Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (365)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


379 Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Social Protection the number of retired public servants who have been awarded temporary or term-time posts in the public sector over recent years. [36047/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Social Protection)

Eight retired former public servants were recruited on short term contracts in the Department from June 2010. These officers were employed on a part time basis as Appeals Officers and their contracts terminated at the end of December 2011.

One of the Department's Medical Assessors was retained beyond the normal retirement age on a temporary contract which ended in January 2012. The acting Deputy Chief Medical Advisor is currently retained, on a temporary basis, beyond his normal retirement age.

The Chief Medical Advisor in the Department has been rehired on a temporary contract.

The decision to re-employ or retain this small number of staff was taken due to their specific skills and experience, the difficulty and long lead-in time for replacing such skills, and the critical importance of ensuring continuity and a high level of service to customers of the Department.

The Pensions Board which is under the aegis of my Department has employed, on temporary contracts, two people who were previously employed by An Garda Síochána.