Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Questions (446)

Andrew Doyle

Question:

446. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Justice and Equality if he will outline in tabular form, the number of officials seconded from his Department to various Embassies, Honorary Consuls and other associated missions by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade around the world on a location-by-location basis; the rank of each official at each location; if he will outline the term length of each secondment; the start date of each current secondment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30106/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

The information sought by the Deputy in respect of staff of my Department seconded to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is set out in the following table.

Posts

Grade/Start Date/Term

Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union in Brussels (5 Officers).

Principal Officer (Sept 2010, 3 years + possible 1 year extension),

Assistant Principal (Sept 2010, 3 years +possible 1 year extension),

Assistant Principal (May 2011, 3 years + possible 1 year extension),

Executive Officer (Feb 2011, 2 years + possible 1 year extension),

Clerical Officer (Sept 2011, 2 years + possible 1 year extension).

Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union in Brussels - Temporary assignments for the EU Presidency (10 Officers).

Principal Officer x 3, Assistant Principal x 2, Administrative Officer x 2, Higher Executive Officer x 1, Executive Officer x 2,

Clerical Officer x 1,

All assignments started in Sept 2012 and were for a 10 month period and will conclude at the end of this week.

Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (1 Officer).

Assistant Principal (Jan 2011, 2 years 6 months).

British-Irish Intergovernmental Secretariat in Belfast (3 Officers).

Principal Officer (Jan 2009, 2 years + possible 1 year extension, further 8 month extension for operational reasons).

Assistant Principal (May 2012, 2 years + possible 1 year extension).

Clerical Officer (Nov 2012, 1 year + possible 1 year extension).

Justice Attaché post in Washington DC (1 Officer).

Assistant Principal (Sept 2012, 2 years + possible 1 year extension).

Visa Office - Abu Dhabi (4 Officers).

Higher Executive Officer (Oct 2010),

Executive Officer (Oct 2010),

Executive Officer (Oct 2010),

Executive Officer (Jan 2011),

All assignments for 2 years + possible 1 year extension.

Visa Office - Abuja (3 Officers).

Higher Executive Officer (Mar 2010),

Executive Officer (May 2010),

Executive Officer (Jan 2012),

All assignments for 2 years + possible 1 year extension.

Visa Office - Ankara (1 Officer).

Executive Officer (Apr 2013, 6 month temporary assignment).

Visa Office - Beijing (3 Officers).

Higher Executive Officer (Oct 2011),

Executive Officer (Sept 2012),

Executive Officer (Jan 2013),

All assignments for 2 years + possible 1 year extension.

Visa Office - London (5 Officers).

Higher Executive Officer (Mar 2012),

Executive Officer (Sept 2010),

Clerical Officer (Feb 2010),

Clerical Officer (July 2010),

Clerical Officer (Feb 2013),

All assignments for 2 years + possible 1 year extension.

Visa Office - Moscow (3 Officers)

Administrative Officer (June 2012),

Executive Officer (Nov 2011),

Executive Officer (Jan 2012),

All assignments for 2 years + possible 1 year extension.

Visa Office - New Delhi (3 Officers).

Executive Officer (July 2011),

Executive Officer (Oct 2011),

Executive Officer (Jan 2012).

All assignments for 2 years + possible 1 year extension.

These officers play an important role in representing the Department abroad. They were selected to serve in these posts through internal selection processes held by my Department.

Question No. 447 answered with Question No. 442.