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Clare raises the issue of local flooding and the need for the OPW to take on board the views and knowledge of locals, who often know the history of the area better than the professionals.
QUESTION NO: 66
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Simon Harris
by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on Tuesday, 19th January, 2016.
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he will take to ensure that the local knowledge of residents regarding patterns of flooding in their areas is taken into account as part of the medium-term and long-term efforts to deal with the flooding problem; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Clare Daly TD
Clare asked Minister Howlin if he or his Department have ever looked in any detail at the effects on services of cutting public sector numbers by just under 30,000 between 2008 and 2015. The Minister avoided the question, unsurprisingly, which would indicate that they haven’t in fact done any analysis of what effect the cuts have had on service delivery. Maybe they’re just not interested?
Another major interest bagged for one of Denis O’Brien’s companies. Clare questioned Minister Brendan Howlin about whether he is happy with the manner in which the contract for fuel cards for all public vehicles was awarded to Denis O’Brien’s Topaz. Seems like he reckons, as he did last October, when Mick Wallace questioned him about Siteserve, that we are “absolutely fundamentally and completely wrong to have any concerns”, do you agree?
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the procurement policies invoked in the process of awarding the contract for fuel cards for staff of the Office of Public Works to a company (details supplied).
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to privatise further State assets in the remaining time in office of this Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter.