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To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funds made available for minor flood works and coastal protection have been drawn down by Fingal County Council to tackle coastal erosion at the Burrow, Portrane.
REPLY: I am well aware of the coastal erosion at Portrane and I visited the area on the 18th October 2018 to view the commencement of the interim works. Local Authorities lead on identifying works to protect the coast in their respective areas and Fingal County Council are continuing to liaise with the OPW regarding a long term solution for the protection of Portrane.
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the nature of the discussions that took place between his Department and the Department of Justice and Equality that led to the establishment of a panel of barristers to assess the protected disclosures of current and former members of An Garda Síochána.
Last year, the Department of Justice and Equality sought sanction from my Department for payment of a proposed fee structure to legal Counsel as part of a new independent panel for reviewing allegations of Garda misconduct. The correspondence from that Department noted that the Minister for Justice and Equality had decided to set up this panel to consider allegations made to the Minister for Justice and Equality under the provisions of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.
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
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.
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.
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.