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Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Advertising (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The table below details expenditure by my Department on advertising from 2012 to 30 June 2022. Year Expenditure 2012 €562,573 2013 €68,128 2014 €6,192 2015 €53,666 2016 €21,815 2017 €40,616 ...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Functions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Economic Policy Unit is part of the Economic Division of my Department. The Unit supports me, as Taoiseach, in delivering sustainable and balanced economic growth and in advancing the Government’s economic priorities. The Unit also advises me on a broad range of economic policy areas and issues, and provides me with briefing and speech material on economic and related policy...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Functions (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Parliamentary Liaison Unit in my Department assists Government in its relationship with the Oireachtas. It works with the Office of the Government Chief Whip on issues that arise at the Business Committee and the Committee on Dáil Reform and Standing Orders, including Dáil reform proposals and amendments to Standing Orders. The Unit supports the Office of the Government Chief...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (12 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: I attended a EuroAtlantic dinner in Madrid on Wednesday 29 June, hosted by Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. The dinner was attended by the leaders of all EU Member States, as well as members of NATO. While it took place in the margins of the NATO Summit, it was a separate event. While in Madrid I had a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Karl Nehammer of Austria, a country...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Public Sector Staff (6 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: There are no former county managers or CEOs of local authorities working in my Department or the National Economic and Social Development Office, the only body under the aegis of my Department.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Appointments to State Boards (5 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: There are no former county managers or former chief executive officers of local authorities currently serving on State Boards under my remit. There are two former civil servants currently serving on the National Statistics Board which is under my remit.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Charitable and Voluntary Organisations (5 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: No bodies under the aegis of my Department are currently, or have been, registered as a charity.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Funding (5 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: Neither my Department nor the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO), the only body under the aegis of my Department, fund PhD positions. Staff of my Department and NESDO are encouraged to avail of the Refund of Academic Fees Scheme which facilitates them to undertake third level academic courses relevant to their roles. The scheme meets the cost of the course including...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Bodies (5 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 provides for the completion of outstanding FEMPI pay restoration for public servants with a salary in excess of €150,000. These rates which apply to the civil service grade of Secretary General are to be restored by Ministerial order by 1 July 2022. There are no persons working in the National Economic and Social Development Office...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: State Legal Services (5 Jul 2022)

Micheál Martin: As the Deputy will be aware, the Director of Public Prosecutions is independent in the performance of her functions in accordance with Section 2(5) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1974.  This statutory independence is a cornerstone of our criminal justice system.  State Solicitors are appointed by and enter into a contract for service with the DPP to provide legal services...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Church-State Relations (28 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: One of the issues historically has been delivery within the schools. Some teachers feel uncomfortable delivering the programme, particularly at post-primary level. I would argue that more work needs to be done in that regard. Legislation needs amendment also but the more critical issue is curriculum, the delivery of the curriculum, the capacity to deliver it and to develop a culture across...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Church-State Relations (28 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 19 to 26, inclusive, together. Like public representatives generally, I meet church leaders informally from time to time in the course of attending official functions. The most recent formal meeting I had took place on 15 April 2021, when I met the leaders of the all-island Christian churches, including the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland,...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Church-State Relations (28 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: I thank the Deputies for their questions. Deputy Bacik raised the issue of the role of the church within education. The situation has evolved significantly. I was one of the original supporters of Educate Together through measures I took with capital expenditure way back in the late 1990s to facilitate the purchase and acquisition of sites much more cost-effectively for Educate Together...

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (28 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Deputy's anti-Europeanism is shocking, as is his consistent anti-EU position. He always seeks to undermine the Union, despite the fact that the Union, of any actor in the world, is the most humanitarian. It contributes most-----

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (28 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----on humanitarian issues to the neighbourhood and all it gets is attack, attack, attack.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (28 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: Deputy Murphy has consistently attacked Europe; he does not consistently attack Russia.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (28 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: He does not consistently attack-----

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (28 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Deputy does not.

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (28 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Deputy always uses the opportunity to attack the European Union-----

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (28 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: -----whether it is on vaccines, helping Ukraine or migration.

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