22. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the cost her Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37436/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): My Department, including a number of its Offices, holds a number of Public Bank Accounts to enable it to conduct its financial transactions, including paying staff and suppliers and collecting payment for services provided to clients of the Department and its Offices. The Department’s Public Bank Accounts are currently held with Danske Bank. This follows on from a procurement process conducted by the Dep...

270. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost his Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37228/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, the following table outlines the cost of bank charges (including for credit cards) in each of the past five years: 

 Institution 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Bank of Ireland, VISA €186 €186 €186 €294 €342 Danske Bank €167 €354 €460 €446 €427 Fexco €11 Total €353 €540 €657 €740 €769 
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330. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost his Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37223/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the attached table.  This table lists the total amount paid in fees and negative interest in respect of all accounts for each of the past five years and to the end of June 2017.
My Department operates a number of commercial bank accounts all of which are held in the Bank of Ireland and one investment account which is held in the Central Bank in respect of the National Training Fund.  Ban...

475. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the cost his Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37225/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department comprises two separate votes, Vote 28 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Vote 27 International Co-operation.
The Department and our global mission network engage a range services with banks domestically and internationally.
The following table shows the cost incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees:
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade banking cha...

589. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the cost his Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37227/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy may be aware, my Department provides a Financial Shared Service to 10 client bodies. This results in higher volumes of banking charges which are currently absorbed by the Department. 
Bank charges have increased in 2017 due primarily to the introduction of charges by the Bank of Ireland in relation to Government bank accounts. The Deputy may wish to note that the Office of Government Procurement is currently undertaking...

717. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the cost her Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38219/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The cost to my department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees and the financial institutions to which the payments were made are detailed in the following table. 
 Financial Institution 2012 (€’s) 2013 (€’s) 2014 (€’s) 2015 (€’s) 2016 (€’s) 2017 YTD (€’s) Visa 94.72 98.10 98.10 98.10 98.10 79.05 Elavon Financial Service...

917. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the cost his Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37226/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): There are two Bank of Ireland corporate credit cards for official business purposes currently in use in my Department. The cards are held by my Private Secretary and a nominated officer in my Department’s Finance Unit. Until 2017 these cards operated on a no fees basis. Therefore, the costs incurred on these cards from 2012 to 2016 are the standard €120 per year annual card charge and €30 per year Stamp Duty charge.
For current account services for the ...

1308. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the cost his Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37219/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The details of charges paid for debit and credit card payment services and banking fees, as requested by the Deputy, are set out in the following tables:
Card payment service fees
 Year Bank of Ireland Allied Irish Banks 2012 965.92 0.00 2013 756.16 1,395.93 2014 0.00 8,790.48 2015 0.00 12,219.51 2016 0.00 12,748.32 Total 1,722.08 35,154.24 

Banking fees
 Year Bank of Ireland Allied Irish ...

1962. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the total cost his Department incurred in each of the past five years due to debit and credit card payment services and banking fees; the financial institutions to which the payments were made; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37244/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The information requested is set out in the following table.
 - 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total Credit Cards Government Stamp Duty €120.00 €326.98 €180.00 €180.00 €120.00 €926.98 Allied Irish Bank - Annual Fees €338.10 €412.07 €214.32 €246.25 €40.32 €1,251.06 


 - 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total Credit Cards Government Stamp Duty ...

1525. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the net saving if the Gateway scheme were abolished on 1 January 2018. (Question 35828/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1525, 1546 and 1547 together.
The Gateway Initiative was introduced in 2013 at a time of high unemployment in Ireland. It is administered through the local authorities and is one of a number of work programmes that my Department operates. Given the capacity in the system at present through the other employment schemes such as Community Employment ( CE), Tús and the Rural Social Scheme ( RSS) and the contin...

115. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach the expenses incurred by his Department on insurance of all types of in each of the past five years; the cost of each insurance policy held by his Department over the same time period per annum; and the same data for all bodies under the aegis of his Department (Question 26513/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: My Department and the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) operate under State indemnity, a self-insurance model whereby the State bears the financial risk associated with the cost of claims. The management of such claims is delegated to the State Claims Agency.
NESDO came under the ambit of the State Claims Agency in 2014. Prior to this NESDO was required to hold separate insurance cover. Details of expenditure on insurance by NESDO is set out below. In recen...

144. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide a breakdown of all costs due to consultancy and other external contracts with regard to his Department’s financial services policy division, including a description in each case of the purpose of the contract in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8261/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table. This information relates to 2016. My Department publishes all such information on its website.
 2016     Name Description Amount Price Waterhouse Coopers National Risk Assessment €73,031 Mason Hayes and Curran Advice regarding Subject Access Request under Data Protection Act €733 William Fry Legal Advice to the Department in relation to the Minister’s inves...

130. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the landlords to which her Department or bodies under its aegis paid rent in each of the past three years; and the sums paid in each case. (Question 25421/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I wish to advise the Deputy that the information he sought is set out in the table. Please note that this includes payments in respect of properties of major institutions of the State such as An Garda Síochána, the Courts Service and the Irish Prison Service.
 Name of Landlord Rent paid in 2013 (€) Rent paid in 2014 (€) Rent paid in 2015 (€) Jones Lang LaSalle 716,080 716,080 714,407 Regus Nil Nil 191,82...

280. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the landlords that his Department or bodies under his aegis paid rent to in each of the past three years; and the sums paid in each case. (Question 25417/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): In response to the Deputy’s question, the Office of Public Works is involved in most purchases and leasing of buildings by the State including buildings leased for the Department of Finance. 
With respect to the Bodies under the Aegis of the Department of Finance, I have been advised of the information detailed in the following table.
  - 2014 2015 2016 Tax Appeals Commission Managed by OPW Managed by OPW Managed by OPW Office of the C...

911. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the landlords that his Department or bodies under his aegis paid rent to in each of the past three years; and the sums paid in each case. (Question 25422/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, the Commissioners of Public Works hold leases on properties on behalf of Government Departments / Offices. Details of the landlords and rents paid to them for the last three years under such leases are set out in the following table to this reply.
Information in relation to the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) is set out below.
 Year Office:  Belfast Office: Omagh Office: M...

1554. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the landlords to whom his Department or bodies under his aegis paid rent in each of the past three years; and the sums paid in each case. (Question 25410/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In general, all issues in relation to leases for Government Departments/Offices, including my Department, are a matter for the Office of Public Works. However, there are three locations where my Department has paid rent for premises, in the past three years, which is set out below. Information in relation to agencies, under the aegis of my Department, is a matter for the agencies themselves. 
 Landlord and Location...

1689. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the landlords that his Department or bodies under his aegis paid rent to in each of the past three years; and the sums paid in each case. (Question 25413/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten)(Deputy Denis Naughten): All of my Department’s accommodation needs are provided for by the Office of Public Works and therefore no rents are paid directly to landlords by the Department.  The information regarding the agencies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for each Agency. I will request the relevant bodies to reply directly to the Deputy with the information requested in respect of t...

1795. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the landlords that his Department or bodies under his aegis paid rent to in each of the past three years; and the sums paid in each case. (Question 25424/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The Office of Public Works is responsible for the procurement of office (and other) accommodation required for the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and accordingly the arrangement of lease terms and rents where appropriate is a matter for that Office.
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1928. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the landlords to whom her Department or bodies under her aegis paid rent in each of the past three years; and the sums paid in each case. (Question 25412/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Appropriation Account for my Department for the last three years does not include any direct payments in respect of rent. The lease for my Department’s building is held by the Office of Public Works.
As regards Tusla, as this information is held regionally it will take some time to compile the information requested by the Deputy. I have asked Tusla to communicate directly with the Deputy with a full response as soon as possi...

1949. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the landlords to whom his Department or bodies under his aegis paid rent in each of the past three years; and the sums paid in each case. (Question 25414/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Taoiseach and Minister for Defence (Deputy Enda Kenny): The following set out in tabular format are the details as requested of rents paid to landlords by the Department in each of the past three years. 
 LANDLORD PROPERTY PURPOSE. Sept 2013- Sept 2014 Sept 2014 - Sept 2015 Sept 2015- Sept 2016 Gareth Brides Unit 2, Rathcorrick, Cavan Co. Cavan Reserve Defence Force €34,850 €19,680 €19,680 Fergal Keaveney Unit 3-4 Cleveragh Business Centre Sligo Reserve ...

93. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the fees or any other form of remuneration paid to a company (details supplied) by his Department in each of the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20243/16 asked on 07 Jul 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): No fee, or any other form of remuneration, was paid by my Department to the company referred to in each of the past ten years.
The company seconded four individuals to my Department on a pro bono basis for parts of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016.
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366. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost of each measure in each commitment relevant to his Department in the programme for Government and how he will finance these, either through already committed spending, additional new spending from the fiscal space, European Union funding or otherwise, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11371/16 asked on 24 May 2016 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Programme for a Partnership Government sets out the ambition to build a strong economy and to deliver a fair society so that communities thrive throughout both urban and rural Ireland.  For each of the policy challenges contained in the Government’s Programme a clear unambiguous high-level ambition is also identified, for example:
- meet the target of building 25,000 new homes needed every year by 2020;
- create 200,000 job...

110. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the ground rents payable by her Department or agencies under her remit, by named property, by name of landlord, by amount payable, in 2015 and in 2016, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45060/15 asked on 15 Dec 2015 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The Department of Social Protection is not aware of any ground rents payable for any property either under our remit or payable by an Agency under our remit.
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341. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated expenditure of his Department in 2015 in tabular form; the budget for expenditure agreed at the start of the year for 2015; the extra expenditure or savings in this budget during the year to date; when and under what process this expenditure and these savings were approved; and his Department’s budget for expenditure in 2016. (Question 37267/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): In response to the Deputy’s question the table following outlines the total estimated expenditure of my Department in 2015.
 Prog. Programme expenditure  Budget Estimate A Public Expenditure and Sectoral Policy €17,735 B Public Service Management and Reform €26,755 
 The table following outlines my Department’s expenditure budget for 2016.
  Prog.  Programme expenditure  Budget Estimate A Public Expen...

396. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the estimated expenditure of his Department in 2015, in tabular form; the budget for expenditure agreed at the start of the year for 2015; the extra expenditure or savings in this budget during the year to date; when and under what process this expenditure and these savings were approved; and his Department’s budget for expenditure in 2016. (Question 37255/15 asked on 03 Nov 2015 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): The information requested by the Deputy is as follows: 
 2015 Estimate 2016 Estimate Programme Expenditure Current Capital Total Current Capital Total Programme A 376,802 33,874 410,676 409,757 41,087 450,844 Programme D 200,898 3,104 204,002 210,775 7,292 218,067 Programme C 226,077 160,702 386,779 274,149 168,439 442,588 Programme D 240,291 320 240,611 239,420 ...