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Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Procurement Contracts (15 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) administers the Irish Government’s national electronic tendering platform (eTenders). eTenders is a central facility for all public sector contracting authorities to advertise their procurement opportunities and award notices. eTenders is currently provided, managed and maintained on behalf of the OGP by a third party service provider. The...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Sector Staff (15 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: As per section 24 of Circular 27/2003 - Annual Leave, under the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997, it is illegal to pay an allowance in lieu of the minimum statutory annual leave entitlement of an officer unless the employment relationship is terminated, in which case the officer is entitled to payment for untaken annual leave accrued at the date of cessation of employment either by way...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Data (15 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: The information requested by the Deputy for my Department and the Office of Government Procurement, which is also part of my Department, is set out in the tables below. I wish to advise the Deputy that break clause details have not been included in the below tables as this information is considered to be commercially sensitive. Office Location Number of Staff ...

Estimates for Public Services 2021 (14 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: I move the following Revised Estimates: Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment (Further Revised Estimate) That a sum not exceeding €1,088,159,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2021, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, including...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: National Broadband Plan (14 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: I wish to advise the Deputy that neitherI nor any officials from my Department have met with the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communication’s National Broadband Plan (NBP) project team or National Broadband Ireland within the specified period. This is also the position in relation to the bodies under the aegis of my Department. Earlier this year, I met with...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Correspondence (14 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: My Department is committed to providing a professional, efficient and courteous service to all our customers, in accordance with the 12 Principles of Quality Customer Service. We aim to treat all our customers equally and make every effort to ensure that the services we provide reflect their needs and expectations. The Quality Customer Service Charter for my Department sets out the levels...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Schemes (14 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: The PEACE PLUS programme is an ambitious new cross-border funding programme under the EU's Structural and Investment Funds. It is anticipated that the value of the programme will be in the region of €1 billion. PEACE PLUS will combine the previous INTERREG and PEACE cross-border funding strands into a cohesive new programme across an eligible area of Northern Ireland and the border...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Strategies (14 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: My Department promotes Action 16 of the National Disability and Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021 when implementing the Public Service ICT Strategy and also through implementation of the eGovernment Strategy 2017-2020, which states under the specific principle “Inclusiveness and accessibility” that “we will design digital public services that are inclusive by default for the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Strategies (14 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: My Department and the bodies under its aegis work closely with a range of key stakeholders and organisations in the implementation of the National Disability and Inclusion Strategy 2017-2021. As Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, I have policy responsibility for recruitment to the Civil Service. The Civil Service is strongly committed to equality of opportunity for all in terms of...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Capital Expenditure Programme (14 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: As Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform I am responsible for setting the overall capital allocations across Departments and for monitoring monthly expenditure at a Departmental level. Decisions on how and where those allocations are invested by Departments are a matter, in the first instance, for my Ministerial colleagues. The key role in leading development at county level rests with...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Civil Service (14 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: As the Deputy will be aware, the Public Appointments Service (PAS) is the independent recruiter for appointments to the civil service. All recruitment is demand-led and PAS undertakes competitions on behalf of the civil service to establish panels that may be drawn upon as vacancies arise in Government Departments or Offices. Irish speaking candidates may apply for general civil service...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Civil Service (14 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: As the Deputy will be aware, the selection process for the appointment to the position of Secretary General in the Department of Health was undertaken by the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) with the assistance of the Public Appointments Service (PAS). The position of Secretary General in the Department of Health was openly advertised on 8 January 2021. Applications for this...

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