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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 161 - 168
 Header Item Departmental Staff Remuneration
 Header Item Defence Forces Employment Contracts
 Header Item Defence Forces Personnel
 Header Item Departmental Staff Remuneration
 Header Item Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Applications
 Header Item Single Payment Scheme Applications
 Header Item Single Payment Scheme Payments
 Header Item Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 816 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 161 - 168

Departmental Staff Remuneration

 161. Deputy Joe Higgins Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the number of public servants in his Department who are being paid in excess of the Taoiseach's salary and in excess of the Government's pay cap; the annual cost of these excess payments over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [43399/13]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter I can inform the Deputy that no civil or public servants employed in my Department or agencies under its aegis are being paid in excess of the Taoiseach's salary or in excess of the Government pay cap.

Defence Forces Employment Contracts

 162. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the number of different contracts of employment that exist within the Defence Force in relation to the terms and conditions and related benefits for personnel and their families; the number of personnel under each type of contract; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [42845/13]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter It has not been possible in the time available to compile all the necessary documentation requested by the Deputy. The information will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Defence Forces Personnel

 163. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the number of qualified doctors and nurses who are currently serving in the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [42850/13]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The military authorities advise that there are 18 Doctors and 8 Nurses currently serving with the Defence Forces. A competition for the appointment of doctors to the Defence Forces Medical Corps remains open with applications being accepted on an ongoing basis. As suitably qualified applicants are identified they will be interviewed with regard to their suitability for service in the Defence Forces. In this regard, a successful applicant was appointed on 30 September 2013, while another 4 applicants are currently progressing through the selection process.

Based on the medical requirement across the Defence Forces as a whole, there is a current requirement for approximately 32 doctors within the Defence Forces Medical Corps.

Against this background, alternative options for the provision of medical services to the Defence Forces are also being considered. In this regard, an integrated model for the provision of the required medical services, involving both the Medical Corps and outsourced service provision is being progressed.

I would like to take this opportunity to assure the Deputy that Defence Forces personnel requiring medical treatment are getting the care they need and that I am committed to providing a sustainable medical service to meet the needs of the Defence Forces both at home and abroad.

Departmental Staff Remuneration

 164. Deputy Joe Higgins Information on Joe Higgins Zoom on Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Defence Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter the number of public servants in his Department that are being paid in excess of the Taoiseach's salary and in excess of the Government's pay cap; the annual cost of these excess payments over the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43393/13]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Alan Shatter): Information on Alan Shatter Zoom on Alan Shatter The Defence Organisation includes civil servants, military personnel and civilian employees. None of these staff have been employed on a salary in excess of €200,000 per annum.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Applications

 165. Deputy Tom Fleming Information on Tom Fleming Zoom on Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he will investigate and expedite a disadvantaged area scheme payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42794/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney As processing of the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application has recently been finalised, payment will shortly issue to the nominated bank account of the person named.

Single Payment Scheme Applications

 166. Deputy Billy Timmins Information on Billy Timmins Zoom on Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the position regarding disadvantaged area payment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42797/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The person named submitted a Single Farm Payment/Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application on 15 May 2013. EU Regulations governing the administration of these schemes require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases on-farm inspections, be completed before any payments issue.

  The application of the person named was selected for a ground eligibility/cross compliance inspection. The ground eligibility inspection has been completed and the results are now being finalised. In the event that any queries arise officials of my Department will shortly be in contact with the person named.

  During the course of the cross compliance inspection discrepancies were recorded in relation to the tagging and registration of cattle that resulted in a 5% penalty. The person named was notified of this decision on 1 October 2013. The person named was also informed of the right to seek a review of the decision. In the event that the person named is dissatisfied with the outcome of the review, the decision can be appealed to the independent Agriculture Appeals Office within 3 months.

Single Payment Scheme Payments

 167. Deputy Charlie McConalogue Information on Charlie McConalogue Zoom on Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when payment under the single farm payment will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [42801/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney A 50% advance payment under the Single Farm Payment Scheme will commence on 16 October. EU Regulations governing the administration of the scheme require that full and comprehensive administrative checks, including in some cases on-farm inspections, be completed before any payments issue. Processing of the 2013 application of the person named has recently been finalised and I expect that payment will issue on that date to the person named.

Disadvantaged Areas Scheme Payments

 168. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive an area based payment; the reason for the delay in same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [42807/13]

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney As processing of the 2013 Disadvantaged Areas Scheme application has recently been finalised, payment will shortly issue to the nominated bank account of the person named.


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