Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (137)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

137. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health if it is the case that persons appointed at senior executive or advisory level in the special delivery unit are paid through overseas companies; his views on whether this is a method of avoiding paying income tax in this jurisdiction; if this method of payment has been or is being used elsewhere in his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30392/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The decisions to employ both individuals concerned in the Special Delivery Unit were based on specific requirements for the provision of specialised expertise to address significant health service reform, as committed to in the Programme for Government. The Department of Health fully cooperates with the Revenue Commissioners in the exercise of their duties and is vigilant with regard to compliance with its tax obligations. As the Department has already stated, it would not be appropriate for it to comment on any tax matter relating to any individual case which may arise.