31. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount of funding that will be ring-fenced for the roll-out of mandatory reporting in 2018; her views on whether this will be sufficient; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44020/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Deputy Anne Rabbitte: I ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount of funding that will be ring-fenced for the roll-out of mandatory reporting in 2018, her views on whether this will be sufficient and to make a statement on the matter.
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148. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his views on the 2016 expenditure figures for his department released in the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General and the gross deficit in spending of €106 million; the reason there was a €144 million payment made relating to the 2007 to 2013 rural development programme; and the gross surplus or deficit in spending in each of the years 2010 to 2016, in tabular form. (Question 43353/17 asked on 12 Oct 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The recent report by the C&AG; outlined gross savings in 2016 of €106m for the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. 
The total gross voted allocation for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine for 2016 was €1,363m and total gross expenditure of €1,257m. 
As the Deputy will be aware, 2016 was a challenging year for many farmers financially. This resulted in slower than anticipated draw down of funding in so...

121. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Finance the estimated cost of the provision of a defibrillator in each public building owned by his Department and agency under the aegis of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41927/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, in 2008 some 9 defibrillators were purchased by my Department to assist in the event that a staff member or any person suffered a heart attack while on the premises. The unit cost of each defibrillator purchased was €1,580 exclusive of VAT.
In relation to bodies under the aegis of my Department of which there are 18, it was not possible to provide the information sought in the time available in respect of each ...

560. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount his Department has spent since being established; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41424/17 asked on 03 Oct 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I understand that the Deputy’s question relates to my Department’s programmes and grant schemes, as distinct from the payroll and administrative costs.
The 2017 spend to date for my Department’s programmes and grant schemes is €75.1 million.
Typically, the bulk of expenditure on capital programmes occurs in the latter half of the year. In 2017, the majority of expenditure on these programmes is profiled to occur in the latter h...

98. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the cost of improving the staffing schedule in primary schools to reduce class sizes by one point each year in 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40879/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Budget 2017 represented the start of a major reinvestment in education, and the first phase of implementation of the Action Plan for Education, aimed at becoming the best education system in Europe within a decade. The budget provided for over 2,400 additional teaching posts for our primary and post primary schools in the 2017/18 school year. 
Each 1 point adjustment to the staffing schedule is estimated to cost in the region of €15m - ...

116. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent of savings likely to be required in Departments in the remainder of 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40731/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 116, 119, 121, 124 and 125 together.
Effective management of expenditure has been a key contributor towards putting Ireland’s public finances back on a sustainable footing. On an ongoing basis, managing the delivery of public services within budgetary allocations is a key responsibility of each Minister and their Departments. Important measures are in place to ensure that budgetary targets con...

119. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has satisfied himself that expenditure and reform goals continue to be achieved throughout all Departments and subordinate agencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40734/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 116, 119, 121, 124 and 125 together.
Effective management of expenditure has been a key contributor towards putting Ireland’s public finances back on a sustainable footing. On an ongoing basis, managing the delivery of public services within budgetary allocations is a key responsibility of each Minister and their Departments. Important measures are in place to ensure that budgetary targets con...

121. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has satisfied himself regarding the adequacy of budgetary provisions affecting each Department; his views on whether the original allocation will remain sufficient throughout 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40736/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 116, 119, 121, 124 and 125 together.
Effective management of expenditure has been a key contributor towards putting Ireland’s public finances back on a sustainable footing. On an ongoing basis, managing the delivery of public services within budgetary allocations is a key responsibility of each Minister and their Departments. Important measures are in place to ensure that budgetary targets con...

124. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has satisfied himself that expenditure overruns by Departments barring exceptional circumstances are likely to be curtailed in full; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40739/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 116, 119, 121, 124 and 125 together.
Effective management of expenditure has been a key contributor towards putting Ireland’s public finances back on a sustainable footing. On an ongoing basis, managing the delivery of public services within budgetary allocations is a key responsibility of each Minister and their Departments. Important measures are in place to ensure that budgetary targets con...

125. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which he remains satisfied that all Departments and bodies under their aegis remain within the required expenditure and reform guidelines; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40740/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 116, 119, 121, 124 and 125 together.
Effective management of expenditure has been a key contributor towards putting Ireland’s public finances back on a sustainable footing. On an ongoing basis, managing the delivery of public services within budgetary allocations is a key responsibility of each Minister and their Departments. Important measures are in place to ensure that budgetary targets con...

128. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the amount of capital expenditure carried over from 2016 to 2017; the amount of this spent to date by subheading; if she is satisfied that all of this money will be spent by the end of 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40018/17 asked on 21 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Oireachtas provides approval for the carryover amounts through its approval of the Appropriation Bill and the Estimates. Provision is made in the Revised Estimates Volume for the capital carryover amount by subhead and in a Ministerial Order to be made by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform before 31 March in the year of carryover. In the period since the making of the relevant Order by the Minister for ...

100. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Taoiseach the expenditure savings that are earmarked for his Department for 2018 that are not accounted for in the mid-year expenditure report or are not included in the fiscal space calculations for 2018. (Question 39060/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: My Department is currently engaging with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on its 2018 Estimate provision. Any expenditure savings will be identified as part of that process and announced by the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform at Budget-time.
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108. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Taoiseach the level of construction inflation that has been experienced by his Department in the 18 months to September 2017 in respect of construction projects; the way in which he monitors construction inflation; and the mechanisms his Department employs to establish this. (Question 39081/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: All building and maintenance projects relating to the property occupied by my Department are managed by the Office of Public Works. My Department has not been involved in any construction projects during the period mentioned.
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283. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the cost of a report by consultants (details supplied) on barriers to returning Irish emigrants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39252/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Indecon was appointed to this project following a competitive tendering process undertaken by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The report will focus on identifying solutions to disproportionate or unnecessary administrative burdens that negatively affect people wishing to return to Ireland to live.
This economic report will complement the work that the Inter-Departmental Committee on the Irish Abroad has already done in ...

648. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount her Department has spent on photography to date in 2017. (Question 39143/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department has spent €912.66 on photography to date in 2017.
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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...

78. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the expenditure savings that are earmarked for her Department for 2018 that are not accounted for in the mid-year expenditure report or are not included in the fiscal space calculations for 2018. (Question 38895/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The 2018 expenditure ceilings for the Capital and Current allocations to be provided to my Department’s Vote next year will be determined through the forthcoming “Budget 2018” and Revised Estimates Volume 2018 processes. 
The 2018 Revised Estimates Volume, with the various expenditure allocations and ceilings set across all Departments, is likely to be published in early December 2017 by my colleague, the ...

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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297. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the expenditure savings that are earmarked for his Department for 2018 that are not accounted for in the mid-year expenditure report or are not included in the fiscal space calculations for 2018. (Question 38907/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Mid-Year Expenditure Report sets out the pre-Budget expenditure ceiling for my Ministerial Vote Group of €943 million for current expenditure and €176 million for capital expenditure. This represents the spending baseline for examination of my Department’s budgetary priorities for 2018.
As outlined in the Mid-Year Expenditure Report, the increases planned in expenditure for the delivery of public services are set at sustai...

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...

455. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the expenditure savings that are earmarked for his Department for 2018 that are not accounted for in the mid-year expenditure report or are not included in the fiscal space calculations for 2018. (Question 38900/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The Mid-Year Expenditure Report published in July, sets out the Pre-Budget Ceiling of €8,901 million current and €717 million capital for the Department of Education and Skills for 2018. The amount included in this ceiling reflects certain demographic pressures arising in the Education Sector. 
As outlined in the Mid-Year Expenditure Report, the increases planned in expenditure for the delivery of public services are set at sustainable ...

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...

529. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the expenditure savings that are earmarked for his Department for 2018 that are not accounted for in the mid-year expenditure report or are not included in the fiscal space calculations for 2018. (Question 38903/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Department is engaging with the Department for Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to the 2018 Estimate Allocations. This will be announced on Budget Day in the Oireachtas by the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform on 10 October 2017. The Department is not in a position to comment in advance.
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544. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the detail of all moneys given or paid to an organisation (details supplied) in each of the past ten years; the purpose of these funds in each case; the person or bodies to which these moneys were paid; the rationale for so doing in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38986/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department has not provided funding for the running costs or capital costs of the organisation to which the Deputy refers in the past ten years. Under the Embassy Initiatives strand of the subhead “Cultural relations with other countries”, funding was provided by the Embassy of Ireland in Brussels and the Permanent Representation to the EU towards the costs of a number of cultural events that took place at the organisation. Thes...

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...