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Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Budget 2023 (4 Oct 2022)

Alan Dillon: I commend the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Michael McGrath, and the Minister for Finance, Deputy Donohoe, on the €11 billion cost-of-living budget. I believe last week's budget achieved the right balance between helping people in the short term and planning for an uncertain future. Will the Minister of State summarise the main cost of living supports within...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Sector Staff (4 Oct 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: They are a hell of a lot more than challenges. There is one nurse to 14 patients on wards in St. Vincent's hospital. We have major shortages of staff across the healthcare system, including mental health services, and among special needs assistants, SNAs. Teachers are leaving Dublin - we have seen the reports - because they cannot afford to live here. Reeling off statistics about public...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Sector Staff (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: They are facts.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Sector Staff (4 Oct 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: They may be facts but they do not explain why we have major staff shortages across our health service and, therefore, long waiting lists and a crisis in our emergency departments, and classes being cancelled because teachers have nowhere to live. What are we going to do about this? I have a proposal. The Minister stated that we should not spend the windfall tax receipts on ongoing...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Sector Staff (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: As the Deputy well knows, the Government, through local authorities, approved housing bodies and the Land Development Agency, LDA, is embarking on the largest public house-building programme that this State has seen, and rightly so. The Deputy was correct in his outline of the scale of the challenge, which is most acute in Dublin but is present elsewhere around the country as well. For the...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Sector Staff (4 Oct 2022)

Richard Boyd Barrett: I do. I invite the Minister to drive with me along the N11 towards Cherrywood and down to Shankill. At the end of the road, he will find the LDA's first site, but there will not be houses there for another two years. Before we get there, he will see many large apartment developments that are nearing completion or have just been completed. Who will own them and who will live in them?...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Sector Staff (4 Oct 2022)

Brian Leddin: It is not my place to try to answer Deputy Boyd Barrett's question but I will propose a solution that I would like the Minister to listen to. I would make a case for my home of Limerick - I am sure that the Minister of State, Deputy O'Donovan, makes this case to the Minister daily - as a solution to the challenges facing Ireland. As Deputy Boyd Barrett outlined, it is difficult for people...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Sector Staff (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: The LDA's Project Tosaigh will do much of what Deputy Boyd Barrett suggests. Recently, the Government discussed a developing situation whereby a significant number of sites had been earmarked for build-to-rent apartments but the private sector was unlikely to proceed with those developments because of changes in the interest rate environment. They can now look elsewhere for returns in...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Living Wage (4 Oct 2022)

Living Wage

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Living Wage (4 Oct 2022)

Gerald Nash: 86. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he plans to ensure that all contractors that are awarded State public procurement contracts pay all staff a living wage given the cost-of-living crisis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48279/22]

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Living Wage (4 Oct 2022)

Gerald Nash: I will be brief. This question relates to the Government's plans, if any, to ensure that all contractors who are awarded State public procurement contracts pay all staff a living wage. I will clarify this question somewhat by acknowledging that the Government is in some ways powerless, given that there is no formal living wage in place. The National Minimum Wage Act governs this area. We...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Living Wage (4 Oct 2022)

Ossian Smyth: Public procurement procedures require applicants to meet certain standards when applying for public contracts, including declaring whether they have breached aspects of employment law. All public works projects that are delivered under the Exchequer-funded element of the Government's capital plan must be procured in accordance with the provisions laid down in the capital works management...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: Budgetary and expenditure reform remains a key feature in terms of public expenditure and budgetary management throughout all Departments. This important goal is progressed in a number of ways, including through day-to-day management of resources, regular engagement across Departments and the public service reform programme. It is also progressed through a range of important budgetary...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (4 Oct 2022)

Bernard Durkan: I thank the Minister for his comprehensive reply. I have in mind, for example, major savings that can be made in regard to the elimination of delays between the award of the funding in the first instance and the award of the contract. I know of situations, as I am sure the Minister does, where €20 million allocated ten years ago still has not been spent and is now only worth about...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: I assume the Deputy is primarily referring to the delays in delivering capital projects. There is a balance to be struck between ensuring that we have proper oversight mechanisms in place, on the one hand, and, on the other, the speed of execution and getting projects on the ground. In the last couple of years, we have had significant underspends on the capital budget. While Covid was a...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (4 Oct 2022)

Bernard Durkan: In fact, the delivery of elements of the national development plan are at the centre of the reason for putting down the question. In particular, I ask that the Minister would keep a close watch on what causes the delays. If a capital project is deemed to be good, healthy and necessary, why not proceed with it instead of having a situation where, in some cases, the relevant authorities seem...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (4 Oct 2022)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: Specifically on value for money, I want to ask the Minister of State, Deputy O'Donovan, about the planning permission notice that was put in the Irish Independenton 28 September by the Commissioners of Public Works to develop a science museum in Earlsfort Terrace, when there is a perfectly good Explorium in Sandyford that has been in receipt of PUP and EWSS but cannot reopen. It has had...

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: I will take the first part.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (4 Oct 2022)

Catherine Connolly: The tabled question is Deputy Durkan's and the other is a supplementary.

Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions: Public Expenditure Policy (4 Oct 2022)

Jennifer Carroll MacNeill: It is entirely within the area of value for money, which the Minister has referenced.

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