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Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Seanad Reform (1 Dec 2021)

Micheál Martin: The Seanad has an essential role as part of our legislature and has always played an important part in the State’s politics by enhancing debate on the important issues we face. The all-party Seanad Reform Implementation Group published its report in December 2018, including proposals on implementation of the 2015 Manning Report. I commend the work done by the Cathaoirleach of...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: National Economic and Social Council (30 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The National Economic and Social Council (NESC) advises me on strategic policy issues relating to sustainable economic, social and environmental development in Ireland. The NESC work programme includes work in five areas: 1. Shared Island: NESC is undertaking a programme of research covering a range of issues, including economy, regional development, poverty, mental health, climate,...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Advertising (30 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: Since taking up Office in June last year, my Department has spent €1,520,189 in online advertising. €1,507,897of this spend has been on the Government’s coordinated approach on 32 COVID-19 public information Campaigns. Included with the answer is a table with a detailed breakdown of campaign online costs since June 2020 as requested by the Deputy. Campaign:...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Strategies (30 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The Well-being Framework for Ireland is being jointly sponsored by my Department, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Finance. The First Report on this was approved by Government and published in July. It will help us to consider, understand and measure Ireland’s progress more holistically through the recovery and beyond. A follow-up phase of...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Covid-19 Pandemic (30 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The importance of ventilation as a measure to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is embedded in Government communications on the pandemic. This will continue to be the case in upcoming campaigns. For example, the current #ProtectOurProgress campaign from the Government Information Service (GIS) which is running on the MerrionStreet.ie social channels emphasises the importance of fresh air. In...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Legal Cases (30 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The European Court of Human Rights judgment in the case to which the Deputy refers was delivered on 18 November 2021. The Court declared the application to be inadmissible. No external law firm or counsel was retained by the State. The overall cost to the State is not yet assessed but is likely to be modest. The question of the applicants’ costs is a matter for the applicants to...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Freedom of Information (30 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: My Department is committed to providing a professional and consistent service in relation to the processing of all requests received under the Freedom of Information Act. The procedures for dealing with FOI requests used by my Department meet the legislative requirements contained in the Act and are in line with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Code of Practice. My...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Staff (24 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: No employee in my Department has been removed from their position, transferred to another role or had their employment terminated in the period in question due to breaches of departmental standards, professional misconduct or incompetence. However, during the period in question, four employees were not retained following completion of their probationary contracts.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Official Engagements (23 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 15, 16 and 17 together. I participated in the World Leaders Summit at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1-2 November. At the Action and Solidarity round-table discussion for leaders on 1 November, I expressed Ireland’s strong commitment to global action to deliver on the goals of the Paris Agreement and...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Cabinet Committees (23 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The Cabinet Committee on Health oversees implementation of Programme for Government commitments in relation to health, receives detailed reports on identified policy areas and considers the implementation of health reforms, including Sláintecare. The Cabinet Committee last met on Monday 8th November. It is intended that it will meet again shortly.

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Programme for Government (23 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 38 and 39 together. Government has been working hard to implement the commitments in the Programme for Government across a wide range of issues in all Departments. The ten Cabinet Committees established by this Government reflect the full range of policy areas that it will work on during its lifetime as set out in the Programme for Government. Cabinet...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Cabinet Committees (23 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The Cabinet Committee on Social Affairs and Equality oversees implementation of Programme for Government commitments in the areas of social policy, equality and public services. This Cabinet Committee last met on 30 November 2020 and is scheduled to meet again on 25 November 2021. I have regular engagement with Ministers at cabinet and individually to discuss priority issues relating to their...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Office of the Attorney General (17 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The Attorney General was appointed in June 2020 in accordance with provisions of Article 30 of the Constitution. There were no special or exceptional arrangements applying in this regard. While I have responsibility for answering questions on administrative matters connected with the Office of the Attorney General, I have no function in respect of the detail of the Attorney...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Citizens' Assembly (17 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The establishment of a Citizen’s Assembly on all-island issues is not envisaged at this time. As part of the Government’s Shared Island initiative, I launched the Shared Island Dialogue series in October 2021, to foster inclusive, constructive civic dialogue on key issues for a shared future on the island, underpinned by the Good Friday Agreement. There have been seven...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Strategies (16 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: Ireland’s Well-being Framework is the result of a Programme for Government commitment to develop a set of well-being indices to create a well-rounded, holistic view of how Irish society is faring. A , including a dashboard of indicators, was approved by Government in June of this year and published in July. It was informed involving stakeholders and experts in the area. The...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: National Risk Assessment (16 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The National Risk Assessment provides an opportunity to identify and discuss significant risks that may arise for Ireland. Since it was first published in 2014, it has provided an overview of strategic risks and highlighted risks, such as Brexit, housing and pandemics. The process is designed to ensure a broad-based and inclusive debate on risks facing the country. This includes...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (16 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: I participated in the World Leaders Summit at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1-2 November. I can confirm, as I did previously in the House, that I travelled to Edinburgh and back commercially. My outbound journey was with Aer Lingus and my return journey to Dublin was with Ryanair. In keeping with Government policy and practice, my Department...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Advertising (10 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The following table details expenditure by my Department on advertisements from 2011 to the beginning of November 2021. Year Expenditure 2011 €101,062 2012 €562,573 2013 €68,128 2014 €6,192 2015 €53,666 2016...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Departmental Functions (9 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: I propose to take Questions Nos. 45 and 46 together. The Economic Division in my Department supports me and the Government in developing and implementing policy across relevant areas to support sustainable economic development including job creation, infrastructure, housing and climate action, digital issues, quality of life and well-being, and social dialogue. This work is particularly...

Written Answers — Department of An Taoiseach: Public Sector Staff (9 Nov 2021)

Micheál Martin: The number of civil servants employed in the Chief State Solicitors Office is set out in the attached table, along with the budget allocated to the Office for each of the past three years. Number of Civil Servants 2019 2020 2021 294 303 311 Grade Breakdown 2019 2020 2021 ...

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