93. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the budgetary projection within his Department due to demographic change for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20707/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Expenditure Report 2018 set out costs of €0.4 billion for 2019 and 2020 in relation to demographics net of estimated savings of €50 million in Live Register related expenditure arising from continued improvement in employment. These costs relating to demographic developments arise in the Departments of Health, Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and Education and Skills. The savings currently projected arising from ex...

117. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Education and Skills the budgetary projection within his Department due to demographic change for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20704/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): An analysis of demographic cost pressures from 2017 to 2027 is set out in the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service staff paper ‘Budgetary Impact of Changing Demographics 2017 – 2027’ published in September 2016 by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.  This paper is available at: http://igees.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Demographic-Paper-Final-101016.pdf  
This paper is based on figures from Census 2016 and f...

195. Deputy Louise O’Reilly asked the Minister for Health the amount spent by his Department and the HSE on campaigns and educating persons to change lifestyle as a preventive measure against chronic disease relating to tobacco in tabular form; the amount spent on Tobacco Free Ireland; the amount spent on promoted social media advertisements and content by amount spent per campaign and social media platform; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20580/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Tobacco Free Ireland addresses a range of tobacco control issues and initiatives and contains over 60 recommendations.  The recommendations include a variety of measures, for example, legislation, awareness, taxation, enforcement and smoking cessation.  Many of these measures specifically seek to prevent our young people from starting to smoke which is one of the key priorities of the policy.  
As the Health Service Executive (‘HSE’) delivers cessation ...

72. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Taoiseach the breakdown of the training and development and incidental expenses incurred by his Department in the year ending 31 December 2017. (Question 20261/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Taoiseach (Deputy Leo Varadkar)(Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 to 74, inclusive, together.
A breakdown of expenditure by my Department in 2017 in the categories of training and development and incidental expenses and travel and subsistence is set out in the following tables. There was no expenditure incurred by my Department on consultancy services and value for money and policy reviews in 2017. 
It should be noted that the figures provided for 2017 are based on prov...

73. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Taoiseach the breakdown of the travel and subsistence expenses incurred by his Department in the year ending 31 December 2017. (Question 20262/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Taoiseach (Deputy Leo Varadkar)(Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 to 74, inclusive, together.
A breakdown of expenditure by my Department in 2017 in the categories of training and development and incidental expenses and travel and subsistence is set out in the following tables. There was no expenditure incurred by my Department on consultancy services and value for money and policy reviews in 2017. 
It should be noted that the figures provided for 2017 are based on prov...

74. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Taoiseach the breakdown of the consultancy services and value for money and policy review expenses incurred by his Department in the year ending 31 December 2017. (Question 20263/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Taoiseach (Deputy Leo Varadkar)(Deputy Leo Varadkar): I propose to take Questions Nos. 72 to 74, inclusive, together.
A breakdown of expenditure by my Department in 2017 in the categories of training and development and incidental expenses and travel and subsistence is set out in the following tables. There was no expenditure incurred by my Department on consultancy services and value for money and policy reviews in 2017. 
It should be noted that the figures provided for 2017 are based on prov...

246. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his Department’s specific financial codes which are used to monitor expenditure under the heading of land transport. (Question 20341/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The Public Spending Code is the set of rules and procedures that apply to ensure that these standards are upheld across the Irish public service. The Code brings together in one place all of the elements of the value-for-money framework that has been in force up to now, updated and reformed in some respects. The Code is maintained under the management of the Central Expenditure Evaluation Unit of the Department of Public Expenditure ...

397. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount allocated and expended, respectively, on forestry schemes in each of the years 2014 to 2017, in tabular form. (Question 20054/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The amount allocated and expenditure incurred by my Department on forestry schemes for each of the years 2014 to 2017 is indicated in the table.
 Allocation for Afforestation Scheme and Forestry Support Schemes (million) 2014 109.77 2015 109.56 2016 111.68 2017 109.05 Expenditure on Afforestation Scheme and Forestry Support Schemes 2014 108.09 2015 102.70 2016 102.02 2017 99.51 
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225. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 217 of 25 April 2018 and 355 of 29 March 2018, the full yearly breakdown of the amount his Department spent on social media consultancy and social media training since 2011, in view of the fact that the breakdowns of external expenditure provided on his website do not indicate whether such expenditure relates to social media specifically. (Question 19483/18 asked on 03 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): My Department has not incurred any expenditure on social media training since 2011.
As part of my Department’s promotion of Bike Week in 2017, external expenditure was incurred in relation to the online promotion of this national event and that expenditure is recorded on my Department’s website. 
Total expenditure was €40,000 (ex VAT) and would include the establishment and management of a social media presence as part of the event’s...

124. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the operational costs of his Department in each of the years 2011 to 2017, excluding the HSE budget; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19169/18 asked on 02 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Please see the following table which sets out the operational costs for the Department of Health for the years 2011 to 2017.

 Year Operational Costs €m 2011 26.531 2012 27.265 2013 25.926 2014 25.345 2015 26.215 2016 27.314 2017 30.559 
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437. Deputy Eamon Ryan asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the administrative cost of means-testing each social welfare payment which is subject to means-testing in 2016 and 2017; the cost of administering all non-means tested social welfare payments in 2016 and 2017, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19117/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): My Department’s administration expenditure is split between Vote (means tested schemes) and Social Insurance Fund (non-means tested schemes). Details of the total administration expenditure for 2016 and 2017 are outlined in the following table. These costs also include services provided for and charged to my Department by other Departments and Agencies.

 Administration Category 2016 2017 (Provisional Figur...

68. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Taoiseach the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. (Question 18172/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: There has been no expenditure by my Department on social media training or consultancy in the years 2011 - 2016.
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73. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. (Question 18162/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department has not incurred any costs for social media training.
As part of the Be Winter Ready information campaign the Office of Emergency Planning engages the services of a media communications company to create and manage an information campaign on Twitter. The costs associated with this for the years in question are provided in the following table.
   2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 Be Winter Ready Twitter Cam...

81. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. (Question 18166/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 82 together.
My Department provides social media training to staff to increase their capacity to promote public engagement and accountability for our work across global issues and in the delivery of services.
In-house expertise is used wherever possible and training on the use of social media is generally delivered by the Communications Unit in my Department at no additional cost.
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82. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media; the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18202/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 and 82 together.
My Department provides social media training to staff to increase their capacity to promote public engagement and accountability for our work across global issues and in the delivery of services.
In-house expertise is used wherever possible and training on the use of social media is generally delivered by the Communications Unit in my Department at no additional cost.
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85. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Finance the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. (Question 18165/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I wish to advise the Deputy that during 2016 the following expenditure was incurred by the Department in relation to the following training:
Certificate for Press Officer - €1,560
MA in Political Communication - €3,600.
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92. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. (Question 18170/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department’s expenditure on social media training and consultancy in the years in question is as follows:
 Year Amount spent 2015 €1,790.00 2016 €2,000.00 
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98. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. (Question 18163/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 98 and 99 together.
My Department has not arranged specific training in relation to social media. 
In relation to the period contained in the Deputy’s question, my Department did not incur expenditure on social media training and consultancy in 2011 or 2012. However, a limited number of courses were arranged in media skills training for a small number of officials in 2013 and 2016. The attached tabular st...

99. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Education and Skills if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media; the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18199/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 98 and 99 together.
My Department has not arranged specific training in relation to social media. 
In relation to the period contained in the Deputy’s question, my Department did not incur expenditure on social media training and consultancy in 2011 or 2012. However, a limited number of courses were arranged in media skills training for a small number of officials in 2013 and 2016. The attached tabular st...

106. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. (Question 18169/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 106 and 107 together.
There has been no training delivered on the use of social media in my Department and and no costs have been incurred on social media training or consultancy between 2011 and 2016. However, during this period, staff in my Department attended the following seminars:
- Social Media in Government and The Public Sector - two staff attended on 5 November 2011, total cost €255.
- Social M...

107. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media; the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18205/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 106 and 107 together.
There has been no training delivered on the use of social media in my Department and and no costs have been incurred on social media training or consultancy between 2011 and 2016. However, during this period, staff in my Department attended the following seminars:
- Social Media in Government and The Public Sector - two staff attended on 5 November 2011, total cost €255.
- Social M...

115. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the amount her Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. (Question 18158/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 115 and 116 together.
Between 2011 and 2016 no training courses were delivered on the use of social media, within my Department. 
My Department does promote the development of staff through attendance at conferences on topics relevant to their work. In this regard, four staff members attended conferences on social media during this period. The conferences provided insights from industry...

116. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if training has been delivered in her Department on the use of social media; the frequency and cost of this training; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18194/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I propose to take Questions Nos. 115 and 116 together.
Between 2011 and 2016 no training courses were delivered on the use of social media, within my Department. 
My Department does promote the development of staff through attendance at conferences on topics relevant to their work. In this regard, four staff members attended conferences on social media during this period. The conferences provided insights from industry...

132. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health the amount his Department has spent on social media training and consultancy in each of the years 2011 to 2016. (Question 18167/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 132 and 140 together.
The Department of Health spent a total of €2329.85 on social media training (including staff attendance at seminars) in the years 2011 to 2018 (as per the following table), with zero spend on social media consultancy.
 Year Spend on social media training   2011 €1040.00 2012 €0.00 2013 €1050.00 2014 €239.85 2015 €0.00 2016 €0.00 2017 €0.00 2018 €0.00 
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140. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Health if training has been delivered in his Department on the use of social media; the frequency and cost of this training; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18203/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 132 and 140 together.
The Department of Health spent a total of €2329.85 on social media training (including staff attendance at seminars) in the years 2011 to 2018 (as per the following table), with zero spend on social media consultancy.
 Year Spend on social media training   2011 €1040.00 2012 €0.00 2013 €1050.00 2014 €239.85 2015 €0.00 2016 €0.00 2017 €0.00 2018 €0.00 
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