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Howlin, Brendan

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions

The Government.More Button

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

That is after the Deputy's party made cuts.More Button

He got off the sinking ship.More Button

Estimates for Public Services 2013

I move the following Revised Estimates:More Button

Estimates for Public Services 2013 (Continued)

Under Vote 18 - shared services - a sum not exceeding €21.019 million is being provided for. Under Vote 19 - the Office of the Ombudsman - a sum not exceeding €7.437 million is being provided for.More Button

We debated these provisions line by line at a committee yesterday. The point of contention was that 2% of the overall sum relates to apportioned pay savings that I need to find. It would be imp...More Button

The sum of money - €300 million - was.More Button

Much of that related to the recalibration of PRSI, as the Deputy knows.More Button

Many businesses are doing it every day.More Button

The Deputy is talking through his hat.More Button

It is the normal way we do business.More Button

Office of Public Works Projects

Was asked: the reason for the delay in concluding an agreement to purchase a site at a location (details provided) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if any of his Department’s 2012 capital expenditure allocation was used for current expenditure purposes last year, the amount used for this purpose; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide the month by month profile for his Department's 2013 capital expendiuture; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 106 and 107 together.

  The capital allocation for my Department for 2012 was €0.500m. None of this budget was used for current expenditure. The...More Button

National Procurement Service Savings

Was asked: if he will provide details of the contrast in price and service between the mandatory Viking contract for stationery consumables for schools and existing community based purchasing groups such as t...More Button

I can confirm that the National Procurement Service (NPS) has no contracts with Viking. Furthermore, as the NPS has no contract with Comdex Technology (County Meath), I am not in a positio...More Button

Public Sector Pensions

Was asked: if there will be an assurance given that no further cuts will be made to the pensions of retired Gardaí; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As the Deputy will be aware the Government stated its intention to require public service pensioners with pensions in excess of €32,500 to make a further contribution to the budgetary consolidation...More Button

Property Valuations

Was asked: the reason the entire premises of sporting organisations are being evaluated under the commercial rateable jurisdiction of local authorities in view of the fact that this is leading to excessive fi...More Button

The Commissioner of Valuation is independent in the exercise of his duties under the Valuation Act, 2001 and the making of valuations for rating purposes is his sole prerogative and the statute doe...More Button

However, the Act provides that where an organisation or club is registered under the Registration of Clubs (Ireland) Act, 1904 and is licensed to sell alcohol, all the club buildings, wherever lo...More Button

The sale of alcohol is a commercial activity and the club is competing with other commercial licensed premises in their locality, all of which are rateable. The apportionment of club premises bet...More Button