbers and cost of agency staff under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11079/13 asked on 05 Mar 2013 - Departmental Staff Data)

The Taoiseach: My Department or the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO), the only body under the aegis of my Department, do not employ agency staff and therefore there is no cost.
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