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Howlin, Brendan

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

What does Sinn Féin do in the North?More Button

They are multiples of what is available in the North.More Button

Garda Stations Closures

Was asked: the plans if any the Office of Public Works has for a Garda station (details supplied) in County Dublin.More Button

Was asked: the plans if any the Office of Public Works has for a Garda station (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Semi-State Bodies Dividends

Was asked: if he will set out in tabular form the dividend paid to the State from each of the commercial semi-state companies for the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The following table shows the dividends received from State owned companies in the period 2003 to 2012.

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Public Sector Pensions Expenditure

Was asked: the savings that will be achieved in 2013 and 2014 from public sector pensions in payment arising from the measures contained in the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (2013) Act; ...More Button

With effect from 1 July 2013, the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 will reduce public service pensions valued above €32,500 per annum, applying to all such p...More Button

Haddington Road Agreement Savings

Was asked: if he will set out in tabular form a breakdown for each of the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 of the savings to be achieved under the Haddington Road agreement; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Was asked: if he will set out the savings to be achieved in his Department under the Haddington Road agreement for each of the years 2013, 2014 and 2015; the way this differs from the savings targeted under t...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 96 and 97 together.More Button

Public service trade unions are currently considering the various proposals put forward under the Haddington Road Agreement and those that need to ballot will do so over the coming weeks ahead of...More Button

The Revised Estimates Volume was published on the basis of the previous Labour Relations Commission (LRC) recommendations, prior to the recent re-engagement between the Department of Public Expen...More Button

Departmental Reports

Was asked: if he will set out the value for money reports and the focused policy assessments carried out within his Department since March 2011; the actions that have been taken to implement such reports; and...More Button

The responsibility for conducting value for money reviews lies in the first instance with the spending Departments and Implementing Agencies. The role of my Department is to assist these bodies by ...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a list of all publications of forecast accounts from his Department which have been released so far this year, and which will be released for the rest of the year, which provide ...More Button

The Expenditure Report 2013, published 5 December 2012, included the overall aggregate expenditure ceiling for 2014 which was then split out into Departmental level current and capital expenditure ...More Button

Public Procurement Contracts Social Clause

Was asked: his plans to promote the use of social clauses for the long-term unemployed in the projects announced as part of the €150 million extra in capital expenditure for 2013 and 2014; and if he will make...More Button

The use of a social clause requiring a contractor to recruit a certain percentage of those employed on a public works construction site from the ranks of the long term unemployed will be piloted on...More Button

It is important to note that such a provision must be managed carefully both to ensure that the requirements set can be met and monitored but also consideration must be given to their impact on a...More Button

Whilst it is not intended to incorporate such provisions as part of the €150 million extra in capital expenditure for 2013 and 2014, the pilot programme under taken as part of the Devolved School...More Button

A framework of contractors has been set up for the Devolved Schools Programme and the first tender will be issued shortly. Once the pilot programme is completed an evaluation will be prepared an...More Button

National Lottery Licence Sale

Was asked: if those currently employed at a company (details supplied) will have their positions protected when the contract for the National Lottery is put out to bid; if it will be a condition of the contra...More Button

As you are aware, a competition for the next licence to operate the National Lottery commenced in May 2013 and is due to conclude later this year. More Button

I do not wish to disclose the contents of the draft licence until the competition has been concluded and the licence has been granted to the successful bidder. The Deputy will appreciate that an...More Button

Public Procurement Regulations

Was asked: his views on the way new policies on public procurement will affect small and medium enterprises in view of the concerns expressed by the Small Firms Association; and if he will make a statement on...More Button

Reform of public procurement is one of the major projects of key strategic importance in the Government’s Public Service Reform Plan, which was published in November 2011. Procurement of supplies a...More Button

Capital Programme Expenditure

Was asked: further to his recent announcement of funding of €150 million for capital projects such as new schools, roads, refurbishment of public buildings and so on, the amount of this money that has already...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, last Wednesday I announced the allocation of an additional €150m for new capital projects in three sectors, education, transport and social housing. The additional monies w...More Button

In transport, the additional €50m will be spent on the repair and rehabilitation of 600 km of local and regional roads in 29 local authority areas. The Department of Transport, Tourism and Spor...More Button

In the energy efficiency area, €50m is being provided for a new retrofitting scheme for local authority houses which will target up to 25,000 older local authority dwellings and aim to ensure th...More Button

All of the additional monies will be allocated to new projects which were not provided for in the budget allocations for 2013 and none of the monies had been spent prior to the announcement.More Button

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