100. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Pearse Doherty den an Aire Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe ós rud é, de réir an Achta um Chrannchur Náisiúnta, 1986 go mbíonn sciar de bhrabús an chrannchuir le caitheamh ar an nGaeilge agus ó díoladh ceadúnas an Chrannchuir Náisiúnta in 2013 an féidir leis an Aire a chur in iúl cé mhéad maoiniú a cuireadh ar fáil go bliantúil do Rialtas na hÉireann; agus an féidir leis an Aire a chur in iúl cé mhéad den mhaoiniú sin a cuireadh ar fáil go bliantúil don Ghaeilge agus cé na tionscadail a fuair an maoiniú sin. (Question 20396/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Caiteachas Ranna)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): One of the objectives relating to the sale of the National Lottery licence for a 20 year period was to generate significant up-front proceeds for the State. Proceeds of €405m from the sale were used to fund a range of expenditure projects and served to reduce the need for any further tax increases at that time.   
The allocation of funding from subheads which are part-funded from the National Lottery is the responsibility of a ...

80. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Garda stations in the Donegal division that underwent refurbishments in 2017 and to date in 2018; and the works carried out at each station. (Question 16867/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I can confirm that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has managed and progressed works to the value of €775,276 on maintenance and refurbishment of Garda Stations in the Donegal Divisional area in 2017 and 2018 to date. The table lists the Garda Stations concerned together with a brief description of works. 
 Building Description Buncrana GS Refurbishment of Cells Milford GS Refurbishment o...

81. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to include the Dublin Airport Authority, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus under the freedom of information legislation in view of the fact Irish Rail is included under the legislation. (Question 16869/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Freedom of Information Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides a very broad definition of public bodies at Section 6(1) and further provides that all new public bodies comprehended by this definition will automatically come under freedom of information (FOI) legislation, unless specifically exempted by order. This reversed the system under previous legislation whereby new bodies would have to be brought into the scope of the legislation by order...

294. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of pieces of legislation both enacted and published by his Department which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in each of the past ten years in tabular form; the details of each piece of legislation in the corresponding year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15353/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department has not enacted or published any pieces of legislation which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in the last 10 years.
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297. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to ban or regulate third party bookmakers whose business model consists of taking bets on the national lottery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15766/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Lottery Regulator)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 304 to 308, inclusive, together.
I have been advised by the Office of the National Lottery Regulator as follows:
Pursuant to Clause 8.12 of the Licence to operate the National Lottery, the Operator is required to prepare the sales code of practice, and submit the Code to the Regulator for approval. Schedule 5 of the Licence further provides that the Operator shall review the Code at leas...

299. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the annual visitor numbers at the County Donegal locations under the care of the OPW which are staffed to accomodate the public. (Question 16072/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Tourism Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 to 301, inclusive, together.
The visitor admissions in 2017 at staffed (ie: Guided) sites in Co. Donegal operated by the Office of Public Works were as follows:
 Site Name Admissions 2017* Donegal Castle 55,166 Glebe House & Gallery 27,998 Newmills Corn & Flax Mills 3,258 

*These are provisional figures and are subject to confirmatory audit.
Fundi...

300. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount spent on an annual basis on each OPW site which are either tourist attractions or open to the public. (Question 16073/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Tourism Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 to 301, inclusive, together.
The visitor admissions in 2017 at staffed (ie: Guided) sites in Co. Donegal operated by the Office of Public Works were as follows:
 Site Name Admissions 2017* Donegal Castle 55,166 Glebe House & Gallery 27,998 Newmills Corn & Flax Mills 3,258 

*These are provisional figures and are subject to confirmatory audit.
Fundi...

301. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount his Department budgets annually for the maintenance and promotion of Grianán of Aileach, County Donegal. (Question 16074/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Tourism Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 to 301, inclusive, together.
The visitor admissions in 2017 at staffed (ie: Guided) sites in Co. Donegal operated by the Office of Public Works were as follows:
 Site Name Admissions 2017* Donegal Castle 55,166 Glebe House & Gallery 27,998 Newmills Corn & Flax Mills 3,258 

*These are provisional figures and are subject to confirmatory audit.
Fundi...

302. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of persons employed by the OPW in County Donegal that have a role in tourism or the accomodation of visitors; and the locations in which those employees are based. (Question 16075/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Office of Public Works Staff)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Glebe House and Gallery will be open to the public from 26 May 2018 to 30 September 2018 and will have 6 Information Guides employed there during that period to provide services to visitors.
Donegal Castle is open throughout the year. From 28 March 2018 to 30 September 2018, 5 Information Guides are employed there to provide services to visitors. 2 Information Guides are employed during the perio...

303. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the OPW has made efforts to secure new properties or previously owned properties along the Border in preparation for Brexit. (Question 16081/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Office of Public Works Properties)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I can confirm that the Commissioners of Public Works have not taken measures to secure either new properties or previously owned properties along the Border in preparation for Brexit. 
The Government is continuing to work with the EU Taskforce and its EU27 partners with a view to achieving an orderly withdrawal, including a transition period, as well as agreeing a framework for an ambitious future re...

304. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the sales code of practice on the website of the lottery regulator was written by the regulator or by the lottery operator; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16140/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Lottery Regulator)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 304 to 308, inclusive, together.
I have been advised by the Office of the National Lottery Regulator as follows:
Pursuant to Clause 8.12 of the Licence to operate the National Lottery, the Operator is required to prepare the sales code of practice, and submit the Code to the Regulator for approval. Schedule 5 of the Licence further provides that the Operator shall review the Code at leas...

305. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the body responsible for monitoring the implementation of the national lottery’s sales code of practice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16141/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Lottery Regulator)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 304 to 308, inclusive, together.
I have been advised by the Office of the National Lottery Regulator as follows:
Pursuant to Clause 8.12 of the Licence to operate the National Lottery, the Operator is required to prepare the sales code of practice, and submit the Code to the Regulator for approval. Schedule 5 of the Licence further provides that the Operator shall review the Code at leas...

306. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of licensed lottery agents for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16142/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Lottery Regulator)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 304 to 308, inclusive, together.
I have been advised by the Office of the National Lottery Regulator as follows:
Pursuant to Clause 8.12 of the Licence to operate the National Lottery, the Operator is required to prepare the sales code of practice, and submit the Code to the Regulator for approval. Schedule 5 of the Licence further provides that the Operator shall review the Code at leas...

307. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of special draws and additional or top-up prizes and the value of these held by the national lottery under clause 6.9.2 of the contract awarded to a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16143/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Lottery Regulator)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 304 to 308, inclusive, together.
I have been advised by the Office of the National Lottery Regulator as follows:
Pursuant to Clause 8.12 of the Licence to operate the National Lottery, the Operator is required to prepare the sales code of practice, and submit the Code to the Regulator for approval. Schedule 5 of the Licence further provides that the Operator shall review the Code at leas...

308. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the fees paid to a company (details supplied) for its role in the awarding of the national lottery contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16144/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Lottery Regulator)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 304 to 308, inclusive, together.
I have been advised by the Office of the National Lottery Regulator as follows:
Pursuant to Clause 8.12 of the Licence to operate the National Lottery, the Operator is required to prepare the sales code of practice, and submit the Code to the Regulator for approval. Schedule 5 of the Licence further provides that the Operator shall review the Code at leas...

2. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason unclaimed lottery prizes are no longer returned to the prize fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13519/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - National Lottery Licence Sale)

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien: Why are unclaimed lottery prizes no longer returned to the prize fund and will the Minister make a statement on the matter?
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4. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flexibility in terms of capital spend he has sought from the European Union in view of Ireland’s need to catch up on capital investment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13218/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Deputy Jonathan O’Brien: I ask the Minister the flexibility in terms of capital spend he has sought from the European Union in the light of the State’s need to catch up on the capital investment programme and if he will make a statement on the matter.
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12. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Structural Funds Ireland went without or had delayed as a result of the failure to have in place the information technology structure (details supplied) necessary to fulfil EU obligations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13220/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - EU Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Ireland has been allocated €1.2 billion (in current prices) in Structural Funds for the period 2014 - 2020,  which involves the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). This is comprised of: 
- €411 million for the two ERDF co-funded Regional Programmes, under the aegis of my Department, and delivered through the Southern Regional Assembly and the Northern and Western Regional Assembly.
- €1...

15. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he has taken to ensure Ireland, North and South, will continue to receive the maximum benefits from the Structural Funds programmes in the next period of the Cohesion Fund; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13219/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Brexit Issues)

Deputy Joan Burton: Will the Minister set out how the Government proposes to maximise the European Structural and Investment Funds supports in the context of the challenges of Brexit. I am particularly interested in the development of ports. No matter how the Border issue is resolved, we hope there will be no significant changes, but it has not yet been settled. It is clear, for instance, that ports such as Rosslare, Dublin and Cork must enjoy significant investment to allow more direct trans...

20. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if an end to the roll-out of the use of public services cards for more services provided by the State will be recommended until such time as concerns over the use of the card have been addressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13221/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Services Card)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The recent concerns raised in relation to the Public Services Card have been comprehensively addressed through the provision of communications and guidance to clarify exactly what data the card contains, what it is used for, and its legal basis.  The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, assisted by my Department, published a “Comprehensive Guide To SAFE Registration and The Public Services Card” last October,...

24. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason the national development plan utilises public private partnerships in view of the concerns regarding the cost of these projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13217/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - National Development Plan)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The National Development Plan 2018 – 2027 summarises the key findings and recommendations agreed as part of the recent PPP review - the detailed report of which will be published shortly. 
As noted in the NDP, PPPs have been very useful in the past in facilitating the delivery of important infrastructure projects. This was particularly the case when the Exchequer was seriously constrained in terms of its ability to fund infra...

122. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost to his Department of negative interest rates on deposits held; the details of same for agencies under his aegis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11742/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Departmental Banking)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In 2017, my Department was charged €143,604 in negative interest in respect of moneys for which it is accountable and are held in the following accounts at the Central Bank of Ireland:
- National Lottery Fund: €111,566
- State Property (Miscellaneous Deposits): €29,062
- Ireland /US Educational Fund: €2,976
Negative interest arises from the necessary application by the Central Bank of Ireland of the policies and decisions of th...

124. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of persons that have been overpaid as a result of errors within the National Shared Services Office; the highest overpayment recorded; the average overpayment; the amount recovered; the total in overpayments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11778/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Shared Services)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I am informed by the National Shared Services Office that an overpayment to staff of salary, allowances and expenses can and does occur across the entire public service for a number of reasons, including late notification, after the payroll closed and the file has issued to the bank for payment.
In addition, the reform of sick leave in the public service, while creating significant savings and standardisation of administration ...

133. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the design stage for proposed flood protection plans for Buncrana and Luddan, County Donegal under the north western Neagh Bann CFRAM programme will be completed and progressed. (Question 12203/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Buncrana-Luddan has been studied as part of the North Western – Neagh Bann Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Flood Risk Management Plan proposes flood relief schemes for Buncrana – Luddan consisting of a series of sea walls, flood embankments and floodwalls to protect against coastal and fluvial flood events. 
In summer 2017, the OPW finalised all Plans and each P...

136. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood protection works that the Office of Public Works will undertake to protect homes and businesses flooded in August 2017 at a location (details supplied) in County Donegal. (Question 12233/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Local flooding issues are a matter, in the first instance, for each local authority to investigate and address, and local authorities may carry out flood mitigation works using their own resources. The OPW operates the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. The purpose of this scheme is to provide funding to Local Authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works or studies...