Departmental Communications

Ceisteanna (117)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

117. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach if he will report on his last meeting with the strategic communications unit, SCU, and the Secretary General of his Department; and if the recent information campaign in local and national newspapers was discussed. [11817/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

I have never met the Strategic Communications Unit (SCU). The last time I met the Director of the SCU was at the Project Ireland 2040 event in Cork and Waterford on 9th March 2018. I received a briefing on the broad communications strategy for Project Ireland 2040 at a meeting in December 2017. This meeting was also attended by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure, the Secretaries General of the Departments of Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform and Taoiseach, the Taoiseach's Chief of Staff and the Director of the SCU.

Departmental Staff Data

Ceisteanna (118)

Dara Calleary

Ceist:

118. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach the number of persons holding Civil Service positions above clerical officer grade in his Department that entered the civil service via a route other than through an open competition run by the Public Appointments Service or its predecessors; the grades of each; and the basis for the non-standard recruitment. [11865/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

The majority of civil service positions in my Department above the clerical officer grade are either filled using panels set up by the Public Appointments Service or through secondment arrangements with other civil and public sector bodies.

Exceptions to this would be Special Adviser positions (to which Section 11 of the Public Service Management Act, 1997 applies) and posts filled by way of Excluding Order issued by the Commission for Civil and Public Service Appointments such as the post of Government Press Secretary, Deputy Government Press Secretary, Chief Strategist for the Independent Alliance, Political Coordinator for Independent Ministers in Government, etc.

There are nine Special Advisers employed by my Department: one at Deputy Secretary level; two at Assistant Secretary level; five at Principal Officer level; and one at Assistant Principal Officer (Higher) level.

There are eight positions in my Department which have been filled by way of Excluding Order: one at Assistant Secretary level; four at Principal Officer level; one at Assistant Principal Officer (Higher) level; and two at Higher Executive Officer level.

Public Sector Staff Remuneration

Question No. 120 answered with Question No. 73.

Ceisteanna (119)

David Cullinane

Ceist:

119. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Taoiseach the directions provided to the payment of staff in the public sector and Civil Service that fall under the direction of his Department for the days during Storm Emma when staff were directed to stay at home; and if deductions in pay and annual leave were made to staff in the public sector or Civil Service as a result of days lost during the storm. [11882/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

Following the advice issued by the National Emergency Coordination Group on the status red weather warning issued by Met Éireann on 28 February 2018, an email was issued to staff in my Department from the Head of Corporate Affairs to advise them that they should not attend work on Thursday 29 February or Friday 1 March 2018. This advice also applied to staff in the National Economic and Social Development Office - the only body under the aegis of my Department.

A small number of staff attended work on 29 February and 1 March 2018, including those involved in the work of the National Emergency Coordination Group, and staff providing emergency cover in Corporate Affairs Division, Cabinet Secretariat, the Government Press Office, the Strategic Communications Unit and the Taoiseach's Private Office.

No deductions of pay or annual leave were made as a result of the days lost during storm Emma.

Question No. 120 answered with Question No. 73.

Census of Population Data

Question No. 122 answered with Question No. 79.

Ceisteanna (121)

James Browne

Ceist:

121. Deputy James Browne asked the Taoiseach the 35 largest towns in Ireland in order of size; and the populations of these towns. [11430/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

The Census of Population 2016 publications include a comprehensive report titled Profile 2 – Population, Distribution and Movements which was published on the Central Statistics Office website on 11th May 2017.

For Census 2016, new boundaries for towns were created to replace the former 80 Legal towns, as these boundaries were abolished under the Local Government Reform Act, 2014. The new Census towns are defined as a cluster of at least 50 occupied homes with a maximum distance between them of no more than 100 metres and evidence of an urban centre, such as a shop or school within the cluster, as per the UN settlement criteria.

Towns by Area (sq km), population, gender and density, 2016

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Towns

Total population

Males 

Females

Area (sq km)

Population density (persons per sq km) 

1

Drogheda

40956

19993

20963

14.8

2776.6

2

Swords

39248

19337

19911

10.4

3791.7

3

Dundalk

39004

19137

19867

23.6

1651

4

Bray

32600

15712

16888

8.1

4035.7

5

Navan (An Uaimh)

30173

14754

15419

12.9

2332.8

6

Kilkenny

26512

12923

13589

12.5

2115.9

7

Ennis

25276

12069

13207

19.6

1286.6

8

Carlow

24272

11940

12332

11.8

2063.4

9

Tralee

23691

11376

12315

18.8

1260.6

10

Droichead Nua

22742

11203

11539

8.8

2578.2

11

Portlaoise

22050

11380

10670

12.1

1829.3

12

Naas

21393

10492

10901

8.3

2567.7

13

Athlone

21349

10607

10742

15.9

1338.8

14

Mullingar

20928

10190

10738

13.3

1575

15

Wexford

20188

9784

10404

20.2

998

16

Letterkenny

19274

9375

9899

15.5

1240

17

Sligo

19199

9238

9961

10.3

1858.5

18

Greystones

18140

8799

9341

8.9

2036.6

19

Clonmel

17140

8433

8707

10.5

1636.4

20

Tullamore

14607

7091

7516

13.3

1101.5

21

Killarney

14504

6916

7588

8.1

1796.3

22

Midleton

12496

6101

6395

7.8

1611.6

23

Mallow

12459

6055

6404

8.2

1517.9

24

Castlebar

12068

5789

6279

7.9

1534.8

25

Cavan

10914

5254

5660

8.2

1337.3

26

Ballina

10171

4946

5225

6.7

1508.9

27

Longford

10008

4916

5092

7.2

1387.3

28

Shannon

9729

4829

4900

7

1387.5

29

Tuam

8767

4253

4514

6.5

1354.4

30

Thurles

7940

3821

4119

6.9

1151.3

31

Monaghan

7678

3731

3947

6.7

1146.1

32

Buncrana

6785

3309

3476

8.3

821.9

33

Ballinasloe

6662

3253

3409

8.6

773.8

34

Westport

6198

2936

3262

7.8

798.1

35

Roscommon

5876

2834

3042

9.1

644.8

Question No. 122 answered with Question No. 79.

Departmental Staff Data

Question No. 124 answered with Question No. 80.

Questions Nos. 125 and 126 answered with Question No. 73.

Ceisteanna (123)

Brendan Howlin

Ceist:

123. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach the number of staff assigned in his Department to the press office, public relations or communications roles in each year since 2015; and the positions by staffing grade and designated role and for each new position when it came into existence. [11984/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

Details of staff assigned in my Department to the Government Press Office, public relations or communications roles as at 31December in 2015, 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018 are set out in the following tables:

31 December 2015

Position/Grade

No.

Government Press Office

Politically appointed staff

Government Press Secretary

1

Deputy Government Press Secretary

1

Assistant Government Press Secretary

1

Civil servants

Press Officer - Assistant Principal

1

Press Officer- Higher Executive Officer

3

Press Officer - Administrative Officer

1

Clerical Officer

1

Government Information Service/MerrionStreet.ie

Assistant Principal

1

Executive Officer

4

Economic Division – Communications on Action Plan for Jobs

Assistant Principal

1

Higher Executive Officer

1

Total

16

31 December 2016

Position/Grade

No.

Government Press Office

Politically appointed staff

Government Press Secretary

1

Deputy Government Press Secretary

1

Assistant Government Press Secretary

1

Civil servants

Press Officer - Assistant Principal

1

Press Officer- Higher Executive Officer

4

Clerical Officer

1

Government Information Service/MerrionStreet.ie

Assistant Principal

1

Executive Officer

2

Executive Officer - vacancy

2

Economic Division – Communications on Action Plan for Jobs

Higher Executive Officer

1

International, EU & Nth Ireland Division -

Communications on Brexit

Assistant Principal

1

Total

16

31 December 2017

Position/Grade

No.

Government Press Office

Politically appointed staff

Government Press Secretary

1

Deputy Government Press Secretary

1

Assistant Government Press Secretary

1

Civil servants

Press Officer - Assistant Principal

1

Press Officer- Higher Executive Officer

4

Clerical Officer

1

Strategic Communications Unit

Director - Assistant Secretary

1

Assistant Principal Officer

4

Administrative Officer

3

Higher Executive Officer

2

Executive Officer

2

Clerical Officer

1

Total

22

21 March 2018

Position/Grade

No.

Government Press Office

Politically appointed staff

Government Press Secretary

1

Deputy Government Press Secretary

1

Assistant Government Press Secretary

1

Civil servants

Press Officer - Assistant Principal

1

Press Officer- Higher Executive Officer

4

Clerical Officer

1

Strategic Communications Unit

Director - Assistant Secretary

1

Principal Officer

1

Assistant Principal Officer

4

Administrative Officer

3

Higher Executive Officer

2

Executive Officer

4

Total

24

Question No. 124 answered with Question No. 80.
Questions Nos. 125 and 126 answered with Question No. 73.