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 Header Item Election of Leas-Cheann Comhairle (Resumed) (Continued)
 Header Item Business of Dáil
 Header Item Estimates for Public Services 2016

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 917 No. 1

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  1 o’clock

(Speaker Continuing)

[Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher: Information on Pat the Cope Gallagher Zoom on Pat the Cope Gallagher] I want to briefly reaffirm my commitment yesterday to fulfil my duties as Leas-Cheann Comhairle in a fair, balanced, impartial and understanding manner, and uphold the rights and privileges of you, the Members of this House. I of course want to pay tribute to my immediate predecessor, the Leas-Cheann Comhairle of the Thirty-first Dáil, Michael Kitt, and wish him well in his retirement.

Geallaim do na Teachtaí go léir - agus tá mé dáiríre faoi seo - go ndéanfaidh mé mo dhícheall chun cothrom na féinne a thabhairt dóibh.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Dar ndóigh, ba mhaith liom mo chomhghairdeas a dhéanamh le Pat the Cope as a bheith tofa agus táim ag súil le bheith ag obair leis. I congratulate Deputies Durkan, McGrath and Crowe on having contested the position. I now ask Deputy Durkan to say a few words.

Deputy Bernard J. Durkan: Information on Bernard Durkan Zoom on Bernard Durkan I thank the Ceann Comhairle. I of course wish to congratulate the successful candidate, Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher, and wish him well. I will do my utmost, as all of us in the House try to do, to help and co-operate with him in his duties as Leas-Cheann Comhairle.

On occasions like this one should always thank one's proposer and seconder, but the way the system works means it does not always work out that way. I want to thank those who voted for me, those who did not vote for me, whom I mentioned yesterday, those who would like to have voted for me and could not vote for me, and those who did vote for me and maybe did not like to do so. In the combination of all there emerged a result. Mind you, it was a close one, A Cheann Comhairle. It does not get much closer than that. I was privileged to have had an opportunity to contest the very important post. I again congratulate my fellow unsuccessful contestants, without whom it would have been a straight contest. Things might have been different or better. All of these things add to the sum of the total, all of which is very welcome. Comhghairdeas don Teachta Pat The Cope Gallagher.

Deputy Gerry Adams: Information on Gerry Adams Zoom on Gerry Adams Dúirt an Teachta Seán Crowe go bhfuil sé an-bhuíoch do na Teachtaí a thug vóta dó. Ar mo shon fhéin agus ar son an Teachta Crowe, ba mhaith liom mo chomhghairdeas a dhéanamh le Pat the Cope. Tá mé an-shásta go mbeidh sé mar Leas-Cheann Comhairle iontach. Go n-éirí an t-ádh leis agus go n-éirí an t-ádh le Teachtaí Durkan agus McGrath feasta. Táim buíoch dóibh.

Deputy Noel Grealish: Information on Noel Grealish Zoom on Noel Grealish On behalf of the rural Independents, I would like to congratulate Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher on his election as Leas-Cheann Comhairle. He will be very fair and balanced, and will work with all Deputies in the House. I would also like to offer my good wishes to Deputies Durkan, Crowe and McGrath. I do not know where Deputy McGrath is; I thought he would be here. We look forward to working with Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher in his new role.

Business of Dáil

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl I understand the Minister of State, Deputy Regina Doherty, has a business proposal to put to the House.

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Regina Doherty): Information on Regina Doherty Zoom on Regina Doherty It is proposed that today's sitting be extended by a further hour, with additional business to be transacted as follows: No. 1, items 16a and 16b, motion re the third report of the Standing Committee of Selection and appointment of Chairs, and motion re the appointment of ordinary members of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, to be taken without debate immediately after the Revised Estimates; No. 2, item 16c, motion re Ibrahim Halawa, be taken immediately following the voting time and to conclude after one hour, and the following arrangement will apply: a Minister or Minister of State and the main spokespersons for the parties or Technical Groups will have five minutes each, all other Members will have five minutes, there will be a five-minute response from the Minister or Minister of State, and all Members may share time; and, immediately thereafter, No. 3, Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2016 [Seanad] - Second Stage (Resumed), which will adjourn, if not previously concluded, at 6.30 p.m., to be followed by Question Time.

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Is the proposal agreed? Agreed.

Estimates for Public Services 2016

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Information on Richard Bruton Zoom on Richard Bruton I move the following Estimates:

Vote 1 - President's Establishment (Revised Estimate)

  That a sum not exceeding €3,811,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Secretary General to the President, for certain other expenses of the President’s Establishment and for certain grants.



Vote 2 - Department of the Taoiseach (Revised Estimate)
That a sum not exceeding €29,350,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Department of the Taoiseach, including certain services administered by the Department and for payment of grants.
Vote 3 - Office of the Attorney General (Revised Estimate)
That a sum not exceeding €14,695,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Attorney General, including a grant.
Vote 5 - Office of the Director of Public (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €38,886,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Vote 6 - Office of the Chief State Solicitor (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €29,148,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Chief State Solicitor.
Vote 7 - Office of the Minister for Finance (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €39,479,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Finance, including the Paymaster-General’s Office, for certain services administered by the Office of the Minister and for payment of certain grants, and that a sum not exceeding €115,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
Vote 8 - Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €6,761,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General.
Vote 9 - Office of the Revenue Commissioners (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €331,113,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners, including certain other services administered by that Office, and that a sum not exceeding €2,000,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
Vote 10 - Office of the Appeal Commissioners (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €1,440,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Appeal Commissioners.
Vote 11 - Public Expenditure and Reform (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €43,748,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, for certain services administered by the Office of the Minister and for payment of certain grants.
Vote 12 - Superannuation and Retired Allowances (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €391,880,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for pensions, superannuation, occupational injuries, and additional and other allowances and gratuities under the Superannuation Acts 1834 to 2004 and sundry other statutes; extra-statutory pensions, allowances and gratuities awarded by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, fees to medical referees and occasional fees to doctors; compensation and other payments in respect of personal injuries; fees to Pensions Authority; miscellaneous payments, etc.
Vote 13 - Office of Public Works (Revised Estimate)  
  That a sum not exceeding €357,548,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of Public Works; for services administered by that Office and for payment of certain grants and for the recoupment of certain expenditure, and that a sum not exceeding €7,000,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
Vote 14 - State Laboratory (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €8,450,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the State Laboratory.
Vote 15 - Secret Service (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €1,000,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for Secret Service.
Vote 16 - Valuation Office (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €9,491,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Valuation Office and certain minor services.
Vote 17 - Public Appointments Service (Revised Estimate)  
  That a sum not exceeding €9,398,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Public Appointments Service.
Vote 18 - National Shared Services Office (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €37,910,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of National Shared Services Office and that a sum not exceeding €1,248,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
Vote 19 - Office of the Ombudsman (Revised Estimate)  
That a sum not exceeding €9,738,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Ombudsman, the Office of the Commission for Public Service Appointments, the Standards in Public Office Commission, the Office of the Information Commissioner and the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Information.
Vote 20 - Garda Síochána (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €1,441,548,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Garda Síochána, including pensions, etc.; for the payment of certain witnesses’ expenses, and for payment of certain grants, and that a sum not exceeding €6,644,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
Vote 21 - Prisons (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €318,651,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Prison Service, and other expenses in connection with prisons, including places of detention and for payment of certain grants.
Vote 22 - Courts Service (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €63,669,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for such of the salaries and expenses of the Courts Service and of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court, the Special Criminal Court, the Circuit Court and the District Court and of certain other minor services as are not charged to the Central Fund.
Vote 23 - Property Registration Authority (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €30,434,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Property Registration Authority.
 Vote 24 - Justice and Equality (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €350,416,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Justice and Equality, Probation Service staff and of certain other services including payments under cash-limited schemes administered by that Office, and payment of certain grants.
 Vote 25 - Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €6,190,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission and for payment of certain grants.
Vote 26 - Education and Skills (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €8,204,653,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Education and Skills, for certain services administered by that Office, and for the payments of certain grants.
 Vote 27 - International Co-operation (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €485,281,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for certain Official Development Assistance, including certain grants and for contributions to certain International Organisations involved in Development Assistance and for salaries and expenses in connection therewith.
 Vote 28 - Foreign Affairs and Trade (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €166,758,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and for certain services administered by that Office, including grants and contributions to International Organisations, and that a sum not exceeding €475,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
Vote 29 - Communications, Energy and Natural Resources (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €188,148,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, including certain services administered by that Office, and for payment of certain grants, and for the payment of certain grants under cash-limited schemes, and that a sum not exceeding €5,250,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
Vote 30 - Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €1,044,660,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, including certain services administered by that Office, and of the Irish Land Commission and for payment of certain grants, subsidies and sundry grants and for the payment of certain grants under cash-limited schemes and the remediation of Haulbowline Island, and that a sum not exceeding €12,000,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
 Vote 31 - Transport, Tourism and Sport (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €1,354,159,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, including certain services administered by that Office, for payment of certain grants and certain other services, and that a sum not exceeding €16,100,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
 Vote 32 - Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €753,325,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, including certain services administered by that Office, for the payment of certain subsidies and grants and for the payment of certain grants under cash-limited schemes, and that a sum not exceeding €10,000,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
 Vote 33 - Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €370,040,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, including certain services administered by that Office, and for payment of certain subsidies and grants, and that a sum not exceeding €6,158,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
Vote 34 - Environment, Community and Local Government (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €1,397,779,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, including grants to Local Authorities, grants and other expenses in connection with housing, water services, miscellaneous schemes, subsidies and grants, and that a sum not exceeding €41,078,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
 Vote 35 - Army Pensions (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €218,490,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for retired pay, pensions, compensation, allowances and gratuities payable under sundry statutes to or in respect of members of the Defence Forces and certain other Military Organisations, etc., and for sundry contributions and expenses in connection therewith; for certain extra-statutory children’s allowances and other payments and for sundry grants.
Vote 36 - Defence (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €656,615,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Defence, including certain services administered by that Office; for the pay and expenses of the Defence Forces; and for payment of certain grants.
Vote 37 - Social Protection (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €10,872,429,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Social Protection, for certain services administered by that Office, for payments to the Social Insurance Fund and for certain grants.
 Vote 38 - Health (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €13,649,033,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Health and certain other services administered by that Office, including grants to the Health Service Executive and miscellaneous grants.
Vote 39 - Office of Government Procurement (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €19,982,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of Government Procurement, and that a sum not exceeding €200,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
Vote 40 - Children and Youth Affairs (Revised Estimate)
 That a sum not exceeding €1,113,026,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, for certain services administered by that Office and for the payment of grants including certain grants under cash-limited schemes, and that a sum not exceeding €3,500,000 be granted by way of the application for capital supply services of unspent appropriations, the surrender of which may be deferred under Section 91 of the Finance Act 2004.
Vote 41 - Policing Authority (Revised Estimate)
  That a sum not exceeding €2,640,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st Day of December, 2016, for the salaries and expenses of the Policing Authority.

  Votes put and agreed to.


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