Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (140, 141)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

140. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Taoiseach the number of staff in his Department who availed of term time in 2012; the average duration of such in 2012; the number that will do so in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31452/13]

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Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

141. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Taoiseach the number of staff in organisations or agencies under the aegis of his Department who availed of term time in 2012; the average duration of such in 2012; the number that will do so in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31453/13]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 140 and 141 together.

Three staff availed of the Shorter Working Year (formerly known as term time) in my Department in 2012 and the average duration was 6.66 weeks. To date, 5 members of staff have indicated that they wish to avail of the scheme in 2013.

The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO), incorporating the National Economic and Social Council (NESC), is the only agency under the aegis of my Department. No staff in NESDO availed of the Shorter Working Year scheme in 2012 and no applications have been received to date in 2013.