106. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach the details of all meetings of the National Security Committee; and the dates the committee met. (Question 15969/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Security Committee)

The Taoiseach: Having regard to the confidential nature of the National Security Committee, it would not be appropriate to disclose information about the dates of individual meetings or about its proceedings.
The Committee is chaired by the Secretary General to the Government and comprises representatives at the highest level of the Departments of Justice & Equality, Defence and Foreign Affairs and Trade, and of the Garda Síochána and the Defence Forces. 
It is concerned with ensuring that the G...

81. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach 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; and the reason they do not have a tax clearance certificate in each case, in tabular form. (Question 30293/17 asked on 28 Jun 2017 - Departmental Agencies Data)

Taoiseach (Deputy Leo Varadkar)(Deputy Leo Varadkar): The National Economic and Social Council (NESC), the only relevant body insofar as my Department is concerned, is an advisory body and not required to have a tax clearance certificate. 
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71. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach the details of payments made by his Departments, their 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 14781/17 asked on 28 Mar 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: There were no payments made by my Department, its agencies or any bodies under the aegis of my Department to broadcasters in the years to which the Deputy refers.
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77. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach 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; and if his Department intend to introduce any policies or guidelines. (Question 39038/16 asked on 07 Dec 2016 - State Investments)

The Taoiseach: My Department or the agency under my remit the National Economic and Social Development Office, does not have any investments either directly or indirectly through pension or other investment funds, in tobacco companies.
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51. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach the figures for his Department on the percentage of working days lost to sickness absence through certified and uncertified leave in each year from 2011 to 2015 inclusive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23746/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Departmental Staff Sick Leave)

The Taoiseach: The information requested by the Deputy regarding sick absence statistics for my Department is set out in a table:
 Year Lost time rate % - (certified sick absence) Lost time rate % - (self-certified sick absence) 2011 3.61% 0.24% 2012 2.27% 0.22% 2013 1.86% 0.24% 2014 2.39% 0.24% 2015 2.29% 0.24% 

My Department’s lost time rate due to sick absence is consistently below the Civil Service average.
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform routinely publ...

52. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach 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 23747/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Ministerial Travel)

The Taoiseach: The total number of miles and travel expenses claimed by Ministers of State assigned to my Department are provided in a table:
 Name Details Amount Minister of State Paul Kehoe Mileage claim for 01.01.16 - 31.01.16 - 4780 kms* €2,823.55 Minister of State Paul Kehoe Subsistence for St Patrick’s Day trip to USA 12-19 March 2016 €371.05 Minister of State Paul Kehoe Mileage claim for 01.02.16 - 31.03.16 - 2170 kms* €1,124.79 Minister of State  Paul Kehoe Mileage clai...

53. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Taoiseach the name, position and annual salary awarded to his special advisers; if he will provide details for requests for an increase above the special advisers’ pay cap as set by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23748/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Ministerial Advisers Data)

The Taoiseach: The names, roles and annual salaries of my Special Advisers are set out in a table:
 Name Position Annual Salary Mark Kennelly Chief of Staff €156,380 Paul O’Brien Special Adviser to the Taoiseach €87,258 Angela Flanagan Special Adviser to the Taoiseach €87,258 

No request has been made for an increase above the special advisers’ pay scale as set by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
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