21. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of public and civil servants earning the minimum wage and the living wage; his plans to ensure that all public and civil servants earn the living wage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47235/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy is aware my colleague the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection is responsible for setting the National Minimum Wage on recommendation from the Low Pay Commission. 
The current minimum wage is set at €9.25 and the third report of the Low Pay Commission recommended that this be increased by 30 cent per hour.
The Government welcomed that recommendation as a modest increase but one that is ahead of th...

73. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will restore pay equality for young persons in the public sector in budget 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40457/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): The public service agreements have allowed a programme of pay restoration for public servants to start. I have used this to negotiate substantial improvements in pay for new teachers. The agreement reached in September 2016 will see pay rises of between 15-22% (between €4600 and €6700) for new entrant teachers.  The agreements also provide for earlier permanency for younger teachers, new promotion opportunities and new flexibilities in w...

234. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated additional cost of ensuring all Civil Service workers receive at least a living wage of €11.70 per hour in 2018; and the equivalent estimate for the wider public sector and semi-State bodies if the requisite information is available. (Question 35713/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, the following table sets out the information sought as it relates to my Department and the bodies under its aegis.
 Organisation Additional Annual Cost Department of Public Expenditure and Reform €44,207 National Shared Services Office €717,672 Office of Government Procurement €52,370 Public Appointments Service €182,470 Office of the Ombudsman €42,737 State Laboratory €3...

174. Deputy Kathleen Funchion asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the date on which the rates of pay for secretarial assistants employed by Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas were last increased; his plans to review these rates in view of the large volume of constituency work secretarial assistants deal with; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29709/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The rates of pay for Secretarial Assistants were last increased on 1 September 2008 in line with similar such pay revisions for grades in the public service with whom the Secretarial Assistants would have a correspondence for pay movement purposes. However, Secretarial Assistants are employed on a direct contractual basis by Members of the Houses of the Oireachtas as well as by qualifying political parties and, as such, they w...

187. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the role his officials and, in particular, the economic unit have in the upcoming talks with the public sector unions. (Question 20406/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Senior officials from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are leading the public service pay negotiations from the employer side. These officials are supported by dedicated resources from the Irish Government Economic Evaluation Service (IGEES) which have been assigned to the Remuneration, Industrial Relations and Pensions Division within the Department to provide analytical support to senior management.
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195. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Health when staff in section 38 organisations will receive pay restoration under the Lansdowne Road Agreement and specifically the €1,000 annual increase which has not begun to be paid in an organisation (details supplied). (Question 26215/17 asked on 31 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Adjustments to the salaries of public health sector employees as provided for by the Lansdowne Road Agreement are effective from 1 April 2017. As this question refers to organisations funded by the HSE under section 38 of the Health Act 2004, I have asked the HSE to respond directly to you on this matter.
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152. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the level of pay restoration available to public sector workers in each of the years 2016 to 2019, broken down in bands (details supplied), in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21246/17 asked on 04 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 and 153 together.
I have arranged for the information sought to be made available to the Deputy in the table.
Lansdowne Road Benefits
 2016 - - 2017 - - 2018 - 2019 - - - Pre LRA (2015) Remuneration Pre Emergency Remuneration FEMPI Pay Reduction FEMPI Pay Reduction % of Pre Emergency Remuneration FEMPI PRD Reduction Total FEMPI Reduction Pa...

153. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the level of pay restoration available to public sector workers earning in excess of €65,001 in each of the years 2016 to 2019, broken down in bands of €5,000, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21247/17 asked on 04 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 152 and 153 together.
I have arranged for the information sought to be made available to the Deputy in the table.
Lansdowne Road Benefits
 2016 - - 2017 - - 2018 - 2019 - - - Pre LRA (2015) Remuneration Pre Emergency Remuneration FEMPI Pay Reduction FEMPI Pay Reduction % of Pre Emergency Remuneration FEMPI PRD Reduction Total FEMPI Reduction Pa...

321. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the details of payments made by her Department or a public body under the aegis of her Department to a person (details supplied) in the past 36 months and to date in 2017. (Question 21390/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The person in question was employed as chief executive officer of the Labour Relations Commission until 30 September 2015, and as director general of the Workplace Relations Commission following its establishment on 1 October 2015.
In this context, my Department processed salary payments to the person in question during the period referred to. These ceased upon the person’s retirement in June 2016.
No further payments...

324. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the details of payments made by her Department or a public body under the aegis of her Department to a person (details supplied) in the past 36 months and to date in 2017. (Question 21385/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Deputy might note that my Department did not make any payments to the person in question. In relation to the State Agencies under the remit of my Department I am also advised that Tusla, the Adoption Authority of Ireland and the Oberstown Children Detention Campus did not incur any such payments and that the Office of the Ombudsman for Children will respond directly to the Deputy in the matter.
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335. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the details of payments made by his Department or a public body under the aegis of his Department to a person (details supplied) in the past 36 months and to date in 2017. (Question 21387/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): There were no payments made by my Department or the Army Pensions Board, the only body under the aegis of my Department, to the person referred to by the Deputy during the period covered by the question.
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672. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if persons recruited to direct entry positions in the public sector are paid an allowance for holding a level 8 qualification; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20228/17 asked on 02 May 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has overarching responsibility for recruitment to the civil service only.  Persons recruited to direct entry positions in the Civil Service do not receive an allowance for holding a Level 8 qualification.  Any queries in respect of payment of allowances for educational qualifications in, for example the Education Sector or Health Sector would be a matter, in the first instance for ...

192. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of public sector employees currently in receipt of a salary; the annual cost of these salaries; the cost of restoring pay to 2018 levels; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18813/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Based on the current data available to my Department, the total number of public service employees currently in receipt of a salary at end of December 2016 was some 307,000 (full-time equivalent)-FTE). The Exchequer Paybill for 2016 at €15.7bn gross provided for the annual cost of the salaries for approx. 279,000 (FTE) public servants. It should be noted that Local Authority staff, of which there are some 28,000 (FTE), are no...

201. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which salary and wage cuts incurred during the economic downturn continue to be a priority in terms of restoration to the public, in line with good practice; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18956/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 202 together.
As the Deputy is aware, I am obliged under the legislation to undertake an Annual Review of the operation and effectiveness of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts (FEMPI) which is laid before the Oireachtas by the end of June each year. In doing so I must have “regard to the overall economic conditions in the State and national competitiveness” and ...

202. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the planned progress for the restoration of pay cuts incurred during the economic crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18957/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 202 together.
As the Deputy is aware, I am obliged under the legislation to undertake an Annual Review of the operation and effectiveness of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts (FEMPI) which is laid before the Oireachtas by the end of June each year. In doing so I must have “regard to the overall economic conditions in the State and national competitiveness” and ...

130. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality if she will confirm that, in line with the one person, one salary principle, no public servant who is a member of a State board or agency under the control of her Department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees and, if any such remuneration is being paid, that such payment will be discontinued and payments that were wrongfully paid be reclaimed. (Question 13321/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): In answer to the Deputy’s question, I can confirm that, in line with the one person one salary principle, no public servant who is a member of a State board or agency under the control of my Department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees.
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200. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Finance if he will confirm that in line with the one person, one salary principle, no public servant who is a member of a State board or agency under the control of his Department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees and if any such remuneration is being paid, that such payment will be discontinued and payments that were wrongfully paid will be reclaimed. (Question 13323/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): In response to the Deputy’s query, I have been advised by the 18 bodies under the aegis of my Department  that no public servant that is a member of a State Board or agency under the control of my department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees. I am advised that one serving member of the board of ReBo received board fees in error in 2013 and that following advice from Department of Public Expenditure and Reform these f...

295. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will confirm that in line with the one person one salary principle, no public servant that is a member of a State board or agency under the control of his Department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees and if any such remuneration is being paid that such payment will be discontinued and payments that were wrongfully paid will be reclaimed. (Question 13324/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Since November 2011, when the one person one salary (OPOS) principle came into force, it has been a requirement that public servants and public sector employees (with the exception of worker directors of commercial state bodies) who sit on state boards may not be paid board fees. 
The agencies under the aegis of my Department are aware of this one person one salary policy being in force and the necessity to adhere to this requirement.
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435. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will confirm that in line with the one person one salary principle, no public servant that is a member of a State board or agency under the control of his Department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees and if any such remuneration is being paid that such payment will be discontinued and payments that were wrongfully paid will be reclaimed. (Question 13325/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Details in relation to the expenses of Board members are available within the respective annual reports of the State agencies under the aegis of my Department. Where public servants are appointed to such  Boards, no fees are payable. This is set out clearly in the Remuneration and Superannuation element of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, published by my colleague, the Minister for Pu...

505. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will confirm that in line with the one-person-one-salary principle, no public servant who is a member of a State board or agency under the control of his Department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees and if any such remuneration is being paid that such payment will be discontinued and payments that were wrongfully paid will be reclaimed. (Question 13326/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The statutory bodies operating under the aegis of my Department are the Citizens Information Board, the Pensions Authority, the Pensions Council, the Pensions Ombudsman (which does not have a board) and the Social Welfare Tribunal.
I can confirm that remuneration, in the form of board fees, is not paid to any public servant on the boards of these bodies.
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592. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will confirm that in line with the one person one salary principle, no public servant who is a member of a State board or agency under the control of his Department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees and if any such remuneration is being paid that such payment will be discontinued and payments that were wrongfully paid will be reclaimed. (Question 13327/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): There are no State boards or agencies under the aegis of my Department so the issue raised by the Deputy does not arise.
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631. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will confirm that in line with the one-person, one-salary principle, no public servant who is a member of a State board or agency under the control of his Department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees and that if any such remuneration is being paid, it will be discontinued and payments that were wrongfully paid will be reclaimed. (Question 13328/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Appointments Service (PAS) is the only State Board under the remit of my Department. I can confirm that no public servant on the PAS Board is given any payment for their services on that board.
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840. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health if he will confirm that in line with the one person one salary principle, no public servant that is a member of a State board or agency under the control of his Department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees and if any such remuneration is being paid that such payment will be discontinued and payments that were wrongfully paid will be reclaimed (Question 13330/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): My officials have checked with the agencies under the aegis of my Department, including the HSE, and each of the agencies has confirmed that in line with the one person one salary principle, no public servant who is a member of a State board or agency is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees. 
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1042. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if he will confirm that in line with the one person one salary principle, no public servant that is a member of a State board or agency under the control of his Department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees and if any such remuneration is being paid that such payment will be discontinued and payments that were wrongfully paid will be reclaimed. (Question 13273/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department has no public servant that is a member of a State board or agency under the control of my Department currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees. 
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1124. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will confirm that in line with the one person one salary principle, no public servant that is a member of a State board or agency under the control of his department is currently in receipt of remuneration in the form of board fees and if any such remuneration is being paid that such payment will be discontinued and payments that were wrongfully paid will be reclaimed. (Question 13339/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The One Person One Salary policy introduced by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has been brought to the attention of the bodies under the aegis of my Department and compliance in this regard is being observed. Worker Directors are excluded from this policy in relation to board fees.
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