214. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the Garda resources allocated in each division in County Cork and Cork city; the resources requested in each division in the past six months; and the resources needed to bring each division in line with population growth in the divisional area. (Question 52721/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Garda Resources)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, it is the Garda Commissioner who is responsible for the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use is made of these resources. 
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442. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to implement and administer a 2018 sports capital grant fund; and when applications will be open. (Question 52892/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Sports Capital Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on the 24th February. By the closing date, a record number of 2,320 applications seeking €155 million in grants were received.  When the programme was launched, it was envisaged that €30m would be available which would have made the allocation of grants particularly challenging. Following the conclusion of the budget discussions an...

270. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if a matter (details supplied) is being expedited. (Question 52093/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Deployment)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): I have been advised by the military authorities that the conditions enabling the posting of the individual concerned to Kilworth Camp, with effect from 20 Nov ember 2017, have been approved by the Deputy Chief of Staff (Support).
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277. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of uniformed personnel in all branches of the Defence Forces; the numbers in the Army, Naval Service and Air Corps, respectively; and the ratio of commissioned officers to rank and file members across the three branches. (Question 52249/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The tabular statement set out below provides, across all three services, the total strength of the Permanent Defence Force as of 31 October 2017 along with the ratio of Commissioned Officers to Enlisted personnel. The figures provided are for whole time equivalent posts.

 Total Officers Cadets Other Enlisted Total Enlisted Total Strength Ratio of Officers to Enlisted Army 771   151 6,495 6,646 7,...

278. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the purpose of the account holders allowance; the number of recipients of this allowance; and if those that receive this allowance actually physically carry out the duties assigned to this role. (Question 52250/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Allowances)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): This allowance is payable to certain qualified non-commissioned officers who are appointed by an Authorised Officer pursuant to Defence Forces Administrative Instruction 14/01 to undertake duties in relation to logistics and other related accounts. There are currently 38 personnel in receipt of the account holders’ allowance. The allowance was abolished for new beneficiaries by Government decision of 18 September 2012. 
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279. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if duty moneys owed to members of the Defence Forces are being paid in a timely manner; if protocol exists to ensure no delays in payments of moneys due; and if staffing constraints exist that would delay payments due. (Question 52251/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Allowances)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): After a Security Duty is performed by a member of the Permanent Defence Force, the details of the duty are entered on the Defence Forces’ Personnel Management System (PMS) at unit level, where certain unit personnel have responsibilities relating to the processing of such duties. If the relevant personnel are not available the responsibilities relating to Security Duty Allowance (SDA) can be assigned to other unit personnel. O...

280. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the difference in pay for private soldiers with years accrued compared with pay for lieutenants recently graduated from cadet school; and the reason for such wage anomalies. (Question 52252/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Defence Forces are organised on a military rank structure of hierarchy within the officer and enlisted personnel streams. The terms and conditions, duties, roles and responsibilities associated within each rank differ and the rate of remuneration is based accordingly. There are graduated payscales within each rank which provide for annual incremental increases. The current rates of pay and allowances for all ranks in the ...

281. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of cadets who graduated in each of the past five years; the initial posting of each; and the number of Defence Forces personnel under their remit. (Question 52253/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Personnel Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The military authorities have produced the tabular statements set out below which provide the number of cadets that were commissioned in each of the past five years and the initial posting of each. I am advised by the military authorities that the number of Defence Forces personnel under the remit of these newly graduated Officers can vary significantly depending on where the Officer is posted. They further advise that their r...

282. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the number of overseas appointments being filled by NCOs; the number of overseas appointments now filled by officers; when these appointments were made; and the location of each. (Question 52254/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Overseas Missions Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): As of 01 December 2017, Ireland is contributing 639 Defence Forces personnel to 9 different missions throughout the world. These include, 141 commissioned officers, 249 non-commissioned officers and 249 are drawn from other ranks. The main overseas missions in which Defence Forces personnel are currently deployed are the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) with 377 personnel and the United Nations Disengagement ...

283. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence if he has examined the Portlaoise allowance and its true value after tax. (Question 52255/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Allowances)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The rates of the allowance paid to Permanent Defence Force personnel performing security duties at Portlaoise Prison are set out in the tabular statement below. Security Duty allowance for the duties performed is paid in addition to normal pay and military service allowance. The net value of the allowance after tax is unique to each individual’s personal circumstances and I am therefore unable to comment further.
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284. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the regulations in place for Defence Forces days in lieu. (Question 52256/17 asked on 06 Dec 2017 - Defence Forces Remuneration)

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42. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the recommendations of the Toland report will be implemented. (Question 51992/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Reform)

Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire: Revelations in recent weeks have raised serious questions about the Department of Justice and Equality, its culture, its fitness for purpose and the need for a structural reform that takes in, but is not limited to, the Toland report and the reforms outlined therein. Will the Minister outline how he intends to reform the Department and implement this report?
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141. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Finance if personnel employed by the State Claims Agency branch of the National Treasury Management Agency are eligible for bonus payments; and if so, the way in which these bonuses are structured and attained. (Question 51615/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - State Claims Agency)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has informed me that it operates a discretionary performance-related payments scheme for eligible employees, which includes staff assigned to the State Claims Agency. The scheme rewards exceptional performance having regard to the employee’s own performance, the performance of the employee’s area of responsibility and the overall performance of the NTMA. Performance-related payments are made in accord...

171. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost of outsourcing the collection of admission fees at Garnish Island, County Cork, to a private company; the savings this makes for the OPW; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51910/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Office of Public Works Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Prior to the opening of Bryce House on Garnish Island, the Office of Public Works employed three seasonal guides at the Island to sell admission tickets. The Foreman and Head Gardener sold admission tickets in the evenings, after the guides had finished duty, and on Sundays.
In 2016, OPW guides were recruited specifically to undertake tours of the newly refurbished Bryce House on Garnish Island. Vi...

250. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason overtime for gardaí in Dublin has been rescinded for the rest of 2017; his plans to ensure that overtime is restored; and if other Garda divisions are faced with similar budgetary decisions for December 2017. (Question 51838/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Overtime)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 250 and 269 together.
As the Deputies will be aware, the allocation and management of the overtime budget is the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner having due regard to the available resources and his operational needs. 
In this context, I presented a supplementary estimate to the Select Committee last Thursday which provides for additional expenditure of some €58.1 million in gross terms for the...

280. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to increase the statutory powers of the Policing Authority. (Question 52049/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Policing Authority Remit)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Deputy will be aware that the Policing Authority is an independent statutory body established on 1 January 2016 to oversee the performance of An Garda Síochána in relation to policing services, to promote public awareness of policing matters and to promote and support the continuous improvements in policing in Ireland. 
The statutory basis for the Authority is the Garda Síochána (Policing Authority and Miscellaneous Provisions) Ac...

281. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to increase the number of Garda reservists to police rural crime. (Question 52050/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Garda Reserve)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the recruitment and training of the Garda Reserve and the distribution of resources, including personnel, among the various Garda Divisions and I, as Minister, have no direct role in the matter. Garda management keeps this distribution of resources under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the optimum use i...

282. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the specific measures that have been undertaken to separate the security and intelligence provision of his Department from other divisions of his Department. (Question 52051/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Functions)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Security and Northern Ireland Division of my Department deals with a range of policy and legal issues relating to security and counter terrorism, serious crime, public safety, North-South justice and security co-operation and measures to address the legacy of the troubles in Northern Ireland.
I can assure the Deputy that this Division of my Department is not separated from the others given that there is a wide range of issues on wh...

283. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the number of times he has met with officers of An Garda Síochána in the past six months in which divisions, geographically or otherwise, were discussed; and the dates the meetings took place. (Question 52052/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Ministerial Meetings)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The information requested by the Deputy is not immediately to hand.  I am having the information collated and I will revert to the Deputy in due course.
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284. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his views on whether the manner in which the Charleton liaison committee was set up was appropriate; and if he will continue to fund its operations. (Question 52053/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Tribunals of Inquiry)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 256 to 259, inclusive, and 284 together.
Firstly, I am aware that Deputy sought to raise this matter at the Committee of Public Account on Thursday 23 November last.  I understand that while there was some discussion at the Committee, this was relatively brief. I also understand that the Chair of the Committee concluded that the matter was not appropriate for discussion by the Committee at this time bu...

285. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the reason his Department did not provide full disclosure of all relevant documentation and emails to the disclosures tribunal; if all telephone calls and private emails have now been provided; and the way in which he is legally going to ensure that his Department fully complies with the disclosure orders from the tribunal. (Question 52054/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Tribunals of Inquiry)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Discovery orders were issued by the Tribunal to my Department in February, April and September.  These orders were complied with fully and the relevant documents were forwarded to the Tribunal in February, May and September 2017.
The discovery orders concerned records of the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation, documents related to two cases which had been considered by the Independent Review Mechanism, a copy of a representation to ...

39. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if she has considered the proposed changes in the administration of the school completion programme; if she has engaged in formal consultations with the parties involved; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50382/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - School Completion Programme)

Deputy Sean Sherlock: There are 124 school completion programmes throughout the State, which cover 470 primary schools and 224 post-primary schools. The Minister announced an expansion in budget 2018 for the school completion programme. I want to interrogate further what is the exact figure behind that expansion? I would also ask her why I am receiving correspondence from trade union officials, IMPACT in particular, whom I have been lobbied by and who have expressed concern about their jobs a...

159. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills when the minor works grant will be granted for a school (details supplied). (Question 49923/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Minor Works Scheme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The normal practice is for the Minor Works Grant to be announced towards the end of the year if funding permits. Over the next number of weeks the issue of the Minor Works Grant 2017/2018 will be considered in the context of my Department’s overall capital position. 
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160. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to grant a minor works grant for schools in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49924/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Minor Works Scheme)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The normal practice is for the Minor Works Grant to be announced towards the end of the year if funding permits. 
Over the next number of weeks the issue of the Minor Works Grant 2017/2018 will be considered in the context of my Department’s overall capital position.
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338. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health the reason a person (details supplied) has yet to receive a care plan since August 2016 under the local early years intervention team. (Question 49957/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Services for People with Disabilities)

Minister of State at the Department of Health (Deputy Finian McGrath): The Government is committed to providing services and supports for people with disabilities which will empower them to live independent lives, provide greater independence in accessing the services they choose, and enhance their ability to tailor the supports required to meet their needs and plan their lives. This commitment is outlined in the Programme for Partnership Government, which is guided by two principles: equality ...