Thursday, 8 November 2012

Questions (355)

Niall Collins

Question:

355. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will provide in a tabular form the total list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit; if he will provide a list of quasi-governmental organisations and agencies under his remit that have been abolished since March 2011 or are scheduled to be abolished and the date on which they are due to be abolished; the date on which the body was created; the name of the body; the 2012 budget for the body; the number of employees of the body in 2012; the names of any outside consultants hired by the organisation since March 2011 and what future plans he has for the body. [49319/12]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Deputy will find a list of all agencies under the aegis of my Department on the Department's website www.dttas.ie . Since my appointment as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, no bodies have been abolished. However six Public Bodies have been merged. The merger of Dublin Tourism with its parent body  - Fáilte Ireland - is de facto complete. Coaching Ireland has been subsumed into the Irish Sports Council. The Government decided in May 2012 that Shannon Development’s tourism functions should transfer to Fáilte Ireland. Planning and preparations for this transfer are underway.

Dundalk Port Company was merged with Dublin Port Company on 12 July 2011.  Tralee and Fenit Harbour Authority transferred to the control of Kerry County Council with effect from 1 October 2011.  Baltimore and Skibbereen Harbour and Kinsale Harbour transferred to the control of Cork County Council, while Arklow Harbour transferred to the control of Wicklow County Council, with effect from 1st January 2012. The  Board of Harbour Commissioners ceased to exist in each case.The current intention is that the last remaining harbour under the auspices of my Department, Bantry Bay, will be transferred to a more appropriate governance framework over the course of the next year.

The Public Service Reform Plan (http://reformplan.per.gov.ie/) sets out full details of all agencies, including those under the aegis of my Department, which are to be rationalised in 2012 and 2013 and also those which are subject to critical review.  An update on progress with the rationalisation of the State agencies as of 31 October 2012 is available on the website of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. (www.per.gov.ie )

The funding provided to agencies under the aegis of my Department is set out in the Revised Estimates for Public Expenditure 2012 and can be found on the Department of Public Expenditure and reform website (http://per.gov.ie/estpubexp2012/). Financial details in relation to the commercial State agencies can be found in the annual report of the relevant agency.

I have forwarded the Deputy's question to the various State agencies under my Department's aegis regarding the number of employees in each agency and details of consultants hired by them. If the Deputy does not receive a reply from the agencies within ten working days, please advise my private office.