Clare Anti-Poverty Strategy Research Parliamentary Questions Part 1

Clare Anti-Poverty Strategy Research Parliamentary Questions Part 1

TOWARDS AN ANTI-POVERTY STRATEGY FOR CLARE

Socio-economic data on Co Clare obtained via Parliamentary Questions, Part I

 

In 2021, Clare PPN’s Social Inclusion member groups initiated a project to develop a participative, five-year Anti-Poverty Strategy for Clare, based on the lived experiences of people encountering the various interlinked forms of poverty in the county. Following a successful application for funding to the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) under its Equality Grants Scheme, we were delighted to secure the services of researcher and author Dr Conor McCabe to oversee the project.

As part of his research, Dr McCabe drafted an extensive series of Parliamentary Questions aiming to address a lack of information on the socio economic statistics available to policy makers in the county.  In a bid to obtain the facts, figures and statistics needed to progress this important research. Clare PPN asked Clare’s TDs to submit these as ‘Parliamentary Questions’ (PQs) to the relevant government ministers. What follows below are the official responses to the first series of PQs. (More will be submitted as the project goes on)

We are posting these responses here to make the data readily available to our member groups, to researchers and to anyone who might find it useful for making or influencing policy in Clare.  We are grateful to Cathal Crowe TD, Michael McNamara TD and Violet-Anne Wynne TD for submitting these questions on behalf of Clare PPN.

All of these ‘Written Answers’ have also been published by the Government and can be accessed via the following page on the Oireachtas website:
https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/question/2022-01-19/

The project will continue with a series of peer-to-peer interviews and ‘focus groups’ where those affected by poverty in Clare as well as those providing state and charitable services in the county will be given the opportunity to input to this research. Anyone seeking more information on this project can email sarah@clareppn.ie

Earlier in the project, Dr McCabe produced a Discussion Document, which is available as a PDF: ‘Towards an Anti-Poverty Strategy for Clare’.

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Parliamentary Questions answered on 19th January 2022

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Number of people in Co Clare in receipt of the After-School Childcare Scheme

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 1104 Question Reference(s): 1526/22
Department: Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth
Asked by: Michael McNamara T.D.
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QUESTION
To ask the Minister for Children; Equality; Disability; Integration and Youth the number of persons in receipt of the after school childcare scheme in County Clare in each of the years from 2016 to 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
The After-School Childcare Programme  (ASCP) was administered and funded by my Department as part of the Community Childcare Subvention Programme (CCSP).  The CCSP closed to new entrants in November 2019, on the introduction of the National Childcare Scheme.

The ASCP provided up to one year of after-school care for primary school children for certain categories of working parents/guardians and parents/guardians on certain employment programmes , based on eligibility criteria provided by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

Parents taking part in Community Employment programmes received funding for after school care under the Community Employment Childcare After-School Childcare (CEC AS) another subvention programme under the CCSP.  The CEC AS closed to new entrants in 2019, on the introduction of the NCS.

Table 1 below sets out outlines all children registered for ASCC for the years 2016 – 2019 inclusive.

Table 2 below sets out outlines all children registered for CEC AS for the years 2016 – 2019 inclusive.

Table 1

Programme Call

Programme Year

Unique Children attending in Co. Clare

ASCC 2016

2016/17

36

ASCC 2017

2017/18

6

ASCC 2018

2018/19

1

 

Table 2 

Programme Call

Programme Year

Unique Children attending in Co. Clare

CEC 2016 (AS)

2016/17

37

CEC 2017 (AS)

2017/18

31

CEC 2018 (AS)

2018/19

24

CEC 2019 (AS)

2019/20

14

CEC (AS) Saver Programme 2020

2020/21

3

 

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Number of people in receipt of Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) in Co Clare

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 527,528,540 Question Reference(s): 1503/22, 1516/22, 1688/22
Department: Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
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QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Housing; Local Government and Heritage the number of persons in receipt of the housing assistance payment in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
The Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) scheme is a flexible and immediate housing support that is available to all eligible households throughout the State. At the end of Q3 2021 there were more than 62,000 households in receipt of HAP and over 33,600 separate landlords and agents providing accommodation to households supported by the scheme.

The table below shows the number of active HAP tenancies in Co. Clare from 2016 to 2021

Local     Authority

Active HAP Tenancies @ Q4 2016

Active HAP Tenancies @ Q4 2017

Active HAP  Tenancies @ Q4 2018

Active HAP  Tenancies @ Q4 2019

Active HAP  Tenancies @ Q4 2020

Active HAP  Tenancies @ Q3 2021

Clare County   Council

          955

           1,193

         1,335

1,369

1,423

1,381

 

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Level of consistent poverty, child poverty, food poverty and fuel poverty; deprivation rates; and median household income in Co Clare

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 927,928,929,930,931,932,993,994,995,996,997,998,1000,1001,1002,1003,1004,1005 Question Reference(s): 1455/22, 1456/22, 1457/22, 1458/22, 1459/22, 1460/22, 1518/22, 1519/22, 1520/22, 1521/22, 1522/22, 1523/22, 1621/22, 1622/22, 1623/22, 1624/22, 1625/22, 1626/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
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QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the level of consistent poverty in each of the electoral areas of Ennis, Ennistymon, Killaloe, Kilrush, and Shannon, County Clare in each of the years 2011 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the level of child poverty in each of the electoral areas of Ennis, Ennistymon, Killaloe, Kilrush, and Shannon, County Clare in each of the years 2011 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the level of food poverty in each of the electoral areas of Ennis, Ennistymon, Killaloe, Kilrush, and Shannon, County Clare in each of the years 2011 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the level of fuel poverty in each of the electoral areas of Ennis, Ennistymon, Killaloe, Kilrush, and Shannon, County Clare in each of the years 2011 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the deprivation rates in each of the electoral areas of Ennis, Ennistymon, Killaloe, Kilrush, and Shannon, County Clare in each of the years 2011 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the median household income in each of the electoral areas of Ennis, Ennistymon, Killaloe, Kilrush, and Shannon, County Clare in each of the years 2011 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
As Minister of State with responsibility for social inclusion, I oversee the implementation of the Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-2025, the national strategy for poverty reduction and improved social inclusion.  The Roadmap aims to reduce the percentage of the population in consistent poverty to 2% or less by 2025 and to make Ireland one of the most socially inclusive countries in the EU.   I chair the Social Inclusion Roadmap Steering Group which monitors the implementation of Roadmap. It  has met four times since November 2020.  The first Roadmap Progress Report will be published shortly.

The most recent poverty data is from the 2020 Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) which was published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on 17th December 2021.  Official poverty data, as collated by the CSO, is not available at an electoral area or county level.  However in order to be of assistance to the Deputy I am providing equivalent regional data which includes Co Clare data.

Up to 2019 data is available for the ‘NUTS’ 3 Mid-West region which covers Counties Clare, Tipperary and Limerick. In 2020 the data was provided for the NUTS 2 Southern region which consists of Counties Clare, Tipperary, Limerick, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford, Cork, and Kerry.  The table below provides data for the NUTS 3 Mid-West region for the period 2012-2019 and for the Southern region for 2020 for the information of the Deputies.

It should be noted that further regulatory changes, which took effect in January 2021, have resulted in a break in the time series for SILC data.  This means that the 2020 SILC data are not fully comparable with data from previous years.

Table 1:  Poverty rates at NUTS3 (2012-2019) and NUTS2 (2020) level

NUTS3 Mid-West Region

NUTS3 Mid-West Region

NUTS3 Mid-West Region

NUTS3 Mid-West Region

NUTS3 Mid-West Region

NUTS3 Mid-West Region

NUTS3 Mid-West Region

NUTS3 Mid-West Region

NUTS2 Southern Region

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Consistent Poverty Rate %

7.6

8

8.6

7.7

7

6.2

4.8

5.4

5.8

Basic Deprivation Rate %

23.1

24.3

22.8

17.4

16.7

15

12.8

16.8

16

Median Nominal Household Disposable   Income (annual)

€31,083

€33,390

€35,449

€38,006

€37,741

€36,733

€42,639

€42,285

€40,300

Data on child poverty is not published by the CSO on a regional level.  However addressing child poverty continues to be a Government priority.  The Roadmap for Social Inclusion underlines  that no child in Ireland should live in poverty and that, where it happens due to adverse circumstances, available supports should ensure that the child and their family exit poverty as soon as is possible. The Roadmap highlights the importance of both income supports and access to services, particularly to basic essential services such as housing, health and education, in addressing poverty and social exclusion.  Budget 2022 included a range of measures to support families and children including increases to all core weekly payments and to the qualified child rates; an increase in weekly income threshold for the Working Family Payment for all family sizes; an increase in the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for older and younger children; and the extension of the Hot School Meals programme.  The Department is also working with the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth on the development on Ireland’s national plan for the implementation of the EU Child Guarantee.  Data on national trends in child poverty are available in the Social Inclusion Monitor publication available on www.gov.ie.

While there is no official food poverty indicator in Ireland, in 2012 the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) developed a measure which defined food poverty as the inability to have an adequate and nutritious diet due to issues of affordability or accessibility.

As part of its series reporting on Ireland’s progress towards meeting its targets under the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the CSO published ‘Irelands UN SDGs 2019 – Report on Indicators for Goal 2 Zero Hunger’.  Using the ESRI food poverty measure, the report includes the food poverty rate for the Southern Region for the period 2012-2018.

Table 2:  Food Poverty Rate 2012-2018 Southern Region

Southern Region

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Food Poverty Rate %

12.3

13.2

13.2

14.2

10.2

10.2

8.4

In April 2021, I established a Working Group on Food Poverty to progress the delivery of Roadmap Commitment 61: develop a comprehensive programme of work to further explore the drivers of food poverty and to identify mitigating actions.  The membership of this group comprises representatives from relevant government Departments as well as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Crosscare and the Children’s Rights Alliance.

In addition, the Department of Social Protection helps to address food poverty through the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD), which supports EU Member States’ actions to provide food and material assistance to the most deprived. FEAD Ireland has received funding of €26.7 million for the period 2014 – 2020, with over 150 charities nationwide distributing food to their communities.  A list of approved charities can be found on www.gov.ie.

There is no official fuel poverty indicator . However, the SILC basic deprivation indicator includes two items relating to energy provision/availability:

  • without heating at some stage in the last year through lack of money;
  • unable to afford to keep the home adequately warm.

Data on trends in these deprivation indicators is available on the CSO website, but not at a regional level.

However tackling fuel poverty is a Government priority.  The Roadmap for Social Inclusion has a specific commitment in relation to tackling fuel/energy poverty (Commitment #60): as part of the Climate Action Plan, review ways to improve how energy poverty schemes target those most in need.  This commitment is being delivered by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.

Fuel poverty is also addressed through the provision of the Fuel Allowance by the Department of Social Protection.  Budget 2022 increased the Fuel Allowance by €5 to €33 per week with an increase to the weekly income threshold for Fuel Allowance from €100 to €120.  Both changes came into effect from 11 October 2021 to ensure that recipients benefited during the winter fuel season.  In addition, Budget 2022 reduced the qualification period for Fuel Allowance from 15 months to 12 months for people in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance. People in receipt of the Household Benefits Package also receive a monthly allowance of €35 (€420 per year) towards the cost of either their electricity or gas bills.

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Number of people on the Live Register in Co Clare – by age, gender, occupation, nationality and duration

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s):  Question Reference(s): 1470/22, 1504/22, 1653/22
Department: Taoiseach
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
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QUESTION
To ask the Taoiseach the number of persons on the live register in County Clare in November of each year from 2016 to 2021 by age, gender, occupation, nationality and duration.

REPLY
I propose to take questions 1470, 1504 and 1653 together. The Live Register series provides a monthly breakdown of the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and other registrants as registered with the Department of Social Protection.

Table 1 below shows the number of persons on the Live Register for County Clare classified by gender for November 2016 to 2021. This information is also available online on the CSO Px Stat (Series code LRM07). See link to CSO website below.

https://www.cso.ie/en/index.html

Table 2 below shows the number of persons on Live Register for County Clare classified by age group for November 2016 to 2021. This information is also available online on the CSO Px Stat (Series code LRM07). See link to CSO website below.

https://www.cso.ie/en/index.html

Table 3 below shows the number of persons on Live Register for County Clare classified by last held occupation for November 2016 to 2021.

Table 4 below shows the number of persons on Live Register for County Clare classified by nationality grouping for November 2016 to 2021.

Table 5 below shows the number of persons on Live Register for County Clare classified by duration of continuous registration for November 2016 to 2021.

It should be noted that the Live Register is not a definitive measure of unemployment as it includes part-time workers, and seasonal and casual workers entitled to Jobseeker’s Benefit or Allowance.

Table 1  Number of persons on the Live Register in County Clare classified by gender, November 2016 – 2021

 November 2016

 November 2017

 November 2018

 November 2019

 November 2020

 November 2021

Male

3,599

3,130

2,598

2,463

2,704

2,069

Female

2,854

2,574

2,216

2,065

2,222

1,793

All persons

6,453

5,704

4,814

4,528

4,926

3,862

Source: Live Register, CSO

Table 2  Number of persons on the Live Register in County Clare classified by age group, November 2016 – 2021

 November 2016

 November 2017

 November 2018

 November 2019

 November 2020

 November 2021

Under 25 years

748

628

484

510

550

361

Over 25 years

5,705

5,076

4,330

4,018

4,376

3,501

Total

6,453

5,704

4,814

4,528

4,926

3,862

Source: Live Register, CSO

Table 3  Number of persons on the Live Register in County Clare classified by last held occupation, November 2016 – 2021

 November 2016

 November 2017

 November 2018

 November 2019

 November 2020

 November 2021

Managers and administrators

209

194

179

179

197

158

Professional

389

352

328

290

341

229

Associate professional and technical

194

185

152

120

152

107

Clerical and secretarial

856

748

622

618

579

429

Craft and related

1,351

1,125

898

858

890

679

Personal and protective service

1,291

1,200

1,024

987

960

702

Sales

693

608

523

504

488

337

Plant and machine operatives

647

536

483

450

490

331

Other occupation

745

688

554

469

513

377

No occupation¹

78

68

51

53

316

513

Total

6,453

5,704

4,814

4,528

4,926

3,862

1 Includes those who have no stated occupation
Source: Live Register, CSO

Table 4  Number of persons on the Live Register in County Clare classified by nationality grouping, November 2016 – 2021

 November 2016

 November 2017

 November 2018

 November 2019

 November 2020

 November 2021

Irish nationals

5,269

4,671

3,896

3,694

3,996

3,106

Non-Irish nationals

1,184

1,033

918

834

930

756

of which:

United Kingdom

346

289

254

237

268

221

EU14 (excluding Ireland)1

110

108

103

83

83

76

EU15 to EU271

590

487

429

379

432

321

Other

138

149

132

135

147

138

All persons

6,453

5,704

4,814

4,528

4,926

3,862

1 In light of the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union with effect from 1 February 2020, the EU classification has been updated.
Source: Live Register, CSO

Table 5  Number of persons on the Live Register in County Clare classified by duration of continuous registration, November 2016 – 2021

 November 2016

 November 2017

 November 2018

 November 2019

 November 2020

 November 2021

Less than one year

3,536

3,256

2,759

2,760

2,960

1,971

One year or more

2,917

2,448

2,055

1,768

1,966

1,891

Total

6,453

5,704

4,814

4,528

4,926

3,862

Source: Live Register, CSO
 

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Number of people in receipt of the Back-to-School Clothing and Footwear Allowance in Co Clare

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 933,964,1006 Question Reference(s): 1472/22, 1527/22, 1655/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
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QUESTION

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the back-to-school clothing and footwear allowance in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
The back to school clothing and footwear allowance scheme provides a once-off payment to eligible families to assist with the costs of clothing and footwear when children start or return to school each autumn.

The allowance is payable for eligible children between the ages of 4 and 17 in respect of whom a qualified child increase is being paid.  It is also payable to those between the ages of 18 and 22 who are in full-time second level education and in respect of whom a qualified child allowance is being paid.

The number of back to school clothing and footwear allowance (BSCFA) recipients and the number of qualified children for whom BSCFA was approved in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021 is set out in tabular form below.

Year

BSCFA recipients in County Clare

Number of children benefiting in County Clare

2016

3,524

6,608

2017

3,431

6,380

2018

3,275

6,189

2019

3,217

6,073

2020

3,172

6,004

2021

3,008

5,743

I trust this clarifies the matter.

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Number of people in receipt of Supplementary Welfare Allowance payment, Urgent Needs payment and Rent Supplement in Co Clare

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 950,935,958,963,966,979,987,992,1008,1023,1032,1035 Question Reference(s): 1489/22, 1474/22, 1497/22, 1502/22, 1529/22, 1543/22, 1510/22, 1515/22, 1657/22, 1677/22, 1687/22, 1691/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
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QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons who received a supplementary welfare allowance payment in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of basic supplementary welfare allowance in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons who received an urgent needs payment in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the rent supplement in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
The supplementary welfare allowance (SWA) scheme is the safety net within the overall social welfare system in that it provides assistance to eligible people in the State whose means are insufficient to meet their needs and those of their dependants.  Supports provided under the SWA scheme can consist of a basic weekly payment, a weekly or monthly supplement in respect of certain expenses, as well as single exceptional needs payments (ENPs) and urgent needs payments (UNPs).

The basic supplementary welfare allowance provides immediate assistance for those in need who are awaiting the outcome of a claim or an appeal for a primary social welfare payment or do not qualify for payment under other State schemes.

Rent supplement provides short-term income support to eligible people living in private rented accommodation whose means are insufficient to meet their accommodation costs and who do not have accommodation available to them from any other source.  The scheme ensures that for those who were renting, but whose circumstances have changed due to temporary loss of employment, can continue to meet their rental commitments.

Under the SWA scheme, a supplement can be awarded to assist with ongoing or recurring costs that cannot be met from the person’s own resources and are deemed to be necessary.  A single exceptional needs payment (ENP) may be made to help meet essential, once-off expenditure which a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income.  An urgent needs payment (UNP) may be made to persons who may not normally qualify for SWA but who have an urgent need which they cannot meet from their own resources or an alternative is not available at that time.  Decisions on ENPs, UNPs and SWA supplements are made at the discretion of the officers administering the scheme taking into account the requirements of the legislation and all the relevant circumstances of the case.

Table 1 shows the number of Basic SWA and supplement recipients in Co Clare, at year end 2016-2021.

Table 2 shows the number of ENPs and UNPs issued in Co Clare, 2016-2021.

I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputies.

Table 1: Number of Basic SWA and supplement recipients in Co Clare, at year end 2016-2021

Scheme

End of 2016

End of 2017

End of 2018

End of 2019

End of 2020

End of 2021

Basic SWA

260

342

197

186

111

115

Rent Supplement

423

177

114

54

132

61

Mortgage Interest Supplement

30

20

0

0

0

0

Other Supplements

93

80

85

59

52

48

 

Table 2: Number of ENPs and UNPs issued in Co Clare, 2016-2021

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Number of ENP/UNPs

2,233

3,126

4,559

2,494

1,777

1,271

Of which ENPs

2,229

3,126

4,488

2,484

1,763

1,264

Of which UNPs

4

0

71

10

14

7

 

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Number of people in receipt of One-Parent Family Payment in Co Clare

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 967,936,1009 Question Reference(s): 1530/22, 1475/22, 1658/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Michael McNamara T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
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QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of one parent family payment in County Clare in each of the years 2001 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
Detailed information on scheme recipients, including recipients by county, are published each year by my Department in the Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services, which is available at gov.ie/dsp/statistics.  The Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services in respect of 2021 is expected to be published in quarter 2 of this year.

The archive on gov.ie contains reports from 1998 through to the latest available report, which is 2020.  Quarterly data by county, covering Q1 2014 through to Q3 2021, is also available, and is published on a quarterly basis through the national open data portal, data.gov.ie

The information requested by the Deputies is set out in the table below.

 Year

 One Parent Family – Co Clare

2001

1,167

 2002

1,603

 2003

1,626

 2004

1,669

 2005

1,620

 2006

1,663

 2007

1,642

 2008

1,769

 2009

1,769

 2010

1,835

 2011

1,396

 2012

1,390

 2013

1,368

 2014

1,175

 2015

646

 2016

635

 2017

674

 2018

680

 2019

694

 2020

667

 2021

705

 

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Number of students benefitting from the School Meals Scheme in Co Clare

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 937,968,1010 Question Reference(s): 1476/22, 1531/22, 1659/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
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QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of students who benefitted from the school meals scheme in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
The school meals programme provides funding towards the provision of food to some 1,506 schools and organisations benefitting 230,000 children.  The objective of the programme is to provide regular, nutritious food to children who are unable, due to lack of good quality food, to take full advantage of the education provided to them.  The programme is an important component of policies to encourage school attendance and extra educational achievement.

A budget of €65.1 million has been provided for the scheme in 2021.

As part of Budget 2019, funding was provided for a pilot scheme from September 2019, providing hot school meals in primary schools at a cost of €1m for 2019 and €2.5m in 2020.  The pilot involved 37 schools benefitting 6,744 students for the 2019/2020 academic year and was aimed primarily at schools with no onsite cooking facilities.

Budget 2021 provided an additional €5.5m to extend the provision of hot school meals to an additional 35,000 primary school children, currently receiving the cold lunch option.  Invitations for expressions of interest were issued to 705 primary schools (612 DEIS and 93 non-DEIS) in November 2020.  A total of 281 (256 DEIS and 25 non-DEIS) expressions of interest were received in respect of 52,148 children.

The 35,000 places were allocated to each local authority area based on the number of children applied by local authority as a percentage of the total number.  A minimum of one school for each Local Authority area was selected.  Thereafter, a process of random selection was used for each area.

Budget 2022 is providing for the hot school meals to be extended from January 2022 to the 81 DEIS schools that submitted an expression of interest but were not selected in the extension to 35,000.

The number of students who benefitted from the school meals scheme in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021 is contained in Table 1 of the attached tabular statement.

For ease of reference, details of the schools and organisations benefitting from the school meals scheme in the 2021/2022 academic year are contained in Table 2.

I trust that this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

Tabular Statement 

Table 1: The number of students benefitting from the school meals scheme in County Clare from 2016 to 2021

Academic Year

Number of Students

2016 / 2017

3,721

2017  /2018

4,079

2018 / 2019

4,304

2019 / 2020

4,269

2020 / 2021

3,942

2021 / 2022

4,140

Table 2: Schools and Organisations benefitting from the school meals scheme in the 2021/2022 academic year

Roll Number / Organisation Identifier

 Name

Number Of Children

07315N

Holy Family Snr

305

17020A

Quilty NS

30

18526O

Ballycar NS

33

18753C

Saint Marys NS Lahinch

149

19233E

St Clares Special School

61

19559L

Chriost Ri

221

19999Q

Gaelscoil Ui Choimin

64

20041C

Convent Of Mercy National School

307

20086B

Ennis Educate Together NS

80

62000W

Mary Immaculate Secondary School

253

70840Q

Ennistymon Vocational School

222

91448K

Kilrush Community School

396

EO -000000068

Loughgraney Kids Corner Ltd

49

EO -000000070

East Clare Youthreach

13

EO -000000072

Obair Community Creche

50

EO -000000075

Kilrush Youthreach

26

EO -000000153

Kilmaley Community Childcare Creche

60

03928D

Mullach NS

55

14622N

Eidhneach NS

154

15221A

Annagh NS

99

16908S

Sixmilebridge NS

150

16930L

Scoil An Sraith SN

17

17957N

Holy Family Junior School

153

19414I

St Annes SS

90

20078C

Sn Realt Na Mara

73

20127M

Scoil Na Maighdine Mhuire

234

20245S

Ennistymon National School

59

20313J

Mol An Óige Community National School

112

70830N

Ennis Community College

487

70880F

St Joseph’s Community College

138

Total Students

4,140

 

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Number of people in receipt of the Back to Work Family Dividend, Working Family Payment and Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 938,934,939,965,969,1007,1011,1012 Question Reference(s): 1477/22, 1473/22, 1478/22, 1528/22, 1532/22, 1656/22, 1660/22, 1661/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the working family payment in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the back to work family dividend in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the back to work enterprise allowance in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
Detailed information on scheme recipients, including recipients by county, are published each year by my Department in the Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services, which is available at gov.ie/dsp/statistics.  The Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services in respect of 2021 is expected to be published in quarter 2 of this year.

The archive on gov.ie contains reports from 1998 through to the latest available report, which is 2020.  Quarterly data by county, covering Q1 2014 through to Q3 2021, is also available, and is published on a quarterly basis through the national open data portal, data.gov.ie

The information requested by the Deputies is set out in the table below:

Back to Work Family  Dividend

Working Family Payment

Back to work Enterprise Allowance

 2016

 245

1,313

 424

 2017

 151*

 1,278

 339

 2018

 109

 1,161

 207

 2019

 83

 1,152

 135

 2020

 48

 990

 88

 2021

 60

 923*

 77*

* as at 30th November figure; all other figures as at 31 December

Note from Clare PPN: Please note that the figures for the Back to work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) provided in the above answer were subsequently clarified and updated by the Department of Social Protection on 16th February 2022, in response to a follow-up query by Clare PPN. The more up-to-date figures are in a Ministerial Answer which is at the end of this article/post. 

 

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Number of people in Co Clare in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment, Benefit Payment for Over-65s, Farm Assist and Fish Assist

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 972,940,942,943,944,945,946,947,948,971,973,974,975,976,977,1013,1015,1016,1017,1018,1019,1020,1021 Question Reference(s): 1536/22, 1479/22, 1481/22, 1482/22, 1483/22, 1484/22, 1485/22, 1486/22, 1487/22, 1534/22, 1537/22, 1538/22, 1539/22, 1540/22, 1541/22, 1662/22, 1669/22, 1670/22, 1671/22, 1672/22, 1673/22, 1674/22, 1675/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Michael McNamara T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of farm assist in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the benefit payment for 65 year olds in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of jobseeker’s allowance in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the jobseeker’s transitional payment in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the professional artists on jobseeker’s allowance in the State and in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of jobseeker’s benefit for the self-employed in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of fish assist in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
Detailed information on scheme recipients, including recipients by county, are published each year by my Department in the Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services, which is available at gov.ie/dsp/statistics.  The Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services in respect of 2021 is expected to be published in quarter 2 of this year.

The archive on gov.ie contains reports from 1998 through to the latest available report, which is 2020.  Quarterly data by county, covering Q1 2014 through to Q3 2021, is also available, and is published on a quarterly basis through the national open data portal, data.gov.ie

The information requested by the Deputies is set out in the table below.  Farm assist, fish assist, jobseekers for professional artists, and the jobseeker’s transitional payment, are forms of Jobseeker’s Allowance, and the numbers reported for Jobseeker’s Allowance are inclusive of these.  The Benefit Payment for the Over 65s, introduced in 2021, is a form of Jobseeker’s Benefit, as is Jobseeker’s Benefit for the Self Employed, which was introduced in 2019.  The Jobseeker’s Benefit figures are inclusive of these.  Where 1 to 3 people were in receipt of these payments, the value ‘<3’ is entered in the table to prevent any possible identification of the recipients.

 2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

 Farm Assist

400

346

307

249

230

215

 Fish Assist

<3

<3

<3

0

0

0

 Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment

274

288

296

284

292

291

Jobseeker’s Allowance – artists

0

<3

<3

<3

5

 Jobseeker’s Allowance (all)

4,966

 4,376

3,656

3,361

3,436

2,888

 Jobseeker’s Benefit Self Employed

<3

21

Benefit Payment Over 65s

90

Jobseeker’s Benefit (all)

1,192

 1,064

977

1,098

1,046

915

 

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Number of people in Co Clare in receipt of Disability Allowance and Blind Pension

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 1033,952,956,981,985,1025 Question Reference(s): 1689/22, 1491/22, 1495/22, 1545/22, 1508/22, 1679/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the disability allowance in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the blind pension in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
Detailed information on scheme recipients, including recipients by county, are published each year by my Department in the Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services, which is available at gov.ie/dsp/statistics.  The Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services in respect of 2021 is expected to be published in quarter 2 of this year.

The archive on gov.ie contains reports from 1998 through to the latest available report, which is 2020.  Quarterly data by county, covering Q1 2014 through to Q3 2021, is also available, and is published on a quarterly basis through the national open data portal, data.gov.ie

The information requested by the Deputies is set out in the table below:

 Year

 Disability Allowance

Blind Pension

 2016

3,053

14

 2017

3,243

16

 2018

 3,405

18

2019

 3,548

14

 2020

 3,658

11

 2021

 3,689

11

 

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Number of people in Co Clare in receipt of Carer’s Benefit, Carer’s Allowance, Invalidity Pension and Disablement Benefit

______________________________________________
For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 982,953,954,955,957,983,984,986,991,1026,1027,1028,1034 Question Reference(s): 1505/22, 1492/22, 1493/22, 1494/22, 1496/22, 1506/22, 1507/22, 1509/22, 1514/22, 1680/22, 1681/22, 1682/22, 1690/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Michael McNamara T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the carer’s allowance in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of carer’s benefit in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the constant attendance allowance in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of invalidity pension in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
Detailed information on scheme recipients, including recipients by county, are published each year by my Department in the Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services, which is available at gov.ie/dsp/statistics.  The Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services in respect of 2021 is expected to be published in quarter 2 of this year.

The archive on gov.ie contains reports from 1998 through to the latest available report, which is 2020.  Quarterly data by county, covering Q1 2014 through to Q3 2021, is also available, and is published on a quarterly basis through the national open data portal, data.gov.ie

The information requested by the Deputies is set out in the table below. Constant Attendance Allowance is an additional payment available to certain people in receipt of Disablement Benefit.  It is not possible to isolate those in receipt of the additional allowance by county; accordingly totals for county Clare for Disablement Benefit in its entirety are provided.

Year

Carer’s Benefit

Carer’s Allowance

Invalidity Pension

Disablement Benefit

2016

77

 1,752

1,165

337

2017

75

 1,899

1,211

354

2018

60

 2,027

1,264

352

2019

87

 2,145

1,278

334

2020

97

 2,229

1,293

352

2021

81

 2,210

1,269

361

 

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Number of people in Co Clare in receipt of the Wage Subsidy Scheme

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 1036,959,988 Question Reference(s): 1692/22, 1498/22, 1511/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the wage subsidy scheme in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
The Wage Subsidy Scheme is an employment support to private sector employers.  The objective of the scheme is to encourage employers to employ people with disabilities and thereby increase the numbers of people with disabilities obtaining and sustaining employment in the open labour market.  The scheme provides financial incentives to private sector employers to hire people with a disability for between 21 and 39 subsidised hours per week under a contract of employment.  There are currently 1,572 private sector employers availing of the subsidy.  Estimated expenditure on the Wage Subsidy Scheme for 2022 is expected to be in the region of over €29 million.

As part of Budget 2022, the basic rate of subsidy was increased by €1.00 per hour to €6.30 per hour giving a total annual subsidy available of €12,776 per annum based on a 39-hour week.  The contract of employment offered must be for a minimum of 6 months and the employee should be subject to and have the same rights as per the conditions of employment as any of the other employees.  Included in these conditions is the requirement that the employee must be paid the going rate for the job which must be at least the statutory minimum wage.

The financial supports for employers are structured under three separate strands and companies could benefit under one strand or under two or three strands simultaneously depending on the number of people with a disability employed, as below: –

  • Strand I is a general subsidy for any perceived productivity shortfall in excess of 20% for a person with a disability, in comparison to a colleague without a disability.  The subsidy is based on the number of hours worked.
  • Strand II subsidy is payable when an employer employs three or more people with disabilities who are supported by a Wage Subsidy Scheme Strand I payment.  Strand II is intended to cover the additional supervisory, management and other work-based costs relating to such employees.  This top-up payment is a percentage of the Strand I subsidy and is based on the overall number of employees with a disability employed under Strand I.  It ranges from an additional 10% of wage subsidy for 3 to 6 employees with a disability to a maximum of 50% of wage subsidy for 23+ employees with a disability.  Therefore, when an employer has 23 or more Wage Subsidy Scheme employees, a 50% top-up is applied to the hourly rate increasing the current payment rate to €9.45 per hour for each employee.
  • Strand III subsidy enables employers who employ 25 or more workers with a disability on the Wage Subsidy Scheme to be eligible for a grant of up to €30,000 per year towards the expense of employing an Employment Assistance Officer to support these employees.

As the support is paid directly to employers and not to the people employed, the figures and county information set out below refers to the employers availing of the scheme.

Employers in Co Clare Availing of the Wage Subsidy Scheme

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

 Clare

44

47

51

60

46

28

 

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Number of people in Co Clare in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance

______________________________________________
For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 1029,960,989 Question Reference(s): 1684/22, 1499/22, 1512/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the back to education allowance in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
Detailed information on scheme recipients, including recipients by county, are published each year by my Department in the Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services, which is available at gov.ie/dsp/statistics.  The Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services in respect of 2021 is expected to be published in quarter 2 of this year.

The archive on gov.ie contains reports from 1998 through to the latest available report, which is 2020.  Quarterly data by county, covering Q1 2014 through to Q3 2021, is also available, and is published on a quarterly basis through the national open data portal, data.gov.ie

The information requested by the Deputies is set out in the table below.

Scheme

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Back to Education

256

208

192

140

130

115

 

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Number of people in Co Clare in receipt of the State Pension (contributory & non-contributory)

______________________________________________
For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 962,961,990,1030,1031 Question Reference(s): 1501/22, 1500/22, 1513/22, 1685/22, 1686/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the State pension (contributory) in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the State pension (non-contributory) in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
Detailed information on scheme recipients, including recipients by county, are published each year by my Department in the Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services, which is available at gov.ie/dsp/statistics.  The Annual Statistical Report on Social Welfare Services in respect of 2021 is expected to be published in quarter 2 of this year.

The archive on gov.ie contains reports from 1998 through to the latest available report, which is 2020.  Quarterly data by county, covering Q1 2014 through to Q3 2021, is also available, and is published on a quarterly basis through the national open data portal, data.gov.ie

The information requested by the Deputies is set out in the table below.

State Pension Contributory

 State Pension Non Contributory

 2016

 8,502

 3,375

 2017

 9,051

 3,312

 2018

 9,605

 2,286

 2019

 10,180

 3,236

 2020

 10,707

 3,201

 2021

 11,180

 3,119

 

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Number of people in Co Clare in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

______________________________________________
For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 970 Question Reference(s): 1533/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Michael McNamara T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the back to work enterprise allowance in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, inclusive; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) scheme offers support for people who are long-term unemployed and who are interested in self-employment as a route to entering the labour market.  The scheme plays a vital role in supporting the development of new enterprises for the long term unemployed and is payable for a 24 month period from the commencement of their new business.

The following is the number of persons in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance in County Clare as of 31 December in each of the years 2016 to 2021 inclusive:

Year

Number of participants in BTWEA  in Co Clare

2016

432

2017

348

2018

213

2019

146

2020

  91

2021

  95

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

Note from Clare PPN: Please note that the figures for the Back to work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) provided in the above answer were subsequently clarified and updated by the Department of Social Protection on 16th February 2022, in response to a follow-up query by Clare PPN. The more up-to-date figures are in a Ministerial Answer which is at the end of this article/post.

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Number of people aged 15-89 in employment in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary

______________________________________________
For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s):  Question Reference(s): 1450/22, 1565/22, 1635/22
Department: Taoiseach
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
To ask the Taoiseach the number of persons aged 15 to 89 years in employment in County Clare in each of the years from 2011 to 2021, in tabular form.

REPLY
I propose to take questions 1450, 1565 and 1635 together. The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of employment estimates in the State. The most recent figures available are for Q3 2021.

The quarterly LFS employment estimates are produced by NUTS3 Regions (NUTS3 is a geocode standard referencing the eight subdivisions of Ireland for statistical purposes). Due to the methodology and sample size of the survey it is not possible to produce reliable county estimates from the LFS.

The NUTS3 Mid-West region includes counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

Due to changes made under the 2014 Local Government Act, the current NUTS3 region LFS series is available from Q1 2012, see link to an Information Note published by the CSO which details these changes.
https://www.cso.ie/en/methods/revnuts23/

The table below shows the number of persons aged 15-89 years in employment in the Mid-West NUTS3 Region in the third quarter 2012 to 2021.

Number of persons aged 15-89 years in employment in the Mid-West NUTS3 Region1, Q3 2012 – 2021
               
             ‘000

Q3 2012

Q3 2013

Q3 2014

Q3 2015

Q3 2016

Q3 2017

Q3 2018

Q3 2019

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

In
employment

189.1

198.1

202.9

206.9

213.5

215.2

215.2

217.4

210.2

232.1

Source: Labour Force Survey, CSO
1 Mid-West NUTS3 Region: County Clare, County Limerick and County Tipperary.
Data may be subject to future revision.
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.
Reference period: q3=July-September

 

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Employment rate for people aged 15-64 in Clare, Limerick & Tipperary

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s):  Question Reference(s): 1451/22, 1566/22, 1636/22
Department: Taoiseach
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
To ask the Taoiseach the employment rate in County Clare for those aged 15 to 64 years by gender in each of the years from 2011 to 2021, in tabular form.

REPLY
I propose to take questions 1451, 1566 and 1636 together. The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of employment estimates in the State. The most recent figures available are for Q3 2021.

The quarterly LFS employment estimates are produced by NUTS3 Regions (NUTS3 is a geocode standard referencing the eight subdivisions of Ireland for statistical purposes). Due to the methodology and sample size of the survey it is not possible to produce reliable county estimates from the LFS.

The NUTS 3 Mid-West region includes counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

Due to changes made under the 2014 Local Government Act, the current NUTS3 region LFS series is available from Q1 2012, see link to an Information Note published by the CSO which details these changes.

https://www.cso.ie/en/methods/revnuts23/

The table below shows the employment rate for persons aged 15-64 years in the Mid-West NUTS3 Region classified by gender in the third quarter 2012 to 2021.

Employment Rate for persons aged 15-64 years in the Mid-West NUTS3 Region classified by gender, Q3 2012 – 2021

             %

Q3 2012

Q3 2013

Q3 2014

Q3 2015

Q3 2016

Q3 2017

Q3 2018

Q3 2019

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

Male

62.5

67.7

69.8

72.4

74.3

73.0

72.6

71.9

68.3

73.8

Female

55.2

57.1

58.7

58.4

61.5

60.2

59.7

61.7

59.5

65.1

Total persons

58.9

62.4

64.2

65.4

67.9

66.6

66.2

66.8

63.9

69.5

Source: Labour Force Survey, CSO
1 Mid-West NUTS3 Region: County Clare, County Limerick and County Tipperary
Data may be subject to future revision.
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.
Reference period: q3=July-September

 

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Numbers of people aged 15-89 in employment in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary – by economic sector

______________________________________________
For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s):  Question Reference(s): 1452/22, 1567/22, 1637/22
Department: Taoiseach
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
To ask the Taoiseach the number of persons aged 15 to 89 years in employment classified by NACE Rev. 2 economic sector in County Clare in each of the years from 2011 to 2021, in tabular form.

REPLY
I propose to take questions 1452, 1567 and 1637 together. The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available. The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of employment estimates in the State. The most recent figures available are for Q3 2021.

The quarterly LFS employment estimates are produced by NUTS3 Regions (NUTS3 is a geocode standard referencing the eight subdivisions of Ireland for statistical purposes). Due to the methodology and sample size of the survey it is not possible to produce reliable county estimates from the LFS.

The NUTS 3 Mid-West region includes counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

Due to changes made under the 2014 Local Government Act, the current NUTS3 region LFS series is available from Q1 2012, see link to an Information Note published by the CSO which details these changes.

https://www.cso.ie/en/methods/revnuts23/

The table below shows the number of persons aged 15-89 years in employment in the Mid-West NUTS3 Region classified by NACE Rev.2 Economic Sector in the third quarter 2012 to 2021.

Number of persons aged 15-89 years in employment in the Mid-West NUTS3 Region classified by NACE Rev.2 Economic Sector, Q3 2012 – 2021

 ‘000

Economic Sector (NACE Rev.2)

Q3 2012

Q3 2013

Q3 2014

Q3 2015

Q3 2016

Q3 2017

Q3 2018

Q3 2019

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

Agriculture, forestry and fishing (A)

17.5

17.0

15.5

16.7

14.5

19.9

15.9

13.9

15.2

19.8

Total Industry (B-F)

39.8

45.3

44.1

49.3

51.4

46.4

49.0

49.5

48.0

48.9

Industry (B-E)

30.4

35.2

32.4

36.6

39.4

34.0

33.8

35.0

36.8

34.5

Construction (F)

9.4

10.1

11.7

12.7

12.0

12.4

15.2

14.5

11.2

14.4

Total Services (G-U)

131.1

134.7

142.1

140.2

146.6

148.1

150.1

153.7

147.0

162.9

Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (G)

26.8

27.0

29.7

27.2

31.2

30.3

27.0

27.8

24.7

29.7

Transportation and storage (H)

7.7

9.1

7.5

9.3

10.5

8.3

8.7

8.0

7.0

9.0

Accommodation and food service activities (I)

13.3

13.1

14.4

13.3

14.0

17.9

18.6

16.5

11.5

14.8

Information and communication (J)

7.6

5.4

5.8

5.0

4.8

6.0

6.8

6.1

7.6

9.2

Financial, insurance and real estate activities (K-L)

6.3

5.5

6.5

5.4

4.5

5.3

5.4

6.5

8.4

5.6

Professional, scientific and technical activities (M)

9.0

8.4

12.1

11.7

12.3

11.2

11.2

10.1

10.3

12.5

Administrative and support service activities (N)

6.2

7.9

6.3

6.2

8.7

6.9

9.7

10.7

8.9

10.7

Public administration and defence; compulsory social security (O)

9.0

7.8

8.6

9.9

9.0

8.9

9.1

11.5

12.8

11.4

Education (P)

14.1

14.0

15.4

16.0

14.6

14.6

18.4

21.5

18.6

20.3

Human health and social work activities (Q)

22.3

24.8

24.9

26.3

24.5

27.1

25.9

24.1

28.2

30.6

Other NACE activities (R-U)

8.9

11.6

10.9

9.8

12.7

11.5

9.4

10.9

9.1

9.2

Not stated

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

Total persons

189.1

198.1

202.9

206.9

213.5

215.2

215.2

217.4

210.2

232.1

Source: Labour Force Survey, CSO
1 Mid-West NUTS3 Region: County Clare, County Limerick and County Tipperary
*  Estimates for numbers of persons or averages where there are less than 30 persons in a cell are not produced as estimates are too small to be considered reliable.
Data may be subject to future revision.
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.
Reference period: q3=July-September

 

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Numbers of people aged 15-89 in employment in Clare, Limerick and Tipperary – by gender & full-time / part-time

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s):  Question Reference(s): 1453/22, 1568/22, 1638/22
Department: Taoiseach
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
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QUESTION
To ask the Taoiseach the number of persons aged 15 to 89 years in employment classified by gender and full-time and part-time status in County Clare in each of the years from 2011 to 2021, in tabular form.

REPLY
I propose to take questions 1453, 1568 and 1638 together. The exact information requested by the Deputy is not available.

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is the official source of employment estimates in the State. The most recent figures available are for Q3 2021.

The quarterly LFS employment estimates are produced by NUTS3 Regions (NUTS3 is a geocode standard referencing the eight subdivisions of Ireland for statistical purposes). Due to the methodology and sample size of the survey it is not possible to produce reliable county estimates from the LFS.
The NUTS 3 Mid-West region includes counties Clare, Limerick and Tipperary.

Due to changes made under the 2014 Local Government Act, the current NUTS3 region LFS series is available from Q1 2012, see link to an Information Note published by the CSO which details these changes.

https://www.cso.ie/en/methods/revnuts23/

The table below shows the number of persons aged 15-89 years in employment in the Mid-West NUTS3 Region classified by gender and full-time and part-time employment in the third quarter 2012 to 2021.

Number of persons aged 15-89 years in employment in the Mid-West NUTS3 Region1 classified by gender and full-time and part-time employment, Q3 2012 – 2021

                                              ‘000

Q3 2012

Q3 2013

Q3 2014

Q3 2015

Q3 2016

Q3 2017

Q3 2018

Q3 2019

Q3 2020

Q3 2021

Male

Full-time employment

86.9

94.9

96.9

101.4

102.6

105.7

103.6

103.3

99.9

110.0

Part-time employment

15.5

13.9

14.5

13.8

15.5

14.2

16.2

14.9

14.1

16.5

Total

102.4

108.8

111.4

115.2

118.1

120.0

119.8

118.2

114.0

126.5

Female

Full-time employment

56.2

59.2

59.7

58.0

64.7

62.9

65.7

70.4

66.3

70.6

Part-time employment

30.5

30.2

31.7

33.7

30.8

32.4

29.6

28.8

30.0

35.0

Total

86.7

89.3

91.5

91.7

95.5

95.2

95.3

99.2

96.2

105.6

All persons

Full-time employment

143.1

154.1

156.7

159.4

167.2

168.6

169.4

173.7

166.2

180.6

Part-time employment

46.0

44.0

46.2

47.5

46.3

46.6

45.8

43.6

44.1

51.5

Total

189.1

198.1

202.9

206.9

213.5

215.2

215.2

217.4

210.2

232.1

Source: Labour Force Survey, CSO
1 Mid-West NUTS3 Region: County Clare, County Limerick and County Tipperary
Data may be subject to future revision.
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.
Reference period: q3=July-September

 

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Number of Gardaí in Co Clare – by rank and local electoral area

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 1261,1263,1266 Question Reference(s): 1449/22, 1525/22, 1639/22
Department: Justice
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
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QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Justice the number of members of An Garda Síochána by rank in each of the local electoral areas of County Clare in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
As the Deputy will be aware, under the Garda Síochána Act 2005, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the management and administration of Garda business, including decisions related to the deployment of resources within the organisation. As Minister, I have no role in such matters. I am assured however that Garda management keeps the distribution of resources under continual review in the context of policing priorities and crime trends, to ensure their optimum use.

I have been provided by the Garda authorities with the number of Gardaí by rank attached to districts and stations in the Clare Garda Division as at 31 December 2021, which is set out in the below table.

It should be noted that the boundaries of the individual Garda Districts/Divisions are set by the Commissioner with regard to the operational need of An Garda Síochána and that they do not match or conform to the boundaries of the local electoral areas. As a result, figures are not available by local electoral area as requested.

District

Station

GD

SG

IN

SU

CS

AC

Total

ENNIS

CRUSHEEN

9

1

10

ENNIS

91

23

6

1

1

122

IMMIGRATION OFFICE

5

5

KILLALOE

22

5

1

28

NEWMARKET ON FERGUS

2

1

3

SCARIFF

3

1

4

SHANNON

46

7

1

54

SHANNON AIRPORT

2

1

3

SIXMILEBRIDGE

4

1

5

TULLA

2

2

ENNIS Total

186

40

8

1

1

236

 

 

 

KILRUSH

BALLYVAUGHAN

1

1

COROFIN

2

2

ENNISTYMON

22

3

1

26

KILDYSART

1

1

KILKEE

1

1

KILMIHIL

2

2

KILRUSH

34

6

1

1

42

LISDOONVARNA

1

1

MILTOWN MALBAY

1

1

KILRUSH Total

64

10

2

1

77

CLARE TOTAL

250

50

10

2

1

313

I have also been provided by the Garda authorities with the number of Gardaí by rank attached to districts and stations in the Clare Garda Division as at 31 December 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. These numbers are set out in the following tables.

2020

District

Station

GD

SG

IN

SU

CS

AC

Total

ENNIS         

CRUSHEEN

8

1

9

 

ENNIS

97

20

5

1

1

124

 

IMMIGRATION OFFICE

5

5

 

KILLALOE

22

6

1

29

 

NEWMARKET ON FERGUS

2

1

3

 

SCARIFF

3

1

4

 

SHANNON

47

7

1

55

 

SHANNON AIRPORT

1

1

2

 

SIXMILEBRIDGE

3

1

4

 

TULLA

2

2

ENNIS TOTAL

 

190

38

7

1

1

237

 

KILRUSH   

BALLYVAUGHAN

1

1

COROFIN

2

2

ENNISTYMON

21

4

1

26

KILDYSART

1

1

KILKEE

2

2

KILMIHIL

2

2

KILRUSH

34

6

1

41

LISDOONVARNA

1

1

MILTOWN MALBAY

1

1

KILRUSH TOTAL

 

64

11

1

1

77

CLARE TOTAL

 

254

49

8

2

1

314

2019

District

Station

GD

SG

IN

SU

CS

AC

Total

ENNIS

CRUSHEEN

1

1

ENNIS

102

18

4

1

1

126

IMMIGRATION OFFICE

6

6

KILLALOE

23

6

1

30

NEWMARKET ON FERGUS

2

2

SCARIFF

3

1

4

SHANNON

47

8

1

56

Shannon Airport

1

1

2

SIXMILEBRIDGE

3

1

4

TULLA

2

2

ENNIS TOTAL

190

35

6

1

1

233

KILRUSH

BALLYVAUGHAN

1

1

COROFIN

2

2

ENNISTYMON

22

4

1

27

KILDYSART

1

1

KILKEE

2

2

KILMIHIL

2

2

KILRUSH

32

7

1

40

LISDOONVARNA

1

1

KILRUSH TOTAL

63

11

1

1

76

CLARE TOTAL

 253

 46

 7

 2

 1

 309

2018

District

Station

GD

SG

IN

SU

CS

AC

Total

ENNIS

CRUSHEEN

1

1

ENNIS

109

18

4

1

1

133

IMMIGRATION OFFICE

9

9

KILLALOE

23

4

1

28

NEWMARKET ON FERGUS

2

2

SCARIFF

3

1

4

SHANNON

47

8

1

56

SIXMILEBRIDGE

3

1

4

TULLA

2

2

ENNIS TOTAL

199

32

6

1

1

239

KILRUSH

BALLYVAUGHAN

1

1

COROFIN

2

2

ENNISTYMON

23

2

1

26

KILDYSART

1

1

KILKEE

2

2

KILMIHIL

2

2

KILRUSH

35

8

1

44

LISDOONVARNA

1

1

KILRUSH TOTAL

67

10

1

1

79

CLARE TOTAL

266

42

7

2

1

318

2017

District

Station

GD

SG

IN

SU

CS

AC

Total

ENNIS

CRUSHEEN

1

1

ENNIS

108

16

2

1

1

128

IMMIGRATION OFFICE

11

1

12

KILLALOE

22

4

1

27

NEWMARKET ON FERGUS

2

2

SCARIFF

3

3

6

SHANNON

43

8

1

52

SIXMILEBRIDGE

3

1

4

TULLA

2

2

ENNIS TOTAL

195

33

4

1

1

234

KILRUSH

BALLYVAUGHAN

1

1

COROFIN

2

2

ENNISTYMON

22

4

1

27

KILDYSART

1

1

KILKEE

2

2

KILMIHIL

1

1

KILRUSH

32

7

1

40

LISDOONVARNA

1

1

KILRUSH TOTAL

62

11

1

1

75

CLARE TOTAL

257

44

5

2

1

309

2016

District

Station

GD

SG

IN

SU

CS

AC

Total

ENNIS

CRUSHEEN

1

1

ENNIS

96

14

2

1

1

114

IMMIGRATION OFFICE

6

6

KILLALOE

23

5

1

29

NEWMARKET ON FERGUS

3

3

SCARIFF

3

2

5

SHANNON

48

8

1

57

SIXMILEBRIDGE

3

1

4

TULLA

2

2

ENNIS TOTAL

185

30

4

1

1

221

KILRUSH

BALLYVAUGHAN

1

1

COROFIN

2

2

ENNISTYMON

19

5

1

25

KILDYSART

1

1

KILKEE

2

2

KILMIHIL

1

1

KILRUSH

31

6

1

38

LISDOONVARNA

1

1

KILRUSH TOTAL

58

11

1

1

71

CLARE TOTAL

243

41

5

2

1

292

 

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Number of Garda members and staff in Co Clare

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 1323,1322,1325 Question Reference(s): 2372/22, 2352/22, 2390/22
Department: Justice
Asked by: Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Justice the number of public sector workers under her remit in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form under headings (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
I can advise the Deputy that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will be providing the number of civil service workers in County Clare in their response to this question and this will include civil servants in justice sector agencies other than An Garda Síochána.

The table below sets out the number of Garda members and staff in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021.

Year

Number 

2016

323

2017

340

2018

351

2019

351

2020

359

2021

362

It should be noted that the boundaries of the individual Garda Districts/Divisions are set by the Garda Commissioner with regard to the operational needs of An Garda Síochána and therefore do not match or conform to the boundaries of the local electoral areas.

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Number of people in Co Clare in receipt of rural social scheme and Tús community work placement initiative

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 978,980 Question Reference(s): 1542/22, 1544/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Michael McNamara T.D.
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QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the rural social scheme in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons who availed of the Tús community work placement initiative in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
The Rural Social Scheme (RSS) and Tús are delivered by a network of 49 local development companies and Údarás na Gaeltachta, known collectively as implementing bodies (IBs).  Both RSS and Tús  are delivered in Co. Clare by the Clare Local Development Company.

RSS is an income support scheme that provides part-time employment opportunities for farmers and fishermen and women who are in receipt of certain social welfare payments and who are underemployed in their primary occupation. It is a demand-led scheme and people who wish to participate apply directly to the IB that delivers the scheme in their area.

As a result of a recent change to the scheme rules, participants who reach 60 years of age while participating on RSS can remain on the scheme until they reach state pension age.

Tús is a targeted activation measure specifically designed and delivered to jobseekers who are on the live register and have been unemployed for twelve months or more. Eligible jobseekers can commence on Tús following  selection and referral, or assisted self-referral, to the IB that delivers Tús in their area.  The IB then matches the participant to available Tús placement opportunities in their locality.

The number of people who participated on either RSS or Tús in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021 are provided in the table below.

Year

RSS in Co. Clare

Tús in Co. Clare

2016

126

289

2017

158

228

2018

166

258

2019

169

266

2020

158

172

2021

152

125

 

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Number of public sector workers in Co Clare under remit of the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment 

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 103,102,104 Question Reference(s): 2360/22, 2345/22, 2383/22
Department: Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Asked by: Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise; Trade and Employment the number of public sector workers under his remit in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form under headings (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
In relation to public sector staff under the remit of the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise. Trade and Employment, there are a number of Civil Service (Workplace Relations Commission) and State Agency (Enterprise Ireland) staff based in offices in Co. Clare. The information requested by the Deputies is listed below in tabular form.

Enterprise Ireland – Shannon-based Staff

Year

Number of Staff

2016

 50

2017

 48

2018

 46

2019

 48

2020

 47

2021

 46

Workplace Relation Commission  – Shannon/Ennis-based Staff

Year

Number of Staff

2016

 10

2017

 9

2018

 11

2019

 11

2020

 10

2021

 11

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Number of public sector workers in Co Clare under remit of Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 385,386,388 Question Reference(s): 1448/22, 1463/22, 1632/22
Department: Public Expenditure and Reform
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of public sector workers under his remit by sectors (details supplied) in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
My reply relates to the Civil Service and to the number of state industrial and public service staff employed within the remit of the Minister for  Public Expenditure and Reform.

The total number of civil servants, on a full-equivalent (FTE) or headcount basis employed in County Clare in each of the years ending 31 December 2016 to 2021 is set out in the table below. This data does not include the small number of civil service state industrial employees or civil servants who are primarily working abroad.  Data relating to the number of civil servants, categorised by local electoral areas, is not available.

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

2021

Full-time Equivalent

496.22

501.08

503.55

510.26

483.90

497.65

Headcount

533

536

539

546

515

527

A breakdown of the public service employees, including state industrial employees, by geographic or local electoral areas is not available on public service IT systems accessible by my Department.

However, there are no public service employees under the remit of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform employed in Co Clare.  I am informed of the following numbers of state industrial staff employed by OPW in Co Clare, the only office under the auspices of my Department, with state industrial staff, for each of the years in question. These figures relate to end -September each year when the figures are at their highest due to seasonal staff.

 2016

 2017

 2018

 2019

 2020

 2021

 Full-time Equivalent

 3

 3

 8

 8

 11

 15

I understand that the appropriate Departments will respond separately in respect of the sectors under their remit.

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Number of public sector workers in Co Clare under remit of Minister for Finance 

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 362,361,363 Question Reference(s): 2363/22, 2347/22, 2385/22
Department: Finance
Asked by: Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Finance the number of public sector workers under his remit in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form under headings (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
I wish to inform the Deputy that none of the non-commercial State Agencies under the remit of my Department are located in, nor have public sector workers employed in roles that are based in, County Clare. Therefore, there were no public sector workers under the remit of my Department employed in any local electoral areas in County Clare during the time frame specified. Information relating to the Civil Service is a matter for the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.

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Number of public sector workers under the remit of the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage in Co Clare

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 605,604,606 Question Reference(s): 2371/22, 2351/22, 2389/22
Department: Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Asked by: Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Housing; Local Government and Heritage the number of public sector workers under his remit in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form under headings (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority for which he or she is responsible.

My Department oversees workforce planning for the local government sector, including the monitoring of local government sector employment levels. To this end, my Department gathers aggregate quarterly data on staff numbers in each local authority on a whole time equivalent basis.

Staffing numbers for the local authority sector are available on the Public Service Numbers databank, which is hosted and maintained by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and is available at the following link:

http://databank.per.gov.ie/Public_Service_Numbers.aspx?rep=LA

However granular data, in terms of the number of local government employees in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare is not collected and consequently is not available in my Department.

Staff numbers for non-commercial State bodies under the aegis of my Department are also available on the aforementioned Public Service Numbers databank. However, granular data in terms of the number of non-commercial State body employees in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare are similarly not collected and, consequently, are not available in my Department.
 

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Number of public sector workers under the remit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Co Clare

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 675,676,678 Question Reference(s): 2348/22, 2365/22, 2386/22
Department: Foreign Affairs
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs the number of public sector workers under his remit by sectors (details supplied) in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
The Department of Foreign Affairs has no offices and therefore no employees based in County Clare.

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Number of public sector workers in Co Clare under remit of Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science 

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 1177,1175,1176 Question Reference(s): 2387/22, 2349/22, 2367/22
Department: Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
Asked by: Michael McNamara T.D., Cathal Crowe T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
______________________________________________

QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Further and Higher Education; Research; Innovation and Science the number of public sector workers under his remit in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form under headings (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
While there are no Higher Education Institutions headquartered in County Clare, my Department has been informed by TU Shannon (formerly Limerick Institute of Technology) that it has a campus in Ennis since 2019.  Information provided to my officials notes that TU Shannon staff are not primarily based in this campus but conduct a portion of their hours there in addition to other campuses.

The agencies under the aegis of my Department are not based in County Clare.   I understand that my colleague, the Minister for Education, is reporting on ETB public sector staff working in the Further Education and Training Sector in Co Clare; and that my colleague, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, is reporting on numbers of civil service staff in Co. Clare.

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Number of public sector workers in Co Clare under remit of Minister for Health 

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 1900,1901,1906 Question Reference(s): 2350/22, 2369/22, 2388/22
Department: Health
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
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QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Health the number of public sector workers under his remit by sectors (details supplied) in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
Health service numbers are not collated by local electoral areas. However, I have asked the Health Service Executive to respond directly to the Deputy with a formal reply with further information.

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Number of public sector workers in Co Clare under remit of Minister for Education

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 847 Question Reference(s): 2382/22
Department: Education
Asked by: Michael McNamara T.D.
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QUESTION
To ask the Minister for Education the number of public sector workers under her remit in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form under headings (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
As the information requested by the Deputy is not available in a readily accessible format, my Department is working with the various public sector employers in the education sector in Co. Clare to compile the necessary data.  I will arrange for this information to be sent directly to the Deputy as soon as possible.

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Number of public sector workers in Co Clare under remit of Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 175,176,177 Question Reference(s): 2346/22, 2361/22, 2384/22
Department: Environment, Climate and Communications
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
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QUESTION
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the number of public sector workers under his remit in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form under headings (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
I propose to take Question Nos. 175, 176 and 177 together.

I understand that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform will provide the information relating to the Civil Service directly to the Deputies.

In relation to the non-commercial state agencies under the aegis of my Department, this is an operational matter for each agency and I have asked the relevant agencies to respond directly to the Deputies with the information requested.

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Number of public sector workers in Co Clare under the remit of the Minister for Social Protection

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 1057,1058,1059 Question Reference(s): 2354/22, 2374/22, 2392/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Cathal Crowe T.D., Violet-Anne Wynne T.D., Michael McNamara T.D.
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QUESTION
* To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of public sector workers under her remit in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form under headings (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY
I propose to answer parliamentary questions 2354/22, 2374/22 and 2392/22 together.

Between 2016 and 2021 there have been no public sector workers in County Clare under my remit.

I understand that my colleague the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, will answer these questions on behalf of all Departments in relation to the Civil Service sector.

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Number of public sector workers in Co Clare under remit of Minister for Rural and Community Development

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For Written Answer on : 19/01/2022
Question Number(s): 2068 Question Reference(s): 2391/22
Department: Rural and Community Development
Asked by: Michael McNamara T.D.
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QUESTION
To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the number of public sector workers under her remit in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021, in tabular form under headings (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Details Supplied) Civil Service; Defence sector; Education sector; Justice sector; Health sector; Local authorities; and Non-Commercial State Agencies

REPLY
Since the establishment of my Department in July 2017, I can confirm that while my Department’s policy and programme remit is nationwide, there have been no public sector workers under my remit based in each of the local electoral areas in County Clare.

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Follow-up Parliamentary Question answered on 16th February 2022, clarifying information provided in previous answers on 19th January 2022

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Number of people in Clare in receipt of Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

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For Written Answer on : 16/02/2022
Question Number(s): 160 Question Reference(s): 8819/22
Department: Social Protection
Asked by: Violet-Anne Wynne T.D.
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QUESTION
To ask the Minister for Social Protection the number of persons in receipt of the back to work enterprise allowance in County Clare in each of the years 2016 to 2021 in view of the difference in the figures in reply to Parliamentary Question Nos. 934, 938, 939, 965, 969, 1007, 1011 and 1012 of 19 January 2022 and the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 970 of 19 January 2022 (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. 

REPLY
The Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) scheme offers support for people who are long-term unemployed and who are interested in self-employment as a route to entering the labour market.  The scheme plays a vital role in supporting the development of new enterprises for the long term unemployed and is payable for a 24-month period from the commencement of their new business.

The Short Term Enterprise Allowance scheme (STEA) is designed to provide support for someone who loses their job and qualifies for Jobseeker’s Benefit and wants to start up a new business. The STEA is payable for the duration of the participants Jobseekers Benefit claim, which can be paid for up to 9 months.

The difference in the information provided in reply to Parliamentary Question Nos. 934, 938, 939, 965, 969, 1007, 1011 and 1012 of 19 January 2022 and the reply to Parliamentary Question No. 970 of 19 January 2022 arose from the inclusion of the STEA recipient numbers in the answer to the latter question.

The following table sets out the number of persons in receipt of both BTWEA and the STEA in County Clare as of 31 December in each of the years 2016 to 2021 inclusive.  

Year

BTWEA  

STEA

Total number of participants participating in   County Clare as of 31 December in each year

2016

424

8

432

2017

339

9

348

2018

207

6

213

2019

135

11

146

2020

88

3

91

2021

81

14

95

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.

ENDS

Ireland’s planning system explained

Ireland’s planning system explained

Ireland’s planning system explained


Resources from the Office of the Planning Regulator

There is currently a public consultation on the Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029, with the deadline for submissions just seven weeks away on 28th March. With that in mind, we wanted to share some really useful resources from the Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR), covering Ireland’s planning system. 

The OPR’s wide range of training resources include very clear and informative slides, infographics and leaflets that explain how Ireland’s planning system functions, the role of the local authority, how County Development Plans are drawn up and implemented and the role of the Office of the Planning Regulator. 

These resources were created as part of training courses delivered by the OPR and in some cases they include recordings of the training sessions. Some of the key topics covered include: Introduction to the Planning System, Stages of the Development Plan, the Planning Process, and more recently they have delivered training in more specialised topics such as Housing and Climate. Here is a list of training events:

• ‘Introduction to Planning System’
• ‘Plan Making Process’
• ‘Role of Elected Member’
• ‘Guidance for Councillors on the Initial Stages of Preparing Development Plans and their Core Strategies
‘Consideration and Finalisation of the Draft Development Plan’
‘Implementation of the Development Plan and the Development Management Process’
• ‘The Decision on the Planning Application and Appeal’
• ‘An Overview of Planning Enforcement Functions’
• ‘Housing Supply Targets and Core Strategies’
• ‘Rural Planning and Development Policy’
• ‘Delivery of High Quality Housing Appropriate to its Setting’
• ‘On and Offshore Renewables’
• ‘How to Implement National Renewable Energy Targets in Development Plans’
Sustainable Travel and Transport Planning and Local Authority Development Plans’

More broadly, the OPR’s Public Awareness page  provides easy access to a wealth of information relating to planning and hosts: an ‘Introduction to Planning’ page, an online Planning Library, Technical Glossary and Acronym List.

The OPR was established in April 2019 on foot of recommendations made by the the Mahon Tribunal. Its role is to ensure local authorities and An Bord Pleanála support and implement Government planning policy. It also implements planning research, training and public awareness in order to promote the public’s engagement in the planning process and to enhance knowledge and public information about planning in Ireland. Learn more about the OPR at this page, which includes a video.

Find out more about the Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029 and how to make a submission at this page on the Clare PPN website.

CATU – Community Action Tenants Union meeting

CATU – Community Action Tenants Union meeting

You are warmly invited to attend an online presentation introducing CATU – Community Action Tenants Union.
The meeting which will take place at 6.30 Pm on Tuesday 25th of January is open to all and will be followed by a discussion
with Nora Labo, CATU Regional Organiser for Munster.
Contact sarah@clareppn.ie for the Zoom link
The discussion will focus on how a union such as CATU can empower people in Clare to collectively address the issues which matter the most for their communities.
What is CATU?
  • CATU stands for Community Action Tenants Union. It is a union for people outside of their workplaces, in the communities where they live, across the island of Ireland.
  • CATU is grounded in the principles of grassroots democracy, collective organising, direct action and solidarity between members.
  • The union is open to all those who want to act together against the urgent economic and social issues most of us face in our daily lives, such as sky-rocketing rents, substandard accommodation, lack of social housing, cuts in public services, the rising price of utilities and so on. We want to organise together not just among tenants, but also alongside mortgage holders, those in emergency and precarious accommodation, and everyone else who does not directly profit from the housing crisis.
What we believe
  • We think that the only way to beat those responsible for our hardships – the landlords, banks, companies and politicians – is to get organised ourselves.
  • We might not have capital, clout or authority, but we have numbers. And our strength comes from our solidarity and determination. We strongly believe that real power lies in the hands of ordinary people – tenants, communities, and workers – and change can only come when we act together.
  • Our vision is of an organisation in cities and towns across this island, uniting communities in a coordinated struggle on issues we all share.
    And We Want to Win.
Why join CATU?
  • CATU is a democratic organisation, not associated with any political party. It is independently funded through membership dues rather than government or corporate grants.
  • We are only accountable to our members; our direction, actions and campaigns are free from outside influence.
  • All CATU members are equal and actively involved in all decisions and actions. While we are not perfect, we aim for CATU to be welcoming and inclusive to people from all backgrounds. We strongly encourage those whose voices are not heard enough in Irish society to join our union and collectively struggle for a fairer society. CATU is striving to build and improve internal mechanisms which amplify minority and oppressed voices.
  • An important part of how we organise is our collective commitment to defending our members. Through organised action, we put pressure on those responsible and act in a spirit of mutual aid alongside CATU members in difficult situations.
  • In our relatively short history, we can already count significant victories. Numerous times, CATU branches across Ireland have stopped illegal evictions, pressured landlords into returning deposits, or otherwise helped vulnerable members against abuse and injustice.

What CATU doesn’t do:

  • CATU is not a legal advice service, nor is it an advocacy group. None of us are experts, but we constantly learn from each other’s knowledge and experiences.
  • Our core activity is on the ground, in communities and real-life situations, not in theorising abstract ideas.
  • Becoming a member is not subscribing to a fee-for service, but the beginning of gaining back power by organising with others like you in your community.
visit www.catuireland.org for more details
Clare County Council holding consultations on 2023 – 2029 Draft County Development Plan

Clare County Council holding consultations on 2023 – 2029 Draft County Development Plan

Clare County Council is holding consultations on 2023 – 2029 Draft County Development Plan:

Clare County Council has prepared a Draft Clare County Development Plan 2023-2029 for the functional area of the Council and they are now seeking feedback from the public on the draft plan.  A County Development Plan consists of a written statement and series of maps that describe how your local authority aims to use particular areas, for example, residential, industrial or agricultural areas. It also sets out development objectives for the area, such as plans to improve roads and local amenities.  Each County or Local Authorities development plan is examined by the Office of the Planning Regulator to ensure that it is not in opposition to national and regional strategies. Development plans must also have an environmental report that highlights any significant environmental effect the plan may have.

The Draft Plan is open for submissions from interested groups and members of the public until March 28th 2022. Any person can make a submission on any aspect of the draft plan and these submissions can be made by post or online. For full details of how to make a submission go to the following link: Have your say | Clare County Council (clarecoco.ie)

The draft plan for Clare can now be read online at:

Draft County Development Plan: Clare County Council (clarecoco.ie)

It will also be on display in the following locations around the county:

  • Áras Contae an Chláir, New Road, Ennis.
  • Shannon Municipal District Office, Town Hall, Shannon.
  • West Clare Municipal District Office, Town Hall, The Square, Kilrush.
  • Ennistymon Area Office, Ennis Road, Ennistymon.
  • Killaloe Municipal District Office, Mountshannon Road, Scarriff and
  • At all public libraries in County Clare during opening hours.

 

Clare County Council are also holding a series of public consultations in various locations in Clare between now and February 10th 2022 and the table below lists the places and times of these consultations.

Lisdoonvarna Pavillion, Lisdoonvarna Tuesday 25th January 2022 4.00-8.00pm
Scouts Hall (beside Ennis Parish Office), Station Road, Ennis Wednesday 26th January 2022 4.00-8.00pm
Clonlara Community Sports & Leisure Centre, Clonlara Thursday 27th January 2022 4.00-8.00pm
Kilkee Community Hall, Kilkee Tuesday 1st February 2022 4.00-8.00pm
Killaloe Hotel & Spa, Killaloe Wednesday 2nd February 2022 4.00-8.00pm
Clarecastle Community Hall, Clarecastle Thursday 3rd February 2022 4.00-8.00pm
Kilmihil Community Hall, Kilmihil Tuesday 8th February 2022 4.00-8.00pm
Tulla Cultural Centre, Tulla Wednesday 9th February 2022 4.00-8.00pm
Newmarket on Fergus Community Hall, Newmarket on Fergus Thursday 10th February 2022 4.00-8.00pm