Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (150, 151, 152)

Pearse Doherty

Question:

150. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach the number of senior staff in his Department that were in the Department at the time of the banking guarantee in 2008; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31965/13]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

151. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach the number of senior staff in his Department, who were there at the time of the banking guarantee that are in the same positions they held at the time. [31967/13]

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Pearse Doherty

Question:

152. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach in view of his statements regarding the banking guarantee, in which he stated that there were no files of any import held in his Department regarding events at that time, if he has asked officials in his Department for oral or written recollections of what happened at that time. [31968/13]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 150 to 152, inclusive, together.

There were 28 senior members of staff in my Department at the time in question. This includes civil servants at the grade of Principal Officer and above and Special Advisers to the then Taoiseach.

Of those, 7 are still serving in the Department, one of whom is in the same position.

I have previously informed the House that I asked senior officials in my Department about the papers held in the Department relating to the night of the bank guarantee. I have also previously expressed in the House my concerns at the paucity of relevant documentation in the Department.

My Department will co-operate fully with any inquiry established into these matters.