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Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Social Media (10 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 154 and 155 together. The tables below contain the information requested by the Deputy on my Department's social media posts. Channel Total no. of posts (1st May 2021 – 30th April 2022) No. of posts exclusively in Irish % of posts exclusively in Irish No. of bilingual (Irish and English) posts % of...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Social Media (10 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: The table below contains the information requested by the Deputy on videos posted by my Department on social media. Channel Total no. of videos posted between 1st May 2021 and 30th April 2022) No. of videos posted with subtitles/closed captions % of videos posted with subtitles/closed captions Facebook 174 46 26.44% ...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Ukraine War (10 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: My Department has not awarded any contracts outside the standard procurement process to assist people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The Government Information Service in my Department has undertaken a procurement process, in line with standard Office of Government Procurement guidelines, for the translation of text into Ukrainian and Russian for the gov.ie/Ukraine website which provides...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Contracts (10 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: My Department does not employ any persons or firms in regard to public relations. The newly established Citizens’ Assemblies, which are staffed by my Department, have engaged Q4 Public Relations to provide media liaison and communication services. Its remit includes raising public awareness of the Assemblies' work and supporting communication and media outreach. Q4 also provide a press...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Cabinet Committees (4 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Cabinet Committee on the Environment and Climate Change last met on Monday 21 February, and is next scheduled to meet on Monday 9 May.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Staff (4 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: No staff of my Department have been seconded to the university third-level sector over the past two years.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Research Funding (4 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Government’s Shared Island initiative is working to take up the full potential of the Good Friday Agreement to enhance cooperation and connection on the island, and engage with all communities and traditions to build consensus around a shared future. To support development of a more ambitious agenda for cooperation and connection on the island, the Shared Island unit in my...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: EU Directives (4 May 2022)

Micheál Martin: Responsibility for the transposition of EU legislation into Irish law rests in each case with the relevant Minister. There are no EU directives that fall under the remit of my Department.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Cabinet Committees (27 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: The next meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Housing is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 12thofMay. This Committee works to ensure a coordinated approach to the implementation of Housing for All and the delivery of Programme for Government commitments regarding housing and related matters. Progress of Housing for All is overseen by the Cabinet Committee on Housing and Government, with...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Civil Service (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Civil Service Renewal Plan, published in October 2014, included the establishment of an Accountability Board for the Civil Service to strengthen accountability and performance across the Civil Service by introducing greater oversight of delivery. It also recommended that the Board focused on providing oversight of a limited number of priorities actions including; - overall governance...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Staff (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: My Department does not have any roles based in the European Union in Brussels. However, staff of my Department regularly avail of the opportunity to work in the European Commission under the National Experts in Professional Training (NEPT) and the Seconded National Experts (SNE) programmes. At present two officers of my Department are working in Brussels, one on the NEPT programme and one on...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Defibrillators Provision (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: My Department has two defibrillators installed in Government Buildings. The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) which is the only body under the aegis of my Department has one defibrillator installed in their building.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Contracts (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: No consultancy contracts have been awarded to the organisation in question by my Department or by the National Economic and Social Development Office which is the only body under the aegis of my Department.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Meetings (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table below. As the Deputy will be aware, the period concerned was very unusual in that the management of the State response to the Covid-19 pandemic was the absolute priority, while public health restrictions also had a significant impact on the convening of meetings. Groups Dates of meetings from June 2020 to...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Staff (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 169, 174, 177 and 180 together. My Department utilises secondments to fill roles that are temporary or time-bound in nature and roles that require specialist knowledge. My Department also facilitates Departmental staff availing of secondment opportunities in other Government Departments and in the European Commission as such arrangements provide staff with...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Civil Service (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: The Civil Service Management Board (CSMB) was established to bring together all Heads of Departments and major Offices into a cohesive whole-of-Government executive management team and is chaired by the Secretary General to the Government. It meets collectively for strategic discussions on the shared issues and challenges that are common across all Government Departments and Offices The Board...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Apprenticeship Programmes (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: Neither my Department nor the National Economic and Social Development Office, the only body under the aegis of my Department, run apprenticeship programmes or are directly engaged in the training of apprentices. In the context of the Government’s commitment to grow apprenticeships across the Public and Civil Service, my Department is supporting cross-Government work led by the...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Staff (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: The suggested living wage at €12.30 per hour based on the Civil Service 37 hour standard net working week equates to an annual salary of €23,747. Those currently on an annual salary of less than €23,747 may be receiving remuneration in excess of the suggested living wage through additional premium payments in respect of shift or atypical working hours or are on salary...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Staff (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: The salaries and expenses paid to advisers, Ministers and Ministers of State in my Department in the years 2020, 2021 and to date in 2022 are set out in the table below. Year Salaries Expenses Total 2020 € 1,796,838 € 1,679 € 1,798,516 2021 € 2,209,337 €...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (26 Apr 2022)

Micheál Martin: My diary for quarter 1 of 2022 has been published and is available on my Department's website at www.gov.ie/en/collection/e0fb8-taoiseachs-diary/.

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