Written Answers

The following are questions tabled by Members for written response and the ministerial replies as received on the day from the Departments [unrevised].

Departmental Staff

Paul Kehoe

Question:

1 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Taoiseach the names, titles and duties of each of the advisers, press officers, assistants and secretaries appointed by him; the annual salaries in each case; the pension arrangements in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45853/10]

The information requested by the Deputy is detailed in the Table.

Name

Title

Annual Salary

Pension Arrangements

Joe Lennon

Taoiseach’s Programme Manager

188,640

Scheme for established Civil Servants

Gerry Steadman

Taoiseach’s Special Adviser

132,687

Scheme for established Civil Servants

Brian Murphy

Taoiseach’s Special Adviser

132,687

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

Deirdre Gillane

Taoiseach’s Special Adviser

95,550

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

Peter Clinch

Taoiseach’s Special Adviser

181,243

A pension contribution equivalent to 11% of salary is made towards a pension fund, this is in accordance with Department of Finance guidelines

Padraig Slyne

Special Adviser to Minister of State & Government Chief Whip

96,295

A pension contribution equivalent to 11% of salary is made towards a pension fund, this is in accordance with Department of Finance guidelines

Eoghan O’Neachtain

Government Press Secretary

138,655

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

Mark Costigan

Deputy Government Press Secretary

103,136

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

John Downing

Deputy Government Press Secretary

109,382

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

Sineád Dooley

Taoiseach’s Personal Assistant with responsibility as Office Manager

66,519

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

Peter Lenehan

Taoiseach’s Personal Assistant

50,178

Scheme for established Civil Servants

Annette McManus

Taoiseach’s Personal Assistant

48,297

Scheme for established Civil Servants

Denise Kavanagh

Taoiseach’s Personal Assistant

57,251

Scheme for established Civil Servants

Yvonne Graham

Taoiseach’s Personal Assistant

53,532

Scheme for established Civil Servants

Sarah McLoughlin

Taoiseach’s Personal Assistant

53,532

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

Aoife Ní Lochlainn

Personal Assistant to the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

47,730

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

Elaine Hogan

Taoiseach’s Personal Secretary

42,446

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

Colette Waters

Taoiseach’s Personal Secretary

39,223

Scheme for established Civil Servants

Nicola Stapleton

Personal Assistant to the Government Chief Whip

49,637

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

Shauna Curran

Personal Secretary to the Government Chief Whip

22,792

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees

Maura Stynes

Personal Secretary to the Government Chief Whip

23,167

Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees a

Under the direction of my Programme Manager, Joe Lennon, the primary function of my Special Advisers is to monitor, facilitate and help secure the achievement of Government objectives and to ensure effective coordination in the implementation of the Programme for Government.

The role and duties of Special Advisers are described in Section 11 of the Public Service Management Act, 1997. In summary, these are:—

(i) providing advice;

(ii) monitoring, facilitating and securing the achievement of Government objectives that relate to the Department, as requested; and

(iii) performing such other functions as may be directed.

My Programme Manager meets other Ministerial Advisers on a weekly basis. He monitors and reports to me on progress in implementing the Programme for Government. Each of my Advisers liaise with a number of Departments and act as a point of contact in my office for Ministers and their Advisers.

My Advisers attend meetings of Cabinet Committees and cross-departmental teams relevant to their responsibilities. They also liaise, on my behalf, with organisations and interest groups outside of Government.

Special Advisers are also tasked with giving me advice and keeping me informed on a wide range of issues, including business, financial, economic, political, environmental, administrative and media matters and performing such other functions as may be directed by me from time to time. In addition, a number of my advisers have specific responsibilities in relation to speech drafting.

The duties of the Government Press Secretary and the Deputy Government Press Secretaries are to liaise with the media on my behalf. Political correspondents are briefed on a daily basis by the Government Press Secretary and Deputy Government Press Secretaries. Through regular contact with Departmental Press Officers, they ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach to media matters. They also strive to ensure that relevant information and replies to press queries are communicated accurately, speedily and efficiently to the media.

The Personal Assistants and Personal Secretaries appointed by me have a range of duties and mainly provide administrative support and assistance in my Constituency Office and the Government Chief Whip's Constituency Office.

Departmental Appointments

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

2 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Taoiseach all appointments made by him in the past 12 months; the persons appointed; the income received; the body to which they were appointed; the terms of office they will serve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46381/10]

The details requested by the Deputy are set out in the table.

Name

Title

Body appointed to

Date of appointment

Term of Office

Salary since appointmentup to last pay date in November 2010

Deirdre Gillane

Special Adviser to the Taoiseach

Taoiseach’s Special Adviser

31.05.10

Coterminous with the term of office of the Taoiseach

47,611

Padraig Slyne

Special Adviser to the Government Chief Whip and Minister of State

Special Adviser to the Government Chief Whip

24.03.10

Coterminous with the term of office of the Government Chief Whip

65,608

Nicola Stapleton

Personal Assistant to the Government Chief Whip and Minister of State

Personal Assistant to the Government Chief Whip

23.03.10

Coterminous with the term of office of the Government Chief Whip

29,277

Shauna Curran

Personal Secretary to the Government Chief Whip and Minister of State

Personal Secretary to the Government Chief Whip

23.03.10

Coterminous with the term of office of the Government Chief Whip

13,501

Maura Stynes

Personal Secretary to the Government Chief Whip and Minister of State

Personal Secretary to the Government Chief Whip

23.03.10

Coterminous with the term of office of the Government Chief Whip

13,723

Tony Donohoe, IBEC

Board member

National Economic and Social Council

January, 2010

*To Summer 2010

N/A

Mr Kevin Cardiff, Secretary General, Department of Finance

Board member

National Economic and Social Council

February, 2010

*To Summer 2010

N/A

Damian Callaghan Intel Capital

Chair of the Board

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Bernard Byrne, Chief Financial Officer, AIB

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Martin Kelly Partner, IBM VC Group

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Ray Nolan Software Entrepreneur

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Bernie Cullinan CEO Clarigen

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Helen Ryan CEO Creganna-Tactx Medical

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Hugh Brady President UCD

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Name

Title

Body appointed to

Date of appointment

Term of Office

Salary since appointmentup to last pay date in November 2010

Professor Peter Clinch Special Economic Adviser to the Taoiseach

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

John Corrigan Chief Executive NTMA

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Professor Frank Gannon Director General SFI

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Barry O’Leary CEO IDA Ireland

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Frank Ryan CEO Enterprise Ireland

Board member

Innovation Fund-Ireland Advisory Board

July, 2010

N/A

N/A

Dr. Patricia O’Hara Chairperson National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA)

Board member

National Statistics Board

October, 2010

3 years

Stipend of 5,714

Professor Philip Lane Trinity College Dublin (TCD)

Board member

National Statistics Board

October, 2010

3 years

Stipend of 5,079

Fergal O’Brien Irish Business and Employer’s Confederation (IBEC)

Board member

National Statistics Board

October, 2010

3 years

Stipend of 5,079

Paul Sweeney Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)

Board member

National Statistics Board

October, 2010

3 years

Stipend of 3,809

Ciaran Dolan Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association (ICMSA)

Board member

National Statistics Board

October, 2010

3 years

None to date**

Michael J. McGrath Assistant Secretary Department of Finance

Board member

National Statistics Board

October, 2010

3 years

N/A

Gerry O’Hanlon Director General Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Board member

National Statistics Board

October, 2010

3 years

N/A

*The term of office of the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) expired during Summer 2010. Nominations for a new Council have been received.
**Ciarán Dolan was appointed to the National Statistics Board (NSB) in October, 2010. In addition the Taoiseach formally made appointments in the Central Statistics Office in accordance with normal civil service arrangements.

State Bodies

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

3 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Taoiseach the total amount of moneys owed to private firms by public bodies under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46483/10]

There are 45 invoices due to be paid to private firms by NESDO totalling €119,717.12. All of these invoices will be paid within 15 calendar days.

Industrial Disputes

Niall Collins

Question:

4 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the number of industrial disputes, industrial actions including work to rule presently being engaged in by staff of his Department; when these actions were initiated; the individual subject matter of each dispute or action; the current status of each dispute or action; the estimated loss in productivity arising from each dispute or action; if each dispute or action is in contravention of the Croke Park agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46521/10]

No industrial disputes, industrial actions or work to rule are presently being engaged in by staff of my Department.

Higher Education Grants

Richard Bruton

Question:

5 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if those on back to education allowance are liable to pay the proposed €200 charge for post leaving certificate courses, or will they be entitled to submit a maintenance grant application form to get payment of the charge; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45910/10]

The cost of the proposed charge for PLC courses in the amount of €200 will be met by the Exchequer on behalf of those students who are eligible under the maintenance grant scheme for students attending PLC courses. Eligible students may include those in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance provided that they meet all of the terms and conditions of the relevant student grant scheme.

FÁS Training Programmes

Michael Ring

Question:

6 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide an outline of each service provided by FÁS which falls within the remit of his Department; the projected expenditure of FÁS in the current year for each area; the number of persons employed by FÁS in the delivery of these services; the number of persons assisted under each area in 2009 and to date in 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46176/10]

I refer the Deputy to the answer I gave to question number 98 of 30 November 2010. As the National Employment and Training authority, the services provided by FÁS can be outlined as follows:

Training services including the delivery of courses tailored to the needs of jobseeker's looking for employment and for those who are in employment including specially designed training interventions to allow Apprentices to qualify as craftspeople.

Employment services including the delivery of Community-based employment and training programmes to allow for accessible learning in local areas, as well as jobsearch facilities including guidance and resources for jobseekers with access to job vacancies, online CV profiling for employers and effective CV-to-job matching.

The FÁS 2010 budget for direct service delivery in each of these areas is set out in table 1. Table 2 sets out the number of beneficiaries of FÁS training and employment programmes in 2009 and in 2010 as at the end of September. Table 3 sets out the number of persons interviewed by the National Employment Service (NES) in 2009 and 2010 as at the end of October 2010. Finally, table 4 sets out the number of persons employed by FÁS in the delivery of training, employment and community services as well as providing a total complement of the Agency including all support services.

Table 1: FÁS Budget 2010 for Direct Service Delivery

€ million

Training Services

381.4

Employment Services

54.2

Community Services

421.9

Integration support services funded by FÁS for the delivery of training and employment initiatives

14.0

Total

871.5

Table 2: Number of persons assisted* in FÁS Training and Employment Programmes

Year

Training Programmes

Employment Programmes

2009

129,988**

49,012

2010 (end of September)

115,915***

45,118

*The figures indicated in table 2 include persons currently in training or employment programmes, those who have completed their programmes and those who dropped out.

**Includes 14,944 persons who completed phase 2, 4 or 6 of off-the-job apprenticeship training.

***Includes 8,390 persons who completed phase 2, 4 or 6 of off-the-job apprenticeship training.

Table 3: Total Number of persons interviewed by the National Employment Service*

Year

Number

2009

205,835

2010 (end of October)

208,017

*The National Employment Service (NES) comprises FÁS and the Local Employment Service (LES) in the provision of services to jobseekers.

Table 4

FÁS Staffing

Number of persons employed

Overall (including support services)

1,985.84

Training Services

898.98

Employment Services

478.12

Community Services

224.18

Policy Support Unit for Employment and Community Services

70.82

Michael Ring

Question:

7 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide details on FÁS policy regarding client interviews and consultations including the number of interviews or consultations a jobseeker must attend; if attendance to interviews are mandatory; the frequency of interviews; the purpose and outcome of the interview; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46177/10]

FÁS Employment Services, under the National Employment Action Plan (NEAP) preventative strategy, systematically engages with unemployed persons on reaching three months unemployment. As part of this process, the Department of Social Protection (DSP) refers persons in receipt of unemployment payments to FÁS for assistance. NEAP clients are accorded priority in accessing training provided by FÁS Training Services.

If a jobseeker is referred to FÁS under the NEAP they must attend the first initial guidance interview. Depending on their individual needs they may attend for further guidance interviews on a voluntary basis. EAP clients who do not attend their initial guidance interview are notified to DSP. For other (non-EAP) jobseekers there is no mandatory requirement to attend interviews.

The frequency of interviews depends entirely on the needs of the client. Some clients may engage with the service only once or twice, while others may attend for interview many times during the course of their progression to employment through numerous interventions.

Following interview, clients may be referred to a range of training or employment programmes including Community Employment (CE) and the Work Placement Programme (WPP) or to access job search facilities including Jobs Clubs and self-service facilities. They may also avail of the Technical Employment Support Grant.

Michael Ring

Question:

8 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the total number of clients who were interviewed by FAS during 2007; 2008; 2009 and to date in 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46178/10]

The information requested by the Deputy is being researched. I will respond to him substantively as soon as possible.

Michael Ring

Question:

9 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills to provide in tabular form the total number of jobseekers interviewed once by FÁS during 2009 and to date in 2010; the total number of jobseekers interviewed twice by FÁS during 2009 and to date in 2010; the total number of jobseekers interviewed three times by FÁS during 2009 and 2010; the total number of jobseekers interviewed more than three times during 2009 and to date in 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46179/10]

The information requested by the Deputy is being researched. I will respond to him substantively as soon as possible.

Michael Ring

Question:

10 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the action he is taking to increase the number of FÁS interviews for jobseeker’s during unemployment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46180/10]

Through a redeployment of staff, and through working with the Local Employment Services (LES), the National Employment Action Plan (NEAP) interview capacity has increased from just over 86,000 in 2008 to 154,000 in 2010. The Government is looking at ways to further increase this capacity.

Teaching Qualifications

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

11 Deputy Paul Gogarty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the number of post graduate teacher training places that have been confirmed for St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick for the coming year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45806/10]

The 18 month post graduate course for primary teaching will commence in early 2011 for the purpose of enabling persons holding degrees (level 8) to qualify as primary teachers. In total there are 200 places available on the course. The number of places available in each College of Education offering the course is set out below:

St. Patrick's College of Education, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 — 60 places;

Mary Immaculate College, South Circular Road, Limerick — 60 places;

Colaiste Mhuire, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9 — 50 places;

Froebel College of Education, Sion Hill, Blackrock , Co Dublin — 30 places.

Persons who successfully complete this course may be registered by the Teaching Council as qualified for service in the country's primary schools.

The closing date for receipt of completed application forms by the four Colleges is 10th December 2010. Further information regarding the courses is available on my Department's website or directly from the Colleges.

School Attendance

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

12 Deputy Paul Gogarty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the action that has taken place following the statement by her predecessor that schools closed by the bad winter weather in January would have to make up the days missed; if an audit has been carried out and if any schools opened later as a result; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45817/10]

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

13 Deputy Paul Gogarty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding schools that have closed during the recent cold spell of ice and snow at the end of November-early December and if specific days have been mentioned to catch up on missed hours of education; the way this can be enforced; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45818/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 12 and 13 together.

Following the bad weather last January, officials from my Department met with the relevant education partners. The main focus of those discussions was to ensure that any impact of the school closures on teaching and learning was addressed in an appropriate and sensible manner. The critical issue was to ensure courses were completed and that at second level the position of examination classes was given particular priority.

The position in relation to the recent weather conditions will vary from school to school. My Department's approach during exceptional and widespread adverse weather conditions is that schools should make all reasonable efforts to make up for lost time due to unforeseen school closures.

Departmental Funding

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

14 Deputy Paul Gogarty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the sources of funding schools (details supplied) would have to enable them to cost-effectively minimise the risks of pipes and tanks freezing in view of the fact that they are operating in poorly insulated prefabs while waiting for final sanction for a proper school building; if any communications issued to or from the school following its decision to close up this week due to frozen pipes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45819/10]

The school referred to by the Deputy may use their minor works grant which they received recently to carry out works to minimise the risk of pipes and tanks freezing. Emergency works grants are also made available to those schools most in need of resources as a result of unforeseen emergencies of a capital nature that may arise during the school year.

My Department has no record of receiving any communication from the school in question following the school decision to close and no communication has issued from my Department to the school in relation to the matter.

Departmental Staff

Paul Kehoe

Question:

15 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the names, titles and duties of each of the advisers, press officers, assistants and secretaries appointed by her; the annual salaries in each case; the pension arrangements in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45845/10]

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table.

Name

Title

Salary Scale

Pension Arrangements

Mr. Michael Shovlin

Special Adviser

€85,957-€105,429 (Principal Officer Higher Salary Scale).

Member of the Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees.

Member of the Spouses and Children’s Contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees (Contribution of 1.5% of net salary).

Mr. Sean Perry

Press Adviser

€80,051-€98,424(Principal Officer Standard Salary Scale).

Member of the Non-contributory Scheme for Non Established Civil Servants.

Member of the Spouses and Children’s Contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established Civil Servants (Contribution of 1.5% of net salary).

Mr. Dermot Murphy* Civil Servant

Special Adviser

€80,051-€98,424 (Principal Officer Standard Salary Scale).

Member of the Contributory Pension scheme for Established Civil Servants (Contribution of 5% broken down to 3.5% of net salary and 1.5% of gross salary).

Member of the Spouses and Children’s Contributory Pension Scheme for Established Civil Servants (Contribution of 1.5% of net salary).

Ms. Paula O’Brien

Personal Assistant

€43,816 — €55,415 (Higher Executive Officer Standard Salary Scale).

Member of the Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees.

Member of the Spouses and Children’s Contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees (Contribution of 1.5% of net salary).

Ms. Bridget Byrne*

Personal Secretary

€22,023 — €42,122(Secretarial Assistant Salary scale).

Member of the Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees.

Member of the Spouses and Children’s Contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees (Contribution of 1.5% of net salary).

Ms. Marina Gaffney

Temporary Clerical Officer

€22,015 — €35,515(Clerical Officer Standard Salary Scale.)

Member of the Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees.

Member of the Spouses and Children’s Contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees (Contribution of 1.5% of net salary).

*Attraction Allowance of up to 10% payable to these staff.

The duties of the above staff are to provide policy advice and administrative support to me in the undertaking of the functions of Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills.

The above appointments are subject to the pension related deduction (pension levy) in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009. These appointments and the salaries paid are in accordance with the Department of Finance Instructions relating to the Appointment of Ministerial Private Office Staff.

Departmental Expenditure

Brian Hayes

Question:

16 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 107 of 4 November 2010 when a response will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45858/10]

The information required to respond to Parliamentary Question No. 107 has been compiled and I can inform the Deputy that a reply will issue to him shortly.

Schools Building Projects

M. J. Nolan

Question:

17 Deputy M. J. Nolan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application for improvement works to be carried out to a school (details supplied) in County Carlow; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45860/10]

The school to which the Deputy refers has applied to my Department for large scale capital funding for an extension project. The application has been assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria for large scale building projects and assigned a band rating of 2.

Information in respect of the current school building programme along with all assessed applications for major capital works, including the project referred to by the Deputy, is available on the Department's website at www.education.ie.

The progression of all large scale building projects, including this project, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme. However, in light of current competing demands on the capital budget of the Department, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project at this time.

School Enrolments

Brendan Howlin

Question:

18 Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the options available to persons (details supplied) in terms of securing a placement for their child; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45881/10]

The selection and enrolment of pupils in schools is the responsibility of the authorities of the individual school. My Department's main responsibility is to ensure that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all pupils seeking school places in an area. However, this may result in some pupils not obtaining a place in the school of their first choice. As schools may not have a place for every applicant, a selection process may be necessary. This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants.

Under section 15(2)(d) of the Education Act 1998, each school is legally obliged to disclose its enrolment policy and to ensure that as regards that policy that principles of equality and the right of parents to send their children to a school of the parents choice are respected.

Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 provides for an appeal by a parent or guardian to the Secretary General of my Department, or in the case of a Vocational Educational Committee (VEC) school to the VEC in the first instance, where a Board of Management of a school, or a person acting on behalf of the Board, refuses to enrol a student in a school. My Department has no authority to compel a school to admit a pupil, except in the case of an appeal under Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 being upheld.

The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) is the statutory agency which can assist parents who are experiencing difficulty in securing a school place for their child. The NEWB will be able to offer assistance and advice on securing a school placement within the pupil's area. The contact details for the NEWB in your area is National Educational Welfare Board Block 3 South Dublin County Council Tallaght Dublin 24 Tel: 01 463 5513

John McGuinness

Question:

19 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if a place will be provided at a secondary school in Kilkenny for a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny [45888/10]

The selection and enrolment of pupils in schools is the responsibility of the authorities of the individual school. My Department's main responsibility is to ensure that schools in an area can, between them, cater for all pupils seeking school places in an area. However, this may result in some pupils not obtaining a place in the school of their first choice. As schools may not have a place for every applicant, a selection process may be necessary. This selection process and the enrolment policy on which it is based must be non-discriminatory and must be applied fairly in respect of all applicants.

Under section 15(2)(d) of the Education Act 1998, each school is legally obliged to disclose its enrolment policy and to ensure that as regards that policy that principles of equality and the right of parents to send their children to a school of the parents choice are respected.

Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 provides for an appeal by a parent or guardian to the Secretary General of my Department, or in the case of a Vocational Educational Committee (VEC) school to the VEC in the first instance, where a Board of Management of a school, or a person acting on behalf of the Board, refuses to enrol a student in a school. My Department has no authority to compel a school to admit a pupil, except in the case of an appeal under Section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 being upheld.

The National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB) is the statutory agency which can assist parents who are experiencing difficulty in securing a school place for their child. The NEWB will be able to offer assistance and advice on securing a school placement within the pupil's area. The contact details for the NEWB in your area is National Educational Welfare Board Block 3 South Dublin County Council Tallaght Dublin 24 Tel: 01 463 5513

Schools Recognition

Jack Wall

Question:

20 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45905/10]

In July 2008 Notifications of Intention to apply for recognition for a new primary school in Athy, County Kildare was received by my Department from the patron body referred to by the Deputy.

A review of the procedures for the establishment of new primary schools is currently being carried out under the Commission on School Accommodation. In the interim it is not proposed to recognise any new primary schools, except in areas where the increases in pupil numbers cannot be catered for in existing schools and which require the provision of new schools. The Commission is due to report to me shortly at which time I will have to consider the policy matters and necessary arrangements and revised procedures that will need to be put in place.

The establishment of new schools, including the one referred to by the Deputy, will be considered in this context.

School Placement

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

21 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the progress to date towards the realignment of primary school provision at a location (details supplied); if an official in her Department has been given specific responsibility for facilitating the initiative; if further meetings to discuss the realignment are planned; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45914/10]

I can confirm that agreement was reached with the school authorities of the schools referred to by the Deputy, for the realignment of both schools to become fully vertical co-education facilities.

In this regard, it was agreed in the longer term, that both schools would become 24 teacher schools with the requisite support staff in terms of special needs. It is not envisaged, therefore, that further meetings will be required with regard to the realignment process. I am pleased to advise the Deputy that a school building project for one of the schools is at an advanced stage of the tender process. Subject to no impediment arising, it is anticipated that the contract for the building project will be awarded in early 2011. A building project is also required at the second school to complete the realignment process. In this context, a site visit by my Department's technical staff was due to take place last week. However, it was not possible to complete the visit due to the adverse weather conditions. A visit will be re-scheduled and my officials will be in contact with the school authority in this regard. The matter is being handled by my Department's Planning and Building Unit.

The progression of a building project for this school, from initial design stage through to construction will be considered in the context of the school building and modernisation programme. In view of the level of demand on the Department's capital budget, it is not possible to give an indicative timeframe for the progression of the project at this time.

Teastas Gaeilge do Mhúinteoirí Iarbhunscoile

Arthur Morgan

Question:

22 D’fhiafraigh Deputy Arthur Morgan den Tánaiste agus Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna Cé mhéad múinteoir nua-cheaptha a rinne an TGMI (Teastas Gaeilge do Mhúinteoirí Iarbhunscoile) i mbliana; cé mhéad iarrthóir a bhí ann sna blianta 2007-2010; agus cé mhéad pas agus teip a bhí ann; agus, sa chás nach n-éiríonn le hiarrthóir, an féidir ceapachán a dhéanamh, pé scéal é, i scoileanna Gaeltachta, agus i scoileanna eile ina bhfuil an Ghaeilge mar ghnáthmheán teagaisc. [45933/10]

Táthar ag tiomsú an eolais atá iarrtha faoi láthair agus seolfar ar aghaidh chuig an Teachta é a luaithe is féidir.

Arthur Morgan

Question:

23 D’fhiafraigh Deputy Arthur Morgan den Tánaiste agus Aire Oideachais agus Scileanna Cé mhéad iar-bhunscoil Ghaeltachta atá ann ina bhfuil an Ghaeilge mar ghnáthmheán teagaisc (maidir le hábhair seachas an Ghaeilge) agus cad iad ainmneacha na scoileanna seo; cé mhéad iarbhunscoil Gaeltachta atá ag teagasc roinnt de na hábhair trí mheán na Gaeilge agus cad iad ainmneacha na scoileanna seo. [45934/10]

Foilsíonn mo Roinnse liosta na n-iar-bhunscoileanna uile ar a suíomh idirlín www.education.ie. Rangaítear iar-bhunscoileanna a sholáthraigh oideachas i 2009/10 trí mheán na Gaeilge d'iomlán a gcuid daltaí nó do chuid díobh mar "1" faoi cholún 5 ar an liosta seo. Cuirfidh mo chuid oifigeach cruachóip de liosta na n-iar-bhunscoileanna a bhfuil rangú "1" acu ar aghaidh chugat.

Special Educational Needs

Pat Breen

Question:

24 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45944/10]

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENO) for allocating special needs supports to schools to support children with special needs. All schools have the names and contact details of their local SENO. Parents may also contact their local SENO directly to discuss their child's special educational needs, using the contact details available on www.ncse.ie. I will arrange for the details supplied by the Deputy to be forwarded to the NCSE for their attention and direct reply.

Schools Building Projects

Pat Breen

Question:

25 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding an application from a school (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45958/10]

The school to which the Deputy refers recently applied to my Department for funding for the replacement of prefabs and additional accommodation. The application is currently being assessed. My Department will convey a decision on the application to the school authority when the assessment process has been completed.

Grant Payments

John Cregan

Question:

26 Deputy John Cregan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the grants that have been approved in recent years for a national school (details supplied) in County Limerick; the specific purposes for which the grants were approved; the total amount paid and if the full approved amounts were fully drawn down by the school [45967/10]

Details of the current and capital funding paid out to the school to which the Deputy refers from 2005 to 2010 are in the table for his information.

All approved amounts have been drawn down by this particular school.

Current & Capital Funding Provided To Knocklong NS 2005-End Nov 2010

Current Funding

Payment date

Description

Amount paid

21-Nov-2005

Rem/Resource Equipment Grant

951.00

27-Jan-2006

Capitation Grant

13,577.52

23-Mar-2006

Ancillary Services Grant C49

17,375.00

16-Jun-2006

Free Book Grant

748.30

16-Jun-2006

Capitation Grant

4,119.98

31-Aug-2006

Pt Resource Arrears For 05/06

1,747.86

21-Sep-2006

Non-English Speaking Grant

6,348.69

17-Nov-2006

Deis Non_Ssp Grant

1,021.90

21-Nov-2006

Rem/Resource Equipment Grant

634.00

21-Nov-2006

Soundfield System

1,450.00

22-Nov-2006

Pt Teachers-16 Weeks Sep-Dec

1,177.00

14-Dec-2006

Standardised Testing Grant

450.00

25-Jan-2007

Capitation Grant

13,788.25

19-Feb-2007

P/T Teachers-21 Weeks Jan-June

1,545.00

22-Mar-2007

Ancillary Services Grant C49

19,206.00

30-Jul-2007

Capitation Grant

7,012.31

19-Sep-2007

Non-English Speaking Grant

6,348.69

19-Oct-2007

Pt Recon Arrears 06/07

3,202.04

12-Nov-2007

Free Book Grant

968.40

22-Nov-2007

Deis Non_Ssp Grant

1,079.12

27-Nov-2007

Pt Teachers-16 Weeks Sep-Dec

9,719.00

28-Nov-2007

Rem/Resource Equipment Grant

317.00

20-Dec-2007

Standardised Testing Grant

475.20

29-Jan-2008

Capitation Grant

16,038.79

20-Feb-2008

P/T Teachers-21 Weeks Jan-June

12,756.00

25-Feb-2008

Rem/Res Annual Equipment Grant 07/08

317.00

11-Mar-2008

Assistive Technology

1,010.68

04-Apr-2008

Ancillary Services Grant C49

20,907.00

30-Jun-2008

Capitation Grant

7,915.25

31-Jul-2008

School Books Grant

975.80

24-Nov-2008

Rem/Resource Equipment Grant

951.00

24-Nov-2008

Deis Non_Ssp Grant

1,128.18

24-Nov-2008

Pt Teachers-16 Weeks Sep-Dec

2,299.00

12-Dec-2008

Set Up Grant Ls/Rt Posts

318.00

12-Dec-2008

Standardised Testing Grant

496.80

30-Jan-2009

Capitation Grant

19,320.00

27-Feb-2009

P/T Teachers-21 Weeks Jan-June

4,088.00

30-Mar-2009

Ancillary Services Grant C49

20,305.00

24-Jun-2009

Ptt 07/08 Recon Arrears

3,852.59

30-Jun-2009

Capitation Grant

6,880.00

10-Jul-2009

Assistive Technology

739.27

29-Oct-2009

Ict Grant

5,000.00

27-Nov-2009

Ict Infrastructure

6,231.29

17-Dec-2009

Standardised Testing Grant

471.60

27-Jan-2010

Capitation Grant

18,340.00

12-Apr-2010

Ancillary Services Grant C49

19,685.00

25-Jun-2010

School Books Grant

1,397.00

25-Jun-2010

Capitation Grant

7,060.00

28-Jun-2010

Assistive Tech Grant

874.00

28-Jun-2010

Assistive Tech Grant

874.50

11-Nov-2010

Ict Infrastructure

6,233.90

Total Current Funding

299,727.91

Capital Funding

Payment date

Description

Amount paid

05/08/2005

Furniture 2005

4,638.05

21/10/2005

Minor Works Grant

5,549.11

2005

2004 Devolved Prefab Grant (Total Grant 75,448 — Remainder Paid 2004

28,677.00

15/11/2006

Minor Works Grant

9,812.50

14/12/2007

Minor Works Grant

7,942.00

22/01/2008

Furniture Pre 2008d

1,802.90

19/12/2008

Minor Works Grant

8,053.00

2008/2009

Pas 2007

120,000.00

11/11/2009

Minor Works Grant

7,923.50

04/12/2009

Furniture 2009

2,500.00

22/11/2010

Minor Works Grant/PE Equipment

10,119.50

Total Capital Funding

207,017.56

Total Current & Capital Funding 2005 — End Nov 2010

506,745.47

School Accommodation

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

27 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if there are any plans to reform the process by which new Gaelscoileanna are set up and recognised by the State; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45993/10]

A review of the procedures for the establishment of new primary schools is currently being carried out under the Commission on School Accommodation. In the interim it is not proposed to recognise any new primary schools, except in areas where the increases in pupil numbers cannot be catered for in existing schools and which require the provision of new schools. The Commission is due to report to me shortly at which time I will have to consider the policy matters and necessary arrangements and revised procedures that will need to be put in place. The establishment of any new Gaelscoileanna will be considered in this context.

Redundancy Payments

Charles Flanagan

Question:

28 Deputy Charles Flanagan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills in relation to departmental circular 0058/2006, on redundancy arrangements for special needs assistants, with specific reference to a school (details supplied) in County Laois and having regard to the fact that an SNA post was terminated in accordance with the circular on the basis of the school’s SNAs seniority list, on the principle of last in first out and if, having regard to a decision by the board of management in respect of the seniority position of staff members, consideration would be given towards the acknowledgement of a redundancy application in respect of a person; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45995/10]

The case referred to by the Deputy is being examined by officials of my Department at present. The person referred to by the Deputy will be advised of the position as soon as possible.

Higher Education Grants

John McGuinness

Question:

29 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if she will review an application for a post leaving certificate maintenance grant applied for through Kilkenny Vocational Education Committee in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kilkenny [46029/10]

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter, in the first instance, for the relevant grant awarding authority i.e. the applicant's local authority or VEC. Where a grant application is refused, the reason for the refusal is given by the grant awarding authority. An applicant may appeal the decision to the relevant local authority or VEC. Where the grant awarding authority decides to reject the appeal, the applicant may appeal this decision to my Department by submitting an appeal form outlining clearly the grounds for the appeal. No appeal has been received by my Department to date from the candidate referred to by the Deputy.

Schools Building Projects

Alan Shatter

Question:

30 Deputy Alan Shatter asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills in the context of the second phase of the tendering process for the construction of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 16, to make it a condition of the construction contract that in so far as is possible local persons are employed in the construction of the school and that this be a condition of the awarding of the contract; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46164/10]

It is a key principle, enunciated in the Public Procurement Guidelines, published by the NPPPU, that the public procurement function is discharged honestly, fairly, and in a manner that secures best value for public money. Contracting authorities must be cost effective and efficient in the use of resources while upholding the highest standards of probity and integrity.

The Guidelines require a competitive process carried out in an open, objective and transparent manner to achieve best value for money in public procurement. This is in line with EU Treaty principles and EU Directives on public procurement. The recently published Department of Finance Circular 10/10 was designed to provide small and medium enterprises with a level playing field for competing for public contracts.

Essential principles to be observed in conducting all procurement functions include non — discrimination, equal treatment, transparency, mutual recognition, proportionality, freedom to provide service and freedom of establishment. The Directives impose legal obligations on public bodies in regard to advertising and the use of objective tendering procedures for contracts above certain value thresholds. The estimated cost of the project referred to by the Deputy is clearly above the relevant threshold and will require advertisement for tender in the OJEU as well as on the Governments e-tenders website.

In common with the rest of the Public Sector, capital works projects in schools are tendered under the standard Public Works Contracts as required by the Department of Finance and the Government Contracts Committee for Construction (GCCC). These contracts do not include provisions concerning the employment of local labour.

Question No. 31 withdrawn.

FÁS Training Courses

Arthur Morgan

Question:

32 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the amount that has been drawn down of the €56 million that was made available to FÁS for short term courses in budget 2010; the number of training places created; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46329/10]

As at the end of October €51.8 million was drawn down by FÁS to provide for a range of short-term courses (courses of 45 to 105 days duration). This funding provided for 82,809 training places (both those who have completed and those currently still in training).

Arthur Morgan

Question:

33 Deputy Arthur Morgan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the amount that has been drawn down of the €20 million that was made available to the activation fund; the number of training places created; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46330/10]

As part of Budget 2010, the Government announced the creation of a €20 million Labour Market Activation Fund, intended to deliver 3,500 places on training and education programmes for the unemployed. Its objective was to stimulate innovation in the provision of training and activation measures for jobseekers seeking to up-skill and get back into work. The Fund is being targeted to specific priority groups among the unemployed: the low skilled, and those formerly employed in declining sectors — construction, retail and manufacturing sectors, with particular emphasis on the under 35's and the long-term unemployed.

On 5th August, an additional allocation of €12 million, financed in part by savings in proposed European Globalisation Fund expenditure, was made available by the Department of Education and Skills, enabling funding to be offered to 33 additional projects. This brought total funding to €32 million for 59 projects proposing to provide up to 12,000 education and training places for the unemployed. Twenty-six projects providing for over 6,500 education and training places, in all geographical regions, benefited from the initial fund of €20 million.

In the main, Phase 1 projects are meeting their interim targets. As of mid-October some 3,441 or 52% of Phase 1 places were already filled, with further courses coming on stream between November 2010 and January 2011. On the basis of current information, it appears that the targets for places to be provided as set out in tenders by projects can be largely met. Thirty-three projects providing for some 5,400 places in all geographic regions benefited from the second tranche of funding allocated in August. Many projects are still in the process of recruiting participants. It is therefore not possible yet to state the total number of beneficiaries from the Fund.

Contractual terms provide for payments to projects in three tranches — 40% on contract signature, 30% six weeks after programme start subject to achievement of interim activity and expenditure targets, and 30% on programme completion subject to achievement of education and training provision contracted for. As of end November 2010, €14.7 million had been paid to projects. It is anticipated that by year's end some €18 million will have been drawn from the Fund. The balance, €14 million, represents the commitment to projects for payments that fall due during 2011, subject to them meeting the delivery terms of the contract.

FÁS Training Programmes

Mary Wallace

Question:

34 Deputy Mary Wallace asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the details of the scheme for redundant apprentices and the rotation of apprentices scheme; the value of these schemes to the apprentice and to the employer; the number to be covered by the schemes; the way the schemes operate; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46344/10]

A total of 477 apprentices were trained under the Redundant Apprentice Rotation Scheme which operated in 2009. That scheme was replaced in 2010 by the Redundant Apprentice Placement Scheme which aims to give redundant apprentices the opportunity to complete on-the-job training phases 3, 5 or 7 to enable them to progress in their apprenticeship. Under the Scheme, FÁS places a redundant apprentice with an approved employer who provides workplace training and assessment at phases 3, 5 or 7. This allows the apprentice to gain the required knowledge, skills and competence in their chosen trade. In order to obtain approval under the Scheme, employers must either be currently employing a registered apprentice or have previously trained a FÁS registered apprentice up to craftsperson status in the past 5 years. The benefit to the apprentice is that they can successfully progress to the next off-the-job phase of their apprenticeship or complete their apprenticeship. The benefits to the employer include the availability of an additional staff resource and a FAS employment subsidy of €250 per week for each 39 hour week worked. To date in 2010 a total of 417 redundant apprentices have participated in the Scheme.

Post Leaving Certification Courses

Mary Wallace

Question:

35 Deputy Mary Wallace asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the proposals regarding streamlining the position for post leaving cert students entering further education and the way greater clarity can be provided to applicants regarding who is providing which courses and the way the duplication of courses by different agencies can be eliminated so as to provide clarity to applicants accessing the courses rather than the present situation where an applicant does not know whether to do the course with FÁS, the vocational education committee or further education colleges; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46346/10]

The Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) programme provides an integrated general education, vocational training and work experience programme for young people who have completed their Leaving Certificate and adults returning to education. Its purpose is to enhance their prospects of gaining employment or progressing to further or higher education.

FÁS provides training services, including the delivery of courses tailored to the needs of jobseekers looking for employment and for those who are in employment, including specially designed training interventions to allow apprentices to qualify as craftspeople. FÁS also provides employment services, including the delivery of community-based employment and training programmes to allow for accessible learning in local areas, as well as jobsearch facilities, including guidance and resources for jobseekers with access to job vacancies, online CV profiling for employers and effective CV-to-job matching.

FÁS and the Irish Vocational Education Association (IVEA), representing VECs, signed a National Co-operation Agreement in June 2009. The Agreement is facilitating co-operation and collaboration between FÁS and VECs in the provision of further education and training, including planning service delivery and information on learning and progression options.

Higher Education Grants

Mary Wallace

Question:

36 Deputy Mary Wallace asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding processing of third level grant applicants on a county and agency basis; the steps she is taking to expedite the remaining files for processing and the other measures that can be taken to assist third level students in relation to the grant payments after the grant has been awarded; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46351/10]

The process of assessing and paying third level or further education grants is a matter for the relevant local authority or VEC. I am aware that the timing of payment varies between the 66 awarding authorities depending on a number of variables including the volume of applications received, staffing resources and whether or not properly completed application forms have been submitted. Work prioritisation across different functions, and how available staff are deployed to execute those functions are matters for the management of each VEC and local authority concerned.

This year's student grant schemes include a number of significant administrative and service improvements aimed at addressing the issue of delay, which include an initial roll-out of a new online grant application system. The new system, introduced in both Irish and English, is already operating in 11 grant awarding authorities. Building on this initial phase for the current academic year, the ultimate aim will be to make it available to all applicants nationally.

Key among the other improvements introduced are a complete overhaul of the grant application form, streamlined administrative processes, advance payments to awarding authorities and publication of the grant schemes some two months earlier than last year.

The Student Support Bill, which will provide for a fundamental and radical restructuring of the whole student grants administration function and provide for a single unified scheme is now listed to be taken at Report stage on 16 December 2010.

The table details the number of new student grant applications received, awarded, refused, on-going, cancelled, yet to be processed, transferred and the number paid by the local authorities and Vocational Educational Committees for the 2010/11 academic year up to the week ended 3 December 2010 unless otherwise stated. The information has been supplied to my Department by the local authorities and the Vocational Education Committees.

My Department is in constant contact with grant awarding authorities to monitor the situation in relation to the processing and payment of student grants. It recently wrote, on my behalf, to the heads of the grant awarding authorities to inform them that I am anxious to ensure that remaining applicants receive decisions on their grant applications as soon as possible and requesting their co-operation in prioritising this work in their Councils/Committees.

Local Authorities — Processing Position as at week ending 3.12.10

Local Authorities

Number of New Applications

Awarded

Refused

Ongoing/ Further Information or Documentation Requested

Cancelled/ Withdrawn

Yet to be processed

Transferred

Paid

Carlow Co. Council

233

158

25

40

4

0

6

151

Cavan Co. Council

293

174

26

53

7

17

16

174

Clare Co. Council

682

375

27

179

0

79

22

253

Cork City Council

775

267

69

198

6

137

98

208

Cork Co. Council

1,608

215

166

452

22

640

113

179

Donegal Co. Council

877

454

112

180

31

0

100

300

Dublin City Council

2,457

976

331

283

58

418

391

748

Dún/Rath Co. Council

827

254

101

250

14

111

97

197

South Dublin Council

863

292

93

206

14

123

135

213

Fingal Co. Council

996

241

167

173

0

311

104

101

Galway Co. Council

2,504

793

106

834

44

543

184

793

Kerry Co. Council

703

438

67

126

13

0

59

370

Kildare Co. Council

1,052

295

53

195

23

271

215

295

Kilkenny Co. Council

432

301

40

41

18

0

32

235

Laois Co. Council

396

257

41

23

17

5

53

257

Leitrim Co. Council

225

139

15

37

1

0

33

123

Limerick Co. Council

724

169

59

150

17

264

65

91

Limerick City Council

283

151

15

85

2

11

19

0

Longford Co. Council

207

128

18

32

8

0

21

112

Louth Co. Council

602

169

32

141

9

197

54

49

Mayo Co. Council

642

388

45

45

27

20

117

247

Meath Co. Council

735

195

118

218

4

200

0

147

Monaghan Co. Council

323

188

38

34

5

0

58

166

Offaly Co. Council

229

144

29

15

9

12

20

140

Roscommon Co.Council

481

321

38

45

21

0

56

321

Sligo Co. Council

301

164

22

66

18

0

31

137

Tipperary (NR) Council

312

197

21

51

13

10

20

159

Local Authorities — Processing Position as at week ending 3.12.10 —continued

Local Authorities

Number of New Applications

Awarded

Refused

Ongoing/ Further Information or Documentation Requested

Cancelled/ Withdrawn

Yet to be processed

Transferred

Paid

Tipperary (SR) Council

451

238

44

50

1

79

39

216

Waterford City Council

174

81

27

42

7

0

17

72

Waterford Co. Council

537

346

23

0

11

317

Westmeath Co. Council

390

260

36

58

8

0

28

260

Wexford Co. Council

514

270

83

94

21

6

40

215

Wicklow Co. Council

776

326

53

131

10

138

118

159

VECs — Processing Position as at week ending 3.12.10

VECs

Number of New Applications

Awarded

Refused

Ongoing / Further Information or Documentation Requested

Cancelled / Withdrawn

Yet to be processed

Transferred

Paid

Co. Carlow VEC

337

312

15

6

0

2

2

132

Co. Cavan VEC

1,129

636

165

238

22

44

24

500

Co. Clare VEC

1,230

631

141

331

47

0

80

238

Co. Cork VEC

2,669

336

159

1,325

46

715

88

200

City of Cork VEC

1,130

338

195

347

24

35

191

137

Co. Donegal VEC

1,990

1,016

197

471

198

10

98

840

City of Dublin VEC

2,684

766

459

1,033

54

62

310

313

Co. Dublin VEC

2,893

429

272

1,133

41

737

281

154

Dun Laoghaire VEC

375

147

60

88

4

2

74

118

City of Galway VEC

627

421

57

71

8

0

70

314

Co. Galway VEC

1,921

805

118

245

40

558

155

194

Co. Kerry VEC

1,816

1,084

178

361

113

7

73

448

Co. Kildare VEC

1,310

418

145

549

20

55

123

0

VECs — Processing Position as at week ending 3.12.10

VECs

Number of New Applications

Awarded

Refused

Ongoing / Further Information or Documentation Requested

Cancelled / Withdrawn

Yet to be processed

Transferred

Paid

Co. Kilkenny VEC

848

418

102

67

0

201

60

131

Co. Laois VEC

709

298

75

178

15

79

64

88

Co. Leitrim VEC

403

235

24

61

9

36

38

72

City of Limerick VEC

572

329

79

60

84

20

0

0

Co. Limerick VEC

996

469

127

286

29

26

59

150

Co. Longford VEC

718

417

88

93

67

0

53

248

Co. Louth VEC

1,133

658

148

120

6

107

94

232

Co. Mayo VEC

1,538

581

18

0

31

908

0

175

Co. Meath VEC

1,307

518

154

358

58

157

62

142

Co. Monaghan VEC

847

453

103

0

40

171

80

183

Co. Offaly VEC

749

457

100

143

24

5

20

112

Co. Roscommon VEC

810

561

102

82

18

0

47

266

Co. Sligo VEC

944

383

49

391

37

40

44

203

Co. Tipperary NR VEC

929

425

119

232

46

70

37

202

Co. Tipperary SR VEC

756

597

45

49

30

0

35

215

Co. Waterford VEC

510

311

66

133

0

0

0

113

City of Waterford VEC

573

133

45

112

13

243

27

126

Co. Westmeath VEC

931

508

133

186

23

0

81

188

Co. Wexford VEC

1,768

307

215

803

19

249

175

372

Co. Wicklow VEC

1,038

417

103

218

22

161

117

116

Information from the following Local Authorities refers to week ending 29. 10.10 Wicklow

Information from the following Local Authorities refers to week ending 5. 11.10 Waterford County incomplete

Information from the following Local Authorities refers to week ending 19 11.10 Louth

Information from the following Local Authorities refers to week ending 26. 11.10 Westmeath

Information from the following VEC's refers to week ending 5. 11.10 Wexford

Information from the following VEC's refers to week ending 26. 11.10 Tipperary SR, Tipperary NR, City of Limerick, Mayo

Information from the following VEC's refers to week ending 19.11.10 Laois

Information from the following VEC's refers to week ending 12.11.10 Meath

This information has been supplied to the Department by the local authorities and the Vocational Education Committees.

State Bodies

Mary Wallace

Question:

37 Deputy Mary Wallace asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the steps she is taking to deal with the increasing reports and concerns regarding the non-handing over of payment to subcontractors of funds owed to them by contractors following works carried out on behalf of her Department for which her Department or its agencies have already paid the contractor and the substantial number of tenders that are being awarded to contractors from outside of the jurisdiction and the subsequent loss of income to the State and the consequential loss of jobs adding further costs to the State; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46353/10]

The Deputy will be aware that under the GCCC (Government Construction Contracts Committee) Public Works Contracts there is no contractual relationship between my Department and domestic subcontractors engaged on school building projects. As such it is a matter for sub-contractors to agree terms and conditions for payment with the main contractor or other sub-contractors.

However, the issue raised by the Deputy has come to the Government's attention previously. As the Deputy will be aware, legislation on the matter is currently before the Upper House. In addition, a consultation process between the Department of Finance and the relevant industry and professional bodies has taken place to explore the legal, technical and procedural issues surrounding the regulating of payment and certain other matters under construction contracts and to provide for related matters. My Department has contributed to this consultation process and is supportive of the overall objectives.

With regard to contracts being awarded to contractors from outside the State, the Deputy will be aware that under national and EU procurement rules, companies from other Member States are entitled to tender for public competitions in Ireland. Similar protections apply for Irish companies seeking to tender for public competitions in other Member States.

Schools Building Projects

John O'Mahony

Question:

38 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the number of applications currently with her Department for new primary school buildings in County Mayo in tabular form; the position regarding these applications; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46360/10]

Information in relation to the current school building programme along with all eligible applications for major capital works, including primary and post primary projects in County Mayo as referred to by the Deputy, is available on my Department's website at www.education.ie.

A table showing the major capital projects for primary schools in County Mayo, extracted from the website, is attached for the Deputy's information.

All applications for Major Capital Funding are assessed by my Department. Eligible projects are then assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria for large scale building projects and assigned an appropriate band rating. The priority attaching to individual major capital projects is determined by published prioritisation criteria, which were formulated following consultation with the Education Partners. There are four band ratings under these criteria, each of which describes the extent of accommodation required and the urgency attaching to it. Band 1 is the highest priority rating and Band 4 is the lowest. Documents explaining the band rating system are also available on my Department's website.

The progression of all large scale building projects, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme.

Mayo Primary and Post Primary Major Capital Projects

A1.3 Projects in Architectural Planning (July 2009)

County

Roll No.

School

Current Status

Band Rating

Project Description

Mayo

13667H

St. Josephs NS, Bonniconlon, Ballina, Co. Mayo

Detailed Design

2.2

New School

Mayo

20142I

Scoil Iosa, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo

In advanced Architectural Planning

1.4

Extension/Refurbishment

C1.1 Applications for Major Capital Works

County

Roll Number

School

Current Status

Application for

Provisional Band rating

Mayo

04796R

Brackloon N S Westport (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

05215W

S N Croi Iosa Ballina (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

07054L

Cullens National School, Knockduff, Beal Atha An Fheadha

Awaiting Appointment of Design Team

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

08302J

Holy Trinity National School, Newport Road, Westport, Co. MAYO

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

11725I

Beheymore N S Ballina (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

12568A

Sn Inbhear Barr Na Tra (Mayo)

Application

New School

Band 2

Mayo

13145A

S N Naomh Colm Cille Westport (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

13174H

St Columbas N.S. Inishturk (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

13389F

Sn An Trian Lair Beal Atha Na Muiche (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

13659I

Beacan Mixed N S Bekan (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 3

Mayo

13797U

Lecanvey N S Westport (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

14195U

An Gleanna Mhoir S N Crossmolina (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 3

Mayo

14205U

S N Mainistir Muigheo Claremorris (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

14671D

S N Na Craobhaighe Carrowmore-Lacken (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

14808E

Irishtown N S Claremorris (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 3

C1.1 Applications for Major Capital Works— continued

County

Roll Number

School

Current Status

Application for

Provisional Band rating

Mayo

15257V

Quignamanger N S Ballina (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

16021U

Lisaniska N S S N Lios An Uisce (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 3

Mayo

16122D

Knock N S Claremorris (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 3

Mayo

16173U

Kinaffe N S Swinford (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 3

Mayo

16283E

S N Pol A Tsomais Beal An Atha (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 3

Mayo

16832L

Muirisc Ns Muirisc (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

16904K

S N Lainn Cille Cathair Na Mart (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

18002D

Drumgallagh N S Ballycroy (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 3

Mayo

18070U

Convent Of Mercy N.S. Claremorris (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

18175L

S N Beannchair Carrowmore (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

18542M

S N Naomh Padraig Castlebar (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

18561Q

S N Naomh Ioseph Raithini (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

19248R

St Anthonys Special Sc Humbert Way (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 1

Mayo

19375B

St Brids Special Sch Pavilion Road (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 1

Mayo

19451O

Newport Central Baile Ui Bhfiachain (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 1

Mayo

19808G

Tavrane Central Ns Kilkelly (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 3

Mayo

19812U

Foxford Central Ns Foxford (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 1

Mayo

19832D

Scoil Raifteiri Faiche An Aonaigh (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

19903A

Kiltimagh Central Kiltimagh (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

19972T

S N Uileog De Burca Clar Chlainne Mhuiris (Mayo)

Application

New School

Band 2

Mayo

20037L

S N Padraig Naofa Louisburgh (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

20084U

Gaelscoil Bheal An Atha Corrai Mhuireann (Mayo)

Application

New School

Band 2

Mayo

20230F

Scoil Phadraic Westport (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 1

Mayo

20256A

Scoil Náisiúnta Thuar Mhic Éadaigh Trianláir (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

John O'Mahony

Question:

39 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the number of applications currently with her Department for new post primary school buildings in County Mayo in tabular form; the position regarding these applications; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46361/10]

Information in relation to the current school building programme along with all eligible applications for major capital works, including primary and post primary projects in County Mayo as referred to by the Deputy, is available on my Department's website at www.education.ie. A table showing the major capital projects for post primary schools in County Mayo, extracted from the website, is attached for the Deputy's information.

All applications for Major Capital Funding are assessed by my Department. Eligible projects are then assessed in accordance with the published prioritisation criteria for large scale building projects and assigned an appropriate band rating. The priority attaching to individual major capital projects is determined by published prioritisation criteria, which were formulated following consultation with the Education Partners. There are four band ratings under these criteria, each of which describes the extent of accommodation required and the urgency attaching to it. Band 1 is the highest priority rating and Band 4 is the lowest. Documents explaining the band rating system are also available on my Department's website. The progression of all large scale building projects, from initial design stage through to construction phase will be considered in the context of my Department's multi-annual School Building and Modernisation Programme.

Mayo Primary and Post Primary Major Capital Projects

A1.3 Projects in Architectural Planning (July 2009)

County

Roll No.

School

Current Status

Band Rating

Project Description

Mayo

64570E

Our Lady’s Secondary School, Belmullet, Co Mayo

In advanced Architectural Planning

2.2

Extension/Refurbishment

Mayo

64660F

Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh, Co Mayo

In advanced Architectural Planning

2.4

Extension/Refurbishment

Mayo

91461C

Ballyhaunis Community School, Knock Road, Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo

In early Architectural Planning

2.4

Extension/Refurbishment

C1.1 Applications for Major Capital Works

County

Roll Number

School

Current Status

Application for

Provisional Band rating

Mayo

64500G

Balla Secondary School Balla (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

64510J

St Muredachs College Sligo Road (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

64520M

St. Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina

Awaiting Appointment of Design Team

New school

Band 2

Mayo

64590K

Naomh Iosaef Clochar Na Trócaire (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

64640W

St Joseph’S Secondary School Foxford (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

64690O

Scoil Muire Agus Padraig Swinford (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

64691Q

Coláiste Mhuire Tuar Mhic Éadaigh (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

64700O

Rice College Castlebar Road (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

64710R

Sacred Heart School Westport (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

72070D

Mchale College Achill Sound (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 4

Mayo

72100J

St. Tiernan’s College Crossmolina (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

72160E

Carrowbeg College Westport (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Mayo

76060U

Davitt College Springfield (Mayo)

Application

New School

Band 2

Mayo

91494R

St Louis Community School Kiltimagh (Mayo)

Application

Extension/Refurb

Band 2

Ministerial Appointments

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

40 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills all appointments made by her in the past 12 months; the persons appointed; the income received; the body to which they were appointed; the term of office they will serve; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46373/10]

The information requested is currently being collated and will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

Special Education Needs

Pat Breen

Question:

41 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46401/10]

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) for allocating resource teachers and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to schools to support children with special educational needs. The NCSE operates within my Department's criteria in allocating such support.

In considering applications for teaching and SNA support for individual pupils, the SENOs take account of the needs identified in the professional reports and decide whether the circumstances come within the Department's criteria. They then consider the resources available to the school to identify whether additionality is needed or whether the school might reasonably be expected to meet the needs of the pupil from its current level of resources.

All schools have the names and contact details of their local SENO. Parents may also contact their local SENO directly to discuss their child's special educational needs, using the contact details available on www.ncse.ie.

I have arranged for the details supplied to be forwarded to the NCSE for their attention and direct reply.

Schools Building Projects

Darragh O'Brien

Question:

42 Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the progress with the construction of the new school building for an organisation (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46416/10]

The project to which the Deputy refers is at an advanced stage of the tender process. Subject to no impediment arising, it is anticipated that the contract for the building project will be awarded in early 2011.

Higher Education Grants

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

43 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills when education grants will be awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46423/10]

The process of assessing and paying third level or further education grants is a matter for the relevant local authority or VEC.

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter, in the first instance, for the relevant grant awarding authority i.e. the applicant's local authority or VEC. Where a grant application is refused, the reason for the refusal is given by the grant awarding authority and an applicant may appeal the decision to the relevant local authority or VEC.

Where the grant awarding authority decides to reject the appeal, the applicant may appeal this decision to my Department by submitting an appeal form outlining clearly the grounds for the appeal. The process of assessing and paying third level or further education grants is a matter for the relevant local authority or VEC.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

44 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the reason a lower rate of higher education grant has been awarded to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46424/10]

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter, in the first instance, for the relevant grant awarding authority i.e. the applicant's local authority or VEC. Where a grant application is refused, the reason for the refusal is given by the grant awarding authority. An applicant may appeal the decision to the relevant local authority or VEC. Where the grant awarding authority decides to reject the appeal, the applicant may appeal this decision to my Department by submitting an appeal form outlining clearly the grounds for the appeal. No appeal has been received by my Department to date from the candidate referred to by the Deputy.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

45 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the reason a higher education grant has not been awarded in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who is currently attempting to go back to education following loss of employment; when this file will be reviewed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46425/10]

The decision on eligibility for a student grant is a matter, in the first instance, for the relevant grant awarding authority i.e. the applicant's local authority or VEC. Where a grant application is refused, the reason for the refusal is given by the grant awarding authority. An applicant may appeal the decision to the relevant local authority or VEC. Where the grant awarding authority decides to reject the appeal, the applicant may appeal this decision to my Department by submitting an appeal form outlining clearly the grounds for the appeal. No appeal has been received by my Department to date from the candidate referred to by the Deputy.

Special Educational Needs

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

46 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills when special needs assistance to cover full school attendance of a person (details supplied) will be provided; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46426/10]

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible, through its network of local Special Educational Needs Organisers (SENOs) for allocating resource teachers and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to schools to support children with special educational needs. The NCSE operates within my Department's criteria in allocating such support.

In considering applications for teaching and SNA support for individual pupils, the SENOs take account of the needs identified in the professional reports and decide whether the circumstances come within the Department's criteria. They then consider the resources available to the school to identify whether additionality is needed or whether the school might reasonably be expected to meet the needs of the pupil from its current level of resources.

All schools have the names and contact details of their local SENO. Parents may also contact their local SENO directly to discuss their child's special educational needs, using the contact details available on www.ncse.ie.

I understand that access to SNA support has been granted for this child based on his current level of school attendance, and the NCSE have advised that the matter may be reviewed in light of any increased attendance.

My Departments Schools Division has advised that it has not, to date, received any application for the retention of home tuition support hours for this child. It should, however, be noted that the Schools Division home tuition scheme is designed to provide a measure of temporary interim educational support for children who do not have a school place. I have arranged for the details supplied to be forwarded to the NCSE for their attention and direct reply.

State Bodies

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

47 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the total amount of moneys owed to private firms by public bodies under the remit of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46475/10]

The procurement of goods and services by bodies under the aegis of my Department is an operational matter for the bodies themselves and therefore the information requested by the Deputy is not collated centrally.

For the Deputy's information I can confirm that public bodies under the aegis of my Department seek to ensure that prompt payment is made to all suppliers while at the same time satisfying the requirement, under the Public Financial Procedures, that invoices are correctly certified as being in order for payment.

Industrial Disputes

Niall Collins

Question:

48 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills the number of industrial disputes, industrial actions including work to rule presently being engaged in by staff of her Department; when these actions were initiated; the individual subject matter of each dispute or action; the current status of each dispute or action; the estimated loss in productivity arising from each dispute or action; if each dispute or action is in contravention of the Croke Park agreement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46513/10]

There are four unions that represent the administrative and non administrative staff at my Department. The Association of Higher Civil & Public Servants (A.H.C.P.S.), the Public Service Executive Union (P.S.E.U.), the Civil Public & Services Union (C.P.S.U.) and the Irish Municipal Public & Civil Trade Union (IMACT). The four are parties to the terms of the Croke Park Agreement. None of the unions concerned is engaged in industrial action within the Department at this time.

In line with the concept of Partnership my Department holds regular Partnership and Departmental Council meetings at which the unions are represented and they can place any issues of concern they may have on the agenda. In addition to this where a union has a particular concern affecting its members it can request officials at my Department to host a bi-lateral meeting to discuss the matter.

Election Management System

Joe McHugh

Question:

49 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Finance the cost to the State of the Donegal South-West by-election held on 25 November 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45920/10]

Under the Electoral Acts, the Minister for Finance indicates a time when, and the manner and form in which, accounts are to be rendered to him after an election. Returning Officers are required to finalise their accounts not later than 6 months after an election. In the case of Donegal South-West, this would not be until 25th May 2011 at the latest. Therefore, it will not be possible to give a final accounting for the by-election until then. However, the Department of Finance estimate that the cost of the By-Election would not exceed €450,000, including postage costs.

Garda Stations

John O'Donoghue

Question:

50 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for Finance the status of the new Castleisland Garda station that is being constructed; the way the project is proceeding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46223/10]

The Contractor commenced works on site on 3 August 2010. I can confirm that works are progressing well with demolitions, site set and foundation for the main building all completed. The project has progressed and the form of the main building is now evident. It is expected that the project will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Public Sector Staff

Brian Hayes

Question:

51 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Finance the number of staff taken on by the office of the Financial Regulator in the past two years; the terms under which the new contracts were agreed; if flexi-time agreements are in place with new staff; the number of days leave taken by staff at the regulator broken down per month over the past two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45838/10]

Under the Central Bank of Ireland Act 1942 (as amended), the employment of staff in the Central Bank is a matter solely for the Central Bank Commission and the Governor and is not a matter in which I have a role. However, I have been informed by the Central Bank that the total number of staff taken on by the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority or the Central Bank to work on financial regulation since the start of December 2008 is 285, of whom 170 are on permanent contracts and 95 on temporary contracts. New senior professional staff cannot avail of flexi-time but other new staff may work up a maximum number of 7 flexi days per annum, subject to local business needs. The average number of leave days taken by new staff members in the period since the start of December 2008 is some 2 days per month.

Departmental Staff

Paul Kehoe

Question:

52 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Finance the names, titles and duties of each of the advisers, press officers, assistants and secretaries appointed by him; the annual salaries in each case; the pension arrangements in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45848/10]

Since my appointment as Minister for Finance on 7 May 2008 the relevant staffing details are as follows:

Name

Title

Salary Range

Duties

Pension Arrangements

Alan Ahearne

Special Adviser

€88,490 -€109,455

Any duties which may be assigned to him from time to time as appropriate to the position of Special Adviser as set out in Section 11 of the Public Service Management Act 1997.

No entitlement to Civil Service Superannuation. As Mr Ahearne is on secondment from NUI Galway, he remains a member of the University’s superannuation scheme.

Cathy Herbert

Special Adviser

€84,066 -€103,982

Any duties which may be assigned to her from time to time as appropriate to the position of Special Adviser as set out in Section 11 of the Public Service Management Act 1997.

Payments not exceeding 11% of salary are made to a nominated pension fund.

Maura Cosgrove

Personal Assistant

€43,816 -€55,415

Required to provide assistance to or for the office holder who selected her for appointment.

The terms of the Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees and of the Contributory Spouses’ and Children’s’ Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees apply to this appointment.

Marian Quinlan

Personal Secretary*

€22,023 -€42,122

Required to provide assistance to or for the office holder who selected her for appointment.

The terms of the Non-contributory Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees and of the Contributory Spouses’ and Children’s’ Pension Scheme for Non-established State Employees apply to this appointment.

* This position attracts an allowance of 10%.

National Lottery

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

53 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide a breakdown of national lottery income by quarter for each year since 2007; the amount disbursed under each heading in each year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45864/10]

The National Lottery Act 1986 provides that the surplus generated by the National Lottery be transferred to the Exchequer. The surplus is the total income from lottery sales after deduction of prizes and allowable costs. The surplus for each of the years 2007 to 2009 is as follows:

2007: €245m;

2008: €268m;

2009: €264m

Section 5 of the National Lottery Act 1986 provides that the surplus from the National Lottery may be used for the following purposes: sport and other recreation; national culture, including the Irish Language; the arts, within the meaning of the Arts Act 1951; the health of the community; and for such other purposes as the Government may determine. The following additional categories have been so determined: youth, welfare, national heritage and amenities.

In order to give effect to this statutory provision, the surplus form the National Lottery is transferred to the Exchequer on a regular basis and is applied to each year to part-fund the Exchequer allocations to a specified range of expenditure subheads across various Votes. Since 2005, the allocations for the relevant subheads exceed the amount available from the National Lottery surplus. Each year, the amount transferred to the Exchequer form the National Lottery surplus, together with details of the total Exchequer allocations to the relevant subheads are set out in Appendix 1 of the annual "Revised Estimates for Public Services".

Public Building Projects

Joe McHugh

Question:

54 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide or secure remuneration for construction companies that are unpaid by liquidated major construction companies for subcontracts completed on major public building projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45865/10]

Under the Public Works Contracts, a State contracting authority is contractually obliged to pay the main contractor in respect of work done. If a main contractor goes into liquidation before a State body has fully paid for work done then Company Law dictates that the debt is still due but is payable to the liquidator, who has specific obligations under Company Law about how to handle the various assets and liabilities of the liquidated Company.

For as long as a public body is still obliged to pay the liquidator for any amounts it owes to a main contractor, then any other action could have adverse consequences for the taxpayer. Therefore it would not be appropriate to put in place arrangements for direct payment to subcontractors.

Senator Feargal Quinn's Construction Contracts Bill 2010 is currently before the Seanad. It seeks to provide some remedy for construction sector subcontractors who are unpaid for work done. The Government has been working closely with the Senator to bring his proposals into an effective scheme without exposing the taxpayer to further costs or risks. This is a complex area. The Bill will be progressing shortly.

Joe McHugh

Question:

55 Deputy Joe McHugh asked the Minister for Finance the number of construction companies to which the State awarded building contracts valued at more than €19 million in the years 1997-2010; the relevant number of building contracts; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45866/10]

The information sought by the Deputy is held by the individual contracting authorities concerned. They are not currently required to pass this information to the Department of Finance. I will seek to have the data compiled and communicated as soon as may be to the Deputy.

Tax Code

M. J. Nolan

Question:

56 Deputy M. J. Nolan asked the Minister for Finance when a PAYE rebate will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Carlow [45882/10]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that there is currently no outstanding PAYE refund on record for the person in question. If the person in question requires further information they can contact Phil Reid in the Kilkenny Revenue office at 056 7783778.

Bank Guarantee Scheme

Joan Burton

Question:

57 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance his views on recent reports (details supplied) that Anglo Irish Bank is exposed to significant derivative positions; if he will set out in detail the nature of any such exposures at Anglo Irish Bank, or any of the credit institutions participating in the eligible liabilities guarantee, including a breakdown by product type, category of counter parties and if the positions are hedging or trading positions; the nature and extent of any guarantees sought or granted in the context of such derivative exposures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45896/10]

A guarantee has been provided for the Off-Balance Sheet (OBS)/ derivative exposures of Anglo Irish Bank. This includes foreign exchange instruments, interest rate instruments and other hedging arrangements. Anglo is the only institution that has availed of such a guarantee. As with all banks, Anglo Irish Bank is exposed to a number of risks and uncertainties in the normal course of its business activities. These risks include market risk (arising from Anglo's exposures to interest rate and currency movements). Derivatives are used by Anglo Irish Bank solely for the management of these risks and are not entered into for any speculative purposes. The bank's balance sheet exposure to these risks taken together with the risk mitigation provided by these derivatives are managed within risk limits which are approved by the bank's board of directors.

Anglo Irish Bank had recently indicated to the authorities that owing to the bank's financial situation and recent ratings actions their derivative counter parties required the provision of such a guarantee for such transactions with the bank. The ELG does not cover such liabilities.

The situation was reviewed by the NTMA who, based on the bank's concerns, recommended to me that the guarantee should be put in place given the financial issues the bank was currently experiencing. The Governor of the Central Bank was also consulted and the Central Bank confirmed it was agreeable to such a guarantee to help manage Anglo's balance sheet risks.

Under the terms of the guarantee package, Anglo management must continue to manage these derivative positions within pre-approved risk limits approved by the bank's board of directors.

It was concluded that it was important to avoid exposure to serious operational risks in the bank which could potentially arise without the continued support of the counter parties.

Joan Burton

Question:

58 Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance the total amount of senior and subordinated debt guaranteed under bank guarantee scheme on 30 September 2008, broken down by credit institution; the total amount of guaranteed senior and subordinated debt which matured and was redeemed under the terms of the original bank guarantee; the total amount of senior and subordinated debt issued to date in 2010 under the eligible liabilities guarantee; the total amount of senior and subordinated debt issued to date under the eligible liabilities guarantee which has matured and been redeemed; the total amount of senior and subordinated debt issued to date under the eligible liabilities guarantee which remains outstanding; the total amount of senior and subordinated debt issued before 30 September 2010; if he will provide a breakdown per institution in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45909/10]

Information provided by the covered institutions in respect of covered liabilities guaranteed under CIFS related to senior unsecured debt in aggregate, a category that comprised medium-term notes and other senior debt such as commercial paper and certificates of deposits. The total amount of senior unsecured debt as at 30 September 2008 was in the region of €124 billion. A further €12 billion of dated subordinated debt was also guaranteed under CIFS at that date. Senior bonds and subordinated bonds to the value of €68.8 billion and €1.4 billion, respectively, matured and were redeemed at face value between 30 September 2008 and 29 September 2010. As is normal practice when bonds mature they are repaid, in this instance all were senior bonds and all were Government Guaranteed. Furthermore, under Irish law senior debt obligations rank equally with deposits and other creditors. I would like to remind the Deputy that subordinated debt is not an eligible liability under the terms of the ELG Scheme, and therefore no subordinated debt has been issued to date under that Scheme. Senior medium term notes amounting to €25 billion have been issued under the ELG scheme to-date — further detail on this number is disclosed on the NTMA website — www.ntma.ie. None of the medium term notes issued under the scheme have matured to-date. Much of the short- term senior debt issued under the ELG Scheme (i.e. commercial paper (CP) and certificates of deposit (CD)) will have, due to its nature, rolled over frequently, and it would not be either practical or meaningful to quantify amounts that have matured. Further detail on all CP and CD programmes certified under the ELG Scheme is also disclosed on the NTMA website — www.ntma.ie . Finally, owing to commercial sensitivities, my Department does not publish details of unguaranteed debt issued by participating institutions, and does not publish covered liabilities by institution.

Debt Card Charges

Michael Noonan

Question:

59 Deputy Michael Noonan asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to concerns by retailers regarding the proposed increased fee for the use of debit cards which are to be introduced from next year (details supplied); if this arrangement has been sanctioned by him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45943/10]

I understand the Deputy is referring to charges imposed on merchants by acquirers (in point-of-sale transactions, the entity (usually a bank) to which the acceptor (usually a merchant) transmits the information necessary in order to process the card payment) for the use of debit cards at the point of sale which are issued by certain international card schemes, and not the fees currently being charged for the use of Laser Card (which is an Irish-based debit card scheme managed by the Irish Payment Services Organisation on behalf of those Irish banks that operate the Laser Card Scheme). These charges include fees for items such as terminal rental, customer services, and dispute resolution services. They are a function of and are determined by the interchange fees set by the payment card schemes for the participating acquirers. Interchange fees are paid by the merchant's acquirer to the cardholder's bank every time a payment card is used. For debit cards, it is usually a small flat fee. While interchange fee levels vary depending on the type of payment card, the purpose is to reflect the real operating costs.

The European Commission's sectoral inquiry into retail banking in 2005 and 2006 found that interchange fee agreements in place at the time had the potential to act as an obstacle to a more cost-efficient payment cards industry and to the creation of a Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA). The European Commission subsequently launched anti-trust investigations against the interchange fees charged by the two largest international card issuers within the European Union. These investigations resulted in reduced interchange fees being put in place by both companies.

As Minister for Finance, I do not have any role in the regulation of such fees as they are a commercial matter between the given card scheme, the acquirer and their customers, however a list of interchange fees set by the international card schemes is available on those schemes' websites, as required by the European Central Bank.

Bank Guarantee Scheme

Brian Hayes

Question:

60 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Finance of the €42 billion in senior bonds that exist within the Irish banking sector, the reason that €19 billion of this amount is not guaranteed as reported (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45947/10]

The figures for the amounts of bonds outstanding in the Irish banking sector have not been published by the Department of Finance owing to market sensitivities and this response should not be taken as endorsing the figures quoted in the report. The main reason that bonds are not guaranteed under the Credit Institutions (Eligible Liabilities Guarantee) Scheme 2009 (the "ELG Scheme") is that senior bonds issued prior to an institution joining the ELG Scheme are not guaranteed under the Scheme.

In addition, the ELG Scheme allows participating institutions to issue unguaranteed liabilities, although the amounts under this provision are relatively small to date.

Liquor Licensing Laws

Michael McGrath

Question:

61 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the number of pubs in the Clonmel area that have had their licences renewed by the licensing office of the Revenue Commissioners, year-on-year since 2005. [45970/10]

I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that the information for the Clonmel area specifically is not available year-on-year for the period since 2005. Previous to the introduction, by the Revenue Commissioners, of a new improved IT system for excise licensing in 2008, this information was not retained in a format suitable to provide the detailed local information requested. There have also been changes to and merging of District Court areas in Clonmel, Nenagh and Thurles over the past number of years and this would distort any direct comparisons. The current number of live Publican's Licence (7-Day Ordinary) associated to Clonmel District Court area is 217.

However, the information, by licensing year, as it relates to County Tipperary is as follows:

Licence Type Pubs* Tipperary

Year

Number

2010**

443

2009

447

2008

467

2007

473

2006

497

2005

524

*Pubs: refers to ordinary pubs only, and does not include hotels with public bars, ordinary hotels (hotels that do not have a bar as such but which can serve drinks to residents on a tray), theatres, greyhound race tracks, or railway refreshment rooms.

**2010: refers to renewals for 2010 year to date.

Banking Sector

Finian McGrath

Question:

62 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if it is correct that staff at Bank of Ireland were told by directive not to go out celebrating at Christmas and the effects this would have on small businesses. [45976/10]

As I have previously indicated, the Government operates an arms' length relationship with the banks in which the State has a shareholding including Bank of Ireland. I have not been made aware of any such directive and I would not expect to be.

Public Sector Staff

Leo Varadkar

Question:

63 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Finance the number of exemptions requested by Departments, local authorities and-or State agencies to the current moratorium on recruitment and promotion; if he will provide the full details in each such case including the requesting body; the reasons for the request; the number of staff requested, the cost of same and to provide in detail, his response to each such request. [45999/10]

The moratorium on recruitment and promotion was introduced by the Government at the end of March 2009. The moratorium allows for certain general exemptions in the Education and Health Sectors for the filling of certain key posts as well as for the Local Authorities in relation to certain key posts. Information in relation to the posts covered by these general exemptions may be sought from the relevant Ministers.

Departments have been implementing the moratorium in respect of themselves and the bodies under their aegis. However, where a Department feels that a post should be filled, in either the case of a civil service post or in relation to a public service post in a body under the aegis of the Department, it requires the sanction of the Minister for Finance for an exception to the moratorium. Requests for exceptions are not made in respect of every vacancy.

The most recent round of monitoring on the exceptions granted to the moratorium on recruitment and promotion in both the Civil and Public Service was conducted in September 2010. This information is collected in a standard format and full details are outlined in table 1 and table 2. Information is not collected on the cost of individual posts sanctioned. The next round of monitoring will be conducted at the end of quarter 4 2010.

Each request for an exception is assessed on a case by case basis. Approval to fill posts is based on the business case made including consideration of, for example:

a. statutory posts which have to be filled for legal reasons;

b. in a number of instances failure to fill posts could result in a breach of EU/international regulations etc.;

c. safety related posts where a failure to fill them could leave the state open to potential legal liabilities or for security reasons;

d. some specialist/technical posts which are required to ensure continuity of operations e.g. legal officers; laboratory staff, maritime safety, etc.;

e. to ensure continuity of essential services.

It should be noted that in accordance with the terms of the moratorium, exceptions can only be sought by Government Departments and Offices after all internal possibilities of reassigning staff, reorganising work, etc. have been exhausted. In addition, as part of the Employment Control Framework 2010-2012 for the Health Sector, the HSE has discretion to fill a limited number of posts on exceptional grounds to support the development of integrated health care and its transformation programme. There must be suppression of posts of equivalent value in non-frontline areas for each new exempted posts or each exception made. Information on the individual exceptions sought by each Department in respect of Civil Service and Public Service posts is outlined in table 1 and table 2, respectively. Unless otherwise stated in the tables the information covers the period up to the 1st of September 2010.

Civil Service

Table 1 sets out the breakdown of exceptions to the moratorium which have been sought in respect of the Civil Service. Approximately 2,800 staff have left the Civil Service since the introduction of the moratorium in March 2009. Exceptions have been sought to fill 1,969 posts and of these 1,247 have been approved either in full or in part. However, only some 520 of these posts will in time involve recruitment of new staff. During this period the net reduction in civil service numbers has been 2,300, representing a decrease of some 6% on numbers serving numbers in the civil service. In addition sanction has also been given for some 276 temporary posts for Census 2011 and for various temporary ‘summer relief' type posts.

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Courts Service

5 Legal Researchers

Legal Researchers

5

Approved

01-Jun-09

5

Approved but next 6 Tip staff to be suppressed

1 CO in Limerick from PAS CO panel

CO

1

Approved

18-Nov-09

1

1 CO from PAS

1 CO in Waterford from PAS CO panel

CO

1

Approved

18-Nov-09

1

1 CO from PAS

Dep Gen Solicitor (AP) acting to Gen Solicitor (PO) to be made substantive

Gen Solicitor

1

Approved

06-Nov-09

1

Sanctioned as substantive Gen Solicitor on basis of suppressing Dep Gen Solicitor post

Tip staffs (criers and ushers) for judiciary

Tip Staff (criers and ushers)

5

Approved

11-Mar-10

5

Operational needs.

Permanent Court messenger Galway

Court Messenger

1

Approved

21-Jan-10

1

Statutory requirements

10 Judicial Fellowships to the High Court

Fellowships

10

Approved

16-Jun-10

10

Fellows considered to provide key support to the Judiciary

4 Assistant Principal Officer posts in Dublin

Assistant Principal

4

Not Granted

3 to replace 4 normal retirements and 1 lateral transfer

3 Executive Officers in Dublin

Executive Officer

3

Not Granted

2 to replace retirements and 1 to replace transfer

1 Clerical Officer Wexford/Waterford

Clerical Officer

1

Not Granted

To replace staff member transferring to a Garda Station

Service Officer with Allowance for Dublin

Service Officer

1

Not Granted

Vacancy created on retirement of incumbent

1 Higher Executive Officer Wexford

HEO

1

Under Consideration

1 Executive Officer Clonmel

EO

1

Under Consideration

Judicial Secretaries

CO

2

Under Consideration

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

PRA

35 Technical Promotions

Examiner of Maps

35

Part Approved

During 2009

20

20 Mapping Draughtspersons promoted to next level. Old grade defunct while their new grade has big workload. Part Granted (no allowance for 15 staff)

Deputy Registrar, Head of Operations (departmental grade, Director equivalent)

Deputy Registrar

1

Approved

09-Mar-10

1

Business Critical Post

Mapping Adviser, (departmental grade, PO standard equivalent)

Mapping Adviser

1

Approved

09-Mar-10

1

Business Critical Post

Personnel Officer, (PO standard)

PO

1

Approved

09-Mar-10

1

Business Critical Post

2 AP higher and 2 AP std

AP

4

Part Approved

09-Mar-10

1

Promotions

3 Service Officer Posts for Roscommon Office

Service Officer

3

Approved

11-Aug-10

3

JELR

CEO Legal Aid Board

CEO

1

Approved

28-Aug-09

1

Statutory Post, extension for a 5 year fixed term contract

CEO Equality Authority

CEO

1

Approved

23-Apr-09

1

Statutory Post, extension for a 5 year fixed term contract

Employment Assistance Officer (EAO)

Employment Assistance Officer

1

Approved

06-May-09

1

Existing Civil Servant, cost neutral

Garda Inspectorate — 2 members

Garda Inspectorate

2

Approved

07-Aug-09

2

2 new members of Inspectorate sanctioned for a 2 year period

Deputy Chief State Pathologist

Deputy Chief State Pathologist

1

Approved

07-Jul-09

1

Exception made to make temp contract established (see file )

Head of IT

Head of IT

1

Approved

17-Feb-10

1

Acting up allowance for 1 year

2 Legal Researchers -INIS/ORAC

Legal Researcher

2

Approved

02-Feb-10

2

Renewal of Contracts for 1 year

Director General (Dep Sec)

DG

1

Part Approved

25-May-10

1

Approved at lower level.

International Policy (Asst Sec)

Asst Sec

1

Suppressed

01-May-10

0

JELR ISER 10 PO posts

PO

8

Part Approved

4

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

JELR shared services (Payroll Project Team 1 AP, 2 HEOs and 1 EO)

Eo to AP

5

Under Consideration

JELR shared services (1 AP, 2 EOs and 2 Cos)

CO to AP

5

Under Consideration

Legal Aid Board

12 Junior Solicitors

Solicitors

12

Approved

15-Apr-10

12

Value for Money

Office of Data Protection Commissioner

Commissioner, 5 year contract

Asst Sec

1

Approved

26-May-10

1

Statutory Post, extension for a 5 year fixed term contract

National Manager of Detention School Services

1

Under Consideration

Deputy Director Probation Services

1

Refused

1 Senior Legal Researcher

1

Under Consideration

4 Legal Researchers

4

Under Consideration

Senior Investigations Officer

AP

1

Refused

3 Forensic Scientists Grade III

3

Refused

2 Scientists

2

Refused

Assistant Principal Probation Officer

AP

1

Refused

Probation Officers

5

Refused

3 Assistant Principal

AP

3

Part Approved

26-Aug-10

2

Business Critical Posts

7 Executive Officers

EO

7

Part Approved

26-Aug-10

3

Business Critical Posts

2 Senior Probation Officers

Senior Probation Officers

2

Approved

26-Aug-10

2

Business Critical Posts

8 Probation Officers

Probation Officers

8

Approved

26-Aug-10

8

Business Critical Posts

5 Community Service Supervisors

Community Service Supervisors

5

Part Approved

26-Aug-10

3

Business Critical Posts

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Chairperson of Refugee Appeals Tribunal

1

Approved

30-Aug-10

1

Statutory Post

Assnt Sec

1

Under consideration

Irish Prison Service

Renewal of Contract for the Director General

Director General

1

Approved

June 09

1

Renewal of 5 year contract

Chief Officer competition

Chief Officer

1

Approved

31-Jul-09

1

Prison operational reasons.

40 Recruit Prison Officers

Prison Officer

40

Approved

31-Jul-09

40

Prison operational reasons.

3 Governor 1’s

Governor

3

Approved

31-Jul-09

3

Prison operational reasons.

2 Governor 2 posts

Governor

2

Approved

20/10/09

2

Prison operational reasons.

1 Governor 2 Post

Governor

1

Approved

20/10/09

1

Prison operational reasons.

Recruit grade prison officers

Prison Officers

40

Part Approved

23-Oct-09

40

Prison operational reasons.

Mandatory Drug Testing (Allowances)

2

Approved

13-Oct-09

2

Prison operational reasons.

Governor posts

Governor

15

Approved

01-Feb-09

15

Prison operational reasons.

Recruit grade prison officers

Prison Officer

40

Approved

22-Jan-10

40

38 recruit prison officers and 2 psychologists

Assistant Chief Officer

Asst Chief Officer

15

Approved

11-Feb-10

1

Governor III

Governor

1

Under Consideration

Required for Transformation Implementation Team

Assistant Governor

Asst Gov

1

Under Consideration

Required for Transformation Implementation Team

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal

1

Under Consideration

Required for Transformation Implementation Team

2 Clerical Officers

Clerical Officer

2

Under Consideration

Required for Transformation Implementation Team

150 Prison Officers

Recruit Prison Officer

150

Approved

19-May-10

150

Prison operational reasons.

14 promotions to Assistant Chief Officer

Assistant Chief Officer

14

Approved

05-Jul-10

14

Prison operational reasons.

Allowance for campus Governor

Governor 1

1

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

1 Assistant Principal

AP

1

Under Consideration

2 Clerical Officers

CO

2

Under Consideration

9 Chief Officer I

Chief Officer I

9

Under Consideration

9 Chief Officer II

Chief Officer II

9

Under Consideration

Psychologists Grade II

Psychologists Grade II

2

Under Consideration

4 Psychology Assistants

Psychology Assistants

4

Under Consideration

10 Nurse Officer Posts

Nurse Officers

10

Under Consideration

Coordinator of Education

1

Under Consideration

5 Governor III posts

Governor III

5

Approved

15-Jul-10

5

Prison operational reasons.

2 Governor I posts

Governor I

2

Approved

15-Jul-10

2

Prison operational reasons.

1 Assistant Governor

Asst Gov

1

Approved

15-Jul-10

1

Prison operational reasons.

Psychologists Grade II

Psychologists Grade II

2

Approved

03-Sep-10

2

Prison operational reasons.

150 Prison Officers

Recruit Prison Officer

150

Part approved

27-Sep-10

80

Prison operational reasons.

Garda Civilians

Acting up allowances

Not Granted

GPO head of HR strategy

PO

1

Not Granted

Head of Garda Info Services centre

PO

1

Not Granted

Head of Training unit Templemore

AP

1

Approved

12-Mar-10

1

1 year contract extension

IT staff 9

Various

9

Not Granted

31 staff for emergency call answering

CO

31

Under consideration

35 Staff for Garda Vetting Unit

CO

35

Under consideration

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

D/E&S

Programme for Govt 22 Psychologist & 3 SENO staff

Psychologists/SENO

25

Approved

25-May-09

25

Extending a service and reducing spend on panel scheme

Chief Inspector vacancy from retirement

Chief Inspector

1

Approved

Nov 09

1

Business Critical Post

A/Secretary post

Asst Secretary

2

Part Approved

08-Oct-09

1

Business Critical Post

CEO of State Examinations Commission

Asst Secretary

1

Approved

08-Oct-09

1

Business Critical Post

School Inspectorate

10 Retired School Inspectors

10

Approved

03-Feb-10

10

NCCA

8 Education Officers (temp.)

8

Approved

22-Jun-10

8

Business Critical Post

SEC

EAM (maths)

1

Approved

16-Sep-10

1

Specialist post

NCCA

Director Curr. Assess.

1

Approved

22-Sep-10

1

Business Critical Post

D/Social Protection

New Management Board Structure

A/Sec and Director

4

Agree in principle to fill two of three A/Sec arising in ’09 and to replace over ’09 and ’10 four departing Directors by two /Secs.

Decision by Minister 8/10/09 to proceed. Sanction issued 19 April ’10 to appoint 2 A/Secs to replace 4 departing Directors.

4

Agreed to restructure responsibilities at Mgt Board level from 5 A/Sec and 5 Directors to 6 A/Sec and 1 Director.

To fill vacancy resulting from retirement in Child Family & Supplementary Policy & Services

Asst Secretary

1

Approved

Oct-09

1

Business Critical Post

Regional & Pensions Service Delivery

Asst Secretary

1

Approved

Oct-09

1

Business Critical Post

General Register Office

Asst Secretary

1

Refused

0

GPs required to operate med assessment scheme

Medical Assessors

4

Approved

09-Nov-09

4

Control function in monitoring validity of illness cases

Dep Head for med assessment scheme

Deputy Chief Medical Advisor

1

Approved

13-Jul-09

1

To provide management level to ensure appropriate monitoring of illness cases

Director — This is a statutory post

Chief Appeals Officer

1

Approved

23-Oct-09

1

Statutory Requirement to have Director in place

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Head of Office — renewal of contract

Pension Ombudsman

1

Approved

01-Apr-09

1

Statutory requirement to have Ombudsman in place

3 posts sanctioned for Buncrana Office Donegal

Service Officer

3

Approved

24-Aug-09

3

Not possible to recruit Service Officer staff locally or via CAF

8 Buncrana Office Donegal

Staff Officer

8

Approved

06-Oct-09

8

Supervisory posts

Promotions (Dundalk)

CO to SO

20

Approved

01-Jul-09

20

Reduce Live Register “waiting time” for new claimants

Promotions Dundalk Initiative

CO to SO

25

Approved

23-Dec-09

25

Reduce Live Register “waiting time” for new claimants

Sanction to run competition for PO post in Sligo

Principal Officer

Approved

18-Jan-10

1

No assignment to date

Package of up to 100 posts being requested — 50 promotions in 2010 and 50 in 2011.

SO, EO and HEO, AP,

100

Part Approved

25-Mar-10

20

To deal with increases in the Live Register

Social Welfare Appeals Officers (Retired)

AP

12

Approved

20-May-10

12

Backlog of Appeals office Claims requiring decisions

Special Adviser to Minister

PO Standard

1

Approved

06-May-10

1

Ministerial appointments to D/SP

Special Media Adviser to Minister

PO Standard

1

Approved

06-May-10

1

Ministerial appointments to D/SP

Personal Assistant to Minister

HEO

1

Approved

06-May-10

1

Ministerial appointments to D/SP

Personal Secretary to Minister

Personal Secretary

1

Approved

06-May-10

1

Ministerial appointments to D/SP

Request to fill posts by internal competition

PO, AP and HEO

3

Approved

17-Aug-10

3

Essential to the maintenance of critical IT projects connected with increased workload arising from increases in the Live Register and also resulting from the integration of IT systems associated with transfers of functions to the D/SP. PO post is to be filled from existing internal panel while other 2 posts are to filled from redeployment if possible.

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Medical Assessors

Medical Assessors

13-Jul-10

Approval given to run competition — additional sanction will be required to fill posts. The Medical Review and Assessment Services (MRAS) is the principal control mechanism for illness, disability and carer payment schemes administered by DSP.

Filling of Senior Management Posts

1 Deputy Secretary and 1 Assistant Secretary

2

Under Consideration

Business Critical Posts

D/AFF

Filling of 2 A/Sec posts

Assistant Secretary

2

Part Approved

19-Mar-10

1

Filling of vacancy in Direct Payment Schemes

Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

10-Jul-09

1

Business Critical Post

Senior Management, technical and scientific (45) to address skills deficits and ensure EU directives compliance

Various

45

Part Approved

19-Mar-10

21

Statutory posts

Audit & Senior management

2

Approved

19-Mar-10

2

Acting up allowance

HEO

1

Approved

2/10/09

1

Senior Management and Technical Posts

Various

54

Part Approved

22-Sep-10

3

To cover financial risk re management of Programmes. Remainder of request still under consideration.

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

D/EH&LG

To replace retiring and promoted Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

19/6/09

1

Business Critical Post

Request for 35 posts, 14 via promotion and 21 via recruitment

Various Tech and administrative grades

35

Part Approved

27/03/2010

22

8 Posts in the National Parks & Wildlife Service: 1 Grade 1 Inspector, 1 Grade 11 Inspector, 4 Grade 111 Inspectors, 2 Conservation Rangers. 6 Posts in Met Éireann:1 Assistant Director, 1 Meteorologist, 4 Meteorological Officers 3 Other Professional/Technical Posts1 Water Quality Inspector, 1 Principal Adviser (Environment Inspectorate), 1 Inspector Grade 111, 5 General Service Posts1 Principal Officer, 2 Assistant Principals, 1 Administrative Officer,1 Executive Officer.

Met Eireann — Director

Director

1

Approved

18-Sep-09

1

Business Critical Post

To replace Principal on loan

PO

1

Approved

29/1/10

1

Acting position

To replace retired assistant secretary — Heritage Division

Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

21-Apr-10

1

Business Critical Post — already deferred for 1 year

Replace retiree

GIS Manager

1

Approved

10-Jun-10

1

Required technical post

Enterprise, Trade and Innovation

Labour Relations Commission

Reappointment of 2 Rights Commissioners

PO equivalent

2

Approved

28/04/2009

2

Non-discretionary volume of LRC cases and need to maintain state IR machinery.

DETI

Personal Assistant, Personal Secretary and 2 Civilian Drivers for Minister of State Kelleher

HEO, EO, Civilian Driver

4

Approved

06/05/2009

4

Political Appointments

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

DETI

Personal Assistant, Personal Secretary and 2 Civilian Drivers for Minister of State Lenihan

HEO, EO, Civilian Driver

4

Approved

12/05/2009

4

Political Appointments

ET&I (Labour Relations Commission)

Deputy Director of Conciliation Services

PO

1

Approved

29/5/2009

1

Business Critical Post in LRC necessary to maintain state IR machinery.

Personal Assistant, Personal Secretary and 2 Civilian Drivers for Minister of State Calleary

HEO, EO, Civilian Driver

4

Approved

09/06/2009

4

Political Appointments

ET&I (Labour Court)

Reappointment of 2 Members of Labour Court

N/A

2

Approved

02/06/2009

2

Statutory posts needed for operation of divisions of Labour Court

ET&I (Office of Director of Corporate Enforcement)

Part-time services of retired High Court Judge

High Court Judge

1

Approved

03/06/2009

1

To adjudicate on legal documents in Anglo Irish Bank investigation

ET&I (Labour Relations Commission)

Reappointment of 2 Rights Commissioners

PO equivalent

2

Approved

13/08/2009

2

Non-discretionary volume of LRC cases and need to maintain state IR machinery.

ET&I (National Employment Rights Authority)

Solicitor

Solicitor

1

Application was refused

10/09/2009

0

ET&I (Patents Office)

Request for higher duties allowances for 2 EOs

HEO

2

Approved

10/09/2009

2

Temporary replacements in Trademarks Division

ET&I

Renew contracts of 2 legal researchers

EO

2

Approved

16/09/2009

2

To provide research for drawing up Companies Consolidation bill. 2 EO posts to be suppressed for duration of temporary contract.

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

ET&I (Labour Court)

Deputy Chairman of Labour Court

Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

31/01/2010

1

Statutory post. Filled by agreement by ICTU nominee.

ET&I

Additional 10 IT posts

HEO and EO

10

Partly approved

02-Jun-10

3

Critical ICT posts.

ET&I

Appointment of Legal Advisor on secondment from Office of AG

Legal Advisor

1

Approved

24-May-10

1

Critical legal skills requirement.

ET&I (Labour Court)

Filling of Ordinary member of Labour Court post

Principal Officer Higher

1

Approved

26-May-10

1

Statutory post. Filled by retention of member until new nomination is received.

Enterprise, Trade & Innovation

Minister O’Keeffe’s Special Advisors

Principal Officer

2

Approved

18-May-10

2

Political Appointment

Minister O’Keeffe’s Personal Assistant

Higher Executive Officer

1

Approved

18-May-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister O’Keeffe’s Personal Secretary

Executive Officer

1

Approved

18-May-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister of State Lenihan’s Personal Secretary

Executive Officer

1

Approved

21-Jun-10

1

Political Appointment

To give Acting Up to and AO for AP and consequentials to EO and CO

AP, HEO, EO

3

Under consideration

To hold an internal competition to fill 2 AP posts

Assistant Principal

2

Under consideration

Enterprise, Trade & Innovation

To renew the contracts of 2 Legal Researchers

2

Approved

09-Aug-10

2

Contractors working on legislation

Labour Court

To re-appoint the Chairman and 2 Ordinary Members

3

Approved

19-Jul-10

3

Statutory posts.

Labour Relations Commission

Re-appointment of a Rights Commissioner

1

Approved

19-Jul-10

1

Statutory post

NERA

To fill Legal Advisor vacancy

Solicitor (AP)

1

Approved.

13-Sep-10

1

Critical post that will save expenditure on external legal services.

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Enterprise, Trade and Innovation

To fill PO vacancies

PO

3

Under consideration

Enterprise, Trade & Innovation

Assistant Secretary post

Assistant Secretary

1

Under consideration

Ass Sec posts have reduced from 7 to 4 since April. Post in CSD area — arises due to retirement

NERA

To fill Accountant vacancy

Accountant Grade I

1

Under consideration

CEGA

To start up and oversee new Irish SI translation unit.

Director

1

Approved

08/04/2009

1

Response to High Court ruling.

To manage the translation of Statutory Instruments into Irish

Aistritheoir Grád II

1

Approved

08/04/2009

1

Response to High Court ruling.

To manage the translation of Statutory Instruments into Irish

Aistritheoir Grád III

1

Approved

08/04/2009

1

Response to High Court ruling.

Ministerial Staff

Personal Assistant (HEO)

1

Approved

06/05/2009

1

Political Appointment

Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary

1

Approved

06/05/2009

1

Political Appointment

Ministerial Staff

Civilian Driver

1

Approved

30/04/2009

2

Political Appointment

To translate documents into Irish for EU.

Detached National Expert

3

Approved

05/11/2009

3

Temporary fixed term contracts renewed for 1 year.

To replace 2 Assistant Secretaries, one of whom had retired and the other promoted.

Assistant Secretary

2

Approved

23/04/2010 & 14/05/2010

2

Department was operating with only 1 Assistant Sec. Business critical post

Charitable, Donations and Bequests Office

To renew contract of Secretary to Commissioners.

Solicitor (AP)

1

Approved

11-Mar-10

1

Need for continuity during the changeover period leading to the setting up of the Charities Regulatory Authority.

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

National Advisory Committee on Drugs

To recruit researcher into drugs.

Researcher (AP)

1

Approved

11-Mar-10

1

Sanction granted to Health Research Board to recruit and second the Researcher to the NACD. Post considered a ‘Business Critical Post’.

Minister Carey’s Special Adviser

Principal Officer

1

Approved

19-Apr-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister Carey’s Media Adviser

Principal Officer

1

Approved

19-Apr-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister Carey’s Personal Assistant

Higher Executive Officer

1

Approved

19-Apr-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister Carey’s Personal Secretary

Executive Officer

1

Approved

19-Apr-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister of State White’s Personal Assistant

Higher Executive Officer

1

Approved

19-May-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister of State White’s Personal Secretary

Executive Officer

1

Approved

19-May-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister of State White’s Civilian Drivers

Civilian Driver

2

Approved

19-May-10

2

Political Appointment

Ministerial Staff (Minister of State White)

Special Advisor

1

Approved

24-May-10

1

Political Appointment

Additional Assistant Secretary Post

Assistant Secretary

1

Refused but Director post approved

22-Jul-10

1

Critical management post

Equality Authority

Filling of Legal Advisor post

PO

1

Under consideration

Finance

Banking specialist (temporary fixed term contract for 3 years)

Banking Specialist (Assistant Secretary level)

1

Approved

21/8/09

1

Urgent need for expertise in banking area.

Package of IT posts.

1 ICT AP, 2 ICT E0s, 1 promotion EO to HEO (ICT)

4

Approved

23/12/09

4

Is in line with the ICT staffing recommendations made by the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Assistant Secretary in CMOD

Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

Jan 2010

1

Business Critical Post

8 POs

Principal

8

Approved

12-Apr-10

8

Business Critical posts in situation where staffing levels were already below approved revised limits

Director, Language Training Unit; higher duties allowance

Assistant Principal

1

Approved

01-Oct-09

1

Business Critical post

Employee Assistance Officer

Higher Executive officer

1

Under consideration

Second Secretary Financial Services Division

Second Secretary

1

Approved

21-Jul-10

1

Business critical post

Revenue

Promotion of 2 COs to EO

EO

2

Approved

24/6/09

2

Skilled staff. Newly commissioned Cutter to be launched and used in fight against illegal importation of drugs

Package of 200 posts.

Various Grades

200

Approved

22/12/09

200

To fill key management, audit and policy posts to ensure effective tax collection through a mix of redeployment, internal promotion and open competition.

To have internal competition for 2 CO positions in Print Room.

Clerical Officer

2

Approved

17-Feb-10

2

Open to Service Officers — regrading of 2 Service Officer posts to CO and filled by redeployment — with no overall increase in numbers.

Completion of final 2 phases of 2003 Uplift Agreement i.e. uplift of 20 Tax Officers to EO; 28 Higher Tax Officers to HEO & 5 CO Programmers to EO JSA

Uplift of 20 Tax Officers to EO; 28 Higher Tax Officers to HEO & 5 CO Programmers to EO JSA

53

Approved

30-Mar-10

53

Revenue Integration to General Service grades. This was a legacy of the Revenue Agreement on Integration agreed with the Unions following the integration of Customs staff with Tax staff. End result is more effective casework management following targeted training.

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Revenue Solicitor and Asst Secretary post in Investigations and Prosecutions Division

Revenue Solicitor and Asst Secretary

2

Approved

22-Apr-10

2

Particular responsibilities attaching to each post.

Creation of additional posts with allowances at Terminal 2 Dublin Airport

6 Eos, 12 Cos

18

Under consideration

Valuation Office

Promotions

Chief Superintendents of Mapping

2

Approved

2

Element of restructuring plan for VO.

Higher Superintendents of Mapping

Higher Superintendents of Mapping

2

Approved

2

Element of restructuring plan for VO.

Appeal Officer

Appeal Officer

1

Approved

01-Sep-09

1

Internal competition — no backfilling of resulting vacancies — overall numbers not affected.

A minimum of 1 Asst Registrar (HEO) and 3 COs for Valuation Tribunal to deal with ongoing Tribunal Appeals arising from National Revaluation

1 Asst Registrar (HEO) and 3 COs

4

Approved

15-Apr-10

4

To ensure that the statutory deadlines for processing of appeals following the Revaluation process be met. Sanctioned on basis that an EO post be suppressed for 1 year, while an EO filled the HEO position on an acting up basis. 1 CO post to be filled on redeployment and the other 2 on temp contract for 11 mths each.

3 Student Valuers

3 Student Valuers @ CO level

3

Approved

17-Jun-10

3

On 1 year contracts on 1st pt of the CO scale, replacing students

To fill 2 Service Officer posts

Service Officer

2

Part Approved

01-Sep-10

1

Frontline post to be filled by redeployment.

C&AG

Vacancies at various Grades

4 PO, 4.7 AP, 14.5 HEO/EO, 1.7 CO (Total 24.9)

24.9

Approved

15-Mar-10

24.9

Extra responsibilities e.g. NAMA, new Accounting Standards, extra work on Revenue account

1 Director of Audit

Assistant Sec level

1

Approved

30-Apr-10

1

Scale of operations and complex issues involved.

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Trainee Auditor to fill vacancies

Trainee Auditor

2

Approved

03-Aug-10

2

Temporary appointment to cover vacancy caused by secondment of a Detached National Expert to the EU, and relocation of other staff member.

OPW

Upgrade

Architect

1

Refused

29/5/09

0

To fill vacancies

Service Officers

3

Approved

22/6/09

3

No viable alternatives to filling vacancy

Commissioner (Property Management Services)

Commissioner (Assistant Secretary)

1

Approved

26-Aug-09

1

To enable OPW to effectively deliver on the current demands for its services made by Government, other Departments and their agencies and the public.

Recruit 16 graduates at a reduced salary to replace those finishing the Graduate Architect Training Scheme.

Architect training programme

16

Approved

14/08/09

16

Participation in scheme for 5 years, — reduced salaries and fees

To fill vacancy in new section

Quantity Surveyor

1

Approved

08/12/09

1

NPPOU section in Trim

To fill possible vacancy in Director of the Botanic Gardens pending decision on 3 yr career break for incumbent to assume major positions in US

Acting up Director of Botanic Gardens

1

Approved

01-Apr-10

1

Provided that the previous post of the new Acting Director remain unfilled for the duration of the Director’s absence on career break

Filling of Management/Administration and Technical Posts

Various

142

Part Approved

24-Sep-10

2

Employee Assistance Officer and Payroll expert approved — business critical posts. Remainder of submission under consideration.

National Procurement Service (NPS)

Various

21

Approved

04-Aug-10

21

Staffing of NPS — 12 Buyers, 2 solicitors, 1 analyst & 6 Admin, 1 Admin officer

Attorney General

Advisory Counsel Grade 111

Advisory Counsel Grade 111

1

Approved

1

Important legal post

Head of Administration

Head of Administration

1

Approved

01-Jan-00

1

Principal post in charge of the office

Assistant Parliamentary Counsel Grade 11

Assistant Parliamentary Counsel Grade 11

3

Approved

3

Important legal posts

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Advisory Counsel Grade 1 (Vacancy)

Assistant Secretary Level

1

Approved (acting-up basis for 3 yrs)

21-Sep-09

1

Business Critical Post

Advisory Counsel Grade 11

Advisory Counsel Grade 11

1

Approved

1

Important legal post because of the workload in the office

Dep Director

Deputy Secretary level

1

Approved

23-Feb-10

1

Business Critical Post (Internal TLAC type competition. Consequentials, if any, also sanctioned within ECF.)

Advisory Counsel Grade 111

Advisory Counsel Grade 111

1

Approved

1

Important legal post because of the workload in the office

Promotion AP to PO

PO

1

Approved

1

Chief State Solicitor

Solicitor

Solicitor

1

Approved

23-Jun-10

1

Official appointed on completion of apprenticeship

Solicitor

Solicitor (temp.) NAMA

1

Approved

08-Jul-10

1

High Court NAMA case

Promotion Law Clerk to Legal Executive

Legal Executive

2

Approved

31-Aug-10

2

Trainee scheme

Central Statistics Office

Assistant Director General

Assistant Director General

1

Approved

22-Oct-09

1

Business Critical Post -approved on the basis any resultant internal vacancy is suppressed

Assistant Director General for Macroeconomic and Environment Divisions

Assistant Director General

1

Approved

Agreed by Minister 14 April 2010

1

Business Critical Post

Senior Statistician

Senior Statistician

1

Approved

30-Apr-10

1

Business case

EO

EO

2

Approved

23-Jun-10

2

To assist BIM decent.

Defence

Night watchman

Night Watchman

1

Approved

1

To provide security at the Galway premises

Director of Military Prosecutions

Director of Military Prosecutions

1

Approved

1

Statutory post

Assistant Principal/Senior Systems Analyst

Assistant Principal/Senior Systems Analyst

1

Approved

1

Sanctioned in Galway as a result of the suppression of a PO and the transfer of his duties to Dublin

Head Services Officer

Head Services Officer

1

Approved

1

Needed for the decentralisation of premises to Newbridge

Services Officer

Services Officer

1

Approved

1

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Director

Director

1

Approved

1

Principal Officer

Principal Officer

1

Approved

1

Special Adviser

Special Adviser

1

Approved

09-Apr-10

1

Ministerial staff

Special Adviser

Special Adviser

1

Approved

16-Apr-10

1

Ministerial staff

Personal Assistant

Personal Assistant

1

Approved

09-Apr-10

1

Ministerial staff

Personal Secretary

Personal Secretary

1

Approved

09-Apr-10

1

Ministerial staff

Principal Officer

Principal Officer

1

Approved

05-Aug-10

1

PO vacancy arising from appointment of Director

Principal Officer

Principal Officer

1

Approved

05-Aug-10

1

Retirement of PO in Galway

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal

2

Approved

05-Aug-10

2

Arising from filling of PO posts

DPP

To fill retirement vacancy

Head of Directing Division (between Asst Sec and Dep Sec)

1

Approved

05-Jun-09

1

Business Critical Post

Chief Prosecution Solicitor

Chief Prosecution Solicitor (between Asst Sec and Dep Sec)

1

Approved

02-Nov-09

1

Business Critical Post

Internal Promotion to Deputy Chief Prosecution Solicitor

Deputy Chief Prosecution Solicitor

1

Approved

23-Apr-10

1

Business Critical Post

Internal Promotion to PO

PO (higher)

1

Approved

23-Apr-10

1

Business Critical Post

Legal Researcher (temp.)

Legal Researcher (temp.)

1

Approved

23-Apr-10

Business Critical Post

Head of Admin (allowance)

Head of Admin (allowance)

1

Approved

23-Apr-10

1

Business Critical Post

Foreign Affairs

5 Third Secretaries

Third Secretaries

5

Approved

5

From the 2008 competition to provide for succession planning

Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

19-Feb-10

1

Business Critical Post

Counsellor and First Secretary

Counsellor and First Secretary

2

Approved

2

Business Critical Post

Chairmanship of OSCE — temporary hiring of staff

3 Assistant Secretaries, 1 PO, 1 AP, 1 Third Sec, 2 Eos and 3 Clerical Officers

11

Under consideration

Business Critical posts essential to chairmanship of OSCE which has been approved by government

staff in audit and control area of ODA

AP level dealing with audit, control and monitoring functions of ODA

10

Approved

10

Arises from FGS Irish Aid Management Review

Special adviser to Minister

Special Adviser

1

Under consideration

Secondment from HEA

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Taoiseach

Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal

1

Approved

1

Head of the IT Unit to be filled from redeployment

Administrative Officers

Administrative Officers

3

Approved

3

For succession planning

Special Adviser to Minister of State Curran, Chief Whip

Special Adviser

1

Approved

30-Apr-10

1

Transfer of staff to Minister from previous Dept

Staff for Minister of State/Chief Personal Staff

PA & 2 × Worksharing Sec Assistants

2

Approved

06-May-10

2

Transfer of staff to Minister from previous Dept

Special Adviser to Taoiseach

Special Adviser

1

Approved

15-Jun-10

1

Transfer from DFA

Promotion HEO to AP

AP

1

Approved

15-Jun-10

1

Business Case

Promotion AP to PO

PO

1

Approved

15-Jun-10

1

Business Case

Transport

Coastal Sector Unit Managers

Coastal Sector Unit Managers

3

Approved

3

Needed for health and safety reasons

Operations and Training Officer in the coastal service

Operations and Training Officer in the coastal service

1

Approved

1

Needed for health and safety reasons

Assistant Secretary Vacancy from retirement (Public Transport)

Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

22-Oct-09

1

Key management level post

A/Sec vacancy

Assistant Secretary

1

Refused

Principal Officer

Principal Officer

2

Refused

To be filled from internal competition.

Acting Up

Principal Officer

1

Approved

28-Feb-10

1

Pressures in connection with the setting up of the National Transport Authority

Personal Staff for Minister for State Ciarán Cuffe T.D

1 × PA & 1 × Personal Sec

2

Approved

21-Apr-10

2

Special Adviser for MoS Cuffe

Principal Officer

1

Approved

01-Jun-10

1

Political appointment

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Chief Maritime Accident Investigator

Principal Officer

1

Approved (originally approved Nov 09). Transport sought amendment to condition of sanction but original sanction stands.

18-Aug-10

1

Critical post in new National Transport Investigation Unit

Filling of existing and forthcoming vacancies in the Irish Coast Guard.

Various from EO to PO

31

5 approved with redeployment condition: Manager Volunteer Services (AP1), Divisional Controller (AP), Shift Watch Keeping Officer (EOx3)

19-Aug-10

5

Critical posts in the Irish Coast Guard

Filling of vacancies in the Marine Survey Office

Various up to PO

11

2 approved with redeployment condition: Deputy Divisional Controller (AP), Surveyor in Charge (PO).

19-Aug-10

2

Critical posts in the Marine Survey Office

Filling of PO post which had been deferred since Feb 2010

PO

1

Under consideration

Post has been deferred since Feb 2010- from Internal Panel

Health

DG of OMCYA

Deputy Secretary

1

Approved

23-Dec-09

1

Head of Office of Min for Children etc

CEO Designate of Adoption Authority

Assistant Secretary level

1

Approved

01-Sep-10

1

Head of Adoption Authority as required under Adoption Act 2010

Assessor of Youth Work

AP

1

Approved

30-Aug-10

1

Statutory Post

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Tourism, Culture & Sport

Filling of two posts in Minister’s Constituency Office by transfers from other Departments

Executive Officer

2

Approved

20-May-10

2

Posts vital to the functioning of the Constituency Office

Minister Hannifin’s Special Adviser

Principal Officer

1

Approved

27-Apr-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister Hannifin’s Press Adviser

Higher Executive Officer

1

Approved

27-Apr-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister Hannifin’s Personal Assistant

Higher Executive Officer

1

Approved

27-Apr-10

1

Political Appointment

Renewal of contract for Director in Culture Ireland

Assistant Principal

1

Approved

1

Critical function of the Dept. Government priority. Equivalent post to be suppressed.

Minister Hannifin’s Personal Secretary

Executive Officer

1

Approved

27-Apr-10

1

Political Appointment

Filling of PO vacancy

Principal Officer

1

Under consideration

Post is in CSD, which covers a wide area , and Dept already carrying other PO post which has not been filled

National Archives

Filling of vacancies to avoid the closure of the reading room

CO, EO and Service Officers

6

Part approved to fill 3 posts (1 CO and 2 Service Officers) by redeployment. Service Officers not available via redeployment so sanction given to recruit.

June/July/Aug 2010

3

Business critical, frontline posts.

Ombudsman

Senior Investigator

Principal Officer

1

Approved

30-Apr-10

1

Business critical management post.

State Laboratory

4 Student Analysts

Students

4

Approved

03-Aug-10

4

Temporary 7 month appointments

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

CENR

Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

26-May-10

1

TLAC competition

Temporary EO for 6 months

EO

1

Refused

To suppress 2 CO posts and replace with 2 EO posts

EO

2

Approved

01-Jun-10

2

Business needs of Department

AO vacancy filled

AO

1

Approved

01-Jun-10

1

Business needs of Department

National Gallery

Renewal of temporary contracts

Security Attendant

15

Under consideration

Appointment of contractors to permanent posts

Security Attendant

7

Under consideration

Regularise position of Head of Conservation

Engineer Grade II (AK I)

1

Under consideration

To appoint staff on a fixed term basis for Master Development Plan

Head of Art Handling (HEO), MDP Project Manager (HEO), Paper Conservator (AKII), Painting Conservator (AKII), Art Handlers (x3)

7

Under consideration

Filling of permanent positions

Head of Exhibitions (AK I), Senior Curator (AK I), HEO, EO, Website Administrator (AK II), IT Officer (CO)

6

Under consideration

1,965.9

TOTAL

1,244

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

The Deputy may wish to note that an Independent Review Panel of the Department of Finance, comprising 3 Members, has also been established, chaired by Mr. Rob Wright. A Chairperson has also been appointed to the Implementation group on the Croke Park Agreement.

Temporary Posts for CENSUS of Population 2011 [CENTRAL STATISTICS OFFICE]

Central Statistics Office

Staff for the Household Budget Survey i.e. interviewers etc

Staff for the Household Budget Survey i.e. interviewers etc

Approved

85

These staff required for the Household Budget, Business Register and Annual Services Inquiry — 85 Temporary Contracts during 2009 & 2010

ICT Executive Officer

ICT Executive Officer

Approved

2

Required for preparatory work on the Census of Population 2011

Executive Officer

Executive Officer

Approved

4

Required for 18 months to work on the Census. Will be re-assigned to another department on completion of that work

Clerical Officer

Clerical Officer

Approved

24

The CSO was asked to seek staff from other departments for a period of 10 months for Census of Agriculture work. In the event, staff were not available so sanction was later granted to appoint COs on temporary contract

Dept / Office Title

Exception Sought1

Grade

No of Exceptions Sought Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Decision

Sanction Date

Exceptions Granted Promotion/ Recruitment Redeployment

Basis of Sanction

Statistician

Statistician

Approved

1

To work full time on an OECD ‘Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies’

Executive Officer

Executive Officer

Approved

2

Also required for this programme

Grades from Clerical Officer to Assistant Principal

Grades from Clerical Officer to Assistant Principal

Approved

158

These are internal CSO staff required from early 2010 to end 2011 to prepare for and finalise the Census 2011

Census Liaison Officers, Regional Supervisors, Field Supervisors and Clerical Officers

Census Liaison Officers, Regional Supervisors, Field Supervisors and Clerical Officers

Under Consideration

Temporary part-time enumerators

Temporary part-time enumerators

Under Consideration

Total posts approved for CSO (temps):

276

Public Service

Table 2 sets out the breakdown of exceptions to the moratorium which have been sought in respect of the wider Public Service. My Department has received 255 requests involving 1,919 posts. 182 requests have been sanctioned in full or in part in respect of 1,014 posts. 27 requests have been refused and a decision is pending in relation to 46 requests.

Table 2 — Requests for Exceptions in the Public Service

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

>Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

DETE — Enterprise Ireland

Retirement

Manager

1

Yes — on a permanent basis

1

May-09

Retirement

2

DETE — Enterprise Ireland

Graduate

Graduate

16

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

16

May-09

16 graduate posts

3

DETE — Roscommon CEB

Vacancy

CEO

1

No

0

May-09

Vacancy

4

DETE Cork CEB

Replacing maternity leave

Administrative Officer

1

No

0

Jun-09

Replacing maternity leave

5

DETE — FAS DG

Statutory post

DG

1

Yes — on a permanent basis

1

Jun-09

Statutory post

6

DETE -NCA Registrar

No vacancy

AP-HAD

1

Yes — on a permanent basis

1

Jun-09

Registrar

7

DETE — Enterprise Ireland

Rollover of contract posts for overseas (4 sanctioned)

Various

53

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

4

Jun-09

Rollover of contract posts for overseas (4 sanctioned)

8

DETE -PIAB

Renewal of contract posts (5 sanctioned)

CO

6

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

5

Jul-09

Renewal of contract posts (5 sanctioned)

9

DETE -NCA student

Student

1

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

1

Jun-09

Student

10

DETE — NCA

Retirement — Head of Corporate Services (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement)

AP — STANDARD

1

Yes — on a permanent basis

1

Aug-09

Retirement (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement)

11

DETE — NCA

Retirement (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement)

AP — STANDARD

1

Yes — on a permanent basis

1

Aug-09

Retirement (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement)

12

DETE — NCA

Retirement — Commercial Practises Division (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement)

HEO (x5)

5

Yes — on a permanent basis

5

Aug-09

Retirement (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement)

13

DETE — NCA

Retirement (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement)

EO (X3)

3

Yes — on a permanent basis

3

Aug-09

Retirement (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement)

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation —continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

>Date Sanctioned

Comment

14

DETE — NCA

CO (X2)

2

Yes — on a permanent basis

2

Aug-09

15

DETE — IAASA

Vacancy

Accountant

1

No

0

Aug-09

Vacancy

16

DETE — FAS

Decision of Rights Commissioner

Training Instructor

1

Yes — on a permanent basis

1

Sep-09

Decision of rights Commissioner

17

DETE — Interreg — Tradelinks 2 project

new project

Project Manager

1

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

1

Sep-09

new project

18

DETE — Interreg — Tradelinks 2 project

new project

Financial Administrator

1

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

1

Sep-09

new project

19

DETE — Interreg — Tradelinks 2 project

new project

4 Regional Coordinators

4

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

4

Sep-09

new project

20

DETE — Interreg — Tradelinks 2 project

new project

4 Support Co-ordinators

4

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

4

Sep-09

new project

21

DETE — Competition Authority

Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement in the Public Service

Case Officer

1

No

0

Oct-09

Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement in the Public Service

22

DETE — FÁS

Retirement (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement)

ADG — Finance & IT

1

Yes — on a permanent basis

1

Oct-09

Retirement (other than the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement)

23

DETE — Forfas

New project — Self Financing — Manager of European Space Research Office

Manager

1

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

1

Dec-09

New project — Self Financing

24

DETE — PIAB

Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement in the Public Service

Legal Services Manager

1

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

1

Jan-10

Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement in the Public Service

25

DETE — Enterprise Ireland

Temporary Overseas Contract posts

Contract Posts (Overseas Jan-Mar 10) — Various Grades

2

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

2

Feb-10

Temporary Overseas Contract posts

26

DETE — Enterprise Ireland

Support for Credit Review

CO

1

Yes — on a permanent basis

1

Mar-10

Support for Credit Review

27

DETE — Competition Authority

Request under consideration

Board Members 2

2

Request under consideration

0

Mar-10

Request under consideration

Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation —continued

>No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

>Date Sanctioned

Comment

28

DETE — Competition Authority

Statutory post

Chairperson of Board

1

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

1

Mar-10

Statutory post

29

DETE — SFI

City of Science Project

Project Manager

1

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

1

Mar-10

City of Science Project

30

DETE — SFI

City of Science Project

CO

1

No

0

May-10

PA for Dublin City of Science

31

DETE — FAS

Request under consideration

4

Request under consideration

0

Mar-10

Request under consideration

32

DETE — NSAI

Ongoing contracts

Various

4

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

4

Apr-10

Ongoing contracts

33

DETE — NCA

3 Student posts

3

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

3

May-10

34

DETI — Forfas

Request under consideration

PO

1

Request under consideration

0

Request under consideration

35

DETI — Competition Authority

internship

CO

2

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

2

Jun-10

Request under consideration

36

DETI — Competition Authority

Board Members 2

2

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

2

Jun-10

37

DETI _ IAASA

Various

3

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

3

Sep-10

38

DETI — CEB

CEO

CEO

1

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

39

DETI — IDA

Various

4

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

40

DETI — Competition Authority

Chair/CEO Designate

1

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

41

DETI — NSAI

Certification Officer

1

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

42

DETI — Enterprise Ireland

Various

12

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

Department of Social Protection

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

Family Support Agency

To cover Term-time vacancies in front line mediation service — Portlaoise + Sligo

1

Yes

1

2

Family Support Agency

To cover Term-time vacancies in front line mediation service — Raheny + Wexford

0.8

Yes

0.8

3

Family Support Agency

Temporary appointment due to end June 2009 — Castlebar FMS office

0.5

Yes

0.5

4

Family Support Agency

Temporary appointment due to end June 2009 — Letterkenny office

0.4

Yes

0.4

5

Family Support Agency

Supervision + Management of Mediation Service in Southern and Westerns Regions — temporary appointment due to end June 09

1.6

Yes

1.6

6

Family Support Agency

Supervision + Management of Mediation Service in Southern and Westerns Regions — temporary appointment due to end January 10

1.6

Yes

1.6

7

Family Support Agency

To cover Shorter Working Year Scheme vacancies in front line mediation service — Letterkenny, Portlaoise, Sligo, Raheny, Athlone, Wexford & HQ

4.5

Yes

4.5

8

Family Support Agency

Temporary appointment due to end June 2010 — Castlebar FMS office

0.5

Yes

0.5

9

Family Support Agency

Temporary appointment due to end June 2010 — Letterkenny office

0.4

Yes

0.4

10

Citizens Information Board

Temporary ICT contracts due to end March 2010 — Dublin HQ

2

Yes

2

Department of Defence

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

Defence Forces

To retain the capacity of the organisation to operate effectively across all roles while contributing to the necessary public service economies

Cadets and army/naval service recruits. Promotion across a range of ranks. Acting up appointments for overseas deployment.

529

Yes

207

July 2009 and November 2009

Recruitment of 42 cadets and promotions across a range of ranks. 100 acting up appointments.

2

Defence Forces

Retirement of Military Judge which is a statutory post

Colonel

1

Yes

1

April 2010

Statutory post

3

Defence Forces

Retirement of Director of Military Prosecutions which is a statutory post

Colonel

1

Yes

1

June 2009

Statutory post

4

Defence Forces

Civilian employees. Temporary post and extension of contract.

Pharmacist

2

Yes

2

July 2009

5

Defence Forces

Civilian employee contract extension.

Social Worker

1

Yes

1

July 2009

6

Defence Forces

Civilian Employee. Management of provision of electrical services.

Foreman

1

Yes

1

7

Defence Forces

Civilian employee to assist in the re-fit of Naval ships.

Welder

1

Yes

1

April 2010

8

Defence Forces

Filling of GOC Air Corps

Brigadier General

1

Decision Awaited

Decision Awaited

9

Defence Forces

Filling of DCOS (Operations) vacancy which is a statutory post

Major General

1

Yes

1

July 2010

Statutory post

10

Defence Forces

Civilian employee. Management of provision of social worker service for the Defence Forces.

Principal Social Worker

1

Yes

1

September 2010

Department of Tourism, Culture & Sport

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

National Library of Ireland

To fill Director post

Director

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

18/12/09

Statutory position

2

National Library of Ireland

2 vacancies due to retirement and internal promotion

Keeper, Asst Keeper

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

22/9/09

Due to the specialised nature of the work of the Library

3

Irish Sports Council

To fill Director post

CEO

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

14/5/09

Statutory position

4

Arts Council

To fill Director post

Director

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

20/8/09

Statutory position

5

Failte Ireland

temporary posts

Principal Officer (temporary)

1

4. Application was refused

0

6

Failte Ireland

temporary posts

Principal Officer (temporary)

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

13/1/10

Payment of acting up allowance paid temporarily due to maternity leave

7

Failte Ireland

E Business manager

Assistant Principal

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

13/1/10

Post filled as a necessity for the development of the Tourism Sector

8

National Concert Hall

Fixed term contract post

IT Manager

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

19/11/09

Key post for the successful running of the National Concert Hall

9

National Concert Hall

Fixed term contract post

Financial Accountant

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

19/11/09

Key post for the successful running of the National Concert Hall

10

National Concert Hall

Fixed term contract post

Learn & Explore Administrative Assistant

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

19/11/09

Key post for the successful running of the National Concert Hall

11

National Concert Hall

Fixed term contract post

Graphic Designer

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

19/11/09

Key post for the successful running of the National Concert Hall

12

National Concert Hall

Fixed term contract post

On line Marketing Executive

1

4. Application was refused

0

13

National Concert Hall

Fixed term contract post

Lighting Technician/stage hand

1

4. Application was refused

0

14

National Concert Hall

Fixed term contract post

Box Office Cashier Supervisor

1

4. Application was refused

0

15

National Concert Hall

Fixed term contract post

Operations Assistant Manager

1

4. Application was refused

0

16

National Concert Hall

Fixed term contract post

Own Promotions Executive

1

4. Application was refused

0

17

Chester Beatty Library

To fill Director post

PO 1

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

29/3/10

Key post

18

Irish Film Board

To fill Chief Executive Post

CEO

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

1/9/2010

Statutory position

Department of Health

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

HSE

Front line post

Senior Locum

0.6

3. No decision to date

0

Further info awaited

2

Galway University Hospital

Critical management post

General Manager

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

17/06/2009

3

HIQA

Level of expenditure on external advice

Legal Advisor (AP1)

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

31/07/2009

4

HIQA

Operational reasons

Regional Operations Manager (PO)

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

31/07/2009

5

HIQA

Value for money

Health Technology Assessment — AP1

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

31/07/2009

6

HIQA

Value for Money

HTA — Engineer Grade I

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

31/07/2009

7

HIQA

Value for Money

HTA — Engineer Grade III

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

31/07/2009

8

HSE

New HSE structure

Regional Operation Director (Assist Nat,. Dir)

4

1. Yes, application was approved

4

07/07/2009

9

HSE

New HSE structure

Care Group (Assistant National Director)

4

1. Yes, application was approved

4

07/07/2009

10

Mental Health Commission

Front line post

Consultant Psychiatrist

5

1. Yes, application was approved

5

31/07/2009

11

Mental Health Commission

Front line post

Assistant Inspector (Occupational Therapist)

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

31/07/2009

12

Mental Health Commission

Service reasons

Staff Officer (Temp Contract Renewal)

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

31/07/2009

13

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Fair Deal requirements

EO / HEO

6

1. Yes, application was approved

6

31/07/2009

14

Central Mental Hospital

Front line post

Mental Health Nurses

23

1. Yes, application was approved

23

31/08/2009

15

St Loman’s Hospital

Front line post

Mental Health Nurses

36

1. Yes, application was approved

36

31/08/2009

16

Temple Street Hospital

Critical nursing management post

Director of Nursing

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

20/10/2009

17

Galway University Hospital

Key post for flu pandemic

Chief Medical Scientist

1

3. No decision to date

0

Further info awaited

18

HSE

Front line post

General Dental Surgeon

3

1. Yes, application was approved

2

25/11/2009

Sanction was only given for two of the three posts

19

HSE

Front line post

Principal Environmental Health Officers

2

3. No decision to date

0

Further info awaited

Department of Health— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

20

HSE

Front line post

Fire Prevention Officer

1

3. No decision to date

0

Further info awaited

21

HSE

Front line post

Clinical Perfusionist Post

1

3. No decision to date

0

Further info awaited

22

Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

Front line post

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Nurses

5

1. Yes, application was approved

5

8/12/1009

The filling of these posts was to be met through redeployment first, and where this was not possible, suppression

23

Temple Street Hospital

Front line post

Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Nurses

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

8/12/1009

The filling of these posts was to be met through redeployment first, and where this was not possible, suppression

24

HSE

Development post for Primary Care Teams

Senior Dietician (Sligo/Leitrim/Cavan)

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

18/01/2010

25

HSE — St. James, Dublin

Critical maintenance post

Maintenance Manager

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

18/01/2010

26

HSE — St. Lukes Kilkenny

Front line post

Clinical Nurse Manager II

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

18/01/2010

27

An Bord Altranais

Front line post

Director of Operations

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

01/07/2010

28

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

Front line post

Pharmacist Chief II

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

01/07/2010

29

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

Front line post

Senior Pharmacist

3

1. Yes, application was approved

3

01/07/2010

30

Food Safety Authority of Ireland

Critical to meeting statutory obligations / essential health & public safety requirements

Auditor — AP level

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

01/07/2010

31

Health and Social Care professions Council

Critical to meeting statutory obligations / essential health & public safety requirements

HEO

3

1. Yes, application was approved

3

01/07/2010

32

Health and Social Care professions Council

Critical to meeting statutory obligations / essential health & public safety requirements

EO

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

01/07/2010

33

Mental Health Commission

Critical to meeting statutory obligations / essential health & public safety requirements

CO (temporary contract renewal)

3

1. Yes, application was approved

3

01/07/2010

34

National Cancer Registry Board

Critical to meeting statutory obligations / essential health & public safety requirements

Statistician (Grade V)

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

01/07/2010

Note: Includes HSE exemptions sought between May 2009 and January 2010. Under the Employment Control Framework 2010-2012, HSE exceptions under the moratorium under the moratorium are at the discretion of the HSE HR National Director.

Department of Transport

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

Road Safety Authority (RSA)

New Posts

Assistant Principals

3

not approved

New Posts

Higher Executive Officers

3

not approved

New Posts

Executive Officers

2

not approved

New Posts

Clerical Officers

3

not approved

New Posts

Vehicle Inspector

11

not approved

2

Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR)

Renew Contract

Principal Officer

1

Approved

1

Dec-09

Vacancy filled to meet statuary obligation

Renew Contract

Assistant Principals

2

Approved

2

Dec-09

Vacancy filled to meet statuary obligation

Renew Contract

Executive Officers

3

Approved

3

Dec-09

Vacancy filled to meet statuary obligation

3

National Accident Investigation Office

Filling Post

Principal Officer

1

Approved

1

Nov-09

Important for safety purposes

4

National Transport Authority

New Posts

CEO

1

Approved

1

Jan-10

Newly established Authority

New Posts

Senior Management

4

Approved/ Not approved

3

Jan-10

Newly established Authority

5

Medical Bureau of Road Safety ( MBRS)

Filling Post

Admin Manager

1

No decision to-date

Filling Post

Scientist

1

No decision to-date

Filling Post

Manager

1

No decision to-date

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

Teagasc

These posts are long-term recurring positions that are filled on an academic year basis (Sept — June) only. The posts are of importance to the operation of Teagasc Colleges and to the welfare, health & safety of students

Student Supervisors, part time lecturers

3.5

Application was refused

Ban on recruitment and promotion in public service applies

Teagasc

To support the delivery of the WIT funded B.Sc. (Hons) Business Management/Agriculture (Level 8) programme at Kildalton Collegein the 2009/10 Academic year, as it was not possible to deliver the programme from within existing resources.

part-time Lecturer

0.5

Application was refused

Teagasc

To fill three senior management posts, following the retirement of 5 Heads of Directorate (3 age grounds, 2 ISER)

Heads of Directorate — Assistant Secretary

3

Yes, application was approved

3

26/11/2009

Exceptional sanction granted based on organisational restructuring from 6 to 4 Head of Directorate posts

Teagasc

Request for sanction to appoint a General Manager for Moorepark Technology Limited (MTL) (51% Teagasc ownership) following the retirement of the previous General Manager at MTL.

SPRO (Senior Professional Research Officer)

1

Application pending

MTL plays a critical role in technology transfer for Teagasc.

Teagasc

Recruitment of a Research Scientist who won a prestigious EU grant (FP7 Marie Curie Intra European Fellowship) x 2 years.

Research Scientist

1

Yes, application was approved

1

13/04/2010

This is a fully-funded contract post and there will be no draw on exchequer funds.

Teagasc

Retention of 10 joint self-financing Teagasc/Dairy Industry contract staff for three years to assist in the deliver of the joint Dairy Development programme.

Contract Advisors

10

Yes, application was approved

10

26/08/2010

Extension of the contracts of 8 self-funding contract advisers and recruitment of two self-funding contract advisers. These posts are fully funded. This programme is part of Teagasc’s strategy to maximise industry involvement in Teagasc programmes to help achieve its goal of competitiveness as stated in the Teagasc statement of strategy.

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

Teagasc

To recruit nine scientists for the Teagasc Agriculture & Horticulture research programmes.

Scientists

9

Application pending

Recent changes have seriously impacted on Teagasc’s agriculture and horticulture research programmes. Opportunities for internal redeployment are quite limited due to the specialised nature of the roles and the lack of suitable staff to redeploy.

Teagasc

Redeployment of 14 (Private College) employees to Teagasc following the closure of Warrenstown Private College

Teachers

14

Yes, application was approved

14

26/06/2009

This sanction was granted on condition that Teagasc identified savings in the wider organisation to facilitate the redeployment of these staff

Teagasc

Teagasc have sought to redeploy another 38 Private College staff into the Organisation

29 Teachers, 3 secretarial, 3 matron, 3 maintence

38

Application pending

Similar to Warrenstown, Teagasc is committed to identifying savings in the wider organisation to facilitate this redeployment proposal.

Teagasc

Fully funded research posts

Contract Research Officers

43

Yes, applications approved

43

On a case by case basis between Nov 2009 and April 2010

These are fixed term contract posts and are self financing.

Teagasc

REPS Staff

Advisory

18

Yes, application was approved

18

02/03/2010

Sanction to grant contracts of indefinite duration to these staff following Labour Court recommendation.

Teagasc

Senior Management posts

6

Application has recently been received and has not yet been submitted to Dept. of Finance

Bord Iascaigh Mhara

Delivery of service

Eng. Grade 3

5

No Decision

2

30/06/2010

1 Seafood Technology Post1 Inshore Survey Officer

SFPA

Fishery Control

See Comment

9

Application pending

1 National Director 2 Senior port Officers, one based at Castletownbere/Dingle and the second at Clonakilty 5 Sea Fisheries Protection Officers based at port offices and at Clonakilty 1 Clerical Officer based at Clonakilty

MI

Temporary Laboratory Analysts

Lab services

2

Yes, application was approved

2

26/07/2010

Temporary labs analysts, fully funded EU posts

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

Central Fisheries Board

To meet legal obligations under the Water Framework Directive

Technician (Hydroacoustics)

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

1 year temporary position.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

2

Central Fisheries Board

To meet legal obligations under the Water Framework Directive

Research Officer

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

1 year temporary position.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

3

Central and Regional Fisheries Boards

To meet legal obligations under the Water Framework, Habitats and Eels Directives

Fishery Officers

23

1. Yes, application was approved

23

28/07/2009

4 month seasonal positions.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

4

Eastern Regional Fisheries Board

For increased surveillance in the Dublin, Dundalk and Wexford districts.

Fishery Officers

3

1. Yes, application was approved

3

28/07/2009

6.5 month temporary positions.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

5

Shannon Regional Fisheries Board

To fill recently vacated post

Fisheries Environmental Officer

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

1 year temporary position.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

6

Western Regional Fisheries Board

Cover for maternity leave

Administrative Assistant, Grade IV

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

1 year temporary position.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

7

Western Regional Fisheries Board

For housekeeper at Aasleagh Lodge

Summer Student

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

4 month seasonal position.Generates substantial own resources income for the Board.

8

North Western Regional Fisheries Board

To fill recently vacated post

Assistant Inspector

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

Permanent position.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

9

North Western Regional Fisheries Board

For increased salmon protection effort

Fishery Officers

3

1. Yes, application was approved

3

28/07/2009

3 month seasonal positions.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

10

Northern Regional Fisheries Board

To fill recently vacated post

Fisheries Environmental Officer

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

Permanent position.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

11

Northern Regional Fisheries Board

For administrative support for the CEO/Assistant CEO

Administrative Assistant, Grade IV

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

6 month temporary position.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

12

Northern Regional Fisheries Board

To meet minimun staffing levels required to run angling centres.

General Operatives

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

28/07/2009

5 month seasonal positions.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

13

Central Fisheries Board

For EU Life+ Programme

Research Officers (including Project Manager)

3

1. Yes, application was approved

3

28/07/2009

4 year contract positions.Externally funded: 50% EU, 50% National Parks and Wildlife Service.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

14

Central Fisheries Board

For EU Life+ Programme

Fisheries Assistant

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

4 year contract positon.Externally funded: 50% EU, 50% National Parks and Wildlife Service.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

15

Shannon Regional Fisheries Board

Protection and conservation work at Scartleigh Dam

Fishery Officer

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

1 year contract position.Board would be unable to carry out contract with Kerry County Council who are fully funding this post.

16

Shannon Regional Fisheries Board

To fulfil contract with ESB to provide fisheries enforcement services on ESB fisheries in the Shannon region

Fishery Officers

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

28/07/2009

1 year contract positions.Board would be unable to carry out contract with ESB who are fully funding this post.

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

17

Shannon Regional Fisheries Board

For EU Life+ Programme

Project Manager

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

5 year contract position.Externally funded: 50% EU, 50% National Parks and Wildlife Service and others.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

18

Shannon Regional Fisheries Board

For EU Life+ Programme

Research Officer

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

5 year contract position.Externally funded: 50% EU, 50% National Parks and Wildlife Service and others.Necessity to protect recent investment in the Inland Fisheries resource and in recognition of EU and statutory requirements applying to the Fisheries Boards.

19

Central Fisheries Board

For Marine Sports Fish Programme

Technician (Data Mining)

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/07/2009

1 year contract position.Funded by Marine Institute and own resources

20

Geological Survey of Ireland

To facilitate participation by the INFOMAR programme team in two EU sponsored marine geology projects.

Specialist contract staff

4

1. Yes, application was approved

4

23/10/2009

Posts funded from EU sources at no cost to Exchequer.Participation in the projects will leverage external funding to the benefit of the economyParticipation in and attraction of such projects is a stated objective of the INFOMAR programme. The posts are for a three-year fixed term under specific purpose contracts linked to EU projects

21

Commission for Energy Regulation

To replace retiring Commissioner for Energy Regulation

Commissioner

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

09/11/2009

5 year contract. Current and future role of the CER, both nationally and at a regional and EU level, justifies a full-time multi-member Commission.

22

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

To extend the contract of the Department’s Research Coordinator by 50 weeks.

Research Coordinator

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

18/11/2010

Work to be undertaken is a critical time-defined component of the Knowledge Society Strategy.No further renewal of contract beyond period specified.

23

Commission for Energy Regulation

To renew contract of employment of legal advisor

Level 4, Band A

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

21/01/2010

Permanent contract. Significant savings can be realised from use of in-house legal advice compared with cost of procuring such advice from external sources.

24

Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Replace Finance Officer

Finance Officer

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

04/02/2010

Sanctioned on basis of redeployment from within the public service.

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

25

Ordnance Survey Ireland

Replace Principal HR/Corporate Services

Principal

1

3. No decision to date

26

Ordnance Survey Ireland

Replace Assistant Principal, Corporate Services

Assistant Principal

1

3. No decision to date

27

South Western Regional Fisheries Board

To fill recently vacated post

Inspector

1

3. No decision to date

28

Central Fisheries Board

To formally assign staff member to role of Director of Finance and pay higher duties allowance in absence of post holder who is on sick leave.

Director

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

16/03/2010

Agreed for up to six months.

29

Commission for Energy Regulation

For design and implementation of the Petroleum Safety Framework

Petroleum Safety Manager

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

31/03/2010

Permanent post.Sanctioned on basis that new functions for petroleum safety conferred on the CER require specialist expertise.

30

Commission for Energy Regulation

To assist the Petroleum Safety Manager (see above) in the design and implementation of the Petroleum Safety Framework.

Support Analyst

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

31/03/2010

Permanent posts.Sanctioned on basis that new functions for petroleum safety conferred on the CER require specialist expertise.

31

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Head of Department

Provide expert financial advice and support to CEO and board. Responsibility for organisation’s financial control function.

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

07/09/2010

Permanent post.Sanctioned on the basis that finance function requires specialist expertise.

32

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Senior Accountant

Manage, introduce and operate systems for financial resource allocation and business planninng.

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

07/09/2010

Permanent post.Sanctioned on the basis that finance function requires specialist expertise.

33

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Programme Manager EDRT

To lead and manage the design, development and delivery of a ramge of initatives across domestic and non-domestic sectors through the Retrofit Programme.

1

3. No decision to date

34

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Technical Standards Development Manager

Manage the design, development, implementation, maintenance and review of technical specifications for SEAI administered retrofit programmes.

1

3. No decision to date

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

35

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Programme Executive Domestic Energy Efficiency

Support and assist initiatives on fuel poverty in context of retrofit programme

1

3. No decision to date

36

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Legal and Contracts Execurive

Provide advice and support to the National Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programme on contrcat framework agreements and Save As You Pay mechanisms.

1

3. No decision to date

37

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

QA and Inspenction Manager

To design, implement and oversee a harmonised quality assurance framework across all retrofit programmes.

1

3. No decision to date

38

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Programme Manager — Accelerated Capital Allowances

To deliver and manage the Triple E register of energy efficient products that underpin the ACA scheme.

1

3. No decision to date

39

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Programme Manager — Energy Modelling

To manage and drive the development of energy modelling activity.

1

3. No decision to date

40

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Data Management Executive

Provide a statistical data management and analysis service within the Authority’s Energy Policy Statistical Support Unit

1

3. No decision to date

41

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Programme Manager — Sustainable Energy

Ongoing manangement and development of the Home Energy Savings Scheme

1

3. No decision to date

42

Commission for Communications Regulation

Senior Legal Counsel

To provide high-level, strategic, mission critical legal advice to the Commissioners and the organisation and to manage all legal matters arising from ComReg’s remit and activities

1

3. No decision to date

Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

43

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Fishery Officers

Surveillance support

6

1. Yes, application was approved

20/09/2010

6

2 month seasonal positions.Sanctioned on basis that appointments in line with agreement on seasonal staff at IFI in Employment Control Framework

44

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Fishery Assistants

Operational support

23

1. Yes, application was approved

20/09/2010

23

2 month seasonal positions.Sanctioned on basis that appointments in line with agreement on seasonal staff at IFI in Employment Control Framework

45

Inland Fisheries Ireland

General Operatives

To run angling centres

3

1. Yes, application was approved

20/09/2010

3

2 month seasonal positions.Sanctioned on basis that appointments in line with agreement on seasonal staff at IFI in Employment Control Framework

46

National Oil Reserves Agency

Operations Engineer (Engineer Grade II)

To meet regulatory compliance responsibilities that arise from NORA’s management of both Ringsend and Tarbert storage facilities, and the mitigation of risks associated with same to acceptable levels

1

3. No decision to date

Department of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

0

Nil requests

0

0

Department of Education and Skills

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

Co Roscommon VEC

To replace retiring CEO; statutory post

Chief Executive Officer, VEC

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

26/6/09

Temporary 6 month appointment pending reorganisation of VECs. Extended to 28 Feb 2010. 17 February 2010 — further extended to 30 April 2010.

2

Department of Education & Science

Renewal of secondment of 276 teachers to Education Services

Teacher

276

1. Yes, application was approved

170

6/7/09

Continuation of highest priority teacher training and support. Partial approval granted. 276 posts were sought of which 170 were approved.

3

Church of Ireland College of Education

To replace retiring principal

Principal, College of Education

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

6/7/09

Need for head of organisation.

4

Vocational Education Committees

To award a fixed term contract to fill one existing caretaker vacancy on a temporary basis to ensure the smooth running of Certificate examinations during June 2009. To give delegated sanction to award similar contracts in other VECs, in similar circumstances, during June 2009, should the need arise.

Caretaker

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

27/5/09

To ensure uninterrupted running of State examinations. One immediate post sanctioned; delegated sanction to appoint others should the need arise.

5

NCTE

To fill 1 National Coordinator post; Renewal of contracts of 2 Project Officers; Renewal of either 1 Senior Administrative Assistant or 1 Secretary Grade III post

National Coordinator; 2 Project Officers; Senior Admin Asst or Secretary Grade III

4

1. Yes, application was approved

4

31/7/09

Majority of staff of NCTE employed on fixed term contracts. Need to reappoint a minimum number of these staff (4) to maintain services.

6

Co Dublin VEC

Replace CEO

Chief Executive Officer, VEC

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

15/10/09

Temporary 3 month acting appointment pending reorganisation of VECs. 17 February 2010 — further extended to 30 April 2010.

7

Co Offaly VEC

Replace CEO

Chief Executive Officer, VEC

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

9/10/09

Temporary 3 month acting appointment pending reorganisation of VECs. Extended to 28 Feb 2010. 17 February 2010 — further extended to 30 April 2010.

8

City of Waterford VEC

Replace CEO

Chief Executive Officer, VEC

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

15/10/09

Temporary 3 month acting appointment pending reorganisation of VECs. Extended to 28 Feb 2010. 17 February 2010 — further extended to 30 April 2010.

Department of Education and Skills— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

7

Co Westmeath VEC

Replace CEO

Chief Executive Officer, VEC

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

15/10/09

Temporary 3 month acting appointment pending reorganisation of VECs. 17 February 2010 — further extended to 30 April 2010.

8

Co Donegal VEC

Replace CEO

Chief Executive Officer, VEC

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

15/10/09

Temporary 3 month acting appointment pending reorganisation of VECs. 17 February 2010 — further extended to 30 April 2010.

9

City of Limerick VEC

Replace CEO

Chief Executive Officer, VEC

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

15/10/09

Temporary 3 month acting appointment pending reorganisation of VECs. 17 February 2010 — further extended to 30 April 2010.

10

Institute of Technology Tralee

To employ two Technicians to ensure the continued provision of certain courses

Laboratory Technicians

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

23/9/09

To ensure the continued provision of certain courses

11

New Body amalgamating HETAC, FETAC & NQAI

CEO of NQAI/Interim CEO of new qualifications and QA Body

Chief Executive Officer

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

22/12/09

CEO of NQAI and Interim appointment of CEO for the new body to be established amalgamating HETAC, FETAC and the NQAI

14

DLIADT

To replace 4 Technicians

Technician

4

1. Yes, application was approved

4

13/10/09

Health and Safety. Courses would have to be suspended

15

IoT Carlow

To replace 4 Technicians

Technician

4

1. Yes, application was approved

4

17/11/09

Health and Safety. Courses would have to be suspended

16

Galway-Mayo IoT

To replace 2.5 Technicians

Technician

2.5

1. Yes, application was approved

2.5

17/11/09

Health and Safety. Courses would have to be suspended

17

IoT Tallaght

To replace 2 Technicians

Technician

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

17/11/09

Health and Safety. Courses would have to be suspended

18

IoT Tralee

To replace 2 Technicians

Technician

2

1. Yes, application was approved

2

17/11/09

Health and Safety. Courses would have to be suspended

19

IT Blanchardstown

To replace 5 staff on maternity leave

4 Lecturers and 1 Asst Lecturers

5

1. Yes, application was approved

5

16/10/09

Fixed purpose contracts to cover 5 staff on mat leave

20

IoT Sligo

Project Manager Higher Certificate in Custodial Care

Project Manager

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

26/10/09

Fixed term contract to coincide with contract with Prison Service

Department of Education and Skills— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

21

Dublin Institute of Technology

To replace 6 Technicians

Technician

6

1. Yes, application was approved

6

17/11/09

Health and Safety. Courses would have to be suspended

22

Athlone IoT

To replace 1 Technician

Technician

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

17/11/09

Health and Safety. Courses would have to be suspended

23

Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse

to retain 6 staff on rolling 3 month contracts to continue work of commission

2 x f/t EO, 1 x p/t EO, 1 x p/t IT Manager, 2 x p/t SO

4

1. Yes, application was approved

4

6/1/2010

To continue essential work of the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. Please note that the 6 posts equate to less than 4 WTE

24

FETAC

Appt of 3 staff on 3 year fixed term contracts to carry out EQARF project. Fully EU funded.

Director, Policy Officer, Project Administrator

3

1. Yes, application was approved

3

12/2/10

Fully funded by EU. FETAC won tender to carry out EQARF project.

25

Vocational Support Services Unit (VSSU)

To replace the deceased Director of the Vocational Support Services Unit

Professional Accountant Grade I

1

4. Application was refused

26

Comhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaiochta (COGG)

Appt of 4 staff on initial one year renewable contracts to carry out the functions of COGG. 3 x Development Officer posts and one CO post. Upgrade one existing EO post to HEO level.

3 x Engineer Grade II, 1 x CO, 1 EO to HEO upgrade

4

4. Application was refused

To perform the functions of COGG. The provision of supports for the teaching of Irish at 1st and 2nd level.

27

FETAC

Ext of contracts for 1 year of 3 FETAC Monitors for monitoring and assessment of education providers

3 Monitors

3

4. Application was refused

0

28/4/10

28

HEA

Ext of contracts of 3 EOs for various tasks

3 EOs

3

1. Yes, application was approved

3

28/4/10

Part approval granted — 3 posts for 7 months. 1 year extension sought.

29

DIAS

To appoint one experienced researcher, on a 13-month fellowship contract to assist on an externally-funded research ptoject (Marie Curie Early Stage Research Training Project)

Researcher

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

19/5/2010

To assist in the completion of an externally-funded research project. 1 x 13 month fixed-term contract

30

DIAS

To employ one junior post-doctoral researcher on a fixed-term contract for a six month period.

Junior post-doctoral researcher

1

3. No decision to date

Department of Education and Skills— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

31

NEWB

Replacement of CEO

CEO

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

20 May 2010

To continue the work of the CEO. 1 x 5 year fixed-term contract

32

Mayo VEC

Replacement of Education Officer

Education Officer

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

11 May 2010

to replace vacancy at EO level. 1 for 6 months

33

Wexford VEC

Replacement of CEO

CEO

1

3. No decision to date

To replace, on an acting basis, the serving CEO who is on extended sick leave

34

Longford VEC

Replacement of CEO

CEO

1

3. No decision to date

To replace, on an acting bais, the retiring CEO (retirement effective 17 July 2010), appointment requested from 17 July 2010 to 30 September 2010

35

CDVEC

To renew the contracts of 21 School Librarians

Librarian

21

1. Yes, application was approved

21

36

NCTE

To appoint 2 Project Coordinators to work on a pilot project to deliver Next Generation broadband to post-primary schools

2

4. Application was refused

37

VECs

To fill vacancies of cleaning/maintenance staff in 33 VEC administrative offices, as they arise

Cleaner

33

4. Application was refused

38

DIAS

To re-engage one Fellowship researcher for a 6-month period on an externally-funded research project (Marie Curie Project)

Researcher

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1 for 6 months

To continue working on an externally-funded research project

39

HEA

To engage 1 EO to provide admin support for the co-ordination of programme activities on the context of a European e-infrastructure project for which the HEA has secured funding under FP7

EO

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1 for period ending no later than 31 December 2010

To provide admin support for the co-ordination of programme activities on the context of a European e-infrastructure project for which the HEA has secured funding under FP7

40

NEWB

Transfer of one EO and one R&D Officer from SCP to NEWB on foot of amalgamation of school support services

EO and R&D Officer

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

1 Sept 2010

Department of Justice & Law Reform

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts sought

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

Garda

Appointment of 3 Chief Superintendents & 10 Superintendents & 1 Assistant Garda Commissioner

1 Assistant Garda Commissioner, 3 Chief Superintendents, 10 Superintendents

14

Yes, application was approved.

14

22/05/2009

To replace key staff who are retiring

2

Garda

Appointment of 1 Assistant Garda Commissioner

1 Assistant Garda Commissioner

1

Yes, application was approved.

1

28/09/2009

To replace key staff who are retiring

3

Garda

Appointment of 1 Assistant Garda Commissioner , 9 Chief Superintendent, 14 Superintendents, 28 Inspectors, 120 Sergeants (172 posts in total)

1 Assistant Garda Commissioner, 9 Chief Superintendents, 14 Superintendents, 28 Inspectors, 120 Sergeants

172

No formal sanction given as an Employment Control Framework is in the process of being agreed with the Department of Justice for the Justice Sector. Its will then be a matter for the Garda to manage staff numbers within the agreed Framework and associated pay allocation.

4

Garda

Reappointment of Garda to Garda Technical Bureau

1 Garda

1

Yes, application was approved.

1

09/03/2010

Reappointment of a Guard who had left force who had previously been given technical training and worked in the Bureau. 3 staff due to retire from the Bureau this year and this guard’s training and experience would make him suitable too fill one of these posts.

5

Garda

Reappontment of Garda to the Garda Force

1 Garda

1

Yes, application was approved.

1

16/04/2010

Sanction was given on foot of legal advice from the Office of the Attorney General which advised that this Garda had a legitimate expectation that she would be re-appointed on the basis of an agreement between the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner in 1980 regarding the extension of the categories to be considered for re-appointment which included members who resign from the Force to take up a post with UN.

6

Garda

Reappointment of 2 Garda to the Garda Force

2 Garda

2

Yes, application was approved.

2

Justice are seeking approval to the reappointment of 2 garda, 1 of whom who left the Force to take up UN posts and another who left to set up a Driving school.

Department of Justice & Law Reform— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts sought

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

7

Irish Youth Justice Service

Extension of contracts for 27 staff employed in the Finglas and Oberstown Children Detention Schools.

10 Residential Childcare Workers, 4 Night Supervisors, 6 General Operatives, 1 Chef, 1 Assistant chef, 1 Assistance Maintenance Officer, 2 Clerical Officer, 1 Night Unit manager, 1 Assistant Deputy Director

27

Yes, application was approved.

27

26/06/2009

To facilitate the ordered restructing of staffing in the youth detention centres prior to the closure of one detention centre.

8

Irish Youth Justice Service

Extension of contract for 1 worker at Trinity House

1 General Operative

1

Yes, application was approved.

1

02/09/2009

To maintain catering services at weekends.

9

Irish Youth Justice Service

Extension of contract for 5 workers at Trinity House

2 Residential Childcare Workers, 2 Night Supervisers, 1 Clerical Officer

5

Yes, application was approved.

5

18/09/2009

To facilitate the ordered restructing of staffing in the youth detention centres prior to the closure of one detention centre.

10

Irish Youth Justice Service

Extension of contracts for 68 staff employed in the Children Detention Schools to 31 March 2010.

31 Residential Childcare Workers, 12 Night Supervisors, 13 General Operatives, 1 Chef, 1 Assistance Maintenance Officer, 6 Clerical Staff, 3 Night Unit Managers, 1 Assistant Night Unit Manager

68

Yes, application was approved.

68

25/09/2009

To facilitate the ordered restructing of staffing in the youth detention centres prior to the closure of one detention centre.

Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

An Bord Pleanala

Delay in filling staff complement due to industrial relations issue

SEO

1

Sanction was refused

0

09.06.09

Request for sanction does not fall within the “very limited circumstances” where Ministerial exceptions can be sought.

2

Private Residential Tenancies Board

PRTB wish to engage 30 COs rather than 22 agency staff for same cost

CO

30

Sanction was refused

0

21.05.09

Request for sanction does not fall within the “very limited circumstances” where Ministerial exceptions can be sought.

3

Environmental Protection Agency

Reappointment as term has expired

Director

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1

11.09.09

Post is vital for operation of services

4

Wicklow County Council*

Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement in the Public Service

Director of Services

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a temporary/acting basis

1

18.12.09

Post is vital for operation of services

Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

5

Irish Regions Office

Contract expired

EU Programmes & Communication Officer

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1

27.01.10

Post is vital for operation of services

6

BMW Regional Assembly

Contract expired

Auditor

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1

24.03.10

Post is vital for operation of services

7

Environmental Protection Agency

New Post to Manage Dumping at Sea Permits

Technical Manager

1

Sanction was refused

0

08.03.10

Request for sanction does not fall within the “very limited circumstances” where Ministerial exceptions can be sought.

8

Dublin Docklands Development Authority

Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement in the Public Service

Secretary

1

No decision to date

9

Dublin Docklands Development Authority

Contract is due to expire

Director of Finance

1

No decision to date

10

Housing Finance Agency

To fill one full time and one part time EO posts to supply administrative support and loan book management

EO

1.5

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1.5

08.03.10

Post is vital for operation of services

11

Housing Finance Agency

To fill a jobshare CO post due to a member of staff switching to job share

CO

0.5

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

0.5

08.03.10

Post is vital for operation of services

12

Housing Finance Agency

To fill 1 full time & 1 part time CO posts arising as consequential vacancies from the filling of the EO posts above

CO

1.5

Sanction was refused

0

08.03.10

Request for sanction does not fall within the “very limited circumstances” where Ministerial exceptions can be sought.

13

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

To fill the post of Director of Advisory Services following the departure of Dr. Colgan to the IAEA

PSO

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1

08.03.10

Post is vital for operation of services

14

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

Fill the consequential vacancy arising from filling the post of Director of Advisory Services

SSO

Sanction was refused

0

08.03.10

Request for sanction does not fall within the “very limited circumstances” where Ministerial exceptions can be sought.

15

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

Fill the consequential vacancy arising from filling the post of Director of Advisory Services

SO

Sanction was refused

0

08.03.10

Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government— continued

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

16

Local Government Management Agency

Director of OLAM

Director

1

No decision to date

17

Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly

To fill a first level controller post to implement the systems of controls for the Ireland Wales Programme

Grade 1V

4

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1

19.04.10

Post is vital for operation of services

18

An Bord Pleanála

Contract Expired. Application to extend contract for 1 year

Planning Inspector

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a temporary/acting basis

1

23.04.10

Post is vital for operation of services

19

Dublin Docklands Development Authority

Sanction sought to acting up allowance for the Acting CEO

Acting CEO

1

No decision to date

0

20.

Private Residential Tenancies Board

Sanction sought to extend temporary contract by 12 months

ICT Administrator

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a temporary/acting basis

1

15.07.10

Vital to ensure project completion which will negate the need for Agency staff

21.

Irish Water Safety Association

Sanction for a three year contract post sought

Educational Development Officer

1

Sanction was refused

0

05.08.10

Request for sanction does not fall within the “very limited circumstances” where Ministerial exceptions can be sought.

22.

Environmental Protection Agency

To fill the Programme Manager — Laboratory Services post after a retirement

Programme Manager — Level 1

1

No decision to date

23.

Environmental Protection Agency

To fill the Programme Manager — Aquatic Environment post after a retirement

Programme Manager — Level 1

1

No decision to date

24.

Environmental Protection Agency

To fill the post in the Office of Climate, Licensing & Resource Use after a retirement

Senior Scientific Officer — Level 2

1

No decision to date

25.

Environmental Protection Agency

8 temporary fixed term purpose contract staff sought to cover maternity leave

Level 5 or 6 as appropriate

8

No decision to date

Note: A Commission of Investigation into the Banking Sector has also been established, chaired by Mr. Peter Nyberg. The Commission is making a number of appointments to assist it in its work.

Tax Code

Chris Andrews

Question:

64 Deputy Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Finance if he will respond to claims by an organisation (details supplied) that investment and innovation will suffer as a result of ending a tax break on patent royalties, as contained in the four year plan announced last week and if he will consider reviewing this decision. [46006/10]

The tax exemption for patent income has been in place for over 30 years and has applied to income received by an individual or company from a qualifying patent subject, since 2008, to an annual limit of €5 million. A tax exemption has also applied, subject to certain conditions, to distributions paid by companies from exempt patent income. These exemptions have been abolished with effect from 24 November 2010. I do not believe that the removal of this relief will have a significant adverse effect on investment and innovation. The decision to abolish the relief was taken on the basis of a recommendation to this effect by the Commission on Taxation. The Commission found that the relief has not had the desired impact on innovation and R&D activity and that, despite various refinements to the scheme over the years, it was not a particularly well-targeted measure providing good value for money. Abolition of the patent income exemption will yield €50 million to the Exchequer in a full year and this is provided for in the National Recovery Plan.

As part of its review all tax expenditures, the Commission on Taxation examined the relief for patent income to determine if its continued operation was justified on cost benefit grounds. The Commission concluded that the relief has not resulted to any great extent in companies carrying out R&D activity and that the relief was being used in some cases by companies as a tax avoidance device to remunerate employees. Indeed, changes have had to be made to the scheme over the years to counter abuses as they have arisen. The Commission considered that there was a significant deadweight element to the relief and that it provided a windfall gain after a successful invention rather than an incentive to encourage new research and development.

The Government agrees with the conclusions of the Commission and believes that scarce resources should be focussed instead on the R&D tax credit scheme. The R&D credit scheme provides a more direct and effective incentive for enterprises to innovate and invest in R&D activities and the scheme has been enhanced considerably in recent years to make it one of the most competitive of its kind anywhere.

A tax credit of 25% of the incremental expenditure incurred by a company in an accounting period on R&D activities can be offset against a company's corporation tax liability. The scheme has been improved in most Budgets and Finance Acts since its introduction in 2004.

Finance (No. 2) Act 2008 contained a number of very significant enhancements to the R&D tax credit scheme including;

An option to carry-back unused tax credits for set-off against a company's previous year's corporation tax payments, if there is insufficient corporate tax liability in the current year, thereby creating a tax refund.

A further option, if unused tax credits still remain, to claim payment of the remaining unused credits which will be paid in instalments over a 3 year period.

Some of the expenditure on new or refurbished buildings used in part for R&D purposes will qualify for a tax credit, subject to a minimum level of R&D taking place there over a period.

The National Recovery Plan contains measures that will impact on all sections of Irish society. The abolition of the tax exemption for patent income would be less damaging to Ireland's competitiveness than, for example, an increase in the 12.5% corporation tax rate and the removal of the exemption is, perhaps, best seen in that light.

Human Rights Issues

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

65 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No. 123 of 16 November, which members attended which meetings. [46152/10]

The membership of the Cabinet Committee on Aspects of International Human Rights is:

Membership of Committee

Minister for Finance (Chair)

Mr B Lenihan TD

Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform

Mr D Ahern TD

Minister for Transport

Mr N Dempsey TD

Minister for Foreign Affairs

Mr M Martin TD

Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government

Mr J Gormley TD

Minister for Communications & Natural Resources

Mr E Ryan TD

Attorney General

Mr Paul Gallagher SC

Proceedings and attendance at Cabinet Committees are subject to Cabinet confidentiality.

Pension Provisions

Terence Flanagan

Question:

66 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide a breakdown of income and expenditure from the National Pensions Reserve Fund over the past five years; the effect the EU and International Monetary Fund deal will have on the fund in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46181/10]

The National Pensions Reserve Fund (NPRF) was established on 2 April 2001 under the National Pensions Reserve Fund Act 2000 with the objective of meeting as much as possible of the cost to the Exchequer of social welfare pensions and public service pensions to be paid from the year 2025 until at least 2055. The National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission — who control and manage the Fund — publish a report on the performance of the NPRF at the end of each quarter, as well as the annual reports of the Commission, on the Commission's website www.nprf.ie/home.html . The most recent quarterly report, to 30 September 2010, valued the Fund at €24.5 billion. A breakdown of income and expenditure of the National Pensions Reserve Fund over the past five years as detailed in the annual reports of the Commission from 2005 to 2009 is set out as follows.

€m

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

Opening Balance

11,689

15,419

18,900

21,153

16,142

Exchequer Contributions

1,320

1,446

1,616

1,690

3,993*

Investment Return

2,434

2,064

661

(6,676)

2,222

Total Expenses

(24)

(29)

(24)

(25)

(22)

Closing Balance

15,419

18,900

21,153

16,142

22,335

*Including €993 million in assets transferred from university and non-commercial semi-state pension funds.

The Government announced on 28 November 2010 that it had agreed in principle to the provision of

€85 billion of financial support to Ireland by Member States of the European Union through the European Financial Stability Fund and the European Financial Stability Mechanism; bilateral loans from the UK, Sweden and Denmark; and the International Monetary Fund's Extended Fund Facility on the basis of specified conditions.

The State's contribution to the €85 billion facility will be €17½ billion, which will come from the National Pension Reserve Fund (NPRF) and other domestic cash resources. This means that the extent of the external assistance will be reduced to €67½ billion.

The purpose of the external financial support is to return our economy to sustainable growth and to ensure that we have a properly functioning, healthy banking system. We have agreed to use resources available to us to make our own contribution to the programme. The Programme for the Recovery of the Banking System will be an intensification of the measures already adopted by the Government. The programme provides for a fundamental downsizing and reorganisation of the banking sector so it is proportionate to the size of the economy. It will be capitalised to the highest international standards and in a position to return to normal market sources of funding, and it is appropriate that we should play our part in this through the National Pensions Reserve Fund.

In relation to fiscal policy and structural reform, the Programme for Support endorses the Government's budgetary adjustment plan of €15 billion over the next four years and the structural reforms contained in the National Recovery Plan which will underpin a return to sustainable economic growth over the coming years. The NPRF's commitment to infrastructure development as outlined in the National Recovery Plan is unaffected by the Fund's contribution to the financial support package.

State Bodies

Niall Collins

Question:

67 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Finance the number of persons in each Department, commercial State agency-company, non-commercial State agency-company and other State bodies and quangos who earn in excess of €250,000 per annum, in tabular form identifying the number of such persons per entity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46183/10]

On the basis of information currently to hand, the number of persons in Government Departments, Commercial State Agencies, non-Commercial State Agencies and other State Bodies who have salaries in excess of €250,000 per annum are set out as follows.

Sector

Organisation/Function

Numbers

Oireachtas

President

1

Judiciary

Chief Justice

1

President of the High Court

1

Judge of the Supreme Court

7

President of the Circuit Court

1

Health Services Executive

Chief Executive Officer

1

Education

Vice President for Research UCD

1

Non Commercial State Sponsored Bodies

CEO of National Roads Authority

1

Commercial State Bodies

Chief Executive Officer Coillte Teoranta, ESB, Bord Gáis Éireann, An Post, RTE, VHI, Dublin Airport Authority, Iarnród Éireann, Irish Aviation Authority.

9

In the Health Service Executive some Academic Consultants at professorial level are in receipt of remuneration in excess of that mentioned by the Deputy. While the HSE have confirmed that there are 168 Academic Consultants, it has advised that a break down of the numbers between professorial and other grades in the academic consultant stream by contract type is not available. Full details of current remuneration payable to consultant grades in the Health Service Executive in respect of each contract type can be found at www.hseea.ie.

Remuneration rates in the Central Bank Financial Services Authority of Ireland are solely a matter for the Board of the Bank and the Authority to determine while the remuneration packages of all National Treasury Management Authority staff (which includes the staff of the National Asset Management Authority) are negotiated on an individual contract basis and are confidential. With the exception of the posts of Chief Executive Officer, I have no role in determining the salary rates of employees in the commercial State bodies.

Tax Code

Michael McGrath

Question:

68 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance his plans to make changes to the VAT treatment of books; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46185/10]

The supply of printed matter may attract one of three VAT rates, namely at the zero rate, the 13.5% reduced rate or the standard 21% rate. The general position is that books are zero rated, newspapers and periodicals are subject to the reduced rate and stationery and other printed matter are liable at the standard rate. The zero rate applies to printed books including atlases, children's picture, drawing and colouring books and books of music. The reduced rate applies to newspapers and periodicals including sectoral publications (sports, fashion, etc.), holiday brochures, prospectuses, catalogues and maps. The standard rate applies to wide range of goods including stationery, calendars, greeting cards, diaries, yearbooks and posters. All digitised publication regardless of their rate when printed (for example, a book liable at zero rate) are treated as a supply of a service liable at the standard rate. Printed matter that is purchased via download over the internet is also considered a service liable for VAT at the standard rate.

I have no immediate plans to change the VAT treatment of books. However, as stated in the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014, it is the Government's intention to examine further rebalancing of the VAT system and zero rated VAT items within the context of wider and ongoing EU level consideration of the matter. The VAT system is continually being reviewed at EU level and Ireland is part of that process.

State Bodies

Joe Costello

Question:

69 Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is seeking a restructuring of the harbour company with substantial redundancies; if this is related to the Croke Park agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46200/10]

My Department is aware of recent developments in relation to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company including their rationalisation plans and proposals for staff redundancies. It is understood that the company is currently considering the expressions of interest it received from staff for voluntary redundancy. The structure of the commercial State port companies allows the ports the freedom to act commercially and to provide cost effective and efficient services to meet the needs of their customers, the State and the national economy. The Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is designated as a commercial State-sponsored body and as such does not come within the ambit of the Public Service Agreement 2010-2014, also known as the Croke Park Agreement.

National Recovery Plan

John O'Donoghue

Question:

70 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for Finance the number of measures in the national recovery plan that will have a specific effect on Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46221/10]

The National Recovery Plan 2011-2014 provides a blueprint for a return to sustainable growth in our economy by setting out the measures that will be taken to restore order to our public finances, identifying the areas of economic activity which will provide growth and employment in the recovery and detailing the reforms the Government will implement to accelerate growth in those key sectors. The measures included in the Plan are of national application and are not broken down on a county by county basis.

Personal Debt

Mary Wallace

Question:

71 Deputy Mary Wallace asked the Minister for Finance if he will list the steps taken by him to protect and assist families who are concerned about losing their homes and are experiencing difficulty in meeting mortgage payments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46357/10]

List of steps taken:

No.

1

Announced the extension of the Mortgage Interest Relief Scheme in my 2010 Budget Speech.

2

Requested the Financial Regulator to extend the moratorium on home repossessions from 6 to 12 months which came into effect 17th February 2010.

3

Established the Mortgage Arrears and Personal Debt Expert Group on 25th February 2010 to make recommendations to me on mortgage arrears and personal debt issues.

4

Brought the recommendations of the Interim Report by the Mortgage Arrears and Personal Debt Expert Group before Government on 6th July 2010.

5

Brought the recommendations in the Final Report by the Mortgage Arrears and Personal Debt Expert Group before Government on 17th November 2010.

6

Approved on 3rd December 2010 the amended Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears by the Financial Regulator, which will underpin many of the recommendations of the Mortgage Arrears and Personal Debt Expert Group.

I have spoken extensively in this House on the supports which are available to those homeowners who find themselves in difficulty. These supports include the Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears, the Mortgage Interest Subsidy Scheme and the services provided by the Money Advice Budgeting Services.

The Deputy will be aware of the Government's commitments under the Renewed Program for Government for introducing new measures to protect families having difficulties with their mortgage repayments and personal indebtedness under the headingsProtecting the Family Home and Helping Those in Debt . Since the publication of the Renewed Programme for Government in October 2009 I have taken a number of steps to improve the position for such homeowners.

In my Budget speech in December 2009 the Government refocused mortgage interest relief on those who bought their homes at the peak of the market, many of whom find themselves in negative equity. Where a homeowner's entitlement to mortgage interest relief would expire in 2010 or after, they will now continue to receive it up to the end of 2017. In addition at my request the Financial Regulator after consideration extended the moratorium on mortgage arrears from 6 months to 12 months for all mortgage lenders with effect from 17 February 2010.

The Deputy will also be aware that on 25 February 2010, I announced the establishment of the Mortgage Arrears and Personal Debt Expert Group (Group), under the chairmanship of Mr. Hugh Cooney an insolvency accountant. The Group was charged with making recommendations to me on options for improving the current situation for families with mortgage arrears on their principal private residence and with personal debt.

Since then the Group submitted an Interim Report to me in early July and their Final Report in mid November. Both reports can be accessed on the Department of Finance's website at www.finance.gov.ie .

The Reports when combined include key recommendations to address the issues of communication between householders in arrears and their lenders, and the need for a more consistent assessment process by lenders of borrowers in difficulty in the form of an industry-wide Mortgage Arrears Resolution Process (MARP) including a range of forbearance measures. A Deferred Interest Scheme is also recommended for borrowers who can pay at least 66% of the interest, giving them additional time to get back on their feet.

Now that the recommendations of the Group have been published and noted by the Government, the task now is for lenders and the Financial Regulator to work closely together to ensure they are implemented. This process is well underway. A revised Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears by the Central Bank has just been published, with my approval, which underpins many of the Group's recommendations.

I am confident that the steps that I have taken in keeping with Government's commitments under the Renewed Programme for Government together with the existing Government supports will improve the situation for homeowners in difficulty with mortgage arrears and personal debt.

Tax Code

John O'Mahony

Question:

72 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Finance the amount collected by him on stamp duty on ATM, credit and debit cards and cheques in 2007, 2008, 2009 and to date in 2010 in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46363/10]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the net receipt from Stamp Duty on financial cards and cheques from 2007 to 30 November 2010, broken down both by year and type of card, is as set out in the table as follows:

Card Type

2007

2008

2009

2010 (To 30/11)

€m

€m

€m

€m

Credit

72.4

107.3

61.6

10.7

ATM

18.0

10.6

2.7

0.1

Debit

0.0

0.0

1.0

0.0

Combined (ATM/Debit)

24.3

27.4

12.9

3.1

Cheques

18.6

30.5

37.4

29.2

Total

133.3

175.8

115.6

43.1

The main payment date for Stamp Duty on financial cards is in December, which accounts for the low yield in 2010 to date. In Budget 2008 the Stamp Duty on credit cards, ATM cards, debit cards and combined cards was reduced, while the Stamp Duty on cheques was increased, which partly accounts for the changes in yield from those sources between 2008 and 2009.

Ministerial Appointments

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

73 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Finance all appointments made by him in the past 12 months; the persons appointed; the income received; the body to which they were appointed; the term of office they will serve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46376/10]

The following table list the appointments to bodies under the aegis of my Department in the past 12 months.

Name of Body

Name of Appointee

Date Appointed

Term of office

Income received

Conciliation and Arbitration Board for the Civil Service

Turlough O’Donnell Tom Wall Gerard Barry Kieran McGovern (Adjudicator)

All appointed 21st Jul 2010

30 Jun 2011

Nil €1,156 Nil €1,664

Implementation Body under Public Service Agreement 2010-2014

Mr PJ Fitzpatrick

2 Jul, 2010

Not Specified

€7,472

Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal *

Dr. Jimmy Leitch Mr. Niall Mulvihill Dr. John O’Keeffe

Jul 2010 The appointments to the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal are made by the Minister for Finance on the nomination of the Minister for Health and Children.

4 yrs

The two doctors who attend each Appeal Board sitting with the Chairperson receive a session rate of €607.20 per doctor per hearing.

An Post National Lottery Company

Caroline Murphy Oliver Wilkinson (re-appointment)

06 Nov 2010 06 Nov 2010

3 Years 3 Years

€12,600 €12,600

Central Bank Commission

Professor John Fitzgerald Mr. Max Watson Mr. Michael Soden Mr. Des Geraghty Professor Blanaid Clarke

All appointed 01 Oct 2010

5 years 5 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years

The fee payable to non ex-officio members of the Commission is currently set at €14,936 per annum.

National Pensions Reserve Fund Commission

Mr Paul Carty (Chair) Mr Knut N Kjaer Mr John A Canning Jr

1 Aug 2010 2 Apr 2010 2 Apr 2010

5 Years 5 Years 5 Years

€51,424 (chair) €34,283 (Ordinary member) €34,283 (Ordinary member)

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) Advisory Committee

Ms Tytti Noras Mr Brendan McDonagh Mr Kevin Cardiff

1 Aug 2010 1 Sep 20101 Feb 2010

5 Years 5 Years For term of appointment as Secretary General, Department of Finance

Both ordinary Members receive €22,500 None

Name of Body

Name of Appointee

Date Appointed

Term of office

Income received

Mortgage Arrears and Personal Debt Group

Mr. Hugh Cooney (Chairman) Mr. Brendan Burgess Dr. David Duffy Mr. Matthew Elderfield Mr. Pat Farrell Mr. Tom Foley Mr. Paul Joyce Ms. Patricia T. Rickard-Clarke

25th Feb 2010 to 16th Nov 2010

All work conducted by these appointees was on a pro bono basis — no income received

Valuation Tribunal

1. Fred Devlin 2. John Kerr 3. Patricia O’Connor

4 Jan 2010 4 Jan 2010 (reappointments) 22 Feb 2010 (new appointment)

All appointed for 5 Year term

€10,272 €11,893 €2,158

Credit Union Advisory Committee

Pádraig O’Cearbhaill (Chair) Iris White Michael O’Conaill Gerry Murphy Noreen Byrne Denise O’Connell Donal McKillop

All appointed 01 Sep 2010

3 Years

€3,705 p.a. all other members receive €2,470 p.a.

National Asset Management Agency

Frank Daly (Chairperson) Michael Connolly (Chairperson of the Credit Committee) William Soffe Eilish Finan Brian McEnery Peter Stewart Steven Seelig John Corrigan Brendan McDonagh

22 Dec 2009 22 Dec 2009 22 Dec 2009 22 Dec 2009 22 Dec 2009 22 Dec 2009 26 May 2009 22 Dec 2009 22 Dec 2009

5 Years 5 Years 4 Years 4 Years 4 Years 3 Years 3 Years ex-officio ex-officio

€170,000 €150,000 €50,000 €50,000 €50,000 €50,000 €50,000

Notes: re-fees for NAMA

the level of the respective fees for Chairperson and Ordinary Board Members originally set on appointment in December 2009 were revised on 10 March 2010;

the fees payable for Chairperson and Chairperson of the Credit Committee are subject to conditions on availability and time;

the Chairperson's fee is subject to the relevant pension abatement provisions;

Ordinary Board Members may receive one additional fee of €10k if they act as a Chair of other Committees;

all fees are subject to review in Spring 2011.

The Minister did not make appointments in Anglo Irish Bank — he approved certain appointments as sole shareholder.

These approvals included Chairman, Board members and senior management. The appointments were made by the Board.

Tax Code

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

74 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance when a tax refund will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who has submitted all relevant and requested information to the Revenue Commissioners; when this matter is likely to be concluded in view of the ongoing nature of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46434/10]

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that while the person concerned has submitted details in relation to his claim some items are still outstanding. The person concerned has been advised of the position and the outstanding details have been requested.

State Bodies

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

75 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Finance the total amount of moneys owed to private firms by public bodies under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46478/10]

This question was answered in respect of my own Department on 11th November, 2010 under parliamentary question number 42270/10. I am interpreting public bodies in accordance with the definitions set out in the Freedom of Information Act 1997 and the information in respect of those bodies under the remit of my Department is set out as follows.

TheSpecial EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) is committed to ensuring that all payments are made to suppliers on a prompt basis. Payments are issued to suppliers on a weekly basis and therefore no monies are owed to private firms by the SEUPB by the close of each working week.

TheState Laboratory abides by the relevant legislation and Government policies regarding prompt payment for goods and services supplied by private sector organisations. The average time taken to pay invoices is 5 days, which is well within the Government policy objective of payment within 15 days and the usual period of credit allowed by suppliers.

TheOffice of the Comptroller and Auditor General abides by the relevant legislation regarding prompt payment for goods and services supplied by private sector organisations. Supplies that are in order and that have been invoiced in accordance with agreed arrangements are paid as quickly as possible. At present in the Office, invoices with a value of €18,332.82 are being processed for payment by 8 December 2010.

In respect of theOffice of the Commission for Public Service Appointments , with the exception of current invoices, all of which will be paid in accordance with prompt payment policy, this is a nil reply from this office.

TheOffice of the Ombudsman meets with the Government policy objective of making payment to suppliers within 15 days in that regard no monies are owed to private firms.

ThePublic Appointments Service abides by the relevant legislation and Government policies regarding prompt payment for goods and services supplied by private sector organisations. Supplies that are in order and that have been invoiced in accordance with agreed arrangements are generally paid within the Government policy objective of payment within 15 days and the usual period of credit allowed by suppliers. In that sense, therefore, no amount of money is owed to private firms as of 3rd December.

TheValuation Office abides by the relevant legislation and Government policies regarding prompt payment for goods and services supplied by private sector organisations. Supplies that are in order and that have been invoiced in accordance with agreed arrangements are paid comfortably within the Government policy objective of payment within 15 days and the usual period of credit allowed by suppliers. In that sense, therefore, no amount of money is owed to private firms.

I am informed by theOffice of the Revenue Commissioners and the Office of the Appeals Commissioners that they abide by the relevant legislation and Government policies regarding prompt payment for goods and services supplied by private sector organisations. Supplies that are in order and that have been invoiced in accordance with agreed arrangements are paid promptly and over 99% of all invoices are paid within 15 days of receipt. The very small number of invoices falling outside this figure relates to cases where further information was required before payment could be made. In that sense, therefore, no money is owed to private firms.

TheOffice of Public Works abides by the relevant legislation and Government policies regarding prompt payment for goods and services supplied by private sector organisations. Supplies that are in order and that have been invoiced in accordance with agreed arrangements are paid promptly.

The table shows that in the quarter Jul-Sept 2010 66% of payments were made within the Government policy objective of payment within 15 days and 33% were paid within 16-30 days the usual period of credit allowed by suppliers. These statistics are also indicative for the current period.

Details

Number

Value

Percentage (%) of total payments made

Total payments made in Quarter

21,971

105,792,368.27

(100%)

Number of payments made within 15 days

14,432

98,438,071.34

(65.68%)

Number of payments made within 16 days to 30 days

7,219

6,928,836.94

(32.86%)

Number of payments made in excess of 30 days

320

425,459.99

(1.45%)

Disputed Invoices Included above

167

Tax Code

Finian McGrath

Question:

76 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Finance if he will support a matter (details supplied). [46486/10]

1In accordance with section 37(1) of the Value-Added Tax Consolidation Act 2010, the amount on which VAT is chargeable is the total consideration receivable by the supplier, "including all taxes, commissions, costs and charges whatsoever" but not including the VAT itself. VAT is an EU-wide tax and Irish VAT law must comply with the EU VAT Directives. Article 78 of EU Council Directive 2006/112/EC provides that the taxable amount shall include "taxes, duties, levies and charges, excluding the VAT itself".

Accordingly, it is correct to include any carbon tax element of a utility bill in the amount on which VAT is chargeable. The same situation applies in the case of other excises, including for example excises on petrol, auto-diesel, tobacco and alcohol products.

Guidance in relation to the VAT treatment of the total consideration receivable by a supplier is set out in theVAT Guide. This publication is available on the Revenue website at www.revenue.ie .

Pension Provisions

Richard Bruton

Question:

77 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Finance whether the pension ceiling of €150,000, soon to be reduced to €115,000, applies to public servants making additional voluntary contributions under pension schemes; if it applies to persons who are in a position to fund a pension through a limited company structure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46505/10]

The annual earnings limit which (along with age-related percentage limits) determine the maximum tax-relievable contributions for pension purposes that an individual taxpayer can make in any year is being set at €115,000 for 2011 as compared with the limit of €150,000 for 2010. The annual earnings and age-related percentage limits apply to all contributions made by an employee, whether in the public or private sector, to an occupational pension scheme, including additional voluntary contributions, and to contributions made by individuals to personal pension plan arrangements such as Retirement Annuity Contracts (RACs) and Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs). These limits do not apply to employer contributions except in the case of PRSAs.

While contribution-based controls have historically applied in the case of RACs and PRSAs, controls based on maximum allowable benefits apply in the case of occupational pension schemes. The main control that applies in that regard is that the maximum retirement benefit that can be funded for a scheme member cannot exceed two-thirds of the individual's final remuneration. A separate life-time tax relieved pension fund limit (the Standard Fund Threshold or SFT) currently set at €5.4 million is also in place and where the capital value of a two-thirds pension would otherwise exceed that amount a punitive tax charge applies to the excess. The SFT applies regardless of the type of pension fund arrangement and, as mentioned in the National Recovery Plan, the SFT is being reduced. Details of the reduction will be outlined in today's Budget documentation.

Richard Bruton

Question:

78 Deputy Richard Bruton asked the Minister for Finance if the plan to gradually reduce the pension relief from 41% to 20% will have the perverse effect of reducing tax earnings in the short term by encouraging persons to maximise their pension contributions in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46506/10]

The full year saving from reducing income tax relief to the standard rate on contributions by employees and individuals to supplementary pension saving is estimated at about €500 million. As indicated in the National Recovery Plan 2011-2014, this estimate does not take account of the behavioural impact which would be likely to result from a change of this magnitude. The Deputy posits the view, in this regard, that a gradual reduction in the tax relief will encourage individuals to maximise their pension contributions in the coming years thus reducing the savings to the Exchequer. On the other hand, alternative views have been expressed to the effect that as pension savings and the tax relief arrangements for those savings represent deferred income and deferred taxation, the proposed changes in tax relief may discourage pension savings. The argument in this case is that individuals liable to tax at the higher income tax rate, including those on modest incomes, may consider that it would not be in their interest to continue to make contributions at a gradually reducing rate of tax relief if there is a risk that the pension income they will ultimately secure from those contributions might be taxed at a higher rate, notwithstanding that this would not be the outcome for many of those affected. Clearly it is difficult to predict what the behavioural impact of the changes is likely to be.

The National Recovery Plan recognises the potential disincentive effect on supplementary pension provision and for this reason the Government has indicated its willingness to engage with the pensions industry to examine potential alternative approaches to securing the quantum of savings from pension tax expenditures set out in the Plan.

Industrial Disputes

Niall Collins

Question:

79 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Finance the number of industrial disputes, industrial actions including work to rule presently being engaged in by staff of his Department; when these actions were initiated; the individual subject matter of each dispute or action; the current status of each dispute or action; the estimated loss in productivity arising from each dispute or action; if each dispute or action is in contravention of the Croke Park agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46516/10]

I am pleased to inform the Deputy that there is no industrial action, including work to rule presently being engaged in by staff of my Department.

Croke Park Agreement

John McGuinness

Question:

80 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Finance the reason parliamentary questions tabled by this Deputy to each Minister regarding details and outcomes of the Croke Park deal have been answered only by him; if he will insist on each Minister responding to the parliamentary question giving his or her particular details as requested; the reason there is such a reluctance by Ministers to give specific details; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46527/10]

I am happy that the approach adopted in answering the question was appropriate. I answered the Parliamentary Questions tabled on behalf of fellow Ministers in relation to the Croke Park Agreement as my Department prepared the overall Civil Service and State Agency Action Plan, the contents of which apply to all Departments. This plan was based upon the action plans submitted by each Government Department to my Department. The Implementation Body has now reviewed and approved the Civil Service and State Agency Sectoral Plan. All Departments/Offices were requested to publish their local Action Plan on their website.

Medical Cards

Michael Ring

Question:

81 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children the monetary value attached to a medical card; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45834/10]

There are two main factors associated with medical cards and GP visit cards, firstly the capitation and other fees paid to General Practitioners (GPs) and, secondly, the cost of drugs supplied to patients.

GPs who hold contracts under the General Medical Services (GMS) Scheme with the Health Service Executive (HSE) are remunerated through a range of fees and payments, most of which were amended in the Health Professionals (Reduction of Payments to General Practitioners) Regulations 2009, which came into effect on 7th July 2009. Included among these fees are more than 50 different capitation fees, which vary depending on the age and gender of the patient and the distance he or she lives from the GP's surgery. For example, fees currently range from €76.98 for a male patient under 5 years living 3 miles or less from the GP's surgery to €218.37 for a female aged 65-70 years living more than 10 miles from the surgery. In addition, there are special capitation rates of €280.31 for persons aged 70 and over residing at home and €896.07 for persons aged 70 and over residing in private nursing homes. There is also a range of additional payments; for example, in respect of out-of-hours consultations, temporary residents, special items of services (e.g. suturing), panel size, practice support allowances and locum expenses.

As regards the supply of drugs and medicines, effective from 1st October 2010, medical card holders will only have to pay a prescription charge of 50 cent per item subject to a maximum of €10 per month for each person or family. GP visit card holders avail of the Drugs Payment Scheme, which now involves a co-payment of the first €120 spent per family in any calendar month. Drugs costs vary significantly depending on the patient's medical condition.

My Department has been in contact with the HSE in relation to the average cost of a medical card per annum and the Executive has indicated that, given there were 1,598,823 medical card holders and 114,106 GP visit card holders on the 1st November, 2010, the variety of payment arrangements and the variation in drug costs under the GMS Scheme, a single average annual cost figure in respect of the medical card and GP visit card is not a sufficiently refined measure for policy options and decisions.

The estimated total expenditure in 2009 on the GMS Scheme was approximately €1.85 billion. The HSE Service Plan for 2010 shows the projected cost of the GMS Scheme this year as €2.032 billion. The Service Plan also shows a projected increase in medical card and GP visit card numbers of 144,000 and 16,111 respectively for 2010.

Job Losses

John O'Donoghue

Question:

82 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for Health and Children her views on the closure of a company (details supplied) in County Kerry resulting in a loss of 31 jobs; if she or her agencies could take steps to reverse the closure; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46213/10]

John O'Donoghue

Question:

123 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason the Health Service Executive announced it would no longer supply funding to a company (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46212/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 and 123 together.

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Mental Health Services

Ruairí Quinn

Question:

83 Deputy Ruairí Quinn asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will facilitate an organisation (details supplied) which is a community and member-led project for people with self-experience of mental illness with the provision of office space, suitable for a drop-in facility office in the Rathmines area; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46420/10]

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Health Services

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

84 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children when speech therapy will be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46427/10]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

141 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children when speech therapy will be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46428/10]

I propose to take Question Nos. 84 and 141 together.

As the Deputy's questions relate to service matters I have arranged for the questions to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Ministerial Appointments

Paul Kehoe

Question:

85 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Health and Children the names, titles and duties of each of the advisers, press officers, assistants and secretaries appointed by her; the annual salaries in each case; the pension arrangements in each case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45850/10]

The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the table:

Name

Title

Gross Annual Salary w.e.f. 01/01/2010 (Exclusive of Employer’s PRSI)

Ms Patricia Ryan

Special Adviser

138,655

Mr Derek Cunningham

Special Adviser — Press and Communications

124,046

Ms. Catherine Dardis

Personal Assistant

56,007

Ms. Rhonwen Hayes

Personal Assistant

56,278

Total

374,986

The Special Advisers are required to perform any duties which may be assigned to them as appropriate to the position of Special Adviser as set out in Section 11 of the Public Service Management Act 1997 and the Personal Assistants are required to provide assistance to or for the office holder who selected them for appointment.

Payments not exceeding 11% of salary in respect of superannuation contributions are made to a private personal pension fund on behalf of Ms Ryan and Ms. Dardis and therefore they have no entitlement to any Public Service superannuation scheme in respect of the period of their appointment. Mr Cunningham and Ms. Rhonwen Hayes are members of the Non-Contributory Pension Scheme and the Contributory Spouse's and Children's Scheme for Non-Established State Employees. There is no direct employer contribution to either of these schemes. These gross salaries are subject to the Pension Related Deduction introduced across the public service in January 2009.

Departmental Expenditure

Brian Hayes

Question:

86 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 159 of 4 November 2010 when a response will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45857/10]

Compilation of the information sought by the Deputy in his original question involved a considerable amount of work by all units in my Department. The response is currently being finalised and will be issued to him shortly.

Medical Cards

Michael Ring

Question:

87 Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Mayo will be awarded a medical card. [45873/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Hospital Funding

John McGuinness

Question:

88 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 104 of 14 October 2010 and the reply from the Health Service Executive of 4 November 2010, if she will confirm if an annual audit was carried out on the service users benefit fund and if so by whom; the amount now in the fund; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45887/10]

As this is a service matter the question has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Hospital Redress Scheme

Seymour Crawford

Question:

89 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Minister for Health and Children when she last met with victims of Michael Neary or their representatives or both; if the issue of the excluded women under the terms of the Lourdes hospital redress scheme was discussed; if she made any specific commitments to those present; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45889/10]

Seymour Crawford

Question:

90 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Minister for Health and Children the measures she will take to fairly and justly meet the case and needs of those women whose suffering at the hands of the former obstetrician and gynaecologist Michael Neary has yet to be officially recognised and appropriately responded to; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45890/10]

Seymour Crawford

Question:

91 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Minister for Health and Children the advice she has received that led her to decide that women who had reached their 40th birthday were not to be included under the terms of the Lourdes hospital redress scheme she established; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45891/10]

Seymour Crawford

Question:

92 Deputy Seymour Crawford asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will meet again with a representative group of those women who have not been included with other victims of Michael Neary in accessing the State-established Lourdes hospital redress scheme and if she will meet with them in advance of Christmas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45892/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 89 to 92, inclusive, together.

I recently met with Patient Focus in the context of the Report of the Drogheda Review, prepared by Mr. T. C. Smyth.

The Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme was established following an Inquiry into peripartum hysterectomy at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda. The Inquiry was chaired by Judge Maureen Harding Clark S.C.

Judge Clark was requested by the Government to advise on an appropriate scheme of redress arising from the findings of the Report. Having received Judge Clark's advice, the Government approved the establishment of a non-statutory ex gratia scheme of redress in 2007, and appointed Judge Clark as its chairperson.

The Lourdes Hospital Inquiry did not extend to a wider examination of Mr. Neary's general practice or the clinical practice of his colleagues. However, Judge Clark became aware during the course of the inquiry that some patients of Mr. Neary had undergone bilateral oophorectomies — that is, the removal of both ovaries or a single remaining ovary — that may not have been clinically warranted. The inquiry also received medical reports from women who had undergone bilateral oophorectomy with relatively little evidence that the procedures were warranted.

Judge Clark took advice on a selection of oophorectomy cases involving younger women treated by Mr. Neary. She was advised that while it is sometimes necessary to remove both ovaries in the presence of serious disease, the occasion of such a radical procedure is not common. This led her to conclude that unwarranted oophorectomies performed by Mr. Neary on women aged under 40 be included within the scope of the Redress Scheme. The Scheme was advertised on 14th June 2007.

The Lourdes Hospital Redress Board has now concluded its work and all awards determined have been notified to successful applicants.

I was asked to consider an extension of the scope of the Scheme to include additional former patients of Mr. Neary outside of the terms of the Scheme. I gave due consideration to the request and consulted with Judge Clark in the matter, who advised against an extension. Acting on this advice, I decided against an extension of the Scheme and this was publicly communicated in November 2008.

The Government believes that the Lourdes Hospital Redress Scheme addressed the matter in as sensitive and timely a manner as possible. It was always the Government's intention that the women who qualified for the Scheme would receive adequate recompense and I believe that has been achieved in a fair and reasonable manner.

Medical Cards

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

93 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will reinstate a general practitioner visit card for a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45894/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Thomas Byrne

Question:

94 Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Meath. [45906/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Care of the Elderly

Michael Creed

Question:

95 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Health and Children the consideration given by her to the prospect of an intermediate care option for aged and vulnerable persons rather than the current option of long-stay nursing home care; the discussions she has had regarding this issue with the Irish Council of Social Housing and the engagement there has been between the Irish Council of Social Housing and the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45908/10]

It is in everyone's best interests that older people are supported and encouraged to remain self reliant and to remain actively involved in their own well-being and that of their families, friends and the wider community. As the Deputy is aware, a range of services are available to support older people living in their own homes and communities for as long as possible and where this is not possible, provide them with access to appropriate residential accommodation.

I would like to point out that housing policy is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. A sub-group of the cross-departmental team on sheltered housing, established by the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government to oversee progress in that area, has produced a draft protocol for inter-agency co-operation where there is a care dimension additional to accommodation needs. Representatives from my Department, the HSE, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the local authorities and the Irish Council for Social Housing participated on the subgroup. A draft protocol has been submitted to the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government for further consideration by the cross departmental team.

Health Services

Pat Breen

Question:

96 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45921/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Hospital Waiting Lists

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

97 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health and Children the current average and longest waiting times for an MRI in Crumlin Children’s Hospital. [45929/10]

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

98 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Health and Children the current average and longest waiting times for an appointment with an ophthalmologist in Crumlin Children’s Hospital. [45930/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 97 and 98 together.

As these questions relate to service issues they have been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Departmental Staff

Billy Timmins

Question:

99 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding a matter (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45936/10]

Table 1 sets out the 2010 budget allocation and staff composition of the agencies directly funded by my Department. The information regarding staff reflects the position at the end of Quarter 2 2010, the most recently available data.

Table 2 sets out the staffing composition of the self funded agencies. Information is currently being compiled in relation to three agencies- the Adoption Authority, Office of the Ombudsman for Children and Office of the Disability Appeals Officer. This will be forwarded directly to the Deputy as soon as it is available.

Table 1: Agencies directly funded by the Department of Health and Children

Agency

2010 Allocation

Grade

No. of Staff

Food Safety Authority

17,427,000

Administrative Assistant

15.6

Senior Administrative Assistant

9.6

Technical Executive

20.2

Higher Technical Executive

5.0

Senior Technical Executive

4.0

Press & PR Officer

1.0

Manager

11.5

Agricultural Officer

0.8

Veterinary Officer

2.0

Chief Specialist

5.0

Director

3.0

CEO

1.0

Total

78.7

Food Safety Promotion Board

6,665,000

CEO

1.0

Principal Officer (Higher)

1.0

Principal Officer

1.0

Assistant Principal (Higher)

1.0

Assistant Principal

1.0

Specialist in Public Health Medicine

0.8

Senior Scientific Officer

4.0

Senior Technical Executive

1.0

Scientific Officer

1.0

Higher Executive Officer

6.0

Executive Officer

7.0

Clerical Officer

5.0

Total

29.8

Health and Social Care Professionals Council

962,000

Assistant Principal

2.0

Executive Officer

1.0

Clerical Officer

1.0

Principal Officer (Higher)

1.0

Total

5.0

Health Research Board

34,157,000

CEO

1.0

Director

3.0

Head of Unit

7.0

Grade VIII

9.0

Grade VII

15.1

Grade VI

18.6

Grade V

7.8

Grade IV

7.0

Grade III

1.0

Support

4.0

Total

73.5

Irish Medicines Board*

3,650,000

CEO

1.0

Principal Officer

3.0

Senior Assessor

25.9

Executive Assessor

8.0

Senior Medical Officer

9.9

Medical Assessor

10.0

Assessor

54.4

Scientific Officer

27.0

Grade VIII

2.0

Grade VII

3.0

Grade VI

11.0

Grade V

15.1

Grade IV

20.0

Grade III

60.0

Total

250.3

National Cancer Registry Board

2,975,000

Grade III

2.0

Grade IV

6.0

Grade V

12.2

Grade VI

5.6

Grade VII

1.5

Grade VIII

0.8

Senior Lecturer

2.0

Principal Officer Higher

1.0

Staff Nurse

8.1

Senior Staff Nurse

4.2

Senior Staff Nurse Dual Qualified

5.5

Total

48.9

National Council for the Professional Development of Nursing & Midwifery

4,162,000

CEO

1.0

Head of Professional Development (Director of Nursing Band I)

1.0

Research Development Officer (Director of Nursing Band I)

0.5

Professional Development Officer (Director of Nursing Band II)

3.0

Head of Management Services (Clerical Admin Grade VII)

1.0

Clerical Officer Grade IV

2.0

Clerical Officer Grade III

2.0

Total

10.5

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

Funded by HSE

Clinical Director

0.5

Assistant Secretary

1.0

Grade VIII

1.0

Total

2.5

National Treatment Purchase Fund

90,092,000

Grade III

2.0

Grade IV

19.0

Grade V

5.0

Grade VI

6.0

Grade VII

4.0

Grade VIII

2.0

Clinical Nurse Manager 1

5.0

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

2.0

Clinical Nurse Manager 3

1.0

Director of Nursing

1.0

Assistant Director of Nursing

1.0

CEO

1.0

Total

49.0

Office of Tobacco Control

1,726,000

Assistant Principal

1.0

Grade IV

0.6

Grade III

1.0

Total

2.6

Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council

3,161,000

Grade III

2.0

Grade IV

5.0

Grade V

1.0

Grade VI

1.0

Grade VIII

3.0

General Manager

1.0

Principal Officer

1.0

Total

14.0

Mental Health Commission

18,190,000

Clerical Officer

12.8

Staff Officer

4.0

Higher Executive Officer

6.5

Assistant Principal

2.0

Principal Officer

2.0

Clinical Director

1.0

Consultant Psychiatrist

6.75

Director of Nursing (Mental Health)

1.0

Principal Occupational Therapist

1.0

Principal Social Worker

0.4

Principal Clinical Psychologist

0.4

Chief Exec Officer

1.0

Total

38.85

Health Information and Quality Authority

14,757,000

CEO

1.0

Assistant Secretary

3.2

Deputy Chief Professional

1.0

Principal Officer

8.0

Assistant Principal Higher

10.0

Engineer I

20.0

Assistant Principal

10.0

Engineer II

34.9

Higher Executive Officer

23.8

Engineer III

2.0

Executive Officer

15.0

Clerical Officer

18.0

Total

146.9

National Social Work Qualifications Board

538,000

Principal Officer

1.0

Administrative Officer

1.0

Higher Executive Officer (Higher Scale)

1.0

Higher Executive Officer (Standard Scale)

1.0

Executive Officer

2.5

Total:

6.5

Ombudsman for Children

2,223,000

Staffing information to follow.

Office of the Disability Appeals Officer

501,000

Staffing information to follow.

Adoption Authority

Established 1st Nov 2010. No budget allocation for 2010.

Staffing information to follow.

*The Irish Medicines Board is mainly self funded, however it receives some direct funding from the Health Vote.

Table 2: Self funded agencies under the aegis of the Department of Health and Children

Agency

Grade

No. of Staff

An Bord Altranais

CEO

1.00

Service Manager

1.00

Director of Nursing Band 1

1.00

Grade VIII — vacant post

1.00

Director of Nursing Band 2

5.00

Grade VII

3.00

Director of Nursing Band 3

0.50

Grade VI

2.00

Grade V

7.00

Grade IV

8.00

Grade III

12.00

Porter/General Operative

2.00

Total

43.50

Dental Council

Principal Officer

1.00

Grade V

1.00

Grade IV

1.00

Grade III

2.00

Total

5.00

Opticians Board

Assistant Principal

1.00

Executive Officer

1.00

Total

2.00

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland

Grade IV

5.00

Grade V

4.00

Grade VI

2.00

Grade VIII

3.00

Senior Pharmacist

3.00

Chief I Pharmacist

1.00

Advisory Council Grade III

1.00

CEO

1.00

Specialist Advisors

1.75

Total

21.75

Medical Council

Principal Officers

5.00

Assistant Principal Officers

2.00

Higher Executive Officers

11.00

Executive Officers

19.00

Clerical Officers

11.00

Service Officer

1.00

Total:

49.00

Health Insurance Authority

Principal Officer

1.00

Assistant Principal

2.00

Higher Executive Officer

2.00

Executive Officer

2.00

Clerical Officer

1.60

Total

8.60

Irish Blood Transfusion Service**

Chief Executive

1.00

Director of Finance

1.00

Human Resource Director

1.00

Functional Officer

3.00

Freedom of Information Officer

1.00

Chief Tech/Scien. Officer

1.00

Grade IV

26.46

Grade V

27.22

Grade VI

12.80

Grade VII Clerk

10.00

Clerical Officer

49.40

Human Resources Manager

1.00

Laboratory Manager

1.00

Management Accountant

1.00

Supply Chain Manager

1.00

Donor Services Manager

1.00

Supplies Officer C

8.00

Medical Officer

9.56

Spec. Registrar

2.00

National Medical Director

1.00

Clinical Nurse Manager 2

15.80

Clinical Nurse Manager 1

5.31

Staff Nurse

41.66

Clinical Nurse Specialist

0.52

Director of Nursing

1.00

Assistant Director of Nursing

2.00

Trainee Medical Scientist

1.00

Medical Scientist

65.50

Quality Control Scientist

2.00

Quality Assurance Officer

1.00

Tissue Bank Co-ordinator

1.00

Chief Medical Scientist

15.00

Senior Medical Scientist

48.25

Validation Technician

1.00

Laboratory Assistant

17.53

Technician Attendants

1.00

Security Officer

1.00

Domestic

4.76

Porters

4.00

Facilities Engineer

1.00

Laboratory Services Operative

1.54

Donor Attendant

122.21

Team Leader

15.19

Management Service Officer

1.00

Accountant

1.00

National Quality Assurance Manager

1.00

Operations Director

1.00

Medical Consultant

7.50

Specialist Medical Officer

6.00

Practice Development Co-ordinator

1.00

Driver Clerk

24.04

Facilities Manager

1.00

Total:

572.25

**Self-funded through charges for blood and blood products.

Health Services

Finian McGrath

Question:

100 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will support a matter (details supplied). [45942/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

John O'Mahony

Question:

101 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 165 of 16 November 2010, when a reply will issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45957/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Thomas Byrne

Question:

102 Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding an application from the French authorities for a refund under the E111 scheme in respect of a person (details supplied). [45960/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

103 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Dublin will receive the brain scan their general practitioner says they desperately need. [45968/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Health Service Staff

Michael Creed

Question:

104 Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Health and Children her views on whether the response of the Dental Council of Ireland to its obligations under the Dentists Act 1985 to auxiliary dental workers has been adequate, given the fact that the only auxiliary dental workers who have been given cover or status by the dental council are clinical dental technicians who were obliged to go abroad to receive their qualifications; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45972/10]

The Dentists Act 1985 provides for the registration as auxiliary dental workers by the Dental Council of persons who have appropriate training and qualifications. Training to the level of Clinical Dental Technician has not been available in Ireland to date. Some persons who have acquired appropriate training at this level abroad have been registered with the Dental Council. I understand that the Dublin Dental School and Hospital is preparing to introduce a course which will provide training to a level sufficient to allow for registration with the Dental Council.

Medical Cards

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

105 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will review the circumstances in which a person (details supplied) was issued a general-practitioner-visit-only medical card, given that the assessed weekly income was marginally in excess of the guidelines for a full card and the person has to fill a regular prescription costing considerably more than the excess; if she will also review their entitlement of the spouse to a medical card; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45974/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Services

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

106 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Cork on a orthopaedic waiting list will receive an appointment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45983/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Health Service Staff

Thomas P. Broughan

Question:

107 Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will ensure that key community welfare staff, including the two community welfare officials, are maintained at the Darndale Health Service Executive office, Dublin 17, given the effect that the removal of these critical services would have on low-income and vulnerable families in Darndale, Belcamp and Moatview-Priorswood parishes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45997/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Health Services

Michael McGrath

Question:

108 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children when a child in County Cork will receive an assessment and intervention service from a service provider. [46000/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Prescription Charges

James Reilly

Question:

109 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children the annual savings to be achieved from the prescription charge; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46004/10]

James Reilly

Question:

110 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children the savings to be achieved from the prescription charge during 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46005/10]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 109 and 110 together.

Since 1 October 2010, medical card holders are required to pay a 50 cent charge for medicines and other prescription items supplied to them by community pharmacists. The charges are subject to a cap of €10 per month for each person or family. Based on trends in previous years, it is expected that the prescription charges will yield approximately €24 million in a full year, or about €2 million per month.

Private Rented Accommodation

John O'Mahony

Question:

111 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) in County Mayo has been refused rent allowance even though they are on the waiting list for rehousing by Mayo County Council; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46008/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Vaccination Programme

Pat Breen

Question:

112 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason a person (details supplied) in County Clare has not been facilitated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46025/10]

The national HPV vaccination programme commenced in May in secondary schools for girls in first year. The second phase of the HPV vaccination programme is now underway. During this calendar year, all girls currently in second year and those who entered first year in September are being offered vaccination. The programme will continue with the vaccine being offered to all girls in first year in secondary school each year. It is not proposed to extend the vaccination programme to other classes at present.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to refund the costs of vaccinations administered privately.

Hospital Services

James Bannon

Question:

113 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding a hospital appointment in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Longford; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46161/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Medical Cards

John O'Mahony

Question:

114 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children, further to Parliamentary Question No. 161 of 23 November 2010, when the information requested will be provided; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46163/10]

My Department has again requested the Parliamentary Affairs Division of the Health Service Executive to arrange for a reply to issue to the Deputy on this matter.

Hospital Services

Pat Breen

Question:

115 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of persons awaiting endoscopy tests and the length of time they are on the waiting list at a hospital (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46169/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Departmental Records

Deirdre Clune

Question:

116 Deputy Deirdre Clune asked the Minister for Health and Children the date on which she will release all documents relating to the drug thalidomide; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46170/10]

I agreed to the voluntary disclosure of all Departmental records relating to the circumstances surrounding thalidomide in the 1950's/1960's and the arrangements made in the 1970's relating to the survivors of thalidomide. My Department is assigning additional resources to this task over the coming weeks to speed up the completion of this commitment.

I appreciate the importance attached to this documentation by the Irish survivors of thalidomide but I would point out that the process must be thorough. The process is also very time consuming due to the nature and scale of the documentation and the level of redaction of personal information required to comply with data protection requirements.

Departmental Reports

Alan Shatter

Question:

117 Deputy Alan Shatter asked the Minister for Health and Children if the report that has been prepared on the provision of funding for voluntary agencies by a person (details supplied) has been furnished to her Department; the reason for the delay in the publishing of the report and when she intends to publish same [46182/10]

The work of the Steering Group on aValue for Money and Policy Review of the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Disability Services in Ireland chaired by Mr Laurence Crowley, is still in progress.

Substantial progress has been made on the Review:

A public consultation process was undertaken in late 2009 and attracted almost 200 responses from a wide variety of respondents including service users, family members and service providers. A detailed report on the findings of this process was published on the Department's website on 3rd December 2010.

In order to inform the work of the VFM Review, an Expert Reference Group (ERG) was established to review current policy on disability services. The work of that Group has been completed and on 3rd December last I also published the key proposals emerging from the work of the ERG for consideration and discussion. It is expected that a formal public consultation on the full report of the ERG will take place in the first half of 2011.

The National Disability Authority (NDA), at the request of the ERG, conducted 15 focus group consultations with people with disabilities, their families, advocates and frontline service providers in March 2010 to inform its advice to the Review. The report of that consultation has been published on the NDA's website, as too has a detailed Advice Paper prepared by the NDA incorporating the results of the consultation together with other relevant research conducted on behalf of the VFM Steering Group.

While substantial progress has been made on the Review some slippage has occurred in terms of the expected completion date because of the breadth and complexities of the services under examination. Difficulties were also experienced earlier this year in accessing data essential to the progress of the Review due to industrial action affecting the Health Service Executive. I expect the Value for Money Steering Group to conclude its work by the second quarter of 2011 and to furnish its final report shortly thereafter.

Health Service Staff

James Reilly

Question:

118 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children the total number of persons who could have applied for the voluntary redundancy scheme; the total number of persons who have applied for the Health Service Executive voluntary redundancy scheme; if she will provide a breakdown of applicants between management and administration and support staff; if she will provide a breakdown of applicants on a HSE area basis; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46189/10]

On 1 November 2010 I announced that the Government had approved a voluntary early retirement (VER) scheme and a voluntary redundancy (VR) scheme for certain categories of staff in the public health service. The purpose of the schemes is to achieve a permanent reduction in the numbers employed in the public health sector from 2011 onwards and to facilitate health service reform.

I understand from information provided by the HSE that there were 3,596 applications from eligible grades by the closing date of 19 November 2010. I also understand that of that total 2,310 were from the Management/Administration category while the balance of 1,286 was from the General Support category. A total of 2,586 eligible applications were received from HSE employees. The breakdown on a HSE area basis is as follows:

Dublin Mid Leinster: 468;

Dublin North East: 494;

West: 840;

South: 760;

Not linked: 24.

It should be noted that the information on the number of applications is still provisional as the data is currently being validated by HSE. Based on the Census return for the end September 2010 the total number of employees in the Management/Administration category is 19,778 while the General Support category accounts for 13,871 individuals.

James Reilly

Question:

119 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children the total amount of funding made available to the voluntary redundancy scheme; in view of the lower than anticipated take-up of the voluntary redundancy scheme, the estimated cost of the scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46190/10]

On 1 November 2010 I announced that the Government had approved a voluntary early retirement scheme and a voluntary redundancy scheme for certain categories of staff in the public health service. The purpose of the schemes is to achieve a permanent reduction in the numbers employed in the public health sector from 2011 onwards and to facilitate health service reform. The Government had agreed that up to €400m could be made available to fund the costs of the schemes in 2010 and this was the upper limit based on an upper estimate of 4,500 to 5,000 applications.

I am happy to report that there was a good level of interest in the schemes. By the closing date of 19 November, there were approximately 3,500 applications from eligible grades. The cost of the schemes will depend on the numbers who actually decide to go, and while I do not have final information on that number yet, I do not expect the cost to be more than €250m.

James Reilly

Question:

120 Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children if any senior staff leaving under the early retirement and voluntary redundancy scheme will be taken back on a consultancy basis in the new year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46191/10]

The re-hiring staff of who have availed of either the Voluntary Early Retirement or Voluntary Redundancy schemes is clearly not allowed under the terms of these schemes. It is a specific condition of the VER scheme that those availing of the scheme will not be eligible for re-employment in the public health sector or in the wider public service or in a body wholly or mainly funded from public monies. The same condition on re-employment applies under the Voluntary Redundancy Scheme also, except that the prohibition will be for a period of 7 years, after which time any re-employment will require the approval of the Minister for Finance. These restrictions also apply in the case of re-engagement on a contract for service, which would include coming back on a consultancy basis.

Health Services

Finian McGrath

Question:

121 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will support the case of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 3. [46194/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Hospitals Building Programme

John O'Donoghue

Question:

122 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for Health and Children in view of the measures announced in the national recovery plan if she can outline the proposed state of the Kenmare community hospital project; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46211/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Question No. 123 answered with Question No. 82.

Health Services

Pat Breen

Question:

124 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children when an application will be determined in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46323/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Pat Breen

Question:

125 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children when an application will be determined in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Clare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46327/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

James Bannon

Question:

126 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will provide urgent orthodontic treatment for a child (details supplied) in County Westmeath who has been waiting for same since January 2010; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46340/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Ned O'Keeffe

Question:

127 Deputy Edward O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Health and Children the position regarding a specific issue in the Health Service Executive (details supplied) [46343/10]

As the Deputy's question relates to service matters, I have arranged for the question to be referred to the Health Service Executive (HSE) for direct reply.

Mary Wallace

Question:

128 Deputy Mary Wallace asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will confirm that neither she nor any agencies funded by her have any involvement in providing accommodation for clients at an address in an area (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46356/10]

The details supplied by the Deputy does not provide sufficient information to allow my Department to investigate the matter. If the Deputy can provide more information I would be happy to investigate the issue further.

Health Service Staff

John O'Mahony

Question:

129 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children the way she proposes to address the increasing dependence on agencies for employing nurses, considering the extra costs that this practice is costing the Health Service Executive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46358/10]

A critical part of the strategy to restore the public finances is to achieve sustainability in the cost of delivering public services relative to State revenues. To help achieve this goal, it is necessary to restructure and reorganise the public service and to reduce public service numbers, including the number of nurses and midwives, over the coming years.

This policy is reflected in the Employment Control Framework for the health sector and in the National Recovery Plan which provides for an ongoing reduction of 1,500 wholetime equivalents per annum over the period 2011 to 2014.

The Government decision in relation to the Framework has been modulated to ensure that key services are maintained insofar as possible in the health services, particularly in respect of children at risk, older people, persons with a disability, mental health services, and cancer services.

In addition, the Health Service Executive (HSE) has some degree of flexibility under the Framework to sanction the filling of certain other posts (both within its own organisation and in voluntary service providers funded it by it) on an exceptional basis provided it achieves the overall target reductions in both staffing levels and pay costs.

With regard to the HSE's use of agency nurses, the Chief Executive Officer has acknowledged the need to address this. Accordingly, I have referred the matter to the Executive for direct reply.

Health Services

John O'Mahony

Question:

130 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of home help hours allocated to County Mayo from 2007 to 2010, inclusive; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46364/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply.

Grant Payments

John O'Mahony

Question:

131 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children the plans she and the Health Service Executive are putting in place to ensure the back to school clothing and footwear scheme will be paid on time next year; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46365/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

John O'Mahony

Question:

132 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason for the delays in this year’s payment of back to school clothing and footwear scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46366/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for attention and direct reply to the Deputy.

Ministerial Appointments

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

133 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Health and Children all appointments made by her in the past 12 months; the persons appointed; the income received; the body to which they were appointed; the term of office they will serve; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46378/10]

Where fees are approved, there are four categories of fees payable to chairpersons and directors of state-sponsored bodies. The applicable category is determined by the salary of the CEO of the body relative to certain Civil Service salary scales. In relation to appointments to such Bodies in the past 12 months, the applicable rates with effect from 1st January 2010 are:

Category

Chair

Director

Board

1

29,888

14,963

HSE

2

20,520

11,970

HIQA, VHI

3

11,970

7,695

HRB, IBTS, CAAB, FSAI, PSI

4

8,978

5,985

NTPF, HSCPC (Chair only)

In relation to the appointment of public servants, the "one person one salary" principle provides that as a general rule public servants should not receive additional remuneration for undertaking other duties in the public service, for example for acting as chairpersons or directors of state-sponsored bodies or for serving on commissions or other such bodies.

The appointments made by the Minister in the past 12 months are as follows:

Name

Board

Category

Date of Appointment

Term of Office

Patrick J Brady

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

Abdul Bulbulia

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

Amanda Collum

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

Triona Culliton

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

Peter Davison

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

John Elliot

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

Conor Murphy

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

Derville Pitcher

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

Mairead Shields (Chairperson)

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

Kevin Tempany

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

Ian Tighe

Opticians Board

Not applicable

01/01/2010

5 Years

Bernard Murphy

Food Safety Consultative Council

Not applicable

29/04/2010

9 Months

Dorothy Donovan

HSCPC

Not applicable

27/10/2010

2 years 9 months

Philip Caffrey

HIQA

Category 2

15/05/2010

5 Years

Richard Hannaford

HIQA

Category 2

15/05/2010

5 Years

Samuel J McConkey

HIQA

Category 2

15/05/2010

5 Years

Damien Mcloughlin

HIQA

Category 2

15/05/2010

5 Years

Grainne Tuke

HIQA

Category 2

15/05/2010

5 Years

Cillian Twomey

HIQA

Category 2

15/05/2010

5 Years

Sheelagh Malin

HIA

Not applicable

06/05/2010

8 Months

Conor Burke

Health Research Board

Category 3

12/06/2010

5 Years

Colin Doherty

Health Research Board

Category 3

12/06/2010

5 Years

John McCormack

Health Research Board

Category 3

12/06/2010

5 Years

Prem Puri

Health Research Board

Category 3

12/06/2010

5 Years

Marion Rowland

Health Research Board

Category 3

12/06/2010

5 Years

Niamh Brennan

Health Service Executive

Category 1

08/02/2010

5 Years

Frank Dolphin (Chairperson)

Health Service Executive

Category 1

15/08/2010

5 Years

John Fitzgerald

Health Service Executive

Category 1

08/02/2010

5 Years

Nuala Hunt

Health Service Executive

Category 1

11/10/2010

2 Years 2 Months

Sylda Langford

Health Service Executive

Category 1

08/02/2010

5 Years

Joe Lavelle

Health Service Executive

Category 1

08/02/2010

5 Years

Dermot Power

Health Service Executive

Category 1

08/02/2010

5 Years

Diane Duggan

Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal

Not applicable

18/02/2010

2 Years 8 Months

Jane O’Brien

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Category 3

01/11/2010

3 Years

Paolo Rebulla

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Category 3

03/06/2010

2 Years

Elizabeth Cogan

Leopardstown Park Hospital Board

Not applicable

05/09/2010

5 Years

Diane Duggan

Leopardstown Park Hospital Board

Not applicable

05/09/2010

5 Years

Christine Long

Leopardstown Park Hospital Board

Not applicable

05/09/2010

5 Years

Eugene Magee (Chairperson)

Leopardstown Park Hospital Board

Not applicable

05/09/2010

5 Years

Jane Smith

Leopardstown Park Hospital Board

Not applicable

05/09/2010

5 Years

Frank Turvey

Leopardstown Park Hospital Board

Not applicable

05/09/2010

5 Years

John Bonnar (Chairperson)

National Haemophilia Council

Not applicable

22/07/2010

3 Years

Michael Davenport

National Haemophilia Council

Not applicable

22/07/2010

3 Years

Eilish Hardiman

National Haemophilia Council

Not applicable

22/07/2010

3 Years

Brian O’Mahony

National Haemophilia Council

Not applicable

22/07/2010

3 Years

Susan O’Shea

National Haemophilia Council

Not applicable

22/07/2010

3 Years

Barry White

National Haemophilia Council

Not applicable

22/07/2010

3 Years

Brendan Drumm

National Paediatric Hospital Development Board

Not applicable

16/08/2010

1 Year 10 Months

Mary Brazil

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Category 4

09/11/2010

3 Years

Rita Hayes

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Category 4

09/11/2010

3 Years

John Horan (Chairperson)

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Category 4

03/06/2010

3 Years

Dermot Mullane

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Category 4

09/11/2010

3 Years

Tom Murphy

National Treatment Purchase Fund

Category 4

03/06/2010

3 Years

Leonie Clark

Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland Council

Category 3

29/04/2010

2 Years 1 Month

Catherine Adley

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Paula Barry Walsh

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Colette Bonner

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Dan Collins

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Martin Cormican

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Albert Flynn (Chairperson)

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Colin Hill

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Brian McKenna

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Paul McKeown

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Terry McMahon

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Michael O’Keeffe

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Dan O’Sullivan

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Ray Parle

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Iona Pratt

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Michael P Ryan

Scientific Committee of the FSAI

Not applicable

28/01/2010

11 Months

Val Collier

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Damien Courtney

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Chris Curtin

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Pat Dunne

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Monica Egan

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Ursula Fernee

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Denis Gallagher

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Fiona Geraghty

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Mary Hargaden

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Ned Kelly

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Valentine O’Kelly

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Suzanne Quin

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Cormac Quinlan

Social Workers Registration Board

Not applicable

05/08/2010

4 Years

Maureen Lynott

St Jame’s Hospital Board

Not applicable

01/09/2010

1 Year 1 Month

Seamus Creedon

VHI

Category 2

22/02/2010

5 Years

Liam Downey

VHI

Category 2

13/10/2010

5 Years

Celine Fitzgerald

VHI

Category 2

22/02/2010

5 Years

Cathriona Hallahan

VHI

Category 2

23/11/2010

5 Years

Nuala Doherty

Children Acts Advisory Board

Category 3

18/10/2010

6 Months

Finbarr Murphy

Children Acts Advisory Board

Category 3

18/10/2010

6 Months

Philomena Hanna

Children Acts Advisory Board

Category 3

18/10/2010

6 Months

Denis O’Sullivan

Children Acts Advisory Board

Category 3

18/10/2010

6 Months

Michael Donnellan

Children Acts Advisory Board

Category 3

18/10/2010

6 Months

Michelle Shannon

Children Acts Advisory Board

Category 3

18/10/2010

6 Months

Roger Killeen

Children Acts Advisory Board

Category 3

18/10/2010

6 Months

Cathal Flynn

Children Acts Advisory Board

Category 3

18/10/2010

6 Months

Dermot Stokes

Children Acts Advisory Board

Category 3

18/10/2010

6 Months

Medical Cards

Martin Ferris

Question:

134 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health and Children when a decision will issue on an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied). [46397/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Martin Ferris

Question:

135 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health and Children when a decision will issue on an application for a medical card in respect of a person (details supplied). [46398/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Martin Ferris

Question:

136 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health and Children when a medical card will be granted to a person (details supplied). [46399/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Martin Ferris

Question:

137 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Health and Children when a decision on an application for medical card will issue in respect of a person (details supplied). [46400/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Grant Payments

Tom Hayes

Question:

138 Deputy Tom Hayes asked the Minister for Health and Children when funding will be released to a community play group (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46405/10]

I understand that in 2008, Fethard Community Playgroup made an application under the National Childcare Investment Programme (NCIP) 2006-2010 which is implemented by my Office, for capital funding for a new purpose built child-care facility. The Deputy will be aware that, due to the economic downturn, a review of Government expenditure was completed in April 2009, following which the decision was taken to close the programme to further capital grant approvals. The group in question was informed of this at the time.

The group recently made a further submission to my Office which is currently with Pobal, who manage the day to day operation of the NCIP. I understand that Pobal will revert to my Office in the coming weeks following which the group will be advised of the position.

Hospital Services

John Perry

Question:

139 Deputy John Perry asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will carry out an investigation of the claim in a recent service plan for Letterkenny General Hospital that the medical discharge rate at Letterkenny General Hospital in 2009 was 7,608 patients or 146 patients per week on average, meaning that LGH is almost as busy as St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin in terms of medical discharge and 52% busier than Sligo Hospital (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46411/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Health Services

Pat Breen

Question:

140 Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Health and Children when a person (details supplied) in County Clare will be facilitated; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46419/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Question No. 141 answered with Question No. 84.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

142 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children if full medical cards will be re-awarded to persons (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46429/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

143 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children when a medical card will issue in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Dublin who has applied to Cherry Orchard health centre; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46430/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

144 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children when a medical card will be restored to person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46431/10]

As this is a service matter it has been referred to the Health Service Executive for direct reply to the Deputy.

State Bodies

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

145 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Health and Children the total capital spending allocated to the Health Service Executive in 2010; the total allocated moneys spent; the allocated capital spending within the HSE in tabular form; the amount allocated to each project; the amount spent to date; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46470/10]

The 2010 Exchequer capital allocation for the Health Service Executive is€393.792m. An additional allocation of €50m is dependent on the proceeds of disposals of surplus properties. Gross capital expenditure as at 30 November is estimated at €318m. The HSE is anticipating a full uptake of its allocation for building, equipping and furnishing of health facilities. There are savings of €30m on the ICT allocation which are required to fund higher than anticipated expenditure on State Claims payments and payments under the Health (Repayment Scheme) Act with the balance of approximately €12m being surrendered to the Exchequer.

As the management and delivery of the health capital programme is a service matter for the Health Service Executive, it will provide details of the overall expenditure as at 30 November 2010 and the project allocation and expenditure. The question has been referred to the Executive for direct reply.

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

146 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Health and Children the total amount of moneys owed to private firms by public bodies under the remit of her Department; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46480/10]

I have asked the HSE to reply directly to the Deputy on this matter. In relation to the other agencies under the aegis of my Department, this is an operational matter for those bodies and my Department does not routinely compile or hold this information.

Industrial Disputes

Niall Collins

Question:

147 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health and Children the number of industrial disputes, industrial actions including work to rule presently being engaged in by staff of her Department; when these actions were initiated; the individual subject matter of each dispute or action; the current status of each dispute or action; the estimated loss in productivity arising from each dispute or action; if each dispute or action is in contravention of the Croke Park agreement; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46518/10]

There are no industrial disputes or industrial actions being undertaken by staff in my Department at present.

Child Care Regulations

John McGuinness

Question:

148 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children the discretion, if any, local Health Service Executive officials have to alter, amend or change child-care regulations with reference to SI 604 of 2006 and regulation 8 in particular; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46526/10]

Statutory Instrument No. 604 of 2006, provides for the Child Care (Pre-School Services) (No.2) Regulations 2006 which were made by Mr. Brian Lenihan, then Minister of State at the Department of Health and Children, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sections 50 and 68 of the Child Care Act 1991.

The Regulations impose legally binding requirements on pre-school services which come within their remit. Any change to the Regulations would need to be legislatively provided for through either primary or secondary legislation. Any such legislation would be a matter for the Minister for Health and Children or a Minister of State authorised to act on his or her behalf. It is not open to an official of the Health Service Executive to make any amendment to the Regulations referred to.

Pre-school services which come within the scope of the Child Care Regulations are subject to inspection by the Pre-School Inspectorate which operates under the HSE. In carrying out an inspection and determining whether there is a suitable degree of compliance with the regulatory requirements, or whether steps need to be taken to address any shortfall, the professional judgement of the Inspector will be applied, however, this does not include any discretion in regard to the intention of the Regulations.

Hospital Services

John McGuinness

Question:

149 Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Health and Children the reason an appointment set for 14 October 2010 at Beaumont Hospital, Dublin in respect of a person (details supplied) was cancelled and rescheduled for 11 March 2011; if an earlier appointment will be made as the situation is causing distress to the person and if she will expedite a response. [46528/10]

As this is a service matter, it has been referred to the HSE for direct reply.

Rural Transport

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

150 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Transport his plans to enhance the rural transport option with particular reference to areas not covered by public transport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46442/10]

Thirty-six rural community transport groups are being funded under my Department's Rural Transport Programme (RTP), which is operational in every county. These groups are working towards maximising coverage in their operational areas having regard to local public transport service needs and the availability of resources.

The provision of services under the RTP is a matter for the individual rural transport groups. Local communities know where the transport needs are in their areas and how best to address them. My Department's role is one of facilitator through financial and administrative support, but communities themselves have the lead role in developing the transport services to fulfil these needs.

Ministerial Appointments

Paul Kehoe

Question:

151 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Transport the names, titles and duties of each of the advisers, press officers, assistants and secretaries appointed by him; the annual salaries in each case; the pension arrangements in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45855/10]

The information sought by the Deputy is contained in the tables. Table 1 contains the names, titles, duties and annual salaries of each of the advisors, press officers, assistants and secretaries appointed by me. Table 2 contains details of the pension arrangements which apply in each case.

Staff Appointed by Minister Noel Dempsey

Table 1: Names, Titles, Duties, Annual Salaries

Title

Name

Duties

Annual Salary

Special Adviser

James Fegan

Provides advice to the Minister, monitoring, facilitating & securing the achievement of Govt. objectives that relate to the Dept. of Transport

99,236

Press Adviser

Olive Stephens

Responsible for the day to day management of the Department’s Press Office

92,672

Temporary Press Adviser

Sean Fitzpatrick

Responsible for the day to day management of the Department’s Press Office

61,966 Temporary until August 2010 as cover for Maternity leave.

Specialist in Transport Policy

Tanya Harrington

Transport, Regulatory and Policy Co-Ordinator

100,191 Contract ceased in June 2009

Personal Assistant

Margaret Conway

To ensure the smooth running of all constituency matters

51,653 Retired March 2010

Personal Assistant

Sinead Connolly

To ensure the smooth running of all constituency matters

43,816 Contract ceased October 2010

Personal Assistant

Joanne O’Toole

To ensure the smooth running of all constituency matters

43,816 Replaced Sinead Connolly — 27 October 2010

Personal Secretary

Una Grehan

Secretarial duties

40,612

Table 2: Pension arrangements

Name

Duties

James Fegan

On secondment from Boyne Community School. Terms of the established Post Primary teachers’ superannuation scheme apply.

Olive Stephens

The terms of the non-established state employees and of the associated contributory spouses and children’s pension scheme for non-established state employees apply. Retirement is compulsory is at age 65.

Tanya Harrington

The terms of the non-established state employees and of the associated contributory spouses and children’s pension scheme for non-established state employees apply. Minimum retirement age is 65. There is no maximum age limit for retiring.

Sean Fitzpatrick

Employment ceased August 2010

Margaret Conway

Retired — 2nd March 2010

Sinead Connelly

The terms of the non-established state employees and of the associated contributory spouses and children’s pension scheme for non-established state employees apply. Minimum retirement age is 65. There is no maximum age limit for retiring. This appointment is subject to Pension Related Deduction (PRD) in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the public interest act 2009.

Joanne O’Toole

The terms of the non-established state employees and of the associated contributory spouses and children’s pension scheme for non-established state employees apply. Minimum retirement age is 65. There is no maximum age limit for retiring. This appointment is subject to Pension Related Deduction (PRD) in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the public interest act 2009

Una Grehan

The terms of the non-established state employees and of the associated contributory spouses and children’s pension scheme for non-established state employees apply.Retirement is compulsory at age 65.

State Bodies

Billy Timmins

Question:

152 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Transport the position regarding a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45940/10]

There are currently 32 bodies under the aegis of my Department and these are listed in Table 1. Eight bodies have received Exchequer funding from Vote 32 and re amounts are set out in Table 2. The names of those employed by each agency and the wages paid are a matter for the bodies concerned. Table 1

Bodies dealing with issues relating to the Department

CIE

Bus Átha Cliath

Bus Éireann

Iarnród Éireann

Railway Safety Commission

Railway Procurement Agency

National Roads Authority

National Transport Authority

Road Safety Authority

Medical Bureau of Road Safety

Marine Casualty Investigation Board

Dublin Airport Authority

Shannon Airport Authority

Cork Airport Authority

Commission for Taxi Regulation

Commission for Aviation Regulation

Irish Aviation Authority

Port of Cork Company

Drogheda Port Company

Dublin Port Company

Dundalk Port Company

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company

Galway Harbour Company

New Ross Port Company

Shannon/Foynes Port Company

Port of Waterford Company

Wicklow Port Company

Arklow Harbour Commissioners

Baltimore Harbour Commissioners

Bantry Bay Harbour Commissioners

Kinsale Harbour Commissioners

Tralee and Fenit and Harbour Commissioners

Funding under Vote 32

State Body

Vote 32 Funding 2010

€000

CIE Group

496,129

Railway Safety Commission

400

Railway Procurement Agency

29,748

National Roads Authority

1,636,324

Dublin Transportation Office/NTA

353,512

Road Safety Authority

28,746

Medical Bureau of Road Safety

4,557

Marine Casualty Investigation Board

250

Rail Network

Paul Connaughton

Question:

153 Deputy Paul Connaughton asked the Minister for Transport if funding will be made available over the next year to fund extension of the western rail corridor from Athenry to Tuam; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45962/10]

The first phase of the Western Rail Corridor was opened on 29th March 2010. The National Recovery Plan which was launched on the 24th November 2010 provides revised capital budgets for my Department over the Plan period 2011-2014.

The new allocations mean that it will not now be possible to meet the original timeline for all T21 projects. However no project has been cancelled and planning and design will continue so that projects can commence as funding becomes available.

Under the plan there is provision for initial planning and design for Phase 2 of the Western Rail Corridor.

Further progress will be dependent on a review of the performance of Phase 1 and a full economic assessment of Phase 2.

In this regard my Department has received an application for funding from Iarnród Éireann for the detailed design and tender preparation stage for Phase 2, Athenry to Tuam, which is currently under consideration.

Road Network

Leo Varadkar

Question:

154 Deputy Leo Varadkar asked the Minister for Transport if he has received representations in respect of a matter (details supplied); if, on foot of these representations he has contacted the National Roads Authority; if he will detail each such communication with the National Roads Authority and the response received; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45987/10]

There is no record of any representations in relation to this matter being received in my Department. As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme element of Transport 21. e construction, improvement and maintenance of individual national roads, is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. In addition, the allocation of funding in relation to the construction or maintenance of national roads is a matter for the NRA under Section 19 of the Roads Act.

State Bodies

Joe Costello

Question:

155 Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Transport if his attention has been drawn to the fact that Dun Laoghaire Harbour Board is seeking a restructuring of the harbour company with substantial redundancies; if this is related to the Croke Park agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46201/10]

Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company is facing a significant financial adjustment from 2011 onwards as a result of the changes in its current contract with its main customer, Stena Line. In order to keep the business on a sustainable footing, the company must reduce its cost base, a substantial portion of which is staff costs. The company has been engaging with its employees and their representatives over the past two years, and this process has involved the Labour Relations Commission and the Labour Court. A voluntary redundancy offer has recently concluded and the company is considering what further measures may be required.

My Department and I have been kept apprised of the situation throughout this process as part of the regular communications that take place between the company and shareholder. However, the matter is primarily an operational one for the company, in which I have no function.

The Croke Park Agreement is not applicable to the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company as it does not apply to commercial State bodies.

Road Network

Joe Costello

Question:

156 Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Transport if he will outline the Government’s motorway strategy over the last decade; the number of motorways that were planned in the last decade; the number that have been completed; the method for financing each motorway; the cost of each; his plans to construct any new motorways; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46202/10]

The Government's Transport 21 Programme provided the investment framework for the development of the five major interurban motorways, linking Dublin with Belfast, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford. This inter-urban motorway programme is close to completion. The other major motorway projects which have been delivered under Transport 21 are the M3 Clonee to North of Kells scheme and the M50 Upgrade. As Minister for Transport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme element of Transport 21. The construction, improvement and maintenance of individual national roads, is a matter for the National Roads Authority (NRA) under the Roads Acts 1993 to 2007 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. In addition, the allocation of funding in relation to the construction or maintenance of national roads is a matter for the NRA under Section 19 of the Roads Act.

Public Transport

John O'Donoghue

Question:

157 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for Transport the measures being taken to ensure that Kerry public transport continues to run and the main roads are cleared during the current cold period and any other snow falls this winter. [46208/10]

The Deputy will be aware that operational maintenance of National, Regional and Local roads is the responsibility of the Local Authorities, which in this case is Kerry County Council.

Regional Airports

John O'Donoghue

Question:

158 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for Transport if, following on from the announcement in the national recovery plan that the public service obligation payment to regional airports is to cease in summer 2011, he will consider bringing forward the renewed PSO contract negotiations for Kerry Airport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46210/10]

The current Public Service Obligation (PSO) contracts for services linking Dublin Airport with the regional airports at Derry, Donegal, Sligo, Ireland West Airport Knock, Galway and Kerry Airports commenced on 22 July 2008 and are due to expire on 21 July 2011. With regard to the PSO programme in general, the Special Group on Public Service Numbers and Expenditure Programmes (An Bórd Snip) recommended that the Public Service Obligations for air services should be discontinued after the ending of the present contracts. In addition, under updated EU legislation governing these services, more stringent conditions will apply to future PSO arrangements, having regard for example, to the availability of other transport connections and especially rail services with a travelling time of three hours or less.

As the Deputy is aware, the National Recovery Plan identifies savings of €5.5 million in relation to the curtailment of support for regional air services from mid 2011.

The Deputy will also be aware of the Value for Money (VFM) Review of Exchequer Expenditure on the regional airports programme which was recently completed. The review was carried out to assist me in evaluating the appropriate scale of a regional airports programme in future years bearing in mind aviation policy objectives, the updated EU legislation, the improved surface links under the NDP and Transport 21 and the need to address the difficulties with our public finances.

The Review is being considered by Government and it is intended that it will be published shortly.

It would be inappropriate for me to comment on any likely PSO scheme beyond 2011, including the Kerry PSO service, in advance of the Government decision in the matter.

Public Transport

Mary Upton

Question:

159 Deputy Mary Upton asked the Minister for Transport the position regarding a project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46345/10]

This project was one of eleven short-listed for Stage 2 of the Smarter Travel Areas Competition. As no decision has yet been announced in relation to the competition, it would be not be appropriate for me to comment on this application.

Ministerial Appointments

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

160 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport all appointments made by him in the past 12 months; the persons appointed; the income received; the body to which they were appointed; the term of office they will serve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46383/10]

The information in relation to the appointment of the Boards of State bodies is set out in the table. The fees payable to Board members are determined by Government and are published in the Annual Accounts of the bodies concerned. In some cases Board members have voluntarily declined to accept fee payments.

New appointments to Board from 3 December 2009

Name

Body

Term of office

Fred Barry

National Road Authority

07/03/2010 – 06/03/2015

Jacqueline Cross

National Road Authority

01/03/2010 – 28/02/2013

Robert Rowan

National Road authority

09/07/2010 – 08/07/2013

Dr. John Lynch (Executive Chairman)

Bus Atha Cliath

28/03/2010 – 28/03/2011

Dr. John Lynch (Executive Chairman)

Bus Eireann

28/03/2010 – 28/03/2011

Dr. John Lynch (Executive Chairman)

Iarnrod Eireann

28/03/2010 – 28/03/2011

Una McGrath

Bus Atha Cliath

15/03/2010 – 14/03/2013

Susan Donohoe

Bus Eireann

15/03/2010 – 14/03/2013

Tom Hussey

Bus Eireann

03/12/2010 – 02/12/2013

Laetita Baker

Iarnrod Eireann

15/02/2010 – 14/02/2013

Valerie O’Reilly

National Transport Authority

15/03/2010 – 14/03/2014

Margaret O’Shaughnessy

National Transport Authority

31/03/2010 – 30/11/2014

Jim Deegan

National Transport Authority

04/06/2010 – 30/11/2014

Hugh Creegan

National Transport Authority

29/11/2010

Pat Byrne (Chairperson)

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Frank Moore

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Peter Rogers

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Christopher Humphrey

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Tom Fannin

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

James Connolly

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Michael Kilcoyne

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Noreen Mackey

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Donie O’Shea

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

John Rice

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Douglas Jordan

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Michael Rowland

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Derek McGovern

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Brian Killeen

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Mr. Al Ryan

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Cornelius McIntyre

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Kathleen Diamond

Advisory Council to the Commission for Taxi Regulation

03/11/2010 – 04/11/2011

Ms Jacqueline Cross

Railway Procurement Agency

01/03/2010 – 28/02/2013

Tom Wall

Railway Procurement Agency

19/04/2010 – 18/04/2012

Pearse O’Hanrahan

Railway Procurement Agency

24/11/2010 – 23/11/2013

Mr John Power (Chairperson)

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/11/2010 – 11/05/2013

Audrey Bradley

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Marie Butler

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Peter Cuff

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Mary Dorgan

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Kay Doyle

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Dr. Dermot Dwyer

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Phil Lewis Farrell

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Maria Kyte

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Dermot O’Leary

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Peter Rigney

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Paul Scully

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Pauline Walsh

Railway Safety Advisory Council

15/06/2010 – 11/05/2013

Joe Buckley (worker director)

Shannon Airport Authority plc

21/04/2010 – 31/12/2011

Audrey Costello (worker director)

Shannon Airport Authority plc

21/04/2010 – 31/12/2011

Tony O’Connell (worker director)

Cork Airport Authority plc

21/04/2010 – 31/12/2011

Eric Nolan (worker director)

Cork Airport Authority plc

21/04/2010 – 31/12/2011

Anne Nolan (Chairperson)

Irish Aviation Authority

13/06/2010 – 12/06/2014

Sean Gallagher (Chairperson)

Drogheda Port Company

14/07/2010 – 13/07/2015

Gail McEvoy

Drogheda Port Company

02/06/2010 – 01/06/2015

Pat Heffernan (employee elected)

Waterford Port Company

06/05/2010 – 05/05/2015

State Bodies

Lucinda Creighton

Question:

161 Deputy Lucinda Creighton asked the Minister for Transport the total amount of moneys owed to private firms by public bodies under the remit of his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46485/10]

Moneys owed to private firms by public bodies are a matter for the public bodies concerned.

Industrial Disputes

Niall Collins

Question:

162 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport the number of industrial disputes, industrial actions including work to rule currently being engaged in by staff of his Department; when these actions were initiated; the individual subject matter of each dispute or action; the current status of each dispute or action; the estimated loss in productivity arising from each dispute or action; if each dispute or action is in contravention of the Croke Park agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46523/10]

There are no industrial disputes, including work to rule actions, currently being engaged in by staff in my Department.

Criminal Prosecutions

Ciaran Lynch

Question:

163 Deputy Ciarán Lynch asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the income that has been derived from the activities of the Criminal Assets Bureau and the way it has been disbursed in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45898/10]

The following table shows the monies forwarded by the Criminal Assets Bureau to the Minister for Finance for the benefit of the Exchequer under Proceeds of Crime legislation and pursuant to the Revenue and Social Welfare remits of the Bureau for the years 2005 to 2009:

CAB Returns 2005-2009

Year

Proceeds of Crime Act, 1996/2005

Revenue legislation

Social Welfare provisions

2009

1,421,332.11

5,100,494.72

160,335.00

2008

6,129,313.63

5,891,624.85

182,198.30

2007

254,651.94

10,009,459.56

136,623.59

2006

2,970,589.51

19,192,906.56

139,524.42

2005

2,008,938.41

16,376,598.71

293,948.00

A further breakdown of these figures is provided in the Annual Reports of the Criminal Assets Bureau which are available in the Oireachtas library and on my Department's website.

The figures for 2010 are currently being compiled for inclusion in the 2010 Annual Report.

The Central Exchequer Fund is the destination of all State revenues including monies forwarded by the Criminal Assets Bureau. It is this fund from which the Government draws for expenditure on all necessary public services and investment.

The Constitution requires and Government accounting principles provide that public monies be spent only as voted or approved by Dáil Éireann unless otherwise provided by statute.

Road Safety

John O'Donoghue

Question:

164 Deputy John O’Donoghue asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the way the new mobile safety cameras located in Kerry have been performing; the number of driving offences they have been responsible for catching so far; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46214/10]

The objective of the outsourced Garda mobile safety cameras is to reduce the number of speed related collisions and so save lives, as excessive or inappropriate speeding is a major factor in road traffic collisions.

Since the commencement of operations of the cameras on 15 November, 2010 there has been on-going speed monitoring at locations nationwide where collisions resulting in fatal and serious injury have been identified as occurring as a result of inappropriate speed.

As well as enforcing vehicle speeds, the cameras are carrying out surveys of the speed of vehicles at these locations, so as to ensure that the cameras are deployed where they are most needed. Provisional statistics indicate that, to date, monitoring in County Kerry has resulted in 267 fixed charge notices being issued.

Criminal Prosecutions

Alan Shatter

Question:

165 Deputy Alan Shatter asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the number of persons who have been prosecuted and the number of persons who have been convicted under the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Act 2009. [45804/10]

I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the information sought by the Deputy. I will contact the Deputy again when that report is to hand.

Asylum Applications

Paul Nicholas Gogarty

Question:

166 Deputy Paul Gogarty asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if there has been a change in policy towards the Pakistani Ahmadiyya community with regard to applications for asylum; if this policy will be reviewed in view of the persecution and massacre of followers this year in Lahore; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45813/10]

The principal legislative provisions applicable to the processing of applications for asylum in Ireland are set out in the Refugee Act 1996 and the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006.

The definition of a refugee is set out in Section 2 of the Act and is based on a well-founded fear of persecution in the country of origin for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion. In particular, the Regulations provide that applications are decided taking into account all relevant facts as they relate to the country of origin at the time the decision is taken.

These legislative provisions are applicable to all applications for asylum in Ireland, including applications made by members of the community referred to by the Deputy.

Legislative Programme

Brian Hayes

Question:

167 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform his plans to bring forward the commencement orders in connection with the Defamation Act to enable the Act to become operational; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45839/10]

The Defamation Act 2009 was commenced by order in its entirety on 1 January 2010.

Ministerial Appointments

Paul Kehoe

Question:

168 Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the names, titles and duties of each of the advisers, press officers, assistants and secretaries appointed by him; the annual salaries in each case; the pension arrangements in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45851/10]

The information requested in relation to the staff appointed by me is set out in the following table.

Name

Title/Duties

Salary Range

Mr Ciarán Ó Cuinn

Special Adviser (Programme Manager)

€80,051 – €98,422 (Principal Officer scale)

Mr Richard Moore

Press Adviser

€80,051 – €98,422 (Principal Officer scale)

Ms Christine Maguire

Personal Assistant

€43,816 – €55,415 (Higher Executive Officer scale)

Ms Myra Wall

Personal Secretary

€29,024 – €47,379 (Executive Officer scale)

Payments not exceeding 11% of salary are paid in respect of Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs) for my Special Adviser and Press Adviser. Both my Personal Assistant and Personal Secretary are members of the Non-Contributory Pension Scheme for non-established State employees.

The Public Service Management Act, 1997 provides for the appointment of two Special Advisers to assist Ministers in performing their roles and achieving the objectives of Government. I have two Special Advisors, one focusing on policy, one focusing on press. My Personal Assistant and Personal Secretary are responsible for the efficient administrative and operational management of my constituency office in Dundalk.

Departmental Expenditure

Brian Hayes

Question:

169 Deputy Brian Hayes asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 191 of 4 November 2010 when a response will issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45861/10]

I can inform the Deputy that I have nothing further to add to the reply provided in respect of Question Number 191 on 4 November, 2010 as it is not feasible to extract the information sought by the Deputy without a disproportionate use of resources in gathering and compiling the list of payments sought.

I would however like to remind the Deputy, as stated previously, that for the most part, the legal services sought by my Department and its associated bodies are co-ordinated and paid for by the Office of the Attorney General and Office of the Chief State Solicitor. These services are typically sought in the context of the preparation of legislation, legal advice in respect of policy issues and in the management of litigation including judicial reviews. In a number of instances, my Department and its associated bodies, in accordance with normal procurement procedures, have sought and paid for legal advice and services additional to those provided for centrally by the Attorney General and the Chief State Solicitor.

Asylum Applications

Niall Collins

Question:

170 Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding an asylum appeal in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45879/10]

Arising from the refusal of his asylum application, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended), the person concerned was notified, by letter dated 12 March 2009, that the Minister proposed to make a Deportation Order in respect of him. He was given the options, to be exercised within 15 working days, of leaving the State voluntarily, of consenting to the making of a Deportation Order or of making representations to the Minister setting out the reasons why a Deportation Order should not be made against him. In addition, he was notified of his entitlement to apply for Subsidiary Protection in accordance with the European Communities (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006.

The person concerned submitted an application for Subsidiary Protection and this application will be considered first. When consideration of this application has been completed, the person concerned will be notified in writing of the outcome. In the event that the application for Subsidiary Protection is refused, the position in the State of the person concerned will then be decided by reference to the provisions of Section 3(6) of the Immigration Act 1999 (as amended) and Section 5 of the Refugee Act 1996 (as amended) on the prohibition of refoulement. All representations submitted will be considered before the file is passed to me for decision. Once a decision has been made, this decision and the consequences of the decision will be conveyed in writing to the person concerned.

I should remind the Deputy that queries in relation to the status of individual immigration cases may be made directly to INIS by Email using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. The service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek this information through the more administratively expensive Parliamentary Questions process.

Departmental Investigations

Charles Flanagan

Question:

171 Deputy Charles Flanagan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will seek a report from the Irish Prison Service in respect of an incident on a public road (details supplied); if he is satisfied that there was no inappropriate use of such surveillance equipment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45899/10]

The Irish Prison Service have informed me that queries raised by the Deputy were previously addressed by correspondence to him from the Director General of the Irish Prison Service in November 2010.

The Irish Prison Service have also informed me that an investigation into the incident took place and that it has not been possible to establish what happened on the date in question. However, the Irish Prison Service have assured me that any official camera footage taken during that time period has since been destroyed in accordance with practice of the Irish Prison Service to erase all CCTV footage after a period of 31 days unless required for investigation of offences or evidential purposes.

Departmental Bodies

Billy Timmins

Question:

172 Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45937/10]

I wish to refer the Deputy to the Revised Estimates Volume for 2010 which contains full year Estimates information for the bodies concerned. Copies of this document are available on the Department of Finance's website at www.finance.gov.ie and in the Oireachtas Library. As the majority of agencies under the aegis of my Department are staffed by my Department it would not be appropriate to give the names of the individuals.

Visa Applications

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

173 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the recent changes that have taken place to visa processing facilities in Saudi Arabia; the reason these changes were made; the transitional arrangements that were put in place to cover the changeover period involved; if these changes have resulted in delays in processing applications; his views on the impact this will have on the number of students coming to study here from Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45946/10]

I can advise the Deputy that no recent changes have taken place with regard to visa processing facilities in Saudi Arabia. In fact, and as has been the case for approximately two years now, in order to assist with Irish colleges' efforts to attract high-standard students, a specific delegated sanction scheme is in place in our Riyadh embassy to facilitate and indeed expedite visa applications from such students, particularly those covered by exceptionally generous programmes run by the Saudi government.

Garda Reserve

John Cregan

Question:

174 Deputy John Cregan asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform his plans to make a Garda vehicle available to community gardaí attached to a Garda station (details supplied) in County Limerick in order to enable them to perform their duties as community gardaí. [46012/10]

The allocation of Garda resources, including transport, together with overall policing arrangements, is a matter for the Garda Commissioner. Such allocations are continually monitored by the Garda authorities and reviewed to ensure that optimum use is made of resources and the best possible Garda service is provided to the general public.

Citizen Applications

Finian McGrath

Question:

175 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the position regarding an application for citizenship in respect of a person (details supplied). [46195/10]

A valid application for a certificate of naturalisation from the person referred to in the Deputy's Question was received in the Citizenship Division of my Department in October 2009.

The application is currently being processed in the normal way with a view to establishing whether the applicant meets the statutory conditions for the granting of naturalisation and will be submitted to me for decision in due course.

I shouldremind the Deputy that queries in relation to the status of individual Immigration cases may be made direct to INIS by Email using the Oireachtas Mail facility which has been specifically established for this purpose. The service enables up-to-date information on such cases to be obtained without the need to seek this information through the more administratively expensive Parliamentary Questions process.

Asylum Applications

Joe Costello

Question:

176 Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform when the decision will issue on the application for asylum in respect of a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46198/10]

I refer the Deputy to my detailed Reply to his earlier Parliamentary Question, No 340 of Tuesday, 19 October 2010 and the written Reply to that Question. The position is as set out in that reply.

Asylum Support Services

Mary Wallace

Question:

177 Deputy Mary Wallace asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform if he will confirm that neither he nor any agency funded by him has any involvement in providing accommodation for clients at an address in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46355/10]

I am not aware of any plans to place a Department of Justice and Law Reform agency supported facility to provide accommodation for its clients in the area in question. If the Deputy could be more specific, I would be happy to have the situation checked out.

Crime Levels

John O'Mahony

Question:

178 Deputy John O’Mahony asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform the number of drug-related offences detected by the Garda Síochána in County Mayo in 2009 and to date in 2010; the locations where these took place; the substances detected, in tabular form and his views on whether the problem is increasing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46362/10]

I have requested a report from the Garda authorities in relation to the Deputy's question. I will contact the Deputy again when the report is to hand.

Ministerial Appointments

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

179 Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Justice and Law Reform all appointments made by him in the past 12 months; the persons appointed; the income received; the body to which they were appointed; the term of office they will serve; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46379/10]

I can inform the Deputy that the information requested is set out in the table:

Board/Appointment

Person’s Name

Remuneration (per annum)

Term

Legal Aid Board

Elizabeth Murphy

€8,100

1 Year (Part of Term)

Private Security Authority

Oonagh McPhillips

Ms. Mc Phillips is a Civil Servant in the Department of Justice and Law Reform and not in receipt of any payment for this position

2.5 Years (Part of Term)

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Sinead Behan

Note 1

3 Years

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Michael Gilbarry BL

Note 1

3 Years

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Conor Bowman BL

Note 1

3 Years

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Eamon Murray

Note 1

3 Years

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Fiona Gallagher

Note 1

3 Years

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Rosemary Healy Rae

Note 1

3 Years

Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal

Michael D O’Connell

Note 1

3 Years

Property Registration Authority

John T. Coleman

€20,250

4 Years

Property Registration Authority

Maire Whelan

€11,970

4 Years

Property Registration Authority

Una Woods

€11,970

4 Years

Property Registration Authority

Paul McSweeney

€11,970

4 Years

Property Registration Authority

Denis A. Byrne

€11,970

4 Years

Board of Management Oberstown Detention Schools Lusk, Co. Dublin

Patrick McLoughlin

€5,985

17/05/2010 – 12/10/2011

Garda Audit Committee

James Collins

€5,130

29/03/2010 – 30/09/2012

Cloverhill Prison Visiting Committee

Eddie Martin

Note 2

3 years

Cloverhill Prison Visiting Committee

Michael Coyle

Note 2

3 years

Cloverhill Prison Visiting Committee

Peggy Downey

Note 2

3 years

Cloverhill Prison Visiting Committee

Fintan Hudson

Note 2

3 years

Cloverhill Prison Visiting Committee

Christine Ryan

Note 2

3 years

Portlaoise Prison Visiting Committee

Anne Turley

Note 2

3 years

Portlaoise Prison Visiting Committee

Tom Colgan

Note 2

3 years

Portlaoise Prison Visiting Committee

Michael Hough

Note 2

3 years

Portlaoise Prison Visiting Committee

Eilis Croke

Note 2

3 Years

Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee

Phelim McGee

Note 2

3 years

Mountjoy Prison Visiting Committee

Veronica Dalton

Note 2

3 Years

Midlands Prison Visiting Committee

Colm Wiley

Note 2

3 years

Midlands Prison Visiting Committee

Brigid Teefy

Note 2

3 years

Board/Appointment

Person’s Name

Remuneration (per annum)

Term

Midlands Prison Visiting Committee

John Cronin

Note 2

3 years

Midlands Prison Visiting Committee

Paddy Boland

Note 2

3 years

Midlands Prison Visiting Committee

Nuala Halpin

Note 2

3 years

Castlerea Prison Visiting Committee

Seamus Kilgannon

Note 2

3 years

Cork Prison Visiting Committee

Thomas Cahill

Note 2

3 years

Cork Prison Visiting Committee

Donie O’Keeffe

Note 2

3 Years

Training Unit Prison Visiting Committee

Thomas Twomey

Note 2

3 years

Limerick Prison Visiting Committee

Maria Gorman

Note 2

3 years

St. Patrick’s Institution Visiting Committee

Isabel Hendrick

Note 2

3 years

St. Patrick’s Institution Visiting Committee

Yvonne Ní Mhurchú

Note 2

3 years

Loughan House Visiting Committee

Francis McDermott

Note 2

3 years

Loughan House Visiting Committee

Gerry O’Connor

Note 2

3 years

Parole Board

Eamon Nolan

Note 3

3 years

Parole Board

Brendan Watters

Note 3

3 Years

Parole Board

Gerry McDonagh

Note 3

Ex Officio

Irish Legal Terms Advisory Committee

Uinsin MacGruairc

Nil

5 Years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Eamonn Cahill

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Eamonn Barnes

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Donal Egan

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Patrick Hurley

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Bernadette Cronin

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Michael O’Kennedy

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Bernard McCabe

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Ricardo Dourado

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Olive Brennan

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Elizabeth O’Brien

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Susan Nolan

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Ronan Maguire

Note 4

3 years

Refugee Appeals Tribunal

Samantha Callaghan

Note 4