Written answers

Thursday, 31 March 2022

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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266. To ask the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps he is taking to encourage active travel modes to and from work in his Department and public bodies and agencies that operate under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17372/22]

Photo of Simon CoveneySimon Coveney (Cork South Central, Fine Gael)
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The Cycle to Work Scheme, which was introduced in 2009, is implemented under a salary sacrifice arrangement through an employee's salary. Under this arrangement, my Department funds the purchase of a bicycle and/or safety equipment for the employee who agrees to forego or sacrifice part of his or her salary for over an agreed period in order to cover the cost.

In addition, as part of my Department's commitment to the wellbeing of employees, a number of initiatives to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, including a step challenge, have been taken undertaken.

The only State body under the aegis of my Department is the Army Pensions Board and its secretary is provided from the staff of my Department.


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