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Howlin, Brendan

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 Nbr. 3


International Agreements: Motion

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International Co-operation: Motion

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Written Answers - Public Service Staff

Was asked: his plans to rescind the recruitment embargo on the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The Government is committed to reducing the Public Service number to 282,500 by 2015. Given the importance of meeting this challenging numbers target, the moratorium on recruitment will remain in p...More Button

In order to mitigate the impact on frontline service provision as far as possible, with the co-operation and flexibility of individual public servants, we will fully use the mechanisms set out in P...More Button

Should a Department identify a potential exception to the moratorium on recruitment the sanction of my Department must then be sought. Exceptions to the Moratorium may be granted on the following b...More Button

In addition, in the case of the Education and Health Sector, special arrangements apply that allow for limited recruitment in essential frontline services.More Button

Each Sector in the Public Service has been establishing its own Strategic Workforce Planning Group to ensure that sectoral employers are developing plans to deal with the operational and strategic ...More Button

Written Answers - Garda Stations

Was asked: if the Office of Public Works will consider its responsibility for the maintenance of Garda stations that it extends to providing disabled access facilities at a station (details supplied); and if ...More Button

Was asked: if the Office of Public Works will consider its responsibility for the maintenance of Garda stations that it extends to addressing the lack of suitable changing facilities for female gardaí ...More Button

Was asked: if the Office of Public Works will consider its responsibility for the maintenance of Garda stations that it extends to painting a station (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the total cost of the 2011 Dublin West by-election; and if he will provide a sub-heading breakdown of the costs and the cost of holding a recount as ordered by one of the candidates. More Button

Returning Officers are required to submit accounts to the Department of Finance within six months of holding an election. The accounts for the recent by-election have not yet been submitted and an ...More Button

Was asked: if he will outline in a tabular form, on a year by year basis from 2008 to 2015, in respect of staff leaving the public service, the cost of lump sums; the cost of severance payments; the cost of p...More Button

In the time allowed it is not possible to provide a detailed response to the Deputy. The information will be provided to him as soon as possible. Corresponding information in respect of other Dep...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: if he has reviewed proposals to address excessive pay in the private and public sectors in the UK and other EU states; if he is considering any similar proposals including the establishment of a to...More Button

I have no plans to establish a commission to examine levels of pay in the private and public sectors of the economy. Apart from instances where statutory rates of pay apply, pay rates in the privat...More Button

Pay rates in the public service have already been reduced by up to 15% and a progressive pension related reduction applied through the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 20...More Button

Written Answers - EU Funding

Was asked: the measures he plans to take to access the unspent and unallocated structural and social fund identified at the recent EU summit; and the options he has considered to match any additional funding ...More Button

Was asked: if he has considered accessing the unspent and unallocated structural and social funds identified at the recent EU summit for the purpose of financing measures for job creation, in particular measu...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 201 and 202 together. More Button

Following the informal European Council meeting on 30th January, EU Commission President Barroso has launched a special initiative to boost growth and tackle the problem of youth unemployment.More Button

The Commission will work with the eight Member States with the highest youth unemployment rates to develop a plan which could use unallocated structural funds to strengthen national programmes. The...More Button

Ireland has been allocated a total of €901m in EU Structural Funding for the period 2007-13. Of this, €750 million is assigned to the Regional Competitiveness and Employment (RCE) object...More Button

It is expected that the overall objectives of each programme will be achieved and that Ireland will drawdown the funding we have been allocated. At present, Ireland has no unallocated Structural Fu...More Button

I strongly welcome President Barroso’s initiative. I and other members of the Government will be working closely with the EU Commission.More Button

As there are no unused Structural and Cohesion funds available for Ireland at present, we will, in the first instance, be looking at whether employment programmes might be re-focused to better effe...More Button

Dealing with unemployment is the major priority for the Government and this is an initiative which must be utilized to maximum effect.More Button

Written Answers - Proposed Legislation

Was asked: the position regarding the reform of the Freedom of Information Act; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

My Department is at an advanced stage in the preparation of the General Scheme of a Bill to give effect to the commitments in the Programme for Government in relation to Freedom of Information. More Button

Subject to Government approval of the draft Heads of the Bill and other priorities in the Government’s legislative programme, I expect to be in a position to introduce the Bill to give effect...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: if he will provide a detailed breakdown of the number of Civil Service workers who have availed of the Croke Park early retirement scheme including their Department and grade in tabular form. More Button

Based on data to hand, the numbers of Civil Servants by Department who are due to retire by end-February 2012, having given notice of their intention to retire, are set out in the following table, ...More Button

Retirements by Department/Office and grade, January-February 2012More Button

Was asked: his plans for the hiring of seasonal outdoor staff in County Mayo; when these positions will be filled; and if vacant positions will be publicly advertised. More Button

Written Answers - Exchequer Savings

Was asked: if he will outline for each year from 2008 to 2015, the reduction in the gross pay bill for public servants, which totalled €2.5 billion for the period as referred to in the public service ref...More Button

The reduction in the gross Exchequer pay bill from 2008-2015 is as follows:More Button

Local Authority and Oireachtas staff are not included in the Exchequer pay bill.More Button

2011 and 2012 figures are estimates as per Budget 2012. 2013-2015 figures are forecasts.More Button

The Government target for public service numbers in 2015 is 282,500. When delivered this will have reduced the gross Exchequer pay bill by over €2.5bn since 2008. More Button

Written Answers - Departmenal Expenditure

Was asked: if any remuneration, stipend, expense facility, financial facility or similar payment is being made from the Exchequer to any senior public servant who has retired from the public service beyond an...More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is being collated in respect of retired Civil or Public Servants being paid by my Department or being paid by any bodies under its aegis. The information will ...More Button