Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Questions (656)

Dara Calleary

Question:

656. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the name of each local authority nationally that directly employs an animal welfare officer in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24881/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Under section 159 of the Local Government Act 2001, each Chief Executive is responsible for the staffing and organisational arrangements necessary for carrying out the functions of the local authority for which he or she is responsible.

My Department oversees workforce planning for the local government sector, including the monitoring of local government sector employment levels. To this end, my Department gathers aggregate quarterly data on staff numbers in each local authority. However, granular data, in terms of the specific role and function of each individual staff member, is not collected and consequently is not available in my Department.

This information should be available directly from local authorities themselves.