Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Questions (219)

Timmy Dooley

Question:

219. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the reason there is a delay of more than 12 months in employing archaeologists in the Forest Service; the number of archeologists that will commence employment and when; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4522/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

Given the additional cases of archaeology referrals on forestry applications, my Department ran a competition for new appointees. There have been two new archaeologists appointed from that panel. The first was appointed in August 2018 and the second in November 2018 and they are making significant progress in dealing with cases on hand; there are no plans to make further appointments from that panel.