Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (470)

Thomas Pringle


470. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the number of temporary clerical officers who have been employed by his Department over each of the past three years; the number of those who have been retired public or civil servants; his views on whether his Department should employ retired staff in these positions in view of the level of youth unemployment here; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31567/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

As the Deputy will be aware, my Department was established on 2 June 2011. No temporary clerical officers were employed by my Department in 2011. I am advised that one temporary clerical officer commenced work in Oifig an Chomisinéir Teanga in late 2012 and that three temporary clerical officers are due to commence work in my Department during the current month. None of these temporary clerical officers are retired civil or public servants

The Deputy will appreciate that all matters relating to the establishment of panels from which temporary clerical officer appointments are made come under the remit of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.