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Howlin, Brendan

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 Nbr. 3


Referendum on Treaty on Stability, Co-ordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union: Statements

The Chair is very generous.More Button

The alternative is more borrowing.More Button

If it was a secret, how come we announced it?More Button

European armies.More Button

Abortion.More Button

Leaders’ Questions

I did not say any such thing.More Button

I did not say that.More Button

The Deputy wishes the country ill.More Button

What did the people say about Deputy Adams?More Button

He must be the first socialist who is against a property tax. He used to say property was theft.More Button

Written Answers - Hazardous Waste

Was asked: if he has published the report of the Working Group chaired by the Office of Public Works that was set up to examine all outstanding issues relating to the clean-up of the former Irish Steel More Button

Written Answers - Local Authority Services

Was asked: if he has issued a directive to local authorities explaining the way construction and roofing companies can tender for infrastructure construction projects; and if he will make a statement on the m...More Button

All policy, guidance and implementation measures relating to capital projects is published on the Construction Procurement Reform website www.constructionprocurement.gov.ie where the Capital...More Button

The Capital Works Management Framework was introduced on a phased basis from 2007 and became mandatory for all contracting authorities through the issue of Department of Finance Circular 06/10 on 5...More Button

Under EU rules all public works contracts above €5m must be published in the Official Journal of the EU and on the eTenders website, whilst our national rules require all public works contract...More Button

Written Answers - Public Service Reform

Was asked: the progress that has been made in his plans to abolish 50 quangos; and if he will provide a list of which quangos are due to be abolished. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware the Public Service Reform Plan, published in November, demonstrated the Government’s commitment to reform and the pursuit of efficiencies by deciding (i) to procee...More Button

With regard to the progress made, I refer the Deputy to my answer to Deputy Shane Ross (PQ Ref No: 7802/12) on 14 February 2012, which details the progress to date on rationalising the State bodies.More Button

Was asked: his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

As the Deputy will be aware, this Government is committed to far reaching reform of the Public Service and providing better value for money in service delivery. More Button

The Government’s Public Service Reform Plan, which was published last November, outlines the priority actions and timelines for reform. These reforms reflect five major commitments to change...More Button

As part of the Reform Plan, the Government has set a target of reducing public service staff numbers to 282,500 by end-2015, from a peak of 320,000 in 2008. The number of staff working in the Publ...More Button

In the context of these reduced numbers, together with the changed economic environment, it is necessary to look at new ways of working that use fewer resources and that provide real value for mone...More Button

The Reform Plan also commits to the identification and evaluation of further potential non-core activities suitable for external service delivery. My Department has recently written to all Departm...More Button

Written Answers - Sports Funding

Was asked: if he will consider asking the Office of Public Works to support an association (details supplied) in its efforts to secure the reopening of the real tennis court in Earlsfort Terrace. More Button

Written Answers - Valuation Office

Was asked: if he will clarify the situation in relation to general revaluation currently ongoing by the valuation office; the purpose and reason for same if requested by Government; if he will outline local a...More Button

The work of the Valuation Office is underpinned by The Valuation Act 2001, which provides for the valuation of all commercial and industrial property. The Commissioner of Valuation is independent i...More Button

The revaluation programme aims to provide up-to-date valuations for individual properties across all economic sectors that are subject to local authority rates. It is an important programme, especi...More Button

It is not the purpose of a revaluation to increase the total amount of commercial rates collected by local authorities. In fact, the relevant legislation (Valuation Act 2001 and the Local Governmen...More Button

The redistribution of the rates liability following revaluation is a function of market conditions at the date of valuation and the composition of the valuation list in terms of property type. Ther...More Button

The revaluation programme, which has been completed in three County Council areas in Dublin, began in November 2005 in the South Dublin County Council area and has since been rolled out to the area...More Button

While the extension of the project to Dublin City is the major current focus, the Commissioner has expressed his concern that the present rate of progress may not allow the Office to complete the j...More Button

The Valuation Office is actively pursuing ways to accelerate the revaluation programme. The Commissioner has indicated that, following detailed examination of various possibilities over the past ye...More Button

Written Answers - EU Funding

Was asked: the rationale for excluding citizens in the Border, Midland and Western region from being identified under the Connecting Europe facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

In October 2011, the European Commission announced a proposal to introduce the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) — a plan to fund €50 billion worth of investment to improve Europe’s...More Button

Discussions in relation to the structure of the CEF are ongoing and form part of the overall discussions on the Multi-Annual Financial Framework 2014-2020 and cohesion policy. The Facility is open ...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the reason, when considering temporary vacancies in a Department, redeployment from other Departments or agencies is considered before the transfer list of the same Department is used; if this mean...More Button

The Public Service Agreement 2010-14 (Croke Park Agreement) provides for agreed redeployment arrangements to apply in the Civil Service and in other parts of the public service. Under the Agreemen...More Button

The Public Appointments Service (PAS) has put in place a system of Resource Panels of Civil Service and State Agency staff to support the redeployment processes in those sectors agreed under the Cr...More Button

In situations where an organisation has a need for staff on a temporary basis it is considered reasonable to seek to fill these in the first instance from the redeployment Resource Panels. Where it...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a list of staff in his Department who serve as directors of companies arising from their employment; the names of the companies involved; the annual remuneration received, if any...More Button

In response to the Deputy’s question Mr. David Moloney Assistant Secretary responsible for Labour Market and Enterprise Policy, is a member of the Governing Council the Economic and Social Re...More Button

Ms. Marie McLaughlin Principal Officer is a director on the boards of the National Building Agency and the Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency Limited. She receives no remuneration in relati...More Button

The Office of the Attorney General has advised that people working for the State are entitled to be indemnified for such work. The indemnification would cover any reasonable legal fees and/or damag...More Button

Was asked: further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 72 and 74 of 7 March 2010, if he will provide the responses to the questions. More Button

A letter issued with the response in hard copy and by email to the Deputy’s office on Wednesday the 21st of March 2012 in relation to the issues raised in Parliamentary Questions Nos. 72 and ...More Button

Written Answers - National Monuments

Was asked: if a member of staff (details supplied) will engage with locals in relation to an Office of Public Works site in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Expenses

Was asked: the amount of expenses claimed on a monthly basis since March 2011 by all Ministers attached to his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The information sought by the Deputy is set out in the tables below: More Button

Minister Howlin’s Expenses claims since March 2011More Button

Minister of State Office of Public Works, Brian Hayes claims since March 2011More Button

Minister Hayes claims include monies received from OPW as well as any claims made to the Department of Finance and Department of Foreign Affairs.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Equipment

Was asked: the number of laptops in use in the Civil Service; the number of tablets in use in the Civil Service; the number of the laptops in use that are due to be upgraded this year; and if he will make a s...More Button

My Department would not have information on the number of laptops or tablets in use in the Civil Service.More Button

IT is now provided on a shared service basis between the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the Department of Finance. There are 55 laptops and 1 tablet in use across the two Departme...More Button

Written Answers - National Lottery Funding

Was asked: if he will confirm the amount of National Lottery funds allocated to his Department; if the funds are spent on specific projects; if so, the name of the project; if the National Lottery fund is all...More Button

The surplus generated by the National Lottery is transferred annually to the Exchequer and is applied to part-fund the Exchequer allocations to a specified range of expenditure subheads across vari...More Button

The amount transferred to the Exchequer from the National Lottery surplus, together with details of the total Exchequer allocations to the relevant Lottery supported subheads, are published each ye...More Button

While as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, I have overall responsibility for regulating the National Lottery, my Department’s Vote does not include any subheads that are part funded...More Button

Written Answers - Appointments to State Boards

Was asked: if he will provide a full breakdown by gender of all appointments to State boards since February 2011; the current status of State boards in relation to the percentage of participation of women and...More Button

In response to the Deputy’s question the following appointments were made to Boards under the aegis of my Department since February 2011.More Button

Five reappointments, all of which were male, were made for a 12 month term ending 30 June 2012 to the Arbitration Board under the Conciliation and Arbitration Scheme for the Civil Service, the Defe...More Button

In September 2011 members of the Board of the Public Appointments Service were appointed. Of the external appointments to the board (not including the CEO) three females and five males were appoint...More Button

The Public Service Management (Recruitment and Appointments) Act, 2004 states that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (in consultation with Minister for the Environment, Community and L...More Button

The Board is representative of the client base. The majority of the board are therefore civil or public servants, nominated by the relevant Minister (two males and two females were nominated in th...More Button

In relation to An Post National Lottery one reappointment was made to the Board in the form of the current chairman. Of a possible seven members of the board one is a female.More Button