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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 98 - 105
 Header Item Departmental Staff Remuneration
 Header Item Appointments to State Boards
 Header Item Departmental Contracts
 Header Item Departmental Staff Remuneration
 Header Item Insolvency Payments Scheme Applications

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 786 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 98 - 105

Departmental Staff Remuneration

 98. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin if temporary promotions or acting-up allowances have not been a feature of the staffing arrangements within his Department for this EU Presidency; if he will provide a list detailing the number by grade involved in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [55882/12]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin Temporary promotions or acting-up allowances have not been a feature of the staffing arrangements for the EU Presidency in my Department. While there are a number of officials at different grade levels working on Presidency related business there is no one currently working solely on Presidency related work.

An interdivisional group has been established within my Department to co-ordinate preparation for the 2013 Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The group is chaired by the EU/North South Unit and includes those sections that will have a role in the Presidency.

Appointments to State Boards

 99. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton the number of executives of multinational companies who have offered to serve on State boards; the members of the Irish diaspora who have been appointed to State boards under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [55800/12]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton In line with Government Policy, the process for making appointments to State Boards has, since mid-2011, been administered through the Public Appointments Service (PAS). PAS publicly invites Expressions of Interest from all interested parties, including those of the type referred to in the question. These applications are not categorised by reference to the occupational background of the applicants within their own organisation or on whether they form part of the Irish diaspora.

In parallel with the formal system administered through PAS, I occasionally receive expressions of interest directly from individuals for consideration for appointment to State Boards. While the occupational background of these individuals may not be explicit, I am not aware of any multinational executives having expressed interest through this channel. In all cases, however, any such applicants have been referred to formal process administered the Public Appointments Service.

Departmental Contracts

 100. Deputy Damien English Information on Damien English Zoom on Damien English asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if he will provide details of each service in his Department that is currently outsourced; the company that provides such services and the total cost for these services; the other services which may be outsourced in the future that are currently being run in his Department; the names of the companies, fees paid and nature of service for all contracts awarded from his Department excluding legal, accounting, PR or building refurbishment related services since March 2011.  [55832/12]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton In the time available since this Question was tabled, my Department has not been able to collect information in relation to the services listed by the Deputy.

  Once the available information is collated, I will arrange for it to be forwarded to the Deputy.

Departmental Staff Remuneration

 101. Deputy Finian McGrath Information on Finian McGrath Zoom on Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton if temporary promotions or acting-up allowances have not been a feature of the staffing arrangements for this EU Presidency, if he will confirm that his Department has been given sanction to make such arrangements detailing the number by grade involved, the date sanction was sought and the date it was given.  [56302/12]

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton Sanction was sought from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) by my Department on 27th February 2012 to enhance staff deployment to assist with EU presidency preparations. Sanction was given to my Department on 24th   July 2012 for temporary promotions (as set out in tabular format below) from within my Department’s existing resources to assist my Department’s Trade Policy and EU Sections in the co-ordination and management of key aspects of logistics and information gathering for policy development and synthesis for hosting of the EU Presidency.

  This is in addition to eight officials of my Department on temporary secondment in their substantive grades, to the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Permanent Representations in Brussels and Geneva for the period of the EU presidency.

  Temporary Assignments/Promotions within DJEI:

Substantive Grade Temporary Promotion Grade Number Appointment from Appointment to
CO EO 2 3/12/12 26/7/13
EO HEO 2 17/12/12 26/7/13

Insolvency Payments Scheme Applications

 102. Deputy Billy Kelleher Information on Billy Kelleher Zoom on Billy Kelleher asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton when a claim under the insolvency payment scheme will be paid in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [55697/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton A claim under the insolvency payment scheme was submitted on line on behalf of the person concerned on 25 October 2012 in respect of arrears of holiday pay and minimum notice. The Department is currently processing on line claims received in June 2012.

Every effort is being made to process claims as quickly as possible but, unfortunately, it is likely to be a number of months before the claim in question is finalised.

  Questions Nos. 103 to 105, inclusive, withdrawn.


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