Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (58)

Joan Collins

Question:

58. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of public sector workers who have retired in the last three years within his Department or any office or body under his aegis that 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. [10995/13]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

Details are set out in the following table of the officials who retired from my Department in the last three years that are currently employed by the Department:

GRADE

POSITION HELD

DURATION

COST

2012 / 2013

Counsellor

To assist in preparations for and the duration of the Irish Presidency of the European Union, January-June 2013

Contract from 1 May 2012 to 30 June 2013

Approx €35,516 (for period of contract)

First Secretary

Embassy Canberra (temporarily filling vacant post)

Contract from December 2012 – March 2013

Approx €17,145 (for period of contract)

The policy of my Department regarding the re-engagement of retired officials is to do so to the minimum extent possible. However, for certain once-off or short-duration projects, it is more productive and cost-effective to re-engage retired staff who already have the relevant expertise and experience than to go through a time-consuming and relatively expensive recruitment, induction and training process. Where it occurs, retired staff are usually re-engaged on a pension abatement basis, which means in effect that they continue to receive their pensions and are paid correspondingly reduced salaries by the Department.

My Department’s Development Cooperation Division also occasionally engages a small number of retired staff for short duration specialist consultancy projects connected with the activities of Irish Aid.

There are no State agencies or bodies under the aegis of my Department.