Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Questions (411)

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


425 Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources the number of retired public servants who have been awarded temporary or term-time posts in the public sector over recent years. [36039/12]

View answer

Written answers (Question to Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources)

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.