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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Department of Finance

State Claims Agency Data

Photo of Michael McGrathMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail)
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155. To ask the Minister for Finance the amount paid by each delegated State authority into the State Claims Agency in each of the years 2010 to 2018 and to date in 2019; the methodology used to calculate the amount to be paid by the delegated State authority; the amount received from scheme funds in the same period; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30788/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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The content of this response has been advised to me by the State Claims Agency (SCA) on the basis of information extracted from the National Incident Management System. The SCA is part of the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), which is a body under the aegis of the Minister for Finance. The SCA have confirmed that this information is correct as of 30th June 2019 as it covers reimbursements from delegated State authorities for the years 2010 to end-June 2019.

In order to avoid breaches of data protection legislation, some delegated authorities have been merged, where appropriate, to avoid possible identification of individual payments. In relation to this, the following table only shows delegated authorities with payments above €200,000.

All other state authorities with payments made in the given years have been merged into the “Other” category. Delegated state authorities in this category are: Caranua - Residential Institutions Statutory Fund; Companies Registration Office; Criminal Assets Bureau; Department of Children and Youth Affairs; Department of Communications Climate Action & Environment; Department of Finance; Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Department of the Taoiseach; Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission; Grangegorman Development Agency; Health Information and Quality Authority; Houses of the Oireachtas Commission; Houses of the Oireachtas Service; Labour Relations Commission; Legal Aid Board; Model Schools; National Assets Management Agency; National Gallery of Ireland; National Education Welfare Board; Office of the Attorney General; Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions; Property Registration Authority; Public Appointments Service; Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority; State Examinations Commission; State Laboratory.

There may be slight variations in the data year on year due to financial adjustments and data improvements. For confidentiality reasons, total amounts paid below €50,000 per year are shown as ‘<€50,000’.

Location2010201120122013201420152016201720182019 YTD
Healthcare€79,390,999€82,111,336€77,263,959€119,382,197€127,925,161€208,149,453€203,104,920€254,864,978€306,718,219€166,665,273
Schemes€2,763,818€5,062,764€1,846,968€5,673,411€1,671,820€1,473,329€13,015,777€13,039,253€6,873,065€7,621,693
An Garda Síochána€3,683,657€3,616,652€3,163,112€4,526,723€3,080,739€3,650,026€4,505,370€4,552,566€3,767,146€1,105,268
Defence Forces€2,598,300€3,061,707€2,673,734€3,100,820€2,841,130€3,321,350€3,126,530€3,085,230€6,043,989€2,220,882
Irish Prison Service€1,240,927€1,337,837€1,300,274€2,302,192€2,001,983€2,307,170€4,615,439€3,648,639€4,562,225€1,478,705
Tusla<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000€81,338€2,353,783€871,386€3,475,210€3,930,680€4,485,114€2,408,557
Office of Public Works€555,475€541,665€873,418€392,854€1,017,978€870,489€727,909€867,792€826,763€1,796,299
Community & Comprehensive Schools€377,759€155,504€624,650€436,451€276,333€294,701€901,176€974,023€941,245€361,696
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine - Offices€1,945,936€214,811€196,385€273,925€153,119€164,686€193,943€301,211€601,777€262,851
Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection€185,346€72,758<€50,000€280,798€230,593€768,524€394,715€223,569€284,715€150,220
Residential Institutions€643,988€794,773€484,896<€50,000€104,508€81,451<€50,000€94,445€100,797<€50,000
Day Schools€153,797€71,284<€50,000<€50,000€92,701€660,115€376,437€572,161€173,288<€50,000
Revenue Commissioners€73,174<€50,000€64,461€304,990€276,386€346,262€178,103€185,597€560,898€106,981
Courts Service€136,301<€50,000€85,124€101,347€287,782€139,378€83,404€409,446€403,779€257,652
Department of Health<€50,000<€50,000€55,836€408,437€129,522€454,569€169,352€259,461€173,442<€50,000
Department of Justice and Equality€88,849<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000€237,066<€50,000<€50,000€270,173€50,015€811,826
Solas€0€0<€50,000<€50,000€289,037€98,583€493,525€248,991€260,416€52,219
Childrens Detention Schools<€50,000€109,484<€50,000€195,548€108,737€211,449€175,486€120,808€340,039€73,391
National Museum of Ireland€260,617€135,310€0€0€405,002€0<€50,000€385,833€64,687<€50,000
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade€89,944<€50,000€127,811<€50,000€87,931<€50,000<€50,000€0€56,169€248,763
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht<€50,000<€50,000€64,304<€50,000<€50,000€116,601€153,743€171,048€71,658€51,354
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport<€50,000€113,342€89,644<€50,000<€50,000€64,789€101,041<€50,000€167,073<€50,000
Department of Housing Planning & Local Government<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000€213,400<€50,000€104,085€126,423<€50,000<€50,000
Department of Education and Skills<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000€84,348<€50,000€126,603<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000€57,942
Probation Service<€50,000€103,654<€50,000<€50,000€0<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000€83,838<€50,000
Waterways Ireland€0€0€0€0€0<€50,000€61,919<€50,000€149,399<€50,000
Department of Business, Enterprise & Innovation<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000€53,439<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000€144,256€52,667
Department of Defence<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000€68,704€78,917<€50,000<€50,000<€50,000
Central Statistics Office€0<€50,000€77,232<€50,000<€50,000€53,547€50,568<€50,000€0€0
*Other€88,591.82€54,961.06<€50,000€134,849.52€102,479.32€164,679.66€138,211.70€117,460.02€109,811.52€171,085.27

It should be noted that the SCA amended its reporting methodology of reimbursement payments this year, to now recognise such transactions on payment date as opposed to transaction date. Therefore, year on year figures previously presented in PQ 4480/18 have adjusted slightly in accordance with this new reporting methodology.

The NTMA bills each delegated State authority on a monthly basis. This billing process is based on the amount paid out by the SCA in the previous month on all claims which are being actively managed and finalised and relates to damages, legal costs (agency and plaintiff) and other expert costs.

Under the NTMA, the SCA is responsible for making decisions in relation to the management of all aspects of the claims under their remit. Where the State is liable, the SCA endeavours to settle claims expeditiously and economically. In cases which involve contributory and/or third party negligence, the SCA endeavours to settle such claims on appropriate and reasonable terms. In cases where liability is fully disputed, claims are contested using appropriate resources e.g. State and expert witnesses, all relevant documents/records (i.e. training, checklists, photos, etc.).

The SCA, in accordance with Section 16 of the NTMA (Amendment) Act 2000, uses the Post Office Savings Bank to fund claims costs and expenses. As payments are made on claims for damages, legal costs and other expert costs, the SCA seeks reimbursements of these from each delegated State authority so it can in turn refund the Post Office Bank account.

In relation to the General Indemnity and Clinical Indemnity Schemes, the SCA does not retain individual claims portfolio funds.

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