19. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide details of the clubs and organisations who do not own their own land and or do not have a long term lease who received funding in the first round of the sports capital programme 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57258/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Sports Capital Programme)

Deputy Michael Ring: I propose to take Questions Nos. 8, 12 and 19 together.
I am glad to report that €10.2m or almost 40% of the value of recent local sports capital allocations was allocated to projects located in designated disadvantaged areas.   I will supply the Deputy with a list of all of the allocations to projects in disadvantaged areas. There are no plans for another round of the sports capital programme at the moment but I hope that, if funding becomes available, it will be possible ...

24. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of money collected from road tolls to date in 2012; the amount of this money taken in by the State; if he will provide a breakdown based on the road the tolls were collected from and the companies operating them. (Question 57245/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Road Tolls)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Alan Kelly) (Deputy Alan Kelly): This Question is about outlining the income from road tolling.
 The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, has responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The implementation of individual national road schemes, including Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects which provide for tolling, are matters for the National Roads Authority (NRA)...

55. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide the underlying calculations in support of the estimated yield from the proposed property tax of €250 million in 2013, such workings to set out the assumed range of property values and associated volume of properties, non-compliance rates, deferral volume and value. (Question 57387/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Property Taxation Application)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): In order to estimate a potential yield from a property tax based on value bands, an estimate of the share of properties that fall within each band is needed. As a data set of the values of all of Ireland’s property does not exist, a methodology for estimation must be formulated. In order to build conservatism into the yield forecast from the new local property tax, no single methodology was exclusively used for estimating a distribution of propert...

56. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide an estimate of the cost of administering and collecting the proposed new property tax and household charge arrears in 2013; if he will provide an estimate of administering and collecting the household charge in 2012; and if he will indicate in the budget 2013 documentation where account has been taken of any increased cost. (Question 57388/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Property Taxation Collection)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The Revenue Commissioners will be resourced to ensure the successful implementation of the Local Property Tax. The additional resources required for 2013 are noted in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Expenditure Report 2013. The information requested by the Deputy is set out in Page 52 of the Expenditure Report 2013. The Estimate cost for implementation of Property Tax in 2013 is €25.9 million. In line with standard costs associated...

57. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if he will indicate in the Budget 2013 documentation where account has been taken of the discontinuance of the household charge revenue in 2013 which was estimated at €160 million in 2012 and the discontinuance of the non principal private residence revenue, estimated at €70 million in 2012. (Question 57389/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Household Charge Collection)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 57 and 76 together.
The Revised Estimates for Public Services 2012, published by my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, showed that revenues from the Household Charge were paid directly into the Local Government Fund (LGF) and used to fund Local Government services (Vote No. 25, Page 114). With revenues going directly to the LGF, this meant that the Exchequer was no longer required to make a sub...

58. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the controls that exist in the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to prevent employees, their spouses, family and associates from benefitting from confidential information obtained from the bank, in the purchase of property from persons and companies which have or have had loans with IBRC. (Question 57395/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Banking Sector Regulation)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I have been informed that IBRC has a Conflicts of Interest Policy (the “Policy”). This policy outlines what the Bank’s Board of Directors and the Group Executive Committee (GEXCO) believes are the essential standards of behaviour expected of employees. All directors and employees of the Bank and its relevant subsidiaries, in all jurisdictions, must adhere to the letter, spirit and intention of the principles set forth in this Policy. Directors and em...

59. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the number of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation employees that have, either by themselves or with others, purchased property in each of 2011 and 2012 from persons or companies, which have or have had loans with IBRC. (Question 57396/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Banking Sector Regulation)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I have been informed that IBRC does not have the requisite data to answer this parliamentary question. However all directors and employees of the Bank are governed by a Conflicts of Interest Policy. In addition, all Irish employed directors and certain Irish employees are governed by the Ethics in Public Office Acts 1995 and 2001.
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60. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the protocols and practices taken by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation to ensure that assets disposed of by IBRC itself, or its borrowers under the auspices of IBRC, are disposed of in a manner which maximises the return to the taxpayer from the disposal. (Question 57397/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Bank Debt Restructuring)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The overriding mandate of IBRC is to maximise the recovery of its loans on behalf of the State and by extension the taxpayer. I have been advised that the underlying approach of the Bank is to work constructively with each borrower on an individual basis to identify the most appropriate loan repayment plan. The strategies for loan recovery vary depending on the particular circumstances of the borrower. All credit related decisions are overseen by ...

128. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide the underlying workings in support of the €70 million reduced professional fees in the Department of Health 2013 budget; and if he will set out the way such savings estimates were validated by his Department. (Question 57393/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Health Services Reform)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I refer the Deputy to the Minister for Heath who has responsibility for achieving the €70m savings target set by Government in the estimates by way of a reduction in professional fees. 
It is matter for the Minister for Health to determine by regulation the appropriate level of reduction in professional fees for the different health professionals having regard to the state of the public finances and the other factors set ou...

129. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the consideration that will be paid to employment when the capital budget for 2013 is profiled by month; if he will consider measures to accelerate capital spending when appropriate in order to promote and prioritise employment. (Question 57394/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Capital Programme Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The monthly profiling of capital expenditure is carried out by individual Departments on the basis of the likely timing of payments related to capital projects and programmes which they deliver within their annual capital allocation. Job creation is not a factor of the profiling exercise. Queries in relation to the profiling of capital allocations are a matter for individual Ministers and their Departments.
While my Department i...

143. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason a file in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal was requested by the appeals office in August 2012 regarding an appeal for disability allowance has still not been sent from her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57417/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Disability Allowance Appeals)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): The person concerned applied for disability allowance on 8 November 2011. The application, based upon the evidence provided, was refused on the ground that the person in question was not medically suitable for disability allowance. The person was notified in writing of this decision on 14 March 2012. The person subsequently submitted further medical evidence for review. However, upon review, it was decided that there was no grounds to revis...

187. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding mortgage to rent scheme in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57376/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Mortgage to Rent Scheme Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): On foot of the recommendations of the Keane Report on mortgage arrears, the Government launched a mortgage to rent scheme on a pilot basis in February 2012. This scheme was extended nationally in June 2012, targeting those low income families whose mortgage situation is unsustainable and where there is little or no prospect of a significant change in circumstances in the foreseeable f...

276. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if he will provide an analysis of the €308 million of pay related savings in his Department’s budget in 2013; and if he will set out the way such savings estimates were validated by his Department. (Question 57390/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Budget Targets)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): A total of €308m in pay-related savings has been targeted for the health services in 2013. These savings will be achieved under three separate headings: firstly, by intensifying the implementation of the Public Service Agreement within the health services, secondly, through the negotiation of an agreement on further workplace change and savings with public sector unions, as has been proposed by Government, and thirdly, through further reductions in sta...

277. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if he will provide the underlying workings in support of the €60 million savings on Department vote in his Department’s 2013 budget; and if he will set out the way such savings estimates were validated by his Department. (Question 57391/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Budget Targets)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): The adjustments to the Department of Health Vote, Vote 38, are set out in the Budget book published recently and available on the website of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
The Department of Health Vote is being reduced by €90m. This arises from a range of measures. Even allowing for additional expenditure related to the EU Presidency, there will be a reduction in the Department’s Administrative Budget. There will be savings on the Na...

278. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if he will provide the underlying workings in support of the €160 million reduction in cost of drugs and other prescribed items in his Department budget for 2013; and if he will set out the way such savings estimates were validated by his Department. (Question 57392/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Budget Targets)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Alex White): Due to the very difficult and challenging economic environment, the Government has committed to achieving additional savings of €160 in expenditure on drugs and medicines in 2013 as set out in the following table:
 IPHA/APMI Agreement on Drug Price Reductions €120 million Quality Prescribing Initiative €20 million Reduce price of oral nutritional supplements €5 million Delisting products from GMS scheme €15 million ...

9. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if enhanced ambulance and paramedic services will be made available in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57017/12 asked on 19 Dec 2012 - Ambulance Service)

Deputy James Reilly: Emergency ambulances from all stations across Donegal are used in a dynamic manner, to maintain emergency cover and respond to calls as required. Ambulance stations across the county and adjacent counties support each other, and the nearest available resource responds to an emergency call, regardless of where it is based. I would be the first to acknowledge the geographical spread in County Donegal.
The National Ambulance Service has enhanced the delivery of ambulance serv...

49. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if he will provide an update on the current position regarding the development of new primary care centres; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57016/12 asked on 19 Dec 2012 - Primary Care Centres Provision)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): Progress is being made in the delivery of primary care centres. Primary care infrastructure is being delivered using three initiatives which are - direct build, the leasing initiative, and the PPP initiative announced in July 2012. 
The Capital Plan 2012-2016 - year 2012 has been approved and contains provision for the delivery of eight primary care centres. The HSE has begun the procurement of design teams for Cork City (St Mary’s Orthopaedic Hospi...

156. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will review the decision to impose a penalty on the single farm payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57309/12 asked on 19 Dec 2012 - Single Payment Scheme Applications)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): An application under the Single Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme was received from the person named on 8 May 2012. The eligible areas for Single Payment/Disadvantaged Areas purposes of the parcels referred to, which were declared on the application, were reduced following a review carried out by my Department using the latest aerial photography available.
The person named was written to in this regard on 24 August 2012. A...

129. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if the residents of Priory Hall, Dublin, are to be levied with the property tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 56458/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Property Taxation Exemptions)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): It is envisaged that the list of unfinished estates to be prescribed by the Minister to the Environment, Community and Local Government for the purposes of the Local Property Tax will be in line with that used for the purposes of the Household Charge. Such properties will be exempt from the Local Property Tax. I am informed by the Department of the Environment that Priory Hall is among the developments listed in S.I. 1 of 2012, and was, accordi...

130. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if homeowners whose homes have Pyrite issues will be levied with the property tax. (Question 56459/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Property Taxation Exemptions)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The Government is conscious of the very real costs and difficulties faced by people whose homes have been affected by pyrite. My colleague the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Hogan, has indicated that he considers that houses demonstrated to be subject to a certifiable level of pyritic heave should receive a waiver from the Local Property Tax. I propose to address this issue in the context of the Finance Bill. 
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131. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if homeowners who currently pay management fees will be levied with the property tax. (Question 56460/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Property Taxation Exemptions)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Revenue from the local property tax will accrue to local authorities and will support the provision of local services. Local authorities provide a broad range of services in the public realm which benefit the wider community, the proper functioning of which are important for the wellbeing of every community and household. These include - fire and emergency services; road maintenance and cleaning; street lighting; spatial and development planning an...

132. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if any exemption will be given from the property tax to homeowners who have paid stamp duty in the previous nine years. (Question 56461/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Property Taxation Exemptions)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): There is no such exemption provided for in the Local Property Tax Bill. The Inter-Departmental Expert Group on the Design of a Property Tax (the ‘Thornhill Group’) recommended against allowances for Stamp Duty because such allowances would not be targeted at need.
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174. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 139 of 11 December 2012, if he will confirm the fees paid by the National Assets Management Agency or its debtor for the provision of an independent valuation or independent valuations in the case of the sale of the property (details supplied). (Question 56851/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - NAMA Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): As advised in my response to your Parliamentary Question of 11th December 2012 (55389/12), I do not intend to go beyond the extensive information that NAMA, based on legal advice, has already made publicly available in respect of this transaction.
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175. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance further to the announcement by the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation in which he is the sole shareholder of 100% of the shares, that IBRC has engaged a person (details supplied) as chief risk officer and newspaper reports that he has approved a salary for them of more than €500,000 per annum, if he will identify the person or persons at the National Asset Management Agency who undertake a role equivalent to chief risk officer; and if he will confirm the salary or salary range payable by NAMA for those undertaking that function. (Question 56863/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - NAMA Staff Pensions)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I am advised by NAMA that its Annual Report for 2011, which is available on the NAMA website, www.nama.ie, provides details on its organisational structure, staffing resources and operating costs. Details of remuneration bands have been set out in response to Parliamentary Question 47865/12. The NTMA, which assigns staff to NAMA, does not disclose details of the remuneration of individual members of staff.
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176. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if he will confirm the reason the Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland (details supplied) is earning in 2012 approximately 40% less than his deputy. (Question 56864/12 asked on 18 Dec 2012 - Banking Sector Remuneration)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): Under the Central Bank Act 1942 and the Statute of the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), the Government has no role in the setting of terms and conditions of employment in the Central Bank. The Act and the Statute guarantee the independence of the Governor in carrying out his ESCB related functions and control over pay and conditions is seen as a necessary part of that independence. The employment of staff at the Central Bank and their terms ...