Calleary, Dara

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Capital Expenditure Programme Review

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the status of the capital review; if the ten-year plan will outline funding beyond the timeline of 2021; the way in which it will co-ordinate with the national development plan; if it will incorpor...More Button

Will the Minister update the House on the progress of the review of the capital plan? Tomorrow is the closing date for the receipt of submissions on the review of the national planning framework. ...More Button

When will the Minister announce the projects being aligned with the extra allocations? Second, I realise the national planning framework is the responsibility of a different Department, but its al...More Button

Public Sector Pensions Legislation

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his plans to deal with pension restoration for retired public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

While there has been an understandable focus on public service pay and I acknowledge the publication this week of the FEMPI legislation, this question focuses on public service pensioners, particul...More Button

While coverage of the issue of public service pensions tends to focus on the minority of high pensions, the majority of public service pensioners do not have alternative means to earn income. They...More Button

I acknowledge the work done by the Alliance of Retired Public Servants. Public service pensioners endured substantial cuts to their incomes. As I noted, they have no other means to make up for th...More Button

Labour Court Recommendations

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the progress on his discussions with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection in relation to the implementation of Labour Court recommendation, LRC 19293, concerning the rights of...More Button

Just before the Halloween recess there was an all-party gathering on a Topical Issue concerning the issue I am raising in relation to community employment scheme supervisors. That was held in adva...More Button

First, FÁS was part of the Labour Court hearing. It made submissions to the Labour Court hearing in 2008. The court's recommendation refers to the fact that the court has considered the submissio...More Button

We understand a pathway was laid out with a view to resolving this issue without knocking on other claims, which is something we are all legitimately concerned about. I understand the previous M...More Button

I understand the complexities but there is a Labour Court recommendation and one cannot have the Government on the one hand advising companies to listen to the Labour Court, even though it is a vol...More Button

Will the outcome of the scoping process be ready for the end of November or is it the end of the year? Will the officials be in a position to table the scoping document at the forum meeting at t...More Button

Government Communications

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if he has been consulted or if he has been involved in the rollout of the new communication strategy across government; if the Office of Government Procurement has been involved with the procuremen...More Button

Communications and the communications strategy of the Government is a topic of much interest at the moment. The Minister made an allocation to the Department of the Taoiseach during the budget pro...More Button

Government Communications (Continued)

God be with the days when the leader of the country could look into his heart and know what the people were thinking. The Minister has referred to research and insight, branded entities, digital m...More Button

I realise the Minister cannot give me the breakdown of all of this for procurement reasons, but what is the combined amount of money that will be allocated? What is the total amount of money bei...More Button

The Minister has held talks with the new head of the strategic communications unit. The new head is an exceptionally gifted individual who has done an extraordinary service to the State in his w...More Button

Presumably in the establishment of the strategic communications unit, like the establishment of any new Government unit or service, a business case was made. It would have pointed out that the uni...More Button

Public Sector Pay

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his plans to address pay equalisation across the public sector; if his Department will take a leading role in determining the way in which pay equalisation will be rolled out across Departments; an...More Button

In the context of forthcoming legislation to unwind the financial emergency measures in the public interest, pay equalisation is to be dealt with by the Public Service Pay Commission. Will the Min...More Button

I thank the Minister for the update. Is there a deadline for the work to conclude or will it proceed through next year? Will it be completed in advance of next year's budget? Is the projected co...More Button

While I recognise the complexity of this issue, when an organisation such as the INTO, which normally takes a very constructive approach to participating in many issues in the past ten years, takes...More Button

Public Services Card

There has been quite considerable controversy around the public services card. The Data Protection Commissioner is investigating issues around it under section 10 of the Data Protection Act. Can ...More Button

There is a new Minister in the UK. I did not realise we had one here today as well. The Minister had rugby on his mind.More Button

In the context of the concerns raised, particularly with an investigation under way by the Data Protection Commissioner, will the procurement for a service for promoting the card proceed or will th...More Button

Public Sector Staff

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: his plans to review and address recruitment and retention issues in various areas of the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The issue of recruitment and retention within the public service is causing considerable pressure, particularly in the health service but also in the area of education. An issue has arisen, for ex...More Button

I suggest that another issue be added to the criteria would be the amount of money being spent, particularly within the health service, on agencies to fill the gaps. I point to the example of Erri...More Button

As another assist in terms of looking at the cost of this, can we look at the amount of money that is being spent on agencies, particularly within the health service? That money might be better ...More Button

Community Employment Schemes Supervisors

Asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: if his attention has been drawn to the recent Topical Issue on community employment supervisors; the reason the meeting of the forum regarding community employment scheme supervisors to be hosted b...More Button

Medical Card Data

Asked the Minister for Health: if medical card holders are liable for charges for blood tests at their general practitioners; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Rental Accommodation Scheme Administration

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if the housing needs of persons on RAS are deemed to be met; if persons on RAS are still eligible for inclusion on local authority housing lists; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button