Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Questions (113)

Peadar Tóibín

Question:

113. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of bilingual officers that are proficient in and willing to deliver a service to the public in Irish and English that have been recruited to the Civil Service through competitions organised by the Public Appointments Service, PAS, in the past 12 months in respect of grades (details supplied). [27033/18]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As the Deputy will be aware, The Public Appointments Service (PAS) is an independent statutory recruitment body for the civil service. PAS carry out general service competitions for the Civil Service and in many cases establish Irish language streams in those competitions.

Information relating to the number of assignments from PAS to Civil Service Departments and offices for functional bi-linguals is set  out in the table.

PAS have informed me that there is current, limited availability on a number of panels, and that a bi-functional competition for Clerical Officers will be advertised in the next few weeks. PAS also intend to run a bi- functional competition at Executive Officer level later in 2018.

Grade

2017

2018

Totals

CO

20

2

22

EO

4

0

4

AO

4

0

4

HEO

1

0

1

AP

2

0

2

Totals

31

2

33

TLAC do not establish Irish panels but job advertisements for senior grades may have a requirement for Irish if required by a department or office but such information is not readily available.