87. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of employees within his Department in receipt of a salary below the living wage of €11.70 per hour. (Question 20620/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): There are 17 officers in my Department whose hourly rate is below €11.70 and no staff in my Department are paid less than the National Minimum Wage.
It is important that Ireland’s statutory National Minimum Wage and the Living Wage concept are not confused. The Living Wage is a voluntary societal initiative centred on the social, business and economic case to ensure that, wherever it can be afforded, employers will pay a rate o...

88. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the disaggregation of salary scales or levels among agency workers within or through his Department. (Question 20626/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 88 and 89 together.
In answer to the Deputy’s questions I can confirm that there are no agency workers employed by my Department.
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89. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of workers employed through his Department under the status of agency worker. (Question 20632/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Agencies Staff Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 88 and 89 together.
In answer to the Deputy’s questions I can confirm that there are no agency workers employed by my Department.
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90. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when funding will be granted to Kerry County Council to carry out repairs on flood defences on the north Kerry way at The Kerries, Tralee, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20650/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I have been advised by the Office of Public Works that an application submitted under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme by Kerry County Council for a project at the North Kerry Way is currently under consideration and the Council will be notified shortly.
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91. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the interaction his Department has had with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on the need for supplementary funding of local authorities for road repairs and maintenance budgets following damage caused by recent storms; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20669/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Roads Maintenance Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): There has been no interaction with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on the need for supplementary funding of local authorities for road repairs and maintenance budgets following damage caused by recent storms.
As recently outlined by the Minister for Transport, Tourism (PQ 17344/18) the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, in accordance with ...

92. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funding of €215,000 will be made available to the local authority to allow comprehensive flood relief works be carried out on the River Flesk at Glenflesk, County Kerry. (Question 20698/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I have been advised by the Office of Public Works that an application submitted under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme by Kerry County Council for a project at Glenflesk is currently under consideration. The Council will be notified on completion of this assessment.
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93. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the budgetary projection within his Department due to demographic change for the years 2018 to 2028. (Question 20707/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Departmental Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Expenditure Report 2018 set out costs of €0.4 billion for 2019 and 2020 in relation to demographics net of estimated savings of €50 million in Live Register related expenditure arising from continued improvement in employment. These costs relating to demographic developments arise in the Departments of Health, Employment Affairs and Social Protection, and Education and Skills. The savings currently projected arising from ex...

96. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the long-term plans for the historic St. Laurence’s Gate in the centre of Drogheda; if the plan will include public access to the Gate; if risk assessments have been carried out on the effects of such access; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20245/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - National Monuments)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The issue of the future of the St. Laurence’s Gate National Monument is under consideration by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and the Local Authority. This consideration includes the question of facilitating public access and the significant Health & Safety issues this creates are being assessed as part of the analysis. In the shorter term however, the issue of necessary structural works needs to...

97. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 194 of 27 February 2018, the status of pension increases which were due to be applied shortly including arrears due to the start of the year; when this will occur; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20257/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Public Sector Pensions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As I informed the Deputy in my previous answer on 27 February 2018, my Department issued a circular in January of this year authorising and giving guidance in relation to the application to qualifying pensions of pay increases under the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017. Responsibility for implementing these increases lies with the various public service pension/payroll providers. I understand that work is underway to ...

98. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a date has been set for a meeting of the high level forum on community employment supervisor pensions; if his attention has been drawn to the anger and frustration of community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors; his views on whether their contribution to improving the life chances of scheme participants and to their overall local communities is not being properly recognised at the end of their career in spite of a Labour Court ruling in their favour; his further views on whether the Government may be undermining the Labour Court by ignoring its recommendation; and the steps he will take to bring a resolution to the matter. (Question 20264/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Community Employment Schemes Supervisors)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I would refer the Deputy to my response to PQ 54985/17 of 16 January 2018 and PQ 13684/18 of 27 March 2018.
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99. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the process of establishing a framework under which service providers provide a range of third party investigations and recipient service to public bodies seeking to meet their obligations under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20283/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Public Procurement Regulations)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Procurement is a key element of the Government’s Reform agenda. The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) was established to drive the reform agenda, adopt a strategic approach to public procurement, leverage the State’s spending power and deliver savings for the State.
Framework agreements are one of a number of ways in which the OGP engages with the market to achieve value for money in the delivery of much-needed public good...

100. D’fhiafraigh Deputy Pearse Doherty den an Aire Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe ós rud é, de réir an Achta um Chrannchur Náisiúnta, 1986 go mbíonn sciar de bhrabús an chrannchuir le caitheamh ar an nGaeilge agus ó díoladh ceadúnas an Chrannchuir Náisiúnta in 2013 an féidir leis an Aire a chur in iúl cé mhéad maoiniú a cuireadh ar fáil go bliantúil do Rialtas na hÉireann; agus an féidir leis an Aire a chur in iúl cé mhéad den mhaoiniú sin a cuireadh ar fáil go bliantúil don Ghaeilge agus cé na tionscadail a fuair an maoiniú sin. (Question 20396/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Caiteachas Ranna)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): One of the objectives relating to the sale of the National Lottery licence for a 20 year period was to generate significant up-front proceeds for the State. Proceeds of €405m from the sale were used to fund a range of expenditure projects and served to reduce the need for any further tax increases at that time.   
The allocation of funding from subheads which are part-funded from the National Lottery is the responsibility of a ...

101. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if specific funding will be allocated to Cavan County Council in 2018 in respect of the essential repair of roads damaged by flooding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20416/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Roads Maintenance Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As recently outlined by the Minister for Transport, Tourism (PQ 17344/18) the improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of local authorities, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the Council’s own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also ...

102. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the capital allocation across his Department in each of the years 2018 to 2022. (Question 20455/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 102 to 104, inclusive, together.
The purpose of capital investment undertaken by my Department and the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) is to deliver greater effectiveness and efficiency across the Civil and Public Service.  The nature of many of the reform initiatives set out in ambitious reform plans, such as Our Public Service 2020 and the Public Service ICT Strategy, is that up-front i...

103. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his Department’s capital allocation for projects under way and projects already tendered or committed to spending contractually. (Question 20472/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 102 to 104, inclusive, together.
The purpose of capital investment undertaken by my Department and the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) is to deliver greater effectiveness and efficiency across the Civil and Public Service.  The nature of many of the reform initiatives set out in ambitious reform plans, such as Our Public Service 2020 and the Public Service ICT Strategy, is that up-front i...

104. Deputy Jonathan O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his Department’s capital allocation in each of the years 2018 to 2022 disaggregated according to capital allocated to projects under way, projects contractually committed to and projects yet to be initiated. (Question 20489/18 asked on 09 May 2018 - Capital Expenditure Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 102 to 104, inclusive, together.
The purpose of capital investment undertaken by my Department and the Office of Government Procurement (OGP) is to deliver greater effectiveness and efficiency across the Civil and Public Service.  The nature of many of the reform initiatives set out in ambitious reform plans, such as Our Public Service 2020 and the Public Service ICT Strategy, is that up-front i...

131. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of funds set aside on an annual basis for contingent liability for the past ten years to date in 2018; the way in which it is determined the amount that is forecast to be needed for contingent liability; if he carries out an actuarial analysis for budgeting current and future contingent liability; if he conducts a risk assessment in the context of contingent liability; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20066/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Contingency Planning)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Public Financial Procedures set out that a contingent liability arises in any situation where past or current actions or events create a risk of a call on Exchequer funds in the future. Contingent liabilities are not recognised in the statement of financial position but are disclosed by way of a note to the appropriation account unless the possibility of an outflow of resources is remote.
In terms of my own Department, since i...

132. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the budget that has been allocated for the enhancement and refurbishment of the Phoenix Park in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19765/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Public Parks)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Commissioners of Public Works have allocated €550,000 for the enhancement and refurbishment of the Phoenix Park in 2018.
The Phoenix Park is the largest enclosed public city park in a major capital in Europe. Capital works are undertaken as needs arise and are funded separately from within the OPW Vote. Staffing and general maintenance costs are also funded separately from within the OPW Vote.
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133. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the budget that has been allocated for the visit of Pope Francis to the Phoenix Park in August 2018; the number of persons expected to visit the park; the preparatory work to be carried out to cater for the large crowds; the budget for restoring the park after the Pope’s visit has ended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19766/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Public Parks)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): It is not possible to provide a fully costed estimate for the visit of Pope Francis to the Phoenix Park in August this year as arrangements for the event have yet to be finalised.
It is expected that the number of people visiting the park that day will not exceed 600,000.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is undertaking preparatory works that will cater for the health, safety and welfare of those atte...

134. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department has examined the impact of the Papal visit to Ireland in 1979 on the Phoenix Park; the lessons learned by the OPW from restoration works that were carried out in the park; if it is planned to temporarily remove gates to the park; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19767/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Public Parks)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Commissioners of Public Works have considerable experience in management of large-scale events in the Phoenix Park. The OPW team is closely working with organisers, contractors and World Meeting of Families to ensure that the event is managed safely and that the park is restored to pristine condition as soon as possible after the event.
Given the scale of the event, it will be necessary to remov...

135. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of assistant principal grade positions that will become available in County Westmeath in 2019 in respect of each Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19798/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Recruitment)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As the Deputy will be aware, the Public Appointments Service (PAS) is an independent, statutory body which provides professional recruitment and selection services to the civil and public service.
I am informed that the PAS currently has panels in place for the grade of Assistant Principal from competitions held in late 2016 and early 2017. These competitions were held in order to create panels of qualified individuals from wh...

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 ...

137. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of transfers of Department of Justice and Equality staff planned in 2018 and 2019 in zone 7 under the mobility policy section; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19905/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Departmental Staff Data)

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.  
When the Mobility system becomes operational for organisations to initiate transfers, vacant posts will be filled in accordance with the following organisational sequence.
CO – 50% Mobility : 50% Open;
EO – 40% Open ...

138. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the phase 2 restoration works to a site (details supplied) will be considered as part of the recently announced Investing in our Culture, Language and Heritage 2018-2027 under the historic environment or built heritage investment programmes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20148/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Built Heritage Investment Scheme)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The proposed Phase 2 of work at Maynooth Castle would, in the first instance, fall to be considered in the context of the funds recently announced in respect of Built Heritage. 
The Office of Public Works (OPW) are currently working with the funding Department (DCHG) to identify where these recently announced additional resources will be allocated.
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139. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the estimated revenue in respect of events (details supplied); the arrangements to be made to reimburse the Phoenix Park to undertake reinstatement works following large crowd events; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20162/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Office of Public Works)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Bloom Garden event and the proposed Papal Mass are Government- supported events and thus a facility fee is not charged in either case.
With regard to the “Ed Sheeran” concerts, the fees charged are commercially sensitive but are in line with fees charged at other similar venues. As is normal practice for such events, OPW has sought a substantial bond from the event promoter to fund any reinstate...