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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 ...

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...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Child and Family Agency (13 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: I appreciate the valuable work of the community and voluntary sector that provide services to children, young people and families across Ireland.  The issues raised in the Deputy’s question relate to the funding of such organisations. Under Section 56 of the Child and Family Agency Act 2013, the funding of these organisations is a matter for the Minister for Children, Equality,...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Covid-19 Pandemic (13 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: As the deputy is probably aware, the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) is proof (in digital or paper format) that a person has either: - been vaccinated against COVID-19; - received a negative test result; or - recovered from COVID-19 (valid for 180 days). The DCC is not a travel document or a passport, but it will help people to travel safely within the EU/EEA during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Reviews (13 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: Social Impact Assessments (SIAs) are an analytical framework that are designed to examine the demographic profile of public services users, and how they are impacted by budgetary policy decisions. The framework complements existing budgetary impact assessment exercises conducted by my Department and the Departments of Finance, Employment Affairs and Social Protection and externally by the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Legal Cases (13 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: I wish to advise the Deputy that a deferred reply will be issued to him in respect of this Parliamentary Question, in line with Standing Order 51B.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Civil Service (13 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: I would advise the Deputy that the pension benefits in this case are subject to the pensions benefit cap under section 52 of the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012. The benefit cap imposes a limit on the total amount of pensionable service which can be taken into account when calculating the pension entitlements of a person who has been a member of more than...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Covid-19 Pandemic (8 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: The EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) is proof (in digital or paper format) that a person has either: - been vaccinated against COVID-19; - received a negative test result; or - recovered from COVID-19 (valid for 180 days). The DCC is not a travel document or a passport, but it will help people to travel safely within the EU/EEA during the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU Digital COVID Certificate...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flexible Work Practices (7 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: You will be aware that the Government has committed in the Programme for Government to mandating public sector employers to move to 20% home and remote working by 2021. It is proposed that remote working in the Civil Service, post pandemic, will be facilitated on a blended basis, subject to roles being deemed as suitable to be carried out remotely. In this context, Officials in my...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Sector Pay (7 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has been actively engaging with key stakeholders in relation to this matter including The Bar of Ireland, the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions and the Department of Justice. My Department sought evidence from these stakeholders that would support claims of significant recruitment and retention issues that may potentially adversely impact...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports (7 Jul 2021)

Michael McGrath: These are matters which fall under the responsibilities of the the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment and the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has no operational or policy responsibility to devise schemes for businesses, clubs or community organisations.

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