Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (139)

Billy Timmins


218 Mr. Timmins asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the reason a person (details supplied) in County Galway was not considered for a senior supervisory agricultural officer position in view of the fact that they were on a live panel; the reason the panel was dissolved; the regulation under which it was dissolved; when a decision will be made in view of the fact that this person is pursuing their case through the mediation stage of the grievance procedure for civil servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6658/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

I am satisfied that the correct procedures were applied in this case. The officer concerned was third on a panel for the position of senior supervisory agricultural officer, which was set up in April 1996 to fill two posts. The officers placed first and second on the panel were promoted.

The officer concerned has raised his case under the grievance procedure which is an agreed procedure under the conciliation and arbitration scheme for the Civil Service. There is provision for mediation under this procedure and the officer was provided with this service. My Department is prepared to continue this process. This procedure, which is agreed with all Civil Service unions, is the appropriate way for dealing with such cases.

Question No. 219 answered with QuestionNo. 212.