28. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Taoiseach the amount spent by his Department on taxi and-or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount. (Question 35495/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

The Taoiseach: My Department has a taxi account for official business purposes with a company selected by the Office of Government Procurement following a public tender. Taxis are used for official purposes where there is no other practical or suitable alternative mode of transport available. 
Expenditure on taxis from January 2015 to end-June 2017 is set out in Table A. In addition, the sum of €1,800 was spent in 2015 on domestic car hire to transport relatives to the State funeral for Thoma...

74. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the amount spent by her Department on taxi and-or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35491/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Tánaiste and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The total amount that my Department has spent on taxi fares for the period in question is outlined in the following table.  My Department did not have any spend on limousine fares in the same period. The cost of car hire, both self drive and chauffeur drive is also attached.
 YEAR TAXI CAR HIRE 2015 €14,971.97 €197.93 2016 €19,905.81 €508.17 2017 (Jan-June) €9,694.93 €3,571.61 
 ...

115. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Finance the amount spent by his Department on taxi or limousine fares, or both, in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35488/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department employs a taxi company engaged through an Office of Government Procurement drawdown contract.  The company engaged to provide the service is Net Global Taxis trading as Lynx Taxis.
The following table gives details of the amounts paid to the company in the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2017.
 Year Amount paid 01/07/2015 - 30/06/2016 €13,601 01/07/2016 - 30/06/2017 €16,688 
 ...

146. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Finance the details of each body or organisation that is scheduled to receive in excess of €1 million from his Department’s Vote of expenditure or the group of Votes of expenditure connected with his Department in 2017 for the provision of services by the body or the organisation concerned; the amount involved in each case; if there is a signed service level agreement in place in respect of the services to be carried out by these bodies or organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36157/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The expenditure disclosed in the table relates to signed contracts for the provision of goods or services. In some cases, the amount shown is a cumulative figure based on a number of separate contracts. All of these contracts are actively managed.
To date in 2017, my Department has not made any payments to any agency, organisation, or body in excess of €1,000,000. However, it has made payments totalling €943,413.63 to William Fry for legal advice...

233. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount spent by his Department on taxi and-or limousine fares in the past two years to date, by year and amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35493/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, the following table outlines the amount spent by my Department on taxi fares in the past two years.
 Year Purpose Amount 2015 Taxi fares €18,616 2016 Taxi fares €26,928 2017 (to date) Taxi fares €13,942 

No money has been spent on the hiring of limousines.
 ...

243. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of each body or organisation that is scheduled to receive in excess of €1 million from his Department’s Vote of expenditure or the group of Votes of expenditure connected with his Department in 2017 for the provision of services by the body or the organisation concerned; the amount involved in each case; if there is a signed service level agreement in place in respect of the services to be carried out by these bodies or organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36162/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, the following table provides the details of each body or organisation scheduled to receive in excess of €1 million from the group of votes under my remit in 2017.
 Body/Organisation Details of services being provided Amount Institute of Public Administration Public sector development, through education, training, research and publishing €2,725,000 Economic and Social Research I...

246. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the latest profiles in value and outruns forecast in his Department for the end of December 2017 and any variances that may arise based on his Department’s performance against profile in gross voted expenditure at the end of June 2017. (Question 36572/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Overall expenditure on my Department’s Vote was under profile by €5 million at the end of June 2017.  This variance against profiled expenditure arises primarily due to timing issues in relation to payments on a number of areas such as ICT projects and technical assistance for EU programmes, as well as some savings in relation to salary and other costs.
In terms of the projected outturn for the year, it is difficult to assess t...

297. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount spent by his Department on taxi and-or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35486/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department’s policy for official taxi usage is to ensure the efficient and effective use of this resource and to ensure costs are kept to a minimum. In line with the Public Service Circular 11/1982: Travelling and Subsistence Regulations, all official travel must be by the shortest practicable routes and by the cheapest practicable mode of conveyance.
Taxi usage by Department officials is acceptable only when there is an unavoidable ...

402. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount spent by his Department on taxi and or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35489/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney)(Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department comprises two separate votes, Vote 28 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Vote 27 International Co-operation.
Taxi and car hire costs for 2016 amounted to €507,201 and for the period January 2017 to date amount to €341,709. 
My Department is fully compliant with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform guidelines on official travel and also operates its own detailed internal travel ...

457. Deputy Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the full-year cost of operating the Office for Internet Safety. (Question 35203/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): As the Deputy may be aware, the Office for Internet Safety (OIS) operates on an administrative basis within my Department. The costs relate primarily to staff pay costs and are absorbed in the general departmental budget.
 ...

494. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount spent by his Department on taxi and-or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount, and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35492/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Taxi services for staff of the Department of Justice and Equality on official duties are provided by a company on foot of a contract put in place by the Office of Government Procurement. The Department’s policy on use of taxis ensures that such usage is kept to a minimum and staff are advised to share services when a taxi is required.
Expenditure for the period requested is as follows:
2015 - €40,642
2016 - €41,120
2017 - €27,221 (Jan...

589. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the latest profiles in value and outruns forecasted in his Department for the end of December 2017 and any variances that may arise based on his Department’s performance against profile in gross voted expenditure at the end of June 2017. (Question 36571/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): There was a gross underspend in my Departments Vote of €11.1 million at the end of June 2017 relating to a number of areas, including payroll due to the filling of certain posts taking longer than anticipated. Expenditure across the overall Justice Vote Group, consisting of eight Votes, will continue to be carefully monitored and managed for the remainder of the year with the objective of achieving the best value for the taxpayer with...

610. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the amount spent by her Department on taxi and or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35482/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The details requested by the Deputy in respect of expenditure on taxi and or limousine fares in the past two years to date are set out in the following table. At all times value for money is a critical consideration in the use of such services. 
 Period Expenditure 2015July – December €9,205(€5,586) 2016Full year €13,852 2017January - to date €7,527 
 ...

623. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs her plans to ensure the full spend of all funding provided to her Department for 2017 including carry over of capital from 2016 and pre payments to local authorities made in 2016 or 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36437/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): A gross provision of €368.422 million is available to my Department across five programme areas in 2017 comprised of current funding of €249.637 million and capital funding of €118.785 million. In addition, a further €13.548 million in capital funding was carried over from the 2016 provision. 
It is difficult to assess the full year expenditure for my Department at this point in time, as we are only ...

823. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Health the amount spent by his Department on taxi and-or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35490/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The information requested is being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as it is available.
 ...

1188. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount spent by his Department on taxi and-or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35481/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The information the Deputy has requested is set in the following table:
 Year 2015 2016 2017 (to date) Amount €50,588 €45,925 €19,973 

These payments largely relate to foreign travel on official duties. They include transport service providers paid in the first instance by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the cost of which has subsequently been recouped from my Department. This expenditure w...

1291. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the amount spent by his Department on taxi and-or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35484/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I have set out details of expenditure on taxi fares by my Department in the period from 2015 to date.  There was no expenditure on limousines.
 Expenditure on Taxis € 2015 18,272 2016 25,873 2017 (to end June) 8,663 Total 52,808 
 ...

1361. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount spent by his Department on taxi and or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35496/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As the Deputy may be aware, my Department operates a travel policy which states clearly that officers should only use taxis where it is absolutely necessary and when there is no cheaper method of public transport available. That is adhered to within my Department. The total expenditure by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on taxi fares in the past two years to date is set out in the following table: 
 Year ...

1436. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount spent by her Department on taxi and-or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35483/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Officials of my Department order taxis when necessary in the course of their work and when public transport cannot be utilised. The amount invoiced and spent by my Department for taxis in 2015 was €8,393,2016 was €12,700 and January 2017 to present is €9,811. 
No limousines were hired or paid for by my Department over this timeframe.
 ...

1508. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Social Protection the amount spent by her Department on taxi and or limousine fares in the past two years to date by year and amount; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35494/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The total amounts spent on taxi fares by my Department for the period 1 January, 2015 to 18 July, 2017 are outlined in the following table:
 Year 2015 2016 up to 18 July 2017 Total Taxi fares €33,757 €32,031 €16,872 €82,660 

There were no limousine fares for the above period.
Taxi costs are paid wholly and exclusively in the course of a person’s duties in carrying out Departmental business. Question No. 1509 withdrawn....

1525. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the net saving if the Gateway scheme were abolished on 1 January 2018. (Question 35828/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1525, 1546 and 1547 together.
The Gateway Initiative was introduced in 2013 at a time of high unemployment in Ireland. It is administered through the local authorities and is one of a number of work programmes that my Department operates. Given the capacity in the system at present through the other employment schemes such as Community Employment ( CE), Tús and the Rural Social Scheme ( RSS) and the contin...

1537. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Social Protection the expenditure of her Department in each of the years 2013 to 2016, and to date in 2017, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36038/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): It is proposed to take Questions Nos. 1537 and 1540 together.
The information requested for 2013 and 2014 is available in the annual statistics reports at www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Statistical-Information-Reports---Archive.aspx
The information requested for the period to the end of 2015 is available at www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Annual-SWS-Statistical-Information-Report-2015.aspx 
The annual statistics report for the period to the end of 2016...

1540. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Social Protection the social welfare expenditure in each of the years 2013 to 2016, and to date in 2017, the number of each type of payment and the number of persons in receipt of each payment, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36041/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): It is proposed to take Questions Nos. 1537 and 1540 together.
The information requested for 2013 and 2014 is available in the annual statistics reports at www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Statistical-Information-Reports---Archive.aspx
The information requested for the period to the end of 2015 is available at www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Annual-SWS-Statistical-Information-Report-2015.aspx 
The annual statistics report for the period to the end of 2016...

1546. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Social Protection the projected underspend in the Gateway scheme in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36062/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1525, 1546 and 1547 together.
The Gateway Initiative was introduced in 2013 at a time of high unemployment in Ireland. It is administered through the local authorities and is one of a number of work programmes that my Department operates. Given the capacity in the system at present through the other employment schemes such as Community Employment ( CE), Tús and the Rural Social Scheme ( RSS) and the contin...

1547. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Social Protection if the underspend in programmes to support persons that are unemployed such as Gateway will be reinvested in other schemes or measures to reduce unemployment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36063/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I propose to take Questions Nos. 1525, 1546 and 1547 together.
The Gateway Initiative was introduced in 2013 at a time of high unemployment in Ireland. It is administered through the local authorities and is one of a number of work programmes that my Department operates. Given the capacity in the system at present through the other employment schemes such as Community Employment ( CE), Tús and the Rural Social Scheme ( RSS) and the contin...