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Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Sector Pay (14 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: I propose to take Questions Nos. 313 and 314 together. The Summer Economic Statement (SES), published on 4th July 2022, sets out the key parameters for Budget 2023. This included a total expenditure budget package of €5.7 billion over 2022 and 2023, €0.4 billion of which is phased into 2022. This is an increase of €1.7 billion relative to what was originally provided...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Summer Economic Statement (14 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: Under the approach set out in last year’s Summer Economic Statement, 3% of the core current expenditure base is being set aside each year to meet Existing Levels of Service or ELS costs. These include costs arising from demographic pressures in areas such as Social Protection, Health and Education as well as the carryover costs from measures already introduced in prior year Budgets and...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Health Services (14 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: This is a matter in the first instance for the Minister for Health. The Department of Health will reply separately to provide clarification on this issue.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Funding (14 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: Budget 2022 made provision for up to €7.5 billion in funding to continue our response to the Covid-19 pandemic and for the Brexit Adjustment Reserve. Following the Revised Estimates in December 2021, €3.9 billion of this funding remained unallocated. This contingency is held in reserve centrally to allow Government flexibility to respond to emerging needs during the year. In...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Pension Provisions (14 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: This Department would not have the information readily to hand about the number of staff to whom abatement has been applied. We can follow up with the deputy’s office to confirm the information required and revert directly to the Deputy.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Pension Provisions (14 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: The Deputy has asked about the number of exemptions from pension abatement applied for and issued across all Departments under the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 (“the 2012 Act”). This Department can provide information about the waivers sought and granted by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) in accordance with the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Pension Provisions (14 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: There have been no legal challenges to date in respect of the application of Section 52 of the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 in which the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has been a respondent.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Legislative Measures (14 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: I propose to take Questions Nos. 325 to 329, inclusive, together. I am not in a position to comment on individual cases before the courts. The Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Bill 2022 provides for a significant overhaul of the framework of legal protections for whistleblowers provided by the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. It also provides for the transposition of Directive (EU)...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Budget Targets (14 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: Departmental expenditure management is predominantly undertaken through the cash-based Exchequer system and comprises of Voted Exchequer expenditure and spend from key funds: the Social Insurance Fund and the National Training Fund. This expenditure is defined as the Government Expenditure Ceiling in the Minister’s and Secretaries (Amendment) Act 2012 as the sum of expenditure which...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Sector Staff (14 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: The rules governing transfer of service in pre-existing schemes are primarily set out in Department of Finance Letter to Personnel Officers 24 April 1979 ‘Draft Transfer Scheme’ and Letter to Personnel Officers 30 January 1981. That scheme has its origins in section 4 of the Superannuation and Pensions Act 1963, which, in short, provides that a person who is employed in a...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Staff (13 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: Officeholders are paid a salary as a TD/Senator plus an additional salary in respect of the specific Office held. Accordingly, the following additional salary costs are provided by my Department. Minister: €82,730 Minister of State: €40,464 Further details in relation to Oireachtas members and Office Holders’ pay are published by my Department...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Protected Disclosures (13 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: I propose to take Questions Nos. 190, 196, 197, 198 and 211 together. I am not in a position to comment on individual cases before the courts. The Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Bill 2022 provides for a significant overhaul of the framework of legal protections for whistleblowers provided by the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. It also provides for the transposition of Directive (EU)...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Protected Disclosures (13 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: Section 13 of the Protected Disclosures Act provides that, "If a person causes detriment to another person because the other person or a third person made a protected disclosure, the person to whom the detriment is caused has a right of action in tort against the person by whom the detriment is caused". Section 22 of the Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Bill provides for the insertion of a...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Protected Disclosures (13 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: The Protected Disclosures (Amendment) Bill 2020 provides for a substantial overhaul of the statutory framework for the protection of whistleblowers as well as for the transposition of Directive (EU) 2019/1937 on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law. The process of developing the Bill has involved consultation with a broad range of interested parties. The General...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Brexit Supports (13 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: The Brexit Adjustment Reserve came into force on the 11th of October 2021. The eligibility period for expenditure runs from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023. Ireland’s allocation from the Brexit Adjustment Reserve is €1.065 billion in constant (2018) prices, equivalent to €1.165 billion in current prices, representing just over 20% of the total Reserve and the largest...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Inflation Rate (13 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: Costs relating to implementation of the Inflation Co-operation Framework (the Framework) are to be met from within existing capital expenditure ceilings, including those for 2023. At this point, parties have begun their initial engagement and any agreement (and costs associated with inflation) will take a period of time to be worked through. Once the initial engagement is complete and...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Staff (13 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: As the Deputy is aware, my Department has policy responsibility for recruitment to the civil service. As reflected in the Civil Service Renewal 2024 Strategy, the civil service is strongly committed to equality of opportunity for all in terms of its recruitment and employment practices, and building a more diverse and inclusive workforce that is reflective of the modern Ireland that it...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: State-Owned Enterprises (13 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: Due to the nature of its role, my Department has no State owned enterprises under its aegis.The public bodies under the aegis of my Department do not pay dividends to it and are either grant funded or self-funded. The bodies under the aegis are the ESRI, IPA and the National Lottery Regulator.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Summer Economic Statement (13 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: I propose to take Questions Nos. 200 to 203, inclusive, together. The 2022 Summer Economic Statement sets out the budgetary strategy for the period to 2025. As part of the total budget package set out for each year to 2025, amounts of between €3 to 3.4 billion are indicated as for ‘budgetary decisions’ in Table 1 of the document. For 2023, this figure under...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Summer Economic Statement (13 Jul 2022)

Michael McGrath: As set out in the Summer Economic Statement, core capital expenditure will reach €11.7 billion in 2023, in line with the National Development Plan 2021-2030 (NDP). Departmental capital allocations for 2022 were published in the Revised Estimates Volume 2022. Core capital allocations by Department have also been provided in tabular form in Table 4.2 of the National Development Plan...

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