Thursday, 10 July 2008

Questions (415)

Denis Naughten


414 Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Social and Family Affairs her plans for recruiting clerical staff in the Laois and Offaly areas; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29108/08]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Family)

Under current agreements, all permanent clerical posts in the Department's existing offices in Laois and Offaly must be filled, in the first instance, from a central transfer list under arrangements agreed at Civil Service General Council. The names of civil servants wishing to relocate to these locations are noted in order of their date of application.

The Department recently established panels of temporary clerical staff, following a competitive process in the locations above. These panels will be used as necessary to cover temporary staffing requirements such as the absence of a permanent member of staff due to maternity leave.