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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 4 May 1995

Vol. 452 No. 4

Written Answers. - National Museum Staff.

Tom Kitt


44 Mr. T. Kitt asked the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht the present position regarding a person (details supplied) who was suspended from her position at the National Museum for refusing to accept a transfer from her post as staff officer/office manager. [8182/95]

The person in question, a staff officer in my Department formerly assigned to the National Museum, was instructed on 24 October 1994 to transfer to the Department's headquarters. The officer has not reported for duty as instructed, and as a result was taken off-pay with effect from 18 November 1994 in accordance with the Civil Service Regulation Act 1956.

My Department has inquired into allegations of bullying made orally by the officer subsequent to the instruction to transfer. On the basis of these inquiries my Department has found no evidence to substantiate the allegations made.

The officer has refused to accept any of the efforts made by my Department to resolve this matter, including offers of mediation.

The current position therefore is that the officer remains off-pay, although my Department's offer to assign the officer to alternative duties remains open.