2. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to a report from the IMF (details supplied) that makes a range of recommendations regarding PPPs, including that the State begin using a cost benefit analysis of them. (Question 53507/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I should first explain that Public Private Partnerships are already subject to a strong public investment management methodology, which includes appraisal. The Deputy may be referring to a recommendation made as part of the recent IMF PIMA report, to the effect that appraisals should be published on a more systematic basis.
The National Development Finance Agency was established in 2003 under the National Development Finance Ag...

5. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to outline his plans to reform freedom of information legislation. (Question 53245/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Freedom of Information Legislation)

Deputy Mick Wallace: The questions relate to the current freedom of information legislation. Is the Minister satisfied that the legislation is functioning properly? Will the Minister consider amending section 44 of the Act so that he can instruct the Information Commissioner to carry out a review of the operation of the Act?
My interactions with numerous freedom of information departments, State bodies and Departments lead me to believe the legislation is not working. I do not believe this so...

8. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to improve the gender balance on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 53246/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Each Minister is ultimately responsible for appointments to boards under their aegis and must have regard to the Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards. Relevant issues relating to the effective operation of each board, including those such as diversity, gender balance and mix of expertise and skill sets are for each Minister to consider. 
As set out in the Guidelines, compliance with the Government Decision of 23 July 201...

15. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the rolling selective spending review process which will take place in his Department between 2017 and 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53247/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As part of my Estimates speech on Budget day last year I announced that a spending review would take place on a three-year rolling basis. 
The first cycle of the Spending Review in 2017, which culminated in the publication of over 20 analytical papers on Spending Review topics, was successfully completed in October following the publication of Budget 2018. This was the first cycle of a series of selective reviews of the curren...

16. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to address pay inequality within the public sector. (Question 53243/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The issue of addressing the difference in incremental salary scales between those public servants, who entered public service employment since 2011 and those who entered before that date was addressed with the relevant union interests under the provisions of the Haddington Road Agreement (HRA).
From 1 November 2013 pre and post-2011 pay scales were merged into a single consolidated scale applicable to each grade. Generally, the...

162. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the projected cost of public sector pay for the two years after the new deal expires in 2020. (Question 51462/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Budget 2018 estimate of the public service pay bill is €17.4bn. This includes the 2018 cost of the Public Service Stability Agreement. The costs of the PSSA in subsequent years are:
- 2019 - €370m
- 2020 - €339m  
There are carryover costs associated with the Agreement of €227m in 2021.  
However, the actual level of the public service pay bill for the years 2021 and 2022 is not fixed as it will also depend on public se...

423. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the way in which revenue generated from the television licence fee is spent. (Question 51423/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Television Licence Fee Yield)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The licence fee is distributed in accordance with Section 123 of the Broadcasting Act 2009 to both RTÉ and TG4 in order to facilitate the pursuit of their public service objectives, which are also set out in the 2009 Act.
An Post pays the Department all TV licence revenues collected from direct sales of TV licences and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) pays a contribution in resp...

424. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of community radio stations operating during 2017; and the names of these stations. (Question 51424/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Radio Broadcasting)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is responsible for the licensing of independent radio broadcasting services in Ireland, including the licensing of community broadcasters. I have no function in the licensing of broadcast services.
Further information about the number of Community Radio stations in Ireland can be found on the BAI website at http://www.bai.ie/en/broadcasters or by contacting their offi...

20. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Finance if he has received a date for an appeal (details supplied); if the appeal will be withdrawn; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50880/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Legal Proceedings)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government profoundly disagrees with the European Commission’s analysis in the Apple State Aid case. 
An appeal is therefore being brought before the European Courts. Such an appeal takes the form of an application to the General Court of the European Union (GCEU), asking it to annul the Commission’s Final Decision. 
The Attorney General prepared the legal grounds in support of the annulment proceedings and the application was lodged in the GCEU...

37. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Finance the steps he will take to ensure the cost of insurance working group schedule does not slip further; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50881/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Insurance Costs)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Cost of Insurance Working Group – which is now chaired by Minister of State Mr. Michael D’Arcy T.D. – published its Report on the Cost of Motor Insurance on 10 January 2017.  The Report made 33 recommendations with 71 associated actions to be carried out in agreed timeframes, set out in an action plan within the Report.  
It is envisaged that the implementation of all the recommendations cumulatively, with the appropriate levels of commitment an...

104. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Taoiseach the domain names registered to or owned by his Department or through a third party company. (Question 49061/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

The Taoiseach: The list of current valid domain names registered in my Department follows. As part of the Government’s eGovernment strategy 2017-2020 the Office of the Chief Information Officer has been working on the development of a Digital Service Gateway - a single digital point where citizens can easily access information about the Government services that are available to them. This work, which began at the beginning of this year, is ongoing and will involve the rationalisation of existi...

119. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the domain names registered to or owned by her Department or through a third party company. (Question 49063/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Records indicate that the following domain names are registered by or on behalf of my Department. Not all of these domain names are associated with a unique website. Some of these domain names are alternative aliases for websites, some are associated with information campaigns, or with activities which are still in planning, or with supporting the Department’s technology infrastructure. 
actionplanforjo...

156. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Finance the domain names registered to or owned by his Department or through a third party company. (Question 49062/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, the domain names registered to or owned by my Department or through a third party are listed as follows:
- http://finance.gov.ie
- http://databank.finance.gov.ie
http://taxpolicy.gov.ie
- http://banking.finance.gov.ie
- http://sepa.gov.ie
- http://budget.gov.ie
- https://www.switchyourbank.ie
- http://bankaround.ie
Please note that the domains listed relate to active websites. This list does not include domai...

177. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the domain names registered to or owned by his Department or through a third party company. (Question 48943/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform manages the central Government domain name servers. Management is through a self service web portal allowing each public service body to manage their own domains. The Department owns and operates the gov.ie domain. Central Government Departments register and operate subdomains which allow for entries such as per.gov.ie. Control of each subdomain is delegated to the responsible...

205. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he has been briefed by Student Universal Support Ireland, SUSI, on proposals for its future use of the public services card in its work; and if his attention has been drawn to the scope of the proposals. (Question 48951/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Student Grant Scheme Administration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In line with the 2013 Government decision, S180/20/10/1789, the Public Services Card (PSC) infrastructure is the Government’s standard identity verification scheme, which is to be used for access to all public services, where appropriate. As such, the widespread adoption of the PSC infrastructure, including its online counterpart MyGovID, to underpin access to public services by citizens is critical to the successful delivery of the eGo...

216. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the domain names registered to or owned by his Department or through a third party company. (Question 49069/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The domain names registered to or owned by the department or through a third party include the following:
esinet.ie;
education.ie;
studentgrantappeals.ie;
esf.ie;
egf.ie;
regionalskills.ie;
schooltransportappeals.ie;
scoilnet.ie;
pdsttechnologyineducation.ie;
skillnets.ie;
energyineducation.ie;
siolta.ie;
schoolself-evaluation.ie;
school-self-evaluation.ie;
school-self-evaluation.com;
esbs.ie; And
nationalskillscouncil.ie
 ...

242. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the domain names registered to or owned by his Department or through a third party company. (Question 48944/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department operates more than 80 websites in total, comprising those that relate to our activities here in Ireland as well as those of Ireland’s diplomatic missions abroad.
From January 2017 to date, these websites have together received in excess of 37 million page views. Users include Irish citizens seeking to access services such as Passport Tracking, Travel Advice and Online Passport Renewals, as well as other international u...

243. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans for incorporating the use of the public services card within his Department; the services that it will be used for; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48945/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Public Services Card)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Since 29 March 2016, my Department has required all first-time passport applicants aged eighteen and above who are resident in Ireland to hold a valid Public Services Card (PSC). This requirement also applies to the small number of adult passport applicants whose last passport was issued before 1 January 2005 and has since been reported as lost, stolen or damaged.
The Government decided on 17 July this year that the PSC would be req...

272. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the domain names registered to or owned by his Department or through a third party company. (Question 48947/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The domain names owned by bodies on my Department’s ICT shared service are listed as follows. All of the names were registered through specialist third party providers.
 Name anticorruption.ie bravery.ie coroner.ie coroners.ie coronersservice.ie cosc.ie csit.ie csvc.ie   dacoi.ie fightracism.ie Forensicscience.ie gardainspectorate.ie iab.ie idcmagdalen.ie integration.ie internetsafety.ie irishpr...

300. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the domain names registered to or owned by her Department or through a third party company. (Question 49068/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I have requested my officials to compile a list of the domain names that are registered to my Department and I will forward the information to the Deputy in accordance with the timelines set out in Standing Orders.
 ...

366. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Health the domain names registered to or owned by his Department or through a third-party company. (Question 49067/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The following domain names are currently registered to my Department. Some refer to areas which were applicable to the former Department of Health & Children and no longer relate to the business of the Department of Health, while others are no longer in use but the registration has not expired.
 Domain Name Description health.gov.ie / health.irlgov.ie Department’s government domain doh.ie / dohc.ie Former domains for Department’s website h...

445. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the domain names registered to or owned by his Department or through a third party company. (Question 49066/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The domain names registered to or owned by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine or through a third party company are listed in the table.
 Domain agriappeals.gov.ie agriculture.gov.ie dacs.gov.ie dafmlab.gov.ie dafrd.gov.ie efabis.gov.ie woodspec.ie coford.ie woodenergy.ie agfood.ie agriculture.ie agrifood2010.ie(aliases:agri-vision2015.ie) agrionline.ie alab.ie avianflu.ie bi...

464. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the domain names registered to or owned by his Department or through a third party company. (Question 48949/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department maintains the 32 domains and 11 sub domains that are listed as follows. Apart from the main Departmental website it is necessary in the interests of customer service to have some dedicated websites related to specific areas of Departmental responsibility. 
 Domain Registrar Registration date Intended Purpose aarhusconvention.ie           GOV. NETWORKS 10-Jan-13 Redirect to http://www...

519. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the domain names registered to or owned by his Department or through a third party company. (Question 49071/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): I refer the deputy to the table which contains the information as requested.
State agencies under the remit of my Department have been forwarded a copy of your enquiry. They have been requested to respond to you directly. Please advise my private office, if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.
 Internet Domain Owner AAIU.ie DTTAS Bikeweek.ie DTTAS Coastguard.ie DTTAS departmentoftransport.ie DTTAS dept...

542. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the domain names registered to or owned by her department or through a third party company. (Question 49065/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Communications)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The following is the list of domain names registered to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.
 www.dcya.ie www.ministerforchildren.ie www.officeoftheministerforchildren.ie www.hubnanog.ie www.hubnanóg.ie www.dailnanog.ie www.childrenyouth.ie www.omcya.ie www.specialneedspreschool.ie www.comhairlenanog.ie www.equalstart.ie www.childrensdatabase.ie www.preschoolaccess.ie www.freepreschooldisabilitysupports...