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Written Answers — Department of Finance: Property Tax Data (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that surcharges have been raised in just over 62,000 cases since LPT commenced, of which approximately 70% were mitigated following remedial action by the property owners. The total amount surcharged to date is €5.5m, including in respect of arrears of Household Charge (HHC). The year by year breakdown between Income Tax (IT), Corporation Tax (CT) and Capital...

Written Answers — Department of Finance: Capital Expenditure Programme (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I can confirm that my Department has had no contracts with a value in excess of €10 million or more since 1 January 2014 up to and including today's date.  There are 17 bodies under the aegis of my Department, 15 of which had no capital expenditure project completed since 1 January 2014 and which ended up costing €10 million or more. These are the Office...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Pension Provisions (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: This appeal case relates to the awarding of pension increases by the company concerned. A request from the Trustees of the scheme seeking a pension increase is being considered at the moment by my Department. The outcome of this request may feed into the deliberations on the determination in this case. Notwithstanding the outcome of the pension increase request I can confirm that the Appeals...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Election Expenditure (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: Practice in recent times has been that bye-elections are held on the same day. The cost of the 2014 Bye Elections in Dublin South West and Leitrim/Roscommon held together on the 10 October 2014 was €0.548m and €0.564m respectively. While no two election events would be the same and allowing for some costs increasing over time the cost today if an election were called could...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Climate Change Policy (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: In the recent Climate Action Plan the Government committed to implementing a carbon tax rate of at least €80 per tonne by 2030, accompanied by a trajectory of increases over successive annual Budgets. This commitment will send a strong signal to householders and firms of the need to invest in low-carbon alternatives, where possible. As has been noted publicly, it is my...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Meetings (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: The information the Deputy seeks will take some time to collate and my Department will be unable to respond by Tuesday 1 October 2019. I will provide the Deputy with a response as soon as possible. 

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Energy Schemes (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: As I have already noted in responses to Parliamentary Questions on this topic, responsibility for the deep retrofit scheme rests with the Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment. There was no consultation with my Department regarding the closure of the scheme.  In June of this year, officials in my Department provided sanction to allow the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Service Stability Agreement (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: The cost of the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 – 2020 (PSSA) was estimated at €887m for the period from 2018 to 2020; €178m in 2018, €370m in 2019 and €339m for 2020. In addition, the final year of the Lansdowne Road Agreement 2016 – 2018 (LRA) and the first year of the PSSA ran concurrently in 2018 with an estimated cost of the LRA in 2018...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Projects (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 164 to 167, inclusive, together. Due to the nature of its role, my Department has not funded projects outside of public service bodies in Laois and Kildare from its own Vote in the last five years. The main purpose of projects and associated investment undertaken by my Department is to support greater effectiveness and efficiency across the Civil and...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Sector Pay (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: The Public Service Pay Commission was tasked under the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018-2020 to conduct a comprehensive examination of underlying difficulties in recruitment and retention of staff in the public service, including the Defence Forces. The Report by the Pay Commission on Recruitment and Retention in the Defence Forces has been published and is available on the Public...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Decentralisation Programme (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: As the Deputy will be aware, there was a Decentralisation Programme announced in December 2003 which set out a goal of relocating over 10,000 civil and public service jobs to 53 locations in 25 counties. The Government decided in 2011 that the Decentralisation Programme be cancelled in light of the budgetary and staffing outlook at that time. Up to that date, about a...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Capital Expenditure Programme (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: My Department has not incurred any capital expenditure on projects in excess of €10 million since 1 January 2014.  In respect of the relevant bodies under the aegis of the Department, the National Shared Services Office will respond to the Deputy directly.  The position regarding the Office of Public Works (OPW) is set out in the following tables: OPW Vote Capital...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Brexit Issues (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: The Government has always been clear that Brexit, in whatever form it takes, will have a negative economic impact on Ireland.  Since the referendum result, therefore, Brexit has been a central to the Government’s decision-making and in the management of our economic and fiscal policy. The Government has been taking steps to boost the resilience of the economy by balancing our...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Government Expenditure (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I propose to take Questions Nos. 174 to 177, inclusive, 179 and 181 together. Managing expenditure within allocations is a key responsibility of every Department and Minister. A number of measures are in place to ensure that our expenditure and budgetary targets are being achieved on an ongoing basis. There is regular reporting to Government on expenditure levels and expenditure profiles...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Government Expenditure (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: Following a period of consolidation after the economic crisis, over the last number of years there has been modest growth in expenditure. Compared to the end 2014 outturn, gross voted expenditure in 2019 is profiled to be 25% higher as set out in section 2.2 of the Budget 2019 Expenditure Report. Indeed, in 2019, €66.6 billion has been allocated...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Legislative Measures (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I refer the Deputy to my reply to Question No. 286 of 23 July 2019.  PQ Ref: 32195/19: The process of unwinding the Financial Emergency (FEMPI) legislation commenced under the Lansdowne Road Agreement 2016 – 2018 and will be completed under the Public Service Stability Agreement 2018 – 2020 (PSSA). The PSSA, which was negotiated in 2017, and the provisions of which were...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Procurement Contracts (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: Public Procurement is governed by EU legislation and National rules and guidelines. The aim of these rules is to promote an open, competitive and non-discriminatory public procurement regime which delivers best value for money. The Office of Government Procurement (OGP) has responsibility for developing and setting out the overarching policy framework for public procurement in...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Public Service Reform Plan Measures (1 Oct 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am happy to inform the Deputy that the significant public service reforms that this Government has undertaken in recent years continue to deliver improved services and value for money across a range of specific areas such as governance, accountability, procurement, shared services, organisational reform and property management. Two notable examples are the establishment of...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna Eile (Atógáil) - Other Questions (Resumed): Brexit Preparations (26 Sep 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: I am advised by Revenue that there have been more than 17,200 EORI registrations so far this year. There has been a significant increase in registrations since the start of the latest phase of Revenue's trader engagement programme, which commenced in July of this year.  Almost 5,000 businesses registered in August, with an additional 4,418 businesses having registered so far this month....

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed) - Ceisteanna Eile (Atógáil) - Other Questions (Resumed): Brexit Preparations (26 Sep 2019)

Paschal Donohoe: It has been ramped up significantly. I have referred to the new programme that has been in place since the summer. The Deputy is correct that a company that does not have this number will face massive challenges in continuing its work in the event of a no-deal Brexit at the end of October. As I said in my initial reply, 90% of exports to the UK, by value, are covered by companies that have...

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