Finance – Voice recording legislation for the financial services sector; click here.
Environment – Installation of water meters; click here.
Transport – Penalties for driving without insurance; click here.
Justice – Treatment of asylum seekers in Direct Provision accommodation centres; click here.
Public Expenditure & Reform – Application of the Freedom of Information Act to companies owned by local authorities; click here.
Social Protection – Welfare cap on persons or households; click here.
Foreign Affairs – Irish embassies in Libya; click here.
Health – Access to Primary Care Services; click here.
Transport – Penalties for Driving without Insurance; click here.
Finance – Meeting with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists; click here.
Social Protection – Local Employment Service Providers; click here.
Agriculture- Genetically modified foods; click here.
Education – The allocation of resource teachers; click here.
Social Protection – The eligibility criteria for the treatment benefit scheme; click here.
Communications – Providing a valid address for purchasing a mobile phone; click here.
Justice - Regulating Pawn Brokers; click here.
Health – Labeling of genetically modified ingredients in foods; click here.
Health – Recent meetings with the Irish Thalidomide Association and Survivors Society; Click here.
Public Expenditure – How Commercial rates are set for units in suburban shopping centres; Click here.
Finance – Student Residences and the Property Tax; Click here.
Recent PQ replies:
Minister Varadkar’s comments on taxi regulation and further information on the Smarter Transport Bill 2011; click here.
Minister Noonan’s comments on tackling the illegal cigarette trade; click here.
Information on Ireland’s attendance at the forthcoming International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo; click here.
Minister Bruton’s comments on companies imposing charges for the use of particular payment methods; click here.
Information on medical cards for Polio survivors; click here.
Recent PQ replies:
Further information on negotiations regarding an Educate Together School for Dublin 8; click here.
Minister Hogan’s comments on water metering for apartment blocks and emissions trading credits for the cement industry; click here.
Minister Shatter’s response to questions regarding criticism of the Refugee Appeals Tribunal and his plans regarding new legislation/guidelines dealing with child abuse and rape cases; click here.
Further information on my Bill which seeks to prohibit investment of public moneys in companies that are involved in the manufacture of nuclear weapons; click here, and the Tánaiste’s views on the use of depleted uranium in war munitions; click here.
Minister Reilly’s views on the use of agency nurses in the HSE and the destruction of data gathered through the heel prick test; click here.
It’s important when there is such high unemployment in the country, that we ensure that new jobs go to new or existing people in the workforce where possible. I believe it’s important that we preference these people over those whom have retired. I think it’s particularly important when it comes to the public sector given that the State is the employer.
At the same time though, we have to recognise that there are people who have retired from active employment who have a particular skill set, expertise or experience that is essential to different areas of government business. And these people may indeed have to be re-engaged and re-employed, to the benefit of what the State is trying to achieve.
I receive complaints from time to time alleging that the public sector, or the civil service, are re-hiring people who have retired from the public sector (and whom we might then effectively be paying twice). This government has sought to put an end to this practice (though anecdotally I understand it is still an issue in education for example).
So, I thought I would question each of the Departments to get to the truth of the matter insofar as their operations are concerned. And I think you’ll find the answers to be quite interesting. For instance, many people may not be aware of the abatement principle, which we have put into effect. The abatement principle ensures that the fee paid plus pension does not exceed the rate of pay the pensioner would receive if he/she had continued service in their former post, and this applies to payments as appropriate.
And, in fact, it is only in place in a limited number of areas because there is only a very small amount of people currently employed or financially engaged by the government to whom it could apply.
PQ replies received so far this week:
Minister Reilly’s comments on Ireland’s compliance with the EU Working Time Directive in relation to non-consultant hospital doctors; click here.
Information on the planned reform of the health system; click here.
Information about the State’s subsidy to the Irish Greyhound Board and how this money is spent; click here.
To read parliamentary questions put to Minister Noonan regarding USC rates for the self-employed, interest restriction on residential lettings, pension fund access for the self-employed and AIB’s transfer of assets to its pension fund, click here.
For information on the number of bicycle thefts over the last five years in the Dublin area and to read about disclosure of a non-conviction under the Probation Act, click here.
To read about funding for angel investors click here.
For information on legislation to reform adoption law, click here.
To read Minister Hogan’s view on pop-up shops, click here.
To see Minister Quinn’s comments on the McKinsey report on education, click here.
For information on who qualifies for a fuel rebate, the property tax and means testing for State benefits click here
To read the Minister for Education’s view on the selection of substitute teachers click here
For information on the various visa schemes available for senoir executives coming to work in foreign owned companies based in Ireland click here
To find out the timeframe for the enactment of changes to family law legislation following the Children’s Referendum click here
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