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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 104-116
 Header Item Cabinet Confidentiality
 Header Item Departmental Agencies Board Remuneration
 Header Item Departmental Agencies Staff Remuneration
 Header Item Departmental Expenditure
 Header Item Departmental Staff Recruitment
 Header Item Public Private Partnerships Expenditure
 Header Item Outsourcing of Public Services
 Header Item Budget 2012
 Header Item Departmental Bodies
 Header Item Departmental Staff Rehiring
 Header Item Telecommunications Services Expenditure

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 774 No. 1

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Written Answers Nos. 104-116

Cabinet Confidentiality

 104. Deputy Micheál Martin Information on Micheál Martin Zoom on Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the stage the draft legislation in relation to Cabinet confidentiality is at within his Department, the number of meetings that have taken place to discuss same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [36950/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny As I have previously said in the House, Cabinet confidentiality is provided for in the Constitution and I have no plans to hold a referendum on the matter.

  Question No. 105 answered with Question No. 94.

Departmental Agencies Board Remuneration

 106. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the annual saving to the Exchequer if all board members fees paid to agencies under his aegis were cut by 25%, 35% and 50%, respectively.  [36953/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) is the only State Agency under the aegis of my Department. The NESDO was established under the NESDO Act 2006 and is the body corporate for the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). NESDO Board Members and NESC members do not receive any fees.

  Although the National Statistics Board (NSB) is not classified as an agency under my aegis, I am providing the following for the information of the Deputy. Under the Statistics Act, 1993, the National Statistics Board comprises a Chairperson and seven Board members. My functions in relation to the NSB were delegated to the Government Chief Whip, Minister of State Paul Kehoe T.D., on the 22 March 2011.

  Appointments to the NSB are made in line with the provisions of Section 18 of the Statistics Act 1993. The Chairperson receives an annual stipend of €8,978 and four of the seven Board members are paid an annual stipend of €5,985.   The other members are serving cvil servants and receive no additional remuneration for serving on the Board. The costs of the Board are met from the CSO Vote.

  The following savings would arise if the stipends paid to board members were reduced by 25%, 35% and 50%:

% Reduction Potential Savings
25% €8,229.50
35% €11,521.30
50% €16,459.00

Departmental Agencies Staff Remuneration

 107. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the annual saving to the Exchequer if the pay of all chief executive officers of State agencies under his aegis were capped at €100,000.  [36954/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The saving that would accrue in relation to the only agency under the aegis of my Department would be €57,196 per annum.

Departmental Expenditure

 108. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny if he will provide in tabular form a list of all professional fees including but not limited to legal, consultancy, IT related, advisory, advertising, and accountancy; the company name; and the amount invoiced since March 2011 to the end of June 2012.  [36955/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The following table provides details of professional fees paid by my Department from 1 March 2011 to end June 2012.

1 March 2011 to end December 2011

Company Name Description Amount Paid €
Bearing Point Ireland IT related 1,854.35
Brindley Advertising Ltd Advertising 94,095.59
Conradh na Gaeilge Advertising 200.00
IPoptions Ltd IT related 4,235.00
IT Force Ltd IT related 102,808.86
QTS Ltd Consultancy 1,270.50
RITS Pondera IT related 11,495.00
System Dynamics Ltd IT related 317.63
Tower Watson (Ireland) Ltd Consultancy 12,100.00
Truvo Ireland Ltd IT related 6,766.32



2012
Company Name Description Amount Paid €
Bearing Point Ireland IT related 1,166.37
Brindley Advertising Ltd Advertising 369,044.02
Caroline Erskine Consultancy 19,803.00
IT Force Ltd IT related 46,936.80
Lesley Conroy Advertising 3,129.20
MacGeehin Toale Solicitors Legal 241,675.75
OTS Ltd IT related 1,270.50

Departmental Staff Recruitment

 109. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the cost to the Exchequer of the provision of agency staff in his Department or State agencies under his aegis.  [36956/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny No cost arises for the Exchequer as agency staff are not employed by my Department or the National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO).

Public Private Partnerships Expenditure

 110. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny if he will provide a list of his Department's public private partnership projects currently in payment in a tabular format; the name of the project; the capital cost of the project and the total projected amount of the PPP repayments by Government for each project.  [36957/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny My Department has funded no Public Private Partnership projects to date in 2012.

Outsourcing of Public Services

 111. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny if he will provide in tabular form details of public service provision responsibilities of his Department outsourced to the private sector; and the cost of each service outsourced over the past 12 months.  [36958/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny None of my Department's responsibilities is outsourced to the private sector.

Budget 2012

 112. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny if he will provide a list of all current time-related savings or delayed spending of budget 2012 allocations on staff and and-or resources in his Department.  [36959/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny There are no current time-related savings/delayed spending of Budget 2012 allocations on staff and/or resources in my Department.

Departmental Bodies

 113. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny if he will provide a list of all State agencies under his aegis; and the total annual cost of each agency to the Exchequer.  [36960/12]

 119. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the number of agencies, authorities, boards, committees, working groups, tribunals, council services, task forces, agencies or other quangos set up by his Department since February 2011; the number abolished since then; the extra cost of quangos which were established; the savings from the abolition of quangos; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37252/12]

 120. Deputy Dara Calleary Information on Dara Calleary Zoom on Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the estimated cost of each quango in his Department; the amount expected to be saved from the mergers of quangos in his Department; the basis for this figure; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [37268/12]

 141. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the number of State bodies that have been set up since 9 March 2011; the rationale behind these decisions; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [40002/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny I propose to take Questions Nos. 113, 119, 120 and 141 together.

  The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) is the only agency under the aegis of my Department. It was established under the NESDO Act 2006 and is the body corporate for the National Economic and Social Council (NESC).   NESDO has already completed a substantial restructuring programme. On 1 April 2010, two of its constituent bodies, the National Economic and Social Forum (NESF) and the National Centre for Partnership and Performance (NCPP) were dissolved. This led to substantial savings on both pay and non-pay expenditure, mainly as a result of reduced accommodation, rent, staffing levels and administrative costs. The 2012 Estimate for NESDO is €2,220,000. This is a reduction of over €1.1m   on 2010.

  My Department also rationalised the work and achieved substantial savings in relation to three other bodies which were formerly within its remit in recent years. The total separate programme funding for the work of the Ireland Newfoundland Partnership and the Active Citizenship Office ceased in 2009. The separate Offices in these areas have been discontinued which has given rise to savings in my Department’s Estimates of approximately €356,000 per annum. The National Forum on Europe was closed in 2009 which also gave rise to savings in the Estimates of €360,000.

  The only working groups set up by my Department since February 2011 are: the China Follow-Up Group, which was established following my visit to China in March 2012; and the Communications Working Group, established earlier this year to ensure a coordinated approach to promoting Ireland’s international reputation. Both of these interdepartmental groups comprise officials from across Government Departments and agencies.   Meetings are chaired by officials from my Department.

Departmental Staff Rehiring

 114. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the number of retired civil or public servants that have been rehired by his Department since March 2012; their positions and accompanying salaries.  [36961/12]

 115. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny the number of retired civil or public servants that have been retained by his Department since March 2012 on a short-term contract or on a consultancy basis where normal abatement rules do not apply.  [36962/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny I propose to take Questions Nos. 114 and 115 together.

  No retired civil or public servants have been either rehired or retained by my Department since March 2012.

Telecommunications Services Expenditure

 116. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Taoiseach Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny if he will provide details of his telecommunications services 2012 budget.  [36963/12]

The Taoiseach: Information on Enda Kenny Zoom on Enda Kenny The total telecommunications budget for my Department for 2012 is €496,000 which includes telephonist salaries, fixed voice, mobile and data costs as well as Voice Over IP, Video Conferencing and maintenance costs.


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