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O'Donovan, Patrick

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Public Procurement Tenders

The awarding of public contracts is governed by the fundamental principles derived from the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union as they apply to public procurement. These include trans...More Button

There is little scope for manoeuvre on labour rates since contractors are required by law to pay workers covered by the sectoral employment orders, SEOs, in accordance with the terms of the appli...More Button

On the national children's hospital, the Deputy will be aware from responses that have been given by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform that the National Paediatric Hospital Development...More Button

Public Procurement Tenders (Continued)

With regard to available guidance, the Deputy has outlined that he is aware of the regulations as set out in the statutory instrument and the law itself. There are provisions of guidance and suppo...More Button

The Minister, Deputy Donohoe, addressed that issue both in the committee and in the House. Where there are issues of abnormally low tenders, the contracting authority, whether a public body or Sta...More Button

Public Sector Pensions Legislation

I acknowledge the support of Deputy Cowen in the passage of the Bill. The Public Service Superannuation (Age of Retirement) Act 2018 provides for an increase to age 70 in the compulsory retirement...More Button

As Deputy Michael McGrath will be aware, public servants who reached the compulsory retirement age of 65 before the new legislation was enacted were required to retire in accordance with the stat...More Button

Section 3A(6) of the Act provides that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform shall, within three months of the passing of the Act, prepare and lay before the Oireachtas a report on the p...More Button

Work on the report is under way in accordance with the terms of section 3A(6). Under that provision, publication of the report is required within three months of the passing of the Act on 26 Dec...More Button

It would not be appropriate for me to comment on the content of a report which is under preparation and not completed, and which I am statutorily obliged to lay before the Oireachtas.More Button

Deputy Cowen, during the passage of the Bill, suggested a number of measures, as did Deputy Darragh O'Brien. I accepted the amendment in good faith to see if there was a remedy that could address ...More Button

I should not and do not want to pre-empt the content of the report. That is not my job. The provision of section 3A(6) requires that the report covers public servants who were forced to retire be...More Button

I am being as honest as I can and the Deputy can take me at face value in this. This was not a simple issue to resolve. Everybody in the House regretted the fact that it had gone on for so long...More Button

Flood Relief Schemes Funding (Continued)

This is like the Westmeath county final.More Button

National Children's Hospital Expenditure (Continued)

The Deputy opposed it.More Button

Medicinal Products Reimbursement

Asked the Minister for Health: if the delays associated with the supply of Spinraza will be examined; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Regional Development Initiatives

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: when the south-east regional spatial strategy will be finalised; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button