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Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Rail Network (5 May 2022)

Pat Casey: I thank the Minister of State for taking this matter. As my colleague identified, we are talking about investment in public transport and, specifically, in the Dublin-Rosslare route, which passes through County Wicklow. Whatever additional services can be provided to Rosslare will directly improve the facilities in Wicklow. The service to Wicklow town and Arklow at the moment is a joke....

Seanad: Nithe i dtosach suíonna - Commencement Matters: Rail Network (5 May 2022)

Pat Casey: I, too, understand the Minister of State was handed a written reply and this issue does not relate to his brief, but the answer is totally unacceptable. DART+ does not yet exist and I do not think reopening the western coastal rail line will have much impact on Wicklow and Wexford, so it is disappointing. As my colleague said, the new carriages have not even been identified for this route....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: I thank Mr. Fraser for coming in today. I am trying to explore the whole area of the secondments and will rely on his experience as a Secretary General since 2011. I will start off where Deputies Doherty and Tóibín finished with regard to Circular 27/2021. It would be great if that was made available to the full committee in order that we can have a deep understanding of exactly...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: I am not indicating that secondments are bad in any way. I am trying to see how each secondment complies with the circular that has been issued to each Department. How many secondments are in place in the Department of the Taoiseach?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: Are any of those open ended? Do they all have a closing date? What is the breakdown on them? I can understand if Mr. Fraser does not know.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: A long time is a lot longer than five years. Mr. Fraser has been in the Department for ten years as Secretary General. How many people have returned to his Department from secondments?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: I am just trying to get a better understanding of how these secondments work within the Civil Service.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: I am in business and I have gone through my own HR issues over several years. Have secondments ever been used to resolve a HR issue within the Department?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: I know it is not the purpose but that is not to say it would not be used in such a way.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: I am just asking.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: Yes. All employers go through difficulties with employees. Sometimes they can be quite protracted and drawn out. Sometimes solutions are found.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: That is fine. I am just asking a question. Is it unusual that a secondment can allow additional earnings from the private sector? Is that compliant with Circular 27/2021?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: It is.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: Mr. Fraser has never signed off on secondments that allowed additional earnings from the private sector on top of that secondment?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: What level of discretionary spending can Mr. Fraser sign off on without any other authorisation?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: In the Civil Service generally, is there a policy on what a Secretary General can sign off on up to a limit?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: I just seek a better understanding. When a Secretary General signs off a €20 million fund from a research budget does he not have to communicate with that section to agree that and then he can advise that?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach: Proposed Appointment to University Research Post: Department of the Taoiseach (27 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: That is fine and I thank Mr. Fraser.

Seanad: An tOrd Gnó - Order of Business (26 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: We have all been out in our communities in hubs that have been provided for our Ukrainian refugees and we have seen the incredible volunteerism in the country. Part of that is the great role the community employment, CE, schemes are beginning to play to provide services in community settings. Community employment scheme and volunteering cannot be sustained at the levels we are asking in the...

Seanad: Defence (Restriction on Use of Certain Titles) Bill 2021: Second Stage (6 Apr 2022)

Pat Casey: Does the Minister want to make a brief remark at this stage?

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