Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (287)

Joan Collins


287. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the number of public sector workers who have retired in the past three years within his Department or any office or body under his aegis who have been reinstated; if he will provide details on the pay rates they are receiving; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11001/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

No retired staff member has been reinstated permanently in my Department since the change of government.

A number of retired staff members and former public servants were rehired in the past three years on a contractual basis or engaged to undertake a specific task. Of these there is currently only one rehired public servant working for the Department with the remainder having completed their work. The one remaining individual is employed in connection with the preparation and attendance at the State’s defence of High Court proceedings due to their specialised knowledge of the legislation concerned.

Of the others, five Radio Officers were rehired to fill essential vacancies in the Coast Guard until such time as recruitment processes for replacements could be completed.  One aeronautical engineer was rehired temporarily for the Air Accident Investigation Unit.  The other retired officials were contracted to carry out specific short term exercises.  These have all completed their work and are no longer employed in the Department.

The details of rehired staff and their renumeration are set out in the table. The salaries are gross amounts and before taxation, etc.  

Table 1:



Secretary General


Inspector of Air Accidents


Radio Officer Grade III


Radio Officer Grade III


Radio Officer Grade III


Radio Officer Grade III


Radio Officer Grade III


Principal Officer


Assistant Secretary

pro bono

Principal Officer


Principal Officer

Abatement principal

I have asked the State Agencies under the aegis of my Department to provide the Deputy with the information requested.  If you do not receive a reply from the agencies within ten working days, please advise my private office.