Howlin, Brendan

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 740 No. 1

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Written Answers - Legislative Programme

Was asked: the position regarding the Construction Contracts Bill 2010; and when this Bill will appear before Dáil Éireann. More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the Construction Contracts Bill; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 232 and 236 together. The Programme for Government contains a commitment to introduce new legislation to protect small building subcontractors that have been denied p...More Button

Written Answers - Pension Provisions

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

The Programme for Government contains a number of provisions relating to the matter referred to in the details supplied. The Government is reviewing how the Programme in regard to the benefits of Oir...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Funding

Was asked: the contribution of the State to the recent works carried out to Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin 9; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the planned access to the Botanic Gardens has not been ...More Button

A scheme of restoration of Glasnevin Cemetery commenced in 2007. Funding for the works is being provided through the Office of Public Works. The Glasnevin Cemeteries Group is managing the works, with...More Button

Written Answers - Universal Social Charge

Was asked: the return of the Exchequer from the health levy in the past full year before the introduction of the universal social charge. More Button

Receipts in respect of the health levy in 2010, the last year prior to the introduction of the universal social charge, amounted to €2,017.656m.More Button

Written Answers - Review of Expenditure

Was asked: if the input suggestion scheme is still in operation; the savings that have been made to date as a result of this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Members of the public were invited to submit suggestions to the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure through my Department’s website www.per.gov.ie. The period for suggestions to be put forward for co...More Button

Written Answers - Pay Levels

Was asked: if he will establish a top pay commission to examine pay and compensation levels across the whole economy and establish key pay relatives across the public and private sector; and if he will make a s...More Button

I refer to my reply to Questions Nos. 248 and 249 of 21 July 2011.More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount of money that was spent on taxis by his Department in the past year; the amount of money that has been provided for in the next year for taxi services for his Department; the times that ta...More Button

Records for expenditure on taxis for my Department are from April 2011 only. Since that time a total of €2,991 euros has been spent on taxi fares. Taxis should be used for official business purposes...More Button

Written Answers - National Monuments

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Staigue Fort in Castlecove, County Kerry is frequented by many visitors and Kerry County Council has a policy of not cutting hedges on roads; if, ...More Button

Written Answers - Flood Damage

Was asked: if the Office of Public Works has condemned the house of a person (details supplied) in County Galway; and if the file on this issue has been sent to the Department of Social Protection in preparatio...More Button

Written Answers - Flood Relief

Was asked: the position regarding a section of embankment along the River Laune (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the amount his Department has spent on taxis for staff and for others in each of the past four years. More Button

Records for expenditure on taxis for my Department are from April 2011 only. Since that time a total of 2,991 euros has been spent on taxi fares.More Button

Was asked: the details of spending using Departmental credit cards held by Department staff over the past four years; the numbers of persons in his Department who hold credit cards; the credit limits of said ca...More Button

Records on expenditure on credit cards for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform are only available from April 2011. Since then a total of €823.40 has been spend on the cards and a total of ...More Button

Written Answers - Ministerial Staff

Was asked: the number of persons employed in each of the private offices and the constituency offices of his Ministers of State; the annual amount paid in respect of salaries to each office for 2009, 2010 and t...More Button

Since his appointment as Minister of State for Public Service Reform and the Office of Public Works at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and Department of Finance, Mr Brian Hayes, TD has...More Button

Was asked: the number of special advisers and programme managers in his Department; the annual amount paid in respect of salaries in regard to each such office for each of the years 2009, 2010 and to date in 20...More Button

Since my appointment as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on 9 March 2011 the relevant details are as follows:More Button

Was asked: the number of persons employed in his private offices and constituency offices; the annual amount paid in respect of salaries in regard to each such office for 2009, 2010 and to date in 2011 in tabul...More Button

Since my appointment as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform on 9 March 2011, the following staff have been appointed to my private office: The following staff are assigned to work on constituen...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Expenditure

Was asked: the budget available to his Department for IT expenditure in 2010 and 2011; the provisions within his Department for the purchasing of IT equipment; the efforts that are being undertaken to ensure va...More Button

The information technology purchasing policy of my Department and agencies under its remit is to ensure that all procurements comply with procurement law, provide value for money, are fit for purpose,...More Button

Written Answers - Expenditure Reviews

Was asked: if he will publish the details of his Department’s submission and all correspondence for consideration as part of the comprehensive spending review. More Button

Departmental submissions to the CRE are a central part of the overall pre-budget deliberations of the Government. As such, release of these documents could not be considered in advance of Government ...More Button

Written Answers - Heritage Sites

Was asked: if he will extend the public opening season of the Ceide Fields Interpretative Centre, County Mayo, which has been short-listed to be declared a world heritage site, to correspond with the tourist se...More Button

Was asked: the visitor numbers for a site (details supplied) in County Limerick operated by the Office of Public Works for the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and during the season in 2011; and if he will make a stateme...More Button

Written Answers - Public Sector Pay

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

The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act, 2009 made provision for a reduction in the salaries of public servants with effect from 1 January 2010. As with all legislation, th...More Button

Written Answers - Departmental Staff

Was asked: the number of persons employed by his Department by grade; and the pay scale by grade within his Department. More Button

The following is a breakdown of Whole-Time Equivalents (WTEs) employed in my Department as at end August 2011: The current payscales for general Civil Service grades and grades common to two or more D...More Button

Written Answers - Civil Service Staff

Was asked: the number of retirements that are expected from the Civil Service at the levels of Secretary General, Assistant Secretary General, Principal Officer and Assistant Principal Officer in the remainder ...More Button

I understand that it is likely that one Secretary-General will retire before the end of this year. The provision in the Book of Estimates for Vote 7 (Superannuation and Retired Allowances) was based o...More Button

Written Answers - Professional Fees

Was asked: the potential savings to the Exchequer by reducing professional fees paid by the State by 25%. More Button

In the recently published 2011 Revised Estimates for my Department approximately €127,000 has been set aside for expenditure on consultancy and other services in my Department. If a 25% reduction app...More Button


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