218. Deputy Catherine Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the analysis that has been done and the steps he has taken on foot of that analysis to ensure that the mid-term review of the capital plan results in a capital investment programme consistent with Ireland’s EU level targets for 2020, proposed targets for 2030 and the obligations of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act 2015, including the national transition objective and the Paris Agreement. (Question 35069/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Capital Expenditure Programme Review)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The fiscal and policy context section of the Capital Plan “Building on Recovery” sets out the objectives of State investment in infrastructure. It emphasises the Government’s commitment, through the Capital Plan, of supporting strong and sustainable economic growth and raising welfare and living standards for all. Promoting environmental sustainability is, of course, integral to achieving and maintaining sustainable economic ...

219. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans for further restoration of Donegal Castle in Donegal town; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36115/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - National Monuments)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Donegal Castle National Monument is in good conservation order currently and there are no works planned at the site in the foreseeable future apart from regular maintenance and upkeep.
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220. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the full-year cost of paying all employed public sector staff on the pre-2011 pay scale. (Question 36297/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I  refer the Deputy to my answer to Parliamentary Question No. 350 of 20 June 2017, PQ Ref: 28983/17.
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221. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the full-year cost of repealing the FEMPI legislation. (Question 36298/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The full year cost of repealing the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) legislation as it applies to public service employees would be €1.4 billion post full implementation of the terms of the Lansdowne Road Agreement (LRA).
Pay bill increases of this magnitude in one year would: exceed available additional resources; violate the terms of EU Stability and Growth Pact; increase the deficit; increase the n...

222. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of progress to address the situation in which part-time firefighters who are also employed in full-time public service posts are charged the pension-related deduction on the full amount of their part-time firefighter income despite receiving no additional pension benefit from this; his views on whether this is a disincentive for public servants to serve in part-time firefighter roles; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36447/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The public service Pension-Related Deduction (PRD) is provided for under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009. PRD applies to the pay, including any non-pensionable pay elements, of pensionable public servants.
Specifically, section 2(1)(b) of the 2009 Act provides that any public servant who is a member of a public service pension scheme or who is entitled to benefit under such a scheme or receives...

223. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the measures that will be put in place to open OPW sites which are currently closed to the public, in particular Athlumney Castle, Navan, County Meath. (Question 27616/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - National Monuments)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): A total of almost 1,000 individual National Monuments in State care at approx 768 locations around the country are managed and maintained by the Office of Public Works. These includes sites that are in full State ownership and others that are privately-owned, where Guardianship arrangements exist and where the OPW provides maintenance services.
As a general policy, OPW facilitates visitor access to ...

224. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a person (details supplied) who retired from An Garda Síochána in 2004 and who subsequently took up employment with the Courts Service 11 days later is not deemed a new entrant and therefore must retire at the age of 65 years of age; the reason for this; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35058/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Staff Retirements)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Public Service Superannuation (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2004 (‘the 2004 Act’) provides in general that an individual who takes up an appointment in a public service body on or after 1 April 2004 is classed as a ‘new entrant’.
However, the legislation makes various exceptions for those public servants who, in the 26 weeks prior to appointment, had previously worked in the public service and had not been deemed to be new...

225. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will request the OPW to engage with a group (details supplied) that wishes to improve the tourism experience in its heritage town. (Question 35111/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - National Monuments)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 and 226 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is already well aware of the Kells and District Tourism Network and representatives of the OPW Heritage Service have met with the Network, or individual members of it, on a number of occasions. The OPW regards these contacts as beneficial and intends to remain in contact with the Network in relation to relevant i...

226. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will request the OPW to provide a second key for an important tourist attraction (details supplied) to improve the local tourism experience. (Question 35123/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - National Monuments)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 and 226 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is already well aware of the Kells and District Tourism Network and representatives of the OPW Heritage Service have met with the Network, or individual members of it, on a number of occasions. The OPW regards these contacts as beneficial and intends to remain in contact with the Network in relation to relevant i...

227. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to proceed with the proposed playground at Oldbridge House, County Meath, for which planning permission was obtained some years ago. (Question 35145/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Funds were not available in the Office of Public Works for the playground and a request for a financial contribution from the Local Authority (Meath County Council) was declined. The Planning Permission granted in September 2011 has expired. There are no plans at present to proceed with the development.
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228. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from his Department and agencies under the aegis of his Department under public procurement rules are paying the legal employment regulation order, ERO, hourly rate to their security and contract cleaning employees; the steps he has taken to confirm full compliance with the ERO system; if he has cancelled contracts with companies that have been found to be in breach of the ERO system since 1 October 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35232/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Contracts Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In response to the Deputy’s question, all security and contract cleaning companies that have obtained contracts from my Department and the bodies under its aegis have confirmed that they are paying the legal Employment Regulation Order (ERO) hourly rate to their employees.  Please note that separate material is provided below in relation to the Office of Public Works.  
The Office of Government Procurement has conducted a numbe...

229. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the cuts to pensions of retired public servants under FEMPI can be restored before 2021 (details supplied); if he will reassure retired public servants that parity between retirees and serving public servants will be maintained; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35237/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The particular measure which has cut certain public service pensions under the financial emergency legislation is the Public Service Pension Reduction (PSPR). Introduced in 2011 under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2010, PSPR reduces the value of those public service pensions which have pre-PSPR values above specified thresholds. It does so in a progressively structured way which has a proportiona...

230. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a breakwater wall will be provided for the residents of Blackrock Terrace, Castletownbere, where severe tidal storms have caused a lot of damage to the houses in adverse weather; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35279/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): It is a matter for Kerry County Council in the first instance to assess the risks in specific coastal areas and the level of coastal protection required in those areas.
The Local Authorities may carry out coastal protection works using their own resources. If necessary, they may also put forward proposals to the relevant central Government Departments for funding of appropriate measures depending on...

231. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the river can be dredged in Athea, County Limerick, via an application under the minor works scheme (details supplied). (Question 35365/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Flood Risk Management)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Athea is an Area for Further Assessment under the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The draft Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP) for Athea which is due to be completed shortly includes flood relief works for the town which involve dredging the river channel as one element of the works. 
Limerick City and County Council has been advised that an application under the Mi...

232. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on negotiations regarding a new Garda station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35449/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The OPW has completed its role in the acquisition of a property for the new Garda Station in question.
The OPW and the CSSO continue to press for completion of the process by the Vendor of the property.
In view of the Deputy’s repeated interest and questioning on the matter, I can advise that any change in circumstances could be made available to him or he may wish to contact my Office directly.
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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.
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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...

235. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated cost of finalising all flood relief projects at construction or planning stage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35811/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The total estimated cost of all major flood relief schemes currently at construction or planning/development stage is €571million and, in respect of which, expenditure to date stands at €122 million. Many of the projects are at an early stage of development and planning and the estimates of costs are subject to change.
The largest scheme currently in development and included in the above total figur...

236. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 349 of 20 June 2017, the progress he has made to date in retrieving from the National Archives the details of public bank accounts sanctioned by the Minister for Finance in each of the years 1990 to 1992; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35860/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Departmental Banking)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department has concluded its examination of the files held in the National Archives and it has been found that there are no further records of sanction for the opening of public bank accounts for An Garda Síochána for the years 1990-1992 in the relevant files.
I can confirm, therefore, that the only public bank accounts sanctioned for opening by An Garda Síochána, by my Department, for the years 1990 to 2006 are those contai...

237. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has received the 2016 annual report for the OPW; if so, when it will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35969/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Office of Public Works)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The 2016 Annual Report for the OPW was submitted to Government on 11 July, 2017 prior to being laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas on 13 July, 2017. It is also published on the OPW website.
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238. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the expenditure items in 2017 which are Government priorities but which are not included in Department Votes; the way in which he plans to provide for commitments on public sector pay in bringing forward provisions of the Lansdowne Road agreement, the refund of water charges and payment in December 2017 of the Christmas bonus and other commitments not factored into spending; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36004/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Government Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): On Budget day last October, the Government set out its priorities in relation to expenditure measures for 2017 in Expenditure Report 2017, with the Budget Estimates published in that report reflecting these measures. The Revised Estimates Volume for Public Services 2017 (REV) provided additional details in relation to these Estimates and also reflected additional allocations of just over €40 million to take account of changes ...

240. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when printable maps of the streams and rivers which are the responsibility of the Office of Public Works for drainage purposes will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36025/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The OPW carries out a programme of Arterial Drainage Maintenance to a total of 11,500km of river channel and approximately 730km of embankments nationally. These maintenance works relate to arterial drainage schemes completed by the OPW under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945, whose purpose was primarily to improve the drainage of agricultural lands. The OPW has a duty to maintain the completed schem...

241. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood relief works carried out on the River Clare in County Galway as part of the Clare River Claregalway drainage scheme; the works which remain to be carried out; if flood relief works are proposed for Lisheenavallagh in Claregalway; if so, when these works will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36026/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Flood relief works are being carried out on the Clare River (Claregalway) Drainage Scheme (FRS) over a 3-year period with substantial completion expected to be achieved by the end of 2018. Works are being progressed currently by the Office of Public Works (OPW) direct labour force which has a lot of experience in undertaking such works in environmentally sensitive areas.
In recognition of the signif...

242. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the provision of coastal erosion protection measures at Portrane, County Dublin; the funding he has allocated for this project; the expected commencement date of work on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36029/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The management of problems of coastal protection in the area indicated is a matter for Fingal County Council in the first instance. The Council must assess the problem and, if it is considered that specific measures and works are required and the Council can identify viable solutions, it is open to the Council to apply for funding under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works ...

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...