Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Questions (115, 118, 124, 143, 160)

Joan Collins

Question:

115. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 888 of 5 February 2013, and his commitment of taking up the issue of €20,000 payment of a car allowance to the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, if he will now agree to take up this issue with the acting chairperson instead as it is unclear when a new chairperson will be appointed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8572/13]

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Joe Higgins

Question:

118. Deputy Joe Higgins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 888 of 5 February 2013, and his commitment to taking up the issue of €20,000 payment of a car allowance to the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, if he will now agree to take up the issue with the acting chairperson instead as it is unclear when a new chairperson will be appointed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8570/13]

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Richard Boyd Barrett

Question:

124. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 888 of 5 February 2013, and his commitment of taking up the issue of €20,000 payment of a car allowance to the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, if he will now agree to take up this issue with the acting chairperson instead as it is unclear when a new chairperson will be appointed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8568/13]

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John Halligan

Question:

143. Deputy John Halligan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 888 of 5 February 2013, and his commitment of taking up the issue of €20,000 payment of a car allowance to the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, if he will now agree to take up this issue with the acting chairperson instead as it is unclear when a new chairperson will be appointed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8646/13]

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Thomas Pringle

Question:

160. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 888 of 5 February 2013, and his commitment of taking up the issue of €20,000 payment of a car allowance to the CEO of Dún Laoghaire Harbour Company, if he will now agree to take up this issue with the acting chairperson instead as it is unclear when a new chairperson will be appointed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8574/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 115, 118, 124, 143 and 160 together.

I informed the Deputy in response to Questions on 5 February 2013 that my Department would forward the questions to the Company for an explanation of their accounting practices for the Deputy's information. This issued to the Company on 13 February last and if the Deputy does not receive an answer within ten working days from that date he should contact my private office.

At present I am actively recruiting a Chairperson, and I hope to be in a position to do so shortly. I have undertaken previously that I would ask the new Chairperson to review certain matters relating to the CEO remuneration raised by the Deputy.  The Chairperson designate will as usual appear before the Joint Committee before being appointed.

When appointed I would like to see the new Chairperson and Board deal with these issues quickly in order that the company can focus on the immediate and long term future direction and success of the harbour company.