Archive for the ‘Public Expenditure’ Category
Clare submitted two questions to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, on what Department of Education officials have called ‘woefully inadequate’ capital funding for schools, and on inequitable two-tier pay for teachers. Her questions were unfortunately not selected from the lottery for Oral response, but you can see the Written Answers below.
QUESTION NO: 70
DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe)
by Deputy Clare Daly
for ORAL ANSWER on 31/05/2016
To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his discussions with the Department of Education and Skills regarding what is described in a briefing document for the new Minister for Education and Skills as ‘woefully inadequate’ capital funding for schools and regarding steps to address this funding crisis.
I understand that the assessment included in the briefing document referred to in the Deputy’s question refers to the capital funding position for Third Level rather than capital funding for schools.
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?