90. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the statutory duties of the Minister of State with responsibility for flood relief. (Question 17976/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Ministerial Responsibilities)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Under the Minister and Secretaries Act 1924, as amended, the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland (Board of Commissioners) and its powers, duties and functions are assigned to, and administered by, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform as the responsible head of the Board of the Commissioners to Dáil Éireann. The Ministers and Secretaries Act, 1924 designates the Minister as the corporation sole that is a perpetual...

165. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the launch of the national development plan. (Question 8182/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - National Development Plan)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On 16 February last, the Government launched the National Development Plan (NDP) 2018 - 2027 following a special Cabinet meeting at the Institute of Technology in Sligo.  The NDP comprises an investment programme of €116 billion, of which €91 billion relates to Exchequer capital investment and the balance of €25 billion is State-backed investment by commercial State Owned Enterprises and other State bodies. 
This NDP adopts a n...

189. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the arrangement and future plans to allow public servants to continue to work after their retirement; if they will be put at a financial disadvantage or if they will be allowed to earn the same salary as they were earning prior to their retirement date; and if they will be taxed differently. (Question 4600/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 189 and 195 together.
The Government agreed on 5 December 2017 that the compulsory retirement age of public servants recruited before 1 April 2004 should be increased to age 70. Primary legislation will be required for the changes to be implemented. In approving the proposals, the Government also approved the General Scheme of a Bill to give effect to the changes. The Attorney General’s Offic...

168. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the unit within his Department that is responsible for implementing the eGovernment strategy 2017 to 2020. (Question 48749/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - eGovernment Services)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), part of my Department, has the overarching brief to strategically leverage ICT within the Public Service to improve outcomes for citizens and businesses. As part of this brief, the OGCIO works with other Departments and the EU to produce policies, strategies and systems that provide cross-cutting improvements to how public administration is carried out via the use...

89. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has received a report independently commissioned by an organisation (details supplied) carried out by persons that are experts in flood management and climate change; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43108/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works (OPW) has received in recent days a copy of a report by HR Wallingford commissioned by the “savecorkcity” group to support that group’s claims that a tidal barrier for Cork City would cost in the region of €140 million. The report is being considered by the OPW and its technical advisers. The OPW would note that the report addresses the estimated cost of the particular ti...

252. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of public servants now employed; the number of vacancies in the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37811/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Public Sector Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As of the end of the second quarter of 2017, based on the information provided to my Department overall public service employment was 311,215 in Full-Time Equivalence terms. As the Deputy may be aware, in Budget 2015, the Moratorium on Recruitment and Promotion was formally ended and the Employment Control Framework was replaced by a new Delegated Sanction Arrangement in most Government Departments and Offices. Under the new ...

150. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has met the trade unions or employer organisations recently. (Question 33012/17 asked on 12 Jul 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The primary point of contact with representatives of trade unions and employer organisations is through the Labour Employer Economic Forum (LEEF). The LEEF meets  on a quarterly basis with Government represented by the then Minister for Finance, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and the Minister for Jobs Enterprise and Innovation. Other Ministers attend depending on the issue and the Taoiseach chairs one meeting a ...

187. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the role his officials and, in particular, the economic unit have in the upcoming talks with the public sector unions. (Question 20406/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Senior officials from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are leading the public service pay negotiations from the employer side. These officials are supported by dedicated resources from the Irish Government Economic Evaluation Service (IGEES) which have been assigned to the Remuneration, Industrial Relations and Pensions Division within the Department to provide analytical support to senior management.
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188. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of times the Labour Employer Economic Forum has met; and the issues discussed. (Question 24675/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - Labour Employer Economic Forum)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 189 together.
There have been three meetings of the Labour Employer Economic Forum since it was established in 2016, and I have attended them all, the most recent being on 11 May 2017. The Forum has proved to be a significant addition to the process of direct communication and consultation between Government, employer and employee representatives on matters of mutual interest. Discussio...

189. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has attended a Labour Employer Economic Forum meeting recently. (Question 25630/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - Labour Employer Economic Forum)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 188 and 189 together.
There have been three meetings of the Labour Employer Economic Forum since it was established in 2016, and I have attended them all, the most recent being on 11 May 2017. The Forum has proved to be a significant addition to the process of direct communication and consultation between Government, employer and employee representatives on matters of mutual interest. Discussio...

313. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the agreement reached in November 2016 between PDFORRA and his Department for an additional hazard pay of €15 per day for Naval Service personnel serving in the Mediterranean Sea will be honoured; and when those who have served on these missions will receive this remuneration. (Question 6695/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Public Sector Allowances Payments)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 312 and 313 together.
The issue in question has been referred to my Department for consideration and this process remains to be concluded.
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187. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has met ICTU recently. (Question 38482/16 asked on 25 Jan 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In the context of the Labour Court Recommendations on Garda pay, and the potential wider implications for the Lansdowne Road Agreement, I met with representatives from ICTU on the 7th of November to listen to their views and inform considerations on these matters by Government.  
 Officials from my Department met with the Public Service Committee of ICTU under the framework provided by Section 6 of the Lansdowne Road Agreement...

267. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on the different set of circumstances that the Labour Court recommendation on Garda pay has created for expenditure but also for limiting the pay improvements in 2017 to €290 million; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38364/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 267 and 268 together.
 The Government has accepted the recommendations from the Labour Court as the basis for resolving the dispute over Garda pay. The cost of the proposed settlement, should it be accepted by the relevant Associations, will be met through agreed budgetary parameters.  
The wider implications of the recommendation in relation to the continued operation of the Lansdowne Road Agr...

268. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he or his Department are considering bringing forward the €1,000 State employee payment as reported in a newspaper (details supplied) on 28 November 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38365/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 267 and 268 together.
 The Government has accepted the recommendations from the Labour Court as the basis for resolving the dispute over Garda pay. The cost of the proposed settlement, should it be accepted by the relevant Associations, will be met through agreed budgetary parameters.  
The wider implications of the recommendation in relation to the continued operation of the Lansdowne Road Agr...

133. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the programme for Government commitment to fully implement the Lansdowne Road agreement in accordance with the timelines agreed. (Question 33800/16 asked on 23 Nov 2016 - Lansdowne Road Agreement Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Government is fully committed to implementing the Lansdowne Road Agreement and will continue, across the coming weeks, to work with all stakeholders to ensure the continuation of a collective pay policy framework that meets the needs of our public servants and safeguards our economy into the future.
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134. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there are officials in his Department who oversee or interact with other Departments on implementation of the Lansdowne Road Agreeement. (Question 34867/16 asked on 23 Nov 2016 - Lansdowne Road Agreement Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Lansdowne Road Agreeement is a Collective Agreement between the Government and public service employers with  the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) and other associations representing public servants. There are well established formal and informal stuctures in place to address the implementation of the terms of the Agreement. Where implementation issues arise my officials interact with...

358. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if, pursuant to his announcement following the 2013 budget, his Department has any continuing arrangement in place for oversight of health spending. (Question 30720/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Departmental Budgets)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy is aware, managing the delivery of public services within Budgetary allocations is a key responsibility of each Minister and their Department, and measures are in place to help ensure that these budgetary targets continue to be met.
My Department is in regular communication with all Departments and Offices to ensure that expenditure is being managed within the overall fiscal parameters. The drawdown of funds from...

372. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has in place in his Department’s social policy and public sector reform division, any arrangements for acting on recommendations of the Comptroller and Auditor General which have cross public service implications. (Question 27014/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Reform Implementation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I have in place in my Department in Government Accounting Unit robust and well-established arrangements for responding to the recommendations of the Comptroller and Auditor General which have cross-public service implications.
As the Deputy will be aware, when the Comptroller and Auditor General makes a recommendation relating to a Government Department or body under the aegis of a particular Government Department the recommend...

373. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the commitment in the confidence and supply agreement and in the programme for Government concerning the public sector pay commission. (Question 30529/16 asked on 18 Oct 2016 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The establishment of a Public Service Pay Commission to examine pay levels across the public service is a commitment in the confidence and supply agreement and in the Programme for Partnership Government.  In July, the Government agreed in principle to the establishment of a Public Service Pay Commission.  In line with this decision, my Department conducted a public consultation about the role and methodology of the Commission....

487. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he and his Department are concerned regarding future investment on PEACE projects in Northern Ireland and as a result of the Brexit result; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26579/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Cross-Border Projects)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The outcome of the UK Referendum on EU membership will obviously have implications not only for the EU-funded PEACE Programme, but also its sister INTERREG Programme.  Together the two Programmes have a total value of more than half a billion Euro over the period 2014-2020, with 85% of the funding coming from the EU.
As part of our contingency planning, my Department had identified the implications of Brexit for the two program...

489. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has in place in his Department’s Social Policy and Public Sector Reform Division any arrangement for acting on recommendations of the Comptroller and Auditor General which have cross-public service implications; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26803/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Departmental Policy Functions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): There are robust and well-established arrangements in place for responding to the recommendations of the Comptroller and Auditor General which have cross-public service implications.
As the Deputy will be aware, when the Comptroller and Auditor General makes a recommendation relating to a Government Department or body under the aegis of a particular Government Department the recommendation is carefully considered and responded ...

490. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of the discussion at the June 2016 EU Council meeting where the EU fiscal rules were discussed and in particular, the way they were being applied to prioritising Government expenditure on Capital Infrastructure. (Question 27015/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - European Council Meetings)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The European Council meeting that the Deputy refers to took place in Brussels on 28 June 2016.  The agenda dealt with three broad themes - migration; jobs, growth and investment; and external relations.  
I understand that at the meeting the European Council generally endorsed the country-specific recommendations as discussed by the Council, thus allowing the conclusion of the 2016 European Semester, but no discussion took plac...

491. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on the way in which EUROSTAT is classifying public private partnerships; and if this definition will impede on any of the Government projects already announced or in the pipeline. (Question 27016/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Public Private Partnerships)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to PPP stakeholders’ calls for greater clarity on the way in which Eurostat is classifying public private partnerships, the European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC) and Eurostat have worked together over recent months to produce a practitioners’ guide on this topic. The Guide has been developed with a desire to bring greater clarity and improve the understanding of how the rules used by Eurostat on PPPs are applied in ...

177. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has recently met the Garda Representative Association; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20291/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): While I have not formally met with the Garda Representative Association officials of my Department have participated in all discussions with the Association on the issue of the Lansdowne Road Agreement alongside those of the Department of Justice & Equality.
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178. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of capital expenditure in 2016; if it is on target; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20292/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Net capital issues at the end of June 2016 amounted to €1.148 billion, which falls short by €43m (3.6%) of profiled expenditure of €1.191 billion. The end-June 2016 issues figure compares to €1.054 billion for the same period last year and, therefore, represents an increase of €94 million or 8.9%.   
Capital issues to date represent 31.1% of the total net capital estimate (€3.693 billion) for the year with €2.546 billion remai...