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Varadkar, Leo

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Local Authority Expenditure

Was asked: the percentage of GDP controlled by local authorities here.More Button

Ministerial Communications

Was asked: if there is a policy regarding ministerial use of private email for Government business in his Department; and if so, if it will be published. More Button

The Department of the Taoiseach has an ICT Policy which stipulates that where personal email accounts are used for business purposes, due regard must be taken of the sensitivity and confidentiality...More Button

The ICT Policy further requires that, where personal email accounts are used for business purposes, a copy of any record created must be retained in an appropriate official electronic filing syst...More Button

Although I and the staff working in my Department have been assigned Departmental email accounts which are used for official business, there may be occasional operational reasons to use a persona...More Button

In line with my Department's ICT policy, if such correspondence is received, I or my staff copy the reply to Government officials thereby creating a record of the correspondence which can be acce...More Button

Official Engagements

Was asked: if he and-or officials in his Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup; if so, the reason they attended; days on which they attended; the officials they met from a Ryder Cup organisation or the Europ...More Button

The Secretary General of my Department attended the 2018 Ryder Cup for one day at the invitation of the European Tour. The purpose of his attendance was to discuss the possibility of the hosting of...More Button

He met with the CEO and Deputy CEO of the European Tour and the Ryder Cup Director. He was also in contact with a former Ryder Cup Captain who is also a member of the European Tour Board.More Button

The cost of flights was €483.16, hotel €152.15 and train fare €10.30.More Button

Departmental Programmes

Was asked: the involvement of his Department in tackling adult literacy; if a financial allocation is provided for same; if so, the way in which it is utilised; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Remuneration

Was asked: when serving personnel from the Defence Forces can expect to have their tech three payment issued which was suspended during the downturn period; and the timeframe for the reinstatement of this pay...More Button

Was asked: the reason new recruits are obliged to pay for rations; the cost to rectify this; if it is a matter that was brought before the conciliation and arbitration scheme; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Was asked: his plans to introduce a military service allowance at a lower rate for recruits in order to compensate them for the loss of the free travel pass; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated annual cost to provide a once-off €200 completion bonus for recruits that successfully complete their training; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost to restore the 10% reduction in the overseas allowances; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost to restore all cuts to the military allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated cost to restore the 5% cut in the military service allowance; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if the provision of long service increments as a measure to retain expert staff will be considered; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if a review was carried out by the military authorities in regard to the technical pay structure of the Defence Forces following the Haddington Road agreement; if a report on same was provided to h...More Button

Was asked: if a review was carried out by the military authorities in regard to the technical pay structure of the Defence Forces following the Haddington Road agreement; if a report on same was provided to h...More Button

Was asked: the outstanding decisions of the conciliation and arbitration scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to publish the review of the conciliation and arbitration scheme report; his further plans to implement the findings of the report; the timeframe for same; and if he will make a statement...More Button

Defence Forces Medical Services

Was asked: if it is standard practice that a senior medical officer will carry out a full medical prior to overseas deployment but that a junior medical officer will provide a prescription for anti-malaria dr...More Button

Naval Service Vessels

Was asked: the occasions in the past five years that a Naval Service ship was delayed from setting out to sail at the scheduled time and date; the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Training

Was asked: the number of staff involved in training new recruits; the whole-time equivalent of those involved in training new recruits; the rank of those involved; if those involved in training are included i...More Button

Defence Forces Strength

Was asked: if the whole-time equivalent figure for the Defence Forces corresponds with the establishment figure; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Recruitment

Was asked: the number of applications to join the Defence Forces in each of the past five years; the number of those that successfully passed each stage of the recruitment process; the number of those that we...More Button

Was asked: the amount spent on recruitment to the Defence Forces in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Personnel

Was asked: his plans to engage with the military authorities and the representative organisations of the Defence Forces in respect of the application of the working time directive to Defence Forces personnel;...More Button

Was asked: if information regarding the discovery of a spyhole in the female shower area of the central supply area of the Naval Service was circulated to all female personnel in the Naval Service that may ha...More Button

Defence Forces Representative Organisations

Was asked: the number of times he has met with organisations (details supplied) in an official capacity to discuss issues affecting Defence Forces personnel; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Contracts

Was asked: his plans to review the practice whereby continuance in service contracts are offered after two years; if this period will be extended to five years as a measure to address retention issues; and if...More Button

Was asked: the number of Defence Forces personnel on post-21 years service contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Defence Forces Personnel Data

Was asked: the number of personnel that have been discharged by purchase over each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Army Barracks

Was asked: if funding will be provided for the upgrade of the block 7 accommodation facility at Connolly Barracks in the Defence Forces training centre; when this project will commence; and if he will make a ...More Button

Defence Forces Medicinal Products

Was asked: the details of the anti-malarial drugs prescribed to the Defence Forces operating in sub-Saharan Africa in 2017 and to date in 2018; and the number of troops prescribed each drug, respectively, in ...More Button