Written answers

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Departmental Budgets

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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81. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the breakdown of the €84,000 capital allocation under A public expenditure and sectoral policy division in Vote 11 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6000/19]

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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82. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the breakdown of the €4,331,000 capital allocation under B public service management and reform in Vote 11 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6001/19]

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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83. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the breakdown of the €587,000 capital allocation in the Office of Government Procurement for 2019, that is, Vote 39 of the budget 2019 expenditure report by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6002/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 81 to 83, inclusive, together.

The purpose of the capital investment undertaken by my Department, including the Office of Government Procurement (OGP), is to deliver greater effectiveness and efficiency across the Civil and Public Service, in the context of initiatives set out in reform plans such as Our Public Service 2020 and the Public Service ICT Strategy.

In 2019, Vote 11 (DPER) was allocated a capital investment budget of €4,415,000 and the main subheads investing this capital are the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and Civil Service Learning and Development Programme (OneLearning).

The OGCIO takes the lead on driving forward the implementation of the Public Service ICT Strategy, working with Departments and agencies across the Public Service, and has been allocated a capital budget of €3,500,000 in 2019. Capital investment in 2019 has been allocated to the five strategic themes of the strategy which are Build to Share, Digital First, Data as an Enabler, Improve Governance, and Increase Capability. For instance, under the Build to Share pillar of the Strategy, the OGCIO continues to enhance the Government Network that has been in existence for many years. As a result of this investment, the Network will operate at higher speeds, providing high capacity services to the wider Public Service. The enhanced network will support agencies in the roll-out of new applications, new ways of working and engaging with the citizen.

The 2019 OGCIO capital budget has been allocated to these areas:

- Build To Share Common Applications (€1,250,000)

- Build to Share Desk Top Services (€1,400,000)

- Government Networks Development (€700,000)

- Strategic IT Development and Capability (€150,000)

The Civil Service Learning and Development subhead has been allocated €600,000 to complete the development of the Learning Management IT System in the first half of 2019. This is a key element of the Civil Service Renew Plan, as the system will provide a common platform for staff to access all of their learning and development requirements.

The Department also has a 2019 admin capital budget of €315,000 for routine ongoing investment in its own technology and premises.

In 2019, Vote 39 (Office of Government Procurement) has been allocated a capital budget of €587,000. This allocation is for a mixture of project based and routine ongoing capital spend. The OGP will invest €312,000 in its IT systems to deliver on its mandate to drive procurement savings to the State. The two IT projects that the OGP is continuing to invest in are the eTenders platform to support national and EU procurement requirements and a CRM / Workflow Management System is also being implemented to support OGP’s Customer Service function and sourcing activities of the OGP and its sector partners.

The OGP has a 2019 admin capital budget of €275,000 for routine ongoing investment in its own technology and premises.

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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84. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the breakdown of the €76,262,000 capital allocation in the flood risk management division of the Office of Public Works, that is, Vote 13 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6003/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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The 2019 capital allocation for the Flood Risk Management area will allow (i) the continued implementation of the existing programme of flood relief projects and the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme; (ii) the further development and progression of the initial prioritised tranche of projects arising from the Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) launched in May 2018 and (iii) the continued work on a range of other programmes which include Home Relocation/Remedial Works, Second Cycle of the Flood Directive and the table below sets out the breakdown of projected expenditure in these areas for 2019:

Table A

ProgrammeProjected expenditure*
Existing Capital Projects to be at Construction stage during 2019 (including some post construction costs on completed schemes)€55m
Existing Capital Projects at Design Stage€6m
Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme€3m
New Projects arising from Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) - mainly design costs and other pre-construction costs. Some smaller new projects may reach construction stage in 2019.€4m
Other Programmes€8m

* The figures included in this table are broadly indicative estimates only and are subject to change

There are currently ten major projects at construction with five of these to be completed or substantially completed and operational by the end of 2019. These include, Bandon and Skibbereen in Co Cork, Ennis Lower in Co Clare and Claregalway and Dunkellin in Co Galway. Construction works currently underway on projects in Athlone in Co Westmeath, River Dodder in Dublin City, Clonakilty in Co Cork, Ashbourne in Co Meath and Templemore in Co Tipperary will continue beyond 2019.

The following major projects are currently scheduled to commence construction before the end of 2019:

- Blackpool, Co Cork

- Glashaboy, Co Cork

- Douglas, Co Cork

- Ennis South, Co Clare

- Lower Morell, Co Kildare

- Sandymount, Dublin City

In addition to these, a further 24 projects are currently in the existing Programme of Capital Flood Relief Projects which are being advanced though planning and design.

The design and planning of the initial tranche of projects arising from the Flood Risk Management Plans, launched in May of last year and which will form the bulk of the future Capital Programme, will progress during the course of this year as well. This comprises 26 medium to large projects with individual values between €1m and €40m along with 31 Small Projects whose individual value is under €1m.

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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85. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the breakdown of the €105,787,000 capital allocation in the estate management division of the Office of Public Works, that is, Vote 13 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6004/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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The information is contained in the following table:

2019 €mCommencing 2019Completed 2019
B.2 Admin Non-Pay3,027On going
B.3 Grants for Refurb works250On-going
B.4 Purchase of sites & buildings3,480On going
B.10 Unitary Payment*25,000On going
B.6 New Works Capital Budget74,030
Total105,787
B.6 New Works (Detail)
Estate Planning250On going
Architectural Services1,800On going
Garda Programmes
Athlone Garda Station 5,200On site
Portlaois Garda Station1,200Stage 4**
Donegal Garda Station2,200Commencing
Athlone Water Unit1,000Commencing 
Minor Works1,000On going
Cell Programme2,500On going
Fabric Upgrade1,000On going
Cultural 
Leinster House8,200On siteFor completion
Cultural Institutions2,630On going 
Heritage
Historical Properties3,000On going
Failte Ireland Programme2,000On going
Universal Access Programme1,700On going
Mechanical & Electrical Programme12,000On going
Energy Conservation Prog3,000On going
Minor New Works
Private Security750On going
Health & Safety500On going
Fabric Upgrade4,000On going
Office Accommodation
Leeson Lane, D22,800Commencing
Tom Johnson House, D4300Stage 4
Distillers Building, D7100Stage 4
The Landings, D1700Stage 4
OPW Headford, Galway1,000Commencing
22-25 Clare Street, D2200Stage 4
Merrion Sq/Fenian St, D2200Stage 4
94 Merrion Square, D250Stage 4
Hawkins House, D12,500Stage 4
Gov Buildings South Block550On siteFor completion
Probation Services, Limerick1,500Stage 4
Infinity Building, D72,000Commencing
TRA – Dundalk VMA1,400On siteFor completion
Chancery Building, D8500CommencingFor completion
Block 5 & 6 Earlsfort Tce1,900Commencing
DEASP Programme 2,400On going
Miesian Plaza, D22,000For completion
Total 74,030

*Unitary Payment - A PPP Contract Award was made to Spencer Dock Convention Centre Dublin Ltd. (SDCCD)/PPP Co. in April 2007. OPW is the Contracting Authority and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport is the Sponsoring Department. The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) opened in September 2010. PPP Co. are responsible for operating the Centre for a 25-year concession period. The Building is owned by the State, and PPP Co. operate the facility under a Project Agreement (PA). The building is due to be handed back to the State in 2035. Under the PA, the State will pay for the CCD over 25 years by means of Unitary Charges (UC).

** Stage 4 – Planning/ design including procurement

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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86. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the breakdown of the €2,500,000 capital allocation in the Public Appointments Service, that is, Vote 17 of the budget 2019 expenditure report for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6005/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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Vote 17 - PAS 2019 Capital Allocation

2019 Provision Purpose Overview of capital investment works to be undertaken
€1,500,000Funding for essential upgrade works on Chapter House This funding will be utilised to carry out essential improvement works at Chapter House in 2019 with the dual purpose of improving the functional specification of the building, and to ensure that the building is a reflection of the professional, modern and progressive image we hope to portray in terms of careers in the civil and public service.
€1,000,000Funding for investment in PAS’s centralised online IT Recruitment Platform which is nearing end of life and needs to be replaced.PAS’s IT Recruitment Platform which has been operational for over 10 years is central to the delivery of PAS recruitment services to the public and to client Departments and Offices. The Platform is in urgent need of replacement.

The replacement platform (Project Nova) is to be commenced in 2019 and delivered over the next three years, and will be future proofed to meet evolving business requirements and recruitment demands.

The €1 million amount provided in 2019 is the first tranche of the investment in the replacement Nova Recruitment Platform.

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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87. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the breakdown of the €10,900,000 capital allocation in the National Shared Services Office function of his Department, that is, Vote 18 of the Budget 2019 Expenditure Report for 2019 by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6006/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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The breakdown of the €10,900,000 capital allocation in the National Shared Services Office function for 2019 is as follows:

Project CostCommenced in 2019Completed in 2019
FMSS Project€8,256,000NoOngoing with system to 'go-live' expected in 2019
Fixtures & Fittings €35,000YesYes
IT Capital Expenditure€2,609,000YesYes

Further supporting information is available as follows:

FMSS Project

The introduction of Financial Management Shared Services for the Civil Service is progressing. An analysis undertaken in 2013 indicated that there was a significant opportunity for improving the current fragmented delivery model of central government financial management across Government bodies.

A feasibility report and initial business case was approved by Government in 2013. In January 2016 the Government approved the revised and validated business case, and the Cabinet granted approval for the project to proceed. A Financial Management and reporting system is currently being developed with a total of 48 Government organisations expected to transfer to this new technology solution. Finance Shared Services is expected to commence providing services in 2019 and will be located at existing National Shared Services Office (NSSO) sites in Galway, Killarney and Tullamore.

IT Capital Expenditure

IT capital expenditure relates to IT support and development costs of all HR and Payroll solutions in operation in the NSSO including Core HR and PeopleSoft. These costs include delivering on operational objectives of organisation scalability, process efficiency, data convergence and integration, and improved end-user experience.

Fixture and Fittings costs are associated with the NSSO Corporate Business Unit moving to a new office.

Photo of Barry CowenBarry Cowen (Offaly, Fianna Fail)
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88. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the breakdown of the €100,000 capital allocation in the human resource shared services division of the National Shared Services Office for 2019, that is, Vote 18 of the budget 2019 expenditure report by specific project; the projects that will be commenced in 2019; the projects that will be completed in 2019, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6007/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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The breakdown of the €100,000 capital allocation for Human Resources Shared Services is as follows:

Project CostCommenced in 2019Completed in 2019
Pensions Room €20,000YesYes
Communal Canteen €80,000YesYes

Further supporting information is available as follows:

Pension Room

The National Shared Services Office (NSSO) is required to hold unique paper records of Officer’s service: if this data is lost the information would be irretrievable. The current room used to hold these records is too small and due to the large amount of paper files, the facility must be upgraded to comply with fire regulations and it also poses a Health & Safety risk. The NSSO also has GDPR obligations to provide secure storage for pension flies. Due to this, an upgrade will take place in 2019.

Communal Canteen

As part of other improvement works in an NSSO office, the NSSO will lose an existing canteen and this will put pressure on the remaining staff welfare services. Works to create a communal canteen are expected to take place in 2019.

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