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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 862 No. 3

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Written Answers Nos. 256-279

Defence Forces Contracts

 256. Deputy Gabrielle McFadden Information on Gabrielle McFadden Zoom on Gabrielle McFadden asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he will provide an update on the third-party adjudication into the review of the 21-year limit on contracts for certain members of the Defence Forces; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48934/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney As I have outlined previously to the House, a claim has been received from the Permanent Defence Force Other Ranks Representative Association (PDFORRA) in relation to this matter and it is being dealt with under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for members of the Permanent Defence Force.

  Discussions have been taking place with the Representative Association, with regards to their claim, under a special Subcommittee of Conciliation Council. As discussions under the Scheme are confidential to the parties involved, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on the matter at this time, other than to emphasise that in dealing with this issue the manpower and operational needs of the Defence Forces must be the primary consideration.

As Military life places unique physical and psychological demands on individuals it is necessary that its members be physically and mentally prepared to meet the challenges of all military operations and to undertake their duties on deployment overseas. It is vital the age and health profile of personnel be such as to ensure that operational capability and effectiveness are not compromised. As such, in order to maintain the age profile of the PDF to carry out the operational tasks required by Government, it is necessary to have a constant input of recruits into the PDF. The maximum age for personnel who have enlisted in the PDF post 1 January 1994 provides the mechanism through which a satisfactory age profile can be achieved.

  While there was significant progress made in recent discussions between PDFORRA and Civil and Military Management on this issue, it was not possible to reach full agreement. As a result, the issue is being referred to third party adjudication for a ruling. It is expected that the adjudication hearing will take place as soon as possible following the exchange of submissions between the parties.

  In the meantime work is continuing on exit support measures to support those due to be discharged. A number of military courses and other skills courses are already accredited with various Third Level Institutions and Professional Bodies. In addition, a comprehensive training course to aid Transition to Civilian Life for these personnel, which involves a skills appraisal and review of a person’s service history and training already provided, is currently being piloted.

Departmental Strategy Statements

 257. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the priorities in his Department for the remainder of the term of this Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49020/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The Department is continuing to work closely with the Defence Forces to ensure that they retain the capabilities to fulfil all roles assigned by Government, both at home and overseas. In this context, and within the available resource envelope, decisions to replace equipment and ongoing recruitment to the Permanent Defence Force will prioritise the maintenance of required operational outputs. The preparation of a new White Paper on Defence is a key priority as it will provide the defence policy framework for the next decade and beyond. Defence policy is a critical aspect of Government policy and I am determined to ensure that the new White Paper fully addresses the Defence response to future security challenges and related resource requirements in a comprehensive way. I anticipate receipt of an initial draft outline of the White Paper by the end of this year. The final draft of the White Paper will be fully considered by Government in due course.

In line with the provisions of the Public Service Management Act, 1997, a new Strategy Statement is being prepared. The draft Strategy Statement will be submitted to me for my consideration in the near future.

Ministerial Travel

 258. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the total use and total cost per annum of the Government jet in 2011, 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014. [49118/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Details of usage by Government of the Ministerial Air Transport Service (MATS) for 2011, 2012, 2013 and up to the end of November 2014 are set out in the tabular statement.

  The Deputy may wish to note that, in line with a commitment made in the Programme for Government, information relating to the MATS is now published on my Department’s website and is updated on a monthly basis.

  In relation to the costs, my Department follows the normal practice in the aviation business of costing aircraft by reference to the cost per flying hour under each of two headings:

(a) The variable cost, which comprises costs incurred only when the aircraft is flown including maintenance, fuel and support services i.e. it does not include costs associated with having the aircraft; and

(b) The total cost, which comprises the variable cost plus the fixed cost associated with having the aircraft. The latter comprises personnel costs and depreciation.

  These average hourly costs, per each aircraft type deployed for MATS missions in the period covered by your question, are set out in the following tables. For clarity, an additional average fixed cost per hour column has been included in the following tables showing the cost associated with having the aircraft. These costs will be the same regardless of how frequently the aircraft is flown.

  These average hourly rates were updated and published in 2013 (the previous revisions were in 2009 and 2011) to reflect changes in the elements used to calculate the hourly rates, such as fuel costs, personnel costs, depreciation, support costs and flying hours.

Costs per flying hour published in 2013:

Aircraft
Average Fixed Cost per

Hour €
Average Variable Cost Per Hour €
Average Total Cost Per Hour €
Gulfstream
620
4,140
4,760
Learjet
2,370
2,570
4,940
CASA
1,380
2,380
3,760
AW 139
2,060
1,500
3,560


Costs per flying hour published in 2011:
Aircraft
Average Fixed Cost per

Hour €
Average Variable Cost Per Hour €
Average Total Cost Per Hour €
Gulfstream
520
3,270
3,790
Learjet
2,260
1,940
4,200
CASA
1,410
2,800
4,210
AW 139
2,000
1,410
3,410

Gulfstream IV   
-   
Gulfstream IV
Date
Return Date
Min. Time On Board
Route
Minister
04/02/2011
04/02/2011
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS Foreign Affairs
10/03/2011
12/03/2011
185
Baldonnel - Brussels - Knock - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
15/03/2011
18/03/2011
825
Baldonnel - Washington - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Tánaiste Foreign Affairs
24/03/2011
25/03/2011
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
12/04/2011
12/04/2011
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Tánaiste Foreign Affairs / Justice & Equality / MOS Foreign Affairs
17/04/2011
18/04/2011
120
Baldonnel - Northolt - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
04/05/2011
06/05/2011
810
Baldonnel - Teteboro - White Plains - Teteboro - Knock - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
09/06/2011
10/06/2011
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Justice & Equality
19/06/2011
19/06/2011
100
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Tánaiste Foreign Affairs
21/06/2011
22/06/2011
300
Baldonnel - Vienna - Baldonnel
Tánaiste Foreign Affairs
20/06/2011
20/06/2011
120
Baldonnel - Northolt - Stansted - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
23/06/2011
24/06/2011
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach
21/07/2011
21/07/2011
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach
25/09/2011
26/09/2011
420
Baldonnel - Algiers - Oran - Baldonnel
Agriculture, Marine & Food
29/09/2011
30/09/2011
330
Baldonnel - Warsaw - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
12/10/2011
13/10/2011
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
22/10/2011
23/10/2011
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Dublin
An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach
06/11/2011
07/11/2011
455
Baldonnel - Moscow - Baldonnel
Tánaiste Foreign Affairs
16/11/2011
16/11/2011
275
Baldonnel - Berlin - Frankfurt - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
30/11/2011
30/11/2011
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Defence
07/12/2011
07/12/2011
345
Baldonnel - Vilnius - Baldonnel
Tánaiste Foreign Affairs
09/12/2011
09/12/2011
90
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach
12/01/2012
12/01/2012
120
Baldonnel - Northolt - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
25/01/2012
27/01/2012
240
Baldonnel - Zurich - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
30/01/2012
30/01/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach
08/02/2012
09/02/2012
790
Baldonnel - Teteboro - Whiteplains - Teteboro - Dublin
An Taoiseach / Enterprise/Trade & Innovation
15/02/2012
17/02/2012
835
Baldonnel - Teteboro - White Plains - Teteboro - Boston - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
23/02/2012
24/02/2012
385
Baldonnel - Berlin - Rome - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
29/02/2012
02/03/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Finance / MOS Taoiseach
15/03/2012
21/03/2012
1050
Baldonnel - Chicago - Southbend - Whiteplains - Washington - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
12/03/2012
12/03/2012
120
Baldonnel - Northolt - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
26/04/2012
27/04/2012
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Agriculture, Marine & Food / Justice & Equality
23/05/2012
24/05/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs & Trade)
11/06/2012
14/06/2012
840
Baldonnel - Yerevan - Tbilisi - Batumi - Baku - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs & Trade)
   
Gulfstream IV
 
Date
Return Date
Min. Time On Board
Route
Minister
22/06/2012
22/06/2012
185
Baldonnel - Edinburgh - Cork - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
25/06/2012
25/06/2012
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs & Trade)
28/06/2012
29/06/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs & Trade) / MOS Taoiseach
09/07/2012
11/07/2012
680
Baldonnel - Brussels - Larnaca - Baldonnel
Finance/Health
17/07/2012
17/07/2012
210
Baldonnel - Frankfurt - Baldonnel
Finance
23/07/2012
24/07/2012
495
Baldonnel - Berlin - Rome - Budapest - Baldonnel
Agriculture, Marine & Food
27/07/2012
28/07/2012
120
Baldonnel - Northolt - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
11/09/2012
15/09/2012
775
Baldonnel - Paris - Berlin - Rome - Larnaca - Baldonnel
Finance
21/09/2012
22/09/2012
340
Baldonnel - Rome - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
03/10/2012
03/10/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs & Trade) / Finance / Public Expenditure & Reform / Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation / Social Protection / Communications, Energy & Natural Resources / Environment, Community & Local Government / Agriculture, Food & Marine / Transport, Tourism & Sport / MOS European Affairs
09/10/2012
09/10/2012
190
Baldonnel - Paris - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs & Trade)
11/10/2012
14/10/2012
905
Baldonnel - Philadelphia - Cleveland - Knock - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
18/10/2012
19/10/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS European Affairs
22/10/2012
22/10/2012
190
Baldonnel - Paris - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS Food, Horticulture & Food Safety
25/10/2012
26/10/2012
250
Baldonnel - Berlin - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs & Trade)
01/11/2012
01/11/2012
250
Baldonnel - Berlin - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
07/11/2012
08/11/2012
395
Baldonnel - Budapest - Vienna - Berlin - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
19/11/2012
20/11/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs & Trade) / MOS European Affairs
22/11/2012
23/11/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs & Trade) / Agriculture, Food & Marine / MOS European Affairs
26/11/2012
26/11/2012
100
Baldonnel - Cardiff - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Children & Youth Affairs
28/11/2012
29/11/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Agriculture, Food & Marine / Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation
10/12/2012
10/12/2012
260
Baldonnel - Oslo - Balddonnel
An Taoiseach
13/12/2012
14/12/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS European Affairs
16/12/2012
17/12/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs & Trade) / MOS European Affairs
20/12/2012
20/12/2012
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Dublin
Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
30/01/2013
31/01/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Tánaiste (DFAT) / Public Expenditure & Reform / MOS European Affairs
   




Gulfstream IV
 
Date
Return Date
Min. Time On Board
Route
Minister
07/02/2013
08/02/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Agriculture, Food & Marine / MOS European Affairs
14/02/2013
16/02/2013
465
Baldonnel - Moscow - Baldonnel
Finance
21/02/2013
22/02/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Communications, Energy & Natural Resources / MOS Communications
26/02/2013
27/02/2013
360
Baldonnel - Geneva - Rome - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
03/03/2013
05/03/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance / MOS Public Expenditure
09/03/2013
12/03/2013
390
Baldonnel - Beirut - Larnaca - Tel Aviv - Baldonnel
Defence
07/03/2013
07/03/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
15/03/2013
23/03/2013
1600
Baldonnel - White Plains - Washington - Orange County - Burnabk - Moffett - Seattle - Edmonton - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
13/03/2013
15/03/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation / MOS European Affairs
07/04/2013
10/04/2013
690
Baldonnel - Istanbul - Gaziantep - Ankara - Istanbul - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
11/04/2013
11/04/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT) / MOS European Affairs
18/04/2013
19/04/2013
420
Baldonnel - Kiev - Baldonnel
MOS Public Expenditure & Reform
21/04/2013
22/04/2013
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT) / Agriculture, Food & Marine / MOS European Affairs
25/04/2013
25/04/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
28/04/2013
29/04/2013
370
Baldonnel - Granada - Lisbon - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
06/05/2013
06/05/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Tánaiste (DFAT)
12/05/2013
13/05/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT) / Finance / Public Expenditure & Reform / MOS Public Expenditure / MOS European Affairs
18/05/2013
20/05/2013
765
Baldonnel - Boston - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
16/05/2013
17/05/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Communications , Energy & Natural Resources/ Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht / MOS Tourism
22/05/2013
23/05/2013
505
Baldonnel - Brussels - Athens - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
26/05/2013
29/05/2013
230
Baldonnel - Brussels - Paris - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
06/06/2013
08/06/2013
475
Baldonnel - Vilnius - Riga - Helsinki - Northolt - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
04/06/2013
04/06/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT) / MOS European Affairs
10/06/2013
10/06/2013
385
Baldonnel - San Damiano Air Base (Piacenza) - Rome - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
19/06/2013
21/06/2013
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Finance / Social Protection / MOS Public Expenditure
23/06/2013
25/06/2013
230
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
26/06/2013
28/06/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Tánaiste (DFAT)
22/06/2013
22/06/2013
100
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Agriculture, Marine & Food
26/06/2013
26/06/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Communications , Energy & Natural Resources/ Children & Youth Affairs

   


Gulfstream IV
 
Date
Return Date
Min. Time On Board
Route
Minister
01/07/2013
02/07/2013
210
Baldonnel - Strasbourg - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS European Affairs
10/07/2013
13/07/2013
930
Baldonnel - Washington - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
17/07/2013
19/07/2013
360
Baldonnel - Vilnius - Baldonnel
Justice, Equality & Reform
12/09/2013
14/09/2013
390
Baldonnel - Vilnius - Baldonnel
Public Expenditure & Reform
24/09/2013
29/09/2013
765
Baldonnel - White Plains - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
07/10/2013
07/10/2013
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Justice & Equality
10/10/2013
10/10/2013
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Transport, Tourism & Sport
24/10/2013
25/10/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS European Affairs
12/11/2013
12/11/2013
190
Baldonnel - Paris - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach/Social Protection
15/11/2013
15/11/2013
130
Baldonnel - Jersey - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach/Arts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs
25/11/2013
29/11/2013
810
Baldonnel - Beirut - Amman - Tel Aviv - Baldonnel
Defence
13/11/2013
13/11/2013
120
Baldonnel - Northolt - Gatwick - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
14/11/2013
14/11/2013
60
Baldonnel - Northolt - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
15/12/2013
16/12/2013
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
18/12/2013
20/12/2013
190
Baldonnel - Wevelgem - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS European Affairs
04/01/2014
10/01/2014
1025
Baldonnel - Riyadh - Doha - Abu Dhabi - Dubai - Brussels - Baldonnel
Taoiseach / Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation
22/01/2014
24/01/2014
240
Baldonnel - Zurich - Baldonnel
Taoiseach / Finance
07/02/2014
07/02/2014
190
Baldonnel - Paris - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Tánaiste (DFAT) / Education & Skills / Environment, Community & Local Government / Social Protection / Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation
12/03/2014
18/03/2014
1010
Baldonnel - Washington - Boston - White Plains - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
10/03/2014
11/03/2014
150
Baldonnel - Manchester - Northolt - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
06/03/2014
06/03/2014
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
20/03/2014
21/03/2014
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS European Affairs
08/04/2014
09/04/2014
120
Baldonnel - Northolt - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
10/04/2014
11/04/2014
120
Baldonnel - Northolt - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
14/04/2014
14/04/2014
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
An Tánaiste (DFAT)
05/05/2014
06/05/2014
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
27/05/2014
27/05/2014
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Taoiseach / Tánaiste (DFAT) / MOS European Affairs
05/06/2014
06/06/2014
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Justice & Equality / Transport, Tourism & Sport
06/06/2014
07/06/2014
430
Baldonnel - Kiev - Baldonnel
Environment, Community & Local Government
15/06/2014
16/06/2014
650
Baldonnel - Beirut - Baldonnel
Taoiseach & Defence / MOS Defence
13/06/2014
13/06/2014
120
Baldonnel - Guernsey - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
19/06/2014
20/06/2014
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Finance / Health
22/06/2014
23/06/2014
200
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
An Tánaiste (DFAT)
26/06/2014
27/06/2014
170
Baldonnel - Wevelgem - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Tánaiste (DFAT) / MOS European Affairs




03/07/2014
03/07/2014
250
Baldonnel - Berlin - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
07/07/2014
07/07/2014
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
16/07/2014
17/07/2014
180
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS European Affairs
14/07/2014
15/07/2014
250
Baldonnel - Geneva - Baldonnel
Justice & Equality
17/07/2014
18/07/2014
290
Baldonnel - Milan - Baldonnel
An Tánaiste (Social Protection)

Table continuing

Lear Jet 45

Date
 
Return Date
 
Min. Time On Board
 
Route
Minister
17/01/2011
 
17/01/2011
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
14/02/2011
 
15/02/2011
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
01/03/2011
 
01/03/2011
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Agriculture, Fisheries & Food
13/03/2011
 
14/03/2011
 
230
 
Baldonnel - Shannon - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance / Environment, Heritage & Local Government
21/03/2011
 
21/03/2011
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance / MOS Foreign Affairs
07/04/2011
 
09/04/2011
 
330
 
Baldonnel - Budapest - Baldonnel
Finance
16/05/2011
 
17/05/2011
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance / MOS Taoiseach
20/05/2011
 
20/05/2011
 
80
 
Baldonnel - Cork - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
07/06/2011
 
07/06/2011
 
100
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Agriculture, Marine & Food
11/07/2011
 
12/07/2011
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
15/09/2011
 
17/09/2011
 
290
 
Baldonnel - Wroclaw - Baldonnel
Finance
22/09/2011
 
23/09/2011
 
360
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Wroclaw - Brussels - Baldonnel
Defence / Justice & Equality
03/10/2011
 
04/10/2011
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Finance
21/10/2011
 
22/10/2011
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
26/10/2011
 
26/10/2011
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / MOS Taoiseach
07/11/2011
 
08/11/2011
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
24/11/2011
 
25/11/2011
 
280
 
Baldonnel - Poznan - Baldonnel
Public Expenditure & Reform
29/11/2011
 
30/11/2011
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
11/01/2012
 
12/01/2012
 
300
 
Baldonnel - Vienna - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs)
18/01/2012
 
18/01/2012
 
250
 
Baldonnel - Berlin - Baldonnel
Finance
23/01/2012
 
24/01/2012
 
250
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Frankfurt - Baldonnel
Finance
26/01/2012
 
29/01/2012
 
725
 
Baldonnel - Naples - Tel Aviiv - Naples - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs)
09/02/2012
 
09/02/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
20/02/2012
 
21/02/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
MOS Finance
24/02/2012
 
24/02/2012
 
385
 
Baldonnel - Tunis - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs)
08/03/2012
 
09/03/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Environment, Community & Local Government
12/03/2012
 
13/03/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
29/03/2012
 
30/03/2012
 
240
 
Baldonnel - Copenhagen - Baldonnel
Finance
23/04/2012
 
23/04/2012
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs)
01/05/2012
 
02/05/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
06/05/2012
 
07/05/2012
 
330
 
Baldonnel - Warsaw - Baldonnel
Finance
14/05/2012
 
15/05/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
21/06/2012
 
22/06/2012
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Finance / Health




      




Lear Jet 45
 
Date
 
Return Date
 
Min. Time On Board
 
Route
Minister
06/09/2012
 
08/09/2012
 
650
 
Baldonnel - Northolt - Naples - Paphos - Naples - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs)
01/10/2012
 
01/10/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Environment, Community & Local Government
08/10/2012
 
09/10/2012
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Finance
14/10/2012
 
15/10/2012
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs) / MOS European Affairs
25/10/2012
 
26/10/2012
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Justice, Equality & Law Reform
05/11/2012
 
07/11/2012
 
700
 
Baldonnel - Naples - Larnaca - Naples - Baldonnel
Public Expenditure & Reform
12/11/2012
 
13/11/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
18/11/2012
 
19/11/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Defence
20/11/2012
 
21/11/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
26/11/2012
 
27/11/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
03/12/2012
 
04/12/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
06/12/2012
 
07/12/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Justice & Equality / Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation / Health
10/12/2012
 
11/12/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (Foreign Affairs)
12/12/2012
 
13/12/2012
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
15/01/2013
 
16/01/2013
 
210
 
Baldonnel - Strasbourg - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
16/01/2013
 
17/01/2013
 
250
 
Baldonnel - Strasbourg - Paris - Baldonnel
Agriculture, Marine & Food
23/01/2013
 
25/01/2013
 
240
 
Baldonnel - Zurich - Basel-Milhouse - Zurich - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Finance
22/01/2013
 
22/01/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Tánaiste (DFAT) / Finance / Public Expenditure & Reform / MOS Public Expenditure
20/01/2013
 
20/01/2013
 
90
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance / MOS Public Expenditure
28/01/2013
 
28/01/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
03/02/2013
 
04/02/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Tánaiste (DFAT) / MOS European Affairs
10/02/2013
 
12/02/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance / MOS Public Expenditure
05/02/2013
 
05/02/2013
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Strasbourg - Baldonnel
Agriculture, Marine & Food
17/02/2013
 
18/02/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
16/02/2013
 
16/02/2013
 
120
 
Baldonnel - Northolt - Baldonnel
Taoiseach / Defence / MOS Justice
28/02/2013
 
01/03/2013
 
120
 
Baldonnel - Northolt - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
27/02/2013
 
28/02/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Education & Skills / Social Protection / Arts Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs




      
Lear Jet 45
 
Date
 
Return Date
 
Min. Time On Board
 
Route
Minister
11/03/2013
 
11/03/2013
 
120
 
Baldonnel - Northolt - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
15/03/2013
 
16/03/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
24/03/2013
 
25/03/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
11/04/2013
 
11/04/2013
 
210
 
Baldonnel - Zurich - Baldonnel
Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
22/04/2013
 
23/04/2013
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Defence
01/05/2013
 
02/05/2013
 
240
 
Baldonnel - Zurich - Baldonnel
Finance
13/05/2013
 
14/05/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT) / Finance / MOS Public Expenditure / MOS European Affairs
20/05/2013
 
21/05/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
30/05/2013
 
30/05/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
28/05/2013
 
29/05/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation / MOS Enterprise
09/06/2013
 
10/06/2013
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Transport, Tourism & Sport
11/06/2013
 
12/06/2013
 
210
 
Baldonnel - Strasbourg - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
13/06/2013
 
14/06/2013
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Enterprise , Jobs & Innovation
20/06/2013
 
20/06/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Defence
21/06/2013
 
21/06/2013
 
60
 
Baldonnel - Derry - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
18/06/2013
 
19/06/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
24/06/2013
 
24/06/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
30/06/2013
 
01/07/2013
 
340
 
Baldonnel - Zagreb - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
26/06/2013
 
27/06/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance / MOS Public Expenditure
03/07/2013
 
03/07/2013
 
250
 
Baldonnel - Berlin - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach / Social Protection
07/07/2013
 
08/07/2013
 
360
 
Baldonnel - Vilnius - Baldonnel
Health
21/07/2013
 
22/07/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
29/07/2013
 
29/07/2013
 
95
 
Baldonnel - Paris - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
06/09/2013
 
08/09/2013
 
390
 
Baldonnel - Vilnius - Cambridge - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
19/09/2013
 
20/09/2013
 
390
 
Baldonnel - Vilnius - Baldonnel
Communications, Energy & Natural Resources
22/10/2013
 
23/10/2013
 
250
 
Baldonnel - Strasbourg - Frankfurt - Baldonnel
Finance
20/10/2013
 
21/10/2013
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
16/10/2013
 
17/10/2013
 
200
 
Baldonnel - Luxembourg - Baldonnel
Agriculture, Marine & Food
05/11/2013
 
05/11/2013
 
170
 
Baldonnel - Rotterdam - Baldonnel
Finance
11/11/2013
 
13/11/2013
 
390
 
Baldonnel - Vilnius - Baldonnel
Justice &Equality
14/11/2013
 
15/11/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
17/11/2013
 
18/11/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Tánaiste (DFAT)
25/11/2013
 
27/11/2013
 
390
 
Baldonnel - Vilnius - Baldonnel
Public Expenditure & Reform / MOS Small Business
22/11/2013
 
22/11/2013
 
180
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Finance
19/11/2013
 
19/11/2013
 
90
 
Baldonnel - Brussels - Baldonnel
Defence / MOS European Affairs
28/11/2013
 
29/11/2013
 
390
 
Baldonnel - Vilnius - Baldonnel
Children / MOS European Affairs

CASA

DateReturn DateMin. Time On BoardRouteMinister
27/10/201127/10/2011330Baldonnel - Luxembourg - BaldonnelJustice & Equality
03/07/201303/07/2013360Baldonnel - Strasbourg - BaldonnelTánaiste (DFAT)
08/07/201308/07/2013300Baldonnel - Brussels - BaldonnelFinance / Public Expenditure & Reform
20/02/201420/02/2014260Baldonnel - Brussels - BaldonnelTánaiste (DFAT)
03/08/201403/08/201465Baldonnel - Glasgow - BaldonnelArts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs
04/08/201404/08/201445Baldonnel - Glasgow - Belfast - BaldonnelArts, Heritage & Gaeltacht Affairs


Helicopter
Date
Return Date
Min. Time On Board
Route
Minister
10/02/2011
10/02/2011
125
Baldonnel - Tullamore - Cork Airport - Baldonnel
An Taoiseach
17/06/2013
17/06/2013
80
Baldonnel - Lough Erne Resort - Baldonnel
Taoiseach
18/06/2013
18/06/2013
80
Baldonnel - Lough Erne Resort - Baldonnel
Taoiseach

Departmental Staff Career Breaks

 259. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he will provide, in tabular form, the number of staff in his Department currently on a sabbatical-career break broken down by zero to six months, six to 12 months, one to two years, two to three years, four to five years and more than five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [49123/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney Civil Service policy on leave without pay is decided centrally by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. There are a range of options open to staff wishing to avail of periods of unpaid leave. The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the number of staff in my Department currently on sabbatical/career breaks/Carers leave is set out in the table.

Duration
Number of Staff
0-6 months
Nil
6-12 months
Nil
1-2 years
2
2-3 years
1
4-5 years
2
5 years plus
1

Departmental Expenditure

 260. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he will provide, in tabular form, the total photography costs for his Department since coming to office inclusive of costs incurred from use of the ministerial allowance; the occasions for which photographers were booked; the photographers used; the breakdown of costs associated with each occasion that a photographer was used; if there is a policy regarding the booking of photographers within his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [49138/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The total costs for photography paid by the Department in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 to date is set out in the table.

Date Company Cost
25/3/2011 Maxwell Photography €393.25 (Including VAT)
9/11/2011 Maxwell Photography €849.42 (Including VAT)
21/11/2012 Fennell Photography €116.85 (including VAT)
10/07/2013 Maxwell Photography €17.22 (including VAT)
21/11/2014 Maxwell Photography €713.40(including VAT)


  In a reply to Parliamentary Question numbers 264 of 16th January 2014 and 566 of 8th July 2014 it was incorrectly stated that there were no costs for photography for 2013. The figure now provided above is the corrected figure.

  The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, following an EU-level advertised procurement process, has established a Framework Agreement comprising five firms for the provision of photography services. The Framework was established in February 2012 and is open for use by all Government Departments and Offices. My Department avails of this Framework Agreement for photography needs.

Public Relations Contracts Data

 261. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he will provide, in tabular form, the use of external public relations firms employed by his Department since coming to office; the list of uses of the external public relations firm; the internal Department policy with regard to employing external groups; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [49153/14]

 269. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the total external public relations costs incurred by his Department in 2011, 2012, 2013 and estimated in 2014.  [49378/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney I propose to take Questions Nos. 261 and 269 together.

  My Department has not incurred any expenditure on external public relations since March 2011.

Departmental Expenditure

 262. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the total amount spent on external IT consultants by his Department in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49168/14]

 263. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if his Department has renegotiated external IT consultancy contracts and costs since March 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [49183/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney I propose to take Questions Nos. 262 and 263 together.

  The information requested by the Deputy in relation to the total amount of expenditure on external IT consultants by my Department, for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014 is set out in the table.

  My Department is always mindful of the costs involved in engaging consultants. External consultants are engaged only when there is a clear need for specialised expertise and following a rigorous examination of skills and resources available in-house. The objective of using outside consultants is to ensure that my Department achieves value for money by implementing recommendations for improvements in order to maximise efficiency and effectiveness.

  My Department adheres to the standards set out in the Public Procurement rules & guidelines in awarding contracts. My Department has not re-negotiated any external IT consultancy contracts or costs since March 2011. Multi-annual contracts are regularly reviewed to ensure best value for money and are extended, within the terms of the contract awarded, provided that the quality of service required by my Department is being met.

Year
Amount
2010
€82,770
2011
€22,009
2012
€201,224
2013
€93,977
To date in 2014
€71,562

Appointments to State Boards

 264. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he will provide the number of appointments to State boards under his Department's remit made since March 2011 to date; the number of vacancies on State boards under his Department's remit since March 2011 to date; the number of vacancies on State boards under his Department's remit publicly advertised since March 2011 to date; and the number of appointments to State boards under his remit drawn directly from the public advertisement process.  [49198/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The State Boards under the aegis of the Department of Defence in March 2011 were the Civil Defence Board, the Board of Coiste an Asgard and the Army Pensions Board.

The Civil Defence Board was identified in the Public Service Reform Plan as a body to be abolished. The then Minister for Defence appointed a 14 person interim Board as a temporary measure in 2011 and in this context none of the positions were advertised. Legislation to dissolve the Board was passed by the Oireachtas in December 2012. Its functions have now transferred back to the Department of Defence.

There were no appointments to the Board of Coiste an Asgard from 2009. In the context of settling the Estimates for the Department of Defence for 2010, the Government decided that the national sail training scheme operated by Coiste an Asgard would be discontinued as recommended in the Report of the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure. The formal wind up of the Company including voluntary strike off with the Companies Registration Office was completed in early 2013.

The only body currently under the aegis of the Department of Defence is the Army Pensions Board. The Army Pensions Board is an independent statutory body established under the Army Pensions Act, 1927. The Act specifies that the Board shall consist of a chairman and two ordinary members. The two ordinary members must be qualified medical practitioners of whom one must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps. The chairman and the non-military ordinary member are appointed by the Minister for Defence with the concurrence of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. The Army Medical Corps ordinary member is appointed by the Minister for Defence on the recommendation of the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces.

There have been three appointments to the Army Pensions Board since March 2011. A serving officer was appointed to the position of Army Medical Corps member of the Board in December 2011. This position became vacant in October 2014 due to the officer’s deployment overseas. On the recommendation of the Chief of Staff a temporary appointment to the Board was made to cover the absence period of October 2014 to May 2015. As the Army Pensions Act 1927 specifies that one of the ordinary members must be an officer of the Army Medical Corps, the position was not publicly advertised on either occasion that it was filled. Details of these appointments to the Army Pensions Board were published in the Iris Oifigiúil on 13 January 2012 and 4 November 2014 respectively.

A civilian doctor was appointed as ordinary member of the Army Pensions Board in November 2013. The civilian doctor vacancy was advertised on the Department of Defence website and the Public Appointments Service website. A number of expressions of interest in the position were received and an appointment to the Board was made on foot of this public advertisement process.

Freedom of Information Requests

 265. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he will provide, in tabular form, per annum from 2009 to date in 2014 the total number of freedom of information requests received by his Department; the total refused; total granted; total part-granted; total appealed; total successful appeals; total part-successful appeals; total refusals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [49241/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the tables.

FOI Requests:

Year
Number of Requests

*
Refused
Granted
Part Granted
2009
62
10
30
10
2010
63
8
12
20
2011
40
5
20
7
2012
50
5
15
11
2013
40
5
7
11
2014 to date
29
2
8
9
*Please note that this figure includes requests received which were subsequently withdrawn, withdrawn and handled outside FOI and requests transferred to another body.

  FOI Appeals/Internal Review:
Year
Total Appealed
Successful
Part Successful
Unsuccessful
2009
3
  
3
2010
2
 
1
1
2011
4
 
1
3
2012
2
1
 
1
2013
3
 
1
2
2014 to date
1
 
1
 


  FOI Appeals to Office of Information Commissioner:
Year
Total Appealed
Successful
Part Successful
Unsuccessful
2009
0
   
2010
1
  
1
2011
1
  
1
2012
0
   
2013
2
1
 
1
2014 to date
0
   

Departmental Reports

 266. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he will provide in tabular form per annum all external consultant reports commissioned by his Department since March 2011; the costs per report; the company involved; the title of the report; and the publication date. [49256/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney My Department has commissioned two external reports since 9 March 2011. On 19th April 2011, Mr Frank Callanan, SC, was commissioned to carry out an independent review into matters relevant to the deaths of Corporal Fintan Heneghan, Private Mannix Armstrong and Private Thomas Walsh on 21st March 1989 while serving with the 64th Infantry Battalion, United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). The report was completed in September 2011 at a cost of €51,660.

Arising from one of the recommendations made in the Air Accident Investigation Unit’s report into the crash involving the Air Corps’ Pilatus PC9 aircraft at Cornamona, Co. Galway on 12th of October 2009, the Air Corps reviewed the operation of its Safety Management System and accepted the suggestion made that it include an external source in the auditing process. Accordingly, Mr Jacques Michaud was commissioned by the Air Corps in August 2013 to carry out a review of the Air Corps’ Safety Management System. The report entitled “Irish Air Corps Safety Management Review” was completed in November 2013 at a cost of €20,000.

Departmental Staff Expenses

 267. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney if he will provide, in tabular form, the total amount spent per annum in 2011, 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014 on staff subsistence payments and taxi payments; if his Department has been audited for tax compliance on these payments and other benefits-in-kind; if these processes have been revised in view of the Revenue Commissioners' concerns over practices in other State bodies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [49322/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The details requested in respect of the total amount spent per annum in 2011, 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014 (15th December) on staff subsistence (including foreign subsistence) and taxi payments in respect of Departmental civil servants, members of the Permanent Defence Force (PDF) and civilian employees, is as outlined as follows:

Year
Subsistence Payments
Taxi Payments
2011
€4,208,952
€39,189
2012
€3,771,753
€35,539
2013
€3,706,508
€32,839
2014 (to 15th December)
€3,899,997
€33,004


Arising from a Revenue audit, which was concluded in 2010, the Department of Defence made a settlement of €1,461,965 for the years 2007-2010 and part of 2011, in respect of an allowance payable to members of the PDF attached to the Reserve Defence Force for expenses incurred in the course of their duties. The payment process associated with this allowance was revised and the allowance has been taxed since early 2011. No issues were raised during the audit in relation to subsistence and taxi payments in respect of Departmental civil servants.

  In 2012, the Department, as part of its internal tax compliance arrangements, conducted a detailed internal review of the full range of allowances and other arrangements in respect of military and civilian employees. Following the internal review, an unprompted voluntary disclosure was made to the Revenue Commissioners in December 2012 in relation to certain allowances and arrangements, where the Department considered that benefit-in-kind issues might arise, and a payment of €1,090,078 on account was made for the tax years 2011 and 2012. Where necessary, the appropriate processes were revised on the recommendation of the Revenue Commissioners. As part of the unprompted voluntary disclosure process the Department also submitted reviews to the Revenue Commissioners on the provision of accommodation and medical services to members of the Defence Forces and their families. In the case of the unprompted voluntary disclosure made in respect of medical services a payment of €281,255 on account was made in February 2014.

The Revenue Commissioners are currently considering the content of the three reviews submitted by my Department on allowances, accommodation and medical services.

  The Department of Defence has comprehensive tax compliance procedures and internal audit structures in place and any relevant taxation issues that arise are followed up with a view to ensuring that the Department is tax compliant.

Departmental Legal Costs

 268. Deputy Barry Cowen Information on Barry Cowen Zoom on Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Defence Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney the total legal costs incurred by his Department in 2011, 2012, 2013 and estimated in 2014. [49337/14]

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): Information on Simon Coveney Zoom on Simon Coveney The Chief State Solicitor’s Office, Attorney General’s Office and the State Claims Agency deal with all legal matters on behalf of my Department. The main requirement for legal services in my Department is in the context of litigation, usually in the form of administrative law and personal injury proceedings. The Chief State Solicitor’s Office and the State Claims Agency manage and provide legal representation in relation to all cases taken against the Minister for Defence. The Chief State Solicitor’s Office is responsible for the costs of the State’s legal teams in cases that it manages on behalf of the Department. External legal costs incurred by the State Claims Agency arising from the defence of any claims managed by the Agency for the Department are refunded to the Agency by the Department. In addition, the Department may pay plaintiffs’ legal costs as part of awards and settlements. The following table lists the total legal costs incurred in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and to the end of November 2014 in relation to such services.

Year
Legal costs
2011
€2,161,956
2012
€1,199,689
2013
€1,441,165
2014 to end Nov 2014
€1,133,031


Many factors determine the amount of legal costs estimated for 2014. Such expenditure is subject to a number of unpredictable variables including the timing of court hearings, the progression of cases and number, value and timing of awards and settlements.

While it possibly falls outside of the terms of the question, for completeness, I would like to advise that, in 2011 expenditure of €9,075 was incurred in respect of legal advice provided in 2010 to the Selection Committee established under Section 184K of the Defence Acts 1954-2007 for the purpose of identifying officers of the Permanent Defence Force suitable for appointment as a Military Judge.

  Question No. 269 answered with Question No. 261.

Alcohol Sales

 270. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the sale and supply of alcohol; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48906/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald As the Deputy will appreciate, I am not in a position in my capacity as Minister for Justice and Equality to provide legal advice in answer to a Parliamentary Question.

The general position is that conditions applicable to the sale and supply of intoxicating liquor are set out in the Licensing Acts 1833 to 2011. Under section 17(3) of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 2003, it is an offence for a licensee, with intent to evade the conditions of the licence, to take intoxicating liquor from the licensed premises for the purpose of its being sold on the account or for the benefit or profit of the licensee, or to permit any other person, including taxi drivers or other individuals, to do so.

The Government Alcohol Advisory Group considered specific issues relating to distance sales of intoxicating liquor in its 2008 Report. The Group drew attention to the requirement that payment must be made as part of the transaction in such cases, e.g. on-line shopping, and not later on delivery of the product. The Group noted that sales of intoxicating liquor which had been ordered by telephone or otherwise and which were paid for on delivery were illegal transactions and recommended that the Gardaí should target such delivery services with a view to prosecuting the offending licensees. Any information concerning transactions of this nature which are contrary to the provisions of the Licensing Acts should, therefore, be brought to the attention of the Gardaí for investigation and possible prosecution.

Moreover, under section 31 of the Intoxicating Liquor Act 1988 (as amended), it is an offence for a licensee to sell or deliver, or to permit any other person to sell or deliver, alcohol to any person for consumption off his or her premises by a person under the age of 18 years in any place except with the explicit consent of the person's parent or guardian in a private residence in which he or she is present either as of right or with permission.

Departmental Reports

 271. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald if her Department has published its annual report for 2013. [48775/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald My Department's Annual Report was published in September 2014 and is available at www.justice.ie.

Garda Operations

 272. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald if she will provide a full list of events where An Garda Síochána charged private organisers for policing events in the years 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014, with a breakdown of the amount An Garda Síochána received per event. [48791/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald Section 30 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 provides a statutory basis for the Garda Commissioner, as Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote, to charge for police services on a non-public duty basis for commercial events such as sports fixtures and concerts.

  In that context, I am informed by the Garda authorities that the monies recouped by An Garda Síochána for policing services at various events in 2012, 2013 and to 16 December 2014 are as shown in the table.

Category
2012 Monies Received
2013 Monies Received*
2014 Monies Received

(as at 16.12.14)
Sporting Fixtures
1,954,323
972,856
1,405,710
Concerts/Festivals
738,284
1,009,692
1,260,830
Other Events
1,431,949
887,190
2,073,863
Total
4,124,556
2,869,738
4,740,403
* In 2013 monies recouped for sporting fixtures are reduced, due to a delay in the receipt of payment of fees from a number of sporting organisations.

  I am further informed by the Garda Authorities that a more detailed breakdown of the figures above is not readily available and cannot be compiled without using up a disproportionate amount of Garda resources.

Driver Safety

 273. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald further to Parliamentary Question No. 143 of 18 September 2014, if she will provide an update; and if she will make a statement on the matter.  [48853/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald I am informed by the Garda authorities that An Garda Síochána liaise with all relevant Government Departments on a regular basis in relation to road traffic matters, including question of public and professional driver safety. In particular, An Garda Síochána has provided advice to the Taxi Regulation Directorate of the National Transport Authority (NTA) in relation to crime perpetrated against Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) Operators, in addition to the general crime prevention information which is available and relevant to such drivers. Furthermore, An Garda Síochána has provided assistance to the NTA in their development of a Skills Development Programme for SPSV Operators. This programme includes steps SPSV Operators can take to improve safety, security and compliance with current health and safety legislation, and incorporates a section on personal security. The fourth edition of this programme was issued by the NTA in May 2013.

I am also advised that a Taxi Advisory Committee advises the NTA and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, as appropriate, in relation to issues relevant to such vehicles and their drivers. The Advisory Committee holds periodic meetings at which An Garda Síochána is represented along with small public service vehicle drivers, local authority representatives and other relevant stakeholders.

Criminal Prosecutions Data

 274. Deputy Brendan Ryan Information on Brendan Ryan Zoom on Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald the number of prosecutions for fuel laundering that took place over the past year; and if she will provide a county breakdown of the location where the offences took place. [48909/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald I have requested the information sought by the Deputy from the Garda authorities and I will be in contact with the Deputy again when the information is to hand.

Sentencing Policy

 275. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald her plans to review mandatory sentencing (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48945/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald The mandatory sentence for murder is life imprisonment, as provided by section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act 1990. A sentence of life imprisonment means that the prisoner is subject to that sentence for the rest of his or her life. Such a prisoner has no right to be released early at any stage. If granted temporary release, the prisoner remains subject to the life sentence and can be recalled to prison at any stage. Currently a person sentenced to life is, on average, likely to spend 17-18 years in prison before receiving any extended period of temporary release. The offence of manslaughter does not attract a mandatory sentence but is punishable by a maximum of life imprisonment.

As the Deputy will appreciate, the courts are independent in the matter of sentencing, as in other matters concerning the exercise of judicial functions, subject only to the Constitution and the law. The approach of the Oireachtas has generally been to specify in statute a maximum penalty for an offence, so that a court, having considered all the circumstances of a case, may impose an appropriate penalty up to that maximum. The court is required to impose a sentence which is proportionate not only to the crime but to the individual offender, in that process identifying where on the sentencing range the particular case should lie and then applying any mitigating factors which may be present.

The prescription of mandatory prison terms in legislation is an exception to this general approach. I would draw the Deputy's attention to the Law Reform Commission 2013 Report on Mandatory Sentences, which recommends the repeal of existing presumptive mandatory minimum sentence provisions for various drugs and firearms offences. I would also draw the Deputy's attention to the Report on the Strategic Review of Penal Policy, published in September, which recommended that no further mandatory sentences or presumptive minimum sentences should be introduced.

Judicial Reviews

 276. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald her plans to review the parole system (details supplied) in Ireland; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48946/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald I published the Report of the Penal Policy Review Group on 17 September, 2014.

The Report contains 43 recommendations, some of which can be implemented in the short to medium term, while others will require a more long term approach. As an initial step, I recently obtained the agreement, in principle, of Government to proceed immediately with the implementation of a number of key recommendations including bringing forward legislative proposals to establish the Parole Board on an independent statutory basis.

I believe this will help to strengthen the Board and improve its functions. My Department is currently considering the matter in more detail ahead of presenting proposal for legislation.

Succession Act

 277. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald her plans to amend section 120 of the Succession Act 1965 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48947/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald As the Deputy will appreciate, I am not in a position in my capacity as Minister for Justice and Equality to make reference to a specific case in answer to a Parliamentary Question.

Shortcomings in the scope of the succession rules applicable in cases where a spouse has been found guilty of the unlawful killing of the other spouse have been revealed in a number of high profile cases. I share the concerns that any person might benefit from their participation in the unlawful killing of another and I welcome therefore the Law Reform Commission's decision to examine the issues raised in the context of section 120 of the Succession Act 1965, and to make any necessary recommendations for amendment of the legislation.

The Commission has already published an issues paper which examines the rule in section 120 of the 1965 Act which precludes such a person from inheriting from his or her victim's estate and forfeits any inheritance that he or she would otherwise receive under the victim's will or on intestacy. I understand that the Commission is inviting submissions from interested parties in relation to the specific questions raised in the paper before 26 January 2015. I look forward to receiving the Commission's recommendations for reform in due course and I intend to proceed quickly thereafter with the enactment of any necessary legislative changes.

Garda Warrants

 278. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald the number of warrants outstanding for the different Garda districts in Dublin for the past three years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48964/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the matter referred to by the Deputy. I will contact the Deputy directly as soon as the report is to hand.

Cash for Gold Trade

 279. Deputy Terence Flanagan Information on Terence Flanagan Zoom on Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald if she will provide an update regarding the Garda's work in dealing with cash-for-gold signs; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [48967/14]

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Information on Frances Fitzgerald Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald I wish to inform the Deputy that Dublin City Council has advised An Garda Síochána that the issue of 'cars for cash signs' is being dealt with by them as a litter problem and that it continues to remove these signs across the city on a regular basis. Where such businesses are identified, Gardaí conduct enquiries to establish their bona fides and where there are suspicions of criminality the matter is fully investigated and appropriate action taken. In May 2014, a targeted operation entitled 'Metal Theft Day of Action' was instigated wherein Dublin Metropolitan Region North personnel, specifically targeted private tow truck operators with links to criminal activity and 'cash for cars' operators within the Division. As part of this operation searches were conducted in premises involved in the breaking of vehicles. Further, in August 2014 a targeted Regional operation to deal with targets associated with the 'cash for cars' businesses and persons operating towing equipment was coordinated by Dublin Metropolitan Region, Regional Traffic and local Divisional Garda resources.

  With regard to 'Cash for Gold' businesses, I have been informed by the Garda authorities that An Garda Síochána investigates all reports where persons suspected of being involved in burglaries are using cash for gold outlets to liquidate stolen property. Where any ongoing issues are highlighted, investigations are conducted to target any criminality.


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