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Kenny, Enda

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 760 Nbr. 3


Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) - Employment Levels

Was asked: the number of workers in employment; the way same compares to figures under the previous Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Ceisteanna — Questions (Resumed) - Parliamentary Reform

Was asked: if the review of changes to procedures in Dáil Éireann promised in July 2011 has taken place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Constitutional Convention

Was asked: the way citizens are going to be picked to be on the panel for the constitutional convention; and the way a variety of viewpoints will be included without pre-screening or prejudicing potential can...More Button

Was asked: the way the 33 Oireachtas members due to serve on the Constitutional Convention will be selected; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Was asked: when the planned constitutional convention will be formed; and if he will outline the field of expertise that will form part of the Committee.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide an update on the Constitution Convention. More Button

Was asked: the way young persons outside the political system apply for the upcoming Constitutional Convention. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 to 77, inclusive, together.More Button

The Government’s proposals for the Constitutional Convention, including its composition and the topics it will consider, have been made public on www.merrionstreet.ie.More Button

It is proposed that the Convention should consist of 100 members, including a chairperson. 66 will be ordinary citizens and the remaining 33 will be made up of Oireachtas members and one parliamen...More Button

It is envisaged that the electoral register would be used to select the 66 citizens and that a polling company would be used to make the selection so that it is as representative of society as poss...More Button

In its proposals the Government has said that, rather than appoint experts as members of the Convention, an Expert Advisory Group will be established to provide the Convention with information and ...More Button

I have met representatives of the Opposition parties and the Dáil Technical Group to consult them on the Government’s proposals for the Constitutional Convention and they have reverted...More Button

Written Answers - Northern Ireland Issues

Was asked: his plans to bring up the ongoing issue of the sensitive materials deposited in Boston College, that have been ordered by a US District Court to be handed over to the PSNI for criminal investigatio...More Button

Was asked: if he has previously brought up the ongoing issue of the sensitive materials deposited in Boston College, that have been ordered by a US District Court to be handed over to the PSNI for criminal in...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 78 and 79 together.More Button

In respect of the Deputy’s two questions on this matter, I am aware that there are ongoing legal proceedings under way in the United States regarding the oral history archive related to the T...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Properties

Was asked: the number of buildings that his Department has rented in each county that are, at present, being fully utilised; the number of buildings [726]rented which are empty, id...More Button

My Department does not have any property in Dublin or elsewhere which is rented. More Button

Written Answers - Irish Communities Abroad

Was asked: the position regarding the numbers of emigrants to Britain from Ireland from 1987 to date in 2012, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Bodies

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form, a list of all agencies, bodies and internal organisations under his aegis. More Button

The National Economic and Social Development Office, which is the body corporate for the National Economic and Social Council, is the only agency under the aegis of my Department. The National Sta...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form, a breakdown of the salaries, allowances and expenses paid to employees of the National Economic and Social Development Office in 2011. More Button

The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) was established under the NESDO Act 2006 and is the body corporate for the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). More Button

A breakdown of the salaries, allowances and expenses paid to staff of the NESDO, which includes the staff of the NESC, is provided in the accompanying table.More Button

NESDO/NESC Salaries, Allowances, and Travel and Subsistence for 2011More Button

Was asked: if he will provide in tabular form, a breakdown of the number of National Economic and Social Development Office board members and their respective annual remuneration for 2011. More Button

A breakdown of the number of National Economic and Social Development Office board members is in the accompanying table. No remuneration is payable for membership of the National Economic and Socia...More Button

Membership of the Board of the National Economic and Social Development Office 2011More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of any external companies which performed duties for the Office of Public Prosecutions during each of the past three years; the type of services they provided; and the am...More Button

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has outsourced a number of functions to private companies. The functions outsourced relate to security and cleaning services as well as the provis...More Button

Question No. 92 answered with Question No. 89.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of general law expenses from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I have shown as follows the details sought. The most significant item of expenditure incurred was in respect of law costs awarded against the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.More Button

Question No. 97 answered with Question No. 89.More Button

Was asked: the number of staff employed in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor; the number of these employees in receipt of salaries over €200,000, and over €150,000 and over €100,000, and ...More Button

The answer is as follows:More Button

1The Chief State Solicitor took a voluntary pay cut of €22,931 in 2009 bringing his gross pay to €197,361.More Button

Was asked: the average amount paid to staff in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor for travel and subsistence on an annual basis; the details of the types of expenses staff may recoup; and if he will make...More Button

The Office of the Chief State Solicitor complies with the Civil Service Regulations with regard to travel, subsistence and expenses. The types of expenses which can be claimed are those which are l...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of spending on postal and telecommunications services in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. More Button

The answer is as follows:More Button

1Service provided at the end of 2009 was not paid for until 2010.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of spending on office equipment and external IT services in the Office of the Chief State Solicitor. More Button

The answer is as follows:More Button

Was asked: the details of any external companies which performed duties for the Office of the Chief State Solicitor during each of the past three years; the types of services they provided; and the amounts th...More Button

The answer is as follows:More Button

For security reasons, the Office of the Chief State Solicitor has not disclosed the names of the companies involved in the provision of duties over the last three years.More Button

Was asked: the details of any office premises expenses of the Office of the Chief State Solicitor during each of the past three years; the amount paid in rent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The following are the costs of office expenses for the Office of the Chief State Solicitor for 2008 to 2010: More Button

This expenditure comprises costs in relation to Furniture and Fittings, Utilities and Office maintenance and repairs.More Button

The Office of the Chief State Solicitor does not pay any rent in the buildings it occupies. Osmond House is owned by the Office of Public Works and rent for the three floors occupied in The Chancer...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of fees paid to counsel during each of the past five years by the Office of the Chief State Solicitor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The answer is as follows:More Button

1Counsel Travel includes the cost of flights and accommodation for Counsel who travel to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Travel expenses are not paid to Counsel within Ireland.More Button

Management of the expenditure in relation to Counsel Fees from 2008 outturn to 2011 outturn has seen a reduction in spend of 42%. The Office will continue to tightly control expenditure in this area.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of general law expenses form the Office of the Chief State Solicitor for each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The answer is as follows:More Button

1Legal Expenses comprise of Solicitor Costs and Services, Witness expenses and engineers fees.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of administration, non-pay related, in the Offices of the Chief State Solicitor during each of the last three years. More Button

The answer is as follows:More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of moneys spent by the Office of the Chief State Solicitor on external legal services over each of the past three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The answer is as follows:More Button

These payments are in relation to work carried out by the local State Solicitors in relation to ministerial prosecutions around the country. Ministerial prosecutions comprise mainly of social welf...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

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

No staff in my Department serve as directors of companies arising from their employment.More Button

Was asked: the number of staff employed in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions; the number of these employees in receipt of salaries €200,000, and over €150,000 and over €100,000,...More Button

The number of staff employed in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is 200. When worksharing patterns and staff on unpaid leave are taken into account this equates to 192.10 whole ti...More Button

No employees of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions are in receipt of salaries of €200,000 or higher. Two individuals are in receipt of salaries of over €150,000 but less t...More Button

Was asked: the average amount paid to staff in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for travel and subsistence on an annual basis; the details of the types of expenses staff may recoup; and if he...More Button

The table below shows the total amount paid on travel and subsistence in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the last three years, the number of staff who received payment and the ...More Button

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions complies with Civil Service regulations with regard to travel and subsistence and expenses. The types of expenses which staff may recoup when trav...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 table details the amount of expenses claimed since March 2011 by Ministers attached to my Department: More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of spending on postal and telecommunications services in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of spending on office equipment and external IT services in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. More Button

Was asked: if he will provide details of any office premises expenses of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions during each of the past three years; the amounts paid in rent; and if he will make a ...More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of administration, non-pay related, in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions during each of the past three years. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 89, 90, 92 and 97 together.More Button

The information sought in Question No. 97 — administration, non-pay related — contains the expenditure details sought in the other three questions.More Button

The Deputy has sought information on expenditure on administration, non-pay related based on the headings published in the Revised Estimated for the Public Services 2012. I would draw the Deputy&r...More Button

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions does not pay rent in respect of its buildings. The payment of rent is part of the responsibility of the Office of Public Works.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of moneys paid during each of the past three years by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for consultancy services and value for money and policy review...More Button

No value for money or policy reviews were undertaken in the period in question. The title for subhead A07 published in the Revised Estimated for the Public Services 2012 is Consultancy Services an...More Button

The Director of Public Prosecutions has not disclosed the names of the companies involved for security reasons. The companies were engaged following a competitive tendering process.More Button

Was asked: if he will provide a breakdown of fees paid to counsel during each of the past five years by the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

The table gives a breakdown of fees paid to counsel in each of the past five years. Since 2009, two 8% cuts and one 10% cut in fee rates paid to barristers by the Office of the Director of Public ...More Button

Was asked: the reason behind the drop in law costs awarded against the Director of Public Prosecution’s office between 2010 and 2011. More Button

The significant reduction in the amount paid in respect of law costs awarded against the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution between 2010 and 2011 resulted from a 32% reduction in the numb...More Button

Written Answers - Consultancy Contracts

 104.  Deputy Jonathan O’Brien More Button

The answer is as follows: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 [738]boards in relation to the percent...More Button

The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO)More Button

The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) is the body corporate of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC). Two appointments were made to the NESDO since February 2011. ...More Button

The National Economic and Social Council (NESC)More Button

Fourteen appointments (four females and ten males) have been made to the NESC since February, 2011. Women account for 29% of the Council’s membership while men account for 71% of its membersh...More Button

The National Statistics Board (NSB)More Button

There have been no appointments to the National Statistics Board (NSB) since February 2011.More Button

The current Board has seven members, six male members (86%) and one female member (14%).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

My Department receives no funding from the National Lottery.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Equipment

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

The number of laptops in use in my Department is 31 broken down as follows:More Button

The number of tablets in use in my Department is 2. The number of the laptops in use that are due to be upgraded this year is 6.More Button