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Written Answers — Department of Finance: State Aid Investigations (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: While the Government has never accepted the Commission’s analysis in the Apple State aid decision, we have always been clear that we are fully committed to ensuring that recovery of the alleged State aid takes place without delay and has committed significant resources to ensuring that this is achieved as quickly as possible.   Significant progress has been made on this...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Excise Duties Yield (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that the first provisional Excise returns for 2018 will be the receipts for the month of January 2018 and this will be available in early February 2018. I am further advised that Revenue will publish Excise category breakdowns for 2017 over the coming months as data for last year are finalised.

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Departmental Staff (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: The Department is fully aware of its obligations as set out in the Disability Act of 2005 and is fully compliant in submitting its returns to the National Disability Authority (NDA) on an annual basis. The Department has an appointed Disability Liaison and Access Officers, who work in tandem to support staff and members of the public with disabilities who require assistance. The Department...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Credit Union Regulation (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: Credit unions have a key role to play in providing access to credit and other important services in local communities throughout the country. The Government recognises this and has put in place a number of measures to ensure that credit unions can continue to provide these vital services to their members and to safeguard the stability of the sector into the future. These measures...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Departmental Communications (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I would like to advise the Deputy that ICT services and IT Infrastructure services for the Department of Finance are provided by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) under the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. On behalf of my Department, the OGCIO implements a multi-layered approach to managing and protecting departmental ICT systems, applications,...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Government Information Service (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I can inform the Deputy that there were a number of Government initiatives in my Department in 2017 for the promotion of State services, welfare payments, public awareness on regulatory changes and public consultations that involved advertising or promotion on television, radio, newspapers or online. Details of expenditure to publicise these initiatives are outlined below: Gordon MRM:...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: State Pensions (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 246, 264 to 270, inclusive, 283 and 285 together. The Government agreed on 5 December 2017 that the compulsory retirement age of public servants recruited before 1 April 2004 should be increased to age 70. This group of public servants currently have a compulsory retirement age of 65. Primary legislation will be required for the changes to be...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Oireachtas Members' Remuneration (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the tables below. I would point out that Members of the Government and Ministers of State are forgoing any pay restoration during the period of this Government by way of personal waivers; and the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act 2017 specifically precludes them from benefitting from the further unwinding of pay cuts provided under the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Administrative Arrangements (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: I am informed that the Department of Education and Skills payroll migrated to Government Payroll Shared Services during the tax year 2015. Payroll Shared Services records indicate that P60s for the Department of Education and Skills payees were made available on 11 February 2016, in respect of tax year 2015, and were made available between 6 February and 10 February 2017, in respect of tax...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Sector Staff Remuneration (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: The detailed costings sought in this request would require detailed data on the position of staff on each salary scale across the public service and details of the standard working hours per week for each individual grade. This data is not available to the Department.  Pay band data available to the Department indicates that some 94% of all public service staff are on salary points...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Regulation of Lobbying (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: The Regulation of Lobbying Act 2015 provides that the Standards in Public Office Commission (Standards Commission) will be the Registrar of Lobbying and is responsible for establishing an online Register of Lobbying. The Standards Commission oversees the implementation of the register, monitors compliance with the Act, provides guidance and assistance and where necessary investigates and...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Seirbhísí trí Ghaeilge (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: Mar is eol don teachta, tá dualgas uileghabhálach orm i leith an chláir athchóirithe sa Státseirbhís agus sa tSeirbhís Phoiblí trí chéile. Tá tagairt shonrach don Ghaeilge sa chlár ‘Ár Seirbhís Phoiblí 2020’ sa rannóg 3 ‘Dea-Thorthaí a Sholáthar dár bPobal –...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Funding (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: My Department has not provided funding from its Vote to any organisations covered by this question.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Capital Expenditure Programme Review (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: The Review of the Capital Plan was published on the 14 of September 2017, and a copy of the report was made available to each Deputy on that day. The review of the Capital Plan draws on an evidence base that included submissions by Departments and Offices, an extensive public consultation, and also an Infrastructure Capacity and Demand Analysis completed by the Irish Government Economic and...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Community Employment Schemes Supervisors (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: An issue which has been under discussion by the Community Sector High Level Forum relates to community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors who have been seeking, through their union representatives, the allocation of Exchequer funding to implement a Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme. At the April meeting of the Forum, my Department...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Road Network (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: My Department has no responsibility for funding roads. The road Deputy Healy-Rae refers to appears to be a private or non-public road. I would therefore refer to the response to PQ 52581/17 given by Minister Michael Ring on 7 December 2017 concerning funding for private and non-public roads. My Department wrote to Local Authorities last August to establish the level of...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Community Employment Schemes Supervisors (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: An issue which has been under discussion by the Community Sector High Level Forum relates to community employment supervisors and assistant supervisors who have been seeking, through their union representatives, the allocation of Exchequer funding to implement a Labour Court recommendation relating to the provision of a pension scheme. At the April meeting of the Forum, my Department...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: State Claims Agency Data (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: In response to the Deputy's question, I have forwarded to him a report supplied to me by the State Claims Agency. I am advised that the information contained in this report has been extracted from the National Incident Management System. The report can be seen at

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Legislative Programme (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table. Legislation Title Year Duration No. staff required Costs Process Carried out by Dept or Outsourced Freedom of Information Act 2014 2 years 3 See next column Carried out primarily by the Department but also see below regarding Statute Law Revision ProgrammeIn addition to the legislation listed...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Sector Pay (16 Jan 2018)

Paschal Donohoe: In June 2011, the Government introduced a general pay ceiling of €200,000 for future appointments to higher positions across the public service and a general pay ceiling of €250,000 for future appointments to CEO posts within Commercial State Companies while recognising that in a small number of cases exceptions may be necessary. Other than the then proposed appointment of...

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