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Michael McGrath, Fianna Fáil

to a question from Wed, 02/10/2013 - 15:06

5 question(s), 5 answer(s)

Dear Colm,

Thank you very much for your email.

My general view on this issue is that politicians pay should be dealt with entirely independently of politics.

I think your proposal is flawed in that a government could increase...

David Stanton, Fine Gael

to a question from Wed, 24/04/2013 - 19:40

3 question(s), 3 answer(s)

Dear Declan,

Thank you very much for making contact with me on this, and please accept my apologies for the long delay in replying to you.   I've carried out some research into the tasselled/gilded tricolours in use in Ministerial Offices -...

Sean Fleming, Fianna Fáil

to a question from Wed, 13/02/2013 - 20:45

2 question(s), 3 answer(s)

You sent me an e-mail on the 2 September 2013 in connection with Sharon Nolan who contacted and directed a question; When will there be work completed to upgrade the L7980 and L3993 as both roads were in dire condition?

I attach...

Topic: Investigations and Petitions

Question from Clare Quinn
Mon, 09/12/2013 - 13:36

Dear Minister,

I suspect that my neighbour is involved in a Marriage of convenience aka Sham Marriage.

Can you please advise what I can do about it, can I report it to any agency? I also suspect that this individual is also involved with other individuals in attempting acts across the border in breach of common travel area between Ireland and UK.



No answer yet
Topic: Administration

Question from Margaret Gregg
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 15:45

What is your position regarding the recent threat of strike action from ESB workers? Should their pension entitlements be re-evaluated?

No answer yet
Topic: Employment, Business

Question from Margaret Gregg
Wed, 04/12/2013 - 08:19

According to recent Government figures, absenteeism among local authority figures is double that of workers in the private sector. Why do you think this is and how do you propose we mitigate it?

Answer from Phil Hogan

09/12/2013 - 18:08

The Local Government Audit Service of the Department worked closely with the Local Authority Sector, the County and City Managers Association (CCMA) , the Local Government Management Agency (LGMA) and all 34 city and county councils, in reviewing the management of sickness absence.

The sickness absence rate for local authorities in 2011 is 5.19% or 11.78 days.

Circular Letter LG (P) 09/2013 ‘Target Reduction in Absenteeism’ issued 29 November 2013, sets a target for reduction at 3.5%, the wider public sector target, was issued to local authorities at the same time as issue of the VFM report. The report makes recommendations on ways of improving existing procedures, practices and systems, thereby promoting efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The report’s key recommendations include full reporting of sickness absence costs and performance against targets for efficiency and effectiveness savings nationally. The Attendance Management Committee comprising representatives of the Department, local authorities and the LGMA will assist with and monitor implementation of the recommendations.

Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Bill 2014: Second Stage

Vote from 10/04/2014, Dail


The functions of the Commission shall be—

(a) to protect and promote human rights and equality,
(b) to encourage the development of a culture of respect for human rights, equality,
and inter-cultural understanding in the State,
(c) to promote understanding and awareness of the importance of human...


Central Bank Bill 2014: Second Stage

Vote from 09/04/2014, Dail


Bill entitled an Act to make provision for the effective and expeditious transfer of the business and other assets and liabilities of building societies and for that and other purposes to amend the Central Bank Act 1971; to make provision for certain payments out of the Central Fund to the account established...


Confidence in the Minister for Justice and Equality; and Defence

Vote from 02/04/2014, Dail


The amended Government motion did NOT include reference to the Ministers apology to Whistleblowers McCabe and Wilson

* the motion did welcome and await the outcome of independent...