31. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of times the Defence Forces engaged in aid to civil power duties with regard to US military aircraft present at Shannon Airport to date in 2018; the number of personnel involved; the cost of these engagements; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20427/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Operations)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Justice and Equality and An Garda Síochána have primary responsibility for the internal security of the State. Among the roles assigned to the Defence Forces in the White Paper on Defence is the provision of Aid to the Civil Power (ATCP) which, in practice, means to assist An Garda Síochána when requested to do so. On each occasion that the support of the Defence Forces is required, An Garda Síochána issues a ...

44. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of personnel who have exited the Defence Forces, excluding mandatory retirements, to date in 2018; the overall number he anticipates for 2018, excluding mandatory retirements; his views on the fact that the current pay and conditions of the Defences Forces are forcing personnel to consider employment in other areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20426/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 33, 37 and 44 to 46, inclusive, together.
The Defence Forces have a higher level of turnover than other areas of the public service and this is a feature of military organisations internationally.
Rates of pay and conditions of employment in the Permanent Defence Force have traditionally been set by, amongst other things, reference to levels of pay across the various sectors of the Irish public s...

79. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the contracts awarded by his Department or an agency under his remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20313/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): There were no contracts awarded to the company referred to by the Deputy, by my Department or by any agency under the aegis of my Department, during the period covered by the question.
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90. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Finance the contracts awarded by his Department or an agency under his remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20316/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Consultancy Contracts Data)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I can advise the Deputy that there were no contracts awarded by my Department to the firm ‘Capita’ since March 2011.
In relation to the seventeen Bodies under the aegis of my Department, I am informed that since March 2011, thirteen have not awarded contracts to a company named ‘Capita’ since March 2011.  It was not possible for four of the bodies to provide the requested information in the time available and therefore I will make arrangements to pr...

118. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Education and Skills the contracts awarded by his Department or an agency under his remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20314/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Details, as requested, in relation to contracts awarded by my Department and aegis bodies are currently being compiled and this information will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.
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142. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the contracts awarded by his Department or any agency under his remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20318/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to confirm to the Deputy that the information sought cannot be provided in the time allowed. As soon as the information has been collated I will write to the Deputy on the matter.
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154. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the contracts awarded by her Department or an agency under her remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20310/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): In the time available, it has not been possible to supply the information requested. My Department will supply the information requested once it has been collated.
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180. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Health the contracts awarded by his Department or an agency under his remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year, in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20317/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Records indicate that one payment was made to the company in question in June 2017 following a procurement exercise, in respect of an one year contract for maintenance and licensing in respect of Sophos Anti Virus protection in the amount of €40,811.40. 
I have asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy regarding any contracts held with the company. Details for other bodies under the aegis of the Department are operational matters for the bodies con...

221. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the contracts awarded by his Department or an agency under his remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20309/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Since March 2011 Capita (formerly Southwestern Services) have held a number of contracts with this Department that were awarded following public procurement competitions.
The services supplied by the company in relation to bovine animals relate to the registration of bovine births, issue of bovine passports, and processing of farm to farm movements and death notifications. These services were previously the subject of two sep...

229. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the contracts awarded by his Department or an agency under his remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year, in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20312/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The company referred to in the Question was awarded a 10-year contract in December 2013 to develop, implement, maintain and promote the use of the National Postcode System “Eircode”. The payment to the company for  establishing, operating and maintaining the National Postcode System (NPS) is expected to be €38m (VAT inclusive) over the life of the 10-year licence.
Information in respect of bodies and agencies u...

244. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the contracts awarded by his Department or an agency under his remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20319/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The information requested by the Deputy is available on my Department’s website at the following link: http://www.dttas.ie/corporate/english/expenditure-external-services.
The information is updated twice yearly. The first six months of 2018 will be published later in the year.
My Department does not hold the information requested for the Agencies by the Deputy. However I have forwarded your request to all Agencies under the remit o...

252. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the contracts awarded by her Department or an agency under her remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20311/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department has utilised internal audit services provided by this company during a period when this Department was unable to recruit a Head of Internal Audit and then supported the service subsequently. A contract was signed for their services on 20 October 2014 for a 12 month period with the option of an extension of a further 12 months, which was availed of. Payments were made into 2017 as audits by the company were comple...

267. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the contracts awarded by her Department or an agency under her remit to a company (details supplied) since March 2011, by year in tabular form; the cost per contract; the basis for each contract; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20315/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Consultancy Contracts Data)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): Details of the contracts awarded to the company referred to by the Deputy are outlined in tabular form:
 Year contract awarded Details of contract Value of contract 2015 Eircode Database – quarterly update. (Includes an annual data access fee of €500 p.a.) €30,000 p.a. (excl. VAT) 

The statutory bodies operating under the aegis of my Department are the Citizens Information Board, the Low Pay Commission...

53. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the zoned land owned by the 31 local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19862/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Housing Provision)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): I propose to take Questions Nos. 44 and 53 together.
The development of residential lands owned by local authorities and the Housing Agency, for social housing and, where appropriate, for mixed-tenure developments, is a major priority under the Rebuilding Ireland: Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness. To this end, details of some 1,700 hectares of land in local authority and Housing Agency ownership were published on...

62. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will report on the views expressed in his proposal to the public consultation conducted by the Department of Finance on the issue of unused zoned and serviced land which determined that no new tax intended to encourage the development of residentially zoned and serviced land; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19863/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Land Availability)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): My Department did not make a formal submission in the context of the public consultation held by the Department of Finance referred to by the Deputy. 
However, as the Deputy will be aware, the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015 introduced the vacant site levy which is aimed at incentivising the development of vacant under-utilised sites in urban areas for residential or regeneration purposes. Under the Act, plannin...

80. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the role his Department will play with regard to the new Government agency that will buy private land adjoining existing prime sites held by State and semi-State organisations in order to assemble land holdings that will then be developed for housing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19861/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Land Acquisition)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Project Ireland 2040 signals a significant policy shift towards securing more compact and sustainable urban and rural development, which requires significantly more effective land management in key development areas. Against that background, it is proposed to establish a National Regeneration and Development Agency to assist in ensuring a more effective approach to strategic land management, particularly in terms of publ...

121. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Finance if his Department or a State agency under his remit has availed of the services of companies (details supplied) since 2011; if so, the details of the expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19822/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Consultancy Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): No invoices were received by my Department, however please see the following response from state agencies under my remit relating to Diskshred Ltd. or Asset Management Ireland in the years 2011 to 2018.
Of the seventeen bodies under the aegis of my Department, I am informed that fifteen have not availed of the services of the companies, Diskshred Ltd or Asset Management Ireland since 2011. The Irish Bank Resolution Corporation and The Office of the...

195. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if his Department or a State agency under his remit have availed of the services of companies (details supplied) since 2011; if so, the details of the expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19821/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Consultancy Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I am informed that, based on a review of the Department’s central financial management system, payments were made to the latter of the companies referenced to the value of €13,272.90 by the Department and its agencies in the period 2011 to 2013 inclusive. The payments mainly related to services for the disposal of ICT equipment under the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. There were no payments made to this servi...

24. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the status of the measures she has taken to address the above average unemployment levels which persist in County Wexford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19281/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Unemployment Levels)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The first publication of the Labour Force Survey which replaces the Quarterly National Household Survey (QHNS) was released on 16, January 2018 and is the official measure of unemployment. The most recent data shows that, nationally, unemployment has fallen from a peak of 15% in 2012 to 6.1% by March 2018. Within the South East region, which includes Wexford, unemployment has fallen from a peak of 19.0% in 2012 to 7...

37. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection her views on the tender recently published on her Department’s website seeking the supply of facial image matching software to improve the performance of the SAFE registration process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19280/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Public Services Card Authentication)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The use of facial recognition technology has been successfully employed by my Department for a number of years. What is proposed, in the context of this competitive tender process, is a continuation and upgrade of this existing technology.
My Department uses facial image matching software to strengthen the SAFE registration process. The normal digital photograph in JPEG format is captured during the SAFE registratio...

36. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he has discussed with Pobal its charitable status since becoming Minister; his views on whether its status as a charity may be in breach of the Charities Act 2009; his views on the need for a statutory body to identify as a charity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19105/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): Pobal was established by Government in 1992 as Area Development Management Ltd. (ADM).  The company has grown significantly and they now manage and administer programmes on behalf of a number of Government Departments.  In 2005, ADM was re-named Pobal. 
Pobal is a not for profit company limited by guarantee.  Charitable status was granted to the company by the Revenue Commissioners on the 20th November 1996. In accordance with ...

48. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 12 of 22 February 2018, her plans to examine her Department’s relationship with Pobal with a view to forming a closer statutory relationship; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18842/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Pobal is a not-for-profit company, which works on behalf of the Irish Government in managing programmes that contribute to social inclusion, equality and reconciliation. 
Pobal operates under the aegis of Department of Rural and Community Development (DCRD). Consequently, any decisions regarding its structure or statutory relationships require the consideration of my cabinet colleague, Minister Ring, the officials of his departm...

55. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 12 of 22 February 2018, her plans to commission an independent review of the operating system for childcare with particular regard to Pobal; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18841/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): As referenced in Parliamentary Question No. 12 of 22 February 2018, I intend to conduct a review of the systems and structures which operate nationally and locally to support childcare provision. This will include consideration of the role of 30 City and County Childcare Committees, various National Voluntary Childcare Organisations and Pobal. 
I am currently advancing a cross-Government, ten year strategy for children aged 5 an...

107. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Government contracts awarded to a company (details supplied) in each year since March 2011, in tabular form; the costs per contract; the Department, agency or body involved; the basis for each contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18637/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has no current contracts with the company in question. 
The following table sets out details of previous contracts the Department had with the company and details of a relevant Office of Government Procurement framework.

 Department Year Purpose of Contract Type of Contract Value of Contract Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (National Shared Services Off...

19. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the way in which he expects the agriculture sector to adapt its practices in the future to make use of the new allowances provided for in the recently agreed effort sharing regulation legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18111/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Greenhouse Gas Emissions)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The long term vision for the agriculture and land-use sector, including forestry, is an approach to carbon neutrality which does not compromise the capacity for sustainable food production. We are taking a number of steps on this pathway, with the Department funding a range of initiatives and schemes to improve the sustainability of the sector. Examples include over 50,000 farmers participating in GLAS and 30,000 farmers in th...