Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (167)

Simon Harris

Question:

169 Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the procedures in place to manage sick leave in all agencies, offices or other bodies reporting to his Department, separate to individuals working directly for his Department; the combined number of sick days taken by staff in the agencies, offices or other bodies reporting to his Department in 2011 and to date in 2012; the financial cost of this sick leave; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [32559/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

Day to day operational matters, including sick leave in the State agencies under my Department's remit are a matter for the agencies concerned.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, as part of the overall public service reform programme, has undertaken a review of sick leave provisions across the public service and has commenced a process of discussions with the public service unions with a view to implementing changes to the sick leave arrangements. My Department is participating in this process in the context of the local government sector.