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Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Commemorative Events (21 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: The person referred to has been issued an invitation to attend the National Day of Commemoration taking place in the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7, on Sunday, 10 July 2022.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Policies (21 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 79 and 80 together. The delivery of effective, quality customer service is a priority for my Department and forms an integral part of my Department's Strategy Statement, Corporate Governance Framework and the business plans of individual Divisions within the Department. While my Department and the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO), the...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Expenditure (21 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: The table below shows the amounts paid to counsel by the Chief State Solicitor’s Office in actions where the Minister for Education is a named party for the years requested. I am advised that a full breakdown of counsel paid by name cannot be given for GDPR reasons. It should be noted that fees paid in a given year may relate to work carried out in earlier years. Year...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Offices (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: The accommodation used by my Department is located in a low-risk area for radon. Radon testing was carried out in the basement of Government Buildings some years ago and it was advised at that time that no further action was necessary.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Cross-Border Co-operation (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: On 28 April, I launched and participated in a webinar conference on the Shared Island report referred to, by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), on ‘A North – South comparison of Education and training systems: lessons for policy’. This report was commissioned as part of the joint research programme between the ESRI and my Department’s Shared Island...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Government is committed to tackling violence against women in all its forms, and is currently working on a new strategy to combat domestic, sexual and gender-based violence which will be published shortly. This new plan will have a particular focus on prevention, and on ensuring victims are better supported. It will set an overall goal of zero tolerance for domestic, sexual and...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Interest Rates (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) are both independent offices operating under the aegis of the Department. NESDO have not been charged interest for savings in their deposit account. The CSO do not have a deposit account and charges to the CSO bank account are applied as with all other Government Departments under the...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Staff (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: No former Secretaries General of my Department are seconded from my Department to another organisation.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Ukraine War (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: Recruitment to my Department and to the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO), the only body under the aegis of my Department, is mainly undertaken through the Public Appointments Service both at graduate and non-graduate level. Where necessary, the Public Appointments Service uses the NARIC foreign qualifications comparability service provided by Quality and Qualifications...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Funding (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: My Department currently does not administer grant funding schemes to community organisations and has not provided funding to the organisations referred to in the past five years. Please note that when contracting services, my Department adheres to all necessary procurement requirements and Public Financial Procedures.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Bodies (14 Jun 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, including through supporting the Cabinet Committee on Economic Recovery and Investment, and related Senior Officials Groups, and the Cabinet Committee Sub-Group on...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Priorities (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: Ireland’s Well-being Framework is the result of a Programme for Government commitment to develop a set of well-being indices to create a well-rounded, holistic view of how Irish society is faring. The overarching vision for the Well-being Framework is enabling all our people to live fulfilled lives now and into the future. As other countries have done, work on this initiative is being...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Bodies (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: The National Economic and Social Council (NESC) advises me on strategic policy issues relating to sustainable economic, social and environmental development in Ireland. The NESC work programme, in 2022, includes five main areas: - It willcarry out a major piece of research and consultation on climate, biodiversity and how to achieve a just transition in agriculture; - Itwill continue to help...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: World Economic Forum (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: I attended the World Economic Forum in Davos on 25 May, where I participated in a panel discussion on the theme of European Unity in a Disordered World, chaired by Børge Brende, President of the World Economic Forum. My fellow panellists included: Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands; Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament; Eduard Heger, Prime Minister of the...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Strategies (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: Ireland submitted its National Reform Programme (NRP) for 2022 to the European Commission on 4 May. The NRP was laid before both Houses of the Oireachtas and published on gov.ie thereafter. The NRP is an element of the European Semester, the annual cycle of economic and fiscal policy co-ordination among EU Member States. As part of the Semester, Ireland, along with all other Member...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Priorities (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: Ireland’s Well-being Framework is the result of a Programme for Government commitment to develop a set of well-being indices to create a well-rounded, holistic view of how Irish society is faring. The overarching vision for the Well-being Framework is enabling all our people to live fulfilled lives now and into the future. As other countries have done, work on this initiative is being...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Investigations (14 Jun 2022)

Micheál Martin: There are currently two such investigations ongoing.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Records (24 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: Circulars are written statements that provide information and guidelines to departments and public bodies on laws and procedures. Civil Service circulars are in the main published by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and mainly provide guidance and information covering Civil Service finance and human resources policy. My Department's corporate functions are guided by all...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Investigations (24 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: My Department has not commissioned any investigations, internal or external, into instances in which Departmental documents or Departmental information was leaked to the media during the period in question.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Shared Island Dialogue (17 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Shared Island Dialogue series is a key part of the Government’s approach to engaging with all communities and political traditions on the island, to build consensus around a shared future, underpinned by the Good Friday Agreement. In our approach, the Government is taking full account of the political complexity and challenges in Northern Ireland, and is working to listen to...

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