Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Personal Injury Claims
151. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will publish the personal injuries pay-outs in the public buildings under his remit in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019. [53783/19]
152. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the personal injuries pay-outs will be published for properties under the ownership of his Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [53797/19]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 151 and 152 together.
I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department owns no properties. The buildings used by the Department are all under the ownership or management of the Office of Public Works.
The State Claims Agency manages third party claims for costs taken against the Department. Information on the State Clams Agency activities and its financial statements are included in the NTMA Annual Report and Accounts. Notwithstanding this, personal injuries pay-outs relating to buildings used by my Department for the period 2016 to 2018 are zero. Figures for 2019 are not currently available but on the basis of accident report records are anticipated to be zero or financially insignificant.
With regard to personal injury payments made by the bodies under the aegis of my Department, I am advised that an out of court settlement of €48,915 was made by the Public Appointments Service in 2016. I have also been advised that the Office of Public Works will respond directly to the Deputy in respect of that organisation.