289. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans and timeframe to address remaining pay inequality issues in view of the fact that the report to the Houses of Oireachtas on new entrant salary scales has been published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14964/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 and 290 together.
As part of the negotiations last year leading to the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 all parties acknowledged “issues of concern relating to the increased length of salary scale for post 2011” new entrants and committed to examining these issues within 12 months of the commencement of the agreement.
In general the issues of concern relate to the insertion of tw...

290. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the report on costings of pay equality and the timeframe to achieve it as called for in an amendment to section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15127/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 and 290 together.
As part of the negotiations last year leading to the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 all parties acknowledged “issues of concern relating to the increased length of salary scale for post 2011” new entrants and committed to examining these issues within 12 months of the commencement of the agreement.
In general the issues of concern relate to the insertion of tw...

218. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the further reforms that may be introduced regarding the manner in which public contracts or procurements are undertaken with a view to identifying the most cost effective and expeditious procedures, thereby eliminating costly delays; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13538/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 218 and 219 together.
Procurement is a key element of the Government’s Public Service Reform agenda and is a very significant portion of overall spending. The State buys everything from pens and paper, through to naval vessels and surgical equipment. In this context, it is essential that the Public Service operates in a co-ordinated and efficient way and delivers much needed public services in...

219. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which further reforms are required in respect of the awarding of public contracts or procurements with a view to ensuring that business in this country can be undertaken in a way that is competitive with all other European countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13539/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 218 and 219 together.
Procurement is a key element of the Government’s Public Service Reform agenda and is a very significant portion of overall spending. The State buys everything from pens and paper, through to naval vessels and surgical equipment. In this context, it is essential that the Public Service operates in a co-ordinated and efficient way and delivers much needed public services in...

221. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the restoration of the various payments conceded under FEMPI will take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13541/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy is aware the unwinding of the emergency FEMPI legislation commenced with the Lansdowne Road Agreement 2016-2018 and will be completed under the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 -2020. 
The Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 sets out a specific schedule of measures and dates in respect of deductions made under the FEMPI Acts including provisions in respect of the implementation of the Public Service St...

1. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on the content of the report on pay equalisation as specified in the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017; the actions he will take from the report; his plans for process to pay and equalisation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13698/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Deputy Dara Calleary: The Minister published the report on examining remaining salary scale issues in respect of post-January 2011 recruits last Friday. My party sought that report as part of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Bill. Can the Minister outline what he intends to do with that report? A statement from his Department indicated that there is a process, as we are aware, involving the Public Service Pay Commission but it is important that he would also have discussions with the union...

11. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to review the status of pay inequality across the whole public sector in view of the shortage of teachers and health staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13010/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: The shocking record figures for people on trolleys over recent weeks were further evidence of an unacceptable crisis in the health service. Once again, nurses, doctors and medical experts said we need more beds and to have those we need more nurses. We also need more teachers. The Government cannot recruit them because it is not paying them properly and one of the problems is that new entrants are paid less.
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30. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to provide for pay restoration for persons working for publicly funded organisations that took pay cuts during the economic crisis; his views on whether staff should have their salaries restored on a parallel basis to civil servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10868/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): At the outset let me say, as I have previously stated in this House on this matter, that the commitment, dedication and hard work of these organisations in the Community and Voluntary sector is very much appreciated. These organisations deliver a wide array of much needed support services at community level to a very varied range of users on a day to day basis throughout the year. 
The Deputy is aware however that such organisa...

37. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether the shortages of staff across the public sector can be attributed to low pay and to pay inequality; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13006/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett: The shocking record figures for people on trolleys over recent weeks were further evidence of an unacceptable crisis in the health service. Once again, nurses, doctors and medical experts said we need more beds and to have those we need more nurses. We also need more teachers. The Government cannot recruit them because it is not paying them properly and one of the problems is that new entrants are paid less.
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63. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress his Department has made on the report on pay equalisation as specified in the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017; the scope of the report; the timeframe involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11316/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my answer to PQ Ref: 11836/18 on 20 March 2018.
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120. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the report on the costings of pay equality as called for in an amendment to section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 will be published; and the timeframe for implementing the recommendations of the report. (Question 11948/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

126. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the report on the cost of and a plan for dealing with pay equalisation for new entrants to the public service which was provided for in section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017, will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11836/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

129. Deputy Eamon Scanlon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the report on the costings of pay equality as called for in an amendment to section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11967/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

130. Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the report on the costings of pay equality (details supplied) will be published. (Question 12014/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

131. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the report on the costings of pay equality (details supplied) to be published. (Question 12174/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

132. Deputy Frank O’Rourke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there is a publication date for the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 report on costings which is to report on pay equality in the teaching profession and across the greater public sector; the timeline within which to achieve same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12192/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

140. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the date the report on the costings of pay equality for teachers will be received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12446/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

151. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a report on pay equalisation required under section 11 of the Public Services Pay and Pensions Act 2017. (Question 12484/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

153. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he will receive a report on the issue of restoring pay equality in the public sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12571/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

155. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the report on the costings of pay equality and a timeframe to achieve it as called for in an amendment to section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12595/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 120, 126, 129 to 132, inclusive, 140, 151, 153 and 155 together.
As the Deputy is aware, under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, it was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by Parties to this Agreement will be undertaken and that there would be discussions between the parties.
Secti...

85. Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the report on pay inequality to be published (details supplied). (Question 11418/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 85, 98, 99 and 109 together.
Under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, the Parties acknowledged the issues of concern in relation to the increased length of the salary scale in certain instances in respect of post January 2011 entrants. 
It was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by ...

87. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the Public Service Pay Commission will produce its report on the unwinding of FEMPI legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10933/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my answer to PQ 8799/18, Parliamentary Question No. 169, on the 20th of February 2018.
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98. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress of the report on the costings of the restoration of pay equality as called for in an amendment to section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017; the timeframe for the publication of the report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11569/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 85, 98, 99 and 109 together.
Under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, the Parties acknowledged the issues of concern in relation to the increased length of the salary scale in certain instances in respect of post January 2011 entrants. 
It was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by ...

99. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a report on the cases of pay equality and the timeframe to achieve same (details supplied); the date on which this report will be made available; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11608/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 85, 98, 99 and 109 together.
Under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, the Parties acknowledged the issues of concern in relation to the increased length of the salary scale in certain instances in respect of post January 2011 entrants. 
It was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by ...

109. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the report on the costings of pay equality will be completed; and the timeframe to achieve same (details supplied) (Question 11681/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 85, 98, 99 and 109 together.
Under the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA) 2018-2020, the Parties acknowledged the issues of concern in relation to the increased length of the salary scale in certain instances in respect of post January 2011 entrants. 
It was agreed that an examination of the remaining salary scale issues in respect of post January 2011 recruits at entry grades covered by ...