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].
Questions Nos. 1 to 16, inclusive, answered orally.
Questions Nos. 17 to 41, inclusive, resubmitted.
Questions Nos. 42 to 53, inclusive, answered orally.

Civil Service Staff

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

54 Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if appointments at principal officer level and above have been opened to external competition; and if any appointments at this level and above have been made from outside traditional Civil Service structures. [28637/11]

As part of the reform of the public service, the Government is committed to the introduction of new skills and talent across all Departments. In the Programme for Government we have said that appointments at Principal Officer level and above will be open to external competition.

Since the introduction of the moratorium on recruitment and promotion in March 2009 no general open recruitment campaigns have taken place for positions in the civil service. Some specialised recruitment has taken place where there is a clear and targeted identification of specific skills needs. For example, in late 2010 the Revenue Commissioners recruited by open competition Principal Officers and Assistant Principal Officers with relevant skills (taxation, IT and audit) and Solicitors. The competition resulted in a very significant proportion of appointments from the private sector. Of the 4 appointed to Principal Officer, all were from the private sector, of the 22 appointed to Assistant Principal Officer, 18 were from the private sector and of the 2 Solicitors appointed, one was from the private sector.

In relation to appointments above Principal Officer level, the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) holds competitions for and advises Ministers/Government as appropriate on appointments to civil service posts at Secretary General, Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary and equivalent levels. Since early 2007 the policy has been that open competitions are held for Assistant Secretary and Deputy Secretary and equivalent posts and more recently this policy has been extended to Secretary General posts, with the exception of a limited number of Secretary General posts which are filled by the Government without a TLAC competition. In 2010 and 2011 (to date) six appointments have been made from TLAC competitions from the private/ broader public sector.

In respect of future recruitment campaigns any decisions will be taken in the context of the business needs of the relevant organisation, the moratorium on recruitment and promotion and any redeployment arrangements agreed for the civil and public service.

Sale of State Assets

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

55 Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of money he is seeking to achieve through the sale of semi-State assets and/or the sale of so called minority stakes in State assets. [28641/11]

Under the EU/IMF Programme of financial support for Ireland, the Government is committed to an ambitious programme of asset disposals, based on the Programme for Government and the report of the Review Group on State Assets and Liabilities. The Programme for Government includes a target of €2bn to be raised from the sale of non-strategic State assets. The Government has already decided that it is prepared to dispose of a minority stake in ESB. It has also agreed that it is prepared, in principle, to undertake further assets sales, but no decision has been taken in relation to any other State assets at this stage.

My Department and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources are jointly chairing an inter-departmental group which is considering the best approach to the sale of a minority stake in ESB, including energy policy, regulatory, legal, financial and economic considerations. This group will report back to Government by end-November with a recommendation. Targets for receipts from the ESB minority sale will be determined by the outcome of this process. These targets will take account of the need to strike a balance between achieving the highest return and maintaining appropriate policy goals, bearing in mind the likelihood that pre-determined transactional targets do not result in the optimum market response.

A second group, to be led by my Department, has also been established to consider possible candidates for further assets sales in order to inform any further decisions that the Government may wish to make on this matter.

Public Sector Pay

Pearse Doherty

Question:

56 Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will consider capping all civil and public sector pay at €100,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28633/11]

I refer to my reply to Question No. 20298/11 of 14 July 2011.

Sale of State Assets

John Browne

Question:

57 Deputy John Browne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his role in relation to the sale of shares in State companies; if he will outline all companies that have been examined in this process; the way the decision was made in respect of Coillte, Bord Gáis, EirGrid, ESB, and Bord na Móna; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28504/11]

Under the EU/IMF Programme of financial support for Ireland, the Government is committed to considering options for an ambitious programme of asset disposals, based on the Programme for Government and the report of the Review Group on State Assets and Liabilities, and to preparing a draft programme of asset disposals in this context to be discussed with the Troika in advance of taking final decisions on the programme to be pursued. The Government has already decided that it is prepared to dispose of a minority stake in ESB. It has also agreed that it is prepared, in principle, to undertake further assets sales, but no decision has been taken in relation to any other State assets at this stage.

My Department and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources are jointly chairing an inter-departmental group which is considering the best approach to the sale of a minority stake in ESB, including energy policy, regulatory, legal, financial and economic considerations. This group will report back to Government by end-November with a recommendation. A second group, to be led by my Department, has been established to consider possible candidates for further assets sales in order to inform any further decisions that the Government may wish to make on this matter.

Public Sector Staff

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

58 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which applications for redeployment throughout the public service have been met to date with particular reference to addressing the need for extra staff in areas and Departments most affected by the economic situation; if any assessment has been done to identify the number of requests for redeployment or transfer within or between various branches of the service with emphasis on the extra workload in some sectors while at the same time meeting in so far as possible individual requests for transfers or exchanges within and between Departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28501/11]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

206 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which the various Government Departments, local authorities and health service have experienced increased or reduced staffing levels through redeployment or otherwise in the past five years and to date in 2011; if the various sectors remain to be effective and cost effective in terms of meeting the new challenges; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28859/11]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

208 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to review or reform the structures affecting public or civil servants seeking transfers or relocation within or inter-Department with a view to achieving a more streamlined and seamless response; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28861/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 58, 206 and 208 together.

Ensuring a more flexible and responsive public service is a key element of the Government's reform programme. Measures to increase staff mobility and to ensure that resources are allocated to priority areas in a timely and strategic manner will form part of the reform programme implementation plan, which is currently being developed in my Department. My Department will prepare the legislation necessary to remove legislative barriers to cross-sectoral redeployment and to address other issues that might arise on changing employer. Much of the data the Deputy is seeking is readily available on my Department's website,www.per.gov.ie, including employment numbers by sector and year. Again, in relation to the wider public service such data is published, as matter of course, by the various public bodies.

The deployment and management of staff are primarily a matter for the head of a Department or other body in the first instance, having regard to its employment control framework (ECF), policy and operational priorities and the budgets available. Changes in the services provided and their delivery, in the allocation of work and in the use of information technology are taking place on an ongoing basis within the public service, against a background of falling numbers. Significant redeployment of staff and reassignment of work has taken place in that context.

The Public Service Agreement 2010-14 (Croke Park Agreement) provides for agreed redeployment arrangements to apply in the Civil Service and in other parts of the public service, and for these arrangements to take precedence over other methods of filling vacancies. In general redeployment opportunities are to be sought in the first instance within each sector (e.g. health, education, local authority, etc.). Redeployment allows staff to be moved from activities which are of lesser priority, or which have been rationalised, reconfigured, or restructured, to areas of greater need. In practical terms these arrangements represent a means of facilitating the targeted reduction in public service numbers in the period to 2014 while sustaining the ongoing delivery of services. The progress made in implementing the provisions of the Croke Park Agreement, including examples of progress on redeploying public servants within and across sectors of the public service, are set out in the website of the Implementation Body at http://implementationbody.gov.ie/progress-and-delivery/.

The reorganisation of Ministerial responsibilities earlier this year involved several transfers of functions between Departments which resulted in exchanges of staff and resources, often at multiple locations. This process also included transfers and reassignment of staff to achieve the best organisational fit and, in some cases, redeployment to meet priority needs in other organisations in particular locations. There has also been a substantial redeployment of staff in the context of structural re-organisations or levies, both of which are specifically recognised in the Croke Park Agreement. For example, in recent years over 500 staff transferred, mainly under levies and trawls, to the Department of Social Protection and to the CSO for Census 2011. A further 2,000 or so HSE and FÁS staff are transferring to the Department of Social Protection with their functions.

The Public Appointments Service (PAS) has put in place a system of Resource Panels of Civil Service and State Agency staff to support the redeployment processes in those sectors agreed under the Croke Park Agreement. It is a matter for the employer to identify the number and grades of posts to be redeployed in the first instance and to upload the posts onto the PAS panels. Posts to be filled by redeployment are offered in the first instance to the relevant panel or panels. My Department is working on an ongoing basis with PAS and other stakeholders to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the redeployment processes and of the panel system in particular.

Where staff are not available for redeployment in a particular location, the post, if approved for filling by my Department, may be offered to staff who had already indicated an interest in transferring there, whether directly to the Department concerned or through the Central Applications Facility (CAF). Since 2003, the CAF has also facilitated the wishes of substantial numbers of public servants to transfer to alternative locations under the Decentralisation Programme. However, the possibilities to facilitate requests for such transfers are now more limited due to ongoing reductions in public service numbers and the necessity for redeployment to take precedence. The Senior Public Service (SPS) provides mobility opportunities for Assistant Secretaries to move to posts at equivalent level within the civil service. As the SPS is extended to the wider public service, mobility will be extended on an incremental basis.

Pension Provisions

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

59 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will consider capping annual civil and public sector pension payments at €35,000; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28634/11]

My Department estimates that the average public service pension is around €20,000 and would not be affected by the cap proposed by the Deputy. Indeed, fewer than 1 in 100 public service pensioners has a public service pension in excess of €60,000.

As the Deputy may know, public service pensions have been reduced already, under provisions introduced by the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2010. The public service pension reduction (PSPR), effective from 1 January 2011, is as shown in the Table below.

Annualised Public Service Pension amount (€)

Reduction

First 12,000

Exempt

Between 12,000 and 24,000

6%

Between 24,000 and 60,000

9%

Balance above 60,000

12%

I am advised that a cap on civil service pensions above €35,000 would save (ignoring the PSPR) in excess of €43 million in the civil service alone. However, as a public service pensioner in receipt of a pension in excess of €35,000 would be paying tax and the universal social charge, the Exchequer would receive only a proportion of these savings in net terms.

There are complex legal and constitutional issues surrounding any further change to vested property rights which would arise if the Government was to pursue a policy along the lines indicated by the Deputy. Such an interference, in the case of a potentially vulnerable class of citizens without other alternative income sources, such as pensioners, would need to be both proportionate and clearly in the public interest. The Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts 2009 and 2010 cited, in recitals to the legislation, the particular circumstances which, in the public interest, necessitated the reductions brought in by those statutes.

Fiscal Policy

Willie O'Dea

Question:

60 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on the most recent Exchequer figures; the expectation that GDP will grow by 1.8% next year; the impact it will have on the projected public expenditure budget adjustment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28532/11]

I presume that the Deputy is referring to the Central Bank's recent autumn quarterly bulletin, where the Bank marginally revised down its GDP growth forecast for 2012 to 1.8 per cent. This was not unexpected given the signs of slowing activity in our main trading partners in recent months and a worsening global outlook more generally. The most recent Exchequer figures covering the period to end-September were published on 4 October. Excluding the very significant impact of banking related expenditure, the Exchequer deficit in the period to end-September, is over €3 billion lower than it was in the same period last year. This shows that real progress is being made in returning our public finances to a more sustainable position. The Exchequer Primary Balance target set for end-September as part of the Joint EU/IMF Programme of Financial Support was also met, which is to be welcomed.

Both my own Department and the Department of Finance are currently in the process of assessing what implications the latest budgetary and economic data might have for 2012 and beyond. Such assessment will, along with later data, inform Government in the context of its budgetary preparations over the coming months. The two Departments are in the process of putting together the Pre-Budget Outlook which will include macroeconomic forecasts for the period 2011-2015 and the most up to date developments will be taken into account in these forecasts. It is expected that the Pre-Budget Outlook will be published before the end of this month.

Public Sector Staff

Catherine Murphy

Question:

61 Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the evaluation, if any, that has been made when reducing the public service wage bill on the new demands that might accrue such as longer pension payments, gratuities, welfare payments; when front line gaps result, staff replacement on either a permanent, temporary or contract basis; the expected net savings in the early retirement scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28147/11]

Catherine Murphy

Question:

63 Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if risk assessments have or are being compiled in the various parts of the public and civil service prior to the current early retirement scheme; if so, if he will provide these to the various Oireachtas committees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28148/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 61 and 63 together.

My Department has estimated that the payback time for public servants availing of an early retirement scheme is in the region of 26 months. This represents a substantial ongoing saving to the Exchequer. The Government is committed to delivering better value in the public sector in order to reduce the deficit and protect frontline services. There is scope for re-deploying resources which managers must seek to use.

Over the last number of years, enhanced numbers monitoring systems and multi-annual employment frameworks have been put in place. These arrangements will be strengthened to ensure that effect is given to Government decisions on public service numbers and will aid public bodies in adjusting to future staffing levels without sacrificing services. Nevertheless, it is part of the day to day function of the Boards and Management of all public bodies to assess, budget and plan for current and ongoing staffing requirements within necessarily reduced resources.

With regard to existing early retirement schemes there is currently only one very limited early retirement scheme in operation in the public or civil service in the agricultural advisory authority Teagasc. Teagasc is seeking to reduce its staffing levels by 109 using a voluntary early retirement/voluntary redundancy scheme, or through external redeployment to other State agencies or parts of the civil service.

Pension Levy

Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

62 Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will amend the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 to eliminate the situation in which privately employed workers, many of them extremely low paid, have had the public sector pension levy imposed on them when they do not receive a public sector pension or any of the entitlements of public sector workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27910/11]

Only public servants pay the public service pension-related deduction. This is clearly provided for at section 2(1)(a) of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009. Section 2 of the Act further requires that a public servant must meet a pensionability condition in order to be made subject to the pension-related deduction. This condition requires that the public servant is a member of a public service pension scheme, is entitled to a benefit under such a scheme or receives a payment in lieu of membership in such a scheme. An annual exemption threshold of €15,000 applies in relation to the pension-related deduction.

Question No. 63 answered with Question No. 61.
Question No. 64 answered with Question No. 52.

Comprehensive Review of Expenditure

Denis Naughten

Question:

65 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of suggestions received from members of the public to the comprehensive review of expenditure; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28503/11]

Members of the public were invited to submit suggestions to the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure through my Department's website. The period for suggestions to be put forward for consideration has now elapsed. In total there were in the order of 1,000 submissions made by way of e-mail and hard copy formats. All suggestions received as part of the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure have been forwarded to the relevant parent Department for appraisal and consideration in the context of preparing the Departmental expenditure report, as part of the overall pre-budget deliberations of the Government.

Question No. 66 answered with Question No. 48.
Question No. 67 answered with Question No. 53.

Pension Provisions

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

68 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will enforce sections 6 and 7 of the Superannuation and Pensions Act 1963 and rescind special severance gratuity payments and added years awarded to existing senior civil servants such as Secretaries General and county managers on their retirement. [28630/11]

Sections 6 and 7 of the Superannuation and Pensions Act 1963 provide for added years and severance for retiring civil servants in certain circumstances. They are discretionary and are only applied in the context of effecting efficiency and economy in the organisation. In the case of retiring Secretaries General, the enhanced retirement terms only apply where the individual has not been appointed to another post in the Civil or Public Service or in an international body.

A Secretary General is appointed for a fixed term which, as a result of the individual's age at the date of appointment, expires before age 65, and in many cases before age 60. In circumstances where an individual is obliged to retire at the end of his/her term and before age 65, a severance payment and enhanced retirement benefits may be granted, subject to certain conditions, in recognition of the fact that the individual has foregone the right to continue in employment to age 65 and accrue further pension benefits. These terms are designed to encourage younger people to apply for such posts who might otherwise wish to continue working until age 65.

The terms which have been approved on the appointment of Secretaries General will be honoured by this Government. These terms provide for a reassignment of the officer or the granting of superannuation terms in line with 1987 Government decision. I am conducting a full review of the TLAC terms in the context of new appointees as Secretary General. I would add that I have just published the new Single Public Service Pension Scheme Bill. This will provide for pension calculation on the basis of career-average. No enhancement of superannuation benefits will be applicable in the case of Single Scheme members in the future.

The Superannuation and Pensions Act 1963 does not cover the superannuation position of County Managers, whose terms are dealt with in section 78 of the Local Government (Superannuation) (Consolidation) Amendment Scheme 1998, as amended by Section 23 of the Local Government (Superannuation) (Consolidation) Amendment Scheme 2007 and made pursuant to section 47 of the Local Government Act 1991. This legislation is the responsibility of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

69 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the measures contained within the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme) and Remuneration Bill that will end the culture of excessively high pension pay outs to senior civil servants. [28631/11]

Sandra McLellan

Question:

74 Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views that the culture of excessively high pension pay outs to senior civil and public servants will be ended by the Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme) and Remuneration Bill. [28638/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 69 and 74 together.

The cost-saving features of the proposed Single Scheme which will be most effective in reducing the value of the pension packages of senior civil servants, by comparison with current arrangements, are the switch to a career-average calculation method, and the adoption of inflation-linkage for both in-service benefit indexation and subsequent post-retirement pension increases.

Many senior civil and public servants experience several promotions over the course of a full career, with final pay potentially being a high multiple of starting pay. It can be expected that the pension benefits of public servants with this kind of career profile will be considerably lower under the Single Scheme than under current arrangements: this prospective reduction in benefit value will be attributable in particular to the switch to career-average calculation of benefits.

Flood Relief

Denis Naughten

Question:

70 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding flood relief works on the River Suck; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28502/11]

The River Suck forms part of the River Suck Joint Drainage District, and as such the responsibility for maintenance rests with the relevant local authorities, in this case Galway and Roscommon County Councils. The maintenance of the drainage district is undertaken by the River Suck Joint Drainage District Committee, which comprises of 16 members elected by members of Galway and Roscommon County Councils. Annual funding is provided to the Committee by the Councils.

Under the Arterial Drainage Act, 1945, as amended, all local authorities are required to furnish to the Office of Public Works an annual report in respect of the conditions of the Drainage Districts within their care. The report for the year ended 31st December, 2010 submitted by the River Suck Joint Drainage District Committee shows that the Committee expended €203,000 on maintaining the district, which comprised the removal of silt and weed from the main river and tributaries, and the repair of sluice gates and bridges.

In addition to the maintenance works undertaken by the Committee, the Office of Public Works has provided significant funding to Roscommon and Galway County Councils under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works Scheme to undertake flood alleviation measures at a number of locations on the River Suck.

To date, Galway County Council has been allocated funding of almost €1.7m under the Scheme for flood alleviation measures in Ballinasloe Town and the surrounding areas. This allocation includes funding of €1.1m to undertake substantive works at Derrymullen/Ashfield which are now complete and funding of €163,000 for various works at East Bridge. Funding of €54,000 was also provided to undertake drainage works at Ballyglass, Ballymoe, which are also complete.

Roscommon County Council has been allocated almost €338,000 for a number of projects in the area. This allocation includes an amount of €270,000 for the construction of a weir and overflow channel at Athleague, together with the undertaking of channel maintenance, and an amount of €54,000 to increase pipe capacity at Valeview, Castlerea.

The consideration of flooding matters in the River Suck catchment is also being addressed through the Shannon Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Study which commenced earlier this year. The Deputy will be aware of the current position regarding this study from my reply of 4th October, 2011 to PQ 26920/11 which details the progress made to date.

Comprehensive Review of Expenditure

Pearse Doherty

Question:

71 Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he intends to publish in full the review of expenditure, as supplied by Departments before or after the budget. [28632/11]

The Comprehensive Review of Expenditure is a process involving input from all Departments and their agencies as well as work on cross cutting issues being carried out by my Department. These Departmental submissions are a central part of the pre-budget deliberations of the Government and it is envisaged that the reports submitted as part of the CRE process can be made publicly available following the completion of the budgetary and Estimates process.

Sale of State Assets

Martin Ferris

Question:

72 Deputy Martin Ferris asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his rationale for selling off a stake in the ESB to private interests, a self-financing critical component of the State’s strategic infrastructure that has paid €4.5 billion over the past ten years to the State in taxes and dividends, for a fraction of the latter figure. [28643/11]

As the Deputy is aware, the State is currently dependent on financial assistance provided under an EU/IMF funding programme for its continued day-to-day operations. In this context, and given the current state of the public finances, it would be negligent not to examine all reasonable ways in the public interest to reduce expenditure and raise revenue, including through the sale of certain non-strategic State assets.

As part of the EU/IMF Programme, the Government is committed to considering options for an ambitious programme of asset disposals, based on the Programme for Government and the report of the Review Group on State Assets and Liabilities, and to preparing a draft programme of asset disposals in this context to be discussed with the Troika in advance of taking final decisions on the programme to be pursued. The Government has decided that it is prepared to dispose of a minority stake in ESB. The Government believes that by releasing value from this State asset, while still retaining ownership and control of the asset, it can free up resources that can be put to productive use in the economy and help reduce debt levels.

The Government intends to combine proceeds from State asset sales with existing NPRF resources, subject to the agreement of the external partners, to fund the NewERA programme. NewERA will work with line departments and the private sector to develop and implement proposals for commercial investment in line with Programme for Government commitments in energy, water and broadband. It will also examine other commercial investments and build upon existing work of the NPRF by developing a Strategic Investment Fund, to develop over time into a Strategic Investment Bank.

Public Expenditure

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

73 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which public expenditure reduction targets identified in the context of the EU-IMF bailout have been achieved and are on target to date under the various headings identified, those which have exceeded expectations and those below target; the extent of capital and current expenditure involved; if it is possible to indicate the areas most likely to yield the most potential for contribution to economic recovery with least negative impact on growth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28500/11]

Under the terms of the EU-IMF Programme of Financial Support, an overall current expenditure reduction of €2,090 million was targeted in 2011, with an additional €1,800 million from capital. This reduction was to be made up of social protection expenditure reductions, a reduction in public service employment numbers, a reduction on existing public service pensions on a progressive basis and other programme savings. These savings were introduced inBudget 2011, and underpin the Revised Estimates for Public Services 2011, approved by the Dáil in July of this year.

Overall current and capital expenditure to the end of September is running 2.2% or €749 million behind profile in net expenditure terms, with a breakdown as set out in the attached table which was published on 4 October. As regards the contribution to economic recovery, this is a key consideration for the Government in assessing the outcome of the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure and the Capital Review, and will have a major bearing upon the budgetary decisions to be made by the Government in the period up to the December budget.

End-September 2011 — Analysis of Net Voted Expenditure

Performance against profile at end-September

Ministerial Vote Group

End September Profile

End September Outturn

Variance

Variance

€m

€m

€m

%

Agriculture, Fisheries & Food

887

723

-164

-18.5%

Current

678

566

-113

-16.6%

Capital

209

157

-52

-24.8%

Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

185

182

-3

-1.5%

Current

155

153

-2

-1.1%

Capital

30

29

-1

-3.3%

Children and Youth Affairs

163

112

-50

-30.9%

Current

160

111

-49

-30.7%

Capital

3

2

-1

Communications, Energy & Natural Resources

160

141

-19

-11.8%

Current

74

66

-8

-10.8%

Capital

86

75

-11

-12.7%

Community, Equality & Gaeltacht Affairs

105

105

0

0.0%

Current

98

98

0

0.0%

Capital

7

7

0

0.0%

Defence

643

627

-16

-2.4%

Current

637

621

-16

-2.5%

Capital

5

6

0

5.0%

Education & Skills

6,183

6,115

-68

-1.1%

Current

5,861

5,791

-69

-1.2%

Capital

322

323

1

0.3%

Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

533

489

-44

-8.3%

Current

226

219

-7

-3.2%

Capital

307

270

-37

-12.1%

Environment, Community & Local Government

963

863

-100

-10.3%

Current

442

427

-15

-3.4%

Capital

520

436

-85

-16.2%

Finance

257

246

-11

-4.2%

Current

256

244

-11

-4.4%

Capital

1

2

1

44.0%

Foreign Affairs and Trade

581

509

-72

-12.4%

Current

580

508

-72

-12.4%

Capital

2

2

0

-7.4%

Health****

9,916

9,889

-27

-0.3%

Current

9,640

9,657

17

0.2%

Capital

276

232

-44

-16.0%

Justice & Equality

1,568

1,609

41

2.6%

Current

1,514

1,566

52

3.4%

Capital

55

43

-11

-20.3%

Social Protection

10,228

10,110

-118

-1.2%

Current

10,222

10,107

-115

-1.1%

Capital

6

4

-2

-39.1%

Public Expenditure and Reform

586

563

-23

-3.9%

Current

509

490

-19

-3.8%

Capital

77

73

-4

-5.1%

Taoiseach’s

147

128

-19

-13.0%

Current

147

128

-19

-13.0%

Capital

0

0

0

0.0%

Transport, Tourism and Sport

1,028

1,001

-27

-2.6%

Current

477

481

4

0.9%

Capital

551

520

-31

-5.6%

Less Departmental Balances

30

59

29

Total Net Cumulative Voted Spending

34,101

33,353

—749

—2.2%

Current

31,644

31,173

—471

—1.5%

Capital

2,458

2,180

—278

—11.3%

Question No. 74 answered with Question No. 69.

Job Losses

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Question:

75 Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of jobs that have been lost here due to cuts in public services and the reduction in capital expenditure in 2011. [28884/11]

As set out in the Programme for Government and consistent with EU-IMF Programme the Government is committed to reducing public expenditure and tackling the budgetary deficit while seeking to protect frontline services. As part of this the Government is committed to reducing the overall size of the public service. Data on staffing number reductions is available on my Department's website.

It is a matter for local management to reorganise work, change methods of service delivery or redeploy staff to the most critical areas in order to ensure services are maintained in keeping with Government policy. The Public Service Agreement (Croke Park) is an important enabler of the Governments ambitious reform programme in this regard. The capital allocation for 2011 is €4.69 billion. This represents a reduction of €1.57 billion from the 2010 provisional outturn of expenditure of €6.26 billion. This lower figure reflects price reductions as much as volume effects. The exact impact of this on employment is difficult to assess.

Consultancy Contracts

Robert Troy

Question:

76 Deputy Robert Troy asked the Taoiseach the number of external consultants who have been engaged by all Government Departments since March 2011; the cost of same; and the consultants used. [28149/11]

Eoghan Murphy

Question:

80 Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Taoiseach the amount that he intends to spend on consultancy fees in 2011, in particular those contracted to identify value for money in Government Departments. [28419/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 76 and 80 together.

Since March 2011 my Department engaged QTS Limited, to carry out an annual risk assessment and update the Department's 2011 Health & Safety Statement at a cost of €1,271. Procedures are in place in my Department for ensuring the expenditure undertaken on consultancy is necessary and that relevant guidelines are being followed.

Ministerial Travel

Gerry Adams

Question:

77 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Taoiseach the occasions on which he cleared the use of the Government jet for use by Government Ministers for travel. [28150/11]

I have approved use of the Ministerial Air Transport Service on 24 occasions since 9 March. For the Deputy's information, in 2010, the Ministerial Air Transport Service was used on 93 occasions, on 126 occasions in 2009 and on 195 occasions in 2008.

Departmental Bodies

Willie O'Dea

Question:

78 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach the details of any organisation under his Department which has informed him of staffing difficulties which may impinge upon its ability to effectively oversee the spending of public funds; and his views regarding same. [28377/11]

The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) is the only body under the aegis of my Department. NESDO has not informed me of any staffing difficulties which may impinge upon its ability to effectively oversee the spending of public funds.

Willie O'Dea

Question:

79 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Taoiseach if he will outline the organisations under his Department for which an employment control framework has been agreed; the current numbers they have in place; if they have been waiting more than one month to receive sanction to proceed to fill or retain any positions in spite of such positions falling below the agreed ECF ceiling. [28393/11]

The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) is the only body under the aegis of my Department. An employment Control Framework is in place for NESDO and it currently employs 19.2 whole time equivalents. The questions of awaiting sanction to fill or retain positions do not arise.

Question No. 80 answered with Question No. 76.

EU Presidency

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

81 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the work undertaken by him in planning the Irish Presidency of the EU in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28197/11]

As stated in my response to PQ 21421 (and related PQs 24708/11, 24724/11 and 26099/11) which issued on 4 October 2011, I retain overall Ministerial responsibility for the co-ordination of EU affairs, including preparations for Ireland's Presidency of the EU in 2013.

Following the transfer of the European Union Division at my Department to the Department of the Taoiseach, the Second Secretary General of the Department of the Taoiseach will be responsible for the management of an integrated EU co-ordination function and will report to both the Taoiseach and me as appropriate on our particular duties at European level, including for Presidency planning and management. This appointment, and the establishment of a unified EU Division at the Department of the Taoiseach, will result in more effective coordination and promote a greater strategic direction of Ireland's engagement with the EU in all Departments and across the Government, including in our preparation for, and management of, Ireland's Presidency in 2013.

Planning for Ireland's Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2013 is coordinated by two interdepartmental groups; the first group leads on policy preparations (and is chaired by the Minister of State for European Affairs), while the second group is coordinating logistics planning. Ireland is a member of a Presidency ‘Trio' that also includes Lithuania (which will succeed Ireland as Presidency in the second half of 2013) and Greece (which will take over the Presidency in January 2014). Last July I met the Lithuanian Prime Minister to discuss preparations for our Presidencies in 2013. I have also met with the Lithuanian Foreign Minister on two occasions in recent months. I also hope to meet my Greek counterpart shortly.

The Taoiseach met Herman van Rompuy, President of the European Council, at Government Buildings in June and their discussions included the forthcoming Irish Presidency. Similarly, during his visit to Ireland this summer the Taoiseach and I met Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, and the Irish Presidency was a significant topic in those meetings.

The Minister of State for European Affairs has met a number of her counterparts including the Greek European Affairs Minister, the Secretary General of the European Parliament and the Secretary General of the European Commission to discuss Ireland's Presidency and other issues. Officials have also held meetings with representatives of the EU institutions and with Trio partners. Contacts at all levels will become more frequent over the coming months as preparations for the Presidency intensify.

Overseas Development Aid

Robert Dowds

Question:

82 Deputy Robert Dowds asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the current funding for water, sanitation and hygiene as a percentage of total bilateral aid; if that percentage will be increased; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28169/11]

Approximately 2.5 billion people, roughly one-third of global population, lack safe sanitation facilities and 885 million people lack access to improved sources of drinking water. While progress has been made, only twenty six out of fifty four African countries are on track to meet Millennium Development Goal 7 "to halve, by 2015, the proportion of people without sustainable access to basic drinking water and sanitation". The 2006 White Paper commits Ireland to "support activities across the programme to increase access to water and sanitation”. Ireland, through the Government’s Overseas Development Programme, Irish Aid, works with central and local Government in its priority Programme Countries, with civil society groups and with multilateral organisations to make progress on the achievement of MDG-7.

Ireland recognises that sustained and equitable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation is not only a life saving intervention in humanitarian responses, but is also critical to address the complex and multi-dimensional nature of poverty and vulnerability, especially relating to child mortality, food security and gender equality. In its policy dialogues with partners, Ireland continues to focus on increasing access to safe drinking water through various channels; national development plans, advocacy and governance reforms, humanitarian and recovery programme and climate change adaptation. Ireland also recognises the existence of human rights obligations relating to access to safe drinking water and sanitation and has supported initiatives at the UN Human Rights Council, including the Resolution on human rights and access to safe drinking water and sanitation, adopted at the 15th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva in September 2010 and co-sponsored by Ireland.

In 2010, Ireland allocated over €7 million to support water, sanitation and hygiene programmes. Additionally Ireland supports UN Agencies such as UNICEF which works across ninety countries to improve water supplies and sanitation facilities in schools and communities, and to promote safe hygiene practices.

Consular Services

Finian McGrath

Question:

83 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will support an Irish citizen (details supplied) arbitrarily detained in Sri Lanka; and if he will make this a priority issue. [28267/11]

As the Deputy will be aware from my previous replies in relation to the person mentioned by him my officials remain in close and direct contact with his wife and family. They liaise directly with her on any request for assistance and on any developments in his case. Our Ambassador and officers in our Embassy in New Delhi, which is accredited to Sri Lanka, have also been very active in pursuit of progress in this difficult case.

I am aware that a meeting between his wife, and other family members, and senior officials of my Department took place on 22 July 2011. At this meeting it was agreed that, if there was no outcome to a Fundamental Rights Hearing before the local Sri Lankan Courts due to take place on 30 August 2011 that I would write to the Sri Lankan Minister for External Affairs. At the hearing the case was postponed to 31 October 2011 and I have, accordingly written to the Sri Lankan Minister for External Affairs asking that the person mentioned by the Deputy either be charged or be released from custody as soon as possible. I can assure the Deputy that all possible consideration will continue to be given to this complex matter.

Departmental Bodies

Willie O'Dea

Question:

84 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the details of any organisation under his Department which has informed him of staffing difficulties which may impinge upon its ability to effectively oversee the spending of public funds; and his views regarding same. [28371/11]

Willie O'Dea

Question:

85 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will outline the organisations under his Department for which an employment control framework has been agreed; the current numbers they have in place; if they have been waiting more than one month to receive sanction to proceed to fill or retain any positions in spite of such positions falling below the agreed ECF ceiling. [28387/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 84 and 85 together.

The only organisation under my Department which deals directly with the spending of public funds is the International Fund for Ireland. That organisation has not reported any difficulties to me concerning its ability to oversee public funds. There are no organisations under my Department for which an Employment Control Framework has been agreed.

Public Petitions

Michael McCarthy

Question:

86 Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of public petitions that have been submitted to him in the past four years, in tabular form; the nature of the petition campaign; the date on which the petition was submitted; the number of signatories on each petition; the action undertaken by him following consideration of the submission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28424/11]

Petitions addressed to me or to my Department are received from time to time. There is no prescribed format for such a petition and they have no particular status. They may range in scale from a few dozen signatures to several thousand or more. They may come from particular interest groups, from concerned individuals and from Ireland or from overseas. Such petitions are generally related to topical foreign policy issues and they are treated as an input to policy-making. As such, they are directed to the relevant section in my Department dealing with the topic in question, where they are given consideration. There is no central registry of such petitions in my Department and it is not therefore possible to provide the statistical information requested by the Deputy.

Export Trade Council

Gerry Adams

Question:

87 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the persons who are members of the export trade council; the number of times same will meet; and the remit of the council. [28555/11]

I chaired the first meeting of the Export Trade Council, on Thursday 29 September 2011. The Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, as well as the Minister of State for Trade and Development also participated in the meeting. Other relevant Government Departments were represented at senior official level and the Chief Executive Officers of relevant State Agencies were also present.

In line with the commitment in the Programme for Government, the private sector is represented on the Council. Representatives of IBEC and the Irish Exporters Association as well as a number of individuals from private sector companies with a track record in the export sector participated in the first meeting. The full list of Council members is set out in the list for the Deputy's information. The participation of private sector participants in the Council is on a voluntary basis and is without remuneration. As a high-level body, the Council will convene up to three times annually. Under its Terms of Reference, a copy of which I attach for the Deputy's information, working groups may also be established to examine specific topics between plenary meetings if necessary. I intend to hold the second meeting of the Council early in 2012.

The Council will strengthen cooperation and coordination across all Government Departments and State Agencies involved in the promotion and development of trade and exports. The Council subsumed the existing Foreign Trade Council and will oversee the progressive implementation of the recommendations set out inTrading and Investing in a Smart Economy published last autumn.

Members of the Export Trade Council

Chair — Eamon Gilmore T.D., Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade

Richard Bruton T.D, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Leo Varadker T.D., Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport

Jan O'Sullivan T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

John Callinan — Department of the Taoiseach

Aidan O'Driscoll — Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

Niall O Donnchú — Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Alan Wall — Department of Education and Skills

Willie Funnell — Revenue

Aidan Cotter — Bord Bia

Eugene Downes — Culture Ireland

Frank Ryan — Enterprise Ireland

Martin Shanahan — Forfás

Barry O' Leary — IDA — Ireland

Acting Director General — John Travers-Science Foundation Ireland

Niall Gibbons — Tourism Ireland

Representatives of the private sector who have agreed to participate in the work of the Council for the coming year are;

Ruth Andrews — Irish Tour Operators Association

Pat Beirne — Mergon International

Breda Maher — Cooleeney Cheese

Tom McCabe — Teva,

James McMahon — CG Power Systems

John Moloney — Glanbia

Tony Murphy — Daon

Pat O'Connor — Marine Harvest,

Pól Ó Moráin — Enterprise Lab

Mairead Sorenson — Butlers Chocolates

Greg Timmons — Takeda

John Hearne — Curam Software Ltd.

John Whelan — IEA (Irish Exporters Association)

Danny McCoy — IBEC (Irish Business and Employers Confederation)

Terms of Reference for the Export Trade Council

In accordance with the commitment in the Agreed Programme for Government, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, will chair the Export Trade Council to strengthen cooperation and coordination across all key Departments and State Agencies involved in promotion and development of trade and exports. The Council will oversee the progressive implementation of the recommendations set out in the Trading and Investing in a Smart Economy strategy and action plan and will subsume the role of the previous Foreign Trade Council.

In addition to the Tánaiste, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Minister of State for Trade and Development and the Minister of State for Research and Innovation will participate in the Council. The following Departments and State Agencies will be represented on the Council, where indicated above at Ministerial level, or at least at Assistant Secretary General or Chief Executive Officer, as appropriate.

Department of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Department of Education and Skills

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Department of the Taoiseach

Department of Transport Tourism and Sport

Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Bord Bia

Culture Ireland

Enterprise Ireland

Forfás

IDA — Ireland

Science Foundation Ireland

Tourism Ireland

The Tánaiste will invite one representative each from IBEC and the Irish Exporters Association to participate in the Council and he will also invite up to twelve individual representatives from the private sector with appropriate experience to participate in the work of the Council on a yearly basis. The Council will meet not less than twice annually and will:

1. Oversee the implementation of the Strategy and Action Plan for Irish Trade, Tourism and Investment to 2015.

2. Provide guidance to the local market teams chaired by the Ambassador of Ireland in priority markets and including representatives of the relevant State Agencies.

3. Review the annual local market plans for these priority markets and reports on their implementation as well as technical progress reports on targets in relation to each priority market from Bord Bia, Enterprise Ireland, IDA- Ireland, Tourism Ireland.

4. Establish temporary working groups to examine specific topics between its plenary meetings if necessary.

The role of the Export Trade Council will be reviewed at end of its first year in operation as part of the review of the new arrangements for trade promotion put in place by the Government.

Foreign Relations

Seán Kenny

Question:

88 Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to strengthen relations with New Zealand, in particular trade and tourism links. [28721/11]

Ireland and New Zealand have traditionally enjoyed close relations, with shared historic and heritage links. We have a very good working relationship across a range of international issues, including disarmament and non-proliferation. Ireland's interests in New Zealand are represented by the Embassy in Canberra, which is accredited to New Zealand, and by the Honorary Consul General who is based in Auckland. Both are very active in promoting Ireland's economic interests, in engaging with Irish interest groups and encouraging more New Zealanders to identify with their Irish heritage. My Department, through the Emigrant Support Programme, has co-funded a number of cultural projects in New Zealand, including the Auckland St Patrick's Day parade and the annual National Feis.

Tourism Ireland has a local representative in Auckland, working in tandem with their regional office in Sydney. Over 20,000 New Zealanders travel to Ireland every year. Tourism Ireland coordinates a number of promotional activities throughout the year, including online campaigns, joint promotions with airlines, and media engagement. The staging of the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand is also raising the profile of Ireland and every opportunity is being taken to translate our positive performance into increased visitor numbers.

A very successful Working Holiday Agreement between Ireland and New Zealand is also in place. From 1 January to 30 September 2011 109 young New Zealanders have been granted Working Holiday Authorisations for Ireland and 2281 young Irish have been granted working holiday visas for New Zealand. In addition to the regional Manager who is based in Sydney, Enterprise Ireland has a representative on the ground in Auckland who works closely with the Honorary Consul General. There are approximately 28 Irish companies currently operating in New Zealand. New Zealand was Ireland's 48th largest merchandise trading partner in 2010.

IDA Ireland's Sydney office covers New Zealand. In 2010 a New Zealand company, Straker International, announced the creation of 25 jobs with the establishment of its European Headquarters and Customer Support Hub in Tralee. I am very aware of New Zealand's importance to Ireland as a bilateral partner, including in the trade and tourism sectors and contact is maintained at political level on a regular basis.

It was on this basis that my colleague, Minister Frances Fitzgerald, travelled to New Zealand in March 2011 to demonstrate the value which we place on the relationship and to express solidarity in the aftermath of the shocking earthquakes. My colleague, Minister of State Lucinda Creighton met the New Zealand Minister for Trade this year, in the margins of an OECD meeting. President McAleese visited New Zealand in 2007.

Disabled Drivers

Barry Cowen

Question:

89 Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Finance if he will review a decision made on a recent application for primary medical certificate in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly. [28602/11]

The initial application for a Primary Medical Certificate under the Disabled Drivers and Disabled Passengers (Tax Concessions) Regulations 1994, is made to the Senior Medical Officer of the relevant local Health Service Executive administrative area. If the Primary Medical Certificate has been refused in this case, the named person may appeal the refusal to the Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Rochestown Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. I would point out that the Medical Board of Appeal is independent in the exercise of its functions.

Financial Services Regulation

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

90 Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Finance if he will review a matter (details supplied) regarding credit unions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29095/11]

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

113 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Finance his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding credit unions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28619/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 90 and 113 together.

The correspondence referred to in the Questions relate to lending restrictions imposed by the Registrar of Credit Unions and amendments to the Central Bank and Credit Institutions (Resolution) (No. 2) Bill 2011. The role of the Minister for Finance is to ensure that the legal framework for credit unions is appropriate for the effective operation and supervision of credit unions. The role of the Registrar of Credit Unions is to administer the system of regulation and supervision of credit unions provided for under the Credit Union Act 1997, with a view to the protection by each credit union of the funds of its members and the maintenance of the financial stability of credit unions generally. This is an independent role. It would not be appropriate for the Minister for Finance to comment on whether the placing of lending restrictions is necessary on a case by case basis. Such action would represent interference in the work of the independent financial regulator.

I am aware that the Registrar of Credit Unions has imposed lending restrictions on a significant number of credit unions in recent months. The imposition of lending restrictions is the responsibility of the Registrar, who is the independent regulator for the sector. Within his independent regulatory discretion, the Registrar acts to support the prudential soundness of individual credit unions, to maintain sector stability and to protect the savings of credit union members. It is on this basis that the Registrar has put lending restrictions in place. Restrictions are imposed on a case-by-case basis and are reviewed regularly. The Registrar advises that no new policy is being implemented and that this is part of normal regulation and supervision of the sector.

The Registrar advises me that the restrictions are structured to allow credit unions to lend a higher number of small value loans to the broader membership, thereby reducing concentration risk. He also advises that initial analysis indicates that the credit unions which are restricted continue to have higher levels of arrears than those which are not and this remains a concern. The Registrar closely monitors and interacts with those credit unions where lending restrictions have been imposed.

Any restriction on a credit union is determined by the Registrar taking account of its financial data including the level of its lending, average loan size, its arrears trends and bad debt provision levels. Credit unions are able to continue to lend to members within their financial capacity to do so. If a credit union can demonstrate an improved financial position then such restrictions can be reviewed. The imposition of these restrictions is not considered lightly and the type of lending restrictions imposed takes account of the particular business profile and financial position of each credit union concerned. The type of lending restrictions can include maximum individual loan size and overall maximum monthly lending limits.

The correspondence also makes reference to recent amendments to the Credit Union Act 1997 which were brought forward at Committee Stage of the Central Bank and Credit Institutions (Resolution) (No. 2) Bill 2011. In the main, the purpose of these amendments is to enhance the Central Bank's existing powers to issue regulatory directions. I have asked my officials to consult with the Credit Union Advisory Committee, the Commission on Credit Unions, the Irish League of Credit Unions, the Credit Union Development Association and the Credit Union Managers' Association. On foot of these consultations, further amendments are proposed for Report Stage of the Bill which will take account of the concerns of credit unions without compromising the ability of the Central Bank to act on financial stability grounds.

Under the Credit Union Act 1997, the Registrar of Credit Unions, as part of the Central Bank, has an independent role in the regulation of credit unions and is required, from time to time, to act to support the prudential soundness of individual credit unions, to maintain sector stability and to protect the savings of credit union members. Such actions are within the Registrar's independent statutory mandate and are a necessary part of an effective regulatory regime. While the work of the Commission on Credit Unions is ongoing, and its interim and final reports will inform Government policy, it should not prevent or delay regulatory action where it is needed in the meantime.

Tax Yield

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

91 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance the tax take in respect of alcohol excise duty for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28199/11]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that the tax take in respect of alcohol products tax for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 are as follows:

Beer

Spirits

Wine

Cider

Total

€m

€m

€m

€m

€m

2008

427.2

350.9

231.3

60.6

1,069.9

2009

404.3

264.1

242.5

57.1

968.0

2010

320.1

243.5

218.8

44.0

826.4

Tax Code

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

92 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance his views on the fact that the current excise duty for an off-licence makes no distinction between off-licences that have a small volume of sales and those that sell large quantities of alcohol such as supermarkets; his plans to introduce a graduated fee structure based on sales; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28200/11]

Historically, flat rates of duty applied to the various licences for the sale of alcohol. That position was changed, however, by the Finance Act 1992, which introduced a new system of duty related to turnover for spirit retailers' on-licences (that is, pub licences). The duty for off-licences is still charged on a flat rate basis. The rates of duty for pub licences have not been increased since 1992, but the rates for off-licences have been increased during that period. Most recently, the Finance (No. 2) Act 2008 set the rate of duty for retailers' off-licences at €500.

Separate retailers' off-licences are required for the sale of the various types of alcohol products. A person wishing to sell the full range of products would require three licences (beer, wine and spirits), at an annual cost of €1,500. By comparison, a pub with a turnover of between €381,000 and €634,999 would be subject to an annual licence duty of €1,140. Licensing arrangements are being reviewed by the Department of Justice and Equality, with a view to modernising and streamlining them.

Liquor Licences

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

93 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance the number of off-licences issued and the total receipts to the Exchequer from the excise licence in this sector in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28201/11]

The Revenue Commissioners inform me that the number of off-licences issued and the total receipts to the Exchequer from excise licences in this sector in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 are as follows:

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

No. Issued

Receipts

No. Issued

Receipts

No. Issued

Receipts

No. Issued

Receipts

No. Issued

Receipts

Off-Licences

Spirit Retailer’s

1,170

€295,750

1,342

€339,750

1,487

€426,900

1,770

€811,567

1,537

€770,250

Beer Retailer’s

1,170

€295,750

1,431

€360,750

1,525

€438,450

1,779

€816,267

1,541

€772,250

Cider Retailer’s

16

€4,000

15

€3,750

14

€3,950

15

€6,700

14

€7,000

Wine Retailer’s

3,465

€691,250

3,691

€935,250

3,718

€1,066,050

3,705

€1,678,658

3,206

€1,608,350

Sweets Retailer’s

9

€2,250

15

€3,750

Total

5,841

€1,486,750

6,488

€1,641,750

6,759

€1,939,100

7,269

€3,313,192

6,298

€3,157,850

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

94 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance the number of pub licences issued and the total receipts to the Exchequer from the excise licence in this sector in each of the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28202/11]

The Revenue Commissioners inform me that the number of pub-licences issued and the total receipts to the Exchequer from excise licences in this sector in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 are as follows:

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

No. Issued

Receipts

No. Issued

Receipts

No. Issued

Receipts

No. Issued

Receipts

No. Issued

Receipts

Publicans

Full

9,541

€7,957,667

9,402

€7,863,980

8,857

€7,365,733

9,067

€8,221,743

8,393

€6,536,025

Six-Day

7

€2,260

7

€2,260

2

€500

13

€4,905

10

€4,155

Six-Day and Early-Closing

7

€2,005

9

€2,505

8

€5,810

2

€755

2

€755

Total

9,555

€7,961,932

9,418

€7,868,745

8,867

€7,372,043

9,082

€8,227,403

8,405

€6,540,935

Tax Yield

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

95 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance the total receipts to the Exchequer from the sale of alcohol in the off-licence sector in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28203/11]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

96 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance the total receipts to the Exchequer from the sale of alcohol in the pub licence sector in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28204/11]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

97 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance the total volume of alcohol in litres in the off-licence sector in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28205/11]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

98 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance the total volume of alcohol in litres in the pub licence sector in the years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28206/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 95 to 98, inclusive, together.

I assume the Deputy is referring to the excise receipts to the Exchequer, and the associated volumes, from excises on alcohol. I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that as excise receipts on alcohol are not distinguished between alcohol subsequently sold in licensed pubs and sold in off-licences there is no statistical basis on which the figures requested by the Deputy can be compiled.

Tax Code

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

99 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance the number of products designated as low alcoholic beverages which qualify for the 50% rate of excise duty; the revenue forgone by the Exchequer as a result of the reduced excise rate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28207/11]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that beer with an alcoholic strength by volume of more than 1.2 per cent and not more than 2.8 per cent is subject to a rate of Alcohol Products Tax which is 50 per cent of the rate that applies to beer with a strength by volume of more than 2.8 per cent. Cider or perry not exceeding 2.8 per cent alcohol by volume is subject to a rate of tax corresponding to 50 per cent of that which applies to such products with a strength of more than 2.8 per cent but not more than 6 per cent alcohol by volume. The amount of Alcohol Products Tax foregone as a result of the reduced rate that applies to these lower strength products was €46,600 in 2010.

Banks Recapitalisation

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

100 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Finance the reasons for the delay in the restructuring of the boards of the banks and the appointment of new board members following the public advertisements for expressions of interest last April; when he plans to make such appointments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28208/11]

I would not accept the Deputy's contention that there has been a delay in the restructuring of the boards of the covered institutions. I announced on 31 March 2011 that the covered institutions were to draw up plans to restructure their respective boards. The present policy concerning directors at the covered institutions is that all directors, who presided over the failed lending practices in the period to September 2008, should be removed. In line with this approach, the respective AGMs of the institutions held over the summer months and the merger of some of the institutions have resulted in departures of certain directors and the reconfiguration of certain boards. Based on information supplied to my Department, 10 pre-crisis directors now remain in office pending the conclusion of certain necessary formalities.

The Central Bank of Ireland (CBI) has announced its intention to assess any incumbent directors who plan to remain in office post 1 January 2012 in relation to the new powers available to them in the Central Bank Reform Act 2010 which comes into practical effect on 1 December 2011. I am advised by the CBI that no decision on any individual case has been taken, nor will decisions be taken until after the 1 December 2011 date.

From the public advertisement process seeking expressions of interest for appointment or nomination to the boards of certain banks I now have available to me a panel of 30 suitably qualified people from which to select individuals with the right skill sets to ensure that the corporate governance culture of the institutions is substantially improved. Over the coming months I would intend to use this and other avenues to make new and fresh appointments to the boards of some of the covered institutions. Any such nominations will of course be subject to regulatory approval.

Financial Services Regulation

Jack Wall

Question:

101 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Finance his views on a submission (details supplied); the action, if any, he proposes to take to overcome the problems as outlined in the submission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28229/11]

The submission supplied by the Deputy refers to concerns raised by a credit union in relation to the manner and extent of the actions of the Registrar of Credit Unions and, in particular, recent actions which are reported by the media to have intensified. While the submission does not directly mention lending restrictions, I expect that this is the recent activity to which the submission refers.

The role of the Minister for Finance is to ensure that the legal framework for credit unions is appropriate for the effective operation and supervision of credit unions. The role of the Registrar of Credit Unions is to administer the system of regulation and supervision of credit unions provided for under the Credit Union Act 1997, with a view to the protection by each credit union of the funds of its members and the maintenance of the financial stability of credit unions generally. This is an independent role. It would not be appropriate for the Minister for Finance to comment on whether the placing of lending restrictions is necessary on a case by case basis. Such action would represent interference in the work of the independent financial regulator.

Within his independent regulatory discretion, the Registrar acts to support the prudential soundness of individual credit unions, to maintain sector stability and to protect the savings of credit union members. It is on this basis that the Registrar has put lending restrictions on a number of credit unions in recent months. Restrictions are imposed on a case-by-case basis and are reviewed regularly. The Registrar advises that no new policy is being implemented and that this is part of normal regulation and supervision of the sector.

Any restriction on a credit union is determined by the Registrar taking account of its financial data including the level of its lending, average loan size, its arrears trends and bad debt provision levels. Credit unions are able to continue to lend to members within their financial capacity to do so. If a credit union can demonstrate an improved financial position then such restrictions can be reviewed.

The imposition of these restrictions is not considered lightly and the type of lending restrictions imposed takes account of the particular business profile and financial position of each credit union concerned. The type of lending restrictions can include maximum individual loan size and overall maximum monthly lending limits. The Registrar advises me that the restrictions are structured to allow credit unions to lend a higher number of small value loans to the broader membership, thereby reducing concentration risk. He also advises that initial analysis indicates that the credit unions which are restricted continue to have higher levels of arrears than those which are not and this remains a concern. The Registrar closely monitors and interacts with those credit unions where lending restrictions have been imposed.

Tax Code

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

102 Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Finance his plans to end the VAT subsidisation loophole in below cost selling of alcohol when the retailer chooses to sell the product below cost as a loss leader to drive footfall; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28253/11]

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

105 Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Finance if he has considered and estimated the amount of VAT that may be lost to the State due to below cost selling of alcohol; if not, if he will consider asking for the amount to be calculated; if he will support a ban on below cost selling of alcohol to stop this VAT subsidisation loophole; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28258/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 102 and 105 together.

VAT is a tax on the value added to a supply and the collection and recovery of VAT takes place at each stage of the chain of supply from manufacturing to retailer. Under EU and domestic VAT rules traders who are registered for VAT collect VAT on the goods and services that they sell. In turn such traders are entitled to recover the VAT they incur on their business inputs used in the purchase or production of goods or delivery of services. Consequently, if there is a decrease in value at any stage in the process the trader is entitled to a refund of the excess of VAT incurred over that collected.

As regards calculating the VAT impact of below cost sales, separate figures are not available for input VAT on goods that were subsequently sold at a discount because traders' VAT returns show only the total input VAT and the total output VAT for the period covered by the return. I would point out however, that the refund of VAT is part of the operation of the VAT system.

Tax Reliefs

Michael McGrath

Question:

103 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance his plans to sign into law the tax relief for certain home energy insulation works as set out in the Finance Act 2011. [28255/11]

Section 13 of Finance Act 2011 provided for income tax relief at the standard rate for expenditure incurred by individuals on a range of works carried out to improve the energy efficiency of residential premises situated in the State. The underpinning legislation for the scheme was subject to Commencement Order. However, that legislation, on review, was found to have flaws and would have required amendment before it could be implemented.

As part of the announcement in the recent Jobs Initiative, the Government undertook to provide further funding for the grants available under the Better Energy Homes scheme operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). Because of these circumstances, I decided to review the requirement for a co-existing tax incentive for similar works and, following this review, I have decided not to proceed with the introduction of the tax relief scheme.

Tax Collection

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

104 Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Finance if VAT returns from persons and companies registered for VAT provide a breakdown of the amount arising from individual transactions on goods and services; the way the Revenue Commissioners ensure that the correct amount is paid; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28256/11]

With regard to the breakdown of VAT returns, I am advised by the Revenue Commissioners that details of cumulative data rather than individual transactions are required to be entered on VAT returns. In the case of the VAT3 return, which is submitted bi-monthly, tri-annually or bi-annually depending on certain criteria, traders are required to enter the total VAT charged by them on sales/services and the total VAT charged to them on purchases/services for that period. The difference is the amount of VAT payable/repayable. In addition they enter details of the value of goods sent to and received from other EU countries. This approach minimizes the administrative burden and compliance costs for businesses.

VAT registered customers are also obliged to complete an annual Return of Trading Details (RTD). There are four categories on the Return of Trading Details —

1. value of supplies of goods & services;

2. value of acquisitions from EU countries, net of VAT & VAT free imported parcels;

3. value of stock for resale (purchases, intra-EU acquisitions & imports);

4. value of other deductible goods & services (purchases, intra-EU acquisitions & imports).

Under each of these categories, customers record a cumulative figure for each of the VAT rates (exempt, 0% exports and 0% home, 4.8%, 5.2% flat-rate addition, 9%, 13.5% and 21%).

As regards ensuring that the correct amount of VAT is paid, in accordance with Revenue's risk-based approach, cases are selected for intervention based on the presence of various risk indicators and other information available, with the aid of our computerised risk analysis system, REAP. The type of intervention to be undertaken is, in any particular case, the one considered to be the most appropriate to target the specific risk identified. In many cases this may lead to a single tax head, multi tax head or single-issue audit rather than a comprehensive audit. REAP includes the data from VAT3 and RTD returns. VAT3 data is included from 2007 to 2011. RTD data is included from 2007 to 2010. Various rules within REAP are designed to interpret this data, and to identify risks for further consideration by Revenue auditors.

Question No. 105 answered with Question No. 102.

Banks Recapitalisation

Pearse Doherty

Question:

106 Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide details of information submitted by him to the European Commission on 16 January 2011 regarding the contemplated resolution of the businesses of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28299/11]

The European Commission has cleared under EU state aid rules a joint plan for Anglo Irish Bank (Anglo) and Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS) whereby they will be merged and resolved over a period of 10 years. The final plan was lodged with the EU Commission on 31 January 2011 in line with the timelines agreed with the IMF, ECB and EU for approval under state aid rules. Anglo Irish Bank and INBS together received a total of Eur34.7 billion in recapitalisations and both institutions furthermore benefitted from guarantees and the NAMA impaired asset measure.

As noted by the Commission, the joint plan fulfils the EU criteria on restructuring aid for banks as it: (i) provides for an orderly resolution of both institutions, (ii) contains appropriate measures to ensure that burden-sharing is achieved by their stakeholders and (iii) limited the distortion of competition through the complete exit of Anglo and INBS from the markets in which they operate (mostly Ireland, UK and US).

The plan sets out in detail how the two institutions' loan books will be resolved over the ten year period. To ensure that the assets are managed in a way consistent with the resolution of both institutions, several commitments have been put in place, such as that the merged Anglo and INBS entity cannot enter into new activities; make acquisitions or exceed a cap on new lending. The Commission stated on 29 June 2011 that it has therefore approved all aid measures granted to Anglo, INBS and to the merged entity as restructuring aid and closed its investigation into the restructuring of Anglo Irish Bank. The non-confidential version of the decision setting out the details of the plan is available to view on the DG Competition website.

Departmental Bodies

Willie O'Dea

Question:

107 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Finance the details of any organisation under his Department which has informed him of staffing difficulties which may impinge upon its ability to effectively oversee the spending of public funds; and his views regarding same. [28370/11]

Willie O'Dea

Question:

108 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Finance if he will outline the organisations under his Department for which an employment control framework has been agreed; the current numbers they have in place; if they have been waiting more than one month to receive sanction to proceed to fill or retain any positions in spite of such positions falling below the agreed ECF ceiling. [28386/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 107 and 108 together.

The following table outlines the ECF for 2011 and 2012 for my Department and organisations under the aegis of my Department.

Department/Office

2011 ECF

2012 ECF

Finance

282

280

Comptroller & Auditor General

152

153

Office of the Appeal Commissioner

4

4

Revenue Commissioners

5,944

5,913

Total

6,382

6,350

It is important in any reply to clarify that the ECF is not a target number of posts to be filled. It is simply a ceiling on serving numbers below which Departments and Offices must ensure total serving numbers remain. The Moratorium on recruitment and promotion effectively means that any exception i.e. filling of a post, will arise in "very limited circumstances only", and will require the prior sanction of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. I am not aware of any staffing difficulties which may impinge upon the organisation's ability to effectively oversee the spending of public funds.

Tax Collection

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

109 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance if the Revenue Commissioners are prepared to enter negotiations with a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28427/11]

This is a matter for the Revenue Commissioners. I am advised by Revenue that in July of this year following contact between them and the person concerned a satisfactory arrangement was concluded in regard to this matter and that this was communicated to the person concerned in writing by them, at the time.

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

110 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Finance if senior officials of the Revenue Commissioners are prepared to meet with a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28428/11]

I have been advised by the Revenue Commissioners that, based on the contract entered into by the person concerned, tax was due by 31 October 2004. This tax was paid on 29 October 2004. The person concerned subsequently withdrew from the contract. The Revenue Commissioners received confirmation of this on 24 June 2009. The liability was recalculated at that time, in accordance with tax legislation, and a refund issued on 7 July 2009.

Revenue officials have examined this transaction in detail, and based on the facts disclosed, the capital gains tax liability has been calculated in accordance with tax legislation. There is no legislative basis for any further tax relief. A Revenue official from the Kildare Office previously met with the spouse of the person concerned in July 2009 and letters explaining in detail the position have been sent to her by the Kildare Office and by the Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners.

If it is considered that a further meeting to explain the position is needed this can be arranged by contacting Ms Geraldine Morrissey, Kildare Revenue District, Athy Business Campus, Castlecomer Road, Athy, Co. Kildare, telephone 059 8643253. However, the capital gains tax liability of the person concerned has been calculated in accordance with the relevant tax legislation and no further tax relief is available.

Jim Daly

Question:

111 Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Finance his views on waiving sheriff fees in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Cork that has been settled and that was only in arrears as the person was waiting on a VAT refund which was in excess of the amount owing to the Revenue Commissioners for PAYE tax; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28470/11]

This is matter for the Revenue Commissioners. I am advised by Revenue that at the time the debt in question was sent to the sheriff for collection, the person concerned had been given full credit for VAT repayments due to him up to that time. He had failed to engage with Revenue on the payment of the balance of the debt due and therefore the debt was correctly referred to the sheriff for collection. Subsequently, he was given credit for repayments that arose after the referral of the debt to the sheriff.

Revenue is satisfied that the debt in question was correctly referred to the sheriff. The collection of fees where a debt has been correctly referred to the sheriff is a matter for the sheriff — sheriffs are officers of the court. In the circumstances of this case, Revenue has no role in the waiving of fees.

Tax Code

Brendan Griffin

Question:

112 Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Finance if vehicle registration tax applicable to safety equipment in new vehicles will be removed or reduced in an effort to encourage consumers to avail of optional extra safety equipment in new vehicles, such as side airbags, ABS and so on; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28488/11]

Vehicle registration tax is charged on the Open Market Selling Price (OMSP) of a vehicle which for new vehicles is defined in Section 133 (2) of the Finance Act 1992 as

(2) (a) For a new vehicle on sale in the State which is supplied by a manufacturer or sole wholesale distributor, such manufacturer or distributor shall declare to the Commissioners in the prescribed manner the price, inclusive of all taxes and duties, which, in his opinion, a vehicle of that model and specification, including any enhancements or accessories fitted or attached thereto or supplied therewith by such manufacturer or distributor, might reasonably be expected to fetch on a first arm's length sale thereof in the open market in the State by retail.

There are no plans to reduce or remove the VRT from vehicles where part of the VRT is derived from optional extra safety equipment, such as side airbags, ABS etc. as part of the "enhancements or accessories fitted or attached" and as such are included in the VRT charge.

Question No. 113 answered with Question No. 90.

National Asset Management Agency

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

114 Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Finance if the principal sum due on loans taken out by a person or company was reduced by an amount either less than or up to the amount that was given in the haircut provided to the individual bank from which it originated when it was transferred to the National Asset Management Agency; if NAMA will seek the full amount of loans from the specific developer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28689/11]

NAMA has not reduced the principal on loans for borrowers. The Chairman of NAMA recently assured the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform that NAMA remains as focused as ever on pursuing each developer for the full amount owed.

He also explained that NAMA's minimum target is to recover what it has paid for the loans, plus any other moneys advanced as working capital or for development, plus interest on these moneys. This does not mean, however, that NAMA will stop at that threshold. Under Section 10(2) of the National Asset Management Agency Act, NAMA is required to operate so that it obtains the best achievable financial return for the State and that means pursuing all debts to the greatest extent feasible.

It is important also to point out that the agency's targets are based on the existing state of the property market. Overall, NAMA's best estimate at present is that it will, at the very least, recover the consideration it has paid for loans, plus any additional funding it advances to preserve or enhance asset values. It aims to recover significantly more than that and the extent to which it can do so will depend largely on the performance of the Irish and UK economies over the next five to seven years. If the outlook for property improves as a result of economic growth, NAMA's expectations for the realised value of the portfolio as a whole and for individual debtors will increase.

Liquor Licences

Seán Kenny

Question:

115 Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Finance the number of pub licences granted for the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and to date in 2011; and the number of pub licences that were refused in each of the same years. [28733/11]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that they are responsible for the administration of the issue or renewal of public house licences. The numbers of licences issued for each of the calendar years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 to date are set out. Please note that the licensing year runs from the 1st October to the 30th September.

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011 to date

No. Issued

No. Issued

No. Issued

No. Issued

No. Issued

No. Issued

Publicans:

Full

9,541

9,402

8,857

9,067

8,393

5,578

Six-Day

7

7

2

13

10

6

Early-Closing

Six-Day and Early-Closing

7

9

8

2

2

2

Additional Duty — No. issued

Total

9,555

9,418

8,867

9,082

8,405

5,586

The Revenue Commissioners may only facilitate the issue of a licence when the appropriate certificate has been issued by a District Court and certain conditions, as set down in the legislation, are met. These include:

Valid, Original Court Certificate (New Licensee)

Valid Tax Clearance Certificate

Short Certificate of Incorporation (if Licensee is a company)

Certificate of Registration of Business Name

The Revenue Commissioners facilitate the issue of publican licences on the instruction of the Court Certificate and therefore the right of refusal to apply for a licence rests with the Court. Accordingly the Revenue Commissioners do not record the numbers of refusals in any particular period.

Tax Code

Catherine Murphy

Question:

116 Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Finance if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the average age of farmers here is high yet the agricultural colleges are fully subscribed; in view of the importance of this sector and the prospect of increasing both productivity and expertise, if he will lengthen the time for the payment of inheritance tax from one year to three years in cases in which farms transfer in these circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28740/11]

I am aware of the importance of the farming sector and of making the sector more productive. To that end, tax legislation already contains a number of reliefs and allowances which reduce the tax burden on transfers of land from one generation to another. Capital Acquisitions Tax (CAT) includes gift and inheritance tax. There are group tax free thresholds for CAT which are based on the relationship between the person who provided the gift or inheritance (known as the disponer) and the person who received the gift or inheritance (the beneficiary) below which no CAT is payable. The current thresholds are:

Group A: €332,084 — applies where the beneficiary is a child (including adopted child, step-child and certain foster children) or minor child of a deceased child of the disponer. Parents also fall within this threshold where they take an inheritance of an absolute interest from a child.

Group B: €33,208 — applies where the beneficiary is a brother, sister, a nephew, a niece or lineal ancestor or lineal descendant of the disponer.

Group C: €16,604 — applies in all other cases.

Tax at the rate of 25% is payable once the relevant tax-free threshold is exceeded.

Qualifying farmers can avail of agricultural relief, which reduces the value of the agricultural holding by 90% for tax purposes. In order to qualify for agricultural relief, 80% of a farmer's assets, after having received the gift or inheritance, must consist of qualifying agricultural assets. If the beneficiary does not qualify for agricultural relief by virtue of the assets test, s/he may be able to claim business property relief, which reduces the value of business property by 90%. Nephews or nieces who have worked in a family farm or business can avail of the Group A threshold in certain circumstances. The combination of the Group A tax free threshold and agricultural or business property relief means that an individual could inherit or be gifted a farm up to €3.32 m in value without incurring a CAT liability.

As well as the generous reliefs and exemptions from CAT, there is an exemption from Stamp Duty on the purchase of agricultural land by young trained farmers who have the required agricultural qualification; and a farmer aged over 55, who has worked the land for the ten years leading up to its disposal, may be able to claim retirement relief from Capital Gains Tax (CGT), which would fully relieve any CGT liability on the transfer of those assets within the family. In light of the various exemptions and reliefs outlined above, I have no plans to extend the time period for payment of inheritance tax on agricultural assets as suggested by the Deputy.

Liquor Licences

Seán Kyne

Question:

117 Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Finance if he will consider a reduction in the cost of a wine licence for small, convenience and grocery stores owing to the very modest turnover generated from such sales and in view of the fact that such small, local businesses are in competition with the large multiples who pay the exact same amount for such licences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28781/11]

The Deputy will be aware the rate of excise duty on off-licences was reviewed in the context of the 2008 and 2009 Budgets. The annual excise duty payable on each off-licence was increased from €250 to €500. An off-licence for a shop selling only wine costs €500. An off-licence selling the full range of alcohol products require three licences — spirits, beer and wine. Consequently, supermarkets who wish to sell wine, beer and spirits must obtain Retailers Off Licences which cost €1,500 per annum. It is the general practice that excise duty on licences to trade are set at one rate and do not differentiate based on the volume or quantity of activity undertaken by the holder of the licence, except in the case of licences for public houses.

Tax Collection

Ciara Conway

Question:

118 Deputy Ciara Conway asked the Minister for Finance if he will provide figures for the past five years showing the amount of money returned by Revenue to persons claiming for dental treatment for which tax relief is allowable, through form Med 2, Dental Expenses, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28791/11]

I am informed by the Revenue Commissioners that data on claims for tax relief for dental expenses are not captured in a such a way as to provide a dedicated basis for compiling estimates of cost to the Exchequer. Claims for this relief are aggregated in Revenue records with other health expenses claims. Accordingly, the specific information requested is not readily available and could not be obtained without conducting a protracted investigation of the Revenue Commissioners' records. However, information on the cost to the Exchequer of tax relief for health expenses generally is available for the income tax years 2004 to 2009 inclusive, the most recent year for which final data is available. These figures are as follows:

Cost of tax relief for Health Expenses

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009*

€m

€m

€m

€m

€m

€m

110

134

167

226

267

146

For 2009 and later years tax relief for health expenses, other than for nursing home expenses, is relieved at the standard rate of income tax.

Bank Guarantee Scheme

Michael McGrath

Question:

119 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance, further to Parliamentary Question No. 146 of 4 October 2011, if he will provide details of the total number of individual residential properties in the ownership of mortgage lenders regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland; the way these properties are being managed; if he will provide a breakdown of the properties between those repossessed, voluntarily surrendered or secured by another means; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28798/11]

The information to answer Parliamentary Question No. 146 of 4 October 2011 was acquired directly from the covered institutions and reflected the up-to-date position at each of the covered institutions. However, if we include all mortgage providers then the Central Bank of Ireland is the only comprehensive source of information on residential mortgage arrears, repossessions and restructures available. The Central Bank has informed me that the most up-to-date information is as at end of June 2011 and is published on the following web addresshttp://www.centralbank.ie/press-area/press-releases/Pages/LatestMortgageArrearsDatashow72ofMortgageAccountsinArrears.aspx .

The Government understands the concerns many people have regarding their mortgage commitments. As the Deputy is aware, a number of measures have already been put in place to assist homeowners in mortgage difficulty, including the adoption of a revised Central Bank Code of Conduct on Mortgage Arrears which provides a framework that mortgage lenders must use when dealing with borrowers in arrears or pre-arrears.

However, it is clear that the mortgage arrears issue remains a significant one and the Government Economic Management Council asked that further work be carried out with a view to identifying a range of possible further responses appropriate to individual circumstances, and also to the wider economic and banking situation. This work was carried out by an inter-Departmental group, which was chaired by my Department and comprised representatives from other relevant Departments, the Central Bank and expertise from the banking sector.

I have not yet had the opportunity to present the report to Government. However, it is my intention to do so as soon as possible and it will then be a matter for Government to consider the report and its conclusions, and to decide on any future actions it way wish to take in the light of the inter-departmental report.

Mortgage Arrears

Michael McGrath

Question:

120 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Finance, further to Parliamentary Question No. 144 of 4 October 2011, if he will provide details on the number of residential mortgages which have been reported to the Central Bank of Ireland as being in arrears of less than 90 days as at 30 June 2011. [28799/11]

The Central Bank has informed me that each quarter it publishes data from lenders on mortgage arrears greater than 90 days in relation to principal private residences. While details of loan accounts in arrears, including loans greater than 90 days in arrears and loans less than 90 days in arrears are reported to the Central Bank, it is data relating to arrears greater than 90 days that give a more accurate reflection of the level of current arrears and the trend therein. Data relating to arrears of less than 90 days is not published because this is not particularly reliable and can include various once off factors such as a payment missed due to a holiday or a single missed direct debit.

Grant Payments

Terence Flanagan

Question:

121 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will deal with the following matter (details supplied) regarding a home tuition grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28228/11]

I wish to advise the Deputy that my Department has approved home tuition from the commencement of the current school year until the 14th October 2011 for the child concerned. The purpose of this provision is to facilitate transitional arrangements for the child to take up a school placement. My Department will consider, as an exceptional measure, extending this period further to facilitate transitional arrangements for the child once he has been enrolled in a school based placement. I understand from officials in my Department that the claim for home tuition funding is currently being processed and payment will issue to the parent shortly.

School Transport

Gerry Adams

Question:

122 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills if a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary has been provided with school transport. [28554/11]

Bus Éireann which operates the School Transport Schemes on behalf of my Department, has advised that the pupil in question is currently availing of concessionary school transport.

School Enrolments

Finian McGrath

Question:

123 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding a school place in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 11. [28673/11]

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 Council for Special Education (NCSE) is responsible for the provision of a range of educational services at local and national level for students with special educational needs. In particular, its network of Special Education Needs Organisers (SENOs) co-ordinates special needs education provision at local level and arranges for the delivery of special educational services. The SENOs act as single points of contact for parents of students with special educational needs. Another specific function of the SENO is to identify appropriate educational placements for children with special educational needs. SENOs are a valuable source of support to parents who are actively sourcing a placement for their children and can assist parents in identifying placements. The NCSE can be contacted at NCSE 1/2 Mill Street, Trim Co. Meath phone number 046-9486432.

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 may be able to offer assistance and advice on securing a school placement within the pupil's area. The contact details for the NEWB in Dublin 11 is National Educational Welfare Board, Block 3, Floor 1, Grove Court, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, phone number 01-8103260.

Schools Building Projects

Brian Walsh

Question:

124 Deputy Brian Walsh asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will confirm that a new school building for a school (details supplied) in County Galway is now a priority after planning permission for the project was granted following approval of material contraventions of local areas and development plans; the timeframe for development; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28152/11]

I wish to advise the Deputy that when the site acquisition process has been completed the progression of a project for this school, as with 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 with due regard to the demand for increased education provision at both primary and post primary level in the coming years. The current status of all projects on the school building programme may be viewed on my Department's website atwww.education.ie and this will be updated regularly throughout the year.

Residential Institutions Redress Scheme

Brendan Griffin

Question:

125 Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on a matter (details supplied) regarding funds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28172/11]

The Government is proceeding with the drafting of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill on the basis of the General Scheme prepared by my Department. These proposals followed extensive consultations with survivors of residential abuse and the groups which support them, together with a public consultation process. The General Scheme, together with a copy of a Report on the Consultation Process is available on my Department's website. I intend to introduce the legislation in the Autumn with a view to having it enacted by the end of the year.

While some former residents advocate a simple distribution of the available money, I believe that the Fund should target resources at services to support former residents' needs. To that end, the General Scheme provides for approved services to include, counselling, psychological support services and mental health services together with such health and personal social services, educational services and housing services as the Fund may determine. Further services can be prescribed as appropriate.

The Statutory Fund will focus solely on victims of residential institutional abuse, with eligibility being confined to those who received an award from the Redress Board or an award following a court decision or settlement who would otherwise have received an award from the Redress Board. Over 13,000 victims have received awards from the Redress Board to date. I am satisfied that it is the correct approach, with the focus of the Statutory Fund being on those former residents who have successfully completed the redress process.

The Government intends that some €110 million will be available to the Fund, this being essentially the cash portion of offers made by religious congregations in the aftermath of the publication of the Ryan Report. To date, €21.05 million of these cash contributions have been received and placed in a special interest bearing account in the Central Bank pending the establishment of the Statutory Fund.

Vocational Education Committees

Robert Troy

Question:

126 Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he will publish the location of the headquarters for the new amalgamated vocational education committees. [28181/11]

Last week, I announced and published the headquarter locations where VECs are being merged as a result of the Government decision to reduce the number of VECs from 33 to 16. The details are set out in the table.

Local Education and Training Board

Headquarter location

City of Dublin

Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 (No change)

City of Cork and County Cork

Cork (greater city area)

County Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Tallaght, Dublin 24

Limerick City and County and Clare

Limerick (greater city area)

Donegal

Letterkenny (no change)

Kerry

Tralee (no change)

Tipperary

Nenagh (sub-office in Clonmel)

Wexford and Waterford

Wexford (sub-offices in Waterford City & Dungarvan)

City and County Galway and Roscommon

Athenry (sub-office in Roscommon Town)

Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim

Castlebar (sub-offices in Sligo & Carrick-on-Shannon)

Cavan and Monaghan

Monaghan (sub-office in Cavan Town)

Louth and Meath

Drogheda

Longford and Westmeath

Mullingar

Laois and Offaly

Portlaoise

Kildare and Wicklow

Naas (sub-office in Wicklow)

Kilkenny and Carlow

Carlow Town

Legislative Programme

Seán Crowe

Question:

127 Deputy Seán Crowe asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he will enact the Teaching Council Act 2001, in particular, Part 5 covering the complaints procedure and investigation process; the measures he has put in place to enable independent investigation against school staff and/or members of the board of management; the number of notified complaints which remain unresolved to the satisfaction of children and/or their parents since the powers of investigation were effectively removed from him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28184/11]

As the Deputy is aware, Part 5 of the Teaching Council Act, 2001 sets out the Council's investigating and disciplinary functions. The Council or any person may apply to the Council's Investigating Committee for an inquiry into the fitness to teach of a registered teacher. When it is deemed appropriate to do so, the Council's Disciplinary Committee will conduct a hearing on a complaint referred to it by the Investigating Committee. Such hearings may lead to withdrawal of registration on a temporary or permanent basis. Discussions between my Department and the Teaching Council regarding the commencement of Part 5 have taken place, and I intend to commence Part 5 as soon as is practicable.

There are currently procedures in place under Section 24 of the Education Act 1998, which provide that the appointment, suspension and dismissal of teachers are the responsibility of boards of management. In the case of VEC schools, section 20 of the Vocational Education (Amendment) Act 2001 provides that the appointment of teachers and other staff are a matter for each VEC. Removal from office of a VEC officeholder is provided for by section 8 of the Vocational Education (Amendment) Act 2001 and requires a decision of the Minister.

Under Circulars 59/2009 (VEC Schools) and 60/2009 (all other schools) procedures were agreed relating to both professional competence issues and procedures relating to work, conduct and matters other than professional competence. This agreement was made under the terms of Towards 2016 and the procedures were issued in September 2009. The procedures serve a dual purpose in that they provide a framework which enables schools to maintain satisfactory standards, and for teachers and principals to have access to procedures whereby alleged failures to comply with these standards may be fairly and sensitively addressed.

The Department does not have an investigatory role in relation to parental complaints against staff of a school or its Boards of Management. The Department does clarify for parents the steps they can take to progress their complaint. The Department does refer concerns of child protection reported to department staff to the relevant school authorities and at the same time notifies the Health Service Executive of same. Further information in relation to the department's role in relation to child protection and parental complaints is available on the department's website,www.education.ie.

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, expels a student or suspends a student for 20 or more days in any school year. My Department has no authority to compel a school to (re)admit a pupil, except in the case of an appeal under section 29 of the Education Act, 1998 being upheld.

Half of appeals lodged with the Secretary General do not go to full appeal hearing primarily because the appellant withdraws their appeal or the facilitator brokers an agreement between the parents and the school concerned. Statistically, approximately 4 out of every 10 appeals that go to hearing are upheld in favour of the parent.

Youthreach Programme

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

128 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the current number of places available on the Youthreach programme; the current number of participants; the funding for the programme in 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28212/11]

There are almost 6,000 places available nationwide under the Youthreach umbrella. Almost 3,700 of these places are provided by VECs in Youthreach centres, approximately 2,100 are provided by FÁS in Community Training Centres and the remainder are provided in Justice Workshops through funding from the Department of Justice and Equality. All of these places are fully utilised throughout the year. The 2011 allocation for the Youthreach programme funded by my Department is €112.2 million, of which €67.2 million is for those operated by VECs and €45 million for those operated by FAS. This includes staff costs, non-pay costs and learner allowances.

Third Level Fees

Kevin Humphreys

Question:

129 Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the University of Dublin, Trinity College, will provide a facility to allow students to pay the student contribution in two instalments as is available for student fees; if the university does not provide such a service whether he will request it to do so; if he will confirm that Trinity College charges a late payment replacement fee of €358; his views on whether it is appropriate to charge those in financial difficulty such a large fine for being late; if he will request the college to reduce same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28254/11]

A new student contribution of €2,000 was introduced in higher education institutions with effect from the 2011/12 academic year. The student contribution replaces the Student Services Charge and applies to all students who benefit under the free fees scheme. In recognition of the financial pressures that the student contribution may place on families, my Department requested higher education institutions to consider putting in place arrangements under which a student may opt to pay the student contribution charge in two instalments in a given academic year. I have again asked the Higher Education Authority to request institutions to allow the payment of the charge in two moieties.

I understand that in the case of Trinity College they have system limitations which do not allow at present for payment by instalments. All institutions have been requested to accommodate students who present with financial difficulties on a case by case basis and again I understand that in Trinity College such students will be accommodated through their existing financial assistance programmes.

A late payment replacement fee is charged by Trinity where a student wants to be re-admitted to their course having failed to register by the end of the Michaelmas term and is therefore deemed to have withdrawn from their course. Students who present to the University with financial difficulties and are granted an extension on the payment of the Student Contribution Charge are not charged a fee.

Vocational Education Committees

John Deasy

Question:

130 Deputy John Deasy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of vocational education committees that own their headquarters; the number of VEC headquarters that rent their premises; if he will indicate which headquarters are rented; and the cost involved. [28271/11]

Information provided by the VECs to my Department indicates that 13 of the 33 VECs own their headquarter premises, while 20 rent or lease their premises. The following VECs rent or lease their premises: Co. Wexford VEC; Co. Wicklow VEC; Co. Kilkenny VEC; Co. Kildare VEC; Dunlaoghaire VEC; Co. Dublin VEC; City of Galway VEC; Co. Longford VEC; Co. Limerick VEC; Co. Kerry VEC; Co. Waterford VEC; City of Waterford VEC; South Tipperary VEC; Co. Offaly VEC; Co. Westmeath VEC; Co. Cavan VEC; Co. Monaghan VEC; City of Cork VEC; Co. Cork VEC; City of Dublin VEC.

In arriving at the decision to designate the Headquarters of the amalgamated VECs, I considered a range of factors including the need to ensure that the location of a VEC headquarters will, to the greatest extent possible, facilitate staff redeployment under a redeployment scheme within the context of the Croke Park Agreement and the need to operate at lowest cost having regard to the accommodation available in existing locations.

School Transport

Pearse Doherty

Question:

131 Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the circumstances under which a family in County Donegal can have its school transport charges reviewed on grounds of health and income if the family does not meet the qualifying distance laid down by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28288/11]

Pupils who are eligible for school transport under the terms of my Department's Primary and Post Primary School Transport Schemes are subject to an annual charge towards the cost of providing these services. Eligible pupils who hold valid Medical Cards (GMS Scheme) are exempt from these charges. There is no provision within the above schemes to waive charges for pupils who are not eligible for school transport.

Higher Education Grants

Jack Wall

Question:

132 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Education and Skills the assistance that will be offered to a person (details supplied) in County Kildare who is attending a third level course; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28300/11]

Students wishing to apply for grant support to attend a full-time course in further education are required to submit a grant application to the VEC in the area where they are normally resident. All applications for financial support are assessed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Student Grant Scheme.

Students who are entering approved courses for the first time are eligible for financial assistance where they satisfy the relevant conditions including those relating to residence, means, nationality and previous academic attainment. The decision on grant eligibility is a matter, in the first instance, for the relevant VEC. It is now possible to make an on-line application to a number of VECs, including Co. Kildare VEC. Further information on the application process and eligibility requirements can be found atwww.studentfinance.ie

School Transport

Pearse Doherty

Question:

133 Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills in the case in which a school bus service is being discontinued as a result of not meeting the minimum number of pupils availing of the service, whether it is permissible to amalgamate both primary and secondary bus services in those cases in which such an arrangement would be practical locally and when this would be of no extra cost to the Exchequer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28325/11]

One of the changes to the School Transport Scheme, which was announced in the 2011 Budget, was an increase to ten in the minimum number of eligible pupils, residing in a distinct locality, required to establish or retain an individual school transport service. Bus Éireann, which operates the School Transport Schemes on behalf of my Department, is responsible for the routing and timetabling of services. Buses may operate double trips in the morning and afternoon to facilitate primary and post primary schools which have different starting and finishing times. This ensures that school transport vehicles are fully utilised in the most efficient and cost effective manner.

If the Deputy wishes to forward details of the particular circumstances of the case in mind, I will be happy to ask Bus Éireann to report on the matter. I would also like to advise the Deputy that families of eligible pupils, for whom there is no school transport service available, may apply for a remote area grant towards the cost of making private transport arrangements.

Education Provider Registration

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

134 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that pending the establishment of a new qualifications agency and the development of new quality assurance guidelines and programme validation criteria, FETAC has decided not to process current applications for provider registration; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28342/11]

Jerry Buttimer

Question:

135 Deputy Jerry Buttimer asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reasons for the delay in a particular application to FETAC to become an accredited provider (details supplied) under its regulations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28343/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 134 and 135 together.

Legislation providing for the dissolution of the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) and its amalgamation with the National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) and the Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC) was published in July 2011 and is currently progressing through the Houses of the Oireachtas. In order to manage the transition of functions to the new amalgamated agency, FETAC has decided that no new applications for provider registration will be accepted. Applications for provider registration that have already been received by FETAC will be further processed if they have progressed past the initial ‘expression of interest' stage of the registration process. FETAC is contacting the providers concerned, including the provider referred to by the Deputy.

Departmental Bodies

Willie O'Dea

Question:

136 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Education and Skills the details of any organisation under his Department which has informed him of staffing difficulties which may impinge upon its ability to oversee effectively the spending of public funds; and his views regarding same. [28368/11]

Willie O'Dea

Question:

137 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will outline the organisations under his Department for which an employment control framework has been agreed; the current numbers they have in place; if they have been waiting more than one month to receive sanction to proceed to fill or retain any positions in spite of such positions falling below the agreed ECF ceiling. [28384/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 137 and 136 together.

The current Employment Control Framework agreed for my Department covers the period 2010 to 2014 and comprehends staff working in a range of bodies and organisations across the education area. Details regarding the framework and the bodies and organisations covered by it are set out in the table.

Under the terms of the Framework my Department has delegated sanction to fill vacancies arising in certain areas, subject to the ceiling figures for those areas not being exceeded, e.g. in the cases of teachers, special needs assistants, certain non-teaching staff in schools and staff at third level. In other cases, in line with Government policy and the moratorium on public sector numbers, requests for exceptions to the Moratorium must be sought from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform prior to the awarding or renewal of an employment contract. Such requests are considered promptly by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and the decision communicated to the body requesting the exception. In a small number of cases further information regarding particular vacancies has been required by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, which has had the effect of extending the period before a post can be filled.

Each area of my Department, together with the bodies and agencies under the aegis of the Department, is required to order and prioritise its work and working practices to take account of any limitations resulting from the application of the Employment Control Framework. This process of effectively managing staffing resources is ongoing and is regularly monitored with a view to ensuring continued effective delivery by the Department of its key services.

Employment Control Framework for the Education Vote Group — version September 2011

Functional Classification

Org./Body Name

End 2010

2011 ECF Ceiling

2012 ECF Ceiling

2013 ECF Ceiling

2014 ECF Ceiling

Total

96,074

95,212

95,912

96,764

97,437

1. Civil Service

Total

1,589

1,569

1,549

1,524

1,504

Includes:

National Council for Special Education

State Exams Commission

Department of Education & Skills, incl NEPS

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse

Residential Institutions Redress Board

2. Education Sector

Total

93,050

92,269

93,059

93,994

94,710

Includes:

First Level Education

41,504

41,279

41,991

42,787

43,292

Primary Teachers

Clerical Assistants

Caretakers

Model Schools and other projects

Special Needs Assistants

Second Level Education

32,990

32,741

32,828

32,975

33,195

Secondary, Vocational and C&C Teachers

Clerical Assistants

Non-Teachers in VECs and in C&C Schools

Special Needs Assistants

Third Level Education (core-funded posts)*

18,556

18,249

18,240

18,232

18,223

Universities/HEA Institutions

Institutes of Technology

Colleges of Education/Non-HEA Institutions

Dublin Dental Hospital

Royal Irish Academy

Royal Irish Academy of Music

Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies

3. Non-Commercial State Agencies

Total

1,435

1,374

1,304

1,246

1,223

Includes

National Qualifications Authority of Ireland

Further Education & Training Awards Council

Higher Education & Training Awards Council

Grangegorman Development Agency

Higher Education Authority

Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering & Technology

Irish Research Council for the Humanities & Social Science

National Centre for Technology in Education

Teaching Council

FÁS

*Other posts at third level/higher education are not subject to ECF ceilings. These include (i) non-core funded research and related posts funded from Exchequer resources external to the institution and (ii) other research and/or specialist non-Exchequer funded posts.

School Staffing

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Question:

138 Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the current situation of retired teachers who remain working on a temporary and substitute basis in all State-funded schools while teaching graduates remain on the live register; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28416/11]

I issued a Circular in May of this year which requires schools to prioritise teachers over unregistered persons, appropriately qualified teachers over teachers qualified for different sectors, and unemployed teachers over teachers in receipt of a public sector pension. In relation to short-term absences, where all efforts to secure an appropriately qualified and registered teacher who is not retired fail, the school may employ a retired appropriately qualified registered teacher. If none are available, it may move on to employ a teacher registered under any regulation of the Teaching Council, giving preference wherever possible to one who is not retired.

Any decision to employ a retired teacher is a local decision made by the school authorities. School principals must keep a record as to why a retired teacher has had to be employed and must also report to the school's Board of Management on the instances where this arises. In addition to the above, teachers who are retired and who return to teaching are now remunerated at the first point of the revised salary scales applicable to new entrants. This represents a significant financial disincentive for teachers who retired at the top of their salary scale to return to teaching.

Vocational Education Committees

Marcella Corcoran Kennedy

Question:

139 Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding to schools under the auspices of the vocational education committees in the 2010/11 academic year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28417/11]

Financial allocations are made to the VECs on the basis of the financial year rather than the academic year, and are paid as a block grant. VECs are given a high level of autonomy in the management and appropriation of their budgets and each VEC is allowed to distribute its allocations in line with its priorities and perceptions of need. My Department's general and post primary expenditure grant to a VEC is divided between pay and non-pay.

General and post primary non-pay covers all items other than pay and grants for committed items that are provided for separately. It includes costs associated with VEC administrative offices and other administrative costs as well as costs associated directly with schools. The total non-pay cost of the general and post primary programme in 2010 amounted to some €81m in 2010. This was funded primarily by my Department's block grant of €67m, but also by non-pay receipts retained by the VECs of €14m.

The total general and post primary pay cost in 2010 was €693m. Of this, instruction and SNA pay in VEC schools and colleges, including PLC provision, accounted for €613m approximately, administrative pay was €51m approximately, and some €29m was for maintenance pay. Pay costs were funded primarily by the pay grant issued by my Department of €645m, but also by pay receipts retained by the VECs of €48m, comprised principally of retained superannuation contributions.

Public Petitions

Michael McCarthy

Question:

140 Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of public petitions that have been submitted to him in the past four years, in tabular form; the nature of the petition campaign; the date on which the petition was submitted; the number of signatories on each petition; the action undertaken by him following consideration of the submission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28422/11]

I am not in a position to provide the information sought as it is not recorded in the format requested by the Deputy. Petitions tend to be rather voluminous and it would take an inordinate amount of official time to research and compile the information requested. However, if the Deputy has an interest in a particular case I would be happy to provide further details about that matter.

School Accommodation

Finian McGrath

Question:

141 Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will review a matter in respect of a school (details supplied) in Dublin 5. [28472/11]

I wish to advise the Deputy that it is my intention to lease the entire former community school site referred to by the Deputy, including the portion of a building occupied by the school to which he refers, to the City of Dublin VEC. This matter is currently being handled by legal advisors for both parties. Once this lease is executed between my Department and the VEC, the VEC will then be in a position to sublease the relevant portion of the building to the patron of the school referred to by the Deputy. The legal advisors for the VEC will be in contact with the representatives of the school patron in relation to this matter in due course.

Special Educational Needs

Jim Daly

Question:

142 Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of special needs assistant posts which have been cut as from the commencement of the current school term; if this number is greater than 475 posts that are being held unfilled to allow for emergencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28497/11]

Jim Daly

Question:

143 Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of filled special needs assistant posts at present; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28498/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 142 and 143 together.

The Deputy will be aware that 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts are being provided for SNA support for 2011. This is a significant number of posts and unlike other areas of the public sector, which are subject to a recruitment moratorium, vacancies may be filled up to this number. At June 2011, there were 10,802 posts in place, which was 227 over the cap to be reached by the end of 2011.

This situation arose when the 13 centres that had been funded in the ABA pilot scheme applied for and were granted official recognition as special schools for children with autism. Staff working in the centres who accepted posts as SNAs in these schools have had to be counted within the overall limits for SNA posts and their recategorisation has impacted on the overall numbers in the context of managing the aforementioned cap on SNA posts.

Approximately 10,100 whole time equivalent SNA posts have been allocated to date for the current school year. The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has advised all mainstream schools of their Special Needs Assistant (SNA) allocations for the 2011/12 school year. SNA provision in special schools is currently being reviewed. 475 posts were held back from the initial allocation in September 2011 in order to allocate them over the coming school year in cases such as emergency, appeals, acquired injuries or new school entrants with special needs care.

The NCSE has recently published statistical information in relation to the allocation of Special Needs Assistant posts and resource teaching hours to Primary Special and Post Primary Schools. The information is provided on a county by county and school by school basis on its website atwww.ncse.ie. The NCSE expects to respond to emergency cases on hand within the coming weeks. The outcome of a review of special school SNA allocations is expected early in the school year. Other demands from mainstream schools will be responded to up to the end of the school year. Through these arrangements it is expected that the majority of the SNA posts which have yet to be allocated, will have been allocated by early in 2012.

Schools Building Projects

Michael Moynihan

Question:

144 Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Education and Skills when he will grant approval to County Cork Vocational Education Committee to purchase the identified site for a school (details supplied) in County Cork [28499/11]

I can confirm that County Cork VEC has identified a possible site to accommodate the amalgamated school referred to by the Deputy. Following assessment of the site's suitability, my Department will be in touch with County Cork VEC in relation to this matter. However, given the sensitivities associated with land acquisitions generally, I am not in a position to comment further at this point in time. The acquisition of the site and the delivery of the school building project will be considered in the context of the capital budget available to my Department for school buildings generally.

Residential Institutions Redress Scheme

Brendan Griffin

Question:

145 Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding funds in respect of a survivor of institutional abuse (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28538/11]

The Government is proceeding with the drafting of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill on the basis of the General Scheme prepared by my Department. These proposals followed extensive consultations with survivors of residential abuse and the groups which support them, together with a public consultation process. The General Scheme, together with a copy of a Report on the Consultation Process is available on my Department's website. I intend to introduce the legislation in the Autumn with a view to having it enacted by the end of the year.

While some former residents advocate a simple distribution of the available money, I believe that the Fund should target resources at services to support former residents' needs. To that end, the General Scheme provides for approved services to include, counselling, psychological support services and mental health services together with such health and personal social services, educational services and housing services as the Fund may determine. Further services can be prescribed as appropriate.

The Statutory Fund will focus solely on victims of residential institutional abuse, with eligibility being confined to those who received an award from the Redress Board or an award following a court decision or settlement who would otherwise have received an award from the Redress Board. Over 13,000 victims have received awards from the Redress Board to date. I am satisfied that it is the correct approach, with the focus of the Statutory Fund being on those former residents who have successfully completed the redress process.

The Government intends that some €110 million will be available to the Fund, this being essentially the cash portion of offers made by religious congregations in the aftermath of the publication of the Ryan Report. To date, €21.05 million of these cash contributions have been received and placed in a special interest bearing account in the Central Bank pending the establishment of the Statutory Fund.

In terms of survivor groups, my Department currently funds 5 such groups in Ireland and 3 Outreach services in the UK. The groups are funded to provide an information and referral service for former residents wishing to access the various bodies established by the Government such as the Redress Board, the National Counselling Service, the Education Finance Board, etc. All groups are required to submit annual audited accounts or receipts to fully account for all expenditure. They are further required to give a detailed account of all activities undertaken in any one particular year. As responsibility for information for survivors will also be taken on by the Statutory Fund, funding of survivor groups by my Department will cease.

Brendan Griffin

Question:

146 Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding funds in respect of survivors of institutional abuse (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28539/11]

The Government is proceeding with the drafting of the Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill on the basis of the General Scheme prepared by my Department. These proposals followed extensive consultations with survivors of residential abuse and the groups which support them, together with a public consultation process. The General Scheme, together with a copy of a Report on the Consultation Process is available on my Department's website. I intend to introduce the legislation in the Autumn with a view to having it enacted by the end of the year.

While some former residents advocate a simple distribution of the available money, I believe that the Fund should target resources at services to support former residents' needs. To that end, the General Scheme provides for approved services to include, counselling, psychological support services and mental health services together with such health and personal social services, educational services and housing services as the Fund may determine. Further services can be prescribed as appropriate.

The Statutory Fund will focus solely on victims of residential institutional abuse, with eligibility being confined to those who received an award from the Redress Board or an award following a court decision or settlement who would otherwise have received an award from the Redress Board. Over 13,000 victims have received awards from the Redress Board to date. I am satisfied that it is the correct approach, with the focus of the Statutory Fund being on those former residents who have successfully completed the redress process. The Government intends that some €110 million will be available to the Fund, this being essentially the cash portion of offers made by religious congregations in the aftermath of the publication of the Ryan Report. To date, €21.05 million of these cash contributions have been received and placed in a special interest bearing account in the Central Bank pending the establishment of the Statutory Fund.

Funding for the Education Finance Board, which was established on a statutory basis in 2006, has been provided from the €12.7 million contribution provided by the religious congregations under the 2002 Indemnity Agreement specifically earmarked for educational support for former residents and their families. Prior to its establishment, grants were paid to eligible applicants under an administrative scheme. At the end of 2010 the total funds available to the Board was €3.649 million approximately with the Board estimating that the remaining funds would be committed prior to the end of 2011 or shortly thereafter. As noted in the Board's 2010 Annual Report, it has been the Board's policy to estimate the costs to completion of the course and to reserve the amount of these future costs or the balance of the persons overall grant limit whichever is the lower. If all such commitments at 31 December, 2010 were to be realized, the remaining funds available to the Board for new applications would be reduced by an additional amount in the order of €1.358 million.

Under the terms of the proposed Residential Institutions Statutory Fund Bill, the Education Finance Board will be dissolved and its staff will transfer to the Statutory Fund, which will assume its functions in relation to the remaining moneys available to the Board. When the remaining moneys fall below €0.1m, the Minister will direct the National Treasury Management Agency to close the relevant account and transfer the remaining balance to the Statutory Fund and the Fund's functions in relation to the Education Finance Board provisions will be terminated.

Departmental Agencies

Gerry Adams

Question:

147 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the total costs of the National Council for Special Education on an annual basis for each of the years since it was established. [28551/11]

My Department has approved the following funding for the National Council for Special Education since its establishment.

Year

Total Issued

2004

€1,666,394.31

2005

€4,325,000

2006

€7,187,000

2007

€8,515,000

2008

€8,219,671.50

2009

€9,250,000

2010

€9,652,000

Special Educational Needs

Gerry Adams

Question:

148 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount that has been spent on the provision of special needs assistants in each of the past five years. [28552/11]

Gerry Adams

Question:

151 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of special needs assistants employed in schools in each of the past five years. [28603/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 151 and 148 together.

The Deputy will be aware of this Government's commitment to special education provision at a time when savings are being required across a range of expenditure areas, which will ensure that children with special educational needs can continue to have access to educational facilities in line with their requirements. Some 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts are being provided for SNA support for 2011. This is a significant number of posts and unlike other areas of the public sector vacancies may be filled up to this number. The information requested by the Deputy is provided in the table.

Special Needs Assistants

End-year

Number of Special Needs Assistants Whole Time Equivalent

Expenditure €000

2006

8,390

224,095

2007

9,824

278,836

2008

10,442

333,087

2009

10,342

344,703

2010

10,543

333,991

Gerry Adams

Question:

149 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the level of saving to the Exchequer in 2011 from cuts in the provision of special needs assistants. [28553/11]

Approximately 15% of the entire budget of my Department — some €1.3 billion — will be spent in support of children with Special Educational Needs this year. This provision is in line with expenditure in 2010 and shows that despite the current economic difficulties, funding for special education has not been cut. The continued commitment of this Government to special education provision, at a time when savings are being required across a range of expenditure areas, will ensure that children with special educational needs can continue to have access to educational facilities in line with their requirements. Some 10,575 whole time equivalent (WTE) posts are being provided for SNA support for 2011. This is a significant number of posts and unlike other areas of the public sector vacancies may be filled up to this number. There were 10,543 WTE SNA posts in place at the end of 2010. It is therefore not estimated that there will be savings in relation to the Special Needs Assistant scheme in 2011.

Higher Education Grants

Jack Wall

Question:

150 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to review the mature student grant system for higher education; the meetings he has had with representative groups or agencies regarding such a review; if so, the results of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28563/11]

Under Budget 2011, the previous Fianna Fáil-Green party Government introduced changes to the qualifying criteria for the non-adjacent rate of student grant. These changes remove the automatic entitlement of mature students to the non-adjacent rate of grant and increase the qualifying distance criterion for that rate of grant to 45kms.

As the previous Government had factored in the savings from these changes to the public expenditure programme for 2011, I regret that I am not in a position to reverse or vary them. However, while a qualifying student may receive a lower rate of grant for the 2011/12 academic year, they will not loose grant assistance. Students on particularly low incomes will also receive a top-up in the special rate of grant. Students in exceptional financial circumstances can apply for assistance under the Student Assistance Fund. Information on the Fund is available through the access offices of third-level institutions. The access offices themselves will also continue to provide support and advice to students to enable them to continue with their studies.

I understand the concerns of mature students regarding the 2011 budgetary measures and I will take account of these in considering any future changes to the student grant schemes as part of the budgetary process for 2012 and beyond, having regard to the position of the public finances. I have met with the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and discussed a range of topics including the changes to the student grant scheme and the impact on students of the 2011 budgetary measures.

Question No. 151 answered with Question No. 148.

Departmental Agencies

Gerry Adams

Question:

152 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the number of staff employed by the National Council for Special Education in each of the past five years. [28604/11]

The number of staff employed by the National Council for Special Education in each of the past five years, as at end December each year, was:

Year

Number of staff employed

2006

92.5

2007

94.5

2008

104.5

2009

109.5

2010

109.1

Vocational Education Committees

Brendan Smith

Question:

153 Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Education and Skills the criteria used in selecting the locations for the headquarters for the amalgamated vocational education committees; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28658/11]

James Bannon

Question:

156 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Education and Skills if the relatively low rental cost of the Longford Vocational Education Committee, its central facilities, and its accessibility were taken into consideration in the locating of the headquarters of the newly amalgamated Longford and Westmeath VEC; if not, the reason for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28684/11]

James Bannon

Question:

157 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason Longford was not designated as the headquarters of the merged Longford and Westmeath vocational education committees, in view of the considerable investment made in its facilities by him, over the past two years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28685/11]

James Bannon

Question:

158 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on Longford Vocational Education Committee as a sub-office should it not be possible to redeploy all staff to Mullingar, County Westmeath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28686/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 153 and 156 to 158, inclusive, together.

In arriving at this decision, I considered a range of factors including the need to ensure that the location of a VEC headquarters will, to the greatest extent possible, facilitate staff redeployment under a redeployment scheme within the context of the Croke Park Agreement and the need to operate at lowest cost having regard to the accommodation available in existing locations. In determining Mullingar as a headquarter location, I was aware that both Co. Westmeath and Co. Longford VECs are very closely matched on the criteria mentioned above. However, I am satisfied that geographically, Mullingar is the most favourable location for the HQ.

School Meals Programme

Gerry Adams

Question:

154 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of providing each child attending primary school with a daily lunch meal. [28667/11]

Further to the Deputy's parliamentary question 26452 of 28th September last, the estimated cost of providing a daily lunch meal for 509,652 school going children in primary schools currently and based on an estimate of €3 per lunch, would cost in the region of €280 million per annum.

Vocational Education Committees

James Bannon

Question:

155 Deputy James Bannon asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a definitive breakdown of the potential financial outlay associated with the locating of the headquarters of the merged Longford and Westmeath vocational education committees in Mullingar, County Westmeath, with particular reference to rental cost; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28683/11]

In November of last year, my officials sought information regarding head office accommodation from Co. Westmeath VEC and Co. Longford VECs. Information provided on foot of that request indicates the office in Mullingar has 630 square meters of office space with capacity for a total of 41 staff and that there were 39 head office staff in total employed in both VECs. The rental costs of VEC buildings are not collated centrally. However, both headquarter buildings in Mullingar and Longford are leased.

In arriving at this decision, I considered a range of factors including the need to ensure that the location of a VEC headquarters will, to the greatest extent possible, facilitate staff redeployment under a redeployment scheme within the context of the Croke Park Agreement and the need to operate at lowest cost having regard to the accommodation available in existing locations. In determining Mullingar as a headquarter location, I was aware that both Co. Westmeath and Co. Longford VECs are very closely matched. I am satisfied that geographically, Mullingar is the most favourable location for the HQ.

Questions Nos. 156 to 158, inclusive, answered with Question No. 153.

Special Educational Needs

Dara Calleary

Question:

159 Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason an application from a school (details supplied) in County Mayo for an administrative principal position has been refused when another school has been successful; and the reason the ancillary grant for this school is less than other schools of same study. [28688/11]

As the Deputy will be aware the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) is an independent agency with responsibility for determining the appropriate staffing levels in relation to the support of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream and special schools. The NCSE operates within my Department's policy in allocating this support. The special school referred to by the Deputy has an authorised staffing of 1 Principal and 3 full-time teachers. My Department has previously outlined directly to the school, the position in relation to the provision of an administrative principal post in the school. The Report of the Special Education Review Committee outlines that an administrative principal post should be appointed in a special school at the point at which the six teacher (5th assistant) is about to be appointed to a school. Special schools are paid an ancillary services grant based on the number of authorised full-time teaching staff approved for the school. The special school referred to by the Deputy receives an ancillary services grant of €24,050.00, based on its authorised staffing level.

Departmental Funding

Peter Mathews

Question:

160 Deputy Peter Mathews asked the Minister for Education and Skills his views on the cuts that have been made regarding fee-paying religious schools; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28700/11]

I assume the Deputy is referring to the decision of the previous Fianna Fail — Green Party Government to increase the pupil/teacher ratio in schools and to remove certain funding from Protestant fee-charging schools in the Budget of October 2008. There are currently 55 fee-charging second level schools in the country, of which 20 are Protestant, two Inter-denominational, one Jewish and the remaining 32 Catholic. It is estimated that the withdrawal, with effect from 1 January 2009, of the ancillary grant to fee-charging schools with a Protestant ethos has realised an annual saving of €2.8m to the Exchequer. The grant was withdrawn due to concerns about the constitutionality of making it available to fee-charging schools of one ethos and not to those of another.

Fee-charging schools do not receive capitation or related supports and since becoming Minister, I have prioritised the limited funding available for Summer Works Schemes to non fee-paying schools on the grounds of equity. The previous Government also decided in October 2008 to make changes to how fee-charging schools should be treated in relation to the number of publicly funded teaching posts they are allocated. Teachers in fee-charging schools are now allocated at a pupil teacher ratio of 20 to 1, which is a point higher than allocations in non fee-charging post-primary schools.

Teachers in all fee-charging schools are paid by the State; this arrangement predated the introduction of free education arrangements and has existed since the foundation of the state. The estimated cost of these posts in 2011 is in the order of €100m and the estimated saving for a one point increase in the pupil/teacher ratio is €3 million. I am already on record as saying that this is not a simple matter as these arrangements, which are historic and of long standing, impact upon a substantial number of schools which cater for religious minorities.

Special Educational Needs

Michael Lowry

Question:

161 Deputy Michael Lowry asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason for the refusal to grant an additional preschool teacher to a school (details supplied) in County Tipperary; the cost to the State of providing such a preschool teacher for a fixed period of one year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28712/11]

As the Deputy will be aware, the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), through the local special educational needs organisers (SENOs), is responsible for processing applications from primary and post primary schools for special educational needs supports including the approval of special classes for autism. The NCSE operates within my Department's criteria in allocating such support. 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 onwww.ncse.ie. I understand that the NCSE is currently engaging with the school in question in relation to staffing levels and the approval of an additional class for children with autism. I have arranged for the information requested by the Deputy to be forwarded to the NCSE for their direct reply. The annual cost of a pre school teacher is approximately sixty thousand euro per annum.

Departmental Agencies

Seán Kenny

Question:

162 Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Education and Skills the date on which each member of the board of FÁS and the State Examination Commission was appointed; and the date on which the term of each member of both boards is due for renewal. [28720/11]

The information requested by the Deputy is contained in the table.

An Foras Áiseanna Saothair (FÁS)

Name

Date Appointed

Renewal Date

Michael Dempsey (Chair)

21/01/2010

21/01/2015

Tony Dempsey

22/01/2010

21/01/2013

Michael Moriarty

28/07/2011

21/01/2015

Emer Gilvarry

21/01/2010

21/01/2014

Martin Hogan

21/01/2010

21/01/2013

Annette Hughes

21/01/2010

21/01/2014

Paddy McDonagh

16/06/2010

21/01/2014

Brendan Murphy

21/01/2010

21/01/2013

Sean O’Longáin

21/01/2010

21/01/2015

Margaret Sweeney

21/01/2010

21/01/2015

Paul O’Toole (DG FÁS)

21/01/2010

21/01/2015

State Examinations Commission (SEC)

Richard Langford (chair)

06/03/2006*

06/03/2012

Breda Nolan (deputy chair)

06/03/2009

06/03/2012

Eleanor Walsh

06/03/2006*

06/03/2012

Ivor Gleeson

06/03/2006*

06/03/2012

Tony Behan

06/03/2009

06/03/2012

*First appointed on 06/03/2006. Re-appointed on 06/03/2009.

Bullying in Schools

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

163 Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Education and Skills if there is legislation or a code of practice in the area of school bullying. [28754/11]

Responsibility for tackling bullying falls to the level of the individual school, as it is at local level that an effective anti-bullying climate must be established and at that level that actions should be taken to address allegations of bullying.

Under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000, all schools are required to have in place a Code of Behaviour and this code must be drawn up in accordance with the guidelines of the National Educational Welfare Board (NEWB). The NEWB guidelines were issued to schools in 2008 and make it clear that each school must have policies to prevent or address bullying and harassment and schools must make clear in their code of behaviour that bullying is unacceptable. The guidelines further state that as well as making explicit that bullying is prohibited in the school, and having an anti-bullying policy, the code of behaviour should indicate what action the school will take in relation to alleged breaches of the school's bullying policy.

Every school therefore must have in place a policy, within the framework of the school's overall school code of behaviour, which includes specific measures to deal with bullying behaviour. Such a code, developed through consultation with the whole school community and properly implemented, can be the most influential measure in countering bullying behaviour in schools.

My Department has also issued Guidelines on Countering Bullying Behaviour as an aid to schools in devising measures to prevent and deal with instances of bullying behaviour. These guidelines were drawn up following consultation with representatives of school management, teachers and parents, and are sufficiently flexible to allow each school authority to adapt them to suit the particular needs of their school.

As a further aid to post-primary schools, my Department published a template that can be used by post-primary schools in developing an anti-bullying policy. The anti-bullying policy template is based primarily on the key document Guidelines on Countering Bullying Behaviour. However, it also takes account of more recent legislative and regulatory changes, and reference is made to issues of contemporary concern such as the need to tackle text bullying, cyber-bullying and homophobic bullying.

Vocational Education Committees

Robert Troy

Question:

164 Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will, for a set period of time, permit the recruitment of extra staff to Westmeath Vocational Education Committee in order to deal with the backlog of applications for student grants. [28756/11]

A moratorium on recruitment and promotion in the public sector is being implemented following a decision by the previous Government in Mach 2009, and is binding upon all Government departments, non-commercial state bodies and agencies. No public service post, however arising, may be filled by recruitment, promotion or payment of an allowance for performance of duties at a higher grade. Where vacancies arise, departments and agencies must reallocate or reorganise work or staff accordingly. The Department of Finance has advised that any exceptions to this principle will arise in very limited circumstances only and will require the prior sanction of the Minister for Finance. To date, my Department has not received any correspondence from Co. Westmeath Vocational Education Committee in relation to the matter raised by the Deputy.

Schools Building Projects

Gerald Nash

Question:

165 Deputy Gerald Nash asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will consider the construction and development of a new primary level school in the Dundalk area of County Louth; and if he will consider a group (details supplied) as a patron for any new primary school that may be planned for Dundalk. [28764/11]

In June of this year I announced that up to 40 new schools are to be established within the next six years, comprising of twenty new primary schools and twenty new post-primary schools to cater for the increase in school going population across these identified locations. It is not proposed to open a new primary school in the general Dundalk area as the demographics of the area do not support the need for a new school.

Special Educational Needs

Micheál Martin

Question:

166 Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will reinstate the two teaching posts at a school (details supplied) in County Cork. [28777/11]

Micheál Martin

Question:

167 Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will retain the full complement of special needs assistant staffing at a school (details supplied) in County Cork. [28778/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 166 and 167 together.

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 teaching staff and Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) to special schools to support children with special educational needs. The NCSE operates within my Departments criteria in allocating such support, which now includes a requirement for the NCSE to have regard to an overall cap on the number of SNA posts.

As set out in my Departments Circular 0042/2011, in order for the NCSE to complete the processing of applications for mainstream schools in the first instance, the existing 2010/11 level of SNA supports have been maintained in special schools for the coming school year, other than for schools with declining enrolments, with a review to take place in Autumn of the 11/12 school year. The school referred to by the Deputy has therefore not received a reduction in its SNA staff levels over those applying at the end of the last school year. The review of SNA support at special schools is currently ongoing.

In relation to teaching posts, Circular 0042/11 states that there are a small number of special schools which have significant excess teacher posts and that the NCSE may therefore contact such schools to review the individual circumstances in these schools. The Circular indicated that the NCSE may suppress a post in schools which have excess teaching posts in order to create a post in a school which does not have excess posts and which has growing pupil numbers.

The special school referred to by the Deputy caters for pupils with severe/profound disability and ASD. The correct teacher allocation ratio for schools catering for children with severe and profound disability is 6:1. In 2010/11 the school had 7 approved class teaching posts and 3 surplus posts and 28 SNAs. The enrolment is 38 pupils, including the 9 new children enrolled for September 2011. One of the surplus teachers retired at the end of the last school year and the school is not eligible for a replacement. A further surplus post has been withdrawn leaving the school with 1 surplus post above recommended staffing allocation levels.

It is the position of both my Department and the NCSE that given the exceptionally high levels of teaching and support staff which have been allocated to the school, that the school has sufficient support within its overall allocation to enable it provide for the teaching and care support requirements of all of the children enrolled to the school. I understand that all of the children enrolled to the school are now attending the school.

Vocational Education Committees

Barry Cowen

Question:

168 Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will confirm that the lease for County Offaly Vocational Education Committee head office at Castle Buildings, Tara Street, Tullamore, which includes 766.63 square metres of office space with immediate capacity for 30 additional staff at no extra cost, has 16.5 years remaining at a minimum cost of €2,225,000 to the Exchequer or Department; and if he will provide the cost either through refurbishment or new build of accommodating the additional staff resulting from this merger at the current VEC head office, Portlaoise, County Laois. [28802/11]

In November 2010, my officials sought information regarding head office accommodation from VECs the subject of merger proposals, including the VEC referred to by the Deputy. Information provided by Co. Offaly VEC on foot of that request, indicates that its head office has 766.63 square meters of office space with capacity for a total of 44 staff, that the lease has approximately 15 years and 7 months to run and that there are 14 staff in the office.

The information provided by Co. Laois VEC indicates that its head office, which is owned by the VEC, has 652 square meters of office space with capacity for 35 staff and that there are some 15 staff in the office. In addition, Co. Laois VEC owns other property close by which has an estimated capacity for up to 65 staff. The detail in relation to the disposal of existing property interests and any upgrading or refurbishment of accommodation that arises will be worked through by my Department in conjunction with the VECs involved and the new merged body when established.

Expenditure Reviews

Terence Flanagan

Question:

169 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he will publish the results of the comprehensive review of expenditure process; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28153/11]

The Comprehensive Review of Expenditure is a process involving input from all Departments and their agencies as well as work on cross cutting issues being carried out by my Department. These Departmental submissions are a central part of the pre-budget deliberations of the Government and it is envisaged that the reports submitted as part of the CRE process can be made publicly available following the completion of the Budgetary and Estimates process.

Regulatory Reform

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

170 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the meeting of the annual regulatory forum on 2 June last; the issues discussed and actions agreed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28198/11]

Dominic Hannigan

Question:

197 Deputy Dominic Hannigan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of staff that are working in the better regulation unit of his Department; their roles; the remit of this unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28797/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos.170 and 197 together.

In line with the 2009 Government Statement on Economic Regulation, the Taoiseach and relevant Cabinet Ministers met with key economic regulators on 2 June this year. The meeting was chaired by the Taoiseach and attended by the Ministers for Finance; Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation, and Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport was represented by his Secretary General. Representatives of the Central Bank, the Commission for Energy Regulation, the Commission for Communications Regulation, the Commission for Aviation Regulation, the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, the National Transport Authority, the Competition Authority and the National Consumer Authority were also in attendance.

The purpose of the meeting was to examine ways in which Ireland's regulation of major sectors of the economy, such as energy, financial services, transport and post and telecommunications, can contribute to stronger economic recovery through facilitating investment and employment growth and minimising business costs. The agenda specifically included discussions of: investment and innovation; business costs; consumer welfare and competition as well as broader regulatory issues.

Participants at the Forum recommitted their organisations to cost minimisation and investment promotion in the interest of maintaining and growing jobs. All parties agreed to work together on developing benchmarks on utility costs and quality. There was also agreement on the need to progress the statutory underpinning of improved governance and accountability arrangements.

The Better Regulation function has historically been shared between the Departments of the Taoiseach and Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. During the re-configuration of Departments following the appointment of this Government, the staff previously assigned to the Better Regulation Unit within the Department of the Taoiseach transferred to my Department but have been assigned to other duties. There is no specific Better Regulation Unit within my Department and the locus of responsibility for the Better Regulation agenda has yet to be finalised.

Departmental Properties

Michael McNamara

Question:

171 Deputy Michael McNamara asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will explain the delays in carrying out the conveyance of lands for the development of a new coast guard station at Doolin, County Clare (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28265/11]

The Commissioners of Public Works have been informed by the Chief State Solicitor's Office that the case involves a number of complex conveyancing issues; in particular, the easement required for the provision of drainage from the proposed coast guard station, which extends through several different properties. The Commissioners have been assured by the Chief State Solicitor's Office that the case is receiving urgent attention and will be dealt with as a matter of priority.

Public Sector Pay

Terence Flanagan

Question:

172 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding an income cap on public sector and private sector workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28277/11]

Terence Flanagan

Question:

177 Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will deal with a matter (details supplied) regarding the salaries of higher paid civil servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28907/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 172 and 177 together.

Apart from instances where statutory rates of pay apply, pay rates in the private sector are generally a matter for negotiation between individual employers and employees and the Government has no direct input to that process. My responsibilities in relation to pay extend to the public service where the Government has a direct role in the determination of pay rates as employer. Pay rates in the public service have already been reduced by up to 15% and a progressive pension related reduction applied through the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Acts of 2009. More recently, the Government accepted my proposals to introduce a general pay ceiling of €200,000 for future appointments to higher positions across the public service, a general pay ceiling of €250,000 for future appointments to CEO posts within Commercial State Companies and a voluntary waiver system of up to 15% for current post holders who have salaries in excess of the relevant pay ceiling.

All new appointments to the Public Service are being made in line with the policy adopted by the Government on pay ceilings. New pay rates for Secretary Generals of Government Departments have been introduced effective from June 2011 with a maximum rate of €200,000. This represents a reduction of almost 30% on Secretary General Level I pay at September 2008 (€285,341). These new reduced pay rates will also reduce Exchequer pension costs into the future for those appointees. In addition, a significant number of existing incumbents of posts in the public service that attract salaries in excess of the general pay ceilings adopted by the Government have to date responded positively to the Government's request for a voluntary waiver of up to 15% of their salaries.

Departmental Staff

Joan Collins

Question:

173 Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of apprentices from the Office of Public Works who have served their time and then not been kept on since the introduction of the moratorium on recruitment; if he will provide an estimate based on the current amount of apprentices in the OPW that will be serving their time in the next year who will also not be kept on due to the moratorium on recruitment; the number of apprentices that have been let go before serving their time since the introduction of the moratorium; if he will provide a breakdown of the trades and the years served of these apprentices; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28328/11]

Thirteen apprentices (four carpenters, three stonemasons, two fitters, two electricians, one painter and one plasterer) are scheduled to complete their training within the next year. In order to meet exceptional operational requirements at key work location, the OPW may seek the sanction of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to retain a small number of these apprentices, but at this juncture this consideration is still uncertain. Notwithstanding the requirements of the moratorium, as a matter of established practise, the OPW does not retain all of the apprentices that it trains. For instance, over the past ten years ninety-one apprentices were taken on, but only twenty-two were retained permanently on completion of training.

Since the introduction of the moratorium, the engagement of one apprentice carpenter was terminated prior to the completion of training. In addition to the foregoing, the OPW are also facilitating FÁS by providing placement for twenty-seven apprentices to complete their training under the Redundant Apprentice Programme.

Pension Provisions

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

Question:

174 Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an actuarial breakdown of the extra yearly cost to the Exchequer for pensions awarded to those public servants who can retire at 50 years instead of 68 years; if these costs may be reconsidered due to the fact that civil servants retire at a much earlier age than ordinary workers; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28339/11]

Most Civil Servants recruited before 1 April 2004 may retire with immediate payment of pension from age 60. For those recruited to the Civil Service on or after 1 April 2004 (excluding Prison Officers) the minimum pension age is 65. Prison Officers recruited prior to 2004 may retire and receive immediate pension from age 50 provided they have completed 30 years service in the Prison Service. For those recruited since 2004 the corresponding minimum pension age is 55.

Civil Servants, who resign within 10 years of reaching the relevant preserved pension age, can apply for the immediate payment of preserved pension and lump sum, both of which will be actuarially reduced. Early retirement is also available on grounds of ill health. The new Public Service Single Pension Scheme proposes that the minimum pension age for future recruits to the Civil Service (other than Prison Officers) will be linked to the Social Welfare pension age. The minimum pension age for Prison Officers will not change under the new scheme.

The latest estimates on the annual cost of Civil Service occupational pension terms are contained in the Comptroller and Auditor General Report on Public Service Pensions (August 2009). This Report found that the annual gross cost for currently serving Civil Servants (excluding Prison Officers) to be 22.3% of pay. The cost for future recruits to the Civil Service was estimated to be 24.6% for established Civil Servants and 9.5% of pay for recruits with non-established pension terms. The Report found that the annual pension cost for currently serving Prison Officers was 29.6% of pay; the corresponding cost for Prison Officers recruited after 2004 was estimated at 27.8%. All these gross costs make no allowance for the pension contributions made by staff.

Legislative Programme

Sean Fleming

Question:

175 Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the Construction Contracts Bill will be introduced into Dáil Éireann; and in view of the regulatory impact assessment carried out if he will consider the non-binding adjudication, the restriction to limit the application of the Bill to figures of greater than €200,000 and the right to suspend work for non-payment must not be time restricted before the Bill is considered further; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28705/11]

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to introduce new legislation to protect small building subcontractors that have been denied payments from bigger companies. In addition, you may be aware that the Construction Contracts Bill 2010 was introduced by Senator Feargal Quinn and passed Committee and remaining stages in the Seanad on 8 March 2011. It is now before the Dáil.

My colleague, Minister of State Mr Brian Hayes, has been working with Senator Quinn to develop the Bill into a robust piece of legislation. In this regard, Minister Hayes and Senator Quinn met relevant stakeholders and opposition spokespersons on 28 June 2011. This consultation highlighted a number of matters relating to the Bill that required further consideration. These have been taken into account now in the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on the Bill which was completed recently and published on 27 September. The Report is available on my Department's website:www.per.gov.ie/reports.

The RIA examined issues relating to payment practices in the construction sector and assessed the need for legislative intervention. It found that legislation is desirable to improve payment practices and to allow swift resolution of payment disputes by way of adjudication, allowing projects to be completed without wasting time and money in litigation. In addition, the RIA examined the main proposals to amend the Bill that were raised during the Seanad debate and subsequent consultation. It found that there were merits to considering amending the Bill in a number of respects e.g. to bring lower value contracts within its scope and to make the adjudicators award binding in payment dispute cases. It concluded that any such amendments should be formulated in such a manner that would protect the taxpayer.

In addition to the issues dealt with in the RIA, Minister Hayes has asked the relevant officials to re-examine other issues raised during the consultation, including the time limit on suspension, to see if a more effective solution can be formulated in such a manner that would protect the taxpayer. Minister Hayes will reflect on the findings of the RIA and incorporate them into the legislative proposals which will be brought to Government shortly for approval. It is essential that the solution to this issue needs to be balanced so as to avoid imposing regulatory or cost burdens on parties in dispute, the State or others.

Michael McCarthy

Question:

176 Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views that there is scope to strengthen the Construction Contracts Bill when it comes before the Dáil Eireann; when he expects this legislation to be forthcoming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28717/11]

The Programme for Government contains a commitment to introduce new legislation to protect small building subcontractors that have been denied payments from bigger companies. In addition, you may be aware that the Construction Contracts Bill 2010 was introduced by Senator Feargal Quinn and passed Committee and remaining stages in the Seanad on 8 March 2011. It is now before the Dáil.

My colleague Minister of State Mr Brian Hayes has been working with Senator Quinn to develop the Bill into a robust piece of legislation. In this regard, Minister Hayes and Senator Quinn met relevant stakeholders and opposition spokespersons on 28 June 2011. This consultation highlighted a number of matters relating to the Bill that required further consideration. These have been taken into account now in the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on the Bill which was completed recently and published on 27 September. The Report is available on my Department's website:www.per.gov.ie/reports. I understand that a note on this issue was recently circulated to all Oireachtas members.

The RIA examined issues relating to payment practices in the construction sector and assessed the need for legislative intervention. It found that legislation is desirable to improve payment practices and to allow swift resolution of payment disputes by way of adjudication, allowing projects to be completed without wasting time and money in litigation. In addition, the RIA examined the main proposals to amend the Bill that were raised during the Seanad debate and subsequent consultation. It found that there were merits to considering amending the Bill in a number of respects e.g. to bring lower value contracts within its scope and to make the adjudicators award binding in payment dispute cases. It concluded that any such amendments should be formulated in such a manner that would protect the taxpayer.

In addition to the issues dealt with in the RIA, Minister Hayes has asked the relevant officials to re-examine other issues raised during the consultation, including the time limit on suspension, to see if a more effective solution can be formulated in such a manner that would protect the taxpayer. Minister Hayes will reflect on the findings of the RIA and incorporate them into the legislative proposals which will be brought to Government shortly for approval. It is essential that the solution to this issue needs to be balanced so as to avoid imposing regulatory or cost burdens on parties in dispute, the State or others.

Question No. 177 answered with Question No. 172.

Pension Provisions

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

178 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will enforce sections 6 and 7 of the Superannuation and Pensions Act 1963 by rescinding special severance gratuity payments and added years awarded to existing senior civil servants such as Secretaries General and county managers on their retirement. [28653/11]

Sections 6 and 7 of the Superannuation and Pensions Act 1963 provide for added years and severance for retiring civil servants in certain circumstances. They are discretionary and are only applied in the context of effecting efficiency and economy in the organisation. In the case of retiring Secretaries General, the enhanced retirement terms only apply where the individual has not been appointed to another post in the Civil or Public Service or in an international body.

A Secretary General is appointed for a fixed term which, as a result of the individual's age at the date of appointment, expires before age 65, and in many cases before age 60. In circumstances where an individual is obliged to retire at the end of his/her term and before age 65, a severance payment and enhanced retirement benefits may be granted, subject to certain conditions, in recognition of the fact that the individual has foregone the right to continue in employment to age 65 and accrue further pension benefits. These terms are designed to encourage younger people to apply for such posts who might otherwise wish to continue working until age 65.

The terms which have been approved on the appointment of Secretaries General will be honoured by this Government. These terms provide for a reassignment of the officer or the granting of superannuation terms in line with 1987 Government decision. I am conducting a full review of the TLAC terms in the context of new appointees as Secretary General. I would add that I have just published the new Single Public Service Pension Scheme Bill. This will provide for pension calculation on the basis of career-average. No enhancement of superannuation benefits will be applicable in the case of Single Scheme members in the future.

The Superannuation and Pensions Act 1963 does not cover the superannuation position of County Managers, whose terms are dealt with in section 78 of the Local Government (Superannuation) (Consolidation) Amendment Scheme 1998, as amended by Section 23 of the Local Government (Superannuation) (Consolidation) Amendment Scheme 2007 and made pursuant to section 47 of the Local Government Act 1991. This legislation is the responsibility of the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government.

Public Sector Staff

Stephen S. Donnelly

Question:

179 Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform with regard to the public service moratorium on recruitment, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the mechanism is leading to failures in the system, such as the effective closure of entire public sector operations or units which are left without the minimum level of staffing; his plans to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28895/11]

It is unhelpful to Ireland's standing with our international funding partners if Deputies make unjustifiable claims of "failures in the system" when so many people in our public services are striving to deliver a first class service within reduced resources.

The Government has to deliver better value in the public sector in order to reduce the deficit and protect frontline services. Over the last number of years, enhanced numbers monitoring systems and multi-annual employment frameworks have been put in place. These arrangements will be strengthened to ensure that effect is given to Government decisions on public service numbers and will aid public bodies in planning future staffing levels. It is part of the day to day function of the Boards and Management of all public bodies to assess, budget and plan for current and ongoing staffing requirements including the identifying of key posts and services. Ireland is committed under the EU-IMF programme to reducing the overall size of the public service.

Delivering this reduction will require continued implementation of the moratorium on recruitment with exceptions being limited to only essential posts and the utilisation of redeployment as the primary mechanism to fill posts which have been approved. In order to protect frontline services, the Government is committed to making fundamental changes to the way the public service operates. This will inevitably mean changes in the way in which services to the public are delivered, however, I am certainly not aware of any so called catastrophic failures in the system.

In order to protect crucial services exceptions to the Moratorium may be granted on the following basis:

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

b) where failure to fill posts would result in a breach of EU/international regulations and impact upon exports etc.;

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

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

e) to ensure continuity of frontline services.

In the case of the Education and Health Sector a number of grades are exempted from the Moratorium in order to ensure that these vital services are maintained.

Stephen S. Donnelly

Question:

180 Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform with regard to the public service moratorium on recruitment, his views that including maternity leave in the moratorium is explicitly discriminatory; his plans to address same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28897/11]

The reason for any vacancy (maternity leave, career break, resignation, retirement etc) is not a factor in decisions relating to the Moratorium. It should be noted by the Deputy that a number of exceptions have been granted by my Department to cover maternity leave where the posts in question met the agreed exemption protocols in order to protect crucial services.

Ireland is committed under the EU-IMF programme to reducing the overall size of the public service. Delivering this reduction will require continued implementation of the moratorium on recruitment with exceptions being limited to only essential posts and the utilisation of redeployment as the primary mechanism to fill posts which have been approved. In order to protect frontline services, the Government is committed to making fundamental changes to the way the public service operates.

In order to protect crucial services exceptions to the Moratorium may be granted on the following basis:

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

b) where failure to fill posts would result in a breach of EU/international regulations and impact upon exports etc.;

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

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

e) to ensure continuity of frontline services.

All Government Departments and agencies simply have to deliver better value to the public in order to reduce the deficit and protect frontline services. Over the last number of years, enhanced numbers monitoring systems and multi-annual employment frameworks have been put in place. These arrangements will be strengthened to ensure that effect is given to Government decisions on public service numbers and will aid public bodies in planning future staffing levels.

It is part of the day-to-day function of the Boards and Management of all public bodies to assess, budget and plan for current and ongoing staffing requirements including the identifying of key posts. However, it remains a matter for local agency and parent Department management to decide on operational priorities within the framework of Government policy and resources allocated.

Questions Nos. 181 and 182 answered with Question No. 48.

Departmental Bodies

Sean Fleming

Question:

183 Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has denied any requests to proceed with retaining or filling posts from any public sector entity which is working within the figures for an agreed employment control framework; and if he will provide details of such cases. [28362/11]

Data on the third quarter of the year is currently being compiled and will be communicated to the Deputy as soon as it is to hand. The tables cover up to the 30th June 2011.

Table 1 — Civil Service

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 Tipstaff 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

Part Approved

01-Nov-10

2

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

Approved

19-Oct-10

1

1 Executive Officer Clonmel

EO

1

Approved

19-Oct-10

1

Judicial Secretaries

CO

2

Approved

19-Oct-10

2

Private Secretary to President High Court

CO

1

Approved

01-Nov-10

1

Essential Post

Registrar Special Criminal Court

AP

1

Refused

Operational needs.

Tip staffs (criers and ushers) for judiciary

Tip Staff (criers and ushers)

1

Approved

20-Dec-10

1

Tip staffs (criers and ushers) for judiciary

Tip Staff (criers and ushers)

1

Approved

10-May-11

1

Temporary Clerical Officer Cover

TCO

3

Approved

10-May-11

3

Vacancies arising as a result of shorter working year

Higher Executive Officer Donegal

Higher Executive Officer

1

Approved

10-May-11

1

Acting up allowance EO to HEO for 6 months

Higher Executive Officer Ballinasloe

Higher Executive Officer

1

Under consideration

10-May-11

Tip staffs (criers and ushers) for judiciary

Tip Staff (criers and ushers)

2

Under consideration

Executive Legal Assistant to Chief Justice

Executive Legal Assistant

1

Under consideration

Judicial Researcher

Judicial Researcher

1

Under consideration

2 Supervisory Allowances for Service Officers

Service Officer

2

Under consideration

PRA

Examiner of Maps

Examiner of Maps

Part Approved

20-Jan-00

20

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

Deputy Registrar

Approved

01-Jan-00

1

Business Critical Post

Mapping Advisor

Approved

01-Jan-00

1

Business Critical Post

PO

PO

Approved

01-Jan-00

1

Business Critical Post

AP

AP

Part Approved

01-Jan-00

Promotions

Service Officer

Service Officer

Approved

03-Jan-00

Assistant Sec

Assistant Sec

Part Approved

01-Jan-00

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

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

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

3

Approved

24-Mar-11

Ministerial Appointments

12 Junior Solicitors — Legal Aid Board

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 Reseacher

1

Refused

4 Legal Researchers

4

Approved

3

Essential expertise needed

Senior Investigations Officer GSOC

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

Refugee Appeals Tribunal Chairperson of Refugee Appeals Tribunal

1

Approved

30-Aug-10

1

Statutory Post

A/Sec — Finance and Corporate

Asst Sec

1

Approved

30-Sep-10

1

2 Executive Officers Anti-Money Laundering Unit

EO

2

Approved

22-Oct-10

2

Business Critical Posts

Extradition & Mutual Assisitance Unit, Increased e-data.

1 HEO, 2EOs, 2 Cos

5

Part Approved

09-Nov-10

3

Increased Statutory function

GSOC Head of Communications

1 PO

1

Part Approved

December

1

Business Critical Posts

Driver Inspector of Prisons

Driver

1

Approved

26-Oct-10

1

Allowance for GSOC PA

CO

1

Approved

08-Nov-10

1

Minister Alan Shatter

Special Advisor

1

Approved

24-Mar-11

1

Ministerial Appointment

Special Advisor

1

Approved

1

Ministerial Appointment

Personal Secretary

1

Approved

1

Ministerial Appointment

Minister of State for Defence Paul Kehoe

Special Adviser

1

Approved

1

Ministerial Appointment

Minister Alan Shatter

Personal Assistant

1

Approved

23-May-11

1

Ministerial Appointment

10 Executive Officers INIS

Executive Officers

10

Under consideration

4 Higher Executive Officers INIS

Higher Executive Officers

4

Under consideration

4 Assistant Principal

Assistant Principal

4

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

Fill front line vacancies in prisons

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

1 Assistant Principal

AP

1

Approved

Oct

1

Required for Transformation Implementation Team

2 Clerical Officers

CO

2

Refused

9 Chief Officer I

Chief Officer I

9

Part Approved

18-Oct-10

5

Prison operational reasons.

9 Chief Officer II

Chief Officer II

9

Part Approved

18-Oct-10

5

Prison operational reasons.

Psychologists Grade II

Psychologists Grade II

2

Approved

December

2

Prison operational reasons.

4 Psychology Assistants

Psychology Assistants

4

Under Consideration

10 Nurse Officer Posts

Nurse Officers

10

Refused

October

Coordinator of Education

1

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

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

Prison Officers

150

Part Approved

27-Sep-10

79

Assistant Industrial Supervisors

Assistant Industrial Supervisors (prison officers)

64

Part Approved

01-Dec-10

32

Prison operational reasons.

Acting up allowances

Not Granted

Garda Civilians

GPO head of HR strategy

PO

1

Not Granted

Head of Garda Infor 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

Part Granted

19-Apr-11

4

2 HEOs and 2 EOS subject ot CMOD approval

31 staff for emergency call answering

CO

31

Refused

01-Jun-10

35 Staff for Garda Vetting Unit

CO

35

Part Granted

16-Feb-11

10

six month contracts to clear backlog

Head of legal affairs

PO higher

1

Approved

19-Apr-11

1

OSCAM

Various

4

Part Granted

19-Apr-11

2

GISC

HEO

3

Approved

19-Apr-11

3

Accident Damage Manager

HEO

1

Not Granted

19-Apr-11

0

Vehicle inspectors

EO

2

Part Granted

19-Apr-11

1

Dr

Dr

1

Not Granted

19-Apr-11

0

HR manager

HEO

2

Approved

19-Apr-11

2

Crime analyst

HEO

2

Not Granted

19-Apr-11

0

GNIB

EO

6

Under consideration

Head Grooms Person — An Garda Siochana

Head Grooms Person

1

Under consideration

1

Replacement for retirement

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

SEC

Director (HEAD)

1

Approved

09-Mar-11

1

Busines critical case (Junior & Leaving Certs)

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Civilian drivers

2

Approved

07-Apr-11

2

Ministerial Appointments (Cannon)

DES

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Special Advisor

1

1 Approved

07-Apr-11

1

Min. appointment (Quinn)

DES

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Assistant

1

1 Approved

07-Apr-11

1

Min. appointment (Cannon)

DES

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary

1

1 Approved

04-May-11

1

Min. appointment (Quinn)

DES

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Assistant

1

1 Approved

12-May-11

1

Min. appointment (Quinn)

DES

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Civilian Driver

1

1 Approved

13-May-11

1

Min. appointment (Quinn)

DES

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Special Advisor

1

1 Approved

02-Jun-11

1

Min. appointment (Quinn)

DES

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal secretary

1

1 Approved

01-Jun-11

1

Min. appointment (Cannon)

DES

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Civilian Driver

1

1 Approved

01-Jun-11

1

Min. appointment (Quinn)

DES

3 Post-primary Inspectors

Education

3

2 approved

20-May-11

to hold a competition for possible vacancies in the primary & post-primary inspectorate (specific sanction required for any appointment by D/Fin)

DES

4 Temp Cos form PAS + 2 redeployed from other local depts.

CO

6

6approved

03-Jun-11

6

4 Temp Cos form PAS + 2 redeployed from other local depts to cover absences in large scale operational areas.

NCCA

1 new education officer

Officer

1

1 approved

05-Jul-11

new post had been approved previously. 2 other staff retiring in august will also be replaced.

DES

replace senior statistician on 5 year secondment

Senior statistician

5

approved

06-Jul-11

replacement will return to Cso when DES statistician returns from ICTU

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

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.

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

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary

1

Approved

20-Apr-11

1

Ministerial Appointment

Filling of Senior Management Posts

1 Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

27-Apr-11

1

Approved on a redeployment basis

Payment of PO acting up allowance

PO

2

Approved

10-May-11

2

Appointment of civilian driver

Civilian Driver

1

Approved

25-May-11

1

Ministerial Appointment

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Adviser

1

Approved

15-Jun-11

1

Ministerial Appointment

Appointment of civilian driver

Civilian Driver

1

Approved

16-Jun-11

1

Ministerial Appointment

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Adviser

1

Approved

28-Jun-11

1

Ministerial Appointment

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.

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

8

Approved

10-Mar-11

8

Ministerial Appointments

appointment of AP

AP

1

Approved

21-Apr-11

1

15 Aps retired in the previous 2 years. Consequential HEO vacancy will not be filled

Filling of vacancies in service delivery posts

Various

42

Part Approved

18

Delivery of service

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 Officers3 Other Professional/Technical Posts 1 Water Quality Inspector, 1 Principal Adviser (Environment Inspectorate), 1 Inspector Grade 111,5 General Service Posts 1 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

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

5

Approved

various 10 March 2011 to 21 March 2011

5

Ministerial Appointments

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Civilian Drivers and Special Advisers

5

Approved

various 9 May 2011 to 19 July 2011

5

Ministerial Appointments

Met Eireann — Principal Meterological Officer

Principal Meterological Officer

1

Pending

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

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.

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 Adviser on secondment from Office of AG

Legal Adviser

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.

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

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

13

Approved

various 10 March 2011 to 11 April 2011

13

Ministerial Appointments

WAM project — temporary placement

graduate

1

Approved

15/03/2011

1

Temporary replacement for 6 months- administered by the Association of Higher Education Access Disability (AHEAD)

Minister of State Sean Sherlock

Personal Assistant

Personal Assistant

1

Approved

01/04/2011

1

Required for Ministerial Office

Personal Secretary

Personal Secretary

1

Approved

01/04/2011

1

Required for Ministerial Office

Civilian Driver

Civilian Driver

1

Approved

01/04/2011

1

Required for Ministerial Office

Civilian Driver

Civilian Driver

1

Approved

01/04/2011

1

Required for Ministerial Office

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

4

Approved

21/03/2011

4

Minister Richard Bruton

Personal Assistant

Personal Assistant

1

Approved

12/04/2011

1

Required for Ministerial Office

Personal Secretary

Personal Secretary

1

Approved

12/04/2011

1

Required for Ministerial Office

Press Adviser

Press Adviser

1

Approved

12/04/2011

1

Required for Ministerial Office

EJ&I

To fill AP Vacancy

AP

6

Under Consideration

To Fill PO Vacanct

PO

4

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.

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 Advisor

Principal Officer

1

Approved

19-Apr-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister Carey’s Media Advisor

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

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers special advisers

3

Approved

21-Mar-11

3

Ministerial Appointments

To allow substantive AP grade for 4 HEOs who have been on acting up basis for 3 years

AP

4

Approved

09-Mar-11

4

Duration of acting up period.

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

Assistant Secretary in CMOD

Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

Jan 2010

1

Business Critical Post

Secretary General

Secretary General

1

Approved

01-Feb-10

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

Staff Officer

Staff Officer

1

Approved

28-June-201

1

Business critical post

Second Secretary Financial Services Division

Second Secretary

1

Approved

21-Jul-10

1

Business critical post

Senior Economic Adviser

Senior Economic Adviser

1

Approved

27-Sep-10

1

Business critical post — 3 Year Contract

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

3

Approved

03-May-11

3

Ministerial Appointments

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.

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 replace Service Officer retiring on age grounds

Service Officer

1

Approved

01-Oct-10

1

To be filled by redeployment, and that the overall number of Service Officers be reduced from 4 to 3 by end 2010

1 Managing Valuer (PO equiv)

1 Managing Valuer

1

Approved

05-Nov-10

1

To be filled internally with no backfilling i.e. suppress resulting AP equiv post

1 Cleaner and a promotion in situ of a Cleaner to Superintendent of Cleaners to replace upcoming retiree in latter grade

Cleaner & Superintendent of Cleaners

2

Part approved

17-Dec-10

1

To be filled through 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.

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.

Trainee Auditor

Trainee Auditor

1

Approved

28/04/2011

1

To replace Auditor recently deceased, during busiest period for auditing.

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

Appointment of Minister of State Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers

4

Approved

various 10 March 2011 to 25 March 2011

4

Ministerial Appointments

Temporary district Inspector

Temporary district Inspector

1

Approved

13-May-11

1

3 month contract retention so as to allow continuation of maintenance work

Regrading to architect

Architect

2

Refused

Retention

Employee Assistance officer

1

Approved

02-Jun-11

1

Retntion for 3 months to allow business continuity

District inspector

1

Approved

02-Jun-11

1

Retention for 12 weeks to allow business continuity

Grade 3 engineer

Grade 3 engineer

1

Approved

02-Jun-11

1

Vacancy filled by redeployment

Attorney General

Advisory Counsel Grade 111

Advisory Counsel Grade 111

1

Approved

18-Feb-10

1

Important legal post

Head of Administration

HEO

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

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

Promotion AP to PO

PO

1

Approved

1

Temp Asst Project Manager

Asst. Proj Manager

1

Approved

22-Oct-10

9 month contract not to exceed €15,000 @ €125.00 per day

Drafter

Contractor

2

Approved

03/12/2010

2

Max 6 months

Executive Officer

Executive Officer

1

Approved

28/01/2011

1

Business needs of office

Special Advisor

PO

1

Approved

29/03/2011

1

Ministerial Appointment

3 Legislative Drafters

Legislative Drafter

3

Refused

14/04/2011

0

2 Civilian Drivers

Civilian Driver

2

Approved

11/05/2011

2

Government Decision

CO

CO

1

Approved

15/04/2011

1

Long term sick leave case

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

Temp State Solicitor

150 State Solicitor Manweeks

1

Approved

13-Apr-11

150 State Solicitor Manweeks

Mat. Leave cover etc business case.

Apprentice Solicitor and Trainee Law Clerk Schems

Solicitor and Legal Executive

2

Not approved.

13-Apr-11

0

Involves guaranteed promotion contra moratorium.

CO

CO

1

Approved

13-Apr-11

1

Business needs of office

CO

CO

1

Approved

17-Jun-11

1

Business needs of office

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.

QNHS/EU-SILC Survey

Interviewer

8

Approved

27-May-11

8

Business case

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

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

Prof. Accountant Grade I (Tempoary)

Prof. Accountant Grade I

1

Approved

24-Mar-11

1

Business critical case

Contract Archivists

Temporary archivist

6

Approved

10-May-11

6

Work on 2016 project

Allowance

1 EO, 1 HEO

2

Approved

27-May-11

2

Allowances approved for temporary upgrades at a cost of €5,000 to allow cost effective delivery of a project valued at €1m

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

Legal Researcher (temp.)

Legal Researcher (temp.)

1

Approved

13-Apr-11

1

Business critical case

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

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

8

Approved

Various 29 March 2011 to 8 April 2011

8

Ministerial Appointments

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 x Worksharing Sec Assistants

2

Approved

06-May-10

2

Transfer of staff to Minister from previous Dept

Special Advisor to Taoiseach

Special Adviser

1

Approved

15/06/2010

1

Transfer from DFA

Promotion HEO to AP

AP

1

Approved

15/06/2010

1

Business Case

Promotion AP to PO

PO

1

Approved

15/06/2010

1

Business Case

Deputy Government Press Secretary

Principal Officer (Higher)

1

Approved

04/02/2011

1

Transfer of staff at Request of Taoiseach

Personal Assistant to Taoiseach

AP

1

Approved

04/02/2011

1

Transfer of staff at Request of Taoiseach

Special Advisers

PO Std Scale

2

Approved

04/05/2011

2

Ministerial Appt

Special Advisers

Dep Secretary

2

Approved

04/05/2011

2

Ministerial Appt

Personal Assistant to Taoiseach

AP

1

Approved

04/05/2011

1

Business Case

Personal Assistant to Taoiseach

AP

1

Approved

04/05/2011

1

Business Case

Personal Assistant to Taoiseach

AP

1

Approved

04/05/2011

1

Business Case

Personal Assistant to Taoiseach

AP

1

Approved

04/05/2011

1

Business Case

Personal Secretary to Taoiseach

EO

1

Approved

04/05/2011

1

Business Case

Civilian Drivers for Chief Whip

Civilian Driver

2

Approved

27-May-11

2

Ministerial Appts

Civilian Driver for Leader of Seanad

Civilian Driver

1

Approved

23/06/2011

1

Necessary to fill post

Govt Press Secretary

Asst Sec Equiv

1

Approved

10/06/2011

1

Up to 1 Sept 2011 maximum for smooth changeover

Personal Assistant to Govt Chief Whip

Personal Assistant

1

Approved

05/07/2011

1

Business Critical

Govt Press Secretary

1

Under consideration

Dep Gov Press Secretary

Principal Officer (Higher)

1

Under consideration

Asst Gov Press Secretary

Principal Officer (Std Scale))

1

Under consideration

Special Adviser to Govt Chief Whip

Principal Officer (Std Scale)

1

Under consideration

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 x PA & 1 x Personal Sec

2

Approved

21-Apr-10

2

Special Advisor for MoS Cuffe

Principal Officer

1

Approved

01-Jun-10

1

Political appointment

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

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

14

Approved

various 10 March 2011 to 26 April 2011

14

Ministerial Appointments

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

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

12

Approved

Various 10 March to 18 April 2011

12

Ministerial Appointments

Regularization of Contract for Services

Health Promotion Policy Advisor (AP Equivalent)

1

Approved

04/05/2011

1

Temp Cover for Sick Leave

Personal Secretary

0.4

Approved

02/06/2011

0.4

Children & Youth Affairs

Appointment of senior specialist with experience in the area of child welfare and protection services

PO Equivalent

1

Approved

01-May-11

1

Required in response to recommendations in the Ryan Report into institutional child abuse. Secondment from D/Health & Children

Secretary General appointment

Secretary General

1

Approved

01-Jul-11

1

Required for new Department

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 Advisor

Principal Officer

1

Approved

27-Apr-10

1

Political Appointment

Minister Hannifin’s Press Advisor

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

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers special advisers

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers special advisers

4

Approved

21/03/2011

4

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

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

Appointment of Ministerial Staff

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

6

Approved

31-Mar-11

6

Ministerial Appointments

Assistant Secretary

Assistant Secretary

1

Approved

26-May-10

1

TLAC competition

EO

EO

1

Refused

EO

EO

2

Approved

01-Jun-10

2

Business needs of Department

AO

AO

1

Approved

01-Jun-10

1

Business needs of Department

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

Personal Secretary, Assistant, Civilian drivers, special advisers

6

Approved

31-Mar-11

6

Ministerial Appointments

EO

EO

1

Approved

25-May-11

1

To facilitate a commitment to allow a staff member to decentralise. Consequential Co. post suppressed.

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

Filling of post of Director

Director

1

Approved

10-Jan-11

1

Statutory Post

Public Expenditure & Reform

Secretary General

Sec-Gen

1

Approved

26/04/2011

1

Govt Appointment

Special Adviser

Principal Standard

1

Approved

03/05/2011

1

Critical to operation of Minister’s Office

Special Adviser

Special Adviser

1

Approved

18/05/2011

1

Critical to operation of Minister’s Office

Personal Assistant

Personal Assistant

1

Approved

03/05/2011

1

Critical to operation of Minister’s Office

Personal Secretary (Constituency Secretary)

Personal Secretary

1

Approved

02/05/2011

1

Critical to operation of Minister’s Office

2336.3

TOTAL

1534

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

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

1The 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.

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

DETERoscommon 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)

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

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 — Forfás

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

10

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

10

SEP -10

40

DETI — Competition Authority

Chair/CEO Designate

1

Request under consideration

1

Jul — 10

41

DETI — NSAI

Certification Officer

1

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

42

DETI — Enterprise Ireland

Various

12

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

12

Oct — 10

43

DETI — Forfás

Various

5

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

2

Dec 2010

44

DETI — SFI

Researchers

3

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

3

Dec — 10

45

DETI — SFI

DG

1

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

1

Dec — 10

46

DETI — Inward Investment North/South

Research Officer

1

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

47

DETI — NSAI

Various

2

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

48

DETI — Forfás

1 AP 1 EO

2

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

49

DETI — PIAB

Various

11

Yes — Redeployment

From redeployment from within the DETI Vote

50

DETI -Forfás

2 AP

2

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

51

DETI — IDA

Chief Accountant & Head of Corporate Communications

2

Yes — on a temporary/acting basis

2

July — 10

52

DETI — IAASA

Statutory post

CEO

1

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

53

DJEI — EI

Various

3

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

54

DJEI — SFI

Research Officers

7

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

55

DJEI — IDA

Various

8

Request under consideration

Request under consideration

56

DJEI — EI

Various

5

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

11

Pensions Board

Staff required due to developments in the pensions arena

1 PO 4 APs 4 HEOs 3 EOs

12

Sanction was given for the transfer of 6 posts from the Department of Social Protection’s ECF by end-2012; Sanction was given for 6 posts to be recruited on fixed-term contracts for a period of no more than 3 years.

12 (6 posts to be transferred from DSP and 6 posts to be recruited externally on a three year fixed-term contract)

11 March 2011

12

Citizens Information Board

ICT manager post to cover maternity leave and Regional Manager post to be filed internally

Grade 7 (HEO) post and Regional Manager

2

Approved Grade 7 post to end November 2011 and Regional Manager post to be filled internally

2

2 March 2011

13

Citizens Information Board

This was to fill the position made vacant by the resignation of an administrator who was acting up into an ICT project management role until 31 March 2011;

Grade 4 ICT Administrator Post

1

1

31 March 2011

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

National Concert Hall

Fixed term contract post

Director of NCH

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

14/12/2010

Statutory Post

18

Chester Beatty Library

To fill Director post

PO 1

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

29/3/10

Key post

19

Irish Film Board

To fill Chief Executive Post

CEO

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

1/9/2010

Statutory position

20

Irish Museum of Modern Art

To fill post of Director

Director

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

28/4/2011

Statutory Post

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

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 and Health NCSAs exceptions sought between May 2009 and end December 2010. Under the 2011-2014 ECF within overall numbers reduction targets the HSE is responsible for filling of specified exempted posts and exceptions to the moratorium while the Department of Health is responsible for approving exceptions for health NCSAs. There must be suppression of a post or posts of an equivalent value in non-priority areas for each new exempted post or post filled on an exceptional basis.

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

NEWB

EWO — Helpline Services

EWO — Helpline Services

Refused

NEWB

HEO — Office Manager

HEO — Office Manager

Refused

NEWB

AP — Regional Manager (West North West)

AP — Regional Manager (West North West)

Refused

NEWB

AP — Regional Manager (Dublin City)

AP — Regional Manager (Dublin City)

Refused

NEWB

CEO

CEO

Accepted

NEWB

Interim CEO — Director Level

Interim CEO — Director Level

Accepted

NEWB

PO — Director of Educational Welfare Services (Temporary Filling)

PO — Director of Educational Welfare Services (Temporary Filling)

Accepted — but possible backfilling refused

Interim Director Post not filled due to backfilling being refused

NEWB

Director Level — PO — Director of Integration

Director Level — PO — Director of Integration

Refused

Replacement of posts under National Co-ordinator SCP and HSCL

NEWB

1 x Executive Officer, 1 x Research and Development Manager

1 x Executive Officer, 1 x Research and Development Manager

Accepted

Staff transferred from Curriculum Development Unit

NEWB

EWO — Fixed Term Contract Renewal

EWO — Fixed Term Contract Renewal

Accepted

NEWB

Clerical Officer — Fixed Term Contract Renewal

Clerical Officer — Fixed Term Contract Renewal

Refused

NEWB

EWO — Dublin City

EWO — Dublin City

Under Consideration

Re-deployment of staff member of Department of Justice

NEWB

AP — Communications Manager

AP — Communications Manager

Under Consideration

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

Decision

1

28/6/11

Re-deployment

Filling Post

Scientist

3

Decision

3

28/6/11

Re-deployment

Filling Post

Manager

1

No decision to-date

6

Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR)

Renew Contract

Head of Economics and Air Passengers Rights Executive posts

1

Approved

1

28/6/11

Renewal of employment contracts

7

Railway Safety Commission

Contract

External expertise

1

Approved

1

28/06/11

The short-term engagement of external expertise to provide technical know-how relating to regulatory supervision of railway activities and EU regulations

8

National Transport Authority

Renew Contract

Specialist Roles

5

Approved

3

28/06/11

Renewal of employment contracts of 3 transport modelling staff on contract for so long as the specialist work they are involved in forms part of the workload of the Authority.

Commission for Aviation Regulation

The renewal of employment contracts for the Head of Economics and Air Passengers Rights Executive posts;

The filling of the Deputy Head of Economics post by means of redeployment from the Public Service Redeployment Panel. Only if a candidate with the required skills set is not available can the post be filled by means of external recruitment;

The filling of 2.3 (WTE) administrative staff by means of redeployment from the Public Service Redeployment Panel.

Medical Bureau of Road Safety

The temporary redeployment of 3 locum scientists from within science staff at University College Dublin to help deliver breath testing programmes;

The filling of 1 administrative post by means of redeployment from the Public Service Redeployment Panel.

Road Safety Authority

The filling of a HEO equivalent post on an acting up basis from within the existing staff cohort subject to the post vacated by the successful candidate being suppressed.

Railway Safety Commission

The short-term engagement of external expertise to provide technical know-how relating to regulatory supervision of railway activities and EY regulations.

National Transport Authority

The retention of 3 transport modelling staff on contract for so long as the specialist work they are involved in forms part of the workload of the Authority.

To fill a clerical officer post from the redeployment from the Public Service Redeployment Panel.

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.

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 Post 1 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

Teagasc

Improve efficiency of education delivery

Contract Teachers

16

Sanction was given for six posts

6

Contract Teachers(3 years max)

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.

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.

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 economy Participation 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.

25

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.

26

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.

27

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.

28

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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

Head of Department

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

07/09/2010

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

29

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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

Senior Accountant

1

1. Yes, application was approved

1

07/09/2010

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

30

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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

Programme Manager EDRT

1

Application was approved

1

September 2010

Sanction subject to suitable staff being available from redeployment panel.

31

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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

Technical Standards Development Manager

1

Application was approved

1

September 2010

Sanction subject to suitable staff being available from redeployment panel.

32

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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

Programme Executive Domestic Energy Efficiency

1

Application was approved

1

September 2010

Sanction subject to suitable staff being available from redeployment panel.

33

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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

Legal and Contracts Execurive

1

Application was approved

1

September 2010

Sanction subject to suitable staff being available from redeployment panel.

34

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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

QA and Inspenction Manager

1

Application was approved

1

September 2010

Sanction subject to suitable staff being available from redeployment panel.

35

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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

Programme Manager — Accelerated Capital Allowances

1

Application was approved

1

September 2010

Sanction subject to suitable staff being available from redeployment panel.

36

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

To manage and drive the development of energy modelling activity.

Programme Manager — Energy Modelling

1

Application was approved

1

September 2010

Sanction subject to suitable staff being available from redeployment panel.

37

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

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

Data Management Executive

1

Application was approved

1

September 2010

Sanction subject to suitable staff being available from redeployment panel.

38

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Ongoing management and development of the Home Energy Savings Scheme

Programme Manager — Sustainable Energy

1

Application was approved

1

September 2010

Sanction subject to suitable staff being available from redeployment panel.

39

Commission for Communications Regulation

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

Senior Legal Counsel

1

Application was approved

1

21 January 2010

Sanctioned on basis of being most cost effective means of procuring legal advice.

40

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Surveillance support

Fishery Officers

6

1. Yes, application was approved

6

20/09/2010

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

41

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Operational support

Fishery Assistants

23

1. Yes, application was approved

23

20/09/2010

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

42

Inland Fisheries Ireland

To run angling centres

General Operatives

3

1. Yes, application was approved

3

20/09/2010

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

43

National Oil Reserves Agency

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

Operations Engineer (Engineer Grade II)

1

Application was approved

1

9 November 2010

Approved on basis that Ringsend storage facility about to come on line and need for suitably qualified staff to manage it.

44

Commission for Energy Regulation

Downstream gas and electricity safety staff

CER Analyst

10

Application was approved

10

15 December 2010 & 22 June 2011

Approved on basis that required for CER’s new functions.Original sanction (Dec 2010) for 8 posts plus 2 returnees from career break.Updated sanction (June 2011) for 9 posts (2 redeployed from NBA) and 1 returnee from career break.

45

Inland Fisheries Ireland

To fill vacancy created by retirement

Laboratory Chemist

1

No decision to date

46

Inland Fisheries Ireland

To fill vacancies created by retirements

Inspector

2

No decision to date

47

Inland Fisheries Ireland

To fill vacancies created by retirements

Administrator Grade 4

2

No decision to date

48

Inland Fisheries Ireland

New positions in procurement, business development and operational support

HEO

3

No decision to date

49

Inland Fisheries Ireland

To fill vacancies created by retirements

Assistant Inspector

2

No decision to date

50

Inland Fisheries Ireland

To fill vacancies created by retirements

Fishery Officers

3

No decision to date

51

Commission for Communications Regulation

To fill vacancy created by retirement

Commissioner

1

Application was approved

1

January 2011

52

Inland Fisheries Ireland

To fill seasonal posts

Fishery Officer

32

Application was approved

32

9 May 2011

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

53

Commission for Energy Regulation

Cover for maternity leave

Legal Advisor

1

Application was approved

1

2 June 2011

Sanctioned on basis of being most cost effective means of procuring legal advice.

54

Commission for Energy Regulation

To fill vacancy created by retirement

Commissioner

1

No decision to date

55

Commission for Communications Regulation

To fill vacancy created by retirement

Director, Retail & Consumer Services

1

No decision to date

56

Commission for Communications Regulation

To fill vacancy created by retirement

Postal manager

1

No decision to date

57

Commission for Communications Regulation

New post arising from opening of postal market

Analyst

1

No decision to date

58

Commission for Communications Regulation

Renewal of contract

Commissioner

1

No decision to date

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.

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

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

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

1. Yes, application was approved

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

34

Longford VEC

Replacement of CEO

CEO

1

1. Yes, application was approved

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

41

FÁS

temporary CO’s to cover SWY

CO

40 TCO’s max and 20 acting up assignments

approved

11 Mar 2011

Temp Co. staff to cover SWY in FÁS in 2011.

42

NEWB

1 x director of services1 x director of integration1 regional manager2 x education welfare officer1 x clerical officer post

Various

6

1 EWO post extended by 6 months

1 extension

24 Mar 2011

1 post extended as due to expire 29 March 2011

43

Co. Mayo VEC

Temp extension pending VEC amalgamation

Acting Education Officer

1

Approved until 30 Sept 2011

1

29 Mar 2011

Temporary extension of essential post until VEC rationalisation

44

Teaching Council

Renew contracts of 5 Temp Cos to complete registration of existing and new teachers for 2011/2012 academic year

Clerical Officer

5

Approved until 31 August 2011 only

5

31 Mar 2011

To finalise registration of existing and new teachers in time for September 2011 academic year.

45

FÁS

Specialised Instructor in FÁS in Biopharmaceutical Training Facilities in Cork

Specialised Training Instructor

1

Contract of Specific Purpose

1

28 Jun 2011

Contract of specific purpose from July 2011 whose duration would relate specifically to however long the attributes of the post were specifically needed.

46

VEC

Further Extend acting-up appointments to CEO for the 11 VECs to 30 Sept 2011

CEO

11

Approved until 30 Sept 2011

11

1 Jul 2011

Further Extend acting-up appointments for the 11 VECs (Cities of Limerick and Waterford and Counties of Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Kerry, Kilkenny, Longford, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath) to 30 Sept 2011

Footnote:

Special arrangements have been agreed with the Department of Education & Science for the filling of certain key posts in the Education sector on a delegated basis, as an exception under the Moratorium, without having to receive the specific approval of the Minister for Finance on a case by case basis. These include:

(1) Vacancies arising in Principal, Vice-Principal, Teaching and Special Needs Assistant posts in schools, which may continue to be filled as they arise, within and subject to an overall ceiling on the number of such posts;

(2) Vacancies arising in essential support posts (secretarial & caretaking) in Community & Comprehensive and VEC schools, which may continue to be filled on a minimalist basis, where schools would otherwise be forced to close or new schools would be unable to open in the absence of such support staff;

(3) Vacancies arising in posts of responsibility in schools, in certain cases, where this is considered to be necessary for the continued operation of the schools in question;

(4) Certain specific vacancies arising in the Higher Education sector may continue to be filled subject to achieving a targeted reduction in employment numbers by year end.

Department of Justice & Equality

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

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 Superintendents, 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 Garda 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 garda’s training and experience would make him suitable too fill one of these posts.

5

Garda

Reappointment 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 gardaí, 1 of whom who left the Force to take up UN posts and another who left to set up a Driving school.

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.

11

Irish Youth Justice Service

Contract expired

1 assistant maintenance Officer1 Childcare Worker

2

Yes sanction was given on a permanent basis

2

20/12/2010

Both staff members had particular skills and training which were deemed essential to the running of Oberstown youth detention centre.

Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

An Bord Pleanála

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.

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

0

9

Dublin Docklands Development Authority

Contract is due to expire

Director of Finance

1

No decision to date

0

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

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.

15

Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland

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

SO

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.

16

Local Government Management Agency

Director of OLAM

Director

1

Yes, sanction was given on a temporary/acting basis

1

19.05.10

Post must be filled through redeployment.

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

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

1

24.06.10

Post is vital for operation of services.

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

Sanction was refused

0

05.10.10

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

23.

Environmental Protection Agency

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

Programme Manager — Level 1

1

Sanction was refused

0

05.10.10

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

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

Sanction was refused

0

05.10.10

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

25.

Environmental Protection Agency

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

Level 5 or 6 as appropriate

8

Sanction was refused

0

05.10.10

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

26.

Housing & Sustainable Communities Agency

Fill the post of Director of Asset Management, Planning, Procurement & Shared Services

PO — Standard Equivalent

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1

30.09.10

Post is vital for operation of services. Post will be filled through redeployment.

27.

Housing & Sustainable Communities Agency

To fill the post of Director of Research, Policy Standards & Regulations

PO — Standard Equivalent

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1

30.09.10

Post is vital for operation of services. Post will be filled through redeployment.

28.

Housing & Sustainable Communities Agency

To fill the post of Director of Local Authority Services

PO — Standard Equivalent

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1

30.09.10

Post is vital for operation of services. Post will be filled through redeployment.

29.

Irish Water Safety

Sanction for a three year contract post sought

Educational Development Officer

1

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

1

29.10.10

Post will be filled through redeployment.

30.

An Bord Pleanála

To fill an Ordinary Board Member post

Ordinary Board Member

1

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

1

22.12.10

Post to be filled for one year while regarding of Board Members is examined

31.

Housing & Sustainable Communities Agency

To fill Housing Administrator Post

Staff Officer

1

Sanction was refused

0

22.12.10

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

32.

An Bord Pleanála

To fill the post of Chairperson

Chairperson

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1

14.02.11

Post was advertised stating that pay is being reviewed & may be subject to downward revision

33.

An Bord Pleanála

To fill the post of Deputy Chairperson

Deputy Chairperson

1

Yes, sanction was given — on a permanent basis

1

18.02.11

Post to be filled for one year while regarding of Board Members is examined

34.

Southern & Eastern Regional Assembly

To fill the post of National Contact Point

National Contact Point

1

No decision to date

0

35.

Environmental Protection Agency

To fill the Director General Post

Director General

1

No decision to date

0

36.

Western Development Commission

To fill the Chief Executive Officer Post

CEO

1

No decision to date

0

Please note that D/ECLG has a delegated sanction to apply the moratorium in the local authority sector.

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.

Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport

No.

Requesting Body

Purpose of Sanction

Grade

No. of posts

Decision

No. of posts granted

Date Sanctioned

Comment

1

Irish Museum of Modern Art

To enable the post of Director to be filled

Principal Officer, Standard Scale

1

Grant

1

28 April 2011

Fáilte Ireland also requested 80 seasonal Tourist Information Officers (clerical) to staff its Information Offices for the tourist season. Sanction granted on 20th of April. Shannon Development was also granted 12 Tourist Information Officers on the same basis. Such sanctions are given on the understanding that the pay can be met from within existing budgetary resources

Willie O'Dea

Question:

184 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details of any organisation under his Department which has informed him of staffing difficulties which may impinge upon its ability to effectively oversee the spending of public funds; and his views regarding same. [28375/11]

Willie O'Dea

Question:

185 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will outline the organisations under his Department for which an employment control framework has been agreed; the current numbers they have in place; if they have been waiting more than one month to receive sanction to proceed to fill or retain any positions in spite of such positions falling below the agreed ECF ceiling. [28391/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 184 and 185 together.

The table outlines the ECF for 2011 and 2012 for my Department and organisations under the aegis of my Department.

DEPARTMENT/OFFICE

2011 ECF

2012 ECF

PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND REFORM

323

320

COMMISSION FOR PUBLIC SERVICE APPOINTMENTS

8

9

OFFICE OF PUBLIC WORKS

1,857

1,853

OMBUDSMAN

89

89

PRESIDENTS ESTABLISHMENT

21

22

PUBLIC APPOINTMENTS SERVICE

93

91

STATE LABORATORY

91

91

VALUATION OFFICE

146

146

TOTAL

2,627

2,621

It is important in any reply to clarify that the ECF is not a target number of posts to be filled. It is simply a ceiling on serving numbers below which Departments and Offices must ensure total serving numbers remain. The Moratorium on recruitment and promotion effectively means that any exception i.e. filling of a post, will arise in "very limited circumstances only", and will require the prior sanction of the Minister. I am not aware of any staffing difficulties which may impinge upon the organisation's ability to effectively oversee the spending of public funds.

Pension Provisions

Derek Keating

Question:

186 Deputy Derek Keating asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the circumstances that justify the payment of a large pension, a bonus payment on top of a large pension and a severance package for senior civil servants and public officials; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27390/11]

In relation to the Civil Service for which I am responsible, I assume the Deputy is referring to the enhanced retirement benefits and severance payment available in certain circumstances for departing Secretaries General (there is no bonus payment as suggested).

A Secretary General is appointed for a fixed term which, as a result of the individual's age at the date of appointment, expires before age 65, and in many cases before age 60. In circumstances where an individual is obliged to retire at the end of his/her term and before age 65, a severance payment and enhanced retirement benefits may be granted, subject to certain conditions, in recognition of the fact that the individual has foregone the right to continue in employment to age 65 and accrue further pension benefits. These terms are designed to encourage younger people to apply for such posts who might otherwise wish to continue working until age 65. These terms are being examined at present.

Tribunals of Inquiry

Derek Keating

Question:

187 Deputy Derek Keating asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the cost to the State and the name and purpose of all tribunals current or past since 1987 to date in tabular form; if he will break down the costs and payments of barristers, senior counsel and administrators; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21415/11]

Based on bi-monthly reports made to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on expenditure incurred by the Departments with responsibility for the individual tribunals from 1987 listed as follows, the cumulative cost of completed and sitting Tribunals up to end-August 2011, is estimated at €315.747 million, of which €72.515 million comprised administration and €243.232 million derived from legal costs. The legal costs figures include €118.354 million for third-party legal costs that are already paid. Further third party legal costs have yet to be presented and taxed.

Tribunal Costs to End-August 2011

Admin Costs

State Legal Costs

3rd Party Legal Costs

Other*

Total Costs

€m

€m

€m

€m

€m

Beef Tribunal of Inquiry to enquire into allegations of improper practices within the beef industry and the abuse of the EU export credit refund scheme (established May 1991; Report presented to Relevant Minister, July 1994).

5.320

4.630

17.283

27.233

McCracken Tribunal of Inquiry into the Dunne payments to politicians (established February 1997: Report presented to Relevant Minister, August 1997).

0.100

0.860

5.600

6.560

Finlay Tribunal of Inquiry into the Blood Transfusion Service Board (established October 1996: Report presented to Relevant Minister, March 1997).

0.500

0.700

3.500

4.700

Lindsay Tribunal of Inquiry into the Infection with HIV and Hepatitis C of Persons with Haemophilia and Related Matters (established September 1999: Report presented to Relevant Minister, September 2002).

3.133

4.350

39.166

46.649

Moriarty Tribunal of Inquiry into Payments to Messrs. Haughey and Lowry (established September 1997 — Report presented March 2011).

8.471

34.235

0.0

3.242

42.706

Costs paid by D/CENR in respect of Moriarty Tribunal.

0.202

3.242

3.444

Mahon Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning matters and Payments (established November 1997 — ongoing).

29.121

56.974

10.073

96.168

Morris Tribunal of Inquiry into certain Garda activities in Donegal (established 2002: Report presented to relevant Minister 2008).

17.320

10.546

31.274

59.140

Barr Tribunal of Inquiry into the Facts and Circumstances Surrounding the Fatal Shooting of John Carthy at Abbeylara, Co. Longford (established 2002: Report presented to relevant Minister July 2006).

4.170

5.083

11.390

20.643

Smithwick Tribunal of Inquiry into the Fatal Shootings of RUC Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Robert Buchanan (established 2005 — ongoing).

4.178

4.258

0.068

8.504

Total

72.515

121.636

118.354

3.242

315.747

*The figure of €3.242m in the "Other" column relates to expenditure by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources on legal representation at the Moriarty Tribunal.

Foireann na Seirbhíse Poiblí

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

188 D’fhiafraigh Peadar Tóibín den Aire Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe an bhfuil an Rialtas chun córas nua earcaíochta agus oiliúna a chur i bhfeidhm a rachaidh i ngleic leis an easpa foirne sa chóras poiblí le cumas dátheangach; agus an ndéanfaidh sé ráiteas ina thaobh. [21781/11]

Tá srian ar na deiseanna atá ann maidir le fostaíocht san earnáil phoiblí i gcoitinne de bharr an moratóir ar earcaíocht agus ar ardaithe céime a tugadh isteach ar an 27 Márta 2009. Tá feidhm ag an moratóir, ach amháin i gcásanna eisceachtúla theoranta, ar an stát seirbhís, údaráis áitiúla, comhlachtaí stáit neamh-thráchtála, an Garda Síochána, na Forsaí Cosanta buana agus roinnt comhlachtaí a bunaíodh de réir reachtaíochta agus a fhaigheann ar a laghad cuid dá gcuid maoiniú ón gCiste Lárnach. Tá na socraithe seo á gcur i bhfeidhm ar bhealaí ar leith i gcás na n-earnáil oideachais agus sláinte, ag tógáil riachtanais na n-earnáil sin san áireamh. Is é an sprioc atá ag an moratóir ná uimhreacha iomlána sa tseirbhís poiblí a ísliú chun leasa airgead an stáit.

Maidir leis an stát seirbhís, go bhfuil mise freagrach as go díreach, níl i gceist faoi láthair breis foirne le cumas Gaeilge a earcú.

Mar is eol don Teachta, leagann Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla 2003 dualgais ar chomhlachtaí poiblí i leith na Gaeilge. Is gnó do gach comhlacht poibli agus do gach Roinn/Oifig de chuid na stát seirbhíse scéim teanga a chur le chéile, nuair a iarann an t-Aire Ealaíon, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta orthu é sin é a dhéanamh, agus é a chur i bhfeidhm.

Leagtar amach sa scéim na seirbhísí go bhfuil i gceist ag an gcomhlacht poiblí a sholáthar:

i nGaeilge amháin

i mBearla amháin

go dátheangach

Ní mór a shonrú chomh maith na céimeanna go bhfuil i gceist ag an gcomhlacht poiblí a thógáil chun na seirbhísí atá sonraithe a sholáthar i nGaeilge nó go dátheangach.

Is gnó do gach Roinn/Oifig a chuid dualgas faoin Acht a chomhlíonadh. Is iad na Ranna/Oifigí féin is fearr atá in ann a gcuid riachtanas maidir le scileanna a mheas, ag tógáil a scéim teanga féin san áireamh, agus pé riachtanais traenála atá acu a mheas agus freastal orthu.

Translation in English

The position in relation to opportunities for employment in the public service generally is limited by the recruitment and promotion moratorium which was announced on 27 March 2009. The moratorium applies, with limited exceptions, to the civil service, local authorities, non-commercial state bodies, the Garda Síochána, the Permanent Defence Forces and to certain bodies established by enactment and wholly or partly funded out of the Central Fund. The arrangements have been modulated in relation to the education and health sectors to reflect the particular needs in those sectors. The moratorium is aimed at reducing overall public service numbers in order to consolidate the public finances.

In relation to the civil service, the area for which I have direct responsibility, there are currently no plans to recruit additional staff with competencies in the Irish language.

As the Deputy is aware, the Official Languages Act 2003 confers duties on public bodies in relation to the Irish Language. It is a matter for each public body and civil service Department/Office to devise a language scheme when requested to do so by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and to implement it.

The scheme describes the services which the public body proposes to provide:

in Irish only

in English only or

bilingually.

It is necessary also to specify the steps which the public body intends to take to provide the stated services in Irish or bilingually.

It is a matter for each Department/Office to meet their obligations under the Act. Individual Departments/Offices are best placed to determine their skills requirements, having regard to their own language scheme, and to identify and meet any training needs required.

Freedom of Information

Gerry Adams

Question:

189 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he expects the consultation period to conclude on the reform and restructuring of the Freedom of Information Act. [21200/11]

My Department is engaged in the necessary preparatory work and consultations to give effect to the commitments in the Programme for Government in relation to Freedom of Information. I hope to be in a position to introduce the necessary legislative measures to give effect to the commitments in the Programme for Government early in the New Year.

Civil Service Staff

Gerry Adams

Question:

190 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he has taken to reduce salaries and pensions for senior staff in the Department of An Taoiseach. [23770/11]

The rates of pay currently applying to grades in the civil service are set out inCircular 28/2009: Revision of pay of Civil Servants Application of pay adjustments in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (No. 2) Act, 2009. This circular can be accessed at http://per.gov.ie/circulars2009/. Following the introduction by the Government in June last of a pay ceiling of €200,000 p.a. for senior public service posts, all current incumbents of Secretary General posts voluntarily waived their entitlement to any salary in excess of €200,000 p.a. New appointees to such posts are subject to the €200,000 p.a. pay ceiling.

The superannuation terms applying to grades in the civil service are set out on my Department's websitewww.cspensions.gov.ie. There are special provisions for Secretaries General, whose terms of appointment included the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) exit terms. These terms are currently being reviewed by me. In addition, the Deputy will also be aware that the Single Public Service Pension Scheme, the bill for which has been published by the Government, includes the following provisions.

1. Raise the minimum public service pension age — it is proposed this be increased initially to 66 to bring it into line and link it henceforth with the social welfare state pension age, rising on a phased basis to 67 and 68.

2. Set a maximum retirement age of 70 — at present for most new entrants to the public service, there is no maximum retirement age.

3. Move to the calculation of pensions on the basis of "career average" earnings rather than final salary — the introduction of a career average rather than a final salary system is fairer and more equitable than a final salary system in that it affects the pension paid to those who have high earnings especially in late career (for example, a person promoted to top management later in their career) more than those who may have a relatively ‘flat' career progression (for example, nurses, teachers).

These provisions will apply after commencement of the legislation to new recruits to the Civil/Public Service, and to those who are not existing civil/public servants within 6 months of taking up their employment.

Constitutional Amendments

Gerry Adams

Question:

191 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the consultations that he has held with political parties and non-governmental organisations regarding proposals for forthcoming referenda on constitutional amendments. [24417/11]

In relation to the upcoming referendum to amend the Constitution to enable the Houses of the Oireachtas to undertake full inquiries I have always made it clear that it is my intention to facilitate a comprehensive discussion and an informed debate on the issues involved in the constitutional amendment. In a letter of 27 July, I circulated a copy of the draft wording for the proposed Constitutional amendment to the Opposition Spokespersons on Public Expenditure and Reform, all Party Whips, the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann and the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann.

At the time I indicated that the final proposed wording for the Constitutional amendment would be the subject of further discussions and agreement with the Attorney General. Copies of the final wording of the proposed constitutional amendment, as contained in the Referendum Bill, were circulated to the Opposition Spokespersons on Public Expenditure and Reform, the Ceann Comhairle of Dáil Éireann and the Cathaoirleach of Seanad Éireann in advance of its publication on 12 September 2011.

Before the Bill was debated in the Dáil and Seanad, briefing sessions by officials from my Department were held with representatives of Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein and the Technical Group. I also met with the Joint Oireachtas Investigations, Oversight and Petitions Committee on 13 September to brief them on the proposed future role of the Committee.

Public Service Agreements

Micheál Martin

Question:

192 Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the specific initiative he will take as a result of his meeting with the Croke Park agreement implementation group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18838/11]

The Taoiseach and I met with the Implementation Body for thePublic Service Agreement 2010-2014 on 29th June last. We had a constructive engagement on the key issues relating to driving the reform agenda across the public service. While we welcomed the tangible progress that has been made in the first year of the Agreement, as outlined in the Body’s first progress report published on 15th June last, we were clear that there has to be an acceleration of progress over the coming months. We emphasized the need to build on the flexibilities already agreed to in the Croke Park Agreement. We also made it clear that the Government wishes to honour the commitments given in the Agreement. However, this will only be possible if the Agreement is implemented in full.

On foot of our interaction, the Implementation Body has, over recent weeks, undertaken a series of meetings with senior managements from the key sectors of the public service. The purpose of these meetings has been to consider how progress can be accelerated on implementing sectoral Action Plans and how to ensure that priority measures are delivered on over the remainder of 2011, in light of the challenges ahead.

I will continue to monitor developments closely and, in that regard, I look forward to the outcome of the second phase of progress reporting on the implementation of the Action Plans under the Croke Park Agreement which is underway at present. Sectors are due to submit updated progress reports to the Implementation Body during October. It is expected that Action Plans will need to be revisited later in the year when decisions have been taken by Government on the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure.

Heritage Sites

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

193 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the extension to the Abbey Island cemetery and the Derrynane national park, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28446/11]

Department of Finance sanction has been sought by the Office of Public Works to transfer lands vested in the Commissioners of Public Works at Abbey Island, Derrynane National Historic Park, Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry, to Kerry County Council. On receipt of such sanction the transfer can be effected through the Chief State Solicitor's Office

Pension Provisions

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

194 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on the finding in the Trident report commissioned by the teacher unions on the proposed changes to public service pensions which show that several categories of teachers will pay more into the scheme than they will receive. [28741/11]

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

195 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the action he proposes to take in view of the findings in the Trident report which show that several categories of teachers will pay more into the scheme than they will receive. [28742/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 194 and 195 together.

I do not accept as suggested by the Trident Report that the value of benefits payable to teachers in the proposed Single Public Service Pension Scheme will exceed the value of employee contributions. It is true that the teacher unions have voiced concerns along these lines, based on the analysis presented in a report by Trident Consulting entitled "Future Pension Provision" which was commissioned by the ASTI, the INTO and the TUI. In quantifying employee contributions to the single scheme, the Trident report appears to regard the public service pension-related deduction as a pension contribution. However section 7(2) of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009 makes clear that the pension-related deduction is not a pension contribution.

To appreciate how the single scheme will continue to provide valuable pensions to teachers, it is instructive to look at the 2009 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General on public service pensions which estimated the annual pension cost for teachers (including primary teachers, post-primary teachers and Special Needs Assistants) to be 22.4 per cent of pay. The single scheme is expected to reduce that cost by approximately one-third, to around 15 per cent. The employee contribution in the single scheme continues to be 6.5 per cent. This is comprised of 3 per cent on pensionable pay and 3.5 per cent on net pensionable pay (i.e. reduced for social welfare integration), which is equivalent to 4.9 per cent of pensionable pay according to the Comptroller and Auditor General's report, leaving approximately a 10 per cent employer contribution.

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

196 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the administrative costs of the proposed single pension scheme for all public servants have been costed by him; and the savings if any that will be realised. [28743/11]

I am determined that the eventual administrative arrangements will be efficient and cost-effective, and will maximize the potential for money savings inherent in replacing a multitude of schemes featuring disparate terms with a single scheme featuring standard terms. In the short-term there may be some set up costs, for example if the payroll computer systems need to be adapted, but in the medium-term it is anticipated that the scheme will lend itself to achieving administrative efficiencies in step with initiatives around shared services.

The Bill envisages the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform being the relevant authority for the scheme and allows this to be delegated to other relevant authorities (in effect those bodies who pay the scheme member during their career and who pay the pension in retirement). The employers will, through their payroll systems, collect and remit contributions, and it is envisaged that they may also calculate the accrued pension and lump sum benefits and supply pension benefit statements as required under the Pensions Act (or provide information for the preparation of such statements).

Question No. 197 answered with Question No. 170.

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

198 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, further to Parliamentary Question No. 185 of 27 September 2011, the saving if all existing public service pension payments were capped at €35,000, applying the comparable trend as applied to his calculation for capping all existing civil service pensions payments at €35,930. [28811/11]

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

199 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the saving to the State if all existing and future public and civil service pension payments were capped at €35,000 per year. [28812/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 198 and 199 together.

It is estimated that the imposition of a cap of €35,000 on the annual pension payments to Civil Service pensioners would result in an annual saving of €47m. This estimate does not allow for the Public Service Pension Reduction (PSPR). If a cap of €35,000 is applied after allowing for the PSPR, the saving would be €37m. The corresponding annual savings for a cap of €35,930 would be €44m and €35m respectively based on the most recent data available.

These estimates take no account of the reduction in tax and other statutory deductions that would arise from the imposition of a cap. If these reductions were allowed for, the net saving to the Exchequer would be significantly lower. Comparable data are not available for the Public Service as a whole.

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

200 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the savings to the State if career averaging were applied to all existing civil and public service pensions. [28813/11]

It is presumed that the Deputy is asking about the savings which would arise if career-average accrual were to apply to the future service of pensionable public servants. Such a change would undoubtedly deliver significant pension savings to the Exchequer. However a precise quantification of the savings which would arise is not available, and would require a large-scale actuarial exercise. Government public service pensions policy does not include the application of career-average accrual to the future service of serving staff.

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

201 Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the name, position and a breakdown of the retirement packages for all senior civil servants eligible to retire before February. [28815/11]

I understand that this question relates primarily to Secretaries General and other senior Civil Servants who will benefit from enhanced terms. The retirement terms of Secretaries General are provided for in the Government decision of 5 March 1987. These terms provide for a reappointment in the Civil or Public Service or an international body for those who are under 60 years of age at the end of their term. Alternatively, a retirement package including severance and immediate payment of pension, will be provided.

For those over 60 years of age, a retirement package including severance and immediate payment of pension, will be provided. The two Civil Servants whose terms of appointment include TLAC terms and whose term of office is due to end by 29 February 2012 are:

Secretary General, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation;

Secretary General, Department of Education and Skills.

The Prosecution of Offences Act 1974 provides for a scheme to be made for the Director of Public Prosecutions, who is also due to retire before end-February 2012. His scheme provides for full pension on completion of his term. No severance is applicable in his case.

Public Service Staff

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

202 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of persons employed in each area in the public sector over the past ten years and to date in 2011; the extent to which skills and salaries have altered over this period; the ratio of management to employees; the extent to which public service reform is likely to affect such ratios; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28855/11]

Much of the data the Deputy is seeking is readily available on my Department's website,www.per.gov.ie, including employment numbers by sector. In relation to the wider public service such data is published, as matter of course, by the various public bodies. The table shows a breakdown of the main Civil Service grades since 2001. This gives an indication of the ratio of management to other grades.

MAIN GENERAL SERVICE GRADES

Dec-01

Dec-02

Dec-03

Dec-04

Dec-05

Dec-06

Dec-07

Dec-08

Dec-09

Dec-10

Jun-11

SECRETARY GENERAL

17.00

17.00

17.00

17.00

17.00

17.00

17.00

17.00

17.00

17.00

17.00

DEPUTY SECRETARY / ASSISTANT SECRETARY

121.00

135.00

140.00

140.00

140.00

147.00

149.60

158.00

155.00

137.00

149.90

PRINCIPAL

501.50

532.00

604.65

635.10

649.35

711.00

760.70

797.95

709.95

654.90

635.80

ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

1,516.50

1,584.23

1,785.04

1,796.95

1,849.12

1,995.79

2,060.99

2,159.49

1,993.42

1,899.34

1,864.07

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

200.50

246.30

241.05

218.70

200.75

217.45

225.80

239.00

229.50

250.50

242.90

HIGHER EXECUTIVE OFFICER

2,615.00

2,794.11

3,006.63

3,022.93

3,049.64

3,175.17

3,261.59

3,421.32

3,279.29

3,215.90

3,158.90

EXECUTIVE OFFICER

3,818.00

4,019.12

4,339.69

4,581.86

4,595.99

4,774.63

4,995.61

5,197.26

5,043.15

4,934.60

4,805.85

STAFF OFFICER

1,259.50

1,291.01

1,364.20

1,475.13

1,465.86

1,468.40

1,493.52

1,524.85

1,494.38

1,507.97

1,479.32

CLERICAL OFFICER

10,182.00

10,441.97

10,196.30

10,092.44

10,123.11

10,564.85

10,888.76

11,096.50

10,620.42

10,419.94

10,230.23

SERVICE OFFICER

605.00

628.70

635.40

618.70

604.20

610.06

611.52

609.82

589.22

562.22

551.51

SERVICE ATTENDANT

101.00

111.00

101.00

98.00

57.00

86.03

92.03

103.80

95.02

101.27

102.41

TOTAL

20,937.00

21,800.44

22,430.96

22,696.81

22,752.02

23,767.38

24,557.12

25,324.99

24,226.35

23,700.64

23,237.89

Public Sector Reform

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

203 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent of the public sector reform if any undertaken over the past ten years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28856/11]

The Public Service Reform agenda has been pursued both centrally and by individual public bodies for many years. For example, under the Strategic Management Initiative of the mid 1990s, a series of changes were introduced in areas such as Human Resource Management and the Performance Management and Development System, Quality Customer Service and the creation of Customer Service Charters, better financial management, regulatory reform (particularly the introduction of Regularly Impact Analysis), Strategy Statements and Output Statements, and initiatives to improve openness and transparency.

More recently, the OECD Review of the Irish Public Service, commenced in 2006 and published in 2008, benchmarked the Public Service in Ireland against other comparable countries, and made recommendations as to the future direction of public service reform. On foot of the OECD Review, the Transforming Public Services programme was launched in November 2008 and set out an agenda for transformation across the Public Service.

During 2010, the Public Service Agreement was concluded with the public service unions and includes a significant number of commitments to Public Service reform. The first review by the Implementation Body set up under the Agreement has since concluded that solid and measurable progress is being made in its implementation. Notwithstanding developments to date, we are all clear that the cost of delivering public services must be reduced further, with fewer staff and tighter budgets, and that the Public Service must become better integrated and more customer-focused, as well as being leaner and more efficient.

For this reason and as outlined in the Programme for Government, this Government is committed to the most ambitious programme of Public Service Reform since the foundation of the State. This will take place in tandem with an equally significant programme of constitutional, political and institutional reform to ensure that there is a fundamental change in democratic and public governance, and a dramatic change in the cost efficiency and methods of delivery of public services. The Government wants to make progress on this issue quickly and a number of initiatives have already commenced. In addition, detailed implementation plans are being developed which encompass the commitments to Public Service Reform in the Programme for Government and priority areas from the aforementioned Transforming Public Services programme.

My Department has been given a clear mandate to drive and enable reform, and the focus now is on the key reforms required, and how and in what sequence they will be implemented, to ensure that substantive and tangible change is delivered within clearly defined timeframes. Our plans focus on actions to improve performance by organisations and individuals; ensure greater efficiency, effectiveness and economy; and ensure flexibility in the deployment of people and resources.

The ambitious programme of reform will be overseen by the Cabinet Committee on Public Service Reform, which is chaired by the Taoiseach and which I convene. A Reform and Delivery Office is being established within my Department to facilitate, drive and support the reform programme, and I announced the appointment of the Programme Director of this new office last week. This office will work closely with organisations across the Public Service, enabling them to drive the delivery of reform at a local level, as well as leading on cross-cutting reform initiatives.

Expenditure Reviews

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

204 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which costs throughout the public service have been examined with a view to the identification of areas costing the Exchequer more than that in adjoining jurisdictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28857/11]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

209 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which comparisons have been made between unit costs in the public sector here with those in adjoining jurisdictions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28862/11]

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

210 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which comparisons have been made between costs in the public and private sectors; the issues emerging; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28863/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 204, 209 and 210 together.

The final Comprehensive Review of Expenditure reports have been presented to the Economic Management Council and the results of the Review process will then be brought before Government for consideration and decision in the Budget and Estimates process later this year. The objective of the Comprehensive Review of Expenditure process is to provide the Government with a comprehensive set of decision options and assessment of the cost effectiveness of all expenditure programmes, including by reference to the considerations referred to by the Deputy.

The Government is also committed to ongoing Value for Money assessments of all areas of expenditure to ensure inter alia that administration and other costs across the public sector are kept to a minimum. The Value for Money assessments routinely involve analysis of unit costs in the different sectoral areas, which can include benchmarking with private sector and international comparators. The results of the VfM assessments are published as a matter of course. The ongoing Public Service reform programme, which includes a focus on the use of shared services, e-Government and alternative means of delivering public services, will also be instrumental in achieving efficiencies.

Procurement Policy

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

205 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the degree to which he has examined the way costs can be reduced through more effective procurement policies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28858/11]

In light of the need to accelerate the reform agenda, my Department is currently developing a Public Service Reform implementation plan. This Plan will outline the priority actions and timelines for reform in a broad range of areas including procurement, as well as setting out how implementation should be driven and monitored. New initiatives will build on the significant reforms that have been already introduced.

To date, the National Procurement Service (NPS) has been the key driver reforming the procurement function nationally, particularly in terms of developing centralised contracts for commonly used goods and services. On the basis of market analysis, the NPS has identified the top 50 categories of procurement expenditure that can be targeted for intervention. It currently has in excess of 45 national frameworks agreements and contracts in place for high spend requirements with a total value in excess of €450 million. These frameworks and contracts include energy, office supplies/ICT consumables, vehicles, fuel, advertising, clothing and footwear, print services etc. In addition, my Department manages framework arrangements for Information and Communications Technology requirements and associated products and services. Such framework arrangements maximise volume discounts and provide for reductions in administrative and transaction costs for suppliers and for State bodies.

My Department is keen to streamline — consistent with its value for money, legal, transparency and priority objectives. In order to reduce the costs involved in participating or conducting the procurement function, the NPS is promoting standardisation and simplification of the public procurement function and in this regard has published a suite of model tendering and contract documents which will help both businesses and buyers to reduce administrative costs. The NPS is also actively involved in the education and development of both buyers and suppliers involved with public service procurement and promotes collaboration between sectors where this is appropriate.

In addition the National Procurement Policy Unit in my Department has developed contracts for Public Works and Construction-Related Services that give greater cost certainty at tender stage, for capital projects. The construction reform initiative has yielded substantial savings in capital procurement.

Question No. 206 answered with Question No. 58.

Public Service Reform

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

207 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a study has been carried out regarding the volume and scale of documentation now required by various Government Departments, local authorities and the health services notwithstanding the existence of advanced technology; the degree to which this has reduced the effectiveness and efficiency of respective Departments; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28860/11]

I am not aware of any specific study in the area referred to. However, the Deputy will be aware that as part of the reform agenda significant work is ongoing, in Government Departments and the wider public service, to improve processes and make them more effective and efficient. Of particular note in this regard is the Organisational Review Program (ORP), which involves the undertaking of assessments of the capacities of individual Government Department and major Offices to meet the challenges ahead. These assessments are published on the ORP website athttp://www.orp.ie/. Additionally, my Department is establishing a Business Consultancy Unit to provide independent advice and solutions to public bodies in relation to process, structure and service delivery business changes.

Question No. 208 answered with Question No. 58.
Questions Nos. 209 and 210 answered with Question No. 204.

Public Service Staff

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

211 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the extent to which it is expected to meet staff reductions by way of voluntary or other retirements over the period of the plan announced following the EU-IMF bailout; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28864/11]

I am confident that the Government will be able to meet the required level of staff reductions through natural wastage and voluntary retirements which will facilitate a permanent, structural reduction in the numbers of staff serving in public service. This reduction in numbers serving is intended to contribute significant and ongoing savings to the Exchequer.

Liquor Licensing Laws

Thomas Pringle

Question:

212 Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his plans to prevent the below cost sale of alcohol in supermarkets to restrict the access to alcohol for young persons; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28180/11]

The sale of alcohol is essentially regulated by the liquor licensing laws, which are the policy responsibility of the Minister for Justice and Equality and I have no direct function in this matter. It is the responsibility of each licensee to comply with the liquor licensing laws, including the law regarding the age of persons purchasing alcohol.

The use of sales promotions and pricing strategies in any business is a legitimate marketing tool and is the normal outcome of the competitive process. I have no direct function in relation to such practices which are a matter for the retailer and are not an offence unless they involve abuse of a dominant position. A determination on whether a retailer is abusing a dominant position in the marketplace would necessitate a comprehensive investigation by the Competition Authority. The Authority is the independent statutory body responsible for enforcing competition law in the State and complaints of any alleged anti-competitive practice should be referred to it.

Departmental Agencies

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

213 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation when he plans to appoint the new chairman and members of the Competition Authority; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28209/11]

Following a Public Appointments Service recruitment and selection process for Chairperson of the Competition Authority, I appointed Ms Isolde Goggin as Chairperson with effect from 1 October 2011. The Public Appointments Service has completed the selection process for members of the Authority. I intend to appoint the members as soon as the necessary contractual details are finalised. In the meantime I have re-appointed three temporary members in accordance with section 35 of the Competition Act 2002, as amended by the Competition (Amendment) Act 2010.

Departmental Reports

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

214 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, further to Question No. 149 of 21 June 2011, if he will outline the position concerning the work of the sales law review group: when does he expect to receive the final report of the group; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28210/11]

I received the final report of the Review Group on 2 August 2011. The arrangements necessary for the printing and launch of the report have been completed and it will be published on 14 October.

Industrial Development

Robert Troy

Question:

215 Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of visits the Industrial Development Agency carried out with potential clients to the IDA park in Marlinstown, Mullingar, County Westmeath since February 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28259/11]

I have been informed by IDA Ireland that so far in 2011, the agency has hosted three site visits by potential investors to Mullingar. In selecting locations to show companies, IDA Ireland seeks to include locations which have been affected by closures or job losses. However, while IDA Ireland seeks to influence the selection of location, the final decision on location is taken in all cases by the promoting company.

Departmental Bodies

Willie O'Dea

Question:

216 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the details of any organisation under his Department which has informed him of staffing difficulties which may impinge upon its ability to effectively oversee the spending of public funds; and his views regarding same. [28373/11]

As part of the Employment Control Framework, which is the mechanism for the management of reduction of overall staff numbers, my Department has agreed staff numbers and annual operational ceilings with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. These relate to the staffing levels of my Department, its offices and agencies for the period to 2014. In general, there is no indication that the reduced staffing levels will directly impinge on overall capacity to effectively oversee the spending of public funds. However, to deliver on the reduced staffing numbers will be, of course, very challenging and will mean delivering services in an even more efficient manner. My Department will continue to work closely with all of its agencies to assist them in meeting the challenges they face in carrying out their respective mandates, including in relation to the oversight of expenditure of public funds.

Willie O'Dea

Question:

217 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if he will outline the organisations under his Department for which an employment control framework has been agreed; the current numbers they have in place; if they have been waiting more than one month to receive sanction to proceed to fill or retain any positions in spite of such positions falling below the agreed ECF ceiling. [28389/11]

The information sought is as follows:

Organisations for which Employment Control Framework has been agreed

Current numbers in place (full-time equivalents)

The Competition Authority

37.1

35 x County Enterprise Boards

130.9

Enterprise Ireland

811

Forfás

105.5

The Health and Safety Authority

182.1

Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority

14

IDA Ireland

246

National Consumer Agency

43.6

National Standard Authority of Ireland

163.55

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board

68

Science Foundation Ireland

46

Shannon Free Airport Development Co. Ltd.

113

InterTrade Ireland

47.11

Requests for sanction to fill any vacancy must be made to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. There is currently one request for sanction awaiting decision. The request was made within the last month.

Registrar of Friendly Societies

Joan Collins

Question:

218 Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the number of industrial and provident societies registered with the Registry of Friendly Societies which have not complied with the statutory obligations with regard to filing annual returns; the number of the societies that have failed to make annual returns consecutively for the past three, four and five years; the number of societies that have had their registration cancelled during the past five years for failing to meet their statutory obligations in respect of annual returns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28605/11]

As I advised the Deputy on 27 September, the annual report of the Registrar of Friendly Societies for 2009 (published on the websites of my Department and the Companies Registration Office) indicates that a total of 1,045 Industrial and Provident Societies on the register, and annual returns in respect of these societies are outstanding in 248 cases. The numbers of societies that have failed to submit annual returns consecutively for the past three, four and five years are 160, 125, and 93 respectively. The last year in which Industrial and Provident societies were cancelled for failing to submit annual returns to the Registrar was 2006, when 28 such societies were so cancelled. I previously advised the Deputy on 27 and 28 September that I am informed by the Registrar that further enforcement action is now under consideration by the Registry, to follow its targeted enforcement campaigns in 2010 and 2011 in relation to Friendly Societies and Trade Unions.

Trade Relations

Seán Kenny

Question:

219 Deputy Seán Kenny asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the level of trade with Brazil for the years 2008, 2009, 2010 and to date in 2011. [28732/11]

Details of Ireland's trade with Brazil over recent years are set out in the following table:

Merchandise Trade (€m)

Services Trade (€m)

Total Trade (€m)

Trade Surplus (€m)

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

Exports

Imports

2008

183

214

199

70

382

284

98

2009

211

158

218

10

429

168

261

2010

260

166

180

49

440

215

225

Jan to June 2011

138

91

*

*

*

*

*

*data not yet available

Health and Safety Regulations

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

220 Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation if his attention has been drawn to the city and county managers, chief fire officers and assistant chief fire officers who have sought, through a change in the health and safety legislation, to get indemnity in the event of there being a fatality amongst the public or fire fighters; if he has been part of any discussions regarding this proposed indemnity; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28790/11]

I have had no direct correspondence or representations from city and county managers, chief fire officers and assistant chief fire officer or representatives on their behalf about indemnifying staff. The issue of indemnifying members of Local Authority staff does not fall within my remit. Any such matter is for the Local Authority concerned and, from a Ministerial perspective, would fall within the remit of the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform may also have an interest in the issue of indemnities in the public sector. I understand that the Fire Services and the Health and Safety Authority have been in contact and that the Authority is finalising, for the guidance of the services, a Statement of Principles document on the Safety, Health and Welfare Duties of the Fire Services and that this work has been welcomed.

Departmental Agencies

Jack Wall

Question:

221 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation his views regarding a matter (details supplied); the actions taken to date to determine the facts of this case; the actions taken to address the issues, if so needed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28896/11]

These allegations were brought to the attention of my Department some time ago. Enterprise Ireland examined the issues at the time and was satisfied that there was no impropriety involved. Nonetheless, in light of the continuing concerns of the Deputy's correspondent, my Department asked Enterprise Ireland to investigate the matter further in October 2010. The matter was also referred to my Department by the Committee of Public Accounts in November 2010.

Following a tendering process, Enterprise Ireland engaged a firm of consultants (Deloitte) to investigate the allegations. Seven areas of complaint were investigated independently. The report found that the evidence put forward by the correspondent did not support the allegations. The board of Enterprise Ireland considered the matter at its meeting on 14 September 2011. A copy of the Deloitte Report has been forwarded to the Public Accounts Committee by my Department for its consideration.

Questions Nos. 222 and 223 withdrawn.

Social Insurance

Brendan Griffin

Question:

224 Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Social Protection if scale and polish treatments under the dental treatment benefit scheme (details supplied) will be restored; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28757/11]

The dental benefit scheme is paid from the Social Insurance Fund, which has come under serious pressure in the current economic climate. As part of a range of cost-saving measures to ease this pressure, the range of treatments available under the scheme was reduced in Budget 2010. The free examination remains available to qualifying customers to encourage them to continue attending for regular check-ups and to assist in the early detection of dental-related health issues. Any future changes to the scheme, including the re-introduction of a free scale and polish, will have to reflect the realities of available funding and competing priorities.

Social Welfare Benefits

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

225 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of young persons under 25 years in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit for less than six months, for more than six months and less than 12 months, for more than 12 months and less than 24 months and those in receipt of this payment for more than 24 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28213/11]

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

226 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of young persons under 25 years in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance for less than six months, for more than six months and less than 12 months, for more than 12 months and less than 24 months and those in receipt of this payment for more than 24 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28214/11]

I propose to take Questions Nos. 225 and 226 together.

The information requested by the Deputy is in the table. There were 71,064 claimants aged under 25 on Jobseeker's Allowance and 9,424 on Jobseeker's Benefit, making a total of 80,488. Half of these have been signing on for less than six months. Almost 6,900 of the total are 19 years of age or older and have been signing on continuously since they reached 18 years of age. A further 5,200 are 18 years of age and have been signing on for various durations of up to a year.

Number of Recipients of Jobseeker's Allowance and Jobseeker's Allowance

Under 25

< 6 Months

6-12 Months

1-2 Years

>2 Years

Total

Jobseeker’s Allowance

31,550

10,653

12,450

16,411

71,064

Jobseeker’s Benefit

8,029

1,284

101

10

9,424

Tax Code

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

227 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection the total number of persons who have applied for a health levy refund; the numbers who have been successful in their application; the total moneys refunded in the years 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010; the total number of outstanding claims; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28215/11]

I understand that the Deputy is enquiring about the Under the Ceiling (UCR) category of Health Levy refund. In 2011 to date, 27,000 applications for the UCR Health Levy refund have been processed and a total of €6.8m refunded. There are approximately 10,000 applications on hand awaiting processing. The total monies refunded in respect of this category of refund in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 are shown below.

Year

2007

361,129.83

2008

1,140,209.40

2009

1,135,623.89

2010

1,574,697.46

Departmental Bodies

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

228 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection the role and membership of the Tax and Social Welfare Commission; if she will receive a report from the commission in advance of this year’s budget; if so, the areas she requested the commission to comment on; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28216/11]

Creating jobs and tackling poverty are two of the key challenges that we face. It is essential that our tax and social protection systems play their part in addressing these issues and ensure that work is worthwhile. To this end, I established an Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare in June of this year. The main rationale for setting up the Advisory Group is to harness expert opinion and experience in order to address a number of specific issues and to make cost-effective proposals for improving employment incentives and achieving better poverty outcomes, particularly child poverty outcomes.

The Group has been asked to examine a number of specific issues and make recommendations on these, including child and family income supports, working age income supports, the appropriate unit of assessment in both the tax and social welfare codes, the interaction of the tax and social welfare codes, issues concerning social insurance for self-employed people and any other issues that may be referred to it. I understand that the Group is currently prioritising the area of family and child income supports so that it can make a contribution in time for the 2012 Budget and that it will address other issues after that as part of its work programme.

The Advisory Group is chaired by Ms Ita Mangan, a barrister with considerable experience in public policy. In line with a practical, problem-focused and evidence-orientated approach, members of the Group have expertise from economic and social policy and other relevant areas and include individuals with a mix of experience and expertise from within and outside the public sector. A list of the members of the Group is set out in the Annex.

The Group's method of working is based on producing modular reports on the priority areas identified in the terms of reference. Where possible, the aim is to provide recommendations that can be acted upon in time for the annual budget/estimates and legislative cycle and to allow the Government to best address its commitments under the EU/IMF Programme of Financial Support.

Annex

Membership of the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare as announced on 25th June 2011:

Ita Mangan, Chair John Bohan, Department of Social Protection.

Niall Cody, Office of the Revenue Commissioners.

Micheál Collins, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin.*

John Conlon, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

Catherine Hazlett, Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Paul Kealy, Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

Geralyn McGarry, Citizens Information Board.

Aebhric McGibney, Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Pat Mahon, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).

Derek Moran, Department of Finance.

Mary P. Murphy, Department of Sociology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

Brian Nolan, School of Applied Social Science in UCD.

Marie Sherlock, SIPTU.

John Sweeney, National Economic and Social Council.

*Since moved to a position with the Economic Research Unit.

Social Welfare Appeals

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

229 Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Social Protection the progress made to date implementing the commitment in the programme for Government to clear the social welfare appeals backlog and introduce a consolidated appeals process; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28217/11]

I am informed by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that the number of appeals waiting to be processed at present is 17,655 (a reduction of some 3,126 on this time last year). These figures must be seen against a background where there has been a very significant increase in the number of appeals received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office since 2007 when the intake was 14,070 to 32,432 in 2010. Current indications are that, while there now appears to be a slight drop in the number of appeals being received in 2011, the annual intake is still likely to be close to 30,000 for the year.

In an effort to reduce the backlog of appeals, the Department made 9 additional appointments to the office earlier this year. These assignments augment the 3 appointments made to the Office in 2010, bringing the total number of Appeals Officers serving in the office to 29. In addition a number of initiatives have been undertaken with a view to increasing capacity and the combination of these initiatives and the additional staff resulted in 22,226 decisions being made by Appeals Officers in the first eight months of 2011, in comparison to 17,184 for the same period in 2010 and 10,911 in 2009. These initiatives included—

Appeals Officers took on additional work and more emphasis was placed on deciding claims on a summary basis where possible;

Enhanced business processes and ICT have has also increased the capacity of the office;

Some 3,000 cases, registered prior to 31/12/10, have been ring fenced and a team of 10 of the Office's most experienced Appeals Officers have been freed from all other work in the Office and will concentrate on clearing this backlog by the end of this year. Overall, it is expected that the increase in the number of decisions being made by Appeals Officers will continue and this, combined with the slight reduction in the numbers received should lead to on-going reductions in the backlog of appeals and in the processing times.

In relation to a consolidated appeals process, as of last Monday the 3rd October, legislation was commenced which provides that all appeals for supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) will be made to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. Up to now, the legislation provided for a 2 step process, first to the HSE and, if still dissatisfied, to the Social Welfare Appeals Office. It is estimated that approximately 10% or 1,000 SWA appellants availed of the 2 step process (based on 2010 figures). 10 former HSE Appeals Officers are now being integrated into the Social Welfare Appeals Office on foot of the transfer of these appeals from the HSE and it is hoped that there are synergies to be gained from that merger and the reduction in SWA appeals which will further enhance the capacity of the office.

Social Welfare Benefits

Jack Wall

Question:

230 Deputy Jack Wall asked the Minister for Social Protection if there is any mechanism to claim a back to school allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28242/11]

The position remains the same as advised in question number 232, which I answered for the Deputy on 20th September — that is only one back to school clothing and footwear allowance is payable annually per qualified child. Under the Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) scheme an exceptional needs payment (ENP) may be made to help meet an essential, once-off cost which the applicant is unable to meet out of his/her own resources. There is no automatic entitlement to this payment. Each application is determined by the HSE based on the particular circumstances of the case. Eligible people would normally be in receipt of a social welfare or HSE payment. The person concerned should contact the community welfare officer in the local health centre in order that an assessment of his entitlements can be examined.

Question No. 231 withdrawn.

Noel Harrington

Question:

232 Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a carer’s allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Cork; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28274/11]

I confirm that the Department is in receipt of an application for carer's allowance from the above named person. On completion of the necessary investigations on all aspects of the claim a decision will be made and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome.

Social Welfare Appeals

Noel Harrington

Question:

233 Deputy Noel Harrington asked the Minister for Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in County Cork will receive a hearing date for all three appeals; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28275/11]

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that the three appeals, from the person concerned, were referred to an Appeals Officer who proposes to hold an oral hearing in all three cases.

There has been a very significant increase in the number of appeals received by the Social Welfare Appeals Office since 2007 when the intake was 14,070 to 2010 when the intake rose to 32,432. This has significantly impacted on the processing time for appeals which require oral hearings and, in order to be fair to all appellants, they are dealt with in strict chronological order. In the context of dealing with the considerable number of appeals now on hand, the Department made 9 additional appointments to the office earlier this year. While every effort is being made to deal with the large numbers awaiting oral hearing as quickly as possible, it is not possible to give a date when the person's oral hearing will be heard, but s/he will be informed when arrangements have been made.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Question No. 234 withdrawn.

Job Creation

Michael McCarthy

Question:

235 Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons who have applied to the JobBridge scheme following recent changes to the criteria and who would have previously been ineligible; if there are any further elements of the scheme that are under review; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28283/11]

As prospective interns apply directly to host organisations, the number of applicants for each position is not available to the Department of Social Protection. The JobBridge scheme is kept continuously under review by the Department.

Michael McCarthy

Question:

236 Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of internship placements which have been made available by organisations in the west Cork area through the JobBridge programme since its inception; the number of persons who have successfully secured one of these internships; the location, organisation name and role of the successful placements; the number of internships still available in the area, and in respect of advertised placements that remain unfilled; the length of time they have been vacant; and the nature of the role and the name of the organisation in tabular form. [28287/11]

Figures are not available specifically for West Cork. Some 638 internships are currently being advertised in the FÁS Southern Region. Of these there are 85 internships on offer in Cork County. As of Friday 7th October a total of 1,769 individuals have commenced a JobBridge internship. However, it is not possible at this time, to provide a regional breakdown on the number of internships which have started. Details of all available internships are advertised on the JobBridge website.

Social Welfare Code

Peter Mathews

Question:

237 Deputy Peter Mathews asked the Minister for Social Protection her views regarding the increase in retirement age from 65 to 68 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28290/11]

The responsibility for setting retirement age in employment in the private sector rests with the individual employer who, in the main, sets retirement age under the contract of employment. Overall State responsibility for employment matters is held by my colleague, Deputy Richard Bruton, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.

My Department is working with the relevant agencies of State who have a role to play in identifying and breaking down barriers to remaining in work past the age of 65. The continued participation of older people in the labour market must be encouraged and facilitated to meet the challenge of an ageing society. Employees and employers need to be persuaded to change their attitudes to working longer. In the workplace, employers should try to retain older employees and create working conditions which make working longer both attractive and possible for the older worker. Where this is not possible and people leave paid employment before State pension age, they may be entitled to apply for another social welfare payment until they become eligible for a State pension. Means testing may or may not apply, depending on the scheme applied for.

The standardisation of State pension age at 66 in 2014 and the abolition of State pension (transition) removes the retirement condition associated with State pension (transition) which acts as an incentive to leave the workforce and has been widely criticised as a barrier to older people remaining in employment. There is no retirement condition attached to the State pension (contributory) which is currently payable from age 66.

Opportunities for older people to participate in education, employment and other aspects of economic and social life must be maximised. For the future, arrangements are being examined which would enable people to postpone receipt of State pension and receive an actuarially increased pension at a later date. In addition, changes are also being considered which would allow people with a shortfall in their PRSI contribution record at pension age to continue to make contributions beyond State pension age, if they continue in employment or self-employment.

Raising State pension is a necessary step in ensuring the sustainability of pensions into the future. There is an important and significant policy background to these changes which is that with increases in life expectancy, more people are living to pension age and living longer in retirement. This has obvious and significant implications in relation to the future costs of State pension provision. The fundamental principle involved here is that people need to participate in the workforce for longer and they need to contribute more towards their pensions if they are to achieve the income they expect or would like to have in retirement.

Social Welfare Appeals

Noel Coonan

Question:

238 Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a carer’s allowance appeal application will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28303/11]

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer having fully considered all the available evidence disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of a summary decision. Notification of the Appeals Officers decision issued 20th May 2011. Under Social Welfare legislation, the decision of the Appeals Officer is final and conclusive and may only be reviewed by the Appeals Officer in the light of new evidence or new facts.

Following the submission of additional evidence the Appeals Officer has agreed to review the case. The person concerned will be contacted when the review of his appeal has been finalised. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Noel Coonan

Question:

239 Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a carer’s allowance appeal will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28305/11]

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 21st June 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by the Social Welfare Services on the grounds of appeal be sought. When received, the appeal in question will be referred to an Appeals Officer for consideration. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Social Welfare Benefits

Noel Coonan

Question:

240 Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a back to school and footwear scheme application will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28310/11]

The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance (BSCFA) scheme operates from the beginning of June until the end of September each year. Those customers who did not receive an automated payment are required to complete and return an application form to the Department. The timescale for determining applications for Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance claims is dependent on a number of factors including: the number of applications received, when the application is lodged, the availability of the required information such as details of the applicant's income, bank statements and other relevant information regarding an individual's application.

In addition, some aspects of the applications are inevitably time consuming and delays can occur where further investigations or third party evidence is required. Delays can also arise if the applicant is slow to respond to requests for additional information. Staff are working as quickly as possible on clearing the large volume of manual application claims received. Based on the current volume of applications it could take up to 7 weeks from date of receipt to process claims. Departmental records show that an application form was received from the person concerned on 30th August 2011 and it is expected she will be notified of the outcome of her claim shortly.

Noel Coonan

Question:

241 Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a back to school and footwear scheme application will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28311/11]

The person concerned has been awarded a back to school clothing and footwear allowance and a payment issued to her nominated account on the 26th September 2011.

Noel Coonan

Question:

242 Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a back to school and footwear scheme application will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28312/11]

The spouse of the person concerned has been awarded a back to school clothing and footwear allowance and a payment issued to his nominated account on the 20th August 2011.

Social Welfare Appeals

Noel Coonan

Question:

243 Deputy Noel Coonan asked the Minister for Social Protection when a carer’s allowance appeal application will be finalised in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Tipperary; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28315/11]

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 16th May 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 26th August 2011 and the appeal will be assigned an Appeals Officer who, in due course, will decide whether the case can be decided on a summary basis or whether to list it for oral hearing.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Catherine Byrne

Question:

244 Deputy Catherine Byrne asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding a domiciliary care allowance application in respect of a person (details supplied) in Dublin 10; the reason for the delay in processing an appeal in this case; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28330/11]

The Social Welfare Appeals Office has advised me that an appeal by the person concerned was registered in that office on 15 August 2011. It is a statutory requirement of the appeals process that the relevant Departmental papers and comments by or on behalf of the Deciding Officer on the grounds of appeal be sought. These papers were received in the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 6 October 2011 and the appeal will be assigned, in due course, to an Appeals Officer who will decide whether the case can be decided on a summary basis or whether to list it for oral hearing.

The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

School Meals Programme

Michael McCarthy

Question:

245 Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Social Protection the cost of the school meals programme to her Department in 2009 and 2010, specifying the separate costs to the urban school meals scheme and school meals local projects scheme; the number of companies engaged in each scheme; the name of each company; the amount paid per company in 2009 and 2010 in tabular form; the number of local companies who are currently under investigation by her Department for being suspected of billing in excess of the amount that they are owed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28336/11]

The School Meals Programme gives funding towards the provision of food services for disadvantaged children through two schemes. The first is the statutory Urban School Meals Scheme, operated by local authorities and part-financed by this Department. The second is the School Meals Local Projects Schemes through which funding is provided directly to participating schools and local and voluntary community groups who run their own school meals projects.

Year

Urban School Meals Scheme

School Meals Local Projects Schemes

Total

2009

€1.2m

€33.6m

€34.8m

2010

€0.8m

€34.2m

€35m

The allocation for the programme for 2011 is €35 m.

The Department has no direct interaction with any company who are engaged in the provision of food services to individual groups/schools who take part in the School Meals programme and are not in a position to provide the information sought. Payments under the programme are made directly to the group/school. The Department has an ongoing programme of control work in relation to all of its schemes including the school meals programme. The Department does not comment in relation to individual cases.

Social Welfare Benefits

Joe Costello

Question:

246 Deputy Joe Costello asked the Minister for Social Protection the amount the Health Service Executive paid in rent allowance in 2010 from centres (details supplied); the number of rent supplements paid to families or individuals by the centres; the number of inspections carried out by the centres prior to approving rent allowance; and the number of payments that have been withheld by the Health Services Executive at the centres as a result of a notification by Dublin City Council of non-compliance with housing standards. [28347/11]

The community welfare service (CWS), and the community welfare officers providing it, transferred formally to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) from 1 October 2011. The service and the staff are now part of the DSP. The number of rent supplement tenancies in respect of the specified offices and the expenditure incurred are set out in the tabular statement.

It is standard practice, in the areas in question, that officers would view accommodation prior to the issue of rent supplement in order to verify the tenancy and ascertain the nature of the accommodation. However, a home visit is not always required, as the Department may already be familiar with the accommodation, and have established the applicant's residency.

In 2010, a total of 7 premises in the areas specified were notified to the CWS as not meeting the required Housing Standards. As these are multiple occupancy premises, i.e., bedsits, flats or apartments, it is not possible to specify how many individual applications were refused as a consequence of notifications received from Dublin City Council. Prospective tenants of these notified accommodations would be advised, in advance of completing a tenancy agreement, of the non-availability of rent supplement for these premises.

Rent Supplement

Tenancies and Expenditure for selected offices — 2010

Department Office

Number of Tenancies

Expenditure €

Benburb Street

329

1,191,251

Botanic Avenue

14

60,359

East Wall

2

12,638

Lisburn Street

777

2,455,895

Millmount Avenue

3

7,200

North Stand

6

12,507

Quarry Road

2,062

8,083,252

Specialised Housing Unit

1,912

6,228,650

Summerhill

12

64,093

Departmental Bodies

Willie O'Dea

Question:

247 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection the details of any organisation under her Department which has informed her of staffing difficulties which may impinge upon its ability to effectively oversee the spending of public funds; and her views regarding same. [28376/11]

I have not been made aware of any staffing difficulties in any organisation under my Department's remit which may impinge upon its ability to effectively oversee the spending of public funds.

Willie O'Dea

Question:

248 Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Social Protection if she will outline the organisations under her Department for which an employment control framework has been agreed; the current numbers they have in place; if they have been waiting more than one month to receive sanction to proceed to fill or retain any positions in spite of such positions falling below the agreed ECF ceiling. [28392/11]

There are two agencies under the Department of Social Protection which fall under the context of the Employment Control Framework. Please see below a breakdown of both in relation to agreed planned figures for 2011, and the current figures as they stand.

Agencies

Planned End 2011 Ceilings

*Amended End 2011 Ceilings

Current Staff Serving

Citizen’s Information Board

80.6

83.6

82.4

The Pensions Board

38.4

50.4

44

Total

119

134

126.4

*The ECF for Citizen's Information Board was originally set at 80.6 and was then amended to 83.6 to take account of 3 of the Department's staff on secondment to the Board.

*The ECF for the Pensions Board was originally set at 38.4. The current figure is 50.4 as a recent sanction provided for an additional 12 staff to be recruited, with the Department losing 6 staff from its ECF.

Social Welfare Appeals

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

249 Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) was refused domiciliary care allowance. [28409/11]

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received for the person concerned on 23rd September 2010. This application was referred to one of the Department's Medical Assessors who found that the child was not medically eligible for the allowance. A letter issued on 24th November 2010 refusing the allowance. The person concerned subsequently lodged an appeal against the decision and she was informed by the Social Welfare Appeals Office on 20th June 2011 that the appeal had been disallowed. The decision/appeal process for this application is now complete. All the available information was provided to the appeals officer before the appeal was considered.

Social Welfare Code

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan

Question:

250 Deputy Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason she does not allow fuel allowance to be paid in a lump sum ahead of time, as an option other than the weekly payment which may not be available to all; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28412/11]

The national fuel allowance scheme assists householders on long-term social welfare or health service executive (HSE) payments with meeting the cost of their heating needs during the winter season. The allowance represents a contribution towards a person's normal heating expenses. It is not intended to meet those costs in full. Fuel allowance is now payable for 32 weeks and for the 2010/2011 season will benefit over 375,000 people at an aggregate cost of €255 million. The payment rate is now €20 per week.

In addition, electricity and gas allowances under the household benefits package, are payable throughout the year to over 390,000 pensioners, people with disabilities, and carer households towards their heating, light and cooking costs at an estimated overall scheme cost of €382 m in 2011.

There would be a number of difficulties in paying the fuel allowance as a lump sum for some recipients while others receive it as part of their weekly payment. If the payment were given in advance as a lump sum, there could be significant over-payments if a recipient's circumstances were to change during the payment season. If it were paid in arrears, it obviously would create further budgeting difficulties. Many oil companies provide facilities for making payment by monthly instalment over a period of time which allows people to plan and budget for fuel expenses. I am satisfied that this arrangement is sufficient to meet the needs of our customers.

Social Welfare Benefits

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

251 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the outstanding documentation that must be submitted to her in order to resume payment of basic supplementary welfare allowance in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28426/11]

Apart from a number of excluded categories, anyone in the State who satisfies a habitual residency condition and a means test, has registered for employment, unless they have a physical or mental disability, and can prove unemployment, may qualify for a weekly payment of supplementary welfare allowance (SWA). Additionally, if an individual has made an appeal where a primary payment has been refused, they may also receive a payment of SWA, subject to satisfying the qualifying criteria for the scheme.

Following the refusal of a primary payment from the Department, SWA was paid to the person concerned on an interim basis pending the provision of a copy of the relevant appeals documentation. However as the person concerned did not provide a copy of the relevant documents the payment of SWA was temporarily suspended. The person concerned has now furnished the relevant appeals documentation and the payment of SWA has been restored.

Michael Healy-Rae

Question:

252 Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding financial support in respect of a case (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28445/11]

The community welfare service (CWS), and the community welfare officers providing it, transferred formally to the Department of Social Protection (DSP) from 1 October 2011. The service and the staff are now part of the DSP. Under the supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) scheme a single payment may be made to meet an exceptional need to people on social welfare or HSE payments.

The principal consideration in making a single payment of SWA to address a particular need is that the need to be met must be exceptional. Payments should arise only under abnormal conditions and should not become a regular or standard practice. Thus, an exceptional needs payment (ENP) should be a single payment to meet an unforeseen and/or special need which cannot be met from a client's basic income. There is no application for an ENP from the person concerned. The person concerned should contact his local DSP office administering supplementary welfare allowance if he wishes to be considered for an ENP.

Question No. 253 withdrawn.

Social Welfare Code

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

254 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection the reason persons receiving illness benefit pre-January 2009, who continue to provide supporting medical documents to her Department will receive payment while a person receiving illness benefit post-January 2009 must subsequently apply for invalidity pension or disability allowance or both after two years but will receive no continuing payment in the interim; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28485/11]

Illness Benefit is an income support payment for people of working age who are unable to work due to illness and who satisfy certain social insurance conditions. The scheme is intended to provide income replacement for insured persons during short spells of incapacity or illness. Other payments such as Invalidity Pension and Disability Allowance are available to people who are unable to work long-term because of a disability or a medical condition.

Although only intended to cater for short term illness there was, prior to the introduction of changes provided for in the Social Welfare (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008, no limit on the amount of time for which Illness Benefit could be paid to people who had more than 260 social insurance contributions. An OECD review entitled "Sickness, Disability and Work: breaking the Barriers" noted that paying illness or sickness benefit without a time limitation was very unusual across the OECD, and pointed to the risk that people in such circumstances will never return to the labour market.

Against that background, the 2008 Act provided that entitlement to Illness Benefit is now limited to two years (or 624 days) duration for claims arising after the 5th January, 2009. The new legislative provisions apply only to new claims and, accordingly, where a claim for illness benefit arose prior to the 5th January 2009, the previous arrangements continue to apply.

Social Welfare Benefits

Bernard J. Durkan

Question:

255 Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Social Protection if an entitlement to disability allowance exists in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28486/11]

Disability allowance is a weekly allowance paid to people with a specified disability who are aged over 16 and under 66. The disability must be expected to last for at least one year. To qualify, a claimant must satisfy a medical assessment, a means test and be habitually resident in the state.

No application for disability allowance has been received from the person concerned to date. An application form and an information booklet for disability allowance have been sent to the person. If she wishes to apply for disability allowance she should complete and return this form in the freepost envelope provided and her entitlement will be examined.

Paschal Donohoe

Question:

256 Deputy Paschal Donohoe asked the Minister for Social Protection when a final decision will be made in a disability allowance claim in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28557/11]

The application from the person concerned for disability allowance was disallowed on the basis that his means is in excess of the statutory limit allowable for disability allowance. The person was notified in writing on 10 October 2011 of this decision.

Catherine Byrne

Question:

257 Deputy Catherine Byrne asked the Minister for Social Protection when a decision will issue on an application for domiciliary care allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [28558/11]

An application for domiciliary care allowance (DCA) was received on 19 September 2011. This application will be forwarded to one of the Department's Medical Assessors for their medical opinion on the case. Upon receipt of this opinion, a decision will issue to the customer. It should be noted that, currently, it is taking ten weeks to process an application.

Barry Cowen

Question:

258 Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; and when a decision will issue. [28564/11]

The person concerned was refused carer's allowance on grounds the that the Department's Medical Assessor expressed the opinion that the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full-time care and attention as prescribed in regulations. On the 7 October, she was notified of this decision and the reason(s) for it.

Barry Cowen

Question:

259 Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for a carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; and when a decision will issue. [28565/11]

I confirm that the Department is in receipt of an application for carer's allowance from the above named person. On completion of the necessary investigations on all aspects of the claim a decision will be made and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome. The average time taken to process a claim to completion, including assessment of the claimant's means and the entitlement of the care recipient to full time care and attention on medical grounds is approximately 16 weeks.

Social Welfare Appeals

Barry Cowen

Question:

260 Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an appeal for disability allowance in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; and when a decision will issue. [28566/11]

Further to my response to Parliamentary Question Ref. No. 25881/11 on 27 September 2011, I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that there is no update to the information given previously. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Social Welfare Benefits

Barry Cowen

Question:

261 Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and when a decision will issue. [28567/11]

The person concerned was refused carer's allowance on grounds that the Department's medical assessor expressed the opinion that the care recipient is not so disabled as to require full-time care and attention as prescribed in regulations. She was notified of this decision, the reason for it and of her right of review or appeal. Additional medical evidence was subsequently received and forwarded to the Department's medical assessor for consideration. Upon receipt of the medical assessor's opinion, the decision will be reviewed. The person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome of the review in due course.

Barry Cowen

Question:

262 Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding an application for carer’s allowance in respect of a person (details supplied); and when a decision will issue. [28568/11]

I confirm that the Department is in receipt of an application for carer's allowance from the above named person. On completion of the necessary investigations on all aspects of his claim a decision will be made and the person concerned will be notified directly of the outcome. The average time taken to process a claim to completion, including assessment of the claimant's means and the entitlement of the caree to full time care and attention on medical grounds is approximately 16 weeks.

Social Welfare Appeals

Barry Cowen

Question:

263 Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Social Protection the position regarding the case of a person (details supplied) in County Offaly; and when a decision on their domiciliary care allowance appeal will be finalised. [28569/11]

I am advised by the Social Welfare Appeals Office that an Appeals Officer having fully considered all the available evidence disallowed the appeal of the person concerned by way of a summary decision. Notification of the Appeals Officers decision issued 29 June 2011. Under Social Welfare legislation, the decision of the Appeals Officer is final and conclusive and may only be reviewed by the Appeals Officer in the light of new evidence or new facts.

Following the submission of additional evidence the Appeals Officer has agreed to review the case. The person concerned will be contacted when the review of her appeal has been finalised. The Social Welfare Appeals Office functions independently of the Minister for Social Protection and of the Department and is responsible for determining appeals against decisions on social welfare entitlements.

Barry Cowen

Question:

264 Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Social Protection when a person (details supplied) in County Offaly will expect a decision on their domiciliary allowance appeal application. [28574/11