97. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 194 of 27 February 2018, the status of pension increases which were due to be applied shortly including arrears due to the start of the year; when this will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20257/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As I informed the Deputy in my previous answer on 27 February 2018, my Department issued a circular in January of this year authorising and giving guidance in relation to the application to qualifying pensions of pay increases under the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017. Responsibility for implementing these increases lies with the various public service pension/payroll providers. I understand that work is underway to ...

155. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the report on the costings of pay equality and a timeframe to achieve it as called for in an amendment to section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12595/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

194. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of and timeframe for the restoration of pensions for retired civil and public servants whose pensions are tied to serving officers pay (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9333/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On 1 January 2018, public service pensions impacted by the Public Service Pension Reduction (PSPR) qualified for an effective increase by way of a lessening or amelioration of PSPR, as required under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2015. I understand that such increases have, in general, been implemented through pension payrolls across the various public service sectors.  
Separate from these PSPR-ba...

87. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if work by the Office of Public Works requested by persons (details supplied) living near the Phoenix Park will be ensured; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9163/18 asked on 22 Feb 2018 - Office of Public Works)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Commissioners of Public Works have raised the issue of ivy overhanging the Phoenix Park boundary wall at numbers one and two St Joseph’s Cottages, Blackhorse Avenue with the Phoenix Park Special School.
I can confirm that these works are a matter for the Health Service Executive and they have been notified of the issue.
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94. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the legislation to extend the mandatory retirement age in the public sector to 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4986/18 asked on 01 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 146 on 14 December 2017.
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26. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the way in which the existing public sector pay agreements are helping to address staff shortages in front-line public services; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50835/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Since Q4 2013 Public Service numbers have increased by nearly 30,000. Over 20,000 of those were recruited in the Health and Education sectors. Adjusting for transfers of functions between Departments, both the Department of Health and the Department of Education and Skills have higher staffing levels now than in 2008.
Furthermore there has been a shift from administrative staff to front-line service delivery. For example in ...

146. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the legislation to extend the mandatory retirement age in the public sector to 70 years of age; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53517/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government has approved the General Scheme of a Bill to give effect to its decision last week to increase the compulsory retirement age for most public servants recruited before 1 April 2004. It is not possible to predict the length of time it will take for a Bill to be drafted and pass through both Houses of the Oireachtas given the need for meticulous drafting, ongoing detailed policy considerations, and the scheduling re...

296. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding his plans to unwind the FEMPI legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46763/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On Monday the 18th of September the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions endorsed the terms of the recently negotiated extension to the Lansdowne Road Agreement on pay and reform in the public service.
This Public Service Stability Agreement will run from 2018 to 2020 by which point pay will be fully restored to all public servants earning up to €70,000, which is equal to almost 90 per cent of public ...

169. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the pro rata increases given to all public servants in April 2017 will be given to those who retired after March 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32249/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): It is assumed that the Deputy is referring to the €1,000 increase in 2017 applicable to public servants on annualised basic salaries up to €65,000 under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2015. This increase which, under FEMPI 2015, is to take effect from 1 September 2017, was advanced to 1 April 2017 for most qualifying public servants. 
Increases to higher-value salaries above €65,000 on 1 April 2017,...

181. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an annual timeframe on the way in which pay restoration for the pubic sector will apply; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32270/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 181 and 182 together.
The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 contains the following pay adjustments:
2018
- 1 January 2018 annualised salaries to increase by 1%;
- 1 October 2018 annualised salaries to increase by 1%.
2019
- 1 January 2019 annualised salaries up to €30,000 to increase by 1%;
- 1 September annualised salaries to increase by 1.75%.
2020
- 1 January 2020 annualised salari...

182. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there will be full restoration of public pay and pensions for public sector workers by 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32271/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 181 and 182 together.
The Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 contains the following pay adjustments:
2018
- 1 January 2018 annualised salaries to increase by 1%;
- 1 October 2018 annualised salaries to increase by 1%.
2019
- 1 January 2019 annualised salaries up to €30,000 to increase by 1%;
- 1 September annualised salaries to increase by 1.75%.
2020
- 1 January 2020 annualised salari...

186. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to close the main road through the Phoenix Park as has occurred in previous years during the summer period; the rationale behind the closure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32382/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Road Network)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Commissioners of Public Works has operated a part road-closure of Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park from Friday, 28 April 2017 and this will continue until Sunday, 24 September 2017. Closure runs from 8pm Friday evening to 8pm Sunday evening on each weekend during the summer period. The measure was introduced in 2012 in furtherance of the objectives of the Phoenix Park Conservation Manage...

100. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if all agencies under his 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 he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30291/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Departmental Agencies Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, the Public Appointments Service, the Office of Public Works, the State Laboratory, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Regulator of the National Lottery are all tax compliant.  PAS and OPW have up to date tax clearance certificates.  The State Laboratory supply their customers with their tax numbers and access codes and the customer uses this information to check tax compliance on the Reven...

410. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to fully restore pensions of retired public sector workers, which were reduced as a result of FEMPI legislation; when this restoration will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16437/17 asked on 04 Apr 2017 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question no. 2701/17 on 24 January 2017.
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130. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of any payments made by his Department, its agencies or any bodies under his 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 14728/17 asked on 23 Mar 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, the tables outline the details of payments made to broadcasters by my Department and the bodies under its aegis since 2014.
 Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
 Year Supplier Amount Description 2015 Pi Communications €780 Provision of sound engineering and manned camera support on Budget Day 2015 

Special EU Programmes Body

 Year Supplier Amount Descri...

184. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the recourse available to those public sector workers whose pay was cut as part of the FEMPI legislation, but have now retired before the legislation is unwound and so cannot claw back money through their pay; if such money can be clawed back through pension payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3307/17 asked on 25 Jan 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Pay reductions effected by the FEMPI legislation have played and continue to play a vital role in securing stability for the public finances. These pay reductions are now being partially reversed or restored by way of the provisions of the Lansdowne Road Agreement and FEMPI 2015.  The pay increases thereby arising benefit affected public servants from the due dates, and on that basis no payment of what the Deputy refers to as ...

171. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if any investments, either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, are held in tobacco companies by his Department, any agency within the remit of his Department, or any agency or entity in receipt of departmental funding; if his Department has any guidelines on such investment; if his Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39036/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, neither my Department nor the bodies under its aegis have any investments either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds in tobacco companies.
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271. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works will improve toilet facilities at the Phoenix Park for families using the park; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38554/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Public Parks Conveniences)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Commissioners of Public Works provide public toilet facilities at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. These toilets are well maintained and hygiene standards are checked and recorded regularly by the incumbent concessionaire of the café. It will, in time, be necessary to provide greater toilet capacity to deal with the steadily increasing visitor numbers to the Phoenix Park.
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117. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the new supplementary request for tender (SRFT) which was to replace a cancelled SRFT under the interpretation services framework, which he stated in a reply to a previous parliamentary question in September 2016 was due to issue in the coming weeks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37873/16 asked on 30 Nov 2016 - Public Procurement Regulations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The draft SRFT is now at an advanced stage of preparation and is undergoing final review in order to ensure the optimum outcome will be delivered. It is expected that the SRFT will be issued within the next two weeks.
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182. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason the Office of Government Procurement, OGP, has cancelled the tendering process for interpretation and translation services; when the tendering process will commence for translation services by the OGP; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28013/16 asked on 29 Sep 2016 - Public Procurement Contracts)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Interpretation Services framework was established in February 2016. There are 3 framework suppliers.  The Translation Services framework was established in March 2016. There are 6 framework suppliers.  Both frameworks are for the provision of services in respect of some 90 languages and are both are still in place.
Draw down from both the Interpretation Services framework and the Translation Services framework is by way of...

486. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reasoning behind the rule which states that construction companies can only apply for Government tendered projects where that company’s average turnover for the three previous years is equal to or greater than the value of the project the company is tendering for; if his attention has been drawn to the fact this is resulting in many smaller firms which would be in a position to tender for such jobs not being able to; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26573/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Public Procurement Contracts)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government recognises the importance of the SME Sector and continues to develop measures to support SMEs in accessing the public procurement market.  My colleague, Minister of State Eoghan Murphy, chairs the SME Advisory Group so that the voice of Irish SMEs can be heard by Government.  Circular 10/14: Initiatives to assist SMEs in Public Procurement, sets out guidelines to promote the setting of relevant and proportionate ...

494. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the OPW is aware that some of the houses which are currently being occupied by Ordnance Survey Ireland are in disrepair with water entering electrics, cracks in the ceilings and with the wall plastering collapsing; if the OPW will meet its obligations as some of the buildings within this area are listed and becoming compromised due to the disrepair; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26566/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Office of Public Works Properties)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): The Office of Public Works (OPW) owns properties in the grounds of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) in the Phoenix Park. These properties have to date been managed by OSI who are about to commence a schedule of works which includes replacing guttering, rainwater pipes and chimney repairs.
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393. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the figures for his 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 23417/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Departmental Staff Sick Leave)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question the following table outlines the percentage of working days lost to sickness absence through certified leave and uncertified leave in each year from 2011 to 2015 inclusive. 
 Year - % of Working Days lost (Lost Time Rate) - Uncertified Leave % of Working Days lost (Lost Time Rate) - Certified Leave 2015 DPER 0.22% 2.08%   OGP 0.25% 1.55%   SS 0.51% 4.09% 2014 DPER 0.21% 1....

408. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of miles claimed for and the amount of travel expenses paid to him and each Minister of State in his Department in respect of their functions as a Minister in his Department between 1 January 2016 and 10 March 2016; between 11 March 2016 and 6 May 2016; and since 7 May 2016. (Question 24302/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Travel)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The information requested is provided on a monthly basis, as this is how Travel and Subsistence claims/payments are managed in this department.  The information in the following table refer to claims processed to date.
 Minister Brendan Howlin - - -  -  Date KMs Details Amount Comment Jan-16 3,537 Ministerial Mileage €2,089.31 NA May-16 252 Ministerial Mileage €148.86 NA Mar-16 1,872 Ministerial Mileage...

409. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to provide the name, position and annual salary awarded to special advisers; to provide details of requests, if any, for an increase above the special advisers pay cap as set by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24319/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Advisers Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The information sought by the Deputy is currently being compiled by all Departments and will be published on this Department’s website shortly.
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