80. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the Garda stations in the Donegal division that underwent refurbishments in 2017 and to date in 2018; and the works carried out at each station. (Question 16867/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Garda Stations)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I can confirm that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has managed and progressed works to the value of €775,276 on maintenance and refurbishment of Garda Stations in the Donegal Divisional area in 2017 and 2018 to date. The table lists the Garda Stations concerned together with a brief description of works. 
 Building Description Buncrana GS Refurbishment of Cells Milford GS Refurbishment o...

81. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to include the Dublin Airport Authority, Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus under the freedom of information legislation in view of the fact Irish Rail is included under the legislation. (Question 16869/18 asked on 18 Apr 2018 - Freedom of Information Legislation)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Freedom of Information Act 2014 provides a very broad definition of public bodies at Section 6(1) and further provides that all new public bodies comprehended by this definition will automatically come under freedom of information (FOI) legislation, unless specifically exempted by order. This reversed the system under previous legislation whereby new bodies would have to be brought into the scope of the legislation by order...

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.
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283. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the level of public and State grant aid to an organisation (details supplied) since 2015; the level of projected State support to the end of 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15742/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department provided grants totalling €1.95 million to Benefacts in the period 2015 to 2017 and concluded a further funding agreement with Benefacts at the end of last year. Under this agreement a grant of €950,000 was provided for in 2018. This grant was included in the 2018 Estimate for my Department, which was discussed at the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach on 22 February and...

284. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the planned investment for Athlone as part of the national development plan, NDP; the timeframe for delivery of this investment; and the expectant job creation and projected population increase as a result of this investment. (Question 15842/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Development Plan)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The ten-year National Development Plan (NDP) has been put in place to underpin the implementation of the National Planning Framework (NPF) to support the development of all counties and regions, both urban and rural areas.
The NDP sets out an investment programme of €116 billion, aligned to the ten National Strategic Outcomes (NSOs) detailed in the NPF which are critical to long-term economic, social and environmental sustainab...

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.
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286. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when progress is expected on the delivery of a €3 million property and exhibit store for Naas Garda station; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16202/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works can confirm that a project to provide a Property Evidence Management Store (PEMS) at Naas GS is at design stage currently.
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287. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a review of the CFRAM plans affecting an area (details supplied) has been carried out with particular reference to new residential sites the drainage of which may be affected by various developments with potential to negatively impact upon house insurance; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16679/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Flood Risk Management)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, has involved the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the development ...

288. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of works at a Garda station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16766/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Office of Public Works Properties)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works has acquired a property in Bailieborough to provide a new Garda Station. The OPW, in conjunction with An Garda Síochána, is now finalising documentation and plans regarding the proposed works. A Part 9 Planning application will be lodged in the next number of weeks.
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289. Deputy John Curran asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans and timeframe to address remaining pay inequality issues in view of the fact that the report to the Houses of Oireachtas on new entrant salary scales has been published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14964/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 and 290 together.
As part of the negotiations last year leading to the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 all parties acknowledged “issues of concern relating to the increased length of salary scale for post 2011” new entrants and committed to examining these issues within 12 months of the commencement of the agreement.
In general the issues of concern relate to the insertion of tw...

290. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the report on costings of pay equality and the timeframe to achieve it as called for in an amendment to section 11 of the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 will be published; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15127/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Public Sector Pay)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 289 and 290 together.
As part of the negotiations last year leading to the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 all parties acknowledged “issues of concern relating to the increased length of salary scale for post 2011” new entrants and committed to examining these issues within 12 months of the commencement of the agreement.
In general the issues of concern relate to the insertion of tw...

291. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the proposed car park at a Garda station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15133/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Office of Public Works Properties)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I can confirm that the Office of Public Works (OPW) received an enquiry from local Gardaí about developing the parking facilities at the Garda Station in question. 
All requests for capital works at Garda Stations must be approved by Garda Estate Management (GEM) of An Garda Síochána and funding confirmed before they can be scheduled by OPW for delivery.
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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...

293. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of expenditure on consultancy by his Department in each of the years 2015 to 2017; the number of consultants engaged by his Department in those years; the names of the consultancy companies awarded contracts; and the steps which have been taken to reduce the expenditure on consultancy and the reliance on consultants by his Department in these years and for the future. (Question 15203/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Consultancy Contracts Expenditure)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The information requested by the Deputy on expenditure on consultancy and related matters is being compiled and will be forwarded directly to the Deputy shortly.
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294. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of pieces of legislation both enacted and published by his Department which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in each of the past ten years in tabular form; the details of each piece of legislation in the corresponding year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15353/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Measures)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department has not enacted or published any pieces of legislation which originated in work carried out by the Law Reform Commission in the last 10 years.
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295. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the Data-Sharing and Governance Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15651/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Legislative Programme)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Data Sharing and Governance Bill is a priority for the Government in the spring/summer legislation programme. The purpose of the Bill is to promote and encourage data sharing between public bodies by providing a statutory framework for data sharing for legitimate and clearly specified purposes that are compliant with data protection law; and to improve the protection of individual privacy rights by setting new governance st...

296. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the OPW’s plans to address coastal erosion in Laytown, Bettystown and Mornington, County Meath; if he will publish details on the impact of erosion of the coastline in east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15726/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Office of Public Works Projects)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): While the Office of Public Works (OPW) does not have responsibility for coastal erosion policy or strategy, the OPW has undertaken a national assessment of coastal erosion (including erosion rates) under the Irish Coastal Protection Strategy Study (ICPSS) and the results of this study have been published on the OPW website. The relevant reports and associated predictive erosion hazard mapping (to 205...

297. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to ban or regulate third party bookmakers whose business model consists of taking bets on the national lottery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15766/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Lottery Regulator)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 304 to 308, inclusive, together.
I have been advised by the Office of the National Lottery Regulator as follows:
Pursuant to Clause 8.12 of the Licence to operate the National Lottery, the Operator is required to prepare the sales code of practice, and submit the Code to the Regulator for approval. Schedule 5 of the Licence further provides that the Operator shall review the Code at leas...

298. Deputy James Lawless asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the recent change in flood risk assessment (details supplied) for Johnstownbridge, County Kildare will be reviewed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16071/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Flood Risk Assessments)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, has involved the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the development o...

299. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the annual visitor numbers at the County Donegal locations under the care of the OPW which are staffed to accomodate the public. (Question 16072/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Tourism Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 to 301, inclusive, together.
The visitor admissions in 2017 at staffed (ie: Guided) sites in Co. Donegal operated by the Office of Public Works were as follows:
 Site Name Admissions 2017* Donegal Castle 55,166 Glebe House & Gallery 27,998 Newmills Corn & Flax Mills 3,258 

*These are provisional figures and are subject to confirmatory audit.
Fundi...

300. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount spent on an annual basis on each OPW site which are either tourist attractions or open to the public. (Question 16073/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Tourism Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 to 301, inclusive, together.
The visitor admissions in 2017 at staffed (ie: Guided) sites in Co. Donegal operated by the Office of Public Works were as follows:
 Site Name Admissions 2017* Donegal Castle 55,166 Glebe House & Gallery 27,998 Newmills Corn & Flax Mills 3,258 

*These are provisional figures and are subject to confirmatory audit.
Fundi...

301. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount his Department budgets annually for the maintenance and promotion of Grianán of Aileach, County Donegal. (Question 16074/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Tourism Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 299 to 301, inclusive, together.
The visitor admissions in 2017 at staffed (ie: Guided) sites in Co. Donegal operated by the Office of Public Works were as follows:
 Site Name Admissions 2017* Donegal Castle 55,166 Glebe House & Gallery 27,998 Newmills Corn & Flax Mills 3,258 

*These are provisional figures and are subject to confirmatory audit.
Fundi...

302. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of persons employed by the OPW in County Donegal that have a role in tourism or the accomodation of visitors; and the locations in which those employees are based. (Question 16075/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Office of Public Works Staff)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Glebe House and Gallery will be open to the public from 26 May 2018 to 30 September 2018 and will have 6 Information Guides employed there during that period to provide services to visitors.
Donegal Castle is open throughout the year. From 28 March 2018 to 30 September 2018, 5 Information Guides are employed there to provide services to visitors. 2 Information Guides are employed during the perio...

303. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the OPW has made efforts to secure new properties or previously owned properties along the Border in preparation for Brexit. (Question 16081/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Office of Public Works Properties)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I can confirm that the Commissioners of Public Works have not taken measures to secure either new properties or previously owned properties along the Border in preparation for Brexit. 
The Government is continuing to work with the EU Taskforce and its EU27 partners with a view to achieving an orderly withdrawal, including a transition period, as well as agreeing a framework for an ambitious future re...

304. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the sales code of practice on the website of the lottery regulator was written by the regulator or by the lottery operator; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16140/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - National Lottery Regulator)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I propose to take Questions Nos. 297 and 304 to 308, inclusive, together.
I have been advised by the Office of the National Lottery Regulator as follows:
Pursuant to Clause 8.12 of the Licence to operate the National Lottery, the Operator is required to prepare the sales code of practice, and submit the Code to the Regulator for approval. Schedule 5 of the Licence further provides that the Operator shall review the Code at leas...