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Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes
(18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: There are people, for example, nurses, who are qualified in their own jurisdiction but their qualification is not recognised here. Often they are recruited as care assistants in nursing homes and the like. My feedback is that the experience one gets is of a very high level of skill. However, they are not included. Is there any consideration of that type of thing, where there is no...

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes
(18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I am not suggesting that they be recruited as nurses, but the question was asked of me with regard to a shortage of the semi-skilled, as opposed to the recognised skill. With regard to the staff in the Department, it is broken down in 2020 to 508, which was up from 475. That may well have been to do with vacancies. The offices are the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement, the...

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes
(18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The information about sick leave driving down illness rates is very useful. It is one of the reasons the hybrid model may well be a positive we need to take from the pandemic, rather than just dwelling on the negatives of it. It is good to hear about the maternity cover because we hear from people who say that they are coming back to work but their desk has a pile of stuff on it. It is all...

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes
(18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: There just needs to be proper planning and I would like to see that right across the public service. In her opening statement, Dr. Quinn referred to the contingent liability on the outstanding loans totalling €113 million. If we go back to the year before 2019, the maximum exposure was €5 million at the end of 2019 with outstanding loans of €30 million. How has that...

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes
(18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Okay.

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes
(18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Okay. That is fine. We will watch for the Comptroller and Auditor General's report next year. We will get the update then.

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes
(18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: If no one else wants to come in at this stage, I call Deputy Verona Murphy.

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes
(18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I call Deputy Colm Burke, who has returned from speaking in the Dáil.

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes
(18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: That is everyone who wants to speak. We will be finishing slightly early. I thank our witnesses for joining us today and the staff at the Department for their work involved in preparing for the meeting. I also thank the Comptroller and Auditor General and his staff for attending and assisting the committee today. Is it agreed to request the clerk to seek any follow-up information and...

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 32 - Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Chapter 6 - Covid-19 Restart Grant Schemes
(18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Thank you.

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The business for this afternoon should be reasonably short. We have minutes, accounts, correspondence, the work programme and any other business. The first business is the minutes of our meeting of 11 November, which have been circulated to members. Does any member wish to raise any matter relating to the minutes? No. Are the minutes agreed? Agreed. As usual, the minutes will be...

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: We expect an update on the position relating to Microfinance Ireland when it is audited again. As the Comptroller and Auditor General said, it is not something that is done mid-year.

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Can we agree to note the accounts and statements? Agreed. As usual, the listing of accounts and financial statements will be published as part of our minutes. We will move on to correspondence. As previously agreed, items that have not been flagged for discussion for the meeting will continue to be dealt with in accordance with the proposed actions that have been circulated and...

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Deputy Carthy has flagged this item.

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: No. 878B is correspondence from Mr. Joe Hackett, Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs, dated 8 November 2021 in which he provides information requested by the committee on the appointment of special envoys. The Secretary General states that in September the Minister for Foreign Affairs requested that the Department undertake a review of the role and appointment of special...

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I cannot answer that.

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (18 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Next we will deal with correspondence from and relating to private individuals and any other correspondence. No. 879C is correspondence I submitted to the committee on 9 November 2021 requesting the committee to make inquiries with IDA Ireland arising from HSE correspondence regarding the procurement of ventilators from China. Obviously, that is self-explanatory. I again ask the...

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 31 - Transport
Chapter 5 - Expenditure on Night Vision Imaging Technology and Training for Search and Rescue
Special Report 113 of the Comptroller and Auditor General - Procurement of Vehicles by the Irish Coast Guard
(11 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The witnesses are very welcome. I could spend about half an hour asking questions. I really want short replies in order that I can be efficient with my questions. What is the specification for the buses that were purchased? What fuel do they use? Some €65 million was spent on them. Are they diesel, hybrid or electric? What is their lifespan? If the witnesses have not got that...

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 31 - Transport
Chapter 5 - Expenditure on Night Vision Imaging Technology and Training for Search and Rescue
Special Report 113 of the Comptroller and Auditor General - Procurement of Vehicles by the Irish Coast Guard
(11 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I am happy to take it in writing if all the questions I asked are covered in the response. On MetroLink, the various processes and decarbonisation were talked about. There is a new imperative in the climate budgets and transport plays a very big part in that. MetroLink is the biggest public transport project within the timeframe of those budgets. None of us are looking for inefficient...

Public Accounts Committee: 2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 31 - Transport
Chapter 5 - Expenditure on Night Vision Imaging Technology and Training for Search and Rescue
Special Report 113 of the Comptroller and Auditor General - Procurement of Vehicles by the Irish Coast Guard
(11 Nov 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I will just short circuit this. Mr. Spratt is telling me that MetroLink is not included in the 2030-----

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