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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 91-97
 Header Item Redundancy Payments
 Header Item Garda Stations Closures
 Header Item Garda Stations Closures
 Header Item Semi-State Bodies Dividends
 Header Item Public Sector Pensions Expenditure
 Header Item Haddington Road Agreement Savings

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 806 No. 2

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Written Answers Nos. 91-97

Redundancy Payments

 91. Deputy John O'Mahony Information on John O'Mahony Zoom on John O'Mahony asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will receive a redundancy payment; the reason for the delay in issuing this payment; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [28374/13]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn A redundancy application from the person referred to by the Deputy was received by my Department on 8th November 2012. Applications are processed in date order of receipt and every effort is being made to process these applications as quickly as possible. The application from the person referred to is currently being processed and it is expected that they will receive payment in July 2013.

Garda Stations Closures

 92. Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin the plans if any the Office of Public Works has for a Garda station (details supplied) in County Dublin. [28323/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): Information on Brian Hayes Zoom on Brian Hayes The OPW is currently assessing the property options arising in respect of all closed Garda Stations including the former Garda Station in Kill of the Grange, Co. Dublin. The stated policy is to identify if other State Bodies, including government departments and the wider public sector has a use for the property. If there is no other State use for a property the OPW will then consider disposing of the property on the open market, if and when conditions prevail, in order to generate much needed revenue for the Exchequer. If no State requirement is identified or if a decision is taken not to dispose of a particular property the OPW would consider community involvement subject to the receipt of an appropriate business case which would indicate that the community/voluntary group has the means to insure, maintain and manage the property.

Garda Stations Closures

 93. Deputy Mary Mitchell O'Connor Information on Mary Mitchell O'Connor Zoom on Mary Mitchell O'Connor asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin the plans if any the Office of Public Works has for a Garda station (details supplied) in County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28324/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): Information on Brian Hayes Zoom on Brian Hayes The OPW is currently assessing the property options arising in respect of all closed Garda Stations including the former Garda Station in Dalkey, Co. Dublin. The stated policy is to identify if other State Bodies, including government departments and the wider public sector has a use for the property. If there is no other State use for a property the OPW will then consider disposing of the property on the open market, if and when conditions prevail, in order to generate much needed revenue for the Exchequer. If no State requirement is identified or if a decision is taken not to dispose of a particular property the OPW would consider community involvement subject to the receipt of an appropriate business case which would indicate that the community/voluntary group has the means to insure, maintain and manage the property.

Semi-State Bodies Dividends

 94. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin if he will set out in tabular form the dividend paid to the State from each of the commercial semi-state companies for the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [28147/13]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin The following table shows the dividends received from State owned companies in the period 2003 to 2012.

Year
Dublin Airport Auth.
Bord Gáis Éireann
Irish Aviat. Auth.
Elec. Supply Board
Bord na Móna
Dublin Port Co.
Coillte
Cork Port Co.
Aer Lingus*
Total
2003
7,245
9,796
1,000
18,719
-
-
-
-
-
36,760
2004
6,074
9,679
1,271
63,762
-
-
-
-
-
80,786
2005
-
10,093
-
73,543
-
-
-
-
-
83,636
2006
-
9,079
-
68,770
3,850
-
-
-
-
81,699
2007
-
8,361
-
63,386
8,035
4,200
-
-
-
83,982
2008
-
27,941
-
123,010
12,249
5,108
2,600
-
-
170,908
2009
19,400
38,187
-
77,869
4,994
5,300
-
-
-
145,750
2010
-
30,251
-
89,718
3,296
5,500
-
-
-
128,765
2011
-
33,091
-
73,167
4,115
16,500
10,000
634
-
137,507
2012
-
23,814
-
68,840
2,375
10,200
2,000
359
4,023
111,611


* Government owns 25.1% of Aer Lingus

Public Sector Pensions Expenditure

 95. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin the savings that will be achieved in 2013 and 2014 from public sector pensions in payment arising from the measures contained in the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (2013) Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28148/13]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin With effect from 1 July 2013, the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 will reduce public service pensions valued above €32,500 per annum, applying to all such pensions already payable on that date or awarded up to end-August 2014. The reductions will range from about 2% near the €32,500 threshold level (subject to no pension falling below €32,500), to 5% for the highest pensions. The Act secures the appropriate reductions by revising and adapting the existing “Public Service Pension Reduction” (PSPR) in such a way that:

- revised (higher) rates of PSPR will apply to those pensions above €32,500 which have been subject to PSPR before July 2013 - largely comprising pensions awarded up to end-February 2012, while

- new rates of PSPR will be introduced for those pensions above €32,500 not previously subject to PSPR – largely comprising pensions awarded after February 2012, and up to end-August 2014.

The savings arising from this pension reduction measure are estimated to be €12.9 million in 2013 and €24 million in 2014.

Haddington Road Agreement Savings

 96. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin if he will set out in tabular form a breakdown for each of the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 of the savings to be achieved under the Haddington Road agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [28149/13]

 97. Deputy Sean Fleming Information on Seán Fleming Zoom on Seán Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin if he will set out the savings to be achieved in his Department under the Haddington Road agreement for each of the years 2013, 2014 and 2015; the way this differs from the savings targeted under the Croke Park II proposals; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [28162/13]

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Information on Brendan Howlin Zoom on Brendan Howlin I propose to take Questions Nos. 96 and 97 together.

Public service trade unions are currently considering the various proposals put forward under the Haddington Road Agreement and those that need to ballot will do so over the coming weeks ahead of the implementation date of 1 July. The composition of the savings arising can only be finalised when the results of the various ballots are known. However, the measures set out in the Agreement will enable the Government to achieve the targeted savings of approximately €300 million in the public service pay and pensions bill in 2013, including savings on Local Government, and it is estimated that the measures set out in the Haddington Road Agreement will reduce the public service pay and pensions bill by €1 billion by the end of the Agreement.

The Revised Estimates Volume was published on the basis of the previous Labour Relations Commission (LRC) recommendations, prior to the recent re-engagement between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the trade unions. These recommendations were, at the time, the most appropriate means of achieving the savings required and it was important that the relevant Oireachtas Committees could begin the process of examining the Vote allocations for 2013. While the recommendations set out in Haddington Road Agreement have changed since the previous LRC recommendations, the pay allocations for individual Votes based on the implementation of these recommendations remain largely the same.


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