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Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Public Sector Pay (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: I thank the Deputy for raising this issue. Having been a practising Deputy for more than 15 years, I have a deep appreciation of the work of our secretarial assistants. An independent review was carried out on the secretarial assistant grade at the request of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission. It has been completed and in the past few days has been sent to my Department, having been...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Regional Development (4 Oct 2022)

Regional Development

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Regional Development (4 Oct 2022)

Catherine Connolly: 81. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of Ireland's partnership agreement for cohesion funding for the period 2021 to 2027; when he expects to bring the agreement to the Government; when he expects to publish the agreement; the details of any engagement that he or his Department has had with the European Commission on the recently reported downgrading of the...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Regional Development (4 Oct 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I ask my question in the context of the downgrading of the north-west region, which covers seven counties, including mine. I am specifically asking the Minister about the status of the partnership agreement for cohesion funds. When is it expected to go to the Cabinet? When will it be published? What exchange has the Minister had with the European Commission on the serious downgrading and...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Regional Development (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: The partnership agreement sets out Ireland's investment strategy for its cohesion policy funds. Ireland will receive €1.4 billion in cohesion policy funding for the period 2021 to 2027. When this funding is co-financed at national level, it will mean cohesion policy programmes will add a total value of almost €3.5 billion to the economy. Using these funds, implementation of...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Regional Development (4 Oct 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I welcome the fact that the Minister is telling me the document will be published. I take it that it will be published in October or in the next few weeks. Will the Minister confirm that? Will the Commission report itself be available? All we have are media reports of what the Commission has done. What it has done regarding recognition is very serious. It repeated its previous...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Regional Development (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: I cannot answer the question on the European Commission publishing its assessment but will seek to find out the answer for the Deputy. As I said in my reply, the Commission classifies regions into three categories depending on their GDP output performance relative to the EU average. Based on that, the northern and western region has been reclassified from a more developed region to a region...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Regional Development (4 Oct 2022)

Catherine Connolly: I welcome what the Minister is saying and the extra money; however, what is occurring is a damning indictment of Government policy, which is committed to balanced regional development. This has not come out of the blue. In 2020, a report by the European Parliament's Committee on Regional Development categorised the region as a lagging region. In the Northern and Western Regional Assembly's...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Budget 2023 (4 Oct 2022)

Gerald Nash: I absolutely get that. It is normal practice that the distributional impact of a budget would provided in the Exchequer report. A bit of a con job was attempted to be perpetrated against the Irish people, quite frankly. I read the documents and I do not see any separate, isolated analysis for the measures and provisions that apply for 2023 exclusively. Of course, when one looks in the...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Budget 2023 (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: This is the expenditure report. It is not terribly glossy, but it is full of useful information. The way that the distribution analysis is presented is there is the 2022 impact and then, separately, the 2023 impact. The Deputy is asking to strip out the 2023 measures that are cost-of-living related, such as the €400 energy credits that will apply next year, the continued reduction...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Budget 2023 (4 Oct 2022)

Gerald Nash: I welcome the Minister’s commitment on the record of the House to provide that additional analysis. That is very useful, indeed. It is not abstract, either. It is an important analysis to have. I draw the Minister’s attention to the minimum essential standard of living, MESL, post-budget analysis from the Vincentian Partnership. It essentially concur with some of the...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Budget 2023 (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: If it were the case that we only provided €12 a week increase in the core weekly rates and did nothing else, then the Deputy’s conclusion would be a fair one. However, of course, that is not the case. The increase in the core weekly social welfare rates is being supplemented by an extensive range of once-off payments that will start to flow within the next short number of...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Public Sector Pay (4 Oct 2022)

Public Sector Pay

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Public Sector Pay (4 Oct 2022)

Mairead Farrell: 80. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views relating to public pay. [48647/22]

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Public Sector Pay (4 Oct 2022)

Mairead Farrell: In relation to the conversation the Minister just had with Deputy Nash, we are all aware of the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on many people. This question is on the Minister’s view on public pay.

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Public Sector Pay (4 Oct 2022)

Michael McGrath: Public service pay has been governed by a system of collective agreements since the Croke Park agreement was negotiated in 2010. These collective agreements have helped to ensure that public pay is managed in a sustainable, affordable and orderly manner. These agreements have also enabled significant reform of public services and changes to work practices. As the Deputy will be aware,...

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions: Public Sector Pay (4 Oct 2022)

Mairead Farrell: I want to raise the issue of section 39 workers. As the Minister is aware, many section 39 workers held rallies and protests in the lead up to the budget. They also did so in my hometown of Galway. I would imagine that we all recognise that section 39 workers do Trojan work and how much, as a State, we rely on their work. The reality is they often feel undervalued. We know that the...

Defective Concrete Products Levy: Motion [Private Members] (4 Oct 2022)

Amendment put.

Defective Concrete Products Levy: Motion [Private Members] (4 Oct 2022)

Joe Carey: In accordance with Standing Order 80(2), the division is postponed until the weekly division time on Wednesday, 5 October 2022.

Ceisteanna - Questions - Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions (4 Oct 2022)

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