Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Questions (1195)

Fiona O'Loughlin


1195. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the plans of the Forestry Service to recruit inspectors to deal with Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19950/19]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

As part of the whole of Government response to Brexit, my Department continually reviews staffing levels in all areas of operation in light of our business needs. My Department works closely with our recruitment partners, the Public Appointments Service to address our on-going recruitment needs in all areas of the Department including the Forestry Service.

A recruitment campaign for Forest Inspectors is currently in place and new recruits have already joined the Department to carry out a number of functions in the Forest Service. In line with workforce planning processes and my Department's business needs, the requirement for forest inspectors will be continuously reviewed and further new recruits will be engaged as required.