Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Questions (352)

Jonathan O'Brien

Question:

352. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding the appointment of a lollipop person to supervise the crossing of children and parents outside schools in Clogheen/Kerry Pike; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11815/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The moratorium on recruitment and promotion in the public service was introduced in March 2009 in response to the financial crisis. My Department operates a delegated sanction from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for implementation of the moratorium in relation to local authorities, and any exceptions to the moratorium in local authorities require sanction from my Department.

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each City and County Manager is responsible for staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authorities for which he or she is responsible. In this regard, it is a matter for City and County Managers, in the first instance, to ensure that the moratorium is implemented while the appropriate service levels are maintained.

My Department examines all staffing sanction requests on a case by case basis having due regard to the continued delivery of key services in the context of staffing and budgetary constraints. In considering sanction requests public safety, maintaining key front line services, and economic issues are given precedence. My Department has not received a staff sanction request from Kerry County Council for school warden positions for schools in Clogheen/Kerry Pike.