7. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the way in which she will fund the Labour Court recommendations (details supplied) made since budget day; if she will revise the estimates based on that decision; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36754/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Garda Remuneration)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald)(Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I welcome the decision by Garda Representative Association and Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors members to accept the independent recommendation of the Labour Court which sought to address the concerns that have been articulated in relation to their pay and conditions, the pay and conditions of new recruits, and their access to the statutory dispute resolution bodies. 
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81. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the gender balances on each of the State boards under her remit. (Question 40719/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The information requested by the Deputy in relation to these boards is set out in the following table. As the Deputy will be aware, the achievement of gender balance of 40% on State boards is a target in the Programme for a Partnership Government and will be pursued as part of the forthcoming National Women’s Strategy. 
 Name of Board Number of Women on Board Number of Men on Board Percentage of Board made ...

140. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance the gender balances on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40726/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I wish to advise the Deputy that in relation to the gender balances on each of the State boards under my remit, the gender balances are as follows:
Central Bank Commission 7 Male and 3 Female; Credit Union Restructuring Board 10 Male and 2 Female; Financial Services Ombudsman Council 1 Male and 2 Female; Irish Fiscal Advisory Council 4 Male and 1 Female; NTMA Board 5 Male and 3 Female; Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland 5 Male and 4 Female; The...

171. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the gender balances on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40725/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on the gender balance on the boards of each of the State agencies under the aegis of my Department is included in the attached table. Comprehensive information on board appointments to agencies under the remit of my Department can also be downloaded from my Department’s website http://www.education.ie.
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204. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the gender balances on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40729/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Details in relation to the membership of State Boards under the aegis of my Department are available on the Department’s website at the following link: http://www.environ.ie/corporate/transparency-data/appointments-state-boards/appointments-declg-state-boards. 
In the case of certain appointments to State Boards, statutory selection procedures must be followed or nominations must be sought from independent no...

235. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Social Protection the gender balances on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40732/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

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. The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table:
 Name of Board or Agency Total No. of Board Members No. of Board Members who are men No. of Board Members who are women Cit...

259. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the gender balances on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40727/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): There are no State boards under the aegis of my Department so the issue raised by the Deputy does not arise.
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279. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if as part of the 2017 spending review, a comprehensive review of expenditure ceilings will take place that will include the process of assigning expenditure ceilings and applying penalties for breaking the ceilings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40718/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Expenditure Reviews)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): In my speech accompanying the publication of the Estimates for 2017, I announced that a spending review will be undertaken prior to Budget 2018. As the Deputy will be aware, as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform I have consistently reiterated the need to consider the totality of government spending when examining expenditure priorities. Spending reviews previously played an important role in our successful efforts to re...

280. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the gender balance on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40731/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Board of the Public Appointments Service is the only State Board under the aegis of my Department.
Currently, there are nine members of the Board of PAS, with no vacancies. There are 5 female board members (55.5%) and 4 male board members (4.5%).
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297. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the gender balances on each of the State boards under her remit. (Question 40721/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): Details regarding membership of relevant State Boards funded from my Department’s Vote are outlined in the table below. It should be noted that the membership of a number of boards includes nominated or ex officio members in respect of which I have no input as Minister. In the case of the North South Implementation Bodies, members are appointed on a 50:50 basis from each jurisdiction. 
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375. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health the gender balances on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40728/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Section 16 of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Guidelines on Appointments to State Boards states that compliance with the Government Decision of 23 July 2014 on Gender Balance on State Boards is an essential requirement for all State Boards. This requirement is for a minimum of 40% of both men and women appointed as Ministerial representatives to all State Boards. My Department in conjunction with the Public Appointments Service (PAS) c...

438. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the gender balances on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40720/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed) (Deputy Michael Creed): There are twelve State Bodies under the aegis of my Department.
The information sought by the Deputy is outlined in the table below. 
I am personally committed to achieving the Government target of 40% gender balance on the Boards of State Bodies. In this regard I recently wrote to the Chief Executives of some agri-business companies asking them to support women within their companies who express an inte...

481. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the gender balances on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40723/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): There are 19 State boards / agencies under the aegis of my Department. The following table sets out the information requested by the Deputy:
 State Body/Agency No. of positions on Board No of women on board No of men on board % of women on board* % of men on board* Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) 9 3 5 37.5 62.5 BAI Compliance Committee 8 4 3 57 43 BAI Contract Awards Committee 8 3 ...

510. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the gender balance on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40733/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​The information requested by the Deputy relating to State Boards is available on my Department’s website  at the following link http://www.dttas.ie/corporate/english/state-board-membership-and-approved-fees.
The overall gender balance of the boards under my Department’s remit currently stands at 73% male, 27% female.
I am currently considering means by which the appointment processes can be enhanced to ensure in so far as possible t...

530. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the gender balances on each of the State boards under her remit. (Question 40730/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The State Boards under the aegis of my Department are listed in the following table together with the make up of each board and the percentage of each board that is made up of women. The composition of the State Boards under the aegis of my Department including gender balance is listed on www.stateboards.ie. 
 Name of Agency No of Members Male Female Percentage of Men Percentage of Women Enterprise Ir...

550. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the gender balances on each of the State boards under her remit. (Question 40722/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I am responsible for the appointment of members to the boards of the Adoption Authority of Ireland, the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), Gaisce (the President’s Award) and the Board of Management for Oberstown Children Detention Campus.
The following table sets out the information requested by the Deputy.
 State Board Number of positions on each Board Positions Currently Filled Number of Women on Board Percentage of...

573. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the gender balances on each of the State boards under his remit. (Question 40724/16 asked on 16 Dec 2016 - Appointments to State Boards)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The only State body currently under the aegis of the Department of Defence is the Army Pensions Board. The Army Pensions Board is an independent statutory body established under the Army Pensions Act 1927. The Act specifies that the Board shall consist of a chairman and two ordinary members. The two ordinary members must be qualified medical practitioners of whom one must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps. The chairman ...

80. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the reason an application for naturalisation has been returned to a person (details supplied). (Question 39399/16 asked on 13 Dec 2016 - Naturalisation Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that Section 17 of the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act 1956, as amended, provides that an application for a certificate of naturalisation shall be in the prescribed form and accompanied by the prescribed fee. An application for naturalisation from the person concerned was deemed ineligible as the Statutory Declaration, which f...

60. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the reason a visa application (details supplied) is not being processed; the reason for the delay in processing the application; the current waiting times; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39295/16 asked on 08 Dec 2016 - Visa Applications)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I am advised by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) of my Department that the application referred to has been approved, and the sponsor in Ireland has been advised to contact the Irish Honorary Consulate in Karachi to arrange issuance.
The Deputy may wish to note that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by e-mail using the Oireachtas Mail fac...

122. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Social Protection the criteria for a Norwegian citizen to attain a PPS number; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39297/16 asked on 08 Dec 2016 - Personal Public Service Numbers)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The requirements for the allocation of a Personal Public Service (PPS) Number are – 
- acceptable evidence of identity, e.g., a current valid passport or, for nationals of a country of the European Economic Area such as Norway, a National ID card;
- evidence as to why a PPS Number is required (i.e., to carry out a transaction with a State body specified in legislation as permitted to use the PPS Number); and
- acceptable evidence of addres...

220. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the status of an appeal in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo. (Question 39253/16 asked on 08 Dec 2016 - Single Payment Scheme Appeals)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases remote rensing (Satellite) inspections be completed to confirm eligibility under the schemes.
The 2014 Single Farm Payment/ Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application of the person named was selected for a remote sensing inspection. This inspection identified discrepancies between the...

196. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to have carer’s allowance included as reckonable income to qualify under the tenant purchase scheme. (Question 38543/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Tenant Purchase Scheme Eligibility)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Provision was made in the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2014 for a new incremental tenant purchase scheme for existing local authority houses. Following the necessary preparatory work the new Scheme came into operation on 1 January 2016. The Scheme is open to eligible tenants, including joint tenants, of local authority houses that are available for sale under the Scheme. To be eligible, tenants mu...

231. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Social Protection to outline the provisions to be taken to ensure the successful roll out of the schools meals scheme as announced in budget 2017; if storage, waste and administrative costs have been factored into the funding announced in 2017; the way in which the scheme will be administered by the participating schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38472/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - School Meals Programme)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food to schools and organisations benefitting over 200,000 children at a total cost of €42 million in 2016. As part of Budget 2017, I announced an additional €5.7 million for school meals which will benefit over 50,000 children.
Additional funding is being provided to DEIS schools already participating in the scheme to provide breakfast and lunch to pupils. My Department h...

273. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the processes he has in place to ensure his Department’s approval is given before the commencement of any administrative process for internal promotion competitions within any Department or agency of the Government; if these processes have been reviewed in view of events at Horse Racing Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38799/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Departmental Staff Promotions)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Government Departments have been working under delegated sanction arrangements for their recruitment and staffing issues since 2015. Under these arrangements, which are in place for most central Government department and offices, there are multi-annual pay ceilings agreed and set and thereafter decisions about recruitment and promotion and overall grade composition up to an including Principal Officer level are devolved. Depa...

274. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the interactions, including dates of contact, dates of meetings and so on which his Department has had with the Department of Defence or with the Defence Forces in regard to the possible future appointment of a captain NS in the Naval Service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38800/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Defence Forces Personnel)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): My Department has recently received correspondence from the Department of Defence on this matter and will respond to that Department in due course.
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