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...

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...

780. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the directions provided on 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 11870/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Management Board of my Department, following the advice of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group, decided in light of the predicted severe weather warning during Storm Emma and having regard to the safety of the staff and the public, that the Department’s offices in Dublin, Wexford and Cavan would close on Thursday and Friday, 1 and 2 March, 2018.
No staff member suffered a loss of pay or annual leave a...

821. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport 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 11883/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): There were no deductions made to the pay or annual leave entitlements of the staff of my Department as a result of days lost during storm Emma. Many staff worked from home during this period and, as the Deputy will be aware, many others, including in particular members of the Irish Coast Guard, provided valuable assistance to the public and other relevant authorities during the event.
The arrangements that were in place in agencies ...

888. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs 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 11869/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Staff in my Department who were not on leave and who stayed at home due to our offices being closed during Storm Emma were paid as normal. Staff who were already on annual leave had annual leave deducted as normal.
My Department did not provide direction to agencies under its remit in this regard.
 ...

909. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development 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 11881/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): During Storm Emma, my Department operated in accordance with the guidance provided by the National Emergency Coordinating Group (NECG), which my Department is represented on. On foot of the NECG advice all Government Offices were closed on 1 and 2 March during the status red weather warning. 
I am advised that, while staff were directed to stay at home during Storm Emma, no pay or annual leave was deducted from staff in my Depa...

932. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the directions provided to the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service who 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 11874/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): In responding to the recent severe weather event my Department sought to continue to deliver essential services where possible, subject at all times to the need to protect the safety of staff and customers. In deciding on office closures due regard was had to the advice of the National Emergency Coordination Group.
I can assure the Deputy that where offices were closed and staff were directed to stay at home no deduct...

1014. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government 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 11878/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): My Department is based across a range of locations, primarily Dublin, Wexford and Ballina, each of which was impacted somewhat differently by Storm Emma.
For reasons of safety, staff were informed that Departmental buildings in Wexford and Dublin would close at 5pm on Wednesday 28 February; for mainly travel and also safety reasons, some staff departed prior to this time with the agreement of local managers. Non-essenti...

1075. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the directions provided to the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service who 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 11871/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised that, while staff were directed to stay at home during Storm Emma, no pay or annual leave was deducted from staff in my Department or in the agencies under its aegis. My Department’s IT systems enable many of the staff to work from outside their main office locations using official IT equipment; therefore, while the main buildings may have been closed, it was possible for key staff to work from home during t...

162. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the status of discussions with the teacher unions on addressing pay inequality among post 2011 entrants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11416/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - 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 negotiated together with my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, a 15-22% pay increase for new teachers. The agreements to date have restored an estimated 75% of the difference in pay for more recently recruited teachers and deliver full equality at later points in the scale.
As a result of the changes I negotiat...

216. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice and Equality when the consolidation of rent allowance for prison officers will be finalised; and the timeframe for paying the arrears in each case. (Question 11399/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The arrears of salary due from the increase of €500 pa in the rent allowance and its integration into salary were paid to the vast majority of prison officers on 1 March 2018. 
Arrears of Annualised Hours and other consolidated allowances which arise from this change also fall to be paid. The calculation of these arrears is however a complex, manual and labour-intensive process and is currently being processed by the National Shared Se...

111. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to re-establish equal pay for equal work (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10396/18 asked on 28 Feb 2018 - 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 negotiated together with my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, a 15-22% pay increase for new teachers. The agreements to date have restored an estimated 75% of the difference in pay for more recently recruited teachers and deliver full equality at later points in the scale.
As a result of the changes I negoti...

162. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the completed report provided for in section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 on the issue of pay equality for public servants will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8092/18 asked on 20 Feb 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I refer the Deputy to my answer to PQ Ref: 2339/18 on the 18th January 2018.
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254. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated cost of introducing the living wage for all employees in the public sector. (Question 54567/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The detailed costings sought in this request would require detailed data on the position of staff on each salary scale across the public service and details of the standard working hours per week for each individual grade. This data is not available to the Department. 
Pay band data available to the Department indicates that some 94% of all public service staff are on salary points in excess of €25,000 per annum. The suggeste...

30. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the pension and public pay restoration to be carried out under FEMPI by Department and public body; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53430/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Public pay and pension restoration by Departments and public bodies has been and will be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA): 
www.per.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/Public-Service-Stability-Agreement-2013-2018.pdf.
and the Public Service Stability Agreement (PSSA):
www.per.gov.ie/wp-content/uploads/LRA-extension.pdf.
Pay increases under the LRA were as follows:
2016
- 1st January annu...

94. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated cost of pay equalisation for new entrants in the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51360/17 asked on 30 Nov 2017 - Public Sector Staff Remuneration)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The 10% reductions in starting pay for certain new entrants were introduced in January 2011 as part of the National Recovery Plan in order to reduce the Public Service Pay Bill by the then Government. 
The issue of addressing the difference in incremental salary scales between those public servants, who entered public service employment since 2011 and those who entered before that date was addressed with the relevant union inte...

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...