Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (708)

Thomas Pringle


708. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport 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-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. [31581/13]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

My Department has employed one temporary clerical officer (TCO) in the last 3 years.  The TCO was appointed to cover a Shorter Working Year absence in the Department's public office in Cork in the period July to October 2010.  The cover was required due to the fact that it is a small office and it would not have been possible to maintain service delivery commitments without the assistance of the recruitment of the TCO. This TCO was recruited through the Public Appointments Service (PAS) and was not a retired member of staff. The Department has not otherwise temporarily filled clerical officer posts vacated over the summer holiday period.