98. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which antenatal appointments for public servants and civil servants are categorised in the context of leave calculation and or arrangements (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20684/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 98 and 114 together.
Chapter 4 - Maternity Protection Entitlements , Terms & Conditions of Employment for Registered Teachers in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools – Edition 2 issued by my Department details the Maternity Protection Entitlements for teachers. Paragraph 8 of Chapter 4 sets out the provisions as regards time off for ante/post-natal care appointments and attendance at ante-natal cl...

114. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the way in which antenatal appointments for teachers is categorised in the context of leave calculation and or arrangements (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20683/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 98 and 114 together.
Chapter 4 - Maternity Protection Entitlements , Terms & Conditions of Employment for Registered Teachers in Recognised Primary and Post Primary Schools – Edition 2 issued by my Department details the Maternity Protection Entitlements for teachers. Paragraph 8 of Chapter 4 sets out the provisions as regards time off for ante/post-natal care appointments and attendance at ante-natal cl...

159. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Health the regulation in place in terms of public service employees, in particular in terms of external applicants for senior roles such as the CEO of the Health Service Executive and other senior officials in the HSE with regard to compliance with SIPO behaviour standards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20588/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): State Bodies, including the HSE, which come under the aegis of the Department of Health must comply with the requirements in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s (DPER) Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies.  The provisions in the Code include the requirements for compliance with relevant legislation and governance obligations. They include compliance with the Ethics in Public Office Acts. The Standards in Public Office (SIPO...

136. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the procedures adopted under the mobility policy; if it is possible for a person to move backwards on the list; the circumstances in which such could occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19904/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Phase 1A of the Civil Service Mobility scheme was launched for Clerical Officers and Executive Officers to apply for mobility in November 2017. Over 3,300 staff members have applied for mobility since its launch. As a matter of policy for the scheme, applicants are queued by date of application in the first instance, and length of service in the second instance.
It was open to applicants to enter a legacy date on their initial ...

104. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the length of time antenatal leave or absence from work remains on a person’s personnel record if she is employed within the public service and-or Civil Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18611/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff Sick Leave)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): This response sets out the position in relation to pregnancy related sick leave and antenatal leave. 
The full terms of the Public Service Sick Leave Scheme are set out in Appendix A. 
The need to protect women during pregnancy and ensure that they are not discriminated against is reflected in the design of the sick leave scheme. The following extra protections are given to a female worker in respect of pregnancy related illne...

105. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on whether antenatal appointments should be categorised as certified sick leave or as standard sick leave in respect of persons employed in the public sector and-or Civil Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18612/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Public Sector Staff Sick Leave)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, I have overarching responsibility for the Public Service. However, the arrangements for antenatal appointments in sectors other than the Civil Service are a matter for the relevant Minister.
In the Civil Service, pregnant staff are entitled to such paid time off as is necessary for attendance at ante natal clinics. Such time off is not categorised as sick leave of any type. 
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158. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when legislation will be passed to facilitate the extension of the retirement age by choice for persons working in the public sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17956/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 53517/2017 on 14 December 2017.
The legislation is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018.
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282. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the public service superannuation (miscellaneous) provisions (amendment) Bill will be published and presented to the Houses of the Oireachtas for approval (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15534/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 282 and 285 together.
I refer the Deputies to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 53517/2017 on 14 December 2017.
The legislation is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018.
 ...

285. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the increase in retirement age for public servants from 65 to 70 years of age will come into effect; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16006/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 282 and 285 together.
I refer the Deputies to my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 53517/2017 on 14 December 2017.
The legislation is on the list of priority legislation for publication in the Spring/Summer Session 2018.
 ...

292. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of Civil Service administrative officers recruited per annum; and the number of such staff in service per annum from January 2010 to December 2017, by Department (details supplied). (Question 15168/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The information the Deputy has requested on the recruitment of Administrative Officers in the civil service is set out in the following file.
 Administrative Officers recruited by Department 2010 - 2017 (Source - National Shared Service Office, April 2018)
 Dept  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Agriculture, Food & the Marine 1 3 2 1 7 12 10 Attorney General’s Office 1 Business, Enterpr...

133. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost of rolling out the Civil Service mobility scheme to date. (Question 14908/18 asked on 29 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, the following table outlines the cost (inclusive of VAT) of rolling out the civil service mobility scheme to date, including development of Mobility portal, Mobility interactive map and in-service communications. 
 Mobility Portal Cost. Pilot of Phase 1 of CS Mobility Scheme - March 2017 €69,819.72 Phase 1A of CS Mobility Scheme - launched November 2017 €120,810.60 Total €190...

228. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the public service redevelopment scheme is widely used by the public and Civil Service; the activity of the scheme for 2017; if staff that commenced employment at Shannon Development, Shannon, County Clare and are now employed by Shannon Commercial Properties and wish to be considered for this scheme will be provided every opportunity to obtain employment in the public service; if there is a timeframe to redeploy this particular cohort of staff; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13733/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy will be aware, the Public Service Agreements (PSAs) provide for agreed redeployment arrangements to apply in the civil service and in other parts of the public service. Redeployment is primarily a mechanism for the transfer of surplus staff to areas where appropriate vacancies exist.
My Department is responsible for redeployment in the civil service and non-commercial state bodies and these redeployments panels a...

575. Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if the compulsory retirement age will be applicable to the private sector in view of the recent change to the public service compulsory retirement age; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13566/18 asked on 27 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): I welcome the recent confirmation by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to increase to 70 the compulsory retirement age of public servants recruited before the 1st April 2004. 
In relation to compulsory retirement ages in the labour market more generally, there is no universal mandatory retirement age in Ireland. The setting of retirement age remains a matter for agreement between employers/employees and...

3. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when legislation to increase the compulsory retirement age for public servants will be published; the timeframe for the legislation to pass in Dáil Éireann; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13699/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Deputy Dara Calleary: The Minister made an announcement last December regarding the extension of the retirement age for public servants, in respect of which there was huge interest but, unfortunately, people have been left in abeyance since. Many people are currently being forced to retire. What is the timeline for the legislation and does the Minister have any plans to deal with those people due to retire between the timeframe of the announcement and the enactment of the legislation? I have ...

18. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when legislation will be passed to facilitate the extension of retirement age by choice for persons working in the public sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8397/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As I indicated in response to Priority PQ No 13699/18 from Deputy Calleary earlier, the Government agreed in December, that the compulsory retirement age of public servants recruited before 1 April 2004 would be increased to age 70.  This is the only group of public servants who currently have a compulsory retirement age of less than 70.  The decision arose on foot of a review of the current statutory and operational considerat...

119. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the directions provided to the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service that fall under the direction of his Department for the days during Storm Emma when staff were directed to stay at home; and if deductions in pay and annual leave were made to staff in the public sector or Civil Service as a result of days lost during the storm. (Question 11882/18 asked on 21 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Taoiseach (Deputy Leo Varadkar)(Deputy Leo Varadkar): Following the advice issued by the National Emergency Coordination Group on the status red weather warning issued by Met Éireann on 28 February 2018, an email was issued to staff in my Department from the Head of Corporate Affairs to advise them that they should not attend work on Thursday 29 February or Friday 1 March 2018. This advice also applied to staff in the National Economic and Social Development Office - the only body under the ae...

4. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the directions provided to the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service that fall under the direction of his Department for the days during Storm Emma when staff were directed to stay at home; if deductions in pay and annual leave were made to staff in the public sector or Civil Service as a result of days lost during the storm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11872/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): A number of the public and civil service staff of my Department were fully engaged in the national response to Storm Emma. Essential members of the staff of my Department worked as part of the National Emergency Management Group, managing and overseeing the requirement for Civil Defence and Defence Forces’ support across the country and liaising with local authorities, the Health Service Executive and an Garda Síochána. 
Non-ess...

30. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the directions provided to the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service that fall under the direction of his Department for the days during Storm Emma when staff were directed to stay at home; if deductions in pay and annual leave were made to staff in the public sector or Civil Service as a result of days lost during the storm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11876/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): All government Departments were guided by the advice of the National Emergency Coordination Committee in deciding to close certain offices during Storm Emma. While staff were unable to work in the headquarters offices of the Department, Ireland’s Embassies and Consulates, where approximately 40% of the Department’s staff work, continued to function as normal. The Department’s out –of-hours Consular Assistance Service c...

67. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Finance the directions provided for the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service that fall under the direction of his Department for the days during Storm Emma when staff were directed to stay at home; if deductions in pay and annual leave were made to staff in the public sector or Civil Service as a result of days lost during the storm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11875/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I wish to inform the Deputy that there was no central direction provided about payment of staff for the days that offices were closed due to Storm Emma. Each Civil and Public Service organization, as the relevant employer, is responsible for determining how to manage the treatment of those days. Where facilities were available many civil servants worked from home on the days the offices were closed.
The Department of Finance was open on Wednesday ...

128. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the directions provided to the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service that fall under the direction of his Department for the days during Storm Emma when staff were directed to stay at home; if deductions in pay and annual leave were made to staff in the public sector or Civil Service as a result of days lost during the storm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11880/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Employers across the Civil Service were responsible for managing attendance at work in their own organisations during Storm Emma. Civil Service organisations provide different and complex services in locations across the country. Each employer was best placed to determine the individual needs of their organisations and to assess the risks to staff of attending work. In certain areas of the Civil Service staff were required t...

177. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Education and Skills the directions provided to the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service that fall under the direction of his Department for the days during Storm Emma when staff were directed to stay at home; if deductions in pay and annual leave were made to staff in the public sector or Civil Service as a result of days lost during the storm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11873/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Following information and advice from the National Emergency Coordination Group and in line with the weather protocol agreed with Staff Representatives in cases of severe weather conditions my Department was closed from 2.30pm on Wednesday 28th February and remained closed on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd of March.  No deductions in pay or annual leave were made to the Department’s staff directed to remain at home as a result of the weathe...

270. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to make changes to the terms and conditions of service of primary school principals that would encourage them to defer retirement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12828/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Legislation is currently being drafted to provide for the Government decision to change the compulsory retirement age of some public servants. In this regard my Department is currently preparing a circular letter which will notify all education and training sector employers and staff of temporary arrangements to allow certain staff, including primary school principal teachers, be retained in employment beyond their current compulsory re...

305. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the directions for the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service that fall under the direction of his Department for the days during Storm Emma when staff were directed to stay at home; if deductions in pay and annual leave were made to staff in the public sector or Civil Service as a result of days lost during the storm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11879/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Data)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Following advice from the National Emergency Coordinating Committee, all of the Department’s offices in Leinster and Munster were closed on Thursday 1 March and Friday 2 March apart from staff providing essential services in areas such as the Border Management Unit, Dublin Airport, the Irish Prison Service and An Garda Siochana.  Staff with remote access were requested to attend to normal business where possible.  Management across all...

386. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the directions provided to the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service that fall under the direction of her Department for the days during Storm Emma when staff were directed to stay at home; if deductions in pay and annual leave were made to staff in the public sector or Civil Service as a result of days lost during the storm; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11868/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys) (Deputy Heather Humphreys): On foot of the Met Éireann “Status Red” snow and ice warning initially for much of the East coast and subsequently for all counties, staff of my Department were directed to stay safely at home until the warning was lifted. In the communication to all staff, they were also advised to work from home where possible.
No deductions in pay or annual leave were made to staff in my Department for the...

441. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Health the directions provided to the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service who fall under the direction of his Department for the days during Storm Emma when staff were directed to stay at home; if deductions in pay and annual leave were made to staff in the public sector or Civil Service as a result of days lost during the storm; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11877/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I did not issue any direction to staff of my own Department or to staff of bodies under the aegis of this Department with regard to attendance for work on the days during Storm Emma.  
The Deputy may be interested to note that the HSE did issue a ‘broadcast’ to all its staff indicating that HSE staff who came to work on the Red Alert weather warning storm days would be paid for time worked and receive time off in lieu. Staff who could not get to work o...