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Ábhair Shaincheisteanna Tráthúla - Topical Issue Matters (11 Dec 2019)

Alan Farrell: I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 29A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputies Eamon Scanlon, Eugene Murphy and Marc MacSharry - to discuss safety concerns on the N4 primary route at Cootehall junction; (2) Deputy Aindrias Moynihan - to discuss the ongoing delays in providing the new Macroom Garda...

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (11 Dec 2019)

Pre-European Council Meeting: Statements (11 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: I will attend a meeting of the European Council this Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 December. It will be the first meeting chaired by Charles Michel, who took over as President of the Council on 1 December. It will also be the first meeting attended by Ursula von der Leyen in her role as President of the Commission, and by Christine Lagarde since she took up office as President of the...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Martin Kenny: The Civil Service renewal programme was launched five years ago by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and earlier this year, it was lauded for the improved gender balance across the Civil Service as an area of significant progress and achievement from the plan. Unfortunately for the women who work in the Civil Service and the public sector, the figures do not support the...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: When the Civil Service renewal programme was launched in 2014 it unfortunately suffered over-hype from its early stages, which is now the dominant approach to all Government plans. At the end of the implementation period in 2017 it was declared both that the renewal plan had been implemented and that reporting would continue to ensure that the plan would be implemented. If we are honest,...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Brendan Howlin: The Deputy will not be surprised that I do not agree with him that the Civil Service renewal programme was over-hyped when it was launched in 2014. It was well presented and it was an important initiative for a number of reasons. We were in the middle of a crisis at the time. As I have said publicly, the day before the troika left this country the head of its team told me that the civil...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Joan Burton: Does the Taoiseach have thoughts on how to achieve equality between women and men in the most senior ranks of the public service? We have never had a woman at the head of the Department of Finance, the Department of the Taoiseach, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade or a number of other Departments. In addition, in Departments such as the Department of Employment Affairs and Social...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: As we all know, there is still a large gender gap at higher management levels in the Civil Service. The Civil Service renewal plan, whose implementation rests with the Minister for Finance for Public Expenditure and Reform, is working to change this. Our executive leadership programme is making a major difference. Thanks to encouragement and mentoring, more women are taking part in that...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Martin Kenny: Last year, the NESC published its important report No. 145, entitled Urban Development Land, Housing and Infrastructure: Fixing Ireland’s Broken System, which described the housing system as speculative, volatile and expensive. Launching the report, Dr. Rory O'Connor stated, "We know from experience that in countries with more effective, affordable and stable housing systems - such as...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Joan Burton: When the issue of the NESC last arose, it was noted that the legislation governing it appeared to have stalled. It could be a very useful forum for dealing with some of the difficult problems besetting our society. At the time, I raised with the Taoiseach the issue of drugs gangs in Blanchardstown and the report that had recently been issued regarding young children in the area being used...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: I thank the Deputies for their comprehensive questions. On climate action, I welcome that Ireland has gone up seven places in the climate action index produced by environmental NGOs. We came from a very low base and, as such, the improvement is not something to celebrate or crow about. However, it indicates measurable progress by Ireland on climate action in the view of NGOs. It is...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: What was going on before the Taoiseach was appointed to his current office? What universe was he in?

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: I acknowledge our electric vehicle targets are ambitious. My understanding is that the starting point for all targets in the climate action plan was the extent to which we needed to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The targets must combine to reduce our emissions by approximately 30%.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Micheál Martin: What is the evidence base for how we can achieve that? Surely, there must be documentation.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: I will provide it if it exists. I am not sure it does. I will check that out. It is correct that there is a significant surplus in the national training fund. We are liberating some of the surplus. Some €300 million of it was assigned to human capital initiative announced and launched a few weeks ago by me and certain Ministers at an event in Trinity College Dublin. Most of it...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Martin Kenny: It is the opposite.

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): National Economic and Social Council (11 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: It is a high-density housing development on a city centre site involving housing for all and incorporating a mix of social and private housing as well as homes to rent. The Enniskerry Road site, which is our first cost-rental development, is under construction in Dún Laoghaire. I replied to several questions on the Connolly report earlier today. I will give consideration to whether...

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Civil Service Renewal Plan

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Mary Lou McDonald: 10. To ask the Taoiseach the way in which his Department provides collective leadership to the Civil Service renewal programme. [49996/19]

Ceisteanna (Atógáil) - Questions (Resumed): Civil Service Renewal Plan (11 Dec 2019)

Leo Varadkar: The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform has overall policy responsibility for the Civil Service renewal programme. The Civil Service Management Board, CSMB, provides collective leadership of the programme. The CSMB is chaired by the Secretary General to the Government and its membership comprises all Secretaries General and heads of major offices in the Civil Service....

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