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Local Issues, Oral Questions, Public Expenditure

Despite numerous requests and consultations about the dangerous situation of damage to the dunes at Portrane there is still no action or plan to tackle the issue.  Inaction by government and council may cost people their homes, they both need to step up and take some responsibility. 

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he has taken to ensure that Fingal county council using available funds is acting to prevent further damage to dunes at Portrane, County Dublin.

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his strategy for preventing the destruction of homes at risk due to coastal erosion in particular in relation to coastal damage at Portrane, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Clare Daly TD

REPLY

I am very aware of the problems that coastal communities face in dealing with the erosion of soft coastline particularly given the severe weather events we have experienced in this country in recent years. I am aware from my recent visit to Donegal the issues associated with erosion of soft coastal defences. I can assure the Deputy that work is being carried out to address the problem at both a strategic level and through the local authorities responding to localised coastal erosion issues.
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Dáil Issues, Public Expenditure, Worker's Rights

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of progress on work in relation to the abolition of the mandatory retirement age in the public service; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Clare Daly T.D.

REPLY.

On foot of one of the recommendations of the Report of the Interdepartmental Group on Fuller Working Lives, my Department, with Public Service employers, was tasked to review the current statutory and operational considerations giving rise to barriers to extended participation in the public service workforce up to and including the current and planned age of entitlement to the Contributory State Pension.
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Dáil Issues, Oral Questions, Public Expenditure

DÁIL QUESTIONS addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Seán Canney T.D.
by Deputies
for ORAL ANSWER on Thursday, 1st June, 2017.

9. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the nature, details and value of all accommodation contracts entered into between the OPW and Caranua; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Catherine Connolly TD

24. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the agreement which exists between the OPW and Caranua with regard to the renting of office space; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Thomas Pringle TD

41. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the agreements between the OPW and Caranua regarding the charging of rent for use of office space; the details of same; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Clare Daly TD

REPLY.
The Commissioners of Public Works advise that the agreement in place with CARANUA for its current accommodation in Frederick Court, Dublin 1 is an administrative arrangement by way of a simple exchange of letters between the Commissioners of Public Works and CARANUA. It details a rent contribution of €106,000.00 per annum with a commencement date of 1st June 2016.

As the lease on the Frederick Court building expired in 2016, the Commissioners of Public Works are disposing of the property and in discussions with Caranua regarding their accommodation needs into the future, offered CARANUA space in newly leased premises off Talbot Street, Dublin 1. This was another option for CARANUA given that it had carried out its own research for alternative accommodation. CARANUA confirmed its acceptance of this space to the Commissioners and the agreement is again by way of simple exchange of letters. The due proportion of rent to be paid by CARANUA amounts to €188,589.55 plus VAT per annum. This increased rent arises from the provision of a larger area of accommodation to CARANUA.

Dáil Issues, Environment, Local Issues, Oral Questions, Public Expenditure