Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Ceisteanna (221)

Joan Burton

Ceist:

221. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Finance the estimated yield from an annual charge of €250 per parking space on all car parking spaces provided for Civil Service and publicly funded positions, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28291/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Finance)

In response to the Deputy's question my Department is not responsible for the provision of car parking spaces to Civil Servants or other Government officials. Parking in respect of staff of the Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is organised via the Office of Public Works. Some 42 spaces have been allocated to the Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform by the Office of Public Works in the leased car park at the rear of 42 Merrion Square Dublin 2. The spaces are occupied on a first come first served basis and currently there are 113 people with access to these spaces. In addition the Department of Finance and Department of Public Expenditure and Reform have access to a further 24 spaces in other locations such as Miesian Plaza, Agriculture House and the Taoiseach's Office Car park.

Officials in my Department have been informed by the Office of Public works that while they can if requested by the Deputy provide figures on the number of parking spaces at office buildings provided by OPW through leases/licences etc., they cannot say how these spaces are allocated to staff within each organisation nor do they hold details in respect of staff who may require car parking in order for them to carry out their official duties.

In relation to my own Department we have active participation of staff both in the TaxSaver Travel Pass and the Cycle to Work schemes as alternatives to car usage as a means of attending their work place.