Since its formation in 2007, my Department has re-employed two former members of staff. One was a Principal Geologist who was re-employed during 2008, 2009 and 2010. The other was a Petroleum Exploration Specialist who was re-employed for a short period in 2012. My Department has not replaced any staff member availing of the term time / shorter working year scheme since 2008.
The Department has occasionally used, on a very limited basis, the expertise of civil servants who have retired from other Departments.
Information in respect of bodies and agencies under the aegis of my Department is a day to day matter for those organisations and my Department does not have the information sought by the Deputy. I will, however, request the relevant Agencies and bodies under the aegis of my Department to respond directly to the Deputy in the matter.