Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (238, 239)

Seán Fleming

Question:

238. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of separate incentivised career break offers that are in existence across the public service; if he will outline details of the various schemes on offer; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15298/14]

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Seán Fleming

Question:

239. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of public employees who have received or will receive before the end of 2014 a circular advising details on incentivised career break options; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15299/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 238 and 239 together.

There are two instances of incentivised career break schemes in the public service, in the Health Service Executive (HSE) and in An Garda Síochána. The HSE scheme was offered in 2013 and I understand that just over 350 staff availed of it. The Garda scheme is currently open to applications and has a closing date of 31 May 2014. I understand that details of the scheme have been circulated to all members of An Garda Síochána. All operational and administrative details of this scheme are being dealt with by An Garda management.