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Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Communications, Climate Action and Environment
(27 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The scope section of the Department of Social Protection will be looking at PRSI. That is very important. In many ways, RTÉ is an example of things at which we need to look in other organisations with regard to self-employment because the Social Insurance Fund has to be put on a firm footing, just as RTÉ obviously has to be put on a firm financial footing. Essentially, it is...

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Communications, Climate Action and Environment
(27 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: If Ms O'Shea could do that, it would be welcome.

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Communications, Climate Action and Environment
(27 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Regarding the future of media in terms of content, advertising and so on, digital and social media platforms are here to stay. There is considerable revenue and Ms Forbes referred to Australia. The remit of the future of media commission does not include that aspect. Is that not necessary to fully evaluate what the future of media will be?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Communications, Climate Action and Environment
(27 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Yes. The commission on the future of media in Ireland does not include digital and social media platforms as part of its terms of reference. How complete is that commission if it is not looking at that?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Communications, Climate Action and Environment
(27 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I thank Ms Forbes.

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(20 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I welcome Mr. Gleeson and his staff. How many full-time equivalents are there in the special investigations unit? Has that altered in the last few years? Does the Department keep and have a note about the number of prosecutions taken and the degree of success with those?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(20 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: If Mr. Gleeson could send them to me, that would be great.

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(20 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Please. We obviously have to protect the value of the agricultural industry and horse racing too. In January, I asked some parliamentary questions about seizures and so on. In January last year, a large quantity of animal remedies from horse premises were seized, including anabolic steroids, a variety of performance enhancers and painkillers. They did not appear in the parliamentary...

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(20 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I will send a note about the dates. It does not seem like a complete list and makes me question whether I have the entire list. I want to swap over to greyhound racing. We know that the Horse and Greyhound Racing Act 2001 provides for the gambling tax, which is collected by Revenue, to be distributed on an 80:20 basis to horse and greyhound racing. If a deficit arises, it is a generous...

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(20 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: It is expected that there will be a traceability system for racing greyhounds. That is a distinction that is not often picked up, that it relates to racing greyhounds. There is obviously concern about the overbreeding of greyhounds, but not every greyhound will race. Is there an animal welfare issue for the Department, given that the greyhounds are listed as livestock as opposed to dogs?

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(20 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: If you would, please.

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(20 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Regarding prosecutions undertaken by the special investigations unit, does Mr. Gleeson have a figure for the number of cases that have been taken over the last five years? Obviously, some will be successful and some will not. Are there also figures for the cases that might have been withdrawn? A very high-profile case was withdrawn on 29 January last year, Department of Agriculture v....

Public Accounts Committee: 2019 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 30 - Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
(20 Apr 2021)

Catherine Murphy: When the Department withdraws cases, or even when there are successful prosecutions or it is decided not to prosecute, is the cost calculated? Is there an average cost for taking a prosecution?

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I wish Mr. McMahon a good morning. Actually, it is the afternoon. I am an hour behind. One must ask what happens when things go wrong and people do not have their rights. We saw much of that after the economic crash, particularly in the construction sector where people had spent their whole lives working, many of them self-employed. It is only when one sees people reaching their 50s or...

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Catherine Murphy: In an ideal situation, would further legislation be required to achieve a solution?

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Catherine Murphy: What are the impediments? I recall an appeal case in the construction sector. People in that sector, for example, might be blacklisted. What is stopping people? In an ideal world, workers would want their rights protected by the same protections that are available to their contemporaries in other sectors. Mr. McMahon has written an extensive book and he is invested in this issue. Well...

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Catherine Murphy: The RTÉ experience was useful as we saw that permanent employment was offered to a cohort of people who were identified, and that is welcome. It is up to the organisation to decide whether it is retrospective and whether there are tax liabilities. I am using RTÉ as an example. Is there any kind of a sanction where misdesignation occurs? That seems to be something we need to...

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Catherine Murphy: I accept that it was one specific company. I am using RTÉ as an example. If we were to go after this systematically, what would be the pecking order?

Public Accounts Committee: Bogus Self-Employment: Discussion (30 Mar 2021)

Catherine Murphy: Yes. It is agreed.

Public Accounts Committee: Business of Committee (23 Mar 2021)

Catherine Murphy: It is quite difficult to get the context of this response. A few matters jumped out to me. One was the payment of €121,000 to the Combined Media company relating to the development, launching and management of the Children's Health Ireland jobs website. A further €83,000 was paid to Q4 Public Relations. None of us expects the changes for children's health to come without a...

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