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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 161-173
 Header Item Departmental Staff Data
 Header Item Office of Public Works Data
 Header Item Flood Prevention Measures
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Public Relations Contracts Data
 Header Item Consultancy Contracts Data
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Schools Healthy Living Strategies
 Header Item Schools Building Projects Status
 Header Item Departmental Staff Data
 Header Item Teacher Discipline

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 963 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 161-173

Departmental Staff Data

 161. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the number of staff in the Office of the Government Chief Information Office in each of the years from 2013 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54141/17]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe Provided in table format, is the headcount of staff within the Office of the Government Chief Information Office as of 31 December for each of the years 2013 to 2016 and current figure for 2017.

Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Headcount at 31st December 28 29 34 46 56
Year 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Headcount at 31st December 28 29 34 46 56

Office of Public Works Data

 162. Deputy Eugene Murphy Information on Eugene Murphy Zoom on Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the flood relief capital allocation and the drawdown in each of the years from 2011 to 2017, by local authority, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54152/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Information on Kevin Boxer Moran Zoom on Kevin Boxer Moran The capital allocation for expenditure on flood relief in any year is included as a global figure in the Vote of the Office of Public Works (OPW) as part of the annual Estimates process. This amount is not broken down on a county or Local Authority basis.

  The details of the OPW capital expenditure on flood relief projects, both on major schemes and Minor Works projects, from 2011 to end of November 2017 are set out in the table broken down on a county basis.

  All funding approvals by year and by Local Authority under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme are available at the following link

https://www.opw.ie/en/floodriskmanagement/operations/minorfloodworkscoastalprotectionscheme/listsofminorworksapprovals/

- - 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 (To end November) TOTALS
    €,000 €,000 €,000 €,000 €,000 €,000 €,000 €,000
Carlow                  
  Major Schemes 0 2,732 716 0 0 0 0 3,448
  Minor Works 611 439 114 0 0 115 98 1,377
Cavan                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Minor Works 0 111 0 0 0 0 0 111
Clare                 0
  Major Schemes 2,390 287 9,668 4,196 1,410 903 227 19,081
  Minor Works 617 426 271 1,387 8,530 311 420 11,962
Cork                  
  Major Schemes 6,235 9,395 12,167 6,581 4,135 20,885 15,598 74,996
  Minor Works 402 282 222 685 724 0 0 2,315
Donegal                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 36 64 0 36 11 147
  Minor Works 32 79 76 562 1,067 36 13 1,865
Dublin                  
  Major Schemes 805 4,046 2,710 6,315 4,524 4,487 3,072 25,959
  Minor Works 320 873 373 605 163 31 30 2,395
Galway                  
  Major Schemes 1,518 795 234 190 201 1,592 4,013 8,543
  Minor Works 1,510 765 248 1,048 1,642 301 0 5,514
Kerry                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 0 0 0 0 217 217
  Minor Works 44 190 35 1,206 176 257 0 1,908
Kildare                  
  Major Schemes 1,470 715 130 89 149 100 23 2,676
  Minor Works 209 352 57 3 3 3 4 631
Kilkenny                  
  Major Schemes 4 0 0 0 0 0 29 33
  Minor Works 538 58 108 27 0 0 18 749
Laois                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Minor Works 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 14
Leitrim                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Minor Works 125 101 111 0 166 21 27 551
Limerick                  
  Major Schemes 0 60 0 691 69 3,333 0 4,153
  Minor Works 268 92 142 291 43 114 8 958
Longford                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Minor Works 261 0 0 0 0 57 49 367
Louth                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 0 0 0 75 66 141
  Minor Works 67   72 191 71 162 13 576
Mayo                  
  Major Schemes 0 12 11 78 24 265 540 930
  Minor Works 31 76 0 2,117 2,135 134 116 4,609
Meath                  
  Major Schemes 1,130 479 58 36 66 243 1,511 3,523
  Minor Works 45 4 163 0 127 159 43 541
Monaghan                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Minor Works 32 227 28 463 309 183 64 1,306
Offaly                  
  Major Schemes 13 799 997 53 6 26 0 1,894
  Minor Works 0 0 0 0 0 0 120 120
Roscommon                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Minor Works 0 105 87 0 0 7 0 199
Sligo                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  Minor Works 0 59 290 0 338 0 0 687
Tipperary                  
  Major Schemes 11,280 4,170 786 1,323 897 1,079 517 20,052
  Minor Works 327 133 0 5 81 31 85 662
Waterford                  
  Major Schemes 600 3,315 3,996 4,240 2,542 830 0 15,523
  Minor Works 0 14 15 366 895 0 0 1,290
Westmeath                  
  Major Schemes 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 24
  Minor Works 83 0   0 0 0 0 83
Wexford                  
  Major Schemes 0 51 88 0 317 1,001 319 1,776
  Minor Works 0 90 38 356 921 873 0 2,278
Wicklow                  
  Major Schemes 0 7,117 997 4,875 12,444 8,216 2,395 36,044
  Minor Works 70 389 8 0 140 462 0 1,069
                   
TOTALS   31,051 38,838 35,052 38,043 44,315 46,328 29,670 263,297


Note 1: Expenditure of approximately €44 million was incurred on other non county specific flood risk management measures and programmes including the Flood Studies Update, Hydrology and Coastal, Flood Risk Data Management and the CFRAM Programme of studies.

Note 2: The Minor Works totals include €22.42m provided to local Authorities in 2014 and 2015 following the Coastal Storm damage which affected the Western seaboard in December 2013 and January 2014.

Flood Prevention Measures

 163. Deputy Eugene Murphy Information on Eugene Murphy Zoom on Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the number of meetings held by the interdepartmental flood policy co-ordination group in each of the years from 2011 to 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54153/17]

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Information on Kevin Boxer Moran Zoom on Kevin Boxer Moran The Interdepartmental Flood Policy Coordination Group, that I chair, was established in 2005 and initially met on four occasions between March 2006 and September 2009. During this period, members coordinated on the delivery of many elements of the Outline Implementation Plan for the 2004 Flood Risk Management. These included the publication of planning guidelines, actions in respect of forecasting and the launch of the website resources www.flooding.ie, www.floodmaps.ie and www.waterlevels.ie.

  The Group was reconvened in July 2015 and has subsequently met 7 times; the Group met twice in 2015, four times in 2016, and once in 2017. In addition to these meetings of the full Group, there have been a number of other meetings involving members of the Group in relation to individual aspects of the national flood policy.

In November 2016 Government agreed an interim report from the Interdepartmental Flood Policy Coordination Group setting out progress on its work and making appropriate recommendations for consideration by Government. This report is available to view on the OPW website at https://www.opw.ie/en/media/Interim-Report-Interdepartmental-Flood-Policy-Coordination-Group-final.pdf

  Progress has been made against all the key recommendations contained within the interim report:

  - The Government has approved the administrative arrangements for a targeted and prioritised once of Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those properties worst affected by the flooding of Winter 2015/2016.

  - The Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine have commenced study to determine the feasibility of any future once-off targeted scheme for Voluntary Farm Building Relocation.

  - Work is continuing on the Government strategy to improve the availability of flood risk insurance cover by prioritisation of investment in flood defences by the OPW and Local Authorities and improved channels of communication between the OPW and the insurance industry including the sharing of data.

  At the Group’s most recent meeting last September members reported on progress in their areas in national flood policy including updates in relation to Community Resilience, the Climate Action Plan, the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme and the associated Flood Risk Management Plans.

  It is currently envisaged that the Group will next meet early in the new year.

Departmental Expenditure

 164. Deputy Shane Cassells Information on Shane Cassells Zoom on Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the photography costs for his Department in each year since March 2011, inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the list of occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used, in tabular form; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54233/17]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table.  The engagement of service providers by my Department is done in line with procurement policy and within the parameters of value for money, with every effort made to minimise costs.

Year
Service Provider
Event/Occasion
Cost
2012 Fennell Photography Irish Presidency European Union Public Administration Network meeting €105
2012 Fennell Photography European Union Public Administration Network (Directors General) meeting €105
2012 Maxwell Photography Limited Public Service Excellence Awards €811.52
2012 Bradán Publishing Advertorial to Publicise restructured Civil Service Employee Assistance Service €418
2014 City Headshots Promotional Headshots €400
2015 Marie O’Sullivan Photography ONE HR Learning and Development Strategy 2015-2017 €369
2015 Steven Langan T/A City Headhsots Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards €1,500
2015 Maxwell Photography Limited Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards €529
2015 Maxwell Photography Limited NSSO photography head shots €126
2015 Naoise Culhane Photography Capital Plan Launch €485.85
2016 Fennell Photography Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards €849
2016 Lafayette Photography Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards €476
2016 Maxwell Photography Limited NSSO photography head shots €154
2016 Noel Hills Photography Official opening event for the Office of Government Procurement Offices at Spencer Dock €220
2017 Maxwell Photography National Shared Services Office Photography head shots €126
2017 Fennell Photography Civil Service Excellence and Innovation Awards €1,390.51
2017 Maxwell Photography Limited Shared Services in the Irish Public Service Conference 2017 €464
2017 The Camera Centre N/A (Purchase of a camera for use by OGP staff in course of duties) €963.98
2017 Lensman Civil Service Customer Engagement Survey Event €431

Public Relations Contracts Data

 165. Deputy Shane Cassells Information on Shane Cassells Zoom on Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the use of external public relations firms employed by his Department in each year since March 2011; the list of uses of the external public relations firm; the internal Department policy with regard to employing external groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54249/17]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe In response to the Deputy’s question, the public relations firms employed by my Department in the period in question are listed in the following table.

  I can confirm that the engagement of service providers by my Department is done in line with procurement policy and within the parameters of value for money, with every effort made to minimise costs.

Name of Service Provider Amount Spent € Purpose Body
Mindshare Media Ireland Ltd.

(2017)
€145,441.83 Communications Campaign – Promoting awareness and benefits of the Public Services Card / MyGovID Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (DPER)
Inventive Marketing Ltd T/A KICK Communications

(2017)
€59,998.17 Communications Campaign – Promoting awareness and benefits of the Public Services Card / MyGovID Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (DPER)

Consultancy Contracts Data

 166. Deputy Shane Cassells Information on Shane Cassells Zoom on Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the external consultant reports commissioned by his Department since March 2011; the costs per report; the company involved; the title of the report; and the publication date, in tabular form. [54265/17]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe In response to the Deputy’s question the consultant reports commissioned since March 2011 by my Department are listed in the following table:

Report Title Company Publication Date Costs
Sourcing  Strategy for Mobile Voice and Data Services Analysis Mason Not for publication – internal report only €25,323
Banking services for central government – review of market PWC Not for publication – internal report only €44,526
Business Process Automation process scoping reports: HSE and the Passport Office Accenture Internal Reports €13,214
Independent verification of savings arising under the Public Service Agreement MKO Partners Ltd June 2011 €35,819
Report on Reasons Behind Voter Behaviour in the Oireachtas Inquiry Referendum 2011 Red C Research and Marketing Ltd. January 2012 €41,043
Independent verification of savings arising under the Public Service Agreement Grant Thornton 13 June 2012 €31,586
Capacity and Capability Review of Central Procurement Function Accenture 6 September 2012 €30,750
IT-Capability Maturity Framework Executive Assessment Innovation Value Institute, NUIM November 2012 €30,750
Independent verification of savings arising under the Public Service Agreement Grant Thornton 3 July 2013 €24,206
Debt Management – Final Report BearingPoint Published 24 July 2014 €135,514
Report of a Consultation with Civil Society Representatives and

Citizens on Ireland’s Participation in the Open Government Partnership
Transparency International, Ireland Published on 2 October 2013 Funding of €25,735.25 was provided to Transparency International Ireland in 2013 following a competitive tender process to support a public consultation with civil society and the preparation of a report of their recommendations and proposals for potential inclusion in Ireland’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan.
Open Data project:

- Best Practice Handbook

- Data Audit Report

- Roadmap for Open Data

- Evaluation Framework

- Open Data Publication Handbook
Insight Centre for Data Analytics, NUI Galway July 2014 €19,188
OGP Development of Training & Organisation Development Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon.

Trinity House, Charleston Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Internal report €22,900
Value for Money Report of Dublin Castle's Conference Facilities Newmarket Consulting Qtr 3, 2014 €4,674
Fund Structuring Services Agreement for Social Housing and Energy Efficiency in Ireland European Investment Bank 5 November 2014 €26,767
Baseline Report Single Pension Scheme Mr Seamus O’Dwyer 9 December 2014 €24,900
Civil Service Disciplinary Code Review (action identified under Civil Service Renewal Plan Byrne Wallace March 2015 €30,750
Civil Service Disciplinary Code Review (action identified under Civil Service Renewal Plan) Clarion Consulting May 2015 €23,985
Comparative Report on European National Identification Numbers Hans Graux of time.lex CVBA, Brussels, Belgium Publication pending the completion of the work of the PPSN review Group €37,500
Provision of legal expertise to assist and advise the Department in the preparation of Guidance to Public Bodies under section 21(3) of the protected Disclosures Act 2014. Lauren Kierans BL Provision of legal expertise only. Not for publication. €12,500
Analysis of Business Processes for European Structural and Investment Funds and Development of a Detailed Specification for EU Structural Funds 2014-2020 Dovetail Internal report which formed the basis of a request for tender published on 4 March 2016 €46,371
Options for the next National Lottery licence Davy Corporate Finance Internal report €615
Recommendations to DPER for Clare River (Claregalway) Flood Relief Scheme JBA Consulting November 2015 €23,917
NSSO Continuous Improvement Report Ernst & Young November 2015 €36,900
Building Strategic HR in the Civil Service McGrath Associates Internal report €8,000
PeoplePoint: Optimal Resourcing Review reflecting  present and future organisational requirements Equita Consulting Internal report €49,200
Baseline Research 2015 – Usage, Resourcing and costs of ICT across selected Public Service Bodies Price Waterhouse Cooper Internal report €148,781
Develop and agree a service delivery model for Government ICT Shared Services Accenture Internal report €339,188
River Ilen (Skibbereen) drainage scheme: environmental impact statement recommendations to DPER Ryan Hanley Consulting Engineers January 2016 €12,417
OGP ICT Category Strategies (8 in total) Accenture Internal report €153,000
Public Service Spend & Tendering Analysis for 2014 Accenture September 2016 €98,400
OGP Strategic Market Assessment – Phase 1 Deloitte Internal report €200,010
OGP Strategic Market Assessment – Phase 2 Deloitte Internal report €484,450
OGP Strategic Market Assessment – Phase 3 Deloitte Internal report €196,333
eInvoicing Recommendation Report KPMG TBC €160,327
Review of environmental impact statement of the Bandon River (Bandon) drainage scheme – including recommendations CAAS Limited March 2016 €7,196
Research and recommendation on a fit for purpose HR model/structure for the NSSO Sile O’Donnell April 2016 €21,000
Payroll Shared Services operational review Deloitte June 2016 €44,280
A critical review of the applicability of the performance related remuneration approach to the Irish Public Service Institute of Public Administration July 2016 €15,375
Business case – shared model for Learning and Development in the Irish Civil Service Knowledge Pool as part of Capita Consulting Internal report €106,063
Appropriate HR model for OGP John O’Hehir Consulting Ltd. Internal reports €17,589
Economic assessment of issues raised in relation to the tendering process for the supply of printing devices Peter Bacon & Associates Economic Consultants Internal report €37,597
OGP Audit of Methodologies for 2013 Spend Data Analysis KOSI Corporation Ltd. Internal reports €13,550
eCatalogue Readiness Assessment Report Science Warehouse Internal report €17,454
Environmental Impact Statement of the River Mall Templemore Drainage Scheme CAAS Limited December 2016 €7,196
Gov.ie – The government Digital Services gateway Red C Research and Marketing Limited December 2016 € 28,290 inclusive of VAT @ 23%
Review to investigate the possible approaches for data centre hosting of Government cloud and other infrastructure KPMG Internal Report €223,632
Review, redesign and implementation of an organisational restructure if the ICT Service Delivery Unit BearingPoint Internal Report €89,037
National Data Infrastructure – A Comparative Analysis Accenture Q1 2017 106,925 ex VAT
OGCIO – Government Cloud Platform (Build to Share) – PoC Security Design Review Report Ward Solutions Internal Report €14,944
OGCIO BTS – Business Case for the delivery of common ICT Services BearingPoint Internal Report €43,050
Advisory services for the delivery of business cases for the Build to Share applications and the Build to Share infrastructure KPMG Internal Report €92,250
Analysis, options and recommendations on implementing a Unique Business Identifier Accenture Q1 2018 €42,000 ex VAT
Independent Review of the Tender Advisory Service Research Matters Ltd To be published in 2018 €23,979

Departmental Expenditure

 167. Deputy Niall Collins Information on Niall Collins Zoom on Niall Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the level of expenditure by his Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on advertising of Government information campaigns published specifically in national and regional newspapers in addition to all online advertising for all such Government information campaigns; the name for each such information campaign to which this expenditure related; the cost of each, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54281/17]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table.

Advertising/Information Campaign Name National/Regional/Online Cost
Our Public Service 2020 Public Consultation adverts National €3,762.04
Public Consultation Process for Review of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 National €3,641.26
Protected Disclosures Act 2014 – Appointment of Disclosures Recipient National €2,437.95

Departmental Expenditure

 168. Deputy Niall Collins Information on Niall Collins Zoom on Niall Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe the level of expenditure by his Department or organisations under the aegis of his Department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation; the events, campaigns or policies to which this expenditure related; the company or person to which such payments were made, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [54297/17]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Information on Paschal Donohoe Zoom on Paschal Donohoe In response to the Deputy’s question the expenditure levels in my Department and the organisations under the aegis of the department from 1 January 2017 to date in 2017 on photography, advertising, communications advice, public relations, website development, media interview training and preparation are listed in the following tables:

  Departments Expenditure

Company Name Purpose Cost Campaign/Policy/Event
Media Vest Ltd Advertising €3,762.04 Advertising €3,762.04  
The Friday Agency Website Development €15.141.30 Development of website to publicise EU Funding in Ireland www.eufunds.gov.ie
Media Vest Ltd Advertising €3,762.04 Our Public Service 2020 Consultation Advertising Campaign
The Friday Agency Website Development €15.141.30 Development of website to publicise EU Funding in Ireland www.eufunds.gov.ie
Bearing Point ICT Analysis/Software Development €97,133 Civil Service Mobility scheme development project
Creative Ltd. Animated Information Video €2,158.65 Civil Service Mobility scheme development project
ESRI Ireland Interactive Map for DPER HR website €3,936.00 Civil Service Mobility scheme development project
Irish Times (Exec Jobs). Advertising €522.75 Additional advertising for the Senior HR Manager (Principal Officer) campaign
Mediavest Advertising €3,641.26 Public Consultation- Review of Protected Disclosures Act
Mediavest Advertising €2,437.95 Appointment of Disclosures Recipient under the Protected Disclosures Act
Public Appointments Service Advertising €3,451.38 Recruitment Competition
Public Appointments Service Advertising €123 Recruitment Competition
Iterate Website Development €5,175.75 Website Development
Iterate Website Development €5,175.75 Website Development
EU -Supply Website Development €22,210 Website Development
Lensmen Photography Civil Service Customer Engagement Survey €€430.50 Launch of the Civil Service Customer Engagement Survey
Maxwell Photography Limited Photography €154 NSSO photography head shots
Maxwell Photography Limited Photography €464 Shared Services in the Irish Public Service Conference 2017



  Bodies under the aegis of the Department
Company Name Purpose Cost Campaign / Policy / Event
IPA Entry in the IPA yearbook. €196.80 n/a
Iris Oifigiuil Advertising €31.00 Notice of River Mall  Flood Relief Scheme
Tipperary Star Advertising €307.50 Notice of River Mall Flood Relief Scheme
Midland Newspaper Group Advertising €221.40 Notice of River Mall Flood Relief Scheme
Medavest Ltd Advertising €634.24 Notice of River Fealge Flood Relief Scheme
Webfactory Office of the Information Commissioner website development €27,137.73 OIC Website development
IPA Entry in the IPA yearbook. €196.80 n/a
Iris Oifigiuil Advertising €31.00 Notice of River Mall  Flood Relief Scheme
Tipperary Star Advertising €307.50 Notice of River Mall Flood Relief Scheme
Midland Newspaper Group Advertising €221.40 Notice of River Mall Flood Relief Scheme
Medavest Ltd Advertising €634.24 Notice of River Fealge Flood Relief Scheme
Webfactory Office of the Information Commissioner website development €27,137.73 OIC Website development
Webfactory Office of the Ombudsman website development €7,539.90 Ombudsman Website development
Webfactory Office of the Ombudsman online complaint form €8,548.50 Ombudsman online complaint form
1Image Publicity photographs €701.10 Publicity photographs
Noel Browne Publicity photographs €225.00 Waterford Regional Visit/Seminar
Fennell Photography Publicity photographs €233.70 Publicity photographs
Communications Clinic General Communications skills training €400.00 General training
Murray Consultants Regional promotion of regulation of lobbying €1,137.75 Regional promotion of regulation of lobbying
Mediavest Advertisement in newspapers €20,069.67 CICs, Regional Visits, events
IPA Advertisement in yearbook €1,377.60 Advertisement in yearbook
S&L Promotions Advertisement in Senior Times Magazine €3,751.50 Over 50's Expo Advertising
WLR FM Advertise Regional Visit €4,738 Advertise Regional Visit to Waterford
Michael Cooper Photography Project launch photo-shoots for the EU’s PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programme £6,176.22 * Promotional campaign for PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes
Classic Informatics Creation of new website for the SEUPB £9,300 * New website for the SEUPB
Independent news and media (Belfast telegraph) Funding call public notifications – PEACE IV and INTERREG VA £6,277.83 * Funding call public notification – to help secure eligible funding applications for the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes
Independent newspaper marketing (Irish independent) Funding call public notifications – PEACE IV and INTERREG VA €12,891.20 Funding call public notification – to help secure eligible funding applications for the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes
Newsquest media group (Glasgow Herald) Funding call public notifications – PEACE IV and INTERREG VA £7,418.88 * Funding call public notification – to help secure eligible funding applications for the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes
Brand X (the successful tenderer for the project)

Development of the PAS Website


€27,003
The PAS Website is the key portal through which members of the public can contact the PAS in respect of job opportunities in the civil and wider public service.
S&L Promotions Advertisement in Senior Times Magazine €3,751.50 Over 50's Expo Advertising
WLR FM Advertise Regional Visit €4,738 Advertise Regional Visit to Waterford
Michael Cooper Photography Project launch photo-shoots for the EU’s PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programme £6,176.22 * Promotional campaign for PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes
Classic Informatics Creation of new website for the SEUPB £9,300 * New website for the SEUPB
Independent news and media (Belfast telegraph) Funding call public notifications – PEACE IV and INTERREG VA £6,277.83 * Funding call public notification – to help secure eligible funding applications for the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes
Independent newspaper marketing (Irish independent) Funding call public notifications – PEACE IV and INTERREG VA €12,891.20 Funding call public notification – to help secure eligible funding applications for the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes
Newsquest media group (Glasgow Herald) Funding call public notifications – PEACE IV and INTERREG VA £7,418.88 * Funding call public notification – to help secure eligible funding applications for the PEACE IV and INTERREG VA Programmes
Brand X (the successful tenderer for the project)

Development of the PAS Website


€27,003
The PAS Website is the key portal through which members of the public can contact the PAS in respect of job opportunities in the civil and wider public service.
National Radio Stations (RTE, Newstalk, and Today FM)

Radio advertising for State Boards


€28,612


National Radio campaign to encourage participation on State Boards.
Q4 Public Relations company. Public Relations €47,970 To assist the PAS with public relations, communications advice and marketing functions
Public Appointments Service (PAS) General advertising of competitions and job vacancies across the civil and public service and wider public sector. €560,000 PAS have run approximately 330 campaigns to date in 2017 which require the preparation and placement of advertisements across print and digital media to raise awareness about and encourage applications for the variety of roles offered within Government departments, the Health Service Executive, Local Authorities and An Garda Síochána.



Mediavest deals directly with the print and digital media outlets on behalf of PAS and the bulk of the cost indicated is to meet the costs of advertising in these National and regional print and digital media outlets.
  *Sterling

Schools Healthy Living Strategies

 169. Deputy Billy Kelleher Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the number of participating schools implementing a healthy schools action plan. [53797/17]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton My Department is supportive of the promotion of healthy lifestyles in schools and has issued circulars to support and strengthen schools’ efforts in developing in young people the skills and attitudes needed to make informed decisions about their health.

Schools and the wider education sector in conjunction with parents and families have a crucial role to play in supporting students to make healthy choices. Through their primary and post primary education students are taught the key skills and knowledge to enable them to make healthier life choices and to develop the resilience to reject negative options. This can be seen across in the curriculum, through subjects such as Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE), and Home Economics as well as in Physical Education. It is also an important component of Wellbeing, the new area of learning introduced to all first year students from September 2017, as part of the implementation of the new Framework for Junior Cycle.

Another significant development in this area is the introduction of the specification for a new examinable Leaving Certificate Physical Education subject and a new non-examinable Framework for Senior Cycle Physical Education which were approved by me in February 2017, following development by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).

Both the examinable subject and the Framework are being introduced on a phased basis from September 2018 . This is in keeping with the strong emphasis from my Department on promoting and encouraging Healthy Lifestyles for all students and commitments in the Programme for Partnership Government and the National Physical Activity Plan, reflecting the concern to ensure that all young persons in our schools engage in some form of physical activity. The work in schools also supports the Government's Framework for Improved Health and Wellbeing 2013 - 2025 - Healthy Ireland.

The 2015 Lifeskills Survey indicates that 92% of primary schools surveyed reported that they had a healthy eating policy in place. This is similar to the level reported in 2012. 3% reported that they were in the process of developing a healthy eating policy, and 5% reported having no healthy eating policy in place.

100% of primary schools reported that they taught pupils about the importance of a balanced diet and 99% include the food pyramid as part of these lessons.

At Post primary 32% of schools reported having a healthy eating policy in place and a further 30% reported that they were in the process of developing one. 93% of schools reported that they promoted healthy lunches with their students compared with 66% in 2012.

Schools Building Projects Status

 170. Deputy Brian Stanley Information on Brian Stanley Zoom on Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the position regarding an application for new accommodation by a school (details supplied). [53510/17]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton As the Deputy is aware, a building project for the school to which he refers is included in my Department's 6 Year Construction Programme. 

  The acquisition of a suitable site for the school's permanent accommodation has recently been completed.  Arrangements are now being made to finalise the project brief for the school concerned with the aim of progressing the project into the architectural planning process.

Departmental Staff Data

 171. Deputy Imelda Munster Information on Imelda Munster Zoom on Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the number of departmental staff, by departmental premises, and within statutory bodies within his remit, and their grades, employed in Drogheda. [53531/17]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton My Department has a regional office of the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) based at Drogheda. Presently the staffing cohort at the office consists of 1 Senior Educational Psychologist, 7 Educational Psychologists and 1 Clerical Officer.

Teacher Discipline

 172. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if the procedures set out in Circular 0059/2009 are underpinned by legislation; and if so, the relevant Act. [53540/17]

 173. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if there are exceptional circumstances in which the formal procedures set out in circular 0059/2009, as issued by his Department, do not have to be adhered to once the initiation of the formal process has begun; and if he will provide a list of these applicable circumstances. [53547/17]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I propose to take Questions Nos. 172 and 173 together.

Circular 0059/2009 set out the disciplinary procedures for teachers employed by Vocational Education Committees (VEC). A separate Circular (Circular 60/2009) sets out the disciplinary procedures for non-VEC teachers. The procedures were negotiated and agreed with the education partners in accordance with Section 24(3) of the Education Act, 1998.

Circular 0059/2009 was superseded by Circular 0071/2014 in October 2014 to account for the merger of VECs into Education and Training Boards (ETBs). Where an ETB is dealing with performance or conduct issues in respect of a teacher, the use of Circular 0071/2014 is mandatory. The procedures set out in Circular 0071/2014 may be commenced or ceased at different stages by the employer depending on the circumstances of the individual case concerned.


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