163. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if all agencies under her aegis have an up to date tax clearance certificate; the agencies which do not have an up to date tax clearance certificate; the reason they do not have a tax clearance certificate in each case, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30280/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Departmental Agencies Data)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am pleased to confirm to the Deputy that I am advised that a current tax clearance certificate is held by each of those bodies and agencies under the aegis of my Department.
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134. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the details of any payments made by her Department, its agencies or any bodies under her aegis to any broadcasters here in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016; the broadcaster to which the funds were provided; the reason for the payments; and if there are any reasons for payments to broadcasters in 2017. (Question 14717/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): In light of the volume of information concerned it is not possible to provide these details to the Deputy in the time available. Arrangements are therefore being made for the information requested in respect of both the Department and the bodies under its aegis to be collated and forwarded to the Deputy in line with the timelines set out in Standing Orders.
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176. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by her Department, any agency within the remit of her Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if her Department has any guidelines in relation to such investment; if her Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39025/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am advised that neither my Department, nor any of the bodies under its aegis, hold any investments of the type described by the Deputy. My Department and those bodies under its aegis are subject to the Public Spending Code and all relevant Department of Public Expenditure circulars, financial and procurement regulations.
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377. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if she will consider increasing the funding for the Irish language organisations, Foras na Gaeilge and Údarás na Gaeltachta, whose budgets have been reduced by over 50% since 2008, and which received no additional funding in budget 2017; if she will consider reversing the 2016 cut of 40% to the Seachtain na Gaeilge budget; if she will consider reversing the 35% funding cut to Irish language summer camps which resulted in the number of camps falling from 92 in 2015 to 59 in 2016; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31936/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Estimates Process)

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Seán Kyne): I refer the Deputy to my replies to recent Parliamentary Questions in regard to the 2017 Estimate provisions.
As set out in these replies, an additional allocation of €2.25m in total was provided in Budget 2017 for the Irish Language, Gaeltacht and Islands Programme. With regard to Údarás na Gaeltachta, an additional €1m in once-off capital funding had been secured as part of the 2016...

415. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the figures for her Department on the percentage of working days lost to sickness absence through certified leave and uncertified leave in each year from 2011 to 2015 inclusive. (Question 23406/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Departmental Staff Sick Leave)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The requested totals, in respect of the period 2011-2015, are set out in the following table. 
 Year Certified Uncertified 2011 3.40% 0.23% 2012 3.51% 0.25% 2013 3.95% 0.22% 2014 3.71% 0.15% 2015 3.45% 0.18% 
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422. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of miles claimed for and the amount of travel expenses paid to her and each Minister of State in her Department in respect of their functions as a Minister in her Department between 1 January 2016 and 10 March 2016; between 11 March 2016 and 6 May 2016; and since 7 May 2016. (Question 24291/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Travel)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The information sought by the Deputy, relating to Ministerial travel on official business relating to my Department is set out in the following table. 
 - Minister Heather Humphreys Minister of State Joe McHugh Minister of State Michael Ring - Kilometres Claimed Travel Expenses Paid Kilometres Claimed Travel Expenses Paid Kilometres Claimed Travel Expenses Paid 1 January 2016 to 10 March 2016 8,908 €4...

424. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to provide the name, position and annual salary awarded to her special advisers; to provide details of requests, if any, for an increase above the special advisers pay cap as set by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24308/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Advisers Remuneration)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Since my appointment as Minister on 6 May 2016, I have appointed two special advisers, Sarah Meade and Pauric McPhillips. Both advisers are paid at the relevant Principal Officer (Standard Scale) rate in accordance with the standard arrangements put in place by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. Mr McPhillips, who began in the role this year, is paid at the first point of the Principal Officer (Standard Sca...